UFC 273 Preview

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UFC 273 is coming up on April ninth. The UFC packed the main card with some amazing fights with some of MMA’s biggest names and rising stars. Fight Fans are going to love this amazing card after some of the more mediocre cards at the beginning of the year. The first bout of note is between women’s Strawweight fighters in a classic Grappler vs Striker matchup between Mackenzie Dern and Tecia Torres. The next fight of note will be between Russian born Wrestler Khamzat Chimaev and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Gilbert Burns. The card will be topped off by two title fights.

Dern vs. Torres is the first fight fans will like on the main card. Dern is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt who sports an impressive 11-2 record in the Strawweight division.  In her last outing she didn’t come away with a win against Marina Rodriguez, but before that was riding a four fight win streak with wins against Randa Markos, Virna Jandiroba, and Nina Nunes. She hopes to get back into the win Column when she faces off against striking expert Torres. Torres is a Black Belt in Karate and Jhoon-Rhee Taekwondo. She is riding a three fight win streak with wins over Brianna Van Buren, Sam Hughes, and Angela Hill.  This is an awesome matchup I think fans will enjoy.

Chamiev has been taking the MMA world by storm. The Undefeated Russian born fighter has both striking and wrestling skills and has been compared to greats like Khabib Nurmogamedov and Jon Jones. He will really be tested when he faces off against Gilbert Burns who is one of the best Welterweights in the world who’s grappling is through the roof. Burns has an impressive 20-4 record with a win in his last outing when he fought against Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson. Burn’s only loss in the last four years was to current Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman. This is a fight I think fans will love.

The card will be topped off by two title fights; the first one is a matchup between Russian Bantamweight Petr Yan and American grappling ace Aljamain Sterling. These two met last year and Sterling walked away with the title after Yan landed an illegal knee that lead to a disqualification. The pair don’t like each other and have been trading verbal barbs online.  The final title fight will be between Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski and The Korean Zombie. Volkanovski is coming off a win against Brian Ortega and is riding a 20 fight win streak including two successful title defenses. The Korean Zombie is coming off a win against Dan Ige and was a fill in for Featherweight legend Max Holloway.

UFC 273 is an awesome card with some amazing fights. The PPV will be available for purchase on ESPN+

Fighter Profile: Max Holloway

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Max Holloway is the greatest Featherweight fighter of all time.  He currently does not hold the belt in that division but many think he will hold it again at some point in the near future. Holloway puts on amazing performances inside the octagon and outside of the cage is a true role model who exemplifies the beauty of what being a martial artist is. And the Hawaii native is one of the best Warzone streamers in MMA.

Holloway was born on December 4, 1991 Honolulu, Hawaii  and was raised in Waianae. His mother and father were both drug users who suffered from addiction. His father, who was abusive and walked out Holloway and the rest of his family when he was 11 years old. This rough upbringing led to Holloway taking up Kickboxing which led to him competing in the sport winning his first bout after only three days competing. Holloway would then turn his focus to MMA at the age of 19.

Duke Saragosa was Holloway’s first professional fight  for the X-1 promotion in September of 2010. Holloway would win this bout by Unanimous Decision. Bryson Kamaka would be next for Holloway. He’d win this bout by Knockout. He’d then face Harris Sarmiento for the X-1 Lightweight Championship. He’d win the fight by Split Decision and thus winning the title. He’d then fight Eddie Rincon in the UIC promotion. This would be Holloway’s final fight with a smaller promotion.

Holloway would then make his way to the UFC. His first fight would be against Dustin Poirier at UFC 143. It would be Holloways first fight at featherweight and would also be the first loss of his career as Poirier slapped on the Triangle Armbar in the first round. Holloway would not be deterred by this fight and would win his next three fights before dropping two fights in a row to Dennis Bermudez and the notorious Conor McGregor. 

He’d then go on to go on an amazing 13 fight win streak and in the process would win the Featherweight interim title, a title unification bout with Jose Aldo and two successful title defenses. He’d then try to go up to Lightweight, but was unsuccessful with winning that title so he moved back down and made a title defense before losing the belt to Alexander Volkanovski who still has it to this day. He was supposed to face Volkanovski again, but had to pull out due to injury.

We hope Holloway wins the belt back soon as he is an amazing success story and has had a rough upbringing but rose above it to do something great.

What’s Next For Calvin Kattar?

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Calvin Kattar put on a fight of the year candidate when he stepped into the Octagon on Saturday night On the first UFC card of the year against Giga Chikadze. These two fighters went to war, and it left many wondering what is next for “The Boston Finisher.” There are some fights that I think make sense. The first would be a matchup between Kattar and submission expert Brian Ortega. One fight that also makes sense is a matchup between Kattar and Yair  Rodríguez. Another possible fight would be between the loser of Volkanovski vs Korean Zombie at UFC 273 in April. I think these fights make sense. 

The first fight is between Kattar and Ortega. Ortega is coming off a title loss to UFC Featherweight Champion Volkanovski in our pick for fight of the year for 2021. Ortega, who is a Black Belt under Rener Gracie has an impressive record of 15-2-(1) with nearly half of those coming by way of submission. Now Kattar has a wrestling background but he tends to lean towards a more strike heavy offense with 11 of his 23 wins coming by way of Knockout. This would be an awesome Striker vs Grappler fight and we all know how much the UFC loves to  put on those types of stylistic mismatch of fights.

 Yair  Rodríguez also works as an option for Kattar. Rodriguez is coming off a loss to Featherweight Goat Max Holloway. Rodriguez sports an impressive 13–3-(1) record with his only losses in the UFC coming from bouts against the aforementioned Holloway and to Frankie Edgar. Rodriquez is a striker holding a Black Belt in Taekwondo with the majority of his finishes coming by way of knockout. This would be a good fight where Rodriguez would stand up and throw shots at each other until they’re both bruised up or someone gets Knocked out it’d definitely be a fun fight to watch. 

The final option for Kattar would be a matchup between him and the winner of Volanovski vs. The Korean Zombie. Let’s be honest I don’t think that Volkanovski will lose his title anytime soon so it is likely it will be a matchup between Kattar and Chan Sung Jung. Jung is like a swiss army knife of fighters with a 3rd dan black belt in Hapkido, 2nd dan black belt in Taekwondo, a Black belt in Judo,and a Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This would be an interesting matchup between the two fighters. Because of Jung’s proficiency in all those disciplines.

Calvin Kattar is a solid contender in the Featherweight division. It’ll be interesting to see who he faces next.

Fighter Profile: Chan Sung Jung ‘The Korean Zombie’

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Chan Sung Jung who goes by the name “The Korean Zombie” is one of the best Featherweights in The UFC. His road to the UFC is quite fascinating and when he steps into the UFC Octagon he shows everyone why he is where he is in the division with Knockout power and submission skills. Jung Is currently in talks to replace Max Holloway in his title fight against current champ Alexander Volkanovski.

Jung was born on March 17, 1987 in Pohang, South Korea. Due to being a smaller individual he was often bullied and due to this his aunt intervened and took him to a Hapkido gym and he also studied kickboxing. Eventually he would also take up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo. Jung would eventually join the Navy and would take up Taekwondo and would eventually take to Sambo which he won a tournament in. At age 20 Jung would take a step towards his destination of the UFC when he would start training MMA.

Jung made his MMA debut in June of 2007 against Hyung-Geol Lee, he’d win by Submission (reverse armbar.) Jung would then fight in the Pancrase: 2007 Korea Neo-Blood Tournament where he’d fight twice in one night winning both fights and the tournament. Jung would then fight in the Korea FC tournament winning three fights in one night and thus winning the tournament. He’d fight seven more fights including two losses in the WEC before ending up in the UFC due to the merger with that organization. 

Jung would make his UFC debut against Leonard Garcia and earned the victory by performing the first twister submission in UFC history. He’d then fight Mark Hominick in December of 2011. He’d then face Dustin Poirier winning by Technical Submission (D’Arce choke.)  Jung would then drop a fight to José Aldo, one of the best featherweights in UFC history. He’d then knockout Dennis Bermudez in the first round. In his next fight he’d drop to a Knockout by Yair Rodríguez. Jung would then win back to back fights against Renato Moicano and Frankie Edgar. He’d then face Brian Ortega and would lose by Unanimous decision. In his last outing Jung would face Dan Ige winning by Unanimous decision moving his record to 17-6.

Jung is an ideal Mixed Martial Artist with striking and grappling proficiency. We can’t wait to see him fight again, it would be cool to see him pull off another awesome twister Submission. 

5 Fights The UFC Should Book In 2022

Nate Diaz lands a shot at Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor Vs. Nate Diaz III

McGregor just finished his trilogy with Dustin Poirier with two losses to Poirier the last being in July at UFC 264, but the UFC star also has another Trilogy that hasn’t seen it’s final act and that is with Nate DIaz. These two fighters have met twice already and are even with a win apiece. They are both coming off consecutive losses with Diaz losing to Leon Edwards at UFC 263 in June and before that a loss to Jorge Masvidal in November of 2019. This would not likely be until late 2022 with McGregor coming off the injury he sustained in his loss to Dustin Poirier.  

Stipe Miocic vs Derrick Lewis 

Both of these fighters are coming off losses in championship bouts. Miocic lost his belt in March to current UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou. Lewis is coming off a loss to Ciryl Gane at UFC 265 in August where he went toe to toe with the Division’s current Interim Champion. There is an interesting weight discrepancy between the two with Stipe currently weighing in at 234 and Lewis weighing in at the division maximum of 265. On Joe Rogan’s MMA Podcast Lewis reveals that he walks around at about 290 making Lewis the bigger fighter by a mile. Stipe is the greatest heavyweight of all time however so don’t count him out. 

Mackenzie Dern Vs Claudia Gadelha

Mackenzie Dern just fought on Saturday night so it might be too soon to talk about her fighting again. Dern of course lost, but after the fight Claudia Gadelha went on her instagram to call out Dern. It’d be an interesting grappler vs. grappler matchup with both of these Black Belts having  grappling prowess. Dern is coming off only her second loss in her MMA career and will look to be back in the win column in her next fight. Gadelha is also coming off a loss in her last fight which was in November of 2020.  Gadelha was just cleared by the UFC physicians to compete after her injury. Gahdelha was the first strawweight to ever win in the UFC Octagon, and has since fought for the title against Joanna Jędrzejczyk. This would be a very good matchup for the two Brazilians Strawweights. 

Henry Cejudo Vs. Alexander Volkanovski

Henry Cejudo has gone completely out of his way to tell anyone and their mother how much he wants a shot at Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski over the last year. Volkanovski is coming off an impressive win against Brian Ortega at UFC 266 in September. Cejudo started campaigning again to get a title shot after Volkanovski won in September. If Cejudo were to win against Volkanovski this would be his third title in as many divisions with belts in the Flyweight and Bantamweight division already on his resume.

Jon Jones Vs. Anyone in The Heavyweight Division

At this point it’s getting pretty apparent that the greatest MMA fighter of all time will not be fighting anytime soon. After a recent arrest Jon Jones’ future with the promotion looks questionable whether it be another suspension or Jones being cut from the promotion altogether. Jones being cut seems unlikely as the UFC would probably like to control Jones’ contract as he’s one of the promotion’s biggest stars. It is Rumored that Jones was offered a fight with the UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou but the money wasn’t right. After talks for that fight fizzled out it was rumored that Jones was offered a fight with former Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic but wasn’t interested in that fight either. Hopefully Jones figures out what he’s interested in. Possibly another title fight offer is in Jones’ future to fight the winner of Ngannou and Ciryl Gane at UFC 270.





Big Bouts On The Cards For Alexander Volkanovski And Robert Whittaker In 2021

UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski looks to make his second title defense on Saturday September 25.  His opponent will be fellow Ultimate Fighter coach, Brian Ortega. This is an interesting matchup with Volanovski being a well rounded mma fighter whereas Ortega is a submission specialist.  It all goes down Saturday at the T- Mobile Arena.  

Volkanovski was born on September, 29 1988, in Shellharbour, New South Wales, Australia. Volkanovski is of Yugoslavian and Greek descent. Volkanovski started training Greco-Roman wrestling and by age 12 he had won a national title in the sport. By the time Volkanovski was in High School he had decided to switch his focus to rugby. He eventually became a semi-pro rugby player and won the league’s top award. 

Volkanovski began training as a way to stay fit during the rugby off season. He also returned to training Greco-Roman wrestling at this time. He developed a love for MMA at this age and decided to make a career out of competing in the sport. He started fighting as a middleweight, and decided to work his way down. He said of his first fighting experiences;  “My first four fights in amateur at middleweight, and the first four professional were at welterweight. And I just kind of went down from there. Now obviously I’m very comfortable at 145, and it works perfectly.”

He loves fighting and likened the sport to playing in championship rugby games during every fight.  Volkanovski stated “There are no excuses in fighting. You can be playing a team sport and have a good game, and you can lose. In fighting, it’s all on me. If I go out there and lose, then it’s my fault. I like that. So I know if I fight well, I’m going to win. I definitely love the fact that it’s all on you, and you do what you have to do to win. Each fight is like a grand final in the rugby league.”

By 2016 Volkanovski made it to the UFC the world’s premier MMA organization where he went on a tear winning his first seven fights guaranteeing him a title shot. He’d win the UFC featherweight championship against Max Holloway in December 2019 at UFC 245. He’d go on to defend his title in July of 2020 at UFC 251 on Fight Island against Max Holloway.

Volkanovski is set to take on fellow TUF coach Brian Ortega in a 5 Round Championship Bout. Both of these fighters have only one loss in their professional careers. With Volkanovski riding a 19 fight win streak. Both these fighters have shown their fight IQ as coaches in The Return of The Ultimate Fighter. And it is sure to be a great fight. Volkanovski comes in as a favorite to defend his belt but the odds are very tight and subject to change.