Friday, September 5, 2008

UFC 88 "Breakthrough" Predictions

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UFC 88: BREAKTHROUGH! - which is headlined by the light heavyweight battle between Chuck Liddell and Rashad Evans - will air LIVE on PAY-PER-VIEW Saturday from Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia beginning at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. The official weights of the fighters are listed below:

Chuck Liddell 204 vs. Rashad Evans 205
Rich Franklin 204.5 vs. Matt Hamill 205
Dan Henderson 185 vs. Rousimar Palhares 184.5
Martin Kampmann 184.5 vs. Nate Marquardt 185
Thiago Tavares 155 vs. Kurt Pellegrino 156
Tim Boetsch 205.25 vs. Mike Patt 205.25
Dong Hyun Kim 170 vs. Matt Brown 170
Jason Lambert 185 vs. Jason MacDonald 185
Roan Carneiro 170 vs. Ryo Chonan 170

*The Karo Parisyan vs. Yoshiyuki Yashida fight is scratched due to an injury to Parisyan.

Rashad Evans by CLOSE DECISION
Rich Franklin by DECISION
Dan Henderson by DECISION
Nate Marquardt by 2nd-RD SUBMISSION

The rest are for you to decide!

Boxing 10-Count Bell: Joey Giardello


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Can the Golden Boy Gobble Up Pac Man?

It almost seems like it's the mid-late 1990s. Oscar De La Hoya will perform his final in ring appearance (remember, this is boxing) on Dec. 6th against Lightweight champion--no typo--Manny Pacquiao. Luckily for Pacquiao, the "Mexican killer" this is a non-title fight.

For Oscar, this will not be the first time he fights a smaller opponent. He practically made a successful career out of it during his years as a lightweight/jr. welterweight. He won his first belt at jr. lightweight belt against the smaller Jimmy Bredahl. Then, he won his lightweight against former jr. lightweight champion John-John Molina and defended it against, you guessed it, jr. lightweight champion Genaro Hernandez and former jr.lightweight Jesse James Leija--all very capable fighters who went against a larger man. It was after these wins that Oscar stepped his game up, and weight, and fought talented men of equal or bigger size and had mostly good results (except for middleweight).

The difference here is that this fight is a non-title fight against a man who is an active and explosive powerpuncher. The other flip side to the coin is that Oscar will also be moving down in weight. Why Oscar chose to do this to himself as his final swan song is anyone's guess. That or he knew fans would not pay for such a huge weight difference.

The guess here is that if Oscar isn't weight drained for his final fight, he will still be the bigger, more experienced fighter come fight time. In Pac-Man, he will face an opponent who will not be weight drained and will come in at his heaviest. Pac-Man is also a non-stop power hitter. Oscar should still have enough strength to fend off Pac-Man and win a close decision possibly setting up a mega rematch; possibly.

Young Lions Enter Lion's Den

As 2008 ends, two blasts from MMA's glorious past will be on full display once again. Randy "The Natural" Couture will meet one of the newest and biggest heavyweights in the octagon. But sadly, that man is not Fedor. After months of battling in court for the right to fight the consensus No. 1 Heavyweight in MMA, Couture must have lost the battle of the contract. He will now face former WWE Champion Brock Lesnar instead of a much talked about bout with Fedor. The polititricks of boxing meets mma.

Couture, who has beaten good big men before, will face one of the biggest; himself. He will be coming off a layoff of more than a year. His last fight was a win against dangerous heavyweight, Gabriel "Napao" Gonzaga. Since then, Couture has remained busy filming a movie The Scorpion King 2 and going back and forth to court. Lesnar, on the contrary, has been beefing up his MMA experience by beating tough and worn, Heath Herring only one month ago. The massive Lesnar, whose neck is the size of an average thigh, will have a clear size advantage over the smaller, older Couture--who, at his age, has probably benefited from the long layoff.

The same cannot be said of the true UFC veteran, Ken Shamrock. Once a formidable opponent fro anyone in the cage, Shamrock is now coming into his fight with dangerous striker, Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson, with 5 consecutive defeats. The mismatching of boxing meets mma.

Kimbo, who narrowly escaped defeat against James Thompson in his last fight, has been given a gimme fight which should set up a more lucrative match (somewhere .Brett Rogers is fuming). Shamrock has not won a fight in 5 years. Also, his last 5 losses have been by ko. Who sanctioned this fight again?

Lesnar should give Couture all he could handle until Couture's experience smother's out Lesnar's strength. Shamrock should play the submission game because if he stands with Kimbo, he will be retired for good

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