Teixeira impressed by Krylov, plans Khabib-style banquet to celebrate Vancouver victory

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Brazilian light heavyweight veteran Glover Teixeira became the first man to take Nikita Krylov the distance, earning a split-decision win over the Ukrainian contender before admitting that he was suitably impressed by his opponent’s skills.

Speaking to reporters, including MMA Junkie, backstage at Rogers Arena, Teixeira (30-7 MMA, 13-5 UFC) paid tribute to Krylov (26-7 MMA, 7-5 UFC), saying “The guy was tough, man. I was very surprised how he got out of the submission I got him in. I got him in a tight guillotine, and I heard his arm pop when I got him in an armbar, but he kept fighting and he got out of some crazy submissions. I was very impressed, and very surprised, to be honest.”

Teixeira said he believed he’d done more than enough to earn the nod from the judges but admitted that there is always an element of doubt when the fight goes to the scorecards.

“It’s not in my control,” he admitted. “My job is to go in there and do what I do, throw the punches. Every punch I throw is meant to knock people out. My submissions were there: I went for the armbar, felt the arm pop. I felt the guillotine. … I tried to finish the fight. No regrets. I went in there and tried to do what I do – try to finish the fight and take him out of there.

“The judges’ decision? That’s what happens, you know? I don’t really care. To be honest, I was like ‘Hey, it is what it is.’ You leave it to a judges’ decision, who knows what’s going to happen.”

After securing victory, Teixeira joked that he would tuck into a feast inspired by the press conference words of lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, as he paraphrased the 155-pound kingpin when describing his post-fight plans.

“Right now I just want to go home,” he said. “I’m gonna say like Khabib, I’m going to eat a big cheeseburger and a steak, then see what’s going on. I don’t choose opponents, but I’d like to fight top-5 in the weight class to get myself in there and line up for the title. (I’m) taking nothing from these guys. This kid (Krylov), he’s tough, he’s 27 years old, he’s getting better and better, but I’d like to fight top-5.”

And despite registering his third straight victory in 2019, the 39-year-old hinted that he may still have enough energy in his legs for one more outing before the end of the year, pointing to the UFC’s November visit in his native Brazil as a potential opportunity.

“Who knows?” he asked. “Let me go home, let me rest up, let me get that steak and who knows, man? I’m a little bruised right now, nothing crazy, but hey, it’s a possibility I could get another fight. That’d be great.”

Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for Justin Gaethje and UFC on ESPN+ 16’s other key winners?


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After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next.

And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC on ESPN+ 16’s most noteworthy winning fighters.

Those winners include Justin Gaethje (21-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC), who defeated Donald Cerrone (36-13 MMA, 23-10 UFC) by first-round TKO in the main event at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, as well as Glover Teixeira (30-7 MMA, 13-5 UFC), Uriah Hall (15-9 MMA, 8-7 UFC) and Misha Cirkunov (15-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC).

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Misha Cirkunov

Should fight: Mauricio Rua
Why they should fight: Cirkunov got a much-needed win for his career when he submitted the previously undefeated Jimmy Crute in stellar fashion with just the second Peruvian necktie finish to ever take place inside the octagon.

After a devastating loss to Johnny Walker in his previous bout, many wondered if Cirkunov’s potential had hit its peak. He proved that’s absolutely not the case, and the Canadian still has life in the light heavyweight division.

There are still plenty of matchups ahead for Cirkunov, and one that could prove compelling would be against the legend and former UFC champ Rua (26-11 MMA, 10-9 UFC). It appears “Shogun” is looking to make a return to the octagon at the UFC’s event in Sao Paulo later this year, and given their divisional standing, a matchup with Cirkunov would be logical. Moreover, it would give Cirkunov to build his resume with a marquee name.

Uriah Hall

Should fight: Yoel Romero
Why they should fight: After moving gyms to Fortis MMA, Hall got a big victory for his career when he edged out Antonio Carlos Junior by split decision in a razor-close middleweight affair.

Hall has now won back-to-back fights, and with the support of a top-tier gym and coaching staff in Texas, perhaps this is the run that sees “Primetime” meet expectations placed on him coming out of “The Ultimate Fighter.” He belongs in the top-15 at 185 pounds, and with his sights set on a dream matchup with Israel Adesanya, he’s hoping to work his way toward title contention.

One matchup that would help Hall get there would be against Romero (13-4 MMA, 9-3 UFC), who has been a perennial contender for quite some time but is coming off back-to-back losses. If Hall wants to elevate himself in a big way and prove this journey to the belt is for real, then stepping into the cage with one of the most feared men in the division would be a big move.

Glover Teixeira

Should fight: Volkan Oezdemir
Why they should fight: Teixeira turned back yet another youngster in the light heavyweight division when he edged Nikita Krylov by split decision in a fight that somewhat surprisingly went the distance.

It wasn’t long ago when people were writing the Brazilian off, and suggesting he was at the end of his rope as a contender in the light heavyweight division. Yet here Teixeira is, on a three-fight winning streak against some up-and-coming fighters who had the opportunity to build their name at his expense.

Teixeira has proven he can beat fighters on the rise, and now he deserves the chance to show he’s a true title contender again by fighting an established name at 205 pounds. Oezdemir (16-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has fought for the belt before and, like Teixeira, is looking to get back to that spot. A matchup would decide which fighter move one step close to challenging for a UFC belt for a second time.

Justin Gaethje

Should fight: Winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Gaethje should fight Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) or Ferguson (25-3 MMA, 15-1 UFC) for the UFC lightweight title next.

UFC on ESPN+ 16 post-event facts: Justin Gaethje’s record bonus run continues

The UFC made its return to Canada on Saturday with UFC on ESPN+ 16, which took place at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, with a 12-fight card that streamed entirely on ESPN+.

Justin Gaethje (21-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) continued his emergence as a top lightweight contender in the main event when he scored a first-round TKO of Donald Cerrone (36-13 MMA, 23-10 UFC) to extend his winning streak to three fights.

“The Highlight” made some history with his win, but he wasn’t the only one to put his name in the record books. For more, check below for 35 post-event facts to come out of UFC on ESPN+ 16.

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General

The UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payout for the event totaled $151,000.

Debuting fighters went 3-0 at the event.

Gaethje and Misha Cirkunov earned $50,000 UFC on ESPN+ 16 fight-night bonuses. Tristan Connelly received $100,000 in bonus money after his opponent missed weight.

UFC on ESPN+ 16 drew an announced attendance of 15,114 for a live gate of $1,334,931.56.

Betting favorites went 6-5 on the card. One fight ended in a no-contest.

Betting favorites improved to 14-15 (one fight had even odds) in UFC headliners this year.

Total fight time for the 12-bout card was 2:02:41.

Main card

Gaethje has earned 19 of his 21 career victories by stoppage.

Gaethje has earned all four of his UFC victories by knockout.

Gaethje is the only fighter in UFC history to win at least one fight-night bonus in each of his first six octagon appearances.

Gaethje has been awarded seven fight-night bonuses in six UFC appearances.

Gaethje’s seven UFC fight-night bonuses since 2017 are most of any fighter in the company.

Cerrone fell to 2-2 since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in January 2019.

Glover Teixeira’s (30-7 MMA, 13-5 UFC) 13 victories in UFC light heavyweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Jon Jones (19) and Ryan Bader (15).

Nikita Krylov (25-7 MMA, 7-5 UFC) fell to 1-2 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in September 2018.

Krylov fell to 9-5 since he dropped to the light heavyweight division in March 2014.

Krylov suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Connelly (14-6 MMA, 1-0 UFC) earned the first decision victory of his career.

Antonio Carlos Junior (10-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) fell to 6-3 (with one no contest) since he dropped to the UFC middleweight division in June 2015.

Carlos Junior has suffered three of his four career losses by decision.

Misha Cirkunov (15-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has earned 13 of his 15 career victories by stoppage. That includes all six of his UFC wins.

Cirkunov’s five submission victories in UFC light-heavyweight competition are tied with Jon Jones and Teixeira for most in divisional history.

Cirkunov earned the second Peruvian necktie submission in UFC history. C.B. Rollaway also accomplished the feat.

Jim Crute (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) had his 10-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Preliminary card

Augusto Sakai (14-1-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) has earned 11 of his 14 career victories by stoppage. That includes all three of his UFC wins.

Sakai’s three-fight UFC winning streak in heavyweight competition is tied with Francis Ngannou and Maurice Greene for the longest active streak in the division.

Marcin Tybura (17-6 MMA, 4-5 UFC) fell to 1-4 in his past five fights dating back to June 2017.

Tybura has suffered all four of his career stoppage losses by knockout.

Cole Smith (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) had his seven-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Brad Katona (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has suffered consecutive losses after starting his career on an eight-fight winning streak.

Katona has suffered both of his career losses by decision.

Chas Skelly (18-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) earned his first decision victory since Sept. 5, 2014 – a span of 1,835 days (more than five years) and eight fights.

Jordan Griffin (17-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered both of his UFC losses by decision.

Louis Smolka (16-6 MMA, 7-6 UFC) improved to 2-1 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in November 2018. He’s 5-1 since his initial release from the organization.

Smolka improved to 2-1 since he moved up to the UFC bantamweight division in November 2018.

Smolka has earned 14 of his 16 career victories by stoppage. That includes five of his seven UFC wins.

Ryan MacDonald (10-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered consecutive losses after starting his career 10-0.

MacDonald suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Kyle Prepolec (12-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered both of his UFC losses by decision.

UFC research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

UFC on ESPN+ 16 Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay: Program total passes $29 million

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 16 event took home event took home UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay totaling $151,000.

The program, a comprehensive plan that includes outfitting requirements, media obligations and other items under the fighter code of conduct, replaces the previous payments made under the UFC Athlete Outfitting Policy.

UFC on ESPN+ 16 took place Saturday at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The entire card streamed ESPN+.

The full UFC on ESPN+ 16 UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payouts included:

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Donald Cerrone: $20,000
Justin Gaethje: $5,000

Glover Teixeira: $15,000
Nikita Krylov: $10,000

Todd Duffee: $5,000
Jeff Hughes: $3,500

Michel Pereira: $3,500
Tristan Connelly: $3,500

Antonio Carlos Junior: $10,000
Uriah Hall: $10,000

Misha Cirkunov: $5,000
Jim Crute: $3,500

Marcin Tybura: $5,000
Augusto Sakai: $3,500

Cole Smith: $3,500
Miles Johns: $3,500

Brad Katona: $4,000
Hunter Azure: $3,500

Chas Skelly: $10,000
Jordan Griffin: $3,500

Louis Smolka: $10,000
Ryan MacDonald: $3,500

Kyle Prepolec: $3,500
Austin Hubbard: $3,500

Under the UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-3 bouts receive $3,500 per appearance; 4-5 bouts get $4,000; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2019 UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payouts:

Year-to-date total: $5,404,000
2018 total: $6,901,000
2017 total: $6,295,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $29,038,000

UFC Vancouver: Glover Teixeira wanted to set UFC light heavyweight record

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Glover Teixeira edged out Nikita Krylov for a split decision victory in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night Vancouver on Saturday. Following the fight, Teixeira discussed the win, his desire to set a light heavyweight record and what he wants next.

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Justin Gaethje stops Donald Cerrone in UFC on ESPN+ 16 main event

Lightweight contenders Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Justin Gaethje headlined UFC on ESPN+ 16 on Saturday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in a match-up that promised excitement.

The two veteran fighters met in the center of the octagon and Gaethje delivered leg kicks.  Cerrone tried to land counter punches off the leg kicks with limited success.  In each exchange, Gaethje appeared to be the faster fighter.  He beat Cerrone to the punch and when Cerrone engaged, Gaethje answered with counter strikes.  Cerrone pressed forward with a combination and Gaethje landed a right hand that dropped “Cowboy” to his knees.  Cerrone stood only to be met with uppercuts.  Another right hand by Gaethje knocked Cerrone down.  Gaethje thought the fight was over but the referee didn’t step in.  Gaethje landed a two more punches before the fight was stopped. 

After the fight, Gaethje thought the referee should have intervened earlier and criticized the late stoppage. 

“The ref, in the back he said if you fall to your face it’s over.  I thought he fell like that two times and I had to continue to hit him,” said Gaethje.  “That was my friend.  I didn’t want to keep punching him.  I’ll be honest with you.” 

With the win, Gaethje is now riding a three-fight winning streak and will likely be ranked third in the 155-pound division.  Asked if he wanted to fight Conor McGregor or champion Khabib Nurmagomedov next, Gaethje made it clear that he wants a title shot.   

“The Irishman is retired.  I want a real fighter.  I want the winner of Tony (Ferguson) and Khabib,” he said. 

In the co-main event, former title challenger Glover Teixeira extended his winning streak to three consecutive fights by edging out Nikita Krylov by split decision.

Krylov came out utilizing kicks to keep Teixeira on the outside. Teixeira caught a kick in the early going and secured a takedown. He quickly mounted Krylov and flattened him out. Krylov escaped the position by shaking Teixeira off his back. He turned the tables and mounted Teixeira. Teixeira gave up his back and defended a rear-naked choke attempt before regaining top position. Krylov worked his way back to his feet and landed a combination as the round ended.

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In the second frame, Krylov continued to employ kicks as Teixeira pressed forward. Teixeira’s right hand began to find a home. Both fighters put together combinations but Teixeira connected with the more significant strikes. In the closing moments of the round, Krylov secured a takedown but was unable to inflict damage.

While the second frame was mostly a striking affair, the third round was grappling heavy.  Krylov looked to get the fight to the ground and Teixeira applied a guillotine choke and pulled guard.  Krylov defended the submission attempt and gained top position.  Teixeira escaped and regained top control.  He mounted Krylov and worked to secure an armbar.  Teixeira against looked to lock on a guillotine choke but Krylov popped his head free.  In the closing seconds of the round, Teixeira swept Krylov and ended the fight in top position.  The judges scored the fight for Teixeira by split decision.  It was the first time in Krylov’s career that he went the distance. 

“I was really looking for the submission because I want to break that light heavyweight record, but he was a tough son of a gun,” said Teixeira after the win.  “Focus and discipline and believing in yourself.  Fighting young guys like this is not easy,” he said.

UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Gaethje Results

– Justin Gaethje def. Donald Cerrone by TKO (punches) at 4:18, R1
– Glover Teixeira def. Nikita Krylov by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
– Todd Duffee vs. Jeff Hughes ruled No Contest (accidental eye poke) at 4:03, R1
– Tristan Connelly def. Michel Pereira by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
– Uriah Hall def. Antônio Carlos Júnior by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
– Misha Cirkunov def. Jimmy Crute by submission (Peruvian necktie) at 3:38, R1

Preliminary Card Results

– Augusto Sakai def. Marcin Tybura by KO (Punches) at 0:59, R1
– Miles Johns def. Cole Smith by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
– Hunter Azure def. Brad Katona by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 39-28)
– Chas Skelly def. Jordan Griffin by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
– Louis Smolka def. Ryan MacDonald by TKO (punches) at 4:43, R1
– Austin Hubbard def. Kyle Prepolec by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)