Here is the Cast Of TUF 18. Airing Sept 4th ON FS1
Here is the Cast Of TUF 18. Airing Sept 4th ON FS1
Date: September 7, 2013
Location: Uncasville, Connecticut
Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena
Broadcast: Spike TV, Spike.com
MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 8 p.m. ET)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 6 p.m. ET)
The UFC heads back to Brazil yet again as Glover Teixeira finally gets the spotlight against Ryan Bader in the main event of UFC Fight Night 28 on Sept. 4.
UFC Fight Night 28 features a fairly well-rounded card with quite a few match-ups of contrasting styles. This isn’t a card driven by name recognition, and most fans in rest of the world will undoubtedly only be familiar with a handful of the guys fighting. The focus will be on Teixeira as he looks to stake a claim for a shot at the light heavyweight belt. A win over Bader should put him next in line to do just that. Other notable names on the card include Yushin Okami, Joseph Benavidez, Jussier “Formiga” da Silva and Rafael Natal.
Here are my Preview & Predictions for the UFCFN28 Main Card & Predictions for the Prelims:-
Ryan Bader (15-3) #11 vs. Glover Teixeira (21-2) #2
At one time, Bader was in the top 10 of the division. However, a recent loss to LyotoMachida, and Chael Sonnen moving up a weight class, has pushed Bader just outside of the Top 10 UFC rankings. Teixeira, ranked No. 2, is on the brink of a title shot. A win against Bader and he is in line for the next shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Glover Teixeira is poised to fight for the belt, and a headlining win over Ryan Bader is his ticket to do just that. Teixeira burst onto the UFC scene last year and has continued to do what he does best—win. Teixeira has rattled off 19 consecutive wins and has showed us he is more than just a one-trick pony. Bader has solid wrestling and big power in his hands. That makes him a live dog in this fight. It will always give him a chance. Bader, like Teixeira, is well-rounded and can win a fight anywhere. Unfortunately for Bader, he is overmatched against Teixeira in everything but wrestling. This is a fight that should highlight all Teixeira to make him look like the title contender that he is. It is a bad stylistic matchup for the Arizona State product. Teixeira has never been truly knocked out, whereas Bader was knocked out last year by Lyoto Machida and was rocked by Tito Ortiz in 2011, which led to his submission loss in that encounter.
Teixeira can do it all, and that is why he is so dangerous. He is a high-level BJJ black belt, which he has barely shown yet, despite submission wins over Kyle Kingsbury and Te Huna. Those submissions were set up with his lethal hands, as the Chuck Liddell sparring partner has shown his Pit roots in his stand-up wars. Though people say Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is over the hill, Teixeira dominated the former champion on the feet not long ago, showing that his well-roundedness can take him over some of the top competition offered by the UFC.
Bader’s one advantage in this fight is going to be wrestling. Teixeira has yet to face a guy in the UFC with the takedown chops and heavy top pressure of Bader, so it will be interesting to see how the Brazilian responds. Bader does have one-punch knockout power, so Teixeira does need to be weary of that, but Bader is more flat on his feet, as opposed to Teixeira’s movement-based attack that includes good footwork. If Bader can get the fight down, this fight is his for the taking. That is easier said than done, as Teixeira’s power makes people second guess the shoot. Bader has been rocked in the past by Ortiz and Machida. Teixeira has just as much, if not more, power than those men.
Prediction:Teixeira wins via TKO.
Yushin Okami (29-7) #3 vs. Ronaldo Souza (18-3) #5
Okami had a brief two-fight losing streak, but he has since rebounded with three straight. The wins moved him all the way up to being the No. 3-ranked middleweight in the division. He will have his hands full in the co-main event on Wednesday.
Jacare is on a four-fight win streak, and his UFC debut could not have gone any better. It will be hard to replicate, as Okami is not Chris Camozzi. This is, by far, the most intriguing bout on the card. Okami is a tough, durable and well-rounded middleweight. Jacare is a more athletic and more dynamic fighter overall. It will be interesting to see what Jacare's game plan is.
On the feet, Jacare has shown remarkable improvement throughout his career. His striking has looked scary at times. Okami is also skilled on the feet. His boxing is underrated. Okami's straight left can be a fight-ender if it hits its target. Jacare's brilliance happens on the mat, but getting it there may be a problem against Okami. Also, Okami is no slouch in the defense department. This is a big test for Jacare, and if he passes he will jump into title contention.
Jacare is the rightful favorite entering this fight, but Okami's wrestling could be the difference. The Brazilian will be introduced to the upper echelon in the division with a grueling 15-minute battle against one of the largest, and strongest, in the division. I m still not sure who will win the fight coz it is quite close on paper to predict but just because I m more of a fan of souza’s work I think he should take this.
Prediction: Souza wins via Decision.
Joseph Benavidez (18-3) #1 vs. Jussier Formiga (15-2) #5
Jussier da Silva, the former No.1 flyweight in the world, returns to his home country with a tall task on his hands when he takes on the consensus No. 2 flyweight in the world, Joseph Benavidez. This bout could determine the top contender to Demetrious Johnson’s crown, so this bout is crucial come fight night.
A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter, da Silva’s desire to take this fight to the mat is no secret. With almost half of his wins coming by submission, he is going to have to find a way to put Benavidez on his back so he can work his grappling. That will be easier said than done, as Benavidez is hard to get down. Da Silva had a hell of a time getting John Dodson down and was defeated in his Octagon debut.
Benavidez has resided near the top of the flyweight division since departing the bantamweight ranks in 2012. He’s fought all of the other top dogs in the division, so it’s only fitting that he now encounters Formiga. Benavidez is about as well-rounded a fighter as you’re going to find, his wrestling will be a huge tool in this fight. He is extremely tough to put down, especially for a guy who lacks wrestling chops, which is the case with da Silva. Benavidez is obviously the better striker, so once he keeps this fight standing up; he will be in his own world. Plus, Team Alpha Male is undefeated since taking Duane Ludwig on as their coach.
In laying out both men’s strengths and weaknesses, this fight is pretty telegraphed in how it will go down. Benavidez will fight off takedowns from Formiga and use his striking skills to soften up the Brazilian.
Prediction: Benavidez wins via Decision.
REST OF THE MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET)
· Francisco Trinaldo Defeats Piotr Hallmann Via TKO
· Tor Troeng Defeats Rafael Natal Via Decision
· Ali Bagautinov Defeats Marcos Vinicius Via TKO
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 5 p.m. ET)
· Felipe Arantes Defeats Edimilson Souza Via Submission
· Lucas Martins Defeats Ramiro Hernandez Via TKO
· Joao Zeferino Defeats Elias Silverio Via Decision
· Ivan Jorge Defeats Keith Wisniewski Via Decision
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 4:30 p.m. ET)
Yuri Villefort Defeats Sean Spencer Via Submission
UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis II comes to us from The Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The event features a rematch of the final fight in WEC history as Benson Henderson defends his lightweight title against the hometown boy Anthony Pettis. Their first fight, which took place at WEC 53 on December 16, 2010, was won by Pettis and was the 2010 fight of the year. The stakes are even higher this time as it is the UFC lightweight title that’s on the line this time, as opposed to the WEC lightweight title that was on the line back then. The co-main event features the return of former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett, as he takes on a former champion in his own right Frank Mir. We also have a very important fight going down at 145 as Chad Mendes takes on Clay Guida in what is sure to be an entertaining fight. Brandon Vera makes his return to the heavyweight division where he’ll look to get back into the win column by defeating a very tough veteran of the sport Ben Rothwell. Leading off the main card is a fight between two of the most dynamic 145 pound fighters on the planet as Erik Koch takes on Dustin Poirier. The undercard features plenty of entertaining match-ups as well.
Here are my Preview & Predictions for the UFC 164 Main Card & Predictions for the Prelims:
MAIN CARD Preview & Prediction (PPV, 10 p.m. ET)
Benson Henderson #CHAMP (21-2) vs. Anthony Pettis (18-2) #2
The rematch for one of MMA’s all-time greatest fights is upon us. It seems like destiny that these two were to face off against each other at least one more time. Since winning the WEC title against Henderson, Pettis has been one of the most unfortunate men in MMA in some respects. He has long been promised a title shot and now it finally materializes Injuries has plagued “Showtime”, keeping him at a frustrating arms length from both the light-weight and feather-weight title shots. It has been a long time since we have seen this flashy, yet effective young contender in the octagon and that will play a factor in what will definitely be his toughest test to date. Yes, the current champ Henderson was the receiver of the Pettis wire work, cage walking, belt snatching, roundhouse “SHOWTIME” kick, but can lightening strike the same place twice, Can Pettis do what he did in WEC; the question here is how these two have evolved since their first run-in & this Saturday we are going to find out for sure till then let’s try to predict what will happen.
Both men have a great arsenal of kicks and overall striking, and this has the making for “Fight of the Night” or even “Fight of the Year, The game plan for the champ will be simple to use his wrestling to control the fight wherever it goes & try to outpace Pettis & win every round by grinding him out. For Pettis he will like to keep the fight standing & try to outscore the champ with his flashy moves & quick attack coz he shines in striking department & have a advantage over almost everyone in this division. It will come down to those championship rounds that who can push harder will Pettis able to outwork Ben like he did in their last meeting or the taste of more octagon experience & exposure will give the edge to the champ which could be the deciding factor of the match (29 rounds in 7 fight - Ben, 8 Rounds in 4 fights - Pettis).
Benson has never earned a stoppage victory in the octagon so finishing Pettis seems unlikely while Pettis striking have been proved too much for his last 2 opponent but Ben has a great record of avoiding a finish, so hard to doubt his chin now , thus I see Judges deciding the winner (Fingers crossed they don’t mess up this fight). I know Henderson’s more octagon experience, fighting & beating tougher opponents make him a favorite to win this fight but just because I m fed up with Henderson grinding out close & controversial decision I will root & go for the underdog Pettis to get a close decision nod in this rematch & crowned as the new Champ.
Prediction: Pettis wins via Decision.
Josh Barnett (39-6) #10 vs. Frank Mir (16-7) #6
Co-Main Event is a highly anticipated bout in the heavyweight division set to feature the epic return of Josh “Warmaster” Barnett. For a man who has been victim to loads of controversy and hate but also praise and honor, Barnett is looking to take a more focused take on his MMA career as he starts back up in the UFC. It would only make sense for Barnett to take on a near spitting image of himself in Frank Mir, who has been a veteran and representative of the UFC’s heavyweight division for years. With heavy emphases on grappling and submission-wrestling, this fight is a showdown between two of the heavyweight divisions finest masters on the mat.
The former heavyweight champion certainly has a ton to prove as he has not won a fight since December 2011. Mir despite the fact that he is a top three heavyweight jiu-jitsu artist, he prefers to stand up with his opponents, despite some noticeable KO success, lately that has hurt him more often than not & this could be his downfall in this fight also. The thing is, even though his Brazilian jiu-jitsu ranks among the best in the division, he has consistently struggled to use it on fighters with strong takedown defense throughout his career. That has led to numerous losses at the hands of wrestlers. Josh Barnett, by the way, is a wrestler.
To be honest I find Mir skill set quite limited & think he is towards the end of his career. I m particularly looking forward to how war master does in UFC because I don’t even remember when was the last time a Barnett fight was boring. The dude is good everywhere he doesn’t run through opponents like JDS or Cain but still he is quite exiting & interesting guy both on & off the cage. Barnett’s strength and wrestling skills could easily overwhelm Mir just like Cormier’s did .Expect Barnett to close the distance with lunging punches, tie Mir up, and smother him with his strength and glue-like wrestling. Eventually, Mir’s energy level will be sapped out of him and it’ll be a one-sided beat down courtesy of Barnett.
Prediction: Barnett wins via Decision.
Chad Mendes (14-1) #1 vs. Clay Guida (30-13) #9
The featherweight division has been an atomic explosion of top contenders all trying to earn themselves that golden ticket to meet Jose Aldo in the cage. Very few divisions have the type of entertainment value, interest, and overall impressiveness as the 145lb division which is why I can say it is one of the best divisions in UFC. This bout right here between Chad Mendes and Clay Guida is a pivotal bout to determine one of the top contenders.
Chad Mendes is a savage in the cage. His lone setback thus far came to featherweight champion Jose Aldo via a knee, which was more about wrong place wrong time than anything else. He has ended his last three fights in the first round by TKO. A noted wrestler, if his striking improves to as half as good as his wrestling he just may be a future champion. The new found striking in skills just may give him an edge over Clay Guida, who will try to match him inch for inch wrestling. The fact that this guy is now knocking guys out should put some fear into the hearts of other featherweights.
Guida comes into this fight with his career in a rollercoaster. Realistically speaking, Guida could very well be 0-3 in his last three fights. He suffered setbacks against Benson Henderson and Gray Maynard and won a razor close decision against Hatsu Hioki; a fight that many feel Hioki won. Despite that, Guida remains a serious threat to anyone at 145 due to his endless cardio and wrestling heavy attack. The question is, will Guida return to being an exciting fighter?
Mendes is a heavy favorite and rightly so. But Guida is more than capable of winning this fight. If Guida fights up to his abilities, his output may be too much for Mendes to handle. Sadly though, I think we have already seen the best of Guida. At this point it is easier to pick Mendes via decision than to predict which Guida will show up. Mendes wins this because he is simply the better fighter at this point.
Prediction: Mendes wins via Decision.
Ben Rothwell (32-9) vs. Brandon Vera (12-6)
A veteran of the octagon, heavyweight Ben Rothwell (32-9) has been spotty in his time in the UFC. He usually follows his wins with losses and vice-versa. Still at 6-foot-4, he is a decent kickboxer with respectable ground skills. Brandon Vera (12-6) has fought at light heavyweight and heavyweight in his career and has mirrored the success of Rothwell against top competition. This is honestly a pick-em fight for me. I could go with Rothwell or I could go with Vera.Rothwell moves pretty well for a big guy and will of course have the size and strength advantage in this fight. Look for him to attempt to land bombs early and often with the hometown crowd behind him. The place where Vera has advantage is his conditioning if he tires out Ben he can KO him but I don’t think he can survive the heavy hands of Rothwell in the early rounds.
Prediction: Rothwell wins via TKO.
Erik Koch (13-2) #10 vs. Dustin Poirier (13-3) #6
There aren’t many ways to start a main card that is better than this. Koch is an absolute stud, who up until his setback to Ricardo Lamas was looked at as a future title challenger. Unfortunately, he was handled easily by Lamas and will now look to get back into the win column. Training out of the famed Roufusport, Koch is a dynamic striker who is capable of changing the outlook of a fight via striking alone. Ironically though, he has more career submissions (7) than knockouts (3).
Poirier is an extremely well-rounded fighter. “The Diamond” is every bit as skilled on the feet as he is on the mat. Although he has lost two of his last three fights, he is still considered one of the best fighters at 145. Even in defeat, Poirier has managed to look good as evident by his 2012 Fight of the Year with Chan Sung Jung. At just 24-years-old, Poirier is making his 4th appearance on a UFC main card, which is a testament to how good he is. When breaking these guys down, they both bring very similar skill-sets. They both have crisp striking that never gets too wild and they tend to use their rangy kicks more than anything. On top of that, they both have dangerous submission skills that has won them the majority if their bouts. Ricardo Lamas was able to expose a hole in Koch’s game, one in which Poirer will look to further expose. In the end, I can definitely see Poirier getting this fight to the ground and hunting for submissions. .
Long story short, these guys are going to go for broke. Poirier, though, seems like the one who should come out on top in this situation. Koch may have the edge in striking, but Poirier has the chops to work things to the ground and get a submission.
Prediction: Dustin Poirier wins via submission.
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
· Jamie Varner Defeats Gleison Tibau Via Decision
· Louis Gaudinot Defeats Tim Elliott Via Decision
· Pascal Krauss Defeats Hyun Gyu Lim Via Submission
· Chico Camus Defeats Kyung Ho Kang Via Decision
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6:30 p.m. ET)
· Soa Palelei Defeats Nikita Krylov Via TKO
· Ryan Couture Defeats Al Iaquinta Via Decision
· Jared Hamman Defeats Magnus Cedenblad Via TKO
FOTN: Henderson Vs Pettis
SOTN: Dustin Poirier
KOTN: Ben Rothwell
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Off the heels of a successful event for the UFC’s debut on FOX Sports 1, the promotion is back at it again this Wednesday evening with UFC Fight Night 27. The bout between Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann is a pivotal rematch in the welterweight division headlines the event, which has five Ultimate Fighter alumni on the main card.
The two men headline the UFC’s second effort on Fox Sports 1 airwaves. The remainder of the main card is rounded out by a lightweight showdown between Donald Cerrone and Rafael dos Anjos and a number of bouts that feature former Ultimate Fighter participants, including most recent TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum.
Here are my Preview & Predictions for the UFC FN 27 Main Card & Predictions for the Prelims:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann
The last time Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann touched gloves, it was in Condit’s UFC debut. “The Natural Born Killer” was fresh off a WEC welterweight title reign that saw him capture the belt and successfully defend it on three occasions. When the dust settled in that fight, Condit was on the wrong end of a split decision. Can things turn out differently in their second go-around? I believe so.
With 26 significant strikes to 35. 52 total strikes to 71. 5 takedowns to 3. 6 submission attempts to 3. 3 passes to 4. 2 reversals to none ( the former numbers are Kampmann’s, the latter are Condit’s). FightMetric had that first bout scored as a draw and the argument could be made that Condit was just as deserving of the decision as Kampmann. Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann are only the second pair of fighters (Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva being first) in UFC history to face each other in two non-title UFC main-event bouts. This shows the significance of this fight in their career.
Carlos Condit enters the bout coming off two straight losses, but that does not mean he’s in a rut. In fact, he’s managed to look his typically outstanding self in recent defeats to Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks. Kampmann is also coming off a loss to Hendricks. Prior to that, though, Kampmann looked to be on his way to a title shot with stoppages of Jake Ellenberger and Thiago Alves.
Condit seems to have grown more as a fighter since his 2009 split-decision loss to Kampmann Since that time, Condit has leapfrogged the Dane in terms of rank, but this one is very much up for grabs. When it comes down to it, Condit might just be a hair better than Kampmann, so I see it as his bout to lose.
Prediction: Condit wins via TKO.
Donald Cerrone vs. Rafael dos Anjos
In the Co-Main event former WEC title challenger Cerrone squares off with the Brazilian Dos Anjos. Donald Cerrone has a habit of producing entertaining fights for the fans, as evidenced by his six previous bonus awards under the UFC banner. He has been a perennial contender and his only losses come to those who have gone on to fight for the title. Meanwhile, Rafael dos Anjos is a well-traveled fighter, having competed just about everywhere that mixed martial arts is prominent. Whilst his finishes on the feet are few and far between, he is on a four-fight winning streak that will give him the confidence to step up against Cerrone, who will undoubtedly be the favorite and produce a performance which can catapult him into the upper echelons of the UFC rankings
Dos Anjos’ wrestling is a concern for Cerrone, “Cowboy” has a significant edge in the stand-up department. The former WEC fighter should find a way to keep this fight standing long enough to score more points with his striking than Dos Anjos can with his grappling. Despite the 28-year old being a black-belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Cerrone actually has more submission wins throughout his career with 13 (compared to 8 for Dos Anjos). With that said, the edge in this fight goes to Ceronne, who has more technical striking Cerrone’s kickboxing ability will prove the difference in this fight and allow him to control the fight. However, despite his constant pressure, I don’t foresee him finishing dos Anjos inside the distance. Instead, he will win a comfortable decision against the Brazilian.
Prediction: Cerrone wins via Decision.
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Brian Melancon
I m a bit torn apart watching 2 of my favorite young UFC prospects fight so early in their UFC career. Kelvin becomes the youngest guy in the history of TUF to win the show & I jumped on Kevin bandwagon since his 1st win in TUF. Both guys had impressive UFC debut in which they upset big favorites.
This fight has the makings of a contrast of styles. Gastelum claimed the TUF title by showcasing a strong work ethic and an ability to adapt to his opponents’ weaknesses. Gastelum showed impressive fight IQ & great heart during his time on The Ultimate Fighter in beating opponents despite having little chance, at least according to some. With his confidence level at an all-time high, If his opponent was a grappler, he chose to stand. If his opponent was a striker—like finalist Uriah Hall—he opted to wrestle. Don’t be surprised if Gastelum again chooses to rely on his wrestling skills in this contest. Melancon quickly put himself on the map in his last outing. After being out of action for nearly two years, Melancon needed only one round to dispatch of TUF veteran Seth Baczynski by knockout. The Strikeforce veteran scored over and over with punishing hooks despite a massive seven-inch height disadvantage.
In this contest, Melancon won’t face the same sort of challenge, but he’ll need to do a better job of mixing things up if he wants to upset Gastelum. Melancon fell in love with his lead hook in the Baczynski fight, and if he telegraphs it against Gastelum, he’ll find himself planted on his back early and often. But I m way to high on Gastelum even when I know Melancon hit hard but Kevin with his heart going to neutralize Melancon’s offence.
Prediction: Gastelum wins via Decision.
Court McGee vs. Robert Whittaker
In a fight that matches Ultimate Fighter winners, former middleweight Court McGee makes his second appearance at welterweight against TUF Smashes winner Robert Whittaker. This fight has all the makings of a stand-up brawl. McGee was an accomplished karate practitioner before finding MMA, and he has showcased a willingness to stand and trade on multiple occasions. Although he struggled against larger, stronger fighters at middleweight, McGee looked sharp in his 170-pound debut as he bested well-traveled veteran Josh Neer and landed a UFC welterweight record for significant strikes in the process. The Australian Whittaker has been impressive ever since joining the promotion through the reality show. At just 22 years of age, Whittaker’s upside is just now coming into perspective. After outworking the UK’s Brad Scott to claim the TUF Smashes crown, Whittaker steamrolled through another TUF winner, Colton Smith, in his last outing. Whittaker’s strong boxing and athleticism make him dangerous on the feet.
And now for the wild card: McGee’s wrestling. The Utah fighter isn’t a highly credentialed wrestler like some in the welterweight division, but he has shown the ability to mix in well-timed takedowns to offset his high-volume striking attack. While Whittaker was able to anticipate Smith’s takedown attempts due to Smith’s rudimentary striking game, he won’t have the same luxury against McGee. Ultimately, that will be the difference in the fight as McGee simply outworks Whittaker.
Prediction: McGee wins via Decision.
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Erik Perez
Akeya Mizugaki is riding a two-fight win streak for the first time since 2008, a dubious honor, though one counterbalanced by his streak of avoiding back-to-back losses since 2007. Consider that Mizugaki has faced some pretty stiff competition over that time, and he looks very much like a tough gatekeeper at 135.
Erik Perez has not yet accomplished as much as Mizugaki, but his career is on the upswing, and he has looked the part of a future champion since joining the UFC. With the promotion, Perez is 3-0 with three first-round stoppages—and is still just 23. Though Mizugaki, a very tough journeyman, represents the staunchest challenge of Perez’s career to date, I foresee the Mexican stepping up to the challenge. His aggression should be enough to keep Mizugaki on the defensive for the better part of 3 rounds.
Prediction: Perez wins via Decision.
Robert McDaniel vs. Brad Tavares
After failing to capture a TUF title in 2013, Bubba McDaniel debuted in the UFC to positive results, winning via third-round submission against Gilbert Smith. On the whole, the submission specialist is riding a seven-bout win streak dating back to 2010. Brad Tavares has very quietly posted a 5-1 UFC record, most recently taking out Riki Fukuda. Like McDaniel, he is Ultimate Fighter alum, looking to carve his way through the middleweight division. Tavares’ approach is heavily wrestling-based, and he is developing some solid striking to pair with that tool. To me, this pairing is a mismatch—McDaniel is in way over his head. His win over Smith was a good one, but Tavares is so far above Smith’s level that I only see this fight ending one way.
Prediction: Tavares wins via TKO
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Date: September 4, 2013
Location: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Venue: Mineirinho Arena
Broadcast: FOX Sports 1, Facebook
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The UFC is headed to Boston on August 17. The fight card, headlined by a light heavyweight bout between former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Chael Sonnen will mark the promotion’s first event on the Fox Sports 1 network. The UFC has a stacked card in store for fans Top to Bottom.
Here are my Preview of the Main Card & predictions for the entire UFC FN 26:
Mauricio Rua vs. Chael Sonnen
The main event on August 17 will feature a light heavyweight bout between two fighters who have both gone 2-3 in their past five fights. Normally those records would not land the fighters a headlining bout, especially not the main event on a card as important as Fight Night 26. However, we are talking about a former UFC light heavyweight champion in Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and one of the UFC’s biggest Draw, Chael Sonnen. Records are of little importance when it comes to these two fighters.
Rua (21-7) is one of the most aggressive and powerful strikers in the UFC. His last victory that didn’t end by way of knockout came in 2006. Since then, he has stopped Alistair Overeem, Mark Coleman, Chuck Liddell, Lyoto Machida, Forrest Griffin and Brandon Vera. Sonnen (27-13-1) is an in-your-face wrestler who closes distance well, always looking to take the fight to the ground where he uses a smothering style. Sonnen is excellent at keeping his opponents on their backs and using a nonstop barrage of short strikes to keep them from mounting any type of offense.
Although many people don’t give any chance to sonnen on the feet they don’t know that Chael Sonnen has exactly zero knockouts to his name in the WEC/UFC, but he makes up for his deficiency in power punching with volume. Sonnen is the second most-active striker in the UFC, averaging 10.4 strikes per minute. The only fighter with a higher average in promotional history is UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, who averages 14 strikes per minute. Sonnen is first all time in most strikes landed during a single UFC fight, racking up 320 strikes during his UFC 117 contest with former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Chael Sonnen’s strikes tend to come in close and on the ground something that Anderson Silva learned at UFC 117.To get the fight to the mat, Sonnen, an accomplished amateur wrestler, brought his wrestling acumen to MMA. He has earned 35 takedowns as a middleweight, the most in the division’s history. Sonnen’s average takedown rate of 4.27 per 15 minutes as a middleweight ranks him second only to Ricardo Almeida’s 5.24 per minute.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua made his professional MMA debut in 2002, scoring a first-round knockout victory. Since then, he has added 17 more knockouts to his resume while running up a record of 21-7. He has the second-most knockout wins in UFC light heavyweight history with five after Chuck Liddell with 9 KO. If you feel like expanding things a bit and include Pride in the equation, then Rua’s KO number jumps to 14. During his career, Mauricio Rua has earned stoppage wins over six former UFC champions
On Saturday night, the “American Gangster” will make it very clear that Shogun’s abysmal 34 percent takedown defense rate was always destined to be his undoing this late in his storied career. I am still on fence how this fight will play I could see either fighter implementing their game plan to win this fight. If Rua can catch Sonnen coming in for the takedown early, in any round, he has a chance of winning this fight by knockout. I think that’s the only way Rua wins. If Sonnen can put Rua on his back at the start of each round, he will deliver a nonstop barrage of punches, forcing Rua to expend energy defending those strikes. This is a 5 round fight & can be advantage to sonnen if the fight moves to championship rounds also I think 5 rounds is plenty of time for shogun to catch him too. This is a close fight on paper with sonnen being a little favorite but I will give a slight edge to shogun just because he can finish this fight before the final bell rings.
Prediction: Shogun wins via KO/TKO.
Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne
This is a very important fight in UFC’s HW division. Overeem will like to forget horrible KO loss to Bigfoot & get back as one of the top contender in the division. While a win over an opponent like Overeem could turn a new leaf in the career of Travis brown. Overeem (36-12-0-1) has 15 knockouts on his record and 19 submissions. Browne (14-1-1) has 10 knockouts and two submission victories. In total, the two fighters have gone the distance seven times in their 65 combined bouts. Both men posses Knockout power & I have hard time imagining this fight going to distance.
Overeem former strikeforce champion joined the UFC with much fanfare, and he looked destined for a title shot after dispatching former UFC heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar in his debut fight with the promotion. However, a failed drug test delayed Overeem’s title-shot hopes. When Overeem stepped back into the Octagon, he did so overflowing with confidence. He was absolutely sure that he would run over Antonio Silva and sign a contract for a title fight. Things didn’t work out that way, and Overeem was knocked out in the third round.
No question about it that Overeem is not only the Favorite here but he is a very dangerous opponent if you look at Overeem’s career, it’s beyond impressive. He’s been fighting as an MMA professional since 1999, since he was 18. His striking is world class, and he can wrestle enough to take dominant positions to throw strikes. You have a Dream Champion, K-1 Champion, and a threat in every fight he has been in, fighting a relative newcomer. But just for some fun of it, I will be siding with the newcomer. All Browne has to do is be aggressive, fight smart, and control this fight. He will already enjoy speed & cardio advantage & if he sticks to the basics he has all the tools to catch Alistair.
Prediction: Browne wins via KO/TKO.
Urijah Faber vs. Yuri Alcantara
Reaction on the fight between Urijah Faber and Yuri Alcantara is going to be Faber easily takes the win. After all, Faber (28-6) is the No. 2-ranked bantamweight in the UFC and a former WEC champion, and Alcantara (28-4-0-1) is an unranked, under-the-radar fighter. I don’t disagree that Faber will win; I do disagree that he will just breeze through Alcantara. Alcantara is probably best known for getting the shaft when Pedro Nobre put on an award-winning acting performance at UFC on FX 7 that resulted in the fight being declared a no-contest. Just because he is relatively unknown everyone choosing to ignore the Alcantara’s ominous 12 career knockouts, particularly if he catches Faber with a clean shot on Saturday night. Do I believe it’ll happen? Not really.
Alcantara is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu with a solid background in Muay Thai, but he is weak in the wrestling game, and that is going to lead to his downfall against Faber, who will look to get the takedown early & control the fight onward. A matchup with the Brazilian Alcantara is just another stepping stone on the path to earning a rematch with current 135-pound champ Renan Barao. While Alcantara poses a threat on the ground, this is Faber’s fight to lose as he has a lot more tools in his arsenal to impose on his opponent. The step up in competition and the fact he’s facing an opponent who outside of title fights is currently 7-0, doesn’t bode well for the Brazilian. Faber is just too good, too well-rounded and far too cage-savvy, He’ll use every inch of the Octagon to size up Alcantara, We should see Faber outwrestle the 33-year old and pick his shots at will
Prediction: Faber wins via decision
Matt Brown vs. Mike Pyle
An injury in early July knocked Thiago Alves from the UFC Fight Night 26 fight card.Alves’ departure opened the door for Mike Pyle to step in and face Matt Brown. Brown (17-11) is on a five-fight winning streak heading into this fight, while Pyle (25-8-1) has won his past four bouts. Brown has ended four of those five by knockout, while Pyle has run up three knockouts in his four wins. The winner of this bout will most likely earn a top-10 opponent in his next bout.
Brown is one of the more aggressive fighters in the welterweight division, and one tough customer. His described style of “technical brawler” is a pretty accurate description. Brown’s advantage is clearly in the striking game. While Pyle’s 16 career submissions give him the obvious edge if the fight makes it to the canvas.
Both men are currently riding some impressive win streaks To add an interesting element to their respective streaks, I should point out that Brown’s recent resurgence has been highlighted by impressive wins over rising stars Jordan Mein and Stephen Thompson. “The Immortal” has a tried-and-true method of bull rushing his opponents until they eventually crack at the seams. He’s willing to take a few licks in the process of simply overwhelming any that dare go punch for punch. And that’s exactly the strategy he’ll employ on Saturday night. It’ll be sad to see either streak broken, but the likelihood is that Brown keeps it standing and eventually smothers Pyle before catching him.
Prediction: Brown wins via KO/TKO.
Uriah Hall vs. John Howard
Uriah Hall was originally booked to face Nick Ring in Boston, but Ring was pulled from the card and replaced by Josh Samman who was removed from the card In mid-July and in stepped John Howard, a fighter who was cut from the UFC in 2011 after three straight defeats.
Hall (7-3) will be under a great deal of scrutiny heading into this fight. He was the favorite to walk away the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 17, but a more determinant opponent, Kelvin Gastelum, in the final left him as the runner-up. After earning three memorable knockout victories on his way to the final, many viewed Hall’s loss as a disappointment. His opponent John Howard (20-8-0) will be looking to return with a vengeance. Howard rejoins the UFC after going 6-1 outside the promotion. Howard’s past two wins have come via first-round knockout.
With a considerably more lethal ensemble of punches and kicks, Hall will find the footing and range that eluded him last time around. I’m also willing to bet that his recent transition to Mark Munoz’s Reign Training Center will have tightened up any mental lapses that had previously weighed him down. The numbers also fall in Hall’s favor: He’ll enter the bout with a 5” height and 8.5” reach advantage. The losses that sent Howard packing from the UFC during his first run with the promotion were against strikers. Hall fits that bill, and I don’t see Howard getting passed Hall in this one either. If Hall is on point, and can overcome whatever mental hurdles prevented him from delivering during the TUF final, he should have this one in the bag.
.Prediction: Hall wins via Decision.
Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Johnson
The first fight on the main card in Boston will see Joe Lauzon take on Michael Johnson.Lauzon is coming off a bloody Fight of the Night loss to Jim Miller at UFC 155, while Johnson is in the midst of a two-fight losing streak.
Lauzon (22-8) has never gone the distance in victory, racking up four knockouts and 18 submissions. Of his eight losses, only two have gone the distance. So, aggression and looking for the finish is not something Lauzon shies away from when he fights. That fact can also be evidenced in his 12 Fight Night bonus awards.
Johnson is a good striker with solid wrestling, but that trait alone won’t stop a superior Lauzon. It’s also worth mentioning that two of Johnson’s last three defeats have come by way of submission, whereas 18 of Lauzon’s 22 victories have come as a result of his opponents tapping. Add in Lauzon’s unrelenting pace and slick submissions and you arrive upon a formula that results in opponent Michael Johnson (13-8-0) eventually crumbling under the pressure. Though Johnson will be looking to break his streak of two back-to-back losses, he’s going to be thoroughly disappointed on Saturday night The Blackzillian member has six submission losses and most likely it will be seven after Saturday night.
Prediction: Lauzon wins via Submission.
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If you are anything like me you really appreciate a swift head kick, although I must admit I like them a little less when they are thrown at me. A good low kick is better than a sloppy head kick, but a good head kick will put your lights right out. Over years of training, a martial artist’s limbs become weapons, feet become tougher and shins harden as they are conditioned through striking bags, pads and each other.
Let’s warm up with a top 7 best head kick highlight .
Date: August 28, 2013
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Brazil for the fourth time this year as UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie emanates on August 3rd from Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena.
In the main event, perennial featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo looks to spoil Chan Sung Jung’s hopes of becoming the first Asian champion in UFC history, while Lyoto Machida attempts to prove he deserves another crack at the 205-pound crown when he faces off with strong American wrestler Phil Davis. Brazilians are featured in every fight, which means the vocal crowd will be chanting all night long.
Here are my Preview of the Main Card & predictions for the entire UFC 163:
Jose Aldo vs. Chan Sung Jung
Featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo (22-1) is on a 15 fight winning streak and pound for pound is one of the best fighters in the world. The Muay Thai striker is an offensive juggernaut. He is a violent fighter, but he also posses the patience not to run into trouble. His opponent, the Korean Zombie (13-3) is a dangerous fighter as well. His stoppages come mostly in the form of submission and he can get very creative when ending a fight. The good news for the Zombie is that his style of going for submissions can be effective against Aldo as his only loss came via submission.
Aldo, 26, earned a competitive unanimous decision nod over Frankie Edgar in their superfight at UFC 156 in February, building on previous UFC victories over Mark Hominick, Kenny Florian and Chad Mendes. Since destroying Cub Swanson, Mike Brown and Urijah Faber to cement himself as the best 145-pounder in the world, Aldo continues to improve, which is a scary proposition. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt based at Nova Uniao and Black House, the Manaus native continues to brutalize foes with world-class muay thai and an elite ground game.,
Jung, 26, a taekwondo black belt, has assembled an impressive streak of three finishes, most recently submitting Dustin Poirier in a “Fight of the Year” performance in May 2012. The South Korean sensation previously knocked out Canadian kickboxer Mark Hominick in just seven seconds, which followed the first twister submission finish in UFC history against Leonard Garcia. Appropriately nicknamed “The Korean Zombie” for his aggressive offensive approach, Jung has undergone a career transformation since joining the UFC. In his final WEC appearance, Jung succumbed to a head kick knockout at the hands of George Roop, which exposed holes in his technical striking and raised doubts about his chin. The Sengoku veteran has been nothing short of spectacular in subsequent performances, but the level of competition is still pales in comparison to the Brazilian torchbearer.
Jung is an all-action fighter who has yet to be taken down during his Octagon campaign. He’s a kickboxer at heart, so he’ll be coming forward and unleashing a storm of punches. The determined challenger will look to overwhelm Aldo with relentless output, while the champion Averaging 92% takedown defense and 73% striking defense picks him apart with his signature leg kicks and counters on feet.
I personal love zombie as a fighter but Aldo is in a whole different league. He is very big for this weight class & has very fast hand speed with power & brutal leg kicks with an unbelievable Takedown defense, he is a tremendous athlete who will destroy 1 more opponent in his Path
Prediction: Aldo wins via KO/TKO.
Phil Davis vs. Lyoto Machida
Two top light heavyweight contenders do battle in Davis and Machida.. Davis (11-1) is 7-1 in the UFC but still lacks that one signature victory that makes him a bona fide contender. He had the chance to get it when he fought Rashad Evans, but he came up short. At UFC 163, the wrestler will get a second chance this time against a fighter who owns a brutal knockout over Evans.
Machida (19-3), 35, still has his sights set on a rematch with champion Jon Jones after being submitted for the first time in December 2011. The former UFC light heavyweight champion owns notable wins over Tito Ortiz, Thiago Silva, Rashad Evans, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Randy Couture and Ryan Bader. Most recently, however, Machida eked out a forgettable split decision over Dan Henderson in February, which did little to cement his place as the top contender. An elusive Brazilian southpaw with black belts in Shotokan karate and BJJ, Machida possesses a unique style, which relies heavily on a traditional karate stance and constant angles. Machida’s 56.9% significant striking accuracy is the seventh highest in UFC history. Meanwhile, his 11 knockdowns are tied for fourth. When Machida catches his opponents flush, it often qualifies for highlight reel material. Conversely, Machida’s tactical decisions can also be painfully slow, which is often the case with patient counterstrikers. The Black House product is the only fighter to arguably steal a round from Jones as he caught the champion with well-timed combinations in the first round of their UFC 140 title clash.
Davis, 28, a former four-time NCAA Division 1 All-American, is coming off back-to-back victories over Vinny Magalhaes and Wagner Prado since he suffered his first career blemish against Evans in a five-rounder in January 2012. The Alliance MMA fighter has seamlessly integrated submissions into his wrestling-based offense, recording other marquee wins over Brian Stann, Alexander Gustafsson, Tim Boetsch and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Davis’ wrestling experience undoubtedly gives him the edge with takedowns, but we have yet to see an opponent keep Machida grounded. On the other hand, Davis’ striking still has a long way to go.
Machida will punish Davis for robotic combinations and slower reflexes. Still, Davis’ ability to avoid damage against more experienced strikers is something to look at. His 1.08 strikes absorbed per minute is the second-lowest in UFC history, while his 74.2% significant striking defense rate ranks fourth. I think Machida will benefit from the championship experience and vastly superior striking arsenal, and he’ll look to outclass Davis with quicker footwork and crisp counters.
Prediction: Machida wins via decision
Cezar Ferreira vs. Thiago Santos
In middleweight action, Brazilian compatriots Ferreira and Santos will look to make the most of their main card showcase. Ferreira (5-2), 28, won the inaugural season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil,” outpointing Sergio Moraes in the final at UFC 147 last June. A BJJ black belt and representative of the Florida-based “Blackzilians” camp, the Sao Paulo native had previously suffered losses against Antonio Braga Neto and Elvis Mutapcic, though he finished all three of his opponents in the “TUF” house.
Santos (8-1), 29, not to be confused with the Bellator HW fighter, is a fellow Brazilian who is not that well known, makes his UFC debut on short notice as a replacement for the injured Clint Hester. The Tata Fight Team member last saw action in July, knocking out Denis Figeira da Silva in the first round. A two-time muay thai state champion and BJJ specialist, Santos was a member of Team Werdum on the second season of “TUF: Brazil,” where he suffered a decision loss to eventual season winner Leonardo Santos.
With Santos stepping in late and lacking a full-time training camp, Ferreira should excel the longer the fight goes, particularly if he maintains positional control with his superior fundamental grappling..
Prediction: Ferreira wins via KO/TKO.
Thales Leites vs. Tom Watson
The former UFC middleweight title challenger Leites makes his Octagon return against the British slugger Watson. Thales Leites (20-4) makes his return to the UFC. The jiu-jitsu expert is a submission artist, getting 13 wins by submission in his career. Tom Watson (16-5) is a former boxer who is more than comfortable on his feet. Leites, 31, is riding a three-fight winning streak over Tor Troeng, Jeremy Horn and Matt Horwich. Watson, 31, finished Stanislav Nedkov to earn bonuses for both “Knockout of the Night” and “Fight of the Night” this past February, successfully rebounding from a split decision setback against Brad Tavares in his UFC debut last September. This intriguing clash of styles will favor the fighter who can bring the action into his realm. Leites will be far more dangerous if he takes Watson to the canvas, while the durable Brit should be successful if he averts danger and sticks with his aggressive muay thai assault.
This match represents an opportunity for Leites to get back into the thick of the UFC middleweight division. He’s been gone awhile and left on inauspicious terms, so a victory one over a quality opponent like Watson is critical to his fighting future. He has the advantage on the floor but will have to be wary on the feet. He isn’t particularly dangerous while standing, but his opponent is. Watson is more into striking than submissions, but he is capable on the ground, especially when he gets on top. His ground-and-pound is heavy much like his standing strikes and his submission defense is adequate.
Prediction: Watson wins via Decision.
John Lineker vs. Jose Maria Tome
Explosive and experienced Brazilian flyweights will kick off the pay-per-view as the three-time UFC veteran Lineker battles the red-hot newcomer Tome. This should be an action-packed flyweight contest. The 5-foot-2 John Lineker has the fitting nickname “Hands of Stone.” Lineker (21-6) has stopped nine opponents and has never been stopped. Jose Maria (33-3), Tome’s 12-fight winning streak will be put to the test against his equally dangerous countryman, Lineker has three fights in the UFC under his belt, but Maria may be the best person he has faced.
Tome, a relatively unknown commodity, has quietly built an outstanding 33-3 professional record. As impressive as his record is, his number of finishes—28-of-33—is even more convincing. The 31-year-old is well-rounded with a solid striking acumen and the ability to submit opponents on the mat.
Lineker is the more athletic and dynamic fighter, but he needs to be careful and stay active for all three rounds. His best chance of winning is to close the distance and let his “Hands of Stone” go to work. He can’t let Tome pick him off on the feet or end up on his back. Lineker has already demonstrated that he has what it takes to emerge victorious in the Octagon, but Tome will need to prove himself against an elite opponent. He isn’t getting any passes on Saturday night, however, as Lineker will pose a threat from bell to bell.
Prediction: Lineker wins via Decision.
Vinny Magalhaes defeats Anthony Perosh via Submission.
Amanda Nunes defeats Sheila Gaff via KO/TKO.
Neil Magny defeats Sergio Moraes via Decision.
Ian McCall defeats Iliarde Santos via Decision.
Rani Yahya defeats Josh Clopton via Submission.
Francimar Barroso defeats Ednaldo Oliveira via Submission.
Viscardi Andrade defeats Bristol Marunde via Decision.