What's Going On?

What’s Going On? (Jan 14th – 20th)

A whole new week means a whole new set of MMA news and events that needs to be discussed by yours truly. So let’s get right into it with some interesting topics for this week:

Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov is on!

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The fight that the MMA world has been waiting for is finally upon us as Tony Ferguson is scheduled to face off against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223. The big question is whether or not it will be for the interim or actual UFC Lightweight Championship. If it is for the real belt then that means Conor McGregor will be stripped a second time due to inactivity. And if for some reason the fight is for the interim belt, then Dana White will once again go back on his promise (shocker) and the fans will more than likely be upset due to McGregor not defending his belt for almost two years.

Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes?

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This is probably the biggest women’s fight the UFC can make. Dana White has expressed interest in making the matchup happen, but Cris Cyborg seems uninterested in the matchup. Cyborg’s reason is that both fighters are from Brazil and she would rather not fight someone from her own country. Amanda Nunes on the other hand does not seem to care about this fact and would love to have the champion vs. champion fight anyways. Regardless, I would love to see this matchup just like every other sane human being.

Michael Bisping says no to fighting Vitor Belfort

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In their first encounter, Vitor Belfort (who may have been juiced to the gills) gave Michael Bisping his lazy eye by kicking his face into oblivion. Bisping has despised Belfort ever since and has become a strong advocate against steroid usage. Belfort called for this rematch to happen with Bisping responding by saying there is a “zero percent chance” it happens. This is another blockbuster fight that would be big especially in Bisping’s home country of England. Plus, Bisping would have a chance to avenge his loss against Belfort. If he really thinks Belfort only won because of testosterone replacement therapy, then he should have no problem beating him in a rematch with both men clean.

Paige VanZant breaks arm in fight

In Paige VanZant’s last fight against Jessica-Rose Clark, she broke her arm sometime in the first half of the fight. VanZant as able to continue fighting and went on to lose a decision to her opponent. Even though this is valiant and makes her one tough chick, it still does not excuse her coaches for letting her continue fighting. VanZant can clearly be heard telling her coaches in between round 2 and 3 that she had broke her arm and yet they let her continue fighting knowing this fact. I feel this is irresponsible and could have caused VanZant’s arm to be damaged even more and potentially beyond repair.

Cynthia Calvillo fails drug test

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Hot, young prospect Cynthia Calvillo failed an in-competition drug test for marijuana metabolites for her fight against Carla Esparza at UFC 219. Marijuana usage in MMA is a controversial one. While there are many reasons why marijuana should be legal in MMA, the NSAC still has it as an illegal substance. Therefor all fighters must abide by these rules and regulations. There should be no reason to not follow these rules as doing so would just cause a suspension from the commission. Calvillo shouldn’t have taken it knowing thee guidelines and will thus face the price for it. Still, I hope this rule is changed in the near future.

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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