UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia Predictions


On Saturday, UFC 190 will emanate from the HSBC Arena in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. This event will be bigger than most as the main card will be four hours with seven fights as opposed to the standard three-hour show with five fights.

This might have something to do with Ronda Rousey finishing her last three opponents in 1 minute and 46 seconds combined, and many expecting her to do the same again, as she looks to defend her title against Bethe Correia.

If the main event doesn’t tickle your fancy, then fear not, this card is long on nostalgia via PRIDE Fighting Championship, including what could be a rematch for the ages. The women’s strawweight division gets a boost as arguably the divisions’ number one fighter makes her UFC debut.

There are also two protect bouts courtesy of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil and the cherry on top of this combative ice cream sundae comes in the form of a heavyweight slugfest that shouldn’t go anywhere near the distance.

While this card is short on divisional relevance, the entertainment factor, along with the continued rise of a superstar in the making, should make for an action-packed evening.

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Miesha Tate Coaches The Ultimate Fighter against Ronda Rousey


It seems that fate has intervened, and it refuses to keep Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate apart. Cat Zingano injured her knee and will not coach the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter opposite Rousey. She is also missing out on her title shot in December, which Tate will now receive. This is an interesting development for various reasons as it ties into the sport vs. spectacle argument that has always engulfed combat sports.

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Randy Couture signs with Spike TV and will coach for Bellator MMA


Randy Couture has signed a multi-year deal with Spike TV and will be a coach on the new Bellator MMA reality show. Dana White cannot be happy about someone with such strong UFC colors working for their only competition. This doesn’t surprise me at all. Couture’s tumultuous past with the Ultimate Fighting Championship is well documented. Couture would not sign off on his likeness being used for merchandise purposes due to the absence of compensation.

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Is Jon Jones vs Chael Sonnen A Bad Thing?

What happens when only 624,000 viewers watch last week’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter? Dana White works his magic, and Jon Jones changes his tune from not fighting Chael Sonnen to coaching the next season of TUF against Sonnen and fighting him on April 27, 2013.

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The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale Results

– Facebook Prelim

Erik Perez defeated John Albert @ 4:18 of the 1st Round via ref stoppage: Our night begins in controversy as referee Kim Winslow called a stop to the action as Albert was positioning himself to escape the armbar. Winslow made a judgement call but Albert did not tap out. Dana White announced on Twitter that he will pay John Albert his win bonus.

– Fuel TV Prelims

Joe Proctor defeated Jeremy Larsen via TKO due to strikes @ 1:59 of the 1st Round

Sam Sicilia defeated Cristiano Marcello via TKO due to strikes @ 2:53 of the 2nd Round

Myles Jury defeated Chris Saunders by submission via guillotine choke @ 4:03 of the 1st Round

Daron Cruickshank defeated Chris Tickle via unanimous decision (29-27 across the board)

– FX Main Card

Justin Lawrence defeats John Cofer by KO via a devastating right high kick at 0:19 of the 3rd Round after losing the first two.

Max Holloway defeats Pat Schilling via unanimous decision (30-27 across the board): The story of the fight was Holloway picking apart Schilling with body punches. It got kind of bad in the later rounds where Schilling was in so much pain that he could barley keep his hands up and flinched whenever Holloway fainted a body shot.

Charles Oliveira defeats Jonathan Brookins by submission via guillotine choke @ 2:42 of the 2nd Round: Oliveira kept constant pressure on Brookins with takedowns and elbows and never allowed him to get comfortable. The finish came when Oliveira applied a modified guillotine and sat down on it and finished while going to his back and squeezing tight to force the tap.

– Season Fight Bonuses voted on by the fans where each winner is awarded $25,000

Submission of the Season: Joe Proctor for his rear naked choke over Chris Tickle

Knockout of the Season: Al Iaquinta won  for his KO over Andy Ogle

Fight of the Season: Al Iaquinta vs. Myles Jury which means Iaquinta has earned $50,000 this evening and he hasn’t even fought yet.

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Michael Chiesa chokes out Al Iaquinta via rear naked  @ 2:47 of the 1st Round to win the contract: Iaquinta came out aggressive at first and kept Chiesa off balance. Chiesa caught one of Iaquinta’s kicks and grabs a body lock. Chiesa gets the hooks in while Iaquinta gets warned by the referee for holding onto the inside of Chiesa’s glove while trying to defend the choke. Chiesa gets his arm under the chin and Iaquinta tries to fight it but he refuses to tap and goes to sleep.

This has been one hell of a journey for Michael Chiesa who lost his father at the beginning of the season. Chiesa was awarded the TUF Live trophy along with the keys to his new custom Harley Davidson motorcyle and a Tap Out endorsement. Urijah Faber was also awarded the keys to his custom Harley since he was the winning coach.


Main Event 

Martin Kampmann over Jake Ellenberger via KO @ 1:40 of the 2nd Round: Ellenberger won the first round by using his power and landing some powerful shots against the cage. Kampmann landed a short right hand that really wobbled Ellenberger and Kampmann runs in and delivers three knees to the chin. Ellenberger falls to the canvas and referee Steve Mazzagatti rushes in to stop the bout. Kampmann should change his name from ‘Hitman’ to ‘Comeback Kid’.

Thoughts on The Ultimate Fighter Ratings Decline

The Ultimate Fighter Live

The Ultimate Fighter Live on FX is currently the lowest-rated season in the history of the series. The show has been missing that WOW factor for quite some time. Season 10 back in 2009 featuring Kimbo Slice and the Rampage vs. Evans feud was the last signs of worth wild television the show has produced. Faber and Cruz are two of the best fighters in the world but they do not produce that dynamic you want from opposing coaches in order to pop a rating. Also, the show hasn’t changed its look or presentation since its debut in 2005

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Detailed Recap of The Ultimate Fighter Live on FX

– The show opens in the UFC training center with host Jon Anik and Dana White talking about the history of the show and what will happen this season. The fights are live this season. 32 fighters will battle for the chance to get into the house which means we will be treated to 16 fights tonight.


Dana White announces the qualifying matches will consist of only one five minute round. “Make if the best &^$#@& five minutes of your life” White says. He also announces that fan voting will determine the Knockout, Submission and Fight of the season. The prize carries a $25,000 bonus for the winning fighter.


It is also announced that the season winner and coach will receive a Harley Davidson motorcycle and that anyone fighter who finishes their opponent through the season and including tonight’s qualifying bouts will receive a $5,000 bonus. The first fight of the evening is


1.) Joey Proctor (7-1) vs. Jordan Rinaldi (5-0)

Both fighters are trying to find their range but missing several shots. Proctor catches a leg kick by Rinaldi and sends him to the floor. He sinks the guillotine and keeps squeezing tighter and tighter until Rinaldi taps.


Winner Joey Proctor: from Pembroke, Massachusetts.


– No color commentary but we do get to listen to coaches Dominick Cruz (Whose team colors are red) and Urijah Faber (Who will be sporting blue) as they evaluate the fighters along with Dana White. When the winners are announced their Twitter handle is shown.


2.) Christiano Marcello vs. Jared Carlson

Marcello is a PRIDE veteran and a Rickson Gracie black belt in BJJ while Carlson is a Eddie Bravo black belt in BJJ. Both start trading low kicks and Carlson connects with a nice knee to the chin. Marcello hits an inside trip and lands in full mount. Marcello lands a few punches and elbows which causes Carlson to give up his back to only be met with a finishing rear-naked choke.


Winner: Christiano Marcello



3.) Sam Sicilla (10-0) vs. Erin Beach (3-1)

It is over almost as soon as it started as Sicilla lands a right hook and knocks Beach silly and the ref jumps in right away to call it off.


Winner: Sam Sicilla: Spokane Washington


4.) Austin Lyons (9-1) vs. Chris Tickle (7-4)

Tickle’s last two wins were over UFC veterans according to Jon Anik. Lots of windmill punches from both fighters until Tickle hits Lyons with a over hand right and a left to Lyons jaw on the way down and the ref calls a halt to the bout. 24 seconds is all it took.


Winner: Chris Tickle: Bloomington, Illinois


– Dana White asks the coaches who they are impressed with so far Dominick Cruz felt all the guys who lost came out slow while Urijah Faber said he is impressed with  Christiano Marcello because he is well rounded.


5.)    Brendan Weafer (6-3) vs. Andy Ogle (8-1)

Ogle takes Weafer down but lands in his guard. Weafer attempts a triangle choke and holds him in position while hammering away with punches. The choke is not working at all as Ogle maintains a solid base and pins Weafer against the fence while landing body shots. The fight is stood up with 23 seconds left and Ogle drops Weafer with a right hand and sinks on a guillotine but Weafer survives to end the round and we go to the judges for a decision.


Winner: Andy Ogle: Newcastle UK


– Chris Tickle’s is interviewed and he says he wants to be on Faber’s team because  it will help him with his wrestling.


6.)    Cody Pfister (7-3) vs. Vinc Pichel  (7-0)

Pichel attempts an omoplata but fails and both fighters scramble back and fourth on the ground until Pichel lands some hard elbows that cut open Pfister and lands a few more punches to the jaw before he sinks a rear-naked choke at 3:39 of the round.


Winner: Vinc Pichel: Simi Valley, California


7.) Mark Glover (5-1-1) vs. John Cofer (7-1) 

After a feeling out process on the feet they clinch against the cage. Glover has good range but he is not good in the clinch according to Dana White. Cofer lands several takedowns while absorbing or avoiding strikes to earn a decision.


Winner: John Cofer: Hull, Georgia


8.) Chase Hackett (5-1) vs. Chris Saunders (9-1)

Hackett has the better promo of the two stating he will win because he is the more handsome fighter. Saunders proves he is the better fighter as throws some leg kicks and attempts a guillotine choke. Hackett survives and they get back to their feet but he doesn’t throw any punches. Saunders takes him down again and attempts another guillotine but Hackett survives as we go to the judges.

Winner: Chris Saunders: Long Beach, California 


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9.) James Vick (4-0)  vs. Dakota Cochrane (11-2)

Vick has a huge reach advantage at 6-4 compared to Cochrane’s 5’7. Cochrane closes the distance and clinches against the fence. They keep switching positions but they are at a stalemate as no damage or advantage to fighter. The ref breaks them up to restart at the center and Cochrane immediately shoots for another takedown and Vick attempts a choke but Cochrane escapes with seconds left in the fight. Not sure how the judges will score this one.


Winner: James Vick via split decision: Fort Worth, TX



10.)    Mike Chiesa (7-0) vs. Johnavan Vistante (4-1)

Chiesa shoots in quickly and for the takedown and secures a quillotine. Vistante escapes but gives up his back and receives a few punches for his troubles before Chiesa sinks in the rear-naked choke for the submission.


Winner: Mike Chiesa: Spokane, WA



11.)    Mike Rio (8-1) vs. Ali Maclean (9-5-1)

Maclean lands several stiff jabs before Rio lands the takedown and works him over in side control before getting his back and traps him with a body triangle and finishes him with a rear naked choke.


Winner: Mike Rio: Miami, Flordia


12.)  James Krause (14-4) vs. Justin Lawrence (3-0)

It’s the battle of Missouri as both fighters desperately want to get into the house. Lawrence connects with a fast high kick to the head. They circle for a few more seconds until Lawrence lands a vicious left hook that sends Lawrence crumbling down and unleashed a ground and pound assault to finish the job


Winner: Justin Lawrence: Villa Ridge, Missouri 



13.) Drew Dober: (8-3) vs. Daron Cruickshank (10-2) 

Both of Cruickshank’s parents are black belts in Karate and Dober is a former Baker who is fighting to get his mom out of the bad part of Omaha. Cruickshank comes out very aggressive and lands several shots and misses a spinning back kick before taking Dober down. Dober is working very hard for the takedown after taking several shots but he just can’t take him down.

They fight against the fence and Dober hits Cruickshank low with a knee. Dana White says both corners suck because neither are telling their fighters how much time if left. Dober controls Cruickshank in the last couple of seconds but it wasn’t enough to earn the decision.


Winner: Daron Cruickshank: Wayne, MI



14.) Jeremy Larson (8-2) vs. Jeff Smith (9-1)

Its “Handsome” in Larson vs. “The Submission Technician” in Smith. Smith takes Larson down right away and sinks in a tight guillotine but Larson escapes. Larson takes Smith down and almost gets caught in an armbar. Smith traps in a tow hold-hold and switches a kneebar but Larsen escapes and winds up in side control and pounds on him but Smith attempts one last heel hook to close the round.


Winner: Jeremy Larson: Phoenix, AZ


15.) Al Iaquinta (5-1-1) vs. Jon Tuck (6-0­)

Iaquinta was supposed to be on season 12 but had to bail due to a broken hand. Iaquinta catches a body kick from Tuck brings him down to the mat where he ends up in an armbar by Tuck. Iaquinta powers out but Tuck takes his back in a beautiful transition but Iaquinta escapes. Tuck keeps looking down for some reason. Damn, Tuck has a severely messed up toe on his right foot. Iaquinta secures another takedown and finishes the round on top while landing strikes.


Winner: Al Iaquinta: Wantagh, NY 



16.) Akbarh Arreola (19-6-1) vs.  Myles Jury (9-0)

Myles Jury was supposed to be on Brock Lesnar’s team for season 13. Jury takes him down at the speed of light an controls the entire fight with his wrestling against the cage. The ref stood the fight up and Jury takes Arreola down again. Arreola had no answer as Jury felt no threat in his guard which is where the rest of the fight took place. It is revealed during the fight that Jury trains with Dominick Cruz on the regular.


Winner via decision: Myles Jury: San Diego, CA


The Ultimate Fighter 15 Cast

Dana White brings all of the winners together and reminds them about how much they sacrificed to be in the position they are in. “This is just the beginning” says White. ” Congratulations, but this is where the hard work begins. Get ready for the hardest 13 weeks of your life.” White says as the show comes to an end.