Hasnt missed a beat Aussie star ends four-year UFC wait with
Sunday, April 24, 2022
The New Zealander Ends Four Year UFC Wait With Victory Over Justin Willis
The biggest character on either side of the Tasman has arrived in the UFC - Tuivasa. After trading rugby league for MMA‚ the Kiwi won his first three UFC bouts before losing to Brazilian legend Junior dos Santos at Fight Night Adelaide. In the aftermath of the loss‚ the former rugby league star called out fellow Kiwi Justin Willis‚ a long-time UFC nemesis.
Volkanovski is a complete MMA athlete
Alexander Volkanovski began his MMA career as a 214-pound rugby player. He left wrestling to pursue rugby at age fifteen‚ but still showed promise at a semi-pro level. While he didn't make the big time in rugby‚ Volkanovski made it to the UFC and dominated the featherweight division. Volkanovski's 214-pound frame also made him an excellent choice for the featherweight division. During his professional career‚ Volkanovski has operated as a pressure fighter. However‚ against elite competition‚ he has begun to change his game. He uses his impressive ringcraft to close distance. He stays well-placed while stepping forward behind active feints and head movements. This makes him an extremely difficult target. He also uses his body to his advantage‚ and has a strong striking arm‚ which helps him stay on top of his opponent. In a recent match‚ he defeated Max Holloway. The former Strikeforce champ used an aggressive stance‚ but Volkanovski was able to exploit that and build layers of offense. His lead leg was an important area for Holloway to defend‚ as he needs to step forward to fire a jab. He also utilized his aggressive style to take Holloway's lead leg.
Allen is a decent striker
Josh Allen‚ 27‚ is a decent striker from England who will be making his UFC debut on Saturday. Allen fought once a year since 2015‚ and last fought in January 2020 against Andre Fili. Allen has won nine straight fights‚ beating Gilbert Melendez‚ Maddi Burnell‚ and Makwan Amirkhani in the process. He has the potential to hit double digits with wins‚ and he hopes to knock Yusuff out on the first round. Although Hooker is a decent striker‚ Allen's defense has been suspect. Hooker's chin has been tainted by injuries‚ and he has a sub-3 strike absorbed per minute. His chin has held up against most opponents‚ but Allen has only demonstrated enough power to switch on the lights. His last fight was a tense victory over Yusuff‚ who had been in the UFC for four years. Despite a four-year wait for a title shot‚ Allen is an interesting leverage play. The fight is fading‚ and he is priced higher than Soriano. With less ownership‚ Allen will be more available on FanDuel. The fight will be hard to score in Mexico‚ so Allen is a great leverage play. However‚ he will be harder to score in a decision.
Tuivasa is a good striker
The Brazilian-born Tuivasa exploded onto the MMA scene in 2012 with six straight knockout wins in Australia before joining the UFC. He is well known for his stand-and-deliver style‚ and after each fight he drains a shoe full of beer. Despite a lackluster start in the UFC‚ the Brazilian did well against Junior dos Santos‚ but he struggled to finish him. Tuivasa did not do well against Blagoy Ivanov and Sergey Spivak‚ and lost to Dos Santos and Blagoy Ivanov before making his UFC debut. The Kiwi has a good striking style‚ and he'll be looking to use that to his advantage against Lewis. He is also willing to wrestle‚ but he doesn't have a great wrestling defense. However‚ he is a brawler who can end fights by securing a takedown. While Lewis is a good striker‚ he's not a great wrestler.
Kara-France is a rising star of the UFC
After winning three straight fights‚ Kai Kara-France stepped up his game by knocking out Rogerio Bontorin in the first round of the UFC 259 preliminary card. This was a welcomed return to the win column for the rising star‚ who had been winless since a submission loss to Cody Garbrandt last September. Kara-France is just one win away from joining Israel Adesanya as a champion. The rising star of the UFC is looking to make his father and son proud with his MMA career. After all‚ the pressure of being a father lights up the fire inside you. And‚ as a flyweight‚ this pressure is both good and bad. Adding a child to the equation has given Kara-France that extra motivation. He feels that his son will look up to him and will depend on him. Brandon Royval has made it clear that he wants Kai Kara-France to get a title shot. He recently tweeted the UFC president and requested a fight between the two. He fought Kai Kara-France in UFC 253 in 2020 and choked him out. Since then‚ he has lost to Brandon Moreno and Alexandre Pantoja. Meanwhile‚ Kai Kara-France has won his last two fights and is in line for a title shot at flyweight in the next UFC event.
Anderson is a rising star of the UFC
While he's been on the rise for a while‚ Anderson has yet to win a major title. In addition to his recent wins over Glover Teixeira‚ Anderson has also won the Bellator featherweight championship. Anderson has never fought for a major world title‚ but he has beaten some of the sport's most notable fighters. The UFC has seen success with Anderson in the past. At 43‚ Anderson Silva has accepted a monster challenge and agreed to face Israel Adesanya in the middleweight co-main event of UFC 234 on Feb. 9. Though he's coming off a two-year layoff‚ he still wants to challenge himself and test his skills against a top opponent. He's also ready to challenge for the 185-pound title. The current champion‚ Robert Whittaker‚ will defend his title against Kelvin Gastelum in UFC 234‚ which will be held in Melbourne‚ Australia. The UFC has acquired several new heavyweights in recent years. Anderson and Geronimo dos Santos both boast impressive MMA resumes and are expected to fight in the UFC in the future. Anderson is an exciting prospect to watch‚ and his future with the UFC looks bright. In 2022‚ he may even become one of the UFC's rising stars. If he's able to beat these two‚ he will be a huge asset for the UFC.
Nelson is a complete MMA athlete
Iceland's Gunnar Nelson is a multi-talented MMA superstar. A black belt in karate and BJJ‚ Nelson is an undefeated welterweight terror with a perfect ten-0 professional record. The 24-year-old started collecting trophies at a young age‚ competing in Iceland's kumite circuit for three consecutive years. He has since won the juvenile championship of Iceland‚ and he now holds a black belt in BJJ. In addition to his ten-round victory over Takashi Sato‚ Nelson has already defended his title against UFC heavyweight contenders. Nelson is a talented fighter and he demonstrates the true meaning of a complete MMA athlete. His recent fights have garnered much acclaim. Nelson's recent win over Takashi Sato has been widely hailed as one of the most promising debuts of the year. While his striking and grappling skills were impressive‚ Nelson's inability to stand against heavyweight competition limited his ability to win in the UFC. However‚ his ability to take punishment made him a great choice. In his last fight‚ Nelson had fought a heavy handed striker named Derrick Lewis‚ and lost a split decision. In contrast‚ his second UFC fight‚ against a welterweight known for his power and reach‚ ended in a controversial split decision.
Crute looks like a future contender in the 205 lb division
Travis Crute has made a big name for himself in the UFC after earning a roster spot with a KO win over Sam Alvey in the first round of their fight on Dana White's Contender Series. Crute has won four straight fights in the UFC and is 10-0 overall. His next fight against Mike Tyson will be a big test for his potential as a title contender in the light heavyweight division. With Jon Jones out of the picture and Israel Adesanya set to challenge Jan Blachowicz in UFC 259‚ both of these fights will be highly competitive. Crute and Walker are big prospects for the 205 lb division. Travis Crute has a lot of potential‚ and he has the skills to compete with the best in the world. His impressive takedown defense is a major strength‚ and he's able to land devastating ground and pound. In his last fight‚ Crute submitted Misha Cirkunov in the first round with ground-and-pound. The knockout power of Crute's striking can be a significant factor in his future.
Kara-France returns to the Octagon on Sunday
Kai Kara-France returns to the Octagan this Sunday to face Askar Askarov. The former flyweight champion is coming off two wins in a row. The New Zealand native is coming off an impressive knockout victory over Cody Garbrandt last December‚ which earned him the nickname Don't Blink. He moved down to 125 pounds following his loss to Rob Font. However‚ he still has a lot of work to do in the Octagon before he can get to the title fight he has been dreaming about. This will be the New Zealand fighter's ninth trip to the Octagon. His bout with Askarov will also coincide with his 29th birthday. He has two consecutive finishes against quality opponents and may be in line for his first title shot. The fight is also a part of fatherhood for Kara-France. He will be back in action on Sunday after being away for nearly a year.