UFC 232 was slated to be at the T-Mobile arena this Saturday December 29th. Instead on 7 days notice the UFC has decided to move the event to The Forum in Inglewood California. Following the recent news that small trace amounts of the drug turinabol have been found in Jon Jones’ system. Jones who is slated to be the main event of UFC 232, previously popped for the same substance after his fight with Daniel Cormier almost a year and a half ago. The move to California comes because the NSAC refused to allow Jones to fight there. The California state athletic commission sees no point to punish Jones a second time for his actions and will allow UFC 232 to take place at The Forum.

 

Andy Foster, The head of the CSAC explained it well by saying ” The metabolite that was found in this last test is the same metabolite that was found in the test from 2017″. Meaning both of the samples are from the same occurrence. A very similar situation took place with NBA player Allonzo Trier and the NCAA. In 2016 Trier was popped for Turinabol and was suspended. The NCAA later determined that Trier unknowingly ingested the substance and therefore reinstated him. Then in early 2018 he was suspended again for the same drug. After reviewing the case and determining that it was the same Metabolite, he was once again reinstated by the NCAA. Being as though Turinabol stays in your system for 12-18 months, its very believable that both of these athletes could have accidentally ingested the drug, and then accidentally popped for the same reason a short time later.

 

The move to California is at a disturbance to both the fans and the fighters. The fighters who come from all over the world, will now have to fly again from Vegas to California. They will also have to pay a huge tax on the money they take home. Not to mention the fans, for the ones who purchased tickets to UFC 232 will now be refunded. Fans who booked hotels will now have to pay fees to cancel their rooms. Thousands of dollars spent in redirecting flights from Vegas to California. The entire situation has come out to be a disaster to everyone except the UFC. Reason being is that although they will lose money on the gate of the event, this brings a lot of publicity to the event and also keeps their main attraction on the card. Their only other alternative option would be for them to find a new opponent on a weeks notice. Even if they did, Jones is looking at 400k PPV buys easy. Anyone else in that slot can do no more then 300k and the UFC knows that.

 

 

Written by Michael @ the BBQ Pit

The UFC Visited Milwaukee Wisconsin this past weekend at the Fiserv Forum for the final card on Fox. The TV deal with the UFC and FOX has come to a close as the UFC will move to ESPN starting in 2019. What a way to go out though, Al Iaquinta defeating Kevin Lee by Unanimous decision in their rematch. While in the co-main event Dan Hooker showed just how tough he is , losing by a forth round body punch to Edson Barboza. Rob Font also got a good Unanimous decision win over Sergio Pettis. While Charles Oliveria avenged his loss to Jim Miller by beating him by submission.

Al Iaquinta

 Beating Kevin Lee moved Al to the 4th rank spot in the UFC’s Lightweight division. The only other fighters ahead of him besides the champion are Conor McGregor , Tony Ferguson, and Dustin Porier. One of those three fighters will more then likely be fighting the champion next. The most common thought is that the remaining two would be Porier and McGregor, witch would make a great rematch story line for the UFC. Unless Al wants to wait until the later part of next year, it is possible his next fight will be either Barboza or Justin Gaethje. He who witch just called out Al on twitter after Al’s fight with Lee. In Al’s post fight interview he called for a fight with Conor McGregor, claiming that he is more worthy of a rematch with Khabib then Conor is. Saying that he went the full five rounds with Khabib on one day notice while Conor tapped with a full training camp.

Next fight: Al Iaquinta vs Conor McGregor

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee is still a very young athlete in the UFC’s lightweight division. He will remain at the top of the division for years to come. Just recently the UFC made it clear that they believe Anthony Pettis is still a top contender at lightweight. They gave him a number one contender fight with Tony Ferguson in witch he lost. Although losing that fight he remains one of the top fighters in that division and would contrast really well with Lee. It would be a classic striker vs wrestler match up.

Next fight: Kevin Lee vs Anthony Pettis

Edson Barboza

With Barboza getting back in the win column this Saturday, he will be looking to keep moving forward with the UFC. The UFC vet will look to keep climbing the lightweight division. What better way to do that then to fight Justin Gaethje who is always ready to go to war. Barboza throwing high velocity strikes with his legs, Gaethje will spend most of the fight chomping at Barboza’s legs like trees. The fight will decide weather Barboza can weather the storm and finish Gaethje in the later rounds.

Next fight: Edson Barboza vs Justin Gaethje

Rob Font

Font’s win on Saturday sprung him to the number 10 spot in the UFC’s 135 lbs division. Sitting just ahead of him in the 9th position is Pedro Munhoz. Munhoz beat Font back in July of 2017 by submission. Now that they are ranked so close to each other by the UFC, it may be time to run it back. The test will be to see if Font can make it a different fight then the first fight. He has to keep it standing by staying at distance.

Next fight: Rob Font vs Pedro Munhoz

Sergio Pettis

Pettis made his 135 lbs debut in his loss this past weekend to Rob Font. Being a bigger name its common to see Sergio still fight a ranked opponent. Even though he lost his first fight in the division, he should still be right outside the top 15. Ranked at number 13 is one Thomas Almedia. The UFC vet is riding a fight losing streak to Jimmy Rivera, and most recently to Rob Font. He hasn’t won a fight since 2016 and a lot of fans speculate that Almedia’s best days are behind him despite his somewhat young age. Keeping Pettis relevant and seeing two high level strikers fight each other is enough for the UFC to want to get this fight booked.

Next fight: Sergio Pettis vs Thomas Almedia

 

Written by: Michael Lynch

The BBQ Pit Sports

Shout out to the UFC 

 

UFC 231 took place in Toronto, Canada this past weekend. Max Holloway defended his featherweight title as the doctors stopped his fight with Brian Ortega in between the forth and fifth round. Ortega had suffered a broken nose and continued to go to war with Holloway for 4 rounds.

Max Holloway (Featherweight Champion)

After defending his title for the second time, Holloway has a lot of options in his future. There are a lot of talks of him fighting at lightweight so that he would not have to cut as much weight. If he did decide to go to lightweight, he has a fight with the lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. He also would have the option to rematch Conor McGregor, who gave him his last loss. Any other fight in the top 5 such as Tony Ferguson or or Dustin Porier are also very interesting fights. Could Holloway possibly feel like he still has more to accomplish at featherweight? Renato Moicano would look to be the obvious number one contender who has not fought the champion. The number two in line to get the fight would be Frankie Edger. Both fights that may be interesting for Holloway to cement his legacy at featherweight.

Next fight: Max Holloway-Renato Moicano 

Brian Ortega 

Ortega showed a lot of heart in his title fight with Max Holloway this past weekend. He never quit even after getting punched in the nose with a broken nose hundreds of times. He will still be at the top of the featherweight division after this last fight. Therefore someone like Jose Aldo who always is a top contender at featherweight would look like the best possible fight to make for the fans. It may also be interesting to see a interim title fight between Ortega and Renato Moicano if Holloway did decide to move up to lightweight.

Next fight: Brian Ortega-Jose Aldo

Gunner Nelson

Before defeating Alex Oliveria this past weekend, Nelson’s last fight prior to that was a little over a year prior when he got knocked out by Santiago Ponzinibbio. In Ponzinibbio’s last fight he defeated one Neil Magny. Magny is a very skilled ground fighter with pretty good stand-up. Nelson being a great submission fighter is a great stylistic match-up for Magny.

Next fight: Gunner Nelson-Neil Magny

Thiago Santos

Santos delivered a devestating knock out to Jimi Manuwa at UFC 231. Sealing himself as a knockout artist at 205, Santos should be moving up quickly in the ranks. Santos was rising threw the middleweight rankings before he moved to light heavyweight and won two straight. He deserves to fight a contender next at the top of the chain. Anthony Smith is another fighter who rose from middleweight to make a name for himself at 205. Although he is calling for a title fight it is clear that he is second or third in line for a title fight and would need to take at least one more fight before fighting for a title. Another side note would be that Santos and Smith actually fought already at middleweight. Where Santos won via TKO. Seeing both of these guys rising threw the ranks, and Smith being ranked higher then Santos, the UFC would be extremely smart to set up a rematch between the two.

Next fight: Thiago Santos-Anthony Smith

Michael Lynch

The BBQ Pit Live

 

 

UFC Adelaide was a great event that showcased great Australian talent right in their back yard. Although all three 4 of the home town boys lost that night, the Australian crowd never disappoints.

Junior Dos Santos: The biggest winner of the night without a doubt has to be Dos Santos. Being on the later part of his career, Junior was expected to pass the torch to young and coming Tai Tuivasa. Getting a knock out win Dos Santos proved that he is a true Legend of the UFC, and will continue to write his record book. Alistair Overeem just won his co main event fight at UFC Beijing a couple of weeks ago. Overeem is ranked one position in front of Dos Santos in the UFC’s light heavyweight division. Dos Santos lost his first bout with Overeem back in 2015 via TKO.

Next fight: Junior Dos Santos – Alistair Overeem

Tai Tuivasa: Tai was 8-o in his pro career leading into this main event fight at UFC Adelaide. Unfortunately Saturday was not his night and he will have to continue to climb the ranks in the heavyweight division. Luckily for him, before  his fight he got into a slight altercation with Justin Willis who fought Mark Hunt on the Adelaide card just two fights before Tai fought. Although Willis won and Tuivasa lost, the story line is there and Tuivasa is still ranked higher up then Willis by the UFC’s standards. The Story line alone should get the fight booked possibly for the near future if both fighters are healthy.

Next fight: Tai Tuivasa – Justin Willis

Shogun Rua: Defeating rising star Tyson Pedro this past Saturday, Shogun is currently ranked 12th in the UFC’s light heavyweight division. Although Tyson Pedro suffered a knee injury witch ultimately lead to his TKO loss, Shogun looked impressive threw out the fight and could have been on his way to a decision win. OSP originally defeated Shogun by TKO in 2014. The thing that both fighters have in common in that both of their last fights were against Tyson Pedro. Rematches are notoriously more popular then the original fights. On top of that stylistically Shogun and OSP match up great against each other and it will be very interesting to see where the fight will go being how the first fight went.

Next fight: Shogun – OSP

This upcoming Saturday December 8th the UFC will visit Toronto Canada for UFC 231. The Main event will be Featherweight champion Max Holloway against challenger Brian Ortega. While the Co main will be Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk fighting for the vacant UFC women’s flyweight belt.

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UFC fight night 140 took place in Argentina. A true home game for Santiago Ponzinibbo as he defeated Neil Magny via knock out. The Co-main event was Ricardo Lamas defeating Darren Elkins via TKO.

Santiago Ponzinibbo 

Ponzinibbo is hot and fresh off a seven fight win streak. His latest drawing the attention of another young powerful striker in Darren Till. A battle of the two best pure strikers would headline great for a European card that Dana White has announced for 2019. Although Till is coming off a loss in his title bout, he is still ranked as the #2 contender in welterweight while Santiago sits at #7. With everyone in between being either booked for a fight in the future or being named Steven Thompson, this would surely be the most entertaining match to make next for Ponzinibbo.

Next Match: Santiago Ponzinibbo(7) vs Darren Till(2)

Neil Magny

The loss this past Saturday pushed Magny back to the #11 rank in the 170 pound division. At his age and at this point in his career, it would be interesting to see him fight a guy like Donald Cerrone who is ranked at #12. Another attractive match-up would be Magny vs Gunnar Nelson. Nelson’s last fight was a knock out loss to Santiago Ponzinibbo way back in the summer of 2017. After more then a year off the #14 ranked Nelson would be a great opponent for Magny.

Next Match: Neil Magny (#11) vs Gunnar Nelson (#14)

Ricardo Lamas 

With this win Lamas moves into the #11 spot in the featherweight division. The top ten in featherweight is currently being held in a little logjam due to the hold off in the Holloway vs Ortega. That being said his best possible road to take next would be Cub Swanson. Swanson is currently ranked higher at #7 in the UFC’s featherweight division and is on a three fight losing streak.

Next Match: Ricardo Lamas (#11) vs Cub Swanson (#7)

Darren Elkins 

The Loss to Lamas brought Elkins to the #15 spot in the UFC’s featherweight division. Being on the cuff of the ranking system, Elkins should get the best possible fight next. Chan Sung Jung just came off a depressing knock out loss to Yair Rodriguez. In witch he was dominating the majority of the fight until being clipped by an elbow at the last second of the last round. The Korean Zombie is known for two things, Chin and Cardio. Being ranked slightly higher at #13 this is the perfect match the UFC could make.

Next match: Darren Elkins(#15) vs Chan Sung Jung(#13)

Jhonny Walker 

Walker had himself an impressive knock out win over Khalil Roundtree in his UFC debut. Showing an impressive level of talent in the striking part of his game, He will likely be moved to a ranked opponent next. The First fighter that comes to mind is Nikita Krylov. Coming off of two losses to Misha Cirkunov at UFC 206 and Jan Blachowicz back in September, Krylov is ranked at #15 in the UFC light heavyweight division.

Next Match: Jhonny Walker vs Nikita Krylov(#15)

 

 

 

Written By: Mike D

The BBQ Pit MMA

 

UFC 230 will take place on November 3rd 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. There is hand fulls of great fights already on the card. Chris Weidman takes on Luke Rockhold in a very anticipated rematch. Middleweight contenders Ronaldo Souza and David Branch will face off along with Derek Brunson and Israel Adesanya. The co-main event was announced to be Nate Diaz coming of his 2 year layoff to fight Dustin Porier. The only problem is the UFC has yet to decide who will fight in the main event. The reason they are having a hard time is because the UFC likes to hold main event spots on PPV cards for title fights. Right now at the moment there are very little amount of title fights that can possibly be made.

Daniel Cormier: Daniel has been quoted saying that he wishes to fight two fights before he retires in march. Witch of course would imply that he wishes to have one fight at the end of this year and his last fight to be in march of 2019. The November card would fit that timeline perfectly. Witch title would he defend though? With the recent news that Jon Jones can return to the octogon as soon as october, rumors have been circulating that Jones may be an option for that main event slot. Knowing how big Jones is he would be able to make the fight happen at either heavy or light heavyweight. Although the most recent news has Cormier coming out saying that he is only eyeing one last fight with Brock Lesner sometime next year, it would still be exciting to see him keep his word and come back to fight this year.

 

Max Holloway: With Holloway’s health issues playing a role in the decision, he may be far fetched to be on this card as well. One thing is for certain when he does fight his opponent will be Brian Ortega. Ortega is the number one contender and was already slated once to fight Holloway until injury plagued that fight.

 

Rose Namajunas: Thug rose fought last back in April, witch has given her plenty of time to rest and train to be ready to go in November. The problem is the division, she is 1-1 with Tecia Torres. Maybe they do the rubber match but Torres just lost to Jedrzejczyk who Rose beat twice in a row. Jessica Andrade just became the number one contender in that division. With a 3 fight win streak over Claudia Gadelha, Tecia Torres , and Karolina Kowalkiewicz. The only issue there is that her last fight was not even a month ago on September 8th. Will that be enough time for Andrade to do her training camp and make this fight happen at MSG?

 

TJ Dillashaw / Henry Cejudo: Both men have called for a super fight with each other that they both got on metro PCS and promoted. Dillashaw coming of an impressive 2 knock out streak over Cody Garbrandt has limited choices at bantamweight. He could fight a rematch with Cruz or maybe even fight contenders such as Marlon Moraes or Raphael Assuncao. While Cejudo’s only fight in the flyweight division would be a rematch with Demetrious Johnson. Johnson was the champion since 2012, if anyone deserves an immediate rematch it would be him. Seeing how their options are slim, it may be the smartest move to have these two guys battle in a super fight in New York.

Whoever the main event is, it will only make this card that much more of a draw. Most people argue that they would like to see Diaz and Porier in the main event. While that is attractive, adding a title fight only adds more excitement. Remember to buy the PPV on Saturday November 3rd for UFC 230 in New York City.

 

Written by: Michael Lynch- The BBQ Pit Live

 

 

 

 

 

 

With all the excitement of UFC 225 there a couple things to take away from the weekend’s event. Here is me having a little fun trying to do Sean Shelby’s job for him.

Alistar Overeem- The loser of the Derrick Lewis vs Francis Ngannou should be next for Alistar. Although he didn’t put on the worst preformance, he was victim of yet another knock out. If Lewis loses its a great test for what would be a falling career for Overeem and if Ngannou loses it makes for a rematch that i do not think anybody would complain about.

Curtis Blades- Curtis should fight the winner of that same fight, Ngannou vs Lewis. Blades is on a 4 fight win streak in the UFC over elite fighter like Mark Hunt and Alistar Overeem. If he falls short of his title shot for now i think this would be 100% a title eliminator fight with the winner fighting the champion next. Although he is more likley to get the call for the title fight if Cormier beats Stipe. At this point Daniel would appear to be unstopable and the UFC would be forced to throw a elite wrestler at him.

Tai Tuivasa- This is yet another young heavyweight on the come up. With a lot of the heavyweights ahead of him already being booked for the upcoming future i would say the best prediction would be that his next fight will be against Alexander Volkov. So long as Volkov doesn’t get the next call for the title i think Tai would be the best match-up for him. Volkov is a great striker with crazy reach. Tuivasa on the other hand is a straight savage and will win at any cost. If Alexander does get the call for the title shot i think Tai should wait till closer to the end of this year and fight the winner of either JDS vs Blagoy Ivanov or Marcin Tybura vs Stefen Struve. Any one of those 4 fighters will be Tuivasa’s toughest fight to date and will be extremely exciting to see.

Andri Arlovski- Only winning 2 out of his last 5 fights, all three of his losses coming to young up and coming heavyweights, i feel as though he should challenge himself and fight another young guy. Justin Willis is the first name that comes to mind. On a 3 fight win streak in the UFC, this would be a great chance for Arlovski to redeem himself and stop the hype train that is Justin Willis.

Holly Holm- In her post fight interview in the octagon she made it clear that winning her 135 belt back was the top thing on her to-do list. With all respect to Holm 135 is her natural division. She doesn’t have a problem getting to 135 and she is more in the bantamweight body frame. I say Dana should give her what she wants and let her fight Amanda Nunez for the women’s Bantamweight title.

Rafael Dos Anjos- Coming off this loss to Covington i think he should have to fight Steven Thompson or Darren Till. My first choice would be Darren Till if i am the matchmaker because Till just beat wonder boy. On the other hand Dana might feel that the Till fight with Thompson was so close that Thompson gets the fight because of how new to the company Till is. Till has already stated that he doesn’t care who he fights next and that he is okay with Thompson getting the crack at the loser of the Interim fight.

Yoel Romero- Next fight should be either Daniel Cormier or llir Latifi at Light Heavyweight. Its not any breaking news that Romero is having a lot of trouble making 185. With the move up to 205 in the near future, a fight with elite wrestlers is the best fight to make for him in that division. He gets Cormier if he loses to Stipe, if not Dana will more then likely look to give him Latifi.

Robert Whittaker- For me this was pretty easy, his next opponent will be Chris Weidman. It was between Weidman and Gastlem for me and being as though Weidman’s last fight was a win over Gastlem it makes it pretty obvious that he should get the next crack at the belt.