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THE NEW EPISODE OF MMA THINK TANK PODCAST IS NOW UP!

As I wrote a couple of days ago, even though I won't be writing for the next week, the podcast will still be going full force! It's been another 2 weeks so Jay and I were back at it again and this time we covered last night's UFC 208 with the controversial inaugural female featherweight title bout between Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie and last week's UFC Fight Night 104 featuring the triumphant return of The Korean Zo...mbie! We also covered all the news of fights being made official like Stipe Miocic facing Junior Dos Santos and even Bellator looking to pick up Mike Goldberg. The WSOF was touched on as well as they will have 3 title fights in their next event, but with free agency being big, they lost a few champs that may be on the way to the UFC. We ended the podcast picking winners for next week's Bellator 172 featuring Fedor's return to the States and UFC Fight Night 105 that will have Derrick Lewis taking on Travis Browne. You can listen on Youtube, iTunes, Stitcher, and as always here on Facebook under the ABOUT section. We hope you like the show as much as we loved doing it and we will be back on the mic in 2 weeks!

--Mike Harmon

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THE SITE WILL BE DOWN FOR THE NEXT WEEK

Sadly the Whole Foods store I work at is closing this Sunday. My last day is tomorrow. Angrily we found out about it on Wednesday! I have been offered and accepted a position at the next nearby store but it is 35-40 minutes away (no traffic or weather), so many things are changing. From having to spend money to commute when I used to just walk and of course though I am a pretty good employee, the unknown is ahead. Not to mention the las...t few days have been filled with tears between customers and co-workers. Because of that I haven't written and probably won't pick it back up till I get comfortable and out of this funk.

However make no mistake, I am still following MMA and the podcast is still a go as regularly scheduled. My love for the sport has not wained, but I must use my time now to relax and put ducks in a row. Even so over the last few days the UFC and Bellator have released some big fights as UFC heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic will defend against former champ Junior Dos Santos at UFC 211 and Paul Daley will face the Bellator debuting former UFC welterweight title contender Rory MacDonald. So great stuff on the way! Anyway thanks for your support in this sad situation and I will be back next week!

--Mike Harmon

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Nine Fine Irishman Pub in the New York New York casino where I'm watching the UFC 200 main card. Was 30$ to watch. A steal. That was only half the place in the recording. We are just sitting on seats off to the side. It's so busy. --Mike Harmon
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THE AMAZING PRE-MAIN CARD LIVE HYPE VIDEO Outside of the fights themselves there's nothing more amazing at the live shows than the UFC highlight hype video that they play right before the main card. I got most of it but it stopped a little short. Nothing gets you more ready live than this! And the main card of UFC Fight Night 90 is about to go! --Mike Harmon
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Last time I was at the fights live was back in July when Alvarez won the lightweight title. I posted this hype video that goes on right before the main card but ran out of space on my phone. This time I started it 30 seconds later and got most of it and the end. It's DEFINITELY worth the watch! Enjoy. --Mike Harmon
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THE NEWEST CROP OF FREE AGENTS ARE ABOUT TO MAKE BIG MOVES

Whether it is UFC president Dana White telling Radio Row that "Bellator is a good place for Ryan Bader" or the fact that WSOF bantamweight champ Marlon Moraes and duel weight champ (middle and light heavyweight champ) David Branch have now vacated their belts as a sure sign of moving on, the MMA landscape will be changing very soon. Though Bader never won a title in the UFC, he did win TUF 8 and has been in the promot...

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FIGHT WEEK SPOTLIGHT: GERMAINE DE RANDAMIE

She may not have one of the best records in MMA, but prospect Germaine de Randamie is still one of the best strikers in all of sport. The 37-0 kickboxing champ made the move to the UFC 2013 and with a promotional record of 3-1 was noticed well enough for her to move from bantamweight to fight in the inaugural womens featherweight title bout at UFC 208. Though she may not have as much MMA experience as some, de Randamie makes up for i...t with top notch striking and fight experience in kickboxing, Muay Thai, and competing in MMA at the highest level in not just the UFC, but also Strikeforce. Over the last few years, de Randamie's MMA skills have gotten better and it has been proven in her 2 fight win streak. So check out Germaine de Randamie at her best and see why come Saturday night, she could become the very first UFC featherweight champion.

--Mike Harmon

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Watch Germaine de Randamie most recent UFC victory, when she defeated Anna Elmose in May of 2016.
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FIGHT WEEK SPOTLIGHT: HOLLY HOLM

Coming into UFC 208, Holly Holm has the chance to make history. Already the former female bantamweight champ after giving Ronda Rousey her first loss, if Holm wins in the main event, she would become the inaugural female featherweight champ and the first woman in a major MMA promotion to have held to championships in different weight classes. Holm would also join Randy Couture, B.J. Penn, and Conor McGregor as the only fighters ever to do it. ...With championship caliber boxing morphed into top ranked kickboxing and takedown defense that can keep the fight on the feet, Holm has a strong chance against any fighter. Not to mention she comes from Jackson-Winklejohn so she will be trained and ready to go by one of the best teams around. So check out the video below to see Holly Holm in one of her most dominant fights and see why come Saturday night, she could be just as good or better in making history,

--Mike Harmon

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Watch Holly Holm's last fight before her historic victory over Ronda Rousey, when she defeated Marion Reneau in July of 2015.
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THE WSOF PUSHES BACK ANOTHER EVENT TO GET 3 MORE TITLE FIGHTS

With all the big news surrounding the UFC and Bellator already this year, the World Series Of Fighting has been interestingly quiet. At least until now. Since their huge 4 title year end event on December 31st in New York, the promotion has been almost off the grid, but now it looks like the #3 promotion will be back again on March 18th and like WSOF 34, the main card will be filled 3 title fights. However It will ...be back to normal on NBCSN and instead of the bantamweight, lightweight, welterweight, belts up for grabs, it will be 3 of the 4 remaining divisions as earlier announced heavyweight champ Blagoy Ivanov will face Shawn Jordan in the main event, and the newly announced featherweight title fight between 2 time champ Lance Palmer and the undefeated Andre Harrison will be the co-main. Rounding out the 3 title bouts will be Timur Valiev and Bekbulat Magomedov for the vacant flyweight title.

When the heavyweight title fight between Ivanov and Jordan was made official during WSOF 34, I though it was possible that the promotion may hold off a few months and repeat what they did at WSOF 34 at WSOF 35. Sure the next event wouldn't be historical, not being in New York, but they got a lot of play for the move and viewers on NBC. Now they are banking on that show to get the eyes to NBCSN and having 2 time featherweight champ Lance Palmer and the 15-0 up and coming Andre Harrison was the perfect next move. Already a big name in the WSOF and part of Team Alpha Male, Palmer is as tough as it gets at 145. With stellar wrestling and the rest of his skills coming together, he looks unbeatable. However it is Harrison that is unbeaten and just won his WSOF debut by rear naked choke. With most of his wins coming in Titan FC and now a win in the WSOF, Harrison is riding high, but will it be enough to dethrone the 11-2 champ who has been fighting better competition?

The WSOF may not have a ton of fighters at flyweight, but that won't stop them from putting on a championship fight, especially when they have Timur Valiev and Bekbulat Magomedov. Both fighters have almost flawless records with Valiev coming in at 11-2 and Magomedov at 17-1. Both fighters have never been finished and though they lean toward the striking side with more KO/TKOs then submissions, they can make their opponents tap as well. On March 18th, the WSOF will return after almost 3 months and though it is a bit concerning not to have a show every month or at least every 2 months, WSOF 35 stil looks to deliver. With one of the best heavyweights in the sport defending and the featherweight champ looking to get back in that direction, the night looks to fantastic already. However throw in a vacant flyweight title fight and there is no doubt that WSOF 35 is a can't miss!

--Mike Harmon

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MMA Think Tank updated their cover photo.

I've always loved this picture of Team Alpha Male and finally I remembered to put it up! Comics and MMA, 2 of my loves and of course Team Alpha Male is my favorite camp so it was a no brainer that it would go up sometime. Hope you like it! --Mike Harmon

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FIGHT WEEK PREVIEW: UFC 208

Coming off the successful return of The Korean Zombie at Saturday's UFC Fight Night 104, the UFC has certainly upped their game even more this Saturday with an inaugural womens featherweight title between former bantamweight champ Holly Holm and decorated kickboxing champ turned mixed martial artist Germaine de Randamie, a top 10 middleweight clash between former pound for pound great Anderson Silva and the well rounded Derek Brunson, and a style v...

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Check me out with last night's UFC Fight Night 104 co-main event winner Felice Herrig! She not only beat one of the biggest undefeated prospects in the strawweight division, she also jumped on a 2 fight win streak. A total fan favorite because of her love for the fans and her well rounded attack in the Octagon, you will find no other fighter that can make the switch from cute to killer in the UFC. Look at that face with Kristy's My Little Pony. Such a sweetie!

--Mike Harmon

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HERRIG PROVES SHE'S STILL TOP 10 WORTHY WITH UNANIMOUS DECISION OVER UNDEFEATED GRASSO

Last night in the UFC Fight Night 104 co-main event, Felice Herrig not only upped her UFC record to 3-1, she beat an undefeated fighter that all the fans and analysts said would become a title contender soon. That didn't happen for Alexa Grasso, but to her merit, she did put up a good fight and when the score cards came back for the strawweight match up, it seemed like the fight was closer ...than the 29-28, 30-27, 29-28 tally. There wasn't much grappling over the 3 rounds, but what little was there was won by Herrig. Still the fight came down to striking and though it looked like Grasso had finally come out of her shell in round 3, it was too late.

Over the 3 rounds, Herrig not only countered better, she initiated more. No fighter was ever in trouble, but as Grasso was countering with 1 shot, Herrig was throwing combinations. One punch to the body then the next to the head. Though Herrig is a former kickboxing champion, it was Grasso that was given the edge in striking coming into the match up. At UFC Fight Night 104, the unranked Herrig beat an undefeated fighter at her own game and not only took her "O" she may have also moved into the strawweight top 10.

Now on a 2 fight win steak and the first win streak of her UFC career, Herrig has upped her overall record to 12-6 and though her record may not look impressive, the improvement she's made under coach Jeff Curran can certainly been seen. Now 32 and already a veteran in the game, there is no time like the present for Felice Herrig to make her move toward a title. In her 6 losses, she's never been put away. Under Curran, she's never looked better. Over the last few years her grappling has been so good that fans and analysts had forgotten her kickboxing career. If that doesn't put the strawweight division on notice, I don't know what will. Whatever the case, Felice Herrig is back and the scary thing for her opponents is that she's now confident!

--Mike Harmon

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Check me out with last night's UFC Fight Night 104 main event winner "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung! The Zombie returned after 3 years to not just win, but win big! He also reminded us how he got his nickname with a perfect "Korean Zombie" performance of despite getting hurt, continuing to come forward for the KO win! He's not just a fan favorite, he's a cult fan favorite and deservedly so especially when he takes the time to take a picture with Kristy's My Little Pony!

--Mike Harmon

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THE KOREAN ZOMBIE REMINDS US HOW HE GOT HIS NAME WITH RETURN VICTORY IN UFC FIGHT NIGHT 104 MAIN EVENT

After being out over 3 years from the sport, due to injuries and mandatory military service in his home country of South Korea, "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung didn't just return, he returned big and reminded us why he has such a well placed moniker. In the beginning of his fight in the main event of last night's UFC Fight Night 104, Zombie looked like the long layoff ind...eed hurt him against the always tough perennial top 10 featherweight Dennis Bermudez. He looked a little behind, but in the end it was vintage Zombie to a tee, in a perfect display to new fans of the sport who had only heard the name but not seen what it meant.

The fight didn't leave the first round, but it had all the excitement of a 5 round "Fight Of The Night". Though Zombie was landing his fair share of strikes, you could tell early on that Bermudez didn't care about the storybook return of the fan favorite and not only started to get the better of the striking, he actually wobbled Zombie and more than once. However true to why he got his name, Chan Sung Jung ate the punches and still came forward. Bermudez looked good, but the Zombie wanted it more as time after time, when he was losing the striking battle or even put in danger, The Korean Zombie clinched to shake the cobwebs or stepped forward still hoping to land a hard shot or two.

Then it happened. With half the round over, Bermudez threw a lazy jab in close quarters and a Zombie counter uppercut landed flush to the chin. There was no wobbling. There was no recovering. Bermudez hit the mat and the return of The Korean Zombie was no longer a the title of a possible horror movie this summer, it was a true story. After a yell of elation and climbing of the Octagon to show his fans love, Chan Sung Jung hugged Brian Stann before answering the former fighter's questions. There was no call out of who he wanted to face next. There was no plan stated of what was for tomorrow. Last night, The Korean Zombie after over 3 years away from MMA stood and relished his return as no other top tier fighter has ever done and in the end, I think that is all that really mattered.

--Mike Harmon

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THE KOREAN ZOMBIE RETURNS TONIGHT AT UFC FIGHT NIGHT 104! / POLL

UFC Fight Night 104 may have more than a few compelling match ups, but make no mistake, the main reason the fans will be tuning in or watching live is to see the return of The Korean Zombie! No that isn't a sneak preview of some summer horror movie, The Korean Zombie is Chan Sung Jung and he is back in the UFC after his mandatory military service in his home country of South Korea.

It's been 3 years since his l...ast fight where he lost to then featherweight champ Jose Aldo. Jung held his own during the fight until he hurt his shoulder. Despite not tapping, Jung tried to continue on in true Zombie style, but the ref stopped the fight and today fans still wonder what would've happened if the title fight had went all 5 rounds. Now Jung is up against perennial top 10 featherweight Dennis Bermudez, which would be tough enough, but add on the fact that Jung hasn't fought in 3 years and the return of The Korean Zombie may not have such a happy ending.

However it isn't like Jung has been sitting on the couch playing video games and watching The Walking Dead. He's been in the military where I'm sure he's kept up not just his shape, but hopefully his skills. Still 3 years in the military isn't the same as 3 years MMA training, so the question I have for the MMA Think Tank Podcast fans is this. Will The Korean Zombie return victorious?

Yes?
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No?

--Mike Harmon

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FIGHT WEEK SPOTLIGHT: FELICE HERRIG

If you need a strawweight fighter that is well rounded and fun to watch, then look no further than veteran Felice Herrig. It's why she's a fan favorite and why she will be in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 104. Originally a kickboxer, Herrig learned all of her other MMA skills quickly and for 8 years has put on solid performances win or lose. Whether it's been in XFC, Bellator, Invicta, or the UFC, Herrig has entertained fans behind a top notch striking game and underrated grappling. So check out the video below of Felice Herrig before she was a star and see why come tomorrow night, she could be on her first streak in the UFC.

--Mike Harmon

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KORESHKOV FACES GONZALEZ IN BELLATOR 174 CO-MAIN EVENT

Just a few weeks ago, Bellator announced that the main event for Bellator 174 would be a title fight between Marloes Coenen and Julianna Budd. Now, though it won't be for a title, the co-main event will feature a former title holder, when welterweight Andrey Koreshkov will get back in the cage after losing his belt and face contender Fernando Gonzalez on March 3rd.

Before losing his welterweight title 3 months ago to Doug...las Lima, Andrey Koreshkov was on a roll and a big one. He had won 6 in a row and even defended his title against former UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson. As well rounded as it gets and big for the weight class, Koreshkov looked to reign for awhile, but it was not to be when he was knocked out in his rematch with now champ Douglas Lima. Still at 19-2 with 10 KO/TKOs, 3 submissions and his only other loss to ONE welterweight champ Ben Askren, Koreshkov is no doubt still one of the best welterweights in the world.

He may not have held Bellator gold, but Fernando Gonzalez was close to getting the chance to fight for it when he lost a close decision to Michael "Venom" Page in his last fight. Like his opponent, Gonzalez was on a big win streak before that, reeling off 5 victories and all in Bellator. Now at 25-14 with 9 KO/TKOs and 7 submissions, Gonzalez is still a well rounded finisher, but as he has fought all over the world and in many of the major MMA promotions, he has the experience to possibly beat the man he would've faced had he not lost to an elusive Page.

The Bellator inaugural womens featherweight title bout between former Strikeforce champ Marloes Coenan and Julia Budd may be the main event, but many eyes will be set on the men at welterweight as the division is the toughest Bellator has to offer. With Koreshkov and Lima both with a victory over each other, a win for the former champ could lead to a rubber match and back to the title he lost just a fight ago. For Gonzalez, a win over a former champ could almost erase his last loss when looking to see where he stacks up for a bid at the belt. Because of that Koreshkov verses Lima should be exciting and even more so, steal the show!

--Mike Harmon

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FIGHT WEEK SPOTLIGHT: ALEXA GRASSO

It didn't take long for Alexa Grasso to make a splash in the UFC. Fresh off her UFC debut win over TUF alum Heather Jo Clark, Grasso not only upped her undefeated record to 9-0, the win was enough to have the Invicta FC veteran land a spot in the UFC Fight Night 104 co-main event. Showcasing stellar striking mixed with a solid takedown defense, Grasso has either finished her opponents by KO/TKO or by a one sided unanimous decision. There is no doubt that Grasso is a prospect now, but she is still growing and growing fast. So check out the video below of Alexa Grasso before she entered the UFC and see why come Saturday night, she could easily move from prospect to contender and soon.

--Mike Harmon

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