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.

Other News:

What Happened?

What Happened? (UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno)

Another great night of fights have ended when an expert striker faced off against a young up and comer in a flyweight bout in Mexico City, Mexico. Now it is time to see how the fights went down and how my predictions fared at UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno:

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Alejandro “Turbo” Pérezvs. Andre “The Asian Sensation” Soukhamthath

This was a controversial decision win for Alejandro Pérez in this bout. He was dropped a total of three times throughout the fight but still managed to take the win. It was a close contest and I would have scored it for either man. Andre Soukhamthath needs to keep his head held up high because he showed his power in this fight as well. A finish could do him some good though.

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Sam “Smile’N” Alvey vs. “Suga” Rashad Evans

The first round went exactly how I predicted with Rashad Evans trying to close the distance to try to grind Sam Alvey and get the takedown. The rounds after did not go the same way. Evans started to fatigue early causing him to try and outbox Alvey with wild haymakers and overhands. Alvey just continued to use his jabs and straights on Evans. At first, Evans showed great head movement to avoid the strikes, but once the harsh climate started to set in it slowly disappeared. Alvey did great work and needs to learn to stay off the fence more.

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Martín “El Torro” Bravovs. Humberto Bandenay

This was insane. I thought Bravo’s submission skills would lead him to victory but every fight starts off on the feet. Humberto Bandenay threw a body kick at Bravo and then seconds later threw a head kick/knee to Bravo’s head. Bravo thought it would go to the body and attempted to catch it but instead would get stiffen up by a vicious knee. Bandenay just made himself known, but let’s see if he can create these kind of results again.

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Alan “Brahma” Jouban vs. Niko “The Hybrid” Price

Niko Price continued his undefeated streak against Alan Jouban when he knocked him out in the very first round. Jouban looked comfortable but Price had continuous pressure that eventually lead to a perfectly placed punch that dropped Jouban to get the victory. Price is definitely getting a ranked opponent after this and it would be a shame if he did not after that impressive performance.

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Randa “Quiet Storm” Markos vs. Alexa Grasso

This was a frustrating fight to watch. I though Randa Markos would have the better standup and be able to beat Grasso on the feet in this one. Instead, she repeatedly went after takedowns which at times were successful and at other times unsuccessful. The one thing they were successful at 100% of the time was depleting Markos energy. Grasso capitalized by outstriking a gassed Markos to get the win. I think next time Markos needs to understand the location she is fighting in so she can be better prepared for this type of fight. This was just a sloppy performance in a bout she could have won.

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Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon “The Assassin Baby” Moreno

Finally, the main event between two flyweight standouts in Sergio Pettis and Brandon Moreno. The first round was a bit of a scare for Petttis when Moreno took the back of his opponent. For about three to four minutes Moreno was unable to get the choke on his opponent but was able to ride out until the end of the round. The following four rounds would be all Pettis as he was able to outstrike Moreno by a large margin. Moreno would be predictable with his large overhands and was only able to get Pettis down to the mat one more time in the last round but was unsuccessful in holding him there. This fight highlighted Pettis’ great takedown defense and striking which could see him get a title shot somewhere down the line.

Predictions vs. Actual Results:

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

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  • 50% of winners picked correctly
  • 33% of predictions were perfect
Who You Got?

Who You Got? (UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno)

The UFC returns to Mexico City when two fast paced flyweights 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:

Alejandro “Turbo” Pérez vs. Andre “The Asian Sensation” Soukhamthath

Half of these fights will include fighters that I barely have seen much of and this is a good example. After viewing how they fight and seeing their records I would say that Alejandro Pérez wins this by decision. Andre Soukhamthath lost his last fight to Albert Morales who had a draw with Pérez. If Pérez had not got a point deducted then he would be on a three fight winning streak. It’s an interesting fight to pick but I got to go with the favorite in Alejandro Pérez, but don’t expect a finish as Soukhamthath has only lost by decision.

Predicted winner: Alejandro Pérez via Decision

Sam “Smile’N” Alvey vs. “Suga” Rashad Evans

I am a big supporter of both of these fighters and think this matchup is going to benefit both of them. Sam Alvey needs to keep his distance from Rashad Evans who is trying to take him down and grind him out. Whenever Alvey fights, he tends to get caught up in the clinch which neutralizes his superb boxing. That is why I have to go with Evans who may have an easier time getting in close. Plus if it does turn into a boxing fight then Evans will be able to still hang with Alvey but his main goal should be to clinch and takedown.

Predicted winner: Rashad Evans via Decision

Martín “El Torro” Bravo vs. Humberto Bandenay

Another matchup where the participants are practically unknown to me. Seeing both of their records, however, makes me want to pick Marín Bravo. Humberto Bandenay has lost most of his bouts by submission where Bravo has won mainly by submission. Also Bravo is undefeated in MMA pro fights. Expect him to finish it with a choke early on.

Predicted winner: Martín Bravo via Submission in Round 1

Alan “Brahma” Jouban vs. Niko “The Hybrid” Price

Alan Jouban has always impressed me as a Muay Thai fighter but Niko Price is undefeated and has been shown to have the ability to knock people out. Jouban has shown a weakness in his striking defense from time to time but has also shown great heart. I think his heart (and chin) are going to be tested in this fight. I have to pick Price in this contest.

Predicted winner: Niko Price via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 2

Randa “Quiet Storm” Markos vs. Alexa Grasso

This is going to come down to whether or not Alexa Grasso can take Randa Markos down. Seeing that Markos was able to beat former champion Carla Esparza, I think she can stay on her feet in this bout. Grasso is going to have to find a way to win on the feet because this contest may not get to go on the ground like she wants. Even though she only has one loss, I think the experience of Markos is going to give her the win inside the octagon.

Predicted winner: Randa Markos via Decision

Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon “The Assassin Baby” Moreno

The main event is another striker vs. grappler matchup. Sergio Pettis has is a master striker like his older brother, Anthony Pettis. He has also stopped takedowns from NCAA Division I fighters so I think he (like many others on this card) will have a good chance to keep this fight on the feet with Brandon Moreno. Now, Moreno has been on a tear in the division so I would not be surprised if an upset occurred. However, Pettis is the winner in this matchup in my book. Expect a decision since that is how Pettis mainly wins and Moreno mainly loses.

Predicted winner: Sergio Pettis via Decision