Raphael Assuncao vs Francisco Rivera, Stephen Thompson vs Robert Whittaker Booked for UFC 170

Raphael Assuncao

Raphael Assuncao

  • 21-4-0 MMA / 5-1 UFC Record
  • 5 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Yves Jabouin, Mike Easton, TJ Dillashaw

Francisco Rivera

Francisco Rivera

  • 10-2 MMA / 3-1 UFC Record
  • 5 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Edwin Figueroa, Antonio Duarte, George Roop

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Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson

  • 8-1 MMA / 3-1 UFC Record
  • 2 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Dan Stittgen, Nah-Shon Burrell, Chris Clements

Robert Whittaker

Robert Whittaker

  • 11-3 MMA / 2-1 UFC Record
  • Won 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Ben Alloway, Colton Smith, Bradley Scott

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UFC 170

February 22nd, 2014

Las Vegas, Nevada

Mandalay Bay Events Center

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Raphael Assuncao may be a win or two away from a title shot following a razor-thin, somewhat controversial split decision win over TJ Dillashaw at UFC Fight Night 29. He’s now a perfect 5-0 as a bantamweight, including other key wins over Johnny Eduardo and Mike Easton.

Francisco Rivera extended his current win streak to five at UFC Fight Night 31, stopping George Roop in the second round by TKO. He was released from the UFC in June of 2011, following a submission loss to Reuben Duran at the Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale, but was brought back after two wins under the Tachi Palace Fights banner.

The evolution of Stephen Thompson into a complete mixed martial artist, took another big step at UFC 165, showing much-improved wrestling which led to a second round TKO victory over Chris Clements.  That’s now two straight victories in the octagon since his loss to Matt Brown in April of last year, also earning a unanimous decision win over Nah-Shon Burrell at UFC 160.

Ultimate Fighter: Smashes welterweight winner, Robert Whittaker suffered his first loss in the UFC at Fight Night 27, ending up on the losing side of a hard-fought split decision against Court McGee. The loss snapped a two-fight win streak, which included wins over Brad Scott and Colton Smith.

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Robert Whittaker vs Brian Melancon Added to UFC Fight Night 33

Robert Whittaker

 

Robert Whittaker

  • 11-3 MMA / 2-1 UFC Record
  • Won 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Ben Alloway, Colton Smith, Bradley Scott

Brian Melancon

 

Brian Melancon

  • 7-3 MMA / 1-1 UFC Record
  • Won 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Todd Moore, Seth Baczynski, Felipe Portela

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UFC Fight Night 33

December 7th, 2013

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Brisbane Entertainment Centre

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Ultimate Fighter: Smashes welterweight winner, Robert Whittaker suffered his first loss in the UFC at Fight Night 27, ending up on the losing side of a hard-fought split decision against Court McGee. The loss snapped a two-fight win streak, which included wins over Brad Scott and Colton Smith.

Brian Melancon proved ring rust isn’t always a factor in his UFC debut, upsetting Seth Baczynski with a first round knockout victory after nearly a two-year layoff from the sport. His sophomore appearance in the octagon didn’t go as well against Ultimate Fighter 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum, submitting to a rear naked choke at the halfway mark of the first round at UFC Fight Night 27.

UFC Fight Night 27 Quick Results

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Main Card:

  • Carlos Condit def. Martin Kampmann via TKO (Strikes) – Round 4, 0:54
  • Rafael dos Anjos def. Donald Cerrone via Unanimous Decision
  • Kelvin Gastelum def. Brian Melancon via Rear Naked Choke – Round 1, 2:26
  • Court McGee def. Robert Whittaker via Split Decision
  • Takeya Mizugaki def. Erik Perez via Split Decision
  • Brad Tavares def. Robert McDaniel via Unanimous Decision

Preliminary Card:

  • Dylan Andrews def. Papy Abedi via TKO (Punches) – Round 3, 1:32
  • Brandon Thatch def. Justin Edwards via TKO (Punches) – Round 1, 1:23
  • Darren Elkins def. Hatsu Hioki via Unanimous Decision
  • Jason High def. James Head via Guillotine Choke – Round 1, 1:41
  • Zak Cummings def. Ben Alloway via D’Arce Choke – Round 1, 4:19
  • Roger Bowling vs. Abel Trujillo declared No Contest (Unintentional Illegal Knee) – Round 2, 4:57

Court McGee vs Robert Whittaker, Justin Edwards vs Brandon Thatch Booked for UFC on FOX Sports 1 2

Court McGee

 

Court McGee

  • 14-3 MMA / 4-2 UFC Record
  • Lost 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Kris McCray, Josh Neer, Dongi Yang

Robert Whittaker

 

Robert Whittaker

  • 11-2 MMA / 2-0 UFC Record
  • 2 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Ben Alloway, Colton Smith, Bradley Scott

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Justin Edwards

Justin Edwards

  • 8-2 MMA / 2-2 UFC Record
  • Won 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Daniel Stittgen, Jorge Lopez, Josh Neer

Brandon Thatch

 

Brandon Thatch

  • 9-1 MMA / UFC Debut
  • 8 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Chidi Njokuani

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UFC on FOX Sports 1 2

August 28th, 2013

Indianapolis, Indiana

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

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Court McGee snapped a tw0-fight losing streak with a dominant unanimous decision victory over Josh Neer at UFC 157 in his welterweight debut. After beginning his UFC career 3-0, McGee lost back-to-back decisions against Costa Phillippou and Nick Ring.

Rising star, Robert Whittaker improved to 2-0 inside the octagon, defeating fellow Ultimate Fighter winner Colton Smith via third round TKO at UFC 160. Whittaker defeated Brad Scott in his UFC debut to become the first winner of TUF: Smashes, which pitted Australian fighters against UK fighters.

Last time in the cage, Justin Edwards put together his most impressive performance to date, needing just 45-seconds to submit Josh Neer with a guillotine choke. It was his second win in the UFC, also defeating Jorge Lopez via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 25. Edwards has also lost decisions against Clay Harvison and John Maguire during his tenure in the UFC.

Brandon Thatch makes his highly-anticipated UFC debut on the heels of an eight-fight win streak dating back to January of 2009. Most recently, Thatch submitted Mike Rhodes in the first round at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 7. All nine of his career victories have come by stoppages (6 TKO, 3 Submission).

UFC 160 Quick Results

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Main Card:

  • Cain Velasquez def. Antonio Silva via TKO (Punches) – Round 1, 1:21
  • Junior dos Santos def. Mark Hunt via KO (Wheel Kick, Punch) – Round 3, 4:19
  • Glover Teixeira def. James Te Huna via Guillotine Choke  – Round 1, 2:38
  • T.J. Grant def. Gray Maynard via TKO (Strikes) – Round 1, 2:07
  • Donald Cerrone def. K.J. Noons via Unanimous Decision

Preliminary Card:

  • Mike Pyle def. Rick Story via Split Decision
  • Dennis Bermudez def. Max Holloway via Split Decision
  • Robert Whittaker def. Colton Smith via TKO (Strikes) – Round 3, 0:41
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Abel Trujillo via Unanimous Decision
  • Stephen Thompson def. Nah-Shon Burrell via Unanimous Decision
  • George Roop def. Brian Bowles via TKO (Punches) – Round 2, 1:43
  • Jeremy Stephens defeats Estevan Payan via Unanimous Decision

Robert Whittaker vs Colton Smith Added to UFC 160

Robert Whittaker

 

Robert Whittaker

  • 10-2 MMA / 1-0 UFC Record
  • Won 3 of Last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Ben Alloway, Shaun Spooner, Bradley Scott

Colton Smith

 

Colton Smith

  • 3-1 MMA / 1-0 UFC Record
  • Won 3 of Last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Mike Ricci

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UFC 160

May 25th, 2013

Las Vegas, Nevada

MGM Grand Garden Arena

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Robert Whittaker became the TUF: Smashes welterweight winner with a one-sided unanimous decision victory over Bradley Scott at UFC on FX 6. He’s won three out his last four fights, including two TKO victories and a unanimous decision loss to Jesse Juarez.

Colton Smith earned the upset victory over Mike Ricci at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale, becoming the latest to win the TV show’s 16-man tournament. The former Army ranger is now 3-1 in his mixed martial arts career, with to submission victories on his resume.

UFC on FX 6 Quick Results

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Main Card

  • Ross Pearson def. George Sotiropolous via TKO (Punches) – Round 3, 0:41
  • Robert Whittaker def. Brad Scott via Unanimous Decision
  • Norman Parke def. Colin Fletcher via Unanimous Decision
  • Hector Lombard def. Rousimar Palhares via KO (Punches) – Round 1, 3:38

Preliminary Card

  • Chad Mendes def. Yaotzin Meza via KO (Punch) – Round 1, 1:55
  • Joey Beltran def. Igor Pokrajac via Unanimous Decision
  • Mike Pierce def. Seth Baczynski via Unanimous Decision
  • Ben Alloway def. Manny Rodriguez via KO (Kick and Punches) – Round 1, 4:57
  • Mike Wilkinson def. Brendan Loughnane via Unanimous Decision
  • Cody Donovan def. Nick Penner via TKO (Punches) – Round 1, 4:35