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Roy Nelson lands an overhand right on Cheick Kongo for the KO finish

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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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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!

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Anthony Pettis finishes Donald Cerrone

Despite Donald’s impressive record, Pettis finished him like a nobody. Just after the 2 minute mark, Cerrone was folded over by repeated body kicks and dropped to his knees. The only other time Donald Cerrone has been stopped was back in 2010, at WEC 48, by a Benson Henderson guillotine-choke. As soon as the referee stopped the fight, Dana White tweeted “Pettis =AMAZING!!!! Ok I’m sold”. I think someone’s getting a Title Shot.

The dismantling of Rampage Jackson

Glover Teixeira is not well known to the casual MMA fan, but believe me, this man is a wrecking machine. Sporting a record of 20-2, his corner’s gameplan was to take Rampage down. Ignoring the advice of UFC’s Chuck Liddell in his corner, Glover wanted to stand with Quentin and stand he did. Teixeira had Jackson on the run for a large portion of the fight, landing a whopping 103 strikes to Jackson’s 54. Though Glover succeeded in all 5 of his takedowns, the story of the fight was how many times he staggered the former King of the Light Heavyweight Division. Say what you want about Quentin Jackson, but he is a survivor. I’d like to see Glover Teixeira get a step up in competition. A fight with Alexander Gustafsson would be a good test, and if he finishes that, give him Rashad Evans.

Ryan Bader’s finish of Vladimir Matyushenko

Ryan Bader had a lightning fast guillotine-choke finish against Vladimir Matyushenko, just before the 1 minute mark. He proceeded to call out Shogun in the post-fight interview. This is a smart move by Bader, as far as trying to keep up in the ranking. Shogun’s weakness is wrestlers with a heavy top game. I don’t see Ryan Bader making a successful Light Heavyweight Title run either way. He is destined for the middle ground.

Ricardo Lamas finishes Eric Koch

After a close first round that probably went to the bigger Koch, Lamas opened him up with an elbow and administered some ugly ground-and-pound for the TKO finish. I don’t hear this guy’s name much but let’s go over his fights since his UFC debut. He is the only man to beat Cub Swanson in the UFC. Cub went on to amass a 3 fight KO streak and is being considered the next challenge to Featherweight King, Jose Aldo. Ricardo then defeated Featherweight contender,  Hatsu Hioki, by Unanimous Decision. Hioki was offered a shot at Aldo previous to this fight but chose Lamas instead.  Eric Koch was set to face Jose Aldo but had to drop out due to injury. Ricardo Lamas seems to be the #1 contender killer and nobody is noticing. Give him Jose Aldo!

Jon Fitch VS Demian Maia at UFC 156

We will have to see if the old Fitch or the New shows up for UFC 156. Discussed in my previous entry “Highlights of 2012”, Jon Fitch came into his fight with Erick Silva as a new fighter. He went for the finish more then once and put on a relentless, awesome show. It looks like that punch from Hendricks woke him up. This will also be Maia’s biggest test at Welterweight. He has been nothing but dominant since his Welterweight debut, finishing Rick Story and Hyun Kim in the first round. This is the fight I’ll be waiting for.

Alistair Overeem being a clean fighter

I’d like to see if Alistair “I am a clean fighter” Overeem shows up at 265lbs. If he beats Bigfoot Silva, I’ll talk Velasquez VS Overeem.

Overeem-Timeline1

Lets call this timeline…questionable.

Alistair Overeem after winning K-1 “I am a legeeeeend!”

EDIT: OVEREEM AT UFC 156 WEIGH INS VS UFC 141 WEIGH INS!

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Alistair Overeem has lost most of his muscle definition. He longer has the solid abs and pecks. Also, his face holds more fat.

That’s what to watch for in the UFC of 2013!

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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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