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UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz II Predictions

Posted by Jacob Lawton on 6th August 2011

Pictured: The poster for tonight’s Light Heavyweight showdown.

Tito Ortiz is, indeed, back. Going into his fight with Ryan Bader last month everyone expected the Huntington Beach Bad Boy to be resoundingly beaten and cut from the UFC, but Mr. Ortiz had other ideas. After his stunning upset of Bader, Tito was called in on short notice to face Rashad Evans in what was, before Phil Davis withdrew, a #1 contender fight, with the winner getting the victor of Jones/Rampage. But with Tito’s imposition on the main event, does it somewhat decrease the legitimacy of Evans’ contendership? And, if Tito were to win, should he get a shot at dethroning Jon Jones? Read the rest of this entry »

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Solving the Puzzle – Jon Jones and the UFC Light Heavyweight Division

Posted by Jacob Lawton on 26th March 2011

Phil Davis

Pictured: Phil Davis, who is among the prospects to challenge new light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones in the future. Davis fights Antônio Rogério Nogueira tonight at UFC Fight Night in Seattle.

Jon Jones looked amazing last Saturday night. There was a feeling of destiny in the air as the young New Yorker made his way to the Octagon, from a pretty good (considering this was a New Jersey crowd) reaction from the UFC faithful. Then he stepped into the cage and beat seven bells out of a man considered by many to be among the top five fighters on the planet. Even the most hardcore Jones-o-phile couldn’t have foreseen just how dominant their favourite would be as he stepped dominated Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua in every aspect of the game, out working him standing and against the cage and destroying him with some young Tito Ortiz-esque ground and pound from inside the guard. When the fight finally finished, there was no doubt who the victor was, and no doubt that he deserves his spot in the sun atop the 205 lbs rankings. But for how long?

The Light Heavyweight weight class has always been a competitive one, and no sooner had Jon Jones hand been raised than the sharks, scenting blood, began to gather:

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Posted in Jacob Lawton, Jon Jones, Mauricio Rua, Phil Davis, Rankings, Rashad Evans, UFC | No Comments »

UFC 114 Wrap Up

Posted by Bryan Belangia on 11th June 2010

Rampage/Rashad Staredown
Rampage and Rashad stare-down at UFC 96

This wrap up comes a little late but the show still deserves its due publicity so here we go.

The main event featured one of the most anticipated grudge matches in UFC history. Rampage has had a problem with Rashad Evans ever since he fought Rampage’s teammate Hector Ramirez back in 2004. Ramirez suffered an injury in a fight the day before and basically fought Evans on one leg. Rampage felt Rashad did a little too much showboating in the fight and let him know about it when Rashad approached him after the fight about training with him. The bad blood started there and continued after Rampage beat Rashad’s teammate Keith Jardine at UFC 96 and continued into The Ultimate Fighter show.

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Inside at UFC 88

Posted by Jonathan Snowden on 8th September 2008

Exclusive interviews, videos, and more.

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UFC 88 Preview

Posted by Jonathan Snowden on 6th September 2008


Some exclusive pictures from the weigh-ins and a look at the top two fights. Check back tonight for live blogging, including the prelims.

Posted in Chuck Liddell, Jonathan Snowden, Rashad Evans, UFC | 3 Comments »

Total MMA’s UFC 88 Roundtable

Posted by Lee Casebolt on 5th September 2008

This Saturday, ZUFFA presents their best-ever lineup of semi-main events and undercard bouts.  UFC 88 is stacked top to bottom with compelling matchups in four weight divisions, many with title fight implications.  Though it lacks a title bout or the kind of transcendent matchup which would cap off a truly classic card, it’s a night of fights which, on paper, should not disappoint.  Our panel -

  • CH: Chris Henderson
  • AC: Alan Conceicao
  • TH: Thomas Hackett
  • DW: Dave Walsh
  • LC: Lee Casebolt

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Posted in Alan Conceicao, Chris Henderson, Chuck Liddell, Dan Henderson, Dave Walsh, Lee Casebolt, Light Heavyweights, Rashad Evans, Rich Franklin, Tommy Hackett, UFC, Zuffa, judo | No Comments »

Figuring Out The UFC’s Light Heavyweight Dilemma

Posted by Bill Thompson on 25th May 2008

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Wanderlei Silva knocks out Keith Jardine in under a minute. Goran Reljic knocks out Wilson Gouveia after a round and a half of sloppily striking around the cage. Sure, there were other light heavyweight fights on the card last night, and fights from other divisions that were better, but these two fights helped to spiral a division even further out of control. How is it possible for one division to have no idea where to go next, let’s take a look at some of the fighters and figure out why,

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Posted in Bill Thompson, Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin, Light Heavyweights, Lyoto Machida, Quinton Rampage Jackson, Rashad Evans, UFC, Wanderlei Silva | No Comments »