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Who You Got? (UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs. Brunson

The UFC returns to Charlotte when a submission specialist and a knockout artist contest in a rematch 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:

Drew Dober vs. Frank “The Crank” Camacho

This is going to be a fun one as two men who love to strike battle. Although Frank Camacho does have a decent Jiu-Jitsu background, I don’t see it being used as much here unless Camacho was able to somehow take Drew Dober down (or drop him). But here, I see Dober being the victor because of his knockout power. Both will probably stand a trade in the pocket which will result in Dober taking Camacho out with his Muay Thai strikes.

Predicted winner: Drew Dober via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 1

Jordan Rinaldi vs. Gregor “The Gift” Gillespie

Here we have another fun fight (mainly because of Gregor Gillespie). Jordan Rinaldi loves to push the pace and lunge at his opponents with striking combos. However, he as only fought so little in the last two years and can be very hittable at times. Gillespie, on the other hand, is a top-tier wrestler and can stand and bang with the best of them.This can leve him open to getting caught, however, but that may also lead to him getting a knockout early on. In the end I see him using his wrestling to grind his opponent and then getting the finish late in the fight.

Predicted winner: Gregor Gillespie via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 3

Dennis “The Menace” Bermudez vs. Andre “Touchy” Fili

This night is just full of fun fights. Both men here have the ability to knockout the other, but I see this one actually going the distance. At first, I was leaning towards Andre Fili getting the victory (especially since his teammate, Darren Elkins was able to beat Dennis Bermudez). However, I think Bermudez is going to use his wrestling to pressure and then land strikes every now and then on the feet to wear down Fili. Or a crazy knockout will occur, who knows? Still I see Bermudez getting the decision victory.

Predicted winner: Dennis Bermudez via Decision

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Derek Brunson

This is a tough one to pick. In their last encounter, Ronaldo Souza knocked out Derek Brunson in the opening minute. Times change, however, as Brunson has shown great improvement in his striking. Jacare will have a hard time trying to knock him out. Also, Brunson is a superb wrestler, so taking him down is even harder. Jacare won’t be able to use his Jiu-Jitsu and his striking might not be enough to get the job done. I see Brunson getting the knockout win in this rematch similar to how Robert Whitaker was able to take Jacare out in their last fight.

Predicted winner: Derek Brunson via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 2

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’s Going On? (July 30th – August 5th)

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:

Tyron Woodley news

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Tyron Woodley has been the topic of much discussion lately in the MMA community. Ever since he had a controversial performance against Demian Maia many people have given their criticism of the UFC Welterweight Champion. However, the fans are not the only ones that has a problem with Woodley. Dana White has shown his displeasure as well even going as far as to give the Georges St-Pierre fight to Michael Bisping instead. “The Chosen One” fired back by threatening to leak confidential information if White did not apologize. According to White, he and Woodley has made up and that Woodley did not mean the comments made towards him. I believe that Woodley was in the right in these remarks as it can become frustrating when even your own boss is being disrespectful towards you after all of the hard work you have done. Although I agree with Woodley on some of these issues, his stance against Robbie Lawler getting a title shot is a bit baffling seeing how Lawler is very deserving of a title shot after his run as a champion and his win over Donald Cerrone. With Woodley being out for about 180 days due to a medical suspension, maybe he will have time to consider Lawler as an opponent. If you want to hear more about Tyron Woodley then CLICK HERE to check out this post I made regarding “The Chosen One.”

Daniel Cormier on his loss at UFC 214

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First off, thank you all for the kind words. I have felt the support. Congratulations to Jon Jones and his team. They did a phenomenal job and got the victory. Also, to Big John McCarthy, I would like to apologize for acting up with you. I am thankful for the time you gave me to try and defend myself and stay in the fight. You are the best in the business for a reason. I also wanna thank my team and my coaches. I love you all from the bottom of my heart. Your time and energy is greatly appreciated. You guys did a wonderful job, I was ready. It's a fist fight and things happen. Dana White and the @ufc, thank you for being the premiere organization in all of MMA. Again, congrats to Team Jones and JacksonWink. Love you all. I'll see you soon. DC 📷@layziethesavage

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It was heartbreaking for Daniel Cormier when he lost his title at UFC 214 to Jon Jones. According to Michael Bisping, however, it must have been sweet revenge for Jones. I think that’s a fair assumption. It is delightful to see Cormier handling his loss much better now that he has had time to take it all in. Afterall, he did get a generous payday of $1 million for his efforts. Many have been wanting him to go up to heavyweight and attempt to make a title run there. I have been wanting him to challenge the heavyweight champion for a long time and this seems like the best time to try to make that happen. Even though he suffered a devastating loss, I feel it has opened up a gateway to new opportunities for him.

 

Jon Jones vs. Brock Lesnar

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This super fight is starting to gain some momentum after rumors began circulating of the two facing off against each other. Jon Jones is the odds on favorite to win, especially after his performance this past weekend, but at the same time Brock Lesnar is not someone to sleep on. The fight is not likely to happen,though, until a whole year from now according to reputable source Dave Meltzer. It appears Jones will have to settle with defending his title against a top contender instead, the most likely option being Alexander Gustafsson. Volkan Oezdemir has also been petitioning for a title shot after two first round knockout victories against both Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa with a combined time of 1 minute and 10 seconds. The UFC should book Jones vs. Gustafsson 2 with Oezdemir as a backup plan in case one of them pulls out. Retired UFC fighter, Anthony Johnson has also stated he would come back to fight Jones for the right price but I feel this would be pointless due to Johnson’s lack of interest in the fight game. With Jones being the new #1 P4P fighter and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, he has a lot of responsibility and hopefully won’t blow it this time like he has many other times in his career. He now vows to be the champ fans deserve. One thing that would help is for him to make amends with Dana White. Jones felt abandoned when White neglected him in his time of need when in reality it was White who should be upset at Jones for ruining the UFC 200 main event they had planned. Right now is Jones’ time to really show the world that he is a changed man. Here’s to hoping he is.

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fight over glove size

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Glove size has been a widely debated issue when it comes down to the big money fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. The bout is going to take place in a boxing ring under boxing rules with 10 oz. gloves, that is unless these two have anything to say about it. Mayweather first posted on social media that he would allow McGregor the opportunity to where 8 oz. gloves instead of the normal sized boxing gloves.

McGregor then responded by stating he normally fights in 4 oz. gloves in MMA competition. The two both seem to want this glove change to happen but the commission may have a hard time granting permission. According to the NAC, Mayweather’s team has already reached out to them about getting the glove sizes changed for McGregor. This is surprising to hear because I never would have thought Mayweather would allow McGregor to wear gloves that would give him a greater chance of knocking him out. When you’re going to make over $300 million, like Mayweather implied, I guess it does not matter if you win or not. Honestly though, I believe Mayweather wants to win this fight but does not want to hear any excuses from McGregor or his fans as to why “Mystic Mac” lost. I just want this fight to happen already so that McGregor can go back and finally defend his lightweight title against either Khabib Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson.

Michael Bisping vs Georges St-Pierre back on for UFC 217 in New York

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Th fight is back on and it will take place in New York at Madison Square Garden at UFC 217. Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre is a matchup that is hated by the fans due to how unnecessary it is. But seeing how there are no challengers is available to Bisping, the fight with GSP makes sense right now. Hopefully when the fight is over the winner can go back to facing the rightful new challenger in Robert Whittaker because that is all that really matters. This is just for entertainment purposes.

Other News

  • Frank Mir is negotiating a contracts with Bellator and ACB
  • Jose Aldo and Cub Swanson have both expressed interest in fighting one another
  • Brendan Schaub bets that if Conor McGregor doesn’t last 12 rounds with Floyd Mayweather then he will send a dick pic
  • UFC lightweight Drew Dober must move up in weight according to the CSAC
What's Going On?

What’s Going On? (April 28th – May 3rd, 2017)

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:

Paige Vanzant posts sexy Reebok ad of herself then deletes it after backlash

You knew we were going to talk about this. The ad that Paige Vanzant created herself to promote Reebok has created criticism from many of her co-workers and MMA fans alike. I watched the video myself and can see why some people would be upset. Vanzant should be promoting herself as an MMA fighter and not a model. The way she acted was more like one of thos instagram models who get paid to take selfies instead of an actual athlete. However, she does have the power to do whatever the hell she wants (whether I think it makes her look like a jackass or not). Her deleting the post shows that she regretted something about the video when the response came back at her. I think if she wants to be viewed as an actual threat in the UFC strawweight division then she needs to stop creatiing thee softcore porn videos and get back into the octagon as soon as possible to show that this is what she want to do. If not then she can stick to dancing and making these types of videos for her “male followers.”

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier get into heated Twitter exchange (again)

This was not really much of a huge shocker but the internet has been buzzing of Jon Jones’ pretty funny comeback to Daniel Cormier. I think a guy like Jones who said the PED he used was actually viagra should not be talking about popping anyone’s cherry. Just saying. Still, as an MMA fan I cannot wait for this fight to happen to see if Jones still has it or if DC is the new face of the light heavyweight division.

Anthony Joshua‘s stops Wladimir Klitschko in epic boxing match

This was some good TV right here. I’m not one to watch boxing, but when I heard how good this fight was then I had to watch the replay. For a moment there I (like a lot of people) thought that Wladimir Klitschko was going to hand Anthony Joshua his first loss when he dropped him in the 6th round if I remember correctly. But Joshua came back to put his opponent away. If you have not watched this fight yet then I recommend that you do because this fight may have just put the boxing heavyweight scene back on the map.

ESPN layoffs an its impact on the UFC

This is a bit more grimmer news as ESPN has been laying off employees left and right. Many have associated this as bad news for the UFC as what was once the biggest cable sports network is now starting to realize that live cable sports is no longer what people are interested in. The UFC may realize the same which could drastically change how MMA is presented to audiences. I’m not exactly sure about much of this stuff. I’m just a fan and nothing more. However, I am not too happy about change in my favorite sport broadcast. Here’s to hoping that this signifies good change and will instead enhance our way of viewing MMA.

Bethe Correia vs Holly Holm

This is going to be one of my favorite female matchups of the year because of who is involved. Bether Correia has been trying to get another title shot after blowing it against the once dominant Ronda Rousey. Beating Holly Holm will definitely give her another shot at the title. Holm as actually on a three fight losing streak but still believes she is in the title mix. If she is right then a win will put her in an interesting match against Amanda Nunes or a rematch against Germaine De Randamie. Correia on the other hand believes she can knockout Holm. This is crazy in my opinion but it is this kind of confidence that Correia will need to defeat Holm. This is an interesting contest that a lot of people are immediately giving to Holm, but do not forget that Correia had an impressive winning streak before running into Rousey. This could be anyones and I cannot wait to see how their styles matchup.

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