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Monday, September 1, 2014

Thales Leites Eyeing Potential Michael Bisping Bout

Thales Leites has had an up and down career in mixed martial arts. When he was in the UFC for the first time, he looked great, particularly when it came to his jiu jitsu. However, when he faced the best, namely against Anderson Silva, he never really pulled the trigger. 

After being competing in other organizations, something clicked. He started becoming more aggressive, both in terms of his submissions and strikes on the feet. Now that he's on a four fight winning streak in the UFC, he's making some waves. 

So who should the UFC match him up with next? Well, Leites seems to believe a good opponent for him would be Michael Bisping. Bisping is always highly ranked, he's an exciting fighter, and he's one of the most marketable fighters in the UFC. A win over Bisping would catapult Leites to the top of the division, changing his life forever. 

UFC: Ronda Rousey Demands Bethe Correia Fight

Bethe Correia is 3-0 in the UFC, beating two of Ronda Rousey's training partners. After her latest win over Shayna Baszler, she called out the dominant champ. 

And apparently, Ronda Rousey wants the fight as well, looking to exact her revenge to prove she's the superior fighter. Dana White, the president of the UFC, likes the match up, but not at the moment. 

He told Rousey to calm down, as she's got a lot of fighters in her sights before she can be matched up with Bethe. These fights include Holly Holm, Gina Carano, and a potential super-fight with Cyborg Santos. If Rousey can get past these obstacles, Bethe Correia makes a lot of since for her.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

What's Next For TJ Dillashaw?

Last night, at UFC 177, TJ Dillashaw put on a masterful performance. Leading up to this bout, TJ had to deal with a lot of pressure. Not only was he fighting in his hometown in Sacramento, California, but he was fighting Joe Soto, a one-day replacement who stepped up for Renan Barao after he suffered an injury in the bathtub while cutting weight.

Despite the late replacement, TJ, the standout protegee of Duane Ludwig, dominated Soto for five straight rounds. He was the more active striker, and his speed and footwork were just too much for Soto, who was a game opponent. In the fifth round, TJ timed a head kick beautifully, rocking Soto and TJ went in for the kill.

So what's next for TJ, who defended his title for the first time in dramatic fashion. The UFC has two great options. First, they could give Rafael Assuncao a shot at TJ. Rafael already holds a win over him, although controversial, so it would make for an interesting rematch. Rafael is also on a six-fight winning streak, so in terms of record, it makes a lot of since.

Or, since Dominick Cruz is one of the most marketable guys at bantamweight, and given that he never really lost his belt, he could fight TJ if he beats Mizugaki at UFC 178. Both are solid options for TJ, giving him a really great test at this point in his career.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

UFC 177 Post-Fight Press Conference

On paper, UFC 177 looked like it was going to be a disaster. With Renan Barao and Henry Cedujo out of action, the UFC needed the fighters on the main card to really pull through. 

This is exactly what they did, and 4 out of 5 fights were finishes that were thrilling to watch. 

At the right, check out the post-fight press conference, detailing the winners of the night, who each won a Harley Davidson. All-in-all, it was a really good card. 

UFC 177: TJ Dillashaw Finishes Joe Soto In The Fifth Round

UFC 177 was a lacking card. It was originally supposed to be TJ Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao for the bantamweight title, but a failed weight cut sent Barao to the hospital and off the card. Joe Soto took Barao's spot, and he put up a valiant effort against TJ Dillashaw. 

For five straight rounds, Soto looked to throw heavy bombs on TJ. He wasn't able to keep up for TJ's footwork and constant pressure, succumbing to a brutal head kick that ended the bout in the fifth round. It was an exceptional title defense for TJ, who seems to only be getting better, which is a scary thought for the rest of the division. 

Up next for him is probably a title bout with Rafael Assuncao, who already holds a split decision win over him. It would be a great rematch for the fans. For Soto, he did his best and even though he lost, he gets some serious props tonight. That's a wrap! 

UFC 177 Live Results

Even though Renan Barao had to pull out of his bantamweight title fight with TJ Dillashaw, the UFC decides that the show must go on. Filling in for Barao is Joe Soto, a highly experienced fighter who sports an impressive 15-2 record. 

It's not the title fight we hoped for, but it's a title fight, and the UFC is hoping this fight can salvage some of an already decimated, weak card. Below, check out the live results of the event, and keep it locked here for all of the post-fight coverage. 

Main Event: Bantamweight Title Fight
TJ Dillashaw vs. Joe Soto: TJ Dillashaw wins via TKO in the fifth round

Co-Main (155)
Danny Castillo vs. Tony Ferguson: Tony Ferguson wins via split decision 

Main Card
135: Shayna Baszler vs. Bethe Correia:
155: Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Ramsey Nijem: Diego Ferreira wins via TKO in the second round
155: Damon Jackson vs. Yancy Medeiros: Yancy Medeiros wins via reverse guillotine in the second round

Prelims
185: Derek Brunson vs. Lorenz Larkin: Derek Brunson wins via unanimous decision 
265: Anthony Hamilton vs. Ruan Potts: Anthony Hamilton wins via TKO in the second round 
155: Cain Carrizosa vs. Chris Wade: Chris Wade wins via guillotine in the first round 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Renan Barao Out Of Title Fight With TJ Dillashaw, Joe Soto Takes His Place

UFC just revealed some startling news for UFC 177, as Renan Barao has been forced off the card. He was scheduled to face TJ Dillashaw for the bantamweight belt, which was going to headline the card.

Barao was pulled off the card because he fainted during his weight cut. This is smart on the UFC to put safety first, but it's unfortunate for the card, as it was already lacking in terms of draws. Now, Joe Soto will get the title shot, and what an opportunity for him.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

UFC 177: TJ Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao Prediction

UFC 177 features a meaningful bantamweight title fight between TJ Dillashaw, the current champ, and Renan Barao, the former champ that was one of the best pound-for-pound fighters to date before he lost his strap. 

In their first fight, Dillashaw showed superior footwork, and appeared to be the must faster fighter when he stepped in the cage. Dillashaw rocked Barao early in the fight, and Barao never truly recovered. TJ ended up getting the stoppage in the fifth round, becoming the second person ever to defeat Barao. 

The game plan couldn't have gone any better for TJ, who mainly looked to keep the fight on the feet. Barao suffered a humiliating defeat, and it appears that he didn't have a very good training camp leading up to their first title fight. He may have overlooked TJ, which is not that surprising. 

He had beaten some amazing fighters in his UFC tenure, such as Eddie Wineland, Urijah Faber and Michael McDonald, and he made it look easy. Now, his back is up against the wall, and he needs the performance of a lifetime to get his belt back. He's up for the challenge, and he believes the rematch will be more indicative of each fighter's true skills.

In terms of the rematch, TJ has all of the tools to beat Barao again. It wouldn't be surprising at all to see him use his wrestling more, as well as keeping Barao guessing on the feet. Barao is good, but he has met his match, much like Anderson Silva did when he fought Chris Weidman. 

TJ will be the faster fighter, and he will use his dynamic combinations to pick Barao apart on the feet. The end result may not be exactly the same as their first meeting, but TJ will get the finish. 

Final Prediction: TJ Dillashaw wins via TKO in the third round. 
 
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