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

Tuesday Top Ten

Tuesday Top Ten: Jon Jones Performances

Jon Jones has had an incredible comeback story as of late after finally recapturing the gold at UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2. His performance in that fight was just one of many that he has showcased for nearly a decade. This list will highlight some of his most impressive wins inside the octagon. The ranking is determined by how dominant Jones was in the fight, who the opponent was, how important the fight was for Jones, and how the win was achieved.

#10. Brandon “The Truth” Vera

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In this often overlooked bout, Jones was able to take Brandon Vera down with a beautiful takedown to gain top control. Vera would then land two illegal upkicks to Jones’ face while his knees were down. This angered Jones as he then was able to land a vicious elbow strike that put Vera in a vulnerable spot for Jones’ ground and pound. The fight was then stopped as Jones was able to pick up the victory in brutal fashion.

#9. Ryan “Darth” Bader

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Ryan Bader was undefeated in 12 straight MMA pro fights when he fought Jon Jones a UFC 126. Jones was able to use his reach advantage to outstrike him untill Bader pulled guard. Jones was then able to get a guillotine choke from the top position to give Bader his first ever loss.

#8. “Suga” Rashad Evans

 

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Jon Jones and Rashad Evans had a heated rivalry that saw the two finally meeting for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Evans was clearly outmatched as Jones was able to do just about everything he could do only better. Jones schooled Evans in every possible way and was able to get the decision victory and retain his UFC title.

#7. Vitor Belfort

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Vitor Belfort felt the power of Jon Jones’ incredible striking and grappling in this fight. He was unable to get much done in this fight due to Jones’ huge reach advantage. Finally a gassed Belfort succumbed to an Americana by Jones. Submitting a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt is never easy which is why this win was so impressive for Jones.

#6. Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson

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In what was considered a fight of the year, Jon Jones showed his determination and resiliency against one of his most evenly matched opponents. Alexander Gustafsson has a lengthy frame similar to Jones and has great striking and grappling as well. He was also able to take down Jones for the first time ever in this bout. Some still debate that Gustafsson did win this fight because of ho close it was. Either way, this was one of Jones best performances because of how hard he had to dig to retain his championship.

#5. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson

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Jon Jones became the first person to stop Rampage Jackson in this crucial fight in his career. He kept Rampage on the outside with his striking and was then able get him to the mat to secure a rear-naked choke for the win. It was a clear message that no matter the opponent, Jones was able to put them away regardless.

#4. Chael “The American Gangster” Sonnen

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When Jon Jones met the brash Chael Sonnen, he finished him in his fastest UFC title fight to date. Jones was able to take Sonnen out with a collection of elbows and punches to retain his title. The quickness of this bout is what makes it so impressive seeing how Sonnen was able to bring the fight to Anderson Silva in the past. It just shows that Jones is always looking to finish the fight as quickly as he can.

#3. Shogun Rua

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This is the fight that crowned the youngest UFC champion in history. Jon Jones absolutely destroyed Shogun Rua in what was one of the most one-sided title performances in UFC history. It is pretty brutal to watch if you’re a Shogun fan. The fight was a beat down by Jones who put Shogun away with a few well placed knees and then follow-up strikes.

#2. Daniel “DC” Cormier

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Many questioned whether Jon Jones still had it in him to get the win against the incredibly tough Daniel Cormier. He answered that questioned when he was able to knockout Cormier with a perfectly timed and well placed kick that sent Cormier stumbling to the mat which ended his title reign in dramatic fashion. It was an incredible performance by Jones who managed to make a long-awaited comeback after facing so many demons throughout his life. But it is not his best performance…

#1. Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida

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Jon Jones dropped Lyoto Machida to the mat in spectacular fashion, and it wasn’t due to strikes either. Of course, he did hurt the karate black belt but it was a standing guillotine that put Machida to sleep. The iconic image of Jones walking away from Machida’s unconscious body was a highlight of Jones’ career and is the number one best performance in his incredible career.