Video: Niko Price’s epic, crazy KO of Randy Brown

You won’t see this happen very often in any MMA fight, let alone in the UFC. The highlight of Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night: Dos Santos vs. Ivanov card was by far the unexpected knockout win by welterweight Niko Price, as he put Randy B…

You won’t see this happen very often in any MMA fight, let alone in the UFC.

The highlight of Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night: Dos Santos vs. Ivanov card was by far the unexpected knockout win by welterweight Niko Price, as he put Randy Brown out cold while on his back.

We’ve seen upkicks and elbows lead to knockouts from the bottom position before, but hammerfists? It looks as if the first one actually put Brown out cold, and the rest were just for good measure. An unbelievable sequence, and one of the most astonishing finishes you’ll ever see. Watch the video at the top of the page.

Here’s Tim Burke’s play-by-play of the ending:

Round 2 – Price pressures early with punches and looks for a takedown. Brown looks to secure a choke and it forces Price to his back. Brown stands out of guard. Upkick from Price. Brown dives in with a huge right. Brown gets tied up in Price’s legs and Price starts lighting him up with hammerfists from the bottom. And BROWN IS OUT COLD! HOLY HELL!

Niko Price defeated Randy Brown via TKO (hammerfists from the bottom), round 2

Price has won two straight, including his eighth by knockout, whereas Brown drops to 4-3 in the UFC since being signed off of Dana White’s Lookin’ For a Fight series.

UFC Boise, The Morning After: Judging Doesn’t Have to Stay This Murky

What you may have missed from last night Several questionable decisions by three judges irrevocably affected the careers and lives of more than one mixed martial artist last night at UFC Fight Night 133. Justin Scoggins, Dennis Bermudez, a…

What you may have missed from last night

Several questionable decisions by three judges irrevocably affected the careers and lives of more than one mixed martial artist last night at UFC Fight Night 133. Justin Scoggins, Dennis Bermudez, and Eddie Wineland all suffered decision losses with scorecards that surprised many onlookers. Bermudez and Scoggins suffered split decision losses, while Wineland’s loss was unanimous.

It’s not that the judges’ scorecards were completely indefensible. Bermudez landed a number of takedowns in round 2 against Rick Glenn, but also absorbed a number of chipping blows in the standup exchanges. Scoggins’ loss to Said Nurmagomedov came down to what was, watching in retrospect with no sound, a very close round 1 (Although, to make things weird, it was round 3, which should have been Nurmagomedov’s round easily, that Scoggins won on a judge’s scorecard). Eddie Wineland’s second and third rounds with Alejandro Perez were very close, tactical standup affairs.

It was Mike Mikkelson who turned in a couple of these truly bizarre scorecards, including a complete head-scratcher in scoring all three rounds against Dennis Bermudez

There are several frustrating aspects to the state of judging in MMA. One is that bad decisions are irreversible. This is understandable, but it raises the stakes. For Dennis Bermudez, this is the third split decision loss he has suffered in a row, all against Team Alpha Male fighters, all of them with room to think he won the fight. He might lose his spot in the UFC over one judge’s unpopular opinion. For Scoggins, who has been struggling to corral his obvious talent into wins in the sport, this should have been his first win since 2016. It wasn’t. For Wineland, the loss will likely drop him out of top fifteen rankings.

The second frustrating aspect is the utter lack of accountability. Judges do not need to explain their decisions to anyone, and they don’t. They are paid very little for their work, and their job is difficult. Still, there ought to be a clear and public review process for calling especially egregious decisions into question. Tied to this is the question, why are there only three judges? Tripling that number would reduce the uncertainty and the danger that just one fallible human gets it wrong or misses a key moment to a round.

Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, their decisions are on a round-by-round basis, but fighters and coaches can only guess at the score until the fight ends. This leaves them in the dark as to the approach they need to take. For Scoggins, this meant staying elusive and seemingly riding out much of the third round; as a fighter who is infamous for making mental mistakes and giving away fights he is winning, this was a logical choice for him- but it was dead wrong based on the actual scorecards; he needed to be going for a finish. For Bermudez, it would have been incredibly helpful to know he was down two rounds on two judges’ cards. He should have been going for a finish- but he had no way of knowing that.

Open scoring is something several fighters have called for, and last night in Boise reinforced the case for it. Fighters need to know where they stand so they can make better in-fight decisions. It would increase the urgency in some cases and reduce it in others, but most importantly it would give fighters feedback on how they are doing in-fight, and suggest whether their approach is working or whether they need to up the intensity. For most of us, a bad decision doesn’t affect our lives. For the betting public, it certainly does, but for the fighters, a single bad decision alters the entire arc of a career spent in blood, sweat, and brain trauma. We owe it to the fighters who lay their health on the line to fix this.

Conor McGregor & Khabib Nurmagomedov in Russia For World Cup

The Football world cup is coming to an end today and France are crowned the new world champions. But, the football spectacle also had something for the MMA fans too. Two of MMA’s superstars were present at the Luzhniki Stadium and these guys have…

The Football world cup is coming to an end today and France are crowned the new world champions. But, the football spectacle also had something for the MMA fans too. Two of MMA’s superstars were present at the Luzhniki Stadium and these guys have a lot of bad blood between them. Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov […]

The post Conor McGregor & Khabib Nurmagomedov in Russia For World Cup appeared first on MMA News.

Chad Mendes Responds to Alexander Volkanovski’s Callout

Chad Mendes is well aware of Alexander Volkanovski’s callout. Mendes and Volkanovski were featured on the UFC Boise card. Mendes earned a first-round TKO victory over Myles Jury, while Volkanovski turned in a dominant performance against Darren E…

Chad Mendes is well aware of Alexander Volkanovski’s callout. Mendes and Volkanovski were featured on the UFC Boise card. Mendes earned a first-round TKO victory over Myles Jury, while Volkanovski turned in a dominant performance against Darren Elkins. After Volkanovski’s win, he called out Mendes. When asked about the callout, Mendes gave his thoughts to […]

The post Chad Mendes Responds to Alexander Volkanovski’s Callout appeared first on MMA News.

Cris Cyborg Drops Hint At Amanda Nunes Being Her Last UFC Fight

Cris Cyborg may have her sights set on the exit door from the UFC if she is granted a fight with Amanda Nunes.

The post Cris Cyborg Drops Hint At Amanda Nunes Being Her Last UFC Fight appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

Cris Cyborg may have her sights set on the exit door from the UFC if she is granted a fight with Amanda Nunes.

This isn’t the first time that UFC women’s featherweight champion has dropped a hint about leaving the UFC as she has stated in the past that she would like to make the transition from MMA to boxing but the only problem with that plan is the fact that she is under contract with the Las Vegas-based promotion for the time being, which will force her to fight out the remaining fights on that current deal.

As seen in the main event of the UFC 222 event on pay-per-view at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Cyborg successfully retained her title against newcomer Yana Kunitskaya by picking up a TKO win in the first round. This marked her latest bout with the promotion.

Just back in May, Cyborg stated in an interview at the HBO Boxing’s event featuring female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus that she plans to fight out her UFC contract that has two fights left on it and then make the move to boxing for a potential bout with Braekhus.

Earlier this week, Cyborg and UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes teased fighting each other at either the UFC 228 or UFC 232 event, which would allow her to fight that last bout of her contract and wait until March where her contract with the UFC would expire.

“I think this fight will be my last in the UFC, because my contract expires in March,” Cyborg told Brazilian television show Combate News, “and doing this fight in December, I think it will be the last that people will see me fight.”

One of the main reasons that Cyborg wants to depart is due to the fact that she feels that the UFC hasn’t built the featherweight division to create contenders to challenge her for the belt despite the fact that the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter will feature female featherweights including Leah Letson, Larissa Pacheco, Marciea Allen, Pannie Kianzad, Bea Malecki, Julija Stoliarenko, Katharina Lehner, and Macy Chiasson.

“They are doing the TUF house and cut all the girls from 145,” Cyborg said. “They only added girls that can make 135. Holly Holm said she doesn’t want to fight now. There’s Pam Sorenson, she tried out for TUF and didn’t make it, I think they didn’t add her because she can’t make 135. There’s Cindy Dandois, who beat Megan Anderson as well. There’s Ediane Gomes, who sends me messages challenging me all the time, who is also from my division.

”There are girls that can fight, from my division. But they don’t want that, they only want me to fight Amanda. But we have to wait 10 months, almost a year to make this fight happen.”

The UFC has tried to book Cyborg vs. Nunes for the last year or so but has yet to be successful and although this is a fight that most fight fans want to see, if the fighters can’t get on the same page and wait too long, the desire to see this fight happen may decline.

The post Cris Cyborg Drops Hint At Amanda Nunes Being Her Last UFC Fight appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

Gustafsson thinks Daniel Cormier is ‘better at heavyweight’, ‘made it look easy’ vs. Miocic

Alexander Gustafsson couldn’t help but praise Daniel Cormier for his knockout win over Stipe Miocic at UFC 226. Despite Alexander Gustafsson being one of Daniel Cormier’s biggest rivals in the light heavyweight division, ‘The Mauler’ had n…

Alexander Gustafsson couldn’t help but praise Daniel Cormier for his knockout win over Stipe Miocic at UFC 226.

Despite Alexander Gustafsson being one of Daniel Cormier’s biggest rivals in the light heavyweight division, ‘The Mauler’ had no problem giving credit to ‘DC’ after his historic win over Stipe Miocic at UFC 226.

Speaking to Luke Thomas on a recent edition of The MMA Hour, Gustafsson said Cormier did ‘great’ and is probably better suited for the heavyweight division.

“He did great. I’m impressed. I was impressed by the way he finished Stipe and how he won the fight. I’m very impressed by the guy, he did great,” Gustafsson said, per MMA Fighting’s Peter Carroll.

“I think he’s better at heavyweight than he is at light heavyweight. I think he’s stronger, he can eat and he doesn’t have to stress about the weight. I think he’ll do even better as a heavyweight. I had a feeling he’d win the fight, but just the way he finished [the fight] — it’s probably the wrong thing to say, but he made it look easy.”

Cormier, who edged out a split decision win over Gustafsson in a Fight of the Night classic at UFC 192, KO’d Miocic in the first round to become the promotion’s first ever simultaneous light heavyweight and heavyweight champion.

Many were surprised with the knockout, including Gustafsson, who said Cormier doesn’t hit as hard at 205-pounds.

“[Cormier’s punching power] wasn’t that bad [when we fought],” Gustafsson said. “I don’t remember him punching me that hard. I’ve been fighting guys that punch way harder, but he’s a very hard worker. He keeps pressuring and he keeps throwing punches. He’s really good with his wrestling and he doesn’t stop working in a fight — I think that’s his biggest strength.”

While Gustafsson would like a championship rematch with Cormier, the former Olympic wrestler has been set up for a heavyweight showdown with WWE-UFC crossover Brock Lesnar, who squared off with Cormier in the Octagon last Saturday. The 39-year-old has also teased at defending his light heavyweight title against Shogun Rua.