What Happened?

What Happened? (UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou)

Another great night of fights have ended when two of the baddest men on the planet faced off for the heavyweight title in Boston, Massachusetts. Now it is time to see how the fights went down and how my predictions fared at UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou:

Thomas “Thominhas” Almeida vs. Rob Font

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The striking in this fight was super close throughout the first and second round. However, it was well placed right from Rob Font that sent Thomas Almeida stumbling. Font capitalized by going after Almeida and landing a vicious headkick that took away Almeida’s equilibrium. Font finished him off with some ground-and-pound for the win. I though Almeida was going to have the speed advantage in this one, but Font proved me wrong as he was able to land on Almeida and push the pace in this contest.

Winner: Rob Font via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 2

Gian Villante vs. Francimar “Bodao” Barroso

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This went exactly how I wrote it in my predictions. Gian Villante was doing the pressuring while Francimar Barroso was playing defense. Even though Barroso was doing well with his countering, it just wasn’t enough as Villante was able to constantly have him on the cage and advanced for the majority of the fight.

Winner: Gian Villante via Decision

Calvin Kattar vs. Shane “Hurricane” Burgos

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Shane Burgos defense was non-existent in this fight. Calvin Kattar was able to land the jab on Burgos more often than you can count. This really stifled Brugos as he was unable to give much offense in the first round. The pace picked up for Burgos in the second round as he was able land more shots and countered the jab more efficiently. However, in the beginning of the third round Kattar was able to land a big right on Burgos that rocked him. Kattar sealed the deal when he continued with more punched that put Burgos down and ultimately got the finish. Expect Kattar to get a ranked opponent in his next bout after this impressive performance.

Winner: Calvin Kattar via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 3

Daniel “DC” Cormier (c) vs. Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir

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Daniel Cormier did the same thing he does with every powerhouse striker who fights. He stood with them for a moment to test the waters, then he gets the takedown and smashes them on the ground. Although I did pick a submission in the second round, Cormier decided to go with the crucifix position and smash his opponent until the referee stepped in. It was a valiant effort from Volkan Oezdemir, but there was no stopping a determined Cormier who wanted to erase the stench of Jon Jones from him (and it was a vile stench). This cemented Cormier as the undisputed champion at light heavyweight which is what he wanted all along.

Winner: Daniel Cormier via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 2

Stipe Miocic (c) vs. Francis “The Predator” Ngannou

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I don’t think anyone predicted this fight going down like this (if you did then my hat is off to you). Stipe Miocic had the brilliant strategy of tiring Francis Ngannou and bringing him into deep waters (similar to Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman). This was a brilliant strategy as Ngannou gassed as soon as the second round started. Miocic was then able to take down Ngannou with ease. Even though Miocic got hurt a few times from Ngannou’s powerful fists, he was able to get the win by utilizing an age-old strategy against big muscle, powerhouse strikers.

Winner: Stipe Miocic via Decision

Predictions vs. Actual Results:

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

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  • 40% of winners picked correctly
  • 20% of predictions were perfect
  • My predictions were crap (this time)
Who You Got?

Who You Got? (UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou)

The UFC returns to Boston when the two baddest men on the planet 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:

Thomas “Thominhas” Almeida vs. Rob Font

These two fast paced strikers will not let this fight anywhere near the judges as you can surely expect a knockout. Thomas Almeida so far has only lost to top contenders Jimmie Rivera and Cody Garbrandt (which is nothing to be ashamed of). Meanwhile, Rob Font is an up-and-comer who utilizes his boxing to wear down his opponents and isn’t afraid to go for takedowns either. The big difference between these two will be speed. Almeida clearly has the faster hands that can surely put Font’s lights out in this one. Font would also be overwhelmed by Almeida’s constant push and ability to stand and trade in the pocket. The ground game is also a no-no for Font as Almeida is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Expect a quick win for Almeida via his sharp and accurate punches.

Predicted winner: Thomas Almeida via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 1

Gian Villante vs. Francimar “Bodao” Barroso

This fight could be sleeper as both Gian Villante and Francimar Barroso are known for their conservative striking approach in the octagon. The difference of the two is that, even though Barroso has a Black Belt in both Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Villante just seems a bit more faster and accurate with his strikes. His striking isn’t always pretty but I feel it will get the job done against the tentative Barroso. Also, Barroso won’t be able to utilize his Jiu-Jitsu because Villante’s takedown defense is superb. Villante does have a chance to get a knockout but I think the fight goes the distance as Barroso will mainly play defense to ensure a knockout from the lethal Villante does not happen.

Predicted winner: Gian Villante via Decision

Calvin Kattar vs. Shane “Hurricane” Burgos

A third striker vs. striker match on this card makes me wonder if the UFC is looking for all knockouts here in Boston. Regardless, this one has two men on impressive win streaks going head-to-head. Both Shane Burgos and Calvin Kattar has utilized their impressive boxing to defeat their foes inside the octagon. Burgos, however, has the greater defense of the two as he is able to roll with the punches thrown at him and also is great at baiting his opponents in to throwing at him so that he can counter. A big question that I have about this fight is ‘who is going to be the one pressuring in this fight?’ This could be the determining factor for ho wins but I still have to go with Burgos who is undefeated and may also shoot for some takedowns if he ever gets in a jam. A finish seems possible, but I think Kattar’s skills should last him to the final horn.

Predicted winner: Shane Burgos via Decision

Daniel “DC” Cormier (c) vs. Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir

I once predicted that Volkan Oezdimir would get a title shot, but I didn’t say he will win it. Daniel Cormier is one of the best wrestlers the UFC has ever seen. I have total confidence that DC will be able to land a takedown on Oezdimir in “No Time.” This will zap the energy right out of Oezdemir as he struggles to get up. This would result in Oezdemir losing his devastating knockout power. He might be able to survive the first, but I predict the second round being where DC puts him away with a submission similar to how DC did against Anthony Johnson (twice).

Predicted winner: Daniel Cormier via Submission in Round 2

Stipe Miocic (c) vs. Francis “The Predator” Ngannou

This matchup is frustrating to pick due to both guys being able to knock each other out. It is all about who is faster on the draw. After watching their footage repeatedly and very closely, I have to go with Francis Ngannou on this one. My reasoning is that Stipe Miocic has been to hittable in his fights where as Ngannou has been great at defense. Miocic can definitely put anybody down with his hands but I feel he will have to eat a few shots before it happens. And if those shots come from Ngannou, then I do not see a clear path for victory. Then again, Miocic does have an impressive wrestling pedigree that can put “The Predator” on his ass. However, I see this being only to stall as I don’t think he can keep Ngannou down or do enough damage from the top. So in the end, I see Ngannou putting Miocic to sleep via one of those devastating nukes he calls fists early in the fight

Predicted winner: Francis Ngannou via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 1

Who You Got?

Who You Got? (UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs Anderson)

The UFC returns to London when top light heavyweight contenders Jimi Manuwa and Corey Anderson take eachother on in the main event for a potential shot at the gold. Here are my picks and predictions for how the fights will go down:

Arnold “Almighty” Allen vs Makwan “Mr. Finland” Amirkhani

Both fighter in this fight have had a similar journey in the UFC. They have both competed in the same events in their last two bouts, one being at UFC Fight Night: Silva vs Bisping and also both getting a submission victory at UFC Fight Night: Jedrzejczyk vs Penne. Their journeys may have been paralleled up to this point but now they will intersect as they face eachother in this featherweight matchup. Both are rising stars in the UFC but in this matchup Amirkhani has the slight edge due to his ability to dominate his opponents consitently where as Allen has struggled against some of his opponents. Allen has never been submitted and I believe he will be able to defend that against the highly skilled Amirkhani but do not expect a win. This will be a tight matchup and a confident pick cannot be made but a pick has been made nonetheless. Makwan Amirkhani via Decision

Brad “One Punch” Pickett vs Marlon “Chito” Vera

Brad Pickett hopes to end his career with a win against Marlon Vera. Pickett has had an up and down career but has recently been on the losing end more than often with a record that includes five losses in his last six fights. Vera has had better success with only three losses in his last six fights. He has also had success with submitting his opponent, which has been proven to be Pickett’s weakness which is what he usually loses to. As much as I want Pickett to go out with a win, I see Vera winning this by submission early on but perhaps Pickett’s heart will push him to last a while longer especially in his home country. Marlon Vera via Submission in Round 2

Gunnar “Gunni” Nelson vs Alan “Brahma” Jouban

Both of these fighters are incredible athletes who will more than likely hold a title sometime down the line. However, they battle for a ranking in the already competitive welterweight division. Many people would believe that Gunnar Nelson would be the favorite in this fight due to him being from Europe where the fight is taking place therefor being a crowd favorite. Also he is from the same training camp as Conor McGregor. Alan Jouban, on the other hand, has done an amazing job at submission defence while under the training of Eddie Bravo with only one submission loss in his nineteen fight career. Nelson specializes in getting submissions because of his training from Renzo Gracie. But when the submission does not come, he usually fails to secure a win. Jouban is a specialist in Muay Thai and will look to either knockout Nelson but like many others will fail to do so. My pick still goes to Jouban but the finish wont come easy. Alan Jouban via Decision

Jimi “Poster Boy” Manuwa vs Corey “Overtime” Anderson

This fight will greatly impact the future of the light heavyweight division. If Manuwa wins then he will have a strong case to challenge for the belt. If Anderson wins then Shogun Rua will be able to petition for that elusive title shot. Unfortunatly for Shogun, Manuwa looks destined to win this one. He has knocked out fourteen out of his eighteen opponents. Anderson has lost to both Shogun and Gian Villante while Manuwa has lost to only two elite fighters in Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson. If Anderson wins this then it will be a huge underdog win. I believe he will not be able to handle Manuwa’s striking speed and power. It’s no question for me. Jimi Manuwa via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 1