UFC 192’s main card may have been a decision-fest, but some of the undercard dwellers definitely made their case for a bump up the card with some stunning finishes that we will break down now. This is the UFC 192 finish analysis.
Sage Northcutt def. Francisco Trevino via KO round 1
Sage Northcutt went someway to living up to his hype on Saturday night dispatching Trevino in under a minute, but it wasn’t his skills that got him the win, instead it was his sheer athletic talent leading to a rapid fire punching assault and a quick debut win.
This fight finish started with a costly slip from Trevino as he tried to surprise his experienced kicker opponent with a hook kick of his own. Sage capitalized on the slip by following Trevino to the mat and unloading a barrage of punches on Trevino. Francisco was able to get back to his feet, but the punches never stopped coming forcing Trevino to cover up in defense. This allowed Northcutt to change levels and get an easy takedown landing in side control. Trevino defended by turtling up and giving his back to Sage who continued his punching from side back control causing the referee to step in.
Trevino would have had better success by stopping Sage’s punching rhythm by controlling his posture. Trevino should have broken down Northcutt on the ground and controlled his head giving Sage less space to open up with the punches. Trevino was upset about what could be argued was an early stoppage, but when you’re turtled up and someone’s hammering you with punches, the ref is going to stop the fight more times than not.
Derrick Lewis def. Viktor Pesta via KO round 3
Derrick Lewis may not have the most well rounded skills in the heavyweight division, as shown by being out-grappled for the entire first two rounds of this contest, but he does have legitimate knockout power that eventually carried him to this TKO win.
There isn’t too much to say about this finish, except sometimes all you need is power. Lewis rocked Pesta late in the second round and almost finished him, until Pesta was saved by the bell, but Viktor was never able to recover. Going into the third round, the still rocked Pesta shot for immediate takedowns only to be shrugged off by Lewis as he continued his ground and pound assault. Pesta focused on defending punches rather than defending position and ended up giving Lewis an easy mount pass and after a few more punches the fight was done.
One thing to take away from this contest is defense. Even when hurt, you must defend position and look for escape routes, especially on the ground or in the clinch. Pesta all but handed Lewis an extremely dominant position and gave up the fight.
Rose Namajunas def. Angela Hill via submission (rear naked choke) round 1
Angela Hill showed her lack of MMA experience in this contest with some simply unforgivable ground defense, especially against a slick submission artist like Rose Namajunas who took her back beautifully for a rear naked choke finish.
The ending of this one started with a takedown from Rose who controlled Hill well on the ground. the striker Hill tried desperately to separate herself from Rose on the mat to gain space and get to her feet where she is infinitely more comfortable, but Namajunas was having none of it. When this failed, Hill turtled up and allowed Rose to take her back and sink in the leg hooks. From here Hill made the error of all errors and tried to stand straight up as soon as she saw the opportunity and while focusing on this she lifted her chin and failed to control Rose’s arms, giving Namajunas the perfect scenario for the rear naked choke.
Rose slapped on the submission on the now standing Hill who didn’t really attempt to peel the hold off at all and rather waited until she was nearly unconscious to wave her arms to signal her tapping out.
This fight showed how important basics are. Rear naked choke defense 101 is keep your chin tucked and go 2 on 1 controlling your opponent’s choking arm. From here you can look to improve your position and get to safety. Hill rushed everything too much and instead fell right into Namajunas’ trap.
Adriano Martins def. Islam Makhachev via KO round 1
Adriano Martins’ KO win showed one of the most beautiful, deadly and overlooked aspects of MMA that can win or lose you a fight, the art of timing.
Despite Islam’s early success in the striking exchanges in this fight, the seasoned KO artist Martins was using his veteran experience throughout the fight, using these exchanges to figure out Makhachev’s striking patterns and analyse openings for counters. This paid off big time as when Islam threw a massive overhand left, Martins was able to slip back just out of the way and simultaneously counter with an overhand right of his own to Islam’s now completely open jaw. this punch landed full force and perfectly on Makhachev, collapsing him to the floor and forcing the referee to call the fight in favour of Martins.
Albert Tumenov def. Alan Jouban via KO round 1
In this winning effort, Tumenov showed off just how much power he has in his legs, by kicking straight through Jouban’s guard to get the KO win.
Jouban really didn’t do much wrong despite losing this fight. He kept his hands up and defend the kick correctly by cushioning his temple with his glove. However, this still wasn’t enough to fend off the power of Tumenov who was still able to visibly rock Alan with the head kick and follow up with punches. Albert followed the kick with two uppercuts that connected and finally a straight left on the jaw that put Jouban away. Jouban could have looked to tie up Tumenov, however this sequence happened in a split second and even that may not have saved him from this knockout.
Despite Jouban’s protest, this was a legitimate stoppage as Jouban went down from this kick hard and ended up face down on the ground with his arms by his side showing no signs of scrambling for position or a takedown indicating he had no clue where he was
UFC Shanghai: Michael Bisping vs Kelvin Gastelum Preview
UFC Shanghai is only 2 days away, something that looked unlikely only a few weeks ago after Anderson Silva was pulled from the main event after testing positive for a banned substance. With little options and very few interested, the main event and entire card looked in tatters. Then up stepped the always reliable company man Michael Bisping. Fresh from defeat at UFC 217 no one would have expected Bisping to step up to fight in Shanghai just three weeks later. But here we are, two days out from Bisping vs Gastelum.
Both fighters are coming off difficult losses that must have been hard to swallow. Bisping was doing well against a tired and damaged GSP, and Gastelum had knocked down Weidman at the end of the first round and was moments away from a finish, but both men went on to lose in the third round.
Both fighters will be motivated and desperate for a win to cleanse the demons their respective last fights have brought them.
Gastelum is a fantastic young talent, not many fighters are considered top level guys in two divisions like he is. Gastelum is a good all-rounder in all aspects of MMA, his tenacious boxing and solid wrestling are stand outs in his game. There is no question he has the skills to succeed in the 185lb division. But his biggest struggle is the physical disadvantage he faces in the middleweight division.
Gastelum is 5’9″ with a 71.5 inch reach. Since his return to middleweight he has been the smaller man in every fight. After his loss to Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC on FOX 25, Gastelum told reporters “He felt really big, he felt really strong” and “170 is my home” (MMAJunkie). A clear indication that Gastelum knows he is too small at this weight, but perhaps the aura of facing Anderson Silva was too much to turn down.
By now you know what Michael Bisping brings to the table. This is his 29th fight with the UFC. He is the definition of a UFC veteran.
Bisping excels on the feet where he uses his great boxing skills and high work rate to nullify his opponents. Bisping also has underrated wrestling skills and a gritty clinch game to match his own gritty style. Under Jason Parillo, Bisping’s striking has only gotten better and better. Just look at the Rockhold fight as an example. His kicks have vastly improved and so have his hands, especially his killer left hook.
Unsurprisingly, as he is a former light heavyweight, Bisping will be the much larger of the two men in the octagon. Bisping stands at 6’1″ and has a reach of 75.5″.
Two main components of Mixed Martial Arts will come into play in this fight, boxing and cardio.
You have to imagine most of this fight take place on the feet. The only way it goes to the ground is if Gastelum can’t keep up with Bisping’s relentless pressure, and feels it’s the best way to get the victory. But after seeing the way Bisping battered and bloodied GSP from his back, Gastelum should be wary.
Gastelum uses his excellent and aggressive jabbing technique to gauge distance against his opponents. He did an excellent job of keeping Tim Kennedy at bay as he tried to enter the pocket. As Bisping is a fighter who uses movement and feints to put a volume of strikes together inside the pocket, Gastelum must use his jab to nullify Bisping’s main tools and keep him at bay, especially as the rounds progress and Bisping throws more combinations. Gastelum can then hide behind that jab to set up more strikes and find a knock out blow. After all Bisping is a very hittable fighter, who focuses more on offence than defence.
But with all that being said, no jab on earth will stop Bisping marching forward.
Bisping will also use his jab throughout the fight as he looks to set up multiple strikes. However, when Bisping dives in with his jab he leaves himself open to a counter punch. We saw GSP do this perfectly, which ultimately set up his finish. Gastelum may want to fight as a counter puncher rather than the aggressor. Not only will it allow him to conserve his energy, but it also means he may find that knock out punch when Bisping leaves himself open, especially to the left hand.
Gastelum must try to slow Bisping down with hard shots to the body, because if Bisping is fresh after UFC 217, like he said he is, then he can go all night at a pace Gastelum won’t be able to keep up with.
The later the fight goes the more aggressive Bisping can be as his shots get harder to grind you out and put you away. He increases his output, which will make Gastelum have to work even harder as the rounds progress. Even if Gastelum does not gas, he will naturally slow down and that’s when Bisping smells blood. Bisping will close the distance and change his game from jabbing you to death to landing some brutal combinations.
I believe Gastelum will win the early exchanges. Whilst Bisping will land a few pecking jabs, it will be Gastelum who finds success early. Gastelum may even look for an early knock out. But as time goes on and the fight progresses, I feel Bisping will find his groove and take over.
His reach advantage will come into play as he dances around Gastelum and finds a range where he can get off several long strikes at once. And once the fight enters the later rounds Bisping will close the distance to up the tempo and fight his fight.
As much as I can envision a TKO victory for Gastelum, with his experience and composure I believe a fired up Bisping will overcome Gastelum’s boxing skills to right his wrongs at UFC 217.
Official Prediction: Michael Bisping defeats Kelvin Gastelum via Unanimous Decision – 48-47
UFC looks for undefeated fighters for the next season of TUF
As the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter comes to a close in a few weeks, UFC has set tryouts for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter on December 12th but there is a catch, participates must hold an undefeated record.
Titled The Ultimate Fighter 27: Battle of the Undefeated, the next installment of TUF will be looking for male fighters with an undefeated record with a minimum of 3-0 to apply for the show. The casting call asks for featherweights and welterweights but in the early stages of tryouts, a weight class will be decided later in the process.
Fighters must be aged between 21 – 34 and will grapple and light spar in front of UFC matchmakers and must be prepared to stay in Vegas until December 16th.
It is unknown what the future of TUF will be after the TV deal with FOX ends next year but the show has been a success for the company and many fighters to emerge from The Ultimate Fighter have become champion including current interim Lightweight champion Tony Ferguson, Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw and Strawweight champion Rose Namajunas coming from past seasons of the show.
This will be the third time in a row that a gimmick will be added to the show that has been on the decline in the ratings in recent years but yet to use only undefeated fighters. An undefeated streak can be one of the most prestigious records to keep in mixed martial arts with the wins and losses being so vital in a fighters career.
Who will keep their zero? Who will be the next Ultimate Fighter? Who will be the coaches?
These questions will be answered when the new season of TUF begins shooting in January and the show premiering later in the year.
Tom Gallicchio on UFC Release “It’s Been a Dream of Mine to Fight in KSW”
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.
— Tom Gallicchio (@TomGallicchio) November 15, 2017
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.
— Tom Gallicchio (@TomGallicchio) November 16, 2017
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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