Friday, August 24, 2012

UFC 151 Cancellation - My Opinion

UFC 151 just got cancelled. Several things come to mind when I heard this. First, Jon Jones refusing to fight the only man who stepped up is ludicrous. Second, the UFC has stretched itself thin enough that the rest of the card was so weak that no other fight could be moved up to the main event. Third, Chael Sonnen just increased his status by actually not being a douche. Fourth, I was once a strong Jones supporter, now I am officially jumping off the bandwagon.

The man was already in training and had only to re-gameplan for a new opponent. Chael Sonnen is a man, who in all reality is a one-dimensional fighter. He lacks the knockout power of his previous opponent Dan Henderson and Sonnen's gameplan in every fight is to take you down and ground and pound you. Jones has never been taken down in his career. So he refused a fight with a fighter who lacks a real threat to him. He screwed the UFC, the other fighters on the card and most importantly, the FANS.

The one thing being overlooked by most of the media is the fact that this card was weak. Dana White and company have stretched themselves so thin that no other fight on the UFC 151 card was good enough to be elevated to the main event. The fact that the event was cancelled is not all on Jones. The UFC is as much to blame for putting together a terrible fight card. The fact that Jon Jones already isn't a popular champion who does poor pay-per-view numbers would make you think that the UFC would try to stack the card to help the pay-per-view numbers. The fact that they didn't and now the event is cancelled is at a minimum 50% the UFC's fault, probably more.

Early in Jones' career he fought multiple times in rapid succession. His first 4 fights were in less than a month. He fought 7 times in 2008. And he took his initial title shot on just over 5 weeks notice. So it's not unheard of for Jon Jones to take fights on short notice. The fact that he is in shape and currently training makes no sense to me to hurt his company, peers and fan base the way he has done.

Now, the argument can be made that Greg Jackson is right and that taking a new opponent in a title fight is not the smart move. I am able to understand the mindset that they don't have enough time to prepare for a new opponent. It doesn't however, make sense to me that all he would have to do would be to watch some tape of Sonnen, and come up with a new gameplan. That can be done easily in the 8 days before the fight.

Now, Chael Sonnen in this who think comes out smelling like roses. He was according to Dana White, the ONLY man to step up and accept the fight. The fact that he is now being screwed out of it kind of sucks. Yes, he's coming off a loss to Anderson Silva and hasn't earned his title shot at light heavyweight yet, but the fact that he was willing to fight on 8 days notice says a lot about him as a man. I wish the UFC would have allowed him to face Jones at UFC 152 which now has Vitor Belfort moving up in weight to fight Jones. Chael Sonnen, I'm officially a fan now.
So in my opinion, Jon Jones wussed out. He refused to fight a man who poses no real threat to beat him, screwed the UFC, his fellow fighters and all the fans who bought fight tickets, paid for lodging and plane tickets. And with in my opinion was a weak, lame excuse. Jon Jones, I no longer will be a fan.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

dos Santos vs Mir Prediction

Since I'm in Las Vegas to see Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir fight, I figured I should do a quick breakdown and prediction. I would like to start this article by stating that I like both men. I will be happy no matter the outcome of this fight. I do not believe this fight will make it out of the 2nd round. Both men put away opponents quickly and efficiently. Whether it is a knockout or a broken limb, this fight will end in spectacular fashion.

Now, as we all know, Junior will look to utilize his boxing and knock out Mir. Mir will obviously want to get his fight into his realm, the ground. However, I don't believe Mir has the wrestling/takedown prowess to force this fight to the ground. So with that said, the question arises. Is Frank Mir's standup game good enough to hang with Junior? I just don't think it is. He has shocked a few in the past, such as Big Nog in their first fight and Kongo. But, Junior is a better striker than both of those men.

Now, if Mir does somehow get this fight to the ground, Junior is in a world of hurt. Frank rarely gets a fight to the ground (in top position) in which he doesn't finish the fight. With all the trash talk going around, I'm shocked that Big Nog is bashing Mir's jiu jitsu as simple. If it was so simple, then why did the greatest jiu jitsu heavyweight at the time (because Mir is now the greatest heavyweight jiu jitsu practitioner) get his arm broken and submitted? I understand if you don't like the guy for beating you, but don't try to diminish his accomplishments because you were too stupid to tap.

Now, if I'm a betting man, my money would be on Junior dos Santos. However, I rarely bet so I have to go with my gut on this one. I predict Frank Mir will shock the world and submit Junior dos Santos in the very first round.  I've said it already, whether it is a knockout or a broken limb, this fight will end in spectacular fashion.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Awesome Fights This Weekend on UFC on FOX 3

I wasn't expecting much from UFC on FOX 3 until I actually looked at the main card. There are some badass fights this weekend. (Commercials do suck, but at least they're produced better than the hour's worth of house ad filler we are forced to sit through during a typical $60 pay-per-view broadcast.) Here are the three fights I'm most enthused about:

(Note: though I fail to mention Pat Barry here, it's no disrespect and quite the opposite in fact...the guy brings it every fight, win, lose or double-KO. If Barry's on the card, entertainment is a foregone conclusion.)

1. Jim Miller vs. Nate DiazUntil he ran into the neutralizing energy vortex that is Benson Henderson, Jim Miller was on the fast track to a title shot. Miller is a stud at lightweight; he seems stronger than average in the class, has a solid foundation in wrestling, throws bombs, and most importantly fights a smart game. Like most victims of natural disasters, he simply had no way of preparing for Benson Henderson until it was too late. 

Nate Diaz is the perfect test to see if Miller is still a champion simply waiting to happen. Diaz is experienced, fearless, creative and simply does not fatigue. He also sports a big reach advantage over Miller which, like his older brother Nick, he can put to great use landing accurate shots in volume. If Jim Miller's going to survive Diaz' "rock-em-sock-em-robot" routine he'll have to start fast and put him away early (or otherwise suplex him for three rounds, a la Rory McDonald.)

2. Josh Koscheck vs. Johnny Hendricks
Koscheck and Hendricks have something in common: neither have any interest in wrestling Jon Fitch for three rounds inside the Octagon. Hendricks took the fight anyway, though, which became an instant classic when Hendricks one-punch KO'd the notoriously durable Fitch in just under 12 seconds. Though Hendricks' historic win brought him many new fans overnight, his MMA career is still young and there's no question he still feels he has a lot to prove.

Meanwhile, Fitch's close friend and former training partner Koscheck has proven nearly unbeatable, acting almost as a proverbial filter between the UFC's potential and bonafide welterweight contenders. Outside of current champ George St. Pierre, no fighter seems able to match Koscheck's wrestling ability, a fact which seems to have given him the confidence to assume his role of the UFC's token headhunter. While the resilient Mike Pierce gave him fits in their split decision slugfest back in February, Koscheck's veteran composure and superior wrestling secured him the victory. For Johnny Hendricks to get the upset victory, he'll have overcome a considerable experience gap while also contending with (arguably) the most aggressive striker he has faced to date in Josh Koscheck

3. Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares
Of the possible guest stars currently being considered for future episodes of "The Anderson Silva Show," Alan Belcher is probably the most intriguing. A promising middleweight whose career was nearly ended by eye surgery, Belcher is an exciting, dynamic and incredibly well-rounded whose UFC highlight reel includes dumping Patrick Cote upside his head in a picture-perfect pile driver. 

If Belcher normally throws a lot of leg kicks, we shouldn't be surprised if he alters his game plan on Saturday night when he faces the infamous leg-mangler known as Rousimar Palhares. Short, stock and powerful, Rousimar has become known for his unique mastery of offensive Brazilian jiu-jitsu, having won 4 of his last 5 victories by way of leg lock. So effective are Palhares' submissions that Belcher will undoubtedly have to account for it or risk being ensnared in the Brazilian's iron grip.

Historically, I've often found that cards and match-ups which look only mildly entertaining on paper usually play out that way. Conversely, cards which look like they'll be exciting nearly always deliver. I don't know why that is, or what it means. Maybe the UFC matchmakers just know what they're doing. 

Anyway, be sure tune in Saturday night. These look like good fights, and I'll be surprised if I'm wrong.

Friday, April 20, 2012

UFC 145 Quick Picks

Well, we've finally arrived at the long awaited grudge match. Here are my UFC 145 Quick Picks.

Jon Jones vs Rashad Evans
I am beginning to see Jones as the next Anderson Silva. He's complete destruction of Shogun, Rampage and Machida leaves me wondering if anyone on the current roster can actually dethrone him. But, I do believe that Evans is the only man who can beat Jones right now. He's trained with him, doesn't have any illusions about his invincibility and is a smart fighter that will implement his gameplan. However, until Jones actually loses, I won't bet against Jones. My pick is for Jones to win by 3rd round submission.

Rory MacDonald vs Che Mills
What an interesting matchup. Che Mills another in a long line of excellent British strikers takes on Rory MacDonald, a well rounded fighter. Although I believe MacDonald is more than comfortable on his feet against Mills, I believe the Tri-Star product will fight a smart fight and force this to the ground. My pick is MacDonald via 2nd round submission.

Ben Rothwell vs Brendan Schaub
Rothwell vs Schaub is a matchup of two men coming in off losses. Rothwell lost a boring, who is more out-of-shape fight against Mark Hunt at UFC 135. Schaub is coming in off a vicious KO loss to Big Nog. Although neither man is in danger of being cut at this juncture, a loss could devastate both careers. Since Schaub is already beginning to show a suspect chin, I believe his biggest worry is getting KO'd. But Rothwell isn't really know for have tons of power. So, I believe Schaub will begin to pick Rothwell apart and eventually land that big right hand. My pick is Schaub by 2nd round TKO.

Miguel Torres vs Michael McDonald
What a step up in competition for McDonald. Although he is 14-1 in his career, he has yet to face a top level fighter. Insert Torres, the former Bantamweight champion with a ton of experience. Torres is getting his first taste of action since his release and re-signing by the UFC for his inappropriate twitter comments. I expect Torres to feel a sense of urgency to get a victory to help erase that moment in his life. McDonald has the majority of his victories by TKO/KO and most of Torres' submissions are usually off of his back. Since I don't think McDonald will be forcing takedowns, I expect this fight to be a striking battle. My pick is Torres via unanimous decision.

Mark Hominick vs Eddie Yagin
Hominick will be trying to rebound off a disappointing KO loss in 7 seconds to the Korean Zombie in his last outing. In Yagin he'll find a solid well-rounded fighter who relies heavily on his submission game. I expect Yagin to try and force this fight to the ground. Hominick has a good ground game and will be able to fend off submission attempts and possibly work for his own. My pick is that Hominick will out-work Yagin in route to a unanimous decision win.

Mark Bocek vs John Alessio
I have a feeling that this fight will be a ground war. Both men possess good ground skills and will look for a finish on the ground. Bocek is a good up-and-comer, Alessio is a veteran who has fought a multitude of top welterweights. However, he's lost to the top level guys. I expect this to be a back-and-forth battle. My pick is Bocek by unanimous decision.

So there are my UFC 145 Quick Picks. Now let the fights begin!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Five Reasons Dos Santos vs. Fedor Makes Sense

The future looks grim for UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Overeem. Though Alistair Overeem's failed drug test comes as no surprise to those who have followed him since his lanky K-1 days, the timing couldn't be much worse. Desperate fans have taken to lobbying via Twitter for journeyman Mark Hunt as a potential replacement to face Junior Dos Santos (a rumor summarily quashed by UFC President Dana White.)

With the short list of suitable replacements looking very short indeed, a novel idea would be for White to sign Russian legend Fedor Emelianenko to challenge Dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight title.

Given White's acrimonious history with Fedor's management, the possibility seems as unlikely to ever become a reality as it is intriguing, but there is real logic behind it. Considering White's promotional savvy and history of confounding expectations, one should never say never.

Here are five reasons why Dos Santos vs. Fedor actually makes a lot of sense.

#1: Contention Doesn't Matter, It's a Business

Although Fedor's recent record may not seem to warrant an immediate UFC title shot, the determination of UFC contenders historically seems more academic than quantitative. From Forest Griffin and Brock Lesnar to Dan Hardy and more, many fan favorites have been given a fast track to the title shot as matchmakers strategically select the most marketable and stylistically interesting fighters from their pool of candidates.

While the UFC's "black box" title contention algorithm may not satisfy purists or statisticians, their fan-driven approach to matchmaking has paid off with record pay-per-view sales, and there's no question Dana White has done a great job selling fans the fights they want to see.

#2: Marketability

Whether you consider him the world's greatest or completely overrated, Fedor Emelianenko is without question responsible for some of the most exciting moments in mixed martial arts history. With a fearless style that keeps fans around the world on the edges of their seats, Fedor's star power gives him the unique leverage to repeatedly pass on a UFC contract and yet still maintain a lucrative fighting career.

Junior Dos Santos has more in common with Fedor than perhaps any other professional fighter. The Brazilian's jovial, everyman personality and sense of humility stands in ironic contrast to the reputation he has earned as the world's most feared heavyweight striker.

For a young sport still struggling with an image problem, a main event pairing two world-class fighters and exemplary sportsmen gives the UFC an opportunity to make inroads into markets their current brand cannot reach.

#3: Personnel Shortages

The recent departure of pay-per-view goliath Brock Lesnar leaves a gaping hole in the UFC's heavyweight division. With main event regulars Shane Carwin and "Minotauro" Noguiera out due to injury and younger prospects Brendan Schaub and Matt Mitrione ostensibly out of contention due to recent losses, the UFC is short on any obvious choices for a replacement for Overeem.

The addition of Fedor Emelianenko to the UFC's heavyweight division not only gives Zuffa an instant replacement for Overeem but a monopoly on MMA's heavyweight superstars. Although Fedor is undersized compared to the UFC's heavyweights, he has made a career of fighting and beating bigger, stronger opponents (including two former UFC heavyweight champions, Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski.)

#4: The Timing is Perfect

This spring's run of twelve consecutive weeks without a pay-per-view event represents the longest UFC pay-per-view drought in recent history. With The Ultimate Fighter TV ratings on a steady decline, the undoing of Dos Santos vs. Overeem threatens to slam the brakes on the UFC's summer momentum.

Meanwhile, Fedor Emelianenko has been training all spring, ostensibly in preparation for a tentative early summer match up with a yet-unnamed opponent from a short list of mid-tier fighters. After three consecutive losses in Strikeforce - the first of his career - Fedor's two most recent victories show improvement upon his exciting but arguably reckless style.

At a time when MMA is getting most of its publicity for the wrong reasons (see: TRT, pro wrestling,) the addition of Fedor to UFC 146 would bring much-needed appeal and instant legitimacy to the event.

#5: It's a Win-Win Situation for Dana White

Since walking away from tedious and protracted negotiations with Fedor's management two years ago, White has gone on the record to remind the world just how "overrated" he believed the Russian fighter always was. In considering Emelianenko as a last-minute replacement for Overeem, therefore, White may seem to be faced with a dilemma and risk looking like a hypocrite.

As a savvy business promoter, however, White probably knows he can't lose. If Dos Santos wins, White was right about Fedor all along, but conversely if Fedor manages to upset Dos Santos, the world's greatest is now the exclusive property of Zuffa, LLC. Either way, there's no risk here for Zuffa. Everyone wins.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

UFC on Fuel TV 2 Quick Picks

The spring break for the UFC is finally over and I am looking forward to seeing some fights! Here are my UFC on Fuel TV 2 Quick Picks.

Alexander Gustafsson vs Thiago Silva
I believe ring rust will play a factor for Silva in this fight. He's coming off a year long suspension and facing an up-and-comer in Gustafsson who is not only riding a 4 fight win streak, but is fighting in his home country. I expect Gustafsson to come out strong. My pick is Gustafsson via 2 round TKO.

Brian Stann vs Alessio Sakara
This is a nice rebound fight for Stann who always has trouble with good wrestlers. In this matchup with Sakara he won't have to worry about that. Both men will walk to the center of the octagon and throw bombs until one of them falls down. My pick is that Stann will win this war via 2nd round KO.

Paulo Thiago vs Siyar Bahadurzada
Thiago has already faced a who's who of upper talent in the UFC. Now he gets to welcome newcomer Bahadurzada to the octagon. Bahadurzada likes to rush and throw bombs. Thiago should be well prepared for this barrage with crisp counters. I also believe Thiago will be the dominant force on the ground and will look to take the fight there early. My pick is Thiago via 3rd round submission.

Dennis Siver vs Diego Nunes
Siver is making his first appearance at featherweight. Nunes is a top contender in the featherweight division. Both men possess strong standup skills and I don't believe this fight will go to the ground. Now Siver is the bigger name here but Nunes is slightly favored. I expect this to be a back-and-forth battle going to the end. My pick is that Siver will pull off the minor upset via Split Decision.

DaMarques Johnson vs John Maguire
I think this matchup is a bit harder to pick. You just never know which Johnson will show up. His performances are hit-or-miss. Maguire is still a relative unknown but is riding a 6 fight winning streak heading into this fight. Maguire in his UFC debut showed good cardio in his unanimous decision victory but this is a step up in competition for him. I expect this fight to go everywhere. Both men have good ground games and decent standup. My pick is that Maguire will outwork Johnson and win via unanimous decision.

Brad Pickett vs Damacio Page
Pickett is coming in off of a loss. Page is riding a 2 fight losing streak and is in danger of being cut if he loses a 3rd straight fight. I expect Page who is already known for being a rampaging berserker early in his fights to come out all guns blazing. If Pickett survives the early onslaught, I expect he will break Page down and eventually submit him. My pick is Pickett via 2nd round submission.

Alright, there are my UFC on Fuel TV 2 Quick Picks. Now let's see some fights already!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Hiatus Recap

Since it's been awhile since my last blog, let's do a recap of recent events.

Let's start with UFC on FX, Guillard vs Miller. In typical Guillard fashion, he couldn't figure out jiu jitsu defense. Miller again showed why Guillard will never be a contender. In my opinion, it's just sad to me to be at that level of competition and not be able to defend against jiu jitsu. Until Guillard finally develops a ground game, he'll never be a top level fighter. And at this stage of his career, it may be too late.

On the same card, we saw another prime example of Guillardism, when Josh Neer guillotined Duane Ludwig. I'll admit, I'm a fan of Ludwig due to meeting him on several occasions. He's a genuinely good guy and has great striking skills. But like Guillard, he'll never be a real threat until he learns jiu jitsu defense.

I hope Guillard and Ludwig are at peace with being gatekeepers, because they'll never be anything more.

Now let's look at UFC on Fox 2, Evans vs Davis. I got what I expected. Evans proved he was the better fighter in a completely one-sided contest. Davis just didn't really have anything besides his wrestling, which Evans shut down. Now we all get to finally see Jones vs Evans. I'm looking forward to April 21.

The co-main event on UFC on Fox 2, featured Chael Sonnen vs Michael Bisping. I think the whole world (excluding the U.K.) thought Sonnen would run over Bisping. But, Bisping had a different idea. Sonnen looked feeble fighting Bisping. Every time Sonnen managed to get Bisping down, Bisping would shoot back to his feet. Sonnen couldn't control him on the ground and on the feet Bisping was the more active and better striker. But aggression and octagon control proved to be the deciding factor in the decision as Sonnen secured the decision. Now we will all be able to see if Silva vs Sonnen was a fluke, or if Sonnen really can pull off the unthinkable and unseat Silva.

I will be the first to say that I do not like Michael Bisping. But in defeat, in a fight I thought he won, I earned a ton of respect for him.

I also want to talk about the Chris Weidman vs Demian Maia fight. Maia is a submission expert. I'm still scratching my head as to why he thought he was a boxer. I know Maia is trying to work on his stand-up game since losing to Anderson Silva, but come on, when you are losing, go back to your bread-and-butter.

UFC 143 pitted Carlos Condit vs Nick Diaz for the interim welterweight title. Most of the MMA world was hoping Diaz would win so that the GSP/Diaz fight would happen. Condit decided to spoil the party. I'm a big Condit fan and have enjoyed watching him fight since his days in the WEC. But on my score card, I had it even going into the final round. Then Diaz secured the takedown and got Condit's back, I looked at my friends and said "Diaz just won the fight with that." It appears I was wrong. With great counter-striking Condit won the decision.

Now, I don't want to take away from Condit's win, but this make me think of the Diego Sanchez vs Martin Kampmann fight. Kampmann was spectacular in his counter-striking, defended 14 of 15 takedown attempts, beat Sanchez into a bloody pulp and lost the decision. How then, does Condit win the decision doing the same thing, but less effectively. Judges definitely need some training.

Here's a nice picture of Diego Sanchez after winning the decision against Martin Kampmann.

UFC on Fuel TV Sanchez vs Ellenberger. Ellenberger was just the better fighter. The Sanchez hype machine appears to be derailed again. I don't have anything else to say about this fight.

UFC 144 Edgar vs Henderson. This card was full of interesting fights. Let's begin with the title fight between Edgar and Henderson. The official scores may not quite reflect how close of a fight this was. I actually had it scored 3 rounds to 2 for Edgar, but again, it appears I was wrong. Since it was such a close fight, the UFC has granted the immediate rematch, again putting all of the lightweight division on hold for the remainder of the year. I hope the rematch has a finish so we can move on an stop with all the immediate rematches.

The co-main event was Rampage and Bader. I fully expected Rampage to retire after the fight. He missed weight badly and then looked like garbage with the one exception of his slam. Rampage has not looked good in a fight since he defeated Dan Henderson. He has essentially become a one-trick pony completely relying on his boxing skills and then makes excuses when he loses. In a recent article I read, he actually tweeted that he wants the UFC to cut him so he can go fight in other promotions. In my opinion, Rampage either needs to find his own motivation to fight, or see if he can get Hollywood to make another A-Team movie. This is another case of a fighter past his prime who thinks he is better what his skills now show. He obviously is having a problem with the upper half of the light heavyweight division's fighters. So, either he finds happiness in gatekeeper status fighting up-and-comers or he should just retire.

Mark Hunt looked good for the first time in the UFC with a nasty KO of Cheick Kongo. I have to say, I was was shocked that K-1 Hunt finally resembled the shades of his former Pride glory.

Jake Shields and Sexyama on paper looked like a good fight. This fight was an absolute snoozer and I am scratching my head as to Sexyama's gameplan. At no point in the fight did he truly engage. He rarely initiated and rarely counter-punched. He just stood there looking at Shields and then would perform a beautiful judo throw late in the round and think he won the round. It was a sad fight.

Tim Boetsch vs Yushin Okami was a great fight. After 2 completely dominant rounds put in by Okami, he looked like he had a firm grasp on the victory only to have Boetsch go all "barbarian" on him and KO him in the 3rd round. It was an amazing comeback.

My last comment on UFC 144 is about Joe Lauzon. Every time I begin to believe in him, he forgets he's in a fight and gets finished. Be it Sotiropolous by kimura or Pettis by headkick. I just wish he would fight to his full potential.

UFC on FX 2, Alves vs Kampmann. In another fight dominated by one man for 2 rounds only to be finished in the 3rd, Alves and Kampmann put on a show. Alves completed dominated Kampmann for 14 minutes only to be submitted by a guillotine with 48 seconds to go in the fight.  It was an amazing comeback to add to the slew of recent comebacks (Edgar coming back to KO Maynard, Kongo coming back from the brink to KO Barry, Mir being rocked and almost submitted to snapping Nogueira's shoulder, Boetsch KOing Okami). It's been a fun 6 months of fights.

Official Scorecard

Now, on to the flyweight tournament. Benavidez elevated himself to the "guy-to-beat" with a brutal KO of Urushitani. In the other fight, we had some controversy. Johnson and McCall battled toe-to-toe for 3 rounds and it should have gone to the first ever sudden round. But we can all thank poor reading skills. I myself had it 2 rounds to 1, but I was leaning towards a 10-8 round in the 3rd. It appears one judge saw it that way and now we get to put the tournament on hold to have an immediate rematch. When your job is to read score cards and tally the scores, you would think that paying attention to what is written would be a pretty big part of your job.  

Bellator 60. Pat Curran may have to get a lawyer for attempted murder charges after the referee doesn't stop the fight and lets Joe Warren get brutally KO'd. It was a pretty competitive fight up until Curran landed a counter knee as Warren shot in for the takedown. After that was about 30 seconds of pure sadistic punishment as Curran essentially knocked out Warren 3 times before the ref finally stopped the fight. Big congrats to Curran for finally winning a title. I hope to see him in the UFC someday.

Strikforce: Miesha Tate vs Ronda Rousey. This fight was epic. Tate came out throwing bombs, Rousey didn't like it and judo tossed Tate. Then sinks in an armbar. I said "Wow, this looks like all of her fights." Then Tate manages to escape, takes Rousey's back and tries for a rear naked choke. Rousey defends, then they get back to the feet. Tate starts throwing bombs again. Again, Rousey says "no thanks" and judo throws her. This time when she sinks in the armbar she makes no doubt and dislocates it in nasty fashion before Tate finally taps.

TUF 15. My finally thoughts are on the first episode of season 15 of the Ultimate Fighter. I won't go into details, but I will say, "Wow". What a murderer's row of competitors. With the killer instincts and great finishes, this season looks like it will shine. I am truly looking forward to my weekly fix of the Ultimate Fighter this season.

Friday, January 13, 2012

UFC 142 Quick Picks

Thought I'd throw out my picks for the UFC 142 Main Card.

Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes
No if anyone has the wrestling to slow Aldo down and make this a grinding fight, Chad Mendes is the man. I truly believe the only way to beat Aldo is to eliminate his ability to pick you apart on the feet. But, until Aldo gets beaten, I can't pick against him. My quick pick is Jose Aldo via 3 round TKO.

Vitor Belfort vs Anthony Johnson
Belfort is listed as a slight favorite going into this fight. But I see Belfort as a one trick pony, he will rush with a flurry of punches and try to finish the fight. Johnson is more than capable on the feet and has a wrestling background that I believe can slow Belfort down. My pick is Johnson will pull of the slight upset via unanimous decision.

Ricardo Funch vs Mike Pyle
Funch in my opinion is overmatched against the veteran in Pyle. Pyle will make this a grinding battle and keep Funch grounded. My pick is Pyle by unanimous decision.

Thiago Tavares vs Sam Stout
I believe this fight will turn into a slugfest. Tavares hasn't been real consistent of late going 3-3-1 over his last 7 fights. But I believe he can pull off the victory over Stout due mainly to the fact that Team Tompkins fighters haven't done well since the sudden and unexpected death of coach Shawn Tompkins. My pick is Tavares by 2nd round TKO.

Edson Barboza vs Terry Etim
This will be a big tests for the undefeated Barboza. Etim is a veteran who has fought better competition and is a very well rounded fighter. Vegas has Barboza favored in this fight but I disagree. My pick is that, Brazilians will be sad when Etim pulls off the upset and gives Barboza his first career loss.

So there are my UFC 142 Quick Picks.