UFC On Versus: Opinions and Results

If viewers judged UFC On Versus by its first fight, then they’d probably think that last night’s card was mediocre at best. However, things started to get incredibly fiery within the octagon. There were some really good fighters and some highlight reel knockouts on display.

Alessio Sakara vs James Irvin

I think many people believed that this fight was going to be a stand-up war; however it was barely a battle. Whilst Sakara looked at home at 185 pounds, Irvin didn’t look like the James Irvin that UFC fans had become accustomed to.

Known for his knockout power, Irvin couldn’t throw any punches with significance and was dispatched in a disappointing and underwhelming manner with a knuckle to the eye by Sakara.

Fight Rating ‚Äď 4/10

Cheick Kongo Vs Paul Buentello

What do you get when you put a K1 kick-boxer in the octagon with a fighter nicknamed the ‚ÄúHead=Hunter‚ÄĚ, simply because he loves knocking his opponents out? You‚Äôd get an all-out brawl, right? Well apparently not.

No-one doubts that Cheick Kongo is a dangerous striker, but it’s a well-known fact that his ground-game is quite poor. However, we saw a different Cheick Kongo who was got knocked silly by Frank Mir. This Kongo had some impressive takedown offence and was using it at will against a helpless Paul Buentello. Does this make Kongo a contender? No way, but if he keeps on dominating fighters then he might have to be taken seriously.

Fight Rating ‚Äď 5.5/10

Junior Dos Santos Vs Gabriel Gonzaga

What can I really say about this fight, besides from the fact that if Junior Dos Santos continues to knock on the door of the UFC Heavyweight title division the way he did last night, he’s probably going to just kick it down with some extreme force.

Dos Santos backed up every word he said before the fight, using his speed and punching power to knock Gonzaga silly, with a strong left hook, followed by some impressive ground and pound.

The Heavyweight division has a new contender…

Fight Night Rating -8/10

Jon Jones Vs Brandon Vera

In what many assumed would be a war between the young and the old, it was surprisingly one-sided. So one-sided, that Vera didn’t even get a punch in against the once the consistently impressive Jon Jones. From the ring of the bell, Jones controlled Brandon Vera a lot easier than many people would have expected.  All the pre-fight hype was for nothing as Jones took Vera to the ground and unleashed some of the most vicious elbows I’d ever seen. Thankfully, he kept them at a 9 to 3 angle, thus allowing him to not get disqualified once again. Jon Jone’s star continues to rise.

Fight Night Rating ‚Äď 9/10

Fight of the Night ‚Äď Brandon Vera vs. Jon Jones

Fighters you need to know to call yourself a true MMA fan

 

As big as MMA is becoming, it still hasn’t taken over the world. However, there are casual fans that are starting to watch MMA and know some of the more well-known fighters such as Forrest Griffin, Brock Lesnar, GSP and BJ Penn. However, there are fighters in other organizations who they haven’t of heard, but they really should get to know before you can call yourself a true MMA fan.

Here’s my personal list of awesome fighters, which the casual MMA fan probably hasn’t heard of.

Phil Davis

A successful collegiate wrestler at Penn State, Phil Davis has a MMA record of 5 wins 0 losses. The 6′2, 205 pound fighter has amazing takedown offence and defense, to mix with his impressive striking. For his UFC debut, the UFC created a bout featuring himself against Brian Stann. It was obvious that  his striking could be better. However,  he is still quite a young fighter and many expect him to do major things in the light heavyweight division over the coming years, as long as he can continue to progress with his training.

Young Prospect for the UFC

Jon Jones

With his unorthodox mix of unexpected striking and Greco-Roman wrestling, Jones has amassed a 10 wins 1 loss MMA record, although this one loss was a controversial disqualification loss to Matt Hamill. Many see him as the future of the light heavyweight division alongside Phil Davis.

Future Champion?

Jon Jones Highlights

Shinya Aoki

 

The Japanese submission genius is well-known¬†amongst hardcore MMA¬†fans. However, anyone¬†who isn’t watching MMA¬†in Japan is probably scratching their head at him. However,¬†Aoki¬†is an incredibly dangerous submission fighter. Known for his eccentric attitude and amazing ground game, Aoki¬†will try to¬†submit his opponents at any point. Whether it’s an Arm bar or a Triangle Choke, Aoki¬†is a BJJ¬†and Judo master. Aoki¬†will make his US debut on the Strikeforce: Nashville card.¬†

Can Aoki have a successful debut in the US?

Aoki Highlight Reel

Shane Carwin

Okay, unless you’ve been living under a rock you know Shane Carwin’s¬†name. However, have you seen any of his fights or know anything about him? The unbeaten heavyweight has amassed an unblemished¬†record of 11 wins with no losses. Carwin has been thrusted¬†into the limelight, after knocking out the majority of his opponents in the first round of the fight. Known for bulking physique, heavy hands yet humble mannerism, Carwin is making the most of his situation and is gunning for the UFC Interim Heavyweight title against Frank Mir next Saturday.

Possible contender for Brock Lesnars title?

Shane Carwin Highlights

Norifumi¬†“Kid” Yamamoto

Another popular Japanese fighter, Kid Yamamoto is legendary for his aggressive style. Not only does he hold an impressive 17 wins 3 losses MMA record, but he has also obtained many grappling credentials in wrestling. These credentials include coming first place in his first place in Sophomore, Junior and Senior year in high school.

Although Kid Yamamoto lost his last fight, many expect him to bounce back sooner rather than later.

Will be able to win the featherweight championship?

Kid Yamamoto Highlights

These are just a few great fighters, who many may of heard of, but know nothing about.

Keep an eye out for them.

UFC VERSUS: Predictions

 

 

 

The first UFC show in just under 3 weeks begins this summers fight fest. March 21st brings an interesting card full of hopefuls who are looking to move up a spot in the UFC rankings, this is definitely going to be a show that proves which fighters deserve their spot in the UFC.

Alessio Sakara Vs James Irvin

Interesting bout between these two fighters. Neither of them are really championship material, but they’re both brawlers so expect a stand-up war between them. Irvin has been out of the cage for 9 months after getting suspended for illegal drug use and I think cage rust is going to be the deciding factor in this bout.

Alessio Sakara Wins by 2nd round via KO

 

Cheick Kongo Vs Paul Buentello

Another standup war. Both men are notorious¬†for not having the greatest ground game, but we both know that they’re both strikers. I think it’s a case of who has the strongest chin and something tells me that the former K1¬†kickboxer Cheick Kongo is going to be the man with the stronger chin.

Cheick Kongo wins via KO in the 1st Round

Junior Dos Santos Vs Gabriel Gonzaga

This is a fight which¬†a¬†casual fan might think isn’t very important. However, any fight in the heavyweight division is important now, as the UFC are really re-shaping the rankings of the fighters in this particular division. With the Frank Mir vs Shane Carwin¬†fight next weekend, I predict that whoever wins this fight will face whoever loses the Mir vs Carwin bout.

With Junior Dos Santos steadily climbing the ranks of the Heavyweight division, I feel that he is going to have his first proper test against Gabriel Gonzaga. Both have heavy hands and a strong ground game. However, Dos Santos has been so impressive since he won his debut in the UFC that I can’t see Gonzaga beating him.

Junior Dos Santos wins via TKO in the 1st Round

 

Brandon Vera vs Jon Jones

This is definitely the fight to start the summer off with a bang. Two extremely talented fighters who are hungry for the light heavyweight title. This fight is hard for me to choose as I love both fighters, as they put on exciting fights and certainly push the pace.

Vera lost his last fight against Randy Couture, although I think everyone and their mother thought that Vera won that fight. However, as we all know, the judges decisions can be controversial. However, one positive that Vera could take from the fight was he managed to really hurt Couture and realize that if he manages to be aggressive and let his hands fly then he can easily get  a knockout in any round.

Jones had been tearing his competition apart ever since he made his debut in the UFC. At the tender age of 22, he tore apart seasoned veteran Stephen Bonnar at UFC 100. However, much like his opponent on Sunday, he lost his last fight in a controversial manner. After using illegal elbows on a downed opponent, Jones was disqualified from a fight that he had been controlling quite easily.

Both have points to prove and both are similar fighters, so it’s incredibly hard to choose whose going to win. However, I’m going to go with Jon Jones for the win. His Greco-roman wrestling skills are quite fantastic and his unorthodox striking skills might be too hard for Vera to handle.

Jon Jones wins via TKO in the 2nd Round

 

Hope everyone enjoys the card. Results and opinions will be posted next week

Fighter of the Week

It’s a shame, but the little guys don’t really get that much praise, when it comes to the MMA¬†game. Anything below a lightweight doesn’t get as much exposure. However, one fighter in the WEC¬†promotion has made himself a star, with his explosive fights and entertaining, yet humble attitude. Urijah Faber is the original star of the featherweight division and rightfully deserves Fighter of the Week status.

Highlights of Urijah Faber fights

Submission Of The Week

Time for the Weekly submission of the week. This one was submitted by a fan of the blog and he’s definitely found one of the most disturbing submissions that I’ve ever seen.

John Gettle, who is a student of UFC Heavyweight¬† Frank Mir shows his opponent that a Kimura isn’t used to hurt your arm, it’s there to break it

John Gettle Vs William Kowalski