Archive: lightweight

Nov 15, 2014 8:32 pm

Bellator 131 Results: Brooks Stuns Chandler and Wins Lightweight Title!

There is just something about Michael Chandler title fights that just screams “TRILOGY”. His bout tonight with Will Brooks was one of the most exciting lightweight title fights in the history of Bellator and it showed that Brooks initial victory was not a fluke. The first round was simply a feeling out process. Due to...

Nov 7, 2014 8:13 pm

GLORY 18 Results: Cavalari Kicks Mwekessa into Next Tuesday, Wins by KO in Round 3

Saulo Cavalari made a statement in the finals of tonight’s tournament! Zack Mwekessa was ranked as the favorite out of the four competitors in the tournament tonight and with good reason: He is packing a TON of power. Cavalari was lost in the mixed and after a slow semi-finals bout, nobody expected him to knock...

Nov 7, 2014 7:58 pm

GLORY 18 Results: Van Roosmalen Wins Championship From Kiria

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a NEW GLORY Lightweight Champion of the world and his name is Robin Van Roosmalen! Despite getting dropped in the third round, the volume of Van Roosmalen landed strikes earned him the majority decision victory against Davit Kiria at GLORY 18 tonight. The fight aired on Spike TV and it...

Nov 7, 2014 7:14 pm

GLORY 18 Results: Wilnis Pulls Off Upset Win Against Barrett

Prior to the fight, Wayne Barrett had mentioned that he thought the Dutch style of kickboxing was not as elusive as some thought it was due to the lack of head movement. Netherlands native Jason Wilnis walked into the ring tonight wanting to prove that head movement mattered little, and he did just that. Wilnis...

Nov 7, 2014 6:52 pm

GLORY 18 Results: Cavalari Defeats Ilunga, Meets Mwekassa in Finals Tonight

Saulo Cavalari picked up a win against Danyo Ilunga by way of unanimous decision in the second bout of the night. While the first fight started off with a brutal knockout from Mwekassa, Cavalari was all over his opponent tonight and put on a striking clinic in the ring. Ilunga offered some nice shots, but...

Nov 7, 2014 6:21 pm

GLORY 18 Results: Mwekassa Brutally KOs Collette, Advances to Finals

Zack Mwekassa’s left uppercut put an end to his last fight. Tonight, it was the left hook that dropped Brian Collette in the second round that caused the referee to put a stop to the fight. Zack Mwekassa is showing true potential in GLORY as a light heavyweight and he could walk away with the...

Nov 7, 2014 6:11 pm

“GLORY 18: Return to Glory” Official Results

GLORY Kickboxing makes its return to television tonight at 9:00 PM ET on Spike TV with “GLORY 18: Return to Glory”. The card features a Glory Lightweight Championship defense as well as a one night four-man light heavyweight tournament. Stay tuned to BJPENN.COM for up to the minute live results and updates! Results: LHWT Semis:...

Oct 12, 2014 4:01 pm

Dunham vs. Damm Set For UFC 182 In Vegas

The UFC has announced that Evan Dunham and Rodrigo Damm will meet in the Octagon on January 3rd in Las Vegas for UFC 182. Dunham will be riding a 3-fight losing streak into the bout, most recently dropping a TKO loss to Edson Barboza back in July at UFC Fight Night Cerrone vs. Miller. Damm...

Oct 2, 2014 9:27 am

Khabib Nurmagomedov Slams ‘Paper Champion’ Pettis

Khabib Nurmagomedov has been campaigning for a title shot recently. Prior to UFC 178, ‘The Eagle’ took aim at co-main event fighter Donald Cerrone, who many believe has earned a title shot (Read about it HERE). Now Khabib has shifted his sights back to lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, who is currently slated to fight Gilbert...

Aug 29, 2014 9:53 am

Beneil Dariush Would Prefer Rematch With Nijem Over Pettis Bout

Everyone hates losing, but not many people would pass up the opportunity to fight for the UFC title to get a rematch with someone who beat them. Beneil Dariush however would pass up a fight with Pettis to get another crack at Ramsey Nijem, the only blemish on his otherwise undefeated UFC run. “I don’t...

Aug 4, 2014 9:29 am

Khabib Believes Alcohol And Women Make Athletes Weak

Undefeated UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov is as tough as they come, the Dagestan native, who is also a Muslim, believes that an athlete needs to focus on his training and not focus on women, alcohol, and partying. While this attitude is seldom found among professional athletes, it is certainly something Nurmagomedov should be given credit...

Jul 22, 2014 7:49 pm

Thomson Disses Heavier Weight Classes, Says They Aren’t Mixed Martial Artists

UFC lightweight Josh Thomson made an interesting statement to Fox Sports, he said that the higher weight classes you get into, the more one dimensional the fighters are. His words: “This is what I say — when you go up in weight, you should be saying it to those guys. Because those guys all have...

Jul 22, 2014 9:11 am

Pettis Admits Criticism Bothers Him

UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis isn’t afraid to admit when something is bothering him. Pettis has fallen under harsh criticism for being ‘injury prone’ and as a result not fighting enough. This wasn’t a huge issue necessarily until Pettis won the lightweight championship from Benson Henderson, now that he’s the champion not only does he...

Jul 8, 2014 3:44 pm

Jens Pulver Wishes He Had Retired Sooner

The first ever Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver retired this Sunday, right before his biggest rival BJ Penn retired Sunday night. Pulver spoke to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour to talk about his retirement. It was early in the morning, and we were at the [UFC Fan] Expo, and I just…you know, I’m done,” he...

Jul 7, 2014 8:33 am

Jens Pulver Confirms Retirement

Leading up to the TUF 19 finale last night, another UFC legend decided to hang up their gloves, former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver has decided to officially announce his retirement. Lil Evil spoke to MMAHeat.com about his retirement saying: “I did (compete at) 135 for a bit, and everyone was saying ‘time to retire’,...

Jun 16, 2014 4:44 pm

UFC Signs Four New Fighters

The UFC has announced the signing of four new prospects: Bryan Barberena, Brendan O’Reilly, Paddy Holohan, and Matt Dwyer. MMAJunkie.com reported that Bryan Barberena will be fighting Joe Ellenberger, who is not to be confused with his brother Jake, after his last opponent Johnny Case withdrew from their bout due to an eye issue. The...

Mar 27, 2014 9:43 am

Pettis vs. Melendez confirmed for end of year event

By Evan Stoumbelis Lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis officially has an opponent set for his first title defense, Gilbert Melendez who will coach opposite Pettis on TUF 20 will step in the cage with Pettis in the UFC’s year end event which is likely to be on December 27th at UFC 182, however this has...

Jan 3, 2014 2:38 pm

UFC 170 Bout Between Gilbert Melendez and Khabib Nurmagomedov Is Not Happening

The idea of a bout between lightweights Gilbert Melendez and Khabib Nurmagomedov for UFC 170 has officially been scrapped. Gilbert Melendez was the first to throw out the challenge after his victory against Diego Sanchez. Not only did Nurmagomedov agree, but he kept lobbying for the fight days after Melendez first mentioned it. Reports started...

Oct 19, 2013 11:29 pm

Dana White Confirms Melendez Back In “The Mix” With Victory Over Sanchez

In front of a sold out crowd at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez put on a Fight of the Year Candidate that brought everyone in the arena to their feet. While unranked Diego Sanchez rose to the occasion and impressed the crowd and UFC brass alike, Gilbert Melendez was...

Sep 30, 2013 12:59 pm

Manager Reveals True Intentions Behind Nate Diaz Reunion Tweet

By Evan Stoumbelis Nate Diaz’ manager Mike Kogan spoke to mmajunkie.com about Nate’s controversial tweet in which he said he’d be unable to fight Gray Maynard at the Ultimate Fighter 18 finale because of his high school reunion. Kogan said Nick meant he wanted to fight Maynard in their rubber match two weeks later at...

Jul 3, 2013 2:15 pm

Edgar: I will defeat Charles Oliviera

By Evan Stoumbelis – @MMAEvan Frankie Edgar spoke to UFC.com recently on his upcoming fight with Charles Oliviera which will be the co-main event at UFC 162 Weidman vs. Silva. “It’s a blessing in disguise, I feel like, coming back to a three-round fight. It’s going to make me get out of the gun early...

Apr 23, 2013 7:35 pm

UFC on Fox 8 Adds Michael Chiesa vs. Reza Madadi

Another addition has been made to UFC on Fox 8 and its lightweight battle between Ultimate Fighter 15 Winner Michael Chiesa and Reza “Mad Dog” Madadi. Chiesa is probably best known for what he can accomplish on the gound seeing as 7 of his 9 wins, in a perfect (9-0) record, have come by way...

Apr 20, 2013 7:40 pm

Benson Henderson Proposes To Girlfriend After Succesful Title Defense

By Evan Stoumbelis (@MMAEvan) After a great night of fights that saw eight knockouts, Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez fought to an extremely close decision that saw Ben Henderson defeat Gilbert Melendez by majority decision. After Henderson was declared the winner he called over to a friend and went on to successfully propose to his...

Mar 6, 2013 3:31 pm

Eduardo vs. Jabouin pulled from UFC 158

By Evan Stoumbelis Johnny Eduardo has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming UFC 158 bout with Yves Jabouin March 16th due to injury. Eduardo tweeted that a shoulder injury is the cause of his withdrawal. The UFC hasn’t announced whether or not they will find an opponent for Jabouin on such short notice. Eduardo...

Jan 29, 2013 3:23 pm

Diaz vs. Thomson set for UFC on Fox 7

By Evan Stoumbelis Nate Diaz is set to face off with former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson at UFC on Fox 7 on April 20th in San Jose. Thomson, a former Strikeforce champion, is making his return to the UFC after an 8 year absence. His last UFC appearance was at UFC 49 in 2004...

Dec 10, 2012 4:36 pm

Benson Henderson and “toothpickgate”

By Evan Stoumbelis Saturday night fans saw an action packed UFC on Fox event, where Matt Brown stopped the return of Mike Swick, our very own BJ Penn fought with the heart of a champion from bell to bell against Rory MacDonald, Alexander Gustafsson cemented his place among the top light heavyweight contenders, and Benson...

Dec 4, 2012 7:41 pm

Fuel TV debuts “Benson Henderson: Rising Up” Wednesday night at 11 p.m.

By Evan Stoumbelis Fuel TV is airing a one-hour special on lightweight champion Ben Henderson’s “struggles and motivations that helped him become one of the best in the UFC.” Wednesday night at 11 p.m. ET. Henderson’s trainer, mother, brother, and girlfriend discuss what Henderson considers to be his defining moment in Mixed Martial Arts: Losing...