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Fightin' Words: Breakdown of UFC on FUEL: Sanchez vs Ellenberger, Recap of UFC on FOX 2: Evans vs Davis, Review of UFC 143: Diaz vs Condit plus Upcoming Shows

By Kevin Wallace Feb 23, 2012 - 8:24 AM print


Breakdown of UFC 144: Edgar vs Henderson

 

This weekend the UFC returns to Japan for the first time in some 14 years and with the diminishing quality of Japanese event in the last several years, Japan will be welcoming the UFC with open arms. This is a show featuring one of their biggest home country stars and a couple of staples from the Pride days.   Let's take a look at what's in store for Japan.

 

UFC Lightweight Title- Frank "The Answer" Edgar (14-1) vs Ben Henderson (14-2)-   If any of either man's previous fights inidcate, this fight could and should be a war and potential fight of the year for 2012.   Although Frank Edgar only fought Gray Maynard last year, he did compete against the wrestler twice and won the second outing by tko in a thrilling main event which followed a fight of the year draw between the two in early 2011.   As great as the victory was, Edgar found himself in trouble in the first round in both fights when Maynard tagged him with some powerful punches but showed the "heart of a champion" by coming back and winning while showing he may be one of the most difficult men in the UFC to finish.   Speaking of men who may be impossible to finish, Edgar's opponent this weekend is Ben Henderson, someone who has been spin kicked full blast in the head, had his arm and neck nearly popped off and never used or seemingly heard the term "I quit".   Edgar's submission game is pretty underrated but he's going to be wasting his efforts if he thinks he's going to secure somethinng on Henderson.   In terms of strking, Henderson may pack the more powerful punch however Edgar can unload quicker than him and throws more combinations.   Both men are highly credentialled wrestlers who should be able to cancel one another out on the mat and my bet is that this one should be contested on the feet for 25 minutes where I think Edgar's speed keeps him away from trouble on route to a unanimous decision victory.

Prediction: Edgar by unanimous decision

 

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (32-9) vs Ryan "Darth" Bader (12-2)- Although a former UFC lightheavyweight champion, Jackson hasn't exactly torn it up in the UFC since entering the promotion in 2007 and his opponent has been wisely chosen as someone who could and should lose to Jackson in impressive fashion and in the process, convince fans that "Rampage is back".   Bader is no slouch of a fighter and actually has an abundance of power in his hands but his wrestling background tends to have him favor takedowns in his fights unless he's facing a low calibre opponent with limited striking.   As powerful as Bader's punches are he doesn't react well do getting punched and with the power that Jackson packs, I would think that Bader's chin is not up for the test.   I can suppose that Bader may get a takedown or two but Jackson's always had good defensive wrestling and if Dan Henderson struggled and Matt Hammil couldn't even secure one then Bader's in for a rough night.   Jackson should be able to stuff Bader's takedowns and land an overhand right to end Bader's evening and trip to Japan in pretty quick fashion to keep himself in the top ten in the UFC's lightheavyweight division.

Prediction: Jackson by knockout

 

Cheick Kongo (17-6-2) vs Mark Hunt (7-7)-   I used to be pretty high on Kongo but as of late he's struggled with mid level heavyweights and although you could classify Hunt in that group, Hunt presents an interesting match-up.   Both Kongo and Hunt are more known for their kickboxing but Hunt is literally known ONLY for his striking and maybe his indestructable chin, while Kongo is much better versed on the mat.   Kongo should look to take down Hunt at will in this one and look for a submission since that's always been Hunt's weakest area but Hunt's takedown defense has looked rather good of late and if he's able to keep this one on the feet then he should be able to outclass and maybe even finish Kongo.   Kongo's a notoriously slow starter and Hunt has terrible cardio so I like Kongo's chances the longer this one goes and expect Kongo to most likely take this one after holding down Hunt and keeping his back to the cage for the full fifteen minutes.   Although on paper this one should be a jam packed fight, if Kongo imposes his gameplan then it's his fight to win albeit a boring fight.

Prediction: Kongo by unanimous decision

 

Jake Shields (26-6-1) vs Yoshihiro "Sexyama" Akiyama" (13-4)-   Although "Sexyama" may be one of the biggest Japanese stars in the sport, the UFC has done him no favours in this match up and when looking at it, it appears that this may be his last fight in the UFC if he can't get a win.   Akiyama is 1-3 in the UFC having "won" his debut at UFC 100 in a controversial decision over Alan Belcher but since the win he's lost three in a row against the likes of Chris Leben, Michael Bisping and Vitor Belfort.   Even though most three losses in a row constitutes an exhile from the promotion, three of his four fights were given the nod for fight of the night and needing some Japanese fighters to fill the card I guess Akiyama makes sense.   Jake Shields is coming off two losses in a row having been finished in his last fight due to punches at the hands of Jake Ellenberger and he's in desperate need for a win as much as Akiyama.   Shields has always been known for his wrestling and grinding out decisions and I don't see this one being any different as Akiyama has the more powerful striking and ability to hurt Jake on the feet.   Jake's striking isn't terrible however he usually does it to set up the tahedown and although Akiyama has some good Judo, he should have difficulty getting Shields off of him.

Prediction: Shields by unanimous decision       

 

Anthony "Showtime" Pettis (14-2) vs Joe "J-Lau" Lauzon (21-6)-   This could end up being another fight of the year contender as both men fight at a feverous pace and don't look to be slowing down now.   Pettis is most well known for his spin kick in December of 2010 against Ben Handerson and although he's only 1-1 since then, his fan friendly fight style keeps him near the top of the division and a win over Lauzon may see him in the top of the lighteweight division and knocking on the door of the champion.   Lauzon is one of those guys who's competetive standing and has a great submission set but has tended to gas rather early in his fights in his last few outings.   Lauzon's never been known for his takedowns but lucky for him, Pettis isn't known for his takedown defense and I think that for Lauzon to win he's going to have to bring the fight to Pettis and get him down where he can work his magic.   Pettis should be able to hold his own off his back in this one but he's got an edge standing and the longer this one stays standing, the more it favours "Showtime".   Lauzon can ultimately submit Pettis here but Pettis is no slouch on the mat and it won't be easy.   I like Pettis' chances in this one and he should most likely get the nod on the judge’s scorecards.

Prediction: Pettis by unanimous decision

 

Prelim Fights

Tie Quan "The Mongolian Wolf" Zhang (15-2) vs Issei Tamura (6-2)- Prediction: Zhang by submission

Yushin Okami (26-6) vs Tim Boetsch (14-4)- Prediction: Okami by unanimous decision

Takanori "Fireball Kid" Gomi (32-8) vs Eiji Mitsuoka (18-7-2)- Prediction: Gomi by unanimous decision

Hatsu Hioki (25-4-2) vs Bart "Bartimus" Palaszewski (36-14)- Prediction: Hioki by submission

Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto (18-5) vs Vaughan Lee (11-7-1)- Prediction: Yamamoto by unanimous decision

Takeya Mizugaki (15-6-2) vs Chris "Kamikaze" Cariaso (11-3)- Prediction: Mizugaki by unanimous decision

Riki Fukuda (17-5) vs Steve Cantwell (7-5)- Prediction: Fukuda by unanimous decision

 

 

Recap of UFC on FX: Sanchez vs Ellenberger

 

Last Wednesday, the UFC held a rare Wednesday night fight card which ended up being a pretty entertaining show.   Although there weren't many big names on the card, the future sure looks bright following the show for a couple prospects.   Let's take a look at the card.

 

Jake Ellenberger (27-5) defeated Diego "The Dream" Sanchez (23-5) by unanimous decision-   This fight could only be described as a war.   Ellenberger got a massive pop from his hometown crowd coming out and the crowd stayed with him throughout the fight.   Ellenbereger took the first two rounds when he was able to land the more clean and powerful punches but as is often the case with Diego, if you don't break him early then you're probably in trouble.   The third round saw Diego on top of Ellenberger for the majority of the round and landing big punches that seemed to really hurt Ellenberger.   Ellenberger was able to cover up and survive as the referee watched on closely and even reversed his position to end up on top of Diego as the fight came to a close.   All three judges scored the fight in favour of Ellenberger via scores of 29-28 but following the fight Diego questioned why it wasn't a five rounder?   At the post fight press conference Diego got a little bit of an answer as Dana stated that following the fight, each main event will now be conested over five rounds, something Dana promised last year but didn't stick with.   By no means is a rematch a "must" in this case but I do feel that the result of the fight may have been different had it gone 5 rounds.   The win should put Ellenberger near or at the top of the welterwight division at it remains to be seen whether he gets a title shot at Carlos Condit or if he needs to win another fight and wait on the sidelines for the winner of Condit vs GSP late this year.   Although not a big name, Ellenberger has definitely earned a title shot following his last three wins over Sean Pierson, Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez and the fact that he "lost" a split decision to Condit in 2009 means that if he were to find himself challenging for the title, he may just win.

 

Stefan "Skyscraper" Struve (23-5) defeated Dave "Pee Wee" Herman (21-3) by tko at 3:52 of the second round-   Struve has had some real entertaining fights throughout his UFC tenure but unfortunately this fight wasn't one of them.   Struve used his long limbs to keep Herman at a distance throughout the fight and Herman was never able to really blast Struve with anything good and by the second round, Struve was able to gain mount position and hammer down punches to Herman's face as Herman covered up until the referee jumped in to stop this one.   Although Herman was doing a good job of defending, Struve wasn't going to stop nor was the position going to get any better for Herman and the stoppage wasn't that questionable.   The win places Struve in the top ten of UFC heavyweights and a step up in competion should be in store for him when he fights next.

 

Ronny Markes (13-1) defeated Aaron Simpson (11-3) by unanimous decision-   This fight was the stinker of the main card with each man working their takedowns for 15 minutes to which the crowd booed.   Simpson took the first round on account of landing a strong uppercut but Markes took the next two rounds when he closed the distance on Simpson and took him down repeatedly.   Markes was the much larger fighter in this one and following the fight Simpson says he's looking at moving down to 170 when he next steps foot in the octagon.

 

Stipe Miocic (8-0) defeated Philip De Fries (8-1) by knockout at 0:43 of the first round-   Real quick fight here between two big heavyweights who were looking to take off their opponents head.   De Fries landed some good punches early on but as many expected, Miocic was able to find his range after a few exchanges and then connect with some powerful punches that floored and ended De Fries' evening.   Stipe is now 2-0 in the UFC and seems to have enough power in his hands to give a lot of UFC fighters a run for their money.   Keep your eyes open for this guy as he has the potential to be a future star.

 

T.J. Dillashaw (5-1) defeated Walel "The Gazel" Watson (9-4) by unanimous decision-   This was a much better fight then I coiuld have imagined.   Dillashaw rushed out for a takedown early and was able to get it following a scramble with Watson and from then on Dillashaw was in control and never looked back.   Dillashaw took the first two rounds via scores of 10-8 when he dominated Watson with takedowns and strong ground and pound.   The third round was less one sided than the first two as Dillashaw kept the fight on the feet   where he hit Watson with some strong punches abd controlled him again on the mat when the takedown was available.   Dillashaw looked a lot more impressive here then in his UFC debut last year when he lost to John Dodson in the finals of TUF.

 

Ivan "The Pride of El Salvador" Menjivar (24-8) defeated John "Prince" Albert (6-2) by submission at 3:45 of the first round-   Awesome opener with Albert doing far better for himself than I could have ever imagined.   Albert charged forward immediately and was able to hurt Menjivar soon after and soon a fast paced scramble ensued that saw each guy level the other until Menjivar got the uperhand and secured a rear naked choke.   Although losing, Albert looked good and showed the type of fire and aggressiveness that the UFC likes to see in their talent while this is Menjivar's third win in a row and a fight with a bantamweight in the title mix should be expected for him next.  

 

Prelim Fights

Jonathan Brookins (13-4) knocked out Vagner Rocha (7-3) at 1:32 of the first round

Justin Salas (10-3) defeated Anton Kuivanen (16-5) by unanimous decision

Tim "The Dirty Bird" Means (17-3-1) defeated Bernardo "Trekko" Magalhaes (11-2) by unanimous decision

 

 

Preview of Strikeforce: Tate vs Rousey

 

Zuffa has stacked two nights of fighting next weekend with this being the first show and featuring an important women's contest that may result in the future of women's MMA.

 

Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Title- Meisha Tate (12-2) vs "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey (4-0)-  With Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos currently suspended for testing positive for PED's and Gina Carano out doing movies, the future of women's MMA rests on the shoulders of both current Strikeforce bantamweight champion Meisha Tate and challenger Ronda Rousey. This is Tate's first title defense since winning the titile last year from Marloes Connen while this is Rousey's first fight at 135.   Rousey may not sport the most stellar record right now however she's finished all of her opponents with an armbar and her Jui Jitsu may be the best of any women in the sport.   Tate's takedowns are her specialty and it’s no wonder as she trains with team Alpha Male, well known for their wrestling.   As good as Tate is with her wrestling, her striking isn't all that impressive, lucky for her, as much as it may not be all that great, Rousey has shown next to no striking thus far and it still seems to be a mystery where she's at standing.   If Rousey is to win this one she's going to have to push forward and eat a couple punches to set up a takedown and work her magic while on the mat and for Tate, she's most likely to look to keep the fight standing and bring Rousey to those later rounds.   With Strikeforce's future in jeopardy after 2012 and Dana not too high on having women fight on their cards this fight is very important for the future of the division since it's an opportunity for both women to prove that they belong in the promotion and that their the top talent out there.   At the risk of sounding like a pig, these are two of the most beautiful girls out there and quite capable of putting most men in their places.

Prediction: Rousey by submission   

 

Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza (14-3) vs Derek Brunson (9-0)- Jacare is a former Strikeforce middleweight champion and this is his first fight since losing the belt and I have a feeling that he's looking to make a statement at Brunson's expense.   Brunson's a good young prospect and has a bright future in the sport but Jacare is easily his biggest test to date and I don't think he's developed the tools necessary to beat him.   Jacare should most likely get this one to the ground quickly and end it with his superior Jiu Jitsu.

Prediction: Souza by submission

 

Paul "Semtex" Daley (29-11-2) vs Kazuo Misaki (24-11-2)- Misaki is a decent fighter who's record looks more stellar than it actually is considering the bunch of Japanese tin cans he's faced in his career.   Daley is one of the best power punchers in the sport and the only way to beat him seems to be to outwrestle him, something Misaki can't do.   Expect Daley to win this one with a thrilling knockout soon after it starts.

Prediction: Daley by knockout

 

KJ Noons (11-4) vs Josh "The Punk" Thomson (18-4)-   Thomson may be the most injury plagued fighter in the history of MMA as he always seems to be hurt and forced to pull out of fights due to it so permitting he stays healthy then we may actually get to see him fight next weekend.   Noons is a terrific boxer with a good sprawl but Thomson's takedowns should be too much for him as his ground game is worlds bettter than Noons who should find himself in trouble off his back until Thomson breaks him and forces him to submit.   A win for either man here could find them in line for a title shot at Gilbert Melendez's lightweight championship later this year and Thomson presents the biggest challenge and has a historty with Melendez as they've both fought one another twice with each man getting a victory.

Prediction: Thomson by submission

 

Prelim Fights

Caros "The Future" Fodor (7-1) vs Pat "Bam Bam" Healy (26-16)- Prediction: Fodor by unanimous decision

Scott "Hands of Steel" Smith (17-9) vs Lumumba Sayers (5-2)- Prediction: Sayers by unanimous decision

Sarah Kaufman (14-1) vs Alexis Davis (11-4)- Prediction: Kaufman by tko

Conor Heun (9-4) vs Ryan Couture (3-1)- Prediction: Heun by unanimous decision                                    

 

 

Breakdown of UFC on FX 2: Alves vs Kampmann

 

Keeping with their theme of traveling overseas, the UFC is live from Australia next Sunday for a show that's rather important considering it will be the first time a 125 pound fight is contested in the Octagon as the semi-finals of the Flyweight UFC title tournament take place.

 

Thiago "Pitbull" Alves (19-8) vs Martin "Hitman" Kampmann (17-5)-   Although neither is lined up to challenge for the welterweight championship with a win, these two guys always bring their best and leave it in the cage and on paper, main events like this don't get booked enough.   Alves is a vicious striker with powerful leg kicks and unpredictable knees while Kampmann is a technical wizard with his hands and feet.   Put the two together and we get a fight that should produce fireworks.   I've toiled back and forth on this one snce its announcement and either man is capable of winning this but the way I see it is that the fight will almost surely be contested on the feet as Kampmann's wrestling is good but probably not enough to break Alves' takedown defense and there's no way Alves plans on getting this one to the mat.   With the chins both men have I think this one goes to the judges decision and as the fight preogress it favours Kampmann who should be able to get the second and third rounds.   Expect an early onslaught from Alves and if Kampmann survives he should win this one.

Prediction: Kampmann by unanimous decision

 

Joseph Benavidez (15-2) vs Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-4-6)-   The current Shooto flyweight champion Urushitani makes his UFC debut but sadly it's against Benavidez who’s easily the number two UFC bantamweight and a difficult puzzle to solve.   Benavidez wrestles his way to victory against everyone he faces other than Dominick Cruz and he's not going to do any differently in this one.   As well rounded and powerful of a striker Urushitani is, he's going to be the victim of either a guillotine choke or a three rounds pummeling on the mat.

Prediction: Benavidez by unanimous decision

 

Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson (9-2) vs Ian "Uncle Creepy" McCall (11-2)-   McCall is the current Tai Chi Palace Flyweight champion and someone whose competed against the top flyweights out there.   McCall's two career losses come at bantamweight to Dominick Cruz and Charlie Valencia and since finding a home at 125 he's being given a lot of consideration as perhaps the best in the division.   Johnson's coming off a loss at the hands of Dominick Cruz in October of last year in a thrilling fight where he was able to get a couple rounds over the champion and impress fans with his spirited effort.   Johnson should be looking to get the fight to the mat as his wrestling is his main asset however there are a couple intangibles in this fight as Johnson's coming off a broken leg and an injury like that may slow your step a little and McCall is a crafty guy with good submissions who may be looking to exploit the knee.   Something else that may favour McCall is that Johnson doesn't normally fight at 125 and I don't know how a weight cut like that may be on a guy who hasn't done it regularly before.   This is a real close fight but I have to lean towards McCall winning by grinding out a decision and perhaps beating Johnson to the takedowns on route to getting the victory in his UFC debut.

Prediction: McCall by unanimous decision

 

Costa Phillipou (9-2) vs Court "The Crusher" McGee (14-1)-   This should be a classic wrestler vs striker match-up with Costa coming off an impressive knockout of Jared Hamman and Court outwrestling Dongi Yang in September.   McGee trains with Chuck Liddell and John Hackleman and as well as having good takedowns he's obviously learned a lot about striking from Chuck and can mix it up well wherever the fights contested.   Costa should want to keep this fight on the feet as McGee has shown to be someone who can be overwhelmed with punches if facing a guy willing to bring the fight to him and knowing this I have to think that Costa wins the exchanges on the feet and is patient enough not to leave himself open for a submission or punches when his gaurd is down.   Don't count out McGee whose looked goood this far in his UFC career but I think Costa's a higher level oppponent then what McGee is used to and he should be able to get the nod on the judges scorecards.

Prediction: Phillipou by unanimous decision

 

Prelim Fights

Aaron Rosa (17-4) vs James Te Huna (13-5)- Prediction: Te Huna by tko

Cole Miller (18-5) vs Steve "Super" Siler (19-9)- Prediction: Miller by submission

Anthony "TJ" Waldburger (14-6) vs Jake Hecht (11-2)- Prediction: Waldburger by unanimous decision

Nick Penner (11-1) vs Anthony "The Hippo" Perosh (12-6)- Prediction: Penner by unanimous decision

Shawn "The Savage" Jordan (12-3) vs Oli Thompson (9-2)- Prediction: Jordan by tko

Mackens Semerzier (6-3) vs Daniel "The Pit" Pineda (16-7)

Kyle "KO" Noke (19-5) vs Andrew Craig (6-0)- Prediction: Noke by unanimous decision

 

 

Upcoming shows

 

UFC on FUEL 2 from Stockholm, Sweden- April 14th, 2012

Alexander "The Mauler" Gustafsson (12-1) vs Antonio Rogerio "Minotoro" Nogueira (20-5)

Brian Stann (11-4) vs Alessio "Legionarius" Sakara (15-8)

Paulo Thiago (14-3) vs Siyar Bahadurzada

Damarques Johnson (13-9) vs John Mcguire (17-3)

Brad "One Punch" Pickett (20-6) vs Damacio Page (15-6)

Papy "Makembo" Abedi (8-1) vs James Head (7-2)

Georges "The Last Viking" Kruth (5-0) vs Cyrille "Snake" Diabate (17-8-1)

Francis “Limitless” Carmont (17-7) vs Magnus Cedenbald (10-3)

Simeon “The Grin” Thoresen (16-2-1) vs Besam Yousef (6-0)

Eric "Little Lee" Wisely (19-7) vs Jason "Shotgun" Young (8-5)

Dennis Siver (19-8) vs Diego "The Gun" Nunes (17-2)

Reza "Mad Dog" Madadi (11-2) vs Yoislandy " Cuba" Izquierdo (6-0)

 

UFC 145 from Atlanta, Georgia- April 21st, 2012

UFC Lightheavyweight Title- Jon "Bones" Jones (15-1) vs "Sugar" Rashad Evans (17-1-1)

Rory "Ares" MacDonald (12-1) vs Che Mills (14-4)

Travis Browne (12-0-1) vs Chad "The Gravedigger" Griggs (11-1)

Mark Bocek (10-4) vs Matt Wiman (14-6)

Brendan Schaub (8-2) vs Ben Rothwell (31-8)

Michael "Mayday" McDonald (14-1) vs Miguel Torres (40-4)

Mark Hominick (20-10) vs Eddie "The Phillipino Phenom" Yagin (15-5-1)

Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson (6-0) vs Matt "The Immortal" Brown (12-11)

Mac Danzig (20-9-1) vs Efrain Escudero (18-4)

Maximo "Maxi" Blanco (8-3-1) vs Marcus "The Bama Beast" Brimage (4-1)

John "The Bull" Makdessi (9-1) vs Anthony Njokuani (14-5)

Chris "The Menace" Clements (10-4) vs Keith "The Polish Connection" Wisnieski (28-13-1)

 

UFC On FOX 3 from New Jersey- May 5th, 2012

Jim Miller (20-3) vs Nate Diaz (15-7)

Johnny Hendricks (12-1) vs Josh " KOS" Koscheck (17-5)

Rousimar Palhares (14-3) vs Alan "The Talent" Belcher (17-6)

Lavar Johnson (16-5) vs Pat Barry (6-4)

Dennis "Superman" Halman (51-14-2) vs Tony "Cucuy" Ferguson (13-3)

Pablo "The Scarecrow" Garza (11-2) vs Dennis "The Menace" Bermudez (7-3)

John "The Magician" Dodson (12-5) vs Darren Uyenoyama (7-3)

Nick "The Ninja of Love" Denis (11-2) vs "Brutal" Johnny Bedford (18-9)

Karlos "The Terminator" Vemola (8-2) vs Mike Massenzio (13-6)

John Lineker (19-5) vs Louis "Goodnight" Gaudinout (5-2)

John Hathaway (16-1) vs Pascal "Panzer" Krauss (10-0)

Danny "Last Call" Castillo (13-4) vs John Cholish (8-1)

 

UFC On FX from Fairfax, Virginia- May 15th, 2012

Donald "The Cowboy" Cerrone (17-4) vs Yves Edwards (41-16-1)

Thiago Silva (14-2) vs Igor Pokrajac (24-8)

Jason "The Athlete" MacDonald (25-15) vs "Filthy" Tom Lawlor (7-4)

Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier (11-1) vs "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung (12-3)

Jorge "Lil Monster" Lopez (11-2) vs Amir Sadollah (5-3)

Aaron Riley (30-13) vs Cody "Big Time" McKenzie (12-2)

Dongi "The OX" Yang (10-2) vs Brad Tavares (7-1)

Mike "The Hulk" Easton (12-1) vs Yves "Tiger" Jabouin (17-7)

 

UFC 146 from Las Vegas, Nevada- May 26th, 2012

UFC Heavyweight Title- Junior Dos Santos (14-1) vs "The Demolition Man" Alistair Overeem (36-11)

Edson Barboza (10-0) vs Evan Dunham (13-2)

Jason "Mayhem" Miller (23-8) vs CB Dolloway (11-4)

 

UFC 147 from Sao Paulo, Brazil- June 2nd, 2012

UFC Middleweight Title- Anderson "The Spider" Silva (31-4) vs Chael Sonnen (26-11-1)

Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort (21-9) vs Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva (34-11-1)

 

UFC 148 from Las Vegas, Nevada- July 7th, 2012

UFC Bantamweight Title- Dominick Cruz (18-1) vs "The California Kid" Urijah Faber (25-5)

 

 

That's all for this week but I'll be back in a few weeks for a jam packed column with a recap of UFC 144, reviews of Strikeforce: Tate vs Rousey and UFC on FX: Alves vs Kampmann plus a breakdown of UFC on FUEL 2: Gustafson vs Nogueira and UFC 145: Jones vs Evans.   Enjoy the MMA break everyone!




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