Weekend Fights (Fri 22nd - Sun 24th Oct)
Apart from UFC 121, there is some good fights going on involving smaller promotions. Below is this weekends summary of them all.
Friday 22nd Oct
Roger Bowling (8-0) v Bobby Voelker (22-8): The rematch after May's technical decision win for Bowling. Bowling is unbeaten and had finished every fight before this. Voelkler has fought once since the first fight, beating Cory Devela (11-4) by Split Decision. Should be another decision for Bowling.
Billy Evangelista (10-0) v Waachiim Spiritwolf (8-6): Unbeaten prospect Evangelista returns for the 7th time for Strikeforce against fellow banger Spiritwolf. Evangelista seems to be taking a step down in competition here after decisioning Jorge Gurgel in his last fight. This should be a comfortable TKO win for Evangelista.
Lavar Johnson (14-3) v Virgil Zwicker (8-1): Big Lavar returns too look for a 7th consecutive knockout win against fellow stand up fighter Zwicker, who makes his debut under the Strikeforce promotion. Johnson won by 2nd round TKO in March against Lolohea Mahe in the first fight after the shooting. Zwicker has won 6 of his 8 fights by TKO, but in his last fight suffered his first defeat, losing to Cody Goodale (3-2) by decision. This one won't last long, and should finish with Johnson knocking out Zwicker.
Neil Wain (8-2) v Marcos Oliveira (4-2): In the first semi-final of the ADFC openweight GP, UFC vet Neil Wain takes on long-time MMA vet Oliveira. Wain, who is most well known for his UFC loss to Shane Carwin, has won 3 in a row, and knocked out Przemyslaw Mysiala (14-5) in the 1st round. Oliveira made his debut in 2004, and in the 1st round he knocked out Johan Romming (8-2). This should be a fun fight, which the Brit Wain wins by knockout.
Rameau Sokoudjou (9-7) v Shamil Abdurahimov (10-1): Pride and UFC vet Ramau sokodjou takes on Russian Abdurahimov. Since leaving the UFC, Sokoudjou has gone a dissappointing 4-4, and got knocked out by Houston Alexander in his last fight. He is still a very good fighter though, and beat Dave Herman by DQ in the 1st round. Abdurahimov is a well rounded Russian, who upset Jeff Monson (37-10) in the 1st round. This fight could go either way, but i'm gonna go with Abdurahimov due to the size advantage.
Saturday 23rd Oct
Brett Rogers (10-2) v Ruben Villareal (19-18): Brett Rogers is looking to get back to winning ways against the well travelled Ruben Villareal. Rogers has suffered 2 consecutive defeats, however they were against 2 of the to pranked heavyweights - Overeem and Emelianenko. Rogers has had 12 fights, and the longest was a little over 6 minutes, so its unlikely this will last long. Villarreal has fought some great fighters, but lost to them all. Should be an easy 1st round knockout win for Rogers.
Murilo "Ninja" Rua (20-10) v Roy Boughton (4-1): Murilo Rua looks to continue his streak of impressive wins against hot prospect Roy Boughton. Rua has fought twice in 2010 so far, winning both by 1st round submission. Boughton is looking to bounce back from the first loss of his career, which was a decision loss to Sang Soo Lee (14-9). This will not be an easy fight for Rua, as Boughton is a tough up and comer, but i expect Ninja to finish it with a late TKO.
Jamie Yager (2-2) v Jeremy Hamilton (6-0): TUF season 11 personality looks to bounce back from his defeat to Rich Attonito at the TUF finale against unbeaten american Jeremy Hamilton. Yager was arguably the biggest personality in the TUF house, but failed to back up the talk after getting TKO'd by Attonito. Hamilton has finished 5 of his 6 fights, however he has been fighting poor competition and this is a big step up. I'm expecting Yager to win this one early by TKO.
Douglas Evans (10-7) vs Tristan Johnson (5-1): UFC vet and former Shark fights featherweight champion Evans returns against prospect Johnson. In his last fight, Evans lost a contraversial split decision to Ronnie Mann (17-2). Johnson just suffered his first career defeat in his last fight against Guillaume Lamarche (7-3). This should be a close fight, but i see Evans winning by decision.
Jeff Monson (37-11) v Travis Fulton (199-46): Former UFC heavyweight title contendor Jeff Monson fights for the 8th time in 2010 against 255 fight veteran Travis Fulton. Monson is on a 3 fight win streak and is 9-3 in 2009 and 2010 including wins over Roy Nelson and Sergei Kharatonov during that time. Fulton is looking for his 200th career win. He has slowed down lately and is only fighting for the 5th time since 2009, for which he is 3-1 in so far. Fulton does hold career wins over Heath Herring, Wesley Cabbage Coreira, and Joe Riggs, but that was early in his career and Monson will be too much for him and should win by submission.
Ultimate Challenge MMA
Dean Amasinger (6-2) v Jamaine Facey (6-4): TUF season 9 vet Dean Amasinger fights UCMMA vet Jamaine Facey. Amasinger made it to the house in the UK v US season, but was eliminated by Demarquas Johnson in the 1st round. He has fought 3 times since the series, going 2-1. Facey doesnt have the best record, but has won 3 straight. I fancy Facey to upset Amasinger here.
Oli Thompson (6-2) v Ben Smith (7-3): Oli Thompson, a former Britains strongest Man winner (2006) and Worlds Strongest man participant (2008), takes on Ben Smith, the UCMMA heavyweight champion. Thompson made his debut in 2009 and won 4 straight, before losing to UFC vets Joe Vedopo and Rob Broughton. He won his last 2 fights since though. He takes on the champ, who is 6-0 with the promotion and has won 7 of his last 8. Even though Thompson has the size advantage, Smith is far more skilled and should win with a late submission.
Kim Couture (3-3) v Munah Holland (0-0) Couture looks to make it 2 on the spin againstt the debuting Munah Holland. Couture won her last fight, and she takes on muay thai fighter Holland. Holland is mean on her feet, but i think couture will be smart and take it down for a submission win.
Sunday 24th Oct
Shinya Aoki (25-5) v Yokthai Sithoar (0-0): Aoki returns to the cage to take on boxer Sithoar. Aoiki has won 2 in a row against Marcus Aurelio and Tetsuya Kawajiri. Sithoar, who has a 29-6 proffessional boxing record, seems like a hand picked opponent for Aoki, and it will be a massive shock if Sithoar makes it past the 1st round.
Minowaman (46-31) v Chang Hee Kim (0-1): Super Hulk champ Minowaman fights 300 pound Hee Kim. Minowaman looks to bounce back from last months defeat to judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii, but before that he had won 5 in a row. Hee Kim's only fight didnt end well, losing by 1st round TKO, and the only difference this fight will be that it will end by Submission instead of TKO.
Masakazu Imanari (20-7) v Daiki Hata (11-7): Submission Specialist Imanari returns to the cage to fight Dream vet Hata. Imanari has won 6 of his last 7, with the lone loss coming against Dream featherweight champ Bibiano Fernandes. Hata on the other hand looks to enf a 2 fight losing skid, where he has lost to Mitsuhiro Ishida and Kazuyuki Miyata. Should be a comfortable decision win for Imanari.
Manny Tapia (10-4) v Sam Rodriguez (0-0): WEC vet Manny Tapia looks to get back to winning ways against the debuting Sam Rodriguez. Previusly 10-0, Tapia has lost 4 in a row, 3 of which have been in the WEC. This should be a comfortable win to get Tapia back winning.
Aaron Brink (22-19) and Andy Wang (7-7) also fight on the card, but i couldnt find out who against
Please discuss any fights that interest you!
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Events Attended: UFC 120, CWFC 45, CWFC 52