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UFC Fight Pass Spotlight: Nogueira vs Cummins Breakdown

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Rogerio Nogueira (21-7)

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’2″” Age: 39 Weight: 205 lbs Reach: 75″
  • Last Fight: Decision loss / Shogun Rua (8-1-15)
  • Camp: Team Nogueira (Brazil)
  • Stance/Striking Style: Southpaw / Boxing
  • Risk Management: Good

Supplemental info:
+   Black Belt BJJ
+   BJJ World Champion
+   Pan American Boxing Medalist
+   6 KO victories
+   6 Submission wins
+   7 First round finishes
+   Solid boxing technique
^   Accurate L. hand-R. hook
+   Hard knees to the body
+   Crafty submission setups
^   Excellent grip/hand fighting
+   Favors deep half guard
^   Creates sweeps & scrambles
–    Struggles w/wrestling pressure
?   Questionable physical state


Patrick Cummins (8-3)

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’2″ Age: 35 Weight: 205 lbs Reach: 76″
  • Last Fight: TKO loss / Glover Teixeira (11-7-15)
  • Camp: Kings MMA (California)
  • Stance/Striking Style: Orthodox / Kickboxing
  • Risk Management: Fair

Supplemental info:
+   2x All-American Wrestler
+   2x US National Team Member
+   2004 NCAA Runner-up
+   4 KO victories
+   2 Submission wins
+   4 First round finishes
+   Physically strong/stopping power
+   Excellent reactive shots
^   Well timed level changes
+   Powerful forward TD drive
^   Usually takes opposition to cage
+   Solid ground striker
+   Good scrambling ability
–    Low hands & often leads w/head
^   Counter availabilities


Serving as the featured bout for UFC Fight Pass, Brazil’s own Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is set to do battle with the American, Patrick Cummins. A legend amongst hardcore fans and his countrymen, Rogerio will seek his first victory in Brazil under the UFC. With his last Brazilian victory coming over 7-years ago, Nogueira has since spent his time battling opposition & injuries in a tough .500-run thus far in the UFC. A frequent visitor to Brazil, Patrick Cummins will look to once again mix business with pleasure as he attempts to spoil the hero’s homecoming.

From Nogueira’s point of reference, he has seen this matchup many times before. In fact, the bulk of his UFC career(’10-’14) was spent facing the who’s who of wrestlers in the light-heavyweight division(Ryan Bader, Phil Davis, Tito Ortiz, and Rashad Evans). Despite showing improvements to his surrounding game and making for competitive affairs, Nogueira’s style ultimately scored poorly within the western scenes of MMA as the Brazilian spent most of his Octagon time defending shots & losing rounds.

Although he has not taken as much on-paper damage as his brother Rodrigo Nogueira, the list of layoffs & surgeries are just as long when looking back at “Little Nog’s” career. Despite coming back strong with signs of resurgence early on in the organization, Rogerio showed a huge change in trend upon his 2014 return when he faced Anthony Johnson. Even though the bout did not last long, the memory of it does due to the horrific brutality of the destruction.

After another year-long layoff, Nogueira would again return to face fellow countryman Shogun Rua in August of last year. In that fight, we saw Rogerio show his intentions of old as he threw his signature left hand and right hooks. However, we also saw the Brazilian legend execute his said game at a much slower & labored manner than before. Despite hurting Rua early in the fight, Nogueira struggled to close the show or continue a consistent pace to see it through. On the positive side, Rogerio looks in fantastic shape & spirits coming into this fight as he will need to be against Pat Cummins.

With his Olympic accoladed past and his freakish athleticism, Patrick Cummins burst onto the big scene in his last-minute match with Daniel Cormier. Six fights later, we have steadily seen what Cummins brings to the table. Although he has made gradual improvements to his footwork & head movement off strikes, Pat does not hide his intentions of setting you up to take you down. That said, Nogueira has picked up a few tricks in his experience with thwarting high-level wrestlers.

Like many southpaws, Nogueira has traditionally shown to defend standard shot entries easier with the given space differentials, whereas single-leg attempts can be harder to stop as the lead leg is forward & vulnerable. We saw Phil Davis discover this in his fight with Rogerio, as the Penn state alum was able to adjust & outwork Nogueira. Although Cummins shows competent single-legs within his takedown chains, I feel his power-double from hell will make the most impact. Demonstrating excellent timing on his level change, the looming threat of Pat’s power-double will likely check aggressive advances from Nogueira. Although reactive shots usually work better on Nogueira, I feel that Pat’s proactive takedowns will also have success in testing the Brazilian’s hips given the force of drive he applies.

No picnics will take place on the ground as Rogerio should still be competitive given the technical basis for his style. Utilizing superb grip fighting to stifle & set up opponents from guard, the Brazilian shows an arguably stronger plan B as he favors operating from the half-guard. Referred to as “Deep Half“, Nogueira will brilliantly dive a deep under-hook followed by his head underneath his opposition. Not only does this make Rogerio hard to hit, but it also obstructs his opponents base and opens up multiple avenues to sweep. Those will undoubtedly be Cummins biggest challenges on the mat, however, this won’t be his first high-level submission fighter he has faced. Before entering the UFC, Pat was renown as a guy who shut down and dismantled top talents on the mats, as we saw a glimpse of this in his fight with Antonio Carlos Junior.

Although Carlos Jr. has a different style than Nogueira, we still saw a world champion test Cummins with debasing attacks from a 50-50 & De La Riva Guard. If Pat was able to topple that level of talent two years ago, I suspect he will be able to stay safe positionally against Rogerio’s style. As a huge personal fan of Nogueira, I would love nothing more than to see him turn back the clock in his home country. However, even though a diminished Nogueira should still be able to out-box Cummins on the feet, his chances will be slim given that Pat may only be one level-change away from altering the terms of this fight.

Official Pick: Cummins – Decision

Preliminary Card Predictions

  • Maia def. Brown
  • Barberena def. Alves
  • Santos def. Marquardt
  • Font def. Lineker
  • Cummins def. Nogueira
  • Trinaldo def. Medeiros
  • Moraes def. Chagas
  • Tukhugov def. Carneiro

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GSP vs Robert Whittaker is Easily the Best Fight to Make at Middleweight



GSP became the new middleweight champion of the UFC this past weekend, and many questions have been asked his way. Is he officially the greatest of all time? Who does he fight next? Does he stay at middleweight?

The G.O.A.T. conversation will never be settled completely. There will always be separation in opinions between Anderson Silva, Jon Jones, GSP, Demetrious Johnson, Fedor Emelianenko, and some even say Conor McGregor is the greatest, simply due to the fact that he is the first ever UFC champion to hold two belts simultaneously. Regardless of how that conversation is driven, the biggest question that should be the only concern at this point is the immediate plans for the new middleweight champion.

Where does GSP go next, and who does he fight?

Well, the fact of the matter is, it would not make sense for GSP to go down to the welterweight division again. 170-pounds is alive and kicking at the moment, with new stars emerging such as Darren Till and Mike Perry, to return of veterans like Carlos Condit, and also new additions to the division like Rafael dos Anjos. St-Pierre would have to stay extremely active in order to keep the division flowing.

At the age of 36 and having just returned to MMA last weekend, St-Pierre is unlikely to stay as active as he used to be when he was the king of the welterweight division. Plus, would it really make much sense for him to get on his old diet again in order to make the welterweight weight limit? He looked massive last night, all bulked up, and even seemed like the bigger fighter against Bisping, who used to fight at 205-pounds.

On the other hand, if he decides to stay at middleweight, which is what UFC president Dana White stated would happen yesterday, then there is one clear path for him to take and based on his statements on his contract, will be forced to take: Robert Whittaker.

Whittaker won the interim middleweight belt earlier this year against Yoel Romero at UFC 213, which was a razor close fight that went to Whittaker at the end of 5 rounds. Since then, Whittaker has been sidelined due to the injury he suffered during the fight, damaging his ligament in the left knee.

4 months later, he has seemed to have healed up perfectly, as he was in the arena for the madness last night and even answered a few questions from the media, stating that he is healthy now. The fight against Whittaker would be the best that the UFC could put on at this point in 185-pounds division on a few different levels.

GSP and Whittaker have a lot in common. Starting with the most obvious, they both used to fight at welterweight. Which means that neither fighter will have a massive size advantage. This brings the match up nearly even as far as physicality is concerned.

Then comes the match up itself. St-Pierre and Whittaker both represent the very definition of being ‘well-rounded’. Whittaker, although not an offensive wrestler, proved that his defensive wrestling was second to none in his fight against Romero, a former Olympic wrestler. And while GSP is not necessarily the best wrestler in pure wrestling, his ability to wrestle in MMA is phenomenal due to his timing and fight IQ, which makes this fight even more intriguing to find out whether Whittaker can defend GSP’s takedown attempts.

This fight also represents the UFC an opportunity to see a birth of a superstar. Whittaker, while not a huge talker, is a very marketable fighter especially over in Australia and New Zealand. If he is able to defeat GSP, who’s arguably the biggest draw in the history of the company, it would boost Whittaker’s popularity up an extraordinary amount. And being only 26 years old, Whittaker has the tools and potential to be a dominant champion, much like St-Pierre in his “prime”.

Booking this fight would also clear up the confusing state of the middleweight division. With Bisping’s reign as the champion coming to an end, some hope was born for other contenders in the division. Fighters like Luke Rockhold, Chris Weidman, Yoel Romero, Jacare Souza were having an extremely hard time getting a hold of Michael Bisping during his reign, and with a new champion now and possible unification of the belts soon, the contenders will have a goal to work for again.

The fight is one of the best fights that UFC could put on for the fans right now and one that can happen as early as February of 2018, which is when the UFC returns to Australia with a PPV. If it can come to fruition, then it will easily be one of the best fights of the year and one that all the fans can count the days down to.

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UFC 217: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Rose Namajunas Preview



UFC 217 is hoping to explode Madison Square Garden with a stacked card featuring three title fights.

One of the three title fights, is a bout between women’s strawweight champion, undefeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0-0) and rising star #4-ranked Rose Namajunas (7-3-0).

What we have here is a fight between an aggressive, clinical technician in Joanna, and an unpredictable, well rounded submission artist in Rose.

Joanna is regarded as (out of both male & female fighters) one of the best strikers in the UFC. Undefeated in both kickboxing & MMA with her calculated method of increasing the pace and volume as the rounds go by until what looked like a  fight starts to look close to assault & battery.

With Vegas odds having Joanna as -600 to Rose’s +400  there is no secret that Joanna is highly favoured to win. One can get a clearer picture to why this is by looking at some of her records..

  • Has never lost a professional MMA fight
  • Most sig. strikes landed in a UFC Title Fight
  • 2nd most sig. strikes landed in a UFC fight
  • Most legs kicks landed in a UFC fight
  • – List Info pulled from MMAJunkie –

Rose began her UFC career since the weight classes’ inception into the ranks, in the TUF house. Winning all her fights by stoppage, but coming up short against Carla Esparza for the inaugural women’s strawweight championship. Rose went back to the drawing board to reset, improve and come back stronger.

Rose has fought a high level striker from Poland before in Karolina Kowalkiewicz, and lost via split decision on her way to the title. True to Rose’s form however, she came back better, smarter and more dangerous, securing a win over touted UFC prospect Michelle Waterson. Dispatching “The Karate Hottie” with a perfectly timed high kick that she finished off with a rear naked choke in round two.

Rose’s perseverance, will and ability to overcome her career misfortunes & failures as well as personal problems at home, has granted her nothing but success. Her grit & drive is on display every time she fights. Looking sharper, more refined, well rounded and dynamic, achieving the accolade of “Most submission wins in UFC women’s starwweight history.” 

Joanna has shown to be beyond dominant and ahead of her competitors, time and time again. So far nobody has found a real weakness in her game or has been able to exploit one if they did. Out striking strikers, out grinding grinders and nullifying grapplers of all types. Yet she has never faced a fighter as well rounded & explosively creative as Rose, who is happy to strike and then throw a flying arm bar from standing, seemingly out of the blue. Uncertainty and on the fly creativity is hard to train for. So, though on paper the favour is for Joanna, the devil is in the details and the details are what make this fight so compelling!

Jul 8, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Joanna Jedrezejczyk (red gloves) fights Claudia Gadelha (blue gloves) during The Ultimate Fighter Finale at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports

If Rose beats Joanna, she achieves the dream she has sweat, cried and bled for over the past 4 years. It will catapult her to a very different echelon of fighter hierarchy, UFC fame and financial security. She will also have beaten one of only two current UFC Champions who are undefeated in their MMA Career in “JJ”. (Cody Garbrandt, who will fight on the same card in the following match up against TJ Dillashaw, is the other).

If Joanna wins, she will tie Ronda Rousey’s record of most title defenses in women’s UFC History. She will have effectively “cleaned out” the division and from there the she can chose to break Ronda’s record, or go up to the new 125-pound division for a super fight.

A lot to lose, a lot to gain, two super elite competitors, two fighters who are known for giving spectacular performances at a high level, to the bitter end. Despite neither fighter reaching 5″7, & only 115lbs, make no mistake, this fight is Monumentally HUGE! Regardless of the outcome, expect to be entertained.

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Khabib vs Barboza UFC 219 breakdown



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Khabib vs Barboza has been made official for UFC 219 and it promises to be an absolute cracker, so in this article, I’m going to give a full breakdown of this fantastic fight.

UFC 219 just got a whole lot better with the addition of Khabib vs Barboza to the main card, Khabib will be hungry to grab a victory in his first fight since his submission win over Michael Johnson at UFC 205.

However, UFC fans will be crossing their fingers and hoping that the fight does happen as Khabib has been scheduled to fight in the main event, back in April 2016, but his opponent Ferguson had to pull out of their scheduled main event because doctors had found fluid and blood in his lungs. Khabib also pulled out of there fight at UFC 209 because he was hospitalized trying to cut weight for there highly anticipated bout, which played down his chances at him getting a title shot against McGregor. This fight is a chance for him to once again prove himself to get that title shot. Hopefully, we do not see a repeat of these past scheduled fights for Khabib and hopefully, we can see him back in the octagon for UFC 219.

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Now onto Barboza, who is an explosive and aggressive fighter, his last three fights have resulted in three wins for the Brazilian who won his last fight by TKO/KO with his latest loss coming from Ferguson by way of submission at the Ultimate Fighter Finale, back in 2015.

This Brazilian fighter prefers to stand and trade with his opponents and usually outclasses his opponents on the feet, however, most of Barboza’s losses have come by submission, one of those opponents being Michael Johnson (who Khabib beat by submission) so Barboza may want to work on his submission defence and ground game altogether because Khabib is a very dominant fighter who can control the fight and has a strong ground game so he will be looking to take Barboza to the ground.

Barboza needs to try to take control of the fight away from Khabib and keep it stood up to try and outclass Khabib, which will make for a very Interesting bout on December the 30th and many will be tuning in to see how it turns out.

I believe Khabib will walk with the victory over Barboza at UFC 219 in a fight which promises to be exciting and aggressive throughout.

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