Douglas Lima’s Fighting Style Will Lead To His Downfall Vs Rory MacDonald 

Throughout his Bellator MMA tenure, Douglas Lima has shown a tendency to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into striking range. If Lima is successful, he will feint or throw the left jab followed by a straight/ overhand right to get the opponent to raise their hands to block the punches. When the adversary raises their hands, it gives him an opportunity to use the right leg kick without having to worry about the opponent catching the kick. For instance, during the second fight against Andrey Koreshkov, Lima feinted or threw the left jab followed by a straight/ overhand right. The strategy forced Koreshkov to elevate his hands by a couple of inches to shield his face from the punches. As a result, Lima had an open window to throw and land the right leg kick because Koreshkov’s hands were out of range to catch the kick. Eventually, the strategy helped Lima Douglas Lima pick up a knockout victory over Andrey Koreshkov.

However, Rory MacDonald has most likely been made aware of Lima’s tendencies by his coaches at TriStar and Toshido MMA. As a result,  MacDonald will look to interrupt his combination by ducking under and attempting a takedown after the jab. If he is successful, Rory will try to land some ground and pound with the right hand or elbow. On the other hand, if Rory isn’t able to complete the first couple takedowns, it will at least force Lima to start over again and possibly be hesitant to throw punches. This opens the door for Rory to throw the left jab followed by the straight/overhand right without much resistance from Douglas Lima.

Ultimately this strategy should help Rory MacDonald cruise towards a decision  victory over Douglas Lima to become the new Bellator welterweight champion.

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

Chael Sonnen Should Never Fight Rory MacDonald

Earlier today, Chael Sonnen suggested that he is going to fight Rory MacDonald before his career is over. In fact, during an interview with Ariel Helwani, he said “Rory MacDonald and I are gonna cross paths eventually…There’s a story behind it. I’ll come on your show and share the story with you.” Although it is evident that Sonnen has a bone to pick with MacDonald, taking the fight against Rory would be one of the worse decisions he has ever made.

Throughout his mixed martial arts career, Chael Sonnen has shown a tendency to constantly try to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into grappling range. Once this happens, he will repeatedly faint the right jab followed by an occasional straight left in hopes of getting the opponent to stand still momentarily. If the opponent decides to stand in place to block the punch and set up a counter; it gives him a small window of opportunity to duck down and attempt a double leg takedown. After he completes the takedown, he will try to severely hurt the opponent by landing some ground and pound with his left hand.

chael sonnen vs michael bisping

Although this strategy has given Sonnen so much success, there are a few flaws within this strategy that can be easily exploited by Rory MacDonald. For instance, when he would try to walk down his opponents Sonnen would always carry his hands several inches out in front of his cheeks. As a result, he is susceptible to looping hooks that are designed to go around his arms and straight punches that target the nose. Due to this, Rory MacDonald is a bad matchup for him because he has one of the best jabs in MMA. Therefore every time Sonnen tries to close the distance, MacDonald will throw a left jab in an attempt to stop his progress. If successful, it would give Rory a small window of opportunity to circle out of range and force Sonnen to reset.

PAUL DALEY VS. RORY MACDONALD

In conclusion,  Chael Sonnen would be dumb to give up a chance at a winnable legends fight to go against a guy who will exploit all his flaws.