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UFC 101(08/08/09) (Predictions)

Posted in Predictions with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2009 by Maxwell Destree

BJ Penn                                            Kenny Florian^$

BJ Penn    vs    Kenny Florian

Penn: BU-230 (70%), SB-260 (72%)

            PO+150 (40%)

Florian: BU+180 (36%), SB+200 (33%)

                PO-150 (60%)

 

Anderson “The Spider” Silva^     vs     Forrest Griffin

Silva: BU-350 (78%), SB-350 (78%)

            PO-260 (72%)

Griffin: BU+250 (29%), SB+275 (27%)

              PO+260 (28%)

 

Amir Sadollah     vs     Johny Hendricks

Sadollah: BU-130 (56%), SB-115 (53%)

                  PO: Even

Hendricks: BU: Even (50%), SB-115 (53%)

                       PO: Even

 

Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove     vs     Ricardo “Big Dog” Almeida

Grove: BU+135 (43%), SB+120 (45%)

              PO-120 (54%)

Almeida: BU-165 (62%), SB-150 (60%)

                   PO+125 (46%)

 

Josh “The Dentist” Neer     vs     Kurt “Batman” Pellegrino^$

Neer: BU-220 (69%), SB-215 (68%)

            PO-160 (62%)

Pellegrino: BU+175 (36%), SB+175 (36%)

                       PO+160 (38%)

 

 Thales Leites     vs     Alessio “Legionarius” Sakara

Leites: BU-350 (78%), SB-325 (76%)

              PO-350 (78%)

Sakara: BU+250 (29%), SB+250 (29%)

                PO+350 (22%)

 

Shane “Sugar” Nelson     vs     Aaron Riley

Nelson: BU+130 (43%), SB+120 (45%)

                 PO-130 (56%)

Riley: BU-160 (62%), SB-150 (60%)

             PO+125 (44%)

 

Tamdan “The Barn Cat” McCrory*     vs     John “Doomsday” Howard

McCrory: BU-200 (67%), SB-185 (65%)

                    PO-200 (67%)

Howard: BU+160 (38%), SB+155 (39%)

                  PO+205 (33%)

 

Matt Riddle*     vs     Dan Cramer

Riddle: BU-165 (62%), SB-150 (60%)

               PO-140 (58%)

Cramer: BU+135 (43%), SB+120 (45%)

                 PO-140 (42%)

 

George Sotiropoulos^     vs     George Roop

Sotiropoulos: BU, SB

                             PO-350 (78%)

Roop: BU, SB

                    PO+350 (22%)

 

Jesse “The Ox” Lennox     vs     Danillo “Indio” Villefort

Lennox: BU+165 (38%), SB+150 (40%)

                  PO

Villefort: BU-210 (68%), SB-180 (64%)

                   PO

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Who’s the Best Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the UFC, St.Pierre or Silva?

Posted in The Fight Forum with tags , , , , , , , on May 9, 2009 by Maxwell Destree
Geroges "Rush" St.Pierre

Geroges "Rush" St.Pierre

                               OR

 

Anderson "The Spider" Silva

Anderson "The Spider" Silva

 I will get things started off here.  Personally, I think that Anderson Silva is probably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC.  I think that it’s almost a toss-up between Silva and Georges St.Pierre, with a slight edge going to Silva. 

Both of their next fights will give us a better understanding about where these fighters are at, and how they would match up against each other.  St.Pierre is going to be fighting Thiago Alves, while Silva is scheduled to fight Forrest Griffin.

St. Pierre is an outstanding fighter, but has yet to show me how good he is against a true striker.  When St.Pierre lost to and then beat Matt Hughes the first time, Hughes was the champion, but MMA still wasn’t where it is even today.  Hughes was a great champion for his time, but I think that Hughes stopped developing as a fighter right around the time St.Pierre beat him for the first time.  The second time St.Pierre beat Hughes St.Pierre showed then that he was in another league above Hughes.

St.Pierre then lost to Matt Serra, who just got plain lucky in the upset win of the year.  St.Pierre avenged the loss in a dominant performance later, to regain the Welterweight title.  I think most people would agree that St.Pierre is several steps above Serra in the fight game, despite an unfortunate loss.

St.Pierre has beaten two guys that are very impressive young fighters in Josh Koscheck and John Fitch.  Both of these fighters are ex-collegiate wrestling champs, yet St.Pierre out-wrestled both of them.  However, one of the strikes that I hold against St.Pierre is that he couldn’t finish either one of them.  I don’t think St.Pierre has very good knock-out power in his hands.  One of the very, very few arguable weaknesses of St.Pierre.

Thiago Alves poses a tough fight for St.Pierre because he is stronger than St.Pierre, and a better all around athlete than any of the other fighters St.Pierre has faced.  However, I still think that St.Pierre will win, but it will be interesting to see how.  My guess is by decision, but if St.Pierre can knock out Alves St.Pierre could jump to the top of my board as best pound-for-poundfighter in the UFC.

Anderson Silva also has a tough fight coming up as well.  Forrest Griffin is no joke, and shouldn’t be taken lightly.  Griffin will bring it to Silva, but I look for Silva to knock out Griffin in the first or early second round.  If Silva doesn’t knock out or submit Griffin in convincing fashion, I think Silva will drop out of the pound-for-pound best fighter spot.

Silva has fought some tough opponents, and finished them all convincingly with the exception of his last two fights.  Patrick Cote blew out his knee during his fight with Silva, so Silva won by default, despite not looking impressive during the fight.  Silvas last fight was probably the most boring fight I have ever seen in my life.  Silva just did not bring it, he had opportunities to finish the fight yet never did.  Silva needs to finish Griffin in order to be considered the pound-for-pound best.

When looking at who St.Pierre and Silva have beaten it’s pretty hard to decide which fighter has fought tougher opponents. St.Pierre is a better wrestler than Silva, and has beaten very good wrestlers with relative ease (Fitch, Koscheck, Hughes).  Silva might not have fared so well against these fighters because it is arguable that Silvas weakness is his wrestling.  Dan Henderson showed us that despite ultimately losing to Silva.

On the other hand, Silva has beaten some very good strikers that would probably have given St.Pierre some trouble (ie.Franklin, Cote, Marquardt).  St.Pierre was knocked out by Serra, who has power but not anything like the fighters mentioned.

 I think St.Pierre is the better fighter when fighting an opponent who specializes in takedowns, and ground and pound.  But, Silva is better fighting opponents who are good strikers and pretty good on the ground.  I mean lets face it, Hughes, Serra, and to a degree Koscheck and Fitch aren’t known for their striking first.

Alright, back to the original question who is the better fighter?  Or who would win in a fight between Silva and St.Pierre?  As I already said…Silva.

Silva would win because I think he has proven to have a better all around game.  He has knocked people out in both the Middleweight division and the Light-heavyweight division, and I don’t think St.Pierre could do that (in his division and the one above respectfully).   St.Pierre would have beaten all the people that Silva has beaten and vice versa, but I don’t think St.Pierre could have done it as convincingly.

Also, as I said earlier, St.Pierre is a better wrestler than Silva. But, Silva showed that he can scramble and hold his own even with one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters in the world in Thales Leites.  Plus, I can’t see St.Pierre trying to submit Silva, I see St.Pierre ground and pounding on him. 

Ultimately that’s why I see Silva winning this fight.  He may not be able to stop all of St.Pierres takedowns, but I think he could at least minimize the damage he would take on the ground, and I don’t think St.Pierre would be able to submit him.  When Silva gets the fight back to his feet, I see him with an advantage in striking.  Silva is just fast enough, and too accurate of a striker for St.Pierre.  I would expect Silva to knock St.Pierre out. 

The only way St. Pierre wins is if he gets Silva down, and can keep him down for every round.  Really Ionly see Silva winning the fight about 60 percent of the time.  But that’s good enough to make him the best pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC in my book.

 

Please share your comments, who do you think would win?

Never Watch, Never Surrender

Posted in UFC/MMA News and Notes with tags , , , , , on May 3, 2009 by Maxwell Destree

never-surrender1I recently watched a movie called Never Surrender.  The movie features several UFC fighters in small roles.  Georges St.Pierre, Anderson Silva, Quentin Jackson, BJ Penn and Heath Herring all have parts in the movie.  Despite having major UFC talent in the movie, the movie was still atrocious.

From what I gathered from the movie (I was fast-forwarding through most of it to get to where the UFC fighters were) some guy who looked like he was forty-five (and no Randy Couture) was a world MMA Champion.  He gets lured into this underground fighting ring where the winner gets the other fighters girl.  Because what is more primal or basic than fighting for the woman you love?  Anyways it ends where he has to fight the promoter of the underground fight ring.

The movie is probably a C movie at best, the fight scenes were filmed worse than anything you could hope to see on tv.  The one good line to come from the movie was when Jackson told a drunk a** that ” you need to pivot when you punch”.  That quote came right after Jackson takes a clean punch right on his chin, but shrugs it off like nothing happend.

The most unbelievable part of the movie was that they dubbed over Georges St.Pierre’s voice.  UNBELIEVABLE!  For those who might not know, St.Pierre is from Canada, and speaks with a French-Canadian accent, but his accent isn’t nearly bad enough to deserve getting dubbed over.  St.Pierre is probably the most popular fighter in MMA, and he is the future of the sport, if you’re lucky enough to get him to be in your movie, have the curtisy not to dub his voice.

 The only good thing to come from the movie is that the UFC fighters gained experience being in and around a movie and its sets.  Hopefully we can see a real Hollywood movie feature some UFC fighters. 

My advice would be that if you are a real and true fan of the UFC and want to see the fighters try to act, go to your local Red-Box and rent a copy for a dollar.  Otherwise, DO NOT spend any money on this movie.

Silva to Fight Griffin, Jardine new opponent for Thiago Silva, Noguiera to Fight Couture?

Posted in UFC/MMA News and Notes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2009 by Maxwell Destree

This just in, Anderson Silva has now been slated to fight Forrest Griffin this July at UFC 101.  Griffin was scheduled to fight Thiago Silva, but now Thiago is going to be fighting Keith Jardine.  

Apparently Dana White wants to get Anderson back in the ring sooner, than later, and what better opponent than Griffin.  This is a very smart move by the President of the UFC.  After Silva’s “embarrassing” outing White knew that nobody in their right mind was going to pay for a pay-per view with Silva as the headlining fight.  So, pit Silva against a ranked fighter in another weight division, with a different division title on the line later that night.  Brilliant.

BJ Penn will be defending his title against Kenny Florian that same night in the Main Event.  As if that match up wasn’t going to draw enough buys, the UFC decided to add some extra frosting to the cake at no cost to them or the public.  By having Silva fight at a heavier weight against a ranked opponent they really don’t have much to lose, but they have a lot to gain. 

If Silva loses, so what, he still has the Middleweight title, and oh how convenient, he lost to a very respectable fighter who isn’t even in his natural division.  Also, it makes the UFC look good because they are presenting a stacked card with a fan favorite in Griffin.

If Silva wins, it proves that he really is a pound-for-pound phenom.  By beating Griffin it would refresh interest in Silva with the public. Then, the UFC could use Silva to headline another one of their pay-per views.

The UFC has really taken the latest Silva fiasco and turned it into a win-win for themselves and the public.

On a separate note, it is rumored that Antonio Noguiera is going to be facing Randy Couture in the main event at UFC 102 in Portland, Oregon.  Both fighters are coming off loses and both fighters are showing their age.  The exciting aspect of this fight is that these two fighters fight with a ton of heart, it should be a battle for the ages.

 

Originally posted on (4/29/09)

My Top Ten: Fighters In the UFC

Posted in Top Ten Fighters in the UFC with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2009 by Maxwell Destree

1. Anderson “The Spider” Silva     anderson-silva-2

Yes, even with the way Silva performed in his last fight against Leites I still think that he’s the pound for pound best fighter in the UFC.  He showed us against Leites that he has the capability to neutralize a world class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, and that he himself has an impressive ground game.  Most people would agree that he is the best pure striker in the UFC.  He has a deadly combination of power and accuracy. 

If and when Georges St.Pierre and Silva fight I think it will be a very good and agressive fight, but I feel that Silva is a superior striker.  He isn’t necessarily better on the ground, but if he is at least equal to St.Pierre then he should be able to cancel that aspect of his game and achieve victory through striking.

(With that said St.Pierre is a very, very close second) 

2. Georges “Rush” St.Pierre     georges-stpierre1

St.Pierre is personally my favorite fighter, if St.Pierre and Silva fight I will be pulling for St.Pierre all the way.  St.Pierre is the best athlete in the UFC.  St.Piere could be phenominal at any sport that he chooses.  But, it’s not just pure athleticism which puts St.Pierre at number two, it’s his ability to continuosly analyze his own fight game and to improve in areas that could be considered a weakness (if they exist). 

St.Pierre has great conditioning, very good striking, good takedowns and wrestling, and an inate ability to pass peoples guard.  He does not have as much power in his striking as Silva, and isn’t quite as accurate either. 

If St.Pierre and Silva fought, Silva would probably win by knockout.  However, St.Pierre is definately good enough to take Silva down, and probably good enough to pass Silva’s guard.  So, the real question then is could St.Pierre survive long enough to win on the scorecards with takedowns, or would he be able to ground and pound Silva into submission.  Personally, and unfortunately I think Silva would knockout St.Pierre in the first or second round.

Finally, St.Pierre is a young fighter still, and in a couple of years will enjoy a long stay as the best fighter in the UFC.

3. Lyoto “The Dragon” MachidaLyoto Machida 3

After Machidas title fight against Rashad Evans where he dominated the fight before ultimately knocking the ex-champ out cold how could Machida not sky-rocket this chart.  Machida has an undefeated record in MMA, along with and impressive record of never losing a round in any of his 7 UFC fights.  Not to mention, Machida holds victories over the likes of Rich Franklin, BJ Penn and Stephan Bonner.  Machida put on a display of accuracy, footwork and elusiveness that would make the movie legend Bruce Lee proud.  Only, the unbelievable thing is that Machida is fighting real, world class fighters who have been training for the majority of their lives, and he still manages to make them look like amateurs when in the same ring as him.

The fight against Evans showed that Machidas style is no fluke, and he is going to be one of the best fighters in the UFC for a long time to come. 

4. Kenny “Kenflo” Florian     kenny-florian

Placing Florian in the number three spot is probably a surprise to many of you.  Some of you might point to losses to Diego Sanchez and Sean Sherk as reasons why he doesn’t belong here.  Well, my answer to you is that Florian has made such strides with his fight game since his loss to Sherk, and has beaten his opponents so convincingly that I find it hard not to put him here.

Remember that Florian lost to Sanchez as a Welterweight, and when he fought Sherk he was fresh off of the Ultimate Fighter tv show.  If Florian were to fight either of those fighters today he would win.

Florian has improved his striking, it looks smooth and crisp, he has improved his jiu-jitsu, and Florian is possibly one of the best gameplanners in the UFC.  Florian always has a fight strategy that gives him an advantage over his opponents. 

Lastly, I know Florian is placed above of BJ Penn, but when they fight at UFC 101 you will all understand why.

5. BJ Penn     bj-penn-2

Penn in my opinion is possibly over-rated at this spot.  He is definately a top ten fighter, but maybe not as high as number four.  Penn has great jiu-jitsu, and like Joe Rogan likes to point out every fight that Penn is in, he has great dexterity in his limbs.  Penn has good striking, and heavy hands, and has said that he is re-dedicated himself to MMA.

But, when I watch Penn he seems to lack the true “it” factor, or true desire and passion for fighting.  I may be wrong, but it seems to me that Penn found that he was naturally very good at fighting, so he works hard, puts the time in the gym and expects to be the best.  Penn has had cardio problems in the past, and has lost to some of the other top fighters in other weight classes.  I guess I can’t put my finger directly on it, but Penn is missing that last intangible that would truly make him great.  Look for Florian to win at UFC 101.

6. “Sugar” Rashad Evans     Rashad Evans

Evans is a guy that I think flies under a lot of peoples radar.  Evans has great hand speed and punching power, and is an under-rated athlete.  He has collegiate level wrestling experience, so he is good at taking people to the mat, as well as stopping other fighters from taking him to the mat.  Evans has a good chin, and has the ability to grind fights out and win even when he might not be performing at his best.

Evans came into the UFC by winning the Ultimate Fighter tv show and he did it as an undersized Heavyweight.  He took some serious shots on that show and managed to beat those guys.  Whatever it is Evans wins, he hasn’t lost yet.  Granted sometimes it might not be pretty, but the man is a winner, and I expect him to move up this board in the future.

7. Quentin “Rampage” Jackson     quentin-jackson

Jackson is tough to place, he really isn’t known for any jiu-jitsu which makes it difficult to rank him this high.  But, he has a very good stand up game, and in my opinion is probably one of the more intimidating fighters the UFC has.  This man is an Ass Kicker, that’s all he does, he kicks ass.  He has some impressive wins as of late, over Keith Jardine, Wanderlei Silva, and Dan Henderson.

However, because of Jacksons fighting style I don’t ever really see him moving up this chart because there are too many fighters that are more complete fighters than Jackson.

 8. Frank Mir     frank-mir

Ok, it might surprise some that Mir is this high on the list, but if you look at his fight game, it’s pretty impressive.  He is a very good striker, and possibly the best ground fighter at Heavyweight.  This begs the question that if he is this good as a Heavyweight he would probably only be faster, and quicker as a lighter fighter.  I think Mir is definately deserving of this spot, and with a win over one or two more opponents will probably move up this board.

 

9. Thiago “The Pitbull” Alves     thiago-alves-2

Alves is on a good run lately, and I would hate to have to fight him next.  Sorry St.Pierre but Alves has been on a tear.  Alves has had impressive wins over Karo Parisyan,Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck.  He is young athletic and fights hard.  It’s scary to think that he still has a long career in front of him, and that he will develop even more in the future.  I expect Alves to clime this chart over time, and to have more than one good battle with St.Pierre before thier careers are done.

10. Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez     diego-sanchez-2

Sanchez is probably under-rated by many people right now, but you have to take into account his performance at Welterweight, and the fact that he is now fighting at a better weight for him.  Sanchez has a very good ground game, and has some good power in his hands.  Sanchez could use some cleaner striking, he still just doesn’t seem smooth, but the man has tremendous heart and is a great competitor. 

I think that Sanchez will take out Guida in his next fight, and will probably beat the next guy in front of him until he faces the champ at Lightweight.  I think that the Lightweight division is a good division for Sanchez to find success, and that he can be competitive against Penn and Florian.  I expect Sanchez will move up this list and give Penn and Florian a run for their money before too long.

My Top Five: Middleweight Fighters In the UFC

Posted in Top Five Fighters in Each UFC Weight Class with tags , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2009 by Maxwell Destree

1. Anderson “The Spider” Silva     anderson-silva-21

Silva has not had very impressive performances in his last two fights (Cote, and Leites) however, until he loses he is still top in this division.  What’s frustrating with Silva is that he is so good that it seems as though he doesn’t feel challenged when he’s fighting.  He has excellent striking, good jiu-jitsu defense, and appears to have good ground skills as well.  Hopefully, we can see a super-fight between Silva and St.Pierre in the future.

2. Dan “Hendo” Henderson     dan-henderson

Henderson proved he still has a little left in the gas tank and a whole lot of power left in his right hand.  With Hendersons impressive knockout over Michael Bisping Henderson belongs in this spot.  Henderson has lost to notables such as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Anderson “The Spider” Silva, but he has recently beaten Rousimar Palhares, and Rich “Ace” Franklin.  Henderson seems to be back on an upswing, and has fought some of the best fighters of any division.  The reason Henderson is higher than Okami is simply based on strength of fight history.  Henderson beat Franklin (who Okami lost to) and has fought much tougher and more established opponents than Okami.

3. Yushin “Thunder” Okami     yushin-okami 

Okami has some impressive wins over Mike “Quick” Swick, Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald, and Dean Lister.  The only thing that is holding Okami back is a loss to Rich “Ace” Franklin as well as a very frustrating proneness to injury.  When Okami fights he is easily a top five fighter, the only problem is he never fights.  I would anticipate that Okami will come off this board pretty soon, or at least drop after the winner of Maia vs Marquardt.

 

4. Demian Maia     damian-maia

Maia is in this spot for one reason and one reason only, jiu-jitsu.  He has had five fights in the UFC with five victories, all by submission.  He has beaten Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald and Nate”Rock” Quarry who are respectable fighters in this division.  No one in this weight class is better at jiu-jitsu than Maia period.  But, he hasn’t faced the toughest the UFC has to offer.  I would expect him to get a match against one of the top four fighters I have listed here, to see where he really ranks.  I would like to see him take on Nate “The Great” Marquardt, it would be a good test for both of them, and would decide who should face Silva after he fights Okami.

 

5. Nate “The Great” Marquardt     nathan-marquardt

Marquardt is an all around good fighter, he does have losses to Thales Leites and Anderson Silva though, and that’s why he is at this spot.  He carries wins over Dean Lister, Martin Kampmann, and Wilson Gouveia.  I feel that there is perhaps a rematch with Leites in the future, but we’ll have to see.  Some people want to think there’s a possible rematch with Silva if Marquardt can get another win under his belt, it could be interesting.