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UFC on FOX: Shevchenko vs Pena - Jan 28


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Valentina Shevchenko vs Julianna Pena

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Andrei Arlovski vs Francis Ngannou

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#16 Philjax

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 17:00

Yeah I probably was a bit harsh. It's just the manner of the beatings that stick in mind. Holm is a kickboxer and Nunes is a beast so fair dos. It just seems that the first big jab rolls the old eyes back in her head and it's more her legs that don't want to give out leaving her open to more barrage. I still think it's a 'little' questionable though.

 

I think maybe a factor that makes people question Ronda's early armbar demolition jobs is that Kaufmann and Davis (I think those two yes?) and arguably Carmouche turned out to be pretty much shit/non-entities after those losses too, with only Sara McMann starting to gain some traction now (certainly much improved last time, but again it was against Alexis Davis who'd just had a baby unless i'm mistaken). This is not my view of course. That was just the standard of the competition at the time and they are all perfectly legitimate victories in dominant fashion.


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#17 wandshogun09

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 17:56

Actually, fuck all this noise. How quick do we think Ngannou is going to flatten Arlovski?

I know Ngannou is unproven and this is his first real test, but I've got a feeling they're going to be sweeping the remains of Arlovski up with a dustpan and brush after this one. Just can't shake it.
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Posted 12 January 2017 - 18:12

It would be nice if the Arlovski from the Travis Browne fight turned up but that seemed to just be an anomaly.


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 18:34

Yeah, the Travis Browne fight has been undoubtedly the high point of this UFC stint for Arlovski.

I remember we were all pleasantly surprised when Arlovski returned to the UFC and went 4-0 in his first four fights back. But when you look back on those four wins, they're not so impressive.

1) He squeaked a decision over a Brendan Schaub who was one fight away from retirement. And I actually had Schaub winning that fight.

2) Then he KO'd Bigfoot Silva who's been fucked since the war with Mark Hunt.

3) Then he KO'd Travis Browne in an amazing one rounder. This was definitely his best win but even this, Browne has been massively inconsistent since saddling himself with Shithead Edmond.

4) Stunk the joint out in a decision over a shot Frank Mir in probably the worst fight of 2015.

He's gone 0-3 since then. Granted they were all losses to good fighters - Overeem, Miocic, Barnett - and the Barnett fight was tremendous. He's still fun to watch and dangerous with it. But I'm not sure I fancy his chances against the younger fresher heavyweights like Ngannou at this stage of the game.
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#20 Egg Shen

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 21:45

yeh, the Arlovski bubble burst pretty quick. It was great whilst it lasted though and i'd have loved to have seen him get a title shot in that time. Arlovski has over-achieved since coming back though, if you think of the position that he was in a few years ago, people would have laughed if you'd said he'd deserve another run at the UFC. Heavyweights never die!