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UFC 141 Results and Thoughts

Last night UFC 141 provided fights that shocked a lot of people.  Let’s look at the results….

Jon Fitch vs. Johny Hendricks.
Prediction: Fitch by unanimous decision.
Result: Hendricks won via 12 second KO making me 0-1 for the night.

Nate Diaz vs. Donald Cerrone
Prediction: Cerrone wins a tough battle.
Result: Diaz won a unanimous decision making me 0-2 for the night.

Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem
Prediction: Overeem by TKO.
Results: Overeem won via TKO due to strikes in round one making me 1-2 for the night.

Final Thoughts:

  • The only person who had a worse night than me [1-2] was Brock Lesnar.  Even Fitch could argue his loss was a lucky punch.  Brock and I, though, just got badly spanked.
  • Some are arguing that the Fitch fight was stopped early.  They make the point that Fitch was still fighting back when the fight was stopped.  While that is true, he was fighting the ref since Hendricks had already been declared the winner and had walked away.
  • It’s no secret that Dana White didn’t like Fitch’s fighting style and called it boring even though Fitch was beating everyone in front of him.  I’ll bet Dana is glad that this loss will put a stop to all of the questions that White was getting about a title shot for Fitch.
  • I was glad to see that Cerrone and Diaz had a mutual respect for each other after their 3 round war.  I wonder though, if Cerrone had won, would Diaz have shown the same respect that he received from “the Cowboy”?
  • The Lesnar fight ended the way I thought it would.  No surprise there.  The shock, at least for some, came when Brock announced his retirement before leaving the octagon to go to his dressing room.  I’m not shocked or even surprised.  Think about it.  What was left for Brock in the UFC
  • Lesnar had repeatedly shown he not only didn’t like to be punched, but that he couldn’t deal with strikersCain Velesquez and Alistair Overeem destroyed Brock.  Were they to fight Lesnar, both Junior Dos Santos and Shane Carwin would probably go in as favorites.  [And yes, I know that Lesnar beat Carwin the first time they met in the cage.  Would that happen again?  I seriously doubt it.]  Frank Mir [who split wins with Lesnar in two fights] and even Dan Henderson [a light heavyweight] had let it be known that they’d welcome a fight against Lesnar.
  • Who was left for Lesnar to fight that he could beat?  All of the top contenders had his number.  Suppose Lesnar fought Mir again and won.  Would that put Lesnar closer to a title shot?  No.  What if Lesnar fought Henderson?  If he won, which is questionable, he’d have beaten a light heavyweight.  If Lesnar fell victim to Hendo’s punching power, it would be more evidence of Lesnar’s inability to take a punch.
  • So, with it clear that Lesnar would be out of the hunt for a title shot, what’s he to do?  The obvious answer is to retire and go back to the WWE where he can make a ton of money by just working the big event pay-per-views.  What’s even better for Brock is that he’ll know going in that he’s going to win.
  • Alistair Overeem gets the next title shot against Junior Dos Santos.  THAT should be a great fight.

UFC 141 Predictions

Tomorrow night, that‘s right the pay-per-view breaks tradition and airs on a Friday, we have one of the most highly anticipated MMA cards of the year when Brock Lesnar enters the octagon against Alistair Overeem at UFC 141.  So, let’s look at the top three fights and my predictions:

Jon Fitch vs. Johny Hendricks.
Thoughts: In the last few years Fitch has been able to beat everyone except the champ.  Fitch grinds out wins.  He’s not fighting the champ.
Prediction: Fitch by unanimous decision.

Nate Diaz vs. Donald Cerrone
Thoughts: This should be an excellent fight.  Both guys are tough.  Neither cares for the other.  Nate Diaz comes across as a thug, but wins fightsCerrone is definitely the good guy in this fight… even if he wears a black cowboy hat [which, by the way, Diaz knocked from his head at the weigh-ins].
Prediction:  Cerrone wins a tough battle.

Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem
Thoughts: Lesnar is the underdogOvereem is considered perhaps the hardest striker in the UFCLesnar has had trouble against strikersLesnar is a world class wrestler and will want to take Overeem down.  I have no doubt that he will.  I just wonder if he’ll be able to keep him down.  Frank Mir thinks that Lesnar will win.  I trust Mir’s opinion, but…
Prediction:  Overeem by TKO.

UFC 140 Results

UFC 140 lived up to the hype.  Let’s go right to the results

  • Jon Jones vs Lyoto Machida
    Prediction: Jones wins via KO.
    Result: Jones won via choke out at 4:26 of round two making me 2-1 for the night.

Final Thoughts:

  • Chan Sung Jung earned a $75,000 Knockout of the Night bonus for his 7 second KO of Mark Hominick Jung tied the record for the fastest KO in UFC history.
  • Frank Mir picked up the Submission of the Night award and the $75,000 bonus that goes with it.  What makes this result even more impressive is that Mir had been tagged hard and looked to be on his way to a loss.  When Mir was knocked to the canvas, Nog went down to finish him.  Mir grabbed one of Nog’s arms and went into a kimura that either broke or dislocated Nog’s arm.
  • Jon Jones and Lyoto Machida earned Fight of the Night honors and $75K each.  Machida won the first round and in the second, Jones ended it.
  • After the fights, there were rumors that Alistair Overeem was going to have to pull out of his December 30th fight against Brock LesnarOvereem has denied that his fight with Lesnar is off, although Overeem flew back to Holland to be with his mother who is battling cancer. Frank Mir has been listed as a possible replacement.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

UFC 140 Predictions

UFC 140 is live tonight on pay-per-view with what should be very entertaining fights.  Let’s take a look at the card and my predictions

  • Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs Tito OrtizI’m a fan of both fightersOrtiz, who recently appeared to be on his way out of the UFC, has looked good in recent fights.  Although a slight underdog, I’m going with the former Huntington Beach Bad Boy.
    Prediction: Ortiz wins via a close decision.
  • Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs Frank Mirare two more fighters that I love to watch, although for the record, Mir is my favorite UFC fighter. The two fought before and Mir won by KO.  After the fight the news came out that Nog had been dealing with a staff infection and wasn’t at his best.
    Prediction: Mir wins with a via TKO.
  • Jon Jones vs Lyoto MachidaJones is the current champ and Machida is the former champ.  This is supposed to be a very close fight.  I don’t see it that way.
    Prediction: Jones wins via KO.

This will probably not surprise regular readers, but I be back in the morning with the results!

TUF 14 Results

Last night the Ultimate Fighter Season 14 finale aired live on SPIKE. The fight I was really looking forward to was Bisping vs Miller.  I figured Bisping would win in a fairly close, hard fought match.  Boy, was I wrong.  Bisping dominated Miller before earning a third round TKO.  It was such a lopsided win that Dana White said we may not see Miller back in the UFC.

Dennis Bermudez vs. Diego Brandao. A lot of people were surprised when Bermudez took it to Brandao in a standup battle.  There were a lot of powerful exchanges and Bermudez appeared to be in control and on his way to a victory when Brandao grabbed Bermudez’s arm and spun into an armbar forcing the tap at 4:51 in round one.

John Dodson vs. T.J. Dillashaw.  This was shaping up to be an interesting fight until Dillashaw got cracked across the face and went down.  He quickly tried to stand up but was wobbly and when he went down again, Dodson jumped on him with hammerfists.  The fight was stopped although Dillashaw wasn’t out and was attempting to get a single leg.  Dodson proceeded to run around the cage doing flips, gyrating and screeching his “laugh”.  Pretty classless.

Yves Edwards vs. Tony Ferguson.  Ferguson won via a unanimous decision.

Johnny Bedford vs. Louis Gaudinot.  Bedford won via 3rd round TKO.

TUF Finale & Preview of Lesnar vs Overeem

Tonight the Ultimate Fighter Season 14 finale airs live on SPIKE at 8PM.  It’ll be the first time in years that the coaches actually fight on the same card… and that’s the way it should be.  Here are the bouts we have to look forward to…

Michael Bisping vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller
Dennis Bermudez vs. Diego Brandao
John Dodson vs. T.J. Dillashaw
Yves Edwards vs. Tony Ferguson
Johnny Bedford vs. Louis Gaudinot

Although I think we’re in for an entertaining evening of fights, it’s the main event that I’m really looking to see.  Bisping goes in as the favorite, but Miller shouldn’t be a pushover.  I think the fight is going to go to a decision and I’m taking Bisping

While we’re on the subject of MMA, have you see this preview for the Brock Lesnar vs Alistair Overeem fight.  THAT fight is going to be entertaining.  I can’t wait to see those two giants enter the octagon.

UFC 139 Results and Thoughts

UFC 139 featured several outstanding fights and a main event war that Dana White called “one of the top three fights in UFC history.”  So, let’s see who won and how I did on my predictions.

  • Ryan Bader (12-2-0) vs Jason Brilz (18-4-1)
    Prediction: Bader takes the win via stoppage
    Result: Bader won by 1st round KO making me 1-0for the night
  • Stephan Bonnar (13-7-0) vs Kyle Kingsbury (11-2-0)
    Prediction: Bonnar wins by decision
    Result: Bonnar won by unanimous decision making me 2-0for the night
  • Rick Story (13-4-0) vs Martin Kampmann (20-6-0)
    Prediction: Kampmann wins via decision
    Result: Kampmann won via decision making me 3-0 for the night
  • Brian Bowles (10-1-0) vs Urijah Faber (25-4-0)
    Prediction: Faber wins by decision in what could be the fight of the night
    Result: Faber won via submission due to a choke in the 2nd round making me 4-0 for the night

  • Wanderlei Silva (33-11-1) vs Cung Le (7-1-0)
    Prediction: Le wins via KO
    Result: Silva won
    via 2nd round TKO making me 4-1 for the night
  • Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua (20-5-0) vs Dan Henderson (27-7-0)
    Prediction: Henderson via TKO
    Result: Henderson via unanimous decision
    making me 5-1 for the night

Final Thoughts:

  • Michael McDonald earned KO of the Night and the $70,000 bonus that came with it.
  • Urijah Faber picked up the 70K bonus for Submission of the Night.
  • Dan Henderson vs Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and  Wanderlei “The Ax Murderer” Silva vs Cung Le earned Fight of the Night bonuses of $70,000 for each fighter.
  • Hats off to Wanderlei who showed doubters [including me] that he is still a force to be reckoned with.
  • Faber’s win over Bowles should show naysayers that Faber IS worthy of another title shot.
  • While many are saying that Henderson vs Rua was one of the greatest UFC fights ever, almost as many are saying that it should have been a draw.  To those folks, I say, should have, would have and could have.

    about the decision makes about as much sense as a  Hendo fan saying, “Yeah, but if the fight had only been three rounds [since it was a non-title match], Hendo would have been seen to have totally dominated RuaThe fight wasn’t scheduled for just three rounds and the judges didn’t score the last round 10-8.  Let’s deal with the facts.  Hendo won and Rua deserves a rematch!  

UFC 139 Predictions

UFC 139 is live tonight on pay-per-view.  Here are my predictions…

  • Ryan Bader (12-2-0) vs Jason Brilz (18-4-1) – This fight live on SPIKE!
    Prediction: Bader takes the win via stoppage
  • Stephan Bonnar (13-7-0) vs Kyle Kingsbury (11-2-0)
    Prediction: Bonnar wins by decision
  • Rick Story (13-4-0) vs Martin Kampmann (20-6-0)
    Prediction: Kampmann wins via decision
  • Brian Bowles (10-1-0) vs Urijah Faber (25-4-0)
    Prediction: Faber wins by decision in what could be the fight of the night

  • Wanderlei Silva (33-11-1) vs Cung Le (7-1-0)
    Prediction: Le wins via KO
  • Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua (20-5-0) vs Dan Henderson (27-7-0)
    Prediction: Henderson via TKO Rua is the favorite, but I think Hendo at some point will catch Rua and it will be lights out.

Dos Santos KOs Cain

Last night, in the first professional heavyweight title fight see live on a major “free-tv” station since 1985, Junior Dos Santos scored a major upset victory by KOing Cain Velasquez in the first round.  Not only did Dos Santos win the title but he also won the $65,000 KO of the Night bonus.  Not bad for a less than a minute and a half’s work.

Although I had picked Cain to win by TKO, as the fighters entered the cage, I looked at my son, Mike, and said, “I’ve got a feeling that this could be Dos Santos’ night.”  That doesn’t change the fact that I picked Cain and therefore was 0-1 for the night.  : (

Seeing the UFC on FOX was different in a cool, MMA is a legitimate big-time sport sort of wayMaggie Hendricks at Yahoo Sports pretty much sums up my thoughts on the telecast.

Cain vs Dos Santos Prediction

Tonight at 9pm EST, live on FOX, Cain Velasquez [9-0] defends his UFC Heavyweight Title against the number one contender, Junior Dos Santos [13-1].  Although Velasquez is a 2-1 favorite, he’s returning to the octagon after a year long absence to allow his torn rotator cuff to heal [injured in his first round KO and complete domination of Brock Lesnar].

Do Santos will want to keep the battle a stand-up fight since he’s much better on his feet than grappling on the mat.  This could be dangerous for Dos Santos, because although Cain is the better wrestler, he’s also the bigger puncher.  Of course anything can happen when two talented fighters enter the cage.

My prediction is Cain will win via a TKO in a battle worthy of a title fight.

For fans who can’t get enough of this stuff, there will be a live pre-fight and live post-fight show on FUEL.

Fireworks Before & After UFC 137

UFC 137 was last night and it turned out to be an interesting night of fights.  Let’s go right to my picks…

  • Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson
    Prediction: Nelson wins by TKO.
    Result: Nelson won by TKO in round 3 making me 1-0 for the night.
  • Cheick Kongo vs. Matt Mitrione
    Prediction: Mitrione wins by TKO.
    Result: Kongo won by unanimous decision making me 1-1 for the night.
  • BJ Penn vs. Nick Diaz
    Prediction: Diaz with an upset win.
    Result: Diaz won with a unanimous decision making me 2-1 for the night.

Final thoughts:

  • Brandon Vera showed a lot of heart in earning a close but unanimous decision [29-28 on all 3 judge’s cards] over Elliott Marshall.  What’s even more impressive is Vera did it with a broken arm.  For the record, I’m not a huge Vera fan.
  • Bart Palaszewski looked impressive in his KO victory over  Tyson Griffin.
  • Donald Cerrone was even more impressive in his submission victory over the very tough Dennis Siver.  When is Cerrone going to get a title shot?
  • A slimmed down Roy Nelson TKO’d  Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic right into retirement.  Does anyone really think we’ve seen the last of Cro Cop?  Do we now call him Roy Not As Big Country Nelson ?
  • Cheick Kongo handled Matt Mitrione and that really surprised me.  I wonder why Meathead didn’t go after Kongo?  Too much respect?  Was he worried that Kongo would Pat Barry him?
  • Nick Diaz whooped B.J. Penn right into retirement.  [Does anyone really think we’ve seen the last of The Prodigy?]  Diaz now has a title shot against GSP since Carlos Condit agreed to step aside.

    After his win last night, Diaz took the mic and called out GSP, saying GSP faked the injury that prevented him from fighting on the same card against Carlos ConditDiaz had been dogging GSP for some time now and apparently the strategy worked.  GSP asked Dana White for the chance to fight Diaz.  It looks like the fight will happen Super Bowl weekend.

    Love him or hate him, everyone has an opinion of Nick Diaz.  Perhaps Dana White said it best, “People love real fighters and this kid is a real fighter.”


UFC Predictions

UFC 137 is tonight.  Let’s go right to my picks…

  • Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy NelsonNelson wins by TKO.
  • Cheick Kongo vs. Matt MitrioneMitrione wins by TKO.
  • BJ Penn vs. Nick Diaz – The judges love Penn so I hope it doesn’t go to a decision.  Diaz with an upset win.


UFC on Versus 6 Results

That’s 5’11”, Pat Barry getting ready to slam 6’11”, Stefan Struve, in just one of the four exciting bouts that were live last night on UFC on Versus 6.   Let’s take a look at the fights and my predictions.

  • Matt Wiman (13-6) vs. Mac Danzig (20-8-1) This was a war earning fight of the night honors and an additional $65,000 for each fighter.  Both men were there to win and neither wanted to take a step backward.  At different times it seemed that either man could end it.
    Prediction: Wiman via decision.
    Result: Wiman via decision making me 1-0 for the night.
  • Anthony Johnson (9-3) vs. Charlie Brenneman (14-2) 
    Prediction: Johnson via decision.
    Result: Johnson won and earned KO of the night [and the extra $65,000 that went with the honor] when the ref stopped the fight after a solid head kick knocked Brenneman to the mat.   There is no doubt that Brenneman was in trouble and had been wobbled by punches earlier, but when he landed on the mat, he was already part way up [and never out] when the ref signaled the end to the fight.  Still, the result made me 2-0 for the night.
  • Pat Barry (6-3) vs. Stefan Struve (21-5) The tallest fighter in the UFC [Struve at 7 feet] took on one of the UFC’s shortest heavyweights [Barry at 5’11”] and it must have been difficult for each to get their range, because it was slow going at first.   When they finally did start to land, it looked like Barry was going to be able to wade in a land a KO punch.  Barry wobbled Struve and  that’s when Struve took things to the mat.  After a failed guillotine, Struve smoothly transitioned to a triangle chokeBarry lifted the Struve high above his head and slammed the giant to the canvas.  Struve was able to hold on to the choke, and the slam simply made it tighter forcing Barry to tap.
    Prediction: Barry wins by KO.
    Result: Struve wins by submission making me 2-1 for the night.
  • Dominick Cruz (18-1) vs Demetrious Johnson (10-1)  What a battle!  Cruz was forced to change his game plan in order to retain his title because Johnson was faster and better conditioned.  The final judges scores indicate a lopsided win for Cruz and although he did win every round in my opinion, Johnson was always in it.  At one point Johnson got out of a deep choke and back to his feet and immediately went on the attack again.   Johnson is a fighter and at some point will get another chance at the title.
    Prediction: Cruz wins by decision.
    Result: Cruz won by decision making me 3-1 for the night.



UFC on Versus 6 Live Tonight

Tonight we have the UFC Live on Versus 6.  Let’s take a look at the fights and my predictions.

  • Matt Wiman (13-6) vs. Mac Danzig (20-8-1) This is a rematch.  Wiman won their first fight back in June of last year.  Although it was a controversial stoppage, and a win for Wiman, I see no reason that Wiman won’t repeat.
    Prediction: Wiman via decision.
  • Anthony Johnson (9-3) vs. Charlie Brenneman (14-2)
    Prediction: Johnson via decision.
  • Pat Barry (6-3) vs. Stefan Struve (21-5) The tallest fighter in the UFC [Struve at 7 feet] takes on one of the UFC’s shortest heavyweights [Barry at 5’11”]. If Struve could use his reach to keep Barry at bay, he’d have a decent chance.  I don’t see that happening.
    Prediction: Barry wins by KO.
  • Dominick Cruz (18-1) vs Demetrious Johnson (10-1)  Although this should be a good fight, I don’t see Johnson pulling out the win.
    Prediction: Cruz wins by decision.


UFC 135 Results

UFC 135 was on pay-per-view last night. There were only two fights that I cared about.  Here are my predictions and the results:

  • Josh Koscheck vs. Matt Hughes.
    Prediction: Koscheck wins via ref stoppage.
    Result: Koscheck won via first round KO making me 1-0 for the night.
  • Jon Jones vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
    Prediction: Jones by TKO.
    Result: Jones won by 4th round submission making me 2-0 for the night.

Final thoughts:

  • Matt Hughes didn’t announce his retirement after the loss.  At 38,  and with two consecutive first round losses, retirement sounds like the right choice.  My guess is that in a few months Dana White will announce that Hughes has a new position in the UFC and will no longer fight.  The word retirement may not even be used.
  • Jones already has his next title defense set.  He will defend against Rashad Evens.