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Friday, September 21, 2007

UFC 76 Tomorrow Night

I have to say I'm excited for tomorrow night's fights. I think the top three billed dust-ups should be good for some punching, kicking, and technical grappling. Here's my picks for the three headliner bouts:

Diego Sanchez vs. Jon Fitch: Diego is a strong kid, no doubt. He's a weirdo and I'm not particularly fond of him, but I'll never say the boy can't scrap. He's coming off his first octagon loss (to the just-beat-by-GSP Josh Koscheck), first lackluster performance (due to the now-known staph infection), and he should be fueled to kick some ass.

Here's the problem - Fitch is a goddamn stud. The guy has a badass record. He's 6-0 in the UFC and 19-2-1 overall. If anyone has the mad skillz (if I may) to take Sanchez out, it's this guy. Dana White said that this has the potential to be the fight of the year, but I think someone's going to end it, and that person is likely going to be Jon Fitch, probably by submission in the second or third round.

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs. Forrest Griffin: Forrest seems like a decent enough guy. The interviews he gives are funny, although sometimes forcedly so, and he sounds like a dude with whom you could have a beer and a laugh.

The thing is that he's just not a technical fighter. He's a brawler and that's been shown in fight after fight, to the point where he got knocked the hell out by Keith Jardine. Rua is a very dangerous fighter either standing or grappling and that's Forrest's undoing - Rua will likely stop Forrest in the second round.

Chuck Liddell vs. Keith Jardine: This has the markings of a great stand-up fight. In a perfect world, I'd like to see Chuck come out, take Jardine to the mat and ground-n-pound him out - but that's not Iceman's game. He has always said that there's no secrets with him, you know his gameplan from the get-go and that's not likely going to change with this fight.

These two will stand in front of each other and swing for the fences, but Chuck's bat is bigger (forgive the phallic undertones there). Jardine has not faced anyone of Liddell's calibre and as such, he'll more than likely suffer his second consecutive first round KO.

2 Barbaric Yawps:

At 24/9/07 10:28 am, Blogger ordinarygirl said...

We tend to record the UFC fights (if they're not payperview) and watch them later. Since this one was on payperview I haven't seen it yet, but I've heard some of the results.

Anyway, have you seen Tyson Griffin? We saw him a couple of weeks ago on Unleashed (maybe a replay of 63?), I think, and I was really impressed with him. It looks like he was in 76 and I wonder if he did well.

At 24/9/07 5:23 pm, Blogger BigHeathenMike said...

Tyson Griffin did quite well in the last one (76). He won, I believe, a decision over an previously undefeated opponent. He's a good, solid fighter from the Extreme Couture training camp and should be one to watch.

Nice to see that you're into it!


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