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UFC Fight Night – Nogueira vs. Davis Preview

March 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Light Heavyweight: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-4, No. 9 LHW) vs. Phil Davis (8-0, No. 14 LHW)

Nogueira: BJJ black belt (duh), also has boxing experience, a veteran of PRIDE FC, seven wins in a row, 2-1 in the UFC, last lost to Ryan Bader in September 2010, affectionately known as “Little Nog.”

Davis: BJJ blue belt, stellar submission artist, 4-0 in the UFC, key wins over Briann Stann and Alexander Gustafsson, last defeated Tim Boetsch with the Mr. Wonderful choke, is #sowonderful that even I have decided to use this hash tag.

Remarks: I have a very strong feeling that this fight will go in Mr. Wonderful’s favor.  With the Jon Jones win at UFC 128, many think that Phil Davis will be the next man to challenge the new champion.  I’m not sure that I would go that far, but Davis has looked super impressive in the UFC.  Nogueira’s UFC run has been less than stellar, though his victory over Luiz Cane was impressive.  Nogueira took a controversial split decision over Jason Brilz and was defeated soundly by Ryan Bader.  Davis is a hot fighter right now and I think he’ll continue this over Nogueira.

Welterweight: Dan Hardy (23-8, 1 NC, No. 13 WW) vs. Anthony Johnson (8-3)

Hardy: Tae kwon do black belt and BJJ purple belt, also has very good striking, looking to end a two fight skid, started his UFC career 4-0, not a big fan of wrestling in MMA.

Johnson: A former Juco wrestler, incredible knockout power, last lost to Josh Koscheck in November 2009, has been dealing with knee injuries, amazingly made weight for this fight.

Remarks: I’m not a big fan of either fighter, but I get the feeling that “Rumble” Johnson might be able to secure the win.  Hardy has not had a good fight in sometime, losing two straight to Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit.  The Condit loss was especially embarrassing as it took place in the UK.  Johnson has been on a long layoff, but we know he’s got the power to end fights.  That’s a shame, since Dan Hardy has recently been ended himself.  I look for that to happen again tonight and I pick Johnson via knockout.

Welterweight: Amir Sadollah (4-2) vs. DaMarques Johnson (12-8)

Sadollah: Black belt sambo practitioner, 4-2 in the UFC, 4-2 in his career as a whole, has been inconsistent in the UFC, last defeated Peter Sobotta, his won over Phil Baroni shouldn’t count (seriously, Phil Baroni?)

Johnson: BJJ blue belt, good boxing skills, just 3-2 since joining the UFC, TUF season 9 runner up, puts on exciting fights, has finished 11 of his 12 wins, retired Mike Guymon at January 2011 Fight for the Troops show with painful body triangle.

Remarks: I thought that Johnson looked good in his last fight against Guymon.  I also have a hard time getting behind Amir Sadollah, since he’s yet to string some good wins together in the UFC.  His sambo is a big advantage, but he’s facing a very tough guy who ends fighters.  I like Johnson in this fight and wouldn’t be surprised if he took a second straight submission victory.

Featherweight: Leonard Garcia (15-6-1) vs. Chan Sung Jung (10-3)

Garcia: Brown belt in BJJ, black belt in throwing punches like a crazy person, loves to punch, apparently doesn’t listen to coach Greg Jackson, last took a B.S. decision victory over Nam Phan, hasn’t legitimately won a fight since 2008.

Jung: Good kickboxer, making his UFC debut, his last victory was against Matt Jaggers at Sengoku 9, should have won the decision against Leonard Garcia at WEC 48, known as “The Korean Zombie”, is lucky that Miesha Tate made a cake for him.

Remarks: I know it isn’t Garcia’s fault that he takes decisions that he has no business winning.  I feel a little bad for the guy, since most of his career is based on non-technical fighting and illegitimate victories, but I feel worse for fighters like Phan and Jung who have been screwed by the judges. I’m sure many will hope for a repeat of the 2010 Fight of the Year between these two, but I just don’t see it happening.  Jung has stated that he’ll never fight like that again and I can’t disagree with that.  He’ll likely have a longer career (and life) even if he isn’t putting on the most exciting fights.  I’m hoping that Jung can end this fight somehow, but I worry if it goes to the judges.

Featherweight: Alex Caceres (4-2) vs. Mackens Semerzier (5-3)

Heavyweight: Jon Madsen (7-0, No. 25 HW) vs. Mike Russow (13-1, 1 NC, No. 22 HW)

Welterweight: John Hathaway (14-1, No. 16 WW) vs. Kris McCray (5-2)

Bantamweight: Michael McDonald (11-1, No. 19 BW) vs. Edwin Figueroa (7-0)

Heavyweight: Sean McCorkle (10-1) vs. Christian Morecraft (6-1)

Middleweight: Mario Miranda (10-2) vs. Aaron Simpson (7-2)

Welterweight: T.J. Waldburger (13-5) vs. Johny Hendricks (9-1)

Lightweight: Nik Lentz (20-3-2, No. 19 LW) vs. Waylon Lowe (10-3)

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Bellator 38 Preview

March 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinals: Daniel Gracie (5-2-1) vs. Tim Carpenter (6-0)

Gracie: Cousin to Renzo Gracie, is also an instructor at Renzo’s academy, PRIDE veteran, has expectedly tremendous Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, making his Bellator debut, just his second fight since 2006, has defeated Wes Sims, has also drawn with Wes Sims, defeated Martin Wojcik in November 2010.

Carpenter: Won three fights between 2005 and 2007, won three more fights in 2010, has taken three decisions since his 2010 return, defeated Jamal Patterson in his October 2010 Bellator debut.

Remarks: Gracie will be a fan favorite in this tournament and is likely the favorite to win this fight.  Daniel doesn’t have the MMA pedigree of other Gracie fighters, but his 4th degree BJJ black belt shows that his jiu-jitsu is top notch.  Tim Carpenter has previous wins by submission, so he’s capable on the ground, but he’s no Gracie.  I think we’ll see a decision victory for Daniel Gracie tonight, since Carpenter might be able to do just enough to survive the fight.

Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinals: Chris Davis (10-2) vs. Christian M’Pumbu (15-3-1)

Davis: Making his Bellator debut, versatile fighter with 6 knockout and 4 submission victories, only two losses to Jeremy Horn and Vinny Magalhaes, on a three fight winning streak, last defeated Francisco France, not to be confused with the Texas Rangers’ Chris Davis.

M’Pumbu: BJJ practitioner, fights out of Paris, making his Bellator debut, has previously fought for KSW, M-1, and DEEP.  Has previous wins over Marcus Vanttinen and Stefan Struve, last lost to Yoshiyuki Nakanishi, eight career wins by submission, I have no clue how to pronounce his last name.

Remarks: M’Pumbu is a veteran and has a handful of solid wins to his name, which lends to the idea of him being the favorite in this tournament.  What doesn’t help is that he’s French, yuck.  Still, he’s a better fighter than Davis and could get a submission win tonight.

Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinals: Raphael Davis (10-1) vs. D.J. Linderman (8-1)

Davis: Has won nine in a row, very good BJJ, seven wins by submission, has won both of his fights with Bellator, wins over Vinny Magalhaes, Emanuel Newton, and Tony Lopez, has the best MMA nickname – “Noodle.”

Linderman: Normally fights at heavyweight, on a three fight winning streak, making his Bellator debut, called “Da Protege”, unsure who is Linderman’s mentor.

Remarks: Raphael Davis is another favorite in this tournament and has looked good in Bellator thus far.  He has a pretty favorable first fight, as Linderman might not have the ground skills to match Davis.  I expect a submission win from Raphael Davis tonight.

Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinals: Nik Fekete (4-0) vs. Richard Hale (15-3-1)

Fekete: Made his professional debut in 2009, has a win over Strikeforce prospect Ovince St. Preux, has won his last two fights with punches, making his Bellator debut.

Hale: Rage in the Cage veteran, also making his Bellator debut stands at 6’4″, six career KO wins, 7 career submission wins, 2-0 in 2010, lost to Antwain Brit in 2009.

Remarks: Richard Hale is a veteran fighter and has a four inch height advantage over his opponent, but Fekete has made a bit of noise early in his career.  A win over rising star Ovince St. Preux is extremely impressive and might tell us a little bit about Fekete’s potential.  I’ll pick Fekete for the upset victory here, though the experienced Hale could definitely pull out a win.

Heavyweight: William Penn (2-1) vs. Blagoi Ivanov (3-0, 1 NC)

Featherweight: Jimmy Van Horn (2-0) vs. Austin Lyons (5-1)

Catchweight (150 lbs.): Jake Underwood (0-0) vs. Tim Galluzzi (2-0)

Light Heavyweight: Brian Albin (6-4) vs. Cody Donovan (5-1, 1 NC)

Middleweight: Amaechi Oselukwue (0-1) vs. Abe Wilson (2-1)

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