UFC on ESPN+ 10: Ed Herman says TKO win may have staved off retirement

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Ed Herman beat Patrick Cummins with a first-round TKO Saturday night on the prelims at UFC on ESPN+ 10 in Rochester, N.Y.

Take a look inside the fight with Herman, who landed a big right knee to Cummins’ head, sent him wobbling, then put him away with punches on the canvas.

Result: Ed Herman def. Patrick Cummins via TKO (knee, punches) – Round 1, 3:39
Updated records: Herman (24-14 MMA, 11-11 UFC), Cummins (10-7 MMA, 6-7 UFC)
Key stat: Herman snapped the first three-fight skid of his career; Cummins has lost three straight for the first time.

On the fight’s key moment

“I kind of envisioned that – catching him with a knee and him wobbling. It was kind of surreal. I hit him, I felt it connect, and I brought my eyes up and it was great to see. I knew I could finish him at that point.”

On the possibility he was going to retire

“I’ve never lost three in a row. I didn’t want to make it four. That would’ve been possibly the end of my career. It was nice to get the ‘W.’ It’s really hard to say – sometimes you think that, but as a competitor, it’d be hard to hang it up.”

On what he wants next

“I’ll get back home and talk with my team and my family. I’d like to get back in there again maybe toward the end of summer – see how I’m feeling. I’d like to get back in there before the year’s end. Getting two in in one year would be nice – it’s been a while since I was able to do that.”

To hear more from Herman, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

And for complete coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 10, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

UFC on ESPN+ 10: Davi Ramos wants to see if Khabib Nurmagomedov can handle his jiu-jitsu

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Davi Ramos beat Austin Hubbard with a unanimous decision Saturday night to open the main card at UFC on ESPN+ 10 in Rochester, N.Y.

Take a look inside the fight with Ramos, who won for the fourth straight time. After three straight rear-naked choke wins, he won Saturday with a trio of 30-27 scores from the judges.

Result: Davi Ramos def. Austin Hubbard via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Updated records: Ramos (10-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Hubbard (10-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Key stat: Ramos went to the judges for the first time in a four-fight streak after three straight submission wins

Ramos on the fight’s key moment

“I had some good kicks, some good takedowns, I gave him some good punches – he has a very hard chin, so I couldn’t knock him out.”

Ramos on being unhappy with his performance

“I’m really disappointed in my performance. The fight is the fight – you can’t say much about that. You’re not doing the same thing at the gym that you’re doing in the cage. … But I can do much more than I showed in there. I want to finish the fight.”

Ramos on what he wants next

“I don’t care about any guy. I’m a lightweight UFC fighter. Anyone the UFC puts against me, I have to fight. I’ve never chosen an opponent in my career. … One day, if it’s possible to fight against (lightweight champion) Khabib (Nurmagomedov), yeah, for sure. I really respect him – he’s a real warrior. But I want to test his wrestling against my jiu-jitsu.”

To hear more from Ramos, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

And for complete coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 10, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

UFC on ESPN+ 10: Charles Oliveira pushing for top after first knockout since 2010


ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Charles Oliveira beat Nik Lentz with a second-round TKO Saturday night on the main card at UFC on ESPN+ 10 in Rochester, N.Y.

Take a look inside the fight with Oliveira, who caught a Lentz kick in the middle frame, then landed a right hand down the middle before finishing on the ground. The bout was the duo’s third together. The first, in 2011, ended in an eventual no contest due to an illegal knee from Oliveira. The second, in 2015, was a submission win for Oliveira.

Result: Charles Oliveira def. Nik Lentz via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:11
Updated records: Oliveira (27-8 MMA, 15-8 UFC), Lentz (30-10-1 MMA, 14-7-1 UFC)
Key stat: Oliveira, the UFC’s submission record-holder, got his first knockout or TKO win since 2010 and his first in the UFC

Oliveira on the fight’s key moment

“The first fight, I underestimated him and made some mistakes. Later on, I always knew I could beat him.”

Oliveira on his first knockout since 2010

“It’s a buildup – an evolution. (When I lost to Paul Felder), I came back stronger and ready for the fight. My goal is only to be champion, whether it’s a knockout or choking a guy.”

Oliveira on what he wants next

“My goal is just to get to the top-10. It doesn’t matter who I fight against. I just want to be a warrior. I want to fight in Uruguay – I’ll be ready.”

To hear more from Oliveira, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

And for complete coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 10, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Ex-champ Cris Cyborg down to fight Canada’s Felicia Spencer at UFC 240 in Edmonton

Felicia Spencer might be just one fight into her UFC career, but she hasn’t shied away from taking on some big responsibilities.

Even before her stunning first-round submission of fellow former Invicta FC champion Megan Anderson at UFC on ESPN+ 10 on Saturday, Spencer said she already saw herself as the future of the women’s featherweight division. And, afterward, the UFC debutante stated her goal to become one of its faces.

As far as first steps go, Spencer certainly did take a big one. But, even if the division isn’t exactly stacked, she’s got some big shoes to fill. After all, not only is the division currently ruled by champ-champ Amanda Nunes, but it was previously run by the woman who for years was seen as the most terrifying featherweight in the world.

Meeting the division’s present champion might take a little while, considering Nunes has a 135-pound title defense scheduled. But how about facing the division’s incredibly dominant recent past?

Well, we know Cris Cyborg is down (via Twitter):

July 27th Edmonton Canada. I have had one @ufc fight in 15 months. Challenge accepted. #CyborgNation

Indeed, the ex-champ hasn’t been able to stay as active as she’d want in the octagon. Her most recent fight was last December, at UFC 232, when Nunes snapped her 20-fight streak to add the 145-pound belt to her collection. Cyborg’s last fight before that had been in March.

The offer is somewhat generous, considering Cyborg (20-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) would be giving Quebec’s own Spencer (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) the home country advantage if they were to meet at UFC 240. But it would still be somewhat of a quick turnaround for Spencer.

The good news, though, is that she might be able to make it. Speaking to reporters after her big win at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., Spencer was asked whether she’d like a chance to be on that card. And while she admitted she would have to consult with her team, she didn’t rule it out.

“There’s definitely a lot going on for me, but if that’s what the UFC wants, then I would be able to make it happen,” Spencer said.

OK, so she didn’t sound all that enthusiastic. But maybe a crack at one of women’s MMA’s GOAT fighters could help sweeten the pot?

For complete coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 10, visit the UFC Events section of the site.

UFC on ESPN+ 10 rookie report: Grading the newcomers in Rochester

Fighters from around the globe dream of the day they’ll step into the UFC octagon for the first time. For five athletes, Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 10 event marked that special moment in their career.

Check out this week’s rookie report to see what kind of first impression those fighters made on the sport’s biggest stage from Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y.

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Michel Pereira

Michel Pereira and Danny Roberts

Division: Welterweight
Result: Michel Pereira def. Danny Roberts via knockout (flying knee, punch) – Round 1, 1:47
Record: (23-9 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Grade: A+

Talk about a first impression.

Michel Pereira made an impact before he ever set foot in the cage, fighting back tears in one of the more emotional walks you’ll ever witness. Moments later, Pereira was showing off a few breakdancing moves while he as introduced by Joe Martinez. Of course, there was still the small matter of a fight.

Pereira impressed there, as well.

In less than two minutes of cage time, Pereira showed off the flash that has become his hallmark. Rolling thunder? Check. Bit of capoeira dancing? Check. Jumping off the cage? Did that twice, bro.

But it wasn’t just the flash that impressed, it was the substance of the finish that ultimately ended up winning Pereira a “Performance of the Night” bonus. A leaping knee landed clean, and then Pereira fired a devastating straight right to finish off his wounded prey. It was jaw-dropping, even without anything that had happened up that moment. It was, in a word, spectacular. Pay attention when this man steps in the cage.

Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for Kevin Lee after UFC on ESPN+ 10 loss?


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Kevin Lee is on a two-fight skid for the first time in his career after falling to Rafael dos Anjos in Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 10 headliner.

After what was supposed to be a potential moment of reinvention for Lee (17-5 MMA, 10-5 UFC) moving up to welterweight, “The Motown Phenom” instead now finds himself in a curious position after a fourth-round submission loss to dos Anjos (30-11 MMA, 18-9 UFC) in the main-event bout, which took place at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., and streamed on ESPN+.

With the outcome, Lee has dropped three of his past four and has now lost to top contenders across two weight classes. At 26, though, all signs would point to him still having plenty of upside potential.

So what does the future hold for Lee? Watch the video above for thoughts and analysis coming out of UFC on ESPN+ 10.

For complete coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 10, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

UFC on ESPN+ 10: Michel Pereira shut the doubters’ mouths with flashy knockout


ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Michel Pereira beat Danny Roberts with a highlight-reel knockout Saturday night on the prelims at UFC on ESPN+ 10 in Rochester, N.Y.

Take a look inside the fight with Pereira, who landed a flying knee in the first round, then a perfect straight right for the KO.

Result: Michel Pereira def. Danny Roberts via knockout (flying knee, punch) – Round 1, 1:47
Updated records: Pereira (23-9 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Roberts (16-6 MMA, 5-4 UFC)
Key stat: Pereira was fighting in the United States for the first time.

On the fight’s key moment

“For a long time, I’ve had those moves and I’ve been mocked for it. Today I shut people’s mouths.”

On a big performance in his UFC debut

“I’m very happy. I trained a lot to be here and I went through many struggles. Right now, I’m very, very happy and glad I won.”

On what he wants next

“I don’t choose opponents. I only like to fight the best. I’m getting ready to fight with them. I’m training a lot and putting a lot of work into my game. It’s been my biggest dream since childhood (to be in the UFC).”

To hear more from Pereira, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

And for complete coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 10, check out the UFC Events section of the site.