UFC 185, taking place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, is being topped by not one, but two title fights. Headlining the card will be lightweight champion Anthony Pettis taking on the surging Rafael dos Anjos. The co-main event takes place in the women’s strawweight division between champion Carla Esparza and challenger Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Bolstering the main card is a trio of bouts that are sure to entertain including a heavyweight tilt between former K-1 champion and PRIDE veteran Alistair Overeem versus every MMA fan’s favorite mullet bearer, Roy “Big Country” Nelson, a guaranteed fire-fight at welterweight featuring former champ Johnny Hendricks and the always game Matt Brown, and a flyweight clash between former title challenger Chris Cariaso going up against former Olympic wrestling gold medalist Henry Cejudo.
Anthony Pettis vs. Rafael dos Anjos
John Michael Edwards: dos Anjos has really made an impressive career resurgence and I think he will give Pettis the toughest fight he’s had in a long time but in the end, I’ve got Pettis winning 49-46.
Matthew Wells: I think this matchup causes more problems for Pettis than Melendez. I can see the fight going into the championship rounds, but I believe Pettis will get a finish before the final bell. Dos Anjos doesn’t get finished easily, but we also saw Pettis hand Melendez his first stoppage loss. I’ve got Pettis by submission in round 4.
Ethan Mudford: I believe this fight will be closer than many think. RDA has been improving under Rafael Cordeiro just as Fabricio Werdum has in the Heavyweight division and after his last 3 fights, Dos Anjos has proven that his striking has grown to the level of his ground game. The fight will be close but I still have Pettis winning by TKO in the 4th.
Sam LaPoint: I see Anthony Pettis getting the technical knockout, but the fight will be more competitive than people might expect.
Justyn Likes: Pettis has too many tools in the striking department. I don’t see this being a competitive affair. Pettis TKO
Stephen Howson: I think this fight stays standing and Pettis uses his superiority in this department to edge out a close decision. Dos Anjos is going to want to take down the Champ to have any sort of hope of taking the belt. He can do it, I just don’t think he will.
Jordan Killion: Dos Anjos will get the fight to the ground at some point believing he has an advantage. It will be a mistake, because while RDA may have more jitz-perience, Pettis is a freak athlete that learns quickly. Pettis by Sub – Rd. 3.
Vinny Craig: I see Anthony Pettis continuing his brilliance of the LW division. I don’t see the striking of dos Anjos being anything compared to “Showtime’s”. Pettis by 1st round TKO.
Iain MacMillan: The champ is too athletic for RDA and he knows how to deliver when the spotlight is on him. Pettis via 3rd round TKO.
Brice Schroeder: Rafael do Anjos has the perfect grinding style it will take to shut down the explosive champ. With that being said Pettis is a freak of nature who should be able to put away dos Anjos early with another flashy knockout victory.
Chris Arsenault: Dos Anjos continues to impress the hell out of me, beating Cerrone and stopping Benson Henderson are incredible feats. That being said I think Pettis is a potential superstar and will dispatch dos Anjos easily, he will use his defensive wrestling and kicks to the body to wear down dos Anjos to a 2nd or 3rd round stoppage.
AJ Camacho: Let’s be honest, Khabib Nurmagomedov should be the one having this fight. Rafeal dos Anjos is riding to this title shot off of a win on #13 ranked Nate Diaz, but somehow he’s the next in line? I just don’t see dos Anjos being able to stop Pettis. Pettis by UD.
Hazwady: Pettis by whatever way he wants.
Carla Esparza vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
John Michael Edwards: Don’t know much about either, so I’ll pick the wrestler over the striker. Carla Esparza UD
Matthew Wells: Pound for pound, the toughest name to spell in MMA, Jedrzejczyk, should be a good challenge for Esparza, but I don’t see the belt changing hands. Esparza UD.
Ethan Mudford: I was surprised with how Jedrzejczyk beat Gadelha in her last outing and if she can stifle Carla’s wrestling, she should win. Jedrzejczyk UD
Sam LaPoint: I see Jedrezejczyk getting the unanimous decision over Esparza.
Justyn Likes: Esparza UD
Stephen Howson: Another real close fight that could go either way. I think Jedrzejczyk just manages to take it, and gets to show off her new bling in Poland next month.
Jordan Killion: TUF reallly didn’t paint Esparza in a flattering light. Well, maybe Esparza didn’t paint herself in a flattering light. Either way, I think Joanna is coming into this title fight as the crowd favorite. With that said, Esparza’s wrestling is too much. Carla Esparza by UD.
Vinny Craig: Esparza by 4th round submission.
Iain MacMillan: Joanna Jedrzejczyk UD
Brice Schroeder: Jedrzejcyk UD
Chris Arsenault: Esparza’s wrestling will dicate how this fights goes. I could see her winning by late stoppage but most likely a unanimous decision.
AJ Camacho: Carla Esparza knows how to wrestle. In a land of shitty wrestling, Esparza is a god. Esparza by UD.
Hazwady: Esparza by UD
Johny Hendricks vs. Matt Brown
John Michael Edwards: Hendricks TKO
Matthew Wells: Hendricks TKO
Ethan Mudford: Hendricks TKO
Sam LaPoint: Hendricks UD
Justyn Likes: Hendricks TKO
Stephen Howson: Hendricks TKO. Early.
Jordan Killion: Hendricks TKO.
Vinny Craig: Brown UD
Iain MacMillan: Hendricks UD
Brice Schroeder: Hendricks TKO
Chris Arsenault: Hendricks UD
AJ Camacho: Hendricks by TKO
Hazwady: Hendricks by UD
Alistair Overeem vs. Roy Nelson
John Michael Edwards: Overeem UD
Matthew Wells: Nelson TKO
Ethan Mudford: Overeem TKO
Sam LaPoint: Overeem UD
Justyn Likes: Nelson TKO
Stephen Howson: Nelson SUB
Jordan Killion: Nelson TKO
Vinny Craig: Nelson KO
Iain MacMillan: Nelson KO
Brice Schroeder: Nelson KO
Chris Arsenault: Nelson KO
AJ Camacho: Nelson by KO
Hazwady: Nelson by TKO
Chris Cariaso vs. Henry Cejudo
John Michael Edwards: Cejudo UD
Matthew Wells: Cejudo UD
Ethan Mudford: Cejudo UD
Sam LaPoint: Cejudo UD
Justyn Likes: Cariaso UD
Stephen Howson: Cariaso UD
Jordan Killion: Cejudo UD
Vinny Craig: Cariaso UD
Iain MacMillan: Cejudo UD
Brice Schroeder: Cejudo UD
Chris Arsenault: Cejudo UD
AJ Camacho: Cejudo by UD
Hazwady: Cujedo by UD
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Douglas Lima found out about change to co-main event at Bellator 192 from the internet
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.”
UFC 219: Cyborg vs Holm recap
In yearly tradition , the UFC hosted a pay per view fight card at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas once again and for the second year in a row, the card was headlined by two females fighting for the title of the baddest woman on earth. Cristine Cyborg Santos was looking to defend her featherweight title for the first time since capturing the title last summer in a tko victory over Tonya Evinger. Her opponent would be Holly Holm, the woman who shot into stardom after knocking out Ronda Rousey to become the bantamweight champion in 2015 and was fighting for the featherweight title for the second time after being unsuccessful in a controversial loss to Germaine De Radamie in Brooklyn.
In the co main event, The UFC welcomed one of the most feared lightweights and beloved contender Khabib Nurmagomedov who returned to the cage after a year layoff after failing to make weight earlier this year in a title eliminator with Tony Ferguson . Welcoming Nurmagomedov to the cage was exciting Brazilian striker Edson Barboza who was on a 3 fight win streak after losing to interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson in 2015. The winner would guarantee a title shot for themselves against either Tony Ferguson or the winner of the title unification fight between Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson if it happens.
The rest of the card had other stories that intrigued the fans with the return of former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit taking on Neil Magny, Cynthia Carvillo looking to go 5-0 in 2017 with a win over Carla Esparza and an exciting lightweight fight between Marc Diakiese and Daniel Hooker.
The Main Event
UFC Women’s Featherweight championship
Christine ” Cyborg” Santos vs Holly ” The Preachers Daughter” Holm
When the UFC announced it’s intentions to start a featherweight division for females in the UFC, a fight between Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm was the most logical fight to start the division. It took almost a year to come into fruition but on Saturday night, we finally had the answer of who would be the most feared female fighter in the world.
The fight started off with Holm tripping Cyborg after a kick and started the clinch game for Holly , who overpowered Cyborg against the cage. A move that would slow down Cyborg’s attacks in the later rounds but this was not the case tonight. Cyborg, who was known as a devastating berserker like striker in her earlier has become a more patient striker under the guidance of Jason Parillo. Cyborg caught Holly with a variation of counter strikes throughout the fight which swelled Holm’s left eye. Holm had her moments in the fight and gave Cyborg her toughest fight to date.
As we moved into the later rounds, the counter strikes were landing more often for Cyborg and started to dictate to fight. The final bell rang and although many scores were thrown around on twitter all in favor for Cyborg. Cris Cyborg won a unanimous decision with one judge scoring the fight 49-46 which had Cyborg winning four rounds and the other two judges scoring the fight a lot closer 48-47.
What’s next for Cyborg? She asked for Meagan Anderson in Australia , the last Invicta featherweight champion who has yet to make her debut for UFC after signing last summer. With the card in 6 weeks, its unlikely she will get her wish but Cyborg vs Anderson should be next in the shallow and confusing 145 division for females.
The Co-main event
Khabib ” The Eagle ” Nurmagomedov vs Edson Barboza
A fight that in many people’s eyes was the true main event with fan favorite Khabib Nurmagomedov putting his unbeaten 24 fight win streak on the line against fellow top contender Edson Barboza.
What can you say about Nurmagomedov that hasn’t been said already. He was nothing short of perfection.
Implementing his game early, Nurmagomedov took the fight to the ground early in round 1 after failing on the first attempted takedown on Barboza. Once the takedown was secured, the Russian posture to his feet and landed devastating ground and pound on Barboza. It took a minute to see Barboza would be in for a rough night as by the sound of the bell ending for the first round, Barboza was bloodied up and looked defeated.
The second round was even more devastating when Khabib had Barboza on the ground for the entire round. The commentators in awe of Khabib’s abilities began to sound concerned that Barboza took too much damage as no matter who much punishment Nurmagomedov would deliver to Barboza, Barboza continued to be in the fight and looked for the knockout whenever the fight would go back to standing which ultimately ended in the brazilian being taken down again.
Barboza had a chance to end the fight in the third when he landed a head kick on Nurmagomedov who showed a granite chin and walked through the shot like T-1000.
The fight went to the judges and the judges scored the fight in favor of Khabib Nurmagomedov ( 30- 25, 30-25,30-4) which just highlights the one-sided victory for the Russian who moves to 25-0 and will likely take on Tony Ferguson next year.
The rest of the card
Although not the most exciting run of fights in the lead up to the main and co main. The main card hosted the return of Carlos Condit who after returning to the cage following a 16 month hiatus only to suffer a decision loss to an impressive Neil Magny who used his wrestling to take down the former champ on numerous occasions.
Speaking of former champs, former strawweight champion Carla Esparza scored a big win beating undefeated Cynthia Carvillo, who impressed in round 1 before Esparza turned the tides and finished the fight with a flurry of strikes to secure the victory.
Daniel Hooker used the ” McKenzietine” guillotine choke to submit the Brit Marc Diakiese in the third round after winning the first two rounds with his ground game. In what many anticipated to be a stand up war, the fight was quite the opposite and Hooker sinked in the choke after an attempted takedown by Diakiese.
We won’t be ringing in the new year celebrating the prelims this year as every fight on the FS1 portion of the card went to a decision.
Michal Oleksiejczuk got the biggest underdog win on the night upsetting Khalil Rountree Jr in a decision in which both fighters gassed early after Rountree held on the a guillotine which gassed the American when he failed to get the submission. The other decision victories went to Myles Jury looking impressive at featherweight against Rick Glenn and Matheus Nicolau who knocked down Louis Smolka three times in the first round to win a one-sided decision.
Omari Ahkmedov and Marvin Vettori went to a majority draw in what seemed like the longest fight in history and finally Tim Elliot scored a submission victory over Mark De La Rosa and dedicated the victory to the late great Robert Follis who sadly took his own life this month.
Overall UFC 219 wasn’t a great card but a masterclass by Khabib Nurmagomedov was worth every penny.
Invicta 27 Officially Announced
The all-women promotion, Invicta FC, returns to Kansas City, Missouri on January 13th, 2018 for Invicta 27. The promotion announced on their website, the promotions inaugural 2018 event will start the new year off with a fan-friendly main event, Sarah Kaufman (18-4 1 NC) vs. Pannie Kianzad (8-2).
Kaufman returns to Invicta FC after a three-year stint with the UFC. The Canadian athlete fought once prior, in the female-only promotion, defeating Leslie Smith via split decision. Both women earned Fight of the Night honors for their efforts. In her previous three bouts, Kaufman posted a record of 1-2. The former Strikeforce bantamweight champion lost her final two UFC bouts against Alexis Davis and Valentina Shevchenko. Her most recent bout was a victory over Jessica Rose-Clark, in the Battlefield FC promotion.
The veteran Kaufman made her debut in 2006, nearly six years before her opponent. Pannie Kianzad made her professional debut with the Estonian promotion MMA Raju, in 2012. Kianzad began her career undefeated in eight bouts. On the way, capturing the Cage Warriors bantamweight championship. The Iranian-Swede holds an identical record to Kaufman in her previous three bouts, 1-2. Currently, she finds herself on a two-loss skid.
In the co-main event, Vanessa Porto (19-8) faces Mariana Morais (12-5). The Brazilian, Morais, is coming off a disappointing title challenge in the flyweight division of the KSW promotion. Ariane Lipski submitted her in 58 seconds. Porto, however, is fresh off her Invicta 26, TKO victory over, Milana Dudieva.
Porto is an Invicta FC veteran, having fought in seven of the promotions twenty-six held events. Throughout her career, the veteran faced the best women the world had to offer. The thirty-three-year-old has fought the likes of Roxanne Modafferi (twice), Agnieszka Niedzwiedz, Barb Honchak, Tara LaRosa, Jennifer Maia (twice), Tonya Evinger, Germain De Randamie, Amanda Nunes, and Cris “Cyborg” Justino.
The first card of 2018 for Invicta holds a plethora of inexperienced women. Of the 17 women booked for the card, only four women hold ten or more professional fights on their record. Another four women will make their professional MMA debut: Loma Lookboonmee, Jade Ripley, Helen Peralta, and Akeela Al-Hameed. The Invicta 27, the card will feature nine bouts. The event will take place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri on January 13th, 2018. The card will proceed as follows:
Pannie Kianzad (8-2) vs. Sarah Kaufman (18-4 1 NC) – Bantamweight Division
Vanessa Porto (19-8) vs. Mariana Morais (12-5) – Flyweight Division
Sharon Jacobson (4-2) vs. Ashely Nichols (3-1) – Strawweight Division
Ashley Cummings (5-4) vs. Stephanie Alba (3-2) – Atomweight Division
Brogan Walker-Sanchez (4-0) vs. TBA – Flyweight Division
Felicia Spencer (3-0) vs. Akeela Al-Hameed (0-0) – Featherweight Division
Mallory Martin (1-2) vs. Tiffany Masters (2-1) – Strawweight Division
Melissa Wang (1-0) vs. Loma Lookboonmee (0-0) – Atomweight Division
Jade Ripley (0-0) vs. Helen Peralta (0-0) – Strawweight Division
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