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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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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.

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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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UFC 156 takes place on February 2 in the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

UFC 156 Betting Odds

Jose “Scarface” Aldo -225 VS Frankie “The Answer” Edgar +200

Alistair Overeem VS Antonia “Bigfoot” Silva

Demian Maia VS Jon Fitch

Rashad Evans VS Antonio Nogueira

Jose Aldo VS Frankie Edgar

Frankie Edgar,14-3-1, is the only good thing to come out of Jersey Shore.Edgar has made his Lightweight career by being both the faster man in the octagon and walking around near fight weight. By cutting very little weight,The Answer has had zero problems with cardio and weight cutting but has sacrificed his punching power. Having most of his wins by decision, Frankie is primarily a point fighter, who outworks his opponents for the win. Frankie decided to make the drop to Featherweight after a 2 fight skid against current Lightweight Champion, Benson Henderson. Dropping to Featherweight to face Jose Aldo will be the biggest mistake of Edgar’s career.

Whoever created the phrase “Speed kills”, must have known Jose Aldo.  He is a wrecking machine with a shining record of  21-1; his only loss coming from a submission one year into his career. With 15 finishes in 21 bouts and only being in trouble once, Aldo looks like the only direction for him is up. Using flying knees, leg kicks and devastating power, Aldo makes his adversaries look like they belong on the undercard. In Aldo’s last UFC bout, he easily handled top Featherweight and undefeated wrestler, Chad “Money” Mendes.

The betting lines for this UFC Featherweight title fight should be closer to -300 +300. Jose Aldo will use his lightning fast leg kicks to put a dent in Frankie’s explosiveness and pick him apart from there. Edgar also seems susceptible to uppercuts, eating a few during the Maynard 2 and 3 fights, causing the momentum to switch hands. Jose Aldo has very good uppercuts and they are much faster than Gray Maynard’s.  If Mendes couldn’t get a hold of Aldo, I don’t see how Edgar does it. Frankie will no longer have the speed advantage  either because Jose Aldo is the much faster man this time around. Mark my words, Jose Aldo will be the first man to finish Frankie Edgar and it will be nasty.

Alistair Overeem VS Antonio Silva

I can’t find the odds for this bout but I’m assuming Alistair is opening as a huge favorite, probably in the realm of -350. This will be Overeem’s first fight after his suspension. After years of steroid allegations, Alistair failed his first surprise test at a Pre-fight Press conference. He tried to leave the Conference when he was told the test would happen and was told to stay,he fled claiming “He didnt understand” but was stopped on his way out. Alistair ended up hitting a whopping 14:1 testosterone ratio and continued to act surprised throughout the year suspension. To keep his career alive he went on an ” Im a clean fighter” rant and continued to submit tests monthly to prove he was clean. All the tests came back clean but looking at fight Expo pictures,he looks nowhere near the size he was when  he was still “a clean fighter”. That’s the kicker in his fight against Antonio Silva.

Silva is heavily overrated due to his win against Fedor and has lost his last 2 of 3 fights. His strength is his ground game but only because he uses brute force to sink in submissions. He won his last UFC bout because Travis Browne injured his hand and tore his hamstring early in the first. If that hadn’t happened, I believe I wouldn’t be doing this breakdown.

We will see if Alistair still has his same punching power now that he’s a “clean fighter”. I’m picking Overeem to win this by KO. I will have a great time if he gets dropped and stopped by Silva, considering this is a set up for a quick title shot.

Demian Maia VS Jon Fitch

Chances are good that Maia will get the usual Fitch treatment in this one. Unless New Fitch turns up and tries to put on an exciting performance, Demian Maia will be held down and nullified for a boring 15 minutes. If I need to fall asleep in a hurry, I turn on a Jon Fitch fight. Seriously though, if you have a skill that nobody but GSP can stop, keep using it!

Maia has had great success since his drop to the Welterweight Division, finishing both Rick Story and Don Hyun Kim in the first round. He faces Jon Fitch next, A fight I’ve always wanted to see but didn’t think would happen, at UFC 156. Here’s hoping Maia’s top notch Jiu-Jitsu comes through for him and he can have more success in Welterweight then he did at Middleweight. This whole fight comes down to if Fitch makes a small mistake, enough for Demian to capitalize on to get the W. Maia’s striking isnt good enough to finish Fitch and I think Jon is going to look to take this straight to the ground regardless of Maia’s ground accomplishments. Jon Fitch is more than likely going to nullify Maia but I hope Demian pulls something and gets his hand raised.

Rashad Evans VS Antonio Nogueira

Evans VS Nogueira is a mismatch if I ever saw one. Holding a record of 17-2, Rashad Evans is destined for another title shot sometime soon. After winning the Ultimate Fighter 2 as a Heavyweight, Rashad went undefeated and won the Light Heavyweight Title via KO against Forrest Griffin. Evans sadly succumbed to the Light Heavyweight Title curse shortly after, losing the Title in his next fight to Lyoto Machida via KO. Rashad Evans came back to put together unanimous decisions over; Thiago Silva, Quentin Jackson, Phil Davis and stopping Tito Ortiz with body shots. He failed to regain the Light Heavyweight Title from Jon “Bones” Jones in his next fight, losing by unanimous decision after a close first round. I expect Evans to come back even stronger than before.

Antonio Nogueira, currently 5-2 in the UFC, was on a 2 fight skid until finishing Tito Ortiz in the same fashion. He was dominated by Phil Davis, who Evans had no problem with, and lost to Ryan Bader previous to thatNogueira has had trouble with aggressive wrestlers in the UFC that keep the pressure on and Evans is just that. Rashad Evans wins this fight by unanimous decision.

UFC 156 Breakdown Aldo Edgar Fitch Maia  Overeem Silva Evans Nogueira

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The champion that should’ve been, Shane Carwin. Carwin jump started his MMA career with 11 Brutal finishes all before the 2:12 mark. His combined in-cage time from his first 11 fights is just over 2 rounds at 10:22. Most fighters take more time in their first fight then Carwin did for the majority of his career.

Shane would face Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter, Frank Mir, in his 12th MMA bout. Frank Mir, a UFC veteran with 9 of 16 wins coming by submission, had a history of taking his opponents down and breaking their limbs. Mir has even bragged about snapping arms in training camp. I always thought you wouldn’t crank an arm at %100 out of respect for your training partner but I guess that’s just me. Frank had recently put on 25 pounds of muscle in a very short period of time to “close the gap” against the larger heavyweights. This didn’t help. Shane clinched Mir up against the cage and delivered vicious and rapid uppercuts. Mir’s knees buckled and he dropped to the ground. Carwin took his back and continued slamming his 4XL gloves into Frank Mir’s face for one of the latest stoppages I can recall.

After a dominant performance against Mir, Shane Carwin was in the title picture to face Brock Lesnar of WWE fame for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.  This fight wasn’t looking any different then the previous ones. After having his takedown stuffed, Lesnar was nailed with a huge uppercut and knocked backwards following a barrage of punches that sent him to the canvas. Brock then turtled from ground-and-pound for about 3 1/2 minutes while the referee,Josh Rosenthal, told Brock “Stay active” and “Im gonna stop the fight”. With UFC Gold on his mind, Carwin increased his punch frequency to secure the stoppage that was surely to come. It didn’t. The buzzer sounded as Rosenthal continued to warn Lesnar of the stoppage. I remember staring at my television wondering why it wasn’t stopped because it was the most one sided round in history. I would’ve given it a 10-7 for Carwin. Give the man his gold!

Round 2 starts and Shane Carwin is obviously not all there. The “Punch Out” in round 1 had taken a noticeable toll on him. Lesnar smiles and Shane winks before the round commences. Only they know what that was about. The Frank Mir curse kicks in and Shane gets taken down immediately with virtually no resistance. Brock Lesnar’s corner talks him through an arm triangle step by step like he’s 5 years old. Brock Lesnar taps out Carwin and gets up on the cage and begins punching himself in the chin to show he can take a hit. Both of his eyes are cut below and 1 is slightly closed. I still can’t believe this Championship fight for the UFC title wasn’t stopped in the first.

Here’s were injuries make a promising career go a little south.

Shane Carwin would finally get long awaited back surgery, claiming to have been plagued in earlier fights. After a long hiatus, Carwin would finally return but the Beast was no more. Carwin had become much smaller and looked nowhere near as intimidating.

His next and most recent fight to date was against former UFC Champion, Junior Dos Santos. Santos was not the champion at this point but soon would be.

Shane Carwin took the worst beating that I have seen in a long time. He definitely has a chin though. Outpunched 104-22 and knocked down in the 1st round. Carwins face looked like a train wreck at the end of round 3.

That is the last time we’ve seen Shane Carwin in the Octagon. He was a Coach on TUF 16. Set to face Roy Nelson in the Finale until He blew out his knee in training.

Injury after injury, Shane Carwin’s career seems to be dwindling at Age 37.

Get well soon, Shane. Bring the Beast back!

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George Sotiropoulos eats a straight right from Ross “The Real Deal” Pearson during the main event on UFC on FX 6.

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