Posted on: April 24, 2010 4:49 pm

WEC 48 Quick Picks

WEC 48 Quick Picks

#1 FW WEC Champion Jose Aldo (16-1) -300 VS #3 FW Contender Urijah Faber (23-3) +240

Winner: Jose Aldo

Outcome:  First Round KO


LW WEC Champion Benson Henderson (11-1) -105 VS LW Donald Cerrone (11-2) -125

Winner: Donald Cerrone

Outcome: Third Round Guillotine


#2 FW Mike Brown (23-5) -500 VS FW Manny Gamburyan (10-4) +325

Winner: Mike Brown

Outcome: Second Round TKO


FW Anthony Njokuani (12-2) -105 VS FW Shane Roller (7-2) -125

Winner: Anthony Njokuani

Outcome: First round KO


BW Scott Jorgensen (9-3)-325  VS BW Antonio Banuelos (17-5) +250

Winner: Scott Jorgensen

Outcome: Second Round Guillotine

BW Leonard Garcia (13-5-1) -105 VS BW Chan Sung Jung (10-1) -125

Winner: Leonard Garcia    

Outcome: First Round TKO

LW Alex Karalexis +375 (10-4) VS LWAnthony Pettis (8-1)-575

Winner: Anthony Pettis

Outcome: First Round Guillotine


BW Brad Pickett (18-4) -285 VS BW Demetrious Johnson (5-0) +225

Winner: Demetrious Johnson

Outcome: First round KO


FW Chad Mendes (6-0)-650 VS FW Anthony Morrison (15-8) +450

Winner: Chad Mendes

Outcome: Unanimous Decision

BW Takeya Mizugaki (12-4-2)-150 VS BW Rani Yahya (15-5) +120

Winner: Takeya Mizugaki  

Outcome: 3 Round Unanimous Decision

FW Tyler Toner (9-1)+225 VS FW Brandon Visher (13-0) -285

Winner: Brandon Visher

Outcome: First Round TKO

Posted on: April 17, 2010 2:45 pm

Strikeforce Nashville Predictions.

MW Strikeforce Champion Jake Shields (24-4-1) +325 VS #2 MW Contender Dan Henderson (25-7) -500

Winner: Dan Henderson

Outcome: 5 Round Unanimous Decision

Why: Hendo has every single advantage in this fight, and he will display this in a ridiculously one sided five round fight. Shields’ won’t be stopped in this fight because the truth is he is a good fighter. He will handle a beating get taken down at will, his frustration will cause him to stand and get abused on the feet, as we see 90 percent of his takedowns fail. Henderson and his constant pressure will wear him down one round at a time.


Hendo if any money is placed.


#4 LHW Strikeforce Champion Gegard Mousasi (28-2-1) -250 VS LHW Contender Muhammad Lawal (6-0) +190

Winner: Gegard Mousasi

Outcome: Second Round Triangle Submission

Why: Mousasi is in the same situation as Hendo in this fight. I do believe that Lawal will be more willing to engage in a stand up battle, but when he starts getting chopped down with monster leg kicks, and jabbed out hell shoot for some takedowns. He’ll do work before getting overzealous and caught in a stunning triangle late second round.


Mousasi if any money is placed.


# 7 LW Strikeforce Champion Gilbert Melendez (17-2) -160 VS #2 LW Dream Champion Shinya Aoki (23-4) +130

Winner: Gilbert Melendez

Outcome: 3rd Round TKO

Why: I’m going to regret picking the outcome and winner of this fight, because history shows don’t count Aoki out of any fight that’s why he is ranked what he is, and why he wins how he does.  My gut though is telling me to pick Melendez the all around more complete fighter. I see him dominating the stand up, stuffing the takedowns, and avoiding all submission attempts.  Hell do damage in the guard, enough to get the fight stopped.


Money on either fighter is ok


MW Jason Miller (22-7) -1400 VS MW Tim Stout (8-7) +700

Winner: Jason Miller

Outcome: First Round TKO

Why:  Look for some awesome muay thai  on the stand up. Followed by a takedown and mount, for some vicious mount damage.


No money on this fight.


WW Zach Underwood (4-0) VS WW Hunter Worsham (5-1)

Winner: Zach Underwood

Outcome:  3 Round Unanimous Decision


HW Josh Schockman (6-2)  VS HW Cale Yarbrough (6-1)

Winner: Cale Yarbrough

Outcome: First Round KO


LW Dustin Ortiz (0-1) VS LW Justin Pennington (0-0)

Winner: Justin Pennington

Outcome: Second round Guillotine


BW Andrew Uhrich (4-0) VS BW Dustin West (2-2)

Winner: Andrew Ulrich

Outcome: First round KO


LHW Chris Hawk (3-3) VS LHW Ovince St. Preux (4-4)

Winner: Chris Hawk

Outcome: 3 Round Split


WW Tom Campbell (3-0) VS WW Cody Floyd (3-0)

Winner: Cliff Floyd             

Outcome: First round TKO


Posted on: April 10, 2010 10:44 am

UFC 112 Predictions

UFC 112 in Abu Dahbi, United Arab Emirates on April 10, 2010 displays the further expansion of UFC’s global takeover. This card has two great title fights; with the remainder of the main card posting some entertaining fights. The main card fight introduces an MMA superstar from overseas in Takanori Gomi. He will be taking on UFC veteran Kenny Florian. This is no walk in the park for either fighter and is easy the favorite for fight of the night. Roy Nelson Is also set to fight on this card, in another interesting matchup.


#1 MW Champion Anderson Silva (25-4) -875 VS #10 MW Contender Demian Maia (12-1) +575

Winner: Anderson Silva

Outcome: Second Round KO

Why: The UFC did their best to put the next best healthy fighter to fill in for Belfort and what they scrounged up was Maia. Maia is an amazing BJJ practitioner who if fighting any other MW in the world would be a threat too. Anderson is simply too good of a fighter to be put in any real harm during this fight. Look for him to pepper Maia for the entire fight, as Maia stalks him looking to land a heavy shot or in hope that he gets close enough to tie up for a takedown. Early in the second round hell stun Maia with a heavy shot and clean him up with a beautiful combo.


-875 enough said.


#1 LW Champion BJ Penn (15-5-1) -1100 VS #8 LW Contender Frankie Edgar (11-1) +600

Winner: BJ Penn

Outcome: Second Round Submission Rear Naked Choke

Why: Frankie Edgar is an amazing fighter who on paper is a good match up for Penn. He is relentless, smart, and has good boxing skills. The truth is we have seen what Penn has one to everyone including good boxers and wrestlers. This is no walk in the park for Penn, but late in the second round Edgar will get tired of the heavy lead jab, and shoot only to get his back taken for a beautiful rear naked choke.


Again -1100 can’t do much with that.


WW Matt Hughes (43-7) -360 VS WW Renzo Gracie (13-6-1) +280

Winner: Renzo Gracie

Outcome: Second Round KO

Why: Yes I’m predicting a KO by a Gracie. I don’t believe he will fall victim to the takedowns and ground and pound of Hughes. In all honesty I see him keeping this fight standing and with one of his looping hooks catching Hughes and putting him night night.


Gracis is a near 3 to 1 underdog  with plus 280 odds id lay a little dough on this fight.


LW Terry Etim (14-2) -165 VS LW Rafeal Dos Anjos (13-4) +135

Winner: Terry Etim

Outcome: 3 Round Unanimous Decision

Why: I wanted to pick a finish for Etim and I kind of believe that he can put him to sleep because he is a lot better than Dos Anjos, but the truth is he won’t his opponent is to tough and will actually make this a very tough fight for Etim. Expect Etim to be put into many tough situations, forcing himself to prove his evolution as a fighter or not.


Etim is a decent favorite safe bet in any context.


MW Mark Munoz (7-1) -185 VS MW Kendall Grove (11-6) +155

Winner: Mark Munoz

Outcome: First Round TKO

Why:  Munoz has taken his training south and from my understanding is soaking up all the info he can get like a sponge. Look for him to get inside on Grove and do work on him in the feet before he takes grove down and pounds him out later in the round for a nice referee stoppage.


Same bet as Etim above.


LHW Phil Davis (5-0) -625 VS LHW Alexander Gustafson (9-0) +425

Winner: Phil Davis

Outcome: 3 Round Unanimous Decision

Why:  Alexander Gustafson is a tough guy like, Brian Stann, Davis’s opponent before he poses a threat with his relentless fighting style. With that said look for a replay of what Davis did to Stann, and even more so look for a head kick KO as Davis tries to end the fight in an exciting manner.


This is another scenario where the favorite is a heavy one , but all in all Davis is the safe bet here.


WW Paul Taylor (11-3) -270 VS WW John Gunderson (11-7) +210

Winner:  Paul Taylor

Outcome: 3 Round Unanimous Decision

Why: Paul Taylor is the tougher of the two fighters toughness and reach will win him this fight, look for him to keep it standing as he handles Gunderson for the near entirety.


This is another heavy favorite fight but Taylor is the front runner for the money. Safe bet in my books.


WW Rick Story (9-3) -155 VS WW Nick Osipczak (5-0) +125

Winner: Rick Story

Outcome:  3 Round Unanimous Decision

Why: Osipczak is another tough Brit look for him to make this a close fight on the feet landing some very good shots. Story wont like that as he takes down his opponent at will, and pounds Osipczak for three rounds earning him the nod.


Story is the favorite a safe bet. So is his opponent in this close fight.


WW Brad Blackburn (15-10-1) -170 VS MW DeMarques Johnson (10-7) +140

Winner: Brad Blackburn

Outcome:  First Round KO

Why:  Brad Blackburn has all but reach and height advantage on his opponent. Look for him to get in tight and land a heavy right hand to put Johnson out in beautiful fashion.


I don’t like betting on any of these very lopsided fights, risk is not worth the payout.  Only throw this in as parlay being it’s a near certain win.


LW Matt Veach (11-1) -265 VS LW Paul Kelly (9-2) +205

Winner: Paul Kelly

Outcome:  Second Round TKO

Why: Veach on paper should win this fight with ease, and look for him to have his way in this match. Kelly will prove his toughness enduring a brutal first round, only to get thrown in the same situation in the second. Frustration and fury will assist him in getting back to his feet landing monster shots on a tired Veach putting him away late in the second.


Either fighter is a safe bet have at it guys.


HW Jon Madsen (4-0) -250 VS HW Mustapha Al-Turk (6-5)+190

Winner: Jon Madsen

Outcome:  3 Round Unanimous Decision

Why: Al-Turk is garbage, Madsen to lay and pray a boring fight not even interesting in anyway.


I’d stay away from these fights period.
Posted on: April 8, 2010 6:17 pm

Bellator 13 Quick Picks

Bellator 13 Quick Picks

LW Roger Huerta (20-3-1) -800 VS LW Chad Hinton (6-0) +500

Winner: Roger Huerta

Outcome:  3 Round Unanimous Decision


LW Joe Duarte (5-1) +190 VS LW Carey Vanier (7-2)-250

Winner: Joe Duarte

Outcome: First Round TKO


FW Joe Warren (2-1) -625 VS FW John Eric Marriot (17-2) +450

Winner: Joe Warren

Outcome: 3 Round Unanimous Decision


FW Geori Karakhanyan (12-1-1) -250 VS FW Bao Quach (17-9-1) +190

Winner: Bao Quach

Outcome: First Round KO


WW John Kelly (4-0) VS WW Michael Byrnes Jr (1-2-1)

Winner: John Kelly

Outcome: First Round KO

FW Chris Manuel (6-3-2) VS FW Ralph Acosta (5-4)

Winner: Chris Manual        

Outcome: First round Submission

WW Vagner Rocha (3-0) VS WW Francisco Soares (3-1)

Winner: Francisco Soares

Outcome: 3 Round Split

MW Moyses Gabin (4-2) VS MW Jeff Savoy (0-1)

Winner: Moyses Gabin

Outcome: 3 Round Unanimous Decision

Posted on: March 31, 2010 1:00 pm

UFC Fight Night 21 Predictions

UFC Fight Night 21 in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 31, 2010 has shaped up to be a very explosive and deep card. This card is full of great fights; the main card is full of potential slug fest match ups. The main card fight introduces an MMA superstar from overseas in Takanori Gomi. He will be taking on UFC veteran Kenny Florian. This is no walk in the park for either fighter and is easy the favorite for fight of the night. Roy Nelson Is also set to fight on this card, in another interesting matchup.

 #10 LW Kenny Florian (12-4) -360 VS LW Takanori Gomi (31-5)(1NC) +275

Winner: Takanori Gomi
Outcome: First round TKO
Why: This is a long awaited arrival for the former Pride Lightweight Champion. It is also a tough invite into the stacked LW division with a welcome fight versus the ever progressing Florian. Gomi who most may would say had a decline near the end of his 08 campaign, is back after a 6 month lay-off to make his debut in the octagon. This is not his first time in the cage or in a large venue so none of that worries me, in all honesty Florian doesn’t worry me in this fight. Gomi has tons of experience and massive amounts of anger and talent; this should be a walk in the park fight for him. I’m not completely writing off Florian I give him his credit as a tough intelligent fighter who will give it his all until the end. I just don’t see Kenny having the athleticism or talent to contend in this fight. I see Florian trying to keep some distance with his kicks, but getting caught early as Gomi presses on forward countering a leg kick with a monster hook.

 Gomi is a ridiculous underdog in this main event of UFC Fight Night 21. At +275 he is a must bet in any scenario.

 HW Roy Nelson (14-4) -450 VS HW Stefan Struve(19-3) +300

Winner: Roy Nelson
Outcome: First Round Submission Kimura
Why: Struve is a fit for any fighter in HW division; he is just a freak with his height and reach advantage. Look for him to keep Nelson outside with straight kicks and jabs. He’ll pepper Nelson for awhile before his opponent manages to bob and weave his way into cage control and a takedown. Roy will land in side guard mount and waste no time to snatch himself a kimura for the win.

 I wouldn’t be scared to add it to a parlay or round robin.

 MW Jorge Rivera (17-7) +225 VS MW Nate Quarry (12-3) -285

Winner: Jorge Rivera
Outcome: Second Round KO
Why: These two fighters have yet to change their tactics in any of their fights for their entire careers, so don’t expect anything less than these two vets to stand toe to toe until someone gets knocked out. I see Rivera as the superior boxer, using footwork and speed to pop and drop the Frankenstein like fighter in Quarry.

 Rivera at +225 is a gift basket for anyone in what is a supremely even fight. Take that and run with it .

 LW Ross Pearson (10-3) -250 VS LW Dennis Siver (15-6) +190

Winner: Dennis Siver
Outcome: 3 Round Split Decision
Why: Look for Pearson to continuously press the action for the entire fight, leading with a heavy right hand. He’ll bully Siver for the majority of the fight, but in the process his legs will be chopped down and he’ll sustain heavy damage from counter strikes. This will be a three round kickboxing fight with Siver winning the fight with a late third round knock down of Pearson, caused only by a higher sense of technicality.

 Siver is almost a 2 to 1 bet, so he’s an easy one for me to throw money at but don’t be afraid to stick with the favorite in this fight.

LW Andre Winner (10-3-1) -210 VS LW Rafaello Oliveira (10-2) +170

Winner: Andre Winner
Outcome: First Round KO
Why:  Andre Winner is just a way to superior athlete for his opponent, as much as Oliveira will try to get this t that mat, he will fail and end up eating and uppercut silencing his night mid way through the first. Look for Winner to be the winner of the KO of the night award, barely edging out Gomi.

 Only way to bet on this fight is for Winner, he is a pretty significant favorite, but could make a decent payout with him individually or in a parlay.

 LW Jacob Volkmann (9-2) +185 VS LW Ronys Torres (18-2) -225

Winner: Ronys Torres
Outcome: First Round Submission Guillotine Choke
Why:  Volkmann’s toughness is the only thing that will make this fight interesting. Torres is crazy good with his submissions, and he is scared to throw his haymakers. Look for him to launch his monster hooks after being a little flustered missing his first sub attempt. He will catch Volkmann forcing him to shoot for a takedown only to be caught in a swift guillotine.

 This is another scenario where the favorite is a heavy one , but all in all Torres is the safe bet here.

 LW Rob Emerson (11-3) +140 VS LW Nik Lentz (11-7) -170

Winner:  Rob Emerson
Outcome: 3 Round Unanimous Decision
Why: This could either be a fight of the night, or the long drawn out yawn match up. Lentz is going to try and take the fight to the mat constantly. If he does then he will win and we will lose. I don’t quite see that happening, Emerson will stuff the majority of the takedowns, and as he does this he will win a decision with his better stand up skills.

This is another even fight but Emerson being the slight underdog has to be the front runner for the money. Lentz is a safe bet too.

LW Gleison Tibau (20-6) -300 VS LW Caol Uno (25-12-5) +240

Winner: Gleison Tibau
Outcome:  First Round TKO
Why: Tibau is one of the biggest LW in the UFC. Look for him to land on top of Uno probably during the first takedown attempt, and with that the fight will be over as he pounds out the old Japanese star for a nice referee stoppage early in the first.

Tibau is the heavy favorite a safe bet. Stay away from Uno his age and one sided fight style is a problem for him in this fight.

 #9 MW Yushin Okami (23-5) -650 VS MW Lucio Linhares (13-5) +450

Winner: Yushin Okami
Outcome:  3 Round Unanimous Decision
Why:  OKAMI will come back to form controlling all areas of this fight and displaying why he is a top ten fighter at the middleweight class. He will own the ground game, the takedowns, and the stand up. Look for a very lopsided dominating win for Okami.

 I don’t like betting on any of these very lopsided fights, risk is not worth the payout.  Only throw this in as parlay being it’s a near certain win.

MW Gerald Harris (14-2) -140 VS MW Mario Miranda (11-0) +110

Winner: Gerald Harris
Outcome:  First Round KO
Why: Harris is a superior athlete with a great sense of power. Miranda is a prospect with a very well rounded game. If this wasn’t his debut I would give him this fight, but because it’s his debut I am putting to affect the jitters one is used to receiving entering the big show for your first time. Look for him to hesitate with a kick and eating a heavy hook that puts him to sleep in the first.

Either fighter is a safe bet have at it guys.

MW Charlie Brenneman (11-1) +180 VS MW Jason High (9-2)-220

Winner: Jason High
Outcome:  3 Round Unanimous Decision
Why: Jason High is too much wrestler for this new comer. Although his hands are a little weak for the octagon, watch High win his debut with three rounds of lay and pray action.

 I’d stay away from these fights period.


Posted on: March 25, 2010 11:57 am

The First Awesome MMA Rankings March 25, 2010

Hey everyone today is the start of my first blog post… I will begin my blog by posting my unbiased fighter rankings at each of these weight classes Lightweight, Welterweight, Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, and Heavyweight. I will add Featherweight and Bantamweight to my rankings at a later date. In addition I will post a list of my Top Ten favorite fighters to allow my readers to know where my heart lies. I will also post a Top 10 Pound for Pound Ranking. I intend to do my best to justify these rankings to my viewers as much as I possibly can, in hope to share knowledge and insight to all. I encourage all on lookers to respond to anything they may see in my posts. I love to communicate my ideas and listen to others as well.

Lightweight 155lbs

1. BJ Penn

2. Shinya Aoki

3. Eddie Alvarez

4. Joachim Hansen

5. Tatsuya Kawajiri

6. Gesias Cavalcante

7. Gilbert Melendez

8. Frankie Edgar

9. Gray Maynard

10. Kenny Florian

Welterweight 170lbs

1. Georges St. Pierre

2. Jon Fitch

3. Josh Koscheck

4. Thiago Alves

5. Nick Diaz

6. Dan Hardy

7. Paul Daley

8. Paulo Thiago

9. Martin Kampmann

10. Marius Zaromskis

Middleweight 185lbs

1. Anderson Silva

2. Dan Henderson

3. Vitor Belfort

4. Chael Sonnen

5. Nate Marquardt

6. Rich Franklin

7. Yoshihiro Akiyama

8. Robbie Lawler

9. Yushin Okami

10. Demian Maia

Light Heavyweight 205lbs

1. Lyoto Machida

2. Mauricio Rua

3. Quinto Jackson

4. Gegard Mousasi

5. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

6. Rashad Evans

7. Jon Jones

8. Thiago Silva

9. Forrest Griffin

10. Ricardo Arona

Heavyweight 205+lbs

1. Fedor Emelianenko

2. Brock Lesnar

3. Junior Dos Santos

4. Josh Barnett

5. Alistair Overeem

6. Frank Mir

7. Cain Velasquez

8. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

9. Andrei Arlovski

10. Fabricio Werdum

 Pound for Pound

1. Fedor Emelianenko

2. BJ Penn

3. Anderson Silva

4. Georges St. Pierre

5. Jose Aldo

6. Lyoto Machida

7. Dan Henderson

8. Mauricio Rua

9. Gegard Mousasi

10. Shinya Aoki

I understand some may argue my rankings at all positions, but until then I will justify my rankings that I know will throw people off. Nick Diaz at 5 may seem high but with a 7-1(1NC) since 2007, he has posted records similar to the men listed under him but I am giving him the edge because he is a champion of a major organization and has won big fights, meaning main events and again a championship; something the men ranked underneath him have yet to do. The Hansen ranking may seem a little high coming off of a loss to Bibiano Fernandes, but that was at a featherweight match. That was not a fight at the lightweight division and until I see him lose to anyone other than Alvarez or Aoki I can’t see ranking a tournament champ any lower than that. The Fedor P4P ranking I know will probably be targeted to the most but the man hasn’t lost or even come close to losing in his 10 year career. He has one loss on his record which is a 17 second TKO cut stoppage to Tsuyoshi Kosaka. This is a fluke loss, seeing how he redeemed himself by demolishing TK later in his career. I see him as the number one at this ranking simply based on the fact that’s he has one 27 fights in the last 9 years more wins than Anderson And BJ have in their careers. Again if there are further responses I would love to hear your feedback

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