One of the biggest criticisms fight fans have about professional MMA is a perceived lack of star power and rivalries. There is currently no Lidell-Ortiz, no Shamrock-Gracie, no “Rampage” Jackson-Rashad Evans, they claim… but to say that the fight game is devoid of personality, intrigue, or highly-skilled warriors would be ridiculous. To say that professional MMA is “boring” would be insane. And to pass on Saturday night’s UFC 184: “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey vs “Alpha” Cat Zingano pay-per-view card would be equivalent to
…because it’s going to be an incredible display of skill, intensity, and drama.
At this point, what can we say about Ronda Rousey that hasn’t already been said? She is the champ – a certifiable badass that has yet to meet an opponent that can test her. Her 10-0 record is impressive enough; however, the manner in which she has disposed of those 10 victims speaks volumes about her strength, stamina, and sheer will to destroy whoever steps into the cage with her. If you are unfamiliar with Ms. Rousey, or even the slightest bit apprehensive about women’s fighting, in general, click this…
She gets the job done with a superior level of precision and aggression that most men would kill for.
Saturday night, she fights “Alpha” Cat Zingano, who is a pretty tough chick in her own right. “Alpha” is 9-0 and packs power that Rousey hasn’t seen.
Shit’s gonna pop off… and we dare say that Rousey will be pushed to the limit?Zingano is the #1 contender to Rousey’s title. The first woman to score a win via TKO in the UFC, Zingano brings ferocity and punishing striking ability with her.
It’s foolish to pick against the champ – but if anyone can knock Rousey off of her perch, it is Zingano. We expect Zingano to punish Rousey with a stiff jab and stinging leg kicks, but ultimately, Rousey capitalizes on a mistake en route to a second round submission victory – via armbar.
Rousey vs Zingano: The Weigh-in.
Holly Holm (7-0) makes her UFC debut against Raquel Pennington (5-4). Holm counts 6 KO’s among her 7 MMA victories, and is a highly-skilled professional boxer as well, bringing with her a 33-2 pro boxing record. Holm is relentless and is known to attack from all angles. She combines brutal leg kicks with stunning punching ability and overwhelms her opponents with unparalleled tenacity.
While this will be her first official UFC fight, she is primed for a title shot against Rousey, should they both walk out of the cage with their arms raised, Saturday night. “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holly Holm is fully expected to roll through Pennington, and we predict a first round TKO in favor of Holm – setting up a “super fight” with Rousey.
In men’s action… we’ve got a couple of UFC veteran’s doing all that they can to extend their fading careers.
Josh Koschek (17-8) is 37 years old and coming off of three straight losses, albeit at the hands of some hard-hitting superstars of the sport (Hendricks, Lawler, and Tyron Woodley). Kos’ last win came via decision against Mike Pierce more than three years ago. The fan-favorite owns wins over legends like Matt Hughes and Frank Trigg, but if he wants to keep hope alive – as well as those UFC paychecks – he desperately needs to get back into the win column. He’ll get that chance against another veteran of the cage, Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger (20-9). Ellenberger brings his own three fight losing streak into this bout (also losing to Lawler, as well as Macdonald, and rising star Kelvin Gastelum). Ellenberger has A LOT of fights under his belt for a 29 year old, and knows that a fourth consecutive defeat will significantly decrease his chances of maintaining his place in an organization that is looking for the next young superstar. These guys both need a win – badly… and should come into this fight prepared to do whatever it takes in order to leave with one. For that reason, we predict an intense, exciting bout that will end with a Josh Koschek victory via TKO.
Alan Jouban (10-3) vs Richard Walsh (8-2) – Welterweights. Not sure why this fight is in this spot on the card. Walsh has gone to decision in his last three fights – all against some mid-level competition. Jouban has a little more power, and will be looking to improve his UFC record to 2-1. This fight is a toss-up, but in the spirit of making a call we’ll go with Jouban, via decision.
Tony Ferguson (17-3) vs Glieson Tibau (33-10) – Lightweights. *Tibau made his debut vs Nick Diaz (loss) in 2006. He’s somewhat of a journeyman who has racked up a lot of wins, just not against the top competition he’s fought – so he hasn’t quite been able to break through that ceiling. He just fought January 18, 2015 – a decision victory over Norman Parke. Ferguson won The Ultimate Figher 13 – and is looking to take his game to the next level. This is a very intriguing fight and could go either way. We will throw a dart and predict a close victory for Ferguson via decision.
PRELIMS: Prelim fights will be *free and live* on FoxSports1 starting at 8pm Eastern…
“The Filipino Wrecking Machine”Mark Munoz (13-5) vs Brazilian Roan Carneiro (19-9) – Welterweights. Munoz brings a pretty cool nickname and three losses in his last four fights into the cage against a fired up Carneiro. Munoz does own victories against guys like Damien Maia, C.B. Dollaway, and most recently Tim Boetsch, but isn’t at that elite level – losing quickly to Lyoto Machida (head kick in the first round) and Gegard Mousasi (rear naked choke in the first round). He is 37 years old and really needs a win, here (sticking with the theme of the night). Carneiro, on the other hand, brings a five fight win streak with him, although none of them were in the UFC against elite competition. Carneiro fought five times in the UFC between 2007-2008, going 2-3 including a loss against Jon Fitch. This will be another shot in the dark – because who really knows what kind of motivation these two are bringing with them? You would expect that they enter the cage prepared to leave their hearts on the mat – but it doesn’t always work out that way. Munoz by KO.
Other prelim fights include fighters like Tim Means, Diego Lima, Derrick Lewis, James Krause, and Norifumi Yamamoto.