Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
at 3:17 PM
UFC 92 kicks off this Saturday and on paper is the most stacked card of the year, although it will be hard to top the amazing UFC 84. Here are my predictions for the 3 main fights.
Forrest Griffin vs Rashad Evans for the Light Heavyweight Title
People who have followed my sites for awhile, surely know that I have never been a Forrest Griffin believer, but its getting hard not to trust this guy in a fight. He has a huge heart, he's tough as nails and is really big for his weight class, that being said I have to pick against him again. Maybe I'll keep being wrong when it comes to Forrest and maybe one day I'll get over the horrible judge's decision at the TUF 1 finale against Bonnar. Rashad is a hungry fighter, with the skill set to match. He has incredible hand speed and excellent wrestling, he will be quicker to the punch and can certainly take Forrest down. Forrest is hard to finish, but I think Evans can pull it off. Rashad Evans is crowned the new 205 pound champ by third round TKO.
Frank Mir vs Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
If this fight ends in any way other than a decision, I will be shocked. I think the big question, when it comes to Nog is how long can he keep fighting like he always does. By that, I mean taking tremendous punishment, at some point fighting like that will take its toll. That being said, its a good thing Nog isn't human. I think Nog will grind out a very nice decision win in an entertaining fight, in which he controls the stand-up.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by Unanimous Decision.
Wanderlei Silva vs Quinton Jackson 3
The REAL main event in my opinion. If you're Quinton Jackson you have the wrestling, the punching power and brute strength to win this fight, but do you have the mental toughness? Do you have the ability to block out the only 2 times you've been knocked out in your career? Have you mentally recovered from all the stuff that's happen to you lately? All questions that will be answered in this fight. Wanderlei has the upper hand in my opinion and he will use Jackson's tentativeness against him. For Wanderlei its about constantly keeping up the pressure on Rampage, which he certainly has the aggression and cardio to do.
Wanderlei Silva by another brutal KO
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
at 7:30 PM
UFC.com has video of the UFC 92 press conference, you can check it out by clicking HERE. Wanderlei Silva gave the quote of the press conference.
"Dana, you can put my name on the check for knockout of the night"
Some strong words from the Axe Murderer in what is surely to be another classic brawl. Rampage didn't trash talk at all, he seemed really calm and collected. Mir/Nog and Griffin/Evans also talk about their fights at the above link.
(Props to Tracy Lee of Combat Lifestyle for the Pic)
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
at 2:08 PM
Its not official yet, Fighters Only Magazine has the scoop.
Mirko ‘CroCop' Filopovic is being lined up for a fight with Korean giant Hong Man Choi, it has been rumoured.
Reports on several Korean websites indicate the pair are being offered a fight with each other for K-1 Fields Dynamite on New Year's Eve.
But the reports are unconfirmed and there has been no official statement from either fighter's camp, nor the K-1 organisation.
Filopovic last fought in October, when a long-awaited clash with Dutch heavyweight Alistair Overeem ended in controversy.
With so many great bouts rumored and comfirmed for this event, it was a foregone conclusion that there had to be one freak show bout thrown in. The rumors are that it will be fought under K-1 kickboxing rules. Choi just got his ass handed to him by Ray Sefo at the K-1 World GP Finals. Can Crocop's left high kick reach Choi's enormous cranium?
Thursday, December 4, 2008
at 12:32 PM
From Sensei SporTV via Tatame comes an interview with the UFC Prez in which he gives light heavyweight contender Lyoto Machida the ultimate compliment.
He isn’t surprised with the possible retirement of Silva after all “Anderson Silva is rich! I’d also retire if I was him”, said Dana in jest. Though he doesn’t actually believe Anderson will retire any time soon . If it does happen, the president believes Lyoto Machida will become the 'The Spiders“ successor.
"Machida has everything to be the next best pound for pound fighter in MMA" said White.
This is something I've been saying for awhile now, no matter what people think of Machida's fighting style, he knows how to fight to win. I believe he could beat anybody at 205lbs, its just a matter of getting the fights he deserves.