Wednesday, December 28, 2011

UFC 141: The Brock vs The Reem

"More than a quarter of a ton collide this Friday."

"The biggest and the best will go head on this Friday night, etc."

The comparisons and analogies to the size of the following behemoths, Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem, will be endless and cliche. As the poster suggest, these guys are the biggest of the bunch in terms of skill, size, and experience. But will it be explosive and tactical or an explosive dud?

As evidenced by Cain Velasquez quick defeat at (literally) the hands of Junior Dos Santos, one can't help but be reminded of another colossal matchup that failed to live up to the hype. This time on the boxing arena: Lennox Lewis vs. Michael Grant.

Grant was an undefeated start up while Lewis was the reigning heavyweight king who was supposed to be taken to the brink. Instead, Lewis used his experience and power to knockout his opponent in the 2nd round. Grant never recovered and never competed at such a high level again.

This one should be different as there are two main styles which are needed, though both have a puncher's chance. Sort of.

Overeem has proven himself in the stand up game; first in PRIDE and then in K-1. Brock has power but unlike The Reem, he does not have that one punch kayo power. If he did, Heath Herring never would have made it out the first round. Lesnar is a powerful man who will hurt you then Hulk smash you into utter defeat.

The Reem has the skills needed to counter Brock's brockness. He has grown like the Incredible Hulk. Gone is the lanky ko artist and now a big brawler who throws big fighters around like rag dolls has re-emerged. He tossed crude Brett Rogers around and dumped Fabricio Wewrdum whenever he felt like it. And these are no small men either.

The guess here is that Lesnar's long layoff, along with Overeem's recent success at heavyweight, will allow The Reem to control The Brock and finish the fight on the feet ... but he must tuck his chin in and avoid being kept down.

This one should be exciting ... for as long as it lasts.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Andre Wards(s) off Carl Froch

Ward beats Froch in 12

Andre Ward, the last U.S. Olympic gold medalist controlled Carl "The Cobra" Froch to become the super middleweight champion by all accounts. While some will say that Lucian Bute is the man, Ward has taken the rougher path to the title and Bute has not.

Ward set the pace in the first round when he boxed, brawled, mauled and bullied Froch on all four sides of the ring. The pattern set by Ward would continue for the remainder of the fight. Though Froch was clearly outboxed, he never stopped trying to win and finished the last two rounds as the aggressor.

Friday, December 9, 2011

UFC 140: Funny Money Only POTW

Funny Money Only Picks of the Week:

Jon "Bones" Jones vs Lyoto Machida
Can the Karate Kid aka Ryu, rattle Jones' bones? The smart pick here is that Jones wins by either referee stoppage or vicious elbows debilitating Machida. Unless Jones goes in too confident, look for a late stoppage win for Jones. Machida is a live underdog in this one.

Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Mir has been one of the hottest/coldest fighter in MMA even before his motorcycle accident. He should win through attrition, via unanimous decision. That's if he trained right and maintains his focus.

Tito Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Tito took a painful stoppage loss last time out against a rejuvenated Rashad Evans. Look for Lil Nog to eek out a decision.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Chael Sonnen is MMA's Floyd Mayweather

And you thought Mayweather's post-fight interviews were interesting (side note:if only Floyd and Pacquiao would have done this years ago ...):

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sergio Martinez KO's Darren Barker in 11

Sergio Martinez continues his quest to get a marquee fight against boxing's power brokers, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., with another hard fought ko victory over another undefeated European fighter, Darren Barker. Also, with the win, Martinez has scored three straight ko title defenses since beating Kelly Pavlik for the title.

An interesting stat: Martinez's last two opponents combined records were 60-0 (37 KO's).


Friday, September 23, 2011

Funny Money Only Pick of the Week: Jones vs. Jackson

Looking like buddy sitcom stars

Can Rampage break Bones? Unless Jon "Bones" Jones under trained against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, look for the phenom to use his vast array of striking skills to wear down the older Jackson. Jackson needs to land lightning in a bottle or Jones will stop him in 3.

Remember, as always, to bet with Funny Money Only!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Floyd Mayweather KO's Victor Ortiz in 4th Round

After a flurry and a Flagrant headbutt by Ortiz, referee Joe Cortez rightfully penalized Ortiz a point for the foul. Ortiz hugged Mayweather and forgot boxing's cardinal rule: Protect yourself at all times!

Somewhat controversial but fully comprehensive victory for Mayweather.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Funny Money Only Pick of the Week: Haye vs. Klitschko

It's time for the mean glares and cold stares to end.

 The smart money says Wladimir Klitschko jabs, grabs, pummels and wilts David Haye by the 9th round or so. However, this section is for those playing with FunnyMoneyOnly.

Hence my pick: Haye uses a lot of energy and jabs Klitschko's body and lulls the giant to sleep in the 3rd round, courtesy of a right hand followed by a rapid combination. It's his only chance as a decision in Germany is not realistic. And also, surviving Klitschko's jabs and right hand and left hook are also very unrealistic. And with this scenario, it will involve big brother Vitali and one clear champion to the heavyweight throne.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Funny Money Only Pick of the Week

This weeks FMOPOTW=Manny Pacquiao W 12 Shane Mosley.

Of course, in fighting, anything can happen. All it take is one punch. Unfortunately for Mosley, who use to make full application of his punches in his prime, he has had two fights to land that one punch and has failed against Floyd Mayweather (no shame there) and Sergio Mora (for shame). Maybe third time's the charm?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Too Young for Wars

Which way will either fighter go?

Andre Berto, Victor Ortiz, Juan Manuel Lopez and Orlando Salido all won and lost a little bit more last night. 

Giving your all is never a bad thing, unless of course you're in the business of never giving too much until you've cashed in all your chips. For the aforementioned warriors, they do not know the meaning of the words "just enough."

For Ortiz and Salido, they each won world titles and boosted their careers the way a kayo over an undefeated fighter can. It was truly a night for the underdogs. But how much longer can each winner maintain the do and die attitude? And for the losers, will they seek better management and not immediately jump back into the fire or will they be exploited for as long as their excitement level allows?

We will all find out in their next fights. What an exciting and amazing night for boxing fans.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Nick Diaz Remains Undefeated; James Kirkland Loses

Nick Diaz' blase attitude must have been a front as he defiantly stood with Paul Daley and knocked him out. Who will beat Nick??

James Kirkland lost for the first time by first round tko as Nobuhiro Ishida knocked him down 3 times in the first round.

Will Nick Diaz Lose Tonight?

If this video is any indication, an upset to hard-hitting Paul Daley may not be out of the question.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

UFC Monopolizes MMA. Now what?

Zuffa, LLC has purchased Strikeforce according to UFC President Dana White. Does this mean that the Heavyweight Tournament will go as planned? What will happen to the respective champions and their scheduled fights? Will the fights be shown on Showtime or Spike? What about the announcers?

Let's see if a lot of fighters go the way of the not so popular but equally as effective fighters from the days of Pride FC. The last time this happened Randy Couture sued the UFC when he felt short changed (as well as a fight with Fedor not materializing) by the UFC. Let's just hope some of the same mistakes are not repeated.

We shall all see.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Revenge, Redemption or Repeat?

Meet the Strikeforce Heavyweight Challengers

Will Fedor Emelianenko (third from right) win over Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva? Or will the others (from let to right then right to left:) Alistair Overeem, Fabricio Werdum, Fedor, Silva, Josh Barnett, Brett Rogers, Andrei Arlovski, or Sergei Kharitonov win it all? Find out tonight @ 10 p.m. EST on Showtime.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Anderson Silva: MMA's Muhammad Ali

Ascension to the pantheon of greats

When analyzing Muhammad Ali's defining and dominating moment, many people point to Ali's destruction of Cleveland Williams. Others cite his improbable upsets of Sonny Liston and George Foreman. While others will point to his third fight with nemesis Joe Frazier. Either way, those moments leave no doubt as to the mettle which made Ali one of the greatest fighters ever.

Anderson Silva can now make that claim. It's not that his emphatic, almost easy victory over MMA veteran and former champ Vitor Belfort defines his greatness.


It's the fact that it adds to his contrast of victories.

In his last fight, Silva struggled mightily on his feet and on the ground before staging a late-round submission over substance user, Chael Sonnen. In his fight tonight, Silva knocked out Belfort with a kick to the face that would have made Bruce Lee proud, if not Steven Segal who was seated at ringside and who had also trained Aikido with Silva.

Either way, fans can choose from a vary of styles to promote Silva's greatness. This writer prefers to use the Silva vs Chris Leben fight as a blueprint to the type of fighter Silva is when he steps on the pedal.

Now, let's see if young tiger Jon "Bones" Jones can make his own mark as he already has a unique style, power and a will to win which can possibly have him compared to Silva ... if he's good enough and dominant enough.

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