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UFC 99 – The Comeback (6/13/09) (Predictions)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2009 by Maxwell Destree

Note: The odds listed are from www.betus.com (BU) and www.sportsbook.com (SB), and my own personal opinion of what they should be (PO)(I am just trying this out, don’t be surprised if they’re way off to start with).  Also, I will break down the line into percentages for everyone.  The percentage tells how often they would win the fight.  P.S. I know the percentages don’t always add to 100, that’s because thats the sportsbooks take, it’s just the way they do it.

 

Rich Franklin^$                                Wanderlei Silva

Rich Franklin     vs     Wanderlei Silva 2

Franklin: BU-155 (61%), SB-145 (59%)     (06/04/09)

                     PO-225(69%)

Silva: BU+115 (47%), SB+115 (47%)     (06/04/09)

              PO+205 (33%)

I think you would have to be out of your mind not to go with Franklin on this one.  Yeah, Franklin has had some tough fights lately, and the loss to Dan Henderson didn’t help, but remember he was a UFC Champ for a long time.  Franklin is still a top level talent despite losing to Anderson Silva twice and Henderson.  Franklins conditioning can match Wanderlei Silvas, and his striking is better.

Silva on the other hand has not impressed me at all since coming into the UFC.  Not only that, Silva has suffered some very vicious knockouts throughout his career the last of which came in his last fight against Quentin Jackson.  It is very hard for a fighter to recover mentally and physically after taking a vicious knockout, and Silva has had several.  I think that because of the effects that these knockouts are bound to have, Silva has lost speed and can’t take a punch like he use to.

I would anticipate Franklin knocking Silva out, probably in the second round, Franklin is smart and will feel Silva out before dialing in his range.  I think that the odds for this fight are way too close, I think Franklin wins this fight about 7 out of 10 times, great odds for a betting man.

 

Cain Velasquez     vs     Cheick Kongo^

Velasquez: SB-200 (67%)     (06/04/09)

                         PO-110 (52%)

Kongo: SB+160 (38%)     (06/04/09)

                 PO-110 (52%)

Boy, the UFC sure doesn’t make them easy to pick.  This is a great matchup, it will help give a better look at Heavyweight contendership.  I know that Cain is touted as the UFC Heavyweight to watch, but in the shadows of the division Cheick Kongo has slowly been making a name for himself. 

Kongo has had several nice wins in the UFC, and is currently on a three fight win streak.  Both of Kongos losses in the UFC have been by way of split decision.  I initially wasn’t impressed too much with Kongo and felt that he was over-rated.  However, I can no longer look past his record and his last three fights.  Kongo has looked very crisp with his striking, he has great timing, and seems determined to be a force at this division.

Cain is no slouch either, don’t get me wrong, he can still very easily win this fight.  I just feel that Kongo’s experience is going to carry him in this fight.  I don’t know how the winner will have won, knockout or decision but I can guess it won’t be by submission.  This should be a very fun fight to watch.

 

Mike Swick^$     vs     Ben Saunders

Swick: BU-225 (69%), SB-210 (68%)     (06/04/09)

               PO-300 (75%)

Saunders: BU+175 (36%), SB+170 (37%)     (06/04/09)

                      PO+280 (28%)

I know Saunders is good, perhaps very good, but Swick is better.  Swicks only loss of note in the UFC is to a very good fighter in Yushin Okami.  Since that loss Swick has dropped a weight class, and looks even quicker and more powerful than he did before.  Swick is lightning fast and has the MMA repitour to boot.  Saunders is going to be in for a long fight, or perhaps a very quick one.

Either way, I think Swick is a very good bet to win this fight.

                    

 Marcus Davis^$     vs     Dan Hardy

Davis: BU-225 (69%), SB-210 (68%)     (06/04/09)

               PO-320 (76%)

Hardy: BU+175 (36%), SB+170 (37%)     (06/04/09)

                PO+295 (25%)

Davis is going to knock Hardy out.  No if’s, and’s, or but’s about it.  Davis has faced much better competition, and has held his own.  Also, Hardy’s bread and butter is his striking, but Davis holds the winning hand when it comes to striking.  Davis was a professional and amateur boxer, so his hands are much more refined than Hardy’s.  Laslty, Hardy has been running his mouth saying Davis is a fake Irish man, so Davis really has incentive to shove his fist directly into Hardy’s pie hole.  Davis by knockout in the first round.

 

Spencer Fisher*     vs     Caol Uno

Fisher: BU-225 (69%), SB-210 (68%)     (06/04/09)

               PO-150 (60%)

Uno: BU+175 (36%), SB+170 (37%)    (06/04/09)

           PO+130 (43%)

 Well, here’s another tough one to pick.  Uno is very good on the mat, Fisher is good on his feet and OK on the mat.  If Fisher can keep the fight standing he wins, if Uno gets Fisher down there is a very good chance he wins.  Ultimately though I think that Fisher can neutralize enought of Uno’s game to get a decision victory.

 

Terry Etim*     vs     Justin Buchholz

Etim: BU-350 (78%), SB-500 (83%)     (06/04/09)

            PO-215 (68%)

Bucholz: BU+225 (31%), SB+300 (25%)      (06/04/09)

                   PO+190 (34%)

I have not had the opportunity to see either of these fighters fight, but I know Etim is pretty good.  He has more Octagon experience than Bucholz and I think that will come into play here.  For what its worth, Bucholz has a first round loss to Matt Wiman, and Wiman has a decision loss to Sam Stout who Etim beat.  By all accords Wiman probably won the fight, but if Wiman and Etim are at about the same level (which I think they are) then Etim will simply be the better fighter.

Etim victory by way of any means necessary.

 

Dennis Siver*     vs     Dale Hartt

Siver: BU-200 (67%), SB-200 (67%)     (06/04/09)

             PO-170 (63%)

Hartt: BU+150 (40%), SB+160 (38%)     (06/04/09)

              PO+160 (38)

 Siver has more experience.  I have never seen either fighter fight, but the general consensus among the “experts” is that Siver is the better fighter.

 

Paul Taylor*     vs     Peter Sobotta

Taylor: BU-500 (83%), SB-500 (83%)     (06/04/09)

                 PO-210 (68%)

Sobotta: BU+300 (25%), SB+300 (25%)     (06/04/09)

                   PO+220 (32%)

 Paul Taylor is a fun fighter to watch, but really hasn’t shown much in the UFC.  Taylor is a good fighter for anyone to fight entering the UFC.  Taylor is definately beatable, and Sobotta has a very, very good chance of achieving the upset victory.

Sobotta is from Germany, and that’s where this event is, so he’ll be fighting in front of a home crowd so to speak.  The only reason Taylor is picked to win is because of his experience in the UFC.  Taylor wins by decision.

(Note: I haven’t picked too many upset wins for this card, but this could very easily be one of them, I just can’t bring myself to pick Sobotta, but don’t anyone be surprised if Taylor does lose this fight.)

 

Paul Kelly*     vs     Rolando Delgado

Kelly: BU-550 (85%), SB-500 (83%)    (06/04/09)

             PO

Delgado: BU+325 (24%), SB+300 (25%)     (06/04/09)

                   PO

I’m going to wait on this prediction until after the weigh ins.

 

 Denis Stojnic*     vs     Stefan Struve

Stojnic: BU-110 (52%), SB-Even     (06/04/09)

                 PO-160 (62%)

Struve: BU-130 (57%), SB-130 (57%)     (06/04/09)

                PO+130 (43%)

Struve is too tall and lenky to be a real threat in the UFC.  Sruve is listed as 6’11” the only real athletes at this height are playing in the NBA, not fighting for the UFC. 

Stojnic isn’t the best bet, but I think he can take Struve.  Despite being much shorter at 5’11” he still weighs the same.  Both fighters have one fight in the UFC and both have a loss.  Both losses are to quality opponents in Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Antos.

To help put this fight into perspective its like asking an NBA basketball player to fight linebacker in the NFL.  I would consider the linebacker to be a much more explosive athlete than an NBA player.  Although this example isn’t perfect because they’re both fighters in the same sport.  Genetically, Stojnic is going to be more agile even though he is overweight.  Stojnic by ground and pound or knockout.

 

Mustapha Al Turk     vs     Mirko Cro Cop*

Al Turk: BU+275 (27%), SB+350 (22%)     (06/04/09)

                  PO+300 (25%)

Cro Cop: BU-450 (82%), SB-550 (85%)     (06/04/09)

                   PO-430 (81%)

Man, talk about a question mark, Mirko “Cro Cop” is a human question mark. Will he show up to fight?  Will he be dissappointment again? No one can really tell.  What I do know is that if Mirko can fight like everyone knows he can he should easily win.  But, we’ll have to see who shows up.

Also, the UFC really wants Mirko to be a mainstay in the company, perhaps that setting one up for him to knock down if you get my drift.

 

John Hathaway*     vs     Rick Story

Hathaway: SB-150 (60%)     (06/04/09)

                         PO-120 (56%)

Story: SB+120 (45%)     (06/04/09)

              PO+120 (45%)

I’ve never seen either fighter fight before, this is Story’s first UFC appearance and Hathaways second.  Hathaway is probably a safe bet though.

WEC 41 Brown vs Faber 2 (Results)

Posted in Results with tags , , , , , on June 8, 2009 by Maxwell Destree

Well Brown vs Faber 2 is in the books, and with a little help from the injury bug, Brown manages to beat Faber for the second time in as many fights.  WEC 41 delivered on all aspects the fight game; there were fantastic knockouts, 3 and 5 round battles and very technical mat battles that lead to impressive submissions.  I would definitely be willing to dish out pay-per view money if the WEC can consistently provide this type of quality.

 

Mike Brown^                               Urijah “California Kid” Faber

Mike Brown 2    vs    Urijah Faber 2  

Brown: BU-105 (51%), SB+120 (45%)     (06/04/09)

Faber: BU-135 ( 57%), SB-150 (60%)     (06/04/09)

Brown wins by unanimous decision after 5 rounds.  Judges scores: 49-46, 49-46, 48-47

Brown defended his title against a very determined and tough Urijah Faber on Sunday June 7.  The fight would start out with a bang and make its way to a decision after five hard fought rounds by both fighters.

Urijah came out in round one guns a blazin.  Urijah connected on a good straight left midway through round one that opened a cut under Browns left eye.  Unfortunately that would end the right hands delivered by Urijah for the rest of the fight.  Urijah broke his right hand midway into the first round and never used it again.  Instead Urijah had to resort to trying to connect with long reaching right elbows.

Later in the fight Urijah also injured his left hand, but I’m not exactly sure when or which round.  Urijah toughed out the rest of the fight by throwing elbows and kicks.  Because of the damage to his hands Urijah was unable to get or sustain any takedown, as well as submission attempts.

Brown on the other hand seemed to have a pretty conservative gameplan, he would slowly creep in, throw a couple lefts and unleash his right hand, and then lock up and clinch fight.  Brown was able to take Urijah down in several different rounds, and was able to control Urijah on the ground pretty well.  Brown neutralized most of Urijahs scrambles, and he even avoided a couple submission attempts by Urijah by creating his own scrambles.

Ultimately this was a very fun, and energetic fight.  I am really, really, really glad that the WEC put this on national television on VS.  Theres nothing better than seeing a title fight thats as good as any title fight you’ll see in the UFC on tv for free.  Way to go Brown!  I can only hope that these two fighters will keep on winning and maybe create a third rematch.  Hand injury or no hand injury the two styles these fighters have make for a great fight that I could watch over and over again.

 

Jose “Junior” Aldo     vs     Cub Swanson

Aldo: SB-360 (78%)     (06/04/09)

Swanson: SB+280 (26%)     (06/04/09)

Aldo wins by knockout via flying double knee in round one!  Everyone youtube this highlight!

Aldo was able to come out after the bell and immediately deliver the knockout of the night and perhaps the year!  Unfortunately for Cub there always has to be the “victim” and tonight Cub was the victim of a flying double knee.  Yeah, that’s right a double knee.  Aldo managed to connect on Cubs face with both knees while in the air.  Amazing!  Take a second to check it out on youtube, it will literally take seconds because the knockout happens 8 seconds into the fight. 

 

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone     vs     James Krause

Cerrone: SB-650 (87%)     (06/04/09)

Krause: SB+450 (22%)     (06/04/09)

Cerrone wins by tapout due to a rear-naked choke in round one.

Cerrone and Krause provided us with a very good technical up and down fight.  The fight ultimately ended on the mat with Krause tapping, but prior to that Krause was a very game fighter. 

 

Josh “The Fluke” Grispi^     vs     Jens “Lil’ Evil” Pulver

Grispi: SB-150 (60%)     (06/04/09)

Pulver: SB+120 (45%)      (06/04/09)

 Grispi wins  by tapout due to a guillotine in round one.

Ok here it here first, Pulver said he’s done fighting.  Pulver got caught in the first exchange between the two fighters and Grispi capitalized.  Grispi moved in and Pulver went for a desperate takedown, but left his head hanging out in the open and Grispi was able to clamp on and submit the exciting ex-UFC veteran.  After the fight Pulver was clearly very emotional, and still very gracious to everyone for his opportunities in fighting.  Pulver came into MMA as an unknown and he’s leaving as future hall of famer who is truly a class act.

 

Manny “The Anvil” Gamburyan^     vs     John Franchi

Gamburyan: SB-240 (71%)     (06/04/09)

Franchi: SB+190 (34%)     (06/04/09)

 Gamburyan wins by unanimous decision after 3 rounds.  All judges scored the fight 30-27.

The Gamburyan-Franchi fight was not televised, for punch-by-punch details checkout Sherdog.com.  Otherwise basically Sherdog says that the fight was boring, and Gamburyan was booed after the fight because of its lack of excitement.

 

Rafael Rebello     vs     Kyle Dietz

Rebello: SB-115 (53%)     (06/04/09)

Dietz: SB-115 (53%)    (06/04/09)

Rebello wins by tapout due to a rear-naked choke in round one.

Check out Sherdog.com for more details about this fight.

 

Mike “The Beast” Campbell     vs     Anthony “Showtime” Pettis

Campbell: SB-340 (77%)     (06/04/09)

Pettis: SB+260 (28%)     (06/04/09)

 Pettis wins by tapout due to triangle choke in round one.

This was a quick but impressive victory for Pettis.  He jumped up onto Campbell while going for a guillotine, and Campbell slammed Pettis into the mat.  Pettis however never lost his composure and went for a couple of different submissions before locking in the triangle that won him the fight. 

 

Scott “Young Guns” Jorgensen     vs     Antonio Banuelos

Jorgensen: SB-145 (59%)     (06/04/09)

Banuelos: SB+115 (47%)     (06/04/09)

 Banuelos wins by split decision after three rounds. Judges scores: 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 for Banuelos.

The judges got this fight right in my opinion, yet if there would have been a fourth round I think that Jorgensen would have won.  Banuelos came out like a little fire plug in round one.  Banuelos was throwing very good combinations and mixing up his strikes and location.  Banuelos caught Jorgensen early in round one and kept the pressure on winning round one convincingly.

Round two was a little tougher to score, but Banuelos still had some speed and movement, and still managed to take Jorgensen down in the second round.  I too would have awarded round two to Banuelos although it was much closer than round one.

In round three however, Jorgensen looked to have found his range with his jab, and looked to be the fresher fighter.  Banuelo was noticeably slower, and was no longer throwing long combinations and kicks.  Jorgensen caught Banuelo and gave him a nasty cut toward the end of the round.  Jorgensen won round three convincingly.  Unfortunately it was too little too late.  No doubt Jorgensen would have had the momentum if the fight had gone onto another round, but both fighters knew it was only three rounds and the right man won on the scorecards.

I would really like to see Jorgensen get a chance to avenge this loss.  Jorgensen clearly seemed to be the more athletic fighter, its just that he got caught early and it took him too long to recover.  Either way thats fighting.

 

Frank Gomez     vs     Noah Thomas

Gomez: SB -160 (62%)     (06/04/09)

Thomas: SB+130 (43%)     (06/04/09)

Gomez wins by tapout due to an arm triangle choke in the second round.

 Check out Sherdog.com for details.

 

Rolando Perez     vs     Seth “2-Quick” Dikun

Perez: SB -115 (53%)     (06/04/09)

Dikun: SB-115 (53%)     (06/04/09)

Dikun wins by tapout due to a triangle choke in the first round.

Dikun almost provided us with a submission of the night highlight reel for the ages, yet he’ll just have to settle for the win instead.  Early in the fight Dikun went for what I can only describe as a flying triangle.  Dikun practically Lock a triangle in on Perez while he was still standing but the would be highlight was quickly negated.  Perez fell to the mat into Dikuns guard who with a couple of elbows and a shift of his weight was able to lock in the triangle.  So, it took a little longer for the submission and it didn’t quite happen in the air, but Dikun was still able to secure the triangle and take home the W.

 

Note: for anyone looking for more commentary on any fight I highly recommend checking out www.sherdog.comits an excellent MMA resource.  Also the results and judges scores are taken from the sherdog website.

My Prediction Results: 3/3 for 100%

WEC: Brown vs Faber (6/7/09) (Predictions)

Posted in Predictions with tags , , , , , , on June 4, 2009 by Maxwell Destree

Just a quick note, I don’t follow the WEC as much as the UFC,therefore I am going to keep my prediction record seperate.  I still try to follow the WEC though, and sinc this is just for fun I should give it a shot anyways eh?  Here are my predictions.

Mike Brown                                      Urijah “California Kid” Faber

Mike Brown 2    vs    Urijah Faber 2  

Brown: BU-105 (51%), SB+120 (45%)     (06/04/09)

Faber: BU-135 ( 57%), SB-150 (60%)     (06/04/09)

Personally, I think Brown wins this fight more than he loses it.  I am surprised to see Brown as the underdog even though he has already beaten Faber.  Brown knocked Faber out in the first round the first time these two fighters met.  I think most people think Faber got too cute and just got caught.  Yes, Faber had success staying on the outside of Brown, and he was quicker too.  But, during their first fight Brown also showed he is quick enough to close the gap on Faber and even take Faber down. 

A close proximity, scrappy match favors Brown in my opinion.  I believe in order for Faber to win he needs to stay on the outside, out of Browns reach, and use his speed to connect on his strikes.  I really believe that Brown will have a repeat win, knocking Faber out.  Although this time perhaps in the early second round.  I think Faber will keep away initially, but his excitement will get the better of him once again, and once again he will get caught.

 

Jose “Junior” Aldo     vs     Cub Swanson

Aldo: SB-360 (78%)     (06/04/09)

Swanson: SB+280 (26%)     (06/04/09)

 

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone     vs     James Krause

Cerrone: SB-650 (87%)     (06/04/09)

Krause: SB+450 (22%)     (06/04/09)

 

Josh “The Fluke” Grispi     vs     Jens “Lil’ Evil” Pulver

Grispi: SB-150 (60%)     (06/04/09)

Pulver: SB+120 (45%)      (06/04/09)

I really like Jens Pulver as a person, but I just can’t pull myself to pick him to win this fight.  The odds makers actually got this one right I’d say.  Pulver brings a ton of experience with him, but I think the age is catching up with him (or perhaps all the fights).  Last time I saw Pulver he looked pretty slow, and at this division, one can’t afford to be slow.  I know Grispi is very young at only twenty years old, but I think that pure athleticism should win this fight for him.  But, don’t ever count a wiley veteran out, especially if that wiley old veteran is Jens Pulver.

 

Manny “The Anvil” Gamburyan     vs     John Franchi

Gamburyan: SB-240 (71%)     (06/04/09)

Franchi: SB+190 (34%)     (06/04/09)

Well, I’ll tell you guys what I know.  Gamburyan was over-rated in the UFC, and is probably over-rated in this fight too.  Gamburyan has small man complex, meaning that his strengths are on the ground, yet he always seems to want to prove he can standup too.  If Franchi has any type of standup, and convince Gamuryan to stay standing Franchi will win.  Yet, If Gamburyan fights to his strengths meaning he takes the fight to the mat, then Gamburyan should win easily.  Look out though, Gamburyan is also injury prone, and I would be he is coming into this fight after some sort of injury.  Gamburyan is definately the favorite, but probably shouldn’t be by so much.

 

Rafael Rebello     vs     Kyle Dietz

Rebello: SB-115 (53%)     (06/04/09)

Dietz: SB-115 (53%)    (06/04/09)

 

Mike “The Beast” Campbell     vs     Anthony “Showtime” Pettis

Campbell: SB-340 (77%)     (06/04/09)

Pettis: SB+260 (28%)     (06/04/09)

 

Scott “Young Guns” Jorgensen     vs     Antonio Banuelos

Jorgensen: SB-145 (59%)     (06/04/09)

Banuelos: SB+115 (47%)     (06/04/09)

 

Frank Gomez     vs     Noah Thomas

Gomez: SB -160 (62%)     (06/04/09)

Thomas: SB+130 (43%)     (06/04/09)

 

Rolando Perez     vs     Seth “2-Quick” Dikun

Perez: SB -115 (53%)     (06/04/09)

Dikun: SB-115 (53%)     (06/04/09)

A Link to MMA Wagering Guide

Posted in UFC/MMA News and Notes with tags , , , , , on June 4, 2009 by Maxwell Destree

Ok, I found the article about betting on MMA for anyone interested in that sort of thing.  The article was written by Eric Foster and I feel it’s a very good article for someone who has no idea on how to bet MMA.

http://mmajunkie.com/news/1500/where-and-how-to-bet-mma-now.mma

I will keep this link located on my About My Blog page at the bottom.

The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 Episode 10: Pierce is Still a Lying Baby, Damarques “D” Defeats Osipczak

Posted in The Ultimate Fighter TV Show with tags , , , , , on June 4, 2009 by Maxwell Destree
Damarques Johnson makes it to the "TUF" finale in Las Vegas.

Damarques Johnson makes it to the "TUF" finale in Las Vegas.

Well, last week Frank Lester proved he has balls by becoming the first person in TUF history to get a second chance and win.  This week we get to find out the match-ups for the semi-finals, and we get our first semi-final match.

The show once again beats a dead horse by showing that Pierce is a punk.  Team UK and Team USA get together for a barbecue to celebrate the semi-finals.  Sometime during the night Team USA’s Richie Whitson hears Pierce  bad mouthing Team USA to a Team UK member.  Richie expresses his displeasure and dislike for Pierce.  Richie implies that Pierce backed out of his fight, while Pierce suggests he really wanted to fight.  In the end, the debate finishes with Pierce telling Richie to bump up a weight class so the two could fight.  Let me take a second here to give a word to the unwise (Pierce).  If you fought Richie you would be fighting a real fighter, and Richie would put you in more pain than you could ever believe.

Anyways, the match-ups are made.  Team UK will Fight Team USA in the semi-finals much to the delight of the coaches.  Dana White had tossed around the idea of pitting teammate against teammate, but ultimately decided against it.  The match-ups are as follows: Andre Winner (UK) vs Cameron Dollar (USA), Ross Pearson (UK) vs Jason Dent (USA), Nick  Osipczak (UK) vs Damarques Johnson (USA), and James Wilks (UK) vs Frank Lester (USA) (Note: this is a rematch between these two fighters in which Wilks won the first match by knocking Lesters front four teeth out.)

Team UK”S strategy is for Nick to keep the fight standing, they worked extensively with Nick on his takedown defense.  The strategy for Damarques is simple, win.  Damarques feels that he’s the better fighter and that he could win this fight in any number of ways.

At exactly half-way through the show, we’re into the fight.  Semi-final fights are scheduled for three five minute rounds, and this fight would need all fifteen minutes.  The first round started fairly even with the striking initially going to Damarques although Nick was landing some real nice leg kicks.  At one point Damarques was able to take Nick down, but about half a minute before the bell Nick was able to get back to his feet.  Nick immediately hurt Damarques with a flurry and tried to pour it on at the end of the round.  But, with about ten seconds left Damarques started fighting back, and the round ended with the two fighters standing toe-to-toe slugging it out.

Unfortunately, the second round would not have the same fireworks that the first round had.  Damarques got an early takedown, and controlled Nick on the ground from then on.  Nick to his credit went for some early submissions but could never quite get there.  Nick took a pretty good beating to finish the round, taking blows from Damarques who was in the full mount position.  It appeared that if the round had gone any longer referee Herb Dean would have stepped in and stopped it.

The third round started with both fighters noticeably fatigued.  Both Nick and Damarques deserve tons of credit despite being obviously exhausted they both gave it there all in the hopes of getting one step closer to their dreams.  Damarques was the better man tonight though, controlling the standup and eventually taking Nick down to the mat.  Again, to Nicks credit he never gave up despite being behind on the scorecards and needing a knockout. Nick was able to reverse Damarques who had his back and found himself in Damarques’ guard with only half a minute to go in the fight.  The third round finished with both fighters throwing rubbery punches at one another with Nick in Damarques’ guard.

Damarques won the fight, and put one Team USA member in the semi’s.  Next week they will show both lightweight semi-final fights.  To my surprise the preview showed Dent slugging it out with Ross Pearson.  Will Team UK be able to rebound next week, or will Team USA continue their winning ways?  Only time will tell, until next week MMAniacs.