Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The excitement leading up to UFC 214

This Saturday night, the Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) is scheduled to deliver a massively stacked card filled with three title bouts and intriguing match ups. 

 A treat for MMA fans

Two elite MMA stars, Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone and "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler will finally face off. Originally, these two highly talented fighters were scheduled to battle at UFC 205, and again at UFC 213, but due to circumstances and an injury, the fight never happened. Luckily, the MMA world doesn't have to wait any longer because this Saturday night we're in for a treat. Fans of the sport respect these two competitors because they look for ways to finish the fight and never leave it in the hands of the judges. Former EliteXC Middleweight Champion, and former UFC Welterweight Champion, Robbie Lawler has a total of twenty victories via KO/TKO. Former UFC Lightweight Championship challenger, Donald Cerrone has sixteen wins via submission and eight via KO/TKO. I don't see this bout going to a decision. 

Three Title Bouts

Invicta FC Dream Match

The first title bout of the night is in the Women's Featherweight division. Tonya Evinger made her professional MMA debut in 2006. She has competed in the Elite XC, Titan FC, and currently, holds the Invicta Bantamweight Championship. Her upcoming opponent is arguably one of the most dangerous strikers in MMA. Cristiane Justino better known as Cris Cyborg is a former champion in Strikeforce and Invicta FC. Out of her nineteen professional bouts, she has seventeen KO/TKO victories. Both women are looking to make a statement this Saturday night.

KO Power VS. Superb Grappling 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and #1 Welterweight title contender, Demian Maia is currently on a seven fight winning streak. He is considered one of the best ground-fighters in the UFC. In his previous fights, he displayed his superb grappling skills by utilizing double and single leg takedowns. He always look for submission openings while on the ground. Across the cage from him will be the current UFC Welterweight Champion, Tyron Woodley. Woodley captured UFC gold last year after his KO victory over Robbie Lawler at UFC 201. He is a difficult task for any opponent because he has incredible knock out power along with a NCAA Division I Wrestling background.

Bad Blood/Rematch 
The third title contest and the main event will be a rematch in the Light Heavyweight (LHW) division between former LHW Champion and still one of best in the sport, Jon "Bones" Jones and current LHW Champion Daniel "DC" Cormier. Based on the trash talk both in person and online, backstage altercations, and their brawl back at the UFC 178 press tour, it's obvious that both of these elite MMA competitors don't like each other. Their first encounter in the octagon was in 2015 at UFC 182 where Jones successfully retained his title by beating Cormier via unanimous decision. Due to suspension, Jones has only competed once since then. After his loss to Jones, Cormier has captured the UFC LHW belt, picked up wins over Alexander Gustafsson, Anderson Silva, and two over Anthony Johnson. Before entering in this bout, Jones is looking to redeem himself for the problems he caused out of the octagon while Daniel Cormier is also looking redeem himself over his first and only loss in his MMA career to Jon Jones. 

Fight On!

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