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Georges St Pierre VS Nick Diaz

“Stockton Motherf***er!”. The king of talking crap and the Stockton Slap,Nick Diaz. Rarely does a fighter coming off a loss get the opportunity to fight for the title, but when the iron is still hot you should probably strike.

Sporting a record of 26-8,Nick Diaz brawls like no other. He uses his famous Diaz boxing to get the job done,mixing in pot shots with the weak to surprise his opponent. In 2009, Frank Shamrock criticized Diaz boxing from the pre-fight interviews to the body shot that dropped him to the mat.  If you ask him about it today, he’ll praise the style.

The Stockton Native has no fear or common sense, Relentlessly attacking Paul Daley in a 2011 Strikeforce bout  turned boxing match. Diaz punched his way to a TKO after getting dropped earlier in the round. Fighters with the high level ground game that Diaz possesses would NEVER stand with Daley. I guess recklessness prevails sometimes.

Nick Diaz has had trouble with wrestlers in the past. He lost 3 in a row in 2006 to Sanchez,Riggs and Sherk. Nick also lost a split to Karo Parisyan  in ’04. Since his rise to fame in Strikeforce, he has never signed to fight a single wrestler. 5 strikers followed by his UFC re-debut against BJ Penn and a loss to Carlos Condit. Condit was also his first well rounded striker in years and he couldn’t mount much of an offense in 25 minutes seeing as Carlos didn’t stand in front of him. GSP will be the first wrestler he fought since ’06 against Sean Sherk

Georges St. Pierre, The current and most dominant Welterweight Champion ever seen in the UFC. Once fighting like a man possessed, with 14 fights and 10 early finishes, Matt Serra‘s come-from-behind upset victory changed him. After beating Serra in the rematch by TKO, he went on to have 6 of his next 7 fights go to the judges. He was so afraid to risk anything anymore that he traded in his arsenal for a lunging jab and a gymnastics class.

His wrestling is his main weapon these days. Georges‘ wrestling technique is so far above the competition that after the takedown is secured, you can guarantee yourself a couple minutes to grab something from the kitchen. His takedowns are nothing special though, it’s all in his delivery, making you think you’re in a striking match and then shooting on you. Diaz will not have a chance against GSP. Though he plays it safe nowadays, his arsenal of; lunging jabs, superman punches and spinning kicks, should pass the Diaz boxing test. If not, His wrestling will be more than enough to nullify Nick for a unanimous decision. This will be the best beat down GSP has ever given. Let’s just hope Nick Diaz doesn’t fail the Pre-fight drug test and shows up for the fight. This will prove he doesn’t belong in the title picture at WW.

My Prediction : GSP takes this by unanimous decision. GSP WON A UNI DEC

Johny Hendricks VS Carlos Condit

Carlos Condit‘s striking GREATLY improved since his UFC debut. He began putting more power behind his punches, knocking out Dan Hardy and Dong Hyun Kim in back to back wins early in the first round. He gave Georges St Pierre one of the toughest fights of his career in his last outing, won a Fight of the Night award for his performance, kept the best wrestler in the UFC away from side control and even knocked him down with a well placed head kick in the third.

Fear the beard! Johny Hendricks is the definition of one punch power. Known for knocking out Martin Kampmann and Jon Fitch in a combined 58 seconds. His only loss is a unanimous decision to Rick Story that showed holes in his wrestling game. Many thought he deserved a shot at GSP after those 58 seconds in the cage but it never came around. Instead, Johny has another obstacle in his path, Carlos Condit.

My Prediction : Carlos Condit takes this either by KO or a 1 sided unanimous decision. HENDRICKS WON A CONTROVERSIAL DECISION AFTER BEING OUTSTRUCK

Jake Ellenberger VS Nate Marquardt

Jake entered the UFC on a low note, losing a split decision to Carlos Condit. He rebounded by knocking out 4 of his next 6 opponents, including the never before finished Jake Shields, and developed a name for himself as a power puncher. Ellenberger goes for the knockout with every single punch he throws. This could be the reason he can’t make it to round 3. He recently suffered a knockout loss at the hands of Martin Kampmann. After a succesful left hook knockdown followed by a barrage of punches, Ellenberger found himself on the receiving end of a guillotine choke attempt that lasted most of the round. Out of gas in round 2, Jake‘s punches didn’t do as much damage. He may have bloodied Kampmann but eventually succumbed to some knees from the thai clinch ending this main event. He rebounded by redeeming one of his losses, beating Jay Heiron by unanimous decision.

Nate Marquardt is 2-2 in his last 4 fights, getting badly beat by Saffiedine and losing a close decison to Yushin Okami. He regained the spotlight with his win against Tyrone Woodley, acquiring the Strikeforce Welterweight Title. He was cut from the UFC for “failing medical requirements” and also popped for nandrolone in his original debut. Though Nate has issues with defending a strong wrestlers takedown, he has the tools to pull this off if he plays it safe, weathering the early storm and taking it into the later rounds. We will have to see if he passes the pre and post fight tests.

My Prediction : Jake Ellenberger finishes this with a TKO before Round 3 ELLENBERGER KO’D MARQUARDT EARLY IN THE 1ST ROUND

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UFC 157 Rousey Carmouche Hendo Machida Urijah Faber Menjivar

Ronda Rousey VS Liz Carmouche

I think this  fight lasts as long as it takes Rousey to get an Over-Under hook. As much as I’d like to see Ronda finished and humbled, Carmouche will be outmatched on the ground and doesn’t have the takedown defense needed to keep it standing. Ronda Rousey has let all the hype go to her head and is not the same person that she started out as. Regardless of my views on her,She still wins this by armbar before the 3 minute mark. making her record 7-0.

Dan Henderson VS Lyoto Machida

This fight is tailor made for Machida. It’s counter striker versus power puncher. There’s one catch though, the power puncher is Dan Henderson. Lyoto Machida’s technical striking should be the answer to winning this. His goal is to keep his distant from Henderson’s right hand and land shots on the move. Lyoto needs to frustrate Dan enough to get him throwing wildly and taking chances. This will open him up for the critical shots and tire him, which is what Machida needs to get a unanimous decision.

Henderson needs to cut Machida off against the cage and keep him there. The chances of this are slim because Lyoto is very elusive and I don’t think Henderson is in the business of game plans. The majority of Dan’s recent opponents have stood in front of him; Shogun,Bisping,Cavalcante,Sobral and Fedor.  I see Dan over relying on his right hand and hoping he lands. There is still a chance that Dan wins with this method because he’s been on the losing end of fights and turned the tides with one.

Machida has KOed 3 men who have never been KOed but I still think he  takes this by unanimous decision.

Urijah Faber VS Ivan Menjivar

Since their respective UFC debuts, Faber has gone 2-2 and Menjivar 4-1. At first glance, Menjivar has had a better time in the UFC. This is not the case, however, Ivan didn’t fight Bantamweight Champions Cruz or Barao. Faber has fought much harder competition since his UFC debut and that will be the deciding factor in this rematch. Their first fight ended with Menjivar kicking Faber in the head while on the ground, resulting in a DQ.

Ivan hasn’t been finished since 2002, where he was KOed by GSP and submitted by Jason Black. Urijah Faber has been KOed twice in his career by Mike Brown in 08 and Tyson Griffin in 05. I see Urijah winning this by decision. I don’t see anywhere Ivan is better than him. I also don’t see either one being able to challenge Cruz though.

Josh Koscheck VS Robbie Lawler

Since Lawler’s Strikeforce debut, he has never had back to back wins and his only impressive moment in 9 Strikeforce bouts was his flying knee KO of Adlan Amagov. He is coming over to the UFC on a loss and is probably part of a plan to get Koscheck back in the win column. Upsets have happened with Josh as the favourite before. He was KO’ed by Paulo Thiago in highlight reel fashion and choked out by Drew Fickett. I see Koscheck using his wrestling to win this by unanimous decision and not  take any chances on the feet with the heavy hitting Lawler.

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Chan Sung Jung VS  Dustin Poirier

This Fight of The Night was a back and forth battle of pure technique. The 1st round was close with the 2nd being all Jung. The 3rd looked like Dustin had turned the tables on “The Korean Zombie” by working his jab and range but Jung took control with a flurry before the round ended. The 4th saw Jung land some solid strikes followed by a flying knee that dropped Poirier long enough to lock up a D’Arce choke causing Poirier to pass out because he didn’t tap. Could this be the man to challenge Aldo?

Joe Lauzon’s Fight of The Nights

Lauzon had 2 Fight of The Night bonuses this year against  Jamie Varner and Jim Miller. The Varner fight had both men wobbling one another repeatedly in between submission attempts. Varner taps to a triangle after over committing to a takedown late in the 3rd.

The Jim Miller fight had blood. Lots of blood. Miller owns the first 3 minutes with strikes and flurries. After the 1st flurry he tries to secure a standing arm triangle. At this point, blood POURS out of Joe Lauzon’s forehead and he is checked on as soon as they break apart. The gash on his forehead is massive but the medical examiner let’s them go. The 2nd round is a back and forth ground battle with the 3rd being all Miller until the last 15 seconds where Lauzon tries to lock in a flying ankle lock and changes to a guillotine-choke. As the buzzer sounds, Miller can be seen taking a deep breath and saying “Oh Sh*t”.

Jon Fitch VS Erick Silva

I don’t know if this is on anyone else’s list but if you want to watch a Jon Fitch fight, watch this one. Fitch actually did something beside wrestling his opponent for 3 rounds. The rumour at the time was that Jon Fitch was broke. I’d assume he doesnt get paid too great because a Jon Fitch fight is nearly impossible to sell.

Jon started off with a takedown and it began to look like an average Fitch fight but once Silva got to his feet, the clinch was initiated and Fitch started throwing uppercuts and knees. Good ones at that. They fight for a dominant position against the cage and Silva breaks away but eats a right from Fitch that wobbles him. Fitch gets the takedown and the round ends with him throwing punches from back control.

Round 2 starts as a brawl after a missed backfist by Erick Silva. Fitch gets the better of the exchange until Silva executes a beautiful trip and gets back side control. Silva pounds on Fitch until a reversal to stuffed takedown has both men back up. Fitch gets cage control only to have Erick Silva slip behind,gain back control once again and almost submit Fitch with a rear naked choke. Fitch hasn’t been submitted since his very first professional fight over ten years ago and is still holding strong. Fans and commentators alike thought the choke was sunk but Fitch unhinged the arm from around his neck.  Jon escapes and starts with some ground-and-pound to back control to an armbar. He has it locked in but the buzzer sounds to signal the round end. Jon Fitch has been known to win on points and never go for finishes. I guess Jon “Broke” Fitch is a better fighter than the one who’s been fighting for 10 years.

Round 3 is all Jon Fitch. A brutal ground-and-pound beating that makes it to full mount. Erick Silva escapes with 10 seconds left but mounts no offense.

Knockouts of the Year

I’m giving Knock Out of The Year to 3 fighters. Jose Aldo, Edson Barboza and Anthony Pettis.

Barboza KOed Terry Etim with a beautiful wheel kick. The only wheel kick KO ever in the UFC.

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Aldo KOed Chad Mendes with a knee to the face to stop a takedown.

Pettis landed a brutal headkick on Joe Lauzon and put him out.

Submissions of The Year

The sub of the year is the one that makes you cringe! Here we go.

ROUSEY ARMBAR

Ronda Rousey’s armbar on Meisha Tate takes Submission of The Year in my books.

OLIVIERA SUB

Charles Oliveira’s calf slicer on Eric Wisely. Feel the pain.

Biggest Upset of The Year

Jamie Varner’s TKO victory in round 1 over the undefeated Edson Barboza. Fight fans alike thought this would be another highlight reel KO for Edson Barboza. It was a highlight reel KO for sure, just not for Barboza.

The bout started with Edson Barboza throwing some damaging leg kicks at Jamie Varner. Varner caught one of Edson’s many kicks and took him to the ground administering savage ground-and-pound. Barboza made it to his feet only to eat two solid right hands and drop to the canvas. A few more Varner punches and Mazagatti had seen enough.

Jamie Varner’s post fight comment – “Im back!”

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND ENJOY 2013!

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Im going to grade the divisions by how well rounded the fighters are. We’ll start with the Heavyweight division and work our way down from there.

Top 10 Heavyweights

1. Junior Dos Santos 2.Cain Velasquez 3.Alistair Overeem 4.Daniel Cormier 5.Frank Mir 6.Shane Carwin 7.Stephan Struve 8.Josh Barnett 9.Fabricio Werdum 10.Antonio Silva

6 out of 10 are primary grapplers with Velasquez,Cormier,Mir,Barnett,Werdum and Silva

3 out of 10 are primarily strikers with Dos Santos,Overeem and Carwin.

4 out of 10 are well rounded with Dos Santos, Velasquez,Cormier,Werdum. All 4 have good striking and a way to stay safe. Santos keeps it standing with takedown defense and the other 3 have very good graplling to fall back on if the fight isnt going their way.

Top 10 Light Heavyweights

1.Jon Jones 2. Dan Henderson 3.Lyoto Machida 4.Shogun Rua 5.Rashad Evans 6.Alexander Gustafsson 7.Phil Davis 8.Ryan Bader 9.Glover Teixeira 10.Rampage Jackson

4 out of 10 are primarily grapplers with Jones,Evans,Davis and Bader

6 out of 10 are primarily strikers with Henderson,Machida,Shogun,Gustafsson,Teixeira and Jackson

5 out of 10 are well rounded with Jones,Evans,Teixeira,Machida and Henderson. Anyone of these 5 can switch it up to best their opponent.

Top 10 Middleweights

1.Anderson Silva 2.Chael Sonnen 3.Chris Weidman 4.Yushin Okami 5. Vitor Belfort 6.Michael Bisping 7.Mark Munoz 8.Alan Belcher 9.Brian Stann 10.Tim Boetsch

6 are primarily strikers with Silva,Belfort,Bisping,Stann,Boetsch and Belcher

4 are primarily grapplers with Sonnen,Weidman,Okami,Munoz

3 are well rounded with Silva,Bisping and Weidman

Top 10 Welterweights

1.Georges St. Pierre 2.Johnny Hendricks 3.Rory Macdonald 4.Carlos Condit 5.Nick Diaz 6.Jon Fitch 7.Jake Ellenberger 8.Josh Koscheck 9.Martin Kampmann 10.Thiago Alves

6 are primarily strikers with Hendricks,Condit,Diaz,Kampmann,Alves and Ellenberger

2 are primarily grapplers with Koscheck and Fitch

5 are well rounded with GSP,Macdonald,Condit,Kampmann and Hendricks. All of them like to keep it standing but could take the fight to the ground if they so wished.

Top 10 Lightweights

1.Ben Henderson 2.Frankie Edgar 3.Nate Diaz 4.Jim Miller 5.Gray Maynard 6.Clay Guida 7.Donald Cerrone 8.Anthony Pettis 9.Joe Lauzon 10.Melvin Guillard

3 are primarily strikers with Diaz,Pettis and Guillard

4 are primarily grapplers with Miller,Guida,Maynard and Lauzon

3 are well rounded with Edgar,Henderson and Cerrone. Edgar and Henderson mix everything very well and Cerrone has such an excellent Jiu Jitsu game that he throws everything with %100 power without the fear of being taken down.

I have placed any fighters who have recently changed weight divisions in their long term class.

Results

HW Dos Santos, Velasquez,Cormier and Werdum. The HW division is far behind the rest of the UFC talent wise. Mostly relying on either punching power or the takedown.

LHW Jones,Evans,Teixeira,Machida and Henderson The LHW division is very diverse. Any 10 top fighter has a good chance at beating the other on any given day. You’ve got a solid group that has both punching power and a great grappling base to boot.

MW Silva,Bisping and Weidman.These 3 all have great striking and grappling but…there’s only 3. Also, neither have fought Silva.

WW GSP,Macdonald,Condit,Kampmann,Ellenberger and Hendricks. This is another great group with diverse striking,punching power and grappling. The welterweight rankings always change because everyone is so closely matched in the top 10.

LW Edgar,Henderson and Cerrone. Edgar has beaten everyone except Henderson with his quick mix of strikes and takedowns. Henderson has beat everyone who stood in his path since the UFC debut. Has beaten Edgar twice and Cerrone 3 times. These 3 seem to stand above the division.

I’d say that the Light Heavyweight and Welterweight Divisions tie for most depth with Lightweight a close 2nd. Heavyweight and Middleweight seem to lack any well rounded fighters that also have a chin. I guess GSP and Jon Jones have their hands full.

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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?

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Always contender but never a champion, Michael Bisping. He is probably one of the most overlooked and underrated fighters in the UFC. The betting lines are always close as if Bisping was a gatekeeper to the lower level of the division yet has a record of 23-4. Michael Bisping has only lost to Rashad Evans, Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen with Henderson being the only one able to finish him. The Rashad Evans loss was a split decision that had Bisping moving to Middleweight and the Sonnen fight was razor thin and could’ve gone either way. The Count has 18 finishes out of his 23 career wins yet is still considered a point fighter by many. Deemed to have no punching power yet knocking people out.

The one thing Michael Bisping doesn’t have is “One Punch Power”. He has never landed that one punch that puts his opponent out cold and its probably one of the reasons he is always overlooked in the title picture. Lyoto Machida was criticized for the same thing and began focusing on punching power. The Dragon soon knocked out Thiago Silva and Rashad Evans in back to back KO wins. Maybe Bisping could learn from Lyoto.

Michael Bisping faces Brazilian Superstar and fan favourite,Vitor Belfort, at UFC ON FX 7. Let’s hope he can outlast The Phenom and get his well deserved title shot. After all, Sonnen got a title shot VS Jon Jones on pure trash talk. Next stop, Anderson Silva.

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Ronda Rousey

I don’t understand why there is mainstream Women’s MMA. I know that was a bad sentence to start off with but hear me out.

The face of Women’s MMA used to be Gina Carano. You had a women who could fight AND was good looking. She helped put Women’s MMA on the map.Unfortunately, Gina went from MMA to acting after being beat by Christine Santos, who was later caught using performance enhancers.

Just when all was almost lost by a woman big enough to be a man, Ronda Rousey appeared.

Rousey made Bronze in the Beijing Olympics and Gold in the Pan Am Games in judo. She cruised to the top of the Women’s 135lb division with this skill set by using one setup, a judo takedown to an armbar. Everybody tried but nobody could stop it. She was dominant and good looking. She was the replacement that Strikeforce was looking for.

Sporting an undefeated record of 6-0 with all armbar finishes in the first round, Ronda is making MMA look easy.

Here’s where I’m iffy on the whole division. There seems to be only 4 top fighters. Rousey,Kaufman,Tate and Coenen

Rousey’s next opponent is Liz Carmouche, whos only 2 losses are from the above list. Surprise! You might as well add Rousey to the list of Kaufman and Coenen because this fight is going down the same way. There will be the feeling out process followed by a scramble,judo takedown and an armbar that Carmouche will tap to so fast that you won’t even realize Rousey has locked it in. Rousey VS Carmouche will be the first ever Women’s bout in the UFC.

I personally think Women’s MMA will fade instead of grow despite Dana White’s best promotional efforts of putting this ahead of Henderson VS Machida at UFC 157. Even the poster has Rousey! There will eventually be rematches between Ronda and the other top 3 and then what? What will happen when they still don’t have an answer for Ronda’s judo? You cant promote a trilogy if it ends in the first both times.

Over time, Championship fights will get very predictable and contender fights will be labelled “Neither can beat Rousey”. Rating will drop and Women’s MMA will never be the main event again. I could be wrong here! Viewers may never get tired of seeing Rousey take limbs home with her but I’m just going to read the play-by-play this time around.

Ronda Rousey will armbar Liz Carmouche before the 2 Minute mark of Round 1.

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