UFC Fight Night 106 post-fight press conference video

The UFC Fight Night 106 post-fight press conference is the last piece of business to take care of after the action is over in the Octagon, and we have the live video below at MMAFighting.com.

UFC officials will announce the winners of the Fight of the Night and the Performance of the Night bonuses, and winning fighters will meet the media after their fights.

The UFC Fight Night 106 post-fight press conference takes place about 30 minutes after the main event ends, meaning it will start around 1:30 a.m. ET.

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Edson Barboza vs. Beneil Dariush full fight video highlights

Watch Edson Barboza vs. Beneil Dariush full fight video highlights from UFC Fight Night 106’s main card above, courtesy of FOX Sports.

UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum took place March 11 at the Centro de Formação Olímpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil. UFC lightweight contenders Edson Barboza (19-4) and Beneil Dariush (14-3) squared off on the night’s main card, which aired live on FOX Sports 1. Catch the video highlights above.

For more on Rua vs. Villante, check out the live blog of MMA Fighting’s Chuck Mindenhall.

Round 1: The referee for this lightweight bout is Osiris Maia. They touch gloves. Dariush with a high kick right off the bat, and then Barboza lands a short combo. Wow, Barboza stands his ground and lands a …

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UFC Fight Night 106 results: ‘Shogun’ Rua has classic finish of Gian Villante

All throughout the UFC Fight Night 106 co-main event between the legendary Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Gian Villante, the specter of an imminent knockout lingered.

For the better part of two-plus rounds, the lumbering light heavyweights traded brutal shots in a manner that suggested the fight wasn’t going to go the distance.

Eventually, though, one of the sport’s most beloved fighters put on a vintage finish. Fighting in his homeland of Brazil, the former UFC light heavyweight champion and PRIDE Grand Prix tourney winner added another finish to his record, scoring the TKO at 0:59 of round three.

“You know I think every fight is a dream,” Rua (25-10) said after his 20th career KO/TKO finish. “I had a lot of dreams in my career, and I’m glad I can keep coming out and doing this.”

It didn’t look good in the early going for Shogun, who was rocked and wobbly after a big Villante shot. The veteran Rua managed to clinch long enough to clear the cobwebs and scamper to safety, and the brawl was on.

Rua likely won both of the first two rounds, and he landed more often. But when Villante landed, he landed with authority, to which Rua’s swollen right eye attested.

In the third, though, Rua wore Villante down and finished like a prime “Shogun.” He peppered Villante with shots to the head and body, and used a head kick to set up the finishing flurry before referee Mario Yamasaki waved things off.

“Gian is a very tough guy, we put on a very good striking match,” said Rua.

Rua, who at couple years back had dropped four fights in five, has now won three in a row. Villante (15-8) has lost two of his past three.

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UFC Fight Night 106 live blog: Vitor Belfort vs. Kelvin Gastelum

This is the UFC Fight Night 106 live blog for Vitor Belfort vs. Kelvin Gastelum, a middleweight bout at Saturday night’s UFC event at the Centro de Formação Olímpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil.

Belfort, who has won two of his past five fights, will face Gastelum, who also won three of his past five fights, in the main event.

Check out the UFC Fight Night 106 live blog below.

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UFC Fight Night 106 results: Edson Barboza knocks out Beneil Dariush

For the better part of two rounds, Beneil Dariush fought exactly the sort of fight one should fight in order to shut down a highlight-reel knockout artist like Edson Barboza.

Until he made a split-second mistake in telegraphing his timing, that is. Then Barboza exploded.

Barboza ended the lightweight fight Saturday night with a wicked flying knee that added his name to the Knockout of the Year race. The time of the finish at UFC Fight Night 106 in Fortaleza, Brazil was 3:35 of the second round.

Barboza managed to land some of his patented body kicks in the opening round, but by and large, Dariush was the better performer in the opening stanza, as he peppered Barboza with a wide variety of strikes and didn’t often let Barboza get comfortable in the pocket.

“The first round was difficult for me,” said Barboza (19-5). “But I came back, it was just a matter of time and a matter of timing.”

Indeed, while Dariush continued with what seemed an effective strategy in the second, he began to get predictable. As soon as Barboza recognized a pattern, he struck, with a ruthlessly efficient knee that knocked Dariush cold.

“I knew every time he jabbed he took a step forward,” Barboza said. “I don’t know if he was trying to take me down or not, but I knew what was coming.”

Barboza, the Toms River, N.J., resident by way of Brazil, has won three in a row. Dariush (14-3) had a two-fight win streak snapped.

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UFC Fight Night 106 live blog: Shogun Rua vs. Gian Villante

This is the UFC Fight Night 106 live blog for Shogun Rua vs. Gian Villante, a light heavyweight bout at Saturday night’s UFC event at the Centro de Formação Olímpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil.

Rua, who has won three of his past five fights, will face Villante, who also won three of his past five fights, on the main card.

Check out the UFC Fight Night 106 live blog below.

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UFC Fight Night 106 results: Ray Borg outlasts Jussier Formiga

It wasn’t the flashiest win over his career. But Ray Borg is working his way up the flyweight ladder.

The 23-year-old from Albuquerque finished strong in the third round on Saturday night to earn the biggest victory of his career, taking a unanimous decision over veteran Jussier Formiga in Forteleza, Brazil.

The victory improved Borg to 11-2 and was his fifth in his past six fights.

“It wasn’t my most exciting performance but it’s hot as hell in here, what do you expect when I’m fighting the No. 3 in the world,” said Borg.

Truth be told, the outcome was in doubt until the scores were read, as both Borg and Formiga had their moments in the first two rounds. In the third, though, Borg turned up the heat and rained down elbows on the grounded and faded Formiga. It was all he could take in order to get to the final horn.

While Borg still has a ways to go in the flyweight division, he had some words for Demetrious Johnson and Wilson Reis, who will meet next month in Kansas City.

“I got a lot to work on, but DJ and Wilson, I’m coming, what’s up?”

Formiga’s second loss in his past three fights dropped him to 19-5.

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UFC Fortaleza results: Ray Borg and Alex Oliveira prevail, Correia-Reneau ends in a draw

Get the results of the first three main card bouts at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum in Fortaleza, Brazil, including Ray Borg’s close win over Jussier Formiga. We are halfway through the UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum main card. Alex Oliveira successfully settled his score with Tim Means, Bethe Correia and Marion Reneau fought to an even score in the eyes of the judges, while Ray Borg scored a massive win over perennial flyweight contender Jussier Formiga. Here’s how those three fights played out.
Ray Borg def. Jussier Formiga via unanimous decision (29-28 x3) – Flyweights
Both men were throwing with bad intentions. Formiga’s boxing looked sharp, while Borg was slamming home knees to the body and also a hard uppercut on the inside. A groin kick by Formiga halted the action midway through the first, but Borg didn’t take much time to recover. Formiga slipped a Borg uppercut but absorbed two knees to the body shortly thereafter. Borg was clipped with a right hand in an exchange, then a body kick to the midsection. Formiga’s takedown attempt was stuffed, but he connected on a spinning backfist before the round ended.
Borg grabbed Formiga’s left leg to open round 2, then switched to a double, but Formiga got an underhook and put Borg against the fence. The two continued to find success with big shots exchanged in the pocket. Formiga scored with a hard inside leg kick. Borg looked like he was going to take the Brazilian grappling wizard down, but kept his balance beautifully. The crowd booed as Borg was unable to get Formiga to the ground, and Mario Yamasaki separated them after the stalemate. Borg scored with a left hook, but Formiga was active with those leg kicks. One leg kick buckled Borg, who then landed a spinning backfist in a crazy sequence.
In round 3, Formiga punished Borg’s failed takedown by turning it into full mount, but in the ensuing scramble Borg escaped out the back door and back to his feet. Formiga thwarted a takedown with an egregious fence grab. The Nova Uniao standout took Borg’s back, and he sought that rear-naked choke finish. Borg spun his way into Formiga’s guard, where he landed several elbows. Formiga was cut open by those slicing elbows, as Borg transitioned to the back. Formiga did well to get to half-guard. Borg finished the round looking for the Japanese necktie, but time expired. A really close bout goes in favor of The Tazmexican Devil, who picks up a win that puts him in prime position to challenge for the flyweight title. Formiga suffers his second loss in three fights.
Bethe Correia vs. Marion Reneau ends in a majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28) – Women’s Bantamweights
Reneau ripped Correia hard to the body with powerful kicks in the first couple of minutes. She switched things up and threw knees to the body in the clinch, and Correia was unable to get a takedown along the fence. Correia landed a solid leg kick and then a right hand over the top. Reneau went for a 1-2 and then punctuated her offense with a body kick, but Correia finished the round with a well-timed takedown into full guard.
The two women essentially fought in a straight line with few angles being cut. Correia connected on a right hand to the top of Reneau’s head. Reneau got caught with a left hook after a really really slow shot. Correia was starting to time Reneau better and land meaningful, sharp punches. A stiff uppercut snapped Reneau’s head upwards. Just as Reneau was able to sustain a little bit of offensive success again, Correia timed Reneau’s knee and planted her on the mat. Reneau had an active guard and attempted a triangle choke, but Correia escaped. It was actually Reneau landing the better strikes on the ground, as opposed to when Correia had the second-round advantage on the feet.
A head kick had Correia rocked to start the final round. Reneau sensed it and went on the attack, but Correia tried to recover and buy time with a desperation shot. “The Belizean Bruiser” pummeled Correia after sprawling, and then mounted the former title challenger. Hard punches and elbows had Correia in major trouble. Correia escaped briefly and took Reneau down, but was immediately reversed and back to mount. She was able to at least gain half-guard, then eventually get back to her feet momentarily. Reneau put her on her back again, this time in side control. More ground-and-pound rained down from Reneau as she took Correia’s back. She secured a body triangle with one minute left in the fight, Correia survived the round and avoided being put in a rear-naked choke in the closing stages. The dominant third for Reneau earned her a unanimous 10-8 on the judges’ scorecards, but the fight ended in a majority draw.
Alex Oliveira def. Tim Means by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:38 of round 2- Welterweights
In this rematch of their UFC 207 no-contest, Means and Oliveira wasted no time going after each other in the opening minute. “Cowboy” was able to take Means down after some early striking exchanges. Means used the butterfly sweep to try and buck Oliveira off, but the Brazilian stayed on top. Oliveira landed some good ground strikes before Means returned to his feet and reversed him against the fence. Cowboy completed a trio of strong takedowns as he continued to overwhelm Means with his physicality. A fourth takedown proved disastrous, as Means reversed him into side control. Oliveira was warned for gripping the fence with his toes, while Means didn’t do much of note while in a dominant position to close out the round.
Oliveira missed on a spinning high kick, and Means tried to capitalize with a single-leg, but Alex held steady. A clinch battle ensued and then Oliveira took Means down for a fifth time. The grinding style implemented by Oliveira was posing a major problem for Means, who was dragged to the mat for the umpteenth time, with Oliveira kicking the right leg out from under him. Oliveira took the back, had both hooks in, and then sunk in the rear-naked choke. A great showing by Oliveira, who has won six of his last eight fights. Means’ unbeaten run ends at three.
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UFC Fight Night 106 live blog: Edson Barboza vs. Beneil Dariush

This is the UFC Fight Night 106 live blog for Edson Barboza vs. Beneil Dariush, a lightweight bout at Saturday night’s UFC event at the Centro de Formação Olímpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil.

Barboza, who has won three of his past five fights, will face Dariush, who won four of his past five fights, on the main card.

Check out the UFC Fight Night 106 live blog below.

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They said what?! Pros react to the draw between Bethe Correia and Marion Reneau

Marion Reneau and Bethe Correia fought to a draw after three rounds in Fortaleza. On Twitter, fighters actually agreed with the score. After a back and forth battle and a one-sided third round, Bethe Correia and Marion Reneau fought to a majority draw in Fortaleza. On Twitter, most fighters actually agreed with the result.

Good to see Bethe keeping it classy. #ufcfortaleza— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) March 12, 2017

I really like watching fights from Brazil. Brings back great memories. #UFCFightNight106 #AndStill pic.twitter.com/04CVxzFlCQ— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) March 12, 2017

Reneau via submission calling it— Mike “Biggie” Rhodes (@TeamRocBiggie) March 12, 2017

Reneau seems genuinely upset about the way she’s being treated by the fans. #UFCFortaleza— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) March 12, 2017

If Bethe wins…get ready. #UFCFortaleza pic.twitter.com/kUOQbPwHcg— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) March 12, 2017

Reneau should win this 10 times out of 10 but this is MMA. She’s definitely the more talented, but not the most aggressive #UFCFortaleza— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) March 12, 2017

Stolen from @MyMMANews hahahaha pic.twitter.com/bjrcS5RbUk— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) March 12, 2017

That body kick hurt but she hid it well. #UFCFortaleza— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) March 12, 2017

Lots of love for Brazil, not so much for @bethecorreia . Hope @BelizeanBruiser pulls it off. @UFC pic.twitter.com/0HnrBmgRYS— Alpha Cat Zingano (@CatZingano) March 12, 2017

That triangle had me feeling some type of way for a bit thought she was gonna finish it. @UFCEspanol— Brian Ortega (@BrianTcity) March 12, 2017

It’s painful to watch, you mean lol https://t.co/bmrdof8EV9— Lauren Murphy (@LaurenMurphyMMA) March 12, 2017

Yeah…Correia is tough. #UFCFortaleza— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) March 12, 2017

Wow! @ufc #ufcfortaleza— Truck Gordon (@TruckMMA_UFC) March 12, 2017

She’s getting the Betche kicked out of her now. #ufcfortaleza— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) March 12, 2017

Tough as hell trying to survive correia is tough! @ufc #ufcfortaleza— Truck Gordon (@TruckMMA_UFC) March 12, 2017

I dunno. That was def a 10-8 Rd I score this fight a draw— Felice Herrig (@feliceherrig) March 12, 2017

Judges got that right.— Nina Ansaroff (@NinaAnsaroff) March 12, 2017

A what now…? #UFCFortaleza— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) March 12, 2017

Actually agree with the draw there. #ufcfortaleza— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) March 12, 2017

Great fight I have it a draw #UFCFortaleza— Belal muhammad (@bullyb170) March 12, 2017

What just happened? That was a draw huh?— Chris Wade (@CWadeMMA) March 12, 2017

Let me tell you… If that’s how Correia dances in the club… She will definitely be dancing alone. Lol #UFCFortaleza #UFCFN106— Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) March 12, 2017

I can take a draw for sure great finish and fight ladies @ufc #ufcfortaleza— Truck Gordon (@TruckMMA_UFC) March 12, 2017

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