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The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale Preview

185 lbs. – C.B. Dolloway vs. Amir Sadollah

This fight is for The Ultimate Fighter 7 Championship. Dollaway (6-0) and Amir (0-0) fought eachother in the semifinals of the tournament with Amir getting a 3rd round armbar victory. With the other finalist, Jessie Taylor, being kicked off the show for reckless behavior, C.B. fought Tim Credeur for the vacant position in the finals. Dollaway won and it sets up the rematch. This is the classic striker vs. grappler matchup. The 24-year-old Dollaway was an NCAA Division 1 All-American wrestler at Arizona State. The 27-year-old Sadalloh is a blackbelt in Sambo and is well-versed in Muay Thai kickboxing. Even though those are their strengths, Amir can finish it on the mat with submissions and C.B. has the punching power to end it standing. Being a rematch, it should be interesting to see the adjustmets. I think Amir will come out even more sharp and get a TKO in the 3rd round.

185 lbs. – Evan Tanner [21] vs. Kendall Grove [35]

Evan Tanner (32-7) is 37-years-old and coming off a KO loss to Yushin Okami [11] in March. The former UFC Middleweight Champion hasn’t had a significant win in over 3 years. He needs one here to remain a threat in the division. Kendall Grove (8-5) is 25-years-old and coming off a KO loss to Jorge Rivera [41] in January. It was his 2nd consecutive loss by 1st round stoppage. He has all the tools to be great and getting a win here (after being KO’d) will go a long way in proving he has the mental toughness to go with it. Tanner will look to get this fight to the mat and work his ground and pound. If he doesn’t, he will get KO’d. I see Grove preventing the takedown and getting a KO with knee strikes.

170 lbs. – Diego Sanchez [6] vs. Luigi Fioravanti [34]

Diego Sanchez (18-2) is 26-years-old and coming off a stoppage of David Bielkheden in March. He combines superior mental toughness with a world-class ground game. “The Nightmare” is 7-2 in the UFC with his only losses coming to Josh Koscheck [5] and Jon Fitch [2]. He is looking to gain some momentum with his 2nd win in a row. Luigi Fioravanti (12-3) is 27-years-old and training at American Top Team. He is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Luke Cummo [55] in March. Prior to that, he had lost 2 in a row in the UFC: to Forrest Petz [33] and Jon Fitch [2]. He has solid takedown defense and is tough mentally (he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom for the Marine Corps.) This would be a breakthrough win for Luigi. Both of these fighters are entering their primes and their styles match nicely. The difference will be Diego’s relentless pace. I see him wearing down Luigi before finishing him with strikes on the ground.

155 lbs. – Spencer Fisher [24] vs. Jeremy Stephens [57]

Spencer Fisher (20-4) is a 32-year-old fighter training out of the Miletich Fighting Systems. He is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Frank Edgar [15] in November. He reminds me of a slightly bigger Jens Pulver. He loves to sprawl and brawl. He will never quit and has a granite chin. Jeremy Stephens (13-2) is very young at just 22-years-old. He is on a 2-fight win streak in the UFC with wins over Diego Saraiva and Cole Miller [62]. He also has a ton of heart and will never give up. He is a fighter on the rise with a chance to beat a proven veteran in Fisher. This has the potential to be a fight-of-the-year candidate. Both guys have great chins and great power. I see it going the distance but with lots of highlights and blood. The similar styles make it too close to call.

170 lbs. – Josh Burkman [14] vs. Dustin Hazelett [28]

Josh Burkman (9-5) is 28-years-old and coming off a majority decision loss to Mike Swick [11] in January. He has only lost to the best in the division: Swick, Jon Fitch [2] and Karo Parisyan [8]. He wants to get rid of that “gatekeeper” status. He also needs to be more aggressive. His last 5 fights have gone to a decision. He needs a stoppage here. Dustin Hazelett (10-4) is 22-years-old with a brownbelt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). He is coming off a TKO loss to Josh Koscheck [5] in March. “McLovin” has lots of heart and is a very well-rounded fighter. He is still very young and seems to be improving with each fight. A win here would be a breakthrough for him. I don’t see that happening however. I think Burkman will come out motivated and will drop Dustin with a punch and then finish him on the mat.

185 lbs. – Marvin Eastman [31] vs. Drew McFedries [50]

Marvin Eastman (15-7-1) is 38-years-old and is coming off a lackluster unanimous decision victory over Terry Martin [40] in February. “The Beastman” has fought a lot at 205 lbs. but has some solid wins at 185, including: Martin, Jason MacDonald [33] and Alan Belcher [51]. He is in the twilight of his career and can’t afford a loss if he is looking for a title shot. Drew McFedries (6-3) is 29-years-old and coming off a TKO loss to Patrick Cote [32] in January. He has some of the heaviest hands in any division and can end the fight with one punch. Style-wise, he is a lot like Terry Martin. Hopefully Eastman will look to engage more in this fight. If he does, he will get KO’d. Even if he clinches early and often, I see Drew being able to muscle him off and land his punches. I see him winning either way.

185 lbs. – Jeremy Horn [22] vs. Dean Lister [55]

Jeremy Horn (79-17-5) is 32-years-old and coming off a 2nd round submission loss to Nate Marquardt [7] in February. He is the quintessential “cagey veteran” with over 100 fights. Dean Lister (10-5) is 32-years-old and coming off a unanimous decision victory over Jordan Radev in December. He holds various grappling titles and is arguably the best grappler in the world. This bout is a rematch of a fight that took place in 2003 that saw Horn win a 4 round majority decision. This is going to be a methodical chess match between two of the smartest men in MMA. Horn is smart enough to keep out of Lister’s guard so Lister will have to get the takedown. If he does, he will finish Horn. If he doesn’t, Horn will pepper him standing and take the decision victory.

185 lbs. – Rob Yundt vs. Rob Kimmons

Rob Yundt (6-1) is a 28-year-old fighter from Alaska. In February, he took a fight with Ricardo Almeida on just 4 days notice. It was his UFC debut and he lost by 1st round submission. His strength is wrestling being that he is a former 2 time high school all-american. Rob Kimmons (20-3) is a 27-year-old making his octagon debut. Of his 20 victories, 17 have come by stoppage. He is an aggressive fighter with a 3rd degree blackbelt in American Jiu-Jitsu. A win would be a career boost for either fighter.

185 lbs. – Tim Credeur vs. Cale Yarbrough

Tim Credeur (9-2) lost in the semifinals of The Ultimate Fighter to Jessie Taylor and then lost in a fight to replace Taylor in the Finals to C.B. Dollaway. The 30-year-old Louisiana native is a former Naval Officer and holds the distinction of being the only BJJ blackbelt (under Rodrigo Medeiros) in the history of his home state. He also holds a blackbelt in Judo. All 9 of his victories have been by 1st round stoppage. His only 2 losses have come when he’s stepped up in competition: to Joey Villasenor [17] and Chael Sonnen [23]. Cale Yarbrough (0-0) is kickboxer from Athens, Georgia. He is very young at just 21-years-old. On The Ultimate Fighter, he was eliminated from the tournament by C.B. Dollaway. Credeur wants this fight on the ground and is crafty enough to get it there. I see him getting a submission victory.

185 lbs. – Dante Rivera vs. Matthew Riddle

Dante Rivera (10-2) is 33-years-old and fighting out of Jackson, New Jersey. He is a brownbelt in BJJ under Ricardo Almeida, so his strength is his Jiu-Jitsu but he can also strike. He was eliminated on The Ultimate Fighter by the ousted Jessie Taylor. Matthew Riddle (0-0) is a well rounded 22-year-old from Tempe, Arizona. He is an accomplished grappler with tremendous punching power. He lost in the 1st round on the show and is looking to redeem himself with a win. Rivera has the experience but Riddle is more athletic. This fight will either end in a Rivera submission or a Riddle knockout.

170 lbs. – Matt Arroyo vs. Matt Brown

Matt Arroyo (3-1) is 25-years-old and fighting out of Tampa, Florida. He holds a brownbelt in BJJ and is coming off a win over John Kolosci in December. “No Regard” was a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter 6. Matt Brown (6-6) is a fearless brawler from Cincinnati, Ohio. The 27-year-old is ultra intense and has fought some tough guys like UFC veterans Pete Spratt and Chris Lytle [15]. Though he lost to them, he was not overwhelmed. This fight is a rematch of a bout fought in 2006. Brown got the victory with a 2nd round TKO. Arroyo is looking to avenge his only loss and Brown will surely be waiting with pleasure.


June 19, 2008 - Posted by | MMA Analysis | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I can’t believe how short Marvin Eastman looked in his fight compared to McFedries. This is outrageous. They should put fights based on hight, not weight – never gonna happen, just like putting skilled versus skilled.

    Comment by Tennis Fan | June 29, 2008 | Reply

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