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UFC 195 Robbie Lawler vs Carlos Condit Fight Pick & Preview

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Hard hitting Robby Lawler will try to defend his welterweight UFC title once again at UFC 195. This time, he’ll be facing Carlos Condit, a fighter that has been hovering at the top of the UFC welterweight division for a long time.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 195: Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit.

Robbie Lawler has been a professional MMA fighter since 2001 and has racked up an overall record of 26-10.  While his overall record might not be all that impressive, keep in mind, since returning to the UFC in 2013, he’s 7-1 while fighting the best of the best.  

Robbie Lawler can knock your head off!  Twenty of his wins have come via KO/TKO.  Since returning to the UFC, he’s also fought smarter and has one of the best takedown defenses in MMA.  He knows where he wants the fight and can keep it there all fight long.  

Carlos Condit comes in to this title fight with an overall record of 30-8.  He’s been in the UFC since 2009 and has gone 7-4 since with the losses coming to the who’s who of the division, including a decision loss to UFC legend George St. Pierre.  The other losses were to Johnny Hendricks, his first UFC fight with Matin Kampmann, which he later avenged, and a weird loss to Tyrone Woodley which looked like an injury preceded the “leg KO”.  

Carlos Condit can finish a fight with strikes or submissions.  Fifteen of his 30 wins have come via KO/TKO and another 12 have come via submission.  Condit is a smart fighter and fights out of one of the best camps in MMA known for great game plans! With a full toolbox of MMA skills, and what will most likely be a great game plan, can Robbie Lawler overcome that for another title defense? 

In this fight Robbie Lawler’s very predictable fighting style will finally be his downfall.  Let look at his last two fights. Arguably, Johnny Hendricks should have one the decision in their rematch.  Hendricks didn’t stand and bang and took Lawler to a decision.  Rory McDonald chose to stand and bang with Lawler and eventually lost that battle.  

Condit won’t make the mistakes both Hendricks and MacDonald made.  One didn’t capitalize on stifling the stand up game, and the other chose to stand and bang way too long. Look for Condit to mix thing up a lot better than those to fighters.  We’ll probably see Lawler chasing after Condit most of the fight leaving him self open for a good counter strike game from Condit.  When it’s all said and done, Condit will walk out of the Octagon at UFC 195 the new welterweight champion. 

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UFC 194 Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor Fight Pick & Preview

Who is Conor McGregor?  Conor McGregor is the UFC’s interim featherweight champion. Probably more importantly, he’s also a world champion caliber trash talker that has put UFC 194 on the casual MMA fan’s radar.  Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor will unify the belt and finally settle the debate as to who is the real UFC featherweight champion.  Pound for pound, these are arguably the two best fighters in all of MMA.  Lets take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my UFC 194 Aldo vs. McGregor fight pick.  

Jose Aldo is 25-1 overall and hasn’t lost a fight since 2005.  He’s won 18 fights in a row and has defended the UFC featherweight title seven times.  Aldo has a full MMA tool box  along with the athleticism to use each tool effectively. In the last ten years he’s fought the best of the best and has always found a way to come out on top.  This fight with Conor McGregor to unify the belt will be his toughest challenge yet!  

Conor McGregor is 18-2 and has finished 16 of those wins via KO/TKO.  He’s riding a 14 fight winning streak.  The last six of those fights have been in the UFC and he’s finished five of them with a KO/TKO.  Three of those KO/TKO’s happened in the first round and two of them in the 2nd round.  Needless to say, Conor McGregor has one strike fight finishing power and he can do it at the highest level of MMA!  

When it comes to personality, these fighters are the exact opposite.  Jose Aldo is reserved and just goes about his business.  Conor McGregor on the other hand is flashy and loves to talk.  McGregor doesn’t just talk though, he has the skills to back up all that trash talking.  Can Aldo stay focused while in the midst of a trash talking storm? 

Jose Aldo has been in big fights, he’s been doing this a long time and he’s a true professional.  He’ll be able to stay calm and implement his game plan.  The problem for Aldo will be McGregor’s power.  Aldo is probably a bit quicker with his striking, but McGregor can take a punch, and he’ll probably be willing to take three to give one of his.  

On the ground, many people give Aldo the edge, but as we saw in the Mendez fight, McGregor can handle himself on the ground and if taken down, he can find his way back up while not taking much damage.  

Most of the damage in this fight will be exchanged while standing.  Look for Aldo to mix in takedowns attempts with this high level striking.  McGregor will be able to fend off most of the takedown and will look to deliver power striking in the scrambles.  McGregor’s unorthodox stand up and creative striking will give Aldo trouble.  

I see McGregor at some point landing a power strike and gaining or changing the momentum of the fight in his favor.  From there, he’ll turn up the heat and go for a finish.  McGregor will walk out of the cage as the one and only UFC featherweight champion.  

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UFC 193 Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm Fight Pick & Preview

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After last night’s weigh-in, if you’re an MMA fan and weren’t already excited about watching Ronda Rousey take on a bonafide striking specialist, you are now.  That weigh in was intense and in a few hours at UFC 193, we’ll get to see the culmination of that drama.  Let’s get a closer look at these fighters, and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 193.

Holly Holm is undefeated in MMA at 9-0, but keep in mind she was a female professional boxing legend defending her title 18 times in 3 weight classes.  She also has experience in kickboxing and has used that well in MMA.  In MMA, she’s used her takedown defense to keep the fight just were she wants it, on her feet.  As a matter of fact, her takedown defense is highly impressive as she’s stuffed 100% of takedown attempts.  

Ronda Rousey is undefeated at 12-0.  More impressively, she’s not only won every one of her UFC fights, she’s pretty much demolished her opponents. Rousey would have probably been undefeated with the skill set she came into the UFC with, but, she’s actually added a formidable striking game.  Rousey now has no apparent holes in her game.  

This fight is going to be Ronda Rousey’s biggest challenge.  She’s never faced a striker with the resume that Holly Holm brings to the table.  On the other hand, Holly Holm has never faced a grappler like Rousey!  While both fighters are well rounded, this fight at UFC 193 is still going to be a classic grappler vs striker matchup with one fighter wanting to keep the fight standing, and the other, taking the fight into the grappling realm.  

As I was watching the build up to the UFC 193, I started believing the Holly Holm hype, but then I watched her most recent MMA fight in which she took on Marion Reneau.  Holm won a decision.  Sure that’s great, but winning a decision agains a mediocre fighter hints to me that she’s going to have a lot of trouble versus a word class undefeated fighter that destroyed every one of her opponents.  

Look for this fight to start a bit slow.  Holly Holm is a smart fighter and with the help of Greg Jackson, you know she’ll have a good game plan.  Starting slow and avoiding mistakes are most probably parts of that game plan.  But,  Ronda Rousey is just too good at this point in her career.  Look for Rousey to find openings to get into the clinch and work from there. Sooner or later, Rousey will find the right opening to finish off Holly Holm just like she’s done in  each and every one of her other fights.  

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