UFC Fight Night 167 Stream : The UFC returns to New Mexico tonight for UFC Fight Night 167. It’s the first time in nearly six years that the promotion has brought UFC Fight the octagon to the state. The fighters in the headlining bout face a great deal of pressure following last week’s UFC 247 main event. In that bout, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones retained his title via a close Anderson vs Blachowicz unanimous decision over Dominick Reyes.
The fight was close enough that Reyes could be in line for an immediate rematch.Which means the two men who are competing in the main event on the New Mexico card, Corey Anderson and Jan Blachowicz, need to deliver a memorable performance if the victor hopes to earn the next shot at Jones’ title. Anderson is the No. 5 ranked fighter in the official UFC light heavyweight rankings. Blachowicz checks in at No. 6.
This is the second time these two will meet. In the first fight, Anderson earned a unanimous decision. The first round of that contest was close, but the final 10 minutes of the bout belonged to Anderson. He used his wrestling skills to take Blachowicz to the mat and grind him down on the ground for the win.
Anderson’s game plan is still wrestling based, but he has shown in recent fights that he’s not afraid to use his striking. Anderson is coming off a first-round knockout win over the highly touted Johnny Walker. Blachowicz is coming off a split decision win over Ronaldo Souza.
Four years after their first battle, Corey Anderson and Jan Blachowicz will meet as top Light Heavyweight contenders this Saturday evening (Feb. 15, 2020) when they headline the latest ESPN+ card in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Down at 170 pounds, veteran Diego Sanchez looks to shut down Brazilian wild man Michel Pereira, while Dequan Townsend makes a sub-month turnaround against Devin Clark at Light Heavyweight.
Let’s bang out the last three UFC Fight Night 167 “Prelims” undercard bouts (check out the first four here) and get back to catching all the Oscar winners we missed:
Daniel Rodriguez (10-1) put together a four-fight win streak to earn a “Contender Series” slot opposite Rico Farrington in July 2019. Despite facing height and reach disadvantages, he utilized aggression and well-timed takedowns to claim a decision, albeit not one that earned him a contract.
If Rodriguez decides to stand and trade with Means — as he seemed happy to do for most of his fight with Farrington despite scoring easy takedowns — he’s screwed. He overcommits badly to his overhand left, leaving his head wide open as he stumbles, and had all sorts of trouble getting inside when Farrington committed to keeping a jab in his face. Means is more than technically savvy enough to take Rodriguez apart in any prolonged exchange.
Where Rodriguez does have a shot is with his ground game, as he’s adept at passing to mount and unleashing heavy punches from there. Historically, though, Means has been extremely difficult to hold down, so Rodriguez will end up trading punches whether he wants to or not. “The Dirty Bird” dissects him for a mid-round mercy stoppage.
Four consecutive knockout wins under the Cage Warriors banner secured Wood two successful defenses of its Bantamweight title and a UFC berth. He’s been similarly dominant in the Octagon, choking out Johnny Eduardo, Andre Ewell and Jose Alberto Quinonez.
Fourteen of his wins have come inside the distance, eight of them by form of knockout.Anderson vs. Blachowicz 2 is another big fight on the calendar and for UFC fans around the world, it’s the perfect opportunity to watch yet another quality fighting spectacle.
The event is headlined by the main card pitting Corey Anderson versus Jan Blachowicz. Both fighters seem to be in a good place in their career and hold several distinctions each. Anderson has been a rising start although he has already suffered four defeats, so he definitely knows what it is to lose in the octagon.Dodson’s collapse has less to do with physical decline or fighting above his ideal weight and more to do with the fact that he never evolved. He’s the same low-output, one-handed banger who floored T.J. Dillashaw eight years ago, offering little besides his booming overhand left. That’s not to say that can’t win him this fight — we’ve seen Wood badly hurt before and “The Prospect” can’t lean on his wrestling the way he has in previous Octagon appearances.
Still, Wood’s length and far more versatile striking arsenal look like more than the aging “Magician” can handle. His chances of winning comfortably from the outside outweigh Dodson’s chances of finding a one-hitter quitter.
“Hot Sauce” is the taller man by one inch, but will give up two inches of reach.Holtzman’s wrestling prowess seems frustratingly inconsistent. He went from completely shutting down Patrick’s takedown offense to surrendering five to Lentz — he can’t afford to have similarly porous defense against Miller, whose top game remains potent enough to trouble top-tier Lightweights.
If Miller’s decline had more to do with wear and age than an enterprising tick, Holtzman’s physical superiority may be enough to earn him the win. Considering what it’s historically taken to knock Miller out and the fact that, outside of Diego Sanchez in 2016, Miller hasn’t lost to a sub-top-15 fighter in his whole career, I say Miller turns the clock back one more time.
Nicco Montano’s turbulent time in the UFC has hit another setback as shes’ been forced out of her fight with Macy Chaisson at this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 167 event in New Mexico due to an injury.
Montano reportedly has suffered a sprained MCL that’s left her unable to compete in what was to be only her third fight for the UFC since winning The Ultimate Fighter Season 26 and becoming the inaugural UFC flyweight champion in December of 2017.
Montano has been plagued by problems since then, starting with being taken to hospital after a bad weight cut prior to her next fight with Valentina Shevchenko, leading to her being stripped of her title.Montano was then suspended for six months in late 2018 after testing positive for Ostarine, while her comeback fight last year was cancelled when her opponent Sara McMann pulled out injured.
Just days away from the event, the UFC have had to move quickly to find a replacement for Montano to keep Chaisson on the card, and they’ve managed to do that by bringing in Shanna Young, who has previously fought on the Contender Series and is currently with Invicta FC.UFC Fight Night 167 now proceeds with a card that’s set to be headlined by Cory Anderson vs. Jan Blachowicz.
A Light-Heavyweight title fight might be up for grabs here – unless the UFC decides to either rematch champ Jon Jones with Dominick Reyes or go in another direction altogether with ‘Bones’ – as both of these men are on strong winning streaks; Blachowicz has won 6 of his last 7, while Anderson hasn’t been beaten since 2017 and has won his last 4 fights.
Interestingly – as the subtitle for the event makes clear – this is also a rematch, as the two 205 lbers first faced off back at UFC 191 in September 2015. That fight was a plodding, dull affair that saw Anderson essentially out wrestle Blachowicz for a decision, but it’s safe to say that both men have improved a lot since then.
‘The Prince of Cieszyn’ hasn’t exactly closed the holes in his wrestling game; in truth he hasn’t fought a truly excellent wrestler since his 2017 loss to Patrick Cummins, but he’s definitely come on leaps and bounds with his grappling, as he’s won two fights by submission in recent years and is now a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Anderson meanwhile is far more than just a wrestler with good punching power these days; sure, he still carries that power, as Johnny Walker found out in November, but he’s also a much more nuanced boxer, capable of fighting behind a stiff jab and using his punches to set up his takedowns and vice versa.
Is he as good a striker as Blachowicz? Most likely not; the Pole has been renowned for his kickboxing for years and has much more than a solid boxing game, most notably a savage attack to the body that he used to put away Ilir Latifi back in his UFC debut in 2014.The ‘Dirty Bird’ Tim Means is light-years ahead of his opponent in every area of mixed martial arts. His striking and ground game is far superior to that of his opponent.
That said, a similar situation was presented to us last week with Alex Morano. His opponent (Kallin Williams) was totally out-classed in all areas but gave Morano zero-time to find momentum. Williams knocked Morano out within 30 seconds which is always a risk no matter how talented the fighter is. As a sports bettor, these types of results can leave you hesitant in your future bets but don’t let that deter you. A straight bet on Means will give you a 40% return on your money which yes, does require you to pay the juice but, leaves you a much stronger position than most.
Without discrediting Rodriguez too much, he doesn’t have the experience or skill-set that Means does. His striking combos are simple to read and fighting Means in your UFC debut on short notice isn’t going to a farewell for anybody of this calibre.
Don’t question yourself, Tim Means is UFC ranked quality of opponent while Rodriguez hasn’t even been under the bright lights of the UFC yet. It’s a no brainer in my opinion; this week’s first leg for the punching parlay will be ‘The Dirty Bird’, Tim Means.
Mark and Montana De La Rosa will spend their Valentine’s Day weekend in the octagon. The two UFC fighters will become the first in the organization to fight on the same card when they do battle at UFC Fight Night 167 in Rio Rancho Saturday.
The couple from Ft. Worth, Texas, said fighting together has its benefits and challenges.“I guess the benefits would be us having a body to train with all of the time,” said Montana. “We’re on the same schedule. We know what we are going through mentally and physically.”
Mark De La Rosa laid out the challenges. “Just cutting weight together, being grumpy together,” said Mark.” Usually like whenever I’m cutting weight, fight week I like taking her out watching her eat fattening, watching her eat dessert.”
Watching one another fight was an exercise in nerves at the start of their combat career, but it’s not so bad anymore.“I don’t really get too stressed, especially with my wife,” said Mark. “I get super stressed to watch my teammates fight.