UFC 274 Preview

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UFC 274 is right around the corner, and the main card is must watch TV. The first fight of the night features MMA veteran and all around badass Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone facing off against another badass UFC veteran Joe Lauzon. The next fight of note is between former interim Champ Tony Ferguson and former Bellator Champ Michael Chandler. Both Ferguson and Chandler are both in need of a win.  The Card is then headlined by two title fights the first title fight is between Strawweights former champ Carla Esparza will face current champ Rose Namajunas. The final fight of the night will be between Justin Gaethje and Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira.

Donald Cowboy Cerrone has made a career out of taking short notice fights and fighting all comers. Some think that this will be Cerrone’s last fight in the UFC cage. Cerrone has had a couple of rough outings over the last three years most notably a Knockout loss to Conor McGregor. Joe Lauzon is on the back nine of his career; he got back in the win column in his last outing when he faced off against Jonathan Pearce winning by TKO. This was after a very rough patch in his career when he dropped three in a row to Stevie Ray, Clay Guida, and Chris Gruetzemacher. It will be Lauzon’s first bout in the UFC since before the Pandemic in 2019.

The next bout we’re really excited for is a matchup between Michael Chandler and Tony Ferguson. Chandler put on one of the best fights last year when he squared up against Justin Gaethje in the UFC Octagon. The pair traded shots for a long time with Gaethje coming up the victor in the end. Chandler is now set to face Tony Ferguson with the pair being on losing streaks both are hoping to get back to their winning ways. Ferguson in his last three outings has faced top tier competition but was unable to secure victories against Justin Gaethje, Charles Oliveira, and Beneil Dariush. It should be interesting to see who comes out of this matchup with a win.

The final two bouts on this card are title fights. The first being a rematch between Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas. The pair faced off during The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale for the inaugural UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship. Esparza walked away with the belt in their first meeting and will hope to reclaim the title from Namajunas. Namajunas is on her second stint as UFC Champion and hopes to make her second title defense this go around when she faces off against Esparza.

The final bout of UFC 274 is for The Lightweight title and will feature Justin Gaethje facing off with Submission Specialist Charles Oliveira. Gaethje is no stranger to big fights as he is the Former World Series of Fighting Lightweight Champion and is also a former UFC Interim Lightweight Champion he hopes to take Oliveiras belt. Oliveira will do everything in his power to stop this. The Brazilian grappler has been on an awesome ten fight winning streak two of those wins were title fights where he beat  Michael Chandler vacant UFC Lightweight Championship. Broke the UFC record for most finishes (17). And a great title defense against one of the best Lightweights in the world Dustin Poirier. This matchup between Gaethje and Oliveira is going to be must-see TV and we are excited to watch how this goes down.

You can catch UFC 274 on ESPN+ PPV on May 7th.

Update: Charles Oliveira missed weight and has been stripped of his UFC Lightweight title and will not be eligible to win the Lightweight title if he is victorious at UFC 274

Fighter Profile: Darren Till

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Although he’s having a rough patch in his career at the current moment Darren Till is still an exciting fighter to watch. The Englishman has been training in Sweden with promotional hotshot Khamzat Chimaev and hopefully the Russian Born wrestler will help Till turn this rough  patch around. Let’s face it though all of Till’s losses have been to killers at the top of their game so if he picks his next opponent carefully we think that he will get back into the win column sooner rather than later.

Till was born on Christmas Eve in 1992 in Liverpool, England. Till would end up getting in tussels, and would eventually find himself in a training room studying the “art of eight limbs,” Muay Thai. Till would soon find himself dropping out of school to focus on the art full time. He’d start fighting Muay Thai professionally and would later switch to training MMA at 17. Till would end up getting stabbed at a party after confronting a group of men. Till was advised to leave England and move to Brazil to train with Team Kaobon coach. Till would end up fighting for Astra Fight Team in Balneário Camboriú where he’d spend three years and have a child in Brazil. Till would later return to England.

Till made his Professional MMA debut in February of 2013 when he faced Luciano Oliveira Ribeiro he’d win the bout via Unanimous Decision. Muriel Giassi would be next for the young man from Liverpool. Till would win the bout by TKO (Punches.) Less than a month later he’d face Junior Dietz winning by TKO (Punches.) Paulo Batista would be next for Till he’d win the fight by KO (Punch.) Pedro Keller de Souza would be next in the Sparta MMA promotion, Till would win the fight by Knockout moving his record to a perfect 5-0. Till would win his next seven fights before making it to the UFC.

Till would make his UFC debut in May of 2015 against Wendell de Oliveira winning the Bout by Knockout. He’d then face Nicholas Dalby in a bout in Dublin Ireland the fight would end in a Majority Draw. Till would then earn a unanimous decision victory against Jessin Ayari. He’d then face Bojan Veličković winning the bout again by Unanimous Decision moving his record to an almost perfect 15-0-1. He’d then face MMA Veteran Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. Till would win the bout by TKO (Punches.) Till would then face Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson and Till would get the nod from all the judges he’d then drop two in a row to Tyron Woodlet and Jorge Masvidal. He’d get back in the win column when he faced off against Kelvin Gastelum. Till would then drop two more fights to Robert Whittaker and Derek Brunson.

Till is one half of the ‘Smesh Bros’ we can’t to see Till return to the Cage as soon as possible.

Fighter Profile: Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone

What you need to know about Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone
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Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone has gained a reputation in the MMA world of being the type of fighter that will throw down anytime and anywhere, and often on short notice. Cerrone is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and shows his Grappling abilities and his striking prowess in the UFC Octagon almost every time he steps into the cage. Unfortunately as of late he hasn’t been doing too great when it comes to his MMA Career losing five of his last six with the sixth being a no contest due to a positive Marijuana test by his opponent, Niko Price. We hope that Cerrone can go out with a win. Rumor is Cerrone may face Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett soon, but who knows what the UFC matchmakers will choose to do.

Cerrone was born on March 29, 1983 in Denver, Colorado. Cerrone is of Italian and Irish descent. Cerrone had many problems growing up stemming from an ADHD diagnosis that never received any treatment. Cerrone was in trouble with the law from a very young age due to fighting and was often bailed out by his grandmother who was looking after him. Cerrone would eventually start riding bulls, and then somehow got linked up training kickboxing and later Muay Thai. Cerrone noticed he was good at striking and decided that he’d turn his focus to MMA.

Cerrone made his MMA debut in February of 2006 when he faced Nate Mohr for the ROF promotion. He’d win by Submission (Triangle Choke) in round one, a quick night at the office for Cerrone. He then faced Cruz Chacon and secured the victory via Submission (Triangle Choke) in round two. He’d switch it up in his next fight when he faced Craig Tennant and won via armbar. He’d win his next four fights by submission before earning a spot in one of the best MMA promotions that wasn’t the UFC at that time called World Extreme Cagefighting. Cerrone Would make his WEC debut in September of 2007 winning by submission, but this was overturned after Cerrone tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide. Cerrone would fight for the WEC title three times, unfortunately for Cerrone it didn’t work out for him.

WEC Eventually merged with the UFC, and Cerrone found himself on the UFC roster as the result of the merger. Cerrone made his UFC debut at UFC 126 in February of 2011 when he faced Paul Kelly and would win via Submission (rear-naked choke.) Cerrone would then face Vagner Rocha and secure the victory by unanimous decision. Cerrone would then face current UFC Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira he’d win by TKO (punches) in the first round. Cerrone proved his worth in to the UFC and often said he’d fight every other week if he could. Cerrone holds the record for most wins in the UFC and also holds the record for most finishes in the UFC. Unfortunately Cerrone is currently on a losing streak. 

Whether it be in the cage or outside the cage Cerrone is a badass. He embodies grit and hopefully can get back to his winning ways sooner rather than later.