Sunday, October 13, 2013


UFC Fight Night 29 had more split decisions in a single fight card than I had ever seen before. You would think the night would lean in favor of the Brazilian fighters because the event was held in their home country. For the most part that was not the case. Light Heavyweight veteran Thiago Silva earned a unanimous decision win over another veteran, Matt Hamill. In the co-main event Welterweight Dong Hyun Kim won in surprising fashion, knocking out Erick Silva at 3:01 of round 2. The main event wasn't the most exciting fight ever. Welterweight Jake Shields did just enough to win a split decision over Demian Maia.

Bellator 103 saw Lightweight David "Caveman" Rickels return to the win column after defeating J.J. Ambrose via TKO at 2:37 of round 3. Justin Wilcox dominated Joe Taimanglo to earn a unanimous decision win and move on to the Featherweight tournament final. The second man to advance to the Featherweight tournament final was Patricio "Pitbull" Freire who defeated Fabricio Guerreiro via unanimous decision.

At Legacy FC 24, Women's Bantamweight prospect Holly Holm remained undefeated by defeating Nikki Knudsen via TKO at 1:18 of round 2. Flyweight Henry Cejudo also remained undefeated after earning a unanimous decision victory over Ryan Hollis. In the main event Lightweight Carlos Diego Ferreira won a unanimous decision over Chris Feist.

For a fight card that only had five fights on it, CFA 12 delivered in every single way imaginable. Yoisdenis Cedeno squeaked out a split decision win over Torrance Taylor to win the vacant Lightweight title. Valdir Araujo defeated Romario Manoel Da Silva via guillotine at 4:09 of round 2 to win the vacant Welterweight title. Ashlee Evans-Smith stole the show by getting an upset win over Fallon Fox via TKO at 3:15 of round 3 to win the Women's Featherweight tournament. Former UFC Lightweight fighter Efrain Escudero won a unanimous decision over Luis Palomino. And in the main event Joshua Sampo successfully defended his Flyweight title by defeating Sam Thao via unanimous decision.

Jon Jones will no longer defend his Light Heavyweight title at UFC 169. The fight with Glover Teixeira will be pushed back to a fight card at a later date.

Paul Daley will fight against fellow Welterweight Romario Manoel Da Silva at BAMMA 14 on December 14th.

UFC Middleweight (turned Welterweight) Rousimar Palhares has been banned by the promotion following his win over Mike Pierce. Palhares won via heel hook at :31 of round 1 at UFC Fight Night 29. Despite multiple taps from Pierce and the referee jumping in, Palhares did not let go of the submission until a few seconds later. He has a history of holding on to submissions too long which comes into play with him being banned.

Invicta FC has announced that it will hold its next event on December 7th.

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