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UFC Fairfax Finishes Analysis

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UFC Fairfax saw its share of remarkable and unremarkable performances alike, but the three main card finishes showed some sensational technique and viciousness that we are going to breakdown for you right now.

 

Chad Mendes def. Ricardo Lamas – TKO, round 1, 2:45  

Fairfax’s main event saw two of the best featherweights in the world collide in Lamas and Mendes, but what was set to be an extremely competitive match-up, ended up rather one-sided for the former two-time title challenger, with Mendes delivering technical, yet brutal boxing skills for the finish.

Throughout the contest Mendes circled to the left constantly making Lamas move position and not set his feet and deliver the kicks he has shown to favour in the past.

Mendes used jabs early on to gauge Lamas’ reaction times and showed great cage control, keeping the centre of the octagon forcing Lamas to the outside. By keeping Lamas’ back towards the cage Mendes was able to close the distance easier and utilize his power and boxing.

Mendes caught Lamas with a right hand, as Lamas threw the same punch that dazed Ricardo. Chad followed up the knockdown quickly showing great killer instinct using uppercuts and knees to further hurt Lamas, who kept his head low to try to avoid shots.

Another beautiful short left hook put Lamas down again, but this time he was able to try to recover with a takedown attempt.

Mendes picked his shots well, and more importantly focused on defending the takedown first, bringing the fight back to its feet.

Lamas then still rocked fell to the mat, with Chad following up stuffing Ricardo’s head to the mat and making sure his feet were clear of any ankle picks before turning the corner to the back of Lamas landing numerous unanswered shots for the finish.

It was not only the power, but the technical defensive wrestling that gave Mendes the early win here, keeping his base well and defending Lamas’ counter wrestling allowed his to create openings and finish the fight.

 

Dustin Poirier def. Carlos Ferreira – KO, round 1, 3:45

Dustin Poirier’s return to lightweight couldn’t have looked better, as he stuck to his obvious game plan to keep his BJJ blackbelt opponent on his feet and deliver a vicious yet beautiful KO finish.

Poirier used textbook boxing throughout the fight, throwing nothing but straight shots down middle, cutting the guard of Ferreira, and beating him to the punch in every exchange, due to Carlos’ strange dedication to throwing looping hooks and kicks, despite his opponent’s success.

Poirier set up every combo with a jab or straight that proved just too quick for Ferreira, and mixing that up with beautiful stance switches and head movement, Poirier simply outclassed Ferreira on the feet.

Dustin knocked Ferreira down with a straight left counter to a hook attempt from Carlos, which the Brazilian attempted to recover from with a rather sloppy body lock takedown.

Poirier was able to recover top position from the takedown, and smartly moved his arms away from Ferreira’s dangerous guard and stood up where he had the clear advantage.

After the fight got back to its feet, Poirier stuck to his game plan, with his feet square underneath his shoulders, he walked Ferreira down landing a double straight left and then a shovel right uppercut to the bending down Brazilian knocking him down again.

Following him to the ground, Poirier learnt from the last knockdown, and this time threw Carlos’ guard to the side, landing punches from side control for the finish.

Poirier’s patience and technical boxing really brought home the win here, playing to hi striking advantage and showing maturity to finish the fight when it was safe for him to do so.

 

Juliana Pena def. Milana Dudieva – TKO, round 1, 3:59

Pena showed why she was so highly touted after winning The Ultimate Fighter with a barbaric display from full mount to pick up a first round finish over Milana Dudieva.

The finish of this fight saw Pena land a textbook single leg and step over straight to mount with no resistance from her opponent, as Dudieva held onto a headlock the whole time for an unknown reason.

On the ground, Pena had a good high mount and posture that negated any sweeps from the bottom and made it less likely for her to get bucked off mount.

Pena used great broken rhythm striking from mount, mixing up punches and elbows from different angles to keep Milana guessing and smothered, to negate any type of serious defense.

Pena then turned it on using hooks and power elbows to break through the guard of Dudieva and eventually wrapped up her opponents arm to deliver hammer fists and gain the stoppage in a totally one sided affair.

Pena showed that sheer aggression and sound defense can be enough for the finish, keeping her posture up and hips tight throughout her time in mount and landing relentless shots that Dudieva just couldn’t handle.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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