UFC 174 – Bagautinov vs Johnson

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The line-up for UFC 174 boasted all the potential of a typical UFC event that built up a variety of emotions leading up the night itself. (Sorry it’s a bit late!)

Main Card

Ryan Jimmo vs Ovince Saint Preux 

The opening Light-heavy bout of the night started off with a good few exchanges, displaying the range of skills invloved in MMA however OSP quickly began to dominated the fight with his Karate skills. A series of head punches soon gave OSP the 2nd round but just as the final seconds began to tick the match was stopped as Jimmo announced he had broken his arm in a takedown. OSP is the winner through verbal tapout by T.K.O

 

Andrei Arlovski vs Bredan Schaub 

The return of the legend Andrei Arlovski overshadowed this match against Brendan Schaub who was determined to overthrow the old school fighter. Considering the heavyweight Arlovski hasn’t been inside the Octoagon sin 2008 as the rounds went on he slowly got back into his stride. Many could say that the energy of the fight was long and drawn out as a lot of people expect TKO’s in heavyweight battles. Even though there were various takedowns and hammer fist combos, this match lasted till the end and went to decisions who gave Arlovski the fight.

 

Rafael Feijao vs Ryan Bader 

Feijao came out ready to take this fight to the ground with some good jabs and takedowns but once set in his stride, Ryan Bader came back and turned up the pressure. In his true unpredictable style, Bader continued to dominated the fight with clear takedown that resulted in some intense ribs jabs. Feijao tried to recover from the blows but in the end Bader’s attacks led him to win the match by decision.

 

Rory Macdonald vs Tyron Woodley 

The Co-Main event certainly had a lot of pressure behind it as these two welterweight fighters had a lot to prove. From the get-go, there was obvious change to Woodley’s style who is normally very aggressive. Rory Macdonald managed to gain control of the Octagon early on and even though he faced some brutal blows, nothing was able to put him off target. Some beautiful takedowns and exchanges led to the judges giving Macdonald the fight.

 

Main Event

Ali Bagautinov vs Demetrious Johnson 

The Flyweight division is one of the best weight classes to watch in terms of skills, as fighters aren’t held down by masses of muscle, speed, tactics and athleticism are all on their side. The current champion Johnson has a unique style though he had his work cut out for him in this match against 11 fight winning streak Bagautinov. From the 1st round we saw the adrenaline rise as both fighters gave all they had in order to be the champ. By the 3rd round we saw Bagautinov start to slow down with his offence whereas Johnson maintained his fast footwork and sharp jabs. By the end of the 5th round it was clear to see the difference in stamina between the fighters as Johnson landed his blows on target, not enough strength for a knock-out yet getting the job done. Demetrious Johnson remains the UFC Flyweight champion.

 

Overall I feel that UFC 174 lacked some of the show-stopping, breath taking moments that usually shine through in main events but it was good to see technique play a bigger role in fights instead of always going for T.K.O’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UFC 171 – Battle of the Welterweights

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One of the most anticipated main cards had arrived and the focus was mainly dwelling in one division.
The night boasted potential to the brim and the night did not fail to impress but rather worked out some aggression and ego’s.

The opening fight between Nikita Krylov and Ovince Saint Preux (who had my treadmill jam – Rick Ross ‘Can’t Hold Me Back’ as his walkout song!) was in one word quick. Both relatively unknown to main events but they got a chance to show their strengths tonight. Almost as soon as the fight began we saw Ukrainian Krylov go in for Haitian Saint Preux and take him down. From the outside we saw Krylov managed to get a guillotine on Saint Preux and somehow thought he had the submission set. Little did he know that while in half guard, Saint Preux was setting up one of the rarest UFC moves: the ‘Von Flue Choke’. While already in a clinch, he snuck an arm over Krylov’s head and squeezed into a guillotine. Within a few seconds, Krylov went limp and Ovince Saint – Preux got the Submission, definitely can’t hold him back now!

Next up was Jake Shields vs Hector Lombard who highlighted the importance of being an all round fighter and not relying on one advantage. The strength of Olympic Judo champion Lombard was evident throughout as he threw Shields around the octagon with no problem however, a downfall on his part was that he failed to deliver on any groundwork. It is a shame to see such a good stature of fighter lack the range of skills so well advertised in the UFC. Shields managed to hold out until decisions taking a barrage of hits, even trying to throw in a last minute guillotine but it was too late and decisions gave the fight to Lombard.

After these 2 relatively lacklustre matches, we had our energy levels cranked up by way of Diego Sanchez and Miles Jury. In a way it was like seeing the winning fighter against the newcomer and Sanchez was the winner of the TV Series ‘Ultimate Fighter’ Series 1 and Miles Jury was quite new to the octagon. In true Sanchez style, we got a whole lot of ‘mean muggin’ and chanting before they started but that was short lived. Jury had obviously done his homework and wasn’t fazed by Sanchez’s trademark wild ways. Jury landed a lot of punches and good takedowns that were visibly effective including a cut to Diego face nonetheless The decisions spoke for themselves and Myles Jury managed to defeat and somewhat tame Diego Sanchez.

Co – Main Event

The co- main event was between Tyron Woodley and Carlos Condit and even though the fight had all the potential to be a slug fest it was not to be. The 1st 2 rounds were pretty equal with Woodley getting some good takedowns and Condit landing a few shot but round 2 would see Woodley start to open up to techniques and power. Already having strength behind his fists, Woodley began to use leg kicks on Condit which paid off in the end. As Woodley got a takedown, he managed to hurt Condit’s knee however he recovered back to stand up. It was a kick that deflected onto Condit’s leg that took out his right knee and gave Woodley the T.K.O. Some were upset with the result but sometimes thats just the way it goes.

Main Event

With the Welterweight champion George St Pierre vacating the title for a while, the race was on to crown new champion and there were none hungrier than Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler. Both losing to the vacated champ in the past they knew what they came to do: finish what they had started.
The opening rounds saw Johny Hendricks shine through with some great combos, concentrating on jabs and leg kicks. He planned to keep up the tempo and catch Lawler off guard. By round 3 Lawler was on form and ready for what Hendricks had on the menu, he began deflecting attacks and landing some combos of his own, leading to a various cuts on Hendricks face. Round 3 and 4 went to Lawler which he backed up with some hard hits that almost took Hendricks out with 2 minutes still left on the clock but he held on. Round 5 would be the decision maker as both fighters got a serious pep talk in their corners and came back in to win the belt. Blatantly stunned by Lawler’s blows, Hendricks put up a good fight, gaining back momentum and landing some perfects hits to counter act Lawler’s blows. In the end both fighters went the distance and proved they were worthy of the title fight. After some deliberation the judges crowned Johny Hendricks the New UFC Welterweight Champion of the World.

Well deserved.

Roll On UFC 172

UFC 169 – Night of Controversy and Comebacks….

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Whether you came for the tightly packed main card or to see the 2 title bouts and clash of the titans, UFC 169 did not fail to entertain tonight. The fights tonight were full of almost every emotion and i’m sure you will agree!

Main card

Abel Trujillo vs Jamie Varner

The 1st fight of the night had me on my feet literally the whole fight. You could see the passion from both Trujillo and Varner was waaay past boiling point and boy did they give us a show. With almost equal stats, these men knew they had to go all out to win the fight. The tempo of the fight was fast and wild with both men being caught at various times with train speed blows, yet somehow managing to recover for revenge. After round 1 we knew the fight wouldn’t get to decisions and thanks to Trujillo we didn’t have to wait long. In a brutal, blow by blow, slanging match we saw Varner smother Trujillo and back him up to the fence and then Trujillo dug DEEEEEP and came back with an almighty right hand that landed Varner flat on his face. It was spectacular!!! Trujillo winner by T.K.O

John Lineker vs Ali Bagautinov

Following the adrenaline filled opener, the next fight calmed us down and drawed on our attention spans as we saw the Russian Bagautinov slowly wear down his opponent Lineker. From the start Bagautinov dominated control and made calculated moved on Lineker making sure he wasn’t caught out. Blocking takedowns, checking body shots and reversing leg locks, kept the russian on his toes and took the fight the distance. Judges scored Bagautinov the winner.

Frank Mir vs Alistair Overeem

Clash of the Titans!!! One of the most anticipated fights of the night, these two heavyweights had a lot on the line tonight with Mir wanting to prove his relevance in the sport is still valid and Overeem wanting to put the fear back into his division. Both fighters have very heavy handed techniques which made endurance and stamina a must have in this fight. Following his time in Thailand we saw Overeem enter the octagon a reformed man. You could tell from his style and approach that he had scaled back on the aggression and timed his offence perfectly. From the 1st round we saw Overeem take the lead with a takedown attempt but Mir managed to regain himself. After 3 rounds it was obvious that Overeem had done enough to take out Mir who put up a good fight but just didn’t manage to follow through his submission attempts. Winner by unanimous decision was Overeem. He even called out ‘retired’ heavyweight Brock Lesnar after hearing a rumor he was returning to the UFC….. We shall see!!

Now onto the 2 title fights.

Jose Aldo vs Ricardo Lamas

The featherweight title bout has been covered heavily all across the MMA world and both Ricardo Lamas and Jose Aldo had their work cut out and we both on top form tonight. Throughout the rounds we saw Aldo suss out Lamas early on and landed some significant leg kicks and combos to wear Lamas down. It was great to see two fighters get into the mentality of assessing moves instead of going in wild. At times Aldo took control and could have got the win, he almost ended it with a guillotine submission but Lamas managed to get out. In the final round Lamas warmed up and dominated the round, taking Aldo to the ground but in the end it wasn’t enough to take the belt. Jose Aldo is still the Featherweight Champion by Unanimous Decision.

Barao and Faber

A perfectly matched up headliner by 2 talented fighters, one of the biggest matches in both their careers. Faber was coming off a winning streak and a complete style overhaul. He had majorly improved his technique and came into the fight strong. Barao the ever talented fighter also came in with his signature style, dominated with leg kicks and taking advantage of Faber’s recovery time. In the 2nd round Barao managed to strike Faber and take him down to the ground and what happened next is one of those moments you wish you could rewind and change. Barao was on top, Faber with his back up head tucked down taking a barrage of punches to the head. Ref Herb Dean was assessing the situation and decided that due to the force of Barao he wanted a reaction. He allegedly said to Faber to ‘give him something’ as in a sign to say he was alright. Faber proceeded to give him a thumbs up HOWEVER Herb misread the sign and decided to stop the match, thinking Faber wanted out. Along with the rest of the world Faber then sat up at looked at Dean like’ I’M FINE, WHY DID YOU STOP IT’ while Barao samba’d nearby. It was an unfortunate error that Herb acknowledged yet led to Barao retaining the Bantamweight belt. In my opinion Faber was defending himself perfectly, his elbows was tight, defending his head and you could see he was still aware and alert so Dean shouldn’t have got involved. Barao looked at Dean while punching Faber which could have put him off but i believe Faber still had a long way to go before stoppage was even an option…. (I’m still Team Herb though!!)

Overall an amazing display of MMA and the politics of sport will no doubt lead us to a rematch and more examples of great sportsmanship.

UFC 154 – Return of the Champ GSP….

 

It might have been that everyone in the world was waiting for the main event but the vibe of the Main Card fights excluding the Co – Main event had strange energy coming off them….

The Featherweight match up between Pablo Garza and Mark Hominick was an early disappointment for Canada with native Hominick just not being able get into his zone. He did try and execute a few standards challenges but kept letting Garza get at him with his long limbs. You could see the potential of Hominick but after delivering a few good connects in the 1st round he failed to recuperate at the same level and left the match bloodied up while Garza was practically untouched.

Following suit with the 1st match up the Mark Bochek vs Rafael Dos Anjos fight was just as one sided even though we expected more. From the first round we saw that Bochek was not going down without a fight, making some good jab attempts and an occasional good defense outburst however once Dos Santos got into his zone there was no stopping him. He dominated the majority of the fight and the judges saw the same in their equal 27 – 30 win to Rafael Dos Anjos. Proved the amazing Light Weight fighter he has become and no doubt we will see him again soon.

In what was probably the closest fights of the night, Francis Carmont and Tom Lawlor showed us what they came for, holding out till decisions showcasing their Middle Weight strengths. Tom Lawlor had some good chances to get Carmont where he wanted him but it seems lack of technique or fatigue didn’t pull the choke holds through letting Carmont slip away each time. Unfortunately for Lawlor this lost him the match as it gave Carmont the advantage as he kept a steady pace going throughout each round and escaped the submission attempts. You could see the frustration on Lawlor’s face at decisions but i hope he doesn’t fall back because he is a good fighter just needs to think outside the box a lot more when he is on the ground.

NOW TO THE CO – MAIN EVENT!!!!

This Welter Weight fight took us back to a time in UFC when people were trying to stunt and distract the fans from their talents with a bit of tomfoolery however this backfired last night in the Martin Kampmann vs Johny Hendricks Match-up. I mean there is nothing wrong with the usual banter but something about Kampmann didn’t add it up and it definitely didn’t in that fight either. No more than 50 seconds into the 1st round, Hendricks unfolded a beautiful left hand combo that BLEW Kampmann straight to the floor giving Hendricks the win. With all that fighting ability and technique that Kampmann possesses i think after last night’s performance we may see a humbler Kampmann in the future but props to Hendricks for keeping it real and staying faithful to the Octagon. Goes from strength to strength in every fight and would love to see him in a title bout.

MAIN EVENT!!!

I have sooo much respect for George Saint Pierre since becoming a fan on UFC as he is an amazing all round athlete that knows how to play to his strengths yet respects his art forms. After an 18 month absence from the sport due to injury, we were all wondering what his condition was like. He could have been nervous about Condit trying to damage the right knee even more or maybe he could have developed fight anxiety since his last fight……….. HELLLLL NOOOOO!!

From the moment he was cartwheeling around the octagon, cheering on the crowd, i knew our GSP was back in action. Giving a lot of credit to Condit though as fighting in GSP’S hometown must be difficult. He did put up a good fight and definitely gained me as a fan as well as thousands more. The fight was quite clear from early on that GSP was taking control.

However that heart attack moment in round 3 when Carlos Condit delivered that beautiful leg kick to GSP’ head and he went down i think a lot of people held there breaths, praying he would shake it off and he sure did. You could see it from the damage on both faces, they they wanted this more than anything and were willing to go the distance. With Condit trying a few good reversals and GSP with his takedowns, this fight was the stuff UFC dreams are made of.

We all knew at the end George St Pierre was still the Welter Weight champion but there is something about Bruce Buffer’s voice that made you have to get on your feet clapping and screaming with the rest of Canada. The unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45,50-45)  from the judges showed us exactly what MMA fighting is about and the endurance talented fighters should possess.

Almost 2 years out the game, and George St Pierre still managed to have our hearts and that why he is the Octagon Champion he was, is and always will be.

UFC 152 reminded us it’s not always about the K.O

So as the smoke clears and we all rest into another wait i must say that UFC 152 was one of the best especially in terms of the title matches n not just the Jones n Belfort fight.

Cub Swanson is getting better and better, i remember him vaguely from the past but that fight yesterday will keep him firmly in my mind, amazing technique that led to that KO but Charles Oliveira just needs to have a bit more fire behind him then he will get up there with the rest.

Now i actually can’t decide which was a better fight between Bisping vs Stann or Johnson vs Benavidez…..

Bisping has improved significantly since his last fight and he proves why knows more than one fight style will pay off in the end. It was a close match but i’m happy for Bisping. This match was one of the rare fight when i actually couldn’t predict what the judges would score!! Now maybe a title shot can be set up…….

The surprise of the evening was the flyweight title shot as even though they were both relatively new to me, i could see why this category is so necessary. From the intro i could feel the adrenaline of the fight and even though they did manage to slug it out until the final round, i must say that they are both winners in my mind. The absence of the high energy knockouts we are used to in the flyweight probably disappointed the audience but this in it’s entirety was a perfectly matched fight. Johnson did have the edge of Benavidez but the last judge was a bit harsh scoring him only 46 to 49.

Now onto the main event of the evening as Bruce Buffer would say….

From the reaction of the crowd at the start of the fight you could feel the crowd had developed a slight anger towards Jones after the ‘UFC 151’ incident. Not sayin that Belfort couldn’t hold his own but i could see from Jones’s attitude he felt like he had to win this simply to prove why he deserves it.

The last 2 fights for Jones have been a bit predictable from him and we are starting to see his opponents takes advantage of his down time, (Machida’s punch to the face and Belfort’s amazing arm bar submission attempt), As much as i love Jones i really wish he would develop his skills more and become an all round better athlete. It’s fair to say that he relies on his huge reach ability and power to take his opponents rather than going in at them. I’m #TeamBones for life and can see him going from strength to strength but if he’s not careful someone is going to study him as he studies them and catch him off guard.

Overall an inspiring event with the first Flyweight belt awarded to Johnson and Jones retaining his title but more importantly doing what he had to do and brushing all those haters off.

UFC 151 should be proud xx

P.S. UFC 153 – Return of Big Nogueira!!!!

My secret <3 The UFC

It all started when I used to watch WWF with my beloved grandfather, I remember ma amusement at the elaborate outfits n entrances from stars such as Hulk Hogan, The Hardy Brotherz n Kurt Angle and the fear n excitement when I saw Cactus Jack, Big Show, Stone Cold, The Rock or Rikishi enter the ring that ma my hidden love affair began.
By the time I was 13 I had posterz, calenders & tshirtz confessin my love.
Then when I was 19 I vaguely remember flickin through the channels & I stumbled upon a fight with Andre Arlovski n I instantly fell in love.
Those kicks entered ma soul n I first saw the phenomenon that iz mixed martial arts.
This was the beginning of the end 4 ma secret love affair.
From Andre Arlovski, Chuck Liddel, early Tito Ortiz n George St Pierre to the current stars in the Nogueira brothers, Ben Henson, Brock Lesnar, Anderson Silva & Jon Jones. I have been a fan 4 the past 6 years and I feel like the stigma of the sport is something that people will not look past & actually see into the beauty of the sport.
Well I do & I want to thank you Dana White 4 keeping the faith.
I am no longer ashamed to say that I’m a young woman who loves UFC.
P.S. Bruce Buffer = Eternal Legend