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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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Francisco Rivera Out; Reuben Duran Meets Takeya Mizugaki at UFC on Versus 3

MMA Junkie Reports:

http://mmajunkie.com/news/22469/newcomer-reuben-duran-signs-on-to-face-takeya-mizugaki-at-ufc-on-versus-3.mma

Reuben Duran

– 7-2-1 MMA/ UFC Debut

– 4 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Greg Guzman, Ryan Diaz, Maurice Eazel

Takeya Mizugaki

– 13-5-2 MMA/ UFC Debut

– Loss 2 of last 3 Fights

– Notable Wins: Jeff Curran, Rani Yahya

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Another injury changes the line-up for for the third edition of the UFC on Versus series. This time it’s bantamweight Francisco Rivera that suffered an undisclosed injury while training. KOTC veteran and UFC newcomer Reuben Duran takes his spot and will meet Takeya Mizugaki on the preliminary portion of the card. UFC on Versus 3 takes place on March 3rd at the KFC Yum! Arena in Louisville, Kentucky. A welterweight tilt between Martin Kampmann and Diego Sanchez headlines the show.

Reuben Duran makes his UFC debut carrying a four-fight win streak, including victories over Greg Guzman, Ryan Diaz, and Kana Hyatt at King of the Cage events. Six of Duran’s seven victories have come by stoppages, three TKO’s and three submissions.

Mizugaki made his WEC debut against then-champion Miguel Torres back in April of 2009, losing a unanimous decision but earning the respect of the MMA community for testing Torres further than anyone else previously had for some time. Since the title fight, Mizugaki has had mixed success in the cage, going just 2-2 in the WEC. Most recently Mizugaki was submitted in the first round by Urijah Faber, making his 135-pound debut.

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2011 in News, UFC

 

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Rafael Natal Out; UFC Newcomer Chris Weidman Meets Alessio Sakara at UFC on Versus 3

MMA Junkie Reports:

http://mmajunkie.com/news/22466/newcomer-weidman-likely-replaces-natal-meets-sakara-at-ufc-on-versus-3.mma

Chris Weidman

– 4-0-0 MMA/ UFC Debut

– 2 TKO, 1 Sub, 1 Decision Victory

– Notable Wins: Uriah Hall

Alessio Sakara

15-7-0 MMA/ 6-4 UFC Record

– 3 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: James Lee, Thales Leites, James Irvin

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For the second time in a few months, Alessio Sakara will get another opponent change for UFC on Versus 3. Rafael Natal suffered a knee injury while training, so UFC newcomer Chris Weidman will get a shot in the big leagues in his place. UFC on Versus 3 takes place on March 3rd at the KFC Yum! Arena in Louisville, Kentucky. A welterweight match-up between Martin Kampmann and Diego Sanchez serves as the main event of the evening.

Highly-touted prospect, Chris Weidman makes his UFC debut with just four previous professional fights. All four fights were with the New Jersey based promotion, Ring of Combat. Weidman is a two-time Division I All-American wrestler out of Hofstra University, and trains with Matt Serra at the Serra-Longo Fight Team in New York. He made his professional debut February of 2009, and has since gone 4-0 with two TKO and one submission victories.

Alessio Sakara has suprised many observers lately, putting together his first three-fight win streak since 2004. Injuries has plagued his career as of late, only fighting three times in a little over two years. Sakara has beaten Joe Vedepo, Thales Leites (by controversial decision), and James Irvin during his latest win streak.

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2011 in News, UFC

 

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Joe Stevenson vs Danny Castillo Added to UFC on Versus 3

MMA Junkie Reports:

http://mmajunkie.com/news/22253/joe-stevenson-vs-danny-castillo-a-late-addition-to-ufc-on-versus-3.mma

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

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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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Johny Hendricks vs Paulo Thiago Targeted for UFC on Versus 3

MMA Junkie Reports:

http://mmajunkie.com/news/22164/johny-hendricks-vs-paulo-thiago-targeted-for-ufc-on-versus-3.mma

Johny Hendricks

– 9-1-0 MMA/ 4-1 UFC

– 5 TKO, 1 Sub, 3 Decision Victories

– Notable Wins: Amir Sadollah, Charlie Brenneman, TJ Grant

Paulo Thiago

– 13-3-0 MMA/ 3-3 UFC

– 2 Fight Losing Streak

– Notable Wins: Mike Swick, Josh Koscheck, Jacob Volkmann

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A welterweight tilt between Johny Hendricks and Paulo Thiago is the latest addition for UFC on Versus 3. The event takes place March 3rd at the KFC Yum! Arena in Louisville, Kentucky.

Johny Hendricks enters UFC on Versus 3 coming off a loss for the first time in his professional career. At the Ultimate Fighter Season 12 Finale, he lost a unanimous decision to fellow star prospect, Rick Story. Previous to the Story loss, Hendricks was 4-0 in the UFC, including victories over TJ Grant, Amir Sadollah, and Charlie Brenneman.

Paulo Thiago started his UFC career with a bang, but has since fallen on some hard times inside the octagon. Thiago burst out on the welterweight scene after upsetting Josh Koscheck in the first round at UFC 95 in February of 2009. He has since gone 2-3, most recently losing back-to-back fights against Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann.

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2011 in News, 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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