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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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Urijah Faber vs. Jens Pulver…

Urijah Faber Jens Pulver

If you own a Television, you owe it to yourself to check out this fight Sunday night (June 1st) at 9pm on VERSUS. #1 ranked Featherweight Urijah Faber will defend his belt against Pulver who is undefeated at this weight class. VERSUS is hyping up this fight as the “Greatest Cagefight in History” and while that claim is audacious, I would have to say its not far from the truth.

I would have preferred to see Pulver take a few more fights before this one so I could get a better idea of who the fuck is gonna win this. Faber is unbelievable but Pulver has always been a dominant force at this weight class and his swift brutal submission of Cub Swanson impressed me. One thing is certain, Pulver will land shots and Faber will pull off some of his improvisional ninja moves. I’ve said it before, WEC is awesome, free, and their lighter weight divisions are sick!

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Posted by on May 30, 2008 in Entertainment, Mazz, MMA

 

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WEC Results and Review…

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If you missed WEC last night then this post is to make you feel bad.  I was expecting some pretty good fights and I was pleasantly surprised to witness some great ones.  All three Title Holders successfully defended their belts with ease except Paulo Filho who barely pulled off a 2nd round submission against a dominant Chael Sonnen.  Doug Marshall almost ripped Ariel Gandulla’s arm in half with an armbar in the 1st round. 

In a furious display on why he is one of the best P4P MMA fighters in the world, Featherweight Urijah Faber weathered a full round of Gracie BJJ Black Belt Jeff Curran on his back and then let the fireworks go in the 2nd, winning with a choke.  Faber also put on a clinic of creative spontaneity, at times pulling off moves and locks that stunned even Frank Mir.  The above picture is an example, a knee to the face off of one leg while Curran held the other.  After winning, a gracious Faber politely called out Pulver who also won.  This looks like a fight that will happen soon and should be one of the best matchups of the year.

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Posted by on December 13, 2007 in Author, Mazz, MMA

 

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WEC: FREE Three Title Fight Card on Versus…

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I have to admit I’m always skeptical of new MMA “leagues”, especially since Chuck Norris’ wack World Combat League. However, I fully admit I’m impressed with both IFL and most recently WEC.  International Fight League is essentially a new school PRIDE with the boxing ring and the legendary MMA fighters as coaches.  With the tournament style team setup and Bas Rutten commentating, I prefer  watching IFL over UFC’s free Fight Nights. 

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Posted by on December 11, 2007 in Author, Entertainment, Mazz, MMA

 

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