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By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

The UFC once again is blazing a new trail for MMA. This time along with media giant FOX, the power couple launched a very MMA-centric channel called Fox Sports 1. The channels debut featured one of the UFC’s best cards of the year, headlined by Chael P. Sonnen vs. Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua. The packed TD Arena in Boston was shaking with the arrival of fan favorites Joe Lauzon and John Howard, how ever the biggest ‘pop’ of the night came when Conor McGregor made his entrance. The Irish featherweight displayed an extremely versatile striking attack early in the fight, however he injured his knee in the second round and needed to utilize his wrestling to secure the decision win over a very savvy Max Holloway.

The Co Main event was by far the biggest upset of the evening, as Travis ‘Hapo’ Browne came back from a vicious early body attack to knock out Alistair Overeem in the first round of their fight. Browne, was floored from an early knee to the gut, and withstood a relentless assault from Overeem that prompted the ref to warn Browne on several occasions that a stoppage was near. Browne, withstood the barrage and then channeled his inner Anderson Silva and kicked Overeem in the face. The blow floored Overeem, and a few Browne hammer fists erased all doubt.

For Browne, his name is now solidified on a short list of contenders for the title. Maybe a match up against Fabricio Werdum would solidify a #3 contender. Overeem’s future is much cloudier. After being viciously knocked out in his last two fights it may be time for him to take a long vacation from the sport. He is not the type of fighter to hang around on mid card status, so his time in the UFC may be coming to an end. Even if it is not, his brain has been rattled lately it might be in his best interest to take at least a year off!

Following the Browne upset, two legends took to the cage. Less than ten seconds into the fight, one of those legends had already imposed his will. Chael Sonnen was able to get across the cage, grab a hold of ‘Shogun’ Rua, and slam him to the mat in less than 10 seconds. ‘Shogun’ did his best to resist, stood up a few times, and then surprised everyone by taking Sonnen down! However, he wasnt able to hold him, and Sonnen was able to reverse position.

Sonnen blanketed the former champion, refusing to let him up. Utilizing his position, Sonnen was able to secure a guillotine choke at the end of the first round that forced Rua to tap. To ‘Shogun’s credit, he rolled and resisted as long as he could. Sonnen, as Joe Rogan pointed out several times has a deadly guillotine,

Like Overeem, these fighters are not really in any title pictures anymore. However unlike Overeem, neither one of these guys has ever appeared to be “done” fighting. For Sonnen, there is talk of a match between him and Wanderlei Silva. A fight that really has no implications, but its should be a fun fight to watch. For Rua, the loss extinguishes any hope of returning to title contention. He has been in a lot of wars, and I wouldn’t blame him if he did hang up the gloves, but I don’t think he will. Maybe a fight with Bisping would make sense.

Analysis of Debut on Fox Sports 1.1:

First the name sort of makes the numbering of events, well redundant, and unclear (For example this was titled UFC on Fox Sports 1.1). I don’t see how that wasn’t brought up already! Secondly, FOX needs to brand the UFC separately from the NFL. For example Kill the robot, and please destroy the NFL music. I’d rather hear the signature “Bring the Pain”. Also, keep Curt Menefee of the broadcasts. Watching him learn about the sport on the fly, hurts my feelings.

Other than those obvious ticks, I think the UFC and FOX hit a 3-run Triple with this swing. Overall exceeded expectations in my eyes. It is a very exciting time for the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, which had been in a recession of late. Hopefully these free public displays will infuse life back into the sport that will trickle down to the regional levels. This way the sport continues to grow, and more importantly continues to feed itself!

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By Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Main Card:

Siyar Bahadurzada (171) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (171)

The first fight is interesting match up between a savvy veteran and a heavy handed newcomer, making only his second appearance for the UFC. Bahadurzada has high expectations, and faces his toughest fight yet in Kim. Standing across from him is a man who has only lost twice both of whom are current title contenders(Carlos Condit, Demian Maia). However, Bahadurzada should still maintain the edge in the striking department.

Prediction: Bahadurzada via TKO rd 2

Mizuto Hirota (146) vs. Rani Yahya (146) Hirota is making UFC debut after coming over from the now defunct Strikeforce promotion. He will be looking to impress his hometown crowd, and the UFC brass. Coming off a unanimous decision loss to Pat Healy, he will look to pressure an extremely dangerous Roni Yahya. Yahya is one of the best Brazilian jujitsu practitioners in the world, and is looking keep the momentum rolling after choking out Josh Grispi in his last fight.

Prediction: Yahya via Submission rd 1

Hector Lombard (186) vs. Yushin Okami (185) Yushin Okami has revived his career with his last two performances, earning him a big fight in his hometown. There is only one problem, his opponent is one of the most feared men in all of MMA. Hector Lombard showed in his last fight, what was missing in his first, when he dispatched Rousimar Palhares in exquisite fashion. For Lombard, the transition to the UFC had not gone according to plan after losing his debut. In the battle of relevance vs excellence, take the later every time.

Prediction: Lombard via TKO rd 2

Takanori Gomi (156) vs. Diego Sanchez (158)*

“The Fireball Kid” has promised a resurgence so to speak, one that will start a journey to the title near his hometown of Tokyo Japan. at 34-8 there are very few fighters in the 155 pound division with as much experience as Takanori Gomi. With wins in his last two fights, one coming over Mac Danzig, maybe there is some credence to his claims. Gomi’s dream to be champion is put to its next test when he faces another “Dream”, one that was formerly a “Nightmare”. For years Diego “The Nightmare” Sanchez ran roughshod over 2 divisions in the UFC. His aggressive punch for punch style, and granite chin are legendary to fight fans around the world. His style is reminiscent to the Pride days of yesteryear. Now the “Nightmare” is over. For Sanchez his in cage persona became his life persona. Recent injuries, and hardships have forced to pugilist to find meaning outside of the cage. Religion has given Sanchez a new outlook, and a second lease on life. In the cage, however little has changed. He will be looking to overwhelm his opponent with his non stop aggression, and relentless take downs. Early candidate for Fight of the Night.

* SANCHEZ FAILED TO MAKE WEIGHT Agrees to sacrifice 20% of his fight purse.

Prediction: Sanchez via unanimous decision

Mark Hunt (266) vs. Stefan Struve (260)

This is a very interesting match up stylistically. Struve has a combination of skills that can finish the fight in any position. His hands are more than capable of inducing narcolepsy, and his submissions may be one of the best in the division. Add to that arsenal his 7 foot frame, and you would literally have to be outside the cage to be out of his range. Waiting inn the shadow of this “Skyscrapper” is Mark Hunt, ax in hand, ready to chop it down! Not many people in the world can claim they can strike with Mark Hunt. The former K-1 champion may not have the most impressive MMA record, but his recent improvements have been marked, and heads are turning. He will need to utilize his powerful muay thai strikes to wobble, or stagger Struve. However once inside the lengthy range, Hunt has to be weary of Struve’s jujitsu. Most likely Hunt will need to pop in and out, to be effective. This brings his cardio into question.

Prediction: Struve via Submission rd 1

Wanderlei Silva (204) vs. Brian Stann (206)

If Mixed Martial Artists wore military uniforms, very few would be adorned with more accolades and medals than Wanderlei Silva’s. He has been in more wars than Germany! His go for broke style has made him an icon in Japan. Unfortunately his style may no longer suit his chin. Brian Stann will certainly be looking to test that chin early and often. For some reason this fight will be taking place in the 205 lbs division, although Stann has no desire to stay there. For Silva, this could be his last fight as well. Another poor showing will certainly get more people talking retirement. Stann will have the advantage on the ground, his wrestling and strength should be enough to control the jujitsu attack of Silva. Silva although much older and worn, will still maintain a punchers chance. Stann better make sure to keep his chin away from the Wanderlei hooks.

Prediction: Stann via KO rd 2

 

Multiple sources have confirmed, although the UFC is yet too, that Anderson Silva will fight at 205 lbs against Stephan Bonner at UFC 153 in Brazil. Filling in for the card that was decimated by injuries to both the main event, and co main event. Also rumored is Wanderlei Silva v Chael Sonnen.

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By Jonathan King
Dan Henderson (28-8 MMA) vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (20-5 MMA)

The most powerful right hand in the light heavyweight division, hangs off the end of Dan Henderson’s arm. However, it is the combination of skills, that makes him lethal at this division. Most prolific fighters at the age of 41, seem to be winding down their careers. Henderson apparently has been drinking from the same well as Randy Couture. He actually seems to get better with age. Henderson possesses world-class wrestling skills, combined with sleep inducing striking. His precision right hand knockout of Michael Bisping in 2009 is still being replayed today. After leaving the UFC for Strikeforce,Henderson continued his winning ways, capturing the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Title following his knockout of Rafael Calvacante. Then he entered the realm of immortality in the sport of MMA with an upset knockout of heavyweight Fedor Emelianeko. In 36 career fights Henderson has never been knocked out.

Mauricio Rua, is the Brazilian version of Dan Henderson. He possesses some of the best jujitsu in the division, but also has dynamite in both of his hands. Shogun can snap bones with his vicious leg kicks, or he can utilize the clinch to punish his victims with crushing knees. After losing the title to Jon Jones, Rua has returned to form as evident with his first round knockout of Forrest Griffin at UFC 134 in August, avenging an earlier loss. A fight that saw a much improved Rua, who seemed more agile, and quicker than Griffin.  Rua will look to utilize good movement and leg kicks to avoid Henderson’s take-downs. Rua will try to keep this fight standing, utilizing in and out movement and capitalizing on distance.

Prediction:Henderson via KO RD.2

Cung Le (7-1 MMA) vs. Wanderlei Silva (33-11 MMA)

After an undefeated career as a kickboxer, Cung Le has since compiled a 7-1 record in MMA. His most notable win was his middleweight championship bout with Frank Shamrock. After a fantastic kicking display, Shamrock was unable to continue having sustained a broken arm, defending Le’s onslaught. That evening Cung Le won the Strikeforce title. His spinning back-kick is legendary, and his powerful strikes work faster than Ambien. After vacating his Strikeforce title to pursue acting, Le is now looking to make his Octagon debut.

Wanderlei Silva is an icon in the sport of mixed martial arts. Entering the fight having been knocked out in 4 of his last 8 fights, his retirement seemed eminent. However, Brazilian is is looking to slug out just one more bit of relevance. The free swinging Silva is still a threat to anyone at 205 lbs, let along anyone at 185lbs, so even at this stage he is quite dangerous. Silva will have to get close to Le, where he can utilize his savage muay thai clinch, that has created a highlight reel of knockouts caused by knees, and elbows. Silva, is also particularly ferocious exiting the clinch, with his fierce free swinging hooks.

Predictions: Le via KO RD.2

Brian Bowles (10-1 MMA) vs. Urijah Faber (25-5 MMA)

Brian Bowles is entering his third UFC fight looking to continue his winning streak. The former WEC Bantamweight champion is an accomplished wrestler, with incredible striking. His rabid fire punches have overwhelmed fighters such as Marcus Galvao and Miguel Torres. However, his wrestling has also led to slick submission victories as well. A win over Urijah Faber will land Bowles a shot at the UFC Bantamweight Title.

Once again Urijah Faber finds himself fighting another world class mixed martial artist. Having already fought Jose Aldo, Mike Brown(x2), Jens Pulver, Dominick Cruz(x2), Jeff Curran and many others; Faber is not only looking to remain a title contender, he just always seems to be in tough fights. Faber will look to utilize his high energy wrestling, and unorthodox striking to contain the smaller Bowles. If he is able to take Bowles down, he will attempt to pepper the face of his opponent with his thunderous ground and pound.

Prediction: Faber via Decision