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UFC 188 Cain Velasquez vs Fabricio Werdum Fight Pick & Preview

MMA fans in Mexico will finally get the opportunity to see the UFC heavyweight champion in action live.  The long awaiting matchup between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum is going down this Saturday in Mexico City, Mexico!  Cain Velasquez is the UFC champion, Fabricio Werdum earned the interim heavyweight championship when Velasquez was sidelined with an injury.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 188 Cain Velasquez vs Fabricio Werdum.  

Fabricio Werdum is an MMA veteran with an overall MMA record of 19-5.  More impressively, he’s 8-1 in his last 9 fights and is 5-0 since coming to the UFC.  Werdum knows how to finish fights. He’s finished 79% of his 19 wins, 9 via submission and 6 via KO/TKO.  

Early in Werdum’s career he was known as a ground specialist, but lately his stand up skills have vastly improved and were showcased in the interim title fight versus Mark Hunt.  Werdum is a highly intelligent fighter who comes into fights with great game plans and picks his spots perfectly.  Let’s not forget, Werdum was the fighter who beat Fedor Emelianenko when many considered Fedor the best pound for pound MMA fighter on earth!

Cain Velasquez sports an overall MMA record of 13 -1 with 11 of those wins coming by way of KO/TKO.  His only loss was to KO defeat to the hard hitting Junior dos Santos.  He avenged that loss with a dominating performance, and just to prove it wasn’t a fluke, he did it again in the trilogy fight. 

Cain Velasquez is a predator in the cage.  Early in his career he used his wrestling to grind down fighters. He’s continuously developed his stand up and is now also a scary striker.  He’s relentless with his attacks.  When he’s not punching, he’s going for a takedown.  When he’s not going for a takedown, he’s setting up striking combinations.  Velasquez plain and simply overwhelmes opponents with this aggression, and endless gas tank. 

Look for this fight to start off slow as both fighter settle in.  Cain will poke around with some boxing combinations and sooner or later will score a takedown.  Werdum is a skilled ground fighter and will be able to defend the ground and pound off his back.  As the fight progresses, look for Cain to impose his will on Werdum and slowly start to break him down.  I see Cain pulling out the victory sometime in the later rounds as he will be able to get the better of the stand up, and score some sporadic ground and pound.  

Check out the video Countdown to UFC 188: Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum

Who do you think will win?  

UFC 187 Anthony Johnson vs Daniel Cormier Fight Pick & Preview

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Jon Jones has self destructed forcing the UFC to strip him of his title and suspend him, so UFC 187 tonight will be headlined by the next two best light heavyweight MMA fighters in the world, Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson.  This fight will be for the vacant light heavyweight UFC title and will begin the new 205 lbs UFC era.  Let’s take a closer look at the fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 187.

Daniel Cormier was undefeated until his recent decision loss to Jon Jones.  At 15-1, many consider him one of the best pound for pound fighters in MMA.  His wrestling ability is top notch and he uses it well to set up his striking game. Cormier has overwhelmed most of his opponents with relentless pressure.  He has a similar style to his training partner and heavyweight UFC champion Cain Velasquez.  Velasquez has been helping Cormier prepare for this fight, something he wasn’t able to do prior to the Jones fight.  

Anthony Johnson was a welterweight fighter in the UFC but had trouble making weight and had lackluster performances. In 2012 after stepping up to middleweight and suffering a loss to Vitor Belfort he was released by the UFC.  

Since then, he’s moved up to a more natural weight class, the 205 lbs division and has absolutely dominated.  Since the move to lightweight, he’s 9-0 with 6 of those wins coming by way of KO/TKO.  In his last fight he KO’ed Alexander Gustafsson, the fighter that some thought beat Jon Jones.  Before that fight, he KO’ed Antonio Rogerio Noguira and previous to that dominated a very tough Phil Davis in a decision victory.  

This fight is an extremely close match up.  Both fighters have excellent wrestling and athletic ability. Both of these fighters can grind out wins and have they possess finishing power.  

The difference in these fighter is that Anthony Johnson has a slightly better stand up game with a lot more power and pop in his striking.  Look for Johnson to avoid takedown attempt from Cormier and land hard CHINGASOS!  Johnson will build some momentum in a grueling fight that will eventually have him crowned the new UFC light heavyweight champion! 

Check out the video Countdown to UFC 187: Anthony Johnson vs. Daniel Cormier

Who do you think will win? 

UFC 186 Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi Fight Pick & Preview

UFC Demetrious Johnson Kyoji Horiguchi fight
UFC 186 isn’t exactly presenting a great fight card, most fans seem uninterested. It’s no surprise as it’s being headlined by flyweights Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi.  It’s not that they’re bad fighters, it’s just that they haven’t really captured the attention of the casual MMA fan.  The flyweight division as a whole has lagged behind the other more exciting and stacked divisions in the UFC. Demetrius Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi needs to be a great fight!  If not, I don’t see the flyweight division rising out of the shadows.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick.  

Demetrius Johnson is coming into this title defense with an overall MMA record of 21-2. He’s finished three of his last four fights.  Two of those via submission and on via KO.  Johnson has a complete MMA toolbox, and has used it in 7 straight UFC wins.  While the flyweight division is flying under the radar a bit, the recent fight finishes by Johnson is capturing some attention.  He’s facing a tough Kyoji Horiguchi who has a propensity for finishing fights as well.  

Kyoji Horiguchi is coming into UFC 186 with an overall MMA record of 15-1.  He’s shown impressive power in winning 9 of those fights via KO/TKO. Horiguchi is excellent with timing and distance and knows how to land finishing strikes!  An exciting win over Johnson will put him on the map and make him a fan favorite.  

Look for a lot of speed and movement to be utilized by both fighters in this fight.  At times, it might look like your watching the fight in fast forward.  The key in this fight will be takedowns.  Demetrius Johnson’s best chance at winning this fight is to get it to the ground.  If Johnson fails to get the fight to the ground watch for Horiguchi to land the harder more devastating blows.  

Demetrius Johnson is a smart, tactical fighter who comes in with great game plans.  I see him pulling out a decision win as he’ll find a way to stay away from Horiguchi’s power.  But, while I am picking Johnson in a decision win, I wouldn’t be surprised If Horiguchi lands some power packed chingasos and possibly finishes Johnson.

Check out the UFC video, Countdown to UFC 186: Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi