(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
(Arlovski working on his new UFC style stare down/ Article via Adam LeBarr)
Remember UFC 82, back in 2008? Well, that was the last time Andrei Arlovski stepped foot inside the UFC octagon.
Today, via: Twitter, Dana White (president of the UFC) tweeted "Welcome back Andrei Arlovski" - That could only mean one thing, right?
Outside of the UFC, as many may know, Arlovski wasn't quite as dominant as he once was. With new found motivation and determination, he was ready to work his way back to the major leagues of MMA.
Arlovski, currently 4-1 in his last 5 fights has shown huge interest in fighting for the UFC once again. In recent news, there was talk about Dana White and the UFC signing Arlovski but couldn't because he was still under WSOF contract.
Earlier today (April 24th, 2014), it was announced that WSOF has parted ways with 'The Pitbull' Arlovski, which is when Dana White made the tweet, welcoming the former Heavyweight champion back to the UFC.
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UFC 172, one of three events the organization has hosted within the last 10 days. Though the last couple events weren't half bad, this is the fight-card everyone around the world is waiting for.
In the main-event, Jon Jones, current Light Heavyweight champion is set to defend his title against the heavy handed Glover Teixeira. Teixeira's currently riding a 20 fight win streak and has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. Jones has plans of his own, which include defending his belt at all costs and snapping Teixeira's win streak. Saturday, April 26th in Baltimore, MD, the UFC Light Heavyweight title is on the line and this is one card we have been looking forward to ever since it was announced. Join us after the jump for the full fight card, the extended video preview, and our predictions.
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UFC on FOX 11 in Orlando, FL was not only a fun fight-card for the fans, but also somewhat shocking. Many had Travis Browne coming out victorious due to his past dominance in the Heavyweight division…many predicted it wrong.
The preliminary fight-card was stacked. Great match-ups that turned into exciting brawls and delivered a solid card for the UFC’s 11th outing on Fox. Thiago Alves would return to the octagon after a 2 year layoff to defeat his opponent Seth Baczynski. We also can't forget the main-preliminary fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Rafael dos Anjos. Nurmagomedov's professional MMA record improved to an even more impressive 22-0 as he dominated dos Anjos in their 3 round battle.
The first fight of the main-card was a freakishly big one (as far as size in the Middleweight division). Yoel Romero, Cuban Olympic silver medalist took on Brad Tavares.
Romero dominated the fight with huge take downs, ground control and fast paced striking. In the end, with 78% strike accuracy and a total of 7 take downs, it was Romero who would come out victorious and looked like a very formidable force to be reckoned with in the UFC’s middleweight division.
Just before the co-main event, we were treated to some brilliance in the form of Donald Cerrone vs. Edson Barboza.
Early on in the fight, Barboza was getting the best of Cerrone. He looked every bit the favorite as he showed greater speed, landed with more total strikes from the opening exchange.
It all changed in an instant.
As the fight was nearing the end of round #1, Cerrone landed with a big jab, putting Barboza to the floor which 'Cowboy' would quickly exploit to take his back and sink in a rear-naked choke, solidifying a submission victory.
Donald Cerrone says this is his run at the Lightweight gold - 5 years in the making.
The co-main event featured Miesha Tate vs. Liz Carmouche in a very close fight.
Early in the fight, Carmouche was coming out strong, looking like she was going to dominate and force Tate to her 3rd loss in a row. As the fight went into the third frame Tate sprang back to life and started a furious comeback, coming close to finishing the USMC veteran via rear naked choke. While the very tough Carmouche would not tap, it was enough to secure the victory for Tate.
Cain Velasquez vs. Werdum?
Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne were set to main-event FOX’s 11th UFC event, also told that winner will receive a title shot against current Heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez.
Most journalist/media fight picks had Browne as a heavy favorite and expected him to come out the winner. Good thing Fabricio Werdum never bought into the pre fight hype.
From round #1 to round #5, Werdum beat Browne in every aspect of the fight. He out struck Browne, did damage when on the ground and was also the first to take Browne down not once, but twice.
In the end, it was a 50-45 unanimous decision victory (besides one judge who had it 49-46) that would add another dangerous opponent to Werdum's list of victims. Up next for the ever improving Brazilian, is a shot at the UFC heavyweight title. The only problem is, there is a very fearsome man named Cain Velasquez who has no plans to give up his belt anytime soon.
Full fight card after the jump.