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UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz – Just Max Fitness Nutrition Predictions

March 5, 2016 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Nevada




UFC 195 seemed so long ago with the changing of the original UFC 196 to a Fight Night card that featured a main event bout between welterweights Johny Hendricks and Stephen Thompson, in which Thompson won in the first round. With injuries to both main event fighters the UFC was not able to find suitable replacements and had no choice but to remove it from their PPV line up.  This was clearly the worst Super Bowl card since Randy Couture defeated Mark Coleman at UFC 109 back in 2010.   

All was not lost because of a bad Super Bowl card however. We as fans got to see another free card (aside from paying for cable), I saved $40 by not heading out to my local Buffalo Wild Wings, and the UFC brass are now able to hold 1 official pay-per-view each month leading up to the iconic UFC 200 in July.

My predictions for UFC 195 were the same as 194 back in December I went 3-2, bringing my overall record to above .500 at 8-7.  That is not a very good record, especially if you are using my picks to bet the Las Vegas line. You are probably down a few bucks, good thing these predictions are for entertainment only.  I have been holding steady with my Draft Kings account; however the last two Fight Nights have killed me. I usually finish in the money for the pay-per-views, so hopefully this event will get me back on track. If you would like to play against me this weekend simply look for my appropriately named handle – JustMax. Let’s get to the picks.




The Fight Picks

Amanda Nunes -145  vs. Valentina Shevchenko +105

Amanda Nunes made her UFC promotional debut back in 2013 with a win over Sheila Gaff, since then she has fought the who’s who of the women’s bantamweight division. With an 11-4 professional record, Nunes currently sits in 6th in the latest USA Today / MMA Junkie Rankings. With a victory Saturday Nunes will be looking to solidify her spot near the top of the Women’s Bantamweight division and campaign for the next title shot.

Valentina “The bullet” Shevchenko certainly has the coolest nickname in the Women’s Bantamweight division, along with an impressive 12-1 professional record she is definitely one of the prospects to watch in 2016. Shevchenko made her UFC debut this past December with a split decision victory over the very game, Sarah Kaufman. It was a very close fight and could have gone either way (I guess that’s why it was a split decision), but now to reward her efforts for that victory Shevchenko will battle Nunes for the opportunity to move up the mountain in the Women’s Bantamweight division.

Prediction: “The Bullet” certainly learned some valuable experience in her octagon debut and a 12-1 record is certainly nothing to sneeze at but I think Amanda Nunes out classes her in every way in this match up. Nunes has been in the UFC since the start of the division and has fought the tougher opponents as a whole. Shevchenko learns more valuable lessons that help further her MMA career, but this time she doesn’t pick up the victory. Amanda Nunes wins by unanimous decision.      

Corey Anderson  -290  vs. Tom Lawlor +210

Corey “Beastin’ 25/8” began his rise in MMA as the Ultimate Fighter Season 19 winner, and has compiled a 7-1 professional record to this point (4-1 in the UFC). Anderson has one of the more interesting nicknames in the MMA game (my buddy thinks its lame), many casual observers struggle to understand its meaning.  Beastin’ comes from the term Beast Mode, which is to enter a Super Hero like state of being. The 25/8 is a spinoff of the term 24/7, meaning that one can go all day (has the energy to do what is necessary 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Anderson’s 25/8 is one up of that basically saying that he can presumably out work anyone.  The former college wrestler will certainly have to out work and grind his way to a victory over “Filthy” Tom Lawlor.

“Filthy” Tom Lawlor also joined the UFC landscape as an Ultimate Fighter Alum. Tom was as a member of season 8, Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir. Lawlor has had mixed results in the UFC, compiling only a 4-4 record before his current two fight win streak. Lawlor’s most recent victory at UFC on Fox 16 was a second round TKO over Gian Villante – The one man to beat Corey Anderson at this point in his career.

Prediction:  Even though Corey Anderson is a former college wrestler, and I’ve always said that I prefer former college wrestlers (unless a fighter is Brazilian with jujitsu) I also like the Filthy one.  I like Lawlor simply because of his WWE style antics (where he comes to the Octagon as some type of entertaining character. Even though it never works, I am going with “MMA Math” here.  Lawlor holds a victory over Villante and Villante beat Anderson. Therefore Lawlor beats Anderson, Filthy Tom Lawlor by second round TKO.

Ilir Latifi -230  vs. Gian Villante +170

Ilir Latifi is a Swedish sledgehammer and is an up and coming light heavyweight that made quick work of his last two opponents with total Octagon time of less than a minute and a half. A quick night seems to Latifi’s mo., only 4 of his 15 professional fights have gone the distance.

Gian Villante also seems to favor quick nights in the Octagon. With 20 professional fights only 6 have gone the distance for Gian (3 wins and 3 losses). Villante was able to bounce back from his previous mentioned loss to Tom Lawlor with a win over Australian gatekeeper Anthony Perosh in hostile territory at UFC 193. Can he start a win streak with a victory over Latifi?

Prediction: Whichever side you choose, I don’t see any way this fight goes to decision.  This makes for a great DraftKings bout, because if you win you will score a lot of points. Villante has more experience in terms of fights, but I have to take Latifi here because he seems to have the tougher fights to this point in their careers. Ilir Latifi by First Round KO.

Holly Holm -400  vs. Miesha Tate +310 for Women's Bantamweight Title

In any other event that doesn’t involve Conor McGregor, this would clearly be a main event fight.  Holly Holm is coming off one of the biggest upsets in MMA history with her at UFC 193 victory over seemly invincible Ronda Rousey (I had picked Ronda to win by first round armbar). Holly had the perfect game plan for Ronda and for someone who seemed invincible Ronda was never even in the fight.  Will his be the beginning of a long title reign for Holly?

Miesha “Cupcake” Tate is one of the pioneers of women’s MMA and if Ronda Rousey was the first woman signed by the UFC, Miesha was probably the second. Until the loss to Holly, Miesha was the only fighter to take Ronda past the first round in any organization. As a state champion wrestler I think Miesha will have a skill set that could give Holly Holm trouble in the later rounds of the fight.

Prediction: The old cliché in mixed martial arts is that styles make fights.  And that couldn’t be truer with this fight. Holly continues to be a mystery as we haven’t seen all of her skills yet.  She completely dominated Ronda on her feet and displayer her word-class striking. She completely neutralized her Judo, but can she defend a wrestling takedown from a state champion? Wrestling is a different type of takedown  from judo and can be reached from a distance further away. This fight seems too much like Ronda vs Holly, except that Holly is now the invincible one. No one is invincible! Miesha wins via unanimous decision and sets up a strange trilogy with Ronda in her return fight.

Conor McGregor  -500  vs. Nate Diaz  +360

Conor McGregor is the Ronda Rousey of the men’s division and would have been the first fighter to claim a championship in two weight classes should he have been victorious in the original main event against Rafael Dos Anjos. Conor has only been to decision once in his 7 UFC fights and is 7-0.I just stated in the previous in prediction that no one is invincible but Conor hasn’t shown any holes yet. Perhaps simply going up two weight classes to take this fight will be the only hole needed?

First off, thank you to Nate for taking this fight! The press conferences to this point have been highly entertaining, I would actually much rather see this fight then the original main event with Dos Anjos. Diaz has been around the game a long time and certainly feels that he deserves this fight but he has never been much of a company guy to earn these types of fights. Nate says what he wants and does what he wants so I think that has held him back to this point. To get this fight he opened his mouth and started a feud with Conor and was offered this fight after Dos Anjos broke his foot and other fighters like Aldo and Frankie Edgar turned it down on only two weeks’ notice.  Diaz may not play the corporate game, but he’s always willing to take a fight. Nate is coming off his most impressive performance to date with a decision victory over Michael Johnson. Can he parlay that into a winning streak and quite possibly the third biggest upset in UFC history?

 

Prediction:  I have seen other blogs and MMA reports say that Conor has been the luckiest guy in MMA. This past July he fought Chad Mendes on two weeks’ notice after Aldo felt out with a rib injury. And then in the unification bout with Aldo in December, he finished him in 13 seconds with one-punch right on the button!  Conor again gets an opponent on short notice, and against an opponent whose work ethic could be questioned. This seems like it will be a walk in the park for McGregor but I am intrigued for three reasons; 1. McGregor is moving two weight classes so Diaz will be the much bigger fighter.  2.  McGregor’s two losses prior to the UFC were both by submission and Diaz has world glass Jujitsu skills courtesy of the Gracie’s (pioneers of Brazilian Jujitsu). 3. In the previous fight with Mendes (a great wrestler), McGregor was taken down at will.  Mendes simply ran out of gas and while going for a submission, slipped and McGregor was able to capitalize and get the finish in the second round. Diaz will give McGregor fits but I think the super short fight camp hinders him just like it did Mendes. It is “Red Panty Night” as Conor would say as he cashes another check. Conor wins by third round TKO.

Enjoy the fights and let me know what you think of my predictions in the comments below!

Joshua Myers, Founder of Just Max Fitness Nutrition

UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit - Just Max Fitness Nutrition Predictions

UFC 195 Lawler Vs Condit Banner

January 2, 2016 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas Nevada




My second blog went slightly better than the first, compiling a 3-2 record bringing my overall record to 5-5 (to very good if I were a betting man.). UFC 194 saw the most anticipated fight in featherweight history end in the blink of an eye. These two photos I found (courtesy of USA Today) are the entire fight in still-frames, almost literally. It ended in 13 seconds. 

We also saw the middleweight title change hands with a big upset by Luke Rockhold over Chris Weidman.   I have been picking against Weidman for the last few years and the one time I pick him (over a guy I had no idea was that good!), he gets smashed. But Weidman himself said he needed that beat down.  I do think that we will see a better version of Weidman when he enters the Octagon in 2016.

UFC 195 has none of the buildup that my first two blogs have had, but never the less if you are a little more than a mainstream fan the main event and the co-main event are two of the better fights that we may see the entire year. In a year that saw the UFC make 600 million in revenue for 2015, they will surely break that in 2016 with events like UFC 200 and a rumored event at a soccer stadium in Ireland that will surely be headlined by the Notorious Conor McGregor. UFC 195 is surely a good start for the UFC business in 2016.




The Fight Picks

Tony Sims -125 vs. Abel Trujillo +105

With this fight being moved to the main card because of an injury to Kelvin Gastelum  I admittedly don’t have much analysis  because I don’t know much about Tony Sims. For someone who has missed maybe half-a-dozen UFC PPVs since UFC 52 in 2005, these lesser known guys who debut on the undercards or Fight Pass  always seem to sneak up on me and I get in trouble with my predictions so here goes this one.

Tony Sims boasts a 12-3 professional record and he comes from the Elevation Fight Team out of Denver, CO which is now home to Batamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw and famed coach Duane “Bang” Ludwig. I am sure Sims is no slouch but his UFC records is 1-1 and his most recent fight against Aubin-Mercier resulted in a decision loss. Record-wise, Aubin-Mercier is certainly a better fight than Trujillo, but that doesn’t mean Trujillo isn’t a dangerous fighter. This fight will be tough for Sims to get back on the winning track.

Abel Trujillo is a tough brawler who has already faced 3 of the UFC’s best lightweights in Tibau, Ferguson and Nurmagomedov -  all resulting in losses, but he as certainly fought the tougher opponents and that will prove to be valuable experience in the Octagon on Saturday night. Abel is an exciting fighter with 5 of his 12 wins coming by TKO/KO and is currently fighting a two fight losing streak.  I am certainly looking for him to push the pace fight with urgency and look to end his skid.

Prediction:

I can see why this fight is on the main card, two fast-paced lightweights who will look for the finish.  Sims is an up and comer from a famed camp, (Trujillo is also from a solid camp in the Blackzilians).  I think the general public may be on Trujillo even though he is a slight underdog in the betting lines. Draft Kings, though does have Trujillo as the higher salary - $10,000 vs $9,400 for Sims.  I’m with the DK crew on this one; Trujillo wins by second round TKO.  

Diego Brandao +190 vs. Brian Ortega -230

Diego is a experienced fighter out of the Jackson-Winklejohn Camp that has been around the fight scene for a long time, having 30 professional fights and winning two-thirds of them. Brando is a finisher with 16 of this 20 wins coming by stoppage. Currently riding at two-fight win streak after his KO loss Conor McGregor in 2014 Brandao looks to continue his climb back up the Featherweight rankings

Brian Ortega is an undefeated prospect, (currently 9-0) out of the Blackhouse gym in Torrance, CA. He is also 1-0-1 under the UFC banner with a no contest in 2014 and his first UFC victory over a veteran in Thiago Tavares earlier this year. Being an undefeated fighter on his first PPV card will carry some added pressure, it will be interesting to see how long he can carry that label in 2016.  

Prediction: 

I am clearly missing something here. Ortega could certainly be one of the prospects who are lesser known (to me anyway) and sneak up on me and cause me to make a terrible pick but I just don’t see it. Brandoa is the more experienced fighter and he’s been in there with tougher opponents. I have no problem with Brandoa being an underdog against an undefeated fighter but at better that 2-1, I will take those odds. Having your bell rung like he did against7 Conor can certainly change a fighter, but maybe more so at the end of a career. Brandao is only 28 and that wasn’t his last fight, he has two wins since then.  I just don’t see it.  Diego Brandoa wins by first round stoppage.

Lorenz Larkin +200 vs. Albert Tumenov -240

Lorenz Larkin is a former Strikeforce competitor who came over to the UFC when the Strikeforce contracts were bought. As a former title contender who has a win over Robbie Lawler he hasn’t seen the same amount of success in the Octagon. With a record of 3-4 in the UFC, and 16-4 overall, Larkin just hast been able to get much of a streak going under his new employer. He does currently have a two-fight win streak (but was preceded by 3 losses in a row).  With an opponent like Tumenov, it will be hard to keep the streak going.

Albert Tumenov is one of a few Russian fighters who are going to be fun to watch in 2016. Tumenov is the exact opposite of Larkin, not having come over from a larger organization like Strikeforce but having a good deal of success since arriving in the UFC. He lost his first fight to Ildemar Alcantara via split decision but has since rattled off 4 wins in a row.

Prediction:

The question in this fight is who is going to keep their win-streak intact? This fight also seems similar to the Brandoa/Ortega fight. Larkin has more experience and has been in tougher fights. The odds makers seem to have this bout flip-flopped also.  But this time I do think they have the right favorite, it just shouldn’t be at nearly 2.5-1. Larkin just hasn’t been the fighter he used to be and Tumenov is climbing the later to the upper ranks off the division.  I have to look at Tumenov’s loss to Alcantara (even though some feel he won that fight anyway) as Octagon jitters. Albert Tumenov wins via decision.

Andrei Arlovski +190 vs. Stipe Miocic -230

I know that the main event in on this card is a title fight (prediction up next) in the welterweight division but I am most looking forward to this fight.  This fight clearly sets up the next title contender after Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum do battle in February on the next Pay-Per-View. Title fights are exciting and all but everyone loves the heavyweights, one punch can change (or end) a fight!

Andrei Arlovski is a former UFC champion who left the UFC to join some of the other big organizations between 2008 and 2013. During that timeframe it looked like his career was on a decline, including a 4 fight losing streak between 2009-201l. But Arlovski battled back with 6 wins in 4 fights and rejoined the UFC in June of 2014. Since then he is 4-0, including an amazing fight with Travis Browne.  That fight was a back and forth and ended in a first round KO, really put Arlovski back in the heavyweight mix.

Stipe Miocic entered the UFC in 2011 as a 6-0 prospect who was known as Mirko Cro-Cop’s protégé. He hasn’t disappointed either, compiling a 7-2 record that includes wins over Roy Nelson, Gabe Gonzaga, and Mark Hunt. Stipe has been in a tile eliminator fight before in a main event loss to Junior dos Santos at the end of 2014. Will this result prove to be different?

Prediction: 

Stipe had a bad loss to Stefan Struve early in his UFC career, which was his first time stepping up against the middle level competition. Since that loss he has bounced back and shown that he can hang with top level talent (with the exception to the JDS loss).  I think that maturity is the deciding factor for me.  Arlovski has made this nice comeback run and has certainly fought the who’s who of the heavyweight division but that also means he’s been in so many wars. I love Arndrei and I certainly want to see him win but I think the “fight mileage” plays a role in this fight and is a major disadvantage in this fight. Stipe Miocic wins by 3rd round KO .

Robbie Lawler -110 vs. Carlos Condit -110  

For Welterweight Title                       

Although this title fight hasn’t seen as much hype or push as that last two UFC main events, even though it is the first title fight of 2016 – it could very well finish as the Fight of the Year. Both Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit are well rounded fighters who have been in the fight game a long time, both have been “main eventers” and both have been champions.  This fight will be nothing short of spectacular.

Robbie Lawler won the belt against Johny Hendricks in 2014 with a split decision victory and then defended it against Rory MacDonald in July in what I though was the Fight of the year for 2015. Robbie is a part of American Top Team, which finally has a champion in Lawler and might now be one of the better gyms in MMA. Lawler has one-punch knockout power that can end any fight, but will he be able to connect on Carlos Condit?

Carlos Condit is known as the “Natural Born Killer” and for good reason. Before the WEC was absorbed by the UFC Condit won 5 fights in a row and looked unbeatable as the WEC champion.  Condit would propel that success (after a split decision loss to Martin Kampmann) to an interim-Championship and a fight with Georges St. Pierre, arguably the best welterweight of all time.  But since that fight Condit is only 2-3 with his last fight being a dismantling of Thiago Alves in May. But a sub .500 record against the UFC’s best in the last 3+ years does he have what it takes to beat the Champion?

Prediction: 

I had no idea where I was going in this fight and in writing these little intros you would think that Robbie Lawler would be the easy pick. After all Robbie beat Johny and Johny beat Carlos, so MMA math would tell you that Robbie will beat Carlos.  But MMA math never computes. With two evenly matched fighter as these two are, I think camp and preparation will play a major role in this fight. Jackson-Winklejohn is the best camp in the business when it comes to developing a game plan (See Jon Jones and Holly Holm) and preparing fighters to become champions. With the best camp in his corner and GSP saying that he can beat Lawler, I am going with the “Natural Born Killer” I am taking Carlos Condit in a close decision.

Could the “No-Hype fights actually have more MMA action then the Mega-Hype fights of UFC 193 and UFC194? Enjoy the fights and let me know what you think of my predictions in the comments below!

Joshua Myers, Founder of Just Max Fitness Nutrition

UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor - Just Max Fitness Nutrition Predictions

December 12, 2015 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas Nevada




Well my first attempt at an MMA blog on the new website didn’t go as planned, finishing with a record of 2-3. But as they say – no one has ever been successful quitting after the first attempt – so the blog must continue. The saving grace of my sub.500 record was, the two fights that I got correct I was spot on with my predictions including my method of victory.

UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm also saw one of the greatest upsets in UFC history, perhaps even greater than Georges St Pierre’s loss to Matt Serra at UFC 69. I know there were a few people who predicted that upset, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Ronda was simply far too dominant and Holly didn’t look that impressive in her first few UFC fights, but her coaches said that was all part of the plan. Not releasing all of your had before a major fight is a great strategy if a fighter can pull it off but it is also very risky, kudos to her fight camp for pulling it off.

UFC 194 Aldo vs McGregor is a re-bill of the mega fight that was to take place at UFC 189 this summer, but Jose Aldo was forced to bow out due to a rib injury. Chad Mendes stepped in in just over two week notice to create an interim featherweight bout that saved the event, provided much excitement, and ended in a second round TKO win for McGregor. Prior to UFC 193 this was to be billed as the biggest fight in UFC history, and although it won’t break any attendance or live gate records, it is certainly the most anticipated fight card of the year!




The Fight Picks

Max Holloway -550 vs. Jeremy Stephens +425

UFC 194 will end with excitement in the featherweight division, and the main pay-per-view will start that way. Max Holloway is a big favorite in the eyes of the judges in his fight with Lil Heathen Jeremy Stephens. I don’t know if the skill levels are that far apart but I do know this fight will provide some excitement and set the tone for the rest of the Pay-Per-View.

Max Holloway, currently 14-3 riding a 7 fight win streak (with his last loss coming to the interim Connor McGregor) is certainly one of the hottest fighters in the division and looking for that next shot at the title. I have never been too high on Holloway and had him picked to lose his last fight to Charles Oliveira at Fight night 74 in August (Holloway won that fight via injury TKO in the first round). Holloway is what I consider a decision fighter; he is good at everything, but not great at one thing.

Lil Heathen Jeremy Stephens is a very exiting fighter to watch, but with that excitement also comes mixed results. Stephens currently boasts a 24-11 record, including a 4-2 record as a featherweight in his last 6 fights. “Lil Heathen” does hold a recent victory over Dennis Bermudez, the last fighter to hand Holloway his last loss. If he’s been studying the tape of that loss by Holloway and his win, perhaps it will be what he needs to create an edge.

Prediction:  When trying to predict a fight that has Jeremy “Lil Heathen” Stephens, you first need to determine which Stephens is going to show up. Is it going to be the one that holds a win over current Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos or the one with his most recent loss to Yves Edwards (who has lost 4 straight of his own)? Being an Iowa boy, and his exciting style, and the fact that I need to pick at least one upset for my Draft Kings roster I am picking Jeremy “Lil” Heathen Stephens by second round TKO.

Demian Maia – 130 vs. Gunnar Nelson +110

The Demian Maia, Gunnar Nelson matchup does not yet have title implications in the welterweight division but it will certainly bring the winner into the upper tier of the division toward the next title fight.

Demian Maia is currently riding a 3 fight win streak and is 6-2 since moving to welterweight after losing to current middleweight champion Chris Weidman back in 2012. Maia is a submission ace with 10 of his 21 wins coming by way of submission. At 38 years of age, many believe that his well past his prime and that his time as title challenging-top tier fighter has come and gone. There have been few fighters to fight successfully into their 40s, but 38 is not yet 40. Perhaps he has one run left in him.

Gunnar Nelson is a young, up and coming Icelandic fighter who trains out of SBG Ireland (the same camp as interim Champion Connor McGregor). Nelson is also a bit of a submission ace with 10 of his 14 wins coming by way of submission and is looking to restart a winning streak of his own after rebounding from his first career defeat with a win over Brandon Thatch at UFC 189.

Prediction: This is a tougher prediction than I anticipated before writing this blog. On paper Gunnar Nelson looks to be a younger, fresher version of Demian Maia with a 71% submission rate, but grappling is at a different level in Brazil then it is in Iceland or SBG Ireland. Also looking at common opponents, Maia holds a win over Rick Story, where as "Gunni’s" lone loss of his career is to that same fighter. I think Maia is able to use his octagon and grappling experience and earn a Performance of the Night Award. Maia wins by first round submission.

Yoel Romero +130 vs. Ronaldo Souza -150

This bout appears to be lining up as the #1 contender’s bout for the middleweight crown according to the current USA Today/MMA Junkie Middleweight rankings. Souza is ranked #3 and Romero #4, with #1 and #2 set to do battle in a championship bout on this same card.

Romero is a former Olympic Silver Medalist in Freestyle wrestling for Cuba who now trains at American Top Team in Miami, Fl. He currently holds a 10-1 professional record with 6 straight wins since joining the UFC. Yoel isn’t just “another boring wrestler” in the UFC, along with his Olympic caliber wrestling pedigree he has crazy knockout power with 9 of his 10 professional wins coming by KO or TKO.

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza has been one of the best fighters in the middleweight division for a long time and is currently riding is own 8 fight win streak. Jacare has already beaten some of the best the UFC has to offer like; Gegard Mousasi, Robbie Lawler, and Tim Kennedy.

Prediction: The “experience versus youth” factor will not play a roll in this fight as both fighters are well into their 30’s and have a lot at stake in this fight (the next title shot). However, Jacare is a far more experienced fighter so that could play a roll. With 16 of Jacare’s 22 wins coming by way of submission, I don’t think Romero wants any part of Jacare on the ground even though he has the wrestling pedigree. I think Yoel uses his wrestling as a defense to keep the fight standing and use his knockout power to put Souza away. Only 2 of Jacare’s wins have come by KO/TKO so I don’t think there is much of a threat there. Yoel Romero wins by KO in the third round.  

Chris Weidman -140 vs. Luke Rockhold +120 - Middleweight Title Fight

Chris Weidman has spent more than two years as Middleweight Champion since dethroning Anderson Silva’s long time run back at UFC 162. Weidman is a USA Wrestling product and was also a two-time NCAA All-American at the University of Hofstra, and even though he has the wrestling base, he’s always been under my radar a little bit. Weidman has had 8 fights in the UFC and for some terrible reason I’ve picked against him in the last 6. I don’t think I will make that mistake again.

Luke Rockhold has doesn't wow me as a possible UFC Champion yet. I’ve watched him fight in the UFC obviously, and I’ve even seen him fight in Strikeforce/Elite XC back when they were on CBS but he just doesn’t stand out to me. Rockhold is another one of those “good at everything, but not great at one thing” type of fighters. Can Weidman be beat? Of course he can, UFC 193 showed us that anyone can be beat at any given time – I’m just not sure if Luke Rockhold is the one to do it. If not him who? 

Prediction: With the fact that I have predicted against Chris Weidman in his first 6 UFC fights and that Luke Rockhold doesn’t overwhelm me with anything in his fighting style – this was a hard prediction to make. I simply based it on two things; Chris Weidman’s wrestling pedigree and common opponents. Both Weidman and Rockhold have fought Vitor Belfort but with very different results. Weidman beat Belfort at UFC 187 via First Round TKO, but Belfort beat Rockhold via First Round TKO on UFC on FX 8 in 2013. I simply cannot pick against Weidman again. Chris Weidman wins via unanimous decision 49-46

Jose Aldo +100 vs. Connor McGregor -120 - Featherweight Title Fight

The main event of UFC 194 is easily the most anticipated fight of the year and if it wasn’t for the giant stadium in Australia it would also be one of the largest in history of the organization. This fight was originally scheduled for a summer tilt at UFC 189, and the UFC created an 8 city world tour to promote the fight. The fight was called off when Jose Aldo was forced out with a rib injury, and Chad Mendes stepped in on short notice and fought in an interim title fight against Connor McGregor. McGregor won that fight via Second Round TKO to set up this unification bout.

Jose Aldo has been the only featherweight champion in the UFC’s history, has won 7 straight fights in the UFC and hasn’t lost a fight in 10 years! It would seem as a no brainer to select Aldo as the winner here, the guy seems un-beatable. At some point in time everyone’s streak gets broken. Liddell, Hughes, Franklin, Silva, Barao, and most recently Rousey all have lost incredibly long streaks. Will Aldo be added to this list on Saturday night?

Connor McGregor absolutely burst on to the UFC scene in 2013 and he brought an entire country with him! Connor helped bring the UFC back to Ireland for the first time since UFC 93. His brash style and loud mouth has helped him get big fights, break records, gain legions of fans, and haters too. The one thing I can say about Connor’s brash style is that he does back it up. He has only been tested once in his 6 fights in the octagon. He was pushed to a decision against Max Holloway (who is also on the main card) in his second UFC fight. Will Jose Aldo be the one to push Connor or will it be another Irish ass whopping?

Prediction: This is a very tough fight to call. On one had you have the #2 pound-for-pound fighter in Jose Aldo against what could be the new guard of the featherweight division. The media shows what they want us to see to hype and promote the fight so over the last few weeks, we’ve seen and heard Connor McGregor talking a lot of trash and not much from Aldo. Aldo’s camp has been saying that he’s the Champion and doesn’t need to talk, that Connor is talking because he’s scared and covering up nerves. Former UFC fighter Chael Sonnen says in his latest podcast that Aldo is the one that is scared, (actually he says they are both scared). Aldo doesn’t want to give up the belt or the streak, Connor doesn’t want to give up his belt or to take a hit in his fame or popularity –so who wins? I have yet to see a fight where a Champion is an underdog; there is a reason for it. Connor McGregor by Fourth Round TKO.

Enjoy the fights and let me know what you think of my predictions in the comments below!

Joshua Myers, Founder of Just Max Fitness Nutrition

UFC 193: Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm - JMFN Predictions

UFC 193 Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm

UFC 193: Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm Features Women's Title Fights in the Co-Main Event and Main Event for the First Time in History




Who will win in this instant classic UFC fight - Ronda Rousey or Holly Holm? After picking a few major upsets throughout the year like Rafael dos Anjos over Anthony Pettis, or Francisco Trinaldo over Chad Laprise at UFC Fight Night 74, both were better than 3-1 underdogs – I have been told I should start documenting picks for those who read my blog to follow my predictions and thoughts on upcoming UFC events.

I have missed the opportunity to blog about many big fights throughout the year but there is no time like the present to start, so why not start with what will be the biggest UFC in history (to date) - UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm November 14, 2015 from Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Victoria Australia.

Dana White, President of the UFC says more than 70,000 fans will fill the stadium to see women’s title fights headline and co-headline a pay-per-view for the first time in UFC history. The predicted 70,000 fans will eclipse the previous the previous record by more than 15,000 fans, currently held by UFC 129 – St. Pierre vs. Shields from the Rogers Centre in Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

So, as the UFC makes history with its first stadium show, which is also headlined and co-headlined by two female bouts – I also begin to create a “picks” history on JustMaxFitnessNutrition.com. Enjoy! Feel free to comment your thoughts below on whether you agree or disagree.




The Fight Picks 

Jared Rosholt +120 vs.  Stefan Struve -140

The first fight on the pay-per-view card features a heavyweight tilt between “The Big Show” Jared Rosholt and Stefan “The Sky Scrapper” Struve. Although this bout doesn’t appear to have title implications for any time in the near future, this could still be a very entertaining fight and a great tone-setter for a history breaking card.

Stefan Struve is nicknamed the sky scrapper because he is a 7 foot tall, beast of a man.  He is coming off one of his best performances to date with a decision win over the legendary Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 190. Prior to that victory, Stuve was on a two fight skid so he needed to get back in the win column.

“The Big Show” Jared Rosholt is not quite as big as “The Skyscrapper” but he will be a game opponent come fight night. A decorated American wrestler Rosholt currently holds a 13-2 professional record and is riding a two fight win streak.

 Prediction: Anyone that knows me know I am partial to American wrestlers (unless they are battling Brazilian Jujitsu Practitioners) and I do like the value in Rosholt over the Danish kick boxer Struve. I stated earlier that Struve is coming off his best performance with a win over a legend of the sport, but that was also over an aging legend that is clearly on his way out of the sport.  Rosholt however is also a young guy of the sport (only 29) and I think he’s an up-and-comer in the division. As a 3 time all-American wrestler and a national runner up in 2010 from one of the most prestigious wrestling schools in the country (Oklahoma St), Rosholt is going to be able to use Struve’s long legs to his advantage and score easy takedowns. Struve is a kick boxer and will want no part of Rosholt on the ground. Rosholt wins via ground and pound or UD with numerous takedowns.

Uriah Hall -115 vs.  Robert Whittaker -105 

Uriah Hall from TUF 17 fame as a finalist and his devastating spinning hook kick KO of Adam Cella in episode 3 is coming of the most impressive victory of his career.  Hall recently finished Gegard Mousasi with a flying knee (and follow up punches) in the second round of their co-main event fight at Fight Night 75 in Saitama, Japan. A winner of 5 of his last 6 fights, Hall is always an exciting fighter to watch and this fight shouldn’t be any different.

Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker is one of the few Australians on the card and truth be told I don’t know much about the guy.  With a 14-4 professional record fighting in his home country he will certainly have the drive to put on the fight of his life.  Expect fireworks in this one!

Prediction:  Honestly, this one is pretty easy for me. Three of the four losses that Whittaker has are against guys I don’t know too much about (and I watch more than a fair amount of Mixed Martial Arts), and seeing Uriah Hall’s fantastic stoppage of Gegard Mousasi just a month and a half ago, in a fight that he was clearly over matched – one should never count out “Primetime” Uriah Hall!  With the odds of the fight basically at a “pick’em” status, give me “Primetime” in primetime via KO/TKO.

Mark Hunt -255 vs.  Antonio Silva +215

Mark “The Super Samoan” Hunt is sure to be a fan favorite in this fight hailing from nearby New Zealand. Hunt has amassed a 10-10-1 professional record since his debut in 2004 and most would certainly consider him a journeyman fighter or a gate keeper, but having for the UFC interim Heavyweight title  in November of last year (in a loss to Fabricio Werdum), Hunt has certainly fought the who’s who of the heavy weight division. Hunt always puts on an exciting fight, going to only 4 decisions in his 21 fights.  Currently riding a 2 fight losing streak, look for Hunt to be in a little bit of desperation mode and come out swinging.

Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva will have to fight in front of a hostile crowd in this fight and that may be the reason why the odds are stacked so far against him in this fight.  Silva is also a heavyweight who has fought for the title (a loss to Cain Velasquez in 2013) and has fought the who’s who in the heavyweight division. Most recently Silva beat Australian Soa “The Hulk” Palelei to snap a 2 fight skid in August look for that to garner some additional boos.

Prediction:  These two fighters fought to a draw back in 2013 and I think this is going to be another close fight. However this fight will almost certainly not end in another draw.  The odds seem to be clearly stacked against “Bigfoot” with Hunt fighting so close to home and Hunt fight with desperation (coming off of two losses). But if you analyze common opponents between the two fighters, they both certain have lost to some of the same guys but Antonio Silva has beat the likes of Fedor Emelianenko and Alistair Overeem, where Hunt lost to both of those guys. Silva wins via KO/Sub.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk -2150 vs.  Valerie Letourneau +1300 for Strawweight Title

Joanna is currently 10-0 in her young mixed martial arts career and is only the UFCs 2nd strawweight champion in history after beating Carla Esparza at UFC 185. Joanna has only been tested in 1 fight up to this point, earning a split decision victory over Claudia Gadelha. Joanna is a tough and knows what it takes to remain champion having defended her title once already this past June.  Joanna is going to be tough to beat, but anything can happen in a fight.

Valerie has quietly won three straight fights in the UFC’s strawweight division, (4 in total) to earn herself a title shot with a modest 8-3 record. If one were to analyze that record a little deeper, it would show that two of her three losses have come to former title challengers in the woman’s bantamweight division (135 lbs, 20 lbs larger than her current weight class). And her 3rd loss had also come to Claudia Gadelha (who Joanna beat by razor thin split-decision). I think that the nickname of “Trouble” will hold true for Letourneau and she will be a lot more to handle than both Jedrzejczyk and the odds makers expect.

Prediction: Many in the mainstream media and the general public feel that it should be Gadelha in this title fight and that Letourneau had not yet earned her way into the title picture. Although I agree that I would rather see Gadelha vs Jedrzejczyk, Gadelha was not available due to injury.  And I disagree that Valerie hasn’t earned her sot at the title. I certainly think she has because of the level of opponents she has fought.  I am just not seeing why the odds are so high for Joanna Jedrzejczyk.  If you placed a $100 bet on her in Las Vegas, you would only see a return of $4.76 (as explained in this article on MMAJunkie.com. With all that said, I can’t bet against the champ, but Valerie has more than a punchers chance. Jedrzejczyk via decision

Ronda Rousey -1700 vs.  Holly Holm +1100 for Women's Bantamweight Title

If you haven’t heard of “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey in the last 5 years you might be living under a rock!  Rhonda has become the superstar of superstars.  Not only has she changed Dana White’s mind about women in the UFC, she’s also starred in prominent movies like Entourage, the Expendables, and the Fast n Furious franchise.  The Judo bronze medalist owns a perfect 12-0 record with all wins coming by finishes, no opponent has brought her past the third round. Rhonda’s last three fights have gone a total of 68 second inside the octagon, she is seemingly unstoppable!

Enter Holy Holm! Holm is a former world boxing champion who took up mixed martial arts because there seemed to be nothing left t prove in the world of boxing. She held numerous titles between 140-154 lbs. Holm has also started her mixed martial arts career with great deal of success with a 9-0 record to begin her career.  Because of her boxing pedigree she is easily regarded as the best striker in the women’s bantamweight division, and maybe in the UFC period.  Her first two wins in the UFC have been less than stellar however; two decision-wins after amassing 6 of her 7 wins before the UFC with devastating knockouts.  Many believe that Holm will be a tough test for Rhonda, if she can keep it standing. 

Prediction:  The UFC has had many striker vs. grappler match-ups in the past, but few with the caliber striker like a world champion boxer. Back in August of 2010 at UFC 118 the co-main event saw Randy “The Natural” Couture take on World Champion boxer James “Lights Out” Toney. Toney was able to talk his way into the UFC saying “the UFC has never had a striker like me.” Couture stepped up to the challenge, avoided a few punches at the start of the fight, ducked under, took Toney down, and worked his way to a fight ending choke 3 minutes into the first round.  I see the Rousey-Holm fight going much of the same way. Rousey stand up is good, (as she showed in a first KO against Bethe Correia), but her standup just isn’t on the same level as Holm’s.  Ronda will avoid a few early strikes look to close the gap, complete a Judo throw, and take Holm down. Ronda wins via first round armbar!

Enjoy the fights and let me know what you think of my predictions in the comments below!

Joshua Myers, Founder of Just Max Fitness Nutrition

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