Starting the nights fights.
Mark Bocek vs Ben Henderson
Henderson is the better striker. Bocek if he could hold top position on the ground that would be his best chance. I don’t see a submission Henderson is too good on the ground. Back and forth with Henderson doing the most damage. Bocek gets a head cut in the second. Seems to me Henderson just has more striking tools mixing up his game. Ben Henderson wins unanimous decision
Vladimir Matyushenko vs Jason Brilz
Matyushenko has a reach and makes quick work of Brilz. Starts out with a nice upper cut finishing with ground and pound Winning by KO!
Yves Jabouin vs Pablo Garza
Time allowed gives us a great fight. Jabouin had some nice leg kicks. Both fighter good at striking and not waiting bringing the fight. Garza having a long reach but not an advantage until the end with a nice triangle from a standing position. That’s the first time I’ve seem that setup for a triangle in a live fight. Garza wins by submission
Randy Couture vs Lyotto Machida
I feel Machida might surprise people with some good ground and pound. (OK I was wrong on that one) First round seem all Machida to me. I wouldn’t believed it but I seen it myself. Machida lands a great flying front kick. Machida wins KO
Ivan Menjivar vs Charlie Valencia
Time allowing an extra fight. Ivan Menjivar lands a vicious elbow dropping Valencia. A replay shows Valencia’s nose being crushed ouch! After some ground and pound Menjivar wins by TKO
Jose Aldo vs Mark Hominick
I think Aldo is too good. Both fighters seem very fast but Aldo landing the better punches. Aldo changing the game by going to the ground. Second round Aldo looking tired and continues to go to the ground. Hominick gets rocked and Aldo finishes on the ground. A closer fight I’m surprised. Aldo seems to be hurting Hominick more who is slowly fading. I have to give Hominick more credit I didn’t think he could go into the last round. The majority of the fight its Aldo. Only the last two minutes Hominick on top with Aldo just holding on. Joe Rogan is saying Aldo was tired and Hominick has a chance. I think Aldo didn’t want to hit Hominick with a huge lump on his head and bleeding from the other eye. So on to the judges, Jose Aldo wins by decision
George St-Pierre vs Jake Shields
The question I’m not sure is can Shields take St-Pierre down? (well I guess thats a big no) Mainly a feel out rounds but Pierre having the best success. 2nd round about the same with Pierre showing good strikes. Both fighters bleeding but I think Pierre getting the better of it with a knock down from a leg kick to the head. Pierre failed to jump in and finish. Shields takes a punch well. Pierre is having trouble seeing out of his eye. I think Pierre could of landed leg kicks but did not take advantage instead he let Shields tough attitude keep him in the fight with a chance. St-Pierre wins by decision
John Makdessi vs Kyle Watson
Time allowed gave us another great fight. Watson taller was making a stand up fight. Both fighters throwing leg kicks a really busy fight each trying to find an advantage. Watson gets cut in the last round. Without any warning Makdessi fakes a leg kick and follows up with a spinning back fist and knocks out Watson I mean he’s out cold. Wow! I had to see that at least two more times!
Miguel Torres vs Antonio Banuelos
Mostly Torres throwing jabs with an occasional straight right. I have seen Torres in the WEC and since his last lost maybe Torres is being more cautious. Banuelos did not get in close enough to land a punch. Not an exciting fight. Torres by decision
Jake Ellenberger vs Carlos Eduardo Rocha
Rocha and Ellenberger have come to fight. Rocha has made it exciting with his submission attempts. I love watching submission masters. In the second not as exciting maybe both fighters taking a break. Ellenberger not as aggressive unwilling to end up on the ground. Unfortunately no submission of the night. With some take downs Ellenberger wins split decision. Id like to see Rocha again.
Jon Jones vs Ryan Bader
Jones showing how good of a wrestler he is. No big surprises but Jones can change that quickly, he is the quicker striker. Without knowing Jones pulls a submission win. Well not the striking fest I thought might happen but a win is a win. The UFC has announced Jon Jones will fight for the belt against Mauricio Rua wow! They said Rashad Evans hurt his knee and can’t fight.
Forrest Griffin vs Rich Franklin
Both fighters working their plan. Forrest with a take down where he stayed on top for all of the first round. Forrest has the weight advantage. In the second Forrest connects and stumbles Franklin for a moment. Tough to score both landing some strikes. This looks like a case for Franklin just a little too small of an opponent. Forrest had most if not all the take downs. Forrest wins by decision
Anderson Silva vs Vitor Belfort
The beginning was pretty common from last fights. Both fighters feeling each other moving back and forth. Belfort started the action landing two punches. That got Silva’s attention and then the fight was on. Quick as lightning Silva lands a front kick and rocks Belfort. Silva finishes the fight. A focused Silva is a dangerous man. He has so much talent. Belfort waited too long to strike but that’s real easy for me to say. There seems to be very little or close to nothing of a weakness. I must say it was an exciting few minutes.
Nate Diaz vs Marcus Davis
I like Davis but I think his emotions can get in the way of him fighting smart. Davis is a very good striker mixing leg kicks and punches. If he does this I think he has the advantage. Diaz has a good chin and trading punches favors Diaz. On the ground Diaz has the advantage. Davis can keep it standing avoiding clinches and moving picking his strikes he wins. Nate Diaz is tough not an easy fight for either man. Id like to see Davis showing his knockout power. Davis wins decision
Kenny Florian vs Gray Maynard
Kenny “can flow” Florian as much as I would like Kenny to win. I think he’s got a hard fight. Gray “The Bully” Maynard comes at you and does not let up. This is a bad match for Kenny who is more finesse fighter or say traditional kick boxer. Maynard should have an easy time taking him down and pounding a victory. Only if Kenny can kick boxe and beat Maynards legs early maybe. It would take Kenny to really be aggressive. He hasn’t before but I am hoping this could be upset on the night.
Damian Maia vs Mario Miranda
Damian Maia has a chance to get back on track since fighting Marquardt and getting knocked out. His striking needs to have improved enough to avoid walking into a big punch. He needs to realize he can improve striking but to bang with a very good striker not a good idea. Maia on the ground is another story he has dominated opponents on the ground with sweet submissions. I think that is where he needs to take a fight every time. I don’t know much about Miranda but he shows a good record. Probably looking for some ground and pound. Perhaps catching Maia with a strike early. I will lean towards the fighter I have seen a few times. Maia by submissions
Randy Couture vs James Toney
Can the boxer beat the martial arts fighter. I think in a fight any one has a chance. Its very possible Toney lands an upper cut and ends the night quickly. I tend to think after a swing Couture will take Toney down. He took much bigger men down and pounded very good fighters. The surprise to me would be if Toney has some take down defense. Another fact I’m curious about is how fast is Toney. I don’t know much about Toney except the hype on TV. I favor the natural to keep it simple and go with good Ole ground and pound. Randy Couture TKO
Frankie Edgar vs BJ Penn
Watching UFC on TV I think Penn has no class. He spoke wrong about St. Pierre that he was a quicker. At their fight it was Penn who quit. Penn says Edgar is yellow and he shouldn’t celebrate give me a break! The guy show no class at all. No one can deny Penn has talent and has beat good opponents. I would never count him out. I believe a fighter can put doubt into Penn. He starts to fade a little every round. There is nothing to say Edgar won’t do the same with the same result remaining the champ. In most rematches fights are similar because the fighter knows his opponent better. If one can improve and confuse his opponent like St. Pierre has done. GSP has been better for rematches. Frankie Edgar knew or found Penn’s number to beating him. Just don’t try anything fancy or different your not use to I see the fight with the same result. Seems to me Penn’s cardio fades as the fight goes on.
Frankie Edgar wins by decision once and for all done!
Saturday is UFC 115 Pay-Per-View. Time for some picks. I haven’t been keeping up with the fighters but thats no reason not to pick some winners.
Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald
Condit is very tough needs to make the best of clinches and hurt his opponent like wise on the ground. Not familiar with MacDonald, with a nice submission his opponent is another level. Carlos Condit wins by TKO
Paulo Thiago vs. Martin Kampmann
I like Kampmann he has his problems but can be very effective. Thiago should take to the ground but that will be hard to keep Martin down. Kampmann sometimes is too stationery bad idea. Kampmann wins by decision.
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Pat Barry
Cro Cop has a chip on his shoulder. Pat Barry is in for a surprise. Barry is good very explosive. Cro Cop a veteran with knock out strikes looking to show his still in the game. Cro Cop wins by TKO
The main event Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin
Hey what ever happen to Tito? Oh well seen that fight too many times. In the past Rich did not do well against good punchers. Liddell has been beaten but I think his a dangerous old dog. As much of a fan of Rich I can’t picture him knocking Liddell out. Giving Rich his due respect I see the fight going the distance. Liddell wins by decision (I hope I’m shockingly wrong in Rich’s favor)
Patrick Cote vs. Alan Belcher
Belcher pounded Cote with kicks. Leading Cote to go for take downs.
Belcher better at the ground game. Belcher wins 2nd round submission by rear naked choke
Kimbo Slice vs. Matt Mitrione
Mitrione lands heavy leg kicks. Slowly Kimbo is out classed. Mitrione showing very good skills. It’s hard to say if Kimbo would come back. Mitrione wins 2nd round TKO ground and pound
Sam Stout vs. Jeremy Stephens
Two rounds back and forth with Stephens landing the harder punches. Stout landing several legs kicks. Stephens was hurt by a leg kick. Stout pours on the attack but could not finish Stephens.
Jeremy Stephens wins by 3rd round split decision
Josh Koscheck vs. Paul Daley
Koscheck with relentless take downs. Daley could not do anything on the ground. After the bell Daley takes a punch at Koscheck. Koscheck shows no class himself to the crowd.
Koscheck wins 3rd round unanimous decision
Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio Rua
Machida mixing it up with some takes downs. Rua lands an over head right. Rua lands on mount position and lands a few bombs. Mauricio Rua wins by Knock Out! My hat off to Mauricio Rua