After The Crossfire – UFC 191: Johnson vs Dodson 2
Demetrious Johnson defended his UFC flyweight belt with a comfortable unanimous decision win over John Dodson at UFC 191.
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MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman breaks down the card.
UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
JOAQUIM SILVA VS NAZARENO MALEGARIE
WISEMAN PREDICTION: NAZARENO MALEGARIE VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
WINNER: JOAQUIM SILVA VIA SPLIT DECISION (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
Wiseman: It was a very technical fight and both fighters kept their pace from beginning to end. However it was the precision striking of Malegarie that ultimately gave him the fight.
JOE RIGGS VS RON STALLINGS
WISEMAN PREDICTION: JOE RIGGS VIA TKO
WINNER: JOE RIGGS VIA DQ (ILLEGAL UPKICK) R2: 2:28
Wiseman: I don’t know how or what else to say about this fight. Stallings connected with jabs and did damage to Riggs eye in the first round. There was a scratch on the right eye of Riggs which was bleeding. The second round had Riggs coming out fast and rocked Stallings, but then while trying to get up Stallings threw an illegal upkick. Riggs was already complaining about this eye. The doctor was called in, Riggs said he couldn’t see, so boom, win due to illegal up kick. Wild!
TSN 2 PRELIMS
CLAY COLLARD VS TIAGO TRATOR
WISEMAN PREDICTION: CLAY COLLARD VIA TKO
WINNER: TIAGO TRATOR VIA SPLIT DECISION (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Wiseman: Split decision win for Trator. Ultimately it was the style, technique, and ground game of Trator that gave him the slight edge.
#13 JESSICA ANDRADE VS RAQUEL PENNINGTON
WISEMAN PREDICTION: JESSICA ANDRADE VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
WINNER: RAQUEL PENNINGTON VIA SUBMISSION R2 4:58
Wiseman: The revenge tour of Pennington has started and started on the right foot. The pace was incredible, both girls wanted it, very entertaining. However, this was not a split-decision win, a very decisive win via submission.
#12: FRANCISCO RIVERA VS #8 JOHN LINEKER
WISEMAN PREDICTION: JOHN LINEKER VIA SUBMISSION
WINNER: JOHN LINEKER VIA SUBMISSION R1 2:08
Wiseman: The key to this fight was that Lineker made it his kind of fight. Rivera just didn’t think smart, and I want to beat that that wasn’t the game plan. He allowed himself to play to Lineker’s strengths and that is where his error lay.
ROSS PEARSON VS PAUL FELDER
WISEMAN PREDICTION: PAUL FELDER VIA TKO
WINNER: ROSS PEARSON VIA SPLIT-DECISION (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Wiseman: These guys did not disappoint. The striking was very close if we are talking number, but when it comes to precision, that went to Pearson. Pearson scored takedowns in the first round. Awesome fight by both.
#7 PAIGE VANZANT VS ALEX CHAMBERS
WISEMAN PREDICTION ALEX CHAMBERS VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
WINNER: PAIGE VANZANT VIA SUBMISSION R3 1:01
Wiseman: Vanzant came out and used pressure in the clinch game from the beginning to the end. She didn’t give Chambers a second to think or to be able to set up her strikes. Smart game plan! I watched Chambers mentally give up in the first round, but she still stayed in the match until Vanzant set up an arm bar in the third round. Great fight for Vanzant.
#12 JAN BLACHOWICZ VS COREY ANDERSON
WISEMAN PREDICTION: JON BLCHOWICZ VIA SUBMISSION
WINNER: COREY ANDERSON VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-25, 30-25, 29-26)
Wiseman: The key to success for this fight was the wrestling of Anderson. Blachowicz had zero cardio and that was exposed in the first round. Not the most entertaining fight, but a lesson for Blachowicz.
#1 ANTHONY JOHNSON VS #7 JIMI MANUWA
WISEMAN PREDICTION: ANTHONY JOHNSON VIA SUBMISSION.
WINNER: ANTHONY JOHNSON VIA TKO R2 0:28
Wiseman: The only thing surprising about this was that it went to the second round. I guess if I’m being honest, it was his grappling. He scored two takedowns in the first and weighed down on him like Cormier did to him. He looked great against a powerful opponent.
#4 ANDREI “PITBULL” ARLOVSKI VS #10 FRANK MIR
WISEMAN PREDICTION: ANDREI ARLOVSKI VIA TKO
WINNER: ANDREI ARLOVSKI VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION .
Wiseman: I thought the fight was going to be fast, two powerful guys going for it. What happened? The opposite. It went the distance and these guys were too tired to do anything. It was a lay and clinch game. The decision could have gone either way, so just a disappointment in how the fight went down.
(C) DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON VS JOHN DODSON
WISEMAN PREDICTION: DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION.
WINNER: DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Wiseman: This was a repeat of their first match, only even more one sided. The pressure was crazy. From beginning to end, DJ was pushing the entire time. He mixed up levels, stances, his right connected every time. It was no contest at all.