UFC Fight Night: Vera vs Cruz

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The UFC invades San Diego this weekend as a former Bantamweight champion looks to get back to the top of the mountain. Standing in his way is a hungry fighter looking for his title shot.

The co-main event is a match-up in the Featherweight division, with Nate Landwehr taking on David Onama. Originally, Landwehr was meant to fight Zubaira Tukhugov, but Tukhugov had to be replaced due to visa issues.

And the fight between two women with the best nicknames, Ariane Lipski and Priscila Cachoeira, finally takes place after it was taken off last week’s card.

UFC Fight Night: Vera vs Cruz

Main Card

Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera vs Dominick ‘The Dominator’ Cruz

Nate ‘The Train’ Landwehr vs David Onama

Yazmin Jauregui vs Iasmin Lucindo

Devin ‘Brown Bear’ Clark vs Azamat ‘The Professional’ Murzakanov

Priscilia ‘Zombie Girl’ Cachoeira vs Ariane ‘Queen of Violence’ Lipski

Bruno ‘Blindado’ Silva vs Gerald ‘GM3’ Meerschaert

Preliminary Card

Angela ‘Overkill’ Hill vs Loopy Godinez

Martin  ‘Badys’ Buday vs Lukasz ‘The Bull’ Brzeski

Cynthia Calvillo vs Nina Nunes

Gabriel ‘Moggly’ Benitez vs Charlie ‘The American Bad Boy’ Ontiveros

Ode’ ‘The Jamaican Sensation’ Osbourne vs Tyson Nam

Jason ‘The Vanilla Gorilla’ Watt vs Josh ‘Bushido’ Quinlan

Youssef ‘The Morrocan Devil’ Zalal vs Da’mon Blackshear

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 Fight Night: Santos vs Hill Preview

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It’s fight night at the Apex again (or, as it’s sometimes known, ‘Sweet Dreams Stadium) as two Light Heavyweights look to move up the rankings. Ultimate Fighter Alum Thiago Santos takes on a man who came up through the Contender Series, Jamahal Hill.

Champions of season 30 of The Ultimate Fighter will be crowned. In the Heavyweight division, Kamaru Usman’s brother Mohammed will take centre stage, taking on Zac Pauga. In the Bantamweight division. Brogan Walker takes on Julianna Miller.

UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Hill

Thiago ‘Murreta’ Santos vs Jamahal ‘Sweet Dreams’ Hill

This should be a cracking fight. A victory here for Jamahal Hill will get him one step closer to a title shot in a crowded division. Hill is ranked fifth, and a win over a former title challenger will help that cause.

Santos has been there before; he’s challenged for the title. The Brazilian will do anything to get back there, and Hill is standing in his way. Santos also sorely needs a win here; he has won only one fight in his last five. If ‘ Murreta’ is to make a charge for the title, a win is a must.

Both men have knock-out power, and the winner may come down to who strikes first.

Betting Odds on Neds: Thiago Santos $3.60 Jamahal Hill $1.30

Vicente ‘The Silent Assasin’  Luque vs Geoff ‘Handz of Steel’ Neale

Luque will be looking to get back in the title hunt after coming off a loss to Belal Muhammed. ‘The Silent Assasin’ is a quality fighter who can put on a show on his day. He is very experienced and has been in the Octagon with the division’s best.

Neale will want to crack the top 10 at Welterweight, and both fighters share a couple of opponents. Beating Luque convincingly is what Neale should aim for; anything less is a disappointment.

Like the main event, this is also an ‘Ultimate Fighter’ vs ‘Contender Series’ fight; maybe we will see which is the better reality show at the end.

Betting Odds on Neds: Vicente Luque $1.52 Geoff Neale $2.55

Augusto Sakai vs Serghei ‘The Polar Bear’ Spivac

Like it has been said in this blog before, there is nothing like a Heavyweight fight.

Sakai’s back is against the wall; he must win this fight. Losing his last three fights, even if they were against top-tier competition, won’t help him. A veteran of MMA, before making it to the UFC via the Contender Series, Sakai fought in Bellator. His only loss came to former UFC fighter Cheick Kongo (he also had a draw).

Like his opponent, Spivac has also fought some of the best of the division and has even beaten them. It’s unusual to see someone with his fight experience not be ranked; maybe it’s because of a couple of losses to key opponents. Beating Sakai here should get him ranked.

Betting Odds on Neds: Augusto Sakai $3.45 Serghei Spivac $1.32

Ariane ‘Queen of Violence’ Lipski vs Priscila ‘Zombie Girl’ Cachoeira

The main card starts with a fight between two women who probably have the best nicknames in all of MMA. Fans should be treated to a knock-down drag-out fight.

The fight will be at a catch-weight; Lipski failed to make the Flyweight limit and has been fined 20% of her purse.

Both women are coming off a win; they want to keep their momentum going to make it two in a row. Lipski likes to come forward and is known as a striker, but she does have a few submissions on her record. Could this be the way to victory for the Brazilian?

Cachoeira, like Lipski is a striker. If there is one area where she is uncomfortable, it’s off her back. Cachoeira will want to keep the standing; Lipski has the better ground game.

Betting Odds on Neds: Ariane Lipski $1.53 Priscila Cachoeira $2.55

Note: The author hasn’t watched enough of the Ultimate Fighter to comment on the finalist’s journey.

 

 

 

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.

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.

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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

Jessica Penne vs Emily ‘Gordinha’ Ducote

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.