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MMA Champ Predictions by 2020 Bantamweight to Lightweight

»Posted by on Jan 15, 2019 in General | Comments Off on MMA Champ Predictions by 2020 Bantamweight to Lightweight

MMA Champ Predictions by 2020 Bantamweight to Lightweight

2019 starts with a rather strange offseason that lasts for 2 weeks, which isn’t really normal and shouldn’t be expected for the future either. Not to worry though, the UFC has already lined up some amazing events, including 20 fights within the first half of the new year. And yes, it includes the Cejudo vs. Dillashaw on the 19th of January 2019.


As you can see, the fighting action is underway already and there is some amazing action to hit the rink very soon. Things are sure to get underway before we know it, which would include a lot more than just the scheduled fights. We’re also sure to see some title matchups, giving us even more action as major titles are on the line. Let’s have a look at what could happen by the end of 2019 and get an idea of how 2020 might get started in UFC.


The flyweight class has been rather uneventful for the most part, especially when it comes to title fights. It’s mostly due to the domination of Demetrious Johnson who was turned out to be a brilliant fighter and has held onto the title for very long. The next major fight between Dillashaw and Cejudo is sure to have the crowd on their feet as it’s actually the last flyweight fight, we’ll see as the UFC is eliminating the weight class.


Bantamweight


We’re confident Dillashaw will take the last title in the flyweight class, after which he will be turning his attention back to the bantamweight class and basically step straight into a fight with Marlon Moraes who is a striker from Brazil.


If Dillashaw manages to win the fight as we expect, he will take on Petr Yan from Russia later in the year. However, with our predictions and that of ESPN, look out for Dillashaw as he’ll most likely hold the title at the end of 2019.


Featherweight


In the featherweight division, we see Max Holloway with a bright future and holding onto the 145 lbs title. Now, in the 155 lbs title, he’s sure to sure to come across some interesting fights, but it all begins with a matchup against Frankie Edgar.


He would also be taking on a few other higher profile fights, but with his current standing, the UFC might not push him to defend his title, not right now anyway. However, even if they do, we’ll stand strong on our prediction alongside ESPN for Max to be the title holder by the end of 2019.


Lightweight


Khabib is sure to be the one worth keeping an eye on, even though he only fights once a year at Madison Square, well for the most part anyway. He is currently suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, but we’ll know the outcome of if by the 29th of Jan 2019.


If all goes well, he might be up against some interesting fighters, which could even include Tony Ferguson, which is doubtful, but it would have been great. Those who’ve kept up with UFC might know about Conor McGregor making waves to take on Khabib, which is the more likely matchup, in which case, we think Khabib will keep his title.

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MMA Fights We’d Love to See in 2019

»Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in MMA | Comments Off on MMA Fights We’d Love to See in 2019

MMA Fights We’d Love to See in 2019

So, 2018 has come to an end and has delivered some incredible fights, but we didn’t see many titles defended and there could have been more action with the pairing of fighters. Anyway, it certainly was a gear year.

Now, in 2019, things are changing from the very beginning as the sport moves away from Fox and over to ESPN. Guess we’ll have to wait and see what that means as we might need to switch between ESPN channels to catch all the action before and after fights. However, there are many promises for the change as well, which is always great.

While the ESPN change is important and big news, we’re more interested in the fights that might just come our way in 2019. The line-up already looks promising and January 2019 already seems to have some action well worth looking out for. We’ve chosen a few pairing of our own that we’d really like to see in the year to come, not only for the action but the result as well. Check out the pairs below and see if you agree!

Conor vs. Nate Diaz

Considering all the advantages of this possible fight is sure to put a smile on your face, but the biggest advantage must be the way they bring the best out of each other. It’s almost as if both of them have a completely different style in comparison to other fights they take part in.

The interesting aspect of the fight would be the history for them. When you think about it, Diaz hasn’t stepped in the rink within the last 2 years and the fight against Conor was the last. McGregor, on the other hand, has become more of a whiskey spokesperson than anything else and he hasn’t managed a win within the last 2 years.

Both these fighters need the motivation, which doesn’t revolve around money or the titles, but rather the desire to fight. The great thing is, both of them have the right effect on the other, which is what we need for the 2019 season. It would certainly be great to see both of them at their peak as they take each other on.

Georges St-Pierre vs. Tony Woodley

While St-Pierre already made this an unlikely fight by saying he isn’t interested, it would still be a great one for 2019, and if MMA has taught us anything, it’s that things can change in the blink of an eye, sometimes it just takes a little motivation.

In fact, he might not even be returning to the rink at all, but again it’s all up in the air with great possibilities. If he does decide to step in again, it would certainly be a fighter worth keeping an eye on.

Having Georges and Tony go at it would be great as the best in welterweight would be taking on the one that’s trying to be the best. Both of them have great technique and certainly have what it takes to bring out the best in the other.

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Predictions for 2019 MMA

»Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 in MMA | Comments Off on Predictions for 2019 MMA

Predictions for 2019 MMA

As 2018 comes to a close in the world of mixed arts, it is time to take a look at the long list of predictions already in place for 2019.

Daniel Cormier to Retire in 2019

When it comes to retirement predicted in the new year, many believe that Daniel Cormier might retire just before his 40th birthday. According to forecasts, Cormier will retire in March after a Brock Lesnar fight, although some fans believe that DC will only retire after his fight with Jon Jones. Francis Ngannou or Stipe Miocic is expected to grab the title once DC retires.

Big Money Fight Predicted by Early 2020 for Woodley

It is believed that in the new year both Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman will fight and lose to the champion. The fights both won by September 2019, would mean Woodley gets a big-money fight by the end of the year or even early in 2020, although it all depends on how correct the predictions are, and if the UFC are to implement the 165lb weight class.

Could Zabit Magomedsharipov’s Mission for Gold Pay Off in the New Year?

One thing is for sure and that is that Zabit Magomedsharipov wants to make 2019 the year he ends as the 145lb champion. It is quite possible as Zabit do measure up extremely well with all the top 5 MMA favourites, and should he win the next fight he could finally get that shot he has been waiting for at top level.

UFC Superstar of 2019 will be Askren

This upcoming year gives everyone the opportunity to find out if Ben Askren gets to embarrass and dominate his opponents in UFC as much as he did in ONE and Bellator. It is believed that his grip is right at the top in MMA and that Khabib Nurmagomedov will be toasts once Askren gets hold of him.

UFC Champions Crowned in 2019 According to Forecasts

The strawweight champion will be Jessica Andrade, Valentina Shevchenko is believed to become the champ in women’s flyweight, Hendry Cejudo in men’s bantamweight and Khabib Nurmagomedov the Lightweight champ. The Welterweight champion in 2019, many believes will be Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley will be the middleweight champ and Jon Jones the light-heavyweight, while Cain Velazquez will be the heavyweight UFC champ at the end of the new year.

ONE and Bellator Will Attract More Stars

With the $166 million already secured to be used in acquiring new talent, the Singapore-based organization are bound to expand their star power rapidly. Both Sage Northcutt and Eddie Alvarez has been signed and it won’t stop there according to forecasts. Once ONE becomes more willing to hand out big packages, it will have no difficulty in attracting some of the most well-known talents and with Viacom offering financial backing to Bellator, some of the elite talent of the UFC might just make the move in the new year.

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MMA Gets 2 New Weight Divisions in 2019

»Posted by on Dec 26, 2018 in MMA | Comments Off on MMA Gets 2 New Weight Divisions in 2019

MMA Gets 2 New Weight Divisions in 2019

The world of MMA fighting is once again shifting into a positive position for fighters. Not only focusing on safety, but on fairness as well. In 2019, we see 2 additional weight categories become available, allowing fighters the opportunity to challenge opponents in their weight bracket without having to drop a load of weight before the fight.

Of course, this has positive benefits for the fighter’s health as well. In no way is if safe to drop as much as 30 pounds in a short amount of time just to fit into a category. A strict a balanced diet is one of the most important things for MMA fighters, which is one of the reasons the new weight categories are implemented.

The new weight classes also allow fighters who struggle to get down to the weight the option to join a slightly higher weight option to complete against fair competition without going through the huge drops to qualify for the smaller class.

The Changes for 2019

The new Unified Rules requires 2 new categories from the Brave CF who has agreed to eliminate the current welterweight completely and introduce its replacement with a super welterweight of 175lbs (79.3kg). They are also including a new super lightweight category at 165lbs (74.8kg).

These new weight options are great for fighters who don’t want to move over to the middle weight classes, but also cannot meet the weight requirements unless they implement strict diets that have been proven risky and unhealthy.

With these changes, we’ll see fighters taking part in various categories, which is bound to introduce new interesting matches. Jarrah Al-Selawe would become the current super welterweight title holder, who is sure to have a line-up of challengers, ready to take him on and hope to become the new title holder.

Why are the New Weights Better?

As mentioned by Kirik Jenness, the MMA sports are extremely physically demanding and many of the head strikes are dangerous, but for as long as there are brave enough people in the world, the sport will continue.

However, with fighters cutting 20 to 30 lbs to get into the lower weight classes, it introduces new challengers and risks as these fighters don’t actually complete against the fighters they should. Some of them are cutting from 205lbs all the way down to take part in the 185lbs level.

With these changes, that won’t happen anymore as heavier fighters would have a higher weight level to take part in. Of course, this doesn’t mean some fighters would still try to lose the weight and make it to the smaller categories, but at least we won’t see as the same drastic cuts as before.

The new changes have introduced loads of excitement for both fans and fighters, which is a great reaction. Of course, there’s great reason for this, especially when you consider the new matches heading our way in 2019.

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5 Dangerous MMA Moves Remaining Ban for 2019

»Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in MMA | Comments Off on 5 Dangerous MMA Moves Remaining Ban for 2019

5 Dangerous MMA Moves Remaining Ban for 2019

MMA is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. While many dangerous moves are allowed to defeat the opponent, there are some that remain too dangerous.

The sport itself already requires ring-side doctors who can stop a fight at any time when the fighter shouldn’t or is unable to fight further. The following moves have been banned from MMA as they cause serious damage that could have long-lasting results.

For the 2019 MMA season, the following moves remain banned from the octagon and could lead to a disqualification as we’ve seen in the past. The sport has come a long way, making it more entertaining and allowing the fighters to use all their potential while limiting the possibility of ending their opponent’s career with a single blow.

Head Butt

The head butt is an extremely dangerous move that has been used multiple times in the past and causes huge amounts of damage. Not only does that result in splitting up and the skin around the eyes and head, but studies have shown that in fighting could result in concussions and other serious injuries that could end the career for a fighter.

Groin Strikes

Most fighters in MMA where special cups to protect their groins from the occasional mistake, but it is completely illegal for a fighter to kick or punch their opponent directly in the groin as it simply ends the fight almost instantly, making it an unfair advantage.Besides, these kicks and punches can be so hard that it even leaves long-lasting effects through the cup.

Elbow Strikes

If you’re a liar is one of the hardest bones in the body and could do some serious damage when it is being used to strike an opponent. Therefore, it has now been banned to use the elbow at all, meaning fighters are not allowed to strike their opponents with it at all. Not just head strikes, but body strikes as well.

Striking the head with an elbow could have the same long-lasting effects as head butts and body strikes could easily result in broken ribs, not to mention the damage it does to the actual elbow as well.

Gouging Eyes

Gouging eyes refers to poking your opponent in the eye, which provides an obvious advantage. Earlier this year, the rules were reviewed, and fighters are no longer allowed to extend their fingers out towards the opponent. The rule has specially been brought in to avoid eye gouging as this could also lead to serious implications that could take a fighter out of his career almost instantly.

It is now completely illegal for a fighter to extend his fingers out towards his opponent, even if they aren’t in direct contact. They have been multiple eye pokes in the past that has resulted in fights being ended, which just isn’t something we want to see in a professional MMA fight.

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