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Aaron Simpson vs Mario Miranda On Tap for UFC Fight Night 24

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Aaron Simpson

7-2-0 MMA/ 3-2 UFC

– 2 Fight Losing Streak

– Notable Wins: Tom Lawlor, Ed Herman, Tim Mckenzie

Mario Miranda

10-2-0 MMA/ 1-2 UFC Record

– Lost 2 of last 3 Fights

– Notable Wins: Chad Vance, Rick Story, Joe Vedepo

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2010 in News, UFC

 

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Mario Miranda Signs New Four-Fight Deal with UFC

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Mario Miranda

10-2-0 MMA/ 1-2 UFC Record

– Lost 2 of last 3 Fights

– Notable Wins: Chad Vance, Rick Story, Joe Vedepo

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2010 in News, UFC

 

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UFC 118 Quick Results

MAIN CARD

  • Frankie Edgar def. B.J. Penn via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) to retain lightweight title
  • Randy Couture def. James Toney via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:19
  • Demian Maia def. Mario Miranda via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Gray Maynard def. Kenny Florian via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Nate Diaz def. Marcus Davis via technical submission (guillotine) – Round 3, 4:02

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Joe Lauzon def. Gabe Ruediger via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:01
  • Nik Lentz def. Andre Winner via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Dan Miller def. John Salter via submission (anaconda choke) – Round 2, 1:53.
  • Greg Soto def. Nick Osipczak via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Mike Pierce def. Amilcar Alves via submission (cross-body armbar) – Round 3, 3:11
 
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Posted by on August 29, 2010 in Quick Results, UFC

 

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Demian Maia vs Mario Miranda Added to UFC 118 Main Card

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Demian Maia

12-2-0 MMA/ 6-2 UFC Record

– Lost 2 of last 3 Fights

– Notable Wins: Dan Miller, Chael Sonnen, Nate Quarry

Mario Miranda

10-1-0 MMA/ 1-1 UFC Record

– 5 TKOs, 3 Subs, 2 Decision Victories

– Notable Wins: Chad Vance, Rick Story, Joe Vedepo

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2010 in News, UFC

 

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UFC 115 News & Notes – Who or What’s Next

News & Notes

– Fight of the Night Bonus: Carlos Condit vs Rory MacDonald. Both fighters received an $85k bonus for their effort

– Submission of the Night: Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. He received an $85k bonus.

– Knockout of the Night: Rich Franklin. Also received an $85k bonus.

– Rich Franklin broke his arm blocking a kick from Chuck Liddell early in the fight, yet continued until he was awarded to KO victory. Man’s Game.

– In an interview after the fights, Dana White guaranteed that UFC 115 was the last time we see Chuck Liddell fight.

– Pat Barry broke his hand in the first round, and a bone in his foot sometime in the second round in his loss to Mirko “Cro Crop” Filipovic.

– UFC 115 was Mirko “Cro Crop” Filipovic’s last fight on his contract, a new one is expected to be worked out shortly.

Who or What’s Next

Rich Franklin – Rich may be on the shelf for a while mending his broken arm, but likely opponents on his return are Forrest Griffin or Lyoto Machida

Chuck Liddell – I’m 90% sure this is the last time we see Chuck Liddell in the cage. He is a legend of the sport, and has nothing left to prove. Thank you for the memories.

Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic – Likely upcoming opponents for Cro Cop are Ben Rothwell, Micheal Russow, or a rematch with Cheick Kongo.

Pat Barry – Honestly, I think some time in the local circuit could do Barry a lot of good. Until he gets some sort of ground game in his skill set, he will never be a true threat in the UFC. He needs to have a gut check, and see if fighting is what he really wants to do for a living. In multiple interviews, he’s openly admitted about his awful diet and it shows when he fights. He completely gassed after the first round, which led to Cro Cop busting him up.

Ben Rothwell – I think a fight with Cro Cop, which was in the works a while ago is still a fantastic match-up for both fighters. If not Mirko, I’d love to see a rematch with Roy Nelson. Their fight in the IFL was really close and highly entertaining.

Gilbert Yvel – Gilbert Yvel should return to K-1 kick boxing. After 2 straight losses in the UFC, he’s likely to get his walking papers this week.

Martin Kampmann – Kampmann exploded in to title contention after his dismantling of Paulo Thiago at UFC 115. With the title on hold for a while, with George St. Pierre and Josh Koscheck off filming the 12th season of The Ultimate Fighter, one or two title eliminator fights are in his future. Dan Hardy or Dong-Hyun Kim are likely choices for his next bout.

Paulo Thiago – Since Paulo Thiago has debuted in the UFC, he’s been matched up against top 10 welterweights for every fight with the exception of Jacob Volkmann. I really think a step down in competition could really do him some good. Possibly someone like Diego Sanchez, Anthony Johnson, or Matt Serra would be fights with big name recognition and still be a step back.

Carlos Condit – Likely future opponent options for Condit may be Dong-Hyun Kim, John Hathaway, or Mike Swick.

Rory MacDonald – Even though I predicted MacDonald to beat Condit at UFC 115, I still thought it was way too high of a jump in competition for such a young prospect. MacDonald will most likely be on a medical suspension for a while, but when he returns I’d like to see him fight a couple guys closer to his experience level. James Wilks, Amir Sadollah, or Jesse Lennox would be viable options.

Evan Dunham – Even Dunham will likely sky rocket into most people’s top ten lightweight lists, after he completely controlled Tyson Griffin for all three rounds. It’s top level guys from here on out for Dunham. I could see Dunham getting the winner of the George Sotiropoulos/Kurt Pellegrino fight, which takes place in July.

Tyson Griffin – With most of the upper-level lightweights already in bout agreements. Griffin will most likely get the loser of the Sotiropoulos/Pellegrino fight.

Mac Danzig – Danzig may not know this, but that fluke stoppage maybe the best thing to ever happen to him. It earns him at least one more nice payday in the UFC, because a rematch with Wiman is likely.

Matt Wiman – Rematch with Mac Danzig is likely.

Mario Miranda – Unfortunately for Miranda, his dominant victory over David Loiseau was not shown due to time constraints. Miranda has a lot of potential, and I hope they continue to give him a few more “warm-up” fights before he takes a big jump in competition. Tom Lawlor, Ryan Jensen, or Nick Catone would be perfect.

David Loiseau – It’s back to the Canadian local circuit for “The Crow”.

James Wilks – Mike Guymon seems like the perfect fit for James Wilks’ next opponet. It’s a fight Wilks is very capable of winning, but Guymon will give him a tough test to see where Wilks is on the welterweight ladder.

Peter Sobotta – It’s back to the European local circuit for Peter Sobotta after going 0-2 in the UFC.

Claude Patrick – In an interview with MMA Fanhouse after his UFC 115 victory, Claude Patrick called out Dong-Hyun Kim. As intriguing and exciting that fight would be, I feel Patrick could benefit from more showcase fights. Claude Patrick very well may be a future top ten welterweight, but a slow rise to the top will be better in the long run. I’d like to see Patrick against someone like James Wilks, Mike Pyle, or TJ Grant for now.

Ricardo Funch – It’s back to the Brazilian local circuit for Ricardo Funch.

Mike Pyle – Pyle had his most impressive showing of his career at UFC 115 with his win over Jesse Lennox. Another B level fighter is likely in the future for Pyle. TJ Grant, Brian Foster, or Matt Serra would be solid options.

Jesse Lennox – Lennox is a fighter that may be getting his pink slip from the UFC, but I hope that isn’t the case. His fight with Pyle was non-stop action, and I believe it earned him another fight inside the UFC. If he does stay, a fight with Renzo Gracie, Mike Guymon, or UFC-newcomer Curt Warburton would work.

 
 

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UFC 115 Quick Results

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Rich Franklin def. Chuck Liddell via KO (punch) – Round 1, 4:55
  • Mirko Filipovic def. Pat Barry by submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:30
  • Martin Kampmann def. Paulo Thiago by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27
  • Ben Rothwell def. Gilbert Yvel by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-28, 29-28)
  • Carlos Condit def. Rory MacDonald by TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 4:53

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Evan Dunham def. Tyson Griffin via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Matt Wiman def. Mac Danzig via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 1:45
  • Mario Miranda def. David Loiseau via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:07
  • James Wilks def. Peter Sobotta via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-28, 30-27)
  • Claude Patrick def. Ricardo Funch via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 1:48
  • Mike Pyle def. Jesse Lennox via technical submission (triangle choke) – Round 3, 4:44
 
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Posted by on June 13, 2010 in Quick Results, UFC

 

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UFC 115 Predictions

Chuck Liddell vs Rich Franklin

Chuck Liddell, throughout his career has made a solid living on stalking his prey, cutting off angles, an throwing big power shots to dismantle his opponents in the cage. Unfortunately for him, he’s never expanded his skills beyond that. In the new world of MMA, game plans are just as important as a fighter’s abilities and Liddell has become one of the easiest guys to prepare against. Rich Franklin is a smart enough not to get in heated exchanges with the “Iceman” in risk of taking an early nap. I like Franklin to use his leg kicks to keep his distance from Liddell, while using his effective clinch game to score points when Chuck does get inside. I do expect Liddell to land a couple large overhand rights in the fight just to keep things interesting, but Rich will survive and earn himself the unanimous decision victory.  

On Saturday night, no matter what, one of the most beloved fighters in UFC/MMA history will be one step closer to retirement. Chuck Liddell and Rich Franklin are both in a “must win” situation to keep any title contender relevance at all.  At UFC 115, whoever doesn’t get their hand raised at the end of the night will be stuck at a gatekeeper/gimmick match role for the rest of their career.

Prediction: Rich Franklin def. Chuck Liddell by Unanimous Decision

Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs Pat Barry

The once feared Croatian striker “Cro Cop” meets another highly talented, upcoming heavyweight in Pat Barry at UFC 115. On paper, Barry is the heavy favorite in this fight. He has the hand speed to frustrate Mirko, and the power behind those punches to end the night early. Barry also has incredibly powerful leg kicks that could turn the worn down stems of Filipovic into an applesauce like substance. With all of that said, there is still a part of me that thinks Cro Cop wins this fight. Pat Barry’s gas tank is a serious question mark.  As Barry wears down, his hands will drop, leaving him open for a left high kick from Cro Cop that can shut out the lights on anyone. Just 2 weeks after Mike Russow de-railed the Todd Duffee hype train, don’t be surprised if Pat Barry is the next to falter.

Prediction: Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic def. Pat Barry by TKO – Rd. 3

Carlos Condit vs Rory MacDonald

Former WEC welterweight champion, Carlos Condit takes on the young Canadian phenom Rory MacDonald. On the feet, Condit has the more effective striking and clinch game to fluster MacDonald. The problem is, Condit’s Achilles heel has always been his take-down defense. MacDonald will have no problem getting this fight to the floor, where he will have complete control. Condit has a good guard game, but MacDonald will not be looking to stay in that guard for very long. With his slick jiu-jitsu, MacDonald should have no problem moving to better positioning on Condit keeping him out of trouble. Condit is a very tough guy to finish, but the constant ground and pound matched with multiple submission attempts should earn Rory MacDonald the easy decision.

Prediction: Rory MacDonald def. Carlos Condit by Unanimous Decision

Paulo Thiago vs Martin Kampmann

Paulo Thiago has shown he can dominate fights anywhere the action may go. He’s got crisp boxing, with power behind the punches on the feet, a paralyzing top-control game, and savvy jiu-jitsu to lock up submissions from any position. Kampmann is also incredibly well-rounded, but is not better at any one skill than Thiago. Kampmann may try for takedowns of his own, but Thiago showed against Jacob Volkmann that he’s very good at creating scrambles and taking back control from those take-down attempts.

Prediction: Paulo Thiago def. Martin Kampmann by Submission – Rd. 3

Ben Rothwell vs Gilbert Yvel

Not much to break down in this fight…. two large heavyweights that like to throw big hands. Yvel will look to keep distance while looking for the one big powerful punch or kick for the knockout. Rothwell wants to get in close and maul his opponent with a lot of  short punches in route to a TKO stoppage. The loser will most likely be given their walking papers from the UFC.

Prediction: Ben Rothwell def Gilbert Yvel by TKO – Rd. 1

Tyson Griffin vs Evan Dunham

Two Xtreme Couture fighters showing the rest of the world that teammates can compete against each other… take heed AKA camp. Both fighters are stylistically similar just with different body types. Dunham, the much taller fighter will have the sizable reach advantage and if used correctly could be the difference in the fight. If Dunham uses his jab early and often, he can keep distance with Griffin and keep this fight on the feet. Griffin likes to set up punishing combinations inside with leg kicks that slow his opponent down. If Griffin is losing the stand up war, he should have no problem dragging Dunham to the ground if he gets a hold of one of his legs. When the fighters hits the mat, the duel remains a struggle for both combatants. Dunham has a very active guard game, while Griffin’s submission defense is top notch. If Dunham ends up with top control, the outcome remains the same. I like this fight to be 15 minutes of non-stop action, with neither fighter getting a true advantage. In the end, I think Griffin’s takedowns will be key factor in the fight, even though nothing will come of them. Look for a possible split decision in this one.

 Prediction: Tyson Griffin def. Evan Dunham by Decision

 Mac Danzig vs Matt Wiman

Mac Danzig needs a win on Saturday night or he might become the first winner of the Ultimate Fighter television show to receive his UFC pink slip. Since winning season 6 of the show, Danzig has gone just 2-3 inside the octagon. Danzig has struggled against strong wrestlers in his tenure in the UFC. While Matt Wiman’s wrestling isn’t considered to be great, it’s still better than what Danzig has to offer. Danzig’s best chance at success will be on the feet against Wiman. He can strike with efficiency at any range, but is best in close when he can deliver his powerful uppercuts. The problem with that against Wiman though, the closer he gets the more susceptible to the take-down he becomes. Wiman won’t have an easy time passing Danzig’s guard to gain better positioning, but he does have a knack for taking his opponents back on scrambles. I like Wiman to come out and test the waters on the feet early, where likely Danzig will get the better of the exchanges. Then Wiman will fall back on his wrestling/jiu-jitsu to wear down and frustrate Danzig for 15 minutes.

Prediction: Matt Wiman def. Mac Danzig by Unanimous Decision

Mario Miranda vs David Loiseau

You can’t say the UFC doesn’t do anything nice for their former superstars. David Loiseau gets another shot at UFC fame in front of his countrymen in Vancouver. Unfortunately for Loiseau, they paired him up against a rising star in Mario Miranda. Much like UFC 115’s headliner, Chuck Liddell, Loiseau is as one-dimensional as it gets. Loiseau will look to stand and bang like usual, but Miranda’s striking is good enough (if not better) to neutralize any advantage Loiseau might have had on the feet. Miranda is also the far superior grappler, so once the fight hits the ground, expect Loiseau to take even more of a beating down there. Loiseau is known for the amount of punishment he can withstand, but I feel Miranda will come out with something to prove after his TKO loss to Gerald Harris in his UFC debut.

Prediction: Mario Miranda def. David Loiseau by TKO – Rd. 3

James Wilks vs Peter Sobotta

On Saturday, it will be the first time in 364 days that Peter Sobotta has stepped in a cage. That doesn’t bode well for anyone, let alone someone that’s still growing in the sport in the first place. James Wilks comes in battle tested after a three round war against the extremely tough, Matt Brown. Wilks is known for his jiu-jitsu savvy, but often fights like he’s in a grappling match and not an MMA fight, leaving his face exposed for a beat down. I don’t think that will hinder him much at UFC 115, because I don’t see Sobotta ever getting a strong top position. Once the bell rings, I see Wilks pushing the fight towards the cage, then dragging Sobotta to the ground. Once the fight hits the floor, it shouldn’t be too long until the submission stoppage occurs.

Prediction: James Wilks def. Peter Sobotta by Submission – Rd. 1

Mike Pyle vs Jesse Lennox

Jesse Lennox is at his best, wrestling his opponent to the ground then posturing up and dropping hammer-fists. He might have to come up with a new game plan on Saturday if he hopes to leave Vancouver with a victory. With 16 submission victories, Mike Pyle is one the most accomplished grapplers in the division. Neither Pyle or Lennox are strong boxers, but Pyle is known for going into panic mode after the first time he gets hit hard. Jesse Lennox doesn’t have the takedown defense to keep this fighting standing for very long though.

Prediction: Mike Pyle def. Jesse Lennox by Submission – Rd. 2

Ricardo Funch vs Claude Patrick

Another top Canadian welterweight prospect, Claude Patrick  makes his debut on home turf at UFC 115. Ricardo Funch showed little offensive dexterity in his fight with Johny Hendricks, but did show a toughness you can’t teach. Funch was easily taken down by the Oklahoma State wrestling phenom, but was able to will himself out of tough situations. Claude Patrick will have the same take down efficiency as Hendricks, but his ability to finish the fight is much greater. This should be an easy showcase fight for Claude Patrick.

Prediction: Claude Patrick def. Ricardo Funch by Submission – Rd. 1

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2010 in Predictions, UFC

 

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David Loiseau vs Mario Miranda Targeted for UFC 115 Prelims

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David Loiseau

– 19-9-0 MMA/ 4-4 UFC Record

– Won 4 of last 5 Fights

– Notable Wins: Evan Tanner, Solomon Hutcherson, Charles McCarthy

Mario Miranda

11-1-0 MMA/ 0-1 UFC Record

– 5 TKOs, 4 Subs, 2 Decision Victories

– Notable Wins: Chad Vance, Rick Story, Joe Vedepo

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2010 in News, UFC

 

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UFC: Ultimate Fight Night 21 Predictions

Charlie Brenneman vs Jason High

Charlie Brenneman made a name for himself in the local circuit with strong ground and pound capabilities. He’s got a strong wrestling background, but it doesn’t quite compare to the elite grappling ability of Jason High. If Brenneman is able to avoid some the take downs, Jason High should still have the slight advantage on the feet. Brenneman’s whole MMA game relies on his ability to take his opponent down, and that’s just not going to happen against Jason High. I like High to be able to get the take down at will, then work his underrated jiu-jitsu for a late finish.

Prediction: Jason High def Charlie Brenneman by Kimura – Rd. 2

Gerald Harris vs Mario Miranda

Two of the top middleweight prospects in the world meet on the undercard of UFN 21. Gerald Harris will be looking to use his heavy hands and wrestling to defeat his Brazilian foe. Mario Miranda enters the cage with an outstanding grappling game, but the striking isn’t quite there yet. Miranda would be foolish to stand and trade with Harris, whose boxing is far superior. Miranda will look to close distance and get the fight to floor while avoiding the big shot. If he can get inside, taking Harris down will not be an easy task either. I like Harris’ strong wrestling ability to keep the fight on the feet long enough to land the overhand right that will drop Miranda. This fight will most likely be a “Fight of the Night” nominee, and also showcase two rising middleweights with bright futures ahead.

Prediction: Gerald Harris def Mario Miranda by TKO – Rd. 2

Lucio Linhares vs Yushin Okami

The UFC has given Lucio Linhares no love since signing him to the promotion. Both fights given to him have been against two extremely large middleweights with crippling strength and wrestling ability. First it was Rousimar Palhares and know he gets Yushin Okami. Linhares has a strong submission game, but the likelihood of him grabbing the neck or arm of Okami is laughable. Expect Okami to do what Okami always does…. Push Linhares up against the cage, work the take down, then use his paralyzing wrestling to completely neutralize his opponent.

Prediction: Yushin Okami def Lucio Linhares by Unanimous Decision

Caol Uno vs Gleison Tibau

The glory days Caol Uno have passed, and the UFC isn’t make his life any easier putting him up against Gleison Tibau. Uno’s take down defense isn’t as strong as it once was, which doesn’t bode well for him in this fight. Gleison Tibau may have the most powerful take downs in all of MMA. Uno’s scramble ability will help in get back to his feet in many situations, but he will find himself back on the mat before you know it. Combine Tibau’s shaky finishing skills with Uno’s durability and you’ve surely got a 15 minute fight.

 Prediction: Gleison Tibau def Caol Uno by Unanimous Decision.

Rob Emerson vs Nik Lentz

Rob Emerson may be the most inconsistent fighter on the UFC roster. Some fights he’ll show strong counter punching skills with raw punching power, while other fights he’ll look hesitant to throw punches at all. Emerson’s take down defense has improved greatly since his days on “The Ultimate Fighter” show. That will come in handy against Nik Lentz, who trains at the wrestling-heavy Minnesota Martial Arts Academy. Lentz also brings a heavy-handed, yet often sloppy, kick boxing game to the cage. His leg kicks pack some power, but they are often telegraphed leaving him open to the counter. This fight really depends on which Rob Emerson shows up. The tentative Emerson, most likely will lose a decision, while the explosive Emerson should earn the TKO victory.

Prediction: Nik Lentz def Rob Emerson by Unanimous Decision

Ronys Torres vs Jacob Volkmann

Torres and Volkmann both came into the UFC with a lot of hype behind them, but so far neither one has delivered.  For having a strong Division I wrestling background , Volkmann has struggled heavily to stay on his feet against the stronger opponents. Now he moves down to 155 for the first time, where he hopes to have the strength advantage. Hopefully Volkmann’s grappling technique has improved since his last few fights, because Torres has shown great take down skills in the past. Even though this fight will not likely stay upright long, Volkmann may have a small advantage in the boxing area. I like Torres’ relentless take downs to wear Volkmann down earning him a lopsided decision victory.

Prediction: Ronys Torres def Jacob Volkmann by Unanimous Decision

Rafaello Oliveira vs Andre Winner

Andre Winner, “The Ultimate Fighter” season 9 runner-up, makes his return to the cage against Brazilian jiu-jitsu artist, Rafaello Oliveira. Andre Winner’s solid take down defense will most likely prove to be Oliveira’s biggest problem. Oliveira needs top position to really make his jiu-jitsu dangerous. As long as Winner can keep this fight on the feet, it’s only a matter of time before he releases the dynamite in his fists. Winner has an uncanny ability to find his range and drop bombs to the face of his opponents. This could be a real rough night for Oliveira…

Prediction: Andre Winner def Rafaello Oliveira by KO – Rd. 1

Ross Pearson vs Dennis Siver

I love this fight. Two of the most technical strikers in the lightweight division going at it. Siver is a kick boxer, who has recently made the spinning back kick one of his most feared moves. Siver comes at you early and fast with flying knees, superman punches, and leg kicks that could chop down trees. Pearson, the more classical boxer, put on a striking clinic in his last fight with Aaron Riley. As impressive as that victory was, i still just can’t get on the Ross Pearson bandwagon yet. I still believe Andre Winner will be the biggest find for the UFC from “The Ultimate Fighter” season 9. Pearson’s chin and durability will be tested tonight, and a win could give him a serious bump in competition.

Prediction: Dennis Siver def Ross Pearson by TKO – Rd. 2

Nate Quarry vs Jorge Rivera

No game plan analysis needed for this fight featuring Nate Quarry and Jorge Rivera. Two power-punchers with suspect chins will be trying to knock off the other one’s head from the opening bell.

Prediction: Nate Quarry def Jorge Rivera by KO – Rd. 1

Roy Nelson vs Stefan Struve

According to pre-fight interviews, both fighters intend to test each other on the feet early. Struve will have the major reach advantage but lacks any real KO power, while Roy Nelson has pin-point accuracy with his punches and power behind them. If Nelson decides to take this fight to floor, there shouldn’t be any resistance from Struve. Nelson has unbelievable top control, but Struve has been the most dangerous from his back in his young UFC career. Any where this fight goes, it should be incredibly entertaining.

Prediction: Roy Nelson def Stefan Struve by TKO – Rd. 2

Kenny Florian vs Takanori Gomi

Takanori Gomi finally makes his anticipated UFC debut, unfortunately it’s about 2 years too late. Gomi isn’t the fighter he once was, but still is incredibly dangerous on the feet. Gomi will need to be the strong boxer he once was, because Kenny Florian has emerged as one of the best counter-punchers in the UFC. If Gomi is still the predictable slugger he’s been lately, Florian will exploit it with ease. Gomi’s biggest weakness is his cardio and against a work horse like Florian, that could be fatal. Gomi’s best shot of winning this fight will be in the first few minutes, the longer the fight drags on, the more the edge goes to Florian.

Prediction: Kenny Florian def Takanori Gomi by Rear Naked Choke – Rd. 2

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2010 in Predictions, UFC

 

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Gerald Harris vs Mario Miranda at UFN 21

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Gerald Harris

– 14-2-0 MMA/ 1-0 UFC Record

– 8 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: John Salter, Nissen Osterneck, Robert McDaniel

Mario Miranda

11-0-0 MMA/ UFC Debut

– 5 TKOs, 4 Subs, 2 Decision Victories

– Notable Wins: Chad Vance, Rick Story, Joe Vedepo

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2010 in News, UFC

 

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