Archive for July, 2012
Posted by KDog13 on July 21, 2012
Urijah Faber vs Renan Barao
This has fight of the night, fight of the year, and everything that a fight fan would want to see all over it. A five round war is what I fully expect and believe we will get, and boy am I pumped. This is one of the few fights where it’s a tough call on who is going to win, because with both fighters skill sets there is not that much to doubt about each other. I really like that Barao is a stablemate of UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo who battered Urijah Faber’s legs in there encounter in the WEC. But, it’s a different fighter, and Faber has evolved since than as well. Tough call here but I really like Barao’s ground skills although Faber’s is second to none. And I like Barao’s striking arsenal that featurs some heavy knees and kicks. I think this fight is gonna deliver, and I have Renan Barao winning by decision in a back and forth brawl.
Hector Lombard vs Tim Boetsch
Finally! Lombard is in the UFC and has a tough task in front of him in the Boetsch. Gonna make this short and sweet though, when Lombard hits someone they usually are done. Lombard hits 500 times harder than Okami, and although I love Boetsch’s heart…it’s going to night night in the first round after Lombard connects.
Cheick Kongo vs Shawn Jordan
An underrated fight here due to people not knowing the skill set that Shawn Jordan holds. He is very well verse to wherever the fight goes, and is a very game opponent. He is stepping up to the plate here, and I think it’s a bit of quick jump in competition but if there’s one top guy that’s beatable it’s Kongo. I’m not saying that in a bad way because Kongo features some of the best ground and pound, and is a legit striker with serious knockout power. BUT, I called this in the Hunt fight, and I really took notice of it in the Mitrione fight is that Kongo after exchanges resets by turning his back. Why O, WHY Kongo! Anyways, I think Kongo is going to strike a bit but find a way to grind out a win over a game Shawn Jordan.
Brian Ebersole vs James Head
While Head has some striking skills with some real power, his main weapon is his jui-jitsu. Unfortunately Ebersole is a solid grappler, and will use his wrestling to gain the upper advantage. Ebersole is a very unorthodox striker, I mean how many guys throw cartwheel kicks and actually knock them out? The Hairow is awesome as well, oddly no one can crack that riddle. Ebersole will get Head down at some point, and in top position rain down elbows in route to a TKO win.
Chris Clements vs Matt Riddle
I thought I’d never see the day where Matt Riddle would be on the main card but after three fighters fell victim to injuries from the original fight of Akiyama vs Alves…we got Clements vs Riddle. It should be a stand up battle where Clements is best suited, and Riddle thinks he is too but his striking is horrid. If Riddle is smart, he uses his takedowns to set up some ground and pound. But, it’s not always like that for the crowd pleaser Riddle who apparently likes to get hit while hitting air in the process. Anyways, something tells me Riddle after falling behind a round starts to implement takedowns and wins by decision.
Posted in UFC/MMA | Tagged: Brian Ebersole, Cheick Kongo, Chris Clements, Dana White, Faber vs Barao, Hector Lombard, James Head, Matt Riddle, MMA, Predictions, Renan Barao, Shawn Jordan, Tim Boetsch, UFC, UFC 149, Urijah Faber | Leave a Comment »
Posted by KDog13 on July 21, 2012
The UFC middleweight division suddenly looks stronger than it has in the past. It no longer has only one contender but multiple. The likes of Hector Lombard, Chris Weidman, Alan Belcher, Michael Bisping, Tim Boetsch, Jake Shields, Brian Stann, Mark Munoz, Rousimar Palhares, and possibly Rashad Evans provide as new blood to try and dethrone the king of the 185 pound division, Anderson Silva. Vitor Belfort is a contender as well but seeing that he already fought Anderson Silva, he would most likely need to win a few more fights. Rich Franklin wants a third crack at Anderson Silva after dropping back down to middleweight, but he will need to put together an impressive win streak together to ever see that come true. It’s more likely that Franklin could get a crack at the title he once held, if someone other than Anderson Silva was champion. Yushin Okami, remains a top 10 middleweight, but with all the new contenders and the way he was dominated by Anderson Silva, don’t expect him to be fighting for the belt anytime soon unless there is a new champion. Same goes with Chael Sonnen, who I still regard as the second best middleweight. If he chooses to stay in the middleweight division and puts together a good win streak, and there is a new champion, he would be right up there to contending for the belt again. The middleweight division certainly is getting exciting, and there is few up and comers as well who could be future contenders soon in Francis Carmont, Costa Philippou, and Ronny Markes. If the UFC could sign Mamed Khalidov, it would bring in an instant contender into the division. Thales Leites, Antonio Braga Neto, Michael Materla, and Ryo Kawamura would be nice additions to further spice up the division.
I will be putting out matchups to make in the middleweight division following UFC 149′s results!
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Posted by KDog13 on July 14, 2012
One of the most under appreciated big MMA events I have ever seen. We may not see Strikeforce events as much anymore but this one is the real deal in terms of talent, and possible fireworks. Two titles on the line including the return of Marquardt to Zuffa, Gracie’s middleweight debut against Jardine, Larkin and Lawler going toe to toe on the feet, Pat Healy possibly earning the next title shot against Gilbert Melendez, Masvidal and Wilcox in what could be the fight of the night, and Prospects battling each other in Couture vs Duarte, Mein vs Stinson, and High vs Moore. On to the Predictions for the Main Card…..
Luke Rockhold vs Tim Kennedy
A fight that was inevitable in the Strikeforce middleweight division, and will most certainly deliver. Rockhold will look to defend his belt for the 2nd time, after defeating Keith Jardine rather easily via Strikes in his first title defense. Rockhold is a very scrappy fighter, and very well rounded. Kennedy is scrappy as well but is more so a wrestler than anything else. His gameplan is simple, take the fight to the ground, and look for the finish. While Rockhold holds the edge significantly in striking, I believe Kennedy is a better wrestler and we will see that when they fight. I think this should be a good fight but it’s possible that Kennedy will turn this into a wrestling match, and grind out a decision victory.
Tyron Woodley vs Nate Marquardt
The vacant title in the welterweight division since Nick Diaz left will finally find a home. Marquardt makes his return to Zuffa under a new weight, and has not fought in year plus. Known as one of the better middleweights in the world, Marquardt will try and re-invent himself at welterweight against the rising Woodley. Woodley, who is not a fan favorite will look to remain unbeaten and claim the title he has much loathed. Woodley is mainly a pure wrestler, and has often grinded out wins by taking down his opponents and laying on them. Marquardt who has never faired well against wrestlers, will be in a much better situation because he is not fighting someone around 200 pounds but instead around 180 (On Fight Day, of Course). Although Marquardt hasn’t fought in a year plus, and ring rust might be a factor, I haven’t seen anything impressive about Woodley to hold Marquardt down for 5 rounds. I think Marquardt will TKO Woodley sometime in the later rounds, after Woodley gasses.
Keith Jardine vs Roger Gracie
Gracie will make his middleweight debut after being brutally knocked out by King Mo at light heavyweight. Before the loss, Gracie was 4-0, all the wins via submission. Gracie is simply a grappler, and will look to take the fight to the ground where he can work his deadly submission game. Jardine will look to get his first win at middleweight since dropping down to fight the champion Luke Rockhold, where he was beat down via strikes in the first round. Although Jardine might be over the hill in his career, I still like his overall game enough to grind out a decision victory over the one dimensional Gracie. Especially considering that’s Greg Jackson’s gameplan these days. Jardine via decision.
Robbie Lawler vs Lorenz Larkin
Two dynamic strikers will enter the cage in what should be a brawl. This should be fireworks to start off the main card, in which both men always bring it. Larkin is making his middleweight debut after getting pummeled by King Mo, in which would later be overturned to a no contest (King Mo tested positive for Drostanolone). Lawler will look to build off his brutal knockout Amagov, and put together a 2 fight win streak. Lawler is simply a fan favorite because he is a striker, and a vicious one at that (Watch Lawler vs Manhoef). With knockout power in his arsenal he will look to welcome Larkin to the middleweight division. Although I like Lawler, he has many flaws. Many of which translates into losses, and which why I think he will get decision here due to Larkin being faster with better movement.
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Posted by KDog13 on July 11, 2012
MMA Middleweight Division Rankings Top 25
1. Anderson Silva (33-4, 16-0 UFC)
2. Chael Sonnen (26-12-1, 8-6 UFC) *Next Fight: Forrest Griffin #10 at LHW
3. Vitor Belfort (21-10, 10-6 UFC)
4. Chris Weidman (9-0, 5-0 UFC) *Next Fight: Tim Boetsch #7
5. Jake Shields (28-5-1, 3-2 UFC) *Suspended 6 months*
6. Michael Bisping (23-4, 13-4 UFC)
7. Tim Boetsch (16-4, 7-3 UFC) *Next Fight: Chris Weidman #4
8. Luke Rockhold ( 10-1, 9-0 Strikeforce)
9. Mark Munoz (12-3, 7-3 UFC)
10. Yushin Okami (27-7, 11-4 UFC) *Next Fight: Alan Belcher #13
11. Ronaldo Souza (16-3, 6-1 Strikeforce)
12. Hector Lombard (31-3-1, 0-1 UFC) *Next Fight: Rousimar Palhares #16
13. Alan Belcher (18-6, 9-4 UFC) *Next Fight: Yushin Okami #10
13. Brian Stann (12-5, 6-4 UFC)
15. Rich Franklin (29-6, 13-5 UFC) *Next Fight: Cung Le #NR
16. Rousimar Palhares (15-4, 8-3 UFC) *Next Fight: Hector Lombard: #12
17. Chris Leben (26-8, 12-7 UFC) Next Fight: Karlos Vemola #NR
18. Jorge Santiago (25-10, 2-0 TFC) *Next Fight: Quinn Mulhern #NR (WW)
19. Mamed Khalidov (25-4-2, 10-0-2 KSW)
20. Alexander Shlemenko (46-7, 7-1 BFC) *Next Fight: Maiquel Falcao #23
21. Tim Kennedy (14-4, 5-2 Strikeforce) *Next Fight: Trevor Smith #NR
22. Wanderlei Silva (34-12-1, 4-7 UFC)
23. Maiquel Falcao (31-4, 3-0 BFC) *Next Fight: Alexander Shlemenko #20
24. Lorenz Larkin (13-0, 4-0 Strikeforce)
25. Thales Leites (20-4, 2-0 SC)
*NR = Not Ranked*
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Posted by KDog13 on July 11, 2012
1. Dominick Cruz (19-1, 9-0 UFC)
2. Renan Barao (29-1, 6-0 UFC)
3. Urijah Faber (26-6, 10-6 UFC)
4. Brian Bowles (10-2, 7-2 UFC)
5. Michael McDonald (15-1, 5-0 UFC)
6. Brad Pickett (22-6, 5-2 UFC)
7. Eddie Wineland (19-8-1, 6-4 UFC)
8. Scott Jorgensen (13-5, 9-4 UFC) *Next Fight: John Albert #NR
9. Miguel Torres (40-5, 0-0 WSOF) *Next Fight: Marlon Moraes #NR
10. Bibiano Fernandes (11-3, 8-1 DREAM)
11. Mike Easton (13-1, 3-0 UFC)
12. Eduardo Dantas (14-3, 4-0 BFC) *Next Fight: Marcos Galvao #16
13. Masakatsu Ueda (15-2, 0-0 One FC) *Next Fight: Min Jung Song #NR
14. Ivan Menjivar (24-9, 3-3 UFC) *Next Fight: Azamat Gashimov #NR
15. Marcos Galvao (13-5-1, 4-2 BFC) *Next Fight: Eduardo Dantas #12
16. Raphael Assuncao (17-4, 5-3 UFC)
17. Antonio Banuelos (20-9, 0-1 LFC)
18. Yves Jabouin (18-8, 4-4 UFC)
19. Takeya Mizugaki (15-7-2, 4-5 UFC) *Next Fight: Jeff Hougland #NR
20. Zach Makosvky (14-3, 6-1 BFC)
21. Tyson Nam (12-4, 0-0 WSOF)
22. Wilson Reis (14-4, 1-0 WFE)
23. Luis Nogueira (14-3, 4-2 BFC)
24. Alex Caceres (7-5, 2-3 UFC) *Next Fight: Kyung Ho Kang #NR
25. Edwin Figueroa (9-1, 2-1 UFC)
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Posted by KDog13 on July 11, 2012
Mark Munoz vs Chris Weidman
A really solid main event that features two middleweight contenders in the division. The implications are high in this fight as the winner could be catapulted to a title shot although I think that’s more likely in the scenario that Munoz wins. Anyways, this bout will feature two standout wrestlers, who have made that known in their recent fights. Munoz likes to use his wrestling to get his opponent to the ground where he can use his heavy hands to ground and pound his opponents. Weidman is similar but looks for the submission, where he is often successful. It helps a lot too when Matt Serra is your teacher. Anyways, i’m sure this fight will go just about everywhere, and I like how both fighters can possible cancel each other out in different aspects BUT I think Weidman is far more superior when it comes to the submission game. I think Weidman at some point will get Munoz too tap or go to sleep.
James Te-Huna vs Joey Beltran
Two Sluggers, that will be looking to hit home runs, two days shy of the home run derby. I don’t see how this one goes the full distance, as Te-Huna looks to continue his destruction in the Light Heavyweight division, and Joey Beltran makes his UFC return gunning for a longer tenure this time around at a new weight. Two heavy handed guys, with probably Beltran having the better chin of the two BUT I like Te-Huna’s combinations all too much to overwhelm Beltran. Te-Huna will get the ref to stop this one!
Aaron Simpson vs Kenny Robertson
Simpson will make his welterweight debut as he takes on Robertson who is making his second UFC stint. Simpson looked drained at the weigh ins but he’s a grinder, veteran, and will find a way to win a decision. Sorry Robertson, but Simpson takes this by decision
Karlos Vemola vs Francis Carmont
A very solid middleweight bout that features possibly two of the more unknown up and comers in the middleweight division. Carmont though is perhaps the more known of the two due to training at Tristar gym with George St. Pierre will look to build off 2-0 record in the UFC. Vemola who recently went down to middleweight, looked like a brand new fighter in the UFC, and will look to go 2-0 at middleweight. Both guy’s are very similar in that they both can wrestle, strike, and even grapple. It’s a tough one to call, and many people might pick Carmont based on where he trains but I’m going with the Terminator in Vemola who impressed me in his middleweight debut to win by TKO.
TJ Dillishaw vs Vaughan Lee
Dillishaw, a wrestler, will look to build off his first UFC victory as he takes on the grappler Vaughan Lee who is coming off an upset victory and perhaps his biggest win over “Kid” Yamamoto. Dillishaw uses his wrestling often, as he looks to smother his opponents down with some ground and pound thrown in. Lee will stand and bang but also is comfortable if the fight hits the mat, even if he is on his back as he features a pretty good submission game. Lee has had a career resurgence lately, and I think he will continue the success and eventually submit the hyped Dillishaw.
Rafael Dos Anjos vs Anthony Njokuani
The start of the main card will feature the submission specialist Rafael Dos Anjos against the talented striker Anthony Njokuani. Dos Anjos has emerged suddenly as pretty good striker with some real knockout pop in his last few fights. Njokuani is mainly striker, and will be looking to string together a two fight win streak in the UFC, as he has traded wins an loses recently. With Dos Anjos confident in his striking, I think we will be in for an early treat to start of the card. I think Dos Anjos has the upper hand in this fight though, as if it hits the ground, Njokuani will not be able to fend off the submission attempts from the black belt. Dos Anjos via submission.
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Posted by KDog13 on July 7, 2012
Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen
This fight is going to be a WAR, I think that Anderson Silva is going to be a killer this time around because he has completely went Diaz the last few days. I’ve never seen Silva like this before, and although Sonnen might be his kryptonite, I think that Anderson is going to be very aggressive and try to knock Sonnen out. But, the one man to figure out Silva has made strides since falling just short dethroning the the pound for pound best fighter ever. Sonnen will look to utilize his solid wrestling in this one again, and we can be in store for a repeat but I think a better all around Sonnen (one with better submission defense). Although I wouldn’t be shocked to see Sonnen win despite Silva’s dominance in the UFC, I just think Silva is going to put it on Sonnen. And eventually I think Silva is going to put Sonnen away!
Forrest Griffin vs Tito Ortiz
Tito Ortiz will enter the octagon for the last time, and boy has it been an honor to watch him fight. Every fight, he brought it despite going through countless surgeries. The now Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz, will take on the future Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin, in which should be a great fight to end the trilogy. Both fights were back and forth, and both men have a win a piece, which prompted the ending of a trilogy, and ending of a legend. I expect this fight to be like the other fights, both to stand in front of each other and bang with a mix of takedowns. While I picked Tito to upset Bader, I’m not too high on him in this one after losing his last 2 fights by TKO. I think Forrest Griffin will end this trilogy by decision, but I hope it’s an exciting fight, just so Tito can cap off a legendary UFC career.
Cung Le vs Patrick Cote
My vote for fight of the night, as the return of Patrick Cote will provide sparks in the octagon with the always exciting Cung Le. I love this fight, and I think we are in for a treat. I don’t think one will last the full 3 rounds, as Cote carries heavy hands, and Cung Le has an arsenal of kicks. Cardio could be a factor in this fight, as Cung’s has been suspect in the later rounds. But, I think that Cung’s style keeps Cote at a distance, and Cote although known for heavy hands just doesn’t have that aggression/killer instinct to go for the kill. This could very well be a decision fight, but I think Cung is going to hit Cote with a plethora of kicks/punches to finish him.
Dong Hyun Kim vs Demian Maia
A fun fight, especially for Maia’s debut at welterweight. Maia has made strides in his striking but he remains a grappling wizard at heart. The problem with this fight for Maia is that his opponent is exceptionally well where ever the fight goes. Kim’s judo looked great last fight, as well as his striking which featured some effective kicks. I think this fight could be a back and forth fight but I like Kim’s overall game more then Maia’s. So on that note, I think Kim takes this one via decision.
Chad Mendes vs Cody McKenzie
While I did enjoy Cody McKenzie’s 209/Diaz attitude at weigh ins, I don’t see where he has a chance in this fight. He is fighting the former number one contender in his debut at featherweight, and prior he only went 2-2 at lightweight. Mendes should be able to take him down easily, and ground and pound him to a TKO victory.
Ivan Menjivar vs Mike Easton
A solid fight in the bantamweight division in which the winner could very well find themselves in a number one contender fight afterwards. I expect both guys to stand and trade but Menjivar to utilize kicks to keep Easton at a distance. I usually like veterans here but despite maybe Easton’s lack of Fight IQ, he is one hell of a fighter, and the energy he has in a fight is insane! I think Menjivar is underrated but he seeing Albert almost put him away was a bit of a shocker to me, although give him credit for coming back and winning. I just think Easton packs a punch, and will be able to put it on Menjivar. Easton by TKO!
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