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 !

Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley set for UFC 201

Robbie Lawler will finally return to defend his UFC Welterweight championship and will do so at UFC 201.

The UFC announced Tuesday that Robbie Lawler would meet Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley in the main event of the UFC 201 which will take place on July 30th at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA.

Lawler (27-10, 12-4 in UFC) will be looking to defend his championship for the third time. He last defended his championship at UFC 195 in a razor thin decision victory against Carlos Condit that won him Fight of the Night honors. In his first title defense last Summer at UFC 189 he defeated Rory MacDonald via fifth round knockout in a bout many considered 2015’s Fight of the Year.

Woodley (15-3, 5-2 in UFC) last competed in January of 2015 at UFC 183 where he defeated Kelvin Gastelum. Prior to this win he had defeated Dong Hyun Kim by knockout. He also holds a (T)KO over Carlos Condit. His only losses in the UFC have come against Jake Shields and Rory MacDonald.

Only two other bouts are on this card thus far: Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Claudio Silva, and Damien Brown vs. Cesar Arzamendia.

Fights to make after UFC 195

Abel Trujilo vs. Evan Dunham

“Killa” came and conquered Saturday night against a very game Tony Sims. After struggling early with the accurate counter strikes of Sims which kept Abel out of rhythm, Sims made a fatal error when leaving his neck exposed in an attempt to take Trujilo down against the cage. Abel surprised many with his never before seen submission smarts that would end the fight via tapout in the first round. Trujilo earned his fourth win in the UFC, all of which by this point have come via stoppage. Trujilo remains a very looming shadow over the UFC lightweight division. As well as does re-surging veteran Evan Dunham who had an astounding year in 2015 and will be looking to make the step towards contendership again in 2016. This match-up would go to show just who will go on to test the deep waters in the ever changing 155 lbs division later on in the year and beyond.

Brian Ortega vs. Yair Rodriguez

In one of the more intriguing match-ups of the night, Ortega rallyed instantaneously against a very aggressive Diego Brandao. Ortega earned his second victory, not only inside the Octagon, but in the third round as well. Showcasing his toughness, cardio, jiu-jitsu, and most of all his patience, Ortega is on the fast track towards the top of the UFC’s very entertaining and competitive featherweight division. TUF Latin America winner Yair Rodriguez is another potential star who is close to reaching a similar point. Pitting both hungry competitors is a sure fire way to see which one wants it more. And a fight like this is sure to be a wildly entertaining one in one of the most sensational striker vs. grappler match-ups you can make at featherweight at the moment. BJJ vs. Tae Kwon Do.

Albert Tumenov vs. Erick Silva

In one of the most razor thin judges decisions that we’re likely to see all year in 2016, Tumenov came away with the victory against Lorenz Larkin. By the end of the fight, fans were cheering both men on as much as they were asking among themselves who won. Albert and his phenomenal boxing prowess came under fire from Larkin and his always conscious endangering kickboxing. Larkin struggled early giving up the first round to Albert. This forced Lorenz to change his approach, where he found success in assaulting the lead left leg of his Russian opponent. Both men turned it up in the third round, forcing a terribly difficult to call decision. The former amateur boxer came away with the exciting win and now ties the record for the longest active win streak at Welterweight at five with the likes of Robbie Lawler and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Albert is clearly ready to test deeper waters near the top of his division and the best player in the game to give him that test is Erick Silva who is looking to build back a winning streak of his own.

Stipe Miocic vs. Werdum/Velasquez winner

He truly can’t be denied. Aftersilencing a possible Cinderella story in knocking out Andrei Arlovski in the first minute, Stipe proceeded to furiously demand his title shot from Dana White who was sitting cageside. At this point, he has earned it after garnering his 10th knockout out of 14 wins, and putting down the former champion is violent form. Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum will do battle in one months time, and both men now know who is waiting in the wings for for the victor.

Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit or Tyrone Woodly

After 5 rounds, and competing in one of the most exciting welterweight battles in MMA history, Robbie Lawer was awarded the judges nod and remains today still the world champion at 170lbs. But boy was it close. Long story short, the majority of the MMA scene believes Carlos Condit did enough to dethrone the champion and is praised as such to be the uncrowned king of the welterweight division. It all came down to the third round which was the closet round of the fight and the deciding round in the judges eyes as two gave it Robbie and one gave it to Condit. Bottom line is this, the fight was close and phenomenal, which in itself presents argument for a rematch. Added along with the fact that Woodley has fought since last year January against then 6th ranked Kelvin Gastelum, a rematch can be argued and in the meantime Woodley fight someone in the top 5 if possible. If Woodley gets the title shot however, that would be fair too in a way. Either one, Robbie certainly has himself one hell of a fight up next.