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Tap Selections: Affliction, UFC, & Dream


Andrei Arlovski. Photo by Esther Lin/CombatLifestyle.com.

Here are our predictions for each of the big-time shows that are going on this weekend. (Affliction: Banned, UFC Fight Night 14, and DREAM.5) Below you can find our thoughts on the winners and methods of victory as well as analysis on each of the show’s main events. Our records to date are included as well. Also, here’s an unofficial introduction to our newest staff member, Martin Alexander, as this is his first time predicting events.


Affliction: Banned


Jamie Fitzgerald (41-17)

Main Event: While it’s been some time since Fedor has faced a decent opponent, I’m confident he hasn’t lost a step. Tim will once again use his reach, but unlike the Nogueira fight where he dominated for two rounds, Sylvia will struggle with Fedor’s quickness. Emelianenko will have a few marks on his face, but he’ll catch Tim with an armbar in the 2nd round.

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Tim Sylvia (Armbar, R2)
Andrei Arlovski vs. Ben Rothwell (KO, R1)
Josh Barnett vs. Pedro Rizzo (Kimura, R2)
Matt Lindland vs. Fabio Negao (Decision)
Renato Sobral vs. Mike Whitehead (Anaconda Choke, R2)
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Edwin Dewees (TKO, R1)
Vitor Belfort vs. Terry Martin (KO, R2)
Gary Goodridge vs. Paul Buentello (KO, R1)
Savant Young vs. Mark Hominick (Decision)
Mike Pyle vs. J.J. Ambrose (TKO, R1)
Justin Levens vs. Ray Lizama (TKO, R2)

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Tap Selections: UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre II


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Here are our predictions (just the winners) for tonight’s UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre II event, which will take place live from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The PPV broadcast will begin at 10:00 PM ET. Feel free to leave your predictions as well.

Also be sure to check out Rogers Sportsnet’s panel of picks for the event. Both David and I were asked to participate.

Jamie Fitzgerald (32-15)

Georges St. Pierre
Rich Franklin
Kalib Starnes
Michael Bisping
Mac Danzig
Jason MacDonald
Rich Clementi
Jonathan Goulet
Alan Belcher
Cain Velasquez
Demian Maia

David Singer (28-19)

Georges St. Pierre
Rich Franklin
Nate Quarry
Michael Bisping
Mac Danzig
Jason MacDonald
Sam Stout
Jonathan Goulet
Alan Belcher
Cain Velasquez
Demian Maia

Bill Reger (36-16)

Georges St. Pierre
Rich Franklin
Nate Quarry
Michael Bisping
Mac Danzig
Joe Doerksen
Sam Stout
Jonathan Goulet
Alan Belcher
Cain Velasquez
Demian Maia

John Chandler (191-92)

Georges St. Pierre
Rich Franklin
Nate Quarry
Michael Bisping
Mac Danzig
Jason MacDonald
Sam Stout
Jonathan Goulet
Jason Day
Cain Velasquez
Demian Maia

Detailed analysis on each fight is after the jump, courtesy of Bill Reger.

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Tap Selections: Frank Shamrock vs Cung Le


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Here’s our take on the main event of Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce’s co-promoted show later tonight where former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock will defend his Strikeforce title against undefeated former Sanshou kickboxer Cung Le in a battle of supremacy between San Jose residents.

“Shamrock vs Cung Le” will take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Showtime will begin airing the televised portion of the card starting at 9 PM ET.

Bill Reger: For the last year plus, Cung Le has been calling out Frank Shamrock. For his part, Shamrock continually ducked him and said Cung was not ready for him. Well, Scott Coker got the signed names on the contract and here we go. During all the pre-fight hype, Shamrock has repeatedly said he sees a bunch of weaknesses in Le’s standup and he plans on exposing that standup.

Everyone is in agreement that Frank holds the decided advantage on the ground, so Shamrock may be taking a big chance keeping this fight on the feet. But if one watches the Shamrock’s fights over the last 8 years, he never goes for the takedown. He has even stated that he has done little wrestling training in preparation for this fight. This fight will remain standing and give Cung Le a legitimate chance at the upset.

Stylistically, Le’s striking is absolutely beautiful to watch. But up until this point, his opposition has been extremely weak. This is a huge step up in opposition. That being said, I’ll let the fan in me make a prediction and say Cung Le will win. Le is going to catch Frank with a nasty kick that stuns him and will go on to finish him. Cung Le by TKO in the 2nd round

Jamie Fitzgerald: Whenever you pick a guy using your heart rather than your head, it rarely works out. My heart is telling me that Shamrock will stand with Cung Le, and we’ll get to see Le display his diverse striking. My brain is telling me that Frank will take this fight to the ground and finally test Le’s ground game in an MMA event. Frank’s talking a big game about standing with Le. I really don’t believe him but if he does, we’ll see a game plan change.

Le’s stand-up will keep Shamrock guessing, but if Frank can stay calm, wait for his opportunities to take him down, he’ll win this with a late round submission. Otherwise, I think we’ll see Le with a 3rd round TKO. I’m pulling for Le, but think Frank will take it. This is a huge step up in competition for Le and there’s no doubt Shamrock experience will play a big part in the fight.

John Chandler: While Le’s unorthodox striking should be able to give Shamrock fits on the feet, I’m not seeing Frank keeping this fight standing for very long, despite what he has been continually saying about wanting to out-strike Le in the media. Shamrock can hold his own with almost anybody standing, but he’s definitely outclassed in this one. I’m sure he knows it too.

With that said, Shamrock should be able to dominate the fight if he’s able to take it to the ground. He’s been widely regarded as a submission wizard for years and he’s certainly going to look the part if he’s able to take Le out of his element and to the mat. I definitely don’t see this fight going the distance. Shamrock wins via armbar in the second round.

Tap Selections - UFC 82: Pride of a Champion

Here are our predictions (just the winners) for tonight’s UFC 82: Pride of a Champion, which will take place live from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The PPV broadcast will begin at 10:00 PM ET. Feel free to leave your predictions as well.

Jamie Fitzgerald (24-13)

Anderson Silva
Heath Herring
Chris Leben
Yushin Okami
Jon Fitch
Luke Cummo
Josh Koscheck
Andrei Arlovski
Diego Sanchez
John Halverson

David Singer (22-15)

Anderson Silva
Cheick Kongo
Chris Leben
Evan Tanner
Jon Fitch
Luke Cummo
Josh Koscheck
Jake O’Brien
Diego Sanchez
Jorge Gurgel

John Chandler (184-89)

Dan Henderson
Heath Herring
Chris Leben
Evan Tanner
Jon Fitch
Luke Cummo
Josh Koscheck
Jake O’Brien
Diego Sanchez
Jorge Gurgel

Tap Selections - UFC 81: Breaking Point

Jamie Fitzgerald (18-10)

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Frank Mir
Nate Marquardt
Ricardo Almeida
Tyson Griffin
Chris Lytle
Terry Martin
David Heath
Keita Nakamura

David Singer (17-11)

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Frank Mir
Nate Marquardt
Rob Yundt
Tyson Griffin
Kyle Bradley
Terry Martin
Tim Boetsch
Keita Nakamura

John Chandler (178-86)

Tim Sylvia
Frank Mir
Nate Marquardt
Ricardo Almeida
Tyson Griffin
Chris Lytle
Terry Martin
Tim Boetsch
Keita Nakamura

Tap Selections: UFC Fight Night 12


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Jamie Fitzgerald (12-7)

Mike Swick
Drew McFedries
Nate Diaz
Thiago Tavares
Kurt Pellegrino
Gray Maynard
Cole Miller
Joe Veres
Matt Wiman

David Singer (12-7)

Josh Burkman
Patrick Cote
Nate Diaz
Thiago Tavares
Alberto Crane
Gray Maynard
Jeremy Stephens
Joe Veres
Justin Buchholz

John Chandler (170-85)

Josh Burkman
Patrick Cote
Nate Diaz
Thiago Tavares
Kurt Pellegrino
Gray Maynard
Jeremy Stephens
Corey Hill
Matt Wiman

Tap Selections - UFC 80: Rapid Fire

Here are our predictions (just the winners) for this afternoon’s UFC 80: Rapid Fire, which will take place live from the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England. The PPV broadcast will begin at 3:00 PM EST. Feel free to leave your predictions as well.

Jamie Fitzgerald (7-3)

B.J. Penn
Gabriel Gonzaga
Marcus Davis
Wilson Gouveia
Kendall Grove
Antoni Hardonk
Paul Taylor
James Lee
Sam Stout

David Singer (7-3)

B.J. Penn
Gabriel Gonzaga
Marcus Davis
Jason Lambert
Kendall Grove
Antoni Hardonk
Paul Kelly
James Lee
Sam Stout

John Chandler (166-80)

B.J. Penn
Gabriel Gonzaga
Jess Liaudin
Jason Lambert
Kendall Grove
Antoni Hardonk
Paul Taylor
Alessio Sakara
Sam Stout

Tap Selections - UFC 79: Nemesis

Here are our predictions for tonight’s UFC 79: Nemesis, which will take place live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The PPV broadcast will begin at 10 PM EST.

Our usual picks are included along with thoughts from some members of the MMA media on what just might be the most anticipated fight in history when Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva finally clash.

MMA on Tap’s newest member, Jamie Fitzgerald, receives a little intro after the jump.

David and I were also included in Rogers Sportsnet’s media panel for UFC 79. Be sure to check it out.

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Tap Selections: The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale

Scott White (157-70)

Roger Huerta
Mac Danzig
Jon Koppenhaver
George Sotiropoulos
Ben Saunders
Troy Mandaloniz
Matt Arroyo
Roman Mitichyan
Jonathan Goulet

John Chandler (154-73)

Clay Guida
Tommy Speer
Jon Koppenhaver
George Sotiropoulos
Dan Barrera
Troy Mandaloniz
Matt Arroyo
Dorian Price
Jonathan Goulet

Tap Selections: UFC 78

Scott White (151-67)

Rashad Evans
Houston Alexander
Karo Parisyan
Spencer Fisher
Joe Doerksen
Thiago Alves
Joe Lauzon
Marcus Aurelio
Akihiro Gono

John Chandler (148-70)

Rashad Evans
Thiago Silva
Karo Parisyan
Frankie Edgar
Joe Doerksen
Chris Lytle
Joe Lauzon
Marcus Aurelio
Tamdan McCrory

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