UFC 137 Predictions One HD Preliminary and Main Card Fights

This weekend the UFC is back in the ‘Fight Capital of the World’ Las Vegas, Nevada with UFC 137 Diaz vs Penn. Now as I mentioned in my fight card post that this card has been changed around a bit but even with the changes this will prove to be a very exciting card.

As always for Australian viewers the preliminary card will start on Facebook then two fights will be televised on One HD with the Main Card being shown on Main Event.

Preliminary Card (One HD)

Tyson Griffin vs Bart Palaszewski

In his last Tyson Griffin made a winning return to the Featherweight division by defeating former title contender Manny Gamburyan. This time he will meet another former Lightweight in Bart Palaszewski. This should be a war as both guys are very tough fighters and while we know Griffin can make the weight it will be interesting to see how Palaszewski handles the cut. I am going with Tyson Griffin with this one, I think 145 is his true home and I think the weight cut will affect Palaszewski. Griffin by unanimous decision.

Donald Cerrone vs Dennis Siver

This fight will have lots of fire works so my advice for fight fans is sit back and enjoy. Siver is currently on a four fight winning streak and has been looking pretty impressive, but then again Cerrone has been to. Cerrone is on a five fight with his last win being the TKO on his record. While the action on the feet will be great, it will be interesting how (and if) it hits the ground as both fighters aren’t exactly known for their explosive take downs. Cerrone is excellent off his back, 12 of his 16 wins are by submission but I am sure that Siver will want no part of that. I tipping Cerrone for this one I think that he is more well-rounded then what Siver is. Cerrone by submission.

Main Card (Main Event)

Hatsu Hioki vs George Roop

I’m really excited for Hioki, I think that he is an awesome fighter and I also think he can be the one to pick up where the other Japanese fighter’s have failed. The only thing he can not do is underestimate Roop because as the ‘Korean Zombie’ found out it could be good night. While Roop has shown that he has great stand up his ground has much to be desired and that is Hioki’s strong point, so I think that Hioki will be successful in his debut. Hioki by submission

Scott Jorgensen vs Jeff Curren 

‘Big Frog’ makes his return to the big show after a seven year absence, and judging by his twiiter posts he is ready to go. Standing between Curren and his and maiden UFC win is the tough and durable Scott Jorgensen, a former title contender who loves to put on a show. Both fighters are well-rounded fighters but I think that Jorgensen has the edge. I think the fact that Jorgrnsen fought the best Bantamweight in the world has made him a better fighter, and he will be keen to get back to number 1 contender status. Jorgensen by unanimous decision.

Miko Filipovic vs Roy Nelson 

This fight will be entertaining just because Roy Nelson is in it, but if the Roy Nelson that was present in the Frank Mir fight shows up then its going to be a long night for ‘Big country’. I’m sure you are saying to yourself “but ‘Cro Cop’ is not as good he used to be”, sure but I dare say his left high kick can still KO anyone. Both men have a lot to lose here but I think that Nelson will be the one that comes through with the goods and fans around the world might have seen the last of ‘Cro Cop’. Nelson by KO.

Cheick Kongo vs Matt Mitrione 

This is a huge test for Mitrione but a win here will move him in to the upper echelon of the Heavyweight division. This is going to be a very interesting fight, Mitrione has heavy hands (4 of his 5 fights have ended in KO) but as saw in his last fight with Pat Barry, Kongo can absorb punishment. It will be interesting to see if either fighter goes for a takedown because I think that might be the key to which fighter gets the win. I’m taking Mitrione here I believe he is on up and I see big things in his future. Mitrione by unanimous decision.

B.J. Penn vs Nick Diaz

This going to be one hell scrap that I can not wait to see. I have admired both fighters for a long time, Penn for his talent and Diaz for fighting spirit, I actually never thought that these two would fight as I am sure that they have trained in the past but as a fan I am so glad they are. Both men have really boxing, Penn I do find is probably the more technical and uses his jab to good effect while Diaz is at his best when the fight turns out to be an all out brawl. Penn is the better wrestler of the two and I think that both guys being BJJ black  belt will cancel each other out so it will be interesting to see what happens on the ground. I am taking Diaz for this one as I think that he will be keen to get back the title shot the UFC took off him. Diaz by split decision

This should be a great card so I hope that all you fans enjoy the action and I hope that your favourite fighter get the win and comes through the event without any injuries and until next time take care

The Fight Writer

 

UFC 137 Fight Card

As Dana White says fight week blog week, so here I am getting my arse into gear and giving you guys some blogs. On a card that has been changed around a few times it now seems to one that will be very exciting. Just in case you have been living under a rock you would have heard about how Nick Diaz lost his shot by not showing up to press conferences to promote his title fight with Georges St-Pierre, and while it was good for the UFC to punsish him it was also good that they did not get rid of him from the card altogether because I think that the fight between him and B.J. will be one hell of a scrap.

Preliminary Card (Facebook)

Dustin Jacoby vs Clifford Starks

Chris Camozzi vs Francis Carmont

Ramsey Nijem vs Danny Downes

Brandon Vera vs Eliot Marshall

Preliminary Card (One HD)

Tyson Griffin vs Bart Palaszewski

Dennis Siver vs Donald Cerrone

Main Card (Main Event)

Hatsu Hioki vs George Roop

Scott Jorgensen vs Jeff Curran

Mirko Filipovic vs Roy Nelson

Cheick Kongo vs Matt Mitrione

B.J. Penn vs Nick Diaz

As always I will leave with the day one of Dana Whites video blog and its a very good one with behind the scenes footage of UFC 136.

Until next time guys take card

The Fight Writer

 

The Return of Jamie Varner

Just four weeks after telling everyone via twitter that he was going to hang up gloves, former WEC Lightweight champion Jamie Varner decided that it wasn’t the best time to retire and returned to the cage in the main event of XFC on Saturday.

I have always enjoyed watching Jamie Varner fight but I have never really liked what came out of his mouth (e.g after his loss to Ben Henderson via guillotine choke he said that he came to fight and Ben came to grapple) so I was really taken aback by this rather hasty decision, even after he took it down from his twitter timeline I actually  thought that I had seen the last of him. Fast forward one month later and when I found out that he was headlining I got excited, I mean the man is only 27 and he hasn’t hit his prime yet he needed to get back to the sport other wise he would have regretted it down track.

The man he was facing in his ‘comeback’ fight was a man called ‘Ladies Love’ (worst nickname ever) Nate Jolly and while I was excited for Varner I was also worried especially after what happened the last time he faced an unheralded fighter but after a minute and ten seconds Varner pounded away my worries and Jollys head in what was a like bit of a mis-match but it was exactly was needed for Varner to get his confidence and get back to the big show.

Have we seen the resurgence of Jamie Varner lets hope so. Below is a link to the fight.

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UFC 136 Aftermath

Well Frankie was able to put things to rest with Maynard, this time he didn’t leave it in the hands of the judges and was able to get TKO victory. Frankie has shown that not only does he have the skills to rule the division for a long time but he has the biggest heart of any one in the fight game today. Jose Aldo was able to retain his Featherweight with a unanimous decision victory over former Lightweight contender Kenny Florian. Florian started off the fight very strongly taking out the first round but from that point on Aldo was able to get his rhythm and finish over the top of Florian.

Mike Massenzio def Steve Cantwell by unanimous decision

Aaron Simpson def Eric Schafer by unanmious decision

Darren Elkins def Tiequen Zhang by unanimous decision

Stipe Miocic def Joey Beltran by unanimous decision

Anthony Pettis def Jeremy Stephens by unanimous decision

Damien Maia def Jorge Santiago by unanimous decision

Joe Lauzon def Melvin Guillard by submission (rear-naked choke) $75 000 Submission of the Night

Nam Phan def Leonard Garcia by unanimous decision $75 000 Fight of the Night

Chael Sonnen def Brian Stann by submission (arm-triangle choke)

Jose Aldo def Kenny Florian by unanimous decisions

Frankie Edgar def Gray Maynard by TKO (punches) $75 000 Knockout of the Night

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UFC 136 Predictions – One HD Preliminary and Main Card Fights

The Toyota Center in Houston, Texas is the scene for the third fight between Lightweight champion Frankie ‘The Answer’ Edgar and Gray ‘The Bully’ Maynard after their epic new years day battle was declared a draw. The co-main event will see Kenny ‘Kenflo’ Florian make a third attempt at UFC gold when he meets Featherweight phenom (and champion) Jose Aldo. Also on the card, trash talk king Chael Sonnen will meet Former Marine Brian Stann to see who will be the next in line for Anderson Silva.

Preliminary Card (One HD)

Anthony Pettis vs Jeremy Stephens

Jeremy Stephens thinks that he is going to give Pettis his second loss in the UFC but I don’t think that it will be as easy as he thinks. Both men have really good stand up skills, Pettis I think will be better, especially with some of his very innovative moves. While I don’t think Stephens is a slouch on the ground I am pretty sure Pettis also has the edge in that department too. Stephens has KO power but I think it will be the flashy stand up and the grappling skills of Anthony Pettis that will prevail. Pettis by submission.

Damien Maia vs Jorge Santiago 

I am really looking forward to this fight. Both men are Black Belts in Jiu-Jitsu so I don’t think we will see anyone get submitted here, so I am intrigued to see how this will be played out on the feet. Personally I think that Santiago’s stand up is better here but Maia’s has improved over his last few fights and I am keen to see him throw down. Santiago does have a chequered record in the UFC but I think that he will notch that elusive second win. Santiago by unanimous decision.

Main Card (Main Event)

Joe Lauzon vs Melvin Guillard

This is a very interesting fight, because while Guillard should be considered the favourite going into this fight Lauzon could get the upset here. Joe is quite a good fighter but when he is in a big fight he usually doesn’t perform so this is his chance to show he can step up to the plate. Guillard has been going from strength to strength and a win here should see him on the verge of a title shot, but he will have to be careful otherwise Joe will make him pay. While Joe could cause the upset, and I won’t be surprised if he does, I’m still going with Melvin. Guillard by KO.

Leonard Garcia vs Nam Phan

After a questionable decision win in their last meeting, Garcia now has the chance to show that it was well deserved. It won’t be easy because Phan is pretty much one fight away from receiving his walking papers so he has plenty to fight for. This fight will definitely be one hell of a scrap as both men have biggest hearts in the fight game, but when the dust settles I think Nam Phan will be the one whose hand is raised. Phan by split decision.

Chael Sonnen vs Brian Stann

Chael has been thrown in the deep end a bit here, coming off an enforced lay off  he is meeting a man who seems to be hitting his straps as a fighter. This is a great opportunity for Stann especially since Sonnen is the last person to show that Anderson Silva is human. I think that Chael can become the champ one day, unfortunately I think the exact same thing of Stann. I will take Stann for this one but it was a coin flip decision. Stann by split decision.

Jose Aldo vs Kenny Florian 

During an interview with Heavy.com reporter Megan Olivi, Dana White said that Kenny doesn’t fight like himself in big fights and I agree. So which Kenny will we see on Saturday, the methodical fighter who can pick apart fighters on his feet and on the ground or the fighter who gets over awed like he was against Sherk and Penn – hopefully its the former. Now Jose Aldo is an absolute phenom, he is up there on pound for pound lists but I think that Kenny has the best chance out of anyone of taking the title. As Hominick showed in his last fight, Jose does have some weaknesses. I like Jose alot, he has become one of my favourites to watch but I just think that it’s Kenny’s time. Florian by unanimous decision.

Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard 

If this fight is anything like their last one, it will be an instant classic. It was disappointing how it ended the last time but these two guys showed everyone who thought it would be a boring fight what idiots they were. Gray just about had Frankie finished in the first round but Frankie will be keen not to let the same thing happen again. Gray will not doubt use his size advantage but I see Frankie being too slick and keen to move onto the next challenger. Edgar by unanimous decision.

I would like to wish all the fighters good luck and I hope you all come through injury free. I hope all you fans enjoy the card.

Until next time, take care.

The Fight Writer

UFC 136 Fight Card

Hey everyone. I told you that I was going to be more prepared for UFC 136 this week and here is my first blog. This weekend, not only do you get a great fight card that features two title fights, Houston also get the honour of having the UFC fan expo on the 7th and 8th on October. They usually say that things are bigger in Texas, but it will be the smaller fighters in the spotlight at the Toyota center and they definitely will not disappoint.

Preliminary Card (Facebook)

Steve Cantewell vs Mike Massenzio

Aaron Simpson vs Eric Schafer

Zhang Tie Quan vs Darren Elkins

Joey Beltran vs Stipe Miocic

Preliminary Card (One HD)

Anthony Pettis vs Jeremy Stephens

Damien Maia vs Jorge Santiago

Main Card (Main Event)

Leonard Garcia vs Nam Phan

Joe Lauzon vs Melvin Guillard

Chael Sonnen vs Brian Stann

Jose Aldo vs Kenny Florian

Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard

I will be back tomorrow with my main card predictions and I might even do the One HD preliminary fights as well. I will now leave you as I always do with day one for Dana Whites fight week blog.

Take care

The Fight Writer

 

UFC Live on Versus 6 Aftermath

I again want to start this blog off by apologisine to everyone for not posting my predictions and to also say that I hope to be more up to date next week when UFC 136 rolls around. I hope that you all enjoyed UFC  live on Versus today, it had everything from awesome TKO’s to slick submissions and a very fast paced action packed main event. I just want to congratulate Demetrious Johnson for his spirited performance and I know a lot of people have said that he would be a good fit for the incoming Flyweight and I agree with them.

Walel Watson def  Joeseph Sandoval  by TKO (strikes)

Josh Neer def Keith Wisniewski by TKO (doctor stoppage)

T.J. Grant def Shane Roller by submission (armbar)

Mike Easton def Byron Bloodworth by TKO (knees)

Paul Sass def Michael Johnson by submission (heel hook)

Yves Edwards def Rafaello Oliveira by TKO (punches)

Matt Wiman def Mac Danzig by unanimous decision $65 000 Fight of the night

Anthony Johnson def Charlie Brenneman by TKO (head kick) $65 000 KO of the night

Stefan Struve def Pat Barry by submission (triangle choke) $65 000 Submission of the night

Dominick Cruz def Demetrious Johnson by unanimous decision

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