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UFC Fight Night 129 Primer: Old Demian Maia and Young Kamaru Usman

Once again, it’s time for the old, salty veteran to test the mettle of the young up-and-comer.

UFC Fight Night 129 is coming to us this weekend from Santiago, Chile, because why not. And of course, the main event features old timer Demian Maia taking on TUF 21 winner Kamaru Usman. You may remember Maia from his sometimes absolutely dominant displays of jiu-jitsu and sometimes utterly embarrassing fights when that jiu-jitsu wasn’t able to be employed.

You may remember Usman from… ha, just kidding. You don’t remember Usman. Because although he’s managed to stay undefeated since winning TUF, he’s fought no one. Nada. Just a bunch of no-name dudes.

But hey, he’s finally got an opponent with some name recognition in Maia, so this could be Usman’s chance to turn that corner!

Other than a dismal outing against Tyron Woodley, Maia hasn’t really shown that he’s slowing down. Usman could always counter-wrestle him, drawing upon those high-level collegiate wrestling skills of his, but I don’t know if the young buck truly has it in him to trounce the ancient jiu-jitsu man. Not yet at least.

Here’s Maia doing what he does best.

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UFC Fight Night 129 Primer: Old Demian Maia and Young Kamaru Usman

Once again, it’s time for the old, salty veteran to test the mettle of the young up-and-comer.

UFC Fight Night 129 is coming to us this weekend from Santiago, Chile, because why not. And of course, the main event features old timer Demian Maia taking on TUF 21 winner Kamaru Usman. You may remember Maia from his sometimes absolutely dominant displays of jiu-jitsu and sometimes utterly embarrassing fights when that jiu-jitsu wasn’t able to be employed.

You may remember Usman from… ha, just kidding. You don’t remember Usman. Because although he’s managed to stay undefeated since winning TUF, he’s fought no one. Nada. Just a bunch of no-name dudes.

But hey, he’s finally got an opponent with some name recognition in Maia, so this could be Usman’s chance to turn that corner!

Other than a dismal outing against Tyron Woodley, Maia hasn’t really shown that he’s slowing down. Usman could always counter-wrestle him, drawing upon those high-level collegiate wrestling skills of his, but I don’t know if the young buck truly has it in him to trounce the ancient jiu-jitsu man. Not yet at least.

Here’s Maia doing what he does best.

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UFC Fight Night 129 Primer: Old Demian Maia and Young Kamaru Usman

Once again, it’s time for the old, salty veteran to test the mettle of the young up-and-comer.

UFC Fight Night 129 is coming to us this weekend from Santiago, Chile, because why not. And of course, the main event features old timer Demian Maia taking on TUF 21 winner Kamaru Usman. You may remember Maia from his sometimes absolutely dominant displays of jiu-jitsu and sometimes utterly embarrassing fights when that jiu-jitsu wasn’t able to be employed.

You may remember Usman from… ha, just kidding. You don’t remember Usman. Because although he’s managed to stay undefeated since winning TUF, he’s fought no one. Nada. Just a bunch of no-name dudes.

But hey, he’s finally got an opponent with some name recognition in Maia, so this could be Usman’s chance to turn that corner!

Other than a dismal outing against Tyron Woodley, Maia hasn’t really shown that he’s slowing down. Usman could always counter-wrestle him, drawing upon those high-level collegiate wrestling skills of his, but I don’t know if the young buck truly has it in him to trounce the ancient jiu-jitsu man. Not yet at least.

Here’s Maia doing what he does best.

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UFC Fight Night 129 Primer: Old Demian Maia and Young Kamaru Usman

Once again, it’s time for the old, salty veteran to test the mettle of the young up-and-comer.

UFC Fight Night 129 is coming to us this weekend from Santiago, Chile, because why not. And of course, the main event features old timer Demian Maia taking on TUF 21 winner Kamaru Usman. You may remember Maia from his sometimes absolutely dominant displays of jiu-jitsu and sometimes utterly embarrassing fights when that jiu-jitsu wasn’t able to be employed.

You may remember Usman from… ha, just kidding. You don’t remember Usman. Because although he’s managed to stay undefeated since winning TUF, he’s fought no one. Nada. Just a bunch of no-name dudes.

But hey, he’s finally got an opponent with some name recognition in Maia, so this could be Usman’s chance to turn that corner!

Other than a dismal outing against Tyron Woodley, Maia hasn’t really shown that he’s slowing down. Usman could always counter-wrestle him, drawing upon those high-level collegiate wrestling skills of his, but I don’t know if the young buck truly has it in him to trounce the ancient jiu-jitsu man. Not yet at least.

Here’s Maia doing what he does best.

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UFC Fight Night 129 Primer: Old Demian Maia and Young Kamaru Usman

Once again, it’s time for the old, salty veteran to test the mettle of the young up-and-comer.

UFC Fight Night 129 is coming to us this weekend from Santiago, Chile, because why not. And of course, the main event features old timer Demian Maia taking on TUF 21 winner Kamaru Usman. You may remember Maia from his sometimes absolutely dominant displays of jiu-jitsu and sometimes utterly embarrassing fights when that jiu-jitsu wasn’t able to be employed.

You may remember Usman from… ha, just kidding. You don’t remember Usman. Because although he’s managed to stay undefeated since winning TUF, he’s fought no one. Nada. Just a bunch of no-name dudes.

But hey, he’s finally got an opponent with some name recognition in Maia, so this could be Usman’s chance to turn that corner!

Other than a dismal outing against Tyron Woodley, Maia hasn’t really shown that he’s slowing down. Usman could always counter-wrestle him, drawing upon those high-level collegiate wrestling skills of his, but I don’t know if the young buck truly has it in him to trounce the ancient jiu-jitsu man. Not yet at least.

Here’s Maia doing what he does best.

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UFC Fight Night 129 Primer: Old Demian Maia and Young Kamaru Usman

Once again, it’s time for the old, salty veteran to test the mettle of the young up-and-comer.

UFC Fight Night 129 is coming to us this weekend from Santiago, Chile, because why not. And of course, the main event features old timer Demian Maia taking on TUF 21 winner Kamaru Usman. You may remember Maia from his sometimes absolutely dominant displays of jiu-jitsu and sometimes utterly embarrassing fights when that jiu-jitsu wasn’t able to be employed.

You may remember Usman from… ha, just kidding. You don’t remember Usman. Because although he’s managed to stay undefeated since winning TUF, he’s fought no one. Nada. Just a bunch of no-name dudes.

But hey, he’s finally got an opponent with some name recognition in Maia, so this could be Usman’s chance to turn that corner!

Other than a dismal outing against Tyron Woodley, Maia hasn’t really shown that he’s slowing down. Usman could always counter-wrestle him, drawing upon those high-level collegiate wrestling skills of his, but I don’t know if the young buck truly has it in him to trounce the ancient jiu-jitsu man. Not yet at least.

Here’s Maia doing what he does best.

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UFC 212 Breakdown: Jose Aldo Is Out To Prove The Young Lion Max Holloway Isn’t Ready To Be King

Ever since the match up was announced the question has been on the hearts and minds of avid MMA fans: could Max Holloway defeat Jose Aldo? The answer as of now is that there’s no way to be sure. What’s alarming to me however is that many are suggesting that Jose Aldo is over the hill, that he doesn’t have it anymore, something that is clearly the furthest from the truth. The performance Jose Aldo put on against Frankie Edgar was a true work of art and should have at least informed fans of his incredible capabilities that he still possesses. Nevertheless, people just want to see new blood come in and do work and that’s what they’re hoping to see with Max Holloway.

Jose Aldo is a mutant, and I say that with all due respect. The man can simply do things others can not. The way he was able to shut down Frankie Edgar’s wrestling game was alarming to say the least. But the fact that Conor McGregor was able to knockout Aldo in just thirteen seconds has remained on the minds of many fans. The defeat was certainly crushing to say the least, but Aldo once again proved he’s a force to be reckoned with when he was able to touch up Edgar with ease. On display was Aldo’s usual athleticism and speed. He’ll need all of that plus reaction time in order to thwart Holloway. His jab and leg kicks will be big weapons to ensure that happens.

But a striking battle is exactly what Max Holloway wants. To give it to him would simply make things easier for the interim champion and take away some of Jose Aldo’s biggest tools. While defensive wrestling has carried him throughout his career, Jose Aldo also possesses some sick offensive wrestling abilities. Because of his shorter size and immense speed, Jose Aldo can get in on Holloway’s hips rather quickly and take things to the mat if necessary. The danger here is that Holloway is savvy and will be waiting to unleash knees and uppercuts when he notices the level change. As such, Aldo will need to wrestle during transitions. He’ll have to get into the pocket, exchange punches with Holloway and shoot for takedowns. As an adept counter striker, Aldo could also lure Holloway forward and hit a reactive takedown when the interim champ goes for longer combo strings.

Max Holloway has been nothing short of impressive in collecting ten straight victories in the octagon. With ever outing we see improvement from the Hawaiian scrapper as he polishes off opponents with beautiful striking combinations. In defeating former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in what was predominantly a striking battle, Holloway showed his ability to take on a high level striker using a variety of different techniques. His range of strikes vary immensely, switching stances in the middle of combinations.

What Max Holloway should do in this fight is twofold. For one, he should keep Aldo on the end of his strikes at distance, using a jab in the orthodox stance and long left straights in the southpaw stance. Second, he needs to be first. If he allows Aldo to dictate the pace he could find himself playing catch up. Aldo’s speed is no joke and he’ll need to be first each and every time to shut down that swiftness. Body work also should be a priority as those who tend to headhunt against Aldo end up getting countered. The body work will also pay dividends later in the fight when Aldo begins to slow down.

Who will leave the UFC 212 as the featherweight king?


Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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UFC 212 Breakdown: Jose Aldo Is Out To Prove The Young Lion Max Holloway Isn’t Ready To Be King

Ever since the match up was announced the question has been on the hearts and minds of avid MMA fans: could Max Holloway defeat Jose Aldo? The answer as of now is that there’s no way to be sure. What’s alarming to me however is that many are suggesting that Jose Aldo is over the hill, that he doesn’t have it anymore, something that is clearly the furthest from the truth. The performance Jose Aldo put on against Frankie Edgar was a true work of art and should have at least informed fans of his incredible capabilities that he still possesses. Nevertheless, people just want to see new blood come in and do work and that’s what they’re hoping to see with Max Holloway.

Jose Aldo is a mutant, and I say that with all due respect. The man can simply do things others can not. The way he was able to shut down Frankie Edgar’s wrestling game was alarming to say the least. But the fact that Conor McGregor was able to knockout Aldo in just thirteen seconds has remained on the minds of many fans. The defeat was certainly crushing to say the least, but Aldo once again proved he’s a force to be reckoned with when he was able to touch up Edgar with ease. On display was Aldo’s usual athleticism and speed. He’ll need all of that plus reaction time in order to thwart Holloway. His jab and leg kicks will be big weapons to ensure that happens.

But a striking battle is exactly what Max Holloway wants. To give it to him would simply make things easier for the interim champion and take away some of Jose Aldo’s biggest tools. While defensive wrestling has carried him throughout his career, Jose Aldo also possesses some sick offensive wrestling abilities. Because of his shorter size and immense speed, Jose Aldo can get in on Holloway’s hips rather quickly and take things to the mat if necessary. The danger here is that Holloway is savvy and will be waiting to unleash knees and uppercuts when he notices the level change. As such, Aldo will need to wrestle during transitions. He’ll have to get into the pocket, exchange punches with Holloway and shoot for takedowns. As an adept counter striker, Aldo could also lure Holloway forward and hit a reactive takedown when the interim champ goes for longer combo strings.

Max Holloway has been nothing short of impressive in collecting ten straight victories in the octagon. With ever outing we see improvement from the Hawaiian scrapper as he polishes off opponents with beautiful striking combinations. In defeating former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in what was predominantly a striking battle, Holloway showed his ability to take on a high level striker using a variety of different techniques. His range of strikes vary immensely, switching stances in the middle of combinations.

What Max Holloway should do in this fight is twofold. For one, he should keep Aldo on the end of his strikes at distance, using a jab in the orthodox stance and long left straights in the southpaw stance. Second, he needs to be first. If he allows Aldo to dictate the pace he could find himself playing catch up. Aldo’s speed is no joke and he’ll need to be first each and every time to shut down that swiftness. Body work also should be a priority as those who tend to headhunt against Aldo end up getting countered. The body work will also pay dividends later in the fight when Aldo begins to slow down.

Who will leave the UFC 212 as the featherweight king?


Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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UFC 212 Breakdown: Jose Aldo Is Out To Prove The Young Lion Max Holloway Isn’t Ready To Be King

Ever since the match up was announced the question has been on the hearts and minds of avid MMA fans: could Max Holloway defeat Jose Aldo? The answer as of now is that there’s no way to be sure. What’s alarming to me however is that many are suggesting that Jose Aldo is over the hill, that he doesn’t have it anymore, something that is clearly the furthest from the truth. The performance Jose Aldo put on against Frankie Edgar was a true work of art and should have at least informed fans of his incredible capabilities that he still possesses. Nevertheless, people just want to see new blood come in and do work and that’s what they’re hoping to see with Max Holloway.

Jose Aldo is a mutant, and I say that with all due respect. The man can simply do things others can not. The way he was able to shut down Frankie Edgar’s wrestling game was alarming to say the least. But the fact that Conor McGregor was able to knockout Aldo in just thirteen seconds has remained on the minds of many fans. The defeat was certainly crushing to say the least, but Aldo once again proved he’s a force to be reckoned with when he was able to touch up Edgar with ease. On display was Aldo’s usual athleticism and speed. He’ll need all of that plus reaction time in order to thwart Holloway. His jab and leg kicks will be big weapons to ensure that happens.

But a striking battle is exactly what Max Holloway wants. To give it to him would simply make things easier for the interim champion and take away some of Jose Aldo’s biggest tools. While defensive wrestling has carried him throughout his career, Jose Aldo also possesses some sick offensive wrestling abilities. Because of his shorter size and immense speed, Jose Aldo can get in on Holloway’s hips rather quickly and take things to the mat if necessary. The danger here is that Holloway is savvy and will be waiting to unleash knees and uppercuts when he notices the level change. As such, Aldo will need to wrestle during transitions. He’ll have to get into the pocket, exchange punches with Holloway and shoot for takedowns. As an adept counter striker, Aldo could also lure Holloway forward and hit a reactive takedown when the interim champ goes for longer combo strings.

Max Holloway has been nothing short of impressive in collecting ten straight victories in the octagon. With ever outing we see improvement from the Hawaiian scrapper as he polishes off opponents with beautiful striking combinations. In defeating former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in what was predominantly a striking battle, Holloway showed his ability to take on a high level striker using a variety of different techniques. His range of strikes vary immensely, switching stances in the middle of combinations.

What Max Holloway should do in this fight is twofold. For one, he should keep Aldo on the end of his strikes at distance, using a jab in the orthodox stance and long left straights in the southpaw stance. Second, he needs to be first. If he allows Aldo to dictate the pace he could find himself playing catch up. Aldo’s speed is no joke and he’ll need to be first each and every time to shut down that swiftness. Body work also should be a priority as those who tend to headhunt against Aldo end up getting countered. The body work will also pay dividends later in the fight when Aldo begins to slow down.

Who will leave the UFC 212 as the featherweight king?


Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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UFC 211: Will Henry Cejudo Shutdown The Young And Hungry Sergio Pettis

The main card of UFC 211 features two top level flyweights, each of whom could be considered for a title challenge with a few more good wins. While Henry Cejudo may have already had his crack at glory, Sergio Pettis is looking to throw his card into the Demetrious Johnson sweepstakes (a prize that I’m not sure anyone truly wants to win at this point). This fight has a lot riding on it for both fighters and it’s good to see it opening up the main card for one of the more stacked events of the year (good job UFC, keep this up and people may end up caring about flyweight).

Henry Cejudo has the tools to give anyone at 125 lbs tons of issues. His mix of gritty, powerful and technical wrestling has matched well with his kickboxing style. Cejudo showed in his bout with Joseph Benavidez that he has the ability to go three hard rounds against a tactical and fast paced opponent. His kicking game was also very impressive. The biggest flaw in that fight however was how much power he threw into every shot. If he learns to fight at a more measured pace, picking his shots, flashing the jab to control distance, and level changes when Pettis over commits, we could see Cejudo put on a dominant performance.

The plan of attack for Cejudo should be fairly straight forward. Takedowns will play a major role, as will controlling the clinch and landing heavy punches on the break. Cejudo is likely to have a strength advantage here and he needs to let Pettis understand that as soon as the first bell rings. Cejudo fell in love with his power a bit in his bout with Joseph Benavidez and he’ll want to avoid that here. Basic boxing combinations like the double jab cross will be effective in this fight. He’ll need to stay in Pettis’ face and stay busy the whole time in order prevent the younger man from trying to control the distance. Pettis wants distance which means Cejudo needs to make him feel claustrophobic and fight in a phone booth. Ending combinations with either a left hook or right round kick will do Cejudo a ton of good.

Sergio Pettis may not have the flash and flare of his older brother, but he does indeed have a more complete game. The younger Pettis looks to mix up his attack with sharp striking coupled with some nicely timed level changes. Rather than just focus purely on knocking opponents out, Pettis likes to employ a game that keeps his opposition guessing. He’s as likely to fire off a blistering head kick as he is to shoot for a takedown.

The goal for Pettis here is to frustrate Cejudo and get his distance with kicks immediately before the Olympic wrestler can get comfortable. While kicking against a wrestler can be ill advised, if you get the distance just right it can keep the shorter Cejudo on the outside. The benefit of Sergio Pettis being from a traditional martial arts background means that he has the ability to throw strikes from both stances. It will allow him to confuse Cejudo and, once his opponent is bewildered, land a devastating rear round kick or cross from the southpaw stance.

Most important for Pettis is to ensure his feet keep moving. The younger Pettis has a tendency to stand still at times which can get him into all kinds of trouble with a power puncher and wrestler of Cejudo’s caliber.

Which flyweight will take one step closer to punching their ticket for the Demetrious Johnson horror show?


Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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