UFC 173 Will See Henderson vs. Cormier

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Looks like Dan Henderson might like to knock Daniel Cormier off his road to success at the upcoming UFC 173 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada during their co-main event fight.

Cormier and Henderson are ranked pretty closely in the light heavyweight division at 5th and 6th, respectively. Cormier remains undefeated so far in his UFC career. Henderson has won 30 out of 41 fights while Cormier is at 14-0.  Thus far, Cormier has gone into the cage like a raging bull, and as we saw in his last fight, he wasn’t playing Mr. Nice Guy after all the smack talk from coffee boy Patrick Cummins. Cormier puts in some serious work to defend his winning streak and make a great impression in his debut as a light heavyweight contender. A win over Henderson could bring him that much closer to a fight for the title.

Getting to the light heavyweight division took a lot of work for Cormier. He had to drop in weight in order to qualify and thus not have to fight his good friend and training partner Cain Velasquez. The work hasn’t been easy, and he has come a long way since being unable to make weight during the Olympics. I believe this makes him a great example to anyone who runs the risk of allowing a sense of defeat to dampen any hopes for future success. In other words, just because you don’t achieve one thing, doesn’t mean you’re unable to achieve anything else at all. Cormier is living proof that one can bounce back after a major disappointment and come back stronger, better, and faster.

It would be great to see him win at UFC 173 as a fight for the title would be incredibly exciting, especially since he is one of our Elite Athletes at Nutrie. Regardless of the outcome, we’re going to be very proud of him for pushing forward and challenging himself every step of the way. The fight with Cummins was over too quickly and only allowed us to see Cormier’s abilities for a few seconds, so hopefully a fight against Henderson lets us see the wider spectrum of Daniel’s strength.

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Miesha Tate Can Almost Taste A Championship Title

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As I know I’ve said before, Miesha Tate may not be our most favorite UFC fighter, but there’s something to be said about the fact that she can go up against Ronda Rousey for several minutes and withstand a huge beating the whole time. UFC 168 hosted a fabulous fight between the two and it really showed us that despite all the smack-talking on and off the screen during TUF 18, Tate is a worthy opponent, even if she just can’t nab the championship from Rousey.

Bleacher Report suggests that Tate is a gateway opponent to other female fighters. As great as she is, could she really stand to fight against Rousey one more time and still not win? There are only so many fighters in the women’s bantamweight division, so what’s in Tate’s future in the UFC?

The article ends by suggesting that Tate’s role as a fighter is that she tests the mettle of other upcoming female fighters in her division. If they can go up against Tate, perhaps they are showing that they can make their way up the ranks, but Tate remains second best, her taste buds always at a certain distance from the flavor of victory. Rousey won’t be giving up that championship any time soon, and her training and demeanor clearly demonstrate that she is a true professional in the sport. She’s a well-rounded fighter who immerses herself into her fights so profoundly that you almost don’t recognize her from her photo shoots and entertainment work. She is two different women sometimes, and that’s a lesson her fellow fighters can perhaps glean from, if at least to realize the vast importance of giving yourself over 100% when it matters to you the most.

 

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The Jon Jones Instagram Hacking Debacle – Dana White To The Rescue

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You may have heard that Jon Jones got into some trouble over some very unsavory comments on Instagram. Allegedly, his account was hacked and someone else went on a homophobic rant on his behalf, bashing an MMA fan. However, the new explanation offered by Dana White is that he lost his phone, so this isn’t exactly the same as being account hacked. It’s just carelessness.

Dana White is defending him on this by saying that Jones’s account was hacked and that based on his usual Instagram behavior (which is infrequent), it was enough to suggest that it couldn’t have been Jones, especially when he’s not the only one with enough access to change the password. They speculate it could have been someone in his entourage.

I dunno. I can see how if someone stole his phone, they would be able to change the password by also having access to his email account. If you’ve ever set up your own social media accounts (and I’m sure you have, this is 2014 after all), then you know it’s a whole process and if someone were to hack your account, you’d notice it almost immediately.

It’s a pretty terrible thing to have happened. If someone in Jones’s group had the nerve to do such a terrible thing, then it’s up to them to find out who and get rid of that person ASAP. If it really was Jones who did it, then White is pretty good at squashing any negative rumors that his fighters have to deal with, just as he aggressively dealt with allegations that his fighters take performance enhancing drugs. He is just NOT having any of your crapola.

I’d show you the screen grabs of those nasty comments, but there’s no need. If you’re really curious, you can look them up. But either way, they honestly look like the work of a bored amateur, so perhaps Jones is totally innocent and has much better things to do with his time than to bash a fan with derogatory slurs.

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Fox UFC Saturday: Werdum vs. Browne on April 19th, 2014

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There’s an exciting night of prelims coming up this Saturday, April 19th for the UFC live on Fox in Orlando, Florida.

The main card includes:

  • Werdum vs Browne
  • Tate vs Carmouche
  • Cerrone vs Barboza
  • Tavares vs Romero

Still a little unimpressed by Miesha’s “Cupcake” brand, especially when she’s going to fight Liz “Girlrilla” Carmouche, which is in no way making “cute” synonymous with face punches. Miesha could have benefited a little from joining a roller derby team where she could have earned a more brutal nickname like Miesha “Nightmare” Tate. Actually, I ran her name through a Roller Derby name generator and it came up with “Jamie the Machete.” Eh. Maybe Miesha “Face Crush” Tate? Regardless of the name, it’s going to be a good fight to watch. Could Tate win this one? Hopefully it’ll be more of a nail biter than what we’ve seen with Ronda Rousey vs Sara McMann, which lasted all of the length of a sneeze.

The gang all had a press conference which, if you have that kind of time to kill, you can watch here:

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You can sort of snooze through the first few minutes since it’s mostly Dana White aggressively man-handling the podium and scream-talking into the microphone when answering questions about holding the fights in Florida.

Whoever wins in Werdum vs Browne will get to fight Cain Velasquez in Mexico, unless Cain’s health prevents him from doing it. He has needed to heal from shoulder surgery but if he can fight, he’ll be doing so on his home turf and his opponent may be at a slight disadvantage. However, if the injury is aggravated during the fight, then things will really take an unexpected turn.

With so many injuries causing changes to fight cards, I guess it would be wise to keep a flexible mindset as to what might actually happen in that heavyweight bout.

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