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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.  

Check out the extended preview video of UFC 193

UFC 192 Daniel Cormier vs Alexander Gustafsson Fight Pick & Preview

UFC 192 is going down later tonight and this one is going to be interesting.  Daniel Cormier has a lot to prove!  Sure, he’s the light heavyweight UFC Champion, but, he didn’t beat the champ to become the champ.  Daniel Cormier became champion after the belt was stripped from Jon Jones for his out of the octagon legal issues.  He did beat Anthony “Rumble” Johnson to earn the title that was up for grabs, but most MMA fans still see Cormier as only the second best in the division.  Alexander Gustafsson also has a lot to prove, he lost his last fight, but the UFC is still giving him this opportunity.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 192: Daniel Cormier vs Alexander Gustaffson.  

Daniel Cormier is coming into to his first UFC title defense with an overall record of 16-1.  That one loss was to the best pound for pound fighter in the UFC, Jon Jones. Cormier is out to prove that he deserves the title and that he is one of the best overall fighters in the UFC.  

Daniel Cormier is arguably the best wrestler in the UFC.  His striking is constantly improving and his wins against top level guys is proof of his ability to step up to challenges.  Cormier is a grinder and is constantly on the attack.  His gas tank and grind overwhelms most of his opponents.  Will he be able to overwhelm Alexander Gustafsson? 

Alexander Gustafson is getting another chance at becoming the UFC light heavyweight champion.  He comes into this fight with an overall record of 16-3 and has finished 13 of those 16 wins (10 via KO/TKO and 3 submissions). His first title shot in which he almost beat Jon Jones put him on the map!  Gustafsson has excellent striking and his length gives opponents trouble.  Cormier had trouble with the striking ability and length of Jon Jones, will Gustafsson also be trouble? 

Look for Daniel Cormier to come into this fight with a better game plan that what he had versus Jon Jones.  Cormier gained valuable experience when he fought Jon Jones and that will carry him through this fight.  The early rounds might be close, but Cormier will begin to wear Gustafsson down and take him into deep waters. Gustafsson has done really well agains mid level contenders, but has faltered when the heat is turned up and he’s facing tougher competition.  I see Cormier winning this fight in the later rounds by ground and pound or by a unanimous decision.  

Check out the UFC video, Countdown to UFC 192: Daniel Cormier vs Alexander Gustafsson


UFC 191 Demetrious Johnson vs John Dodson 2 Fight Pick & Preview

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The Flyweight division in the UFC hasn’t exactly been an MMA fan favorite.  Nevertheless, the UFC continues to showcase the division hoping that at some point the fans will gravitate towards it.  The main event at UFC 191 will be a rematch between Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson. At 5’3”, both fighters are diminutive in size but not in heart.  Expect a quick action packed fight.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for  UFC 191.

John Dodson comes into UFC 191 with an overall MMA record of 17-6.  More impressively, he’s 8-1 in his last 9 fights with the only loss coming to Demetrious Johnson in a close decision that many thought Dodson had pulled out.  Dodson is small but packs in a lot of power.  He has finishes 8 of his 17 wins via KO/TKO and has finished 2 out of the last 3 via KO/TKO.  In the first match up, Dodson rocked Johnson and came very close to finishing the fight in the early rounds. 

Demetrius Johnson is defending his Flyweight title and is coming into UFC 191 with an overall MMA record of 22-2.  Johnson is on an 8 fight winning streak and is seemingly getting better and better.  In his last 5 fights, he’s submitted 3 of his opponents and KO’ed another.  Johnson specializes in putting on the pressure until he mentally and physically breaks down his opponents.  

In this rematch, look for Dodson to be more aggressive.  He missed several opportunities to finish the fight in their first meeting.  As the fight wore on, Johnson was able to adapt and he figured out how to grind Dodson down.  Dodson will have to keep the fight standing in order to give himself the best opportunity to win.  

Keeping the fight standing against Demetrious Johnson won’t be an easy task.  Look for Johnson to push the pace and look for takedowns.  Sooner or later, Johnson will find openings and will take control of the fight.  Johnson will once again walk out of the UFC Octagon with the Flyweight belt! 

Check out the UFC video, Countdown to UFC 191: Demetrious Johnson vs John Dodson 2