I’m releasing this early as gift to my now NINE fans who have been missing out on my postings:) Well it’s still early enough in the year to create one or two of these. It’ll be fun to see how they play out as 2011 could be a very interesting year in MMA. I’m back into the grove of things and If you haven’t checked out my past couple of BLOGS, you should. Just click on BLOGS at the top of the MMANews.com homepage and you can receive about a month’s worth of my opinions are your fingertips. Come on, you know they are important to you. Do it!
Random News Thoughts
Paul Daley Wants Nick Diaz…..To Fight Him, But Not Stand With Him.
I sense a YouTube war on the horizion! However, this is one of those fights that could be a selling point for Strikeforce if promoted correctly. They have been improving lately as the Grand Prix broke some new records on Showtime. If there is someone I’d rather see be defeated more than Nick Diaz, it’s Paul Daley. Have this event in Nick Diaz’s hometown and you can pretty much guarantee that the fans will be explosive in Diaz‘s corner, which always makes the event better for viewers at home. I’d love to put up my predictions for this fight, so make it happen!
Tito Ortiz/Forrest Griffin Exchange Tweets
Oh the joy of the social networks. For those who don’t know Forrest posted a Tweet mocking Tito and Ortiz responded in a vulgar manner. As long as there isn’t a Tito/Griffin 2 I will be happy. I have no desire to see it, do you? I think it was just harmless fun on Forrest’s part knowing that it would probably get under the skin of Tito. Maybe they can settle it over a Farmville competition on Facebook.
Cain Velasquez says it’s not possible to determine world’s best heavyweight.
Damn straight, not just heavyweight, ANY division. You can have your personal favorite, but that sure as hell doesn’t mean he is the best. There is always someone better, regardless of what you shitheads say.
MMA 2011 Predictions Part 1
Season 13 of The Ultimate Fighter Will Be The Most Successful Yet
No one can deny the drawing power of Brock Lesnar. Whether he was meant to be a great fighter or maybe he was put here just to bring pro wrestling fans to the sport. If Kimbo Slice can bring 5.3 million views in his bout with Roy Nelson, I expect Brock Lesnar to at least match and go beyond that. It will be more consistently watched that the Kimbo show because he wasn’t featured on every episode like Brock will be. I’ve read where many people are expecting Brock to leave mid-season and be replaced. While anything is possible, I don’t see that happening. You should be able to tell during the show how much passion is left in Brock Lesnar to continue improving in MMA. While I do believe he will be back in WWE one day, it’ll be interesting to see how motivated will be in something MMA related, so keep an eye out for that. Just watch his attitude and see if he’s really interested or just cashing in..
Fedor Emelianenko will find his way back into the Heavyweight GP
Lets be honest for a second here. The Strikeforce Heavyweight GP was created for Fedor. No matter what Scott Coker says he never expected his highest paid employee to lose to Silva in the first round. I believe that this whole tournament was created to build to a possible Fedor/Overeem fight or at the very least a rematch with Werdum. This apparently was the only way to get all of the fighters together at one time and it still hasn’t proven that it will all play out right. The first opportunity that Coker receives to put Fedor back in whether it is due to injury to a fighter or one not getting his license. The reserve fights can pretty much forget about it unless more than one fighter happens to drop out. I mean who do you think Scotty is going to chose? Chad Griggs or Fedor? Exactly.
Cain Velasquez/GSP will remain champions throughout 2011
This could be a no-brainer at the moment as Velasquez is out until at least fall due to injury. Assuming the winner of Dos Santos/Lesnar will face him next. This is probably the only fight we will see him in this year. I think at this point Dos Santos provides more a threat to Cain losing that title, and it isn’t beyond the realm of possibility, especially with him coming off a torn rotator cuff. There is plenty of room to improve and time for Lesnar to recover to possibly recapture the gold in the future. He did it once, he is damn sure capable of doing it again if he irons out his flaws. I don’t doubt anything anymore, I’ll just brand it as “unlikely”. As far a GSP goes, well we all know who he hopefully goes after he picks up a unanimous decision victory over Jake Shields in the near future.
GSP/ Anderson Silva will NOT happen in 2011.
If this fight doesn’t happen in Fall,it won’t happen at all, or at least until 2012. If GSP pulls out a victory against Shields you should expect to hear his comments on a possible bout at the post conference after his fight. I don’t know, I’m sure Dana wants this fight and I really hope it does happen this year. I do think that 2012 is still VERY possible .
Retirement Watch for 2011
Mirko Cro Cop
UFC 127 is right around the corner. My predictions should be out soon. Another tough card to predict, especially the main event as I feel BJ has been on the downfall, even with the Hughes KO. Make sure you tune into this channel Wednesday to see my picks.
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