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UFC Fight Night 116 Weigh In Results

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UFC Fight Night 116 early weigh ins have concluded and all 20 fighters taking part in Saturday’s fights successfully made weight. Results listed below.

  • 185 lbs.: Luke Rockhold (185.5) vs. David Branch (186)
  • 170 lbs.: Mike Perry (170.5) vs. Alex Reyes (167.5)
  • 185 lbs.: Hector Lombard (186) vs. Anthony Smith (186)
  • 155 lbs.: Gregor Gillespie (155.5) vs. Jason Gonzalez (156)
  • 170 lbs.: Sergio Moraes (171) vs. Kamaru Usman (169.75)
  • 265 lbs.: Justin Ledet (244.5) vs. Zu Anyanwu (263.5)
  • 155 lbs.: Tony Martin (156) vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier (155)
  • 265 lbs.: Anthony Hamilton (255.75) vs. Daniel Spitz (244)
  • 185 lbs.: Uriah Hall (186) vs. Krzysztof Jotko (185)
  • 155 lbs.: Gilbert Burns (156) vs. Jason Saggo (156)

Paul Daley vs. Lorenz Larkin set for Bellator 183

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Paul Daley (39-15-2) is set to meet Lorenz Larkin (18-6) at Bellator 183. Both fighters are looking to jump back into the win column on September 23. Daley is coming off a second round submission loss to Rory Macdonald at Bellator 179 and Larkin lost his Bellator debut on the judges score cards against current Welterweight champion Douglas Lima.

This fight is set to be a strikers delight as both men are primarily stand and bang practitioners. Larkin typically finds early success with heavy leg kicks and with little threat of Daley wanting to take this fight to the ground I expect to see dynamic striking on full display right away. However, after seeing Rory MacDonald absolutely dismantle Daley by quickly taking the fight to the floor will we see Lorenz follow a similar game plan? Only time will tell, but on paper this fight jumps out as must see TV.

Bellator 183 takes place at SAP Center in San Jose, California on September 23. The card airs on Spike.

The Bellator 183 card currently includes the following fights:

  • Benson Henderson vs. Patricky Freire
  • Javy Ayala vs. Roy Nelson
  • Paul Daley vs. Lorenz Larkin
  • Aaron Pico vs. opponent TBA

Mayweather vs. McGregor: Public Opinion Continues to Change

Hailed by many to be the sh*t show of our generation the May Mac World tour had it’s ups and downs (Geez New York was painful). Vegas line movement has been all over the place as bettors swarm to the sports books in droves throwing money at tellers faces in hopes of cashing on what looks to be the biggest fight in decades. Conor opened at +900 and has now dipped as low as +400 in some books. But why the change? It appears the media tour has spurred a more significant change in public opinion than anyone thought. According to a Cage Prophet poll of 178 people, 28% of respondents claim the media tour changed their opinion on how the fight will go.

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That’s right. Watching Floyd and Conor talk shit for four days straight has changed the opinion of 28% of people. Pretty impressive, but the more telling stat is the 35% that are more interested even though they didn’t change their opinion. This is important because it shows that the media tour worked. It did it’s job by either changing people’s minds or making them more interested. And at the end of the day that’s all the promotion wants: to sell the fight.

Jorge Masvidal on MMA Eye Poking And Nelson-Ponzinibbio Controversy

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In a recent interview on BJ Penn Radio, Jorge Masvidal pulled no punches sharing his views on eye poking in MMA. “It’s something that they need to work on dramatically.” Masvidal stated when talking about the recent fight directly effected by eye poking between Gunnar Nelson and Santiago Ponzinibbio. Gunnar Nelson suffered a first round KO against Santiago Ponzinibbio in the main event of UFC Glasgow. What looked to be a minor eye poke in real time later proved to be multiple fight altering eye pokes that appear to be deliberately delivered. Seen Here:

Not Deliberate in any way right? Of course not. The most concerning part about eye poking is obviously health concerns, it is illegal for a reason. But secondary to that is you gain significant advantage over your opponent when you damage their vision, even accidentally. If a fighter becomes very good at camouflaging intentional eye pokes as accidental byproducts of defense or offense it can be used as a tool to gain an edge on their opponent, in other words: cheating. The rules need to be changed to protect fighters from these actions, whether it turns into automatic point deductions or more rest time to recover. Masvidal’s argument on BJ Penn Radio was a compelling one:

“If you’ve ever been poked in the eye, man, it sucks,” he said. “It sucks in practice, and it sucks even more in the fight. Depending how hard you get poked, you can man up and keep going –I’ve done things like that – but your vision is off. One eye is swollen at the time. For some reason, you’re getting that blurred double vision, because one eye is at a different focus than the other eye that didn’t get poked. That takes time [to recover from]. That’s not like, oh a second later, because the doctor looked at it and you said you’re ok. We’re only saying we’re ok because we’re fighters.

“There needs to be a legitimate rule, if anybody touches the eye, well I should be able to get five to ten minutes,” he said. “The most important thing in the fight is vision. If I can’t see, well I’m going to get beat up, you know? It’s crazy. They need to do that. They need to stay on top of that. I don’t understand what the big nonsense is.

“It’s BS. When I fought Larkin, he gave me a pretty hard eye-poke. I had to stop. The doctor came in, and asked ‘can you see?’ [I said] ‘Yeah, I can see,’ but I really couldn’t see at that time that he asked me. I had a big blur in my vision. But of course if I say I can’t see, I’m not fighting. So, I can’t see, and the doctors were like ‘ok let’s go fight.’ What do you mean ‘let’s go fight?’ Give me my fucking time. It’s not like I poked myself in the eye. What’s fair is to let me heal up. Let me say when my eye is ready. But they don’t do that. I think I had about 15 seconds, something like that, 20 seconds.”

And there-in lies the problem. The victim of the eye poke is subject to fight at a disadvantage with no time to recover, while the offender gains an upper hand with no consequences. Cage Prophet agrees that the rules need to be adjusted to prevent eye poking. How about you?

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contenders: Week 2

The second installment of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contenders is set to kick off in less than 24 hours. If it’s anything like the show’s debut, it will not disappoint. In the show’s debut Dana decided to award two fighters with UFC contracts, we will see how this week’s fighters fair in the eye’s of the boss man tomorrow.

The biggest betting favorite on this card is Sean O’Malley at -221, the 7-0 Bantamweight is only 22 years old. He has only won via decision once, in his other six victories he finished by either KO or Submission. Look for O’Malley to make a definitive case that he is not too young for the big show as he fights to lock in a UFC contract.

In the main event: an even pick em! Casey Kenney (6-0-1) will square off with Cee Jay Hamilton (11-4). In what looks to be a striker vs. grappler matchup, Hamilton brings the striking while Kenney touts a submission heavy record. While I don’t have a take on predictions for these fights I do think that this series is a very exciting way to see the new UFC blood to get excited for. Don’t forget to check out the ridiculousness that is Snoop Dog commentary, it’s hilariously uninformative.

Mayweather McGregor World Tour. 3 Down. One To Go.

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The May-Mac World Tour is in full swing, 3 stops down and one to go. If you haven’t been paying attention much here is the tour in a nut shell: Floyd showed off a hundred million dollar check in Los Angeles. McGregor told Floyd he can’t read in Toronto. In New York Conor walked the stage topless as Floyd screamed unintelligibly into a microphone. And Dana White’s head almost exploded from excitement in all three cities.

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That’s about it. I’m sure London will bring some shocking new revelations to the table. The fight has already been sold, but alas, the show must go on. Cage Prophet predicts a somewhat planned physical confrontation in London to get the over the top mainstream News coverage they’ve been fishing for. And for that I will once again tune into the 4th and final Presser.

We’re Back!

Hello Wizards! The prophet is back in the saddle, I took the last two weeks off to get married and go on a honeymoon with the Wife in Mexico. But we’re back to work and the MMA gods have a great summer lined up for us. Thank you for staying up to date with CageProphet.com, I appreciate you!