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EliteXC (October, 2008)

EliteXC – October 4

HVY – Andrei Arlovski [5] vs. Roy Nelson [22]

Nelson is a good, solid heavyweight who can hang on the feet or on the mat with most anyone. Arlovski isn’t most anyone. He should outclass Roy on the feet and prevent the fight from going to the ground. Depending on Roy’s chin, he will get KO’d in the 1st or 2nd round.

Result: The 1st round was a joke. Roy Nelson did what he needed to do and got the fight to the ground. He started working a kimura from side-mount and then seconds later, out of nowhere, the fight was inexplicably restarted on the feet. From there, Arlovski dominated. He is clearly the superior striker and he showed it with a devastating 2nd round KO. That referee should never have been assigned to a main card fight.  Arlovski stays at 5. Roy stays at 22.

HVY – Kimbo Slice [48] vs. Seth Pethruzelli

Result: Seth took the place of an injured Ken Shamrock at the last second. He usually fights at 205 lbs. and was preparing for a fight on the undercard. He won the fight in 14 seconds. Don’t get it twisted…THIS WAS NOT “the biggest upset in the history of the sport” as Maura Ranallo spun it. IT WASN’T EVEN AN UPSET!! Seth is the superior fighter. He would win this fight 9 out of 10 times. Again, EliteXC spins it for the unsuspecting casual fan. For what it’s worth, Kimbo is not to blame for his fiasco of a career. The suits at EliteXC are. Kimbo exits the rankings.

185 lbs. – Murilo Rua [21] vs. Benji Radach [72]

This is Benji’s chance to get his breakthrough victory. He has KO power and solid wrestling. Rua most likely will come out and put tons of pressure on him with varied strikes. All Benji has to do is land that one punch and the fight could be his. Rua doesn’t have the best of chins, so it’s not an impossibility. But it’s not likely either. I see Rua getting the muay thai clinch and ending the fight with knees in the 1st round.

Result: Benji gets his breakthrouh win with a powerful KO in the 2nd round. Ninja came in wildly and Benji just sat back and landed some hard right hands over and over. Ninja showed a better chin than he has in the past. He should have looked for the thai clinch more often, but he chose to throw hands. That was a bad idea and this was a good matchup for Benji. Rua drops to 26. Radach rises to 37.

170 lbs. Title – Jake Shields [6] vs. Paul Daley [48]

Paul Daley is one of the best strikers in MMA. Jake Shields is one of the sports best jiu-jitsu players. This is an old-school striker vs. grappler matchup. I think Shields win this very easily by 1st round submission. It would be a huge upset otherwise.

Reslut: The fight went just like I thought it would except it took 2 rounds instead of 1. I was impressed by Daley’s takedown defense. I was very unimpressed by Jake’s standup. If he wants to be the best in the world, he’s going to have to improve his striking drastically. If Daley could keep him of the feet, then guys like GSP and Jon Fitch would be able to also. Shields stays at 6. Daley rises to 44.

155 lbs. – Edson Berto [77] vs. Connor Heun

Reslut: Heun 2nd round TKO over Berto. Heun debuts at 75. Berto drops to 79.

September 30, 2008 - Posted by | MMA Analysis | , ,


  1. The problem is that Ken isn’t even half what he used to be. I’m not one of these Kimbo-huggers–the guy is low-middle ranked on his very best day, but I have to believe that Bas has kicked up the submission avoidance training for this fight. I think this one goes down like Lesnar/Mir, only here I don’t think Shamrock gets the sneaky submission, I think he gets pounded out if not KO’d in the initial onslaught.

    On a separate note, great site, I check it out after every event to see your analysis. You’ve got probably the fairest rankings out there, and you give credit where credit is due. Keep it up.

    Comment by Mike | October 2, 2008 | Reply

  2. Thanks a lot Mike,

    As far as the fight goes, I’m starting to think more and more that it will turn into an entertaining slugfest. Shamrock is just picking up paychecks nowadays. He still knows how to submit people, but i’m not sure how motivated his training was.

    Hopefully the James Thompson fight was a wake up call for Kimbo and he became more focused on training. Bas will no doubt drill those ankle locks in practice and Kimbo won’t be able to say he wasn’t ready for them.

    Comment by Kevin | October 3, 2008 | Reply

  3. Off-topic.. but how do you feel about the ranking of Drew Fickett, who has lost two of his last three (Was just KOd by Jesse Taylor last night)?

    Comment by JCS | October 3, 2008 | Reply

  4. JCS,

    The fight with Taylor was at 175 lbs. I’m not going to count that one against Fickett’s ranking at 170. I will definately keep it in mind though. When he lost to Richard Villes, he took the fight on short notice and was presumably out of shape. His ranking is on shaky ground right now and I won’t hesitate to drop him when others around him win their upcoming fights.

    Comment by Kevin | October 3, 2008 | Reply

  5. I can’t believe Ninja put up such a poor effort against Radach.

    Comment by Jack | October 7, 2008 | Reply

  6. Jack,

    Ninja didn’t look focused. Perhaps he was overlooking Benji?

    Comment by Kevin | October 8, 2008 | Reply

  7. It certainly was a night of trained martial artists taking out aggressive brawlers. In each case (save the Rua fight) the trained fighter picked his shots and used a wide variety of standup and ground attacks to overwhelm and outclass the coarse brawlers.

    The problem with Ninja is that he has not totally mastered his tools. He is not quick, selective or very aware. He had some exciting moments on the ground but he needs to raise his level in each of his martial skills to that of a Silva or Machida and then he will take out people like Benji (as he almost did, and a top-flight martial artist would!).

    Comment by metaperl | October 8, 2008 | Reply

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