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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Eddie Alvarez Signs With UFC; Fights Donald Cerrone At UFC 178

According to the UFC, former Bellator lightweight champ, Eddie Alvarez has been granted leave from the promotion and has now signed with the UFC. He will be facing Donald Cerrone at UFC 178, which leaves Bobby Green without an opponent on the card.

This is a huge fight for both Cerrone and Alvarez, and it's going to be Alvarez first fight under the promotion, and what a fight to start out with. Cerrone is a huge step-up in competition, who is on a four-fight winning streak, and it's going to be interesting to see if Alvarez is "UFC caliber."

The bout will be the co-main event on the card, and it's surely going to determine a possible title contender, especially if the winner can put on a masterful performance. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Tim Boetsch Scores Epic Comeback KO Against Brad Tavares

UFC went to Bangor, Maine for the first time, and maybe last, which featured a couple of interesting match ups on card. On fight, in particular, that had a lot of interest was a middleweight bout between Tim Boetsch and Brad Tavares.

The Maine native, Tim Boetsch, desperately needed a win, after coming off a dominant submission loss to Luke Rockhold in his last UFC appearance. Boetsch was getting dominated early on against Tavares, who seemed to be the more competent striker on the feet. Then, in the second round, find his stride and landed a beautiful punch that rocked Tavares.

Boetsch followed it up with more strikers, forcing the ref to step in. What a comeback win for Boetsch, who is accustomed to coming on strong when his chips are down, the Okami fight. This type of fighting seen from Boetsch is a testament to his will to never give up, and all he really needs is that one solid shot to end a bout. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. St. Preux Live Results

Tonight, fans in Bangor, Maine get to witness a great card, featuring a light heavyweight bout between Ryan Bader and Ovince St. Preux. 

Both have the chance to solidify themselves as a top contender in the division, which is great because the division could use fresh faces to add to the mix. Below are the live results of the event, and be sure to keep it locked here for the latest post-fight coverage. Enjoy! 

Main Event (205lb) 
Ryan Bader vs. Ovince St. Preux: Ryan Bader wins via unanimous decision

Co-Main Event 
155: Gray Maynard vs. Ross Pearson: Ross Pearson wins via TKO in the second round

Main Card
185: Tim Boetsch vs. Brad Tavares:
170: Seth Baczynski vs. Alan Jouban:
235: Shawn Jordan vs. Jack May: Shawn Jordan wins via TKO in the third round
145: Thiago Tavares vs. Robbie Peralta: Thiago Tavares wins via rear-naked choke in the first round

Fox Sports 2 Prelims
125: Jussier Formiga vs. Zach Makovsky: Jussier Formiga wins via unanimous decision 
135: Sara McMann vs. Lauren Murphy: Sara McMann wins via split decision
185: Tom Watson vs. Sam Alvey: Tom Watson wins via unanimous decision
135: Nolan Ticman vs. Frankie Saenz: Frankie Saenz wins via unanimous decision

Friday, August 15, 2014

Ryan Bader vs. Ovince St. Preux Prognostication

Tomorrow, the UFC heads to Maine in what is shaping up to be a memorable night for the fans. Headlining the card is an interesting light heavyweight match up between TUF vet, Ryan Bader, and rising star Ovince St. Preux.

Both fighters have proved to be elite, but this fight is a deciding factor in who crosses the contender-or-pretender line. On paper, Bader has the wrestling edge, and he's shown to be as tough as they come from on top. This was clear in his stifling, dominating win over Anthony Perosh.

He's really only been beaten by the best of the division, Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira, and if he can mix it up form his heavy-handed striking and wrestling, he's got a good chance of getting the win. St. Preux, although not as credentialed as Bader in the wrestling department, has shown some amazing things from the ground.

He's on a five-fight winning streak, and many are pegging Preux as one of the most athletic and explosive fighters in the division. It's going to be a great fight, but it's really Bader's fight to loose. Expect him to press forward, putting constant pressure on Preux, and getting takedowns when the openings present themselves.

He's probably not going to get the finish, as Preux has only been stopped once in his career, but he's going to dominate each round and get the decision nod.

Final Prediction: Ryan Bader wins via unanimous decision

UFC Fight Night Bader. vs. St. Preux Weigh In

UFC Fight Night Main, featuring a light heavyweight bout between Ryan Bader and Ovince St. Preux, kicks off tomorrow night.

It's a free card for the fans, which also showcases an exciting lightweight bout between Gray Maynard and Ross Pearson. In the video to the right, check out the weigh ins for the event.

It should be a great card from top to bottom, and it's going to be interesting to see if Bader is overrated like St. Preux thinks he is. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

UFC 178 Gets Donald Cerrone vs. Bobby Green/ James Krause vs. Jorge Masvidal

UFC 178 took a huge hit in the main event, when Jon Jones, the current light heavyweight of the world, injured his knee during a practice going up against Alistair Overeem. This forced his title bout with Daniel Cormier off the card, which will be contested on January 3, 2015.

Even though this was a huge loss, the UFC is apparently trying to salvage the situation by putting as many exciting fights as they can on the card. It was announced earlier today that Bobby Green, coming off a recent win over Josh Thomson, would face Donald Cerrone.

Green was originally scheduled to face Jorge Masvidal, but Cerrone's inability to land an opponent engendered the change. This is an exceptional fight, one that could determine who will be next in line to challenge for the belt, whether it's against Anthony Pettis or Gilbert Melendez.

Masvidal doesn't have to worry, either, as he's getting a game opponent in James Krause. Both of these lightweight fights have the potential to be barn-burners, and UFC 178 is still shaping up to be one heck of a card. Here's what the current lineup looks like:

Main Event: 125lb Title Fight
Demetrious Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso
Co Main Event:
Donald Cerrone vs. Bobby Green
Main Card: 
145: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor
135: Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki
185: Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero
135: Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes
170: Brian Ebersole vs. John Howard
170: Patrick Cote vs. Stephen Thomson
155: Jon Tuck vs. Kevin Lee
155: James Krause vs. Jorge Masvidal
145: Manvel Gamburyan vs. Cody Gibson 

Bellator Bringing Back Women's Featherweight Division

Bellator has been long-regarded as the second best promotion in MMA, right behind the UFC. They have gotten a lot of flack for their tournament format, and their willingness to put on fight cards every Friday night. 

However, with the signing of Scott Coker, the new Bellator president who replaced Bjorn Rebney, the promotion seems to be getting a second chance. Part of this second chance is Bellator's smart move to bring back the women's division (featherweight). 

This move is huge for women's MMA, and featherweight fighters, Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd have already signed with the promotion. Hopefully, this might open the door for Gina Carano, one of the most popular fighters in the sport, to join the promotion as well. 

With the help of Scott Coker's guidance, Bellator's women division is taking shape, and it's a great thing for women fighters, as it gives them even more career opportunities in the sport. Who know's, maybe Bellator will sign Cristiane Santos, because after all, she's one of the best, and most notable, fighters in the women's featherweight division. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Christy Mack Starting Fund For War Machine Man-Hunt

For MMA fans, they are well aware of the violent nature of former UFC/Bellator fighter, Jon Koppenhaver, otherwise known as War Machine. 

He's shown a history of violence long before becoming a professional fighter, and he's even served his time in jail for battery and assault charges.

In his most recent insane act, he's been charged with the beatings of two people, his girlfriend and popular porn star, Christy Mack, and VH1 star Corey Thomas. 

Allegedly, from what Mack has told, Koppenhaver came to Mack's apartment, unannounced, and out of either jealous or rage, began beating up both Mack and Thomas.

He would then force Mack into the shower, where he ended up cutting her and beating her severely. In response to these horrific actions done to her, Mack and others have started a fund for the man-hunt of War Machine. 

This has garnered a lot of attention from MMA media outlets and even celebrities, such as Dog The Bounty Hunter. War Machine has yet to be caught, but these collected efforts will certainly aide in his capture.
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