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My picks for UFC 74. First off, this isn't a scientific analysis and breakdown of the skill sets and records of the fighters to make comparisons and "predict" who is most likely to win. This is who I like, who I dont' like, and why.

Randy Couture vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Randy's 43 years old (!) and a phenomenal athlete. Gonzaga is young, strong, and promising. I'm giving Randy the edge because he likes to "dirty box" and is good all around. However, Gonzaga won his last fight against Mirko Cro Cop in the first round by nearly kicking his head off, so I won't be shocked if he wins, either.

Roger Huerta vs. Alberto Crane
IMO Crane is a "can" brought in to lose to the much touted Huerta. I expect Huerta to win, but I have no interest either way at this point. I know nothing about either fighter.

Josh Koscheck vs. Georges St. Pierre
GSP is my favorite fighter, even though he's Canadian, and I hope and expect him to win. He lost his last fight to Matt Serra (what?) and with it the Welterweight title he'd just beat off of Matt Hughes. I think he has a tendency to over train and that he's very high strung and nervous. In short, GSP is his own worst enemy and when he loses, he defeats himself.

I don't like Kos. He's a strong wrestler, but not well rounded. He's a big mouthed braggart. I just don't like him.

Kurt Pellegrino vs. Joe Stevenson
I don't know anything about Pellegrino and I like Joe "Daddy" Stevenson, so that's where my pick is for this one.

Patrick Cote vs. Kendall Grove
Cote, another Canadian, is my favorite. He's quiet and does his talking in the ring. Grove is annoying, mouthy, overly tattooed (yes, even for MMA) and also a good fighter. I like watching him as long as I don't have to listen to him! Still, Cote.

Ryan Jensen vs. Travis Lutter
Don't know Jensen, like Lutter, so Lutter it is.

Renato Sobral vs. David Heath
Babalu!!!! That's Sobral's nickname, and I really like the guy, even though he barely speaks any English (he's Brazilian). He is entertaining to watch, and man, can he lay on the Jiu Jitsu. He's had some unlucky losses and I think he's underrated. I always favor Babalu, but it helps that I don't know Heath either.

Frank Mir vs. Antoni Hardonk
Mir is one whompin' large guy and he's got some killer BJJ as well. However, since he had a severe motorcyle accident a couple of years back, he's never been the same. He's show up for his fights ill prepared more than once. In fact, not only did he have zero cardio conditioning, he was FAT. Too bad because when he's on his game he is sharp! I think he'll beat Hardonk IF he shows up prepared to fight. Commit Frank. Get fat and do the commentary, which you are also very good at, or shape up and kick some heads.

Clay Guida vs. Marcus Aurelio
I know zip about either one, and I'm not inclined to do research on them right now.

See, the problem is most of my MMA "knowledge," if you can call it that, comes from DVDs and shows on TV of fights from months and even years ago. Events like UFC 74 are Pay-Per-View only and cost $40 so I have to read the live play-by-play on the Internet as the fights happen and hope to watch them sometime in the next year. Not the most favorable way to do it, but the only way I can "afford" to be a fan.



But I still really enjoy watching UFC, Pride, WEC, and IFL events on TV whenever I can. That's my one sports indulgence, and for that I do not apologize.

And online, my major source is Sherdog.

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Comments
thunderslug From: thunderslug Date: August 9th, 2007 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)
On another sport...did you catch Levi's massive time trial? He can review if for years, but he'll never find that 31 seconds...that was an amazing, if fruitless run. Maybe third fastest behind Indurain (the machine) and LeMond (easy course)

Just amazing
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: August 10th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, I was hanging tough with the 3 plus hours A DAY of coverage for the first 11 stages or so, but then, due to real life obligations, I started losing ground. Still, I was keeping the recordings with the intention of watching ALL of it as time permitted.

It was a nice Tour till around Stage 8 when the sprinters started getting dropped. Then, Vinokourov couldn't recover from his fall and was dragging. I started to lose enthusiasm. Worst was when I heard after Stage 15 WHOLE TEAMS were withdrawing. Every name I was really interested in (Except Leipheimer) was gone. I couldn't bring myself to watch HOURS and HOURS of racers I knew were now gone, so in a juvenile fit of dissatisfaction, I deleted it all.

Now, I would have liked to see Levi do well, but 3rd place AFTER all the big boys were gone just isn't that dynamic a ride. However, I would still watch the TT if I had it because that's such a great event in itself, it stands apart from the overall race.

Now we get to the bottom of it all. Truthfully, without Lance, the luster is gone for me. In the same way, basketball lost all draw for me after Jordan retired the first time. I enjoy the magic of seeing a truly phenomenal athlete perform, but after that, the sport seems so much less than it was during their prime.

I count myself one of the fortunate to have watched nearly every minute of Lance's last two Tours. Wow, that was special. Like Jordan, he made the competition look like they didn't belong in the big leagues. I hadn't experienced that kind of magic in sports since I was a kid watching the 1980 Olympics. I watched the games leading up to the Miracle On Ice and I watched that game. We beat the Russians! It was an amazing time, and I've never watched a whole hockey game since.

But that's just me. ;-)
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