McGregor VS Mayweather is a hot topic, lets not forget about UFC 214

The Conor McGregor VS Floyd Maweather show is going on. If you are a part of any MMA groups you know by now it’s about all anyone can talk about. Lets put that to the side for now and preview UFC 214, an awesome MMA card. UFC 214 will have 3 title fights.

Jon Jones ( 22 – 1 ) VS Daniel Cormier ( 19 – 1 )  

This fight is a rematch from UFC 182, back in 2015. Jon Jones came away with the decision. Handing Daniel Cormier his first and only loss. As everyone knows Jon has had some personal issues that had his title stripped and then had to serve a suspension. The fall out of Jon being stripped of his Light Heavyweight Title led to a new champion, Daniel Cormier.

Daniel Cormier won the vacant title in a fight against Anthony Johnson back at UFC 187, May 23rd 2015. He has defended the title twice. A fight against Jon Jones was replaced with a fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 200 in a non title fight. I speak for all fight fans when I say I can’t wait to see these guys to finally fight again.

Tyron Woodley ( 17 – 3 – 1 ) VS Demian Maia ( 22 – 6 )

This one is for the Welterweight Championship. Demian Maia is riding a 7 fight win streak and has finally earned his shot at the title. His last 3 wins came against Jorge Masvidal, Carlos Condit and Matt Brown.

Standing in his way is Tyron Woodley. Tyron took the belt in violent fashion against Robbie Lawler, a first round knock out of the reigning welterweight king. His last two were against Stephan Thompson, the first one was a draw and the second one Woodley came away with the majority decision. It wasn’t a very exciting fight but Woodley turned it up in the 5th round and got his hand raised.

Cyborg ( 17 -1 – 1 ) Vs Tonya Evinger  ( 19 – 5 – 1 )

Our third title fight on the card. This one for the women’s Featherweight Title. Germaine de Randamie was stripped of her title for refusing to fight Cyborg. This division was made for Cyborg, the dream fight back in the day was always Cyborg VS Ronda Rousey but the 135 weight class was to big of a cut, even 140 was tough. Now that there is a 145 pound division, we finally have Cyborg in a UFC title fight.

Her opponent, Tonya Evinger. Tonya will be making her UFC debut, a title fight isn’t a bad way to introduce yourself. Originally Megan Anderson was going to be Cyborg’s opponent but she was forced to pull out.

Robbie Lawler ( 27 – 11 – 1 ) VS Donald Cerrone ( 32 – 8 – 1 )

This fight could easily be a main event on another card, this tells you just how stacked UFC 214 really is. Robbie Lawler is coming off a loss against Tyron Woodley. Lawler lost his title in that fight. He took almost a year off and now here he is going back to work. This fight was suppose to be on UFC 213 but Donald was forced to pull out, so it was rescheduled for this card.

Donald Cerrone is coming off a loss to Jorge Masvidal. You have to wonder if Donald fights to often, not leaving his body time to heal. He certainly didn’t look like himself in his last fight, he was coming off a war with Matt Brown and takes a fight against Jorge Masvidal just 6 weeks later.

This is one of those fights that it’s hard to make an educated guess who will win. I will tell you who wins in this one, the fans do !

Donald Cerrone is the most active fighter in MMA

Donald Cerrone is the most active fighter in MMA. The guy loves what he does, even when he had his title fight coming up with Rafael dos Anjos he volunteered to step in on short notice and take a fight when someone came up injured. That is just unheard of, we have seen fighters sit out as long as a year waiting on their title shot. The fight with Matt Brown was a real war, while Matt Brown gave Cerrone some problems and even dropped him with a punch, Matt had no answer for Cerrone’s range. Donald nailed Matt several times with a head kick using his lead leg.

Donald Cerrone knocked Matt Brown out in the third round, he has another fight scheduled with Jorge Masvidal on the UFC on Fox 23 event. This fight will take place on January 28th, in Denver. Donald is currently 32-7 and 1 No Contest. The guy is 33 and already has 40 fights under his belt. Most people retire with less than that. Donald consistently gets in 4 fights a year.

While other fighters out there would try and do the same, staying healthy is a big problem for many fighters.It tells you how durable Donald is, or is it just smart training? Cerrone is currently riding a 4 fight win streak since moving up to welterweight, all finishes. Many believed that fighting at 170 would only be a temporary thing, now it looks like Donald is knocking on the door of title contention.

He has certainly became a fan favorite, with great fighting skill and an awesome personality to go with it, he’s an easy guy to root for. Since May 25th, 2013 Donald Cerrone is 12-2. Both loses came at the hands of former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. When talking about how active Donald is, Brian Stann said it best when he said that he wasn’t sure if Donald had a huge gambling debt he needed to pay off or if he’s just crazy.

UFC 206 Review

UFC 206 took some hits when the main event between light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and top contender Anthony Johnson was pulled from the card. Rashad Evans was also pulled from the card. With recent cards being so stacked this card flew under the radar a bit, but man did it deliver.

Max Holloway VS Anthony Pettis

Pettis had little to no success, Max took the fight right to him and eventually got the finish at the end of the 3rd round. Nailing him with some body shots, dropping Pettis and finishing the fight. This was the 10th win in a row for Max Holloway, earning him the interim featherweight title. Anthony Pettis says he broke his hand in the first round, Pettis said making the weight cut to 145 is to hard and that he will be going back to 155. Max Holloway is looking to set up a fight with current featherweight champion, Jose Aldo

Donald Cerrone VS Matt Brown

This was a good back and forth fight, it seemed to be a very close fight up until the finish. Through out the fight Donald landed several head kicks on Matt, utilaizing the lead leg. Matt landed a good punch and dropped Cerrone and the momentum seemed to be going Matt’s way. Then the finish came, Matt ate another head kick in the third round, this one knocked him out.

Another great fight, anyone who decided that this pay per view wasn’t worth buying, was very wrong. Donald has expressed interest in fight Damian Mia. Hard to say what’s next for Matt Brown, he was the 14th ranked welterweight and this being his 3rd loss in a row, he may drop out of the top 15.

Cub Swanson VS Doo Ho Choi

Wow what can you say about this one. Swanson VS Choi gets my vote for fight of the year. These two went to war. Both men were literally on the verge of being knocked out several times. In the end Swanson was just to much and ended the third round with a series of strikes to take the round and the fight. Choi may have lost but his stock went way up, he will become a fan favorite and a big sell with wars like that.

Kelvin Gastelum VS Tim Kennedy

Gastelum was forced to take a fight at 185 pounds after several failed weight cuts. The fight started out with Kennedy looking to grapple, he got Kelvin on the cage, had him in a body lock, the first 3 minutes of round one took place there, with Tim landing knees to the legs of Kelvin. After that it was all Kelvin, his boxing was clearly on another level. He put a hurting on Tim Kennedy and eventually got the finish in the third round. Tim took this fight after a 2 year absence from fighting.

Emil Meek VS Jordan Mein

Jordan Mein probably took the first round, Meek seemed to of injured his rib. Got a take down in the 2nd round, held Jordan Mein down for most of the round with little effort from Mein to get back to his feet, Meek cruised to an easy decesion using his grappling.

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:
Fight of the night award: Went to Cub Swanson VS Doo Ho Choi
Performance of the night: Went to Max Holloway and Lando Vannata

UFC 202 adds Johnson vs. Teixeira and Cerrone vs. Story

UFC 202 just added two tremendous bouts to a growing card.

The light heavyweight bout between Johnson and Teixeira that was originally scheduled for UFC on FOX 20 will now serve as the co-main event for UFC 202 in Las Vegas on Aug. 20. Johnson withdrew from from the July 23 bout to take care of a serious family matter. UFC decided to pull Teixeira from the card and scrap the bout all together.

Johnson (21-5, 12-5) is coming off knockout wins over Jimi Manuwa and Ryan Bader following his loss to Cormier last year for the UFC Light Heavyweight title. Out of Johnson’s 12 Octagon wins Johnson has finished 10 of those bouts by knockout.

Texieira (25-4, 8-2 in UFC) currently rides a three-fight winning streak. His most recent win was a first-round knockout over former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, which earned him a “Performance of the Night” bonus. Of Glover’s eight wins seven have come by finish.

Cerrone (30-7, 17-4 in UFC)will look to capture his third win at welterweight. He had a successful 170-pound debut in February when he submitted Alex Oliveira with a triangle choke in the first round, then followed it up with a third-round finish over Patrick Cote. The “Cowboy” earned “Performance of the Night” bonuses in both fights.

Story (19-8, 12-6 in UFC) is riding a three-fight winning streak. He’s coming off a decision win over former Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine, which was his first fight in 18 months following an injury. Before the Saffiedine fight, Story went 2-1 in 2014, with wins over  Leonardo Mafra and Gunnar Nelson and a split-decision loss to  Kelvin Gastelum.

Fights to make after UFC Fight Night: Pittsburgh

Dennis Bermudez vs. Brian Ortega

“I’m back”. This is all the 29 year old Long Islander had to say when asked to describe what this fight meant to him. Bermudez believes he is now on course to get his career back on track after suffering back to back losses heading into Sunday night in Pittsburgh. Despite starting slow, Bermudez made the appropriate and necessary changes that allowed him to take full control of the bout on the mat and standing up earning him the judges decision victory. Bermudez now improves to 8-3 in the UFC with his eight wins tying for second most in the promotions divisional history behind Max Holloway (11). While defeating the No. 12 ranked Featherweight has got fans talking about him again, it doesn’t necessarily propel “The Menace” into the forefront of chomping at top five fighters just yet especially coming off a losing streak. Bermudez needs to prove without a doubt that he is the capable of sealing his place on the ladder before taking any further ascension up it. Rising star Brian “T-City” Ortega is coming off the biggest win of his young career against Diego Brandao, the man who the took the title of Ultimate Fighter out from under Bermudez, and placed himself among the top 15 of the division in doing so. A match-up between both men makes too much sense to ignore and along with it, could produce a potential future contender in the increasingly exciting Featherweight division.

Cody Garbrandt vs. John Lineker

Garbrandt continued to keep his career exciting with a stunning knockout victory over late replacement Augusto Mendes. “No Love” has now won 3 straight in the UFC, while remaining undefeated at 8-0 with seven knockouts under his belt. Garbrandt certainly looks like a fighter that has all the potential in the world to become the next big star in the UFC’s Bantamweight division, and was seemingly robbed of that opportunity when his original opponent and No. 11 ranked Bantamweight John Lineker pulled out of the bout due to illness. However, Lineker and Garbrandt are both in agreement that this fight needs to happen. Lineker asked for as much right after he pulled out of the bout and it was certainly a fight on the card that most fans were looking forward to. It still remains a fight to watch and hopefully we see this matchup signed once again as soon as Lineker gets the ok to return to training.

Derek Brunson vs. Mousasi/Leites winner

Berunson continued to impress Sunday night in putting away the No. 15 ranked Carneiro inside the first round. It was Brunson’s third straight first round knockout which made Brunson a small mark in the history books as it is the third longest streak of its kind in UFC history right behind Shane Carwin (4) and Don Frye (5). Brunson has now gone 6-1 under the UFC banner with his only loss coming to top contender Yoel Romero. Brunson clearly deserves a shot at the top dogs of his division, but with nearly the bulk of the top ten of his division already set for matchups across the spring of 2016, he will have to settle in on the sidelines until some key fights take place. The soonest bout that could determine an opponent for Brunson goes down this Saturday in London as Gegard Mousasi and Thales Leites with compete across the pond as both men are looking to bounce back from tough losses in each of their last bouts.

Donald Cerrone vs. Thiago Alves/ Conor McGregor

Cerrone came back looking as “Cowboy” as ever in his debut at Welterweight against Alex Oliveira, submitting the Brazilian with a terrifically set up triangle choke submission. Cerrone etched himself into history Sunday night as he now holds 22 wins under both the UFC and WEC, the most of any fighter to have competed for both organizations. Cerrone seemed to have fun in there like the “Cowboy” of old, and with barely any pressure from title fights and contenders up over at Welterweight, it’s probably a fair bet that we will see Cerrone at 170 again. If that be the case, why not make it fun. Thiago Alves is slated to return from injury and hot fire matchup like Cerrone and Alves just spells chaos and excitement that no one would want to miss. There is also an alternative at 155 however. With the news Tuesday morning that Rafael dos Anjos had pulled out his fight with Conor McGregor, the opening is there Cerrone. The added intrigue factor? Make it for the UFC Interim Lightweighit title.

MMA Discussion Podcast – Episode 86 (Bellator 148/UFC Cowboy vs. Cowboy preview, Free Agency re-signings, Rampage Jackson)

Host’s Nick Peralta and Will Moss preview UFC Fight Night 83 and Bellator 148, discuss the recent re-signings for the UFC, Rampage Jackson, and more!

Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira in for Tim Means at UFC Fight Night 83

Cowboy vs. Cowboy. That will be your new main event for UFC Fight Night 83 in Pittsburgh ladies and gentlemen.

On Wednesday the UFC announced that Tim “Dirty Bird” Means had been flagged for a “potential Anti-Doping policy violation” that stemmed from an out-of-competition drug test with the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Tim Means initially denied the allegations on Twitter.

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Consequently that forced the UFC to pull Means out of his headlining bout with Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 83 on February 21st. On Thursday, the UFC announced that Brazilian Lightweight Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira would be moving up to Welterweight to take on Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the main event.

Oliveira (14-2-1, 3-1 in UFC) has already competed twice at Welterweight inside the Octagon, going 2-0 against Joe Merrit and KJ Noons. Oliveira won’t be taking this short notice fight with any novice feeling as three of his four fights in the UFC came on short notice.

Cerrone (28-7, 15-4 in UFC) is moving up to Welterweight for the first time in his career. This is coming of the heels of a failed attempt at earning the UFC Lightweight championship where he fell to Rafael dos Anjos in the first round back in December. Prior to that loss, Donald had won eight straight with five finishes.

 

Donald Cerrone moves up to welterweight to face Tim Means in headlining bout.

Anytime, Anywhere. And apparently any weight.

Donald Cerrone has charmed hardcore fans a long while with his fearless sense of participation inside the cage year after year. Not even one month shy of his title bout with Rafael dos Anjos, where “Cowboy” was stopped inside the first round, Cerrone has already lined up his next big challenge, and it will happen this time at 170 pounds as Cerrone will face welterweight prospect Tim “Dirty Bird” Means in the main event of UFC Fight Night 82 in Pittsburgh.

Prior to losing his chance at becoming the UFC lightweight champion last month, Cerrone (28-7, 15-4 UFC) was on an 8-fight winning streak that saw him beat the likes of Evan Dunham, Edson Barboza, and former lightweight champion Benson Henderson. Cerrone has never fought at welterweight throughout his nearly 10 year career.

Tim Means (25-7-1, 7-4 UFC) had himself a busy and profitable 2015 as well, fighting four times and amassing a 3-1 record with his lone loss coming to welterweight contender Matt Brown. Most recently Means is coming off a sensational knockout  victory against John “Doomsday” Howard. Means also started 2015 off excitingly with a knockout victory against Dhiego Lima. Means will certainly look to start off 2016 in similar fashion.

UFC Fight Night 82 takes place on Feb. 21st at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The card so far is as follows:

  • Donald Cerrone vs. Tim Means
  • Cody Garbrandt vs. John Lineker
  • Sarah Moras vs. Lauren Murphy
  • Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro
  • Chris Camozzi vs. Joe Riggs
  • Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Brandon Thatch
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Anthony Hamilton
  • Shane Campbell vs. James Krause
  • Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland
  • Trevor Smith vs. Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes
  • Daniel Sarafian vs. opponent TBA
  • Bryan Barberena vs. Jonavin Webb

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