Well it's that time of the month again.
No not that one, it's actually something us men call all look forward to! UFC 144 is right around the corner, and it has potential to be a very strong lineup. I was just reading down the fight list and I really like what I'm seeing thus far. Not only that, it takes place in Japan, and I'm sure the fan atmosphere will be different than what we seen since UFC 29 here in the states. Not only, will it be Sunday at 12 P.M. in Japan when it airs. it will be live here!(Thank God). This is one event that will be worth the money, especially with a few friends splitting the purchase and it being 7 fights worth. I'm sure I will catch it somewhere,somehow!
I did purchase a new computer, one much more user friendly to type on. I'm taking it's BLOG virginity as we speak. Pwned.:D
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Joe Lauzon Vs. Anthony Pettis
Could go either way with this one, but I'm thinking Petis will pull this one off and continue his momentum towards Frankie Edgar. This is a tough call, it really is. Joe Lauzon could end this in TKO, but I don't see it happen since Pettis hasn't technically been finished that fashion yet.
Winner: Anthony Pettis via decision
Jake Shields Vs Yoshihiro Akiyama
Akiyama should put up a good fight in this one. I'm expecting Shields to submit him at some point within the 3 rounds. Possibly rear naked choke. Shields is 1-2 in the UFC and he will need this win to prove that he can hang with competiton in UFC. Not that his opponents of Akiyama are walks in the park by any means. Same for Akiyama, who hasn't had a win since UFC 100.
Winner:Jake Shields Via Submission(Rear Naked)
Quinton Jackson Vs. Ryan Bader
I just don't know what to think about Rampage anymore. He will most likely never be champion again as long as Jones is at the helm. At this point , I think he just wants to keep fighting for the money and the keep his name out there. Rampage will never be forgotten in the MMA world, but his motivation to fight in an octagon just doesn't seem to be on his mind lately. Is he capable of winning this fight? Oh absolutely, and I've doubted him plenty of times and came up wrong. However, I feel that if Ryan Bader really wants this, he should have no problem putting away Rampage any way he wants. It's going to be tougher for Rampage to put away Bader, unless he exposes hit recent submission weaknesses. Go the distance!
Winner: Ryan Bader Via Decision
Edgar Vs. Henderson
This has high potential to FOTN. While Frankie Edgar continues to defy all odds, you'd have to be dumb not to give him the better chance. With Hendo being 5'9 and Edgar 5'6, Henderson doesn't really have that much advantage over Edgar with a two inch reach,but he needs to use it as much as possible. It's tough not to go with Henderson, but I have to give Edgar the benefit of the doubt one more time! Should be an entertaining five rounds, BUT
Winner:Frankie Edgar via Decision
That's not the entire card, I know. It's the bulk, though. Looking back, hell I picked a lot of decisions. Maybe I'll include the other two fights in my next BLOG, if it comes out before the event. If not, expect a review of the event on Sunday(2/26).
Apparantley Diaz was suspended temporarily until the an official hearing later this year. Eh, you can pretty much hang up Diaz returning to UFC. I just don't see it unless he goes broke or is spoonfed GSP. He will probably go to boxing a little while and get suspended for marijuana again, come back to a smaller promotion. Not everyone gets a chance to do what your are doing right now Diaz. You've been given ample opportunity to suceed in the business, but you've flushed it all away by something preventable. At the end of the day rules are rules and they need to be followed by every fighter. You may not care right now, or may never will about what you have, but theres a possibility that one day you will look back and realize that you could've beaten the best in the world, but couldn't put the grass away for 2 years to do so. Smoke weed after you've retired and suceeded. You'll have plenty of years to do so when you retire in your 40's , and hopefully saved up some of the cash from your purses. In the meantime, there will always be someone to take your spot, and will gladly do so.
Floyd Mayweather/Dana White Pottymouthing
Apparantley Dana branded Mayweather a racist after making deragtory comments about Manny Pacquio. Every dog has his day, Pacquaio may or may not be the one to shut Mayweather up but someone or something will eventually. It's a shame all of that natural ability has to be overshawdowed by arrogance and egocentrism. I have aspirations to write a full BLOG on boxing soon. Maybe something along the lines a rise & fall entry. Keep your eyes peeled.
Anyways, I have some other topics I'd love to discuss later in the week, and maybe just MAYBE, I will be capable of spitting one or two more out this week. I really want to do a full review of UFC Undiputed 3. So keep checking back in the MMANews.com BLOGS section. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @MMAManiac2 to drop me a line.
Peace and Love.