May 29, 2016

Thomas Almeida vs Cody Garbrandt



Watch Thomas Almeida vs Cody Garbrandt full fight video directly here! Jed Meshew: This fight is hot fire and I hate every minute of it. Both Almeida and Garbrandt are top shelf prospects and shouldn’t be fighting one another. I don’t know why Sean Shelby and Joe Silva insist on making prospects death matches but I’d rather they fight down the road when both have more seasoning. Anyway, Almeida is dope and Garbrandt is on his way to dopeness. Almeida’s has a diverse array of attacks on the feet but is somewhat reckless and hittable. Garbrandt has better defense but is less offensively potent and is vulnerable during protracted exchanges. If Almeida gets hurt early, as he is wont to do, then Garbrandt could easily finish him but I think Almeida’s willingness to attack the body will slow Garbrandt down and open him up for head shots later in the fight. Head shots by Thomas Almeida mean knock outs. Almeida by KO, round 3. Thomas Almeida vs Cody Garbrandt FIGHT VIDEO

May 14, 2016

FABRICIO WERDUM vs STIPE MIOCIC



Watch FABRICIO WERDUM vs STIPE MIOCIC full fight video directly here! Jed Meshew: I suppose Miocic can win this but I just don’t see this. Aside from wrestling I favor Werdum in almost every other category. On the feet, Werdum has better kicks, is about even with Stipe at range, and has a significant advantage in the clinch. Stipe’s defense is probably better than Werdum’s but Werdum’s chin is very durable and Miocic has never shown real one-hitter quitter power. Miocic can maybe find some success taking Werdum down and working on top – if Mark Hunt did it Miocic certainly can – but everyone seems terrified of doing that. And if Werdum ends up on top of Miocic he is going to have a real bad night. Throw in the fact that Rafael Cordeiro is a brilliant tactical coach and Werdum will be making the better in-fight adjustments and I just don’t see the upset happening. Werdum by submission, round 3. FABRICIO WERDUM vs STIPE MIOCIC FIGHT VIDEO

May 08, 2016

ALISTAIR OVEREEM vs ANDREI ARLOVSKI



Watch ALISTAIR OVEREEM vs ANDREI ARLOVSKI full fight video directly here! Victor Rodriguez: Four years ago, I wouldn't have seen this coming. Overeem came into the UFC after being poached from Strikeforce as their heavyweight champ, having won the not-so-meaningful (I'm being polite here) DREAM title right after winning the K-1 Grand Prix. His stock was higher than ever as he took on the former king Brock Lesnar, sending him back to the WWE with body shots that bordered on vulgar. Then he stumbled as his jaw crumbled in various fights that he shouldn't have lost against the likes of Travis Browne and Ben Rothwell, as his MMA deficiencies were on display. By the time he fought Junior dos Santos as the UFC very clearly planned, it was few years too late and we got a calculated performance capped by a stunning KO that at this point seems to say more about Junior's deficiencies than it does about Overeem's improvements. Arlovski came back from the brink of irrelevancy after various infamous knockouts to a lackluster decision win he didn't earn against Brendan Schaub but a sensational barnburner against the aforementioned Travis Browne as well as a stunning (at the time) KO over Bigfoot Silva. Despite his last loss to Miocic, Arlovski has both Jackson and Winklejohn in his corner, as well as spry movement and great combination work while Overeem keeps looking for the one-shot kill. Both have suspect chins, but Arlovski's really worked on better defensive habits and knows he needs an emphatic win to get the title shot he wants. How's taste my punch-punch? Andrei Arlovski by KO, R2. ALISTAIR OVEREEM vs ANDREI ARLOVSKI FIGHT VIDEO

April 23, 2016

JON JONES vs OVINCE SAINT PREUX



Watch JON JONES vs OVINCE SAINT PREUX full fight video directly here! Nick Baldwin: So, Ovince Saint Preux is getting that title shot we all imagined he would at one point. He has two recent losses on his record though, which were very eye-opening. Jones should be able to get OSP to the mat and choke him out in the opening rounds. Hopefully, he chooses to stand to make it more exciting, but as far as a result goes, nothing changes. Jones can knock Saint Preux, Jones can submit Saint Preux, Jones can decision Saint Preux. Even if the ghost of Jon Jones is the one we see on Saturday, he should still win easily. OSP's only hope is... bring on them 12-6 elbows! Jon Jones via Submission; Round 2 JON JONES vs OVINCE SAINT PREUX FIGHT VIDEO

April 22, 2016

BENSON HENDERSON vs ANDREY KORESHKOV



Watch BENSON HENDERSON vs ANDREY KORESHKOV full fight video directly here! For many MMA fans, the Bellator debut of Ben Henderson is reason enough to tune in. The former WEC and UFC Lightweight champion developed a nice following thanks to his exciting fighting style, but when his UFC contract came to an end last year, Smooth decided to test the waters as a free agent and ended up in Bellator. He ended his UFC career on a 2-2 run, with both of those wins coming at 170 pounds. He stays at Welterweight here, where he has an immediate title shot. BENSON HENDERSON vs ANDREY KORESHKOV FIGHT VIDEO

April 16, 2016

RASHAD EVANS vs GLOVER TEIXEIRA



Watch RASHAD EVANS vs GLOVER TEIXEIRA full fight video directly here! Zane Simon: Rashad is faster and more mobile, but he's either going to have to go inside and test himself trading hooks with Glover, or he's going to have to try and pick up a point decision by sitting on the outside and jumping in for the occasional single shot or takedown. I don't think either of those are going to clearly maneuver him for an easy win, especially since Glover is very good at countering that kind of offense. Glover Teixeira via TKO, Round 4. RASHAD EVANS vs GLOVER TEIXEIRA FIGHT VIDEO

April 10, 2016

JUNIOR DOS SANTOS vs BEN ROTHWELL



Watch JUNIOR DOS SANTOS vs BEN ROTHWELL full fight video directly here! Fraser Coffeen: I clearly have underrated Rothwell many times now. I picked against him against Schaub, Vera, Reem, Mitrione, and Barnett. In fact, in my entire time making picks for BE, I have picked FOR Rothwell just once, against Gonzaga. Which he lost. Moral of the story? I am an idiot and you should not have any faith in my picking here. Junior dos Santos, KO, R2 JUNIOR DOS SANTOS vs BEN ROTHWELL FIGHT VIDEO

March 19, 2016

MARK HUNT vs FRANK MIR



Watch MARK HUNT vs FRANK MIR full fight video directly here! Tim Bis: I keep flip-flopping on this one. It feels very likely that Hunt will crack Mir inside the first five minutes, and then step back to watch as Mir falls to the canvas in what feels like bullet-time. However, I fear this fight might go ‘almost' the distance and that the fifth round will look like the first round of Kimbo v. Dada. If that happens, I see both men going down in a heap against the cage and Hunt landing in some esoteric hold. Frank Mir by Tech. Submission (key lock), Round 5. MARK HUNT vs FRANK MIR FIGHT VIDEO

March 05, 2016

NATE DIAZ vs CONOR McGREGOR



Watch NATE DIAZ vs CONOR McGREGOR full fight video directly here! Mookie Alexander: Either McGregor knocks Diaz out, or Diaz submits McGregor and then double-birds him while he's on the ground and either unconscious or favoring his arm. The power and precision of Conor's punches are going to be too much for Nate, who will give it a really good effort and probably tag Conor more than anyone else has. Side note: Would anyone be surprised if Diaz just randomly went for a takedown? I wouldn't. Anyway, Conor's body shots and stinging power punches will break Diaz down in the later rounds. Conor McGregor via TKO, round 3. NATE DIAZ vs CONOR McGREGOR FIGHT VIDEO

March 04, 2016

JOE WARREN vs DARRION CALDWELL



Watch JOE WARREN vs DARRION CALDWELL full fight video directly here! While UFC 196 is obviously stealing the show this week, there are a lot of other solid cards going on. Principal among them is Bellator's 151 card, headlined by surging prospect Darrion Caldwell in his toughest fight to date against former champion Joe Warren. The card will also feature strong prospects Bubba Jenkins, Goiti Yamauchi, Neiman Gracie, and Steve Garcia. It's a top shelf showing for fight fans looking for a good way to spend a Friday night. JOE WARREN vs DARRION CALDWELL FIGHT VIDEO

February 27, 2016

ANDERSON SILVA vs MICHAEL BISPING



Watch ANDERSON SILVA vs MICHAEL BISPING full fight video directly here! Mookie Alexander: Bisping is 37 in two days yet concerns over his aging have been completely ignored, and justifiably so given the context of his opponent. This fight boils down to whether Silva is even 70% of the guy who beat Sonnen and Bonnar in 2012. If he's at that level then he still has enough in the tank to beat Bisping, who almost assuredly will try and take Silva down and ground-and-pound from top position. The big fear? Post-suspension and nearly 41, Silva could look depressingly old, stiff, and no longer capable of head movement, great reflexes, and any sort of speed and accuracy on his strikes. Can you imagine Bisping being able to walk Anderson down and just pressure him with volume punching? Not really, but if Anderson comes in looking shot, then it could happen. Otherwise, I can't bring myself to actually pick Bisping here. Scraping by against Dollaway and Leites isn't terribly convincing to me, so it's down to whether or not Anderson is actually still a top 10 fighter. Screw it, I'm ridin' with The Spider one last time. Anderson Silva by TKO, round 3. ANDERSON SILVA vs MICHAEL BISPING FIGHT VIDEO

February 26, 2016

CHEICK KONGO vs VINICIUS QUEIROZ



Watch CHEICK KONGO vs VINICIUS QUEIROZ full fight video directly here! ellator MMA comes to Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kan., this Friday night (Feb. 26, 2016) with Bellator 150: "Kongo vs. Quieroz," which will air live on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET. Originally, Bantamweight champion Marcos Galvao and former champion Eduardo Dantas were set to headline this event. However, Galvao was forced to withdraw from the bout earlier today because of a week-long illness; therefore, the long-awaited rematch between Galvao vs. Dantas will have to wait a little longer. Bellator MMA's back-up plan kicked in and your main event for Feb. 26 is a war between two tall titans of the Heavyweight division - Cheick Kongo and Vinicius "Spartan" Quieroz. Before the breakdown of the Bellator 150 Spike TV-televised main card begins, I'd like to remind the MMAmania.com readers to participate with their own predictions in the comments section below -- your eye for picking winners in these fights may be better than mine. CHEICK KONGO vs VINICIUS QUEIROZ FIGHT VIDEO

February 21, 2016

DONALD CERRONE vs ALEX OLIVEIRA



Watch DONALD CERRONE vs ALEX OLIVEIRA full fight video directly here! Artem: I root for Cowboy Cerrone, because he is completely awesome! You know, he is so badass, so real, so "Cowboy"! He is one of the most adored American fighters in Russia, because he loves to have fun, be extreme, and drink. He lives such an interesting life, full of adventures and adrenaline. Look up his Instagram and you'll become his fan forever: "Cowboy skydives with two PlayBoy models and one parachute", "Cowboy rides an ox with his eyes blindfolded and his hands tied behind his back. But he laughs", and my favourite: "Cowboy jumps from the cliff, singing ‘Highway to Hell' in his truck and showing middle-finger-sign to the skies". I am so envious and so sad. Surprisingly I have just realized that Cowboy lives a life I've been always dreaming of. As for the fight: Donald Cerrone via Knockout of The Night. DONALD CERRONE vs ALEX OLIVEIRA FIGHT VIDEO

February 19, 2016

KIMBO SLICE vs DADA 5000



Watch KIMBO SLICE vs DADA 5000 full fight video directly here! Fraser Coffeen: So help me, I actually watched Dada's two pro MMA fights to get ready for this. And you know what, he's terrible. I know you are sitting there saying "Well duh Fraser, obviously he's terrible", but no - I mean he is TERRIBLE. I do not even recall the last time I saw a fighter with this little skill. Art Jimmerson watches him and says "Man, you really don't know what you're doing in there, do you?" Jon Hess watches this guy fight and thinks "Dude, you need to work on your technique more." Did I mention he's terrible? Kimbo Slice, KO, R1 KIMBO SLICE vs DADA 5000 FIGHT VIDEO