by Ricardo Mendoza – MMAWeekly.com
Florian vs. Joe Lauzon
Fighter season one runner-up Kenny Florian takes on fellow New England fighter
Joe Lauzon. Florian has an 8-3 record and trains out of Sityodtong Gym with
Mark DellaGrotte. Lauzon has a 16-3 record and trains out of B.J. Penn MMA with
comes off a submission victory over Din Thomas at UFC Fight Night 11, while
Lauzon returns from a submission victory over Jason Reinhardt at UFC 78.
put together an impressive streak of wins since dropping a decision to former
UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk at UFC 64. Another win could very well earn
him a second shot at the title. A win for Lauzon would likely put him into the
mix for a possible title shot in the near future, as well.
fighters have shown skills on the ground, but Florian has the edge because of
technique and his experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. On the feet, Florian is
the more technical striker, but Lauzon has more power in his hands, meaning
that he can end the fight in an instant.
What it all
comes down is that these fighters are very similar, but Florian has better
technique and more big fight experience then Lauzon, which will ultimately make
the difference. These two will go back and forth for the majority of the fight,
but as it goes into the closing stages, look for Florian to use his technique
to lock on a submission.
Kenny Florian by submission in the third round.
Parisyan vs. Thiago Alves
judoka Karo Parisyan takes on American Top Team fighter Thiago Alves. Parisyan
has an 18-4 record and trains out of California. Alves has a 13-3 record and
trains out of American Top Team with Gesias “JZ” Calvancante.
comes off a lackluster decision victory over Ryo Chonan at UFC 78, while Alves
won via stoppage over Chris Lytle at the same show.
to be a title eliminator fight in the welterweight division, as the winner
could very well be line for a shot at the title. Both fighters have put together
an impressive string of victories since losing in 2006.
fighters’ strengths lie in their ground games with Parisyan having a more
explosive approach and Alves having a positional approach. On the feet,
Parisyan is the better boxer of the two, but Alves is the better fighter when
it comes to knees and kicks.
be an entertaining fight. Both fighters know that they aren’t too far away from
getting a title shot and that should give them extra motivation to win.
Parisyan will look to get the fight to the ground, but Alves should be able to
punish his legs with low kicks, hampering his ability to do so.
for Alves that scenario won’t have its effect until closer to the end of the
fight. By that time, Parisyan has already won the majority of the bout by out
Karo Parisyan by decision.
Hamill vs. Tim Boetsch
Fighter season three participant Matt Hamill faces off with powerful wrestler
Tim Boetsch. Hamill has a 3-1 record and trains out of Ohio. Boetsch has a 7-1
record and trains out of Pennsylvania.
comes off a controversial decision loss to Michael Bisping at UFC 75, while
Boetsch overpowered David Heath to a stoppage victory at UFC 81.
really did prove that he belongs in the Octagon by taking Bisping to the limit
at UFC 75, winning the fight in many peoples’ eyes. Boetsch also opened some
eyes in his UFC debut, absolutely overpowering Heath on the feet and ending the
fight in impressive fashion.
fighters are primarily wrestlers, but Hamill is a higher-level wrestler then
Boetsch, typically taking the fight to the ground with ease. Boetsch will have
the distinct advantage on the feet with his overpowering strikes, as Hamill
still hasn’t developed into much of a striker since leaving the Ultimate
No one has
been able to stop Hamill’s takedowns, but Boetsch may be the man to finally
stay on his feet against Hamill. From there, expect him to punish Hamill with
strikes before finally putting together a barrage to finish off the wrestler.
Tim Boetsch by TKO in the first round.
Diaz vs. Kurt Pellegrino
Fighter season five winner Nathan Diaz takes on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt
Kurt Pellegrino. Diaz has an 8-2 record and trains out of Cesar Gracie
Jiu-Jitsu with Nick Diaz. Pellegrino has an 11-3 record and trains out of The
Armory with Rich Crunkilton.
off a submission victory over Alvin Robinson at UFC Fight Night 12, while
Pellegrino stopped Alberto Crane with strikes at the same show.
could very well steal the show with both fighters putting on an excellent
display of ground fighting. They both want a shot at the title, but need to go
through the talent laden lightweight division to get there.
ground, both fighters have their own style with Diaz being more dynamic with
submissions and Pellegrino excelling at positioning and reversals. Pellegrino
is the more polished striker of two, but Diaz isn’t too shabby on the feet
will go back and forth for the majority of the bout, but as the fight wears on,
Diaz’s cardio will begin to pay dividends, as Pellegrino tires and gets caught
in a submission late in the fight.
Nathan Diaz by submission in the third round.
Alexander vs. James Irvin
slugger Houston Alexander takes on Californian brawler James Irvin. Alexander
has an 8-2 record and trains out of Nebraska. Irvin has a 13-4 record and trains
out of the Capital City Fighting Alliance with Scott Smith.
comes off a stoppage loss to Thiago Silva at UFC 78, while Irvin was illegally
kneed and won by disqualification over Luis Cane at UFC 79.
expect this fight to go too long. These two will go for broke and one of them
will end up on their back not too long after. The key to the fight will be who
can land the first big blow.
the more technical striker of the two, but that won’t really matter much if
they get into a brawl. That will favor Alexander, who has more power in his
hands. Neither fighter excels on the ground, but this fight won’t hit the
fight gets started, expect Alexander to come out brawling and Irvin to oblige
him, leading to Alexander landing a crushing blow that will put Irvin out.
Houston Alexander by KO in the first round.
Edgar vs. Gray Maynard
wrestling standout Frank Edgar takes on Xtreme Couture lightweight Gray
Maynard. Edgar has an 8-0 record and trains out of the Rhino Fight Team with
Chris Liguori. Maynard has a 4-0 record and trains out of Xtreme Couture with
off a decision victory over Spencer Fisher at UFC 78, while Maynard won a
decision over German striker Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night 12.
fairly close to getting a shot at the lightweight title and a win over Maynard
will only ensure that. On the other hand, Maynard will put himself on the
lightweight map with a win over the highly regarded Edgar.
fighters are wrestlers, but it is Edgar who is the better and more dynamic
wrestler of the two and he has shown that in his UFC career. Maynard is more
explosive, but his cardio leaves something to desired for a fighter at his
level. On the feet, Edgar is the more polished striker, but neither has shown
much power in his strikes.
Edgar to out-strike Maynard on the feet and out-wrestle him on the ground en
route to a decision victory.
Frank Edgar by decision.