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Big pay-per-view event in the UFC tonight.  Big because my favorite, Georges "Rush" St. Pierre will be attempting to regain the Welterweight belt (170 pounds) he lost to Matt Serra last year.  This fight worries me.  I think Serra is a dangerous match for Rush.  The consensus is that Serra's win last year was a "fluke" over a much superior fighter in Rush.  However, I am nagged by the thought that Serra is a world class BJJ black belt under Renzo Gracie and his striking was sharp enough to catch Rush and finish him off.  That leaves Rush's superior wrestling which, against Serra, is likely to only lead to a BJJ ground fight.  Stand-up is Rush's best bet and he's already lost to Serra there once.  This fight is interesting.  And concerning, IMO, if you are a St. Pierre fan.

The rest of my "want to wins" follows.

Rich Franklin over Travis Lutter
Michael Bisping over Charles McCarthy, though I'd really rather see McCarthy win to tone down Bisping's loud mouth, I expect Bisping will win.
Mac Danzig should beat Mark Bocek, though my feelings are the same as above.
Nate Quarry and Kalib Starnes.  Hmmmm, tough one.  I think I'd like to see quarry win, but either way is okay with me.
Joe Doerksen over Jason McDonald.  Still like them both, I think.
Sam Stout over Rich Clementi.  I like to watch Stout (a former kick boxer) fight.  I hope he's around for awhile.

That's all for now.  Gotta go to work, huzzah.
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thunderslug From: thunderslug Date: April 20th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you watched it yet? Interesting set of results....but I don't want to hit you with any spoilers...and one of the guys you like...you won't afterwards.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: April 21st, 2008 11:51 am (UTC) (Link)
You do UFC pay-per-views? No, I work when they are live and I wouldn't spend the $40 anyway, so I watch/read the sherdog.com play-by-play. I know the outcomes the same night as the fights, so spoilers aren't a problem. If/when I get to see the fights, it's months later when they start leaking onto the Spike show, UFC Unleashed, or even longer when/if I rent the DVD.

I read about Kalib Starnes running around the ring to get away from Nate Quarry. Sad. I am so glad GSP beat Serra. GSP is my favorite fighter and Serra's a loud mouthed jerk. It was a win-win!

So, who won't I like?
thunderslug From: thunderslug Date: April 21st, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
MacDonald, for beating on a beaten (ref stop), unconscious opponent. Taking liberties like that...that's just *wrong*
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: April 23rd, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I read a brief comment that it had happened in the play-by-play, but I haven't heard anything else about it. That's trash! If it was really blatant, I wonder if the UFC/commission will fine him or sanction him, or whatever? I guess the worst they could do would be to drop him from his contract. That'd show him!
thunderslug From: thunderslug Date: April 21st, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Someday, I'm going to see a successful gogoplata outside of WEC...that's the scrariest looking choke I've seen...from the rubber guard....I like tall guys who use the rubber, looking for the umaplata or the legendary gogoplata....
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: April 23rd, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
You need to watch Brad Imes then! Actually, Nick Diaz also subbed Takanori Gomi in a much more famous non-WEC fight at Pride 33, but was later stripped of the victory when he popped positive for marijuana! In other words, he got robbed.

I found a video of the actual gogoplata fight end.
thunderslug From: thunderslug Date: April 25th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)
*Such* a devastating finisher. Screw the leg triangle...of course, you have to be Gumby to pull it off, but...OW.
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