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Monday, July 21, 2014

Conor McGregor Backs Up The Hype In Dublin

Perhaps one of the most popular fighters today in the UFC is Conor McGregor. He's one of those special guys who can really sell a fight, and then back up everything inside the cage, much like how Floyd Mayweather Jr. does in boxing.

Leading up to this weekend's Dublin fight card, he had the whole nation on his shoulders, and the world of pressure to back up the hype against a formidable opponent in Diego Brandao. In the first round, Conor seemed to pick his shots carefully, and then he finally landed a string of combinations against the cage against Brando, who was not able to survive the round.

It's one of McGregor's biggest wins to date, not only because he is on a three fight winning streak, but because he's truly something special in terms of talent. As of now, we don't know if he has the ability to be a champion, but he's certainly a huge draw for the UFC, and he deserves the chance to fight a top 10 opponent. If McGregor keeps up his winning ways, he'll be fighting for a belt in no time at all. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Conor McGregor: Searching For Gold

Conor McGregor is a fighter that is well aware of his opportunity in the UFC. Thus far, everything has gone perfectly. He's 2-0 in the UFC, and he's one of the most popular fighters right now, especially when it comes to the lighter weight classes.

He talks a big game and he backs it up inside the cage, mixing his beautiful combinations with his underrated grappling game. He's just six days out of his UFC fight in Dublin, where the fans will surely be chanting and screaming his name.

He's got the whole nation on his shoulders, it seems, and he's got a tough test ahead of him going up against the Brazilian Diego Brandao. Brandao, the Season 14 Ultimate Fighter winner, is looking to put his past cardio/weight-cut issues behind him, and shut up the Ireland phenom, McGregor, for good.

If McGregor can beat Brando, making it 3-0 in his UFC tenure, he's on a fast track for UFC gold, and the UFC could certainly use him in the European markets around the world. Even though McGregor may rub you the wrong way, you can't help but pay attention to him, and this is something he's certainly cognizant of. Look for him to have a sterling performance against Brando, who will be looking to put on an exciting fight for the fans. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

UFC 175 Live Results

It all goes down today for UFC 175, where Chris Weidman looks to defend his belt for the second time against the ever-improving Lyoto Machida. Both have amazing skills that will test one another like one before, and it should be one of the best title fights of the year.

Also, the best women's fighter on the planet, Ronda Rousey, will look to run through yet another opponent, Alexis Davis. Davis is a black belt in jiu jitsu and she also has a lot of experience that will present some interesting challenges for Rousey. Below, check out the live results of the event; it should be a fun one from top to bottom.

Middleweight Championship (Main Event)
Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida: Chris Weidman wins via unanimous decision

Co-Main (Bantamweight Championship)
Ronda Rousey vs. Alexis Davis: Ronda Rousey wins via TKO in the first round

Heavyweight: Stefan Struve vs. Matt Mitrione: Wasn't contested on account of Struve's pre-fight fainting

Middleweight: Uriah Hall vs. Thiago Santos: Uriah Hall wins via unanimous decision

Middleweight: Ildemar Alcantara vs. Kenny Robertson: Kenny Robertson wins via unanimous decision

Chris Camozzi vs. Bruno Santos: Bruno Santos wins via unanimous decision

Rob Font vs. George Roop: Rob Font wins via KO

Guilherme Vasconcelos vs. Luke Zachrich:

Kevin Casey vs. William Brush: 

Friday, July 4, 2014

UFC 175 Weigh Ins

UFC 175 kicks off tomorrow night for the UFC's big 4th of July weekend card. Headlining the card is a terrific middleweight title between the current champ Chris Weidman and the ever elusive striker Lyoto Machida.

Both present interesting problems for one another, and it's a true pick-em fight. Also, Ronda Rousey looks to defend her bantamweight title, once again, against Alexis Davis, the savvy grappler who's one of the most experienced fighters Rousey has faced to date.

It should be a great card, and for the weigh ins of the event, be sure to check out the video to the right. It all goes down Saturday night, and only on pay per view.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Cub Swanson Edges Jeremy Stephens; Should Get Title Shot

UFC went to San Antonio last night, where Cub Swanson took on Jeremy Stephens, in a bout that had fireworks written all over it.

The fight went all five rounds, but in those rounds, Cub was able to put on a masterful performance, showcasing some dynamic kicks and picking Stephens apart in the later rounds. Stephens was a game opponent, however, landing some big shots that seemed to affect Cub on several occasions.

At the end of the day, Cub was able to land more strikes and get the decision, which is his sixth straight win in a row. So what's next for Cub? He's certainly redeemed himself after losing to Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes, and he's showing vast improvements in his striking game.

He should be next in line for the title, which will be defended by Jose Aldo against Chad Mendes in an epic rematch. Last night, Cub proved to be the superior fighter, and it's nice to see him progress as a fighter in hopes of achieving his championship dreams. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida Preview

One of the biggest pay per views of the year takes place July 5, 2014, which features an all-important middleweight title. Defending his belt is Chris Weidman, who is the only man to defeat Anderson Silva, not once, but twice in a row.

In both victories, there was a little reason for fans to doubt the newly crowned champ. In the first bout, Weidman was able to KO Silva, after he was keeping his hands down and mocking Weidman. In the second, it was a perfectly timed leg check that broke Silva's leg in ghastly fashion.

Now, Weidman gets the chance to silence the doubters and prove he's worthy of being the greatest middleweight, maybe fighter, on the planet. In to dethrone the dominant champ is Lyoto Machida. Machida has always had an elusive, puzzling style, and now that he's moved down to middleweight, his speed and deception seem to be at an all time high. This was clear in his first round head-kick KO over Mark Munoz.

Machida would then couple this win with a great performance over the vet Gegard Mousasi. Now, his sights are locked on Weidman, and he certainly believes he has the striking to give the current champ fits. This title bout is going to be one of the best fights of the year, and a lot of questions loom. How will Weidman fair after dealing with an injury? Will Machida have success at middleweight, going up against one of the best fighters in the division? All will be answered July 5, 2014. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Chael Sonnen Retires From MMA

In a shocking turn of events, Chael Sonnen, one of the most popular and controversial stars in the UFC today, has officially announced that he is hanging up the gloves for good. His hand was dealt because he could no longer fight, in a healthy way, without taking TRT.

Since TRT was banned by the NSAC commission a couple of months ago, Chael was forced to do other things, which popped up in his system for his scheduled bout with Vitor Belfort at UFC 175. Chael failed the test, and evidently, this was too much for Chael to continue on in his MMA career.

When it's all said and done, Chael retires with a record of 28-14-1, with notable victories over Nate Marquardt, Michael Bisping, Shogun Rua, Yushin Okami, and almost Anderson Silva. He was really the only fighter to get behind the mike and market his fights, and fighters of the next generation can really learn something from this man. It's awesome to see him go out on his own terms, and he will always be remembered as a guy who would fight anyone, anytime. Hopefully the UFC can find him a position with the company.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

UFC Fight Night Albuquerque Results

UFC Fight Night kicks off tonight in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which features a great card from top to bottom. Headlining the card is a terrific lightweight bout between top contender Ben Henderson and rising star Rustam Khabilov.

Both are trying to get an impressive win in hopes of fighting for the belt, and if one thing is for sure: this is going to be an explosive match up. Also, hometown hero Diego Sanchez will get the chance to redeem himself after his flat performance against Myles Jury.

After the bout, it was revealed that he had food poisoning, hindering him from fighting to his true potential. He will look to bring the Nightmare back out going up against Ross Pearson, who is no joke on the feet. Below are live results of the event, and be sure to keep it locked here for the latest pre-fight and post-fight coverage of the event.

Main Event (155)
Ben Henderson vs. Rustam Khabilov: Ben Henderson wins via submission in the fourth round

Main Card
155: Diego Sanchez vs. Ross Pearson: Diego Sanchez wins via split decision
125: John Dodson vs. John Moraga: John Dodson wins via TKO in the second round
155: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Jason High: RDA wins via TKO in the second round 
155: Yves Edwards vs. Piotr Hallman: Piotr Hallman wins via submission (rear-naked choke) in the third round
135: Erick Perez vs. Bryan Caraway: Bryan Caraway wins via submission (rear-naked choke) in the second round

Prelims
135: Yoatzin Meza vs. Sergio Pettis: Sergio Pettis wins via unanimous decision
170: Bobby Voelker vs. Lance Benoist: Lance Benoist wins via unanimous decision
125: Scott Jorgensen vs. Danny Martinez: Scott Jorgensen wins via unanimous decision
155: Jon Tuck vs. Jake Lindsey: Jon Tuck wins via TKO in the third round
205: Patrick Cummins vs. Roger Narvaez: Patrick Cummins wins via TKO in the second round