Man if Nate looks how he has the last couple of fights against Dolloway tonight, then he needs to hang it up. He's taken some serious damage lately
EDIT: You know what, even though he won he should go out on that fight. Solid KO win, no need to keep going at it. I know he wants a UFC belt but it just isn't a realistic goal. He is 36 years old with 50 fights in his career, no need to fight again.
EDIT 2: Oliveira has missed weight three times now at 145 lbs, I think it's time the UFC stepped in and made him move up.
I can't argue about the stoppage in the Dos Santos fight because in the heat of the moment I thought it was a clean KO with the impact of the mat waking Dos Santos. That didn't appear to be the case though after seeing the replay. So an early stoppage but one I definitely fault the ref for.
So disappointed in the Cerrone fight. I had Cerrone losing by decision but he just got destroyed.
I'll never understand why guys want to stand in front of Nate Diaz and trade shots. That had to be one of the best performances Diaz has had in the UFC in terms of sheer volume of punches.
I dozed off during the first main card fight and woke back up during the second round of the Diaz fight. It was baffling why Johnson was just standing there in front of him trying to trade, made absolutely no sense. On the bright side, I took Diaz for the upset and got a nice little pay out for it.
As for Cerrone...I'd like to congratulate him on being Uriah Faber on steroids.
So Dana White announced that Holly Holm will defend her title and it won't be against Rousey. Holm has said she didn't want to wait for UFC 200 and it looks she won't. Got to think the logical fight is Holly Holm vs Miesha Tate. Rumor is March which would make sense seeing as they still want Rousey booked for UFC 200 though it would obviously hinge on how much damage the winner of the title fight takes.
Seeing as Holm trained and trained solely to take down Rousey, I would favor Tate highly in that fight.
Then assuming they do Tate vs Rousey, unless that Holm loss completely shook her confidence and changed her in ways we don't know yet, I would highly favor Ronda to regain the title, which then would set things up for a big rematch with Holm and give Rousey time to work on a strategy for that fight.
I think Tate would go into a fight with Holm a lot smarter than Ronda did but I still don't know if Tate wins. It would all depend on how reliant Holm was on counter striking. When you watch the fight with Rousey, she never stopped going forward against Holm which caused her to get tagged repeatedly and walk right into that vicious elbow show in round 1. One thing though that Tate I think will do better is fight as if it is a five round fight rather than try and blitz Holm, in which case I would certainly favor Tate's cardio. I think a fight with Holm and Tate will really be a good gauge of Holm's overall skill level right now. It could very well show us whether Rousey's gameplan and style in that fight played directly into Holm's style or if Holm really is going to be the fighter to rule 135 for a while.
If I'm making a prediction I'm going with Tate only because I still think Holm hasn't shown the consistency as a fighter since reaching the UFC. If she gets in there and dominates Tate, then I'll be ready to believe she has fully turned the corner between realized potential and prospect.
I do think Rousey taking another fight would be smart as well. As I said before, Julianna Pena (assuming she clears up her legal mess) called her out and is a good fight for her. Pena isn't a great striker and her ground heavy game plays right into Rousey's strengths. If Rousey wins that fight then her confidence comes back a bit and her aura starts to come back as well.
Just a rumor at this point but it is being reported that UFC 197 in March will be headlined by Rafael Dos Anjos defending the Lightweight Title against Conor McGregor and co-headlined by Holly Holm defending the Women's Bantamweight Title against Miesha Tate.
I expect negotiations were underway for a bit and they just got contracts finalized. Plus Holm and McGregor have new contracts so I'm sure that held things up a little bit. Expecting to be announced very soon but I'm still calling it "rumor" for now because the UFC hasn't made it official yet.
Got to figure if this is true then assuming McGregor doesn't suffer any major injuries he'll probably defend the Featherweight Belt at UFC 200. Same with the winner of Holm/Tate
Both fights are official though it has also been announced that Ronda Rousey will not fight at UFC 200 due to conflicts with her movie schedule. She'd be done filming in time but it wouldn't leave much time for a proper training camp.
Also Yoel Romero apparently has potentially failed an out of competition drug test which could put his status as a top contender for the Middleweight title in jeopardy.
Well looks like my PPV streak will come to an end. I haven't missed a PPV live since UFC 147 in June 2012 but with the loss of Velasquez/Werdum and then the replacement bout of Werdum/Miocic being cancelled the next day I just can't see getting this one. Undercard is decent but unless they can pull off something major I can't see Hendricks/Thompson being a strong enough main event. Plus with the UFC getting a lot quicker about adding PPVs to Fight Pass now, I think I can just wait a month to see those fights.
Yeah they have a few options and I won't be shocked if they try and move the Anderson Silva/Michael Bisping fight and just make it catchweight. Hopefully not because it would kind of screw the Fight Pass subscribers but at the same time PPV revenue is where the bulk of their money comes from so I would understand the decision.
Interestingly enough Jon Jones said he'd fight Stipe Miocic in a Heavyweight bout BUT only if the title (not an Interim belt) was on the line. The implication being that Werdum would be stripped for basically saying he'd fight Velasquez even though he was hurt but not Miocic in the same situation. Strange that Jones would call for a champion to be stripped for not wanting to face a different opponent on short notice considering he himself refused to fight Chael Sonnen when Dan Henderson got hurt leading to UFC 151 being cancelled.
Well apparently the UFC was unable to secure a new headliner and have now shifted the event from being a PPV to being live on Fox Sports 1. I like the decision, no reason to penalize the guys who were scheduled to fight and take their payday away from them.
Ah it does not. Learned something in all this, apparently June didn't have a PPV scheduled. So since they already have things lined up based on UFC 200 being in July I'd bet money that UFC 199 will now stake place in June. This also allows for them to not end up losing PPV revenue for the loss of the original UFC 196.
Yeah 10 which sucks because they restructured the card so there is 6 main card fights now. Seeing as it is on FS1, the damn card is going to run all night. Luckily the top three fights have the potential to end early but there is a definite possibility that this card is pushing 2am before it is over.