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How ‘Cowboy’ slayed the ‘Cowboy’



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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Felice Herrig vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz in the works for UFC 223



UFC 223 looks to add a variety of intriguing bouts. With Paul Felder vs. Al Iaquinta reportedly set for the unannounced UFC 223 card, the promotion looks to add a high stakes female flyweight match-up. According to, sources confirmed a bout between Felice Herrig and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, is in the works for the pay-per-view card.


Assuming the match-up does come to be, both women have much to gain from a victory. For Herrig, she currently sits on a four-fight win streak. A streak in which the strawweight contender defeated Kailin Curran, Alexa Grasso, Justine Kish, and Cortney Casey. The MMA veteran, Herrig, began fighting professionally in 2009. As of late, her issues with the marketing machine that is the UFC have intensified.

After demonstrating her technical prowess over Justine Kish at UFC Fight Night 122: Chiesa vs. Lee, Herrig put her emotions on display. She stated at the post-fight media scrum, “Sometimes, I feel like, I’m not young and beautiful enough for the UFC to want to promote me. And it’s sad because I’ve really worked so hard to be here and it’s hard to see these people who’ve not been through what I’ve been through. Who just got into the UFC at the right time. They’re getting all these opportunities and I see how hard I work to get here and it’s just like, it doesn’t matter. I just feel like, ‘I’m not pretty enough and I’m not getting any younger'”.

A frustrated Felice Herrig then spoke to in December. She claimed, “Aside from (former UFC women’s strawweight champ) Joanna (Jedrzejczyk), I’m the only strawweight who’s gone on a four-fight winning streak. That’s a fact. At this point, I want to fight someone in the top 10. It doesn’t really make sense for me to keep fighting girls that are ranked below me. That’s the whole point. If I want to keep working my way up. I fight the most dangerous girls outside the top 10”. The #9 ranked women’s flyweight has a point. In her UFC career, she recorded one loss in six appearances. Yet, she has one co-main event booking, while fighters like Michelle Waterson, booked the main event in her second UFC bout. In Waterson’s third bout, she received a co-main event scheduling. Understandably, Felice Herrig is upset with her situation.

Later in her interview, Herrig brought up Kowalkiewicz as a potential next opponent. “For whatever reason, I really want to fight Karolina. I just think that would be an exciting fight… Stylistically, I really like that fight. She’s ranked above (me), and it may be a good gauge for me,” she stated. Right now, it looks like Herrig is close to getting what she wants.

Kowalkiewicz last fought in her native country of Poland on the UFC Fight Pass card, UFC Fight Night 118: Cowboy vs. Till, in October. The Polish star defeated Jody Esquibel, after losing consecutive contests to former UFC female strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrzejcyk and Claudia Gadelha, respectively.

A win for either makes a good case for the next or an eventual title challenger. Kowalkiewicz holds a victory over current division champion, Rose Namajunas. While a win for Herrig would further establish her impressive win streak and undoubtedly give her the boost in the rankings she deserves.

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Douglas Lima found out about change to co-main event at Bellator 192 from the internet



Bellator 192 fight card has gone through a shake-up over the past week. Bellator president Scott Coker revealed last week that the scheduled welterweight title fight between Rory MacDonald and champion Douglas Lima will now be serving as the co-main event and the heavyweight matchup between Chael Sonnen and Rampage Jackson would instead take top billing. At the time no explanation was made for the change. Monday Douglas Lima was a guest on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani to discuss this change.

“I was little bummed, but it is what it is, it’s business you know. I was pretty excited you know? Being the main event, having Rampage fight as the co-main event, I was happy there. Then I was bummed out that they changed it back to the co-main event. It’s not going to change a thing for me, I’m just focusing on the fight.”

Lima has been notoriously looked over in the eyes of fight fans. A longtime member of Bellator and a two-time champion has not gotten the notice he deserves and hopes to get.

“I found out through the internet, nobody tells me anything, I didn’t know. the same thing happened in New York, I thought my fight would be before the two main events there, but it ended up being the first fight of the night on Pay-Per-View. Hopefully, it doesn’t take anything away from the fight, you know spotlight and stuff.”

Lima is looking to make all the naysayers take notice at Bellator 192 that takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, Califonia on January 20th.

“This is the fight I’ve been waiting for for a long time. To get my name out there, to get people to know who I am. I’ve been delivering a lot of good fights, fights fans like to watch but no attention yet. I’m hoping though that after a win over Rory this week it will really put my name out there and show all these welterweights out there that I am for real.”

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Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder rescheduled for UFC 223 in April



MMA fans around the world wept in deep sorrow when Al Iaquinta withdrew from a bout scheduled for UFC 218 against Paul Felder. Weep no more, for Paul Felder faces Al Iaquinta at UFC 223. Rumblings behind the match-up, first reported by, came Sunday night before confirmed the bout scheduled for unannounced pay-per-view card, later in the evening.


The original bout fell through due to a severe knee injury to Iaquinta. He spoke to BJ Penn Radio about the injury nearly a week before the December 2nd, PPV event in Detriot. The Long Island real estate agent claimed, “I tore my PCL and my MCL maybe three or four months ago… for me to really put in a full training camp and do what I need to do, I would’ve had to just focus on fighting and physical therapy… it was the kind of thing where all roads led to me not kind of taking a risk and fighting on December 2nd”.

Iaquinta went on to say, “I kind of accepted the fight, but I never signed a bout agreement… I was kind of told I had to give them an answer pretty quick. It was a fight I thought I really wanted. I thought it was a good stylistic match-up for me, so I accepted the fight, and then thinking about it over the course of a day, we realized it probably wasn’t a smart decision for my health, for everything”.

An outspoken lightweight, he is not the first of his kind. Al Iaquinta is no stranger to idly waiting on the sideline for the UFC to make a move. Contract disputes and other bad strokes of luck left the Serra-Longo with three octagon appearances since 2015. The feud between Iaquinta and the promotion comes as a surprise when looking at the credentials of the aforementioned fighter. With an octagon record of 8-2, he earned notoriety as one of the best lightweights in the world. During his time in the UFC, he defeated Kevin Lee, Ross Pearson, Joe Lauzon, Jorge Masvidal, and most recently Diego Sanchez.

His opponent, “The Irish Dragon”, Paul Felder, holds an impressive UFC record of his own. At 7-3, Felder defeated tough competition as well. His record notes wins over Daron Cruickshank, Jason Saggo, Stevie Ray, and Charles Oliveira. Even more impressive than his record, his knockout ratio. At this stage of his career, Felder knockouts 55% of his opponents (10 knockouts in 18 career pro bouts).

Like his opponent Iaquinta, Paul Felder has a separate career outside of fighting. As many should notice, Felder found a role as a color commentator with the promotion he fights for. Following the footsteps in a long line of fighters before him, Felder announced multiple events alongside another new addition to the UFC broadcast team, Brendan Fitzgerald.

PPV card, UFC 223 and its location are not official yet. Despite a lack of an announcement, the event takes place in Brooklyn, New York at the Barclays Centre, according to multiple reports. Currently, the card features no official bouts. Reports state Felice Herrig vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (per Jim Edwards), and Evan Dunham vs. Mairbek Taisumov (per Farah Hannoun) are both in the works for UFC 223.

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