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There's another one of those UFC fight cards this weekend -- UFC 171 in Dallas on Saturday, to be exact. Whether or not the card is "stacked" and the fights are "sick" is up to each person to determine for themselves.
What remains undisputed about UFC 171, though, is this: the welterweight division will look completely different Sunday morning and again Monday afternoon when the new UFC rankings...Read more »
At lunch in Manhattan this past January, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was flipping through photos via an app on his phone. The poster of those photos was Alexander Gustafsson.
At the time, Jones said he was interested in learning more about the Swedish light heavyweight. Jones said Gustafsson seemed like a cool guy, but "I'm still gonna knock him out, though."
It...Read more »
Question: How did Josh Neer make it to the second round, let alone the third round?
Answer: Because Court McGee did not attack the right side of Neer after a left kick caused Neer to visibly express the pain and anguish it caused. Neer backed away and obviously protected that damaged right side. McGee did throw another two shots that landed and sent Neer crumpling to the ground. Then,...Read more »
Robbie Lawler had little time to mount an offense against Josh Koscheck at UFC 157. But, he did make the most of it.
Being outgrappled by Koscheck for the first three-plus minutes of their welterweight bout, Lawler managed to get on top with about 1:20 left.
The grounded Koscheck was pinned up against the cage and Lawler, making his UFC return, landed a big left. That shot stunned Koscheck,...Read more »
Jon Fitch, once a welterweight title contender and in the middle of many top 10 pound-for-pound lists, was released by the UFC on Tuesday. MMA Fighting first reported the news Wednesday.
Fitch was one of 16 fighters cut from the world's most prominent MMA organization, the report said. Also included among the cuts were Freeport native Jay Hieron and light heavyweight veteran Vladimir Matyushenko.
Fitch...Read more »
The Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia bout at UFC 156 was billed as submission defense specialist vs. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu submission specialist.
What we got Saturday night in Las Vegas was . . . exactly that.
Maia took down Fitch with ease in each round, controlling his body with back mounts, body triangles and submission attempts. At times, Maia looked like a human backpack.
All three...Read more »
Rory MacDonald beat BJ Penn at UFC on Fox 5 in Seattle on Saturday night. Where exactly was the "changing of the guard" mentioned prominently on the broadcast and elsewhere? Penn is 33 years old, MacDonald 23. Other than the age difference, this fight should not be looked upon as any sort of changing of the guard. Thirteen-plus months ago, Penn entered into an unofficial retirement after...Read more »