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UFC 172 Main Event Breakdown: Jon Jones Vs. Glover Teixeira

April 23rd, 2014 at 2:10 PM
By Steven J Cavagnino

'Jon 'Bones' Jones & Glen 'Big Baby' Davis' photo (c) 2010, ericdwheeler - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ This Saturday’s main event will see the return of pound for pound king Jon Jones when he takes on dangerous veteran Glover Teixeira. Topping an exciting main card Jones and Glover will look to take an exciting battle to Baltimore’s Baltimore Arena. Jones, originally hailing form New York State should have the home field advantage as the East coast crowd love their champion. 

While Jones is on an impressive 10 fight win streak, Glover might be one of the only men in the light heavyweight division to be able to top his streak. Riding the momentum of a massive 20 fight win streak, Glover has not lost since 2005 and has destroyed each opponent the UFC has thrown at him. It is this destruction of his adversaries that earned Glover his shot. By disposing of top competition with relative ease, Glover put himself in front of the crowd of title contenders in the 205 pound division. With that being said, Jones is on another level, and, as always, will be looking to end both Glover’s hype and shot at the title early. Breaking down the three biggest aspects of MMA, will it be Jones or Glover coming out on top?

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Travis Browne Suffers Broken Hand, Nose, and Ribs in Fight with Fabricio Werdum

April 21st, 2014 at 2:24 PM
By Steven J Cavagnino

After Travis Browne and Fabricio Werdum's 5 round war on Saturday, rumors began to start the Browne had sustained many injures, including broken his ribs in the first round of the fight. Werdum, who largely outpointed the 6'7" Travis Browne managed to land a body kick hard enough to break some of Browne's ribs. 

Following the rumors, information came out today from Browne's grappling coach, Ricky Lundell, that not only did Browne suffer from broken ribs early in the fight, but he had broken his hand landing a hard punch on Werdum's head. Lundell tweeted a picture of Browne's xray that clearly shows Travis' left index finger metatarsal broken down near the wrist. Another picture came out via Ricky Lundell stating that Browne also had a broken nose and dislocated bones in his foot. 

Browne's toughness has not gone unnoticed as many fans have praised Travis for fighting a 25 minuted fight with several broken bones. The significance comes with the injuries as the bones that Browne broke could have easily rendered many of his offensive striking techniques useless. With that being said, Browne stuck through the tough situation and did his best to win the fight. 

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The Curious Case of Khabib Nurmagomedov; a Look at What is Next

April 21st, 2014 at 10:46 AM
By Steven J Cavagnino

After Saturday’s stellar fight card, it is hard to pick one fighter who had the best performance. Superstars like Fabricio Werdum, who earned a heavyweight title shot, Donald Cerrone, who has posted 3 straight finishes, Yoel Romero, who is now 4-0 in the UFC and Thiago Alves, the former welterweight #1 contender who won after a 2 year layoff. From top to bottom, prelim to main event, UFC on Fox 11 had storyline after storyline. One fighter, however, despite headlining the prelims on Fox Sports 1, seems to be getting little attention. 

Khabib Nurmagomedov has quietly posted a 6 fight win streak in the UFC’s lightweight division after defeating Rafael Dos Anjos on Saturday. That is six fights in what is widely considered the most talent-stacked division in the UFC. Not to mention Nurmagomedov is 22-0 as a professional fighter. ‘The Eagle’ seems to be flying under the radar, though, and it is entirely a result of circumstance. What can a fighter do to garner the attention of fans and employers alike? Win. Well, winning is all Nurmagomedov has been doing, in fact, having never lost, it’s hard to determine any other fighter who deserves a number one contender bout more than Nurmagomedov.

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Bobby Green Out Against Jim Miller; Yancy Medeiros Fills In

April 20th, 2014 at 3:23 PM
By Steven J Cavagnino

The highly touted lightweight bout between ‘King’ Bobby Green and Jim Miller at UFC 172 in Baltimore has been cancelled due to an injury reported from Bobby Green’s camp. Green’s injury has not yet been disclosed, but, only eleven days out from UFC 172, there was not much time find a replacement. 

Enter Yancy Medeiros. The 26 year old Hawaiian fighter has stepped in for Bobby Green on just 11 days notice. No small feat when his opponent in #9 ranked UFC veteran lightweight, Jim Miller. Miller is the kind of fighter who has been a perennial contender, ranked in the top 10 of the division for years after his incredible 7 fight win streak from 2009 to 2011. Most recently, Miller ran into a road block in his career after losing to Ben Henderson, and Nate Diaz in 2 of his last 6 fights. Still ranked at #9, Miller is looking to put together a win streak and get his name in the title picture again. At UFC 168, Miller submitted Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blackbelt, Fabricio Camoes in the first round. 

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Travis Browne: Closer than Ever Before

April 18th, 2014 at 12:37 PM
By Steven J Cavagnino

The heavyweight division of any combat sport is, and will always be, the premiere weight class. In the times before the explosion of MMA, heavyweight boxers like Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Mike Tyson were not only boxers and athletes, they were celebrities. Sure, Roberto Duran or Bernard Hopkins were famous, but it was the heavyweights the truly achieved that superstar status. The same can be said now that MMA has established itself in the main stream. Sure, there are dozens of show-stopping, talented-beyond-belief, lighter weight fighters in the UFC, but nothing sells tickets like when the heavyweight title is on the line. 

On Saturday, though the title is not on the line, the ultra stacked UFC on Fox card will be headlined by a top 5 heavyweight fight when Travis ‘Hapa’ Browne takes on Fabricio ‘Vai Cavalo’ Werdum. With Werdum ranked at #2 and Browne at #3, it’s been unofficially predetermined that the winner of this fight will earn a title shot in their next fight. 

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