Okay, I was all excited about getting my first blog out there about UFC 123: well then my computer broke and I couldn’t even get on the internet. So I am going to show you who I would have picked in the fights. The first few, the few fights with actual reasoning behind them were written before my computer broke. The ones with just the names, I am just now writing about.
Alright everyone, UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida is going to be live on Pay-Per-View this Saturday Nov, 20th. This card looks to have some pretty exciting fights with some of the biggest names in Mixed Martial Arts. So I am going to be giving my predictions starting with the preliminary fights all the way to the Main event. All record information I have in this comes from the UFC website. The rest are my observations and opinions.
Tyson Griffin (14-4-0) vs. Nik “The Carny” Lentz (21-3-02)
I know many people are going to think that I am just picking Griffin to win this fight just because he is the most well known of the two. But really I have some pretty sound reasoning. Tyson Griffin is a very dangerous man especially when he gets you on your back. He is a master at ground and pound and he is so powerful. He also uses his short stature to his advantage because it makes it harder for people to submit him. Griffin has some big wins under his belt: Urijah Faber, Hermes Franca and Clay Guida just to name a few. Nik Lentz on the other hand has massive experience in the cage and he only has three losses but the men he has beat is a list of no namers. Lentz is best in the submission game so I think that is going to be how he comes at this fight. He will end up on his back on the mat with Griffin raining down his ground and pound.
Paul “Tellys” Kelly (11-3-0) vs. TJ “The Spider” O’ Brian (16-3-0)
This is a classic example of a puncher vs. a submission expert. Paul Kelly is super strong and is very dangerous if you stay standing with him, but he also has some violent ground and pound. I don’t think he will want to risk taking “The Spider” to the ground though because most if not all of his wins have been on the ground by submission. This fight will be fun but I am going to have to give this fight to TJ O’ Brian. I think experience will win out and he will not try to stand and box with “Tellys”.
Edson Barboza Jr. (6-0-0) vs. Mike Lullo (8-1-0)
Don’t get me wrong, both of these guys are great fighters. They both have great records and this is probably going to be a better fight than I am going to play it off it as, but I really don’t think Lullo has a chance in this fight. Jr. comes out with such fire and anger, that I think he will overwhelm Lullo and use his striking ability to end the fight. Lullo has the advantage the longer the fight goes because it will wear Jr. down and take some of the fire out of him. But I think this will be a quick fight with Barboza coming out on top.
Karo “The Heat” Parisyan (26-5-0 1NC) vs. Dennis “Superman” Hallman (64-13-2 1NC)
Alright this fight pains me to choose a winner. Both men are very talented and dangerous, but both of them have something about them that makes me not like them. First of all Karo is great a Judo. He is most likely the best Judo practitioners fighting today, but with that talent comes a major ego. He feels like he is God’s gift to Judo and MMA. Well, it comes down to the fact that when it comes to using other than some kicks and a few punches, the only part of MMA that he is truely good at is Judo. Hallman on the other hand is a great submission expert. He has even gone as far as beating Matt Hughes, one of my favorite fighters of all time, twice. I guess you really can’t hold that against him, but still. I am pretty sure that Karo is going to win this fight, but he might want to think of a way to do that without taking Hallman down. I think if he takes Hallman to the ground Hallman will submit him. It will be a great fight.
Aaron “A-Train” Simpson (7-1-0) vs. Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz (8-2-0)
I can honestly say that I don’t know who is going to win this fight. That’s mainly a result of me never seeing what A-Train can do. I have seen Munoz fight many times and he is very dangerous, but looking at Simpson’s record, so is he. In fact his only loss comes against Chris Leban. Seriously who hasn’t lost against Chris Leban. This is going to be a great fight, but I am going to give it to Munoz. Again only because I haven’t seen Simpson fight.
“The Immortal” Matt Brown (13-9-0) vs. Brian Foster (16-5-0)
Matt Brown is a truely scary man. He can beat you anyway he wants. He can overwhelm you with punches until the ref steps in or he can make you tap. It all depends on how he is feeling that day. Brian Foster can also beat you in a number of different ways, but what sets the two men apart is the level of competition they have had in the past. It was only until recently that Foster has been getting harder fights and his record hasn’t been all that great with them. Matt has been pretty good no matter who he fights. I don’t know how he is going to pull it off but Brown is definitely going to win this fight.
George Sotiropoulos vs. Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon
This is going to be a fun fight. George is one of those fighters who can use his fists to put you on your back and when he gets you there it won’t be long before he taps you out. Joe on the other hand puts his whole body into getting you on the ground and then beats you until you tap or can’t tap. If he decides he is also a submission expert, but in this case I wouldn’t advise him to go in that direction. Getting into a submission fight with George is dangerous. I have to go with George in this fight. I think “J-Lau” is a little to wild and he will get caught in some kind of submission.
Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis (7-0-0) vs. Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch (12-3-0)
Though “The Barbarian” has a pretty impressive record, I have some doubts about him. None of his wins have been against someone who is truely dangerous. I will have had to make some major improvements in his game before stepping into the cage with Phil Davis. Davis is one of those guys with a perfect record and his wins have come in different ways. I think if Tim comes in throwing punches one of two things is going to happen, either he is going to have a puncher’ chance, or he is going to get taken down and Davis is going to submit him. I don’t think Davis will be dumb enough to stand with him. He will know that his wins can come from anywhere.
Gerald “Hurricane” Harris (163-0) vs. Maiquel “Big Rig” Falcao (26-3-0 1NC)
Matt Hughes (45-8-0) vs. B.J. “The Prodigy” Penn (16-7-1)
Rampage Jackson (31-8-0) vs. Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida
I know many people are going to call bull crap on me picking Rampage over The Dragon, but something in me told me Rampage was going to get the win here and he did.