(article by Adam LeBarr/ image via Zuffa LLC)
Saturday, May 24th, the UFC heads to Las Vegas, Nevada for UFC 173: Renan Barao vs. TJ Dillashaw. What was originally set to be Chris Weidman defending his title against Vitor Belfort/Lyoto Machida was quickly sidelined due to injured, leaving Dana White (President of the UFC) and the rest of the organization to find a replacement.
Now, the current Bantamweight champion, Renan Barao is set to defend his championship against ranked #4 TJ Dillashaw.
Jamie Varner vs. James Krause -
Jamie Varner and James Krause are set to open the PPV (Pay-Per-View) fight card, and after a rocky couples of years, both are going to be looking to set the bar high for the rest of the fight card.
Both Varner and Krause are 1-3 in their last 4 fights, another loss for either of these lightweight warriors could make or break their career with the UFC.
Jamie Varner's previous preference against Abel Trujillo was one for the ages, and possibly in the running for top fight of 2014. After pushing the pace, and dominating in many different areas, nearing the end of the fight, Trujillo landed with a devastating hook, putting Varner to the mat, resulting in a KO (knockout) defeat. He was dominant prior to the knockout blow, and that kind of loss leaves us to believe he's only going to come back stronger, with fire in his eyes.
Pick: Jamie Varner
Takeya MIzugaki vs. Francisco Rivera -
Mizugaki, ranked #4 in the bantamweight division takes on ranked #10, Rivera, and there's one thing that sticks out like a sore thumb and that's that Rivera is a dangerous finisher, as to where Mizugaki is 4-1 in his last 5 fights, all ending via: Decision.
Both are on impressive streaks, and with a fight finish this weekend, they're nearing closer and closer to the championship gold. That I can only assume will bring the best out of both Mizugaki and Rivera, presenting the fans around the world with a fast-paced war. If Mizugaki's in search of an impressive finish, he can bet Rivera's doing the same, looking to move further and further through the top 10 rankings.
Pick: Francisco Rivera
Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Ellenberger -
Georges St-Pierre just months ago made the announcement that he was taking a break from MMA and would vacate his title, leaving Robbie Lawler, currently ranked #1 in the welterweight division to take on Johny Hendricks. In a 5 round back and forth war, it was Hendricks who would walk out the champion after holding 'Ruthless' on the mat in the 5th and final round, leaving Lawler in disappointment, and on the immediate road back to the top spot.
There's one man in the way of Lawler possibly getting another shot at Hendricks, and that's ranked #5, Jake Ellenberger. Ellenberger's coming off of a tough loss to Rory MacDonald, but previous to that, he was on a division tear, dominating some of the best welterweights in the world. This is now his time to prove he's worth of the top 5, and also a title shot.
Robbie Lawler lost to Hendricks in a close, close fight, and that's just it - It was insanely close. Lawler has been the only man to deliver that kind of beating to Hendricks, and with the motivation to get back to the top, fighting for the world championship again, there seems to be no stopping 'Ruthless' Robbie Lawler.
Pick: Robbie Lawler
Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson -
Daniel Cormier, ranked #4, a former heavyweight contender who was in line for a title shot stepped down to the light heavyweight division, avoiding a title fight against current training partner/friend, Cain Velasquez. While in the heavyweight/light heavyweight division, he has proven to be a dominant force, taking out all who stand in his way of the top spot.
Dan Henderson, ranked #6 is the one man left between Cormier and a long-awaited title shot.
Henderson, former Pride middleweight, welterweight and Grand Prix champion also is faced with the same opportunity. Winner of Cormier/Henderson will be rewarded a championship fight against the winner of Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson II (jones/gustafsson not 100% confirmed, White insists it's happening).
Henderson has some wicked power, the ability to put any man in the UFC to sleep. However, Cormier's speed, wrestling and ground dominance will be a huge factor in this fight if he's to preform as well as he has in his past performances.
Pick: Daniel Cormier
Renan Barao vs. TJ Dillashaw -
Leading up to this main-event title fight, many questioned if it will succeed as a PPV headliner. After Barao's years of dominance and the performance Dillashaw is coming off of, which led him to a victory over Mike Easton, we're left to assume this is going to be a fast, epic battle.
No one outside of the UFC or in have been able to figure out the current champion, Barao. Barao was awarded the title after Dominick Cruz was forced yet again to back out of a fight due to injury, leaving Dana White to strip Cruz of his championship, crowning Renan Barao the new bantamweight champion.
TJ Dillashaw's fast, and in his most recent fights, has displayed a whole new level of striking. Training with Team Alpha Male tends to do that to people...
Despite the power and speed Dillashaw possess, is it enough to dethrone who Dana White states is the #1 pound for pound fighter in the world, Renan Barao?
Pick: Renan Barao
Main Card (10pm EST):
Renan Barao vs. T.J. Dillashaw Title Fight
Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson
Jake Ellenberger vs. Robbie Lawler
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Francisco Rivera
James Krause vs. Jamie Varner
FOX Sports 1 Prelims (8 p.m. ET):
155 lbs.: Michael Chiesa vs. Francisco Trinaldo
155 lbs.: Anthony Ferguson vs. Katsunori Kikuno
135 lbs.: Chris Holdsworth vs. Chico Camus
155 lbs.: Al Iaquinta vs. Mitch Clarke
Fight Pass Prelims (6:30 p.m. ET):
155 lbs.: Anthony Njokuani vs. Vinc Pichel
145 lbs.: Aaron Phillips vs. Sam Sicilia
170 lbs.: Jingliang Li vs. Danny Mitchell
image via Zuffa LLC/Getty images/ video via UFC on FOX
Sometimes the most unforgettable fights are not the biggest names or on the most “stacked” PPV cards. In a time where too often we hear about market saturation and too many mma fights, its easy to overlook a card like UFC Fight Night 40 on FOX Sports 1. We already knew Matt Brown vs Erick Silva was going to be a good fight but we weren’t expecting to have a Fight of the Year candidate on our hands!
Brown vs Silva delivered an EPIC battle to cap off a great card that saw many underdogs defying the odds and coming out on top. Ed Herman grinded out a win over Rafael Natal. Soa Palelei went Hulk mode and smashed Ruan Potts. Daron Cruickshank proved too much for Erik Koch rocking him with a brutal head kick and finishing him with a flurry of punches once he hit the ground. Costas Philippou made a statement in his UFC comeback with a KO of Lorenz Larkin. But all that was just an appetizer for the main course. Erick Silva and Matt Brown both entered the cage with impressive finishes and a heaping amount of confidence backing them up, and they wasted little time getting down to business. Silva delivered a brutal body kick to Brown, crumpling the crowd favorite and quickly took his back. That would have been the end of the fight for the average MMA fighter but Matt Brown showed the world he’s far from average. After gutting out Silva’s relentless ground attack and managing to regain his composure, Brown managed to fight his way back to his feet and narrowly escaped the first frame.
The rest of the fight was a battle of wills. Brown came back hard against Silva rocking the Brazilian with some brutal elbows and knees. Silva unwilling to go down, fired back against Brown with everything he had. Neither man seemed willing to break but Brown’s relentless pace finally started to wear down Silva and by the third round scored a take down and delivered some brutal ground and pound which prompted referee Herb Dean to stop the fight. With the crowd on their feet, Matt Brown got his armed raised, took home Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night honors. More importantly he solidified his spot as a legitimate threat in the stacked welterweight division.
We’ve got a full schedule of MMA fights in the next coming weeks, and if even half of the fights are as exciting as UFC Fight Night 40 was, we’re in for a very good summer!
Full fight card results after the jump
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(Article by Adam Lebarr/ image via Tommy Gilligan-USA Today/videos via UFC on FOX)
Making a long-story-short, UFC 172 in Baltimore, MD was a huge success.
For the UFC fans that don't always tune into the early preliminaries, you missed out. UFC 172 from top to bottom was outstanding. If there wasn't an absurd submission or vicious knockout, it was an all out war 3 and/or 5 round fight.
The first opening 2 fights (Beal vs. Williams & Castillo vs. Brenneman) were quickly top trending around the world due to the outcome of the fights (Beal and Castillo victorious, brutally knocking out their opponents). Not to mention, the rest of the prelims, stacked with exciting fights. With Takanori Gomi and Joseph Benavidez walking out of the octagon with the "W", Benavidez solidifying his win via: Joe-a-constrictor, next was the UFC 172 main-card on PPV (Pay-Per-View) -
Max Holloway vs. Andre Fili and Jim Miller vs. Yancy Medeiros were the first two opening fights of the PPV fight-card. Holloway early on in his fight looked to be in trouble, being punished by his opponent, Fili. As the fight went on, Holloway grew more and more comfortable inside the octagon, his greater experience also playing a big role. Late in the 3rd round, he caught Fili in a guillotine choke, finishing the fight by way of submission. Miller vs. Medeiros wouldn't end too differently. Despite filling in for the Miller fight late, Medeiros didn't look half bad, but, it was only a matter of time before Miller would take the fight to the mat, also sinking in the guillotine choke; winner by way of submission.
In the Middleweight division, Luke Rockhold, former and last Strikeforce Middleweight champion proved why he was once a dominant champion.
Early on in his fight with Tim Boetsch, Rockhold was quick to take the fight to the ground. There, he sank in what looked to be a reverse triangle choke, that only distracted Boetsch from what was coming next. Rockhold held onto the reverse choke for quite some time, once he was able to get a grip onto the arm of Boetsch, he would lock in the kimura, forcing Boetsch to tap out.
In Rockhold's post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, he made it clear that he wants a title shot, but also wants to earn it. He proceeded to call out Vitor Belfort, then explain him and Michael Bisping had some unfinished business.
Your co-main event of the evening was Phil Davis welcoming former Welterweight, and now Light Heavyweight contender, Anthony Johnson.
Leading up to their fight, Davis looked to have put his focus towards the champion, Jon Jones. Calling him out, attempting a staredown at the pre-fight press conference + more. While all this was going on, Johnson was focused on his return, looking to cause an upset.
'Rumble' Johnson completely dominated every aspect of his fight against Davis. Johnson avoided every take down attempt that Davis, a past multiple time NCAA champion threw his way. Johnson out struck, Davis, as well as displayed incredible conditioning and speed. In the end, Anthony Johnson was victorious via: Unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) - an easy fight for the judges to score.
Your main-event, for the UFC Light Heavyweight championship; Jon Jones vs. Glover Texieria, and boy oh boy was it a good one, at least for Jones.
Throughout the fight, Teixeira looked to have been fighting a boxing match, as to where Jones was throwing all kinds of unorthodox strikes (the norm). Leading up to the fight the pitch was Teixeira was “The Most Dangerous Striker” Jones had ever faced. Whether that was true to not, the champ was not scared to trade leather with Teixeira. Pushing Glover back against the cage and landing with countless elbows was huge for 'Bones' Jones, as well as his consistency, always in the face of Teixeira overwhelming him. Toward the end of the fight Jones made it look easy.
We must give credit where credit is due. Teixeira did go the distance with Jones. He remained game throughout the match but Jones dominated him in every aspect of the fight. He was more than happy to clinch and trade shots with the heavy handed Brazilian and put an end to Teixeira’s win streak. Another dangerous opponent falls victim to Bones.
AND STILL UNDISPUTED CHAMP- JON JONES!
Jon Jones def. Glover Teixeira via unanimous decision
Anthony Johnson def. Phil Davis via unanimous decision
Luke Rockhold def. Tim Boetsch via submission (kimura)
Jim Miller def. Yancy Medeiros via submission (guillotine choke)
Max Holloway def. Andre Fili via submission (guillotine choke)
Joseph Benavidez def. Tim Elliott via submission (guillotine)
Takanori Gomi def. Isaac Vallie-Flagg via unanimous decision
Bethe Correia def. Jessamyn Duke via unanimous decision
Danny Castillo def. Charlie Brenneman via second-round KO (0:21)
Chris Beal def. Patrick Williams via second-round KO (1:51)
Performance of the night: Joseph Benavidez & Chris Beal
Fight of the Night: Isaac Vallie Flagg vs. Takanori Gomi