Zach Makovsky vs Joshua Sampo, Erik Koch vs Rafaello Oliveira Booked to UFC 170

Zach Makovsky

Zach Makovsky

  • 17-4 MMA / 1-0 UFC Record
  • 3 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Ed West, Scott Jorgensen, Claudio Ledesma

Joshua Sampo

Joshua Sampo

  • 11-2 MMA / 1-0 UFC Record
  • 5 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Ryan Benoit, Alexis Vila, Sam Thao

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Erik Koch

Erik Koch

  • 13-3 MMA / 2-2 UFC Record
  • 2 Fight Losing Streak
  • Notable Wins: Francisco Rivera, Raphael Assuncao, Jonathan Brookins

Rafaello Oliveira

Rafaello Oliveira

  • 17-7 MMA / 2-5 UFC Record
  • Lost 3 of Last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: John Gunderson, Bendy Casimir, Yoislandy Izquierdo

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UFC 170

February 22nd, 2014

Las Vegas, Nevada

Mandalay Bay Events Center

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Former Bellator bantamweight champion, Zach Makovsky impressed in his UFC debut, dominating from start to finish en route to a unanimous decision victory over Scott Jorgensen at UFC on FOX 9. He’s now won three straight fights since his release from Bellator in December of 2012.

Joshua Sampo extended his win streak to five, following a second round submission win over Ryan Benoit at the Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale. Other notable wins during the streak include a decision over UFC-veteran Antonio Banuelos and a submission victory over Bellator-veteran Alexis Vila.

Erik Koch will move up a weight class after a 2-2 record in the UFC’s featherweight division. He began his UFC tenure with two-straight victories over Rafael Assuncao and Jonathan Brookins, which earned him a title shot against Jose Aldo, but an injury kept him from competing in that scheduled match-up. Since his return, he’s lost back-to-back bouts, most recently a decision loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 164.

Rafaello Oliveira likely needs a win to keep his job with the UFC, following a pedestrian 2-5 record with the promotion. Most recently, at UFC 162, Oliveira was stopped by vicious leg kicks in the second round from Edson Barboza. His last victory came in July of 2012, earning a unanimous decision over Yoislandy Izquerdo.

The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale Quick Results

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Main Card:

  • Nate Diaz def. Gray Maynard via TKO (Punches) – Round 1, 2:38
  • Julianna Pena def. Jessica Rakoczy via TKO (Strikes) – Round 1, 4:59
  • Chris Holdsworth def. Davey Grant via Rear Naked Choke – Round 2, 2:10
  • Jessamyn Duke def. Peggy Morgan via Unanimous Decision
  • Raquel Pennington def. Roxanne Modafferi Unanimous Decision

Preliminary Card:

  • Akira Corassani def. Maximo Blanco via DQ (Illegal Knee) – Round 1, 0:25
  • Tom Niinimaki def. Rani Yahya via Split Decision
  • Jared Rosholt def. Walter Harris via Unanimous Decision
  • Sean Spencer def. Drew Dober via Unanimous Decision
  • Joshua Sampo def. Ryan Benoit via Rear Naked Choke – Round 2, 4:31

Chris Holdsworth vs Davey Grant Official for TUF 18 Tourney Finale; Joshua Sampo vs Ryan Benoit Added

Chris Holdsworth

Chris Holdsworth

  • 4-0 MMA / UFC Debut
  • 4 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Tyler Shinn

Davey Grant

Davey Grant

  • 8-1 MMA / UFC Record
  • 8 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: James Pennington

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Joshua Sampo

Josh Sampo

  • 10-2 MMA / UFC Debut
  • 4 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Czar Sklavos, Alexis Vila, Sam Thao

Ryan Benoit

Ryan Benoit

  • 7-2 MMA / UFC Debut
  • Won 5 of Last 6 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Joseph Sandoval, Cody Fuller

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The Ultimate FIghter 18 FInale

November 30th, 2013

Las Vegas, Nevada

Mandalay Bay Events Center

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Alpha Male product, Chris Holdsworth earned a spot in this year’s Ultimate Fighter men’s 135-pound tournament finale, with two first round submission victories over Chris Beal and Michael Wooten. Officially, he’s 4-0 in his young mixed martial arts career, with all four wins coming by submission.

UK fighter, Davey Grant got the other spot in the tourney finale with a second round submission win over Louis Fisette, and then a bye in the semifinals after Anthony Guttierez failed to make weight. He’s 8-1 on his official record, including a first round submission win over fellow prospect James Pennington at a Shock n Awe event in July of last year.

Joshua Sampo signed with the UFC on the heels of a current four-fight win streak, which includes a fifth round submission victory over Alexis Vila to win the inaugural Championship Fighting Alliance flyweight title. Last month, he defended the title with a unanimous decision win over Sam Thao at CFA 9.

Ryan Benoit makes his UFC debut with a professional record of 7-2, since his debut in March of 2009. Most recently, Benoit stopped Cody Fuller in the first round at Legacy Fighting Championships 24 last month. He’s won five of his last six bouts, with the loss being a unanimous decision defeat against current MFC bantamweight champion, Anthony Birchak at MFC 37.

Championship Fighting Alliance 12 Quick Results

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Main Card:

  • Joshua Sampo def. Sam Thao via Unanimous Decision
  • Efrain Escudero def. Luis Palomino via Unanimous Decision
  • Ashlee Evans-Smith def. Fallon Fox via TKO (Punches) – Round 3, 3:15
  • Valdir Araujo def. Romario Manoel da Silva via Guillotine Choke – Round 2, 4:09
  • Yoisdenis Cedeno def. Torrance Taylor via Split Decision

Preliminary Card:

  • Sabah Homasi def. Michael Trujillo via TKO (Head Kick and Punches) – Round 1, 4:25
  • Colby Covington def. Jose Caceres via Unanimous Decision
  • Leo Valdivia def. Felix Penalver via Unanimous Decision
  • Bentley Syler def. Wascar Cruz via Unanimous Decision
  • Diego Peclat def. Rico Farrington via Unanimous Decision

Joshua Sampo vs Sam Thao Headlines CFA 12

Josh Sampo

Joshua Sampo

  • 9-2 MMA Record
  • 3 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Czar Sklavos, Antonio Banuelos, Alexis Vila

Sam Thao

Sam Thao

  • 7-1 MMA Record
  • 4 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Nate Williams

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CFA 12

October 12, 2013

Coral Gables, Florida

BankUnited Center

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Current Card:

  • Joshua Sampo (9-2) vs Sam Thao (7-1)
  • Efrain Escudero (20-7) vs Luis Palomino (21-8)
  • Valdir Araujo (13-4) vs Romario Manoel da Silva (23-10-1)
  • Fallon Fox (3-0) vs Ashlee Evans-Smith (1-0)
  • Yosdenis Cedeno (8-2) vs Torrance Taylor (13-7-1)

Legacy Fighting Championships 14 Quick Results

 

Full Card:

  • Jeff Rexroad def. Lucas Pimenta Borges via Triangle Choke – Round 2, 3:17
  • Joshua Sampo def. Antonio Banuelos via Unanimous Decision
  • Steven Peterson def. Cody Williams via Omoplata – Round 2, 4:46
  • Derrick Krantz def.  Brandon Farran via Rear Naked Choke – Round 1, 1:11
  • Lester Batres def. Jonathan Harris via KO (Knee and Punches) – Round 1, 2:11
  • Matt Schnell def. Ryan Hollis via Split Decision
  • Darrion Caldwell def. David Armas via Unanimous Decison
  • Charles Ontiveros def. Anthony Tatum via Unanimous Decision
  • Terrance Ferguson def. Patrick Hutton via Rear Naked Choke – Round 1, 0:00
  • Kaleb Cummins def. Patrick Greene via Guillotine Choke – Round 3, 0:00