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Kickin’ it with Karate Hottie – How would you change MMA judging?

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On this episode of Kickin’ it with Karate Hottie, UFC strawweight Michelle Waterson’s video blog series for MMA Latest, Michelle asks various fighters and coaches at Jackson Wink MMA Academy about their thoughts on MMA judging. Perspectives from Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, BJ Penn, Holly Holm, and more are captured in this installment, with some providing answers more jokingly than others.

Not only is Jackson Wink MMA home to some of the best fighters on the planet, but behind those fighters are some of the best coaches in the world as well. In order to be considered one of the best coaches, your knowledge of the sport must be widespread. In support of more 10-8 rounds being scored plus a focus on damage rather than takedowns, Mike Winkeljohn also believes it starts with the judges’ education of the sport and their understanding what is going on inside the cage.

Coach Izzy Martinez provided great perspective with his desire to see more scoring for defense such as preventing takedowns with good sprawls. He also suggests a change in how rounds are setup by doing away with three (or five) five-minute rounds in favor of one twenty-minute round.  Jokingly he added if a winner is not decided by the end of twenty minutes, throw in nunchucks and let the fighters sort it out.

Michelle offers a completely revamped system with a five-point scoring system based on each minute of the round. At the end of each minute, the judge must award a point to a fighter, which could result in a 3-2 round or a 5-0 round for completely dominant rounds. The scoring would be based on effective movement, wrestling, grappling, and striking.  In addition, Michelle believes judges should be scoring the fights on a fighter’s eagerness to win the fight in order to keep things exciting.

How would you change scoring and judging in mixed martial arts?



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UFC 218 Official Early Weigh-in results



UFC 218 goes down in Detroit, MI on December 2. This card is stacked from top to bottom. The UFC has pulled out all the stops with this monster card full of young talent, and experienced veterans. Headlining the event will be UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway as he takes on the former longtime champion Jose Aldo is an immediate rematch. The last time these two met inside the cage, the belt changed hands as Holloway was able to knock out the future Hall of Famer with a third-round KO.

The entire main card is full of well-known fighters who are looking for title shots of their own. The co-main event features a pair of hard-hitting heavyweights that could seal their own fate with an impressive win in Detroit. The young up and comer Francis Ngannou has made the trek from France to Las Vegas to train at the new UFC performance institute is hopes that he will earn himself a title shot against champion Stipe Miocic. With five stoppage wins in his first five UFC fights, Ngannou could be the future of the heavyweight division. He will have to first get through Alistair Overeem, who is coming into this fight having won two in a row following his loss to Miocic for the title.

The fighters took to the scale early Friday to make it official. The results can be viewed below:

MAIN CARD (PPV, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Max Holloway (145) vs. Jose Aldo (145) – Featherweight Title Fight
  • Francis Ngannou (262) vs. Alistair Overeem (247)
  • Henry Cejudo (126) vs. Sergio Pettis (125)
  • Eddie Alvarez (155) vs. Justin Gaethje (156)
  • Tecia Torres (116) vs. Michelle Waterson (115)


  • Paul Felder (155.5) vs. Charles Oliveira (154.5)
  • Yancy Medeiros (170) vs. Alex Oliveira (170.5)
  • Drakkar Klose (156) vs. David Teymur (156)
  • Cortney Casey (115.5) vs. Felice Herrig (115.5)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:15 p.m. ET

  • Abdul Razak Alhassan (170) vs. Sabah Homasi (170.5)
  • Jeremy Kimball (205) vs. Dominick Reyes (205)
  • Allen Crowder (237) vs. Justin Willis (265)
  • Amanda Cooper (116) vs. Angela Magana (115)
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UFC Kansas City: Takeaways from the Sprint Center



The UFC and their famous octagon made its way to Kansas City, Missouri for the first time in the promotion’s history. In the headliner Demetrious Johnson completely outclassed Wilson Reis to retain his flyweight title with a slick armbar in the third round.

The women’s strawweight division was put on notice with Rose Namajunas dominating Michelle Waterson on the way to a submission victory in the second round.

Robert Whittaker also put his mark on the middleweight division with a stunning stoppage of veteran Jacare Souza with the help of a questionable intervention by Mario Yamasaki.

What can we take away from the Sprint Center?

Demetrious Johnson is still Demetrious Johnson

Did we expect anything else tonight? Maybe we expected Wilson Reis to end the fight with more than just nineteen strikes after three rounds but Johnson thoroughly dominated the Brazilian.

‘Mighty Mouse’ controlled the fight throughout, dipping in and out of range almost at light speed. Reis couldn’t live with him, but can anyone at 125 pounds?

It was almost as if Johnson wanted to submit Reis to prove his excellence, by beating him at his own game.


Ten consecutive title defences, 1,666 days long. One more win to break the UFC record.

Does DJ move up to 135lbs? Because nobody comes close at 125.

Robert Whittaker is for real!

Jacare signed an eight-fight deal the night before the fight and with a lot of people believing that the Brazilian would go onto a title shot, people forgot about Robert Whittaker.

A somewhat bizarre stoppage from Mario Yamasaki may take a little bit of gloss away from the performance but make sure you’re aware that the Australian is a legitimate contender at 185 pounds.


After taking out one of the strongest contenders, who’s next for Whittaker? Romero?

And what’s next for Jacare… with seven fights left on his contract at age 37! Of course, Michael Bisping weighs in with his opinion…


Rose Namajunas is next at 115

A huge performance from ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas with a stunning head kick, dropping the ‘Karate Hottie’ Michelle Waterson before sinking in a beautiful rear naked choke.

With Joanna Jedrzejczyk defending her title against Jessica Andrade at UFC 211, Namajunas is in prime position to face the victor.


A simply stunning performance to light up the co-main event of the evening.

What’s next for Waterson?

Elliott and Smolka put on a show!

One of the highlights of the night took place in the prelims with a non-stop fun fight in the flyweight division between local hero and TUF 24 winner Tim Elliott and Hawaiian Louis Smolka.

If you haven’t seen this fight I highly recommend you check it out NOW.


Thirteen takedowns, high level grappling and seamless transitions throughout the fifteen minutes led to the Missouri native getting his hand raised.

It was a tough night for Smolka. He didn’t look great at the weigh ins but he doesn’t deserve to be cut by the UFC.

Duquesnoy is ready for the top fifteen

One of the most highly anticipated UFC debuts in recent history occurred with Tom ‘Firekid’ Duquesnoy finally making his bow in the octagon.

The former BAMMA two-weight world champion was a little cautious in the first half of Round 1, then began to find his feet nearly stopping Williams at the end of the round.

The second round was simply a formality with the Frenchman finishing the American within thirty seconds.


He is ready for a bigger fight and a bigger test. The potential of ‘Firekid’ is endless.

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UFC on Fox 24: Weigh-in Results



Wilson Reis vs. Demetrious Johnson

UFC on Fox 24 takes place Saturday, April 15th in Kansas City, Missouri with the main event seeing flyweight supremo Demetrious Johnson defend his crown against the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Wilson Reis.

“Mighty Mouse” has the chance to put his name in the history books by equalling Anderson Silva’s record for the most consecutive UFC title defenses if he can overcome Reis at the Sprint Center.

The co-main event also sees potential challengers to Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s throne collide with Rose Namajunas squaring off against “The Karate Hottie” Michelle Waterson.

A pair of middleweights hunting for a title shot, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Robert Whittaker clash on the main card in a bout sure to produce fireworks.

The card also features the debut of former Cage Warriors two-weight world champion, Tom Duqesnoy. The Frenchman faces off against Patrick Williams on the prelim portion of the evening.

All twenty-six fighters made weight whilst Louis Smolka didn’t look in great condition, visually drained and struggling to walk to the scale.


UFC on FOX 24 Weigh-in Results:

  • Flyweight Championship: Demetrious Johnson (124 lbs) vs. Wilson Reis (124 lbs)
  • Women’s Strawweight: Rose Namajunas (116 lbs) vs. Michelle Waterson (114.5 lbs)
  • Middleweight: Ronaldo Souza (186 lbs) vs. Robert Whittaker (185.5 lbs)
  • Featherweight: Jeremy Stephens (146 lbs) vs Renato Moicano (145.5 lbs)
  • Heavyweight: Alexander Volkov (245 lbs) vs. Roy Nelson (262 lbs)
  • Bantamweight: Patrick Williams (136 lbs) vs. Tom Duquesnoy (135.5 lbs)
  • Lightweight: Bobby Green (156 lbs) vs. Rashid Magomedov (155.25 lbs)
  • Flyweight: Louis Smolka (126 lbs) vs. Tim Elliott (126 lbs)
  • Bantamweight: Aljamain Sterling (135.5 lbs) vs. Augusto Mendes (135 lbs)
  • Light-heavyweight: Devin Clark (205 lbs) vs. Jake Collier (205.5 lbs)
  • Middleweight: Anthony Smith (186 lbs) vs. Andrew Sanchez (184.5 lbs)
  • Welterweight: Zak Cummings (170 lbs) vs. Nathan Coy (171 lbs)
  • Women’s Bantamweight: Ashlee Evans-Smith (136 lbs) vs. Ketlen Vieira (136 lbs)

Watch the ceremonial weigh-ins below later this afternoon:

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