UFC 139 Aftermath

Well what a weekend it was for us MMA fans, UFC 139 will definitely go down as one of the cards of year. The good thing was that a lot of fighters brought their ‘A’ games and it made for a very entertaining night of fights. Hendo and ‘Shogun’ put on a fight for the ages and while I am bit disappointed for ‘Shogun’ I am excited that Hendo might have a title shot. I would also like to congratulate Wanderlei Silva on a fantastastic win over the very dangerous Cung Le, I thought that this may have been Wanderlei’s last match as I had made up in my mind he had taken so much punishment from his days in pride but he showed the heart of a champion and I’m glad that he get to fight again.

Urijah Faber was also impressive on Saturday by dismantling former WEC Bantamweight champion Brian Bowles. Faber now gets a rubber match with rival and current Bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz, and it looks like both men might even be coaches in The Ultimate Fighter.

Danny Castillo def Shamar Bailey by TKO (punches)

Seth Baczynski def Matt Brown by submission (guillotine choke)

Miguel Torres def Nick Pace by unanimous decision

Gleison Tibau def Rafael Dos Anjos by split decision

Chris Weidman def Tom Lawlor by technical submision (D’arce choke)

Michael McDonald def Alex Soto by KO (punches) $70 000 KO of the Night bonus

Ryan Bader def Jason Brilz by KO (punch)

Stephan Bonnar def Kyle Kingsbury by unanimous decision

Martin Kampmann def Rick Story by split decision

Urijah Faber def  Brian Bowles by submission (guillotine choke) 70 000 Submission of the Night bonus  

Wanderlei Silva def Cung Le by KO (strikes) $70 000 Fight of the Night bonus

Dan Henderson def Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua by unanimous decision $70 000 Fight of the Night bonus

For those of you wondering about the technical submission, Instead of tapping out a fighter is choked unconscious the referee then decides that the fighter can no longer safely continue.

The Fight Writer

UFC 139 Main Card and One HD Predictions

This Saturday night the UFC invades the home of Strikeforce to bring you UFC 139 Henderson vs ‘Shogun’. Like I said last night the main event is one that should have happened years ago in Pride but I (and many other fans around the world) are excited its happening now. I think this fight card is one that I think Joe Silva got very right from the first fight of the night right to the main event its going to be an awesome night.

I just want to add that if the inaugral UFC on Fox card was to bring new fans in, this is the card that will get them to stick around. Well enough of my chit chat time to make some predictions.

Preliminary Card (One HD)

Michael McDonald vs Alex Soto 

Soto makes his debut in Octagon and he couldn’t get a tougher assignment then the man known as ‘Mayday’. McDonald has the experience edge but I am sure that Soto will look to impress in his debut and stay undeafeted. I have been very impressed with McDonald last two fights I think that he is a star of the future so I think that he will win here. McDonald by unanimous decision.

Ryan Bader vs Jason Brilz

This is an important fight for both men, a loss here could mean the end of their tenure in the Octagon. Bader and Brilz are on a two fight skid and suffered embarrassing losses to veterans Tito Ortiz and Vladimir Matyushenko (no offense to these guys) so I feel these guys will leave it all in the cage. I have the alot of respect Brilz, the heart he showed against ‘Lil Nog’ was amazing but I just keep thinking Bader will get the victory here.

Main Card (Main Event)

Stephan Bonnar vs Kyle Kingsbury

This is going to be a wild fight, both men are absolute machines. We all know Bonnar as one of the men who turned around the UFC, when he steps inside in the cage he comes to fight. Kingsbury like Bonnar is a TUF veteran but didn’t get off to the best start losing all of his fight on the show and also to Tom Lawlor (who is also fighting at this event) at the TUF 8 finale but since then has been on a tear going 3-1. As much as I like both men Bonnar will be too strong here. Bonnar by split decision.

Martin Kampmann vs Rick Story

I am bit afraid for Kampmann here, he has gotten the raw end of the judges decisins in his last two fights so hopefully he won’t leave it in there hands. Even though he lost to Charlie Brenneman in his last outing, Story had really been coming into his own and was doing well moving up the Welterweight ladder. Story is an excellent fighter who has really improved his first fight at UFC 99 I just believe Kampmann will want get back on track and prove he is still a force in the division. Kampmann by submission.

Urijah Faber vs Brian Bowles

Do not blink when this fight comes on, Bowles and Faber will go at 100 miles an hour when they step in that cage. Both men have one thing on their minds and that is a re-match with Dominick Cruz so they will pull out every move in their arsenal to win. I like both fighters and I don’t really want to see either lose but I will go on the logic that Faber loses here he might not get another shot and loss here for Bowles isn’t the end of the road for him (sorry Brian). I am taking Faber by split decision.

Wanderlei Silva vs Cung Le

Is this Wanderlei’s last stand? As a long time fan I extremly hope not but the man that will be standing on the opposite side of the cage might have other ideas. That man is former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion and Shanshou expert Cung Le who I think has the stand up to trouble Anderson Silva. Its no secret that Wanderlei has taken so much punishment in his career and unfortunetly I think it will bring him undone here against Le. Le by KO

Dan Henderson vs Mauricio Rua

What a mouth-watering slugfest this is. A fight that was years in the making has finally arrived in 2011 and I am looking forward to this. Both men have KO power and iron chins so I think this might go to a decision. ‘Shogun’ will be keen to get back in the cage with Jon Jones especially after the way Jones dominated him, but Hendersons will to be a UFC Champion I think is what will get him over the line in this fight. Henderson by uanimous decision.

I hope all you fans enjoy this card I know that I will, I think that I have said a thousand times during the week, I also hope that your favourite win and I hope the come through injury free and now I will leave you day one of Dana Whites video blog.

Take Care

The Fight Writer

UFC 139 Fight Card

Hey everyone another week another  UFC fight card and what a fight card it is. The UFC makes its way to the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA for the first time (its usually the home for Strikeforce) and the main event features a fight that should have happened years ago in Pride as Dan Henderson takes on ‘Shogun’ Rua.

There are quite a few questions I’m sure a lot of MMA fans are asking themselves heading into this card (I know I am) like can ‘Shogun’ get revenge for his brother and team mates losses to Henderson?, Will Wanderlei be able to handle the crazy kicks of Cung Le? and can Urijah Faber and Miguel Torres climb back up the Bantamweight ladder? Hopefully we will get the answers and see some awesome fights.

Preliminary Card (Facebook)

Shamar Bailey vs Danny Castillo

leavinleaving Matt Brown vs Seth Bacyznski

Miguel Torres vs Nick Pace

Gleison Tibau vs Rafael Dos Anjos

Tom Lawlor vs Chris Weidman

Preliminary Card (One HD)

Michael McDonald vs Alex Soto

Ryan Bader vs Jason Brilz

Main Card (Main Event)

Stephan Bonnar vs Kyle Kingsbury

Martin Kampmann vs Rick Story

Urijah Faber vs Brian Bowles

Wanderlei Silva vs Cung Le

Dan Henderson vs Mauricio Rua

Instead of leaving you guys with a Dana White video blog (I will have that we my predictions) I am going to put in this awesome promo from Nick the Face.

Take Care

The Fight Writer

 

UFC on Fox Fight Card

Hey everyone, first off I want to say sorry for being MIA for the last week I got quite sick and was unable to take my place in front of the computer but I am now fit and well and ready to get my write on.

Well this weekend is the debut of UFC on Fox and what a big one it promises to be. As far as I know is that it will be an hour special with the title fight between Velasquez and Dos Santos to be the only fight televised, for us Australian viewers we get to see it live on One HD at 1pm this Sunday Afternoon. If you would like to watch the rest of the card you will have to do it by the UFC facebook page or on FoxSports.com.

Main Event (One HD)

Cain Velasquez vs Junior Dos Santos

Preliminary Card (Facebook and FoxSports.com)

Clay Guida vs Ben Henderson

Dustin Poirier vs Pablo Garza

Cub Swanson vs Ricardo Lamas

DaMarques Johnson vs Clay Harvison

Norifumi Yamamoto vs Darren Uyenoyama

Mackens Semerizer vs Robert Peralta

Alex Caceres vs Cole Escovedo

Mike Pierce  vs Paul Bradley

Aaron Rosa vs Matt Lucas

As always I will leave you guys with day 1 of Dana Whites UFC on Fox video blog and I will see you guys soon for some predictions.

The Fight Writer