What To Watch For Coming Up In The UFC

If you’re a huge UFC fan, simply continue reading to discover the best upcoming UFC fights, which are set to take place in 2017.
The best upcoming UFC fights in 2017:
UFC 212: Aldo vs Holloway
Make sure to tune in to UFC 212 on the 3rd of June as two time featherweight champion Jose Aldo is set to take on interim featherweight champion Max Holloway. Both fighters have dominated the featherweight category, with Aldo boasting a professional record of 26 wins and 2 losses. Whilst Holloway has a professional record of 17 wins and 3 losses. Will Holloway who holds a purple belt in jujitsu be able to provide a shock upset or will Aldo, the Brazilian superstar, who holds multiple black belts assert his dominance in the octagon?
UFC Fight Night: Holm vs Correia
If you’re keen on watching two of the UFC’s most talented female fighters trade punches, make sure to watch UFC Fight Night on the 17th of June. As you’ll get to watch Holly Holm, who was the first UFC fighter to defeat the UFC’s poster girl Ronda Rousey, fight the tough talking Bethe Correia. Whilst Correia failed to beat Rousey herself, Correia still has an impressive professional record of 10 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw. Correia’s only other loss being to Raquel Pennington.
UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs Hunt
The next must watch fight which is between New Orleans native Derrick Lewis and New Zealander Mark Hunt, the latter of whom is known as the super Samoan, takes place on the 11th of June. This heavyweight fight has a high chance of ending in a knock out as Lewis has won 16 of his 18 wins by knockout. Whilst Hunt has ended his fights in a knock out on 9 separate occasions. Whilst Lewis boasts a far more impressive record, Hunt is no easy beat and has clocked up wins against household names such as Frank Mir, Stefan Struve, Roy “Big Country” Nelson, Ben Rothwell and Wanderlei Silva.
UFC on Fox: Weidman vs Gastelum
On the 22nd of July middle weight fighters Chris Weidman and Kelvin Gastelum are set to trade heavy handed blows at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New York. Except a competitive brawl as both both men have won 13 out of their 16 professional fights and are on a fairly even playing field. Furthermore, the clash is set to impress audiences as Weidman is a former middleweight champion, whilst his opponent Gastelum won the Team Jones vs Team Sonnen season of The Ultimate Fighter.
UFC 214 : Daniel Cormier vs Jon Jones
On the 29th of July, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is set to face former title holder Jon Jones, for the second time. When Cormier and Jones first stepped into the octagon to face each other, back in January 2015, Jones defeated Cormier by unanimous decision. However, Jon “Bones” Jones who has a reputation for being the resident bad boy of the UFC quickly had his title stripped and was suspended from further fights after he was involved in a hit and run accident. Will Jones who is known for boasting the longest reach in the UFC reclaim the light heavyweight belt? Stay tuned to find out.
UFC Fight Night: Struve vs Volkov
If you’re interested in watching a Bellator heavyweight champion face off against the tallest fighter in the UFC, make sure to tune into UFC Fight Night on the 2nd of September. As you’ll get the opportunity to watch former Bellator heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov take on Dutch born Stefan Struve. Volkov boasts an impressive professional MMA record of 28 wins and 6 losses. A staggering 18 of Volkov’s wins were knockouts, so there’s a very real chance that Volkov and Struve’s match up won’t go the distance. However, experienced UFC fighter Stefan Struve will prove a tough opponent to knock out as he’s also won 28 of his professional fights, 8 of which were knock outs and 17 of which were by submission. Will Volkov knock Struve out? Will Struve submit Volkov, with his ju-jujitsu skills? Only time will tell. So what are you waiting for? Simply grab your smart phone or your calendar and mark the dates listed, to ensure that you don’t miss one of 2017’s must watch match ups. After all you don’t want to miss the knock out or submission of the year.

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Why MMA Refs Need To Let The Ground Game Unfold

Often, refs in MMA fights don’t allow the ground game to take it’s course or even come close to it during a bout. This is usually because there, seemingly to the naked eye, isn’t a lot of action going on when fighters are on the ground and that doesn’t make for a lot of audience excitement which directly translates to lower ticket/Pay-Per-View sales for future fights. So, the refs hands are tied because it’s up to them to do their very best to make sure the fight keeps progressing at an exciting pace. So, most of the time if there isn’t a colossal development on the ground (choke, hold, reign of fists) the ref will break it up in less than twenty seconds.
This is incredibly unfortunate because any true MMA fan knows that there’s actually so much going on between fighters when they are locked together on the ground during a fight. In fact, before they make it to the UFC, many amateur Mixed Martial Arts fighters make their way up the ranks through battles of attrition and willpower on the ground an “I can take it you can” sort of situation occurs frequently. Now, yes, this isn’t as traditionally “exciting” as an action filled stand-up but it’s still definitely a sight to see. Just waiting to see if a fighter can apply certain chokes or holds or escape them is a heart racing experience for any true fan actually invested in the bout and it’s eventual outcome.
How can we change this? Well, we can’t. Only the UFC and other MMA organizations can choose to try and change this. First of all, they would need to grandfather it in with new refs unless they want to have career long referees relearning things years and even decades into their careers, so, this change wouldn’t be fully implementable for at least ten years. Secondly, in order to even spark a conversation about this among these organizations, there would need to be some sort of quantifiable proof or data that shows that allowing the ground game to play out objectively make fights better and that’s anyone’s best guess as to how to get that information. Hopefully, with time, the UFC will finally see the light and let them fight (on the ground of course)!
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