Opinion: Nobody In The UFC Can Beat Tyron Woodley

At UFC 228, welterweight’s front-runner Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley has defended his belt successfully for the fourth time, against the #1 contender from England Darren Till. Woodley made the fight look easy and landed a right hook to drop Till in the second round, forcing ground and pound upon him before sinking in a D’arce choke and getting the job done in style.

“The Chosen One” has been under criticism for his recent performances after claiming the belt from Robbie Lawler, when he knocked out Lawler in explosive fashion. Many people think he fights too safe for it to be entertaining. However, Woodley banks over $500k per title defence so who can blame him? But let’s take a look at Woodley’s title defences and see why he has played it so “safe”.

Tyron Woodley vs Stephen Thompson 1&2

Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson is a striking maestro of the highest order. A legit karate expert who has converted to MMA and become one of the best fighters on the MMA leaders roster. Before he met Woodley had a 13-1 record and was riding a six-fight win streak where he beat the likes of Robert Whittaker, Johnny Hendricks and Rory McDonald.

In both of the fights, it was slow and calculated with both athletes trying to find their way in to strike each other. Made slower by the fact they are both predominately counter strikers. What we saw was two of the UFC’s top strikers in a chess match of striking without the risk of getting clouted on the chin with a knockout counter shot. The first fight was a majority draw (meaning Woodley retained the belt) and the second fight Woodley won the decision.

Tyron Woodley vs Demian Maia

Demian Maia is possibly the greatest submission expert we have seen inside the UFC since Royce Gracie. There is something quite incredible when you watch Maia get his opponent to the ground and wrap himself around them in a boa constrictor fashion and sink in an unforgiving submission to offer his opponent two options, tap or say goodnight. Prior to fighting Woodley, Maia was on a six-fight win streak where he submitted Niel Magny, Carlos Condit and Matt Brown all by rear naked choke.

So in this fight, it was clear Woodley wanted to avoid the ground game by all costs, a fact that somewhat suppressed his striking prowess as takedowns are much easier to secure on a wild swinging opponent. Despite what seemed like four million takedown attempts, Maia was unable to take down the champion and was forced to show his CM Punk style striking skills where Woodley was able to counter effectively and secure another title defence over a top contender.

So Woodley felt like he had a point to prove against Darren Till and he did just that as previously stated. I think we can all appreciate what an outstanding champion Woodley is. Explosive striking, legit wrestling and now a Brazilian Ju-jitsu black belt are all weapons “The Chosen One” has in his arsenal and he reads the fight game better than anyone in the welterweight division.

I think we will see Woodley as the welterweight champion for a long time and am very excited to see him defend the belt and compete for years to come!

Ryan Cambridge

 

News: Kevin Lee – “Khabib’s just got the same holes that I’ve been seeing for years…he’s going to get slept”

I think all MMA fans have a similar idea of the strengths both lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor posses and each fighters key to victory is quite clear, Khabib has the advantage on the floor and wrestling and “The Notorious” has an advantage in the striking department.

Kevin Lee has had his say on the upcoming encounter: “I think Conor’s probably going to sleep him,” Lee said on MMAjunkie Radio. “I’m just looking at the matchup and how the styles is, and especially with someone like Khabib. Khabib’s just got the same holes that I’ve been seeing for years and years and years. And I know Conor’s been seeing them, too. So, when you see those holes, and they’re not getting at least a little closed, then he’s going to get slept.”

Lee pointed out that he sees holes in the Russians game which appeared when the champion fought Al Iaquinta at UFC 223. Despite a very dominant performance, the mauling Russian was met with significate criticism with regards to his striking arsenal and how a stand-up fighter could pose significant damage to the champion.

“Khabib misses a lot of shots, too,” said Lee. “(If) you look at his film, his actual stand-up wrestling and transition game is trash.”

Will Nurmagomedov’s weaknesses be used against a striker like  McGregor? That is the biggest question right now. Lee doesn’t hesitate to describe what will happen if the champ is successful in taking down McGregor.

“I don’t see him finishing him. He’s going to beat the hell out of him, and he might break Conor’s spirit, because Conor can be broken, but I think Conor might be already kind of expecting that. And when something like that happens and you expect it, I don’t think it breaks you as easily.”

Lee did, however point out how McGregor has not been too serious in MMA recently and training boxing and having holidays but nobody knows what happens behind closed doors.

“There are some x-factors in there, with Conor having just trained for a boxing match and that being his focus for a long time,” Lee said. “That’s a different type of pressure than when someone’s really trying to take you down. You can’t just swing at his head. You can’t just swing all out. But, I don’t know, I still think Conor’s going to catch him at one point.”

We are not far away from getting the answers to the questions every MMA fan in the world has and the biggest fight in UFC lightweight history will in fact finally go down!

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Ryan Cambridge

News: Jimi Manuwa had to be persuaded to take Santos fight

Jimi “Poster Boy” Manuwa was scheduled to fight the ever-fleeing Glover Teixeira at UFC Sao Paulo on September 22nd but Teixeira had to withdraw from the fight due to a shoulder injury leaving the fifth-ranked light heavyweight without a dancing partner for the main event. Continue reading “News: Jimi Manuwa had to be persuaded to take Santos fight”

Meet The Fighters Who Gained Immediate Contracts From Season 2 Of The Contender Series

Season two of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series has come to a close and once again we have been treated to a tremendous summer of fights to dwindle away our Tuesday evenings. Over the duration of eight weeks,  33 of the 40 scheduled bouts ended before the judges were called into play, smashing last seasons record of 25 finishes. As we know, Dana White cannot sign every fighter who wins to the ever growing roster of the UFC, but a staggering 23 fighters where handed immediate contracts and others have been called up on short notice opportunities. In this article we will take a look at the 23 fighters who won contracts directly after the show, and I have even been fortunate enough to catch up with some of the fighters for a quick interview to see how they are feeling after achieving the dream of every mixed martial artist on the planet!

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Fight Preview: Tyron Woodley vs Darren Till At UFC 228

Two years after Tyron Woodley shocked the world and obliterated the former UFC welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler, he has his fourth opportunity to defend his belt against the English brawler Darren Till. In this article, we will take a look at both fighters as we wait patiently for UFC 228.

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Breaking: McGregor vs Khabib Announced At The UFC 25 Year Anniversary Presser

Prior to the ceremonial weigh-ins, the UFC held their seasonal press conference to announce the fights coming up in 2018.

Yes, you read the title correctly, at UFC 229 in Las Vegas the current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Numagomedov will face off against “The Notorious Conor Mcgregor on October 6th.

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MMAMotion Week In Focus #2

Another week in the crazy world of MMA, we have had UFC Calgary with a crazy card, Conor Mcgregor has had his court hearing, Bellator adding multiple fighters to their roster and Dana Whites Tuesday Night Contender Series once again lives up to expectations. In this article, we will take a quick look at the main things that happened in mixed martial arts last week.

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Report: BT Sports Lose UFC Rights

BT have lost the rights to broadcast UFC events after walking away from a bidding war. “We won’t bid any more than the rights are worth to us”, a spokesperson from BT told the BBC.

BT Sports currently spends around £1 billion a year on sports rights, such as the Premier League and Champions League football, a figure which many investors have criticised.

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Opinion: What Next For The Defeated From UFC Calgary

With a card that could of easily fit under the Main Event at a PPV, UFC Calgary was always going to be an entertaining night of fights and it certainly lived up to the expectations of many. In this article, we will look at who the UFC could match up next for the fighters who failed to get their hands raised on the main card.

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Bellator Add 22 Europeans To Their Roster

Finally, a promotion looks to be making use of all the incredible talent Europe has to offer. Bellator MMA have dropped contracts in the pockets of 22 of Europe’s top fighters, in a bid which will hopefully get some more eyes looking over to their events.

Former UFC fighters Norman Parke and Jim Wallhead are two of the more well-known fighters picking up contracts while TUF Undefeated participant Richie Smullen also hopes that Bellator will take him to greener pastures.

Joining them will be some of the best talent BAMMA has to offer including two weight champion Terry Brazier and undefeated SBG trained welterweight, Kiefer Crosbie.

With further signing announcements expected, the full list of European talent snatched up by Bellator currently looks like this:

Featherweight

• Dylan Logan (2-3) fighting out of Ireland
• Nathan Rose (6-1) fighting out of England

Lightweight

• Terry Brazier (10-1) fighting out of England
• Pedro Carvalho (8-3) fighting out of Ireland, by way of Portugal
• Constantin Gnusariev (1-0) fighting out of Ireland, by way of Moldova
• Luka Jelcic (10-3) fighting out of Ireland, by way of Croatia
• Charlie Leary (15-9-1) fighting out of England
• Norman Parke (25-6-1, 1 NC) fighting out of Northern Ireland
• Myles Price (10-7) fighting out of Ireland
• Daniele Scatizzi (9-4) fighting out Ireland, by way of Italy
• Sam Slater (2-0) fighting out of Ireland
• Richie Smullen (3-1-1) fighting out of Ireland
• Tim Wilde (12-3) fighting out of England

Welterweight

• Ruben Crawford (16-3) fighting out of Ireland, by way of Germany
• Kiefer Crosbie (4-0) fighting out of Ireland
• Walter Gahadza (17-3) fighting out of England
• Richard Kiely (2-1) fighting out of Ireland
• Ion Pascu (18-8) fighting out of Ireland, by way of Romania
• Jim Wallhead (29-11) fighting out of England

Middleweight

• Claudio Conti (7-5-2) fighting out of Ireland, by way of Italy
• John Redmond (7-13) fighting out of Ireland

Women’s Flyweight

• Antonela Orlic pro debut, fighting out of Ireland by way of Croatia

Ryan Cambridge