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UFC 207 Ronda Rousey vs Amanda Nunez Fight Pick & Preview

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MMA fans, both casual, and hardcore, have been waiting for Ronda Rousey to return after she was embarrassed by Holly Holm.  Rousey’s battle cry has been “Fear the Return”.  But, she’s returning to face a champion in  Amanda Nunez who tore apart the former champion, Meisha Tate, who became champion after choking out Holly Holm, who again…embarrassed Ronda Rousey.  Who should fear who is the question?  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 207: Ronday Rousey vs. Amanda Nunez.  

Ronda Rousey comes into this title fight with an overall MMA record of 12-1.  She pretty much ran dominated her first 12 fights.  She became a star.  She became a legend.  She was feared.  And then, Holly Holm exposed a huge hole in her MMA game.  Holm dominated her with striking, and eventually knocked her out with a vicious head kick.  

Now, everyone is asking if Ronda Rousey was a fluke, or if that KO was a fluke.  Rousey is dominant in the grappling game.  Scary dominant!  But, that domination came in an era where women’s MMA was just appearing on the radar.  There wasn’t many women to fight, let alone highly skilled women that were training full time. This era is different.  Women are true professionals and are training and fighting full time.  Can Rousey close her stand up hole and regain her dominance?  

Amanda Nunez comes into this title defense with an overall MMA record of 13-4.  She’s riding a 4 fight winning streak and has finished 3 of those fights in the first round. Nunez seems to be getting better and better.  Her last fight where she won the title, she looked amazing!  She didn’t just look amazing fighting an average fighter, she looked amazing fighting a veteran and champion in Meisha Tate.

Now, Amanda Nunez is champion and the pressure is on.  Can Nunez handle that pressure?  How will she react when Rousey a former dominant champion clinches and drags her into a grappling situation?  It’s one thing to become champion, it’s another to defend that championship.  This fight will answer a lot of questions!  

Look for Rousey to fight smarter than how she fought Holly Holm.  Look for her to be in better shape and have better stand up defense.  Unfortunately, It won’t be enough.  Nunez will be faster, more accurate and technical in the stand up game. Roused will be peppered with punches.  Roused will try to force a grappling situation but Nunez will defend and keep the fight standing.  

Eventually, Rousey will be frustrated by the boxing of Nunez and will attempt risky takedown attempts that will backfire.  Nunez will capitalize on Rousey’s desperation and will land chingasos over and over again.  Nunez is the underdog in this fight but she will earn the respect of the MMA community by defeating Ronda Rousey.  

Check out the free video: UFC 207 Countdown: Amanda Nunes vs Ronda Rousey

Who do you think will win at UFC 207?  Ronda Rousey or Amanda Nunez

UFC 206 Max Holloway vs Anthony Pettis Fight Pick & Preview

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The main event at UFC 206 is not the main event the UFC originally planned, but with the injury to Daniel Cormier, it is what we have now and the show must go on. Anthony Pettis versus Max Holloway is now the main event and it’s an intriguing fight.  Pettis is trying to regain some of the shine he lost in the 155 lbs division.  This was set to be his second fight at 145 lbs, but he misses weight and now it’s going to be at a catch weight of 148 lbs.  Max Holloway is in line to get a title shot at 145 lbs and Pettis is standing in his way.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters, and then I’ll make my official pick for UFC 206: Anthony Pettis vs Max Holloway.  

Anthony Pettis is coming into UFC 206 with an overall MMA record of 19-5.  All but one of those fights have been in the 155 lbs division (lightweight).  He’s held the title at UFC lightweight, but after three straight losses, it was time for a change.  His first fight at 145 lbs (featherweight) was a complete success.  He tapped out Charles Oliveira with a guillotine choke in the third round.  

Pettis has shown that he has a complete MMA toolbox.  His stand up is excellent, it’s exciting and it produced some very nice finishes.  Pettis isn’t a one trick pony though, he can finish fights on the ground and off his back as well.  He won the UFC lightweight title with an armbar submission off his back. and he has 8 other submission victories on his resume.  Pettis is a finisher!  Along with the 8 submission victories, he also has 7 KO/TKO’s.  His chin has been durable.  While he does have 5 losses on his record, they’ve all come via decision.  

Max Holloway is coming into UFC 206 with an overall record of 16-3 and he’s riding a 9 fight winning streak.  Holloway has 6 KO/TKO’s on his record along with 2 submission wins.  His last loss was way back in 2013 to now double UFC title holder Conor McGregor.  Holloway also has a good chin.  He’s never been KO/TKO’ed.  Two of his losses, including the loss to McGregor came via decision and his one submission loss was to Dustin Poireir in his 5th professional MMA fight.  

Holloway can stand and bang as his last fight with Ricardo Llamas showed.  His takedown defense is excellent and while we haven’t seen too much ground work from him, he does have two submission victories.  He’s shown a preference to the stand up game and his takedown defense allows for that to play out.  But, will that be a good idea with a versatile striker like Pettis?

Standing and banging with a heavier opponent is usually not a good idea, especially when that heavier opponent has a versatile striking game and a proven chin.  Holloway is in for a tough night!  He won’t be able to trade with Pettis, and on the ground, Pettis will also have the advantage.  For Holloway to have a chance at coming out of that cage with the victory, he’s going to have to bring his A+ game and hope that Pettis is still recovering from a bad weight cut.  

Fighters that miss weight usually have a rough time during the fight.  It could be a mental issue knowing that they missed weight, or, it could be a physical issue where they are still drained from attempting to make weight.  While that’s usually the case, Pettis is a veteran and he’s fought some of the best fighters in MMA under the most stressful of situations, title fights!  Look for Pettis to be his old self in that cage at UFC 206 and pick Holloway apart.  Pettis hits harder, has a better ground game and will be the heavier opponent.  Holloway will not be able to overcome all of those obstacles.  

Who do you think will win? 

Check out the free UFC video: UFC 206 Countdown: Holloway vs Pettis 

UFC 205 Conor McGregor vs Eddie Alvarez Fight Pick & Preview

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UFC 205 has to be one of the best fight cards this year and it’s being headlined by a great fight.  For the first time in UFC history, two champions from different weight classes will face each other.  Conor McGregor vs Eddie Alvarez is going to be a chingasosfest! Let’s take a closer look at each fighter and then I’ll make the official Chingasos MMA fight pick for Conor McGregor vs Eddie Alvarez.  

Conor McGregor is coming into this title fight with an overall record of 23-3.  Keep in mind two of those loses where early in his career.  He rattled off victory after victory until he stepped up two weight classes to 170 lbs to fight Nate Diaz.  As we all know, he’s avenged that loss at that higher weight class.  Now he’s coming back down a weight class to challenge for the 155 lbs title.  

Conor McGregor showed finishing KO power in the 145 lbs division.  He finished 17 of his 19 wins via KO/TKO. He couldn’t KO/TKO Nate Diaz at 170 lbs, but Diaz has one of the best chins in MMA, and at times, in both fights, it looked like he would.  McGregor’s takedown defense is solid.  Chad Mendez was able to take him down but then couldn’t do much with it.  Once McGregor made it back to his feet, he finished off Mendez with relative ease.  Now he’s facing Eddie Alvarez who is heavier than Mendez, is a better striker, and, has shown a great chin.   

Eddie Alvarez has been a professional MMA fighter since 2003.  He’s racked up a record of 28-4 but has only had 4 fights in the UFC.  He’s only had 4 fights in the UFC but in that time he’s fought the best of the best.  He lost his first fight in the UFC to Donald Cerrone but has since then racked up three wins in a row agains the best in the division including the title fight with then champion Rafael Dos Anjos.  

Eddie Alvarez has a strong wrestling base but he can also finish fights with his striking ability.  He has 15 KO/TKO’s on his resume.  While most of his fights in the UFC have gone to a decision, he does have 7 submissions outside of the UFC.  Alvarez has a solid chin, he’s only been finished once via TKO and that was way back in 2007.

Eddie Alvarez has flown under the radar but make no mistake about it, he is going to be one of the biggest challenges yet for Conor McGregor.  With that being said, Conor McGregor gets in the head of fighters, and it already looks like he’s won that battle.  Look for Alvarez to make mental mistakes in this fight which McGregor will capitalize on.  These fighters can both hit hard and, they will be head hunting.  This fight won’t go past the 4th round.  

Conor McGregor will get the better of the exchanges.  Alvarez will look for takedowns but McGregor will stuff them.  The fatigue from those takedown attempts will add up and McGregor will begin to land more and more chingasos. One of those chingasos will eventually be the undoing of Alvarez and McGregor will make UFC history by holding titles in two different weight classes.  

Check out the free UFC video: UFC 205: Fighting For History

Who do you think will win at UFC 205: Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez 

UFC 204 Michael Bisping vs Dan Henderson 2 Fight Pick & Preview

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Tonight at UFC 204 we will watch a legend in the octagon for the very last time.  It will be the last time 46 years old Dan Henderson will fight.  It’s not just any fight either, he earned a shot at the UFC middleweight tittle.  A win would be a fairytale ending, but Michael Bisping is standing in the way of that fairytale ending.  For Bisping, this is an opportunity not only to defend the title for the first time, but also to avenge a knockout loss to Henderson that has been one of the most iconic KO’s in UFC history.  Let’s take a closer look at these two fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 204: Michael Bisping vs Dan Henderson 2. 

Michael Bisping is coming into UFC 204 with an overall MMA record of 29-7.  He lingered at the top of the UFC’s middleweight division until he finally captured the belt in impressive fashion when he stepped up on short notice to fight the champ at the time, Luke Rockhold.  Bisping has 16 KO/TKO’s and 4 submission victories on his resume.  He has one of the best gas tanks in the UFC and can go the distance with anyone.  

Even though Michael Bisping is 37 and a UFC veteran, he’s shown major improvement in the last few years.  It looks like he’s at his peak at the moment but he’s facing Dan Henderson who has a sledge hammer for a right hand and one chingaso from him can end the night!  Can Dan Henderson land that sledge hammer?  

Dan Henderson is not only an MMA veteran, he’s been a champion and he’s a bonafide legend in the sport!  Dan Henderson has an overall MMA record of 32-14.  Henderson also has 16 KO/TKO’s on his resume.  He uses his wrestling more for control and ground and pound but he does have 2 submission wins on his record. 

At UFC 204, Dan Henderson is fighting Michael Bisping, but, there’s a more powerful opponent he’s facing, father time!  At 46 years old, a championship fight is a huge challenge.  While I’d like to see a fairytale ending to Henderson’s career, it’s not going to happen.  Look for Bisping to fight a smart fight, staying away from Henderson’s right hand and peppering him with quick punches.  Bisping will be smart and use time to his advantage.  The longer the fight goes, the more of a struggle it will be for Dan Henderson.  

Henderson is a fighter, and he’ll go out swinging!  But, Michael Bisping will put him away either in the 3rd or 4th round!  

Check out the free UFC video: UFC 204 Countdown: Bisping vs. Henderson 2

UFC 203: Stipe Miocic vs Alistair Overeem Fight Pick & Preview

UFC 203 free fight video stipe miocic alistair overeem The heavyweight division in the UFC has been extremely unstable, you just never know what’s going to happen in the cage. Always expect the unexpected when the biggest guys in MMA step into the octagon and start throwing chingasos! As of now, hard hitting Stipe Miocic has the UFC heavyweight belt, but, will he hold on to it?  Alistair Overeem is a combat sport veteran, champion, and he’s looking to top of his great career as the UFC heavyweight champion.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 203: Stipe Miocic vs Alistair Overeem.  

Alistair Overeem is an MMA veteran with an overall MMA record of 44-14.  He’s also a kickboxing champion and has translated those striking skills over to MMA very well.  He’s won his last 4 UFC fights and 3 of those have been finished via KO or TKO.  But, he’s also been busted for PED’s (performance enhancing drugs).  He served a suspension in 2012 and upon his return he lost his next two fights.  Although, he seems to have bounced back, it’s hard to tell how he’ll do versus a champion without the help of PED’s.  

Stipe Miocic is coming into this title defense with an overall record of 15-2. He’s a finisher! Miocic has finishes off his opponents in 15 of those wins.  Eleven by the way of KO/TKO and one by submission (leg kick).  Miocic has a strong wrestling base and he uses that to stay standing and unleash powerful chingasos! What’s even scarier about Miocic is that he seems to be getting better!  

Look for Overeem to do well early in the fight, with or without PED’s, his stand up skills are unquestionably some of the best in the game.  But, without PED’s, as the fight drags on, Miocic will prove to have a better gas tank and will take advantage of openings as Overeem begins to fatigue. Miocic will land hard shots, and sooner or later, Overeem will collapse.

This fight will not go past the third round, and Stipe Miocic will be looking for another opponent to fight in defense of his UFC heavyweight title!  

Who do you think will come up on top at UFC 203?

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UFC 202: Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor Fight Pick & Preview

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Yes folks! After some weird drama that postponed this fight. It's finally going down, the biggest non title rematch in UFC history. Conor McGregor will step into the UFC octagon at UFC 202 in an attempt to avenge the loss to Nate Diaz. If this fight is half as good as the first matchup, the fans will be satisfied. The first fight was a chingasosfest that culminated with some text book Chingajitsu! Will this fight end differently? Let's take a closer look at these fighters and as always, I will make my fight pick for UFC 202.

Conor McGregor is the undisputed king of trash talking.  It’s entertaining and many times extremely comical.  He's gotten to the throne not just by talking, but by backing up his talk, at least most of the time.  Conor McGregor comes into UFC 202 with an overall record of 19-3.  He’s finishes 17 of those via KO/TKO.  McGregor can finish fights! 

McGregor was was undefeated in the UFC until he went up to the 170 lbs division to face Nate Diaz.  At 145 lbs, McGregor is dominant.  At that weight, he’s as fast as anyone, but stronger and carries more power than most.  His wrestling and grappling ability is as good as it needs to be to keep the fight standing.  When it’s time to stand and bang, he can do it with the best.  Even in his loss, he stood there and traded like a warrior.  Unfortunately for him, Nate Diaz can take a punch and deliver them just as well.  

Nate Diaz is a fighter.  A fighter that happens to have MMA skills! He’s willing to fight anyone at anytime.  Keep in mind, he took the first Conor McGregor fight on 10 days notice.  He’s 19-10 in overall.  He’s racked up 12 submission wins and 4 KO/TKO victories.  Diaz is willing to stand and bang with anyone, most of the time it pays off.  Sometimes, fighters are smart and athletic enough to hit and run. Those fighters have beat him via decision victories.  

Nate Diaz has one of the best chins in MMA.  He’s been in the UFC almost 10 years and has only suffered one loss via KO.  That KO was from a head kick back in 2013 in the Josh Thompson fight.  Since then, his boxing skills have improved and his ground game has always been one of the best in MMA.  He showed both those skills in the first fight with McGregor.  Conor McGregor felt the wrath of the Stockton slap and then submitted to a rear naked choke. Now, Conor McGregor has brought in a southpaw boxer into his training camp.  Will that change the outcome? 

Both fighters will be better prepared.  Nate Diaz has gone through a full training camp.  Conor McGregor has trained specifically for Nate Diaz.  This fight will come down to the game plan.  For Conor McGregor to win, he has to use leg kicks and movement.  He has to hit and run.  He also needs to pace himself.  

Nate Diaz needs to cut off the Octagon and force McGregor to engage.  He also needs to watch for the takedown as McGregor might look for it in hopes to win rounds with the wet blanket strategy.  That strategy of getting a takedown and then just playing defense and smothering an opponent.  

Look for this fight to start slower than the first.  McGregor will be a lot more cautious and will attempt to conserve energy.  The fight will begin to warm up late in the second and really get going in the third round.  At this point, the length of Diaz and the “Stockton Slap” will become a bigger and bigger hurdle for McGregor to get over.  I doubt McGregor will be happy winning by landing leg kicks and running around the cage, so he will have to open up, and this will just get him in trouble.  

I see Nate Diaz winning in the late rounds by ground and pound as his gas tank will outshine McGregor’s and the fight will end up on the ground.  

If you haven’t seen it already, check out the awesome free video: UFC 202 Bad Blood: Diaz vs. McGregor 2

Feel free to comment below and let us know how you think Diaz vs. McGregor 2 will go.  

UFC 201: Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley Fight Pick & Preview

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UFC 201 hasn’t been getting much attention, and, rightfully so.  It’s not a great fight card and the main event isn’t sparking the interests of the casual fan.  Robbie Lawler is the welterweight champion but Tyron Woodley is going attempt to change that.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my UFC 201 main even fight pick.  

Robbie Lawler comes into UFC 201 with a five fight winning streak.  He’s an MMA veteran with an overall record of 27-10 and will probably go down in UFC history one of the hardest hitting MMA fighters ever!  If KO power is his main weapon, the best takedown defense in the game is his shield.  Add a chin of stone to that mix and you have a predictable, yet unstoppable combination.  Robbie Lawler fights tend to resemble a game of Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots and it’s usually he who delivers most of the rockin’ and sockin’!  Can Tyron Woodley withstand the storm and take the belt away? 

Tyron Woodley is 15-3 in his MMA career.  He’s 4-1 in his last five with the only loss coming to Rory McDonald who gave Robbie Lawler a tough fight but eventually lost the Rock’ em Sock ‘em battle in the fifth round.  Tyron Woodley has some great athletic ability and is an excellent wrestler.  He can stand and deliver some hard chingasos as well which has made him a force in the division.

This fight is as predictable as it comes.  Robbie Lawler is going want to keep the fight standing.  Tyron Woodley’s best chance is to take the fight to the mat.  Unfortunately for Woodley, Lawler’s takedown defense is just too good and that’s not going to happen.  

This fight is going stay on the feet and will become a battle of the chins and gas tank.  Lawler is better in both categories.  Look for the fight to start slow, and then haymakers will rain down from both men.  Woodley will attempt takedown but will pay the price and take punishment for each and every attempt.  Eventually Woodley will begin to gas and Lawler will land more and more power shots.  This fight will most likely end in the fourth round by KO/TKO and Robbie Lawler will walk out of the cage with another title defense on his resume! 

Who are you picking for the win?  

Check the UFC video, Countdown to UFC 201: Robby Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley

UFC 200: Meisha Tate vs Amanda Nunes Fight Pick & Preview

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UFC 200 has been a mess and a disappointment for fans that were expecting this card to be one of the best ever.  It’s still not bad, but with no Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz, and with Jon Jones who was recently pulled due to a failed drug test, it’s not the card fans wanted.  Even so, as always, I’ll make my fight pick for the official UFC 200 main event, which has oddly come to be Meisha Tate vs Amanda Nunes.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters.  

Amanda Nunes is 12-4 overall but is riding a three fight winning streak.  Nunes comes to finish fights.  The judges have not been needed in 11 of her 12 wins.  She’s won 9 by KO/TKO and another 2 by submission.  When Nunes hits, she hits hard, 7 of her opponents have not made it out of the first round.  Meisha Tate is a step up in competition.  

Meisha Tate is 18-5 overall and she’s riding a 5 fight winning streak including her title fight with Holly Holm. In those 5 victories, with the exception of the Holly Holm fight, Tate had been grinding out fights and winning by decision.  She does have fight finishing capabilities though as the 7 submissions and 3 KO/TKO’s can attest to.  Nunes will be tough to finish! 

This fight is going to come down to big fight experience, and Meisha Tate has more!  Tate is coming off a championship fight.  The big stage will not rattle her.  Nunes is a good fighter, but at this level, in the major leagues of MMA, experience plays a big role and Tate has that.  

Look for this fight to be exciting.  These women are at the top of their game and they will show it off.  Ultimately, Tate’s experience and grit will get her through the tough moments in the fight and will eventually get her the win.  Look for this fight to get into the later rounds where Tate will impose her will and take the victory.  

Check out the free UFC video, UFC 200: It’s Time - Tate vs Nunes

Who do you think will come out on top in the main event at UFC 200: Meisha Tate vs Amanda Nunes? 

UFC 199: Luke Rockhold vs Michael Bisping 2 Fight Pick & Preview

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The main event at UFC 199 changed a few weeks ago, but, it might even be better now!  Michael Bisping is stepping in for the injured Chris Weidman to take on the champion Luke Rockhold.  Bisping can go toe to toe with anyone as his recent victory over MMA legend and former UFC champion Anderson Silva clearly proved!  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my UFC main event fight pick for UFC 199: Luke Rockhold vs. Michael Lisping 2. 

Luke Rockhold is coming into this UFC middleweight title defense with an overall MMA record of 15-2. He hasn’t lost a fight since 2013 when he was KO’ed by Vitor Belfort.  Keep in mind, back then, Vitor was using TRT and hasn’t been the same since the UFC adopted stricter PED (performance enhancing drug) testing procedures.  Rockhold rose to the UFC throne by defeating some of the best in the middleweight division, including wins over MMA great Lyoto Machida, and former champion Chris Weidman.  

Luke Rockhold is a fight finisher! He’s ended 13 of his 15 wins, 9 by submission and 4 by KO/TKO. His overall MMA technique is extremely solid. Rockhold's strength and power added on to his kicking technique has been the edge which has propelled him to dominating performances.  Rockhold is as tough as they come in the UFC and has shown that it's true that iron sharpens iron as he also trains with two of the other toughest fighters in the UFC, Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez.  That’s a lot for Michael Bisping to handle on short notice but...

Michael Bisping is a UFC veteran.  He’s not going to be raddled by the bright lights and huge crowds.  Bisping has faced some of the best fighters in MMA and has racked up an overall MMA record of 28-7.  Bisping is on a three fight winning streak that culminated in a win over Anderson Silva.  

Michael Bisping likes to stand and brings in a full gas tank to every fight.  He’s shown that he can go all five rounds and win as his last two fights have proven. While he hasn’t shown much KO/TKO power recently, he does have 15 KO/TKO’s on his resume.  He had 4 submission victories early in his career, but now he’s more of a sprawl and brawl fighter.  He uses the ground game defensively and to get the fight standing where he’s most effective.  

Luke Rockhold is a huge favorite in this rematch. He already has a win over Bisping.  He’s bigger. He’s stronger.  He’s younger. His wrestling is better.  His submission game is better.  He had a full camp.  On paper, the winner of this fight should be easy to pick.

With all that being said, I’m picking Bisping for the win.  Why?  Well, for two reasons. One, this is probably Bisping’s last shot at a UFC title and I have a feeling he’s going to bring his A game plus a sense of urgency.  Two, there seems to be cloud of weird and whacky hovering over the UFC’s middleweight division. 

The weird and whacky started with Chris Weidman knocking out Silva.  Then, in the rematch, Silva breaks his leg.  And, just as Weidman is proving to the world that his championship was no fluke, in his title defense agains Luke Rockhold, he attempts a fancy wheel kick late in a close fight, misses, falls and seemingly gift wrapped the championship for Rockhold. Rockhold pounced on Weidman and eventually finishes him off. 

Look for Bisping to stay on the outside and strategically but possibly boringly drag the fight into the later rounds. Rockhold has only gone past the second round three times.  The later rounds is where Bisping’s gas tank and experience will give him an advantage.  He’ll look to avoid Rockhold’s big chingasos and land some peppering shots in an effort to win rounds and take the decision victory.  

Am I crazy for picking Bisping?  Or, will the weird and whacky in the UFC’s middleweight division continue? 

Check out the UFC video, Countdown to UFC 199: Luke Rockhold vs Michael Bisping 2

UFC 198: Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic Fight Pick & Preview

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The fight card for UFC 198 is arguably the best so far in 2016.  It will be headlined by UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum and number one contender Stipe Miocic.  Werdum is out to prove that becoming the UFC heavyweight champion was no fluke!  Miocic has been showcasing powerful chingasos and is establishing himself as a knockout artist. Taking out Werdum would be a nice feather in his cap and he would become the most feared fighter in MMA.  Let’s take a closer look at these two fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 198: Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic. 

Stipe Miocic is coming into UFC 198 with an overall professional MMA record of 14-2.  Ten of those wins have come via KO/TKO.  He went undefeated in his amateur career where he finished off all 5 opponents in the first round via TKO.  Most recently he’s coming off back to back TKO wins over MMA legends Andre Arlovski and Mark Hunt. 

Stipe Miocic can finish fights and he can do it quickly.  His boxing skills are his bread and butter. He uses wrestling when needed to set up his striking and fight finishing combos. Add to that great conditioning, movement and angle set ups and you can see why Miocic is becoming a terror in the UFC.  Will it be enough to defeat Fabricio Werdum and become UFC heavyweight champion?  

Fabricio Werdum is an MMA veteran and he’s fought the best of the best.  He’s been in professional MMA since 2002 and has racked up a record of 20-5.  Keep in mind that unlike boxing, every MMA fight is a tough matchup. More often than not, Werdum has matched up not only against another MMA fighter, but a great MMA fighter.  Werdum has finished 16 of those 20 wins, 10 via submission and there other 6 via KO/TKO. Werdum is undefeated in the UFC since entering back in 2012.  Werdum is an extremely intelligent fighter and finds a way to win.  

Fabricio Werdum is a world class submission artist, but what makes him even more dangerous is that his stand up seems to improve more and more every fight.  With Werdum, there is no safe place.  He can stand and bang with the best, but if the fight goes to the ground, you can wrap up that “W” because even MMA legends such as Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cain Velasquez have all fallen victim to Werdum’s submission game.  

Stipe Miocic has risen through the UFC ranks quickly and deserves this shot at Fabricio Werdum.  He has the KO chingaso power, conditioning and skills to beat Werdum.  But, Werdum has experience and an excellent grappling game on his side.  Werdum will be clever enough to avoid big chingasos and drag the fight along into the later rounds.  Look for Werdum to frustrate Miocic and bait him into making a mistake.  Werdums experience will take over and he will find a way to win.  

Check out the UFC video, Countdown to UFC 198: Fabricio Werdum vs Stipe Miocic

Who do you think will get the big “W” at UFC 197: Fabricio Werdum vs Stipe Miocic? 

UFC 197: Jon Jones vs Ovince Saint Preux Fight Pick & Preview

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The main event fight at UFC 197 is not the one we wanted to see, but it's the fight that we have. Daniel Cormier dropped out due to injury. Luckily though, Jon Jones is still fighting and it’s his come back fight. Will Jon Jones be ready to take his title back and cement his place in UFC history as the greatest MMA fighter that has ever lived? Well Ovince Saint Preux has stepped up in place of Daniel Cormier and wants to derail the Jon Jones train.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters, and then I’ll make my main event fight pick for UFC 197: Jon Jones vs. Ovince Saint Preux.  

The casual UFC fan probably hasn’t heard of Ovince Saint Preux. He’s flown under the radar a bit, but his ability to finish fights has punched his ticket into this match up with Jon Jones. Ovince St. Preux (OSP) is 19-7 overall and 7-2 in the UFC.  He has finished 73% of his fights, 9 by KO/TKO and 5 by submission.  

OSP is a powerful fighter, making it past the first round has been quite the challenge for his opponents.  He brings heavy, powerful chingasos to the fight game.  His bones, versus an opponents dome is a bad combination.  Jon Jones has been able to avoid being knocked out in a fight, but will this be the fight where it happens? 

Jon Jones is already a UFC and MMA legend.  He’s beat everyone that has stepped in the cage to face him.  He has an overall record of 21-1.  That one loss was a DQ early in his career where he dropped an illegal elbow on his opponent.  He would have one that fight.  Anyway, Jones is a natural athlete that has adopted MMA as his sport of choice.  His natural athletic ability mixed in with great coaching has turned him into an MMA fighting machine!  

Jon Jones has no known weaknesses.  When he faces so called strikers, he out strikes them.  When he faces wrestlers, he out wrestles them.  When he’s faced good jiu jitsu fighters, he chokes them out.  Jones has incredible ability!  His only losses have been outside of the cage.  He’s gotten into some legal trouble, and it cost him the UFC belt.  

This fight is Jon Jones comeback fight.  Will he be the same fighter he was before he was stripped of the belt?  I think so.  Now, he might even be more dangerous.  Now, he might be more focused and ready to prove to the world he’s absolutely serious about being the best MMA fighter ever.  

Look for Jon Jones to start slow. Jon Jones knows OSP has nothing to lose and there’s danger in that.  Jones will allow OSP to burn off some energy and power.  Then slowly but surely, Jones will turn up the heat. Jones will begin to use his superior technique to outclass OSP in every aspect of MMA.  I doubt this fight will make it past the fourth round and the finish will showcase Jones’s technique, power and strength. 

Check out the UFC video, Countdown to UFC 197: Jon Jones vs Ovince Saint Preux

Who do you think will get the big “W” at UFC 197: Jon Jones vs Ovince Saint Preux?  

UFC 196 Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz Fight Pick & Preview

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Connor McGregor is the UFC featherweight (145 lbs) champion. More importantly for those that stand to make money off of this fight, he’s a championship trash talker that knows how to get the fans excited.  Nate Diaz is a lightweight (155 lbs) contender in the UFC and his trash talking is nothing to sneeze at.  If those two fighting wasn’t interesting enough, these fighters are going to fight in the welterweight (170 lbs) division.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 196: Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz. 

Conor McGregor exploded on the scene and quickly made his way into the pound for pound best MMA fighter on Earth debate.  He’s 19-2 overall and undefeated at 9-0 in the UFC.  The only UFC fighter that has made it out of the Octagon without being stopped via KO or TKO has been Max Halloway.   

McGregor can handle himself on the ground as well.  His ground work was once in question, but he answered the critics when he was taken down by wrestling expert Chad Mendez and took virtually very little damage, made his way back up, and finished Mendez via TKO late in the second round.  At this point, there are no known holes in Conor McGregor’s game! 

Nate Diaz is a UFC veteran.  His overall MMA fight record is not all that impressive at 18-10, but don’t let that fool you. Keep in mind that in the UFC, there are no easy fights and you’re always fighting the best of the best.  Diaz has some solid wins over high level fighters such as Gray Maynard, Jim Miller and the cowboy Donald Cerrone.  Diaz has also made it the distance with current UFC lightweight (155 lbs) champion Rafael dos Anjos (RDA) and former champion Ben Henderson.  

Diaz is a scrapper. He’s willing to use his volume punching style of boxing to slug it out. But, his ground game is as strong as any MMA fighter and his 11 submission victories have proven that.  Diaz has been susceptible to leg kicks but improvement in that area was clearly evident in his dominating performance over highly ranked Michael Johnson.  

In previous MMA fights, Conor McGregor has been able to get in the head of fighters with his trash talking.  Now, he’s facing a fighter that isn’t distracted by trash talking and more likely is actually motivated by it.  McGregor will not have a mental advantage in this fight and that’s going to be a feather in Nate Diaz’s hat.  

Conor McGregor has been fighting in the UFC’s featherweight division versus smaller and shorter fighters.  McGregor now faces a man that’s naturally heavier and taller.  Nate Diaz will have the advantage with height and weight.  Height is normally not a big issue, but reach is.  Diaz’s has a 2 inch reach advantage.  

Nate Diaz doesn’t have a lot of power.  This is where McGregor has the clear advantage.  McGregor’s power and accuracy is going to be a big problem for Diaz.  But, the question will be: Can McGregor get within power striking range? He will at times, but not consistently enough to KO Diaz.  If Diaz can make it past the first few rounds, McGregor’s power will begin to diminish as an advantage.  

Nate Diaz has been battle tested and gone all three rounds several times.  He’s also gone five rounds with the former lightweight champion.  McGregor has been so good, that he’s only gone three rounds once.  If McGregor get dragged into deep waters, his gas tank might be an issue.  Diaz will have the advantage.  

I’m picking Nate Diaz for the win at UFC 196.  His length, volume punching, gas tank, and ground game will be the difference.  Look for this fight to go into the later rounds, and for Diaz to come out the winner! 

Check out the UFC video, Countdown to UFC 196: Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz

Who do you think will come out on top at UFC 196?  

UFC 195 Robbie Lawler vs Carlos Condit Fight Pick & Preview

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Hard hitting Robby Lawler will try to defend his welterweight UFC title once again at UFC 195. This time, he’ll be facing Carlos Condit, a fighter that has been hovering at the top of the UFC welterweight division for a long time.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 195: Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit.

Robbie Lawler has been a professional MMA fighter since 2001 and has racked up an overall record of 26-10.  While his overall record might not be all that impressive, keep in mind, since returning to the UFC in 2013, he’s 7-1 while fighting the best of the best.  

Robbie Lawler can knock your head off!  Twenty of his wins have come via KO/TKO.  Since returning to the UFC, he’s also fought smarter and has one of the best takedown defenses in MMA.  He knows where he wants the fight and can keep it there all fight long.  

Carlos Condit comes in to this title fight with an overall record of 30-8.  He’s been in the UFC since 2009 and has gone 7-4 since with the losses coming to the who’s who of the division, including a decision loss to UFC legend George St. Pierre.  The other losses were to Johnny Hendricks, his first UFC fight with Matin Kampmann, which he later avenged, and a weird loss to Tyrone Woodley which looked like an injury preceded the “leg KO”.  

Carlos Condit can finish a fight with strikes or submissions.  Fifteen of his 30 wins have come via KO/TKO and another 12 have come via submission.  Condit is a smart fighter and fights out of one of the best camps in MMA known for great game plans! With a full toolbox of MMA skills, and what will most likely be a great game plan, can Robbie Lawler overcome that for another title defense? 

In this fight Robbie Lawler’s very predictable fighting style will finally be his downfall.  Let look at his last two fights. Arguably, Johnny Hendricks should have one the decision in their rematch.  Hendricks didn’t stand and bang and took Lawler to a decision.  Rory McDonald chose to stand and bang with Lawler and eventually lost that battle.  

Condit won’t make the mistakes both Hendricks and MacDonald made.  One didn’t capitalize on stifling the stand up game, and the other chose to stand and bang way too long. Look for Condit to mix thing up a lot better than those to fighters.  We’ll probably see Lawler chasing after Condit most of the fight leaving him self open for a good counter strike game from Condit.  When it’s all said and done, Condit will walk out of the Octagon at UFC 195 the new welterweight champion. 

Get warmed up for UFC 195: Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit!

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Who are you picking for the win?