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  1. Name: Xiwang Song Country: China Specialties: Long Range, Driving Weapon: Sniper Strengths: Leadership, Loyalty, Determination Weaknesses: Impatience, Stubborness, Overaggression
  2. Whenever I'm around it's a fun time
  3. Joh

    It's time.

    Joh is fresh off his induction speech at the 2019 BPZ Hall of Fame ceremony. He stops by the paparazzi to pose and flex his new Hall of Fame ring. He stays for a good 30 seconds before a surprised look appears on his face. Suddenly, he sprints out of the paparazzi area and on his way to the exit of the building. The new Hall of Famer is heard shouting “MOVE!” and “OUT OF MY WAY!” to staff while trying to find his way out. Everyone inside is left bewildered. He is seen exiting to the outside parking lot. A few minutes go by and people are still wondering where Joh went. Until… We see Joh re-enter the building with the To The Top briefcase in hand! Again, he paces his way through the seas of peoples and back towards the paparazzi area, doing this all with a determined look on his face. One brave reporter gets close enough to Joh to get a few words from him. “Mr. Joh, what are you doing with the TTT briefcase?” “Steve, it’s time baby. The Hall of Fame is over and done with, I’ve got the ring, everything has come to its climax. I said it already in my speech, I got this briefcase ready wherever whenever, doesn’t matter the occasion. How about I conclude this ceremony with a bang?” Joh pauses. Joh takes off his sunglasses and stares directly into the camera lens. “KENJI……….BUDDY ACE………THIS ISN’T A 1V1 BETWEEN YOU TWO ANYMORE. MEET THE NEW COMPETITOR. FORMER BPZ INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION, BPZ UNITED STATES CHAMPION, BPZ TAG TEAM CHAMPION, BPZ MONEY IN THE BANK WINNER, BPZ HALL OF FAME LEGEND, AND BPZ TO THE TOP REIGNING HOLDER, THE WORTHY ONE, JOH. YOU THOUGHT YOU GOT RID OF ME MONTHS AGO? YOU THOUGHT I JUST DISAPPEARED WITH MY TTT WIN AS A PARTING GIFT? NO, NOW IS THE TIME WHERE I FINALLY USE THIS AND GAIN WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY MINE: THE BPZ NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP. KENJI, BUDDY ACE, JOH, TRIPLE THREAT, BPZMANIA. I……AM CASHING IN” Everyone nearby is left stunned by this announcement from Joh. But they can’t keep hold of him for much longer, as he runs off once again.
  4. oh yeah thanks for 5 years motherfuckers see ye in a few months

  5. BiC’s always been a failure in my eyes, so him
  6. Joh

    MMAnalysis w/ Joh

    UFC Fight Night 158 Date: September 14th 2019 Venue: Rogers Arena City: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Misha Cirkunov vs Jimmy Crute Prediction: KO Win (R1) - Jimmy Crute ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Uriah Hall vs Antonio Carlos Junior Prediction: Decision Win - Antonio Carlos Junior ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michel Pereira vs Tristan Connelly Prediction: Decision Win - Michel Pereira ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Todd Duffee vs Jeff Hughes Prediction: TKO Win (R1) - Todd Duffee ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Glover Teixeira vs Nikita Krylov Prediction: TKO Win (R3) - Nikita Krylov ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Donald Cerrone vs Justin Gaethje Prediction: TKO Win (R3) - Justin Gaethje
  7. Joh

    UFC: Our Time

    Anthony Pettis vs Jake Matthews BJ Penn vs Kevin Lee Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Bruce Lee Kimbo Slice vs Issac Frost Daniel Cormier vs Chuck Lidell Anderson Silva vs Robbie Lawler Dustin Poirier (C) vs Conor Mcgregor
  8. Joh

    MMAnalysis w/ Joh

    UFC 242 Date: September 7th 2019 Venue: The Arena, Yas Island City: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Mairbek Taisumov vs Carlos Diego Ferreira Prediction: Decision Win - Carlos Diego Ferreira ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Curtis Blaydes vs Shamil Abdurakhimov Prediction: TKO Win (R3) - Curtis Blaydes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Islam Makhachev vs Davi Ramos Prediction: Decision Win - Islam Makhachev ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Edson Barboza vs Paul Felder Prediction: Decision Win - Edson Barboza ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier - UFC Lightweight Championship Prediction: Decision Win - Khabib Nurmagomedov
  9. Maintain relevancy. It sounds kinda depressing but it's true, I hope I can stay around long enough that I'm still talked about. also hall of fame
  10. Joh

    MMAnalysis w/ Joh

    UFC Fight Night 157 Date: August 31st 2019 Venue: Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre Arena City: Shenzhen, China Wu Yanan vs Mizuki Inoue Prediction: Decision Win - Wu Yanan ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lu Zhenhong vs Movsar Evloev Prediction: Decision Win - Movsar Evloev ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kai Kara-France vs Mark De La Rosa Prediction: Decision Win - Kai Kara-France ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs Li Jingliang Prediction: KO Win (R2) - Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jessica Andrade vs Weili Zhang - UFC Women's Strawweight Championship Prediction: Submission Win (R3) - WeilI Zhang ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  11. Happy birthday Sameer
  12. Yay 700 rep. It's something.
  13. Location: Dublin, Ireland. It's a time of the year where the beautiful days of summer turn into the gloomy days of autumn. The weather during the later hours of a late August night in Dublin showed this transitioning, as the rain fell from the sky and left puddles for the pedestrians to see beneath their feet. Ireland may not have been known for its wonderful climate but for those summer months they were basking in a glorious warmth. Now, reality has come back. A car pulls up, with the windshield wiper rapidly trying to keep the car clean from the pouring rain. Two men simultaneously exit the vehicle, both fully covered up to combat the weather. They shut the doors and one of the men locks the car. Both of them make their way onto the pavement, as we begin to see a bit of light coming from out of frame. These two men cross the road as the off-screen light becomes stronger until it has drowned out the darkness of the frame. It seems like they are about to enter some sort of building. We begin to hear muffled speech coming from inside this building, and some distorted music too. It's at this point where the two men walk in through the doorway and we see the faces of a familiar duo. Joh: "Well, here we are." Of course, it's Joh and Monda from the United Nations. As we've moved inside, we can now hear clearly what's happening. Joh and Monda have arrived at a quintessential Irish pub. The muffled speech is the constant chatting from the people already in the pub, and the music is very classy but distinct Irish folk music. On the left is where all the drinks are, and throughout the rest of the room there are multiple tables, most being occupied by the people of Dublin. Joh and Monda find a table to sit at and take their place in the pub. Before being able to communicate with Monda at their area, Joh first has to go and get their drinks. Monda: "I know this all nice of you to do, but remember how I said a while back that I wanted to cut down on the drink?" "I mean you did say your break from all the alcohol would only last 2 weeks." "That's true, that's totally true, but you know I was joking man." Joh: "Listen my friend, a little old drink won't do you too much harm, plus, this is the prime opportunity to experience the true Irish pub night life." "But-" Before Monda has a chance to rebuttal, Joh walks off and up to the counter. Monda slouches back in his seat and begins to wait for Joh to come back with the drinks. Joh orders 2 pints of Guinness for the pair of them before a trio of middle-aged men walk up beside him. Person 1: "Lads, don't ye think this guy right here looks familiar?" Person 2: "Oh I've surely seen him before but I just can't tell you who he is." Person 3: "...........Ah, I know who this lad is. It's that Joh bloke from BPZ. The guy from the telly doing all the wrestling and all that craic." "Wow you're right. What in god's name is he doing in these parts of the city? Shouldn't he be in America being a celebrity and all that?" Joh begins to hear what these men are saying and instinctively turns around to see all 3 of them looking directly at him. "Um.........hello?" "You alright mate? I'm Paddy." "Kevin." "And I'm Liam. I'm also wondering what you're doing here in the first place." "Well.....I'm taking my buddy over here Monda for a pint or 2, depends how he's feeling. Do you guys have a problem with that or are you just curious?" "Nah mate no worries at all. We were just confused when we saw you and the American guy walk into this place. You both are supposed to be some sort of superstars in the wrestling world aren't ye? All glits and glamour driving your fancy cars around the California coast or something." "Some people might be like that, but us? Not really. We might go to the odd nice restaurant from here and there, but mostly we like to keep it to our roots. We're all representing our different nations in this legion of ours, I'm the Irish one and he's the American one, we have an Italian too. We're all being proud of our countries, do you get what I'm saying?" "Oh yeah, I'm sure that's why you're here, definitely. You're definitely not just trying to make yourself seem like the proudest Irishman in the country going to a pub like it's some exotic place here." "No it's not like that I'm just saying that-" "I see through your lies Mr Wrestler. You're fake. You're just trying to make yourself look humble. I see what you're doing here and I'm not having any of it. You've found the wrong place to use your little patriot character." "Listen-" *BAM* Before Joh can continue with his sentence, Liam connects with a sucker punch that could be heard throughout the entire pub. Chaos ensues in the immediate aftermath, as the others in the pub scream and the staff panic. The staff are quick to rush these group of men out of the room. The attacker Liam can be heard shouting obscenities while he and his friends are escorted out of the door. The camera fades out and then fades back in again, showing Joh and Monda sitting at their table, both with their Guinness pints in hand. Joh is still touching his face after that punch. "I'm guessing it's still hurting?" "Yeah, that stung like a bee. I know I should be used to it by now but not in an environment outside of the ring." "I see what you mean. After all, isn't that what the true Irish pub night life is all about? Getting punched in the face by a middle-aged man who is probably on his 4th pint of the night?" "You're right. Definitely. I probably should've expected that but whatever. Anyways......are you enjoying yourself?" "It's been pretty good so far, this Guinness is nice, the atmosphere feels like what you said it would be, and I got to see you get smacked in the face. What more could I ask for?" ".......At least you're enjoying it. So, we are days away from SummerSlam, the biggest party of the summer as they like to call it. Despite not really experiencing the summer feeling on this side of the pond, I'm pretty excited. Plenty of title matches on that show, Bashka vs BrendenPlayz, The Bailey vs Eli Smith, Mirage vs Josh, it's a stellar lineup. The United Nations may not be on it but other than that, I'm excited. "It would have been great to have us on that card, but we've just gotta wait. It's not the end of the world. We can be on any other show if we wanted to, we still have the support of our fans. Oh, I've seen that there's a North American Championship match at SummerSlam, Arius is defending against Yelich. Got any thoughts about that?" "Filler is what I think the word for it is. I defeated Yelich and every other opponent in that To The Top ladder match, but I guess Yelich has to be given a shot or else he'll sue the BPZ. He'll go on and on about being screwed and all that, but he lost fair and square at Emergence and he's lucky he's being given a chance. Arius should also be lucky that he's not facing the actual winner, he has to feed on the runner-up in the meantime. He can go through the match focusing on Yelich, but he always has to live with the fact I have my To The Top briefcase and I'm ready to use it whenever I choose." "Yeah, prepare to use that in your favour. Having that not only helps you but helps the United Nations in asserting our dominance over BPZ. There might be other groups trying to overcome our power but they'll never have an alliance like ours. And they should always remember that we have room to expand. "Exactly." "Hmm, looks like my Guinness is done with, yours too. How about we get out of here and go out into the pouring night again?" "I would love to stay here indoors but yeah, you're right, let's bolt. It's been a weird night, need to get some isolation." Joh and Monda get up and leave the pub. They cross the street before Joh unlocks the car. They both get inside and drive off into the night.
  14. Joh

    MMAnalysis w/ Joh

    UFC 241 - Post Show Analysis The Prelims The first fight of the evening was Sabina Mazo vs Shana Dobson in a women's flyweight fight. Wow, what a dominant performance from Mazo here. Mazo won the fight by unanimous decision with the judges scoring the contest 30-24, 30-25 and 20-25, making this fight the joint 2nd most lopsided unanimous decision victory in UFC history which is really impressive. Mazo put on a great performance, combining her lightning quick kicks, her excellent accuracy and good grapping as well. It was clear Dobson was a boxer so she was leaving her body to be hit and Mazo took advantage of that. I would've liked Mazo to finish her but she still got the victory in the end. Great performance. Next was Kyung Ho Kang defeating Brandon Davis by split decision. A judge scored it 29-28 in favour of Davis but the other 2 scored it 29-28 Kang. I agree with the decision, it was a close fight but I thought Kang won the first and third rounds definitively. Not much else to say about that fight, it was fine. And then closing the early prelims was Hannah Cifers vs Jodie Esquibel, where Cifers picked up the unanimous decision victory with the judges scoring it 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28. I don't know whether I would score it 30-27 or 29-28 but I agree that Cifers was the winner. This win brings her record to 10-3 which is pretty good, she could be ranked soon. Moving on to the actual preliminary card, it was opened by Manny Bermudez vs Casey Kenney at catchweight (140lbs). Bermudez was going into this fight with an undefeated record and a clear size advantage so I was expecting him to be the victor here but no, Kenney won the fight by unanimous decision. I was pretty impressed by Kenney in this fight, being able to keep control on the ground and get good takedowns on a guy who is basically a featherweight rather than a bantamweight. The whole reason this fight was at a 140lbs catchweight is because the UFC believed the weight cutting to 135lbs would be too difficult and it showed when Bermudez walked into the octagon at around 164, putting on 17.7% of his weigh in weight which is pretty ridiculous. The UFC are now forcing him to move up so good on their part. But yeah, Kenney was impressive and got the win over an undefeated guy. Next was Drakkar Klose vs Christos Giagos which ended up with Klose being the winner via unanimous decision once again. Giagos won the first round but Klose did good to come back and win the other 2. I definitely thought Klose was out when Giagos locked in a rear naked choke in the second round but Klose ended up escaping to my surprise. I think the best moment in this fight was in the third round, when Klose went to press Giagos against the cage but just ended up picking Giagos up onto his shoulder in a fireman's carry position, then Klose just drops him like a Samoan Drop, that was brilliant. A good win for Klose, who called out top 15 lightweight Gregor Gillespie after the fight. I don't think that's a very favourable fight for Klose but I guess it would be nice to see. Then there was a big bantamweight fight, with 2 top 10 ranked bantamweights facing off, these being Raphael Assuncao and Cory Sandhagen. Sandhagen ended up getting the 6th consecutive decision win of the night and the 4th consecutive unanimous decision win. I feel like this fight was closer than people make it out to be, but in hindsight it was Sandhagen who was definitely gonna get the win, he was overall more aggressive and did well to combat Assuncao's BJJ skills. This leaves Sandhagen as a top bantamweight contender now and he is also on a 7 fight winning streak, he could totally be a title contender soon enough. And now we reach the featured bout of the prelims and our last fight before the main card, Devonte Smith vs Khama Worthy. Let's look at this fight leading up to the show. Smith was originally supposed to be up against John Makdessi who pulled out, then the UFC gave him Clay Collard as his opponent, who ALSO had to pull out of this fight. By the time the UFC got Khama Worthy to be Smith's final opponent, UFC 241 was in 1 week. It's also noteworthy to point out that Worthy had fought a mere 3 weeks earlier and still accepted this fight. Smith went into this fight on a 6 fight winning streak as a -1000 favourite in the odds, while Worthy was the +650 underdog. Guess what happens? Worthy just goes and TKOs Devonte Smith in the first round. Ugh, what a sport. The fight started out slow for the first 4 minutes with them trading leg kicks and punches but then all of a sudden, Worthy eats a right hand from Smith and while Smith is moving forward he connects with a left hook and then a right hand right on the chin. He drops Smith and proceeds with hammerfists before the referee stops the fight, cementing Worthy as one of the biggest underdog winners of the year so far. Brilliant debut victory for Khama Worthy, establishing himself as a new threat in the lightweight division. It's a tough loss for someone as hyped up as Devonte Smith but I hope he comes back better than ever in his next fight. Derek Brunson def. Ian Heinisch - Unanimous Decision Who called it? This guy! To open up the UFC 241 main card, Derek Brunson defeated Ian Heinisch by unanimous decision with 29-28 on every judges' scorecard. Opening the main card with a correct prediction is always a nice feeling but wow, when I saw that first round, I thought I would be starting off with an incorrect pick. The fight starts off and about 5 seconds into the first round, Heinisch catches a running Brunson with a sweet head kick which made a grueling sound across the arena. The crowd reacted heavily, the commentators thought the fight was over but somehow someway, Brunson scrambles and lifts Heinisch up so he can get back up to his feet. I think that kick alone won Heinisch the round but he also did well throughout the rest of that round. So there was me thinking Brunson was done for. But no, Brunson goes ahead and wins the next 2 rounds! A main problem with Heinisch's overall gameplan was the fact he went for that finish so early into the fight. Heinisch basically just wasted all of his energy in the first round which left him hopeless in the next 2. He would go for takedowns, he would try to pressure Brunson but Brunson kept calm and composed through the duration of the 3 rounds. Brunson did really well in defending the takedowns and used brilliant movement to sway himself away from Heinisch pressing forward. I think Heinisch definitely overestimated his KO power in the leadup to the fight and in the fight itself. Heinisch won both of his prior UFC fights by decision and trying to knockout a guy who only really gets knocked out by the best would obviously be a difficult feat. Brunson has only ever been knocked out by the likes of Jacare Souza, Yoel Romero, Robert Whittaker, Israel Adesanya, all of those are big middleweight names. I do feel like Brunson is quite underappreciated. He may be reaching the later stages in his career and may be falling into that role as 'gatekeeper' of the division, but he can still go and win fights with the sheer experience and skill he has. Just because he gets beaten by tough opponents doesn't mean he loses to everyone. Brunson went into this fight as the underdog and managed to overcome the odds and come out with the victory. I thought that prediction would bite me in the back but in the end it didn't and I'm very happy about it. Again, good win for Brunson, if I had to put him up against anyone at the moment, I think I would probably say Darren Till actually. There's been plenty of ongoing rumours about Till finally moving up to middleweight and I feel like facing the so-called 'gatekeeper' of the division would define whether he's ready for the new weight class or not. As for Heinisch, I guess it's back to the drawing board for him. This is his first loss in a while so hopefully he can get back to winning ways. Sodiq Yusuff def. Gabriel Benítez - TKO via Punches (4:14 R1) After that was Sodiq Yusuff taking on Gabriel Benítez, where Yusuff pulled off the TKO win in the very first round. Again, much like the last fight that happened, there was a moment in the early stages of the fight where I thought I would have an incorrect prediction. The fight started out with Yusuff being as menacing as ever, constantly pushing forward and pressuring Benítez who circled Yusuff a bunch. Yusuff put his solid hands to good use as he hit some good strikes on his opponent. Benítez didn't look that bad either, he did throw some punches of his own and did some nice leg kicks. But then around 3 minutes into the fight, they're standing opposite of each other when Benítez throws a left hand which stumbles Yusuff but Yusuff gets back to his feet soon enough. That made me really scared for Yusuff in the remaining minutes of this fight. Thankfully, he managed to come back to form, and then with a minute remaining in the round, Yusuff takes a left straight to the face but counters with a wonderful right hook which drops Benítez and then Yusuff delivers hammerfists until the fight is stopped. I predicted the fight to end with the judges deciding the winner but Yusuff took it into his own hands to make sure that didn't happen. I obviously knew Yusuff had the ability to win the fight by stoppage but Benítez had only been knocked out 1 time previously so I had faith, but he now has another KO loss. Also Yusuff won his last fight by decision so I was quite hesitant to say he would finish it, but eh I still predicted the right guy to win so I'm not fussed. I'm glad Yusuff got another win, he's one of the best rising stars in the featherweight division. He's on a 5 fight winning streak and is undefeated in the UFC so I could see him maybe cracking the top 15 sometime in the next year. I think the year-long layoff for Benítez didn't help him but he didn't seem upset with the loss afterwards. He's still a good veteran to have in the division. Paulo Costa def. Yoel Romero - Unanimous Decision Oh boy, where do I even start with this fight? Well I guess I'll mention my prediction first. I predicted Romero to win the fight via TKO in the 2nd round, but in reality Costa pulled off the unanimous decision victory, with all the judges scoring the contest 29-28 in the Brazilian’s favour. What…...a……..fight. This has to be up there with one of the best UFC fights of the year so far. It was entertaining from start to finish with both of these monsters trying to beat the hell out of each other for the full 15 minutes. I’m even hearing some people say that this is the Fight of the Year but personally I’d still say Israel Adesanya vs Kelvin Gastelum for the UFC Interim Middleweight Championship back in April is still my favourite. Even if wasn’t my favourite fight of the year, it was most definitely my favourite fight on this entire card. Both these guys got a Fight of the Night bonus and they deserve it without a doubt. Just by watching the first round, you could tell this was going to be an awesome fight. Only 1 minute into the fight, Costa drops Romero with a left hook but Romero immediately gets up back to his feet. Costa is following him around the octagon until Romero got out of the way of a right hand and hit Costa with one of his own which dropped Costa. It was an insane start to the fight. Unfortunately there was an eyepoke from Romero and a low blow from Costa that both halted the round for a bit but the rest of the round was absolutely electrifying. I would personally give that round to Costa as would a lot of people. As for the 2nd round, it was definitely much more closer and it’s definitely the round that divided a lot of people’s winner of the bout as a whole. People thought Costa won this while others thought Romero won. For me I would’ve given the round to Romero but I can see why Costa was given this round in the end too. Costa advanced and pressured more, plus he was lethal with those body strikes. But I don’t know, I just felt like Romero got more clean shots to the head and overall just looked better than Costa so that’s why I thought he won that round. And then for the 3rd, people agree that Romero won this one, Costa was getting tired and Romero capitalised on that tiredness to take the control of that round. But as you tally up the scores, Costa won the fight and I have no problem with that. It was a phenomenal fight between two of the scariest guys in the middleweight division and I’m just so glad we got to see the fight in the first place. This is obviously the biggest win of Paulo Costa’s career so far, and it brings him to the top 3 of the division. I think next for Costa might be a title shot after Adesanya and Whittaker battle in October, but maybe he’ll have another fight before getting the chance to challenge for the belt. I don’t think this loss really hinders Romero that much, everyone knows he’s still a beast and the fact he went 3 rounds with a guy who has never been to a decision before shows how good Romero still is. Romero may be at the later stages of his career, with him being in his early 40s, but he should still be able to hang around with the best of this weight class until he eventually puts down the gloves. Yeah, what a damn fight. Nate Diaz def. Anthony Pettis - Unanimous Decision And then we move on to the co-main of UFC 241, Nate Diaz making his return to the octagon and facing Anthony Pettis. He's only gone and done it and pulled off the unanimous decision victory in a pretty dominant performance. I did predict Diaz to finish the fight by submission in the 3rd round but hey I was close enough. I really enjoyed this fight but wow Diaz just dominated most of the time. I scored it 30-27 as did 2 of the judges, and then 1 of the judges scored it 29-28 somehow? I don't really know how you could score this 29-28. The judge gave the 1st round to Pettis, a round where Pettis did land some good strikes but didn't look good in the clinch and on the ground. Diaz kept him on the cage when he could and Diaz scored a takedown to drag the fight to the mat. On the mat Diaz did some ground and pound before taking the back until the round ended. Then in the 2nd round is where the tides turned even more into Diaz's favour. Immediately in round 2, Pettis goes for a leg kick on Diaz but Diaz seems to check it and sends Pettis falling backwards. It turns out Pettis actually injured his foot in that moment and ruled out leg kicks for Pettis. I said in my preview analysis that if Diaz didn't check those leg kicks he could be in serious danger and here we are, he checks one and Pettis doesn't go for them again. Seeing Diaz check a leg kick honestly made me so proud, he's learning, bless him. I think round 2 shows Diaz at his best to be honest. Diaz was constantly coming towards Pettis and getting close up to him, wailing away with shot and shot while Pettis couldn't do anything. Diaz would just keep surrounding him against the cage and laying into him with punches, uppercuts and elbows. Again, Pettis didn't necessarily look bad, he did hit a few strikes of his own and clipped Diaz with a head kick that probably would have rocked Diaz if it was closer to his head, but he was just getting swarmed. Diaz managed to get Pettis to the ground again and keep top control until letting Pettis back up and keeping him in a clinch against the cage before the end of the round. Round 3 is the round where Diaz just asserted his dominance. Diaz kept doing what he was doing as Pettis just started deteriorating. Diaz ended up dropping Pettis with repeated knees to the skull but the fight continued on the ground. Diaz went in for the kill and tried going for a rear naked choke but Pettis used his good BJJ game to get himself out of getting choked. It was wonderful seeing Diaz and Pettis move on the ground and the fans enjoyed it too. Ultimately, Diaz got the unanimous decision in the end and the California crowd could not have been happier. The 3 year layoff barely even affected Diaz's performance in my eyes, he looked great. Many people were doubting Diaz including the betting people but I knew Diaz would be back in good fashion. Excellent return from Diaz, who called out Jorge Masvidal in his post-fight interview. Even though I like the sound of Masvidal facing Leon Edwards, Masvidal vs Diaz is definitely the fight to make, not only for the action but also for the drawing power those guys have. Part of me wants to think that Pettis' KO of Wonderboy was a fluke now but eh I don't know. I don't know who Pettis faces next. Stipe Miocic def. Daniel Cormier - TKO via Punches (4:09 R4) We are here at the main event of the evening, UFC Heavyweight Championship fight between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic, and unfortunately, I end the PPV with another incorrect prediction. My prediction was Cormier knocking out Miocic in the 3rd round but in the end it was Miocic walking out of the octagon as the champ. I've got to say this, props to Stipe Miocic for pulling off one of the greatest comeback wins I've ever seen in the UFC. Starting off with round 1, Cormier absolutely dominated that round. When they were on the feet DC was hitting cleaner shots and then when Miocic went for a takedown, Cormier used his excellent balance to keep himself on his feet. And then with Cormier's pure strength, he picks up Miocic and delivers a very Attitude Adjustment-like slam, which was our 2nd fireman's carry slam of the night. From there, Cormier kept top control until the round came to an end, easily winning that round. Round 2 was much like the previous one except there was no clinch or ground action, just stand and bang from both competitors. Cormier won this round as well with clean strikes again, he even connected with a head kick (although it was the round we saw DC's eyepokes beginning again). It's during round 3 where the fight gets closer. Round 3 is a really tough round to call since both of them were really good. I'd say Cormier did better in the striking but Miocic got a takedown, so yeah, a really even round there but it doesn't count towards any kind of judge decision, as we see in round 4. In round 4, Miocic found his key to victory, and that key was body punches. He threw a body punch and then threw another, realising that DC wasn't blocking them. From then on, Cormier would try going for head punches while Miocic would combat them with head punches of his own but also with lethal body punches. Miocic was just ripping away at Cormier's body and the commentators could tell he was doing this too. This all led up to 4 minutes into the 4th round, when Miocic connected with a sick body shot that visibly hurt DC. This was Miocic's opportunity to finish it so he started going for the head punches and they were ruthless. He corners Cormier against the cage and lays into him with hands, Cormier crumbles and the referee stops the fight. We have a new champion! What an incredible comeback from Stipe, who found his weapon and stuck with it to get himself the win. I think Cormier's main problem was not utilising his wrestling enough. He dominated the 1st round by using it but he ignored his coach's advice to use it more. Of course with this being a new champion in the heavyweight division, there's a huge amount of possibilities as to who could challenge for the belt next. We could have Miocic/Cormier III which I wouldn't mind, we could have Miocic/Ngannou II which is the fight I want to see, and then there's Miocic/Jones which is very unlikely but still in the discussion I guess. Anyways, does this win cement Stipe Miocic as the heavyweight GOAT? Maybe. Prediction Count: 3/5
  15. Happy birthday Cody I hope you enjoy the 14 minutes of it left
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    MMAnalysis w/ Joh

    UFC 241 Date: August 17th 2019 Venue: Honda Center City: Anaheim, California Hello everyone and welcome to MMAnalysis with Joh. Today we're taking a look at the next UFC PPV in the schedule which is happening this weekend, UFC 241. For our third PPV coverage we're heading to the west coast of the USA, more specifically the city of Anaheim, California. On the main card, we have our main event which is for the UFC Heavyweight Championship, with the champion Daniel Cormier taking on Stipe Miocic for the title. Also on the main card is our co-main event, with the returning Nate Diaz facing Anthony Pettis. That's not even all the good fights, this card is amazing! An insane lineup with the top 3 fights all being star-studded and the rest of the card having other great match-ups. Even the prelims look really exciting, I would recommend all of those fights on the preliminary card because they're all pretty good match-ups. This PPV could easily be a contender for the best of the year and I am so excited to see it unfold on Saturday. But for now, I've got some analysing to do. Let's take a look at the main card of UFC 241. I'll offer my thoughts and try to predict the outcomes of each fight. Derek Brunson vs Ian Heinisch In our opening fight of the UFC 241 main card, we have our first middleweight bout, where Derek Brunson faces Ian "The Hurricane" Heinisch. Brunson goes into this fight with an MMA record of 19-7 while Heinisch goes into this fight with a record of 13-1. Brunson has never really been a top contender in the middleweight division but has always been up there in the rankings and has some good wins over Uriah Hall and Lyoto Machida. Brunson is going into this fight with a win in his last fight, a unanimous decision victory over Elias Theodorou in May (which is a really funny fight, go watch that for a laugh). Heinisch on the other hand is one of the most hyped up prospects in the middleweight division. He was brought into the UFC through the Contender Series and has won his first two UFC fights against Cezar Ferreira and Antonio Carlos Junior. He is also on a 5 fight win streak and has only ever lost 1 fight in his professional career. This one is a really interesting pairing, seeing as Brunson has been a mainstay in the UFC for many years now and Heinisch is only just beginning his UFC career. It is really a Veteran vs New Breed kind of match-up. Now, who do I think has this in the bag? Well, the favourite in this fight is the rising star Heinisch, he's the more promising and hungry fighter out of the 2, but I'm not so sure about his chances. He didn't really seem that great in his fight with Antonio Carlos Junior, getting dominated in the first, just about winning the second and then finishing off the fight with a good round 3, he seems to be a slow starter. However, I could see Heinisch using his KO power that he has used to win 4 fights in his career here. On the other hand, Brunson just looked the same throughout his fight with Theodorou. He didn't have much to do against someone as.....'unique' as Theodorou but he still got the easy decision win. Brunson also does have KO power of his own, with 11 knockouts out of his 19 wins. This one is certainly going to be a tough fight to call, but I think I'm going to go with experience, which is why I'm going with Brunson. I see Brunson doing better in the first 2 rounds and then Heinisch coming out blazing in the third, but not doing enough to avenge his first 2 rounds. This could totally come back to bite me in the back seeing as Heinisch is the favourite, but I'm willing to take a chance and go with Brunson here. Prediction: Decision Win - Derek Brunson ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gabriel Benítez vs Sodiq Yusuff Next up is a featherweight bout between Gabriel "Moggly" Benítez and "Super" Sodiq Yusuff. Benítez goes into this fight with a 21-6 record and Yusuff holds a record of 9-1. Benítez hasn't fought in over a year so this will be his first fight in a while. His last fight took place all the way back in May 2018 against Humberto Bandenay, where he won the fight in about 40 seconds via KO with a vicious slam and punches. Benítez has also been with the UFC since 2014 so he has more experience here. Yusuff was brought into the UFC through the Contender Series like Ian Heinisch was, and has won his first 2 UFC fights so far. His last fight was a unanimous decision win over Sheymon Moraes in March, which extended his win streak to 4 fights. Much like our opener of the main card, this one is a battle between a more experienced UFC fighter and a rising new star, and I think this one is also a good pairing. It's probably Yusuff's most formidable UFC opponent yet despite Benítez's layoff. Benítez showed in his last fight against Bandenay that he is not someone to miss with on the feet as he dropped Bandenay within the first 20 seconds of the fight. Benítez has even better submission game too, with 10 of his 21 professional wins coming via submission. However, it is definitely easy to see why Yusuff is the favourite in this fight. He has shown in his previous fights that he has a unique style and heavy hands. The power Yusuff possesses in his punches is insane, he can swing for days. It's no wonder 5 out of Yusuff's 9 wins have come via KO/TKO. Although, despite the fact that both these guys have good finishing, I see this one going the distance and ending in the judges deciding the victor. I think this one will be pretty back and forth and it should be an entertaining fight. I'm going with Super Sodiq to continue the streak. Prediction: Decision Win - Sodiq Yusuff ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yoel Romero vs Paulo Costa Here we go, we're moving onto the big fights of this card now, the big 3 that everyone is excited for. We are midway through the main card and in this slot we have a middleweight fight with Yoel "Soldier of God" Romero taking on Paulo "The Eraser" Costa. Romero currently holds an MMA record of 13-3 while Costa holds an undefeated record of 12-0. Both of these guys have taken time away from the octagon for a while and now it's time that they get back to action. Romero has been in the UFC since 2013 now and has only ever lost in the UFC to one man and that was current UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker, who he has lost to twice. Other than those losses, Romero has never left to anyone else in his UFC career. He has big wins over Luke Rockhold, Chris Weidman, Jacare Souza and Lyoto Machida. On the other hand we have Paulo Costa who arrived in the UFC in 2017 and has won all of his 4 fights with notable wins over guys like Johny Hendricks and Uriah Hall. This is definitely Paulo Costa's most daunting task yet, to beat Yoel Romero. Costa hasn't been in the UFC for long but it's clear that he is someone the UFC sees as a future serious contender in the middleweight division, which is why they have him up against the #2 ranked middleweight contender in the UFC right now. I can definitely see why Paulo Costa is such a hyped up star right now, he has looked impressive in his last few fights, he's undefeated, and he has incredible striking. His punches are brutal and the sound they make hurts you as much as it hurts the recipient. It's also worth pointing out that Costa has a 100% finish rate in his 12 fight career, with 11 KO/TKOs and 1 submission to his name. Now, what about Romero? Well, what is there to say about this guy that hasn't already been said? He's an absolute beast, with such an imposing figure and highlight reel knockouts like his knockouts of Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold. Although, this is his first 3 round fight since 2016 so Romero might need to change up his gameplan in order to win this fight against Costa. This is going to be an absolute clinic of a fight, with two jacked heavy hitters going one-on-one in a fight that will most likely stay on the fight for the majority of the time. Even if the fight doesn't stay on the feet that much, I think it could be interesting in the clinch or on the ground. I would probably give the advantage to the Cuban there. Costa can be a great comeback fighter as he showed in his fight against Uriah Hall, he took jab after jab from him and still finished Hall in good fashion in the second round, so if Romero starts out well then I can see Costa regaining control. But the thing is that Romero isn't that type of guy who goes into the first round all guns blazing, he's composed and moves well. If anything, Costa is going to be the one who starts out fiercely. It's such an interesting match-up and a great one too from the UFC, as this could have a major toll on the middleweight division, and maybe decide who gets the title shot next. This one is such a close one to call but I think I'm giving the victory to the Soldier of God. I don't expect this one to go to decision at all, so expect and enjoy a nice KO/TKO finish. Prediction: TKO Win (R2) - Yoel Romero ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Anthony Pettis vs Nate Diaz Ohhh boy, in our co-main event of the evening, we see Anthony "Showtime" Pettis facing Nate Diaz in a welterweight bout. Pettis goes into this fight with an MMA record of 22-8 while Diaz has a record of 19-11. Anthony Pettis has had a weird career in terms of weight classes. He's fought most of his career in lightweight, then he had a stint at featherweight in 2016 before returning to lightweight again. Now, Pettis has moved up to welterweight for the first time in a decade. Pettis made his welterweight debut in March, getting a brilliant KO win against Stephen Thompson with a superman punch. And then we have Nate Diaz. Diaz is making his return to the UFC after a 3 year layoff, with his last 2 fights being those universally seen bouts with his biggest rival Conor McGregor. Diaz won the first fight between them in the second round with a rear naked choke, but then went on to lose to McGregor in their rematch via a very close majority decision. Now it is time for Diaz to step back into the octagon against a pretty tough opponent. It's an interesting pairing since both of these guys are more known for their work in the lightweight division but are now fighting a weight class above in the welterweight division. Of course, both of Diaz's fights with McGregor were at welterweight and he did fight at welterweight for a short time between 2010 and 2011, so him and Pettis both have a pretty similar amount of time at 170lbs. What about the actual fight though, who is coming out of this bout with the victory? Well, this is probably the hardest fight to call on the entire main card, with one of the main reasons being Diaz's multi-year break from the UFC. People are wondering if Diaz will be the same after such a long time away and if he'll be able to compete with a more active fighter like Pettis. Well, I strongly doubt that the break will effect his performance here. Diaz has taken breaks before and he's still active in training, so I don't see why that will be a disadvantage for him. I do see why Pettis is the favourite going into this fight though. He's coming off an impressive welterweight debut victory against Wonderboy and has the same amount of skill and experience as Diaz. A main weapon for Pettis in this fight has gotta be his leg kicks. Diaz is kind of renowned for not checking those leg kicks and constantly just getting his leg hurt, so if Diaz isn't gonna check them, Pettis should just go for them. For Diaz, I feel like if he can pressure Pettis enough he can just swarm over Pettis and be able to weaken him. Pettis uses speed while Diaz uses pressure. I feel like they're pretty equal on the feet, with Diaz probably being a better boxer, and the ground they're also pretty close in quality but I also think Diaz is better. 12 out of Diaz's 19 wins have come via submission so his submission game is no joke. Pettis is mostly a KO artist with 11 of his 22 wins being via KO/TKO, but he probably won't be able to knock out a guy with a chin as tough as Diaz's. Diaz has only ever been finished twice in his career, so I think if Pettis wins it's decision. But, I'm gonna go with the underdog and go with the returning Nate Diaz. It's probably the fight I'm most hyped for going into the PPV and I'm excited to see it happen. Prediction: Submission Win (R3) - Nate Diaz ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Daniel Cormier vs Stipe Miocic - UFC Heavyweight Championship Finally, we are here. We are taking a look at the main event of this UFC 241 mega card. In the main event of the evening, we see a bout for the UFC Heavyweight Championship, where Daniel "DC" Cormier defends his title against Stipe Miocic in their second fight between each other. The champion goes into this fight with an MMA record of 22-1-1NC while the challenger has a record of 18-3. Of course, this is the rematch between these two heavyweight greats as I said earlier. Their first fight took place in July last year, where DC defeated Miocic to win the UFC Heavyweight Champion and to become one of the only fighters in UFC history to hold two titles simultaneously (UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Championships). Since this big win, Cormier has defended the title once, defeating Derrick Lewis to retain the title in November via submission. Cormier has an amazing record of 22-1-1NC, with him beating every opponent he has been up against except for Jon Jones which gave him that 1 loss and 1 no contest on his record. Cormier is known as one of the greatest heavyweights of all time and has great wins over guys like Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, Josh Barnett, Frank Mir and Roy Nelson. He has also been UFC Light Heavyweight Champion like I mentioned before and has impressive wins over guys like Dan Henderson, Anthony Johnson (twice), Alexander Gustafsson and Anderson Silva during his time at 205lbs. As for the challenger Stipe Miocic, he is also known as one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. A fact that helps this claim is that Miocic holds the record for most consecutives defenses of the UFC Heavyweight Championship with 3 in a row. Miocic has brilliant victories over so many great heavyweights like Mark Hunt, Fabricio Werdum, Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos and Francis Ngannou, all who he beat leading up to the first Cormier fight. But since he lost the title, Miocic hasn't fought since, not wanting any other fight other than a rematch for the title, which he is now getting. This is easily one of the most hyped up rematches in recent UFC history and I am excited to see it unfold at the PPV. Analysing the fight should be simple enough, just look at their last fight right? Well I think after their last fight, Miocic is gonna come back better and hungrier than ever and he has proven in the past that he can put out the best heavyweights in brilliant fashion, so I'm definitely not counting out Miocic merely due to the fact he lost the first fight. Cormier is obviously the favourite going into this rematch after winning the first one and yeah it makes total sense. DC is still the #1 pound for pound fighter in the UFC right now for a reason, he has excellent wrestling, good submissions and can knock you out as well, he's a good all-rounder. He may have eye poked his way to a win last time but I doubt that's gonna be his key to winning this time. I definitely don't see this fight going all 5 rounds, they're both gonna be looking to finish each other to get that title. This is also a tough one to call but I'm predicting the champ to retain. Prediction: KO Win (R3) - Daniel Cormier ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you for joining me in my analysis of UFC 241. I'm Joh and see you at the fights.
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    MMAnalysis w/ Joh

    UFC Fight Night 156 - Post Show Analysis The Prelims A women's flyweight bout between Veronica Macedo and Polyana Viana opened the prelims. This was a quick one, where Viana took down Macedo but Macedo managed to wriggle her way through to find her way to Viana's arm, then Macedo locked in an armbar. Macedo made Viana tap out in just a minute into the first round. This win earned a Performance of the Night bonus for Macedo and she deserved it, very good win for her. After that was Alex da Silva defeating Kazula Vargas by unanimous decision. This was a pretty boring fight, mainly consisting of Alex da Silva using his BJJ to keep the fight on the ground. Next up was Chris Gutierrez getting the split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28) victory against Geraldo de Freitas. Personally, I thought Gutierrez won the last 2 rounds so I agree with the decision. This fight was pretty enjoyable. Gutierrez's main weapon in this fight were his leg kicks, de Freitas threw some leg kicks of his own but they weren't as effective as Gutierrez's kicks which left de Freitas on his butt on the mat. Round 3 was really wild, with Gutierrez and de Freitas just swinging rellentlessly. I think they butted heads about 3 times. By the end of the fight they were just falling over each other which was pretty funny. Yeah, that fight was fun but weird. Next up was an even weirder fight, this being Rogério Bontorin vs Raulian Paiva. Around 2 minutes into the fight, Paiva connected with a left hook which left a big bump under one of Bontorin's eyes. This resulted in the fight being momentarily stopped so the doctors could check on Bontorin. After being checked on, Bontorin returned to fighting Paiva. And then, not long after, Bontorin connected with a knee right to Paiva's face which CUT HIS EYEBROW OPEN. The cut was pretty similar to Rafael dos Anjos' cut from a few weeks ago. The fight was stopped to check on this injury but this time the fight was stopped altogether, with Bontorin being awarded the TKO win due to doctor stoppage. Yeah, weird fight, but the actual fighting we saw was entertaining I guess. I don't remember a lot about Tecia Torres vs Mariana Rodriguez but I do remember Rodriguez just outclassing Torres, which led to her winning the fight by unanimous decision. I guess Torres couldn't deal with Rodriguez's height and reach advantage. Torres is on an unfortunate losing streak, so hopefully she wins soon. Now we reached the last 2 fights on the prelims, which were the fights I said to look out for. First up was Ciryl Gane vs Raphael Pessoa Nunes. Gane is a training partner of heavyweight star Francis Ngannou and is one of the most talked about prospects in the heavyweight division, which is why I said to look out for this fight. Both of these guys were undefeated going into this match-up but you couldn't tell Pessoa Nunes was undefeated by the way he fought. He wasn't bad but he legitimately looked terrified at some points in that fight. Gane wasn't the best on the feet but he's still a fast and imposing figure. The fight ended when Pessoa Nunes tried to takedown Gane but Gane reversed it while falling to the mat, ending up on top and locking in an Arm Triangle choke. Pessoa Nunes tapped out and Gane got the submission victory. People thought Gane was gonna get that knockout but he showed off his submission skills against the BJJ guy. Good debut for Gane, I hope to see him become a big star in the future. And then we reached the last fight of the prelims, in a fight that was the complete opposite of my expectations, Gilbert Burns broke Alexey Kunchenko's 20 fight win streak with a unanimous decision victory. I was really disappointed by Kunchenko in this fight, he just didn't look threatening at all. When Burns dropped Kunchenko with a leg kick in the first round, I knew it would be downhill for Kunchenko from then on. Burns had a good gameplan, he tried to do better leg kicks than Kunchenko and then go for the takedown. In the first round Burns delivered his leg kicks excellently, with 3 of them being really significant. After that Burns took Kunchenko down and just kept him against the cage to end the round. Round 2 was closer but Burns still managed to get a great takedown and keep Kunchenko there. Although, Kunchenko did do better in the third round and I thought he won the third round, but that wasn't enough for him. Great win for Burns in his welterweight debut, I'm guessing his next fight will be against Michael Chiesa as that's who he wants, so that should be a close grappling fight. As for Kunchenko, unlucky for him. I just think he had a very slow start and that ultimately cost him. Enrique Barzola def. Bobby Moffett - Split Decision Our opener was Enrique Barzola vs Bobby Moffett, where I correctly predicted that Barzola would get the decision victory. As you can see, this was a really close split decision with the judges scoring the contest 28-29, 30-27 and 29-28. This one was an awful one to decide between but I think I probably scored it 30-27 Barzola in the end. I thought this fight was really good, it really exceeded my expectations. It was probably my 2nd favourite fight on the entire card, we'll get to my favourite in a bit. I feel like these guys were very equal on the feet, both pretty fluid and fast, but what really gave the win to Barzola were those late takedowns. Every time the round was about to end Barzola shot for that takedown and succeeded each time, which definitely would have swayed the judges to score the round in his favour. It may not be a likeable tactic but it sure did work. Yeah, really good fight. Barzola said he's moving down to bantamweight soon so good luck to him. I hope Moffett isn't cut or anything, he has lost his last 2 but both of those have been great fights so he should be kept. Rodolfo Vieira def. Oskar Piechota - Submission via Arm Triangle (4:26 R2) Rodolfo Vieira had a successful UFC debut, winning against Oskar Piechota by submission, like I predicted (even though I predicted the wrong round). What I forgot to mention in my preview was that I looovvveee the nickname Vieira has, "The Black Belt Hunter". What a badass nickname. And after this past show, he beat another BJJ black belt. I was quite impressed by Vieira in general, I liked his jabs, they were clean and effective. Plus of course Vieira had his takedowns. Piechota did defend a few of them but Vieira still did succeed in some. Vieira kept top control well and definitely won the first round. Then Vieira got top control again in the second and locked in that arm triangle to get the submission win. Good debut win for Vieira, hopefully his style brings him victories in the middleweight division. Volkan Oezdemir def. Ilir Latifi - KO via Punches (4:31 R2) Volkan Oezdemir put in an amazing performance against Ilir Latifi, knocking him out in the second round to earn a Performance of the Night bonus, which he definitely deserved. I predicted Oezdemir to win by decision but he decided to finish it early. Oezdemir did well to stop Latifi's takedowns (except one time he got dropped on his neck) and managed to wear down Latifi. Oezdemir's main weapon in this fight were his knees, he hit about 2 flying knees on Latifi in the head and hit multiple body knees. Oezdemir finished off the fight with a brutal punch and then another when Latifi was on his hands and knees, knocking him out cold. I'm glad Oezdemir got the win he's been looking for, he was on a losing streak and definitely should have won his last fight so for him to get a win is great. I feel bad for Latifi though, this is his first time losing back-to-back fights and he's getting old. I just hope he gets a win soon. Eduardo Garagorri def. Humberto Bandenay - Unanimous Decision I kind of wish I swapped my predictions for this with the Oezdemir fight, I would have been more accurate, what a shame. Anyways, Garagorri got that hometown win in Uruguay by unanimous decision against Humberto Bandenay. I knew Garagorri was gonna get a big reaction from the crowd, but WOW I didn't expect it to be that loud. As soon as he came out the crowd was absolute roaring and whenever he did a good strike or takedown they would go mental. It was easily the most that crowd was awake throughout the entire night but it created a great atmosphere. Yeah, I agree with the 30-27 across the scoreboards here, Garagorri just looked like the more game competitor. It was pretty close but it was clear Garagorri was gonna get the win. Good for him to win in his own backyard, hope he has a good future. Vicente Luque def. Mike Perry - Split Decision This fight was easily the biggest talking point coming out of UFC Fight Night 156 and for a good reason, as this was definitely the Fight of the Night and got that Fight of the Night honour from the UFC. At the end of the 3 rounds Vicente Luque defeated Mike Perry by split decision with the judges scoring the contest 28-29, 29-28 and 29-28...................I thought Perry won the fight. BUT, I don't necessarily think he was robbed of the win. This was a VERY close fight. I thought Perry won the first round and Luque won the third, and the second round is a toss up but I think Perry edged out the win in that round. So yeah, he wasn't robbed. Perry tended to be the more aggressive and tended to pressure more while Luque was more patient and precise. Of course this fight is gonna be infamously known for Perry's broken nose and the pool of blood at the end of the fight, which is pretty cool but I don't want it to distract people from the fact that this fight was great. This is a big win for Luque no matter how controversial it was and it probably helps him in his pursuit for a top 15 opponent. Perry is gonna be out for 6 months but when he comes back I hope he comes back with a bang. Valentina Shevchenko def. Liz Carmouche - Unanimous Decision The streak of unanimous decisions in main events continues. We have reached the main event of UFC Fight Night 156 and wow it ended in a doozy. Shevchenko won a clear unanimous decision against Carmouche to defend her UFC Women's Flyweight Championship. Yeah, I didn't think this was a great fight, merely because barely anything noteworthy happened in it. There was a lot of stalling, a lot of staying on the ground and doing nothing. I do put a lot of blame on Carmouche for just not being hungry in the slightest but Shevchenko also could have put in a better performance. Despite this, it was clear Shevchenko was the winner. Carmouche spent most of the fight shadow boxing while Shevchenko was hitting actual strikes. Shevchenko also had top control on the ground most of the time. Shevchenko had the takedowns and knockdowns and Carmouche had nothing, so it was a simple defence for Shevchenko. Next up for Shevchenko? It will probably be Katlyn Chookagian who is currently ranked #2 in the division. Carmouche really shouldn't be in contention for the title for a while. Prediction Count: 6/6 WE FUCKING DID IT BOYS WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Reaching The Top

    We’re coming off the last BPZ Powertrip show Emergence and the setting seems to be a hotel room in the Emergence host city Tampa, Florida. We get a good look of the room as the camera pans over to Joh, looking in the mirror while his To The Top briefcase is left on his bed. “I……….I’ve done it. After all these grueling years of not being able to get a victory to my name…..I managed it. God, that sure was a tough one though. All that mayhem in one match was unlike any I had seen before, maybe akin to the Money In The Bank ladder match a few years ago. Having to battle 5 other people to find my way to unhooking the briefcase was always daunting to me, but I know I had done it before. Even then, the lingering feeling of having to live up to prior expectations was always looming around. I haven’t had a great match record recently, to say the least, so getting this victory and the prize that comes with it makes it feel oh so sweet and worthwhile.” Joh backs away from the mirror and sits alongside the To The Top briefcase on the edge of his bed. “It seems like I was right when I said I was adding another member to the trophy cabinet. I’ve had my doubters in the past, I’ve been called a retiree and all that nonsense, but I’ve proven that I’m still going and I have the winning ability still in me. The winning ability that brings me stuff like this. This briefcase. The power is in my hands on whether or not to go for that North American Championship.” Joh sits back up, with the briefcase in hand and walks back towards the mirror. “Oh how could I forget the power and confidence my affiliation with the United Nations has brought me? We were doubted from the very beginning of our formation, but then we were close to a tag team title shot and now one of our members is in possession of the To The Top briefcase. Don’t worry, this isn’t the first achievement for the United Nations, as we will live on and capture gold in our pursuit for international dominance. Whether we stick with the original members or bring along more partner, this win for me is only the beginning of the United Nations’ impact on the landscape of BPZ. It all comes down to what I do with my newfound item. Arius is definitely no slouch, but coming off my win and having the United Nations supporting me, I have what it takes to take the man down and win his title. The date of success may not be confirmed, but the success itself certainly is. Joh smirks as the camera zooms in on the reflection of the To The Top briefcase before the camera shot fades away.
  19. Joh

    The Regeneration

    Name: Joh Age: 28 Nickname: The Worthy One Signatures: Samoan Driver, Ram-Paige Finishers: Hell's Gate, Rikishi Driver Attire: Bobby Roode
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    MMAnalysis w/ Joh

    UFC Fight Night 156 Date: August 10th 2019 Venue: Antel Arena City: Montevideo, Uruguay Hello and welcome to MMAnalysis with Joh. Today, we're going to be taking a look at the next show in the UFC schedule and our final show before UFC 241, this being UFC Fight Night 156, otherwise known as UFC Fight Night: Shevchenko vs Carmouche 2 or UFC on ESPN+ 14. This is the first time I'll be talking about an ESPN+ show since last month's Fight Night 155. This is also the first event I'll be covering which isn't taking place in North America, with the UFC travelling to South America, specifically the capital city of Uruguay, Montevideo. On the main card, we have the main event of Valentina Shevchenko defending her UFC Women's Flyweight Championship against Liz Carmouche, which is the first title bout I've covered that isn't on a PPV (we also have a non-PPV title bout in a few weeks). Also on the main card is the co-main event, a welterweight match-up between Vicente Luque and Mike Perry. I think this card as a whole is alright. The prelims don't look that bad, with my fights to watch out for being Alexey Kunchenko vs Gilbert Burns and Ciryl Gane vs Raphael Pessoa Nunes. The main card is also fine, not great but it's a Fight Night after all, so I shouldn't expect much. With that preamble out of the way, let's see what we have in store in the UFC Fight Night 156 main card. I'll offer my thoughts and try to predict the outcomes of each fight. Enrique Barzola vs Bobby Moffett In our opening fight of the main card, Enrique "El Fuerte" Barzola faces Bobby "The Wolfman" Moffett in the featherweight division. El Fuerte goes into this bout with an MMA record of 15-4-1 while his opponent The Wolfman has a record of 14-4. Both of these guys lost their last fight so a win for either of them is needed here. Barzola lost to Kevin Aguilar by unanimous decision back in March and Moffett lost by unanimous decision to the undefeated Bryce Mitchell in March as well, in a bout that earned them the Fight of the Night award. Fun side note: both these guys were brought into the UFC through a variation of a UFC talent-searching show. Barzola was brought into the UFC through The Ultimate Fighter, where he won The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 Lightweight Tournament. Meanwhile, Moffett was brought in three years later through Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, defeating Jacob Kilburn and earning a UFC contract. Anyways, back to the fight. I think this is a tough one to call. Barzola's last seven fights have ended by decision, with him winning five of them, so I'm more inclined to think this one will follow that pattern. Although, Moffett does have a good submission game, utilising a trusty D'Arce Choke to win three fights since the start of 2018, including his Contender Series fight and his UFC debut, so maybe Moffett could pull off the submission win? I think a key gameplan for Barzola is to keep the fight on the feet, Barzola is quicker and more fiery in the stand-up department so he needs to stop the fight from getting to the mat. I'm really conflicted here. I'm gonna pick the Peruvian, though I might regret this later. Prediction: Decision Win - Enrique Barzola ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rodolfo Vieira vs Oskar Piechota In our second match-up of the night, we see Rodolfo "The Black Belt Hunter" Vieira making his UFC debut against Oskar "Imadlo" Piechota in the middleweight division. Vieira holds an undefeated MMA record of 5-0 while Piechota holds a record of 11-1-1. Rodolfo Vieira may only have five professional MMA fights to his name, but he's actually a much more decorated grappler than mixed martial artist. He has a staggering 100 wins in his grappling career, with only 9 losses and 1 draw, and he has won multiple Brazilian Jiu Jitsu championships. Prior to signing with the UFC, he was fighting for Absolute Championship Akhmat in Russia, winning all 3 of his fights there. Oskar Piechota was an undefeated fighter from 2011 until 2018, when he lost to Gerald Meerschaert (who fought last week) back in July 2018. Since then, he has taken a year long break and has now come back to the octagon. This is a really interesting match-up, Vieira obviously has a big history in BJJ but Piechota has more experience in MMA and already has 2 UFC wins to his name, while Vieira hasn't fought on this big of a stage before. A big point of interest for this fight is that Piechota lost to a submission specialist in Gerald Meerschaert in his last fight, and with Vieira's abilities probably being greater than Meerschaert's, I feel like this will only be a worse test for Piechota. Piechota is gonna try and deny Vieira's takedowns and keep the fight on the feet, as it's where he probably has the advantage. Despite this, I think Vieira's quickness and power with his takedowns will get the better of Piechota, and Vieira will pick up the victory in his first UFC bout. Prediction: Submission Win (R1) - Rodolfo Vieira ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Volkan Oezdemir vs Ilir Latifi Next up is a bout between two top 10 light heavyweights, as we see Volkan "No Time" Oezdemir take on Ilir "The Sledgehammer" Latifi. Oezdemir goes into this fight with a 16-4 record and his opponent Latifi holds a record of 14-6-1NC. Oezdemir was actually a title challenger at one point, after winning his first 3 UFC fights. He got a chance at the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship but ended up falling short to Daniel Cormier. Since that fight he has lost another 2 fights, losing to Anthony Smith and then losing in a split decision to Dominick Reyes back in March, a fight I thought Oezdemir definitely won but let's look past that. Latifi has been in the UFC since 2013 but hasn't gotten many big wins, with his last fight being a unanimous decision loss to Corey Anderson at UFC 232 in December. So like the opening fight, both these guys have a loss in their last fight, so a win here would keep their spot in the top 10 of the light heavyweight division secure. I personally think this is a good match-up, a match-up that is finally happening after being cancelled so many times before. Oezdemir definitely has the advantage on the feet, he's shown in the past how much of a brutal KO artist he is with his quick knockouts of Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa, so I could see him surprising us with a nice finish. But I'm not too sure if Oezdemir can knock Latifi out. Latifi is probably gonna stick to his main gameplan which is his wrestling, he'll try to go for takedowns on Oezdemir and control from there. Oezdemir did have good takedown defence in his fight against Dominick Reyes though, so I don't know if Latifi can do it, despite Latifi most likely being stronger. Yeah, this one is gonna be interesting. With the mixing of styles here, I don't think we're gonna see a finish, and I think it's gonna be Oezdemir coming out on top, to finally put an end to his losing streak. Prediction: Decision Win - Volkan Oezdemir ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Luiz Eduardo Garagorri vs Humberto Bandenay A featherweight match-up is next, where we see UFC newcomer Luiz Eduardo Garagorri face Humberto Bandenay. Garagorri goes into his UFC debut with an undefeated record of 12-0 while Bandenay holds a record of 15-6. As I said this is Garagorri's first fight in the UFC, with him mainly fighting in the regional South American circuit prior to this opportunity. Bandenay has fought in the UFC since 2017, with him winning his debut but then losing his next 2 fights. His last fight was a unanimous decision loss to Austin Arnett in November. I think the main reason why this fight is placed so high up in the card is because Garagorri is the hometown boy from Uruguay. Once this guy walks out the crowd is gonna be in full support of him. I also find it funny that his opponent is from fellow South American country Peru, so maybe they're trying to have Garagorri be the fan favourite against a guy from one of the enemy countries. I don't really have a lot of footage of Garagorri fights but I'm gonna base my thoughts on clips I've seen and on his statistics. I do feel like Garagorri has more explosive and exciting style than Bandenay, as Garagorri does have a tendency to finish fights in the first round. Bandenay didn't really look good under pressure in his last fight against Austin Arnett so who knows how he's gonna handle the pressure from Garagorri? I'm not counting out Bandenay to stop Garagorri from getting the quick finish, but I'm really leaning towards Garagorri here. Prediction: TKO Win (R1) - Luiz Eduardo Garagorri ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Vicente Luque vs Mike Perry We have reached the co-main event of the evening, where Vicente "The Silent Assassin" Luque meets "Platinum" Mike Perry in a welterweight bout. Luque is going into this fight with an MMA record of 16-6-1 while Perry goes into this fight with a record of 13-4. Luque is currently one of the biggest rising stars in the welterweight division and is currently on a win streak of 5 fights, with his last fight being a TKO win over Derrick Krantz in May. Luque has won every fight of his in the UFC except for a unanimous decision loss to top 5 welterweight Leon Edwards, so he's been pretty impressive. Mike Perry has always been a talked about fighter but has never really broke out into the top 15 of the division since his UFC debut in 2016, but he did win his last fight, a unanimous decision win against Alex Oliveira in April, which earned the Fight of the Night for that card. I'm really excited for this contest, the UFC did a really good job in pairing these two together because this is gonna result in such a hyped up fight. I would say this could be an early contender for Fight of the Night but that would imply this fight is gonna last long enough to be in contention. There is a high possibility in this fight being ended with a knockout, as Luque has 9 wins by KO/TKO and Perry has 11. Luque seems to be a more methodical fighter, where he waits for his opponent to go at him and tries to counter that offense with offense of his own. Luque's chin is a part of why this method works out so well, an example of this being when he absorbed a spinning back elbow from Jalin Turner, only to brush it off and knock down Turner with punches before getting the KO victory. Luque has never lost a fight by KO/TKO in his MMA career too. Although, with most of Perry's wins being knockouts, this could be a tougher test for Luque. Perry isn't the most technical fighter but he can back that up with a vicious style where he dangerously swings and goes for outrageous slams or takedowns. Perry hasn't knocked anyone out in a while but I can see him bringing back those knockout abilities here. If Luque fights like he did with Bryan Barberena, he could easily be caught by one of Perry's strikes. Despite this, there is a weapon I do see Luque utilising in this match-up, his submissions. Perry's most recent loss was a submission loss via armbar so I can see Luque going for his D'Arce Choke that he has used in the past to make opponents tap. All I know is that this bout most likely isn't ending in a decision. After all this speculation, I'm giving this one to the Silent Assassin. Prediction: Submission Win (R2) - Vicente Luque ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Valentina Shevchenko vs Liz Carmouche - UFC Women's Flyweight Championship It is time to take a look at the main event of UFC Fight Night 156, a bout for the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship, as Valentina "Bullet" Shevchenko defends her title against Liz "Girl-Rilla" Carmouche. The champion Shevchenko goes into this fight with a 17-3 record while Carmouche has a record of 13-6. Shevchenko has been UFC Women's Flyweight Champion since December, when she won the vacant title in a fight against Joanna Jędrzejczyk. Since then she has defended the title once which was in her last fight, a KO win over Jessica Eye at UFC 238 in June, where Shevchenko knocked out Eye with a highlight reel worthy head kick. Liz Carmouche doesn't have the best record in the UFC, with her going 5-4 since signing in 2013, but she has won her last 2 fights. In her last fight, she defeated Lucie Pudilová via unanimous decision in February in Pudilová home country of the Czech Republic. Now she gets her shot at the gold in Uruguay. The main talking point going into this main event is the fact that Shevchenko has only lost to 2 people in her MMA career, she has 2 losses on her record to Amanda Nunes and that other loss is to..............Liz Carmouche. Yes, Carmouche has a win over Shevchenko back in 2010 by TKO due to a doctor stoppage. People are saying that fight in 2010 will be important in the lead up to this fight, but it really isn't important. That fight happened almost a decade ago and Shevchenko since then has become one of the best women's fighters in the world. There's a reason the Kyrgyzstani champion is such a big betting favourite in this match-up. So, will Shevchenko be as dominant as the odds are saying? No, probably not. In her last fight, Shevchenko saw holes in Eye's game that helped her work her way towards a knockout, but with Carmouche I think that's gonna be a tougher task. Carmouche is a more wrestling-based fighter, she'll try to grind the fight out on the cage and go for the takedown here and there. Carmouche isn't exactly known for his quick finishes, as her last 7 fights have ended by decision. Although, this is Carmouche's first 5 round fight since the Ronda Rousey fight, so it could be a different story here. But as Shevchenko has shown in her past fights, she has one of the most dynamic striking game in the entire women's roster and isn't shy to take her opponent down and keep top control. Shevchenko also has more recent experience going the full 25 minutes. At the end of the day, it really is hard to go against picking Shevchenko, so I'm predicting Bullet to retain her title. Prediction: Decision Win - Valentina Shevchenko ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you for joining me in my analysis of UFC Fight Night 156. I'm Joh and see you at the fights.
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