Opinion: Top Knockouts of 2018 – December

Bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes shocks the world and finishes featherweight champ Cris Cyborg by knockout to become the first women’s “champ champ” at UFC 232 on December 29th

Louis Taylor floors Abus Magomedov to win the middleweight title and $1 million dollars at PFL 11 on December 31st

Uriah Hall storms back in the 3rd round and drops newcomer Bevon Lewis with a right hook at UFC 232 on December 29th

Joaquim Silva puts Jared Gordon out on his feet @ UFC Fight Night: Milwaukee on December 15th

Edson Barboza wins the war against Dan Hooker @ UFC Fight Night: Milwaukee on December 15th

Alen Amedovski does it again, stopping Ibrahim Mane early @ Bellator 211 on December 1st

Dheigo Lima gets back in the win column with a walk-off KO of Chad Laprise @ UFC 231 on December 8th

 

 

 

Kent Kauppinen stuns the Italian crowd with his knockout of Alessio Sakara @ Bellator 211 on December 1st

 

Opinion: Top Knockouts of 2018 – November

My knockout of the year: Yair ‘El Pantera’ Rodríguez lands an upward elbow with 1 second left in the 5th round to finish ‘The Korean Zombie’ @ UFC Fight Night: Denver on November 10th

Kailan Hill lands knockout of the year contender, making my list for the third time @ LFA 54 on November 16th

Santiago Ponzinibbio knocks out Neil Magny in his home country @ UFC Fight Night: Argentina on November 17th

Johnny Walker with short elbows to the temple to put down Khalil Rountree, Jr. @ UFC Fight Night: Argentina on November 17th

Moses Murrietta folds Sidiah Parker @ LFA 54 on November 16th

Ronaldo ‘Jacaré’ Souza knocks out Chris Weidman @ UFC 230 on November 3rd

Austin Lingo starches Aaron Webb @ LFA 55 on November 30th

Top Knockouts of 2018 – October

Mandel Nallo with a knee to the chin of Carrington Banks @ Bellator 207 on October 12th

Don Madge debuts with a perfect head kick KO on Te Edwards @ UFC Fight Night: Moncton on October 27th

Josh ‘Cuddly Bear’ Copeland punches his way to the heavyweight finals @ PFL 8 on October 5th

When Derrick Lewis coined the phrase “My Balls Was Hot” with a come from behind knockout of Alexander Volkov @ UFC 229 on October 6th

Anthony Rocco Martin with the head kick KO to start the night off @ UFC 229 on October 6th

And finally, Khabib’s flying eagle on Dillon Danis @ UFC 229

Opinion: Top Knockouts of 2018 – September

Kailin Hill does it again, a superman punch into a flying knee knockout against Adam Fugitt @ LFA 51 on September 28th

Geoff Neal with the head kick KO on Frank Camacho @ UFC 228 on September 8th

AJ McKee deads John Macapá @ Bellator 205 on September 21st

Jéssica Andrade knocks out Karolina Kowalkiewicz @ UFC 228 on September 8th

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos lands a flying knee and follows it up with a knockout @ UFC Fight Night: Sao Paulo on September 22nd

Report: UFC sign wrestling standout Deron Winn

It has been confirmed that the UFC has secured a deal with highly touted MMA prospect and wrestling standout, Deron Winn.

The AKA team member got somewhat of a spotlight at Golden Boy Promotions last month with a victory over UFC veteran Tom Lawlor. The 29 year old Winn was previously 4-0 with four first-round TKO’s.

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We got to see his impressive cardio when he took Lawlor the distance, winning via unanimous decision. He is only 5′ 7” and was fighting at light heavyweight, but it looks like he wants to cut to middleweight for his UFC debut. He was also an assistant wrestling coach on The Ultimate Fighter 27 for Team Cormier.

His wrestling credentials are endless, and he was great from the start, going 163-6 throughout high school, winning the high school state title three times, a two time Junior College National Champion, and three-time All-American, just to name a few, with countless international tournament places.

It’ll be exciting to see how he does in the UFC.

Report: Rockhold talks about his move to light heavyweight

Luke Rockhold recently went on Submission Radio and discussed his plans for 2019 and it involves a move to the light heavyweight division. He talked about his most recent fight booking and cancellation, a rematch with Chris Weidman, stating he had a small ACL and PCL tear, and he is still rehabbing his knee until it is 100%, then said he is coming for the 205 lb division.

He expressed that he is unimpressed with the UFC light heavyweight division and called fellow contenders Thiago Santos and Anthony Smith “middleweight washouts that are sloppy in so many ways”. When asked about Anthony Smith getting the next title shot at 205lbs, he said he didn’t look good in his last fight and claimed he looked like a ‘bum’. I think it’s safe to say Luke won’t be making any friends at light heavyweight as of yet.

Rockhold also mentioned he would like one or two fights before a title shot as he wants to be comfortable in the division. He stated the move is long overdue and he is tired of compromising his body to make 185lbs as it gets hard towards the end and makes his body shut down so a move to light heavyweight may be refreshing.

Opinion: All four of Luke’s losses are via knockout, I don’t think they hit any softer at light heavyweight. However, perhaps the division isn’t as stacked as middleweight and as Luke said, he won’t be killing his body. Time will tell if this was the right move.

Opinion: Top Knockouts of 2018 – August

Eryk Anders with the walk-off head kick KO as the round ends against Tim Williams @ UFC Fight Night: Lincoln on August 25th

Justin Gaethje obliterates James Vick @ UFC Fight Night: Lincoln on August 25th

Ricky Bandejas knocks out James Gallagher, handing him his first professional loss @ Bellator 204 on August 17th

Alexandre ‘Popo’ Bezerra lands a flying knee to knock out Magomed Idrisov @ PFL 7 on August 30th

Sadibou Sy finishes Caio Magalhaes @ PFL 7 on August 30th

Opinion: Top Knockouts of 2018 – July

Kailin Hill lands a vicious head kick KO to start off LFA 45 on July 20th

Niko Price with the hammerfist knockout from the bottom @ UFC Fight Night: Boise on July 14th

Light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier becomes the second double champ in UFC history with his knockout of heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic @ UFC 226 on July 7th

Anthony Smith takes out a legend @ UFC Fight Night: Hamburg on July 22nd

Cristian Torres lands an uppercut from hell on Dashawn Boatwright @ LFA 46 on July 27th

Andrey Koreshkov spinning back kick’s the hell out of Vaso Bakocevic @ Bellator 203 on July 14th

Jose Aldo ends Jeremy Stephens’ night early with a liver shot @ UFC Fight Night: Calgary on July 28th

Michele Martignoni ties for fastest knockout in Bellator history @ Bellator 203 on July 14th

Raoni Barcelos is successful in his debut with a vicious combo against Kurt Holobaugh @ UFC Fight Night: Boise on July 14th

Opinion: Top Knockouts of 2018 – June

Alex Nicholson and Kelvin Tiller both score two of my favorite knockouts of the year @ PFL1 on June 7th

Marlon Moraes ends Jimmie Rivera’s night 33 seconds into the fight @ UFC Fight Night: Utica on June 1st

Brendan Allen faceplants Larry Crowe @ LFA 43 on June 22nd

Anthony Smith crumples Rashad Evans with a vicious knee @ UFC 225 on June 9th

Juan Archuleta uncorks a monster right hand to end Robbie Peralta’s night @ Bellator 201 on June 28th

Josh Parisian lands a spinning back fist to put Greg Rebello out on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on June 26th

Petr Yan has a successful debut against Teruto Ishihara @ UFC Fight Night: Singapore on June 23rd

Betting: UFC on FOX 31 – Lee vs. Iaquinta Predictions

It is nearly time for the fights and we have last minute predictions to help you beat the bookies. Following last weeks success rate of over 65% and 5 exact picks, including the main event, we aim to give you another week of exceptional profit.

Main Event: Kevin Lee vs Al Iaquinta.

Taking place short of 5 years after their first meeting, Kevin Lee takes on Al Iaquinta in a pivitol lightweight match up, more so for the ‘Motown Phenom’, as he aims to get himself right in the middle of the title picture. In the first bout, Iaquinta was victorious in what was an extremely close decision victory. While it was Lee’s first fight inside the octagon, he did show extreme promise with an impressive display, despite loss at only 21 years old. While Iaquinta did eventually come out on top, Lee did spend a large portion of round 2 behind Raging Al’s back, threatening a finish.

 

I believe this second fight will be much much different. While Kevin Lee has grown leaps and bounds, Iaquinta, I believe is still largely the same fighter he was in 2014. Although showing a good performance against Khabib, he still was beaten comfortably in the end. I believe the road to victory here is clear. Lee will out grapple Iaquinta and look for his back where he will get the RNC. Iaquinta I believe does not have the advantage in any area of this fight, however, he will have the required power to put Lee’s lights out. Unless Iaquinta is able to land a huge punch on Lee, I see him being out grappled and submitted.

Kevin Lee def Iaquinta via Submission (Round 4)

Other main card picks:

  • Edson Barboza def. Dan Hooker via Decision.
  • Rob Font def. Sergio Pettis via TKO (Round 3)

Charles Oliveira def. Jim Miller via Submission (Round 2)

Fox Sports 1 Prelims

  • Dwight Grant def. Zak Ottow via TKO (Round 3)
  • Drakkar Klose def Bobby Green via Dec
  • Jared Gordon def. Jaoquim Silva via Dec.
  • Zak Cummings def. Trevor Smith via Sub (Round 3)
  • Gerald Meershchaert def Jack Hermansson via TKO (Round 2)
  • Dan Ige def. Jordan Griffin via Decision

     Fight Pass Prelims

  • Adam Milstead def. Mike Rodriguez via Decision.
  • Zak Cummings def. Trevor Smith via Decision
  • Juan Adams def. Chris De La Rocha via TKO (Round 1)