If UFC 205 is anything like the press conference…We are in for something special!

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If there was anything fans took away from the UFC 205 press conference Tuesday afternoon was that we are in for a real treat come Nov. 12th. Tuesday’s press conference was filled with UFC superstars, NYC fans and of course the Notorious One. Fans walked away ecstatic about the first UFC card to ever come the big apple and now its safe to say, we all agree with the title of UFC 205 “Can’t Wait!”

With the likes of Chris Weidman, Frankie Edgar and Joanna Jedrzejczyk all in attendance Conor McGregor to no surprise stole the show. He taunted Eddie Alvarez, he made it known how much he is worth, he simply asked the crowd “Who the f**k is that guy?” when Jeremy Stephens stated he was McGregor’s biggest competition. It was great it was what New York needed to get excited about this history event. Fans are going to pack Madison Square Garden to see if Conor McGregor can achieve what very few have done and that is to become a champion in two weight divisions. However, lets face it Eddie Alvarez is no walk in the park. The way he knocked out Rafael Dos Anjos and his wrestling skills proved he will be a big test for the Notorious one at the 155lb division. Conor predicted he would KO Alvarez inside the first round and Alvarez responded by saying “You know you have no chance” With all the UFC stars on stage the majority of questions were for Alvarez and McGregor which will mostly likely be the situation come Nov. 12th. With all the hype over 205 fans will be in for a historical event and will witness history in many ways. Will McGregor make history? Or will the Notorious one have deja vu of what happen with Nate Diaz? Only time will tell! Besides McGregor vs Alvarez UFC 205 will also feature Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Miesha Tate vs Raquel Pennington and many other exciting fights. Let me know your guys thoughts of the UFC 205 press conference and what are your predictions come fight night!

If you missed Tuesday’s press conference I have posted the link below!

 

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Nothing to lose and everything to gain!

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He looks to conquer the middleweight division and shake up the boxing world, the question is can he do it? Can he do what no other fighter has been able to do? Can he become the new face of Great Britain and their new champion? Only time will tell.

Live from the O2 arena in London, Kell Brook is going to try and do what no one has been able to do and beat the great GGG. He’s not trying to just survive the power punching of GGG he’s trying to beat GGG and do it in fashion. With both fighters looking to keep their perfect records they will have to come into tonights fight fully focused and no distractions. Kell Brook must be willing to out smart and out work GGG and fight the perfect fight. He must confuse GGG because Kell Brook is the more technical fighter and can easily outsmart the monster in GGG. However, GGG can change the whole fight based on his punching power. He can change the way the fight is going with that one punch, it will be Brook’s job to outbox and be the slicker fighter he is known for. One thing I have notice and I may be looking too far into it, GGG seemed to be more dehydrated and didn’t look the same as we usually see at yesterday’s weigh in. He wasn’t fully into being there it seemed and we didn’t see the smiling happy GGG we all know. Once again I maybe looking more into this than I should but it was something that caught my attention. Another thing I think GGG needs to do is stop talking and thinking about Canelo Alvarez. During the build up to this fight we have constantly heard GGG express his frustration towards Canelo for not fighting him. He needs to stop, He needs to stop because the fighter he is fighting tonight has the potential to come with more than what people think. GGG will need to be fully focus and ready to fight Kell Brook and worry about Canelo Alvarez later.

My prediction for tonight’s fight is a tough one in which I have been going back and forth for several days. Just yesterday I picked Kell Brook to win on an upset decision and this morning my pick change to GGG. However, going into a deep look at both fighters I have decided to stick with my gut instinct and believe GGG will win by 7th round knockout with Kell Brook putting on a wonder effort. Let me know your guys predictions!

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Can CM Punk prove he belongs in the UFC, while the world thinks he’s a joke?

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While most doubt him and most believe this is some kind of sick joke, CM Punk is out to prove he belongs in the UFC when he takes on Mickey Gall Saturday night at UFC 203. When CM Punk left the WWE back in 2015 to pursue a career in the UFC, the entire world reacted with mixed views. From harsh criticism to support from many celebrities, CM Punk will have his chance to erase all doubt and let the world know his career in the MMA world is not like the WWE…Fake!

There are many things that make this fight interesting. From the injuries delaying CM pro MMA debut to Mickey Gall calling out CM on Dana White’s “Looking for a fighter” there are many questions that need to be answered. Has CM Punk taken this serious? Is Mickey Gall a worthy enough opponent? What if he wins? What if he loses? All these questions will be answered tonight but I wanted to explain why these questions need to be answered. The fact that CM Punk has no background in MMA and is given a shot in the UFC makes people wonder. Since the WWE superstar has never had to work hard to get into the UFC is this something he is taken lightly? I honestly don’t think so because anyone who has been following CM knows the work ethic he has put into his training camp shows he taken this very serious. From learning how to throw a simple punch to actually sparring and working on ground and pound. CM is taken his MMA career very serious and wants to make a statement. I also believe not only will CM Punk have something to prove but Mickey Gall as well. Yes, CM has yet to have his first pro MMA bout but Mickey Gall has only two fights in which both ending in the first round against fighters who were not top contenders. So do I think Gall is a worthy opponent? Yes, because he at least has some experience but not too much to completely count out CM come Saturday night. Both need each other to prove they belong on the big stage of the UFC. I believe win or lose CM Punk will need put on a convincing performance that will make the UFC want to keep him and not drop like other athletes who tried a MMA Career.

In the end I believe CM Punk will put on a great performance showing the skills he has learned from his camp but I don’t think it will be enough. I’m picking Mickey Gall by second round submission in fight that no matter how it ends CM Punk will walk away the loser in the bout but the winner in the event. Let me know your guys predictions!

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Surprise Surprise Mother F**ker, The King Is Back!!!

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He went back into the lion’s den and did exactly what he said he would do Conor McGregor got revenge! In a classic fight Conor McGregor avenged his only defeat in the UFC by winning a close majority decisions over Nick Diaz at UFC 202. Fans walked away with their money well spent Saturday night as McGregor and Diaz put on arguably one of the best UFC fights in years. You could feel the excitement in the arena as the fighters walked into the octagon. With a line of security separating the two, the T-mobile Arena was a rock show.

As the first round started McGregor looked very calmed and seemed to gained Diaz respect again with his punching power and timing. McGregor dropped Diaz three times and seemed to be controlling the early rounds. In the third round McGregor seemed to tire himself out and Diaz took full advantage, applying pressure to McGregor on the cage and landing power shots. However, McGregor seemed to find his second wind in the fourth round and was able to counter Diaz and defend his take downs attempts. The final round was close but exciting with both men giving it their all and ended with Diaz finally getting a take down in the final 10 seconds. Both men showed much respect after the fight and it was The Notorious one edging out a majority  decision. Both fighters felt they won the fight but at the end the real winners were the fans. Whats next for McGregor? A third and final fight with Nate Diaz at 155 like McGregor mentioned? A rematch with Jose Aldo at 147? It’s going to be very interesting these next couple of weeks but congratulations to both Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz for amazing night in the MMA world!

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Mayhem erupts at UFC 202 Press Conference. Conor McGregor – “You’ll do f**k’in nothing!”

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It went 0-100 real quick Wednesday afternoon when the UFC 202 press conference for Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor spiraled out of control. With a whole a lot of F-bombs, middle fingers, cans throwing and Dana White saying “Sorry guys, see you Saturday” fans left the press conference in shock after what took place between Diaz and McGregor.

The press conference went under way with all the fighter from the co-main event and the main event in attendance except McGregor. McGregor showed up late as usual and when asked why he was late McGregor responded by saying ” I thought the press conference started at 1:30, but I am here now”. Everything seemed to be going smooth until Diaz who had just been asked a question about a third fight with the Notorious one if he were to lose Saturday, abruptly got up and left the stage as McGregor was giving his response. As Diaz was walking through the crowd with his camp Diaz yelled “F**k your whole team, how about that”. The two began to exchanging words with McGregor screaming “You’ll do f**k’in nothing! Get the f**k out!” Things went out of control when it appeared someone from Diaz team threw a bottle and caused McGregor to lose his cool. McGregor than grabbed every bottle on stage and threw it towards Diaz and his team. Dana White tried to stop McGregor but nothing was working at this point. The press conference ended with Dana White telling the crowd “Sorry guys, see you Saturday” and just like that the conference was over. No word yet on if anyone involved will be punished but one thing is for sure, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz just brought some extra heat to Vegas!

If you missed todays events I have posted the video of the UFC 202 press conference below.

 

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Diaz Vs. McGregor II Officially Fight Week!!

 

It is officially fight week in the UFC as Conor McGregor will look to avenge his only defeat in his UFC career against Nate Diaz. Nate and Conor will meet again after the two put on a classic battle back in March where Nate won by submitting the “Notorious One” in the second round. Both will be coming into the Octagon having a full training camp to prepare for each other. Both fighters have a lot to prove in the rematch and fans will be waiting to see how the fight will unfold. Fight week kicks off with the UFC 202 Press Conference Wednesday, August 17th and open workouts for the fighters Thursday. Fight week will end with the weigh-in Friday, August 19th at 7:00 pm ET/5:00 pm PT. The UFC 204 Press Conference will take place earlier that day at 5:00 pm ET/3:00 pm PT. You can watch these events on UFC.com or the official UFC Youtube page and other media outlets. If you haven’t been following the build up to the much anticipated rematch, the UFC “Bad Blood” special on Diaz vs McGregor II is worth the watch. I have attached the video above please let me know your guys thoughts are and who you are picking to come out victorious Saturday night!

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Terence Crawford and Danny Garcia exchange words over twitter…Can the fight be made?

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Boxing fans got some entertainment earlier today when boxing superstars Terence “Bud” Crawford and Danny “Swift” Garcia exchanged words over twitter  which gave fans some hope of seeing a fight between the two one day. Early Tuesday morning 140 pound champion Terence Crawford took to twitter to express his feelings towards Angel Garcia the father of 147 pound WBC champion Danny Garcia about video that was uploaded online late last month. In the video which was uploaded by FightHype, Angel Garcia is asked what he thought about Crawford’s previous bout with Viktor Postol. Angel Garcia responded by saying “Im not wasting my money on that” and HBO should quote “Be embarrassed”. He would later go on to say Crawford was a made up champion and the real champion (his son Danny) does not get any respect.

Early Monday morning Bud Crawford took twitter and told Danny Garcia directly “Yo dad said I’m a made up champion for beating the guy y’all was scared to fight”. Garcia responded by say “You doing what I did 3 years ago, I ain’t no little Gamboa or stiff Postal. I end careers check my track record”. The two would continue to go at each other through series of tweets with the 147 pound champion Garcia tweeting “Your fight did 50k buys lol if you wanna do real numbers and get defeated. Tell Bob to call Al”. Crawford came back  with something short and simple “no problem”.

With that said what do you guys think? Can this fight be made? Can Bob Arum and Al Haymon finally agree for a fight fans would love to see? I personally believe it can be done but find hard to believe it will because of how boxing politics still affect great fights from happening. The thought of Terence Crawford moving up to 147 pounds and challenging Danny Garcia for the WBC 147 pound title would be a fight I would choose to see over a match with Manny Pacquaio any day. Both champions both undefeated and both in their prime. My heart screams “Make the fight happen!” but my head screams back “Don’t waste your breathe”. You can read the back forth words between the two fighters on their twitter pages and the video of Angel Garcia on link below. Please let me know what you guys think thanks!!!

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Woodley with the “T-Wood Bomb” defeats Robbie Lawler in first round KO at UFC 201

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UFC 201 once again proved that in the Mixed Martial Arts world anything can happen and by anything I mean ANYTHING! Tyron Woodley did exactly what he said he would do and that was “Shock the World”by knocking out Ruthless Robbie Lawler in the first round of their welterweight title fight. In front of a jam packed crowd in Atlanta both Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley walked into the Octagon having all the respect in the world for each other. Being former teammates at American Top Team and never showing any hates towards each other, both knew the respect would be left at the steps of the Octagon as both were seeing to be the UFC Welterweight Champion.

As the first round began Lawler and Woodley circled each other, being very selective on their shots as both knew any mistake can cost them. Lawler who had been champion since beating Rory MacDonald in 2015, seemed to be very prepared to take on Woodley’s blitz game plan from the start. He fended off a takedown attempt by Woodley being very cautious to find any mistake in Woodley attack to counter.Well unfortunately for Lawler he was the one who made the one mistake and it cost him. Near the 2 minute mark Woodley fainted Lawler and landed a crushing right hand that floored Lawler into the cage. Woodley jumped right on top finishing Lawler with a series of punches before the referee stopped the fight. As the crowd stood in disbelief and Woodley celebrated around the octagon, Lawler struggled to stand up and understand what had happen. It was the only second time in his hall of fame career he had been stopped. When asked after the fight about the knockout, Lawler took the loss like the champion he is “I was sitting back more than I needed to instead of moving and he took advantage of it”.  Woodley wasted no time on what he wanted to do next as champion. He showed interest in fighting Nick Diaz who suspension is up in a couple of days for marijuana use and Georges St-Pierre who is rumored to be making a huge return after a three year lay off. Who would you guys like to see Tyron Woodley fight next? Rematch with Robbie Lawler? Slugfest with Nick Diaz? Or huge showdown with one of the best pound for pound fighters ever Georges St-Pierre? Dana White has some work to get done and we’ll be waiting to hear what is next for the new UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron “The Chosen One’ Woodley!

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Bud Crawford proves why he is the best at 140 pounds with an unanimous decision over Postol. Pacquiao next?

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After a slow start Terence “Bud” Crawford made easy work of Viktor Postol winning an unanimous decision Saturday night to become the undisputed junior welterweight champion at 140 pounds. Terrence seemed to take the first three rounds to figure out his opponent Viktor Postol before ultimately putting on a boxing clinic in front of a huge Las Vegas crowd at the MGM Grand. Going into Saturday night’s fight Crawford was the favorite in the sports books, however many boxing experiments had it as a 50/50 fight. With Postol height and power punching it was going to be interesting how the smaller Crawford would adapt and limit Postol punching power while finding his range. He made those adjustments using his southpaw stance and finding the proper range to utilize the power punches of Postol.

In the fifth round Crawford landed a left hand on the top of Postol’s head forcing he’s knee to touch the canvas and was ruled a knocked down. As the round continued the crowd erupted when Crawford landed another left hand wobbling Postol and forcing his glove to touch the canvas and causing a second knockdown. As the fight continued into the later rounds Crawford found his range tattooing Postol who seemed to be relying on one single shot. In the twelfth and final round Postol who was seeking for knockout after losing a point in the eleventh round for hitting behind the head, taunted Crawford into an exchange and Crawford was more than willing to. Landing shots which made Postol retreat, Crawford stuck his tongue out, grinned and waved his glove in the air as the crowd went crazy. Crawford went on to earn an unanimous decision victory being ahead on all three judges score cards 118-107, 118-107 and 117-108.

Going into the fight it had been speculated that if successful in victory, Crawford would line himself up for a PPV showdown in November with the great Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao who would be coming back from a brief retirement. When asked after the fight about the potential showdown with Pacquiao, Crawford told reporters “If thats what Bob Arum and my coaches want, than we will discuss it later”. A fight with Pacquiao would be huge for Crawford who is now closing in on the top 5 pound for pound list and could help set up bigger fights down the line. Crawford also mentioned if the fight does happen he will want Manny Pacquiao to drop down to the junior welterweight limit of 140 pounds and challenge him for his titles. This would be an interesting fight between two southpaws with one who is past his prime and the other who is barely entering his prime. Speed versus speed experience versus youth, Terence Crawford vs Manny Pacquiao is something boxing fans do not need but would love to see. The next few weeks should allow us to see how November will shape up!

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Diaz vs Mcgregor II UFC 202 Officially One Month Away

We are exactly one month away from UFC 202 Diaz vs McGregor II live in Las Vegas. Their first fight was a classic event. Nate Diaz took the fight on a eleven days notice after McGregor’s original opponent Rafael Dos Anjos pulled after the an injured foot. After news broke, Nate Diaz would be the replacement, the MMA world erupted with excitement. After Nate Diaz called out Conor in his last fight the world knew this would be an instant classic. Leading up to fight night, the trash talk between the two was more exciting than we have ever seen. In the fight McGregor appears to be taking it to Diaz with constant over hand rights busting up Diaz after the first round. 

However in the second round McGregor appeared to gas himself out and took an over hand left that stunned him and he never recovered. He tried for a take down and was submitted by a rear naked choke hold. Once Diaz vs McGregor II was announced for Aug 20 UFC 202, a fter Conor was pulled from UFC 200 due to not wanting to participate in press conference obligations, fans immediately became excited for the rematch. Now that we are exactly one month away the intensity will on grow. McGregor wanted to fight at the same weight to prove the first fight was a learning process. On Aug 20 we will see if those changes will overcome Nate Diaz. 

I personally believe Conor McGregor will make the proper adjustments and pull away with a victory setting up an amazing trilogy. Let the countdown begin, Aug 20th can’t come soon enough!

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