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LineStar® Weekly Knockout (UFC) - UFC 278 Edwards vs. Usman 2

Chris Guy (MMA Expert)
Chris Guy (MMA Expert)
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Written by LineStar contributor, combat sports enthusiast, and practitioner, Chris Guy.
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It was magical, the UFC back in my hometown, San Di-Ah-Go.  Although Chito Vera Shang T’Sung’d me, straight ripped my soul from my chest when he face-kicked Dominick Cruz and then melted him into the canvas, it was still a special night.  A night of “Holy Shit!” finishes and all-time great firefights not often witnessed by civilians.
The headlining act included a San Diego legend, but a door-to-door Rosetta Stone salesman stole the show.  UFC San Diego will be remembered as the Nate Landwehr vs. David Onama card.  Landwehr might be the wildest MF’er ever to step in the cage.  He tossed out certain victory by the seat of its pants like it was Jazzy Jeff and let Onama get back to his feet time after time, so they could slug it out until the final bell.  And that they did.  Onama survived nuclear bombardments in the second and third rounds and was stumbling around the Octagon like he spent his lunch break at Stone Brewery.  He went down, collapsed, often but never stayed down, and even had Landwehr skating around the mall in a pair of Heelys on the verge of stealing a dub from the jaws of certain defeat multiple times.
To quote Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, “Oh what a night.”  After Chito Vera put a stamp on the night and a title eliminator in his next bout, there was only one thing left to do, take to the streets.  
Downtown San Diego was abuzz; the crowds were alive with joy in their hearts and a song on their tongues.  I could hear it from the moment I got off the trolley, and by the time I reached the epicenter of excitement, I knew the words and joined in, singing at the top of my Mary Jane-filled lungs:
I’m gonna jack it where the sun always shines,
Been spreading the word and now I need to ease my mind,
Been Plantin these apple seeds, and while the apples grow,
I’m a go out jackin it in San Diego!
Main Card
Leon Edwards (+300) vs Kamaru Usman (-400)
Edwards: DK: $7.1k | Usman: DK:$9.1k
Holy 2015, Batman!  We’re going back an entire hairline with this one.  A lot has changed since Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman met in the Octagon for the first time.  But one thing that hasn’t, the L column for both fighters since.  Usman has never lost in the Octagon and is one fight away from tying Anderson Silva’s longest winning streak record at sixteen, and Edwards has won noine fights with one no contest since suffering his last defeat.
This is one of the rare occasions that you can’t take much away from the first meeting between two fighters.  Usman dominated the first fight with wrestling/grappling, controlling Edwards against the cage for most of the fight.  His striking was still raw, wild with massive holes in his technique.  Back then, Usman wasn’t even using the southpaw stance at all, and his punches were nothing but long overhands.  He was a Coachella lip-syncing hologram version of himself.  
The present-day Usman doesn’t mind standing and banging and isn’t one hundred percent dependent on scoring takedowns.  He has become one of the most feared strikers in the world with life-changing power.  And Leon Edwards has developed his wrestling and has transformed into an underrated grappler while honing his technical skills on the feet.  Compared to their 2015 selves, both fighters are unrecognizable, like Sean Archer seeing Castor Troy staring back at him in the mirror.
One key to the rematch will be Leon Edwards’ speed.  As good as Usman’s striking has become, he struggles against fighters with good hand speed.  The first round in the first fight against Jorge Masvidal, the first round against Gilbert Burns, and both fights with Colby Covington; in every one of those fights, Usman was hurt and a follow-up or two away from losing his belt.  Edwards has Amazon same-day delivery hand speed (shit shows up at your doorstep before you even get the confirmation email) that’s enhanced by his straight, tight punches.  The way you beat Usman is down the middle, and Edwards has the crispy boxing to take advantage.
The second key: seventy percent, Leon Edwards’ takedown defense.  In the first fight, Usman scored six takedowns and logged over five minutes of control time from the top.  Edwards hasn’t given up six takedowns total in ten scraps since and has improved his wrestling dramatically.  If Leon can stuff Usman’s early attempts, it will discourage Usman and almost ensure that he’ll engage in a kickboxing match the rest of the way.  
Edwards can beat Usman on the feet; he uses more weapons and is more intricate/technical than Usman.  The game plan for Edwards will be to establish his range and use his speed to attack from outside the pocket with short hand and kick combos.  Leon only has three finishes in fourteen career UFC bouts, he isn’t a KO artist, but he’s technically sound and has only been close to being finished one time in his career, in the closing minute of the Nate Diaz fight.
Usman makes up for defensive holes and lack of variety in his attacks with power.  He’ll have the Toraja people exhuming and propping you up in your favorite Lazy Boy with a warm Truly in your hand with one punch. Kamaru doesn’t have fluid combinations and fancy footwork, but his punches cause more damage than any fighter I’ve seen other than Francis Ngannou.  Usman sparks people; they see Fourth of July grand finales when he lands his jab.  You can land ten punches to every one Usman punch, but Usman’s one will have you DMT trippin’, Kenny McCormick cheesin’.
Wrestling will be the key for Usman; he’ll have to take some time off the clock and some speed out of Edwards’ hands by forcing him to defend takedowns and the clinch against the cage.  Usman won’t want this fight to look like both the Colby fights, standing and trading for twenty-five minutes; Leon is a better, faster striker than Colby.  Leon has very good grappling from the top and bottom but can’t afford to lose time on his back.
The numbers: Usman is 20-1 for his career and 15-0 in the UFC and won the Ultimate Fighter.  Fantasy-wise, Usman is a monster.  Not only can he finish you at any moment, but he can take you down and clock top control, and he averages over four and a half significant strikes landed per minute and three takedowns per fifteen minutes.  
Edwards is 19-3 for his career and 11-2-1 in the UFC with two TKO/KO’s and one sub.  He averages nearly half as many significant strikes as Usman at just over two and a half and one and a half takedowns per fifteen minutes.  Leon sacrifices output for finesse, calculated attacks from the outside and rarely gets drawn into long exchanges.
At (+300), bust out the Piso Mojado signs; Leon Edwards will be drippin’ with value.  This is a dangerous fight for Usman; he can get got on the feet, especially if Edwards can eliminate the takedown threat early.  The odds favor this one going the distance at (-150), returning (+115) if it finishes before the final bell.  But the under for four and a half rounds is (+125) and a better bet.  Both fighters have paths to a finish; Usman’s will always be a gold-brick road lined with ripe apple trees and cherry blossoms.  And Leon can catch Usman on the feet with a crisp combination or sneaky head kick and set off a chain reaction that leads to a gold belt around his waist.  
We’re main event-streaking again after Chito Vera did Chito Vera shit again last weekend.  This one is a toss-up for me.  Leon Edwards is a live dog; trust me.  But I promised Usman I would never pick against him for the rest of his career if he beat Colby Covington the first time, and he not only beat Colby, he broke Colby’s jaw and had him sippin’ Dan Marino Nutrisystem shakes through a straw.  Kamaru Usman via decision.
Winner: Kamaru Usman | Method: Decision
Usman 97
Usman 97
Paulo Costa (-360) vs. Luke Rockhold (+270)
Costa: DK: $8.7k | Rockhold: DK: $7.5k
I won’t believe this fight will happen until they’re both in the center of the cage receiving their final instructions.  Why?  Because Paulo Costa is weird as f**k.  After Israel Adesanya beat him by Mortal Kombat Flawless Victory, Costa claimed he had been drinking wine the night before while partying with Zack Wilson and was still drunk during the fight.  Then he pulled a Lupe Fiasco, too much Food & Liquor, before fighting Marvin Vettori and couldn’t make the contracted middleweight mark of one hundred eighty-five pounds.  That fight had to be moved up twenty pounds to light heavyweight.  What kind of House Of Cards plot twists does Costa have in store for us this week?
Paulo Costa is the Banksy of MMA; the macaroni glued to construction paper game plans he draws up are framed and treated as works of art in swanky LA high-rise galleries.  He often just leaves them randomly glued to bathroom stalls and the sides of buildings for some lucky passers-by to discover.  His most famous work of art was standing in front of Israel Adesanya and shaking his head in the negative every time Adesanya punched him in the face or hacked off part of his leg with kicks.
In all seriousness, though, Paulo Costa is a monster; at least one half of his body is.  The left side is for aesthetics only, and the right side will vaporize you on contact.  The majority of Costa’s attacks are single right hands or round kicks.  Like Gus Fring, he’s missing half of his body and will fall into repetitive sequences like he’s stuck on loop.  But his speed and power are a lot to handle even when you know what’s coming.  Put Nolan Ryan on the mound and let the Astros bang on all the trashcans in Houston, and Nolan will still sit ‘em all down; 1-2-3.
Who the hell knows what to expect from Paulo Costa this weekend?  He doesn’t even know.  If he does fight, he’ll throw a lot of right hands and kicks… or maybe he’ll do nothing at all and instead turn the fight into a Top Model catwalk showdown against his super model opponent Luke Rockhold.  If he chooses the former option, he’ll have a good shot at finishing Luke Rockhold early.  For his career, Costa is 13-2 with eleven TKO/KO’s and one sub and 5-2 in the UFC with four TKO/KO’s.  Noine of those eleven career TKO/KO’s came in the first round, but only one was in the UFC.
The last time we saw Luke Rockhold, his cornermen were in the cage removing his shoes while Luke was sleeping on the canvas so no one could take advantage of the opportunity to draw male anatomy on his face.  They say those with glass jaws shouldn’t throw fists.  But apparently Luke didn’t get that spam text.  
Anywho, before he became narcoleptic, falling asleep in every fight, Rockhold was one of the best fighters in the world.  Rockhold is a former Strikeforce and UFC Middleweight Champion with wins against Jacare Souza, Tim Kennedy, Lyoto Machida, Michael Bisping, and Chris Weidman; all were world champions.  
At Luke’s long-time home gym, AKA in San Jose, Rockhold’s left leg is legendary.  It is said that Rockholds left round kick is the strongest to ever come through that gym.  He, too, is a Gus Fring striker, predominantly engaging with left-side attacks from the southpaw stance.  But Rockhold has more diversity in his kicks than Costa, using teeps and sneaky question mark kicks.  The same-side left leg-left hand combination is his specialty, firing a cross behind his round kick before his foot returns to the mat.
Rockhold’s hands have never been anything special, but his overall kickboxing is clean when used in combination with his world-class ground game.  Luke has always been and underrated grappler with an elite top game.  Khabib once said the only people he’s ever known to be as strong from the top as him are Islam Makhachev and Luke Rockhold.  When he won the belt, Rockhold destroyed Chris Weidman as soon as he secured the top position.  The key for Rockhold against Costa will be drawing out Costa’s power shots and closing the distance to initiate the clinch.  From there, he can work trips and salt away some time and energy from Costa and look for a possible late finish.
For his career, Rockhold is 16-5 with six TKO/KO’s and eight subs and 6-4 in the UFC with three TKO/KO’s and three subs.  The number to keep your eye on is five, as in his five career losses; they all came via TKO/KO.  Rockhold will be in unfamiliar territory coming in as the (+225) dog and will be loaded with value if he can avoid striking with Costa for fifteen minutes.  But if he can’t, his chin has lost a step and has trouble backing up his mouth.  Paulo Costa via TKO, round two.
Winner: Paulo Costa | Method: TKO Rd.2
Costa 82
Costa 82
Jose Aldo (+110) vs. Merab Dvalishvili (-140)
Aldo: DK: $8k | Dvalishvili: DK: $8.2k
This one is speed and power vs. durability and cardio.  Jose Aldo is a legend and needs no introduction, and if you’ve never seen Merab fight, you should stop now and DuckDuckGo his fight against Ricky Simon.  He technically lost that fight but fought off a guillotine choke until the buzzer for what seemed like the entire round.  Then watch his most recent fight against Marlon Moraes.  Merab was back flopping off the high dive in the first round, doing cartwheels, looking like a tumbleweed caught in a tornado trying to survive an early Moraes barrage.  He did survive and scored a takedown, punched the clock, and put in some OT whoopin’ Moraes’s ass until Merab scored the TKO dub at the end of the second round.
Relentless, perpetual, kinetic, that’s Merab’s style.  From bell to bell, Merab is attacking, shooting double and single legs, initiating constant scrambles, delivering heavy ground and pound, and throwing power punches in bunches on the feet.  Two future technological breakthroughs that will change the world will be desalinating sea water and harnessing Merab Dvalishvili’s energy to power the world.  They could reopen the old San Onofre nuclear plant made famous by the movie The Naked Gun and let Dvalishvili’s endless cardio power it.
The constant threat of takedowns lends to the effectiveness of Merab’s standup game.  He’s not the most technical striker, but he commits to his strikes and strings them together with good hand speed.  You will never see a fighter push a higher pace than Dvalishvili; you’ll be gassed on the sidelines begging for the oxygen mask just watching him.
But make no mistake; Merab will once again have to strap on the gasoline boots and walk through hell against Jose Aldo.  Aldo will have a massive advantage on the feet in every measurable category and has JRE Podcast takedown defense coming in at noinety percent.  
Even at this late stage in his career, after all the beaches he’s stormed, all the enemy lines he’s parachuted behind, all the battles, all the wars, Jose Aldo is still a bad mother-shut-your-mouf.  His hand speed and power are still there, and his trademark aggression.  The only major change in Aldo’s game over the years is his reluctance to throw leg kicks.  Aldo might be the best leg kicker of all time, but in recent years he only uses it sparingly.  It could be due to years of wear and tear, but it’s a major weapon that has collected dust on the shelf.  Merab has a glaring weakness on the feet for defending leg kicks, and Aldo can take a lot of steam off Merab’s takedowns if he can attack Merab’s legs early and often.
For his career, Merab is 14-4 with three TKO/KO’s and one lonely sub and a UFC record of 7-2 with one TKO/KO.  Dvalishvili is riding a seven-fight dub streak after dropping his first two UFC bouts.  His value will be in surviving Aldo’s early storm and dragging Aldo into deep waters where he tends to gas.  And get this: Dvalishvili averages nearly seven and a half takedowns per fifteen minutes. 
Aldo will enter on a three-fight winning streak and a dominant win over Rob Font.  The odds value this as a pick ‘em at (-125) and favor the fight going over two and a half rounds at (-220).  The value is in a finish under two and a half rounds, which will return (+165) odds.  If this were a five round scrap, Dvalishvili would be a serious finishing threat in the championship rounds, but I think it will be hard for him to finish this one under fifteen minutes.  The finishing threat will, without a doubt, be Jose Aldo.  Dvalishvili has massive defensive holes on the feet and will have to harness some inner Nate Landwehr to survive early.  But I think it goes the distance; Jose Aldo via decision.
Winner: Jose Aldo | Method: Decision
Aldo 53
Aldo 53
Everywhere I look...
Everywhere I look...
Alexander Romanov (-420) vs. Marcin Tybura (+305)
Romanov: DK: $9k | Tybura: DK: $7.2k
They’re not going the distance.  They’re not going for speed.  They’re all alone, all alone in their time of need.  There’s zero chance this fight goes the full fifteen minutes.  If you’re a faithful follower of the Weekly KO, you’ve witnessed Romanov’s rapid rise from obscurity to fighting on the main card of a Pay Per View.  Marcin Tybura will be Romanov’s first real test in the UFC.  Unless you count the time he fought Juan Espino.  In that fight, he gassed out like a pale Greg Hardy, only to be saved by an illegal knee and an accompanying Daniel Day-Lewis Master Class performance that led to the fight ending while Romanov was still ahead on the scorecards.  Had the fight continued, Romanov would currently be 15-1.  
But unless you live on Memory Ln. in a Cowboys Fan Only community, you don’t care about the past.  Romanov is an undefeated fighter at 16-0 with six TKO/KO’s and noine subs for his career.  His UFC record is 5-0 with one TKO/KO and three subs.  A legit barbarian, Romanov is a wrestling specialist, complete with belly-to-back suplexes, drunken uncle bear hug trips, and DDP Diamond cutters from the top rope.  He’s one of the rare fighters who have better striking on the mat than on the feet.  His ground and pound is disrespectful, disgusting, discombobulating, and you could choose anywhere on earth, but the last place you’d want to be is underneath this guy.
The red flags for Romanov are his striking and cardio.  His striking is sloppy and just a technicality before he bum rushes for a takedown.  If Marcin Tybura can survive Romanov’s Herbert Burns Five-Minute Cardio, Romanov won’t be able to survive in deep waters.  Won’t even be able to emergency float on his back.  Homie can’t even stand up in the kiddie pool.  The little puddle at the end of a Slip N Slide is a drowning hazard for Romanov and requires a lifeguard on duty.  My man wears floaties to take a bath.
Marcin Tybura is by no means a killer, and he doesn’t crush a lot, but he’s definitely major league competition.  Romanov hasn’t faced that yet.  Tybura is tricky on his feet, using step-in strikes to change stances fluidly, and he has a solid ground game of his own.  Tybura will be entering as the (+285) low down, dirty, mangy dog and will make a mess of your freshly Swiffer’d floor because he’ll be dripping with value.  
For his career, Tybura is 22-7 with noine TKO/KO’s and six subs and is 9-6 in the UFC with four TKO/KO’s.  A red flag for Tybura, four of his seven career losses came by TKO/KO.  The under for one and a half rounds (seven and a half minutes) is (+140) while the over is (-185).  One a half rounds are pretty much the full extent of Romanov’s gas tank before he’s stranded in the Nevada desert with only the mirage of a Valero gas station on the horizon.  If Romanov wins this, it will be within the first seven minutes.  The value in Tybura is a late TKO finish.  I’m rolling with experience and better cardio; Marcin Tybura via TKO, round three.
Winner: Marcin Tybura | Method: TKO Rd.3
Tybura 32
Tybura 32
Harry Hornsucker Hunsucker (+500) vs Tyson Pedro (-800)
Hunsucker: DK: $6.7k | Pedro: DK: $9.5k
Tyson Pedro via TKO, round one. I blew the dust off an old Tom-Tom, found a vintage Thomas Brothers guide, checked Google Earth, asked Jeeves, Alexa, and Siri, and still couldn’t find any alternate route around it. The only way to play this one is to dip your pinkie toe into the prop bets, swirl it around a little, and take a shot on the round and method. Pedro is a massive (-850) favorite, and Hunsucker (+525) could be valued at (+50,000), and I still wouldn’t drop a Washington on him. The best way to approach a Pedro bet is by betting a TKO/KO finish at (-215) odds. Those are great odds for a likely outcome, almost guaranteed chips in your pocket.
Winner: Tyson Pedro | Method: TKO Rd.1
Pedro 100
Pedro 100
Prelims
Value Menu
Luis Saldana (+260) vs Sean Woodson (-350)
Saldana: DK: $7.4k | Woodson: DK: $8.8k
Sean Woodson, aka the human hieroglyphic, looks like an ancient Egyptian painted on a wall inside the pharaoh’s tomb.  Three-quarters of Woodson’s body is legs.  Woodson has the slowest, most effective striking you’ll ever see.  He has Go-Go-Gadget strikes that can extend across the cage.  He earned his way into the UFC with a flying knee TKO of Terrance McKinney and is 3-1 in the promotion.
Woodson is 9-1 overall and not known as a big finisher with only four for his career, but Luis Saldana’s style and lack of cardio increase the likelihood of a late finish.  Under two and a half rounds is valued at (+120), and if you play a specific finish, a Woodson TKO will return (+175).
Saldana isn’t a TLC scrub by any means and is a dangerous high-output striker, but he fades.  When he can pressure and extend combinations, he’s at his best, but his cardio fails him late.  For his career, Saldana is a far better finisher, having ended fourteen of his sixteen career dubs before the final bell.  I don’t like his chances to win a decision, so the play for Saldana is a finish, likely on the feet, catching Woodson in a wild exchange.  A Saldana TKO will return (+625), which was a magical number for me last weekend when I dropped a Jackson on a Priscilla Cachoeira TKO.
Woodson 79
Woodson 79
Who did this?
Who did this?
Amir Albazi (-500) vs Francisco Figueiredo (+350)
Albazi: DK: $9.2k | Figueiredo: DK: $7k
Amir Albazi is a massive favorite (-425) against Deiveson Figueiredo’s brother Franciso.  Not only is there value on Figgy as a dog at (+320) straight up but as a finishing threat also.  Fig is 13-4 with eight subs and three TKO/KO’s, and he’s coming off a one-minute kneebar submission dub.  His only route to victory will be by submission, and the only way to play this fight is to play a finish.
Albazi is a highly touted 14-1 fighter with experience in the “ov” “ev” breeding grounds Brave CF and Bellator.  Twelve of his fourteen career dubs came via finish, including eight subs and four TKO/KO’s.  He’s 2-0 in the UFC with one triangle submission in his debut.  Amir is coming off a tough decision win against an underrated Zhalgas Zhumagulov.  A TKO/KO will provide (+700) odds and a submission (+285), a steal.
Dipping into the props is the way to go here, and an Albazi finish.  Fantasy-wise, the value for Figueiredo is in a submission, and that’s it.  He’s not a high-output striker and will have trouble gaining the top position.  Figgy will have to rely on his guard to pull this one off.  But six of Figueiredo’s eight career subs were initiated from his guard and includes four armbars.  A submission dub for Figgy will return (+1000) odds.
Albazi 87
Albazi 87
Twenty-Twen-Twen Sleepers
Twenty-Ten-Twen Sleepers
Those who stay will become champions.
The ones who read the Weekly KO last week are probably reading this from a newly acquired oceanfront property, sipping truffle tea before a busy day of yacht shopping. It was a career day; I saved my best for my hometown’s showcase. I went three for three on twenty-twen-twen sleepers and hit on (+625) for a Priscilla Cachoeira TKO. I turned a Jackson into one hundred forty-five dollars and ended up stacking chips like Scrooge McDuck after starting the night with a single Jackson on the table. Let’s see if I can Vatican bless you once again.
Leon Edwards (+300): Looking at this fight, I get the same feeling I had when Taila Santos fought Shevchenko. This will be a tough fight for Usman, and if Edwards can keep the fight standing, he’ll have a speed and technical advantage on the feet. The question is: Will Edwards be willing to risk an L for a shot at glory and be aggressive? If he fights with the same intensity as in all of his previous fights, he’ll lose. He has to find that IDGAF deep inside him and just go for it. 
Daniel Da Silva (+155): This is the first fight of the night. This kid Daniel Da Silva has had a rough going since entering the UFC last year. He’s 0-2 and was on the wrong side of a finish both times. But in both fights he had early moments of explosiveness on the feet and slick submission attempts. Before entering the UFC, he was 11-1 with a one hundred percent finishing rate with five TKO/KO’s and six subs. He uses wild flashing spinning and flying techniques on the feet and is a whirlwind of submissions on the mat. His opponent is Victor Altamirano, who lost his debut after winning on the Contender Series. Altamirano has good but not dangerous striking, and I picked him to win because of Da Silva cardio issues, but I think Da Silva will be dangerous early and have a good shot of pulling off an early finish.
Leonardo Santos (+230): Santos could very well be 9-0-1 in the UFC since winning the Ultimate Fighter Brazil in 2013. His knock has always been injuries and not competing enough over the years, and recently he’s shown cardio issues. But he was literally one second away from beating Grant Dawson before being KO’d while on his back at the buzzer. Santos was also cracking every square centimeter of Clay Guida’s ass in the first round in his most recent fight before gassing and getting submitted in the second. Leo has sneaky striking and is a killer on the mat, and is a steal at (+230) against Jared Gordon. Gordon is solid all around, but he let me down and had a terrible performance his last time out against Grant Dawson. A Santos sub will return (+800) and a TKO/KO (+500). Even a decision will return (+575). Just sayin’…
Pick ‘Em
Yanan Wu (+111) vs. Priscila Cachoeira (Lucie Pudilova)
 
            Winner: Lucie Pudilova
            Method: Decision
Leonardo Santos (+230) vs. Jared Gordon (-290)
 
            Winner: Leonardo Santos
            Method: Rear Naked Choke Rd.2
Sean Woodson (-350) vs. Luis Saldana (+260)
    Winner: Sean Woodson
            Method: TKO Rd.3
Miranda Maverick (-550) vs. Shanna Young (+400)
    Winner: Miranda Maverick
            Method: Decision
AJ Fletcher (-160) vs. Ange Loosa (+130)
    Winner: Ange Loosa
            Method: Decision
Amir Albazi (-500) vs. Francisco Figueiredo (+350)
    Winner: Amir Albazi
            Method: Rear-Naked Choke Rd.3
AoriQileng (-165) vs. Jay Perrin (+130)
    Winner: AoriQileng
            Method: TKO Rd.2
Daniel Da Silva (+155) vs. Victor Altamirano (-190)
    Winner: Victor Altamirano
            Method: Decision
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About Me
My name is Chris Guy, and I’m an avid combat sports enthusiast and practitioner. I’ve been a fan of MMA since the early 2000s when Limewire was still around, and I downloaded Bas Rutten’s Big Book of Combat. In 2004, I started training Muay Thai at City Boxing in San Diego, CA. I competed as an amateur for many years, and I’ve also dabbled in Jiu-Jitsu. I follow many different disciplines, such as Combat Ji-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Glory Kickboxing, Boxing, and MMA.
I’m equally as enthusiastic about the craft of writing, and in addition to writing about combat sports, I also write short fiction and music. I hope to bring unique prose to sports writing, and along the way, encourage people to not only become Martial Arts fans but to also become Martial Artists themselves. 
In the future, you may see me refer to the Thunderdome; it’s an ode to the old Mad Max movie and refers to the world-class training facility I built in my one-car garage. It’s complete with throw dummies, wrestling mats, heavy bags, and six months’ worth of Chef Boyardee cans from when I thought the world was going to end back in March. I hope you enjoy my work, and if you don’t, the Thunderdome has an open door policy. 
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