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Tim Elliott vs Louis Smolka (Full Fight)

Tim Elliott vs Louis Smolka, UFC on Fox, 15 April 2017
Fight of the Night

tim elliott vs louis smolkaFlyweight division fighters are able to do things that no other division can do. It takes the speed of the lightweight division and multiplies it by 10. Watching Tim Elliott vs Louis Smolka was like watching two wasps dancing back and forth. An action packed fight with ferocious scrambling. An exciting matchup that only these two talented and well conditioned grapplers could give.

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Rose Namajunas vs Paige VanZant (Full Fight)

Rose Namajunas vs Paige VanZant, UFC Fight Night, 10 December 2015

rose namajunas vs paige vanzantSo many times we ask ourselves, “What makes a good fighter?”. Is it an undefeated professional record? Is it awesome technique? Is it incredible knockout power? What about heart, toughness, athleticism, or cardio?

In Rose Namjunas vs Paige VanZant, we have the perfect story and example of technique versus toughness. Both girls are young and new to the fight world. Both are tough fighters from a tough background. Over the short period of being professional fighters, Rose has added technique to her toughness while Paige still only seems like she’s just plain tough.

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What Happened to Gray Maynard?

The great Tony D’Amato once said, “When you get old, in life, things get taken away from you…that’s a part of life.” Gray Maynard was once upon a time arguably  one of the most dangerous lightweight fighters on the planet. But fighting is a young man’s rumble and time might have taken that rumble away from Gray.

Gray had the opportunity to fight for the lightweight title twice. He even had an opportunity to revive his contender status a year and a half later. Opportunities to lift himself, and the rest of us sad-assed human beings, up to a better place to be, if only for a minute.

In August 2014, Gray experienced his third consecutive loss at the hands of Ross Pearson. He also happened to turn 35; an old age in a young man’s sport.

Is that what happened to Gray Maynard?

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TJ Dillashaw and the Blurring of Reality

Each individual has one responsibility above all else. It is to find your life pattern. The pattern is not always set out for us. More often than not, it is hidden and we must search for it. But once you find your pattern, you must trust it, believe in it, and forge a path for yourself. You work hard, and if it is the correct path, then your efforts will have more effect than if you were on the wrong path. The pattern, the path, the focus and the belief allow you to blur the lines of reality such that the success and the victory you visualize in your mind will inevitably become an undeniable reality.

At UFC 173, the fight world witnessed a spectacular fight in TJ Dillashaw versus Renan Barao. A spectacular fight is not always easy to come by. Almost like the cultivation of a Brazil Nut Tree, all the elements must be perfectly, immaculately, aligned in order for a spectacular fight to happen. The fighters, the context, the expectation of the audience… Renan Barao and TJ Dillashaw, competing for the UFC Bantamweight Championship in a fight where almost the entire fight world wrote off to be another easy victory for the Champion. That night, that fight, that belt. The elements were aligned and TJ Dillashaw vs Renan Baroa turned out to be a spectacular fight, an apt display of the beauty in MMA.

If you were a fight fan like me, the lustre of the fight will fade slowly and you may end up asking yourself, how did TJ Dillashaw do it? Not to take anything away from TJ, but Renan Barao is a better fighter. On any given Saturday night (except of course 24th May 2014), Renan Barao would win. The difference between the two fighters is that TJ Dillashaw has found his life pattern and has dedicated every ounce of his reality into his victory.

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TUF Brazil 3 Finale: Maldonado vs. Stipe Miocic (31 May)

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TUF Brazil 3 Finale: Maldonado vs Stipe Miocic, 31 May 2014, Sao Paulo, Brazil


Main Card

Stipe Miocic def Fabio Maldonado*
(TKO punches – round 1)
Antonio Carlos Jr. def Vitor Miranda*
Antonio Carlos Jr. wins TUF: Brazil 3 heavyweight tournament
(unanimous decsion 30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Warlley Alves de Andrade def Marcio Alexandre Jr.
Warlley win TUF: Brazil 3 middleweight tournament

(guillotin choke – round 3)
Demian Maia def Alexander Yakovlev*

(unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Robert Peralta def Rony Jason*
(split decision 29-28, 27-30, 30-27)

Preliminary Card

Rashid Magomedov def Rodrigo Damm*
(unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ernest Chavez def Elias Silverio
(rear-naked choke – round 3)

Gasan Umalatov def Paulo Thiago
(unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Kevin Souza def Mark Eddiva
(TKO punches – round 2)

Preliminary Card

Ricardo Abreu def Wagner Silva*
(rear-naked choke – round 2)
Marcos Rogerio de Lima def Richardson Moreira
(KO punches – round 1)

Pedro Munhoz vs Matt Hobar
(TKO punches – round 1)

*Cage Inspiration’s most anticipated fights
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UFC 173: Barao vs Dillashaw

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UFC 173, 24 May 2014, Las Vegas Nevada


 Main Card 

 T.J. Dillashaw def Renan Barao*
(T.J. won UFC Bantamweight Championship)
(TKO Strikes – round 5)
Daniel Cormier def Dan Henderson*
(submission rear-naked choke – round 3)
Robbie Lawler def Jake Ellenberger*
(TKO strikes – round 3)
Takeya Mizugaki def Francisco Rivera
(unanimous decision 29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
James Krause def Jamie Varner*
(TKO injury – round 1)

Preliminary Card 

Michael Chiesa def Francisco Trinaldo*
(unanimous decision 30-26,30-26, 30-27)
Tony Ferguson def Katsunori Kikimo*
(TKO punch – round 1)
Chris Holdworth def Chico Camus*
(unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mitch Clarke def Al Iaquinta*
(submission d’arce choke – round 2)

Preliminary Card

Vinc Pichel def Anthony Njokuani*
(unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Sam Sicilia def Aaron Phillips*
(unanimous decision 29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Jingliang Li def David Michaud
(split decision 29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

*Cage Inspiration’s most anticipated fights.

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