UFC 168: Ronda Rousey Highlights By Winning Two Fight Bonuses

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It was a great night at UFc 168 in more ways than one for UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. The former Olympian successfully defended her title by defeating Miesha Tate by third round submission.

It was announced during the post-fight press conference by UFC President Dana White that $75,000 bonuses were going to Rousey for her “Fight of the Night” with Miesha Tate and for “Submission of the Night”. Tate gets “Fight of the Night”, Travis Browne got “Knockout of the Night” for his win over Josh Barnett.

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UFC 168 Results: Ronda Rousey Defeats Miesha Tate In Her Toughest Test

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The animosity was deep heading into the UFC 168 co-main event with Ronda Rousey defending the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship in a rematch against Miesha Tate.

Round 1

The fight begins with Rousey and Tate not touching gloves. Both fighters rush each other with punches. Rousey lands a throw, but Tate gets up. Rousey lands a knee and pushes Tate against the cage. Rousey trips Tate. Tate tries a triangle armbar and Rousey slams tate. Tate gets up and lands a takedown. Tate landing a few shots on the ground. Rousey trying for a triangle armbar.

Rousey gets up and Tate tries for a takedown. Tate gets the better of a punching exchange and Rousey lands two judo throws and allows Tate up. Tate throws a right and stuffs the judo throw attempt by Rousey and the round ends.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 1 for Rousey.

Round 2

The round begins with Rousey tripping down tate and allows her to get up. Rousey lands a judo throw tries to get into side control, but Tate gets up. Rousey has tate pressed against the cage, with Rousey landing shots. The champion then lands another judo throw and into side control. Rousey trying an armbar, but Rousey gets into mount and landing shots. Rousey locks in the armbar but Tate gets out and almost to her feet.

Fight back to the ground and Rousey keeps trying for the armbar and now Rousey is landing  more body shots to end the round.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 2 for Rousey, 10-9.

Round 3

Round starts with Rousey working the clinch against the cage. Rousey scores a judo throw, but Tate rolls over, but Rousey rolls back over and scores the armbar and Tate taps out.

Ronda Rousey defeats Miesha Tate by third round submission (armbar) at 0:58 to retain the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship.

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UFC 168: Ronda Rousey vs Miesha Tate Breakdown

It has been a fight that has been brewing since they fought each other in March of 2012 under the Strikeforce banner. In the co-main event of tonight’s UFC 168 features a rematch with Ronda Rousey defending her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship against Miesha Tate. Steve talks to Fighthype.com lead writer Percy Crawford as the guys breakdown this fight, will the rematch be different then the first fight, will making two movies effect Rousey, will Tate be mentally prepared and more.

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UFC 168 Preview Show

UFC 168 takes place on tonight from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event features the rematch as Chris Weidman defends the UFC Middleweight Championship against Anderson Silva, with another rematch in the co-feature as Ronda Rousey defends her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship against Miesha Tate. Also in a key heavyweight bout, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett faces off against Travis Browne.

Steve talks to FightHype.com lead writer Percy Crawford as the guys break down the three main bouts of the card, the price increase of this card and more. Crawford and Steve also discuss the rumors of former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar returning to the octagon, whether he would return and more.

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UFC 168 Video: Ronda Rousey Submits Miesha Tate

The top two fights for UFC 168 on Saturday night are rematches as Anderson Silva looks to regain the middleweight title against Chris Weidman. In the co-feature, Ronda Rousey defends her UFC women’s bantamweight title against Miesha Tate.

Rousey and Tate squared off the first time under the Strikeforce banner in March of 2012, with Rousey submitting Tate in the first round by armbar to win the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title.

Strikeforce closed shop at the beginning of last year and Rousey was made the UFC women’s bantamweight champion. Rousey defended her title one time so far defeating Liz Carmouche at UFC 157 in February. Tate has fought one time in the UFC as well, losing to Cat Zingano at the TUF 17 Finale in April.

Zingano was supposed to battle Rousey and coach together on this past season’s TUF, but Zingano suffered a knee injury before the taping. Tate was brought to coach and face Rousey. You can watch their entire fight in the video above.

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The Expendables 3 Movie Trailer Featuring Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey returns to the octagon next Saturday as she will defend her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title against Miesha Tate in the co-main event of UFC 168. Between her fights, the budding UFC star appeared in her first movie as she filmed a role in the movie, “The Expendables 3″.

The movie features stars like Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Arnold Schwarzenegger, with the movie set to come out in the summer of 2014. You can watch the first trailer in the video above.

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Invicta Fighting Championships 7 Preview

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Invicta Fighting Championships returns for the first time in about five months with their seventh event. The show takes place on Saturday from the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Mo. The card features three title fights including the main event of Barb Honchak defending her Invicta flyweight title against Leslie Smith. The co-feature will have Invicta FC strawweight champion Carla Esparza will defend her belt against undefeated Brazilian superstar Claudia Gadelha.

Steve was joined by ESPNChicago.com MMA Analyst Ray Flores, who will be handling the ring announcing for the event. Flores and Steve preview the entire card, the future of Invicta, Ronda Rousey and more.

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Ronda Rousey Describes Beating Up Two Men In A Movie Theatre (Video)

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will defend her title against Miesha Tate in the co-main event at UFC 168 on Saturday, December 28. The current bantamweight champion last night appeared on “The Jimmy Kimmel” on ABC.

Rousey was on the show to promote the fight with Tate. Also discussed on the show was talking about judo, her family and a fight in a movie theatre.

You can watch the video of her appearance above.

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The 50th Anniversary Of The First Ever MMA Fight With “Judo” Gene LaBell vs Milo Savage (Video)

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The UFC was started 20 years ago last month and that has been recognized by this generation as to when MMA first started. That isn’t true though as 50 years ago yesterday, an American judoka by the name of Gene LaBell responded to an advertisement in a magazine to face a boxer, Milo Savage.

LaBell and Savage battled at event in Salt Lake City, Utah pitting Judo vs Boxing, which would show which style is better. To celebrate the anniversary, the apparel company Roots of Fight made a documentary looking back at the history of the fight and what it means today.

The people at Roots of Fight sent us the video, which you can watch above as you will hear interviews from LaBell, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, MMA legend BJ Penn, referee John McCarthy, former world champion judoka AnnMaria Rousey DeMars and Paul Lazenby.

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Jon Jones To Be On The Cover Of New EA Sports UFC Video Game, Fan Vote For Second Fighter

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Another day, another accomplishment for UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. It has been announced that Jones will be on the cover of the new EA Sports UFC video game titled, “EA Sports UFC”. The game will be coming out in 2014.

To add a wrinkle to the game, EA Sports and the UFC announced that a second fighter will be added to cover of the game through a fan vote. 16 fighters have been announced that will partake in an head to head weekly elimination tournament, with the last fighter standing will grace the cover alongside Jones. The fighters in the game are:

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, Michael Bisping, Daniel Cormier, Junior dos Santos, Urijah Faber, Alexander Gustafsson, Benson Henderson, Johny Hendricks, Chael Sonnenand Miesha Tate.

You can vote on the fighters starting today at ufc.com/covervote.

Jones was thrilled with the honor of being of the new video game.

“It’s another one of those surreal moments, one of those moments you just have to step back and pinch yourself and realize I’m not dreaming,” Jones said in the official release.

“EA Sports UFC” will replace the most recent game in the UFC division, THQ’s “UFC Undisputed.”

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Josh Barnett Gets A License In Nevada, UFC Will Pay For WADA Testing

Their was a long standing question when Josh Barnett came back to the UFC was whether he would be able to get a license to fight in the state of Nevada. The question was answered this morning when Barnett was approved for a license to fight at UFC 168 against Travis Browne during a hearing today with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Their was a catch to the license though.

Barnett was told by the commission that he would have to submit himself to random testing up until his fight with Browne as well as to random drug testing done by the commission for all of 2014. Barnett will be also be subjected to enhanced, intensive and weekly testing by the WADA lab at the expense Barnett or the UFC along with the testing in the state of Nevada even Barnett doesn’t fight in the state next year.

The former UFC heavyweight champion attended the hearing along with his attorneys had to explain his previous drug test failures in 2001 and 2002 in Nevada and 2009 in the state of California. Barnett stated that the failed 2001 and 2002 tests were due to the use of supplements that were later reclassified as anabolic steroids while contending the 2009 test was likely due to contaminated supplements. Barnett said he now largely avoids supplements due to the past issues.

“The Warmaster” said to the commission that he understands what is on the list and he is responsible for everything that is put into his body.

“I understand the prohibited list, and that’s what’s necessary,” Barnett said. “I have to watch what I put it in my mouth, in my body. No one’s giving me anything under the table and putting things in my system. This is my responsibility.”

UFC executive Marc Ratner was at the hearing and said the company would be willing to foot the bill for all additional testing.

Barnett will be the first mixed martial artist in Nevada to undergo WADA certified random drug testing.

If Barnett can get by Browne, his next fight would likely be for the UFC heavyweight championship he once held.

UFC 168 takes place on Saturday, December 28 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main event will feature Chris Weidman defending the UFC middleweight championship against Anderson Silva. The co-feature will have UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defending against Miesha Tate.

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Conor McGregor Discusses When He Will Return, Fighting Diego Sanchez, Miesha Tate/Ronda Rousey Tweet And More

UFC featherweight Conor McGregor was last seen in action on UFC Fight Night 26 in August when he defeated Max Holloway by unanimous decision. After the fight a lot of hype was surrounding McGregor. People were saying he could be the next big thing in the UFC and could be the first ever European champion in the organization.

Then tragedy happened as McGregor had stated after the Holloway fight that he hurt his knee, but didn’t think it was too bad. It was announced that McGregor tore his ACL and would be sidelined indefinitely.

McGregor is in England for the UFC Fight Night 30 event tomorrow night in Manchester. “Notorious” did a media scrum earlier today and discussed how his rehab is going, when he thinks he will return, why he wants to fight Diego Sanchez at lightweight, his controversial tweet regarding Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey and more.

Watch the video of the scrum above.

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Ronda Rousey Confirms She Will Be in “Fast and Furious 7″ Before Starting Training Camp For UFC 168

The rumors can finally be put to rest regarding what is next for Ronda Rousey before she steps into the cage against Miesha Tate at UFC 168 in December. The UFC women’s bantamweight champion confirmed on Facebook that right after she finishes filming of “The Expendables 3″, she will then head right into filming “Fast And The Furious 7″. Here is what Rousey had to say regarding her upcoming schedule.

“Its finally official. After we finish filming Expendables3 I’m flying to Atlanta to film Fast7 before starting my 6 week training camp to defend my UFC title. For those that doubt it can be done, please put your money where your mouths are so my friends can finally get some decent returns betting on me to win.”

The filming of the latest “Fast And The Furious” and the timeframe stated, Rousey will go into full training camp in the middle of November.

The women’s bantamweight champion hasn’t competed since she defeated Liz Carmouche at UFC 157 in February and recently coached opposite Tate on the current season of The Ultimate Fighter.

The latest installment of “Fast 7″ will feature the likes of Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

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Video: The Ultimate Fighter 18 Episode 7 Preview

The 18th season of The Ultimate Fighter continues tonight with the seventh episode of the season. On tonight’s episode we will see Team Tate’s Josh Hill battle Team Rousey’s Michael Wootten.

Also on the show, a member of Miesha Tate’s team pulls a prank on Ronda Rousey and it gets worse as UFC President Dana White has to step in and intervene.

You can watch tonight’s episode starting at 10 p.m. ET On Fox Sports 1.

Watch the video above with a preview of tonight’s episode.

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The Ultimate Fighter Season 18: Team Rousey vs Team Tate Episode 2 Recap

The episode opens up with a recap of the last week’s premiere and showing which fighters ended up with each coach.

Then the fighters pull up to the house and the females run to get the rooms upstairs, figuring out where to put stuff in their rooms and wondering how five women are going to share one bathroom.

Some of the women then go into the hot tub and Team Tate Fighter Chris Holdsworth looks at the women and wonders if sexual relationships can occur and Julianna Pena from Team Tate says she’s here to win and not to find a boyfriend.

A group of competitors discussing how training sessions will play out when members of the opposite sex spar and grapple with one another.

The discussion heats up with the women insisting they would be insulted if the men take it easy on them. Team Tate’s Tim Gorman is the most vocal of the male fighters, saying that regardless of circumstances he will not go 100 percent in training.

Then we go to the TUF gym in where Team Tate trains first and the team has a recovery day with light training since the elimination bouts had taken place the previous day.

Miesha Tate notices that Tim Gorman hasn’t been moving well and Gorman admits that he has a hamstring injury. Gorman shows off the bruise on the back of his leg and describes that his ankle is swollen as well.

As Team Tate is finishing up their training session when Ronda Rousey storms into the gym and says that their time is up and to leave the gym immediately.

Rousey talks her team and discusses cutting corners and the importance of minor details.

At the house, there’s more discussion about potential relationships between cast members, but the women continue to say they are taking the competition and nothing will interfere with that.

Then at the next Team Tate training session, UFC President Dana White goes into Team Tate’s locker room and says he needs to see Miesha Tate and Gorman. The UFC doctor is in the room with White, Tate and Gorman. The doctor tells them that Gorman has a torn hamstring and shouldn’t be in the competition anymore.

Gorman is devastated by the news, but wanted to continue. White told them that he is no longer in the competition. White told Tate that he already had a replacement in Louis Fisette, who was submitted by Holdsworth in the elimination round .

Shayna Baszler and Pena then weigh-in to make the fight official.

Members of both teams discuss the matchup, saying Baszler should have her way with Pena.

Baszler talks about her path as one of the most experienced female fighters in the sport. The 33-year-old is highly confident going into the quarterfinal matchup, calling Pena an unworthy opponent who doesn’t deserve to be in the same cage as her.

The fight then starts with Pena coming forward early with a big flurry of punches and clinches Baszler against the cage. Baszler works her way out of the position and secures a takedown. Pena quickly gets back to her feet, but is taken down again, this time into side control. Baszler takes the back and works for a rear-naked choke to no avail. Pena brings it back to guard and Baszler throws big punches and elbows from top position. Pena eventually escapes to a standing position and goes for a takedown of her own. Several scrambles ensue on the ground and both fighters exchange turns in top position, but neither is able to inflict any significant damage. The round ends with Baszler in Pena’s half-guard throwing strikes.

Second round then gets underway as Pena appears to be the fresher of the two fighters and opens the round by connecting with a straight right hand. A firefight breaks out on the feet with heavy strikes going both ways. Baszler repeatedly clinches in an attempt to get a takedown, but Pena shrugs it off and presses forward with strikes. Pena clinches Baszler against the cage where she remains active with knees and punches. Pena completes a takedown and continues to hit a now bloodied Baszler, who is quickly losing the little steam she has left. Baszler gives up her back and Pena capitalizes by locking in a rear-naked choke, flattening Baszler out on her stomach and forcing the tap-out.

Julianna Pena def. Shayna Baszler via submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 2.

The gym reacts to the major upset and Pena reflects on her stunning victory, saying she shouldn’t be underestimated due to her good looks and she has just as realistic a chance of winning the entire competition as anyone else.

A moment backstage shows Rousey comforting Baszler. Rousey reminds Baszler that while she may have lost her opportunity to win the six-figure UFC contract, many TUF cast members have gone on to do big things in the UFC and the experience of being on the show is still significant.

In confessional, Rousey talks about her failure to coach Baszler to a win and voices her displeasure with how opposing coach Tate reacted to Pena’s win, saying, “When I looked across and saw Shayna hurting like that, then I looked over and saw Miesha just smiling at her pain, she’s going to pay for every fucking smile she smirks today.”

It’s time for the next fight announcement, and with Baszler’s loss, control switches over to Team Tate, who must now pick the first matchup between male fighters.

After Rousey went after Tate’s top female pick in week one, Tate decides to flip the script by selecting the champion’s top pick. The matchup will see Team Tate’s No. 2 pick Holdsworth go up against Team Rousey’s top selection Chris Beal, who earlier in the episode had complained about an injured hand.

Tate explains the reasoning behind her selection, saying, “We wanted Chris Beal quickly because we noticed he had a hand injury and at this point any kind of advantages like that you want to take advantage of. So I know he’s a pretty heavy-handed fighter and it kind of takes away 50 percent of his game.”

An enraged Rousey reacts, saying, “She specifically picked Chris because they know he has a hurt hand. It’s some pussy ass bullshit. Chris is going to beat him with one fucking hand, I know it.”

The episode closes with both teams leaving the gym and as Rousey walks by Tate, she angrily whispers, “Just so you know, you smiling at my girl’s pain today is one more reason I’m going to fucking destroy you again.”

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The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 Team Rousey vs. Team Tate Episode 1 Recap

The long awaited season premiere of The Ultimate Fighter season 18 took place last night. The coaches on the show are UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and her longtime rival Miesha Tate. This is the first season where it is not only the men, but women are involved in the season as well.

The episode opened up with a video montage of the fighters expressing their desire to become the next ultimate fighter. UFC President Dana White explains the changes to the 18th season of the reality show, noting this will be the first time the cast consists of both male and female bantamweight fighters.

Rousey then walks into the gym awaiting Cat Zingano and then Tate ends up coming up through the door and tells Rousey she’s here to coach and Rousey storms off. White then tells Rouset that Zingano tore her ACL and is having surgery as he is talking, with Tate replacing her.

Now the fights are about to begin and here are the results of the fights:

JESSAMYN DUKE vs LAURA HOWARTH

The fight begins with Duke pressing forward with strikes and controlling the distance in the standup with kicks and punches. Howarth initiates the clinch and gets Duke up against the fence. Duke reverses position and takes down Howarth, and she ends up in half guard. A scramble results in Howarth on top, but Duke immediately works a high guard and nearly gets an armbar. Howarth escapes and takes Duke’s back, but Duke scrambles to her back and reestablishes guard, where she works for more submissions from the guard. Another scramble for position results in Duke securing a tight triangle choke submission for the tap-out.

Jessamyn Duke def Laura Howarth via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1

DAVID GRANT vs DANNY MARTINEZ

The two fighters meet in the middle of the cage and immediately exchange a series of haymakers. Martinez presses Grant up against the cage twice in a row and attempts takedowns with no luck. While defending, Grant throws an illegal 12-to-six elbow to Martinez’s spine, and referee Herb Dean breaks up the action. Grant is given a warning for illegal strikes. The fight resumes with more striking exchanges from a distance with Grant landing with the cleaner punches and knees. Martinez once again presses Grant against the cage, but this time he is successful with the takedown. Grant nearly locks in a triangle choke, but the round ends before he can finish.

The second round begins with more striking exchanges until Grant knocks down Martinez. As Martinez works out of danger and back to his feet, Grant connects with an illegal knee to the head of his downed opponent. The referee again breaks up the fight and takes one point away from Grant. Action continues with more big punches from both men on the feet. Grant sprawls on a Martinez takedown attempt and transitions to the armbar, forcing Martinez to give up.

David Grant def Danny Martinez via submission (armbar) – Round 2

REVELINA BERTO vs JESSICA RAKOCZY

Performance highlights show dominance and several near-submission attempts from Berto in the early going from both top and bottom positions. Unable to finish the fight, Rakoczy rallies back with significant strikes from the top and locks in a submission of her own. In what starts as an armbar, Rakoczy rolls over the shoulder and gets Berto in a rare submission using the omoplata technique.

Jessica Rakoczy def Revelina Berto via submission (omoplata) – Round 1

MICHAEL WOOTTEN VS. EMIL HARTSNER
Performance highlights show a lot of clinch and cage work by both fighters. White consistently chimes in as highlights of the fight play, putting down the performance of both men and stating the matchup was far from memorable and admitting he has no interest in seeing either man fight again. The bout goes all three rounds, and Wootten takes the decision.

Michael Wootten def Emil Hartsner via decision

PEGGY MORGAN vs BETHANY MARSHALL

Morgan has a noticeable size advantage from the outset and uses it to her fullest advantage in a completely one-sided performance. Marshall fails on a takedown attempt early and is reversed directly into mount, where Morgan tees off with strikes until referee Steve Mazzagatti mercifully stops the fight.

Peggy Morgan def Bethany Marshall via TKO (punches) – Round 1

VALERIE LETOURNEAU vs ROXANNE MODAFFERI

Modafferi opens the fight as the more aggressive striker on the feet and proceeds to press Letourneau against the cage, where she lands a takedown. Modafferi passes guard to side control, and Letourneau gives up her back. Modafferi goes for the rear-naked choke, and after some hand fighting, locks in the submission.

Roxanne Modafferi def Valerie Letourneau via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1

TIM GORMAN vs LEE SANDMEIER

Sandmeier rushes forward and walks right into a Gorman takedown. Gorman improves position while landing big punches and elbows. Sandmeier gives up his back, and Gorman gets his hooks in. Sandmeier manages to roll over into mount, where Gorman reigns down heavy shots. Sandmeier shows courage in throwing punches from his back while mounted, but the damage ultimately catches up to him, and the referee stops the fight.

Tim Gorman def Lee Sandmeier via TKO (punches) – Round 1

TONYA EVINGER vs RAQUEL PENNINGTON

Performance highlights show both fighters landing respectable strikes in the standup and clinch. Evinger looks to be winning the fight until Pennington catches her in a guillotine choke with her neck exposed for the second-round finish.

Raquel Pennington def Tonya Evinger via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2

CHRIS BEAL vs SIRWAN KAKAI

Performance highlights show Beal getting the better of the striking exchanges early in the fight as he drops Kakai with a hard left hand. Beal continues to get the edge on the feet, but Kakai has his moments with takedowns, ground strikes and submissions attempts. Beal keeps it on the feet more often than not, though, and outpoints his way to a decision victory.

Chris Beal def Sirwan Kakai via decision

PATRICK HOLOHAN vs JOSH HILL

Performance highlights show a grappling-heavy affair with Hill out-positioning his way to the win. White criticizes Hill for his wrestling-centric approach to the match, but nevertheless, the Canadian gets the decision win.

Josh Hill def Patrick Holohan via decision

COLLEEN SCHNEIDER vs SHAYNA BASZLER

Baszler is the aggressor early, and after some work against the cage, she takes Schneider to the ground. Schneider tries desperately to wall-walk back to her feet, but Baszler takes her back and begins working for a choke. Schneider defends well and manages to escape from danger back to her feet. That doesn’t last long, though, as Baszler wins the scramble for a takedown and ends up in side control. After a few punches, Schneider gives up her arm, and Baszler takes it home for the submission victory.

Shayna Baszler def Colleen Schneider via submission (armbar) – Round 1

LOUIS FISETTE vs CHRIS HOLDSWORTH

Serious aggression from both men early, but it’s Fisette who clinches Holdsworth against the fence and tries for a trip takedown. He fails but then switches to a body lock and gets the slam. Holdswroth immediately threatens with submissions from his back. He nearly gets an armbar and triangle choke, but he can’t finish with either. Fisette displays tremendous toughness by refusing to quit, and after spending a good portion of the round avoiding chokes, finally escapes. Fisette shows desperation in his wild attempt to do something meaningful, which allows Holdsworth to get back on top and secure mount. Holdsworth goes for an arm-triangle choke, and Holdsworth’s run of tight submission escapes is over.

Chris Holdsworth def. Louis Fisette via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1

JULIANNA PENA vs GINA MAZANY

Performance highlights show Pena getting the better of the action on the feet and especially on the ground. White, Rousey and Tate all praise Pena’s performance as she picks up a lopsided unanimous decision win.

Julianna Pena def Gina Mazany via decision

MATT MUNSEY vs ANTHONY GUTIERREZ

Performance highlights show minimal clips of Gutierrez landing strikes on the feet with some submission attempts on the ground en route to a decision win.

Anthony Gutierrez def Matt Munsey via decision

TARA LAROSA vs SARAH MORAS

Performance highlights show LaRosa landing clean shots to the chin right off the bat. Moras decides she wants no part of a striking battle and opts to take the fight to the ground. Moras attempts several submissions on the ground but cannot finish LaRosa, whom coach Tate reminds viewers has never been submitted before. Moras continues to utilize her wrestling ability to neutralize LaRosa’s offense for the win and what could be considered the biggest upset of the elimination round.

Sarah Moras def Tara LaRosa via decision

RAFAEL DE FREITAS vs CODY BOLLINGER

De Freitas and Bollinger waste no time exchanging punches until Bollinger lands a takedown. De Freitas immediately threatens with an armbar from the bottom; however, Bollinger displays his power and slams his way out of danger. De Freitas gets back to his feet, and more punches are thrown. Bollinger goes for a slam takedown, but De Freitas counters with a guillotine choke that appears close. Bollinger escapes the choke and is free for a brief moment before De Freitas locks in a tight triangle choke. Bollinger stays calm, gives the referee a thumb up, and the round ends with Bollinger in the choke.

Round 2 is underway, and both men are clearly tired, with De Freitas being noticeably more fatigued. Bollinger turns up the pressure and starts connecting with punches, kicks, elbows and knees on his Brazilian opponent. De Freitas eats several flurries and looks out on his feet. Bollinger remains composed and eventually lands the fight-ending combination for the knockout win.

Cody Bollinger def Rafael De Freitas via TKO (strikes) – Round 2

With the elimination-round fights in the books and the final 16 established, the winners are brought back to the gym, where White informs them that fan voting at the conclusion of the season will reward $25,000 to the “Knockout of the Season,” “Submission of the Season” and “Fight of the Season.”

The winning male and female fighters will receive a six-figure UFC contracts as well as custom Harley Davidson motorcycle for them and their respective coach.

It’s time for team selection. White flips the coin and Rousey wins. The reigning champion opts to pick the first fight of the tournament, giving Tate the first choice of fighter.

The team selection went as follows:

Team Tate

1. Julianna Pena
2. Sarah Moras
3. Raquel Pennington
4. Roxanne Modafferi

1. Cody Bollinger
2. Chris Holdsworth
3. Josh Hill
4. Tim Gorman

Team Rousey

1. Shayna Baszler
2. Jessamyn Duke
3. Peggy Morgan
4. Jessica Rakoczy

1. Chris Beal
2. David Grant
3. Anthony Gutierrez
4. Michael Wootten

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UFC Wednesday Video Preview

Wednesday is a big day for the UFC as UFC Fight Night 28 takes place and the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter Season 18. UFC Fight Night 28 places in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, with the headlining fight between Glover Teixeira battling Ryan Bader in light heavyweight action. With a dominating win over Bader, Teixeira has been promised a title shot at the winner of Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 later in the month.

The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 features the first ever season of having women on the show with the men. The season will feature the bantamweight weight class, with the coaches being UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. Rousey and Tate will be facing each other in the co-main of UFC 168 on December 28.

You will be able to watch both shows on Fox Sports 1 with UFC Fight Night 28 starting at 5 P.M. ET, then The Ultimate Fighter starting at 10 ET.

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Here is the card for UFC Fight Night 28 on Wednesday:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET)
Ryan Bader vs. Glover Teixeira
Yushin Okami vs. Ronaldo Souza
Joseph Benavidez vs. Jussier Formiga
Piotr Hallmann vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Rafael Natal vs. Tor Troeng
Ali Bagautinov vs. Marcos Vinicius

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 5 p.m. ET)
Felipe Arantes vs. Edimilson Souza
Ramiro Hernandez vs. Lucas Martins
Elias Silverio vs. Joao Zeferino
Ivan Jorge vs. Keith Wisniewski

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 4:30 p.m. ET)
Sean Spencer vs. Yuri Villefort

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UFC News: Jessica Eye Talks Leaving Bellator And Signing With The UFC

On today’s podcast, Steve talks to top-ranked women’s fighter, UFC women’s bantamweight fighter Jessica Eye. “Evil” discusses what led to her no longer being with Bellator MMA, what organizations talked to her right after her release from Bellator and what led Eye to signing with the UFC.

Eye also tells Steve if Sarah Kaufman is the next opponent, how soon she wants to face the winner of Ronda Rousey/Miesha Tate, who her favorite football team is and much more.

Follow Jessica Eye on Twitter @jessicaevileye.

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