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

What Next?

What Next? (UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs Anderson)

Fighters do not always like to think what fights they will be in next after feeling the relief of finishing their last fight. The fight game is neverending, however, and so I list ouf the best outcome for the winners and losers for the UFC event that shook London up.

Arnold Allen:

Arnold Allen is still developing as a fighter and might not be cut out yet for a ranked fighter. However, I did see some fight in him as he was always looking to strike and throw down with his opponent while still looking for the takedown. This reminds me of Gray Maynard who just lost to Ryan Hall in a odd contest. Maynard felt it was not a real fight as Hall was constantly going to the ground to get a submission. If a fight is what Maynard wants then Allen is he guy he is looking for. Allen can also use this fight to push him closer to the rankings and see if he truly deserves the record he has accumulated. Gray Maynard

Makwan Amirkhani:

Makwan Amirkhani needs to get back in the win column again by facing a guy who holds a similar record but has lost in their last fight as well. Luke Sanders is the only guy who comes to mind who held an eleven fight win streak to start off his career before he suffered his first loss at UFC 209: Woodley vs Thompson 2 to Iuri Alcantara this past month. It will be interesting to see the to styles matchup and see who could bounce back from a loss to secure a win. Luke Sanders

Marlon Vera:

Malon Vera just beat a retiring Brad Pickett who has one foot out the door. He needs more serious opponents before he can get a top 15 opponent. Franky Saenz would be that perfect opponent even though he is on a three fight losing streak. But because Saenz is a very tough competitor with an impressive record this makes him the right pick. Beating two big names in MMA would definitely put Vera on the map. Franky Saenz

Gunnar Nelson:

This is a tough one as there are several good oponnents for the submission specialist. Donald Cerrone was a high candidate seeing how the two are ranked right next to eachother but this matchup does not appear to be the best one. I believe a match between Gunnar Nelson and Neil Magny would be an exciting one. Magny was able to beat Johnny Hendricks by a controversial unanimous decision at the closing part of last year which makes him a tough opponent to beat. Nelson has the tools to do it though and would love to rise through the ranks fast so this matchup seems like a smart one if Magny doesn’t avoid it like the one with Jorge MasvidalNeil Magny

Alan Jouban:

Another tough selection with all of the great welterweight fighters out there but Jouban needs to go back to the drawing board and face an unranked opponent. At first Alex Oliveira was my pick for him to fight but then I decided that it would not be fair for Oliveira to face another unranked opponent after he has defeated three of them so far. Alex Morono is the next logical choice if he sees himself entering the octagon more recently. He put on a great display in Houston despite losing the contest and would be the perfect opponent for Jouban. This contest would result in fireworks and may make a star out of it. Alex Morono

Jimi Manuwa:

Without question, Jimi Manuwa should be facing the light heavyweight champion after that impressively quick knockout of top contender Corey Anderson. He has a solid case and would love to have a crack at either Daniel Cormier or a rematch with Anthony Johnson. Winner of Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Johnson for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship

Corey Anderson:

I feel sorry for Corey Anderson. He is an incredible athlete who got caught by an impressive striker. I feel like he deserves a rematch with Shogun Rua but that likely won’t happen. Volkan Oezdemir is a great opponent who just beat Ovince Saint Preux not too long ago. The contest between Anderson and Oezdemir would be a good one because of the rankings the two hold plus their all-around skill set. Volkan Oezdemir

News

Dennis Bermudez on knockout loss to The Korean Zombie: “I thought it was a little bit early of a stoppage”

Dennis Bermudez commented on his knockout loss to The Korean Zombie during the post-fight press conference.

Dennis Bermudez: “I thought it was a little bit early of a stoppage. I know I was on Herb’s leg. Like, I knew (Jung) was there trying to hit me, so I was shooting on him. It’s just Herb was – I know Herb was doing his job just to keep us both safe in there. But yeah, I had a big platform to make a rise to the top, and it didn’t go our way tonight.”

After re-watching the finish of the fight, I saw that Bermudez did immediately grab The Korean Zombie’s leg (as shown in the featured image above) and might have moved to a better position if given the chance. However, The Korean Zombie was raining down strikes from above that would have put Bermudez’s future cognitive abilities in serious jeopardy. Don’t get me wrong, I know Herb Dean, the referee that was initiated the stoppage, has been in the middle of many controversial stoppages as of late. He should have stopped the fight between Anderson Silva and Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Bisping when Silva knocked out Bisping with a flying knee but instead chose to let it continue cause the round ended a second later. He would do the exact same thing at UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña when Jorge Masvidal knocked out Donald Cerrone at the end of the first round. He waved off the fight and then the round ended a second later. This caused the fight to continue even though he waved the fight off before the round ending horn. Even though Herb Dean is slowly becoming a terrible referee nowadays, this stoppage was justified by the way Bermudez fell face first to the mat. This usually signals that the fighter is unconscious as no sane person would go face first to the mat on perpose. The odds of Bermudez getting out of his situation were very slim and the odds of him taking unnecessary punishment was very high. In Bermudez’s defense, he may not have had a clear memory of what happened because of the circumstances. In the end Herb Dean made the right call for once and stopped the fight when it needed to be stopped. Hopefully he can keep doing this for every fight from now on.