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UFC stuff
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In 10 days, UFC 78 takes place. My picks*:

Rashad Evans over Michael Bisping
Houston Alexander over Thiago Silva
Joe Doerkson over Ed Herman (mainly because I dislike Herman)
Karo Parisyan over Ryo Chonan (Parisyan has awesome Judo)
Spencer Fisher over Frank Edgar (Fisher is from NC, and I like him)
Thiago Alves over Chris Lytle (Maybe.  I like both these guys.)
Joe Lauzon over Jason Reinhardt (I like Joe, I don't know of Jason)
Luke Caudillo versus Marcus Aurelio (Meh.  Don't know much about either, probably Aurelio.)
Akihiro Gono versus Tamden McCrory (Prolly Gono, but no real pref.)

*These are who I want to win, hence "Picks" instead of who I think will win, which would be "predictions."  However, most of the time I expect my picks to win, unless I state otherwise.

In other UFC news.  Brock Lesnar has signed with the UFC.  He's a crossover from professional wrestling and is a physical beast.  His first fight is slated to be against Frank Mir.  Now, I really like Mir and he has really sharp Jiu Jitsu, but he had a bike wreck about 3 years ago and hasn't been the same since.  Hopefully, he will fully commit to being a fighter instead of a commentator for the WEC, and will show up for the Lesnar fight ready to go.  He's been somewhat lethargic and even all out fat and out-of-shape in most of his fights since the wreck, so I hope the old Mir shows up for this one.  If he does, I expect he'll submit Lesnar despite Brock's superior strenght and wrestling skills.  Otherwise, Lesnar gonna smear Mir into a big grease spot on the floor of the octagon. 


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thunderslug From: thunderslug Date: November 7th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Let's see....

I actually like Bisping if he can keep his head together
Parisyan is going to win unless he gets caught coming in, or succumbs to toooooo many leg kicks (his jiu is more leg based than I've seen most be)

And Lesnar is supposed to the second coming of Severn and Coleman. Although he did have a fight in Showtime's series and looked fairly impressive. And he's kept his physique, despite being down 20-30lbs being off the gas. somebody teach him to kick, *stat*. I think they're matching him easy with Mir, who may lose to a chinlock...too slow, not strong enough (and out of shape would make it worse)

*Big* grease spot.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: November 7th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I originally liked Bisping a lot, but he's too mouthy, like Serra and Trigg.

Lesnar, being fresh to MMA, is primarily going to be a wrestler throwing some punches, so the comparison to Coleman/Severn is relevant. However, the day of a wrestler dominating the MMA circuit is gone. You need something else, striking or submissions in order to survive. I haven't seen Lesnar fight, si I don't know if he brings anything else to the game. If Mir gets him to the ground, even with Mir on the bottom, his BJJ is crisp enough to give Lesnar fits.

I don't know if you saw his fight with Pete Williams from 2002, but that was a slick shoulder lock and not your typical MMA BJJ move. Then the arm bar that broke Tim Sylvia's arm was fairly impressive as well. Both of those were in the first minute of the fight.

That's why I'm hoping the "old" Mir shows up.
thunderslug From: thunderslug Date: November 7th, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
My original first thought on Lesnar/Mir....can you see what happens if Mir tries to shoot a single-leg take down?
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: November 7th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, he might get his head squeezed off. I bet Lesnar goes for a takedown first, which Mir will do his best to take advantage of.
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