Daily Update: UFC Fight Night Tampa
UFC Fight Night Tampa
Check out the WrestlingObserver.com’s coverage of UFC Fight Night Tampa right here, by our own Dave Meltzer.
Main Event – UFC light heavyweight five-round fight
Rashad Evans (205) vs Glover Teixeira (205)
FOX Main Card
Tecia Torres (116) vs Rose Namajunas (115.5)
Darrell Horcher (162)* vs Khabib Nurmagomedov (160.5) *Horcher made weight on his second attempt after initially weighing in at 162
Hacran Dias (145.5) vs Cub Swanson (145)
Michael Chiesa (156) vs Beneil Dariush (156)
Raquel Pennington (135.5) vs Bethe Correia (136)
Santiago Ponzinibbio (171) vs Court McGee (170.5)
Islam Makhachev (156.5)** vs Drew Dober (156) *Makhachev made weight on his second attempt after initially weighing in at 156.5
UFC FIGHT PASS Early Prelims
Manvel Gamburyan (136) vs John Dodson (135)
Michael Graves (170.5) vs Randy Brown (171)
Cezar Ferreira (185.5) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (183.5)
Omari Akhmedov (171) vs Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (170.5)
Saturday we’re looking for reports on WWE from Birmingham, England (Reigns vs. Rusev).
BELLATOR ON SPIKE AT 10 P.M. SATURDAY NIGHT FROM TURIN, ITALY
Daniele Miceli (167.5) vs. Daniele Scatizzi (168.2)
Anjela Pink (129.3) vs. Anastasia Yankova (130)
Danilo Belluardo (145.4) vs. A.J. McKee (145.5)
Alessio Sakara (203.9) vs. Brian Rogers (205.3)
Kevin Souza (155.2) vs. Patricky Pitbull Freire (155.2)
Sunday has WWE shows in Nottingham, England and Leeds, England.
Monday will be Raw from the O2 Arena in London. Raw will be on a several hour tape delay this week so we will have results up on the site before the show.
Tuesday is Smackdown from the O2 Arena in London which features Undertaker. There will be a half crew for Smackdown because there is also a house show in Manchester, England with Roman Reigns, Sheamus, Rusev, Kane, Dudleys, New Day, Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks, so they will all most likely not be on Smackdown.
Wednesday has WWE house shows in Newcastle, England, with Undertaker as the headliner, and Belfast, Northern Ireland.
UFC On FOX 19 Tampa live results: Glover Teixeira vs. Rashad Evans
UFC on FOX 19 Observer Panel Picks: Teixeira vs Evans
Ascension member Konnor, Adam Rose fail Wellness tests
Makhachev fails USADA drug test, fight against Drew Dober canceled
WWE Global Cruiserweight matches announced for Evolve and Progress
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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE
Will Ospreay put a picture of his injured knee on Instagram and announced he was out of this weekend’s Revolution Pro-Wrestling shows. He got hurt wrestling Juventud Guerrera for Lucha Britannia on Friday night and was due to face Michael Elgin on Saturday, and Ricochet on Sunday. Ricochet pulled double-duty to fight Elgin in Reading on Saturday in Ospreay’s place.
With the Islam Makhachev-Drew Dober fight being pulled from the show, the welterweight bout between Randy Brown and Michael Graves has been moved to the FOX prelims so the John Dodson-Manny Gamburyan fight will remain as the featured Fight Pass prelim. The start time of the Fight Pass portion has been moved to 4:30 pm eastern as well.
This week on 6:05 Superpodcast, David Bixenspan and Brian Last, the show features part one of an extended conversation with tape trader/smart fan extraordinaire John McAdam that covers John’s adventures at WCW shows in 1989, stories of promoting the UCW indie shows in New England, and much more. Also: Wrestlers in commercials, Dennis of the Week covers Dennis Coraluzzo’s adventures in Memphis meeting Nate the Rat, and much more.
Sports Illustrated.com’s EXTRA MUSTARD this week is an interview with Evolve’s Gabe Sapolsky. In it he discusses Paul Heyman, Daniel Bryan, WWE, and more.
WWE & Professional Wrestling
Hacksaw Jim Duggan talks about his fight with Matt Borne and what caused it.
Philly.com takes you inside the Chikara wrestling school.
UFC & Mixed Martial Arts
Rumors are making the rounds that Bellator is considering a double main event of Josh Koscheck/Paul Daley and Kimbo Slice/James Thompson to headline their debut show in London later this year. That would almost certainly be a tentpole show for them and would likely challenge the promotion’s ratings record as well. There is no date announced for the show but it will take place at the O2 Arena, which UFC has run in the past.
For people hoping for a Robbie Lawler title defence at UFC 200, it’s probably not going to happen. Dana White said yesterday that the welterweight champion will most likely defend his belt against Tyron Woodley at either UFC 201 or 202.
Cage Warriors results from yesterday on UFC Fight Pass: Jack Hermansson beat middleweight champion Alan Carlos by KO in the 3rd round to win the title; Featherweight prospect Paddy Pimblett moves to 10-1 with a decision over Ashleigh Grimshaw and in a 159 lb catchweight bout, Scott Clist scored a TKO stoppage after the first round round over Brad Wheeler to move to 9-2
RFA on AXS TV results from last night in Sioux Falls, SD: Devin Clark won the middleweight title with a TKO stoppage after the 2nd round over Rafael Viana; Leandro Higo won the bantamweight title with a decision win over Joey Miolla. Higo is now 17-2 and a prime candidate for a UFC callup; Joseph Gigliotta stayed perfect at 7-0 with a first round sub of John Poppie. He’s one to keep an eye on as he’s only 22 and has finished every one of his pro opponents.
Australian promotion BRACE also ran on UFC Fight Pass earlier today with a show featuring almost exclusively Australian regional fighters. Local product Theo Christakos got a first round submission over Canadian Kevin Manderson in the show’s main event.
The 2016 NWA Smoky Mountain Cup takes place TONIGHT (April 16) at 7:30 PM from the Civic Auditorium (1550 Fort Henry Drive) in Kingsport, TN. The Smoky Mountain Cup is an annual, one-night tournament with a 12-man field. After six first-round matches, the winning wrestlers advance to a six-way elimination final match, with the Cup winner earning a shot at the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Title.
House of Hardcore results from Corona, NY Friday night: Thea Trinidad def. Deanna Purrazzo; Little Guido submitted Alex Reynolds; Golden Boy and Team Tremendous defeated Vik Dalishus, Hale Collins and Ben Ortiz; Pepper Parks w/Cherry Bomb beat Colt Cabana; Tony Nese def. Bryan Cage and Brian Myers in a three way dance: Billy Gunn def. Sami Callihan; Bull Dempsey def. Eddie Kingston; Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer def. Rhyno and Tommy Dreamer in a wild brawl; Rob Van Dam def. Chris Hero (Thanks to Denis Gorman)
NCW hosts ChallengeMania 24 tonight in Saint Therese, Quebec.
Supreme Pro Wrestling runs their 16th anniversary show Sunday at 6200 (Vince) McMahon Drive in Sacramento, CA.
Today in professional wrestling history: Chris Benoit wins Super J Cup; Roddy Piper wins NWA US Title
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