UFC 211 Preview

Image Credit:mmanouvelles.com UFC 211 can be one of the best UFC Pay Per View by the end of the year. On the Main Card, every fight feels important and can impact the UFC going forward. The Main Event and Co Main Event will both have championships on the line. The Main Card will also feature fights that…

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UFC 211 can be one of the best UFC Pay Per View by the end of the year. On the Main Card, every fight feels important and can impact the UFC going forward. The Main Event and Co Main Event will both have championships on the line. The Main Card will also feature fights that can change the rankings or lead to championship fights in the near future.  In the previous article, I spoke on the Main Event and who will win. Now I will preview the remaining fights on the Main Card.

 

Krzysztof Jotko vs David Branch

UFC 211 will be David Branch return to the UFC. Branch last fight in the UFC was in 2011, when Branch loss to Rousimar Palhares by submission via Kneebar.  Branch would fight outside of the UFC, most notably  World Series of fighting and has gained success. Branch is coming back to fight in the Middleweight Division against Krzysztof Jotko, who is the 9th ranked fighter in the Division.  Jotko is on a 5 fight win streak , with his last notable win against Thales Leites at UFC fight Night: Bader vs Nogueira 2 in 2016.

Prediction: Branch is coming back at UFC 211, with hype and success from his time outside of the UFC. However, I believe Jotko is going to ruin the return and beat Branch. At 35 years old and the high expectations for Branch return, I don’t think Branch will beat Jotko. Jotko is coming off a big win against Leites and I believe Jotko is going to continue his success at UFC 211, with a win over Branch.

Winner: Krzysztof Jotko

Frankie Edgar vs Yair Rodriguez

Yair Rodriguez at 24 years old, is on the path of becoming a future champion in the UFC. Rodriguez is coming off his biggest win of his career against the legendary BJ Penn, where Rodriguez was in the Main Event for the first time.  With his unorthodox striking, Rodriguez will face his biggest challenge to date  Frankie Edgar. Edgar is a former Lightweight Champion and is ranked 2nd in the Featherweight Division. Edgar at age 35, still has the same power and speed from when he was the Lightweight Champion in the UFC.  At age 35, Edgar still has the desire to be the Featherweight Champion.

Prediction: Rodriguez has the talent to one day be a champion, but Edgar is going to be too much for him. Edgar has the wrestling, jujitsu and the striking ability to overwhelm Rodriguez. This is a big step up in competition for Rodriguez and it’s not a good match up. I expect Edgar to pressure Rodriguez from the start of the first round and dominate the entire fight.

Winner: Frankie Edgar

Demian Maia vs Jorge Masvidal

This fight is a sleeper and has a major impact on the Welterweight Division. Demian Maia has been on 6 fight win streak and many feel should be fighting for the Welterweight Championship. Maia recent win was against Carlos Condit at UFC Fight Night in Vancouver, which showcased his dominance and jujitsu beating Condit by Rear Naked Choke. Jorge Masvidal is coming off his biggest win, defeating Donald Cerrone by Knockout. Masvidal is also on a win streak, winning three of his last fights. This fight is the biggest fight of Masvidal career and a win would put him in title contention.

Prediction: This fight is to close to call and that is what makes this fight interesting. Masvidal striking is too dangerous and has the power to knock Maia out cold. However, Maia is the bigger fighter and has the power to take Masvidal down. If Maia gets Masvidal on the ground, Maia can submit or control the Masvidal on the ground with ease. It’s a tough fight to call, but I’m going with Maia. I think Maia has good enough striking to stand with Masvidal, to set up his takedowns and control Masvidal on the ground.

Winner- Demian Maia

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Jessica Andrade

Can Jessica Andrade dethrone Joanna Jedrzejczyk?

Joanna Jedrzejczyk has been dominating the Strawweight Division, since coming to the UFC and winning the Strawweight Championship. Jedrzejczyk is currently on a 7 fight win streak and has successfully defended the championship 4 times. Jedrzejczyk has won decisively against everyone she has faced and will look to retain her championship for the 5 time. Jessica Andrade is the underdog in this fight, but has the ability to pull of an upset. Andrade has great jujitsu and power to knockout or to takedown Jedrzejczyk.  Andrade has to make this an ugly fight and pressure Jedrzejczyk early.

Prediction- I think Jedrzejczyk is just to good and will beat Andrade decisively. Andrade best chance at winning this fight is to make it an ugly fight and put pressure on Jedrzejczyk. Jedrzejczyk striking ability is on another level compared to Andrade and looks to be getting better at wrestling as well. Andrade will put up a good fight, but it won’t be enough.

Winner- Joanna Jedrzejczyk

 

 

UFC 211:Miocic vs. Dos Santos 2 preview

Image Credit: Sportsday.dallasnews.com   Can Stipe Miocic avenge his loss to Junior Dos Santos at UFC 211? This weekend UFC 211 will feature a rematch between UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic and Junior Dos Santos for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. In their first fight back in 2014, Dos Santos would win by Unanimous Decision in a…

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Can Stipe Miocic avenge his loss to Junior Dos Santos at UFC 211?

This weekend UFC 211 will feature a rematch between UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic and Junior Dos Santos for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. In their first fight back in 2014, Dos Santos would win by Unanimous Decision in a close fight.  Since then Dos Santos has been dealing with injuries and fights being cancelled, due to his opponents being injured as well. After Miocic fight with Dos Santos, Miocic has been on a 4 fight winning streak and has become the reigning UFC heavyweight Champion. Miocic has also gotten better from his fight with Dos Santos. Unlike their first fight, Miocic vs. Dos Santos 2 will be for the UFC Heavyweight Championship and both fighters are looking prove they are the best in their Division.

Dos Santos last win, was in April 10, 2016 at UFC Fight Night against Ben Rothwell. Completely outclassing Rothwell, Dos Santos would win by Unanimous Decision and looked in great shape. Dos Santos was supposed to fight Stefan Struve in February, but Struve would injure his shoulder and cancel the fight.  UFC 211 will be Dos Santos first fight back in the Octagon in over a year. However, Dos Santos will go into the Main Event, knowing he has victory over Miocic and has an idea of what to expect in their rematch. A win this weekend for Dos Santos not only will make him a 2 time UFC Heavyweight Champion, but puts him in the conversation as one of the best Heavyweights in UFC history.

Since his loss to Dos Santos, Miocic has took the Heavyweight Division by storm. Miocic would knockout MMA heavyweight Legends in Mark Hunt, Andrei Arlovski and would knockout Fabricio Werdum to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Miocic would then defend and retain his Championship against Alistair Overeem, winning by knockout at UFC 203. In the last two years, Miocic has become the face of the Heavyweight Division. However, Miocic biggest fight in his career awaits him at UFC 211. A win over Dos Santos can cement his legacy and help make his case as someone that should be mentioned as one of the greatest pound for pound fighter in the UFC.

Prediction: While Dos Santos already has a victory over Miocic, its hard not to pick Miocic to win this fight. Miocic has been the more active fighter and has gotten better, from the last time he fought Dos Santos.  Dos Santos is coming into the fight, not fighting in over a year and a question can be made if he will have any ring rust.  Also a question can be made, is Dos Santos coming into this fight in the same shape like when he fought Rothwell last year. However, Dos Santos can knockout anyone and even dropped Miocic in their first fight. Still at UFC 211, I predict Miocic will get the win and will remain the best in the Heavyweight Division.

 

Written By Tyriece Simon

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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.

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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.