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John Dodson: I Will Pile Up As Many Bodies As Possible To Get That Title

>> Sunday, April 17, 2016

  John Dodson returned to the bantamweight division last night after number one pound for pound fighter and Flyweight king Demetrious Johnson kicked him out of the division. He defeated Manny Gamburyan by a vicious knockout 47 seconds into the first round. Dodson is one of the few men in the lower weight classes with that tremendous power, and he showcased it last night. The man is motivated to start over again in a different division and he is motivated! Check out the video below!

  Dodson back at Bantamweight is exciting. That is 10 less pounds to cut which is much healthier for him, and a step forward in the right direction for the sport in my opinion by setting a good example of cutting less weight. Now "The Magician" is able to compete in some pretty exciting and or fresh match ups against tough fighters such as champion Cruz, legend/ veteran Faber, contender Assuncao, rising stars Almeida/ Sterling/ Garbrandt, and a rematch with former champ Dillashaw who he actually beat via first round knockout at the TUF 14 Finale. In this division he will probably be at somewhat of a size disadvantage, but he will have to make up with that by being a much more technical and showcasing his skill. Dodson was arguably one of the fastest at Flyweight which says a lot about just how quick he is, and he definitely will hold a speed advantage over most Bantamweights and one more thing is that his POWER is certainly beyond any other Bantamweight. In my personal opinion he reminds me of a mini Mike Tyson when you want to think about how he is short for his weight class, but has that incredible mix of chin crumbling power and blinding speed. On top of that look at his physique and it appears somewhat similar. Now if he can mix his technical prowess in he can be a tremendous force in the division.

  It it somewhat unfortunate that during his entire time at Flyweight we never got to see him fight Benavidez or Horiguchi to see who was the true #2 at Flyweight behind the one and only Demetrious Johnson. Who would you like to see him fight in his next fight?


Frankie Edgar: I am going to put Aldo away!

>> Friday, April 08, 2016

  Frankie Edgar is riding a 5 fight win streak currently, and is currently ranked #2 according to the UFC's official Featherweight rankings. His current win streak includes a third round TKO of BJ Penn, fifth round submission of Cub Swanson, and a first round knockout of Chad Mendes. Now he gets his shot at UFC gold for the first time in three years. The catch is that it is for the interim title and against the only man to defeat him at featherweight, Jose Aldo who beat him back at UFC 156 in a close fight for the actual belt. Now things have changed. Aldo is no longer the champion, Conor McGregor holds the belt, and these two will fight for the interim belt and likely in their next fight take on the real champion. Odd thing is the champion of the division is fighting on the same card, and two weight classes higher.

  The first fight between Aldo and Edgar was a very close fight in which we saw Aldo clearly win the first two rounds, and Edgar clearly take the fourth and fifth rounds. The third round was very even. Now these two will meet again at UFC 200 on July 9, and Edgar is extremely confident in his chance to avenge the last loss.

"It's going to be over three years at this point (since the last fight). I'm very comfortable, I feel like I'm coming into my own more and more and I'm coming there to finish him 100%. He has a lot to try and bounce back from and he's going to have a lot of pressure on him but I feel like it's my time right now."

  Fans are starting to believe in Edgar's ability to finish his opponents. Frankie Edgar is confident he can finish Aldo in this encounter instead of leaving up to the judges which was the case the first time,

"I definitely think if I touch him and string my punches together, put that pressure on him I'm going to make him wilt and I'm going to put him away."

Edgar is certainly excited for the opportunity to get gold wrapped around his waist again even if it is the interim belt, and this fight opens the door to fight for the shot at the official belt. Does he have "The Answer" to beat both Aldo and McGregor? He certainly has the tools to do so with his mix of striking, takedowns, grappling, fast pace, volume, and cardio. Ever since the loss to Aldo he has shown vast improvement in his footwork, head movement, use of different angles, feinting, ability to transition from striking to grappling, and his ability to do damage from top position. He has evolved and the Frankie that we see now is a new problem to solve.


Rampage Set For Bellator Return In June!

>> Thursday, April 07, 2016

  After a successful run in Bellator and then signing to the UFC despite his contract with Bellator not being complete, and a long legal battle the PRIDE veteran is scheduled to enter the Bellator cage once again. His return will be at a special event as well. Bellator Dynamite 2 on June 24 which will be the second event by the promotion that will feature both MMA and Kickboxing bouts on the same card. His opponent will be against Japanese fighter and olympic gold medalist, Satoshi Ishii. The bout will be at a catchweight which is odd because light heavyweight ends at 205 pounds and as soon as go over 205 you are immediately at heavyweight.

  Satoshi Ishii is a veteran to DREAM, Inoki, and Rizin. He was awarded a gold medal for his success in Judo at the 2008 Olympics. He has a 14-4-1 record and has fought many popular names such as Fedor Emelianenko, Cro Cop, Hidehiko Yoshida, Kazuyuki Fujita, Jerome Le Banner, Tim Sylvia, and Jeff Monson. He has solid credentials and is well experienced against many big names. Although Ishii is likely to be the underdog once the odds come in.

  Rampage back in Bellator opens the door to many opportunities for himself however. He can compete in Japan in the Rizin promotion on occasion if he would like to. Another thing is he can fight in some odd matches that in the end no matter what fans say would generate numbers such as fights with Fedor Emelianenko, Kimbo Slice, King Mo rematch, Phil Davis, Wanderlei Silva, and even a possible title fight with Liam McGeary. We may see Rampage be able to compete in a few kickboxing matches if the opportunity arrives. Stay on the look out for more announcements.


Jose Aldo: My Fire Is Lit Again

>> Tuesday, April 05, 2016

  Jose Aldo is currently scheduled to take on Frankie Edgar in a rematch at UFC 200 for the Interim Featherweight belt. The two originally met at UFC 156, and it was a closely contested fight in which we saw Aldo win rounds one and two clearly and Edgar winning four and five decisively. Meanwhile that middle round was even, and fans debate on that round to this day. Aldo is not exactly excited to be fighting for an interim belt however,

"It’s a bit frustrating, of course, because we expected the title fight, but it’s kind of what they said they would do, that we would fight Frankie Edgar for the belt, but it’s not the undisputed belt. But what can I do? We’re hired to go there and fight."

  Jose Aldo is motivated nonetheless because if he wins this fight he will either become the official UFC Featherweight Champion once again if McGregor does not return to the division or he will fight McGregor for the title that was snatched from him in 13 seconds in December by that Irishman. According to Aldo his fire is lit again,

"It means nothing. I want the victory so I get the belt next. That’s the first step we’re taking. Interim belt is made for media and fans, not for me. I want the undisputed belt. I respect Frankie Edgar, but I’ll get there and win. This lit that fire again, this desire to go there and win."


JDS: Rothwell fight going to be tougher than Overeem fight

>> Wednesday, March 23, 2016

  Junior "Cigano" Dos Santos has fallen from grace. He was at the top of the heavyweight division and fans marveled at the sight of his boxing. He was considered the best boxer in MMA by many. He was finishing opponents. He was that brilliant knockout artist for a champion that the fans had been waiting for. He defended his belt against Frank Mir in wonderful fashion in 2011, but has not been able to string together a win streak since then but has still managed to stay constantly in the top 5. Cain Velasquez after the title defense would come back to steal the soul of Dos Santos in a 5 round mauling that saw the Brazilian giant gassed, bloody, bruised, face swollen, and beaten far beyond belief. He then would finish Mark Hunt in his following fight with a spinning hook kick that was amazing especially when you factor in that Dos Santos rarely throws kicks and Hunt's solid chin. He would challenge Velasquez for the belt again only to be mauled in an even more on sided bout that would see Dos Santos finished by TKO in the fourth round, afterwards he fought Miocic in a closely contested bout where the Brazilian brawler would take a great amount of damage as well. In his most recent contest he finally stepped into the cage with long time nemesis, DREAM Heavyweight Champion, K1 Heavyweight Grand Prix champion, Strikeforce Heavyweight champion, and phenomenal striker Alistair Overeem, but was finished in what was a very one sided fight where we saw him knocked out in the second round.

  Soon he will take on the rising heavyweight who is on the verge of a title shot Ben Rothwell, and soon Cigano believes this fight is do or die,
"Yeah, for sure. I think it’s a very important fight for me. Right now, I feel this fight that I have with Ben Rothwell is tougher than my last fight. I know I had a negative result in my last fight but this one now, I think if I win, and I will win this fight now, this win will put me back in the place I was before, the number one or two in the rankings and close to a title fight again. Of course I’m not thinking about title fight now, I just wanna be in the best position I can. It’s my whole life, it’s very important for me."
  Rothwell is on a four fight win streak over quality opponents. One of them is over the last man to defeat Dos Santos as well, and Big Ben did it in one round as well. Rothwell is a handful for anyone, but you can never count out the power of Dos Santos as well. This will be an interesting contest to watch and if Junior picks up the win that just may shake up things in the division.


Urijah Faber: I'm A Bad Match Up for McGregor

  The California Kid still wants a fight with Conor McGregor. Then again everybody from 185 pounds and below wants to fight the Irishman. That is the money fight after all. Fans have been talking about this potential fight for a while, and when Rafael Dos Anjos pulled out of his fight with McGregor with a broken foot the leader of Team Alpha Male attempted to fill that empty spot before Nate Diaz was chosen as the opponent. McGregor would go on to lose to Diaz by way of submission thus leading to Faber after the fight leaving this message for McGregor,

"I’m definitely a bad match-up for him, though. (I’ve) got the most submissions in UFC history, and he has a history of submitting."

  Faber could benefit from the knowledge of his teammate, Chad Mendes, who did arguably well
against McGregor in a UFC Interim title fight. Chad Mendes was able to take the Irishman down by simply shooting in with no set ups, control him in guard, and he did managed to land a few good punches that more so showcased the chin of McGregor, but before Diaz that was the most success anybody had in the Octagon against the man who is now the current Featherweight Champion. Faber has only lost one non-title fight, and that was to current number on featherweight contender, and he has had some close or questionable fights recently. Maybe Faber is on a decline. He is 37 afterall. Right now though his full focus on the fight ahead of him against Dominick Cruz for the bantamweight belt.


Conor McGregor Teammate Calls For Him To Move To Lightweight For Good

>> Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Conor McGregor weighing in at 168 pounds for UFC 196
  Gunnar Nelson is a teammate of Conor McGregor who is not a fan of cutting weight. He would rather have his camps focused on being in shape and fight preparation rather than cutting weight. This is why he has moved to welterweight and stopped competing at lightweight, and as he stated on Submission Radio recently, "Yeah I would have liked to see him stay in lightweight. I think that's the more natural weight for him and I think he would have felt a lot better, you know, felt a lot better before his fights and in the camp and not having to worry about all that major weight cut. So I think it's more natural for him. But you know, it is what it is, he makes the cut and he does it every time and it doesn't seem to affect him much in the fight. But you know me, I'm not a big believer or supporter of this type of stuff, these heavy, big weight cuts. I'd like to see it taken completely out and I'd like to see people just going into the fights in their walking-around weight. You know, people just fighting other people that are the same weight, but they're not cutting the weight. It seems like a dumb situation to me. Because some guy does it then everybody has to do it." 

  This writer would like to see Conor McGregor defend his belt first even though I am not the biggest fan of weight cutting myself. He won the belt, and has yet to defend it. He moved up and got knocked
down and lost against a great opponent in Nate Diaz. He still has Edgar and Holloway to defend against, and an Aldo rematch that many fans want to see. If he loses the belt or gets through those title defenses then I personally would be in favor of him moving up to lightweight. It would be interesting to see the changes in his style to fight the larger lightweights. Much of his style is based around the fact that he has a height and reach advantage over most of his featherweight foes and his power will rattle the chins of smaller men more.

  The opinions on weight cutting have changed so much in the last year or two. Fans used to demand that fighters cut more weight and would celebrate when a fighter would make the cut, and as new information comes out on the practice of weight cutting the minds of both those inside and outside of the cage are changing. Fans were pleading for Frankie Edgar to drop to featherweight back when he
Frankie Edgar a current featherweight fighting a very close and competitive fight
with a future welterweight Benson Henderson at lightweight
held the belt at lightweight that he cut only 5 pounds to win compared to all of the men he was defeating who would cut 20-30 pounds to make weight, and even now he is a top guy at 145 pounds which still is not a huge cut for him considered he walks around 160 pounds and his opponents walk around 10 pounds more often times. Gunnar Nelson abandoned the practice of big weight cuts and slowly this trend of cutting less weight is becoming popular.


Rousey Got Straight Back To Training After Being Texted Holm vs Tate Result

  Ronda Rousey was scheduled to be out of training for a long time due to the havoc that Holly Holm did to her face last November. Ronda Rousey needed surgery on her face and her due to the condition her teeth were in after she was not able to even bite into an apple. So in the mean time the UFC attempted to set up a rematch between Holly Holm and Ronda Rousey, but things had to be pushed back due to a movie Rowdy was set to film. The UFC was aiming for UFC 200, but between the film schedule and training Ronda likely would have a hard time to fit in the time to train for the fight. Then the promotion wanted to make the newly crowned champ wait until November and then December for the fallen champ, but Holm pushed for a fight sooner than that against a different opponent. Why should the champ have to wait on the contender to complete her obligations outside of the cage? Holm got her wish and defended her belt at UFC 196 against Miesha Tate in a fight in which she was likely winning on the judge's scorecards, and if the last round would have finished she likely would have won. In the final round just a minute or two away from successfully defending her belt for the first time the contender Tate bit down on her mouth piece, got the takedown, took the back, sunk in the rear naked choke, and put the champ to sleep!

   Ronda also talked about depression and thoughts of suicide after losing to Holm. Suddenly after the woman she had beaten twice, Miesha Tate, had won the belt she was suddenly ready to return back to training, depression was gone, and she was seen back in the gym training on one of the following "I texted Ronda -- Ronda wasn't watching the fight. I text Ronda and she said 'what happened?' I said 'Miesha just choked her unconscious' and she said 'looks like I've got to get back to work.' She's scheduled to not come back until October or November but it doesn't mean I can't ask."
Rousey spotted in the gym days after Tate winning the belt back
days. Dana White said,

  A lot of people say that this points to Ronda Rousey having a weaker mind than we all once thought or that she may have a bully mind set. This just might be very true. Rousey seemed pretty bothered when Holm put her fist to her face during the pre-fight weigh in. There were many doubts that Ronda would comeback after Holm played the role of a great matador, kept the bull missing when it charged, and eventually got slayed the animal or in this case Ronda when the head kick landed in the second round. The Preacher's Daughter was the kid on the playground that stood up to the bully, she was David who showed Goliath he was not so mighty after all. Tate's best success came in the second "I was in the medical room, like down in the corner, and I was like 'What am I anymore if I'm not this? And I was literally sitting there thinking about killing myself. And in that exact second I was like 'I'm nothing. I'm like 'What do I do anymore?" Said Rousey.
fight when she would collide with Rousey straight on and actually try to push Rousey backwards, unlike Rousey's other opponents aside from Holm who would meet her head to head and then fix themselves onto the spot they are standing once the action begins.. Ronda was quiet for a bit after the loss, seen covering her face at the airport, and up until Tate took the belt all of her talk was about how bad she felt, suicide, rude fans etc.

  Her return to training and eagerness to get back to training sooner months ahead of when she was scheduled to points to a weaker state of mind to take on a woman she beat twice rather than avenge her loss to the first person to ever defeat her. She wants to take on somebody that she believes is beatable because she feels confident that after beating Tate twice she can do it again. It is understandable though in a sense. You begin getting all of this media attention, being asked to appear in both movies and commercials left and right, are constantly being told about how great you are, dominating nearly everyone, undefeated, UFC champion, and then you lose in such fashion. Long time rival to the Judo Olympian had this to say, "I think it's, uh, weak mind. Because you know, when you fight, you can, you can win. You know, it's a sport. You cannot think you want suicide because you lose one fight."

Holm is to Ronda Rousey what Buster Douglas was to Mike Tyson, and the loss will continue to haunt her until she avenges that loss. That knockout will continue to replay in her mind over and over. Once Rousey picks up a win or two she may want to finally get in the cage, and challenge the woman who haunts her head on. Fighting is a very emotional sport for nearly everyone involved however. Most fans do not train, have never even sparred before, never had to cut weight, never had to perform in front of a large crowd, be judged by such a wide audience etc. There is a lot that factors into how a fighter's mind works. We have seen some fighters never be the same after losing for the first time. Some have a hard time stringing together wins consistently, fighting as confidently as they once did etc. Do you believe Ronda Rousey will be able to bounce back successfully and make the proper adjustments to her game? 


Dominick Cruz: "I'm gonna wax Faber's ass!"

>> Monday, March 14, 2016

  Dominick Cruz recently snatched the belt back from TJ Dillashaw in an amazing comeback story after a series of unfortunate injuries that kept him out of the cage for years. Cruz was even in injured in that fight, and managed to squeak out a win in a highly competitive fight that left most fans leaning towards Dominick's favor on the scorecards. Now Cruz is ready to settle the rivalry with the only man to ever defeat him, Urijah Faber at UFC 199.

  Their rivalry began at WEC 26 in 2007. Faber was the WEC posterboy and Featherweight champion
at the time and Cruz was still early in his MMA career and working a full time job on top of training. Cruz would get rocked by Urijah, shoot for the takedown, and get caught in a guillotine by the Team Alpha Male leader. Dominick Cruz has won every fight since then including a rematch in 2011 at UFC 1362 with the man who gave him the one loss on his record. The trash talk continued and Cruz would put on a spectacular performance and avenge his loss with a decision. Nothing has change. It is 2016 and Dominick Cruz has the belt again, the trash talking has started again, and they are set to fight for a belt for the third time to end the rivalry.

  The trash talking began once more at the UFC Unstoppable Press Conference with Dominick Cruz by explaining the whole triangle of conflict between Cruz, Dillashaw, and Faber. "Faber was too scared to face T.J. -- plain and simple and so [Cruz] came back, and being the Cruz he is, beats the guy that Faber was too scared to face. Now Faber has a whole lot to say about Dominick, but Dominick is just gonna wax that ass again."

   Many fans believe that Urijah Faber may be on a decline of sorts however based on his last 5. He lost to Barao, had a competitive fight with Alex Caceres who is considered far from an elite in the division, most felt he was losing a fight with Francisco Rivera until a controversial eye poke that was followed by a successful choke after, his first loss in a non-title fight against Frankie Edgar, and then his last fight was exciting to watch but definitely a tough one against Frankie Saenz. Faber also turns 37 years old this year as well... He is undoubtedly a legend in the sport with all of his accomplishments, the names he has victories over, his lengthy career, and his ability to stay relevant in his division at his age, but is he on a decline? Dominick Cruz has an answer to this, "I don't think he's regressed," Cruz said. "I don't. I don't think he's gotten worse. I think that he's the stayed the same and the game has progressed. That's the difference. I think Faber is uncoachable. I think that anytime somebody goes in there to coach him, he ends up kicking them out, because he has to be the alpha. I think that's been the downfall of his career."

  How will this fight play out? Are you guys excited? Will Faber finally win the UFC belt despite losing in his last 6 title fights? This writer is expecting a clear and dominant win by Dominick Cruz via decision. Plenty more trash talk to come.


UFC 197: Cormier vs. Jones 2 Fight Card

Entire fight card below the paragraphs

    Jon Jones returns to take back the belt that he never lost against the man who he last defended it against who won it during his absence. Some see Jon Jones as the undisputed light heavyweight champion still, and others now despise him for what happened the day of the accident and hope that Cormier will keep the belt, and defeat Jon Jones which would tie the two 1-1. Demetrious Johnson
  Daniel Cormier during the absence of Jon Jones showed heart in his performance in which he won the belt after surviving a great deal of bombs from Anthony Johnson the most powerful man in the division, and after defending the belt against a much larger opponent in Alexander Gustafsson thus showing that size does not affect Cormier. Cormier showed his heart, chin, and that no matter how hurt he will keep on fighting and find a solution!
  Jon Jones in the meantime has assumed his role of the heel once more, and has made some adjustments to his training. In the off time Jones has continued to train as he did before, and he added in a power lifting regiment. Now he has picked up some mass, and definitely a big increase in strength. How will that effect him as a fighter though? Jones has always been the superior to all of his opponents in strength and size already, so maybe he will look to emphasize on that more now. Cormier quoted on this as well, "Well, maybe this will slow him down. Maybe he won't be the fastest guy. Maybe this guy is messing with what was given to him.' In reality, what has been given to him is perfect." Jones was never exactly known for being fast and powerful though. He won all of his match through being technical, efficient with his techniques, being diverse with his attack, and making great use of the reach that was gifted with. He is a true martial artist at the very core of his style. We will see a new Jon Jones in the rematch, and we just might see a new Daniel Cormier. Cormier discovered just how far down in his soul he can reach in his last two fights, and he had to dig deep down to win. Who knows how that will effect Cormier's attitude coming into a rematch with the only man to defeat him. Expect fireworks in the rematch!
  Also on the card is arguably the greatest fighter and technically perfect fighter today, Demetrious Johnson the Flyweight champion. Johnson is currently the longest reigning current champion in the promotion right now at 7 title defenses, and a lot of fans believe he may be the one to break Anderson Silva's record of 10 title defenses. He will be taking on Olympic wrestling gold medalist Henry Cejudo. This will be an interesting fight. Cejudo is a combination of speed and power in his strikes, but not the most technical fighter on the feet. He also has his gold medal wrestling credentials which a lot of people are curious to see how the champ will handle Cejudo's takedowns and top control because usually Johnson has the advantage on the ground. Maybe Johnson will surprise us and set up a good takedown and dominate from top.
  This is looking to be arguably one of the best cards of the year so far! A great story line as well in the main event. On top of that Jon Jones and Demetrious Johnson are arguably considered the top two fighters pound for pound, and it is debatable who is number one. Along with that Demetrious Johnson has defended his belt more than any other champion, and if Jones had not had his title stripped he would actually be in that position. Two of the best today against men who could arguably be their biggest tests! Another fight on the card to be excited for is Pettis vs Barboza. If you love seeing round kicks, leg kicks, spin kicks, head kicks, fast kicks, fast paced fights, and knockouts then you will love that contest as well.

*Card is subject to change. Article will be updated
Light Heavyweight Championship
Daniel Cormier(17-1) vs. Jon Jones(21-1)

UFC Flyweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson(22-2-1) v. Henry Cejudo(10-0)

Lightweight Bout
Anthony Pettis(18-4) vs. Edson Barboza(16-4)

Middleweight Bout
Robert Whittaker(16-4) vs. Rafael Natal(21-6-1)

Featherweight Bout
Yair Rodriguez(7-1) vs. Andre Fili(15-3)

Welterweight Bout
Danny Roberts(12-1) vs. Dominique Steele(14-6)

Female Strawweight Bout
Jessica Aguillar(OUT) vs. Juliana Lima(8-2)
- Not sure if replacement is being looked for

Lightweight Bout
Glaico Franca(14-3) vs. James Vick(7-0)

Light Heavyweight Bout
Marcos Rogerio De Lima(13-4-1) vs. Clint Hester(11-5)

Lightweight Bout
Efrain Escudero(25-10) vs. Kevin Lee(11-2)



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