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.
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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