Posts Tagged ‘UFC’

UFC 126: Preview – Forrest Griffin Vs. Rich Franklin

February 1, 2011

At this Saturday’s UFC 126 event, in a light heavyweight bout Forrest Griffin will fight with Rich Franklin.

In UFC betting odds Franklin is a -170 moneyline favorite.

They are still relevant in the sport, what both of these fighters are out to prove. Many people are questioning whether or not they are still truly contenders for the title as each of them has lost 2 fights recently.

Each managed to turn things around with wins in their most recent fights even as they have both lost 2 fights recently. Yet, Franklin’s fight was definitely more impressive than Griffin’s. By split decision over Tito Ortiz, Griffin won. Griffin still was unable to put him away as Ortiz is getting older.

Even though Franklin was able to knock out his opponent, he also fought against an aging fighter. Franklin pushed him closer to retirement with a knockout victory as Chuck Liddell was considering retirement already.

It is clear that Franklin has the advantage in most categories when looking at the stats from these two fighters. His skills appear to be more developed as he has the better career record at 28-5. He gets more takedowns than Griffin as he is rated as a better striker. Griffin’s age will be the biggest advantage. When a fighter will get pushed over the edge and will not perform at a high level anymore, you never know. Compare to Franklin, Griffin is 5 years younger.

While the loser likely to fall from the limelight, the winner of this fight will expected to jump back into fame.

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Jorge Rivera and Alessio Sakara will Take One Each Other at UFC 122

November 11, 2010

At UFC 122, Jorge Rivera and Alessio Sakara will take one each other. In Germany this event will take place. This is only the UFC’s second visit to Germany. This should be an excellent matchup as these fighters will be fighting at 185 pounds.

To this point, both of these fighters have had successful MMA careers. Out of his 25 opportunities, Rivera has managed 18 wins. Out of his 22 matches, Alessio Sakara has won 15. They have both not been quite as dominant in their matches within the UFC, while these records are impressive. Rivera and Sakara both fighters are over .500 the record, even though 6-4 for Sakara and 8-5 for Rivera do not sound nearly as impressive as their records outside of the UFC.

The momentum that Rivera has gained recently has been the key for him. He has bounced back after losing 5 of his first 10 UFC matches. With a 3 fight-winning streak, Rivera will enter this matchup.

With several victories in a row, Sakara has likewise strung together. In his MMA career, even though he had hit a rough patch, he has bounced back with 3 consecutive wins at all. With a lot of momentum behind these fighters, they will both enter the ring.

As most people thought it would take place several events ago, this fight will be highly anticipated one. Even though they were initially scheduled to square off in UFC 118, Rivera sustained a broken arm and was unable to take part in the event.

UFC 116 – Light Heavyweight bout:  Seth Petruzelli vs. Ricardo Romero

June 29, 2010

Seth Petruzelli will fight Ricardo Romero at UFC 116 on July 3rd. The two fighters will take part in a Light Heavyweight bout that carries a bit of mystery behind it as these two fighters are making a debut to the UFC in one case, and a return to the UFC in another.

Petruzelli had not fared well in the past in the UFC. He struggled with his first few fights in the UFC and kind of lost his place. He has really found his way lately though, winning his last 4 MMA fights and he is ready to join back up with the UFC once again. He is 12-4 to this point in his career and appears to be more ready to take on the level of fighting that is present in the UFC than he was previously.

Ricardo Romero will be making his UFC debut against Petruzelli. He has signed a four fight deal that will give him a chance to show what he is made of. To this point in his career he has managed a 10-1 record. He has shown the ability to win fights early, demonstrated by his victory in the first round over Silmar Rodrigo in November.

Petruzelli is a powerful fighter and has shown that he can knock people out with his power. He knocked out Kimbo Slice in a 14 second match in October of 2008. He also had a submission victory just 2 months ago in the first round.

This fight will go a long way in showing what path these two fighters are on as they square off at UFC 116.