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UFC 219 Cris Cyborg vs Holly Holm Fight Pick & Preview

The UFC is finishing off 2017 with a strong card headlined by Cris Cyborg vs Holly Holm.  MMA fans have been wanting Cyborg in the UFC and now she's here. This will be her first real test.  Let's take a closer look at these MMA fighters and then I'll make my fight pick for UFC 219: Cris Cyborg vs Holly Holm. 

Cris Cyborg comes into this title defense with an overall MMA record of 18-1. While on paper that looks like a great record, the competition hasn't exactly been top notch .  Cyborg's last win came against Tonya Evinger who was making her UFC debut and is 19-6 overall.  The fight before that was came against Lina Lansberg who at the time was also making her UFC debut and is now 1-2 in the UFC. 

While Cris Cyborgs competition hasn't been the best, she's done what she's had to do. Cyborg has absolutely dominated everyone they've put in front of her.  Sixteen of her 18 wins have all come via KO/TKO.  Cyborg's stand up game has been at another level. Her striking is to women's MMA what Ronda Rousey's grappling was.  But in this fight, she'll face Holly Holm who has a striking resume Cyborg hasn't seen.  

Holly Holm is coming into this fight with an overall MMA record of 11-3. She's the fighter that exposed the big hole in Ronda Rousey's game and made her look silly in a devastating KO.  But, after that electrifying KO of Ronda Rousey, Holm went on a three fight losing streak.  

Holm stopped that losing streak with a KO of Bethe Correia and now gets a chance to prove that those three losses in a row where a fluke and could be chalked up to inexperience in MMA.  Holm's championship Kickboxing background helps her in MMA, and while other aspects have been lacking, they're improving fast.  

Look for this fight to showcase some high level striking.  Cyborg has a big advantage if the fight goes to the ground, but, will it get there? I don't think so.  Holly Holm trains with some of the best fighters in the UFC and in a legendary fight camp.  With time to prepare for Cyborg, I'm sure takedown defense was a priority.  

This fight will go back in forth in the early rounds.  Cyborg will attempt takedowns but will be stuffed and it will tax her gas tank.  Holm will suprise the world in the later rounds as her gas tank will reign supreme and will land strategic chingasos winning rounds and taking the fight! 

How do you think this will go down?  

UFC 218 Max Holloway vs Jose Aldo 2 Fight Pick & Preview

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At UFC 218, an injury has given Jose Aldo a quicker rematch with Max Holloway than expected!  With only three weeks notice, Aldo gets a chance at redemption!  If you’re here reading this, it’s probably because you know that I’ve established myself as an expert in picking UFC PPV main event winners.  This article is later than usual, but, I wanted to take everything into account and make sure that I give you the best prediction possible.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then, as usual, I’ll make my pick. This time it’s for UFC 218: Max Holloway vs. Jose Aldo 2.

Jose Aldo comes into this title shot and rematch with an overall MMA record of 26-3.  For a long time, a very long time, Jose Aldo looked unbeatable.  Aldo had 18 wins in a row beating the best of the best in his division until he lost his title to Conor McGregor.  After that loss he came back with a solid win versus Frankie Edgar. But, then took another L in the unification title bought with Max Holloway.  

Jose Aldo now gets a shot at redemption and can regain his throne.  Aldo is a great striker.  He’s quick, explosive, and can finish fights.  Aldo has 14 KO/TKO’s on his resume.  The knock on Aldo is his gas tank.  Aldo starts well, but, when fights go into deep water, he has trouble.  Holloway exploited that in their first fight.  

Max Holloway comes into this title defense with an overall MMA record of 18-3.  Holloway hasn’t taken an L since 2013 and is currently on an 11 fight winning streak.  He hasn’t been fighting cans either, they’ve all been top contenders, and or champions. 

In their first match-up, Holloway showed that his striking is on par with the best in the UFC.  He also showed he can weather a storm and that his gas tank is on of the best in MMA.  In this fight, look for Aldo to come out strong as usual.  Holloway will once again weather the storm and drag the fight into deep waters.  Deep into the third round, Max Holloway will begin to pull away landing more and more and winning exchanges.  Look for Holloway’s pressure to break Aldo’s spirit.  

Holloway is young, hungry and fully armed with MMA skills. He will walk out of that cage with the belt and will solidify his position in the featherweight division! 

UFC 217 George St. Pierre vs Michael Bisping Fight Pick & Preview

UFC 217 marks the return of a legend!  After the alien talk way back on the Joe Rogan podcast , I never thought he would return. But, George St. Pierre (GSP) is back!  His return fight is no warm-up as he’ll be facing the current champion Michael Bisping. This fight is going to be interesting as we’ll find out how sharp GSP can be after a 4 year lay-off.  We’ll also see if Michael Bisping can defeat another MMA legend.  Let’s take a closer look at these two fighters and then I’ll make my UFC 217: GSP vs. Bisping pick.  
Michael Bisping comes into UFC 217 with an overall MMA record of 30-7.  He’s definitely an MMA veteran and a proven one at that. Bisping has gotten better with age and now he can cement his legacy by defeating another legend.  Bisping has already beat two UFC legends and future hall of famers in Dan Henderson and Anderson Silva.  

Michael Bisping in on a five fight winning streak.  Bisping has shown excellent boxing and ability to throw chingasos. His takedown defense is solid, and he has a huge gas tank.  He’s gone all 5 rounds in 3 out of his last 4 fights.  He can also finish quick as he showed in that first round KO of Luke Rockhold. He’s going to need the gas tank and a great takedown defense against GSP.  

George St. Pierre (GSP) retired with an overall MMA record of 25-2.  He retired in 2013 on a 12 fight winning streak.  At that time, he was the man in MMA.  He epitomized what an MMA fighter should be. He had great wrestling, great stand up and great jiu jitsu.  His strength and conditioning was top notch and properly fueled his skills.  

The knock on GSP is that he wasn’t a finisher.  His last 7 fights all went the distance.  While some see the lack of finishing  as a bad thing, others see it as great strategy.  Strategic fighting was a strength of his.  He fought his fight and countered the strengths of other fighters perfectly.  GSP ruled his era, but he hasn’t been in the cage in 4 years.  

Look for Bisping to push the pace and test GSP early. But, GSP’s wrestling will be the difference in this fight.  When GSP wants a takedown, he’ll most likely get it.  Once the fight goes to the ground, GSP’s ability to muddy up the fight with ground and pound will overwhelm Bisping.  GSP will once again be pound for pound king of the UFC.  

Agree?  Disagree?  Feel free to comment.  

UFC 216 Tony Ferguson vs Kevin Lee Fight Pick & Preview

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The UFC has been leaking star power lately.  Ronda Rousey…gone! Jon Jones…gone!  Conor McGregor…MIA!  UFC 216 aims to stop that leak and begin the crowning of a new star.  Both Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee are on the verge of crossing into the casual fan’s radar.  We all know that’s where the big money in sports is and every athlete wants to get there.  A win at 216 is paramount in making that happen. Let’s take a closer look at these two fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 216: Ferguson vs. Lee. Take a look at the video for a quick preview.  

Kevin “The Motown Phenom” Lee is coming into UFC 216 with an overall MMA record of 16-2.  He’s on a 5 fight winning streak with the last three all coming via RNC (rear naked choke). Lee has arguably some of the best wrestling in the UFC and probably the best in the division.  His striking improves every fight and he’s been doing a great job mixing it in with his wrestling to set up his wins. 

Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson has an overall MMA record of 22-3.  Ferguson is riding a 9 fight winning streak and beat former champion Rafael Dos Anjos in his last outing.  Ferguson has a fighting style that keeps his opponents guessing.  His MMA toolbox is huge and he’s not afraid to use every single tool at his disposal.  His aggression overwhelms fighters and his gas tank fuels it perfectly. 

This fight has the elements of a possible fight of the year candidate.  Look for Ferguson to be creative, to take risks, and to unleash his full arsenal of MMA weapons.  Lee will counter with strong wrestling and solid boxing.  But, eventually, the pressure and experience of Ferguson will be too much for Lee.  Ferguson will take over in the later rounds and become the UFC’s interim lightweight champion. 

Agree?  Disagree?  Feel free to comment below.  

UFC 215 Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko 2 Fight Pick & Preview

Ronda Rousey put womens MMA on the map, but since her demise, no woman has been able to replace her popularity.  UFC 215 aims to change that with the main event Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Schevchenko.  This ladies can both bang and whoever comes up on top will be ready to take the throne at the top of womens MMA.  Let’s take a closer look at these two fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 215: Nunes vs. Shevchenko.

Valentino Shevchenko comes into this UFC title fight with an overall record of 14-2.  Shevchenko is 7-1 in her last 8 fights with that loss coming to Amanda Nunes via a unanimous decision.  It was a close fight, and Shevchenko is ready for redemption and to take that title from Nunes.  

Shevchenko is a fight finisher.  She’s finished 72% of her MMA fights, 4 by KO/TKO and 6 via submission.  She’s constantly improving and is coming off a very impressive armbar submission victory over Julianna Pena in the second round of their fight.  Look for her to be more aggressive in this rematch with Nunes as she lost the first two rounds in their first fight but came back strong in the third.  

Amanda Nunes is is the champion and has an overall MMA record of 14-4.  Nunes is also 7-1 in her last 8 fights but is on a 5 fight winning streak where she’s beat the the best in womens MMA, Ronday Rousey, Meisha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko, Sara McMann, and Shayna Baszler. Nunes is also constantly improving and you’ll see the best Nunes yet in this fight.  

This fight is going to be a 2017 fight of the year candidate!  Both these ladies can throw chingasos.  Both can wrestle and submit opponents.  Both are highly athletic and have shown a warrior spirit in the cage.  It’s going to be an exciting fight to watch and if you want to turn someone on to MMA, this will be a great fight to have them watch.  

Look for fireworks from the start.  As the fight progresses, Nunes sharper MMA blade will begin to slice down Shevchenko.  Shevchenko is tough and will hold her own, but Nunes will chip away eventually come out of that cage with the belt.  Nunes will either finish the fight in the later rounds, or it will be another unanimous decision victory.  

How do you think this fight will go down?  

Conor McGregor Exposed Boxing in a Win for MMA

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McGregor vs Mayweather was entertaining from the pre-fight hype to the fight itself.  While McGregor lost the boxing match, he exposed boxing for what it is, a very limited combat sport, or form of fighting.  In his first professional boxing match,  Conor McGregor (0-0) took on Floyd Mayweather (49-0), the best boxer alive  and arguably the greatest of all time and held is own for 9 rounds and over 27 minutes.  He shocked the world by actually winning the first 3 rounds (9 minutes).  

Let’s not forget, McGregor only had a few months to train for his professional boxing debut, this “fight” with Mayweather. Mayweather has been training in boxing specifically since he was 4 years old.  Mayweather is undefeated, he’s the best boxer alive and even so, Conor McGregor held his own.  Many experts didn’t give McGregor a chance.  At least one said that McGregor wouldn’t land a punch.  

Well, McGregor did more than land a punch.  He won the first three rounds and was extremely competitive until he ran out of gas in the 10th.  Mayweather was in trouble several times, even turning his back and waiting for the ref to stop the attack.  You gotta give it to Mayweather though for being a master of boxing rules.  He used them to perfection.  Turn your back in a street fight??  NOOOOO!!! 

Many people confuse boxing with fighting.  MMA in the early years showed that it was the sport that would most closely resemble a real life street fight.  In a real fight, you would get hurt if you turned your back.  In a real fight, a ref isn’t going to unclinch you, as a fighter, you’ll have to figure out how to fight in a clinch.  In a real fight, kicks, knees, elbows, takedown, throws, joint locks, choke holds and punches are allowed. In boxing, only punches to the waist on up are allowed.  And, even those punches are limited in the way they must be thrown.

As the fight (boxing match) showed us, McGregor landed a hammer fist to the head of Mayweather a few times but was warned by the ref as it’s an illegal punch/strike in boxing.  In a real fight, duck your head and look at the floor and you’re asking for trouble.  The hammer fist is the least of your worries.  There’s a knee strike and a possible guillotine choke from there.  In a real fight, boxing would fail here, but in boxing, ducking your head is technique that is widely taught and used in the ring. 

Conor McGregor exposed boxing for being a limited combat sport, and if you’re looking for a practical self-defense Martial Art, pure boxing is probably not the best choice.  If you’re looking for a practical way to defend yourself without weapons, I would highly suggest you choose something that resembles what’s been shown to work in MMA competition as that is the closest thing to a real street fight.  Don’t limit yourself to one tool.  As Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather showed us, one extremely sharp tool is nice, but having multiple useable options would be even better.  

How Conor McGregor will Beat Floyd Mayweather

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What would happen if a dominant force, champion and growing legend in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) entered the boxing ring and took on an undefeated champion and arguably the best pound for pound boxer in history?  When you’re sitting around shooting the breeze with friends that enjoy combat sports, it’s a topic of conversation.  But, it’s always been a thing of fantasy, like discussing Batman vs. Spiderman.  Until Now!! 

Conor McGregor has already shocked the world!  Getting this fight signed was a marvelous work of genius in itself and the combat sports community is still stunned.  On Saturday, August 26, when he enters the boxing ring to face Floyd Mayweather it will be the beginning of another shock that will have the world stunned!  

Comparing Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather is like comparing apples to oranges, but, keep in mind that even apples and oranges have a lot of similarities. And, when choosing what to eat at a particular time and place, a comparison is worth the effort.  So let’s get into some comparisons that will pave the road to finding the answer to how Conor McGregor will beat Floyd Mayweather. 

First, let’s take a look at age.  Father time is undefeated! For Mayweather, Father Time is another foe he’ll be fighting in the ring. Mayweather is 40 years old.  For athletes in most sports, history has shown that the sweet spot is between 27-33.  In that age range, athletic ability and experience meet, resulting in peak performance. Mayweather is well past his prime and the speed, quickness and timing that were the sharpest tools in his shed, are going to be dulled and deteriorating.  On the other hand, McGregor is 29, right in the sweat spot of where athletic ability and experience meet.  

Speaking of experience, obviously Mayweather has more than McGregor in the boxing realm, a lot more! But, boxing experts seem to think that McGregor has never trained in boxing.  Boxing is a key element in MMA. It just happens that it has to be modified for the other physical threats that MMA brings.  When it comes to fight experience, McGregor has plenty.  He’s fought the best of the best in MMA.  He’s seen punches flying in his direction and is no stranger to blocking them, taking them and returning them. He’s done that all while also being prepared for kicks, elbows, knees, takedowns and submissions.  

Let’s look at at their power and fight finishing ability. Mayweather is great at boxing, but a knockout artist he is not. He’s had trouble finishing fights. In his last 10 fights, he only has 1 KO and that was way back in 2011 versus Victor Ortiz.  That knockout came when Ortiz was looking at the ref.  It was basically a sucker punch and controversial at best.  Mayweather usually wins with footwork, defense and scoring with peppering punches.  

Conor McGregor on the other hand is a dangerous power striker that can finish fights with one punch!  In MMA he’s 21-3 overall and out of those 21 wins, 86% have ended in a KO/TKO. In his last 10 fights he’s 9-1 with 7 fight finishing TKO’s.  That power will not go away just because he’s in a boxing ring and the gloves will be slightly bigger.  

This fight will take place in boxing’s welterweight division (154 lbs). Floyd Mayweather has spent most of his career fighting in divisions well under that weight class.  Conor McGregor is currently the UFC’s 155 lbs champion.  He won that in his last fight were he dominated and KO’ed the former champion.  His two fights before that were at 170 lbs.  It’s easy to see that McGregor will naturally be the bigger and stronger fighter.  

How will Conor McGregor beat Floyd Mayweater?  If Conor McGregor is to win, he will use his strength, his size, his youth and his power to pressure and overwhelm Floyd Mayweather.  McGregor will also use tactics and angles that Mayweather has never seen in the boxing ring before.  The element of surprise will be on McGregor’s side.  While Mayweather is clearly, and will clearly be the better traditional boxer, remember that punches are flying and it only takes one to end a fight!  Look for one of those powerful McGregor chingasos to shock the world!! 

Agree? Disagree?  Feel feel to comment.  

UFC 214: Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier 2 Fight Pick & Preview

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The MMA community has been waiting for this rematch for over two years!  It’s finally here! The UFC’s 205 lbs interim champion Daniel Cormier will test his champion worthiness against the real champion Jon Jones.  Let’s keep it real, while Daniel Cormier is a great fighter, he only became champion after Jon Jones was stripped of the belt for actions outside of competition.  As usual, I’ll breakdown each fighter and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 214: Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier 2.

Daniel Cormier has an impressive overall MMA record of 19-1.  That one smudge on his record was to Jon Jones. Cormier has fought and beat some of the best fighters in the UFC including but not limited to legend Anderson Silva, Dan Henderson, Frank Mir and Josh Barnett.  Cormier is not a lay and pray wrestler either.  He has 6 KO/TKO’s on his resume as well as 6 submission. Cormier can and will finish a fight! That’s what fans want to see.  

Jon Jones is virtually undefeated at at 22-1.  Virtually because the only smudge on his record was a DQ loss to Matt Hamill. MMA fans know that would have been a win with or without that downward elbow. Anyway, Jon Jones has been a runaway freight train taking out whatever is put in front of him.  He has 9 KO/TKO’s and 6 submissions on his resume.  

While on paper these two fighter look similar, there are differences that will make a big impact in this fight.  First, Jon Jones is the younger fighter.  Jon Jones is 30 while Daniel Cormier is 38.  At 38, you just never know how your body will respond while competing at the highest levels.  It could be a good day, or, father time can nudge you into having a bad day.  

The second difference is body type.  Jon Jones is long.  He can strike from a long distance with both kicks and punches that can surprise a fighter.  He’s also shown to be extremely athletic, creative and highly skilled at using his long limbs.  

Daniel Cormier is one of the best wrestles in MMA and that’s his advantage in most fights, but Jon Jones has shown to be able to adapt to any style, match and surpass any fighters perceived advantages.  

Look for this fight to start slow.  As the fight progresses, Jon Jones will begin to wear down Cormier just like in their first fight.  Cormier’s age will catch up.  Jon Jones will most likely turn the heat up and finish the fight in the 4th or 5th round!  The real champion will take the throne once again.  

Check out the free UFC video: UFC Countdown: Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 2 

UFC 213 Yoel Romero vs Robert Whittaker Fight Pick & Preview

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A few hours before the start of UFC 213, Amanda Nunes has been pulled from the card due to illness.  Now, Yoel Romero vs Robert Whittaker will be the main event.  This will be a five round fight for the interim UFC middleweight title, but, it probably won’t need all five rounds to be decided.  Let’s take a closer look at these two fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 213: Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker. 

Yoel Romero is coming into this title fight with an overall MMA record of 12-1. His last and only loss was way back in 2011.  Since then he’s been on a tear with 8 straight wins.  Those wins haven’t been agains chumps either.  He’s beaten the who’s who of the middleweight division including Chris Weidman, Ronaldo Souza, Lyoto Machida, Tim Kennedy and others.  

Yoel is built like a tank and drops bombs for chingasos!  He’s finished 10 of his fights via KO/TKO including 3 of his last 4 fights.  He’s one of the most, if not the most powerful and dangerous fighters in the UFC.  His wrestling background allows him throw chingasos full force without the fear of being taken down.  And, if gets his hands on you, you’re most likely going to hit the mat pretty damn hard.  

Robert Whittaker comes into UFC 213 with an overall MMA record of 18-4. More impressively, he’s rattle off 7 high level wins in a row including TKO’s of Ronald Souza and Derek Brunson in his last two fights.  He has great striking and his takedown defense is getting better and better.  

Whittaker is one of the best technical boxers in the UFC and as he’s learned to mix things up, those skills are becoming more and more effective for him.  Whittaker can finish fights!  He has 9 KO/TKO’s on and 4 submission wins on his resume.  Four out of his last 6 fights have finishes via KO/TKO.

In this fight, look for Yoel Romero to go after a takedown early.  While Romero has power, his striking isn’t the most technical and his best chance is take the fight to the mat and get into a ground and pound situation.  Unfortunately for Romero, Whittaker knows how to keep the fight standing.  His takedown defense is one of the best.  

Whittaker will be patient and will allow his technical striking to wear down Romero.  Whittaker has the better gas tank.  As the fight progresses, Romero will get slower, sloppier, and Whittaker will take advantage.  This fight will end in the later rounds and Robert Whittaker will be crowned the interim UFC middleweight champion.  

Check out the free UFC video: UFC 213 Countdown Yoel Romero vs Robert Whittaker

UFC 212 Jose Aldo vs Max Holloway Fight Pick & Preview

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The main even at UFC 212 will unify the UFC’s Featherweight Champion (145 lbs). Jose Aldo held the belt for a long time until Conor McGregor snatched it with a quick first round KO.  When McGregor moved on to fight in other divisions, the belt was vacated and Max Holloway won the Interim Featherweight Championship. Now it’s time to see who will sit at the official throne of the UFC’s Featherweight division.  Let’s take a look at these two great MMA fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 212: Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway. 

Jose Aldo comes into this unification bout with an overall MMA record of 26-2.  Also had won 18 fights in a row before that loss to Conor McGregor.  He jumped back into his winning ways with a unanimous decision victory over Frankie Edgar last July.  Now he wants to reclaim the throne!  

Jose Also made his way up the ranks with an impressive stand up game.  His technique is top notch and he has the athletic ability to throw some quick and powerful chingasos!  Aldo has 14 KO/TKO’s on his resume.  In this fight, he’ll face another fighter that prefers to stand.  For those that like to see MMA fighters trade chingasos, this UFC fight is definitely be worth watching! 

Max Holloway comes into UFC 212 as the Interim UFC Featherweight champion with an overall record of 17-3.  Holloway has racked up 10 wins in a row. His last decision loss way back in 2013 to Conor McGregor.  Holloway has 7 KO/TKO’s on his resume including an impressive TKO of Anthony Pettis in December. 

Max Holloway seems to get better every fight.  His best is going to be needed in this fight with Jose Aldo. Holloway has a big gas tank and a granite chin.  He’s never been knocked out but he’s never fought someone with the striking skill that Jose Aldo brings to the table.  

Jose Aldo has an advantage in experience, and technically, he’s also the better striker.  But, Holloway has a better gas tank.  Also slows as the fight progresses into the later rounds.  Look for the fight to start slow.  These fighters will test the waters early but with so much on the line, unnecessary risks won’t be taken, at least early.  

Early on, Jose Aldo will win the exchanges with his crisper, tighter striking style. Holloway will have the chin, and heart to take the punishment and keep coming.  As the fight progresses, look for Holloway to become more aggressive.  As Aldo begins to slow down, Holloway will turn up the heat and make the fight a test of wills.  

Holloway is a very intelligent fighter and a shark.  When he smell bloods, he goes after the kill.  Remember, Aldo was contemplating retirement a while back. In a sport like MMA, you can’t have one foot in the door and the other out.  I see Holloway mentally breaking Aldo with his gritty fighting style.  Look for Holloway to get stronger as the fight goes on, and Aldo to begin melting down.  

Holloway will be the one and only UFC Featherweight Champion at the end of the night.  

Check out the free UFC video: UFC 212 Countdown Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway 
Who do you thing is going to win? Comment below.  

UFC 211: Stipe Miocic vs Junior Dos Santos Fight Pick & Preview

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Back in December of 2014, MMA fans were treated to one of the best heavyweight fights in UFC history.  Stipe Miocic and Junior Dos Santos engaged in a fan pleasing chingasos-fest!  There was a lot of head trauma and drama, but somehow, some way, the fight went the distance and Junior Dos Santos picked up the unanimous decision victory.  A lot has happened since then, and now, Stipe Miocic is the UFC heavyweight champion and he gets a chance to avenge that loss.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters, and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 211: Stipe Miocic vs. Junior Dos Santos. 

Stipe Miocic is coming into this UFC heavyweight title defense with an overall MMA record of 16-2.  Miocic is a fight finisher as we can see from the fact that 12 of those 16 wins have come via KO/TKO.  Another one of his wins came via a leg kick submission.  His last loss was to Junior Dos Santos back in that December 2014 brawl.  Since then, he’s rattled off four KO/TKO’s in a row.  His last three opponents have not made it past the first round! 

Stipe came into MMA with good wrestling and excellent boxing skills. He’s only sharpened those swords! In his last for fights, he’s faced the who’s who of the heavyweight division and has finished them all!  He finished off Mark Hunt in the 5th round, Andre Arlovski, Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem all in the first round.  

Junior Dos Santos is coming into UFC 211 with an overall MMA record of 18-4.  Junior Dos Santos is also exceptionally good at finishing fights!  Like Miocic, he also has 12 KO/TKO’s on his resume. You can also tack on 2 submission victories. Junior Dos Santos is looking to regain some momentum as he hasn’t been very active lately and is only 3-3 in his last 6 fights.  Dos Santos has only had two fights since that win over Miocic, a loss to Alistair Overeem in December of 2015 and a win in his most recent outing versus Ben Rothwell.  

Junior Dos Santos is a dangerous fighter and has wins over some of the top heavyweights in the UFC.  He became UFC champion when he knocked out Cain Velasquez back in November of 2011.  He was able to defend that title against Frank Mir by knocking him out in the 2nd round.  Unfortunately for JDS, Cain Velasquez came back for his belt with a vengeance and schooled him through 5 rounds.  JDS earned a trilogy with Velasquez with a solid TKO win over Mark Hunt.  JDS wasn’t able to get past Cain Velasquez in the trilogy, but has hung around the top of the division and with a win over Miocic, and Rothwell, he’s found himself here with another shot at the title.  

Junior Dos Santos is a tough UFC veteran.  He’s been in the UFC since 2008 and has fought the best. He’s experienced, but he’s also taken a lot of damage.  That damage will rear it’s ugly face in this fight. While JDS has beaten Stipe Miocic in the past, he’ll now face a vastly improved Miocic, and that will be a problem! 

Look for these fighter to trade hard chingasos!  At this point in their careers, Miocic has a better chin and that will make all the difference. Look for Miocic to trade with JDS and get the better of those exchanges.  Sooner or later, the wear and tear that JDS’s chin has taken will be the chink in his armor that will lead to his downfall.  This fight will not need the judges, Miocic will get the KO/TKO.  

How do you think UFC 211: Stipe Miocic vs Junior Dos Santos will play out? 

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UFC 210 Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Johnson 2 Fight Pick & Preview

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The main event at UFC 210 features a rematch, Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Johnson 2.  Judges for this fight can take a bathroom break because they will not be needed!  This fight will not go the distance. Their first fight was a fan favorite that almost ended in the first round.  Daniel Cormier was able to survive and then turned the tide.  Will Daniel Cormier be able to win again?  Or, will Anthony Johnson plug the holes in his game and become the new UFC light heavyweight champion? Let’s take a closer look at these two MMA fighters and then I’ll make my official Chingasos MMA fight pick for UFC 210: Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson. 

Daniel Cormier is a horrible trash talker.  When he talks trash trying to hype a fight, it’s not scary and or intimidating.  You almost just want to give the guy a hug.  While he’s not a good trash talker, he is a great MMA fighter.  Daniel Cormier is coming into this UFC light heavyweight title defense with an overall MMA record of 18-1.  The only smudge on his record is a decision loss to the undefeated and legendary Jon Jones.  

Daniel Cormier is a grinder.  He’s an MMA zombie that takes the best other fighters have to offer and keeps coming forward.  He outworks other fighters and eventually breaks most of them.  His wrestling resume is top notch, and his stand up seems to get better and better.  He uses his stand up and chingasos to set up his wrestling grind and ground and pound.  The first fight with Anthony Johnson was a perfect example.  His stand up was good enough to hang with a beast of a striker. He then was able to work his wrestling and outworked Johnson eventually setting up the submission finish.  

Anthony Johnson comes in to this rematch on a 3 fight winning streak.  Not only has he won three in a row, he’s knocked out every one of those fighters.  Two in the first round, and the other only made it to the 2nd round.  Anthony Johnson has an overall MMA record of 22-5. He’s finished 16 of those fights have with a KO/TKO.  Also, he’s 12-1 in the last 13 with that only loss coming to Daniel Cormier.  

Anthony Johnson is a fight finisher.  Since he settled into the UFC light heavyweight division, he’s become one of the scariest MMA fighters alive.  His power is Mike Tyson-esque. One chingaso can end your night!  He almost finished off Daniel Cormier in their first fight and in the first round. A strategic mistake caused him to go into deep waters with Cormier and it exposes a weakness in Johnson’s game.  

Daniel Cormier was able to weather the storm in the first fight. In this fight, look for Anthony Johnson delivering power shots in more strategic spurts.  Daniel Cormier has to fight a perfect fight to weather the storm again.  One mistake can cost him big, especially now that Johnson knows not to hastily empty the gas tank.  

Sooner or later, Johnson will land a shot and will more intelligently find a path to finish.  This will be the first time ever Daniel Cormier will be finished.  Look for the finish within the first 3 rounds.  

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UFC 209: Tyron Woodley vs Stephen Thompson 2 Fight Pick & Preview

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It ended in a draw!  Yup! The first fight ,Tyrone Woodley vs Stephen Thompson ended in a draw.  It was like watching a great movie with a shitty ending.  But today, the UFC is putting Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson back in the cage to settle the score!  Let’s take a closer look at these two fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for Tyron Woodley vs Stephen Thompson 2. 

Tyron Woodley is coming into this UFC title defense with an overall MMA record of 16-3. Woodley was riding a three fight winning streak before the epic draw with Thompson.  Woodley is one of, if not the most explosive fighter in the UFC. He can finish and he can finish fast!  He has 6 KO/TKO’s on his record including the devastating first round KO of former champion Robbie Lawler. He also has 5 submission on his record which puts his fight finishing percentage at an impressive 69%.

Stephen Thompson has an overall MMA record of 13-1. His only loss was a decision way back in 2012 to Matt Brown.  Thompson has defeated some of the best in the UFC as he climbed his way up to a title shot.  Thompson really put  himself on the map with wins over Rory McDonald, Johnny Hendricks and Robert Whittaker. Like Woodley, Thompson can finish!  He has 7 KO/TKO’s and 1 submission sprinkled in on his resume.  His overall finishing percentage is just under Woodley’s at 62%.

Woodley has the edge both in wrestling and boxing but Thompson can kick like no other in the UFC.  They’ve tested the waters in the first fight.  Tonight, it will be about who comes in with the better game plan.  

Look for Woodley to be more aggressive.  He seemed to have held back a bit in the first meeting.  Maybe it was nerves, maybe a gas tank running low?  It was his first title defense and the pressure was on.  With that first title defense out of the way, and having tested the waters with Thompson, aggressiveness is going to be key in the rematch.  

Look for Thompson to find a way to release more kicks.  In the first meeting, the takedown danger caused Thompson to hold them back.  Thompson also struggled when he was taken down.  Finding a way to get back up if he does get taken down is going to be key.  

I’m picking Woodley for the win!  He had opportunities to finish in the first fight and made strategical errors.  Those errors will be fixed.  Woodley will be more aggressive with his wrestling which will open up opportunities to land brain shaking chingasos.  Thompson did enough to survive and win a couple of rounds in the first fight.  Doing enough to survive won’t get him the win.  Woodley will walk out of the UFC octagon win the belt once again! 

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Who are you picking?  Comment below.  

UFC 208: Holly Holm vs. Germaine de Randamie Fight Pick & Preview

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UFC 208 is going to make history!  One, it’s the first women’s fight at 145 lbs.  Two, it’s also a title fight.  Three, the fight is featuring one fighter who is 1-2 in the last three fights, and the other who is 2-1 in her last 3 fights. This is not exactly a UFC PPV main even quality fight, and the lack of buzz around it amongst both hard core and casual MMA fans shows it.  With that being said, if you like chingasos, they will definitely be flying around!  These ladies can throw bones! Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 208: Holly Holm vs Germaine de Randamie.  One woman will come out the first UFC 145 lbs champ ever! 

Germaine de Randamie is coming into this UFC fight with an overall MMA record of 6-3.  It’s important to mention that while she’s only had 9 MMA fights, she’s an accomplished Muay Thai fighter and has won several championships. But, this is MMA and while here record isn’t impressive, she is 3-1 in her last 4 fights with that only loss coming to Amanda Nuñes.  

Holly Holm has the more impressive MMA record coming into this fight at 10-2.  But, she’s lost her last two fights.  Holly Holm, like Germaine de Randamie has had an impressive combat sport career outside of MMA and the UFC in Boxing and Kick Boxing.  While Holly Holm is coming off of two loses, make no mistake about it, she’s a great striker and has some solid wins under her belt including but not limited to the Ronda Rousey KO.

Many casual MMA fans are most likely not interested in watching Holly Holm vs. Germain de Randamie, but, this is one of those MMA fights that can turn someone into an MMA fan.  There’s going to be some high level striking.  There’s going to be some high level strategy.  Both these ladies have been in the UFC and are highly experienced.  

These fighter match up very well.  It should be a close fight.  The difference is going to come down to who’s faster and more athletic.  I give that edge to Germaine De Randamie.  Look for Randamie to win the chingasos exchanges.  Not by much, but one extra punch, kick, knee or elbow in every skirmish will add up.  Ultimately, you’re going to see Germaine de Randamie walk out of the UFC Octagon with the 145 lbs.  

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Who do you think will win this UFC fight and become the first UFC Women’s 145 lbs champion? Holly Holm or Germain De Randamine? Comment below.