After The Fights: UFC Santos vs Hill

What a night of fights! Out of all the fights, main card and prelims, not one went to the judges.

A new contender emerged in the Heavyweight division, and the winners of season 30 of The Ultimate Fighter were crowned.

Two fights did not go ahead. Jason Witt vs Josh Quinlan was cancelled; there has been no word if that fight will happen at a later date. Ariane Lipski vs Priscila Cachoeira was moved to next weekend’s San Deigo card.

Jamahal Hill def Thiago Santos

A new challenger in the heavyweight division has arrived, and his name is Jamahal Hill. ‘Sweet Dreams Stadium’ (better known as the Apex) is a happy hunting ground for the Chicago native. Hill was taken into the championship rounds for the first time in his career and handled it well.

Santos proved that he still has some fight left in him. He did fight smart, mixing his stand-up with some good takedowns. It’s hard to know what Santos should do. He has only won one fight out of his last seven, so maybe taking time to see where he is at will be a good thing.

Fantasy Matchmaker: It’s a no-brainer; Hill needs to fight someone in the top 10. Even though he already has a fight, Volkan Oezdemir would be a good fight for Hill. Like Santos, Oezdemir is a former title challenger and made a triumphant return against Paul Craig. It will most likely depend on if he beats Nikita Krylov.

As for Santos, a match-up against Scotsman Craig mentioned would be a good fight.

Geoff Neal def Vicente Luque

Neal put forward an impressive performance to Beat Luque. ‘Handz of Steal’ not only won, but he stopped the durable Brazilian.

After a one-sided first round, Luque was able to make a comeback and make it a fascinating final round. However, Neal came out as he did in round 1, making sure it didn’t go to the judge’s scorecards.

Luque is now on a two-fight skid and will need to return to the gym and assess a few things.

Fantasy Matchmaker:  Neal called out Gilbert Burns after the win. It’s quite the step up in competition, but it’s a good call out. Burns seems to be a little preoccupied with Jorge Masvidal. Anyone in the top 10 would be suitable for Neal; maybe avenging his loss to ‘Wonderboy’ is on the cards.

As for Luque, he could have a trilogy fight with Belal Muhammed, but that may not be something the fans would like to see just yet. Sean Brady would be a good fight for him.

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Mohammed Usman def Zac Pauga 

Mohammed Usman is the Heavyweight winner of TUF season 30. The brother of Kamaru Usman pulled off an impressive knock-out over Zac Pauga.

Pauga won the first round, landed the crisper strikes, and controlled the Octagon. The second round was different, as Usman put Pauga to sleep with a nice left.

Fantasy Matchmaker: It will be exciting to see how the younger Usman goes in the promotion. He has heavy hands and good wrestling, maybe taking on UFC newcomer Hammy Abdelwahab.

Usually, those that make the finale get signed to the UFC, so Pauga may get a contract even with a loss. Maybe William Knight can welcome Pauga to the promotion.

Julianna Miller def Brogan Walker

There was a lot of bad blood in this fight. ‘Killer’ Miller was far too strong, imposing her will on Walker. If someone new were watching the fights, they wouldn’t have thought that Miller had the least experienced of the two.

Walker tried hard, but it just wasn’t her night. She may still get a UFC contract. As for Miller, she has a very bright future ahead of her.

Fantasy Matchmaker: The matchmakers will not want to throw Miller in the deep end. Mandy Boehm or Hannah Goldy will be the best ones to welcome her. As for Walker, Victoria Leonardo would be good as her first opponent.

Serghei Spivac def Augusto Sakai

It was a must-win fight for Sakai; he had lost three fights in a row. Unfortunately, Spivac made it four.

He survived into the second round, but the Brazilian was thoroughly out-classed by the Sambo practitioner. Spivac tool Sakai down at will, landing the cleaner strikes on the feet and ending the fight with a TKO.

Fantasy Matchmaker: The ‘Polar Bear’ will surely be a ranked fighter now, and his next fight should be against Blagoy Ivanov. As for Sakai, he should still get a fight but will need to win to keep his job. He should take on Jared Vanderaa.

Terrance McKinney def Erick Gonzalez

This fight was promoted to the main card due to the Lipski/Cachoeira postponement.

‘T-Wrecks’  made short work of his opponent again. McKinney got the first-round submission via rear-naked choke. He looked good doing it as well.

Fans have to tip their hat off to Erick Gonzalez; in his UFC debut, he took on veteran Jim Miller on short notice. He put a couple of good shots on McKinney but came up against a fighter on the rise.

Fantasy Matchmaker: McKinney called out Paddy Pimblett after his win, which is 100% the fight to make next for both Lightweights. As for Gonzalez, going up against a veteran like Clay Guida would be an exciting battle.

 

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 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.

 

 

 

UFC Vegas 57: Tsarukyan vs Gamrot

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I had been thinking for some time now that I needed to start watching MMA again, and since I didn’t have to cover anything for the news today, I watched UFC Vegas 57 and enjoyed it.

I only watched the main card, well, I didn’t get up early enough for the prelims, but it has reignited my love for the combat sport. Some of you who have followed this blog know a bit of my back story, and if you don’t, I will fill you in.

In the late 2000s, I quit football and took up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I had become very passionate about all things grappling and MMA. Injury kept me training for a few weeks, and while I was on the shelf I decided to start blogging about it and the a new dream came from that.

After a while, I started writing for MMA websites and covering events. I even got to cover UFC on FX in 2012. It was after this event I decided to go to university and get a degree. I thought that once I got the degree I would be travelling the world covering events, but life kind of got in the way.

10 years after moving to Canberra to get that degree, I am now in Broken Hill and working as journalist for 7 Spencer Gulf News, and I thought that now might be a good time to start covering events again.

Ok enough about me, onto the fights. I was enjoyed the main card. Since I hadn’t been following MMA like I had used to, I there was only one fighter that I really new, and that was Neil Magny. Unfortunately for Magny, he lost to Shavket Rahkmonov who was just relentless on the ground. I thought Magny may have got him with a heel hook, but it wasn’t to be.

As much as I enjoyed the whole main card, two fights for me stood out. The first one was Josh Parisian vs Alan Baudot. There is nothing better than watching two Heavyweight’s go at it like they did. I loved the Spining backfist’s that both fighter’s attempted. Paisan deserved the win.

I was impressed with both fighters, especially at how they kept a fast pace for five rounds. I am excite to follow both fighters careers.

Well, I’m looking forward to getting back into MMA and writing about it, I may go back to what I used to do and posting main card predictions/previews for UFC 276.

Thanks for reading.

Mercer’s Mondayitis

Welcome to week four of my Mondayitis blog peeps, I hope that you enjoying it so far. I have been really enjoying writing again and posting on my blog consistently, it’s something that I haven’t been able to do but I am really starting to see the benefits again.

 

So with that little bit of dribble out of the way, let’s talk a bit of sport.

 

Coaching Uncertainty Continues.

It is honestly a horrible time to be a coach in the NRL, with a lot of speculation going on with who is going to end up at which club. Before taking any questions at the press conference after his sides to loss to the Broncos, South’s coach Anthony Seibold made a statement saying that what had been said in the media was not true and that he wouldn’t be answering questions about his coaching career. While he was disappointed with reports that he may be on the move back to the Broncos unfortunately this is something Seibold will need to get used if he is to continue in the cutthroat world of coaching.

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Trouble on the Northern Beaches

We have seen at times that when things seem to be going tough, some times teams can rise to occasion and get the victory but some times it can be like a horror story. In the lead up to there round 23 match with the Titans at Brookvale I thought that Manly would prove me right and the first half I was pretty happy, fast forward to the mid-way point of the second half and I was thanking the lord that I am not a Manly fan. Channel 9 journalist Neil Breen doesn’t think that Manly will be around much longer and if things keep going the way they are I agree with him.

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Storm Centre Receives 3 match Ban

Melbourne Storm centre Will Chambers will miss three matches after he was cited by the match review committee for a ‘Crusher’ tackle on Eels star Jarryd Hayne. A week after Smith was in the spotlight for what looked like a chicken wing tackle, Chambers was not put on report for the tackle, which is a bit of a head scratcher considering he had done it earlier in game to Eels lock forward Nathan Brown.

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Fifita Takes Aim

Andrew Fifita is one of the most devastating front-rowers in the NRL today and his try in the second half against the Cowboys on Saturday night showed why, however we seem to be talking about what happened post try when he pointed towards the coach’s box. While in the post match interview Fifita told Fox Sports that he was aiming his frustration at Sharks assistant coach Jim Dymock, who had told him he had been running soft. Some people didn’t agree, with former player Steve ‘Blocker’ Roach saying on Controversy Corner that Dymock was on the sideline at the time.

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White Not Keen at St-Pierre Lightweight Return

Moving on to a bit of MMA news now and UFC president Dana White has shot downGeorges St-Pierre’s dream of being a three division champion after saying he is not interested in matching St-Pierre up with the winner of the Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor fight. St-Pierre is a legend in the sport and if he were to win the Lightweight title then that would only solidify his standing in the sport.

 

Looking For A Fight

If you are an MMA Promoter and you happen to be reading this thank you but also Heavyweight fighter Ben Edwards is wanting to fight on your card. The Canberran took to Instagram to say that he is ready willing and able to fight in the hopes of getting a contract with the UFC. Edwards is a former K1 Oceania champion who has taken on Alistair Overeem in his prime, if that isn’t impressive then I don’t know what is!

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Play Of The Weekend

I know that I left this out last week and I apologise for that, I will try not to forget it moving forward. My play of the weekend goes an MMA fighter Ricky Bandejas who TKO’d James Gallagher in emphatic fashion at Bellator 204. Gallagher (a training partner of Conor McGregor) got right in the face of Bandejas at the beginning of the fight, Bandejas however got the last laugh dropping the Irishman with a side kick before following it up with punches for the win.

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Thank you for taking the time to read my post peeps and if you have any questions or if there is anything that you would like me to improve just let me know in the comments section.

 

Until next time.

Merce.

UFC 227 Fight Card

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This weekend two belts will be on the line as UFC 227 will make it’s way to the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. The main event will see T.J. Dillashaw take on Cody ‘No Love’ Garbrandt for the Bantamweight while the co-main event will pit Flyweight champion Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson against former Olympic Wrestler Henry Cejudo.

 

Garbrandt is looking to avenge his loss to Dillashaw at UFC 217. Their first fight had plenty of feeling in it as Dillashaw and Garbrandt were former training partners at Team Alpha Male. After leaving the Sacramento based team, Dillashaw has been Team Alpha Males public enemy number one.

 

In the first fight Garbrandt was able to hurt Dillashaw in the first round but the end of the saved Dillashaw from defeat. The tables turned in the second round as Dillashaw hurt Garbrandt with head kick; he was able to get the finish soon after as landed a right hand and flurry of punches for the TKO win.

 

In the night’s co-main event, the man known as ‘Mighty Mouse’ will look to continue his dominance over the Flyweight division as looks to defeat number 1 contender Henry Cejudo. Since the division’s inception in 2012, Demetrious Johnson has dominated the division, in fact his only blip on his record is a draw back in 2012 to Ian ‘Uncle Creepy’ McCall.

 

Johnson and Cejudo fought back at UFC 197 in 2016 where Johnson TKO’d Cejudo in the first round. At the time, Cejudo was meant to be the toughest challenger for Johnson to date, he however dominated the fight. Cejudo’s game plan in the first fight looked to be work Johnson in the clinch, Johnson has lighting speed, he moves in out so quickly that Joe Rogan labelled him a ghost. Johnson was able to dominate in the clinch and hurt Cejudo and put an end to the fight.

 

The full fight card is as follows:

Main Event

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Cody ‘No Love’ Garbrandt

 Co-Main Event

Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson vs. Henry ‘The Messenger’ Cejudo

Cub Swanson vs. Renato Moicano

Polyana ‘Dama de Ferro’ Viana vs. JJ Aldrich

Thiago ‘de Lima Marreta’ vs. Kevin ‘Trailblazer’ Holland

 

FX Prelims

Pedro ‘The Young Punisher’ Munhoz vs. Brett ‘The Pikey’ Johns

Ricky Simon vs. Montel ‘Quik’ Jackson

Matt Sayles vs. Sheymon Moraes

Fight Pass Prelims

Alex Perez vs. Jose ‘Shorty’ Torres

Ricardo Ramos vs. Kyung Ho ‘Mr Perfect’ Kang

Danielle ‘Dynamite’ Taylor vs. Weili ‘Magnum’ Zhang

Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera vs. Wuliji ‘Beast Master’ Buren

Bethe Correia vs. Irene Aldana has been scrapped due to an eye issue to Bethe Correia

My Greatest Asset is also my biggest weakness

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Back in 2011 I had to take a break from training BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) due to injury; to keep my mind occupied during my lay off I decided to start blogging. Writing has always been something that I have loved, it had always been hard to get my feelings across in verbally but I never had a problem writing them down.

 

Getting my writing career under way I started out first by using blogger and it was quite easy to use, before long I decided to move over to WordPress and I found it even easier to use. I decided to call myself ‘The Fight Writer’ as I was writing about MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). I started to link my writing on Facebook for my friends to see and I was getting good feedback from friends there but I wanted to reach a bigger audience. Keeping up with MMA sites and blogs I saw that Twitter was a very useful tool, everyone from MMA journalists to fighters to even the UFC president Dana White so it really was a no brainer to sign up.

 

After signing up to Twitter I discovered a whole new world, a world where I could talk fellow fans, see the breaking news from my favourite MMA sites and also interact with the fighters I looked up too. It was on Twitter where I was got my first writing gig and then another one soon followed; before I knew it I was sitting cage side covering the UFC.

 

While all this great stuff was happening, I was very much becoming addicted to social media and to my phone. After getting Instagram I had become so amazed by how good peoples lives were and the also that I could see into the lives of celebrities that every chance I got I was glued to my phone. Some days I can’t even watch a TV show or movie without picking up my phone, while I enjoy live tweeting sporting events and some crappy reality shows I can’t enjoy a show or movie without taking my phone out of my pocket.

 

I have tried to improve this part of my life, when catching up with my friends I try to keep my phone in my pocket only getting it out when they person I am with has left the table or using it if they are using it as well but as they old habits die hard.

Losing My Way

 

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Back in October 2012 I was ready for one of the biggest changes in my life, moving to Canberra so I could go to university. Five years on it’s safe to say that things haven’t gone to plan.

At the time I was taking the biggest step of my life and normally I wouldn’t have done so, I was used to sitting in my comfort zone and wondering ‘what if’. I was sick of living with regret and thought it was time to move on as I now had new dreams to chase.

I packed the car and took off; readying myself for what I was sure was going to be the best decision of my life but five years on it fair to say that I have really lost my way on this journey.

When I left Wagga I thought I was leaving behind something, something that I had battled for years and my thinking was that I would finally be doing something that I wanted to do and something I was passionate about. I was so sure that by getting a degree I would become the next John Morgan or Ariel Helwani; I also figured that by doing something that I loved my depression would disappear but unfortunately it doesn’t work like that.

The past five years have been filled with heartbreak and disappointment’s, when things got tough I would lock myself away and not want to go out into the world but it gave me something amazing, a beautiful daughter and I wouldn’t change that for the world!

In 2018 I’m looking to go back to where I started, writing about MMA but I am also hoping to expand and write about other things as well. This year I’m no longer just standing by and wishing things to happen, I’m going make them happen.

Until next time

Josh