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We all know Dan Hodge (http://angrymarks.com/?ArticleID=11044) and Dan Gable (http://www.mmafighting.com/news/2012/6/16/3089271/dan-gable-mma-wrestling-should-work-together-more-ufc-news) are fans of MMA. But this week we also found out Cael Sanderson is also an MMA fan (http://www.pennlive.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/05/penn_states_cael_sanderson_is.html). I suppose we could have guessed as much because he has already worked out with Wanderlei Silva. (Check youtube.)

 

In other news, on May 15 at Bellator 137, Darrion Caldwell made 135 and went on to beat fight veteran Rafael Silva.

 

On May 16 at UFC Fight Night 66, Mark Munoz retired with a win in the Philippines, and Frankie Edgar beat Uriah Faber -- which likely earned him a title shot.  

 

On May 24 at UFC 187, Chris Weidman finished Vitor Belfort in the first round to retain the UFC belt, and Daniel Cormier finished Anthony Johnson in the third round to win the UFC belt. Johnson was gracious in defeat, putting the belt on Cormier. It's also easy to be happy for Cormier. He's overcome a lot of adversity, and it's great he's now champion of the world. 

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Cormier finally did not have a greatest ever in his way. The guy had Sanderson, Gatsalov and Jones standing in front of him and the championship. I never thought the poor guy would ever make it to the top. This probably was his last shot and he got it done, finally! Huge relief for him I'm sure. He must of thought he was cursed, ha:-) I mean who has the greatest of all time type guys standing in your way on three different occasions?

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what were Lawler and Might Mouse's wrestling accolades? Did they wrestle beyond HS?

 

I don't think they wrestled beyond HS, here's what I found:

 

About Lawler -> "Lawler was an All-State honors recipient in wrestling back in high school..."

 

About Demetrious -> "He placed third and second in Washington State's second hardest state championship (it has five) as a high school junior and senior respectively."  

 

"While Johnson certainly occupies rarefied air as an MMA wrestler, in terms of amateur wrestling credentials, his success only came on the in-state high school level."

 

Here he talks about his wrestling background -> http://www.mmawizard.com/genesisfights/files/e4be66f6491f3ab1cc2142b19f999c0f-18.html

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Agreed PRyan. He's been so close so many times. I was very happy to see him finally reach his ultimate goals. Great story.

 

Also enjoyed seeing the legend killer Wideman give a long overdue beating to Belfort. Can't wait to see a potential Weidman vs Rockhold fight. Both of them are great everywhere, but I think CW has more power and better takedowns and that will win it for him.

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His problem in international wrestling was never really that there was one all time great (Gatsalov) ahead of him that he couldn't get past. That was one of his problems, but there were other guys he also couldn't beat. In MMA his only problem was Jones, glad to see him finally win a world championships and make some good money along the way. He's on TV regularly and has set up a future for himself as an analyst. Great for a guy who was broke when he started fighting. 

 

Cormier is underrated by a lot of people. People need to remember that he's past his physical peak and is a middle weight who's body just physically can't cut the weight. A ton of the MW fighters are way bigger than him in terms of frame, but their bodies can handle the cut. Look at him next to Weidman or his good friend Luke Rockhold. The guy was fighting and HW and now LHW with middle weight proportions. Considering all that it's very impressive what he's accomplished in MMA. 

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Shiraz,

 

I was referring to the 04 Olympics when he lost to probably the best wrestler on the planet at the time. If Gatsalov is not there he is an Olympic champion probably-he still had the finals to win I realize that so that is debatable. Gatsalov is the greatest wrestler of our era-especially if he wins in 15 and 16. Now in reference to college Cael Sanderson is the greatest of all time and Cormier destroyed everyone that year except Cael of course and lost to him 3 times. And in the UFC Jones was on track to become the greatest ever and still could be if he gets his act together and Cormier wrecked everyone until he met Jones. But yes in international wrestling he did not dominate but was right there almost winning the ultimate prize at the 04 games. Just saying Cormier has had some bad luck falling short of his goals because he always seems to run into Phenom's!

 

Also a lot of people do judge him on his looks a lot. Dough boy is UFC champion I saw in one article. I think Lt heavy is his best weight honestly. He did wrestle 197 when he was 18 at Colby and wanted to wrestle at 197 at OSU. If he wrestles 197 at OSU he is easily an NCAA champion.  

 

So happy for him. Hopefully he stays humble.

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He's def had terrible luck in terms of opponents. I just think it'd be interesting to see what a young Cormier who's body could actually cut weight would have done. Frame-wise he's similar in size to Yoel Romero, although not as good of an athlete as Romero is. He's so outsized against a guy like Jon Jones. If he'd entered MMA just a little bit earlier he'd have been a dominant champ in either HW or LHW. The guys fighting before Jones came along wouldn't have been able to handle him at LHW. He'd have beaten the HW guys too.  But in the end he did get the belt regardless. 

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Cejudo won his fight against Chico Camus, but it was not a good performance, he said he suffered from food poisoning because of a "bad taco" and the weight cut was hard as a result of it, he contemplated not fighting, but he fought and won after all.

 

Werdum submitted Cain with a guillotine choke when the latter took him down, making 3 champions coming from a jiu-jitsu background (Aldo, RDA and Werdum).

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Cejudo won his fight against Chico Camus, but it was not a good performance, he said he suffered from food poisoning because of a "bad taco" and the weight cut was hard as a result of it, he contemplated not fighting, but he fought and won after all.

 

Werdum submitted Cain with a guillotine choke when the latter took him down, making 3 champions coming from a jiu-jitsu background (Aldo, RDA and Werdum).

Cejudo got all but one of his takedown attempts stuffed and even his punches didn't have the same pop to them. Cains gas tank was absolutely terrible. The obvious explanation is lack of proper acclamation to the altitude but he's the only fighter to looked gassed after the first round.

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Heavyweight MMA is so low on talent. Will be great when Amir Ali Akbari clowns these guys and becomes champ. Or Bilyal Makhov ☺

 

Werdum is very well rounded, a great jiu-jitsu game mixed with great muay thai from Rafael Cordeiro, and a good cardio (he seemed to get used to the high altitude of mexico city). I don't know about Akbari (since the doping tests are more harsh nowadays), but Makhov will be a great add for the UFC HW roster.

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