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Jose Aldo Dominates Jonathan Martinez at UFC 301

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The MMA world was in shock when former UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo announced his return to the octagon. The Brazilian had officially retired after copping a beating from Merab Dvalishvili at UFC 278.

After two years away from the ring, Aldo decided he wanted to finish the last remaining fight on his contract. The UFC fed him the number 12 ranked bantamweight contender Jonathan Martinez. This was no easy task, seeing as Martinez was riding a six-fight win streak with victories over Cub Swanson and Said Nurmagomedov.

We guess no one told Aldo about ring rust because the Brazilian looked phenomenal in his return. He dominated the match, winning a lopsided unanimous decision. Even better, Aldo got the victory in front of his home crowd in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The fans went berserk, cheering on their hero as he let punches fly in Martinez’s direction. Unfortunately, Aldo and the fans were robbed of a stoppage finish.

The Crowd Screams Uh Vai Morrer!

Aldo came out, stalking Martinez as the younger fighter attempted to keep him at bay with his jab. Martinez threw a sloppy low kick, which was immediately counted by Aldo, who responded with a three-shot combination. 

Both fighters were feeling each other out. Aldo continued to walk down Martinez but couldn’t quite find his range. Martinez went for a takedown, but it had no chance of working. As the round one progressed, Aldo started ripping Martinez to the body. 

Despite Martinez landing a nice body kick, Aldo continued to stalk him. Then Aldo landed his best punch, a strong overhand right. The Brazilian’s feints started working, and his combos began touching the American.

Martinez Tries to Up His Aggressiveness

Martinez came out in round two with a new approach. He took the center of the octagon and refused to let Aldo push him around. Unfortunately for the American, Aldo landed a nasty inside low kick and then threw a three-punch combo, which forced Martinez to back up.

Aldo continued to land hard shots to the body. Martinez started to look a bit desperate in the octagon and shot a Hail Mary takedown, which was effortlessly stuffed by the veteran Brazilian fighter.

Martinez forced a clinch and tried to catch his breath. The ref let the fighters hang out in the clinch for far too long before eventually breaking them apart. Then Aldo landed a nice right hand and followed it up with hard shots to the body.

Martinez started taking more risks and letting his hands go. Unfortunately for the American, it opened him up to be counted. Aldo relished the opportunity and continually landed brutal shots. Aldo was consistently finding angles and used his feints to walk Martinez onto shots. Martinez almost landed a spinning back fist that could’ve spelled disaster for the Brazilian, but it just missed.

The Third and Final Round

Martinez clearly lost the first two rounds and needed a finish to get the win. He came out aggressive but again walked onto big punches from Aldo. He started to build something there, but Aldo is so savvy. He knows how to manage things. 

Martinez had some success with 1-2 combinations, but Aldo continued to respond with his own shots. Martinez started trading with Aldo in the pocket. Then the Brazilian landed a huge left hand, which seriously hurt Martinez.

Aldo swarmed for the finish and took the American down. He passed Martinez’s guard and progressed to mount. But the American escaped and managed to stand up. Ultimately, the Brazilian had to settle for a decision win.

What’s Next for Jose Aldo?

Aldo wants to make another title run and reclaim his bantamweight belt. After his last fight, he’s no longer under contract with the UFC, but there’s a matching clause, so the Brazilian is a restricted free agent. He plans to stick in the UFC and will meet with Dana White to discuss his next moves. 

In an ideal world, the Brazilian wants a title shot against champ Sean O’Malley in his next fight. After his epic career, he surely deserves to jump the queue. Dana has yet to confirm Aldo’s next fight, but that match against O’Malley would be a blockbuster! 

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UFC 300: Date, Fight Card Preview, and Analysis

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Welcome to UFC 300, where the octagon is set to ignite with the skill of the most elite fighters in mixed martial arts. As we reach this historic milestone, we reflect on the legacy of the UFC, where each multiple of 100 hosts a legendary roster of known fighters who have left an indelible mark on the sport.

At UFC 200, a night to remember, the arena roared as icons such as Brock Lesnar, Amanda Nunes, Jose Aldo, Cain Velasquez, and Anderson Silva showcased their mastery in the cage. From the early prelims to the main event, every fight was a thrilling show.

As we look forward to UFC 300, we anticipate an unforgettable night of thrilling matchups and unforgettable moments as the next generation of fighters step into the spotlight to etch their names in the annals of MMA history.

Date: 14th April, Sunday
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Nevada, Las Vegas

Alex Pereira vs Jamahal Hill

In a highly anticipated showdown for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, Alex Pereira faces off against Jamahal Hill in a battle that will have fans on the edge of their seats. Pereira, known for his extensive kickboxing career boasting 33 wins, with 21 by knockout and 7 losses, brought his lethal striking prowess into the octagon. With a solid MMA record of 9 wins, including 7 by knockout, and 2 losses, Pereira showcases his versatility as a fighter.

His opponent, Jamahal Hill, has an almost perfect MMA record of 12 wins and only 1 loss. Despite being known primarily as a grappler, Hill’s striking prowess cannot be overlooked, with an impressive 7 of his victories coming by way of knockout.

A brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Hill brings a well-rounded skill set to the cage, combining his grappling expertise with thunderous knockout power. His ability to seamlessly transition between striking and grappling has made him a formidable opponent in the light heavyweight division, keeping his adversaries guessing and spectators on the edge of their seats.

Hill has stated in some interviews that he will look to stand with Pereira, not looking to take advantage of his grappling experience and Alex’s lack of. If the fight stays standing up, Pereira looks to be the favorite. If Hill can mix in his grappling along with his striking, Hill may take the belt home again.

Zhang Weili vs Yan Xiaonan

The second to last fight is another championship fight with the experience Zhang Weili vs  Yan Xiaonan.  With a background in both Kung Fu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Zhang Weili’s skill set is as diverse as it is formidable.

From the age of 6, Zhang Weili embarked on her martial arts journey, beginning her training in Kung Fu. At 12, her passion for combat led her to a specialized martial arts school where she delved into the art of Sanda, a Chinese form of wrestling that honed her striking and grappling abilities. By the age of 17, Zhang Weili’s relentless pursuit of excellence led her to Beijing, where she immersed herself in the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, further expanding her arsenal of techniques and strategies.

A Tale of Two Champions: Examining Fighting Styles

Yan Xiaonan emerges as a relentless powerhouse within the octagon. With a stellar professional record boasting 17 victories and only 3 losses, her dominance is not just in numbers but in sheer prowess. Among her triumphs, 8 have been secured by way of knockout, a testament to her striking proficiency and unyielding determination.

In her most recent displays of skill, Yan Xiaonan showcased her undeniable talent by securing a decisive win against Mackenzie Dern, further solidifying her status as a force to be reckoned with in the strawweight division. Additionally, she left an indelible mark with a resounding knockout victory over Jessica Andrade, solidifying her position as a top contender in the competitive realm of mixed martial arts.

Much like her compatriot Weili, Xiaonan’s foundation in Sanda has laid the groundwork for her success, blending traditional martial arts with the dynamic demands of modern MMA. As she continues to ascend the ranks, Yan Xiaonan stands as a testament to the fusion of skill, determination, and relentless pursuit of excellence within the sport of mixed martial arts.

Both Fighters like to start off their fights with intensity and don’t “grow” into the fight like many others. Similarly to the main fight, this fight can either become a striking fest, or a mastery of grappling. It’s hard to go against Zhang, but Xiaonan is not an opponent to take lightly. The edge goes to Zhang personally, but Yan could make a huge upset if she takes the fight to her opponent from the beginning.

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Justin Gaethje vs Max Holloway

MMA powerhouse Justin Gaethje prepares to step into the octagon against Max Holloway. With an impressive record of 25 wins and 4 losses, Gaethje is a force to be reckoned with in the world of mixed martial arts. Hailing from a background in wrestling since the age of 4, Gaethje’s journey includes four-time finalist and two-time state champion titles during his high school years, boasting a remarkable record of 191 wins and 9 losses. Despite his wrestling roots, Gaethje’s fighting style more closely resembles his nickname, ” The Highlight,” known for delivering thrilling bloodbaths inside the cage. Of his 25 victories, an astounding 20 have come by way of knockout, showcasing his undeniable power and aggression. 

Renowned for his exceptional striking prowess and unwavering cardio, Max Holloway stands as a formidable force in the realm of mixed martial arts. Beginning his journey in kickboxing at the age of 15, Holloway quickly showcased his innate talent, triumphing in his debut fight after a mere three days of training. As he transitioned to the UFC, his remarkable skills propelled him to the forefront of the featherweight division. Holloway has etched his name in the annals of UFC history, boasting records for the most wins, significant strikes landed, and finishes in the featherweight category. 

Even with a superior background in wrestling, this fight will most likely stay standing as Gaethje will press Max. If Justin can utilize his calf kicks that work so well on boxers, he may see success in the later stages of the fight. If Gaethje tries going strike for strike with Max, it will be a bloody fight for sure.

Charles Oliveria vs Arman Tsarukyan

Seasoned veterans Charles Oliveira and Arman Tsarukyan prepare to clash in an epic showdown at UFC 300. Oliveira’s journey into MMA began with humble origins, honing his skills on the streets of Brazil before transitioning into professional competition. With a remarkable record of achievements, Oliveira has established himself as a force to be reckoned with, boasting an impressive 31 wins, including victories by both submission and knockout. Notably, Oliveira has ascended to the pinnacle of the sport as a former UFC champion, showcasing his dominance in the lightweight division. 

On the opposing end, Arman Tsarukyan’s foray into MMA commenced with fervent dedication and relentless training. With a commendable record and a reputation for tenacity, Tsarukyan has amassed an impressive 17 victories, showcasing his versatility with wins by submission, knockout, and decision. As these two titans of the sport prepare to collide, fans brace themselves for a clash of skill, determination, and raw talent that promises to ignite the octagon.

While Arman hasn’t faced the caliber of fighters that Charles has, Arman looks to impress with his competence in both striking and grappling. If the fight remains standing, Arman may have the edge with his striking. Any grappling exchange looks to favor Charles in the octagon. This fight looks to be another underrated fight.

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Deiveson Figueiredo vs Cody Garbrandt

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One of the more surprising fights is where former UFC Flyweight Champion Deiveson Figueiredo takes on former Bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt. Figueiredo, with an impressive record, has solidified his status as a dominant force in the MMA world. Known for his aggression, exceptional grappling prowess, and formidable knockout power, Figueiredo has carved a path of destruction through the Flyweight division. This will be Deiveson’s second fight in the heavier weight class, having previously beat Rob Font by decision.

Cody Garbrandt burst onto the UFC scene in January 2015, marking the beginning of a remarkable journey through the ranks with a string of remarkable victories. His crowning achievement came in December 2016 at UFC 207 when he clinched the UFC Bantamweight Championship title after a stunning victory over Dominick Cruz. Displaying impeccable boxing skills, Garbrandt showcased his prowess in the octagon, earning widespread acclaim for his performance. Renowned for his swift footwork, formidable punching power, and adept wrestling abilities, Garbrandt’s fighting style is a testament to his diverse background in boxing and wrestling. Despite his setbacks including injuries and losses, Garbrandt remains a revered figure in the UFC, captivating audiences with his impeccable fighting IQ. 

This is a very difficult fight to call considering both are former world champions. Figueiredo has still been fighting top ranked fighters while Cody has been on a different course following his set backs. If we can see the old Cody, he could still win in spectacular fashion. If the fight goes based on current form, Figueiredo looks to be the favorite.

Bobby Green vs Jim Miller

With a wealth of experience under his belt, Green has cemented his status as a formidable force in the MMA world, having squared off against some of the most formidable opponents in his weight class.

Green boasts a versatile fighting style honed from years of training in both wrestling and striking disciplines. Renowned for his technical prowess, lightning-fast speed, and remarkable endurance, Green is a force to be reckoned with inside the octagon. Over the course of his career, he has compiled an impressive record, earning admiration from fans and fellow fighters alike for his skill and tenacity.

Within the UFC lightweight division, Miller has established himself as a loyal presence over the years. He will be the only fighter too have fought in UFC 100, 200 and 300.  Confronting a slew of formidable adversaries, he has notched numerous victories inside the famed Octagon. Perhaps most striking is Miller’s enduring tenure in the sport, a testament to his unwavering dedication and resilience. Despite encountering a multitude of top-tier opponents throughout his career, Miller persists in showcasing his prowess at the highest level of competition.

Despite his age of 40, Jim is still going strong in the division winning half of his last 10 fights. Bobby may have the better striking, but Jim’s tenacity makes him a tough opponent for most fighters in the division. Jim’s experience and prolific grappling experience could give him the edge in this fight.

Calvin Kattar vs Aljamain Sterling

Calvin Kattar’s athletic background is rooted in wrestling. During his high school years at Methuen High School, he achieved significant recognition, ranking as high as eighth in the state at 160 pounds and even placing fifth at the Division I MIAA state championships in his senior year (2006). This wrestling prowess translated well into MMA, as evidenced by his performance against Max Holloway. Despite ultimately losing by decision, Kattar’s resilience and striking ability in that grueling fight earned him and Holloway the Fight of the Night award.

Aljamain Sterling’s path to MMA began on the wrestling mats of Uniondale High School. Inspired by encounters with wrestling stars like Jon Jones, Sterling transitioned to the wrestling team, where he thrived. Following a transfer, he became a two-time NCAA Division III All-American with a stellar record of 87–27. This wrestling pedigree played a key role in his UFC career, culminating in him becoming the Bantamweight Champion through a disqualification. However, this upcoming fight marks his debut in the flyweight division, making weight management a crucial factor that could significantly impact his grappling dominance against Kattar.sharemore_vert

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