EliteXC Fight Predictions

This Saturday night will be CBS third free showing of Elite XC. This organization is $55 million in the red after only two years of existence leaving the UFC to eventually wait the opposing organization to finally implode. Dana White will patiently await Elite XCs down fall and scoop up the cream of the crop, ultimately absorbing them into this sports future mega-empire. Nonetheless, we get to see a free night of fights, so here we go:

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MMAHeadliner Interview with Bryan Fielder

MMAHeadliner: You had a quick submission victory tonight, was that the game plan to take him down and work your ground game?

Bryan Fielder: I really wanted to strike if given the chance. He is a brawler and I thought it would stay standing longer than it did. After his first punch he slipped a little and I saw an opening and instinctively took it to the ground. From there I worked my ground game and got a submission as I expected I would. After I locked in that guillotine I didn’t want to use up too much energy that early but I heard him gurgling so I really wanted to put him out. It’s nice to make someone cry uncle and I have a lot of submission finishes, but I am really always gunning for a KO or TKO to excite the crowd, I just want the fans to be happy with my fights. Read more “MMAHeadliner Interview with Bryan Fielder”

UFC 96 Post-Mortem Analysis: “Rampage” defeats Jardine, Carwin upsets Gonzaga

UFC 96 wasn’t the most prestigious event on paper leading into Saturday evening in Columbus, Ohio, but it did manage to produce some exciting bouts. We now have a clearer picture of the Heavyweight division’s upper-echelon talent, as well as what the potential is for the Light Heavyweight division title. Let’s take a look at Saturday’s action and what to expect in the future from the outcomes.

“Rampage” Jackson vs. Keith Jardine

Definitely a great scrap by both fighters. I scored this matchup 29-28 Jackson, but could definitely see a 30-27 score for Jackson as well. I wasn’t sure what all the hoopla was about the judge telling Jardine that he lost the fight in the last 10 seconds as I thought it was evident that Jackson won the bout, but it doesn’t really matter at this point.

Jackson made Jardine pay when he threw leg kicks, and the gameplan of using his range wasn’t very effective considering Jackson would move to strike when Jardine planted his feet to strike from distance. For most of the fight, Jackson was the aggressor, and Jardine tried to use his awkward style to counter.

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AFO Redemption

Paddy Thompson knocked out Jose Valentin in the AFO main event on Saturday night to retain his welterweight title in impressive fashion. While the event was hurt by a few injuries and cancelled bouts, all the guys that fought delivered good action and the crowd was into it, with Thai Nguyen, Joe Lamoureaux, and Paddy “Thunder Kitten” Thompson getting the biggest support from the fans.

The event was once again held at the Sheraton Braintree Hotel and the room filled up pretty solidly by the time the fights were underway. Promoter Pete DiLorenzo is showing no signs of slowing down the pace of events for his organization in 2010, having had the first local card of the year and another event planned for a little over a month from now. All in all a good, fast-paced night of fights. Read more “AFO Redemption”

UFC Matchup Talk: Bonnar vs Coleman, Tibau vs Stephens, more…

The UFC has been a busy bee this week in setting up some bouts for their future events heading into mid-2009. Stephan Bonnar and Mark Coleman are rumored to be currently in talks to step into the Octagon at UFC 100 while Gleison Tibau has replaced an injured Efrian Escudero to take on Jeremy Stephens at UFN 18.

Bonnar’s status as being one of the pioneer fighters that brought the UFC to where it is today with his fantastic slugfest bout with Forrest Griffin in the inaugural season of “The Ultimate Fighter” and the legendary status of Mark Coleman as a pioneer in the sport, the art of ground and pound, and the first UFC heavyweight champion definitely adds a historical feel to this bout.  Read more “UFC Matchup Talk: Bonnar vs Coleman, Tibau vs Stephens, more…”