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UFC 159 Results


UFC 159 was held last night. 

Here are my predictions and the results:

  • Jim Miller vs. Pat Healy
    Prediction: Miller with a decision win.
    Result: Healy defeated Jim Miller with a rear-naked choke submission in the 3rd making me 0 -1 for the night.
  • Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes
    Prediction: Davis with a decision win.
    Result: Davis won by Unanimous Decision making me 1 – 1 for the night.
  • Roy Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo
    Prediction: Nelson wins via KO.
    Result: Nelson won with a first round KO making me 2 – 1 for the night.
  • Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher
    Prediction: Bisping wins via decision.
    Result: Bisping defeated Alan Belcher by Technical Decision after an accidental eye poke in the 3rd. This made me 3 – 1 for the night.
  • Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen
    Prediction: Jones wins via stoppage.
    Result: Jones won by TKO in the first taking me to 4 -1 for the night.

Final Thoughts:

– As expected, Jones was the dominate fighter.  Although Jones won, during the post fight interview Jones looked down and realized his big toe had been badly broken.  If the fight had made it to the second round, there is no doubt that it would have been stopped due to the injury’s severity.

To his credit Sonnen had this to say: “If they would have called the match [in Sonnen’s favor because of Jones’ broken toe], I wouldn’t have had any illusions. I knew in those first five minutes who the better fighter was.”

– Jones will need some time to heal before his next fight, but who can challenge him?  Anderson Silva?  I don’t think so.  I think Jones will have to move to heavyweight if he really wants to test himself.

– Sonnen hinted at retirement.  I don’t see that happening.  He enjoys the challenge of a good fight too much.

– Roy Nelson is back in the title hunt with his third straight KO.  Who doesn’t love Big Country… well, except for Dana White?

 

UFC 159 Predictions


UFC 159 takes place tonight.

Starting at 8pm EST we have the UFC Prelims on FX.  This portion of the card includes:

  • Erik Perez vs. Johnny Bedford
  • Gian Villante vs. Ovince St. Preux
  • Sara McMann vs. Shiela Gaff
  • Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros

Then at 10pm EST we move over to pay-per-view for the main event fights.

  • Jim Miller vs. Pat Healy
  • Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes
  • Roy Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo
  • Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher
  • Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen

While I’ll be watching the prelims, my interest is in the main event.  So, let’s take a look at my predictions:

  • Jim Miller vs. Pat Healy
    Thoughts: 
    I give the edge to Miller in both striking and grappling.
    Prediction: Miller with a decision win.
  • Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes
    Thoughts:
    Davis is the better striker.  If it goes to the mat it will be Davis’ wrestling vs Magalhaes bjj.
    Prediction: Davis with a decision win.
  • Roy Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo
    Thoughts:
    Anything can happen when heavyweights bang.  Nelson has a better chin and one punch KO power.  You do the math.
    Prediction: Nelson wins via KO.
  • Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher
  • Thoughts: This fight has generated the most trash talk and should be a very interesting and competitive fight.  I give the edge to Bisping’s grappling, and he may need to rely on that.  Belcher has KO power and Bisping may discover that if they stay standing.
    Prediction: Bisping wins via decision.
  • Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen
  • Thoughts: If Sonnen wins it will be the greatest upset in MMA history.  After tonight Matt Sierra will still hold that record.
    Prediction: Jones wins via stoppage.

UFC on FOX Results


Last night the UFC along with FX and FOX put on a great night of fights.  Let’s look at my predictions and the results.

  • Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson
    Prediction: Thompson with a decision win.
    Result: Thompson won by TKO at 3:44 of the 2nd, making me 1-0 for the night.
  • Matt Brown vs. Jordan Mein
    Prediction: Brown with a decision win.
    Result: Brown won by TKO at 1:00 of the 2nd, making me 2-0 for the night.
  • Frank Mir vs. Daniel Cormier
    Prediction: Mir wins via stoppage.
    Result: Cormier won by unanimous decision, making me 2-1 for the night.
  • Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez
    Prediction: Henderson wins via decision.
    Result: Henderson won by split decision at 3:44, making me 3-1 for the night.

Final thoughts:

  • Josh Thompson stuck to his game plan and it paid off.  Diaz tried to lure him into a brawl, but Thompson was content to get in, score and get out. When they did stand and mix it up Thompson was getting the best of it. Well played, Josh Thompson.
  • Matt Brown looked amazing and made what should have been a tougher fight look fairly easy.  Brown took some shots, but would not be denied.  Can’t wait to see who Matt “The Immortal” Brown fights next.
  • Mir vs Cormier should have been a better fight.  Cormier was content to push Mir against the cage and do little.  Mir had no answer.  In the third round Mir began to light up Cormier’s midsection with kicks, but by then it was too little, too late.
  • Henderson and Melendez put on a fight!  It was five grueling rounds of back and forth action.  There were a lot of boos when the decision was announced.  I had it 3-2 for Henderson, but except for two of the judges (who split 2-1 for Henderson), it sounded like everyone else saw it 3-2 for Melendez.  Rematch, anyone?

UFC on FOX (and FX) Tonight – My Predictions


If you’re a MMA fan, then you’re probably looking forward to a full night of fights.  

Starting at 5pm EST we have the UFC Prelims on FX.  This portion of the card includes:

  • T.J. Dillashaw vs. Hugo Viani
  • Tim Means vs. Jorge Masvidal
  • Joseph Benavidez vs. Darren Uyenoyama
  • Ramsey Nijem vs. Myles Jury
  • Francis Carmont vs. Lorenz Larkin
  • Chad Mendes vs. Darren Elkins

Then at 8pm EST we switch over to FOX for the main event fights:

  • Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson
  • Matt Brown vs. Jordan Mein
  • Frank Mir vs. Daniel Cormier
  • Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez

While I’ll be watching the prelims, my interest is in the main event.  So, let’s take a look at my predictions:

  • Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson
    Thoughts: 
    I’m not a fan of the Diaz brothers, but they almost always get the job done. Still, I like to root against them.  Thomson is a big underdog in this won.  I like pulling for the ‘dog. So since I’m not betting..
    My Prediction: Thompson with a decision win.
  • Matt Brown vs. Jordan Mein
    Thoughts: Brown
    is tough as they come and on a four fight win streak… yet he is the underdog in this fight.  Well, you know I like pulling for the ‘dog.
    My Prediction: Brown with a decision win.
  • Frank Mir vs. Daniel Cormier
    Thoughts: Frank Mir
    is one of my all-time favorite fighters.  Mir is a HUGE underdog tonight.  Cormier is an Olympic class wrestler with knockout power.  Mir has struggled with big punchers, so he’ll want to take the fight to the ground.  Once there, he’ll find himself waging war with an Olympic class wrestler.  It looks like a tough night for Mir.  Of course he is one of my favorite fighters so…
    My Prediction: Mir wins via stoppage.
  • Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez
  • Thoughts: Henderson is slightly favored in what should be the fight of the night. Both men are warriors and I expect this one to go the distance.
    My Prediction: Henderson wins via decision.

 

UFC on FOX 5 Results and Thoughts

Dana White, like most MMA fans (I say most, because if your fighter lost you might feel differently), must have loved the fights Saturday night.  We were presented with an action-packed card that started at 5pm, with the preliminary matches airing on FX, and the main card on FOX immediately following at 8pm.  

The FX fights included: 

PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 5 pm ET)

  • Yves Edwards winning by TKO in the first over Jeremy Stephens
  • Raphael Assuncao winning by unanimous decision over Mike Easton
  • Ramsey Nijem earning a unanimous decision win over  Joe Proctor
  • Daron Cruickshank won by KO over Henry Martinez in round 2
  • Abel Trujillo won by TKO over Marcus LeVesseur in round 2
  • Dennis Siver won by unanimous decision over Nam Phan

Then the main event UFC on FOX 5.  Here’s the results with my predictions:

  • Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick
    Prediction: Swick takes the decision.
    Result: Matt Brown won
    by 2nd round KO making me 0-1 for the night. 


  • Rory MacDonald vs. B.J. Penn
    Prediction: Penn loses steam and the fight.
    Result: Penn lost by unanimous decision making me 1-1 for the night. 


  •  Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
    Prediction: If Gustafsson can weather the storm, he should earn the decision.
    Result: Gustafsson won
    by unanimous decision making me 2-1 for the night. 


  •  Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz for the title!
    Prediction: Henderson by decision.
    Results: Henderson won
    by unanimous decision making me 3-1 for the night. 


Final Thoughts:

Abel Trujillo is a beast.  He repeatedly stuffed takedowns by an undefeated Olympic Gold medal winning wrestler.  His punches could take down walls and he never tired.  This is a kid to watch.

Daron Cruickshank  has skills. He was throwing punches with evil intentions, but also brutal kicks and spinning backfists.  I look to see him on the main card and fighting tougher competition soon.

Mike Swick didn’t look healthy.  He still has ground skills, but looked like he had a ways to go to be back to his former self.’

Matt Brown’s win streak continues.  He displayed a nice mix of punches and grappling in earning the win over Mike Swick.

BJ Penn needs to either get serious and go back down to 155 or retire.  No more announcing he’s retired and then taking months off only to say, he wants to be considered the best pound-for-pound fighter and is coming back to show the world… only to lose.

Rory MacDonald owned BJ Penn last night.  MacDonald has a bright future.  I would caution him against showboating.  Not only is it foolish, it will quickly turn the fans against him.  MacDonald has a bright career ahead of him.  After his total destruction of BJ Penn, MacDonald called out Carlos Condit [the only person to ever beat MacDonald].  Dana, make the fight!  

Man, did Benson Henderson look great!  He dominated every aspect of his fight against Nate Diaz last night, easily winning every round.  That’s not to say that Diaz was not in competitive.  He was.  Diaz is always dangerous.  A couple of times Diaz was able to lure Henderson into a bad position, but each time Henderson found a way out and continued to dominate the round.  Big Congrats to Ben Henderson! 


UFC Fights on FX and FOX Saturday

If you like MMA, then you’re going to love Saturday night.  Starting at 5pm, the UFC has preliminary matches airing on FX, and the main card on FOX starting at 8pm.  

The FX fights include: 

PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 5 pm ET)

  • Yves Edwards vs. Jeremy Stephens
  • Raphael Assuncao vs. Mike Easton
  • Ramsey Nijem vs. Joe Proctor
  • Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez
  • Marcus LeVesseur vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Nam Phan vs. Dennis Siver


Then at 8pm we have UFC on FOX 5 with one of the best fight cards of the year [and it’s on free-tv!].  Here’s the line up with my predictions:

  • Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick
    Thoughts: Both of these guys come to fight.  Brown swings for the fences with each punch and Swick doesn’t mind a slugfest.  Could be the best fight of the night.
    Prediction: Swick takes the decision.


  •  Rory MacDonald vs. B.J. Penn
    Thoughts: Penn is back again with his same old, “I took this fight seriously and am in the best shape of my life” spiel.
    Prediction: Penn loses steam and the fight.


  •  Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
    Thoughts: Do not miss the first round.  Rua will come out blazing.
    Prediction: If Gustafsson can weather the storm, he should earn the decision. 


  •  Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz for the title!
    Thoughts: I am a Ben Henderson fan, but not so much for Diaz.  However, I do respect the fighting ability of Diaz. Both Henderson and Diaz are warriors.  This is gong to be the fight of the night.
    Prediction: Henderson by decision [but I wouldn’t bet the house on it]. 


Did Anderson Silva Fight Dirty?

Kirik Jenness at MixedMartialArts.com asks Did Anderson Silva Fight Dirty? and provides a good deal of evidence that Silva did.  There was the questionable knee (to the face?) while Sonnen was down, Silva grabbing Sonnen’s trunks, and the most blatant violation, at least in my opinion, Silva spreading grease from his face over his arms and chest.

Are any of these violations enough to change the ruling of the fight.  Of course not.  Are any of them alone so bad?  Not really.  Except for the spreading of the grease, they occurred during the heat battle.  Taken together though, they seem to show a fighter truly concerned about the other guy’s chances of winning.  That should be some consolation to Sonnen.

UFC 148: Results & Thoughts

UFC 148 was held last night and featured three fights that had my interest.  Normally, I post my predictions prior to the events [otherwise they wouldn’t be predictions, would they?) and then the results the following day.  I just couldn’t decide who I thought or wanted to win.  So no predictions this time, but here are the results and my thoughts:

  • Cung Le defeated Patrick Cote by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
    Thoughts: Although he’s 40, Le is still in excellent form.  I always enjoy watching Cote fight and actually thought the fight was closer than the judges (although I still gave the edge to Le).
  • Forrest Griffin defeated Tito Ortiz by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
    Thoughts:
    This was an interesting fight with a good deal of back and forth.  After the final round, Griffin left the ring in a hurry (a la his loss to Anderson Silva) and had to be called back to the cage for the decision…. which he won.  Leaving the cage before the decision is read shows a lack of respect for the other fighter and fans.  This is the second time that Griffin has done that.
  • Anderson Silva defeated Chael Sonnen by TKO (Ref Stoppage, 2nd Round, 1:55)
    Thoughts: Sonnen
    took Silva down four seconds into the first round and totally dominated him.  It seemed like this could be a replay of the first fight.

    The second round quickly showed that wouldn’t be the case.  Silva stuffed a takedown and then rocked Sonnen.  Both men ended up against the cage and Sonnen was unable to take Silva down.
    When Sonnen missed with a spinning backfist and fell to the mat, Silva kneed him in the chest and then rained down punches.  The ref stepped in to stop it.

    Although I think the fight could have gone on a bit longer, there’s no doubt that Silva was in control and I’d rather see a fight stopped too early than too late. 

    Silva showed class in the post fight interview when talking about Sonnen.  (However when asked in the post fight conference, if he would like to fight Jon Jones, Silva simply replied, “No.”  Where’s the champion’s heart, Anderson?)


UFC Results and Thoughts

UFC 146 on pay-per-view last night was an excellent card,  Here are the results and my thoughts on the three top fights:

  • Roy Nelson vs Dave Herman
    Prediction: Nelson by decision
    Result: Nelson won via first round KO [51 seconds] [Making me 1-0 for the night]
    Thoughts: Nelson is a fan favorite with power and he showed it last night.
  • Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva
    Prediction: Velasquez by TKO
    Result: Velasquez by first round TKO [3:36] [Making me 2-0 for the night]
    Thoughts: Velasquez took Silva down and swarmed him with punches and elbows which opened up a cut producing one of the bloodiest bouts in memory.  Velasquez should be next in line for a title shot.
  • Junior dos Santos vs. Frank Mir
    Prediction: Although the odds are against him, Miir is my favorite fighter so in an huge upset specialMir by submission.
    Result: JDS won via second round TKO [3:04 seconds] [Making me 2-1 for the night]
    Thoughts: JDS and Mir are both class acts with each praising the other after the fight.  Mir couldn’t get JDS to the canvas and JDS was not willing to go there, so the fight remained a stand-up battle that ended as predicted.

Other thoughts:

  • Jason Mayhem Miller rocked CB Dollaway a couple of times but had no answer when CB took him to the mat and rode him for the remainder of the rounds.  Of course CB couldn’t do much except ride, so it made for a boring match met with a lot of boos.  CB won the decision and Miller was cut from the UFC.
  • Brock Lesnar was in the crowd and it was reported that he wanted to meet with Dana White causing speculation that Lesnar may want  to return for another run.  My guess is that if Lesnar was thinking about a return to the UFC, it would have been for a title shot if Mir had won.


UFC 146 Predictions

UFC 146 airs on pay-per-view tonight and it features three fights of interest:

  • Roy Nelson vs Dave Herman
    Prediction: Nelson by decision
  • Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva
    Prediction:  Velasquez by TKO
  • Junior dos Santos vs. Frank Mir
    Prediction: Although the odds are against him, Miir is my favorite fighter so in an huge upset specialMir by submission.


UFC 143 Results and Thoughts

Last night UFC 143 was held.  Let’s take a look at the results of the three top fights:

Josh Koscheck defeated Mike Pierce via Split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Thoughts: Koscheck is perhaps the most disliked fighter in the UFCKoscheck, the self-proclaimedmost hated guy in MMA  knows it, and loves to get the crowd riled up and booing.  Split decision wins make it even easier for fans who already don’t like Koscheck to have another reason to hate him.

Fabricio Werdum defeated Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Thoughts: I’m glad to see Nelson getting in better shape.  He came in 20 pounds lighter than his previous fights.  As for Werdum, perhaps a battle with Frank Mir should be next.

Carlos Condit defeated Nick Diaz via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)
Thoughts: Condit came in with a perfect game plan consisting of lots of leg kicks and movement.  He stuck to it and pulled off the upset victory and won the UFC interim welterweight championship.  After the fight Diaz claimed he was done with MMA.  My guess is that he’s not.  It was his first loss after 11 straight wins in a four year period.  Diaz is just 28 years old and love him or hate him, people enjoy watching his fights.  He’ll be back.

UFC on FOX Results

Last night UFC on FOX featured what should have been three very good fights.  And that’s what they were.  Good fights.  None rose to greatness, but that happens sometimes.   Let’s take a look at them and my predictions:

Demian Maia (15-3) vs Chris Weidman (7-0)
Prediction: Weidman scores the win.
Result: Weidman defeated Maia via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).  Making me 1-0 for the night.

Chael Sonnen (27-11-1) vs Michael Bisping (23-3-0)
Prediction: Bisping in one of the biggest upsets in UFC history.
Result: Sonnen defeated Bisping via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) making me 1-1 for the night.

Rashad Evans (21-1-1) vs. Phil Davis (9-0)
Prediction: Evans scores the win.
Result: Evans defeated Davis by Unanimous Decision (50-45,50-45,50-45) making me 2-1 for the night.

Final Thoughts
* Weidman took the fight on 11 days notice and had to lose over 30 pounds to make weight.  So I wasn’t shocked when Weidman began to gas out late in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.  I was surprised that Maia gassed as well.  Conditioning could have been the difference in the fight and it wasn’t.
* Hats off to Weidman for taking the fight on short notice and winning!
* I thought Bisping won the fight.  By my scoring he won the 1st and 2nd rounds and lost the 3rd.  I wasn’t alone in thinking that.  Seems that even Sonnen felt it could have gone that way.  Unfortunately, the judges felt differently.
* Rashad Evans dominated Phil Davis in every round and every aspect of the fight.  Hats off to Sugar Rashad.  His next fight is going to be for the title against Jon “Bones” Jones and should be a great battle.

UFC on FOX Predictions

Tonight the UFC on FOX features what should be three very good fights.  Let’s take a look at them and my predictions:

Demian Maia (15-3) vs Chris Weidman (7-0)
Thoughts: Maia is the BJJ expert and Weidman is known for his superior grapplingWeidman could be at a disadvantage since he took the fight on two weeks notice and had to drop over 30 pounds.  Still , Weidman is favored.
Prediction: Weidman scores the win.

Chael Sonnen (27-11-1) vs Michael Bisping (23-3-0)
Thoughts: This is the fight that I’m most looking to seeing.  Sonnen totally dominated Anderson Silva when they fought.  Who else do you see doing that?  The winner of this fight is supposed to get a shot at Silva and the title.  I’d love to see a Sonnen / Silva rematchSonnen is going in as a HUGE FAVORITE against Bisping.  Although I think that Bisping is under-rated, and everyone is picking Sonnen, I’ve got a crazy feeling that we may be in for a HUGE UPSET.
Prediction: Bisping in one of the biggest upsets in UFC history.

Rashad Evans (21-1-1) vs. Phil Davis (9-0)
Thoughts: Evans and Davis are both excellent wrestlers, with perhaps Davis getting the edge.  Evans has the better stand-up.  The winner of this bout should get a shot at Jon “Bones” Jones and the title.
Prediction: Evans scores the win.