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UFC on Versus 3 Quick Results


  • Diego Sanchez def. Martin Kampmann via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Mark Munoz def. C.B. Dollaway via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:54
  • Chris Weidman def. Alessio Sakara via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Brian Bowles def. Damacio Page via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 3:30


  • Cyrille Diabate def. Steve Cantwell via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-26)
  • Danny Castillo def. Joe Stevenson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Shane Roller def. Thiago Tavares via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 1:28
  • Takeya Mizugaki def. Reuben Duran via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)
  • Dongi Yang def. Rob Kimmons via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:47
  • Rousimar Palhares def. Dave Branch via submission (kneebar) – Round 2, 1:44
  • Igor Pokrajac def. Todd Brown via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 5:00
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Posted by on March 3, 2011 in Quick Results, UFC


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UFC on Versus 3: Sanchez vs Kampann Predictions

Main Card

Diego Sanchez (22-4) vs Martin Kampmann (17-4)

Keys to victory for Sanchez: Diego Sanchez is at his best when he’s able to utilize his speed to move inside and land a flurry of punches and back out before taking any damage of his own. Even when he’s winning the stand-up battle, Sanchez is very good at scoring well-timed takedowns to keep his opponent guessing. Kampmann has a knack for grabbing a neck and securing a guillotine choke when his opponent goes in for a sloppy takedown attempt, so Sanchez must be sure his neck is protected when attempting his double-legs.

Keys to victory for Kampmann: In a recent interview with MMA Weekly, Kampmann mentioned he wants to go back to his roots and “get back to knocking people out”. I believe this is wrong strategy for him to take against Sanchez. At 170-pounds, Sanchez has typically struggled against the bigger fighters in the division, especially against the ones that are able to put him on his back. Kampann has the striking ability to win the stand-up battle, but Sanchez has only been stopped twice since 2006. One being a mercy doctor’s stoppage in the fifth round against BJ Penn, in which he took a severe beating. Kampann will have the size and strength advantage to take Sanchez down and keep him there.

Fight Breakdown: On the feet, it’s really anyone’s game. Sanchez keeps a high energy pace, throwing punches in combos. Kampmann uses the classic boxing approach, lead with the jab and follow it with a power shot. I tend to see this fight playing out against the cage in the clinch for a solid duration of the fight. If Kampmann can get a few takedowns, I see him roughing up Sanchez with punches and elbows from the top. In the later rounds, I think Sanchez will have enough, give up his back and Kampann will secure the rear naked choke.

Prediction: Martin Kampann def. Diego Sanchez by Submission – Rd. 3

CB Dollaway (11-2) vs Mark Munoz (9-2)

Keys to victory for Dollaway: Dollaway was a Division I All-American wrestler for Arizona State University, and using his elite wrestling skills will always be his clearest path to victory. At UFC 119, Dollaway showed great maturity as a fighter for realizing he didn’t have a choke early against Joe Doerksen and waited patiently for his opponent to make a mistake without exuding any energy. When the opportunity came, he rolled into a guillotine choke for one of the more spectacular submissions of the year.

Keys to victory for Munoz: Munoz also has an extensive wrestling pedigree out of Oklahoma State, but it hasn’t really translated well to MMA. His offensive takedown skills are incredibly sloppy for someone with his elite-level wrestling background. With that aside, he will have the tremendous advantage on the feet. Munoz has the power in his hands to drop anyone if he lands cleanly. CB Dollaway is incredibly active looking for submissions while on the mat, but in doing so, he tends to leave arms and necks available for the taking. Even though we haven’t seen much jiu-jitsu from Munoz, he is a purple belt under the Nogueira brothers, and may be able to expose that.

Fight Breakdown: The longer this fight stays on the feet, the greater the advantage leans towards Munoz. Even though his offensive wrestling isn’t that great, Munoz has shown the ability to defend them often and keep fights standing. I expect a pretty even fight with both fighters in bad positions several times throughout. I like Dollaway to get enough takedowns to eke out the decision.

Prediction: CB Dollaway def. Mark Munoz by Unanimous Decision

Alessio Sakara (15-7) vs Chris Weidman (4-0)

Keys to victory for Sakara: If you’ve been watching the UFC for a while, you know what Sakara’s likely plan of action will be. Even though he’s on his first three-fight win streak since 2006, Sakara has kept his job in the UFC all these years for his ‘knockout or get knocked out’ attitude he has in the cage. Sakara has recently added kicks to go with his explosive hands making him even more dangerous on the feet.

Keys to victory for Weidman: Weidman is a two-time All-American out of Hofstra, placing third in the NCAA tournament his senior year. With only one year of formal jiu-jitsu training at the Serra-Longo Fight Team, Weidman qualified for the 2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling Championships, losing to eventual silver medalist and world renown grappler Andre Galvao in an extremely close match.

Fight Breakdown: Weidman is considered to be one of the top prospects in all of mixed martial arts, but I personally would have liked for him to have a few more fights in the smaller shows before signing with a big time promotion. Nevertheless, Sakara is a perfect fight for him in his UFC debut. As long as Weidman avoids the big shots on the feet, he should have little resistance getting the fight to ground in his wheelhouse. I wouldn’t be surprised if he locked up a submission, but at the very least, Weidman should cruise to an easy decision victory.

Prediction: Chris Weidman def. Alessio Sakara by Unanimous Decision

Brian Bowles (8-1) vs Damacio Page (15-5)

Keys to victory for Bowles: Brian Bowles returns to action for the first time in nearly a year due to a broken hand suffered in his fight with Dominick Cruz, then broke a foot while training for Wagnney Fabiano. Will ring rust be a problem? Bowles generally likes to push the pace against his opponents. He has serious power in his hands, so Page must be cautious of not getting into lengthy exchanges on the feet. Bowles has explosive takedowns that often lead to big slams, and an underrated grappling game to back it up.

Keys to victory for Page: Damacio Page’s greatest asset on the feet in this fight will be his leg kicks. He will need to use them early and often to keep some distance from Bowles. Page has power of his own and tends to throw punches wildly, which could spell disaster against Bowles who prefers to get inside and throw heavy hands. Page has solid takedowns as well, but must be careful of Bowles’ nasty guillotine choke when dropping down.

Fight Breakdown: This fight is my pick for “Fight of the Night” with these two having similar, exciting fighting styles. I generally pick against fighters that have been inactive as long as Bowles has, but Damacio Page tends to get sloppy and becomes highly susceptible to the guillotine choke. I expect the same outcome as the first time they fought back in 2008, it just may take a little longer.

Prediction: Brian Bowles def. Damacio Page by Guillotine Choke – Rd. 2

Danny Castillo (10-3) vs Joe Stevenson (31-12)

Keys to victory for Castillo: Danny Castillo will be looking to keep this fight standing as long as possible. Mac Danzig, who hadn’t had a TKO victory since 2005, blasted Joe Stevenson at UFC 124 last December. Castillo is a vicious striker with five out of his ten wins coming by way of stoppages due to to strikes. Even though he prefers to keep fights standing, Castillo has a solid wrestling game as well.

Keys to victory for Stevenson: Joe Stevenson looked like a reborn fighter in the second half of 2009, after he started training with Greg Jackson. He put on dominant back-to-back performances against Nate Diaz and Spencer Fisher using relentless takedowns and strong ground-and-pound from the top position. If Stevenson could repeat these gameplans against Castillo, he could cruise to a victory on Thursday night.

Fight Breakdown: I think Stevenson will struggle with a few takedowns early, but if he can keep the pressure on Castillo while avoiding the big shots, he’ll eventually get the fight to the floor. Once on the ground, Stevenson should be able to do what he pleases. I think Castillo will eventually tire out and Stevenson will find an arm or neck to take home with him.

Prediction: Joe Stevenson def. Danny Castillo by Rear Naked Choke – Rd. 2

Cyrille Diabate (16-7-1) vs Steve Cantwell (7-3)

Keys to victory for Diabate: Cyrille Diabate is a kick-boxer and Muay Thai fighter that has been fighting professionally since 1999. Even with the extended amount of time in the sport, Diabate has never caught on to defensive grappling skills needed to take his game to the next level. Despite his starch job of Luis Cane, he doesn’t have a ton of power in his hands. Diabate’s most violent attribute are his knees inside the clinch and will likely looking to get the fight in that position.

Keys to victory for Cantwell: Like Bowles, ring rust will be the biggest concern for Steve Cantwell on Thursday. This will be the first time he enters the cage since September of 2009 due an undisclosed illness that supposedly nearly ended his fighting career. Without the proper information on the illness, it’s hard to say how much it may have taken a toll on his body. If he comes in a 100% healthy, Cantwell showed improved boxing even in defeat against Luis Cane and Brian Stann, but will have a much larger advantage on the ground.

Fight Breakdown: Even though I think Cantwell has enough tools to beat Diabate, I believe the extended lay-off from the sport in the end will be his downfall. If Cantwell can’t get a takedown early, I think he’ll tire out and keep his hands too low until Diabate lands a big shot to drop him, and finish him with strikes on the ground.

Prediction: Cyrille Diabate def. Steve Cantwell by TKO – Rd. 2

Prelim Quick Picks

  • Shane Roller def. Thiago Tavares by Decision
  • Takeya Mizugaki def. Reuben Duran by Decision
  • Rob Kimmons def. Dongi Yang by Submission – Rd. 3
  • Rousimar Palhares def. Dave Branch by Submission – Rd. 1
  • Todd Brown def. Igor Pokrajac by Submission – Rd. 2

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Posted by on March 1, 2011 in Predictions, UFC


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Joe Stevenson vs Danny Castillo Added to UFC on Versus 3

MMA Junkie Reports:

Joe Stevenson

– 31-12-0 MMA/ 8-6 UFC Record

– 2 Fight Losing Streak

– Notable Wins: Nate Diaz, Spencer Fisher, Gleison Tibau

Danny Castillo

– 10-3-0 MMA/ UFC Debut

– 2 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Ricardo Lamas, Dustin Poirier, Will Kerr


A lightweight fight between Joe Stevenson and Danny Castillo has been added to UFC on Versus 3. The event takes place on March 3rd at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The fight could make the main card, due to the proposed Paulo Thiago vs Johny Hendricks fight was scratched.

Joe Stevenson could be fighting for his UFC career against Castillo. He is currently on a two-fight losing streak, including a vicious knockout loss against Mac Danzig at UFC 124. Stevenson’s last victory was back in 2009, when he forced Spencer Fisher to tap from strikes at UFC 104.

Danny Castillo earned a multi-fight deal with the UFC after knocking out Will Kerr in the first round at the lat WEC in promotional history. The win was his second in a row, previously beating top prospect Dustin Poirier at WEC 50.


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Posted by on January 28, 2011 in News, UFC


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UFC 124 Quick Results


  • Champ Georges St-Pierre def. Josh Koscheck via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) – retains welterweight title
  • Stefan Struve def. Sean McCorkle via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:55
  • Jim Miller def. Charles Oliveira via submission (kneebar) – Round 1, 1:59
  • Mac Danzig def. Joe Stevenson via KO (punch) – Round 1, 1:54
  • Thiago Alves def. John Howard via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)


  • Dan Miller def. Joe Doerksen via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Mark Bocek def. Dustin Hazelett via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 2:33
  • Rafael Natal and Jesse Bongfeldt fight to a majority draw (28-28, 28-28, 29-28)
  • Sean Pierson def. Matt Riddle via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Ricardo Almeida def. T.J. Grant via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • John Makdessi def. Pat Audinwood via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
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Posted by on December 12, 2010 in Quick Results, UFC


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Mac Danzig vs Joe Stevenson Added to UFC 124 in Montreal

MMA Junkie Reports:

Mac Danzig

– 19-8-1 MMA/ 3-4 UFC Record

– Lost 4 of last 5 Fights

– Notable Wins: Justin Buchholz, Mark Bocek, Tom Speer

Joe Stevenson

– 31-11-0 MMA/ 8-5 UFC Record

– Won 2 of last 3 Fights

– Notable Wins: Nate Diaz, Spencer Fisher, Gleison Tibau

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Posted by on October 13, 2010 in News, UFC


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Joe Stevenson Out; Tyson Griffin in versus Takanori Gomi

MMA Junkie Reports:

Tyson Griffin

– 14-3-0 MMA/ 7-3 UFC Record

– Won 2 of last 3 Fights

– Notable Wins: Clay Guida, Thiago Tavares, Hermes Franca

Takanori Gomi

– 31-6-0 MMA/ 0-1 UFC Record

– Won 2 of last 3 Fights

– Notable Wins: Hayato Sakurai, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Jens Pulver

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Posted by on June 29, 2010 in News, UFC


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Joe Stevenson vs Takanori Gomi Likely for UFC on Versus 2

MMA Junkie Reports:

Joe Stevenson

– 31-11-0 MMA/ 8-5 UFC Record

– Won 2 of last 3 Fights

– Notable Wins: Nate Diaz, Spencer Fisher, Gleison Tibau

Takanori Gomi

– 31-6-0 MMA/ 0-1 UFC Record

– Won 2 of last 3 Fights

– Notable Wins: Hayato Sakurai, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Jens Pulver

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Posted by on April 22, 2010 in News, UFC


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My UFC 110 Predictions

Main Card

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez

UFC 110’s main event, features an MMA legend, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira against a fast rising prospect, Cain Velasquez. Nogueira’s game plan will be to keep his distance from Velasquez with his boxing, while looking for the opportune time for a shoot-in take down, where he’ll look for the submission. Velasquez will most likely try to use his relentless take down ability and over bearing top control to G-n-P the Brazilian for a victory. As long as Velasquez can avoid the submission inside Nogueira’s guard, i like Velasquez to work from top position and earn a decision victory. A passing of the the torch, if you may…

Prediction: Cain Velasquez def Antonio Nogueira by Unanimous Decision

Michael Bisping vs Wanderlei Silva

There is no secret what Wanderlei Silva is going to try and do. His goal every fight is to put his opponent to sleep in highlight reel fashion. Michael Bisping has been working on his power since his KO loss to Dan Henderson at UFC 100. He showed great improvement in that department against Denis Kang, knocking him down in the 2nd round then soon finishing him off with some ground-n-pound. “The Axe-Murder” Silva’s career, comes down to this fight in my opinion. Losing 5 of his last 6 fights, this is a MUST win to prove his relevance in the best promotion in the world. Sadly, i just don’t see Wanderlei Silva winning this fight. Silva always has the one punch KO threat, but i believe Bisping learned a lot in his loss to Henderson and will stay out of the reach of that deadly right hand. I like Bisping to keep his distance, work his boxing and eventually get the TKO victory.

Prediction: Michael Bisping def Wanderlei Silva by TKO – Rd. 2

Joe Stevenson vs George Sotiropolous

This is my favorite match-up of the night. Joe Stevenson has looked better than ever in his last couple fights in the UFC, since moving to Greg Jackson’s MMA. Sotiropolous is one of the best overall prospects in the 155 lb. division in the UFC. Both fighters have strong wrestling background with equally as good ju-jitsu. Neither one has outstanding boxing, and both fighters should look to take this fight to the ground as soon as possible. I see this fight changing levels a lot, and it should be incredibly exciting. This fight will most likely come down to who gets the better top position on the ground first. If either one of these guys gets to mount or side-mount, the fight is usually over soon. I like George Sotiropolous to grab an arm or neck late in the fight to finish and establish himself as a top contender in the division. Fight of the Night bonus should be heading this way…

Prediction George Sotiropolous def Joe Stevenson by Armbar – 3rd Round

Ryan Bader vs Keith Jardine

Keith Jardine is in a similar perdicament as Wanderlei Silva. A win at UFC 110 is a must, or his days as being a serious contender at the light heavweight division are over. Ryan Bader is looking to put his name in the top 10 in the division with a win over Jardine. Bader will probably know, he is one good punch away from a victory against Jardine’s suspect chin. Jardine is at his best when he is able to utilize his reach with his long leg kicks to keep his opponents away from him and point his way to victory. If Bader can get in close, this could be another short night for Jardine. I see Bader keeping things on the feet to start while looking for the KO. If Jardine is getting the better of the stand-up war, Bader should fall back on his elite wrestling skills to take down and control Jardine from top position. I see the fight being pretty even on the feet, where both fighters will get good shots in. But, the fight will lean toward Bader as he should have no problem taking Jardine down and work where ever he want to on the ground, as Jardine is awful on his back.

Prediction: Ryan Bader def Keith Jardine by TKO – Rd. 3

Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs Ben Rothwell

For the first time in his storied career, Cro Cop has trained for this fight with a real camp. He’s been training for Ben Rothwell at the highly touted Vos Gym in Holland. From what i hear, Cro Cop has been extremely motivated to make one more run at the UFC Heavyweight title. Even at his age, a hungry Mirko Cro Cop is a very dangerous thing. Ben Rothwell, has basically been beaten to a bloody pulp in his last two meaningful fights against Andrei Arlovski and Cain Velasquez. I really think were all going to see the highlight reel KO that MMA fans have been waiting for since Mirko came to the UFC.

Prediction: Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic def Ben Rothwell by KO – Rd. 1

Preliminary Card

Chris Haseman vs Elvis Sinosic

The UFC does a nice jesture and allows to Australian born UFC-vets to get on the 1st card on their home continent. The loser will likely be cut, while the winner will get another shot to make it in the light heavyweight division. Haseman, 41 years old, returns to MMA for only the 2nd time in 6 years. Sinosic, 39, returns after a 2 year break. This fight is more for the 2 combatants than the fans, and i applaud the UFC for the move.

Prediction: Elvis Sinosic def Chris Haseman by TKO – Rd. 1

Stephan Bonnar vs Krzysztof Soszynski

Stephan Bonnar is the 3rd fighter on the card, that could see his UFC career come to an end with a loss at UFC 110. Being apart of the most important MMA fight of all time, may not save him from a 3 fight losing streak in the division to mid-level fighters. Bonnar is an incredibly smart guy, and has other talents besides fighting. A loss to Mark Coleman in his last fight, really makes me question how much of his heart is left in the sport. If he isn’t 100% commited to this fight, Soszynski could be leaving Australia with Bonnar’s arm. If Bonnar is commited, this could be an exciting fight.

Prediction: Krzysztof Soszynski def Stephan Bonnar by Kimura – Rd .2

Brian Foster vs Chris Lytle

Perennial Fight of the Night winner, Chris Lytle, returns to the cage against rising welterweight prospect Brian Foster. Foster looked mighty impressive in his beat down of Brock Larson in his last fight. Lytle, in 50 fights, has never been TKO’d or Submitted proving his toughness over and over. This fight should be nothing less than a war and a Fight of the Night consideration. It’s hard to pick a winner in this fight since their abilities are so similiar.

Prediction: Chris Lytle def Brian Foster by Unanimous Decision

CB Dollaway vs Goran Reljic

After a nearly 2 year lay off due to a lingering back injury, Goran Reljic FINALLY makes his return to the UFC, 100% healthy. Reljic, considered by many as a lighter version of his Croatian brethren Mikro Cro Crop, dazzled in his UFC debut against the once highly ranked, Wilson Gouveia. Only ring rust will be the factor why he may not leave Australia with a victory. Dollaway brings a solid wrestling base to the cage with him, and would be dumb not to use it against Reljic. If Dollaway decides to brave and stand with Reljic, call it an early night.

Prediction: Goran Reljic def CB Dollaway by TKO – Rd. 1

Igor Pokrajac vs James Te Huna

Aussie light heavyweight prospect James Te Huna makes his UFC debut on his home turf against Croatian veteran Igor Pokrajac. Pokrajac should in all likelihood be fighting for his UFC life after dropping a decision to Vladmir Matsyushenko in his debut. If Pokrajac’s game plan was to stand and fight with Matsyushenko, it should be no different against James Te Huna. Huna will have no problem with that, as he will have the advantage in the power department on the feet. The crowd will most likely be going nuts for their countryman giving Huna the X-factor advantage.

Prediction: James Te Huna def Igor Pokrajac by TKO – Rd. 2

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Posted by on February 18, 2010 in Predictions, UFC


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