Evan Dunham vs Mark Bocek, Sam Stout vs KJ Noons Headed to TUF Nations Finale

Evan Dunham

Evan Dunham

  • 14-5 MMA / 7-5 UFC Record
  • 2 Fight Losing Streak
  • Notable Wins: Gleison Tibau, Tyson Griffin, Nik Lentz

Mark Bocek

Mark Bocek

  • 11-5 MMA / 7-5 UFC Record
  • Won 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Dustin Hazelett, Nik Lentz, John Alessio

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Sam Stout

Sam Stout

  • 20-9-1 MMA / 9-8 UFC Record
  • Won 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Matt Wiman, Joe Lauzon, Caros Fodor

KJ Noons

KJ Noons

  • 12-7 MMA / 1-1 UFC Record
  • Lost 3 of Last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Nick Diaz, Jorge Gurgel, George Sotiropoulos

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The Ultimate Fighter: Nations Finale

April 16th, 2014

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Colisee Pepsi

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Once considered one the brightest prospects in the 155-pound division, Evan Dunham now finds himself in a must-win situation losing three of his last four fights inside the UFC. His only win since January of 2012, was a closely-contested split decision victory over Gleison Tibau in February of last year. Dunham’s latest fight was a second round submission loss to Donald Cerrone at UFC 167.

Grappling ace, Mark Bocek had a two-fight win streak come to an end at UFC 154, after losing a one-sided unanimous decision to up-and-coming superstar Rafael dos Anjos. Previous to the Dos Anjos loss, Bocek earned two dominant decision victories of his own over Nik Lentz and John Alessio.

Sam Stout returned to the win column at UFC on FOX 9, dominating Cody McKenzie from start to finish en route to a clear-cut unanimous decision win over Cody McKenzie. He looks to get back-to-back wins for the first time since June of 2011.

KJ Noons likely saved his UFC roster spot and his mixed martial arts career with a unanimous decision win over George Sotiropoulos at UFC 166. The win ended a three-fight losing streak, including a decision loss to Donald Cerrone in his UFC debut last May.

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UFC 166 Quick Results

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Main Card:

  • Cain Velasquez def. Junior dos Santos via TKO (Strikes) – Round 5, 3:09  – Heavyweight Title Fight
  • Daniel Cormier def. Roy Nelson via Unanimous Decision
  • Gilbert Melendez def. Diego Sanchez via Unanimous Decision
  • Gabriel Gonzaga def. Shawn Jordan via TKO (Punches) – Round 1, 1:33
  • John Dodson def. Darrell Montague via KO (Punches) – Round 1, 4:13

Preliminary Card:

  • Tim Boetsch def. CB Dollaway via Split Decision
  • Hector Lombard def. Nate Marquardt via KO (Punches) – Round 1, 1:48
  • Jessica Eye def. Sarah Kaufman via Split Decision
  • KJ Noons def. George Sotiropoulos via Unanimous Decision
  • Adlan Amagov def. T.J. Waldburger via KO (Punches) – Round 1, 3:45
  • Tony Ferguson def. Mike Rio via D’Arce Choke – Round 1, 1:52
  • Andre Fili def. Jeremy Larsen via TKO (Punches) – Round 2, 0:53
  • Kyoji Horiguchi def. Dustin Pague via TKO (Punches) – Round 2, 3:51

UFC 166 Predictions

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UFC 166 Predictions

Cain Velasquez vs Junior dos Santos

It’s not very often where I get excited for a third meeting between two fighters, but when they are the clear-cut #1 and #2 fighters in their division, you can’t help but get a little jacked up. It also helps that their first two meetings were the polar opposites of each other, with JDS dominating the first fight and Velasquez owning the rematch. Stylistically, nothing really has changed from their first two meetings. Dos Santos will once again have the obvious power advantage, and the ability to end the fight at any given moment against Velasquez’s sometime shaky chin. He is also a black belt under the Nogueira brothers, but we have yet to see what his ground game looks like other than the ability to get back to his feet in an instant after a takedown.  Other than that, Velasquez is better pretty much everywhere else. The wrestling, clinch game, smothering top game with vicious ground and pound all favor the champ. In their second fight, Velasquez mixed up his wrestling and striking to near perfection, in his five-round beatdown of the former champ, and I expect more of the same this time around. I see Velasquez using the clinch while looking to get the fight to the mat early and often wearing Dos Santos down, which will open up his striking game en route to late round TKO finish.

Pick: Velasquez by TKO.

Daniel Cormier vs Roy Nelson

Another heavyweight match-up puts former Olympian and blue chip prospect, Daniel Cormier against the fan favorite and ultra-tough Roy Nelson. Since the UFC’s heavyweight title is currently being held by friend and training partner, Cormier says this will be his last fight in the division before dropping to the 205-pound weight class. Cormier will look to use his superior wrestling skills to nullify the outstanding power of Nelson’s overhand right. While Nelson’s ground game is vastly underrated, his success comes from his top game and he’ll likely have serious problems off his back if Cormier gets him down. Nelson needs to land a big shot early, but I don’t see Cormier allowing much opportunity for that.

Pick: Cormier via Decision

Gilbert Melendez vs Diego Sanchez

Two former lightweight title contenders meet in a key match-up that looks to change the landscape of the 155-pound rankings. Gilbert Melendez is at his best when he’s able to work at his pace, mixing his striking with late takedowns to seal rounds in his favor. He has struggled against aggressive fighters in the past (Josh Thomson, Ben Henderson), and Diego Sanchez always comes in with a heavy offensive output. That being said, I’m not sure Sanchez has the skills to keep Melendez backing up and taking him off his game plan.  There may be a couple close rounds, but I like Melendez to get the better of Sanchez throughout.

Pick: Melendez by Decision

Gabriel Gonzaga vs Shawn Jordan

Since returning to the UFC, Gabriel Gonzaga has gone back to his jiu-jitsu roots which I feel has always been his best chance for victory in a division full of strikers. But after a 17-second knockout of Dave Herman, I’m afraid we might see the striking-heavy Gonzaga again at UFC 166. Even if he does try to get the fight to the mat, it won’t be an easy task against Shawn Jordan, who is one of the most gifted athletes in the division. Jordan is big, strong, has brain-mashing power, and continues to improve in all facets of the mixed martial arts game each time out. The longer this fight stays on the feet, the more it favors Jordan.

Pick: Jordan by KO

John Dodson vs Darrell Montague

Darrell Montague is finally where he belongs, in the UFC with the chance to face the division’s elite. That’s exactly what he’s getting when he makes his debut against John Dodson at UFC 166. Montague is incredibly well-rounded in all aspects of MMA, with strong boxing skills and a knack to find submission finishes on the ground. Dodson is also strong in all areas of the sport, but will likely have the advantage in speed, power, and pure athleticism. I’m expecting a close fight for a round or two, then Dodson landing a big shot and getting the finish shortly after.

Pick: Dodson via TKO

Tim Boetsch vs CB Dollaway

Since dropping to 185, Tim Boetsch has had a strength advantage over nearly all of his opponents, and that shouldn’t be any different heading into UFC 166 against CB Dollaway. Boetsch starts incredibly strong with explosive takedowns, suffocating top game, and an array of ground and pound strikes filled with knees to the body and hammerfists. As fights wear on though, his pace slows dramatically and at times nearly comes to an abrupt stop. That could be dangerous against a grappler like Dollaway, who has a great guillotine choke and could capitalize on a tired takedown attempt. Fortunately for Boetsch, I don’t see him needing to extend himself in the early rounds and can use his wrestling to secure a clear-cut decision victory.

Pick: Boetsch by Decision

Prelim Quick Picks

Nate Marquardt vs Hector Lombard – Lombard by Decision

Sarah Kaufman vs Jessica Eye – Kaufman by Decision

George Sotiropoulos vs KJ Noons – Sotiropoulos by Submission

TJ Waldburger vs Adlan Amagov – Amagov by KO

Tony Ferguson vs Mike Rio – Ferguson by KO

Jeremy Larsen vs Andre Fili – Fili by Decision

Dustin Pague vs Kyoji Horiguchi – Horiguchi by KO

Gabriel Gonzaga vs Shawn Jordan, KJ Noons vs George Sotiropoulos Added to UFC 166

Gabriel Gonzaga

 

Gabriel Gonzaga

  • 15-7 MMA / 10-6 UFC Record
  • Won 4 of Last 5 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Mirko Filipovic, Ben Rothwell, Dave Herman

Shawn Jordan

Shawn Jordan

  • 15-4 MMA / 3-1 UFC Record
  • 2 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Mike Russow, Lavar Johnson, Oli Thompson

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KJ Noons

KJ Noons

  • 11-7 MMA / 0-1 UFC Record
  • 3 Fight Losing Streak
  • Notable Wins: Nick Diaz, Jorge Gurgel, Billy Evangelista

George Sotiropoulos

George Sotiropoulos

  • 14-5 MMA / 7-3 UFC Record
  • 3 Fight Losing Streak
  • Notable Wins: Joe Stevenson, Kurt Pellegrino, Joe Lauzon

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UFC 166

October 19th, 2013

Houston, Texas

Toyota Center

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Gabriel Gonzaga earned his fourth victory in five fights at UFC 162, defeating Dave Herman by knockout in just 17-seconds in the opening frame. He previously was knocked out by rising star, Travis Browne at the Ultimate Fighter 17 finale, snapping a three-fight win streak.

Shawn Jordan got his second straight TKO finish in the octagon at UFC 161, stopping Pat Barry in under a minute in the first round. The former Strikeforce fighter is now 3-1 in the UFC, including wins over Oli Thompson and Mike Russow.

KJ Noons is in a must win situation, losing five of his last six fights dating back to October of 2010. Noons made his UFC debut at UFC 160, losing a hard fought unanimous decision to top contender, Donald Cerrone. Other losses during this streak were against some of the top lightweights in the world, including Nick Diaz, Jorge Masvidal, and Josh Thomson.

Not long ago, George Sotiropoulos was on the short list of title contenders in the UFC’s 155-pound division, but after three straight losses, he too finds himself in a must win scenario. Sotiropoulos put himself in title talk with seven-straight wins to begin his UFC career following his stint on sixth season of the Ultimate Fighter, but now has lost three consecutive fights to Dennis Siver, Rafael dos Anjos, and Ross Pearson.

 

UFC 160 Quick Results

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Main Card:

  • Cain Velasquez def. Antonio Silva via TKO (Punches) – Round 1, 1:21
  • Junior dos Santos def. Mark Hunt via KO (Wheel Kick, Punch) – Round 3, 4:19
  • Glover Teixeira def. James Te Huna via Guillotine Choke  – Round 1, 2:38
  • T.J. Grant def. Gray Maynard via TKO (Strikes) – Round 1, 2:07
  • Donald Cerrone def. K.J. Noons via Unanimous Decision

Preliminary Card:

  • Mike Pyle def. Rick Story via Split Decision
  • Dennis Bermudez def. Max Holloway via Split Decision
  • Robert Whittaker def. Colton Smith via TKO (Strikes) – Round 3, 0:41
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Abel Trujillo via Unanimous Decision
  • Stephen Thompson def. Nah-Shon Burrell via Unanimous Decision
  • George Roop def. Brian Bowles via TKO (Punches) – Round 2, 1:43
  • Jeremy Stephens defeats Estevan Payan via Unanimous Decision

Donald Cerrone vs KJ Noons, Ryan Bader vs Glover Teixeira Added to UFC 160

Donald Cerrone

 

Donald Cerrone

  • 19-5 MMA / 6-2 UFC Record
  • Won 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Charles Oliveira, Dennis Siver, Melvin Guillard

KJ Noons

 

KJ Noons

  • 11-6 MMA / UFC Debut
  • 2 Fight Losing Streak
  • Notable Wins: Nick Diaz, Jorge Gurgel, Billy Evangelista

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Ryan Bader

 

Ryan Bader

  • 15-3 MMA / 8-3 UFC Record
  • Won 3 of Last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Vladimir Matyushenko, Quinton Jackson

Glover Teixeira

 

Glover Teixeira

  • 20-2 MMA / 3-0 UFC Record
  • 18 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, Fabio Maldonado, Kyle Kingsbury

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UFC 160

May 25th, 2013

Las Vegas, Nevada

MGM Grand Garden Arena

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Donald Cerrone saw a two-fight win streak come to an end after suffering a first round knockout loss to Anthony Pettis at UFC on FOX 6.  He previously earned a unanimous decision victory over Jeremy Stephens, followed by a knockout win against Melvin Guillard.

KJ Noons will likely need a win to keep his job in the UFC, following four losses in his last five fights. He most recently loss a controversial split decision to Ryan Couture in his final fight with Strikeforce. Noons’ only win since August of 2010 was a unanimous decision victory over Billy Evangelista at Strikeforce: Melendez vs Masvidal.

Last time out, Ryan Bader broke the record for fastest submission victory in the UFC, stopping Vladimir Matyushenko just 50-seconds into the first round with a guillotine choke. He previously suffered a vicious knockout loss to Lyoto Machida at UFC on FOX 4, which ended a two-fight win streak over Jason Brilz and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson.

Glover Teixeira continued his dominance in the light heavyweight division, earning his eighteenth consecutive victory inside the cage with a dominant unanimous decision victory over Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson at UFC on FOX 6. He’s now 3-0 in the UFC, including stoppage victories over Kyle Kingsbury and Fabio Maldonado.

Strikeforce: Marquardt vs Saffiedine Quick Results

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Main Card

  • Tarec Saffiedine def. Nate Marquardt via Unanimous Decision 
  • Daniel Cormier def. Dion Staring via TKO (Punches) – Round 2, 4:02
  • Josh Barnett def. Nandor Guelmino via Arm-Triangle Choke – Round 1, 2:11
  • Gegard Mousasi def. Mike Kyle via Rear Naked Choke – Round 1, 4:09
  • Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza def. Ed Herman via Kimura – Round 1, 3:10

Preliminary Card

  • Ryan Couture def. KJ Noons via Split Decision
  • Tim Kennedy def. Trevor Smith via Guillotine Coke – Round 3, 1:36
  • Pat Healy def. Kurt Holobaugh via Unanimous Decision
  • Roger Gracie def. Anthony Smith via Arm-Triangle Choke – Round 2, 3:16
  • Adriano Martins def. Jorge Gurgel via Unanimous Decision
  • Estevan Payan def. Michael Bravo via TKO (Strikes) – Round 2, 4:01