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UFC 198: Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic Fight Pick & Preview

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The fight card for UFC 198 is arguably the best so far in 2016.  It will be headlined by UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum and number one contender Stipe Miocic.  Werdum is out to prove that becoming the UFC heavyweight champion was no fluke!  Miocic has been showcasing powerful chingasos and is establishing himself as a knockout artist. Taking out Werdum would be a nice feather in his cap and he would become the most feared fighter in MMA.  Let’s take a closer look at these two fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 198: Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic. 

Stipe Miocic is coming into UFC 198 with an overall professional MMA record of 14-2.  Ten of those wins have come via KO/TKO.  He went undefeated in his amateur career where he finished off all 5 opponents in the first round via TKO.  Most recently he’s coming off back to back TKO wins over MMA legends Andre Arlovski and Mark Hunt. 

Stipe Miocic can finish fights and he can do it quickly.  His boxing skills are his bread and butter. He uses wrestling when needed to set up his striking and fight finishing combos. Add to that great conditioning, movement and angle set ups and you can see why Miocic is becoming a terror in the UFC.  Will it be enough to defeat Fabricio Werdum and become UFC heavyweight champion?  

Fabricio Werdum is an MMA veteran and he’s fought the best of the best.  He’s been in professional MMA since 2002 and has racked up a record of 20-5.  Keep in mind that unlike boxing, every MMA fight is a tough matchup. More often than not, Werdum has matched up not only against another MMA fighter, but a great MMA fighter.  Werdum has finished 16 of those 20 wins, 10 via submission and there other 6 via KO/TKO. Werdum is undefeated in the UFC since entering back in 2012.  Werdum is an extremely intelligent fighter and finds a way to win.  

Fabricio Werdum is a world class submission artist, but what makes him even more dangerous is that his stand up seems to improve more and more every fight.  With Werdum, there is no safe place.  He can stand and bang with the best, but if the fight goes to the ground, you can wrap up that “W” because even MMA legends such as Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cain Velasquez have all fallen victim to Werdum’s submission game.  

Stipe Miocic has risen through the UFC ranks quickly and deserves this shot at Fabricio Werdum.  He has the KO chingaso power, conditioning and skills to beat Werdum.  But, Werdum has experience and an excellent grappling game on his side.  Werdum will be clever enough to avoid big chingasos and drag the fight along into the later rounds.  Look for Werdum to frustrate Miocic and bait him into making a mistake.  Werdums experience will take over and he will find a way to win.  

Check out the UFC video, Countdown to UFC 198: Fabricio Werdum vs Stipe Miocic

Who do you think will get the big “W” at UFC 197: Fabricio Werdum vs Stipe Miocic? 

UFC 197: Jon Jones vs Ovince Saint Preux Fight Pick & Preview

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The main event fight at UFC 197 is not the one we wanted to see, but it's the fight that we have. Daniel Cormier dropped out due to injury. Luckily though, Jon Jones is still fighting and it’s his come back fight. Will Jon Jones be ready to take his title back and cement his place in UFC history as the greatest MMA fighter that has ever lived? Well Ovince Saint Preux has stepped up in place of Daniel Cormier and wants to derail the Jon Jones train.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters, and then I’ll make my main event fight pick for UFC 197: Jon Jones vs. Ovince Saint Preux.  

The casual UFC fan probably hasn’t heard of Ovince Saint Preux. He’s flown under the radar a bit, but his ability to finish fights has punched his ticket into this match up with Jon Jones. Ovince St. Preux (OSP) is 19-7 overall and 7-2 in the UFC.  He has finished 73% of his fights, 9 by KO/TKO and 5 by submission.  

OSP is a powerful fighter, making it past the first round has been quite the challenge for his opponents.  He brings heavy, powerful chingasos to the fight game.  His bones, versus an opponents dome is a bad combination.  Jon Jones has been able to avoid being knocked out in a fight, but will this be the fight where it happens? 

Jon Jones is already a UFC and MMA legend.  He’s beat everyone that has stepped in the cage to face him.  He has an overall record of 21-1.  That one loss was a DQ early in his career where he dropped an illegal elbow on his opponent.  He would have one that fight.  Anyway, Jones is a natural athlete that has adopted MMA as his sport of choice.  His natural athletic ability mixed in with great coaching has turned him into an MMA fighting machine!  

Jon Jones has no known weaknesses.  When he faces so called strikers, he out strikes them.  When he faces wrestlers, he out wrestles them.  When he’s faced good jiu jitsu fighters, he chokes them out.  Jones has incredible ability!  His only losses have been outside of the cage.  He’s gotten into some legal trouble, and it cost him the UFC belt.  

This fight is Jon Jones comeback fight.  Will he be the same fighter he was before he was stripped of the belt?  I think so.  Now, he might even be more dangerous.  Now, he might be more focused and ready to prove to the world he’s absolutely serious about being the best MMA fighter ever.  

Look for Jon Jones to start slow. Jon Jones knows OSP has nothing to lose and there’s danger in that.  Jones will allow OSP to burn off some energy and power.  Then slowly but surely, Jones will turn up the heat. Jones will begin to use his superior technique to outclass OSP in every aspect of MMA.  I doubt this fight will make it past the fourth round and the finish will showcase Jones’s technique, power and strength. 

Check out the UFC video, Countdown to UFC 197: Jon Jones vs Ovince Saint Preux

Who do you think will get the big “W” at UFC 197: Jon Jones vs Ovince Saint Preux?  

UFC 196 Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz Fight Pick & Preview

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Connor McGregor is the UFC featherweight (145 lbs) champion. More importantly for those that stand to make money off of this fight, he’s a championship trash talker that knows how to get the fans excited.  Nate Diaz is a lightweight (155 lbs) contender in the UFC and his trash talking is nothing to sneeze at.  If those two fighting wasn’t interesting enough, these fighters are going to fight in the welterweight (170 lbs) division.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 196: Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz. 

Conor McGregor exploded on the scene and quickly made his way into the pound for pound best MMA fighter on Earth debate.  He’s 19-2 overall and undefeated at 9-0 in the UFC.  The only UFC fighter that has made it out of the Octagon without being stopped via KO or TKO has been Max Halloway.   

McGregor can handle himself on the ground as well.  His ground work was once in question, but he answered the critics when he was taken down by wrestling expert Chad Mendez and took virtually very little damage, made his way back up, and finished Mendez via TKO late in the second round.  At this point, there are no known holes in Conor McGregor’s game! 

Nate Diaz is a UFC veteran.  His overall MMA fight record is not all that impressive at 18-10, but don’t let that fool you. Keep in mind that in the UFC, there are no easy fights and you’re always fighting the best of the best.  Diaz has some solid wins over high level fighters such as Gray Maynard, Jim Miller and the cowboy Donald Cerrone.  Diaz has also made it the distance with current UFC lightweight (155 lbs) champion Rafael dos Anjos (RDA) and former champion Ben Henderson.  

Diaz is a scrapper. He’s willing to use his volume punching style of boxing to slug it out. But, his ground game is as strong as any MMA fighter and his 11 submission victories have proven that.  Diaz has been susceptible to leg kicks but improvement in that area was clearly evident in his dominating performance over highly ranked Michael Johnson.  

In previous MMA fights, Conor McGregor has been able to get in the head of fighters with his trash talking.  Now, he’s facing a fighter that isn’t distracted by trash talking and more likely is actually motivated by it.  McGregor will not have a mental advantage in this fight and that’s going to be a feather in Nate Diaz’s hat.  

Conor McGregor has been fighting in the UFC’s featherweight division versus smaller and shorter fighters.  McGregor now faces a man that’s naturally heavier and taller.  Nate Diaz will have the advantage with height and weight.  Height is normally not a big issue, but reach is.  Diaz’s has a 2 inch reach advantage.  

Nate Diaz doesn’t have a lot of power.  This is where McGregor has the clear advantage.  McGregor’s power and accuracy is going to be a big problem for Diaz.  But, the question will be: Can McGregor get within power striking range? He will at times, but not consistently enough to KO Diaz.  If Diaz can make it past the first few rounds, McGregor’s power will begin to diminish as an advantage.  

Nate Diaz has been battle tested and gone all three rounds several times.  He’s also gone five rounds with the former lightweight champion.  McGregor has been so good, that he’s only gone three rounds once.  If McGregor get dragged into deep waters, his gas tank might be an issue.  Diaz will have the advantage.  

I’m picking Nate Diaz for the win at UFC 196.  His length, volume punching, gas tank, and ground game will be the difference.  Look for this fight to go into the later rounds, and for Diaz to come out the winner! 

Check out the UFC video, Countdown to UFC 196: Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz

Who do you think will come out on top at UFC 196?