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Affliction Analysis

HVY – Fedor Emelianenko [1] vs. Tim Sylvia [5]

Fedor Emelianenko is unbeatable. A lot of people questioned the legitamacy of his number 1 ranking but now it seems ridiculous to think otherwise. He’s the best striker in the division…the best grappler…the quickest…most explosive…toughest…etc., etc. There’s a reason people call him cyborg. It’s because he has no weaknesses. Tim Sylvia has no shame in losing this match. He lost to a 230 lbs. man with the quickness of a 155 lbs. fighter. Fedor stays at 1. Sylvia drops to 7.

HVY – Josh Barnett [4] vs. Pedro Rizzo [15]

Josh Barnett is a really big man with great agility. He showed nice head movement and striking skills throughout. He is one of the smartest fighters in the game and he found a home for his left hook in the 2nd round. He set it up with a right hand that took Rizzo’s eyes of of the KO punch. A match with Arlovski or Fedor looms. Rizzo simply got beat by the better man. He is still a handful for anyone and will be back for sure.  Barnett stays at 4. Rizzo stays at 15.

HVY – Andre Arlovski [6] vs. Ben Rothwell [23]

Andrei Arlovski is a physical specimen. Rothwell could not handle his hand speed and striking combos. The destruction was highlighted when Andrei pinned Ben in the corner and threw a flying knee that traveled 6′5 inches to land on Ben’s face. It was more of the same in round 3 as Andrei finally felled the gutsy and game Rothwell. Arlovski rises to 5. Rothwell stays at 23.

205 lbs. – Renato Sobral [15] vs. Mike Whitehead [26]

Renato Sobral was the aggressor in this very competitve match. Whitehead got a few takedowns but wasn’t able to advance his position or land any meaningful strikes. Sobral got the better of the standup and showed better endurance as he dominated in round 3. “Babalu” was active throughout. He tried several submissions and used both shins and fists for strikes. It was a very balanced and solid performance. Sobral rises to 13. Whitehead drops to 28 (With the entrance of Vera and Silva)

185 lbs. – Matt Lindland [5] vs. Fabio Negao

Matt Lindland had a chance to finish Negao in the opening minutes with a guillotine but couldn’t get the tapout. Negao showed great toughness in withstanding the choke. It appeared that the submission attempt really drained Lindland’s energy because he looked sluggish and lacked steam on his punches. Whatever the reason for the lack of energy, Lindland grinded out the decision victory. It was not the performance of a top 10 fighter however. Matt is getting up there in age and he may be losing some of his edge. Lindland drops to 17. Negao debuts at 70.

HVY – Paul Buentello [25] vs. Gary Goodridge [NR]

Aleksander Emelianenko was supposed to be Buentello’s opponent but for some reason, the California State Athletic Commission determined him to be ineligible to compete. This fight resembled a sparring match. Buentello won the exchanges but didn’t go for the finish. Although Goodridge was a game opponent, he was slightly overmatched in the striking game. Buentello stays at 25.

185 lbs. – Vitor Belfort [NR] vs. Terry Martin [42]

Vitor came out cautious in the 1st round and used his reach to keep the distance and land his punches. In the middle of the 2nd round, he exploded and landed a flush knee to Margin’s face that was the beginning of the end. Moments later, he landed a right uppercut followed by a straight left that knocked the unconsious Martin throught the ropes. Physically, Belfort is a threat to anyone (except maybe Anderson Silva) at 185 lbs. Belfort debuts at 34. Martin stays at 43.

145 lbs. – Savant Young [17] vs. Mark Hominick [25]

Hominick rises to 21. Young drops to 22.

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July 20, 2008 - Posted by | MMA Analysis

7 Comments »

  1. Wow, my MW beliefs are all coming to be.
    I really had started to doubt how good Lindland was (I of course had the long running issues with the Le/F.Shamrock/Baroni rankings), but Lindland was always a sticking point. His rank was fairly justified, but I’d wanted him to be thrown against a top 20 MW to see if he really did still have it.

    I’d been annoyed about him being thrown against an unranked MW, but as it happened I think we learned more from his fight against Fabio than expected. That was a terrible performance and I’m glad you dropped Lindland like you did.

    Now Filho is the last MW that I raise my eyebrow at. He’ll have to eventually fight a top 10 MW, won’t he?

    What matchups do you want to see from Affliction next time?

    Comment by Aas Gutú Adéli | July 21, 2008 | Reply

  2. Lindland is 38-years-old. It seems like he got old real quick.

    The rankings are starting to become more consistant with performance. I knew that given a few months they would fix themselves. As far as Filho, He has quality wins over Misaki and Ninja to go with the fact he has never lost. He’s kind of ranked where he is because everyone else lost.

    I think this event sets up the next event very clearly. I’m not sure who else they’ll sign but as for now, these are the most likely matches…and coincidentally the ones I want to see:

    Fedor vs. Randy
    Rizzo vs. Tim Sylvia
    Barnett vs. Kharitonov?
    Rothwell vs. Buentello
    Arlovski vs. Aleksander Emelianenko
    Vitor vs. Lindland
    Rogerio vs. Babalu
    Mike Whitehead vs. Matyushenko?

    Comment by Kevin | July 21, 2008 | Reply

  3. I do wonder if Vlad will wind up back in the UFC as Zuffa bought IFL… I’m pretty interested to see what becomes of Big Country, Vlad, Horodescki, Jamal Patterson and a few others.

    It’d be fairly amusing if they made a TUF almost exclusively out of the IFL contracted fighters, but I don’t think that’ll happen.

    I think Khartonov is supposed to fight Bigfoot for the EXC HW title (last I heard).

    I’d prefer:
    Fedor/Randy
    AA/Barnett
    Aleks/Rothwell

    and the rest looks fine to me.

    By no means do I blame you (or anyone) for ranking Filho where he is, I’m just still not sold on the guy. Ninja is probably his most noteworthy win, but Ninja is about as consistent as Baroni. I guess time will tell.

    Comment by Aas Gutú Adéli | July 21, 2008 | Reply

  4. Bigfoot is fighting Justin Eilers for the title later this month(very subpar matchup) and Horodecki is rumored to be fighting Gomi in August in Sengoku.

    Aleks/Rothwell would be a great fight to watch. Rothwell is tough as hell.

    Comment by Kevin | July 21, 2008 | Reply

  5. I remember hearing about Chris/Gomi now, all those folk in the Contenders forum fearing for his life.

    Eilers/Bigfoot is very disappointing.

    I’m eager to see most of these HW matchups Affliction can do, they just managed to start with the ones I was least interested in.

    Comment by Aas Gutú Adéli | July 21, 2008 | Reply

  6. I tried to tell you about Lindland =) Inactivity is a major bitch to a fighter, especially when they hadn’t proved much of anything in the window of time before it.

    Comment by JCS | July 22, 2008 | Reply

  7. JCS,

    I learned my lesson 😉 I’m not sure if Negao was a bad matchup for him or if he just got old real quick.

    Comment by Kevin | July 22, 2008 | Reply


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