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UFC 191: The Mouse vs. The Magician [PART II]

Mixed martial arts fans worldwide will be treated to yet another UFC pay-per-view event this September 5th. Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and John “The Magician” Dodson will be headlining the event with what is expected to be an exciting Flyweight title bout. At just five feet and three inches, these fighters may be small, but they sure pack a big punch as far as fast-paced MMA action is concerned.

This is a rematch between both fighters. They locked horns two years ago with Johnson retaining the title via decision at the end of five rounds. To date, the Magician has arguably posed the biggest challenge to Mighty Mouse’s reign over the division. He rocked Johnson in the early rounds and even dropped him to the mat, twice, with some solid striking. DJ weathered the storm and pounded away at a clearly tiring Dodson in the championship rounds.

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Since the loss, Dodson has gone undefeated, convincingly dominating all of his opponents and has worked his way back into title contention status. He has improved his game, but then again so has Johnson. He not skipped a beat since their last encounter and has looked great. This will be Johnson’s seventh title defense and it will be up to Dodson to bring something new to the table in order to change the outcome this time around.

Aside from the main event, there are a couple of noteworthy fights on the card as well. Heavyweight veterans Andrei Arlovski and Frank Mir will clash as they are both riding respective waves of recently found momentum en route to what could be a shot at the title. Number one ranked Light Heavyweight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson will take on seventh ranked Jimi “Poster Boy” Manuwa, with Rumble trying to get back on track for another crack at Light Heavyweight gold.

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Written for this website by Erik Ong, Sports Analyst/Journalist

Do or Die

It’s “Do or Die” for two heavyweights at UFC 191, or is it? A fight between veterans Andrei Arlovski and Frank Mir will be the co-main event of the upcoming pay-per-view, this September 5th.

The pair of 36-year-old fighters are in the midst of a resurgence in their pro fighting careers. Mir recently turned around a four-fight losing streak with back-to-back knockout wins over Antonio Silva and Todd Duffee, staving off retirement. Arlovski, currently ranked fourth among heavyweights, has been on a three-fight winning streak since returning to the UFC in June 2014. He started his comeback with a split decision win over Brendan Schaub at UFC 174, but won “Performance of the Night” thanks to a Round 1 TKO over Antonio Silva at UFC Fight Night and won “Fight of the Night” honors after yet another Round 1 TKO; this time over Travis Browne.

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Both fighters are former Heavy Weight Champions and are well-respected by their peers. Arlovski is a feared knockout artist, while Mir currently holds the record for most fights, victories, and submissions in UFC Heavyweight history. They have been staples in the heavyweight division for quite some time. Frank first stepped into the eight-sided cage in UFC 34, and won the heavyweight title in UFC 48 after breaking the right forearm of Tim Sylvia in the first round. Mir suffered a motorcycle accident in 2004, leading to the creation of a heavy weight interim title bout between the top two contenders. Andrei claimed the UFC interim heavyweight title in UFC 51 after submitting Tim Sylvia in the first round.

For the 10th ranked Frank Mir, a loss to Arlovski at UFC 191 could derail his hopes for another shot at the heavyweight title for good. The heavyweight division is filled with young heavy hitters and it will be difficult for him to muster this kind of momentum again. While the same could be said about Andrei Arlovski, the Belarusian fighter is not in a hurry to get a title shot. He wants more fights, because more fights lead to more payouts and more income to help him pay the bills.

Unlike some marquee UFC matchups in the past, this one has not been hyped with animosity nor trash talking. In fact it’s quite the opposite. Frank Mir recently shared in an interview that he holds a lot of respect for his opponent.

“In one sense, I’m not happy about it on a social level. I think we both have a lot to offer the sport and I don’t want to see either one of us derailed right now. I would have been much happier with this situation if we could have skipped each other at this point. I could have fought someone else in the top three and he could have fought Werdum for the title and then we could have faced each other in a title fight instead if he would have won,” Mir said.

Regardless of their sentiments towards each other, fans should expect an exciting fight between these seasoned veterans.

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UFC News Roundup

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  • Former UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva has been suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for taking multiple banned substances. He will be eligible to return to action on February 1, 2016. His unanimous decision victory over Nick Diaz at UFC 183 has been overturned and ruled a “no contest.” The source of metabolites of banned substances allegedly came from the use of a sexual enhancement from Thailand.

 

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  • Cris “Cyborg” Justino and “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey have been going at it hard, verbally, in recent weeks and the animosity just keeps on heating up. Cyborg, who is not under contract with the UFC, is the last remaining big-named female fighter yet to put Ronda Rousey to the test. Speaking of tests, the Invicta FC Featherweight champ recently came up clean in a drug test conducted by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, dowsing any issues Rousey may have claimed she had regarding Cris’ past drug use. Cyborg failed a post-fight drug test in 2011 after coming off a 16-second victory over her opponent. There has been several exchanges between both fighters in interviews and on social media, which has added fuel to the fire of anticipation for a potential superfight between both athletes.

 

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  • One of the most highly anticipated UFC events of the year just got even bigger. UFC 194, that takes place at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on December 12th of this year, will be an epic event. Headlining the pay-per-view event will be the Feather weight title fight between Jose “Junior” Aldo and “The Notorious” Conor McGregor. The UFC just announced that TWO titles will be on the line during the event. A middleweight title fight between Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold will be co-headliners at UFC 194.

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Written for this website by Erik Ong, sports journalist/analyst

UFC 190: Rousey Cements Her Legacy

What’s next for “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey? The World’s most dominant female athlete just came off a 34-second, knockout win over Brazilian challenger, Bethe “Pitbull” Correia. Rousey’s dominant victory was expected by most and predicted by many. Solaire Sportsbook, the premier destination for sports betting in the Philippines, had Ronda as the overwhelming favorite to win. Rousey fans who were willing to put their money where their mouths were, came home a bit richer after the UFC pay-per-view.

Now at a pristine 12-0, Rousey has cleaned house in the UFC’s women’s bantam weight division. Not only has she defeated all of her challengers, she has notably dispatched them very quickly, highlighting even more how much higher her level is over the competition. The next opponent the organization has lined up to fight her next, is someone who she has already defeated. Twice. That said, no other challenger has pushed her more than rival Miesha “Cupcake” Tate, and with both fighters already improving their games since their last encounter, it’s fitting that they round things out with a fight trilogy.

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Rousey clearly has grown to become a more complete mixed martial artist. She was once tagged as a pure, albeit dominant grappler; but she has since worked hard to improve on her striking to improve her overall game. This has not been more evident than her complete destruction of Bethe Correia with strikes. For now, it appears no one at 135 pounds can pose as a worthy challenge for the 28-year-old Rousey and she’s on track to hold on to her belt for years to come.

After the win, Ronda decided to leave her UFC belt in Brazil, donating it to Instituto Recao, a judo school owned by Olympic judo bronze medalist Flavio Canto. Rousey, herself, is a two-time judo Olympian and a bronze medalist in 2008.

Other results from the event include a unanimous decision victory by seven-foot tall Stefan Struve over veteran Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Antonio “Big Foot” Silva took home a TKO win (punches) over Australian fighter Soa Palelei. In the co-main event. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua won by unanimous decision over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, the twin brother of Antonio Rodrigo.

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This article was written for this site by Erik Ong, sports journalist and editor.

UFC 189: McGregor “Walks the Walk”

Despite the change of the main fight at UFC 189, Mendes vs. McGregor did not disappoint fans one bit. Both fighters put on a good fight to contest UFC’s interim Featherweight title. The fight was as action-packed as the fans had hoped, but in the end Connor McGregor defeated Mendes via a second-round TKO.

To Mendes’ credit he did managed to take down the Irishman a few times, highlighting his wrestling advantage. When all was said and done, McGregor’s superior Muay-Thai provided him with a significant edge. McGregor, one of the UFC’s most popular and divisive fighters, is no longer just a brash and loud-mouthed upstart who drives his own hype train far too fast. Thanks to his convincing win over Mendes, one the division’s top ranked fighters, people can’t say Connor is just “all talk,” because he shut his critics up by “walking the walk.”

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This now fuels the fire of anticipation for an eventual belt unification fight between José Aldo and Connor McGregor even more, but that is something farther down the road at this point. For now, Frankie “The Answer” Edgar is licking his chops at a chance to take on Connor before the interim Champ faces Aldo.

The co-main event was no snoozer either. Robbie Lawler defended his Welterweight title against Rory MacDonald via fifth-round TKO, in what was one of the bloodiest fights in the division’s history. Both fighters were bloodied and battered after slogging it out in a five-round war, but it was Lawler who managed to deal more damage to MacDonald via punishing head strikes.

Move of the Night

The move of the night has got to go to Jeremy Stephens who finished off Dennis Bermudez with a brutal jumping knee to the jaw in the third round.

Needless to say, UFC 189 was an exciting and entertaining MMA event. Did your favorite fighter(s) win? If you want to bet on future UFC matches, sign-up now at Solaire Sportsbook! Click on the link to head over to their website.

Written for this website by Erik Ong, sports analyst/journalist.