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UFC 139 thoughts and predictions


Let me first say that I love this card. Absolutely stacked. So stacked that the UFC probably should have considered watering it down to put some of the big names towards their UFC on FOX failure. I say failure because I felt the debut was awful. I was reduced to watching the prelims on a crappy stream while the one hour time slot was basically a hype show followed by a single don’t blink your eyes or you’ll miss it heavyweight fight. I hope they handle it better in the future.

UFC 139 is loaded with former champions. Faber, Cung Le, Dan Henderson, and Shogun are all former title holders in either the UFC, Strikeforce, or WEC. Stylistically, they all fight to please the common MMA fan and are battling for title contention. Wanderlei is just the icing on the cake. Guaranteed to see some brutal striking in every main card bout. Should be an excellent card and will likely be worth the $44.99 PPV fee.


Henderson vs. Shogun

Great match up and a worthy main event. Overall, I haven’t been impressed by Shogun since his switch to the UFC. Although he has won some key fights to stay in the picture, his cardio remains his downfall in my eyes.  Hendo is getting older but he is still capable of pressing the action at an impressive pace. No way Shogun can keep up. Also keep in mind that Hendo has never been knocked out and has quite the chin. I like Dan Henerson winning via some type of stoppage.


Wanderlei vs. Cung Le
Wanderlei Silva is pretty much damaged goods at this point. As much as I respect the guy, he’s been knocked out in brutal fashion one too many times. He always comes prepared to slug, but it never appears that he has a gameplan. This entire fight will be fought on the feet and Cung Le is a more well rounded striker. He’ll emerge the victor in a fight that doesn’t last 3 rounds.


Faber vs. Bowles
Two top 5 bantamweights. Could very well win fight of the night honors. Faber is non-stop and Bowles will gladly exchange. I think it will ultimately come down to experience, and Faber has more. He knows how to win fights and will outpoint Bowles in a fight that does go the distance. Faber in 3.

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in MMA, TNell

 

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Cung Le defeats Frank Shamrock…

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…and is new EliteXC/Strikeforce middleweight champion. Le put on a crazy display of all types of kicks from his arsenal, keeping Shamrock at bay with front kicks pretty much the whole fight. Shamrock caught him once with a huge overhand right and staggered Le in 3rd round. I actually thought that was the beginning of the end for Cung Le. But less than a minute after getting his legs buckled, Le caught him with a huge kick that snapped Frank’s wrist and put an end to the former champ’s reign at the top of the middleweight division, as he couldn’t answer the bell for the 4th round. Big mistake for Shamrock to try and not get it to the ground. For some reason, he wanted to show the fans he could stand with Cung Le. Bad idea. Now at 35, his arm is going to require surgery before he gets back in the cage. Hope he returns soon because he’s one of the most exciting fighters in MMA. Congratulations to Cung Le. I linked the video to the pic above so check it out before it’s removed.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2008 in Author, MMA, TNell

 

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Cung Le…

I was watching the Shamrock-Baroni EliteXC event from last June when I saw this dude on the undercard fighting vet Tony Fryklund. I can’t recall seeing a more technical kickboxer with a frightening work rate than Cung Le. He has a huge arsenal of kicks, punches, spinning backfists, sweeps and shit I’ve never seen. He’s great for MMA. There aren’t too many dudes in the sport as talented as this guy when it comes to kickboxing. I’m excited for his matchup with Frank Shamrock on March 29th. Easily Le’s toughest competition to date.

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2008 in Author, MMA, TNell, Videos

 

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