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Jon Jones: ‘Huge Money Fight’ vs. Brock Lesnar is ‘Always Appealing’

Before Daniel Cormier vs. Brock Lesnar was a thing, it was Jon Jones who called out the World Wrestling Entertainment star following what appeared to be a victory over “DC” at UFC 214.
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Jon Jones: ‘Huge Money Fight’ vs. Brock Lesnar is ‘Always Appealing’

Before Daniel Cormier vs. Brock Lesnar was a thing, it was Jon Jones who called out the World Wrestling Entertainment star following what appeared to be a victory over “DC” at UFC 214.
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Jon Jones: ‘Huge Money Fight’ vs. Brock Lesnar is ‘Always Appealing’

Before Daniel Cormier vs. Brock Lesnar was a thing, it was Jon Jones who called out the World Wrestling Entertainment star following what appeared to be a victory over “DC” at UFC 214.
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Jon Jones: ‘Huge Money Fight’ vs. Brock Lesnar is ‘Always Appealing’

Before Daniel Cormier vs. Brock Lesnar was a thing, it was Jon Jones who called out the World Wrestling Entertainment star following what appeared to be a victory over “DC” at UFC 214.
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Predictions! UFC 232 Fight Pass ‘Prelims’ Preview – Pt. 1

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing a bevy of “Prelims” fights to both UFC Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1 this weekend (Sat., Dec. 29, 2018) when UFC 232: “Jones vs Gustafsson 2” storms The Forum in Inglewood, California. MMAmania.com’s Patrick Stumberg kicks off the UFC 232 “Prelims” party with the first installment of a two-part undercard preview series below.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) ends the year this Saturday (Dec. 29, 2018) in the most fitting manner possible: a logistical nightmare made possible, once again, by Jon Jones. He’ll fight Alexander Gustafsson inside The Forum in Los Angeles, Calif., after an “abnormal” drug test scrapped their original planned site of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Elsewhere on UFC 232’s pay-per-view (PPV) main card, women’s Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes returns to 145 pounds to challenge division queenpin, Cris Cyborg, and Carlos Condit welcomes Michael Chiesa to the Welterweight division.

This cluster-you-know-what has eight “Prelims” undercard matches ready to set the stage. Let’s look at the first four:

135 lbs.: Nathaniel Wood vs. Andre Ewell

Nathaniel Wood (14-3) lived up to his name with a series of impressive victories on the British circuit, winning and twice defending the Cage Warriors Bantamweight title before joining UFC in June. After a tough first round that saw him rocked by Nova Uniao veteran Johnny Eduardo, “The Prospect” capitalized on a failed takedown attempt to submit Eduardo with a bonus-winning d’arce choke.

He has scored nine professional knockouts and three submissions.

Andre Ewell, the CES Bantamweight champion, hopped right into the deep end in his UFC debut against former champion Renan Barao in Sao Paulo. He came up big in hostile territory, taking home a split decision over the one-time Bantamweight great.

He steps in for the injured Tom Duquesnoy on short notice.

Wood vs. Duquesnoy had the better storyline, but this is still a terrific match up between strong prospects. Though Wood has more time to develop, being five years younger, both are worth keeping tabs on as they rise through the ranks at 135 pounds.

In what’s a pick-‘em fight both on paper and the sportsbook, the X-factor could be dimensions. Ewell is six inches taller than Wood and has a seven-inch reach advantage. Wood’s key weakness is that he’s hittable, which had him in trouble against Eduardo until the latter foolishly attempted a takedown. Expect Ewell to outland him at distance, racking up left hands and surviving the heavy blows coming back his way to take a narrow decision.

Prediction: Ewell via split decision

185 lbs.: Uriah Hall vs. Bevon Lewis

Uriah Hall (13-9), who became the first man to knockout Gegard Mousasi in 2015, is just 1-4 since that victory, including three (technical) knockout losses. Following his comeback knockout of Krzysztof Jotko, which snapped a three-fight losing streak, “Primetime” took on the rising Paulo Costa, who battered him into submission midway through the second round.

He has knocked out nine professional foes and submitted another two.

Bevon Lewis (6-0) dispatched Elias Urbina on the first season of “Contender Series,” but didn’t earn a contract in the process. After a decision in LFA, “The Extraordinary Gentleman” returned for Season Two, knocking out Alton Cunningham in the first round.

He will have three inches of height on Hall.

Hall is genetically engineered to piss off mixed martial arts (MMA) pundits — he has the athleticism and power to pull out a win from the depths of defeat alongside the fight IQ to pull out a defeat from the depths of victory. I don’t even know why I bother predicting his fights.

Oh, right. Because they pay me.

Lewis is a young, well-rounded prospect out of an excellent camp in Jackson-Wink. He looks to be durable enough to withstand Hall’s sporadic power punches and force it into the clinch, where his height, knees and elbows should pay dividends. He exploit’s Hall’s legendarily terrible ring craft to pin him against the fence and put him away late in the first.

Prediction: Lewis via first-round technical knockout

170 lbs.: Curtis Millender vs. Siyar Bahadurzada

A pair of highlight-reel head kicks extended Curtis Millender’s (16-3) win streak to six and set up a February UFC debut against veteran Thiago Alves. “Curtious” wound up starching Alves with a knee in the second round, earning “Performance of the Night,” then outclassed Max Griffin five months later.

He is three inches taller than Siyar Bahadurzada (24-6-1) and will have a 3.5-inch reach advantage.

“The Great,” who missed all of 2014 and 2015, is undefeated (3-0) with three finishes since returning to action in March 2016. After choking out Brandon Thatch, he proceeded to knockout Rob Wilkinson and Luan Chagas, earning “Performance of the Night” for his starching of the latter.

Thirteen of his 20 stoppage wins have come by form of knockout.

I’ll readily admit that I consistently underestimate Bahadurzada. He looks like a mediocre slugger, consistently winging straight-armed punches with nary a jab to be found, but he’s so relentless and hits so hard that it often doesn’t matter. I’m still going to pick against him, though, because his lack of set ups mean he’ll struggle to close the distance against the rangy Millender. And the threat of his wrestling is likewise mitigated by range at which he’d have to initiate his takedowns.

The threat of the one-hitter quitter is there, but the likeliest outcome sees Millender patiently take apart Bahadurzada at long range.

Prediction: Millender via unanimous decision

135 lbs.: Brian Kelleher vs. Montel Jackson

I’m just going to go ahead and copy-paste what I wrote when these two were booked to fight at UFC 230 as a Christmas present to myself.

Wrestling, aggression and sheer grit carried Brian Kelleher (19-9) past Damian Stasiak and Renan Barao on his way to contendership. Those weren’t enough against John Lineker, who out-brawled Kelleher before knocking him stiff with a left hook.

“Boom” has five wins by guillotine, including one over fellow undercard fighter Julio Arce.

Montel Jackson (6-1) — whose “Contender Series” victory was marred by a series of fouls — got the UFC call anyway when Benito Lopez pulled out of a fight with Ricky Simon. Though he put forth a strong effort, he couldn’t overcome his foe on short notice and suffered his first career loss by decision.

He was supposed to fight Kelleher last month, but the latter withdrew due to illness.

Jackson is still somewhat green and came up short against Simon, but even on short notice, this is a much more winnable fight for him. He’s four inches taller than Kelleher and will have nearly a foot of reach on him. Kelleher gets inside through sheer tenacity, which just isn’t going to work against someone this rangy and hits this hard.

Kelleher’s only real chances of victory lie in Jackson gassing late or going for a takedown and leaving his neck out. Neither seems likely. Jackson plugs him with power shots at range to take a clear decision victory.

Prediction: Jackson via unanimous decision

Four more UFC 232 “Prelims” undercard bouts to preview and predict tomorrow, among them the latest effort from B.J. Penn and another appearance from blue-chip Bantamweight prospect, Petr Yan. Same time as always, Maniacs!

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 232 fight card on fight night, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

To check out the latest and greatest UFC 232: “Jones vs. Gustafsson 2” news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive event archive right here.

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Amanda Nunes: Bout vs. Cyborg ‘Definitely Bigger Than the Ronda Rousey Fight’

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes has seen her share of high-profile bouts.
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Free Fight! Watch Nunes Stomp Rousey In 2016

The champion vs. champion bout between women’s bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes and women’s featherweight champ Cris Cyborg was billed as a superfight from the moment of its confirmation, but the UFC certainly hasn’t done all that great of a job treating it that way promotion wise.

Hopefully that’ll all change now that we’ve made it to fight week. Cris Cyborg did her part a few days ago when video of her jacking up her ankle doing some stupid viral internet challenge had people worried she wouldn’t be able to fight.

And now the UFC is putting in some effort, dusting off that brutal 2016 footage of Nunes wrecking Ronda Rousey in 48 seconds, TKOing the former women’s division pioneer with a violent barrage of strikes.

As with past negative Rousey moments, this isn’t a video the UFC puts on replay much. So enjoy the fight while you can:

Cyborg vs. Nunes goes down at UFC 232 on December 29th from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Headlining the card: another big bout between returning light heavyweight motherf**ker Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson. They’ll be fighting for the 205 pound belt that gets officially stripped from double champ Daniel Cormier the moment a winner’s hand is raised.

It should be a hell of a night of fights, and we hope you join us for all the blow by blow action here at MMA Mania!

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UFC 232 Primer: Cyborg vs. Nunes Is the Biggest Fight in WMMA But No One Cares

Next weekend, after all your presents have been unwrapped and you’ve cashed in those Walmart giftcards, is UFC 232. It’s the UFC’s year-end pay-per-view, and since the organization likes to make a big deal of those, they’ve finagled Jon Jones to come back and rematch Alexander Gustafsson.

Naturally, the Jones vs. Gustafsson fight is garnering all the attention. Which sucks, because the biggest female match-up to make in the entire sport is going down with featherweight champ Cris Cyborg fighting bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes. And no one cares!

Here’s Cyborg falling on her face because she gets no love:

Few champs can claim the kind of dominance Cyborg has shown – not just in the UFC, but in her entire MMA career. She’s an absolute killer. And after taking out Holly Holm, who was perceived to be the greatest striking threat in the division, what’s left? A superfight, of course.

Which brings us to the other half of this equation: Nunes. Nunes is a power puncher, and blah, blah, blah. Look, the greatest thing Nunes has ever done outside of becoming champ is this:

So who’s going to be tuning in to watch two of the best female fighters go at it in a superfight vs. who’s tuning in for unrepentant drug addict Jon Jones?

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UFC 232 Primer: Cyborg vs. Nunes Is the Biggest Fight in WMMA But No One Cares

Next weekend, after all your presents have been unwrapped and you’ve cashed in those Walmart giftcards, is UFC 232. It’s the UFC’s year-end pay-per-view, and since the organization likes to make a big deal of those, they’ve finagled Jon Jones to come back and rematch Alexander Gustafsson.

Naturally, the Jones vs. Gustafsson fight is garnering all the attention. Which sucks, because the biggest female match-up to make in the entire sport is going down with featherweight champ Cris Cyborg fighting bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes. And no one cares!

Here’s Cyborg falling on her face because she gets no love:

Few champs can claim the kind of dominance Cyborg has shown – not just in the UFC, but in her entire MMA career. She’s an absolute killer. And after taking out Holly Holm, who was perceived to be the greatest striking threat in the division, what’s left? A superfight, of course.

Which brings us to the other half of this equation: Nunes. Nunes is a power puncher, and blah, blah, blah. Look, the greatest thing Nunes has ever done outside of becoming champ is this:

So who’s going to be tuning in to watch two of the best female fighters go at it in a superfight vs. who’s tuning in for unrepentant drug addict Jon Jones?

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UFC 232 Primer: Cyborg vs. Nunes Is the Biggest Fight in WMMA But No One Cares

Next weekend, after all your presents have been unwrapped and you’ve cashed in those Walmart giftcards, is UFC 232. It’s the UFC’s year-end pay-per-view, and since the organization likes to make a big deal of those, they’ve finagled Jon Jones to come back and rematch Alexander Gustafsson.

Naturally, the Jones vs. Gustafsson fight is garnering all the attention. Which sucks, because the biggest female match-up to make in the entire sport is going down with featherweight champ Cris Cyborg fighting bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes. And no one cares!

Here’s Cyborg falling on her face because she gets no love:

Few champs can claim the kind of dominance Cyborg has shown – not just in the UFC, but in her entire MMA career. She’s an absolute killer. And after taking out Holly Holm, who was perceived to be the greatest striking threat in the division, what’s left? A superfight, of course.

Which brings us to the other half of this equation: Nunes. Nunes is a power puncher, and blah, blah, blah. Look, the greatest thing Nunes has ever done outside of becoming champ is this:

So who’s going to be tuning in to watch two of the best female fighters go at it in a superfight vs. who’s tuning in for unrepentant drug addict Jon Jones?

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