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UFC 225 Winner Anthony Smith Wants On Lincoln Card

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For Anthony Smith, a return to his old stomping grounds is calling him.

The UFC veteran picked up a victory over former champion Rashad Evans this past weekend at UFC 225 and now wants on the upcoming card set for Lincoln, Nebraska.

Smith improved to 29-13 in his career with a 53-second finish of Evans in his first fight at 205 pounds.

“This moment feels incredible,” Smith said. “I just want to thank Rashad for giving me the opportunity and UFC for putting me on such an incredible card. Rashad is an OG so it was an honor to fight him. I feel that my striking is some of the best in the division and I want to keep climbing and building.

“That’s why I think Sam Alvey should be next. I want someone with a number next to their name. I really want to get on this Lincoln, Nebraska card. That’s my territory. I made my pro debut a few miles away from that arena. You can’t have a fight in Lincoln without Anthony Smith.”

Back in 2008, Smith made his second pro appearance in Lincoln, finishing off Jeremy Shepherd via submission. He has gone 5-0 all-time in Lincoln, with his last appearance being a 2015 TKO vs. Brock Jardine.

MMA 101: Lifting Weights

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Everybody wants to be swole, every bro wants to be jacked, everyone wants the six pack and the arm veins. All of those are great things, they aren’t, however, requirements for fighting. In fact, too much time with bros trying to see how much ya bench can create a deficit that’s hard to train around. Let’s look at some simple strategies for how to lift for MMA.

Being strong is important to fighting. Always will be. The size of your arms? That’s irrelevant. Don’t let your desire for gym gains interfere with your training goals. If your stated goal is to be the best fighter you can be, then you need to do some sort of strength training.

It’s unlikely, however, you need to be lifting five times a week, on a body part split, targeting chest and bi’s, back and tri’s, and heavy leg days. You need to lift as often as you can recover, and lift in a way that targets your weak points without creating more.

For example, if you can throw your hands all day, but regardless of how many times you hit your opponent nothing seems to stun them? Assuming your technique is close, you’re lacking in overall power. You’ll need to work on the bigger compound movements – squats, deadlift, overhead press. Movements that will work more than one joint at a time which can handle a heavy load. If power is your issue, then you need to be moving heavy weight. Generating the force needed to put up a respectable deadlift number will translate into power in your hands. Power is generated from the feet, through the legs, into the hips, up the torso and terminates at the end of the arm in the fist. The more power you can translate from the ground up, the more power there is at the end of the punch.

Movements that use the muscles in the legs and hips, like the deadlift and squat, will develop the power necessary to land really hard punches. I’ll put it another way – name me one solid power puncher that didn’t have at least a respectable ass relative to their size?

I can’t name one either. Strong hips and legs = hard punches.

You build power by building strength. You build overall strength by moving heavy weights. You can squat an empty bar till your legs fall off. Unless you’re using heavy weight (heavy for you, don’t kill yourself) you won’t build the tendon and ligament strength to really whip a strike home.

So maybe strength and power aren’t your issue. You can deadlift twice your body weight, squat a house, and bench…well…no one cares, it’s not important. However, if after round one your traps and biceps are jelly from holding your hands up and you can’t move your legs because every fiber in them is screaming from lactic acid – you may be more swole than you need to be. In the weight room you’ll need to be focusing on higher rep, lower weight movements to induce and help overcome that muscle fatigue. Muscles are dumb, they only respond to the stimulus we provide them, in the way we provide it. If burnout or fatigue are your issues you should be working with lighter weights at as close to failure as you can get for reps. I am now and will always remain a proponent of compound movements in the weight room for fighting. No one has ever paved the way to victory doing tricep kickbacks and booty raises. Those are for other pursuits. Focus your time on movements that move your body. If you need to combat fatigue, ket-tle bells are a phenomenal tool. A 35lb kettle bell will reduce even the most studly human into a puddle of bitch on the gym floor. If it’s muscular endurance you need, high reps, low weight, repeat till you hate yourself.

These are general concepts. Everyone trains a bit different, everyone responds to things differently. The common thread is that being stronger than your opponent is never a bad thing – unless you can’t use it. Use the above as a guideline to get started. Be honest with yourself about where you are on the spectrum of strength and focus on bringing up lagging areas. Gyms are great places to see people act tough that aren’t. Don’t be that guy.

UFC 225 Results: Robert Whittaker Tops Yoel Romero, Colby Covington Becomes Champion

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UFC 225 went down Saturday night from the United Center in Chicago, as Robert Whittaker bested Yoel Romero in a non-title fight main event.

Whittaker, the middleweight champion, was guaranteed to leave with the belt win, lose or draw after Romero missed weight. The fight went on anyway after all sides agreed, with Whittaker taking a split decision and improving to 2-0 vs. the former Olympian.

In the co-main event, Colby Covington topped Rafael dos Anjos to claim the interim welterweight title, setting himself of in a championship unification match with Tyron Woodley later this year.

Holly Holm bested Megan Anderson via decision, Tai Tuivasa topped Andrei Arlovski and Mike Jackson dominated CM Punk.

On the prelims, Curtis Blaydes defeated Alistair Overeem via third round TKO, Claudia Gadelha slipped past Carla Esparza, Mirsad Bektic earned a split decision vs. Ricardo Lamas and Chris de la Rocha finished Rashad Coulter.

Anthony Smith, Sergio Pettis, Charles Oliveira and Dan Ige were all winners on UFC Fight Pass.

Complete results are below:

  • Robert Whittaker def. Yoel Romero via split decision (48-47, 48-47, 47-48)
  • Colby Covington def. Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47) to become the interim UFC welterweight champion
  • Holly Holm def. Megan Anderson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
  • Tai Tuivasa def. Andrei Arlovski via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Mike Jackson def. CM Punk via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
  • Curtis Blaydes def. Alistair Overeem via TKO (elbows) at 2:56 of Round 3
  • Claudia Gadelha def. Carla Esparza via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Mirsad Bektic def. Ricardo Lamas via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
  • Chris de la Rocha def. Rashad Coulter via TKO (strikes) at 3:53 of Round 2
  • Anthony Smith def. Rashad Evans via KO (knee) at :53 of Round 1
  • Sergio Pettis def. Joseph Benavidez via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Charles Oliveira def. Clay Guida via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:18 of Round 1
  • Dan Ige def. Mike Santiago via TKO (strikes) at :50 of Round 1

LFA 42 Results: Former Champ Derrick Krantz With Decision

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Former Legacy Fighting Alliance welterweight champion Derrick Krantz made a statement Friday night at LFA 42, turning back the challenge of Kassius Kayne.

Krantz improved to 22-10 in his career with a split decision victory in the main event. The card aired live on AXS TV from the Branson Convention Center in Branson, Missouri.

The win was the fourth in five fights for Krantz, who lost the belt to James Nakashima back in September. He is 7-2 under the combined Legacy FC/LFA banner, fighting for the promotion since 2014.

Kayne fell to 12-5 in his career with the defeat.

The co-main event saw Jaleel Willis scored a first round TKO victory vs. Chel Erwin-Davis, as the welterweight improved to 9-1 and positioned himself nicely in the division.

Jaimee Nievera topped Katy Collins, Josh Marsh knocked out Teejay Britton, Charles Johnson stopped Andrew Kimzey, Lucas Clay bested Mike Breeden and Julius Anglickas submitted Erik Murray Jr.

  • Main Event – Welterweight Fight – Derrick Krantz (22-10) defeated Kassius Kayne (12-5) by split decision (30-27, 30-27, 28-29).
  • Co-Main Event – Welterweight Fight – Jaleel Willis (9-1) defeated Chel Erwin-Davis (5-2) by TKO at 1:10 in round one.
  • Flyweight Fight – Jaimee Nievera (7-3) defeated Katy Collins (7-5) by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
  • Featherweight Fight – Josh Marsh (4-1) knocked out Teejay Britton (5-1) at 1:15 in round one.
  • Flyweight Fight – Charles Johnson (7-1) scored a TKO victory (strikes) against Andrew Kimzey (3-2) at 1:41 in round one.
  • Lightweight Fight – Lucas Clay (4-0) outlasted  Mike Breeden (4-1) to win by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).
  • Light Heavyweight Fight – Julius Anglickas (3-1) submitted Erik Murray Jr. (3-1) with a rear-naked choke at 2:29 in round three.

UFC 225: Will You Tune In Saturday To Watch CM Punk?

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In all honesty, the UFC did things right with UFC 225 this weekend and CM Punk.

How do you get the casual fan to care about a former pro wrestling superstar with a record in MMA of 0-1?

Throw him in the opening main card bout live on pay-per-view with a lineup that includes two title fights and two other bouts with former champions involved.

Saturday’s event from the United Center in Chicago is far from the CM Punk Show. But, for a generation that tends to follow both combat sports and professional wrestling, the itch to buy a PPV with Punk featured is key for the UFC.

Robert Whittaker can make a big-time statement as one of the top fighters in MMA with a successful defense of his middleweight crown vs. Yoel Romero in the main event.

Whoever emerges from the co-main between former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington for the interim welterweight title will be a strong adversary for reigning champion Tyron Woodley.

Holly Holm, a former UFC female bantamweight champion and featherweight title challenger, welcomes ex-Invicta FC champion Megan Anderson to the Octagon. And former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski looks to tame Tai Tuivasa.

But Punk is making headlines.

He’s been talked about all week due to a civil case he has been fighting in court while preparing for his second appearance inside the cage. He’ll meet fellow 0-1 fighter Mike Jackson in a welterweight clash.

Has the former WWE champion made enough improvements under the careful eye of Duke Roufus to be a legit fighter?

Do you even care?

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