AROUND THE CAGE

Every week The Fight Voice will bring MMA fans Around the Cage, discussing the latest MMA news from the UFC, previewing fights and breaking down the past weekend’s bouts!

Week: April 21 – 28

Whip Around
The UFC had a massive week over the past seven days as fans were treated to free fights on Wednesday, a new season of The Ultimate Fighter and a stacked card on Fox Saturday night.

The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale
Thankfully, The Ultimate Fighter Nations came to an end on Wednesday night as Canada showcased four fighters in the finale, while the Aussies were represented by nobody except their coach Kyle Noke. Unfortunately, Noke also laid an egg as Canadian veteran Pat Cote breezed to a victory capping off a big night for our neighbors to the north. Ultimate Fighters Chad Laprise and Elias Theodorou walked away with impressive victories to earn the six-figure contracts and a spot in the UFC stable. Pat Cote defeated Kyle Noke in a boring fight giving the Canadian contingent the credibility to laugh at the guys down under.

The UFC also gave the fans a loaded card of free fights with preliminary bouts and a main card that was headlined by Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Bisping and American hero Tim Kennedy. If you haven’t check out our post on the feud between these two warriors please click here https://thefightvoice.com/2014/04/20/revolutionary-war-ii/
Kennedy threw the kitchen sink at Bisping and walked away with a decision.

UFC on FOX Saturday Night
The UFC on Fox kicked off Saturday night capping off the big weekend with three big bouts that had title implications as Donald Cerrone, Miesha Tate and headliner Travis Browne stepped into the cage. Fans were also given a handful of preliminary bouts and one undercard fight to wet the whistle of diehard UFC fans.

In the most exciting fight of the night Donald Cerrone squared off against dangerous striker Edson Barboza and each fighter traded significant strikes throughout the bout. Barboza was out landing Cerrone across the board in total strikes and efficiency until the heavy-handed Cerrone landed a huge strike that sent Barboza into an instant daze. Barboza tried to recover but Cerrone was quick to the get to the back of Barboza and submitted him quickly. Cerrone continues to be a huge threat to the division and should have title opportunities coming soon.

The ladies stepped into the cage as Miesha Tate and Liz Carmouche both needed a victory to keep their UFC careers alive. Both were coming off losses and vowed to get back in the mix. The fight was very unimpressive as both fighters did not look like themselves. Miesha Tate, always dangerous with her hands, looked timid the entire fight and never really hurt Carmouche. Liz Carmouche simply didn’t show up and remained on her back most of the fight. It was a close decision that gave Tate the victory; however, both fighters have some soul-searching to do before they make any claim of being back in the contender spot.

The main event saw two big heavyweights stepping into the octagon as title contenders Travis Browne and Fabricio Werdum were given the opportunity to cement their spot against current titleholder Cain Velasquez. Browne, who was coming off big victories, was favored to win the bout as his recent tear through the division was nothing short of impressive. However, Werdum had different plans as he put on a boxing clinic against Browne landing the more significant and consistent strikes. Fabricio Werdum, who is often overlooked but remains a consistent winner in the cage, will face Cain Velasquez this summer in what will be a memorable battle for the heavyweight title.

On Deck

UFC 172 – Saturday, April 26 Jones v Teixeira

Main Event
Jon Jones v Glover Teixeira – the current champ Jon ‘Bones’ Jones steps into the ring against undefeated slugger Glover Teixeira this weekend at UFC 172 in what could be a historic bout. Many analysts believe that Teixeira has the skills to put Jones down and others believe that Jones is being completely disrespected as the current belt holder. Jones has been unbelievable in the UFC and has given the fans many memorable bouts with jaw-dropping highlights. Could Teixeira be the guy to make his own highlight reel on Saturday night? We can’t wait to find out.

Undercards
Phil Davis v Anthony Johnson
Luke Rockhold v Tim Boetsch
Jim Miller v Yancy Medeiros
Max Holloway v Andre Fili

For predictions and analysis of the preliminary bouts please visit http://www.mmamania.com/2014/4/21/5638152/ufc-172-preview-predictions-jones-vs-teixeira-online-prelims-fight-pass-pt-baltimore-mma

The Ultimate Fighter Edgar v Penn
The new season of TUF kicked off on Wednesday night with 16 fights that would determine the fighters moving into the house. Be sure to check out our recap of each fight here https://thefightvoice.com/2014/04/18/tuf-19-episode-1/
The season looks to be entertaining as both teams have talented fighters. In addition, the coaches Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn are two great personalities to have on the show.

Hot Links
Latest breaking stories from respected and trusted media outlets
http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2014/4/22/5639428/ufc-172-jon-jones-focused-lhw-no-cain-velasquez-phil-davis
http://www.mmafighting.com/2014/4/21/5638694/dana-white-ufc-172-vlog-day-1
http://www.mmamania.com/2014/4/21/5636992/ufc-172-preview-five-burning-questions-heading-into-jones-vs-teixeira-baltimore-mma

Turn it Up!
The Fight Voice crew goes “unfiltered” with some thoughts, opinions and chatter
• How badass is Donald Cerrone? For a Budweiser guy like myself I could think of nothing cooler than having a cold Bud with Donals Cerrone talking MMA, cars and women.
• If Jon Jones walks away with the victory on Saturday night at UFC 172 then I would expect Phil Davis to be a name fans will hear for Jone’s next title defense. Davis still has to impress on Saturday night against Anthony Johnson, but the Twitter chatter and dislike between these two will reach a boiling point soon.

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