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UFC 194 Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor Fight Pick & Preview

Who is Conor McGregor?  Conor McGregor is the UFC’s interim featherweight champion. Probably more importantly, he’s also a world champion caliber trash talker that has put UFC 194 on the casual MMA fan’s radar.  Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor will unify the belt and finally settle the debate as to who is the real UFC featherweight champion.  Pound for pound, these are arguably the two best fighters in all of MMA.  Lets take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my UFC 194 Aldo vs. McGregor fight pick.  

Jose Aldo is 25-1 overall and hasn’t lost a fight since 2005.  He’s won 18 fights in a row and has defended the UFC featherweight title seven times.  Aldo has a full MMA tool box  along with the athleticism to use each tool effectively. In the last ten years he’s fought the best of the best and has always found a way to come out on top.  This fight with Conor McGregor to unify the belt will be his toughest challenge yet!  

Conor McGregor is 18-2 and has finished 16 of those wins via KO/TKO.  He’s riding a 14 fight winning streak.  The last six of those fights have been in the UFC and he’s finished five of them with a KO/TKO.  Three of those KO/TKO’s happened in the first round and two of them in the 2nd round.  Needless to say, Conor McGregor has one strike fight finishing power and he can do it at the highest level of MMA!  

When it comes to personality, these fighters are the exact opposite.  Jose Aldo is reserved and just goes about his business.  Conor McGregor on the other hand is flashy and loves to talk.  McGregor doesn’t just talk though, he has the skills to back up all that trash talking.  Can Aldo stay focused while in the midst of a trash talking storm? 

Jose Aldo has been in big fights, he’s been doing this a long time and he’s a true professional.  He’ll be able to stay calm and implement his game plan.  The problem for Aldo will be McGregor’s power.  Aldo is probably a bit quicker with his striking, but McGregor can take a punch, and he’ll probably be willing to take three to give one of his.  

On the ground, many people give Aldo the edge, but as we saw in the Mendez fight, McGregor can handle himself on the ground and if taken down, he can find his way back up while not taking much damage.  

Most of the damage in this fight will be exchanged while standing.  Look for Aldo to mix in takedowns attempts with this high level striking.  McGregor will be able to fend off most of the takedown and will look to deliver power striking in the scrambles.  McGregor’s unorthodox stand up and creative striking will give Aldo trouble.  

I see McGregor at some point landing a power strike and gaining or changing the momentum of the fight in his favor.  From there, he’ll turn up the heat and go for a finish.  McGregor will walk out of the cage as the one and only UFC featherweight champion.  

Get warmed up for UFC 194: Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor! 

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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.  



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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


 

UFC 190 Ronda Rousey vs Bethe Correia Fight Pick & Preview

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UFC 190 is going down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this Saturday August 1. The main event will feature the most dangerous woman in the world and what some would consider best pound for pound MMA fighter, UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.  While Rousey will most likely be highly favored in this fight, she will be facing her toughest opponent yet in undefeated number 1 contender Bethe Correia. Let’s take a closer look at these MMA fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 190 Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia.  

Bethe Correia has earned this title shot by racking up an overall MMA record of 9-0.  She grabbed the attention of Rousey by knocking off two of the 4 horsemen (Rousey's friends/training partners), one via decision and another by TKO.  Correia has very good stand up and does well fending off takedowns and submission attempts.  

Ronday Rousey is 11-0. She’s the UFC’s first women’s bantamweight champion and has faced the best of the best ever since. She has finished every single opponent and has rarely been in any kind of trouble. Some would consider her the best pound for pound MMA fighter male or female.  With all that being said, Bethe Correia is the hardest hitting fighter Rousey has faced. 

Once two fighters enter the UFC cage, anything can happen. But, lets make no mistake here, Ronda Rousey will have to have a horrible day at the office, while Bethe Correia will have to have the best day of her career in order for the champ to be dethroned.  If Correia can somehow avoid the clinch and land big punches, she has a punchers chance.  If not, the fight will go downhill for Correia as soon as Rousey gets to that clinch position.  

Watch for Correia to somehow make it past the first round.  Maybe it will be because of her skill and heart, or, most likely it will be because Rousey wants to prolong the fight and hand out some punishment for Correia's remarks leading up to the fight which Rousey took very personally.  Either way, this fight won’t make it past the secong round and Rousey will once again walk out of that UFC cage undefeated.  

Check out the video Countdown to UFC 190: Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia



Who do you think will win? 

Anthony Hernandez MMA Fighter

By Ricardo Robles
Photos by Rollie Robles

“I think it’s here. Turn right here.” It’s almost 5:00 pm, and Anthony Hernandez was told to be at the Sportsmen’s Lodge by 5:00 for the weigh-ins. Hernandez will be fighting his fifth pro MMA fight. With four professional fights under his belt, he remains undefeated and will be putting that record on the line the day after weigh-ins. 

But, how does an individual get to this point, with an undefeated record and waiting to weigh-in for his next professional cage fight? You don’t just wake up one day and jump in the cage, not if you are serious about your career as an MMA fighter. Hernandez’s journey began in 2007 under the tutelage of Sensei Joey Alvarado, a former MMA fighter and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt. “I first started out at a local gym out in Eagle Rock called SoCal Fight Gym back in 2007. The instructor was Joey Alvarado. There I learned Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing and wrestling.” Enjoying what you do has a lot to do with how successful you are in life. Hernandez used that mindset in his approach to MMA. “I loved every bit of it, and haven’t stopped training since,” says Hernandez about his training.
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Standing six feet two inches tall and fighting at 170, the welterweight division, Hernandez doesn’t take any part of MMA for granted, when it comes to his training, which is a big part of his success. “My training covers all aspects of Mixed Martial Arts.” Nevertheless, like all fighters, he does have a strong suit. “I would like to say my boxing skills in MMA have flourished above others because of the time I have spent on that particular craft.”

Hernandez stays busy, and works hard to maintain that perfect record. “I wake every morning at 5:30am for strength and conditioning at the UFC Gym in Rosemead. Then at 10:00am, I will drive over to Black House in Gardena for wrestling practice. That practice will end around 12:00.  I will then rest and recover, and cook meals until 5:00pm. At 5:00pm, I will head over to Fight Academy in Pasadena for kickboxing and jiu jitsu. At 7:00pm I will head over to the Arcadia track and get my cardio in, mostly a few miles followed by sprint intervals. After that, I feel I have had a complete day of training and I feel satisfied. I do this 4 times a week.”

Keeping such a hectic schedule might burn out the average person. The average person would not be willing to make the sacrifices necessary to become a high-caliber cage fighter. Hernandez is not an average person. “I have always loved to work out and keep my body looking good, so when it comes to training and getting ready for a fight, I just absolutely love it and feel comfortable in the grind.”
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Grinding, or maybe grueling, however, also describe the weight cut for a fight. Anthony was told to report at 5:00pm for his fifth pro fight, and at 6:45, he was still waiting to weigh-in.  “I don’t know how much longer I can take this. This is ridiculous. I feel like shit.” People who have never fought before, don’t understand this part of the fight game. Hernandez had to dehydrate himself, like all fighters do, to make the welterweight limit. He was on weight before 5:00pm, and ready to rehydrate. Hernandez was looking drawn out and pale.  The doctor was finally doing the prefight checkup, but there was still no word on when he would be able to weigh-in. 

“Growing up as a kid, I was always a boxing fan. My dad and grandfather would always order every big PPV fight. So just growing up and seeing that really grew on me.” Watching boxing on TV was a big influence on his life, but it came to be Hernandez’s turn to engage in combat sports. “As an amateur, I went 7-1.” Those seven wins included two TKOs, with his only loss coming via split decision.  “I was the Pure MMA Middleweight champion, and ended being ranked #1 middleweight in the state in California in 2012.”

After his stellar amateur career, it was time to make the transition to fighting professionally. For a fighter and his team, that decision doesn’t come easily, and it is not taken lightly. “My jump to pro was made on sacrifice, determination, and confidence. I felt that if I dominated the amateur circuit, that I could do the same in the pros. So everything is going as planned, and we look to take things to the next level in the next few years.” Having thus far finished all four of his opponents in the professional cage, there is no doubt that Hernandez has made the correct decision.

It was 7:30pm, two and a half hours after Hernandez was told to report for weigh-ins, and he finally got to step on the scale. Hernandez and his opponent took turns stepping on the scale. With a one-pound allowance, both fighters easily made weight. The fighters squared off, and gave everyone in attendance a photo opportunity. Hernandez shook hands with his opponent, and it was finally time to start the rehydration process. Hernandez began with a special rehydration formula given to him by his sponsor. Every fighter has their meal that they like to eat after weigh-ins. As for Hernandez, his choice is pasta. Continuing to take in liquids, Hernandez made his way to dinner before heading home to rest and get his mind focused on the upcoming fight. 

“True story, I started in MMA from seeing the IFL (International Fight League) on TV. My coach and training partner now, Savant Young, was a guy I used to watch on TV, and now him being a friend of mine is really crazy.” Not only does Young coach and train with Hernandez, he also corners him in his fights. 

With training, weigh-ins, rehydration and all the other fight preparation items, which most people don’t see, out of the way, it was time to fight. Hernandez would be the fourth fight on the fight card.  Ask any fighter how they feel before a fight, and their answer is generally the same. They have a concoction of emotions, a potion strong enough to debilitate them or potent enough to power them through a fight. “My feelings before a fight are always the same. The fear, nerves, anxiety, the adrenaline and excitement all keep me sharp and ready to step in the cage. Believe it or not, I don’t care how I feel but rather how my fans and the people who have gone to support me feel. That’s who I care about. I care more about their feelings towards my performance, so I try not to let them down.”

With his fists clinched and eyes fixed straight ahead, Hernandez’s opponent, Daniel “The Animal” McWilliams, made his way to the cage first. Hernandez followed, with techno music reverberating throughout the venue as he advanced toward the cage. “I don’t know, but techno music just pumps me up to fight.” Hernandez gave everyone in his corner a hug before ascending into the cage, his chosen battlefield.

One of the fight officials on hand locked the cage, and there was no turning back. It was now time to find out if Hernandez would continue his undefeated streak. McWilliams, the man staring Hernandez down from across the cage, is a highly experienced veteran with more that forty fights, and he knew exactly what he wanted to do. As soon as the referee yelled for them to fight, McWilliams quickly forged ahead toward Hernandez. McWilliams grabbed Hernandez, and took the fight to the ground immediately. Hernandez had no plans to stay at the bottom. Hernandez quickly reversed his McWilliams, and came out on top.
Hernandez was in half-guard, and started dropping elbows. McWilliams, being the veteran that he is, was able to get back to full guard. Unfortunately for McWilliams, that did not impede Hernandez. Hernandez dropped one elbow after another. With each thundering elbow, the excitement grew in the crowd. Hernandez dropped yet another elbow, and another. The referee gave McWilliams every opportunity to defend himself and continue the fight. One final elbow, and the referee could hold off no longer. The referee jumped in to stop Hernandez from inflicting any more damage. Hernandez had defeated McWilliams, and was the winner, once again.
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“After my fight, I feel a sense of excitement, a time of celebration, a sense of relief and enjoyment. The hard work has been put in, and the results have been shown. There is no feeling like it.  You are a God for one night!” Indeed he was. Jubilation filled everyone in his corner and every single member of his supporters in the crowd.

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While feeling that rush that fighters feel after a win, Hernandez keeps levelheaded and maintains his gaze toward the future. “My future is bright. I look to get a few more wins on the local scene and then make my way to the UFC.” 

While this win is exhilarating, Hernandez clearly knows that there are greater challenges ahead, and he most certainly understands that you don’t conquer those challenges on your own. “I want to give thanks to ChingasosMMA for taking the time out to interview me and take pictures of me during my fight camp. I want to thank my sponsors Fight Me Clothing, Lambs to Lions Clothing, Fight Formula, and PT-RN Healthcare. I want to thank my coaches Savant Young at Fight Academy, Kenny Johnson at Black House, my manager Cesar Garcia, and all my family, friends and training partners who continue to support and grind with me each and every day.”

UFC 189 Conor McGregor vs Chad Mendes Fight Pick & Preview

UFC 189 won’t be highlighted by the fight we all expected three weeks ago, but, nevertheless, it should be a good one!  Chad Mendes, one of the best featherweights in the UFC has stepped in for an injured Jose Aldo and now has a chance to become the interim featherweight champion.  Conor McGregor is champion caliber trash talker, but now he has the chance to be a UFC champion fighter.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my UFC 189 main event fight pick.  

Chad Mendes has an overall record of 17-2 with his only two loses coming to the injured champion Jose Aldo. His last loss to Aldo was a very close decision and has since bounced back with a TKO victory in the first round over a very good fighter in Ricardo Lamas.  

Chad Mendes has great wrestling ability and has refined his striking to match that of the best of the best in the division.  His striking ability comes packed with fight finishing power. Five out of his last six victories have all been via way of KO/TKO. Will his wrestling and power striking be enough to defeat Conor McGregor?  

Conor McGregor is coming into UFC 189 sporting a 13 fight winning streak.  His overall MMA fight record matches that of Chad Mendez at 17-2.  McGregor hasn’t lost a fight since November of 2010!  

Conor McGregor has quickly become a fan favorite not only because of his trash talking, but also because he’s a fight finisher!  Fifteen out of his seventeen victories have come via KO/TKO, another via submission and only one via decision.  McGregor uses an unorthodox fighting style that seems to confuse his opponents enough to leave openings for his power striking and finishes.  

With both fighters possessing fight finishing KO power, this fight might not need all 5 rounds.  Look for Mendez to use his wrestling to avoid big shots, take the fight to the ground and use some ground and pound to win rounds.  McGregor will be able to counter the wrestling of Mendes and stifle any stand up attacks with his unorthodox style and length.  

I see McGregor frustrating Mendez and eventually catching him with some power striking.  I’m taking McGregor in this fight!  Who are you picking for the victory?  

Check out the UFC video Countdown to UFC 189: Conor McGregor vs. Chad Mendes



UFC 188 Cain Velasquez vs Fabricio Werdum Fight Pick & Preview

MMA fans in Mexico will finally get the opportunity to see the UFC heavyweight champion in action live.  The long awaiting matchup between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum is going down this Saturday in Mexico City, Mexico!  Cain Velasquez is the UFC champion, Fabricio Werdum earned the interim heavyweight championship when Velasquez was sidelined with an injury.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 188 Cain Velasquez vs Fabricio Werdum.  

Fabricio Werdum is an MMA veteran with an overall MMA record of 19-5.  More impressively, he’s 8-1 in his last 9 fights and is 5-0 since coming to the UFC.  Werdum knows how to finish fights. He’s finished 79% of his 19 wins, 9 via submission and 6 via KO/TKO.  

Early in Werdum’s career he was known as a ground specialist, but lately his stand up skills have vastly improved and were showcased in the interim title fight versus Mark Hunt.  Werdum is a highly intelligent fighter who comes into fights with great game plans and picks his spots perfectly.  Let’s not forget, Werdum was the fighter who beat Fedor Emelianenko when many considered Fedor the best pound for pound MMA fighter on earth!

Cain Velasquez sports an overall MMA record of 13 -1 with 11 of those wins coming by way of KO/TKO.  His only loss was to KO defeat to the hard hitting Junior dos Santos.  He avenged that loss with a dominating performance, and just to prove it wasn’t a fluke, he did it again in the trilogy fight. 

Cain Velasquez is a predator in the cage.  Early in his career he used his wrestling to grind down fighters. He’s continuously developed his stand up and is now also a scary striker.  He’s relentless with his attacks.  When he’s not punching, he’s going for a takedown.  When he’s not going for a takedown, he’s setting up striking combinations.  Velasquez plain and simply overwhelmes opponents with this aggression, and endless gas tank. 

Look for this fight to start off slow as both fighter settle in.  Cain will poke around with some boxing combinations and sooner or later will score a takedown.  Werdum is a skilled ground fighter and will be able to defend the ground and pound off his back.  As the fight progresses, look for Cain to impose his will on Werdum and slowly start to break him down.  I see Cain pulling out the victory sometime in the later rounds as he will be able to get the better of the stand up, and score some sporadic ground and pound.  

Check out the video Countdown to UFC 188: Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum


Who do you think will win?  

UFC 187 Anthony Johnson vs Daniel Cormier Fight Pick & Preview

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Jon Jones has self destructed forcing the UFC to strip him of his title and suspend him, so UFC 187 tonight will be headlined by the next two best light heavyweight MMA fighters in the world, Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson.  This fight will be for the vacant light heavyweight UFC title and will begin the new 205 lbs UFC era.  Let’s take a closer look at the fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 187.

Daniel Cormier was undefeated until his recent decision loss to Jon Jones.  At 15-1, many consider him one of the best pound for pound fighters in MMA.  His wrestling ability is top notch and he uses it well to set up his striking game. Cormier has overwhelmed most of his opponents with relentless pressure.  He has a similar style to his training partner and heavyweight UFC champion Cain Velasquez.  Velasquez has been helping Cormier prepare for this fight, something he wasn’t able to do prior to the Jones fight.  

Anthony Johnson was a welterweight fighter in the UFC but had trouble making weight and had lackluster performances. In 2012 after stepping up to middleweight and suffering a loss to Vitor Belfort he was released by the UFC.  

Since then, he’s moved up to a more natural weight class, the 205 lbs division and has absolutely dominated.  Since the move to lightweight, he’s 9-0 with 6 of those wins coming by way of KO/TKO.  In his last fight he KO’ed Alexander Gustafsson, the fighter that some thought beat Jon Jones.  Before that fight, he KO’ed Antonio Rogerio Noguira and previous to that dominated a very tough Phil Davis in a decision victory.  

This fight is an extremely close match up.  Both fighters have excellent wrestling and athletic ability. Both of these fighters can grind out wins and have they possess finishing power.  

The difference in these fighter is that Anthony Johnson has a slightly better stand up game with a lot more power and pop in his striking.  Look for Johnson to avoid takedown attempt from Cormier and land hard CHINGASOS!  Johnson will build some momentum in a grueling fight that will eventually have him crowned the new UFC light heavyweight champion! 

Check out the video Countdown to UFC 187: Anthony Johnson vs. Daniel Cormier


Who do you think will win? 



UFC 186 Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi Fight Pick & Preview

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UFC 186 isn’t exactly presenting a great fight card, most fans seem uninterested. It’s no surprise as it’s being headlined by flyweights Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi.  It’s not that they’re bad fighters, it’s just that they haven’t really captured the attention of the casual MMA fan.  The flyweight division as a whole has lagged behind the other more exciting and stacked divisions in the UFC. Demetrius Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi needs to be a great fight!  If not, I don’t see the flyweight division rising out of the shadows.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick.  

Demetrius Johnson is coming into this title defense with an overall MMA record of 21-2. He’s finished three of his last four fights.  Two of those via submission and on via KO.  Johnson has a complete MMA toolbox, and has used it in 7 straight UFC wins.  While the flyweight division is flying under the radar a bit, the recent fight finishes by Johnson is capturing some attention.  He’s facing a tough Kyoji Horiguchi who has a propensity for finishing fights as well.  

Kyoji Horiguchi is coming into UFC 186 with an overall MMA record of 15-1.  He’s shown impressive power in winning 9 of those fights via KO/TKO. Horiguchi is excellent with timing and distance and knows how to land finishing strikes!  An exciting win over Johnson will put him on the map and make him a fan favorite.  

Look for a lot of speed and movement to be utilized by both fighters in this fight.  At times, it might look like your watching the fight in fast forward.  The key in this fight will be takedowns.  Demetrius Johnson’s best chance at winning this fight is to get it to the ground.  If Johnson fails to get the fight to the ground watch for Horiguchi to land the harder more devastating blows.  

Demetrius Johnson is a smart, tactical fighter who comes in with great game plans.  I see him pulling out a decision win as he’ll find a way to stay away from Horiguchi’s power.  But, while I am picking Johnson in a decision win, I wouldn’t be surprised If Horiguchi lands some power packed chingasos and possibly finishes Johnson.

Check out the UFC video, Countdown to UFC 186: Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi

UFC 185 Pettis vs. Dos Anjos Fight Pick & Preview

UFC 185 Free Fight Pettis Dos Anjos Fight Pick Preview
The UFC is continuing to regain mainstream popularity after a lackluster 2014 that disappointed fight fans. The UFC really gained some momentum last month when Ronda Rousey finished off her opponent in only 14 seconds. The UFC  will attempt to keep that momentum going with a  really good UFC 185 fight card headlined by always exciting lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and number one contender Rafael dos Anjos.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick or the main event at UFC 185.

Rafael dos Anjos comes into UFC 185 with a lot of MMA experience and an overall record of 23-7. More impressively, he’s 8-1 in his last 9 UFC fights.  Rafael dos Anjos can finish fights! He has 2 TKO/KO’s in his last three UFC fights and has finished 52% of his wins overall with either a KO/TKO or submission.  

Rafael dos Anjos is well rounded and has a complete arsenal of MMA tools. He has the techniques and power to be able to finish fights, but he’s also a grinder and can take the fight into the later rounds with ease.  The pressure and pace he puts on fighters works to his advantage and he uses it well as a winning strategy.  Will that pressure bother Anthony Pettis? 

Anthony Pettis has an overall MMA record of 18-2.  He’s 5-1 in the UFC with the only loss being a decision in his UFC debut fight versus the gritty vet Clay Guida.  Since that loss, Pettis has racked up 5 impressive wins that included two KO’s and two submission victories.  Overall, Pettis has finished 83% of his fights with either a KO/TKO or a submission! 

Anthony Pettis is already a great fighter but continues to improve and impress.  His athletics ability mixed in with great technique has propelled him to the top of the lightweight division. His killer extinct has made him a fan favorite.  Rafael dos Anjos will be his toughest test yet and will really test Anthony Pettis.  

This fight has the ingredients for a fight of the year performance!  But, there can only be one winner.  Look for Pettis to counter the attacks from dos Anjos and get off a little more offense than dos Anjos can handle.  As the fight progresses, look for Pettis to find more and more openings. Dos Anjos must catch Pettis making a mistake to win, I doubt that will happen. I see Pettis walking out of that UFC cage with the UFC lightweight belt once again.  

Check out the UFC video, Countdown to UFC 185: Anthony Pettis vs. Rafael dos Anjos 


 

UFC 184 Ronda Rouse vs Cat Zingano Fight Pick & Preview

Ronda Rousey Cat Zingano Fight Video
The UFC started bouncing back from a lackluster 2014 early this year, but with the steroid scandal from UFC 183, it’s back on a rocky road.  UFC 184 isn’t a great fight card, but the main event, Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano has MMA fans excited.  Love Ronda Rousey or hate her, everyone wants to see whether the hype is real.  She’s easily handled every challenge in the UFC !  But now, Cat Zinging is the looking like the fighter that will present the toughest challenge yet.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters, and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano. 

Cat Zingano is not just a fighter they’re tossing in for Ronda Rousey to maul.  Zingano hasn’t lost a fight as a professional MMA fighter.  She’s 9-0 and a bonafied finisher! Zingano has 5 KO/TKO’s and 3 submission victories on her resume.  Her MMA skills are well rounded and her strength and conditioning program is top notch!  

After beating Meisha Tate in April of 2013, Zingano was supposed to be next in line to get a crack at Ronda Rousey but a knee injury sidelined her for over a year. She erased any doubts that the knee injury would be a problem when she came back last September and finished off a tough Amanda Nunes.  Now she gets the title shot she’s been waiting for!  

Ronday Rousey put womens MMA on the map and she’s kept it there with an undefeated record of 10-0.  Rousey is an absolute beast in the cage!  Nine of her ten pro fights have not made it past the first round.  Eight of her fist 10 fights ended with an armbar submission.  Fighters finally caught on to the armbar, so what did Rousey do?  Well, she just kept on winning adding a KO and TKO to round out her last 2 fights.  

Ronday Rousey is a grappling wizard with world class Judo skills that she’s used to easily toss around her opponents.  She came into MMA with those skills and has since added a stand up striking arsenal that has nullified any opponents stand up perceived advantage.  Rousey is the queen of the MMA jungle right now.  With exceptional skills and fight experience at the highest level, she’s looking unbeatable.  

Look for this fight to be rough and tough, but watch for Rousey to overcome any fire power Zingano throws at her.  Sooner or later, Rousey will get into the clinch and begin to overwhelm Zingano.  Rousey will take control of the fight and finish in one way or another.  Possibly, the return of the dreaded armbar!  

Check the UFC video, Countdown to UFC 184: Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano


UFC 183 Silva vs Diaz Fight Pick and Preview

In 2014, the UFC had a rough year.  It was plagued by sub par fight cards and injuries to top fighters.  This year though, the UFC has gotten off to a good start, and with UFC 183 upon us, the fans are once again excited about watching MMA.  UFC 183 is being headlined by the return of a fallen legend, and the return of an MMA villain. Even though Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz is not a championship fight, it’s still one of the most anticipated fights in the last few years.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters, and then I’ll make my fight pick for the main event at UFC 183.  

Anderson Silva entered the UFC for the first time in 2006 and then rattled off 16 wins in a row. In only his second fight in the UFC he dominated Rich Franklin and became the undisputed UFC Middleweight Champion. He dominated the division for the next 7 years! He was considered by many, the best pound for pound MMA fighter in the world.  Then, in July of 2013 at UFC 162, disaster struck when his clowning around in the octagon failed to intimidate or break the concentration of Chris Weidman and was knocked out by a Weidman perfecty placed punch. 

Many thought that KO was a fluke.  In the rematch, a real fluke happened when Silva threw a low kick, Weidman checked it, and Silva’s shin bone gave out and broke in front of stunned MMA and UFC fans! Only a year later, he’s back and has been matched up with Nick Diaz for his return fight.  Silva is now 39 and many are questioning whether he still has what it takes to be a dominant fighter. 

Nick Diaz is one of the toughest fighters that has ever entered the UFC cage.  Diaz was on an 11 fight winning streak until he lost decisions to Carlos Conduit and then the welterweight champion at the time, the legendary George St. Pierre (GSP). Frustrated by those losses, Diaz seemed to have given up on fighting for the UFC. He hasn’t fought since March of 2013.  With Nick Diaz, there is no gray area, either you love him or hate him, but either way, fans do come out to watch him fight!

Nick Diaz has one of the best chins in the game and an aggravating pepper punching style nicknamed the Stockton Slap.  He keeps his fist flying at the opponents face constantly and consistently.  His ground game is excellent and has no problem when the fight hits the mat.  His weakness is checking kicks.  He doesn’t seem to bother with doing that very much.  Unfortunately for Diaz, Silva is one of the best strikers in MMA history and leg kicks are one of his top weapons. 

This fight is extremely interesting for at least two reasons. One, Diaz is going up a weight class but facing an aging legendary fighter coming off a severe leg injury.  Two, Silva’s stand up is great, but he had trouble with Chris Weidman’s aggressiveness and good chin.  Some people would argue that Diaz is even more aggressive and has an even better chin. 

Look for this fight to go into the later rounds with both fighters getting off good shots.  Silva’s age will begin to show in the later rounds as Diaz stays aggressive and keeps coming after him.  Silva is a legend, has a ton of experience and handles trouble well, but Diaz is younger, he fights angry, has a big gas tank, and ultimately will wear the aging legend down.

As fighters age, speed is the first thing to go.  Silva has relied on that speed as well as accuracy to win fights.  Slippage in both those areas will allow Diaz to walk away the winner at UFC 183. 

Check out the video, Countdown to UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz

UFC 182 Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier Fight Pick

Free UFC Jones Cormier Fight Video
The UFC had a less than stellar year in 2014.  Bad fight cards, injuries and low fan interest spun the popularity of the UFC downward.  This year though, the UFC is getting off to a great start!  The much anticipated fight between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier is finally going down tonight at UFC 182!  The trash talking and build up to this fight is going down in MMA history as some of the best.  These fighters DO NOT like each other and it’s time for the drama to boil over inside the octagon!   Let’s take a closer look at the fighters, and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 182 Jones vs. Cormier!

Daniel Cormier has more than earned his shot at the title by accumulating an impressive 15-0 MMA record.  He’s finished 10 of those fights, 6 by KO/TKO and 4 by submission.  All five decisions have been dominant and unanimous.  In his last fight, Cormier rag dolled Dan Henderson before finally finishing him off in the third round with a rear naked choke. 

Cormier has an impressive wrestling resume that’s topped off with a 4th place finish in the Olympics.  He’s used that dominant wrestling ability to grind out fights and smother opponents while mixing in some solid stand up skills when needed.  Will that be enough to snatch the belt away from Jon Jones?

Jon Jones wins, wins and wins.  Few fighters have even come close to posing a threat.  He’s 20-1 overall, but virtually, undefeated.  That one loss back in 2009 versus Matt Hamill would have been a win except he used an illegal downward elbow and was disqualified.  Jones has defended the title 7 times since beating Mauricio Shogun Rua to become the youngest light heavyweight champion in UFC history. 

Jon Jones has exceptional athletic ability and an ever improving skill set that has been a nightmare for his opponents.  He has outwrestled wrestlers and bested high level strikers.  Jon Jones is considered by many, if not all MMA experts as the best pound for pound fighter in MMA history.  Is Jon Jones still hungry enough to keep winning?  Can he defeat the UFC’s heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez’s training partner?

Both these fighters are great, it just happens that Jon Jones is great, plus he has plenty of experience fighting at the highest level of MMA. Jon Jones has fought and beat the best in MMA.  Jon Jones  athletic ability is something Daniel Cormier hasn’t even seen in MMA just yet.  The experience, athletic ability, and overall skill set are three hurdles that Daniel Cormier will not be able to overcome this time. 

Look for a gritty effort by Cormier.  He’ll try to use his wrestling and might even score a takedown or two, but eventually, Jones will use his experience and more refined striking skill to outlast Cormier.  I see this one going into the later rounds, with Jones walking out of the Octagon with the belt wrapped around his waist one more time. 

If you haven’t seen it, check out the video Bad Blood: Jones vs. Cormier