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U of MMA Club Nokia Fight Results and Recap

U of MMA Nokia Fights
By Ricardo Robles
Chingasos MMA writer, editor, and talent scout

On March 30, The University of Mixed Martial Arts brought cage fighting back to Downtown Los Angeles. UofMMA has been holding their MMA events at Club Nokia, and this night was no different. Promoter Turi Altavilla and matchmaker Jay Tan did not disappoint the MMA community. The night featured 13 fights, with two of the fights having championship belts on the line. Now onto the fight highlights.

UFC 171 Hendricks vs Lawler Fight Pick and Preview

When the bell rang to end the fifth round at UFC 167: GSP vs. Henricks, most people felt that George St. Pierre (GSP) had been dethroned and that the UFC would have a new welterweight champion.  When the judges decision came in, the world was shocked that GSP was given the victory.  Even though Johnny Hendricks officially lost the decision, he retired GSP that night, and became the peoples champion.  At UFC 171, he gets the chance to officially take possession of the welterweight champion when he faces Robby Lawler for the vacant championship belt that GSP left behind with this retirement/leave of absence.  I’m 11-1 in my last 12 UFC Pay Per View main event fight picks and I’m confident I have this one picked correctly as well.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll unveil my fight pick for UFC 171: Johnny Hendricks vs. Robby Lawler.

Robby Lawler has had a roller coaster of an MMA career (22-9). His first stint in the UFC lasted from 2002-2004. After two straight losses, a KO and a submission, he went on to fight in other organizations.  Last year he was given another opportunity in the UFC and quickly racked up three victories in a row, two of those coming via vicious knock outs.

Robby Lawler has explosive power and can end a fight quickly.  Eighteen out of this 22 victories have ended via KO/TKO.  If he can get Hendricks to get into a rock em’ sock em’ robot fight, it will line up a good opportunity to unleash and land his KO power.

Unfortunately for Lawler, Johnny Hendricks is no dummy.  Hendricks is coming off of fights versus two of the smartest, most strategic fighters in the UFC.  Hendricks beat Carlos Condit, and most believe he should have gotten the decision over GSP. 

Johnny Hendricks is 15-2 overall and has really learned how to mix his outstanding wrestling skills with this KO power.  Eight of this victories have come via KO/TKO.  His wrestling has smothered those fighters he hasn’t been able to KO.  His conditioning is top notch and will outwork most fighters.

In this fight at UFC 171, there will be exciting stand up trading exchanges!  The difference maker in this fight will be that if Hendricks gets in trouble on his feet, he’ll be able to get a takedown and ground and pound to victory.  Look for a big KO!  But, I’m betting that it will come from Hendricks mixing up this power shots with wrestling to set that up.  Hendricks will officially take possession of the UFC welterweight champion ship belt. 

Check out Countdown to UFC 171: Johnny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler

UFC 170 Ronda Rousey vs Sarah McMann Fight Pick

UFC 170 Rousey vs. McMann Fight Pick
UFC 170 is going down this Saturday, February 22!  It’s going to be Ronda Rousey’s toughest challenge yet!  Sarah McMann comes in with the best MMA resume of any of Rousey’s opponents to date.  McMann, like Rousey, is also undefeated!  These two undefeated women will step into the UFC Octagon, but only one will leave with the belt and an unblemished record!  I’ve gone 10-1 in the last 11 UFC pay per view main event fight picks and I’m confident that I will pick correctly once again!  Let’s take a closer look at these MMA fighters and then I’ll make my pick. 

Ronda Rousey is an absolute beast! Love her or hate her, she doesn’t just win, she demolishes the opposition.  In her last outing, Meisha Tate hung in tough, but she never posed a threat and the exciting moments where mostly her escaping Rousey’s early submission attempts.  Rousey eventually tapped her out with an armbar submission just like she’s done to every other opponent.

Rousey is coming in to this title defense at a perfect 8-0 with 8 armbar submissions.  Also, keep in mind she walked through her amateur MMA career with three easy wins via armbar submissions as well.  Now, she’s added a good looking stand up game to her already powerful grappling.  McMann is a tough grappler herself though!

Sarah McMann won an Olympics silver medal in wrestling.  She’s since transitioned into MMA and comes into this fight with an impressive 7-0 record.  Within those wins she has 3 submissions and a TKO! Ronda Rousey has not faced a grappler with the credentials that McMann possesses and that makes McMann a huge threat.

With that being said, their grappling styles are a lot different.  Ronda Rousey has a Judo background which includes submissions, whereas McMann’s background is in freestyle wrestling which does not have submissions. If McMann is successful on a takedown, Rousey will be able to defend a lot better than McMann’s other opponents.  McMann has used more of a ground and pound style to win fights. Rousey have an arsenal of submissions from her back, including but not limited to her powerful armbar. 

Look for McMann to give Rousey a good fight.  Unfortunately for McMann, Rousey is at the top of her game right now and she’s only getting better in all aspects of MMA.  Rousey will win the fight!  Most likely, by another submission.  And probably, by another armbar!

Check out the UFC video Countdown to UFC 170: Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann