Thursday, February 5, 2009

UFC Fight Night Lauzon vs Stephens

Real fast, cause I am lazy...

Steve Bruno Vs. Matt Riddle (Welterweight)
ATT fighter Bruno choked out Johnny Rees in his last fight, and Arizona Combat Sports Fighter Riddle beat Dante Rivera by decision.
Riddle showed on TUF that he has trouble with submissions, and Bruno will do nothing but throw submissions at him. Bruno has shown that he does not like to get banged around, and Riddle will do nothing but bang him around. Interesting fight, but I think that Bruno will eventually get Matt on the mat and tap him. Bruno by RNC second round.

Nick Catone Vs. Derek Downey (Middleweight)
Nick is 5-0 coming in to his UFC debut.
Derek is 10-3 coming in to his UFC debut.
Derek has fought several TUF fighters loosing to Josh Burkman (Decision) and Ed Herman (KO), but beating Brandon Melendez twice (KO and RNC). Nick has not fought anyone so illustrious. Both are in their first UFC fight, but Derek has had more fights and better opposition. Derek by KO second round.

Gleison Tibau Vs. Rich Clementi (Lightweight)
Gleison has dropped two in a row getting choked by Joe Stevenson and loosing a decision to Tyson Griffin.
Rich Clementi had a six fight win streak going on until he lost his last fight, a decision, to Gray Maynard.
Rich is supposed to be known for his ground game, and Gleison is supposed to be known for his stand up. Both guys do very well in the areas they are not known for. Gleison tapped Terry Etim by arm triangle in his last win and Rich held his own standing with Sam Stout to beat him by decision. This is a tough fight to call, but I think that Gleison has more to loose. Gleison by decision.

Matt Grice Vs. Matt Veach (Lightweight)
Matt spoiled Jason Black's UFC hopes when he beat Black in his last fight way back in October of 2007.
Matt Veach, out of Matt Hughes and Robbie Lawler's HIT Squad, makes his debut with a perfect 10-0 record.
Hughes and Black are very good friends and training partners, so I am sure that Huges will have Veach ready for this fight. I really don't think that training will be an issue here, Veach has training partners that have been at the highest levels of the sport for years, and Grice knows what it takes to fight and win in the UFC. It will come down to jitters and experience. In this case I think that Veach will come out and blast Grice before Grice knows what hit him. Matt by KO first round ;) (I mean Veach by KO first round)

Dan Miller Vs. Jake Rosholt (Middleweight)
Miller is 2-0 in the UFC, but has not really fought anybody of note. He choked Rob Kimmions, then won a decision over Matt Horwich.
Jake is an import from the WEC and won his last fight there by KO over Nissen Osterneck.
Miller is on a win streak and Rosholt is there to prove that he belongs. Fun fight!
Rosholt is a guy who knocks people out and Miller likes to tap people. Both have fought good guys, but neither has fought great guys. Miller will be at home in the UFC, having fought there twice, and in the IFL before that. Rosholt will most likely feel out of place in front of the largest crowd he has ever entertained. I think that Jake will make a mistake and Dan will catch him. Dan by RNC first round.

Kurt Pellegrino Vs. Rob Emerson (Lightweight)
Kurt decisioned Thiago Tavares in his last fight in the UFC. Not an easy thing to do.
Emerson is on a six fight win streak with the last being a KO victory over Manny Gamburyan.
Emerson does not want to tangle with Batman on the ground. Of Kurt's 12 wins 8 are by submission. With Emerson's new found power, Kurt will want to limit the time they are standing. You don't just knock out Manvil the Anvil and not earn some respect. In the end, I think that Kurt gets Emerson on the ground and puts on a clinic. Kurt by triangle early second round.

Luigi Fioravanti Vs. Anthony Johnson (Welterweight)
Luigi beat Brodie Farber by decision in his last fight.
Anthony kicked Kevin Burns' head right off in his last fight.
Both of these guys are known as stand up fighters, but I think that Anthony has the clear advantage. Anthony by KO first round.

Mac Danzig Vs. Josh Neer (Lightweight)
Danzig struggled in his last fight loosing a decision to Clay Guida. Clay simply out worked him.
Neer lost his last fight by split decision to Nate Diaz, but looked so sharp doing it, that his stock went up. Nate was supposed to steamroll Josh, but Josh proved hard to steamroll.
This has all of the makings of a great fight. Danzig likes to mix it up, both stand up and ground work. That works well with Neer's eclectic style. I think that Josh will be tougher than Mac thinks on the ground, and more than Mac can deal with on the feet. Remember that Neer is the guy that took it straight to Joe Stevenson on the ground and beat him by decision. I don't think that Mac will finish Neer, but I do believe that Mac's ground game is just a bit more technical, and a bit faster than Josh's. I hate to pick against him, but Mac by decision.

Cain Velasquez Vs. Denis Stojnic (Heavyweight)
Cain knocked Jake O'Brien in to last week in his last fight. Come to think of it, he has knocked all of his four opponents in to last week. Cain has heavy accurate hands.
Denis is an import from the Baltics. He trains out of Golden Glory and touts himself as a kickboxer. This is his first fight in the UFC.
Wow... Unless Denis is the second coming of Fedor, I really think that this one is going to end quick. It is very likely, looking at Denis' record that he has never faced anybody with Cain's power and accuracy. This one ends just like all of Cain's fights, with a knock out and in the first round.

Joe Lauzon Vs. Jeremy Stephens
Joe came back in great fashion knocking out Kyle Bradley in his last fight. A good win after getting knocked out by Kenny Florian in the "Battle of Boston."
Jeremy steps in on short notice for an injured Hermies Franca to take on Joe. Jeremy knocked out Rafael dos Anjos in his last fight.
Jeremy is the polar opposite from Hermies. Hermies is sloppy standing up and very technical on the ground. Jeremy is technical standing up and sloppy on the ground. To his credit, Jeremy did knock out Cole Miller, a guy who gave Joe a hard time during his TUF tour of duty. BUT Jeremy's ground game is not what it should be, his two losses coming by submission (Din Thomas armbared him and Chris Mickle caught him with a RNC). Joe can use this, as his real skill is in his ground game. Joe by some sort of footlock second round.

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