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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Bellator 62 Post-Fight Analysis

Bellator kicked off last night and delivered some incredible action-packed fights that had a lot of fans jumping out of their seat.  This card seemed lacking heading into the night, but the fighters certainly came through and put on some unforgettable fights. 

The main card was televised on MTV 2 and it featured four lightweight-tourney bouts.  First up was Thiago Michel vs. Rene Nazare.  The fight was a back and forth affair and the judges ultimately awarded Thiago Michel the victory via split decision. Next up was a bout between Brent Weedman vs. J.J. Ambrose.  Brent Weedman came out the victor via Von Flue choke; something that is also fun to see.  It was a dynamic submission and it was set up beautifully.  

Next up was a quick affair for Rick Hawn, which showcased the power in his hands against Ricardo Tirloni.  Hawn ended the fight in devastating fashion via TKO in the first round.  This drop to lightweight certainly seem to be paying dividends in regards to his punching power.  It will be interesting to see how far he can advance and possibly fight Michael Chandler for the Bellator lightweight championship of the world.   

The main event featured a dynamic lightweight fight between Patricky Pitbull vs. Lloyd Woodard.  The fight was the best on the night and even has the potential to be fight of the year.  It was non-stop action that displayed viscous hay makers being thrown by both fighters.  The fight seemed like it could go either way.  Pitbull was landing some beautiful combinations on the feet that seen Woodard back on numerous occasions.  The tide certainly turned, however, when Woodard landed a viscous knee that seemed to stun Pitbull.  Woodard would later seal up a kimura that forced Pitbull to tap.  There was obviously some damage done to Pitbull's arm that compelled him to tap. 

Overall it was an exciting night for mixed martial arts, and Bellator certainly puts their name in the hat for mma's best promotion outside the UFC.  They constantly bring entertainment to the fans, and the best part about it is that it is absolutely free.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Upcoming MMA Events To Look Forward To This Weekend

It seems not much is happening in the world of mixed martial arts lately.  This certainly doesn't mean there isn't any mma to look forward to this weekend.  There are many events mma fans can look forward to as they await for a busy April month of fights. 

Bellator Fighting Championships 62 kicks of this Friday night on MTV 2.  This card will feature 5 incredible fights and they are absolutely free.  Among the fighters are Dave Jansen vs. Jacob Kirwan, Thiago Pereira vs. Rene Nazare, and Patrick Freire vs. Lloyd Woodard.  The card goes down in Laredo, Texas so be sure to check it out if you have the time.

Also this Friday night (March 23, 2012) is the Ultimate Fighter Live Episode 3. Fighters Justin Lawrence for Team Cruz and Cristiano Marcello for Team Faber will square off to see who goes onto the quarterfinals.  Also at stake is the chance to pick the next fight for both teams.

This is one heck of a fight as both fighters are arguably the best on the show.  Looks like we get the see the season finale a little early this year; nothing wrong with that if you ask me.  Be sure to check out the Ultimate Fighter Live on FX networks if you are looking for something to do this Friday night. 

Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin 3 Booked For UFC 148

The trilogy fight between Forrest Griffin and Tito Ortiz is booked for UFC 148 on July 7th.  Both of these fighters have put on terrific performances against each other in the past, and they will look to do it a third time on the fourth of July weekend. 

Both of these fighter have not looked impressive in their last bouts.  For Ortiz, this will surely be his last fight in mixed martial arts and what a career it has been.  He has beat the who's who of mma and will look to settle the score with Griffin once and for all in his retirement fight.

For Griffin, he is looking rebound of his devastating knockout loss to Shogun Rua.  He is currently 1-1 against Tito and he looks to get back to his winning ways against Ortiz at UFC 148.  This is one of the more interesting trilogies in mixed martial arts, and it will be interesting to see how both of these fighters come back after devastating losses. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Tim Boetsch vs. Michael Bisping On Tap For UFC 148

Well Tim Boetsch asked for a big name in the middleweight division; well wish granted.  He is now tentatively scheduled to fight Michael Bisping at UFC 148, which should make for a compelling fight.  The event is scheduled for July 7th in Las Vegas and tickets can be purchased online.  

Both of these fighters bring a lot of skills to the table and this match is a good litmus test for Boetsch to see if his dramatic knockout win over Yushin Okami was a fluke or not.  For Bisping, he will look to rebound off his controversial loss to Chael Sonnen and make his claim once again for fighting for the middleweight championship of the world.

Coming into this potential match up, Boestch sports a record of 15-4 and has notable wins over the likes of Todd Brown, Kendall Grove, Nick Ring, and Yushin Okami.  He has excellent wrestling skills and possess the power to knock any fighter out in the middleweight division.

Bisping comes into this fight with an overall record of 22-4.  He has wins over the likes of Chris Leben, Dan Miller, Jason Miller, and Yoshiro Akiyama.  He has some of the best kick boxing in the middleweight division and has great cardio to boot. 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Pros Pick For Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans

One of the most anticipated matches between former teammates goes down for UFC 145.  Fellow mma fighters picked who they thought would come out on top between Rashad Evans and Jon Jones. Whatever the outcome, it should make for a very entertaining fight and one that displays a lot of emotions from both fighters come fight night. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Thiago Silva In, Lil Nog Out Against Alexnader Gustaffson

It was announced today that Lil Nog suffered an injury and will be forced out of his fight against Alexander Gustaffson.  Gustaffson is now set to fight Thiago Silva, which should make for a very entertaining fight.  This match is a light heavyweight bout and someone is surely going to be sent to the canvas.

Both of these fighters have dynamite in their hands and it will be interesting to see how Silva will fair after a long layoff.  Gustaffson is coming off an impressive victory over TKO win over Vladamir Matyushenko, and he looks to continue his run to the top of the light heavyweight ladder with a win over Thiago Silva. 
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