Derrick Lewis, Curtis Millender Take Home Bonuses for Spectacular KO’s at UFC in Austin

A pair of jaw-rattling knockouts led the bonuses for UFC Fight Night in Austin on Sunday night.

Derrick Lewis pulled off his ninth UFC knockout as he flattened Marcin Tybura in the third round of their heavyweight matchup that served as the co-main event. 

Meanwhile, Curtis Millender made quite the impression in his UFC debut as he earned a spectacular knockout by knee strike to put away former title contender  Thiago Alves in their welterweight fight on the main card.

Both Lewis and Millender pocketed $50,000 for ‘Performance of the Night’ as a reward for their handiwork.

As for ‘Fight of the Night’, that honor went to Brandon Davis and Steven Peterson, who went to war for three rounds in front of a raucous Texas crowd. Davis ultimately edged out Peterson by unanimous decision but both fighters will share in the spoils of war with a $50,000 bonus for their back and forth battle over 15 minutes. 


Article source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/derrick-lewis-curtis-millender-take-home-bonuses-for-spectacular-kos-at-ufc-in-austin

 

Cerrone vs. Medeiros Best UFC Draw Ever in Austin

It may have been a Sunday night event flying a bit under the radar, but UFC Fight Night 126: Cerrone vs. Medeiros pulled in the strongest gate and attendance numbers yet for the UFC in Austin, Texas. 

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has now been to Austin three times, but the card headlined by Donald Cerrone and Yancy Medeiros officially topped them all. 

UFC Fight Night Cerrone vs Medeiros Fight PosterUFC Fight Night 126 drew a crowd of 10,502 to the Frank Erwin Center located on the University of Texas at Austin campus. It accounted for gate receipts totaling $794,350.

Sunday’s event featured Cerrone’s first-round TKO finish of Medeiros, which ended a three-fight losing streak for “Cowboy.” It also etched his name in the record books, tying him for most wins and most finishes in UFC history. 

The UFC’s past trips to Austin included UFC Fight Night 57 in 2014, when Frankie Edgar submitted Cub Swanson, accounting for an attendance of 10,131 and gate receipts of $670,022. Prior to that, UFC Fight Night 22 pulled in 7,724 fans, amassing $595,900 at the gate. UFC Fight Night 22 featured Nate Marquardt’s first-round TKO stoppage of Rousimar Palhares.


Article source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/cerrone-vs-medeiros-best-ufc-draw-ever-in-austin

 

Vitor Belfort Chose to Fight Lyoto Machida in Retirement Fight in Order to Send a Message

Vitor Belfort is entering the final fight, not only of his UFC contract, but of his fighting career. He wanted it to be something special, and he wanted it to send a message to athletes, fans, and the sport itself. 

Belfort will meet Lyoto Machida at UFC 224 on May 12 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

There are numerous interesting factors in Belfort facing Machida for his final fight. They are both Brazilians, they are both former UFC champions, and they are friends… not your usual UFC match-up.

But that’s exactly why Belfort wanted to fight Machida, his friend. He wants to send a message that mixed martial arts is in fact a sport, not an arena where morals have to be thrown out the window to be considered a legend.

Vitor BelfortThough the UFC has yet to announce the match-up, Belfort had a lot to say about his pending fight with Machida, so he took to Instagram to send his message.

“I’m over 20 years being relevant in this sport. I broke a lot barriers and paved the way for a generation after me. I am one of the pioneers of the sport and I’m proud of it.

“I could not walk into the octagon for the last time without sending a relevant message to the: athletes, fans and to the sport itself.

“That is the reason why I chose to fight a friend of mine. An athlete that I have a lot respect. A good person a family man. I’m against the so famous ‘trash talk.’ MMA is a sport!

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“A sport that myself and a lot of family men work really hard to support our families. Lyoto and I have known each other for many years, I know his family and we have trained together. I wanted this fight to take place in Brazil because that is where everything started and now it’s time for us to send another message to the world.

“And the message is: RESPECT!

“May 12th, Lyoto Machida and I will step into the octagon as professionals and we still be friends. Always respecting each other and the way we will do that is giving our best in the octagon.

“I want people to understand that you don’t have to be a bully to be a fighter, you have to be a real man. And that is exactly what the world is in need, real man willing to pay the price to make a difference.”

I’m over 20 years being relevant in this sport. I broke a lot barriers and paved the way for a generation after me. I am one of the pioneers of the sport and I’m proud it it. I could not walk into the octagon for the last time without sending a relevant message to the: athletes, fans and to the sport itself. That is the reason why I chose to fight a friend of mine. An athlete that I have a lot respect. A good person a family man. I’m against the so famous “trash talk”. MMA is a sport! A sport that myself and a lot of family men work really hard to support our families. Lyoto and I have known each other for many years, I know his family and we have trained together. I wanted this fight to take place in Brazil because that is where everything started and now it’s time for us to send another message to the world. And the message is: RESPECT! May 12th @lyotomachidafw and I will step into the octagon as professionals and we still be friends. Always respecting each other and the way we will do that is giving our best in the octagon. I want people to understand that you don’t have to be a bully to be a fighter, you have to be a real man. And that is exactly what the world is in need, real man willing to pay the price to make a difference.

A post shared by Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort (@vitorbelfort) on Feb 17, 2018 at 12:12pm PST

Article source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/vitor-belfort-chose-to-fight-lyoto-machida-in-retirement-fight-in-order-to-send-a-message

 

Sage Northcutt Reinventing Himself As Part of Team Alpha Male

At just 21 years of age, Sage Northcutt already has experiences inside the cage equal to fighters far older than him but even at this stage he’s not afraid of reinventing himself if necessary.

That’s why Northcutt recently made the transition to become a full time member of Team Alpha Male in Sacramento working under UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber as well as a host of top fighters including former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt, Chad Mendes and Josh Emmett.

“I decided to move out to Sacramento cause I feel like Team Alpha Male has the kind of skill set I need to improve on and make myself better at and just piece everything together for MMA,” Northcutt explained ahead of his fight on Sunday night at UFC Fight Night in Austin. “Everyday is super structured. I might train anywhere between three and a half to five hours a day and training alongside all these great athletes, great UFC fighters, makes me a better fighter.

“One person gets better, we all get better.”

Northcutt says Faber has been a particularly important influence during his time at Team Alpha Male as he not only looks to improve with each performance in the UFC but also adding weapons inside and outside the cage that will help to further his career.

Faber is no stranger to scouting and cultivating top talent in mixed martial arts and it appears Northcutt might just be his next great project. 

“Being around Mr. Faber inside the gym and outside the gym, I’ve learned many things,” Northcutt said. “He’s always over there. If it’s a class, he’s over there correcting me, helping me out, making me a better fighter. Mr. Faber’s so smart, he’s in the UFC Hall of Fame, so full of knowledge.”

Check out some of the training footage with Northcutt working alongside his teammates at Team Alpha Male as he prepares for his fight on Sunday night. 


Article source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/sage-northcutt-reinventing-himself-as-part-of-team-alpha-male

 

Lyoto Machida vs. Vitor Belfort Agreed to for UFC 224 in Brazil

UFC 224 is starting to come together, and it looks like there is going to be at least one high profile Brazil vs. Brazil match-up on the fight card slated for May 12 in Rio de Janeiro.

MMAWeekly.com sources confirmed that Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort have verbally agreed to fight at UFC 224. Contracts have not yet been signed for the bout, which was first reported by Combate.com.

If it becomes official, the match-up pits two former UFC champions against one another in what is expected to be Belfort’s retirement bout.

Lyoto Machida vs Vitor Belfort UFC 224Coming off of a victory over Nate Marquardt at UFC 212 last summer, Belfort (26-13, 1NC) had been angling for a retirement bout with Michael Bisping at the next UFC Fight Night in London, but Bisping – who is also expected to retire after his next bout – would have none of it. Belfort, 40, is now expected to end more than two decades of professional competition opposite his fellow former UFC light heavyweight titleholder.

Although Machida (23-8) has been fighting nearly as long and is just one year younger than Belfort, he has not indicated that he is ready to follow Belfort’s ride off into the sunset. 

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Machida returned late last year following a two-year suspension for a UFC Anti-Doping violation. He got knocked out by Derek Brunson in his return bout in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in October, but recently took a decision win over Eryk Anders in the UFC Fight Night 125 main event in Belem, Brazil. 

Machida will make his third start in a row in Brazil when he faces Belfort in what could easily serve as the co-main event of the UFC 224 fight card.


Article source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/lyoto-machida-vs-vitor-belfort-agreed-to-for-ufc-224-in-brazil

 

 

 

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