MMA fighting – MMA Fighter Wed, 21 Jul 2021 12:19:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 MMA fighting – MMA Fighter 32 32 The Ultimate Fighter 29, Episode 8 Results: Gilbert Urbina vs. Miles Hunsinger Wed, 21 Jul 2021 02:00:00 +0000

The last fight of The Ultimate Fighter 29 the middleweight quarter-finals didn’t go as planned, but that wasn’t a problem for Gilbert Urbina.

Urbina (6-1) * was set to face Miles Hunsinger (7-0) in this week’s episode of TUF 29, but disaster struck when Hunsinger injured his knee in combat training. Hunsinger underwent an MRI and was diagnosed with a grade 2 MCL tear, which left him with a conundrum. The diagnosis wasn’t severe enough to rule him out entirely, but it wasn’t trivial enough to ensure he didn’t risk further injury if he fought.

The decision whether or not to compete was left to Hunsinger, and after consulting with coach Brian Ortega and his team, he decided to retire from the fight.

Micheal Gillmore (6-3) replaced Hunsinger with just two days notice. Originally from Lansing, Michigan, Gillmore was part of the TUF 29 testing and he decided to stay in Las Vegas in case the show needed a replacement at 185 pounds. UFC President Dana White was overjoyed to hear that Gillmore was dedicated enough to quit his job to pursue his UFC dream and he called Gillmore, “my fucking type of guy.”

With little time to prepare for the fight, Gillmore didn’t have a chance to show much against Urbina, coach Alexander Volkanovski’s second pick at middleweight. Urbina rushed Gillmore off the opening bell, took her back and worked on the ground until Gillmore was left open to a bare back choke submission ending the fight.

Urbina’s victory puts him in the middleweight semifinals, which is further than his brothers did in their TUFF relay. Hector Urbina competed twice on TUFF, losing in the quarter-finals of TUF 19 to Cathal Pendred, then failing to make the weight for a fight with James Krause on the TUF 25 Season “Redemption”. However, between its TUFF appearances, Hector has competed three times for the UFC.

Their other brother Elias was a season 23 actor. He was knocked out in the quarterfinals by Eric Spicely. Elias is currently fighting for Combate Americas.

Team Volkanovski won their fourth consecutive fight on the show, tying the score at 4-4 and giving the two coaches two fighters each in the bantamweight and middleweight tournaments. The coaches then reunited with Dana White to decide the semi-final clashes for the two divisions.

Ortega suggested that Bryan Battle fights Andre Petroski and Urbina fights Tresean Gore, which Volkanovski agreed with. Volkanovski added that he believes Battle could go all the way in the middleweight bracket.

As bantamweight Ricky Turcios and Vince Murdock are teammates for Team Alpha Male, Ortega and Volkanovski agreed that they shouldn’t have to fight.

The semi-final matches were announced as follows:


Ricky Turcios (10-2) vs. Liudvik Sholinian (9-1-1)

Vince Murdock (12-4, 1 NC) vs. Brady Hiestand (5-1)

Average weight

Bryan Battle (5-1) vs. Andre Petroski (5-1)

Gilbert Urbina (6-1) vs. Tresean Gore (3-0)

Here are the results of the first round so far:

André Petroski beat. Aaron Phillips via Submission (Guillotine Choke) – Round 1, 4:42

Liudvik Sholinian def. Mitch Raposo by decision

Tresean Gore def. Ryder Newman by decision

Vince Murdock beat. Dustin Lampros via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:40

Bryan Bataille defeated. Kemran Lachinov by decision

Ricky Turcios beat. Dan Argueta by decision

Brady Hiestand beat. Josh Rettinghouse via decision

Gilbert Urbina beat. Micheal Gillmore via Submission (Naked Rear Choke) – Round 1, time unknown

In next week’s episode, Ricky Turcios of Team Volkanovski will fight Liudvik Sholinian of Team Ortega in the first bantamweight semifinal match.

* TUF fights are considered as exhibitions and the results do not affect the official records of the fighters.

Season 29 of The Ultimate Fighter is coached by UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega. A title fight between the two is scheduled to take place at UFC 266 on September 25.

The finalists from the TUF 29 middleweight and bantamweight tournaments will face off for a six-figure UFC contract in a final event, the date of which has not yet been announced.

Here is the TUF 29 roster divided by team:

Volkanovski team

Average weights
Bryan Battle
Ryder newman
Aaron phillips
Gilbert Urbina

Brady Hiestand
Dustin Lampros
Mitch raposo
Ricky turcios

Ortega team

Average weights
Tresean Gore
Miles Hunsinger *
Kemran Lachinov
André Petroski
* Micheal Gillmore (short-term replacement for Hunsinger)

Daniel Argueta
Vince murdock
Josh rettinghouse
Liudvik Sholinian

Passage to Round 2: Petroski, Sholinian, Gore, Murdock, Battle, Turcios, Hiestand, Urbina

Eliminated: Phillips, Raposo, Newman, Lampros, Lachinov, Argueta, Rettinghouse, Hunsinger, Gillmore

Cheick Kongo vs. Sergei Kharitonov on Bellator 265 on August 20 in South Dakota Tue, 20 Jul 2021 22:00:00 +0000

Heavyweight veterans Cheick Kongo and Sergei Kharitonov will face off in the main event during the upcoming Bellator 265 map scheduled for August 20 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Promotion officials confirmed the pairing with MMA Fighting on Tuesday.

Competing for the first time in 2021, Kongo, 46, will return to action after falling to Tim Johnson in a heavyweight title eliminator last October. Prior to this setback, Kongo had set an 8-0 record with a no contest after being unable to continue his fight against Ryan Bader in 2019 due to an accidental glance.

Now, the French heavyweight will look to return to the winning column while facing another veteran at Kharitonov, who will return to the Bellator for the first time in nearly two years.

Kharitonov has fought in promotions such as PRIDE Fighting Championships, DREAM and Strikefoce before – and now he will be looking for his third straight overall win when he faces Kongo in August. The Russian heavyweight finished his last two fights with a knockout after falling to Linton Vassell in his last Bellator appearance in 2019.

Featherweight Adam Borics and Jay Jay Wilson will also face each other in a fight that will determine a new title contender at 145 pounds. The winner of the Borics vs. Wilson bout will then face the winner of the upcoming title bout between Patricio Pitbull and AJ McKee in the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix Final.

Flyweights Alejandra Lara and DeAnna Bennett are also set to meet on the Bellator 265 card. Logan Storley, of South Dakota, who will look to bounce back from the only career loss in a split decision with current welterweight champion Yaroslav Amosov , should also compete in the Bellator 265, against an opponent yet to be determined.

Needham native kicks off MMA career with Plymouth win Tue, 20 Jul 2021 13:15:18 +0000

Needham native and mixed martial artist Dan Walsh took part in his first-ever Cage Titans Amateur Fighting Championship bout on July 10 at Plymouth Memorial Hall.

“I’m pretty dedicated to this and it was cool to see on Saturday that it’s not a pipe dream anymore,” he said last week.

The 20-year-old started wrestling at Needham High School, where he was a member of the Class of 2019, and trained at the Boston Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu in Newton before gaining the attention of some current and former fighters. mixed martial arts at the Lauzon Mixed Martial Arts Gymnasium in Raynham, featuring facility owner Joe Lauzon.

Lauzon, who is now Walsh’s coach, said in an interview Monday that he knew the Cage Titans event would result in a “tough fight” between two amateur contestants, but admitted that he really had “no idea what to expect from them “.