Tuesday Top Ten

Tuesday Top Ten: First Round Finishes From Current UFC Champions

At UFC 222: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya we saw one of the most dominant performances in a championship bout. This gave me the brilliant idea for this week’s top ten list. The current list of UFC champions right now have multiple first round finishes under their belts. Just about all of them have been dominant. So here is the top ten first round finishes from current UFC champions. We are excluding non-title fights they have competed in.

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#10. Stipe Miocic vs. Fabricio Werdum

Many people were pretty sure that Fabricio Werdum was going to beat Stipe Miocic after seeing his performance against Cain Velasquez that won him the UFC Heavyweight Championship. So when Miocic put the former champion to sleep with a perfect cross counter during one of Werdum’s rushes, it came as a massive shock for the MMA community. It was just a sign of things to come from Miocic’s legendary title run.

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#9. Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo

Henry Cejudo was the best chance, since John Dodson, to beating Demetrious Johnson. He was an undefeated fighter and an olympic wrestler. This did not seem to matter to Johnson however, as he went in there and took Cejudo out in the first round with a series of knees in the clinch.

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#8. Stipe Miocic vs. Junior Dos Santos

Stipe Miocic continued his dominant championship run when he faced one of the two men to ever beat him in his MMA career. Although Junior Dos Santos looked promising as he was landing some leg kicks to Miocic, one would eventually hurt him, Miocic would eventually land a devastating right hand that dropped JDS to get the win in devastating fashion.

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#7. Rose Namajunas vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

This was the biggest upset win on this entire list. Rose Namjunas was subject to a lot of verbal abuse by Joanna Jedrzejczyk in the lead up to the fight. This ended up blowing up in Jedrzejczyk’s face however, as Namajunas was able to drop her adversary with a lead hook and then deliver some ground and pound that led her Jedrzejczyk to tap to the strikes (yes it was a tap).

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#6. Amanda Nunes vs. Miesha Tate

When this fight was named the main event to UFC 200, many people felt like it would not serve as a proper close to what should be an epic card (thanks Jon Jones and Conor McGregor). But when the fight took place, fans were stunned by Amanda Nunes’ quick annihilation of Miesha Tate that gave her the championship. She bludgeoned Tate with her fists of stone until Tate was a bloody mess and was forced to curl up in a ball until the ref stepped in.

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#5. Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya

In the most recent fight on this list, Cris Cyborg absolutely destroyed Yana Kunitskaya in this impressive performance by a champion. Kunitskaya had an oppurtunity to win when she took Cyborg’s back, but all hope was lost when Cyborg powered her way out and continued to throw bombs at Kunitskaya to get the victory in this dominant win.

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#4. Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez

In their first fight, Demetrious Johnson defeated Joseph Benavidez by decision. Benavidez felt confident the second time around as he had been working on his striking with the addition of Duane Ludwig to Team Alpha Male. Sadly for him though, Johnson had also been working on his striking. The feeling out process was going on for quite a bit in the first round and as Joe Rogan was complimenting Johnson’s form in his striking, Johnson caught Benavidez with a well placed hook/uppercut that shut the lights off for Benavidez (and his dreams of becoming champion).

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#3. Amanda Nunes vs. Ronda Rousey

The hype behind Ronda Rousey’s return was insane. Many were hoping she came back and reclaim her title in dominant fashion like the fighter of old. This was not meant to be. Amanda Nunes, angered by the lack of media attention to her, absolutely destroyed the MMA darling and sent her into retirement via one-sided beat down that was mercifully stopped before Rousey even went down.

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#2. Tyron Woodley vs. Robbie Lawler

Tyron Woodley may get a lot of criticism for being a boring fighter, but when he captured the UFC Welterweight Championship from Robbie Lawler, it was anything but boring. Similar to the Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez fight, both fighters were feeling each other out and looking for an opening. Leg kicks were thrown and they had a little clinch battle as well. But the only significant strike that was thrown on the feet was by Woodley when he threw a killer overhand right that shattered the iron chin that Lawler had. It was a real eye-opener as Woodley has been a tough puzzle to solve ever since that punch was thrown.

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#1. Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo

This is, without a doubt, the most dominant victory of any current UFC champion. It only took thirteen seconds and one punch for Conor McGregor to dethrone the former P4P king Jose Aldo from the featherweight throne. It’s what made McGregor the larger than life fighter that he is known to be. Now if only he can defend that belt of his. Oh well.

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)
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.

Other News:

Let's Talk About...

Let’s Talk About… Jon Jones

Bones, the cheat, the GOAT, the biggest waste in UFC history. Jon Jones has been called many of names like these and has been the most controversial fighter in UFC history. His future right now is in question due to his most recent drug test failure (don’t worry, we’ll get to that) so I decided to take this time to discuss the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and former P4P king.

Personality

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Jon Jones’ personality is probably is least likable aspect. His out-of-cage antics have gotten him into trouble more times than I can count. To list a few: he has had run-ins with the law (multiple times); he has showed off his muscles and abs and then soon failing a drug test (again, we’ll get to that); and he has been disrespectful towards current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Cormier. Jones, however, normally shows respect towards his opponents after beating them (unless you count his first fight with Daniel Cormier). To me, though, this is not enough to like his personality which is why I have it consider it his biggest con.

Fighting Style

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We go from the worst part of Jon Jones to the best. Many people consider him to be  the GOAT for a reason, after all. His ability to use his god-given reach and frame to strike his opponents form a distance is quite impressive. His grappling is an underrated aspect as well, however, as he was able to submit Lyoto Machida with a standing guillotine choke. That being said, many people put his career in question due to one little problem…

Drug Use

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Two times. Two times Jon Jones has failed a drug test in the UFC. Both times he was scheduled to fight Daniel Cormier when he failed them (coincidence?). In his first drug test failure Jones pleaded that he had taken a tainted Viagra. The Nevada State Athletic Commission was not buying it and gave him a six month suspension. After coming back and beating Cormier in their rematch, he failed yet another drug test for that fight. The verdict on Jones’ fate is still pending but, considering the evidence placed on him, it’s hard to imagine anything short of a year suspension. And no, a polygraph test won’t help anything.

Final Analysis

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With all of the previous points being covered, it is time to assess Jon Jones as a whole. Although I think he has remarkable skills in the cage, his actions outside the octagon make me sick to my stomach. And when I saw both of his failed drug tests, I wanted to throw up. I was even willing to forgive him after the first one like many others but he betrayed all of our trust when he decided to cheat. He continuously shows why he is the biggest waste in all of MMA and this, without a doubt, makes him my least favorite fighter in UFC history.