Donald ‘The Cowboy’ Cerrone fighting style is no secret, he stalks his opponents with vicious muay thai kicks, and can transition to a submission from virtually any position. KJ Noons is making his debut for the UFC, after coming over from the defunct Strikeforce promotion. Noons is also known for his tough, brawling style. This fight has the makings for either Fight of the Night, or a Sub of the Night for Cerrone.
Winner: Cerrone via submission rd 2
T.J. Grant vs. Gray Maynard (#1 Contender spot)
T.J. Grant has quietly earned this fight, riding a 4 fight win with his last being an impressive TKO over Matt Wiman. He has improved with each fight, and will be looking to capture a title shot with a win. Maynard is best known for his trilogy of fights with former champion Frankie Edgar. Twice, Maynard appeared to be just seconds away from the title, only to be thwarted by the heart of Edgar. The winner of this fight, has been guaranteed the next shot at champion Benson Henderson
Winner: Grant via unanimous decision
James Te Huna vs. Glover Teixeira
James Te Huna is one of the most talented fighters in the light heavyweight division. His only problem has been the fact that he is coincidentally making his rise with two of the most heralded light heavyweight prospect in recent history Alexander Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira. Te Huna lost his second fight in the UFC to Gustafsson. Since that loss, Te Huna has rattled off 4 impressive wins including his last over Ryan Jimmo. Glover Texieira started his career at 2-2, since then he has won 18 consecutive fights. Now at 20-2, Texieira was last seen handing Rampage Jackson his walking papers via unanimous decision. An impressive win over Te Huna could set up a #1 contenders fight with Alexander Gustafsson.
Winner: Teixeira via Submission rd 2 (strikes set up a choke)
Junior dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt
dos Santos is making his return to the Octagon for the first time since losing the title to Velasquez in December. Even though he lost the fight, his striking is still the best in the division. He will need to keep his opponent at the end of his jab, to effectively set up his power punches. Mark Hunt may be tailor-made to beat dos Santos, if his last fight against Stefan Struve is an indicator. Hunt was very effective at closing the distance, and neutralizing a sizable reach disadvantage, and eventually ended the fight with a spectacular knockout. However, recent visa issues for Hunt (New Zealand) left the bout in limbo up until last week. This leaves Hunt only a small amount of time to acclimate to the environment, and that could be the intagible that gives dos Santos an advantage.
Winner: dos Santos via TKO rd 2
Main Event Cain Velasquez vs Antonio Silva - for Heavyweight Title
The last time these two faced off in 2012, Velasquez dominated ‘Big Foot’ Silva for 3:36 and left the challenger busted and bloodied. Velasquez then went on to regain the heavyweight title. However, ‘Big Foot’ proved in his last fight, that the illusive creature was still a threat in the division when he destroyed the heavily favored Alistair Overeem in just over 2 rounds. Since rejoining American Top Team, Silva has shown tremendous improvement, and will present a threat on his feet or on the ground. Cain Velasquez is an absolute monster inside the cage. In his last fight he proved he could learn from defeat, and executed a game plan that gave his opponent virtually no chance at winning. After being dismantled by dos Santos, Velasquez came back and returned the favor by pummeling him for 5 rounds. Velasquez will probably utilize a very similar game plan in this fight, to counter the reach of Silva. The key for Silva, is to ride the “Rocky-like” momentum that thrust him in this position to begin with. His hunger to win, will be his best asset.
UPC Unlimited returned to Fresno for an outdoor MMA event that left the fans extremely entertained in the hot dessert air. UPC 15 featured a unique blend of amateur talent and young professionals trying to make a name for themselves in the blood and bruise business.
The hot air seemed to cool once the fighters took to the cage, as if the humidity itself was a spectator. After a few entertaining amateur fights, the pro fighters began their gladiator march to the steel circle.
Dethrone Base Camp was represented heavily and Geroge Zuniga (0-0) started the evening off with a dominating three round decision over Mike Ryan (0-0). Zuniga utilized relentless pressure and instigated the clinch often where he landed vicious knees in succession.
Continuing the Dethrone domination, Nick Bustamante made a successful pro debut, defeating Augy Garcia (1-4) via submission in round two. Bustamante was clearly the crisper fighter and was able to control the pace from the start. He and fellow Dethrone Base Camp teammate Chris Honeycutt are two of the sports best young fighters.
Honeycutt (1-0) continued to raise the teams stock as he defeated Richard Blake (11-22) in the first round, via rear naked choke. Honeycutt was able to walk through a few kicks from Blake, landing a heavy superman punch before reverting to his pedigree and wrestling Blake to the mat. Once grounded, Blake was at the will of Honeycutt’s lightning fast transitions and after a few rolls, and a failed arm-bar, Honeycutt secured the choke midway through the first round.
With the win Honeycutt has earned a UPC title shot in July at the next UPC event at the Agua Caliente casino.
The co-main event featured Tim Eastom (1-0) vs Tony Rios (3-2). The heavily favored Eastom started the fight in control and seemed to be cruising until an IQ-changing knee from Rios seemed to put Eastom on dream street. Once he realized Eastom was rocked, Rios transitioned to the back, where he secured a standing choke. Eastom valiantly resisted but eventually fell backwards as the choke took his air.
Although the loss is a setback, the knee that landed would have knocked out a polar bear. You can be sure Eastom will be back stronger than ever.
The Main Event was as advertised. Two very talented, savvy veterans beat the living hell out of each other for three rounds. Billy Evangelista (11-2) took on a very game Zac Bucia (10-4) as both fighters made very loud statements about their fighting futures. Evangelista utilized superior movement and angled his striking well to counter the aggressive Bucia, who seemed hell bent on bringing the fight to the ground. However it was the striking of Evangelista that won the debate, at least in the eyes of the cage side judges, as the score was unanimous for Evangelista.
UPC Unlimited seems to be growing exponentially, and for one very simple reason. They put a high value on the entertainment of the fight itself. Many regional promotions pretend to be the UFC or Bellator or worse yet, the second coming of Pride. Promoter Jason Weiner has ignored that failed model, and instead created a simple yet effective promotion that delivers big name fighters and big fights on a consistent basis.
Make sure you mark your calenders and order your tickets before they are gone! Amateur MMA at its finest. AVMMA has teamed with Big John McCarthy’s Ultimate Training Center in Valencia, and they have organized one hell of an event.
Last week Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney came out and said that talks between the company and the former champion had broken down, and seemed less than hopeful that a resolution would be made. In fact the Bellator Chairman seemed content to allow the courts to settle the issue.
“I had hope a month ago there was a door opening,” Rebney said. “But that door isn’t open at this point. So I don’t know. The court system is slow and methodical, and we’re just going through the process. I don’t have any projections of it getting settled at this point because we’re not talking”, Rebney said.
“The essence of it is, the promoter is never going to get everything he wants and the fighter is never going to get everything he wants. We have a position that we did everything right legally, and the court has supported us. I thought we were headed down a road (to resolution), and then everything went real dark.” (From an interview with http://www.MMAJUNKIE.com)
Yesterday, Eddie Alvarez used twitter to rattle of a few of his contentions. First of all he claimed that the issue was more with Viacom and SpikeTv, and went further to claim that Bjorn had little to do with the situation at all. “Bjorns a Grunt in this . It’s Viacom and Spike and a group of idiots a money who don’t know shit about Mma” Alvarez tweeted.
Then Alvarez went further, claiming he is not the only fighter being mistreated. “I have nothing to complain about I get paid we’ll enough to keep bills paid but to bully guyslike @ZachFunSize(Zach Macovsky) n @CosmoAlexandre (Cosmo Alexandre)is a sin.” Alvarez tweeted.
Alexandre jokingly tweeted about spending his last four dollars and gas, with the hashtag “ThanksBjorn”. Alvarez is not in that dire of straights, but he is in the prime of his career, and should be fighting. No one can say for sure how this drama will unfold, but as for now one of the best fighters in the world is relegated to the shelf, at least for the foreseeable future.
Eddie Alvarez will be n the MMA HOUR with Ariel Helwani on Monday. However saty tuned to his twitter feed, because he teased that he might not be able to wait! “I might just dump just real shit tonight until I get a call from someone to stop. Soooo much to talk about,now that the gloves are off” Alvarez tweeted.
Champions are made, they are not born. It takes years of work, unyielding dedication, daily sacrifices, and even a little luck to get to the top of the mountain. In the world of MMA, that mountain is made up of the souls you’ve defeated. Each victory brings with it a target, which beams brighter and looms larger, with each win.
There is a “Ying and Yang”, to be recognized in a sport early on in your career. Pedigree can open doors for you and exposure can add zeroes to paychecks, however the learning curve is steep and unforgiving. For every Peyton Manning, there is a Ryan Leaf.
So although those doors may be unlocked with your name, your performance ultimately is what keeps the doors open. For some this ‘target’ can be an uncomfortable burden, for others it can be their ultimate motivation. For Chris Honeycutt (1-0 MMA), the latter is true! “I’m used to having a target on my back!”, Honeycutt said. “That target on my back is a positive thing, it means I am doing the right thing!”
For many this ‘target’ carries with it extraordinary pressure to perform. Often times the anxiety to perform stifles the performance. This is not the case with Honeycutt. “If you don’t feel pressure you are not doing something right!” the affable young fighter said. “It motivates me, I don’t plan on being average, I plan on being the best.” Honeycutt said.
To ensure his success Honeycutt has surrounded himself with a top notch team of advisers, managers and trainers. Training primarily in Fresno CA, the east coast native has found a home at Dethrone Base Camp where he trains with owner and MMA legend Josh Koscheck (Fellow Edinboro College Alumni). Now training full-time under the watchful eye of John Salter and ‘Kos’ Honeycutt focuses on every aspect of the game.
Methodically he began to transition from the power wrestler, into a well rounded and disciplined martial artist. As rapid as his growth has been, each day at the gym serves as a reminder that there is still much to learn. “I have a hard time keeping up with these guys!” Honeycutt said. “It’s not easy working with Lavar(Johnson), Koscheck and Salter, but each week I’m getting more fluid, and more confident.” Honeycutt said.
When his future calls, Honeycutt will rely on the wisdom of his team. “DeWayne Zinkin and Bob Cook have been in business a long time, they guide my path.” Honeycutt said. For now, “It’s my job to get better and to train hard.”
Last year Honeycutt made his successful debut with the UPC Unlimited Promotion winning with impressively with his trademark ground and pound. With the win and a few more months on training under his belt, for Honeycutt the skies the limit!
The State of California has more mixed martial arts events than anywhere else in the country. So, very often the product becomes watered down. Many promotions have been in business for so long, that the display of exciting fights becomes secondary to running a business. This is why it is refreshing to see a fairly young promotion breaking through the model of ‘regional’ mixed martial arts promotions. UPC Unlimited based out of Fresno Ca, has created an exciting environment for some of the sports best prospects!
Going to a regional event becomes that much more exciting when you see fighters that are destined for Bellator or the UFC. Much like the minor leagues in other sports, these regional promotions can and have developed some of the sports most recognizable names. Creating an environment for young fighters to grow while also allowing veterans to re-tool their games is the goal for every promotion. Consistently achieving this goal, is what separates UPC Unlimited from the rest of the pack.
The roster of fighters is quite an impressive mix of young stars, and savvy veterans including: Poppies Martinez, Steve Stryker, Steve Swanson, Billy Evangalista, Zac Bucia, Tim Eastom, and several fighters that are featured on NUVO TV’s Fight Factory including Ron Kessler, Chris Honeycutt, Gabriel Carrasco, and many other great fighters. The impressive and extensive roster allows the promotion and matchmakers the flexibility to stack several exciting cards in succession, that leave each fighter hungry, and each spectator enthralled.
This weekend the UFC will put forth a pay per view caliber fight card, that will be featured for free on FOX. Not only will the lightweight title be on the line, but Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier will make his long anticipated debut in the UFC.
Jordan Mein vs. Matt Brown
The resurgent Matt Brown has proved that if a fighter wants to stay in the UFC he has to improve once he has arrived. Brown is in the midst of a 4 fight win streak, and is looking to solidify his chances for a possible contender slot. Mein is looking for his second UFC win after defeating the always game Dan Miller by TKO in his last outing. Mein should be technically proficient in the striking department, but Brown is notorious for his tenacity. Prediction: Brown via Split Decision
Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson
Nate Diaz is one of the most talented fighters in the UFC. His boxing skill is unrivaled in the division, and even if you can put him on his back, his submission skills are just as refined. However, in his last performance Benson Henderson completely dismantled the Stockton native, beating him at his own game. Josh Thompson is no stranger to the Cesar Gracie team, having faced Gilbert Melendez 3 times already. Thompson is a hell of an athlete, who even at 34 years old is still extremely dangerous in the division. Prediction: Diaz via Unanimous Decision
Daniel Cormier vs. Frank Mir
Frank Mir is and has been a top ranked heavyweight for nearly 10 years. As a former champion, he has the skill to end the fight in any position with either a strike, or a submission. He also does not like being considered a stepping stone (see Brock Lesnar first fight)! Daniel Cormier is the best wrestler in the division which alone presents problems, but Cormier can also turn out the lights with his heavy hands. Mir could very well grab a hold of a limb during a take down, but this fight might not ever make it there. Predictions Cormier via TKO RD 2
Benson Henderson* vs Gilbert Melendez 5 Round 155 lbs Title Fight (*Champion)
Finally, ‘El Nino’ Gilbert Melendez will be making his octagon debut, and he does so in an immediate title fight. Coming in as the Strikeforce champion Melendez for a long time has been considered one of the to 3 lightweight fighters in the world. His durable style suits either the quick knockout, or the five round battle. He sets up his powerful hands with excellent feigns, and has great take down skills as well. Benson Henderson is one of the biggest lightweight fighters around. The champions power begins with his tree trunk like legs, that power one of the most athletic frames in all of MMA. As a striker Henderson has great power, and even better timing, often beginning and ending combinations with balance shattering leg kicks. Once Henderson achieves top position, he is nearly impossible to sweep. Make sure you use the bathroom before the fight begins! Prediction: Henderson via Split Decision (Fight of the Night)
UFC Lightweight Bobby ‘King’ Green was on hand to witness his teammate Nick Rossborough win the King of The Cage Heavyweight Title. Rossborough won a unanimous decision over MMA Legend Tony Lopez.
Green is currently preparing for Team Alpha Males Danny Castillo. Those two will square off in July in what is sure to be a war. Green won the submission of the night bonus in his UFC debut win over Jacob Volkman. A win that turned many heads including UFC president Dana White.
An impressive win over Castillo could vault Green to contender status.
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Fight Card to be updated AFTER Each Round.
#1 135 LBS Justin Cook vs. Kevin Michel
rd1: Early take dwon stuffed by Michel after landing some knees he transitions to the back. Cook looses his hooks and is swept by Michel. Michel Now looking to posture and reign down ground and pound.Cook defending well from the bottom, looking for triangle and arm bars, but none work out. Michel now wtih a guilotine. Cook parlays a single leg into a double leg, and takes Michel down fiercly. Cook looking again to transition to the back. But again is swept into guard as Michel slides in and out of side control. Cook looking again for a triangle but eats a heavy right hand. Again Michel takes the back, but once again is swept into guard, Michel with heavy ground punches, Ref steps in with just seconds as Cook taps out due to ground strikes!
Winner RD 1 Submission Tapout due to strikes Kevin Michel 4:58
#2 170 LBS Charles Lee vs. Gabe Lopez
rd1: Body Kick by Lopez cracks Lee, as the fight goes to the mat. Knee to the body by Lee puts Lopez on his back. Lee looking to posture up. Lopez tries to get back to his feet, but Lee grabs a neck crank. Lopez wall walks back to his feet, as Lee lands body shots and Knees. Big knee from Lopez drops Lee. Lee looking for the back, but falls back into Lopez guard. Now Lee in side control. Big uppercut from Lopez as they stand. Lee instigates the clinch but gets dropped again momentarily Lopez drives for a take down, but lets it go. As Lee has his back against the fence, he lands a few knees to the body of Lopez. Both fighters are gassed. Right on the break lands for Lopez. Big left hand by Lopez. Close round but we give it to Lopez based on aggression 10-9
rd2: Both fighters are tired. Lee throws a body kick that misses. Lope lands a combination. Body kick by Lopez. Knees from lee puch Lopez back. Now back in the center of the cage, Lopez looks to land with the hands. Both fighters missing often. Fighters trade left hands with Lopez getting the better of the exchange. Front kick from Lee lands. Left hook from Lee lands. Lopez landing with the one two combination often now. Lopez landing with heavy right hands, but Lee is stoic. More lefts and rights, but Lee keeps moving forward. Lopez bleeding now from his right eye. Very close round, we are going Lopez 10-9. Both fighters are exhausted!
rd3: Lopez starts with a left hook, that backs Lee up. Lee fights out of the corner well, as Lopez adjusts his attack. Chopping leg kicks from Lee. More combinations from Lopez. Low Blow from Lee in the clinch prompts a stoppage from Big John. Restart see Lopez landing a kick to the body, as Lee stalks forward. Lopez with some hard body shots in the clinch. Lee secures a take down, and is now IN Lope open guard. Lee Postures and Lands a heavy igh ad. Lopez looking to stand, and does. Both fighters are in slow motion. The last ten seconds sees a flurry by Lopez but nothing lands cleanly. Have to score the last round 10-9 for Lee with the take down! We have Lopez winning 29-28
Winner via Split Decision Gabriel Lopez (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
#3 149 lbs Catch Weight Mike Christensen vs. Henry Corrales
rd1: Corrales takes down Christensen immediately and rides the close guard. Both fighters get back momentarily to their feet, before Corrales again takes down his opponent. Christensen defends well, but Corrales in clear control. Intermittent round and pound keeps the ref at bay, but no significant strikes land. Corrales finishes the round on top. 10- 9 Corrales
rd2: Again Corrales scores an early take down, he is looking to secure an arm, and he does. Kimura looks deep and Christensen taps. Winner Henry Corrales 1:03 rd 2 via Verbal Submission Kimura
#4 265 LBS Lolohea Mahe vs. Rob Jackson
rd1: Heavy hands from both fighters. Jackson looks to kick, but Mahe defending and counter punching well. Mahe ricks Jackson with a beautiful combination, And keeps throwing. Jackson is on weak legs, as Mahe pours it on, the corner throws in the the towel, but it may be too late. Winner Lolohea Mahe via TKO (1:37) RD 1
#5 185 LBS Johnny Cisneros vs. Daniel Hernandez
rd1: Take down from Hernandez starts the fight, as he has Cisneros pinned agaisnt the cage. Hernandez looking to mount. Cisneros scrambles back to side position. Hernandez lloks strong as he wont let cisneros stand. Smothering attack so far by Hernandez. Hernandez transitions to the back, but Cisneros scrambles now he is mounted, but sweeps. Xisnerso now in control. Hernandez grabs an armbar, it looks deep. Cisneros taps.
Winner:Daniel Hernandez Rd 1 via Submission Armbar
#6 160 Lbs KOTC Jr Welterweight Title Fight Lowen Tynanes vs. Kris Armbrister
rd1: Leg kicks traded to start the bout. Big right hands land almost simultaneously. Armbrister moving well. Tynanes instigates the clinch, and takes Armbrister down with a single leg. Tynanes in side control. Tynanaes in control, as Armbrister can escape from bottom. Tynanes lands a big right hand, and then drags Armbrister back to the ground. Short elbows from side control land for Tynanes. Armbrister back to his feet, but Tynanes lloks for the guillotine and then switches to guard. Tynanes again in side control, landing short right hands and elbows to Armbrister’s head.
Winner via arm in triangle Lowen Tynanes New Jr Welterweight Champion Rd 1(4:30)
#7 David Gomez vs Joshua Aveles* For Welterweight Title (* Champion)
rd1: Both fighters trading jabs. Aveles landing leg kicks. Gomez and Aveles trading in the center of the cage with Aveles winning the exchange. Big leg kick by Aveles floors Gomez, who quickly springs back to his feet. Aveles instigates the clinch, but breaks with a right hand on the exit. Gomez is cut over the left eye. Rd ends with both fighters landing combinations. 10 – 9 Aveles
rd2: More jabs from Aveles set up leg kicks. Gomezt lands his own and keep circling out of Aveles power range (to the left). Gomez starting to tire, as Aveles continues to land. 1′s and 2′s for Aveles. Followed by more leg kicks. Gomez lands a big right hand, but Aveles keeps the pressure on. Gomez lands a right hand as the round comes to an end. Aveles 10-9
rd3: Gomez more aggressive. Landing a big right hand that backs up Aveles temporarily. Gomez again lands the right this time to the body. Aveles still pushing forward, Gomez now playing the counter puncher. Upper cut leg kick from Gomez lands. Aveles chopping with the leg kick. Aveles jabbing Gomez at will. Gomez now jabbing, but Aveles lands a push kick to back him off. Aveles landing crisper shots now. Big Flurry fpr Gomez who lands a uppercut, elbow and a knee before the round ends. 10-9 Gomez
rd4: Aveles starts out with more jabs, and leg kicks. Gomez lands a kick of his own. Head kick from Aveles lands, Gomez immeditaly fires a jab back. 3 punch combination for Gomez, who takes Aveles down to the mat. Now in Aveles guard Gomez looking to posture up, but Aveles ties him up. Gomez landing single punches, in between getting tied up by Aveles. Still in Aveles closed guard, Aveles right eye is starting to close, the ref stands them up. Attempting take down by Gomez falls short. Both fighters trade jabs. Big overhand left from Gomez. Knee from Gomez pushes Aveles back. as the round comes to an end. 10-9
rd5: Big take down by Gomez. Aveles defends well, but eats a few ground strikes. Gomez working out of Aveles’s closed guard. Aveles having a hard time controlling Gomez this time. More ground strikes land, before the tie up Ref Mike Beltran calls for action and then stands them up. Gomez lands a big right hand and immediately brings the fight back to the mat. 10 seonds to go, and Gomez rides the fight out in top position, but stands right before the bell. 10 -9 Gomez
Winner via Split Decision David Gomez ( New Welterweight Champion)
#8 Tony Lopez vs. Nick Rossborough
rd1: Both fighters landing leg kicks and jabs. Lopez controlling the pace, but Nick lands a big right hand. Lopez looking to o work with his kicks, as he keeps feigning. Now Rossborough with a leg kick. Big right hand from Rossborough, but Lopez lands a big body kick. Now Rossborough pusjes Lopez against the cage. Lopez escapes, One two from Rossborough lands. But now its Lopez on the attack. Blood from Lopez’ nose. Jab right cross drops Lopez and Rosborough moves in for the finish. Lopez uses a single leg to get back to his feet. Big Knee from Rossborough on the exit. Lopez in trouble. However he hangs on as the round comes to an end. Very close to be a 10-8 round, but we will give it 10-9 Rossborough.
rd2: Lopez looks out on his feet. Push kick from Rossborough starts off a very lethargic rd 2. Upper cut lead into a one two combination has Lopez in trouble. But again he walks out. Lopez lands to the body with two push kicks. Rossborough again with the lead right hand, Big combination from Lopez his best work of the fight so far. Left to the body by Rossborough. More action from Lopez. Early action has us scoring the round for Rossborough. 10-9
rd3: Both fighters trading kicks, As Lopez is looking to control the distance with his length. Rossborough now breathing out of his mouth. Rossborough lands a big left to the body, but Lopez responds with a left. 1 ,2 combination lands flush from Rossborough. Big left hand from Rossborough lands off of the counter. Rossborough landing straight shots that have Lopez in trouble . Knees land from Rossborough as the round comes to an end. Lopez is in big trouble. 10-9 Rossborough
rd4: Kicks from Lopez push back Rossborough with little effect. Clearly in control Rossborough seems content to pick his shots. Inside trip by Lopez slmost sets up a choke. Big elbows from Lopez, this guy has no quit. Lopez attempting to pick Rossboroughs ankle. Now Lopez transitioning to the back. Both hooks are in as he is looking to finsih the fight. Lopez riding Rossborough, back to the mat. Now in side control, Lopez looking for a choke. Big Knees to the body of Rossborough. Big round from Tony Lopez as he comes back to dominate the round. Could very well be a 10-8 round in his favor.
rd5: Round starts with a head kick from Lopez that lands. And immediately he shoots for the take down. Rossborough escapes. John McCarthy stops the action as Rossborough gets poked. Restart Lopez lands a big combination and a leg kick. Again Lopez with an inside trip, now looking to mount. Lopez landing but nothing heavy as Rossborough controls the posture of Lopez. Back in the guard, Lopez looks to transition back to the mount. Big combination from Rossbourugh, but Lopez responds. Now Rossborough looks for a take down, but Lopez defends with a kimura. Rd comes to an end. We have Lope 10-9
Winner (49-45, 48-45, 49-44) Via Unanimous Decision Nick Rossborough (New Heavyweight Champion)
Look for Ryan LaFlare to make a very explosive debut against Ben Alloway. LaFlare is very explosive, and should be able to win in electric fashion.
Winner: LaFlare via TKO rd 3
The Main Card:
Robert Peralta vs. Akira Corassani:
Peralta is the favorite going in, but Corassani is fighting at home in Sweden. Is that going to be enough to carry the upset? Yes it will. Winner: Corassani via Decision
Diego Brandao vs. Pablo Garza:
Brandao is on the rise, and Garza has his back against the wall already. If he looses, he will probably find the cut list. Can his time at American Top Team counter Brandao’s vicious aggression? Probably not.
Winner: Brandao via TKO rd 2
Matt Mitrione vs. Phil de Fries:
Both ‘Meathead’ Mitrione and Phil de Fries are on the outside looking in, towards the elite of the division. Mitrione has better hands, but de Fries is better all around. Good match up.
Winner: de Fries via 2nd rd Submission (*Because of the odds good bet to place!)
Mike Easton vs. Brad Pickett:
Whatever you do, don’t blink! Both fighters have a history of ending fights with heavy strikes, although Pickett should have the better boxing, so if he can avoid the take downs, he should be able to land heavy and often!
Winner: Pickett via TKO rd 1
Ross Pearson vs. Ryan Couture:
‘The Real Deal’ Pearson has very heavy hands, but his ground game is his kryptonite. Couture has the ground game to expose this weakness.
Winner: Couture via Split Decision
Mousasi v Latifi *(Late replacement for Alexander Gustafsson who was unfit to compete due to a laceration.)
At one time Mousasi was one of the top 3 light heavyweights in the world, and probably still should be. In his way a very strong, but relatively unknown Ilir Latifi (training partner of Gustafsson). Mousasi is the obvious favorite, but the match-up could prove to be troubling. Latifi is a strong bulldog, and will certainly be looking to bring the fight to the mat. Can the hometown boy shock the world of MMA, he can…..but he won’t!