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Karate In MMA: How Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire Defeated Daniel Straus With Ease

While much of the attention was set on the UFC bouts in Nashville, there was indeed another fight card that had some pretty interesting clashes. It’s fascinating to me that a fourth fight between two closely matched opponents can somehow still generate interest, but when you consider the fact that the two fighters in question are Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire and Daniel Straus, you have to make a bit of an exception.

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Fallout: Al Iaquinta Battling For More Pay Should Be A Wake Up Call For The UFC

So, another week, another UFC event where fighters put it all on the line for a chance at glory. Cub Swanson and Artem Lobov had a pretty entertaining scrap in which ‘The Russian Hammer’ showed that he’s perhaps more talented than we first gave him credit for. Lobov by no means is a world beater, but the fact that he was competitive with Cub Swanson shows that he does indeed have some talent. With so many different fights on the card it’s hard to pick one out of the bunch to highlight. But for me, one fighter comes to mind more than anyone else and that’s Al Iaquinta.

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UFC Fight Night: Why Is Cub Swanson Fighting Artem Lobov?

Well, of all the main events that have been scheduled for 2017, this booking was perhaps the most peculiar. Cub Swanson, a top ten featherweight in the world, will face a man who isn’t even top fifteen and is on a recent two fight winning streak in Artem Lobov. Not trying to insult ‘The Russian Hammer’ but this is a real uphill battle for the SBG Ireland product. In fact, this is really Cub Swanson’s fight to lose.

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With Kyoji Horiguchi In Rizin, Demetrious Johnson Is Missing The Challenge He Craves

The naysayers that read that title will likely have already dismissed that statement. “Kyoji Horiguchi? Didn’t Demetrious Johnson beat that dude already?” The answer is a resounding yes. That said, ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson has gone on record stating that the karate master was the toughest foe he’s faced. It’s been years since that match and since then we’ve seen improvements in both flyweights. That’s what makes it so frustrating that Kyoji Horiguchi has left the UFC to return to Japan and compete in Rizin Fighting Championships. His departure also means that Demetrious Johnson is missing the opportunity to be challenged by one of his biggest threats.

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Fallout: How Namajunas and Whittaker Set Up Their Finishes At UFC on Fox 24

UFC on Fox 24 showcased once again why Demetrious Johnson has clearly earned the right of being dubbed the greatest pound for pound fighter in the world. His victory over Wilson Reis may not have shocked many in terms of the ultimate result, but the manner in which Johnson got the job done was nothing short of eye opening. Reis, while competitive in the opening frame, was ultimately dominated in the second and third rounds. I’ve got more to say about Johnson in a future article, but for now let’s focus on the other stars of UFC on Fox 24, namely Rose Namajunas and Robert Whittaker.

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UFC on Fox 24: Wilson Reis Is In For The Fight Of HIs Life Against Demetrious Johnson


The main event of UFC on Fox 24 pits Wilson Reis against the “God of Fighting” Demetrious Johnson. It’s a match up that Reis fought hard to earn, but that makes it no less easier by any stretch of the imagination. Demetrious Johnson is tough. Not just the “he takes a good shot” kind of tough, but made of different stuff as far as competition goes. Johnson hopes to crush his opponents by taking their strengths and making them null and void. So while Wilson Reis has certainly earned his spot opposite the champion, he has an uphill battle ahead of him.

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UFC on Fox 24: Will Rose Namajunas Crush Michelle Waterson’s Title Hopes?

The co-main event of UFC on Fox 24 features a battle between two top contenders in the strawweight division as Rose Namajunas looks to get back on track with the well rounded Michelle Waterson. Both of these women are the elite in the division and both possess a tremendous amount of athleticism.

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UFC on Fox 24: Can Robert Whittaker Overcome The Beast That Is Jacare Souza?

So, a week removed from a disappointing middleweight clash, we’ll all have the distinct pleasure of letting the UFC make it up to the fans with an equally intriguing bout at 185 lbs that could have major implications for the division. Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza gets to attempt to solidify his spot as top contender against the young, hungry prospect Robert Whittaker. It’s a fight that any casual fan or avid purist can appreciate. Both men have a propensity for finishing fights which only means potential excitement.

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The Technique Thief: Chris Weidman Should Steal Even More From Stephen Thompson

So the bitter taste of UFC 210 is surely out of our mouths by now right? Right? Ahem, well, yeah the event wasn’t the best ever, but it did offer a number of interesting story lines to be sure. And you all know me, I’m always looking out for talent who are utilizing traditional martial arts techniques to improve their game. Karate may not be the end all be all in terms of the striking arts, but there are certainly a ton of great tools that it offers. Apparently, Chris Weidman has grown to understand this as well.

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Fallout: UFC 210 AKA Retirements And Frustration

Well, who the hell saw that coming? In one of the more baffling performances I’ve had the pleasure of seeing, Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson decided to implement an interesting game plan in his rematch with Daniel Cormier at UFC 210. Directly after losing in the exact same sequence of movements, Johnson did the unexpected and retired from the sport at the height of his powers. And he wasn’t the only fighter to call it a career. Let’s delve into the fallout of UFC 210.

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UFC 210: Anthony Johnson Has A Chance To Get Sweet Revenge Against Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier makes his return to the octagon at UFC 210 against a pretty familiar face. Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson [...]

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UFC 210: What Can Chris Weidman Do To Get Back On Track Versus Gegard Mousasi?

UFC 210 is co-headlined by a pretty important middleweight affair as former champion Chris Weidman will look to get [...]

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UFC 210: Which Veteran Will Get The Pink Slip, Thiago Alves or Patrick Cote?

So UFC 210 is just days away and despite a card filled with many unfamiliar faces, there are two [...]

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Ronda Rousey Has Finally Reemerged…As A Coach?!

While Ronda Rousey may have been silent since her one sided loss to women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, she [...]

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Can Will Brooks Regain His Momentum?

It wasn’t too long ago that the acquisition of Will Brooks by the UFC was viewed as a pretty [...]

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John Danaher Details What Makes GSP So Great

There’s no use in arguing it, Georges St-Pierre is no doubt the greatest welterweight of all time. With his [...]

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WATCH: Kid MMA Fighter Beats Up Adults

Fresh off his impressive victory over Alan Jouban at UFC Fight Night 107, everyone who’s anyone is speculating as [...]

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Gunnar Nelson vs Stephen Thompson: The Differences In Their Karate

Fresh off his impressive victory over Alan Jouban at UFC Fight Night 107, everyone who’s anyone is speculating as [...]

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Royce Gracie Interested In Fight vs. Matt Hughes, But Is Anyone Else?

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Old grudges die hard, and with news of Luke Rockhold trying to take on Fabricio Werdum it’s seems a [...]

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Conor McGregor Fined $25k and 25 hours of Community Service.

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In a tweet earlier today by MMAJunkie Journalist Chamatkar Sandhu, it was revealed that lightweight champion Conor McGregor received [...]

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With Lack Of Adequate Pay And No Respect, More UFC Fighters Are Jumping Ship For Bellator

Things are starting to get interesting as Bellator begins to further prove their status as the clear cut number [...]

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Fallout: UFC Fight Night 107 AKA Traditional Arts and The Future of European MMA

UFC Fight Night 107 was just another example of how a non pay-per-view card can not only be watchable, [...]

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Vitor Belfort Suggests “CM Punk” For Retirement Fight

CM Punk seems to be the walking punch line of the UFC (well, besides the GSP vs. Michael Bisping [...]

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UFC Fight Night 107: Will Gunnar Nelson Be Able To Strangle Alan Jouban?

UFC Fight Night 107 is a card that seems to be flying under the radar. I knew there were [...]

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Boxing Could Have A Great Solution For The Weight Cutting Issues In MMA

These days weight cutting issues are extremely prevalent in MMA. Everyone has given their opinion on how they would [...]

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Fallout: After Another Loss, Vitor Belfort Should Fight Anderson Silva For His Swan Song

So I’d be lying if I said “I didn’t see Kelvin Gastelum beating Vitor Belfort like that.” It would [...]

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UFC Fight Night Fortaleza: Weigh ins And The Fight We’re All Overlooking

The card will be held in Fortaleza Brazil and will headed by a 5 round middleweight bout between Vitor [...]

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UFC Fight Night 106: How Can The Old Lion Vitor Belfort Take Out Kelvin Gastelum?

Vitor Belfort looks to get another high profile win as he faces off against new middleweight addition Kelvin Gastelum. [...]

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Frankie Edgar vs. Yair Rodriguez Set For UFC 211 in Dallas

Remember all the crap we were talking about the UFC?…well we take all that back. No, not really, but [...]

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Robin Black Let Go By Canadian Media Outlet Fight Network, What Gives?

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