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 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)

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.

UFC Fight Night Glasgow Odds Talk

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FAVORED PICKS

  • Gunnar Nelson -150
  • Cynthia Calvillo -200

DOG PICKS

  • Paul Felder +115
  • Paul Craig +185
  • Albert Morales +319

UFC Fight Night Glasgow is a great card for some underdog picks. Even with my favored picks the underdog opponents for those have a case to be made for a bet, specifically Calderwood at +185. A lot of people think her standup game will be too much for Cynthia Calvillo to handle, and they may be right. But, what I know for certain is Calvillo is a monster on the ground, and both of Calderwood’s UFC losses came by submission. This matchup is giving me flashbacks to Claudia Gadelha vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz when the only argument to bet Karolina was “If she keeps the fight standing…” That argument isn’t good enough to bet Calderwood in this case. Yes, she has a 66% take down defense ratio, but when this fight inevitably finds its way to the mat, it will be all about Calvillo. I will take Cynthia Calvillo at -200 and would also suggest a prop bet for either ITD or SUB.

As for Gunnar Nelson, after dismantling Alan Jouban, I’m surprised this line is set so low against a #14 ranked opponent. Nelson is knocking at the door of the top five and I think after this fight we’ll be seeing Nelson entering the octagon against the likes of Magney or Masvidal. If not he’ll be heavily favored against anyone below the top ten so this is a great opportunity to get a profitable line on Nelson.

Now lets talk dogs. Let’s be honest, Felder should’t be a dog against Stevie Ray. Ray’s most recent victory over Joe Lauzon has been protested by many to be a robbery, and to be honest I agree. Overall Lauzon controlled the majority of the fight and fell victim to a late flurry in round three that won over the opinion of the judges. That’s not going to work with Felder, I see Felder as the best dog pick on this card and I expect him to expose Ray’s technical flaws in his standup game.

When it comes to Craig and Morales, Craig has a far superior ground game to his opponent Rountree, but Rountree has heavy hands and will certainly test Craig’s chin. If Craig is to get the job done I expect to see it on the ground, I suggest peppering Craig in to sweeten the deal on light parlay bets. Morales is worth a straight bet for light money, this is my “Disrespect” line of the week. He’s way more viable to win this fight than the line indicates at +319. He’s a well rounded fighter with a high finish percentage on both the ground and feet. His only loss came by way of KO from the hands of Thomas Almeida who is stiff competition for anyone in the division, Morales is my biggest dog pick of the night.

What do you think? We want to hear from you in the comments or Twitter! Don’t forget to check out the Cage Prophet Podcast for more weekly content.

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

 

TUF 25 Finale Bets

TUF 25 Finale is a light betting card for me, looking at the match ups on this card I would suggest saving your dough for UFC 213 on saturday. However, if you do want to throw some bets out there tonight I have a few suggestions.

  • Diakiese -240
  • Theodorou -110
  • Diakiese/Theodorou Parlay
  • Dog Pick: Ashley Yoder +285

That’s about it. I think Diakiese is on a freight train to the top of the division and this is just another fight for him to build on, Theodorou should get the job done (via DEC) against Tavares. Tavares has a very low finish percentage, this will be more of a 3 round grind than a slugfest, in which Theodorou should come out on top. Ashley Yoder is my dog pick, her opponent has a weak ground game which is where Yoder has an 80% finish rate, if she gets the fight to the ground look for her to get the SUB.

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!

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.