Archive for October 29, 2011

This week on Bellator

October 29, 2011 3 comments

Bellator and I have different ideas of the sweet submission from this week.  I think I’m more correct, just watch the replay!

Categories: General Lunacy

UFC 137 Preview

October 29, 2011 1 comment

First this card looked stacked with GSP vs. Diaz and Penn vs. Carlos Condit.  Then it still looked pretty awesome with GSP vs. Condit and Penn vs. Diaz.  Finally, GSP gets hurt and can’t compete so we’re left with Penn vs. Diaz and a shitty co main event.  Now I like all of these fights, but there’s no way Kongo vs. Mitrione should be a second billed fight under any circumstances.  Things might be different if Condit accepted a fight with Josh Koscheck, but that just wasn’t in the cards.

Still, Penn vs. Diaz is going to be an amazing fight and there’s plenty to like about this card.  Roy Nelson vs. Cro Cop is a fun, if not irrelevant contest, Hatsu Hioki makes his UFC debut against George Roop, Scott Jorgensen gets bumped up to the main card, and we’ll see a really awesome fight between Dennis Siver and Donald Cerrone.

UFC 137 will air live on PPV at 9:00 PM EST/8:00 PM CST with two preliminary fights on Spike at 8:00 PM EST/7:00 PM CST and Facebook fights beginning at 6:15 EST/5:15 CST.  I would probably order this event just because Penn vs. Diaz is going to be insane.  The other fights all have the potential to be fun, especially with fights at bantamweight and featherweight, not to mention king fat boy Roy Nelson in action.

Welterweight: B.J. Penn (16-7-2, No. 3 WW) vs. Nick Diaz (25-7, 1 NC, No. 4 WW)

Heavyweight: Cheick Kongo (11-6, No. 16 HW) vs. Matt Mitrione (5-0)

Heavyweight: Roy Nelson (15-6, No. 13 HW) vs. Mirko Filipovic (27-9-2, 1 NC)

Featherweight: Hatsu Hioki (24-4-2, No. 2 FEW) vs. George Roop (12-7-1, No. 21 FEW)

Bantamweight: Scott Jorgensen (12-4, No. 4 BW) vs. Jeff Curran (33-13-1)

Lightweight: Dennis Siver (19-7, No. 14 LW) vs. Donald Cerrone (16-3, 1 NC)

Catchweight (148 lbs.): Tyson Griffin (15-5, No. 11 FEW) vs. Bart Palaszewski (35-14)

Light Heavyweight: Brandon Vera (11-5, 1 NC) vs. Eliot Marshall (10-3)

Middleweight: Chris Camozzi (15-4) vs. Francis Carmont (16-7)

Middleweight: Dustin Jacoby (6-0) vs. Clifford Starks (7-0)

Lightweight: Ramsey Nijem (4-2) vs. Danny Downes (8-2)

Categories: Event Preview

Bellator 56 Preview

October 29, 2011 1 comment

Okay, so tonight should probably be a big deal for Bellator.  We’ll see Ben Askren defend his Welterweight Title and the semifinals of the injury riddled heavyweight tournament will take place.  Unfortunately, I’m worried that this is all leading to a big disappointment for Bellator.

Ben Askren puts on fights that are far less than exciting and I’m not sure that Jay Hieron will be able to stop Askren from making this a 25 minute wrestling contest.  The heavyweight talent in Bellator is also quite lacking and we’re likely going to see four fat boys gas out and put on some very sloppy fights.

Bellator 56 airs live on MTV2 at 9:00 PM EST/8:00 PM CST with a replay shown at 1:00 AM EST/12:00 AM EST.  I certainly hope I’m wrong with my predictions about this event and Bellator generally delivers some very fun fights, but we’ll have to see what happens tonight.

Welterweight Title: (c) Ben Askren (8-0, No. 10 WW) vs. Jay Hieron (22-4, No. 15 WW)

This is definitely the biggest challenge in Ben Askren’s young career.  A victory here for the champ will answer a lot of questions about his legitimacy as a top welterweight.  Hieron is in the midst of a ten fight winning streak which includes three successful fights in Bellator’s last welterweight tournament.

I think this fight is going to be pretty tight and I see one of two things happening: Askren is dominant with his wrestling and takes a unanimous decision or Hieron catches Askren and wins by TKO.  Frankly, I just think Askren is such a dominant wrestler that he’ll be able to retain his title in this contest.

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinals: Thiago Santos (9-1) vs. Neil Grove (11-4-1)

So this fight was originally going to be Mike Hayes vs. Blagoi Ivanov.  Hayes was replaced by Santos due to injury and then the already eliminated Grove replaced the injured Ivanov.  The result?  A fight I could care less about!  I think we’ll see Grove take the victory here.

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinals: Eric Prindle (8-1) vs. Ron Sparks (8-0)

Oh look, another fight I don’t care about!  I’m going to go out on a limb and say this fight is going to be a miserable fucking train wreck.  I’m sorry if that sounds negative, but honestly, this is going to be a fat boy collision for the ages.  I’ll take Sparks by TKO, but really, what does it matter?

Middleweight: Rudy Bears (13-9) vs. Marcio Navarro (7-7)

Featherweight: Adam Schindler (9-2) vs. Jeremy Spoon (11-0)

Light Heavyweight: Kelvin Tiller (1-1) vs. Dan Spohn (6-0)

Lightweight: Willian De Souza (1-2) vs. Emanuel Brooks (4-0)

Featherweight: Jeimeson Saudino (1-0) vs. Jacob Akin (0-1)

Bantamweight: Aaron Ely (1-0) vs. Owen Evinger (7-1)

Heavyweight: Daniel Gallemore (0-1) vs. Derrick Ruffin (1-3)

Categories: Event Preview