UFC Fortaleza: Belfort vs. Gastelum – Fights to make

All the best, most interesting, and above all else coolest fights to book following last weekend’s UFC card in Fortaleza, Brazil. UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum was a solid barn burner of an event (apart from the usual FS1 pacing problems). Lots of finishes, a couple of comebacks, and some really solid next level performances from rising talent. That means that there’s a lot of good fight booking to be done, afterward. What does Kelvin Gastelum do next? Edson Barboza? Is Ray Borg ready for a title shot? That’s what we’re here to figure out.
I’ll be following the classic Silva/Shelby method to make my bookings, pitting winners against winners, losers against losers, and similarly tenured UFC talent against one another as best I can. Helping me this week is BE reader Dylan da Chin. IF you want to take a crack at doing your own matchmaking for the next card, leave a comment below starting, “I’m this era, so I’m like a young dinosaur. I’m an old lion in the midst of this young lion, so I’m enjoying the jungle.” I’ll pick a winner from the comments below. Now, let’s get to the fights.
Hello, Bloody Elbow, I’m Dylan da Chin and I’ll be helping Zane with some match making tonight. Before we move on to the meat of the article I’d thought I’d tell you a bit about myself, just in case you were interested. I am a former amateur MMA fighter with a whopping 0-1 record (pretty impressive I know), I’ve been to one UFC card (UFC 163), and tonight was my traditional watch a UFC card birthday party. Anyways, before we get down to the fights I’d like to give a big shout out to my Utsuri-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu Sensei Jarid Bussemakers who just won the King of the Cage Canada Welterweight title last week.
KELVIN GASTELUM
Dylan – Why call out an ageing legend in Anderson Silva when you just beat the ageing legend Vitor. Doesn’t make sense. He should have called out the winner of Weidman vs Mousasi. Gastelum is in a great spot being a young talent in a division that is going to need it when all these contenders in their late 30’s decide to call it quits. Kevin is on a fast track to a title shot right now and he should embrace it. Pick: Winner of Weidman vs Mousasi
Zane – Gastelum has so, so many options right now at the top of 185. Jacare and Whittaker are fighting, Mousasi and Weidman are fighting, and Luke Rockhold is going to be making his return shortly. And none of these people are likely to be next in line for a title shot unless GSP and Romero both get injured. The winner of Mousasi/Weidman probably makes the most sense in an either-guy-would-be-a-reasonable-matchup sort of way, but what I really want is Gastelum vs. Whittaker, so I’ll say Gastelum vs. the winner of Jacare vs. Whittaker, on the off chance Whittaker gets the win.
VITOR BELFORT
Dylan – I had decided prior to this fight that no matter what happened tonight there was only one thing to do with Vitor, and that is to book the rematch with Anderson Silva. Both of these guys are old and who knows how many fights they have left in them. So I say book the biggest money fight for both of them. Seems like ‘Dad Bod’ Vitor and ‘Can’t Pull the Trigger’ Anderson Silva is the fight that everyone has always wanted to see, but didn’t realize it till I said it. Pick: Anderson Silva
Zane – Anderson Silva is fine and all, but I still want to see Vitor Belfort vs. Nick Diaz. Diaz probably still has the chin to win, but he hasn’t won a fight since 2011, and his fight with Anderson Silva was a complete carnival. So I think Belfort/Diaz would be primed for weirdness. I’m also not sure Anderson would fight Vitor, with his “no Brazil vs. Brazil” rule in mind. So, with all that said, how about Vitor Belfort vs. Rashad Evans?
MAURICIO RUA
Dylan – Who would have thought that in 2017 Shogun would be riding a 3 fight winning streak and be a top 5 LHW (especially if Bader signs with Bellator.) There are 2 things you can do with Shogun; one, the obvious boring option, match him against Jimi Manuwa if he beats Cory Anderson (or I guess a rematch with Anderson if he pulls off the W) or two, the way better option, is to have him fight the winner of DC vs Rumble. I know there are some rumors about a guy named Jon Jones coming back for the belt, but to that I say, Shogun LHW champ 2017! Pick: Winner of DC vs Johnson
Zane – The worst part of that Shogun vs. DC/Johnson winner is that I can see a certain amount of sense in it. I mean, it’s not like we can trust Jon Jones to make it to a fight these days. But, if I’m being real (and I’m trying to be), then lets do Shogun vs. Misha Cirkunov. The Manuwa fight is there and solid and all, but I didn’t see anything out of this fight from Shogun that suggested he should be doing anything more than gatekeeping the top 10 at this point. The UFC running him up the contender ladder doesn’t do anyone many favors. So, book him against Cirkunov now that he’s back to see if the kid can really break through.
EDSON BARBOZA
Dylan – Isn’t it great to watch Barbosa when he’s in his zone? I think there is really only one thing to do with this guy right now, interim LW title fight against Tony Ferguson . I think Nurmy blew his chance at interim gold and should have to fight the winner of these 2. Pick: Tony Ferguson
Zane – The top of lightweight is so screwy right now, that a fight with Ferguson just might get made. The Khabib fight has been a nightmare for the UFC to get booked and McGregor is entertaining this Mayweather idea. But I kinda doubt Ferguson has much interest in fighting Barboza again. After all, he already beat him, and he’s got a strong claim to a title shot. If Dustin Poirier beats Eddie Alvarez, then Poirier vs. Barboza is a must book fight. Otherwise, Barboza vs. Chiesa is probably the most realistic thing on the table.
BENEIL DARIUSH
Dylan – Tough night for Beneil, and I’m sure that he’s gonna be hurting for a hot minute after that. I don’t think there is much to say here, Will Brooks and Charles Oliveira have a fight coming up and I think the loser of that would be a solid booking. Pick: Loser of Brooks vs Oliveira
Zane – Honestly, I might be more willing to book Dariush against the winner of Brooks/Oliveira than the loser. He has a ton more traction and credit in the UFC lightweight division than either of them right now. It’s either that, or face another nearly ranked lightweight coming off a win. Rustam Khabilov would be a solid option. But for the sake of argument, I’ll say the Brooks/Oliveira winner vs. Dariush.
RAY BORG
Dylan – How good was that fight? Ray Borg showed some excellent ground work, amazing scrambles and some fast past and clean striking. As far as his next fight, everyone above him besides Joseph Benavidez is booked, and seeing as Jobi is in the traditional Alpha Male position of always being a bridesmaid and never the bride. If Ray Borg could beat him it’d guarantee him a title shot. Pick: Joseph Benavidez
Zane – Borg just picked off a major scalp at 125 and the next step has to be a meaningful one. I agree with Dylan here, book him against Benavidez. Borg probably isn’t ready for DJ yet, but he’s in top contention. If he beats Joe-B on a reasonably big stage (maybe a PPV card slot) that might at least get him enough interest to make it more than just Demetrious Johnson fights a guy, which is what it’d be right now. Borg vs. Benavidez is the fight to book.
JUSSIER FORMIGA
Dylan – Jussier fought well, but couldn’t finish the fight in the third. Now I know it’s a long shot that this fight comes to fruition, but I think they should book a rematch with Ian McCall. These guys fought way back in their Tachi Palace days, and it would be a great battle of relevance in the Flyweight division. Pick: Ian McCall
Zane – I can’t bring myself to book McCall in a fight at this point. I just can’t. A fight with him and Formiga would be infinitely cooler than the Neil Seery matchup, but there’s no way you plan around McCall. Instead, Formiga should get Sergio Pettis, if Pettis loses to Cejudo, or the winner of Tim Elliott vs. Louis Smolka. I’d love to see Elliott vs. Formiga, so I’ll say book Formiga against the Elliott/Smolka winner.
BETHE CORREIA
Dylan – Maybe the bitter taste of Thompson vs Woodley is too fresh to talk about an instant rematch after a draw, but honestly, that’s what I’d like to see here. Correia could have been a little more aggressive and looked for a finish or at least to do some damage. If she’d done that she may have won the fight. That being said, lets do it again, I think it’d be better the second time around. Pick: Rematch
Zane – The fight we saw play out between Reneau and Correia wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t anything I really feel like I have to see again. Reneau is a much better athlete, capable of bigger moments, and Correia is a better round winner and harder worker minute-to-minute. The fact that we got a draw shows just how much that matchup can cancel itself out. Instead, I’ll say book Bethe Correia against Leslie Smith, coming off Smith’s big win over Irene Aldana.
MARION RENEAU
Zane – So what to do then with Marion Reneau? A fight with Liz Carmouche might be interesting, if Carmouche is going to be back from injury any time soon. And a fight against Cat Zingano wouldn’t be a bad idea either. But, since the UFC seems to be keeping Jessica Eye around then I’ll say that the UFC should book them and see if one of them can turn in a career boosting performance. Marion Reneau vs. Jessica Eye.
ALEX OLIVEIRA
Dylan – Oliveria is such a fun fighter to watch, but that loss to Cerrone is too fresh in my mind to let me believe he will be in the Welterweight top 10. I’m not saying that he couldn’t do it, but I just don’t see it happening. Top 15 is a different story and I think him and Santiago Ponzinibbio should fight it out to decide who truly deserves that #15 ranking. Pick: Santiago Ponzinibbio
Zane – I really like the idea of Alex Oliveira vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio and I don’t see another, better fight for the UFC to book right now. Ryan LaFlare would be fine, but not nearly as fun, and Saffiedine is coming off a pair of losses, and Matt Brown is on an 0-3 skid. The winner of Jake Ellenberger vs. Mike Perry would be fun, but the Ponz is there right now, unbooked. So let’s make Alex Oliveira vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio.
OTHER BOUTS: Villante vs. Herman, Means vs. Saunders, Lee vs. Green/Magomedov winner, Trinaldo vs. Lentz, Moraes vs. Covington, Ramos vs. Hadzovic, Soto vs. I. Alcantara, Yahya vs. Gagnon, Prazeres vs. Felder, Kennedy vs. Glenn, Borrachinha vs. Dongi
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Henry Briones out, Marlon Vera now fights Brad Pickett at UFC London

Brad Pickett’s retirement fight was supposed to be vs. Henry Briones, but now it will be against Marlon Vera. There’s been a late change to the UFC London main card. Bantamweight veteran Brad Pickett was scheduled to face Henry Briones, but for the third time in as many attempted bookings, Briones withdrew from the bout. Replacing Briones on just a weeks’ notice is Marlon Vera, as confirmed by UFC commentator Jon Anik during Saturday’s UFC Fortaleza broadcast.
Vera (8-3-1) is coming off a featherweight victory over Ning Guangyou at UFC Melbourne in November. “Chito” was part of the inaugural TUF Latin America cast, making his UFC debut at UFC 180 in June 2015. After dropping a decision to Marco Beltran, the Ecuadorian picked up a slick triangle choke win over Roman Salazar at UFC Nashville later that August. Vera would then lose by unanimous decision to Davey Grant in the last UFC London show in February 2016.
Pickett (25-13) has lost five of his last six, including a unanimous decision to Urijah Faber in his own retirement fight at UFC on FOX 22 in Sacramento. “One Punch” has long been one of the sport’s most entertaining fighters, earning a vast collection of post-fight bonuses dating back to his days in the WEC. After nearly 13 years competing as a professional, the Brit is planning to hang up the gloves after next week, win or lose.
UFC Fight Night London is set for Saturday, March 18th at The O2 Arena and airs exclusively on UFC Fight Pass, with light heavyweights Jimi Manuwa and Corey Anderson going toe-to-toe in the five-round main event.
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Video: Wild fight at Shamrock FC ends in a double KO, with one fighter getting the win

A rare double KO happened at Shamrock FC on Saturday night. Check out the video of this wackiness. Would you believe that it was almost nine years ago when Tyler Bryan and Shane Parker memorably KO’d each other just eight seconds into their respective pro MMA debuts? The incredible scene was punctuated by a priceless reaction from guest referee, former UFC fighter Shonie Carter.
Fast forward to Saturday night’s Shamrock FC card in Kansas City, and you’ve got yourself a new double KO to watch. Axel Cavares took on Alan Vasquez, and both men threw and landed hard right hands at the same time. They were simultaneously dropped and dazed, with Cavares slowly slumped against the fence. During that time, Vasquez actually was able to clear the cobwebs and get back to his feet, and he was ultimately declared the winner.
Unfortunately, the best footage we can offer you is this Instagram video courtesy of MMA fighter William “The Armadillo” Joplin, but it’s clear enough that it’s really all you need to see.

Awsome double ko tonight at #shamrockfc A post shared by William Joplin (@thearmadillo1) on Mar 11, 2017 at 6:11pm PST

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Johny Hendricks surprised by Georges St-Pierre’s comeback, wishes St-Pierre would’ve stayed retired

Johny Hendricks is not on board with Georges St-Pierre’s return to MMA competition.

The former welterweight champ and recently turned middleweight believes St-Pierre should’ve stayed retired and not be making a comeback to the UFC. St-Pierre announced his comeback to MMA last year and just earlier this month the long-time welterweight king officially signed a deal with the UFC after months of negotiations.

The comeback was not a surprise to many, as St-Pierre never fully retired and people such as his coaches Firas Zahabi and Freddie Roach remained optimistic of St-Pierre’s return even through his time off. But for Hendricks, the news of St-Pierre’s return was something a bit unexpected.

“You know what, I am [surprised],” Hendricks said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I wish he would’ve stayed out, but a competitor is always going to be a competitor, so we’ll see how he comes back. And I heard he might be coming to 185.”

Hendricks is the last man to have fought St-Pierre professionally. The two met at UFC 167 back in 2013 where St-Pierre came out on top, defending his belt for a ninth consecutive time. However, the win wasn’t the the typical dominant St-Pierre performance, as Hendricks did significant damage on the champion and many thought that he had done enough to earn the decision victory.

Since their bout, St-Pierre sat on the sidelines, while Hendricks fought seven times in which he became champion, then suffered a three-fight skid, and most recently made a successful move to the middleweight division. The different ways in which both St-Pierre and Hendricks went about their careers following their fight at UFC 167 is what makes Hendricks skeptical on a successful return to fighting from St-Pierre.

“I went through my rough period, I did something, and I was able to bounce back, where whenever he [St-Pierre] went through his rough period, he got out, and now look at these guys,” Hendricks explained. “Yeah, you can train, yeah, you can do these things, but has he done enough to come back as a different fighter? Time changes, it always does. Just like I said, one day the time is going to change where I’m not going to be able to compete with these guys anymore, it’s just the way that it is.

“Once I showed how to defeat Georges St-Pierre, I think people are going to start using that game plan and it’s going to be so much harder on him. If you look at Chuck Liddell, you look at Randy Couture, these guys that didn’t stay out whenever they were on top, they came back and they weren’t the same fighters, you know. Three and a half years or two, whatever it is, is a long time for somebody to decrease or for everybody else to move up.”

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Tyron Woodley fires back at fans calling him ‘boring’: They have short term memory loss

The UFC welterweight champion says that fans are quick to forget about his knockout wins in the past. Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson were met with a chorus of boos both during and after their welterweight championship rematch at UFC 209 last weekend.
There was minimal action throughout the bout, with both men hesitant to pull the trigger and seemingly unable to find their timing.
‘T-Wood’ came to life in the fifth round, blasting ‘Wonderboy’ with a barrage of strikes to seal the majority decision win, but it wasn’t enough to convince the fans of a great performance.
Their last bout at UFC 205, which contained much more action, went to a draw but Woodley, a traditionally explosive fighter with some of the heaviest hands in the division, has scored plenty of KO’s in the past, finishing the likes of Robbie Lawler and Dong Hyun Kim.
The reigning 170-pound champion reminded fans of this fact on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, telling Ariel Helwani that the critics have a short memory.
“People can say, ‘Oh, he’s a boring fighter,’” Woodley said, per MMA Fighting’s Marc Raimondi. “How many guys have I knocked out? Think about the Carlos Condit fight, the Dong Hyun Kim fight, the Robbie Lawler fight, the Jay Hieron fight, the Josh Koscheck fight. Even the last fight with Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Everything that people said about me, I’ve proven wrong. But nobody has that long-term memory. Everybody is like Dory from ‘Finding Nemo.’”
Woodley admits that it wasn’t the most exciting championship fight but believes he did well to overcome a very unorthodox opponent.
“The look on my face after the fight wasn’t because I thought I lost,” Woodley said. “I expected myself to do better. It really wasn’t a terrible fight. I wouldn’t give myself a C, I’d give myself an A. But the fight itself, I could have forced more flurries. I could have forced more interactions.
“I was a little bit frustrated with myself, because I saw some opportunities and I didn’t seize the moment.”
Despite the bombardment of criticism from UFC 209, Woodley still feels he can become one of the promotion’s biggest stars.
“You gotta know me to promote me,” he said. “You can’t just promote a fighter. I believe the UFC should promote stories, they should promote lifestyles, they should promote what it took for that person to be in the Octagon. Because it took something for all of us to be here. And that’s how you get the fans behind you, that’s how you get them to stay behind you. Not just a fight.
“I feel like I’m the guy that they can make a star, that’s already doing everything for them. There’s not much more you need to do.”
It’s likely that Woodley will defend his title against the winner of Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal at UFC 211, which takes place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on May 13.

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The Weekly Grind: Ryan Bader makes wrestling tutorial, Cormier, Velasquez and Rockhold troll fans

The life of a professional fighter isn’t all glitz and glamour.

As if getting punched, kicked, kneed, choked and twisted into a pretzel on a regular basis isn’t enough, fighters attract a general wackiness that makes their lives, well…interesting.

To commemorate these day-to-day hardships, slip-ups, pranks, and more, we bring you, “The Weekly Grind.”

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#iheartstreetart pic by @aristurm art by @incarceratedjerkfaces in NYC

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THANKS FOR THE SMART TV!

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Had the honor of taking my babies to the kids choice awards tonight. #blessed

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That robot thou!

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#ItsWhatYouDo #GEICO @ufc

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Conhecendo a basílica Nossa Senhora da Penha ⛪️ #igrejadanossasenhoradapenha

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We’re out here in Kansas city getting ready to put down some BBQ with @rosenamajunas #ufckansascity #ufconfox

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Great dinner last night with my friends Damir, fighter Yukinori Akazawa and boxer Arthur Beterbiev!!

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A little strength and conditioning for my afternoon thank you @teamturningpoint

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#SwipeRight Filming today and realize #ImMyDaddysSon !!!!!!! #TheFavorite

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Visite de la statut de la liberté à New-York #thepredator #Reebokfr #BeMoreHuman #mmafactory

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Being fed like the #king of Miami Morito Jewelers @dicedfood

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Eddie Alvarez says it was ‘genius’ for MMAAA to bring aboard Bjorn Rebney

Eddie Alvarez and Bjorn Rebney have a long history, most of it adversarial. The two men were once on opposite sides of an ugly, public lawsuit involving Alvarez, Bellator MMA and the UFC.

Yet, when asked about Rebney’s role in the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association (MMAAA), Alvarez gave a surprising answer about his feeling to Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. Alvarez, the former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion, called the move “genius.”

“You know how like when a hacker gets caught, they flip him?” Alvarez said. “The hacker knows how to get into the system. So the FBI … they tell the hacker, ‘If you don’t teach us everything you know, then we’re gonna lock you up?’ I looked at it like that same way. Here’s a guy who knows every which way, every angle of how to really damage a fighter or their career. Now, if you flip him on the fighters’ side, he can do the complete opposite. I thought it was genius to find a guy who knows all the ins and outs.”

In 2012, Alvarez signed with the UFC. Or so he thought. Bellator, then promoted by Rebney, had matching rights to any contract Alvarez signed. Bellator believed a deal it offered to Alvarez matched the one Alvarez signed with the UFC, therefore Alvarez had to remain with Bellator. A legal battle ensued, with Bellator suing Alvarez. Alvarez ended up settling in 2013 and going back to Rebney and Bellator.

Alvarez, 33, would end up signing in earnest with the UFC in 2014. By that time, Rebney was out as Bellator’s president, replaced by Scott Coker. Rebney surfaced again publicly after more than two years last December when he was part of the MMAAA launch conference call. Rebney and fighters like Tim Kennedy and Georges St-Pierre discussed the need for a fighters association, a more even financial playing field for fighters with promoters, and even a monetary settlement from the UFC.

“Initially, I thought this is a terrible idea, putting him in the forefront of it,” Alvarez said. “But having him on the team, they couldn’t have found a better person on the team to fight for the fighters.”

The one thing Alvarez would have done differently, he said, was having Rebney as one of the public faces of the MMAAA. That was a bad idea, Alvarez said, because of Rebney’s reputation and Kennedy has said the same thing publicly.

“It’s good to have him on your side, for sure,” Alvarez said. “But I don’t think it was good putting him on the forefront. His face should have been more like a silent partner.”

Rebney said on the call and in subsequent interviews that he was only an advisor in the MMAAA and didn’t have power to make any changes. The fighter board of St-Pierre, Kennedy, Cain Velasquez, T.J. Dillashaw and Donald Cerrone have the ability to that solely, Kennedy has said.

Alvarez said he’s not sure if he’d be a part of the MMAAA and that he has to learn more about it. He acknowledges that there is an imbalance between fighters and promoters (estimates put fighter pay at 15 percent of the UFC’s revenue or less, which has been disputed by the promotion), but he isn’t sure if the MMAAA will fix it. Alvarez said if the top three fighters in every weight class and every champion decided not to compete until the situation is amended, nothing will be different.

“Something serious and drastic would have to happen,” Alvarez said. “Every champion would have to say, ‘We’re not fighting.’ That really puts a stick into things. That’s not going to happen, so nothing is gonna change.”

Source: mmafighting