Jon Jones following his hit-and-run has finally been disciplined. He posted bail and was released from prison. Following his release he went and met with Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta. They decided it was time for disciplinary act against Jones for his immature acts. He is going to be stripped of his title and suspended indefinitely. The UFC 187 headliner will now be Anthony Johnson vs. Daniel Cormier for the light heavyweight title.
UFC Light Heavyweight champion is once AGAIN in trouble. He won his last title fight against Daniel Cormier and then the drug test results came out. Those results were positive for cocaine which is almost as bad as they come. He then checked himself in to rehab for ONE DAY, and then left and said I plan on watching my brother play in the Superbowl. Dana White failed to take action only fining Jones 25,000 dollars and letting it go. This was his second issue, his first being an incident where he was driving under the influence where he totaled his Bentley. Driving under the influence is more serious than people make it seem as it claims a lot of innocent lives. The UFC failed to punish him here as well.
Well now he has really messed up. Jon Jones was involved in a hit-and-run April 26th, 2015. He was identified by an off-duty cop as fleeing the scene after running a red light in Albuquerque, New Mexico. One of the victims in this hit-and-run was a pregnant woman, which suffered a broken arm and possibly a broken wrist, I am not a woman but I know pregnant women have enough to deal with they don’t need to deal with a broken arm. Before he ran from the scene he was seen stuffing his pockets full of cash and then he ran off over a hill. Once the police searched the rental car Jones was driving they found Marijuana and a pipe filled with Marijuana. This is once again another violation including drugs with Jon Jones. He then stayed away from the police for a majority of the following day, even after they issued an arrest warrant for him. Later in the evening he turned himself in finally but not before collecting the money to bail himself out. Due to the broken arm on the woman his crime was bumped up from a misdemeanor to a felony due to a serious injury. Now it is time for Dana to say I don’t care that you’re the face of the UFC and the “best” fighter in the UFC.
This is strike three for Jon Jones and it’s finally time for Jones to pay for his mistakes. He has been let go twice with two offenses. He needs to stop being shown celebrity treatment and pay the consequences us law abiding citizens would face for making those mistakes. Personally I think if the allegations against him are true then Dana should strip him of his title and find a replacement to fight Anthony Johnson for the Light heavyweight title. Those replacements could be anyone from Alexander Gustafson, Ryan Bader, Glover Teixeira, and Daniel Cormier. Once stripped of his title I believe jones should face a suspension from the UFC requiring him to go to rehab and get some actual help for more than 24 hours.
Former UFC great Kenny Florian weighed-in on what Dana should do and what needs to be done for Jon Jones. Here is what K-flo has to say on the situation, “It certainly does not look good. Obviously, you talk about the problem with his image right now and it’s not good. This is a guy who is representing the whole organization. This is the best combat fighter in the sport right now. This is the best fighter on the plant. It does not look good for him. He has so much talent but there is a lot of immaturity with that talent. I think cutting him from the UFC might be a bit harsh. I have a little bit of compassion. It seems like, if this is true, there is some kind of problem going on. He needs help and it needs to be legitimate help, not getting away for 24 hours. He needs to go out and get help. I think stripping him of his title is appropriate. Of course, if these allegations are true. I think cutting him may be a little bit harsh. I would be for stripping him of the title and getting him to realize that there are repercussions. If you screw up, there are repercussions and a possible fine. He was supposed to face Anthony Johnson, and I think that is the other repercussion; (if this is true) I don’t think he should fight Anthony Johnson. He needs to go and get help. I think the UFC is probably, more likely, looking to find a replacement for Jon Jones at this point. I think that is going to happen if these allegations are true.”
So when Dana White announces something I will for sure be here to break the news for you. As I am hoping he doesn’t make a mistake and actually punishes the “star” and shows the UFC fans and fighters that they can’t do whatever they want. The decision should logically be made the next following days due to the fact that if they are going to replace Jones they need to give the new fighter time to train and get ready for Anthony Johnson.
UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi
This fight card has been all over honestly. There are rumors of this fight not being sold out, not even close to apparently but that could have changed. This fight card originally was packed and had the headliner of Dillashaw vs. Barao. It also had Rampage Jackson vs. Maldonado then it didn’t have that one, now it’s back as of Tuesday this week. So now that this fight card is no longer all over the place and only lost its headliner after all and is actually a good fight card. So here is the call for this one’s main card.
(C) Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (21-2-1) vs. (#7) Kyoji Horiguchi (15-1): This fight is going to be a fun flyweight title fight. Demetrious is entering this fight on an eight fight unbeaten streak. He is in my opinion the best pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC possibly UFC history. This kid is only 28 years of age and is already untouchable. He is the most technical fighter in the UFC, there is not a more sound fighter in the UFC. He even on an off day finds a way to still seem perfect. I can honestly say I have watched Demetrious since he entered the UFC and I believe he is completely unbeatable. Kyoji on the other side though will provide a challenge as he is considered the new face of the Japanese fighters. He comes into this fight undefeated in the UFC. He has 5 first round finishes and knows how to stand with the best of them. 10 of his wins are by finish 9 by KO/TKO and 1 by rear naked choke submission. He is going to be a tough opponent for Johnson and could be able to pull off the upset. I wouldn’t hold your breath though, I have this one going to Mighty Mouse with a 3rd round submission.
Rampage Jackson (32-10) vs (#12) Fabio Maldonado (22-7): This fight is officially on and every UFC fan should rejoice because Rampage is back. He is no longer facing the lawsuit from the dumbest MMA organization in MMA, Bellator. Rampage weighed in at 216 and Maldonado at 215 in a fight that was granted to be a catchweight fight due to the last second move to add Rampage back to the fight card. Rampage used to be a UFC monster and former title holder. He said he is excited for this fight because Maldonado called him out and asked him for the fight. He believes this fight will be a standing brawl and expects both of them to stand there and keep the fans excited. His opinion of his fight style is “whoop that ass.” That alone brings a ton of excitement to this fight because he is a brawler who will scrap in the octagon with anyone. Fabio Maldonado isn’t insane to call out Rampage Jackson like most might think. This guy used to be a boxer before coming into the UFC. He was 22-0 with 21 KO’s as a boxer. That means this fight will be just an absolute brawl and the first one to hit a clean open combo will most likely be the victor. This fight being a catchweight fight made this even more exciting as they didn’t have to cut weight and are going to be even more powerful. I am going to let my nostalgic heart pick this one and take Rampage in a 3rd round KO after a bloody match.
(#10) Michael “The Count” Bisping (26-7) vs (#11) CB Dollaway (16-7): Let the trash talking continue the whole fight if possible. These two middleweights hate each other and they aren’t afraid to let the other one know it. Bisping is one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC. He has finished 20 of his 26 wins. 17 of those 20 are by KO/TKO the other 3 coming obviously from submission. That being said don’t count Bisping out if this fight goes to the mat just because he has 3 submissions compared to 17 KO finishes doesn’t meant he can’t wrestle. He just happens to finish fights standing before either fighter takes them to the mat. CB Dollaway though on the other side is far from a pushover. CB has finished 9 of his 16 pro fights, 6 by KO and 3 by submission. CB is coming in winning 4 of his last 6 fights and will be a great opponent to Bisping. This fight is really hard to call I wish I had a glass ball honestly. But since I don’t I will take my best shot on this one. I am going to take CB with an impressive 2nd round win by KO.
John Makdessi (12-3) vs Shane Campbell (11-2): This is a fight in the lightweight division. John Makdessi is an exciting fighter who seems to only have one fight style. He has 12 wins 8 by KO the other 4 are by decision. He does have a great trainer though as he is trained by GSP, one of the best fighters in UFC history. Four of his 8 KO/TKO finishes are first round KO’s and will look to come out swinging in this fight as well. He comes into this fight winning 3 of his last 4 fights and looks to keep his hot hand and move forward in a stacked division. Shane Campbell is a well-rounded fighter who will be a matchup nightmare for Makdessi. Campbell comes in winning 7 of his last 8 and three straight of those. He has 5 first round KO/TKO’s and 2 by submission finishing 7 of his 11 wins. Three of those seven are first round finishes none the less. This fight will go one of three ways. It will either be a standing brawl like John Makdessi would love it to. Second option is that it will wind up on the mat and Campbell will come out with the win because he is the better fighter there. Finally the third option is the one me as well as all UFC fans would hate the most, Campbell keeps trying to take it to the ground and Makdessi and him keep clinching making this a slow paced boring fight. Let’s hope it doesn’t go there but anyway here is my call for this one, I have Makdessi winning this fight in a third round KO after a fun first two rounds, he will catch Campbell with one good open shot and capitalize.
Yves Jabouin (20-9) vs. Thomas Almeida (18-0): Here is a fight in the bantamweight division that could be pretty enjoyable. Yves is a true veteran at 35 years of age entering his 30th professional fight. He is a great striker and wrestler with a steady pace. His 20 professional wins are compiled with 11 wins by KO and one by submission, the other 8 by decision. He is 5-2 in the bantamweight in the division and looks to improve that to a 6-2. In the other corner is a UFC “newcomer” entering just his second fight in the Octagon. He is 18-0 and is a freak to be reckoned with, he is only 23 years of age with 18 wins already entering this fight. His 18 wins are compiled of 13 by KO/TKO, 4 by submission and the last one by decision. The most exciting factor of this fight and the most impressive fact about Almeida is that 14 of those 18 wins are first round finishes. This fight will be one hell of an opener to the UFC 186 main card. I am so excited for this fight and for Thomas Almeida’s career. I am going to pick a first round KO within two minutes of the first round by Almeida moving to 19-0.
- Matt Koontz
Fox Sports 1 Prelims
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. David Michaud: The first fight of the night comes with a lightweight bout between two fairly new faces to the UFC. Olivier Aubin-Mercier made it to the finals in The Ultimate Fighter Nations. He is 6-1 in his professional career and five of his wins are all by rear naked chokes. Olivier is a black belt in Judo and a brown belt in BJJ, despite this he has only a 29% success rate in takedowns. He also only has a 46% percent in total strikes landed and 58% in strikes avoided. His opponent in this fight is David Michaud. David Michaud also competed on a season of The Ultimate Fighter, Ultimate Fighter 16. David is a more experienced 8-1 and has a more balanced fight record with 3 wins by KO and 3 by submission. Michaud has been wrestling his whole life and it reflects with a 58% success rate for takedowns and 71% success rate in takedowns defended. I think this is going to be a very technical ground match and it will go to decision in favor of David Michaud.
Chad Laprise vs. Bryan Barberena: This next fight is another lightweight matchup against two slightly more experienced fighters. Chad Laprise is the man that beat Aubin-Mercier and was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Nations. Laprise is 10-0 and won 5 fights by KO and 1 by submission. Chad Laprise finished five of his fights in the first round. He has a great defense with 70% of strikes avoided and 80% of takedowns defended. On the other side of the cage is Bryan Barberena and is 10-2 in his professional career. Barberena is on a 7 fight win streak and has 8 wins by KO and 1 by submission. He also has three first round finishes. He has poor defense with 60% of strikes avoided and 40% of takedowns defended. This fight will most likely be mostly standing and throwing. I predict that Chad Laprise will wear down Bryan Barberena due to his bad defense and Laprise will pick up a TKO victory in the 3rd round.
(#3)Alexis Davis vs. (#5)Sarah Kaufman: The third prelim fight will be in the women’s bantamweight division. The #3 ranked Alexis Davis is coming into this fight after a loss to the Champ, Ronda Rousey. Despite that she has won 8 of her last 10 fights and has 7 overall wins by submission and two by KO. She has a black belt in both Brazilian and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, an amateur Muay Thai champ and works on Judo. Davis is going up against the #5 ranked Sarah Kaufman who is 17-2. Kaufman has won 5 of her last 7 fights, has 10 wins by knockout and is 2-0 against Alexis Davis. Kaufman is the owner of the only female fight in the UFC Ultimate 100 Knockouts. I predict that Sarah Kaufman will become 3-0 against Alexis Davis with a 3rd round TKO.
Patrick Cote vs. Joe Riggs: The final match for the prelims will take place in the welterweight division between two veterans of the Octagon. Patrick Cote is coming into this fight 21-9 with 8 wins by KO and 3 by submission. He is a former member of the Canadian Army, has a brown belt in BJJ and a black belt in Muay Thai. Cote is known for both his knockout power and his excellent submission skills. Joe Riggs has an impressive record of 40-15 at the age of 32. Riggs has 29 wins by KO and 7 by submission. He has attained titles in other organizations such as Strikeforce, WEC and Bellator. This fight should prove to be extremely entertaining with action in every aspect of MMA. Both of these fighters are experienced everywhere this fight could take them. I think this fight will go the distance and Patrick Cote will walk away with the decision.
UFC 186 Main Card
Yves Jabouin vs. Thomas Almeida: We start the main card with a bantamweight matchup. The 20-9 Yves Jabouin is known for his striking and his wrestling. He has 11 wins by knockout and an impressive takedown defense of 81%. Jabouin has won 5 of his last 7 fights and is looking to start a 2 fight win streak. On the other side of the octagon is Thomas Almeida who is coming into this fight 18-0. Almeida has 13 wins by KO and 4 by submission, and has finished 14 fights in the first round. Almeida has a similarly impressive defense with a success rate of 82% for takedowns defended and 65% success rate for strikes avoided. Almeida also has an amazing average of 8 strikes per minute. I think Thomas Almeida will advance to 19-0 with a 2nd round KO.
John Makdessi vs. Shane Campbell: For the next event we see a 160 pound catchweight bout. John Makdessi has the best defense that we have seen tonight with 75% of total strikes avoided and 86% of total takedowns defended. Makdessi has a professional record of 12-3 with 8 wins by knockout and the other 4 by decision. He also has 4 first round finishes and a black belt in kickboxing. Makdessi’s opponent in this fight will be a UFC debut for Shane Campbell. Shane Campbell is 11-2 and on a 3 fight win streak. Campbell has won 5 fights by KO and 2 by submission. I think this will be a close match, but John Makdessi will take home the win by decision due to this being Shane Campbell’s first UFC fight.
(#10)Michael Bisping vs. (#11) CB Dolloway: Now we move on to a middleweight bout between two experienced, ranked fighters. Michael Bisping is 26-7 and has finished 20 of his winning fights, 17 by KO and 3 by submission. He is 11-6 as a middleweight and is known for his standup and his adaptability. Bisping has won 8 of his last 13 and is 1 of 8 Ultimate Fighter winners to win all his fights by KO, TKO or submission. On the other side of the cage is CB Dolloway. Dolloway is 16-7 and has won 4 of his last 6 fights. He has finished 9 of his 16 pro wins with 3 wins by submission and 6 wins by knockout. His won his first pro fight by knockout via slam in just 17 seconds. I think this will prove to be another close fight at first with a good portion of the match being stand-up. I think we will see two expert stand-up fighters be able to flow between slow, tactical movements all the way to fast-paced mayhem. When the match is over I predict that CB Dolloway will win by 2nd round KO and hopefully break into the top 10.
Rampage Jackson vs. (#12)Fabio Maldonado: Now we are the co-main event of the evening and I couldn’t be more excited that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is back in this fight. Rampage had to step away from this fight due to some legal issues, but he is back and they are allowed to compete at catchweight of 215. Every UFC fan should have some memory of Rampage because he is a veteran of the Octagon and an extremely entertaining fighter. He is known for his explosive stand-up, insane takedowns and his vicious ground and pound. This man has at least a dozen wins by knockout, one of which being via powerbomb. Jackson’s opponent tonight is the #12 ranked Fabio Maldonado. Maldonado also has over a dozen knockouts in his 22-7 professional record. If that wasn’t enough to get you interested in this matchup then this might; Maldonado is the proud owner of a 22-0 pro boxing record with only one of those not being a knockout. On top of all this, Maldonado called out Rampage. He asked to be Rampage’s first fight back in the UFC. These two guys are no doubt going to stand and bang and possibly go home with the fight of the night. Both of these guys have a great chin so I actually believe neither will be able to put the final nail in the coffin of their opponent. I’m going to call this with a decision victory in favor of Rampage Jackson.
Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi: The main event for the evening is a flyweight title fight. This was originally going to be the co-main event for this card with Barao vs Dillishaw being the main event, but Dillishaw suffered an injury and the fight had to be postponed. This fight will prove to be the right choice for replacing that main event because if you haven’t seen a flyweight matchup yet then you will be in for a treat. Flyweight is probably the fastest division in the UFC and these are definitely two of the fastest fighters in the division. The Champion, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson is coming in to this fight 21-2 and successfully defended his title 6 times. Mighty Mouse is the first and only Flyweight Champion in UFC history. He has 8 wins by submission and 4 by KO. Mighty Mouse’s dominance so far in the UFC has earned him the #3 spot on top 10 pound for pound fighters. His opponent is the 15-1 Kyoji Horiguchi. Horiguchi is on a 9 fight win streak and has 9 wins by KO and 1 by submission. Kyoji is a 2nd degree black belt in karate. I think this could be a fairly close matchup as long as the fight stays standing, but Mighty Mouse will quickly gain the upper-hand if it goes to the mat. I think this will be a quick-paced, exciting first few rounds that is mostly standup, and then Mighty Mouse will take it to the mat in the 3rd and gain the submission victory.
- Mike W.
I will be calling all the Fox Prelims and the entire Main Card but I would also like to add one to those. I am very interested in the first fight since last July. This fight card prelims and Main Card are on Fox but these fights are good enough to be a pay-per view. This fight card is more stacked then UFC 186 which after losing Dillashaw vs Beraro 2 as well as Rampage vs. Maldonado has become a fight card with 2 fights worth paying for but that would be all. Anyway here are my calls for UFC fight night on 4/18/15.
Diego Brandao vs. Jimy Hettes: A fight in the Featherweight division. Diego is back in the octagon finally after his last fight was cancelled the day of the fight. His last fight was July 19th, 2014, where he lost to Connor McGregor. Diego is a phenomenal fighter who needs to pick up a win here and get himself back in the division talk. Diego carries a 22-10 professional fight record, and is a very well rounded fighter. He has KO/TKO possibility and it truly is his best weapon. That being said don’t forget about his ground game because if Jimy does then he will be quickly submitted. Brandao’s last two losses came against two true great fighters in Connor McGregor and Dustin Porrier, and for some reason those two loses send him to the online prelims. Now to the other good 27 year old fighter in the other corner, Jimy Hettes. Jimy is an impressive 11-2 entering this fight with his last fight being a loss to Dennis Bermudez. Jimy is almost entirely a ground game fighter considering 10 of his 11 wins come from Submission and his last one being decision. That being said his two loses are a decision and a KO/TKO meaning with all the time he has spent on the mat he has not been submitted, which is really impressive. This fight will be really interesting to me for an online prelim especially. I am going to call a win from a second round KO/TKO for Diego showing that he is back and should be ranked again in his division.
#6 Takeya Mizugaki vs. Aljamain Sterling: This is a true brawl in the bantamweight division. Takeya is 20-8-2 professionally and he was rolling with 5 straight victories until Dominick Cruz decided to come back and ended his 5 straight. Mizugaki though shouldn’t be taken lightly there is a reason he is ranked 6th and he will be in form this fight and ready to show that his last loss was just a mistake and right the ship. He is a pretty slow paced fighter with 14 of his professional wins coming from decision as well as 5 of his loses. He has KO power though with 5 of the remaining 6 wins coming from KO/TKO. He will be bringing a steady reliable pace and use his striking abilities to win this one although he can win off the mat if necessary. Now to the corner opposite of Mizugaki, Aljamain Sterling. This 25 year old kid is for real and will be a scary opponent for Mizugaki. This is only his third fight in the UFC but he brings a type of poise to him that would make you think he is a UFC veteran. Aljamain is 10-0 in his professional career with a bit of balance in his fight style. His ten wins are split 2 by KO/TKO, including his last fight, 4 by submission and 4 by decision. Sterling will need to be careful because he is actually fighting a UFC veteran who knows how to handle the best fighters that he has to face. This fight will be very intriguing and will show the maturity level of these two fighters and be a good opening fight to the prelims for all fans to enjoy. I am having a hard time with this one but I will take a unanimous decision win from Mizugaki.
Corey Anderson vs. Gian Villante: This is a good fight in the light heavyweight division. Corey Anderson enters this fight as 6-0 coming into his 3rd fight in the UFC. He is also the winner of the Ultimate fighter 19. Corey is fighting his first UFC veteran in this fight who will need to be careful of Corey’s knockout power and ability to drop anyone in one clean shot. He has a 100% takedown defense in the UFC that being said it is only after 2 fights so don’t look too much into it. Now to the corner opposite of upcoming Corey Anderson we have Gian Villante. Gian enters this fight at 12-5 with 5 wins in his last 7 fights. His two loses coming to two ranked light heavyweights in Fabio Maldonado and Ovince Saint Preux. He as well has KO power just like his opponent Corey Anderson. Giant has 7 of his wins by KO/TKO and he has the ability to win on the mat with 2 more wins coming by submission. His loses have come twice to knockout and the other 3 coming from decision. This fight has a lot of KO promise which is exciting for the fans. This fight is going to be a fun one hopefully and my call for this one is going to pick the undefeated 6-0 Corey Anderson with a first round KO when he catches Gian with a good open shot.
#7 Ovince Saint Preux vs. #12 Patrick Cummins: This fight in the light heavyweight division is going to be a throw down. I honestly am so excited for this fight I do not know where to start on this one. I guess I will start with Ovince Saint Preux who enters this fight at 17-6, winning 14 of his last 16 fights. He is so hot right now the surface of the sun might not be able to contain him. His wins are split 8 KO, 5 by submission, and 4 by decision. His loses come by 1 KO and the remaining 5 by decision, the judges score card seems to not be his friend honestly. Ovince has the ability to fight standing and on the mat and can finish any opponent either way. He is a great talent in the UFC and will I hope one day get a shot against Jon Jones because he has the talent to upset Jones if he has a great day. Anyway to the opposite corner is another great fighter, Patrick Cummins. Cummins is 7-1, his only loss you might ask was a KO by Daniel Cormier. Cummins wins though 5 have been finishes 3 by KO/TKO and the other 2 by submission. Cummins is a great opponent for Ovince Saint Preux because these two can knock the other one out or they can also both submit the other one. I don’t know which way to call this one because the rankings to me mean nothing because I honestly think this is a 7 vs 8 fight. Well since I have to pick one I will be taking Preux with a 3rd round TKO after an exciting fun fight showing both of these guys are contenders for a long time.
#12 Jim Miller vs. Beneil Dariush: This is a good fight in the lightweight division between two underrated UFC lightweights. Jim Miller enters this fight 24-5 with 1 no contest. He has won 11 of his last 15 fights. He has 24 wins, 16 wins were finished 13 by submission and 3 by KO/TKO. His 5 loses come one a piece for KO/TKO and Submission, the remaining 3 are by decision. Jim does love to fight on the ground being a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. That being said Jim can fight well on his feet and has the ability to technically outperform other fighters. He doesn’t pack a big KO/TKO force but he has it as a secret weapon in his arsenal. Now on the other side of Jim is Beneil Dariush who enters this fight 10-1. Beneils lone loss comes from a KO/TKO. He has an impressive 6 wins by submission with a few techniques in his arsenal, 1 arm triangle, 4 rear naked chokes, and 1 arm bar. His other 4 wins are 2 KO/TKO and 2 decisions. 5 of his 10 wins are first round finishes and 8 of his last 9 fights are victories for him. This 25 year old kid has the ability just like Jim Miller to be a technical fighter and win on his feet or on the mat. He is a great fighter and if he can pull off a victory here he should get ranked immediately and will start his climb through the UFC lightweight division. I am going to take Beneil to win this thing with a second round rear naked choke.
#8 Felice Herrig vs. #12 Paige VanZant: This fight has more hype around it then the main event. This fight in the women’s strawweight division is going to be great. Felice is coming into her second UFC fight winning her first one by submission. Felice is 10-5 entering this fight with all 5 loses coming from decision. Her 10 wins are split with 6 by decision, 3 by submission, and 1 by KO/TKO. She loves to fight on the mat but note that she was a professional kickboxer before her UFC career and she has the ability to stand and fight. She has won 5 of her last 6 fights and she is a great fighter that brings a lot of pace. She is a fast paced fighter who has stamina to outlast most fighters even while putting on the pressure most the fight. Now on the other side is the second biggest female fighting name right now behind Ronda Rousey, in Paige VanZant. Paige enters this fight 4-1 and is only 21 years of age the second youngest female fighter in the UFC, third youngest fighter in the UFC overall. Her 4 wins have 2 by decision and the other two are stoppages one to KO/TKO and the other by submission. Paige’s only loss comes from a decision so she has never been stopped. She is an incredibly well rounded fighter and can take the fight anywhere it goes. This fight is hard to call because a lot of people are taking Paige due to her big named as of late and they look at Felice’s record and just don’t see her winning this fight. I look at Felice’s kickboxing record and I am waiting for it to show in the octagon. That being said I am still picking Paige here with a 3rd round TKO.
#5 Cub Swanson vs #9 Max Holloway: Now here is an absolutely amazing fight in the featherweight division. Cub comes in with 6 wins in his last 7 fights his lone loss of those 7 coming to the legend Frankie Edgar in his most recent fight. Cub has 15 wins by stoppage 11 by KO/TKO and has 4 by submission, 2 by guillotine and 2 by rear naked choke. Cub is such a great fighter who could knock out anyone in his division with one punch. He has the ability to fight well on the mat as well and can take out anyone on the ground if he needs to with just pure knowledge of the sport. Opposite of Cub though is a monster as well in Max Holloway. Max is absolutely incredible just like Cub Swanson, difference is that Max is ranked 9th and is only 23 years of age. Max has a knockout punch with 5 of his 12 wins coming from KO. He is 12-3 and 6 of his other wins are by decision the last one by submission. Max is entering this fight on a five fight win streak with 4 of those 5 being stoppages. He is coming in scorching hot and at 23 years of age is actually a veteran of the octagon. As a true UFC fan and MMA fighter I have to say I love this fight and both of these guys’ abilities. I am taking the “upset” here as much as I hate picking against Cub I have to pick Max with a second round KO.
#1 Ronaldo Souza vs. Chris Camozzi: This fight in the middleweight division battle was supposed to be vs. #6 Yoel Romero but 8 days before the fight Yoel was injured and had to withdraw from the original co-main event. Chris was the only person in their right mind to be willing to fight #1 ranked middleweight fighter on a week notice. Ronaldo is coming into this fight with 11 wins in his last 12, 7 straight wins. Souza is coming into this fight with the largest favorite I have seen in a long time. He is honestly in my opinion the best fighter in the middleweight division. He enters this fight 21-3 with 1 no contest. His 21 wins are EXTREMELY impressive. 5 wins by KO/TKO and 12 by submission. The submission wins are by these techniques (2 by guillotine, 4 arm triangles, 3 rear naked chokes, 1 by kimura, and 2 arm bars). His 5 KO/TKO’s though show that you can’t sleep on him when it comes to a standup fight. Souza has KO power and he has a black belt in judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He is honestly the most well rounded fighter in his division and I believe a top 10 fighter in the UFC in general. Now in the opposite corner is Chris Camozzi who holds a 21-9 record. He comes in colder then ice itself. He is currently on a four fight losing streak and the fight that started that losing streak was a loss to none other than Ronaldo Souza his opposite number in his co-main event. Camozzi has 7 wins by TKO/KO and 6 by submission, those submission wins are by 2 rear naked chokes, 2 guillotines, an anaconda, and a triangle. He is going to need a miracle though to win this fight because he is fighting the best fighter in his division, yes better than the current champion Chris Weidman. Camozzi though is crazy and tough enough to endure this battle. That being said I have to pick Ronaldo Souza with a first round submission.
#2 Lyoto Machida vs. #4 Luke Rockhold: The Main event fight in the middleweight division. This fight is going to either be a slow paced technical fight like Lyoto likes to fight or Luke is going to bring the pace and force Machida to fight out of his element. Lyoto enters this fight 22-5. He has 11 wins by decision and the other 11 by finish. His 11 finishes are 9 by KO/TKO and 2 by submission. He is a good fighter but is very slow paced and technical, if you aren’t a true mixed martial arts fan you get bored with Machida’s fight style. Now regardless of how slow paced he can be once he sees an opening he unloads on it and unleashes a surprising fast pace out of nowhere which makes him exciting to watch. Now to his opponent another great fighter in the middleweight division, Luke Rockhold who holds a 13-2 record. Luke is so exciting to watch because he can submit anyone from anywhere. He enters this fight with a 3 fight win streak and won 12 of his last 13. Think about that for a second in his last 13 fights he has picked up 12 of his 13 wins. His 13 wins have been through 4 KO/TKO’s and 7 wins by submission (an inverted triangle kimura, 4 rear naked chokes, an armbar, a guillotine). I think that’s as impressive as they can come but then you throw this stat in, and he just looks like he could be the second best in his division right now behind Ronaldo Souza, he has 10 first round finishes in his 13 wins! Now I am having a hard time picking this fight but I can truly say that I am so excited for this fight just like I am the rest of the fight card. I am going to pick the man I think that is on the rise for a title shot, Luke Rockhold will finish Machida in the 4th round with a guillotine choke.
- Matt Koontz.