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Keys to Victory! Who will win Paige VanZant vs. Michelle Waterson UFC on FOX 22 main event fight tonight

The always entertaining Paige VanZant will make her return to the Octagon later tonight (Sat., Dec. 17, 2016) at UFC on FOX 22 live on FOX from inside Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., as she takes on former Invicta FC atomweight champion Michelle Waterson in an ultra-important strawweight clash. It will be the second time VanZant is headlining a Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event and just the second time Waterson will compete inside the Octagon since joining the promotion last year.

With much at stake, fight fans can expect the very best out of both “12 Gauge” and “Karate Hottie.” They are two of the more better looking fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA) today, but undoubtedly match their beauty with world-class skill. As we approach their main event clash later this evening on big FOX, we take a second to dissect what both fighters need to do in order to end 2016 on a good note.

Paige VanZant

1. Close the distance on the feet…

A lot is being made out of PVZ’s switch kick knockout of Bec Rawlings earlier this year. It was, and still is, one of the best finishes in women’s MMA history and a defining moment in VanZant’s career that sheds light on her evolution as a striker. However, it’s important for VanZant to not get caught up in her own hype and think she can steamroll someone like Waterson on the feet.

Therefore, VanZant must close the distance on the feet to suffice for Waterson’s Karate expertise. Waterson is tremendous in mixing it up from distance and controlling range, so “12 Gauge” needs to get inside, land offense to the body, implement her underrated dirty boxing and pick apart “Karate Hottie” from the inside out.

2. Rely on her ground game…

There is a real good chance that VanZant encounters difficulty in the striking department against someone as versatile as Waterson. If she feels like she’s falling behind on the scorecards, VanZant can always rely on her wrestling.

The Team Alpha Male standout has some of the best MMA wrestlers in her corner everyday in training, so it’s no secret that she can take an opponent down, batter them with ground-and-pound and score points in bunches. She did it against all three of her first UFC opponents and could find similar success tonight against Waterson, assuming VanZant can defend the arm bars of “Karate Hottie.”

Michelle Waterson

1. Create havoc on the feet…

VanZant is coming off her knockout of Rawlings earlier this year and is going to be extremely confident on the feet tonight at UFC on FOX 22. While VanZant’s evolution as a striker is evident heading into 2017, she isn’t on the same level as Waterson just yet.

Therefore, Waterson can use VanZant’s own momentum to her advantage and draw out mistakes in her striking. VanZant will more than likely be open to early exchanges on the feet, which will allow Waterson to launch unorthodox strikes from distance, land kicks to the body and legs, and try to overload VanZant’s reactionary senses. If she can do that, and pull out ahead on the scorecards, she can turn PVZ into a desperate wrestler in the later rounds.

2. Stay active off her back…

Waterson may very well end up on her back at some point tonight. She possesses sound wrestling defense and has displayed an ability to stay on her feet in the past, but she isn’t immune to a takedown, especially against someone like “12 Gauge.”

If Waterson is indeed taken down and held on the canvas, she must remain active off her back. VanZant has beaten opponents inside of the Octagon before by scoring points in bunches from top position. To limit VanZant’s ability to control the action on the ground, “Karate Hottie” needs to land punches from the bottom, threaten with submission attempts (which she has) and do everything in her power to bring the fight back to the feet.

Prediction: VanZant via split decision

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Ryan Roberts suffers knee injury, retires after TKO loss to Rob Emerson at Victory FC 54

Ryan Roberts will have more hurdles to cross in the coming months.

A UFC veteran who endured through a series of tragic circumstances over the past three years, Roberts suffered a first-round TKO loss due to a knee injury in the co-main event of Victory FC 54 on Friday night, falling short in his bid for the vacant Victory FC featherweight title against Rob Emerson in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.

Roberts, 38, was returning to the fight game for the first time since a rare bacterial infection nearly took his life this past spring. But it wasn’t meant to be, as the longtime Omaha veteran ate a nasty straight right that sent him reeling awkwardly across the cage. Almost instantaneously, Roberts turtled up clutching his right knee in pain, forcing the referee to rush in and stop the contest at 1:34 of the opening round.

Afterward, Roberts revealed that he suffered a torn ACL last week in training, but was intent on competing against Emerson regardless. Then, he announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.

“This obviously didn’t go my way. Hats off to Rob, he fought one hell of a fight,” Roberts said. “I came out, I really pushed through. I actually ended up tearing my ACL last Friday night in practice, and tried to ice, tried to get it (right), thinking I was going to be able to come in here and still compete with the guys at his level. And that wasn’t the case.

“The reason I pushed so hard is, this was my last fight. I’m retiring after tonight. I’m going to focus on my family. But I appreciate all of you guys supporting me all of the years. Everything I’ve been through, you guys have always had my back. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Omaha. You have made this an awesome sport, not just for me, but for all of the other athletes coming up.”

Roberts (21-12-1, 1 NC) has overcome a lot over the past several years. In 2013, his sister Andrea was murdered as part of a four-victim spree by serial killer Nikko Jenkins. A year later, Roberts’ mother fell into a coma due to a rare bacterial infection and ended up requiring all four of her limbs to be amputated in order to save her life. Then, this past autumn, Roberts nearly died at the hands of an equally rare bacterial infection that he contracted while cornering a teammate in Grozny, Russia.

Through it all, Roberts has remained positive and continued moving forward with his life. He was the subject of a profile published Friday on MMA Fighting.

“Things don’t just go away. But if you stay persistent, if you keep trying, even after you’re told no, you keep trying, keep trying to do the next right thing, eventually it will start working out,” Roberts told MMA Fighting. “It probably won’t be near as fast as you want it to, but eventually it will all work out. And for me, I just keep living my life that way, man. Just keep trying to do the next right thing.”

As for Emerson, the victory pushes the former TUF 5 cast member to a record of 7-1 since 2012, with six of those victories ending via stoppage. The win also sees Emerson crowned as a two-division Victory FC champion, as he now owns the promotion’s bantamweight and featherweight titles. Following his performance, the 35-year-old MMA Lab product made a plea for the UFC to give him a second chance.

“It’s been seven years since I’ve been in the big show. What do you guys think? Bring me home,” Emerson said. “I think I can go tear up that bantamweight division. There’s a lot of tough guys over there I think I can knock out, and put on some great fight nights and get some Fight of the Nights.”

Victory FC 54 took place Dec. 9 at the Baxter Arena in Omaha, Nebraska. The event aired live on UFC Fight Pass.

In the night’s headlining bout, Kassius Kayne defeated Maki Pitolo via brutal, one-punch knockout at :05 of the second round to claim the vacant Victory FC welterweight title.

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Ryan Roberts suffers knee injury, retires after TKO loss to Rob Emerson at Victory FC 54

Ryan Roberts will have more hurdles to cross in the coming months.

A UFC veteran who endured through a series of tragic circumstances over the past three years, Roberts suffered a first-round TKO loss due to a knee injury in the co-main event of Victory FC 54 on Friday night, falling short in his bid for the vacant Victory FC featherweight title against Rob Emerson in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.

Roberts, 38, was returning to the fight game for the first time since a rare bacterial infection nearly took his life this past spring. But it wasn’t meant to be, as the longtime Omaha veteran ate a nasty straight right that sent him reeling awkwardly across the cage. Almost instantaneously, Roberts turtled up clutching his right knee in pain, forcing the referee to rush in and stop the contest at 1:34 of the opening round.

Afterward, Roberts revealed that he suffered a torn ACL last week in training, but was intent on competing against Emerson regardless. Then, he announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.

“This obviously didn’t go my way. Hats off to Rob, he fought one hell of a fight,” Roberts said. “I came out, I really pushed through. I actually ended up tearing my ACL last Friday night in practice, and tried to ice, tried to get it (right), thinking I was going to be able to come in here and still compete with the guys at his level. And that wasn’t the case.

“The reason I pushed so hard is, this was my last fight. I’m retiring after tonight. I’m going to focus on my family. But I appreciate all of you guys supporting me all of the years. Everything I’ve been through, you guys have always had my back. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Omaha. You have made this an awesome sport, not just for me, but for all of the other athletes coming up.”

Roberts (21-12-1, 1 NC) has overcome a lot over the past several years. In 2013, his sister Andrea was murdered as part of a four-victim spree by serial killer Nikko Jenkins. A year later, Roberts’ mother fell into a coma due to a rare bacterial infection and ended up requiring all four of her limbs to be amputated in order to save her life. Then, this past autumn, Roberts nearly died at the hands of an equally rare bacterial infection that he contracted while cornering a teammate in Grozny, Russia.

Through it all, Roberts has remained positive and continued moving forward with his life. He was the subject of a profile published Friday on MMA Fighting.

“Things don’t just go away. But if you stay persistent, if you keep trying, even after you’re told no, you keep trying, keep trying to do the next right thing, eventually it will start working out,” Roberts told MMA Fighting. “It probably won’t be near as fast as you want it to, but eventually it will all work out. And for me, I just keep living my life that way, man. Just keep trying to do the next right thing.”

As for Emerson, the victory pushes the former TUF 5 cast member to a record of 7-1 since 2012, with six of those victories ending via stoppage. The win also sees Emerson crowned as a two-division Victory FC champion, as he now owns the promotion’s bantamweight and featherweight titles. Following his performance, the 35-year-old MMA Lab product made a plea for the UFC to give him a second chance.

“It’s been seven years since I’ve been in the big show. What do you guys think? Bring me home,” Emerson said. “I think I can go tear up that bantamweight division. There’s a lot of tough guys over there I think I can knock out, and put on some great fight nights and get some Fight of the Nights.”

Victory FC 54 took place Dec. 9 at the Baxter Arena in Omaha, Nebraska. The event aired live on UFC Fight Pass.

In the night’s headlining bout, Kassius Kayne defeated Maki Pitolo via brutal, one-punch knockout at :05 of the second round to claim the vacant Victory FC welterweight title.

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Ryan Roberts suffers knee injury, retires after TKO loss to Rob Emerson at Victory FC 54

Ryan Roberts will have more hurdles to cross in the coming months.

A UFC veteran who endured through a series of tragic circumstances over the past three years, Roberts suffered a first-round TKO loss due to a knee injury in the co-main event of Victory FC 54 on Friday night, falling short in his bid for the vacant Victory FC featherweight title against Rob Emerson in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.

Roberts, 38, was returning to the fight game for the first time since a rare bacterial infection nearly took his life this past spring. But it wasn’t meant to be, as the longtime Omaha veteran ate a nasty straight right that sent him reeling awkwardly across the cage. Almost instantaneously, Roberts turtled up clutching his right knee in pain, forcing the referee to rush in and stop the contest at 1:34 of the opening round.

Afterward, Roberts revealed that he suffered a torn ACL last week in training, but was intent on competing against Emerson regardless. Then, he announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.

“This obviously didn’t go my way. Hats off to Rob, he fought one hell of a fight,” Roberts said. “I came out, I really pushed through. I actually ended up tearing my ACL last Friday night in practice, and tried to ice, tried to get it (right), thinking I was going to be able to come in here and still compete with the guys at his level. And that wasn’t the case.

“The reason I pushed so hard is, this was my last fight. I’m retiring after tonight. I’m going to focus on my family. But I appreciate all of you guys supporting me all of the years. Everything I’ve been through, you guys have always had my back. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Omaha. You have made this an awesome sport, not just for me, but for all of the other athletes coming up.”

Roberts (21-12-1, 1 NC) has overcome a lot over the past several years. In 2013, his sister Andrea was murdered as part of a four-victim spree by serial killer Nikko Jenkins. A year later, Roberts’ mother fell into a coma due to a rare bacterial infection and ended up requiring all four of her limbs to be amputated in order to save her life. Then, this past autumn, Roberts nearly died at the hands of an equally rare bacterial infection that he contracted while cornering a teammate in Grozny, Russia.

Through it all, Roberts has remained positive and continued moving forward with his life. He was the subject of a profile published Friday on MMA Fighting.

“Things don’t just go away. But if you stay persistent, if you keep trying, even after you’re told no, you keep trying, keep trying to do the next right thing, eventually it will start working out,” Roberts told MMA Fighting. “It probably won’t be near as fast as you want it to, but eventually it will all work out. And for me, I just keep living my life that way, man. Just keep trying to do the next right thing.”

As for Emerson, the victory pushes the former TUF 5 cast member to a record of 7-1 since 2012, with six of those victories ending via stoppage. The win also sees Emerson crowned as a two-division Victory FC champion, as he now owns the promotion’s bantamweight and featherweight titles. Following his performance, the 35-year-old MMA Lab product made a plea for the UFC to give him a second chance.

“It’s been seven years since I’ve been in the big show. What do you guys think? Bring me home,” Emerson said. “I think I can go tear up that bantamweight division. There’s a lot of tough guys over there I think I can knock out, and put on some great fight nights and get some Fight of the Nights.”

Victory FC 54 took place Dec. 9 at the Baxter Arena in Omaha, Nebraska. The event aired live on UFC Fight Pass.

In the night’s headlining bout, Kassius Kayne defeated Maki Pitolo via brutal, one-punch knockout at :05 of the second round to claim the vacant Victory FC welterweight title.

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Ryan Roberts suffers knee injury, retires after TKO loss to Rob Emerson at Victory FC 54

Ryan Roberts will have more hurdles to cross in the coming months.

A UFC veteran who endured through a series of tragic circumstances over the past three years, Roberts suffered a first-round TKO loss due to a knee injury in the co-main event of Victory FC 54 on Friday night, falling short in his bid for the vacant Victory FC featherweight title against Rob Emerson in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.

Roberts, 38, was returning to the fight game for the first time since a rare bacterial infection nearly took his life this past spring. But it wasn’t meant to be, as the longtime Omaha veteran ate a nasty straight right that sent him reeling awkwardly across the cage. Almost instantaneously, Roberts turtled up clutching his right knee in pain, forcing the referee to rush in and stop the contest at 1:34 of the opening round.

Afterward, Roberts revealed that he suffered a torn ACL last week in training, but was intent on competing against Emerson regardless. Then, he announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.

“This obviously didn’t go my way. Hats off to Rob, he fought one hell of a fight,” Roberts said. “I came out, I really pushed through. I actually ended up tearing my ACL last Friday night in practice, and tried to ice, tried to get it (right), thinking I was going to be able to come in here and still compete with the guys at his level. And that wasn’t the case.

“The reason I pushed so hard is, this was my last fight. I’m retiring after tonight. I’m going to focus on my family. But I appreciate all of you guys supporting me all of the years. Everything I’ve been through, you guys have always had my back. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Omaha. You have made this an awesome sport, not just for me, but for all of the other athletes coming up.”

Roberts (21-12-1, 1 NC) has overcome a lot over the past several years. In 2013, his sister Andrea was murdered as part of a four-victim spree by serial killer Nikko Jenkins. A year later, Roberts’ mother fell into a coma due to a rare bacterial infection and ended up requiring all four of her limbs to be amputated in order to save her life. Then, this past autumn, Roberts nearly died at the hands of an equally rare bacterial infection that he contracted while cornering a teammate in Grozny, Russia.

Through it all, Roberts has remained positive and continued moving forward with his life. He was the subject of a profile published Friday on MMA Fighting.

“Things don’t just go away. But if you stay persistent, if you keep trying, even after you’re told no, you keep trying, keep trying to do the next right thing, eventually it will start working out,” Roberts told MMA Fighting. “It probably won’t be near as fast as you want it to, but eventually it will all work out. And for me, I just keep living my life that way, man. Just keep trying to do the next right thing.”

As for Emerson, the victory pushes the former TUF 5 cast member to a record of 7-1 since 2012, with six of those victories ending via stoppage. The win also sees Emerson crowned as a two-division Victory FC champion, as he now owns the promotion’s bantamweight and featherweight titles. Following his performance, the 35-year-old MMA Lab product made a plea for the UFC to give him a second chance.

“It’s been seven years since I’ve been in the big show. What do you guys think? Bring me home,” Emerson said. “I think I can go tear up that bantamweight division. There’s a lot of tough guys over there I think I can knock out, and put on some great fight nights and get some Fight of the Nights.”

Victory FC 54 took place Dec. 9 at the Baxter Arena in Omaha, Nebraska. The event aired live on UFC Fight Pass.

In the night’s headlining bout, Kassius Kayne defeated Maki Pitolo via brutal, one-punch knockout at :05 of the second round to claim the vacant Victory FC welterweight title.

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‘Victory’ Belfort says Gegard Mousasi is ‘very, very’ wrong about his prediction

MANCHESTER, England — At UFC 204 workouts, Vitor Belfort discusses his upcoming opponent Gegard Mousasi, if he plans to retire anytime soon, who will win Bisping vs. Henderson 2, his missing Rage Cage belt, and more.

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John Lineker Believes He Deserves Shot at Dominick Cruz After Latest Victory

After earning the biggest victory of his UFC career to date, John Lineker had a very simple request: he wants to face the best of bantamweight division.
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John Lineker Believes He Deserves Shot at Dominick Cruz After Latest Victory

After earning the biggest victory of his UFC career to date, John Lineker had a very simple request: he wants to face the best of bantamweight division.
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John Lineker Believes He Deserves Shot at Dominick Cruz After Latest Victory

After earning the biggest victory of his UFC career to date, John Lineker had a very simple request: he wants to face the best of bantamweight division.
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John Lineker Believes He Deserves Shot at Dominick Cruz After Latest Victory

After earning the biggest victory of his UFC career to date, John Lineker had a very simple request: he wants to face the best of bantamweight division.
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