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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

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