The UFC Should Book Jose Aldo vs Anthony Pettis In 2018

Moments ago,  Jose Aldo was defeated by Max Holloway in their rematch for the UFC Featherweight championship. The second straight loss to Holloway signifies the 3rd loss in four fights as well as a dead-end in the division. This is because there is no realistic way for him to showcase how he has improved his skills by facing fighters who he already beat.

Due to the current state of Jose Aldo’s career, the company should look to book him at lightweight vs. an opponent who is on a prolonged losing streak and will allow him to showcase his fighting style. During his UFC tenure, Aldo has shown a tendency to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into striking range. If Jose 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 his fight against Ricardo Lamas, Jose feinted or threw the left jab followed by a straight/ overhand right. The strategy forced Lamas to elevate his hands by a couple of inches to shield his face from the punches. As a result, Jose had an open window to throw and land the right leg kick because Lamas’s hands were out of range to catch the kick. Eventually, the strategy helped Jose Aldo pick up a unanimous decision victory over Ricardo Lamas.

Jose Aldo vs Ricardo Lamas Fight Video – UFC 169

Therefore, one can argue that Anthony Pettis is the perfect opponent for Jose Aldo to face in his next fight. During his career, Pettis has developed a pattern of stocking his opponents until he is within striking range. If Pettis is successful, he will repeatedly throw the straight right to get the opponent to raise their hands to block the punches. Once this happens, Pettis begins to target the midsection of his adversaries with a right knee or kick to the area. As a result of Pettis’s fighting style, Jose Aldo doesn’t have to worry about kicks being caught which will allow him to showcase his fighting style. Not only is Anthony Pettis a favorable matchup for Jose Aldo but he is also on a prolonged losing streak. According to Sherdog.com, Anthony Pettis has lost five of his last seven fights in the UFC.

Jim Miller vs. Anthony Pettis Full Fight

Furthermore,  Jose Aldo was previously scheduled to fight Anthony Pettis at UFC 163 because there were no real challenges in the featherweight division. Unfortunately, Pettis was forced to pull out of the fight due to a knee injury he sustained. As a result, the UFC can use their history to showcase how they were scheduled to meet in a super fight, but injuries derailed the opportunity. However, since that moment,  their respective careers have taken a nose dive, and now they’re once again in need of each other, but this time it is merely to get their careers back on track.

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.

 

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.

The UFC Should Feature CM Punk On Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series

Even though CM Punk lost his fight at UFC 203 which severely hurts the amount of money that the UFC can make from his celebrity, the company should still keep him on the roster. Due to the fact that, the UFC recently announced that Dana White is launching a contenders series later this year on fight pass. In fact, according to UFC.com, the series will air every Tuesday night beginning on July 11th with five fights per episode. Furthermore, the series will showcase “up-and-coming talent, as well as athletes striving to revive their professional mixed martial arts careers.” As a result of this concept, the organization has an opportunity at their disposal to use the popularity that CM Punk has accumulated during his time in pro wrestling as a way to grow the company without drawing the ire of hardcore fans.  This is because the UFC can easily say that Punk is looking for one last opportunity to revive his career/ dream after an embarrassing debut against Mickey Gail. Therefore UFC fans and media are less likely to complain about this because they are aware of the description of the show.

Due to this, the UFC can kill two birds with one stone because they can book him on a contender series card which will lead him to promote the card on his personal Twitter account (2.71 million followers). As a result, his loyal fans will have the opportunity to follow his progression in mixed martial arts. Therefore CM Punk has unintentionally exposed a portion of his fanbase to fight pass network which means the company has an opportunity to turn them into fans. For instance, if Punk’s fans enjoyed the other fights on the card, they will be more likely to subscribe to UFC fight pass (9.99 per month)  and check out the next card. Furthermore, the contenders series will allow CM Punk and the company to see whether he is developing his skills as a fighter and if he has the passion to keep fighting in the future.