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By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

When word broke last, I like most chalked it up to rumors fueled by the Alvarez release. Then for a few days it disappeared. Waking this morning to the news that former TUF 1 Finalist and UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar came out of retirement to sign a multi-fight deal with the UFC’s rival Bellator MMA was not shocking, but it does seem intriguing.

‘The American Psycho” released a statement with regards to the signing, and hinted as to why..

I want everyone to know I’m coming out of retirement because it’s time to free the MMA world of the virus that’s known as Tito Ortiz. We’ve been suffering through his boring fights for too many years, and it’s about time that someone beats it out of him once and for all.” Stephan Bonnar

Earlier this week the UFC signed Bellator MMA’s 155 lbs champion Eddie Alvarez setting him up for his promotional debut against Donald Cerrone at UFC 178. Now with the Bonnar signing; although much less relevant, Bellator has shown they mean business. Even if they are past their primes, Bonnar v Ortiz is a fight that is guaranteed to entertain. Bonnar’s chin down head first style, and Ortiz’s traditional ground and pound make this a chess match on paper that should not be missed.

Does Stephan Bonnar v Tito Ortiz matter in the MMA world? Sure it does. The fight matters as long as it is promoted properly. If its a grudge match pitting two guys who clearly dont like each other, then its a fun fight. If this ends up being a setup for a 205 lbs contender, then its a joke. A joke that may end up costing the promotion credibility.

Is Bonnar the same guy he was when he carried the sport on his shoulders in his first fight with Forrest Griffin? No, but that doesn’t mean he still cant entertain in the cage.

Setting either one of these guys up for a title run, will only solidify the companies position as a UFC pretender. However, if they utilize both of these guys the way the UFC uses fighters like Cung Le and Rich Franklin, it could be a pretty smart move. Bonnar is also a polished broadcaster, so he will probably see double duty when he is not fighting.

The move will certainly illicit some sort of response from his former employer. Dana White has always been a huge supporter of Bonnar, and even went to great lengths to defend his enshrinement into the Hall of Fame. So it will be interesting to hear his response.

Quelled as a rumor when first reported a week or so ago, the signing may be a sign that the two promotions have put to rest the animosity. Under Bjorn Rebney’s control Bellator MMA was consistently the target for well placed jabs by Dana White, who referred to his counterpart “Bjork”. Now with Rebney out, and Scott Coker in, maybe the two promotions have decided to co exist.

If so it would be a decision that could benefit both companies and the sport as a whole. Perhaps a united front from both Viacom and Zuffa would present a hurdle that even Sheldon Silver could not jleap over, paving the way for the sport to be legalized in New York State. If these two giants could unite if only for that purpose…..Oh the humanity that would result!

 

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Chael Sonnen the Face of The Cheater Photo by: Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

By: Jonathan M. King

“Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results!” Albert Einstein

It seemed like the clown show was over. With the TRT exemption in the rear view mirror, it appeared the drug test nightmare was over. Unfortunately it was just beginning. Kevin Casey, Brian Ortega, and Robert Drysdale, and Mike King were revealed as the most recent violators. While Ortega, King, and Casey failed for the first time, this was Drysdales second infraction. King, Ortega and Casey tested positive for substances, while Drysdale’s test revealed an elevated T/E ration, which is a red flag for testosterone use.

The latest disappointments join a long list of decorated fighters who have shamed the company. Chael Sonnen recently retired because of his pending positive test which resulted in a 2 year suspension from competition. The opponent he was set to face Wanderlei Silva is in the middle of his own CSAC case for running from a drug test.

The list is as long as it is distinguished. Some of the sports best fighters,currently are or have cheated! So with the list continuing to grow, what is the UFC left to do? Maybe they could start instituting their own penalties outside of the commission’s sanctions.

Possible Ideas:

  • Use repeated failures as a way to trim the already bloated roster. Without exemption.
  • Remove Sponsorships for the following fights: Take away the banner and the t shirts, remove all patches. Maybe this kind of penalty will remind you not to mess around in between competition.
  • Weigh In Changes. Cap the size and weight people are allowed to cut, by weighing them in day of the fight! Allow a differential from the official weigh in, but no more 30 lbs swings. This may seem like an odd way to cut drug usage, but diuretics are responsible for a large number of failures. Essentially weight cut supplements.
  • Fight Bonus Eligibility: If you have been caught cheating with PED’s, your not eligible.
  • Ban PED users from any promotional push.
  • Maybe we, the media need to take control and refuse to write about fighters who use.
  • If the substances are illegal, then get law enforcement involved!

Of course these are just a few ideas. Maybe they are not possible, or legal, but at least it is a progressive thought. Hopefully one that leads to a possible solutions.

One thing is certain the problem is not going away with commission penalties. Perhaps if the promoter took more of a stance as far as penalizing. To the UFC’s credit they have increased testing and even taken steps to be at the fore front of testing, but until now the punishments have been dealt out by the commission for the most part.

Hopefully the firing of Chael Sonnen from his broadcasting duties is a sign that this type of behavior can not be tolerated in the UFC. Fighters using anabolics and PED’s that give an unfair advantage are no different than Panama Lewis removing Luis Resto’s glove material and dipping the wraps in plaster of paris.

It is cheating that can result in permanent injury. Hopefully the Billy Collins jr-like wake up call never comes. However if this continues, the tragedy is not a matter of if, but when?

Allowing this to continue defines insanity.

 

 

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

UFC On FUEL TV 

Preliminary Bout on Facebook that you MUST SEE

Ryan LaFlare  vs. Ben Alloway:

Look for Ryan LaFlare to make a very explosive debut against Ben Alloway. LaFlare is very explosive, and should be able to win in electric fashion.

Winner: LaFlare via TKO rd 3


The Main Card:

Robert Peralta vs. Akira Corassani:

Peralta is the favorite going in, but Corassani is fighting at home in Sweden. Is that going to be enough to carry the upset? Yes it will. Winner: Corassani via Decision

Diego Brandao vs. Pablo Garza:

Brandao is on the rise, and Garza has his back against the wall already. If he looses, he will probably find the cut list. Can his time at American Top Team counter Brandao’s vicious aggression? Probably not.

Winner: Brandao via TKO rd 2

Matt Mitrione vs. Phil de Fries:

Both ‘Meathead’ Mitrione and Phil de Fries are on the outside looking in, towards the elite of the division. Mitrione has better hands, but de Fries is better all around. Good match up.

Winner: de Fries via 2nd rd Submission  (*Because of the odds good bet to place!)

Mike Easton vs. Brad Pickett:

Whatever you do, don’t blink! Both fighters have a history of ending fights with heavy strikes, although Pickett should have the better boxing, so if he can avoid the take downs, he should be able to land heavy and often!

Winner: Pickett via TKO rd 1


Ross Pearson vs. Ryan Couture:

‘The Real Deal’ Pearson has very heavy hands, but his ground game is his kryptonite. Couture has the ground game to expose this weakness.

Winner: Couture via Split Decision

MAIN EVENT

Mousasi v Latifi *(Late replacement for Alexander Gustafsson who was unfit to compete due to a laceration.)

At one time Mousasi was one of the top 3 light heavyweights in the world, and probably still should be. In his way a very strong, but relatively unknown Ilir Latifi (training partner of Gustafsson). Mousasi is the obvious favorite, but the match-up could prove to be troubling. Latifi is a strong bulldog, and will certainly be looking to bring the fight to the mat. Can the hometown boy shock the world of MMA, he can…..but he won’t!

Winner: Mousasi via TKO rd 2


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Stipe Miocic (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) vs. Stefan’ Scrapper’ Struve (24-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC)

At 6-11 Heavyweight Stefan Struve is quite a sight ,he possesses elite kick boxing skills and a vicious submission game.With is combined skill set he has submission victories over Pat Barry, and Lavar Johnson. In between those bouts, he knocked out Dave Herman. He will need to maintain the distance to capitalize, and try to set up takedowns with his long jabs. Miocic is undefeated as a professional with impressive wins over Shane Del Rosario, Phil De Fries, and Joey Beltran. A dynamic striker, Miocic is capable of trading punches with anyone in this division. His weakness is obviously on the ground, and he will need to avoid that position at all cost against the savvy Struve. He will certainly be looking to end this fight early with a barrage of strikes.

Prediction: Struve 2nd rd submission. If he can bait the aggressive Miocic in, Struve should be able to get the fight to the ground, where the pugilistic specialist Miocic has very little chance of winning.

Dan ‘The Outlaw’ Hardy (24-10 MMA, 5-4 UFC) vs. Amir Sadollah (6-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC)

With the fight being in his homeland of England, ‘The Outlaw’ will most certainly have the crowd in his favor. He should also possess the edge on striking, over the lesser experienced Sadollah. Hardy will as always avoid the ground like it’s the plague, and hope to out strike his opponent with his vicious kicks, and explosive left hook. Amir Sadollah is one of the only fighters who has only competed as a professional under the UFC banner, and for good reason. His well-rounded skill set makes him dangerous in any position. His Muay Thai standup style has improved with each fight, and on the ground his jiu-jitsu is extremely polished. Sadollah’s goal will be to maintain position control over Hardy, whose only comfortable standing. On the feet Hardy maintains an edge in striking, however Sadollah has more weapons in his arsenal.

Prediction: Sadollah via 2nd round submission

Yves Jabouin (16-7 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Brad ‘One Punch’ Pickett (21-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC)

Both fighters are incredible strikers, with very different styles. Jabouin has the classic kick boxer/boxing style. He sets up his strikes with movement, popping in and out landing on the entrance, and looking for the counter on the exit. Pickett is known as ‘One Punch’ for a reason. At 145 lbs, there is little competition for him in the power striking department. Pickett has a history of starting fast. He also has one of the fiercest guillotine chokes, in the MMA world. Both fighters have seen there share of decisions lately, however this one may not get that far!

Prediction: Pickett rd 1 TKO The England Native pleases the crowd!

John Hathaway  (16-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC)  vs. John Maguire  (18-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC)

This will certainly be a fan favorite, as both fighters are English sons. John Hathaway may be the divisions most heralded young fighter. With wins over Diego Sanchez, Paul Taylor, and Rick Story his name was thrust to the top of the division. After losing a close decision to Mike Pyle, Hathaway was able to string together two wins, is looking for a another to keep moving forward towards a contender spot. Standing in his way is John Maguire, who is making his third appearance in the UFC. Maguire is coming off of an impressive victory over DaMarques Johnson via armbar.  He will be looking to continue to make waves himself, as he attempts to take out the young contender Hathaway. This fight should be a very well rounded back and forth display of all elements of MMA. Both fighters are capable of winning from virtually any position. However, Hathaway will have a clear experience advantage.

Prediction: Hathaway via Unanimous Decision

Duane ‘Bang’ Ludwig (21-13 MMA, 4-4 UFC) vs. Che Mills (14-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC)

Knockout losses often motivate seasoned fight veterans. With both fighters coming off of  losses, this is the fight I predict will win the coveted ‘Fight of The Night’ bonus. Both fighter have incredibly precision striking, with Ludwig having a distinct advantage in the power area. Owner of the UFC’s fastest KO, ‘Bang’ Ludwig is looking to return to form, to make one last run at the top of the division. Mills will have to rely on his leg kicks, and in and out style to avoid the power in Ludwig’s hands.

Prediction: Ludwig via Unanimous Decision