Lucie Pudilova – Good Debut but not a winning one

A little of the beaten track to write an article about a beaten fighter, However i was really impressed with how Lucie Pudilova handled her UFC debut in London tonight. The Judges marked the fight 29-28 to Lina Lansberg but Lansberg was last seen in the back of an ambulance on the way to hospital one assumes to check that there has been no lasting damage done to her face. See below

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Remember that Lansberg has stood toe to toe with Cyborg so she is a fighter with some pedigree. This is Pudilova’s second time to come out on the losing end of a fight with Lansberg however there is no doubt that she has closed the gap considerably tonight. It is remarkable to think that she is still only 22 and i would fully expect her to learn from tonight’s experience and win her next UFC fight. I thought some of her striking tonight was quite remarkable and crisp and she seems to understand instinctively distance in the strike zone. However she was a little naive and the was to her cost against an opponent that has over 10 years more experience than her. All in all though this Czech native can be proud of her performance on her debut in the UFC and we will be following her next fight with great interest.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 6 Female Featherweights to Fucking explode the new division

I’ve had featherweights on my mind for most of the day. In particular female featherweights. No not in that way. O.K. maybe a little bit!

I was thinking that there are at least 5 female featherweights or more specifically 6 female MMA fighters who could fight as Feather weights in the newly formed division. Fighters that are great technical Martial Artists and of differing style’s. I think if Dana White and the UFC approached the formation of this division in the right way he could find a way of replacing the lose of Ronda Rousey and at the same time create a huge buzz. Firstly let’s name the 6 Featherweights that i have in my head.

Cris Cyborg

Germaine De Randamie

Julia Budd

Megan Anderson

Holly Holm

Cindy Dandois

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Picture is of Julia Budd – Courtesy of Girls with Muscle

Obviously at the moment Cris Cyborg is head and shoulders above the rest – However i don’t think she is as far ahead as some commentators and perhaps Dana White believe. In the first instance i would get her active with a main event card against Germaine De Randamie. Although De Randamie isn’t a huge star even after her win against Holly Holm  I believe Cyborg possesses enough wattage to make this a  big Pay Per View event.

Next comes the risky bit. Build a UFC fight card around the other 4 fighter mentioned above. I honestly believe they have the talent, determination, media skills and yes …looks to make this a huge event. The thing about these girls they all have a different look and style and the 4 of them working together would sell this around the Globe. I’d lay the fights out as follows

Megan Anderson vs Julia Budd

Cindy Dandois vs Holly Holm

Now the controversial bit. The winner of Anderson vs Julia Budd fights Cyborg (assuming Cyborg takes care of De Randamie). The Winner of Dandois vs Holm fights DeRandamie.

Why does the winner of Megan Anderson and Julia Budd Get to fight Cyborg? Simple i rate them higher than Holm and Dandois. In fact i rate both of them higher than De Randamie but that’s an argument for another day!.

I think if Dana White prioritises these 6 fighters over the next 6 Months he can build himself a division worth fucking talking about – but i really believe the key is gathering the 6 together now and coming up with a plan that’s similiar to the above. As always I’d love to hear your feedback!

Megan Anderson. Fucking Sign her Dana. Like Today.

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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…

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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

Megan Anderson

 

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

 

UFC209 – A fucking disaster. Full Stop.

 

Well that was quite a 48 Hours. Dana White looked like he was gonna fucking cry at the post fight press conference. He had the look of resignation on his face from the moment Khabib Nurmagomedov booked himself in to a Las Vegas Hospital – for what must have been severe dehydration.

2017 has not been at all good for the UFC. I haven’t heard too many PPV numbers being talked about from UFC208 or UFC209 but i would imagine they are pretty dismal reading. I never thought i’d hear myself say this but i wouldn’t be surprised if Dana White walked away from the UFC or they had have that classic ‘ Resignation of mutual consent’.

After the late, late pull out by Khabib , due to his physical inability to make the lightweight number of 155, there was huge pressure on Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson to produce a thriller in the other co- main event. What they served up for the first three rounds was tepid, edgy and downright boring. The crowd booing started from the second round. In fact in the first 10 minutes of fighting the duo only landed 9 significant punches apiece. I mean for fuck sake – There is tactics and then there is downright bullshit fighting. I cannot for the life of my understand why Tyron Woodley has such a high opinion of himself. I mean this was not good from him bar that late 5th round sequence where he landed WonderBoy on his ass. As the fight was progressing i was thinking Jesus Christ..Conor Mcgregor could actual take out Tyron Woodley in a similiar fashion to how he handled Nate Diaz.

Khabib is a fucking 5 star idiot for allowing a situation to develop where he could physically damage himself trying to make the weight. I was following the UFC embedded series of Vlogs and i was actually thinking to myself – Jesus he doesn’t exactly strike you as a superb physical athlete. But i put it out of my head thinking what the hell do i know!

This fight was Khabib’s gateway to becoming a bone fida superstar and he fucked it up royally. And Yes i think he is 100% responsible. This is not the first time he has missed weight in his career. Obviously 155 is a tough cut for him but it is a known tough cut for him. He should have prepared with his specialised dieticans and specialised fitness guys. Watching UFC Embedded it was like he brought half the cast from Borat along for the ride.

Epic disaster. One he may not recover from because it’s going to be hard to take him seriously from now on. You can build a PPV around a character that has such difficulty with weight. it is too risky. The trouble for Nurmagomedov is that he is a small welterweight and he isn’t particularly overpowering at his current weight class. So i think a step up to Welterweight won’t bring him any significant benefit and probably a lot of disadvantages. He’s in a tough spot.

On the night the biggest winner was Conor Mcgregor (again!). Since his self imposed sabbatical in December nobody has stepped up to fill the vacuum. Nurmagomedov had a huge opportunity to do so but fluffed his lines. A lot of the Mcgregor family are looking forward to Mcgregor baby arriving in the world but none more so than Dana White

 

Nurmagomedov to destroy Ferguson on the ground #UFC209

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JANUARY 19: [CAPTION] in their lightweight fight at the UFC on FX event on January 19, 2013 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Thiago Tavares; Khabib Nurmagomedov

 

First things first Khabib Nurmagomedov should destroy Ferguson if he gets him on the ground on Saturday night. End of Story. I’ve been reviewing tape the last couple of days and the ferocity of Khabib’s grappling game is pretty awesome. However Tony Ferguson is no slouch in this area by any means and all his pre-fight comments are talking up this apart of his skillset and that he see’s it as an area where he can win the fight. bullshit. Crazy Talk.

Both fighters are coming off pretty exceptional performances. Tony Ferguson winning a decision against Raphael dos Anjos – but seriously busting up Dos Anjo’s  face in that contest. The #UFC marked this down as fight of the night – which also tells you it wasn’t all one way traffic. In fact Tony Fergusons’s last two fights have been Fight of the nights and the 3 before that were performance of the nights. So it is fair to say Ferguson is in a serious vein of form and fighting at an extremely high level. His movement and unorthodox striking style are to be watched out for on Saturday night.

While Ferguson may believe he can win this fight on the deck i firmly believe the more damage he does on his feet the better his chances are going to be. If Tony  is spending any more than 1 minute per round on the ground he is Fucked. I do believe his take down defence is the best in the Light weight division at the moment and that Nurmagomedov will have to work for these take downs – certainly much harder than he did in his last fight against Michael Johnson.

Ferguson Fight stats – Double Click to View

 

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Meanwhile the Khabib game plan will be to use his superior strength to get quickly to work on Ferguson and get him mauled to the ground quickly. I would love if Ferguson could get some big strikes in early because i think Khabib’s Jaw is glassy and i also would question his cardio if the fight were to get dragged into the later rounds. If you look at Khabib’s overall UFC record it’s not extremely impressive. Certainly not as impressive as some would have you believe. 4 of his 8 fights have been via decision. The ferocity of the win against Michael Johnson is probably glossing over a few deficiencies.

So in short if Tony keeps this fight large on his feet he will have a great shot at winning this fight on Saturday – However i have to say i don’t think Khabib will have any trouble getting this guy to the ground and it will only be a question of when he ends it rather than if he ends it

Khabib Nurmagomedov Fight Stats – Double Click to View

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