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UFC 161 Results – Recapping The UFC’s Debut In Winnipeg With UFC 161 Card

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UFC 161 Results

It took long enough, but the Ultimate Fighting Championship finally arrived in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada for its first-ever event at the MTS Centre, and while sportsbook reviews readers from the city were teased with potential fights cancelled because of injuries, there were still a handful of notables that made the event worth watching. While it didn’t feature the same number of stoppages as the UFC on Fuel TV 10, and didn’t seem to have as many big names as some other events, there was a lot on the line and it began with the first heavyweight fight on the main card.

UFCIt was somewhat ironic that the first fight on the main card would be the only one that ended in a knockout, as Shawn Jordan needed just 59 seconds to take out Pat Barry. Jordan has now won consecutive fights to open the year with each of his two wins coming via knockout, the latest of which earned him nice Knockout of the Night and win bonuses. Jordan still has a good distance to climb if he is ever going to be considered a legitimate contender in the division, but the price per head result was a positive one.

Next up was the second women’s bout in UFC history, and it was nothing at all like the first. Alexis Davis and Rosi Sexton went the full three rounds before Davis was declared the winner by unanimous decision, and the hometown fans loved to see the Canadian come out on top. Davis has now strung together three-straight sports betting wins, and it will be interesting to see whom she takes on next in the women’s division.

The next two fights each also ended up in a unanimous decision, with Ryan Jimmo beating Igor Pokrajac and Stipe Miocic finally ending Roy Nelson’s run. While Jimmo’s win was an excellent way to bounce back following a live betting loss to James Te-Huna, the bigger surprise was seeing Nelson’s run of three-straight wins come to an end. The 30-year old Miocic did an excellent job of picking his spots and avoided getting caught by Nelson’s powerful punches, bouncing back from a loss to Stefan Struve.

It may not have been a championship bout, but the main event was the line in the sand for two fighters with title aspirations. Rashad Evans barely came out on top in a split decision win over Dan Henderson, effectively keeping him in the UFC Light Heavyweight title picture while pretty much eliminating any small chance that Henderson would have been able to contend for the championship. Some felt that Evans was fortunate to escape with the win, but the bottom line now is he will be facing much tougher competition as he attempts to prove he is a legitimate title contender, and he must be able to step up again. For all of the latest UFC news and betting odds, be sure to check out the best sports betting sites.

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