Glory 41 Holland: Fight preview and prediction for ESPN3 and Fight Pass cards this Saturday

Get a fight by fight breakdown of Glory 41 Holland, headlined by Rico Verhoeven vs. Ismael Lazaar this Saturday. This Saturday May 20 is the latest Glory event, and for this one, they are trying something a little different. For Glory 41 Holland, the emphasis is on the Superfight Series on UFC Fight Pass, with the event opening with the ESPN3 portion of the card. Here’s a breakdown of the big fights this Saturday.
RICO VERHOEVEN vs. ISMAEL LAZAAR The main event is a non-title match that sees Heavyweight champion Verhoeven welcome Lazaar to Glory. Rico has been on an unstoppable rampage in Glory, scoring 5 title defenses and going undefeated in Glory since a 2012 loss to Semmy Schilt. He’s totally cleaned out the division, even defeating Badr Hari in December. Lazaar is an Enfusion Heavyweight champion and a solid addition to the Glory roster. But it’s going to take someone really special to derail Verhoeven, and that’s probably not Lazaar.
ROBIN VAN ROSSMALEN vs. PETCHPANOMRUNG KIATMOOKAO This is a Featherweight title fight to determine a new champion for the division. That title is currently vacant, as Robin van Roosmalen won the belt last year, looking excellent in the process, but then failed to make weight earlier this year and lost the belt on the scale. The former Glory Lightweight champion is 2-0 as a Featherweight and has looked fantastic in both fights – if he can get his weight issues under control, he could be a dominant champion in the division. Thai fighter Petchpanomrung won a contender tournament in March to earn this shot. He is, of course, a Muay Thai fighter, which brings both the advantage of superb technique, but the disadvantage of needing to adjust to the Glory ruleset. Van Roosmalen has experience with this, going 1-1 in a pair of controversial fights with Sittichai. I think that gives him the edge here, but don’t be surprised if this one creates some judging controversy.
SUPERFIGHT SERIES Verhoeven vs. Lazaar and the Featherweight title fight are the two big marquee matches on the Superfight Series, but the rest of the card is good too. Former top contender Murthel Groenhart takes on Alan Scheinson – Groenhart is an unpredictable, hot and cold fighter. An aggressive first round KO win for him is most likely here, but if Scheinson can survive that early storm, he has a shot at the upset. In a Light Heavyweight battle of veterans, Mourad Bouzidi faces Michael Duut. Duut was last seen in Glory defeating Danyo Ilunga in the company’s 2016 Fight of the Year. Both men have been around the game, though Bouzidi has the experience edge – this could be a very good fight, or it could be a bit plodding. Zakaria Zouggary makes a much anticipated Glory debut here. He made his name in Japan’s Shootboxing organization, but has had success around the world. He has a tough first fight here against Yetkin Ozkul, a good veteran, but also a fighter on the downward slide. Be sure to keep an eye on Zouggary, who could be a player at Lightweight. There’s also a solid battle between rising prospects in Tyjani Beztati vs. Youssef Assouik.
HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENTThe Glory 41 card on ESPN3 includes a Heavyweight tournament. Semi-finals are Anderson Silva vs. Gianis Stoforidis and D’Angelo Marshall vs. Mohamad Abdallah. There’s a massive expence gap here between Silva and the rest of the field. He’s a highly accomplished veteran who holds wins over the likes of Hesdy Gerges, Remy Bonjasky, and Sergei Kharitonov among many others. If there’s a dark horse, it’s Marshall, a Superkombat tournament champion with decent experience who went to an extension round decision loss with Guto Inocente at Glory 37.
HESDY GERGES vs. TOMAS HRONThe featured Glory 41 fight was supposed to be Gerges vs. Chi Lewis-Parry – a rescheduled Heavyweight contest that Chopper Chi pulled out of earlier this year. But… Chopper Chi pulled out. Again. This time a hand injury was the culprit. So veteran Tomas Hron is in. Gerges is the more decorated fighter here, a former It’s Showtime champion looking to stay near the top as he gets near the 15th year of his pro career. But Hron has plenty of big experience too, with career wins over Jahfarr Wilnis and Errol Zimmerman (a long time ago), and his own 15 year career behind him. This will feel a bit tainted because of the late change, but it’s actually a really great fight between two veterans who both need the win.
Rounding out the Glory 41 card is Chenglong Zhang vs. Wilson Sanchez Mendes in a Featherweight fight.
Glory 41 airs live this Saturday, May 20. The show begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on ESPN3, with the Superfight Series airing at 3:30 p.m. ET on Fight Pass. Join Bloody Elbow for live fight coverage.

GLORY 41 SUPERFIGHT SERIESFight Pass, Sat. May 20, 3:30 p.m. ETRico Verhoeven vs. Ismael LazaarFW Title: Robin van Roosmalen vs. Petchpanomrung KiatmookaoMurthel Groenhart vs. Alan ScheinsonMichael Duut vs. Mourad BouzidiTyjani Beztati vs. Youssef AssouikZakaria Zouggary vs. Yetkin Ozkul
GLORY 41 HOLLANDESPN3, Sat. May 20, 1:00 p.m. ETHeavyweight Tournament FinalHesdy Gerges vs. Chi Lewis-ParryChenglong Zhang vs. Wilson Sanches MendesSemifinal: D’Angelo Marshall vs. Mohamed AbdallahSemifinal: Anderson Silva vs. Giannis Stoforidis

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Out of UFC Fight Night 110, injured Warlley Alves hopes for quick return

Warlley Alves won’t be able to return to the Octagon until June.

The Brazilian welterweight was looking to bounce back from a couple of decision losses at UFC Fight Night 110 on June 10, but the promotion announced Thursday night that Alves was forced out of a fight with Kiichi Kunimoto due to an injury.

“I injured my arm and I can’t fight,” Alves told MMA Fighting. “I won’t need to undergo surgery, only physical therapy and some time off to recover the arm.”

Alves has no timetable for his return just yet, but doesn’t expect to be sidelined for more than two months.

“I was happy with the fight, I wanted to fight in New Zealand against a tough opponent, but God knows what He does,” said Alves, who was replaced by Zak Ottow. “I know the UFC will get me another opportunity soon in the cage. I’ll stay focused and prepare for what’s next.”

Winner of the third edition of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil in 2014, Alves impressed with three submission victories in his first four UFC fights, racking up a perfect 10-0 MMA record before losing decisions to Bryan Barberena and Kamaru Usman.

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Dana White: Romero-Whittaker interim title fight possible, GSP says he’ll return at 170

UFC president Dana White provides an update on the middleweight title picture, as well as Georges St-Pierre’s return to fighting. The UFC’s middleweight title picture is as murky as it’s ever been. Plans were initially to have champion Michael Bisping face off against former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, ideally in July, but that looks like it’s been shelved. Dana White said that GSP was not going to be able to make his return to the Octagon until November, and that they weren’t going to wait for him.
Bisping evidently is still recovering from a knee injury, so he won’t be ready to compete again “anytime soon,” which means he’ll be creeping upon a full year since his successful title defense against Dan Henderson. With contenders waiting in the wings for a shot at Bisping’s title, most notably #1 ranked Yoel Romero, White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto what the promotion has in mind should Bisping-Romero not come to fruition.
“We’re trying to put together that Bisping-Romero fight,” White said. “If [Bisping] can’t fight this summer, we’ll probably create an interim title between Romero and Robert Whittaker.”
Whittaker is coming off a sensational TKO win over Ronaldo Souza at UFC on FOX 24 in April. He is a perfect 6-0 since moving up to middleweight, while Romero is 8-0 since dropping down from light heavyweight. There has never been an interim middleweight title fight in UFC history.
As for GSP’s future, White relayed that “[St-Pierre] says he will fight whoever the 170-pound champion is when he comes back.”
Current champion Tyron Woodley is on course to face Demian Maia, but he does have his eyes on either Nick Diaz or St-Pierre.
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Derek Anderson collects his show money, but bummed not to be fighting Michael Page on Friday

This Friday night’s Bellator 179 card in London is a good one on paper, featuring the promotional debut of Rory MacDonald against England’s own Paul Daley. Yet the card lost one of its star attractions when Michael Page was forced out of his fight with Derek Anderson with a knee injury.

Anderson was expected to be a significant test for “MVP,” who is undefeated in his professional career, including 8-0 in Bellator. And it smarted to learn that the fight was off only a little more than a week before he could try to take the goose egg from Page’s record. It also stung to lose the payday.

“Yeah man, it’s difficult,” Anderson told MMA Fighting. “That’s how I make my money, so it just worries me when these things happen. I don’t know if I am going to be able to make rent if I don’t get paid. Luckily Bellator said it’s going to take care of me for this fight, and give me my show money. I was going to show up. Regardless [of Page pulling out], I was planning on leaving on the flight tomorrow and going over there, and saying, hey I’m here.

“But I guess the cancelled my ticket already, so I’m stuck over here. But as long as they’re paying me man, I’m happy.”

For the 27-year old Anderson, signing up to fight British fighters has been a cautionary tale. He was supposed to fight Paul Daley at Bellator 163 in November, yet learned that Daley had to pull out the day before the fights at the weigh-ins. That time he had already went through the rigamarole of camp, his weight cut and the cross-country flight from his home in California to Connecticut.

After having his sights set on Daley, Anderson was rebooked into a fight with Derek Campos in January, and he came up on the short end of a decision.

With the Page news, the bad taste left in his mouth from that fight will have to linger. It didn’t help matters that Anderson saw himself as the perfect kryptonite for Page’s flamboyant striking style.

“I was going to smoke him,” Anderson said. “I really wanted that fight. I like to be the shorter guy. I’m not scared of anybody, and I was going to put it on him. He’s got this big name, everybody thinks he’s a hotshot. I was going to show him I’m the hotshot.”

Anderson said he didn’t mind playing the role of interloper in Page’s backyard of London, either.

“I just relished the opponent,” he said. “I was really excited about fighting a taller guy who wants to strike, getting in there and putting good hands on him, and looking good also. Being in London would have been cool also, but we can do it over here in America, too.”

With the fight cancelled, it’s unclear whether Bellator will look to rebook Anderson-Page for another date. As of right now, Anderson said he doesn’t know what the plans are.

“I haven’t been told anything like that yet,” he said. “I hope [they do book me against Page again], because this is the fight I was thinking about. I wasn’t thinking about anything going on after this, it kind of puts a big stick in my road here. I don’t know what’s next for me. I can still make lightweight sure. So I don’t know what I’ll be doing, maybe lightweight, welterweight. If it’s welterweight I just want to fight tall strikers mostly. If it’s lightweight, I’ll fight anybody.”

One thing that bothered Anderson about Page’s short notice withdrawal was that injuries in MMA are prevalent and commonly fought through. He said he’s been dealing with his own slate of injuries, yet was going to go through with the commitment he made.
“He pulled out for an injury man, and trust me, I’m injured,” he said. “I got stitches on my foot right now. There’s no way I should have been fighting, but I was going to fight because I’m not a wuss. So I’m just going to get healed up and I can’t wait to get back to training. I’m a machine. I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in, and I’m ready to kick some ass. So whoever’s in line, I’ll be ready.”

As for whether he believed Page’s injury was serious enough to warrant him pulling out so close to the fight, Anderson said he had his doubts.

“He better be on crutches man,” he said. “He didn’t get anything broken. He didn’t get his knee bent backwards I’m sure. I bet you he’s been doing some road work and his knees are sore and he thought I was going to kick his ass so he didn’t want to fight.”

Anderson said he would like to get back in the cage as soon as possible, and that Bellator had mentioned an August return. But he’s leaving himself open for one possibility — when Bellator makes its debut at Madison Square Garden next month, he wants to be ready in case something should happen.

Namely, should something happen to lightweight title challenger Brent Primus, who fights Michael Chandler during the main event on the June 24 card. Primus and Anderson squared off in 2015, with Anderson losing a controversial split decision, that to this day he swears he won.

“It kind of just sickens me that Brent Primus is fighting for the title in the first place, because I think he’s garbage already,” Anderson said. “So hopefully he falls out and I can jump in there for that or something. I’m just going to stay ready. Whatever the got for me. I’m just glad to be getting a little bit of money at least, because I need it.”

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Zahabi: Georges St-Pierre should fight either Conor McGregor or Michael Bisping

Tristar Gym head coach Firas Zahabi states his reasons why Georges St-Pierre should fight either Conor McGregor or Michael Bisping. After four years on the shelf, Georges St-Pierre was finally slated for his UFC return against Michael Bisping in a middleweight title fight. But after only two months since it was announced, the UFC has reportedly decided to scrap the matchup and have Bisping face Yoel Romero, instead.
St-Pierre, now 35, is once again left without an opponent, and his immediate fighting future is in limbo. But if it were up to Tristar Gym head coach Firas Zahabi, the former long-time welterweight champion should only be facing high-profile opponents.
“I think he should fight Conor McGregor or Michael Bisping, and I’ll tell you why: Michael Bisping will give him a two-title championship, and if he fights McGregor, it’ll be the greatest fight in UFC history,” Zahabi told MMAJunkie. “Other than that, I don’t know if there’s anything else that’s super-interesting.”
“I don’t wanna speak for Georges – maybe Georges is thinking of other fights – but the two fights I’m interested in would be a Bisping fight or a McGregor fight. I don’t see why that can’t happen. Maybe it’s a question of time, but it should happen.”
A little over a week ago, UFC president Dana White pulled the plug on the Bisping-St-Pierre fight, mainly because he was not willing to wait for GSP, who will only be able to return until “after October.”
Zahabi clarified that St-Pierre would still need to go through USADA testing, which will only make him available to fight in the fall. But as for the Bisping fight, Zahabi says it should push through, especially since it will be benefiting both fighters.
“Bisping has been fighting for a long time; he deserves a big money fight. I think fighting Georges would make him the most money he’s ever made in his career,” Zahabi said. “I think he deserves that. I think he’s a big name. I think he’s champion – he should make that money.”
“And what do the fans want to see? I think Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre is the No. 1 fight they want to see. So why aren’t we giving it to them? I don’t know.”
Bisping vs. St-Pierre was originally targeted for UFC 213 in July.
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Donald Cerrone and Amanda Nunes on Ronda Rousey: ‘Dust off and lets go’

Cerrone and Nunes weigh-in on Rousey’s current situation. UFC flyweight champion and pound-for-pound number one Demetrious Johnson made the rounds this week when he told Ronda Rousey to ‘grow the f—k up.’
Johnson, who has defended his flyweight title ten times, was trying to offer ‘Rowdy’ some advice on how to rebound from her back-to-back losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes, but came across as a bit harsh.
Donald Cerrone and Nunes tried to offer the former women’s bantamweight champion some friendlier advice.
“I don’t get ready to f**king lose, but when you do, yea pull me up mother f**ker, ‘dust off and lets go'”, Cerrone said at a recent media scrum. It’s just what happens.”
“The sun’s still rising, life goes on,” Cerrone continued. “It’s just a fight. It’s nothing serious, right? It’s nothing like, ‘hey, it’s some serious news’. So her, like, going hiding and going crazy, why? Yea, you got your ass whooped…by one of the best in the world.”

Donald Cerrone and Amanda Nunes weigh-in on how Ronda Rousey has handled her loses in the UFC. pic.twitter.com/xfmDY0qNBY— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) May 19, 2017

Nunes, who brutally TKO’d Rousey last year at UFC 207, advised the former Olympian to ‘move forward’ and said no fighter can go their entire career without losing. ‘The Lioness’ said that defeat can turn you into a greater fighter in the long run, citing her own losses throughout her career. The Brazilian is now the reigning bantamweight champion and the most feared fighter in the division.
While Rousey has remained tight-lipped on a possible comeback, UFC president Dana White told reporters last month that the 30-year-old hasn’t mentioned anything about a return.
Nunes and ‘Cowboy’ will both feature on the upcoming UFC 213 pay-per-view on July 8 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Nunes is set to defend her 135-pound title against Valentina Schevchenko in the co-main event while Cerrone, a former lightweight title challenger, will take on former welterweight champ Robbie Lawler on the main card.

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TJ Dillashaw looking past ‘mentally weak’ Cody Garbrandt to fight Demetrious Johnson at UFC 214

With the uncertainty of his title fight against Cody Garbrandt, TJ Dillashaw is now pushing to face Demetrious Johnson at UFC 214. Fans have been looking forward to a grudge-filled title fight between Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw at UFC 213. But a back injury on Garbrandt has now put this match-up in question.
From his end, Dillashaw immediately scoured for a replacement fight, and saw the possibility of challenging for Demetrious Johnson’s flyweight title. Mighty Mouse, on the other hand, showed no interest.
During a recent interview with Submission Radio, Dillashaw once again called for a fight against Johnson. This time, he already has a date in mind.
“I think shooting for that Jon Jones and Cormier card (at UFC 214) would be amazing,” Dillashaw said. “Dana already said he doesn’t want to make them guys a headliner, so why not put me and Demetrious in front of them? What bigger fight could you have in front of those two guys besides me and Demetrious?”
According to UFC president Dana White, the Garbrandt-Dillashaw fight is still on for July 8th. Dillashaw, however, has major qualms about it pushing through.
“Dana says as far as he’s concerned that there’s still gonna be a fight July 8th, but I highly doubt it. You know, Cody seems very mentally weak to me and he’s already making excuses about what’s going on with his back,” Dillashaw said. “He said that he’s been hurt for months and that he was supposed to be cleared March 1st.”
“Well, he was running around looking like an idiot on the Ultimate Fighter and his back didn’t seem to be bothering then. He did the coaches challenge, he was trying to get in everyone’s face, trying to fight then, but then all of a sudden when we’re getting closer to the fight and things are about to get real, he’s hurt.”
If things fall into place, UFC 214 will take place on July 29th in Anaheim, California.
Listen to Dillashaw’s full interview below.

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Bellator champ Douglas Lima breaks down Rory MacDonald vs. Paul Daley

Rory MacDonald will make his Bellator debut Friday in London against Paul Daley, and the winner will earn a shot at the welterweight championship.

Douglas Lima, the current 170-pound kingpin in Bellator, is slated to defend his belt opposite Lorenz Larkin at Bellator 180, but will closely watch the welterweight showdown that headlines Bellator 179.

“It’s going to be a good fight,” Lima told MMA Fighting. “I think Daley is a dangerous fight for anyone. I think it depends on how Rory returns. I don’t know if he’s confident with his nose, because he has had issues in the past. I think it depends on how Rory comes back.”

MacDonald enters the Bellator cage for the first time after leaving the UFC on a two-fight losing skid, beat by then-welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and Stephen Thompson. However, the Canadian star holds wins over both current UFC kingpin and No. 1 contender, Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia.

Daley, on the other hand, returns to action four months after his starching flying knee knockout against Brennan Ward.

For Lima, MacDonald’s success under the Bellator banner depends on how much he has recovered from his latest five-round wars in the Octagon.

“If he’s 100 percent back to what he was before, I think he beats Daley by unanimous decision,” the champion said. “He mixes it up well, strikes a little and goes for takedowns to keep him there. Rory can complicate because he has a good jab, good distance, but the thing is Daley’s heavy hands. If he connects one of his hooks, he can knock anyone out. It depends if it lands or not. I don’t know. But I also think Rory beats him standing, too.”

“I won’t choose one to win,” he added. “I’d rather face Rory because I’ve already fought and defeated Daley. I’m not looking past Larkin, he’s a dangerous opponent, but my goal is to beat Larkin and Rory.”

“The Phenom” regained the Bellator championship last November, knocking out Andrey Koreshkov in the third round to avenge a 2015 decision loss. Between those fights, in July 2016, Lima beat Daley via unanimous decision.

The American Top Team talent needs to get past Larkin in order to face the winner of MacDonald-Daley, and that’s where his focus is right now. However, Lima hopes “Red King” is victorious Friday night so he can add victories over a pair of top UFC veterans in his resume.

“Rory is a top 4, top 5 in the world today, for sure. Defeating someone like him, come on, that prove I belong in the top,” Lima said. “Larkin is in the top 10 as well. This is going to be a wonderful year for me, defeating two top guys and showing the world that I belong.”

Ahead of the first title defense of his second run as Bellator champion, Lima says he has changed a few things in his diet. “The Phenom” currently weighs 192 pounds, almost 15 pounds lighter than he used to be six weeks ahead of his fights.

Lima, who finished his opponent in eight of his last nine Bellator wins, foresees an easier weight cut this time, but calls for another stoppage at Bellator 180.

“Third-round knockout,” he predicts.

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Conor McGregor applies for Nevada boxing license in hopes of fighting Floyd Mayweather

After clearing his issues with NSAC, McGregor has applied for a boxing license in the fight capital. Conor McGregor already has a boxing license, but not in the state of Nevada.
‘The Notorious’ was granted a boxing license from the California State Athletic Commission last year but was unable to attain a license in Nevada due to his bottle-throwing fiasco with Nate Diaz at the UFC 202 pre-fight presser.
McGregor settled his issues with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) in March, agreeing to pay a reduced fine of $25,000 and to serve 25 hours of community service.
With McGregor claiming that he’s signed his part of the deal for a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr., the Irishman has applied for a boxing license in Nevada, MMA Junkie’s Steven Marrocco confirmed on Thursday. According to the NSAC, though, the UFC lightweight champion hasn’t submitted all of the required documentation, including documented brain scans and blood tests to prove he’s healthy.

Speaking on behalf of Nevada, NSAC executive director Bob Bennett told MMA Junkie that McGregor vs. Mayweather would make for a ‘great fight.’
“He’s a phenomenal athlete,” Bennett said of McGregor. “He’s arguably one of the best strikers from the UFC. He’s in great shape; he’s hardcore, he trains hard, fights hard.
“Mayweather is arguably one of the best fighters of all time because he doesn’t believe in getting hit. But let’s not forget Floyd (will be) 40, and Conor is 28, so it’d make for a great fight.”
UFC president Dana White told reporters that, after successful negotiations with McGregor, he is now negotiating with Mayweather in hopes of finalizing the deal.
Bloody Elbow will keep you updated on the latest developments.

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Bellator 179: Daley vs. MacDonald results and discussion (spoilers included)

Join Bloody Elbow for discussion of Friday’s Bellator 179: Daley vs. MacDonald fight card at The SSE Arena in London, England. This post will include spoilers of the fights, which otherwise are tape-delayed on Spike for US viewers. The Bellator MMA debut of Rory MacDonald is finally here … and it’s on tape delay in both the United States and United Kingdom. That’s fantastic stuff. And my fantastic I mean annoying as hell.
Anyway, MacDonald is taking on Paul Daley in the main event of Bellator 179 in London, with the winner getting a title shot against the winner of next month’s title fight between Douglas Lima and Lorenz Larkin.
Here’s the deal with how we plan to cover this event: This is the place where you can discuss the card and do spoilers of fight results. The event airs in the UK at 4 PM ET-5 PM ET (9-10 PM local time) on Spike UK, followed by Channel 5’s coverage from 5-7 PM ET (10 PM-Midnight local time). UK coverage is delayed by one hour, while it’s obviously much longer for the US. There is to be no illegal stream sharing in the comments section, or else it’ll be hidden and you will be banned for the weekend.
At 9 PM ET, Eddie Mercado will do “as-live” play-by-play of the Spike broadcast, with a results post following soon after. We’re essentially playing pretend to an extent, but hey, some of you may be able to hold out and not see any of the results until 9 PM.
So for the next few hours, you can either hang out here and not wait until it airs in the United States, or just leave this post immediately and wait until night time to discuss fights that already happened. We will have the main card results posted here after the live event is finished.
Here’s the full Bellator 179 main card:
Paul Daley vs. Rory MacDonaldLiam McGeary vs. Linton VassellCheick Kongo vs. Augusto SakaiKevin Ferguson Jr vs. D.J. GriffinDan Vinni vs. Alex Lohore
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