Paid Members wandshogun09 Posted March 13, 2017 Paid Members Share Posted March 13, 2017 The UFC returns to FOX on Saturday 15th April. FOX MAIN CARDDemetrious Johnson vs Wilson Reis - Flyweight Title Michelle Waterson vs Rose Namajunas Jacare Souza vs Robert Whittaker Jeremy Stephens vs Renato Moicano FOX PRELIMSRoy Nelson vs Alexander Volkov Patrick Williams vs Tom Duquesnoy Bobby Green vs Rashid Magomedov Louis Smolka vs Tim Elliott FIGHT PASS PRELIMSDevin Clark vs Jake Collier Anthony Smith vs Andrew Sanchez Aljamain Sterling vs Augusto Mendes Zak Cummings vs Nathan Coy Ashlee Evans-Smith vs Ketlen Vieira Liking this one a lot. We've certainly had stronger FOX shows but this looks really solid to me. All four fights on the main card should be excellent and there's some quality stuff sprinkled throughout the undercard too. OK then Mighty Mouse vs Wilson Reis for the flyweight title is your main event. I know a lot of people shit on Mouse but I'm not with that. I actually have grown to become a big fan of his. You can't knock his skills but I think he's a good guy as well. He was great fun on Rogan's podcast a while back for example. In the cage is where he really shines though, obviously. He's got a 25-2-1 record. He hasn't lost a fight since 2011 and that was a weight class higher against the best bantamweight of all time Dominick Cruz. He's never lost at flyweight. And he's absolutely rinsed the division now, beating everyone so convincingly, in some cases twice, that you can't argue he's not one of the best pound-for-pound to ever do MMA. He's not everyone's cup of tea but I love watching him. He's like a magician in there. Whatever puzzle the opponent's style offers, he always has an answer for it. There's no real hole in his game and his intelligence as a fighter is right up there. He had probably his toughest title defence last time out against a Tim Elliott who far exceeded my, and I think everyone else's, expectations. But once again the little bastard found a way to win! If he wins this fight he'll have successfully defended his title 10 times! Equalling the current record held by Anderson Silva. I can't see Wilson Reis giving DJ much hassle. Reis is a good fighter. He's been around forever and his grappling is off the charts. If he can somehow get hold of DJ and make it a ground fight, who knows? But I just don't see it. He's more accomplished as a grappler than Mighty Mouse for sure but the problem with fighting Johnson is he's got so many layers to his game that he can come up with gameplans that mean you never even get to use your main weapons. Michelle Waterson vs Rose Namajunas is this card's ***WAND'S ONE TO WATCH***. The battle of the Paige VanZant destroyers. This is some fight. One of those where as soon as it's announced you just know it's going to be a crazy clash of styles. Both have really creative and active striking games and they both have dangerous submissions too. Waterson is coming off the quick submission of VanZant in December, which was also on FOX. That was huge for her, especially coming off an 18 month layoff. Namajunas hasn't fought since July when she lost a split to Karolina Kowalkiewicz. This is a great matchup style-wise. And over three rounds they'll be pushing the pace even more. Jacare Souza vs Robert Whittaker. How can you not love this? Jacare is in a funny spot. For a while now he's been as deserving a title challenger as anyone but through one circumstance or another he's had to keep taking these other fights. And he's been mowing through middleweights left and right. No two ways about it, Jacare is a beast. And he's in his prime. I like this pairing though. I think Whittaker is out of his depth but one thing I like about him is he's always 100% game. He won't shy away from Jacare's rep as a killer. And Whittaker packs a punch and he's durable. You can never sleep on a guy like that. Logic says Jacare continues his march towards the title shot though. Louis Smolka vs Tim Elliott is another potential corker. Should be an exciting main card opener. These two are coming off losses but it still feels like they're both just a big win or two away from getting themselves back in the mix. Elliott unexpectedly doing so well against Mighty Mouse last time out could see him getting a rematch before long if he can link a couple of wins together. It's not like Mouse has a long line of contenders left. Smolka has more work to do but the skills are there and he's still only 25. High hopes for this fight. Stuff of note on the prelims... •Jeremy Stephens is a cunt but he's usually exciting to watch. Don't know much about Moicano but he's undefeated at 10-0-1 and has 2 UFC wins. •Bobby Green is one of the more frustrating fighters to watch on the roster for me. He talks a good game but his fights often consist of lots of movement, taunting and talking but little in the way of entertainment unless he's getting a twatting. Hopefully Magomedov delivers one. •Oh and the Williams vs Duquesnoy fight has my attention. Tom Duquesnoy sounds like a bit of a prospect. He's a 23 year old Frenchman who trains out of Greg Jackson's gym. He's 14-1 currently. The only names I recognise on his record are UK fighters Brendan Loughnane (was on TUF: The Smashes a few years back) and Ashleigh Grimshaw. But he did submit a Philpott and TKO a Savile. So he's alright by me, Duquesnoy. I seem to remember Patrick Williams looking fairly decent when I last saw him fight as well if I'm thinking of the right bloke. I have a vague recollection of him guillotining the shit out of someone in seconds. That's about your lot. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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