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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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December 29, 2011  06:17 PM ET

Nice breakdown of the main card, UH.

Brock-'Reem is a toss-up. I bet on Brock because he's priced as the underdog so it pays better.

It's hard not to like the Janitor as a person. Classy hard-working guy. But after seeing Gustafsson dominate Hammil like that (something Rampage didn't do), I can't see the Janitor pulling it off.

December 29, 2011  06:24 PM ET

Fitch has started to piss me off in his latest interviews. He acts like the UFC has been holding him back from another shot at GSP. He's coming of a draw with an undersized guy that Diaz and Edgar beat decisively.
I'd be happy to see GSP kick the living hell out of Fitch again (even though I think it's a waste of GSP's time and drawing power at this point in his career).
I also seriously wonder whether Fitch would beat Kos, Shields, Ellenberger, Condit, or MacDonald. (Admitedly, stylewise Fitch probably does probably match up well against Diaz though so I hope they don't make that fight and derail Diaz's hypetrain before GSP comes back)

December 29, 2011  06:26 PM ET

Drink a shot everytime Rogan or Goldberg use the "K-1 level striking" cliche.

December 29, 2011  06:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Fitch has started to piss me off in his latest interviews. He acts like the UFC has been holding him back from another shot at GSP. He's coming of a draw with an undersized guy that Diaz and Edgar beat decisively. I'd be happy to see GSP kick the living hell out of Fitch again (even though I think it's a waste of GSP's time and drawing power at this point in his career). I also seriously wonder whether Fitch would beat Kos, Shields, Ellenberger, Condit, or MacDonald. (Admitedly, stylewise Fitch probably does probably match up well against Diaz though so I hope they don't make that fight and derail Diaz's hypetrain before GSP comes back)

Definitely agreed. I can't stand Fitch. Of the guys you mentioned, I'd pick him over Shields, though I hope they never make that fight. It would be the most boring fight in MMA history. I would probably pick him against all of them other than Kos, but wouldn't be surprised at all if he lost. He definitely doesn't need another shot at GSP.

December 29, 2011  06:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Drink a shot everytime Rogan or Goldberg use the "K-1 level striking" cliche.

I don't need an excuse to drink a shot.

December 29, 2011  07:10 PM ET

Give me the

Brock

Diaz has better hands

Jonny Fitch

Phan
Janitor

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December 29, 2011  10:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I think Cerrone will pick him apart pretty easily.

Personally, I do too. I tried to go through as unbiased by personal predictions as possible other than the Fitch fight.

December 29, 2011  11:13 PM ET

Cerrone and Diaz got into it during the press conference. More Diaz as he slapped Cerrone's hat off unprovoked. I like a bad guy as much as the rest, but not a douchebag

December 29, 2011  11:20 PM ET
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Cerrone and Diaz got into it during the press conference. More Diaz as he slapped Cerrone's hat off unprovoked. I like a bad guy as much as the rest, but not a ****

Same here(though, admittedly, I am a fan of Chael Sonnen and Josh Koscheck), I hope Cerrone dominates Diaz.

December 29, 2011  11:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Cerrone and Diaz got into it during the press conference. More Diaz as he slapped Cerrone's hat off unprovoked. I like a bad guy as much as the rest, but not a ****

Well said. There are ways to be heel without being a childish prick.

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December 29, 2011  11:36 PM ET
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Unprovoked? Haha. Good one. I guess you missed the part where Cerrone was talking major trash and told Diaz he was going to get in that ****. I guess that's unprovoked.

When you're the first one to make contact, you're always gonna be considered the ****. Talking trash about the fight is one thing. Where I come from, knocking someone's hat off is the ultimate form of disrespect and almost always leads to a fight that doesn't get broken up until someone is badly beaten.

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December 29, 2011  11:50 PM ET
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Where I come from if someone gets in your face and s hit talks you get worse than a hat knocked off your head. I could care less what either guy did. These guys are fighters not choir boys but to say it was unprovoked is just asinine.

I agree, but Diaz was the **** in the situation, and given his past history of douchebaggery, he has no free passes. He'll always be considered the dick no matter what happens.

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