Mike & Mike
Colin Cowherd
Josh Cohen
Evan Cohen
ESPN West Palm Tonight
Inside the Cage
SportsCenter AM
SportsCenter AllNight

  • Page 1 of 26
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • ...
  • »
  • »»

Inside The Cage Recap -- Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Apr 13, 2014 -- 9:23am

Every Saturday morning, Jordan Sherwood and Frank Zaffere hit on the top news as it pertains to mix martial arts, on Inside The Cage. Here are the highlights from today's show: 

Jordan and Frank discuss what should be changed about MMA free agency, following Jake Shields release from the UFC. Audio

Jordan and Frank weigh in on the future of the Diaz's brothers in the UFC. Audio

Jordan and Frank pay tribute to the legendary Ultimate Warrior, whom unfortunately passed away this past week. Audio

Jordan and Frank go Five Rounds, hitting on the hottest topics in the world of MMA, including the athlete or celebrity that they had like to receive a tweet from today. Audio

Jordan and Frank run through the week's top news and notes, and preview next week’s UFC on Fox 11 card in Orlando. Audio

Be sure to listen to the show Saturday’s at 10am, follow Jordan Sherwood (@woodonmma) and Frank Zaffere (@realfrankz), and check the MMA blog daily.

UFC Fight Night

Apr 08, 2014 -- 9:05am

There is so much going on in MMA, it’s hard to keep track. That’s the nature of the sport and the business that the UFC is now invested in. This week, Jake Shields, a former title challenger and multiple promotional champion, was released from the UFC. It’s another Top Ten fighter that has been released by the promotion.

Also, the growing list of names that will be Ronda Rousey’s next opponent continues to alter as reports surfaced this week that the UFC will be meeting with former Strikeforce Featherweight Champion Gina Carano.

Plus, the much anticipated grudge match between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva has been moved back to UFC 175, making the Fourth of July weekend card a historic event with Chris Weidman vs Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson vs Daniel Cormier already slated for the card.

And, as the expansion for the sport continues, the UFC returns to Abu Dhabi this week with a live fight card on Friday afternoon, only available on UFC Fight Pass.

Now to the fights:

No. 11 Antonio Minoaturo Nogueira (34-8-1) vs No. 9 Roy Nelson (20-9)

It’s appropriate that this fight card is headlined by Noguiera and Nelson, two outstanding Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu experts. Both own black belts and Abu Dhabi, the host site for Friday's fight card, has been known to many across the globe as the preeminent area for submission and grappling competition. In fact, Nelson was an Abu Dhabi Combat Club quarterfinalist back in 2003. Past winners of this annual competition include UFC mainstays Demian Maia, Rony Yahya (also fighting on this card), Fabricio Werdum and Jacare Souza.

While Noguiera has the distinction of being one of the most prolific heavyweight submission specialists of this era, Nelson has relied more on his knockout power to stamp his place in the Top Ten of the Heavyweight Division. He is a four-time Knockout of the Night award winner and prior to a two-fight losing streak, was on the verge of a title shot following a three fight-winning streak.

Nelson is a tough out; only one of his nine career losses has been via finish and his grappling background puts him in a position to dictate where the fight takes place everytime in the Octagon.

Noguiera is a future hall of fame and has the distinction of being the only man to win the Heavyweight Title in both the UFC and Pride Fighting Championships. His submissions are some of the best in the sport and his striking has greatly improved since forming a bond with former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, evident in his knockout win over Brendan Schaub and his timing and precision against Dave Herman.

Noguiera, like Nelson, is also an extremely tough out. He was run over by a truck as an eight year old and survived. Does that do enough to describe his toughness?

The issue for Noguiera, who has alternated between wins and losses since 2011, is that he is 37-years going on 52; the number of fights and wars he’s been a part of date back to 1999.

Nelson should be able to dictate where the fight goes and will look to land that jackhammer of an overhand right.

My prediction, Nelson via KO (Rd 2)

No. 9 Clay Guida (30-11) vs No. 12 Tatsuya Kawajiri (33-7-2)

In the even’s co-feature, Top-15 featherweights Guida and Kawajiri meet in matchup that could be a “pink slip” contest. Don’t let the rankings fool you as the UFC showed it’s fine with releasing Top Ten Talent like Shields or Yushin Okami a few months back. Plus, the featherweight division is becoming a shark tank of top contenders, so victories are becoming increasingly difficult to come by.

After a career at lightweight, Guida moved to featherweight in 2013 and has gone 1-1 with a victory over Hatsu Hioki and a KO loss to the divisions top contender, Chad Mendes. Yes, Mendes has been on a tear, but he became the first man to finish Guida via strikes in his 41-fight career.

He’s the “energizer bunny” whenever he fights, grinding his opponents against the cage while pacing from distance to strike and counter strikes. He should be able to dictate where the fight goes against Kawajiri, Japan’s best featherweight who is only 1-0 in the UFC.

That victory came against the debuting Sean Soriano, a late replacement fight that “The Crusher” easily handled.

Against Guida is a completely different story. Kawajiri is powerful kick-boxer who has been in the fight-game for quite sometime. The issue is that Kawajiri has struggled against quicker opponents, exactly what Guida is.

I think Guida dictates the pace and positioning of the fight.

My prediction, Guida via decision

John Howard (22-8) vs Ryan LaFlare (10-0)

In a fight that should provide fireworks, the resurgent Howard meets the unbeaten LaFlare in a contest that could decide who cracks the Top 10 of the welterweight division.

Howard has great muay-thai and his ground and pound have provided finishes for the Boston welterweight.

LaFlare is lengthy kick boxer that has great timing, plus finishing power. At 6’1, he’s a tall welterweight that uses leg kicks and distance to dominate his opponents.

This fight, despite being an overwhelming pick for LaFlare, is a toss-up in my mind.

My prediction, Howard via decision

Ramsey Nijem (9-4) vs Beneil Dariush (7-0)

The fight card opens with Ultimate Fighter Finalist Ramsey Nijem against Dariush, who is 1-0 in the UFC.

Here’s the thing: If you can beat Nijem, you deserve the be in the UFC. If you cannot, you don’t. It’s that simple, like death and taxes. Nijems wins in the UFC; CJ Keith, Danny Downes and Joe Proctor, all not in the UFC. His losses: James Vick, Myles Jury, Tony Ferguson, all still in the UFC.

He does posses good leg kicks, but has a tendency to leave his chin out in the open for someone to tag.

So, with Dariush, what do you make of a fighter without a Wikipedia page? He has great submissions and a wrestling background, but his striking has also greatly improved. He defeated Charlie Brenneman handily in his UFC debut and will look to the same. He is a silver medalist in submission wrestling and has competed in over 50 submission tournaments.

My prediction, Dariush via submission (RD 1)

Inside The Cage Recap -- Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Apr 06, 2014 -- 7:31am

Every Saturday morning, Jordan Sherwood and Frank Zaffere hit on the top news as it pertains to mix martial arts, on Inside The Cage. Here are the highlights from today's show: 

Jordan and Frank discuss if the UFC suffers from not having a star. Audio

Jordan and Frank debate whether if Jon Jones is ducking opponents, ahead of his UFC 172 fight. Audio

Jordan and Frank go Five Rounds, hitting on the hottest topics in the world of MMA, including which UFC fighter they would not want to get pulled over by. Audio

Jordan and Frank talk about the recent fights announced for UFC 173, as well weigh in on the news and notes from this past week. Audio

Be sure to listen to the show Saturday’s at 10am, follow Jordan Sherwood (@woodonmma) and Frank Zaffere (@realfrankz), and check the MMA blog daily.

Inside The Cage Recap -- Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Mar 29, 2014 -- 2:19pm

Every Saturday morning, Jordan Sherwood and Frank Zaffere hit on the top news as it pertains to mix martial arts, on Inside The Cage. Here are the highlights from today's show: 

Jordan and Frank discuss the benefits, if any for MMA to unionize. Audio

Jordan and Frank debate if the UFC is doing enough to ban performance-enhancing drugs in their sport, and react to other leagues hammering down on PED's. Audio

Jordan and Frank go Five Rounds, hitting on the hottest topics in the world of MMA, including how the UFC can capitalize if the NFL is headed towards implosion. Audio

Jordan and Frank preview the upcoming UFC fight cards, plus the strength of UFC 173. Audio

Be sure to listen to the show Saturday’s at 10am, follow Jordan Sherwood (@woodonmma) and Frank Zaffere (@realfrankz), and check the MMA blog daily.

 

Inside The Cage Recap -- Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Mar 22, 2014 -- 3:13pm

Every Saturday morning, Jordan Sherwood and Frank Zaffere hit on the top news as it pertains to mix martial arts, on Inside The Cage. Here are the highlights from today's show: 

Jordan and Frank debate whether MMA should adopt a NCAA type tournament format. Audio

Jordan and Frank react to UFC 171 by dishing on the biggest winners and losers, and the rise of the American Top Team. Audio

Jordan and Frank go Five Rounds, hitting on the hottest topics in the world of MMA, including if one newcomer could take down Ronda Rousey. Audio

Jordan and Frank discuss the return of Anderson Silva, talk about the recently announced fight cards, and preview UFC Fight Night 38. Audio

Be sure to listen to the show Saturday’s at 10am, follow Jordan Sherwood (@woodonmma) and Frank Zaffere (@realfrankz), and check the MMA blog daily.

 

Inside The Cage Recap -- Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Mar 15, 2014 -- 4:24pm

Every Saturday morning, Jordan Sherwood and Frank Zaffere hit on the top news as it pertains to mix martial arts, on Inside The Cage. Here are the highlights from today's show: 

Jordan Sherwood and Frank Zaffere discuss the difficultly of fighters making weight prior to their weigh in. Audio

Former UFC lightweight Din Thomas joins Jordan Sherwood and Frank Zaffere to give a live report from Dallas prior UFC 171, and evaluate the rich talent from the American Top Team that will be participating in this card. Audio

UFC featherweight Cole Miller joins Jordan Sherwood and Frank Zaffere to shut down the debate that cutting weight is complex. Audio

Jordan Sherwood and Frank Zaffere go Five Rounds, hitting on the hottest topics in the world of MMA, including which UFC fighter they would want to build their team around. Audio

Jordan Sherwood and Frank Zaffere make their UFC 171 predictions and picks. Audio

Be sure to listen to the show Saturday’s at 10am, follow Jordan Sherwood (@woodonmma) and Frank Zaffere (@realfrankz), and check the MMA blog daily.

  • Page 1 of 26
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • ...
  • »
  • »»

ON AIR - LISTEN LIVE

PHOTO GALLERIES

  • Recently Updated

    more

    • Street Team at Palm Beach International Raceway 4/5/2014

    • The Golf Exchange 3/30/14

    • Miller Lite Event at Grease, West Palm Beach 3/29/14

CALENDAR

There are no games scheduled for today.

An Ad has not been trafficed here..