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Today the UFC announced three additional fights set to take place on UFC 64: Unstoppable which is headlined with title fights featuring Sean Sherk vs. Kenny Florian for the lightweight title and Anderson Silva vs. Rich Franklin for the middleweight title.
Jon Fight will be making his first live television appearance with the UFC against Kuniyoshi Hironaka. Fitch is currently 3-0 in the octagon with victories over Josh Burkman, Brock Larson, and Thiago Alves. Hironaka is an experienced opponent who holds victories over Nick Diaz and Renato Verissimo.
‘The Ultimate Fighter’ stars Keith Jardine and Mike Nickels will also clash in the octagon in a light heavyweight appearance. Nickels is 1-0 in the UFC with a victory over Wes Combs and Keith Jardine is 3-1 in the UFC and he is coming off of a win Wilson Gouveia. Jardine’s only loss in the octagon was a questionable on to Stephan Bonnar who recently tested positive for steriods.
Finally the UFC announced that Clayton Guida and Justin James will be making their UFC debuts. Guida is a veteran of StrikeForce and WEC and he holds a record over 20-6-0. Guida won his last fight by decision over Joe Martin. Justin James is 11-5-0 and he is currently on a three fight winning streak.
Here is the full card for Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3 - The Final Chapter.
Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock
Kendall Grove vs. Chris Price
Ed Herman vs. Jason MacDonald
Seth Petruzelli vs. Matt Hamill
Thales Leites vs. Nate Marquardt
Tony DeSouza vs. Joe Riggs *
Rory Singer vs. Josh Haynes
Thiago Alves vs. John Alessio
Marcus Davis vs. Forrest Petz
* The UFC still has Joe Riggs listed against DeSouza but there have been rumors floating around stating that Riggs pulled out of the fight due to family issues.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that heavy-handed welterweights Forrest Petz and Marcus Davis will fight on the upcoming Shamrock vs. Ortiz III ‘The Final Chapter’ card which will be taking place Tuesday, October 10th at Hollywood, Florida’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Marcus Davis starred on season II of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’. Since that time Davis has gone 4-0 fighting outside of the UFC after he suffered a tough loss to Melvin Guillard.
Forrest Petz will be making his return to the octagon for the second time after he dominated Sammy Morgan earning himself a unanimous decision victory at UFC Fight Night 6.
So Dana had some interesting things to say once again at the UFC 63 Post-Fight Press Conference on Saturday night/Sunday morning…
What did he have to talk about? I guess I’ll give it you interview style…
What are your thought’s on Pride coming to the US market?
“I think it’s great for the sport… There are going to be a lot of guys up-and-coming. There are a lot of opportunities for these guys to make money, so I can’t have everybody. I can’t pay everybody… I think it’s necessary.”
Any thoughts on Wanderlei Silva’s loss to Mirko Cro Cop?
“I think he just got executed. Isn’t that what happened to him?”
Will we see Silva in the UFC in the near future?
“Did he wake up yet? Let’s put it this way, everybody’s terrorized me about the fight with Wanderlei Silva. I’ve been trying to make that fight for five years. If that fight happened in the United States right now, he’d be on a ninety day suspension for getting his head kicked to another planet. He’s out. There’s no way he can come fight in the United States right now. When he gets back up and wins another fight or something… trust me when I tell you, I’d love to have Wanderlei Silva under contract with the UFC. I joke around, but I’d love to have him under contract.”
Could you elaborate more on your plans for expansion as you have mentioned before?
“We’re going to get real aggressive over the next two, three years. We’re going to expand our market. We’re going down to Mexico. We’re going up to Canada. We’re going over to the U.K. in October. We’re going to do 4 or 5 fights a year over there. We’re going to see how that goes and then possibly reaching out into Europe.”
“We’re going to aggressively go after the Hispanic market over the next couple of years. Right now down in Mexico, they get the Ultimate Fighter on DirecTV. Every time I go down to Mexico, people know about the sport and the show and we’re looking for a television deal.”
Where do I start…
How about Lauzon knocking out Jens? At the pre-fight press conference, Pulver saying that he would knock out Lauzon, while Lauzon wanted to submit him. Pulver was the much better striker coming into this - It’s very surprising that he got a taste of his own medicine.
I’m glad to see that both the light-heavyweight and middleweight divisions have new contenders. I thought that Lambert’s experience would pay off against Rashad but as always Evans continues to surprise everyone. I thought that Swick had a chance to win, but I had no idea that he was going to control Loiseau at that.
I wish that Swick would be more professional and quit being so cocky during fights, especially after he was getting his ass kicked in the last round. He was forunate enough to be able to coast through the third and pull out a victory. I was hoping Loiseau would have stopped him to teach him a lesson but Swick’s chin has improved greatly since his KO loss to Leben back in the WEC a few years back.
The AKA really needs to work on their guys’ conditioning. Just look at Buentello, Swick, and Prangley - all three have gassed completely by the end of their fights. That camp is phenomenal in improving striking ability, but lacking in the stamina department.
Do I think Swick should get a title shot? Not yet - I really believe that the UFC is going to give him Leben next, it’s the perfect time and Dana knows it. I wish that Evan Tanner would shave his beard and start training again but who knows that is going on with him at this point.
As for Hughes beating Penn - It’s something that I thought would happen in the end, just not in that fashion. My respect for Hughes just about tripled after he survived the first two rounds, especially holding on in a triangle and armbar at the same time for over a minute - absolutely amazing.
I’ve heard rumors that Penn had a broken rib and that’s the reason why he wasn’t able to do anything in the third - I personally think it’s crap, especially how it was said to be done - when Penn was switching to top position on Hughes.
BJ was gassed, no doubt about it and it’s his own fault too. He can’t get away with relying on pure skill anymore like he was able to do earlier on his career. There are fighters that are just as good as him now and even if they aren’t, they will last longer than him if he is unable to finish them.
If I was BJ, I would latch to a new team or pick up someone who will help him improve his stamina in the cage. He’s not going to be able to go anywhere without it.
I hate to see St. Pierre make comments about that, especially after hearing his awesome comments about Hughes in the past. It’s sad that he was probably told by someone to say those things just to build up the hype for the rematch.
Georges is lying out of his ass when he says that he wasn’t impressed. You could see the worry in his eyes when the fight was over. Hughes stopped Penn while Georges barely garned a split decision against another completely gassed Penn in that fight.
Swick, Rashad and Pulver all came into their fights Saturday night with alot on the line. Swick was battling for a shot at the middleweight title with Loiseau, Rashad was putting his 13-0 record on the line against Jason Lambert while he worked to climb the 205 lb ladder and Jens Pulver was making his UFC return for the first time in 4 years with the reputation of being the only UFC lightweight champion.
Mike “Quick” Swick entered the octagon as the co-main event going up against David Loiseau who was excepted to be Swick’s toughest test to date. Swick knew with a win in this fight he’d solidify himself as the top contender in the UFC middleweight division and he’d likely get the winner of Silva-Franklin.
The fight started fairly slow as both fighters were tentative and showing alot of respect for one another. Swick would attempt to come in with quick hard combinations but Loiseau constantly did a good job of blocking them. Unfortunately for Loiseau he still looked a little gunshy which may have been a result of the beating he took from Franklin. Swick was the only fighter mounting any offense as Loiseau just sat back and waited for an opening. Loiseau only threw about two punches but they were very hard and they backed up the AKA fighter. Swick was able to earn a takedown and shortly after that Loiseau gave up his back which allow him to return to his feet as the round ended.
Swick came out and did alot of the same in the second round throwing the odd combination and working from his opponents guard. He was able to soften Loiseau up late and open a cut over Loiseau’s left eye. Neither fighter was in any real danger as the round ended on the canvas.
A different David Loiseau walked out for the third round as he knew he was down on the scorecards and he needed to mount some sort of offense. Loiseau started stalking Swick around the cage but Swick wanted nothing to do with it so he took the fight down. Loiseau was able to quickly return to his feet where he started working some excellent punches. Quickly after that “The Crow” started to throw his signature elbows which where really effecting Swick. Loiseau ended up taking the fight to the canvas where he started raining down elbows. Swick knew he couldn’t remain in that position so he desparately tried to return to his feet. Shortly after Swick returned to his feet the bell rang and Swick earned himself a unanimous decision.
With the win Mike Swick has now solidified himself as one of the top contenders in the middleweight division.
Rashad Evans was able to keep his undefeated record intact last night as he TKO’d Jason Lambert partway through the second solidifying himself as a legitimate contender in the 205 pound division.
The first round saw two fresh fighters come out looking to exchange. Rashad looked very light on his feet while his opponent charged forward like a mad bull. Rashad mounted the first offense rushing into the clinch and attempting a takedown which Lambert defended well. Evans was eventually able to pick Lambert up and slam him to the canvas gaining side control. Lambert tried catching Evans with a kimura but he was able to escape as the fight return to the feet. Both guys worked in the clinch again where Evans was able to secure another takedown before the round ended.
Evans easily earned himself the edge in the first round with some excellent slams. Besides the one kimura attempt Lambert did very little as most of his wild shots and takedowns failed.
The second round started the second round with another big takedown where he was eventually able to mount his opponent. From there Evans unleashed a flurry of bombs from the top that knocked his opponent out. “Big” John McCarthy rushed in and stopped the fight giving Rashad Evans the win by KO at 2:22 of the second.
Many people questioned Rashad’s ability to finish coming into this fight but Rashad showed he is the real deal and a true contender in the 205 pound division as he made easy work of Jason Lambert who is a stud at 205.
The biggest shock for me tonight was Jens “Little Evil” Pulver versus Joe Lauzon. Jens Pulver was my lock to win but that all changed when UFC newcomer Joe Lauzon TKO’d his very experienced opponent very early in the first. Lauzon was a 7 to 1 underdog coming into this fight but he came out early and sent a message. Lauzon started his assault by scoring a quick single leg takedown. When the fight returned to the feet moments later Lauzon once again came in and took his opponent to the canvas. Pulver was able to make it back to his feet again but as he was working for the shoot Lauzon came in with a flying knee that missed but he followed that up with a hard left hook that landed right on the button sending a dazed Pulver to the canvas. In a total shocker Joe Lauzon was declared the winner at 48 seconds of the first round.
In what was turning out to be a night of upsets the combatants for the UFC 63 main-event made their way to the octagon.
Both guys were accompanied by flashy introductions. B.J. Penn was the first to make his way out of the back and down to the octagon walking to Crazy by Gnarles Barkley all while he was looking very confident and ready.
The champion Matt Hughes was next to come out accompanied by his signature entrance song “A Country Boy Can Survive” by Hank Williams Jr. On his was out Hughes looked very calm and composed.
The fight started and looked like a scene that was all too familiar. Penn came out strong early working his strikes and defending a Matt Hughes takedown attempt. Penn was able to land numerous strikes which were really affecting Hughes before Hughes finally was able to take the fight to the canvas.
When the fight returned to the feet Hughes fired off a few shots and while Penn moved to avoid them he stuck out his left hand and accidentally caught Hughes in the eye with a thumb. “Big” John McCarthy quickly stepped in between the two and stoppage the fight so Hughes could regain his vision.
When the fight started back up Hughes immediately attacked and went for the takedown but he was unsuccessful as the first round came to an end.
Hughes started the second round with a takedown but the very flexible B.J. Penn showed what he was all about when he trapped both of Matt’s arms and went for an omaplata.
Penn was eventually able to transition to Hughes’s back where he worked for a rear naked choke which failed. From there he was able to move up on Matt’s back and sink in a triangle which eventually became a triangle armbar. The submission was in very deep and it looked as though Hughes may be finished.
Late in the round Hughes showed true champion heart as he exploded out of the submission and showed a country boy can survive.
A new Matt Hughes came out of the red corner for the third round looking fresh and ready while a gassed B.J. Penn walked out of the blue corner.
Hughes looked great right from the get go working some excellent strikes on his helplessly gassed opponent. Hughes rocked Penn with a shot which allowed him to take Penn down to the canvas. Hughes was eventually able to transition to side-mount where he trapped both of Penn’s arms and started raining down punches and elbows to Penn’s head.
“Big” John McCarthy did everything in his power to let Penn try to get free but eventually enough was enough and “Big” John pounced in and called a halt to the fight a 3:58 of the third round for the winner by TKO Matt Hughes.
Hughes showed what a true champion he is overcoming a submission and punches that would have ended any normal fighter’s night. B.J. Penn showed that he is one hell of a fighter but with no cardio you aren’t going anywhere in this sport.
Next on the table will be a rematch between Georges St. Pierre and Matt Hughes. St. Pierre got things heated after the fight as he entered the octagon and took the microphone from Joe Rogan and said “Congratulations but you did not impress me in this fight. I will see you soon.” The comments really hit a nerve with Matt Hughes but as Rogan said St. Pierre is a nice kid and he was just trying to get the crowd going to up the pay-per-view buys for their battle.
Here are the results from UFC 63: Penn vs. Hughes.
- Tyson Griffin def. David Lee - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
- Jorge Gurgel def. Danny Abbadi - Decision (Split)
- Eddie Sanchez def. Mario Neto - KO (Punches)
- Roger Huerta def. Jason Dent - Decision (Unanimous)
- Joe Lauzon def. Jens Pulver - TKO (Punch)
- Rashad Evans def. Jason Lambert - KO (Strikes)
- Melvin Guillard def. Gabe Ruediger - KO (Shot to the Body)
- Mike Swick def. David Loiseau - Decision (Unanimous)
- Matt Hughes def. B.J. Penn - TKO (Strikes)
Here are the results from tonights weigh-ins for UFC 63: Penn vs. Hughes.
Matt Hughes (170) vs BJ Penn (166.5)
Mike Swick (184) vs David Loiseau (185.5)
Gabe Ruediger (155) vs Melvin Guillard (156)
Jason Lambert (205.5) vs Rashad Evans (204)
Joe Lauzon (155.5) vs Jens Pulver (154)
Jason Dent (155.5) vs Roger Huerta (155)
Mario Neto (235.5) vs Eddie Sanchez (223)
Danny Abbadi (155.5) vs Jorge Gurgel (154)
David Lee (153.5) vs Tyson Griffin (155)
Here is our preview for UFC 63: Penn vs. Hughes.
Matt Hughes 41-4-0 vs BJ Penn 10-3-1
Mike Swick 11-1-0 vs David Loiseau 15-5-0
Jason Lambert 22-5-0 vs Rashad Evans 9-0-0
Joe Lauzon 12-3-0 vs Jens Pulver 21-6-1
Gabe Ruediger vs Melvin Guillard 38-6-3
Roger Huerta 16-1-1 vs Jason Dent 12-6-0
Mario Neto 9-3-0 vs Eddie Sanchez 7-0-0
Danny Abbadi 2-2-0 vs Jorge Gurgel 12-1-0
David Lee 5-1-0 vs Tyson Griffin 7-0-0
B.J. Penn vs. Matt Hughes
Welterweight superstars B.J. Penn and Matt Hughes will renew acquaintances come Saturday night when the duo enters the octagon for the second time against one another.
These two fighters last entered the octagon together on January 31st, 2001 at UFC 46 Supernatural. B.J. Penn was coming into the fight as a lightweight fighter jumping up in weight to challenge Hughes for the title. Penn knew it was no easy fight as he was moving into a new weight class and immediately facing the best it had to offer but he’d have it no other way.
Coming into the fight Matt Hughes was heavily favored by the fans to take the fight. With everything going on around him Hughes took the fight lightly with Penn and he didn’t train the way he should have and it showed.
Early in the fight Penn being the dominant striker worked his stand-up game until Hughes decided to shoot in for the takedown. Luckily for Penn he was able to stuff it and gain top position.
From the top Penn was able to land a fight right hand which dazed Hughes and left Penn with a broken hand. From there he took his helpless opponents back and eventually sunk in a tight rear naked choke and forced Hughes to tap out at 4:39 of the first round.
Being crowned the new UFC welterweight champion Penn quickly hopped up off the canvas and kissed his opponent who was on his knees after being choked out. Penn’s victory proved to be one of the biggest upsets in UFC history.
That win ended up spelling the end of B.J. Penn in the UFC for a while as he decided that during his downtime between fights he’d take a fight in K-1 while still being under contract with the UFC. Signing with K-1 proved to be a breach of his contract so Dana White and Zuffa quickly took action stripping Penn of his newly earned welterweight title.
Things were really beginning to look bad between the Penn camp and the UFC. Both sides tried their luck by taking legal action but nothing came of it.
Things all took sudden chance on the evening of November 19, 2005 at UFC 56: Full Force. In what was turning out to be a rather uneventful show, UFC president Dana White entered the octagon to make a few announcements for the crowd at hand.
First Dana made it clear that Frank Mir felt he was ready to return and he’d eventually be fighting Andrei Arlovski who was the UFC heavyweight champion at the time. Next Dana White called Ken Shamrock to the octagon and announced that he would be coaching ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ season 3 and his counterpart would be arch rival Tito Ortiz. Finally White ended his announcement spree off by saying “look at this stud I just signed”. B.J. Penn then walked down the runway accompanied by a shirt that said “World Champion” all while he was hearing his welterweight title he was stripped of at UFC 46.
While Penn was going from the UFC, Matt Hughes worked hard to get his belt back and he eventually regained it at UFC 50: The War of ‘04 against Georges St. Pierre as he submitted him late in the first round.
With all of the drama behind them, both fighters should come in fairly focused and ready for a war.
Here is a little background information on each of the fighters.
UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes sports a mixed martial arts record of 39-4-0 with 13 wins coming by TKO and 18 by submission.
Hughes is an incredibly strong wrestler with a wealth of both wrestling and MMA experience. Hughes has a slew of excellent wins to his name as he has defeated the likes of Frank Trigg, Royce Gracie, Georges St. Pierre, Carlos Newton, Sean Sherk and many more. In his last 19 fights he is 18-1 with his only loss coming to the hands of his opponent Saturday night Mr. B.J. Penn.
Matt Hughes is a constantly evolving fighter who trains with the highly respect Miletich Fighting Systems which is arguably one of the best camps in the world right now. Hughes is surrounded by many former and current champions who know what it takes to be successful. You know that Hughes will be working everything with Team Miletich but his best assets are his brutal ground and pound, excellent takedowns and his ever improving submissions.
Hughes is on a roll right now and you can bet he’ll give Penn one hell of a fight.
Former UFC welterweight champion B.J. “The Prodigy” Penn sports a mixed martial arts record of 10-3-1. His last fight was at UFC 58: Canada vs. USA in which Penn lost a tough decision to Georges St. Pierre.
Penn’s three losses have come to Jens Pulver, Ryoto Machida, and Georges St. Pierre. That right there shows you that Penn is no slouch as all of those fighters are the best of the best. Penn holds victories over Matt Hughes, Caol Uno, Takanori Gomi, Renzo Gracie and more. Penn is always looking for the toughest test possibly and he will have that Saturday.
Penn began training at the age of 17 and by 2000 he earn his blackbelt in BJJ under Andre Pederveiras. Penn has excellent striking skills and knockout power in both hands. Penn is dangerous wherever the fight goes as his striking his exceptional as are his submissions are his is an extremely flexible individual. At times cardio is a question for Penn but coming into this fight he is said to be in excellent shape as he is walking around at about 167 lbs.
When it comes down to picking this fight my heart says Penn and my head says Hughes. I am going to go with my heart and pick B.J. Penn to defeat Hughes for a second time.
Penn and Hughes are both coming into this fight with something to prove. Penn wants to prove that the first fight was the real deal and Hughes is looking to prove it was a fluke and he wants his revenge.
I feel that B.J. Penn is the better striker and grappler. The only department I see Hughes being better is in the wrestling but technique can overcome power.
I feel Penn will come into this fight very focused and he’ll hurt Hughes early and earn either a first or second round stoppage. They longer the fight goes the better it’ll be for Hughes.
If Penn’s cardio is bad Hughes may be able to pull off a sub in the late moments of the fight but otherwise I don’t honestly see Hughes stopping him. The only way I see Hughes winning is by decision.
Also note the neither Jeremy Horn or Pat Miletich will be there to corner/prepare Matt Hughes like they usually do. Miletich will be fighting Gracie at the upcoming IFL event and Horn will be there with him. Whenever Penn is focused he succeeds and I feel he is focused and he’ll pull out the victory.
David Loiseau vs. Mike Swick
The co-main event of the evening will feature UFC middleweight contenders David Loiseau and Mike Swick.
David Loiseau sports a mixed martial arts record of 14-5-0 with 9 of his victories coming by TKO/KO. Loiseau has a UFC record of 4-2 with victories over Evan Tanner, Charles McCarthy, Mark Weir, and Gideon Ray. His two losses were to Jorge Rivera and of course to Rich Franklin in what was a five round war.
Loiseau has very dangerous elbows, punches, and kicks. His hands are extremely quick and coming into this fight he has worked on his ground game training with Dean Lister along with Georges St. Pierre.
Loiseau stays very calm and composed when he is in trouble and he also posesses a huge heart. A perfect example of his heart would be his fight against Rich Franklin.
Coming into this fight Loiseau is coming off of a devastating loss to the hands of UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. Loiseau has tons of octagon experience so he should be fine and he is always dangerous with those vicious elbows of his.
Mike Swick sports a mixed martial arts record of 9-1-0 with 5 victories coming by TKO. Swick’s only loss was to the hands of fellow middleweight contender Chris “The Cripple” Leben. Leben was able to drop Swick with a hard left hand back in 2004. Swick is 4-0 in the UFC with his victories coming over Alex Schoenauer, Gideon Ray, Joe Riggs and Steve Vigneault.
Swick trains with the American Kickboxing Academy and in his UFC appearances he has shown that he has good strikes and submissions. His first two fights saw him knock his opponents senseless with quick combos and his last two fights have been impressive submission wins via his patented guillotine choke.
I feel Loiseau is the better striker and Swick is the better grappler. Either way this is going to be one hell of a fight.
Jason Lambert vs. Rashad Evans
Rashad Evans sports a mixed martial arts record of 8-0 and a UFC record of 3-0. Evans’s three UFC victories have come against Brad Imes, Sam Hoger, and Stephan Bonner. All three of the fights went to decision and two of them ended up being spilt decisions in Rashad’s favor.
Evans has a background in wrestling and boxing. He has been spending the majority of his time down in Albuquerque, New Mexico training with Greg Jackson and his crew.
Evans has good strikes but wrestling is really his strong point. He has the ability to dominate and wear his opponents down my slamming them to the canvas time after time. The one problem with Rashad is once the fight hits the canvas he just lays there and prays. So far during his time in the UFC I’d say Rashad has really lacked the killer instinct needed.
Rashad’s opponent Jason Lambert will prove to be his toughest test yet.
Jason Lambert sports a mixed martial arts record of 22-5-0. Fighting out of Apple Valley, California this former heavyweight is 3-0 in the UFC and he is currently on a 8 fight winning streak. Lambert has the tools needed to be successful in the division and contend for a title. Lambert’s three UFC victories have been over Brendan Lee Hinkle, Rob MacDonald and Terry Martin.
Lambert brings alot of experience to the cage and his five losses are to the best the sport has to offer. While fighting at heavyweight Lambert lost to Ruas, Sylvia, Cabbage and most recently Chael Sonnen. None of those guys are pushovers by any means.
Lambert brings good wrestling, ground and pound and submissions into this fight. I feel Lambert my have what it takes to break Rashad’s undefeated streak. If Lambert can overcome Rashad’s dominant wrestling and work his game he should have a good night. Both fighters have loads of heart so it should be interesting.
Jens Pulver vs. Joe Lauzon
Jens “Little Evil” Pulver will make his return to the UFC lightweight division for the first time in nearly 4 years. Pulver left the UFC back in January of 2002 after he successfully defended his lightweight title against B.J. Penn. Pulver and the UFC were having trouble negotiating a new contract so Pulver decided to leave for Japan.
During his time away from the UFC Pulver stayed busy fighting for Pride, Shooto and the IFL. Pulver’s first fight in Pride was against Japanese superstar Takanori Gomi. The fight turned out to be a slugfest and Pulver was eventually dropped. Pulver finished his time is Pride going 2-2.
Pulver returned to the States earlier this year for the first time since leaving the UFC. Pulver was featured in one of the IFL’s superfights where fans saw Pulver make easy work of Cole Escovedo knocking him out in under one minute.
Finally the UFC’s only ever lightweight champion has returned!
Jens Pulver sports a mixed martial arts record of 21-6-1 with 13 of his wins coming by KO. Pulver is 7-0-1 in the UFC and he has beaten the likes of B.J. Penn, Caol Uno, John Lewis and more.
Before leaving the UFC Pulver totally dominated the UFC lightweight division. This lightning fast lightweight is known for his boxing and submission wrestling skills. Pulver is a southpaw who posesses a lethal left hand. Lauzon will have to watch out for Pulver’s vicious liver shots and his knock-out power.
Jens has had some professional boxing experience and when it comes to lightweights you won’t find many fighters better then him. Pulver currently trains with Spencer Fisher, Matt Hughes and all the other guys down at Miletich Fighting Systems.
I don’t know a whole lot of Pulver’s opponent Joe Lauzon. Joe Lauzon sports a mixed martial arts record 13-3-0. Of his 13 wins 11 have come by submission.
The UFC has set this fight up to showcase Jens Pulver to all the new fans seeing as he is the former lightweight champion and he’ll be coaching on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ season 5.
Melvin Guillard vs. Gabe Ruediger
Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard sports a mixed martial arts record of 20-5-2 and a UFC record of 2-1. Guillard’s two UFC victories game against Marcus Davis and of course his devastating knockout of Rick Davis. Guillard’s only UFC loss came to the hands of the very tough Josh Neer.
Guillard has a background in muay thai and wrestling. Melvin is a very exciting fighter at lightweight and almost reminds me of a mini Kevin Randleman. Whether he wins or loses you can expect to get your moneys worth.
“The Young Assassin” also stared on season two of ‘The Ulimate Fighter’. Fans got to see his extremely cocky attitude which was clearly an attention grabber. After all of his talking Guillard was sent packing in the second week of the show has Josh Burkman beat him in their fight.
Coming into this fight Guillard has been spending his time training with Team Punishment up in Big Bear.
Gabe “Godzilla” Ruediger sports a mixed martial arts record of 10-2-0 with 6 of his victories coming by submission. Ruediger trains at Millenia Jiu-Jitsu with the likes of John Alessio and Javier Vasquez.
Coming into this fight Ruediger has wins over the likes of Olaf Alfonso, Jason Maxwell, and Sam Wells. Ruediger hasn’t really faced any big names and when he did he ended up losing to Hermes Franca early in the first round.
I’ve heard “Godzilla’s” name mention alot so I’m excited to see what he can do in the UFC. Guillard has been talking alot of trash leading into this fight so hopefully things get heated at the weigh-ins.
Roger Huerta vs. Jason Dent
Roger Huerta sports a mixed martial arts record of 14-1-1 with 7 wins coming by knockout. Huerta is currently on a 10 fight winning streak. Huerta’s only loss came to the hands of IFL veteran Ryan Schultz. Huerta holds victories over the likes of Harris Sarmiento, Jake Short and more.
Huerta has a background in wrestling and boxing and he is a student of former UFC middleweight champion Dave “The Warrior” Menne.
Huerta was scheduled to face Hermes Franca at UFC 61 but he was forced to pull out of the fight due to an injury.
Huerta’s opponent Jason Dent sports a mixed martial arts record of 12-6-0. Of his 12 victories 9 have been by submission. Huerta was orginally slated to fight Jason Reinhardt but he was forced to pull out leaving Dent as the late replacement.
Dent has a muay thai background and he is currently on a four fight winning streak with his last fight taking place in Icon Sport.
Mario Neto vs. Eddie Sanchez
Mario Neto sports a mixed martial arts record of 9-3-0 with 6 of his victories coming by submission. Neto is on a seven fight winning streak and he has victories over UFC veterans Gary Goodridge and Seth Petruzelli.
Neto is a BJJ blackbelt who trains at the Wolfslair Academy with the likes of Ian Freeman and Michael Bisping.
Neto’s opponent Eddie Sanchez is 5-0 and he is coming into this fight as a late replacement for Gabriel Gonzaga.
David Lee vs. Tyson Griffin
Tyson Griffin sports a mixed martial arts record of 7-0 with 5 of his wins coming by TKO. Griffin usually fights at 145 lbs but he will be jumping up to 155 lbs so he can compete in the UFC.
Griffin trains with David Terrell at the Nor-Cal Fighting Alliance. Griffin holds victories over Urijah Faber and UFC veteran Duane Ludwig. Griffin is currently one of the best lightweights in the world and the UFC made a smart move picking him up.
Griffin’s opponent David Lee sports a mixed martial arts record of 5-1 with all of his victories coming by submission. Lee is a purple belt in BJJ but Griffin should be able to handle him on the ground to earn himself his eighth win.
Jorge Gurgle vs. Danny Abaddi
Jorge Gurgle sports a mixed martial arts record of 9-2 and all of his wins have come by submission. Gurgle is a blackbelt in BJJ and he is part of Team Extreme. Gurgle has spent alot of time preparing for this fight with both Jeremy Horn and Rich Franklin.
When ask his thoughts on his opponent Gurgle said it “It sucks, people ask me who I am fighting and I tell them Danny Abaddi and they start laughing at me.” Gurgle loss his last fight in the UFC to Mark Hominick at UFC Fight Night 5.
Gurgle should make easy work of Danny Abbadi come Saturday nght. Danny Abaddi has a mixed martial arts record of 0-1. Abaddi has good striking skills but he is outclass in this fight.