The final pay-per-view for 2018 for the UFC comes as UFC 232 comes live with The Forum in Los Angeles.
The main event includes a rematch in five years, when John Jones and Alexander Gustafsson will meet again for the light heavyweight title.
In one of the main events – lightweight champion Amanda Nunes, who rose in weight to challenge featherweight owner Chris "Cyborg" Justino.
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Jones and Gustafsson met at UFC 165 in September 2013, and Jones won thanks to a narrow decision, which would be not only the most difficult test of Jones, but also the best battle in the history of the division and one of the greatest battles in the octagon.
Since then, everything has changed dramatically.
UFC 232 will only be the fifth time that Jones (22-1 without competition) has competed since the first fight. Jones was arrested in 2015 for taking part in a traffic accident with a pregnant woman and fleeing a crime scene. Jones failed two drug tests, including one before his last fight at UFC 214 in July 2017, which he received as a light heavyweight in the third round by Daniel Cormier's knockout. According to the latest violations, Jones received a 15-month suspension.
Gustafsson (18-4) has not fought too much since his first fight with Jones. However, unlike Jones, Gustavsson's break in sports is due to a number of injuries. Swedish fighter fought only five times, 3-2. One of these lesions came from the Cormier split at UFC 192 in October 2015.
The clash between Nunes and Cyborg is the first time that two current women champions fight.
Cyborg (20-1 without competition) rolls into UFC 232 on one of the greatest races in MMA history. Since Erika Paes lost her debut fight in May 2005, Cyborg has remained unbeaten in 21 battles, 17 of which have been stopped.
Not to be left behind, Nunes (16–4) is at an impressive distance, winning seven consecutive battles, including one-time victories over Tie Miyoshey and Rhonda Rauzi.
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Looking at UFC 232, this is probably the best card of the year. You have two of the best female wrestlers on the planet who fight for their place in the MMA hierarchy as the queen of MMA and possibly the greatest female fighter of all time.
Then the return of John Jones. Do you like him, Jones, perhaps the best MMA fighter to wear four-ounce gloves. Add to this the fact that Gustafsson is the guy who gave Jones the battle of his life and put him on the brink of defeat, and this card is a must-have event.
This is definitely a great way to end the year for MMA fans.
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UFC 232 results
10:48 pm.: The next in UFC 232 took 5th place Ilir Latifi, who took 10th place Corey Anderson at light heavyweight. Latifi (14-5, one without competition) comes with some dynamics, having won five of his last six appearances, while Anderson bounced off three of four, and now wins his last two. Who will break out of the deck and cement themselves as a contender for 205 pounds?
Alexander Volkanovsky goes into the fight for a featherweight title, stopping Chad Mendez in the second round
10:38 pm: Volkanovsky def. Mendez by technical knockout at 4:14 of round two. Great performance Volkanovsky. He finished Mendez with a sharp left hand to the body, and then went to the temple to split Mendez, and the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
After a good show of boxing from both guys in the first round, the same thing happened in the second round. Mendez shook Volkanovsky with his right hand and scored a couple of punches, but the 30-year-old player withstood the shot and easily got up every time.
Mendez is one of the strongest strikes and the best fighters in the division, and Volkanovsky showed that he could withstand these storms and still exert excessive pressure. New rival appeared on 145 pounds. It will be interesting to see with whom the UFC will put the Australian in line.
10:27 pm.: Cheerful first round. Good blow from Mendez and Volkanovsky. Mendez began to tire at the end of the round, and Volkanovsky – a ball of fire. Something to watch out for as the fight goes on.
10:14 p.m.: Chad Mendez and Alexander Volkanovsky, the peninsula, will start from the main UFC 232 card. No. 5 Mendez (18-4) returned with vengeance in July after his dismissal 2 1/2 years, when he destroyed the Miles jury with a technical knockout in the first round. No. 10 took the first place by Volkanovsky (18-1) by storm, starting his UFC career with a 5-0 record and winning streak of 15 fights in general. Something should give here. Can Mendez maintain his position at 145 pounds or the new guard begins to seize.
9:58 pm: Walt Harris defense Andrei Arlovsky split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28). In addition to the terrible result for Arlovsky, it was a dense festival, which is a bit surprising, considering that these are heavyweights. Harris' biggest career win.
9:47 pm: One of the worst rounds of this year in the second round. All that Harris and Arlovsky did was circling in a cage and swooning. They have to pick him up in the third round.
9:30 pm.: The time for the shown preliminary stage at UFC 232 is heavyweights Andrei Arlovsky and Walt Harris. Arlovski, who took 13th place (27-17), has recently been uneven, 2: 2 in the last four, including losing one-on-one in a battle. Like Arlovsky, Harris (11-7) was also on runners, losing two of his last three. Something should give here. Does the former UFC heavyweight champion have another run, or can Harris provoke frustration and make a name for himself at the expense of Arlovsky?
9:14 pm: Megan Anderson def. Cat Zingano technical knockout at 1:01 of the first round. The unusual circumstance that ended it. Anderson hit hard to the left, and her toe hit the Zingano eyeball. Zingano turned immediately, as if something was wrong, and Judge Mark Goddard quickly called the fight, realizing that Zingano could not continue. The correct call from Goddard. It is a pity that everything went well, given that many were also waiting for this fight. Do not think that victory means a lot to Anderson, because it ended the way it was.
9:04 p.m.: Then at UFC 232, Megan Anderson meets with Kat Zingano in a women's featherweight battle. Anderson, (8-3), the former title holder of Invicta FC Featherweight Champion, suffered an unsuccessful UFC debut at UFC 225 when she lost a unilateral decision to Holly Holm. Zingano (10-3) debuts at 145 pounds after welterweight and lightweight competitions all his career. The winner will most likely be in line to meet with the winner of the joint event between Chris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes.
8:52 pm: Peter Jan def. Douglas de Andrade by TKO at 5:00 of the second round. Corner de Andrade told the referee and the doctor of the ring that their boyfriend could no longer continue. Jan struck a brutal blow to the second half of the round with barrage with sharp elbows, and de Andrade did not find a way out. It's nice to see your fighter in the corner. Too often we see that these men and women accept unnecessary punishment. I hope this is the beginning of the trend. An impressive display from Jan. Good hands, good wrestling and good stamina. A 25-year-old player to be reckoned with weighs 135 pounds, as he has now won six in a row.
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8:30 pm: Right now at UFC 232, Douglas Silva de Andrade, who took 14th place, is fighting Peter the Great in lightweight weight. After hitting the UFC after losing 22 fights, de Andrade (25-2, one without competition) with a score of 3-2 at the UFC. Yana (10-1) for five straight victories. de Andrade and Jan were to meet in August, but de Andrade came out with a leg injury. An interesting match between the two prospects for 135 pounds.
8:21 pm: Ryan Hall def. BJ Penn through the pitch (heel) at 2:46 of the first round. With a crafty finish by Hall, when he threw a light outer kick, he grabbed Penn's leg, turned his leg in a tight grip, and grabbed his leg. One turn, and Penn immediately went down. Give me a ton of merit to Hall. He remained mostly on earth and tried to bring Penn into his world. When he finally got the legendary fighter there, it was all over and his winning streak was increased to seven. For Penn, this must be the end. I don't care who you are. Six consecutive losses you either cut, or it's time to retire. Pennu has nothing to prove to anyone. He is one of the greatest men of all time, and deserves to be remembered for what he did to put sport on the map instead of who it is today.
8:00 pm: Welcome to the UFC 232 Sport News Live Stream. Beginning is BJ Penn, playing with Ryan Hall at lightweight. Penn (16-12-2), a former welterweight and welterweight champion, is in dire need of victory, losing five battles in a row. Having lost his first career fight, Hall (6-1) won six wins in a row. Hall – a specialist in submission, who likes to fight with the mat. It is strange to see the Hall of Fame competing in the preliminary stages. He returned to his natural weight class for the first time since 2010, so, did the first UFC champion in two divisions have anything left, or is that a torch passing?
UFC 232 combat card
- John Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson for vacant light heavyweight title
- Chris Cyborg (c) vs Amanda Nunes (c) for the Cyborg women's featherweight title
- Carlos Condit against Michael Chiesa; average weight
- Ilir Latifi vs Corey Anderson; Light heavyweight
- Chad Mendez against Alexander Volkanovsky; feather-weight
- Andrei Arlovski vs Walt Harris; heavyweight
- Cat Zingano vs. Megan Anderson; Women's Featherweight Championship
- Douglas Silva de Andrade vs Peter Jan; lightest weight
- BJ Penn vs. Ryan Hall; lightweight
- Brian Kelleher vs. Montel Jackson; lightest weight
- Andre Ewell v. Nathaniel Wood; lightest weight
- Uriah Hall vs. Bevon Lewis; Average weight
- Curtis Millender vs. Siyar Bahadurzad; average weight
UFC 232 latest news
– John Jones explains to Sporting News that the dominant performance against Alexander Gustafsson is of paramount importance.
– Amanda Nunez tells S.N. why the victory over Chris Cyborg makes her the greatest female fighter of all time.
– Jones is considered by many the greatest fighter in the history of MMA. But his career is the same as the man who has the greatest career at home running into a major league baseball game.
– At UFC 232 in the spotlight is a lot of great fighters. We explain why Alexander Volkanovsky should follow this.
– Want to make some money? What should you bet on in the main event of UFC 232?