Sunday, November 27, 2016



Victory FC 43 (Waterloo, Iowa)

135 lbs: Raufeon Stots def Jeff Curran via unanimous decision.
155 lbs: Mike Plazola def Nick Bartels via rear naked choke at 1:53 of rd 1.
205 lbs: Rakim Cleveland def Calley Kruger via submission (strikes) at 1:37 of rd 1.

UFC Fight Night 101 (Melbourne, Australia)

185 lbs: Robert Whittaker def Derek Brunson via TKO at 4:07 of rd 1.
185 lbs: Andrew Holbrook def Jake Matthews via split decision.
170 lbs: Omari Akhmedov def Kyle Noke via unanimous decision.
155 lbs: Alex Volkanovski def Yusuke Kasuya via TKO at 2:06 of rd 2.


Titan FC featherweight champion Andre Harrison has signed with WSOF. His promotional debut will be against Bruce Boyington at WSOF 34.

UFC welterweight Kyle Noke has announced his retirement from MMA following his loss on Saturday.

Bellator 167 has been reworked following an injury to Patricky Freire. Darrion Caldwell and opponent Joe Taimanglo will now headline the fight card.

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout with Anthony Johnson after suffering an injury. The new UFC 206 headliner will be for the interim featherweight belt, as Anthony Pettis takes on Max Holloway.

Sunday, November 20, 2016



Invicta FC 20 (Kansas City Missouri)

135 lbs: Yana Kunitskaya def Tonya Evinger via armbar at 1:59 of rd 1.
115 lbs: Angela Hill def Kaline Medeiros via unanimous decision
105 lbs: Herica Tiburcio def Simona Soukupova via unanimous decision

UFC Fight Night 99 (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

185 lbs: Gegard Mousasi def Uriah Hall via TKO at 4:31 of rd 1.
155 lbs: Stevie Ray def Ross Pearson via split decision.
265 lbs: Alexander Volkov def Timothy Johnson via split decision.
145 lbs: Artem Lobov def Teruto Ishihara via unanimous decision.

UFC Fight Night 100 (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

205 lbs: Ryan Bader def Antonio Nogueira via TKO at 3:51 of rd 3.
135 lbs: Thomas Almeida def Albert Morales via TKO at 1:37 of rd 2.
115 lbs: Claudia Gadelha def Cortney Casey via unanimous decision.
185 lbs: Krzysztof Jotko def Thales Leites via unanimous decision.

Bellator 165 (San Jose, California)

155 lbs: Michael Chandler def Benson Henderson via split decision.
170 lbs: Michael Page def Fernando Gonzalez via split decision.
155 lbs: Adam Piccolotti def Brandon Girtz via unanimous decision.
125 lbs: Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez def Sheila Padilla via KO at :47 of rd 1.


Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida has accepted an 18 month sanction after declaring his use of a banned substance.

Fedor Emelianenko will headline his first Bellator event when he faces off against fellow heavyweight Matt Mitrione at Bellator 172 in February.

Sunday, November 13, 2016



ONE Championship 49 (Kallang, Singapore)

155 lbs: Eduard Folayang def Shinya Aoki via TKO at :41 of rd 3.
145 lbs: Marat Gafurov def Narantungalag Jadambaa via rear naked choke at 4:51 of rd 1.
145 lbs: Amir Khan def Vaughn Donayre via rear naked choke at 2:22 of rd 3.
155 lbs: Roger Huerta def Adrian Pang via split decision.

Legacy FC 62 (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

185 lbs: Rafael Lovato Jr. def Cortez Coleman via armbar at 4:04 of rd 3.
145 lbs: Justin Rader def Mike Maldonado via TKO at 2:21 of rd 1.
155 lbs: Manuel Muro def Derrick Adkins via unanimous decision.

Bellator 164 (Tel Aviv, Israel)

170 lbs: Douglas Lima def Andrey Koreshkov via KO 1:21 of rd 3.
145 lbs: Noah Lahat def Scott Cleve via rear naked choke at 2:26 of rd 1.
145 lbs: Georgi Karakhanyan def Kirill Medvedovsky via TKO at 3:40 of rd 1.
125 lbs: Lena Ovchynnikova def Karla Benitez via unanimous decision.

Cage Warriors: Unplugged (London, England)

155 lbs: Paddy Pimblett def Julian Erosa via unanimous decision.
145 lbs: Chris Fishgold def Nic Herron-Webb via unanimous decision.
170 lbs: Matt Inman def Che Mills via triangle choke at 4:09 of rd 2.

UFC 205 (New York City, New York)

155 lbs: Conor McGregor def Eddie Alvarez via KO at 3:04 of rd 2.
170 lbs: Tyron Woodley retains belt with a majority draw against Stephen Thompson.
115 lbs: Joanna Jedrzejczyk def Karolina Kowalkiewicz via unanimous decision.
185 lbs: Yoel Romero def Chris Weidman via TKO at :24 of rd 3.
135 lbs: Raquel Pennington def Miesha Tate via unanimous decision.


Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones was handed a one year suspension by USADA because of a contaminated sexual enhancement pill.

A number of Rizin FF 3 fight cards have been announced including Mirko "Cro Cop" against Wanderlei Silva and Shane Carwin against Amir Aliakbari.

Sunday, November 6, 2016



Deep Jewels 14 (Tokyo, Japan)

105 lbs: Mina Kurobe def Saori Ishioka via unanimous decision.
105lbs: Tomo Maesawa def Emi Tomimatsu via rear naked choke at 1:24 of rd 3.
125 lbs: Emiko Raika def Jen Hee Gan via unanimous decision.
115 lbs: Ayaka Miura def Sachiko Fukimori via armlock at :35 of rd 2.

CES MMA 39 (Plymouth, Massachusetts)

170 lbs: Wilfredo Santiago JR def Chuck O'Neil via KO at :41 of round 1.
145 lbs: Manny Bermudez def Saul Almeida via split decision.
145 lbs: Peter Barrett def Jeremy Davis via TKO at 1:55 of rd 2.
190 lbs: Kevin Haley def Mike Rodriguez via toe hold at 1:08 of rd 1.

Bellator 163 (Uncasville, Connecticut)

205 lbs: Phil Davis def Liam McGeary via unanimous decision.
155 lbs: Brennan Ward def Saad Awad via KO at 1:26 of rd 1.
170 lbs: Neiman Gracie def Rudy Bears at armbar at 4:39 of rd 1.
265 lbs: Javy Ayala def Sergei Kharitonov via KO at :16 of rd 1.

UFC Fight Night 98 (Mexico City, Mexico)

155lbs: Tony Ferguson def Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision.
155 lbs: Diego Sanchez def Marcin Held via unanimous decision.
145 lbs: Ricardo Lamas def Charles Oliveira via rear naked choke 2:13 of rd 2.
115 lbs: Alexa Grasso def Heather Jo Clark via unanimous decision.


Featherweight Tatsuya Kawajiri has signed with Rizin FF following his release from his UFC contract. He will fight Kron Gracie at Rizin NYE.

Former UFC heavyweight Shane Carwin has also joined Rizin FF.

The much anticipated rematch between middleweight Luke Rockhold and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza has been canceled.

Sunday, October 9, 2016


Another big weekend of MMA is in the books. Here is what happened.

At ONE Championship 48, Phoe Thaw won the Featherweight tournament when he defeated Saw Yan Paing via TKO at 3:23 of round 1. Myanmar's own Aung La Nsang took out fellow Middleweight Michal Pasternak by way of unanimous decision. And in the main event Yoshitaka Naito retained his Strawweight belt with a third round rear naked choke of Joshua Pacio at 1:13.

WSOF 33 saw Lightweight Brian Foster get one more step closer to a rematch with Justin Gaethje when he submitted Luiz Firmino via triangle choke at 3:14 of round 1. Lightweight Joao Zeferino defeated Jason High in impressive fashion when he won by TKO at :51 of round 3. David Branch defended one of his two belts - this time the Light Heavyweight one - against Vinny Magalhaes by unanimous decision.

Next up was Legacy FC 60 where Welterweight Dakota Cochrane defeated Joe Eichelberger via rear naked choke at 4:47 of round 2. Heavyweight veteran Brian Heden won against Tyler East with a TKO at 1:51 of round 1.

The UFC made its way to England for UFC 204. Heavyweight Stefan "Skyscrapper" Struve defeated Daniel Omielanczuk via D'Arce choke at 1:41 of round 2. Light Heavyweight Jimi Manuwa obliterated Ovince Saint Preux with a KO at 2:38 of round 2. Middleweight Gegard Mousasi defeated Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort with a TKO at 2:43 of  round 2. Middleweight champion Michael "The Count" Bisping avenged his loss to Dan Henderson and defended his title in the process with a very close unanimous decision.

TUF competitor and UFC Middleweight Josh Samman passed away after being in a coma for nearly a week.

Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will look to defend his belt at UFC 206 against former title challenger Anthony "Rumble" Johnson.

UFC Fight Night 97 has been canceled after it was announced that B.J. Penn had to withdraw from his main event fight with Featherweight Ricardo Lamas.


Sunday, October 2, 2016


Resurrection Fighting Alliance was surrounded by big news this past week but still had to hold, what we now know to be, one of their last events as an independent organization. At RFA 44 Lightweight Drakkar Klose remained undefeated with a unanimous decision over Hugh Pulley. Flyweight Nick Urso won a unanimous decision against Ken Porter. And in the main event Thiago Moises held on to his Lightweight belt when he got past Zach Freeman. Moises won by unanimous decision.

UFC Fight Night 96 saw Flyweight Brandon Moreno earn the biggest win of his career when he defeated Louis Smolka via guillotine at 2:23 of round 1. Welterweight newcomer Zac Ottow defeated Josh Burkman by split decision. Lightweight Alex Oliveira defeated "ill" Will Brooks via TKO after Brooks suffered an injury early on in the fight. In the main event John "Hands of Stone" Lineker won a split decision against John "The Magician" Dodson.

An open-weight fight between Mirko "Cro Cop" and Wanderlei Silva will take place on Dec. 29. The bout serves as the Rizin FF Grand Prix quarterfinals.

UFC Featherweight champion "The Notorious" Conor McGregor will fight Eddie Alvarez for the Lightweight belt at UFC 205 in NYC. The fight marks the third title that will be on the line during the promotions debut in New York.

Interim Featherweight champion Jose Aldo has requested his release from the UFC.

The UFC has welcomed new owners to the promotion, though their shares are very abysmal. Some of the new owners include the likes of Tom Brady, Guy Fieri and Ben Affleck.

I, Spencer "Pablo Diablo" Kirksey, would like to thank everyone who has followed along with the Five Round Review these past few years as this marks the one hundred fiftieth one.    

Sunday, September 18, 2016


Texas was the place to be this weekend as Bellator, Legacy FC and the UFC all held events in the Lone Star state.

Starting things off was Legacy FC 59. Lightweight Justin Reiswerg sunk in a triangle on Jason Langellier at 3:20 of round 2. And in the main event, Middleweight Trevin Giles remained undefeated when he choked out Isaac Villanueva via arm triangle at 1:45 of round 3.

At Bellator 161 Women's Flyweight Anastasia Yankova earned a narrow split decision over a game Veta Arteaga. Bantamweight Joe Warren took out Sirwan Kakai via guillotine at 1:04 of round 3. And Cheick Kongo got one step closer to claiming the Heavyweight belt when he won a unanimous decision over Tony Johnson.

UFC Fight Night 94 saw Lightweight Evan Dunham defeat last minute replacement Rick Glenn by unanimous decision. Middleweight Derek Brunson continued his knockout streak when he KO'd Uriah Hall at 1:41 of round 1. Capping things off was Lightweight Michael Johnson knocking out Dustin "Diamond" Poirier at 1:35 of round 1.

Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion "Suga" Rashad Evans will return to action at UFC 205 iin NYC against Tim Kennedy.

Ex Middleweight champs Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman also got their next matchups. Rockhold will take on "Jacare" Souza at UFC Fight Night 101 and Weidman will face off against Yoel Romero at UFC 205.

Former UFC Middleweight and Light Heavyweight title challenger Chael Sonnen has signed with Bellator.