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UFC 77 Aftermath- Fighter Notes

Anderson Silva-everyone is building him a shrine, he was impressive. he is fighting consistently, improving and avoiding injury. striking was very crisp. hard to find much wrong. hes not faced a real bad ass striker and its possible that gets in trouble a slugfest.

Rich Franklin-looks like he will struggle against the really good strikers at 185. he’s not quite quick enough to win the exchanges and he’s vulnerable to the big shots. can probably still compete well against the grapplers and bjj guys.

Brandon Vera-did not bother getting in shape for the biggest fight of his career. i don’t think he’s big enough to hold his own in the heavyweight division, the bigger fighters will just push him into the fence where he’s got no answers. He does not match up well against the top fighters at 205 either. Vera should handle lesser talented guys but, dont look for upsets against bettor fighters.

Tim Sylvia- fought smart, used his advantages well. looked very good when he was trading punches, short shots with power. he’s ready to fight anyone right now

Alvin Robinson– average win. did not really learn much except that he can defend the ground game.

Jorge Gurgel- despite the announcers, Gurgel did very little with his bjj when he was in control. He looked better standing and trading in his previous fight. His ground game is not good enough by itself, he lacks the ability to do much with a fighter at full strength.

Eric Schafer– nothing of note really

Stephan Bonnar– impressive fight, best fitness level I seen him at. his gnp looked good. he’s hit or miss against a good standup fighter, but stands a chance against anyone. I don’t think hes far behind Forrest or Jardine, as long as he is focused and healthy, he’s capable of the same results. Jardine is better standing, but Bonnar’s ground game is better than both.

Kalib Starnes– regardless of the stoppage or not, he was getting soundly beaten by Belcher. Starnes looked a little soft too. Starnes looks like topped out at his current level, which is on par with Leben and the other guys he’s beaten. Inconsistent.

Alan Belcher– was very improved. he’s got some explosiveness and quickness. Belcher has made a steady improvement and should do well at the next level of competition. He should beat any stale fighters.

October 23, 2007 Posted by | Alan Belcher, Alvin Robinson, Anderson Silva, Brandon Vera, Eric Schafer, Jorge Gurgel, Kalib Starnes, Rich Franklin, Stephan Bonnar, Tim Sylvia | Leave a comment

UFC 77 Betting Picks

Article submitted to MMAGame.

I think UFC 77 is the best event for betting I have seen in a long time.  If you are a true MMA fan, then the 4 main fights are all intriguing matchups.

I have strong opinions on three of the four, the exception being Starnes vs Belcher.  Although I favor Starnes, both guys are talented but unproven in my eyes. So, I will take a pass on this one and invest in the other three.

Let’s start with the Championship fight.  Here’s the deal.  If you think Rich Franklin is the same fighter he was before the first fight (just as good now as he was then,) you have to bet him.  2-1 is a dream.  I, however, believe that the beating Silva gave him that night ended the career of the championship level Rich Franklin.  Silva has moved forward in his development as a complete fighter, while Franklin has fought to regain his confidence. You can make a case that Franklin is bigger and will take him down etc… but I see it as Silva is at a completely different level than Franklin, physically and mentally.  I’m taking Spider.

Everyone hates Tim Sylvia, but I don’t get it.  Sylvia is one of the most resilient fighters we have ever seen, he uses his strengths better than any fighter I can think of, and he’s a hard working fool.  No way Vera should be favored over big Timmy.  Even if you buy into all the Vera hype, that should make him about even up with the former champion-at best!  Tim’s loss to Couture looks a lot better now that Randy tore through Gonzaga.  Fighting styles will matter in this one.  Expect Vera to have a similar plan that Couture used to defeat Sylvia, except more knees in close.  Sylvia will be ready for it, and you can bet your last tater that he won’t fall into that trap again.  Look for Sylvia to use his size effectively as he controls the pace.  Sylvia will frustrate Vera and take him off his game.  Easy win for Sylvia.  Big Bet!!!

Okami is physically superior to Jason MacDonald.  MacDonald lacks the crisp, effective punching that he will need to keep the Japanese mauler off him.  The combination of a physically stronger fighter facing a submission fighter is a profit machine.  Okami will bull his way to MacDonald’s chest whenever he feels like it, where he can take him down and gnp as long as he wants.  Some say that Okami is a slow starter, but here’s the secret…Okami knows he’s strong enough to escape submission attempts once the fighter start getting sweaty.  He keeps himself out of trouble until everyones good a warm, then goes to work.  Bet Okami with confidence.

October 16, 2007 Posted by | Anderson Silva, Brandon Vera, Jason MacDonald, Rich Franklin, Tim Sylvia, UFC 77, UFC Betting, Yushin Okami | Leave a comment

MMA Power Rankings

Current MMA rankings are based on zewkey.com members’ rankings after each major MMA event. The (+100) is a form of power ranking MMA fighters, estimating the approximate  UFC odds differential between the fighters. The MMA power rankings are for all organizations and rank MMA fighters worldwide. Voice your opinion on the MMA rankings in our forum.


Heavyweight Rankings:

  1. Fedor
  2. Big Nog (+200)
  3. Gabriel Gonzaga (+200)
  4. CroCop (+220)
  5. Randy Couture (+300)
  6. Josh Barnett (+300)
  7. Tim Sylvia (+280)
  8. Andrei Arlovski (+320)
  9. Fabricio Werdum (+380)
  10. Brandon Vera (+380)

Light Heavyweight Rankings:

  1. Shogun Rua
  2. Dan Henderson (even)
  3. Quinton Jackson (even)
  4. Chuck Liddell (+60)
  5. Wanderlei Silva (+100)
  6. Sokoudjou (+100)
  7. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (+180)
  8. Ricardo Arona (+220)
  9. Rashad Evans (+280)
  10. Alistair Overeem (+260)

Middleweight Rankings:

  1. Paulo Filho
  2. Anderson Silva (+20)
  3. Dan Henderson (+20)
  4. Rich Franklin (+80)
  5. Matt Lindland (+100)
  6. Denis Kang (+100)
  7. Nate Marquardt (+100)
  8. Yushin Okami (+120)
  9. Kendall Grove (+130)
  10. Brock Larson (+130)

Welterweight Rankings:

  1. Georges St. Pierre
  2. Matt Hughes (+20)
  3. BJ Penn (+60)
  4. Josh Koscheck (+60)
  5. Diego Sanchez (+120)
  6. Jon Fitch (+120)
  7. Nick Diaz (+180)
  8. Karo Parisyan (+180)
  9. Jake Shields (+200)
  10. Matt Serra (+300)

Lightweight Rankings:

  1. Sean Sherk
  2. Takanori Gomi (+50)
  3. BJ Penn (+60)
  4. Hayato “Mach” Sakurai (+100)
  5. Tatsuya Kawajiri (+100)
  6. Gilbert Melendez (+120)
  7. Shinya Aoki (+120)
  8. Joe Stevenson (+100)
  9. Joachim Hansen (+160)
  10. Tyson Griffin (+160)

August 14, 2007 Posted by | Alistair Overeem, Anderson Silva, Andrei Arlovski, BJ Penn, Brandon Vera, Brock Larson, CroCop, Dan Henderson, Denis Kang, Diego Sanchez, Fabricio Werdum, Fedor, Gabriel Gonzaga, Georges St. Pierre, Gilbert Mendez, GSP, Jake Shields, Joachim Hansen, Joe Stevenson, John Fitch, Josh Barnett, Josh Koscheck, Karo Parisyan, Kendall Grove, Mach Sakurai, Matt Hughes, Matt Lindland, Matt Serra, Nate Marquardt, Nick Diaz, Paulo Filho, Quinton Jackson, Randy Couture, Rashad Evans, Ricardo Arona, Rich Franklin, Sean Sherk, Shinya Aoki, Shogun Rua, Sokoudjou, Takanori Gomi, Tim Sylvia, Tyson Griffin, Yushin Okami | Leave a comment