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UFC 215 Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko 2 Fight Pick & Preview

Ronda Rousey put womens MMA on the map, but since her demise, no woman has been able to replace her popularity.  UFC 215 aims to change that with the main event Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Schevchenko.  This ladies can both bang and whoever comes up on top will be ready to take the throne at the top of womens MMA.  Let’s take a closer look at these two fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 215: Nunes vs. Shevchenko.

Valentino Shevchenko comes into this UFC title fight with an overall record of 14-2.  Shevchenko is 7-1 in her last 8 fights with that loss coming to Amanda Nunes via a unanimous decision.  It was a close fight, and Shevchenko is ready for redemption and to take that title from Nunes.  

Shevchenko is a fight finisher.  She’s finished 72% of her MMA fights, 4 by KO/TKO and 6 via submission.  She’s constantly improving and is coming off a very impressive armbar submission victory over Julianna Pena in the second round of their fight.  Look for her to be more aggressive in this rematch with Nunes as she lost the first two rounds in their first fight but came back strong in the third.  

Amanda Nunes is is the champion and has an overall MMA record of 14-4.  Nunes is also 7-1 in her last 8 fights but is on a 5 fight winning streak where she’s beat the the best in womens MMA, Ronday Rousey, Meisha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko, Sara McMann, and Shayna Baszler. Nunes is also constantly improving and you’ll see the best Nunes yet in this fight.  

This fight is going to be a 2017 fight of the year candidate!  Both these ladies can throw chingasos.  Both can wrestle and submit opponents.  Both are highly athletic and have shown a warrior spirit in the cage.  It’s going to be an exciting fight to watch and if you want to turn someone on to MMA, this will be a great fight to have them watch.  

Look for fireworks from the start.  As the fight progresses, Nunes sharper MMA blade will begin to slice down Shevchenko.  Shevchenko is tough and will hold her own, but Nunes will chip away eventually come out of that cage with the belt.  Nunes will either finish the fight in the later rounds, or it will be another unanimous decision victory.  

How do you think this fight will go down?  

Conor McGregor Exposed Boxing in a Win for MMA

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McGregor vs Mayweather was entertaining from the pre-fight hype to the fight itself.  While McGregor lost the boxing match, he exposed boxing for what it is, a very limited combat sport, or form of fighting.  In his first professional boxing match,  Conor McGregor (0-0) took on Floyd Mayweather (49-0), the best boxer alive  and arguably the greatest of all time and held is own for 9 rounds and over 27 minutes.  He shocked the world by actually winning the first 3 rounds (9 minutes).  

Let’s not forget, McGregor only had a few months to train for his professional boxing debut, this “fight” with Mayweather. Mayweather has been training in boxing specifically since he was 4 years old.  Mayweather is undefeated, he’s the best boxer alive and even so, Conor McGregor held his own.  Many experts didn’t give McGregor a chance.  At least one said that McGregor wouldn’t land a punch.  

Well, McGregor did more than land a punch.  He won the first three rounds and was extremely competitive until he ran out of gas in the 10th.  Mayweather was in trouble several times, even turning his back and waiting for the ref to stop the attack.  You gotta give it to Mayweather though for being a master of boxing rules.  He used them to perfection.  Turn your back in a street fight??  NOOOOO!!! 

Many people confuse boxing with fighting.  MMA in the early years showed that it was the sport that would most closely resemble a real life street fight.  In a real fight, you would get hurt if you turned your back.  In a real fight, a ref isn’t going to unclinch you, as a fighter, you’ll have to figure out how to fight in a clinch.  In a real fight, kicks, knees, elbows, takedown, throws, joint locks, choke holds and punches are allowed. In boxing, only punches to the waist on up are allowed.  And, even those punches are limited in the way they must be thrown.

As the fight (boxing match) showed us, McGregor landed a hammer fist to the head of Mayweather a few times but was warned by the ref as it’s an illegal punch/strike in boxing.  In a real fight, duck your head and look at the floor and you’re asking for trouble.  The hammer fist is the least of your worries.  There’s a knee strike and a possible guillotine choke from there.  In a real fight, boxing would fail here, but in boxing, ducking your head is technique that is widely taught and used in the ring. 

Conor McGregor exposed boxing for being a limited combat sport, and if you’re looking for a practical self-defense Martial Art, pure boxing is probably not the best choice.  If you’re looking for a practical way to defend yourself without weapons, I would highly suggest you choose something that resembles what’s been shown to work in MMA competition as that is the closest thing to a real street fight.  Don’t limit yourself to one tool.  As Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather showed us, one extremely sharp tool is nice, but having multiple useable options would be even better.  

How Conor McGregor will Beat Floyd Mayweather

Can McGregor beat Mayweather How
What would happen if a dominant force, champion and growing legend in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) entered the boxing ring and took on an undefeated champion and arguably the best pound for pound boxer in history?  When you’re sitting around shooting the breeze with friends that enjoy combat sports, it’s a topic of conversation.  But, it’s always been a thing of fantasy, like discussing Batman vs. Spiderman.  Until Now!! 

Conor McGregor has already shocked the world!  Getting this fight signed was a marvelous work of genius in itself and the combat sports community is still stunned.  On Saturday, August 26, when he enters the boxing ring to face Floyd Mayweather it will be the beginning of another shock that will have the world stunned!  

Comparing Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather is like comparing apples to oranges, but, keep in mind that even apples and oranges have a lot of similarities. And, when choosing what to eat at a particular time and place, a comparison is worth the effort.  So let’s get into some comparisons that will pave the road to finding the answer to how Conor McGregor will beat Floyd Mayweather. 

First, let’s take a look at age.  Father time is undefeated! For Mayweather, Father Time is another foe he’ll be fighting in the ring. Mayweather is 40 years old.  For athletes in most sports, history has shown that the sweet spot is between 27-33.  In that age range, athletic ability and experience meet, resulting in peak performance. Mayweather is well past his prime and the speed, quickness and timing that were the sharpest tools in his shed, are going to be dulled and deteriorating.  On the other hand, McGregor is 29, right in the sweat spot of where athletic ability and experience meet.  

Speaking of experience, obviously Mayweather has more than McGregor in the boxing realm, a lot more! But, boxing experts seem to think that McGregor has never trained in boxing.  Boxing is a key element in MMA. It just happens that it has to be modified for the other physical threats that MMA brings.  When it comes to fight experience, McGregor has plenty.  He’s fought the best of the best in MMA.  He’s seen punches flying in his direction and is no stranger to blocking them, taking them and returning them. He’s done that all while also being prepared for kicks, elbows, knees, takedowns and submissions.  

Let’s look at at their power and fight finishing ability. Mayweather is great at boxing, but a knockout artist he is not. He’s had trouble finishing fights. In his last 10 fights, he only has 1 KO and that was way back in 2011 versus Victor Ortiz.  That knockout came when Ortiz was looking at the ref.  It was basically a sucker punch and controversial at best.  Mayweather usually wins with footwork, defense and scoring with peppering punches.  

Conor McGregor on the other hand is a dangerous power striker that can finish fights with one punch!  In MMA he’s 21-3 overall and out of those 21 wins, 86% have ended in a KO/TKO. In his last 10 fights he’s 9-1 with 7 fight finishing TKO’s.  That power will not go away just because he’s in a boxing ring and the gloves will be slightly bigger.  

This fight will take place in boxing’s welterweight division (154 lbs). Floyd Mayweather has spent most of his career fighting in divisions well under that weight class.  Conor McGregor is currently the UFC’s 155 lbs champion.  He won that in his last fight were he dominated and KO’ed the former champion.  His two fights before that were at 170 lbs.  It’s easy to see that McGregor will naturally be the bigger and stronger fighter.  

How will Conor McGregor beat Floyd Mayweater?  If Conor McGregor is to win, he will use his strength, his size, his youth and his power to pressure and overwhelm Floyd Mayweather.  McGregor will also use tactics and angles that Mayweather has never seen in the boxing ring before.  The element of surprise will be on McGregor’s side.  While Mayweather is clearly, and will clearly be the better traditional boxer, remember that punches are flying and it only takes one to end a fight!  Look for one of those powerful McGregor chingasos to shock the world!! 

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