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MMASucka by Patrick Auger - 22h ago

Fight Business Podcast June 18th, 2019 - YouTube

Ever wonder how your favorite mixed martial arts promotions turn a profit? Want to know how the UFC got a $4 billion dollar valuation and became part of the largest franchise sale in sports history? Don’t understand why the UFC is throwing out interim titles left and right like they’re on sale?

The newest podcast on the MMASucka network. In this new show, hosted by staff writer and resident business consultant, Patrick Auger, we take an in-depth look at the business side of MMA. From PPV buy rates to broadcast partnerships, ‘The Fight Business Podcast’ discusses the money end of mixed martial arts.

The Classic Reboot

So my life has been a whirlwind over the past three months, but that’s more of an excuse than anything. After getting some feedback (big shout out to all of you who did that by the way) I mulled it over and realized that this podcast should have a little more excitement to it, a little more fun in the way we discussed these topics. I also realized that there’s no better way to add those elements than bringing on some guests and making it more of a game show on opinions.

Enter the Fight Business Podcast reboot. We’re still going to talk about everything business in MMA, but it’s going to be more entertaining than listening to me drone on about it for an hour (To the two diehard fans that love when I do that I know, don’t worry I’ll send you my musings directly).

This week pits Bloody Elbow and MMASucka.com reporter Nick Baldwin against Sherdog.com Senior Editor Ben Duffy in a battle of quick wits and strong opinions as they test their knowledge on the business of MMA. We’ll cover Bellator 222, the new UFC Apex facility, Dana White’s foray into boxing and much more.

Who will arise victorious in the battle for my fake points? Tune in to find out.

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UFC Fight Night 154 Walkout Songs

The UFC will be live in Greenville, SC this weekend for UFC Fight Night 154! Topping the card at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena will be a featherweight bout between “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung and Brazil’s Renato Moicano. Below that, Rob Font and John Linneker will square off at bantamweight. Still below that, there are a lot fighters on the card who need a little help standing out. With the Reebok policy in place, one of the few ways left to do that is with entrance music. That’s why I’m here. As MMASucka.com‘s resident musicologist, I’m here to offer suggestions that would help these fighters become more memorable as a brand, starting with their UFC Fight Night 154 walkout songs. I’m even doing it publicly, for your entertainment. So, without further ado, here… We… Go!

Kevin Holland

What he last walked out to: “Middle Child” – J. Cole

What he should walk out to next: “Old Town Road – Remix” – Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus

Sadly, Kevin “The Trailblazer Holland has been anything but ahead of the curve in terms of walks out. After all, two other fighters have walked out to “Middle Child” in calender year 2019. So, which way should the young Texan go? Well, shockingly enough, nobody’s walked out to Lil Nas X’s smash hit, “Old Town Road.” So, it’s time for Holland to live up to his nickname and bring a little of his home state yee-haw with him to the cage. You can hear the song below.

Matt Wiman

What he last walked out to: “Midnight” – Coldplay

What he should walk out to next: “A Day in the Life” – Handsome Boy Modelling School feat. RZA, the Mars Volta, A.G., Good Hygeine, & Tim Meadows

It’s been five years since “Handsome” Matt Wiman last fought, and in that time I hope he’s thought about a better walkout song than something from freakin’ Coldplay. Look, he wants to be “Handsome,” then we stay on-brand. Something like the swaggering “A Day in the Life” by Handsome Boy Modelling School with a plethora of guests. You can hear it below.

Keep it locked to MMASucka.com for more great MMA news and opinion!

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Bellator London: Mousasi vs. Rafael Lovato Jr.

Bellator returns to Europe Saturday, June 22, 2019, where Gegard Mousasi will defend his middleweight strap vs. Rafael Lovato Jr.. Beyond the headlining title bout are a variety of stars puy on display, by the promotion. Surely, Bellator’s upcoming visit to London is a treat for UK fans. Most of which rejoice in knowing the main card starts before midnight.

The Moose

Gegard Mousasi is one of the most under-appreciated fighters in mixed martial arts. ‘The Dreamcatcher’ has a well-rounded skill set and has found immense success in multiple combat organizations, including the UFC, Strikeforce, Dream, Pride and K-1.

Mousasi was an amateur boxing champion, which has translated into precise shot selection. He will seek to utilize his phenomenal jab to keep Lovato Jr. at bay. Mousasi also has a solid ground game, with underrated offensive wrestling and dominant top control. This was beautifully demonstrated against current Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald where he won via TKO in the second round. Mousasi is currently riding an eight-fight win streak, with his last loss being a flash KO to the dangerous Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night 75.

Competitive on the mat

Lovato Jr. has a perfect record of nine wins, eight of which being finishes. Lovato Jr. has striking ability, including a nicely disguised teep kick. But he will provide nothing on the feet that will worry Mousasi. His clear advantage comes on the mat due to his brilliant Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. His BJJ helped him achieve three submissions in his last four wins.

Despite his stellar record, there are doubts  in relation to Lovato Jr.’s ability to compete with the top competition in the sport. Lovato Jr. is yet to defeat a fighter considered of the highest caliber. When compared the outstanding resume of the legend Gegard Mousasi.

Lovato Jr. has generally fought undersized opponents, who he has muscled into chokes as opposed to utilising slick transitions. He will not be able to out-muscle Mousasi who has competed at both light-heavyweight and heavyweight. Mousasi submitted Mark Hunt at heavyweight in the first round of the Super Hulk Grand Prix at Dream 9.

Mousasi has however shown some issues with strong grapplers in the past and has been submitted three times. This was demonstrated by a submission from Akihiro Gono. Gono was able to break Mousasi with a relentless barrage of transitions and submission attempts on the ground.

Despite this, Mousasi is still strong on the ground – especially with his overwhelming top control and offensive wrestling. Mousasi also showed he is dangerous off his back against Jacare Souza and has proven hard to keep down by various quality wrestlers such as Weidman and MacDonald. Although Lovato Jr. may be able to take Mousasi down, it is unlikely he will be able to hold him there for very long.

Coming off dominant wins against world champions such as Weidman, Carvalho and MacDonald it is hard to look past Mousasi in this bout. Mousasi is not only head and shoulders better than the current crop of Bellator middleweights, but he would likely hold the UFC belt if matchmaking was kinder to him in the worlds biggest MMA organization.

PREDICTION: Mousasi VIA Fourth-ROUND TKO

Paul Daley vs. Erick Silva

UFC veteran Erick Silva has lost five of his last seven, including an unsuccessful Bellator debut against Yaroslav Amosov at Bellator 216. Silva was once a big prospects in MMA but has since seemingly declined rapidly. During this Icarus-esque fall, Silva was knocked out by Yancy Medeiros and Nordine Taleb. Both less dangerous fighters than Daley.

Despite his recent woes, Silva has a slicker ground game than Daley. Most likely, Silva will look for a submission in London.

Daley is coming off a decision loss to bitter rival Michael ‘Venom’ Page in the welterweight Grand Prix quarterfinal at Bellator 216. The Brit has lost four of his last six outings and will be desperate to change his fortunes in front of a home crowd.

Daley possesses insane KO power, as shown by highlight knockouts of Lorenz Larkin, Brennan Ward and countless other casualties. In his last outing, Daley looked mystified by the unorthodox striking of Page. This lead to him wrestling his way to a disappointing loss. Daley has a variety of striking tools in his arsenal; a lethal left hook and flying knees to go with it. If Daley overcomes any similar mental block and strikes with bravery, as he did against Grand Prix finalist Douglas Lima, he should come out on top here.

PREDICTION: Daley VIA second-ROUND KO

James Gallagher vs. Jeremiah Labiano

James Gallagher looks to make a statement against Jeremiah Labiano. A strong performance could stake a claim for a title shot.

‘The Strabanimal’ suffered the first loss of his career to Ricky Bandejas at Bellator 204. However, Gallagher dominantly tapped Steven Graham in his most recent bout at Bellator 217. This win helped to remind people that the loud-mouthed Irishman is not all talk.

Labiano is coming off a first-round knockout of Justin Smitley at Bellator 206. ‘The Kid’ marks a step up from Gallagher’s usual calibre of opposition, and possesses solid boxing, especially in close. Labiano will also likely be the heavier man coming into the catchweight bout, having last fought at featherweight. Gallagher is a traditional bantamweight, despite his large frame.

Noad Lahat ground out Labiano at Bellator 188, suggesting issues with cardio and strength. As long as Gallagher doesn’t get over-confident with his striking, he should get the win.

This will likely be an easy win for Gallagher who will seek to add another signature Rear-Naked-Choke to his record.

PREDICTION: Gallagher VIA Second-Round Sub

Melvin Manhoef vs. Kent Kauppinen

Melvin Manhoef lives and dies by the sword. ‘No Mercy’ boasts impressive knockout victories over the likes of Mark Hunt and more recently Hisaki Kato. At one point Manhoef even had 23 wins 22 of which were by way of knockout. However, in his last outing, the Dutchman was brutally knocked out by former champion Rafael Carvalho at Bellator 176. This loss only reaffirmed what many fans already dreaded. Manhoef is simply old and vulnerable.

Kauppinen, on the other hand, is a far less decorated combat athlete. He is also a professional boxer, with an sub-par record of 5-14. However, this includes only two KO losses and he has shown great physical development from the regional circuit. This serves in stark contrast to the declining Manhoef.

Manhoef is still a great striker who is dangerous on the feet, but so is Kauppinen. The Brit has nine KO victories after eleven total wins and should be able to add to that in London. Manhoef will try to exploit Kauppinen’s inability to check leg kicks. However, it is likely the local will catch Manhoef’s ageing chin and send the fan favourite to sleep.

PREDICTION: Kauppinen VIA Round-one KO

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Since Cody Garbrandt’s third consecutive knockout loss to #5 ranked bantamweight Pedro Munhoz, a lot has been made of the Team Alpha Male fighter and his tendency to brawl his way out of trouble (often to no avail). This has been of interest to me, because while Cody Garbrandt certainly has issues with swinging wild, these haven’t been the only times he’s found himself on the wrong end of a beating.

In this piece, I will be examining just how deep the problems in Cody Garbrandt’s game go. In my opinion, Cody Garbrandt is no different a technical fighter now than he was when he defeated Dominick Cruz to win the bantamweight title. Only when he realizes that “fighting dumb” isn’t the only hurdle he has to pass can he begin to rebuild his style in a more sustainable, effective way.

Cody Garbrandt Evaluation Integrating Offense & Defense

The first major flaw worth addressing in Garbrandt’s game is his inability to blend offense and defense. Despite having one of the more prolific amateur boxing records seen in MMA, Garbrandt doesn’t appear to have much ability to layer his defense into his offense or vice versa. As a counterpuncher, Garbrandt is content to sit on the backfoot and wait for an opportunity that his opponent provides. He doesn’t do much in the way of feinting to draw counters, he doesn’t jab, and he has very few weapons to draw from when he’s stranded from a distance.

>Cody has a blisteringly fast, stinging jab that he almost never uses.

Effectively, Garbrandt wants his opponents to walk in on him and attempt to throw combinations, because for the most part of his career, he has been the faster and more powerful puncher. When they do, Garbrandt plants his feet and successively throws a wide 3-2 until the exchange concludes.

>Notice how as soon as Thomas Almeida begins his step-in, Garbrandt drops his left hand all the way down to his hip before marching with a 2-3-2.

A common criticism lobbed against Garbrandt is that he has very little in the way of defense, but I don’t believe this is the correct way to look at the issue. There are times when Garbrandt’s ability to slip and pivot away from danger is quite impressive.

>Against Dominick Cruz, Garbrandt shocked plenty of analysts and pundits with his speed and his ability to diffuse the tricky approach of his opponent. This all comes with a massive caveat, however. Cruz is neither a particularly good counterpuncher, nor is he an especially adept puncher of any kind. Even when Cody is evading the wide, looping punches of Cruz, his hands are parked at his waist. Plus, Garbrandt willingly puts himself way out of position, squaring his stance and taking massive exaggerated movements to evade without keeping sound positioning to counter.

>When Garbrandt finds his moment to counter, his shot selection is always predictable and he often ends up off balance by overthrowing his punches.

The problem isn’t that Garbrandt has no ability to evade incoming fire. The problem is that when Garbrandt commits to throwing back, any semblance of defense disappears. He lacks proactive defense (i.e. weaving under shots after throwing, moving his head while throwing preemptively, angling or pivoting jabs, taking defensive angles before countering).

My friend and fellow analyst Ryan Wagner pointed out that the underlying issue to Garbrandt’s problems seems to be his eyes. He doesn’t have the eyes to see what is coming, and as a result, he cannot make specific reactions. Garbrandt counters everything the same way because he can’t read what his opponent is giving him. He’s left waiting on an opponent instead of creating his own openings.

>Cruz v-steps into range and throws a long overhand left before ducking under Garbrandt’s right hook. Both men end up standing square in the pocket and flurry. Instead of pivoting out and creating an angle on Cruz, Garbrandt just throws the same looping punches from the hip until Cruz is knocked down. He doesn’t move his head after throwing, he doesn’t take an angle on his opponent, and he doesn’t even manage to get out of the way of Cruz’s cuffing punches. Garbrandt wins this exchange just by virtue of being faster and more powerful.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, here are some examples of elite MMA strikers who have developed the ability to blend offense and defense.

>For example, Max Holloway is perhaps the best fighter in MMA at exiting on angles before landing punches back with his opponent blind sighted. Here, he turns a defensive angle to his right from Ortega’s feint into an offensive angle by staying in range and continuing to slide to his right.

>During his best days, Robbie Lawler was one of the finest pocket boxers MMA has ever seen and he mastered the ability to remain in range for minutes on end while remaining defensively active. He blended hand parries and slips to negate the punches of his opponent, while also keeping his offensive counterpunching arsenal available to him. When Hendricks would lean too far in, Lawler would pull back and draw him onto his rear hand power shot.

>Conor McGregor is the rare MMA striker who fights with a cohesive offensive system. He’ll fight long, bait an opponent into reaching for him, and set traps at a distance. When opponents attempt to close him down, he’ll take tight angles (often to the inside of his opponent’s lead foot), and either pull or slip his head offline while countering.

Range & Blind Spots

Immediately after UFC 207, Cody Garbrandt’s performance against Dominick Cruz was regarded as one of the finest showcases in MMA history, and given the prestige of his opponent, I’m not about to dispute that claim. However, Cruz’s success in the fight was largely underplayed, particularly in the fifth round where Cruz appeared to figure out a consistent path to victory against the prospect. The solution was simple: jab.

>Instead of trying to overwhelm Garbrandt in the pocket, Cruz remained at the end of his range and just flashed the jab in Cody’s face, and Cody didn’t appear to know quite what to do about a constant jab. Even when the jab didn’t land, Cody almost never tried to counter off Cruz’s jab or attack his leg to take away the jab.

Garbrandt has neither long reach nor does he extend particularly far with his punches, since most of his boxing comes down to the 2 or the 3. Cruz determined that by fighting long and not attempting to crowd Garbrandt in the pocket, he could land with relative ease and Garbrandt wouldn’t have many ranged weapons beyond naked kicks to stifle him.

Cruz’s typical feints weren’t having much of an effect on Garbrandt, because he wouldn’t bite on anything until Cruz was in range. However, when Cruz did step in, Garbrandt countered with the same combinations every time, so after a certain point, Cruz adapted.

>Cody also lacks urgency and craft in terms of getting off the fence. When Munhoz, Dillashaw, and even Cruz backed Cody up to the cage, they were able to land on him as Cody attempted to circle back to center.

Garbrandt isn’t adept at fighting beyond the first layer of an exchange. As I mentioned before, he lacks the ability to draw counters or responses from his opponents, which means that when Cody does choose to lead, it’s often in wide, predictable patterns that are easily countered.

In keeping his hands low, along with averseness to active defense when throwing, Garbrandt proved to have an enormous blind spot to TJ Dillashaw’s lead right hook in both of their fights. Dillashaw himself isn’t a particularly adept counterpuncher, but Garbrandt’s reliance on waiting for the counter and his complete inability to adjust proved fatal twice.

>Garbrandt feints a single leg and comes over the top with a tight right hook from the hip. Dillashaw easily hops backward, slides his head under the punch, and throws a right hook counter.

>Cody lunges at Pedro Munhoz with a 3-2 from his hip, and Munhoz throws a right hook counter that lands while moving his head hard to the outside of Garbrandt’s cross. A lot has been made about Garbrandt’s lack of durability, but in fairness, it doesn’t take much to get hurt when you let guys throw as hard as they possibly can at you.

>Even Dominick Cruz was able to catch Garbrandt with his stance completely square in the middle of a flurry. All three of these opponents prove just how far moving your head while throwing can go against Cody Garbrandt.

The bantamweight division has caught onto Garbrandt’s patterns, and more and more fighters have shown the ability to solve his fairly predictable approach with progressive ease.

Conclusion

Does Cody Garbrandt have an issue getting drawn into brawls that he can’t win?

The answer is yes, but a qualified yes. While he certainly has an issue with seeing red and trying to hit the kill switch, there are larger issues in Garbrandt’s game that haven’t been examined as thoroughly. Brawling isn’t a choice for Cody Garbrandt. It’s baked into the DNA of who he is as a fighter. His tendency to plant his feet and flurry with wide hooks, paying no attention to where his head is or where his feet are is inextricably locked into his striking arsenal. This is how he’s been coached into fighting.

Garbrandt has shown surprisingly little depth in his striking game, which a lot of analysts have learned retroactively after overestimating him off the Cruz win. In hindsight, Garbrandt’s performance against Cruz (impressive though it was) didn’t evince a particularly deep or even broad striking game. Since then, we’ve seen Garbrandt solved three times in successively brutal fashion, but more damning still is his inability (or perhaps unwillingness) to adapt.

Admittedly, I’ve been somewhat hard on Cody Garbrandt in this article. My intention was never to provide an entirely balanced view of his strengths and weaknesses as a fighter, but rather to debunk the misguided theory that the root of all Garbrandt’s issues is his tendency to brawl his way out of danger. In reality, the issues run quite a bit deeper and will require far more diligent coaching and training to fix.

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In a professional career spanning 30 fights and 10 years, “King Mo” Muhammed Lawal has called it quits from competing competitively in the sport of MMA. American Top Team posted on their Instagram account, releasing the following announcement:

“I just wanted to give @kingmofh a shout out and congrats for all he’s accomplished in this sport. For those that aren’t aware, he’s decided to “hang em up” and dedicate the next chapter of his life to coaching our pro fighters. I have to note, I’ve seen countess fighters train and walk through our doors and King Mo is hands down one of the best teammates I have ever seen. Beyond selfless. Proud to call him a teammate and even more excited to have him working and coaching full time with the squad. All the best Mo!! Congrats on a hell of a career!! Lets keep it positive and show this man some love.”

The Collegiate Wrestling Ranks

Many will argue the base to successful MMA career is a solid wrestling career. Lawal possessed just that. His collegiate wrestling days were spent on the mats at the University of Central Oklahoma before transferring to one of the greatest programs of all time, Oklahoma State University. Lawal graduated high school with a 49-0 state championship high school season at Plano East High School. He earned a 27-12 record as a true freshmen in the 184 pound division in 2000. Lawal also led the team in takedowns with 98.

King Mo’s sophomore season of 2001 saw an emphatic improvement with a record of 37-8 and a birth in the national championship bout, earning runner-up status. He improved his takedown count this season to 155 before dropping the national title to Steve Saxlund of North Dakota State. Saxlund would become a three-time national championship and a NDSU Hall of Famer. As a junior in 2002, Lawal claimed the national championship with an improved record of 39-2. He had a 233-4 takedown advantage to close out his career at Central Oklahoma.

Prior to the 2002 senior season, Lawal made the decision to transfer to wrestling powerhouse Oklahoma State University. Mo jumped up to the 197 pound division, earning All-American honors and a Big XII championship. Even after his collegiate days, Lawal continued wrestling, earning championships on a world class level.

The Eventual Move to MMA

After Lawal did not make the 2008 Olympic team, he decided to enter the world of MMA. His MMA career would come full circle and end in the country where it all began, Japan. Lawal’s debut came on September 28, 2008 at Sengoku 5 in Tokyo, Japan. The debut was not against your typical opponent for your opening match, taking on the 54-11 Travis Wiuff. King Mo walked away that night with a first round knockout. Most of the bout consisted of each fighter looking for their range. Each of Lawal’s jabs got closer and closer before landing a superman punch that sent Wiuff reeling into the ropes. He followed it up with a solid double leg takedown. King Mo followed up the takedown with a barrage of strikes to earn his first victory.

After starting his career 4-0 in Japan, Lawal battled Mark Kurr in his first bout on American soil, winning via first round KO on the M-1 Global: Breakthrough card in Kansas. After climbing to 5-0, King Mo would make the big move, joining the Strikeforce ranks.

Strikeforce Era

The next stage in Lawal’s career came in the Strikeforce organization, where he would win his first world title. After a first round demolishing of Mike Whitehead at Strikeforce: Evolution in December 2009, he would move on to a light heavyweight title fight against Gegard Mousasi at Strikeforce: Nashville in April 2010. After five tough rounds, King Mo’s hand was raised and he was crowned light heavyweight champion via unanimous decision. Lawal would fight under the Strikeforce banner for two more bouts, ending with an unfortunate one year suspension and a release from the organization. The release stemmed from a remark made about Pat Lundvall of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. After his suspension was reduced to nine months, King Mo would make his debut with a new promotion, Bellator.

Bellator Days

Lawal would compete in Bellator a total of 16 times, earning a record of 10-6. Five of those 10 wins were by way of KO/TKO. His introduction to Bellator came at the season 8 light heavyweight tournament. He knocked out Przemyslaw Mysiala in the quarterfinals before running into his proverbial “kryptonite” Emmanuel Newton.

Bellator 2013

King Mo suffered his first loss in Bellator at the hands of Newton via spinning back fist. He rebounded quickly by knocking out Seth Petruzelli at Bellator 96 and another knockout at Bellator 97 to win the Bellator 2013 Summer Series light heavyweight tournament. His prize for winning the tournament…a rematch with Newton at Bellator 106 for the interim title. Newton and Lawal went the full five rounds but Newton, yet again, got his hand raised as the victor. 2013 was tied with 2015 as being the most active year of his career with five fights in each of those respective years.

End of the Bellator Days and the RIZIN Days

Lawal was very active in 2014 and 2015 seeing him compete a total of nine times. Record wise, this could be the best stretch of his career going 8-1 with his only loss a decision to Quinton “Ramage” Jackson. December 2015 saw Lawal go back to the roots of his professional competing career…Japan. He took part in the RIZIN Heavyweight Grand Prix, winning three fights over a three day period defeating Brett McDermott on December 29 and both Teodoras Aukstuolis and Jiri Prochazka on December 31.

2016 saw Lawal take two bouts in Bellator, splitting decisions with Phil Davis (decision loss) and Olympic Judo gold medalist, Satoshi Ishii (decision win.) For the second year in a row, King Mo would return for Japan to compete in RIZIN’s end of the year tournament but this time taking the loss against legend Mirko Cro Cop in the 2016 RIZIN Openweight Grand Prix quarterfinals.

The Final Victory  

Unbeknownst to all, 2017 would see King Mo earn the final victory of his career. On March 31, 2017 at Bellator 175, he would avenge a previous loss, defeating Quinton Jackson via unanimous decision. It would be another 407 days until we would see Lawal compete again in the Bellator cage.

Bellator announced the creation of a heavyweight grand prix tournament which would crown the winner of the tournament as the organization’s heavyweight champion. Lawal was selected to participate in the tournament and faced off with eventual tournament champ, Ryan Bader. After the tough, quick loss to Bader, King Mo turned around to face another stiff test in Liam McGeary for his last Bellator matchup. Though not victorious, Lawal took the former champion deep into the third round in the beautiful state of Hawaii.

The End to a Storied Career

April 21, 2019 saw the end of the King Mo in-cage dynasty when his career came full-circle, fighting his last fight in Japan where fight one took place almost 10 years prior. He would battle Jiri Prochazka at RIZIN 15 in a bout for the RIZIN light heavyweight championship. The two went to the third round but Prochazka got the upper hand ending the bout via TKO. This marked Lawal’s third straight TKO loss. Though this may mark the last time we see him with gloves on, it will be far from the last time we see King Mo in the cage. Lawal is a huge part of the coaching team at American Top Team and will hopefully be present sharing his knowledge in the corner of the world’s best fighters.

Words on King Mo From Many Coaches and Fighters

King Mo has touched the lives of many with his talents and entertained many around the world.

Robbie Lawler (Former UFC Champion and former ATT teammate)

“Mo is one of the best teammates I’ve ever had. He has helped me so much over the years. He is great to have around fight week because he keeps everything light with jokes.”

Steve Mocco (Former American Olympic Wrestler and ATT Coach)

“I have known Mo for the better part of two decades. We have trained together on and off during this time a lot. Weather it is wrestling or MMA he has reached the highest levels of sport. He is an unbelievable competitor and training partner who dives into everything he does with a ferocity that sets him apart. He is even a better teammate and friend. I’m really excited to be coaching with Mo now at American Top Team. This is pretty deadly combination to have a guy at Mo’s level coaching on the best MMA team on the planet!”

Din Thomas (Former UFC fighter and ATT Coach)

“Mo is a unique talent and individual. He is so knowledgeable in so many subjects it’s ridiculous. He’s a true leader and role model not only as a fighter but as a human being. And in a sport like MMA that is so full of snakes in the grass, Mo is a rare breed of authenticity, kindness, and selflessness.”

Brad Barnes (BJJ Blackbelt and former King Mo cornerman)

“The next generation of athletes coming through ATT are going to have a huge advantage by having Mo as a coach. He has an insane fight IQ and has real knowledge and experience that you cannot put a price tag on. Every person that he has contact with, in every class from kids wrestling to adults and pros training MMA, becomes a better fighter/competitor. The best part is he takes a real interest in people and you can tell he genuinely loves seeing someone improve. He is by far one of the best minds in combat sports, and I am excited to watch him shape the next generation of world champions.”

Johnny Eblen (Undefeated Bellator MMA fighter and ATT member)

“King Mo is a legend. One of the best to ever do it. I enjoyed training and learning from him during his career. Excited for his future as a coach. He has so much knowledge. It’s a great addition to ATT’s coaching staff.”

Scott Askham (KSW middlweight champion)

“King Mo’s achievements speak for themselves but when you meet Mo he’s so humble. I have had the pleasure of sharing the mats with him and also been coached by him. He’s a great addition to the coaching team at ATT. I can’t wait to get back and pick his brain even more.”

Ryan Quinn (Former Bellator MMA and Head ATT Amateur Coach)

“One of my best friends. He’s helped me and had my back with so much in fighting and life. Mo’s one of the first people I call when I have good news and bad because I know he will give me his honest opinion and will always have my best interest at heart. He’s picked me up more times then I can count. I know I’m known for my toughness and grit but I wouldn’t have come to be the fighter I am without him in the picture. I’m not a rare story either. We have traveled all around the world together and wherever I go I always run into someone that Mo has touched and brought positivism to their life. He’s a rare individual in this industry and he’s left it a better one for that. Thank you Mo.”

The Stats and Facts of King Mo

-Lawal was a high school (1999) and collegiate (2002) wrestling national champion.

-“Real Pro Wrestling” existed for one season with King Mo winning the 184lb championship   representing the Oklahoma Slam.

-The first four bouts of Lawal’s career were all in Japan as well as his last bout

-Lawal competed in 13 states and three different countries

-Lawal is a big professional wrestling fan and appeared several times on TNA/Impact Wrestling. He was actually offered a contract through WWE and spent a week at the Ohio Valley Wrestling territory before deciding to make a career in MMA.

-13 of Lawal’s 21 victories were by way of TKO/KO

-After graduating college, Lawal continued wrestling in the senior division winning the Senior U.S. national championship three times; 2005, 2006, and 2008

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Jordan Dowdy (7-4 MMA) will look to earn his fourth consecutive win when he fights Kevin Brown (5-6 MMA) in a co-main middleweight bout at Nemesis Fighting Alliance: This Is War.

Prior History

The two share some history going into their fight. Dowdy said he’s cornered Brown before, held pads for him when he needed it and helped him out with additional things.

“I heard Kevin was begging for the fight,” Dowdy told MMASucka. “I don’t know if he’s doing this as a hobby or if he thinks it’s going to be fun, but I didn’t take very kindly to it. It’s been hard to find many fights in the area, and this guy’s going to ask for me? I felt disrespected. I wasn’t really happy about it to be honest with you.”

While Dowdy isn’t thrilled with how it came about, he said he won’t let it be personal on fight night. After all, for him, a job is a job. And he’s never needed any extra motivation to get a job done.

He doesn’t think he’ll need the extra fuel on the fire, either. Dowdy feels he’s superior to Brown in both the striking and grappling departments.

“I’m more dangerous than ever, I’m better in every aspect in every way,” he said. “I know that’s the cliche Georges St-Pierre, but if you’re doing it right, that should be the answer. You should be getting better every time, and I just don’t think [Brown] really has anything for me.”

Strength of Schedules

Dowdy is unsure why Brown wanted to fight him all of a sudden, though he thinks the fact he has a few Bellator fights on his resume could be a reason. He’s riding a three-fight winning streak (a career best) over Josh Weston, Jeff Crotty and Eddie Larrea. His losses have come to tough fighters like Guilherme Bomba, Adam Meredith and Ty Flores, some of whom he might have fought too early in his career.

Brown, on the other hand, started his professional career with five straight losses. He won five straight to neutralize that, but is coming off a loss in his latest bout.

Dowdy recognizes that Brown was fed to the dogs in the Missouri MMA scene early in his career, having fought guys like Aaron Highfill and Sean Woodson. However, he doesn’t believe Brown has fought, or beat, anyone like the current version of himself.

“Aaron’s a good buddy of mine and a great training partner,” Dowdy said. “But Aaron would be the first to tell you that the Aaron alive and well now is better than the Aaron that was there three years ago. And I think we’ve all gotten better. But I don’t think he’s ever felt anything like what I can bring.”

The Match-up

Dowdy gives him a puncher’s chance. He said Brown likes to fight southpaw, throw sidekicks and look to land big punches. He feels Brown will try to overextend to land something big.

“That’s really the only chance he has,” Dowdy said. “Me, I’m more technical, fluid and well-rounded. To me, it doesn’t really matter how he tries to come in because I should be able to adapt to anything.”

Dowdy’s Improvements

Dowdy’s own recent success comes on the heels of him initiating training with a dedicated Jiu-Jitsu coach and putting on the gi. He also hopes his string of bad luck has come to an end. For example, he was close to finishing Ty Flores after a dominant first round in their fight before the staph infection he had incurred prior to the fight caused his body to give out. He’d be riding a five-fight win-streak if not for that.

“Some of it was just bad luck,” he said. “I’m trying to limit all of the things that could happen in my preparation. You can’t always do that. But as I’m getting along in this game, I get better, I get wiser, my preparation gets better, my training partners I train with get better. Luckily, some things have bounced my way for the better. That’s what I needed, because it went the other way against me, initially.”

Dowdy is three wins away from hitting double digits. He hopes to accomplish that feat before 2019 ends. It starts with Brown, though.

“I think I’m better everywhere,” Dowdy said. “So I’ll just take whatever presents itself. And not only what presents itself, but whatever openings are there for me to take. If I see a clear, good way to finish it or have optimal position and start imposing my will, then I will do so until the ref pulls me off.”

Nemesis Fighting Alliance: This Is War goes down Saturday, June 22 from the Casa Loma Ballroom in St. Louis, MO.

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The Sports Emmy nominated “UFC 25 Years in Short” is now available on YouTube and not exclusively on UFC Fight Pass. It was originally released in 2018 and features 25 short films to celebrate the promotions 25-year anniversary.

The 17th film in the series was entitled, “WORTH THE WAIT: The Story of Daniel Cormier.”

The Story of Daniel Cormier

In 2009, Daniel Cormier transitioned from Olympic Wrestler to MMA rookie, launching a second act in combat sports and difficult journey to the top of UFC.

Cormier (22-1, 1NC) has gone on to have major accomplishments in his Octagon career. Those include becoming a two-division champion. Holding belts in the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions.

The two blemishes on Cormier’s rap sheet come at the hands of Jon Jones. In 2015, after going 2-0 as a light heavyweight, the AKA product took on Jones and lost via unanimous decision.

Jones was stripped of his title, and Cormier was granted a vacant title shot against Anthony Johnson. DC choked out “Rumble” in the third round and went on to defend that belt two more times.

The successful title defenses set up a rematch with Jones. Once again Jones had Cormier’s number. Earning a third-round knockout victory, however, the California State Athletic Commission overturned the decision and ruled the fight a no-contest due to a failed drug test.

In 2018, Cormier returned to heavyweight and defeated Stipe Miocic via first-round knockout to be crowned the two-division champion.

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MMASucka by Ed Gallo - 5d ago

USA Wrestling struck gold with the concept of “Final X“. Historically, US World and Olympic teams in freestyle and Greco-Roman were determined by wrestling through a massive tournament in one weekend. A defending World medalist could sit in the finals while their opponent had just wrestled multiple matches against the best in the country just to get to them. Questions arose as to whether or not this was the most effective way to put together an optimized team. From a marketing perspective, it was difficult to hype up those finals matches. Thus, a standalone event for the finals, Final X was born. Final X Lincoln will likely conclude the USA World team wrestle-offs for 2019. Check in throughout the day for live updated Final X Lincoln results.

The winners of the following best two-out-of-three series will go on to represent the United States in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan in the 2019 World Wrestling Championships.

Final X Rutgers Results Session 1 (Women’s Freestyle and Men’s Greco-Roman) 12 PM CT Women’s FS 59 kg – Alli Ragan (Hawkeye WC) vs. Lauren Louive (Hawkeye WC)

Match One: Ragan def. Louive 10-0

Match Two:

Men’s GR 60 kg – Leslie Fuenffinger (U.S. Army WCAP) vs. Ildar Hafizov (U.S. Army WCAP)

Match One: Hafizov def. Fuenffinger 7-5

Match Two:

Women’s FS 55 kg – Jacarra Winchester (Titan Mercury WC/OTC) vs. Dominique Parrish (Burnaby Mountain WC)

Match One: Winchester def. Parrish 10-0

Match Two:

Men’s GR 72 kg – Raymond Bunker (U.S. Marine Corps) vs. Alex Mossing (Air Force RTC)

Match One: Bunker def. Mossing 3-1

Match Two:

Men’s GR 63 kg – Ryan Mango (U.S. Army WCAP) vs. Xavier Johnson (U.S. Marine Corps)

Match One:

Match Two:

Men’s GR 97 kg – G’Angelo Hancock (Sunkist Kids) vs. Lucas Sheridan (U.S. Army WCAP)

Match One:

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Session 2 (Men’s and Women’s Freestyle, Men’s Greco-Roman) 6 PM CT Women’s FS 62 kg – Mallory Velte (Titan Mercury WC) vs. Kayla Miracle (Hawkeye WC)

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Match Two:

Women’s FS 53 kg – Sarah Hildebrandt (New York AC/OTC) vs. Katherine Shai (Titan Mercury WC)

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Women’s FS 76 kg – Adeline Gray (New York AC) vs. Precious Bell (Unattached)

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Men’s GR 130 kg – Adam Coon (Cliff Keen WC) vs. Cohlton Schultz (Sunkist Kids/EAP)

Match One:

Match Two:

Men’s FS 61 kg – Joe Colon (Valley RTC) vs. Tyler Graff (New Jersey RTC)

Match One:

Match Two:

Men’s FS 97 kg – Kyle Snyder (Ohio RTC) vs. Kyven Gadson (Cyclone RTC)

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Men’s FS 70 kg – Ryan Deakin (Chicago RTC) vs. James Green (Nebraska WTC)

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Men’s FS 57 kg – Daton Fix (Cowboy RTC) vs. Thomas Gilman (Hawkeye RTC)

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Men’s FS 74 kg – Jordan Burroughs (Nebraska WTC) vs. Isaiah Martinez (Illinois RTC)

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MMASucka staff picks are in for the second portion of our double-header weekend. ONE Championship: Legendary Quest will go down Saturday, June 15th from the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China beginning at 7:00am ET (4:00am PT). All the action can be watched live on pay-per-view. Make sure to also check out Friday night’s MMASucka Bellator 222 staff picks here.

THE FIGHTS

Muay Thai, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts fights will be scattered throughout the event. The latest fight counted towards our staff picks comes in the co-main event at middleweight between promotional debutante Yoshihiro Akiyama and Malaysia’s Agilan Thani. Akiyama made sound competing in HERO throughout the mid-2000’s, claiming the K-1 HERO light heavyweight championship 2006. The seasoned judoka would later sign with the UFC, and following a 2-5 run in the promotion, he has yet to compete since November of 2015. His opponent, Thani, had a hot start to his professional MMA career moving to 5-0 inside a two-year stretch. He’d face off against Ben Askren for the ONE welterweight championship in 2017, suffering a first-round submission loss in the co-main event. Thani is now looking to snap a two-fight skid following losses to notables Zebaztian Kadestam and Kiamrian Abbasov.

Exciting finishers Koyomi Matsushima and Won II Kwon are slated to fight in the lightweight division. Matsushima is coming off a sensational knockout win over former dominant ONE featherweight champion Marat Gafurov, while Kwon is fresh off a lighting fast 19-second finish over Eric Kelly.

Another solid fight between the undefeated Reinier de Ridder and Brazil’s Gilberto Galvao will take place on the card. De Ridder’s extensive background in jiu-jitsu and judo has resulted in all ten of his victories coming by way of stoppage, eight of them coming by way of submission. Galvao, a former Aspera FC middleweight champion and BJJ black belt, is coming off a 15-month layoff from competing in MMA. His hand was raised in his last outing after former All-American wrestler Jake Butler suffered a knee injury in the opening seconds of round two.

The remaining fights counted towards our staff picks can be found further below.

STAFF PICKS

Throughout the year, staff picks will be composed of four different MMA promotions: UFCBellatorONE, and RIZIN. Main cards will make up both UFC and Bellator picks, while the biggest fights to make up ONE and RIZIN events will be used. The WINNER of staff picks will have a choice between receiving a championship belt from ProAmBelts or a championship chain from Championship Chains. The 2018 winner was awarded to Michael DeSantis, compiling a record of 202-101.

Check out our MMASucka staff picks for ONE Championship: Legendary Quest below.

Staff Records after UFC 238:

1. Ed Gallo: 127-66
2. Connor Deitrich: 124-69
3T. Michael DeSantis: 123-70
3T. Brian Gerson: 123-70
5. Ryan Wagner: 120-65
6. Mike Skytte: 119-74
7. Wesley Riddle: 118-75
8. Jeremy Brand: 114-79
9. Omar Villagrana: 113-80
10. Mitchell Banuelos: 108-70
11. Matt Bricker: 106-77
12T. Justin Pierrot: 105-78
12T. Patrick Auger: 105-81
12T. Ash Camyab: 105-72
15. Frazer Krohn: 31-28
16. Ryan Hobbs: 19-21
17. Matheus Costa: 15-10
18. Andrew Benjamin: 10-7

Rong Fan (12-2) vs. Sherif Mohamed (9-4)

Jeremy Brand: Mohamed via UD
Wesley Riddle: Fan via Round 1 SUB
Mike Skytte: Fan via UD
Justin Pierrot: Mohamed via UD
Michael DeSantis: Fan via UD
Ryan Wagner: Fan via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Fan via UD
Ed Gallo: Fan via UD
Omar Villagrana: Fan via UD
Brian Gerson: Fan via UD
Matt Bricker: Fan via UD
Connor Deitrich: Fan via UD
Patrick Auger: Fan via UD
Ash Camyab: Mohamed via Round 3 TKO
Ryan Hobbs: Mohamed via UD
Andrew Benjamin: N/A
Frazer Krohn: Fan via Round 2 SUB
Matheus Costa: Fan via UD

Staff picking Fan: 13
Staff picking Mohamed: 4

Lei Chen (5-1) vs. Anthony Engelen (8-6)

Jeremy Brand: Chen via UD
Wesley Riddle: Engelen via Round 1 SUB
Mike Skytte: Chen via Round 3 SUB
Justin Pierrot: Chen via UD
Michael DeSantis: Chen via Round 1 TKO
Ryan Wagner: Chen via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Engelen via Round 2 TKO
Ed Gallo: Chen via UD
Omar Villagrana: Engelen via UD
Brian Gerson: Chen via UD
Matt Bricker: Chen via UD
Connor Deitrich: Chen via Round 2 TKO
Patrick Auger: Chen via Round 3 TKO
Ash Camyab: Engelen via Round 2 TKO
Ryan Hobbs: Engelen via UD
Andrew Benjamin: N/A
Frazer Krohn: Engelen via UD
Matheus Costa: Engelen via UD

Staff picking Chen: 10
Staff picking Engelen: 7

Reinier de Ridder (10-0) vs. Gilberto Galvao (30-6-1)

Jeremy Brand: Galvao via Round 2 SUB
Wesley Riddle: de Ridder via Round 1 TKO
Mike Skytte: de Ridder via Round 2 TKO
Justin Pierrot: de Ridder via Round 3 TKO
Michael DeSantis: de Ridder via Round 2 SUB
Ryan Wagner: de Ridder via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: de Ridder via UD
Ed Gallo: de Ridder via UD
Omar Villagrana: de Ridder via UD
Brian Gerson: de Ridder via Round 2 TKO
Matt Bricker: de Ridder via UD
Connor Deitrich: de Ridder via UD
Patrick Auger: de Ridder via UD
Ash Camyab: de Ridder via UD
Ryan Hobbs: de Ridder via UD
Andrew Benjamin: N/A
Frazer Krohn: de Ridder via Round 1 SUB
Matheus Costa: de Ridder via UD

Staff picking de Ridder: 16
Staff picking Galvao: 1

Koyomi Matsushima (10-3) vs. Won II Kwon (7-1)

Jeremy Brand: Matsushima via Round 1 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Kwon via Round 1 TKO
Mike Skytte: Matsushima via Round 2 TKO
Justin Pierrot: Matsushima via UD
Michael DeSantis: Matsushima via UD
Ryan Wagner: Matsushima via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Matsushima via UD
Ed Gallo: Matsushima via UD
Omar Villagrana: Matsushima via UD
Brian Gerson: Matsushima via UD
Matt Bricker: Matsushima via Round 3 TKO
Connor Deitrich: Matsushima via Round 3 TKO
Patrick Auger: Kwon via Round 2 TKO
Ash Camyab: Matsushima via UD
Ryan Hobbs: Kwon via UD
Andrew Benjamin: N/A
Frazer Krohn: Matsushima via UD
Matheus Costa: Matsushima via UD

Staff picking Matsushima: 14
Staff picking Kwon: 3

Yoshihiro Akiyama (14-6) vs. Agilan Thani (8-3)

Jeremy Brand: Thani via Round 2 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Akiyama via UD
Mike Skytte: Thani via UD
Justin Pierrot: Akiyama via UD
Michael DeSantis: Thani via UD
Ryan Wagner: Akiyama via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Akiyama via UD
Ed Gallo: Akiyama via UD
Omar Villagrana: Akiyama via UD
Brian Gerson: Akiyama via UD
Matt Bricker: Thani via Round 1 TKO
Connor Deitrich: Thani via Round 1 TKO
Patrick Auger: Thani via Round 1 TKO
Ash Camyab: Akiyama via Round 2 TKO
Ryan Hobbs: Akiyama via UD
Andrew Benjamin: N/A
Frazer Krohn: Akiyama via UD
Matheus Costa: Thani via UD

Staff picking Akiyama: 10
Staff picking Thani: 7

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Yoshihiro Akiyama and Agilan Thani pose for the cameras ahead of their ONE Championship: Legendary Quest fight taking place Saturday, June 15th from the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, Japan (photo credits to ONE Championship)

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MMASucka by Wesley Riddle, Editor - 6d ago

A weekend without UFC does not mean a weekend without MMASucka staff picks. Later tonight, June 14th, Bellator 222 will take place from Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. The main card is set to begin at 10:00pm ET (7:00pm PT) exclusively on DAZN. This weekend is a double-header for us, so stay tuned for our ONE Championship: Legendary Quest staff picks later this evening.

THE FIGHTS

In the main event, Rory MacDonald and Neiman Gracie will face off for a potential 25 minutes in the Welterweight World Grand Prix semi-finals. MacDonald advanced following a draw with Jon Fitch in his last outing; since he came in as the 170-pound champion, he retained his belt thus moving forward in the tournament. Gracie also found victory advancing his placement in the tournament submitting Ed Ruth by rear-naked choke in the fourth.

In the co-main event slot, former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida will take on “The American Gangster” Chael Sonnen. Machida is looking for a fourth straight victory since February of 2018, lasting edging out a split decision over former Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho. Sonnen, another long time veteran of mixed martial arts, will be making his fifth career performance inside the Bellator cage. He competed twice in 2018, earning a decision over Quinton Jackson and suffering a first round TKO loss to Fedor Emelianenko.

Surprisingly, the Bellator bantamweight championship is on the line in the opening main card fight between Darrion Caldwell and Kyoji Horiguchi. Caldwell had captured the belt over Eduardo Dantas in October of 2017, defending it once and also winning a single non-title fight at featherweight. He then attempted to claim RIZIN’s bantamweight strap in a fight with Horiguchi but suffered a third-round guillotine loss. The win for Horiguchi won him the RIZIN bantamweight title and extended his win streak to 12-straight, his last loss coming to all-time great Demetrious Johnson in 2015. This rematch with Caldwell will be his first fight under the Bellator banner.

All main card fights can be found further below.

STAFF PICKS

Throughout the year, staff picks will be composed of four different MMA promotions: UFCBellatorONE, and RIZIN. Main cards will make up both UFC and Bellator picks, while the biggest fights to make up ONE and RIZIN events will be used. The WINNER of staff picks will have a choice between receiving a championship belt from ProAmBelts or a championship chain from Championship Chains. The 2018 winner was awarded to Michael DeSantis, compiling a record of 202-101.

Check out our MMASucka staff picks for the main card of Bellator 222 below.

Staff Records after UFC 238:

1. Ed Gallo: 127-66
2. Connor Deitrich: 124-69
3T. Michael DeSantis: 123-70
3T. Brian Gerson: 123-70
5. Ryan Wagner: 120-65
6. Mike Skytte: 119-74
7. Wesley Riddle: 118-75
8. Jeremy Brand: 114-79
9. Omar Villagrana: 113-80
10. Mitchell Banuelos: 108-70
11. Matt Bricker: 106-77
12T. Justin Pierrot: 105-78
12T. Patrick Auger: 105-81
12T. Ash Camyab: 105-72
15. Frazer Krohn: 31-28
16. Ryan Hobbs: 19-21
17. Matheus Costa: 15-10
18. Andrew Benjamin: 10-7

Darrion Caldwell (13-1) vs. Kyoji Horiguchi (27-2)

Jeremy Brand: Horiguchi via Round 2 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Horiguchi via Round 4 SUB
Mike Skytte: Horiguchi via Round 3 TKO
Justin Pierrot: Horiguchi via UD
Michael DeSantis: Horiguchi via UD
Ryan Wagner: Horiguchi via Round 3 TKO
Mitchell Banuelos: Horiguchi via Round 2 TKO
Ed Gallo: Horiguchi via UD
Omar Villagrana: Horiguchi via UD
Brian Gerson: Horiguchi via Round 2 TKO
Matt Bricker: Horiguchi via UD
Connor Deitrich: Horiguchi via UD
Patrick Auger: Caldwell via UD
Ash Camyab: Horiguchi via Round 3 TKO
Ryan Hobbs: Horiguchi via Round 3 SUB
Andrew Benjamin: Horiguchi via Round 5 SUB
Frazer Krohn: Horiguchi via UD
Matheus Costa: Horiguchi via UD

Staff picking Caldwell: 1
Staff picking Horiguchi: 17

Eduardo Dantas (21-6) vs. Juan Archuleta (21-1)

Jeremy Brand: Dantas via UD
Wesley Riddle: Dantas via UD
Mike Skytte: Archuleta via UD
Justin Pierrot: Dantas via UD
Michael DeSantis: Archuleta via UD
Ryan Wagner: Dantas via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Archuleta via UD
Ed Gallo: Dantas via Round 3 TKO
Omar Villagrana: Dantas via UD
Brian Gerson: Dantas via UD
Matt Bricker: Dantas via UD
Connor Deitrich: Archuleta via UD
Patrick Auger: Dantas via UD
Ash Camyab: Archuleta via UD
Ryan Hobbs: Archuleta via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Archuleta via Round 3 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Dantas via UD
Matheus Costa: Dantas via UD

Staff picking Dantas: 11
Staff picking Archuleta: 7

Ricky Bandejas (11-2) vs. Patrick Mix (10-0)

Jeremy Brand: Bandejas via UD
Wesley Riddle: Bandejas via Round 2 TKO
Mike Skytte: Bandejas via UD
Justin Pierrot: Bandejas via UD
Michael DeSantis: Bandejas via UD
Ryan Wagner: Bandejas via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Bandejas via UD
Ed Gallo: Bandejas via UD
Omar Villagrana: Bandejas via UD
Brian Gerson: Bandejas via UD
Matt Bricker: Bandejas via Round 1 TKO
Connor Deitrich: Bandejas via Round 3 TKO
Patrick Auger: Bandejas via UD
Ash Camyab: Bandejas via UD
Ryan Hobbs: Bandejas via Round 2 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Bandejas via Round 1 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Bandejas via Round 2 TKO
Matheus Costa: Mix via UD

Staff picking Bandejas: 17
Staff picking Mix: 1

Dillon Danis (1-0) vs. Max Humphrey (3-2)

Jeremy Brand: Danis via Round 1 SUB
Wesley Riddle: Danis via Round 1 SUB
Mike Skytte: Danis via Round 1 SUB
Justin Pierrot: Danis via Round 2 SUB
Michael DeSantis: Danis via Round 1 SUB
Ryan Wagner: Danis via Round 1 SUB
Mitchell Banuelos: Danis via Round 1 SUB
Ed Gallo: Danis via Round 2 SUB
Omar Villagrana: Danis via UD
Brian Gerson: Danis via Round 1 SUB
Matt Bricker: Humphrey via Round 1 TKO
Connor Deitrich: Danis via Round 1 SUB
Patrick Auger: Danis via Round 1 SUB
Ash Camyab: Danis via Round 1 SUB
Ryan Hobbs: Danis via Round 1 SUB
Andrew Benjamin: Danis via Round 1 SUB
Frazer Krohn: Danis via Round 1 SUB
Matheus Costa: Danis via Round 1 SUB

Staff picking Danis: 17
Staff picking Humphrey: 1

Lyoto Machida (25-8) vs. Chael Sonnen (30-16-1)

Jeremy Brand: Sonnen via UD
Wesley Riddle: Sonnen via UD
Mike Skytte: Machida via Round 1 TKO
Justin Pierrot: Sonnen via UD
Michael DeSantis: Sonnen via UD
Ryan Wagner: Machida via Round 1 TKO
Mitchell Banuelos: Sonnen via UD
Ed Gallo: Machida via Round 1 TKO
Omar Villagrana: Sonnen via UD
Brian Gerson: Sonnen via UD
Matt Bricker: Machida via Round 1 TKO
Connor Deitrich: Sonnen via UD
Patrick Auger: Sonnen via UD
Ash Camyab: Machida via Round 2 TKO
Ryan Hobbs: Machida via Round 1 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Sonnen via Round 3 SUB
Frazer Krohn: Sonnen via SD
Matheus Costa: Sonnen via UD

Staff picking Machida: 6
Staff picking Sonnen: 12

Rory MacDonald (20-5-1) vs. Neiman Gracie (9-0)

Jeremy Brand: MacDonald via UD
Wesley Riddle: Gracie via UD
Mike Skytte: Gracie via Round 3 SUB
Justin Pierrot: Gracie via Round 2 SUB
Michael DeSantis: MacDonald via UD
Ryan Wagner: MacDonald via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Gracie via Round 2 SUB
Ed Gallo: Gracie via UD
Omar Villagrana: MacDonald via UD
Brian Gerson: MacDonald via UD
Matt Bricker: Gracie via Round 1 SUB
Connor Deitrich: MacDonald via Round 3 TKO
Patrick Auger: MacDonald via UD
Ash Camyab: Gracie via Round 3 SUB
Ryan Hobbs: Gracie via UD
Andrew Benjamin: MacDonald via Round 2 TKO
Frazer Krohn: MacDonald via Round 4 TKO
Matheus Costa: MacDonald via Round 2 TKO

Staff picking MacDonald: 10
Staff picking Gracie: 8

FEATURED IMAGE:

Rory MacDonald and Neiman Gracie at their face-offs ahead of Bellator 222 taking place Friday, June 14th from Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York (photo credits to Bellator MMA)

 

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