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Posted 07-08-2010 at 02:13 PM by HitOrGetHit
It seems that after watching Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley make the transition from professional wrestling to MMA, that people think that other professional wrestlers can as well.

WWE star Batista seems to be inching closer to making a move to fight professionally in MMA. Although nothing is official, recent events prove that this could happen sometime in the near future. The talks first surfaced when a rumor got around that Batista wanted to break onto the MMA scene. Things died down once he came out and rejected this rumor. Not too long after though, Scott Coker (Strikeforce) came out and compared Batista to UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, stating that Batista could make the crossover just like Lesnar did. Although Batista is sure to be strong, powerful, and althletic, the difference here is that Brock Lesnar was already an extremely accomplished amateur wrestler prior to making his UFC debut. Lesnar had this as his base, and went on to add a solid ground game to his arsenal. Batista does not have the same skillset that allowed Lesnar to come into MMA, and achieve immediate success.

Some fans point to Bobby Lashley also making a successful transition. This is very similar to Lesnar's case. Lashley was already a strong wrestler before joining the MMA ranks which gave him a base to build from.

The next bit of evidence that Batista could possibly come to MMA, is reports of him training with the Cesar Gracie camp. Is this him just training to stay in shape or because he likes it? Or is this him trying to get ready to make his MMA debut? Only time will tell.

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Posted 07-02-2010 at 08:03 AM by HitOrGetHit
Brock Lesnar versus Shane Carwin is an extremely interesting matchup between two powerhouse heavyweights. This fight has been talked about for some time now and it is finally going to happen this weekend at UFC 116. This fight is sure to be a crowd pleaser, and it is a very dangerous mathcup for either fighter.

Shane Carwin is going to be a very tough opponent for Lesnar to face, and to defeat. Carwin is an undefeated fighter who has finished every fight that he has been in. He has shown in his fights that he is ready and that he is a legitimate opponent for Lesnar. Carwin proved a lot in his bout with Frank Mir after scoring a TKO victory in the very first round. Carwin also showed in his fight with Gabriel Gonzaga, that he is extremely dangerous, and that he can finish the fight at any second.

Brock Lesnar is an amazing athlete. He has very good speed for someone his size, and he is extremely strong. Although many think that Lesnar's striking is underrated, Lesnar needs to get this fight to the ground to take away Carwin's strength which is his powerful striking. Lesnar showed in his second fight with Mir that he has worked on his ground game, and is not going to be out of his element when the fight hits the ground anymore.

This fight is going to come down to a few key things. Is Lesnar going to be able to take Carwin down consistently? Will Lesnar be able to keep Carwin on the ground? Will Carwin stop the takedowns? Can Carwin catch Lesnar while they are standing? How will Lesnar's layoff affect him come fight time?

All of these questions are sure to be answered this weekend when these two fighters enter the octagon to finally face off.

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Posted 07-01-2010 at 06:33 PM by HitOrGetHit
MMA star and former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields' contract has ended with Strikeforce and he will most likely end up fighting for the UFC. Although many thought that Shields would drop back down to welterweight when he makes it to the UFC, there are reports of Shields stating that he wants to fight at middleweight, and wants a crack at middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva. With Shields at middleweight, this could set up fans to see a fantastic fight between Cesar Gracie black belt Jake Shields, and brazilian jiu jitsu champion Demian Maia. He would also have potential bouts with Vitor Belfort, Nate Marquardt, Chael Sonnen, Wanderlei Silva and many more.

Shields' Strikeforce title was vacated after his contract ran out after beating MMA legend Dan Henderson. After Shield's impressive control in the Henderson fight, it eliminates doubts that Shields would have major problems with bigger middleweight fighters. Shields coming to the UFC is a great thing for both the organization itself, and the fans that watch the sport.

If Shields fails in the UFC's middleweight division, he would not be completely stuck. He has shown before in the past that he can make the welterweight weight limit and that he can perform at that weight. Should Shields ever return to welterweight, a fight between Shields and St. Pierre that has been talked about for some time now, could potentially come together.

There is an endless list of positives that come with Jake Shields coming to the UFC. He will undoubtedly shake up any division that he is in, and he will have plenty of outstanding match up's that will please the fans of this sport.

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Posted 01-06-2010 at 11:46 PM by HitOrGetHit
A successful takedown in MMA can show dominance in an MMA fight. But for it to truly be successful, I believe that a fighter should be able to either submit their opponent, or cause damage while on the ground. If a takedown results in nothing for a fighter, then I believe that it should be scored as nothing. If the fighter who scored the takedown could not keep their opponent down long enough to do damage, or they just laid on their opponent, then they should not receive any points for controlling their opponent.

In my opinion, a takedown that led to no submission or no significant damage, is the same thing as a submission attempt that led to nothing. The failed submission attempt does not score any points, so why should a worthless takedown be worth so much? This is why wrestlers have such advantage in MMA as of right now. They can win fights simply by laying on their opponents. This is not t say that wrestlers are not good fighters, but some wrestlers have a habit of taking fighters down and doing nothing significant from that point on.

If a fighter gets a fight to the ground, and then does not do any damage or get a submission, then how much of a fight really happened? I think that people are losing sight of the fact that MMA is still a fight. Wrestling is a part of fighting, but damage must be done after the wrestling aspect is over.

I think that takedowns are the biggest downfall in MMA scoring as of right now. They accomodate way too much to wrestlers and bigger and stronger fighters. I agree that controlling your opponent is a big part of fighting, but even if you are on top, if you are causing no real damage, you are still in defense mode as far as I am concerned.

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Posted 01-06-2010 at 11:37 PM by HitOrGetHit
There has been a lot of talk recently about scoring 10-8 rounds in MMA. I think that a fighter must be completely dominant for the entirety of the round t be awarded a 10-8 round. A specific example of this talk is about the Thiago Silva vs. Rashad Evans fight. Many fans wanted to see Silva get a 10-8 round in the third round due to the fact that Silva hurt Evans at the end of the round. The problem is that Silva did not do a good job following up with more strikes and he was not this dominant throughout the round.

This leads me to believe that many fans are thinking too much like a boxing judge. In boxing, the only thing being judged is striking. If a fighter drops their opponent, then that fighter is awarded a 10-8 round because they got the better of the exchanges in that round. In MMA there is a ground element, so a fighter must be dominant in all areas unless the fight is a pure standup battle. Even if a fighter's takedowns amount to nothing, if their opponent is not completely dominant, then the round should still be scored as a 10-9 round.

I don't think that MMA should focus on giving out 10-8 rounds more often at all. This works in boxing because fights vary from around 10-15 rounds for the most part. In MMA, most fights are 3 rounds. The significance of this is that more 10-8 rounds would lead to more draws. This essentially leads to more controversy. I believe that fighters should truly earn 10-8 rounds by completely dominating their opponents to the point where judges have no choice but to award a 10-8 round.

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