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  • Brian Hall Upends Unbeaten Brazilian Prospect Pedro Souza in Legacy FC 34 Main Event By: Brian Knapp

    Brian Hall rudely greeted Pedro Souza’s arrival on American soil.

    Hall held his own in the standup, landed his share of takedowns and controlled a majority of the grappling exchanges, as he took a unanimous decision from the CM System prospect in the Legacy Fighting Championship 34 headliner on Friday at the Horseshoe Tunica Hotel and Casino in Tunica, Miss. Hall (7-2) swept the scorecards, drawing 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 nods from the judges.

    The two flyweights traded knockdowns in the first round before settling into a rhythm. Hall operated effectively within the confines of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt’s guard, attacking with ground-and-pound while dodging various submission bids, from kneebars to armbars. Souza (13-1) was strongest when he trapped his adversary along the fence with wild punching bursts, but his failure to corral Hall in close quarters for more extended stretches ultimately led to his undoing.

    In the co-main event, Austin Lyons won for the third time in four appearances, as he walked away with a unanimous decision over “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 12 winner Jonathan Brookins. All three cageside judges scored it for Lyons (12-3): 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.

    The mercurial Brookins (14-7) had his moments, particularly in the grappling exchanges, but a tepid approach to the standup proved costly. Lyons seized control of the bantamweight tilt in the second round, where he floored the Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran with a right hook and kept him in a sustained state of retreat with follow-up blows.

    Brookins transitioned to Lyons’ back in the second and third rounds, but repeated rear-naked choke attempts did not yield the finish he needed. The 29-year-old has dropped three of his past four bouts.

    Another “Ultimate Fighter” graduate enjoyed far more success.

    Gilbert Smith submitted Bellator MMA alum Ben Brewer with a first-round guillotine choke in their welterweight showcase. Brewer (8-2) conceded defeat 4:57 into round two, his seven-fight winning streak snapped mere seconds from the safety of his corner.

    Smith (9-3) surrendered a takedown inside the first minute and was forced to free himself from a standing guillotine from the promising 21-year-old. He eventually shifted to top position, softened Brewer with ground-and-pound and threatened briefly with a kimura. In the closing seconds of the first frame, Smith latched a guillotine, secured full guard and finished it. Brew could not withstand the squeeze.

    Meanwhile, Arkansas-based lightweight Thomas Gifford stopped previously unbeaten Barata MMA prospect Wade Johnson on second-round strikes in an entertaining 160-pound catchweight confrontation. Johnson (7-1) wilted 3:21 into round two.

    Gifford (8-6), who entered the cage on a three-fight losing streak, waded through heavy fire. Johnson landed with authority and variety, mixing leg kicks with stout punching combinations to the body and head. Gifford, however, as not deterred. In the second round, the 23-year-old leveled Johnson with a left hook, backed it up with punches and dropped him a second time with a brutal knee to the face. A volley of unanswered right hands came next, resulting in the stoppage.

    Elsewhere, Grady Hurley utilized takedowns, ground-and-pound and a handful of submission attempts in capturing a unanimous decision from Joel Cooper in their featured clash at 185 pounds. Hurley (8-1) swept the scorecards with 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 marks from the judges.

    Cooper (3-2) was forced to play defense for much of the match and often wandered into tight spaces. Hurley did his best work in the second round, where he scrambled to his opponent’s back, fished for a rear-naked choke and advanced to full mount. Behind on the scorecards, Cooper made his move in round three, as he dove on a pair of leg locks. However, his efforts went unrewarded, and Hurley again achieved full mount in the closing seconds.

    Finally, William Walker submitted Bobby Taylor with a second-round triangle choke in a lightweight showcase. Taylor (3-5) asked out of the match 1:25 into round two, his streak of three consecutive victories a thing of the past.

    Walker (2-1) stifled his counterpart with his relentless pursuit of clinches and takedowns. His approach drained Taylor’s reserves and left him visibly fatigued after a competitive first five minutes. In the second round, Taylor reversed into top position following a successful takedown from Walker, only to be met with the fight-ending choke.

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  • Jeremy Botter Joins Press Row By: Jordan Breen





    Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by Bleacher Report's Jeremy Botter.

    Following the well-publicized ejection of judge Howard Hughes during the UFC's “Bisping vs. Le” card in Macau, Breen and Botter discuss Dana White's controversial decision and the future of the UFC's self-regulation. The two break down why White's decision to axe Hughes made no sense in the first place, how the presence of Marc Ratner would have likely resulted in a different outcome, Hughes' tarnished reputation and future as a judge, as well as how drug testing factors into the UFC's self-regulation.

    Breen and Botter also investigate the curious cases of notable judges Sal D'Amato and Douglas Crosby, Marc Ratner's love of scarves and soccer, how and why Cecil Peoples became a regulatory scapegoat and offer reflections on the Michael Bisping-Matt Hamill fight.

    Grab your credential and get a seat in “Press Row.”

    Follow the jump for reader comments and download link.

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  • Radio Poll: Do Champions Deserve Immediate Rematches?



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  • Video: Jose Aldo Shoves Chad Mendes at UFC 179 Press Event in Rio By: C.J. Tuttle


    Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes were in Rio de Janeiro for a UFC 179 press event on Tuesday. The UFC featherweight champion and challenger faced off for a photo opportunity and wound up involved in a brief altercation at Maracana Stadium. Aldo and Mendes will headline the pay-per-view event on Oct. 25.

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  • UFC 179 Event Poster Released By: Sherdog.com Staff

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    Click to enlarge the UFC 179 poster.
    The Portuguese-language event poster for UFC 179 was released on Tuesday and features sketchy renditions of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and challenger Chad Mendes, plus 205-pound co-headliners Glover Teixeira and Phil Davis. The event takes place Oct. 25 at Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro.

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  • Tuesday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Tuesday



    7:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage


    10:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage


    12:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Central Coast Throwdown Part II

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  • Podcast: Eddie Alvarez, Christos Giagos By: Sherdog.com Staff

    TJ De Santis and Sherdog.com contributor Jesse Denis returned to the Sherdog Radio Network on Monday for another edition of "Beatdown." Joining them was newly inked UFC lightweight contender Eddie Alvarez and freshly crowned RFA champion Christos Giagos.

    Alvarez joined the program to discuss his recent release from Bellator MMA, his upcoming UFC debut against Donald Cerrone, and his thoughts on establishing himself as a title contender.

    Giagos took the RFA lightweight championship Friday night when he knocked out Dakota Cochrane in highlight-reel fashion. Giagos joined "Beatdown" to discuss the win, whether this victory is enough to earn a call from a bigger promotion, and if he felt the Cochrane stoppage was a bit too late.

    De Santis and Denis also take a look at the latest mixed martial arts news in "Quick Hits."

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    Click here to check out the podcast on iTunes.

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  • Video: Spinning Heel Kick KO by Christine Stanley By: Sherdog.com


    Flyweight Christine Stanley scored a vicious, leaping spinning-heel kick knockout at Saturday’s Xplode Fight Series event in Valley Center, Calif. (Video courtesy of Team Hurricane Awesome)

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  • Sunday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Sunday



    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Henderson vs. Dos Anjos – Prelims From Tulsa, Okla.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Submissions
    The best submissions by UFC superstars.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Middleweight Title Timeline- Three pivotal fights that changed the face of the middleweight division.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Henderson vs. Dos Anjos – Prelims From Tulsa, Okla.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Henderson vs. Dos Anjos From Tulsa, Okla.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Fastest Knockouts Fastest finishes in MMA history.

    1:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Head-Kick Knockouts Spectacular head-kick knockouts.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Countdown
    UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Barao II - Behind the scenes before UFC 177.

    4:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Wired
    Joe Rogan hosts this UFC highlight show featuring some of the best bouts from years past.

    5:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Ultimate Submissions


    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Dillashaw On the Brink

    5:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Ultimate Submissions


    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC: Lawler vs. Brown
    From San Jose, Calif.

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia


    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Countdown
    UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Barao II Behind the scenes before UFC 177.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Presents Benson Henderson: Rising Up
    Benson Henderson's mother, brother, girlfriend, coach and Benson, himself, reveal the motivations and desires that drive him.

    11:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC on Sportsnet
    Benson Henderson vs. Rafael dos Anjos

    11:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet West: UFC on Sportsnet
    Benson Henderson vs. Rafael dos Anjos

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Benson Henderson vs. Rafael dos Anjos From Tulsa, Okla.

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  • Saturday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Saturday



    3:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Bader vs. Saint Preux – Prelims From the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.

    8:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Johny Hendricks - The untold story of UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks' Native American heritage.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Bader vs. Saint Preux From the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 144: Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson meet in UFC 144.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Presents Benson Henderson: Rising Up
    Benson Henderson's mother, brother, girlfriend, coach and Benson, himself, reveal the motivations and desires that drive him.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Ultimate Fighter Alumni Exciting finishes examined.

    2:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Head-Kick Knockouts Spectacular head-kick knockouts.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Weigh-In
    UFC: Henderson vs. Dos Anjos From Tulsa, Okla.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Prefight Show
    UFC: Henderson vs. Dos Anjos From Tulsa, Okla.

    7:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Ultimate Submissions


    7:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Ultimate Knockouts


    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Henderson vs. Dos Anjos – Prelims From Tulsa, Okla.

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Henderson vs. Dos Anjos – Prelims From Tulsa, Okla.

    10:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Henderson vs. Dos Anjos From Tulsa, Okla.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Henderson vs. Dos Anjos From Tulsa, Okla.

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