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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.

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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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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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