Dong Hyun Kim vs. Gunnar Nelson Canceled, UFC Belfast Gets New Main Event

The UFC Fight Night 99 main event bout between Dong Hyun Kim and Gunnar Nelson has been canceled, but UFC officials already have a new main event in place.

The Nelson vs. Kim fight was nixed when Nelson suffered an undisclosed injury, according to an initial report by

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Gegard MousasiWith the majority of the top UFC middleweights already booked for fights, Mousasi (40-6-2) had recently been angling for a bout with Anderson Silva or Nick Diaz. However, when the Kim vs. Nelson bout was canceled, Mousasi and Hall got the opportunity to headline UFC Fight Night Belfast.

It’s a fight that Mousasi certainly wants back. He’s currently in the midst of a 5-1 run in the Octagon. Mousasi’s lone loss during that stretch was to Hall, who knocked him out early in the second round of their fight in September of 2015.

While Mousasi has been on a three-fight winning streak since then, Hall (12-7) has dropped back-to-back bouts to Robert Whittaker and Derek Brunson.

UFC Fight Night 99 takes place on Nov. 19 at SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Alexander Shlemenko, Bobby Lashley Score Impressive Wins at Bellator 162

Former middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko returned at Bellator 162 on Friday in Memphis, Tenn., following a year-and-a-half away from the promotion battling a suspension.

Shlemenko made the most of his Bellator comeback, getting the better of Kendall Grove in the night’s main event.

Despite giving up an eight-inch reach, Shlemenko did a good job nullifying Grove’s advantage, using leg kicks and a variety of spinning attacks to keep him from utilizing his jab. Shlemenko clipped Grove early in the round, sending him to the canvas, but didn’t follow him down. He instead made the Hawaiian return to his feet.

Grove got up, welcomed by Shlemenko’s standing guillotine. Grove escaped the hold, and a few moments later, he hurt Shlemenko during a brief flurry. Grove followed with a knee to the body, but couldn’t fully capitalize.

Shlemenko again turned the tables late in the round, hurting grove with a body kick and landing a spinning backfist.

Alexander Shlemenko vs Kendall GroveRound two opened with Shlemenko going to the body with a couple hard kicks. Grove fired back with punches and a knee, but Shlemenko landed a spinning back kick to the body that put Grove on his heels. Shlemenko then stalked Grove and folded him over with a left hook to the body and right hook to the jaw. Grove crumpled to the canvas.

Shlemenko stood over Grove, dropping hammerfists and punches until the referee stepped in to stop  the fight.

With Rafael Carvalho defending the middleweight title against Melvin Manhoef at Bellator 168 in December, Shlemenko is now likely in line for a fight with the winner.

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Bobby Lashley kept his winning streak alive against Josh Appelt in the co-main event, thoroughly dominating the fight from the opening bell.

Lashley opened with a couple solid leg kicks and right hands, but quickly shifted to his bread and butter, clinching Appelt on the fence, wearing him down with several short punches and a knee to the sternum. Midway through the round, he took Appelt to the canvas with a double-leg takedown. From there, Lashley was all over his foe, landing punches, hammerfists and elbows at will, seemingly moments away from a stoppage.

Appelt survived the opening frame and attempted a quick start in the second round, landing a leg kick and left hand that got Lashley’s attention. That would be the end of his offensive efforts. Lashley clinched and took Appelt back to the mat. Lashley eventually gained full mount, but couldn’t finish the fight there. Appelt turned to his knees, trying to escape, but Lashley was glued to his back and sunk the rear-naked choke for a quick tapout.

Lashley (15-2) is now in the midst of an eight-fight winning streak, including all five of his Bellator bouts.

In the lead-up to Friday night, Ryan Couture told that he wanted a ground battle with Goiti Yamauchi. He might be rethinking that now.

After exchanging some opening punches, Couture clinched and took Yamauchi to the canvas, landing in top position in Yamauchi’s half guard. The Japanese fighter made quick work of Couture off of his back, latching onto an arm for the armbar finish 1:01 into the first frame.

Hisaki Kato and AJ Matthews put on a barnburner of a fight to open the main card card, each man hurting the other in the opening minutes. Matthews, initially the busier fighter, had the fight going his way, but didn’t finish, allowing Kato to stage a comeback.

Matthews got caught with an eye poke late in the opening round, but checked out okay with the doctor and continued. As soon as they resumed fighting, Kato attacked with numerous kicks combined with left hooks to the head. He rocked Matthews, wobbled him and sent him to the mat, but somehow Matthews survived to the final seconds before Kato’s final onslaught of left hands dropped him to the canvas for the knockout.

Bellator 162: Shlemenko vs. Grove Results

Main Card:

  • Alexander Shlemenko def. Kendall Grove by TKO (strikes) 1:43, R2
  • Bobby Lashley def. Josh Appelt by Submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:43, R2
  • Goiti Yamauchi def. Ryan Couture by Submission (armbar) at 1:01, R1
  • Hisaki Kato def. A.J. Matthews by TKO (strikes) at 4:58, R1

Preliminary Card:

  • Chase Gormley def. Bobby Brents by Split Decision
  •  Virgil Zwicker def. Dan Charles by TKO at 4:31, R2
  • Julia Budd def. Arlene Blencowe by Majority Decision
  • Ricky Rainey def. Gilbert Smith by Unanimous Decision
  • Steve Garcia def. Ronnie Lawrence by Unanimous Decision

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Ky Hollenbeck Expecting a Grind at Lion Fight 32

Since rejoining Lion Fight late last year, former MMA veteran Ky Hollenbeck has picked up three straight Muay Thai wins, including his most recent, a split-decision over Mark Holst in July.

Though the fight went to the judges thanks to an accidental clash of heads part way into the fourth round, Hollenbeck believes he was getting the best of Holst and could have won the fight outright should it have gone longer.

“The later the fight went the more momentum I was gaining, and the more (Holst) was tapering off,” Hollenbeck told “I think my conditioning and my cardio were really beneficial in that aspect.

“I think I was winning the fight regardless (of when it was stopped). I thought I could have finished it in the fourth or fifth round if I would have continued to keep doing what I was doing.”

With his three wins in the company, Hollenbeck (20-5-1) will take on Malaipet Sasiprapa (145-30-6) in a middleweight main event championship fight at Lion Fight 32 on Friday in Las Vegas.

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“In order to win I need to implement my game plan and shut down his,” said Hollenbeck of facing Malaipet. “I know he has a lot of strong techniques, and is really experienced with a lot of fights. It’s going to be a grind.

KyHollenbeck“I think I’ve seen him stopped once or twice in his career, and with all the fights he’s had, I’m not looking for knockouts, I’m not trying to finish the fight super-early, I’m just going to go in and implement my game plan and be ready for a five round battle.”

While adding another Muay Thai title to his collection would be nice for Hollenbeck, his main focus as always going forward is to improve as a fighter and have stronger showings each time out.

“Every year is I’m looking to do better than the year I did before,” he said. “You always find holes in your game and find things you need to improve on. A successful year can be me doing something I love to do and to try to better myself every time.”

As for a possible return to MMA, Hollenbeck never says never, but for now his focus is solely his Lion Fight bout on Oct. 21.

“I never count anything out,” said Hollenbeck. “I’m always open to new things and a return to old things.

“I’m a go-with-the-flow kind of guy, and am pretty laid back for the most part, so if an opportunity presented itself where MMA was something I could do again, I might consider it, but I might not. I can’t really say right now. I’m just focused on this fight.”

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Conor McGregor Willing to Give Up a Belt, No Army Required

After much chatter in the media, featherweight champion Conor McGregor has stated that he is willing to give up one of his two UFC titles… just let him win the second belt first!

As soon as it was announced that McGregor would challenge UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez for his belt at UFC 205 in New York, company president Dana White declared that the Irishman’s opportunity to make history came with a stipulation.

If McGregor defeats Alvarez on Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden, he will become the first fighter in UFC history to hold championships in two weight categories simultaneously. BJ Penn and Randy Couture have each won belts in two divisions, but neither held both at the same time. McGregor would be the first.

If he does so, White declared that McGregor would have to immediately relinquish one of the belts.

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“He wants to try to gain both belts,” White said on ESPN’s SportsCenter. “He will give up one of the titles after that fight in New York.”

McGregor initially, in no uncertain terms, said that he wouldn’t be giving up either belt.

Conor McGregor UFC 205 Kickoff“I’m gonna wrap one on one shoulder and I’m gonna wrap the other one on the other shoulder, and they’re gonna need a (expletive) army to come take them belts off me,” he said at the UFC 205 Kickoff Press Conference at Madison Square Garden in September.

In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, however, McGregor softened his stance a bit. He would be willing to give up a belt if that is what’s best for business, but he’d appreciate it if everyone would let him actually achieve his goal before putting so much attention on relinquishing a championship.

“Let me see the pictures on publications with a belt on each shoulder first,” McGregor said. “Let me go onto the side of that Octagon and raise two world titles, what’s never been done before, before talking about stripping me. Let me get the (expletive) things, let me do it.

“I’ll always listen to the correct business move and I’ll always do what is the correct move, but let me do it and let me go back and look at some pictures of me with two belts and let me embrace it for half-a-day.

“Don’t be trying to take away the historic moment before I’ve even experienced it.”

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