Saturday, July 7, 2018
Photo Credit: Ultimate Fighting Championship
UFC 226 took place July 7th from Las Vegas, Nevada. In the night's Main event, Daniel Cormier became a double champ knocking out heavyweight title holder Stipe Miocic. Miocic used his jab very effectively early on as Cormier looked to try and force the clinch. Late in the first round, as the broke off a clinch in the center of the cage, Cormier dropped him and followed it up and got the stoppage. In the Co-Main Event, Derrick Lewis won an incredibly uneventful fight over Francis Ngannou taking a decision in a bout where neither seemed willing to engage. In women's action, Emily Whitmire took a close decision from Jamie Moyle in a bout where both had their moments but Whitmire dominated the third to get the decision. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Strawweight: Emily Whitmire (3-2) defeated Jamie Moyle (4-3) via Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Moyle.
2. Lightweight: Dan Hooker (18-7) defeated Gilbert Burns (13-3) via KO at 2:28 of Round 1.
3. Welterweight: Curtis Miillender (16-3) defeated Max Griffin (14-5) via Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Millender.
4. Lightweight: Drakkar Klose (9-1-1) defeated Lando Vannata (9-3-1) via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27). We scored it 29-28 Klose.
5. Bantamweight: Raphael Assuncao (27-5) defeated Rob Font (15-4) via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27). We scored it 30-27 Assuncao.
6. Middleweight: Paulo Costa (12-0) defeated Uriah Hall (14-9) via TKO at 2:38 of Round 2.
7.Light Heavyweight: Khalil Rountree Jr. (8-2, 1NC) defeated Gokhan Saki (1-2) via KO at 1:36 of Round 1.
8. Lightweight: Anthony Pettis (21-7) defeated Michael Chiesa (14-4) via Tapout (Triangle Armbar) at :52 of Round 2.
9. Welterweight: Mike Perry (12-3) defeated Paul Felder (15-4) via Split Decision (29-28/28-29/29-28). We scored it 30-27 Perry.
10. Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis (20-5, 1NC) defeated Francis Ngannou (11-3) via Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/30-27). We scored it 30-27 Lewis.
11. Heavyweight Title: Daniel Cormier (21-1, 1NC) defeated Stipe Miocic (18-3) via KO at 4:33 of Round 1.
Submission of the Night: Anthony Pettis
Knockout of the Night: Khalil Rountree Jr.
Fight of the Night: Mike Perry vs Paul Felder
Friday, July 6, 2018
Photo Credit: Ultimate Fighting Championship
The finals of the 27th Ultimate Fighter took place on July 6th coming from The Pearl Theater in Paradise, Nevada. In the night's Main Event, Israel Adesanya scored the biggest win of his career taking a unanimous decision from Brad Tavares. The bout was set to be the biggest test for the undefeated Adesanya and he passed the test using his often unique and aggressive striking to keep Tavares at bay for the most part. Tavares for his part, put forth a gutsy performance and survived despite a bad cut and never quit trying. In women's action, Montana De La Rosa scored a late stoppage over Rachael Ostovich. The first two rounds saw De La Rosa being the more active striker, throwing and landing more shots than Ostovich. In round three, Ostovich tried to step it up and had De La Rosa in trouble looking for an armbar, but De La Rosa escaped and with just seconds remaining sunk in a choke for the win. Also, Roxanne Modafferi got a big win over Barb Honchak. Round one was pretty even with both having their moments, both landing good shots. Round two was all Modafferi as it went to the ground and Modafferi was able to transition to whatever position she seemed to want and finally the ref had to step in. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Middleweight: Gerald Meerschaert (28-9) defeated Oskar Piechota (11-1-1) via Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:55 of Round 2.
2. Featherweight: Steven Peterson (17-7) defeated Matt Bessette (22-9, 1NC) via Split Decision (29-28/28-29/29-28). We scored it 30-27 Peterson.
3. Featherweight: Bryce Mitchell (10-1) defeated Tyler Diamond (9-2) via Majority Decision (29-28/29-28/28-28). We scored it 29-28 Mitchell.
4. Lightweight: John Gunther (7-1) defeated Allan Zuniga (13-2) via Majority Decision (29-28/29-28/28-28). We scored it 29-28 Gunther.
5. Lightweight: Luis Pena (5-0) defeated Richie Smullen (3-1-1) via Tapout (Guillotine Choke) at 3:42 of Round 1.
6. Flyweight: Montana De La Rosa (9-4) defeated Rachael Ostovich (4-4) via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:21 of Round 3.
7. Middleweight: Alessio Di Chirico (12-2) defeated Julian Marquez (7-2) via Split Decision (27-30/29-28/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Marquez.
8. Flyweight: Roxanne Modafferi (22-15) defeated Barb Honchak (10-5) via TKO at 2:32 of Round 2.
9. Featherweight: Alex Caceres (14-11, 1NC) defeated Martin Bravo (12-2) via Split Decision (28-29/29-28/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Bravo.
10. Featherweight: Brad Katona (8-0) defeated Jay Cuccinello (9-1) via Unanimous Decision (30-26/30-26/30-26). We scored it 30-27 Katona.
11. Lightweight: Michael Trizano (8-0) defeated Joe Gianetti (7-1) via Split Decision (29-28/28-29/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Trizano.
12. Middleweight: Israel Adesanya (14-0) defeated Brad Tavares (17-6) via Unanimous Decision (49-46/50-45/50-45). We scored it 50-45 Adesanya.
Submission of the Night: Gerald Meerschaert
Knockout of the Night: Roxanne Modafferi
Fight of the Night: Alessio Di Chirico vs Julian Marquez
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Photo's 1-3 Credit: JM Manion/NPC News Online
For two years Margie Martin had established herself as the best, the top female bodybuilder in the world. 2017 she took a year off from the sport, at least the competing on stage part of the sport. It was good for the sport in that it allowed new blood to step up and compete to be the best. This month, Martin returned at the Toronto Pro Supershow and picked up right where she left off, taking first place against a very good field and looking better than ever.
Margie earned her pro card in 2013 winning the heavyweight division and overall at USA's. Wasting no time making a name for herself on the pro stage, Martin had two top five finishes in 2014 at the Toronto and Omaha Pro's and qualified for the Olympia in her first year as a pro. Finishing tenth place, Martin put the sport on notice that she was here and big things were coming.
In 2015 those big things happened and happened fast as Martin won the Wing's of Strength Texas Pro and began laying claim to the best in the sport. In early shows that year she was placed lower than some would have thought she deserved but she won the Tampa Pro and then moved on to Texas and it was on. Margie Martin was here and for real.
In 2016 she again proved to be the best of the best retaining that title winning the Rising Phoenix Arizona Pro. That was the only show she did that year, but when you are the best, you only have to compete in the show that decides the best. Against an incredible field of competitors, Martin came out on top, a decision that was never in question from the very first time they hit the stage. After just a couple years as a pro, Margie was now being mentioned with the greats of the sport, Iris Kyle,
Lenda Murray, Cory Everson, and now Margie Martin.
As mentioned she took 2017 off, which was sad for fans but good for the sport. But she is back now and it will be fun to see where her top competitors stack up. Toronto showed us it's going to be a hell of a challenge to unseat her. When you walk out on top and come back looking better than ever, it's safe to say you are still at the top, still the best. She's never been defeated for her crown so for me, that crown is still hers.
While it was unfortunate to see women's bodybuilding removed from the Olympia, with people like Wings of Strength still promoting and pushing it, it isn't going anywhere and still has a big fan base and with someone like Margie Martin leading the way, it's exciting to see what's next, for the sport and for Margie herself.
Credit for photos 1-3: Premier FC
You know the saying "ready for the big stage"? It's not always said in those exact words, but in the end it always comes back to that same meaning. That saying applies to Hannah Goldy. Hannah from all signs has the tools to move on to bigger things. Let's look at how she got here.
After a successful amateur career, The Queen of Sparta turned pro in 2016 starting her career off with a win over current UFC fighter Gillian Robertson and people began to take notice. Winning the fight for Island Fights, Goldy took out someone who herself was seen as a top prospect. But her career was put on hold as she became a mom. Her career was put on hold but surely it was not to be permanent.
In short order, Goldy, after giving birth, got herself back in the shape she was known for and in February of this year earned a second round stoppage for Island fights over Vanessa Marie Grimes, an opponent who may not have had the most stellar record but herself had faced some very tough competition. The Queen of Sparta was back and looking better than ever. Which leads us to her most recent bout, just weeks ago when she faced Bellator veteran Lisa Blaine.
Anyone who has paid attention knew this bout was gonna be a stand-up battle where the more aggressive fighter was likely to come out on top. Right from the outset, Hannah showed herself to be the more aggressive fighter, coming forward and putting pressure on her opponent. Blaine, showed heart, did not back down and landed her own share of strikes. However, Hannah was relentless, getting in, landing her shots, and showing a real good fight I.Q., being aggressive when needed but also knowing when to reset, in shorter terms, aggressive but not reckless. After two rounds, Goldy was clearly up on the cards and could have coasted, but instead decided to show why she is a fan friendly fight and kept up the pressure and kept coming forward. Also in a tribute to her conditioning, looked just as fresh at the end as she did at the beginning. Goldy walked away with a unanimous decision.
Going forward, a promotion such as Invicta would be so wise to sign-up a talent like Hannah Goldy. The skill is there to hang with all the up and coming featherweights and she is someone who fans will know they can expect an exciting fight, whether it goes one round or all three rounds. Talent, exciting, charisma, marketability, everything a promotion wants in a fighter is there in Hannah Goldy, and two achieve what she is achieving while also caring for a baby makes it all the more impressive. There is no doubt she is ready for that "big stage" and hopefully that opportunity comes sooner rather than later.
Monday, July 2, 2018
It's that time again, we are back with our UFC 226 predictions. UFC 226 takes place July 7th. Joining myself (Jason Adams) is as always Alyssa Vasquez, Amy Montenegro, Andy Nguyen, Ashley Hawkins, Chris Gregory, Emily Andzulis, Jehnn Stumborg, Jen Aniano, Jenna Bernick, Jenna Skinner, Jessenia Quinones, Jessica Dinch, Jillian DeCoursey, Kate Brummitt, Katherine Grasshopper, Katie Casimir, Kerry Hughes, Kia Lola, Lacey Hancock, Layla Newton, Leigh-Ann Baskey, Lindsey VanZandt, Mallory Kane, Missy Pontbriand, Monica Franco, Olivia Parker, Rach Frehe, Rachael Smith, Sarah Shell, Serena DeJesus, Shamir Peshewa, Sophie Sharp, Stephanie Skinner, Tamikka Brents and Teri Brents.
1. Jamie Moyle (4-2) vs Emily Whitmire (2-2)
Jenna B: Moyle
Jenna S: Moyle
Totals: Moyle- 31 Whitmire-4 Draw-1
2. Uriah Hall (14-8) vs Paulo Costa (11-0)
Jenna B: Hall
Jenna S: Costa
Totals: Hall- 18 Costa- 18
3. Gokhan Saki (1-1) vs Khalil Rountree Jr. (7-3)
Jenna B: Rountree
Jenna S: Rountree
Totals: Saki: 12 Rountree- 24
4. Michael Chiesa (14-3) vs Anthony Pettis (20-7)
Jenna B: Pettis
Jenna S: Pettis
Totals: Chiesa- 10 Pettis- 26
5. Francis Ngannou (11-2) vs Derrick Lewis (19-5, 1NC)
Jenna B: Ngannou
Jenna S: Ngannou
Totals: Ngannou- 21 Lewis- 15
6. Max Holloway (19-3) vs Brian Ortega (14-0, 1NC)
Jenna B: Holloway
Jenna S: Holloway
Totals: Holloway- 17 Ortega- 19
7. Stipe Miocic (18-2) vs Daniel Cormier (20-1, 1NC)
Jenna B: Miocic
Jenna S: Miocic
Totals: Miocic- 27 Cormier- 9
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Photo Credit: Ultimate Fighting Championship
The latest installment of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series took place June 26th, as always from Las Vegas, Nevada. In the Main Event, Antonina Shevchenko showed off her great Muay Thai skills defeating late replacement Jaimee Nievera. Shevchenko was aggressive when she needed to be, working the Thai clinch to land beautiful knees often. Nievera showed heart in continuing to battle and try and stay in there but the ref stepped in and called it off in round two. Shevchenko earned a UFC contract and joined sister Valentina as the first sisters in the UFC. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Middleweight: Jordan Williams (8-2) defeated Tim Caron (9-2) via TKO at 3:37 of Round 3.
2. Featherweight: Julian Erosa (22-5) defeated Jamall Emmers (13-4) via KO at 1:10 of Round 2.
3. Heavyweight: Josh Parisian (7-2) defeated Greg Rebello (24-9) via TKO at 1:31 of Round 1.
4. Lightweight: Te Edwards (6-1) defeated Austin Tweedy (10-2) via KO at :28 of Round 1.
5. Flyweight: Antonina Shevchenko (6-0) defeated Jaimee Nievera (7-4) via TKO at 3:22 of Round 2.
Knockout of the Night: Te Edwards
Fight of the Night: Antonina Shevchenko vs Jaimee Nievera
The 16th Eddie Bravo Invitational took place June 24th and featured female bantamweights in the tournament. Sixteen females competing to win the tournament. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Bantamweight Tournament Round One: Beatriz Mesquita defeated Miri Niedrauer via Armbar at 1:57.
2. Bantamweight Tournament Round One: Amanda Leve defeated Brooke Mayo via Rear Naked Choke at 2:23 of Overtime.
3. Bantamweight Tournament Round One: Talia Marie Vaughan defeated Pamela Boveda via Arm Triangle at 5:11.
4. Bantamweight Tournament Round One: Luanna Alzuguir defeated Jess Feliciano via Rear Naked Choke at :21 of Overtime.
5. Bantamweight Tournament Round One: Bianca Basilio defeated Kayla Patterson via Toe Hold at 1:39.
6. Bantamweight Tournament Round One: Sophia Nordeno defeated Liz Tracy via Calf Slicer at 3:32.
7. Bantamweight Tournament Round One: Nikki Sullivan defeated Tracey Goodell via Escape Time in Overtime.
8. Bantamweight Tournament Round One: Lila Smadja defeated Amanda Ribas via Heel Hook at 3:22.
9. Bantamweight Tournament Quarter-Finals: Beatriz Mesquita defeated Amanda Leve via Triangle Choke at 4:21.
10. Bantamweight Tournament Quarter-Finals: Luanna Alzuguir defeated Talia Marie Vaughan via Knee Bar at 4:06.
11. Bantamweight Tournament Quarter-Finals: Bianca Basilio defeated Sophia Nordeno via Arm Lock at :40.
12. Bantamweight Tournament Quarter-Finals: Nikki Sullivan defeated Lila Smadja via Leg Lock at 1:02.
13. Combat Special Match: P.J. Barch defeated Mikey Gonzalez via Kimura at 2:15.
14. Bantamweight Tournament Semi-Finals: Beatriz Mesquita defeated Luanna Alzuguir via Triangle Choke at 7:45.
15. Bantamweight Tournament Semi-Finals: Bianca Basilio defeated Nikki Sullivan via Armbar at 1:55.
16. Combat Welterweight Title: Richie Martinez defeated Bobby Emmons via D'arce Choke at 6:44.
17. Bantamweight Tournament Finals: Beatriz Mesquita defeated Bianca Basilio via Armbar at :04 of Overtime.
Submission of the Night: Sophia Nordeno Calf Slicer over Liz Tracy
Match of The Night: Beatriz Mesquita vs Luanna Alzuguir