Hall of Famer Urijah Faber earns quickest KO in return struggle

“The Kid” has nonetheless acquired it. In his return from a 2½-year sabbatical, Urijah Faber continues so as to add to his UFC Hall of Fame legacy.

Faber picked up the quickest end of his MMA profession, knocking out prospect Ricky Simon in 46 seconds within the co-main occasion of UFC Sacramento on Saturday evening. Faber, who grew up within the space, was an enormous crowd favourite however an underdog within the sportsbooks because of the lengthy layoff. Faber “retired” in December 2016, however all the time meant on coming again in some unspecified time in the future.

He definitely made the return rely. Faber landed a large proper hand to Simon’s face early within the first spherical, flooring him. Faber pounced and landed massive pictures on the bottom till referee Mike Beltran pulled him off. It was the primary KO/TKO win for Faber since January 2007, when he beat Joe Pearson at WEC 25.

Afterward, Faber answered Henry Cejudo‘s problem from UFC 228 final month when Cejudo received the UFC bantamweight title.

“I think Henry Cejudo called me out a little bit ago,” Faber stated. “I heard Dana White said I was old. I know Dana White was old when he was 40, but I’m a young man.”

Turning the dialog again to Cejudo, Faber added: “I’m down to get down.”

Faber stated his comeback will proceed and he is hoping to problem for the title earlier than his Team Alpha Male protégés Cody Garbrandt and Song Yadong get into title competition. Garbrandt himself is a former bantamweight champion.

“It’s a hairy situation out there,” Faber stated. “I’ve gotta get it now before it’s too late.”

Faber (35-10) is a pioneer for the lighter weight courses in MMA, proving to people who athletes underneath 170 kilos can draw cash within the sport. “The California Kid” is tied for the second most bantamweight wins in UFC historical past with Raphael Assuncao (11). T.J. Dillashaw, a former Faber ward, is tops with 12.

Simon (15-2) was on an eight-fight profitable streak coming in. The 26-year-old Oregon native stays an up-and-coming fighter to be careful for within the 135-pound division.

Josh Emmett defeated Mirsad Bektić by first-round TKO

We discovered 4 months in the past towards Michael Johnson that Emmett had big-time energy in his fingers. On Saturday evening, we discovered simply how a lot.

Emmett rocked and dropped Bektic with a jab — that is proper, a jab — within the first spherical. With Bektic in massive hassle, Emmett swarmed on the bottom and landed massive pictures with Bektic turtled up. Referee Jason Herzog put a cease to the onslaught at 4:25 through TKO.

The crowd went loopy upon the end for Emmett, a Team Alpha Male product. The featherweight slugger jumped up on the cage to have fun afterward.

Emmett (15-2) has received two in a row and 4 of 5. The 34-year-old Arizona native was a +125 underdog. Emmett has rebounded after a brutal knockout loss final yr to Jeremy Stephens by knocking out Johnson and Bektic in back-to-back bouts. Bektic (13-2), a 28-year-old Bosnian fighter who lives in Illinois, was on a two-fight profitable streak.


Karl Roberson lands blows to the face of Wellington Turman within the third spherical, resulting in a split-decision victory. For extra UFC, enroll right here for ESPN+ http://plus.espn.com/ufc

Karl Roberson defeated Wellington Turman by cut up resolution

At the beginning, it appeared like Roberson would win in a stroll. Roberson appeared just like the stronger, extra highly effective and extra athletic fighter within the first spherical when he was slamming ground-and-pound on a susceptible Turman. The UFC debutant turned issues round, although. It simply wasn’t sufficient to select up a victory.

Roberson did simply sufficient, together with some arduous pictures with Turman on his again late within the third, to win through cut up resolution (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) in a middleweight bout. Turman had good moments within the second spherical and almost choked Roberson out within the third in what was a really shut bout.

Roberson (8-2) bounces again from a light-weight heavyweight loss to Glover Teixeira at UFC Brooklyn in January. The 28-year-old New Jersey native is 2-2 in his previous 4 fights. Turman (15-3), a 22-year-old Brazilian, had a four-fight profitable streak snapped.


Marvin Vettori and Cezar Ferreira ship sturdy headshots to at least one one other of their middleweight bout. For extra UFC, enroll right here for ESPN+ http://plus.espn.com/ufc

Marvin Vettori defeated Cezar Ferreira by unanimous resolution

Vettori misplaced worthwhile time over the previous yr courtesy of a six-month USADA suspension for a tainted complement. But he bounced again very properly right here, beating a sturdy Ferreira by unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) and fairly handily.

“If anybody out there is going through something wrong and it doesn’t feel right, keep f—ing going,” stated Vettori, who acquired a lowered suspension for a constructive drug take a look at for ostarine.

“I wanted to come out there and make a statement. I’m back.”

Vettori landed massive punches all through. Seemingly each time he blitzed in, the southpaw was in a position to land arduous mixtures. Ferreira’s face was busted up by halfway by way of the second spherical.

Vettori (14-4-1) had not fought since his loss to Israel Adesanya in April 2018. The 25-year-old Italian, who trains out of Kings MMA in California, is unbeaten in 9 of his previous 11 bouts. Ferreira (13-8), a 34-year-old Brazilian, is on a two-fight dropping streak.



John Allan traps Mike Rodriguez and lands a pair of knees and punches to Rodriguez’s core of their gentle heavyweight match. For extra UFC, enroll right here for ESPN+ http://plus.espn.com/ufc.

John Allan defeated Mike Rodriguez by unanimous resolution

Rodriguez may need thrown the more durable pictures on the ft. But there was little question who had the higher all-around sport right here. Allan was in a position to land on the ft, take Rodriguez down and threaten with a number of submission makes an attempt en path to a unanimous victory (29-28, 29-28, 30-27). Allan sealed the win with a takedown within the third after shrugging off a Rodriguez knee to the pinnacle.

Allan (14-5), making his UFC debut, has now received two in a row and 6 of his previous seven. The 26-year-old Brazilian was the largest underdog on the cardboard (+325). Rodriguez (10-4), a 20-year-old from Massachusetts, has misplaced two of three.



Andre Fili cranks two sturdy leg kicks on Sheymon Moraes of their of their featherweight struggle. For extra UFC, enroll right here for ESPN+ http://plus.espn.com/ufc.

Andre Fili defeated Sheymon Moraes by first-round knockout

Fili’s UFC profession has been full of begins and stops. Those who see him within the fitness center at Team Alpha Male have lengthy been ready for him to make a run that may reside as much as his large potential. That stretch may be right here now.

Fili knocked out Moraes, allegedly a greater striker, at 3:07 of the primary spherical in his adopted hometown of Sacramento. It was Fili’s first TKO/KO win since November 2015. Fili began it off with a depraved, right-hand-high-kick mixture. Then, with Moraes rocked, Fili took benefit of a sloppy mixture and put Moraes down for good with a proper hook.

Fili (20-7) has received two in a row and 4 of his previous 5. The 29-year-old, initially from Washington state, has been within the UFC for six years however appears to have now discovered his rhythm. Moraes (11-4), a 28-year-old Brazilian combating out of Los Angeles, has misplaced two straight.

“This sport will always be for kids like us,” the closely tattooed Fili stated. “Outcasts and underdogs — they can never take this from us.”



Julianna Pena and Nicco Montano go punch for punch with one another because the third spherical winds down. For extra UFC, enroll right here for ESPN+ http://plus.espn.com/ufc.

Julianna Pena defeated Nicco Montano by unanimous resolution

For a pair of girls who haven’t fought since 2017, this was a a lot better struggle than it had any proper to be.

In a back-and-forth, grappling-heavy bout, Peña bested Montaño, the previous UFC girls’s flyweight champion, by unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 29-27) in a bantamweight bout. Peña was in a position to get high place within the second and third rounds, dropping floor and pound and conserving management. Montaño had a wonderful first spherical, taking Peña down and opening up a lower close to her ear and a mouse beneath her left eye with elbows and punches.

Peña (9-3) had not fought since falling to Valentina Shevchenko in January 2017. “The Venezuelan Vixen,” who hails from Washington, recovered from accidents and had her first baby throughout that point off. Peña, 29, has received 5 of her previous six fights, all within the UFC. The solely loss got here towards Shevchenko. Peña was the primary feminine Ultimate Fighter winner in 2013.

Montaño (4-3) was coming off a 19-month layoff since beating Roxanne Modafferi to grow to be the primary UFC girls’s flyweight champion ever in December 2017. The New Mexico native acquired sick reducing weight earlier than UFC 228 in September 2018 and was subsequently stripped of the belt. Montaño, 30, has now misplaced two of three, not together with her Ultimate Fighter 26 exhibition victories.



Darren Elkins lands a tough punch earlier than touchdown ground-and-pound punches on Ryan Hall of their featherweight struggle. For extra UFC, enroll right here for ESPN+ http://plus.espn.com/ufc.

Ryan Hall defeated Darren Elkins by unanimous resolution

Hall rocked Elkins and dropped him with a spinning again kick to the pinnacle. He dropped Elkins twice with a straight left hand within the second spherical. On the ft, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu grasp outdid Elkins, and Elkins by no means adopted Hall into his area, the bottom.

Hall, who blended in spinning kicks with Imanari rolls and dropped to his again typically, picked up a unanimous resolution win (29-28, 29-28, 30-27). The crowd booed Hall afterward — Elkins calls native Team Alpha Male residence — however there was little question the grappling savant did greater than sufficient to win. Hall has one of the crucial distinctive video games in MMA, and it has but to be discovered within the UFC.

Hall (8-1) has received eight straight, together with all 4 of his fights within the UFC. The 34-year-old Virginia native misplaced as soon as on The Ultimate Fighter 22 in 2015, however he has not misplaced an official bout since his professional debut in 2006. Elkins (24-8), a 35-year-old Indiana native, has misplaced 4 in a row.



Jonathan Martinez lands two big-time knees to Liu Pingyuan of their bantamweight struggle. For extra UFC, enroll right here for ESPN+ http://plus.espn.com/ufc.

Jonathan Martinez defeated Liu Pingyuan by third-round knockout

More like Mart-knee-nez.

Liu swarmed in with a mixture, Martinez took a step ahead and threw a straight knee and it landed on the button — Liu was out chilly. The knockout end got here at 3:54 of the third spherical in a really shut struggle up till that time.

“I pretty much just picked my knee up,” Martinez stated. “I just picked it up.”

Martinez (11-2) has received two straight now and 4 of 5. The 25-year-old Texas resident is 2-1 within the UFC. Liu (15-5), a 26-year-old Chinese prospect, had received 10 in a row coming in.



Brianna Van Buren lands a flurry of punches on Livinha Souza of their strawweight struggle. For extra UFC, enroll right here for ESPN+ http://plus.espn.com/ufc.

Brianna Van Buren defeated Lívinha Souza by unanimous resolution

“The Bull” looks as if a future issue within the UFC girls’s strawweight division.

Van Buren dominated Souza in a battle of former Invicta FC girls’s strawweight champions in a transparent unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) victory. Van Buren landed heavy mixtures in all three rounds, took Souza down within the third and appeared like a well-rounded risk all through.

Afterward, Van Buren, a Gilroy, California, native, referred to as for a struggle on the upcoming UFC card that probably can be in San Francisco in October.

“It would be stupid if you didn’t get me on that card,” Van Buren stated. “I want a top-10. I know I’m asking for too much, so if you can give me whoever is willing to step up and fight me, let’s get the ball rolling.”

Van Buren (8-2) was making her debut after profitable three fights in a single evening to grow to be Invicta champion in May. The 25-year-old American Kickboxing Academy product has received 5 straight. Souza (13-2), the 28-year-old Brazilian, had received 4 in a row.



Vince Morales connects with a powerful punch on Benito Lopez after which pounces on him after he hits the deck. For extra UFC, enroll right here for ESPN+ http://plus.espn.com/ufc.

Benito Lopez defeated Vince Morales by unanimous resolution

Lopez’s technique was clearly centered on leg kicks. And he executed.

Despite being dropped within the first spherical and being peppered with mixtures, Lopez did sufficient for a unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) win over Morales in an in depth bout. According to UFC stats, Lopez landed 36 leg kicks. Morales, in the meantime, out-landed Lopez 34-7 in strikes to the pinnacle.

Lopez (10-1) bounced again from a loss to Manny Bermudez in December with this victory. The 25-year-old Team Alpha Male product acquired chants of “Benito” — as he was the hometown favourite. Morales (9-4), a 28-year-old Oregon native, has misplaced two of three within the UFC.