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UFC on Versus 3 Quick Results

MAIN CARD 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

PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS

  • 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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Alexandre Ferreira Out; Dave Branch in versus Rousimar Palhares

MMA Weekly Reports:

http://mmaweekly.com/dave-branch-steps-in-to-face-rousimar-palhares-at-ufc-on-versus-3

Dave Branch

– 8-1-0 MMA Record/ 2-1 UFC Record

– 2 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Rich Attonito, Dennis Olson, Tomasz Drwal

Rousimar Palhares

11-3-0 MMA/ 4-2 UFC

– Won 3 of last 4 Fights

-Notable Wins: Lucio Linhares, Jeremy Horn, Tomasz Drwal

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Alexandre “Cacareco” Ferreira has withdrawn from his fight with Rouismar Palhares at UFC on Versus 3, due to the massive flooding occurring in Brazil. Ferreira’s has many friends and family in the areas that have been hit by mass flooding and mudslides.

Renzo Gracie Academy student, Dave Branch has opted in to replace Ferreira against Palhares. UFC on Versus 3 takes place March 3rd at the KFC Yum! Arena in Louisville, Kentucky.

After being knocked out in dramatic fashion by Gerald Harris in his UFC debut, Dave Branch has turned around and won two fights in a row. He’s earned a couple of unanimous decision victories over Tomasz Drwal and most recently, Rich Attonito at The Ultimate Fighter Finale 12 last December.

Rouismar Palhares returns to the octagon for the first time since his odd finish at UFC Fight Night 22 against Nate Marquardt. Early in the first round, Palhares went for a leg lock, but Marquardt easily slipped out. Palhares then disobeyed the number one rule in combat sports (protect yourself at all times), and tried to accuse Marquardt of “greasing” to the referee. While Palhares’ attention was elsewhere, Marquardt took advantage and dropped massive hammerfists down, eventually getting the TKO stoppage. It was later determined that Marquardt wasn’t greased up and Palhares and his training camp apologized for the accusation.

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2011 in News, UFC

 

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Rousimar Palhares vs Alexandre Ferreira Added to UFC on Versus 3

MMA Junkie Reports:

http://mmajunkie.com/news/21811/rousimar-palhares-vs-alexandre-ferreira-targeted-for-ufc-on-versus-3.mma

Rousimar Palhares

11-3-0 MMA/ 4-2 UFC

– Won 3 of last 4 Fights

-Notable Wins: Lucio Linhares, Jeremy Horn, Tomasz Drwal

Alexandre Ferreira

– 18-7-0 MMA/ 0-1 UFC Record

– Won 7 0f last 8 Fights

– Notable Wins: Brandon Lee Hinkle, Fabio Maldonado, Lew Polley

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2010 in News, UFC

 

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UFC Fight Night 22 Quick Results

MAIN CARD

  • Nate Marquardt def. Rousimar Palhares via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:28
  • Charles Oliveira def. Efrain Escudero via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:25
  • Jim Miller def. Gleison Tibau via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Cole Miller def. Ross Pearson via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:49

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Yves Edwards def. John Gunderson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Kyle Kingsbury def. Jared Hamman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Dave Branch def. Tomasz Drwal via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Rich Attonito def. Rafael Natal via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Anthony “T.J.” Waldburger def. David Mitchell via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Brian Foster def. Forrest Petz via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:07
 
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Posted by on September 17, 2010 in News, UFC

 

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UFC 111 Quick Results

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Georges St-Pierre def. Dan Hardy via unanimous decision (50-43, 50-44, 50-45)
  • Shane Carwin def. Frank Mir via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 3:48
  • Kurt Pellegrino def. Fabricio Camoes via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:20
  • Jon Fitch def. Ben Saunders via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jim Miller def. Mark Bocek via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS

  • Nate Diaz def. Rory Markham via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:47
  • Ricardo Almeida def. Matt Brown via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:30
  • Rousimar Palhares def. Tomasz Drwal via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 0:45.
  • Jared Hamman def. Rodney Wallace via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Matthew Riddle def. Greg Soto via disqualification (intentional illegal upkick) – Round 3, 1:30.
 
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Posted by on March 28, 2010 in Quick Results, UFC

 

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My UFC 111 Predictions

Matt Riddle vs Greg Soto

UFC-newcomer Greg Soto comes into the octagon with a savvy ground game, but faces a nasty style match-up against Matt Riddle. Coming off his first professional loss, Riddle will look to rebound by using his crippling top control to frustrate Soto. Lacking a strong wrestling skill set or a striking perils to throw Riddle off his game, Soto will spend 15 minutes on his back looking for a submission that most likely won’t be there. Long night ahead for Soto….

Prediction: Matt Riddle def Greg Soto by Unanimous Decision

Jared Hamman vs Rodney Wallace

I was pretty disappointed in Wallace’s debut in the UFC, but Brian Stann is no easy task. Stann was able to fight off many of Wallace’s take downs and the one’s that did hit the mat, Stann was back on his feet in no time. That will not be the case against Jared Hamman. Hamman’s tall, lanky frame will serve as target practice for Wallace’s wrestling background. Not only that, Hamman will be swinging away wildly looking for the big KO, leaving himself vulnerable for the double leg take down. As long as Wallace can avoid the big shot, he should spend most of the fight in dominant position on the mat. Eventually Wallace will work a submission to send Hamman back to Strikeforce.

Prediction: Rodney Wallace def. Jarred Hamman by Rear Naked Choke – Rd. 2

Tomasz Drwal vs Rousimar Palhares

Tomasz Drwal has quietly been moving up the ranks of the UFC 185 lbs roster. The Polish middleweight has run off three wins in a row, and now will face the jiu-jitsu ace, Rousimar Palhares. Palhares usually is able to out-muscle his opponents to the mat to make up for his less than average wrestling skills. He will not have that luxury on Saturday night against Drwal. If Palhares is unable to get Drwal to the floor, he will be on the wrong side of heavy punches thrown by Drwal. Palhares struggled immensely against Dan Henderson, who had the better wrestling and the more crisp boxing. This fight should be very similar.

Prediction: Tomasz Drwal def. Rousimar Palhares by TKO – Rd. 2

Ricardo Almeida vs Matt Brown

This is one of the hardest fights for me to call. Ricardo Almeida finally makes his debut at 170 lbs at UFC 111. It’s always tough to predict a fight where one of the combatants fight at a lower weight for the first time. There’s no way to tell how the weight cut has affected their strength, cardio, or overall health. Almeida is a wizard on the ground, but like many jiu-jitsu fighters, he doesn’t have the wrestling skills to get the fight to floor. Matt Brown’s take down defense is good enough to keep Almeida away from his strong suit. On the feet, it’s not even close…. Matt Brown has the superior striking skills that could put Almeida to sleep early. As long as Brown doesn’t give up his back in a scramble, i think this fight is tailor made for him.

Prediction: Matt Brown def Ricardo Almeida by TKO – Rd. 1

Nate Diaz vs Rory Markham

I love this match-making by Joe Silva. On the feet, Rory Markham has the advantage due to his highlight reel KO power while Diaz throws a lot of punches, but nothing really behind them. On the ground, Diaz has the advantage as Markham’s grappling game is nothing to brag home about. The X-factor’s make this fight even more interesting… Markham has the KO power, but Diaz’s chin seems to be made of granite. Diaz’s ground game is impressive, but in Markham’s 21 fight career, he’s never been submitted. I think Diaz will have a tough time getting this fight to the ground, and every minute that this fight is on the feet is a risk for him. I like Markham to keep on the feet long enough to land a big right hand or head kick to send Diaz back down to 155.

Prediction: Rory Markham def Nate Diaz by KO – Rd. 2

Mark Bocek vs Jim Miller

As a big fan of both of these fighters, I am not looking forward to this fight due to the inevitable one-sided affair this will be. Jim Miller’s game is Mark Bocek’s weakness. If this fight stays on the feet, it could be a pretty even fight, but Miller showed great improvement in his striking against Duane Ludwig in his last fight. Miller probably has no intention of staying on the feet very long though. He’ll use his superior wrestling to get take down after take down with relative ease. Bocek’s jiu-jitsu is some of the best in the 155 lb division in the UFC, but he does most of his damage with top position. From his back, i just don’t see Miller getting clumsy leaving his head or arm out there where Bocek can take it.

Prediction: Jim Miller def Mark Bocek by Unanimous Decision

Jon Fitch vs Ben Saunders

A brave move for Ben Saunders to step in for Thiago Alves against Jon Fitch on Saturday. Unfortunately, it will ultimately be a dumb move. Jon Fitch has made a nice living out of utilizing his elite wrestling to overwhelm any opponent who doesn’t have the wrestling background to keep him off you. Saunders’ wrestling skills shouldn’t even be used in the same sentence with Fitch. Saunders may even have the better stand-up, but Fitch is too smart to even think about playing his game. Fitch is known as the decision king, but he may frustrate Saunders so much that he’ll give up an arm or leg for Fitch to snatch up.

Prediction – Jon Fitch def Ben Saunders by Armbar – Rd. 3

Fabricio Camoes vs Kurt Pellegrino

Things don’t look good for Fabricio Camoes heading into Saturday night against Kurt Pellegrino. Pellegrino, who has won three fights in a row, is just a couple more wins away from title consideration. Which means he’s not going to take any chances against Camoes, so expect a heavy dose of ground and pound with jiu-jitsu. The experience favor for Pellegrino should play a heavy role in this fight. I see Camoes spending a lot of time in bad positions, with little to no offense due to Pellegrino’s relentless pace on the floor.

Prediction: Kurt Pellegrino def Fabricio Camoes by Unanimous Decision

Frank Mir vs Shane Carwin

Oh boy.. here we go. Shane Carwin has smothering wrestling capabilities and jaw shattering power in his hands, but his submission defense is still unknown. Frank Mir has some of the best jiu-jitsu in the world for a heavyweight and much improved boxing, but hates getting punched. Mir’s biggest downfall has always been when he gets hit hard for the first time he seems to start making ridiculous mistakes that end up causing him to lose the fight. Since Carwin has never been past the three minute mark in the first round, his cardio is also a serious question mark. If Carwin wins, it’s probably going to be in the first couple minutes like usual. If it goes any longer than that, that leaves too much time for Mir to grab a limb and take it home with him.

Prediction: Shane Carwin def Frank Mir by TKO – Rd. 1

Georges St. Pierre vs Dan Hardy

I’ve seen too many crazy things in my years of watching MMA to say Dan Hardy doesn’t have a chance in the world to win this fight. But, he has a very, very, very small chance to win this fight. Hardy showed much improved take down defense against Mike Swick, but Georges St. Pierre brings a wrestling game like no one else in the divison… ask Thiago Alves. Hardy will be looking for the big KO from the first bell, but will spend most of his time looking up at the celling.

Prediction: Georges St. Pierre def Dan Hardy by Armbar – Rd. 2

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2010 in Predictions, UFC

 

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Rousimar Palhares Meets Tomasz Drwal at UFC 111

MMA Junkie Reports:

http://mmajunkie.com/news/17591/rousimar-palhares-meets-thomas-drwal-at-ufc-111-in-new-jersey.mma

Rousimar Palhares

10-2-0 MMA/ 3-1 UFC

– 2 Fight Win Streak

-Notable Wins: Lucio Linhares, Jeremy Horn, Ivan Salaverry

Tomasz Drwal

17-2-1 MMA/ 3-1 UFC

3 Fight Win Streak

Notable Wins: Drew McFedries, Mike Ciesnolevicz, Lucio Linhares

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2010 in News, UFC

 

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