SUNDAY NEWS DIGEST 11/26: Bisping plans to retire after UFC Fight Night 127, Goddard on point deductions, ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit results, Cage Warriors 89 results


Bisping still plans to retire after UFC Fight Night 127

Getting slept by Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122 hasn’t deterred the former champion from competing at and retiring after UFC Fight 127 which takes place in London in March.  He had this to say during his post-fight interview.

“Kelvin’s a great guy, but unfortunately, it’s going to take a bigger pile of sh*t than him to get rid of me.

“I just want to say congratulations to Kelvin Gastelum. Job well done tonight – thank you all for being here. I was enjoying myself. He caught me with a good shot. God bless Kelvin. He’s young. I’ve been doing this for a long time, man. I’m getting old. God bless you all for being here. Thank you.”

Marc Goddard on point deductions

Referee Marc Goddard was on the MMA Hour and talked about why referees are so hesitant to take points away from fighters.

“What we look for with fouls is a detrimental effect on the fight.

“Referees get enough heat for possibly over-interacting with fighters. “The first [problem] in verbalizing and calling out every single infraction that happened in a fight, we’d get toasted, we’d get roasted and people don’t want to see the ref again. We have to let the fight ebb and flow and keep its natural rhythm. My job — a referee’s job — is there to see if something happened, a foul in particular, we’re looking for a visible impact or effect on that fight. If it does, that’s when we step in and deal with it.

“The severity of point deduction depends on was it their first warning, was the guy injured, was it intentional, was it unintentional?

“I hope I’m not laboring the point, but what I’m trying to say essentially is, point deductions are a major thing in fights. Sometimes fighters are doing innocuous things without realizing it and we have to be sure.”

ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit results

Main Card

Ben Askren over Shinya Aoki by TKO (0:57 of Round 1)

Amir Khan over Adrian Pang by Unanimous Decision

Leandro Issa over Dae Hwan Kim by Unanimous Decision

May Ooi over Vy Srey Khouch by Submission – Rear Naked Choke (3:58 of Round 1)

Ahmed Mujtaba over Li Kai Wen by Disqualification – Illegal Strikes

Tiffany Teo over Puja Tomar by Submission – Armbar (4:07 of Round 1)

Mei Yamaguchi over Gina Iniong by Unanimous Decision


Arnaud Lepont over Richard Corminal by Submission – Arm Triangle Choke (3:16 of Round 1)

Muhammad Aiman over Yang Fei by Unanimous Decision

Miao Li Tao over Sim Bunsrun by TKO (1:49 of Round 1)

Cage Warriors 89 results

Dominique Steele over Karl Amoussou by Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-27)

Cindy Dandois over Kerry Hughes by TKO – Strikes (1:53 of Round 1)

Mauro Cerilli over Nills van Noord by TKO – Strikes (2:24 of Round 1)

Tommy Depret over John Maguire by TKO –  (3:10 of Round 3)

Jack Shore over Ayton De Paepe by Submission – Rear Naked Choke (3:04 of Round 1)


MMA Notebook

Former UFC fighter Tae Hyun Bang received a ten month jail sentence from the Seoul Central District Court for fixing his fight against Leo Luntz at UFC Fight Night 79.


Fight Announcements

Thiago Santos vs. Anthony Smith is set for UFC Fight Night 125

Danielle Taylor vs. JJ Aldrich is set for UFC Fight Night 124

Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Henry Corrales is set for Bellator 192

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