Georges St-Pierre Is A Horrible Matchup For Tyron Woodley

Over the past week, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has repeatedly stated that he wants to face Georges St-Pierre in his next fight. In fact, Tyron Woodley sent a tweet out on Saturday night where he said: “Let’s go @GeorgesStPierre no more running.” Although Tyron would like GSP as his next fight, he should think twice about that because it will be like the Rory MacDonald fight.

Throughout his MMA career, Tyron Woodley has shown a willingness to surrender octagon or cage space in an attempt to force the opponent to be the aggressor and close the distance. This strategy gives him a chance to pick up tendencies and defensive flaws he could exploit during the fight. For instance, during the fight against Kelvin Gastelum, Woodley realized that Gastelum wouldn’t move his right hand from the ribcage area. One would assume that Kelvin Gastelum’s decision to place the right hand by the ribcage; was because he wanted to have the hand in position to get an under hook just in case Woodley shot for a takedown. However, his decision meant that he was leaving the right side of his face exposed to be hit. As a result, Woodley developed a game plan where he would repeatedly target the exposed side of Gastelum’s face. For example, Tyron Woodley would continuously faint or throw the left jab followed by the overhand right to that side of the face. Eventually, the game plan helped Tyron Woodley get a unanimous decision over Kelvin Gastelum.

Kelvin Gastelum vs. Tyron Woodley

However, one can argue that Tyron Woodley’s fighting style will be the catalyst for him losing against Georges St-Pierre. This is because, over time, GSP has learned how to become good at every aspect of the game. A complete fighter, he has grown confident in his ability to hold his own and possibly succeed in every fight he takes on. A student of the sport, he also diligently watch tapes of the opponent and develops a game plan around their weakness. His second fight against Josh Koscheck alone displays not only his sheer dominance but also his uncanny ability to anticipate moves. Aware that Koscheck would shoot for a takedown to get the fight to the ground, he and his coach Firas Zahabi developed a game plan where they would make Koscheck think twice about regularly coming forward. As a result, they decided to feature a heavy diet of the left jab; this punch allows a fighter to stay active while being out of his opponents range. This strategy frustrated Koscheck because he was never able to get within reach to shoot for a takedown.

As a result of GSP being a complete fighter, it will be difficult for Tyron Woodley to find a weakness that he could exploit against St-Pierre. Therefore, he will spend a good portion of the fight with his back up against the fence trying to figure out when he should dart forward to throw the overhand right or get into grappling range. Unfortunately, Tyron Woodley used that strategy before against St-Pierre’s teammate Rory MacDonald. GSP will watch that fight and realized that the way to beat Woodley is by throwing a ton of left jabs while standing on the edge of the pocket. This is because it allows St-Pierre to land some strikes on Woodley without having to be in grappling range. Furthermore, it also gives GSP the option to circle out in either direction or take a few steps back out of range when Woodley darts forward.

Rory MacDonald vs Tyron Woodley UFC 174 Full Fight

How To Beat Khabib Nurmagomedov

Throughout his UFC career, Khabib Nurmagomedov has shown a tendency to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into grappling range. If Khabib is successful, he will throw the left jab followed by the right uppercut to get the opponent to raise their hands. When the adversary raises their hands, it gives Khabib an easy takedown attempt; because his foe will not have time to get the under hooks in to stop the takedown. Due to this, Nurmagomedov can quickly drop down to grab one or both of the opponent’s legs and start pushing him towards the fence. Once this process is complete, he will regrip the legs to attempt a takedown to get the fight to the ground. If he is successful, he will proceed to establish wrist control and try to land some ground and pound. Eventually, the referee is usually forced to stop the fight because the foe can’t block the punches thrown by Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Michael Johnson Fight Video – UFC 205 Prelim

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Darrell Horcher Fight Video – UFC on FOX 19

However, one can argue that Khabib Nurmagomedov’s fighting style will be the catalyst for his first loss. This is because every time he moves forward to close the distance his left hand is always on the rib cage area. As a result of this, the left side of his face is continually wide open to be hit. Furthermore, whenever Khabib gets hit on the left side of his face, he freezes for a couple of seconds because he hasn’t gotten used to being punched. Therefore I would suggest that his opponents throw one or two punches to the left side of his face and immediately circle out in either direction. This strategy will force Khabib Nurmagomedov to regularly reset and go back to square one since he seems to be uncomfortable with being punched. Due to this, Khabib Nurmagomedov will start chasing his opponents around the Octagon in hopes getting a takedown which leaves him open to more strikes.

 

 

Kevin Lee Should Upset Tony Ferguson At UFC 216

Over the past few months, several sports books have Tony Ferguson as a slight favorite to beat Kevin Lee at UFC 216. According to bestfightodds.com, most sportsbooks have Ferguson at around -220 which means a person would’ve bet $220 to win 100. Although he is the favorite, I believe that Kevin Lee has the skill set necessary to pull off the upset at UFC 216.

For about the past two years, Ferguson has shown a tendency to constantly try to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into striking range. This trend has helped Ferguson win the all of his UFC fights because his opponents didn’t have the stamina to cut angles in the process of moving backward to avoid any strikes from landing. Due to this, some adversaries are forced to give into his pressure because they would attempt to cut angles and experience early fatigue from a lack of stamina which would put them in a position to have to exchange with him. On the other hand, some opponents concluded that they were better off trading punches with him because they were aware of the fact that they didn’t have the stamina to cut angles. As a result of this, Ferguson would have ample opportunities to get within his striking range and inflict damage on his opponents. During these occasions, he would faint the left hand in an attempt to get the opponent to move their head to the right or momentarily distract them which would open the door for the straight right to land. Furthermore, on occasion, he would run forward and throw a lead left uppercut to make the opponent think about multiple things throughout the fight.

However, Ferguson’s fighting style should play right into the strategy of Kevin Lee because Tony will already be within grappling range. As a result of this, Lee can drop down to shoot for a single or double leg takedown without having to waste energy trying to get the opponent into grappling range. If he gets a firm grasp of the legs Lee will try to complete the takedown in open space or push him to the fence to reattempt the takedown. Lee should maintain this strategy during the early rounds as it will keep him active while at the same time limiting Ferguson’s attack and draining his energy.

 

How To Beat Jon Jones

The only way a fighter can beat Jon Jones is by capitalizing off of his belief that he can outshine the opponent at their expertise

Introduction

Throughout his UFC career, Jon Jones has shown to a tendency to want to prove that he is better than his opponents in every single aspect of mixed martial arts (MMA). As a result of this, every time Jones goes into the octagon he has the mindset that the fight will take place in the area where his opponents are strongest.

Jon Jones vs Ryan Bader

For instance, at UFC 126 Jon Jones fought Ryan Bader who was a decorated wrestler at Arizona State University during the early to mid-2000’s. In fact, according to thesundevils.com, Ryan Bader was an all-American wrestler at 197 pounds during the 2004-05 season after getting fourth place in the 2004 NCAA Championships.

Due to his wrestling background, Jones entered the Octagon with the mindset that he was going to take down Bader. This is because he wanted to let Bader know that his most effective weapon was useless against him.

Therefore Jones successfully attempted and captured a double leg take down thirty seconds into their fight and proceeded to grapple with him for the majority of the fight until he got the guillotine choke in the second round.

How Beat Jon Jones

Due to this, the only way a fighter can beat Jones is by capitalizing off of his belief that he can outshine the opponent at their expertise. Therefore the only fighters who have a realistic shot of beating Jon Jones are strikers with one punch or kick knockout power.

This is because Jones is going to enter those fights with the mindset of trying to show that he is a better striker than his opponent. As a result of this, Jones will stand in or at the edge of the pocket and begin to throw strikes which expose him to greater risk because it only takes one big strike to end the fight.

On the other hand, wrestlers are unlikely to pose a serious threat to Jones because they need to complete several steps before getting in position to finish a fight.

For instance, wrestlers have to decide whether they want to set up by throwing strikes or if they want to shoot for a takedown without a setup. Once this happens, wrestlers have to make sure that they clasped both hands around the legs before the opponent can obtain an under-hook.

If this happens, wrestlers need to be stronger than the opponent to pick him up and dump him on the floor; or they have to hope that the opponent gets fatigued and can’t defend the takedown.

After the fight goes to the floor, they need to figure out how to open the opponent’s guard by landing body punches that will force the opponent to lower his arms to protect the body from further damage.

As you can see wrestlers can give Jon Jones multiple chances to reset if in any danger.

Donald Cerrone’s Fighting Style Should Prevent Him From Beating Robbie Lawler

Even though many MMA fans and media expect Donald Cerrone versus Robbie Lawler to be a competitive fight, that shouldn’t be the case. Throughout his UFC career, Donald Cerrone has shown a tendency to constantly try to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into striking range. This trend has helped Cerrone win the majority of his UFC fights because his opponents didn’t have the stamina to cut angles in the process of moving backward to avoid any strikes from landing. Due to this, some adversaries are forced to give into his pressure because they would attempt to cut angles and experience early fatigue from a lack of stamina which would put them in a position to have to exchange with him. On the other hand, some opponents came to the conclusion that they were better off trading punches with him because they were aware of the fact that they didn’t have the stamina to cut angles. As a result of this, Cerrone would have ample opportunities to get within his striking range and inflict damage on his opponents. During these occasions, he would mainly throw a right leg kick followed up by a left kick to the body or a left jab with an occasional left head kick mixed in.

Although this strategy has given Cerrone so much success, there are a few flaws within this strategy that can be easily exploited by Robbie Lawler. For instance, when he would try to walk down his opponents Cerrone would always carry his hands at chest height. As a result, he would leave his head and body wide open to be countered. Due to this, Robbie will have the opportunity to land the straight left and the left or right body kick without much resistance from Cerrone. This is because he believes his chin is firm enough to withstand the counters from the opponents; While he applies constant pressure in hopes of getting the opponents to waste a substantial amount of energy trying to create distance between the two that he is going to wear down eventually. Unfortunately, Cerrone’s mentality will lead to an early demise against Lawler.

The UFC Or Bellator Should Buy The Rights To Kingdom (TV Show)

In the past two months, the AT&T Audience Network announced that it was not going to renew the mixed martial arts drama Kingdom for a fourth season. In fact, it released a joint statement with Endemol Shine Studios (the studio who produces the show) to Entertainment Weekly stating that; “We are looking forward to the upcoming third and final season of Kingdom, which premieres on May 31 at 8 p.m. on AT&T Audience Network”. In these past two months, there haven’t been any reports explaining why and/or how pulled the plug on the series. As a result, viewers are left to wonder: was the series canceled due to poor television ratings or because some of the cast and crew didn’t want to do the show anymore.  While fans are currently disappointed about the status of the show, that feeling may not last too long as I wouldn’t be surprised if the UFC or Bellator bought the rights to the show and aired it on another platform.

Kingdom is a show that gives viewers a glimpse into the life of an MMA fighter. On an episode called “Cut Day,” the show depicts the different techniques fighters use to lose a significant amount of weight in a short period. For instance, Ryan Wheeler has to lose twenty pounds before the end of the day thus he is forced to wear sauna suit and alternate between the sauna and stationary bike for multiple hours to make weight. As a result, the show can give the UFC or Bellator an avenue to teach fans the ins and outs of the sport called MMA. Due to this, the companies can sell the show to its television partners as a drama that helps viewers learn about MMA in the process. Furthermore, the show could be used as a lead into a few fight cards which may encourage viewers who just watch to stay for the card or vice versa. However, if television networks don’t want the show, the UFC has the option to feature it as a fight pass original series. Therefore, it gives the Kingdom fanbase more of an incentive to subscribe to the streaming service which could lead to a substantial increase in subscriptions as the show has 19.2 thousand twitter followers.

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Another benefit to buying the rights to the TV show is that the companies can use the series to promote certain fighters on the roster. For instance, one of the cast members can bring in Douglas Lima for a sparring session as they prepare for a fight. As a result, the show can give the viewer background information about him, and Bellator could use commercial time to promote a potential fight thus viewers are more likely to tune in.  As you can see, there are multiple benefits to buying the rights to the TV series for the UFC or Bellator.

Yoel Romero Is A Horrible Stylistic Match Up For Robert Whittaker

Earlier this week, The UFC announced that Yoel Romero is going to face Robert Whittaker for the interim middleweight title at UFC 213. This announcement generated a substantial amount of buzz among hardcore fans as well as the media because the fight is believed to be a close contest. However one can argue that Romero is a horrible stylistic matchup for Whittaker; thus it won’t be close. This is because, throughout his UFC career, Robert Whittaker has shown a tendency to regularly throw or faint the left jab in an attempt to get the opponent to block the punch. If the opponent decides to stand still and prevents the combination, it gives him a small window of opportunity to close the distance and land power punches. During the small window, he will repeatedly throw an overhand or straight left/right with intentions of knocking out or severely hurting the opposition. However, this strategy can put him in real danger because Whittaker has a habit of twisting his body or leaning to the side while throwing power punches.  As a result, he ends up being off balance after throwing the punch, which leaves him vulnerable to a takedown or a counter.

Therefore, Robert Whittaker’s fighting style should cost him the fight against Yoel Romero. This is because Romero can exploit Robert’s habit of twisting his body or leaning to the side while throwing power punches in several different ways. For example, if Romero senses that Whittaker is about to throw a power punch, he can slide out of striking range or duck under the punch to avoid getting hit. As a result, Whittaker should be off balance, which gives Romero a chance to shoot for a takedown. On the other hand, Romero can circle out to the right when Whittaker is about to throw a punch and counter with a straight left.