UFC 172 Prediction/Preview: Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira

 UFC 172, one of three events the organization has hosted within the last 10 days. Though the last couple events weren’t half bad, this is the fight-card everyone around the world is waiting for.

 In the main-event, Jon Jones, current Light Heavyweight champion is set to defend his title against the heavy handed, Glover Teixeira. Keep in mind, Teixeira’s currently riding a 20 fight win streak and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Saturday, April 26th in Baltimore, MD, the title is on the line.

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Max Holloway vs. Andre Fili -

 Andre Fili in his UFC debut (October 19th, 2013) displayed great speed and striking combinations - not to mention he also has a solid submission game. However, taking on and defeating Max Holloway will be no easy task. Holloway has the greater experience inside the octagon, fighting the toughest in the world. We know Andre Fili was successful in the music industry (lead singer of “It’s Godzilla”), now it’s time to prove his place inside the octagon.

 With Holloway 2-2 in his last 4 fights and Fili undefeated (besides his lose due to a knee injury), he (Andre Fili) looks to be unstoppable - At least for now.

Pick: Andre Fili

Jim Miller vs. Yancy Medeiros -

 Jim Miller who was first set to take on Bobby Green (who was forced out of the fight due to injury) is now set to take on Yancy Mederios on short notice. Yes, taking this fight on short notice shows heart and if victorious, he’ll make a huge statement towards the rest of the Lightweight division.

 Jim Miller has by far the greater experience in not only the octagon, but MMA in general. With a rocky last couple of fights, MIller’s going to walk into that octagon blood thirsty (as he was against Joe Lauzon). That being said…

Pick: Jim Miller

Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch -

 Luke Rockhold, former Strikeforce Middleweight champion (before it was bought out by the UFC) will take on Tim ‘The Barbarian’ Boetsche.

This fight, definitely a big one for the Middleweight division. Boetsche has proven he’s worthy of top tear UFC opponents - This weekend he gets one. While both are riding a single victory after taking loses to tough opponents, they’ll be looking to further their “W’s”. ‘The Barbarian’ Boetsch has fought some of the best the Middleweight division has to offer, but Rockhold being a former champion in a high level MMA organization, will be on the hunt for his lost gold.

Pick: Luke Rockhold

Phil Davis vs. Anthony Johnson -

 Anthony Johnson after his missed-weight and loss to Vitor Belfort in the Middleweight division (also missed weight at Welterweight), was let go from the UFC back in 2012. Outside of the UFC, Johnson made the right decision and moved up to Light Heavyweight (also fought at Heavyweight) and was unstoppable. This weekend at UFC 172, Phil Davis, the multiple time NCAA champion welcomes back Anthony Johnson to the UFC octagon.

 This fight is interesting in the fact that Phil Davis looks to be more interested in fighting main-eventer/champion, Jon Jones then his current set opponent, Johnson. That could be dangerous and end up putting Davis in a bad position. We’ve witnessed Johnson’s dominance outside of the UFC. Though some might not have been top tear like some Light Heavyweights that step foot in the octagon, it was still very impressive, especially at Johnson’s new found weight-class.

 We may be wrong, but basing this off the focus Davis is putting towards champion, Jon Jones and not Anthony Johnson…

Pick: Anthony Johnson

Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira -

 Your UFC 172 main-event, where the Light Heavyweight championship is up for grabs.

 Jon Jones has successfully defended his title 6 times, this weekend he looks to make it 7. There is however a huge threat to that being possible, and that’s Glover Teixeira. No matter who it is, Jon Jones will always be a unique challenge for anyone he’s put opposite of. Yes, anything can happen in combat sports. It only takes a fraction of a second to end a fight, but Jon Jones has proven time and time again, the damage he can cause and the calmness he obtains in a fight that takes him from being in a bad position, to a victorious one.

Pick: Jon Jones

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UFC on FOX 11 Recap: Fabricio Werdum Dominates Travis Browne, Receives Title shot Against Cain Velasquez

 UFC on FOX 11 in Orlando, FL was not only a fun fight-card for the fans, but also upsetting. Many had Travis Browne (one half of the main-event) coming out victorious due to his past dominance in the Heavyweight division — Many predicted wrong.

 The preliminary fight-card was stacked, itself. Great match-ups that turned into exciting brawls. Thiago Alves would return to the octagon after a 2 year layoff, and defeat his opponent, Seth Baczynski. We also can’t forget the main-preliminary fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Rafael dos Anjos. With Nurmagomedov’s professional MMA recorded yet to obtain a loss, that would only further motivate him to keep it unblemished in dominating dos Anjos throughout their 3 round battle.

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 Your first fight of the main-card was a freakishly big one (as far as size in the Middleweight division). Yoel Romero, Olympic silver medalist took on Brad Tavares.

 Both moving up through the Middleweight rankings and fast, after this fight, it was only one who would continue their rise to the top.

 Yoel Romero throughout the fight dominated with huge take downs, ground control and fast paced striking. In the end, with 78% strike accuracy and a total of 7 take downs, it was Romero who would come out victorious.

 He took Tavares down with such force, this was how WIKI described Yoel Romero’s victory —

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"THROWING AROUND BRUTALLY"

 Just before the co-main event, we were gifted greatness in the form of Donald Cerrone vs. Edson Barboza.

 Early on in the fight, Barboza was looking to get the best of Cerrone. He showed greater speed, landed with more total strikes and even finished with a tap… Wait, what?

 As the fight was nearing the end of round #1, Cerrone landed with a big jab, putting Barboza to the floor where ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone would follow up with the rear-naked choke, solidifying a submission victory.

 Donald Cerrone says this is his run at the Lightweight gold - 5 years in them making.

 Miesha Tate vs. Liz Carmouche, your co-main event, and a close one at that.

 Early in the fight, Carmouche was coming out strong, leading Tate to what looked to have been a 3rd consecutive, possible lose. As the fight went further through the remaining rounds, Tate snapped back to reality, displaying dominance over Carmouche.

 Though in the end, it was a close fight, Miesha Tate was the one with her hand raised in victory.

 Cain Velasquez vs. ?

 Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne were set to main-event FOX’ 11th UFC event, also told that winner will receive a title shot against current Heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez.

 Reading through journalist/media fight picks, most, if not all had Browne coming out the winner and earning his long awaited title shot. Many, if not all were very wrong and mistaken.

 From round #1 to round #5, Werdum beat Browne in every aspect of the fight. He out struck Browne, did damage when on the ground and was also the first to take Browne down (without allowing his opponent), not once, but twice.

 In the end, it was a 50-45 unanimous decision victory (besides one judge who had it 49-46) that would not only add another tough opponent beaten to Werdum’s resume, but also a title shot against Velasquez in what is rumored to take place in Mexico.

 

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UFC on FOX 11 Preview: Velasquez vs. ?

 November 12, 2011, the deal with Zuffa and FOX would finally come to life by having their first live UFC event, Velasquez vs. Dos Santos, and it was nothing but a huge success. Just years later, FOX is set to host UFC on FOX 11 in Orlando, FL, this Saturday, April 19th.

 Generally, FOX fight-cards are stacked and this weekend we’re far from being let down. Not only are there big fights, but the main-event was requested by FOX to headline the card. Dana White and the rest of the organization couldn’t refuse. 

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 The Lightweight division is stacked with exciting, fast-paced fighters and just before the co-main event, we’re presented possibly one of the best Lightweight match-ups we’ve seen in awhile. Ranked #9 in the division, Donald Cerrone takes on Edson Barboza who is ranked just outside of the top 10. Barboza will be looking to push himself into the top 10 Lightweight pool of talent.

 If you’ve ever witnessed a Cerrone or Barboza fight, you have already predicted this fight is going to be outstanding. Both are known for great striking abilities and the speed their able to maintain inside the octagon. Both are currently riding on win streaks and look to further their resume, searching for the top spot in the division. 

 Remember Edson Barboza’s spinning-back-kick on Terry Etim? How about Donald Cerrone’s most recent victory over Adriano Martins? Both ended in deviating fashion and you can expect fireworks like that this Saturday.

Just a couple of years back, Dana White was telling TMZ and other reporters that women would never be in the UFC. Remember that? Well, this weekend we’ve got a big fight in the women’s Bantamweight division (taking place inside the octagon(inside the UFC)). Most can also argue, the women’s division is one of the most exiting, and action packed divisions the octagon maintains.

 Miesha Tate, who is ranked #3 takes on Liz Carmouche, ranked #7 inside the co-main event of the evening.

 This fight is one of those possible “make-or-break” fights. Both are riding losses and are in desperate need of a big victory. You can bet your a** both are going to come out like raging bulls, looking to get their hand raised. Tate and Carmouche have both been victims of champion, Ronda Rousey, but a victory for either Tate or Carmouche puts them back into championship conversation.

 Your main-event of the evening (the fight FOX asked the UFC for), is Travis Browne vs. Fabricio Werdum - Dana White has already confirmed that winner of this fight is going to Mexico to take on Heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez.

 Both Browne and Werdum are riding impressive win streaks (3), one of the highest in the Heavyweight division, right behind the champ, Velasquez (4). Whoever grabs hold of the 4th victory is guaranteed a shot at the gold.

 With Browne entering the UFC looking somewhat out of shape and Werdum let go from the UFC just a few years back, they’ve become completely different fighters in making it to the position their in. Travis Browne as we know will be looking for that big knockout finish, Fabricio Werdum has his eyes set on the limbs of Browne, in search of a submission victory.

 Saturday, April 19th, Cain Velasquez receives a new opponent.

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