Category: Results

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?

 

 

 

UFC 210: Chaos in Buffalo

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UFC 210 is officially in the books, but not without controversy. It just wouldn’t be right to have an event in New York without something going wrong now would it? Since New York legalized MMA the UFC has put on 3 pay per view events in the state. Each event has been marred with it’s own debacle.

At UFC 205 Tyron Woodley was incorrectly announced the winner of the first championship bout versus Stephen Thompson, the fight was then announced a majority draw.

At UFC 208 the officiating was harshly questioned after Germaine de Randamie landed multiple strikes on her opponent, Holly Holm, after rounds ended. More criticism arose when de Randamie was crowned the first women’s Featherweight Champion as many scored the fight for Holm.

And of course there is UFC 210: the knee debate. I have no doubt that the discussion on how Weidman vs. Mousasi should (or should not) have played out will be raging for months to come, but for Mousasi the situation is fairly cut and dry. Mousasi stated, “He tried to play it smart, take advantage of the rules and get me disqualified. I think everyone saw that. Don’t blame me. That’s all I can say” Mousasi was speaking in reference to Weidman trying to take advantage of the grounded fighter rule by placing his hands on the mat which makes knee strikes to the head illegal. Mousasi in turn lifted Weidman just enough to remove his hands from the ground while delivering two knees. Under strange circumstances Weidman was given 5 minutes to recover under the assumption that the knees were illegal. After reviewing the footage (even though instant replay is not supposed to be utilized in New York) both knees were found legal. However, the ring doctor felt Weidman was unfit to continue and the match was called as a TKO victory for Mousasi.

UFC President Dana White offered his take on the situation, he stated in the post fight press conference, “Weidman was in a very unfortunate position where he was told he had five minutes, so he’s laying on the ground. And at the end the doctor says I can’t let this continue…In even great states like Nevada, not only are you battling your opponent your battling the ref and the judges…You’ve gotten go in there and have to literally fight to win. Fight to finish.”

It seems while an unfortunate turn of events leaves New York’s golden boy once again winless in his home state, that the UFC brass believes the right call was made. What do you think?

 

 

Bellator 175 Results

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Bellator 175 left fans satisfied after delivering an action packed main card. The promotion Sported a 3/5 finish rate, with a main event that seemed to end at any second. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal secured his victory over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson with a unanimous 29-28 decision. See the main card results listed below.

  • Steve Kozola def. Jake Roberts via TKO
  • Noad Lahat def. Lloyd Carter via Submission
  • Sergei Kharitonov def. Chase Gormley via KO
  • Emmanuel Sanchez def. Marcos Galvao via Unanimous Decision
  • Muhammed Lawal def. Quinton Jackson via Unanimous Decision

What fight was the most entertaining and why?

A note for the bettors: Cage Prophet predicted the Steve Kozola TKO in under 1.5 rounds, the Noad Lahat victory, and the Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal victory.