Picks for UFC 144

February 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson

This should be an incredible main event. When fighting Henderson both Jim Miller and Clay Guida tried their best to to force their wills on Henderson and ultimately found themselves frustrated and beat up. Frankie most likely will not employ this guns blazing style but will instead work to pick his shots while implementing his footwork.

After seeing Frankie survive on the ground with Penn and come back from getting rocked by Maynard I can’t picture him being overtaken by Henderson. Henderson does push a very intense pace but I think Frankie will be able to handle it and walk away with a decision.

Quinton Jackson vs. Ryan Bader

After watching Ryan Bader get rocked by Tito Ortiz it’s tough not seeing Rampage do the same thing. I think Bader will try his best to clinch with Jackson and work some dirty boxing before trying to take Jackson down.

Jackson’s takedown defense is adequate and I think he will walk right at Bader solely relying on his hands before he lands a fatal hook and gets the TKO.

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Looking for Help

February 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Well in case you hadn’t noticed things have been kind of quiet around here. I am in the last semester of my undergrad and also training for a kickboxing match on April 7th. Steven has a full time job as well, so it has been tough for us to keep up with this. I think for now things will be slowing down.

If there happens to be anyone out there who would be interested in helping us write that would be fantastic. We’re obviously not a big time site but maybe this could be a starting point that takes you to other things, or if you simply have a love for combat sports and want to write about it for fun, that works too.

My email is swalsh2@umassd.edu.

I plan on having some brief fight picks up for UFC 144 tomorrow.

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Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez

February 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Sanchez and Ellenberger at the weigh-ins

Tonight the UFC makes their debut on Fuel TV where in the main event Jake Ellenberger will meet Diego Sanchez. A win for either one of these fighters will — as Dana White likes to say  — put them in the mix for a welterweight title fight. Jake is coming off his first round KO of Jake Shields, and Diego hasn’t fought since the Martin Kampmann fight, which was almost a year ago. I think that the layoff is going to be a problem for Diego, where as Jake has been on a roll, finishing four out of five opponents. As much as Diego would like to take this fight to the ground, I do not see him being able to take Jake down. Also I feel that Jake has a huge advantage on the feet. It is going to be a long night for Diego and I think he is going to get beat up and lose by a second round TKO.

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Stefan Struve vs. Dave Herman

February 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Struve and Herman at the weigh ins

In tomorrow’s co-main event we have 6’11” Stefan Struve taking on Dave “Pee Wee” Herman, a recent addition to the UFC heavyweight division. Both of these fighters are lower-tier heavyweights, but a win for either man in such a shallow division could pull them close to UFC gold.

The story for Struve has always been for him to work to use his eighty-four inch reach to his advantage. Junior Dos Santos, Roy Nelson, and Travis Brown were all able to break past Struve’s guard and knock him out. Struve did throw a ridiculous flying knee that allowed Brown to tag him. Struve can take some punishment and still pull out a victory as shown against Paul Buentello and Christaian Morecraft. His long frame — against most — should provide him with an advantage, as he demonstrated with his submission win over Pat Barry.

Herman typically finishes his fights on his feet, and usually in style with knees and ax kicks. Against John-Olav Einemo we saw both men brawling and exchanging shots. Herman also survived on the ground with Einemo who is a black belt in jiu-jitsu. In this fight with Struve he will not want to be hanging around at a distance but instead should look to smother Struve.

I expect most of this fight to take place on the feet unless Struve feels truly threatened. In the past he has shown a love for a good brawl.

I’m picking Herman to take a TKO victory.

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Fedor Emelianenko Highlight Video

February 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Any article that has Fedor as a subject is usually followed by numerous comments talking about how he is either one of the greats, or has had a career thriving on cans. Fedor probably doesn’t much care about these online disagreements. I’m sure he is appreciative of supporters, but his main drive has always been for his country, family, and his religion.

For those that may say Fedor was exposed as a fraud in his recent losses, I’d have to disagree. In his loss to Werdum he seemed to be overexcited to jump into Werdum’s guard. When Werdum locked in the triangle Fedor did the right things to try and escape and held on until his head turned purple. This recklessness was something he seemed to harness in his fight with Jeff Monson.

In his loss to “Big Foot” Silva, Fedor was found trapped under a much bigger man. Though clear that “Big Foot” was getting the better of the fight Fedor never surrendered. When he could no longer see out of his eye the fight was stopped, but Fedor was standing ready for the third round.

While facing Dan Henderson Fedor again came out aggressive. He unfortunately felt Henderson’s fight hand in the form of an uppercut and dropped.

These losses each showed how anything can happen in a fight and Fedor defied these odds in thirty-one matches prior. Some will say since he has never fought in the UFC that none of this matters, but I simply don’t see how a promotion can discredit a record.

Below is a highlight video that I have always enjoyed. The music is by 65daysofstatic and the song is called “Radio Protector.”

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Rampage Talks About Retirement

February 12, 2012 Leave a comment

"Rampage" being pulled away

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson says he wants to retire with the belt. I like his aspirations but I’m not sure I see him getting the belt. Also since he acted in the movie “The A-Team” he has toyed with the idea of leaving the octagon behind. I wonder how truly focused he is on his fighting career.

I fully expect him to blast through Ryan Bader at UFC 144 this Saturday. After that I think a rematch with “Shogun” Rua would be fitting. If that goes well he could fight the winner of Rogerio Noguiera/Alexander Gustafsson and probably get the title shot. As of right now I’m thinking Jones would beat him again.

But hey maybe Bader would spoil all of this. And I suppose Rashad could beat Jones which could set up another rematch.

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Jung Chan-Sung vs. Dustin Poirier

February 11, 2012 Leave a comment

It was announced yesterday that “The Korean Zombie” Jung Chan-Sung would be taking on Dustin Poirier at UFC on Fuel 3. Originally this card was suppose to be on FX and I’m not sure why they changed it. This fight alone should provide all kinds of excitement, but also Thiago Silva and Donald Cerrone are on the card so there’s sure to be a night of action.

Jung is coming off of a huge seven second knockout of former title challenger Mark Homnick. This followed the first ever twister submission against Leonard Garcia. I’m sure his confidence is through the roof.

Poirier had an impressive win last Saturday and showed how slick his ground game is. He also stopped Josh Grispi who originally was suppose to challenge Aldo for the belt back at UFC 125. Poirier remains unbeaten in his UFC career.

I think “The Zombie” won’t let his last win go to his head — hopefully remembering George Roop’s shin knocking him out. I think we’ll see some shots traded early before a back and forth ground battle. The winner of this bout will most likely fight Jose Aldo for the featherweight title. I’ll be pulling for Jung.

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