UFC Fight Night 126

UFC Fight Night 126

UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros
47
views

On February 18th, which is this Sunday the UFC will make its return to Austin, Texas as the Frank Erwin Center hosts UFC Fight Night: Cowboy Vs Medeiros. The night will be full of brawls leading up to the Main Event as the Main Card is not a card you wanna miss. With the Main Event being #11 ranked Welterweight "Cowboy" Donald Cerrone taking on #15 ranked Welterweight Yancy Medeiros in a potential Fight Of The Night Bout.

The Co-Main Event will be between 2 HUGE Heavyweight Contenders, as #6 ranked Derrick Lewis faces off against #8 Marcin Tybura. Lightweights go at it as #12 ranked James Vick versus #14 ranked Francisco Trinaldo. Another pair of Welterweights are set to clash as Thiago Alves goes up against Curtis Millender. Jessica Aguilar takes on Livia Renata Souza in the women's strawweight division. And to open up the card Lightweight's Sage Northcutt will face Thibault Gouti.

To open up the card lightweight sensation Sage Northcutt will be taking on a tough opponent who is Thibault Gouti. Thibault won his last fight on September 2nd at UFC Fight Night 115 against Andrew Holbrook via TKO in the 1st round. But Thibault has gone 1-3 in his last 4 fights, a win over Sage can really put him in the right direction in the lightweight division. But Sage Northcutt is also coming off of a victory which was a clear unanimous decision over Michel Quinones at UFC Fight Night 120. Sage is 2-2 in his last 4 fights, needless to say, a win for both of these gentlemen can do good things for them.

2 The woman in the Strawweight division battle it out to with hopes of getting closer to breaking into the top 15 rankings as 26-year-old 11-1 Livia Renata Souza meets 19-6 Jessica Aguilar. Livia is making her UFC Debut but she brings with her the experience that made her a dominant factor in Invicta. She hopes to make a name for herself and make a stamp in the division for all the contenders to be on the lookout.

We last have seen Jessica at UFC 211: Miocic Vs Dos Santos 2 where she lost to Cortney Casey-Sanchez losing via Unanimous Decision. Jessica has gone 0-2 since making her UFC Debut but she looks to turn things around and shut down the debut of the newcomer Livia Souza.

Thiago Alves Steps into the octagon once again against a new tough contender to the UFC that is Curtis Millender who is also making his debut in the Welterweight Division and the organization. Thiago was last in action at UFC 210 where he faced off against Patrick Cote and he won by unanimous decision.

In his UFC career, Thiago is 14-8 in his UFC career, he hopes to add another tally in the win column as the veteran meets the newcomer. Curtis is making his appearance in the UFC with a professional record of 14-3, he has his eye on shutting down the UFC veteran and kicking off his path to UFC gold the right way and impress the world.

In the Lightweight Division #12 ranked James Vicks takes on #14 ranked Francisco Trinaldo. We last saw the "Texecutioner" James Vick at UFC 217 when he defeated Joe Duffy by TKO and improved to a 12-1 record. A win for Vick could very well break him into the top 10 or a potential bout with a top 10 contender. Trinaldo was last seen at UFC Fight Night 119 when he defeated MMA Veteran Jim Miller by unanimous decision. A Win for Trinaldo will definitely put him closer to the top 10 as he could upset Duffy and possibly have a big bout coming out of this.

2 dominant figures in the Heavyweight Division collide in a heck of a fight when #6 ranked Derrick Lewis meets #8 ranked Marcin Tybura as they both cross each others path to the Heavyweight title. We last saw Derrick Lewis take on Mart Hunt at UFC Fight Night 110 where he, unfortunately, lost via TKO in the 4th round, a win for Derrick can really make him bounce back as he has said if he wins he will call out Francis Ngannou.

We last saw Marcin take on Fabricio Werdum at UFC Fight Night 114 where the Veteran Fabricio defeated Tybura by unanimous decision. A win for Tybura can help him shake off that loss and potentially set him up for a rematch with Fabricio at some point or a top 5 heavyweight contender.

And finally, the Main Event is in the Welterweight division as #11 ranked Donald Cerrone meets #15 Yancy Medeiros in the octagon as we are expecting fight works as soon as the ref calls for the start of the 1st round. Yancy is coming off of a tremendous victory to the other "Cowboy", Cowboy Oliveria. With both fighters throwing bombs at each other from the start and both being hurt multiple times, it would be Yancy who would beat Oliveria with brutal punches in the 3rd round via TKO and also winning Fight OF The Year with that fight.

Yancy hopes to put on a show again and just defeat Cerrone which will get him closer to breaking into the Top 10. We last seen Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 118 when he was dismantled by Contender Darren Till in the very 1st round. Cowboy Cerrone is 0-3 in his last 3 fights in the UFC, he hopes to upset Yancy and get back on the road to breaking into the top 10 and redeeming these last few losses.

Cover Image Credit: Youtube.com

Popular Right Now

Why An Athlete Is Not Defined By Their Level

Pressure can drive athletes crazy.
24217
views

With tryout season among us, it is so important that this be addressed before the teams for this upcoming year are formed.

So many athletes that tryout, don't make the team they want and either quit to "take a year off" or jump ship to a gym that promises them to place the athlete on a higher level. I know that every athlete wants to be on level 5 team, the division is the most prestigious of all of them, especially because going to worlds is the end game for most athletes.

The problem these days in the cheerleading world is that our athletes are trying to level up at a rate that is just not quite realistic. If an athlete is on a level 1 team, the chances of her being on level 4 next year are slim. It is necessary for athletes to experience each level for at least a year to learn all of the fundamentals of the level and build on them for their foundation as an athlete to be more concrete. This produces the best athlete possible.

A lot of athletes think that all that they need to jump levels is tumbling and that is just not the case. When teams are formed, coaches take a look at many different things, these qualities include but are not limited to: mental toughness, dedication, tumbling, stunting abilities, pace of learning, dance and attitude.

Contrary to popular belief, there are so many factors that go into forming a team. This team not only has to be suitable for individual athletes but putting a team together is like a puzzle and as coaches we have to put a team together that will work well and have all the necessary percentages of skills to be competitive in their division.

We are concerned about building well-rounded athletes, not an athlete that is only capable in one facet of cheerleading. Some athletes are great level-4 tumblers but have level-2 stunt ability and those two will not equal a level 4 athlete until we boost the stunting ability of said athlete.

Putting an athlete on a team to just tumble is doing a disservice to not just the team, but also the athletes themselves. If this athlete joins a level 4 team to just tumble all year, when their tumbling progresses to that of a level 5 athlete, they will still have level 2 stunting skills and won't be put to good use when they are level 5 eligible. A well-rounded athlete is the kind of athlete that wins Worlds.

SEE ALSO: To The Coach That Took My Confidence Away

When athletes take their time and learn their level, they are not just learning completely new skills each year, but building on them. If done correctly, each year an athlete should improve on all points of cheerleading and not just one. The rules in each level lead to progressions for the level that it directly follows, so that athletes can safely learn skills by going up the ladder one step at a time.

What most don't realize is that skipping steps is such an unnecessary practice. If Susie stays on level 2 for an extra year, she is not "learning nothing", she is improving on the skills that she didn't quite execute completely the year before, this will perfect her performance in this level and give a more solid foundation for her to build on when she is on a level 3 team.

Pressure can drive athletes crazy. Parents, your athletes have so many years ahead of them to be on a level 5 team and go to worlds, so pushing for a 10-year-old, that is just not ready, to be on a level 4 team is unreasonable. Let your 10-year-old learn maturity and mental toughness at a level that is more appropriate, when your athlete is pushing herself too hard it takes the fun out of the tryout process and creates unnecessary stress on the athletes.

Lastly, please be sure to support whatever decision your coaches make for your athlete's placement, they know your child and they are not trying to hurt their pride, but build them up so they can accomplish all of their goals as an athlete. Know that the level your kid makes this year doesn't define him or her as an athlete, but helps them grow into the cheerleader they have the ability to become!

Cover Image Credit: National Cheerleaders Association

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

The NBA Draft Lottery In A Nutshell

A quick overview of the 2019 NBA lottery and which teams got the best picks.

75
views

The NBA draft lottery took place on Tuesday night where all of the NBA teams were looking to see their fate heading into the 2019 draft. Many people know that anything can truly happen with a lottery. This year proved that statement again as the New Orleans Pelicans claimed the number one overall pick. The Pelicans had just a six percent chance of claiming the number one pick yet they still beat the odds. The Pelicans are now in the driver seat with picking up top prospect Zion Williamson from Duke University. Most teams that knew they weren't making the playoffs tried to tank this year in order to pursue the college basketball icon.

As for the remaining top five picks, the Memphis Grizzlies got the number two overall pick, the New York Knicks with the number three overall pick, the Los Angeles Lakers at number four, and finally the Cleveland Cavaliers at number five. Most of the teams with the highest percentage of claiming the #1 overall pick did not even make it in the top five which is rare. An example of this is the Phoenix Suns who had one of the worst records in the NBA this past season with a record of 19-63. The Suns got screwed over at this year's lottery where they claimed the #6 pick.

The teams that got the most out of this year's lottery were the New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Atlanta Hawks. The Atlanta Hawks, in my opinion, got the benefit of the doubt this year as they have secured two spots in the first 10 draft picks of the 2019 NBA Draft. There is a lot of talent in this draft class so this is a make or break draft for a lot of these struggling teams. Prospects like RJ Barrett, Ja Morant, Jarrett Culver, and Cam Reddish. A lot of these prospects are ready to make an impact on whatever team they end up on. As for the projected number one overall pick Zion Williamson, he has gotten compared to NBA greats such as Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley.

During an interview with Bill Simmons on his podcast show, NBA star Kevin Durant said that Zion is a once-in-a-generation athlete. The 2019 NBA draft should be quite interesting to see where these top prospects end up playing for. One thing is for almost certain in that the New Orleans Pelicans are going to end up with Zion Williamson with the number one overall pick in this year's draft. With that being said the Pelicans could have quite a bright future with this future star and hopefully, the rookie can help keep NBA star Anthony Davis in New Orleans. Anything can happen though during the NBA draft and we will just have to wait and see what happens.

Related Content

Facebook Comments