Shawn Jordan vs Matt Mitrione, Yui Chul Nam vs Kazuki Tokudome Latest Additions to TUF: China Finale

Shawn Jordan

Shawn Jordan

  • 15-5 MMA / 3-2 UFC Record
  • Won 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Mike Russow, Lavar Johnson, Oli Thompson

Matt Mitrione

Matt Mitrione

  • 6-3 MMA / 6-3 UFC Record
  • Lost 3 of Last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Joey Beltran, Tim Hague, Christian Morecraft

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Yui Chul Nam

Yui Chul Nam

  • 17-4-1 MMA / UFC Debut
  • 4 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Rob Hill, Vuyisile Colossa (x2), Takasuke Kume (x2)

Kazuki Tokudome

Kazuki Tokudome

  • 12-4-1 MMA / 1-1 UFC Record
  • Won 3 of Last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Cristiano Marcello

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The Ultimate Fighter: China Finale

March 1st, 2014

Macau, China

The Venetian Macau Resort Hotel

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Shawn Jordan had a two-fight win streak snapped at UFC 166, suffering a first round knockout loss to Gabriel Gonzaga. He had previously earned back-to-back knockout wins of his own against Mike Russow and Pat Barry.

Ultimate Fighter 10 alum, Matt Mitrione finds himself in a likely must-win situation, losing three out of his last four fights inside the octagon. Most recently, he was submitted in the first round by Brendan Schaub at UFC 165. His only win since June of 2011, came at UFC on Fuel TV 9, when he stopped Phillip de Fries with a 19-second knockout win.

South Korean standout, Yui Chul Nam makes his UFC debut on the strength of a current four-fight win streak, including two consecutive decisions over Takasuke Kume at Road FC events. Nine of Nam’s seventeen professional victories have come by way of stoppages (8 KO/TKO, 1 Submission).

Kazuki Tokudome suffered his first lost since December of 2011 at UFC 162, losing a unanimous decision to Ultimate Fighter: Smashes winner, Norman Parke. He previously had been on a three-fight win streak, including a decision victory over Cristiano Marcello in his UFC debut.

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 161 Quick Results

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Main Card:

 

  • Rashad Evans def. Dan Henderson via Split Decision
  • Stipe Miocic def. Roy Nelson via Unanimous Decision
  • Ryan Jimmo def. Igor Pokrajac via Unanimous Decision
  • Alexis Davis def. Rosi Sexton by Unanimous Decision
  • Shawn Jordan def. Pat Barry via TKO (Punches) – Round 1, 0:59

Preliminary Card:

  • Jake Shields def. Tyron Woodley via Split Decision
  • James Krause def. Sam Stout via Guillotine Choke – Round 3, 4:47
  • Sean Pierson def. Kenny Robertson via Majority Decision
  • Roland Delorme def. Edwin Figueroa via Unanimous Decision
  • Mitch Clarke def. John Maguire via Unanimous Decision
  • Yves Jabouin def. Dustin Pague via Split Decision

Pat Barry vs Shawn Jordan, Sean Pierson vs TJ Waldburger Added to UFC 161

Pat Barry

 

Pat Barry

  • 8-5 MMA / 5-5 UFC Record
  • Won 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Shane del Rosario, Christian Morecraft, Joey Beltran

Shawn Jordan

 

Shawn Jordan

  • 14-4 MMA / 2-1 UFC Record
  • Won 3 of Last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Mike Russow, Lavar Johnson, Oli Thompson

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Sean Pierson

Sean Pierson

  • 13-6 MMA / 3-2 UFC Record
  • 2 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Matt Riddle, Jake Hecht, Lance Benoist

TJ Waldburger

 

TJ Waldburger

  • 16-7 MMA / 4-2 UFC Record
  • Won 3 of Last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: David Mitchell, Nick Catone, Jake Hecht

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UFC 161

June 15th, 2013

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

MTS Centre

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Pat Barry arguably got the best win of his career at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale, with a second round knockout victory over Strikeforce transfer, Shane Del Rosario. The win was his second in three fights, also earning a knockout in the first round against Christian Morecraft in January of last year.

At UFC on FOX 6, Shawn Jordan was dominated in the first round by Mike Russow, but came back in the second frame to earn the TKO finish. He’s now won three of his last four fights, including wins over Lavar Johnson and Oli Thompson. Jordan’s only loss since July of 2011, was a unanimous decision loss to Cheick Kongo at UFC 149.

Sean Pierson earned his second consecutive victory inside the octagon, with a unanimous decision win over Lance Benoist at UFC 152. He previously snapped back-to-back losses from Jake Ellenberger and Dong Hyun Kim with a decision victory over Jake Hecht in June of last year.

TJ Waldburger got his third submission victory during his tenure in the UFC, with a second round triangle choke win over Nick Catone at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale. It was his third win in four fights, also earning submission victories over Mike Stumpf and Jake Hecht.

UFC on FOX 6 Quick Results

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Main Card:

  • Demetrious Johnson def. John Dodson via Unanimous Decision
  • Glover Teixeira def. Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson via Unanimous Decision
  • Anthony Pettis def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (Kick to the Body) – Round 1, 2:35
  • Ricardo Lamas def. Erik Koch via TKO (Elbows) – Round 2, 2:32

Preliminary Card:

  • TJ Grant def. Matt Wiman via KO (Elbows and Punches) – Round 1, 4:51
  • Clay Guida def. Hatsu Hioki via Split Decision
  • Pascal Krauss def. Mike Stumpf via Unanimous Decision
  • Ryan Bader def. Vladimir Matyushenko via Guillotine Choke – Round 1, 0:50
  • Shawn Jordan def. Mike Russow via TKO (Punches) – Round 2, 3:48
  • Rafael Natal def. Sean Spencer via Arm-Triangle Choke – Round 3, 2:13
  • David Mitchell def. Simeon Thoresen via Unanimous Decision