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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

UFC 178: Johnson vs Cariaso Fight Pick & Preview

UFC 178 isn’t a great card, the main event is headlined by fighters that few casual fans have even heard of, but, at least it’s a better card than some of the others the UFC has trotted out this year.  The main event features flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighy Mouse” Johnson versus Chris Cariaso. Yup!  If you’re asking “who?”  You’re not alone.  It almost seems like the UFC is trying to force the fans to like the flyweight division.  Personally, it’s not my favorite, not even close, but, maybe this fight can show the fans that the flyweight division is something to get excited about.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters, and then I’ll make my fight pick. 

Demetrious Johnson walks into the Octagon tonight for this title defense with an overall MMA record of 22-2.  Johnson hasn’t lost a fight since 2011 at UFC Live 6 where he lost a decision to Dominick Cruz.  Since that loss, Johnson is 6-0-1. He’s shown the fans that he is one of the most athletic fighters in the UFC.  He’s not just athletic, he has a full toolbox of MMA skills and is constantly improving. 

Chris Cariaso comes into this title shot with an overall record of 17-5.  He’s not exactly a finisher as 12 of those fights have come via decision.  He’s only 3-2 in his last 5 fights and many people are wondering why he’s even on this card.  But, he has won three in a row against tough opponents.  This fight can put Cariaso on the map!

Unfortunately for Cariaso, Johnson is a beast right now.  He’s tough to beat!  Cariaso will have to fight an absolutely perfect fight to defeat and snatch the title away from Johnson.

Look for Demetrious Johnson to use his speed to fluster Cariaso.  Cariaso will be the first to make a mistake, and Demetrious Johnson will use his experience, skill level, and athleticism to capitalize on mistakes. 

Demetrious “Might Mouse” Johnson will leave the Octagon tonight with the UFC Flyweight belt. 

Check out the video Count Down to UFC 178: Demetrious Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso

UFC 177 Fight Card Disappoints Bad to Worse

One of the aspects that made the UFC an awesome sporting event to watch was it was the World Series, the Super Bowl, the World Cup, the greatest and biggest event in Mixed Martial Arts competition.  Each PPV was stacked with known fighters and exciting fight match ups. The greatest event in MMA also happened about once a month. But, the UFC seems to be watering down their PPV events more and more. 

UFC 177 is the second example of a watered down UFC PPV event in 2014. For the last few years I’ve been writing up fight previews, predictions and picks for UFC PPV main event fights. I’ve established a reputation for picking main event winners.  It was fun researching the fighters in the main event and then picking a winner.  Earlier this year, I skipped writing one for UFC 174 ( Johnson vs. Bagautinov) because the fight card was so bad and the main event was extremely uninteresting. 

I love MMA, and have great respect of the UFC, but, I will be boycotting this event as well.  It’s the UFC’s duty to give the fans the best, and this, definitely is not it.  It’s not even close.  With Renan Barao backing out of the main event, the card went from bad to worse. Here’s the fight card for UFC 177:

UFC 177 Main Card

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Joe Soto
Tony Ferguson vs. Danny Castillo
Bethe Correia vs. Shayna Baszler
Ramsey Nijim vs. Carlos Ferreira
Yancy Medeiros vs. Damon Jackson

Prelims on Fox Sports 1

Lorenz Larkin vs. Derek Brunson
Ruan Potts vs. Anthony Hamilton
Chris Wade vs. Cain Carrizosa

The thing that makes championships of any sport interesting is the excitement in the die hard fan that spills over and creates buzz amongst casual fans and to even the casual observer of sporting competition. This buzz brings people together and truly makes an event worth watching. 

The buzz connects people to the athletes, and everyone feels like they have a stake in the event.  UFC 177 did not create a buzz.  The casual fan doesn’t care, the die hard fan is disappointed, and the sport as a whole loses. 

So, no fight pick from me for UFC 177.  Dana White and the UFC need to reward the fans with better UFC’s (UFC PPV fight cards)in the future, or this sport will suffer the consequences. 

UFC 175 Chris Weidman vs Lyoto Machida Fight Pick & Preview

Many of you might have noticed I didn’t even bother writing a Fight Pick and Preview for UFC 174.  As a PPV, that card was an absolute joke.  The card was bad and the fights weren’t much better.  I’m not sure what the UFC was thinking when they made that a PPV event.  Anyway, enough of that for now.  I’m just glad the UFC is back to a real PPV with UFC 175 Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida.  This one is for the UFC Middleweight belt and MMA fans are truly intrigued with this matchup.  Let’s take a closer look at the fighters, and then I’ll make my fight pick!

Lyoto Machida is one of the most intelligent fighters in MMA.  He knows how to win fights. His style can sometimes bore fans because of the defensive counter striking approach, but when he does strike, they count! Machida has an overall MMA record of 21-4 with 8 KO/TKO’s and 2 submissions. He held his own in the Light Heavyweight division and is now looking good at Middleweight. Machida definitely deserves this title shot. 

Machida will come in with a good game plan as always, but to beat the champion Chris Weidman, Machida is going to have to open up his offense more than usual.  Most likely, that will mean he’ll leave himself open for takedowns.  If Machida has an answer for the takedowns, he’ll do well.

Chris Weidman, like many UFC champions has a strong wrestling base and has developed good stand up.  Add to that some KO power as he showed in his first win over Anderson Silva and that makes him almost unbeatable.  His record so far has shown that, Weidman is 11-0 with 5 KO/TKo’s and 3 submissions. 

While Weidman has two victories over Anderson Silva, who many thought was unbeatable, both of those victories some have attributed to flukes and or luck.  Anyone who’s ever trained or competed in combat sports, or any sport for that matters knows that an athlete makes his own luck by being prepared and earning the opportunity for luck to flow his way at the right time. 

Luck or no luck, Weidman is well prepared for opportunities.  His game planning has been stellar, and I expect it to be stellar in this fight with Machida.  Weidman will not allow Machida to dictate the fight, and that will be a problem for Machida.  Look for Weidman to pull out the victory by smothering Machida with his wrestling, or even finishing him off with some KO power or ground and pound. 

Check out the video, Countdown to UFC 175: Chris Weidman vs Lyoto Machida

Chingasos MMA - Final Round Fight Gear Contest

Martial Arts Competition Los Angeles
Calling all chingones and chingonas!  We need a little help.  Final Round Fight Gear put up some gloves for a contest, and instead of hand picking someone worthy of these professional, double stitched, leather boxing gloves, we chose to let the people decide! For those of you that follow and support Chingasos MMA, you already now we had a contest last week. 

This contest was meant to shake and rattle the Los Angeles area MMA, Muay Thai and boxing cage so as to find some of the areas most talented fighters.  The contest was simple, showcase some of your chingasos and let the people vote on who deserves the gloves. 

So, with all that out of the way, let’s get to the first entry!

First to show up was up and coming MMA female fighter Melana Smith. 

Next up was, Nick Dunn!

Third was Heinrich Wassmer!

Last but not least, check out Jared Ejigu!

“No Guts, No Glory!”

Much respect to these fighters for putting themselves out there and competing for these gloves.  They’re all worthy, but, we can only have one winner.  Help us pick the winner.  VOTE HERE!

 The poll will close Wednesday at 5 p.m. and we’ll contact the winner soon after to award the Final Round Fight Gear gloves. 

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UFC 173 Renan Barao vs TJ Dillashaw Fight Pick and Preview

UFC 173 renan barao tj dillashaw
This Saturday, Renan Barao attempts to defend his UFC Bantamweight title again.  This time against an up and coming fighter in TJ Dillashaw.  Renan Barao hasn’t lost an MMA fight in 9 years!  TJ Dillashaw is good, but is he running into a buzz saw?  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my UFC fight pick.  I’m 13-1 in the last 14 UFC Main Event fight picks.  I’ve been doing these UFC fight picks for a few years now and I’ve been the most accurate of any MMA sports website or writer.  I plan to be right again!  

TJ Dillashaw is 9-2 overall with 5 of those wins coming in the UFC.  Dillashaw is a strong wrestler who has picked up the striking game nicely.  He’s been able to mix things up strategically and has finished 6 of his opponents, 3 by KO/TKO and 3 by submission.  Dillashaw was on a nice UFC winning streak with 4 until he lost a split decision to Raphael Assuncao.  He got right back to winning and showcased his ever improving striking with a dominant unanimous decision over Mike Easton.  Will Dillashaw’s wrestling and sharpened striking skills be enough to beat Barao?

Renan Barao comes into this UFC title defense with an amazing overall MMA record of 32-1.  His only loss came in his MMA debut fight 9 years ago!  Barao isn’t just a winner, he finishes!  He’s finished almost 70% of his fights, 14 coming via submission and another 8 via KO/TKO.  Even his decision victories tend to be dominant, 8 of his last 10 have all been unanimous!  Barao is most definitely in the conversation when it comes down to pound for pound best MMA fighter in the world! Will Dillashaw be a threat to his winning ways?

TJ Dillashaw is good, but Barao right now is great!  Barao has a complete MMA toolbox plus plenty of experience using it.  Experience is what will make the difference in this fight!  Look for Barao to pepper and confuse Dillashaw with his striking.  Dillashaw will attempt takedowns but Barao will be able to shake them off and continue domination with strikes and an overall better MMA game. 

Check out the video: Countdown to UFC 173: Renan Barao vs. TJ Dillashaw

Scorpio Sky Makes MMA Debut at U of MMA June 1

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Christian Cole.  Christian Cole has been a ring announcer in the Los Angeles local MMA scene for a long time.  Not only has he been one of the best MMA ring announcers in the Los Angeles area, he’s also managed fighters in the professional wrestling world.  On June 1, at the U of MMA event “Fight Night”, which will take place at Club Nokia in Down Town Los Angeles, Christian Cole’s client, Scorpio Sky (The Experience) will come out of the professional wrestling world and make his MMA debut. 

Last week, Christian Cole, Scorpio Sky (The Experience) and Jay Tan stopped by for a quick photography session and interview to promote this much anticipated crossover from wrestling into MMA.  Many questions will be answered at U of MMA’s Fight Night on June 1. 

Check out what Christian Cole, and Scorpio Sky had to say about this fight, U of MMA, and the crossover.

For tickets to U of MMA’s Fight Night on June 1, you can visit www.UofMMA.com or you can contact Scorpio Sky on Twitter.  

MMA, Boxing, and Muay Thai Fighters: Win the Gloves!

Calling all MMA fighters, Muay Thai fighters, boxers and any other Martial Arts or combat athletes with talent! Here’s a chance to showcase your skills on video, and win a nice prize for about 30 seconds worth of work.  Up for grabs is a pair of professional, leather, double stitched boxing gloves by Final Round Fight Gear. They retail for $139.99.

Do you have the skills deserving of these fine pair of gloves? 

If you think you do, you can win the gloves on Sunday, May 18.

All you have to do is come by FX Training Pasadena and perform 30 seconds of mit/pad work on video. The video will be posted at www.ChingasosMMA.com. There a poll and it will be open for a week. Fans will vote and decide the winner.

The winner will not only win the Final Round Fight Gear professional boxing gloves, but will also have a video of them showcasing their skills and will also be a prime candidate for possibly future sponsorship opportunities. 

If you have MMA, Boxing, or Muay Thai skills, this is your chance to show them off, get a video of you doing so and win a nice prize! 

The Choice of Pink Gloves is also available.

Are you up for it?? E-mail CoachRollie@gmail.com to set your appointment. Friday is the deadline! Here's the FB Event Link.

Appointments to perform your 30 seconds of pad/mit work will be on a first come first serve basis. Times will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

FX Training Pasadena
2061 N. Los Robles Ave. #104
Pasadena, CA 91104

Feel free to ask any questions.

UFC 172 Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira Fight Pick & Preview

This Saturday April 26, 2014 Jon Jones takes on Glover Teixeira at UFC 172.  Jones will attempt to add another title defense to his already record setting 6 defenses.  Teixeira is a KO artist and finally gets a chance at the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship! My fight picks are a growing in their legendary status due to their accuracy. I’m 12-1 in my last 13 UFC Pay Per View main event fight picks and I plan to keep my legendary status with this pick.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my official fight pick for UFC 172: Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira. 

Glover Teixeira comes into UFC 172 with an overall MMA record of 22-2.  More impressively he’s won 20 fights in a row.  Since entering the UFC, Teixeira has racked up 5 wins including 2 KO/TKO’s and 2 submissions.  Teixeira is a complete MMA fighter, overall he has 13 KO/TKO’s and 6 submission victories.  His KO power sets up his ground game and vice versa.  There’s danger anywhere you take the fight with Teixeira. 

Jon Jones has been an absolute beast in the UFC’s Light Heavyweight division.  He ran through it like a runaway freight train, captured the title and has defended it six times since. Jones has an overall MMA record of 19-1.  Don’t let that one blemish fool you.  He was dominating that fight and only lost due to an illegal elbow DQ.  Jon Jones is the complete MMA fighting package. He’s fast, strong, agile, and uses his length and size in an expert fashion. His strikes come from all angles and his ground game is battle tested! 

Glover Teixeira is great fighter, with explosive KO power.  But, while he’s racked up 20 MMA wins in a row, those wins haven’t been in the Major Leagues of MMA, the UFC.  The caliber of fighters he’s faced has been subpar, even in the UFC. 

Jon Jones has faced the best of the best.  He’s dominated facing the best of the best.  His toughest test was in his last fight with Alexander Gusafsson.  Gusaffson gave him a great fight, but even then, when it got into the championship rounds, Jones was able to turn it on and show that he’s a true champion and will find ways to win.

The only way Teixeira can pull out a win in this fight is by landing one of those bricks he has as fists on the chin of Jon Jones. Unfortunately for Teixeira, Jones is too smart and too good of a strategist to let that happen.  Jones also has the body type to keep Teixeira at bay.

Look for Jon Jones to pick Teixeira apart with strikes and by using his grappling to set up openings. The longer this fight goes, the more Jon Jones will be able to build momentum and dictate the fight.  When the fight is over, Jon Jones will have defended his title 7 times!

Check out the Countdown to UFC 172 video:

U of MMA Club Nokia Fight Results and Recap

U of MMA Nokia Fights
By Ricardo Robles
Chingasos MMA writer, editor, and talent scout

On March 30, The University of Mixed Martial Arts brought cage fighting back to Downtown Los Angeles. UofMMA has been holding their MMA events at Club Nokia, and this night was no different. Promoter Turi Altavilla and matchmaker Jay Tan did not disappoint the MMA community. The night featured 13 fights, with two of the fights having championship belts on the line. Now onto the fight highlights.

UFC 171 Hendricks vs Lawler Fight Pick and Preview

When the bell rang to end the fifth round at UFC 167: GSP vs. Henricks, most people felt that George St. Pierre (GSP) had been dethroned and that the UFC would have a new welterweight champion.  When the judges decision came in, the world was shocked that GSP was given the victory.  Even though Johnny Hendricks officially lost the decision, he retired GSP that night, and became the peoples champion.  At UFC 171, he gets the chance to officially take possession of the welterweight champion when he faces Robby Lawler for the vacant championship belt that GSP left behind with this retirement/leave of absence.  I’m 11-1 in my last 12 UFC Pay Per View main event fight picks and I’m confident I have this one picked correctly as well.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll unveil my fight pick for UFC 171: Johnny Hendricks vs. Robby Lawler.

Robby Lawler has had a roller coaster of an MMA career (22-9). His first stint in the UFC lasted from 2002-2004. After two straight losses, a KO and a submission, he went on to fight in other organizations.  Last year he was given another opportunity in the UFC and quickly racked up three victories in a row, two of those coming via vicious knock outs.

Robby Lawler has explosive power and can end a fight quickly.  Eighteen out of this 22 victories have ended via KO/TKO.  If he can get Hendricks to get into a rock em’ sock em’ robot fight, it will line up a good opportunity to unleash and land his KO power.

Unfortunately for Lawler, Johnny Hendricks is no dummy.  Hendricks is coming off of fights versus two of the smartest, most strategic fighters in the UFC.  Hendricks beat Carlos Condit, and most believe he should have gotten the decision over GSP. 

Johnny Hendricks is 15-2 overall and has really learned how to mix his outstanding wrestling skills with this KO power.  Eight of this victories have come via KO/TKO.  His wrestling has smothered those fighters he hasn’t been able to KO.  His conditioning is top notch and will outwork most fighters.

In this fight at UFC 171, there will be exciting stand up trading exchanges!  The difference maker in this fight will be that if Hendricks gets in trouble on his feet, he’ll be able to get a takedown and ground and pound to victory.  Look for a big KO!  But, I’m betting that it will come from Hendricks mixing up this power shots with wrestling to set that up.  Hendricks will officially take possession of the UFC welterweight champion ship belt. 

Check out Countdown to UFC 171: Johnny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler

UFC 170 Ronda Rousey vs Sarah McMann Fight Pick

UFC 170 Rousey vs. McMann Fight Pick
UFC 170 is going down this Saturday, February 22!  It’s going to be Ronda Rousey’s toughest challenge yet!  Sarah McMann comes in with the best MMA resume of any of Rousey’s opponents to date.  McMann, like Rousey, is also undefeated!  These two undefeated women will step into the UFC Octagon, but only one will leave with the belt and an unblemished record!  I’ve gone 10-1 in the last 11 UFC pay per view main event fight picks and I’m confident that I will pick correctly once again!  Let’s take a closer look at these MMA fighters and then I’ll make my pick. 

Ronda Rousey is an absolute beast! Love her or hate her, she doesn’t just win, she demolishes the opposition.  In her last outing, Meisha Tate hung in tough, but she never posed a threat and the exciting moments where mostly her escaping Rousey’s early submission attempts.  Rousey eventually tapped her out with an armbar submission just like she’s done to every other opponent.

Rousey is coming in to this title defense at a perfect 8-0 with 8 armbar submissions.  Also, keep in mind she walked through her amateur MMA career with three easy wins via armbar submissions as well.  Now, she’s added a good looking stand up game to her already powerful grappling.  McMann is a tough grappler herself though!

Sarah McMann won an Olympics silver medal in wrestling.  She’s since transitioned into MMA and comes into this fight with an impressive 7-0 record.  Within those wins she has 3 submissions and a TKO! Ronda Rousey has not faced a grappler with the credentials that McMann possesses and that makes McMann a huge threat.

With that being said, their grappling styles are a lot different.  Ronda Rousey has a Judo background which includes submissions, whereas McMann’s background is in freestyle wrestling which does not have submissions. If McMann is successful on a takedown, Rousey will be able to defend a lot better than McMann’s other opponents.  McMann has used more of a ground and pound style to win fights. Rousey have an arsenal of submissions from her back, including but not limited to her powerful armbar. 

Look for McMann to give Rousey a good fight.  Unfortunately for McMann, Rousey is at the top of her game right now and she’s only getting better in all aspects of MMA.  Rousey will win the fight!  Most likely, by another submission.  And probably, by another armbar!

Check out the UFC video Countdown to UFC 170: Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann

Heavyweight Knockouts - UFC Top 8

UFC Heavyweigth Knockouts
Big guys throwing hard chingasos usually means it's going to be a short fight.  Check out the top 8 heavyweight knockouts in the UFC.  Keep in mind, these are the top fighters, in the major leagues of MMA.

8. Cain Velasquez vs. Big Nog
7. Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve 
6. Shane Carwin vs. Frank Mir
5. Big Foot Silva vs. Alistair Overeem
4. Travis Brown vs. Alistair Overeem
3. Junior Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez
2. Junior Dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt
1.  Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 

How do you feel about this list? Agree? Disagree?  Feel free to post in the comment section. 

UFC 169 Barao vs Faber Fight Pick & Preview

Barao vs Faber Prediction Fight Pick
UFC 169 Barao vs. Faber is going down tonight!  This bantam weight rematch should be full of action as both these fighters are known to push the pace, and the lighter divisions in MMA usually  do.  Faber lost their previous match up when the interim bantamweight title was up for grabs.  Barao now get an opportunity to defend the title and prove that he is a legitimate champion!  Let’s take a closer look and these fighters, and then I’ll make my fight pick. I’m 9-1 in my last 10 UFC PPV main event fight pics.

Urijah Faber comes into this fight with an overall MMA record of 33-6.  He’s won his last four fights in a row.  Unfortunately for Faber, he hasn’t done well in title fights.  He’s 0-2 in UFC title fights and 0-5 overall.

Faber is extremely athletic and does well with his grappling and submission game.  He has 17 wins via submission. He uses that threat and his wrestling nicely to set up his striking game to pull out decisions.  Will that be enough against Renan Barao?

The answer is their first match up was a clear NO.  Barao neutralized Faber’s strengths and pulled out the unanimous decision victory. 

Renan Barao comes into this fight with an overall MMA record of 33-1. His only loss was in his MMA debut.  His record is unblemished since that fight in 2005.  Barao is extremely well rounded.  Included in his 31 MMA victories are 14 wins coming via submission and another 7 via KO/TKO.

Urijah Faber is a fan favorite, I like his style and he represents the sport well, but, with that being said, he’s just outmatched my Renan Barao.  While Faber is good, Barao is better in every aspect of MMA.

Look for this fight to go as the first.  Urijah will try to take Barao down, but just like in the first fight, Barao will stuff those attempts and then pepper Faber with strikes to pull out a decision. 

If you missed it, check out UFC 169 Countdown: Renan Barao vs. Urijah Faber

Spar Star Saturday Night Fights - Photos and Results

MMA Fights Los Angeles Punch
By Ricardo Robles
Chingasos MMA Writer, Editor and Talent Scout

On Saturday January 25, Spar Star MMA Promotions, Inc. brought Los Angeles area MMA fans 13 exciting amateur fights. Saturday Night Fights was held at the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, California. With a DJ, live band and over 1100 fight fans in attendance, there was an eruption of energy. Spar Star Promotions really out did themselves. Check below, our Instagram and Facebook for more photos. 

Now on to the fights:

MMA Fights Los Angeles - Spar Star Jan 25

MMA Fights Los Angeles
MMA action in the Los Angeles area has been simmering for the last month or so, mostly because of the Holidays, but this Saturday, January 25, it heats up! Tony Padilla and Spar Star Promotions are bringing the MMA action back to the Hollywood Park Casino with Saturday Night Fights!

Check out one of the action packed fights from a previous Spar Star MMA events:

Spar Star’s Saturday Night Fights will take place at the Hollywood Park Casino, Saturday, January 25.  Doors open at 5 p.m. and the MMA fighting action will begin at 6 p.m.