UFC 112 comes along this Saturday 10th April, from Ferrari World, on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. This will be the first ever UFC event in the UAE. Will be interesting to see how the Arab crowd react, and if the Octagon girls will have to wear burkhas. We shall see…..
Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva vs. Damien Maia (Middleweight Championship Match)
For my money, Anderson Silva is the pound4pound best fighter in the world. He has crushed everyone unlucky enough to be put in his way at 185lbs and has stepped up to 205 twice, rearranging James Irvins face in a shade over a minute, and his win against Forrest Griffin, has to go down as the most humiliating domination in UFC history. His striking, head and foot movement, and ability to work the angles are unlike anything we’ve ever seen in MMA before. I always get the feeling watching his fights, that your always 2 seconds away from a ‘Holy Fuck’ moment
I cant stand Maia. His JiuJitsu is arguably the best in MMA today, but I just never get excited for his fights, as he seems too dependant on his JJ to suck the life out of fights. He has 4 submission of the night bonuses, and has wins over Chael Sonnen, Dan Miller, Nate Quarry & Jason Mcdonald.
His penultimate fight was against Nate Marquardt, where he got knocked out with 1 punch in 21 seconds. I hope to see a repeat tonight. Silva should do what he does best – use his reach, work the angles, and fracture facial bones with punches, kness and elbows. If it does go to the ground, Silva is more than capable (ask Travis Lutter & Dan Henderson) but he should avoid if possible
I can actually smell an upset here, but am gonna stick with Silva
Silva by TKO round 2-3
BJ ‘The Prodigy’ Penn vs. Frankie ‘The Answer’ Edgar (Lightweight Championship Match)
Penn is really looking like a beast at 155lbs now, and after this demolition, theres talk of a move up to Welterweight. Diego Sanchez was seen as his toughest test to date in his last fight, and he man-slapped him for 4 and a bit rounds, and sent him home with what looked like a horses vagina of a cut on his forehead
I really like Edgar, and its gonna be a shame watching him get his face crushed in this one. He has solid boxing, great wrestling, great cardio, and some slick jiu-jitsu. Hes got a record of 11-1, with notable wins over Tyson Griffin, Spencer Fisher, Hermes Franca & Sean Sherk. Its just hes painfully overmatched in every department. I really cant see Edgar getting out of the 2nd round here. Edgar hits hard, but Penns chin is iron, and his JJ is no match.
I see this fight going as such…… Edgar gets punched in the face a bunch of times, then gets punched some more. After the face punchings, he eats a load more punches. After the barrage of punches, he eats a shit load more, and gets knocked out. Sad, but true
Penn TKO in round 2
Matt Hughes vs. Renzo Gracie
Matt Hughes is the most successful Welterweight in UFC history. His record is 43-7, ties Chuck Liddell for most UFC wins (16) and has defended his Welterweight belt 7 times. Its s shame hes such a smug cunt. From his interviews, to his stints on The Ultmate Fighter, to that cheesy smirk on his face, I just hate the fucker. Oh, hes also a bible basher too, which makes him ultimately more hateable. In his prime, Hughes was famed for his great wrestling and ground and pound, but hes been left behind, by the new breed of Welterweight. GSP (twice) gave him a beating, and Thiago Alves knocked his dick stiff too.
Renzo Gracie is another legend in the MMA game. Being a Gracie, his BJJ is amongst the best in the world, and has had some battles in Japan for PRIDE. His striking Isn’t too clever, so its no secret he’ll want to take this to the floor.
This is Hughes fight. Gracie cuts from 176lbs to make the 170 limit, so I see Hughes being significantly bigger by fight time. Renzo hasnt fought in a while too, and wont have an answer for Hughes wrestling
Id love to watch Hughes die a painful death in this fight, but he wont.
Hughes by decision
Terry Etim vs. Rafael Dos Anjos
Im a huge Terry Etim fan. Gotta rep for the English guy on the main card. Etim reminds me of a poor mans Anderson Silva with his Muay Thai. Long lanky limbs, crisp striking, and works angles really well. Hes also got some slick submissions, and 3 submission of the night bonuses, and is 4-0 in his last 4 fights.
Rafael Dos Anjos has some good Muay Thai, and is a black belt in BJJ. Hes had a rough run in the UFC, going 2-2, although his last 2 fights have been wins. I dont fancy his chances here. Etims subs are in my opinion better, hes on a 4 fight win streak, and I much prefer his striking. Etim is going 5-0 after this one, and hopefully, will step up coinsiderably in competition
Etim TKO in 2nd
Kendall ‘Da Spyder’ Grove vs. Mark Munoz
No real interest in this fight. Dont really rate, or care for either of these fighters. If Grove uses his significant height and reach advantage, then he could do well, but if Munoz gets ahold of him and uses his wretsling, Groves in a world of hurt
Couldn’t care less who wins here….. but Ill take a punt of…… Grove
Grove by submission
In other action…. Im gonna have a punt on Phil Davis, Paul Taylor, Nick Osipczak & Mostapha Al Turk for wins.