The MMA world will characteristic elite motion from Inglewood, California, and Las Vegas on Saturday evening as Bellator and the UFC share the fight highlight.
Patricio “Pitbull” Freire will tackle A.J. McKee at The Discussion board in one of many greatest bouts in Bellator historical past. The struggle is the finale of the promotion’s Featherweight World Grand Prix, and it options two stars who established themselves in Bellator, as a substitute of being fighters who signed as free brokers after stints in different promotions. The winner will win $1 million and be thought-about by some to be the very best featherweight on the earth, though UFC champ Alexander Volkanovski, amongst others, would argue that time.
Uriah Hall and Sean Strickland both have four straight wins. Both fighters on the rise look to enter the UFC middleweight title picture on Saturday.
UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Strickland
Saturday, UFC Apex, Las Vegas
• Main card: 9 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN+
• Prelims: 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN+
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What had been a respectful lead-up to the fight got heated Thursday during media activities as the fighters tried to get at each other.
The Fight Night at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas will be headlined by a pair of middleweights on four-fight win streaks, as UFC No. 8-ranked Uriah Hall takes on No. 11 Sean Strickland. The winner will be looking to climb in the rankings and potentially face a top-five opponent next.
Marc Raimondi will be on hand at the Forum to provide results and analysis, while Brett Okamoto will cover the events unfolding at the UFC Apex. Stats are supplied by ESPN Stats & Info.
Watch the UFC card on ESPN+.
Fights in progress:
UFC welterweight: Bryan Barberena vs. Jason Witt
Bellator flyweight: Vanessa Porto vs. Ilara Joanne
Bellator 150-pound contract weight: Gadzhi Rabadanov defeats Daniel Carey by first-round TKO
@TeamKhabib is such a legend, his fighter simply knocked a man into convulsions and whereas the workforce was celebrating the win. Khabib went over to assist the paramedics are likely to the opponent. #Respect #Bellator263
— Corey ‘Extra time’ Anderson (@CoreyA_MMA) August 1, 2021
Key stat: Rabadanov (16-4-2) dropped Carey with an enormous left hook after which completed on the bottom. Carey was on the bottom for a while after the end and brought out on a stretcher for precautionary causes. UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was in Rabadanov’s nook, helped are likely to Carey on the bottom. Rabadanov, a PFL veteran, has only one loss in his previous 10 fights. Carey (7-5) has dropped two in a row and three of 4.
UFC light-weight: Chris Gruetzemacher defeats Rafa Garcia by unanimous resolution
Key stat: Gruetzemacher (15-4), who fights out of American High Crew in Florida, picks up his second win in three fights and cashes as the most important underdog on the cardboard at +260. He was +420 to win by resolution at Caesars by William Hill. Garcia (12-1), of Mexico, signed with the UFC this yr as an undefeated fighter, however he’s now 0-2 in two UFC appearances.
Bellator males’s featherweight: Khasan Magomedsharipov defeats Jonathan Quiroz by second-round TKO
Key stat: Magomedsharipov, the 20-year-old, blue-chip prospect brother of UFC featherweight star Zabit, was making his United States and Bellator debut. He strikes to 6-0. Magomedsharipov trains together with his brother out of coach Mark Henry’s camp in New Jersey. Quiroz (3-5), a 34-year-old Mexico native preventing out of California, has misplaced two straight and 4 of 5.
UFC: Males’s featherweight: Danny Chavez and Kai Kamaka struggle to a majority draw
Key stat: Kamaka (8-4-1) would have received the bout have been it not for some extent deduction within the second spherical for an unintentional low blow. It’s the third attract UFC competitors in 2021. Chavez is now winless in his previous two fights, whereas Kamaka is winless in his previous three.
Watch this struggle on ESPN+.
Bellator: Welterweight: Joshua Jones defeats Johnny Cisneros by second-round TKO
Key stat: Jones (11-5), a 31-year-old veteran of the Southern California regional scene, has received two straight. The 41-year-old Cisneros (13-8), a well-liked fighter within the space who received a giant response from the gang, has dropped two of three.
UFC: Ladies’s strawweight: Jinh Yu Frey defeats Ashley Yoder by unanimous decision
Key stat: Frey (11-6), a former Invicta FC champion, evens her UFC record to 2-2 and does so as a +140 underdog at Caesars William Hill. Yoder (8-8, 3-7 UFC) has now lost four of her past five, and her seven career losses as a UFC strawweight are tied for third most in the division’s history.
Watch this fight on ESPN+.
Bellator: Lightweight: Georgi Karakhanyan defeats Kiefer Crosbie by first-round submission
Key stat: Karakhanyan (31-11-1), a 36-year-old Russia native fighting out of California, has won two straight and three of his past four. The 31-year-old Crosbie (8-3), an Ireland native, has dropped two straight following a two-fight winning streak. Crosbie fights out of SBG Ireland, the home of Conor McGregor, and had McGregor coach John Kavanagh and Bellator star James Gallagher in his corner.
Bellator: Bantamweight: Brian Moore defeats Jordan Winski by unanimous decision
Key stat: Moore, a 33-year-old teammate of Conor McGregor at SBG Ireland, won his third straight Bellator bout. Winski, a 32-year-old fighting out of Dan Henderson’s gym in California, had a two-fight winning streak snapped in his Bellator debut.
UFC: Men’s flyweight | Zarrukh Adashev (4-3, 1-2 UFC) vs. Ryan Benoit (10-8, 3-6 UFC) by unanimous decision
Great game plan by Adashev because if he didn’t take that calf out I see Benoit getting a TKO. Adashev has some nice footwork. He mad Benoit chase him around and Benoit did it on a compromised leg. Great fight! #UFCVegas33
— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) July 31, 2021
Key stat: Adashev snaps a 2-fight dropping streak. Adashev joins Makhmud Muradov as the one fighters representing Uzbekistan to win within the UFC. Benoit drops his third straight struggle.
Watch this struggle on ESPN+.
UFC: Welterweight | Phil Rowe (8-3, 1-1 UFC) defeats Orion Cosce (7-1, 0-1 UFC) by second-round KO
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 31, 2021
Key stat: Rowe has finishes in all eight of his wins and has received eight of 9. Rowe cashes as a +145 underdog at Caesars by William Hill. He was +550 to win by KO/TKO/DQ.
Watch this struggle on ESPN+.
Nonetheless to return:
ESPN/ESPN+, 9 p.m. ET
Uriah Corridor vs. Sean Strickland | Middleweight
Cheyanne Buys vs. Gloria de Paula | Strawweight
Jared Gooden vs. Niklas Stolze | Welterweight
ESPN/ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET
Melsik Baghdasaryan vs. Collin Anglin | Males’s featherweight
Bellator nonetheless to return:
Showtime, 10 p.m. ET
Patricio Freire vs. A.J. McKee | Males’s featherweight
Mads Burnell vs. Emmanuel Sanchez | Males’s featherweight
Usman Nurmagomedov vs. Manny Muro | Light-weight
Brent Primus vs. Islam Mamedov | Light-weight
Goiti Yamauchi vs. Chris Gonzalez | Light-weight