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UFC Miocic vs. Hunt: Finish Analysis

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What seemed an average card on paper turned out to be a great showing for the UFC with 10 finishes in 12 fights, giving us some up and coming prospects and possibly a new number one contender.

Here is our look at all of Saturday nights finishes

Miocic def. Hunt via KO round 5

Miocic lands a takedown early and stays on top the entire round, has a very heavy top game pressuring Hunt with his hips, keeping him down and making him carry Stipe’s weight. Miocic used great wrestling, whenever there was the slightest sign of Hunt getting up, Mocic would pull out Hunt’s legs, keeping the Samoan turtled up and unable to escape.

Fight ending with Miocic holding a seatbelt on Hunt stopping him from both standing up and rolling out of the turtled up position, mixing up punches underneath Hunt’s armpit and over his shoulder to keeping his landed strikes number up. This mixture of smothering and controlling position and constant strikes led to the referee to step in, showing you don’t have to throw KO power to get the KO win.

 

Whittaker def. Tavares via KO round 1

Whittakter good use of head movement, taking head off straight line good level changing coming in with a low stance and then striking high, used this technique to land the left hand for the  first kd

2nd kd used great head movment ducking under the left hand of Tavares and countering with his own  great killer instinct rushing Tavares on ground and pushing him to his back, two more right hands on the ground for the KO win.

 

O’Connell def. Perosh via KO round 1

O’Connell used good ol’ fashioned berserker strength for this finish, using his natural KO power and aggressiveness to simply overwhelm the aging Perosh

Perosh did well to circled away from the first barrage of O’Connell hooks, but he was soon caught against the cage again on the receiving end of more hooks. O’Connell kept a good constant pace of alternative punches that all seemed to land on Perosh forcing the referee to step in.

 

Vick def. Matthews via Guillotine choke round 1

This finish started with a flying knee attempt by Vick countered by a body lock from Matthews. Vick countered immediately with a whizzer creating space between their bodies and creating a Muay Thai clinch position. a couple of knees and uppercuts from the much taller Vick forced Matthews to shoot for a takedown to save himself getting beaten up in the clinch. The takedown was a sloppy attempt and Matthews showed his inexperience leavingkeep his head and more importantly chin too high up. This is a common mistake by fighters driving upwards for a takedown to lift their opponent off their feet, and Matthews payed the price for it basically giving Vick the guillotine choke.

Vick wrapped up underneath Matthews chin locking up a beautiful high elbow guillotine, a technique very good against shorter guys as it put Vick’s arms even higher and out of the reach of Matthews.

Matthews countered smartly going to the ground and attempting to roll his neck to take the pressure off his throat and carotid arteries, but Vick rolled with him ending up in side control still holding the choke and forcing Matthews to tap.

 

Hooker def. Hioki via KO round 2

Hooker set up this finish throughout the fight just missing out on the head kick on multiple occasions. Hioki never countered the attempts properly giving Hooker the confidence to throw it again, the third time landing it right on Hioki’s jawline.

After being hurt with a body kick Hooker started smartly circling away from the kick. Hooker than capitalised on Hioki’s constantly dropping hands and threw the head kick. Hioki thought it was going to the body and combining that with his low hands, he had no defense for the head kick and it landed flush dropping him. Hooker followed up with punches on the ground landing one right hook again on Hioki’s jaw putting him to sleep for the KO victory.

 

Alvey def. Kelly via KO round 1

Kelly’s problems on the feet started early rushing Alvey on too many occasions allowing Sam to stay patient and counter well. Alvey got the KD off a lazy leg kick attempt by Kelly, who dropped his hands as he threw the kick and got caught with a massive hook. Alvey never let Kelly recover pouncing on him immediately following up with punches that forced the recovering Kelly back to the fence. Another short right hook caught Kelly putting him on the canvas once again forcing the referee to intervene.

 

Rawlings def. Ellis via Rear Naked Choke round 1

This finish started with some very aggressive clinch work by Rawlings, landing a huge knee arguably rocking Ellis making her go to her knees and turtle up. Rawlings then showed textbook rear naked choke technique, transitioning immediately to Ellis’ back, locking in the hooks and rolling Ellis over into a full rear naked choke getting the finish.

 

Scott def. Andrews via guillotine choke round 2

This fight finish started with Scott in half guard position, pinning Andrews’ head down with an under the arm lock, simultaneously keeping Andrews’ arm out the way unable to defend himself.  Scott landed a huge elbow on Andrews forcing him to try and improve his position. In the scramble Scott attempted a modified guillotine by smothering Andrews head in his abdomen, but Andrews defended well by staying low and attacking Scott’s hands. From her Scott faked a back take and as Andrews reacted Scott locked up an arm in guillotine choke getting him the submission win

 

Chambers def. Curran via Armbar round 3

After being taken down by Curran, Chambers immediately attacked the arm looking for a kimura, but was ultimately her body was too far away from Curran to get a strong hold of the lock. However, Chambers didn’t release the hold and was able to get her log over the back of Curran and isolate the arm. After a failed slam escape, Chambers was able to sink her left leg under Currans trapped arm, further isolating it. Chambers attempted to pull the locked up arm away from Curran’s body by pushing with her leg against Curran while pulling her arm in the opposite direction.

Curran defended well by holding her hands together, but let go of her hands in an attempt to improve her position by stepping over Chambers’ head.

Chambers then rolled with her opponent and turned her kimura into an armbar. Curran made an extremely rookie mistake her attempting to pull her arm straight up and out of the lock essentially giving Chambers her elbow and the submission win.

Nguyen def. Ozkilic via KO round 1

Nguyen looked extremely calm and collected in last night’s UFC debut, switching his stance often and darting in and out to stop his opponent figuring out his timing effectively. The finish came with some beautiful head movement from Nguyen, moving down and off the centre line then coming back up with punches. Nguyen followed up this head movement with a left hook dropping Ozkilic, jumping straight on his fallen opponent with rapid fire punches until the referee stepped in.

 

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Felice Herrig vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz in the works for UFC 223

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UFC 223 looks to add a variety of intriguing bouts. With Paul Felder vs. Al Iaquinta reportedly set for the unannounced UFC 223 card, the promotion looks to add a high stakes female flyweight match-up. According to MMANYTT.com, sources confirmed a bout between Felice Herrig and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, is in the works for the pay-per-view card.

 

Assuming the match-up does come to be, both women have much to gain from a victory. For Herrig, she currently sits on a four-fight win streak. A streak in which the strawweight contender defeated Kailin Curran, Alexa Grasso, Justine Kish, and Cortney Casey. The MMA veteran, Herrig, began fighting professionally in 2009. As of late, her issues with the marketing machine that is the UFC have intensified.

After demonstrating her technical prowess over Justine Kish at UFC Fight Night 122: Chiesa vs. Lee, Herrig put her emotions on display. She stated at the post-fight media scrum, “Sometimes, I feel like, I’m not young and beautiful enough for the UFC to want to promote me. And it’s sad because I’ve really worked so hard to be here and it’s hard to see these people who’ve not been through what I’ve been through. Who just got into the UFC at the right time. They’re getting all these opportunities and I see how hard I work to get here and it’s just like, it doesn’t matter. I just feel like, ‘I’m not pretty enough and I’m not getting any younger'”.

A frustrated Felice Herrig then spoke to MMAJunkie.com in December. She claimed, “Aside from (former UFC women’s strawweight champ) Joanna (Jedrzejczyk), I’m the only strawweight who’s gone on a four-fight winning streak. That’s a fact. At this point, I want to fight someone in the top 10. It doesn’t really make sense for me to keep fighting girls that are ranked below me. That’s the whole point. If I want to keep working my way up. I fight the most dangerous girls outside the top 10”. The #9 ranked women’s flyweight has a point. In her UFC career, she recorded one loss in six appearances. Yet, she has one co-main event booking, while fighters like Michelle Waterson, booked the main event in her second UFC bout. In Waterson’s third bout, she received a co-main event scheduling. Understandably, Felice Herrig is upset with her situation.

Later in her interview, Herrig brought up Kowalkiewicz as a potential next opponent. “For whatever reason, I really want to fight Karolina. I just think that would be an exciting fight… Stylistically, I really like that fight. She’s ranked above (me), and it may be a good gauge for me,” she stated. Right now, it looks like Herrig is close to getting what she wants.

Kowalkiewicz last fought in her native country of Poland on the UFC Fight Pass card, UFC Fight Night 118: Cowboy vs. Till, in October. The Polish star defeated Jody Esquibel, after losing consecutive contests to former UFC female strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrzejcyk and Claudia Gadelha, respectively.

A win for either makes a good case for the next or an eventual title challenger. Kowalkiewicz holds a victory over current division champion, Rose Namajunas. While a win for Herrig would further establish her impressive win streak and undoubtedly give her the boost in the rankings she deserves.

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Douglas Lima found out about change to co-main event at Bellator 192 from the internet

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Bellator 192 fight card has gone through a shake-up over the past week. Bellator president Scott Coker revealed last week that the scheduled welterweight title fight between Rory MacDonald and champion Douglas Lima will now be serving as the co-main event and the heavyweight matchup between Chael Sonnen and Rampage Jackson would instead take top billing. At the time no explanation was made for the change. Monday Douglas Lima was a guest on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani to discuss this change.

“I was little bummed, but it is what it is, it’s business you know. I was pretty excited you know? Being the main event, having Rampage fight as the co-main event, I was happy there. Then I was bummed out that they changed it back to the co-main event. It’s not going to change a thing for me, I’m just focusing on the fight.”

Lima has been notoriously looked over in the eyes of fight fans. A longtime member of Bellator and a two-time champion has not gotten the notice he deserves and hopes to get.

“I found out through the internet, nobody tells me anything, I didn’t know. the same thing happened in New York, I thought my fight would be before the two main events there, but it ended up being the first fight of the night on Pay-Per-View. Hopefully, it doesn’t take anything away from the fight, you know spotlight and stuff.”

Lima is looking to make all the naysayers take notice at Bellator 192 that takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, Califonia on January 20th.

“This is the fight I’ve been waiting for for a long time. To get my name out there, to get people to know who I am. I’ve been delivering a lot of good fights, fights fans like to watch but no attention yet. I’m hoping though that after a win over Rory this week it will really put my name out there and show all these welterweights out there that I am for real.”

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Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder rescheduled for UFC 223 in April

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MMA fans around the world wept in deep sorrow when Al Iaquinta withdrew from a bout scheduled for UFC 218 against Paul Felder. Weep no more, for Paul Felder faces Al Iaquinta at UFC 223. Rumblings behind the match-up, first reported by FloCombat.com, came Sunday night before MMAFighting.com confirmed the bout scheduled for unannounced pay-per-view card, later in the evening.

 

The original bout fell through due to a severe knee injury to Iaquinta. He spoke to BJ Penn Radio about the injury nearly a week before the December 2nd, PPV event in Detriot. The Long Island real estate agent claimed, “I tore my PCL and my MCL maybe three or four months ago… for me to really put in a full training camp and do what I need to do, I would’ve had to just focus on fighting and physical therapy… it was the kind of thing where all roads led to me not kind of taking a risk and fighting on December 2nd”.

Iaquinta went on to say, “I kind of accepted the fight, but I never signed a bout agreement… I was kind of told I had to give them an answer pretty quick. It was a fight I thought I really wanted. I thought it was a good stylistic match-up for me, so I accepted the fight, and then thinking about it over the course of a day, we realized it probably wasn’t a smart decision for my health, for everything”.

An outspoken lightweight, he is not the first of his kind. Al Iaquinta is no stranger to idly waiting on the sideline for the UFC to make a move. Contract disputes and other bad strokes of luck left the Serra-Longo with three octagon appearances since 2015. The feud between Iaquinta and the promotion comes as a surprise when looking at the credentials of the aforementioned fighter. With an octagon record of 8-2, he earned notoriety as one of the best lightweights in the world. During his time in the UFC, he defeated Kevin Lee, Ross Pearson, Joe Lauzon, Jorge Masvidal, and most recently Diego Sanchez.

His opponent, “The Irish Dragon”, Paul Felder, holds an impressive UFC record of his own. At 7-3, Felder defeated tough competition as well. His record notes wins over Daron Cruickshank, Jason Saggo, Stevie Ray, and Charles Oliveira. Even more impressive than his record, his knockout ratio. At this stage of his career, Felder knockouts 55% of his opponents (10 knockouts in 18 career pro bouts).

Like his opponent Iaquinta, Paul Felder has a separate career outside of fighting. As many should notice, Felder found a role as a color commentator with the promotion he fights for. Following the footsteps in a long line of fighters before him, Felder announced multiple events alongside another new addition to the UFC broadcast team, Brendan Fitzgerald.

PPV card, UFC 223 and its location are not official yet. Despite a lack of an announcement, the event takes place in Brooklyn, New York at the Barclays Centre, according to multiple reports. Currently, the card features no official bouts. Reports state Felice Herrig vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (per Jim Edwards), and Evan Dunham vs. Mairbek Taisumov (per Farah Hannoun) are both in the works for UFC 223.

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