Top Five – Daniel Cormier Is The New Light Heavyweight Champion

Daniel Cormier is the new light heavyweight champion

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FGB Radio – UFC 167 Preview + 20th Anniversary Memories

UFC 167 preview

Jason Hagholm, aka @dadrrtywhyteboi, who has been away for a bit, rejoins us to talk UFC 167, the 20th Anniversary of the company, and some thoughts about the early years.

Here are some of the things we talked about:

– First memories as well as our favorite fights of the first few years
– When we started following it closely
– The WWE’s influence
– Some of the first big fights we remember
– Our favorite fighters over the years
– UFC 167 preview including a look at all the main fights
– The rest of the UFC year

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The Aftermath – UFC 135

I wouldn’t call UFC 135 a dynamite show, but it was the type of show where you felt like a grudge was settled and you got your money’s worth. Jon Jones solidified his ranking as one of the top fighters in the world and Josh Koscheck won his first fight since his eye was destroyed by Georges St. Pierre.

Here’s what the FGB crew thought about UFC 135.

Alan

This was one of those shows where the undercard did nothing for me so I just went with the top two fights. They were both enjoyable for what they were. I liked the Hughes fight because you were thrown the curveball of him looking good at the outset and you wanted to see how long it would last. It was quite like Shamrock Rovers going 1-0 against Spurs last night in a total shock, but they couldn’t hold on and Spurs obliterated them with 3 goals in quick succession. Josh Koscheck was Spurs. He may have just needed a kick up the backside to get going.

Rampage vs. Jones was a spectacle purely because it’s rare you see an MMA fighter in a high level title match no less, literally toying with his opponent. It was an unreal performance, and to me makes Jones the most must-see fighter in MMA right now. Can’t wait for him and Rashad.

Based on these two fights I’d give the show a thumbs middle leaning up.

(Christ, I completely forgot I watched Diaz/Gomi! That was really enjoyable.)

Duan
Thumbs In The Middle
Best Fight: Takanori Gomi vs. Nate Diaz
Worst Fight: Rob Broughton vs. Travis Browne

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UFC 135 – Rampage Jackson Vs. Jon Jones Play By Play

As I stated yesterday in the FGB UFC 135 Preview , the odds are very long in Jon Jones’ favor in his light heavyweight title defense. Rampage Jackson has become a one-dimensional fighter, the exact opposite of what Jones’ has been able to do early in his career. Can Rampage’s one dimension be enough to win? Most people think not, and I have to admit that I would be very surprised to see Rampage get his hand raised tonight. But with that kind of power, you absolutely can’t put it past him.

It looks like we’re starting with Takanori Gomi vs. Nate Diaz.

1. Takanori Gomi vs. Nate Diaz

Nate’s reach is eating Gomi alive. He was showboating and it was like an amateur against a pro. Nate was hammering him with a long right jab. Gomi dropped down to the ground simply to stop getting hit. Nate got his back. Back up, Nate was hammering him again. Gomi dropped down again and Diaz looked for the arm bar, transitioned to the triangle, and then back to the arm bar for the submission.

Winner: Nate Diaz by way of 1st round submission

2. Rob Broughton vs. Travis Browne

Browne is using his height and length to keep Broughton where he wants him. He’s moving around well. He’s throwing a lead right hand that’s landing. He also landed a huge lead left hook. Broughton’s trying to chop down the tree with leg kicks. Browne got an easy takedown, went into mount, and is having his way with him on the ground.
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UFC 135 Preview – Rampage Jackson Vs. Jon Jones

Rampage Jackson may have been a bigger underdog in a Pride fight that I’m not aware of. But he’s never been this big of an underdog before in the UFC. The light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is a 6-1 or 7-1 favorite depending on the time and day. Is Jones that good? Most think he is even if they agree that the odds are way long. Rampage Jackson has never been knocked out or submitted in his UFC career. If Jones can finish him, it would add another link to his growing legend.

We’ll talk about that fight as well as the semi-main even which is Matt Hughes vs. Josh Koscheck. Koscheck hasn’t fought since his loss against Georges St. Pierre in December of last year. He replaces Diego Sanchez in the fight.

The FGB crew along with Stevie J from Angry Marks and friend of the site JP, have predictions on the fights.

Matt Hughes vs. Josh Koscheck

Duan: Koscheck by 1st round TKO
Alan: Koscheck by decision
JP: Koscheck by decision
Stevie J: Hughes by 1st round submission
Big D: Koscheck by 2nd round TKO
GG: Koscheck by 2nd round TKO

Duan says:

My opinion on Hughes has seesawed a lot over the last couple of years. Sometimes I see him as a completely spent force, while on other occasions I still admire his veteran savvy. He’s nowhere near the fighter he once was, but his knowledge of the game is such that he can still beat guys up to a certain level.

The trouble here is Koscheck is couple a steps above that standard, and besides, it’s a horrible match up for Hughes anyway. Josh is a guy Hughes won’t out-wrestle and he will have a massive advantage in the stand up.

Alan says:

Matt Hughes is one of the most mentally strong fighters in MMA, and there is a possibility that Kos may have just had his confidence shaken by the beating GSP gave him. What happens if Hughes dings him with one? Will Kos fold? It’s an interesting question. But I have to err on the side of Koscheck rebounding here and getting back on track. He’ll probably take a cautious approach though so I will say Koscheck by decision.

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