UFC in 2015: A ridiculously robust look at stats, streaks, skids and record-setters
The UFC had an historic year in 2015. From the highs of mega-events that caught the world’s attention to the lows of an overwhelming number of key fight cancellations, a lot unfolded over the past 12 months and 41 events.
Now that the year has come to a close, and with a major assist from FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producers Michael Carroll, here are some of 2015’s most significant milestones from the events, the fights and individual performances.
Gegard Mousasi now meets Thales Leites at UFC Fight Night 83 in London
After losing his high-profile opponent for UFC Fight Night 83 in London, Gegard Mousasi has his new assignment for late February.
With Michael Bisping (27-7 MMA, 17-7 UFC) into the main-event slot against former longtime middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC), Mousasi (37-6-2 MMA, 4-3 UFC) now will meet Thales Leites (25-5 MMA, 10-4 UFC) in the co-main event.
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ROAD FC 27 in China Results and Recap: Zhang Lipeng wins, Knockout 8-man Tourney
On December 26th, 2015 in Shanghai, China at the Oriental Sports Center, ROAD FC 27 went down to a packed arena. All four quarterfinal matches in the 8-man openweight tournament ended in a knockout, Zhang Lipeng made an impressive promotional debut, and Zhao Zilong made quick work of “Minowaman”.
ROAD FC 27 in China
December 26th, 2015
Oriental Sports Center
Lightweight Match (155lb/-70kg)
Zhang Lipeng (China) vs Hong Young-Ki (Korea)
Winner: Zhang Lipeng via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 1R,1:33
Light Heavyweight Match (205lb/-93kg)
Zhao Zilong (China) vs Ikuhisa Minowa “Minowaman” (Japan)
Winner: Zhao Zilong via TKO (Punches) 1R,1:24
Bantamweight Match (135lb/-61.5kg)
Zhao Zhikang (China) vs Choi Mu-Song (Korea)
Winner: Zhao Zhikang via Split Decision (2:1)
Lightweight Match (155lb/-70kg)
Nandin-Erdene (Mongolia) vs Bao Yincang (China)
Winner: Nandin-Erdene via Unanimous Decision (3:0)
Featherweight Match (145lb/-65.5kg)
He Nannan (China) vs Daisaku Tanaka (Japan)
Winner: He Nannan via TKO (Punches) 1R,1:52
Women’s Strawweight Match (115lb/-52kg)
Xiaonan Yan (China) vs Nam Ye-Hyun (Korea)
Winner: Xiaonan Yan via Unanimous Decision (3:0)
Featherweight Match (145lb/-65.5kg)
Choi Jong-Chan (Korea) vs Yibugele (China)
Winner: Choi Jong-Chan via Unanimous Decision (3:0)
*8-man Openweight Tournament Quarterfinals*
Siala “Mighty Mo” Siliga (USA) vs Choi Mu-Bae (Korea)
Winner: “Mighty Mo” via TKO (Punches) 1R,3:43
Choi Hong-Man (Korea) vs Luo Quanchao (China)
Winner: Choi Hong-Man via TKO (Retirement) 1R,3:14
Aorigele (China) vs Kim Jae-Hoon (Korea)
Winner: Aorigele via TKO (Punches) 1R,0:24
Myung Hyun-Man (Korea) vs Liang Lingyu (China)
Winner: Myung Hyun-Man via KO (Punch) 1R,0:13
Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha likely as 'TUF 23' coaches
UFC women’s strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk said she is “99 percent” likely to coach the 23rd edition of “The Ultimate Fighter” opposite rival Claudia Gadelha.
Speaking on Monday to Polish MMA outlet MMARocks.pl, Jedrzejczyk stopped short of confirming the news. But “TUF 20” vet Tecia Torres later backed the report, recently telling fans she heard the strawweight rivals will coach against each other on the reality show.
In an email to MMAjunkie, a UFC official declined comment on the show’s casting. If confirmed, the coaches would mark the first time women’s strawweights have coached on the long-running reality series, which just wrapped up its 22nd season featuring now-featherweight champion Conor McGregor and popular ex-champ Urijah Faber.
ROAD FC Eliminates “10 Point Must” Scoring System, Announces “Unlimited Points System”
This new judging criteria is merit-based and will provide a more accurate account of a fighter’s performance than the out-dated “10 point must” system. It will reward exciting and aggressive fighters while penalizing those who repeatedly stall or avoid action. The “Unlimited Points System” will deliver the kind of non-stop, thrilling action for which fans are now clamoring.
In this system, points will be awarded for specific action and activity. One point will be given for a clear strike, takedown, near submission, full mont or back mount position, clear control on the ground, and aggression. Five points will be awarded for a knock down.
Penalties will be assessed by the referee. A yellow card for fouls will incur a five point deduction. A blue card worth a two point deduction will be introduced for the purpose of eliminating stalling and avoidance, standing and on the ground.
All points will be accumulated through the entire fight, not round by round, therefore a performance throughout the entire bout will determine the clear winner. The “Unlimited Points System” will be in operation starting at he next event, ROAD FC 027 in China on 26 December.
RIZIN NYE 2015 : ALL Fight Cards are set
Yesterday the last fight card was announced and finally ALL Fight Cards are set for RIZIN 2-days NYE event.
On the first day (29th Dec) the event sub-named “SARABA Fiesta” will be held. RIZIN FF says this will be a day which history of Japanese-MMA scene “to CLOSE” (SARABA means Good-Bye with strong saying). They will create the atmosphere with music and directions once used before (means “PRIDE-era”?) and this event will be a compilation of the past (PRIDE?) events.
On the next day (31st Dec) the event sub-named “IZA (Takeoff) Saltation” will be held. RIZIN FF says this will be a day which will “OPEN the DOOR for future” with special direction no one never seen before on past MMA history. New Japanese MMA history will start with saying “IZA (Let’s start from NOW!)” on the last day of 2015.
On 30th Dec. RIZIN will be held many MMA-related event named “Martial Arts EXPO” (I think it’s like a UFC Fan EXPO.) for free include amateur MMA fights (RIZIN FF amateur challenge 1st), Martial Arts MUSEUM (displaying real-once-used gloves and champion belts etc…) and the weigh-in for “IZA (Takeoff) Saltation” (It will start from 3PM).
Revolutionary new ONE Championship weigh in policy following death of fighter
The culture of extreme weight cutting in MMA is arguably the most dangerous aspect of a dangerous sport, and various steps are being take to address it.
Earlier this month, Chinese flyweight Yang Jian Bing died while making weight with ONE Championship. He was just 21. ONE has crafted a tremendous new weight cutting policy in response.
The step is extraordinary. Weigh-cutting via dehydration is now over in the organization. This is a first for professional combat sports, and deserves both praise, and copying.
Michigan Fighter Dom O'Grady Passes Away
Michigan fighter Dom O’Grady has passed away, according to multiple reports.
The 34-year-old fighter had a heart attack in his sleep over night on Monday night, according to friend and Michigan-based ring announcer Phil Davey.
O’Grady, who hailed from St. Clair Shores, Michigan, made his way to mixed martial arts after being bullied as a kid and then becoming a black belt in judo.
Throughout his life he was a spokesperson and advocate for anti-bullying, and he wanted the opportunity to show kids that martial arts could change their lives in the same way they did his.
WSOF 26 salaries: Palmer ($28k), Dugulubgov ($28k) top $165,200 payroll
The overall disclosed payroll for the event was $165,200.
The full WSOF 26 payouts include:
Alexandre Almeida: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Lance Palmer: $28,000
Ozzy Dugulubgov: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Nic Herron-Webb: $3,000
Sheymon Moraes: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Robbie Peralta: $7,000
Josh Hill: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
def. Bekbulat Magomedov: $8,000
Jake Heun: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Clinton Williams: $4,000
Abubakar Nurmagomedov: $5,000 (includes $2,500 win bonus)
def. Danny Davis Jr.: $3,000
Jonathan Nunez: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. David Jordan: $1,200
Hakeem Dawodu: $6,000
drew with Marat Magomedov: $3,000
Gil Guardado: $1,800 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
def. Giga Chikadze: $1,200*
* Guardado was fined $200, whcih was awarded to Chikadze, for missing weight