This is the blog for discussing UFC 141, before the fights, during the fights and after the fights.
The fights are tomorrow night at 9 PM Eastern. I don't know why they decided to have the fights on a Friday night and not just have them on New Years Eve. These would have been great for my New Years Eve party, but I guess it works out because I'll be able to better focus on the fights.
We have a main card that has the potential to keep the string of great UFC ppvs going. Several interesting fights
Alistair Overeem vs Brock Lesnar is huge. Will Brock Lesnar be 100%, and if he takes Overeem down, can he keep him down? If this fight stays standing, it's hard to imagine Overeem losing. I could easily see this fight going either way.
Donald Cerrone vs Nate Diaz. Big fight for both of them. If Cerrone wins, he gets close to title shot consideration. Another fight I could see going either way. Both have solid ground games, but I look for this fight to stay standing. Cerrone is a great kickboxer, while Diaz has great boxing. I see this being a back and forth decision in a fight of the night caliber fight.
Jon Fitch vs Johny Hendricks. Not every fight can be exciting. Fitch most likely outwrestles Hendricks for an easy decision. Probably a great opportunity to take your bathroom break or make a beer run.
Vladimir Matyushenko vs Alexander Gustafsson. I could see this fight going either way. The Janior has the better wrestling, but Gustafsson has the advantage pretty much everywhere else IMO. Can't wait for this one.
Nam Phan vs Jimy Hettes. Hettes is 9-0, all 9 wins by submission. I haven't saw him fight much, but from what I have seen an what I've read, he is pretty slick on the ground. Phan isn't very good, but he is exciting, and if he can keep the fight standing, he has the advantage.
Your thoughts and predictions for the fights?
On Saturday, New Years Ever, DREAM is having a night of fights, and it features name most people know.
The card is huge, so I'm only gonna cover the biggest fights.
Fedor Emelianenko vs Satoshi Ishii. Ishii is an up and comer and has an Olympic Gold metal for Judo. Styleistically, this is an interesting fight. If Ishii wins, he has a win over an all time great, and his stock skyrockets. Fedor needs to win to try and stay relevant. He lost 3 in a row, and after that most didn't even know he fought Jeff Monson.
Sninya Aoki vs Satoru Kitaoka. We all know about Aoki and his excellent ground game. He's defending his belt against another submission artist. This fight mght be a bit boring and techical for a while, but the chances are high of seeng a cazy submission.
Hiroyuki Takaya vs Takeshi Inoue for the DREAM Featherweight belt. Both guys are exciting fighters with KO power. Doubt this one goes to a decision.
DREAM also features fights from Tim Sylvia, Josh Barnett, Gracie Hunter and a Banamweight tournament. Big night of fights. If you want to see a taste of MMA in Japan, I rccomend finding a stream for the DREAM card tomorrow.
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