Dan Hardy and John Gooden offer up insight and thoughts for Saturday night’s main event at UFC 190 between Ronda Rousey and Bethe Correia in the latest edition of “Inside the Octagon.”
Jake Shields is a former Strikeforce champion and title contender when he was in the UFC.
This Saturday night, Shields will take on Rousimar Palhares for World Series of Fighting welterweight gold.
Shields (31-7-1) is a perfect 2-0 since coming over to the WSOF, scoring first round finishes vs. Brian Foster and Ryan Ford. In all, Shields has 12 submission wins to his credit – and would like nothing more than making Palhares No. 13.
“If I have it I’m going to try and break it,” said Shields, during a recent interview with Submission Radio, regarding a submission attempt on Palhares. “I mean obviously if he taps I’m gonna stop. I’m not gonna risk getting suspended over something stupid like that, but I’m definitely gonna grab it try to rip anything I get.”
Palhares has made headlines several times after not releasing submission attempts after the fighter had tapped. That includes a win over Mike Pierce that led to his 2013 release from the UFC.
A veteran of the sport, Shields isn’t buying the “misunderstood” claim made by Palhares regarding the submission holds.
“I think he’s a really bad person who enjoys hurting people, or he’s really stupid,” he said. “There’s no way that he just, you know, he’d have to be really stupid to not understand that he holds a submission too long. We’re submission guys, that’s what we do. We train all the time, we’re used to people tapping in training. He’s been hurting people in training as well.”
Dominick Cruz was the first fighter to wear the UFC bantamweight title.
Current champion T.J. Dillashaw wants to defend his 135-pound title against Cruz – assuming “The Dominator” can stay healthy.
Cruz was stripped of the title after suffering back-to-back knee injuries. He is currently sidelined once again, but is anticipating a return either late in 2015 or early in 2016.
Dillashaw scored his second title defense with a fourth round TKO victory over Renan Barao at UFC on FOX 16 over the weekend. He won the belt by stopping Barao last year and defended it vs. Joe Soto.
“If he stays healthy (I want to face Cruz),” said Dillashaw, during the post-fight show after his recent win. “I don’t know if he can. Come on Dominick, let’s get after it.
“He used to be the champ.”
The Team Alpha Male fighter used an incredible offensive attack to best Barao, peppering him with shots. He ended the bout with a flurry early in the fourth.
“Our plan was don’t try to out-perform yourself,” he said. “We worked on some things that needed to be tightened up. We wanted to be fast and first.”
While Barao started to fatigue from the back-and-forth stand-up affair, Dillashaw never did.
“My cardio is awesome,” he said. “I have confidence being the champion. You go in there with the idea you can’t lose and you believe in yourself.”
Having dispatched Barao twice now, Dillashaw said “peace out. I don’t have to deal with him for a while.”
This coming Saturday night, Ronda Rousey will face off against another unbeaten contender, as she defends her bantamweight title at UFC 190 against Bethe Correia.
In the video below, check out Rousey vs. a fellow Olympic medalist in Sara McMann.
The bantamweight title was on the line Saturday night at UFC on FOX 16 from the United Center in Chicago.
For the second straight time, T.J. Dillashaw dominated Renan Barao, retaining the title with a fourth round TKO victory.
Last year, Dillashaw finished the Brazilian in the fifth in a fight he was completely controlling. This time around, the Team Alpha Male fighter needed just three-plus rounds, scoring a complete victory over Barao.
Miesha Tate possibly secured a third meeting with Ronda Rousey, as the former Strikeforce champion claimed a decision victory over Jessica Eye. Should Rousey defend her title next month, Tate is expected to challenge her.
Edson Barboza pushed his record to 16-3 and handed Paul Felder his first pro loss with a decision victory. After falling behind in the first round, the Brazilian came on over the last 10 minutes. The win moved Barboza to 3-1 in his last four and 6-2 over his last eight.
“Fight-Night Bonus” machine Joe Lauzon started off the FOX main card in convincing fashion, finishing veteran Takanori Gomi. Lauzon, after several shots to a defenseless Gomi, just stepped off him and walked away.
Ultimate Fighter alum Tom Lawlor made a triumphant return to the UFC with a thrilling second round knockout of Gian Villante. “Filthy” connected with a perfectly-timed right hook as Villante was coming in, knocking him out to conclude the prelims.
Jim Miller picked up a much-needed decision, besting Team Alpha Male’s Danny Castillo. Miller won for the first time since an early 2014 submission win over Yancy Medeiros.
Welterweights Ben Saunders and Kenny Robertson put on a 15-minute battle, as Saunders scored the split decision. “Killa B” almost had the finish a handful of times, bloodying Robertson with vicious elbows in the third.
Bryan Caraway, Tate’s boyfriend, started off the televised action with a decision win over Eddie Wineland. Caraway picked up his 20th career win, while Wineland was competing for the first time in 400-plus days after suffering a second broken jaw.
James Krause scored a quick submission win over Daron Cruickshank via rear-naked choke early in the first round in the main online UFC Fight Pass prelim.
In other early prelim action, Zak Cummings knocked out Dominique Steele just 43 seconds into the first round, while Elizabeth Phillips earned a decision over Jessamyn Duke and Andrew Holbrook scored a split decision over Ramsey Nijem in his Octagon debut.
Earning “Fight of the Night” was Barboza and Felder, while Dillashaw and Lawlor picked up “Performance of the Night” bonuses. All four earned $50,000, as the live gate was announced at $1.2 million with an attendance of 11,663.
Complete results can be found below, while full play-by-play can be found on FightLine:
T.J. Dillashaw def. Renan Barao via TKO (strikes) at :35 of Round 4 to remain UFC bantamweight champion
Miesha Tate def. Jessica Eye via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Edson Barboza def. Paul Felder via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Joe Lauzon def. Takanori Gomi via TKO (strikes) at 2:30 of Round 1
Tom Lawlor def. Gian Villante via KO (right-hand) at :27 of Round 2
Jim Miller def. Danny Castillo via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Ben Saunders def. Kenny Robertson via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Bryan Caraway def. Eddie Wineland via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
James Krause def. Daron Cruickshank via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:20 of Round 1
Andrew Holbrook def. Ramsey Nijem via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Elizabeth Phillips def. Jessamyn Duke via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Zak Cummings def. Dominique Steele via TKO (strikes) at :43 of Round 1