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Friday, November 7, 2014

Wild Wolf against The Bama Beast

Tomorrow night during Bisping vs Rockhold, I am interested in another bout, which features the Wild Wolf aka Jumabieke Tuerxun.  Jumabieke is from ethnic Kazakh background, but represents China.  He will be fighting the Bama Beast aka Marcus Brimage, a strong fighter that parcticipated in the Ultimate Fighter.

Both the fighters are on a losing streak, so thy must both feel a sense of pressure to win in order to keep their UFC contract.  It looks like Brimage has fought tougher opponents than Jumabieke.  Brimage has lost to Connor McGregor, while Bieke's lost was to Lleando Issa.  To Bieke's credit, I think he was winning that fight with his striking until he got caught in a submission in the third round.

Looks like everyone is expecting Brimage to easily defeat the Wild Wolf tomorrow night.  Call it bias or wishful thinking, I feel like Jumabieke's striking looked good in his last fight against Issa.  He made the mistake of trying to take Issa out with one big punch, which I think cost him the fight.  The fight with Brimage, undoubtedly will be a tough one.

He has to use his wrestling background to counter Brimage's takedown attempts and land some solid punches if Brimage attempts to brawl.  The exchanges during the brawl will be the opportunities for Jumabieke to land his power shots like he did against Issa.

The Wild Wolf reminds me of a smaller, Kazakh version of Dan Henderson.  Hopefully he can prove all the online fight journalists wrong!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Hunt for the Title - UFC 180

With Cain out due to injury, Mark Hunt gets a shot at the interim heavyweight title.  It is too bad that Hunt will not have proper time to train and will have to focus on making weight instead of training for a former world champion in bjj, who has become an amazing muay thai fighter under the great master Rafael Corderiro.

Although I like the resurgence of Werdum, I am rooting for Hunt.  Alistair Overeem called him the strongest fighter he has ever faced and we know Overeem has faced the best in both kickboxing in K-1 and in MMA as well.  If Hunt can fight off the takedown of Werdum and land some of his powerful punches, he could pull it off.

The outcome of this fight will depend on how well Hunt can prevent the take downs and improved his grappling versus how much Werdum has improved in his striking since the uppercut knockout by Junior Dos Santos.  If the fight takes place on the feet, between Hunt's thunderous punches and his granite chin, Werdum might end up on the floor staring towards the heavens, as Hunt walks off after one of his 'Roy Nelson' dropping uppercuts!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Fighters to keep an eye on in 2013: Jacare Souza (Middleweight)

Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu wiz that transitioned into MMA.  He recently beat Ed Herman and will soon be fighting in the UFC.  UFC has not announced who he will be fighting next, but I am excited to see how he does.  His striking has improved greatly since joining Team Nogueira and training with the likes of Anderson Silva, Junior Dos Santos, Lil Nog etc..  He showed by knocking out Derek Brunson that he is not a one dimensional fighter anymore. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Jones vs Belfort

I am glad UFC 151 got canceled.  This card actually looks good after the Jones vs Belfort got added to it.  Can't wait for Belfort to try his luck with getting the light heavy weight belt from Jon Jones.  The things he has going for him are his experience, heavy hands speed and the inside information from Rashad Evans from training with the Blackzilians team.  Michael Bisping and Brian Stann fight also probably will be exciting considering Bisping is a good kickboxer and Stann has some serious knockout power if he can land.  

Friday, August 31, 2012

One FC 5: Pride of a Nation and Edgar vs Aldo

Don't miss One FC 5 tonight featuring Arlovski vs Sylvia and Jens Pulver vs Eric Kelly, also Bibiano Fernandes vs Gustavo Galciroli and finally Edward Folayang vs Felipe Enomoto!

In other news, out of nowhere, Erik Koch got injured, so instead we will get Frankie Edgar to fight Jose Aldo instead!  I don't think anyone will be complaining about this switch.  UFC 153 in Brazil is looking really good.  There will be Story vs Maia, Davis vs Prado, Silva vs Fitch, Rampage vs Glover Teixeira and of course the main event Edgar vs Aldo!  The Brazilian crowd gets a real treat!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Machida and Shogun turn down Jones, Vitor Belfort to fight Jon Jones

Last few days have been crazy in terms of who is supposed to fight Jon Jones.  First Jones turned down Chael Sonnen and UFC reported Machida was fighting Jones on September 22.  I even saw the new poster for the event.  I woke up this morning and saw the online MMA community talking about Jones fighting Belfort.  Apparently Shogun and Machida refused to fight the champion on a short notice, so they asked old school Belfort, who immediately agreed.  I like this match up even though it might be a tough uphill battle for Belfort.  With amazing talent in his hands and newly acquired Karate style, Belfort might actually pull an upset.  Jones will probaby be favored to win, but better to see a new face try their luck against Jones.

Below is MMA Digest on the news:

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Almost Breaking News: Is Dan Henderson Injured?

A little over week before a very anticipated fight between legend killer Dan Henderson and Jon Jones, it appears that Henderson might be injured.  MMA writer Jeremy Botter and UFC fighter turned fight analyst, Kenny Florian tweeted:

If what I'm hearing is correct, UFC 151 may be in desperate need of a main event. And that sucks.

Hearing that we may have some disappointed @ufc fans soon due to some unfortunate circumstances for an upcoming card
Dangerous Dan tweeted back, but let's see what the UFC announces anytime soon.
Just got done with a great training session with the boys.@CyrilleDiabate @tarecfighter @heathlsims @RFBJJ@rockholdMMA

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Indian Verson of UFC's TUF Reality Show: "Challengers"

This should be great to raise awareness about MMA in India and give the fighters some money and opportunity.  24 Lakhs is no joke plus a contract with Super Fight league for the winner!  Good work Sanjay Dutt and Raj Kundra.