Opinion: ‘Don’t Sleep On This’ – UFC Milwaukee Edition: Jessica-Rose Clark Vs. Andrea Lee

‘Don’t Sleep on This’ is a new segment I’m going to pump out leading up to every card about a fighter and/or matchup that should not be missed (a/k/a slept on).

On this weekend’s FS1 prelims, we’ll get a marquee women’s flyweight matchup that should certainly have title implications for the winner. #10-ranked Jessica-Rose Clark will face #15-ranked Andrea ‘KGB’ Lee, two of the division’s most talked about fighters. Clark is looking to bounce back from her first loss since she ripped off a three-fight winning streak; as Lee is looking to continue her five-fight winning streak after winning her UFC debut in May.

InvictaFC vet Jessica-Rose Clark a/k/a Jessy Jess joined the UFC in November of last year and debuted with a split decision win over fellow Aussie Bec Rawlings at UFC Fight Night 121; two months later she came away with an impressive win against Paige VanZant. This past June, Clark dropped a decision against flyweight upstart Jessica Eye. Clark has decided to switch up camps for this fight, leaving Syndicate MMA, a decision that also prompted her to quit alcohol.

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Andrea Lee is also a former InvictaFC fighter, as well as being the former LFC and LFA women’s flyweight champion. Lee made her debut at UFC Fight Night 129 this past May and picked up a fairly dominant unanimous decision win against Veronica Macedo. 

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In August, Lee was a victim of domestic violence, and addressed the incident, looking forward to getting back in the cage. As someone who experienced domestic violence herself, Jessica-Rose Clark offered Lee ‘sanctuary’ after the incident, even though she doesn’t know Lee personally herself. This fight also comes up not too long after another domestic abuse incident involving fellow UFC fighter Rachael Ostovich surfaced. On top of these ladies being world-class athletes and training nearly all year round, you have to admire their strength in these unfortunate situations. I’m looking forward to this fight for many reasons, but mostly because they’re going to go out there and put on a great fight. Warriors.

UFC on FOX 31: Lee Vs. Iaquinta 2 prelims air on Fox Sports 1 @ 5:00PM ET/2:00PM PT.

Opinion: ‘Don’t Sleep On This’ UFC Argentina Edition – Neil Magny vs Santiago Ponzinibbio

‘Don’t Sleep on This’ is a new segment I’m going to pump out leading up to every card about a fighter and/or matchup that should not be missed (a/k/a slept on). The UFC will visit Argentina for the first time in the promotion’s history, as native Santiago Ponzinibbio will face off against Neil Magny in the main event.

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Opinion: “Don’t Sleep On This” UFC Moncton Edition – Volkan Oezdemir Vs. Anthony Smith

“Don’t Sleep on This” is a new segment I’m going to pump out leading up to every card about a fighter and/or matchup that should not be missed (a/k/a slept on).

This weekend the UFC is back after the drama that unfolded 3 weeks ago at UFC 229. This is the promotion’s first time in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, and the fans there will get to see a main event involving two of the UFCs heaviest hitters. Former title challenger and #2 ranked Volkan ‘No Time’ Oezdemir will take on former middleweight and #10 ranked Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith.

Anthony Smith is a journeyman. With over 40 professional fights to his name, including bouts with promotions Strikeforce, Bellator, CFFC, RFA and others, Smith’s first stint with the UFC only lasted one fight. Smith found his way back to the UFC after going on 7-fight win streak and finishing 6 of those 7 opponents. Since returning, Smith has gone 6-2 with 5 finishes, taking out Ultimate Fighter winner Andrew Sanchez (which was a great comeback fight), former Bellator champ Hector Lombard and former champions and future HOF’ers Rashad Evans and Shogun Rua. Smith’s two fights at light heavyweight ended in the first round, and were devastating knockouts.

Volkan Oezdemir seems like he came out of nowhere when he was picked up by the UFC. A former kickboxer and Bellator fighter, Volkan made his debut last year and won a split decision against former title challenger Ovince Saint Preux. In his next fight, he stopped the hype train and 8-fight win streak of Misha Cirkunov and then dropped title contender Jimi Manuwa. Both of those fights ended in under a minute, which explains the nickname ‘No Time’. In January, Volkan challenged the champion Daniel Cormier, but was stopped in the 2nd round.

If you’re a betting man, count on this fight not making it to a second round. Smith has been more active, this will be his fourth fight this year and third fight in the last five months, while Volkan is nine months removed from his last fight due to Visa issues. Will ‘Lionheart’ keep his body count going or will Volkan finish him in ‘No Time’? Don’t blink.

UFC Moncton begins on UFC Fight Pass @ 6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT and continues with the prelims on Fox Sports 2 @ 8:00PM ET/5:00PM PT followed by the main card on Fox Sports 1 @ 10:00PM ET/7:00PM PT.

Opinion: “Don’t Sleep On This” UFC Sao Paulo Edition – Randa Markos, Gillian Robertson, Livia Renata Souza

“Don’t Sleep On This” is a segment produced in the lead up to every UFC card focussing on a fighter(s) and/or matchup(s) that should not be missed (a/k/a slept on).

This week we’re talking about a few of the women in the strawweight and flyweight division. Randa ‘Quiet Storm’ Markos is looking to stop alternating wins and losses, Gillian ‘The Savage’ Robertson is looking to add to her submission pedigree with a fourth straight win and Livia Renata Souza, ‘The Brazilian Gangster’, makes her awaited UFC debut after holding the strawweight championship over in Invicta FC.

Randa Markos has alternated wins and losses since late 2013, with her most recent being a decision loss to Nina Ansaroff. History says you should bet your money on a Markos win Saturday night. Markos came into the UFC during the Ultimate Fighter’s strawweight champion crowning season, defeating strawweight contenders Tecia Torres and Felice Herrig before falling short to current strawweight champion Rose Namajunas in the semi-finals. Markos has wins over Aisling Daly, Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger, Juliana Lima and former strawweight champ Carla Esparza. Markos will face undefeated Marina Rodriguez, who is coming off a win on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Brazil just over a month ago. Markos looks to get back on the winning track after a couple tough split decision losses and then will try put together her first winning streak in 5 years. Markos and Rodriguez will open up the portion of the main card on FS1.

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American Top Team’s Gillian Robertson has quietly put together a 3-fight win streak, two of those with the UFC, all by submission. Robertson was one of the fighters on during the flyweight champion crowning season of the Ultimate Fighter, losing to Barb Honchak in the opening round. Since then, Robertson has submitted Emily Whitmire and most recently stopped the hype train of Molly ‘Meatball’ McCann, the Cage Warriors flyweight champion, with a submission this past May. I believe Robertson is a sleeper in the flyweight division; her slick ground game is really impressive, and it showed heavily in her last two recent bouts. Robertson’s opponent, Mayra Bueno Silva, is also coming off a win on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Brazil last month and is undefeated at 4-0.

Also taking place on the Fight Pass prelims, former Invicta FC strawweight champion Livia Renata Souza will be making her UFC debut. Scheduled to make her debut in February, a hand injury forced Souza out of that bout and she’s now slated to fight this weekend against Alex Chambers. Souza went 11-1 in Invicta, her only loss coming in a title fight against current strawweight Angela Hill. With nine finishes to her résumé, Souza is looking to come in and make an impact in the strawweight division. Alex Chambers, a former Invicta fighter herself, is 1-3 in the UFC and hasn’t fought in almost a year.

UFC Fight Night 137: Santos Vs. Anders begins on UFC Fight Pass @ 6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT and continues on Fox Sports 1 with the main card starting @ 10:30PM ET/7:30PM PT.

Opinion: “Don’t Sleep On This” UFC Moscow Edition

“Don’t Sleep On This” is a new segment, produced in the lead up to every UFC card focussing on a fighter and/or matchup that should not be missed (aka slept on). This week we’re talking about and previewing an entire card. The UFC visits Russia for the first time in the organization’s history and if you don’t already have UFC Fight Pass, now is the time to subscribe.

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Recap & Highlights: DWTNCS2, Week 8 – Hardy scores another quick knockout while Moffett, Nzechukwu & Smith get contracts

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series concluded season 2 tonight. This will be the last we see of it on UFC Fight Pass, as next season things will switch over to ESPN+.

Week 8 was headlined by controversial heavyweight knockout machine Greg Hardy, who was having his second fight of the season after winning a developmental contract in week 1. Current CFFC lightweight champion Joe Lowry was the co-headliner and LFA vet Bobby Moffett filled out the rest of the card. Here’s who scored contracts on the last week of season 2:

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Live Results – UFC Hamburg: Shogun Vs. Smith

Sunday, July 22nd 2018, Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany

The UFC returns to Hamburg, Germany today for the first time since UFC Fight Night 93: Arlovski Vs. Barnett. Maurício ‘Shogun’ Rua, who could be fighting for a title shot according to Daniel Cormier, takes a three-fight win streak into a short notice fight against Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith. Smith is looking to crack into the rankings with a win after Shogun’s original opponent, Volkan Oezdemir, was pulled in favor of a bout at UFC 227.

Glover Teixeira is looking to pick up his second win in a row and keep his name in title shot contention with a win over Corey Anderson, who was also a short notice replacement after Ilir Latifi had to pull out with an injury. There are also some fun debuts on the card, including former WSOF fighter Abu Azaitar and former Cage Warriors featherweight champion Nad Narimani.

The early prelims kick off on UFC Fight Pass @ 10:30AM ET/7:30AM PT then move to FOX Sports 1 for the prelims @ 12:00PM ET/9:00AM PT and continue with the main card @ 2:00PM ET/11:00AM PT.

Full results below:

Main Card (FOX Sports 1 2:00PM ET/11:00AM PT)

  • Light Heavyweight bout: Anthony Smith def. Maurício ‘Shogun’ Rua via KO (punches) (R1, 1:29)
  • Light Heavyweight bout: Corey Anderson def. Glover Teixeira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Middlewieght bout: Abu Azaitar def. Vitor Miranda via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Heavyweight bout: Marcin Tybura def. Stefan Struve via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Welterweight bout: Danny Roberts def. David Zawada via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Lightweight bout: Nasrat Haqparast def. Marc Diakiese via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1 12:00PM ET/9:00AM PT)

  • Lightweight bout: Damir Hadzovic def. Nick Hein via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Welterweight bout: Bartosz Fabinski def. Emil Meek via unaniumous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Featherweight bout: Nad Narimani def. Khalid Taha via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Light Heavyweight bout: Aleksandar Rakic def. Justin Ledet via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-24, 30-24)

Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass 10:30AM ET/7:30AM PT)

  • Bantamweight bout: Manny Bermudez def. Davey Grant via technical submission (triangle choke) (R1, 0:59)
  • Light Heavyweight bout: Darko Stosic def. Jeremy Kimball via TKO (punches) (R1, 3:13)
  • Bantamweight bout: Pingyuan Liu def. Damian Stasiak via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)