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UFC Fight Night: Kansas City

UFC Fight Night: Kansas City Photo via UFC.com

(Last weekend’s record 3-2, Overall 17-19-1)

This Saturday UFC action comes to Kansas City. It features a women’s straweight matchup that promises excitement and the men’s flyweight championship is on the line in the main event, for free! First though lets look at the quick hits from last week’s UFC 210

  • Charles Olivera made quick work of Will Brooks submitting him in the first round via standing rear naked choke, and earned a performance of the night bonus.
  • Thiago Alves decisioned Patrick Cote in a back and forth fight. His leg kicks were able to keep the aggressive Cote at bay long enough for Alves to out strike him. The vet and former title contender Cote announced his retirement after the fight
  • Cynthia Cavallo and Pearl Gonzalez did square off, thought it wasn’t the debut Gonzalez hoped for. Cavallo dominated the fight standing and on the ground, winning with a rear naked choke in the third round, crowning her as a girl to watch out for at 115.
  • Weidman vs Mousasi was a great round an half, then ended in controversy. The referee stopped the fight after it seemed that Mousasi landed illegal knees to Weidman. The doctors came in to examine him, and the referee was informed the knees were legal. At that point the doctors ruled Weidman unable to continue and Mousasi was given the TKO victory. The decision is sure to be appealed by Weidman and his crew so wait for news on that one.
  • Daniel Cormier handled Anthony “Rumble” Johnson. Johnson had a bright spot breaking Cormier’s nose with a head kick, but lost the battle for a takedown in the second  round and fell victim to the rear naked choke. Cormier retains his light-heavyweight belt and Johnson announced his surprise retirement. Still a young man but now a two time title loser, Johnson was going to be hard pressed for a third shot, but will be missed.

Now lets get to breaking down a 4 pack of fights for this Saturday at 8pm on Fox.

#5 Jeremy Stephens (-235 favorite) vs Renato Moicano (+185 underdog) 

Stephens has knockout power in his fists and his hands. Not just regular knockout power but one punch knockout power. He’s looking to knock the ring rust and lights out of Renato Moicano in his return to the octagon from a year off. Moicano is a submission specialist who is going to need to get the fight to the ground. If he gets it there Stephens is in trouble. However he’s good enough to keep the fight or to bait Moicano into a clinch situation. The key is winning the scramble.

(Stephens by TKO, Round 3) 

#3 Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (-235 favorite) vs #6 Robert Whittaker (+180 underdog)

Jacare is the best submission artist at 185, without exception. He made very short work of Tim Boesch recently with a kimura. Robert Whittaker might be the most ferocious striker in the division. If you need a reference check out his knockout of Derek Brunson.  One of these guys will go one to face Yoel Romero or Luke Rockhold in a #1 contender type match (thought there really should’ve been some kind of tournament seeding for this belt). Whittaker normally is the aggressor in his fights, but with a ground fighter like Souza he may be more selective with his striking. Even if it stays on the feet, Jacare is no slouch there either. If Whittaker gets wild, and fails to connect early, its Souza’s fight to lose.

(Souza by TKO, Round 3)

#4 Rose Namajunas (-150 favorite) vs #6 Michelle Waterson (+120 underdog) 

We’ve grown to know Rose Namajunas as a really tough competitor from her Ultimate Fighter days till now. Michelle Waterson is a rising star. She was a little known Invicta FC world champion, who’s sound beating of bubbly superstar Paige VanZant brought her national acclaim. Rose is a tough girl with a lot of tools and thrives on control. The taller fighter she needs to get off first or be on top if the fight hits the mat. Waterson is known as “The Karate Hottie” and fights in a similar way to Wonderboy Thompson. She’s also good on the ground in continuing to strike or lock in chokes. In a fight that looks like it could give the winner a title shot, look for Waterson’s star to burn even brighter.

(Waterson by Decision) 

C Demetrious Johnson (-700 favorite) vs #3 Wilson Reis (+450 underdog) 

Johnson has defended his title 9 times. Reis is a newer guy to the 125 division and has a size and reach advantage over the champion. He’s a strong ground fighter who needs to keep the fight there for any chance to win. Johnson can weather a round or two if Reis comes out strong, but his conditioning is legendary. From rounds 3 and beyond, if the fight gets there, Johnson has the advantage. He’s got lightning quick hands, and is a very strong wrestler with good submissions. I believe Johnson will by a 10 time title defender, and tie Anderson Silva’s record for the streak. The real question is how?

(Johnson by Submission, Round 4) 

 

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