Ufc 195 follows in the wake of two of the promotion’s biggest events in recent years: Ufc 193, which saw the shock upset defeat of bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey by former boxing champ Holly Holm, and Ufc 194, where Conor McGregor lived up to the hype and dethroned featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo, ending a decade-long undefeated streak in the process.
That brings us to the first Ufc event of 2016 in Ufc 195, which has a main event of welterweight champion Robbie Lawler taking on the Natural Born Killer Carlos Condit. That bout has all the makings of an instant classic: Lawler is coming off one of the most violent, epic welterweight title fights ever with Rory MacDonald, while Carlos Condit is known for always being a game opponent. Both like to engage in standup wars, so you can expect this bout to be brutal.
The rest of the card? Well, it features
None other than former Ufc heavyweight champion (and current WWE champion) Brock Lesnar was featured at last night’s Ufc 184 Pay Per View, shown cage side decked out in a suit and looking considerably trimmer than he has in recent years. The event featured Ronda Rousey breaking the record for shortest Ufc title defence at just 14 seconds, the total amount of time required for her to catch Cat Zingano in her patented arm bar. The record had been previously held by former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski.
Lesnar’s appearance, while brief, got a huge crowd reaction and Lesnar himself seemed pretty fired up. Coming less than a week after a highly publicized walk-out on Raw, something attributed to negotiations between the WWE and Lesnar hitting an impasse, could this be just a coincidence – or was Lesnar sending the WWE a message?
In recent weeks both Josh Barnett and Frank Mir,
The Ufc’s biggest card to date in 2014 took a huge blow when the planned title fight rematch between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson fell apart after an injury to the Swedish challenger. It took an even bigger blow when the replacement fight, Jones vs. Daniel Cormier, fell apart as well after an injury to Jones. Cormier will now fight Jones in early 2015, Gustafsson is the odd many out, and Demitrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso, the ninth ranked flyweight in the Ufc when the bout was announced, was moved from the co-main event slot of Ufc 177 to the headlining spot on Ufc 178.
That’s a pretty big gamble. The last card headlined by Johnson, Ufc 174, was the Ufc’s worst showing in years, barely breaking the 100,000 buy mark. That card had the return of Andrei Arlovski, and Ryan Bader. Ufc 178 has a slightly stronger undercard, with appearances
His opponent, Andrei Arlovski, was looking to improve on a successful yet anti-climatic start to his second Ufc run. His first bout back, at Ufc 174, resulted in a close but dull split decision win over Brendan Schaub.
The two fighters had met once before, in 2010 under the Strikeforce banner. There, Bigfoot Silva fought “The Pitbull” to a decision, picking up the unanimous decision victory over the former Ufc champion.
Leading into Saturday night’s main event, Bigfoot had stated that
The way to go from here is up – but what fights are there out there for Arlovski to take?
If the Ufc wanted to play it safe, they could put the Belarussian fighter in against someone like Matt Mitrione, but “Meathead” isn’t even ranked in the Ufc’s official rankings, and given Arlovski is suddenly working his way back up, it would seem like a step backwards to be paired up against an unranked fighter.
Who is there out there that is ranked and worthy of
The heavyweight division has (no pun intended) some of the biggest names in the Ufc, and a number of big fights have gone down, or been booked, recently. There are never enough big men in the organization’s ranks, however, and a lack of top prospects coming up means we often see the same old names fighting each other again and again. Think Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez fighting three times within two years, or Velasquez meeting Bigfoot Silva twice within that same timeframe.
That’s just the title picture, however. Outside the champ, there are a lot of heavyweight fights we would like to see. A lot of them involve some of the top names in the division, while others involve legends. You have the likes to Josh Barnett, Andrei Arlovski, Alistair Overeem, Roy Nelson, Travis Browne, Mark Hunt, Stipe Miocic, and
Mark Hunt and Roy “Big Country” Nelson will meet on September 20th, 2014 at Ufc Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson in a fight that Ufc and fight fans everywhere have been salivating over for years. It’s the irresistible force meeting the immoveable object. The Pride vet meeting the Ifl champion. The man who would not take a pay-day to walk away vs. the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 10.
All compelling reasons to watch, but what it boils down to is this: these two men are going to beat each other senseless for five rounds (or less) because they like to put on great fights for fans. This match isn’t going to be a super technical display of mixed martial arts prowess, although Hunt is a decent kickboxer, and Nelson is a black-belt in Jiu-jitsu who once forced Frank Mir to tap in a Bjj match. No, this
The rest of the card features mainly Brazilian fighters in bouts where you can expect them to be favoured, a troubling trend in the Ufc of late, and if you’re not a hardcore fan, you may want to
The Universal Soldier films are a strange case of life imitating art. Much like how series protagonist Luc Deveraux is killed in action then resurrected into something post-human, Universal was a pretty standard 90s action film which crashed and burned when it came to sequels, but became something unique and beautiful when it was reanimated for the straight to DVD market.
It’s a hushed secret among genre fans, but Universal Solder 3 and 4 (or possibly 5 and 6, it’s complicated) are some of the most remarkable action sci-fi films of the 21st century so far. Yes, really. I actually watched the series backwards when I first saw them, after being blown away by Universal Solder Day Of Reckoning and deciding to work my way back, and Roland Emmerich’s perfectly acceptable 1992 blockbuster
Fans who for years had wanted to see Fedor fight big name heavyweights got their wish, as Strikeforce built the best heavyweight division in Mma (they probably didn
They’re the number three Mma promotion in the world at the moment, and have branched out into other countries (there’s Wsof Canada, Central America, and Japan), setting the stage for an eventual true world series of Mma. The Ufc and the Wsof have maintained a pretty civil relationship thus far, in comparison to the Ufc’s tumultuous public relations with number two Mma promotion Bellator, and to date the Ufc has brought back a couple of big names that had
It’s time to play armchair matchmaker for the winners from Ufc 174 in Vancouver!
Looking back at the event, Demetrious Johnson retained his belt, continuing his run as the Ufc’s only flyweight champion ever. Rory MacDonald got back in the game, Ryan Bader dominated a former Strikeforce champ, and Ovince St. Preux broke Ryan Jimmo’s arm while attempting a Kimura in a gory finish. Andrei Arlovski pulled out a split decision win in his comeback fight, but likely needs another tune-up before seeing any serious challenge put before him.
On the undercard, a fantastic scrap on the woman’s bantamweight side means a promotional newcomer will get a step up in competition, a pair of Japanese fighters in Michinori Tanaka and Kiichi Kunimoto won big, and South Korean Tae Hyun Bang banked $100,000 in bonus money – all three will be looking at tougher competition moving forward.
Ufc 174, from Vancouver, Canada, has come and gone. What have we learned?
The card brought us the return of former Ufc heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, a key welterweight bout between Tyron Woodley and Rory MacDonald with title implications, the debut of a pair of woman’s bantamweight fighters on the big stage, some vicious injuries, and plenty to talk about.
And lets not forget the flyweight title bout that headlined the card, a five round affair between Demitrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and Ali “the Puncher King” Bagautinov. Could Bagautinov upset the only flywight champion the Ufc has ever known, or would it be a case of too much, too soon from the Dagestani fighter?
Was it worth the money? Can the smaller weight classes hold their own when headlining a PPV card? Would Rory Macdonald mail in a lacklustre performance similar to his Ellenberger bout,
How would the champion fare? How would the return of Andrei Arlovski play out, and which Rory MacDonald would show up?
The card opened with a bout between Canadian robot-dancer and fastest knockout in Ufc history holder Ryan Jimmo going up against surging Ovince St. Preux, who scored a win with a Von Flue choke in his last fight. Holder of a calf slicer submission earlier in his career, St. Pruex’s submission arsenal is impressive, though he hasn’t actually finished with many. That seems as if it’s going to change. This bout was tough to watch due to the finish – as Ovince, who has really come on of late, worked on a kimura in the second round, Jimmo called out that his arm was broken, and the fight was stopped.
Andrei Arlovski’s surprise return to the Ufc at Ufc 174 in Vancouver gives us a reason to look at some of the big returns to the fold for various fighters over the years.
Mma is a brutal sport, to be sure, and it’s a cutthroat business, where you’re only as good as your last win.
It’s also a sport full of second, and third, chances. Arlovski is coming back. Former middleweight title challenger and Anderson Silva victim Patrick Cote has come back. The Ufc is more or less a revolving door of talent – but sometimes, second (and third) runs are successful – in the ring, at the box office, or on rare occasion, both.
Lets take a look at the top 10 Ufc returns!
10. Todd Duffee
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Todd Duffee was a highly touted heavyweight prospect in the Ufc
That leaves Ufc 174 with far less star power and less appealing match-ups to casual fans. The main card is still relatively solid, which is headlined by one of the top pound for pound fighters in the world in Demetrious Johnson. He faces Ali Bagautinov, who has looked impressive in his Ufc career so far. His wrestling and grappling excellence could prove to be Johnson’s match.
Rory MacDonald vs. Tyron Woodley remains a big matchup, despite it being removed as a number one contender’s bout.
Culminating with a flyweight title fight between Mighty Mouse Johnson and Ali Bagautinov, the card also features the much discussed return of former heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski versus Brendan Schaub, and a bout between welterweight contenders Rory Macdonald and Tyron Woodley that will move one of them closer to a title shot against current champion Johnny Hendricks, and send another to the back of the line.
Also on the card, Ryan Jimmo meets Ovince Saint Preux, and another Ryan, “Darth” Bader, meets former Strikeforce champ Rafael Cavalcante.
It’s a night of high stakes with the potential for exciting finishes. So without further adieu, here are predictions for all five fights on the main card of Ufc 174.
5. Ryan Jimmo vs. Ovince Saint Preux
Weight Class: Light Heavyweight
Ryan Jimmo, the Canadian who
Who says you can’t go home again?
Ufc 174 on June 14th in Vancouver marks the return of Andrei Arlovski, former Ufc champion, following his surprise signing by the organization this past April. One of the few legendary former champions still active, Arlovski, he of the vicious strikes, kicks, and fanged mouth guard, has managed to create something of a late-career resurgence, and while another run at the title may be unlikely, he remains without question a top-tier heavyweight in a division that is both notoriously thin and volatile. Fortunes can change with a single punch in this weight class, something The Pit Bull knows only too well, having dished out, and taken, more than his share of KOs. From being knocked out in his first professional match, to becoming the undisputed Ufc champion, to a less than memorable Strikeforce run that saw him
Winner of numerous Mma trophies around the globe, Schiena flexed his acting chops in Locked Down as a framed cop who winds up in jail and is forced into cage fighting by none other than Brit hardman turned thesp Vinnie Jones. Schiena retired from sport after breaking both his ankles (ouch!) but has since found his feet on the big screen working with everyone from Pacino to Van Damme.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
Famed for fierce body slams that won him the Ufc light heavyweight title
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