After incomes a UFC contract on Dana White’s Tuesday Evening Contender Collection, Julian Marquez acquired a tricky scrap out of Darren Stewart earlier than incomes his first UFC victory by submitting the Brit within the second spherical.

There was no feeling out course of with these middleweights, as each Marquez (7-1) and Stewart (7-Three with 1 NC) acquired after it instantly. Marquez held the sting along with his hanging, particularly with elbows and knees at shut vary, however Stewart’s takedowns stored him within the combat till he may land some arduous proper arms on the ft. Marquez practically pulled off a shock late within the spherical when he tried to lock up Stewart’s arm, however the Londoner stayed cool till the horn ended the spherical.

Marquez went proper again on the assault to start out spherical two, with a guillotine choke try and a follow-up knee kicking issues off properly for him. However Stewart wasn’t going wherever, and the 2 proceeded to commerce haymakers, a lot to the delight of the group. Because the spherical approached the halfway level, Stewart appeared for a takedown, however this time, Marquez’ guillotine try was on the right track, and it ended the combat, with referee Jerin Valel stopping it on the 2:42 mark.

Stewart was a late substitute for the injured Vitor Miranda.


Poland’s Jan Blachowicz closed out 2017 with back-to-back wins, as he decisioned fellow gentle heavyweight contender Jared Cannonier in UFC Battle Evening prelim motion at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg on Saturday.

Scores have been 29-28 throughout the board for the No. 15-ranked Blachowicz, now 21-7. The No. 14-ranked Cannonier falls to 10-Three.

The primary spherical was largely tactical, with Blachowicz utilizing a stiff jab to maintain Cannonier at bay. The Texas native did land a number of arduous kicks to the leg, however he wasn’t busy sufficient to take the body.

Cannonier did up his work fee within the second, main Blachowicz to hunt – and get – a takedown, however “Tha Killa Gorilla” acquired up instantly. The Warsaw product did get the combat again to the mat with below two minutes left as he landed a right-left that knocked Cannonier down. Cannonier was unharmed, however Blachowicz had put extra factors within the financial institution main into the third and ultimate spherical.

Cannonier’s proper hand scored properly within the third body, however simply when it appeared that he was about to make a late combat run, a pair of takedowns added to Blachowicz’ lead.


Former TUF Nations winner Chad Laprise continued to shine in his return to the welterweight division, as he rose from a first-round knockdown to cease Galore Bofando later within the opening stanza.

Protecting issues fascinating along with his unorthodox motion, Bofando struck all of the sudden with a proper hand that dropped Laprise arduous to the mat. The Canadian shook off the follow-up floor assault and acquired again to his ft, seemingly unharmed, and moments later, he scored a takedown and went to work. Stepping into the mount place, Laprise opened up with each arms, and after a collection of unanswered blows, referee Yves Lavigne halted the bout. The official time was Four:10 of spherical one.

Chatham’s Laprise strikes to 14-2 with the win. London’s Bofando falls to 5-Three.


Nordine Taleb scored a powerful victory over Danny Roberts, knocking out the Liverpool welterweight within the first spherical.

After each despatched out range-finding kicks because the bout commenced, Taleb shortly discovered his vary and shocked Roberts with a proper kick to the top that despatched the Brit again to the fence. A ultimate proper hand adopted, and that was the tip of the combat, with referee Jerin Valel stepping in at 59 seconds of spherical one.

Montreal’s Taleb strikes to 14-Four with the win. Roberts falls to 14-Three.


Light-weight veteran John Makdessi returned from a year-long layoff and picked up a unanimous determination victory, outpointing Abel Trujillo over three rounds.

All three judges noticed it 30-27 for Montreal’s Makdessi, now 15-6. Trujillo falls to 15-Eight with 1 NC.

Trujillo had a tough first spherical, not simply with authorized methods like the proper hand by Makdessi that produced a flash knockdown, however with a pair of fouls by the Canadian that almost prompted a degree deduction from referee Dan Miragliotta.

Within the second, Trujillo had a greater time as he minimize Makdessi with a jab and scored a takedown, however “The Bull” did have the Floridian limping due to some arduous kicks to the leg, and within the third, Makdessi stored Trujillo at bay for the ultimate 5 minutes, wrapping up his first win since a call victory over Mehdi Baghdad in July 2016.


Alessio Di Chirico took a lower than thrilling bout with fellow middleweight Oluwale Bamgbose and ended it in spectacular trend, knocking the New Yorker out within the second spherical.

There was the specter of sustained motion within the opening spherical however not the belief of it past a number of transient spurts the place Bamgbose marked up DiChirico’s eye with a lunging punch and the Italian returned fireplace with a knee to the top.

The second spherical was enjoying out like the primary, with Bamgbose shifting across the Octagon and Di Chirico following, however simply previous the two-minute mark, Di Chrico put an finish to issues with one other flush knee, this one placing Bamgbose down face first and prompting a stoppage by referee Herb Dean at 2:14 of spherical two.

With the win, Rome’s Di Chirico strikes to 11-2; Bamgbose falls to 6-Four.


Alberta veteran Jordan Mein snapped a three-fight dropping streak within the welterweight opener, scoring a shutout three-round unanimous determination over Erick Silva.

Dwelling as much as his intention of being extra aggressive than he has just lately, Mein went on the assault from the beginning and stored the offense coming all through the opening spherical, holding Silva on the defensive for the primary 5 minutes.

Along with his takedown recreation arising empty, Silva acquired extra energetic along with his strikes early in spherical two, however it was Mein who then put the combat on the mat, the place he landed with a number of arduous elbows that constructed his lead on the scorecards.

The third was extra of the identical on the mat, with Mein dominating en path to a clear-cut 30-26 and 30-27 (twice) determination that lifted his professional file to 30-12. Vila Velha’s Silva falls to 19-9 with 1 NC.

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