UFC News: Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson Possible at UFC 93

It looks as if the UFC 93 card will be held in Dublin, Ireland and the match between Penn and St. Pierre will be dubbed UFC 94.  It is very possible that the headliner for UFC 93 in Ireland will be Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson.  Several outlets are reporting that the bout is possible.  I don’t know what to think of this.  I do not know if will be a middleweight or light heavyweight bout.  I have mixed feelings about the fight.  I would love the fight fron a tactical standpoint and think it would be a match of 2 of the best middleweights in the world.  However, it does not make sense long term and here is why…

1. Dan Henderson seems to be a good fit at middleweight, and Rich Franklin seems like light heavyweight is a good option for him

2.  If Franklin wins it does not help him any.  He won’t get a shot at Anderson Silva again.

3. Henderson was rumored to be coaching TUF 9 opposite Michael Bisping.  I like the idea of that match up as I think it would be a great match at middleweight to determine the number 1 contender

4.  If Franklin was to go back and stay at middleweight it would be a logical fight

5. Assuming Franklin moves to light heavyweight and that Anderson Silva beats Patrick Cote, there are several cotnenders at middleweight that would be in contention: Yushin Okami, Paulo Filho, Nate Marquardt, Thales Leites, Demian Maia, and of course Bisping and Leben. 

So…

Match Franklin against Shogun at UFC 92.  Match Henderson vs. Bisping as opposing coaches on TUF.  In the meantime you can give someone else a title shot at Silva while we wait for TUF 9 to air and finish.  I would suppose that the likely choice would be Okami and for them to fight in April or so. 

Anyways, this is news that the fight is beign discussed and is possible.  No agreements have been sent or signed so don’t hold your breath.  In the end I predict the fight does not happen.  But, I have been wrong once or twice before.

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MMA News: Gegard Mousasi vs. Vitor Belfort at Affliction’s January Event

Affliction/Golden Boy’s January card is begining to be worked out. It seems likely that a super middlweight match up between Gegard Mousasi and Vitor Belfort will take place at the event according to Fighters Only Magazine

DREAM middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi expects to face Vitor Belfort on Affliction’s next MMA show in January.

Speaking to Fighters Only this week, he revealed that the US organisation wants him to fight the Brazilian, while Red Devil team mate Fedor Emelianenko may face Josh Barnett.

“I’m going to train with Fedor in preparation for Affliction in January,” he said. “I think it is Fedor against Josh Barnett and they want me to fight Vitor Belfort.”

Mousasi is part of the Red Devil International team and he shares a manager with Fedor in the shape of Vadim Finkelstein.

As well as training with Fedor, he will continue to train in his own gym in the Netherlands.

“[I have] some very good friends who each has a specialty – wrestling, judo, jiu jitsu and so on,” he explains. “If I need extra training I sometimes to go to other gyms in Holland.”

What an exciting fight this could be.  In my opinion these guys are two of the best non-UFC middleweights in the world.  I know some looked for the fight that was originally scheduled between Matt Lindland and Vitor Belfort, but I think this is a better match and may be for the Affliction Middleweight belt.  Mousasi is the DREAM middleweight champion and posted wins in the DREAM middleweight Grand Prix over guys like Denis Kang, Melvin Manhoef, and Ronaldo “Jacare” de Sousa.  This should be a great fight of good middleweight talent.

  Also on that card we expect to see Fedor Emelianenko, perhaps against Josh Barnett or even Andrei Arlovski.  I also expect to see a lot of the other guys who were initially scheduled to fight at the October event such as Matt Lindland, Paul Buentello, Ben Rothwell, Tim Sylvia, Jay Hieron, Chris Horodecki and maybe even Aleksander Emelianenko.

UFC News: Yushin Okami vs. Dean Lister at UFC 92

Yushin Okami vs Dean Lister UFC 92

I am hearing rerports that a fight between middleweights Yushin Okami and Dean Lister is going to take place at UFC 92.  The reports come from many internet sites such as MMAweekly and MMAmania.  Yushin Okami is really the number one contender for Anderson Silva’s belt and a win over Dean Lister would cerainly assure him a title shot.  Okami was expected to fight Silva for the title in October, but an injury forced him to withdraw and then set up the fight between Silva and Cote at UFC 90. 

Dean Lister is a talented jiu jitsu fighter who is also coming off of a injury, but is ready to go at UFC 92.  He is 4-1 in the UFC with his sole loss coming to Nathan Marquardt at UFC Fight Night 8 nearly 2 years ago.  He is coming off of a win over Jeremy Horn at the TUF 7 Finale.  This should be a good fight that shows something about jockeying for position and a title shot.

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My EliteXC: Heat Predictions

Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock

This is the crappiest main event I have ever seen in a big show.  I know that Kimbo and Shamrock are big draws because of their names, but these guys would be on the undercard of a UFC event if it was based on talent levels alone.  This fight is another gimme for Kimbo, but if Shamrock can take Kimbo down I think he can win and ground and pound him some.  I am torn with how to pick this fight.  The EliteXC is pulling for Kimbo and if he loses it will kill EliteXC.  Shamrock is old and has lost his last five fights.  He is on his way out of the fight game.  I would think he would want to win badly here though.  I am rooting for Ken in this one.  Kimbo’s cardio will be an issue as will his groudn game.  No doubt he can strike and hit hard, but Shamrock is very well experienced.  With that said, I still think Kimbo wins this fight by KO, however I wouldn’t bet any money on Kimbo. 

Jake Shields vs. Paul Daley

I believe Jake Shields is a top 5 welterweight in the world.  I’d love to see him against top notch competition, which he won’t get in EliteXC.  Paul Daley is a good fighter, but I do not think he is on Jake Shields’ level.  I think his previous opponent, Nick Thompson was tougher than Daley.  I look for a entertaining fight that ends with a first or second round submission victory for Jake Shields.

Anrdei Arlovski vs. Roy Nelson

I’d be shocked if this fight is competitive.  Arlovski will be much quicker and much more talented all around.  Don’t get me wrong, Roy Nelson can bang, but he can’t bang with Arlovski.  If I was Arlovski, I would box him and then take him down and ground and pound the big bellied former IFL champ.  I think Arlovski’s speed and all around skills will be too much for Nelson.  I pick Arlovski to win by second round TKO.

Gina Carano vs. Kelly Kobald

It is hard to pick against Gina Carano.  Quite honestly, I know nothing about Kelly Kobald, but I like Gina Carano.  I am not a huge fan of women’s MMA, but I could watch Carano all day long.  I hope Carano wins and that the fight with her and Cyborg will be set up.  I think Carano is well trained and now re-focused.  I just hope she makes weight.  I think it will stop in round 2 with ref stoppage or rear naked choke.

Murilo “Ninja” Rua vs. Benjo Radach

I hope this fight makes the CBS televised section because Ninja is a great fighter.  He is in his brother’s shadow, but he is good.  It appears that Villasenor will get the next title shot at Robbie Lawler on November 8, but Rua is in the mix as well.  I would think that it is possible that if Ninja wins here he could take on Frank Shamrock at the next EliteXC on CBS event for the number 1 contender spot.  I think Ninja wins this by unanimous decision. 

Cristiane Cyborg vs. Yoko Takahashi

This fight won’t be televised, but I think Cyborg will dominate.  First round KO.

Sengoku 5 Results

Non Tournament Bouts:

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal def. Travis Wiuff via TKO (strikes) – Round 1

Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro def. Takashi Sugiura via TKO (strikes) – Round 3

Jorge Masvidal def. Ryan Schultz via TKO (strikes) – Round 1

Kiuma Kunioku def. A Sol Kwon via unanimous decision

Middleweight Tournament Results:

Siyar Bahadurzada def. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos via TKO (elbow injury) – Round 1 – 22 Seconds!

Jorge Santiago def. Logan Clark via arm triangle submission in Round 2

Kazuhiro Nakamura def. Paul Cahoon via unanimous decision

Yuki Sasaki def. Yuki Kondo via rear naked choke submission  in round 2

UFC News: Wanderlei Silva vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 92

The rumors have swirled.  Most people knew the fight would happen, but didn’t know when.  Some suggested at UFC 91 in November.  Later people thought it may be at UFC 93 in January.  Now it seems likely that it will be at UFC 92 in December.  This card is shaping up to be amazing.  This bout will certainly be a co-main event.  It was also o this card that it was rumored to have the Forrest Griffin vs. Rashad Evans fight. I would bet that fight will be in January, and BJ Penn vs. GSP II will become UFC 94 on January 31.  However, the Evans vs. Griffin fight could still happen at UFC 92.  Also, the UFC 92 card will feature Frank Mir vs. Inetrim heavyweight Champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. 

    It is well known that Wanderlei has beaten Rampage two times in devestating fashion in PRIDE.  jackson wants to avenege those losses.  He may have a tough road ahead, and one will hope his legal troubles and recent camp change and move to Wolfslair in England will not distract him too badly.  Silva is coming off of a beautiful and quick KO of Keith Jardine in May.  This fight will be huge for positioning for the title.  Silva, Jackson, Machida and Thiago Silva are all jockeying for a title shot.