If you're one of those fight fans who tunes in just to see knockouts and big punches thrown, then Saturday night's fight between Derrick Lewis and Mark Hunt is what you're looking for.
These two Heavyweight brawlers are squaring off on FS1, with the main card starting at 10pm, and this fight will be absolute madness.
Both Lewis and Hunt are knockout specialists, who rarely ever choose to take a fight to the ground, and both pack the power to end a fight in just one hit.
Lewis is riding a 6-fight win streak, and with a win Mark Hunt, he may very well be looking at a title shot in the near future. Hunt on the other hand is looking for a bounce back win, going two fights in a row without a win. The first a loss to Brock Lesnar that was overturned and ruled a No Contest (NC), and the second, a third-round TKO loss to Alistair Overeem.
If you don't follow Derrick Lewis and his antics, you might want to start, because the guys is truly pure comedy, and never fails to make an inappropriate joke or two. He's a big fan of "Ronda Rousey's fine ass".
But in all seriousness, Saturday night is going to be an amazing fight, and there is absolutely going to be only one man left standing, and my prediction is Derrick Lewis via 3rd-round TKO.
One year ago today, June 6th, 2016, Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson tragically passed away from heart failure. He was 42 years old.
Kimbo had been diagnosed with heart failure, and doctors began to prepare to send him to a different medical center where he would be placed on a donor list, but sadly, he passed away before any of that was possible.
Kimbo Slice first rose to fame around the same time Youtube took off as one of the biggest things on the internet, and truthfully, I think Slice deserves some of the credit for it. In 2003 he began his street fighting career, challenging anyone and everyone who thought they were tough enough to stand and trade blows with him to do so, knocking out all types of individuals.
In 2005, Slice began to train martial arts, and by June of 2007 he had earned himself a fight against former Olympic gold-medalist boxer Ray Mercer, defeating him via guillotine choke in the first round. Then, in November of that same year, he made his pro-MMA debut, and defeated Bo Cantrell in just 19 seconds.
Kimbo would go on to fight professionally for 10 years, box in MMA and boxing, only losing twice (both in MMA). However, it wasn't Slice's incredible accomplishments in the ring that made him so special, it was the way he was as a human being that is so well recognized. Slice's demeanor and attitude made him come off as a brawler looking to bully and cause havoc anywhere he went, but in reality that couldn't be further from the truth.
Now, just a year later, Kimbo Slice's son, Kevin "Baby Slice" Ferguson Jr., one of Kimbo's six children, is carrying on his fathers legacy, as he earned his first career pro-MMA victory just last month under Bellator, and looks to have a promising career ahead.
I will leave you guys with some of Kimbo's best moments outside of the ring, and hope you fall down the rabbit-hole that was Kimbo Slice, the backyard brawler turned MMA star.
Last night, Max Holloway made good on his promise, and finished Jose Aldo via 3rd-Round TKO in Brazil. I certainly would have picked Holloway to win this fight, but even when I did, I still feared everything that made Jose Aldo a champion, and the only champion, for 10 years in the Featherweight Division. However, Holloway was able to weather the storm that Aldo came at him with, and as a sold-out Brazilian crowd fell silent, he finished the All-Time great.
Max Holloway proved last night that he is absolutely the real deal, winning his 11th straight fight, not having lost since an August 2013 unanimous decision loss to Conor McGregor. A win over Aldo is as good as it gets, the biggest name in the Featherweight division's history, and now he has set his sights on Frankie Edgar. Edgar vs. Holloway will be an awesome fight, two warriors, and Edgar being a former champion and a common fixture in the top of the Lightweight and Featherweight divisions.
Last night may have been the end of Jose Aldo as we know it, because he now seems to have gone completely off the rails since his loss to Conor McGregor, and it looks like he may be in the most difficult spot of his career. The Featherweight division is going to move on from him, and he will have to work his way back up, and earn another title shot, and although I know he would love to jump up to 155 and fight Conor McGregor, that is a far fetched dream. We will have to wait and see what the future holds for Jose Aldo, and see how things play out for the champ.
Well, the embarrassment that has been GDR's title reign as the only female Featherweight Champion in the UFC's history, continues. It's no secret that most female fighters are terrified by Cris Cyborg, but that doesn't mean you can just completely refuse to fight another fighter, especially when you are the champion, and she is the absolute rightful contender.
GDR and her team state that they refuse to fight Cyborg because of her known "cheating", but we all know that the thing Cyborg got popped for by the USADA was something and her team were very clear about having told the UFC, and USADA that she was taking it on doctors orders. But for GDR to literally refuse to fight the Pound-for-Pound #1 Women in the world, even stating she would be willing to be stripped of her belt, in order to not have to fight Cyborg.
de Randamie is a bum. No way around it. She's a joke of a champion, who barely beat Holly Holm to even become the champion, and that was months ago, and she hasn't even defended her belt once, and would get brutalized by Cyborg, and she knows it. So I hope the UFC strips her of her belt and we can forget about her and let Cyborg rule the division that the UFC literally made for her.
Breaking news as far as tonight's big-time Welterweight matchup between Damian Maia and Jorge Masvidal, as Dana White has officially announced that the winner of tonight's fight will be next to fight Tyron Woodley in the next few months. This is huge news, because both of these warriors will truly deserve a title shot if they're able to overcome tonight's obstacle.
Damian Maia has the greatest grappling in all of the UFC, and he is trouble so absolutely everyone once they get down to the mat, but my concern with him vs. Woodley will be that he can't get Woodley down. Tyron Woodley is just too big, too strong, and his wrestling is just too strong in my opinion, for Maia to be able to get him to the mat. But, if he does, Woodley should be worried.
As far as Jorge Masvidal, that fight would be an awesome fight between him and Woodley, because both of these guys to scrap, and Masvidal is a true killer, and he will definitely be a tough opponent for Woodley. I think he actually has the capability of finishing Woodley, but once again, the size and strength of Woodley will likely cause an issue for Masvidal if the fight goes to the mat, and he may be able to wrestle his way to a victory.
Fight fans everywhere should be thrilled for this fight's announcement, because both of these guys will truly deserve a title shot after a win tonight.
Yesterday was absolutely bananas, in the already crazy world that the UFC is, and I truly don't even know where to start. If you actually care about the UFC, I can't stress enough how badly you need to watch the full hour of the youtube video I posted above. Content on content on content.
So first, as I blogged earlier, Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier 2 has become official for UFC 214 in July, a huge main event, and a fight that everyone has been waiting years for. But that was just the tip of the iceberg from today's "UFC Summer Kickoff" event, that featured all the big name fighters who will be fighting between now and late July, and boy was it a star-studded event.
But first, I will start with some bad new, which could potentially be spun into good news. Bantamweight Champ Cody Garbrandt tweeted today that he tore his back a few months ago, and received a stem cell treatment that subsequently did not pan out as he hoped, and he is flying to Germany asap to get a second treatment that will hopefully keep him on the July UFC 213 card. The UFC is aware of the severity of his injury, and within the week we should know if he will still fight title challenger and bitter-rival TJ Dillashaw. However, Dana White said that Dillashaw called him this morning, and said if Garbrandt pulls out, he wants to drop down to 125-pounds, and avenge his loss to Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson, and stop Mighty Mouse from breaking the All-Time Title Defense record. That fight would be awesome, and I would loveeeee to see Mighty Mouse knock Dillashaw out for a second time.
Also announced today, was the rematch between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko for the Women's Bantamweight title will also be added to UFC 213, as many suspected, and those two not only traded verbal jabs, but almost real jabs at their face-off today.
Additionally, it was announced that Chris Weidman and Kelvin Gastelum will headline UFC on Fox 25, in Long Island, this July 22nd. This is a big Middleweight bout, with Weidman looking to get his whole career back on track with a win, and Gastelum looking to continue his dominance in the Middleweight division.
We also saw undefeated UFC-newcomer Justin Gaethje, the former World Series of Fighting Lightweight Champ, get his UFC-debut announced against Michael Johnson, in a fight that will certainly not disappoint. The Lightweight division made their presence known tonight, as #7-ranked Michael Chiesa, and #12-ranked Kevin Lee not only trade verbal jabs, but literally brawled during the conference, both being kicked out afterwards until they were brought back in for their face-off. I am not a fan of Kevin Lee, and I really like Chiesa, so when these two finally get to go at it on June 25th in OKC, there will be fireworks for sure.
I beg of you all to at least watch some of the presser video, starting and stopping where you please, because there was so much going on it's hard to even keep up, with shit-talking, actual punches being thrown, and fighters not even being allowed to come within several feet of each other, this presser served it's purpose. This summer will be incredible for the UFC, and I cannot wait.
PS - Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier definitely still don' like each other, and oh yeah, neither do Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee:
FINALLY. The rematch that the entire fight world has been waiting two and a half years for, as Jon Jones will look to reclaim his belt from current Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier. There's no getting around it, these two fighters genuinely hate each other. The had traded verbal jabs for 3 years, in person and on twitter, in interviews, anywhere imaginable.
This rematch has suffered many setbacks, first with Jon Jones getting suspended for his hit and run, and then when he came back DC dropped out with an injury last April, and then finally this past July at UFC 200 when Jon Jones was pulled from the card on the night before the fight for failing a drug test for PED's. So finally, we have yet another date set, and hopefully, with the fight only two months away (July 27th in Anaheim), these two fighters can actually make it into the octagon and settle their differences.
If Jon Jones comes out and beats DC the way he did in January of 2015, he will once again become the champ of the 205-pound division, and and begin his reign as the greatest Light Heavyweight ever. Not only that, but if Jon Jones beats DC, that will mean the end of DC as we know him. If he loses to Jones yet again, he can no longer run his mouth, and hang around the Light Heavyweight division, because his trash talk has dug him into a hole that I never see him climbing out of. However, if Jones loses, I would love to see a trilogy fight between these two, because it is only right.
I am excited that this fight has become official, but I won't let myself get too hyped up for it until I watch both guys walk into the cage on July 27th. I LOVE Jon Jones, and even though he has blown several chances, my heart can't let me hate him, and I pray he stays safe and stays clean, and finally finishes the loser that DC is.
Earlier today, Dana White officially set a deadline for negotiations with Conor McGregor and his team about their side of the potential boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. Dana White said that if by this Sunday, he and McGregor's team can't come to an agreement on terms, then he is moving on from this fight all together and McGregor's next fight will be in the UFC. White plans to have McGregor's side worked out by Sunday, and then he will meet with Floyd Mayweather and his team to iron out their side of the terms, and hopefully turn this once-far-fetched idea into reality.
White had this to say about the potential fight:
“I think (the chances of a deal with McGregor) are pretty good,” White said. “Hopefully Monday I’m going to sit down and negotiate with Team Mayweather. I just can’t keep messing with this thing. I have to run my business and I have to focus on all the other things that are going on around here.”
Now, I for one have supported this fight in recent months, because I do feel that the payday for Conor McGregor will be so substantial that no one should be able to take that away from him, but I have grown impatient with how long this process has taken. We all know that McGregor was not going to fight anyone, in the UFC or boxing, until his kid was born, so we still wouldn't have had a fight coming up soon regardless, but now that his son has been born, this fight needs to get going.
We also know that Dana White and the people involved were targeting a September fight, particularly September 16th, but that date was lost this past weekend as GGG vs. Canelo was made official for that night, but Dana once again that he is perfectly fine with losing their date to that fight, and he will even be buying tickets and attending that fight.
So what are the chances we get this fight? I am gonna say about 75%. I think that White can get McGregor and his side worked out by Sunday, but if they don't, this is going out the window. My biggest concern is Floyd Mayweather and everyone involved with TMT, because as we all know, they are some of the worst people in sports, and refuse to meet people halfway when push comes to shove.
I hope this fight gets worked out and announced soon, because this has gone on long enough.
Here is my official UFC 211 Preview:
This Saturday’s UFC 211 in Dallas, Texas, is hands down the card of the year thus far, and most likely will be for the entire year. This card is stacked top-to-bottom, with two title fights, #1 contender fights for the Welterweight and Featherweight titles, and fights with huge 'fight of the night' potential. I am absolutely stoked for this card, and I expect nothing but fireworks from these fighters on Saturday night.
First, we have former Lightweight Champ, Eddie Alvarez, looking to rebound from his embarrassing loss to Conor McGregor in November, as he takes on Dustin Poirier in the main event of the Preliminary Card, on FX. This fight would be a top fight on any other card, but for UFC 211, it can’t even crack the main card. Alvarez is looking for a big statement win, as he hopes to KO Poirier and put his name back in the 155-pound title picture. Poirier on the other hand needs a win, and a win over a top guy like Eddie Alvarez will send him shooting up the rankings. I expect this one to be a 3-round slugfest if no one gets KO’ed, but I do see someone getting finished.
Prediction: Eddie Alvarez wins via 2nd-round KO
The card did suffer a loss this week, as Henry Cejudo, who was supposed to take on Sergio Pettis in a big Flyweight matchup, had to withdraw from the card with a broken hand, and rather than finding a replacement for Pettis, the UFC scrapped the fight all together. Now, the Middleweight matchup between Krzysztof Jokto and David Branch will kick things off for the main card, and to be totally honest with you, I have no prediction for this fight. I expect it to go three rounds and be a decision regardless of who wins, but hopefully the fight gives us a bigtime finish.
Next, we have a fight that will almost certainly determine the next challenger for the Featherweight division, pending the winner of Holloway vs. Aldo at UFC 212, as #2 ranked Frankie Edgar takes on a rising star in #7 ranked Yair Rodriguez. Frankie Edgar is a legend in the UFC and although he fell short to Jose Aldo for the second time in their Interim Title at UFC 200, he’s still a threat to the champ regardless of who it is. Yari Rodriguez on the other hand is in possibly the best spot he could ask for, because unless he gets embarrassed on Saturday, he will continue to move up the rankings, and with his absolutely explosive fighting style, he could be the first person to KO Frankie Edgar.
Predication: Frankie Edgar wins via Unanimous Decision
This next fight should absolutely be a title elimination fight, and the winner should be next in line for the Welterweight Title, as #3 ranked Demian Maia will take on #5 ranked Jordge Masvidal. This is a big-time stylistic matchup, as Demian Maia is the best grappler on the UFC’s roster, and can submit anyone, at any time, while Masvidal is a lethal striker, who brutalized Cowboy Cerrone in his last outing. Both men are riding win streaks, Maia’s been one of the most impressive in the UFC, win 6-straight wins, and Masvidal having won 3-straight. This fight will come down to which fighter gets their way, and if Masvidal can keep the fight standing long enough, I think it’s inevitable that he puts Maia away with strikes, but Maia’s ground game only needs a small opening and he can end the fight.
Prediction: Jorge Masvidal wins via 2nd-round TKO
Now the real fun starts, as we get to our Co-Main Event, when Strawweight Champ Joanna Jedrzejzyk puts her belt on the line against #3 ranked Jessica Andrade. JJ is truly one of the most well-rounded fighters to ever step in the Octagon, male or female, and she makes her opponents look like they don’t even belong in the cage with her, defending her belt four straight times and being the UFC’s only Strawweight Champion ever. However, her opponent, Jessice Andrade is no pushover, and has won three straight fights since she dropped down to Strawweight, as she looks to be the first woman to ever beat JJ in her career. I expect this fight to be filled with fireworks, with both women coming out swinging, and putting every bit of their skills to the test.
Prediction: Joanna Jedrejzyk wins via Unanimous Decision
And finally, our main event, the battle for who the baddest man on the planet is, as Stipe Miocic puts his Heavyweight Title on the line against former-champ and #4 ranked HW Junior Dos Santos. These two met back in December of 2014, and put on a 5-round show, slugging it out for 25 minutes and leaving everything they possibly had in the cage. JDS would win the fight via Unanimous Decision, but the fight was far from one-sided, and I expect their rematch to be equally as entertaining. The Champ has not lost since that night in December, and JDS has only fought twice since then after battling some injuries, losing one and winning one, but Dos Santos is one of the greatest Heavyweights in UFC history, and his boxing skills are incredible, as are Miocic’s. I think Miocic has the ground advantage, but truly when it comes to the striking matchup, these guys are about as equal as it can get. I am honestly so excited for this fight, but as a big-time Stipe Miocic fan, I am hoping he gets the win, and defends his belt for the second time, tying the record of Heavyweight Title defenses.
Prediction: Stipe Miocic wins via 3rd-round KO
This card is can’t miss, and I suggest everyone and anyone watches it, whether you’re a UFC fan or not, because there are going to be some serious fireworks on Saturday night.
Well for the first time in months, the UFC has made a move that will keep fighters and fans happy, as they have officially pulled the rug out from under the Bisping vs. GSP Middleweight Title fight. Last week, GSP said he won't be ready until after October, which is a joke, and the fighters and fans let the UFC know that they were not okay with waiting that long for the Middleweight Belt to be defended. As a result, last night, Dana White said that the UFC will no longer wait for GSP, stating that he expected this fight to take place in the Summer, not Fall, and the UFC will target a title fight between Michael Bisping and Yoel Romero.
This is awesome news for everyone involved other than GSP and his camp, but honestly, they deserve no sympathy because they completely blew this and wasted everyone's time, so shame on them! Yoel Romero has been patiently waiting for his very deserved title shot, and finally, he will be given it. This is a dangerous fight for Michael Bisping because Romero is a beast (as you can visibly see from his picture above), and will certainly give Bisping problems, both standing and on the ground.
The Middleweight division had been very vocal about not only their disproval of GSP getting the title shot, with a plethora of worthy contenders already waiting, and former champ Luke Rockhold even called for all 185-pound fighters to boycott the division and not take any fights until the title shot was given to someone who deserved it. But it now seems, that for possibly the first time ever, the UFC Brass actually listened to the fighters who fill their pockets with cash, and did the right thing by taking GSP's title shot away, and giving it to someone who absolutely deserves it.
This is a good step forward for the UFC in moving back towards real fights, not just "big money" fights, and Bisping and Romero will not disappoint, and Bisping genuinely does not like or respect "the cheater" Romero, so this fight and the fight build-up will be fun for sure.
As far as GSP, I couldn't have lost more respect for him if I tried, and I truly couldn't care less if he ever steps back into the Octagon.