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January 9, 2012, 12:47 PM
The main and co main:

Money takes the title from Aldo. Aldo will be bigger, but I question his cardio lately. Mendez is a cardio machine, and will be relentless.

Anthony Johnson will win with flying colors. He is fighting at a better weight for himself, and I will say that his hands are quicker than Vitors. He is prob stronger than post-roids Vitor as well. Anthony Johnson via insane crazy highlight reel KO!

What do you think?
January 9, 2012  01:10 PM ET

I am really torn on Aldo-Mendez. Aldo's TDD has looked impeccable.

When he isn't tired, that is. In the Hominick fight it looked less than stellar, so if this goes late into the fight Money definitly has a better chance. He has one of the better exploding takedown game in the lighter weight classes, so I could easily see him dropping the first two rounds and take the last three, if he can survive the early Aldo onslaught.

To counter this, Aldo needs to use his punches to set up those hateful leg kicks. The 1-2 right leg kick, the liver shot leg kick, and all the other set ups he uses masterfully need to be in full effect early on to chop him down and take his wheels away in the later rounds which would seem to favor Mendes.

All that said, I can see Aldo taking this fight early on. His knees are downright devastating, and to a guy whose takedown game is so based on doubles and singles that could play a big factor. I think that if Aldo''s BJJ is a good as it is always reported to be, we could also see him catching a nice submission while both men are still dry.

I hope we get treated to a five round war though, and I could see it go either way.

As for Rumble vs Vitor, I think this is another terrific fight.

First of all, lets not read too much into Rumble vs Hardy, Vitor is both a better MMA wrestler and has a better submission game. Look at the Dan Henderson fight, look at the Heath Herring fight, and the Gilbert Yvel and Bobby Southworth fights. I think that one the ground, Vitor is better.

Secondly, the stand up is a toss up. I think that Vitor has the better and faster hands, and that Anthony has the better kicks. He needs to be careful throwing that sliding head kick that he doesn't eat a straight left hand from open sides against southpaw Belfort. Rumble has good straight punches though, so I could see him catching Vitor.

I expect to see him outclassed by Belfort and finished with a submission the second or third rounds, after he gasses. Great fight though.

January 9, 2012  01:12 PM ET

Dam, I didn't realize that was such a novel. Sorry about that.

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January 9, 2012  11:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I agree with pretty much everything you wrote. I can't see Mendes winning this fight unless he lays and prays for 5 rounds. Not happening.

If Aldo tires the way he did in the Hominick fight he could get stopped, especially the way he was giving up takedowns and position to Mark.

January 10, 2012  09:07 AM ET

I guess we will see who is correct saturday night

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January 11, 2012  09:43 AM ET

Is it just me or the up coming ppv fights are not looking worthy of buying? Too much activity going on in the ufc. There are 2 and sometimes 3 events in one month. It gets a little pricey.

January 11, 2012  09:45 AM ET

Aldo is a beast but Mendes bores me. Vitor vs Anthony won't pass the 2nd round. Someone is getting knocked out.

January 11, 2012  12:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Is it just me or the up coming ppv fights are not looking worthy of buying? Too much activity going on in the ufc. There are 2 and sometimes 3 events in one month. It gets a little pricey.

I don't know, 144 might be the best UFC card I've ever seen.

January 12, 2012  09:20 AM ET
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I don't know, 144 might be the best UFC card I've ever seen.

Really? I thought ufc 100 was the best I've ever seen. After looking at 144 it does look good but not sure how strong it will be. Bader and Akiyama are boring fighters to me.

January 12, 2012  09:44 AM ET
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Really? I thought ufc 100 was the best I've ever seen. After looking at 144 it does look good but not sure how strong it will be. Bader and Akiyama are boring fighters to me.

If 144's undercard was a PPV, I might buy it.

100 was good, but the undercard was nothing compared to 144. Kid Yamamoto, Gomi, Okami and Hioki all on the undercard? That is pretty stacked.

I am probably biased because I am such a fan of Japanese MMA though, so take everything I say with a grain of salt.

Bader is kind of boring, but I do like watching Akiyama fight. And I'm interested to see Yoshihiro at 170, and I like watching Shields fight as well.

And I love me some Mark "Super Samoan" Hunt. I think that Chiek needs to get him down and try to ground and pound him, but I look for Hunt to keep that one standing and get the KO with a big left hook at some point.

January 12, 2012  11:40 AM ET

I agree about Chiek, he is the type of fighter that I do enjoy watching fight because he is such a big threat if you don't take him seriously. Shields needs this win to stay revelant in the ufc. Akiyama last couple of fights he has ran out of gas and Vitor man handled him.

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January 12, 2012  05:48 PM ET
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Jon Jones was on the UFC 100 undercard against Jake O'Brien. I know because I was a big Jones fan when he was rising. Too bad he's an **** now. But when people go back, they'll see Jon Jones on the undercard and think was a huge card that was if that happened.

I think the whole card was great and Dana did a great job with making it big since it reached 100. Can't imagine what ufc 200 is going to look like lol

January 12, 2012  05:50 PM ET

My comments are not posting... hmmm... But I thought the whole card from top to bottom was great. I knew Dana wanted to do something big since it was the 100 event. I can't imagine what ufc 200 is going to look like.

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January 14, 2012  12:10 AM ET
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Rumble weighed in at 197. He should be cut win or lose tomorrow. I bet Dana s hit cans him.

They are saying that he had some medical issues, that doctors made him take in the fluids that ruined his cut.

Maybe if he provides some legit doctors excuse, give him one more shot, but if we're just supposed to take his managers word for it then cut him ASAP.

 
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