UFC on ESPN+ 10: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Kevin Lee official results, bonuses and Reebok Sponsorship Payout

FightBook MMA has your UFC on ESPN+ 10: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Kevin Lee official results, bonuses and Reebok Sponsorship Payout.

UFC on ESPN+ 10 took place at Blue Cross Arena. The entire card streamed on ESPN+. The event drew a crowd of 8,132 for a live gate of $643,840.50. UFC officials announced the figures after the event.

Fighters from the event were awarded their fight bonuses as they took home an extra $50k. Fight of the Night was warded to Aspen Ladd vs. Sijara Eubanks. Grant Dawson and Michel Pereira won Performance of the Night. UFC officials announced the winners after the event.

Fighters took home their  Reebok Sponsorship Payout totaling $194,000. Under the sponsorship deal with Reebok, here are the program’s payout tiers: 1-5 bouts receive $2,500, 6-10 bouts get $5,000, 11-15 bouts earn $10,000, 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000, 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000. UFC fighters will also receive payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

UFC on ESPN+ 10 UFC Reebok Sponsorship Payout:

Rafael dos Anjos: $20,000

Kevin Lee: $10,000

Ian Heinisch: $3,500

Antonio Carlos Junior: $10,000

Felicia Spencer: $3,500

Megan Anderson: $3,500

Vicente Luque: $10,000

Derrick Krantz: $3,500

Charles Oliveira: $20,000

Nik Lentz: $20,000

Davi Ramos: $4,000

Austin Hubbard: $3,500

Aspen Ladd: $3,500

Sijara Eubanks: $3,500

Desmond Green: $5,000

Charles Jourdain: $3,500

Michel Pereira: $3,500

Danny Roberts: $5,000

Grant Dawson: $3,500

Mike Trizano: $3,500

Ed Herman: $20,000

Patrick Cummins: $10,000

Zak Cummings: $10,000

Trevin Giles: $3,500

Julio Arce: $4,000

Julian Erosa: $4,000

UFC on ESPN+ 10: Dos Anjos vs. Lee official results:

Main Card:

Rafael dos Anjos def. Kevin Lee via submission (arm-triangle choke) in Round 4, 3:47

Ian Heinisch def. Antonio Carlos Junior by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Felicia Spencer def. Megan Anderson via submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 1, 3:24

Vicente Luque def. Derrick Krantz via TKO (punches) in Round 1, 3:52

Charles Oliveira def. Nik Lentz via TKO (punches) in Round 2, 2:11

Davi Ramos def. Austin Hubbard by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Preliminary Card:

Aspen Ladd def. Sijara Eubanks by unanimous decision (30-26, 29-27, 29-28) 

Desmond Green def. Charles Jourdain by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Michel Pereira def. Danny Roberts via knockout (flying knee, punch) in Round 1, 1:47

Grant Dawson def. Mike Trizano via submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 2, 2:27

Ed Herman def. Patrick Cummins via TKO (knee, punches) in Round 1, 3:39

Zak Cummings def. Trevin Giles via submission (guillotine choke) in Round 3, 4:01

Julio Arce def. Julian Erosa via knockout (head kick) in Round 3, 1:49

Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder defeats Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale; official results, recap and video replay

BROOKLYN: WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder delivered the 40th knockout of his career in devastating fashion Saturday night, sending mandatory challenger Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale flat on his back with a trademark right hand in front of a raucous crowd at Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions. Successfully defending his belt for the ninth time, Wilder joins illustrious company alongside Hall of Famers Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and more and becomes the 10th fighter in history to make nine or more consecutive successful heavyweight title defenses.

Watch the knockout here:

In the buildup to tonight’s world championship bout, Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) repeatedly promised that the fight would not last long. The towering Tuscaloosa, Ala. native kept his word, scoring the 20th first round knockout of his career and his 15th knockdown as heavyweight world champion. Breazeale (20-2, 18 KOs) was able to withstand Wilder’s first early onslaught, but could not beat referee Harvey Dock’s 10-count when Wilder connected flush with the most dangerous right hand in boxing later in the opening round.

“Everything just came out of me tonight”, said Wilder. “I know it’s been a big buildup, there’s been a lot of animosity and a lot of words that were said and it just came out of me tonight. That’s what makes boxing so great.

“I just told Breazeale I love him and of course I want to see him go home to his family. I know we say some things, but when you can fight a man and then you can hug him and kiss him, I wish the world was like that. We shake hands and we live to see another day and that’s what it’s all about.”

As the attention of the heavyweight division turns to what’s next, Wilder insists that a fight with Tyson Fury, the only man he has faced and not defeated, or Anthony Joshua remains on the table and in the works.

“I understand what Fury did,” said Wilder. “When you get dropped on the canvas like that I understand you have to get yourself back together. But the rematch will happen, like all these other fights will happen. The great thing is all these fights rare in discussion. The big fights will happen. I just want you to have patience.”

Breazeale, whose only two defeats have now come against both Wilder and Joshua, was disappointed he wasn’t allowed to continue the fight.

“I think the ref stopped it a little early because I could hear him saying seven and eight, but that’s boxing,” said Breazeale. “He did his job and kept us safe for our next fight.

“I got on my feet and had my legs under me. It’s the heavyweight division so there’s going to big shots from guys with power. This was a situation where he landed the big right hand before I did. I thought I was going to come on in the later rounds. I’ll be back and go for the heavyweight title again.”

In the co-feature, WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. (30-1, 18 KOs) put on yet another professional display to defend his belt for the fourth time against a valiant Kiko Martinez (39-9-2, 28 KOs). Due to a gash that opened up over Martinez’s left eye, referee Ricky Gonzalez stopped the fight in the fifth round upon the advice of the ringside physician, resulting in a technical knockout.

Russell, who was fighting for the first time in a year, showed no signs of ring rust and displayed his full skillset including his trademark lightning quick hands. The 30-year-old Capitol Heights, Md. native was dominant from the opening bell and landed on a remarkable 40% of his power punches. In an all-action fight with little downtime, Martinez did more than enough to play his part. The Spaniard constantly came forward but Russell continued to target the cut that opened up over his eye after a right hook in the second round. The ringside official called for the stoppage of the fight at 2:52 of round number five.

“I did pretty good,” said the 2008 U.S. Olympian Russell to SHOWTIME ringside reporter Jim Gray. “We stayed behind the jab and he couldn’t get past it. We knew that intellect over athleticism would get it done.

“We want [WBA Featherweight Champion] Leo Santa Cruz,” Russell continued while wearing a shirt that read ‘Leo Next’. “We want to make this fight happen. The fire is all the way hot on this side of the field. You will get burned. I would love for that fight to happen this year. Let’s make it happen.”

“It was a good stoppage for a very tough fight,” said the former world champion Martinez. “I’m definitely a visual fighter so the cut made it tough. Gary was in great physical condition and it was a very hard fight.

“I’m going to rest a little bit now, but I’ll be back. I thought I had some good moments and had a good division. I think I’ll drop back down to 122-pounds to win a world title there.”

In the telecast opener, undefeated prospect Juan Heraldez (16-0-1, 10 KOs) and former world champion Argenis Mendez (25-5-2, 12 KOs) fought to a highly competitive majority draw. Two judges scored the fight 95-95, while a third had Mendez winning 97-93.

Fighting in front of his mentor Floyd Mayweather, Las Vegas’ Heraldez controlled many of the early rounds by setting the pace and establishing his jab. Heraldez outlanded Mendez 126-108 in total punches and 70-30 in jabs throughout the 10 rounds. Falling behind early, Mendez, a seasoned veteran and 2004 Dominican Republic Olympian, used his experience to grow back into the fight. The tempo picked up in the fifth round, as both fighters landed several heavy blows but the momentum shifted towards Mendez. The 32-year-old Mendez, who has fought seven current or former champions, closed out the fight exceptionally strong, winning the final round on all three judges’ scorecards. Without doing so, Mendez would have lost the fight.

“I thought I won the fight,” said a disappointed Mendez. “He didn’t do anything to me. How did he win the fight? If I have to prove I beat him in a rematch, I’ll be ready. I won’t leave it up to the judges.

“My speed and my power made it difficult for him. I thought my counterpunching was really good. He tired toward the later rounds and that let me get a little closer to him to get my offense going.”

Similarly, Heraldez thought he did enough to win the fight which he viewed as a potential coming out party.

“I thought I won a close decision,” Heraldez said. “I didn’t think it was a draw. He didn’t do anything that hurt me at any point.

“He wasn’t really engaging with me. He was just trying to move around and pick his shots, but it wasn’t anything I wasn’t ready for. I’ll either take the rematch with Mendez or move forward toward my goal of a world title.”

Preceding the telecast, SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING COUNTDOWN featured three undercard attractions streamed live on the SHOWTIME Sports social platforms. A battle between heavyweights Robert Alfonso (18-0-1, 8 KOs) and Iago Kiladze (26-4-1, 18 KOs) ended in a split-draw after eight rounds of action. While one judge scored the fight 77-75 for Alfonso, another had it 77-75 for Kiladze, with the third judge scoring it 76-76, resulting in the draw.

Also entering the ring was 2016 U.S. Olympian Gary Antuanne Russell (9-0, 9 KOs), the younger brother of the featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr., who dropped Marcos Mojica (16-4-2, 12 KOs) twice to earn a stoppage 2:13 into the third round. Rounding out the action was Brooklyn-native and 2016 Haitian Olympian Richardson Hitchins (9-0, 5 KOs), who scored a TKO of Alejandro Munera (4-2-3, 4 KOs) after Munera was knocked down in round three and unable to continue despite making it to the final bell of the round.

Rashad Evans inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame’s ‘Modern Wing’ Class of 2019

Las Vegas ­– UFC® today announced that former UFC light heavyweight champion and winner of season two of The Ultimate Fighter®, Rashad Evans, will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame’s ‘Modern Wing’ as a member of the class of 2019. The 2019 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Toyo Tires®, will take place on Friday, July 5, at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The event will be streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS® starting at 7 p.m. PT. 

“Rashad and I have been close since season two of The Ultimate Fighterand we’ve had an amazing relationship,” UFC President Dana White said. “It has been fun to see him succeed and grow as a fighter, become a world champion and then a respected coach for up and coming fighters, and then to see him retire last year. I love to see him still involved with UFC. I couldn’t be prouder of Rashad than I am right now with him being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.” 

Evans will enter the UFC Hall of Fame as a member of the Modern Wing, joining Forrest Griffin (2013), BJ Penn (2015), Urijah Faber (2017), Ronda Rousey (2018) and Michael Bisping (2019). The “Modern Era” category includes athletes who turned pro on or after November 17, 2000 (when the unified rules of mixed martial arts were adopted), are a minimum age of 35, or have been retired for one year or more.

A veteran of 33 professional fights during his 14-year career, Evans compiled a record of 24-8-1 (14-8-1, UFC), which included wins over UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin and Tito Ortiz, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson, former UFC middleweight champion and 2019 UFC Hall of Fame inductee Michael Bisping, UFC® 17: REDEMPTION middleweight tournament champion, and former Strikeforce®light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson and former WEC® light heavyweight champion Jason Lambert.

Evans first made his mark as a heavyweight during the second season ofThe Ultimate Fighter. During the series, he defeated Tom Murphy, Mike Whitehead and Keith Jardine to advance to the finale against Brad Imes. Rashad defeated Imes via split decision in the co-main event of The Ultimate Fighter®: Team Hughes vs. Team Franklin Finale, to win the heavyweight tournament.

After winning TUF, Rashad moved to light heavyweight and proceeded to win six of his first seven fights at 205 pounds inside the Octagon®, capped off by a highlight reel knockout of UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell in the main event of UFC® 88: BREAKTHROUGH. The win improved his record to 17-0-1 and earned him a title shot against UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin at UFC® 92: THE ULTIMATE 2008

As the main event of UFC® 92: THE ULTIMATE 2008, which took place on Saturday, December 27, 2008 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Evans and Griffin made history as the first TUF winners to face each other with a title on the line.

Evans and Griffin exchanged several series of punches and kicks during the first two rounds with Forrest applying the majority of the pressure, ending the second round with a jab that opened a cut above Rashad’s left eye at the horn. Griffin continued to apply pressure at the beginning of round three until Evans, down two rounds on the score card, caught one of Forrest’s kicks and took Griffin down for the first takedown of the night :30 seconds into the round. Rashad would capitalize on the takedown with a barrage of hammer fists until Forrest closed guard. Now mounted on top of Griffin, Evans evaded Forrest’s kimura submission attempt and continued landing punches and elbows until the fight was stopped with 2:14 remaining in the round.

After defeating Griffin to capture the UFC light heavyweight title, Evans would lose his next fight to former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida at UFC® 98: EVANS vs. MACHIDA. Rashad would bounce back from his loss to Machida, winning his next four fights and repeatedly facing some of the biggest names in combat sports history before retiring in 2018.

Evans enters the UFC Hall of Fame with a remarkable resume that includes:

  • 1 of 8 TUF winners to become an undisputed UFC champion
  • 20 fights – tied for 1st in modern light heavyweight history
  • 50 takedowns – 2nd in modern light heavyweight history
  • 13 wins – tied for 3rd in modern light heavyweight history
  • 6 KO / TKO – tied for 3rd in modern light heavyweight history

A native of Niagara Falls, New York, Evans began wrestling in high school, advancing to the state finals in 1997 and 1998, placing fourth during both tournaments while also earning All-State honors each year. Following high school, Rashad began his collegiate wrestling career at Niagara County Community College, becoming the 2000 Junior College National Champion in the 165 lbs. weight class. In 2001, Evans transferred to Michigan State University, where he was a member of the Spartans wrestling team for three years, finishing his career with 48 wins, 34 losses and two top five finishes in the Big Ten Conference Championships (2002 – 4th; 2003 – 3rd).

Outside the Octagon, Evans has become an acclaimed combat sports analyst with ESPN and an accomplished coach, as he continues to help train up and coming MMA athletes as a member of Henri Hooft’s Hard Knocks 365 gym in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Now living in his adopted hometown of Boca Raton, Florida, Rashad also spends time giving back to his local community as a board member of Always Progress, a South Florida-based charitable organization that helps at-risk youth overcome obstacles in life by showing the importance of making good decisions. 

The remaining inductees of the UFC Hall of Fame class of 2019 will be announced in the coming weeks leading to the 8th Annual UFC International Fight Week™, taking place from Wednesday, July 3 – Sunday, July 7 in Las Vegas.

ROAD FC 053 Official Results: Mansour Barnaoui is the $1 Million Lightweight Champion

ROAD Fighting Championship 053 took place on May 18, 2019 as the historic first professional Mixed Martial Arts event on the famous Jeju Island in South Korea. The $1 Million Lightweight Title Fight between Champion Kwon A-Sol and Tournament winner Mansour Barnaoui was the main event, and Barnaoui came out victorious with a perfect performance.

ROAD FC Lightweight Championship

ROAD FC Lightweight Champion Kwon A-Sol and $1 Million Lightweight Tournament Winner Mansour Barnaoui finally met in the cage after two year’s of elimination rounds of more than 40 competitors leading up to the 16-man tournament.

It was a very quick engagement from both men in the clinch with Barnaoui getting the better of it and landing big punches to Kwon’s head until he could drag him down. Barnaoui continued to pound, and stuck like glue as Kwon twisted and turtled. Once he got the back, Barnaoui cooly held on to a tight rear naked choke, and Kwon had to tap.

Mansour Barnaoui becomes the new ROAD FC Lightweight Champion after an incredible run in the tournament, and walks away with $1 million!

ROAD FC 053 recap:

Openweight sluggers Aorigele and Heo Jae-Hyeok came out of their corners like freight trains crashing. It wasn’t long before the devastating blow landed, and once again Aorigele’s massive fists put away another opponent. Heo was incredibly brave to take the fight on less than a week’s notice!

Firefighter Shin Dong-Guk blasted in on Hayashi Tamotsu in their rematch, and even while Hayashi was able to reverse to top position, he took a beating. When the referee stood them up, it was a gigantic exchange on the feet, and Shin once again walked away with another win by huge TKO.

Kim Tae-In was able to get a rapid finish of Lim Dong-Hwan by going into the clinch, getting him down, and pounding him out until the referee’s stoppage.

Yang Ji-Ho and Park Hyung-Geun finally had their match in the cage, and they came at each other with heavy striking and grinding clinches. Yang stumbled Park with punches and they each got takedowns in the first round. Yang swung for the fences in the second with sporadic results, but it was enough for him to take the win on the scorecards.

Young Guns 42

In the Young Guns 42 main event, Park Seok-Han and Kubo Kenta traded damaging kicks in the first round and mixed it up in the second. Park turned the tide with a takedown and rear naked choke for the night’s first submission win.

Flyweights Go Gi-Won and Hwang Chang-Hwan played an uncharacteristic technical game of tag, but after two penalties, Go picked it up in the second. A knockdown was enough and Go got the UD victory.

Yoon Tae-Young started his pro career with a display of his kickboxing skills, and knocked down Lim Byeong-Ha in the second round for a TKO win.

In the solo women’s bout of the night, Rowan Pilger worked for submissions on Yang Hee-Jo throughout the match to earn a unanimous decision.

To a roaring local crowd, Jeju native Shin Ji-Seung put on a spirited opening performance against Ji Young-Min. Shin was aggressive and scored with takedowns and strong ground control to win the decision.

New Wave MMA ROAD FC is the stage where legends shine, rookies thrill, and epic battles are waged that determine the future of MMA. From the pageantry of the grand entrance to the final crunch of the KO, ROAD FC showcases the very best of Mixed Martial Arts sports and entertainment. As we say in Korea, “Fighting!”

Event: ROAD Fighting Championship 053

Date: May 18, 2019

Venue: Halla Gymnasium

City: Jeju Island, South Korea

Goobnemall ROAD FC 053 Official Results

ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight Championship

Mansour Barnaoui def Kwon A-Sol by Submission, rear naked choke, R1 3:44

Openweight Match

Aorigele def Heo Jae-Hyeok by TKO, R1 0:50

Lightweight Match

Shin Dong-Guk def Tamotsu Hayashi by TKO, R1 2:50

Featherweight Match

Yang Ji-Ho def Park Hyun-Geun by Unanimous Decision

90kg Catchweight Match

Kim Tae-In def Lim Dong-Hwan by TKO, pounding, R1 0:45

Young Guns 42

Bantamweight Match

Park Seok-Han def Kubo Kenta by Submission, rear naked choke, R2 4:25

Flyweight Match

Go Gi-Won def Hwang Chang-Hwan by Unanimous Decision

Welterweight Match

Yoon Tae-Young def Lim Byeong-Ha by TKO, R2 1:27

Women’s Bantamweight Match

Rowan Pilger def Yang Hee-Jo by Unanimous Decision

68kg Catchweight Match

Shin Ji-Seung def Ji Young-Min by Unanimous Decision

Mykquan Williams defeats Rickey Edwards to win the WBC USNBC super lightweight title

(Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

Mashantucket, CT: On Friday night, DiBella Entertainment returned to the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT, with another action-packed installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series, presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, Christos Steak House, and Gagliardi Insurance. The event was streamed live on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports.
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Super lightweight prospect Mykquan Williams began his career with several first-round knockouts, but after going the 10-round distance for the first time as a pro in Friday night’s main event, the East Hartford, CT, fan favorite earned the most impressive win of his career thus far against Rickey Edwards, 137lbs., of Paterson, NJ. Williams, 140lbs., applied pressure and remained the aggressor for all 30 minutes of combat. Consistently throwing a stiff jab, Williams hit his target upstairs and down with straight rights. Williams’ attack grew more versatile as the rounds continued, landing left hooks to the body and overhand rights to the head. Edwards fought from a defensive posture for much of the bout, searching for opportunities to land counter shots, but he never really landed anything effective until the final round. His four-inch height advantage didn’t bother Williams either. Showing a bit of a mean streak, Williams taunted his foe at times, but never lost focus. With scorecards of 100-90, 97-93, and 96-94, Williams picked up the WBC USNBC super lightweight title while improving to 15-0 (7 KOs). Managed by Jackie Kallen, Williams is trained out of Manchester Ring of Champions Society boxing gym by local legend and community leader Paul Cichon. Edwards’ ledger now reads 12-3 (3 KOs).
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In the evening’s co-featured bout, heavy-handed southpaw Elijah Pierce, 124lbs., of Oklahoma City, OK, earned an upset victory against featherweight prospect Irvin Gonzalez, 126lbs., of Worcester, Mass. In round one, Gonzalez made the tactical error of switching to southpaw himself to deal with his adversary’s stance and quickly paid the price for it. Pierce landed a right hook to the body that hurt Gonzalez then followed up with a barrage to send him to the canvas. When Gonzalez arose, he elected to lean against the ropes and trade with Pierce rather than tie him up to clear his head. A straight left decked Gonzalez again before the bell to end round one. Both Pierce and Gonzalez had moments of success in round two, though Pierce had the upper hand, continually finding a home for his straight left upstairs. Back in the orthodox stance to start the third stanza, Gonzalez was controlling the action with jabs and straight rights. However, he once again switched to southpaw and was immediately hit and staggered by a Pierce left hand. When Gonzalez was floored for a third time, the referee intervened to end the contest at the 2:12 mark of the round. With the win, Pierce, now 9-1 (8 KOs), seized the WBC USNBC Silver featherweight title. Gonzalez, who was featured on SHOWTIME’s “ShoBox” series last year, suffered his first defeat, and returned home with a 12-1 (9 KOs) record.
World ranked junior lightweight contender Toka Kahn Clary, 129lbs., of Providence, RI, rebounded from his decision loss last October with an impressive fifth-round stoppage of Carlos Reyes, 128lbs., of Mao, Dominican Republic. Southpaw Kahn Clary’s advantage in speed was evident from the outset, as he planted stinging jabs and straight lefts to the chin of Reyes. Much of Reyes’ offensive output did little to disturb Kahn Clary’s rhythm. In the third, Reyes was dropped by a right hook to the head and Kahn Clary stormed out of his corner very aggressively in the fourth frame, landing combinations of power shots that bloodied his foe’s nose. Kahn Clary felled Reyes again early in the fifth with a left hook to the body and the bout was stopped at the 0:39 mark of the round. Kahn Clary’s record is now 26-2 (18 KOs), while Reyes left the ring at 33-6-1 (23 KOs). Born in Monrovia, Liberia, Kahn Clary immigrated to the United States as a child, initially living in Philadelphia, PA, before settling in Providence, RI. Trained by Peter Manfredo Sr. since his amateur days, Kahn Clary entered the paid ranks in 2012. A highly accomplished amateur with a 119-11 record, Kahn Clary began boxing at age 14 and was a National Golden Gloves champion and a five-time New England Golden Gloves champion.
Heavyweight prospect George Arias, 236lbs., of The Bronx, NY, and Keith Barr, 204lbs., of Glenville, WV, stood shoulder-to-shoulder for eight thrilling rounds of competitive action. Arias targeted the Barr’s body right away. With Barr firing back, an overhand right caught Arias on the temple and sent him to the canvas in round two. Once the New Yorker arose, Arias peppered his foe with jabs and straight rights as he regained his composure. Arias continued this pattern in the middle rounds, mixing in left hooks to the body as well. The very game Barr backed Arias to the ropes in the fifth, landing power shots upstairs. Barr did his best to close the gap during the later rounds, but had to absorb a steady flow of hooks downstairs. In round seven, Barr was stunned by an overhand right to the temple, but he responded with hooks of his own. Arias and Barr closed the contest trading shots until the final bell. The judges tallied 78-73 twice, and 77-74, all for Arias, now 14-0 (7 KOs), via unanimous decision. Barr’s record dipped to 19-12-1 (8 KOs). Born in San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic, Arias moved to New York City in 1996, at the age of four. After graduating from high school, he learned to box at Morris Park Boxing Gym near his home. Arias won the New York Golden Gloves tournament in 2014 then turned professional that October.
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Former cruiserweight champion Marco Huck’s second ring appearance in the United States was a short one. Soon after the opening bell, Huck, 217lbs., of Berlin, Germany, and opponent Nick Guivas, 233lbs., of Topeka, KS, fell into a clinch. Huck landed a right hook to the temple of Guivas and dropped him. The same punch resulted in a second knockdown, however the shot came after the referee had called for a break. Following some confusion and with Guivas still groggy and in no condition to continue, the ringside doctor called a halt to the contest on an accidental foul. Huck was then awarded the victory via TKO at the 0:57 mark. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Gaming Commission later appropriately changed the bout’s result to a no contest. Huck, who officially moved up to heavyweight in June 2018 and now 41-5-1-1NC (28 KOs), held the WBO world cruiserweight title from 2009-2015, making 13 defenses. Guivas’ record stands at 14-10-3-1NC (9 KOs).
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Junior welterweight prospect Adrian Sosa, 141lbs., of Lawrence, MA, knocked out African Benjamin Borteye, 142lbs., of Silver Spring, MD, in 99 seconds. Applying pressure from the opening bell, Sosa dented Borteye’s midsection with a crushing right hook and the Ghanaian dropped to his knees for a full count. Sosa was a 2014 New England Golden Gloves champion and turned professional in July 2016 following an 18-2 amateur career. Sosa upped his record to 11-0 (9 KOs) and Borteye fell to 4-7 (4 KOs).
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The 19-year-old junior lightweight prospect Jacob Marrero, 129lbs., of Bridgeport, CT, earned a four-round unanimous decision against Mexican Hugo Aguilar, 132lbs., of Iztacalco, Distrito Federal. The southpaw Marrero kept shooting straight lefts to the body and head while Aguilar’s best offensive attempts consisted of overhand rights. One straight left sent Aguilar flying into the ropes near the end of the opening frame. By round three, Marrero was landing in combination and punishing the midsection with powerful right hooks. In the fourth, a left hook upstairs stunned Aguilar then a combination to the body sent him to the deck for a knockdown. All three judges turned in identical scores of 40-35 for Marrero, now 3-0 (2 KOs), while Aguilar remains winless at 0-8. Compiling an amateur record of 58-9, Marrero was a 2016 New England Golden Gloves Champion, a five-time Connecticut Silver Gloves Champion and a five-time Connecticut Junior Olympics Champion.

King of the Cage (KOTC): River Wars official weigh-in results and video replay

Parker, Arizona: FightBook MMA has your official weigh-in results for King of the Cage (KOTC): River Wars.

The promotion debuts at The Bluewater Amphitheater located in the BlueWater Resort & Casino in Parker, Arizona on Saturday, May 18, 2019. The promotion will host KOTC: River Wars. Below you can find the complete and official weigh-in results.

This event will broadcast in over 50 million U.S. households on MAVTV. MAVTV is currently available on DIRECTV (channel 214), Verizon Fios (channel 810), Comcast, Google Fiber, Time Warner Cable, Charter and hundreds of regional distributors.Doors at 5PM / Fights at 6PM. For more information or to purchase tickets, go online towww.ticketbiscuit.com. All ages welcomed. Official Hashtag #RiverWars

King of the Cage (KOTC): River Wars official weigh-in results:

Sam Liera (170.3) vs. Frank Schuman (170.3)

Bryce Callaghan (147.8) vs. Ryan Shatto (149.1)

Jesus Moreno (154.4) vs. Vincent Arredondo (155.7)

Wesley Peirce (170.2) vs. Javahn Matthews (0)

Mashonte Mailboy (224.1) vs. Christopher Tabo (236.5)

Matt Gutierrez (173.5) vs. John Russell (170.3)

Luigi Bisconti (154) vs. Tommie Ochoa (160.6)

Brooks Callaghan (200.4) vs. Tim Livingston (198.5)

Brandon Rivera (125.6) vs. Pacen Scogin (125.3)

Joseph Gabaldon (164) vs. Justin Musgrove (169.5)

Tray Black (137.7) vs. Christopher Meyers (140.5)

***Fight Card Subject to Change***

GLORY 66 PARIS to feature three world title fights

GLORY 66 PARIS will now host three world championship title fights on Saturday, June 22, the world’s premier kickboxing league announced the news earlier this week.

GLORY has confirmed that Anissa Meksen (98-4, 31 KO’s), the world super-bantamweight champion, will defend her title against the winner of this Friday’s GLORY 65 UTRECHT fight between Sweden’s Sofia ‘The Wolf’ Olofsson and the UK’s Cristi Brereton.

Meksen is the most dominant female kickboxing champion in the world today. She arrived in GLORY in July 2017 with a 32-fight unbeaten run and became champion in December 2017 by taking the belt from Tiffany van Soest of California, USA. 

The fight adds to two other world championship fights on the card.

World welterweight champion Cedric ‘The Best’ Doumbé (72-6-1, 42 KO’s), fighting out of Paris, will put his belt on the line in the main event as he takes on #1-ranked contender Alim ‘The Professor’ Nabiyev (51-7, 21 KO’s).

In the co-headline bout, world light-heavyweight champion Artem Vakhitov (20-5, 8 KO’s) journeys from Siberia to make a fifth defense of his belt. He faces the hulking young prospect Donegi ‘The Silverback’ Abena (24-5, 6 KO’s).

Two-time welterweight champion Doumbé commenced his first reign over the division when he defeated Nieky ‘The Natural’ Holzken at GLORY 36. He made two title defenses before losing it by way of a controversial decision at GLORY 44. 

Doumbé then battled his way back to another title shot. He successfully reclaimed his belt at GLORY 64 in Strasbourg this past March, marking the start of his second welterweight championship reign.

Between losing and regaining his title Doumbé suffered only one loss. That was to Nabiyev, who took a split-decision victory at GLORY 51 in March last year. Based in Baku, Azerbaijan, ‘The Professor’ now counts three wins over current or former champions in his 5-1 GLORY record.

Nabiyev came up short in his own title shot in GLORY 54 and now gets second chance at gold, while Doumbé gets chance to defend his belt and settle the scores in his home city.

Russian’s Vakhitov is the most dominant light-heavyweight champion in GLORY history. Frequently cited in the pound-for-pound conversation, he has nine wins from ten GLORY appearances and rides a six-fight win streak into this fight.

Nagging injury issues kept Vakhitov sidelined for most of 2018 but now he’s ready to return and remind the division why he is champion. He has scored stoppage wins in two of his four title defenses and will be looking to add another to the list on June 22.

Abena was born in Suriname, South America but raised in the Netherlands. He endured a turbulent youth, including several spells in children’s homes, before discovering kickboxing and finding a way to channel his energies. 

Fighting out of Mike’s Gym, Amsterdam, where his team mates include Badr Hari, Abena scored wins over GLORY veterans on the European circuit to earn a call-up to the premier kickboxing league, where he since gone 2-0.

GLORY 66 PARIS takes place Saturday, June 22 at the Zenith Paris in Paris, France. 

Tickets go on sale soon.