UFC on Fox comes to us live from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada. It's an excellent card highlighted by the main event of Carlos Condit vs. Demian Maia. Two of the top two welterweights go at it with the winner getting one step closer to a title fight. Whether that's an elimination bout against Stephen Thompson or a shot at Tyron Woodley's title remains to be seen.
The co-main event features former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, as he drops down to featherweight to challenge Charles Oliveria. This is a dangerous fight for Pettis, who desperately needs to get back in the win column after dropping his last three.
The main card rounds out with the return of Paige VanZant from Dancing with the Stars as she takes on Bec Rawlings and a rematch between Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller.
The Main Card
Carlos Condit (30-9) vs. Demian Maia (23-6) | Current Line: Condit -120, Maia ev.
Carlos Condit is coming off a split decision loss to Robbie Lawler in his last fight. It was fight many people thought Condit won, including myself. Condit's strength is his striking and it's definitely going to be his path to beating Maia. Condit's weakness is his ability to defend the takedown, which is somethoing he must do to beat Maia.
Maia comes into the fight on a five-fight winning streak. Maia's takedown skills are among the best in the sport and if he's successful in keeping Condit on the mat, it's going to be along night for Carlos.
Condit seemed ready to retire after his loss to Lawler, but this fight kept him from going through with it. I think we're going to see the best of Carlos, but will it be enough?
Winner: Condit by TKO
Anthony Pettis (18-5) vs. Charles Oliveira (21-5, 1 NC) | Pettis -225, Oliveira +175
If there was ever a fighter that needed a win, it's Anthony Pettis. Pettis' strength is his striking, the problem is, in his last fights in which he lost, he didn't utilize what made him one of the best fighters in the UFC. In order for Pettis to win he must start quick and let his hands go.
Oliveira on the oother hand, will be looking for a submission from the get go. Charles can't stand and trade with Pettis, for him to win he has utilize his superior grappling skills and look to submit Pettis. The question is, can he get in close enough or will Pettis' reach and jab keep him at bay.?
Winner: Oliveira by decision
Paige VanZant (6-2) vs. Bec Rawlings (7-4) | Current Line: VanZant -225, Rawlings +175
VanZant's last fight was a loss to Rose Namajunas before taking a break to compete in Dancing With the Stars. Paige will look to utilize her strength which is her wrestling. Look for her to keep Rawlings on the mat while working for a submission. While Bec is as tough as they come. Her best chance at pulling off the upset is for her to catch Paige late in the fight.
Winner: VanZant by submission
Joe Lauzon (26-11) vs. Jim Miller (28-8, 1 NC) | Current Line: Laizon -145, Miller +115
This should be war. Both fighter are coming off wins in their previous fights. There won't be much of a feeling out process in this one as both guys will come out strong and be the aggressor. I expect Lauzon to control the fight while landing the bigger shots.
Winnner: Lauzon by decision
Bellator MMA 160 is live from the Honda Center in Los Angeles on Friday night. In the main event Benson Henderson makes his second appearance for Bellator after signing with the organization earlier this year. Henderson’s debut fight for his new home didn’t go as planned as he lost a very one-sided affair against welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov. Ben’s inability to deal with Koreshkov’s superior size and strength led to his third loss in his last five fights.
On Friday night Henderson faces former Bellator featherweight champion, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire who moves up to the lightweight division for this fight. Patricio comes into the fight with a win over Henry Corrales back in April. The win against Corrales got Freire back in the win column after losing his featherweight title in a decision loss to Daniel Straus.
In the co-main event, we stay in the lightweight division as Saad Awad goes up against Derek Anderson. Anderson has alternated wins and losses over his last four fights with his last being a win over Patricio’s brother, Patricky in December of last year. Saad has gone 4-1 over his last five fights. His last fight was a round one TKO victory over Evangelista Santos.
The four fight main card rounds out with two featherweight bouts between Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Bubba Jenkins and AJ McKee vs. Cody Walker.
Patricio Freire (25-3-0) vs. Benson Henderson (23-6-0) | Current Line: Henderson: -225, Freire +185
Needless to say, this is a big fight for Ben Henderson. After the lopsided loss to Andrey Koreshkovin in his first fight, a second straight loss would be devastating to both Henderson and Bellator. Freire will look to keep the fight standing where he can utilize his strength which is his striking. Although, Freire’s last win over Corrales did come by submission.
You can expect Henderson to try to get the fight to the ground where his superior grappling will neutralize Patricio’s power. Ben’s height and reach advantage along with just better overall skills will get the job done and secure his first win in Bellator.
Pick: Henderson by decision
Derek Anderson (13-2-0) vs. Saad Awad (19-7-0) | Current Line: Anderson -150, Awad +130
I just can’t get behind the inconsistent Saad Awad. Don’t get me wrong, Awad certainly has the skill and the power to end the fight quickly as evidenced by his knockout of Evangelista Santos. There is a lot riding on this fight, as both fighters will be looking for a title shot with a win. The one concern I have in backing Anderson is his eight month layoff. A slow start could give Saad an early advantage. Although Derek has lost two of his last four fights he has skill to be a champion. That path starts with a win on Friday.
Pick: Anderson by decision
Bubba Jenkins (11-2-0) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan (24-6-1) | Current Line: Jenkins -155, Karakhanyan +135
Here we have two fighters heading in opposite directions. Jenkins comes into the fight on a three-fight winning streak, while Karakhanyan has lost his previous two. I fully expect Jenkins to have learned how to defend the guillotine choke, which is how he lost the first fight against Georgi back in January of 2015. While I expect the fight to be close, I expect a different outcome from the first fight.
Pick: Jenkins by decision
AJ McKee (4-0-0) vs. Cody Walker (7-2-0) | Current Line: McKee -600, Walker +400
I will be shocked if this goes past the first round.
Pick: McKee by TKO
Enjoy the fights!
A torn labrum for Finn Balor. Out at least six months. He has to be devastated.
That was hard to watch as Finn was clearly distraught over his injury and having to relinquish the Universal Championship.
Seth’s timing is impeccable.
Sami Zayn...from SummerSlam Kickoff Show to Universal Champion contender.
WWE made the best of a bad situation regarding the Universal Championship. Rollins vs. Zayn was a good match. Sami is a master at selling. While the outcome was never in doubt I like that they gave Zayn an out with the ankle injury. Seth is clearly the favorite to win the title.
Rinse and repeat. Another good RAW match between Kevin Owens and Neville with the outcome never in doubt. It will be hugely disappointing if Vince uses this as another opportunity to give Reigns’ another run with a belt.
I'm officially tired of New Day.
It's time for New Day and Gallows & Anderson to move on. Their feud has definitely run its course.
Sweet Jesus, Titus O’Neil alone in the ring, with a microphone. His promo is making me uncomfortable it's so bad. Titus vs. Young, another feud no one cares about.
I don't know where they're going with Rusev but he's cooled quite a bit over the the last 2-3 weeks. I don't know what everybody else thinks but these qualifying matches are way too predictable.
Dana Brooke adds absolutely nothing to Charlotte’s act.
And finally after two hours we finally get something to cheer about...Bayley! The only problem is RAW roster continues to distance themselves from the SmackDown roster.
Nice debut for Bayley.
The Dudley’s mentioning the Hardy’s drew a big pop, and then DELETE chants. I enjoyed that segment. Gallows & Anderson drew major heel heat by taking out the Dudley’s. I'm all for getting Gallows & Anderson away from the awful New Day feud and giving them the edge they had when they first debuted.
And the predictability continues as Roman Reigns beats Chris Jericho to advance to the Fatal 4-Way next week.
Obviously this wasn't the show WWE had in mind coming out of SummerSlam. It was a decent to average show. The main issue I had with this RAW was it was so predictable. It would've been nice to have had one surprise entrant in next week's Fatal Four Way Match. The highlight of the show was the long awaited debut of Bayley.
Overall Grade: C-
It is painful listening to Booker T on this kickoff show.
They're really milking this Uso heel turn.
The match between Cesaro and Sheamus was good. I'm looking forward to their bes-of-seven series.
The video package on Lesnar and Orton is well done, but the problem is Brock has so many legitimate accomplishments under his belt it’s hard for anyone to match up with him.
The SummerSlam set looks fantastic.
Smart move starting out with the high energy of Enzo & Cass.
Stupid idiot chants.
Let's go Enzo chants
Jericho was late with the Code Breaker for the finish, looked like it could've been painful. Jericho & Owens over Enzo & Cass as predicted. Finish made sense, hopefully we see the feud continue. These two teams work well together.
0-1 on predictions.
At first I thought Charlotte dropped Sasha accident, but after the replay it looked planned. Strange move that looked painful for Sasha.
Charlotte is literally throwing Sasha around the ring like a rag doll.
This is awesome chants.
These women are beating the hell out of each other. Intense.
I really enjoyed that match. A little sloppy in parts, but hard hitting and great psychology.
1-1 on predictions.
The build to the Miz/Crews match has been pitiful, hopefully their match delivers.
That was just about what you'd expect. Both guys worked hard with the time they were given. The finish made sense. The Miz is still working as an act and it's too early for Crews. I do see Crews holding one of the secondary titles soon though.
2-1 on predictions.
I hope this is finally the blow off match for Cena/Styles.
LOUD John Cena sucks chants during his entrance and it doesn't faze him a bit.
The crowd is FIRED up for Styles vs. Cena. Great atmosphere.
The crowd is all over Cena, I feel bad for Roman Reigns later in the show.
It's impossible for AJ Styles to have a bad match. John Cena us holding his own, excellent match so far.
Mauro is going to lose his voice at this rate.
AJ Styles pins Cena clean in the middle of the ring! That was an amazing match with both men giving everything they have in them. If you haven't seen this match, I encourage you to go out of your way to see it. Styles leaves the ring to give Cena the stage as the crowd gives him a standing ovation. Incredible. Here's to hoping they shoot Styles to the moon Abdul give him the WWE World Championship.
3-1 on predictions.
Jon Stewart is part of New Days entrance, and remains at ringside. Please don't tell me he's going to get involved in the match.
And there it is. Jon Stewart gets in the ring and is about to get crotched into the ring post until Big E comes out to make the save. New Day retains due to DQ. A RAW worthy match with a terrible finish.
4-1 on predictions.
I have no interest in Dolph Ziggler.
Camera just caught Dean and Dolph talking to each other.
How can Kevin Dunn and Vince sit at gorilla and tell themselves David Otunga adds something to the broadcast?
This match is really dragging. It's hurt by the fact neither Ziggler or Ambrose are heels, although for some reason Dean is working slightly heel.
Polite applause for Dean pinning Dolph clean, average RAW match. I'm not a fan of Ambrose’s title run, he just doesn't carry himself like a champion should.
5-1 on predictions.
With Eva Marie serving a 30 day suspension, Nikki Bella returns to take her place. There's another correct prediction.
Nikki gets the tag to what Mauro says a thunderous reaction...it was anything but.
Becky Lynch deserves to be in a better spot for SummerSlam. Nikki Bella gets the win for her team in another RAW level match.
6-1 on predictions.
I'm shocked they're putting the Universal Championship match on before the U.S. title match. It should go on last, but I can understand putting Lesnar vs. Orton on last. I'm starting to think there's a good chance Goldberg interferes preventing Brock from winning now that I know it's going on last.
The Demon King entrance is amazing.
Sweet Jesus the new Universal Championship belt looks awful.
Finn Balor becomes the first WWE Universal Champion in a really good match. Not at Styles/Cena level but really good. The crowd took away from the match by booing every time the Universal title was shown and their ridiculous chants.
WWE made the right call by putting the belt on Balor. WWE is promoting a New Era and what better way to execute on that mission statement than by putting the belt on a fresh, new star.
7-1 on predictions.
Rusev attacks Reigns before the bell and the two brawl around the ring. Reigns gets the upper hand and continues the assault causing the ringside doctor to not allow Rusev to compete. I guess that's one way to keep the show from going too far past the hour.
Still 7-1 on predictions due to the U.S. Championship match never starting.
The crowd seems to be losing steam.
Lesnar is destroying Orton to start the match. He's administered seven German Suplexes and put him through an announce table.
There's the RKO, and Orton is back in the match. I don't see this match having a clean finish.
And there you have it, Brock destroys Randy Orton and wins by TKO.
Brock F-5s Shane, I love it. This is the way Brock Lesnar should be booked.
8-1 on predictions.
Although I'm a huge Brock Lesnar fan, after seeing how the main event was booked, Balor vs. Rollins should've gone on last. I think the way this show ended left fans feeling down. Balor standing tall with confetti raining down seems like a more fitting end to a show as big as SummerSlam. Personally I enjoyed the show, including the main event.
Cena vs. Styles was far and away the match of the night. It's possibly one of the top 10 matches of the year.
Overall grade for SummerSlam: B
WWE SummerSlam is live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Tonight's Summerslam card is loaded with thirteen matches, including the Kickoff Show. WWE's big summer blow-off special will crown the first ever WWE Universal Champion as Finn Balor takes on Seth Rollins. Also, Dolph Ziggler gets the opportunity of a lifetime as he challenges Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Championship. Brock Lesnar makes his return to a WWE ring as he takes on Randy Orton. It's Suplex City vs. Viperville.
Let's take a look at each match.
Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton
The recent talk of Bill Goldberg has me more intrigued than the actual match itself. When Lesnar vs. Orton was announced I felt just 'meh,' about it. WWE is in a tricky spot here. On one hand, Randy just came back from injury and you'd think WWE would want to build him up considering he's going to be doing live TV and house shows after Summerslam. But, the problem with that is he'd have beat BROCK LESNAR! Randy Orton should not be the WWE Superstar who beats Lesnar. That needs to be saved for someone like Finn Balor, Sami Zayn or Samoa Joe. If WWE books a clean finish then it has to be Lesnar going over. If there's going to be interference, I'd rather see Goldberg cost Lesnar the match instead of Bray Wyatt preventing Orton from winning.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor for the WWE Universal Championship
With all the hype WWE has put into Finn Balor and the Demon I can't see him losing this match. I think it was a mistake to debut the Demon character so soon. I would have had Finn lose here and chase the Universal Champion, Rollins and book the feud in a way that it made more sense for the the Demon to debut at a later time. But, now that we're here, if WWE puts the belt on Rollins then I'm afraid it's going to feel like a "been here, done that," feel to his reign.
Winner: Finn Balor
Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler for the WWE World Championship
This match does nothing for me. I have zero interest in Dolph Ziggler whether he's a heel or a face. Unfortunately, WWE has done so much damage to Ziggler over the years that there's nothing they can do to make me care about him. I also have not been impressed with Dean Ambrose's title run. He doesn't talk nor carry himself like a champion, but keeping the belt on him is a much better idea than putting it on Dolph. Dean retains until he drops it to Styles at the next SmackkDown only WWE Network Special.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte for the WWE Women's Championship
It's clear Sasha Banks just isn't connecting with the RAW crowds. WWE hasn't done her any favors with how they've wriiten her character either. It's unfortunate too, because Sasha can flat out wrestle. I was enjoying Charlotte's work as a heel champion and was surprised when WWE took the belt off her on RAW. It's time to go back to the more over Charlotte.
John Cena vs. AJ Styles
It's time for AJ Styles to have a run with the title. John Cena gains little by winning here. Add in the fact he has work outside of the WWE, including season two of American Grit on FOX and you have nothing more than a part-time wrestler which has been addressed by the man himself. Styles has been putting on fantastic matches since his debut. He should go over clean in what I expect to be an excellent match and go on to feud with Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Championship.
Winnner: AJ Styles
Rusev vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE U.S. Championship
Is the plan to give Reigns a secondary title in an effort to rebuild him up to main event level? If so, fine; but, the secondary title for him to carry is the Intercontinental Championship. WWE is finally getting Rusev back to being a reputable heel champion and it would be mistake to derail all that effort again.
The New Day vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson for the WWE Tag Team Championship
I don't like the way Gallows and Anderson are written. I don't like the way New Day has been written for this feud. Hell, I just don't like this feud. On paper, it looks and sounds great, but the execution has been so tone deaf it's maddening. If the plan is for Gallows and Anderson to become bad ass, outlaw, ass kickers then give them a run with the titles. If the plan is to keep them in 50/50 booking hell then keep the belts on New Day and keep the tag team division the comedy division that it's been for the past year.
Winners: Gallows & Anderson
The Miz vs. Apollo Crews for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
The hype for this feud has been non-existant. The Miz is talented and is asked to carry multiple segments on SmackDown. While Crews may be talented in the ring, he isn't even trusted to promote his match for the Intercontinental Championship. I have been enjoying Miz's title run and want to see it continue.
Winner: The Miz
Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Chris Jericho & Kevin Owens
The chemistry between these two teams is off the charts. The tag team division would be in a much better place with either of these teams holding the belts. This match should open and get the show off to a hot start. I'm hoping to see this feud continue past Summerslam as I think there's more left to do with these four supremely talented individuals.
Winners: Enzo & Cass
Becky Lynch, Naomi & Carmella vs. Natalya & Alexa Bliss
With the suspension of Eva Marie does that open the door for the return of Nikki Bella? I wish WWE had bigger plans for Becky Lynch for Summerslam. Hopefully after this filler match, she gets back on track next week.
Winner: Natalya, Alexa Bliss & Nikki Bella
Cesaro vs. Sheamus
I like that this is a best-of-seven series with this being the first match. I'm not sitting in the Cesaro section as I feel he's slotted exactly where he should be. I also feel Sheamus has a renewed oulook on his position since the brand split occurrred and if given time these two should put together a freat match.
Sami Zayn & Neville vs. The Dudley Boyz
Zayn and Neville should make for an exciting tag team. WWE has made it clear that the Dudley's are nothing more than jobbers at this stage of their careers. Does Bubba have one last singles run left in him?
Winners: Sami Zayn & Neville
American Alpha, The Usos & The Hype Bros vs. Tyler Breeze, Fandango, The Vaudevillians & The Ascension
The only importance this match carries is who the next challengers are for American Alpha. Hopefully it's the Usos, as heels.
Winners: American Alpha, The Usos & The Hype Bros
Enjoy the show!
The much anticipated second chapter of Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor is finally upon us. UFC 202 comes to us live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night. In what could be the biggest rematch in UFC history, Conor McGregor takes on Nate Diaz in the night’s main event. The rest of the main card shows well as Anthony “Rumble” Johnson takes on Glover Teixeira in a light heavyweight battle, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone matches up against Rick Story in a battle of welterweights; and staying in the welterweight division we have Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Mike Perry and Tim Means vs. Sabah Homasi.
Something tells me Conor McGregor learned a lot in his loss to Nate Diaz. With both Diaz and McGregor getting full camps to prepare for each other I see this fight going differently from their first fight. The first fight started with McGregor coming out strong and landing some big shots. The problem was Diaz ate those shots, yet Conor still went for the knockout. In going for the stoppage he tired himself out and left himself vulnerable after an ill-advised takedown attempt. Nate Diaz is almost impossible to stop and I don't see Conor ending the fight inside the distance. I do see McGregor fighting a smarter, more efficient, relaxed fight earning a unanimous decision. Of course this won't sit well with Nate, so I expect him to complain about the judges scoring and demand a third fight.
It's no secret Glover Teixeira has to avoid the devastating power of Anthony Johnson. The question is, can he? Teixeira’s game plan has to be to get in close enough to take Rumble to the ground and control the fight there while looking for the submission. If he's successful in executing that game plan, Teixeira will leave the cage a winner Saturday night. I think Johnson will be prepared for this and catch Glover as he's coming in and end the fight in grand fashion.
Donald Cerrone has looked fantastic since his move to welterweight. His last fight came in June where he dismantled Patrick Cote winning by TKO. While I see Rick Story being more competitive, Cerrone’s length coupled with the fact he's more active than Story is will lead him to a unanimous decision.
Nate Diaz (20-10) vs Conor McGregor (19-3) | Current Line: McGregor -135, Diaz +115 | Pick: McGregor by decision
Anthony Johnson (21-5) vs Glover Teixeira (25-4) | Current Line: Johnson -185, Teixeira +165 | Pick: Johnson by TKO
Rick Story (19-8) vs Donald Cerrone (30-7, 1 NC) | Current Line: Cerrone -165, Story +145 | Pick: Cerrone by decision
Hyun Gyu Lim (13-5-1) vs Mike Perry (6-0) | Current Line: Lim -270, Perry +220 | Pick: Perry by TKO
Tim Means (25-7-1) vs Sabah Homasi (11-5) | Current Line: Means -425, Homasi +325 | Pick: Means by TKO
Enjoy the fights!
Just like a great finishing move can blow the roof of a building, a bad finisher can let the air out of the same building and leave the crowd apathetic to the match.
The following finishers qualify as being the worst due to their low-impact, difficulty in delivering the move and awkwardness.
10. Polish Hammer - Ivan Putski
9. The People's Elbow - The Rock
8. Brain Chop - Great Khali
7. The Claw / Armpit Claw - The Sheik, Baron von Raschke
6. Tornado Punch - Kerry Von Erich
5. Coco Butt - Bobo Brazil
4. Trip to the Batcave - Bastion Booger
3. Heart Punch - Ox Baker
2. The Cobra - Santino Marella
And the WORST finishing move of all-time...
1. The Worm - Scotty Too Hotty
The finishing move defines who a wrestler is and typically the better the wrestler, the more famous the finishing move becomes. A good finisher should be high impact, unique, possess a coolness factor and most importantly, be the end game for the opponent.
The most famous finisher comes from the most popular wrestler in the history of the business; Hulk Hogan's Leg Drop. But, is it one of the BEST finishers of all-time? Find out as I list the Fighting Champion's Top 10 WWE Finishing Moves of All-Time.
10. The Styles Clash - AJ Styles
9. The Rock Bottom - The Rock
8. Swanton Bomb - Jeff Hardy
7. Superfly Splash - Jimmy Snuka
6. Swet Chin Music - Shawn Michaels
5. The Razor's Edge - Razor Ramon/Scott Hall
4. The RKO - Randy Orton
3. The Pedigree - Triple H
2. The Stone Cold Stunner - Steve Austin
And The Greatest Finishing Move of All-Time...
1. The Tombstone Piledriver - The Undertaker
Honorable mentions in no particular order:
The Jackknife Powerbomb - Diesel/Kevin Nash
The Doomsday Device - Road Warriors
The DDT - Jake the Snake Roberts
Figure Four - Ric Flair
Flying Elbow - Macho Man Randy Savage
Five Star Frog Splash - Rob Van Dam
Sharpshooter - Bret Hart
F-5 - Brock Lesnar
Hell's Gate - The Undertaker
Go To Sleep - CM Punk
In this column we'll compare two like subjects to decide which is greater, less or equal to the other.
RAW roster > SmackDown roster
“Broken” Matt Hardy > TNA roster
BroMans < TNA roster
Corey Graves > JBL
Mauro Ranallo > Michael Cole
New RAW logo < Old RAW LOGO
New RAW intro > Old RAW intro
New SmackDown logo > Old SmackDown logo
New SmackDown intro > Old SmackDown logo
New RAW intro > New SmackDown intro
“Drink it in maaan” > “Stupid idiot”
Viperville < Suplex City
Tyron Woodley vs. GSP > Tyron Woodley vs. Nick Diaz
Amanda Nunes vs. Ronda Rousey > Amanda Nunes vs. Anybody Else
* Originally posted on February 11, 2016
This list contains my Top 10 MMA fighters of all-time. The following fighters make my list because if they were fighting on PPV, they were must watch events for me. Granted this list is bound to change over the years, but as of today here are my top 10 fighters of all-time.
The next 10 in no particular order:
Tell me what you think. Email thefightingchampion@gmail with your list.
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