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UFC on FOX 26 live results: Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos

Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC On FOX 26: Lawler vs. dos Anjos, emanating from the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

The Octagon heads to Winnipeg for the second time featuring a main event battle between two former champions which could decide who gets the next title shot at 170 pounds.

Former UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler takes on former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos in the headliner. Lawler looks to get a shot at regaining his championship as he goes for his second straight win while dos Anjos looks to go 3-0 since his move to 170 pounds.

Also on the main card is a featherweight battle between Ricardo Lamas and Josh Emmett, a welterweight clash that has fireworks written all over it as Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on Mike Perry, and light heavyweight action between former title challenger Glover Teixeira and Misha Cirkunov.

Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.


Arena is maybe 30 percent full for the first fight but pretty loud. The is the first time in the city since 2013. 

> Jordan Mein (29-12, 3-4 UFC) vs. Erick Silva (19-8 1 NC, 7-7 UFC)

Mein got an early takeodwn but couldn't hold Silva down. Mein hurt him with punches standing. Mein had him backed up and in trouble with a punch combo 3 minutes in. Crazy punch exchange with 45 seconds left that the crowd went nuts for. 10-9 Mein

Silva throwing a lot of leg kicks early in the 2nd. Mein took him down 1 minute in. Mein landed hard elbows from the top. Ref took a long time before warning them to work as nothing was happening for a couple of minutes. Silva briefly reversed but Mein regained top position with a minute left. Silva bleeding from the nose. Silva got up at the end of the round. 10-9 Mein, 20-18

Loud YOUNG GUN chants from the crowd to start the round that sounded like "Young Bucks" from my vantage point. No Bullet Club shirts in the crowd that I can see, though. Silva pulled guard a minute in. Mein landing a lot of punches to the head from the top. Silva with a triangle attempt from his back at 3:00 but Mein escaped. Mein not doing much this round but holding Silva down. Mein into mount with 30 seconds left. Mein going for a rear naked choke as the round and fight ends. 10-9 Mein, 30-27

Official result - Jordan Mein (31-12) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 2; 30-26)

Mein didn't have much to say in his post-fight interview. Backstage quotes from him:

“It feels great to be back in the win column, especially doing that here in Canada. [Silva] is a very tough guy and I was surprised by how strong he was but I knew I had done a lot more in there so I felt confident I had the win. Everything felt like it came together. I want to get back in the gym and keep getting better. I want to always fight like I did tonight. I left it all in the cage and I need to do that in every fight. I want to thank everyone who has supported me and I can’t wait to be back in the Octagon.”  


> Alessio Di Chirico (10-2, 1-2 UFC) vs. Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3, 1-3 UFC)

The announcement of Herb Dean as ref for this fight got a bigger pop than anyone on the card so far. Both guys just dancing around the first couple minutes and the crowd turned on this fast. Chirico woke them up with a knee to hte chin of Bamgbose. Bamgbose missed a spinning back fist and Chirico briefly took him down at 3:00. Ref warned them to engage at 4:00. Chirico stuffed a takedown at the end of the round. Loud boos from the crowd at the end. 10-9 Di Chirico

Between rounds, Herb Dean warned the fighters again about engaging. Bamgbose got off a nice punch combo at 1:30. Di Chirico knocked him out cold during a punch exchange to end it and he went down face first. Scary. Is was a knee to the head that KO'd him

Official result - Alessio Di Chirico (11-2) by knockout (knee) at 2:14 of the 2nd round

Post-fight interview was hilarious. Di Chirico had a translator and said "boopity boopity" and the translator says "I can't translate that"

Backstage from Di Chirico:

“It was an incredible moment to finish the fight that way. I knew that I needed to make a statement. I was just looking for the right moment out there and, when I found it, I ended the fight. I just want to keep getting better and finish the fights I take to show where I belong. It does not matter who the opponent is.”

> John Makdessi (14-6, 7-6 UFC) vs. Abel Trujillo (15-7 1 NC, 6-3 1 NC UFC)

The Wooooooos that have been prevalent in recent UFC events started here. Trujillo got poked in the eye, causing a break in the action and the ref called in a doctor. Makdessi knocked him down 3:30 in but Trujillo got up quickly as he didn't want to go to the ground with him. Action stopped again after a low blow from Makdessi with 30 seconds left. 10-9 Makdessi

Makdessi stuffed a takedown attempt 45 seconds in. Crowd is starting to turn on this one as well as the woos are turning to boos. Makdessi landing hard leg kicks which are bothering Trujillo. Trujillo has landed a few shots as Makdessi has a cut just beside his nose. Really close round, 10-9 Trujillo, 19-19

Nice punch exchange at 1:45 that Trujillo got the better of. Makdessi still landing kicks to the legs and body. Trujillo stuffed on another takedown attempt at 3;15. Both guys doing their best to keep their distance and not trying to win the fight late, which is bad in a close fight. Makdessi slightly more aggresive, which could sway the judges. Trujillo got off a nice punch combo at the end. 10-9 Makdessi, 29-28 overall

Official result - John Makdessi (15-6) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3) 

Post-fight quotes from Makdessi:

“I was surprised that he stayed so composed but that was the only surprise tonight. It was all hard work with Duke Roufus and my new team. I wanted to change some things, create more dynamic striking and that’s what we did. My approach was rooted in old-school point karate and I think it went very well. I don’t have any names in mind for my next opponent, that’s all up to the coaches. We will go back, start working and figure out who makes the most sense.”

> Nordine Taleb (13-4, 5-2 UFC) vs. Danny Roberts (14-2, 3-1 UFC)

Round started off slow and then Taleb nailed Roberts with a head kick that staggered him and followed up with a punch to the head that knocked him out cold. Roberts was up fairly quickly and shoving the ref and arguing with him about the stoppage but this was not a late stoppage in the slightest. Roberts was right in front of me and clearly had no idea where he was. 

Official result - Nordine Taleb (14-4) by knockout (punch) at 59 seconds

Taleb just kept saying how happy he was in the post-fight interview. He also asked for the performance bonus, which is never a good move. 

Post-fight from Taleb:

“This was the exact plan we envisioned. I worked on that throughout my entire camp so it was beautiful to see it play out. I hope for the Performance of the Night bonus. I think I earned it. I knew I needed to make a statementtonight because I am not the type of fighter to make up a character. I just want to show up and put on a great show for the fans. I was considering moving to middleweight but I felt great there tonight. Now, I will go home and enjoy the holidays before I plot what is next for me.”

> Chad Laprise (12-2, 5-2 UFC) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2, 1-0 UFC)

Bardondo knocked Laprise down with a punch and all over him with punches on the ground. Bofando backed off after 30 seconds and let Laprise up. He never went to the ground with him. Laprise with a takedown 2 minutes in and right into side control. Laprise landed some nice elbows to the head. Laprise into mount at 3:30. Laprise landing hard punches to the head and the crowd loving it. Bafondo barely blocking the punches and not fighting back at all. Ref finally stepped in to stop it. Maybe 10 punches late. 

Official result - Chad Laprise (13-2) by TKO 

Post fight from Laprise:

“It feels amazing to be here in Canada and get a great win like that. He caught me early but I knew how to neutralize him on the ground and eventually came back and got the finish. My gameplan was to stay away from him as much as I could and that’s why. He’s a powerful fighter. Now, I’m going to go home and celebrate the holidays with my family but my goal is to be back in the Octagon by late winter or spring. Names don’t matter to me… I’ll fight whoever Sean Shelby tells me is next. That is three straight knockouts though and I’ll be looking to make it four.”

> Julian Marquez (6-1, 0-0 UFC) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2 1 NC, 0-2 1 NC UFC)

Marquez was dancing during his walkout and while he was getting inspected prior to getting into the Octagon and the crowd popped huge. That's why they were so loud fro him during the intros.

Stewart got an early takedown and briefly got mount but Marquez was right up. Stewart got another takedown and was doing some ground and pound but Marquez up again. Stewart again tried for a takedown and Marquez landed some nice elbows to the head. Stewart took his back standing and was working for a rear naked choke. Marquez broke free with a nice elbow to the head. Marquez bleeding from the nose. Stewart may be getting tired. Stewart stuffed on a takedown with 30 seconds left. Marquez got a takedown and an armbar. Crowd exploded for that. 10-9 Stewart. Round of the night so far

Marquez lighting him up early with punches and grabs a standing guillotine. Marquez with a nice knee to the head but gives up the guillotine. Both guys firing away at each other and the crowd explodes. Stewart all over him with punches in the corner. Crowd so loud. Marquez with another standing guillotine but gives it up quickly. Stewart landing elbows to the head but gets stuffed on a takedown attempt. Marquez with another guillotine and gets the tap. Amazing fight. 

Official result - Julian Marquez (7-1) by submission (guillotine)

After the fight, during the commercial break, these two embraced, which popped the crowd. Marquez challenged welterweight champ Tyron Woodley to a beard-off . Woodley was in the crowd, doing work for FOX and the crowd exploded when the spotflight went on him. Marquez asked for a fight in St Louis or London. Crowd loved this and this was a star-making fight and interview. 

Post-fight from Marquez:

“It feels incredible to get the win in my first UFC fight. I had been training for this fight and then my opponent changed so I had to change my whole gameplan. As soon as I got punched, I said to myself ‘ok, let’s do this.’ I didn’t feel enough power to knock me out so I was determined to just keep swinging at him. He decided he didn’t want to stand anymore and that’s when I was able to lock in the choke. It would’ve been great to knock him out in one of those wild exchanges but I just wanted the win however I could take it. I really don’t care who I fight next. I just want the gold. I know I’m new and I’m not going to get that fight just yet but that’s the only fight I’ll ask for. Anyone else is just the next step.”

> Jared Cannonier (#14, 10-2, 3-2 UFC) vs. Jan Blachowicz (#15, 20-7, 3-4 UFC)
Light Heavyweights

The woos started up in this fight again as it started off fairly slowly. Cannonier got off a nice punch combo 2 minutes in. Massive head kick by Blachowicz woke up the crowd. Not much else happened. 10-9 Blachowicz, I guess

Cannonier more agressive to start Round 2. Blachowicz starting to land leg kicks and then gets a takedown 2 minutes in. Cannonier up quickly. Woos are starting up again. Blachowicz starting to land jabs pretty flush. Cannonier down after a punch combo and Blachowicz right into side control. Blachowicz let him up out of side control and got poked in the eye. Blachowicz with another takedown at 4:30. Cannonier with elbows to the head from the bottom. 10-9 Blachowicz, 20-18 overall

Cannonier lit him up early with punches. Blachowicz got a takedown with about 3 minutes left and held him down for the rest of the round. He didn't do any damage but controlled the fight. 10-9 Blachowicz, 30-27 overall

Official result - Jan Blachowicz (21-7) by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)

From Blachowicz post-fight:

“Things went very well for me tonight. I was able to land a lot more strikes and did a lot more damage. That’s because I tried to push him into fighting my style. There are things that I would’ve liked to do better. I should’ve thrown more right hands and I probably would’ve finished the fight but he’s a very dangerous fighter with a lot of power so you have to be careful. Fighting someone like him, everything can change in one punch. I am going to go home and spend the holidays with my family, then I want to fight on the London card. I heard that Michael Bisping wants to retire in London so maybe he will want to do it at light heavyweight against me.”


> Glover Teixeira (#3, 26-6, 9-4 UFC) vs. Misha Cirkunov (#7, 13-3, 4-1 UFC)
Light Heavyweights

Cirkunov landed a hard body kick early. Cirknov backed Teixeira up to the corner with punches and knees at 2:00. Teixieira got a takedown and took the back, working for a rear naked choke. Teixeira secured the choke and it's tight. He let it go but had full back mount, landing punches until the ref stopped it. 

Official result - Glover Teixeira (27-6) by TKO (punches)

Teixeira asked for a title shot in his post-fight promo with Jon Anik and brought it up again to the press after the fight:

“I felt his punches and I didn’t think much of the power. There was a good one that stunned me a bit but nothing too serious. I think people underestimate my jiu-jitsu and wrestling because they know I have the knockout power but grappling is a real passion for me. So, once I grabbed him, I was able to take the top position and flatten him out. Next, I want [Daniel] Cormier. I am the next in line for whoever wins that fight. If Gustafsson wasn’t injured, he would be the next in line, but I am the one here and I’ll be ready for whoever wins the fight between Cormier and Volkan Oezdemir.”

> Santiago Ponzinibbio (#10, 25-3, 7-2 UFC) vs. Mike Perry (11-1, 4-1 UFC)

Not a lot happened in round 1. Crowd was ridiculously hot for Perry with several chants. Ponzinibiio got a flash takedown and that was really the only thng of note. 10-9 Ponzinibbio

Perry came out more aggressively in round 2 and got some quick takedowns but Ponzinibbio was able to get up. Both guys landed some punches and opened up cuts on the faces of their opponents. Ponzinibbio had a flurry of punches with 90 seconds left but Perry weathered it. Perry eating a lot of punches standing and Ponzinibbio mixing in leg kicks as well. Perry backed up to the cage eating punches but stays on his his feet. Perry unloads on Ponzinibbio with 15 seconds left and the crowd explodes. Both guys trading as the round ends and a standing ovation from the crowd. 10-9 Ponzinibbio, 20-18

More Perry chants to start the round. Ponzinibbio doing a lot of sticking and moving from distance. He drops Perry with a spinning back fist and takes the back. Perry gets to his feet. Ponzinibbio takes him down again. Ponzinibbio actually bleeding like a faucet but controlling Perry. Perry up but Ponzinibbio takes him down again. Perry up again and takes the back of Ponzinibbio standing. Ponzinibbio escapes and they start trading. More Perry chants. Another takedown from Ponzinibbio . Ref warns them to work very quickly. Crowd actually chanting for the ref to stand them up. Ponzinibbio grabs a front choke with 45 seconds left and landing hard punches to the body. Perry to his feet with 20 seconds left. Ponzinibbio unloading on his with punches and kicks as the fight ends. 10-9 Ponzinibbio, 30-27

Official result - Santiago Ponzinibbio (26-3) by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)

> Ricardo Lamas (#3, 18-5, 9-3 UFC) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1, 3-1 UFC)
Featherweights* (Emmett missed weight by 2.5 pounds)

Emmett more aggressive early. Most of the crowd couldn't care less about this after the last fight. Emmett backs Lamas up with punches at 1:45 and Lamas shakes it off like it didn't hurt him which usually means it did. Lamas starting to land high kicks. Emmett with a few punch flurries in the next couple of minutes. Lamas controlling the pace but not doing much. Emmett knocked Lamas out cold with a counter punch. 

Official result - Josh Emmett (13-1) by knockout (punch) at 4:33

Lamas down for a long time, flat on his back. He got up for the winner's announcement but they sat him back on the stool instead of letting him walk out of the cage. 

Emmett thanks Lamas' team for taking the fight and apologized for not making weight. He put over the fans in Winnipeg, which got a massive pop. Lamas left the cage on his own power and looked relatively okay as he walked past press row. 

From Emmett post-fight:

“I shocked the world… well, the world except my coaches, teammates, friends and family. They know how hard I’ve worked to get to this point and none of them are surprised but I certainly understand the magnitude of what just happened. That’s why I feel so bad about missing weight. All through wrestling in school, college and all my fights, I’ve never missed weight. It will never happen again and I apologize. The fight was fought at my pace. I was waiting to pick my shot. That is an exchange that I drill all the time so it came natural but I had to find it first. I studied a lot of tape with my coaches and Urijah [Faber] and we tried to watch for patterns. My goal is to be the best in the world and I want to fight for the title. I know I may need another fight first but, I’m just saying, I have no problem with going to Hawaii if Max Holloway needs an opponent. Otherwise, I’ll fight anybody the UFC puts in front of me.”

> Robbie Lawler (#2, 28-11 1 NC, 13-5 UFC) vs. Rafael Dos Anjos (#4, 27-9, 16-7 UFC)

Another huge pop for Herb Dean when he was announced as the ref for the main event and an even bigger one when Buffer did the Mick Foley cheap pop and said the name of the city. 

Loud ROBBIE chants to start but not nearly as loud as the ones for Mike Perry earlier. Great punch exchange 1:00 in that was pretty even. Dos Anjos with a nice punch combo and follows up with a leg kick at 1:45. Super loud chants for Lawler as he starts to stalk RDA. Lawler backs him up with punches but Dos Anjos with hard knees to the body and legs. Dos Anjos landing a lot of leg kicks. Last minute or so was mostly clinch work with Lawler landing punches and RDA knees. 10-9 Dos Anjos

Lawler lands a nice punch combo to start the ruoond. RDA firing back and hte crowd going nuts. Dos Anjos continuing to score with leg kicks. RDA backs up Lawler with punches at 2:00 and lands a flying knee. RDA with punches to the body and head and Lawler in trouble. RDA unloading on Lawler. Lawler weathers the storm and the crowd eexplodes and a standing ovation. Dos Anjos gets a takedown but Lawler right up. Lawler tries for a leg kick but RDA catches it and lands some punches. Lawler starting to score with jabs. Lawler backs him up with punches. More punches from Lawler at 4:30. 10-9 Dos Anjos, 20-18

Lawler takes it to the cage early in round 3. RDA took control and got a takedown. Lawler landing punches to the body from a sitting position and looking for a standup. Lawler to his feet at 1:45 and the crowd explodes. Lawler in control of a cage clinch and landing punches to the body. :Lawler continuing to control the clinch and just active enough to avoid separation from the ref. Great punch exchange at 4:00 and Lawler down. RDA goes into his guard and landing punches to keep him down. Hard elbows to the head from Dos Anjos. Dos Anjos with punches to the head as well as Lawler tries to get up. RDA grabs a choke as the round ends. 10-9 Dos Anjos, 30-27

Lawler takes it to the cage 1:00 in and lands some punches but RDA manages to separate. RDA backs him up to the cage and they have a nice punch exchange. Dos Anjos controlling the clinch now. Lawler punches out of it at 2:30. RDA with a nice punch combo at 3:45 and then lands a hard leg kick. Dos Anjos controlling the cage clinch in the last minute. RDA with punches to the body and a head kick. Lawler is in trouble. Lawler mising wildly on his punches and eats a flying knee right before the buzzer. 10-9 Dos Anjos, 40-36

Lawler staggering early in the round after eating punches from Dos Anjos. Dos Anjos continuing to land leg kicks. Lawler swinging wildly and missing badly again. Dos Anjos gets a takedown 1:00 in. Lawler doing a good job tying up his body. Crowd booing as they want a stand up. Ref obliges and the crowd pops. Not sure why Lawler wanted that as he's getting destroyed on the feet. Dos Anjos landing punches to the head seemingly at will but Lawler staying on his feet. Lawler missing wildly with punches again that would've hurt if they connected. More chants for Lawler. RDA lands a flying knee and backs Lawler up to the cage. 10-9 Dos Anjos, 50-45

Official result - Rafael Dos Anjos (28-9) by unanimous decision (50-45 x 3)

Dos Anjos asked for a title shot after this. If he were to get it and win, he'd be a rare 2 division champ as he formerly held the belt at 155. With wins over Donald Cerrone and now Robbie Lawler, he probably deserves it but he'll take a back seat to GSP or Conor if they want it first.