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Make Way For The Return Of Jon Jones

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The UFC received some good news Wednesday night, at least in terms of adding another main event fighter to the roster.

USADA gave Jon Jones a 15-month suspension for his failed drug test last year, making him available to fight again before the year is over.

Jones was suspended for taking a banned substance, but had the length shortened to just over a year. He faced up to four years on the sidelines for it being his second offense.

“It’s difficult to express myself at this moment but I can definitely say my heart is filled with gratitude and appreciation,” Jones posted on social media. “I want to thank all of you who have stood by me during the toughest stretch of my life.

“It has meant the world to me and always will. But now is the time to shift the focus front and center to the road ahead. Greatness is what I’m chasing and the path to reclaiming my throne is now officially open. Comeback Season begins now.”

What will happen with Jones next? Some reports have already mentioned a quick return at the New York City card in early November, but would the UFC risk placing him on such a marquee event and in a headline role?

Legacy Fighting Alliance 49 Live On AXS TV Friday Night

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Unbeaten Sean Brady meets unbeaten Gilbert Urbina in the main event of Legacy Fighting Alliance 49 Friday night on AXS TV.

The event takes place from the Golden Nugget Casino, Hotel and Marina in Atlantic City, New Jersey and begins at 9 p.m. ET.

It marks the debut for LFA in New Jersey.

“I am excited to bring LFA to the northeast,” said LFA president Ed Soares. “Atlantic City is a great fight town with a long, storied history in prize fighting. On September 14th, LFA will add another chapter to the city’s combat sports history. LFA 49 will feature a top-tier main event between undefeated prospects Sean Brady and Gilbert Urbina, which takes place at the world-famous Golden Nugget Atlantic City.”

Brady (8-0) is the top prospect on the east coast and widely-considered one the best welterweight prospects in the world. He comes to LFA after winning all eight of his professional fights, which includes regional title fights in his last three contests. The Renzo Gracie Philly standout won his first title in May of last year by submission. He then defended it by submitting LFA vet Mike Jones this past October. The biggest win of his career, however, came this past March in his second title defense. This came against UFC vet and The Ultimate Fighter 16 winner Colton Smith. Brady defeated the four-time UFC vet via Unanimous Decision. Now the 25-year-old Philadelphian has upped the ante by signing with LFA to face a fellow unbeaten prospect at LFA 49.

Urbina (5-0) is perhaps the only welterweight prospect that can match the intrigue surrounding Brady. This is due in large part to the fact that Gilbert Urbina, age 22, comes from a famous Texan fighting family. His older brother Hector Urbina, age 30, is a three-time UFC vet that was also a cast member on two seasons of the UFC’s hit reality television show The Ultimate Fighter (TUF 19 and TUF 25). Meanwhile, his other brother Elias Urbina, age 24, has competed on UFC President Dana White’s television series Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series as well as The Ultimate Fighter as he was a cast member on TUF 23. Now Gilbert Urbina, after a quick submission victory at LFA 7, is looking to build his own legacy by securing a marquee win at LFA 49.

Along with Brady vs. Urbina, Tanner Saraceno takes on Jonavin Webb, Courtney King battles Danyelle Wolf and Ahlet Kayretli meets Andrew Salas to complete the main card.

Main Event | Welterweight Bout (170 lb)
* Sean Brady (8-0) vs. Gilbert Urbina (5-0)

Co-Main Event | Welterweight Bout (170 lb)
* Jonavin Webb (10-2) vs. Tanner Saraceno (7-2)

Women’s Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
* Danyelle Wolf (0-0) vs. Courtney King (1-1)

Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)
* Andrew Salas (5-1) vs. Ahmet Kayretli (8-2)

 

 

KCFA 29 Fight Replay: Anthony Goldfield KOs Max Humphrey

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It took longer for Anthony Goldfield to be introduced than it did for the Glory MMA fighter to dispose of Max Humphrey back at KCFA 29.

Goldfield needed just 16 seconds and two big-time strikes to score his third career win in four fights. The event took place from Independence, Missouri back on July 29.

Humphrey, who trains out of the Jackson-Wink MMA gym, survived the first knockdown, but when he was planted a second time moments later, the referee decided that was enough.

Goldfield is a 27-year-old who went 5-5 in 10 amateur fights before turning pro. He has now won two straight, as he was making his pro debut for the KCFA after three pro and four amateur fights with Shamrock FC in 2016 and 2017.

Three years ago, Goldfield fought for KCFA at KCFA 14, falling to Wayne Jordan as an amateur. As you can see in the video above, his return to the promotion went much better this time around.

 

UFC 228 Results: Tyron Woodley Puts Darren Till Away In Dallas

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Leave it to Tyron Woodley to score a career-defining victory just when he needed it the most.

Woodley, who was called into question after a successful welterweight title defense vs. Demian Maia for his inability to score a finish, did just that against top contender Darren Till Saturday night at UFC 228.

Late in the second round, Woodley locked in a choke and forced Till to tap, securing another victory. The submission, though, was his first finish since 2009 when he toppled Rudy Bears.

Woodley, a former standout wrestler in college before embarking on his MMA career, claimed five consecutive submission wins in 2009. This one, though, was his first since.

The loss was the first defeat in the career of Till, who earned his title shot after defeating Stephen Thompson.

Jessica Andrade picked up a first round knockout vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz in the co-main event, making a bold statement to being the next contender to the strawweight title.

Zabit Magomedsharipov had no troubles with Brandon Davis, Jimmie Rivera bested John Dodson and Abdul Razak Alhassan kicked off the main card with a 43-second knockout of Niko Price.

Tatiana Suarez made her own statement on the FX prelims, finishing Carla Esparza and proclaiming herself the next strawweight contender. Aljamain Sterling submitted Cody Stamman, Geoff Neal landed a head-kick that floored Frank Camacho, and Darren Stewart finished Charles Byrd.

Both Diego Sanchez and Jim Miller were victorious on UFC Fight Pass, getting themselves back in the win column.

Complete results are below:

  • Tyron Woodley def. Darren Till via submission (D’arce choke) at 4:19 of Round 2 to remain UFC welterweight champion
  • Jessica Andrade def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz via KO (strike) at 1:58 of Round 1
  • Zabit Magomedsharipov def. Brandon Davis via submission (kneebar) at 3:46 of Round 2
  • Jimmie Rivera def. John Dodson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Abdul Razak Alhassan def. Niko Price via KO (strike) at :43 of Round 1
  • Tatiana Suarez def. Carla Esparza via TKO (strikes) at 4:33 of Round 3
  • Aljamain Sterling def. Cody Stamman via submission (kneebar) at 3:42 of Round 2
  • Geoff Neal def. Frank Camacho via KO (head-kick) at 1:23 of Round 2
  • Darren Stewart def. Charles Byrd via TKO (strikes) at 2:17 of Round 2
  • Diego Sanchez def. Craig White via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jim Miller def. Alex White via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:29 of Round 1
  • Irene Aldana def. Lucie Pudilova via split decision (29-28, 28-28, 29-28)
  • Jarred Brooks def. Roberto Sanchez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Raufeon Stots Proves Himself In Main Event Of LFA 48

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If now is the time for the UFC to come calling, Raufeon Stots will head there with plenty of momentum.

The 29-year-old Houston native scored his sixth finish in his career this past Friday night at Legacy Fighting Alliance 48 when he finished off Ryan Lilley in the main event.

The card took place from the Viaero Center in Kearney, Nebraska, with the main card airing live on AXS TV.

Stots, who has only lost to current UFC fighter Merab Dvalishvili, dominated Lilley to add his name to previous wins over the likes of Jeff Curran, William Joplin and Robert Emerson.

The event marked a return of sorts for LFA, as Kearney was the birthplace of Resurrection Fighting Alliance. The promotion merged with Legacy FC to create LFA, which is one of the top promotions in the U.S. outside of the UFC and Bellator.

Other winners from the night included Brandon Royval, Calen Born and Ryan MacDonald. Born and MacDonald both remained unbeaten in their respective MMA careers, as Born picked up a decision to move to 6-0 and MacDonald earned a submission for his 10th career victory.

Below are complete results from Legacy Fighting Alliance 48:

  • Main Event – Bantamweight Fight – Raufeon Stots (10-1) defeated Ryan Lilley (9-4) via TKO at 3:00 in round three
  • Co-Main Event – Flyweight Fight – Brandon Royval (8-3) defeated Charles Johnson (7-2) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Welterweight Fight – Calen Born (6-0) defeated Kassius Kayne (12-6) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Bantamweight Fight – Ryan MacDonald (10-0) submitted Trevor Ward (6-5) at 2:06 in round two
  • Featherweight Fight – Kevin Croom (19-10) defeated Darrick Minner (21-9) via TKO at 2:10 in round two
  • Welterweight Fight – Austin Jones (6-4) defeated Duane Johnson (4-1) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Welterweight Fight – Brock Smith (3-0) defeated Joe Boerschig (5-2 via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

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