UFC on Fox 18: Johnson vs Bader
Por Daniel “Mr. Clutch” Mercado Castro
Casi 11 mil fieles fanáticos de la UFC abarrotaron el Prudential Center en Newark, New Jersey, para ver una batalla eliminatoria en la división Light Heavyweight, donde el ganador pudiera estar retando al campeón de esa división en su próxima batalla. Por ende, el ganador de Jon Jones y Daniel Cormier le tocara enfrentarse a un Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (21-5), quien apenas sudó ante Ryan Bader (21-5), al despacharlo vía KO a los 1:26 del primer asalto. Bader cometió el error de intentar llevar al suelo para aplicarle un Kimura a Rumble, error que pagó bien caro al Johnson escaparse sin problemas y liquidarlo a palos hasta que el árbitro detuvo la pelea. “Estaré esperando por quien sea que tenga ese campeonato”; expresó Johnson luego de su impresionante victoria.
En la semi-estelar del Main Card; el peso pesado Ben Rothwell (36-9) sobrevivió un inicio de pelea a puro palos donde la sangre corrió, para aplicarle un Guillotine Choke a Josh Barnett (34-8) para derrotarlo vía Sumisión a los 3:48 del segundo round. Rothwell lleva 4 victorias al hilo, acercándose a las 6 que tiene Fabricio Werdum para liderar en esa división. El nene de la casa y el cual sangre boricua corre por sus venas, Jimmie Rivera (19-1), llevo su racha a las 18 victorias consecutivas al vencer por decisión unánime (29-28, 29-28 y 29-28) a Iuri Alcántara (32-7-1NC) en una batalla en la división Bantamweight. Rivera dominó con sólidos takedowns, incluyendo un tremendo slam, junto con buenas combinaciones. Rivera poco a poco se acerca a ser un candidato fuerte para competir por el campeonato en esa división. Rivera ganó el bono de $50 mil dólares por el Fight of the Night mientras que Johnson y Rothwell ganaron el bono de Performance of the Night. Esperamos verlo en Puerto Rico cuando vuelva algún día la UFC a la Isla. En una batalla en la división Welterweight; Bryan Barberena (11-3) le quitó el invicto al codiciado prospecto Sage Northcutt (7-1) al sorprenderlo con un Arm-Triangle Choke, apuntándose la victoria por Sumisión a los 3:06 del segundo round. El venezolano Barberena superó un primer asalto que fue a puro puños, donde salió sangrando. Northcutt, quien perfila ser un peleador dominante en la división Welterweight, realizó su tercera pelea en apenas 4 meses. Esperamos que el muchacho se sacuda rápido la derrota y siga.
En las peleas preliminares; Tarec Saffiedine (16-4) derrotó vía decisión unánime (29-28. 29-28 y 29-28) al veterano Jake Ellenberger (30-11). Carlos Diego Ferreira (12-2) venció a Olivier Aubin-Mercier (8-2) por decisión unánime (29-28, 29-28 y 30-27). Rafael Natal (21-6-1) derrotó vía TKO a Kevin Casey (9-4-2NC) al destrozarlo a puños en el suelo, logrando parar la pelea a los 3:37 del tercer asalto. Wilson Reis (20-6) derrotó por decisión unánime (30-27, 30-27 y 30-27) a Dustin Ortiz (15-5). Brasil está gozando con las victorias de Natal, Reis y Ferreira. Alexander Yakovlev (23-6-1) derrotó vía KO a los 3:59 del primer asalto a George Sullivan (17-5-1NC) con una devastadora izquierda seguido de un gancho con la derecha. Alex Cáceres (11-8-1NC) derrotó al mexicano Masío Fullen (10-6) vía decisión unánime (30-27, 30-27 y 30-27).
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UFC® EXTENDS COMMITMENT TO CLEVELAND CLINIC AND THE PROFESSIONAL FIGHTERS BRAIN HEALTH STUDY
Las Vegas – UFC® today announced a five-year extension of its partnership with Cleveland Clinic, and its support of the Professional Fighters Brain Health Study. The multi-year commitment and one million dollar contribution to the clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas where the study is conducted, makes UFC the largest combat sport contributor to the study.
“Research and awareness are key in setting new standards for athlete health and safety,” UFC Chief Operating Officer Ike Lawrence Epstein said. “UFC is always looking for opportunities to invest in industry-leading health and wellness programs and providing resources to develop its athletes inside and outside the Octagon.”
“We have learned quite a bit in the first four years of the study about how repetitive head trauma affects the brain and how we can detect accumulating injury,” Charles Bernick, M.D., Associate Medical Director at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and principal investigator of the study said. “The involvement of the fighting community and organizations like UFC will only help us better understand the field and protect our athletes. Their support has helped sustain the infrastructure of this very large study and will allow us to follow the participants over longer periods of time and develop ways to improve safety in combat sports, along with others exposed to repetitive head trauma.”
Established in 2011, the Professional Fighters Brain Health study is focused on developing methods to detect the earliest and most subtle signs of brain injury in athletes exposed to head trauma, as well as determining which individuals may be more likely to develop chronic neurological disorders. Now in its fifth year, researchers are confident the findings will benefit the safety and health of professional fighters as well as those exposed to repetitive head trauma in other sports and activities.
UFC’s commitment to aid in the funding of the Professional Fighters Brain Health Study is provided in conjunction with other leading combat sports organizations. These funds will help provide the necessary support to continue the Professional Fighters Brain Health Study at Cleveland Clinic, with future plans to publish and advocate about the importance of this research to the sport.
To date, the Professional Fighters Brain Health Study has enrolled nearly 600 active and retired athletes. Participation is voluntary, and fighters in the study receive free, ongoing assessments of their brain health and function, including MRI scans. Individual tests will be repeated annually for a minimum of four years.
UFC® is a premium global sports brand and the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in London, Toronto, Sao Paulo and Singapore, UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe. UFC programming is broadcast in over 150 countries and territories to more than one billion TV households worldwide in 21 different languages. UFC FIGHT PASS®, a digital subscription service, delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the world. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter
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About Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. More than 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals, more than 90 northern Ohio outpatient locations, including 18 full-service family health centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2014, there were 5.9 million outpatient visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 152,500 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and 147 countries. Visit us atwww.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at www.twitter.com/
About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides state-of-the-art care for cognitive disorders and for the family members of those who suffer from them. The physicians and staff at the Center for Brain Health continuously work towards the development of early diagnosis and the advancement of knowledge concerning mild cognitive disorders, which could one day delay or prevent their onset. Patients receive expert diagnosis and treatment at the Center for Brain Health, which offers a multidisciplinary patient-focused approach to diagnosis and treatment, promoting collaboration across all care providers, offering patients a complete continuum of care and infusing education and research into all that it does. The facility, designed by Frank Gehry, houses clinical space, a diagnostic center, neuroimaging rooms, physician offices, laboratories devoted to clinical research and the Keep Memory Alive Event Center. For more information, visit clevelandclinic.org/
JOHNY HENDRICKS vs. STEPHEN THOMPSON
NOW HEADLINES UFC FIGHT NIGHT®
ON FS1 FEB. 6 IN LAS VEGAS
Las Vegas – UFC® announced today that its card on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will now air live on FS1 and be headlined by a five-round welterweight bout between former champion Johny Hendricks and the dynamic Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.
Originally scheduled as UFC 196 live on Pay-Per-View, the fight card was moved to FS1 following the loss of the heavyweight title fight between champion Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez, as both competitors were forced out of the bout due to injuries.
Now, fans can enjoy an action-packed card including Roy Nelson vs. Jared Rosholt, Ovince Saint Preux vs. Feijao Cavalcante, Joseph Benavidez vs. Zach Makovsky, and Josh Burkman and KJ Noons live on FS1 on Saturday, Feb. 6. The full bout order is available at UFC.com.
The main card for UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: HENDRICKS vs. THOMPSON will air live on FS1 at /7 p.m. PT, with prelims also airing on FS1 at /5 p.m. PT. The UFC FIGHT PASS® Early Prelims, headlined by Mickey Gall vs. Mike Jackson, will begin at /4 p.m. PT.
With the shift, the lightweight title fight between champion Rafael Dos Anjos and featherweight champion Conor McGregor on in Las Vegas will now be called UFC® 196: DOS ANJOS vs. McGREGOR. The Pay-Per-View event also features UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm taking on Miesha Tate.
Fans seeking ticket refunds based on the changes to the Feb. 6 card can do so at the point of purchase.