Carlos Condit gets back in the win column at UFC Fight Island 4

Carlos Condit

In the featured prelim of tonight’s UFC Fight Island 4 card, Carlos Condit (31-13) took on former ultimate fighter winner, Court McGee (19-10). For Condit, he entered the octagon trying to snap a five fight losing streak that dated back to UFC 195 in 2016.

In the first round of the fight, Condit looked to be a little tentative. Court McGee was doing a good job early on of getting off first. However, Condit really started to find his range in the final minute of the first round of the fight.

Then, in the final seconds of the first, Condit broke McGee’s nose with a shot that put the former ultimate fighter winner on the canvas. Condit would assume control for the majority of the featured prelim after that moment.

While McGee did have his moments here and there, the former interim UFC welterweight champion was doing the majority of the damage. In the end, all three judges gave every round to The Natural Born killer which snapped his five fight losing streak.

What’s next after UFC Fight Island 4?

This was the first UFC win for Condit since May of 2015. It had been more than five years since Condit had his hand raised inside the octagon. You could tell in the post-fight interview that Condit was relieved more than anything else.

At 36 years old, there is still gas left in the tank for Condit. Recently, he said he would be interested in the UFC booking a rematch between him and Nick Diaz. Condit won their fight back at UFC 143, but it was a questionable decision in the eyes of many.

I personally wouldn’t mind the UFC booking him up against Robbie Lawler for a rematch. Their fight at UFC 195 was a classic, and many believed that Condit should have walked out of the cage with the undisputed UFC welterweight title.

Lawler is currently scheduled to fight Mike Perry, but after that, I would be all for running that one back. There are still some fun fights for Condit inside the UFC. I was just happy to see him get back in the win column Saturday night.

UFC Fight Island 4 Preview: Does Holly Holm have one more title run in her?

Tomorrow night, the UFC returns for their fourth fight night card on Fight Island. In the main event of the evening, we have a women’s bantamweight contest between former champion Holly Holm (13-5) and Irene Aldana (12-5).

Holm just turned 38 years old a couple of months ago, but the former UFC champion wants to capture gold one more time before she hangs it up. Saying this week at the media day that she wants to retire as UFC champion.

Irene Aldana is looking for the biggest win of her UFC career tomorrow night. Aldana is coming off of a huge knockout of Ketlen Vieira back in December last year at UFC 245. A win over Holm could give Aldana a shot Amanda Nunes.

Holm vs Aldana Prediction

This is a very intriguing matchup on paper for the UFC. Aldana has really crisp boxing skills which could give her some big moments on the feet. However, she’s going up against an elite striker who’s a former world champion in boxing.

Despite her credentials, Holm has been more of a point fighter in her UFC career. She has two highlight reel headkick knockouts, but outside of that, it’s usually not the most entertaining fight when Holm is in the cage.

She didn’t impress anyone back at UFC 246 in her rematch with Raquel Pennington. Holm used a lot of grappling and clinching to point her way to a decision. Even when she’s striking, she uses kicks to score points and keep range versus doing serious damage.

Aldana has very good pop in her hands. She can crack with the best of them at 135 pounds. Her knockout of Vieira is truly something special to watch as she used a jumping left hook to floor the previously unbeaten Brazilian.

Aldana is a very intriguing fighter in the division considering she’s won of the few that hasn’t fought Amanda Nunes yet. She’s 5-1 in her last six fights with the lone loss being a very close split decision loss to Raquel Pennington.

In this fight, I’m not really liking Aldana’s chances. While she certainly has the skills to get it done, I’m afraid she’s going to be out-pointed by Holm. Look for Holm to use her kicks and mix in some grappling to keep Aldana guessing and off her game.

Prediction: Holly Holm by Unanimous Decision

Rest of UFC Fight Island 4

There are some pretty decent fights on the UFC Fight Island 4 card. It’s not the sexiest card in the world, but there are some interesting fights. One of the earlier fights in the evening features the return of Carlos Condit (30-13) taking on Court McGee (19-9).

The fight I’m really looking forward to is the bantamweight contest between Germaine de Randamie (9-4) and Julianna Pena (9-3). To me this fight is better than the UFC Fight Island 4 main event. I think whoever wins the most impressively out of those two contests could be the next UFC title challenger.

UFC: What’s next for Robbie Lawler?

Robbie Lawler

This past weekend at UFC Vegas 8, former welterweight champion, Ruthless Robbie Lawler (28-15, 1 NC) suffered his fourth consecutive loss. Lawler looked great physically, but was completely controlled by Neil Magny over the course of three rounds.

Lawler will be turning 39 years old in March of 2021. Ruthless hasn’t won a fight in over three years when he won a decision over Donald Cerrone. Prior to that victory was his title loss against Tyron Woodley.

Lawler first made his UFC debut back in 2002. His career has been filled with highs and lows. Of course, there was no higher time than his reign as UFC welterweight champion. With a fourth straight loss dealt to him, what is next for the former champion?

Options for Lawler in the UFC

Despite his age and the current losing streak, I don’t think Lawler is ready to hang up the gloves. It’s also obvious that the former UFC welterweight champion doesn’t have another title run in him.

With that, the UFC needs to start being a little creative in their match making. My first thought was to pair Lawler back up with former interim champion, Carlos Condit. However, Condit is currently booked to fight Court McGee in October.

In my recent article about fights to make after UFC Vegas 8, I thought that Anthony Pettis could be a good option. Both Lawler and Pettis don’t appear to have another title run in them. Pettis just spent the last couple of months campaigning for a fight with Anderson Silva.

The fight between two former UFC champions would be an entertaining one to watch. If not Pettis or Condit, it will need to be someone along those lines. I think Lawler deserves someone with a name, but nobody in serious title contention.

We have not seen the end of Robbie Lawler inside the octagon. However, we know for sure that the prime Robbie Lawler is forever gone. Now, we can only hope that the UFC gives him good matchups and he can exit the cage with a win someday.

 

Three fights to make after UFC Vegas 8

UFC, Dana White

Last night, UFC Vegas 8 saw some incredible fights. In the main event, Aleksandar Rakic (13-2) controlled Anthony Smith (33-16) over the course of three rounds. There were some storylines that came out of last night. Here are three fights the UFC should move to make following last night’s fight night.

Aleksandar Rakic vs Jiri Prochazka

Aleksandar Rakic had a dominant victory at UFC Vegas 8. After the fight was over, Rakic stated that he wanted the winner of the Dominick Reyes – Jan Blachowicz title fight next month at UFC 253.

I hate to burst Rakic’s bubble, but there’s no chance he gets a title shot after last night. While looking incredible with leg kicks early on, Rakic fought very conservatively which usually doesn’t sit well with Dana White. With that, there’s another contender who’s perfect for Rakic.

Jiri Prochazka (27-3-1) entered the UFC with a bang knocking out Volkan Oezdemir in the second round back in July. Prochazka hasn’t lost in almost five years. He’s extremely entertaining to watch, and he’s already a promotional favorite.

The Thiago Santos – Glover Teixiera fight in a couple of weeks is likely to determine the first challenger for Reyes or Blachowicz. A fight between Rakic and Prochazka could determine the next challenger. I think this would be a fantastic matchup for the UFC to put on towards the end of 2020.

Neil Magny vs Geoff Neal

The Haitian Sensation truly looked sensational last night in his victory over former UFC welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler. Neil Magny (24-7) controlled the fight for the entire 15 minutes doing a great job of imposing his will on the former champion.

Magny looked good in the grappling exchanges, and I was very impressed with his range striking in the third round. When Lawler was plotting forward looking to finish, Magny did a fantastic job of popping him clean with straight shots.

While Magny wants a top ten guy next, I think the fight to make is the fight with Geoff Neal (13-2). The fight with Neal was originally supposed to be last night, but due to some serious health issues, Neal had to pull out of the fight.

Neal is currently ranked 11th while Magny will likely be 12th when the new UFC rankings come out next week. It makes perfect sense for these two guys to fight. Whoever would walk away the winner would be ready for anyone inside the top ten.

Former UFC champs: Robbie Lawler vs Anthony Pettis

It’s really tough to place the former UFC welterweight champion in another fight. Robbie Lawler (28-15, 1 NC) looked great physically last night, but just didn’t look anything close to prime Robbie Lawler. The former champion dropped his fourth consecutive fight last night.

It’s clear to me that Lawler is starting to enter the twilight of his career. I don’t believe he’s done yet so the challenge becomes, who do you pair him against? I personally think the best fight would have been a rematch with Carlos Condit (30-13).

Condit has also lost five fights in a row, but a few years ago, the two men put on an incredible performance against each other. Both men left everything out there and it was a razor close decision for Lawler. At this stage in their careers, it would be a fun rematch.

However, Condit was booked to face Court McGee in October. So with Condit off the table, I look at Anthony Pettis (23-10). Pettis is a former world champion, and he hasn’t had a steady weight class home over the past couple years. He’s fought at lightweight, then featherweight, then lightweight, up to welterweight, then back to lightweight.

At this stage, I don’t think even Pettis sees another title run. It seems to be more about fighting big names which is why he wanted to fight Anderson Silva. A fight between Lawler and Pettis would be a low risk/high reward fight for the promotion.

Two former UFC champions going head-to-head. One would think it would purely be a striking match, but you truly never know. I would tune in if the UFC decided to put this one on.

UFC: Carlos Condit – Court McGee targeted for October 3rd

Carlos Condit

The UFC is adding a welterweight contest to it’s October 3rd Fight Night. The promotion is finalizing a bout between former interim welterweight champion, Carlos Condit (30-13), and Court McGee (19-9).

The fight was first reported by MMA Junkie. Both men will enter the octagon on multiple fight losing streaks. With both men having their backs against a wall, we should see a fight with desperation.

What happened to the former UFC champ?

At one point in time, many people believed that Carlos Condit was one of the best fighters in the UFC. I mean he was the interim champion and he defeated guys like Nick Diaz, Rory MacDonald, Jake Ellenberger, and Dan Hardy.

Condit got his chance to become the face of the division when he fought Georges St. Pierre at UFC 154. Condit had a bright spot in the fight knocking GSP down with a headkick, but outside of that one moment, he was completely dominated.

Starting with that GSP fight, Condit is just 2-8 in his last ten fights after starting his career 28-5. Now, Condit has been the victim of a bad decision during that stretch. At UFC 195, Condit got his chance at gold once again.

Condit took on the then champion, Robbie Lawler. The fight was absolutely incredible, and both men laid it all on the line. In the end, most thought Condit won the fight. In fact, 15 of 20 media members scored the fight for Condit. However, the judges gave it to the UFC champ.

Condit has gone on to lose the last four fights of his career. If he can’t win in October, it might be time to hang it up. For McGee, he will be trying to end his own two fight losing streak.

The former Ultimate Fighter winner had a really rough 2019 dropping two decisions to Sean Brady and Dhiego Lima. McGee is just 1-4 in his last five fights. A former champion and a former Ultimate Fighter winner are two guys with names.

However, at this stage, they are just that, names. Both men desperately need a win if they want to remain somewhat relevant in the UFC.