Posts Tagged ‘Rafael Dos Anjos’

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Since winning season 22 of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’, Tony Ferguson has quietly been reeking havoc on the 155 lbs division. Much like the folklore that surrounds his nickname, ‘El Cucuy’ has remained mostly in the shadows while amassing a rather impressive record(19-3 MMA, 10-1 UFC). Ferguson a winner of 6 straight has achieved all he can in the shadows, now its time for this soft-spoken boogeyman to step into the light, where his carnage can be witnessed and revered by the masses.

With the spotlight comes greater competition, and Ferguson’s next opponent is without a doubt his toughest yet, Khabib Nurmagomedov (22-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) has long been anointed the next king of the 155 lbs division, and already possesses a win over current champion Rafael Dos Anjos. That fight which took place over a year ago was the last for ‘The Eagle’ who has subsequently had to pull out of consecutive bouts with lightweight contender Donald Cerrone because of knee injuries. Now fully heeled, Khabib is welcomed back by a man who has quietly and swiftly inserted himself into the mix.

For Ferguson, the promotional push isn’t important winning is, he understands very well as long as he keeps winning the spoiled are bound to arrive. “In due time it will come around!” Ferguson said in regards to recognition. “Everybody knows me in the fight world, they don’t want to fight me!” Ferguson said with a laugh. And although the big fight will bring new exposure the new recognition isn’t something that fazes Ferguson, “What ever publicity they want to bring with it, Im down for it!” Ferguson said.

The fight itself doesn’t need any hype (although I’m sure they still will). The matchup on its own merits makes the fight one of, if not the most exciting bout currently on the schedule. On paper you have two superior grapplers with excellent wrestling pedigrees. In one corner you have Nurmagomedov, who brings a traditional smothering style of wrestling that is designed to break opponents over time, essentially by removing there soul! In the other corner you have Ferguson who utilizes excellent foot movement to dictate distance, and works extremely well behind his jab.

Although they are both excellent wrestlers, the styles are completely different. Quite often when you have two wrestlers in the cage, you end up seeing a boxing match! However, Ferguson sees conditioning as being the key to the fight. “Conditioning is something I already know is going to be tested, he is a big guy I hope he makes weight, but either way I’ll be ready.” Ferguson said. “Im always moving, and he’s just my next step towards victory!”

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By Jonathan King The Clinch Report

MARK HOMINICK VS. PABLO GARZA

Pablo Garza was able to withstand some vicious Mark Hominick flurries early, and was able to establish his jab frustrating Hominick into lunging assaults. Off balance Garza was able to take Hominick to the ground in the second and third rounds. Once in position continuously landed the more significant strikes, although Hominick did provide great resistance.

WinnerPABLO GARZA (29-27, 30-26, 29-28)

 

MARK BOCEK VS. RAFAEL dOS ANJOS

Originally set to be on the preliminary card, this fight was moved up  to replace the loss of the Nick Ring v Costantinos Philippou, bout was scrapped after Ring fell ill and was unable to pass pre-fight medical exams. Bocek stated that he would use his superior take-downs to control Dos Anjos, however the exact opposite is what occurred.  Dos Anjos systematically broke down Mark Bocek with excellent wrestling, and ground and pound. Dos Anjos never lost control of the fight cruising to a unanimous decision.

Winner: Rafael dos Anjos  via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

 

TOM LAWLOR VS. FRANCIS CARMONT

Francis Carmont was able to withstand a relentless grappling attack of Tom Lawlor, by utilizing effective range-establishing strikes, and excellent wrestling defense. Lawlor was able to control Carmont for most of the fight, consistently pressuring the big middleweight up against the fence. Carmont was able to survive two guillotine attempts that appeared to be locked in tight towards the end of the first and second rounds. Very close fight. When the decision was read for the hometown favorite, the crowd began to boo, obviously thinking that Lawlor had won the fight.

Winner: Francis Carmont via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

 

JOHNY HENDRIKS VS. MARTIN KAMPMANN (#1 Contender spot on the line)

After a few seconds of pawing and feeling each other out, Hendriks led with a right hook that was followed immediately by his notorious left hand. Kampman was out instantly, falling backwards Hendriks followed with a vicious shot on the ground that was hardly necessary.  The entire bout lasted only .46 seconds, as Johny Hendriks cemented his position as the #1 contender in the Welterweight division.

Winner: John Hendriks via Knockout (0:46) Rd 1

 

GEORGES ST. PIERRE VS. CARLOS CONDIT (Welterweight Title Unification Bout)

In one of the most memorable matches in UFC history, Georges St. Pierre was able to utilize his superior wrestling skills to ground the versatile attack of Carlos Condit. Even though Condit was on his back for most of the fight, he was able to give St. Pierre all he could handle. Condit used effective striking from the bottom to soften up the champion. In the third frame Condit ducked under a hook, angled out and landed a kick to the head of the champion that sent him to the canvas. Valiantly Condit tried to finish the fight with tactical ground and pound striking, however St.Pierre was able to recover, reestablish position, and then spent the remainder of the round in control on top. The rest of the fight went pretty much the same way. George St. Pierre has now become the most dominate Welterweight Champion in UFC history. (Moving ahead of Matt Hughes in title fight victories)

Winner: Georges St. Pierre via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)