UFC 141 Main Card and One HD Predictions

Looking to finish 2011 in style in the fight capital of the world (Las Vegas) the UFC has put together a strong card which should see some exciting action. While the main event pits two monsters of the MMA world and everyone is keen to see how it pans out , I see the lighter weight fighters on this card stealing the show especially  the Cerrone-Diaz match and I feel that Ross ‘The Real Deal’ Pearson wil be a force at Featherweight. Well enough of me blabbing on its time to get to the predictions.

Preliminary Card (One HD)

Anthony Njokuni vs Danny Castillo

His opponent might have changed but I still see Njokuani having the same problems with Castillo that he would have if Ramsey had not been injured and that is his submission defence. Out of his five losses, 3 have come by way of submission and while I know that his Muay Thai is off the chart but unless he has improved on the wrestling front then I see Castillo wasting no time getting it to the ground. Castillo by submission.

Ross Pearson vs Junior Assuncao

This weight class will be where we see Pearson at his best, but it will be tough first match up in his new division because on the other side of the Octagon will veteran Junior Assuncao who is riding a 7 fight win streak. Both men have shown that they can finish in variety of ways but I think that this one might go the way of the judges scorecards. I think while this will be an entertaining fight Pearson will be keen to make an impression  at Featherweight so he will get win here. Pearson by split decision.

Main Card (Main Event)

Nam Phan vs Jimy Hettes

A good way to start off the main card with fan favourite Phan taking on the undefeated Hettes. ‘The Kid’ has quite an impressive record with all of his wins coming by way of submission, only his strengths are also Phan’s strengths. While it may be a stale mate on the ground, I think that Phan has the better of the stand up but I don’t think Phan should not take it to the ground at all he just has to be wary. This should be a close fight but Phan has the experience and the heart and both go a long way in this game. Phan by unanimous decision.

Vladimir Matyushenko vs Alexander Gustafsson

In a case of the ‘Old Bull’ taking on the ‘Young buck’, Matyushenko will look to continue his recent run of good wins and try to stop Gustafsson’s rise up the Light-Heavyweight ladder. While ‘The Janitor’ has been impressive showing that age has not wearied him but Gustafsson has also been on a roll, disposing of Ultimate Fighter veteran Matt Hamill in spectacular fashion via TKO. Gustafsson is a future title challenger who will only get better with each outing and I see him being too strong here. Gustafsson by TKO.

Jon Fitch vs Johny Hendricks

I have wondered for a while what would happened if these two met in the cage and I think it will be a more entertaining fight then people think. Despite a slip up against B.J. Penn, Fitch was well on the path of title challenger and if he can finish Hendricks he will be even closer. Hendricks knows that a win will shoot him into the upper echlons of the division but I just don’t think he will do against Fitch. Fitch by unanimous decision.

Nate Diaz vs Donald Cerrone

There is definetly no love lost between these guys as we saw through the week when Diaz knocked the cowboy hat off of Cerrone’s head. This will be an enjoyable fight and I expect a lot of taunting coming from the Stockton native especially if Cerrone can’t finish the fight like he has in his last two outings. While Cerrone has been nothing but impessive in racking up 6 wins I can’t help but go for Diaz in this fight. Diaz by split decision.

Brock Lesner vs Alistair Overeem

This is most certainly a clash of the titians. The question is Lesner really at 100%? Because if he isn’t he can expect the same sort of beat down he recieved against Cain Velasquez because Overeem’s stirking is phenomenal. Lesner will need to get the fight to ground  straight away if he is to have any chance. Overeem has been training at extreme Couture and I am sure he has been working on his takedown defence but it will have be top notch as has shown he can take anyone down (even if he can’t keep them there sometimes). I still don’t think that Lesner is at full health and that worries me a lot so Overeem will get the W here. Overeem by TKO

Ok everyone I hope that you enjoy the fights and I also hope that each one of you have an awesome new years I will see you in 2012.

Take care

The Fight Writer

UFC 141 Fight Card

This Friday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada the biggest (literally) Heavyweight match in UFC history will take place when former WWE Superstar Brock Lesner meets the only man to hold titles in MMA and K-1 Alistair ‘Demolition Man’ Overeem. There is a lot on the line when these two monsterous men meet in the Octagon as the winner will get a shot at Heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos.

The Co-Main event features former bull rider and Muai Thai specialist Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone who will look to keep his momentum going into 2012 when he faces Jiu Jitsu ace and member of the infamous Skrap Pack Nate Diaz. Also on the card former title contender Jon Fitch will look to make the climb back up the Welterweight ladder fellow wrestling standout Johny Hendricks.

Just to let Aussie viewers know, the prelim card that is shown on One HD is coming up on the tv guide as being on late Saturday night but if there is a change in the schedule I will let you know.

Preliminary Card (Facebook)

Manvel Gamburyan vs Diego Nunes

Matt Riddle vs Luis Ramos

Jacob Volkman vs Efrain Escudero

Dong Hyun Kim vs Sean Pierson

Preliminary Card (One HD)

Anthony Njokuani vs Danny Castillo

Ross Pearson vs Junior Assuncao

Main Card (Main Event)

Nam Phan vs Jimy Hettes

Vladimir Matyushenko vs Alexander Gustafsson

Jon Fitch vs Johny Hendicks

Nate Diaz vs Donald Cerrone

Brock Lesner vs Alistair Overeem

As always I will leave you guys with Dana’s video blog which gives you a behind the scenes look at what went down at UFC 140 in Toronto, enjoy.

The Fight Writer

 

Strikeforce: Melendez vs Masvidal Fight Card

Hey guys I would like to start off by saying sorry for not posting UFC 140 predictions and aftermath at the weekend, it has been a busy couplre of weeks for me at work being the festive season and I was also away at the weekend but the fights were awesome and was surprised some of the finishes. Just before I start writing about Strikeforce I just want wish ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira a speedy recovery from his broken arm take care mate.

This weekend Strikeforce will put on its last show for the year and looking at the card I think its a good way to end the year. The main event will be an enjoyable knockdown drag out brawl and I sure Masvidal is keen to beat a man who is UFC bound. The event will see the return of womens Featherweight Champion Christiane ‘Cyborg’ Santos who will hope to continue her domination of the division.

As of the moment I am not sure how Australia viewers can watch this but hopefully I will know by the time I post the predictions.

Main Card

Gilbert Melendez vs Jorge Masvidel

Christiane Santos vs Hiroko Yamanaka

Gegard Mousasi vs Ovince St Preux

KJ Noons vs Billy Evangelista

Preliminary Card

Jerron Peoples vs Roger Bowling

Caros Fodor vs Justin Wilcox

Devin Cole vs Gabriel Salinas-Jones

Fernando Gonzalez vs Eddie Mendez

Herman Terrado vs Chris Brown

The Fight Writer

 

UFC 140 Fight Card

This Saturday, coming from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario the UFC presents UFC 140 Jones vs Machida. Jon Jones will be defending his title for the first time against former Champion Lyoto Machida in what should be an exciting fight. Jones was originally set to face another former Champion Rashad Evans who at one stage was his training partner, but Evans was forced out of the bout with a hand injury and will now face the up and coming Phil Davis.

Also on the card Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will look to keep some momentum going after his last win when he takes on Frank Mir, a re-match from UFC 92. As always when the UFC  heads to another country they put some local talent on the card and this event is no exception with fighters like Bocek, Makdessi, Jabouin, Patrick and Hominick looking to put on a show for the Canadians that will be in attendance (as they always seen to do).

Preliminary Card (Facebook)

Mitch Clarke vs John Cholish

Rich Attontio vs Jake Hecht

Mark Bocek vs Nik Lentz

Prelimary Card (One HD)

Yves Jabouin vs Walel Watson

John Makdessi vs Dennis Hallman

Jared Hamman vs Constantinos Phillippou

Krzysztof Soszynski vs Igor Pokrajac

Main Card (Main Event)

Mark Hominick vs Chan Sung Jung

Claude Patrick vs Brian Ebersole

Tito Ortiz vs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

Frank Mir vs Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

Jon Jones vs Lyoto Machida

Since UFC President Dana White has not put up a video blog I have decided to give you guys a treat. Brian Ebersole is an American fighter who has based himself in Australia, he has put up a video of his training and what he knows about his opponent Claude Patrick.

Enjoy

The Fight Writer

 

The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale Aftermath

Hey everyone first off I just want to say sorry for not posting any predictions I had a busy weekend, hopefully I will be more organised this fight week. Well how did you guys enjoy this season of TUF? I enjoyed everything up untill ‘Mayhem’ was overwelmed by a Michael Bisping who I am sure was out to prove that he is a contender in the Middleweight division.

The only fight on the card that didn’t feature fighters from the latest season of TUF was a bout between the up and coming Tony Ferguson and the ‘Thug-Jitsu’ master Yves Edwards, which tuNned out to be a controversial decision to the eventual winner Ferguson who is now 3-0 in UFC career. John Dodson and Diego Brandao showed why they deserve to be in the UFC , both putting in impressive performances to defeat T.J. Dillashaw and Dennis Bermudez, but I am sure that Bermudez and Dillashaw will have also big futures in the Octagon.

Bryan Caraway def Dustin Neace by submission (rear-naked choke)

Steven Siler def Josh Clopton by unanimous decision

Roland Delorme def Josh Ferguson by submission (rear-naked choke)

John Albert def Dustin Pague by TKO (punches)

Marcus Brimage def Stephan Bass by unanimous decision

Johnny Bedford def Louis Gaudinot by TKO (strikes)

Tony Ferguson def Yves Edwards by unanimous decision

John Dodson def T.J. Dillashaw by TKO (punches) $40 000 KO of the Night bonus

Diego Brandao def Dennis Bermudez by submission (armbar) $80 000 Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night Bonus’

Michael Bisping def Jason Miller by TKO (strikes)

Now since it is fight week I going to add in the extended preview for this weekends Jones vs Machida fight card enjoy and I will be back later in the week with the fight card to this event.

Take Care

The Fight Writer

The Utimate Fighter 14 Finale Fight Card

This weekend Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping and Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller finally get the chance to put a hurting on one another after months of smack talk comes to a head. In what is the last season to air on Spike TV before moving to FX channel in the States (it won’t affect us Aussie viewers) and I am sure the fighters will make sure that they leave the network with a bang. The main event fight between the coaches is the second time that they are not fighting on a pay per view, the first one was between BJ Penn and Jens Pulver on the season 5 finale.

Just to let all the Aussie fans know, Fuel TV on Foxtel (Austar in some parts) will be showing the finale live from 1pm if you have pay tv, if not GO will be showing it at midnight (a joke I know).

Preliminary Card (Facebook)

Bryan Caraway vs Dustin Neace

Stevan Siler vs Josh Clopton

Roland Delorme vs Josh Ferguson

Dustin Pague vs John Albert

Marcus Brimage vs Stphan Bass

Main Card (Fuel TV and GO)

Louis Gaudinot vs Johnny Bedford

Tony Ferguson vs Yves Edwards

T.J Dillashaw vs John Dodson

Dieago Brandao vs Dennis Bermudez

Jason Miller vs Michael Bisping