Posts Tagged ‘Junior Dos Santos’

Demian Maia fighting at Welterweight

Maia came into his fight with one thing on his mind; submitting Jon Fitch. Fitch has possibly the best sub defense in the world and Demian Maia spend 3 rounds trying to break it. Maia spent 15 minutes clinging to Jon Fitch like extra strength velcro, but it seems Jon Fitch is a safe that can not be cracked. Maia completely nullfied Jon Fitch’s game plan, getting  himself the unanimous decision and is now part of the very few men to beat Jon Fitch.

Alistair Overeem is not a Legend

Bigfoot Silva VS Alistair Overeem was supposed to happen in Strikeforce, but when the fight got pushed forward a week, it interfered in Overeem’s “schedule”. After failing a surprise drug test and hitting a testosterone level of 14:1, Alistair was suspended for a year regardless of “not knowing it was put in his system”. During his suspension, Overeem went on a “Clean Fighter” rant and submitted repeated clean tests. After his suspension was up, this matchup was put together. Overeem came into it with considerably less muscle definition, less punching power and a cocky defense. He was efficiently put in his place with a flurry 25 seconds into round 3. The legend is no more and the UFC’s Top Heavyweights can happily carry on without him. Let’s have Junior Dos Santos check that chin if he wants a comeback fight. Joe Silva, make it happen!

Rashad Evans’ Gameplan

I don’t know what Rashad Evans’ gameplan was, but I assumed he would come in with the same plan Ryan Bader and Phil Davis used to best Nog; striking mixed with constant takedowns. This was not the case. Evans’ boxing was very sloppy and uncoordinated. He tried to counter Rogerio’s jab with his own so many times that Nog started to see it coming. He continuously backed up instead of weaving and ate a bunch of straights for his troubles.

The point of weaving is to get around your opponents strike and leave them wide open for a counter.  There were many opportunities for Rashad to use a weave to close the distance. He chose to once, got inside the pocket, but never capitalized on it.

He went for 3 takedowns that I noticed and did not mix striking into their set up causing them to be very telegraphed and basically stuffed. Huge credit to Rogerio Nogueira for getting a W over Rashad but I’m pretty sure Jon Jones broke his will. The Evans that showed up tonight would’ve been easily KOed by Anderson.

Aldo and Edgar

This Super Fight played out much differently than I had imagined. I expected Jose Aldo to take out Frankie Edgar in the 1st or 2nd round but the uppercut finish never came. Instead, Frankie went toe to toe with Jose Aldo, without the hesitation that other fighters have shown. I expected a split decison but in the Judges’ eyes, Aldo got the better of Edgar for four of the rounds. Four 10-9’s was enough for him to keep his Featherweight Title away from Frankie Edgar. Most thought the fight was much closer than that.

Where does Edgar go after losing his 3rd straight title fight in a row? He could make Featherweight his new home and climb to an Aldo rematch or he could go back to Lightweight. Either way, he was very upset at the post fight interview.  I hope he isn’t contemplating retirement because I can’t think of any Jose Aldo fight where I wasn’t sure if he won or not.

I don’t think many are left for Jose Aldo at Featherweight. I can think of 3 men; Ricardo Lamas, Dustin Poirier and Chan Sung Jung. If Aldo can get past them, he should move to Lightweight.

That’s UFC 156 for you! Here come 157!

ALDO EDGAR MMA INVASION BREAKDOWN

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HENDRICKS

The definition of One Punch Power is to be able to knock your opponent out cold with a single punch. None of this dropping them to one knee trying to finish stuff. I’m talking about one huge right hand that puts them out cold and on their face. A pile of MMA fighters have this quality and it has kept their careers going.

Here’s a list off the top of my head;

Junior Dos Santos, Shane Carwin, Dan Henderson, Mark Hunt, Chris Leben,Daniel Cormier, Quentin Jackson, Alistair Overeem, Jake Ellenberger, Johnny Hendricks, Glover Teixeira, Chuck Liddell, Vitor Belfort, Melvin Guillard and Paul Daley.

The above list have made a career out of their punching power. Dan Henderson, Roy Nelson, Shane Carwin and Vitor Belfort basically just aim their right hand and land the KO. One hit KO power is the only reason these four keep getting the W.

Other fighters with very little KO power such as Edgar,Fitch or Maynard have to rely more so on other techniques rather than the 1 well aimed punch and its had them on the wrong end of some decisions.

The Championship level seems to be all about knockout power. Santos,Jones,Silva,GSP,Henderson,Aldo.

Though GSP and Benson aren’t knocking people out these days, GSP has his lunging jab sending people airbourne and Benson scores plenty of knockdowns. Santos,Jones,Silva and Aldo are all finishers mostly by strikes. Johnny Hendricks isnt in the Champion list but he has knocked out his last 2 opponents in 1 punch. 2 excellent chins in Kampmann and Fitch.One day he might even be champion. You never know.

Do you have punching power?

MMA INVASION

DOS SANTOS CAIN 155

UFC 155 Betting Odds

Santos -170 vs Velasquez -130

Belcher +105 vs Okami -135

Junior Dos Santos -170 VS Cain Velasquez -130

This is a rematch for the UFC Heavyweight Title between the Top 2 ranked Heavyweights in the world. The first time these 2 met, Velasquez was the reigning champion. That quickly changed hands at 1:04 in the first round with Dos Santos’ overhand right clipping Cain in the temple and sending him flopping to the canvas.

Though Velasquez was undefeated up to this point, his chin has always been suspect to me since the Cheick Kongo fight. He was dropped to his knees twice and saved by desperation takedowns that closed out the rounds.

I’d go with Santos again. I see no difference in the rematch. Nobody seems to have an answer for Cigano’s boxing and he has a chin that Shane Carwin couldn’t crack.

Alan Belcher +105 VS Yushin Okami -135

The betting odds here have Okami as the favourite but I dont see how. These 2 fought back at UFC 62 but are completely different fighters now so call this a rematch.

Yushin’s last 5 fights have been up and down. Winning a sloppy fight against Mardquart, a split to Munoz and getting toyed with by Anderson Silva (This seems to happen to most). He received a brutal KO from Tim Boetsch early in the 3rd and was saved by the wrestling inexperience of Buddy Roberts after losing the striking battle.

Alan Belcher had a rough skid in ’08 and ’09.  He was KO’ed in the first by Jason Day but went on to win a split decision against Ed Herman and a come from behind victory against Dennis Kang. Neither being impressive victories. Just when things were looking up for “The Talent”,he lost a controversial split against Japanese Superstar Yoshihiro Akiyama.

Heres where I pick Belcher over Okami.

Belcher’s last 4 fights have been a completely different fighter.  He bested Wilson Gouveia with punches late in the first, submitted Patrick Cote and easily handled Jason”The Athlete” Macdonald.

His last fight VS Rousimar Palhares had fight critics thinking it was another drop down the Middleweight ladder for Alan Belcher. Palhares was a -150 and Belcher was +165. The odds were looking good for Alan to fall victim to a nasty kneebar.

Not only did Belcher win but he won in style! When the fight hit the mat, fans were calling for “The Talent” to get up. Not only did he ignore them, He outgrappled and pounded out Rousimar for a TKO victory.

After the fight, Alan called out Anderson Silva. I dont believe Alan is ready for that but I think he will have no problem beating Okami. He’s my Pick.

Jim Miller VS Joe Lauzon

Overall, Id say this will be a pretty good fight. Joe Lauzon is an excellent first round fighter. He held his own on the mat with Sotiropoulis until he faded fast in the second. Joe has great all around game but if he doesnt finish in the first, his gas tank seems to get the better of him. The majority of his more recent wins come in the 1st round or not at all.

Jim Miller is a grinder who wears down opponents with his wrestling. This is both good and bad for Lauzon. Its were Joe wants the fight to go but can he find a hole in Miller’s top game? Jim Miller doesn’t have very good stand up but his intensity on the mat seems to get the job done for most fights. The majority of Miller’s losses come from Current and former Champions,which makes him my Pick.

UFC 155 trailer – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_Vh6mIKQp0