Friday, December 27, 2013
Hey UFC fans, if you have made it here it is because you were searching either the Chris Weidman VS Anderson Silva fight or just hoping to see Rhonda Rousey get a taste of her own medicine by getting her face beat in. It won’t look too different than that ugly face she makes when she is mad.
As you all may know, I love to watch MMA and this New Years Eve card will be one to remember! Not only will the fights be good, but Angel and I are having a UFC party at our house Saturday night as well. Beer pong, corn-hole (known as bags by most), beer, good people making a great time. Pretty stoked to have people over and watch Miesha Tate treat Rousey to some of her own medicine by reversing her arm bar and pounding Rousey out in round 2.
Arm bar is the only way Rousey has finishes her opponents, I’m sure by now Tate knows a few ways to defend and counter it. C’mon Rousey, let’s be a little bit more versatile. Expand the victories with something else, we’re all bored! Miesha Tate has brought new life (and better looks) into this match up and could possibly help make UFC 168 one of the top PPV purchases of the year.
So let’s jump into my picks for this weekends fight:
Chris Weidman (C) VS Anderson Silva
Anderson Silva has been one of the longest title defending Champs in the UFC. You probably remember Silva dancing around Weidman last May and then Weidman capitalizing with a vicious knock out.
After the fight, Silva said that Weidman earned it and Silva didn’t act like he wanted the rematch. Only days later the UFC announced the rematch for this weekends fight. Silva is coming back to avenge a loss but after Weidman has already fought him, he should know what to expect. That being said, Weidman is going to get the W.
Projection: Chris Weidman, Round 4, Knock Out
Rhonda Rousey (C) VS Miesha Tate
As mentioned in the opening paragraphs of this post, Rousey has finished all of her opponents in the UFC by arm bar in the first round. Also earlier mentioned, she has the ugliest ‘mean face’ I have ever seen on a female fighter. Just looking at her face pisses me off.
That being said, I hope Tate can land some good punches and take that shit eating face into a fist eating face. Tate lost to Rousey once before, guess how – arm bar. Who would have thunk! Tate is going to come out knowing how Rousey fights and I am 100% positive Tate has been training and practicing reversals for Rousey’s signature move. That being said, Tate is going to bring Rousey into the second round, Rousey will shoot, get the takedown, move in line for her arm bar and Tate is going to reverse it into a leg lock, knee bar, or maybe even pretty up Rousey’s face with some ground and pound, which is the outcome many UFC fans would love to see.
Projection: Miesha Tate, Round 2, Ground and Pound!
Chris Leben VS Uriah Hall
One of the only other fights on the card that brings any real interest to me, the Leben VS Hall bout. If Hall doesn’t know that Leben has a good chin and a big left hand by now, he may find out tomorrow night. However, Hall is extremely explosive and has the potential to get that split second Knock Out.
Leben has fought only three times in the last three years, losing all three. This is a bang or bust fight for Leben. If he wins, he may get a contract extension, but if Leben loses, it may be the last time we see ‘The Crippler’ in the UFC octagon. Hall has also lost his last two fights and Dana White says ‘Hall is not a fighter.” On top of that, Uriah has some serious mental demons that he needs to deal with if he is going to continue to be a contender in the UFC Middleweight division. I think if Hall is ready for this fight mentally, he will take home the purse.
Prediction: Uriah Hall, Round 2, Knock Out
Here are the rest of the UFC 168 fights as well as my predictions.
Josh Barnett VS Travis Browne – Winner: Barnett
Jim Miller VS Fabrício Camões – Winner: Miller
Dustin Poirier VS Diego Brandao – Winner: Poirier
Preliminary card (Fox Sports 1)
Gleison Tibau VS Michael Johnson – Winner: Johnson
Dennis Siver VS Manvel Gamburyan – Winner: Siver
John Howard VS Siyar Bahadurzada – Winner: Howard
Preliminary card (Online)
William Macario VS Bobby Voelker – Winner: Voelker
Robbie Peralta VS Estevan Payan – Winner: Payan
Think you have better picks?
Leave your comments on who you think will win.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Holy shit, I haven’t put out a blog post for more than a month, almost two now. I know, its because Angel Hesseltine and I have been waking up in the middle of the night for three months with our new baby Colton! (who besides the lack of sleep, he is simply amazing)
So what better way to get back into the blogosphere by giving you some of my pre-fight predictions for UFC 164 going down tomorrow night, Sept. 1, 2013 on PPV. Arizona native Benson Henderson currently holds the lightweight belt and if you do not know the history behind this fight, I urge you to watch this video of the kick heard round the world. Anthony Pettis jumped off the cage in WEC 53 in 2010 and took the championship bout from Henderson. The fight won ‘Fight of the Night’ AND ‘Fight of the Year.’
Enough about that, lets get into the predictions shall we?
Benson Henderson (c) VS Anthony Pettis (Lightweight)
Both Henderson (@BensonHenderson) and Pettis (@showtimepettis) are very skilled fighters and have a lot of wins under their belts, Pettis may have the advantage by having already beat Henderson in WEC 53 but on the flip side, I’m sure Henderson wants his revenge to avenge the loss. Pettis carries a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo and a Purple belt in BJJ as well as a professional MMA record of 16-2 while Henderson has a black belt in both as well as an All American Wrestler in NAIA and a 19-2 record. This is going to be a close fight. In a recentarticle posted on Yahoo! Sports, Pettis’ coach compares to Pettis a MichaelJordon of MMA. Not sure if he has the accreditation to cite those claims but it does give you an alternate view of Pettis and his history.
Looking at the opponents that each have fought, Henderson has notable wins over Nate Diaz, Clay Guida, Jim Miller, as well as Frank Edgar and Donald Cerrone twice each in the last three years. Pettis, however, lost to Clay Guida but also has some victories over big names including Donald Cerone as well, Joe Lauzon, my boy Jeremy Stephens but the kicker is, he has already beaten Benson Henderson.
Prediction: Pettis, Round 4, TKO
Frank Mir VS Josh Barnett (Heavyweight)
Okay I’m not too sure about this fight; Frank Mir (@thefrankmir) has been a top contender in the Heavyweight spotlight for a number of years even holding the belt at one period of time (UFC 48, June 19, 2004 defeated Tim Silvia to be exact) however Josh Barnett (@JoshLBarnett) hasn’t fought in the UFC since 2002 – THAT’S MORE THAN 10 YEARS AGO!
Don’t discredit Barnett just yet though, he has fought 24 separate times since his last UFC appearance so it’s not like he has been sitting naked in a beanbag eating cheetos for ten years – however, he hasn’t been fighting top opponents like he will be facing tomorrow night in the UFC against Mir. Frank is coming off duel losses against Daniel Cormier and Junior dos Santos so he is looking to take another rung out of the UFC heavyweight ladder.
Prediction: Mir, Round 2, Submission (probably triangle choke)
Chad Mendes VS Clay Guida (Featherweight)
This fight will be a huge challenge for Chad Mendez (@chadmendez), he has a good winning record but not over any big names or top contenders. In the blue corner, Clay Guida (@clayguida) has fought more than 40 documented fights in the cage and been against the toughest in the featherweight weight class.
Having won multiple submission and fight of the nights, I think this fight should be a walk in the park for Guida. Facing a guy who has a good record but hasn’t seen any top contenders other than Jose Aldo which he lost the featherweight championship to in 2012, this punch-fest should end with Guida’s hand in the air.
Prediction: Guida, Decision
Ben Rothwell VS Brandon Vera (Heavyweight)
From 2002-2006, Brandon Vera (@Verafied) was one of the UFC’s top emerging contenders with an 8-0 record during those four years; then he met Tim Sylvia and that all changed. Since his first loss in 2007, Vera has won only four of his last 11 fights, not the best record around the UFC heavyweight division.
However, Big Ben Rothwell (@RothwellFighter) demolished fighters in the IFL but hasn’t had the same streak in the UFC. Rothwell has had only five fights it the UFC, his first in 2009 against Cain Velasquez which he lost in the second round. Since then, Big Ben is 2-2 losing to Gabriel Gonzaga, Mark Hunt and defeating Brendan Schaub and Gilbert Yvel at UFC 115 in Canada. Rothwell has had more than 40 fights and has shown some tremendous heart but I’m not sure if he is going to pull this one off.
Prediction: Vera, Round 2, TKO
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Friday, June 14, 2013
However, Tyron Woodley is coming into this fight with an 11-1 record with his only loss to a notable Nate Marquardt in Strikeforce last July. Woodley has notable wins over Paul Daley and Jay Hieron and should be able to perform nicely in this fight too.
Prediction: Tyron Woodley, Round 3, TKO
Pat Barry VS Shawn Jordan
Both contenders have lost bouts to Cheick Congo so we know they have no problem going against a big dude. This should be a good fight for both opponents but I think Jordan will have his hand raised at the end of the fight.
Prediction: Shawn Jordan, Round 2, TKO
Alexis Davis VS Rosi Sexton
Same as the guys from the UK, 90% of UK fighters are just a little more soft than United States fighters. Davis has a winning record of 13-5 and is looking to make this her third consecutive win. The UFC is ramping up their women to give Rousey some competition. I’m not too big into chick fights unless they start doing them topless so I’m going to go with the better looking fighter on this one.
Prediction: Alexis Davis, Round 3, Rear naked choke
Roy Nelson VS Stipe Miocic
I can only imagine Roy Nelson is going to run through this Miocic dude and then break the cage when he tries to hop on top to rub his belly. This should be a no contest.
Prediction: Roy Nelson, Round 1, TKO
Rashad Evans VS Dan Henderson
Rashad Evans is coming off a two fight losing streak to Jon Jones (current Champ) and Antonio Nogueira in February so he needs to be on his A game to get a W tomorrow night. On the other hand, Hendo has won 7 of his last 9 fights including wins over Fedor Emelianenko, Maurício “Shogun” Rua and Rich Franklin, his most recent fight and loss was to Lyoto Machida which went to a split decision in Machida’s favor. Even though I like Rashad Evans better, I think Hendo is going to take this one. He is going to catch Evans on the chin (just like Machida did) and jump on top of him to finish with ground and pound making Henderson the winner by TKO.
Prediction: Dan Henderson, Round 3, TKO
Monday, June 10, 2013
Thats right, according to my sources; Tim Tebow will be joining training camp with the New England Patriots joining Tom Brady.
See confirmation image below:
Read full story on CBS Sports: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/22385524/report-patriots-signing-tim-tebow-will-be-at-minicamp-tuesday
See confirmation image below:
Read full story on CBS Sports: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/22385524/report-patriots-signing-tim-tebow-will-be-at-minicamp-tuesday
Thursday, May 23, 2013
That’s right fight fans, it is that time again; UFC is putting on another big time show with some heavyweight contenders. The main event will feature current UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.
A guy that I play softball with (Brendan Waller) has decided to throw a party at his house on Saturday too, depending on the baby status, I may not be able to make it. Colton Timothy Hesseltine was officially due on May 23, 2013 and after the doctor appointment last Wednesday, my amazing wife Angel Hesseltine was able to get scheduled to get induced Sunday morning 7:30am. Colton's Birthday should be May 26, 2013.
UPDATE: I just found out that Jeremy Stephens is fighting on this card, not sure why he is bottom of the card unless he was a fill in but after losing his last three UFC fights I can see why he isn’t on the main card. Regardless, you have love down in Phoenix Jeremy, hit me up next time your in Vegas and I’ll make the 5 hour trip! Anyways, let’s get into the fight predictions shall we? Since I just mentioned Lil Heathen, let’s start with his fight.
Jeremy Stephens vs. Estevan Payan
First off, Jeremy is a guy I used to train with back in Iowa years ago, used to kick it in the club and even hit a few parties with him (remember the Drake brawl Jeremy?).
So, not too sure who this Payan guy is and no one else should waste their time either. Jeremy should take the win and I’m making the bold prediction he is going to do it in devastating fashion by way of KO in the first round. JSteves, get KO of the night for a nice little bonus check huh?
Prediction: Stephens, Round 1, KO (Knock out of the night)
Glover Teixeira vs. James Te-Huna - Light Heavyweight
Teixeira is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Luigi Mondelli and he is also training with the same guy who trained chuck Liddell. Teixeira has won a number of grappling tournaments so this could very well go down to the ground early.
Coming off of a good winning record of 10-1 in his last eleven fights, Te-Huna is a TKO artist. If he can stay on his feet and connect with Glover’s chin, he may end this fight early, more than half of his last 10 fights have finished within the first round.
Prediction: Te-Huna, Round 3, TKO by ground and pound
Gray Maynard vs. TJ Grant – Lightweight
Maynard is another product of the TUF series, coming out of TUF 5, he was unbeaten for three years until a draw with Frank Edgar for the lightweight championship (which also won fight of the night and fight of the year) and then only seven months after the draw, a rematch in which Edgar was victorious over Maynard.
With wins over Nate Diaz, Kenny Florian, Clay Guida, Roger Huerta and Jim Miller; TJ Grant better be prepared for this stand up bout. Grant, on the other hand has also had some very notable wins including most recently over Matt Wiman and Evan Dunham late last year which was also the fight of the night. Both these fighters have won fight of the night multiple times, this should be a good stand up toe to toe battle.
Prediction: Gray Maynard, Round 2, KO by right hand combo
Mike Pyle vs. Rick Story - Welterweight
Mike Pyle has won six of his last seven fights with his last loss in August of 2011 to Rory MacDonald. Another fighter who is no stranger to TKO’s and KO’s of the night, Pyle should have a pretty good chance going toe to toe with Rick Story.
Story, who has lost three of his last five fights, is looking to extend his one fight comeback against Pile. Another good bout that should stay on their feet and away from the ground game. Look for this fight to go in the first or second round.
Prediction: Pyle, Round 2 by TKO
Junior Dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt – Heavyweight
Junior Dos Santos has only lost one fight since 2008, it was against current Heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez. Could you go 5 years without losing a professional fight, bet not. He fought some big names and pulled off a W in the end; some of the fighters Dos Santos beat include: Frank Mir, Cain Velasquez, Shane Carwin, Roy Nelson, and Gabriel Gonzaga.
Dos Sasntos has a big heart and seems to be a pretty humble guy repping his home country, Brazil. Hunt, who has had a long kickboxing career, my surprise many coming in to this fight. Hunt has heavy hands and has won 30 fights in his kickboxing career. Hunt also fought in Pride and is looking for his fifth consecutive win in the UFC, facing Junior Dos Santos Saturday night in the co-main event.
Prediction: Hunt, Round 2, TKO
Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva – Heavyweight
The main event. The fight no one has been waiting for because Velasquez has fought the same two people in his last four fights. Regardless, Velasquez vs Bigfoot I was a good fight, bloody fight, just what the fans want to see. Big heavyweights battling it out and getting bloody.
Antonio Silva may come out with a vengeance to beat Cain but I don’t think it is going to happen. Velasquez has amazing wrestling skills and power behind his punches, only thing he needs to do is keep his hands up and not let Bigfoot use him as a punching bag.
Prediction: Velasquez, Round 3, TKO
Think you have better picks, comment yours in the box below - lets see who can be victorious!
Friday, April 26, 2013
Oh yeah, it’s that time again where a UFC title belt is on the line. UFC 159 should prove to have a few exciting bouts between some big names and a possibility of Jon Jones surrendering the belt to Chael Sonnen.
We will get into that here in a minute, but first let’s take a look into the main card of the night and breakdown the fighters by weight class, bout and you will see my predictions will become factual once again.
Jim Miller VS Pat Healy - Lightweight
Starting off the main card is Miller VS Healy, to say the least, this fight should be awesome. Both fighters should stand with each other and bang it out. Healy, who hasn’t lost a single bout since 2010, has pulled out six wins in the last three years, all of which pushed a third round. Miller on the other hand, has lost two of his last five in the last three years. Miller’s most recent win was over Joe Lauzon in UFC 155 where the judges declared Miller the winner by unanimous decision. As mentioned above, these two fighters will probably stand toe to toe and bang it out, should prove to be a good fight.
Prediction: Miller wins in Round 3 by TKO
Phil Davis VS Vinny Magalhaes - Light Heavyweight
I don’t know too much about Vinny Magalhaes other than he is a Brazil native and this is his second fight in the UFC. He debuted back in September of last year and was victorious over Igor Pokrajac by arm-bar. On the other hand, Phil Davis has fought in the UFC eight times, this will be his ninth. We have seen wins from Davis of top condendars such as Alexander Gustasson, Brian Stann and Antonio Nogueira. This should be a good stand up brawl as well but could go to the ground if Magalhaes can get Davis down.
Prediction: Davis wins in Round 2 by TKO
Roy Nelson VS Cheick Kongo - Heavyweight
Four years ago, you would have never thought you would see Big Country Roy Nelson still alive and making moves in the UFC. Surprisingly not indorsed by KFC, Nelson is returning to the octagon against Cheick Kongo who has a significant reach and height advantage. Although Nelson is on the shorter and fatter side, he can still pack a punch against guys who are taller than him. Lets look back to 2010 when Nelson fought skyscraper Stefan Struve, he jumped right in front of him with some dirty boxing, closed Struve’s range and BAM, knocked Struve out. Coming off of a win in UFC 149 back in July of 2012, Kongo has had time to recover from any damage, illness or injury he may have suffered. If Kongo can keep Roy on the edge of his gloves and not in his personal space, he may just defeat the colonel sanders kid, Big Country Nelson.
Prediction: Roy Nelson wins in Round 2 by KO
Michael Bisping VS Alan Belcher - Middleweight
Okay, I have never really been a big fan of Bisping, nor do I understand why he is fighting again so soon after his recent loss to Vitor Belfort only three months ago. Alan Belcher on the other hand has a decent record coming into this fight despite his most recent loss over Yushin Okami in UFC 155 in 2012. Belcher has wins over top contenders such as Jason MacDonald, Patrick Cote, Wilson Gouveia and Dennis Kang; I’m going to make this one short and sweet, just like Belcher is going to do tomorrow.
Prediction: Belcher wins in Round 3 by Rear Naked Choke
Jon Jones (Champion) VS Chael Sonnen - Light Heavyweight Championship
Now that the undercard is through, it is time for the main event of the evening. Current reining and defending champion Jon Jones is finally going to step into the ring with top contender Chael Sonnen. If many of you remember, UFC 151 was cancelled because champion Jon Jones turned down the fight with Chael after Dan Henderson suffered a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee only days before the scheduled title bout. Now that Jones and Sonnen have gone head to head in the TUF series and coaches challenges, we wait no longer and they will be going toe to toe in the octagon tomorrow night.
As we all know, Jones is very explosive. Jones has nasty elbows and a sick reach advantage over most opponents. Jones has defended his light heavyweight title four times now and is looking down at Chael to be number five. However, Sonnen has different plans. Having lost to Anderson Silva twice in his last seven fights, Jones is the next best man to beat. Once Sonnen beats him, he gets the belt too, it’s a WIN WIN for Sonnen, if he wins.
Side note, Angel Hesseltine and I have been watching the Ultimate Fighter series religiously over the last eight weeks and before she saw the first episode, I told her straight up, “after watching these, you are going to love Chael Sonnen.” My prediction came true later that night. Chael is a good guy. He is a good coach and truly cared about his team. I’m not saying that Jones didn’t care but it was blatantly obvious in season 10 with Rampage, he was just going for the W’s. I’m pretty sure he didn’t even show up to one of the TUF fights due to previous engagements – go act in another movie guy..
Now that I am done ranting a bit; to say the least, tomorrow’s fights will be good. I am looking forward to Chael taking the belt.
Prediction: Sonnen in Round 2 by TKO (he is going to catch Jones with some dirty boxing and capitalize with ground n pound)