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The Wiseman Report – Smith and Rawlings get the job done at UFC Fight Night 85

UFC Fight Night 85 went down Saturday night and we were treated to two solid fights in the women’s strawweight and bantamweight divisions.

Leslie Smith, as expected, used her height and reach and just enough takedown defence to score points to defeat Japanese grappler Rin Nakai by unanimous decision.

Nakai had a lot of good moments in the match on the ground, but it’s clear she needs to improve her striking and defence.

Yes she is Kenai, and she does have a good chin, but could have slipped a few more of Leslie’s punches. Once she has her opponent on the ground, she needs to be more ferocious there.

Rin Nakai will be back.

The other bout kicked off the main card. Bec Rawlings defeated Seo Hee Ham in what I thought was a questionable unanimous decision win. I thought Ham won two of the rounds, using her volume striking.

The stats according to UFC.com showed the shorter Ham outstruck Rawlings 119 to 90  and even landed more significant strikes (92 for Ham to 77 for Rawlings). Clearly, the judges were more impressed with Rawlings, who did initiate most of the exchanges.

What do you think of this?

Very interesting to see Cyborg at #5. But too many fighters on the list are still in the prime of their careers. Let’s see how that plays out, as that will shake down this list accordingly.

22 year-old ADCC and IBJJF world champion Mackenzie Dern will make her MMA strawweight debut with Legacy FC promotion in Texas.

Mackenzie Dern

Courtesy Twitter.

Dern will turn 23 -years-old March 24th and it will be interesting to see her apply her BJJ skills to the cage. Legacy is where Holly Holm learned the MMA ropes, so the MMA future for Dern looks bright.

Apple’s Spring event today had me thinking: Why aren’t these companies sponsoring fighters? A fighter like Cyborg or Jinh Yu Frey hawking a FitBit wearable or an Apple Watch or Galaxy S7 Edge would not only generate instant street-cred with MMA fans but cross over into the mainstream. These devices seem to sell themselves when you partner them with the athletes who can best show off their abilities.

A quick Happy Birthday shoutout to MMA Crossfire, who turns 6-years-old tomorrow! Time flies when you’re having fun.

@CasMMA365

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