UFC: A look back at the latest episode of The Ultimate Fighter

wallclimbRousey flipping the infamous bird – Source: jerseygirlsports.com

The most recent episode of TUF was said to have a shocking result. The previews showed Britain’s own Grant crying, which got me thinking that for some reason he could not continue. It was the coaches challenge, that challenge being a wall climb. The two were toe-to-toe for the most part but Rousey put a spurt on towards the end to claim the victory and the cash for herself and her team. Another interesting part of the show was seeing Rousey grapple with one of her fellow female coaches. She basically had her mate in a position where her ass was up the air. The camera appeared to be dead focused on said ass. The clothing covering it was a little bit see through. That was nice.

The rest of the episode was basically building up to a non-event. In actual fact it was Grant’s opponent that could not make weight. The frustrating thing being that he himself got a pass because his own opponent could not make weight. He gets kicked off the show and we have a Brit in the finale. Next week we have the semi-final for the ladies. This fight actually does appear to happen and I believe that the winner of this fight determines the winner of the whole season for the ladies. As tough as Pena is, I just think that these two ladies are a whole load tougher. This fight should be very entertaining.

Thanks for reading this recap,

Arun Paul Smith

UFC: Diego Sanchez and Gilbert Melendez steal the show at UFC 166!

melendezsanchezSerious candidate for Fight of the Year from these two – Source: Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Welcome back. UFC 166 is tonight, at the time of writing, featuring possible the most epic of heavyweight rivalries. This is the rubber match. Dos Santos took the first fight with a quick KO. Valasquez took the second with a brutal 5 round beating to regain the title that Dos Santos took from him. The winner of this fight rightfully becomes the greatest heavyweight of all time. This card is pretty stacked. I’m going to start from the bottom and work my way up.

Predictions: I predict Horaguchi, Fili, Ferguson, Waldburger, Noons and Eye to win their respective fights. Next up Lombard in his welterweight debut against Marquart. Both are extremely talented but both have had serious UFC brainfarts. I’m minded to sway towards Marquart because he has experience in the weight class, but Lombard has outstanding judo and heavy hands. He should be able to dictate where this fight happens. So with that in mind, I’m going to change my mind and go with Lombard. Hopefully this is his coming out party.

Boetsch v Dollaway: Look, Boetsch by red neck judo on route to a big KO. Next I’m picking Dodson. The other guy has a tough fight for a UFC debut. If the other guy does win, which I doubt, expect him to be fast tracked to a title shot. Unfortunately he will have to wait. Gonzaga v Jordan: If BJJ Gonzaga turns up, it’s a wrap. If suicide mission Gonz turns up, he’s getting KO’d. He got a great porn star tash at the weigh-in, so for that alone I’m picking Gonzaga.

Next up Melendez is going to play bongos all over Sanchez’s head, or we are going to get a boring Bro fight. Sanchez is the last man standing from TUF1 but I can’t see him standing much longer. Next up, Cormier v Nelson: Cormier is going to make Nelson look like an amateur. He might do something that JDS could not and do actually KO him.

Finally, it’s time for the main event of the evening. Anything can happen. That being said, the beating that Cain put on JDS was almost career destroying battery. Going into this fight, Cain should have the more confidence. What we don’t know yet is where JDS’ head is at. I think I’m going to play it safe and go with my head and pick Cain to take this by decision.

Results: The first four fights on the card were great and all finished early. My predictions were all good until the beast we now know as Amagov destroyed Waldburger. Then the pace had to slow down. It certainly did for the fifth fight with Noons v G Sot. The fight was boring, especially when compared to the previous fights. Noon’s earning the decision.

Up next Kaufman v Eye: What a great fight, and  incredibly close. It could be argued that Eye got round 1 and 2. There is no question that Kaufman got round 3. Eye won the split decision so I assume 2 judges agree with me. Had there been two more rounds, I see Kaufman possibly finishing but obviously this wasn’t a title fight. Eye needs to work on tucking her chin. Looking forward to seeing them both fight again.

Next up, Lombard v Marquart: Lombard destroys Marquart and in quick time. Short but very sweet. Boetsch v dollaway: I expected Boetsch to win easy, but it was close, so close that Boetsch wins by split decision, maybe even with a little help from the point deduction due to two inadvertent eye pokes.

On to the main card now, and Dodson v Montague. Wow what a Fucking great fight. Dodson caught Montague and rocked him bad. Montague recovered only to be rocked again then suffered a delayed face plant KO. Wow. Next up heavies Gonzaga v Jordan. Battle of great entry tunes. The Johnny Cash cover of “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails was amazing, and “Mother” by Danzig. Jordan wins hands down, but boy do I love “Mother” As for the fight, wow it was great! Gonzaga takes a knuckle sandwich, then cracks Jordan with a ten ton hammer. They called it a TKO, but man I’ve always been a Gonzaga fan since seeing him KO Cro Cop live. I would love to see this man fight for a title.

Next we got Melendez v Sanchez. Fuck me I think that this was fight of the year! 3 rounds of craziness. These two may be friends but they killed each other for 3 rounds for our entertainment and I love them for it. Joe Rogan called it the best fight he had ever seen. Right now, I find it hard to disagree. The crowd were going ape shit. These two need a 5 round main event.

I’m buzzing and there is two fights to go, two heavyweight fights. Oh my god, I might have an accident. Cormier v Nelson: This was a big fat sweaty gas filled horrible fight. Cormier getting a decision. Roy Nelson is tough, we know that, but he has zero gas tank. Cormier didn’t have much more in his tank either. He would need to make his mark at 205 but I cant see him beating Jones. Jones is just way too athletic.

Now it’s time for the main event of the evening. Dos Santos v Valasquez 3: Wow what a fight again! This fight was very similar to their second meeting, only with a finish. The finish coming by way of JDS falling on his head after going for a standing arm triangle. It looks like Werdum gets the next shot, which he will definitely lose. The fact is that these two guys have already given us 11 rounds, and there has to be more. JDS has to fight somebody, but the question is who. The only people that come to mind are Barnett and Miocic. Miocic beat nelson, and maybe he deserves that fight. Barnett destroyed Frank Mir, and he is actually fighting Travis Browne, possibly for a number one contender bout. So it has to be mMiocic v JDS, for me. Also, Gonzaga is on a roll! Maybe he should fight Nelson.

What an amazing night. It’s crazy to think that this year we still have GSP, Weidman and Rousey all defending their titles. UFC is spoiling us. I hope you enjoyed this write-up. Ill be back soon.

Thanks for reading.

Arun Paul Smith

UFC: Dana White slams Tito Ortiz, and much more


Dana and Tito – Source: MMA Weekly

So UFC withdrawal symptoms are reaching maximum levels. I had the realisation that the next event is on the 9th. I’m not going to start talking about Bellator, so today I’m going to talk about some of the major news pieces. The most major news with the biggest impact on it’s weight class is the news that Britain’s own Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping is out of his fight with Munoz. The fight was being touted as a title eliminator. Truth be told, I feel this was Bisping’s easiest route to the title. Sadly his dreams of a title shot will forever be just that, especially now that Lyoto ‘The Dragon’ Machida will be the new challenger.

Machida will be faster than the majority of the middleweights. Plus he is without a doubt the best striker in the division. He’s tough to take down and has the jits to get back to his feet or threaten with submissions. I love Bisping and I’ve seen nearly all of his Brit fights live. This is an infinitely better fight though. Moving on now to middleweight Tim Kennedy, who is now without an opponent with the before said Machida replacing Bisping. Kennedy took to Twitter to comically pick a fight with everyone from Cung Le to Alistair Overeem. Top marks for self promotion and giggles. Kennedy got his fight. He gets to potentially play human pretzel with Rafael Natal. That’s a much more winnable fight for the war hero, but a fight with little upside for the victor and a whole lot of downside for the vanquished.

Now for the most shocking, but the “Do I really give a fuck?” piece of news. ‘The Thunder’ Yushin Okami has been ousted out of UFC. At the time of being cut, Okami was still in the top ten. Personally he became a stalwart. He’s not the most talented and definitely not entertaining. Dana summed that up. He is a prospect killing gatekeeper that can never quite make it to the top. Middleweight is a weak division that is starting to have some life breathed into it. The addition of Machida and Souza means that the top ten is starting to look interesting. The top five was always a murderers row, but the other five always felt like a random afterthought.

Finally, Dana White (no surprise here) thinks Tito Ortiz is a dummy. I don’t really know the specifics for this assertion but these two have always had a love/hate relationship and really should just get a room and have a big hug. Tito Ortiz was the original poster boy and MMA’s first mega star. He was the longest reigning 205 Champ until Jon Jones, and a man you either loved or hated, but boy you’re a liar if you say you didn’t want to see his fights. One thing that made me a fan more was his coaching on TUF. He genuinely cared for everyone he worked with, and had some almost tender moments with his teams. Trash talking aside, without each other I very much doubt they would be the men they are today. I could go on and on, but I’ll leave it right here. Next time I will be reviewing this morning’s Ultimate Fighter, so stay tuned for that.

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Arun Paul Smith

UFC Fans: Want to be a writer?


The legendary Octagon – Source: The Mirror (website)

As you may know, this is the most loved wrestling website in the entire universe. I’ve decided that now it’s time to add another dynamic to this endeavour. This is a call to arms to any of our readers who enjoy watching the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The franchise has fully blown up over the last couple of years, and it’s popularity seems to be at an all time high. Now Vince McMahon may not want to admit this, but there are big similarities between the great business of professional wrestling, and the world of mixed martial arts. We are starting to see TNA bridge the gap, but still nothing from WWE.

Where do you come in? Well it’s clear that the two worlds have intertwining demographics. A lot of the people who watch wrestling, also enjoy UFC. A lot of the people who read this blog would probably also like to read about UFC. If you’re one of these people, and would also be interested in doing some writing, leave a comment on this post. We are looking for someone to become our UFC correspondent and begin contributing weekly posts. They can be reviews/reports on fights, or even topical features/profiles. If you’re interested, please do get in touch. It’s an exciting opportunity to test your writing skills for a growing audience, and I would really appreciate your support.

I hope to hear from you soon, and thanks for reading. Don’t forget to leave a comment if you want to join the team!