If you don’t know the lead up to this fight I encourage you to Google it and fill yourself in because there is almost too much that went into this main event. We have the Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Bones Jones (20-1-0) defending his title against the Olympian Daniel Cormier (15-0-0).
It isn’t often that you believe two fighters actually hate one another but tonight there is no doubt that the animosity between these two combatants is as real as it gets. They are yet to attend the same event without getting into at least a verbal confrontation and this all comes after a physical altercation in the summer of 2014 and a televised interview of the two exchanging not so niceties with one another, in what Jones was an off the record environment. There have even been instances over the last few days to make their way into social media to take this fight’s hype to a tipping point.
I really cannot build this fight any more than the fighters have already built it up, our referee tonight is the veteran Herb Dean, on to the dénouement.
Both fighters leave their respective corners in the orthodox stance with Jones starting in his traditional stalking downed stance to avoid any head kicks. There is no feeling out process and they both let strikes fly right away. Cormier is being effective taking the fight to the cage but Jones is out striking him and takes Cormier down off of a kick by Cormier that Jones caught. Cormier is back to his feet immediately and the pair clinches against the cage. Cormier breaks free and Jones is back to keeping his elusive range with elbows and kicks. Jones with another takedown attempt but this time it is stuffed. A few punches are exchanged in a clinch. Jones throws a big overhand right and connects to the top of Cormier’s head. Jones’ signature method of throwing numerous elliptical kicks to set up dirty boxing is being used effectively and DC has no answer for it. Cormier is the aggressor but Jones is on his bike utilizing much lateral movement. The fighters keep one another busy with jabs and distance establishing shots as Cormier attempts to get inside while Jones is content remaining at kicking distance, DC lands a few big shots followed but a failed grab by Jones and another big shot is thrown by Cormier which just glances off Jones. Jon throws a flying knee to no avail. A close round most likely edged towards Jones based on the takedowns and striking volume.
Jones opens up with a big body kick and Cormier answers with a lesser one of his own. Bones is now bleeding around his nose and mouth from a few minor shots but it is not enough to affect the champion. Cormier shoots in for a takedown but Jones catches him in a standing guillotine choke that Cormier is able to push out of. Cormier slips and the crowd laughs, which seems to irk the challenger and he responds by throwing a big right hand causing Jones to engage in a clinch with him against the cage. Cormier is able to get a hold of Jones’ neck momentarily as The Champion attempts the loose under-hook shoulder crank that he used to injure Teixeira’s shoulder in his previous fight. The fighters release and DC is able to land a few strikes before another clinch that allows Jones to throw some good elbows and knees, Cormier takes those shots and answers with uppercuts from the clinch. These fighters are keeping a pace familiar in bouts of lighter weight classes. Jones throws a clean head kick followed by elbows to the head of his opponent but Cormier answers with two big punches and Jones is forced to clinch once again. Cormier is able to display his superior wrestling by throwing Jones off of him before landing some big punches. As the round comes to an end both fighters are able to land big body kicks and flurries of strikes that find their mark. This round is leaning towards Daniel Cormier based on effective strikes.
Jones comes out displaying his full arsenal of kicks but lands few of them. Cormier keeps walking forward and they both land big leg kicks on one another. Cormier comes forward with big punches but Jones gets away after eating a few. Jones is landing clean to the body of Cormier with his hands. Cormier gets an unintentional finger in the eye and takes a few seconds to recover. No fighter is going to ask for an out at this level in the game with such high stakes. As they start again Jon comes out with a big kick followed by a takedown attempt, Cormier reverses to his own takedown but gives it up to clinch on the cage. Jones reverses position and lands a big elbow. Cormier breaks free and he keeps pushing forward. Jones is throwing all of his signature shots and it is obvious that every exchange is being initiated by a kick at this point. Jones is putting together some nice combinations but as he clinches Cormier lands big body shots before forcing Jones to the cage. Bones reverses position and lands a few shots. Jones throws his third flying knee, one for every round, but Cormier lands big punches on this one. As the round ends Jones attempts to pull guard but Cormier takes control of the takedown. This round could be a tie based on the ending but most likely will be given to Jones by the judges.
Another round started with Jones controlling the distance with his kicks and movement, Cormier clinches up with him and Jones scores a takedown followed by another as Cormier gets up. On the ground Jones is attempting a choke from a cage positioned side control but quickly abandons it. Jones stands up and lands a few strikes before they are clinched on the cage. Jones controls the grappling and lands a few big shots. DC is out of the clinch and comes at Jones with strikes, while landing, with the intent to stop this fight. More clinching to end the round goes in Jones’ favour during the final seconds. This round is big for Jones.
Cormier’s corner is asking him to stop the fight. The fighters touch gloves to start this round and throw strikes with fury. Cormier comes forward with a takedown attempt but he is unsuccessful as he has been on all of his attempts thus far. More clinching against the cage as Jones shows continued dominance in this position. Jones attempts to take Cormier’s back at the middle of the round and Cormier spins out, they are now clinched in the center of the cage. If Cormier does not break and let everything fly there will be no chance for him but he continues to try and score takedowns to no avail. Cormier, still gong for a takedown, is against the cage but Jones punishes him with elbows to the body and head of his bent over opponent. Cormier picks the champion up over his head and slams him to the ground but Jones back to his feet with haste, a moral victory for Cormier, and Jones lands a big spinning elbow. Jones begins to celebrate his imminent victory a couple of seconds early by throwing his hands into the air, but finishes the round with a flurry landing a shot on Herb Dean before sending a few insulting crotch based gestures at his opponent. This one is headed to the judges.
I expect this to be a 49-46 score for Jones.
Unanimous decision for Jon Jones (49-46) (49-46) (49-46)
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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