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#5 St. Paris Graham visits #2 Blair Academy (Jan. 29)

January 26th, 2011 | Author:
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St. Paris Graham has a chance for redemption this weekend after losing a heart-breaker last Saturday against in-state rival St. Edward.  The loss dropped S.P.G. from #2 to #5 in The National Team Rankings as they get ready to go to Blair Academy this weekend, the new #2  team in the country.

How will St. Paris Graham respond to their seasons first blemish?  We can speculate how big of an impact not having Isaac Jordan (defending state champion) was in deciding the outcome of the St. Edward match.  Graham’s Isaac Jordan (#2 in Ohio) was hoping to be back in the lineup to face St. Ed’s after being inactive for 6 weeks with an injury.  But he wasn’t fully-healthy or match-ready to come back for a showdown against Domenic Abounader, Ohio’s D-I #1 ranked 160-pounder, who pinned Jordan’s replacement in the first period, helping St. Ed’s win the dual meet by 2 points.  Head coach Jeff Jordan needs to rally the team and show they can bounce back after a tough defeat if they want to climb back near the top of the polls and add to their successful 2010-2011 season.

Meanwhile, Blair Academy is on a roll after winning the NHSCA Final Four Duals in Pennsylvania last week, where they beat the #1 ranked teams in New Jersey (54-10) and Washington (70-0).  They seemed to have peaked just in time for Graham coming to town and for next weekend, as they head to Ohio to face St. Edward.  For the season, Blair is undefeated in dual meets, Beast of the East Team Champions and 2nd-place finishers at the Ironman, where St. Paris Graham narrowly won the title.  You can count on head coach Jeff Buxton having Blair Academy ready for Graham this Saturday.

    Projected Lineups:

    St. Paris Graham

    103 – Chase Crabtree
    112 – Ryan Taylor
    119 – Micah Jordan
    125 - Nate Henkle
    130 - Lane Thomas
    135 - Case Garrison
    140 - Nick Brascetta
    145 - Bo Jordan
    152 - Matt Stephens
    160 - Isaac Jordan or Robert Mannier
    171 - Kyle Ryan
    189 - Huston Evans
    215 - Mark Meyer
    285 - Darrin Bovey

    Blair Academy

    103 – Joseph McKenna
    112 – Evan Silver or Max Hvolbek
    119 – Caleb Richardson or Evan Silver
    125 – Mark Grey or Caleb Richardson
    130 – Todd Preston or Mark Grey
    135 – Austin Ormsbee or Todd Preston
    140 – Russ Parsons or Austin Ormsbee
    145 – Dylan Milonas or Russ Parsons
    152 – Patrick Coover or Dylan Milonas
    160 – Mike Mocco
    171 – Addison Knepshield
    189 – Frank Mattiace
    215 – Willie Wilson
    285 – Brooks Black

    Greenwood Wrestler Rob Arnett Makes His Pro MMA Debut

    September 3rd, 2010 | Author:
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    I remember telling my dad when I was a little kid watching the original UFC’s that I was going to do that someday…he laughed me off back then.”

    Rob ArnettFor Rob “No Leftovers” Arnett, wrestling was his first avenue for athletic competition but he since has decided to jump on the mixed martial arts freeway.

    The 2005 graduate of Greenwood High School and 2010 Wabash College graduate has wrestled since his freshman year at Greenwood. But after becoming a fan of UFC at a young age, Arnett wanted an opportunity in that sport.

    “I’ve wanted to get into MMA for a long time,” Arnett said. “I remember telling my dad when I was a little kid watching the original UFC’s that I was going to do that someday…he laughed me off back then.”

    After successful wrestling careers at Greenwood and Wabash College (100-56), Arnett saw a chance to enter his favorite sport.

    “Through wrestling, I had a friend who told me about his participation in it, so I jumped at the opportunity to get on a card,” said Arnett, who is 5th in all-time career wins in Wabash history.

    Upon breaking into the sport, the 250-pounder has won each five of his amateur fights. Four of the victories have come via TKO and the other by knockout. After the early success, it was time to see what he could do on the pro level.

    “I have been wanting to be on the pro side of things for a while, even though I probably wasn’t ready, but couldn’t due to collegiate wrestling,” Arnett said. “In my last fight I ate some punches and didn’t fade away from the fight at all. I responded exactly how I hoped I would and finished the fight. It was time for me to make the jump.”

    The wrestler-turned-MMA fighter will be making his professional debut this Friday against Harley “The Headhunter” Hiner (1-1), a 6-foot-2, 260 pounder.

    “He probably did a little bit of research and knows I’m a wrestler, so I expect him to be prepared to try and stuff takedown attempts,” Arnett said. “He looks to be a tough guy and I’m certainly not taking him lightly. I’ll get a better feel for what he is all about after I start hitting him.”

    Anthony Ferguson, who has worked as a fighter, trainer, corner man, gym owner and promoter, is Arnett’s uncle and MMA mentor. Ferguson has experience training and coaching with UFC veterans Chris Lytle, Ian Freeman and Jason Godsey.

    Ferguson has seen Arnett transform from a wrestler to an MMA fighter in just a short span of a few years. But he continues to help him grow and improve.

    “I have opened Robert’s eyes that learning to be a MMA fighter is a lifelong process and you never stop learning,” Ferguson said. “At first he was just a very good wrestler. Now he is starting to develop into a complete MMA fighter with striking, submissions and wrestling.”

    Because of his background, Arnett will look to his wrestling skills to help him win fights in MMA.

    “It is the martial art that you can impose your will on any opponent with the greatest success,” Arnett said. “It goes a long way to determine positioning and positioning often determines who is going to win a fight.”

    With all of the different skill sets required to be successful in MMA, wrestling is one of the most important.

    Suplay Deal Of The Week #2 By Pat Hitchins [Article]

    August 8th, 2010 | Author: Pat Hitchins

    Flo has partnered with Suplay Wrestler's World to offer a weekly special on wrestling gear. Each Monday during the entire wrestling season, Suplay will be offering a piece of wrestling gear at a massive discount. 
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    Brock Lesnar Faces Cain Velasquez At UFC 121 In California

    July 10th, 2010 | Author:
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    UFC president Dana White has confirmed the event for heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar’s (5-1) next title defense. Lesnar will face Cain Velasquez (8-0) at the yet-to-be officially announced UFC 121 on Oct. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. was first to break the news Friday night after speaking with White.

    Lesnar is coming off his second successful title defense after using a surprise submission to defeat knock-out artist Shane Carwin last weekend at UFC 116 in Las Vegas. That victory was the former professional wrestler’s fourth straight win, having defeated former champ Frank Mir last summer at UFC 100.

    Velasquez is undefeated in eight bouts and has won all six of his UFC fights. He’s earned his title shot after defeating former PRIDE champion Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira last February at UFC 110. Velasquez KO’d Nogueira to win his second “Knockout of the Night” honor in that fight.

    The winner is expected to face either Junior dos Santos or Roy “Big Country” Nelson who face off at UFC 117.

    Other bouts rumored for UFC 121 are as follows:

      - Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez
      - Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. TBA
      - Sam Stout vs. Paul Taylor

    Urijah Faber’s 135 lb debut postponed as injury sidelines “California Kid” from WEC 50

    July 9th, 2010 | Author: Five Ounces of Pain
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    A previously anticipated match-up between former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber and heavy handed Japanese wrestler Takeya Mizugaki scheduled for WEC 50 will have to wait for now as “The California Kid” recently broke the unfortunate news that the bout has been scratched via his Twitter account.

    Faber reported that he suffered an inury on Monday that will prevent him from competing on the card.

    The bout with Mizugaki was expected to be Faber’s debut in the 135 lb division, as the 31-year-old Isla Vista resident has spent the bulk of his career competing at the 145 lb mark.

    Faber vs. Mizugaki was slated to take place during “WEC 50: Cruz vs. Benavidez” from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on August 18.

    It also appears that Mizugaki will be scratched from the card entirely as has reported that the promotion has no immediate plans to salvage his participation in the event.

    Stay tuned to as we keep you up to date on a possible return date for the former WEC champion.

    Georges St. Pierre Thinks That Koscheck Is Going To Be The Toughest Challenge.

    July 7th, 2010 | Author:
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    George St-Pierre

    UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has looked unstopable in his last 7 fights but he faces, what is in his mind, the toughest challenge of his fight career when he rematches with Josh Koscheck after their stint on TUF. GSP was very complimentary when speaking of his opponent, something you can’t really expect to be reciprocated by a usually trash talking Kos, when he spoke to Tapology:

    It’s going to be the toughest challenge. He’s very skilled and he’s the kind of fighter that is very well rounded. A lot of the guys that I have fought are good on the ground or on the feet, but they have holes in their game. Koscheck is like me; he’s not the best striker, not the best wrestler, not the best Jiu-Jitsu guy, but he can do it all so it’s going to be interesting. You’re going to see a mix of different things; it’s going to be good.

    The interview is quite interest and a great read on a variety of topics related to GSP and his view on how traditional martial arts play into MMA today. Click here to check it out.

    UFC Wants Brock Lesnar To Fight Cain Velasquez In September.

    July 5th, 2010 | Author:
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    UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has barely had a chance to catch his breath after defeating a game number one contender in Shane Carwin at UFC 116 and already the UFC is indicating they would like the champ to fight in UFC 119 which is planned for Indianapolis’ Conseco Fieldhouse on Sept. 25. Lesnar would face undefeated new number one contender Cain Velasquez with less than a three month turn around.

    The Dayton Daily News is reporting that UFC officials told both Lesnar and Carwin prior to their fight that the winner would likely face Cain Velasquez at UFC 119, baring any injuries. While Lesnar’s face was bashed up good, there doesn’t seem to be any serious damage but he has expressed an interest in taking time off to be with family.

    Lesnar vs. Velasquez could be an even bigger draw than Lesnar vs. Carwin was simply because of the amount of mixed martial arts insiders who believe that Velasquez will one day be champion of the UFC heavyweight division. In any case the fight is a dream for the UFC to market, as seems to be the case whenever former Lesnar, a former professional wrestler, is involved.

    Schaub levels Tuchscherer, Romero taps Petruzelli during UFC 116 prelims

    July 3rd, 2010 | Author: Five Ounces of Pain
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    Brendan Schaub notched his second consecutive official win in the UFC with a one-sided beatdown of Brock Lesnar training partner Chris Tuchscherer during the UFC 116 prelims this evening from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Tuchscherer wasn’t able to get anything going for the minute that the bout lasted, as Schaub delivered a crushing right hand to the temple that sent the former Division II All-American wrestler to the canvas and on his way to the second loss in three UFC outings.

    The original Kimbo-slayer Seth Petruzelli was served up a submission defeat in his return to the Octagon at the hands of UFC newcomer Ricardo Romero. Petruzelli had the former Ring of Combat Champion in a lot of trouble during the first round thanks to a series of vicious strikes that left Romero on queer street until the New Jersey native took over in the second round, controlling “The Silverback” from the top position and finishing the fight with a nasty straight armbar.

    Making an early bid for the coveted “Knockout of the Night” bonus was Gerald Harris who battled David Branch tooth in the middleweight division for the bulk of two and a half rounds before slamming his opponent to the canvas violently for the knockout stoppage when Branch attempted to jump into guard. Harris (15-2) improved his UFC record to 3-0 with the impressive win.

    A full list of results from the UFC 116 preliminary action are listed below:

    Brendan Schaub def. Chris Tuchscherer via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:07

    Ricardo Romero def. Seth Petruzelli via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 3:05

    Kendall Grove def. Goran Reljic via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)

    Gerald Harris def. David Branch via knockout (slam) – Round 3, 2:35

    Daniel Roberts def. Forrest Petz via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

    Jon Madsen def. Karlos Vemola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

    “UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin” Preview and Predictions

    July 2nd, 2010 | Author: Five Ounces of Pain
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    Fans often hear about post-fight bonuses being dished out to in-Octagon performers but come Saturday night it may be the ring’s engineers who deserve a little extra lettuce in their monthly salad. Combining for more than 500 pounds, UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar and first-round-phenom Shane Carwin will lock horns in Las Vegas and put the UFC’s trademark structure’s durability to the test at UFC 116 in the process (as well as each others’ chins). In addition to the title fight, Chris Leben rolls the dice by stepping in last-minute to face Yoshishiro Akiyama, Stephan Bonnar and Krzysztof Soszynski look for a headbutt-free result to make up for their previous bout’s ending, and Matt Brown/Chris Lytle look to battle it out with Kurt Pellegrino/George Sotiropoulos in hopes of possibly scoring the event’s “Fight of the Night honors.

    Before I get into the actual “pick em” part of this article let me preclude the breakdown of bouts by saying one of the things about Mixed Martial Arts I’ve always loved is its unpredictable nature. I’ll do my best to steer you in the right direction with a little insight/opinion included in the deal, but readers would be wise to avoid laying down money on my attempts to glimpse into the future. Just ask Bret “The Angry Hick” Bergmark or for that matter Fabricio Werdum. Beyond that, please don’t hesitate to share your own thoughts on any or all of the scheduled fights in the “Comments” section below, and let’s get this show on the road…


    Jon Madsen vs. Karlos Vemola

    Madsen should be entering this bout as the favorite due to his 2-0 record in the Octagon and the public’s familiarity with him from the Ultimate Fighter Season 10. However, Vemola shouldn’t be overlooked, as he’s 7-0 and finished all of his opponents in the first round using a near-even mix of strikes/submissions. Even more impressive is the fact five of those seven foes were felled in less than a minute! Madsen’s only hope appears to be using his wrestling as a means of holding Vemola down for three rounds and either out-pointing him or wearing him down to the point of exhaustion. Vemola’s power and striking look to be a massive threat to any individual he faces, and Madsen was knocked out by Brendan Schaub on TUF 10, so I think it would be a mistake for Madsen to try and stand with him. However, Vemola’s cardio is untested and could be the kink in his armor Madsen needs to expose for a win. I don’t see it happening though.

    Winner – Karlos Vemola via TKO Round 1

    Daniel Roberts vs. Forrest Petz

    The loser of this fight will likely receive a pink-slip so both men have more on the line than normal. Roberts was 9-0 before suffering a brutal knockout to John Howard in his UFC debut, and, though he’s won four consecutive fights on smaller shows, Petz went 2-3 during an earlier run in the Octagon and lost two in a row before recently rallying off four straight. However, just because they’re at risk of seeking out a new deal in a different promotion, I think both will actually be cautious in their approach to the other rather than rushing in to exchange leather. Petz has either gone to decision or seen the finish come by way of submission in seventeen of his twenty-four career bouts, while seven of Roberts’ nine wins have been the result of a submission (the other two decisions). Don’t expect much more than minimal striking from either with the bulk of the action taking place on the mat. I like a ground war as much as the next person but only when it involves two high-level jiu-jitsu practitioners. This bout only has one. Petz’s experience could be enough to carry him through to a decision win, but I think Roberts’ youth/athleticism and superior BJJ should do the trick and earn him a tap-out before things are said and done.

    Winner – Daniel Roberts via Submission Round 2

    Gerald Harris vs. Dave Branch

    Branch may be undefeated thus far in his young career, but he hasn’t faced an opponent like Harris yet so it will be interesting to see how he fares against what I would label as “superior” competition. Harris has won his last nine fights with eight involving a finishing performance. He’s got high-level wrestling, devastating slams, knockout power, and 3X Branch’s in-ring experience. Branch has shown above-average ability as both a striker and grappler but I’m not sure he’s ready to weather “Hurricane” Harris’ storm. However, because I do believe he’s talented, I think he’ll escape the fight without a tap or the need of smelling salts.

    Winner – Gerald Harris via Decision

    Kendall Grove vs. Goran Reljic

    I’ve been a fan of Grove since the days of “Team Dagger” but these days it’s hard to know which Kendall will show up on a fight-to-fight basis. Will it be the “Da Spyda” who catches opponents like flies in his web of submissions or the one with a chin appearing as soft as silk? Fortunately for Grove, Reljic is known for his grappling as opposed to his striking so the match-up favors him in terms of avoiding a knockout. I think he’ll be able to defend or even catch a choke/limb from the bottom if Reljic takes him down while also using his lankiness to mix in a few jabs and keep the Croat at bay on their feet.

    Then again, at 6’3, Reljic is a relatively tall middleweight himself so Grove won’t have the height/reach advantage he’s typically used to. He’s yet to be finished in his career as well. He’s also stronger than his Hawaiian adversary, and should be well-aware of Grove’s susceptibility to strikes, so he may throw his jiujitsu out the door and focus just on stand-up. If that’s the case then Kendall is in for a long, long night (and probably a wake-up call from the UFC with his release from the company).

    Winner – Goran Reljic via Decision

    Ricardo Romero vs. Seth Petruzelli

    This will surely be an entertaining fight if for no other reason Petruzelli’s choice of entrance attire/music. “The Silverback”, a partner in shenanigans with fan-favorite Tom Lawlor, hasn’t stepped foot in the Octagon since going 0-2 in the eight-sided cage a few years ago and should be ready to make the most of his opportunity at redemption. Beyond the energy he’s put into his walk down to the ring, Petruzelli has also struggled to ink bouts that have actually come to fruition since knocking out Kimbo Slice in October 2008 so I think it’s likely he trained his ass off for another chance at earning a place on MMA’s biggest stage. Beyond those stakes, his in-ring competition is also a game opponent with solid jiujitsu and stand-up so Petruzelli will need to be in top form in that regard too. Romero is 10-1 with his only loss being by way of disqualification (an illegal soccer kick). If the two decide to stand I think Petruzelli will land a knockout blow, but if things hit the mat then I believe the outcome will be in Romero’s favor. Truly, this is one of the tougher UFC 116 bouts to pick a winner in.

    Winner – Seth Petruzelli via entranceTKO Round 2

    Brendan Schaub vs. Chris Tuchscherer

    This match-up brings a smile to my face in that it’s essentially a preliminary card version of UFC 116’s main event with the level of experience being reversed. Schaub trains with Carwin and is known for knockout power while Tuchscherer trains with Lesnar and is known for his wrestling. Tuchscherer should enter the bout with a strength advantage while Schaub is a bit faster and more technical. As such, I think the fight’s action will be similar to that in Carwin’s attempt at taking Lesnar’s title later in the evening. I see Tuchscherer trying to close the distance at all times in hopes of limiting Schaub’s power, as well as in order to take him down and work from the top. Meanwhile, Schaub will try to maintain his range and fire away shots from a variety of angles while also being prepared to dirty-box or clinch. In the end, I think he’ll stay active to the point of tiring Tuchscherer out. Doing so should allow him to successfully defend takedown attempts and land enough strikes to either procure a TKO or decision win.

    Winner – Brendan Schaub via TKO Round 3


    George Sotiropoulos vs. Kurt Pellegrino

    I said earlier in this article that I have a great deal of love for ground wars when both men are BJJ bad-asses. Case in point – Pellegrino vs. Sotiropoulos. This bout has “Fight of the Night” written all over it. For reasoning, I’ll defer to my assessment in this week’s “Grappling with Issues” on why it’s the non-main event match-up I’m most excited about…

    “Both go 100% at all times and have shown the kind of heart which makes me believe neither would ever mentally tap out in a bout; that they only quit when physically forced by their body to do so.

    Beyond that, their skills match-up well as far as promise for entertainment goes. Sotiropoulos has yet to be finished in fourteen fights and Pellegrino is 8-2 in his last ten in-Octagon appearances with losses to the typically-tough Nate Diaz and Joe Stevenson along the way. I can see them trading shots for the first round, then putting on a ground-clinic until the third round ends or one of them is submitted/TKO’d. Their pairing should definitely be a ton of fun to watch and an excellent way to open up the PPV portion of the show.”

    As far as a winner, it’s a literal coin-flip for me. I think Pellegrino may edge Sotiropoulos out when it comes to boxing and wrestling but not when it comes to the Australian’s jiujitsu. I don’t believe either will be finished and a split decision is probably the most likely result.

    Winner – Kurt Pellegrino via Decision

    Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski

    I know UFC President Dana White has a lot of love for Bonnar based on his original promotion-making fight against Forrest Griffin but the reality is “The American Psycho” is 2-4 in his last six bouts and hasn’t beaten a relevant opponent in three years. He’s also tested positive for steroid use before and been relatively injury prone throughout his career. If he can’t beat Soszynski then he needs a fresh start in a smaller promotion. That’s not to say “The Polish Experiment” is an easy draw, because he is far from it, but Bonnar needs to prove he can win against upper/mid-tier competition to earn his keep. It’s been five years since TUF 1, folks.

    As long as Stephan keeps his strikes coming from a variety of angles and uses movement to avoid Soszynski’s power (and forehead) I think he’ll be fine this time around. Bonnar has never been submitted in his eighteen-fight career and the only time he’s been finished with strikes was to Lyoto Machida seven years ago. I don’t think he’ll put Soszynski away but I do think he can win a decision against him.

    Winner – Stephan Bonnar via Decision

    Chris Lytle vs. Matt Brown

    As was the case in my earlier breakdown of Pellegrino vs. Sotiropoulos, neither Lytle nor Brown have any “quit” in them and the combination of their styles should result in an extremely exciting affair. I can see Brown and Lytle standing and trading punches for a good deal of the first round as a means of appeasing the crowd and testing themselves, nit in the end I think “Lights Out” will likely opt for his reliable combination of wrestling/jiujitsu in hopes of procuring a win. His boxing is better than Brown’s but there’s no reason for Lytle to risk catching a solid shot on the chin when Brown has lost six of eight by way of submission and hasn’t been TKO’d in nineteen career fights. Beyond that, I don’t see “The Immortal” doing enough to win a decision nor knocking out an opponent who has traded shots with the likes of Robbie Lawler and come away conscious.

    Winner – Chris Lytle via Submission Round 2

    Yoshishiro Akiyama vs. Chris Leben

    First off, props to Leben for stepping in to fight Akiyama at the last minute regardless of the financial gain he’ll receive for competing two weeks ago on the Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale. His ability to leave foes snoozing, his chin’s durability, and his “bushido” make “The Crippler” a threat to beat most middleweights not named Anderson Silva. However, to enter the Octagon against a competitor of Akiyama’s caliber on short notice, let alone after the physical grind of back-to-back training camps, is a lot to ask of any individual. I believe Akiyama’s speed will allow him to avoid a lot of Leben’s power-punches, landing counter-strikes of his own or using judo to take him down, and ultimately take advantage of what I suspect will be questionable cardio from his pink-haired opponent. In the end I believe the circumstances surrounding the match-up will result in either a submission or decision win for the samurai of sexiness.

    Winner – Yoshishiro Akiyama via Submission Round 3

    Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin

    This clash of monsters might just have King Kong and Godzilla a little jealous given the amount of anticipation surrounding the scrap. Lesnar and Carwin’s physical dimensions are well-documented. For the first time in recent history two UFC big-boys will be dropping pre-fight pounds in order to step on the scales at 265 pounds, giving fans a TRUE “heavyweight” fight to salivate over. To paraphrase something MMA Live’s Jon Anik said on a recent episode, for the first time in his career Lesnar is facing someone who could legitimately leave him looking like he’d just missed a Shooting-Star Press and landed on his face. Comparably, Carwin is also in a situation where he’s taking on an opponent who matches him in size/strength/athleticism for the first time in his career. Though some may feel conditioning could be an issue because Carwin has never seen the second round in his career I don’t believe that will be the case even if the title-fight remarkably goes the distance. He trains at high-altitude in Colorado with a group of high-level partners so I’m positive he’ll be ready to go full speed for at least fifteen minutes if not longer. Also, keep in mind Lesnar is coming off an extended layoff and a serious ailment so his fitness may not be where it normally is come game-time.

    Since I see cardio as a push, and jiujitsu is a wash, it’s clear wrestling and striking will determine the winner. As long as Brock can avoid clinching with Carwin and doesn’t make the mistake of standing toe-to-toe with him I think he’ll retain his belt. Carwin is a solid wrestler but Lesnar is on another level from everything I’ve seen/heard; that his combination of speed/power is something you can’t simulate in a gym. As such, I think he’ll eventually get Carwin on his back and pound out a win.

    Winner – Brock Lesnar via TKO Round 2

    Time For MFC’s Antonio McKee To Defend His Title

    June 30th, 2010 | Author:
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    Time for McKee to defend
    Super-skilled wrestler can’t be shelved any longer

    Seven years and four months.

    Flip the pages on a calendar – it will take a while – but it has been that long since Antonio McKee suffered a loss.

    The reigning MFC lightweight champion is a consummate pro and an intellectual fighter, but also a title-holder currently wearing an undefendable belt. The one opportunity McKee had to put his championship on the line came at MFC 22 but his foe, Carlo Prater, came in overweight and the five-round bout was changed to a three-rounder. McKee still scooted away with a clear-cut decision but it was not what he nor MFC wanted out of the night.

    So what lies ahead for the organization’s first 155-pound champ? Honestly speaking, there would appear to be only one showdown in the works for McKee. Because of his spectacular skills as a wrestler (which go hand-in-hand with a phenomenal cardio gas tank) McKee is incredibly difficult to match up.

    Selection of his opponent is critical and McKee is not an easy target. In the fight for the title, the only time McKee was ever in the slightest amount of trouble came when Derrick Noble was able to land strikes from the outside, in particular a cracking blow near the end of Round 1. But in tight it was McKee’s world and a dominating conclusion ensued.

    Match McKee against a striker and he’s going to put his wrestling to use, pretty well exclusively to grind out a verdict as evidenced by 18 of his 22 wins coming by way of decision. That rationale leads one to assume that a clash between McKee and fellow veteran Yves Edwards wouldn’t be a good mix. Edwards, who is coming off a first-round mowdown of Noble at MFC 24, might get one chance to flatten McKee with a strike before he’s scooped up, dropped on his back, and smothered. McKee isn’t going to risk getting clipped on the chin and will neutralize Edwards to the point a dreary, dull decision.

    So as McKee pointed out while sitting ringside at MFC 25, about the only way to force him into an exciting fight is to put him against a slick submission fighter.

    McKee won’t want to mess around on the mat, fearing he could get caught in a trap which would make him more inclined to keep the fight on the feet. McKee does have a couple of TKO victories to his credit and is definitely the kind of guy who pushed into a sticky situation would come out swinging. In an interesting turn, a more aggressive showing in the ring by McKee may well spark a fight-first-wrestle-second mentality in the combatants he trains, specifically former MFC light heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton.

    If anyone currently in the MFC stable has a shot against McKee, it would seem to be newly signed Brazilian Luciano Azevedo. Not yet a brand-name product, Azevedo has the jiu-jitsu repertoire – 12 of 16 wins via submission including five tapouts under the pressure of his triangle choke – that would take away most of McKee’s rival ground game, forcing both fighters to settle the issue throwing punches, kicks, and knees. The fight could very well wind up on the ground but it’s unlikely that a dull stalemate would result since McKee doesn’t own the mat in this fight – it’s Azevedo’s world down there too.

    A tilt with Azevedo is a likely occurrence though the MFC is looking at a few other options including a talent search to the Far East in exploration of mining more lightweight talent. Whatever way the matchup bounces, it’s long overdue that McKee defend his belt.

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