Neil Magny Goes Distance, Defeats Former Champion

The no. 8-ranked welterweight Neil Magny got the win in UFC 207 action Friday at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, beating former champion after the three rounds.

Neil Magny returned to the win column with a unanimous decision victory but it didn’t come without controversy. Johny Hendricks was landing takedowns and in ground control. No doubting or hating on Bigg Rigg but how take downs can be scored heavily when Hendricks was just holding his opponent and Mangy did more battle from the bottom. UFC even showed that Magny had twice as many significant ground strikes on TV.

The submission Neil Magny attempted when he got the head of former champion caught in a tight triangle with elbows during the first and last round was difference for me. He did more work. It was a near tap experience too. I thought it was going to be a submission finish though.

Close one. Magny edged Hendricks on scores after the three rounds. He also gets 20% of Hendricks purse. Hendricks missed weight for the third time. Neil Magny clearly deserved the win.

Here’s the UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey Results, Hightlights and Bonuses.

UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey Results, Hightlights and Bonuses

The return of Ronda Rousey only lasted 48 seconds after Amanda Nunes successfully defended her UFC women’s bantamweight crown at UFC 207 on Dec. 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. Nunes was clearly the superior fighter. Rousey threw some punches but got countered everytime until she got pummeled in the face. Ref Herb Dean stopped the fight to save the former champ from more battering. I saw no Ronda Rousey during the whole fight. The utterly dominant Ronda who even claimed she could beat Mayweather. Really I hope she becomes strong both mentally and emotionally and comes back still.

The trading insults at one another between Dominick Cruz and Cody Garbrandt indeed erupted into a five round brawl! Cody’s excellent game plan and dance moves were on display. He was landing big punches and took Dominick down during the first round. The left eye of the former champ was cut from a headbutt causing him to bleed in the third round.  Cruz was outclassed, taunted and danced by “No Love” to deliver an upset win and become the unbeaten, new world bantamweight champion. Both fighters were awarded $50,000 for Fight of the Night bonuses.

TJ Dillashaw’s performace warrants a title shot at 135 lbs. He used his footwork to outclassed John Lineker. “I want my belt. That’s my belt. He’s (Dominick Cruz) running from me. He knows I won it. I want my belt back”, The former bantamweight champion said after his unanimous decision victory.

Luis Smolka took 30% of Ray Borg’s purse as a penalty from not making weight. Borg with some heavy grappling and ground and pound took the win by way of unanimous decision.

The prelim fights were just as good as the main events. Jonny Hendricks dropped Neil Magny in round one but Magny was fighting on the ground with landing more strikes and triangle, stood up in round two. The no. 8-ranked welterweight got the head of former champion caught in a tight triangle again which was a near tap experience with numerous elbows. Close one. Magny edged Hendricks on scores after the three rounds. He also gets 20% of Hendricks purse. Hendricks missed weight for the third time.

Amanda Nunes and Alex Garcia were also awarded $50,000 for Performance of the Night bonuses.

The official UFC 207 results:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Female Bantamweight Championship
Amanda Nunes def. Ronda Rousey at 46 secs of Round 1
UFC Bantamweight Championship
Cody Garbrandt def. Dominick Cruz via UD
Bantamweight: T.J. Dillashaw def. John Lineker via UD
Welterweight: Dong Hyun Kim def. Tarec Saffiedine via SD
Flyweight: Ray Borg def. Louis Smolka via UD

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Welterweight:  Neil Magny def. Johny Hendricks via UD
Middleweight: Antonio Carlos Junior def. Marvin Vettori via UD
Welterweight: Alex Garcia def. Mike Pyle at 3:34 of Round 1
Welterweight:  Niko Price def. Brandon Thatch at 4:40 of Round 1

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:30 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira was declared as NC (illegal knees) at 3:33 of Round 1

UFC 207 Ends The 2016 With A BANG!

This is the ‘comeback’ UFC fans watching around the world have been waiting for! Ronda Rousey is back after more than a year of losing her title to Holly Holm at UFC 193. She will start her new Octagon journey and attempt to regain the UFC women’s bantamweight crown from Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on Dec. 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada.

The co-headliner of the event is a UFC men’s bantamweight championship bout between current champion Dominick Cruz and undefeated Cody Garbrandt. Before their fight was announced, the pair were already trading insults at one another. Their trash talks which will be erupted into a brawl is unimaginable! The card also includes Dominick Cruz’ rival TJ Dillashaw who will face John Lineker.

The rematch between Fabrício Werdum and Cain Velasquez was scheduled to take place on this card but Velasquez was pulled from UFC 207 and ruled medically ineligible to compete by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. This is the second time an injury to Velasquez scrapped the bout. No word on who the UFC will get to fill in.

The prelim fights are going to be just as good as the main card. Former champion Jonny Hendricks returns to face the No. 8-ranked Neil Magny who is always willing to fight the best in the world at anytime. Hendricks having the mindset of retiring if he loses before a fight is not motivational for him. Can he get on track or will Magny end the road for the former UFC champion? Other welterweights, Dong Hyun Kim, Tarec Saffiedine, Alex Garcia, Mike Pyle, Tim Means, Alex Oliveira, Brandon Thatch and Niko Price lined up for UFC 207.

A flyweight bout between Luis Smolka and Ray Borg replaced the Maryna Moroz vs Jessica Andrade fight. On December 7 Moroz was replaced by Invicta FC strawweight champion Angela Hill who was then ruled out of fighting due to USADA rule. Hill is required to spend four months in the USADA drug-testing pool before competing. Hill was in the pool last year before she was released in October 2015. Subsequently, Andrade was removed from the card and will be rescheduled for a future event.

Lastly, Sabah Homasi was expected to fight Brandon Thatch at a welterweight bout. Homasi however pulled out due to injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Niko Price.

Here’s the complete UFC 207 line up is now set:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Female Bantamweight Championship
Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Ronda Rousey
UFC Bantamweight Championship
Dominick Cruz (c) vs. Cody Garbrandt
Bantamweight: T.J. Dillashaw vs. John Lineker
Flyweight: Ray Borg vs. Louis Smolka

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Johny Hendricks vs. Neil Magny
Welterweight: Dong Hyun Kim vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Welterweight: Alex Garcia vs. Mike Pyle
Middleweight: Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Marvin Vettori

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:30 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira
Welterweight: Brandon Thatch vs. Niko Price

Werdum-Velasquez rematch set for UFC 207

There will be no world championship on the line when Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez meet for the second time in a UFC 207 bout on Friday, December 30 in Las Vegas. But don’t expect there to be any less intensity when two of the greatest heavyweights of all-time attempt to settle their score at T-Mobile Arena.

Originally scheduled to face each other for the second time in February, an injury to Velasquez scrapped the bout, and heavyweight history was ultimately altered, as Werdum went on to lose the belt he took from Velasquez in June of 2015 to Stipe Miocic at UFC 198 in May.

Since that bout, Brazil’s Werdum bounced back with a three round unanimous decision over Travis Browne in September that cemented his No. 1 ranking atop the division. But while Werdum is seeking a championship rematch with Miocic, he first has business to settle with the No. 2-ranked Velasquez.

A two-time heavyweight champion, California’s Velasquez bounced back from his defeat to Werdum with a Performance of the Night knockout of Browne at UFC 200 in July. And in December, he not only wants to earn a crack at the belt and the opportunity to join Randy Couture as the only fighters in UFC history to win the heavyweight championship three times, but to avenge the second loss of his career against the man who submitted him at UFC 188.

UFC 207, which is headlined by the UFC women’s bantamweight championship bout between Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey, airs live on Pay-Per-View.

Four Welterweight Contenders Meet in UFC 207 Bouts

The UFC 207 card on December 30 in Las Vegas got a double jolt of welterweight action on Tuesday, as the promotion announced that former world champion Johny Hendricks will return to face Neil Magny, and Matt “The Immortal” Brown will take on former Strikeforce titleholder Tarec Saffiedine at T-Mobile Arena.

UFC 207, which is headlined by the UFC women’s bantamweight championship bout between Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey, airs live on Pay-Per-View from T-Mobile arena.

Looking to get back in the race to regain his 170-pound title, the No. 7-ranked Hendricks is eager to return to the form that took him to the top of the division in 2014, and a win over the No. 9-ranked Magny, who is 10-2 in his last dozen bouts, is a step in the right direction for “Bigg Rigg.”

Also seeking a return to the win column is Ohio’s Brown, an all-action battler who is always willing to fight the best in the world at anytime. He will get his wish when he faces Saffiedine, a fellow contender who has emerged victorious in six of his last eight.

Stay tuned to UFC.com for more fight card announcements.

RONDA ROUSEY HEADED BACK TO OCTAGON TO CHALLENGE AMANDA NUNES

After UFC undefeated female champion Rounda Rousey suffered her first loss to Holly Holm. She was only on the sidelines for eleven months.

A new information was reported by Ariel Helwani few days ago that indicates she is coming back to the octagon sooner than expected.

Today, Dana White and the UFC announced that Rousey will challenge Amanda Nunes for the bantamweight title at UFC 207 in Las Vegas on December 30, 2016.

It’s going to be crazy!