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

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Josh Thomson lands a third head kick on Nate Diaz

 

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UFC 159 BREAKDOWN

Posted: April 21, 2013 in Breakdowns
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Jim Miller VS Pat Healy

To me, this looks like a gimme fight to get Jim Miller back on track. Jim has 4 losses on his record, 2 former champions and 2 #1 contenders. I don’t see Pat Healy even putting a dent in him. I wouldnt even go as far as to say he has a chance. Miller uses anything in his arsenal to turn Healy’s 16 losses into 17.

PAT HEALY SUBMITS JIM MILLER IN ROUND 3 VIA REAR-NAKED CHOKE <–I did not see this coming

Phil Davis VS Vinny Magalhaes

Even though Vinny is a 2.5 to 1 for odds, I like the ADCC champion’s chances here. Davis hasn’t been to the ground with any high level BJJ players since Little Nog, who traded in his ground game for boxing. There is the odd chance that Davis tries to keep this standing because he is the better striker,  but I bet he sticks to his bread and butter and goes for the takedown. If Vinny is going for the sub win here, he better do it in the 1st round because thats all his gas tank has to offer. I love these Wrestler VS BJJ match ups. This’ll be a good one.

After a close first round, Phil Davis rode to a unanimous decision

Roy Nelson VS Cheick Kongo

Kongo is a tall, cut heavyweight who looks like he should KO everyone. He doesn’t. Nelson is a shorter, obese heavyweight who looks like he belongs on reality TV. He has amazing KO power. If you have a suspect chin, chances are good Roy Nelson puts you down. He counters his opponents with a devestating overhand right and most of the time, one is enough to send them wobbling. Unfortunately, his cardio is possibly the worst in MMA. Half way through round 1 you will see Roy gassing. If Kongo can avoid the big shot in Round 1, I see him taking this by handily out striking a tired Nelson.

Nelson KO’d Kongo early in the first

Michael Bisping VS Alan Belcher

Bisping has the advantage anywhere this fight goes, having better striking and wrestling than Belcher. Alan Belcher was on a 4 fight win streak before having an awful showing in a rematch against Yushin Okami. The deciding factor in this bout will be the level of competition each has faced. Belcher has flopped against low tier fighters like Kendall Grove and Jason Day whereas Bisping only seems to lose to the top 5. Michael Bisping is the wolf that eats the sheep. Sadly, he has to step aside when another wolf comes along. Bisping takes this by keeping Belcher at the end of his jab while setting up for the big shots, wearing him down for a later round TKO

Michael Bisping gets the technical decision via eyepoke but had Belcher handily beat anyway.

Jon Jones VS Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen got this fight from trash talk and trash talk alone. After a decisive TKO loss to Anderson Silva, the UFC Brass decided it was good for business to give Sonnen a shot at Jon Jones’ gold. Chael has done most of the promotion for this fight while Jones has apologized for his only comment I can recall. Jon Jones, the 9 to 1 favourite, is better anywhere this fight goes. Chael needs to clinch to get this to the ground and Jones is a clinch throw expert, dislocating Hamill’s shoulder with one earlier in his career. Chael is heavily disadvantaged on the feet with technique, reach and size. His gameplan will be to throw some jabs, straights and change some levels on his way to the obvious double leg on Jones. Jon had the perfect game plan for Vera, Bader, Rua and Rampage. I dont see why he won’t have one for the guy who does the same thing every fight. Jones remains champion and Sonnen’s trash talk fails to hype his next fight.

Jones TKO’d Sonnen late in the 1st round after Sonnen put up very little offense.

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Matt Brown VS Jordan Mein

My only previous knowledge of these two fighters are their last fights. Though this only lasted 6 minutes, it was awesome. Brown’s straight right changed the momentum of this fight more than once but Jordan Mein will definitely be something big one day. Matt Brown seems to destroy up and coming fighters who aren’t ready for his style. I can’t wait for both of their next fights.

Nate Diaz VS Josh Thomson

Thomson’s head kicks seems to be tailor made for Diaz’s hand positioning. The extended right hand and lowered left allowed Thomson to throw his right head kick with full force.Three head kicks later with the third one landing solidly and Diaz was somewhere else. I guess the third time’s the charm. Thomson took this without question by a very nice TKO. Excellent UFC re-debut.

Frank Mir VS Daniel Cormier

Round 1 had Cormier one small step ahead of Mir the whole time, which was enough to take the round. I dont think Mir expected Cormier to be as fast as he was. Round 2 is the same story as round 1 with Frank Mir visibly gassed in the end. Mir had some striking success in Round 3 but as soon as the clinch was initiated, it was all Daniel Cormier. Cormier outclasses Frank Mir 30-27 and Mir goes back down the ladder. It seems to me that Mir doesnt have a very good fight IQ.

Benson Henderson VS Gilbert Melendez

I originally thought this would be complete leg kick and wrestling domination via Henderson,it was not. The first round has Gil landing some nice shots and catching Benson’s mid kicks. The 2nd round had pretty much even striking. If I had to pick a Round winner, it’d be Melendez. The next 3 rounds were Henderson slowly getting the better of Melendez and landing more significant strikes giving him the split decision win at UFC on FOX 7.

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Takedowns in MMA

Posted: April 20, 2013 in Articles
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A takedown is the technique of getting your opponent off balance and taking them to the ground, generally landing on top. This is most often done by taking their legs out from under them after driving in like a football tackle. This is known as “shooting”.

Other takedowns include body locks and leg trips. These are also used frequently but you are most likely going to see a fighter “shoot” for the takedown rather then attempt a leg trip.

GSP’s takedowns are nothing unique. They are very explosive but they are still just a takedown. GSP focuses on making his opponents off balance before attempting the takedowns. He baits them into thinking they are having a striking contest and he shoots in. A good example of this is when he fought Thiago Alves. GSP threw an out of range jab so Alves would lean back to avoid it and he capitalized on Alves off balance position and drove in for a successful takedown.

Jon Jones is an entirely different animal. He uses a lot of clinch takedowns, throws and leg trips. Having the size,strength and technique advantage helps too. He dislocated Hamills shoulder with a leg trip, and a good one at that. Hamill flipped near upside down, landing on and dislocating his shoulder. This of course led to Jones illegal elbows and his only loss.

Judo is not a big part in MMA because it doesnt translate well into it. A few have failed to stay at the top using this art. The one person who has been continuously successful with Judo is Ronda Rousey. Ronda uses hip throws and leg trips to get her opponents to the mat and then its the same old story. Rousey doesn’t have much in the way of striking offense or defense, so her judo has been the deciding factor in every fight.

Josh Thomson uses a leg trip that I never see coming. Since it is successful most of the time, I guess his opponents don’t either. He used it most recently in the later rounds of Melendez 3 and is successful, it also secures the round for him.

Scoring takedowns in MMA is a controversial subject that always seems to end in argument. Some say if you can put your opponent on his back and nullify him, you deserve the round. Others say holding is not winning.

Cain Velasquez is known for his relentless takedowns and ground-and-pound. Never a dull fight, he doesn’t give his opponent a second to breathe. Wrestlers such as Ben Askren, Jon Fitch and occasionally GSP are hated due to their “blanket” style, keeping the opponent warm until the buzzer sounds. They have had fighters so gassed by Round 3 yet refuse to go for the sub. It is fighters like these that cause the arguments. They will be losing the battle on the feet,drag the opponent down and keep them there for the majority of the round. When the opponent finally gets back up, they go for an immediate takedown.

I can only imagine the hardship for the judges. I’ve always wondered what their criteria is for takedowns.

Many fighters complain about the decisions. “I guess a couple BS takedowns go a long way!” In the end, this is the fight game and if you have something that works..use it.

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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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TRT is prescribed to lessen the effects or delay the effects of male aging.

Sonnen, Henderson, Rampage,Mir, Duffee, Marquardt,Griffin and now Vitor use it off the top of my head.

Mir,Duffee,Marquardt,Griffin are some of the bigger men in their weight classes.

Frank Mir claimed to have testosterone problems after building that 30lbs of muscle in 4 months. He built the muscle because he wanted to close the weight gap VS the 265ers.

Todd Duffee is a tank and one of the biggest men in the UFC. When you see him, you immediately think of steroids. He was approved for TRT after the record setting KO in his UFC debut.

Why these guys need TRT is beyond me. If they’re bodies can’t produce proper levels, how did they get so jacked? You could make the assumption that it is all steroid related.

Correct if I’m wrong here because I’m not a doctor but when one uses steroids for an increased period of time, their body stops producing as much testosterone because it’s coming in from an unknown source. Your body will get confused and raise estrogen levels causing an imbalance. When you stop the steroid cycle, your regular testosterone doesn’t show up to play.

Marquardt  refused a pre-fight blood test in 2011 even after getting his Testosterone Use Exemption. He came out later saying he was privately getting TRT. He was also cut from the UFC in 2005 for using nandrolone in his debut. After fighting Woodley, Marquardt was asked about his TRT and he said he was not on it anymore. How can you not be on it anymore if you took it in the first place because your body stopped producing correct amounts. I figured it was a life choice.

Same deal with Sonnen. It isn’t mentioned until he manhandles Silva for 4.5 rounds and hits a 7:1 test ratio. Sonnen claims if he stops taking it, he dies. This is much different than the above Marquardt statement. Same treatment, completely different outcome.

Quentin Jackson began using it before UFC 144. His quote on the subject was “I started hitting it up pretty good, I still gotta take care of my knee but I feel like a 25 year old again.”

Dan Henderson started getting Testosterone Replacement Therapy back in ’07 just before his UFC Debut. This probably is a link to male aging but I feel if you can’t compete naturally then stop competing. I do not wish championship status on Hendo because he is a fighter who has been honing his skills for 15 years and is now taking something to make him feel 25.

Vitor Belfort, who tested positive for 4-hydroxytestosterone after Pride 32, recieved a TRT exemption for the Bisping fight! BIggest Middleweight ever!

Michael Bisping has had 3 #1 contender bouts in his UFC career. All 3 were losses against TRT users; Chael Sonnen,Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson.

For all I know, TRT affects everyone differently. It hasn’t seemed to help out Forrest Griffin in the least but as stated above,users seem to be the bigger fighters in his division.

The synthetic testosterone used for TRT can be cycled just like a steroid. You just have to come down by fight time. Sonnen and Marquardt failed to do so.

I’m calling it now. Alistair Overeem applies for a testosterone use exemption in late 2013.

That’s my 2 cents.

Heres some TRT users for you. Vitor’s is a before and after.

MIR TRTNATE TRT  VITOR TRT

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Frank Mir seems to have a curse following him. Any fighter who gives him a loss gets one of their own and caliber and talent do not seem to be a factor. If you handle Frank Mir, you get handled. This curse has destroyed prospects and champions alike. Here’s the breakdown.

Ian Freeman finishes Frank Mir and gets knocked out cold by Andre Arlovski in his next bout, 1 minute into the 1st round.

Wes Sims finishes Frank Mir, bringing his record to 6-1. He loses his next 4 of 5 fights and is cut from the UFC.

Marcio Cruz beats Frank Mir and loses his next two fights, snapping his undefeated record.

Seconds before Brandon Vera finishes Frank Mir with a knee uppercut combo, the commentator speaks of his very promising future. Vera goes on to lose his next 3 of 4 fights.

Shane Carwin and Brock Lesnar knockout Frank Mir and fight each other. Carwin destroys Lesnar in the 1st round and Lesnar comes back and embarrasses Carwin in the 2nd with a sloppy arm triangle. The curse applies to the losing fighter in each round.

Junior Dos Santos‘ last victim of his reign of terror before receiving a one-sided beatdown via Velasquez was Frank Mir.

Daniel Cormier has called out Frank Mir and the two will officially fight at UFC ON FOX 7. Let’s see if the curse holds up.

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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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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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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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A Superfight consists of 2 champions that are seemingly unbeatable to pick a weight and fight each other. Two of them are Silva VS Jones and GSP VS Silva. The two fights the fans want to see. Sadly, I don’t think any will ever happen. Superfights are constantly brought up and nothing comes of it. I personally don’t think we should have any UFC Superfights and I doubt the UFC wants them either. When you have a Superfight, both fighters will enter the octagon with their ticket selling”mystique” and one will leave without it. Everytime the losing fighter has a match afterward, fans will ALWAYS say “Remember when Fighter A got KOed by Fighter B with ‘Insert Technique'”. Regardless of the above, here are my  two Superfight Breakdowns!

GSP VS Silva

Pierre’s takedowns would not be nearly as effective because Silva has a large reach,height and weight advantage here. Stuffing the takedown would be much easier for Silva then Georges’ previous opponents, though I’d think some would get through. I would really like to see how the striking match goes with these two technical strikers.

The Middleweight Division has very weak striking in comparison to the other divisions. Just looking at striking alone, lets review their respective opponents since 2006.

Anderson Silva – Leben,Franklin,Marquardt,Henderson,Irvin,Cote,Leites,Griffin,Maia,Sonnen,Belfort,Okami,Bonnar

All either have a ground base with limited striking or are brawlers.

Georges St. Pierre – Penn,Hughes,Serra,Koscheck,Fitch,Alves,Hardy,Shields,Condit

Penn,Alves and Condit are decorated strikers and everyone else is mainly ground based. Koscheck is in the middle and Hardy never belonged in the title picture.

Anderson Silva fights mostly Brawlers who try to stand with him or wrestlers who cant capitalize on the takedown.  GSP fights some pretty good strikers and outwrestles everyone with what seems like ease.

I’d say that Anderson Silva probably takes this in the end, but I have no idea how he’d handle a very technical and well rounded martial artist in GSP. That right there sells the tickets for this Superfight.

Jones VS Silva

This is the fight that everyone wants to see. Would Jones dominate Silva to a (T)KO victory or will the precision of Anderson catch Jon off guard?

Jon Jones has faced MUCH better competition than Anderson. Lets overview all his UFC fights before he became champion.

Gusmao,Bonnar,O’Brien,Hamill,Vera,Matyushenko,Bader,Shogun

He beat the above with little to no trouble from anyone but Bonnar using his striking and wrestling. Bonnar is the only one on the list that was not finished. Jones beat Shogun for the title and became both the first one to finish Mauricio via strikes and the youngest UFC Champion.

Now, Let’s look at the Jon Jones, The UFC Champion.

Jackson,Machida,Evans,Belfort

3 were top contenders, 3 were finished. Jackson was tapped,Machida was choked out, Evans turtled for the last 3 rounds and Belfort was submitted.

Though he finished Machida and Belfort, It showed holes in both his striking and top game which he has probably sealed by now. He fights Chael Sonnen for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title next. I don’t see Sonnen giving him any trouble because he is better in all areas. Sonnen can definitely talk the talk but doesnt seem to walk the walk when the time comes.

In the end, I’d give a small edge to  Jones. Anderson has a problem with strong wrestling bases. He always overcomes it and finishes the fight but  nobody in MMA has a more vicious top game than Jon “Bones” Jones.

There’s my UFC Superfight Breakdown!

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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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