So fellow MMA junkies, you are about to be given the gift of THREE Live Events over the next three weeks, one of which is free on Spike TV courtesy of our good friends at the UFC.
Jan 17th will see the first UFC event from Dublin, Ireland at the O2 arena. The headline features Rich "Ace" Franklin, who has been a buzz saw through everyone NOT named Anderson Silva, matching up against Dan "Hendo/Hollywood" Henderson at 205 lbs. Hendo is 1 and 2 in his UFC career and his one win was a decision.
This is a fight that true MMA Junkies have wanted to see for years, but because Pride and the UFC could never come to terms, it has taken until now.
The "winner" of this fight gets to coach TUF 9 in the USA vs. England. Michael "The Punk Bitch" Bisping is going to be the obvious coach for England, since they have ONE recognized fighter outside of the UK.
On the co-main event is an interesting match up that is a rematch of an UGLY first encounter.
Mark "The Hammer" Coleman versus Maurico "Shogun" Rua. In their first fight, which was a lop-sided, no weight class special that made PRIDE famous, Coleman took Rua down in the first 45 seconds of the first round and literally broke Rua's arm with the take down. Fight over - Rua on the shelf for 6 plus months in rehab.
Now, Coleman used to be roided to the gills and he used to fight at about 245 pounds. This fight is at 205 and Coleman hasn't fought a sanctioned event since October 2006, which was an armbar loss to Fedor in the second round.
The undercard is under impressive, but WHAT A SHOCK, Marcus "The Irish Hand Grenade" Davis is fighting on a card from the UK.
Expect the locals to make him change his nickname again to the "The Celtic Warrior" for the PC Police.
Jan 24th gives us the sophmore card from T-shirt folks Affliction.
The main event is the Mighty Fedor ( Yawn ) versus Andre Arlovski. In what might FINALLY be a true test of Fedor against a true top 10 opponent from the HW category ( because that Tim Sylvia fight I will believe to my grave was a work and not a real fight by any means ) Arlovski comes from a similiar background, but has better hand skills.
Fedor recently lost his crown as the Sambo World Champion, the first time he has lost in Sambo since the beginning of time apparently and Arlovski is coming off two great performances against sub-par MMA heavyweights in Ben Rothwell and Roy Nelson, both of IFL fame.
Arlovski has a Sambo championship in his past as well, he submitted Tim Sylvia to win his first UFC title, but Fedor is much better on the ground in my opinion. Arlovski is working with renowned boxing coach Freddy Roach, who is one of the best striking coaches out there and is a great tactician.
It would be foolish to bet against Fedor ( 28-1 ) and he truly is one of the nicest guys in the sport, HOWEVER - I can't F**KING stand his nut swinging fans who think the guy is the greatest fighter to ever grace the Earth, so I am rooting for Arlovski.
The undercard is impressive:
Josh Barnett vs. Gilbert Yvel -
Barnett has some of the NASTIEST submissions in the game. He is a slick guy on the ground at a style called Catch Wrestling, which is basically this - 1) get a hold of something that belongs to your opponent
2) Rip it off
He has wins over Randy Couture, Sam Schilt ( 2x ), Dan Severn, Fedor's younger brother Alexander, Big Nog ( decision ), Mark Hunt and Jeff Monson ( decision ).
Yvel is best known for any of the following in ring incidents: Biting an opponent ( 2x ), pushing a referee, hitting a referee ( knocking him out actually ), eye gouging, and one of my favorites trying to push his thumb into Don Frye's eye socket during a scramble on the ground. To say this guy is a dirty fighter is giving dirty fighters a bad name.
If Yvel tries something like that with Barnett, he is likely to permanetly lose the use of a limb because Barnett is no joke when he gets a hold of something with bad intentions.
Vitor Belfort vs. Matt Linland - 185lb contest that should produce fireworks. I don't like either fighter enough to care, but Vitor at one point was the best fighter in the world, other than Fedor of course, who had devastating power with both hands and a very good ground game. Linland is a former Olympic Gold Medalist and is a part time promoter. People still think he is relevant to the sport.... I don't agree.
Interesting fight of the card from the undercard: Paul Buentello vs. Kirill Sidellnikov - the kid they call "Baby Fedor". Guess who I want to win.
Jan 31st gives us UFC 94:
The fight card itself isn't worth a damn except for the Title Fight:
George "Rush" St. Pierre vs. Blow Job Penn for the 170# Title.
I can't TELL YOU how bad I want to see St. Pierre, literally, kill Penn in the ring. If there is a fighter I hate more than Penn, I haven't seen him fight yet. Classless in victory and defeat, completely self absorbed rich kid with million dollar talent and a 10 cent head, Penn is what is wrong with the sport right now - the "ME" Generation.
Since he is the current 155# champion, he felt the need to call out St. Pierre because he wanted a re-match after Pierre beat him by decision the first time. Not only is BJ not a 170# ranked fighter, but now the 155# belt is on hold for close to a year because of what BJ wants to do. Nice.
The sooner he gets hit by a bus the better for everyone in the sport.
Oh yeah, and in other who gives a crap news: Machida will be running away from someone else in the ring and refusing to actually fight, so he will get a decision based on the 9 strikes he throws, landing 8 of those, while his opponent has to constantly chase down "The Running Man".
AND Karo "The Bitch" Per-o-something-or-other finally got over his Anxiety Attacks and is man enough to step into a fight with a guy who is 10-0-1 with 2 whole fights in the UFC, Dong Hung Kim. Kim's last "win" was a spilt decision over Matt Brown. Kim will be playing the part of "can" for this event most likely with Joe Silva giving Karo an easy return fight.