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UFC 211: Stipe Miocic vs Junior Dos Santos Fight Pick & Preview

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Back in December of 2014, MMA fans were treated to one of the best heavyweight fights in UFC history.  Stipe Miocic and Junior Dos Santos engaged in a fan pleasing chingasos-fest!  There was a lot of head trauma and drama, but somehow, some way, the fight went the distance and Junior Dos Santos picked up the unanimous decision victory.  A lot has happened since then, and now, Stipe Miocic is the UFC heavyweight champion and he gets a chance to avenge that loss.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters, and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 211: Stipe Miocic vs. Junior Dos Santos. 

Stipe Miocic is coming into this UFC heavyweight title defense with an overall MMA record of 16-2.  Miocic is a fight finisher as we can see from the fact that 12 of those 16 wins have come via KO/TKO.  Another one of his wins came via a leg kick submission.  His last loss was to Junior Dos Santos back in that December 2014 brawl.  Since then, he’s rattled off four KO/TKO’s in a row.  His last three opponents have not made it past the first round! 

Stipe came into MMA with good wrestling and excellent boxing skills. He’s only sharpened those swords! In his last for fights, he’s faced the who’s who of the heavyweight division and has finished them all!  He finished off Mark Hunt in the 5th round, Andre Arlovski, Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem all in the first round.  

Junior Dos Santos is coming into UFC 211 with an overall MMA record of 18-4.  Junior Dos Santos is also exceptionally good at finishing fights!  Like Miocic, he also has 12 KO/TKO’s on his resume. You can also tack on 2 submission victories. Junior Dos Santos is looking to regain some momentum as he hasn’t been very active lately and is only 3-3 in his last 6 fights.  Dos Santos has only had two fights since that win over Miocic, a loss to Alistair Overeem in December of 2015 and a win in his most recent outing versus Ben Rothwell.  

Junior Dos Santos is a dangerous fighter and has wins over some of the top heavyweights in the UFC.  He became UFC champion when he knocked out Cain Velasquez back in November of 2011.  He was able to defend that title against Frank Mir by knocking him out in the 2nd round.  Unfortunately for JDS, Cain Velasquez came back for his belt with a vengeance and schooled him through 5 rounds.  JDS earned a trilogy with Velasquez with a solid TKO win over Mark Hunt.  JDS wasn’t able to get past Cain Velasquez in the trilogy, but has hung around the top of the division and with a win over Miocic, and Rothwell, he’s found himself here with another shot at the title.  

Junior Dos Santos is a tough UFC veteran.  He’s been in the UFC since 2008 and has fought the best. He’s experienced, but he’s also taken a lot of damage.  That damage will rear it’s ugly face in this fight. While JDS has beaten Stipe Miocic in the past, he’ll now face a vastly improved Miocic, and that will be a problem! 

Look for these fighter to trade hard chingasos!  At this point in their careers, Miocic has a better chin and that will make all the difference. Look for Miocic to trade with JDS and get the better of those exchanges.  Sooner or later, the wear and tear that JDS’s chin has taken will be the chink in his armor that will lead to his downfall.  This fight will not need the judges, Miocic will get the KO/TKO.  

How do you think UFC 211: Stipe Miocic vs Junior Dos Santos will play out? 

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UFC 210 Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Johnson 2 Fight Pick & Preview

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The main event at UFC 210 features a rematch, Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Johnson 2.  Judges for this fight can take a bathroom break because they will not be needed!  This fight will not go the distance. Their first fight was a fan favorite that almost ended in the first round.  Daniel Cormier was able to survive and then turned the tide.  Will Daniel Cormier be able to win again?  Or, will Anthony Johnson plug the holes in his game and become the new UFC light heavyweight champion? Let’s take a closer look at these two MMA fighters and then I’ll make my official Chingasos MMA fight pick for UFC 210: Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson. 

Daniel Cormier is a horrible trash talker.  When he talks trash trying to hype a fight, it’s not scary and or intimidating.  You almost just want to give the guy a hug.  While he’s not a good trash talker, he is a great MMA fighter.  Daniel Cormier is coming into this UFC light heavyweight title defense with an overall MMA record of 18-1.  The only smudge on his record is a decision loss to the undefeated and legendary Jon Jones.  

Daniel Cormier is a grinder.  He’s an MMA zombie that takes the best other fighters have to offer and keeps coming forward.  He outworks other fighters and eventually breaks most of them.  His wrestling resume is top notch, and his stand up seems to get better and better.  He uses his stand up and chingasos to set up his wrestling grind and ground and pound.  The first fight with Anthony Johnson was a perfect example.  His stand up was good enough to hang with a beast of a striker. He then was able to work his wrestling and outworked Johnson eventually setting up the submission finish.  

Anthony Johnson comes in to this rematch on a 3 fight winning streak.  Not only has he won three in a row, he’s knocked out every one of those fighters.  Two in the first round, and the other only made it to the 2nd round.  Anthony Johnson has an overall MMA record of 22-5. He’s finished 16 of those fights have with a KO/TKO.  Also, he’s 12-1 in the last 13 with that only loss coming to Daniel Cormier.  

Anthony Johnson is a fight finisher.  Since he settled into the UFC light heavyweight division, he’s become one of the scariest MMA fighters alive.  His power is Mike Tyson-esque. One chingaso can end your night!  He almost finished off Daniel Cormier in their first fight and in the first round. A strategic mistake caused him to go into deep waters with Cormier and it exposes a weakness in Johnson’s game.  

Daniel Cormier was able to weather the storm in the first fight. In this fight, look for Anthony Johnson delivering power shots in more strategic spurts.  Daniel Cormier has to fight a perfect fight to weather the storm again.  One mistake can cost him big, especially now that Johnson knows not to hastily empty the gas tank.  

Sooner or later, Johnson will land a shot and will more intelligently find a path to finish.  This will be the first time ever Daniel Cormier will be finished.  Look for the finish within the first 3 rounds.  

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UFC 209: Tyron Woodley vs Stephen Thompson 2 Fight Pick & Preview

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It ended in a draw!  Yup! The first fight ,Tyrone Woodley vs Stephen Thompson ended in a draw.  It was like watching a great movie with a shitty ending.  But today, the UFC is putting Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson back in the cage to settle the score!  Let’s take a closer look at these two fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for Tyron Woodley vs Stephen Thompson 2. 

Tyron Woodley is coming into this UFC title defense with an overall MMA record of 16-3. Woodley was riding a three fight winning streak before the epic draw with Thompson.  Woodley is one of, if not the most explosive fighter in the UFC. He can finish and he can finish fast!  He has 6 KO/TKO’s on his record including the devastating first round KO of former champion Robbie Lawler. He also has 5 submission on his record which puts his fight finishing percentage at an impressive 69%.

Stephen Thompson has an overall MMA record of 13-1. His only loss was a decision way back in 2012 to Matt Brown.  Thompson has defeated some of the best in the UFC as he climbed his way up to a title shot.  Thompson really put  himself on the map with wins over Rory McDonald, Johnny Hendricks and Robert Whittaker. Like Woodley, Thompson can finish!  He has 7 KO/TKO’s and 1 submission sprinkled in on his resume.  His overall finishing percentage is just under Woodley’s at 62%.

Woodley has the edge both in wrestling and boxing but Thompson can kick like no other in the UFC.  They’ve tested the waters in the first fight.  Tonight, it will be about who comes in with the better game plan.  

Look for Woodley to be more aggressive.  He seemed to have held back a bit in the first meeting.  Maybe it was nerves, maybe a gas tank running low?  It was his first title defense and the pressure was on.  With that first title defense out of the way, and having tested the waters with Thompson, aggressiveness is going to be key in the rematch.  

Look for Thompson to find a way to release more kicks.  In the first meeting, the takedown danger caused Thompson to hold them back.  Thompson also struggled when he was taken down.  Finding a way to get back up if he does get taken down is going to be key.  

I’m picking Woodley for the win!  He had opportunities to finish in the first fight and made strategical errors.  Those errors will be fixed.  Woodley will be more aggressive with his wrestling which will open up opportunities to land brain shaking chingasos.  Thompson did enough to survive and win a couple of rounds in the first fight.  Doing enough to survive won’t get him the win.  Woodley will walk out of the UFC octagon win the belt once again! 

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Who are you picking?  Comment below.