Friday, October 22, 2010

UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez- Ryan calls it

UFC 121 hits this Saturday and I have a feeling this card is going to go down as one of the best the year has had to offer.

It’s not so much about the big names, as 121 certainly features several, but about the series of matches that have been lined up for this event.

This week’s bouts feature some big strikers and, more importantly, a group of guys who have little trouble actually pushing a fight.

There’s sure to be a little dancing going on but, otherwise, I’m expecting a night of fireworks and knockouts. Most of these guys don’t like to wait around, so hopefully we’re in for some big, big action.

Click past the link to see this week’s predictions.

Brendan Schaub vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Truthfully, I feel a little sorry for Schaub. The kid is just starting out, hoping to make a name for himself, and his second fight in the “big show” is none other than unfrozen caveman, Gabriel Gonzaga. We haven’t really seen if Schaub has a ground game and Gonzaga, or “Urglock” to his closest friends, is a pretty well-rounded ass kicker. I see Schaub getting out-classed in this one, most likely forced to tap once he realizes how hard it is to breathe with a Neanderthal’s bicep pressing against your larynx.

Tito Ortiz vs. Mat Hamill
I wasn’t really emotionally invested in this one until I heard Ortiz’s ridiculous “deaf people have soft heads” comments. I know he was just doing the Ortiz thing, but after that, I’m hoping his new “thing” will be falling asleep mid-first-round due to repeated blows to the face.

Diego Sanchez vs. Paulo Thiago
Wowwie-wow-wow I hope this one is as good as I have it made up to be in my mind. Two top-notch fighters, well matched and both extremely efficient on the ground. Some folks like to boo a ground fight, but if it’s one of those strategic dances that sometimes occurs between two skilled grapplers, it can become just as entertaining as a solid slug-fest. That’s what I’m hoping for here. Also, I should probably mention that Sanchez is going to be the one tapping out. I’m thinking rear naked choke in the second.

Jake Shields vs. Martin Kampmann
I know Kapmann is a tough guy, but I have a really hard time calling a fight against Shields. The guy is pretty excellent no matter where the fight ends up and, so long as he can avoid getting caught in the chops by one of Kampmann’s big bombs, I see this one eventually moving to the ground where the more talented Shields will overwhelm.

Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez
I'm not gonna lie. This fight has me pretty pumped. Arsenal-wise, these two are basically the same guy. Skill-wise, though, Velasquez is definitely the better fighter. But Brock’s bigger and I’d even argue a little meaner. He’s also obnoxiously quick for such a big guy. If Velasquez can weather the storm and get inside, I have a feeling he can take down the giant. No matter which way it goes, though, I have a hard time believing this fight won’t be dynamite from start to finish.

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