UFC 72: Victory Preview

Here is a preview we put together for UFC 72: Victory.

Main Card Bouts:
Rich Franklin vs. Yushin Okami
Forrest Griffin vs. Hector Ramirez
Tyson Griffin vs. Clay Guida
Jason MacDonald vs. Rory Singer
Ed Herman vs. Scott Smith

Preliminary Bouts:
Marcus Davis vs. Jason Tan
Eddie Sanchez vs. Colin Robinson
Dustin Hazelett vs. Stevie Lynch

Also be sure to tune in at 3 PM EST as we’ll be doing one of our patented ‘Live Blogs’ for the PPV.

Rich Franklin (21-2) vs. Yushin Okami (20-3)

Rich “Ace” Franklin is the former UFC middleweight champion and currently one of the most well-rounded mixed martial artists in the sport today. Franklin sports a UFC record of 8-1 with victories over the likes of David Loiseau, Evan Tanner, Jason MacDonald, Ken Shamrock, Jorge Rivera, Edwin Dewees, and of course Nate Quarry. Franklin’s sole UFC loss came at UFC 67: All or Nothing during a title defense against Anderson Silva. Silva incorporated a variety of dynamic strikes to send Franklin to the canvas early in the first round.

Rich Franklin is a large middleweight who possesses a solid striking game while also being well versed in submissions. Franklin spends his time in Cincinnatti training with his good friend and coach Jorge Gurgel. Frankling in on the road for redemption and the only thing standing in his way is Yushin Okami.

Last 10 Fights:

Win – Jason MacDonald – TKO (Corner Stoppage) – UFC 68: Uprising
Loss – Anderson Silva – TKO (Strikes) – UFC 64: Unstoppable
Win – David Loiseau – Decision (Unanimous) – UFC 58: USA vs. Canada
Win – Nathan Quarry – KO (Punch) – UFC 56: Full Force
Win – Evan Tanner – TKO (Doctor Stoppage) – UFC 53: Heavy Hitters
Win – Ken Shamrock – TKO (Strikes) UFC: Ultimate Fighter Finale
Win – Curtis Stout – Submission (Punches) – SuperBrawl 38
Win – Jorge Rivera – Submission (Armbar) – UFC 50: The War of ‘04
Win – Ralph Dilon – Submission (Kimura) – AFC: Alaska Fighting Championship
Win – Leo Sylvest – Submission (Strikes) – SuperBrawl 35

Yushin Okami is a versatile veteran who sports a mixed martial arts record of 20-3 and a UFC record of 4-0. Okami has experience fighting in the UFC, PRIDE and Pancrase. Okami possesses good striking along with excellent greco takedowns and a great top game.

Franklin will be the better striker in this fight and Okami will be required to work his takedowns and top game if he wants to win this fight. It’s going to be all about who imposes their will and executes the better gameplan.

What will it be, Franklin vs. Silva II or Okami vs. Silva II?

Last 10 Fights:

Win – Mike Swick – Decision (Unanimous) – UFC 69: Shootout
Win – Rory Singer – Submission (Punches) – UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz II
Win – Kalib Starnes – TKO (Strikes) – UFC 64: Unstoppable
Win – Alan Belcher – Decision (Unanimous) – UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral
Win – Izuru Takeuchi -  TKO (Punches) – GCM: D.O.G. 6
Win – Pang Ji Won – TKO – MARS: MARS World Grand Prix
Loss – Jake Sheilds – Decision (Majority) – ROTR: Rumble on the Rock 9
Win – Anderson Silva – DQ (Illegal Kick) – ROTR: Rumble on the Rock 8
Win – Myun Joo Lee – TKO (Corner Stoppage) – K-1: Seoul Hero’s
Win – Damien Riccio – TKO – GCM: D.O.G. 3

Forrest Griffin (13-4) vs. Hector Ramirez (6-2-1)

‘The Ultimate Fighter’ champion Forrest Griffin is making his return to the octagon for the first time since his devastating TKO loss to the hands of Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine. After the loss Griffin was nailed with a serious case of staph infection which forced him to withdraw from his scheduled bout with Ryoto Machida at UFC 70.

The Athens, Georgia native brings a huge heart into the octagon along with good striking and a solid chin. Griffin’s fights rarely hit the canvas but when they do Griffin is quite capable of handling himself. Griffin loves to put on a show and this fight is the perfect opportunity for another slugfest.

Last 10 Fights:

Loss – Keith Jardine – TKO (Punches) – UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz II
Win – Stephan Bonnar – Decision (Unanimous) – UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral
Loss – Tito Ortiz – Decision (Split) – UFC 59: Reality Check
Win – Elvis Sinosic – TKO (Punches) – UFC 55: Fury
Win – Bill Mahood – Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – UFC 53: Heavy Hitters
Win – Stephan Bonnar – Decision (Unanimous) – UFC: Ultimate Fighter Finale
Win – Edson Paredao – KO (Punch) – Heat FC 2: Evolution
Loss – Jeremy Horn – KO (Kick) – IFC: Global Domination
Win – Chael Sonnen – Submission (Triangle Choke) – IFC: Global Domination
Win – Edenezer Fontes Braga – Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Heat FC 1: Genesis

Hector “Sick Dog” Ramirez sports a MMA record of 6-2-1 and a UFC record of 0-1. Ramirez made his octagon debut at UFC 65: Bad Intentions when he went to war with James Irvin. After a solid first round Ramirez ate a huge right from Irvin which ended his night. Ramirez will be looking to steal Griffin’s spotlight when he returns to the octagon Saturday night.

Last 9 Fights:

Loss – James Irvin – TKO (Strikes) – UFC 65: Bad Intentions
Draw – Emanuel Newton – Draw – KOTC: Prime Time
Win – Kendall Grove – KO (Punch) – KOTC: Mortal Sins
Loss – Rashad Evans – Decision (Unanimous) – GC 27: FightFest 2
Win – Dave Vitkay – TKO – GC 26: FightFest 1
Win – Shannon Ritch – KO – PFC: Pit Fighting Championship
Win – Justin Shufford – TKO – PFC: Put Up or Shut Up
Win – Asa Fuller – Decision (Unanimous) – PFC: Pit Fighting Championship
Win – Gustavo Sandoval – Submission (Strikes) – PFC: Pit Fighting Championship

Jason MacDonald (18-8) vs. Rory Singer (11-6)

Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald is a former prison guard turned full-time fighter. MacDonald sports a MMA record of 18-8 and a UFC record of 2-1. Being dubbed the “TUF Hunter”, MacDonald holds victories over TUF alumni Chris “The Crippler” Leben and Ed “Short Fuse” Herman.

MacDonald brings an excellent submission game and along with solid stand up. MacDonald should definitely have the edge on the canvas in this bout and their striking games should be fairly even.

Last 10 Fights:

Loss – Rich Franklin – TKO (Corner Stoppage) – UFC 68: Uprising
Win – Chris Leben – Submission (Modified Guillotine) – UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz II
Win – Ed Herman – Submission (Triangle Choke) – UFC: The Final Chapter
Win – Neil Berry – Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – MFC 10: Unfinished Business
Win – Fritz Paul – Submission (Verbal) – ECC 3: East Coast Warriors
Win – Jerry Spiegel – TKO – ECC 2: Collision Course
Win – Gideon Ray – Decision (Unanimous) – ECC 1: Extreme Cage Combat 1
Loss – Patrick Cote – Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – MFC 9: No Excuses
Loss – Kalib Starnes – TKO – NFC 5: National Fighting Challenge 5
Win – Joe Doerksen – Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – UCW 3: Caged Inferno

American Top Team member Rory Singer sports a MMA record of 11-6 and a UFC record of 2-1. Singer gained fame by appearing on season 3 of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’. Singer is a BJJ brown belt who is well versed in boxing and Muay Thai.

Last 10 Fights:

Win – Matt Masterson – Decision (Unanimous) – Wild Bill’s Fight Night 8
Loss – Yushin Okami – Submission (Punches) – UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz II
Win – Josh Haynes – Decision (Unanimous) – UFC: The Final Chapter
Win – Ross Pointon – Submission (Triangle Choke) – UFC: Ultimate Fighter Finale 3
Win – Josh Tamsen – Submission (Triangle Choke) – Full Throttle 3
Loss – Dennis Hallman – Submission (Rear Naked Choke) - Absolute Fighting Championships 11
Win – Joason Hathaway – Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – ISCF: Domination at the DAC
Win – Diego Vitosky – Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Absolute Fighting Championships 9
Win – Wilson Gouveia – KO (Knee) – KOTC 32: Bringing Heat
Win – James Wakefield – Submission (Armbar) – ISCF: Anarchy in August

Clay Guida (21-7) vs. Tyson Griffin (8-1)

Clay Guida is an experienced lightweight with a professional MMA record of 21-7. Guida currently trains out of the Hellhouse along with his brother, Jason. He made his UFC debut at UFC 64, submitting Justin James with a rear naked choke in the second round. Guida then lost an unanimous decision to veteran UFC lightweight Din Thomas at UFC Fight Night 8.

Last 10 Fights:

Loss - Din Thomas - Decision (Unanimous) - UFC Fight Night 8
Win - Justin James - Submission (Rear Naked Choke) - UFC 64: Unstoppable
Win - Joe Martin - Decision (Unanimous) - WEC 23: Hot August Fights
Loss - Yusuke Endo - Submission (Armbar) - Shooto 2006: 7/21 in Korakuen Hall
Loss - Gilbert Melendez - Decision (Split) - Strikeforce: Revenge
Win - Josh Thomson - Decision (Unanimous) - Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie
Loss - Tristen Yunker - Submission (Rear Naked Choke) - KOTC: Redemption on the River
Win - Joe Jordan - Decision (Unanimous) - XFO 8: Xtreme Fighting Organization 8
Win - Jeff Carsten - TKO (Injury) - IC 9: Purgatory
Win - Dave Cochran - Submission (Rear Naked Choke) - KOTC: Xtreme Edge

Tyson Griffin is a talented wrestler that trains out of the Nor-Cal Fighting Alliance along with former UFC middleweight contender David Terrell. Griffin is widely known as the only fighter to ever defeat current WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber. Griffin made his UFC debut at UFC 63, submitting David Lee with a rear naked choke. Griffin then fell victim to the upstart Frankie Edgar at UFC 67, losing an unanimous decision.

Last 9 Fights:

Loss – Frankie Edgar – Decision (Unanimous) – UFC 67: All or Nothing
Win – David Lee – Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – UFC 63: Hughes vs Penn
Win – Duane Ludwig – TKO (Strikes) – Strike Force: Revenge
Win – Chuck Kim – Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – GC 49: Faceoff
Win – Melchor Manibusan – TKO – FFCF 5: Unleashed
Win – Jorge Evangelista – KO – GC 46: Avalanche
Win – Urijah Faber – TKO – GC 42: Summerslam
Win – Cody Williams – Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – GC 36: Proving Grounds
Win – Ryan Frost – TKO – GC 32: King of the Hill

Eddie Sanchez (6-1) vs. Colin Robinson (8-2)

Eddie Sanchez is a hard-hitting heavyweight who sports a professional MMA record of 6-1. Sanchez currently trains with the North County Fight Club along with UFC light heavyweight contender Jason Lambert and former UFC heavyweight Wade Shipp. Sanchez made his UFC debut at UFC 63, knocking out Mario Neto in the second round. Sanchez then fell victim to the ever dangerous Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 67, being stopped in the first round.

Last 7 Fights:

Loss – Mirko Filipovic – TKO (Strikes) – UFC 67: All or Nothing
Win – Mario Neto – KO (Punches) – UFC 63: Hughes vs. Penn
Win – Wade Shipp – TKO – TC 13 Anarchy
Win – Julian Rush – TKO (Corner Stoppage) – TC 10: Total Combat 10
Win – Adrian Perez – Submission (Strikes) – KOTC: Flash Point
Win – Anthony Ruiz – Submission (Choke) – KOTC: San Jacinto
Win – Tony Towers – TKO – TC 7: Total Combat 7

Colin Robinson sports a professional MMA record of 8-2 and will be making his UFC debut at UFC 72 in his home country of Ireland. Robinson owns wins over fellow heavyweights Robert Berry, Dave Wilson, Karl Roche, Edwin Junior, and John Molloy among others throughout the course of his career.

Last 10 Fights:

Win – Dave Wilson – TKO – SAS 2: Strike and Submit 2
Win – Karl Roche – Decision – Ultimate Fighting Revolution 8
Win – Robert Berry – TKO – GR 19: Goshin Ryu 19
Win – Edwin Junior – TKO – Cage Kombat 3
Win – Dave Wilson – Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – SAS 1: Strike and Submit 1
Win – Rhys Iles – TKO – GR 17: Goshin Ryu 17
Loss – Malick Idiaye – KO – 2H2H: Road to Japan
Loss – Gary Christie – Submission (Armbar) – Ultimate Fighting Revolution 4
Win – John Molloy – Submission (Armbar) – Shooto: Ireland
Win – Mo O’Gormley – Submission (Choke) – Ultimate Fighting Revolution 1

Ed Herman (12-5) vs. Scott Smith (11-3)

TUF 3 veteran Ed “Short Fuse” Herman is a tough middleweight who trains with Team Quest and sports a MMA record of 12-5 and a UFC record of 1-2. Herman lost in his UFC debut against Kendall Grove and then shortly after he was submitted by middleweight contender Jason MacDonald. Herman finally got some wind in his sails when he defeated Chris Price at UFC Fight Night 8.

Herman is a solid wrestler who mixes in an excellent top game and great submissions. Herman is capable on the feet but Smith should be the better striker in this battle.

Last 10 Fights:

Win – Chris Price – Submission (Armbar) – UFC Fight Night 8
Loss – Jason MacDonald – Submission (Triangle Choke) – UFC: The Final Chapter
Loss – Kendall Grove – Decision (Unanimous) – UFC: Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale
Win – Dave Menne – TKO (Corner Stoppage) – Extreme Challenge 63
Win – Nick Thompson – TKO (Injury) – H2H: Hand 2 Hand Combat
Win – Rhomez Brower – Submission (Armbar) – IFC: Mayhem in Montana
Win – Glover Teixeira – Decision (Unanimous) – SF 9: Respect
Loss – Joe Doerksen – Submission (Triangle Choke) – SF 7: Frightnight
Win – Brian Ebersole – Submission (Triangle Choke) – SF 5: Stadium
Loss – Kazuo Misaki – Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) – Pancrase: 2004 Neo-Blood Tourney Final

Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith is a native of California who sports a MMA record of 11-3 and a UFC record of 1-2. Smith’s UFC debut came at UFC 59: Reality Check when controversial submission loss to David Terrell. Since then he has gone 1-1 defeating Pete Sell by KO and dropping a unanimous decision to Patrick Cote.

Smith is a wild striker who possesses excellent kicks, punches and a solid takedown defense. Ed Herman will be the better wrestler and submission specialist in this fight so it’ll be interesting to see who succeeds in imposing their game.

Last 10 Fights:

Win – Troy Miller – TKO – PFC 2: Fast and Furious
Loss – Patrick Cote – Decision (Unanimous) – UFC 67: All or Nothing
Win – Pete Sell – KO (Punch) – UFC: Ultimate Fighter Finale 4
Loss – David Terrell – Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – UFC 59: Reality Check
Win – Justin Levens – KO – WEC 18: Unfinished Business
Win – Tait Fletcher – TKO (Punches) – WEC 17: Halloween Fury 4
Win – Tim McKenzie – TKO (Punches) – WEC 17: Halloween Fury 4
Win – John Seilhan – TKO – Gladiator Challenge 30
Loss – James Irvin – KO – Gladiator Challenge 22
Win – Jaime Jara – Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Gladiator Challenge 20

Marcus Davis (11-3) vs. Jason Tan (4-1)

Marcus Davis is a UFC veteran with a professional record of 11-3. Davis was originally a member of The Ultimate Fighter 2 cast. Davis made his UFC debut during the show’s finale, losing to Melvin Guillard because of a cut. Davis then took some time away from the UFC to fight in smaller shows before making his return at Ortiz vs Shamrock III: The Final Chapter where he submitted Forrest Petz with a guillotine. Davis continued his winning ways at UFC Fight Night 7 where he won an unanimous decision over Shonie Carter as well as at UFC 69 where he submitted Pete Spratt with an achilles lock.

Last 10 Fights:

Win – Pete Spratt – Submission (Achilles Lock) – UFC 69: Shootout
Win – Shonie Carter – Decision (Unanimous) – UFC Fight Night 7
Win – Forrest Petz – Submission (Guillotine) - UFC: The Final Chapter
Win – Mike Vaughn – Submission (Armbar) – Wild Bill’s: Fight Night 4
Win – Jason Hathaway – TKO – Wild Bill’s: Fight Night 3
Win – Doug Gordon – Decision (Unanimous) – Cage Fury Fighting Championships 1
Win – Craig Gunder – Submission (Guillotine) – CZ 16: In the Cage 2
Win – Andy Normington – Submission (Neck Crank) – CZ 14: In the Cage
Loss – Melvin Guillard – TKO (Cut) UFC: Ultimate Fighter Finale 2
Win – Renat Myzabekov – Submission (Armbar) – CZ 10: Ground War

Jason Tan is a relative newcomer to the sport of MMA who currently sports a professional record of 4-1. Tan will be making his debut at UFC 72. He has been fighting primarily over in England, fighting in the Cage Fighting Championships and Cage Gladiators promotions.

Last 5 Fights:

Loss – Jim Wallhead – Decision (Split) – CG II: The Next Generation
Win – Joey Van Wanrooij – Submission (Triangle) - CG: Cage Gladiators
Win – Alex Reid – Decision (Split) – WCFC: No Guts No Glory
Win – Leslie Ojugbanna – Submission (Triangle) – CFC 4: Cage Carnage
Win – Brian Moore – TKO – CFC 3: Cage Carnage

Dustin Hazelett (8-3) vs. Steve Lynch (4-0)

Dustin Hazelett is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio who sports a MMA record of 8-3 and a UFC record of 1-1. Hazelett is a BJJ brown belt under Jorge Gurgel and he spends time training with former UFC middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin. Hazelett has definite edge in experience in this fight so it’ll be interesting to see what effect that has on Lynch.

Last 10 Fights:

Win – Diego Saraiva – Decision (Unanimous) – UFC 67: All or Nothing
Loss – Tony DeSouza – Submission (Kimura) – UFC: The Final Chapter
Win – Chad Reiner – KO – Extreme Challenge 70
Win – Victor Moreno – Submission (Armbar) – Extreme Challenge 68
Win – Mike Cardosa – Submission (Triangle Choke) – Extreme Challenge 68
Win – Rhalan Gracie – Decision (Split) – GFC: Team Gracie vs. Team Hammer House
Loss – Dereck Keasley – Decision – Freestyle Fighting Championship 16
Win – John Shackelford – Submission (Choke) – Freestyle Fighting Championship 16
Loss – Junior Assuncao – TKO – Full Throttle 3
Win – Jason Ireland – Submission (Triangle Choke) – H2H: Hand 2 Hand Combat

Steve Lynch is a relatively unknown fighter making his UFC debut. Lynch sports a MMA record of 4-0 with all 2 of his victories coming via the TKO and two coming by submission. Lynch definitely lacks experience in the cage and his record doesn’t show any known names.

Last 4 Fights:

Win – Mark O’Toole – TKO (Corner Stoppage) – Ultimate Fighting Revolution 8
Win – Lewis Barrow – TKO – Goshin Ryu 19
Win – Paul Murtagh – Submission – UFR 7: Halloween Brawl
Win – Daniel Collins – Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – KOTC: Unfinished Business

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