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UFC 100 (07/11/09) Results

Posted in Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2009 by Maxwell Destree

My pick Results for UFC 100: 7/11 (64%)

My Money Picks for UFC 100: 0/1

Favorites Record (by internet odds): 7/1 (there were 3 fights I didnt catch the odds to)

 

My Picks Totals (since UFC 97): 31/45 (69%)

My Money Picks Total (since UFC 97): 9/13 (69%)

Favorites Record Since UFC 97: 29/43 (67%)

 

Brock Lesnar beat Frank Mir for the UFC Undisputed Heavyweight Title

Brock Lesnar beat Frank Mir for the UFC Undisputed Heavyweight Title

Lesnar wins by technical knockout at 01:58 in Round 2

Lesnar: BU-240 (71%), SB-215 (68%)    (07/06/09)

                 PO+130 (43%)

Mir: BU+190 (34%), SB+175 (36%)     (07/06/09)

          PO-150 (60%)

  Ok, I admit I over-estimated Mir.  I don’t think I really underestimated Lesnar though.  I knew that Lesnar has the ability to smash pretty much anyone.  But, I did think Mir was going to be able to neutralize Lesnars size and brute force with technique and MMA know-how.  I was wrong.

When Lesnar was laying on top of Mir in the first round with Mir in a half head lock smashing Mir’s face I thought, this isn’t good.  When the round ended and half of Mirs face was already smashed up, and Mir could do absolutely nothing with the huge mass of meat that is Lesnar, I knew then that Lesnar was going to finish the fight in the second round.

Lesnar proved that he is the undisputed Heavyweight champ, and that anyone that gets trapped under his insanely huge body mass is as good as dead.  I would really like to see Lesnar against the winner of Carwin or Velasques, but I can say one thing it will be a while before I go against Lesnar.

 

Georges St.Pierre beats Thiago Alves by Unanimous Decision

Georges St.Pierre beats Thiago Alves by Unanimous Decision

St.Pierre wins by unanimous decision after 5 Rounds. 

Judges scores: 45-50, 44-50, 45-50

St.Pierre: BU-300 (75%), SB-285 (74%)     (07/06/09)

                     PO-300 (75%)

Alves: BU+220 (31%), SB+225 (31%)     (07/06/09)

              PO+220 (31%)

St.Pierre is in the process of building his legacy as possible the best Welterweight champ ever.  St.Pierre has two wins over Matt Hughes who probably still in some eyes is the best Welterweight champ ever.  But, it’s now impossible to ignore the level of competition that St.Pierre has beaten, and the relative ease that he has done it with.

Alves seemed to be a very game opponent.  He’s big, made weight, and seemed to be well conditioned even in the later rounds against St.Pierre.  And yet, St.Pierre pretty much walked right through Alves.  The fight was extremely one-sided.  Pierre is simply at a level never seen before in the Welterweight division, and probably all of MMA.

I get excited at the possibility of a St.Pierre/Silva fight.  But, a lot needs to happen before that would become a reality.  Silva undoubtedly needs to beat Forrest Griffin (Silvas next opponent).  Also, St.Pierre needs to recover from a groin injury suffered during the Alves fight.  But, if the UFC can get the match made and done right, then it would probably be the best matchup in the history of MMA.  At least in the regards that the two pound for pound best fighters in MMA history would be fighting one another, for the title of best MMA fighter ever!  How cool would that be?

Lastly, I have to mention I got this one right, St.Pierre did win by unanimous decision just like I thought he would.

 

John Fitch     vs     Paulo Thiago

Fitch wins by unanimous decision after 3 Rounds

Fitch: BU-450 (82%), SB-365 (78%)     (07/06/09)

             PO-350 (78%)

Thiago: BU+325 (24%), SB+285 (26%)          (07/06/09)

                 PO+310 (24%)

 Well, Fitch took this one by purely out grappling Thiago.  Ultimately it was really impressive to see how good Fitch’s jiu-jitsu is.  Fitch handled Thiago (a specialist on the mat) with composure and confidence.  Although Fitch did not submit Thiago it was still a quality performance.  Fitch wouldn’t knock Thiago out as I though he might, but he did win as I figured he would.

 

Dan “Hendo” Henderson     vs     Michael “The Count” Bisping

Henderson wins by knockout at 03:20 in Round 2

Henderson: BU-225 (69%), SB-225 (69%)      (07/06/09)   

                        PO+165 (38%)

Bisping: BU+175 (36%), SB+185 (35%)     (07/06/09)

                 PO-185 (65%)

  I have to admit despite picking Bisping to win, I’m not really dissappointed with Henderson knocking Bisping out.  I don’t really care for Bispings personality. 

 I think that if Bisping was able to avoid the big shot he would have won the fight based on points.  I also think that my odds may still have been pretty reasonable.  How many times does Henderson catch Bisping if they fought a lot.  I think Bisping would avoid the big shot more often than getting hit with it.  It just so happens that this time he got caught with it, and I mean he took the full fist straight on the chin.

Henderson did show me one thing though, he still has plenty of power in those hands. 

 

Yoshihiro Akiyama     vs     Alan “The Talent” Belcher

Akiyama wins by split decision after 3 Rounds

Akiyama: BU-300 (75%), SB-340 (77%)     (07/06/09)

                      PO-150 (60%)

Belcher: BU+220 (31%), SB+260 (28%)     (07/06/09)

                  PO+150 (40%)

 This was a very entertaining fight, and it would actually be awarded fight of the night honors.  The fight was a back and forth battle, with Akiyama taking the split decision.  The fight statistics show however that Akiyama did out strike, and out wrestle Belcher. 

I think that Belcher definately won some fans with his performance, and despite the loss I don’t forsee the UFC cutting him.  Belcher showed that he is still improving as a fighter. 

I thought there was a possibility that  Akiyama would submit Belcher, but really I thought Akiyama would get the decision.  I also had mentioned that it could be a split decision, but I figured on a unanimous one.  I wasn’t too far off.

 

Mark “The Hammer” Coleman   vs   Stephan ” American Psycho” Bonnar

Coleman wins by unanimous decision after 3 Rounds

Coleman: BU+250 (29%), SB+250 (29%)     (07/06/09)

                     PO+560 (18%)

Bonnar: BU-350 (78%), SB-325 (76%)     (07/06/09)

                  PO-550 (85%)

 The old man did it.  Coleman definately proved me wrong.  I thought he would never win another fight in the UFC again.  I truly thought that the talent level of the UFC had passed the aging Coleman by.  I would like to think that Bonnar was out of shape, or took Coleman too lightly.  But, Bonnar didn’t appear to be out of shape at the weigh-ins, and I don’t think Bonnar is the type of guy to take anyone too lightly.

All and all it was a good win for Coleman, and once again I’m not too disappointed with getting this one wrong.  It was kind of a nice surprise to see he could still hang with the young guys.  Congrats Coleman.

 

Jon “Bones” Jones     vs     Jake “Irish” O’Brien

Jones wins by submission (guillotine) at 02:43 in Round 2

Jones: BU-450 (82%), SB-500 (83%)     (07/06/09)

              PO-410 (80%)

O’Brien: BU+325 (24%), SB+300 (25%)     (07/06/09)

                PO+325 (24%)

 Jones did what everyone thought he was going to do, win.  Jones just keeps moving up the board, its exciting to think of where this kids potential will end.  This win doesn’t surprise anyone I don’t think, but it does give Jones more experience and more confidence.  I can’t help but feel that the UFC is grooming this kid.  I would really like to see him fight on regular tv for free, get this kid some exposure.  Jones didn’t deliver the first round knockout like I predicted though.

 

Dong “Stun Gun” Hyun Kim     vs     TJ Grant

Kim wins by unanimous decision after 3 Rounds

Hyun Kim: BU, SB

                       PO-300 (75%)

Grant: BU, SB

              PO+220 (31%)

  Well, I thought Kim would be able to finish Grant off in the first round.  Instead Kim would leave with a decision victory.

 

Mac Danzig     vs     Jim Miller

Miller wins by unanimous decision after 3 Rounds

Danzig: BU+160 (38%), SB+160 (38%)     (07/06/09)

               PO+160 (38%)

Miller: BU-200 (67%), SB-200 (67%)     (07/06/09)

               PO-200 (67%)

 I did not see this fight, but I heard it was pretty good.  Danzig got bloodied up, but kept fighting hard.  I read that it was a pretty good grappling match.  I think that Miller was too strong and athletic for Danzig.  Danzig is not a bad fighter, in fact he is a very technical fighter.  I think Danzig just lacks the quickness and talent to be really successful at this level.

I hit the nail on the head with this prediction.  I predicted Miller would win by unanimous decision, and that there would be some impressive grappling.  I was right on both counts.

 

CB “The Doberman” Dollaway     vs     Tom “Filthy” Lawlor

Lawlor wins by submission (guillotine) at 0:55 in Round 1

Dolloway: BU, SB

                     PO-120 (55%)

Lawlor: BU, SB

                PO+110 (48%)

 I guess by the way it sounds, Dolloway went in for a takedown and Lawlor locked in a guillotine right away.  That was pretty much the whole fight. 

I knew that Lawlor had a good chance of winning as evidenced by my winning percentage I gave him.  Lawlor is a very good fighter, probably better than people give him credit for.  Dolloway is also a very good fighter, but he also seems to be one of those guys that will never reach his full potential.  He just can’t seem to put it all together.

I would like to see Lawlor fight again, perhaps in a main event, or co-main event on a fight night.  I think Lawlor is still getting better as a fighter, and I think he could be right around the top of the division some day.

 

Matt “The Real One” Grice     vs     Sannon Gugerty

Gugerty wins by submission (guillotine) at 02:36 in Round 1

Grice: BU, SB

              PO+160 (38%)

Gugerty: BU, SB

                 PO-180 (64%)

I predicted a second round submission win for Gugerty, but he decided to just finish it in the first round.  Assuming Grice doesn’t have any more fights on his contract, I don’t anticipate seeing any more of Grice in the UFC.  Gugerty was able to get a much needed victory, and we will see him again.

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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: Welterweight Fighters In the UFC

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

1. Georges “Rush” St.Pierre     georges-stpierre-3

There really shouldn’t be any question why St.Pierre is number one.  He has one of the most complete fight games in all of MMA.  He is a superior athlete to any MMA fighter.  This was an easy place for St.Pierre.  St.Pierre is a pretty young fighter still, and could be on top of the fight game for the next ten years.  He is the first ever MMA fighter to be sponsored by Gatorade, and I expect him to receive many more sponsorships before he’s done. St.Pierre has beaten BJ Penn, Thiago Alves easily in his last two fights which further cements his spot at this spot but also as one of the best MMA fighters in history.  Here’s to a great career St.Pierre.

 

2. John FitchJohn Fitch   

Fitch moves back up to the number two spot after UFC 100.  Fitch had a very impressive win over Paulo Thaigo in which he basically out-grappled a grappler.  Fitch proved in his fight against Thiago that he is still developing as a fighter.  Although Fitch is still out of St.Pierres league he did hold his own a little better than Thiago Alves did.  Fitch moved past Thiago for the number two position for a couple of reasons.  First, as I just said, he had a better fight against St.Pierre, but he has also won two fights since his loss to St.Pierre and looks as though he is a better fighter today then when he last fought St.Pierre.  Although a fight with  Alves would go to the scorecards and be a very close fight, I think Fitch might be able to take him. 

3. Thiago “Pitbull” Alves     thiago-alves

With recent wins over top welterweight competitors Karo “The Heat” Parisyan, Matt Hughes, and most recently Josh Koscheck,  Alves is still in the top five, but with his recent loss to Georges St.Pierre he falls a spot to number three.  Thiago looked to be in the best shape of his life against St.Pierre, he still didn’t look as good as Fitch did fighting St.Pierre.  Alves is young, and can easily move into the number two spot once again, he just needs to make sure that he keeps developing as a fighter.  Although, it will be tough to ever reach the level that St.Pierre is at currently.  There could very easily be a rematch in the future with St.Pierre, but first, I would like to see Alves fight Fitch.

4. Mike “Quick” Swick     mike-swick

Swick is a very good fighter, he has really good power and hand speed, and can hold his own on the ground.  His most disappointing loss was to Yushin “The Thunder” Okami who is a fantastic fighter in his own right.  Also, when Swick fought Okami it was as a Middleweight, Swick has since dropped down to Welterweight and looks great.  Swick is going to be facing Martin Kampmann to decide who will recieve a title shot against Georges St.Pierre.  Personally I think that both fighters are very good, but I think Swick is just a little bit better.  Either way it should be a very interesting and exciting fight to watch.

 

5.Martin Kampmann     martin-kampmann

Kampmann is a tough dude, and could easily move up this board to the number four spot.  He has some good wins in the UFC, one over Thales Leites, and his most recent win against Carlos Conditt.  Kampmann will be facing off against Mike Swick to decide who takes on St.Pierre.  I think Kampmann loses to Swick, but I still like his chances of staying at the number five spot.

 

 

(6. Josh Koscheck)     josh-koscheck-2

The only reason Koscheck is at number six and not higher is because of his most recent loss to Paulo Thiago.  Koscheck has the athleticism to be a ranked fighter but has yet to put it all together.

(honorable mention: Paulo Thiago)