Pablo Diablo’s Five Round Review 7-17-16

This weeks MMA action actually kicked off on Wednesday with UFC Fight Night 91. And while the viewership was not very good, the fights were. Welterweight Keita "K-Taro" Nakamura defeated Kyle Noke via rear naked choke at 4:59 of round 2. Middleweight Tim Boetsch rebounded from a three fight losing skid by finishing Josh Samman via TKO at 3:49 of round 2. Lightweight Tony "El Cucuy" Ferguson survived a near upset defeat with a D'arce choke of UFC newcomer Lando Vannata at 2:22 of round 2. And in the main event John Lineker made his case for a Flyweight title shot with an impressive first round KO of Michael McDonald at 2:43.

RFA 40 saw Bantamweight Terrion Ware win a unanimous decision over Marvin Blumer. And in the main event former Flyweight Chico Camus made it look easy against Czar Sklavos, winning by unanimous decision.

At Victory FC 52, which aired on UFC Fight Pass, Welterweight Dakota Cochrane took out Jason Witt via rear naked choke at 3:17 of round 2. Maki Pitolo remained undefeated with the promotion and took home the Welterweight belt in the process when he defeated Kassius Holdorf by unanimous decision.

Finishing off the weekend was Bellator 158, the promotions debut in London, England. Welterweight phenom Michael "Venom" Page knocked out Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos at 4:31 of round 1. Light Heavyweight Francis Carmont defeated Lukasz Klinger via D'arce choke at 3:54 of round 1. In what was the most exciting fight of the night, Heavyweight Matt Mitrione knocked out Oli Thompson at 4:21 of round 2. And in the main event, former Welterweight champion Douglas Lima upset Paul "semtex" Daley's homecoming with a unanimous decision.

The UFC has been sold to WME-IMG. Dana White will remain on board as president.

UFC and Bellator veteran Paul Bradley has signed with WSOF.

The World MMA Association has overturned the results of the Fedor Emelianenko and Fabio Maldonado fight to a draw.

A Lightweight contest between Patricio "Pitbull" Freire and Benson Henderson will headline Bellator 160.

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