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Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega Match Results

»Posted by on Dec 11, 2018 in Fighter, MMA | Comments Off on Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega Match Results

Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega Match Results

Yet another action-filled fight as Holloway and Brain take to the ring. From the very beginning, it was easy to see Max Holloway trying every possible move, striking as hard as possible and giving every effort of dropping his opponent, but Ortega simply refused to quit or give in.

It wasn’t until the 4th round that the fight ended in a technical knockout in favour of Holloway as the repeated punches and hard knocks filly paid off in battering his opponents face. Despite the efforts to continue fighting from Brian, it was the cage side doctor ending the fight after Holloway got in a punch that completely closed Ortega’s left eye.

As the main event of Saturday’s UFC 231, the featherweight title was sure one not to miss as it was available on pay per view. The event took place in Toronto as the Scotia-bank Arena, which aired just after the UFC fighting past on FS1.

The Fight

From the very beginning, we saw great promise from Holloway. He managed to deliver precise punches, was smooth around the ring and sing knew exactly when to strike. The fight showed a number of aggressive combinations, which worked well and certainly earned him an easier fight as Ortega absorbed the punishment.

Even though it seemed to be Holloway’s fight from the start, there was no question that Ortega wasn’t going to give in easily. He might not have had the same number of strikes or done as much damage, but he certainly managed to deliver multiple hard strikes of his own. From the fight round, Ortega took a hard knock though, earning him a bloody nose, which didn’t stop him, but it certainly influenced the rest of the fight.

Those who know Ortega would see him struggling to take down Holloway and get started on the popular submission tactic that’s earned him a reputation in the past. He almost managed to get hold of Holloway a few times, which certainly had an effect, but just wasn’t enough to tilt the odds in his direction. In fact, throughout the fight, we saw Holloway need a couple of seconds after getting out of the grips, but one of the biggest things that rewarded him a victory was how quickly he recovered and jumped straight in with multiple punches once again.

With these combinations and multiple punches, the 4th round didn’t look good from the start for Ortega as he kept moving around the ring to avoid his opponent. Despite his efforts, Holloway still managed to claim his way to getting in multiple combinations.

Halfway through the 4th round, you could see Ortega’s left eye begin to swell and get surrounded by a dark blue colour, which is when the ringside doctor decided to take action and put an end to the fight, rewarding Holloway with a TKO.

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Two of the Most Memorable UFC Fights in 2018 So Far

»Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in Featured Fighter, Fighter, MMA | Comments Off on Two of the Most Memorable UFC Fights in 2018 So Far

Two of the Most Memorable UFC Fights in 2018 So Far

2018 has certainly been an exciting year with the majority of fights giving us more than enough to talk about the next day. The octagon has certainly been one well-wroth keeping an eye on, special with major fights such as the build up to multiple Conor McGregor fights. However, with so many events in the last year, it’s hard to choose just a single fight.

Jan Blachowicz vs. Jimi Manuwa

On the 17th of Match 2018 during the 127th UFC fight night, spectators were given all the action with a rematch between these light-heavyweight strikers in London. There wasn’t much hope for the fight as the previous match in 2015 delivered a rather unexciting and dull event.

It’s clear that both the men decided this would be completely different as they entered the ring and delivered one of the best 2018 fights that continued for 3 rounds. It all started with Manuwa seemingly having the lead with his shooting style, but it didn’t last long as Blachowicz returned well and eventually go his opponent in a ramrod jaw that gave him the opportunity to throw multiple combinations at the brit who found himself wobbly, even during the first round.

The second round was somewhat the same, both men trying their best, but Blachowicz once again introduced multiple combinations with his jab. By round 3, both men were tired, drawing back the action, but still offering a power fight. However, Blachowicz once again come with a jab attack, leading him to the victory. While no knockouts formed part of the third round and no clear winners were featured, there’s no denying that Blachwicz has the match.

Yoel Roman vs. Robert Whittaker

Yet another rematch, the Yoel and Robert fight seemed somewhat unlikely after Robert beat Yoel in 2017 to claim the middleweight title and was then upgraded. He even signed to defend his title against Luke Rockhold, but due to infection was unable to fight. However, Romano stepped in and beat Robert with a knockout, making the rematch possible.
The first round was rather strange as Whittaker presented his usual game with multiple kicks and jabs. At one point is almost seemed as if it’s working on Roman, but now after the fight he was trying to lure Whittaker in instead.

By the third round, Roman’s plan was laid out and ready for action as the fighter simply came out with a mission to win. A massive right hander almost sent Whittaker down, but despite to power of the punch we say with Rockhold, Whittaker managed to hold on. In fact, he managed to come straight back with power blows of his own, causing quite the commotion with the crowed as a full-blown flight was on happening in the octagon.

The action continued with the 4th and even the 5th round, both fighters making each move count. At the end of the fight, there was no telling who the winner is as the action was just too fast and exciting to keep up with. However, Romero was technically closer to finishing his opponent, which got him the win.

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Tito Ortiz III vs Chuck Liddell is a Fight for the Future

»Posted by on Nov 27, 2018 in MMA | Comments Off on Tito Ortiz III vs Chuck Liddell is a Fight for the Future

Tito Ortiz III vs Chuck Liddell is a Fight for the Future

The first time an event in the MMA managed to exceed a million PPV buys was in early 2006 when over a million homes watched UFC 66. The headline fight was between Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell in Las Vegas, a rematch of a fearsome fight from two years earlier that only managed to do 10% of PPV business. The two legendary lightweight fighters were breaking new ground and managed to carry MMA to new heights in terms of money.

The Third Fight Between Liddell and Ortiz

More than 12 years later, “The Bad Boy” and “The Iceman” are preparing to go up against each other for a third time in Los Angeles on Saturday evening with the hopes of redefining the MMA dynamic once again in terms of earnings. “Should we be able to hit over a million in PPV buys, I’ll be making more money on this upcoming fight than all my previous fights combined,” Orbitz stated on Monday evening during his appearance on a popular MMA show.

The question is, how on earth is that actually possible? Tito Ortiz fought a total of 27 times during his career in the UFC, stretching from 1997 through 2012, and has recently even fought a total of 4 times in Bellator. Ortiz stated that he only managed to receive around 2% or 3% of PPV earnings when he was fighting in the UFC. However, for this upcoming fight, he will receive a whopping 30%. “The payout will not only be based on PPV sales but as well as sponsorship income and gate revenue,” Ortiz stated earlier this week.

Can They Reach a Million PPV?

Reaching anywhere close to a million PPV buys for the Ortiz III versus Liddell fights is far-fetched to be perfectly honest. Both these fighters are regarded as UFC champions with incredible resumes. However, both of them haven’t had a decent fights in years. Liddell, with a 21-8 record, is currently 48 years old and hasn’t been in a real fight for the last eight years. He also lost five of the last six matches before he decided to walk away from the UFC. On the other hand, Ortiz is currently 49 years of age and managed to participate in a fight in 2017. However, he will return to the octagon after a fifth neck surgery where he declared that he is done with fighting. Well, that was the case until this one rolled around.

Ortiz will essentially look for much-needed revenge as Liddell managed to knock him out on both occasions when they met in the ring. “I never wanted to come back, but its Chuck I’ll be facing, and for that alone, I’ll make an exception.” Liddell sees this fight as the perfect way to get ready for a return to the MMA. “Should I win this bout, and I feel anywhere near as good as I think I would, I will undoubtably search for another opponent.”

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Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone

»Posted by on Nov 18, 2018 in MMA | Comments Off on Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone

Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone

The question on everyone’s lips and mind are whether the fight of Donald Cerrone vs Conor McGregor would really take place if you could take “Cowboy” seriously, then it might as he says he is just waiting for an answer.

Cerrone Already For Next Fight

Cowboy indeed hinted that the billboards could soon announce Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone as this match might just be in the works. After his victory at the UFC Fight Night 139 over Mike Perry, Cerrone shared that the UFC already spoke to him regarding his next fight and he thought it to be a very exciting matchup. Obviously, at the moment it could mean one of many potential matchups, although several have been guessing and with the return of Cerrone to lightweight and Mc Gregor previously in the multi-division, it is one of the possibilities.

Social Media Announcements by Donald Cerrone

Donald Cerrone not only hinted that his next fight sounds like a very exciting option, he actually went a little further than that in his latest social media announcement, which further invites speculation. He said he is waiting and that he knows a guy. Even without any name dropping, when the social media post is added to what he said straight after his previous victory, which set a new UFC record for finishes and wins, the words from Cerrone was that is next goal is to win the lightweight UFC title.

Donald Cerrone Wants to Win the UFC Lightweight Title

At this time, he mentioned champion Khabib Nurmagonmedov, which just defended his belt successfully against no other than Conor McGregor. At the moment, McGregor is temporarily suspended by the (NSAC), the Nevada State Athlete Commission and has to wait until the hearing in December for the UFC229 brawl, yet the two MMA fighters do have a bit of history between them. At previous press conferences the two did exchange words, McGregor was criticised by Cerrone regarding his loss to Nate Diaz taking place in March 2016.

At the same time Cerrone also indicated that he was interested in a fight with McGregor, but he then already had doubts that it would ever happen. Cerrone seems more interested than ever, and if you could read between the expletives, it sounds like he is gearing up for a fight. He repeats that he doesn’t play the game and that he is waiting for him. The (him) can only be guessed at this stage, and it seems that he wants to meet face to face, it could be to encourage a fight, as he clearly states that he would love to fight the dude, although in the same sentence he states that it is not going to happen soon.

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Kamaru Usman and Demian Maia – A match that wasn’t anywhere near pretty

»Posted by on May 23, 2018 in MMA | Comments Off on Kamaru Usman and Demian Maia – A match that wasn’t anywhere near pretty

Kamaru Usman and Demian Maia – A match that wasn’t anywhere near pretty

Any fan of Demian Maia knows that watching him in the ring is like watching a determined explorer finally find some hidden treasure that he had to earn through a multitude of trials. Its magical in a sense and it always lead to an amazing match to watch. Though, just like everyone, Maia has his days where he just isn’t on his A-Game. Which sadly enough, was the case last Saturday during his match in Chile. The well-known 40-year old fighter was throwing multiple shots at Kamaru Usman, and after a while, it all seemed fruitless. Even the audience watching looked as if they just had a floating question mark over their heads.

Though many experts are thinking this fight wouldn’t have been as lacklustre if the fighter was someone other than Maia, who took the place of another fighter, who was originally going to fight Usman, who is dubbed in the MMA world as the fighter that nobody wants to face. Initially, the recently injured Santiago Ponzinibbio was set up to fight Usman in Chile – however, with Ponzinibbio being injured and if no other player stepped in – Chile wouldn’t have a match to watch over the weekend. Due to Maia history of destroying men in the ring, he was easily accepted as a replacement candidate for the fight. Though, if Usman wasn’t Usman, this fight would have felt more intimidating.

As the fight entered its first few seconds, Maia tried to lead the fight into a realm where he is more comfortable, though Usman only did the expected: he made himself unbudgeable. Occasionally, fans could’ve seen Maia tossed on the ground as he was gasping for air – as Usman simply watched him, made another punch, and Maia just moved across the floor – almost as if was trying to invite Usman on the ground with him. Though once Usman got down to Maia’s level, he could only get a few punches into the buttocks and feet, both of which are known as common offensive moves. Other than that, though, this fight as the definition of boring in a sense and offered no real challenge for Usman.

Broken Hand on Usman’s Side

After the fight was finished, the intimidating MMA fighter Usman make the statement that his right hand may have been broken early into the fight, before adding on about the possibility of his other hand being broken as well. But I guess that’s understanding when punching Maia recorded hard skull during the duration of the match. Though, the UFC could have at least given Usman a decorative shirt saying something along the lines of “Came to Chile for fun and left with two broken hands”. Either way though, it goes without saying that Usman did beat Maia almost without effort and it was a mundane task to watch.

Even though Usman did not come out in the effort to have a more competitive match, as he stated once handed the microphone that he would leave it to his managers to choose who he fought that night. Even though he did prompt that Tyron Woodley would’ve been an easier fight that Maia, which can easily be taken as fighting words before considering facing the winning of the upcoming Darren Till and Stephen Thompson fight. Despite those fun fights, just having one with Ponzinibbio would have sufficed
While Usman may have come out of the fight with two managed hands, it did advance his standing a bit. He is now considered an 8-0 fighter in the UFC with six decisions. This was the first match he was able to get five rounds in, which is going to help him on his path of getting a title.

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Seven Ways to Increase Your Mental Strength for MMA

»Posted by on May 20, 2018 in MMA | Comments Off on Seven Ways to Increase Your Mental Strength for MMA

Seven Ways to Increase Your Mental Strength for MMA

1. Its Okay to Allow Yourself to Win

While this may seem like obvious advice – some fighters do need to keep this in mind before a round. To prepare fully for a fight, you must believe in yourself, your abilities, and have in the back of your mind that you are going to win. As many professionals would say, to truly win, you must win the internal fight with your own mind first. Without this vital step, winning any match is going to be increasingly hard for you, no matter your skill level or your opponent’s skill level. As soon as you permit yourself to win, you are opening yourself up to receive positive energy, and putting your actions into motion will become easier. The true mentality of mixed martial arts fighting is to treat yourself highly and allow yourself the opportunities to succeed. While physical training may go a long way, a fighter will never last long if their mentality isn’t where it needs to be.

2. Accept That Loses are Going to Happen

Its understandable, everyone wants to win every fight but that isn’t realistic in mixed material arts. However, this doesn’t mean that you should give up or start doubting yourself before a match. If anything, you should accept losing as a part of life and lose any fear that’s associated with it. This also means that you must start allowing failure into your life. At the end of the day, losing is always a possibility in this sport, and if it happens just know that you are always going to have more chances to win, train harder, and better yourself. Instead of looking at failures and losses as negatives, use them as a new-found motivation to better yourself and increase your skills.

3. The Harder the Training, The Higher the Trust

Its simple, most people don’t ever plan to fail. Instead they fail due to the lack of having a solidified plan. The easiest way to earn confidence is by training hard and setting goals. Once you reach your training goals, you’re just confirming that you do have the ability to do this sport and that no matter what happens, you aren’t willing to give up your aspirations. At the end of the day, training and mixed martial arts is an investment. Once you prove to yourself that are aren’t willing to give up that investment – the more trust you’re going to have within yourself.

4. Fight in the Moment

While creating a plan of action during a match may sound ideal, this practice can ultimately lead to a disaster in the ring. To put it simply, when you’re competing in a match, just trust your training. If you trained hard and worked even harder, then you’re going to be okay. Once of the main rules that fighters forget is to get into the mental zone during a match. This means letting go of fear of losing ad failure, stop planning every move, and just try tour hardest to come out of the ring victorious.

5. Have a Mindset That’s Dedicated to MMA

No, this doesn’t mean allow for your mixed martial arts part of your life to take over all the other parts. Instead, just created a wall between your normal everyday world and your MMA world. You must get your game face ready and once you step into the gym or the ring, all you should focus on is MMA. To achieve this, you are going to have to mentally prep yourself. An old proverb that is continuously used by professional MMA fighters is to sharpen your focus and do not let outside forces, such as your normal life, affect your MMA life – and vise versa.

6. Remain Calm, no Matter What is Happening Around You

No matter if there is an array of unorganized chaos surrounding you, you must be the calm in the storm. Even if you are getting ready for a match and the crowd is going wild, or tensions are flying high backstage, you can’t let all the extra energy get to you or affect your performance. You must ground yourself, take a deep breath, and focus on your sport and performance. As the mental game of mixed martial arts always says, poise and confidence are the keys to success.

7. Make This Your Prime Commitment

The most successful people in any career all have one thing in common: they have the willpower to stay and see things through. The ones who run when the first signs of trouble arise are the ones who aren’t heard from again. Having a commitment to MMA will help you have that additional motivation to stay true to yourself, no matter if you’re having a bad day, lose a match, or even don’t feel motivated to work out – commitment will give you the extra push needed to stay dedicated.

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