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UFC Vegas 25 Reactions & UFC Vegas 26 Picks | Care/Don’t Care Podcast

Sorry cry babies! It’s time for another of our infamous and patented Care/Don’t Care Podcasts, with your talent: Eugene S. Robinson, John S. Nash and Stephie Haynes. The format of the show is to review the prior weeks picks & then to announce each fight on the upcoming card, commenting on which upcoming fights are hot and which fights are not - for UFC VEGAS 26: WATERSON VS RODRIGUEZ!

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It’s time for another one of our infamous and patented Care/Don’t Care Podcasts, with your talent: the astounding Eugene S. Robinson of ozy.com and author of “Fight: Everything You Wanted to Know About Ass-Kicking but Were Afraid You’d Get Your Ass Kicked for Asking” and host of the ‘Ozy Confidential’ Podcast, the ‘Eugene S. Robinson Show Stomper!’ Podcast, and co-host of the ‘If The Shoes Fit’ Podcast, along with the indubitable John S. Nash, our chief financials columnist and co-host of our ‘Show Money’ Podcast... he is also one of the co-hosts of the ‘If The Shoes Fit’ Podcast; the trio is moderated by the lovely Stephie Haynes, of Bloody Elbow’s ‘The Level Change’ Podcast and ’The Mookie & Crookie Show’ Podcast.

The format of the show is to review the prior weeks’ picks & then to announce each fight on the upcoming card, quickly commenting on which fights are hot, and which fights are not, based on relevancy to the sport as a whole.

UFC VEGAS 25 REACTIONS – 1:05

Overall, this now 11-bout card saw two exhilarating first round KO/TKO finishes, including our main event, as well as one DQ, one Draw, no submissions, and seven decisions - including two Split. Rounding things out, bonuses for putting forth POTN efforts went to Jiří Procházka and Giga Chikadze; FOTN honors went to Jiří Procházka vs. Dominick Reyes. What a night of fights we have to share with you, join us to discuss all the action...

Here’s a look at the event RESULTS & UPDATED FIGHT RECORDS via tapology.com:
ESPN/ESPN+ MAIN CARD | SAT. MAY 1
At 24:55 - 11. Jiří Procházka (28-3) DEF Dominick Reyes (12-3) - KO/TKO, Spinning Elbow at 4:29 pf Rd 2 of 5, Total 9:29 - FOTN BONUS, POTN BONUS

At 21:47 - 10. Giga Chikadze (13-2) DEF Cub Swanson (27-12) - KO/TKO, Body Kick to G&P at 1:03 of Rd 1 - POTN BONUS

At 14:54 - 9. Ion Cutelaba (15-6) vs. Dustin Jacoby (14-5) - ENDS IN A DRAW, SPLIT

At 8:30 - 8. Sean Strickland (23-3) DEF Krzysztof Jotko (22-5) - DEC, Unanimous

At 2:27 - 7. Merab Dvalishvili (13-4) DEF Cody Stamann (19-4) - DEC, Unanimous

ESPN/ESPN+ PRELIMS
6. Luana Pinheiro (9-1) DEF Randa Markos (10-11) - DQ, Illegal Upkick at 4:16 of Rd 1

5. TJ Brown (15-8) DEF Kai Kamaka III (8-4) - DEC, SPLIT

4. Luana Carolina (7-2) DEF Poliana Botelho (8-4) - DEC, SPLIT

3. Loma Lookboonmee (6-2) DEF Sam Hughes (5-3) - DEC, Unanimous

2. Andreas Michailidis (13-4) DEF KB Bhullar (8-2) - DEC, Unanimous

1. Felipe Colares (10-2) DEF Luke Sanders (13-5) - DEC, Unanimous

*Luana Carolina misses weight by 2.5 lbs.
**Gabriel Benitez misses weight by 4.5 lbs.


UFC VEGAS 26 PICKS – 36:46

At this point in the show we offer you our ‘disclaimer’ and then our trio will go about predicting the UFC Vegas 26 bout sheet, leading their way up to our Co-Main Event, and wrapping up the C/DC quick-picks portion of the show with the Main Event. This UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night event will take place from the APEX. Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada, this Saturday, May 8th, 2021.

Here’s a look at the fight card & records for the upcoming event via tapology.com (bout order subject to change):

UFC VEGAS 26: ‘WATERSON VS RODRIGUEZ’ (10 Cares)

ESPN+ MAIN CARD | SAT. MAY 8 - 8PM/5PM ETPT

11. 125lbs Marina Rodriguez (13-1) vs Michelle Waterson (18-8) - At 52:21, 2 Cares

10. 265lbs Ben Rothwell (38-13) vs Philipe Lens (14-5) - At 51:13

9. 115lbs Amanda Ribas (10-2) vs Angela Hill (13-9) - At 46:55, 3 Cares

8. 170lbs Neil Magny (24-8) vs Geoff Neal (13-3) - At 44:36, 2 Cares

7. 155lbs Diego Ferriera (17-3) vs Gregor Gillespie (13-1) - At 43:32, 3 Cares

6. 185lbs Phil Hawes (10-2) vs Kyle Daukaus (10-1) - At 42:43

ESPN/ESPN+ PRELIMS | 6PM/3PM ETPT
5. 125lbs Ryan Benoit (10-7) vs Zarrukh Adashev (3-3) - At 41:15

4. 265lbs Maurice Greene (9-5) vs Marcos Rogério de Lima (17-7) - At 40:46

3. 170lbs Christian Aguilera (14-7) vs Carlston Harris (15-4) - At 40:30

2. 185lbs Tafon Nchukwi (5-0) vs Jun Yong Park (12-4) - At 39:49

1. 145lbs Mike Trizano (8-1) vs L’oduvit Klein (17-2) - At 39:29

Be sure to follow Eugene on twitter @EugeneSRobinson, catch John on twitter @Heynottheface and on The Show Money Podcast, and of course you can catch Stephie @CrooklynMMA, and twice a week she’s on @MookieNCrookie AND @LevelChangePod.

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