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UFC 181 Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler Fight Pick and Preview

UFC 181 Video Free Johny Hendricks Robbie Lawler
The UFC has not had a stellar year in 2014. This year has been plagued by week fight cards and injuries to top fighters that have kept them out of action.  Sports succeed when the casual fan gets excited.  This year, the UFC did not give the casual fan much to be excited about.  With that being said, UFC 181 is being headlined by a rematch of one of the best fights in UFC history, Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler. Their first fight was a classic! Both fighters put it all on the line and really went after the championship belt! I have a feeling that the rematch will be just as exciting as the first and will also put the UFC back on track with capturing the casual fan’s attention and bringing MMA into the mainstream limelight.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick in hopes to continue my dominance in UFC PPV main event fight winner predictions. 

Johny Hendricks is 16-2 with half of his wins coming via KO/TKO.  He’s fought the cream of the crop in the UFC’s welterweight division. His last loss was to George St. Pierre and many think he really won that fight. Hendricks has gone from a great MMA wrestler with knockout power to a great MMA fighter period!  He can know mix things up so well that it’s tough to know where he’s taking the fight.  He can beat you standing as he showed with the first fight with with Robbie Lawler, but his roots are still in wrestling and can take anyone down, or, use the threat of the takedown to get in some solid power punching. 
 

Robbie Lawler has been an MMA professional fighter since 2001 and has compiled a record of 24-10 with a strong resurgence that started in February of 2013 at UFC 157.  In that resurgence he’s 5-1 and has fought some of the best in the UFC’s welterweight division. His only loss in that run was the first match up with Hendricks in which a win wasn’t missed by much.  Robbie Lawler has extremely dangerous KO power as has been shown in 19 of his 24 wins where he’s finished the fight with a KO/TKO.  Lawler has excellent wrestling ability, but he uses it in reverse.  He stops takedowns and keeps the fight standing where he can launch KO/TKO bombs reminiscent of a UFC legend, Chuck Liddell.  

In their first fight, Johny Hendricks suffered a bicep injury in the first round that made his takedown attempts weaker than usual.  It forced him to stand and trade with Robbie Lawler more than he wanted to.  Hendricks looks to be healthy so look for better takedown attempts while still holding his own in stand up exchanges with Lawler.  This will be another exciting fight, but unfortunately for Lawler, it will go much like the first except this time Hendricks will also be able to use more of this wrestling tactics to sway the fight in his favor.  I see Hendricks walking out of that Octagon tonight with the UFC’s welterweight belt once again. 

Check out the video, Countdown to UFC 181: Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler

UFC 179 Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendez Fight Pick & Preview

UFC 179 Aldo Mendez Fight Pick Preview Video
This Saturday the UFC gets back to putting on a fight card that fans will appreciate. Let’s face it, this year has not been a stellar year for top-notch UFC paper views.  This UFC though is a much needed upgrade. UFC 179 features the featherweight champion José Aldo versus Chad Mendes in a rematch of their first fight two years ago.  Back then, Mendez was the number one contender and was doing well until he caught a vicious spinning elbow from Aldo. That elbow laid Mendez out and ended the fight in the first round.  Let’s take a closer look at these two fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for the rematch.  Hopefully I’ll continue with my accuracy and continue to stay one step ahead of all the other fight analysts.

Jose Aldo is an MMA and more importantly UFC fight winning machine!  He comes into this fight with an overall record of 24-1 with that one loss coming way back in 2005. He’s athletic, creative and well skilled. He’s caught some criticism for not finishing fights, but make no mistake about it, he can put people to sleep.  In the WEC he once had a streak of 6 KO/TKO’s in a row. He’s KO/TKO’d 2 of his last 4 opponents including Chad Mendez. 

Jose Aldo knows how to win and has a toolbox full of MMA skills.  The best aspect of his game is his stand up and his great takedown defense allows him to use his favorite stand up tools.  Aldo has KO power and one mistake can end a fight as Chad Mendez found out in their first fight. 

Chad Mendez is coming into UFC 179 with an overall record of 16-1. Obviously that one loss came at the hands or elbow of Jose Aldo.  Since that loss, Mendez has come back strong racking up 5 wins.  Four of those wins have come via KO/TKO. 

Chad Mendez came into the UFC with strong wrestling skills and great athletic ability.  His striking has improved and those enhanced striking tools will be the set of weaponry that might get him the win at UFC 179. Unfortunately for Mendez, keeping the fight standing is what Jose Aldo will thrive off of. 

Look for Mendez to threaten with takedown attempts while mixing in opportunistic striking.  Aldo will be ready for the takedown attempts and I’m sure just like in their first fight, Aldo will have something lined up for Mendez.  Mendez is a beast, but Aldo has defended his title against the best several times. Aldo's experience mixed in with this refined MMA set of tools will get him the victory!  I think both fighters will be cautious so look for this one to go into the later rounds. 

Check out the UFC 's video Countdown to UFC 179:

Practical Self Defense for Women - Pasadena

Self Defense Woman Pasadena
Can you afford a self-defense class? The real question is: Can you afford NOT to take a self-defense class?  This website’s demographic is largely men, but, it’s important that women realize the benefits of getting some type of Martial Arts training.  The crime statistics aren’t pretty, according to the U.S. Department of Justice's National Crime Victimization Survey --there is an average of 237,868 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year. - https://www.rainn.org/get-information/statistics/frequency-of-sexual-assault 

Just in Pasadena this year, 2014, according to the Pasadena Police Preliminary Statistical Report there have already been 21 rapes, 89 robberies, and 206 assaults. 

The best way to prevent an attack, assault, or any other crime is to become an extremely difficult victim.  Not everyone wants to train to fight in a cage or in some sort of combat sport. Not everyone wants to join a traditional Martial Arts school, but, everyone, especially women, can and should learn some practical, effective and efficient self-defense techniques. 

The Practical Self-Defenses and Fitness for Women seminar/workshop this Saturday is designed with the busy woman and their needs in mind.  Attend this Saturday, and you will be armed with knowledge, techniques and concepts that can help you avoid and or survive and assault/attack.


The Practical Self-Defense and Fitness for Woman will be held at FX Training Pasadena located at 2061 N. Los Robles Ave. #104.  You can sign up HERE