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UFC 172 – Jones vs. Teixeira Fight Card Preview

The UFC comes to Baltimore, MD tonight for their latest pay per view fight card at UFC 172.  The main event tonight is Jon Jones taking on Glover Teixeira for the Light Heavyweight Championship.  The fight card looks pretty entertaining, and given my proximity to Baltimore I would love to be there live – just didn’t work out.  Here are some quick thoughts on tonight’s card:

Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira; Light Heavyweight Championship

Jon Jones has range and finishing ability.  He can beat you with submissions and with TKOs.  Glover hasn’t lost a fight in nine years, but the class of his opposition hasn’t been the likes of Jones.  Jones has only been disqualified for illegal elbows against Matt Hamill, being the only recent mark on his record.

Jones is the favorite for a reason.  Glover is not the biggest challenge that Jones has faced, and despite his success in UFC and the wins he logged, I have a hard time seeing him doing much to Jones.  Jones has been hit before, and he struggled against Gustafsson in the first half of their bout.  Vitor almost caught him with an arm bar.  Despite a few humanizing moments like this, Jones has been spectacular.

Jones has a reach advantage and good striking range to go with a fantastic ground and pound game.  He’s dangerous in the submission game and in the clinch.  Jones has weapons and he knows how to use them in a variety of ways.  Teixeira hits hard though, and he has a good submission game too.  He lacks the speed that Jones has and doesn’t have the height and reach issues that a guy like Gustafsson had either.  But Glover can do damage with that big right hand, and he accumulates strikes well.

In the end, this is Jones’ fight to take it wherever he wants.  I can’t discount Glover’s ability to land a killshot, but his run comes to an end tonight.

Prediction:  Jon Jones by submission, round 3

Phil Davis vs. Anthony Johnson (Light Heavyweight Bout)

Davis has some good submission skills and is a fantastic wrestler, but lacks a good striking game.  Johnson, on the other hand, is an excellent striker but has struggled against good wrestlers before.  Johnson has been doing well of late to get this opportunity.  He can stop just about anyone if he catches them, but that’s not a given going against Davis.

If Johnson were to KO Davis, it would breath some life into the Light Heavyweight division and put him on the path to a title shot.  I just think it’s going to be a lot more possible that Davis is able to get him to the ground using his wrestling skills and make it a long night for Johnson.

Prediction:  Phil Davis via submission, round 2

Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch (Middleweight Bout)

Rockhold, the former Strikeforce fighter, looked fantastic against Costas Philippou in his last outing.  Costas put away Boetsch, who is a durable fighter.  This seems like a placeholder fight for Rockhold.  While you can never count anyone out, and that’s why you fight the fights, I’ll be shocked if Rockhold slips here and loses.  If he shows the form he showed against Costas, he will pick up the victory.

Prediction: Luke Rockhold via submission, Round 1

Jim Miller vs. Yancey Medeiros (Lightweight Bout)

Talk about short turnarounds.  Medeiros took this fight on a week’s notice. Given he was already on the card, he is in fighting shape.  Miller, however, is a veteran who can control fights and score a submission from out of anywhere.

Mederios has a height and reach advantage on Miller and is a hard hitter.  His lone career loss came in a fluke injury from defending a takedown.  He has good finishing instinct and has shown a lot of good things inside the octagon even though we’ve seen little of him.  Miller, on the other hand, hasn’t looked all that great in his last couple fights.  He did defeat Fabricio Camoes but didn’t look too good until he locked the armbar in from his back.

As long as Miller comes in better than his last fight, he will do enough to get a decision victory.

Prediction: Jim Miller via decision.

Max Holloway vs. Andre Fili (Featherweight Bout)

Fili has only made one appearance in UFC.  He took a short notice fight against Jeremy Larsen and won it, making a big impression.  Holloway has entertained in a few fights, but he lacks greatness in any particular area of his game.  Fili is a good finisher, and he has a better upside over Holloway in this fight.

Prediction:  Andre Fili via TKO, round 2

Bonus Quick Picks for the Preliminary Card:

Joseph Benavidez over Tim Elliot

Issac Vallie-Flagg over Takanori Gomi

Jessamyn Duke over Bethe Coreia

Danny Castillo over Charlie Brenneman

Patrick Williams over Chris Beal

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UFC 168 Results Recap – Tate vs. Rousey, Silva vs. Weidman

I had the opportunity last night to watch the UFC 168 pay per view live last night in Frederick, MD along with a packed house at Buffalo Wild Wings on Shorebird Drive.  Special thanks to the guys at Assault MMA Radio for inviting me for a fun evening.  Here’s a recap of the results, most of which I threw out on Twitter through the evening.

Preliminary Fights (on Fox1)

1. John Howard defeated Siyar Bahadurzada by unanimous decision.  Worth noting to pro wrestling fans is that Howard got Siyar up and hit him with his own version of Shellshocked, which is Ryback’s finisher.

2. Dennis Siver defeated Manvel Gamburyan by unanimous decision

3. Michael Johnson defeated Gleison Tibeau by knockout in the second round

4. Uriah Hall defeated Chris Leben by TKO (referee stoppage) after round one.  Leben actually said he was done fighting after round one.

UFC 168 Pay Per View Fights

Match #1 – Dustin Poirier defeated Diego Branado by knockout at 4:54 in Round 1.

Poirier put together a late string of punches to take Branado down.  The official wanted to let Branado stay in it, but eventually had to step in and call it.

Match #2 – Jim Miller defeated Fabricio Camoes by submission at 3:43 of Round 1.

I, along with a few others, made a crack about Jim Miller shared the name of an accountant.  But he can make you tap out, as he did to Camoes here.  He worked a nice set-up into the kimura (which I called an armbar on Twitter, but in a jam-packed bar, hard to see where I was sitting), and Camoes tapped.

They replayed Johnson getting the win over Tibeau to fill some time.

Match #3 – Travis Browne defeated Josh Barnett by knockout at 1:00 of Round 1.

Browne caught Barnett with a knee that sent Barnett to his knees, then followed it up with a series of nasty elbow strikes that left Barnett bloodied and out.  Impressive win.  He then mocked the idea he was a striker in the post-fight interview, and said his win was for the blue collar fans in the nose bleed seats.  Not a good “promo”, but that’s not what UFC is about.

They showed us Mike Tyson sitting in the crowd, then replayed Hall vs. Leben to fill some time.

Match #4 – Ronda Rousey (c) defeated Miesha Tate by submission (armbar) at 0:58 of Round 3 to retain the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship

Let me start by sharing the feeling at BWW when this match started:

This was the fight of the night and the one everyone wanted to see.  Everyone in BWW that I could see was watching it.  Tate opened with some good strikes, but Rousey was able to take her down multiple times and landed a ton of strikes of her own.  Tate survived round 1, and is the first woman to have done so against Rousey.

Tate smiled to start Round 2 and landed more strikes, but Rousey took her down.  Pace slowed down with Rousey putting her weight on Tate up against the cage.  Tate blocked an armbar attempt, so Rousey threw more punches then went for a reverse triangle.  Tate got her hand in a position to keep the pressure of the hold from fully being exerted, so she was able to survive the last 30 seconds of the round.  This was a win in and of itself for Tate to survive two rounds with Rousey.  Rousey obviously had never been taken this far and looked a touch gassed.

It was over quickly in round 3 though.  Rousey got a takedown, then after some jockeying for position she locked Tate in the armbar for the win.  Tate offered a handshake, but Rousey refused it which drew boos from the live crowd.  She also got booed as she was announced the winner.

In the post-fight interview, Rousey said that Tate did a great job and she’s a great fighter, but refused to shake her hand because Tate disrespected her family.  She also said being booed doesn’t bother her.  That prompted:

They also interviewed Tate, who got cheers from the fans.  Tate admitted that Rousey was the better fighter on this night and mentioned that Rousey had worked on her right hand.  Rousey is a huge draw, even though fans hate her, and this was in my estimation the fight of the night.  A great women’s bout with a lot of electricity and emotion behind it.

Match #5 – Chris Weidman (c) defeated Anderson Silva by TKO in Round 2 to retain the UFC Middleweight Championship

After some feeling out, Silva got knocked down and took some shots to the head, but the referee didn’t step in.  Silva held on to Weidman, but Weidman broke free and threw more shots.  Silva never seemed out of it, and landed some hammer strikes at the end of the round.  Weidman came up bloody as a result.

Round 2 is where this gets ugly.  Silva throws a nice kick to the thigh, but then throws a leg check and his own leg snaps.  You could see the flop, it was that noticeable.  All of BWW groaned and winced collectively and I immediately thought of Sid Vicious and Joe Thiesmann.

Weidman celebrated but calmed down quickly and kept it much more subdued after he fully realized what happened.  Silva was yelling and holding his leg in pain as they show a replay of what happened.  Rogan pointed out that this injury very well could end Silva’s career, given what it would take to come back from something like that.

In the post-fight interview, Weidman put Silva over as the greatest of all time and wished him the best in his recovery.  Silva was stretchered out as the interview continued.  A surreal moment that put a damper on the end of an otherwise great card and great night of fights, highlighted by Tate vs. Rousey.  Rogan said it was only the second time something like this has happened in UFC.

Thanks for following along on Twitter last night.  I realize we don’t cover a ton of UFC stuff on the site, and it was a great opportunity for me to bring some live coverage to one of the bigger fight cards of the year to the site.  If you’ve got an MMA bug, and want to help us cover the sport, let us know (dkoscelek@ring-rap.com or DM on Twitter) as we’d love to have you.

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UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II Quick Results

Here are tonight’s quick results from the UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II pay per view event.

Preliminary Fight, featured on Facebook:

Featherweight Class:

Nik Lentz def. Eiji Mitsuoka by TKO in the first round.

Preliminary Card on FX:

Bantamweight:

Chico Camus def. Dustin Pague by unanimous decision.

Erik Perez def. Ken Stone by unanimous decision.

Middleweight:

Michael Kuiper def. Jared Hamman by KO in round 2.

Featherweight:

Dennis Bermudez def. Tommy Hayden by submission (guillotine) in Round 1.

Pay Per View Card:

Featherweight:

Max Holloway def. Justin Lawrence by TKO in Round 2.

Middleweight:

Yushin Okami def. Buddy Roberts by TKO in Round 2.

Jake Sheilds def. Ed Herman by unanimous decision.

Catchweight (157.5 lbs):

Donald Cerrone def. Melvin Guilliard by KO in Round 1.

Lightweight:

Benson Henderson (c) def. Frankie Edgar by split decision.

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