Matt Brown vs Robbie Lawler this Saturday at UFC on Fox 12

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Matt Brown has stirred up a lot of conversation lately regarding his potential of moving into the elite ranks of MMA. With a seven-fight winning streak, he’s creating a lot of title chatter. But before that talk turns into reality, Brown’s got one item left to check off his list: Robbie Lawler this Saturday at UFC on Fox 12.
The outcome of Lawler’s last five fights hasn’t added up as nicely as Brown’s. Regardless, Lawler, UFC’s No. 1-ranked welterweight, has had pretty sizable opponents — a loss to champion Johny Hendricks and a win against No. 2 Rory MacDonald. Compare that to Brown’s last five fights, featuring only one ranked opponent (a win against No. 15 Erick Silva) and the odds become clearly stacked in Lawler’s favor.
Brown’s lackluster string of opponents doesn’t necessarily mean he’s in over his head in this upcoming fight, however. Brown was scheduled to go against No. 3-ranked contender Carlos Condit back in December. Two herniated discs in his back saw to it that that fight, which would have silenced many of Brown’s doubters, didn’t come to fruition.
Lawler comes into Saturday’s fight with the experience Brown’s streak so desperately needs. If Brown wants to maintain a streak earned by very few in the welterweight division, he’ll have to be fearless. Brown is an impressive opponent and Lawler will need to rely heavily on the experiences of his recent top-10 fights if he wants to win.
Lawler needs to prove he’s better than 4-1 and Brown needs to prove he can handle a top-10 competitor. Either way, this match is make or break for both fighters.

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Brief Rundown of UFC Fight Night 46

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UFC Fight Night 46 took place in Ireland today and it was a successful day for its native fighters. Here is a rundown of the results (via bleacherreport.com):

UFC Fight Night 46 Main Card on Fight Pass

  • Conor McGregor def. Diego Brandao, TKO (Round 1, 4:05)
  • Gunnar Nelson def. Zak Cummings, submission (Round 2, 4:48)
  • Ian McCall def. Brad Pickett, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Norman Parke def. Naoyuki Kotani, TKO (Round 2, 3:41)

Preliminary Fights on Fight Pass

  • Ilir Latifi def. Chris Dempsey, TKO (Round 1, 2:07)
  • Neil Seery def. Phil Harris, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Cathal Pendred def. Mike King, submission (Round 2, 3:33)
  • Trevor Smith def. Tor Troeng, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Nikita Krylov def. Cody Donovan, TKO (Round 1, 4:57)
  • Patrick Holohan def. Josh Sampo, submission (Round 1, 3:06)

In other news, the women’s straw weight division saw its first fight on July 16 between Claudia Gadelha and Tina Lahdemaki. We’ll see more of these fighters on the 20th cycle of The Ultimate Fighter, the end of which will lead us to a new champion for the division. The fight didn’t receive a ton of exposure, but that will definitely change by the end of this year.

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Everyone Knew Of Ronda Rousey Except Floyd Mayweather

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Floyd Mayweather has achieved the impossible – not knowing who Ronda Rousey is. Even people who don’t keep up with MMA fighting and the UFC have at least heard of Ronda due to the various television and radio interviews she’s done, not to mention her social media presence as the rise of women’s MMA has catapulted her into stardom.

Mayweather managed to escape this flurry of news and when told about Rousey, he said he didn’t know who “he” was. Ouch. In any case, Rousey had said, during a radio interview, that she could totally beat Mayweather in a match because despite him being the best boxer in the world, she brings other elements into the fight that could work to her advantage. This may be very true because we have seen how well Rousey reads her opponents’ mindsets so clearly that she immediately takes them down.

After Rousey’s win at the ESPY’s for Best Female Athlete (the first win for the sport of MMA), Mayweather’s awareness of her has grown. As BleacherReport.com suggested, his newfound awareness could lead to future work together with his company, Mayweather Promotions, as it endeavors to include more contact sports.

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You Need To Know Who Kacy Catanzaro Is Right Now – American Ninja Warrior

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Hopefully you’ve been catching episodes of American Ninja Warrior, because it’s a tension-filled, exciting show that might have you chewing your nails as you watch men and women attempt to finish nearly impossible obstacle courses.

I dare you to watch this video of Kacy Catanzaro and not freak out as she becomes the first woman to complete this extremely difficult course:

Are you not amazed at how she nearly flew through this course? You can hear the announcers freak out each time she climbs and leaps as they exclaim that she’s only five feet tall and yet she manages to use every bit of her height and muscle strength to push herself along. Even when you think her light body weight won’t help her gain much momentum, she proves you wrong.

Her success is a very big deal. Just watch previous episodes where men of various sizes compete. At first you assume that lots of upper body strength is the key to success, but then you see that there are other factors that come into play, such as agility, weight, and in most cases, the desire to win.

Here’s hoping Kacy continues pushing forward and amazing us with her unbelievable athletic abilities.

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