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2017 MMAThread Awards

2017 has been a big year for MMA, and here are the MMAThread Awards.



2017 gave us some massive fights – Jon Jones took on Daniel Cormier to win back the title he never lost, TJ Dillashaw and Cody Gardbant finally threw down, Max Holloway finally cemented himself as the true king of the Featherweight division and the legend that is Georges St-Pierre returned to become the fourth UFC fighter to win belts at multiple weight classes – And this was just from the UFC – Other promotions that killed it this year include Bellator, Cage Warriors and KSW.

MMAThread’s staff have all come together and agreed that the following fighters should receive these awards.

Submission of the Year
Jonno Mears – Boston Crab – FCC 19 – September 30th

FCC or Full Contact Contender is a relatively small regional promotion, but in late 2017 the promotion got a massive amount of publicity thanks to an incredible submission pulled off by Manchester’s Jonno MearsMears entered his second pro fight coming off a TKO win over Will Cairns in his first pro outing – but it was on this September evening in the Macron Stadium in Bolton where he would cement his name in MMA history forever – Mears pulled off a Boston Crab, or as some would remember it has “The Walls of Jerrico”, becoming an instant viral sensation in doing so, the submission brought back many memories for people who used to enjoy the golden days of the WWF/E – The submission is a first in MMA, and incredibly difficult to pull off.

Knockout of the Year
Paul Daley – Jumping Knee – Bellator 170 

Paul Daley is a knockout artist, that is something most MMA fans will know, but normally he gets the KO with his fists, not this time around! Instead after being stalled on the cage wall, Daley managed to catch a break and then came running with a brutal jumping knee that knocked out Brennan Ward cold – Ward is now scarred for life!

Picking the KO of the year was a very tough choice, which so many brutal knockouts this year – but it was Daley’s KO early on in the year that continues to stick out.

Rise of the Year
Francis N’Gannou

There have been many fighters in 2017 who have stood out from the crowd, but none as loud or as hard as N’Gannou. Although only fighting twice in 2017, N’Gannou has turned from contender to challenger and could be one of the biggest challenges for heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic to date – N’Gannou started the year off with a literal bang by TKO’ing former champion Andrei Arlovski, he then finished out the year with a massive knockout win over Alistair Overeem in a fight which would earn him a shot at UFC gold. In between these fights N’Gannou has made Las Vegas and the UFC Performance Centre his new home, living, eating and breathing MMA.

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Fall of the Year
Michael Bisping

Bisping had the year of his life in 2016, he defeated former Middleweight Champion and UFC legend Anderson Silva in London, before replacing Chris Weidman on three weeks notice to take on Luke Rockhold – the fight with Rockhold was for all the marbles, after so many years of fighting Bisping finally got his UFC title shot and he took it with both hands, he knockout Rockhold in the first to not only avenge a loss but to become the UK’s first UFC Champion. He then ended 2016 with a win over former rival Dan Henderson to avenge a devastating knockout years earlier.

2017 was the polar opposite to such an amazing 2017 for BispingBisping was out injured for the start of 2017, then in March we heard rumours of a potential matchup against a returning GSP, that fight was eventually called off and Bisping was again sidelined, in this time Australian standout Robert Whittikar became the new Interim Champion after taking out Yoel Romero. Bisping would finally return to the Octagon in November after a year away he was to finally take on Georges St-Pierre, GSP dominated much of the fight and submitted Bisping in the third round – Just three weeks later Bisping, not one to shy away from an opportunity, took on Kelvin Gastelum as a late minute replacement after Anderson Silva was removed due to a flagged USADA test. At 2 minutes 30 seconds of round one Bisping’s lights were shut out by Gastelum, marking an end to a miserable 2017 for the Brit. Bisping still refused to retire, and here’s hoping we see him back on the winning side of things in 2018.

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Male Fighters of the Year
Max Holloway

Since Max Holloway lost to Conor McGregor back in 2013 he has gone on a 10 fight winning streak, tearing through the Featherweight division to get to the goal, a shot at the UFC Featherweight Title. The fight wouldn’t be a rematch with McGregor of course, McGregor was stripped of the Featherweight Title in late 2016 after winning the Lightweight Title – Instead Jose Aldo had once again reclaimed his spot as the king of the division, something Holloway was keen to put an end to, Holloway came into the fight the Interim Champion, winning the title back in 2016 against Anthony Pettis. In June 2017 Aldo and Holloway faced off to unify the division, after some early back and forth, Holloway put away Aldo in the 3rd round to become the Undisputed Champion.

Holloway was scheduled to face off against Frankie Edgar in his first title defence on December 2nd, however, Edgar became injured and former champion Jose Aldo was brought in as a replacement – this second fight played out much the same as the first and Holloway again put Aldo away in the 3rd to cement himself as the number one Featherweight. 2018 should be a bright year for Holloway, we expect him to face off with Edgar.

Female Fighter of the Year
Rose Namajunas

Thug Rose! Thug Rose! Thug Rose! – That’s all the word Daniel Cormier could muster up after Rose Namajunas pulled off the almost unthinkable in 2017, she stopped reigning Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Rose started that year with a submission over Michelle Waterson to become the number one contender, before finally taking on the Champion in the latter half of 2017. Rose dominated Joanna forcing her to tap to strikes and become the new Strawweight Champion – Rose’s post-fight interview will be one of the most standout moments of 2017, not for being controversial, but for being so humble.

One to Watch
Darren Till

Before Till took on Donald Cerrone in October, many Welterweights were asking just who this guy was, well after he dominated the always durable Cowboy, stopping him in the first round during their showdown in Poland, there was very little doubt that everyone knew who he was now! Darren Till has now put the entire Welterweight division on notice as he looks to establish himself as a top contender in 2018.

Till is undefeated and a very hard hitter, he is definitely a fighter to keep an eye on during 2018, don’t be surprised if he fights for a title before the end of the year, or will at the very least earn a shot by the end of the year.

Gym of the Year
Next Generation MMA – Liverpool

Next Generation based out of Liverpool is home to fighters such as Chris Fishgold, Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann, it is also the home for many upcoming amateur talents. – 2017 has been a great year for the gym, Chris Fishgold returned to the cage at Cage Warriors 88 to defeat Alexander Jacobson, defending his title for the third time and the year was topped off when Molly McCann was named as Cage Warriors Fighter of the Year – 2018 is looking to be a big year as it may potentially see several fighters from the gym moving on to the UFC.

Fight Predictions 

Conor McGregor vs Georges St-Pierre
Conor McGregor had just one fight in 2017, and it wasn’t even in the Octagon, he has yet to defend his 155lb title and many are calling him to be stripped, which is why this fight prediction makes the most sense. GSP made his UFC return, submitting Michael Bisping to become the Middleweight Champion, he soon vacated the title and will drop back to Welterweight (170lbs).

McGregor is now all about the money fight, and it would take one big offer to lure him back, the only true money fight to be made would be a showdown with GSP – It is why this prediction (and it is just that, a prediction) suggests that Conor will be stripped of the belt and Khabib and Ferguson will fight for the unified Lightweight Title in March.

Conor will then return titleless around August time to take on GSP in a PPV extravaganza, after this fight – win or lose, it would be down to Conor to decide whether he wants to fight again.

Special Mentions

Cris Cyborg 

Cyborg was a serious consideration for the female Fighter of the Year award, Cyborg’s biggest fight in 2017 was with the UFC and the way the promotion was mistreating her, at one point pleading with the UFC to just let her fight – She was finally supposed to fight for the 145lb title, but her opponent Germaine de Randamie refused to fight her, branding her a cheat – for this refusal the UFC stripped Randamie and this is where things finally started to look up for Cyborg, she fought Tonya Evinger in July to finaly get the title she’d long been yerning for – Cyborg’s time is NOW!. To top of her tremendous year Cyborg dominated Holy Holm to a decision win at UFC 119, Cyborg showed she isn’t just a big hitter, she stuck to a game plan and proved that she is an all-around fighter. 2018 is already set to be another big year for the Brazilian, word is that she’ll take on Amanda Nunes next in a super fight.

Demetrious Johnson 

Might Mouse is clearly the number one pound for pound fighter in the world, he has been such a dominant fighter and in 2017 he made UFC history – he officially defended his Flyweight title 11 times, surpassing the 10 title defences made by former Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. It was during this title defense, Mighty Mouse decided to remind everyone just why he’s one of the greatest fighters to ever step inside the Octagon, in the 5th round of his title match against Ray Borg, he suplexed Borg and quickly (in mid-air) transition into what can only be described as one of the best armbars you will ever see.

Congratulations to all the winners and heres hoping 2018 is a big year for MMA.


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Cage Warriors 96 Live Results



Cage Warriors 96 takes place today, live from the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.

The main event will see Liverpool’s Paddy Pimblett take on Soren Bak for the CW Lightweight Title – Also featuring on the card is Jonas Billstein as he takes on latecomer Mick Stanton on less than 24 hours notice – Jonas was expected to face off against Lee Chadwick who would be making his second defence of the Middleweight Title, however, Chadwick failed to make weight and was instantly stripped of his title on the scales – Jonas will now face Stanton for the now vacant CW Middleweight Title. The event will also see an amateur Grand Prix tournament.

Check out the results below live as they happen

Fight Card:

CW Academy North West Undercard (NON-TELEVISED)

Luke Bennett vs Sam Irving
Sam Irving def Luke Bennett – R1 0:54 – Submission (Guillotine Choke)

Mike Thompson vs Sean Alpin
Mike Thompson def Sean Alpin – Unanimous Decision – 30-27, 30-27, 30-26

JJ Jones vs Liam Carrol
JJ Jones def Liam Carrol – Split Decision –  29-28 28-29 29-28

CW Academy NW Grand Prix Semi-Finals

David Piotrowicz vs Carl Dilks
David Piotrowicz def Carl Dilks – TKO (Ground & Pound) – R2 0:44

Ivan Blanita vs Adam Cullen
Ivan Blanita def Adam Cullen – R2 – Submission (Americana)

Constantine Blanita vs Danny Williams
Constantine Blanita def Danny Willaims – Unanimous Decision – 30-25, 30-25, 30-25

Scott Harvey vs Liam Molloy

Prelims (6:30 pm – Sports Bible – Facebook)

Liam Gittins vs Kevin Cordero Lopez
Liam Gittins def Kevin Cordero Lopez – R1 4:36 – TKO

Anthony O’Connor vs Mehdi Ben Lakhdhar

Sam Creasey vs Conor Hignett
Sam Creasey def Conor Hignett – R1 4:03 – TKO (Ground & Pound)

Elliot Jenkins vs Mahmod Faour
Mahmod Faour def Elliot Jenkins – R2 – TKO

Main Card  (9pm – BT Sports / UFC Fight Pass)

Tim Barnett vs Matthew Bonner
Tim Barnett draws Matthew Bonner – Majority Draw -28-27, 28-28, 28-28

Nicolas Dalby vs Roberto Allegretti
Nicolas Dalby def Roberto Allegretti – R2 – Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Jack Grant vs Aleksi Mantykivi
Jack Grant def Aleksi Mantykivi – R1 4:20 – KO

Vacant Middleweight Title Bout
Mick Stanton vs Jonas Billstein
Jonas Billstein (C) def Mick Stanton – R1 3:20 – Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Vacant Lightweight Title Fight
Paddy Pimblett vs Soren Bak
Soren Bak def Paddy Pimblett – Unanimous Decision – 48-44, 48-45, 48-46

Keep checking back with MMAThread as we will be bringing you all the live backstage interviews with all your Cage Warriors 96 fighters.

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Cage Warriors 96 Preview

Cage Warriors returns to Liverpool as both Paddy Pimblett and Lee Chadwick fight in title bouts



Cage Warriors returns to the Echo Arena, Liverpool this Saturday, September 1st. The event is headlined by a lightweight title fight between Liverpool’s own Paddy “The Baddy” Pimbeltt and Demark’s Søren Bak

Paddy Pimblett (14-2-0) is fighting for the second time at Lightweight since moving up a weight class after losing his Featherweight Title to Nad Narimani back in 2017 at CW82.

Soren Bak (11-1-0) comes into this fight riding a three-fight winning streak with submission wins over Alexander Jacobsen and Martin Stapleton – This will mark Bak’s fourth Cage Warriors appearance.

Also fighting on the card is another Liverpool native, Lee “The Butcher” Chadwick (24-13-1). Chadwick is on a three-fight winning streak and is set to defend his Middleweight Title for the first time since beating Victor Cheng for the vacant strap back at CW88 in October 2017.

Chadwick’s opponent will be in the form of Germany’s Jonas Billstein (19-5-1), who himself is on a four-fight winning streak and is making his Cage Warriors debut. Billstein is a veteran of Bellator and ACB. His last fight back in May ended in a majority draw, but before that, he has won his previous two bouts, both by way of second-round submission.

Several other big names on the UK regional scene are also set to square off including the likes of Jack Grant (14-4-0), Connor Hignett (6-3-0) Liam Gittins (2-0-0) and Mick Stanton (3-2-0).

As well as a pack main card and prelims, before the show even begins fans will be treated to a wrath of amateur bouts, as Cage Warriors Academy: North West returns to action. The amateur card will feature a title bout at Light Heavyweight between David Piotrowicz and Carl Dilks, as well as a scrap for the Welterweight Title, as Ivan Blanita takes on Adam Cullen – Then at Lightweight, Ireland’s Constantin Blanita will take on Wales’ Danny Williams, and finally at Featherweight Scott Harvey will take on Liam Molloy for the title.

Cage Warriors 96 will take place this Saturday, September 1st from the Echo Arena in Liverpool. The event will air live on BT Sports for the UK fans and UFC Fight Pass for international viewers.

MMAThread will be live at the event conducting post-fight interviews with all your winners so be sure to check back, and don’t forget to comment below and share.

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Ferguson return targeted for UFC 229

Tony Ferguson will face Anthony Pettis at UFC 229



Former UFC Interim Lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson is set to make his return to the octagon on the main PPV card of UFC 229: Khabib vs McGregor

Ferguson, whose MMA record currently sits at 23-3 (12-1 UFC) has been out of action since April after injuring his knee whilst tripping over production cables. This injury forced him out of his then highly anticipated bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov and forced the UFC to strip him of his Interim title – Instead of facing the new UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib upon his return, Ferguson will instead take on another former UFC Lightweight Champion, Anthony Pettis.

The bout was revealed earlier today and will be added to the huge PPV card that is UFC 229, which features a Lightweight Title bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and returning former Champion, Conor McGregor – It is unclear at this time where the fight will be placed on the card, but it is highly likely the bout will indeed be on the PPV portion of the event, if not Co-Main event.

Anthony Pettis (21-7 MMA, 8-6 UFC) comes into this fight with a submission win over Michael Chiesa back in July at UFC 226Petits, who was the last ever WEC Lightweight Champion, won his UFC Lightweight Title after beating Benson Henderson back at UFC 164 in 2013, he defended the belt once, before losing to Rafel Dos Anjos in 2015. Pettis is currently 3-2 in his last five UFC outings.

As things now stand UFC 229’s fight card is as follows:

Main Event – UFC Lightweight Title Bout:
Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) vs Conor McGregor
Co-Main Event – Heavyweight Bout:
Derrick Lewis vs Alexander Volkov
Lighteweight Bout:
Tony Ferguson vs Anthony Pettis
Flyweight Bout:
Sergio Pettis vs Jussier Formiga
Light Heavyweight Bout:
Ovince St Preux vs Dominick Reyes
Welterweight Bout:
Ryan LaFlare vs Tony Martin
Women’s Bantamweight Bout:
Lina Lansberg vs Yana Kunitskaya
Women’s Strawweight Bout:
Michelle Waterson vs Felice Herrig
Bantamweight Bout:
Sean O’Malley vs Jose Alberto Quinonez
Lightweight Bout:
Gray Maynard vs Nik Lentz

UFC 229 comes to you live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on October 6th on PPV.

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“Max Holloway vs Brian Ortega is next” – Dana White

Brian Ortega has taken Frankie Edgar’s shot at the featherweight title by knocking him out.



Brian Ortega walked into UFC 222 on Saturday and took the right to be Max Holloway’s next challenger for the featherweight title.

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Ortega stepped in to fight Frankie Edgar in the evening’s co-main event after Holloway, who was originally scheduled to headline the card at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas against Edgar, had to pull out of the fight due to injury.

Ortega left no doubt in anyone’s mind as to who should be the next contender for the belt as he became the first man to finish the former lightweight champion, and in the opening round no less.

UFC president Dana White confirmed at the UFC 222 post-fight press conference that Ortega is next in line for Holloway.

“The fact we now have a title fight with him against Holloway, you know, Holloway looked incredible against Jose Aldo in his last fight and I’m excited about this” White said.

The only thing that surprised White about Ortega’s performance was the fact the submission specialist got the job done by way of his strikes.

“The guy is so incredible and well-rounded” White said of Ortega. “You’d think when he goes in and fights Frankie Edgar you’d bet anything he’s going to submit him if he’s going to win. And then he goes and knocks him out in the first round. This kid is super talented and has an incredible personality.”

The fight could well take place at UFC 226 in Las Vegas with both fighters already saying they would like to fight on the card, it’s just depending on Holloway getting cleared to fight by the doctors.

“I just saw Max, he came on The Ultimate Fighter as one of the coaches” White said. “He looks good, he’s walking good and, I don’t know, we gotta see what his doctor says and when he’s cleared, we’ll make that fight immediately.”

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