Despite Fight Night Saskatoon’s main event ending in disappointing fashion, the whole card was full of exciting finishes. We saw some great use of striking range, technical submissions and god awful defense, all of which we will break down for you know. This is UFC Fight Night Saskatoon’s finish analysis.
Felipe Arantes def. Yves Jabouin via submission (armbar) round 1
If you’re looking for world class examples of Brazilian jiu Jitsu, stay away from this fight.
To his credit, Arantes was able to pull off an armbar from the bottom in the first round, but at the UFC level, this submission should never have happened. This is one of the most telegraphed and slowest armbars you will see in the UFC.
Arantes’ technique was good in the submission as he isolated Jabouin’s right arm and then kicked off Yves’ hip to swing his body round for the armbar, but this is where the veteran Jabouin should have sprung into action and he just didn’t.
Arantes was very slow to scoot his legs over Jabouin’s arm for the submission, letting Yves see what he was trying to do from a mile off. Here Jabouin should have triangle his own arms, looked to step over Arantes head and stack him to negate the submission attempt. However, Jabouin seemingly gave up an extremely basic sweep allowing Felipe to gain top position and lock out the armbar.
This submission should have been stuffed before it even started but Jabouin never pulled the trigger.
Misha Cirkunov def. Dan Jolly via KO round 1
There isnt much to say technically about this fight finish, except it showed good solid control from Cirkunov and constant pressure from him to get the stoppage finish.
This fight finish started with Cirkunov using the threat of a rear naked choke to sweep Jolly into full back mount. From here, Cirkunov kept himself heavy and high on Jolly’s back hammering him with punches until the referee stopped the contest.
Patrick Cote def. Josh Burkman via KO round 3
This contest showed everyone how important fighting in the right weight class can be. Cote spent most of his career as an undersized middleweight, but by dropping down to 170lbs he kept his middleweight power, but improved his cardio no end which became a major factor in him picking up this victory.
This fight finish came in the third round when a gassed Burkman was exchanging with Cote. The levels of cardio were clear to see as Burkman was very flatfooted in the exchanges and was throwing haymakers like they were going out of fashion. Contrasting this was Cote who was very light on his feet and used darting in and out of range to set up his straight punches landing them and then being out of range for Burkman’s counter overhands.
Cote got the knockdown off a beautiful double jab right hand combo landing square on the chin of Burkman who had just thrown a left hook and was too exhausted to get his hands up for defense quick enough.
From here Cote gained side control and continued with a barrage of 30 unanswered strikes as Burkman could only turtle up and accept the beating.
Francisco Trinaldo def. Chad Laprise via KO round 1
The knockdown that triggered the end of this fight was the classic example of both fighters throwing at the same time and one just landing first. Trinaldo threw a straight left hand as Laprise threw a right hook. Trinaldo landed first and put Laprise on the mat.
Laprise recovered to his feet and grabbed the clinch but was still visibly hurt and pulled guard. Trinaldo was able to pass to half guard prompting Laprise to roll and turtle up. Trinaldo took his back and flattened him out, landing punches until the referee stopped the fight.
Laprise was never able to recover from the knockdown in this fight and Trinaldo never let up the pressure forcing Laprise to make mistakes like giving up his back and letting Francisco take advantage and pull off the win.
Frankie Perez def. Sam Stout via KO round 1
This 30 second fight showed the importance of patience and range management with Perez controlling the range throughout the contest forcing Stout to come in close and into the trap of Perez.
Perez spent the entire contest moving away from Stout and negating Sam’s boxing. This frustrated Stout who ended up chasing him for the first part of the round. Perez noticed this and set a trap for Stout by standing still and waiting for Sam to come in leading to the knockdown.
The knockdown here was beautifully timed by Perez who waited for Stout to come into boxing range then he landed a short right hook to Stout’s chin putting him on the canvas.
Perez followed up with punches putting Stout to sleep.
Nikita Krylov def. Marcos Rogerio de Lima via submission (rear naked choke) round 1
This fight end started with de Lima having a very tight guillotine choke on Krylov who was able to weather the storm and force de Lima to let go of the choke of gas out his arms. De Lima relinquished the submission and was met by some heavy ground and pound by Krylov. De Lima rolled for a kneebar but ended up giving Krylov his back allowing him to sink in a very quick rear naked choke in transition and pick up the win.
This finish showed the importance of picking your submissions carefully. De Lima put too much effort into the guillotine that even though was tight, wasn’t able to finish Krylov. This completely exhausted the arms of de Lima allowing Krylov to open up with strikes hurting him and then lick in the submission. The exhausted Brazilian tapped almost immediately as he didn’t have any energy left in his arms to attempt an escape.
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.
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2017 IMMAF World Championships: Finals fixtures
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
Why It’s Time to Cherish Michael Bisping and Stop the Hate
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.
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.
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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