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Keys to Victory! Who will win Demetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis UFC on FOX 24 main event fight tonight

The pound-for-pound best fighter in MMA will be on full display later tonight (Sat., April 15, 2017) at UFC on FOX 24 live on FOX from inside Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, as UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson puts his title on the line opposite Brazilian contender Wilson Reis. Johnson will be looking to lock down his record-tying 10th consecutive UFC title defense while Reis aims to capture his fourth-straight win inside of the Octagon.

Considering Johnson has demolished the entire division over the course of five years, Reis may very well represent the champ’s final flyweight obstacle before taking his talents to 135 pounds for some good old fashioned superfights. But before that happens, the two must go to war tonight in Kansas City.

What will each fighter do? How can they walk away with victory? Look no further. Here are the keys to victory for both Johnson and Reis.

Demetrious Johnson

1. Protect ya neck…

In his last Octagon outing, Johnson ran into some early trouble against Ultimate Fighter winner and resurgent title contender Tim Elliott. Elliott was able to threaten “Mighty Mouse” with a deep guillotine choke and force the champion to scramble and defend, nearly sinking it in along the way. It was the first time in a long time that Johnson looked mortal, although he got out of harm’s way and won a lopsided five-round decision.

Against a more seasoned grappler like Reis, “Mighty Mouse” must protect his neck at all times. This doesn’t just apply on the ground, but also in the clinch and during any takedown attempts. Because if the Brazilian gets a chance to lock in a guillotine choke and squeeze, that could mean the end of Johnson’s trek towards history.

2. Turn it on early…

Whenever “Mighty Mouse” is able to turn it on early and implement dizzying offense on unsuspecting foe, the results are tremendous. Just look at quickly Johnson was able to put away Henry Cejudo at UFC 197 and Joseph Benavidez back in 2013. He’s a methodical fighter for sure, but Johnson is extremely dangerous when he goes for broke early.

While Reis isn’t a quick starter that you need to disrupt, Johnson will find it very beneficial to attack early and pour it on in heaps. That’s because Reis is entering the biggest fight of his career and most likely going to rely on a specific gameplan. If the champion can ruin that early and force the Brazilian to fight reactionary instead of intelligently then he could exit the Sprint Center victorious earlier than expected.

Wilson Reis

1. Set traps inside…

Reis wants Johnson to get as close to him as humanly possible. He isn’t going to win a battle of striking with one of the quickest and defensively-clad champions the promotion has ever seen. Instead, the challenger must welcome the champ inside in hopes of tying him up, dragging him to the canvas and softening him up with world-class grappling.

In order to do this, Reis must invite Johnson in. He may have to eat a few shots here and there, maybe even a knee or two, but the closer the champ gets the better chance Reis has to take over the fight. Even if Johnson ends up in top control that bodes well for the submission artist. Any point in the fight that isn’t being contested on the feet is a victory in itself for Reis.

2. Conserve and concentrate…

Seems easy, right? All Reis has to do is conserve his energy and concentrate on the gameplan he and his team put together for the most well-rounded champion in the sport today. It seems like the best way to win a title and shock the world in the process, but Reis is going to find it more than difficult to retain cardio and resiliently stick to his own strategy.

The reason being that Johnson isn’t an ordinary fighter. He’s going to force Reis to expand loads of energy by chasing the champion around the cage and connecting his punches to air. Johnson has done it time and time again to the very best flyweights in the world. Once an opponent finds themselves exhausting more energy than they expected to, all gameplans fly out the window. Johnson will pressure and pick apart any challenger incapable of lasting deep into the championship rounds with an offensive and defensive strategy in tact.

If Reis doesn’t want to burn out like John Dodson or lose all strategy like Ali Bagautinov, Kyoji Horiguchi, and just about every fighter Johnson has faced at 125 pounds, he must fight patient, wait for his window of opportunity and not get goaded into the champ’s desired realm of combat.

Prediction: Johnson via unanimous decision

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Vanessa Porto vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz set for Invicta FC 23 main event

A slew of matchups, including the main event, have been named for Invicta FC 23.

A flyweight contenders bout between Vanessa Porto (18-7) and Agnieszka Niedzwiedz (9-0) will headline the card on May 20 at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo.

This marks the return to action for the Brazilian Porto after losing a decision to current Invicta flyweight champ Jennifer Maia in March, 2016. Prior to that, she had won three straight fights. Niedzwiedz, meanwhile, is a 22-year-old from Katowice, Poland, with seven finishes among her nine wins. This will mark her second Invicta appearance.

The evening’s co-feature bout, another flyweight matchup, features a pair of names familiar to longtime fans, as veterans Roxanne Modaffieri (20-13) and Sarah D’Alelio (11-6) square off. The Las Vegas-based Modaffieri has won four out of her past six fights, with her last bout a split-decision loss to Maia in September. Olympia, Wash.’s D’Alelio has won four in a row, with three of those coming by way of submission.

Also announced for Invicta FC 23 were Herica Tiburcio (10-4) vs. Tessa Simpson (5-1) in an atomweight matchup; Elizabeth Phillips (6-5) vs. Kelly Faszholz (3-2); flyweights Andrea Lee (6-2) vs. Liz Tracy (3-1; and strawweights Tiffany Van Soest (0-1) vs. Christine Ferea (0-0).

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Holly Holm Returns to Bantamweight, Meets Bethe Correia in UFC Fight Night 111 Main Event

After coming up short in her bid for the UFC’s inaugural women’s featherweight title, Holly Holm will return to 135 pounds in her next Octagon appearance.
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Holly Holm Returns to Bantamweight, Meets Bethe Correia in UFC Fight Night 111 Main Event

After coming up short in her bid for the UFC’s inaugural women’s featherweight title, Holly Holm will return to 135 pounds in her next Octagon appearance.
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Leandro Higo misses weight, Bellator 177 main event now a non-title fight vs. Eduardo Dantas

Eduardo Dantas’ belt will not be on the line at Bellator 177.

The Bellator bantamweight champion successfully made weight for Friday’s event in Budapest, Hungary, but his opponent, Leandro Higo, missed weight by four pounds, MMA Fighting has confirmed following a tweet by Jason Floyd.

Dantas made weight at 134.6 pounds, and the fight will go on as a three-round catchweight bout.

Higo (17-2), a former RFA and LFA bantamweight champion who is set to make his promotional debut, replaced injured Darrion Caldwell on one month’s notice against the champion.

“Dudu” (19-4) was looking to defend the 135-pound title for the second time in his second run as champion. This bout marks the second time Dantas has to face an overweight opponent in Bellator. Back in May 2015, Mike Richman came in at 139.2 pounds at Bellator 137.

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Holly Holm Returns to Bantamweight, Meets Bethe Correia in UFC Fight Night 111 Main Event

After coming up short in her bid for the UFC’s inaugural women’s featherweight title, Holly Holm will return to 135 pounds in her next Octagon appearance.
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Holly Holm Returns to Bantamweight, Meets Bethe Correia in UFC Fight Night 111 Main Event

After coming up short in her bid for the UFC’s inaugural women’s featherweight title, Holly Holm will return to 135 pounds in her next Octagon appearance.
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Holly Holm vs. Bethe Correia targeted for UFC Fight Night 111 main event in Singapore

Holly Holm will return to the bantamweight division for her next fight.

The former UFC 135-pound champion, who lost a decision against Germaine de Randamie for the inaugural featherweight gold at UFC 208, is targeted to meet Bethe Correia in the main event of UFC Fight Night 111 in Singapore on June 17, multiple sources told MMA Fighting.

Holm (10-3) will enter the five-round bout on a three-fight losing skid. After a perfect start in the sport, winning 10 straight with seven knockout finishes, including the historical win over Ronda Rousey, Holm lost to Miesha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko and de Randamie.

Correia (10-2-1), who once challenged Rousey for the UFC bantamweight gold, is coming off a majority draw with Marion Reneau in March. Prior to the fight, “Pitbull” bounced back from a pair of consecutive losses with a split decision victory over Jessica Eye.

UFC Fight Night 111 will take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, and will feature two other former UFC champions. In the heavyweight division, Andrei Arlovski meets Marcin Tybura, while Rafael dos Anjos makes his welterweight debut versus Tarec Saffiedine.

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UFC on FOX 24 promo video preview for ‘Johnson vs Reis’ event on April 15 in Kansas City

Now that UFC 210 is in the books — full results here — Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is all set to stage event, and it’s going to be a good one!

UFC on FOX 24 is all set to pop off from Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday April 15, 2017 and will feature a Flyweight title fight between division champion, Demetrious Johnson, and No. 1 contender, Wilson Reis. “Mighty Mouse” will also be searching history, as he looks to tie Anderson Silva with 10 straight title defenses.

Also on the card, Michelle Waterson looks to keep her momentum going as she takes on Rose Namajunas in women’s Strawweight action. Plus, Ronaldo Souza continues his climb up the Middleweight ladder as he faces off against Robert Whittaker in what should be an entertaining scrap

Expect more promo video such as this one to be released as fight night draws closer, until then take a look at the most up-to-date fight card by clicking here.

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UFC on FOX 24 promo video preview for ‘Johnson vs Reis’ event on April 15 in Kansas City

Now that UFC 210 is in the books — full results here — Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is all set to stage event, and it’s going to be a good one!

UFC on FOX 24 is all set to pop off from Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday April 15, 2017 and will feature a Flyweight title fight between division champion, Demetrious Johnson, and No. 1 contender, Wilson Reis. “Mighty Mouse” will also be searching history, as he looks to tie Anderson Silva with 10 straight title defenses.

Also on the card, Michelle Waterson looks to keep her momentum going as she takes on Rose Namajunas in women’s Strawweight action. Plus, Ronaldo Souza continues his climb up the Middleweight ladder as he faces off against Robert Whittaker in what should be an entertaining scrap

Expect more promo video such as this one to be released as fight night draws closer, until then take a look at the most up-to-date fight card by clicking here.

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