Lyoto Machida vs Luke Rockhold
John Michael Edwards: I’m torn. I’ve been a Machida fan since he came into the UFC so while I want him to win, I want to see Rockhold fight for the title. I feel like to beat Machida you have to either make him tentative by having KO power in your hands and/or have the quickness to pressure him and hold him in a clinch….I don’t know if Rockhold has those. I’ll say Machida by Unanimous Decision.
Ethan Mudford: I’ve gone back and forth in my mind over this fight. Take away Rockhold’s loss to the animal that was Vitor Belfort and he has looked amazing in the UFC. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of Rockhold and as much as I enjoy and respect Machida, I’m going with Luke in this fight. – Rockhold via UD.
Sam LaPoint: I’m not sure that I’ve ever had this much trouble calling a fight. Both are incredibly skilled and seasoned. Will Rockhold be able to cut off Machida and keep him backing up like Weidman had or will Machida be able to counter strike well enough to get the better of Rockhold? I believe Machida can do it and get a TKO or win a UD.
Matthew Wells: First off, allow me to say that I will not be surprised if either man won this fight. Both guys are incredibly talented fighters that deserve to be at the top of the division. Since I have to make a prediction, here it goes: I can see Machida’s patience paying off in a big way while Rockhold tries to bring the pressure. Machida is an incredible counter striker and Rockhold tends to throw power shots that could leave an opening for a counter to end the fight early. Machida TKO
Stephen Howson: There’s (probably) an old Brazilian proverb that goes something like, ‘The man who bets against Machida, the next day the bookie cannot find’. Who knows. Either way you won’t find me betting against the dragon. He simply does not lose often and I don’t think Rockhold despite being a very well rounded fighter possesses that x-factor required to get the win. Machida FTW, TKO.
Derek Bowe: With Machida versus Rockhold likely determining the Middleweight divisions next title challenger, both fighters stand in a must win situation to remain at the top of the division. Machida will likely enjoy a speed advantage on the feet while Rockhold has a considerable size advantage, and will look to impose that, along with his dominating top game which he last used to submit Michael Bisping via guillotine. Should the fight spend a large amount of time on the ground, Rockhold will look to end the fight early by way of submission.
Vinny Craig: Man this is going to be a good fight. The striking advantage goes to Machida, with the grappling to Rockhold. This fight really could go either way and is the right fight for the next title challenger. I see Machida winning by TKO in the later rounds.
Hazwady: I see a five rounder with Rockhold via unanimous decision.
Brice Schroder: This main event is a tough one to pick. Both fighter have the tools to win and give the champ some serious problems. I believe Rockhold has more paths to victory and will grind out a 5 round decision using his size and strength to make it a dirty fight. After this fight Rockhold will get the title fight against Weidman who runs through Belfort in May.
Iain MacMillan: Rockhold by TKO – While Machida seems to be ageless, I still have to go with the younger fighter here in Rockhold. He’s got the talent to challenge for the title.
Scott Harling: Rockhold
Dom Tutino: This is a very tough fight to call and even though I picked Rockhold I wouldn’t be surprised to see Machida pull this one out. I believe Rockhold will use his length and patience to time Machida’s rushes and counter. I think the first round will be a very slow feeling out process, but when Rockhold establishes his and Machida’s range he will begin to open up a la the Bisping fight. In the later rounds Rockhold, using his size and strength, will begin to work his clinch and takedown game to slow down Machida and work for submissions. Rockhold by rear naked choke.
Jim Edwards: Rockhold by TKO – I’m going on nothing but instinct here. There’s nothing to split them.
“Jacare” Souza vs Chris Camozzi
John Michael Edwards: Jacare by Submission
Ethan Mudford: Jacare via Submission.
Sam LaPoint: Jacare via Sub
Matthew Wells: Jacare via Sub
Stephen Howson: Jacare by whatever he wants.
Derek Bowe: Jacare TKO round 1
Vinny Craig: Jacare by sub
Hazwady: Jacare by whatever he wants
Brice Schroder: Jacare – sub
Iain MacMillan: Jacare by UD
Scott Harling: Jacare
Dom Tutino: Souza by KO round 1
Jim Edwards: Jacare by sub
Cub Swanson vs Max Holloway
John Michael Edwards: Swanson by SD
Ethan Mudford: Tough fight, Swanson via UD.
Sam LaPoint: Holloway via UD
Matthew Wells: Swanson via UD
Stephen Howson: I think Holloway has a great future but he’s not ready for Cub, yet.
Derek Bowe: Holloway by decision
Hazwady: Holloway by decision
Vinny Craig: Holloway by dec
Brice Schroder: Swanson – KO
Iain MacMillan: Swanson via UD
Scott Harling: Swanson
Dom Tutino: Swanson KO round 3
Jim Edwards: Swanson by UD
Felice Herrig vs Paige VanZant
John Michael Edwards: Herrig TKO
Ethan Mudford: VanZant via TKO
Sam LaPoint: Herrig via UD
Matthew Wells: Herrig via UD
Stephen Howson: Herrig via stoppage
Derek Bowe: VanZant by decision
Vinny Craig: Vanzant by dec.
Hazwady: VanZant via UD
Brice Schroder: Herrig – decision
Iain MacMillan: Herrig by TKO
Scott Harling: VanZant
Dom Tutino: Herrig by decision
Jim Edwards: Herrig by UD
Jim Miller vs Beneil Dariush
John Michael Edwards: Miller by UD
Ethan Mudford: Dariush via TKO
Sam LaPoint: Daruish via TKO
Matthew Wells: Dariush via TKO
Stephen Howson: Miller Decision
Derek Bowe: Dariush by Submission round 3
Vinny Craig: Dariush by dec
Hazwady: Dariush via TKO
Brice Schroder: Mmiller – decision
Iain MacMillan: Miller by SUB
Scott Harling: Dariush
Dom Tutino: Miller by decision
Jim Edwards: Dariush by TKO
Ovince St. Preux vs Patrick Cummins
John Michael Edwards: Cummins by UD
Ethan Mudford: Cummins via UD.
Sam LaPoint: Cummins via UD
Matthew Wells: Cummins via UD
Stephen Howson: OSP via KO
Derek Bowe: Cummins by decision
Vinny Craig: St. Preux by KO
Hazwady: OSP via TKO
Brice Schroder: St. Preux – KO
Iain MacMillan: St. Preux by TKO
Scott Harling: Cummins
Dom Tutino: Cummins by decision
Jim Edwards: Cummins by decision
Corey Anderson vs Gian Villante
John Michael Edwards: Anderson UD
Ethan Mudford: Villante via UD
Sam LaPoint: Anderson via TKO
Matthew Wells: Anderson via TKO
Stephen Howson: Anderson Decision
Derek Bowe: Anderson by TKO round 1
Vinny Craig: Villante by dec
Hazwady: Anderson via TKO
Brice Schroder: Anderson – decision
Iain MacMillan: Villante by TKO
Scott Harling: Anderson
Dom Tutino: Anderson by decision
Jim Edwards: Anderson by UD
Takeya Mizugaki vs Aljamain Sterling
John Michael Edwards: Sterling by TKO
Ethan Mudford: Sterling via TKO
Sam LaPoint: Sterling via TKO
Matthew Wells: Mizugaki via UD
Stephen Howson: Mizugaki Decision
Derek Bowe: Mizugaki by decision
Vinny Craig: Mizugaki by TKO
Hazwady: Mizugaki via UD
Brice Schroder: Mizugaki – decision
Iain MacMillan: Sterling by UD
Scott Harling: Sterling
Dom Tutino: Sterling by submission round 1
Jim Edwards: Mizugaki by UD
Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217
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:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
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.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
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.
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
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)
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)
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)
Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams
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.
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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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