Thursday, April 19, 2018
Alaska Fighting Championship 139 took place April 18th from The Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska. In the Main Event, Jared Mazurek made short work of late replacement Aaron Uloran. After a short feeling out process, Mazurek took it to the ground and after landing some punches, sunk in the rear naked choke and got the Tapout. In women's action Wendy Rodriguez remained unbeaten taking a decision from an outmatched Anne Hansen. Hansen was unable to mount much offense at all and Rodriguez seemed to hurt her with every punch. Rodriguez could have possibly stopped her but was not as aggressive enough to do so. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Bantamweight: Cole Aquino (1-2) defeated Marlon Sergio (0-1) via Tapout (Ankle Lock) at :33 of Round 2.
2. 160LB Catch Weight: Cody Williams (1-0) defeated Kris Berberich (0-1) via Tapout (Guillotine Choke) at :30 of Round 2.
3. Middleweight: Tae Yoon (1-0) defeated Ross Grainger (0-1) via Majority Decision (29-27/29-27/28-28). We scored it 29-27 Yoon.
4. Bantamweight: Chance Staggs (2-0) defeated John George (0-1) via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:27 of Round 2.
5. Bantamweight: David Booker (3-2) defeated Elijah Terrell (0-1) via Unanimous Decision (30-27/29-28/29-28). We scored it 29-27 Terrell.
6. Bantamweight: Wendy Rodriguez (4-0) defeated Anne Hansen (0-1) via Unanimous Decision (scores not read). We scored it 30-27 Rodriguez.
7. Bantamweight: Josh Branham (16-9) defeated Casey Johnson (6-3) via Split Decision (27-30/29-28/29-28). We scored it 30-27 Johnson.
8. Featherweight: Jared Mazurek (7-1) defeated Aaron Uloran (0-1) via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:47 of Round 1.
Submission of the Night: Cole Aquino
Fight of the Night: Tae Yoon vs Ross Grainger
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Photo Credit: Ultimate Fighting Championship
UFC on FOX 29 took place April 14th from The Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. In the night's Main Event, Dustin Poirier scored a fourth round TKO of Justin Gaethje in an exciting fight that saw both fighters having their moments. Very early in round four, Poirier hurt him and Gaethje chose not to try and clinch or take it down allowing Poirier to tee off till the fight was stopped. Afterwards, Poirier asked for a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov. In women's action, Lauren Mueller made her UFC debut a successful one taking a decision for Shana Dobson. The bout was even heading to the third but Mueller was able to take round three and the fight. Also, Michelle Waterson won a split decision from local favorite Cortney Casey. Casey was noticeably bigger than Waterson and tried to use that to her advantage while Waterson used her speed. While most media members seemed to disagree, the judges gave the fight to The Karate Hottie. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Bantamweight: Luke Sanders (12-2) defeated Patrick Williams (8-6) via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Sanders.
2. Bantamweight: Alejandro Perez (21-6-1) defeated Matthew Lopez (10-3) via TKO at 3:42 of Round 2.
3. Heavyweight: Adam Wieczorek (10-1) defeated Arjan Bhullar (7-1) via Tapout (Omaplata) at 1:59 of Round 2.
4. Welterweight: Yushin Okami (35-11) defeated Dhiego Lima (14-7) via Unanimous Decision (30-26/30-26/30-26). We scored it 30-27 Okami.
5. Flyweight: Lauren Mueller (5-0) defeated Shana Dobson (3-2) via Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Mueller.
6. Lightweight: Gilbert Burns (13-2) defeated Dan Moret (13-4) via KO at :59 of Round 2.
7. Middleweight: Brad Tavares (17-5) defeated Krzysztof Jotko (19-4) via TKO at 2:16 of Round 3.
8. Flyweight: John Moraga (19-6) defeated Wilson Reis (22-9) via Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Reis.
9. Welterweight: Muslim Shalikov (14-2) defeated Ricky Rainey (13-5) via KO at 4:04 of Round 2.
10. Middleweight: Antonio Carlos Junior (11-2, 1NC) defeated Tim Boetsch (21-12) via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:28 of Round 1.
11. Strawweight: Michelle Waterson (15-6) defeated Cortney Casey (7-6) via Split Decision (29-28/28-29/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Casey.
12. Middleweight: Israel Adesanya (13-0) defeated Marvin Vettori (13-3-1) via Split Decision (29-28/28-29/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Adesanya.
13. Welterweight: Alex Oliveira (18-4-1, 2NC) defeated Carlos Condit (30-12) via Tapout (Guillotine Choke) at 3:17 of Round 2.
14. Lightweight: Dustin Poirier (23-5, 1NC) defeated Justin Gaethje (18-2) via TKO at :33 of Round 4.
Submission of the Night: Adam Wieczorek
Knockout of the Night: Gilbert Burns
Fight of the Night: Dustin Poirier vs Justin Gaethje
Saturday, April 7, 2018
UFC 223 took place April 7th, coming from The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Fight week was filled with drama with the Conor McGregor situation causing all kinds of changes to the card, resulting in multiple possible opponents for Khabib Nurmagomedov. In the end, Al Iaquinta received the fight. Iaquinta showed a ton of heart, not giving up although being dismantled for the most part by Nurmagomedov as he took every round coasting to a decision to become the new Lightweight Champion. In the Co-Main Event, Rose Namajunas defended her Strawweight Title, making it two wins in a row over former champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Namajunas clearly won round one, being the more effective striker while being allusive herself. From there on, it was four close back and fourth rounds with the judges favoring the champ. In other women's action, Ashlee Evans-Smith made her move to flyweight look like a smart move taking a decision over Bec Rawlings and Karolina Kowalkiewicz made her case for a title shot winning a close decision in a good fight against Felice Herrig. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Light Heavyweight: Devin Clark (9-2) defeated Mike Rodriguez (9-3) via Unanimous Decision (29-28/30-27/30-27). We scored it 30-27 Clark.
2. Flyweight: Ashlee Evans-Smith (6-3) defeated Bec Rawlings (7-8) via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27). We scored it 30-27 Evans-Smith.
3. Lightweight: Olivier Aubin-Mercier (12-2) defeated Evan Dunham (18-7-1) via TKO at :53 of Round 1.
4. Strawweight: Karolina Kowalkiewicz (12-2) defeated Felice Herrig (14-7) via Split Decision (29-28/28-29/29-28). We scored it 29-28 Kowalkiewicz.
5. Lightweight: Chris Gruetzemacher (14-3) defeated Joe Lauzon (27-16) via TKO at 5:00 of Round 2.
6. Featherweight: Zabit Magomedsharipov (15-1) defeated Kyle Bochniak (8-3) via Unanimous Decision (29-28/30-27/30-27). We scored it 29-28 Magomedsharipov.
7. Featherweight: Renato Moicano (12-1-1) defeated Calvin Kattar (18-3) via Unanimous Decision (29-28/30-27/30-27). We scored it 30-27 Moicano.
8. Strawweight Title: Rose Namajunas (9-3) defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-2) via Unanimous Decision (49-46/49-46/49-46). We scored it 48-47 Namajunas.
9. Lightweight Title: Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0) defeated Al Iaquinta (13-4-1) via Unanimous Decision (50-44/50-43/50-43). We scored it 50-44 Nurmagomedov.
Knockout of the Night: Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Fight of the Night: Zabit Magomedsharipov vs Kyle Bochniak
Friday, April 6, 2018
Photo Credit: Don Bersano
We often hear people called "The Future", be it in fitness, other sports or even other walks of life. In the case of Shanique Grant, the phrase should be "The future is now.
Starting with the 2016 New York Pro, Shanique has been on a ride, winning that show two years in a row with another win in between. In 2017 she was considered a top contender for the Olympia, however for the second year in a row, reasons beyond her control caused her to not compete at the Olympia. But what also stands out about those, is that in both instances, instead of letting having to miss those shows get her down, she came back better than ever, that includes the recent Arnold.
Photo Credit: NPC News Online/Amir Marandi
Competing in a field that included some of the best competitors in the world, women who have competed in and placed high at the Olympia, it was Grant who came out on top. Bringing her unique, symmetrical, well proportioned physique, Grant looked the best she's ever had, combined with her great posing that makes people take notice and commands attention.
Shanique didn't just win in physique, she came out of the event as among the most talked about athletes who competed the entire weekend. A weekend that saw the sports best competing. That is a great accomplishment in and of itself. However people talking about her is not new. Since winning her pro card in 2014 people have talked about her. She won her pro card in figure and began her pro career in figure with some decent success, but was heralded as one to watch. In 2016 she took sixth place in figure at the Pittsburgh Pro. After that, the switch was made to physique and she's been winning shows since. That New York Pro win is when people started to really take notice. It was clear instantly that the switch to physique was a smart move and was going to ignite her rise to the top.
Photo Credit: NPC News Online/Amir Marandi
Winning the Arnold definitely puts her in the front of competitors trying to chase down reigning Olympia champ Juliana Malacarne. She brings a physique that is really not comparable to others, as mentioned earlier, it is unique, unique in a positive way, and is a testament to her dedication to improving, which she does with each and every show. Will she unseat Malacarne and become the next Olympia winner? Only time will tell. Is she capable of doing it? Absolutely!
Photo Credit: Invicta FC/Dave Mandel
For a long time, Virna Jandiroba was considered of the best female fighters that U.S. fans didn't know. Fighting in her home country of Brazil, Jandiroba had gone undefeated with wins over great competition that included names like Lisa Ellis, Ericka Almeida and Aline Sattelmayer. Amongst all those wins were many submission victories for the Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu ace.
Photo Credit: Invicta FC/Dave Mandel
But in December of last year, American fans were finally introduced to Jandiroba. She made her Invicta FC debut with a quick submission of highly regarded Amy Montenegro, a win that put fans on notice. The fight went to the ground quickly and from there it was all Virna. After that bout, with Invicta's titles mainly vacant, Virna became an immediate contender for the strawweight title. However people were unaware just how soon she would be fighting for that title.
Initially, Jandiroba was to face Janaisa Morandin at Invicta FC 28 but after some changes to the card, she was to face the popular Mizuki Inoue for the vacant strawweight title. The fight was considered a toss-up going in, but it was quickly eveident, Jandiroba was just too much for Inoue. Jandiroba dominated the majority of the fight, showing once again her amazing Jiu-Jitsu game as any time the fight went to the ground, Jandiroba was able to ensure she was in the dominant positions, confusing and frustrating her opponent. After five grueling rounds, Jandiroba was given a split decision win, as one judge who didn't appear to actually watch the fight, scored in in favor of Mizuki.
Photo Credit: Invicta FC: Dave Mandel
Whether Jandiroba stays with Invicta or is called upon to go to the UFC, fans who hadn't heard of Jandiroba before, surely know her now and can't deny she is among the sports elite at strawweight. If she were to go to the UFC, she would for sure be a contender in that division. If she stays in Invicta for the time being, you will be hard pressed to find an opponent who can take that title from her.
Monday, April 2, 2018
We are back with our UFC 223 predictions. When the predictions were done, the main event was set to be Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov, however since then Ferguson has gotten injured and replaced by Max Holloway. So, that bout will be left off the predictions. Joining myself (Jason Adams) are Alyssa Vasquez, Amy Montenegro, Andy Nguyen, Ashley Hawkins, Brankica Underwood, Chris Gregory, Emily Andzulis, Jehnn Stumborg, Jen Aniano, Jenna Bernick, Jenna Skinner, Jessica Dinch, Jillian DeCoursey, Katherine Grasshopper, Katie Casimir, Kerry Hughes, Kia Lola, Lacey Hancock, Layla Newton, Leigh-Ann Baskey, Lindsey VanZandt, Mallory Kane, Missy Pontbriand, Monica Franco, Olivia Parker, Rach Wiley, Rachael Smith, Sarah Shell, Serena DeJesus, Shamir Peshewa, Sophie Sharp, Stephanie Skinner, Tamikka Brents and Teri Brents.
1. Bec Rawlings (7-7) vs Ashlee Evans-Smith (5-3)
Jenna B: Evans-Smith
Jenna S: Evans-Smith
Totals" Rawlings- 5 Evans-Smith- 29
2. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2) vs Felice Herrig (14-6)
Jenna B: Herrig
Jenna S: Kowalkiewicz
Totals: Kowalkiewicz- 25 Herrig- 9
3. Al Iaquinta (13-3-1) vs Paul Felder (15-3)
Jenna B: Iaquinta
Jenna S: Felder
Totals: Iaquinta- 10 Felder- 24
4. Michael Chiesa (14-3) vs Anthony Pettis (20-7)
Jenna B: Pettis
Jenna S: Pettis
Totals: Chiesa- 5 Pettis- 29
5. Renato Moicano (11-1-1) vs Calvin Kattar (18-2)
Jenna B: Moicano
Jenna S: Kattar
Totals: Moicano- 13 Kattar- 21
6. Rose Namajunas (8-3) vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-1)
Jenna B: Namajunas
Jenna S: Namajunas
Totals: Namajunas- 26 Jedrzejczyk- 8
Friday, March 30, 2018
Tuff-N-Uff presented another all-amateur card on Marh 30th from Las Vegas, Nevada. In the Main Event, Grant Neal remained undefeated taking the Light Heavyweight Title with a second round stoppage of CJ Floor. Neal dominated from the opening bell not allowing Floor to mount an offense before getting the submission in the second round. In women's action, in a battle of debuting fighters, Christina Ortiz landed a beautiful headkick to knock out Ashlee Gambino. Round one was fairly close with Ortiz being the more effective fighter before mistiming a headkick and falling down with Gambino on top. Round two saw Ortiz clearly setting up the kick and landing it in a Knockout of the Year contender. Here are all your results and our Of The Night Awards.
1. Bantamweight: Desmond Manabat (1-1) defeated Sir Arthur (0-1) via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:58 of Round 1.
2. Flyweight: Matt Padilla (2-1) defeated Dequan Meeks (2-3) via Tapout (Triangle Choke) at :22 of Round 2.
3. Lightweight: Masuel Suazo (2-0) defeated Morgan Loyd (1-1) via KO at :25 of Round 1.
4. Bantamweight: David Loureiro (2-1) defeated Joseph Chavez (1-2) via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:13 of Round 3.
5. Bantamweight: Gianni Thomas (1-1) defeated Mike Wilson (2-1) via TKO at 1:34 of Round 3.
6. Bantamweight: Max Gamboa (2-0) defeated Ethan Goodwin (0-1) via Split Decision. We scored it 29-28 Goodwin.
7. Middleweight: Joseph Simpson (2-0) defeated Sovhan Ovezgeldyez (1-1) via TKO at 1:33 of Round 3.
8. Flyweight: Christina Diaz (1-0) defeated Ashlee Gambino (0-1) via KO at :41 of Round 2.
9. Featherweight: Nick Perez (4-3-1) defeated Bryce Ewing (2-2) via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:21 of Round 2.
10. Lightweight Title: Jorge Alcala (4-1) defeated Quinton Seui (2-4) via Unanimous Decision. We scored it 30-27 Alcala
11. Heavyweight Title: Halston Williams (4-2) defeated Apineru Vele (9-5) via TKO at 1:24 of Round 1.
12. Light Heavyweight Title: Grant Neal (5-0) defeated CJ Floor (5-4) via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:37 of Round 2.
Submission of the Night: Matt Padilla
Knockout of the Night: Christina Ortiz
Fight of the Night: Jorge Alcala vs Quinto Seui