What Happened?

[Mini] What Happened? (Bellator 192

Let’s see what happened in the land of Bellator. Once again, I do not watch Bellator often but I like making predictions and sometimes Bellator has fighters I’m a fan of that are fighting. So let’s see how the fights went down and my predictions held up:

Aaron Pico vs. Shane Kruchten

Aaron Pico is known to me as having one of the worst, over-hyped debuts in MMA history. Now he is going up against a 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu fight in Shane Kruchten who is 12-3 while he is only 1-1. Good luck with that.

Winner: Aaron Pico via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 1

Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Henry Corrales

I didn’t get to see this fight sadly as my recorder did not operate properly. But from what I could hear about it, Henry Corrales outsruck his opponent to get the victory. I thought Georgi Karakhanyan would be able to submit him but I guess that was inaccurate.

Winner: Henry Corrales via Decision

Michael Chandler vs. Goiti Yamauchi

This went how I predicted it. Michael Chandler uses his wrestling to control Goit Yamuchi for the entire fight to get the decision. Do I need to say more? I just hope he gets the title shot he deserves after losing it from an accidental ankle injury

Winner: Michael Chandler via Decision

Douglas “The Phenom” Lima (c) vs. Rory “The Red King” MacDonald

This also went how I pictured it going. Rory MacDonald used his striking to wear down Douglas Lima on the feet then used his wrestling to neutralize his offense. Lima was able to land leg kicks that gave MacDonald a big lump on his leg but that was about it.

Winner: Rory MacDonald via Decision

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Chael “The American Gangster” Sonnen

Some say it’s boring, but I say it is brilliant. If you are a wrestler that is going up aagainst a knockout artist then I would suggest using that wrestling to neutralze your opponent. That is exactly what Chael Sonn did to get the victory over Quinton Jackson and move on to the next round of the tournament.

Winner: Chael Sonnen via Decision

Predictions vs. Actual Results:

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

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  • 60% of winners picked correctly
  • 60% of predictions were perfect
  • Prediction accuracy for this event was better than the one for UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou (go figure)
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 Happened?

What Happened? (UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi)

Another great night of fights have ended when two knockout artists faced off in a featherweight bout in St. Louis, Missouri. Now it is time to see how the fights went down and how my predictions fared at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi:

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Darren “The Damage” Elkins vs. Michael “The Menace” Johnson

Darren Elkins was able to pull off another epic comeback when he faced off against former lightweight Michael Johnson. First he had to weather the storm of “The Menace’s” quick and heavy hands in the first round that left his face bloodied up. Although he was stuffed a few times in the first, “The Damage” was able to get Johnson down to the ground in the second with a perfectly timed takedown and get the rear naked choke for the victory. This must be disheartening for Johnson who was looking to make a splash in the featherweight division. His striking was still pretty crisp and should only look to improve his grappling moving forward. Meanwhile, Elkins has shown that he is a serious threat to anybody in the division and will be looking to face a top ranked fighter in the future.

Winner: Darren Elkins via Submission in Round 2

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Kamaru “Nigerian Nightmare” Usman vs. Emil “Valhalla” Meek

Kamaru Usman decided to take the safe route in this one when he pressured Emil Meek with his impressive wrestling and grappling to get the decision victory. Had the “Nigerian Nightmare” stood and tried to strike with “Valhalla” then he would more than likely have been able to score the knockout victory. This could have brought him more fans and given him better favorability among Dana White. I still think his performance was awesome due to the number of takedowns he was able to score that slammed his opponent to the mat. Meek should, obviously, look to improve his grappling so that this does not happen again.

Winner: Kamaru Usman via Decision

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Paige “12 Gauge” VanZant vs. Jessica-Rose Clark

Paige VanZant’s UFC career has been frustrating to watch I must admit. Every time it looks like she is improving she ends up going back to doing the same thing she has done in almost all of her fights. For instance, that headlock takedown that she uses to throw he opponent over her back and onto the mat has been used by her in just about every fight I have watched of her (I dare you to watch her previous fights and prove me wrong). This takedown is very ineffective though which make me very upset that she still uses it. It almost always gives her opponents her back which is EXACTLY what happened in this fight at the very beginning. Then she has the audacity to try that flying switch kick multiple times against Jessica-Rose Clark just because she was able to get a knockout from it against Bec Rawlings. It just made her too predictable. I’m curious if Team Alpha Male is a good fit for her because I have seen little improvement from a fighter that shows a lot of potential. As for Clark, she was able to do everything she needed to do to beat VanZant. Her grappling and top control was enough to win the first two rounds and then in the third round (with VanZant’s arm being broken) was able to keep VanZant at bay with her boxing. Clark is getting somewhat of a following especially with this win so it will be interesting to see how she does against possibly the champ or another top contender in flyweight (if there are any)

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Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens vs. “The Korean Superboy” Doo Ho Choi

Now we know who da fook he is. Stephens came in and did what he needed to do to silence the haters (and contards) by dismantling fan-favorite Doo Ho Choi. The fight was pretty close in the first round with (in my eyes) Doo Ho Choi winning the round arguably. The second round was where “Lil’ Heathen” was able to get “The Korean Superboy” closer towards the cage wall. This is where Stephens excels at since his ability to pressure fighters with his striking and great power. This is what got him the victory as he dropped Choi with an impressive right hook and then followed up with ground and pound for the victory. Stephens needs to ride this momentum to make this his year. He usually falls short against top contenders so he must continue to improve in his striking defense and grappling that usually leads to his downfall. Choi on the other hand needs to stop using his chin as an excuse for poor striking defense. He has just been too hittable in his prior fights.

Winner: Jeremy Stephens via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 2

What Happened?

What Happened? (UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov)

Another great night of fights have ended when highly ranked UFC featherweight fighter Cub Swanson faced off against Conor McGregor’s sparring partner Artem Lobov in Nashville, Tennessee. With that said I break down the fights and explain what happened in “Music City” at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov:

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Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger vs. Mike “Platinum” Perry

This is why I said Jake Ellenberger should just stop while he could’ve, but nope he had to just keep on fighting like a “warrior” should. I’ll give him this, the fight started well for “The Juggernaut” as he was able to use his strikes and takedowns well to take the round. He stunned the crowd when he dropped his opponent Mike Perry in the second with a well placed right. But that vicious power from “Platinum” came when it was needed as he was able to drop Ellenberger with a well placed hook punch. Then when you thought it couldn’t get any more intense, Perry hit Ellenberger with the hardest elbow strike on the feet I have ever seen. Need evidence that it was the hardest? Ellenberger di not wake up until after the commercial break and the winner was announced. Talk about “getting put to sleep.”

Winner: Mike Perry via Knockout in Round 2

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Lauzon vs Ray

Joe Lauzon vs. Stevie “Braveheart” Ray

This was another classic case of the judges making the wrong decision. Joe Lauzon started the fight off well by immediately taking Stevie Ray to the ground and working for submissions. When he couldn’t get the submission he would land sharp elbows and hard punches from the top. The second round was partly on the feet but then went back to Lauzon’s world of pain where he took Ray down and continued to control him. The last round got much more interesting. Lauzon told his corner before the round started that he was tired. He went out there anyways and put on his best poker face. “Braveheart was able to take advantage and gave Lauzon some of the hardest shots he could dish before the time limit was reached. I was pretty sure the fight would go to Lauzon’s favor due to his offense in the first two rounds. The first should have been scored a 10-8 due to Lauzon dominating his opponent for nearly the entire five minutes of the round. But you know what they say: Never leave it in the hands of the judges.

Winner: Stevie Ray via Decision

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John “The Magician” Dodson vs. Eddie Wineland

This went flawlessly for John Dodson for he gave Eddie Wineland the “too-slow treatment.” He hit Wineland with countless strikes and got hit with barely anything. The commentators said he Wineland looks like he was in a fight and Dodson looks like he just got out of the shower. Dodson could have gotten the knockout if he yielded a bit more offense but instead chose the path that involved him getting hit less. It was an easy decision win for John Dodson and I look forward to seeing him fight in the future with his great speed and power.

Winner: John Dodson via Decision

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Ovince Saint Preux vs. Marcos “Pezao” Rogerio de Lima

It appered that my prediction would come true with Marcos Rogerio de Lima leading the way with his numerous kicks and heavy punches. But that all changed when the fire nation attacked Ovince Saint Preux responded in the following round by catching one of “Pezao’s” leg kicks and pushing him to the ground for a takedown. OSP kept top control and landed some brutal elbows which caused Rogerio de Lima to hold his opponent close to him. This led to OSP to use a Von Flue Choke on his opponent (which involves pushing your shoulder down on your opponent’s neck) to pick up the much needed victory. I will never doubt OSP again.

Winner: Ovince Saint Preux via Submission in Round 2

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Al “Raging” Iaquinta vs. Diego”Lionheart” Sanchez

Al Iaquinta is back and just put the lightweight division on notice. Both fighter were being patient with their strikes which was something that “Lionheart” did not do often in his prolific career. “Raging” was able to land a hard right hand that dropped Sanchez to the mat. Sanchez was able to recover shortly before Iaquinta was able to pick his final blow which made Sanchez fold like a chair to finish the fight early for the two.

Winner: Al Iaquinta via Knockout in Round 1

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Swanson vs Lobov

Cub Swanson vs. Artem “The Russian Hammer” Lobov

I think th main reason these main events have become predictable for me is due to the fact that fighters in the main event are more well known. This went exactly how I imagined it going and if you want to see how I imagined it going then click here. Still, Artem Lobov showed great heart and was able to sruvive Cub Swanson’s assault he entire 25 minute fight. But surrviving should not be his only goal in the UFC. Winning is the name of the game and he was unable to land the neccessary amount of punches to put Swanson away. His strikes had power but were slow and out of range. Swanson, on the other hand, showed why he deserves a title shot and will more than likely get one in the near future. His strikes were on point and had a bunch of creativity that kept his opponent guessing what his next move will be. This was a great fight and will more than likely win fight of the night.

Winner: Cub Swanson via Decision