Due to an unbearable head cold, Talking Combat with Chris Toplack has been cancelled this week on MMASucka.com. It’s been a week long battle and figured I would tough it out, but symptoms got worse and the entire morning has been spent on the couch. Despite not being able to provide you with another quality show, I still wanted to blog about some content that would have been included. Below is a weekly recap along with a few predictions for UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs Oliveira.
Aldo-McGregor set for UFC 194 on Dec. 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
*Note: Conor McGregor opens just shy of 2-1 favourite over Jose Aldo at UFC 194*
Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold co-headlines UFC 194 in Las Vegas
Fabricio Werdum officially set to defend UFC heavyweight title in rematch vs. Cain Velasquez
With the matchup officially happening, UFC officials will now just need to find a time and date for the bout to occur, with anytime between late 2015 and early 2016 most likely to land the heavyweight title fight.
* Note: I personally would have rather seen Stipe, Andrei or JDS vs Werdum. Cain did not deserve an immediate rematch.*
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone Confirmed For UFC on FOX 17 In Orlando this December.
Liz Carmouche vs. Raquel Pennington officially added to UFC 191
Stipe Miocic vs. Ben Rothwell targeted for UFC Fight Night in Ireland
Rick Story was forced to withdraw from his upcoming co-main event with Erick Silva this Saturday in Saskatoon. Rick’s replacement will be Neil Magny.
Anderson Silva’s positive drug test defense
On Thursday, the attorney of Anderson Silva claim a “tainted” sexual performance medication was the reason he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Did this hold up? Nope!
Anderson Silva suspended one year and fined $380K. Silva’s victory over Nick Diaz to a no contest. Mind you, this was handed out retroactively so it carries over from his January fight. This means he cannot compete until Jan 31, 2016.
Don’t do drugs!
More weight classes?
Joe Rogan: “UFC will probably add more weight classes, starting with 195 pounds.” Via Bloody Elbow. More below…..
“I also think the UFC is probably gonna have to add more weight classes eventually, because there’s not enough weight classes. There’s some big gaps like 185 and 205, that’s a 20-pound weight class, that’s a giant gap. I think for guys that are like ‘tweeners, there’s guys that are like too big for this weight but too small for that weight. They could use a 195, I think every 10 pounds would be reasonable.”
Also on Thursday, Raphael Assuncao underwent surgery on one of his ankles. One of the many setbacks he has faced within the past year.
UFC had declined signing Josh Thomson to a new deal, so he’s officially with Bellator MMA
Will Ronda ever return to the squared circle? She answered that question on Reddit.
“Definitely. I loved being in WrestleMania and will find a way to get back in the squared circle. I just have no clue when. And any real wrestling fan would want to be surprised anyway.”
Agree or Disagree?
During an appearance on the Great Debate MMA Podcast, Welterweight Matt Brown believes Jon Jones could be Heavyweight Champion if he wanted to be.
“I wouldn’t give anybody a chance against Jones honestly. Even at heavyweight, I think Jones would probably win the heavyweight title if he wanted. “
UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs Oliveria takes place this coming Sunday, August 23rd from the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. For those unaware of Canadian geography, it’s taking place in the prairies. Here are the co-main and main event predictions!
Coming off his recent lop-sided loss that came via submission to Demain Maia, Neil Magny is hoping to rebound in a big way. Prior to that set back, he was on a 7 fight-winning streak with the hopes of jumping into the Top 10 rankings.
Erick Silva is undeniably one of the UFC’s most exciting fighters at 170 pounds. Despite trading wins and losses during his UFC tenure, he’s ALWAYS dangerous. Silva is hoping to extend his winning streak to 3 and take a shot at some top opposition. It all starts with Magny.
Magny has completely evolved from the fighter we once saw on The Ultimate Fighter. He is more well rounded by the day and patience will be one of his main keys to victory.
Silva is ultra aggressive and whether the fight is contested on the feet or winds up with a scramble on the mat; he’s looking for the finish. I see this reckless strategy paying off with a TKO or Submission victory.
Silva via TKO
A victory for either man catapults them into a potential top contender match up.
Since losing to Conor McGregor almost 2 years ago to the day, Max Holloway has compiled a 6-0 record with 5 stoppages. At merely 23 years ago, the sky is still the limit for this kid and this is undoubtedly the best version we have seen to date. A notable difference has been the power he packs behind his punches. It was rarely seen and now a focal point of his recent bouts.
Charles Oliveria has won 4 in a row with three of those victories earning him Performance of the Night bonuses for his spectacular submission stoppages. If this fight goes to the ground, it’s automatically in Oliveria’s wheelhouse and very few can survive.
I really make a conscious effort of keeping these predictions fairly simplistic, as there is no reason to dive in depth and discuss fights on a systematic level. So, with that in mind, it leads me to the following. If the fight remains standing, Max Holloway emerges victorious. If the fight goes to the mat, Oliveria gets his arm raised. One thing is for sure; this fight will not go the distance. Too much is on the line.
Max Holloway via TKO