TUF Nations Finale Results: Bisping vs. Kennedy
MMA Fighting has TUF Nations Finale results for the Bisping vs. Kennedy fight card April 16, plus live blogs of all the fights, and live UFC TUF Nations Finale twitter updates.
In the main event, Michael Bisping will square off Tim Kennedy in a middleweight clash. Also on the main card, TUF Nations coaches Patrick Cote and Kyle Noke will battle in the co-main event.
Check out the TUF Nations Finale results below.
Main card (FOX Sports 1 at 7 p.m. ET)
Michael Bisping vs. Tim Kennedy
Patrick Cote vs. Kyle Noke
Sheldon Westcott vs. Elias Theodorou
Chad Laprise vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Dustin Poirier vs. Akira Corassani
Undercard (FOX Sports 1 at 5 p.m. ET)
Sam Stout vs. K.J. Noons
Sarah Kaufman vs. Leslie Smith
Ryan Jimmo vs. Sean O'connell
George Roop vs. Dustin Kimura
Undercard (UFC Fight Pass at 3:15 p.m. ET)
Mark Bocek vs. Mike de la Torre
Nordine Taleb vs. Vik Grujic
Richard Walsh vs. Chris Indich
Mitch Gagnon vs. Tim Gorman
Rematch with Eddie Alvarez motivates Patricky Freire to win Bellator tournament
Eddie Alvarez may not be the lightweight champion by the end of the season, but that’s what Patricky Freire hopes.
After winning a tournament fight for the first time since 2011, the possibility of facing Alvarez again gives "Pitbull" an extra motivation coming into the lightweight tournament semifinal against Derek Campos at Bellator 117.
"Winning the tournament means that I will fight for the title and who knows become the champion," Freire told MMAFighting.com. "Becoming the champion is what everybody wants, and maybe I’ll have a rematch as well."
Alvarez defeated "Pitbull" via knockout in a first-round battle in 2012, and claimed the lightweight gold next against Michael Chandler.
"The chance of fighting him motivates me in a way because I know he’s a guy that trains most at Blackzilians, even more than Vitor Belfort," he said. "I think that it’s going to be an exciting fight to watch, an aggressive battle that we all love."
"In the first fight, I learned that you have to be prepared for any situation," Freire continued. "Alvarez never kicked in his fights, and he has been using his legs to kick a lot lately."
First things first, and "Pitbull" needs to win a tournament if he wants to rematch Alvarez for the title. The Brazilian stopped David Rickels in the quarterfinals, and he was happy to finish him.
"The feeling of beating the favorite in his town after everything he said about me was great," he said. "It was a nice way to shut him up. I was motivated because they put me in there to lose and I loved to ruin their party."
Derek Campos, who enters the semifinals riding a five-fight win streak, brings a different challenge to the cage, says Freire.
"He’s a wrestler who evolved a lot in his striking game and has a regular jiu-jitsu, but I don’t think he’ll try to stand and fight with me," he said. "He will probably try to grab me."
"Pitbull" met Campos at Bellator 113 and says "he seems to be a nice guy", but that doesn’t mean he won’t try to finish him.
"It’s always great to win a fight by knockout," he said. "You earn respect when you knock someone out, but my goal is always to win no matter how. I don’t like to leave it to the judges because you never know how they are going to score it."
Derek Anderson and Marcin Held will battle for the other spot in the tournament final, and the Brazilian doesn’t think that the last man to beat him will advance.
"Derek Anderson has evolved a lot and Marcin Held has a good jiu-jitsu with some good leg submissions," he said. "I think Marcin Held wins the fight."
UFC on FOX 11: Road to the Octagon video
Watch UFC on FOX 11: Road to the Octagon for FOX's preview of the latest UFC event on April 19 in Orlando. In the main event, Fabricio Werdum will square off against Travis Browne while Miesha Tate faces Liz Carmouche in the co-main event.
Junior dos Santos says Jose Aldo tops Jon Jones in pound-for-pound list
Jose Also hasn’t lost in nine years, and that’s why Junior dos Santos puts him at the top of the pound-for-pound rankings.
Even though Aldo thinks that pound-for-pound ranking "is f--king useless", his fellow Brazilian and former heavyweight champion sees him as the No. 1 in the world today.
"There are a lot of great fighters right now. It’s complicated, but I’ll choose Jose Aldo," dos Santos said in chat with the fans on Tuesday. "It’s not because I’m at Nova Uniao now. I’d have answered this question the same way before."
Light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones currently tops Aldo in UFC’s official rankings, but "Cigano" doesn’t think it’s fair.
"It’s impressive what Aldo has done in his division," dos Santos said. "I know that a lot of people are talking about Jon Jones, and he really is a phenom, he’s really good, but Aldo is at the top and defending his title for a lot longer. Jose Aldo is the man right now."
Aldo (24-1) is currently waiting for his next opponent in the UFC, and Jones (19-1) prepares to put the 205-pound title on the line for the seventh time against Glover Teixeira at UFC 172.
Ric's Picks: TUF Nations Finale
I last left you with Ric's Picks for UFC Fight Night 39 on Friday and you're already back for more? Okay, I'll oblige. You may even get two Ric's Picks articles this week, so stay tuned. As always, check out this competition's debut post to get a lay of the land if you're joining us for the first time.
Let's quickly review UFC Fight Night 39 before we look ahead to the TUF Nations Finale.
Bet: Parlay of Tatsuya Kawajiri (+120) and Ryan LaFlare (-280)
Wager: 15 units
Result: LOST 15 units
Both Clay Guida and John Howard performed better than I expected heading into the event. While I realized Guida's advantages in terms of speed and pace, I expected Kawajiri to create scrambles (which he did to an extent) and separate long enough to gain an edge. Guida never let up and suffocated Kawajiri for one of his most impressive wins in a while. I predicted this being LaFlare's toughest test to date and Howard made good on my word. Before the unfortunate low blow, it was anyone's fight and Howard was the one with momentum. LaFlare performed admirably, showing off his well-rounded arsenal, but Howard was more successful in the grappling game than I thought he'd be. LaFlare got it done, but Kawajiri did not, so this bet was a loser.
Bet: Roy Nelson wins inside the distance (+110)
Wager: 10 units
Result: WON 11 units
"I'm fading Nogueira hard because he can barely move these days, and being immobile with a questionable chin is the worst possible counter for what Nelson brings." - Me, in last week's article
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira once again looked very slow and very hittable. It was almost uncomfortable to watch after the first few clean shots landed, as the knockout was only a matter of time.
UFC Fight Night 38 Result: - 4 units
Total After Seven Events: 224.95 units
Two consecutive events (UFC Fight Night 38 and UFC Fight Night 39) where I essentially broke even was not what I had hoped/expected and these smaller cards are proving tough to find value. TUF Nations Finale does little to change that, especially considering the prop lines have not been posted for most fights as I write this. Crossing my fingers for some good values later this week (UFC on FOX 11), but let's not overlook the TUF Nations Finale just yet.
Bet: Michael Bisping wins by decision (+115)
Wager: 15 units
Potential Winnings: 17.25 units
When Bisping is the favorite, he wins. When Bisping is the underdog, he loses. The man is a staple of consistency, beating the guys he's "supposed to" and losing to that next level of competition. I see Tim Kennedy as a game opponent, but one that Bisping should be able to beat by showing up and performing to his regularly shown capabilities. Expect Bisping to outwork Kennedy with technical boxing, tight clinch work, and mixed-in takedown threats. Kennedy has shown he can go five rounds, so it won't be a blowout by any means, and Bisping's eye injury (including the lay-off) is certainly a concern, but I'm counting on the Count.
Bet: Kyle Noke (-120)
Wager: 10 units
Potential Winnings: 8.33 units
Patrick Cote is coming off a questionable decision win over Bobby Voelker and a DQ win over Alessio Sakara. Neither performance was very impressive. While Noke isn't setting the world on fire, Cote's latest UFC run has not inspired confidence. Cote will have a slight advantage on the feet, but Noke has been aggressive in hunting for takedowns and if it hits the mat, a submission is in play. With superior grappling, decent striking, and realistic submission threats, I see Noke getting a late finish or a decision win.
Bet: George Roop (-120)
Wager: 5 units
Potential Winnings: 4.17 units
George Roop keeps his chin high and has been touched there before; that's my one concern in this match-up. In terms of physical attributes, wrestling, striking, and being able to combine all those elements, Roop has clear advantages over Dustin Kimura. Kimura is a finisher and a submission threat, but I think he's more likely to land a big shot than snatch up an arm or neck. I'm predicting that Roop can stay out of trouble and put Kimura in real danger, a place he's been in all of his UFC fights thus far. Not supremely confident, but Roop has earned me some nice profits in the past.
I was eyeing Sam Stout for a bet over K.J. Noons, but the news of their unexpected mutual decision to fight at welterweight rather than lightweight causes concern due to the situation's many unknowns. Have to pass for now.
At Risk: 30 units
Potential Profit: 29.75 units
DISCLAIMER: I do not recommend betting units that resemble the amounts wagered in this competition. Due to its nature, I am attempting to profit at an advanced rate and risking significantly more than is advisable for proper bankroll management. Please evaluate the breakdowns provided and adjust accordingly.