Archive for Fight Predictions

Edgar vs Henderson: Fear the Underdog

By Staff Reporter Samuel Adamek

Mixed Martial Arts is truly an international enterprise, and that truth will once again be showcased Saturday as UFC 144 is set to take place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Situated in the Greater Tokyo Area, the venue has hosted countless events, including an event run by the Pride Fighting Championship in December 2007.

Pride and other organizations have conducted numerous events in Japan, so the sport of MMA is by no means a stranger to the Japanese public. An impressive night of fights is lined up for Saturday, with a main event that should be nothing but excitement. In the headlining bout of the eventing, Frankie Edgar will look to defend his lightweight title against his third challenger, Ben Henderson.

A former WEC champ, Henderson is hungry for bigger and better things – namely the UFC lightweight belt. Henderson is loaded with power and can stand with the best of strikers, but Edgar brings a quickness into the Octagon that has seldom been matched by any lightweight. Henderson may not be able to deal with the aggressive nature of Edgar’s boxing, so he will most likely look to utilize his strong wrestling and take the fight to the ground.

For Henderson, this ability to control the wrestling game proved advantageous in his victories over Clay Guida and Jim Miller. Instead of taking Frankie Edgar’s signature punches-in-bunches on the feet, Henderson may elect to forgo the striking game altogether. He may look for a decision victory or a submission by racking up take-downs and controlling the fight by maintaining good position on his opponent.

Edgar is the champion, and he may be one of the very few men who never gas-out in the octagon. With Edgar’s fast hands and wrestling, which can at the very least compete with Henderson’s, you can bet that it is going to be a tough and gritty fight for both men. Henderson brings a ton of momentum into the bout, and based on his hunger to claim the lightweight title, I expect him to win by decision.

My Official Prediction: Henderson by Decision

Rampage vs Bader: A Risk the Veteran is Willing to Take

By Staff Reporter Robert Bock

Jackson vs Bader UFC 144 pre fight predictions

Jackson vs Bader UFC 144 pre fight predictions

On Saturday, February 25, UFC 144 will be taking place at Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan. The Main Card is full of exciting fights, with the lightweight title on the line in the main event. Some would argue, however, that the co-main event is the most intriguing fight on the card. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Ryan Bader is something that everyone has their eyes on, and for good reason. A legend returns to Japan, entering a risky fight against a young gun with nothing to lose, who doesn’t get into that storyline?

Rampage wanted to fight in Japan. It was the only thing on his mind, no matter the opponent, he wanted to fight for his old fans. After taking his argument to twitter, he got what he wanted. He got the co-main event slot, against a tough opponent, but one who is not ranked quite so high. Fighting Bader is a risk for Rampage; if he loses, it’s a disaster.

In his first fight since his title-shot against Jon Jones, Rampage will look to impress against Bader. It is no surprise that Jackson’s game-plan will be to knock him out. With an advantage in the boxing, “Rampage” will utilize his good take-down defense to keep the fight in his world. Although Jones was successful on a few of his take-downs at UFC 135, Rampage did a great job staying off the mat with possibly the most imposing wrestler in the UFC. After looking better physically than he ever had in his last fight, Rampage looked to Muscle Pharm for training camp to get him battle ready. With killer cardio, good take-down defense, and dynamite in his hands, Rampage will hope to make quick work of Bader to excite his Japanese fans.

Walking into the Octagon with the momentum of a first round knockout over Jason Brilz, Bader will try to roll that momentum into a big win on Saturday. Bader, a championship wrestler, will look to punish Jackson on the ground. A division I All-American, Bader’s wrestling credentials are off the charts; but he is no slouch on the feet either. He has big power in his right hand and usually does a good job placing it on the head of his opponents. With solid striking, Bader should use combinations to experiment with the stand-up to set-up take-downs.

With Rampage’s take-down defense, this fight could turn into a battle on the feet. Even with heavy hands, Bader is the underdog. With Rampage’s durable chin, he is not likely to get knocked out. I am going to go with the Veteran in this war.

My official prediction is Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson by TKO in the second round.

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Pettis vs Lauzon: All the Right Ingreidents

By: Mike Finch

It’s “Showtime” again as midwest stand-out Anthony Pettis takes on Joe Lauzon at UFC 144: Edgar vs Henderson. The fight is set to kick off the unusual seven-fight main-card on Pay-Per-View. This event marks the first UFC in Japan since UFC 29. The exciting lightweights are sure to start the night off with a bang.

Being the WEC lightweight champion, Pettis seemed destined to challenge for the UFC lightweight title. Unfortunately for him, he hit a road block in the form of Clay Guida in his UFC debut. Pettis learned a lesson the hard way; wrestling wins fights. He embraced the fact, and showed improved take-downs in his most recent fight against Jeremy Stephens. Pettis will need his wrestling, especially defensively, against an aggressive attacker in Lauzon.

100% of Lauzon’s wins come by knockout or submission. Amazing, especially when you think of the talented fighters that he has been facing in the octagon. He has heavy hands and an aggressive ground game, always looking for a way to end it. Lauzon has big momentum coming off of a knockout stoppage over Melvin Guillard. He knows that with a win over the always-hyped Pettis, he can finally propel himself into title contention.

This fight has all of the ingredients for “Fight of the Night”. Both being dominantly strikers and submission fighters, the potential for a finish is high. I believe that Lauzon can be competitive on the feet, but he runs a big risk of running into a kick. If Lauzon can get a hold of Pettis and bully him on the ground, I believe he can win a decision. The problem is, I think Pettis’ wrestling now may be too sharp.

Pettis needs to defend Lauzon’s take-downs. If on the ground, Pettis needs to have a sense of urgency to get back to his feet, where he is sure to do his best work. If he can fight this bout at a distance and make Lauzon come after him, I believe that Pettis can land the shot that will end the night.

My official prediction is Anthony Pettis by TKO in the second round

Ellenberger vs Sanchez Prediction

By Staff Reporter Robert Bock

In a battle of contenders, two welterweights will be stepping into the Octagon Wednesday for an opportunity to climb their way to the top of the division. Jake Ellenberger, fresh off of a career jolting win, will meet veteran Ultimate Fighter season 1 winner Diego Sanchez.

A welterweight stand-out, Ellenberger is coming off a 5-fight win streak. His latest victory was an impressive first round KO of former top contender Jake Shields. Elenberger will look to execute a perfect game-plan to finish the durable Sanchez. With a wrestling advantage, Ellenberger should work to take the fight to the ground, where he can wear on Sanchez and stifle his Jiu-Jitsu. With close striking, Ellenberger can feel comfortable on the feet, but would be wise to try to impose his will in the top game.

Sanchez, a veteran of multiple weight divisions, is gunning for his 3rd straight UFC win. He recently defeated Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann via decision. With good take-down defense, Sanchez should look to keep the fight standing where he can utilize his lightning fast striking to work towards another victory. Although the deficit in striking is razor thin and could be argued either way, kickboxing would be the best way for Sanchez to win.

Two very technical fighters, with a past littered in exciting bouts, will throw down and offer an entertaining display on Saturday. Creative striking and solid grappling from both fighters will promise a close match wherever it may take place. But, with a clear advantage in wrestling and ever-improving hands, Ellenberger will emerge victorious. Both fighters will give it everything they have, and I would not be surprised if Sanchez wins a round and has some dominant moments.

My official prediction is Jake Ellenberger by Unanimous Decision.