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Sunday, April 20, 2014

UFC on Fox 11: Fabricio Werdum Dominates Travis Browne

UFC on Fox 11 kicked off last night in Orlando, Florida. Headlining the card was a heavyweight bout with title implications between Travis Browne and Fabricio Werdum.

Going into the fight, many thought Browne would be the one to dictate the exchanges on the feet, but it was Werdum who proved to be the superior striker.

Aside from the first round, in which Werdum was rocked by Browne, Werdum dominated the standup. He put some excellent combinations together, and a gassed Browne couldn't respond.

This is one of Werdum's biggest wins, as it gives him a title shot against the dominant Cain Velasquez. Werdum may be the only fighter to test Cain on the ground, and it's clear he's making some excellent strides with his striking.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

UFC on Fox 11 Preview

UFC on Fox 11 features one of the most stacked cars the UFC has ever put on free TV. It features a main event between heavyweights Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne.

This is one of the most important fights of their lives, as Dana White announced earlier in the week that the winner will take on current champ Cain Velasquez in Mexico. Both fighters have proven their worth both on the ground and standing, making this a very competitive, exciting bout for the fans.

Also, Miesha Tate and Liz Carmouche will throw down in the woman's bantamweight division, where the winner sets themselves up with higher profile fights in the future. Both are also coming off losses, so this is a do-or-die situation for them.

Donald Cerrone and Edson Barboza will go to war in the lightweight division, which has Fight-Of-The-Night written all over it. It's a stacked card that is going to be one card the fans can't miss. For live coverage of the event, be sure to keep it locked here

TUF Nations Finale: Tim Kennedy Dominates Michael Bisping On The Ground

TUF Nations finale kicked off last night in Quebec, Canada. For the main event, Tim Kennedy took on Michael Bisping, a middleweight bout that had huge stakes for the winner. Leading up to this bout, both fighters talked a lot of trash.

They finally settled the score last night, where Tim Kennedy had an impressive showing for five straight rounds. Kennedy dominated Bisping on the ground, passing side control and getting mount on several occasions. He would land some good shots from the top, and he's one of the few fighters to hold Bisping down.

Chael Sonnen couldn't even do what Kennedy did, which is a testament to the type of grappling Kennedy has. Bisping had his moments, landing solid kicks and putting his combinations together. But, like Kennedy said, none of the shots hurt him, and he was able to press forward. Before this fight, Kennedy was ranked 8th in the division, but this important win puts him into the top 5.

As far as his next opponent, Kennedy wants Mark Munoz, who is scheduled to face Gegard Mousasi. This is an apt fight and it will certainly be a great ground battle. Kennedy is proving to not only be a competent grappler, but a fighter who could challenge for the belt within the next year.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tim Kennedy vs. Michael Bisping: TUF Nations Finale Preview

This Wednesday the UFC features an important fight in the middleweight division between Tim Kennedy and Michael Bisping.

Words have been exchanged between both men leading up to this fight, and it appears there is no love lost between these two well-rounded mixed martial artists.

It all started when Kennedy started calling Bisping a dirty fighter, saying he grabs shorts, eye pokes, and even spits on his opponents. All of these things have been true of Bisping in the past, but not in his most recent fights.

Bisping has taken serious offense to these words, and he's out to make an example of Kennedy, much like he did when he squared off with Ranger Up fighter Jorge Rivera.

On paper, this is going to be an excellent middleweight bout. Bisping is the better boxer with crisper, more technical combinations, but Kennedy holds the edge in the power department and perhaps in the wrestling department. Bisping has shown he can be finished standing, which is where Kennedy will look to shine.

Regardless of the outcome, the winner puts their name in contention to challenge for the title, so it's going to be a must-win fight for both. It all goes down Wednesday night on Fox Sports 1. So, will Bisping dominate Kennedy like he claims he's going to do? Or will Kennedy rise to the occasion and earn the biggest win of his career to date? Stay tuned! 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Manny Pacquiao Defeats Timothy Bradley In Rematch

Tonight, boxing displayed an important welterweight title, but more important, a rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley. Bradley earned a unanimous decision when they first squared off, a high controversial decision in that most fans and their mother clearly saw the fight in favor of Manny.

Still, Manny knew what he had to do in the rematch, and he did just that. For 12 rounds, Manny showed increased aggression, pushing Bradley back. Bradley responded by swaying and dodging, but he never really landed enough volume punches to really steal the rounds.

Aside for two or three rounds, it was pretty much Manny. At the end of the day, the judges got it right, giving Pacquiao the unanimous decision. He is now once again the WBO welterweight champion. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Ronda Rousey Gets Alexis Davis At UFC 175

Ronda Rousey is coming off a dominate TKO victory over Sara McMann, the former Olympian who was thought to be Ronda's biggest test to date. Now, she is scheduled to face Alexis Davis, who is currently 3-0 in the UFC, sporting a record of 16-5.

Davis hasn't had any finishes in her UFC tenure, but she's a stern test for Rousey because she's a dominate jiu jitsu practitioner. Holding a black belt in jiu jitsu, Davis should be able to hold her own on the ground with Rousey, who has stopped her opponents time and time again with an armbar. This women's bantamweight title fight is set to take place at UFC 175, which takes place July 5th.

Davis will be hoping that her ground game coupled with her experience is enough to handle Rousey, who is undefeated at this point in her career. It should be a fun title fight, and if Rousey can defeat Davis in dominate fashion, she's going to be one of the very best pound-for-pound fighters and pay per view draws for the UFC for the foreseeable future.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Dan Henderson Drops H-Bomb On Shogun Rua

Tonight, UFC Fight Night was featured in Brazil, where Dan Henderson and Shogun Rua battled it out for three straight rounds. Henderson won their first fight in the UFC, getting a close decision.

The rematch lived up to the hype tonight, as both fighters went back and forth to the very end. Rua looked good early, dropping Henderson with some great shots and landing great leg kicks that were adding up.

But in the third, Henderson uncorked a huge right hand, sending Shogun to the canvas. Henderson followed it up with some great hammer-fists, and the ref was forced to step in. This is one of the best comebacks for Henderson in his career, especially after the fact that he was almost finished three times by Rua.

Now, he will move up into the top 7 of the division, and it's going to be interesting to see who the UFC matches him up with next. It was a great way to cap off the night in Brazil, and Hendo, as he usually does, proves that age is not a factor of skill and the desire to win.

Friday, March 14, 2014

UFC 171 Live Weigh In

UFC 171 kicks off this weekend in Dallas, TX, which features a welterweight title fight between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler. With Georges St. Pierre out of the title picture, the UFC gets fresh challengers, hoping to achieve their championship dreams.

Also, Carlos Condit and Tyron Woodley will go to war for a chance to fight for the welterweight belt as well. It's going to be a great card filled with some exciting fights. In the video to the right, check out the weigh ins for the event. And keep it locked here for the latest coverage of UFC 171.