Thursday, February 6, 2020

The excitement leading up to UFC 247 (Main Event — Jones vs. Reyes)

                    


This Saturday, the UFC will return with UFC 247 live in Houston, Texas. The main event will feature the second title bout of the evening which includes the current light heavyweight champion, Jon “Bones” Jones and title challenger, Dominick Reyes.

Jon Jones — 25 wins | 1 loss

Jon Jones is a two-time UFC Light Heavyweight and is currently the titleholder in this division. His upcoming championship bout with Reyes will be his 11th title defense bout inside of the UFC octagon. At age 23, Jones became the youngest UFC competitor to claim a championship under the UFC banner. While riding a six-fight winning streak and four months after making his professional MMA debut, the current champion competed in his first UFC bout in August 2008. He successfully earned a unanimous decision victory in his UFC debut. Less than three years later, with an MMA record of 12–1 and 10 of those wins coming via stoppage, Jones challenged then-champion Maurício “Shogun” Rua. Jones ended the bout and claimed UFC gold via TKO in the third round.

Jones continued to improve his record while defending the UFC light heavyweight title eight times in a row. During his first title reign, Jones secured victories over former titleholders and legends in the sport such as Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, and Vitor Belfort, among others. Jones recaptured the light heavyweight championship less than two years later in a rematch against Alexander Gustafsson. Since then, he defended his title twice against top challengers, Anthony Smith, and Thiago Santos. Collectively, Jones secured 16 of his 25 wins by way of stoppage (10 KO/TKO | 6 Submissions).

MMA Highlights
  • Youngest competitor to claim a UFC championship
  • 16 wins via stoppages (10 via KOs)
  • Two-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion 
  • Most successful title defenses in UFC’s light heavyweight history
  • Once enjoyed a 13-fight winning streak
Dominick Reyes — 12 wins | 0 losses 

Across the cage from the champion will be the undefeated title challenger, Dominick Reyes. Reyes has a perfect record of 12–0 with nine of his victories coming via stoppage (7 KO/TKO | 2 Submissions). He made his professional debut in the sport in December 2014, where he captured his first TKO win in the opening round. Less than three years ago, he entered the UFC with a record of 6–0. In his debut match, Reyes stopped another opponent in the first round by way of TKO. Since then, the undefeated competitor has captured victories over former titleholders and promotional headliners, including Chris Weidman, Volkan Oezdemir, and Ovince Saint Preux.

MMA Highlights
  • Currently undefeated
  • Earned 12 consecutive wins
  • Won two “Performance of the Night” awards 
  • Captured majority of his wins by way of stoppage (7 KOs)
Jon Jones has competed with the who’s who in the UFC Light Heavyweight division, and with a win in this upcoming bout, he may move up to the heavyweight division. Dominick Reyes is a confident competitor who never tasted defeat before and believes he has the tools to dethrone the G.O.A.T. Both competitors are also looking to extend their winning streak as well, so it is going to exciting to see what happens in the main event.

Fight On!

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

The excitement leading up to UFC 246 (Main Event — McGregor vs. Cowboy)

      
Conor McGregor — 21 wins| 4 losses
Conor McGregor is a former titleholder under the Cage Warrior banner in both the featherweight and lightweight division. He currently holds the fastest KO in a UFC title bout in which he dismantled former three-time UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, in only 13 seconds. He is the first UFC competitor to claim two titles in two different weight divisions at the same time. He has been competing in MMA since 2008, and in his professional debut, he secured a TKO win in the 2nd round. McGregor entered the UFC in April 2013 and since then has gathered wins over notable fighters and fellow former champions, including Max Holloway, Dustin Poirier, Chad Mendes, José Aldo, Nate Diaz, and Eddie Alvarez among others. Collectively, the former featherweight and lightweight UFC champion have a total of 21 wins with 18 coming by KO/TKO.
MMA Highlights
  • 19 wins via stoppages (18 via KOs)
  • Former two-time UFC champion (featherweight and lightweight)
  • First UFC competitors to hold two belts in different weight classes simultaneously
  • Hold the fastest KO win in a UFC title bout (13 seconds)
  • Once enjoyed a 15-fight winning streak
Donald Cerrone — 36 wins | 13 losses
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is among MMA fighters who lives up to his nickname. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has competed with the best of the best in the sport of MMA, including Nate Diaz, Tony Ferguson, Matt Brown, Benson Henderson, RDA, Eddie Alvarez, and Edson Barboza to name a few. This Saturday, Cowboy Cerrone will be stepping into his 51st professional MMA bout. “Cowboy” Cerrone made his professional MMA debut almost 14 years ago, back in February 2006 in which he captured a first-round submission victory. “Cowboy” Cerrone has been entertaining UFC fans for over nearly nine years. Since making his UFC debut back in 2011, he has gathered 16 wins via stoppage.
MMA Highlights
  • 27 wins via stoppages (10 via KOs | 17 via submission)
  • Most wins in UFC history
  • Most wins coming by way of KOs in UFC history
  • Former WEC and UFC title challenger
  • Holds six “Fight of the Night” awards
Now, both McGregor and Cerrone are stepping into this upcoming main event bout at UFC 246 with a loss in their last outing. McGregor suffered a loss against the current UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, while Cerrone on currently on a two-fight losing streak. Both competitors are looking to return to the winner’s circle, and I can’t wait to see how things play out.
Fight On!!!
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Thursday, January 17, 2019