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UFC 185 Pettis vs. Dos Anjos Fight Pick & Preview

UFC 185 Free Fight Pettis Dos Anjos Fight Pick Preview
The UFC is continuing to regain mainstream popularity after a lackluster 2014 that disappointed fight fans. The UFC really gained some momentum last month when Ronda Rousey finished off her opponent in only 14 seconds. The UFC  will attempt to keep that momentum going with a  really good UFC 185 fight card headlined by always exciting lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and number one contender Rafael dos Anjos.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick or the main event at UFC 185.

Rafael dos Anjos comes into UFC 185 with a lot of MMA experience and an overall record of 23-7. More impressively, he’s 8-1 in his last 9 UFC fights.  Rafael dos Anjos can finish fights! He has 2 TKO/KO’s in his last three UFC fights and has finished 52% of his wins overall with either a KO/TKO or submission.  

Rafael dos Anjos is well rounded and has a complete arsenal of MMA tools. He has the techniques and power to be able to finish fights, but he’s also a grinder and can take the fight into the later rounds with ease.  The pressure and pace he puts on fighters works to his advantage and he uses it well as a winning strategy.  Will that pressure bother Anthony Pettis? 

Anthony Pettis has an overall MMA record of 18-2.  He’s 5-1 in the UFC with the only loss being a decision in his UFC debut fight versus the gritty vet Clay Guida.  Since that loss, Pettis has racked up 5 impressive wins that included two KO’s and two submission victories.  Overall, Pettis has finished 83% of his fights with either a KO/TKO or a submission! 

Anthony Pettis is already a great fighter but continues to improve and impress.  His athletics ability mixed in with great technique has propelled him to the top of the lightweight division. His killer extinct has made him a fan favorite.  Rafael dos Anjos will be his toughest test yet and will really test Anthony Pettis.  

This fight has the ingredients for a fight of the year performance!  But, there can only be one winner.  Look for Pettis to counter the attacks from dos Anjos and get off a little more offense than dos Anjos can handle.  As the fight progresses, look for Pettis to find more and more openings. Dos Anjos must catch Pettis making a mistake to win, I doubt that will happen. I see Pettis walking out of that UFC cage with the UFC lightweight belt once again.  

Check out the UFC video, Countdown to UFC 185: Anthony Pettis vs. Rafael dos Anjos 


 

UFC 184 Ronda Rouse vs Cat Zingano Fight Pick & Preview

Ronda Rousey Cat Zingano Fight Video
The UFC started bouncing back from a lackluster 2014 early this year, but with the steroid scandal from UFC 183, it’s back on a rocky road.  UFC 184 isn’t a great fight card, but the main event, Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano has MMA fans excited.  Love Ronda Rousey or hate her, everyone wants to see whether the hype is real.  She’s easily handled every challenge in the UFC !  But now, Cat Zinging is the looking like the fighter that will present the toughest challenge yet.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters, and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano. 

Cat Zingano is not just a fighter they’re tossing in for Ronda Rousey to maul.  Zingano hasn’t lost a fight as a professional MMA fighter.  She’s 9-0 and a bonafied finisher! Zingano has 5 KO/TKO’s and 3 submission victories on her resume.  Her MMA skills are well rounded and her strength and conditioning program is top notch!  

After beating Meisha Tate in April of 2013, Zingano was supposed to be next in line to get a crack at Ronda Rousey but a knee injury sidelined her for over a year. She erased any doubts that the knee injury would be a problem when she came back last September and finished off a tough Amanda Nunes.  Now she gets the title shot she’s been waiting for!  

Ronday Rousey put womens MMA on the map and she’s kept it there with an undefeated record of 10-0.  Rousey is an absolute beast in the cage!  Nine of her ten pro fights have not made it past the first round.  Eight of her fist 10 fights ended with an armbar submission.  Fighters finally caught on to the armbar, so what did Rousey do?  Well, she just kept on winning adding a KO and TKO to round out her last 2 fights.  

Ronday Rousey is a grappling wizard with world class Judo skills that she’s used to easily toss around her opponents.  She came into MMA with those skills and has since added a stand up striking arsenal that has nullified any opponents stand up perceived advantage.  Rousey is the queen of the MMA jungle right now.  With exceptional skills and fight experience at the highest level, she’s looking unbeatable.  

Look for this fight to be rough and tough, but watch for Rousey to overcome any fire power Zingano throws at her.  Sooner or later, Rousey will get into the clinch and begin to overwhelm Zingano.  Rousey will take control of the fight and finish in one way or another.  Possibly, the return of the dreaded armbar!  

Check the UFC video, Countdown to UFC 184: Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano


UFC 183 Silva vs Diaz Fight Pick and Preview

In 2014, the UFC had a rough year.  It was plagued by sub par fight cards and injuries to top fighters.  This year though, the UFC has gotten off to a good start, and with UFC 183 upon us, the fans are once again excited about watching MMA.  UFC 183 is being headlined by the return of a fallen legend, and the return of an MMA villain. Even though Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz is not a championship fight, it’s still one of the most anticipated fights in the last few years.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters, and then I’ll make my fight pick for the main event at UFC 183.  

Anderson Silva entered the UFC for the first time in 2006 and then rattled off 16 wins in a row. In only his second fight in the UFC he dominated Rich Franklin and became the undisputed UFC Middleweight Champion. He dominated the division for the next 7 years! He was considered by many, the best pound for pound MMA fighter in the world.  Then, in July of 2013 at UFC 162, disaster struck when his clowning around in the octagon failed to intimidate or break the concentration of Chris Weidman and was knocked out by a Weidman perfecty placed punch. 

Many thought that KO was a fluke.  In the rematch, a real fluke happened when Silva threw a low kick, Weidman checked it, and Silva’s shin bone gave out and broke in front of stunned MMA and UFC fans! Only a year later, he’s back and has been matched up with Nick Diaz for his return fight.  Silva is now 39 and many are questioning whether he still has what it takes to be a dominant fighter. 

Nick Diaz is one of the toughest fighters that has ever entered the UFC cage.  Diaz was on an 11 fight winning streak until he lost decisions to Carlos Conduit and then the welterweight champion at the time, the legendary George St. Pierre (GSP). Frustrated by those losses, Diaz seemed to have given up on fighting for the UFC. He hasn’t fought since March of 2013.  With Nick Diaz, there is no gray area, either you love him or hate him, but either way, fans do come out to watch him fight!

Nick Diaz has one of the best chins in the game and an aggravating pepper punching style nicknamed the Stockton Slap.  He keeps his fist flying at the opponents face constantly and consistently.  His ground game is excellent and has no problem when the fight hits the mat.  His weakness is checking kicks.  He doesn’t seem to bother with doing that very much.  Unfortunately for Diaz, Silva is one of the best strikers in MMA history and leg kicks are one of his top weapons. 

This fight is extremely interesting for at least two reasons. One, Diaz is going up a weight class but facing an aging legendary fighter coming off a severe leg injury.  Two, Silva’s stand up is great, but he had trouble with Chris Weidman’s aggressiveness and good chin.  Some people would argue that Diaz is even more aggressive and has an even better chin. 

Look for this fight to go into the later rounds with both fighters getting off good shots.  Silva’s age will begin to show in the later rounds as Diaz stays aggressive and keeps coming after him.  Silva is a legend, has a ton of experience and handles trouble well, but Diaz is younger, he fights angry, has a big gas tank, and ultimately will wear the aging legend down.

As fighters age, speed is the first thing to go.  Silva has relied on that speed as well as accuracy to win fights.  Slippage in both those areas will allow Diaz to walk away the winner at UFC 183. 

Check out the video, Countdown to UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz