UFC 145 Discussion/Prediction Thread (Saturday April 21)

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Dolph'sZiggler, Apr 15, 2012.

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    MAIN CARD
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    Light Heavyweight Championship Bout: Jon Jones (c) vs Rashad Evans

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    Welterweight Bout: Rory MacDonald vs Che Mills

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    Heavyweight Bout: Brendan Schaub vs Ben Rothwell

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    Bantamweight Bout: Miguel Torres vs Michael McDonald

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    Featherweight Bout: Mark Hominick vs Eddie Yagin

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    Lightweight Bout: Mark Bocek vs John Alessio

    PRELIMINARY CARD (FX)

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    Heavyweight Bout: Travis Browne vs Chad Griggs

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    Welterweight Bout: Matt Brown vs Stephen Thompson

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    Lightweight Bout: John Makdessi vs Anthony Nijokuani

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    Lightweight Bout: Mac Danzig vs Efrain Escudero


    PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)

    Welterweight Bout: Keith Wisniewski vs Chris Clements
    Featherweight Bout: Marcus Brimage vs Maximo Blanco

    Dolph'sZiggler Outlook:

    As the UFC tends to do, they've watered down the main card bouts outside of the main event because they know that Jones vs Rashad can sell PPVs without a strong supporting cast of fights. The matchups aren't terrible, but it's far from a stacked card on fights 1-4 on the main card. The good news is the preliminary fights being shown on Facebook are very intriguing, so that helps make up for it quite a bit in my book.

    Most Anticipated Fights:


    1.) Jon Jones vs Rashad Evans- while I do believe this fight is being a bit OVER-hyped, it's still the clear cut #1 fight on this card. UFC is trying to sell it as the most ill-willed feud in UFC history and biggest fight in history, but that is far from the truth. That being said, the storyline is certainly intriguing, as is the match up. Former friends and training partners in Greg Jackson's camp, there does seem to be quite a bit of animosity between the two at this point.

    Jones has run through a who's who list of former LHW Champions including Lyota Machida, Rampage Jackson, and Shogun Rua, but many feel Rashad will be his biggest test. Rashad posses better wrestling and takedown ability than anyone Jones has faced up to this point, and it would be very interesting to see Jones on his back, as it's not something we've seen much, if at all up until this point in his career. I believe Rashad will want to make this an ugly fight, utilize his grappling, and shrink the distance between the two. If Jones is able to keep his distance and put his huge reach advantage into effect, Rashad will struggle in this fight.

    Prediction: Jon Jones by TKO

    2.) Matt Brown vs Stephen Thompson- Simply put, I want to see Wonderboy Thompson in action again. His UFC debut was a very impressive knockout via a beautiful head kick. His family runs a karate academy, and his kickboxing is flat out marvelous to watch. Matt Brown is a solid fighter, but nothing more than a gate keeper. He is also a striker, but not nearly as proficient of one. I don't think he will make it out of round 1, and basically view him as a stepping stone for Wonderboy, who will become a main card mainstay if he performs in this fight like I expect him to.

    Prediction: Stephen Thompson by KO

    3.) Rory MacDonald vs Che Mills- MacDonald is one of the hottest prospects in all of the UFC, and viewed by many as the next big thing at 170 pounds. His only loss came to current Interim Champion Carlos Condit in a fight that MacDonald was winning after two rounds, before getting finished by Condit by a series of punches and elbows. While this is a pretty lame 'co main event' and I don't foresee the Englishman Che Mills providing too much of a problem for Rory, anything can happen when a dangerous striker like Mills gets a shot at a step-up in competition.

    Prediction: Rory MacDonald by submission

    4.) Travis Browne vs Chad Griggs- Browne is a VERY interesting HW fighter, currently sitting undefeated at 12-0-1, having drawn with Cheick Kongo. His superman punch knockout of Stefan Struve was one of the highlights of 2011. He is most noted for his standup, but also has good wrestling and submission defense. Griggs is another promising HW, mostly noted for his quickness, striking, and superb mutton chops. Griggs holds victories over Bobby Lashley (lol) and Alistair Overeem's brother Valentin, and has only been defeated once in his career (submitted by a kimura). If the fight stays on it's feet, he has a chance to win this fight despite having a reach disadvantage of 5 inches. I expect that it will be a standing slugfest, and either guy could drop at any time.

    Prediction: Travis Browne by decision

    5.) Miguel Torres vs Michael McDonald- No, not the lead singer of the Doobie Brothers, this is a different Michael McDonald, and he loves to scrap. 8 of his 14 victories as a professional have come by way of knockout, as has his only defeat. At only 21 years of age, he will be a decade younger than his opponent, and has been in about 30 less fights. Torres is the more well rounded of the two, and is the most experienced fighter currently residing in the 135 pound division in the UFC. If Torres can win this fight, he could likely find himself in a contenders match for the Bantamweight Title, currently held by Dominic Cruz who is set to defend the belt against Urijah Faber at the conclusion of this season of The Ultimate Fighter. McDonald is in a 'nothing to lose' fight in my opinion, and I expect him to fight like that. The outcome of this fight will come down to where it takes place. If McDonald can keep the fight standing, I like his chances of winning. If Torres is able to dictate the pace of the fight and bring McDonald to the ground, it will likely be his fight to lose.

    Prediction: Torres by decision
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  2. Edited it so you can have 25 images per post, so feel free to add in poor Efrain.

    I'm not even going to try predicting as I don't know hardly any of these fighters. Nice thread though.
     
  3. Efrain is pleased

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    It's a weird trend, but lately I've been looking forward to the prelims as much/more than the main card, excluding main events. Idk what's up with UFC
     
  4. Jones to win in round 2 TKO (punches to the face)
     
  5. I'm thinking Rashad will come out early and frustrate Jones by smothering him, keeping him against the cage, out grappling him, and taking him down, but then Jones will adjust and take him out in the 3rd or 4th, probably drop him with a knee or spinning elbow, some stupid shit, then jump on him and finish him with his patented elbows/punches GnP
     
  6. Imo they can learn off WWE to make it more of a show instead of just having fights and that's it. Promote it more, more video packages, etc.
     
  7. They've pretty much promoted the Jones/Evans fight like a WWE feud. And they have been promoting the ever loving shit out of it. Every other fucking commercial I see is for that fight. And during the UFC on Fuel card yesterday they must have shown 20 video packages for it.
     
  8. Oh, my bad. I've not seen one single promotion here in the UK, but since it's heavily America-orientated I'm not surprised.
     
  9. Yea Dana White doesn't care about you since you don't buy PPVs. Just like when they have PPVs in other countries they still leave the start time the same so it doesn't mess up the PPVs lol
     
  10. That's a good point, is there any way for UK viewers to buy the PPV's? It doesn't appear on Sky Sports so?
     
  11. Nope they have a contract with ESPN which means they all air without an extra charge live.
     
  12. Awesome videos, I'm pretty pumped for that fight now.
     
  13. I always look forward to Jones' fights because I can't stand his ass. He is amazing to watch, but there is just something about him I hate. Really hope Rashad makes him humble.
     
  14. Also cheering for Rashad, Jones looks pretty talented though.
     
  15. Jones is a freak of nature. He is so new to the sport but completely clowned elite guys like Shogun & Machida.

    Him choking out Machida with a standing guillotine is one of the craziest things I've seen: [​IMG]

     
  16. If he was a complete heel I'd love the guy.
     
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    Not too confident in a lot of these, but here is my full list of predictions for fun.
     
  18. I like how Jones is so unorthodox tbh, like the spider crawl he did in a few fights.
     
  19. He stole the crawl from Rashad. He's a biter.

    Didn't you watch the vid?