Is it the last of Rumble?

Image credit: Brad Penner- USA Today Sports & mmajunkie.com   What legacy will Anthony Rumble Johnson leave behind in MMA? Anthony Johnson began his UFC career back in June 12, 2007 on UFC Fight Night: Stout vs Fisher, on the preliminary card facing Chad Reiner at Welterweight.  Before this Johnson worked as a bouncer. Johnson would…

                                                

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What legacy will Anthony Rumble Johnson leave behind in MMA?

Anthony Johnson began his UFC career back in June 12, 2007 on UFC Fight Night: Stout vs Fisher, on the preliminary card facing Chad Reiner at Welterweight.  Before this Johnson worked as a bouncer. Johnson would win in spectacular fashion with a 13 second knockout in the first round.

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Johnson would lose his second fight at Welterweight in the UFC to Rich Clementi at UFC 76, by Rear Naked Choke. After facing defeat for the first time, Johnson would bounce back with a devastating knockout  against Tom Speer in the first round.

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Johnson early career in the UFC would have many highs and lows. Although he had impressive wins against the likes of Dan Hardy and Kevin Burns, Johnson would have problems making weight. The weight cut to get to Welterweight proved to be very challenging. Johnson would try his chances at Middleweight in a losing effort against Vitor Belfort at UFC 142, but would miss weight once again.

Johnson would leave the UFC and fought for Titan Fighting Championship and the World Series of Fighting. In that time in both organizations, Johnson would try moving up to Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight. It proved to be a great career move, as Johnson made waves. Johnson would beat notable names like Andrei Arlovski (at Heavyweight)  and Mike Kyle(at Light Heavyweight) in the WSOF. Johnson would return back to the UFC, as a Light Heavyweight at UFC 172 against Phil Davis and would win by Decision.  From Johnson first fight at Light Heavyweight in Titan Fighting Championship to his return at UFC 172, Johnson would go on a 7 fight win streak.

Johnson win over Davis, made him one of the top contenders in the UFC Light Heavyweight Division. Johnson would fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueria at UFC on Fox: Lawler vs Brown and would win in arguably one of the most brutal knockouts in Nogueria career.

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Johnson would then go on to beat Alexander Gustafsson by TKO in the 1st round, to challenge for the Light Heavyweight Championship. After his opponent then Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones had to vacate the belt due to out of sports issues, Johnson would have to face Daniel Cormier at UFC 187. Johnson would lose by Rear Naked Choke in the 3rd round. Johnson would then go on a 3 fight win streak beating Jimi Manuwa, Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira, all in the 1st round by knockout and without getting hit.  Johnson would fight Daniel Cormier again for the Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 210 and would lose again to a Rear Naked Choke in the 2nd round.

After the fight, Johnson would announce his retirement and would thank the UFC, his peers and fans for all the support through the years. Johnson started MMA when he was 20 years old and would announce his retirement at age 33. Johnson had an impressive 13 year career in MMA and if Johnson wanted, would still be a Light Heavyweight title contender or a potential Heavyweight title contender. Johnson will go down as one of the most dangerous knockout artist in UFC history, winning seven performances of the night bonuses. Fans knew what they were getting when they paid to see Johnson compete and his opponents knew the night they were in for. The legacy Johnson will leave behind is an archive of highlight reel Knockouts, great fights and an extraordinary career.

Written by Tyriece Simon

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UFC 210: Cormier Dominates again

Image Credit: Fox Sports   D.C does it again. Daniel Cormier retains the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship against Anthony Johnson, with an impressive performance. The question coming into the fight was, what improvements would Johnson make in the rematch with a full training camp.  In the beginning of the 1st round, Cormier would land a…

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D.C does it again.

Daniel Cormier retains the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship against Anthony Johnson, with an impressive performance. The question coming into the fight was, what improvements would Johnson make in the rematch with a full training camp.  In the beginning of the 1st round, Cormier would land a overhand right and made Johnson respect his power. Instead of trying to strike with Cormier, Johnson would get Cormier in the clinch against the cage and attempted to try to take him down.  Johnson’s game plan would play right into what Cormier wanted to do, which was to get Johnson to exhaust his energy and dominate him.

Johnson biggest highlight of the fight would be a head kick, that caught Cormier as he was ducking. The head kick damaged the nose of Cormier, which UFC Commentator Joe Rogan thought it could have been broken. Cormier would continue the fight and would pressure Johnson against the cage. Johnson still tried to clinch with Cormier and would take him down twice in the fight. However, Cormier would get Johnson down in the 2nd round and locked in the Rear Naked Choke once again to defeat Johnson.

After the fight, Johnson would announce his retirement from MMA, saying “win or lose this would have been his last fight”.  Johnson would thank the UFC, his camp, Former Commentator Mike Goldberg and Cormier. Cormier show his respect for Johnson and then called out Light Heavyweight contenders Jon Jones and Jimi Manuwa. UFC 210 ends with Johnson riding off into the sunset after a great career and Cormier making his case as one of the best Light Heavyweights of all time.

written by Tyriece Simon

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UFC 209 Preview: Woodley vs Thompson 2

    Credit image:Fansided.com This Saturday, UFC 209 will feature the UFC Welterweight Champion “The Chosen One” Tyron Woodley vs Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson in the Main Event. In the last preview, it highlighted the back story behind the upcoming fight. In this post , it will look at the keys to victory for both fighters…

 

 

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This Saturday, UFC 209 will feature the UFC Welterweight Champion “The Chosen One” Tyron Woodley vs Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson in the Main Event. In the last preview, it highlighted the back story behind the upcoming fight. In this post , it will look at the keys to victory for both fighters and a final prediction of who will be the winner.

In their last fight, Woodley landed the most damage and was very close to finishing Thompson. Although Thompson would continue to fight to a draw, Woodley will go into this fight knowing he can knock Thompson out.  Also Woodley was able to wrestle Thompson down. So here is the Keys to victory:

Key #1:Look for the Takedown

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In their last fight in the 1st Round, Thompson was backing Woodley up to the cage. When Thompson went for a leg kick, Woodley was able to take the hit and grab the leg to take Thompson down. Woodley is the superior wrestler and has to look for these moments to take Thompson down. Thompson likes to throw kicks, so Woodley needs to be able to telegraph it and get Thompson off balance for a takedown. This will make Thompson second guess throwing kicks and help neutralize one of Thompson greatest ability.

Key # 2: Feint the Takdown

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What was missing from Woodley’s fight with Thompson was the threat of the takedown. Woodley would stand up with Thompson majority of the fight, which plays more to the strength of Thompson. With step #1 being to look for the takedown, step #2 is the effects of that. Woodley needs to feint the takedown to keep Thompson guessing. Woodley has shown to be able to take Thompson down, So with Woodley feinting the takedown it opens up opportunities to catch Thompson by surprise and  land  his punches.

Key# 3:Keep the back off the cage

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Thompson is the most dangerous when his opponent is backed against the cage. Woodley needs to keep his back off the cage and get Thompson to back up. When they fought,  Woodley would let Thompson move forward and back him against the cage. Thompson was able to land his strikes better and score points. Woodley needs to keep circling the cage and not put himself in a dangerous spot with his back against the cage.

 

Thompson could have won the first fight, if it wasn’t for the fourth round. If someone was watch the entire fight besides the fourth round, it quite possible they would think Thompson edged Woodley on the score card.  Thompson did some things well in their first fight, but here is what he needs to do in the rematch.

Key #1: Block the Takedown

Something that Woodley may look to do more is taking Thompson down and do damage from the ground with his strikes. Thompson would throw leg kicks, but Woodley would only capitalize and take Thompson down once. Although, It was fairly easy and gave Woodley the opportunity to do some ground and pound. Thompson needs to block the Takedown and make Woodley lose some confidence in being able to wrestle Thompson. Also in grappling exchanges, Thompson should throw knees to the body.

Key #2: Keep Woodley backing up

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Thompson was doing very good in making Woodley back up against the cage and needs to do the same in this fight. Thompson was able to land his strikes and score points on the score card. Woodley is less effective when he is backing up and Thompson could use his range to pick Woodley apart.

 

Key #3:Mix up the Strikes

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In their last fight , their was very few combinations thrown by Thompson. Thompson didn’t really set up his kicks as much and Woodley will try to capitalize, especially the low kicks. Thompson should expect that Woodley will try to take him down,By using his kicks take him off balance.  Thompson needs to throw more combinations to keep Woodley guessing and make it easier to set up his kicks. Thompson should also look to throw kicks to the body and take the energy out of Woodley. By mixing his strikes, it makes Thompson even more dangerous on the feet.

Final Prediction: Expect whoever to win this fight, to win decisively. Both fighters know what the other can do and would make adjustments to their game plan. The biggest factor of the fight is Woodley being able to take Thompson down.  Thompson has to block the Takedown and if he was get took down, Thompson has to quickly get back up. Woodley also has to avoid putting his back to the cage and put pressure on Thompson, to push Thompson back against the cage. I expect Woodley to be more aggressive and put pressure on Thompson, by moving forward.  If the fight goes 5 rounds, Thompson could end up the new Welterweight Champion. However, I see Woodley finishing Thompson by TKO.

Woodley wins via TKO.

UFC 209: preview Woodley vs Thompson 2

Credit image:mmanews.com Who will win the rematch?     On the historic night of the UFC debut in Madison Square Garden UFC 205, Fans were treated to a classic in the Co-main event between Tyron Woodley vs Stephen Thompson for the UFC Welterweight Championship. The fight would go 5 rounds, With both fighters showing grit…

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Who will win the rematch?

 

 

On the historic night of the UFC debut in Madison Square Garden UFC 205, Fans were treated to a classic in the Co-main event between Tyron Woodley vs Stephen Thompson for the UFC Welterweight Championship. The fight would go 5 rounds, With both fighters showing grit and determination to walk out of Madison Square Garden as champion. The fight would end in a draw, With fans split on who they thought won the fight. Now Woodley and Thompson will headline UFC 209 in the Main Event, With Both fighters looking to definitively win and be the Welterweight Champion.

Thompson was the favorite going into his first fight with Woodley and it’s not hard to see why. Thompson was on a 7 fight win streak and looked unstoppable, Until UFC 205. Thompson was hurt and was close to being finished in the 4th round, But in that moment showed incredible resilience to finish the fight to a draw. Thompson has the skills to not only become Champion,  But to hold on to it for a long time. With Thompson dynamic striking and knowing what Woodley will bring to the fight, Thompson time may finally arrive to be known as the UFC Welterweight Champion.

Woodley is not only looking to retain his Championship, But to gain respect.  While promoting UFC 209 on ESPN, Woodley would say “I’m the Champion. I knocked out the baddest Welterweight in the world in record-breaking time. I don’t get the respect I deserve”.  UFC.com reported that Woodley was the underdog going into UFC 205 and now is projected to be the underdog for UFC 209. Although Thompson is an incredible fighter, Woodley may have a point of not having the respect he deserves.  Woodley was close to knocking out and submitting Thompson, However this fight Woodley will look to leave little doubt on why he deserves to be respected.

This Main Event fight may be able to pull off another classic. Both Woodley and Thompson are going into the fight confident, That they can beat the other.  Both have the ability to not only be able to finish the other, But have shown to be able to have the cardio to go 5 rounds. Thompson has the speed, range and the dynamic striking ability to give Woodley problems. However, Woodley has shown to have the punching power to knock Thompson out and in their last fight was able to take Thompson down rather easily. Expect Woodley and Thompson to try to finish the fight decisively and leave no doubt to who is the best in the Welterweight Division.

Writer: Tyriece Simon

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The Zombie is Back

credit image:mmanews.com   “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung returned to the UFC in devastating fashion, knocking out Dennis Bermudez in the first round.   The 29 year old knockout artist hasn’t competed in the UFC since August 2013, when he would lose a championship fight with Jose Aldo. Since then Jung has dealt with injuries…

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“The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung returned to the UFC in devastating fashion, knocking out Dennis Bermudez in the first round.   The 29 year old knockout artist hasn’t competed in the UFC since August 2013, when he would lose a championship fight with Jose Aldo. Since then Jung has dealt with injuries and had to serve in the South Korean Army.  During his mandatory time spent with the South Korean Army, Jung never stopped training to return to the UFC.

In the fight Bermudez would have Jung in trouble with an overhand right, that stumbled Jung. Intelligently Jung would immediately go for the clinch to settle back into the fight and would go for a takedown attempt. Jung showed improvement in his takedown defense, not allowing Bermudez to take him to the ground 3 times.  Jung would begin to pressure Bermudez and make Bermudez put his back to the cage. With his speed and power, Jung would land an uppercut that landed perfectly on Bermudez jaw and would get his first win in close to 4 years.

 

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What’s Next:

Jung has made his mark in the Featherweight Division once again and looks to be better. Jung in his time in the military, worked on improving his takedown defense and the work showed in his fight with Bermudez. With his talents, Jung could be a title contender once again and could be a champion.  If I was to pick Jung next opponent it would be against either Cub Swanson or Jeremy Stephens. Both matchups would be exciting for fans and can be a Main Event on a fight card. Nevertheless, Jung has created waves in the Featherweight Division and put everyone on notice that the Korean Zombie has risen again.

-Tyriece Simon