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How ‘Cowboy’ slayed the ‘Cowboy’

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We saw a great variety of KO’s and submissions on Sunday night’s UFC Cowboy vs. Cowboy event, from a head kick KO to a gorgeous triangle choke, the whole card was stacked with highlights and here is a breakdown analysis of some of the best.

Cerrone def. Oliveira via submission (triangle choke) round 1

This fight finish started with a rarely seem takedown from Cerrone, ducking under the looping left hook of Oliveria, catching the Brazilian with his feet square giving Cerrone an easy double leg takedown.

After some position fighting from half guard, Cerrone was almost out muscled by Oliveira who attempted to escape from the bottom, however this gave Donald a great opening to transition straight to full mount after nullifying Oliveira’s escape attempt.

As Cerrone moved to mount, Oliveira had his left arm on Cerrone’s back attempting to stop the transition, which actually set up the submission that would finish the Brazilian cowboy. Noticing this arm being off the mat, Cerrone used the open space to post up on his right leg and swing his left behind Oliveira’s head locking it behind his left foot behind his right knee in a beautifully timed triangle from mount. From here Cerrone transitioned straight to his back forcing Oliveira to quickly tap to the fully sunk in submission.

This finish showed beautiful composure and veteran experience by Cerrone, staying calm on the ground and improving his position when he saw openings. Oliveira seemingly panicked when he was put on his back and made some key errors leading to his demise in this contest. Possibly because it was his first main event, the most dangerous opponent he has ever faced and all being on two weeks notice played a role in this quick finish, but you cannot take anything away from Donald Cerrone showing off technique that can only be learnt through thousands of triangle choke drills in the gym. You cannot fake experience and Cerrone showed just how devastating a battle-tested veteran can be in this one.

Brunson def. Carneiro via tko round 1

There isnt a whole lot you can take away from this quick finish except that Derek Brunson is truly a force to be reckoned with in this division and is slowly but surely making his way to a possible middleweight title shot.

The finish came early in this fight, with Carneiro over-extending on a leaping right hook, throwing himself off balance. Brunson easily dodged the punch sending the reaching Roan to the canvas by his own momentum alone. Brunson quickly started an endless ground and pound barrage from the full guard giving his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blackbelt opponent no chance to show off his ground game as Derek smothered Carneiro with punches leading to the referee stoppage.

Chris Camozzi def. Joe Riggs via TKO round 1

This finish came courtesy of a huge leaping jab by Camozzi stunning Riggs in the opening moments of the contest. This forced Riggs to over up, prompting Camozzi to unleash an onslaught of left knees to the forearms and head of Diesel. Showing no signs of attempting to move away or fight back, referee Mario Yamasaki looked ready to stop the contest when a final knee put Riggs on the contest, ending the fight in under 30 seconds.

With such a quick finish it’s hard to take any technical advice from this one. Riggs was caught early and rocked and never given a chance to recover. Camozzi showed fantastic killer instinct to not let up on his opponent and put everything into his shots when he saw the fight coming to a possible end.

 

Cody Garbrandt def. Augusto Mendes via TKO round 1

Garbrandt executed one technique repeatedly and effectively throughout this fight that eventually gave him the KO finish in the first round.

From the opening bell, Garbrandt was keeping on the outside and rushing in with blitzes of punches landing  few and then retreating back to range. This was scoring points continuously for Cody, whilst also keeping him safely out of range of Mendes takedowns and BJJ blackbelt ground game.

The finish came with Cody fainting another rush in forcing Mendes to react and faint strikes of his own, but as Mendes fainted what seemed to be a leg kick, he dropped his hands for a split second. the experienced boxer Garbrandt noticed this and came in with a  combo of hooks with the final right hook landing on Mendes’ temple dropping him. There was slight confusion whether the fight was over at this point causing Cody to stop attacking, but a few moments and a hammer fist later the referee had seen enough and called off the bout.

 

Oluwale Bamgbose def. Daniel Sarafian via KO round 1

This fight may have been short, but will hold a place on Bamgbose’s highlight reel for years to come, showing extremely technical and relaxed striking to deliver a devastating head kick KO to Sarafian.

Throughout this fight Bamgbose looked very comfortable and relaxed on his feet, much more so than his previous octagon appearance against Uriah Hall. Oluwale switched his stance often, changing the angle of his strikes to keep Sarafian guessing, but it wasn’t this technique that ended the contest, rather it was pure power as Bamgbose unleashed a perfectly executed head kick that Sarafian was able to block with his arms. However, this made little difference in the outcome as the kick rocked and dropped Sarafian regardless. Daniel attempted to scramble back to his feet but was met by a huge uppercut from Oluwale putting him back down and separating him from his senses.

This finish showed that sometimes technique mixed with sheer power can overcome anything, despite Sarafian blocking the kick correctly the amount of force behind the strike dropped him anyway and led to the fight finish and a step firmly in the right direction for Bamgbose.

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Tom Gallicchio on UFC Release “It’s Been a Dream of Mine to Fight in KSW”

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MMA Latest spoke to TUF 22 and 25 season competitor Tom Gallicchio about being cut from the UFC, and potential promotions that he could sign for in the future.

Gallicchio (19-10) signed for the UFC after reaching the semi-finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Season 25. Losing to James Krause in his debut, “Da Tank” was informed earlier this month that the UFC had parted ways with him.


Q: Before we jump into the whole free agency stuff, talk me through how the UFC broke the news that they were going to release you?

I thought I was going to have another fight, this time at lightweight. I got a letter dated July 7th, saying they were going to keep me, I received it in September. I was getting emails to update my USADA, I never got a cut letter and I got tested by USADA on October 24th. I was hoping to fight sometime in January or February, then they broke the news to me that they need to make a room for new talent.

Q: You made your UFC debut against James Krause in July, then 4 months down the line, they cut you. How surprised were you at this somewhat out of the blue decision?

I’m thankful for my opportunity in the UFC and the fact that they gave me another shot, but it was definitely surprising how it happened.  They released a newsletter in September welcoming Jesse (Taylor) Dhiego (Lima) and myself into the UFC, all signs pointed towards another fight. Hearing that I was cut was just heartbreaking.

Q: Have any talks started with a new promotion. I saw you name a few on Twitter, the likes of  Bellator, BAMMA, KSW and ACB. Who do you see yourself signing for?

I would love to compete in any of those! A couple of them hit me up, one of which I am very happy to talk with. Since they came out, It’s been a dream of mine to fight in KSW. They’re taking care of their fighters, I would love to fight for them. I want to travel, I want to see the world, I want to fight. I’ve got a lot of fans overseas and I want to give them a show.

It’s been a dream of mine to fight in KSW.

Q: Your long time friend Jesse Taylor was victorious in the TUF 25 Finale, but he has since accepted a 1-year ban for failing a USADA test. What is your take on this given how close you two are?

I know Jesse is not a juicer, I’ve known him ever since I came down to (Team) Quest. It’s probably come from some supplement that he’s taking, it sucks for him. I think he went into a little bit of panic mode, he could have done a better job of handling it.

I don’t take supplements, if there was a way, I’d still keep myself in the USADA pool just because I believe in a clean sport. I think it’s important we keep the sport clean and if we’re cleaning up the supplement companies then good, because no one else is.

Where would you look to see Tom fight next? Let us know below!

 

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2017 IMMAF World Championships: Finals fixtures

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After 4 days of non stop action from Monday to Thursday we have our final 14 bouts to determine the 2017 IMMAF World Champions. Most of these fighters have fought four times for their slot  in the final and tomorrow will be their chance to finish off what has been a fantastic week of fights.

Kicking off the action tomorrow will be Michele Oliveira vs. Danni Neilan. Both women have looked extremely impressive in their bouts so far, Oliveira has spent less time in the cage than her opponent after finishing two of her fights. Neilan is the Irish teams last chance of a gold in this competition and comes into this after a war of a last fight. She is constantly pressuring and has solid striking with incredible ground and pound from any position on top.

Joel Aronlainen came down to featherweight after testing the water at lightweight in the European Championships. His lanky build and impressive overall skill set has seen him pick up 3 finishes in the competition so far. His opponent Delyan Georgiev is undefeated and will be a tough challenge for him. Georgiev has dominated the featherweight division at amateur, his gold medal at the European Championships could now lead to him becoming a world champion if he continues to perform like we’re used to seeing him do.

At 155lbs, Vitali Andruhovich will take on top American prospect Quintin Thomas for the gold. Andruhovich has been on the right side of two very close split decisions in this tournament so far. His controversial win over Irishman Ciaran Clarke had many people scratching their heads at the decision. He now has the chance to prove himself with a win against Quintin Thomas. Thomas is the UMMAF National Champion and a very experienced amateur fighter. Racking up 13 wins he has been a dominant fighter in most of his fights, his sole losses coming from sustaining an injury and a split decision loss.

For the Middleweight medal we have a battle of the Nordic fighters. Iceland’s Bjorn Lukas Haraldsson has looked phenomenal in his fights so far, finishing each and everyone inside a round. The Mjolnir fighter has been to many the highlight of the tournament, but has a tough task a head of him in Laallam who’s had half the number of fights in this tournament and looked impressive in both.

Bahrain’s last hope for a medal lies in the hand of Light Heavyweight finisher Murtaza Talha Ali. Ali has finished all four of his bouts so far, 3 via TKO/KO and his last being by way of submission. Standing in his way of gold will be Pavel Pahomenko from Belarus who’s proven to be lethal with submissions once an opportunity arises scoring two submission wins inside the first round.

Here is the full fixture list for the finals tomorrow:

  • Michele Oliveira  vs.  Danni Neilan 125 lbs
  • Anna Astvik  vs.  Hannah Dawson 115 lbs
  • Chamia Chabbi  vs.  Manon Fiorot 135 lbs
  • C. McCrudden  vs.  Fabiana Giampà 145 lbs
  • Gase Sanita  vs.  Kaycee Blake 155 lbs
  • Yernaz Mussabek  vs.  Serdar Atlas 125 lbs
  • Gamzat Magomedov  vs.  O. Moldagaliyev 135 lbs
  • Joel Arolainen  vs.  Delyan Georgiev 145 lbs
  • V. Andruhovich  vs.  Quitin Thomas 155 lbs
  • Sola Axel  vs.  Benjamin Bennett 170 lbs
  • B. Haraldsson  vs.  Khaled Laallam 185 lbs
  • Pavel Pahomenko  vs.  Murtaza Talha Ali 205 lbs
  • Irman Smajic  vs.  Lev Vins 265 lbs
  • Atanas Krastanov  vs.  Marcin Kalata 300 lbs
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Why It’s Time to Cherish Michael Bisping and Stop the Hate

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Ever since the Ultimate Fighter 3, Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping has been one of the most hated fighters on the UFC roster. Since he was painted as the big bad Brit against the American hero Dan Henderson, Bisping has been the villain. He has played up to the reputation of being one of the biggest heels in the UFC, with his arrogance, trash talk and often disrespectful attitude.

But nothing has summed up Michael Bisping more than the events of this past week. After losing his Middleweight Championship to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 217, no one would blame Bisping for wanting a few months on the couch whilst sinking a few beers before retiring at UFC London in March.

After hearing that Anderson Silva had tested positive for a banned substance, it was announced that Bisping would fill in for Silva to face Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC Shanghai. A fight that nobody else would have wanted. A fight that he has less than three weeks to prepare for.

The fight does nothing for Bisping. Gastelum is a rising, rejuvenated contender and Bisping knows he can not take him lightly. But he’s also seven places below him in the rankings. Although, this doesn’t matter anymore as Bisping has announced this will be his second to last fight ever before hanging up his gloves.

Nothing sums Bisping up better than his comment on Gastelum’s Instagram post “See you in China. Loser buys the beers”.

He sounds relaxed. Perhaps he’s enjoying his last two fights and is at peace with his impending retirement.

In an era all about money, fighters like Bisping are rare and hard to come by. Fighters that only care about one thing, fighting.

Sure, his title reign wasn’t the best. But the UFC offered him the Henderson fight, to bring back some feeling of nostalgia that has been missing in the modern times of the UFC. And who in their right mind wouldn’t want to face one of the greatest ever in GSP.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – JULY 17: Michael Bisping of England steps on the scale during the UFC weigh-in inside the SSE Hydro on July 17, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

It’s easy to forget amongst all the trash talk that Bisping has always played by the rules, and been anti PEDs during a time when a majority of the roster was using some form of performance enhancers. Fighting PED users has given Bisping most of his losses and has even led to him losing sight in one of his eyes.

Most of Bisping’s outrageous acts, have been him using a ‘pro wrestling’ act in order to hype up his fights and put bums in seats. That isn’t an excuse for some of his obnoxious behaviour. But when he’s not in the zone, it’s clear to see what a respectful and humble man he is. Like his moment after UFC 217, where he approached Cody Garbrandt to tell him how proud he was of him, or his post fight respect for Anderson Silva, where they both bowed on their knees to one another.

This is me and Anderson exchanging respect while being attended to by the doctors.

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The truth is, Bisping is an incredible ambassador of the sport and one of the pioneers across the pond.

Bisping should be remembered and appreciated as the workhorse warrior who brought absolutely everything he had to the cage every time he fought. He always comes to fight, whether it’s three weeks notice or more. He’s simply tough as hell.

Believe you me Michael Bisping is a true old school legend of this sport and should be cherished whilst we still have him, cause we will miss him when he’s gone.

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