Saturday, October 9, 2010

VIDEO: UFC Primetime: Brock Lesnar vs Cain Velasquez - Episode 1 of UFC 121 Preview for Heavyweight Title Fight




UFC 121: LESNAR VS VELASQUEZ will be held Saturday October 23, 2010 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The headlining fight will be contested for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. This is the complete first episode of UFC PRIMETIME: LESNAR VS VELASQUEZ, a 3-part Spike TV preview show leading up to the PPV.

UFC.com has the Complete UFC 121 Primetime Episode 1

STRIKEFORCE: DIAZ VS NOONS 2 MADMAN ROUNDTABLE: Group Predictions, Analysis, Madness Levels for Every 10/9/10 Fight



Welcome to the Madman Roundtable for tonight's STRIKEFORCE: DIAZ VS NOONS 2. The main card will air live on Showtime starting at 10:00 pm EST on Saturday October 9, 2010.

This roundtable features Randy Rowles, Joshua King, Johnny Nguyen and Eric Van Den Haas.

Madness Levels are in parenthesis. They indicate the level of excitement for a fight based on a scale of 1 to 10. The numbers in brackets beside the fighters' names indicate how many roundtable members picked the respective fighters to win.

Randy Rowles is our returning champion from UFC 119.
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STRIKEFORCE: DIAZ VS NOONS 2

WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT

NICK DIAZ [3] vs. KJ NOONS [1]

Average Madness Level (1-10): 9.5

RANDY ROWLES – (9) This is a bad blood fight. Before the Cesar Gracie Scrap Pack was putting a bully beatdown on Jason "Mayhem" Miller on live network television, Nick Diaz was throwing down post-fight with KJ Noons' dad in EliteXC -- video above of the now-defunct Jerry Springer of MMA promotions. In their first encounter, Noons surprisingly picked apart Diaz with striking en route to a TKO victory due to a cut. Diaz had surgery after the fight to repair scar tissue, which caused him to cut easily.

Although Nick Diaz doesn't come off as a smart fighter in interviews, he is without a doubt one of the most cerebral fighters in all of MMA. Diaz often embarrasses fighters with his deliberate, yet highly effective, striking style. It's not often Diaz will run into a better striker in MMA, but KJ Noons is that rare case, and Noons has excellent takedown defense to boot.

Losing to KJ Noons twice is likely an unthinkable scenario for the stoned Stockdale triathlete, Diaz will likely forgo any bravado and find a way to take this fight to the ground where he holds the advantage. Maybe someday we'll see Diaz vs Noons 3 in the UFC! Nick Diaz by Submission in Round 2

JOSHUA KING – (10) This is a seriously entertaining and competitive fight. I actually prefer it to the much talked about Mayhem-Diaz fight. Noons worked Diaz in the last fight – outboxing him and stopping take downs easily. The one takedown Diaz got was quickly nullified with a beautiful scramble. The deciding factor in this fight will be who has improved the most. I'm going to say it's been Diaz. This fight is eons closer to even, than it is to the -250 Diaz the books have. (flips coin) Nick Diaz by Submission (late stages of fight).

JOHNNY NGUYEN – (10) I LOVE watching fights where both fighters don’t like each other, makes for an entertaining fight. Diaz has a fantastic ground game and decent boxing, whereas Noons has exceptional boxing and an okay ground game. I’m gonna pick KJ Noons by 2nd rd TKO

ERIC VAN DEN HAAS – (9) KJ will be pushing for the KO but if he doesn't get it (and I don't think he will) look for Noons to fade against the superior cardio of Diaz and get caught in a choke. Nick Diaz by Submission in Round 3
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WOMENS WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT

SARAH KAUFMAN [4] vs. MARLOES COENEN [0]

Average Madness Level (1-10): 6

RANDY ROWLES – (8) Strange booking as Miesha Tate recently won a tournament to become the 135-pound number one contender, but instead Marloes Coenen is first fighting champion Sarah Kaufman. Coenen is coming off a loss to Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos for the 145-pound Womens Middleweight Championship. Logic is not often useful in analyzing Strikeforce booking. That having been said, the Dutch Marloes Coenen has always been one of my favorite fighters and I'm psyched for this fight against the undefeated Canadian and former ballerina Sarah Kaufman.

It's possible the sheer amount of talent in this fight will cause a stalemate and a boring decision ala Kaufman's fight with Takayo Hashi, but instead hopefully we'll get a more fun competitive fight like Kaufman's last title defense against Roxanne Modafferi. I'm the eternal optimist, but I am leaning towards the former with my prediction -- Sarah Kaufman by Decision

JOSHUA KING – (3) Kaufman grinds out a victory in all likelihood. The slam was an outlier. Unless Coenen catches an arm (possibly, but unlikely) this is going to be a long boring Decision for Sarah Kaufman

JOHNNY NGUYEN – (7) Did anyone see Sarah’s last fight? That slam was vicious. Marloes is definitely a good fighter but I don’t think she’s gonna be able to pass Kaufman. Sarah Kaufman by 3rd rd TKO

ERIC VAN DEN HAAS – (6) Coenen will be quite a test for Kaufman. Marloes is aggressive, she has a size advantage and she's got some sub skills. But if she isn't able to submit Sarah this fight will go the distance where the judges are inclined to give the nod to the reigning champ. Sarah Kaufman by Unanimous Decision
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Lightweight Bout

GESIAS "JZ" CAVALCANTE [1] vs. JOSH THOMSON [3]

Average Madness Level (1-10): 8

RANDY ROWLES – (8) This is a lightweight number one contender match. The winner will fight Gilbert Melendez for the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship. Josh Thomson initially beat Melendez for the vacant title, before losing the title to Melendez in a rematch. A Thomson win would set up a rubber match. Only JZ Cavalcante can spoil the narrative now.

At one point, Gesias Cavalcante, a Brazilian product of American Top Team, was thought to be the next big thing in the world at 155 pounds. That was until he wasn't able to get past top Japanese lightweights Shinya Aoki and Tatsuya Kawajiri. Cavalcante rebounded with a split decision win over Katsunori Kikuno, the next best Japanese lightweight, and will now be making his Strikeforce debut.

This should be a highly competitive fight and is a really hard one to pick, especially given Cavalcante has fought only twice in the past 2 years dealing with injuries, and most of his success has come in rings against smaller fighters in Japan. I started writing this thinking I was picking JZ Cavalcante, but instead I've talked myself into Josh Thomson by Decision

JOSHUA KING – (9) JZ hasn't been the monster he once was these last couple years. Two decision loses and then a split win have me wondering if the game has caught up with the undeniably gifted JZ Calvan. Thomson will present many problems standing, but I suspect JZ Cavalcante will use his grappling acumen to win a tough Decision

JOHNNY NGUYEN – (6) Man, 2 great fighters stepping into the cage. This should be really entertaining. I like both but I’m gonna pick Josh “The Punk” Thomson by 2nd rd TKO

ERIC VAN DEN HAAS – (9) Assuming these guys are both healthy this should be a hell of a battle! Two well-rounded, evenly matched fighters quite capable of producing the fight of the night. And while I certainly respect the power of Cavalcante I don't think JZ has the blueprint to overcome the experience of Thomson. Josh Thomson by Unanimous Decision
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Welterweight Bout

ANDRE GALVAO [0] vs. TYRON WOODLEY [4]

Average Madness Level (1-10): 6.25

ROWLES – (7) These two are the cream of the crop of the Strikeforce welterweight prospects. Brazilian Andre Galvao is a BJJ black belt and trains with the elite Black House and Wand Fight Team. Tyron Woodley trains with American Top Team and was a Big 12 champion and 2-time All-American wrestler at Mizzou. Woodley debuted on the undercard of Strikeforce: Lawler vs Shields and went on to win 3 straight fights on Strikeforce Challengers main cards. After a decision loss to Jason High in DREAM, Galvao signed with Strikeforce has won his first 2 fights.

The winner of this fight becomes a serious contender in the Strikeforce welterweight division and could be in line for a future number one contender bout. I don't think Andre Galvao has the explosiveness and aggressiveness necessary to counter Tyron Woodley's wrestling, and will likely be getting beat up on his back for most of the fight. Tyron Woodley by Decision

KING – (8) This is an exciting prospect fight. Both have a ton of potential and will do big things in MMA. Classic BJJ v Wrestler matchup that could go either way. Galvao's jitz is world class, as is Woodley's grappling. Another coin toss fight. I'll go Tyron Woodley by Decision, but too close to call with any confidence (much like Diaz-Noons).

NGUYEN – (3) I don’t know very much about these fighters, but I know that Woodley is undefeated. I’m gonna go with Tyron Woodley by Decision Shout out to a friend that's been supporting and checking out my predicitions -- Kyle Baker. Thanks for the support!

VAN DEN HAAS – (7) Ahhh, the old wrestling vs. jits debate. I tend to favor the wrestler in such a matchup - especially when that wrestler is undefeated beast Tyron Woodley! Don't get me wrong, Galvao is no joke but I believe Woodley will dictate where the fight takes place and power his way to victory. Tyron Woodley by Unanimous Decision
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MOST MADNESS

RANDY ROWLES: Nick Diaz vs KJ Noons

JOSHUA KING: Nick Diaz vs KJ Noons

JOHNNY NGUYEN: Nick Diaz vs KJ Noons

ERIC VAN DEN HAAS: JZ Cavalcante vs Josh Thomson
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GROUPTHINK

Alternate Reality Fight Card (Ranked by Average Madness Levels)

MAIN CARD

1 - Nick Diaz vs. KJ Noons (9.5)

2 - JZ Cavalcante vs. Josh Thomson (8)

3 - Andre Galvao vs. Tyron Woodley (6.25)

4 - Sarah Kaufman vs. Marloes Coenen (6)
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CONSENSUS PICKS

Nick Diaz over KJ Noons by Submission in Round 2/3

Sarah Kaufman over Marloes Coenen by Unanimous Decision

Josh Thomson over JZ Cavalcante by Unanimous Decision

Tyron Woodley over Andre Galvao by Unanimous Decision
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2010 ROUNDTABLE STATS

1 - ERIC VAN DEN HAAS: 93-48 -- 66% (6 wins)

2 - RANDY ROWLES: 128-79 -- 62% (6 wins)

3 - JOSHUA KING: 96-65 -- 60% (6 wins)

4 - JOHNNY NGUYEN: 103-94 -- 52% (1 win)

VIDEO: Nick Diaz vs KJ Noons 1 - Watch Original 2007 EliteXC First Fight



STRIKEFORCE: DIAZ VS NOONS 2 will be held Saturday October 9, 2010 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, and will air live on Showtime.

UFC 122: MARQUARDT VS OKAMI - Zombie Poster and Complete Fight Card for 11/13/10 on Spike TV from Germany

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UFC 122: MARQUARDT VS OKAMI

November 13, 2010

Location: Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany

Broadcast: Spike TV

MAIN CARD

[Middleweight No. 1 Contender Bout]
Nate The Great Marquardt (30-9) vs. Yushin Thunder Okami (25-5)

Dennis Siver (16-7) vs. Andre Winner (11-4)

Amir Sadollah (3-2) vs. Peter Sobotta (8-3)

Goran Reljic (8-2) vs. Krzysztof The Polish Experiment Soszynski (21-10)

Duane Bang Ludwig (19-11) vs. Nick Slick Osipczak (5-2)

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Alexandre Cacareco Ferreira (18-6) vs. Vladimir The Janitor Matyushenko (24-5)

Pascal Panzer Krauss (9-0) vs. Mark Scanlon (7-0)

Rob The Rosedale Reaper Kimmons (23-5) vs. Kyle KO Noke (17-4)

Seth The Silverback Petruzelli (12-5) vs. Karlos The Terminator Vemola (7-1)

Kris Savage McCray (5-1) vs. Carlos Eduardo Ta Danado Rocha (8-0)

Friday, October 8, 2010

UFC 121: LESNAR VS VELASQUEZ - Fight Card for Saturday 10/23/10 in Anaheim


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UFC 121: LESNAR VS VELASQUEZ -- October 23, 2010

Location: Honda Center in Anaheim, California

Broadcast: PPV

MAIN CARD

{Heavyweight Championship}
Brock Lesnar (5-1) vs. Cain Velasquez (8-0)

Martin The Hitman Kampmann (17-3) vs. Jake Shields (25-4)

Matt The Hammer Hamill (9-2) vs. Tito The Huntington Beach Bad Boy Ortiz (15-7)

Diego Nightmare Sanchez (21-4) vs. Paulo Thiago (13-2)

Gabriel Napao Gonzaga (11-5) vs. Brendan The Hybrid Schaub (6-1)

UFC PRELIMS LIVE ON SPIKE TV

Ryan Jensen (15-6) vs. Court The Crusher McGee (12-1)

Patrick The Predator Cote (13-6) vs. Tom The Filthy Mauler Lawlor (6-3)

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Jon Madsen (6-0) vs. Gilbert The Hurricane Yvel (36-15)

Sam Hands of Stone Stout (15-6) vs. Paul Relentless Taylor (10-5)

Mike The Joker Guymon (12-3) vs. Daniel Ninja Roberts (10-1)

Chris Camozzi (13-3) vs. Dongi The Ox Yang (9-0)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

MMA GLOBAL INVASION -- 12/11/10 Fight Card in Dominican Republic with Keith Jardine, Paul Buentello, Eliot Marshall


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NEMESIS FIGHTING: MMA GLOBAL INVASION

December 11, 2010

Location: Barcelo Convention Center in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Francisco Kiko France (6-1) vs. Keith The Dean of Mean Jardine (15-9)

Paul The Headhunter Buentello (28-13) vs. Kerry Meat Truck Schall (23-11)

Isaac Vallie-Flag (9-3) vs. Alejandro Villalobos (8-2)

Eliot The Fire Marshall (9-2) vs. Chris Macimus McNally (4-3)

Josh Martin (6-5) vs. Terry Martin (20-8)

Chaun The Wrecking Ball Sims (2-1) vs. Oscar Sosa (5-0)

John The Magician Dodson (10-5) vs. John Moraga (6-0)

Mike Big Nickels (8-4) vs. Kyle Seals (6-2)

Travis T-Train Marx (15-2) vs. Jose Tezanos (3-1)


W-1: NEW GROUND - 10/23/10 Fight Card in Halifax, Canada with Brett Rogers vs Ruben 'Warpath' Villareal and Murilo 'Ninja' Rua

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W-1: NEW GROUND -- October 23, 2010

WARRIOR-1 MMA

Location: Halifax Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

MAIN CARD

Brett The Grim Rogers (10-2) vs. Ruben Warpath Villareal (18-18)

Roy Boughton (4-1) vs. Murilo Ninja Rua (20-10)

Mychal Clark (7-10) vs. Roger The Hulk Hollett (10-3)

Ryan Machan (11-5) vs. Matt MacGrath (8-4)

Doug Evans (10-7) vs. Tristan Johnson (5-1)

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Ricky Goodall (6-2) vs. Sean Pierson (9-4)

Jason MacKay (9-2) vs. Musa Tolliver (7-6)

Chad Chainsaw Cox (5-2) vs. Nordine Taleb (2-1)

Jeremy Hawk Hamilton (6-0) vs. Chris Johnson (0-0)

Jeremiah The Fireline Bernard (2-3) vs. Todd Henry (0-0)

Pat Thrilling Schilling (1-0) vs. Tom The Bomb Waters (4-1)

Jeff Black (2-6) vs. Michael Imperato (0-0)

Monday, October 4, 2010

XTREME FIGHT NIGHT: ROSHOLT VS HORWICH - 11/12/10 Fight Card in Tulsa

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XFN: ROSHOLT VS HORWICH

November 12, 2010

Location: The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Matt The Fighting Hippy Horwich (26-17) vs. Jake Rosholt (7-2)

{Welterweight Championship}
Levi The Marine Avera (15-7) vs. Joe Jitsu Christopher (10-5)

{Featherweight Championship}
Josh The Platypus Pulsifer (12-4) vs. Nathan Murdock (9-5)

Trey That Just Happened Houston (4-0) vs. Brandon Lyons (4-1)


STRIKEFORCE: DIAZ VS NOONS 2 Poster and Fight Card for 10/9/10 in San Jose

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STRIKEFORCE: DIAZ VS NOONS II -- October 9, 2010

Location: HP Pavilion in San Jose, California

Broadcast: Showtime

MAIN CARD

{Welterweight Championship}
Nick Diaz (22-7) vs. KJ Noons (10-2)

{Women's Welterweight Championship}
Sarah Kaufman (12-0) vs. Marloes Coenen (17-4)

Gesias JZ Cavalcante (15-3) vs. Josh Thomson (17-3)

Andre Galvao (5-1) vs. Tyron T-Wood Woodley (8-0)

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

David Marshall (8-1) vs. James Terry (7-2)

Ron Keslar (5-2) vs. Josh McDonald (7-4)

Jess Bouscal (2-2) vs. Luis Mendoza (0-0)

BELLATOR 33: ALVAREZ VS HUERTA - 10/21/10 Fight Card in Philadelphia

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BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS XXXIII: ALVAREZ VS HUERTA -- October 21, 2010

Season 3, Week 10

Location: Liacouras Center at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Broadcast: FOX Sports Net

MAIN CARD

Eddie Alvarez (20-2) vs. Roger El Matador Huerta (21-4)

{Welterweight Championship}
Lyman Cyborg Good (10-0) vs. Ben Funky Asken (6-0)

Wilson Reis (10-2) vs. Deividas Taurosevicius (12-4)

Rick Hawn (8-0) vs. LeVon The Maynman Maynard (10-6)

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Tim Carpenter (5-0) vs. Jamal The Suit Patterson (5-2)

Luiz The Joker Azeredo (14-9) vs. Eduardo Guedes (6-0)

Lester Caslow (6-3) vs. Kenny The Tooth Fairy Foster (7-2)

Nick Cottone (8-2) vs. Tuan Kid Thunder Pham (2-3)

Lewis Cassner (0-0) vs. Francis Evans (0-0)