Spike TV will have two exciting fights May 28, the first- Thiago Alves vs Rick "the Horror" Story and second in Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson vs Miguel Torres, fist and blood are bound to fly don't miss the action!
The preliminary fight card for this UFC
130 event will be aired on Spike TV, before the Main card comes on pay per
view, May 28, 2011.
Thiago "Pit bull" Alves (18-7) vs Rick
"Horror" Story (12-3)
Thiago Alves (18-7)
Their was a time not to long ago, when Thiago Alves was a
serious contender for the title, but a brain injury and weight cutting issues
that caused a year Suspension, slowed his career to a crawl.
heavy hands, with knock out power in either one of them. Thiago also has a
arsenal of flying knees and brutal leg kicks. He improved his take down
defense to the point, where he was able to fend off take downs from great
wrestlers like Matt Hughes(KO) and Josh Koscheck(unanimous decision) and beat
both of them during a seven fight win streak.
The only time Alves got KO
was by a up kick followed by punches from John Fitch in their first meeting in
the second round. The seven fight win streak earned him a Title
shot for the UFC Welterweight Championship vs GSP in July 11,2009, which he
lost in a five round unanimous decision. Thiago has always had the talent
to make it to the top but his weight cutting issues and brain injury put his
career on the shelf for a while.
I think Thiago will be very motivated to
show what he can still do, after the scare of almost never fighting again with
his brain injury. He is fully healed from his brain injury and has had a
great training camp in Florida with American Top Team. Thiago said, "he is
in the best shape of his life and can't wait to see what he can do in the ring.
MMA Record (18-7) Wins 18 = 11 KO's 1 submission, 6
decision : Loses 7 = 1KO, 3 submissions, 3 by decision
Rick "Horror" Story (12-3),
Rick Story is a fighter out of Spanaway Washington, and he was a
collegiate wrestler, at Southern Oregon University. He started fighting
in the UFC in 2009 and had his first fight vs John Hathaway(15-1), which he
lost via unanimous decision. His most recent win was vs undefeated John
Hendricks(10-1), in which he won by via unanimous decision.
Rick's a big
guy and is very strong like his opponent Thiago Alves, but will be over matched
if chooses to stand with Alves and will need to take it to the ground if he has
a chance to pull out a victory May 28.
I think Rick will have a tough time
getting Thiago down, since Thiago was able to stop both Matt Hughes and Josh
Koscheck at their take down attempts. That leaves Rick Story standing
with Thiago, where he is at a big disadvantage with a in shape Alves who will
be throwing a plethora of knees, kicks, and punches until one of them lands and
ends the fight.
MMA Record~ Wins 12 = 3by KO, 3by submission,6 by
decision : loses 3 all by decision
Pick : Thiago at (-210) and he is in shape and his weight
cut won't be a issue, like it has been in the past.
The line: For the fight, current UFC odds have lister Thiago -210 ml and Rick Story
+175. even with the juice at -210 I would take Thiago in this fight and i would
jump on it soon before it goes way up! If it's already to high for your taste
at -210, you could parlay it with Torres or your favorite fighter, but
don't make it more then a two fighter parlay.
Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson ( 9-1 ) vs
Miguel Torres (39-3)
Demetrious Johnson is a 24 year old rising star in the UFC.
He is very quick and powerful with his hands. He is a
powerful wrestler, who has won three of his fights by via submission.
Johnson is coming off a big win vs highly respected Japanese star
Norifumi Yamaoto. In The fight, Johnson used his superior wrestling
ability to take the fight to the ground, where he controlled the first two
rounds and ended up winning the fight via unanimous decision.
Johnson was scheduled to fight on this card at first vs
Renan Barao, but was moved into this spot to face Torres, after Brad
Pickett was injured and withdrew from the fight. In fact, Johnson's only
loss was to Brad Pickett in a 3 round unanimous decision. Johnson's
dominance on the mat might be meet by the fact that Torres is a submission
specialist himself with 23 submissions on his record. This fight should
be a great fight but the lack of experience in Johnson's corner might hurt him.
MMA Record~ Wins 8: 2KO// 5 submission// 2
decisions ~ loses 1 by decision
Torres hadn't lost a fight in six years at one point
in his career. He had won 17 straight fights and 19 of his last 21 fights.
Miguel Torres is 30 years old and was the former Bantamweight Champ of
W.E.C., before he lost his title to Brain Bowles Aug. 9th, 2009(four fights
He lost his next fight to Joe Benavidez in the second round via guillotine
choke, making it his first two consecutive loses of his career. Torres
got back on the right track by winning his next two fights over Charlie
Valencia and Antonio Banuelos. Torres is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu
Jitsu and he trained under Carlson Gracie, from whom he received his black
Miguel recently switched trainers to Firas Zahabi, who is the
head trainer of GSP and the head of Tristar Gym in Canada. The move
to Zahabi as his new trainer should be beneficial for Miguel, who at one point
trained himself for fights. Miguel has 23 submissions to his credit and 9
KO's and he will be a tough challenge for Johnson; come the May 23, 2011.
MMA Record ~ Wins 39 : 9 KO// 23 submissions // 7
decision ~ Loses 3: 1 KO// 1 submission// 1 decision
The pick: Torres with a new trainer (Zahabi) should
help him get on top again. he has to much experience for Johnson and that will
be the difference in this fight.