Marco Polo Reyes vs Dong Hyun Kim, UFC 199, 4 June 2016
A serious contender for the 2016 fight of the year. Marco Polo Reyes vs Dong Hyun Kim is a action packed fight with constant back and forth action. Two ferocious fighters competing to climb the rankings in the UFC Lightweight division.
Dong Hyun Kim, not to be confused with with the UFC veteran “Stun Gun” refers to himself as the “Maestro”. He comes to the UFC with a plethora of experience with about 20 fights under his belt. Finally he makes it on to the global platform that is the UFC and shows the world what he’s made of.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz, UFC 205, 12 Nov 2016
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz was a phenomenal fight, a contest between technique and toughness. Another attestation to the legitimacy of womens MMA – if there still is any doubt. However before going into the fight, it would be appropriate to reflect on the incredible achievement of the UFC205 event itself.
UFC 205 was a historic and milestone event for many reasons. The achievement of Conor McGregor to hold two championship belts in two different weight divisions at the same time. The remarkable and perhaps record breaking ticket and Pay Per View sales. The ticket prices and participation of fans and audience also shows that MMA is starting to arrive as a main stream sport.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Claudia Gadelha II, UFC TUF 23 Finale, 8 July 2016
In a July weekend full of incredible fights, we have Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Claudia Gadelha II. Personally, this is the fight that I have been looking forward to most. A striker versus grappler match-up between a world-class kick boxer and a tough well-rounded Nova Uniao product.
There has always been doubt in my mind over who won Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Claudia Gadelha I. Joanna started the fight with a great knockdown in the first round. Then Claudia was able to grapple and take Joanna down for the rest of the fight. Since Joanna won the fight she had the opportunity to fight Carla Esparza for the championship. If Claudia won that fight, she would have gotten the fight against Carla. If she was able to capture the belt from Carla, things would be very different.
Now we get to see the two ladies fight again. Finally to settle who the better fighter is.
Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar II, UFC 200, 9 July 2016
A highly anticipated fight between two of the best P4P fighters in MMA. But this is not just any normal fight. These are two former champions competing not just with each other, but with themselves. Do they still have it? Do they still have what it takes to make a run for the championship? Do they still have the energy and the drive to train, to grind, to further pursue a career in the cage?
Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar II is a fight where we see two of the best fighters battling to solidify their legacy and make another claim for the UFC Featherweight belt.
Max Holloway vs Ricardo Lamas, UFC 199, 4 June 2016
Max Holloway has been on a winning streak, tearing through the featherweight division. Starting with Will Chope and Andre Filli, he is finding his flow, falling into stride and becoming one of the top fighters in the UFC. In this fight, he has the tough fighter Ricardo Lamas in front of him.
An amazing matchup that promises spectacular action for fight fans!
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Claudia Gadelha I, UFC on Fox, 13 December 2014
Two of the most dynamic and dangerous female fighters. Joanna and Claudia go head to head in a tightly contested match-up. This is the fight where Joanna beat Claudia via a controversial split decision and earned an opportunity to fight for the UFC Womens Strawweight title. It was this fight that opened up the path for Joanna’s success we see today.
Joanna Jedrzejcyk and Claudia Gadelha are set to fight again at The Ultimate Fighter season 23 finale on 8 July 2016. The result of their first meeting was so controversial that it’s best for fight fans to watch and determine for themselves.
Dominick Cruz vs Demetrious Johnson, UFC Live, 1 October 2011
Dominick Cruz is one of the most intelligent fighters in the UFC. He has adopted a fighting style that revolves around an intricate and dynamic pattern of footwork. This footwork allows Dominick to avoid being hit as well as being able to attack opponents from unorthodox angles.
When matched up against one of the most strategic fighters in Demetrious Johnson, fight fans have a dynamic and exhilarating fight on their hands.
Ahead of Timothy Bradley vs Manny Pacquiao III that takes place on 9th April 2016, I went and watched some Timothy Bradley fights. The one that stood out the most was the 2013 fight of the year: Timothy Bradley vs Ruslan Provodnikov.
I watch mostly MMA and don’t know much about boxing and boxers. But I do know a good fight when I see one. Timothy Bradley vs Ruslan Provodnikov is one of the most insane, thrilling, violent boxing fights I have ever seen. Whether you are a boxing fan or an MMA fan, I encourage to watch the full fight right here.
Robbie Lawler vs Matt Brown, UFC on Fox Lawler vs Brown, 26 July 2014
When fight fans see this match-up, they know it’s going to be a violent and bloody war. Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown are top level welterweights that can not only dish it out, but they can take a good punch as well. This is one of those fights that requires both fighters to take a deep breath, dig deep, and find the fire and the drive to not give up. This is exactly the type of fight that gives this blog it’s meaning. Fight fans are able to draw inspiration from moving performances in the cage like this.
Neil Magny vs Hector Lombard, UFC Fight Night Mir vs Hunt, 20 March 2016
At first glance, fight fans may immediately start feeling sorry for Neil Magny to have drawn this match up. Neil a tall, thin, and lanky fighter facing a muscle stacked Judo Olympian in Hector Lombard. Conclusions are drawn and minds are made up. Then again, you never know what will happen on any given night under the lights in the cage.