The last pay per view 2018 for the UFC is on us, because UFC 232 takes place directly from The Forum in Los Angeles.
The main event featured a five-year rematch in the making as Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson met again for empty lightweight titles.
The main event co-owning female Bantam class champion Amanda Nunes rose heavily to challenge featherweight title holder Cris "Cyborg" Justino.
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Jones and Gustafsson met at UFC 165 in September 2013 with Jones winning with a narrow decision that would go down not only as Jones's toughest test but also the best fight in division history and one of the biggest battles in the Octagon period.
Many things have changed drastically since then.
UFC 232 will only be the fifth time Jones (22-1 no contest) has competed since the first fight. Jones was arrested in 2015 for being involved in a hit-and-run accident involving a pregnant woman and escaping from the crime scene. Jones failed two drug tests, including one before his last fight at UFC 214 in July 2017, which he won back the light heavyweight title in the third round of Daniel Cormier KO KO. The latest violation netted Jones 15 months suspension.
Gustafsson (18-4) has never fought too much since his first fight with Jones. However, unlike Jones, Gustafsson's hiatus from sports stems from a litany of injuries. The Swedish fighter only fought five times, 3-2 in the process. One defeat was in Cormier's hands at UFC 192 in October 2015 with a separate decision.
The clash between Nunes and Cyborg was the first time the two female champions are currently fighting.
Cyborg (20-1 without a contest) entered UFC 232 on one of the greatest paths in the history of MMA. Since losing his debut debut with Erica Paes in May 2005, Cyborg has been unbeaten in 21 battles with 17 of those victories coming with a stop.
Not to be outdone, Nunes (16-4) was on an impressive journey, having won seven consecutive fights, including successive stopping wins over Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey.
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Seeing UFC 232, it's probably the best card of the year. You have the two best female fighters on the planet who are fighting for their place in the MMA hierarchy as MMA queens and arguably the greatest female fighter of all time.
Then, there is the return of Jon Jones. Whether you like him or not, Jones is arguably the biggest MMA fighter to wear four ounce gloves. Add to the fact that Gustafsson was the person who gave Jones a fight in his life and made him on the verge of defeat and this card is a must-see event.
This is certainly a great way to close the year for MMA fans.
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UFC 232 results
10:48 a.m.: Next in UFC 232, Ilir Latifi, who is ranked 5th, took Corey Anderson, the heavyweight player No. 10. Latifi (14-5, one without a contest) comes with some momentum, having won five of his last six matches while Anderson rose from a defeat of three out of four to now win his last two. Who will break the package and cement themselves as a competitor weighing 205 pounds?
Alexander Volkanovski jumped into the featherweight title fight, stopping Chad Mendes in the second round
10:38 a night: Def Volkanovski. Mendes by TKO at 4.14 second round. Outstanding performance by Volkanovski. He finishes Mendes with his sharp left hand to the body followed by the right to the temple to destroy Mendes and the referee steps up to stop the fight.
After a good boxing display from both players in the first round, the same thing happened in the second half. Mendes shook Volkanovski with his right hand and scored a few takedowns, but the 30-year-old managed to open fire and get up at any time easily.
Mendes was one of the hardest blows and the best wrestler in the division and Volkanovski pointed out he could overcome the storm and still apply uncontrolled pressure. New competitors have appeared at 145 pounds. It will be interesting to see who is next placed by UFC in Australia.
10:27 a night: Pleasant first round. Good goals from Mendes and Volkanovski. Mendes became tired towards the end of the round, while Volkanovski was a fireball. Something to look out for when the fight takes place.
10:14 a.m.: Starting the main UFC 232 card is Chad Mendes and Alexander Volkanovski's fur class. Mendes ranked 5 (18-4) back with retaliation in July after a 2 1/2 year layoff, when he destroyed Myles Jury with the first round TKO. Volkanovski No. 10 of those ranked 10 (18-1) have taken over the division by starting their careers at the UFC with a record of 5-0 and 15 consecutive wins overall. Something must be given here. Can Mendes maintained his position at 145 pounds or whether new guards began to take over.
9:58 a night: Walt Harris def. Andrei Arlovski with divided decisions (27-30, 29-28, 29-28). Beyond the terrible score for Arlovski, this is snoozefest, which is rather surprising considering it is heavyweight. The biggest victory in Harris's career.
9:47 a night: One of the worst rounds of the year in the second round. What Harris and Arlovski did was circle the cage and throw a lot of fainting. They must take it in the third round.
9:30 a.m.: The time for initial preparation at UFC 232 was heavyweight Andrei Arlovski and Walt Harris. Rank 13 Arlovski (27-17) has been uneven lately, winning 2-2 in his last four matches, including losing in a row. Like Arlovski, Harris (11-7) also slipped, after losing two of his last three. Something must be given here. Does the former UFC heavyweight champion have one more chance in him or can Harris make an angry and make a name for himself at the expense of Arlovski?
9:14 a.m.: Megan Anderson def. Zingano paint by TKO at 1:01 of the first round. Unusual circumstances that end it. Anderson threw a high left and his toes towards Zingano's eyeballs. Zingano immediately turned around like something was wrong and the referee Marc Goddard quickly called out the fight that realized Zingano could not continue. Right call by Goddard. It's a shame that it went down like that considering this was a battle that many people were waiting for too. Don't think that victory gave Anderson many benefits because it ended the way.
9:04 a night: Then at UFC 232, Megan Anderson faced Cat Zingano in a women's featherweight action. Anderson, (8-3), former featherweight title holder Invicta FC, had a UFC debut that failed at UFC 225 when he lost a tilted decision to Holly Holm. Zingano (10-3) made his debut at 145 pounds after competing in the flying class and bantam heavyweight throughout his career. The winner will likely be in line to face the winner of the main event between Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes.
8:52 a.m.: Petr Yan def. Douglas de Andrade by TKO at 5:00 in the second round. The corner of de Andrade told the referee and the doctor on the edge of the ring that their men could no longer continue. Yan made a cruel beating in the second half of the round with a sharp barrage of elbows with de Andrade finding no way to get out. Glad to see the corner looking out for their fighters. Too often we see these men and women taking unnecessary punishments. Hopefully this is the beginning of the trend. An impressive performance from Yan. Good hands, good wrestling, and good stamina. The 25-year-old is someone who has to be weighed 135 pounds, because he has now won six times in a row.
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8:30 a.m.: Currently at UFC 232, ranked 14th Douglas Silva de Andrade fights Petr Yan in the bantam action. Since entering the UFC after being unbeaten in 22 matches, de Andrade (25-2, one without a contest) became 3-2 at UFC. Yan (10-1) in five consecutive wins. de Andrade and Yan were scheduled to meet in August, but de Andrade withdrew with a foot injury. An interesting battle between two prospects with 135 pounds.
8:21 a.m.: Def Ryan Hall. BJ Penn through submission (heel hook) at 2:46 first round. Hall's final result was cunning, as he threw a light kick out, grabbed Penn's foot, rolled with his foot in a firm grip and grabbed his leg. One round and Penn immediately knocked. Give a ton of credit to Hall. He mainly lives on the ground and tries to push Penn into his world. When he finally got the legendary fighter there, it all ended and extended his victory to seven. For Penn, this must be the end. I don't care who you are. Six consecutive losses make you cut or it's time to retire. Penn has nothing to prove to anyone. He is one of the greatest and worth remembering for what he did to put sport on the map, not what it is today.
8:00 a.m. .: Welcome to Sporting News live coverage of UFC 232. Starting the action is BJ Penn facing Ryan Hall in a light action. Penn, (16-12-2) former lightweight and welterweight champion desperately needed a victory, after losing five times in a row. After losing in his first career fight, Hall (6-1) lost six consecutive wins. Hall is a shipping specialist who likes to fight on mattresses. It's strange to see the Hall of Famer compete in prelims. He returned to the natural heavyweight for the first time since 2010, so did the first two UFC champions have anything left or is this a torch graduation?
UFC 232 fight card
- Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson for the empty Light Heavyweight title
- Cris Cyborg (c) vs. Amanda Nunes (c) for the title of Cyborg Women's Fur Class
- Carlos Condit vs Michael Chiesa; Middle class
- Ilir Latifi vs. Corey Anderson; Light weight class
- Chad Mendes vs Alexander Volkanovski; Featherweight
- Andrei Arlovski vs Walt Harris; Heavyweight
- Zingano vs Megan Anderson; Women's Fur Class
- Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Petr Yan; Heavyweight
- BJ Penn vs. Ryan Hall; Light
- Brian Kelleher vs Montel Jackson; Heavyweight
- Andre Ewell vs Nathaniel Wood; Heavyweight
- Uriah Hall vs. Bevon Lewis; Middleweight
- Curtis Millender vs. Siyar Bahadurzada; Middle class
UFC 232 latest news
– Jon Jones explained to Sporting News that the dominant performance against Alexander Gustafsson was the most important.
– Amanda Nunes told SN why the victory over Cris Cyborg made him the greatest female fighter of all time.
– Jones is considered by many to be the greatest fighter in the history of MMA. But his career is like someone who has the most career home runs in Major League Baseball.
– There are many great fighters who are a major concern at UFC 232. We explain why Alexander Volkanovski is a matter of concern.
– Want to make money? This is what you have to bet on the UFC 232 main event?