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UFC Fight Night 135 Primer: The Justin Gaethje Brain Damage Countdown

We knew, based on his dominant run in the World Series of Fighting, that Justin Gaethje would make a welcome addition to the Octagon.

He fights with great intensity and violence, gives his all every time, and – perhaps most importantly – is willing to take ungodly amounts of damage to win. And when he finally made his UFC debut, he certainly delivered against Michael Johnson. But then he took on Eddie Alvarez, who slaughtered him, and then Dustin Poirier, who nearly bashed his head in, and now it seems like where watching a countdown clock on Gaethje’s brain trauma.

The next UFC event on tap is UFC Fight Night 135, and Gaethje headlines against James Vick. Vick has been steadily climbing the ranks, and his height, reach and knack for hitting opponents repeatedly make him a threat to anyone. Is he at Gaethje’s level, though? Maybe, maybe not, but all that is moot if Gaethje’s noggin’ is mush…

…Which it very well could be on its way to becoming after the damage it’s taken.

Ponder this while you watch Gaethje take out Johnson.

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UFC 227 Primer: For TJ Dillashaw, There Remains Another Mountain To Climb

Maybe I’m wrong, but as far as it goes, Dominick Cruz is still the best bantamweight of all-time.

TJ Dillashaw will defend his title this Saturday night at UFC 227 vs. Cody Garbrandt in a rematch of their November bout that ended with Dillashaw knocking Garbrandt out inside Madison Square Garden.

A two-time champion, Dillashaw believes the spot atop the Mount Rushmore of his division belongs to him with a second consecutive win over Garbrandt and the 16th of his career in 19 fights.

But is Dillashaw forgetting about that 2016 date with Cruz that resulted in “The Dominator” reclaiming the belt via split decision? How can you call yourself “the best” without having bested someone that many believe is just that?

Cruz has suffered an incredibly bad run of injuries that have limited him to just four fights since a 2011 win over Demetrious Johnson. That, in fact, was the last time the current UFC flyweight champion lost.

He finally returned in 2014 and knocked out Takeya Mizugaki, earning a shot at Dillashaw for the belt that he never lost. Officials had to move on and stripped Cruz of the belt that he had held dating back to winning it in the WEC in 2010.

Late in 2016, Cruz suffered a loss to Garbrandt via decision, just the second of his career. The other being a defeat he avenged vs. Urijah Faber, remains one I am sure Cruz would love to have a crack at.

But back to Dillashaw and his claim to being the G.O.A.T. in the bantamweight ranks.

You can definitely feel free to place him on the mountains with a second win over Garbrandt, as his victories vs. Renan Barao John Lineker, Raphael Assuncao and others give him a strong case.

Just don’t call him the greatest yet when Dominick Cruz is still lurking in the shadows.

Below is the current fight card:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Bantamweight Championship
TJ Dillashaw (c) vs. Cody Garbrandt

UFC Flyweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Henry Cejudo

Middleweight: Thiago Santos vs. Kevin Holland

Strawweight: Polyana Viana vs. JJ Aldrich

Featherweight: Cub Swanson vs. Renato Moicano

PRELIMINARY CARD (FX/8 p.m. ET)

Bantamweight: Pedro Munhoz vs. Brett Johns

Bantamweight: Ricky Simon vs. Montel Jackson

Female Bantamweight: Bethe Correia vs. Irene Aldana

Featherweight: Matt Sayles vs. Sheymon Moraes

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6 p.m. ET)

Flyweight: Jose Torres vs. Alex Perez

Bantamweight: Ricardo Ramos vs. Kyung Ho Kang

Strawweight: Danielle Taylor vs. Zhang Welli

Bantamweight: Marlon Vera vs. Wuliji Buren

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UFC 227 Primer: Cody Garbrandt Could Easily Be Champ Again

Not to take anything away from TJ Dillashaw, but Cody Garbrandt could easily wind up wearing that bantamweight championship belt again.

Yes, Dillashaw was already the champ once before, and when he dethroned Garbrandt, it was via fast and furious knockout – which is a pretty definitive ending to any fight. But…

…When Dillashaw and Garbrandt clashed at UFC 217, the really banged the hell out of each other. It could have just as easily been Garbrandt catching Dillashaw, and when they meet in the main event of UFC 227 on Saturday, that could totally happen.

Will it be a fun, fantastic fight? Heck yeah. Both men are truly the best the bantamweight division has to offer, plus Garbrandt has exceptional dancing skills. Could Dillashaw win again? Sure. Could Garbrandt win this time? Fo’ sheezy.

Here’s a sample of Garbrandt in action.

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UFC 227 Primer: Cody Garbrandt Could Easily Be Champ Again

Not to take anything away from TJ Dillashaw, but Cody Garbrandt could easily wind up wearing that bantamweight championship belt again.

Yes, Dillashaw was already the champ once before, and when he dethroned Garbrandt, it was via fast and furious knockout – which is a pretty definitive ending to any fight. But…

…When Dillashaw and Garbrandt clashed at UFC 217, the really banged the hell out of each other. It could have just as easily been Garbrandt catching Dillashaw, and when they meet in the main event of UFC 227 on Saturday, that could totally happen.

Will it be a fun, fantastic fight? Heck yeah. Both men are truly the best the bantamweight division has to offer, plus Garbrandt has exceptional dancing skills. Could Dillashaw win again? Sure. Could Garbrandt win this time? Fo’ sheezy.

Here’s a sample of Garbrandt in action.

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UFC 227 Primer: Who Wants to See Dillashaw Knock Out Garbrandt Again?

I don’t necessarily feel the heat between bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt. Maybe it’s because the UFC is pushing that angle so hard, maybe it’s because after a season of coaching TUF and a definitive ending to their last fight there Team Alpha Male-related beef should be quashed. Whatever it is, I’m not feeling it.

But when they meet again in the cage at this weekend’s UFC 227, you can bet I’ll be tuning in. Why? Because these dudes can fight. They are literally the two best bantamweights around, and it shows whenever they’re in the cage.

If you’ll recall, in their last meeting, Garbrandt had Dillashaw on the ropes for a bit. And then Dillashaw recovered and iced him – how awesome was that?

So for the sake of skill, and for the sake of glorious violence, it’ll be worth it to watch UFC 227 on Saturday night.

Are you going to watch? To help you decide, here’s their first fight.

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UFC on FOX 30 Primer: Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Tecia Torres and the Brief Window to Glory

Polish striker Joanna Jedrzejczyk was on top of the world, or at least the top of the UFC’s strawweight division, for a long time. But back-to-back losses to Rose Namajunas have left us where Jedrzejczyk’s new place in the food chain lies. Well, Saturday’s UFC on FOX 30 will give us an answer to that, with the former champ taking on TUF vet Tecia Torres.

Torres has done well for herself in the Octagon, losing to Namajunas and Jessica Andrade but beating everyone else, including the highly-touted Michelle Waterson. She’s never quite managed to do anything that earned her a title shot, but with Jedrzejczyk, there’s a brief window of glory opening up. Because what happens when you beat the ex-champ in clear and convincing fashion? Usually, it means you get a shot at the current champ.

That window doesn’t really exist for Jedrzejczyk. Even if she does some sort of Matrix-Neo stuff and kicks Torres through the fence and into the crowd, it’s unlikely that that would warrant a third fight with Namajunas. At best, it just cements her spot as second best in a division where there could literally be about three second-best fighters.

Anyway, both fighters are pretty big deals at this stage, so here’s a Road to the Octagon vid in their honor.

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UFC on FOX 30 Primer: Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Tecia Torres and the Brief Window to Glory

Polish striker Joanna Jedrzejczyk was on top of the world, or at least the top of the UFC’s strawweight division, for a long time. But back-to-back losses to Rose Namajunas have left us where Jedrzejczyk’s new place in the food chain lies. Well, Saturday’s UFC on FOX 30 will give us an answer to that, with the former champ taking on TUF vet Tecia Torres.

Torres has done well for herself in the Octagon, losing to Namajunas and Jessica Andrade but beating everyone else, including the highly-touted Michelle Waterson. She’s never quite managed to do anything that earned her a title shot, but with Jedrzejczyk, there’s a brief window of glory opening up. Because what happens when you beat the ex-champ in clear and convincing fashion? Usually, it means you get a shot at the current champ.

That window doesn’t really exist for Jedrzejczyk. Even if she does some sort of Matrix-Neo stuff and kicks Torres through the fence and into the crowd, it’s unlikely that that would warrant a third fight with Namajunas. At best, it just cements her spot as second best in a division where there could literally be about three second-best fighters.

Anyway, both fighters are pretty big deals at this stage, so here’s a Road to the Octagon vid in their honor.

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Invicta FC 30 Primer: A Preview Vid Smorgasbord

There’s a good bit of MMA going down over the weekend, not the least of which is the latest installment of everyone’s favorite all-female promotion, Invicta FC.

Invicta FC 30 will bring us a main event between two of their top atomweights, and it’s a safe bet that, unlike all the other Invicta weight classes, the 105-pound class is safe from being pillaged by the UFC. Seriously, after the UFC’s female flyweight debacle, whoever wins between Jinh Yu Frey and Minna Grusander on Saturday night will likely get to be on Invicta posters for a while.

TUF vet and UFC refugee Heather Jo Clark will make her Invicta debut as well. It’s been nearly two years since her last fight, and she’s fighting a no-name, so she could win this one!

Anyway, here are some preview vids to get you motivated to watch.

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Invicta FC 30 Primer: A Preview Vid Smorgasbord

There’s a good bit of MMA going down over the weekend, not the least of which is the latest installment of everyone’s favorite all-female promotion, Invicta FC.

Invicta FC 30 will bring us a main event between two of their top atomweights, and it’s a safe bet that, unlike all the other Invicta weight classes, the 105-pound class is safe from being pillaged by the UFC. Seriously, after the UFC’s female flyweight debacle, whoever wins between Jinh Yu Frey and Minna Grusander on Saturday night will likely get to be on Invicta posters for a while.

TUF vet and UFC refugee Heather Jo Clark will make her Invicta debut as well. It’s been nearly two years since her last fight, and she’s fighting a no-name, so she could win this one!

Anyway, here are some preview vids to get you motivated to watch.

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Invicta FC 30 Primer: A Preview Vid Smorgasbord

There’s a good bit of MMA going down over the weekend, not the least of which is the latest installment of everyone’s favorite all-female promotion, Invicta FC.

Invicta FC 30 will bring us a main event between two of their top atomweights, and it’s a safe bet that, unlike all the other Invicta weight classes, the 105-pound class is safe from being pillaged by the UFC. Seriously, after the UFC’s female flyweight debacle, whoever wins between Jinh Yu Frey and Minna Grusander on Saturday night will likely get to be on Invicta posters for a while.

TUF vet and UFC refugee Heather Jo Clark will make her Invicta debut as well. It’s been nearly two years since her last fight, and she’s fighting a no-name, so she could win this one!

Anyway, here are some preview vids to get you motivated to watch.

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