UFC 232

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Jon Jones’ mild heavyweight title struggle in opposition to Alexander Gustafsson headlines UFC 232 after the occasion was moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles.
An abnormality in a Jones drug check meant the Nevada State Athletic Fee (NSAC) refused to concern him a licence to struggle and UFC president Dana White took the cardboard to a unique state and out of NSAC’s jurisdiction on six days discover to make sure the bout may go forward.
The co-main occasion options the ladies’s featherweight title struggle between Cris “Cyborg” Justino and Amanda Nunes.
Mild heavyweight
Jon Jones (23-1) vs Alexander Gustafsson (18-Four)
Featherweight
Cris “Cyborg” Justino (20-1) vs Amanda Nunes (16-Four)
Welterweight
Carlos Condit (30-12) vs Michael Chiesa (14-Four)
Mild heavyweight
Ilir Latifi (15-5) vs Corey Anderson (12-Four)
Featherweight
Chad Mendes (18-Four) vs Alexander Volkanovski (18-1)
Heavyweight
Walt Harris (12-7) defeated Andrei Arlovski (27-18) through break up resolution (29-28 x2, 27-30)
Featherweight
Megan Anderson (Eight-Three) defeated Cat Zingano (9-Three) through TKO (eye damage) — R1, 1:01
Australia’s Megan Anderson gained after a weird end noticed her toe poke Cat Zingano in the proper eye a minute into their struggle.
Anderson despatched a left head kick at her opponent, who was left in agony and known as off the bout.
The Queenslander stated she had no drawback providing Zingano a rematch after the unlucky end.
Bantamweight
Petr Yan (11-1) defeated Douglas Silva de Andrade (25-Three) through TKO (nook stoppage) — R2, 5:00
Light-weight
Ryan Corridor (7-1) defeated BJ Penn (16-Three-2) through submission (heel hook) — R1, 2:46
BJ Penn had no choice however to faucet out when Ryan Corridor trapped him with a heel hook early within the first spherical of their struggle.
Penn was in excruciating ache and tapped out instantly when Corridor caught him within the compromising place.
It’s the primary submission lack of Penn’s profession.
Uriah Corridor set the early prelims alight with a devastating one punch KO to ship Bevon Lewis to sleep.
Lewis most likely had the higher of the primary two rounds however Corridor unleashed a savage proper hand within the third that put a right away finish to the struggle.
The winner was all class after the struggle, telling Lewis: “I do know you’re simply attempting to create greatness. Hold going”
Dana White knew the UFC would take some fairly massive hits, each monetary and in any other case, when he moved its conventional end-of-the- 12 months present from Las Vegas to Southern California on six days’ discover to maintain Jon Jones on the cardboard regardless of his newest optimistic drug check.
Some hits are extra damaging than others, nonetheless. In response to White, UFC 232 goes to promote out the well-known Discussion board on Sunday (AEDT), despite the fact that tickets solely went on sale Wednesday.
That’s a press release on Los Angeles’ ardour for combined martial arts, nevertheless it’s largely a testomony to the standard of a present that compelled followers to journey numerous miles to Vegas — after which about 400km extra to LA. UFC 232 is headlined by Jones’ return to the game in a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson for the sunshine heavyweight title.
The penultimate bout is featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino’s superfight with bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes in maybe the most effective matchup in girls’s MMA historical past.
The massive- identify undercard consists of former UFC champions BJ Penn, Carlos Condit and Andrei Arlovski, together with former title contenders Chad Mendes and Cat Zingano. With such an irresistible slate of fights, the UFC is closing out the 12 months with fashioneven when it’s beneath bizarre circumstances for the followers and fighters.
“It’s not a straightforward resolution to make,” White stated. “You’ve acquired to tug the set off and also you’ve acquired to make strikes. You’re not going to make everyone glad. You'll be able to’t make each fan, each fighter glad. We did every thing we may to make it higher.”
Not each fighter will agree after getting a shrunken paycheck resulting from California’s state earnings tax. White flatly stated the UFC gained’t compensate the fighters for any misplaced earnings as a result of transfer.
However the pay-per-view viewers nonetheless will get a stacked present headlined by the primary struggle in practically 1.5 years for Jones (22-1), the self-sabotaging famous person who examined optimistic for very low ranges of an anabolic steroid earlier this 12 months. The end result isn’t thought of a failed doping check by the US Anti-Doping Company (USADA), however the Nevada Athletic Fee wished a listening to on the matter in January. Its California counterpart had no such qualms, prompting the UFC’s extraordinary transfer.
Jones has made innumerable errors outdoors the octagon, however that bad-boy persona mixed together with his brute brilliance in competitors has made him irresistible to many struggle followers. In response to Jones, some root for his success, whereas others yearn for his failure with comparable ardourhowever each camps purchase his fights.
Jones claims he thought of quitting the game whereas he spent the previous 12 months pounding a heavy bag in his storage in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He reclaimed his mild heavyweight title in July 2017 with a win over Daniel Cormier, solely to lose it once more resulting from one other failed doping check.
I used to be hated, and turning all of it off is the straightforward strategy to cope with it,” stated the 31-year-old Jones, who's preventing for under the third time in practically 4 years of his athletic prime.
“Financially, I didn’t need to struggle anymore. I may afford to delete my social media accounts and simply trip off into the sundown. However I didn’t need to do this. I nonetheless need to compete and be the most effective.”
He returns to struggle Gustafsson (18-Four), who offered Jones with the hardest struggle of his life in 2013. Jones gained the choice, however was battered and humbled by the Swedish contender.
Gustafsson has stewed over the loss for years, and he was infuriated by Jones’ newest doping troubles. He labelled Jones a cheater Thursday and vowed to make the previous champion “eat every thing he says on Saturday evening”.
You place unlawful stuff in your physique, nevertheless it gained’t provide help to this time,” Gustafsson stated. “I’m prepared to finish this. I’ve realized find out how to dig deeper.”
The opposite championship bout at UFC 232 is each bit as compelling as the primary occasion because of the bravery of Nunes (16-Four), who's shifting up Four.5kg to problem probably the most feared girls’s fighter in MMA historical past.
Justino (20-1) hasn’t misplaced a struggle since 2005, battering each contender together with her peerless energy and athleticism. She has lengthy been reluctant to struggle Nunes as a result of she is a fellow Brazilian, however modified her thoughts after Nunes repeatedly known as her out.
“After every thing she has stated, I do know that if I beat her now, no person again (in Brazil) will have a look at me like I did the flawed factor,” Justino stated. “She is asking for it, so she will be able to get it now.”
Nunes scrapped her strategy to the highest of the bantamweight division and subsequently battered Ronda Rousey into retirement. Though she is an apparent underdog, Nunes believes she will be able to declare Cyborg’s mantle as the best feminine fighter.
That is for the (title of the) baddest lady on the planet,” White stated. “I really like this struggle. I’ve wished this struggle for a very long time. Anytime you possibly can put a struggle collectively between two champions, I really like that.”
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