Posts Tagged ‘Shane Carwin’

This had to be hands down the best UFC show of the year and best show they have done in a long time top to bottom this was a card where every fight delivered above and beyond what you was expecting every fight was exciting and every fight had a great finish.

I only managed to catch the second half the perlims on Spike before the PPV which I think was the Chris Tuchscherer vs. Brendan Schaub fight Schaub looked good in this fight which  he controlled from the start and he got the win with some punches on the ground

I think they may have showed Dave Branch vs. Gerald Harris but I may be wrong but anyway this was a kinda stand offish match but ended with Harris winning by slamming Branch to the mat in a move that Rampage would have been proud of

Kurt Pellegrino vs. George Sotiropolous ended with a decision win for Sotiropolous who could be a real force in the lightweight division if the UFC keep giving him the right fights and dont rush him against someone to good too soon

We had Krzystof Soszynski vs. Stephan Bonnar which was a must win for Bonnar and he showed by putting a hell of a fight like he always does, some great stand up in the first with Bonnar bleeding from under both eyes the fight ended in the second round when Bonnar dropped Soszynski with a knee and then started landing punch after punch for the win. It was great to see Bonnar get the win as he always gives his all when fighting and always has entertaining fights.

It was a shame Matt Brown vs. Chris Lytle had to follow this fight as they had a good fight themselves which was a pretty even first round Lytle then took control of the second round and won by submission

Chris Leben vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama delivered on all levels and the third round was the most exciting but this fight did have some great groundwork at one point it seemed to be typical Leben as he seemed to be out on his feet yet was still throwing punches, Leben ending up winning by triangle with 33  seconds left, after leben said he wanted Wanderlei Silva and to be honest that looks like a hell of an exciting fight so I hope the UFC can get it done.

Then we had the big fight with Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin for the UFC heavyweight title when these men had the stare down at the start of the fight it was really something to see these men standing next to each other they truly cut from the same rock they are almost mirror images in terms of size it was really amazing. It was an amazing first round and it looked like it was going to be the same as Carwin’s first 12 fights as he had Brock pinned against the cage and was just unloading punch after punch to Brock’s head, Credit has to go to ref Josh Roseenthal for not jumping in and stopping this fight and giving Brock the chance to continue. The second round had Brock landing a takedown and working on Carwin’s body with moving into position and working a head and arm choke and he manged to make Carwin tap. It was an amazing moment and one that if you asked 99.9% of the poeple did they think that Brock would win by submission they would have told you ‘No Chance in Hell’ but this really showed how much Brock has improved as an MMA fighter and answered a lot of the questions people had about him like does he have heart can he take a punch and most importantly does he have a ground game. To be fair Carwin may not have the best ground game but it still showed how much Brock is improving and should now not be taken lightly.

I picked four of the winners and I managed to get the Bonnar vs Soszynski match completely right

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Just to think years ago the UFC Heavyweight division was a joke Tim Sylvia was at the top of the division and having boring fights with people like Jeff Monson but now thanks to fighters like Lesnar, Carwin, Mir and Velasquez the division has never been hotter and UFC 116 has the biggest match of them all for the heavyweight title

Brock Lesnar vs Shane Carwin (Heavyweight title fight)In each of their fights you would have no problem picking a winner as you would favor Lesnar or Carwin over who ever the other was facing and now that they face each other the biggest question will be asked in that which of these men is the better fighter as they are both for sure the real deal but when you have two forces like this crashing against each other one is going down you have to think Brock would be ever so slightly favored in the match just for the fact that Carwin has not really been tested in his MMA career as all of Carwin’s 12 bouts have ended in the first round by KO so you would even with someone that has the power that Lesnar has might want to take the match to the ground and try to ground and pound his way to a win, I think the first round will be a feeling out of each other as Carwin as not faced anyone with Lesnar’s power and the same goes for Lesnar so I don’t see Carwin trying to steamroll over Brock to start the fight I can see them feeling each other out for the first round and I think Lesnar will win in Round 3 by TKO

Yoshihiro Akiyama vs Chris Leben
– Leben took this fight on such short notice that he just had a match at the TUF finals I was looking forward to seeing Silva fight but this still should be intresting as Akiyama wanted a bigger name, So I hope this fuels Leben to go in there and try for the KO but I think having two fights in such a short time may work against Chris and it was a surprise to me that they allowed Leben to take this fight so I think Akiyama will win just for the fact he should be the fresher man and it should happen in Round 2 by Submission

Matt Brown vs Chris Lytle –
‘Lights Out’ Lytle has had 50 matchs so far and I think this experience will be the deciding factor in the match but I dont see a KO or submission but I think he will win by decision but I don’t see this as an easy win I think Brown will win one round and them to have a close round that will favor Lytle

Stephan Bonnar vs Krzysztof Soszynski
– In a rematch from there UFC 110 match which was stopped by Doctor Stoppage thanks to an inadvertent headbutt the UFC has let these two men face each other again, the previous fight was in the third round when it ended but I think this will be different as the second fight is rarely the same as the first but I think Bonnar will win by Round 2 – TKO

Kurt Pellegrino vs George Sotiropoulos –
Sotiropoulos has 6 wins coming into tonight fight and I think he will win by submission in round 1 it’s not that I think Pellegrino is bad or anything but I think Sotiropoulos has some momentum going for him

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