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UFC 186: Event Preview

Vinny Craig



Well, it’s here!? That’s how most of us feel about UFC 186 this weekend. What started out as a dual title fight with a great kicker fight to boot(see what I did there), this card was looking solid in a mist of a star studded next three PPV’s. Injuries and injunctions, you know the same old stuff, happened and the card has been flip-turned upside down (why aren’t we in West Philly). With the main event of Flyweight champion Demetrius Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi, this card looks to give the fans willing to give it a shot a run for their money.

Yves Jabouin vs. Thomas Almeida

Starting off your viewing pleasure, we have a Bantamweight bout between Yves Jabouin (20-9 MMA; 5-3 UFC) and Thomas Almeida (18-0; 1-0). The bout is a big step up for the new comer Almeida as Jabouin has some really nice wins inside the Octagon.

Jabouin is a Montreal native fighting in his home city for the first time in his UFC career He is 16-6 career in Canada where he fought his first 18 career fights. In his last fight at UFC 174, Jabouin got the best of veteran Mike Easton in a decision win. Jabouin is a Tri-Star fighter and has great teammates to help him in training. His striking defense is what sets him apart from his opposition as he brings in a 63% Striking Defense*, good for 6th in the division. He also boasts an 81% Takedown Defense (TDD).

Almeida is looking to stay undefeated as a professional MMA fighter. He has 17 stoppages in 18 wins, with his only decision coming in his last bout against Tim Gorman at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs St. Preux. That fight was his first in the UFC, but he was the Legacy FC Bantamweight champion before that. His one fight showed his balls to the wall style as he threw for the KO often. He boasts 8.00 Significant Strikes Landed per Minute (SLpM) and only 4.47 Significant Strikes Absorbed per Minute (SApM). Coming in to the fight, he also has an 81% TDD which is equal to his opponents.

John Makdessi vs. Shane Campbell

In the Lightweight division (almost), John Makdessi (12-3; 5-3) and Shane Campbell (11-2; 0-0) will meet in the Octagon The two will fight at a catchweight of 160 lbs. as the original opponent, Abel Trujillo, had to drop out of the fight against Makdessi.

Makdessi is also a TriStar warrior who trains in Montreal. He is 8-0 in Montreal in his career and 12-1 in Canada. He lost his last fight against Alan Patrick by decision at UFC 169. ‘The Bull’ is one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC as he throws punches that hit like trucks. He comes in with 4.53 SLpM and only 3.26 SApM. His striking defense of 75.5% is tops in the division.

Almeida fights out of British Columbia. He has 7 career wins by stoppages, including two by submission. He last fought was for WSOF back in February where he beat Derek Boyle in the third round by a body kick. He has won his last three fights and 7 of his last 8.

Michael Bisping vs. CB Dolloway

In the Middleweight division, we have a solid matchup between Michael Bisping (25-7; 15-7) and CB Dolloway (15-6; 9-6). This fight was the co-main event for about a month until just last night when the UFC changed things around. Both guys need a win to stay relevant in a crowded division.

Bisping, the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 3, is always a fan favorite whenever he fights. His last fight came with some trash talk, per usual with the mouth he has, as he faced Luke Rockhold. He would not be able to back up his talk as he was submitted in the second round. He is a longtime staple of the UFC with wins over Chris Leben, Yoshihiro Akiyama, ‘Mayhem’ Miller, Brian Stann and Cung Le. He has alternated wins for losses in his last 8 fights. ‘The Count’ has the most Significant Strikes Landed actively in the division with 912. He is also first in the division with a +1.87 Striking Differential, 70% Striking Defense and 1,138 Total Strikes Landed.

Dolloway, a finalist on The Ultimate Fighter Season 7, also lost his last bout. He headlined a Fight Night card in December and lost when a body kick hit just right on his liver, a kick thrown by Lyoto Machida. Dolloway is a former Division 1 All-American wrestler, but has gotten so much better with his striking as of late. His last win came almost a year ago when he beat Francis Carmont by decision. ‘The Doberman’ is top 5 in both Takedowns Landed (29) and Takedown Accuracy (54.7%). His 83% TDD goes well with his 3.80 Takedowns per 15 min.

Quinton Jackson vs. Fabio Maldonado

Less than 24 hours ago (as of 1:30 PM EST) we saw a judge lift the injunction that did not allow Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson to fight at UFC 186. Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson (35-11; 7-5) will face Fabio Maldonado (22-7; 5-4) at a catchweight of 215 pounds. Steve Bosse, who was going to fill in for Jackson, is now off the card completely.

Jackson, the former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, went 3-0 after leaving the UFC for Bellator. He lost his last three while with the UFC to Jon Jones, Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira respectfully. He won the title at UFC 71 when he knocked out legend Chuck Liddell in the first round. He would defend it once in a decision win to unify the UFC Light Heavyweight and Pride Middleweight belts. He would lose his belt to Forrest Griffin when he lost a decision at UFC 86. He would get another shot 3 years later at the belt but lose to champ Jon Jones. He is an accurate striker as his Striking Accuracy is 54% with a Striking Defense of 55%. His 8 knockdowns are 4th all-time in the division.

Maldonado is one of the most feared pure strikers in the division. He won his last fight by TKO against Hans Stringer by TKO. His UFC career started off rough as he lost three of his first four fights. He has gone 4-1 since then with his only loss coming in a fill-in role at Heavyweight against Stipe Miocic. He is top 10 in most striking categories and first in Striking Accuracy (60.9%) and SLpM (5.93). He has 946 total strikes while in the division, with 622 being Significant Strikes.

(C) Demetrius Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi

For the Flyweight title, we have longtime champion Demetrius Johnson (21-2-1; 7-1-1) against Kyoji Horiguchi (15-1; 4-0) as the headlining fight. This fight was originally supposed to be the co-main event behind Dillishaw-Barao II, but was moved to the headliner when Dillishaw had to pull out due to a rib injury.

Johnson has defended his title five times in the first 20 months. He has not lost a fight since he lost his first UFC fight for the Bantamweight title against Dominic Cruz. His next fight started off the Flyweight tournament for the title in which it was ruled a draw against Ian McCall. The two would fight again with Johnson the winner and then beating Joseph Benavidez for the title. He defended the belt against Chris Cariaso at UFC 178. ‘Mighty Mouse’ is tops almost every category known to man such as; Significant Strikes Landed (603), Significant Strike Accuracy (56.5%), Strike Differential (+2.21), Significant Strike Defense (68.2%), SApM (2.15), Total Strikes Landed (807) and Takedowns Landed (25).

Horiguchi has not lost a fight since 2012. He has won 9 straight since then including 4 in the UFC. He has wins over Dustin Pague (TKO), Darrell Montague (UD), Jon Delos Reyes (TKO) and Louis Gaudinot (UD). His stats are impressive with 3.99 SLpM and only 1.66 SApM. His defense of 69% would be tops if he had more fights.

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Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview



Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.

LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.

Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.

Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)

The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.

In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.

Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.

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The Wake-Up Report-UFC 218



The Wake-Up Report is a way for you to get all the important info about the fights the night before. After letting it all sink in and letting all the carnage seep deep into your soul, we get to go back and take a second look at all the madness of the night. Last night the UFC pulled off one of the best PPV cards a true fight fan could imagine. Waking up after a night of fights like we had last night is like waking up from a dream that was also a bit scary. There was two ‘Fight of the Night’ in UFC president Dana White’s eyes but in the eyes of the millions of fans watching all over the world, there could have been so many more.

UFC 218 kicked off at 6:15 ET with the UFC Fight Pass Prelims, by 6:20 we already had the first knockout of the night. Justin Willis welcomed ‘Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series’ fighter, Allen Crowder to the UFC with a massive left hand to the chin.

Official Result: Willis def. Crowder by KO in round 1

The prelims continued with a submission win for Dominick Reyes over Jeremy Kimball.

Official Result: Reyes def. Kimball by Submission in round 1

Proceeding that fight was a strange one between Abdul Razak Alhassan and Sabah Homasi. An early stoppage by veteran UFC ref Herb Dean led to the KO win by Homasi. Immediately, the stoppage was contested by Alhassan. Dana White agreed that the fight was ended too soon and announced in the post-fight media scrum that this fight will be run back on the UFC 219 card on December 30th.

Official Result: Homasi def. Alhassan by KO in round 1

The early prelims ended with a great win by Amanda Bobby Cooper over Angela Magana.

Official Result: Cooper def. Magana by TKO in round 2

We followed that strawweight fight up with another strawweight battle when Felice Herrig squeaked out the split decision victory over Courtney Casey.

Official Result: Herrig def. Casey by Split Decision 

David Teymur was on the winning side of a unanimous decision over his opponent Drakkar Klose. Teymur has now won four in a row since coming to the UFC and should be setting himself up for a ranked opponent in his next time out.

Official Result: Teymur def. Klose by Unanimous Decision

Right smack in the middle of this massive fight card was one fight that you can tell your grandkids about one day. Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira vs. Yancy Medeiros is the reason we all love MMA. That fight had everything you could want in a fight. Both men gave their all and pushed themselves to the brink in over to get the win. On this cold December night in Detriot, MI, Yancy Medeiros was the better man and he was able to stop Oliveira in the third round by TKO. Earning themselves a well deserved ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus, these two fighters have put the rest of the welterweight division on notice.

Official Result: Medeiros def. Oliveira by TKO in round 3

The next fight featured another Oliveira, Charles Oliveira. He took on ‘The Irish Dragon’ Paul Felder. Felder put on a dominant performance and took out Oliveira in the second round with a big TKO victory.

Official Result: Felder def. Oliveira by TKO in round 2

As if the FS1 free prelims didn’t already satisfy your fight needs for the night we happily moved right along to the PPV portion of the evening. The main card kicked off in the strawweight division with a pair of title contenders looking to be the first title defense for the newly crowned champ Rose Namajumas.  Both women started off strong, but it was Tecia Torres who shortly emerged as the stronger physical fighter. She was able to get Michelle Waterson up against the cage several times and eventually worked out the unanimous decision victory and perhaps a third date with Namajunas.

Official Result: Torres def. Waterson by Unanimous Decision

Following the strawweights were the coaches of this season of The Ultimate Fighter, Eddie Alvarez, and Justin Gaethje. This fight was one of the focal points for fans in the weeks leading up to the fight. These two men had a great deal of respect for one another and showed that inside the octagon as well. A back and forth of heavy hands and vicious leg kicks ended in the TKO victory for Alvarez and he handed Gaethje the first loss of his career. This fight also earned a ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus from the bossman, Dana White.

Official Result: Alvarez def. Gaethje by TKO in round 3

Next came a bout in the flyweight division. Perhaps not as exciting as the rest of the card, but, former gold medal wrestler Henry Cejudo did what he had to do to get the nod over young talent Sergio Pettis.

Official Result: Cejudo def. Pettis by Unanimous Decision

From some of the smallest guys on the roster to the monsters of the heavyweight division, in walked rising star Francis Ngannou and Alistair Overeem. We all knew coming into this fight that we would see carnage, but nothing prepared us of the ginormous KO that was about to ensue. Francis Ngannou was able to squash Overeems plan of wrapping him up in the clinch and immediately put his massive left fist right to Overeem’s chin. The world record holder for punching power used all of his might and unleashed on his opponent. With this win, Ngannou has solidified his title shot against champion Stipe Miocic. Dana White has plans for that bout in the first quarter of 2018.

Official Result: Ngannou def. Overeem by KO in round 1

As if things couldn’t get better than that, we still had a main event featuring one of the greatest fighters to ever grace the UFC octagon. Jose Aldo was looking to regain his title, and for a good portion of the first round it looked like that would be the case. Max Holloway saw it another way. Holloway absorbed all the shots from Aldo and imposed his strength on the exhausted Aldo. The fight, that went on in very similar fashion from the first meeting between these two fighters, ended in the third round when the ref stepped in and called the fight.

Official Result: Holloway def. Aldo by TKO in round 3

Max Holloway has secured a place in the history books as one of the greatest to fight in the UFC at 145 pounds. It would seem that Frankie Edgar will get the next shot at the champ. As for Aldo, only time will tell where the former champ goes from here. Perhaps there will be a change of weight classes as he looks for another shot at the man who robbed him of his title initially, Conor McGregor.

The fight fans of Detroit, MI received an early holiday present in the form of violence and mayhem. UFC 218 was a successful fight card and one for the record books. Like true fans of fighting we take a brief moment to reflect before quickly turning our attention to next week where we begin the madness all over again. The nest card will take place in Fresco, CA on December 8th. That card will be headlined by Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega.

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2017 IMMAF World Championships set to be streamed live on IOS and Android app



This years IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain is only 4 days away now and competitors from around the world are preparing themselves for what will be an extraordinary event and opportunity to make themselves known. The prestigious event is being hosted by the BMMAF under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

For fans around the world good news came today as they will be able to watch their favourite amateur athlete take to the cage in the Khalifa Sports City Arena via an app. The BahrainTV app will be streaming all of the fights live for fans to watch at home or even on the go on their phone. You can also keep up to date via for all relevant info for the event.

The links for the BahrainTV app are as follows:



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