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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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The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale Main Card Results and Recaps

April 17th, 2014 at 2:52 PM
By Steven J Cavagnino

Dustin Poirer defeats Akira Corrisani via TKO in Round 2

The first fight of the main card was quite the barn burner as both Poirer and Corrisani came to slug it out. After being caught with a stuff jab early in the first round, Poirer seemed to have woken up from a slow start. The first round was nothing short of an all out slugfest, though, Poirer, in his usual fashion, was able to avoid most of Corrisani’s hard shots and deliver the more damaging blows. By the end of the first round, it was Poirer who was controlling the tempo and out landing Corrisani. It took Poirer less than a minute in the second round to deliver a massive uppercut to Corrisani. In obvious pain, Corisanni fell to the mat in a defensive posture, and Poirer never let him get back up. The ref called the fight in that moment, rewarding Poirer with his 3rd straight win. 

Chad Laprise defeats Olivier Aubin-Mercier via Unanimous Decision

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UFC Fighter Dustin Poirer Making a Case for a Featherweight Title Run

April 16th, 2014 at 2:18 PM
By Steven J Cavagnino

With the TUF Natons finale card quickly approaching tonight, one main card fighter has quietly been staking a claim at the featherweight title. Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirer may be the most overlooked fighter on the main card tonight. With huge names like Kyle Noke, Patrick Cote, Michael Bisping and Tim Kennedy, Poirer’s fight has seem to be al but forgotten. Kicking off the main card in a bout against Akira Corassani, Poirer will look to add another win to his already stellar UFC record. 

Dustin Poirer came into the UFC after fighting for the WEC in both the featherweight and lightweight division. Entering the UFC with some style, Poirer was matched to fight Josh Grispi, a man who was supposed to be fighting for the featherweight title. That was until Poirer beat Grispi down and started to get the recognition he deserves. Following the Grispi fight, Poirer won three in a row, pushing his record to 4-0 in the UFC and earning him a shot against top ten fighter, Chan Sung Jung. 

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The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale Main Event Preview and Breakdown

April 14th, 2014 at 12:05 PM
By Steven J Cavagnino

In the second season featuring two international teams, The Ultimate Fighter Nations pitted Team Canada against Team Australia. This Wednesday, April 16th, the tournament will showcase it’s finale, featuring two Canada vs. Australia match-ups. Not only will the finalists of TUF put on a show, but each respective coach will battle it out as well. Team Canada’s coach, UFC veteran and former title challenger, Patrick Cote, will look to continue making his mark in the 170 pound division when he takes on another former middleweight-turned-welterweight in Australia’s head coach, Kyle Noke.

As if two finale fights and a coaches fight wasn’t enough, the main event of the night will feature two experienced Middleweights in Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping and Tim Kennedy. Bisping, always a fan favorite, is about as veteran a UFC fighter as they come, and will look to create a two fight win streak with a win over Army veteran and former Strikeforce title challenger, Tim Kennedy

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Ronda Rousey Vs. Alexis Davis Announced for UFC 175

April 13th, 2014 at 10:00 AM
By Steven J Cavagnino

'Ronda Rousey Over Misha Tate Says Vegas Line' photo (c) 2013, Zennie Abraham - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

The UFC announced yesterday, that woman’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, will next put her belt up against surging contender Alexis Davis. The fight will take place July 5th in Las Vegas Nevada. There has been a huge amount of news following Rousey’s next fight, with names like Gina Carano, Cris Cyborg and Cat Zingano being thrown out. Fans and media alike divided amongst themselves to campaign for which fighter they think is most deserved. Seemingly out of the blue, the UFC threw out a curveball and officially dubbed Davis as the next title challenger. 

Davis, a Canadian veteran, has 21 pro fights and, following a win over Jessica Eye, sits at 16-5 in her career. Davis hasn’t lost in 2 years and is on a 5 fight win streak. Davis is 3-0 since entering the UFC, a streak that obviously impressed the UFC brass enough to reward her with a title shot. Davis last fought at UFC 170, which saw her opponent, Ronda Rousey win via first round TKO over Sara McMann. 

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