After The Fights: UFC 277

It was a great day (or night, depending on what part of the world you’re in) of fights. Two new Champions have been crowned, a premature stoppage, and just some excellent fights.

Here is what happened:

Amanda Nunes def Julianna Peña

Amanda Nunes regained the Bantamweight title, battering Peña for five rounds. It was a case of Peña being too tough for her own good, as she was knocked down, cut open, and outclassed.

Nunes made the proper adjustments; she was sharp in the stand-up and controlled things on the ground. There was one moment when it looked like Peña had an armbar, but Nunes could escape the submission.

What will be next for both of these fighters? For Nunes, it’s hard to say where she goes next. There isn’t a Featherweight division, so to speak. Maybe another Fight with Shevchenko (even if that’s pushing it) is on the cards. As for Peña, besides recovering and recouping, perhaps a fight between Holly Holm or Ketlan Vieira.

Brendon Moreno def Kai Kara-France

‘The Assasin Baby’ can once again call himself a champion. It was a beautiful liver kick and followed barrage that sealed the win.

It was a close fight early, and it seemed that Kara-France had done just enough to edge ahead in the third round, but as people say, anything can happen in MMA. People love these two fighters, so seeing one of them lose sucked.

Moreno now has a date with Deiveson Figueiredo for the undisputed Flyweight championship. For Kara-France, he will be hoping that Figueiredo will be able to unseat Moreno so he can get a shot at the title. In the meantime, avenging his loss to Brendon Royval should be next.

Sergi Pavlovich def Derrick Lewis

Pavlovich scored a big win; however, many in the MMA community believe that the stoppage was premature.

Lewis is getting to a stage of his fight career where he can’t just stand and trade anymore. His chin is starting to go, but he still has power.

Pavlovich looks like a good prospect, and he took the booing crowd well. What’s next? Honestly, these two must run it back due to that ordinary stoppage.

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Alexandre Pantoja def Alex Perez

Pantoja said he wanted to make a statement, which is what he did. He picked up the win and looked to have secured another title shot.

Like only the Flyweights can do, the fight started at a breakneck pace. Pantoja stung Perez early, with Perez going for a takedown. The Brazilian took his opponent’s back and sank in the fight-ending rear-naked choke (it was more of a neck crank).

Pantoja will no doubt get the winner of Figueiredo/Moreno. A fighter doesn’t follow a loss by fighting a higher-ranked opponent, but a fight between Perez and Kara-France could be fun.

Magomed Ankalaev def Anthony Smith

Ankalaev won his ninth fight in a row, but an injury to Anthony Smith saw an unusual ending to the battle.

After a close first round, when Smith returned to his corner, he was limping. It obviously hampered him, as it wasn’t done at pace when he shot for a takedown. Smith tried to pull guard, and that’s where ‘Lionheart’ found trouble. Ankalaev is a good wrestler, so he could stay out of Smith’s guard and not get swept by him. Ankalaev finished him off with some heavy punches for the win.

Unlike the other injuries that happened over the last couple of weeks, there is no need for a rematch here. Ankalaev looked very good, and should Aleksander Raakić. For Smith, besides recovering, a fight with Scotsmen Paul Craig would be suitable for his return.

Hopefully, everyone enjoyed the fights.

UFC 277 Main Card Preview

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Two of the baddest women in MMA will fight for the second time when Julianna Peña defends her Bantamweight title against the former champion Amanda Nunes in the main event.

The co-main event sees Kiwi Kai Kara-France looking to add a Flyweight title to City Kickboxing’s trophy cabinet when he takes on Brendon Moreno. Moreno is one of only two fighters who have beaten Kara-France.

Let’s have a look at the main card:

Julianna ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ Peña vs Amanda ‘The Lioness’ Nunes

Hopefully, this fight lives up to the original. Though Nunes knocked her down a couple of times, Peña weathered the storm, and she tested Nunes like she hadn’t been tested before. She wasn’t afraid to take damage and stand and trade with the ‘Lioness’.

While Nunes was patient early in the last fight, she will need to do it again. I’m sure she would have worked on her conditioning and be ready to go into the ‘championship’ rounds, as she may be unable to put Peña away.

Peña needs to do what she did last time and make the fight a brawl, and she must be prepared to get down and dirty again and make the fight ugly.

It has been long believed that you are not a true champion in MMA until you defend for the first time. Peña will be desperate not to join that club (though it does include fighters like Matt Serra and Rashad Evans).

Regardless, both women have shown they are true competitors and worthy champions.

 

Betting Odds on Neds:  Amanda Nunes $1.36 Julianna Peña $3.20

Brendon ‘The Assasin Baby’ Moreno vs Kai ‘Don’t Blink’ Kara-France

Like the main event, the co-main is also a rematch. The last time that Moreno and Kara-France, ‘The Assasin Baby’ was victorious.

Flyweights fight at an unbelievable pace; sometimes, combinations are like blurs. This fight will be no different, especially with the interim title on the line.

Kara-France has shown that he has power; he picked up the only KO on season 24 of The Ultimate Fighter. The only other person to beat the Kiwi, Brendon Royval, once said that Kara-France’s stand-up was ‘basic’. It may not be flashy like Royval’s stand-up in that fight was, but it certainly isn’t basic.

While both men have much to fight for, Moreno would like to settle the score with Flyweight Champion Deiveson Figueiredo. They have fought three times; however, the first was scored a draw, sitting at one a piece.

Can Moreno again call himself the champ, or is it Kara-France’s time? The world will find out tomorrow.

Betting Odds on Neds Brendon Moreno $1.46 Kai Kara-France $2.70

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Derrick ‘The Black Beast’ Lewis vs Sergei Pavlovich

Before we see the Flyweight’s throwdown, which will be at a breakneck pace, We get to see a Heavyweight slobberknocker.

There is nothing better than seeing two Heavyweight fighters slug it out. And these two men have numerous KOs on their records. So, fans should not expect anything less than two big meaty men trading leather.

Lewis is coming off a loss to Aussie Tai Tuivasa, and while it’s not panic stations yet for Lewis, a loss here won’t help. He still has destructive power in his fists, and the beauty of MMA is that anything can happen.

Pavlovich is currently running a three-fight win streak, and they have all been first-round stoppages. A win over Lewis will catapult him up the rankings, especially now that Tom Aspinall may be out for a little while; the Russian may find himself near the top of some more fight cards.

Betting Odds on Neds: Derrick Lewis $2.25 Sergei Pavlovich $1.64

Alexandre ‘The Cannibal” Pantoja vs Alex Perez

Before the co-main event, fans will be treated to another Flyweight spectacle between two very experienced fighters.

Pantoja holds a win over Brendon Moreno and the man that beat Kai Kara-France, Brendon Royval. He has faced Flyweight king Deiveson Figueiredo and lost. And a win over Perez may see him get a rematch, depending on how the title picture pans out.

Perez is also a former title challenger, so it’s undeniable that he wants another shot at the gold. A win will see him take a step closer to facing Figueifedo, but it may be some time due to an interim title being on the card.

Betting Odds on Neds: Alexandre Pantoja $1.52 Alex Perez $2.55

Magomed Ankalaev vs Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith

Kicking off the main card is a Light Heavyweight bout between a former title challenger and a hungry Russian.

Anthony Smith has been there before and fought the best in the division. He wants to get back to the top and win the gold. After a two-fight skid, he is working himself back up the ladder. A win here, and by doing so dominantly, the man known as ‘Lionheart’ can get back there.

Beating Ankalaev is easier said than done, though. The Russian is riding an eight-fight win streak, and he only started his pro career in 2014 and has racked up quite a record. His only loss came in his UFC debut against submission specialist Paul Craig (yes, it was by triangle choke). A win against Smith in the opening bout will see him move into the division’s upper echelon.

Betting Odds on Neds: Magomed Ankalaev $1.16 Anthony Smith $5.40

For Australia Viewers, the card starts at 8 am AEST. The preliminary card will be shown on UFC Fight Pass; ESPN will only show the prelims from Klose vs Garcia. The main card can be purchased on Main Event through Foxtel or Kayo. Or you can also buy it on Fight Pass.

Enjoy the fights!

 

UFC 277 Fight Card

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Another weekend, another fight week! This week UFC 277 takes place in the Lone Star state, Dallas, Texas.

In the main event, former women’s Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes takes on the woman that took the title from her, Julianna Peña.

In the co-main event, Kiwi fighter Kai Kara-France looks to avenge his loss to former Flyweight champion Brend0n Moreno.

Here is the fight card:

UFC 277

Main Card

Julianna ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ Peña vs Amanda ‘The Lioness’ Nunes

Brendon ‘The Assasin Baby’ Moreno vs Kai ‘Don’t Blink’ Kara-France

Derrick ‘The Black Beast’ Lewis vs Sergi Pavlovich

Alexandre ‘The Cannibal’ Pantoja vs Alex Perez

Magomed Ankalaev vs Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith

Preliminary Card

Alex ‘The Great White’ Morono vs Matthew ‘Semi The Jedi’ Semelsberger

Drew Dober vs Rafael ‘The Turn’ Alves

Don’tale ‘King Kong’ Mayes vs Hamdy ‘The Hammer’ Abdelwahab

Drakkar Klose vs Rafa ‘Gifted’ Garcia

Michael Morales vs Adam Fugitt

Joselyn ‘El Pantera’ Edwards vs Ji Yeon ‘Firefist’ Kim

Nicolae Negumereanu vs Ihor The Duelist’ Potieria

Orion ‘Galaxy’ Cosce vs Mike ‘Blood’ Diamond

The preliminary card starts at 7:30 am ASET.

 

 

 

After The Fights: UFC London

Here is what happened on the main card at UFC London.

Curtis Blaydes vs Tom Aspinall

For the second week in a row, the main event ended with an injury. After throwing a leg kick, Tom Aspinall fell back in pain when he put his foot down. It’s a shame that it ended this way. The packed O2 Arena was in for what would have been an exciting fight.

What happens now? Well. Aspinall will have to rest and recoup. After talking to one of the doctors, Michael Bisping said that the Manchester native may have injured his MCL. That is what was said on the broadcast and not the official diagnosis.

Running the fight back is the obvious choice. However, it depends on how long Aspinall is out. If it is a long layoff, then Blaydes should take on the winner of Tuivasa/Gane.

Jack Hermansson vs Chris Curtis

Both fighters threw an insult or two each other’s way, with Hermasson calling Curtis a not very nice name and Curtis flipping the ‘Joker’ the bird. Curtis also imitated his opponent, claiming he was running.

In reality, Hermansson used a good game plan when coming up against a late replacement. Curtis should have pressed a bit more and used level changes and takedowns. Hermansson looked good and got a win back over Xtreme Couture (he lost to Curtis’s teammate Sean Strickland in his last fight).

Post-fight antics aside, Hermansson will likely face Darren Till, his original opponent, next. I’m not sure off is next for Curtis, but it will be good to see him bounce back.

Paddy Pimblett vs Jordan Leavitt

The atmosphere looked electric in the O2 Arena when ‘The Baddy’ made the walk to the Octagon.

The man from Liverpool was put in a few bad spots doing the first round, Leavitt using his grappling to get the fight down. He controlled the first round and won it. Anyone who thought that Pimblett’s ground game wasn’t legit should look at this fight. He was able to land a big knee, take the back and sink in the fight-ending rear-naked choke.

Pimblett will no doubt get a ranked opponent. Next, an exciting match-up would be Jalin Turner. Both fighters are on the up, and it would be a good test to see if Pimblett can take the next level.

Nikita Krylov vs Alexander Gustafsson

It is always sad to see a former top contender reduced to a shadow of their former selves. That is precisely what has happened to former title challenger Alexander Gustafsson.

Krylov swarmed ‘The Mauler’ from the opening bell and made him look ordinary. Fans knew that Krylov had some heavy hands; they were reminded about it in this fight.

Dana White no doubt heard who Krylov wants next. In his post-fight interview with Bisping, he called out Volkan Oezdemir. As for Gustafsson, it may be time to hang up the gloves.

Molly McCann vs Hannah Goldy

Like Pimblett’s walkout, to be in the crowd when McCann made the walk would have been fantastic. English fight fans are something else (in a good way, of course).

This fight ended in the first round, and McCann threw a spinning elbow knocking ’24K’ out. It was a good performance for the Liverpudlian, and she has now won three fights in a row. Unfortunately, it wasn’t Goldy’s night, it was a tough ask to go over there and win, but she would have taken plenty out of the fight.

As for what’s next for either woman, it’s hard to say. A good fight for McCann would be Michelle Waterson-Gomez; it would be a fun fight, and it would be interesting to hear people boo if the fight was to take place in the UK.

Paul Craig vs Volkan Oezdemir

The opening bout was a little bit lacklustre. It was very much a classic striker vs grappler fight, and it went exactly that way.

Ozdemir didn’t look comfortable until the final round. He seemed very gun shy early, but that would have been because he didn’t want to get caught in a submission. It was hard to believe that this was the same guy that once fought Daniel Cormier, but a win is a win.

Craig did have some good moments on the feet, tagging Oezdemir a few times. The fans knew exactly what he was going to do, and if he didn’t catch the submission early, it would have been more arduous as the fight went on.

As for what’s next for both fighters? Krylov called out Oezdemir, which is the fight to make next for him. Dominic Reyes would be a good fight for the Scotsman, and it would be good to see him work on his stand-up, as it looked ok in this fight.

 

 

UFC London Preview

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The UFC makes its way to O2 Arena in London for UFC on ESPN: Aspinall vs Blaydes. In the main event, hometown hero Tom Aspinall looks to take a step closer to challenging the Heavyweight title, but Curtis Blaydes stands in his way.

It’s a who’s who of European fighters on the card, with Jack Hermansson in the co-main event. Liverpudlian ‘s Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett and Molly ‘Meatball’ McCann are also back in the Octagon. Both fighters are highly entertaining in and out of the Octagon, and people will be happy to see them back in action.

Main Card

Curtis ‘Razor’ Blaydes vs Tom Aspinall

There is nothing like watching two Heavyweights slug it out, whether it’s boxing or MMA. This fight is between two good martial artists, so it shouldn’t disappoint.

Blaydes made a statement in his last fight. Instead of taking Chris Daukaus down, he stood and traded with him. Blaydes did not attempt one takedown. Having a collegiate wrestling background, he has gone to that well plenty of times in the past, but it was good to see him end the fight standing up.

Tom Aspinall looks like a complete martial artist. Against Alexander Volkov, Aspinall stung him on the feet and took him down with ease. The Brit’s ground game is sublime, getting the victory via a straight armbar from the side mount. He hasn’t lost since 2016 and is riding a five-fight win streak in the UFC.

This is a hard fight to pick. Both looked good in their last fight. If you are going on big fight experience, then Blaydes has the edge. Aspinall, however, is like a true warrior. The British Heavyweight is just so calm and composed in the Octagon.

For Blaydes to win this, he will have to wrestle, but he will have to watch out for Aspinall going for submissions. The winner of this fight will no doubt get to fight a more prominent name next.

Betting Odds on Neds: Curtis Blaydes $2.15 Tom Aspinall $1.70.

Jack ‘Joker’ Hermansson vs Chris ‘Action-Man’ Curtis

Both fighters have a wealth of experience, with 66 fights between them. Hermansson is coming off a split decision loss to Sean Strickland in his last fight. The Norweigan was unlucky in a good fight; it didn’t go his way.

Curtis has won all three of his UFC fights. The ‘Action-Man’ trains out of the same gym as Hermansson’s last opponent Sean Strickland, so he will be ready for him. In his fight against Brendan Allen, Curtis showed that he has the power to finish a fight; also, the Xtreme Couture fighter doesn’t like being called a journeyman, so call him one at your peril.

A win here for either fighter should move them up the rankings, And who knows, an impressive performance could get them a title shot since the Champ is looking for new challengers (even though Alex Pereira has the next shot).

The loser here may be a gatekeeper moving forward, a dependable fighter that gets fed to the next superstar.

Betting Odds on Neds: Jack Hermansson $1.90 Chris Curtis $1.90

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Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett vs ‘The Monkey King’ Jordan Leavitt

An exciting fight between two up-and-coming Lightweights. ‘The Baddy’ is an exciting English prospect. He has good stand-up and an even better ground game (eight wins by submission). He will have the entire arena chanting his name, and no doubt his best friend Molly McCann will be watching after her fight like last time.

Leavitt has also very well versed on the ground as well. Coming through the Contender Series, he also has several submission wins and only one loss in the Octagon. He will be keen to continue rising through the Lightweight ranks, and what better way to do it than by beating Pimblett and silencing a vocal crowd.

Pimblett has the better stand-up out of the two fighters, and Leavitt shades him on the ground. There is no doubt that the Liverpudlian will keep it standing in the hopes of getting a knockout on home soil.

Betting Odds on Neds: Paddy Pimblett $1.38 Jordan Leavitt $3.10

Nikita ‘The Miner’ Krylov vs Alexander ‘The Mauler’ Gustafsson

Krylov and Gustafsson need a win here; otherwise, they might be cut from the promotion.

Gustafsson is returning to Light-Heavyweight after a short stint in the Heavyweight division. Fans of the UFC know what ‘The Mauler’ is capable of and hope he shows shades of his former self.

Krylov has been out of the UFC before and returned, so he may not be afraid of being cut. It will be a nice notch on the belt to have a win over the Swede. Does he have the tools to get the win and stay in the world’s premier MMA promotion? We will find out.

Betting Odds on Neds: Nikita Krylov $1.45 Alexander Gustafsson $2.80

Molly ‘Meatball’ McCann vs Hammah ’24K’ Goldy

There is no doubt that McCann will want to put on a show as she did in her last fight at UFC. London. ‘Meatball’s’ spinning back elbow KO was something to behold, giving her two wins in a row.

Like McCann, Goldy broke a two-fight losing streak, beating Emily Whitmire via a first-round armbar. It looked like Whitmire was winning the fight, but ’24K’ pulled the victory out.

Goldy is the less experienced of the two, and she has not fought in an arena that will have such an atmosphere on Saturday (Sunday in Australia). She has the tools to win this fight, and she may even catch McCann if ‘Meatball’ starts this fight like her last one.

McCann must be careful; if she goes ‘balls to the wall’, it will be over in a flash. She needs to stick to the game plan and worry about the crowd second; a win is what is most important here.

Betting Odds on Neds: Molly McCann $1.22 Hannah Goldy $4.50

Paul ‘BearJew’ Craig vs Volkan ‘No Time’ Oezdemir

There is no better way to start the main card than with a classic striker vs. grappler bout, which will be a throwback of sorts to a by-gone era. Although, that might be dramatising it.

Craig is currently on a four-fight win streak. The ‘BearJew’ looked in all sorts of trouble in his last fight, but then again, the Jiu-Jitsu expert knows what he is doing and always works to his strengths. The ‘BearJew’ takes a licking and keeps ticking until he gets the tap.

Oezdemir is on a two-fight skid and needs to win this fight to get back on track. The man known as ‘No Time’ once fought for the title, so he has a bit more ‘big fight’ experience. He will need to call upon that to win here, but he must also not fall into Craig’s trap. Avoiding the ground is a must if he is to get back in the winner’s column.

Betting Odds on Neds: Paul Craig $2.20 Volkan ezdemir $1.67

Remember, Aussie fans, the preliminary card starts at 2 am AEST, with the main card beginning at 5 am on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN.

UFC London: Blaydes Vs Aspinall

The UFC keeps plugging along in July; This weekend, the world’s premier MMA promotion comes to you live from London with UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs Aspinall.

It’s another weekend UFC fans in Australia will need to get up early to watch the fights live; the preliminary card starts at 2 am AEST, and the main card begins at 5 am.

The main event will see Brit Tom Aspinall taking on Curtis Blaydes. Aspinall hasn’t lost a fight since debuting in the UFC in 2020. After failing against Derrick Lewis, Curtis Blaydes has won his last two contests. Can he make it a hat-trick?

Norway’s Jack Hermansson takes on American Chris Curtis in the co-main event, while everyone’s favourite British fighters, Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann, also feature on the card.

UFC London

Main Card 

Curtis ‘Razor’ Blaydes vs Tom Aspinall

Jack ‘The Joker’ Hermansson vs Chris ‘Action-Man’ Curtis

Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett vs ‘The Monkey King’ Jordan Leavitt

Nikita ‘The Miner’ Krylov vs Alexander ‘The Mauler’ Gustafsson

Molly ‘Meatball’ McCann vs Hannah ’24K’ Goldy

Paul ‘Bearjew’ Craig vs Volkan ‘No Time’ Oezdemir

Preliminary Card

Mason ‘Dragon’ Jones vs ‘Mr Highlight’ Ludovit Klein

Marc ‘Bonecrusher’ Diakiese vs ‘The Bosnian Bomber’ Damir Hadzovic

‘The Propect’ Nathaniel Wood vs Charles ‘Boston Strong’ Rosa

‘Mr Finland’ Makwan Amirkhani vs Jonathan ‘JSP’ Pearce

Muhammed ‘The Punisher’ Mohaev vs Charles ‘Innerg’ Johnson

Jai ‘Black Country Banger’ Herbert vs Kyle ‘The Monster’ Nelson

Mandy ‘Monster’ Bohm vs Victoria ‘Fury’ Leonardo

Claudio ‘Hannibal’ Silva vs Nicholas ‘Danish Dynamite’ Dalby

 

 

UFC on ABC 3: Ortega Vs Rodriguez

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UFC makes its way to Long Island, New York, for UFC on ABC 3. Brian Ortega looks to get back into title contention, taking on the dangerous Yair Rodriguez. The co-main event will see Michelle Waterson-Gomez take on the perilous Brazilian Amanda Lemos.

For Aussie fight fans, it will be an early start tomorrow as the preliminary card starts at 1 am AEST, with the main card at 4 am.

Main Card

Brian ‘T-City’ Ortega vs Yair ‘El Pantera’ Rodriquez 

One man is looking for a rematch with the champ, and the other wants a shot at him. This will be a great fight, so don’t blink (Aussie fans, try not to fall asleep). Ortega is coming off a loss to Alex Volkanovski. The decision didn’t go Ortega’s way, but there were times he had the champion in trouble.

Rodriguez is also coming off a loss to former champion Max Halloway. A win over ‘T-City’ will put him next in line to challenge Volkinovski. He is a very unorthodox striker and will need to keep Ortega guessing. What ‘El Pantera’ can’t do is leave himself wide open to get tagged as he did with Halloway. If he does, he may fall into a submission hold, and we’ve seen how quick Ortega can slap on a guillotine choke.

Ortega needs to not get in a brawl with Rodriguez. he is sometimes too tough for his own good, as evident in his loss to Halloway. Once he rocks Rodriguez, go in for the kill and make it an easy night at the office.

Betting Odds on Neds: Brian Ortega $1.60 Yair Rodriguez $2.35

‘The Karate Hottie’ Michelle Waterson vs Amanda Lemos

Waterson has won one of her last five fights, so she needs a win here. She probably won’t get cut from the promotion if she does lose, but it will be good to see her get back into the winner’s circle.

Lemos racked up a five-fight win streak before it ended at Jessica Andrade’s hands. One of the highlights of that streak was her submission win over Miranda Granger, a choke that looked like she was in an impossible position to finish. She is a powerful puncher; standing and trading with her is not a good idea.

Waterson will need to be aware of Lemos’ power. She could go the Angela Hill route, but she may find herself on the wrong end of a decision. Waterson has several submission wins, so that may be the way to go in this fight.

Betting Odds on Neds: Michelle Waterson $3.40 Amanda Lemos $1.33

‘The Leech’ Li Jingliang vs Muslim ‘King of Kung Fu’ Salikhov

Jingliang is a 14-year veteran in the UFC, and a scalp like this will be a good one for Salikhov. The ‘King of Kung Fu’ is riding a five-fight win streak. Can he make it six? Fans will have to wait and see.

Jingliang is tough and will throw down when needed, but it may be wrong to get in a dog fight with Salikhov; his right hand can put anyone to sleep. Salikhov also likes to go to the body with the jab and then attack with a spin kick; Jiangliang will need to watch for that. Salikhov’s two losses have come by submission, so it may be wise for Jingliang to submit him as a KO may not happen.

Salikhov will need to mix things up as he did against Taleb and be patient. Though Jingliang has not been KO’d, Salikhov has the right hand to do it.

Betting Odds on Neds: Li Jingliang $2.35 Muslim Salikhov $1.60

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Matt ‘Danger’ Schnell vs ‘Ther Tibetan Eagle’ Sumudaerji

Can Schnell bring the ‘danger’ to Long Island? He will have to if he is going to win this fight. Sumudaerji, a southpaw, has a nice straight left, which he put Malcolm Gordon away with at UFC Vegas 15. Sumudaerji does not want to go to the ground with Schnell; of his four losses, all four have come by way of submission, and if Schnell locks in a triangle, it will be all over.

On the other hand, Schnell will have to avoid staying on his feet with Sumudaerji. Staying upright and brawling with ‘The Tibetan Eagle’ might make him lose a decision; he is better off going for his bread and butter, grappling (he has a beautiful Triangle choke) to win.

It could be a quick night for the winner in this fight.

Betting Odds on Neds: Matt Schnell $3.20 Sumudaerji $1.36

Shane ‘Hurricane’ Burgos vs Charles ‘Air’ Jourdain

After a two-fight skid, Burgos returned to the winner’s circle last November by defeating Billy Quarantillo. His two losses were against Edson Barboza and Josh Emmett, respectively. The ‘Hurricane’ doesn’t put on a boring fight, so Jourdain better be ready.

Although he got taken down early, Jourdain bounced back perfectly in his fight with Lando Vannata. He knocked down Vannata with a lovely left hand and finished him with a guillotine. Burgos will not be as easy to finish, so Jourdain should be ready for a war.

A win here might even see Jourdain fight a higher-ranked opponent, but this should be a cracking fight no matter what happens.

Betting Odds on Neds: Shane Burgos $1.60 Charles Jourdain $2.35

‘Lucky’ Lauren Murphy vs Miesha ‘Cupcake’ Tate

These ladies finally get to face off after a couple of false starts. The former champion Tate returned last year, coming out of retirement after five years. In her previous fight, she lost a unanimous decision to Ketlan Vieira. Tate’s strength is her grappling, so taking it might be a three-round wrestle fest with ‘Cupcake coming out on top.

Ultimate Fighter alum Murphy will need to not play into Tate’s wrestling. Keeping her distance so she doesn’t get caught in the clinch or so that she sprawl should be her aim. Making it a firefight is what will win it for her.

Betting Odds on Neds: Lauren Murphy $2.70 Miesha Tate $1.46

Enjoy the fights!

UFC Fight Night: Ortega Vs Rodriguez Fight Card

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After two weeks in Las Vegas, the UFC makes its way to New York for UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs Rodriguez. In the US, the card will be broadcast on ABC.

Brian Ortega looks to get back into title contention with a win over Yair Rodriguez. Rodriguez looks to get back into the winner’s circle and throw his name in the hat to face the Champ.

In the co-main event, ‘The Karate Hottie’ Michelle WatersoGomez will take Brazilian Amanda Lemos.

Lauren Murphy and Meisha Tate will finally collide in the Big Apple. This is the third time they were scheduled to meet. Originally meant to take place at UFC 276, the fight was postponed due to an undisclosed reason. It was then planned for UFC 276 but Postponed due to Murphy getting COVID.

UFC on ABC 3

MAIN CARD

Brian ‘T-City’ Ortega vs Yair ‘El Pantera’ Rodriguez

‘The Karate Hottie’ Michelle Waterson-Gomez  vs Amanda Lemos

‘The Leech’ Li Jingliang vs Muslim ‘King of Kung Fu’ Salikhov

Matt ‘Danger’ Schnell vs ‘The Tibetan Eagle’ Sumudaerji

Shane ‘Hurricane’ Burgos vs Charles ‘Air’ Jourdain

‘Lucky’ Lauren Murphy vs Meisha ‘Cupcake’ Tate

Preliminary Card

Punahele ‘Puna’ Soriano vs Dalcha ‘Champion’ Lungiambula

Ricky Simon vs Jack ‘Tank’ Shore

Bill ‘Senor Perfecto’ Algeo vs Herbert ‘The Blaze’ Burns

Dustin ‘The Hanyak’ Jacoby vs Da-Un ‘Sseda’ Jung

Dwight ‘The Body Snatcher’ Grant vs Dustin Stoltzfus

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UFC Fight Night Dos Anjos vs Fiziev Main Card Preview.

 

 

Former Lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos and Rafael Fiziev will finally get the chance to throw down in the Octagon this Sunday, as the UFC presents Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs Fiziev live from the APEX in Las Vegas.

The Co-Main event sees Caio Borralho take on Russian Armen Petrosyan. Aussie Jamie Mullarkey kicks off the main card, taking veteran Michael Johnson.

Rafael Dos Anjos vs Rafael ‘Ataman’ Fiziev

The grizzled veteran is taking on a man hungry for a run at the title; this should be an excellent main event. Both fighters have a familiar opponent in Renato Moicano, which Dos Anjos won via unanimous decision. Moicano did take the fight on short notice and showed the heart of a warrior. Fiziev, on the other hand, beat the Brazilian via a vicious KO in the first round.

If we were to go on that logic, we would all be putting money on Fiziev, but MMA doesn’t work that way. It’s the exact reason we watch it! Fiziev hasn’t lost since his debut fight and looks like a future challenger. A win here will see him a step closer to the title picture.

Any fighter who has won a championship would love nothing more than to be in the title picture again. After a mixed stint at Welterweight, Dos Anjos returned to Lightweight, racking up two wins since returning.

Fiziev has excellent stand-up, as evident by his win over Moicano and Brad Riddell. Dos Anjos is good on the feet, but he will need to take this fight down to the ground and work his ground and pound to be successful. This match should be the fight of the night too.

Betting Odds on Neds: Rafael Fiziev $1.46 Rafael Dos Anjos $2.70.

Caio ‘The Natural’ Borralho vs Armen ‘Superman’ Petrosyan

Both fighters arrived in the UFC via Dana White’s Contender Series. Borralho has racked up three wins in a row, with two coming on the series. Technically, he is 1-0. His last fight was a technical decision win over Gadzhi Omargadzhiev.

After an impressive win on the series, Petrosyan backed it up by defeating Gregory Rodrigues via split decision. He is also technically 1-0. White must see something special in both of these fighters for them to be the co-main event after a combined five fights in the company.

Being a kickboxer, you know precisely where Petrosyan’s strength is. The Armenian racked up 70 wins in the art of eight limbs. He has spent time at Universal Fighters Gym in Dagestan and American Top Team, so his wrestling will be getting better.

Borralho was lucky to win his last fight,  beating Omargadzhiev with an illegal strike. Instead of being disqualified, it went to a judge’s decision, with the ‘Natural’ getting the nod.

While Barralho has good stand-up, there is no doubt that Petrosyan’s is better. To win this fight, he will need to take it to the ground as he did in his last fight. He has almost an Alex Pereira-like body, and those long limbs come in handy when grappling.

Petrosyan showed that he does have decent takedown defence, and while Barralho isn’t known for his wrestling, he will have to use that to keep the fight on the feet to win.

Betting Odds on Neds: Caio Borralho $1.44 Armen Petrosyan $2.80.

Douglas Silva De Andrade vs Said Nurmagomedov

These two Bantamweights should put on an exciting fight. Nurmagomedov has lost only one fight out of his last five. He made short work of Cody Stamann, finishing him with a nasty Guillotine choke.

Silva de Andrade was bloodied and battered in the first round against Sergey Morozov in his last fight. But like a true warrior, he came out in the second round to defeat Morozov via Technical submission (rear-naked choke).

On the feet, this should be a cracker. Silva de Andrade showed that he could take punishment and come back and win. Nurmagomedov didn’t get to show off a wide variety of his striking prowess, but that was because he just jumped on Stamann’s mistake.

Dagestan Fighters are on a different level regarding grappling, so Silva de Andrade will need to avoid the ground at all costs. Nurmgomedov may make it another quick night.

Betting Odds on Neds: Said Nurmagomedov $1.24 Douglas Silva de Andrade $4.00

Jared Vanderaa vs Chase ‘The Vanilla Gorilla’ Sherman

This fight is a must-win for Vanderra. He has won only won one of his last five fights. Dana White won’t be afraid to cut him if he doesn’t get the w.

Sherman is in a similar position, not winning a fight since 2020. This is his second stint with the company, and he may not get another chance to fight in the Octagon again.

Vanderaa had some decent moments and did show some ground skills against Aleksei Oleinik, but he made one mistake, and Oleink made him pay.

Alexandr Romanov outclassed Sherman from the opening bell on his way to a submission win. The fight before that was another submission loss to Jake Collier. Sherman tagged with some hard shots Collier, but once it went to the ground, it just went to shit for him.

This fight could be a slobberknocker, as there is nothing like two Heavyweights swinging for the fences. After his last two fights, Sherman will want to avoid the ground at all costs.

To be successful, Vanderaa should avoid brawling and take Sherman down.

Betting Odds on Neds: Jared Vanderaa $1.50 Chase Sherman $2.60

Cynthia Calvillo vs Nina Nunes

A loss here for either woman is not the be-all and end-all; it won’t be good news for either of them. Calvillo has lost three in a row, and Nunes has lost two in a row.

Nunes should take a page out of Andrea Lee’s book and set a relentless pace from the start, and she did that against Loc. Her wife, former champion Amanda Nunes will have her prepared, even though she has her fight to prepare for.

Calvillo should watch Nunes’s last fight against Mackenzie Dern as to how she can end the contest early. Doing that would not be a bad thing; she took a lot of damage in her last fight.

The game plans for both fighters should be simple, but as the great Mike Tyson said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.”

Betting Odds on Neds: Cynthia Calvillo $1.67 Nina Nunes $2.20

Jamie ‘Hooligan’ Mullarkey vs Michael ‘The Menace’ Johnson

Aussie fighter Jamie Mullarkey kicks off the main card, taking on veteran Michale Johnson. Johnson is the perfect fight for Mullarkey to get back in the win column. He made a reasonable effort against Jalin Turner but couldn’t overcome the rising Lightweight star.

After a four-fight losing streak, Johnson got a KO win over Brazilian Alan Patrick. It was nice to see; another victory like that will see Missouri native stay in the UFC. A loss here, and we may see him pop up in one of the Bare Knuckle promotions.

Mullarkey will need to watch the southpaw’s left; Johnson has plenty of power in it, as evident in his fight with Patrick.

Mullarkey is no slouch in the power department; He knocked out Khama Worthy in 46 seconds; however, he may not be able to KO Johnson, so he must be prepared to go three rounds.

Betting Odds on Neds: Jamie Mullarkey $1.44 Michael Johnson $2.80.

Enjoy the fights.

 

UFC Fight Night Dos Anjos vs Fiziev Fight Card

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UFC returns to the APEX this Sunday as Rafael Dos Anjos takes on Rafael Fiziev. The fight was supposed to be in February, but Fiziev got COVID. The co-main event sees Caio Borralho squaring off against Armen Petrosyan.

Aussie fans are also catered for as standout Welterweight Jamie Mullarkey is on the main card, fighting veteran Michael Johnson. Mullarkey’s UFC record currently is 2-3, and his last fight was against an emerging Lightweight in Jalin Turner.

 UFC Fight Night

Main Card:

Rafael Dos Anjos vs Rafael ‘Ataman’ Fiziev

Caio ‘The Natural’ Borralho vs Armen ‘Superman’ Petrosyan

Douglas Silva De Andrade vs Said Nurmagomedov

Jared Vanderaa vs Chase ‘The Vanilla Gorilla’ Sherman

Cynthia Calvillo vs Nina Nunes

Michael ‘The Menace’ Johnson vs Jamie Mullarkey

Preliminary Card

Aiemann Zahabi vs ‘Pretty’ Ricky Turcios

Antonina ‘La Pantera’ Shevchenko vs Cortney ‘Cast Iron’ Casey

Cody Brundage vs ‘Mr Vicious’ Tresean Gore

David Onama vs Garrett Armfield

Kennedy ‘African Savage’ Nzechukwu vs Karl ‘Baby K’ Roberson

Ronnie ‘The Heat’ Lawrence vs Saidyokub Kakhhramonov

The card starts at 8 a.m. Sunday morning in Australia, fans can watch it on UFC Fight Pass or ESPN.