The busy weekend of MMA was kicked off with WSOF 21 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. TUF veteran Micheal Hill won his third straight fight in the promotion with a split decision win over fellow Welterweight Mark Drummond. Blagoi Ivanov claimed the Heavyweight title with a guillotine win that came at 1:17 of round 3 over former champion Smealinho Rama. Ivanov was able to sink in the choke after severely stunning Rama with crisp striking. In the main event Lance Palmer successfully defended his Featherweight belt for the first time with a win over Chris Horodecki. Palmer won via rear naked choke at 4:28 of round 1.
At RFA 26 Welterweight Marcus Edwards, a veteran of the MFC and Titan FC, won a unanimous decision over Thiago Alves Cavalcante Rodrigues. TUF veteran Gilbert Smith won the Welterweight title over Benjamin Smith with a quick, out of nowhere armbar at 3:27 of round 3.
Saying UFC Fight Night 68 was a good fight card would be a severe understatement. The event tied a promotion record for most first round finishes (7). Featherweight prospect Brian Ortega defeated Thiago Tavares by way of TKO at 4:10 of round 3. The fight was good enough to earn “Fight of the Night”. Dustin Poirier made a big move to Lightweight and defeated Yancy Medeiros via TKO at 2:38 of round 1. Heavyweight Ben Rothwell made another step up in the division with a first round front choke submission over Matt Mitrione at 1:54. And in the main event future hall of famer Dan Henderson had no problem defeating Tim Boetsch in a Middleweight contest. Henderson won via KO at just :28 of round 1.
The UFC has announced that Luke Rockhold will be next in line to fight Chris Weidman for the Middleweight belt. Also, in the Light Heavyweight division, Daniel Cormier will look to defend his title for the first time against Alxander Gustafsson.
The UFC has released 10 fighters which includes Flyweights Tim Elliot and Louis Gaudinot and Middleweight Dylan Andrews.