What Happened?

[Mini] What Happened? (Bellator 192

Let’s see what happened in the land of Bellator. Once again, I do not watch Bellator often but I like making predictions and sometimes Bellator has fighters I’m a fan of that are fighting. So let’s see how the fights went down and my predictions held up:

Aaron Pico vs. Shane Kruchten

Aaron Pico is known to me as having one of the worst, over-hyped debuts in MMA history. Now he is going up against a 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu fight in Shane Kruchten who is 12-3 while he is only 1-1. Good luck with that.

Winner: Aaron Pico via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 1

Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Henry Corrales

I didn’t get to see this fight sadly as my recorder did not operate properly. But from what I could hear about it, Henry Corrales outsruck his opponent to get the victory. I thought Georgi Karakhanyan would be able to submit him but I guess that was inaccurate.

Winner: Henry Corrales via Decision

Michael Chandler vs. Goiti Yamauchi

This went how I predicted it. Michael Chandler uses his wrestling to control Goit Yamuchi for the entire fight to get the decision. Do I need to say more? I just hope he gets the title shot he deserves after losing it from an accidental ankle injury

Winner: Michael Chandler via Decision

Douglas “The Phenom” Lima (c) vs. Rory “The Red King” MacDonald

This also went how I pictured it going. Rory MacDonald used his striking to wear down Douglas Lima on the feet then used his wrestling to neutralize his offense. Lima was able to land leg kicks that gave MacDonald a big lump on his leg but that was about it.

Winner: Rory MacDonald via Decision

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Chael “The American Gangster” Sonnen

Some say it’s boring, but I say it is brilliant. If you are a wrestler that is going up aagainst a knockout artist then I would suggest using that wrestling to neutralze your opponent. That is exactly what Chael Sonn did to get the victory over Quinton Jackson and move on to the next round of the tournament.

Winner: Chael Sonnen via Decision

Predictions vs. Actual Results:

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

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  • 60% of winners picked correctly
  • 60% of predictions were perfect
  • Prediction accuracy for this event was better than the one for UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou (go figure)
Who You Got?

[Mini] Who You Got? (Bellator 192)

I’m not the biggest Bellator fan but I would be lying if I said their show is garbage. They tend to put on great fights and utilize big names to keep me interested from time to time. Bellator 192 is no exception. However, because I do not want to become worn out from writing too many “Who You Got?” blogs, I decided to condense this one so that I can give out my fight picks while still keeping it easier to make. Expect short and sweet explanations below as I give out my predictions for the fights on this evening that will go down in Inglewood, California:

Aaron Pico vs. Shane Kruchten

Aaron Pico is known to me as having one of the worst, over-hyped debuts in MMA history. Now he is going up against a 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu fight in Shane Kruchten who is 12-3 while he is only 1-1. Good luck with that.

Predicted winner: Shane Kruchten via Submission in Round 1

Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Henry Corrales

To be honest, I don’t really know these guys. But they both like to grapple and Georgi Karakhanyan is apparently a master at it (also has never been submitted in his MMA career) so I am going to have to go with him in this one. Since Henry Corrales has some background in submission, I’ll have him survive at least the first round.

Predicted winner: Georgi Karankhanyan via Submission in Round 2

Michael Chandler vs. Goiti Yamauchi

It is hard for me to pick against Michael Chandler in any fight. So I won’t. Goiti Yamauchi is an insanely great submission specialist, but I see Chandler’s wrestling being enough to neutralize in for all three rounds.

Predicted winner: Michael Chandler via Decision

Douglas “The Phenom” Lima (c) vs. Rory “The Red King” MacDonald

Rory MacDonald has all the tools to win this. Douglas Lima may be great at finishing guys but MacDonald’s list of people who has beaten him are some of the most elite fighters in MMA history. I see MacDonald point striking him on the feet and out-wrestling him to get a decision victory.

Predicted winner: Rory MacDonald via Decision

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Chael “The American Gangster” Sonnen

This main event has the potential to be a snooze fest. I see it going either two ways: Chael Sonnen tries to stand with Quinton Jackson and gets knocked out or Sonnen wrestles with Jackson to get him to the ground to get an easy decision win. I see the latter happening.

Predicted winner: Chael Sonnen via Decision

What's Going On?

What’s Going On? (August 6th – 12th)

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:

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather to pitch 8-oz gloves for fight to NAC

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We discussed last week about these two wanting to fight in smaller gloves. They will finally appear before the NAC and plead their case as to why they should have 8-oz. gloves. I’m surprised by both fighters’ decision as Floyd Mayweather would be giving Conor McGregor a greater chance of beating him and McGregor has stated in his Instagram post above that he does not care which gloves he uses yet he will try to convince a panel as to why they should use smaller gloves. The size difference won’t be that significant as the original size is 10-oz. and MMA gloves are 4-oz. However, this would still make the fight even more competitive (if it ever was to begin one).

Paulie Malignaggi and Conor McGregor sparring session

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Paulie Malignaggi has continued to voice his displeasure of Team McGregor after they leaked pictures of his sparring session with Conor McGregor which made McGregor look superior in comparison to Malignaggi. Although I feel he was used negatively in this situation, I think Malignaggi needs to drop it as it is starting to make him look bad and destroying his reputation more than the pictures. In all honesty, we will never know what happened in the sparring session between these two unless footage is release which I doubt would actually happen. McGregor’s team already did something similar with another boxer and was exposed on a twitter video. If we want to see McGregor’s true skills we will have to wait till August 26th.

Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm at UFC 217

This is possibly the biggest female fight the UFC can do right now. Both are amazing strikers who can knockout any other competitor in their division. If the fight stays standing then it would be a fun contest to watch. However, Cyborg should be looking to take this fight to the ground to utilize her jiu-jitsu. It would be a fun contest but the fight still needs to be made. Hopefully the UFC will not take forever in making a matchup with Cyborg this time.

Georges St-Pierre signs contract for fight with Michael Bisping at UFC 217

Can we get this fight over with already? Michael Bisping’s title reign is lasting a lifetime because of his inability to fight top contenders. Hopefully whoever wins this bout will face Robert Whittaker next. Also it is nice to see another of Dana White’s lies after he stated that “the boat has sailed” for this fight to happen.

Rose Namajunas poses nude

The Women’s Health magazine ran a “Naked in 3 Words” series with UFC Strawweight Rose Namajunas posing for it. The three words she chose were Cut, The, Shit. I, for one, cannot wait for her to return to the octagon as I feel she could be a tough challenge for the current champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

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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.