What Happened?

What Happened? (UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno)

Another great night of fights have ended when an expert striker faced off against a young up and comer in a flyweight bout in Mexico City, Mexico. Now it is time to see how the fights went down and how my predictions fared at UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno:

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Alejandro “Turbo” Pérezvs. Andre “The Asian Sensation” Soukhamthath

This was a controversial decision win for Alejandro Pérez in this bout. He was dropped a total of three times throughout the fight but still managed to take the win. It was a close contest and I would have scored it for either man. Andre Soukhamthath needs to keep his head held up high because he showed his power in this fight as well. A finish could do him some good though.

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Sam “Smile’N” Alvey vs. “Suga” Rashad Evans

The first round went exactly how I predicted with Rashad Evans trying to close the distance to try to grind Sam Alvey and get the takedown. The rounds after did not go the same way. Evans started to fatigue early causing him to try and outbox Alvey with wild haymakers and overhands. Alvey just continued to use his jabs and straights on Evans. At first, Evans showed great head movement to avoid the strikes, but once the harsh climate started to set in it slowly disappeared. Alvey did great work and needs to learn to stay off the fence more.

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Martín “El Torro” Bravovs. Humberto Bandenay

This was insane. I thought Bravo’s submission skills would lead him to victory but every fight starts off on the feet. Humberto Bandenay threw a body kick at Bravo and then seconds later threw a head kick/knee to Bravo’s head. Bravo thought it would go to the body and attempted to catch it but instead would get stiffen up by a vicious knee. Bandenay just made himself known, but let’s see if he can create these kind of results again.

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Alan “Brahma” Jouban vs. Niko “The Hybrid” Price

Niko Price continued his undefeated streak against Alan Jouban when he knocked him out in the very first round. Jouban looked comfortable but Price had continuous pressure that eventually lead to a perfectly placed punch that dropped Jouban to get the victory. Price is definitely getting a ranked opponent after this and it would be a shame if he did not after that impressive performance.

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Randa “Quiet Storm” Markos vs. Alexa Grasso

This was a frustrating fight to watch. I though Randa Markos would have the better standup and be able to beat Grasso on the feet in this one. Instead, she repeatedly went after takedowns which at times were successful and at other times unsuccessful. The one thing they were successful at 100% of the time was depleting Markos energy. Grasso capitalized by outstriking a gassed Markos to get the win. I think next time Markos needs to understand the location she is fighting in so she can be better prepared for this type of fight. This was just a sloppy performance in a bout she could have won.

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Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon “The Assassin Baby” Moreno

Finally, the main event between two flyweight standouts in Sergio Pettis and Brandon Moreno. The first round was a bit of a scare for Petttis when Moreno took the back of his opponent. For about three to four minutes Moreno was unable to get the choke on his opponent but was able to ride out until the end of the round. The following four rounds would be all Pettis as he was able to outstrike Moreno by a large margin. Moreno would be predictable with his large overhands and was only able to get Pettis down to the mat one more time in the last round but was unsuccessful in holding him there. This fight highlighted Pettis’ great takedown defense and striking which could see him get a title shot somewhere down the line.

Predictions vs. Actual Results:

Here are my prediction results with some interesting stats to go along with it:

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  • 50% of winners picked correctly
  • 33% of predictions were perfect
Who You Got?

Who You Got? (UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno)

The UFC returns to Mexico City when two fast paced flyweights go head to head in the main event of the evening. Here are my picks and predictions for how all of the main card fights of the night will go down:

Alejandro “Turbo” Pérez vs. Andre “The Asian Sensation” Soukhamthath

Half of these fights will include fighters that I barely have seen much of and this is a good example. After viewing how they fight and seeing their records I would say that Alejandro Pérez wins this by decision. Andre Soukhamthath lost his last fight to Albert Morales who had a draw with Pérez. If Pérez had not got a point deducted then he would be on a three fight winning streak. It’s an interesting fight to pick but I got to go with the favorite in Alejandro Pérez, but don’t expect a finish as Soukhamthath has only lost by decision.

Predicted winner: Alejandro Pérez via Decision

Sam “Smile’N” Alvey vs. “Suga” Rashad Evans

I am a big supporter of both of these fighters and think this matchup is going to benefit both of them. Sam Alvey needs to keep his distance from Rashad Evans who is trying to take him down and grind him out. Whenever Alvey fights, he tends to get caught up in the clinch which neutralizes his superb boxing. That is why I have to go with Evans who may have an easier time getting in close. Plus if it does turn into a boxing fight then Evans will be able to still hang with Alvey but his main goal should be to clinch and takedown.

Predicted winner: Rashad Evans via Decision

Martín “El Torro” Bravo vs. Humberto Bandenay

Another matchup where the participants are practically unknown to me. Seeing both of their records, however, makes me want to pick Marín Bravo. Humberto Bandenay has lost most of his bouts by submission where Bravo has won mainly by submission. Also Bravo is undefeated in MMA pro fights. Expect him to finish it with a choke early on.

Predicted winner: Martín Bravo via Submission in Round 1

Alan “Brahma” Jouban vs. Niko “The Hybrid” Price

Alan Jouban has always impressed me as a Muay Thai fighter but Niko Price is undefeated and has been shown to have the ability to knock people out. Jouban has shown a weakness in his striking defense from time to time but has also shown great heart. I think his heart (and chin) are going to be tested in this fight. I have to pick Price in this contest.

Predicted winner: Niko Price via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 2

Randa “Quiet Storm” Markos vs. Alexa Grasso

This is going to come down to whether or not Alexa Grasso can take Randa Markos down. Seeing that Markos was able to beat former champion Carla Esparza, I think she can stay on her feet in this bout. Grasso is going to have to find a way to win on the feet because this contest may not get to go on the ground like she wants. Even though she only has one loss, I think the experience of Markos is going to give her the win inside the octagon.

Predicted winner: Randa Markos via Decision

Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon “The Assassin Baby” Moreno

The main event is another striker vs. grappler matchup. Sergio Pettis has is a master striker like his older brother, Anthony Pettis. He has also stopped takedowns from NCAA Division I fighters so I think he (like many others on this card) will have a good chance to keep this fight on the feet with Brandon Moreno. Now, Moreno has been on a tear in the division so I would not be surprised if an upset occurred. However, Pettis is the winner in this matchup in my book. Expect a decision since that is how Pettis mainly wins and Moreno mainly loses.

Predicted winner: Sergio Pettis via Decision

What Next?

What Next? (UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs Anderson)

Fighters do not always like to think what fights they will be in next after feeling the relief of finishing their last fight. The fight game is neverending, however, and so I list ouf the best outcome for the winners and losers for the UFC event that shook London up.

Arnold Allen:

Arnold Allen is still developing as a fighter and might not be cut out yet for a ranked fighter. However, I did see some fight in him as he was always looking to strike and throw down with his opponent while still looking for the takedown. This reminds me of Gray Maynard who just lost to Ryan Hall in a odd contest. Maynard felt it was not a real fight as Hall was constantly going to the ground to get a submission. If a fight is what Maynard wants then Allen is he guy he is looking for. Allen can also use this fight to push him closer to the rankings and see if he truly deserves the record he has accumulated. Gray Maynard

Makwan Amirkhani:

Makwan Amirkhani needs to get back in the win column again by facing a guy who holds a similar record but has lost in their last fight as well. Luke Sanders is the only guy who comes to mind who held an eleven fight win streak to start off his career before he suffered his first loss at UFC 209: Woodley vs Thompson 2 to Iuri Alcantara this past month. It will be interesting to see the to styles matchup and see who could bounce back from a loss to secure a win. Luke Sanders

Marlon Vera:

Malon Vera just beat a retiring Brad Pickett who has one foot out the door. He needs more serious opponents before he can get a top 15 opponent. Franky Saenz would be that perfect opponent even though he is on a three fight losing streak. But because Saenz is a very tough competitor with an impressive record this makes him the right pick. Beating two big names in MMA would definitely put Vera on the map. Franky Saenz

Gunnar Nelson:

This is a tough one as there are several good oponnents for the submission specialist. Donald Cerrone was a high candidate seeing how the two are ranked right next to eachother but this matchup does not appear to be the best one. I believe a match between Gunnar Nelson and Neil Magny would be an exciting one. Magny was able to beat Johnny Hendricks by a controversial unanimous decision at the closing part of last year which makes him a tough opponent to beat. Nelson has the tools to do it though and would love to rise through the ranks fast so this matchup seems like a smart one if Magny doesn’t avoid it like the one with Jorge MasvidalNeil Magny

Alan Jouban:

Another tough selection with all of the great welterweight fighters out there but Jouban needs to go back to the drawing board and face an unranked opponent. At first Alex Oliveira was my pick for him to fight but then I decided that it would not be fair for Oliveira to face another unranked opponent after he has defeated three of them so far. Alex Morono is the next logical choice if he sees himself entering the octagon more recently. He put on a great display in Houston despite losing the contest and would be the perfect opponent for Jouban. This contest would result in fireworks and may make a star out of it. Alex Morono

Jimi Manuwa:

Without question, Jimi Manuwa should be facing the light heavyweight champion after that impressively quick knockout of top contender Corey Anderson. He has a solid case and would love to have a crack at either Daniel Cormier or a rematch with Anthony Johnson. Winner of Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Johnson for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship

Corey Anderson:

I feel sorry for Corey Anderson. He is an incredible athlete who got caught by an impressive striker. I feel like he deserves a rematch with Shogun Rua but that likely won’t happen. Volkan Oezdemir is a great opponent who just beat Ovince Saint Preux not too long ago. The contest between Anderson and Oezdemir would be a good one because of the rankings the two hold plus their all-around skill set. Volkan Oezdemir

What Happened?

What Happened? (UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs Anderson)

Another great night of fights have ended when knockout artist Jimi Manuwa faced off against The Ultimate Fighter 19 winner Corey Anderson in London, England. With that said I break down the fights and explain what has happened in The Old Smoke at UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs Anderson:

UFC Fight Night: Allen v Amirkhani

Arnold “Almighty” Allen defeated  Makwan “Mr. Finland” Amirkhani via Split Decision

As predicted, the fight between Arnold Allen and Makwan Amirkhani was an extremely close contest. Allen was more superior on the feet, however, and was able to secure some crucial takedowns at significant ties during the fight. Almighty has shown great improvements from his last fights especially in his defense. Amirkhani let himself be swept to many times when he shot for his takedowns and missed a lot of his strikes on the feet. Mr. Finland should not be discouraged by this loss however as it was a tight matchup. He should just learn from this fight and continue to progress as a fighter. Both fighters shoul be happy with their performances.

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Marlon “Chito” Vera defeated Brad “One Punch” Pickett via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 3

Brad Pickett showed why he was a legend in British MMA. He came out swinging bombs that stunned Marlon Vera everytime he hit him. His takedown accuracy was on point as he was able to change levels almost instantaneously. I believed that Vera was going to be able to secure a submission in the fight but he never even attempted a takedown. It looked like the hometown hero, Pickett, was going to end his career with a decision win when the final round came. Chito instead showed why he kept the fight on the feet when he landed a perfect high kick that dropped One Punch and followed it up with a few unanswered shots to spoil the night for the British. I knew Vera had it in him to win the fight, but nowhere did I predict a knockout win of that caliber for him. It definitely deserved performance of the night honors and it closes the chapter on one career but opens a new one for a young rising star.

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Nelson vs Jouban

Gunnar “Gunni” Nelson defeated Alan “Brahma” Jouban via Submission in Round 2

Gunnar Nelson was underestimated by me when making my predictions for this bout. I believed he relied on his submission offence and was going to have a bad time dealing with a Muay Thai specialist in Alan Jouban. However, Nelson proved me wrong when he hurt Jouban with a right hand that pierced his defence. Gunni then secured a guillotine choke for the victory. It was unbelievable to see as I never would have predicted Nelson being able to beat Jouban on the feet. Brahma did show promise though as he he employed a smart strategy by kicking Nelson’s lead leg that he extended very far forward until it was kicked. He also defended a takedown attempt or two. Both fighters are still young and have an immense amount of talent that will surely take them places. Nelson could be cloingg in on a title show if he stays active more.

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Jimi “Poster Boy” Manuwa defeated Corey “Overtime” Anderson via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 1

I said there wa no question when I predicted this fight that Jimi Manuwa was going to be able to knockout Corey Anderson in the first round and, although Anderson showed great head movement, it only took Manuwa one good punch to make Overtime go to sleep. Poster Boy has shown why he should get a title shot by constantly knocking out whoever is put in front of him and Anderon was no exception. Corey Anderson will have to do some reflection because he has hit a huge roadblock in the light heavyweight division in the shape of Jimi Manuwa.