UFC 183 Silva vs Diaz Fight Pick and Preview

In 2014, the UFC had a rough year.  It was plagued by sub par fight cards and injuries to top fighters.  This year though, the UFC has gotten off to a good start, and with UFC 183 upon us, the fans are once again excited about watching MMA.  UFC 183 is being headlined by the return of a fallen legend, and the return of an MMA villain. Even though Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz is not a championship fight, it’s still one of the most anticipated fights in the last few years.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters, and then I’ll make my fight pick for the main event at UFC 183.  

Anderson Silva entered the UFC for the first time in 2006 and then rattled off 16 wins in a row. In only his second fight in the UFC he dominated Rich Franklin and became the undisputed UFC Middleweight Champion. He dominated the division for the next 7 years! He was considered by many, the best pound for pound MMA fighter in the world.  Then, in July of 2013 at UFC 162, disaster struck when his clowning around in the octagon failed to intimidate or break the concentration of Chris Weidman and was knocked out by a Weidman perfecty placed punch. 

Many thought that KO was a fluke.  In the rematch, a real fluke happened when Silva threw a low kick, Weidman checked it, and Silva’s shin bone gave out and broke in front of stunned MMA and UFC fans! Only a year later, he’s back and has been matched up with Nick Diaz for his return fight.  Silva is now 39 and many are questioning whether he still has what it takes to be a dominant fighter. 

Nick Diaz is one of the toughest fighters that has ever entered the UFC cage.  Diaz was on an 11 fight winning streak until he lost decisions to Carlos Conduit and then the welterweight champion at the time, the legendary George St. Pierre (GSP). Frustrated by those losses, Diaz seemed to have given up on fighting for the UFC. He hasn’t fought since March of 2013.  With Nick Diaz, there is no gray area, either you love him or hate him, but either way, fans do come out to watch him fight!

Nick Diaz has one of the best chins in the game and an aggravating pepper punching style nicknamed the Stockton Slap.  He keeps his fist flying at the opponents face constantly and consistently.  His ground game is excellent and has no problem when the fight hits the mat.  His weakness is checking kicks.  He doesn’t seem to bother with doing that very much.  Unfortunately for Diaz, Silva is one of the best strikers in MMA history and leg kicks are one of his top weapons. 

This fight is extremely interesting for at least two reasons. One, Diaz is going up a weight class but facing an aging legendary fighter coming off a severe leg injury.  Two, Silva’s stand up is great, but he had trouble with Chris Weidman’s aggressiveness and good chin.  Some people would argue that Diaz is even more aggressive and has an even better chin. 

Look for this fight to go into the later rounds with both fighters getting off good shots.  Silva’s age will begin to show in the later rounds as Diaz stays aggressive and keeps coming after him.  Silva is a legend, has a ton of experience and handles trouble well, but Diaz is younger, he fights angry, has a big gas tank, and ultimately will wear the aging legend down.

As fighters age, speed is the first thing to go.  Silva has relied on that speed as well as accuracy to win fights.  Slippage in both those areas will allow Diaz to walk away the winner at UFC 183. 

Check out the video, Countdown to UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz

UFC 182 Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier Fight Pick

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The UFC had a less than stellar year in 2014.  Bad fight cards, injuries and low fan interest spun the popularity of the UFC downward.  This year though, the UFC is getting off to a great start!  The much anticipated fight between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier is finally going down tonight at UFC 182!  The trash talking and build up to this fight is going down in MMA history as some of the best.  These fighters DO NOT like each other and it’s time for the drama to boil over inside the octagon!   Let’s take a closer look at the fighters, and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 182 Jones vs. Cormier!

Daniel Cormier has more than earned his shot at the title by accumulating an impressive 15-0 MMA record.  He’s finished 10 of those fights, 6 by KO/TKO and 4 by submission.  All five decisions have been dominant and unanimous.  In his last fight, Cormier rag dolled Dan Henderson before finally finishing him off in the third round with a rear naked choke. 

Cormier has an impressive wrestling resume that’s topped off with a 4th place finish in the Olympics.  He’s used that dominant wrestling ability to grind out fights and smother opponents while mixing in some solid stand up skills when needed.  Will that be enough to snatch the belt away from Jon Jones?

Jon Jones wins, wins and wins.  Few fighters have even come close to posing a threat.  He’s 20-1 overall, but virtually, undefeated.  That one loss back in 2009 versus Matt Hamill would have been a win except he used an illegal downward elbow and was disqualified.  Jones has defended the title 7 times since beating Mauricio Shogun Rua to become the youngest light heavyweight champion in UFC history. 

Jon Jones has exceptional athletic ability and an ever improving skill set that has been a nightmare for his opponents.  He has outwrestled wrestlers and bested high level strikers.  Jon Jones is considered by many, if not all MMA experts as the best pound for pound fighter in MMA history.  Is Jon Jones still hungry enough to keep winning?  Can he defeat the UFC’s heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez’s training partner?

Both these fighters are great, it just happens that Jon Jones is great, plus he has plenty of experience fighting at the highest level of MMA. Jon Jones has fought and beat the best in MMA.  Jon Jones  athletic ability is something Daniel Cormier hasn’t even seen in MMA just yet.  The experience, athletic ability, and overall skill set are three hurdles that Daniel Cormier will not be able to overcome this time. 

Look for a gritty effort by Cormier.  He’ll try to use his wrestling and might even score a takedown or two, but eventually, Jones will use his experience and more refined striking skill to outlast Cormier.  I see this one going into the later rounds, with Jones walking out of the Octagon with the belt wrapped around his waist one more time. 

If you haven’t seen it, check out the video Bad Blood: Jones vs. Cormier

UFC 181 Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler Fight Pick and Preview

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The UFC has not had a stellar year in 2014. This year has been plagued by week fight cards and injuries to top fighters that have kept them out of action.  Sports succeed when the casual fan gets excited.  This year, the UFC did not give the casual fan much to be excited about.  With that being said, UFC 181 is being headlined by a rematch of one of the best fights in UFC history, Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler. Their first fight was a classic! Both fighters put it all on the line and really went after the championship belt! I have a feeling that the rematch will be just as exciting as the first and will also put the UFC back on track with capturing the casual fan’s attention and bringing MMA into the mainstream limelight.  Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick in hopes to continue my dominance in UFC PPV main event fight winner predictions. 

Johny Hendricks is 16-2 with half of his wins coming via KO/TKO.  He’s fought the cream of the crop in the UFC’s welterweight division. His last loss was to George St. Pierre and many think he really won that fight. Hendricks has gone from a great MMA wrestler with knockout power to a great MMA fighter period!  He can know mix things up so well that it’s tough to know where he’s taking the fight.  He can beat you standing as he showed with the first fight with with Robbie Lawler, but his roots are still in wrestling and can take anyone down, or, use the threat of the takedown to get in some solid power punching. 
 

Robbie Lawler has been an MMA professional fighter since 2001 and has compiled a record of 24-10 with a strong resurgence that started in February of 2013 at UFC 157.  In that resurgence he’s 5-1 and has fought some of the best in the UFC’s welterweight division. His only loss in that run was the first match up with Hendricks in which a win wasn’t missed by much.  Robbie Lawler has extremely dangerous KO power as has been shown in 19 of his 24 wins where he’s finished the fight with a KO/TKO.  Lawler has excellent wrestling ability, but he uses it in reverse.  He stops takedowns and keeps the fight standing where he can launch KO/TKO bombs reminiscent of a UFC legend, Chuck Liddell.  

In their first fight, Johny Hendricks suffered a bicep injury in the first round that made his takedown attempts weaker than usual.  It forced him to stand and trade with Robbie Lawler more than he wanted to.  Hendricks looks to be healthy so look for better takedown attempts while still holding his own in stand up exchanges with Lawler.  This will be another exciting fight, but unfortunately for Lawler, it will go much like the first except this time Hendricks will also be able to use more of this wrestling tactics to sway the fight in his favor.  I see Hendricks walking out of that Octagon tonight with the UFC’s welterweight belt once again. 

Check out the video, Countdown to UFC 181: Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler