UFC Glasgow – Finally a 2017 Card that packed a Punch

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Guest Blogger – Logan Winger

UFC Glasgow was not without surprise, thanks to a couple of fights that took everyone by surprise and not just the fighters on the receiving end. Sunday’s event marked the second visit for the UFC to Glasgow, Scotland and thankfully this time there was some action for the fans to remember. The Preliminary card was packed with exciting fights from veterans as well as rising stars.

The Women’s Bantamweight division saw Leslie Smith bring her winning streak to two fights since her loss to Cris “Cyborg” in 2016. In this bout against a very hard hitting Amanda Lemos, Smith just simply kept the pressure on until Lemos had nothing left in the tank. Up to the fight ending flurry from Smith that resulted in a TKO victory, the fight would have been difficult to call. Both Women showed tremendous heart and scary power. I love the growth of the Women’s divisions in the UFC and cannot wait to see both of these women back in the Octagon.

After a pair of unanimous victories for Brett Johns and Danny Henry(Winner of the Fight of the Night bonus), the fans were witness to an odd, yet incredible KO victory.

Galore Bofando and Charlie Ward had barely even had a chance to get a feel for one another, when a botched throw by Ward and an aggressive shoulder shuck from Bofando ended with Ward getting knocked out by the canvas.

Literally. If you have not seen the highlight yet, let me tell you, it is worth seeing just for the “what the ….” factor. Bofando took no chances on whether Ward was going to stand back up by diving in for a few solid punches before the referee slipped between the two fighters. Of all the ways to lose a fight, that has to be among the most disappointing ways.

 

The last two fights of the Preliminary card managed to shine pretty bright too, ending in a rear-naked choke from Pantoja midway through the 3rd and final round, and a spectacular left hook from Danny Roberts that put Bobby Nash to sleep.

All-in-all, the Prelims were as exciting and eventful to watch as most Main Card fights have been in recent months, and in my opinion, they may have even trumped the Main Card for 113 as well.

The Main Card was an oddly consistent series of fights with 3 decision victories and 3 KO victories playing leapfrog. It all started with a dominating unanimous decision win for Justin Willis over James Mulheron that took me by surprise. Not that I didn’t feel like Willis won, but rather that I didn’t think he would win.

Following that Heavyweight bout, Khalil Rountree and Paul Craig faced off. Thankfully this fight ended in the 1st round because neither of these fighters showed any form of captivating aggression or pressure until the final seconds before the fight was stopped. Rountree essentially mocked Craig and stayed out of his range for the first four and a half minutes, only landing and absorbing a handful of punches and even fewer kicks.

Finally Craig got backed against the cage and Rountree cut off his exit with a vicious right cross that looked to temporarily shut out the lights for Craig. A few nasty hammer fists from Khalil later and the fight was over with just 4 seconds left in the round. Rountree absorbed a fair amount of boos from the crowd for standing over his beaten opponent, post KO, but it was certainly an exciting end to the fight.

At Middleweight, we got to see a very back and forth fight between Jack Marshman and Ryan Jones. Both fighters had the chance to put the other fighter away in this on, but somehow neither fighter got knocked out and a very swollen faced Marshman took the win via Unanimous Decision.

That is a fight I would love to see a rematch of at some point in the future. Next up was a lightweight bout between Paul Felder and Stevie Ray. This fight gave Felder a share of the Performance of the Night bonus, and for good reason. After a very closely contested first 3 minutes, where both fighters were digging for control in the clinch, Felder struck gold with a knee to Ray’s chin that buckled him. Felder immediately tried to finish but Ray was able to pull guard. Unfortunately for Ray, his return to the Octagon in Glasgow would not end in a victory like his first. Instead, Felder planted a couple strikes and then a pair of well placed elbows to end Ray’s night.

Sundays Co-Main Event was a Catchweight fight at 118lbs between Cynthia Calvillo and Joanne Calderwood(missed weight). There is something to be said about how entertaining Calvillo’s fights turn out to be.

It seems like every fight I have seen in and outside of the UFC has been a roller coaster of a fight. This fight was no different. As sometimes happens, the Judges were watching a different fight than 99% of us out there, scoring the fight 30-27 x2 and 29-28. Anyone who actually watched the fight knows that at best the fight should have been scored 29-28 x3 and the first round could have arguably been considered a draw. Both fighters pressed each other, Calvillo with furious hooks and snappy jabs, and Calderwood with long range kicks to the body and legs and well timed hooks when Calvillo would close the distance.

Calvillo landed a pair of takedowns in the fight, which undoubtedly contributed to her final score with the Judges. Unfortunately for Calderwood, if there was any doubt about who the winner should be, the second takedown and the following rear-naked choke sealed the deal. Calvillo’s win bringing her young career to a 6-0 start.

The Main Event of the evening pitted MMA Veterans Santiago Ponzinibbio and Gunnar Nelson against each other in a Welterweight matchup. Coming into this fight, it was hard to gauge which fighter would walk away victorious.

Ponzinibbio is a very heavy handed Welterweight, winning 14 out of 25 fights via KO or TKO. On the other hand, Nelson is equally as successful at submitting his opponents. Once the fight got started it appeared as though Nelson quickly figured out his range as he fired off a few combinations with decent success in the first minute. It looked like Ponzinibbio was just circling, biding his time to throw one of his bombs. Fortunately for all of us fight fans, we didn’t have to wait long. Ponzinibbio swung for the fences and landed an hard right cross that nearly brought Nelson down but he somehow recovered. His recovery was just long enough to give Ponzinibbio a nice square target against the cage to tee off on, which he did, landing a handful of punches one of which shut out the lights on Nelson. Another impressive KO victory to end the evening in Glasgow.

The UFC has had some struggles lately. Trouble retaining fighters, keeping fighters healthy, and just simply providing you and I with entertaining fights consistently.  I have high hopes that this Fight Night helps turn that around. The match-makers nailed it on this one, whether they realized it or not. Maybe this will show them that trying to revive older and more legendary fight careers should not take their focus far off of grooming next years class of Champions. We can but hope.

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The Carlow Kid’s – BAMMA30 Predictions and fighter analysis

Andy ‘The Carlow Kid’ Murphy has been forced to pull out of BAMMA30  but ‘The Carlow Kid’ has kindly agreed to do a run down of all the Fights and make some predictions on each bout with MMA Insider. Some great insights on the fighters as well.  There are certainly some Interesting Choices!

Incidentally Andy pulled out due to getting rocked by Vertigo. He is hope to be back light training next week and is provisionally booked to fight in September and will be looking to get back on the Next BAMMA Card.

As he says himself

‘ A setback is just an oppurtunity to make a comeback’


 

Harry Hardwick Vs Blaine O’Driscoll

The Carlow Kid Says:   Blaine O’Driscoll.

The guy is on a tear at the minute. High work rate and cannot see him losing in front of a home crowd.

Steve Owens Vs Maciej Gierszewski

The Carlow Kid Says:  Steve Owens.

If I’m totally honest I don’t know much about Maciej but no doubt he’ll want to make a statement against Steve Owens. Steve is known for his K.O. power and finishing ability. For that reason I’d have to fancy Steve Owens. Will be an interesting fight though!!

Arann Maguire Vs Dylan Logan

The Carlow Kid Says:  Arann Maguire.

A very interesting fight I will certainly be keeping a close eye on. Arann is a game, tough durable guy with a very solid ground game. And Dylan, smack talk aside is a well rounded fighter with rangy striking and a slick ground game too. I’d call it a 50/50 fight but think Arann grinds out a decision win.

Decky Dalton Vs Mick Brennan

The Carlow Kid Says:  Mick Brennan.

This is potential fight of the night! I have to go with My teammate and good friend Mick Brennan for this one. He is in the best shape of his career and looking to make a statement against a guy who is well known and respected on these shores. Decky brings heart, durability and a well rounded game. He also like Mick brings a following so the atmosphere in the 3 arena should be great for this. I see mick winning a 3 round war. Don’t blink!!

Ben Forysth Vs Matthew Clempner

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The Carlow Kid Says: Ben Forsyth.

Again, I don’t have super knowledge on Matthew but have seen Ben fight a few times. Was on the same BAMMA card when he beat Pelu Adetola. Very strong well rounded athletic guy. Again, in front of a home crowd I see the Irishman getting his hand raised.

 Kiefer Crosbie Vs Darius Swierkosz

The Carlow Kid Says: Kiefer Crosbie

Have to say I fancy Kiefer for this. He’s around a long time, has a solid amateur background to go with an impressive start to his pro career. And is fighting in his hometown.

Richie Kiely Vs Daniel OleJniczak

The Carlow Kid Says: Daniel OleJniczak

This is a very interesting fight. Lots of smack talk which has brought eyes on it. Richie is a solid striker and has branded himself the face of BAMMA. I do recall him getting K.O.’d by a young guy at BattleZone a year or two ago at the Regency in Dublin. So he can be beaten on the feet! Saying that, Daniel will have to impose his game-plan and close distance to get this fight where he wants it which I presume would be to the ground. I recall him winning via TKO at BAMMA 28 and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him take Richie out the same way if he can get it there. Should be an interesting match up to say the least.

Ilkin Gasimov vs Philip Mulpeter

The Carlow Kid Says: Philip Mulpeter

I was very much looking forward to seeing Philip fight my teammate Myles. It was a definite stand out fight on the card. Unfortunately Myles was injured and ruled out of this show. Like Myles, Philip is around a long time and doing this sport since before it was the cool thing to do. He is very durable, has lots of heart and always comes to fight. His fights with Richie Gorey and John Donnelly a number of years back always comes to mind. I feel the Honey Badger wins this fight and hopefully we see Myles and Philip do battle in the future.

Ion Pascu Vs Henry Fadipe

The Carlow Kid Says: Ion Pascu

Ion Pascu has finishing power whether it be by submission or K.O. Of his 15 wins 12 have been finished. I’ve not seen much of Henry of late but he is also a veteran of the game and it’s good to see him back on an Irish card. I think Ion may prove too much on this occasion.

Richie Smullen Vs Rhys McKee

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The Carlow Kid Says: Rhys McKee

This is a cracking match up. I’m intrigued by it as I’m sure many are. Richie is as slick as it comes when it comes to the grappling side of the game. There’s no doubt Rhys will have to watch those legs of his because if richie gets a hold either it may be another limb on his mantelpiece. However, if Rhys lands one of those ko blows he’s renowned for then Richie’s chin may be on Rhys mantelpiece!! It could prove to be a QuickDraw match up. Who can get to their high percentage technique first? If pushed, I favour Rhys. But only due to every round starting standing. 2 high level guys.

 

Niklas Stolze Vs Chris Stringer

The Carlow Kid Says:  Chris Stringer

Another quality match up with lots on the line. I feel more so probably for Chris Stringer. He’s coming off the back of a couple of losses but they’re not to any Joe Soaps they are to top level guys. This losing streak has to come to an end at some stage and as they say a loss is only a loss if you don’t learn from it. This may be the fight that gets him back in the win column. It won’t be easy though against a solid Niklas Stolze.

Ryan Curtis Vs Daniel Barez

The Carlow Kid Says: Ryan Curtis

Have to say I fancy Ryan Curtis for this. He’s a hungry young fighter that doesn’t lack in self belief. I can’t see this Spanish guy beating him, especially in Dublin. I see Curtis getting the finish here.

Fabian Edwards Vs Rob Sinclair

The Carlow Kid Says: Fabian Edwards

Fabian Edwards is coming in with a lot of hype behind him and I believe he’ll live up to it on the night. That’s not taking anything away from Aaron he had a solid amateur career also and is now looking to make his mark at pro level. I just feel Fabian’s athleticism and striking ability may prove too much.

 

Paul Redmond Vs Rob Sinclair

The Carlow Kid Says: Paul Redmond

If you are looking for a role model or someone to look up to in this game then look no further than Paul Redmond. The guy epitomizes hard work. I remember making my amateur MMA league debut in Galway with this guy years ago. I was fighting at lightweight and he was trying to cut to middleweight! He is such a well rounded MMA fighter and the scary thing is he is continuing to progress. Not only is he highly skilled he has tons of heart and durability also. He will need that in this fight against rob who is a bit of a powerhouse when it comes to striking. However I feel Redser’s work rate and overall skill-set will prove too much on the night.

Alan Philpott Vs Shay Walsh

The Carlow Kid Says: Alan Philpott

It’s a cracking main event. Philpott although losing to Tom Duquesnoy, looked fantastic in what was a great fight with the former BAMMA champ who is now contracted to the UFC. Shay Walsh is coming in off two solid unanimous decisions wins over Aaron Blackwell and James Mcerlean. I recall Philpott disposing off Blackwell quite easily back at BAMMA 26 also. This makes for an exciting fight, two quality high level guys finishing off a super card. If pushed, I go with Philpott edging out a decision.

 

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Ben Forsyth – I see a 1st round, rear naked choke, face to the canvas , finish in his future

 

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Kieran is probably one of the darkest competitors I’ve ever met – and maybe i need a little of that.

 

The much anticipated BAMMA30 is nearly upon us and with 15 fights it promises to be a great show in the 3 Arena on Friday night (July 7th). There are 10 SBG fighters on the card and this is in no small part due to the continued success and solid foundations laid by John Kavanagh and of course his star pupil Conor Mcgregor.

Light Heavyweight Ben Forsyth is one of those 10 SBG fighters. In a crowded field he’s aiming to give a standout performance and in the process bag a little redemption after a couple of defeats in the Middle East. Speaking to Ben on the phone it is quite obvious he is still smarting from those losses in particular the last one  to German Marco Knoebel in Abu Dhabi.

I’m looking to show i can overcome adversity,  call it Redemption – to show i can overcome these losses and move on to bigger and better things

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His last two fights have come under the Brave Combat Federation Promotion which is funded by none other than the Prince of Bahrain. Before committing to the 3 fight deal he consulted his coach John Kavanagh who as ever offered sage advice

You’ll get more exposure in Ireland but probably a better contract in the Middle- East

Ben is quick to point out that he has been well looked after by the promotion and they even allowed him to jump at the chance to fight on the BAMMA30 card as it didn’t clash with anything they had planned for him over there. Although he definitely feels he has a score to settle in Abu Dhabi, in terms of getting a W under his belt in the last fight of his current contract.

Speaking of that last fight he felt that his striking skills let him down on the night. The 26 year old has spent a lot of his time, since returning to Ireland from Australia in 2013, working on his Jiu-Jitsu , wrestling and grappling to become a more rounded fighter in the Octagon. In fact as a Blue-Belt Jiu-Jitsu practitioner he has recently won the Irish Open. However Ben admits that he may have neglected his striking during this period which he see’s as one of his core strengths along with the kicking he has developed from his Taekwan-do days.

Although the Record books will show he was submitted by a Rear Naked Choke he got nailed by a number of right hands which caused the damage to set up the finish. Suffice to say Ben has lost a lot of sleep over this defeat.

Up to The Brave Combat fights everything had been going pretty much according to plan. His amateur pedigree is very solid and he left the unpaid ranks as an MMA Light Heavyweight European champion. His first two fights as a professional brought two wins culminating in a decision victory over the tough as nails Pelu Adetola at BAMMA26.

Despite those recent setbacks I’m fairly confident he will make short work of his opponent Matthew Clempner on Friday night and more importantly so is Forsyth

I’ll be happy with a first round finish and i think he’ll give me the opportunities. Matthew’s background is Judo and they are used to short bursts of two minute rounds.  I see a rear naked choke, face to the canvas , finish in his future

Of course It would be remiss of me not inquire about Straight Blast Gym’s most famous pupil and he admits that there is a huge buzz around the place with the approaching Mayweather fight. Although Conor is firmly ensconced in a separate, adjacent Gym in preparation for that fight. I often wonder how Kavanagh does it with so many fighters to look after and across so many different promotions

John run’s a tight team but he’s still on the mat with us every single day

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I’m sure it would be easy to get distracted by the bright , reflected light that Conor’s fame has shone on SBG and try to score some cash in Events like BAMMA30 but Ben is interested in laying foundations that will last throughout his career and beyond.

For Example BAMMA allow Fighter’s to sell advertising on their T-shirts and Shorts but as of yet this space remains vacant on Forsyth’s gear as he would prefer backers that want to a build relationship rather ones looking for cheap advertising.

In the same vein he was pretty long standing ties with his support team. He works with nutritionist and sleep expert Tom Coleman who has worked previously with Conor McGregor,  Ben places a big emphasis on Yoga and has separate Fitness and Strength & Conditioning coaches.

One of the big surprises to me was that Ben is also working with former All-Ireland winner and Jiu-Jitsu Purple belt Kieran Mcgeeney. I couldn’t help but pry  – as Mcgeeney is very well known in Irish G.A.A circles. Renowned for his intensity as a player and manager I was interested to know what he brought to the Forsyth table

Kieran is probably one of the darkest competitors I’ve ever met – and maybe i need a little of that.

McGeeney helps him with the mental side of preparation in terms of goal-setting and developing a competitive edge and competitive advantage inside the Octagon.

‘ He should be in my corner on the night with John  – all things going to plan’

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So what does the future hold for Ben Forsyth?  All going well he’ll have another BAMMA W to his name Friday night. What then?

Ben see’s plenty of opportunity in that Bellator Light Heavyweight Division. There are a lot of older guy’s in that division and it is no secret Bellator have some pretty huge financial muscle propelling them forward these days. A good win in the 3 Arena could set him up nicely for a rumored joint Bellator/BAMMA promotion towards the end of the year. With BAMMA a little light on Light Heavyweights at the moment a good performance could put him firmly on the map again.

Forsyth is currently 2 wins and 2 losses in his career and of his goal setting he says

Conor Mcgregor had a couple of set backs early in his career and was 4 and 2 after 6 fights. I’ve got the same goal to be 4 and 2 by the end of the year. Or even better 5 and 2.

Well lets hope what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Best of Luck Ben!

Conor McGregor takes dead aim at Planet Boxing. Expect no Survivors.

 

All the while Conor McGregor is strapped to a Meteorite headed for Jurassic Park…..

When I first heard that Floyd Mayweather had agreed to take this fight i have to admit – I was shocked. Shocked the here-to-fore best business man in the history of boxing got duped into taking this fight. Imagine going from 49- 0 and immortality to 49 -1 and being the biggest joke on the planet.

Make no mistake about it folks if Conor McGregor smokes him that is exactly what he’ll be. Boxing will finally be revealed for what it has become these last 20 years a game of smoke and mirrors.

Forget all the shit about Floyd being the best defensive boxer in the history of the sport or that Conor McGregor’s boxing record reads 0-0-0. None of that matters. There is only one salient fact and it is this. If these two guys met down a darkened alley and had a fight Conor Mcgregor would kill him. Stone. Dead.

Conor McGregor will do nothing but remind him of this for the next 8 weeks. At every press conference, Interview  and Youtube clip – Floyd will see a guy who is not afraid of him, a guy who is mocking him and his sport for having to abide by ‘a set of rules’ or as he has put it himself

‘ A set of rules designed to keep Floyd alive’

When you look a man in the eyes and know that he has the physical attributes and mental agility to kill you in any number of way’s – it will have a strange effect on you and it will be the first time Floyd has ever faced an opponent who has this over him. Conor doesn’t move like a boxer, any kind of boxer, and his movement is the key to him winning this fight. Floyd is smart, adaptable and will figure out Mcgregor’s rhythm after 4 or 5 rounds. But unfortunately at that stage it will be too late the fight will be over. Aldo style.

The most thing that reeks about this fight is nothing the two fighters or their promoters have been saying but the garbage that is coming out of Pro boxers and boxing Journalists mouths. They seem to be under the illusion that boxing is a superior form of combat to Mixed Martial Arts. They are dead fucking wrong on this one. If you were to take the top 20 MMA fighters and top 20 boxers and look at them as pure athletes MMA wins hands fucking down. No question.

Boxing purists will argue that this matters not a jot. Queensbury Rules and all that jazz.

Listening to Boxing journalists talk about this fight is like watching a bunch of soon to be extinct dinosaurs watching an approaching meteorite – thinking it’s a second Sun coming to warm their leathery Asses.

Professional level boxing has been in terminal decline for over 20 years. Granted Floyd Mayweather has been top of that pile for a long, long time, but make no mistake about it…it’s a pile of shit. And the real beauty of all this is that they will be forced to recognise that by not calling out boxing and boxers for last 20 years Journalists too have contributed to it’s sad demise.

Look at the Heavyweight Division. Anthony Joshua a perfect record 19 wins 19 K.O’s. He is being talked about like he is some sort of god after beating Old man Klitchsko – who even in his prime was an average fighter. You might imagine that there is a world full of Heavyweights awaiting to give Joshua a run for his money………..ehhhhh ….well….not exactly ……..Top of the pile? ….Tyson Fury …who last time i looked on Youtube admitted he wants to fight AJ but first has to lose …wait for it…105 pounds. So currently the second best heavyweight in the world is about 100 pounds overweight. I could go through the different divisions but won’t bore you with the collection of spoofers, chancers and downright criminals that are involved in the sport.

All the while Conor McGregor is strapped to a Meteorite headed for Jurassic Park

Gunnar Nelson – A true Martial Artist

 

UFC London is almost upon us folks and the juices for this one are in full flow. The contest that has me enthralled is the co-main event Gunnar Nelson vs Alan Jouban at welterweight. For those of you that don’t know – the Icelandic martial artist Gunnar Nelson fights out of John Kavanagh’s SBG gym in Ireland. In fact it was Nelson rather than Mcgregor that first started making waves in the UFC around 2012. Nelson is a Brazilian jiujitsu specialist. His background in Jiu-jitsiu is as follows

Nelson began grappling in 2006, receiving his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) blue belt from Matt Thornton of Straight Blast Gym International. From the age of 17, he continued his tutelage under John Kavanagh primarily, one of Thornton’s students. Nelson first met Kavanagh during one of his BJJ seminars at Mjolnir,  and the SBG Ireland owner would remain his head coach until this day. By 2008, Nelson had already progressed far enough for Kavanagh to award him his brown belt,[13] but with Kavanagh not being a black belt for more than six years at the time, he was unable to award Nelson his own black belt under IBJJF rules. Nelson subsequently spent a period at Renzo Gracie Academy in New York to earn his black belt and advance his game further.

Shortly after his arrival, he had competed for their team in various competitions, winning a silver medal in the 2009 Mundials brown belt category.[3] He also won gold at the 2009 Pan American Championship (Gi),[4] along with gold and silver (open class) in the 2009 Pan American Championship (No-Gi).[5] At the 2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, Nelson took 4th place in the absolute category where he defeated the much heavier and touted BJJ Black Belts Jeff Monson and David Avellan.[14] Gracie had already seen enough, and awarded him his black belt after less than a year with his academy.[15] In 2011, Nelson was again offered a place in the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship and had a good run (though not bringing home any medals), defeating the then present and twofold European Champion and multiple Finnish champion Marko Helen and the Brazilian and American champion and former World Champion Bruno Frazzato. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Gunnar has had only two loses in the Octagon one a decision and the other a split decision. It is by such fine margins a career can come to be defined. UFC London is a defining night for Gunnar Nelson. A win and he marches on to a legitimate shot at the Welterweight title but a loss at this stage could force him to consider his future in the UFC. It is almost one year since his last UFC fight and you can bet your bottom dollar that time has not been wasted, especially under the tutelage of John Kavanagh. Gunnar’s Professional Fight record is  below.Gunnar Nelson Fight Record1

Alan Jouban will be a very difficult nut to crack make no mistake about that – the contrasting styles of both fighters make this a mouthwatering prospect indeed. Jouban will be very aware of the need to avoid being taken by the hips to the ground early on. Nelson will be aware that if this fight goes the distance he will need to have done a better job of convincing the judges that he has dominated his opponent. I have a feeling though that the time spent out of the Octagon since his last fight and win has been time well spent and that Kavanagh and Nelson are coming to this event with a few new tricks up their sleeve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Megan Anderson. Fucking Sign her Dana. Like Today.

Invicta Mixed Martial Artist Megan Anderson is easy to fall in love with – Tall and beautiful, exceptional in physique and muscle definition. Gorgeous Tattoos all over the goddamn place.  Most importantly though she can fight.  Megan’s professional record is 8-2. She lost on her debut as a professional fighter so we can forgive her that. She also lost her debut fight in the Invicta promotion to none other than Cindy Dandois. Cindy has already graduated to the UFC and the newly formed Featherweight division.  There is no reason  I can see,  why Megan shouldn’t follow on the same path as Cindy and Cyborg.

What is blatantly obvious is that she is a quick learner. Megan has 4 consecutive TKO’s in Invicta since that loss to Cindy Dandois. All 4 wins have come within one calendar year from Jan 2016. So this Girl is ACTIVE. At 27 she is also coming into her prime. She has a mix of wins in her professional career – TKO’s , Submissions and decisions and as such is a good all round  mixed martial artist.

Her full fight record is below

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She has shown admirable composure in dealing with UFC questions and the spotlight especially around media circus at UFC209. Also she has shown due respect to Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino  saying that the newly formed UFC Featherweight division is in a holding pattern until Cyborg books a fight. Megan is no hurry to force her own situation as she says

 “We’re all going to fight each other eventually”

At 27 she has plenty of time on her side.  It is understandable to a point that the UFC are looking at Cyborg as the person to build the division around but I cannot dismiss the circumstances in which she failed a drugs test and the subsequent retroactive therapeutic use exemption. Cyborg has called out Anderson in the past to have a Featherweight Re-unification bout but Anderson isn’t falling into that trap as of yet and I would imagine is concentrated on maximising her earnings potential and make no doubt about it that fight only makes financial sense if it takes place in the UFC.

With the creation of a new UFC division that should also create plenty of opportunity to bring in new fighters and most certainly the 6’0” Australian Knockout artist should be at the top of the queue