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Ferguson handles RDA for 9th-straight win

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As Tony Ferguson has continually gotten passed up for shots at the lightweight championship he’s kept the same mindset; just keep on winning and eventually he’ll have to get a shot at the belt. It’s a risky strategy in a sport where one wrong move can be so devastating, but that plan has been executed to perfection and with his ninth-straight victory coming over the former champion there can’t be any excuse to not make Ferguson the next challenger for the belt.

In the first of five rounds as the main event, Rafael dos Anjos looked like he was on his way back to another title fight with a very dominant first round. His movement and timing troubled Ferguson. But after that round, Ferguson seemed to have figured out how to both defend and attack dos Anjos, turned his tensity up and really put it to the former champion.

Rafael dos Anjos’ run over Benson Henderson, Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerone may have been one of the most dominant runs in UFC history considering how one-sided those fights against elite fighters were, but Saturday night there might have been a little changing of the guard in the light weight division.

In his ninth-straight victory Ferguson looked remarkably confident, even when dos Anjos was having early success. Ferguson continually changed his stance and when he would miss a punch, he knew exactly how to follow – planting and spinning and coming around with an elbow. He did is so many times in the fight and it left dos Anjos with a bloodied eye and playing catch up.

He just never could catch up. Ferguson never looked phased by anything dos Anjos hit him with and kept moving forward to get the biggest win of his career.

Veteran Diego Sanchez stuffs upstart Marcin Held

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When Diego Sanchez was ambushed out of the gate by Joe Lauzon at UFC 200, there were some calls for the first-ever The Ultimate Fighter winner to retire. At UFC Fight Night 98 he showed he had plenty left in the tank when a dominant victory over the vaunted up-and-coming submission specialists Marcin Held.

Sanchez continually stuffed Held’s attempts to get a submission. When Held got his arms around the back of Sanchez’ next and lifted him up, Sanchez fought to keep his weight low, got back to the ground and throw Held off of him. When Held got a hold of Sanchez’ leg for a lock, Sanchez punched him in the face until he let go.

Held didn’t look like he should have been in the same octagon as a veteran like Sanchez in the last two rounds. Sanchez dominated the last two rounds with great control while keeping Held guessing at what he could try to go to get Sanchez in any sort of trouble. Sanchez was just better prepared and his octagon savvy proved to be a huge advantage.

Ricardo Lamas chocked out much bigger Charles Oliveira

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After just having his fight against BJ Penn canceled, Ricardo Lamas wasn’t willing to have another fight get mixed. When Charles Oliveira missed weight twice – first as the weigh in when he was nine pounds over weight, and then the day of the fight when he was told he couldn’t weigh over 165 – Lamas took the fight anyway.

It nearly backfired when in the first round the much heavier Oliveira was landing hard shots before taking control of his back, but the former title contender Lamas showed his resilience, fought out of the bad spot and survived until the bell. In the second round, Lamas was much better prepared to take on his opponent of was clearly much bigger. Lamas maneuvered around, stayed active and got on Oliveira’s back. He quickly revered position and got his arm wrapped around Oliveira’s neck and cranked.

The Guillotine choke ended the fight in the middle of the second round, getting Lamas a big rebound victory since his loss to Max Holloway at UFC 199.

Dariush snaps Magomedov’s 12-fight winning-streak

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It’s hard to pick out a single round Rashid Magomedov lost in the UFC heading into his fight at UFC Fight Night 98, but against Beneil Dariush he saw his 12-fight winning-streak snapped with a loss on the scorecards. Magomedov out-landed Dariush 79-73, but Dariush blitz Magomedov from the beginning and rode the early pressure to the win. By the time Magomedov got in a rhythm, he was in too deep of a hole to come back from.

Dariush had the much more devastating strikes landed, topping Magomedov’s significant strike total 60-41. In the end, Dariush proved his spot at the ninth-ranked lightweight in the UFC with a great usage of the Muay Thai clinch that led to him pummeling Magomedov with knees to the body and face.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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