Tuesday Top Ten

Tuesday Top Ten: Possible Dream Fights

Dream fights are becoming more of a reality these days with everyone wanting big money fights. Who can blame them though? They do it because the fans are willing to pay for it. I have selected the top ten possible dream fights that have slim chance of happening but are still possible today. Only rules are that the fights have to be possible and no fighter can be on more than one dream fight. It’s like we are putting together a fantasy match card. So without further delay, here are the best dream fights to make in the UFC today:

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#10. Rashad Evans vs. Vitor Belfort

First we have two former UFC Light Heavyweight Champions. Both have some vicious knockouts in the past and are known for their expertise in grappling as well with on being a former NCAA Division I wrestler and both being Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts. They are well past their primes but this could potentially be a close contest due to their will to win.

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#9. Anthony Pettis vs. Jose Aldo

This was a dream match back in the day when both men were champions. To me it would still be amazing to see because of their fast paced and high volume striking. I feel Jose Aldo would look to grapple while Anthony Pettis would try to keep it standing. But if does stay on the feet then do not expect Aldo to just roll over. This would be a great fight between two former champions.

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#8. Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes

Here is the only women’s fight on the list. Both fighters have been dominant throughout their career, finishing almost all of their opponents. Both are also champions in their respected divisions. I would have put Holly Holm instead of Amanda Nunes but I am pretty sure that Cyborg and Holm will face each other that it is no longer a dream match and instead is reality. This is a dream match because of the Nunes being unwilling to face Cyborg. Cyborg would clearly have the edge with her frame and impressive winning streak but Amanda Nunes’ hands and Jiu-Jitsu should give Cyborg her toughest challenge yet.

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#7. Demetrious Johnson vs. Cody Garbrandt

This is a fight that both fighters have requested but were refused. The magnitude of this fight would be huge. It would be the biggest little man fight in UFC history with both winning streaks on the line as well as a title. The UFC wants TJ Dillashaw to face Demetrious Johnson instead. This is baffling because this fight makes more sense since both are champions. Plus, both are gifted athletes who have impressive striking and great wrestling to make this a barn burner.

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#6. Tyron Woodley vs. Michael Bisping

These are probably the two most hated champions in not only UFC today but also in UFC history. Tyron Woodley has the power and wrestling to takeout anyone in his division. Michael Bisping has the reach and size advantage as he is the king of the middleweight division to Woodley’s welterweight division. You can make a case for either fighter but expect many boos to fill the arena if the two meet face-to-face in the octagon.

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#5. Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier started his career at heavyweight, where he is undefeated at, and was the form UFC Light Heavyweight champion . Stipe Miocic is the current heavyweight champion who is one win away from having the most title defenses in the heavyweight division’s history. What more needs to be said? If Cormier moves to heavyweight and gains a win or two, he can petition for a title shot in this potential dream fight.

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#4. Anthony Johnson vs. Alistair Overeem

Two of the baddest and most scariest knockout artists in the history of MMA going up against each other is what any sane man would want to see. Alistair Overeem may be the bigger fighter, but he has shown that his chin is not hard to crack if you so much as touch it. Anthony Johnson meanwhile has never been finished via strikes except for one time by an eyepoke. This is very unlikely to happen due to Johnson’s apparent retirement and unwillingness to move up weight class. But a fan can dream, right?

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#3. Conor McGregor vs. Nick Diaz

Two of the most toxic fighters in UFC history. The press conferences alone would be amazing. Conor McGregor already had a couple of fights with Nick Diaz’s younger brother Nate Diaz, but how would he fare against the older brother who is a former Strikeforce champion? They also have some of the best boxing in the business which would make for a fun fight to watch.

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#2. Jon Jones vs. Brock Lesnar

Here is the fight that is possibly closest to happening. Both are monsters in their divisions, so putting them against each other makes sense. I’ve talked about this fight before in the past so if you want to see that be sure to CLICK HERE. Even though this would be a huge draw, it is not number one on my lift. That goes to two of the greatest of all time.

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#1. Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre

Number one on this list if a fight fans have been asking for for many years. The fact that this fight has not happened yet is depressing. These two dominated their division and are known by nearly every fight fan and casual alike. The fight is still possible though with both fighters still competing, but a lot would have to happen for it to come to fruition. I guess in the meantime I will have to just play EA Sports UFC 2 with these fighters instead until then.

Tuesday Top Ten

Tuesday Top Ten: First Round Finishes in UFC History

This past weekend at UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs Moreno there were a record of seven first round finishes. So today we are going to look at the top ten first round finishes that have happened in the UFC’s history. This list is debatable so feel free to give out your own opinions on what is the best first round finish or if you know one that is not on this list that should be. So here are my top ten:

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#10. Rampage Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva III

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva had two prior matchups back in Pride with both being won by Silva. Rampage was able to finally return the favor with a vicious first round knockout that put Silva to sleep and gave him the number ten spot on this list.

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#9. Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeria

This bout was to determine who would face Daniel Cormier next for the UFC light heavyweight championship. It only took mere seconds for Anthony Johnson to land just one powerful uppercut to put Glover Teixeria away and get the win.

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#8. Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Mirko Cro Crop

It was the kick heard around the world. Mirko Cro Crop was known for landing head kick knockouts left and right. That’s what made it even more surprising when Gabriel Gonzaga landed a head kick that knocked out Mirko Cro Crop in one of the scariest knockouts of all time.

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#7. Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg II

Dana White has stated on multiple occasions that this is his favorite fight of all time, and for good reason too. Frank Trigg put Matt Hughes in a vulnerable position when he had him trapped in a rear naked choke. Hughes, however, was able to turn it around and delivered and iconic slam before putting Trigg in a choke of his own to defend his welterweight title.

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#6. B.J. Penn vs. Matt Hughes

When B.J. Penn was put up against Matt Hughes, many people were writing him off because of his frame and stature. It only took Penn one round to put Hughes in a choke to take the welterweight championship.

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#5. Frank Mir vs. Antonio Nogueira

In this classic one round battle, Antonio Nogueira was messing up Frank Mir on the feet and nearly put him away. However, Nogueira tried to beat Mir at his own game on the ground. This would backfire horribly as Mir was able to break Nogueira’s arm as a result.

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#4. Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva

The rushing combo that Vitor Belfort landed on Wanderlei Silva is that of legend today. With one shot after another in rapid fury, Belfort was able to destroy Silva in less than a minute.

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#3. Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano

Ronda Rousey was known for an ultra fast finishes when she was the queen of MMA. Her fastest win was via submission against Cat Zingano in just 14 seconds when Zingano ran into an armbar.

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#2. Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo

The most memorable moment in Conor McGregor’s career came when he captured the undisputed featherweight championship from Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds. Aldo came running in, as he usually does, and ended up running into a cross counter by McGregor that ended his nearly decade long winning streak.

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#1. Anderson Silva vs. Vitro Belfort

Possibly the most iconic knockout to have ever happened in the UFC was when Anderson Silva landed a front kick to the face of Vitor Belfort. It highlighted Silva’s dominant title reign and is considered to be the greatest first round finish of all time.

Who You Got?

Who You Got? (UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Hunt)

The UFC returns to Auckland when two of the hardest hitting heavyweights on the planet 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:

Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski vs. Mizuto “Pugnus” Hirota

This fight was clearly put together to show the capabilities of Alexander Volkanovski. Mizuto Hirota is the biggest underdog on this main card in my book. If he somehow pulls off the upset then it will be insane. However, I see “The Great” getting the nod on this one. His 14-1 record speaks for itself. “Pugnus” is hard to finish though, only suffering one submission loss and no knockout losses. This fight should go to decision in Vokanovski’s favor.

Predicted winner: Alexander Volkanovski via Decision

Tim Elliott vs. Ben “10” Nguyen

This may be fight of the night with two of the most talented fighters on the card going head-to-head. Their speed and technique is going to make it a competitive one. Tim Elliott has been impressive but I saw him barely winning his last fight. Although I am a fan of him I see Ben Nguyen taking this one. With both flyweights being generally hard to finish, I see this fight going all three rounds.

Predicted winner: Ben Nguyen via Decision

Ion “The Hulk” Cutelaba vs. Henrique “Frankenstein” da Silva

This is a bold prediction but I see this fight going the distance. Usually when two guys who have mostly knockout wins face eachother, I immediately think that someone is getting knocked out. But time and time again I have been proven wrong as both fighters would go on to slug it out until the final bell sounds. I see Henrique da Silva getting the victory, because of his impressive record, but don’t be surprised if nobody is put to sleep.

Predicted winner: Henrique da Silva via Decision

Dan “The Hangman” Hooker vs. Ross “The Real Deal” Pearson

This matchup is interesting. We have Dan Hooker who is a young and physically impressive fighter going up against elderly Ross Pearson who is a veteran in the sport. Hooker looks like the favorite and may have to use his speed to defeat Pearson but I see “The Real Deal” taking “The Hangman” to school on this one. Hooker has yet to beat anyone with the credentials such as Pearson and Pearson has defeated plenty of fighters such as Hooker. I could easily be proven wrong in this fight but I just see Pearson controlling the fight like a true veteran and getting the decision.

Predicted winner: Ross Pearson via Decision

Derek Brunson vs. Dan Kelly

Dan Kelly has been surprisingly on fire recently. He has taken ot some big names, such as Rashad Evans, and showed how skill can get him the win in all of his fights regardless of how strong or big his opponent is. Derek Brunson however is a knockout artist and just had an impressive showing against Anderson Silva. Kelly might put up a good fight but I see Brunson getting the KO with his immense power. I don’t see Kelly being able to use his skills to get out of this one but he may prove me wrong yet again. It will be fun to see.

Predicted winner: Derek Brunson via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 1

Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis vs. Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt

This fight looks like it’s going to be a one round war. If it goes outside the first then expect the action to be significantly slower. As much as I love Derrick Lewis, I do not see he beating a power puncher such as Mark Hunt. The only time Hunt has been taken out due to punches while on the feet was in 2008. After that his only KO/TKO losses have came from kicks, knees, and ground and pound. Lewis is going to have a hard time putting him away especially in a five round fight. I expect Hunt to land his devistating right hand, but if its going to put “The Black Beast” away then it is going to have to be in the first round. Although I may not b picking him, I hope Lewis proves me wrong and gets the win here because I am a huge fan of him.

Predicted winner: Mark Hunt via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 1

What Happened?

What Happened? (UFC 212: Aldo vs. Halloway

Another great night of fights have ended when the UFC Featherweight Champion faced off against the UFC Interim Featherweight Champion in a title unification bout Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Now it is time to break down the fights and explain what happened in “Cidade Maravilhosa” at UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway:

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Erick Silva vs. Yancy Medeiros

This fight started off great for Erick Silva as he was able to go toe-to-toe on the feet with Yancy Medeiros without problem. However, in the second round, although it started off well for him, Silva got caught with a perfectly timed hook from Medeiros that resulted in a knockdown. Medeiros followed it up with some ground and pound and, although Silva seemed like he was going to survive the onslaught by rolling, the referee stopped the contest a bit prematurely. I would have loved to see if Silva would have bounced back had the referee let the fight go on a little longer. In the end Medeiros got the knockout win like I predicted in the second round and I’m happy to see how he progresses as a fighter after this performance. Winner: Yancy Medeiros via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 2

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Paulo Borrachinha vs. Oluwale “Holy War Angel” Bamgbose

This fight surprisingly did not end in the first round where both guys have had all of their victories in. The first round saw Oluwale Bamgbose leading the charge as he rushed Paulo Borrachinha a number of times with a flurry of strikes. This did not get him the early win like he had hoped for but instead caused him to gas early on. By the end of the first round Bamgbose was breathing heavy. Borrahinha began to lead the striking exchanges in the second round with “Holy War Angel” having to throw some very unusual strikes such as standing hammerfists to even hit his opponent. Bamgbose then threw a lazy kick, as he has been doing the entire fight, that resulted in a slip with which Borrachinha capitalized on by ground and pounding him into a TKO victory. Winner: Paulo Borrachinha via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 2

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Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort vs. Nate “The Great” Marquardt

Here was a surprising performance by Vitor Belfort against Nate Marquardt. He was passive throughout all three rounds, only rushing after Marquardt two or three times. “The Great” was able to land a takedown in the first with which he was not able to capitalize on. Marquardt was able to land more strikes and significant strikes in each of the three rounds but was not able to get the decision due to “The Phenom” fighting in his home country. the crowd may have helped him get that win as they were cheering every one of his striked that lande no matter how hard it hit. I’m curious to see if Belfort retires or not after this fight seeing how he barely won this fight. Winner: Vitor Belfort via Decision

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Claudia Gadelha vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

This one I did not see coming. I thought this was going to drag out into deep waters and push these two girls to the limit. But Claudia Gadelha had plans of celebrating tonight and wanted to get this fight over with quickly. She was able to take Karolina Kowalkiewicz down and then lock in the rear naked choke for the victory in the first round. Gadelha has definitely solidified her position as the second best strawweight in the UFC but I’m sure she would like to become the number one best in the division. As for Kowalkiewicz, I do hope she comes back with a better takedown defense and possibly ground game after this because this was a harsh lesson as to how grappler vs. striker contests go down. Winner: Claudia Gadelha via Submission in Round 1

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José Aldo (c) vs. Max “Blessed” Holloway (ic)

This fight showed great performances by both fighters. José Aldo took over the first two rounds with his speed and his ability to strike from all angles. Max Holloway seemed a bit stiff in the first round but loosened up in the second, even taunting Aldo a bit. Then in the third round Holloway was able to land a beautiful one two combo twice in quick succession on Aldo that dropped the “King of Rio.” Holloway unleashed ground and pound for almost two minutes during which Aldo was trying to survive but any means necessary. It was surprising by how much he was able to survive until he was mounted on his back. Aldo was unable to escape and the fight was ultimately stopped. Both men really needed this win but Holloway was the sole winner of this contest. Many have since been bashing and disrespecting Aldo because of this. I, and Holloway, still see Aldo as the featherweight GOAT regardless of his last two losses. Even Anderson Silva, Fedor Emelianenko, and Georges St-Pierre all have suffered defeat. We are now in the “Blessed Era” in the featherweight division and Holloway is accepting all challengers. After this performance, I’m curious to see who will dethrone him (if any) as the undisputed king of featherweights. Winner: Max Holloway via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 3