UFC 111 St-Pierre vs. Hardy

27 03 2010

Fight predictions with the best recommended betting lines, for UFC 111, have now been posted under the ‘Fight Predictions’ page. I’ll also be linking to my ESPN MMA Live Fantasy Picks page, for those that are playing along.


UFC on Versus 1 / Dream 13 round up

23 03 2010

What makes mixed martial arts so exciting is that anything really can, and usually does happen. With that in mind I went 1-2 in my first round of fight predictions for UFC’s first live event on Versus. Gonzaga failed to take down Dos Santos, and Cheick Kongo surprisingly stuck to a great game plan and gave Paul Buentello his walking papers from the UFC. Jon Jones passed with flying colours in his toughest test yet against veteran Brandon Vera with a first round TKO, and helped me save face by at least getting one of my predictions right – I did say they were unreliable! While not in the fight predictions page, I did comment on Dream 13, and just like I said, Josh Barnett beat ‘Mighty Mo’ by first round submission using a modified amrbar, (similar to a kimura) in homage to his ‘catch as catch can’ grappling base. The next event I’ll be offering fight predictions with betting lines, will be for UFC 111 on March 27th which will be headlined by Georges St-Pierre vs Dan Hardy. I’ll have the predictions in the next couple of days along with part 2 of my history of MMA, which will be covering the Gracies, and the birth of Vale Tudo.

Update: According to Brandon Vera’s Manager Matt Stansell, the devastating elbow Jon Jones landed which caused Vera to roll over and signal the end of the fight, fractured Vera’s right cheekbone in three different places. A fracture like this can be very dangerous, especially as it’s right by the eye socket, in which there’s a high chance that fragments of bone can penetrate the eye. A return date for Vera (if ever) is unknown. Meanwhile expect Jon Jones to face the loser of Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson vs Rashad Evans.

Full Weekend Results

UFC on Versus 1

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1 Jason Brilz Eric Schafer Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
2 Mike Pierce Julio Paulino Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
3 Brendan Schaub Chase Gormley TKO (Punches) 1 0:47
4 John Howard Daniel Roberts KO (Punch) 1 2:01
5 Darren Elkins Duane Ludwig TKO (Ankle Injury) 1 0:44
6 Vladimir Matyushenko Eliot Marshall Decision (Split) 3 5:00
7 Clay Guida Shannon Gugerty Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) 2 3:40
8 Alessio Sakara James Irvin TKO (Punch) 1 3:01
9 Cheick Kongo Paul Buentello Submission (Elbows to the Body) 3 1:16
10 Junior dos Santos Gabriel Gonzaga TKO (Punches) 1 3:53
11 Jon Jones Brandon Vera TKO (Elbows and Punches) 1 3:19

Dream 13

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1 Ikuhisa Minowa Jimmy Ambriz Submission (Toe Hold) 2 2:42
2 Katsunori Kikuno Kuniyoshi Hironaka KO (Punch) 1 1:26
3 Cole Escovedo Yoshiro Maeda KO (Head Kick) 1 2:29
4 Ryo Chonan Andrews Nakahara Decision (Unanimous) 2 5:00
5 Karl James Noons Andre Amado Decision (Unanimous) 2 5:00
6 Josh Barnett Siala Siliga Submission (Kimura) 1 4:41
7 Bibiano Fernandes Joachim Hansen Decision (Split) 2 5:00

Dream 13

21 03 2010

For those of you who like to stay up really late, and need more than the UFC to satisfy your mixed martial arts fix, Dream offer up their 13th event at 7am this morning. Josh Barnett, former UFC Heavyweight Champion, and widely regarded as one of the top 10 heavyweights in the world returns to action after 13 months away from the ring. After having his shot at the world’s top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko taken away from him last year due to a testing positive for steroids, ‘The baby-faced Assassin’ continues to appeal his case against the failed drug test. Having kept busy in amateur grappling contests, he now faces Salia ‘Mighty Mo’ Siliga. ‘Mighty Mo’ comes into this fight with a record of 3-1, not having competed since his loss to Semmy Schilt via triangle choke back at K-1 Dynamite 2008. It’s always a pleasure to watch Barnett fight, he’s one of the most gifted and best rounded fighters on the planet, with a sick ‘catch as catch can’ ground game, and an ever improving stand up game, even knocking out Pedro Rizzo back at Affliction Banned in 2008. ‘Mighty Mo’ wont possess much danger to Barnett, and expect Barnett to get a submission in the first round. Also on the card, which will be the ‘fight of the night’, Dream featherweight Champion Bibiano Fernandes defends his 145 pound title against Joachim Hansen. Hansen drops down to 145 for the first time in his career. After losing a close decision to Eddie Alveraz in the quarter finals of the Dream Lightweight Tourney, Hansen came back as a late replacement for the injured Alverez and stopped Kultar Gill and then the worlds no 2 Lightweight Shinya Aoki to win the 2008 Tournament. His last fight, a rematch with Aoki, which he lost his title to a devastating armbar in the second round last June. Fernandes meanwhile shot to fame during last years Dream Featherweight Tournament, beating Takafumi Otsuka, Masakazu Imanari, new prospect and tourney favourite Joe Warren and then Hiroyuki Takaya in the finals. Bibiano Fernandes’ only losses coming to notables Urijah faber and one of my all time favourites Norifumi ‘Kid’ Yamamto. Expect to see Hansen push the pace, while Fernandes tries to get the fight to the ground. Hansen has the edge in experience, size, power, and overall game, but will the huge weight cut leave him with enough energy, should the fight go into the later rounds. I can’t wait for this fight, and expect Hansen to become the first fighter in Dream to win a Title in two separate weight divisions. KJ Noons, Former Elite XC 160 lb Champion, who made his name beating Nick Diaz back in 2007, returns to action tonight. In his match against Diaz, his biggest ever win,  Noons cleverly stayed out of Diaz’ reach, and used jabs to the body then looping right hands to open up Diaz’s guard, then knocked down Diaz with a counter straight right hand. Diaz couldn’t answer the bell to the second round due to cuts received and resulted in a doctor stoppage. Noons then went on to knock out UFC veteran Yves Edward in the first round at Elite XC ‘Return of the King’ , before refusing a rematch with Diaz and embarking on a boxing career. His opponent this evening comes in the form Andre ‘Dida’ Amado. the Brazilian is riding a 3 fight losing streak against Katsunori Kikuno, Eddie Alvarez, and Gesias ‘JZ’ Cavalcante, and his only notable win against Japanese legend, Caol Uno. It’s hard to pick a winner, and it will be interesting to see how much ring rust Noons’ two year lay off has left him.

Full Line up:

Dream Featherweight Title:

Bibiano Fernandes vs Joachim Hansen

Josh Barnett vs Salia ‘Mighty Mo’ Siliga

Karl James Noons vs Andre ‘Dida’ Amado

Katsunori Kikuno vs Kuniyoshi Hironaka

Ryo Chonnen vs Andrews Nakahara

Yoshiro Maeda vs Cole Escuvado

Ikuhisa Minowa vs Jimmy Armbiz

UFC Undisputed 2010 Trailer featuring BJ Penn

16 03 2010

The second UFC Undisputed 2010 trailer to be released by THQ features UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn. The in-game footage shows Penn applying a gogoplata, which is one of many new submissions  added to this years release. The major improvements come with an added ‘sway’ system for controlling upper body physics, and a new ‘posture’ system for ground fighting. Other new editions include a ‘Title’ Mode, where players can compete to win a title in a specific weight class, and a ‘Tournament’ mode, where players can create tournaments with up to 16 competitors. While last years UFC Undisputed 2009 has sold over 3 million units so far, making it a huge success, many fans were left disappointed by the game. Theres so many components to mixed martial arts, that its very hard to translate to a game, and it remains to be seen whether THQ can improve on last years effort. Meanwhile EA sports are close to completion with their first MMA game ‘EA Sports MMA’. Featuring a huge roster, from Dream, Strikeforce, World Victory Road, as well as retired legends. This game comes with a whos who of MMA, including Fedor Emelianenko, Randy Couture, Gegard Mousasi, Dan Henderson, Shinya Aoki, Nick Diaz, Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller, Cung Le, Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza, and also Frank and Ken Shamrock. For hardcore MMA fans, EA Sports definitely has the better roster, but it is also being developed using the ‘Knockout Kings’ game engine meaning that punches and kicks will be assigned to the analogue sticks, giving a much more fluid, and intuitive control system. I for one will be purchasing both games, but EA Sports MMA is the one I’m most looking forward to. Like EA Sports say ‘it’s a game made by dedicated MMA fans, for dedicated MMA fans’.

Tito Ortiz UFC 115 post fight excuse revealed

16 03 2010

Two days ago Fighters Only magazine reported that Tito Ortiz has withdrawn from his scheduled third encounter with ‘The Iceman’ Chuck Liddell at UFC 115. At first, no official reason was given as to why Ortiz had pulled out from having his third ass whipping from ‘The Iceman’, but Fighters Only were saying that both Chuck Liddell and Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin had verbally agreed to meet instead. This comes about after Franklin had to step in and replace Ortiz as a coach during the filming of this seasons ‘The Ultimate Fighter’. Dana White was quick to squash this story, saying that Ortiz and Liddell will still face off at UFC 115 and that Rich Franklin will meet UFC Hall of Famer Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture. This story refused to go away, and adding fuel to the fire, has been Ortiz and his Wife Jenna Jameson’s Twitter Posts, with Ortiz bitching as usual, and then Jenna Jameson wishing her hubby to get better quickly while he’s in hospital. As it turns out Ortiz has FLU, not HIV as some rumours suggest. He revealed his status 20 minutes ago on his Twitter page, and that he will still be facing Chuck at UFC 115. Fight fans will be sickened to hear that Ortiz will be carrying another excuse into his third meeting with ‘The Iceman’ .  ‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ has become almost famed for his post fight excuses should he lose a fight. In his last fight, a rematch with former UFC Lightweight Champion, and season 1 winner of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ Forrest Griffin, Ortiz had repeatedly stated leading up to the fight, that since having back surgery, he was now injury free, in perfect condition, totally prepared and is the best he’s ever been. After his disappointing performance, and unanimous decision loss to Griffin, Ortiz stated in his post fight interview with Joe Rogan that he got injured in his training camp, was only able to spar once, and that he entered the fight with a cracked skull. It’s fair to assume that Ortiz will still take the fight with Liddell, saying that he’s a warrior and that flu wont stop him competing. Then after Liddell knocks Ortiz out for the third time, expect the crying to begin!

Updated: Tito was hospitalized because he belived he had swine flu, but as it turns out, it was just normal flu. Nothing a few tablespoons on calpol cant fix!

ESPN Fantasy League

11 03 2010

ESPN has just launched its first fantasy league: MMA Live Pick ‘Em. Starting with UFC 111. The game is simple, you just pick who you think will win in each bout (including preliminary fights). So from UFC 111 my fight predictions will now include preliminary bouts, to co-incide with the fantasy league, (although I’ll only be doing detailed predictions and betting line for the main card fights). I’ll link to my league table so you can see how good, or bad I’m doing!

Alex Reid’s biggest fight!

10 03 2010

The cross dressing, former Hollyoaks star turned professional Mixed Martial Artist, who shot to fame for dating Katie Price, and then winning over the voyeristic british public during this years celebrity Big Brother, will meet Tom ‘Kong’ Watson for the BAMMA Middleweight Title on May 15th. The Fight will be held at the 14,000 seat LG Arena in Birmingham, England, and will be shown live on Bravo. This is by far Alex Reid’s biggest fight, especially considering, he hasnt won a MMA fight since 2005, with his last win coming against Kyosuke Sasaki. He’s lost his last 6 MMA fights, but because of his sudden rise in popularity, he is being granted a title shot at one of Englands top prospects. While most of the British public have certainly warmed to ‘The Reidernator’, it remains to be seen if fight fans have forgiven him for his in ring actions against the 19 year old newcomer Jake Bostwick. Loaded magazine reported that after a K-1 rules fight against Bostwick, in which Reid was victorious, he proceeded to stand on Bostwicks head while he was recieving medical attention and flex his muscles for the media. Bostwick’s father was reported to have jumped into the cage and punched Alex Reid. While a title shot sounds great for Reid, it’s a fight he doesnt stand much chance of winning, which begs the question, how much is he being paid? Rather than build Reid up slowly with some less caliber fighters, BAMMA have decided to use him as a fall guy, and make Tom ‘Kong’ Watson famous off of Reid’s name. If Reid was serious about his MMA career. he would’nt have taken this fight, but I’m sure we’ll see him in some low budget movies and TV ads before the years end. I don’t follow British MMA and this certianly isnt a fight thats going to get me interested.