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.

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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What Happened?

What Happened? (UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2)

Another great night of fights have ended when the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion faced off against one of the greatest of all time in a title fight in Anaheim, California. Now it is time to see how the fights went down and how my predictions fared at UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2:

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Jimi “Poster Boy” Manuwa vs. Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir

Volkan Oezdemir showed off more of his impressive knockout power in the clinch when he put Jimi Manuwa to sleep within the first round of the bout. His ability to land short, precise, and powerful punches to his opponent’s head from all kinds of angles in the clinch has become a staple for Oezdemir. He now has three straight wins over some of the best this division has to offer. Is a title shot somewhere over the horizon?

Winner: Volkan Oezdemir via Knockout in Round 1

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“Ruthless” Robbie Lawler vs. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone

The fight was everything the fans could have hoped for. Robbie Lawler pressed forward with an endless barrage of strikes that put Donald Cerrone in all kinds of trouble. He was able to turn the table and outstrike Lawler in the later part of the fight. Alas it was not enough as Lawler was able to secure the win according to the judges.

Winner: Robbie Lawler via Majority Decision

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Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino vs. Tonya “Triple Threat” Evinger

Cyborg did what she does best and that’s hurt other people. Tonya Evinger showed toughness but was clearly outskilled and outmuscled in this one. Cyborg was able to get the job done in the third with the help of some well placed knee strikes to the head.

Winner: Cyborg via Technical Knockout in Round 3

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Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley vs. Demian Maia

As expected. the fans tore this match to shreds. It was not that bad in my opinion but seeing how this broke the record for the least amount of strikes thrown in a fight is probably a good reason to keep this fight low on your lists for best fights of all time. In the end, Tyron Woodley’s takedown defense (and fence grabbing maybe) won him the fight as he was able to keep the fight standing and outpoint Demian Maia to a well deserved title defense.

Winner: Tyron Woodley via Majority Decision

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Daniel “DC” Cormier vs. Jon “Bones” Jones

This was a crazy way to end a very stacked card. Daniel Cormier was looking sharper than ever against the puzzle that is Jon Jones. It was close until a question mark type kick from Jones landed on Cormier that helped dethrone the champion and crown a new yet familiar one. Jones showed that he is a change man on this night (even giving a sorrowful Cormier some love) and is looking to conquer The Beast in a future bout.

Winner: Jon Jones via Knockout in Round 3

Predictions vs. Actual Results:

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

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  • 80% of winners picked correctly
  • 60% of both winners and method of victory picked correctly
  • 40% of predictions were perfect picks

 

Who You Got?

Who You Got? (UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2)

The UFC returns to Anaheim when arguably the two greatest light heavyweights in UFC history 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:

Jimi “Poster Boy” Manuwa vs. Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir

The first fight features two knockout artists in both Jimi Manuwa and Volkan Oezdemir. Manuwa has been impressive lately with wins knockout wins over Ovince Saint Preux and Corey Anderson. Oezdemir has looked equally impressive with his decision win over Ovince Saint Preux and his 28 second knockout win over Misha Cirkunov. I think the difference between the two is that Manuwa has been knocked out in the past showing that he does indeed have a crack in his armor. Meanwhile Oezdemir has only one loss on his record which was via submission. This gives him the edge for me but Manuwa should put that chin to the test in this matchup. Predicted winner: Volkan Oezdemir via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 1

“Ruthless” Robbie Lawler vs. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone

The dream match is finally happening between these two aggressive yet technical strikers. In one corner we have a fighter who will stop at nothing to get the win and will continue to push forward with an onslaught of strikes. In the other corner we have a cold-blooded black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu who is also a kickboxer who holds the record for most headkick knockouts in UFC history. In this matchup I am leaning more towards the former champion of the division. I feel his resiliency and determination will guide him to overcome “Cowboy.” Plus Cerrone has been susceptible to strikes when overwhelmed in the past. Predicted winner: Robbie Lawler via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 2

Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino vs. Tonya “Triple Threat” Evinger

Cyborg is the clear favorite to win this with her incredible speed and power. Tonya Evinger, however, is not someone to sleep on either especially since she has never been knocked out. Yet, Cyborg is such a dominant athlete that it is hard to pick anybody but her to win when she is competing. Expect her to try to finish the fight early. Predicted winner: Cristiane Justino via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 1

Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley vs. Demian Maia

This has the potential to be the most boring fight of the night to many viewers. I actually always enjoy and MMA contest regardless but I can tell this is going to be one that fans are going to hate. We have Tyron Woodley who was very passive in his last two bouts with Stephen Thompson and then we have Demian Maia who loves to grapple only (which is painful to watch for casual fans). I think Woodley is going to use his passive strategy again while also using his superb wrestling defense to stay on his feet. This should give him the victory against Maia’s insane submission skills. I’m not sure if Woodley will be able to knockout Maia though. I think the safe pick is that he will not when you look at it closely. Predicted winner: Tyron Woodley via Decision

Daniel “DC” Cormier vs. Jon “Bones” Jones

Here it is the rematch we have been waiting years for. This pick is pretty tricky considering Jon Jones has been away for over a year. The smart pick here is the undefeated Jones but I got to go with my gut instinct in Daniel Cormier. Out of all of these pick this is the one you may not want to listen to. I think that if anyone is going to conquer “Bones” then it is going to be either Cormier or Alexander Gustafsson. Right now Jones is at his most vulnerable state especially when you look at how he performed over a year ago against Ovince Saint Preux. He appeared slower than his old self and was unable to get a finish against a man who got his hand broken early in the fight. Cormier since then has looked impressive after achieving the championship. It’s going to be a fun fight to watch and I hope Daniel Cormier wins in the end because I truly think Jon Jones is the worst person to be champion after all of his screw ups. Still, he is in the GOAT conversations for a reason. I still have to go with “DC” but will not be shocked one bit if Jon Jones takes the belt on Saturday. Predicted winner: Daniel Cormier via Decision