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UFC 161: Evans vs Henderson Fight Pick & Preview

UFC 161 Fight Pick Henderson Evans
Later this evening, UFC 161 will feature some great match ups!  This UFC has flown under the radar.  Mostly because there's no title on the line in the main event.  But, there is a career on the line. Dan Henderson takes on Rashad Evans in the main event and this is a must win fight for both, but a loss for Henderson could end his career in the UFC. Let's take a closer look at these fighters and then I'll make my main event fight pick for UFC 161.

Dan Henderson is reaching the end of his legendary career.  He has an overall MMA record of 29-9.  He's 4-1 in his last five and in those wins he has impressive TKO/KO  wins over Rafael Calvacante, Renato Sobral, and the extremely impressive KO victory over legend, Fedor Emelianenko.

Dan Henderson definitely has heavy hands, but he's also 42.  His strong wrestling, KO power, and granite chin have helped him become an MMA legend, but time is running out and he's going to have fight mistake free in order to beat Rashad Evans and make one last run at the title. 

Rashad Evans comes in with an overall record of 17-3 but has struggled lately.  He's coming off of two straight decision losses and need a big win if he's planning on staying within the elite in the UFC's light heavyweight division. 

Rashad Evans is one of the most athletic fighters in the UFC's light heavyweight division and he's used that along with great wrestling and quick hands to make his mark.  His last two losses have come via decision, if Evans is going to get back on track, he will need to kick up his level of aggression and utilize his athletic ability.

In this fight, Dan Henderson will have trouble using his KO power.  Rashad Evans is extremely crafty and will find a way to avoid it.  As the fight progresses, Rashad's athletic ability will begging to outshine Henderson's aging MMA skills.  Look for Evans to begin dictating the fight as the fight progresses. Especially late in the second round and in the third.  I see Evans either winning via decision or a ground and pound attack. 

To warm up for UFC 161:Evans vs Henderson, check out the Countdown video. 

Who's your pick for UFC 161?  Rashad Evans or Dan Henderson? 

Mansion Fights MMA -Armored Wings Promotions

Mansion Fights - Armored Wings Promotions
Last Sunday we dropped by the Armored Wings Promotions MMA event, Mansion Fights 7. We've attended a few of the Mansion Fights events in the past, and my hope was that their professionalism and production would have gone up a few notches. Unfortunately, this was not the case. It's unfortunate for the fans, the fighters, and for the MMA community. My hope is that Armored Wings Promotions takes some time to reflect on the negative stigma that is being attached to their name before attempting to put on another event.

In any business, professionalism is of the utmost importance. I personally made a deal with Chawn Lighfoot of Armored Wings Promotions to cover and do some photography for Mansion Fights 7. I offered to comp the photography for their event in exchange for some tickets. Also, because we've had a bad experience entering the venue every single time, I asked for these tickets in advance. He assured me that getting in would not be an issue because he would have four front row tickets, for easy access to the cage, waiting for us at the venue.

Upon arrival, our tickets were not ready, and we were not on any guest list or media list. A phone call had to be made, and we had to wait more than 15 minutes, while carrying all our photography gear, until someone came out to give us wristbands.

As we approached the cage, I didn't see our seats reserved. I ran into Chawn Lightfoot and asked him about our deal. He responded that we could sit anywhere but the front. Let's just say I was not happy! Apparently, in the Armored Wings Promotions organization, a deal is not a deal.

My feeling is that because my brother was fighting on the card, they felt they could screw me on the seats and still get the comped photography service. They chose the shady tactic of selling those tickets to others as VIP seating and then hoped this bait and switch tactic wouldn't come to light.

In any case, let's get to the show. The MMA fights were supposed to start at 6 p.m. There was a long delay and the first fight didn't go on until a few minutes before 7 p.m. Tardiness isn't anything new to Mansion Fights, as this has happened before. It's extremely unprofessional, especially when you keep in mind that this is already their seventh event.

And speaking of tardiness, I was also made aware that the fighters were told by Mansion Fights that the weigh ins would be at 12 p.m. The fighters were not happy that they didn't start until after 1 p.m. Weigh ins are an important issue. Fighters tend to dehydrate to make weight, and it is important that organizations get them weighed in on time so they can begin to hydrate and prepare for their fight. Mansion Fights and Armored Wings Promotions owe the fighters and the sport of MMA an apology for this! Not only is it unprofessional to start the weigh ins over an hour late, but it's also a safety issue.

Speaking of safety issues, Mansion Fights is the only event where I've seen all the fighters thrown in to one warm up room. Yes! All the fighters were in one common area before the fights, without even having a divider to separate the blue and red corners. This has gone on at every one of their events I've attended. You would think they would have fixed this issue. Again, this is the seventh Armored Wings Promotion Mansion Fights event. To be honest, I'm not even sure how CAMO (California Amatuer Mixed Martial Arts Organization) allows it.

 Additionally, not only did opposing fighters have to warm up together, the fighters were not provided mats to warm up their ground game. And yet another safety and health issue was the fact that the warm up area is in fact a ballroom and it had just been used. Smoking is obviously allowed in that ballroom and all the fighters had to walk in to a smelly, tobacco smoke filled room. This is not a good situation for any athlete, and the athletes and their corners were heard complaining.

A few events back, I mentioned to Chawn Lightfoot that the lighting at Mansion Fights was horrible. It's bad for photos, videos, and it's not good for the fighters. They have been lighting the area with chandeliers. Those chandeliers aren't designed to light a sporting event; they're more for dimly lit dinners and ballroom dances. Have they fixed that issue? No! This is one of the reasons you get very little, if any fight action photography at all, coming out of Mansion Fights.

On the topic of photos, after a quick post on my personal profile expressing my discontent with this event, I was made aware that previous photos that I took at previous Mansion Fight events for Chingasos MMA had actually been taken from the Chingasos MMA Facebook, the logo was cut off and then those photos were re-uploaded to the Mansion Fights Instagram as their own. They did this without giving proper attribution/credit to Chingasos MMA or myself. Not only is this a disrespectful and shady tactic, it is actually considered stealing. Armored Wings Promotions and Mansion Fights does a diservice to fighters by doing this to photographers and photography companies as photos of their events will be lacking in the future, if there is a future for Mansion Fights. 

Were the fans happy? Well, a $35 ticket, plus a $6 handling fee was considered general admission to Mansion Fights. That general admission ticket got you an opportunity to stand in the back of the room and catch a glimpse of what was going on in the cage. Yes, you read that right. No seat! Would you be happy?

I've been patient with Armored Wings Promotions and Mansion Fights, but unfortunately, even though they are now on their seventh event, their professionalism is still lacking. My advice to them would be to fix their production, uphold their end of deals, consider the fans, the sport and the fighters, and then try putting on an MMA event. Choosing to make a few extra bucks by screwing people over might work in the short-term, but shady tactics, bad production and unprofessionalism will always catch up and sink a business.

Mixed Martial Arts Events Los Angeles June 2013

Mixed Martial Arts MMA
As Summer 2013 approaches, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) action in the Los Angeles area will heat up.  Want to catch a live Mixed Martial Arts (cage fight) event?  Here is a list of the best MMA fight events that will be coming up in June.  By the way, feel free to e-mail us with your event info. 

Spar Star Promotions kicks off the MMA action in June with their event at the Hollywood Park Casino on Saturday, June 1. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the fights get going at 7 p.m.  For tickets, you can call 562-244-8067 or visit www.SparStarPromotions.com.

RC Fights 2 will take place Sunday, June 2.  The live MMA action will take place at the Radisson in Ontario, California. The doors open at 3:00 p.m. and the MMA fights get going at 4 p.m.  For more info call 909-989-9044.

The Amir Fighting Championships keeps the action going on Friday, June 7.  The doors open at 5 p.m. and the MMA fights get going at 7 p.m.  The Amir Fighting Championship will feature three championship fights.  The Amir Fighting Championship will be held at Beyond The Stars Palace located at 417 North Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA.  For ticket info visit www.TheAmirFC.com

Armored Wings Promotions is bringing you Mansion Fights 7 on Sunday, June 9. Mansion Fights 7 will take place at: 13311 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, California.  The doors open at 4 p.m. and the fights get going at 6 p.m. You can purchase tickets at www.wanttickets.com/MansionFights7.

We'll keep this list updated as information on MMA events in the Los Angeles area comes in.