While the main event on paper alone won’t turn a lot of heads, UFC 178 has some really great fights on it. Check out our UFC 178 live coverage. Continue reading
UFC 173 is a bit of a slept on show. With all marketing building toward the huge UFC 175, the next two main PPV shows as well as the other shows before July aren’t going to receive the lion’s share of the build-up. And while UFC 173 doesn’t look like a barn burner on paper, it does feature a top 3 pound-for-pound fighter, an up and coming light heavyweight on a rampage, an all-time great, and a really solid welterweight matchup.
We posted our preview yesterday in case you missed it.
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All year, we’re keeping track of our picks for most of the UFC main card fights. In addition to the FGB crew, included in our picks will be John LaRocca, president of Premier Wrestling, Heidi Fang from MMA Fight Corner, and Alex Goff from Online World Of Wrestling.
Here’s how we’re doing so far:
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It’s the second UFC Fight Night on Fox Sports 1 and while it doesn’t have the same near PPV worthy card, there’s still a really good main event and other exciting fighters on the undercard. Not bad for your midweek UFC card.
Let’s get started with the Condit vs. Kampmann 2 play by play.
1. Bubba McDaniel vs. Brad Tavares
Tavares started out with some very loud leg kicks. McDaniel tried to work the ground game, but Tavares was strong in the clinch. Tavares nearly connected on a head kick that may have ended McDaniel. But he wins the round for controlling with leg kicks and the overall striking.
Tavares landed a nice left hook that wobbled McDaniel. McDaniel’s balance in the standup is off. He’s getting knocked off-balanced by short punches and simply being less quick than Tavares to the punch. Some of that looks like it has to do with the leg kicks taking its toll on him. Continue reading
Why am I up at 6AM to watch UFC? I’m not exactly sure. This is the first ever UFC event in China and while Cung Le isn’t Chinese, I guess he is the closest thing the UFC has to someone who channels Bruce Lee’s spirit.
1. Jeff Hougland vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Mizugaki escaped a submission attempt and ended up in the top position and was throwing wicked shots from the top, going for broke. Easily his round.
It was a very similar round to the first. It lasted on the feet longer and Mizugaki threw a nice right hand that seemed to stagger Hougland, but he may also have been playing possum because after looking like he was hurt, he came right back with a right hand of his own. Round was to Mizugaki again.
Mizugaki couldn’t put him away, but he dominated round. He busted Hougland open with an elbow from the top and continued to pound away. Mizugaki should win this unanimously.
Winner: Takeya Mizugaki by unanimous decision
One judge gave it to him 30-25. If you were a generous judge, I could see that. But Hougland wasn’t even close to being stopped.
2. Jon Tuck vs. Tiequan Zhang
Stephan Bonnar is with Todd Harris tonight for the second to last ever WEC card. They talk a little about the adjoining of the two brands. I’d expect the next show to be a bit more of a goodbye show.
Urijah Faber could use a nice win heading into UFC. He’s so marketable, but needs to win this fight. I’d love to see he and Miguel Torres face off and maybe even do a The Ultimate Fighter season as coaches.
1. Demetrious Johnson vs. Damacio Page
If you scored by takedowns, Page would win three to one. And if you scored by velocity of takedowns, Page would be winning handily too. He slammed Johnson down hard. On the last one, I thought Johnson may have injured his back, but he was ok. Page also got the mount after the first takedown.
Johnson shinned him right in the package. Even with the package shot, the round was all Johnson. He got two big takedowns and stayed on top of him most of the round. He was pretty active on top too. I have it tied at the end of two rounds.
The round started much like the second with Johnson all over Page. He started to set Page up for a submission and had a front face lock until he was able to get Page to sit back and held the guillotine from the top position. Page tapped.
Winner: Demetrious Johnson by way of third round submission
2. Wagnney Fabiano vs. Joseph Benavidez
Benavidez pushed the pace and set the tone. It was almost comical watching the much shorter Benavidez walk down Fabiano. Fabiano landed a couple of body kicks that landed well, but Benavidez threw many more strikes and was in control.
Benavidez took advantage of a slip by Fabiano and started to leg kick him. He sunk in two different guillotines that looked tight, but Fabiano was able to get out both of them. Bonnar thought the fight was over twice. And then, all of a sudden, he sunk in another, this time without the arm in and Fabiano tapped out. That was excellent stuff by Benavidez.
Winner: Joseph Benavidez by way of 2nd round submission
3. Francisco Rivera vs. Erik Koch
This is Rivera’s first fight in the WEC and I guess technically, his last.