Following up on the weekend preview with this week’s changes to the UFC ladders, especially in middleweight, which had the main event and co-main event of the UFC on FX card:
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Ben Rothwell, Sub-2. Not that much at stake, though Gonzaga looked impressive. Back to contender status with another win?
Ildemar Alcantara def. Wagner Prado, Sub-2. Solid debut. Prado is officially 0-2 in the UFC.
– Mikhail Zayats def. Renato “Babalu” Sobral, KO-1
– Jacob Noe def. Seth Petruzelli, TKO-1
– Emanuel Newton def. Atanas Djambazov, Sub-2
(Bad night for UFC vets in Bellator!)
Vitor Belfort def. Michael Bisping, TKO-2. As Jeff Wagenheim eloquently states, this is the third and possibly final time Bisping will come this close to a title shot. Bisping drops from top contender to contender.
CB Dollaway def. Daniel Sarafian, split decision. The Fight of the Night bonus is the biggest reward here. No changes for either guy, though Sarafian looked impressive in defeat and could move to prospect level soon.
Ronny Markes def. Andrew Craig, unanimous decision. Markes dominated for his third straight UFC win. Too soon to move him up the ladder? Nah. Markes rises from prospect to contender.
Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Thiago Tavares, TKO-1. The unbeaten sambo star from Dagestan is close to jumping from prospect to contender. Tavares stays put.
Edson Barboza def. Lucas Martins, Sub-1. Barboza is close to contender status after beating the UFC debutant.
Francisco “Massaranduba” Trinaldo def. C.J. Keith, Sub-2. TUF Brazil alum is 2-1 in the UFC; Keith is 0-2. Trinaldo rises from newbie to prospect
Bellator title fight:
– Michael Chandler def. Rick Hawn, Sub-2. Are we sure the UFC and Bellator are fighting over the right lightweight?
Godofredo “Pepey” Castro def. Milton Vieira, split decision. Both still newbies after this contentious decision.
Nik Lentz def. Diego Nunes, unanimous decision. Big win for the veteran lightweight. Another win or two, and we’ll consider him a contender at his new class.
Bellator title fight:
– Pat Curran def. Patricio “Pitbull” Friere, split decision. Title stays put.
Yuri Alcantara vs. Pedro Nobre, no contest. It’s safe to say Alcantara did himself more favors.