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UFC 93 (January, 2009)

January, 17 – Dublin, Ireland

205 lbs. – Dan Henderson [10] vs. Rich Franklin [19]

  • MMA Record: Henderson (23-7); Franklin (24-3)
  • Preview: This could be an all-time great fight. Rich Franklin pushes the pace as well as any fighter in the game. That’s how he wins most of his fights. He overwhelms his opponents. He’ll have a tough time overwhelming Dan Henderson, however. Dan is as rugged as they come. He’ll clinch you, take you down and pound you out. He also throws right-hand bombs that could end the fight at any moment. Franklin is one of the most well-rounded fighters in the world. His striking is high-caliber. He is a finishing machine. Of his 24 victories, 22 have been finished within the distance. I think Henderson will take the 1st round but lose the 2nd and 3rd rounds. He won’t be able to match Franklin’s pace. Rich by Unanimous Decision.
  • Result: Henderson winner by Unanimous Decision
  • Henderson didn’t fade as quickly as I thought he would. He was able to put Franklin down and keep him there while he pounded away. Rich did take round 3 but it was too late. Dan’s world-class clinch game, ground and pound and power punching won him the fight. Henderson rises to 5. Franklin rises to 18.

205 lbs. – Mauricio Rua [6] vs. Mark Coleman [NR]

  • MMA Record: Rua (16-3); Coleman (15-8]
  • Preview: “Shogun” Rua was once considered the best Light-Heavyweight in the world..bar-none. Then he came to the UFC and got dominated by Forrest Griffin [2]. Many people claim it was because of a torn-ACL. He’ll have his chance to showcase his skills with a washed-up Mark Coleman. Coleman is 44-years-old and hasn’t looked good in 9 years. His win over Rua in 2006 was a fluke. Rua broke his arm defending a takedown. Mark may get a takedown or two in this fight but he’ll inevitably be taken out in brutal fashion. Rua we’ll recapture his fans with a devastating 1st round KO.
  • Result: Shogun winner by 3rd round TKO.
  • Despite getting the win, Shogun didn’t look anywhere near a top 10 fighter. He was gassed by round 2 and he couldn’t capitalize on Coleman’s sluggishness. Mark’s wrestling and heart kept him alive but he really should have been finished in round 1. He was completely gassed out and was just standing there like a drunk guy waiting to get hit. His hands were down by his hips and he was moving like a turtle. Shogun’s kicks were definately world-class but his boxing, wrestling and jiu-jitsu were nowhere to be seen. Coleman actually out-boxed him. I don’t no where Shogun goes from here but he needs to improve a lot of areas including his cardio. Rua drops to 11. Coleman debuts at 40. 

185 lbs. – Denis Kang [23] vs. Alan Belcher [41]

  • MMA Record: Kang (31-10-1); Belcher (13-5)
  • Preview: This is Denis Kang’s long-awaited debut in the UFC. He’s a former PRIDE star and top middleweight. Between 2003 and 2006, Kang had an unbelievable streak of 21 victories without a loss. Since then, he has gone 3-3 with losses to Gegard Mousasi [8], Yoshihiro Akiyama [10] and Kazuo Misaki [15]. Alan Belcher is primarily a muay thai striker. He has great kicks, knees and hands. His takedown defense is improving as is his ground game. Kang loves to strike as well but can also take it to the mat and finish it there. This is Belcher’s chance to get a breakthrough win but I doubt he’ll get it. Kang we’ll take him down and wear him out. Eventually, Belcher’s striking will get slower and Kang will get the late round KO.
  • Result: Alan Belcher by 3rd round submission (guillotine)
  • Belcher continues to imporve. Kang continues to slide. Kang dominated the first 2 rounds but Belcher hung in there and pulled out the guillotine finish. Kang appeard a bit gassed in the 3rd round while Belcher looked as if he was just getting started. Alan needs to pick up some stronger wrestling but he is definately improving his ground game. Kang looked like a top fighter until he gassed and was caught. He will have to go back to the drawing board. Belcher rises to 28. Kang drops to 30.

185 lbs. – Jeremy Horn [35] vs. Rousimar Palhares [40]

  • MMA Record: Horn (80-18-5); Palhares (8-2)
  • Preview: Jeremy Horn is on the downslide. He’s gone 2-4 in his last 6 fights. Once upon a time, he was nearly impossible to submit. After losing 3 by submission in those 6 fights, that is no longer the case. Rousimar Palhares is a submission dynamo. Six of his 8 wins have come by 1st round submission. I don’t see any way Horn escapes the same fate. Palhares by 1st round submission.
  •  Result: Palhares winner by Unanimous Decision
  • I was actually more impressed by Jeremy Horn in losing than I was with Palhares winning. Horn neutralized Palhares ground game and even had him mounted at one point with an arm-triangle. But it was Rousimar’s strength that proved the difference. He manhandled Horn with some crazy suplex’s. He also pounded on him a good deal. He should be a couple wins away from title contention. Horn showed glimpses of why he was once considered one of the best fighters in the world. If he continues to fight the way he did against Rousimar, then he’ll climb back up the rankings. Palhares rises to 26. Horn rises to 33.

170 lbs. – Chris Lytle [13] vs. Marcus Davis [14]

  • MMA Record: Lytle (26-16-5); Davis (15-4)
  • Preview: This fight was made strictly for entertainment purposes. These guys flat-out like to throw down. That’s not to say they aren’t skilled. They are contenders. Nobody is tougher than Chris Lytle. He’s lost 16 times, but has never been broken. Only 2 times has the ref halted him and that was because the cuts he was fighting through were too gruesome. Marcus Davis can finish people. Of his 15 wins, only 2 have gone the distance. They’re already saying this might be the fight of the year, and we’ve still got 348 days left! I’m going with Davis by Split Decision.
  • Result: Davis winner by Split Decision
  • This fight went exactly like I thought it would. Both guys slugging it out for 3 rounds. Lytle more with the straight right hands down the pipe and Davis with the brutal body kicks and counter striking. These guys are true pros and they were determined to stand toe to toe in order to get the Fight of the Night bonus. Davis rises to 11. Lytle drops to 14.

205 lbs. – Eric Shaefer [24] vs. Antonio Mendes

  • MMA Record: Schaefer (10-3-2); Mendes (15-3)
  • Result: Schaefer winner by 1st round TKO.
  • Schaefer got the quick clinch, pulled guard, swept Mendes and then administered some nasty ground and pound. Very impressive performance. Schaefer rises to 19.

205 lbs. – Tomasz Drwal vs. Ivan Serati

  • MMA Record: Drwal (14-2); Serati (10-2)
  • Result: Drwal winner by 1st round TKO.
  • Tomasz dominated Serati on the feet, took him down and hammer-fisted until the ref stepped in for the TKO. Drwal debuts at 44.

170 lbs. – Martin Kampmann [NR] vs. Alexandre Barros 

  • MMA Record: Kampmann (13-2); Barros (13-5)
  • Result: Kampann winner by 2nd round TKO.
  • Martin was expected to win and he didn’t disappoint. He dominated Barros in striking and grappling. He will make some noise this year inthe Welterweight division. Kampmann debuts at 63.

170 lbs. – Tom Egan vs. John Hathaway

  • MMA Record: Egan (0-0); Hathaway (9-0)
  • Result: Hathaway winner by 1st round TKO.
  • Hathaway’s wrestling contolled this fight. He just out-grappled Egan the whole fight and pounded him out. Hathaway debuts at 71.

155 lbs. – Nate Mohr vs. Dennis Siver

  • MMA Record: Mohr (8-5); Siver (12-6)
  • Result: Siver winner by 3rd round TKO.
  • Siver rises to 90.

Future fights that make sense:

205

Mauricio Rua [11] vs. Chuck Liddell [6]

Rich Franklin [18] vs. Loser of Lyoto Machida [4] vs. Thiago Silva [8]

Eric Schaefer [19] vs. Steve Cantwell [28]

Mark Coleman [40] vs. Wanderlei Silva [10]

185

Dan Henderson [4] vs. Michael Bisping [14]

Rousimar Palhares [26] vs. Yushin Okami [9]

Alan Belcher [28] vs. CB Dollaway [54]

Denis Kang [30] vs. Loser of Nathan Marquardt [7] vs. Wilson Gouveia [22]

Jeremy Horn [33] vs. Jason MacDonald [29]

170

Marcus Davis [11] vs. Winner of Dan Hardy [20] vs. Rory Markham [53]

Chris Lytle [14] vs. Kevin Burns [28]

Martin Kampmann [63] vs. Winner of Chris Wilson [26] vs. John Howard

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January 5, 2009 - Posted by | MMA Analysis | , , , , , ,

9 Comments »

  1. I haven’t seen a lot of Rua except for a few HL reels on Youtube. From what I understand he had a few knee injuries that required surgery and he hasn’t been the same since. The first full fight I saw of him was indeed against Forrest Griffin and I was unimpressed. It’ll be interesting if he can return to form the way some of my friends speak of him like a mythological creature.

    Comment by Giga Explosivo | January 7, 2009 | Reply

  2. All the guys form PRIDE carry a bit of mystique with them but Shogun more so. He was so explosive and entertaing to watch. There was something obviously wrong in the Forrest fight. When he’s on, he’s like Wanderlei. Same aggression, but more technical and a longer reach.

    Comment by Kevin | January 7, 2009 | Reply

  3. I’ve always been a bit on the fence about Shogun in the UFC. I felt he was tailor made for Pride rules. I really enjoy that trademark finish of his, where he overwhelms his foe standing, trips them, stomps at their face then rains down punches until a ref stops him.

    Of course it is possible to adapt to the cage and I’m eager to see if he does it, but much of what he does will have to change.

    Though clearly I don’t give Coleman much of a chance. It’d be very sad for Shogun if he loses again to Coleman.

    Comment by Aas Gutú Adéli | January 14, 2009 | Reply

  4. Shogun’s foot stomps and soccer kicks were definately his bread and butter. There are a lot of questions about where Shogun is right now. I’m not sure if Coleman can answer them but it will be interesting. If Coleman wins, i don’t know what I would do. Can you imagine a 44-year-old Mark Coleman in the top 10?! That would be bizarre.

    Comment by Kevin | January 16, 2009 | Reply

  5. Shogun looked terrible to me.
    I’d be inclined to drop him despite the win.

    Franklin/Hendo went pretty well, but I didn’t see much damage dealt by Hendo. I guess it was a good way to make it so neither guy loses much in public perception (like Marquardt/Leites, but not as exciting).

    Horn really impressed me. He still lost, but he looked pretty good.

    Comment by Aas Gutú Adéli | January 18, 2009 | Reply

  6. This was my first time seeing an Oma Plata lock. I think you have to give Rua some credit for seeing the opportunity to put on that lock.

    Comment by Terrence Brannon | January 18, 2009 | Reply

  7. Tibau locked Stevenson down with an oma not long ago and Forrest used an oma against Rua when they fought (not to lockdown as much as it was for a tranistion). Omas are often transitioned from into gogos, if they struggle to get the gogo they might change it to an armbar (Vinny did that on TUF).

    I give him nearly no credit for the oma, it didn’t result in a win (that would’ve been epic), I don’t think it to be a very advanced bjj move, especially from the founder of Hammerhouse (which has historically not cared about subs).

    Comment by Aas Gutú Adéli | January 19, 2009 | Reply

  8. Omaplata’s are nothing extremely special. They are taught before you receive your blue belt.

    I think the fact that he had him in such a dominate position and wasn’t able to finish made the omaplata look even worse.

    How did this fight win Co-Fight of the Night?

    Comment by Giga Explosivo | January 19, 2009 | Reply

  9. Sorry I didn’t get back to you earlier but I was waiting to watch the prelims.

    Gutu,

    It’s funny that we both saw things the same way. Horn looked very good and i moved him up a couple places. Shogun was the opposite.

    Terrance,

    The oma plata looked pretty painful. I’ve seen it some other places like Tibau and Forrest but it was pretty tight on Coleman. Its kind of like the achilles lock. It’s painful but hard to get a guy to tap from it.

    Giga,

    I don’t think it should have been co-fight of the night either. Yah, both guys showed great heart but it shouldn’t have come down to that. They didn’t look prepared to go 3 rounds at all.

    Comment by Kevin | January 21, 2009 | Reply


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