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UFC 82 Post Fight Notes

Anderson Silva– What can you say?  He dominates everyone that is suppose to beat him.  Henderson should have given him fits on the mat, but Silva handled it fine when Hendo got him down.

Dan Henderson– Was unable to do much with Silva even though he should have had advantages in both wrestling and strength.  Losses to Silva, Rampage are nothing to be ashamed of but his win over Wandy is somewhat suspect considering how easily Wandy was handled by Chuck.  Its hard to say if age is catching up with Hendo, but for now, he’s a little shaky.  Especially if he shows up as a big favorite next time.

Chris Wilson– gave Fitch all he wanted.  Wilson was a little tenative and allowed Fitch to stalk him.  Maybe Wilson likes to counter, but I don’t think so.  Wilson should get some love in his next fight, but i don’t think he’s got the ability to beat any of the top guys.  His striking is pretty good, but that’s not a secret anymore.

John Fitch– Had some trouble with Wilson’s standup, but adjusted and overcame.  Kind of a blah performance, but he was effective and got in three good rounds of competition.  Certainly he improves from this fight, but if Wilson can touch him whats going to happen when he faces GSP?

Evan Tanner– Okami was a terrible matchup for Tanner to come back against.  Tanner showed rust and was a sitting duck. Didn’t really learn much about Tanner.  Unbettable at this point.

Yushin Okami– Stays sharp, showed a little more versatility is his game, but he was not threatened and in his comfort zone.   Active, strong, and healthy.  Picked up the nickname Thunder somehow.

Heath Herring–  Unimpressive win.  He was taken down easily and often.  His punching is sloppy and he gets hit a lot.  Kongo gave him the win.

Cheick Kongo–   Disgusting loss.  His takedowns were very good, but is that what he really wants to do.  Kongo needs to use his physical advantages like he did against CroCop.  How’s he going to fight? Underdog play only.

Chris Leben– Nothing new about Leben.  Bad body, slugger.  Anyone willing to trade shots with him is taking big risks. Leben fights are like video games.

Alessio Sakara-Not enough boxing talent to be effective consistently.  He lost several standup shootouts where he’s just a little behind.

March 4, 2008 Posted by | Alessio Sakara, Anderson Silva, Cheick Kongo, Chris Leben, Chris Wilson, Dan Henderson, Evan Tanner, Heath Herring, John Fitch, Yushin Okami | 1 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

Yushin Okami vs Jason MacDonald Odds are out

Jake Shields (black trunks) vs. Yushin Okami Japanese ground n pounder, Yushin Okami, has opened up as a small favorite over TUF assassin Jason MacDonald at 5Dimes.

Okami -135
MacDonald -105

Okami is one of the few Japanese fighters to successfully enter the UFC. His physique is more defined than the some of the “chunkier” fighters from the far east. Okami is very good at cutting weight then enter the ring as a much larger and stronger opponent than most fighters in his class are used to. Mike Swick’s first words to his corner at UFC 69 were “He’s strong!” Okami is known as a methodical mauler who simply uses his superior strength to limit the opponents attack, then he unloads his effective ground attack of punishing punches from a dominant position. Many consider Rich Franklin very fortunate to come out a winner in their previous fight.

Jason MacDonald is an athletic submission specialist who also lost to Franklin recently. MacDonald lacks the crisp powerful punches necessary to keep Okami at a distance. Look for Okami to work his way in close to MacDonald where he can take him to the ground and control the action. This is a bad matchup for MacDonald and Okami is a bargain at -135.

September 27, 2007 Posted by | Jason MacDonald, UFC 77, UFC 77 Odds, UFC Betting, UFC Odds, 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