TUF 26 Episode 6 Recap: Barb Honchak Stops Gillian RobertsonFormer Invicta FC champion Barb “Little Warrior” Honchak showed no signs of ring rust in her dominant win during tonight’s sixth episode of The Ultimate Fighter 26: “A New World Champion.” Honchak earned Team Alvarez’s third victory by stopping Gillian “The Savage” Robertson of Team Gaethje.

Honchak, who had not fought since successfully defending her Invicta FC Flyweight Championship in November 2014, showed why she is considered as a favourite to win TUF 26 with her performance tonight. She overcame Robertson’s submission attempts en route to a second-round TKO triumph.

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TUF 26 Episode 5 Recap: Sijara Eubanks Submits Maia StevensonSkilled grappler Sijara “Sarj” Eubanks advanced on to the next round with a dominant victory during tonight’s fifth episode of The Ultimate Fighter 26: “A New World Champion.” Team Alvarez’s Eubanks easily dispatched of Team Gaethje fighter Maia Kahaunaele-Stevenson with a second-round kimura.

Eubanks, who felt that her #12 ranking was not indicative of her talent, struggled with a tough weight cut but ultimately made weight for her fight. She proved that she was a far superior fighter to the #5-ranked Stevenson and controlled the bout on the mat before securing the submission finish.

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Jéssica Andrade, Syuri Kondo Score Big Wins At UFC Fight Night 117Top strawweight contender Jéssica “Bate Estaca” Andrade made a strong case for another shot at UFC gold with a dominant Unanimous Decision win tonight at UFC Fight Night 117: “St. Preux vs Okami” in Saitama, Japan. Andrade dismantled Claudia “Claudinha” Gadelha in the co-main event.

Gadelha, who also previously challenged unsuccessfully for the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship, got off to a strong start in round one, but she was soundly beaten on the feet and on the ground as the bout progressed. Also tonight, Syuri Kondo edged out Chanmi “Ottogi Girl” Jeon.

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TUF 26 Episode 4 Recap: Nicco Montano Upsets Lauren MurphyUnderrated prospect Nicco Montano scored the biggest win of her career during tonight’s fourth episode of The Ultimate Fighter 26: “A New World Champion.” The talented flyweight, representing Team Gaethje, upset the heavily favoured Lauren Murphy of Team Alvarez via Unanimous Decision.

Team Gaethje increased its lead to 3-1 over Team Alvarez with Montano’s victory. She controlled the striking battles in both rounds of the bout tonight and thwarted all but one of Murphy’s takedown attempts. Montano was rewarded for her efforts and advanced on to the next round with the win.

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Reina Miura, Emi Fujino & Kanako Murata Win At Deep: 79th ImpactRising star “King” Reina Miura stayed unbeaten with a dominant first-round stoppage victory tonight in featured action at Deep: “79th Impact” in Tokyo, Japan. The charismatic Miura finished South Korean newcomer Young Ji Kim with an armbar late in round one of a 161-pound catchweight bout.

Elsewhere on the card, long-time strawweight contender Emi “Kamikaze Angel” Fujino cruised to an easy first-round submission win against an overmatched Hyun Ju Baek, and standout wrestler Kanako Murata took a three-round Unanimous Decision victory over Yukari Nabe at 121 pounds.

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TUF 26 Episode 3 Recap: Montana Stewart Submits Ariel BeckTalented grappler Montana Stewart showcased her slick submission skills en route to a quick victory during tonight’s third episode of The Ultimate Fighter 26: “A New World Champion.” Team Gaethje’s Stewart finished Team Alvarez representative Ariel Beck with a first-round Brabo choke.

Coach Eddie Alvarez tried to motivate and inspire Beck, who struggled with her confidence prior to the fight, and she fared well on the feet in the early striking exchanges. Stewart wisely took the fight to the mat, where she dominated the action until she was able to secure the fight-ending choke.

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Nunes Retains Title, Vieira & Moras Win Big At UFC 215 In EdmontonUFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda “Lioness” Nunes retained her title with a narrow Split Decision victory tonight at UFC 215: “Nunes vs Shevchenko 2” in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Nunes edged out rival Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko in their five-round main event rematch.

In other bantamweight action earlier on tonight’s preliminary card, Ketlen “Fenômeno” Vieira earned the biggest victory of her career by submitting former UFC title challenger Sara McMann, and Canadian standout Sarah “Cheesecake” Moras returned with a big win over Ashlee Evans-Smith.

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UFC 215: “Nunes vs Shevchenko 2” Live Play-By-Play & ResultsThe Ultimate Fighting Championship came to Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada tonight for UFC 215: “Nunes vs Shevchenko 2.” The event was headlined by a UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship rematch between Amanda “Lioness” Nunes and Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko.

With injuries resulting in late changes to the card, tonight’s co-main event featured a welterweight showdown between Neil Magny and former 155-pound champion Rafael dos Anjos. Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo battled Wilson Reis at flyweight. MMARising.com has live play-by-play for the card.

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