Fights. The matchmakers set em, and I suppose we should talk about em. Here’s what’s been put together over the past few days:
Mo Lawal vs Ovince St Preux (June 18th): King Mo has been talking a lot of shit lately, dissing Shogun Rua’s striking and calling Jon Jones a ho. Oh, and he also said he’d easily beat Bones to boot. Strong words for someone currently facing Ovince St Preux levels of opposition. I like St Preux but fully expect Mo to lie on him for three rounds. I’d like to be wrong though … and who knows, with word coming out that Mo’s been training in Holland and with Floyd Mayweather Sr, maybe I will be.
James Thompson vs Maruiusz Pudzianowski (May 21st): I don’t think there’s been a fight in MMA history with more combined retard strength than this one. After turning purple and practically collapsing against Tim Sylvia, the Pudz has switched career gears and gone the freakshow route. He first beat Butterbean in September and is now facing one of the greatest cans in the history of the heavyweight division. By Thor, it will be both stupid and amazing.
Cyborg Santos vs Tarec Saffiedine (July): No, not that Cyborg unfortunately. Still, this fight has rock’em sock’em written all over it and is a good chance to see if Evangelista Cyborg really has stepped up to a new level or if that win over Marius Zaromskis was just the kind of blip we often see from guys with power in their hands.
Matt Mitrione vs Christian Morecraft (June 26): Morecraft is trying to establish himself as the best of the worst UFC heavyweights. Matt Mitrione is still getting Sadollah’d by the UFC. Hence this fight, which should be another big KO win for Meathead.
Jorge Rivera vs Alessio Sakara (August 6th): Jorge returns to the stable of interchangeable brawlers and the UFC hopes the third time’s a charm for this fight which was originally scheduled for both UFC 118 and 122.
Nick Ring vs James Head (June 11th): I like this fight because I get to say “Nick Ring gets Head at UFC 131. Past that, Nick must have left all his promise in another set of knee ligaments because I sure haven’t been impressed since his third ACL reconstruction. James Head looks like he stole Gerald Harris’ ticket back into the UFC by decisioning him at a show in February. Here’s a highlight of Head in action.
Joe Lauzon vs Curt Warburton (June 26th): Lauzon has been floating around the fat middle of the UFC lightweight pack and will try to prove he’s still got some upward mobility off the back of UK fighter Curt Warburton. The ceiling on Warburton may already be set with his loss to Spencer Fisher, so I expect Joe to come in and give him the same as was given to Gabe Ruediger: a solid ass whupping.
Michael Johnson vs Edward Faaloloto (June 26th): Johnson was the top prospect for TUF 12 before losing in the finals to Jonathan Brookins. Over the course of the show it became kinda clear that he was pretty one dimensional, but perhaps half a year with Greg Jackson’s camp will have rounded him out. His opponent Faaloloto is a WEC fold-in who’s one fight in the organization resulted in a KO loss to Anthony Njokuani. His 2-1 record makes me wonder if he got his chance as a favor to his coach, Chris Leben.
Cody McKenzie vs Bart Palaszewski (May 28th): Our favorite one trick pony Cody McKenzie returns to face another veteran with an obscene amount of experience. Palaszewski is 35-14 compared to Cody’s 12-1, and he’s only been tapped by subs twice. You can certainly root for Cody, but I wouldn’t bet the rent on him.