Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Weekend Delight: UFC 73:Stacked PPV, boxing on HBO & Showtime

UFC 73: Stacked

Deviating away from their last Pay Per View which was held overseas, a dismal one at that, the latest UFC fight card figures to give more bang for their buck. This card features one of its original starts in Tito Ortiz taking on undefeated, young upstart Rashad Evans in Sacramento, Calif.

I'm tempted to make Rashad a quick pick based on his punching power, but I can't help remembering how he was dominated by Sean Salmon before delivering a devastating shin kick to the head of Salmon in one of the best ko's ever seen (up there with Crocop-Gonzaga)in an octagon. However, Ortiz, who showed much improvement after tapping out against Frank Shamrock, has been losing with such determination that I wonder if he can remember how to win. I will pick the winning horse and go with Evans by decision, though a ko seems to be Ortiz's preference.

There's also Nate Marquardt Vs. the ever explosive Anderson Silva. Marquardt is a veteran with great ground skills though Silva is no slouch on the ground himself. And to get within his range is to get within his arsenal of leg kicks, heel kicks, knees, and some potent hands. I'll have to pick Silva by 2nd round stoppage.

The fight of the night may reside in this match up: Hermes Franca Vs. Sean Sherk.

Sherk is like a smaller, pigment-challenged version of the Hulk, while France is a version of, well, Franca. And that's a good thing. Franca has great Brazilian Jiu Jitsu skills and throws hay makers from South America. Sherk brings it and has the strength to keep it there. This is a hard call, but I will go with the more versatile of the two; France by a close decision.

In addition, Pride FC legend "Minotauro" Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (not to be mistaken for his recently KO'd twin brother Antonio Rogerio "Minotoro" Nogueira) will make his Octagon debut against rugged "The Texas Crazy Horse" Heath Herring. All in all a fight card worth watching.

Boxing: HBO & Showtime

Though no where near as stacked with main attractions as the UFC the two fight cards offered this Saturday does have some significance to the sport of boxing.

First off the heavyweights on HBO: Wladimir Klitschko vs Lamon Brewster looks to be an intriguing rematch. In their first fight, Klitschko delivered a brutal beating for the first four rounds and dropped Brewster. Miraculously, or as trained, Brewster came back the very next round and shellacked a completely dehydrated Klitschko twice to the canvas and was subsequently stopped. I'm going to make an educated guess here and say that Klitschko has learned better conditioning under Emanuel Steward and will win by a mid-rounds knockout. This is a must-win fight for him. IF he wins look for some much needed unification bouts.

On Showtime, it's the jr. middleweights: Travis Simms (not to be mistaken with his equally undefeated brother Tarvis Simms--I'm serious) vs. Joachim Alcine. Alcine does not have the pedigree Simms has and therefore should lose by a comfortable decision. If Simms can win impressively, look for him to possibly go to the red-hot middleweight division for big-money fights.

Also on the card look for hard-hitting Vic "The Raging Bull" Darchinyan to extend his kayo streak against unknown Nonito Donaire. Time for "The Raging Bull" to step up his level of opposition.

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1 comment:

  1. Sorry but Nonito broke Vic's nose en route to knocking him out in the fifth round. Nonito Donaire showed what Pinoy boxing is all about in his bout against Darchinyan. He proved that Vic is not as invincible as he believes himself to be. Vic should look for better defense instead of better quality opponents.


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