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    UFC FIGHT NIGHT Grasso vs Araujo (Oct 15)


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    Not a very sexy card Jibbbs, who you looking at? Who do you like?

    A couple of HAWT fights on the card, but the sexiness stops there.

    Could be profitable event.



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    What the hell is going on at the UFC, they give us a shit card 2 weeks ago and rent out the Apex to Zuckerburg so he can get a hard on watching McKenzie Dern get beat. Then they take a week off and give us this shit a week later. At least they have a good product next Saturday but the thing starts at 6am Vegas time

    Small plays on Cub Swanson & Malkhoun as dogs

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    Maybe the UFC spoiled us Hank, there's bound to be some slower cards, we've had some doozies this year already.


    Good Luck this weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hankcream View Post
    What the hell is going on at the UFC, they give us a shit card 2 weeks ago and rent out the Apex to Zuckerburg so he can get a hard on watching McKenzie Dern get beat. Then they take a week off and give us this shit a week later. At least they have a good product next Saturday but the thing starts at 6am Vegas time

    Small plays on Cub Swanson & Malkhoun as dogs
    - Quit whining. They've clearly been focusing on producing excellent cards in Abu Dhabi. The PPV next weekend is ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KVB View Post
    Not a very sexy card Jibbbs, who you looking at? Who do you like?

    A couple of HAWT fights on the card, but the sexiness stops there.

    Could be profitable event.



    This card kinda sucks I agree. Couple decent fights in the prelims. Still capping.
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    Prelim write ups.. MMA MANIA







    135 lbs.: Raphael Assuncao vs. Victor Henry

    An 11-1 run — the sole loss coming to T.J. Dillashaw — had World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) veteran Raphael Assuncao (27-9) knocking on the door of title contention. Four consecutive losses followed, and he enters the cage this Saturday winless in the last four years.
    He stands two inches shorter than Victor Henry (22-5) and gives up two inches of reach.
    “La Mangosta” rode an 8-1 run into his Octagon debut, which he entered as a massive underdog against dangerous veteran Raoni Barcelos. Despite losing the first round, Henry’s pressure ultimately turned the tide and earned him a unanimous decision win.
    He’s submitted eight professional opponents and knocked out another six.
    The best case scenario for Assuncao is that he just can’t handle elite-level competition anymore. All four of the men he lost to in his current skid are extremely dangerous, or at least they were at the time. We can’t definitely say how he’ll do against middle-of-the-pack guys like Henry.
    Thing is, Assuncao’s 40 years old and it’s been ages since he showed even a flash of the potent counter-striking that made him such a threat in the past. Henry’s consistent, high-volume pressure worked against a younger, more immediately dangerous counter specialist in Barcelos, and it should be just as effective here. In the end, he out-works Assuncao to a clear unanimous decision win.
    Prediction: Henry via unanimous decision
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    115 lbs.: Piera Rodriguez vs. Sam Hughes

    Piera Rodriguez (8-0) followed her LFA title-winning knockout of Svetlana Gotsyk with a dominant decision win over Valesca Machado on Contender Series. Her efforts earned her a UFC contract, which “La Fiera” broke in by beating Kay Hansen in her debut.
    Five of her professional victories have come by knockout.
    Sam Hughes (7-1) — a former LFA title challenger — struggled her way to a winless (0-3) UFC start. Leaning on her wrestling appears to have been the adjustment she needed, however, and she steps into the cage in the midst of a two-fight winning streak.
    “Sampage” is the taller woman by two inches.
    I think I’m done underestimating Hughes. She showed impressive resilience against Istela Nunes and looked better than ever against Elise Reed, hunting down the fleet-of-foot striker and utterly mauling her on the mat. That renewed focus on wrestling should serve her well here, as Rodriguez struggled off her back in the opening round of her fight with Hansen.
    Though Rodriguez did end up turning the tables, Hughes is ostensibly a more technically sound takedown artist than Hansen and seems to get stronger as the fight goes on. Rodriguez also lacks the firepower to put down Hughes for good, so expect Hughes’ aggression and constant wrestling attack to carry her to an increasingly one-sided decision.
    Prediction: Hughes via unanimous decision
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    125 lbs.: Tatsuro Taira vs. C.J. Vergara

    Tatsuro Taira (11-0) amassed a perfect (9-0) amateur record before turning pro in 2018 and making his name under the Shooto banner. He made his UFC debut in May 2022, dominating two-time Contender Series veteran Carlos Candelario for a wide decision win.
    Five of his eight professional stoppage wins have come by submission.
    An upset knockout of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): Brazil veteran Bruno Korea earned C.J. Vergara (10-3-1) a UFC debut against Ode Osbourne, who out-lasted the Texan to claim a unanimous decision victory. He then took on another Contender Series graduate, Kleydson Rodriguez, winning a highly controversial split decision at UFC 274.
    He faces a one-inch height disadvantage and a two-inch reach disadvantage.
    More than anything else, this is a test of Taira’s fight IQ. He’s an absolute wizard on the mat, but is often willing to eschew takedowns in favor of trading hands. Though he’s an adept striker — as we saw in that masterclass against Candelario — this could easily allow Vergara to sway the judges with raw aggression as he did in what was, frankly, a clear loss to Rodriguez.
    I’ve been burned before by Japanese grappling aces failing to actually use their grappling, but I’ll be an optimist this time. In short, Taira holds his own on the feet and mixes in regular takedowns until he finds Vergara’s back and chokes his lights out.
    Prediction: Taira via second round submission
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    170 lbs.: Mike Jackson vs. Pete Rodriguez

    The ignominious UFC debut for Mike Jackson (1-1) saw him tapped in 45 seconds by Mickey Gall, and a failed drug test overturned his win over C.M. Punk two years later. It would be nearly four more years before “The Truth” again set foot in the Octagon, walking away with a disqualification victory over Dean Barry.
    He stands five inches taller than Pete Rodriguez (4-1) and boasts a three-inch reach advantage.
    Rodriguez followed a 7-2 amateur run with four straight knockouts in Jorge Masvidal’s iKon Fighting Federation. He subsequently stepped up on short notice to fight Contender Series graduate, Jack Della Maddalena, who knocked out “Dead Game” midway through the first round.
    Three of his four knockout wins came in less than 90 seconds.
    This honestly feels like an apology to Rodriguez for letting a monster like Della Maddalena use his head as a speed bag. I’m not saying he’s a world-beater or that Jackson can’t fight, but Jackson has always been a more accomplished photographer than mixed martial artist. Even Rodriguez’s rudimentary slugging should be more than sufficient to carry him past a part-time fighter who couldn’t even impress against Punk.
    Outside of another bizarre situation like the Barry fight, the only feasible way I can see Jackson coming out on top is Rodriguez gassing himself out, which isn’t out of the question against a guy who’s never fought for longer than 10 minutes. It seems likelier that Rodriguez just brawls his way to a first-round stoppage.
    Prediction: Rodriguez via first round technical knockout


    205 lbs.: Misha Cirkunov vs. Alonzo Menifield

    Misha Cirkunov (15-8) entered the Octagon with high expectations for his future, which he lived up to with four consecutive dominant finishes. He’s just 2-6 since, including a submission loss to Wellington Turman in his last effort.
    He’ll have one inch of height and three inches of reach on Menifield.
    Two consecutive first round knockouts gave way to two straight losses in the Octagon for Alonzo Menifield (12-3), a two-time Contender Series winner. He now sits at 3-1 in his last four, most recently smashing Askar Mozharov for his ninth career first round victory.
    Eleven of his professional wins have come inside the distance, eight via knockout.
    It’s been genuinely depressing to watch Cirkunov’s decline. Those back-to-back losses to Volkan Oezdemir and Glover Teixeira seem like they broke something in him. It’s not like he’s losing to terrible fighters, but his grappling and striking look like shadows of their former selves. Though he has the skills on paper to beat Menifield — who remains a middling grappler — I can’t trust him to use them properly. Hell, he had the skills on paper to beat Ryan Spann, Krzysztof Jotko and Turman ... and look how that turned out.
    It wouldn’t be too surprising to see him find some early takedown success, to be fair. It just doesn’t figure to last against the faster, more powerful Menifield, and Cirkunov’s history of collapsing under fire suggests that “Atomic” only needs one good connection to kick off the end. In short, Menifield blasts him out inside the first five minutes.
    Prediction: Menifield via first round technical knockout
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    135 lbs.: Mana Martinez vs. Brandon Davis

    Nearly 1.5 years after falling to Drako Rodriguez on Contender Series, Mana Martinez (9-3) secured his first UFC victory with a split decision over Guido Cannetti. Then came Ronnie Lawrence from Contender Series, who survived a Hail Mary knockdown to out-strike and out-wrestle “Manaboi” to a decision win.
    He has scored eight knockouts as a professional, five of them in the first round.
    Brandon Davis (14-9) punched his ticket to UFC with an impressive decision on Contender Series, only to leave the promotion on a 2-5 skid. After four wins on the regional scene, he returned to the promotion to face Danaa Batgerel, who handed “Killer B” the first knockout loss of his career.
    He’ll enjoy a two-inch reach advantage.
    Davis’ best attribute has always been his durability. He was never a heavy hitter or a technical marvel, but he could at least turn in a solid effort for the full 15 minutes. That knockout loss to Danaa is a bad sign. Indeed, even though Martinez has underwhelmed in two UFC appearances, the guy has ludicrous one-punch power that’s felled even the inordinately resilient Ricky Turcios. If he lands flush, Davis is going down.
    If Davis wants any hope of victory, he has to wrestle, and he’s done so before against Giga Chikadze. With his historically shaky defense and Martinez’s ability to carry his power late, however, it seems inevitable that Martinez’s left hand will find the mark and turn the lights out.
    Prediction: Martinez via first round knockout
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    145 lbs.: Joanderson Brito vs. Lucas Alexander

    A Contender Series decision over Diego Lopes earned Brito (13-3-1) a UFC debut against Bill Algeo, who outstruck “Tubarao” to snap a 12-fight unbeaten streak. Things worked out a bit better for him his next time out, as he smashed Andre Fili in just 41 seconds to win Performance of the Night. He’s submitted six pro foes and knocked out another five.
    Alexander (7-2) started his professional career 2-2 before embarking on his current winning streak. He’s ended his last three fights inside the distance, including a 2022 stoppage of Jacob Kilburn that saw him injure the UFC veteran’s arm with a body kick. He replaces Melsik Baghdasaryan on less than a week’s notice.
    There are UFC Featherweights that Alexander has a shot at beating, but Brito isn’t one of them. Recent opponents have enjoyed plenty of success backing Alexander to the fence and scoring takedowns, and none of them offered the level of aggression and overall grappling skill that Brito brings to the table. Alexander also tends to keep his hands low, which is incredibly ill-advised against someone who throws with this much heat.
    Alexander’s best chance lies in his check hook, which he’ll have plenty of opportunities to land. Between the short notice and Brito’s toughness, however, it’s far likelier that “Tubarao” physically overwhelms him and finds his neck around halfway through.
    Prediction: Brito via second-round submission
    185 lbs.: Nick Maximov vs. Jacob Malkoun

    Nick Maximov (8-1) — who grappled his way to victory over a Heavyweight on Contender Series — defeated fellow Contender Series veterans Cody Brundage and Punahele Soriano in his first two UFC appearances. The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veteran, Andre Petroski, proved a step too far, however, finishing Maximov with an anaconda choke in just 76 seconds.
    His professional finishes are split two-three between knockouts and submissions.
    A disastrous UFC debut saw Jacob Malkoun (6-2) folded with punches just 18 seconds into his clash with Phil Hawes. Two straight decision wins followed, though a narrow June 2022 loss to Brendan Allen knocked his Octagon record back down to .500.
    He gives up three inches of height and reach to Maximov.
    I think we all know how this is going to go: either Maximov is going to lie on Malkoun for 15 minutes or Malkoun is going to lie on Maximov. Neither man has shown off the submission prowess needed to tap the other, and though Malkoun does possess some solid boxing, I doubt they’ll spend long enough at striking range for it to be a factor.
    I give the edge to Malkoun. He can match Maximov’s pace, is the more active ground-and-pounder, and has the aforementioned striking advantage. The issues Maximov had with Petroski and Soriano, at least before the latter suffered an injury, also suggest that he might not be able to handle similarly credentialed grapplers. In the end, Malkoun emerges victorious in a deeply boring battle.
    Prediction: Malkoun via unanimous decision

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    Main event is with two chicks that are suspect that don't really have big names is a sin. Dana White slipping. Get some dudes in there DANA WHITE!

    This chick fight should be in the prelims.

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    I'm glad I'm going to miss this card jibby! Thanks for posting the thread though buddy.

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    Mike Jackson lol. Wtf is he doing back in the UFC?

    CM Punk's nightmare lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demonata View Post
    I'm glad I'm going to miss this card jibby! Thanks for posting the thread though buddy.
    I'm only betting on the main event. Haven't watched any of the prelims myself. No action on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrilla View Post
    Mike Jackson lol. Wtf is he doing back in the UFC?

    CM Punk's nightmare lol
    I remember that. lol..

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