Category: Results

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series: Week 6 Recap

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Another entertaining night of fights is in the books for the Contender Series. Dana White wrapped up his sixth episode by awarding 2 more UFC contracts. This week Charles Byrd (Middleweight) and Grant Dawson (Featherweight) both earned their way into the UFC by way of rear naked choke victories. Charles Byrd’s victory also sets a record of its own, being the first and only fighter to win twice on the contender series.

As for the bets: Cage Prophet went 100% on the night. However, it was a light betting card. It’s tough with the limited tape available to make good reads on who to bet in these fights on the Contender Series. I mostly watch to get a feel for the new blood coming down the pipe, but I saw a few things I liked on this card. Alvarez is a versatile fighter with the ability to finish fights standing or grappling, he has a solid chin too. When I was looking at his opponent Martin Day, I think Day has a lot of potential and will grow, but is still green. He has gone to decision a fair bit and only has one KO win on his record, I saw Alvarez as a solid bet and it panned out for me. And for the first female fight on the Contender Series, a quick glance at these ladies’ records on paper sent me straight to the over 1.5 rounds line. Colleen takes fights into deep water, she has multiple 5 round fights, Tiffany is green and while she finishes early, her level of competition has been low. Both women performed well but as we expected well over 1.5 rounds.

I also saw a few things I didn’t like. Karl Reed at 2-0 as a professional and -310 favorite over a seasoned 8-3 pro in Cameron Olson. That’s a pass for me. Sorry to those who lost coin on betting Reed, but in the future don’t buy the hype on unproven fighters. Olson +255 was… Disrespect.

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series: Week 3 Results

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Another successful episode of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series is in the books and this week we welcome two new fighters to the UFC. Geoff Neal and Karl Roberson both earned their way into the UFC with first round KOs. Dana White likes emphatic finishes and these two men got it done with quick powerful strikes.

Much like Week 2 there were still crowd pleasers left on the outside looking in at the end of the night. Both Dan Ige and Kyle Stewart looked to have done enough to earn a contract. Both Ige and Stewart came in as underdogs, Ige completely dominated his opponent until securing a submission in round 3. Stewart weathered an early storm of Jason Jackson and came back to secure a victory by TKO in round 2. Alas, their performances were overshadowed by the two quick KOs.

There is hope for the guys who did not earn a contract tonight however. White stated, “There’s some guys that I’m not going to pick right now that I like a lot. All they need to do is keep fighting and building their records and we will pick them up.”

Full results are listed below:

  • Karl Roberson def. Ryan Spann via knockout (strikes) at :15 of round 1
  • Kyle Stewart def. Jason Jackson via TKO (leg injury) at :21 of round 2
  • Geoff Neal def. Chase Waldon via knockout (punches) at 1:56 of round 1
  • Alonzo Menifield def. Daniel Jolly via TKO (doctor’s stoppage – eye injury) at 5:00 of round 1
  • Dan Ige def. Luis Gomez via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:23 of round 3

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series: Week 2 Recap

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I’m hooked on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. DWTCS is everything TUF isn’t and I love it. No drama, no bullshit, just fighting. Well, fighting and Snoop Dog ripping blunts whilst sipping on gin and juice. After years of The Ultimate Fighter playing up dramatic school yard verbal battles it’s so refreshing to finally just see athletes compete for a chance to achieve their dream. They don’t have to be held hostage in a house with no contact to the outside world, they just have to show up and fight. This is how it should be and for that I applaud the UFC for creating this new format for fans to see the UFC newcomers fight for a chance at a contract. If you missed week two I suggest going back and checking it out. At the very least you have to see Sean O’Malley dismantle Alfred Khashakyan earning himself the lone contract of the evening.

That’s right, only one contract was awarded last night. This came as a shock to many fans who believed that Thanh Le deserved a UFC contract for his second round KO victory over American Top Team prospect Lazar Stojadinovic. Le displayed great technique, composure, and Octagon control. Overall, Le was in my opinion the most technically sound and well rounded fighter. I thought he displayed more than enough to get a shot in the UFC. With that being said, Sean O’Malley brought the flash and showmanship that Dana was looking for and was the only fighter to walk away with a contract. Something tells me this won’t be the last we see of Le, only time will tell though. Listed below are the full results.

Casey Kenney def. Cee Jay Hamilton via Unanimous Decision

Sidney Outlaw def. Michael Cora via Unanimous Decision

Thanh Le def. Lazar Stojadinovic via Round 2 KO

Sean O’Malley def. Alfred Khashakyan via Round 1 KO

Dan Spohn def. Angel DeAnda via Round 1 Submission (Arm Triangle)

UFC 213 Results

UFC 213 is in the books, listed below are the winners and method of victory

  • Robert Whittaker defeated Yoel Romero by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
  • Alistair Overeem defeated Fabricio Werdum by majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Curtis Blaydes defeated Daniel Omielanczuk by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Anthony Pettis defeated Jim Miller by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Rob Font defeated Douglas Silva de Andrade by submission (guillotine choke)
  • Oleksiy Oliynyk Defeated Travis Browne by submission (Neck crank/modified Choke)
  • Chad Laprise defeated Brian Camozzi via round 3 TKO
  • Thiago Santos defeated Gerald Meerschaert via round 2 TKO (Hammer Fists)
  • Belal Muhammed defeated Jordan Mein by unanimous decision
  • Trevin Giles defeated James Bochnovic by way of KO in round 2
  • Cody Stamann defeats Terrion Ware via unanimous decision

 

The significance of Derrick’s back Injury in Lewis vs. Hunt

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UFC Fight Night 110 ended with a bang in Auckland, New Zealand. The card was headlined by heavyweight titans Mark Hunt and Derrick Lewis in what was billed to be the slugfest of the year. To the shock of most fans, and Vegas oddsmakers, the fight lasted into the forth round until referee Mark Goddard called the fight for Mark Hunt by TKO stoppage. It was the correct decision, Lewis had curled up and wasn’t even trying to defend himself. But the result left the fans of Derrick Lewis questioning why the big man gave up.

Lewis, a seemingly perpetual underdog, has shown so much heart and resilience in his career that to see him break under the pressure of Hunt was somewhat shocking. Who could forget when Travis Browne had broken Lewis ribs with teep kicks to the body and Lewis unleashed a hellish tornado of punches that put Browne away. Or when Roy Nelson kept taking him down and Lewismanaged to get back to the feet over and over. But in the forth round he buckled under the constant pressure of Hunt.

Hunt, the Vegas underdog at +143, displayed more technical and patient striking than Lewis. Lewis threw a high volume of leg kicks and short bursts of punches trying to catch Hunt with power shots early in the fight. For his efforts Lewis only resulted in tiring himself out in the first two rounds, in the third round we began to see Lewis even dropping his hands completely or posing with his hands on his hips to catch his breath. The main issue is cardio, yes, but Lewis also claimed to have a back injury that contributed to this. Which makes sense, seeing him stand with his hands on his hips in front of Hunt looked like insanity until I heard this. I fractured two lumbar vertebrae ten years ago and even after corrective surgery, I still have weakness in my lower back that causes me to stand the same way during workouts and between rounds of jiu jitsu. It feels like your chest is too heavy and your lower back is carrying too much strain, in an attempt to alleviate the pain the most natural posture is to arch your shoulders back and posture your hands on hips to help brace the weight loaded on your spine. To the average viewer Lewis’ behavior looked like exhaustion, which there was plenty of, but to someone who’s endured significant lower back injuries the writing was on the wall that he was in serious trouble for more reasons than just an expended gas tank.

If I could say anything to Lewis right now it would be this: “You don’t need to retire you need a break.” since coming to the UFC in 2014 Lewis’ longest break between fights has been 5 months. He’s fought ten times in 3 years. He even asked for time off after the Travis Browne victory but instead signed a bout agreement for Mark Hunt within two weeks of his fight. The man is burnt out and maybe even a little emotional after the old war horse put an end to his six fight win streak. I’d like to see Lewis take the rest of 2017 off to heal his mind and body, and return with a new fire in 2018. While significant back injuries tend to stay with you forever, it’s possible with rest and proper rehab Lewis could get back into the cage healthy next year. Until we hear more from Lewis, I’ll have my fingers crossed.

Bellator 179 Results

Bellator 179 took place at the SSE Arena in London, England last night and featured the Bellator debut of Rory MacDonald. The promotion seemed to miss the mark with fans by airing the event via tape delay, but the event itself delivered a big night of exciting fights.

Main Card

Rory MacDonald def. Paul Daley via submission (rear-naked choke)(Round 2, 1:45)

Linton Vassell def. Liam McGeary via submission (arm-traingle)(Round 3, 2:28)

Cheick Kongo def. Augusto Sakai via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Alex Lohore def. Dan Edwards via technical knockout (Round 2, 0:56)

Kevin Ferguson Jr. def. Daryl Griffin via technical knockout (Round 1, 3:40)

Undercard

Alfie Davis def. Jay Dods via first-round TKO (2:34)

Stav Economou def. Dan Konecke via submission (guillotine) (R1, 1:05)

Amir Albazi def. Jamie Powell via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-26)

Nathan Jones def. User Kayani via submission (RNC) (R1, 4:35)

Fabian Edwards def. Rafal Cejrowski via first-round KO (3:44)

Jeremy Petley def. Chase Morton via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)

Mike Shipman def. Marcin Prostko via first-round TKO (2:39)

Salih Kulucan def. Diego Barbosa via submission (heel hook) (R1, 2:18)

UFC 211 Recap

UFC 211 is in the books, and what a night to remember. UFC 211 marked the most successful night of Cage Prophet Predictions with a profit of 40+ units for our personal bets. If you followed Cage Prophet’s free four line parlay suggestion your bet cashed at +800. Gambling aside, the caliber of fights witnessed was second to none. UFC 211, easily the biggest card of 2017, matched right up with any other card in recent memory. To the casual fans this card may have been glossed over, but to the real fight fans it doesn’t get much better.

Cage Prophet was in attendance in Dallas for UFC 211, live coverage was conducted on twitter. Be sure to follow @cageprophet for future live coverage of events as well as live night of bet picks as lines continue to shift right up until the cage door locks. Be on the lookout for this weeks podcast where Kevin will discuss the entire event and break down his favorite fights individually.

Full Results:

Main card
Stipe Miocic def. Junior dos Santos via first-round TKO
Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Jessica Andrade via unanimous decision
Demian Maia def. Jorge Masvidal via split decision
Frankie Edgar def. Yair Rodriguez via second-round TKO (doctor’s stoppage)
David Branch def. Krzysztof Jotko via split decision

Undercard
Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier declared a no-contest (accidental foul)
Jason Knight def. Chas Skelly via third-round TKO
Chase Sherman def. Rashad Coulter via second-round TKO
James Vick def. Marco Polo Reyes via first-round TKO
Cortney Casey def. Jessica Aguilar via unanimous decision
Enrique Barzola def. Gabriel Benitez via unanimous decision
Gadzhimurad Antigulov def. Joachim Christensen via submission (rear-naked choke) R1

 

UFC Nashville Results

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UFC Fight Night 108 is in the books, and it was a full night of exciting fights in Nashville. If you missed out on seeing the fights live, you can view them on UFC Fight Pass. See our complete recap below:

  • Hector Sandoval def. Matt Schnell via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 4:24
  • Bryan Barberena def. Joe Proctor via TKO (knees, punches) – Round 1, 3:30
  • Alexis Davis def. Cindy Dandois via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Danielle Taylor def. Jessica Penne via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Scott Holtzman def. Michael McBride via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Brandon Moreno def. Dustin Ortiz via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:06
  • Thales Leites def. Sam Alvey via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Mike Perry def. Jake Ellenberger via knockout (elbow) – Round 2, 1:05
  • Stevie Ray def. Joe Lauzon via majority decision (28-27, 29-27, 28-28)
  • John Dodson def. Eddie Wineland via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Ovince Saint Preux def. Marcos Rogerio de Lima via submission (Von Flue choke) – Round 2, 2:11
  • Al Iaquinta def. Diego Sanchez via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:38
  • Cub Swanson def. Artem Lobov via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)

Johnson Writes History

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UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrius “Mighty Mouse” Johnson defended his belt for the 10th time against Wilson Reis at UFC on Fox 24. The tenth title defense ties the UFC record for title defenses. The record was previously held solely by Anderson Silva. Silva is considered by many to be the greatest fighter of all time.

Unfortunately, Mighty Mouse is still plagued by skeptics and neigh sayers as he showcased his record breaking performance on a free tv event to a lackluster viewership. MMAfighting.com reported the night’s totals as, “1.74 million viewers on the overnight ratings, and a 0.6 in the 18-49 demo. It was down 18 percent from last year’s April FOX special, that did 2.13 million”.

So why aren’t people freaking out over this guy? The answers depend on who you ask ranging from strength of competition in the flyweight division, to lack of an arch nemesis  (think Diaz vs McGregor, or Mir vs. Lesnar). Or you can go straight to the source and blame UFC or even WME IMG for not marketing him correctly. Regardless of what the answer is I think we can all agree that Mighty Mouse deserves better. So when he hits the cage to add to his legacy by defending his belt an 11th time, lets have it on a pay per view so even the casual fans get a taste of his greatness.

For this writer: Mighty Mouse is the P4P king, and deserves a bigger stage. What do you think?