Most Intriguing Fight At UFC 200

 

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#UFCTampa just concluded with a 1st knockout by Glover Teixeira over Rashad Evans and next weekend, is UFC 197, Jones vs Saint Preux. Look further for that article.

Now after, UFC 197, there will only be two more cards left until the 200th UFC card since the very first one, back on November 12th, 1993. Fast forward 23 years, and the UFC will have their very first event in the Madison Square Garden.

Anyways, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Mixed Martial Arts in general has really grown over the twenty some odd years. Some fighters have come and gone such as Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, and the list goes on and on. Now, the UFC is ruled by the likes of Conor McGregor, Jose Aldo, The Diaz’s and Jon Jones. Some exciting knockouts, or some stellar wrestling. Even a few upsets here or there. The main thing is, the UFC has produced some talented fighters and have created some entertaining cards.

On July 9th, 2016, fight fans from across the world, will tune in to watch history be made. It may not be the desired main event, as Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz square off for the second time. Here today, I will share the fight that excites me the most.

Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes 

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When I heard that Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes would fight at UFC 200, I immediately thought about it. Why Nunes? Where did the Holm rematch go? Then I realized.

Conor McGregor/Nate Diaz and Jose Aldo/Frankie Edgar were already rematches scheduled for the card and if they added Tate/Holm 2 in the mix as well, UFC 200: McGregor vs Diaz, would become UFC 200: Rematch City or UFC 200: Rematches For Days. Something like that.

But Holly Holm never once defended her crown. Tate finished Holm in the fifth round in a fight that could have gone either way. Holly didn’t do enough to defend her belt, meaning a rematch isn’t really deserved. Miesha Tate has won her last five fights, all by decision, except of course the last one. Tate was outstruck by Holm 59-40, but Tate hit two takedowns.

With wins over Liz Carmouche, Rin Nakai, Sara McMann, and Jessica Eye, Miesha has shown improvements in her striking. Three out of those five wins, Tate won in the striking category. She also managed to land a takedown in every fight except the Sara McMann fight.

Her opponent, Amanda Nunes, is on a three fight winning streak. Nunes however, finished all but one fight in her streak. She outstruck Shayna Baszler 15-1 before knocking her out in the first round. Nunes submitted Sara McMann in round one, where she outstruck McMann 27-2 before the fight concluded.

And in the same card that Tate earned her title, Amanda defeated Valentina Shevchenko by unanimous decision. Nunes landed 39 total strikes, landed two successful takedown, attempted 2 submissions, and executed 4 ground transitions during that fight.

If Miesha can avoid the powerful shots of Nunes, and can possibly bring her to the mat, then the fight is up in the air. But it only takes one shot via Nunes to drop Tate, and that could be the difference maker. Both athletes feel confident and on their high horse with some recent victories. This fight will show how good their camps are and if they can create a good enough game plan for either fighter to execute.

Now, the entire card so far is looking quite exciting, but it is all talk right now. We will have to wait until July 9th to see if the fighters will show up, or back down.

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More Cyborg/Rousey Drama.

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It is that time again. The good old Ronda Rousey vs Cris “Cyborg” Santos rumours.

The problem with it before, was that Cyborg never actually competed in the Octagon (and the weight. We’ll get into that.). She has been in other organizations such as Invicta. But never has she actually fought in the UFC. She still hasn’t.

Well, on May 14th, 2016, Cris Santos will enter the Octagon for the very first time against Leslie Smith at UFC 198. Now that Cyborg is in the organization officially, she feels that she has yet another chance to face former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey.

Now that “Rowdy” is no longer queen, Santos believes that a superfight at 140 pounds “for the fans” should indeed happen. And, why not?

After the New York governor allowed MMA a couple of days ago, Cyborg asked for a fight in the Madison Square Garden. Rousey was at the conference where the legislation was signed, and she has stated prior that she would love to fight at the first event in New York since 1997.

With that ammunition, the fight makes a lot of sense. Fighters like Chris Weidman have also explained interest to be on that card, making a good-looking card. If Weidman, Rousey, and Cyborg all fought on the first card in NYC, it would make a huge impact.

This match makes a lot of sense to me. Ronda has no current matchup for a championship, meaning any other fight could come up. Although, Ronda doesn’t have to accept the offer, especially because it isn’t at her weight class. But if Ronda spends time from now until November 12th, she could easily put on 5 or so pounds to make 140 pounds.

What do you think?

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Will A Loss To Holm, Be The End Of Miesha Tate?

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Tonight, the UFC is back in Las Vegas, Nevada for UFC 196: McGregor vs Diaz. Possibly two of the best trash-talkers in the business will have to shut their mouths (even though we all know that won’t happen) when they enter the eight-sided circle.

Conor is looking to make his name even stronger, at 170 pounds. I have Conor winning this fight, but with Nate’s experience, skill, and toughness, he could very well upset “Mystic Mac”. Already, we have seen some trash-talk from both competitors in numerous press conferences. Did any of McGregor’s tactics effect Diaz? At this point, it doesn’t seem so.

UFC 196 Weigh-in

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In the co-main event, the women’s bantamweight championship is on the line. New-champ, Holly Holm takes on #2 Miesha Tate. With a Holm/Rousey 2 still up in the air, this could be Tate’s last opportunity at a title shot. Already two losses to the former queen of the UFC, Miesha already had a slim chance at a third fight. In any case, it is hard for the UFC to give a fight to a fighter who has lost twice to his/her opponent before.

Say Miesha Tate manages to beat Holm tonight, can she do it again to some of the other big fish? Such as Cat Zingano, Amanda Nunes, or Juliana Pena. But if “Cupcake” does not get her hand raised, what is next? That would be she would have lost to the champion, the number 1 and number 3 contender. And a lot of the other female fighters are fighters that Tate already holds victories over.

There are tons of pressure on Miesha Tate as she walks toward the Octagon, she has a lot to lose, as well as a lot to gain. Which is part of the beauty of this wonderful sport. Ultimately, I don’t think Tate will be able to handle Holly, and will lose this fight within the first three rounds.

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Let’s Put McGregor/Diaz To The Side And Talk About Holm/Tate

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The way the UFC has become recently, everyone focuses hype on Conor McGregor. The current featherweight champion was originally supposed to battle Rafael Dos Anjos for the lightweight championship on March 5th, but Dos Anjos had to pull out due to injury. With about 11 days to go, Nate Diaz entered the fight. Not at featherweight or lightweight, but a 170 pounds.

But, some may have forgotten, or maybe just don’t care. But the UFC 196 card is being co-headlined by the women’s bantamweight champion, Holly Holm. And #2 Miesha Tate.

This matchup particularly intrigues me. These are two very talented women in this division. Holly Holm is coming off possibly the biggest upset in UFC history. We all know how it went, with Rousey taking a hard enough kick to the face that it knocked her out cold. Holm came out of nowhere with gorgeous technique and she took her time with Ronda until the fight ended.

 

Her opponent, is a very talented female athlete that has been shadowed by Rousey’s dominance. Already with a shot at Ronda, Tate gave Rousey the hardest challenge of her career before Holm came along. It seems like the multiple losses to the former champ sort of hid the fact that Meisha Tate is one of the best women to ever step in the Octagon, if you like it or not.

Tate is riding on a four-fight winning streak over Jessica Eye, Sara McMann, Rin Nakai, and Liz Carmouche – all by decision. This may be Tate’s final shot at a title, and if she loses, we might see the end of “Cupcake”.

This Saturday’s card will be epic to say the least. Below is the official fight card for UFC 196 in Las Vegas.

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS: 

  • J. Erosa vs T. Ishihara – featherweight
  • J. Saggo vs J. Salas – lightweight
  • D. Sanchez vs J. Miller – lightweight

TSN 2 PRELIMS:

  • D. Elkins vs C. Skelly – featherweight
  • V. Miranda vs M. Guimaraes – middleweight
  • E. Silva vs Nordine Taleb – welterweight

PPV MAIN CARD:

  • A. Nunes vs V. Shevchenko – women’s bantamweight
  • C. Anderson vs T. Lawler – light heavyweight
  • G. Villante vs I. Latifi – light heavyweight
  • H. Holm vs M. Tate – women’s bantamweight title
  • C. McGregor vs N. Diaz – welterweight

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Anthony Johnson & Ryan Bader Make Weight Ahead Of Fight

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#2 Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and #4 Ryan “Darth” Bader made perfect weight Friday night ahead of their anticipated match Saturday night in New Jersey.

This fight can boost either man’s road to Daniel Cormier and the light heavyweight championship. Bader is currently on a 5-fight win streak while Johnson is only on a one fight win streak. After running over Jimi Manuwa back in September, “Rumble” is searching for a win to bolster an already scary list of victims.

Johnson has already fought the current champ. In May of 2015, Cormier took out Anthony in the third round with a submission. You could say that nerves took over Johnson. The way Johnson cruised passed Manuwa, showed that he was still at top form. A former welterweight, now light heavyweight, looks to take out Bader, and get another chance at the belt.

It won’t be as easy as you may think. Ryan Bader has really amped up his fight style, even though all of his last 5 victories have come by decision. Wins over Rashad Evans, Phil Davis, and Ovince Saint Preux. With every win, Ryan gained confidence and momentum and he climbed up the UFC rankings.

If I were to make an official prediction on this fight, I would have to say Anthony Johnson wins by second round TKO.

Official weigh ins and results are below:

Main Card

Anthony Johnson (205.25) vs Ryan Bader (205)

Josh Barnett (241) vs Ben Rothwell (265)

Iuri Alcantara (135.25) vs Jimmie Rivera (135)

Sage Northcutt (170) vs Bryan Barberena (170)

Fox Sports 1 Prelims

Tarec Saffidine (169.75) vs Jake Ellenburger (170)

Olivier Aubin-Mercier (155) vs Carlos Diego Ferreira (156)

Rafael Natal (185) vs Kevin Casey (185.25)

Dustin Ortiz (125) vs. Wilson Reis (126)

George Sullivan (171) vs. Alexander Yakovlev (171)

Alex Caceres (145) vs. Masio Fullen (145)

Fight Pass Prelims

Matt Dwyer (169) vs. Randy Brown (171)

Damon Jackson (145) vs. Levan Makashvili (145)

Tony Martin (155) vs. Felipe Olivieri (155)

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Should He Stay Or Should He Go?

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With the rumour of Georges St. Pierre returning to the octagon shorty, (it was then shot down by Georges), it got me thinking, should the former UFC welterweight champion return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship? I mean, he has been gone for so long, he would be rusty, no? Well, I guess Dominick Cruz did say that there is no such thing as “ring rust”.

I grew up loving GSP. A Canadian born fighter. My country. My sport. How couldn’t I love him? Many say he is boring, some say he isn’t. I pictured him as far from boring. Of course, there is more entertaining fighters out there. The thing is, if you are a casual fan, you may see St. Pierre as “boring” because he didn’t knock people out, or stay on the feet and brawl. But if you understand MMA, you know that his style of fighting wasn’t “boring” at all. Actually it was exciting. He utilized his jab often. To set up anything from a cross, a driving double leg takedown, or even another jab. Once he got to the mat, he often hit his opponent with ground and pound. Not heavy ground and pound, just “pot shots” as some would say.

Anyways, this isn’t about whether or not GSP was “boring” or “entertaining”. This is about whether or not GSP should come back, or stay away.

I think Georges should come back to the eight-sided structure. On one condition. He should only return for big PPV fights. Not title fights.

You may be asking. Why no title fights? Well right now, the welterweight division title picture is really amping up. After a controversial fight with Lawler and Condit, guys like Demian Maia, Rory MacDonald, Tyron Woodley, Matt Brown, and the newest welterweights Donald Cerrone and Sage Northcutt, all have the chance to get a title shot, soon. If GSP comes back, he is slotted into that, confusing a lot of fighters and dropping a lot of fighters in the fighter rankings.

If GSP were to finally fight Anderson Silva or maybe Conor McGregor? It would bring tons of revenue into UFC’s pockets. PPV would explode, arenas would sell even faster. And with UFC 200 right around the corner this upcoming July, massive fights like these would be phenomenal.

I find GSP a role model to me, and to many other young fight fans across North America. Especially Canada. I would love to see Georges St. Pierre back in action, fighting once again.

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UFC 196 Taken Off PPV, Will Be On Fox Sports 1

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In just a matter of days, the main event of UFC 196 and the replacement fight have been scratched.

First, former UFC champion Cain Velasquez announced on his FaceBook page that he is being forced to pull out of UFC 196 due to a back injury. The following statement from Cain is below.

“I’m sure you’ve heard the news that I won’t be able to fight at UFC 196. I can’t begin to tell you how disappointed I am and how I feel I’m letting you all down. I’ve heard and read all of your messages of support since my last fight and during this camp and for that I thank you.
Training camp has been difficult for the last few weeks, but sometimes no matter how much the heart and mind want to fight through an injury, healing has its own timeline. We thought we’d get through it, but we had to face the truth that it wasn’t going to be OK in time to fight. All of us fighters have all fought injured at one time or another, but I can’t ignore this injury, as my doctor has indicated that not addressing the problems with my sciatic nerve could have longer-term consequences.
My fans deserve to see me compete as close to 100% as possible. I’m committed to giving them that. I’m not going to let my fans down, and I want to make sure I do the right things to ensure a long career.
Fabricio, I hope that you accept my sincere apology. I understand how you may think this is an excuse. From one professional to another, I can tell you I was committed and looking forward to competing with you again. I greatly respect you as a fighter and man, and we will meet soon.
I will get this taken care of as soon as possible. I will heal and will come back and show you the Cain Velasquez you all deserve to see.”
Sincerely,
Cain

Fans were of course disappointed. This fight was supposed to be a massive rematch after Werdum upsetted Cain in their first fight. Fabricio won that fight by guillotine choke to win the heavyweight championship.

The UFC acted fast, placing Stipe Miocic into the fight. Earlier in January, Miocic made quick work of Andrei Arlovski and went on to yell at Dana White for a title shot. White gave him that shot, but, Fabricio Werdum announced that he had “nagging injuries” and pulled out as well. Thus meaning we had no champion for a main event.

Multiple fighters, including Jon Jones, said that they would step up to the plate and fight Miocic for an interim title. Or the actual title. Although these options were quite unlikely, the headlining fight was still up in the air.

Dana White told Yahoo Sports that the UFC moved the card from the original PPV setting, to Fox Sports 1, headlined by the original co-main event, Johny Hendricks vs Stephen Thompson.