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Ankalaev, Yan impress in Moscow prelims

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MURTAZALIEV vs DOLLAWAY

A late notice call to the Octagon didn’t deter middleweight newcomer Khalid Murtazaliev from his mission on Saturday, as he stopped CB Dollaway in UFC Fight Night prelim action at Olympic Stadium in Moscow.

Murtazaliev was the third opponent for Dollaway, who saw Omari Akhmedov and Artem Frolov both fall out due to injury before Murtazaliev stepped in.

Dollaway got the fight to the mat in the second minute, but Murtazaliev scrambled out of trouble and back to his feet. Murtazaliev responded with a flush kick to the body and followed up with a takedown. Dollaway tried to lock up a guillotine choke, but Murtazaliev fought free and maintained control as the two rose.

Taking Murtazaliev down in round two, Dollaway worked for a submission but the Dagestan native got loose again, eventually working into the mount position. Dollaway got out, but Murtazaliev kept the pressure on as his foe tired. An unanswered ground-and-pound assault followed, and while referee Herb Dean didn’t step in, when the horn sounded to end the round, it was clear that Dollaway was in no shape to continue, with the official finish coming at 5:00 of the second round.

Murtazaliev moves to 14-2 with the win. Arizona’s Dollaway falls to 18-10

YAN vs SON

As a protégé of “The Korean Zombie,” Chan Sung Jung, it was no surprise that UFC debutant Jin Soo Son showed up ready to fight for 15 minutes. Yet despite an exciting effort, Son wasn’t able to vanquish top bantamweight prospect Petr Yan, who earned his second UFC victory via unanimous decision.

Scores were 30-27 twice and 29-28, for Omsk’s Yan, now 10-1. Seoul’s Son, who missed weight, coming in at 137 pounds, falls to 9-3.

Son impressed in the first two rounds as he took several hard shots from Yan and kept standing in the pocket. Unfortunately for the South Korean newcomer, the calm, cool and collected Yan kept landing those shots, piling up points in the process. Son did get a takedown just before the midway point of round two, switching things up and catching Yan off guard. Yan did reverse position, though, ending the round on his feet.

Son took more punishment from Yan in the third, but he kept smiling as he absorbed the blows and fired back, thrilling the crowd with a debut performance to remember, albeit in a losing effort.

KHABILOV vs JOHNSON

Back in action for the first time since September 2017, Rustam Khabilov extended his current winning streak to six with a close split decision victory over Kajan Johnson.

Scores were 29-28 twice and 28-29 for Dagestan’s Khabilov, now 23-3. Vancouver’s Johnson falls to 23-14-1.

Khabilov was the aggressor throughout the first round, but it was Johnson who put together the winning round, as he peppered Khabilov with kicks and jabs while keeping the Russian from getting close enough for a takedown.

Khabilov got closer with his strikes in round two, allowing him to find the opening for his first takedown. Johnson stayed busy from his back, looking for submissions, but Khabilov stayed out of trouble and in control.

With the fight presumably on the line, the third was difficult to call, with Johnson tagging Khabilov from long range. Khabilov did get a late takedown, but again, the Canadian stayed busy, wrapping up a solid three-rounder between the two lightweights.

TAISUMOV vs GREEN

Russia’s Mairbek Taisumov didn’t have an easy road to UFC Moscow, coming in at 161 pounds for his lightweight bout against Desmond Green, but “Beckan” did win his sixth consecutive bout, decisioning Green over three rounds.

Scores were 30-27 across the board for Grozny’s Taisumov, now 27-5. Green falls to 21-8.

The busier of the two, Taisumov dug to the body and leg with thudding kicks in the opening stanza, and while his shots upstairs didn’t deter Green, the New Yorker didn’t fire back enough to take the round.

Green had more success in the second round, as he countered well with his left hand and cut Taisumov over the right eye. He did get dropped briefly by a right hand, but it was clear that Green was back in the fight heading into round three.

The third was another competitive one, but Taisumov did enough to take the round and the win.

ANKALAEV vs PRACHNIO

The second UFC start of Russian light heavyweight prospect Magomed Ankalaev was a lot different than the first one, as he delivered an impressive first-round finish of Poland’s Marcin Prachnio.

On target with crisp strikes from the start, Ankalaev was sharp, and while Prachnio wasn’t shy about exchanging with his foe, the short punches of Ankalaev eventually told the tale of the fight, as he stunned Prachnio with a couple right hands before sending him to the canvas with a left kick to the head. Two follow-up shots put an end to the match, with referee Herb Dean stepping in at 3:09 of the first frame.

Ankalaev, who lost his first UFC bout in March to Paul Craig at 4:59 of the third round, improves to 10-1. Prachnio falls to 13-4.

JOHNSON vs YANDIEV

The middleweight debut of Jordan Johnson was a successful one, as he submitted Moscow newcomer Adam Yandiev in the second round and kept his perfect record intact.

Yandiev’s aggressiveness put him at a disadvantage early, as he ate an uppercut and was taken down. In the second minute, Yandiev fought his way back to his feet, but Johnson got him back down midway through the frame, and once the American moved into the mount, he began firing off strikes more frequently. With under a minute left, Johnson nearly finished the bout with a rear naked choke, but the gutsy Russian broke free and made it to the end of the round.

Johnson didn’t let it last much longer, though, as he got Yandiev to the mat early in round two and ended the bout with a side choke. The time of the tap was :42 of the second round.

Johnson moves to 10-0 with the win. Yandiev falls to 9-1.

EMEEV vs SEKULIC

Russian welterweight Ramazan Emeev had his home country fans roaring, as he pounded out a workmanlike three-round unanimous decision win over Serbian newcomer Stefan Sekulic.

Scores were 29-28, 30-27 and 30-26 for Emeev, now 18-3. Sekulic falls to 12-3

Emeev had a solid, but unspectacular, first round in all aspects of the game, but just before the end of the round, a right hand to the head followed by a right kick stunned and dropped Sekulic, putting a flourish on a big round for the Russian.

Sekulic got a takedown in the opening minute of round two, but Emeev got back to his feet with little difficulty and put in another good round, albeit with no late round fireworks. Sekulic did have his moments in the final frame, but not enough to turn things around or deter the forward march of Emeev.

DVALISHVILI vs WARE

Georgia’s Merab Dvalishvili picked up his first Octagon victory in the bantamweight opener, as he shut out Terrion Ware over three rounds.

It was a dominant opening frame for Dvalishvili, as he controlled the action on the ground and feet, leaving Ware at a scoring deficit as the second round approached. But it was more of the same from Dvalishvili in the second and third rounds, as he refused to let Ware get into the fight, allowing him to get in the UFC win column for the first time in three tries by scores of 30-25.

With the win, Dvalishvili ups his record to 8-4. Ware, who tweeted after the bout that he tore his shoulder in the first round, falls to 17-9.

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Blachowicz keeps win streak alive on Moscow main card

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BLACHOWICZ vs KRYLOV

Polish light heavyweight contender Jan Blachowicz continued his surge to the top of the division in the UFC Fight Night co-main event, as he submitted the returning Nikita Krylov in the second round at Olympic Stadium in Moscow, extending his winning streak to four.

According to custom, Krylov came out swinging hard, but he surprised Blachowicz with a takedown in the early going. Krylov had control on the mat for a spell, but Blachowicz stayed busy off his back and eventually scrambled his way into the top position, where he stayed for the rest of the round.

Blachowicz dragged Krylov back to the mat in round two, and he simply mauled “The Miner” until he was able to sink in the D’Arce choke that produced a tap out at 2:41 of the second round.

With the win, the No. 4-ranked Blachowicz improves to 23-7. Krylov, making his first UFC start since 2016, falls to 25-6.

ABDURAKHIMOV vs ARLOVSKI

Dagestan’s Shamil Abdurakhimov earned the biggest win of his career, outpointing former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski via unanimous decision.

Scores were 29-28 and 30-27 twice for the No. 14-ranked Abdurakhimov, now 19-4. The No. 12-ranked Arlovski falls to 27-17 with 1 NC.

Abdurakhimov put Arlovski on the deck twice in the early stages of the fight, but was unable to do anything significant with the advantage, prompting a restart from referee Leon Roberts. Once reset, Arlovski was able to get off some significant strikes against his foe before the horn sounded.

Arlovski won the takedown battle 2-1 in round two, and with success in measured spurts on the feet, it was a good round for “The Pit Bull.” Abdurakhimov controlled matters in the third, though, securing his victory on the scorecards.

KUNCHENKO vs ALVES

UFC newcomer Aleksei Kunchenko improved his perfect record to 19-0 in welterweight action, as he won a unanimous decision over Brazilian veteran Thiago Alves.

Both fighters took their time getting acclimated to the Octagon in the first round, with kicks being the weapon of choice for both men in a close, but fairly uneventful, frame.

Alves (27-13) upped his work rate in the second, his kicks landing with audible thuds on the legs of Kunchenko, who still kept the pressure on and got in some shots of his own in response. As the fight progressed, Alves’ kicks kept coming, but Kunchenko was checking them and delivering his punches upstairs. A takedown by Kunchenko didn’t hurt the Tyumen product’s cause, and in the closing minute, he was stalking and scoring on Alves, allowing him to leave with a 30-27 and 29-28 twice win.

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Fight Night Moscow: Aleksei Oleinik – ‘This Was The Biggest Win of My Career”

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Hear from Aleksei Oleinik after defeating Mark Hunt at Fight Night Moscow.

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Fight Night Moscow: Aleksei Oleinik and Mark Hunt Octagon Interviews

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Hear from the opponents of the main event of Fight Night Moscow following their heavyweight battle.

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Fight Night Moscow: Jan Blachowicz Octagon Interview

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Hear from Jan Blachowicz from the Octagon following his submission victory over Nikita Krylov of Ukraine in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Olimpiysky Arena on September 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

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Bellator 206: Rampage Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva – Saturday, SEPT. 29th – LIVE on DAZN

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Rampage Jackson and Wanderlei Silva meet again! Don't miss their upcoming fight in San Jose, LIVE on DAZN! #Bellator206

#Bellator206 | SATURDAY, September 29, 2018 | On DAZN 10ET/7PT

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Bellator 205: Slo-Mo Cam – AJ McKee – KO Moment

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Slowing things down for this amazing head kick knockout from AJ McKee. Make sure to catch his upcoming fight against John Macapa at #Bellator205!

#Bellator205 | FRIDAY, September 21, 2018 | On Paramount Network at 9/8c

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UFC 229 Free Fight: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Michael Johnson

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Watch Khabib Nurmagomedov's dominant performance over Michael Johnson at UFC 205 in 2016. Now the lightweight champion, Nurmagomedov is set to face Conor McGregor at UFC 229 on October 6.

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Bellator 206: Big John Breakdown – Douglas Lima vs. Andrey Koreshkov

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We kick off the Welterweight World Grand Prix with Douglas Lima vs. Andrey Koreshkov! Big John McCarthy breaks down what to expect from both fighters in their epic trilogy fight LIVE on DAZN .

#Bellator206 | SATURDAY, September 29, 2018 | LIVE on DAZN 10ET/7PT

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UFC Fight Night Moscow Official Weigh In Results

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Below are the official weigh-in results for UFC Fight Night Moscow, which takes place at Olimpiyskiy Arena Center in Moscow, Russia live Saturday on UFC Fight Pass. Mark Hunt takes on Aleksei Oleinik in a heavyweight showdown main event with the card starting at 10:30am/7:30am ETPT.

Main Event
UFC Heavyweight Bout, 5 Rounds
Mark Hunt (265) vs Aleksei Oleinik (235)

Main Card, 2pm/11am ETPT
Jan Blachowicz (205) vs Nikita Krylov (205)
Andrei Arlovski (224) vs Shamil Abdurakhimov (256)
Aleksei Kunchenko (170) vs Thiago Alves (171)

Prelims, 10:30 am/7:30 am ETPT
Khalid Murtazaliev (185) vs CB Dollaway (186)
Petr Yan (136) vs Jin Soo Son (137*)
Rustam Khabilov (156) vs Kajan Johnson (155)
Mairbek Taisumov (161*) vs Desmond Green (156)
Magomed Ankalaev (204) vs Marcin Prachnio (205)
Adam Yandiev (184) vs Jordan Johnson (186)
Ramazan Emeev (171) vs Stefan Sekulic (170)
Merab Dvalishvili (135) vs Terrion Ware (135)

Both Jin Soo Son and Mairbek Taisumov missed their weight mark, as Son came in at 137 pounds for his bantamweight match-up with Petr Yan and Taisumov was 161 pounds for his lightweight fight with Desmond Green.

Each fight will continue as schedule, with Son surrendering 20 percent of his purse to Yan and Taisumov surrendering 40 percent of his purse to Green.

* Indicates missed weight

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