TUF Finale. Who Stands On Top?



This Friday night is the finale of a so far great season of The Ultimate Fighter. Headlining the event is a bout between two top welterweight contenders; Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann vs. Jake Ellenberger. This fight will be an interesting one. Kampmann recently defeated the feared striker Thiago Alves to prove that he can stand with the best. However, Jake Ellenberger is a good striker as well. In the wrestling aspect, Ellenberger holds a clear advantage over Kampann, but Kampann has a good ground game. I see this fight staying standing and the fight is equal there or if it goes to the ground, Kampann could pull a submission victory. The next fight on the card is Michael Chiesa vs. Al Iaquinta.   Both of these guys have proved worthy to be where they stand now.  With his long arms and legs, if Chiesa can keep Iaquinta on the outside, he will be able to pick him apart with punches and kicks. On the other hand, if Iaquinta can get on the inside and move out he can also do damage and take home the gold. This is very hard to be done as seen in the Rashad Evans Jon Jones fight. Rashad was in Iaquinta’s situation except he got on the outside and got beat up for five rounds. If this fight goes to the ground, Chiesa can win it. He has superior Jiu- JItsu and stellar ground and pound as he proved on the show. These two fights make this card to be an exciting one to look forward to.

UFC 146 Prelims Results and Recap

What an exciting preliminary card! With the first bout, Dan Hardy (24-10) proved that he is back. His first round knockout of Duane Ludwig proved to the world that the Outlaw is a whole new fighter. After this exciting bout we were given another fight that truly had meaning. CB Dolloway and Jason “Mayhem” Miller went at it Saturday night. After the first round, Mayhem didn’t stand a chance. He was getting smothered by Dolloway and as usual, failed to impress the fans. Maybe he should step away from fighting and stick to dressing in pink and calling himself a monkey. After this fight it was officially anounced that Miller would be released from the UFC due to his poor performance but mainly in part of an incident backstage. This “incident” is rumored that he trashed the warm up area but nothing is official yet. The last preliminary fight was an exciting clash of two featherweights; TUF Season 14 winner Diego Brandao vs. Darren Elkins. After being viciously dominated in the first round, Elkins stuck with it and pulled out a victory. The last fight was an impressive fight for both the fighters. Overall, these prelims set the tone for the main card which also failed to disappoint.

UFC 146 In the Books. What’s Next For the Victors?

After this Satuday’s most recent bout, there is no question as to who is the top contender in the Heavyweight Decision. Cain Velasquez left an impression; literally. After he was done with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, the octagon was stained with blood. In the post-fight press conference it was made clear that up next for the champion would be Cain Velasquez. Yet another heavyweight, who failed to disappoint was Stefan Struve. Originally scheduled to fight against Mark Hunt, Stefan Struve had been preparing for a whole different fight. However three weeks till the fight, Hunt pulled out due to an injury. Coming off an impressive win against the great Pat Barry three weeks earlier, Lavar Johnson stepped in to square off against the Skyscraper. This turned out badly for the heavy handed machine. This fight ended fast with a quick submission. Struve proved that he is not playing around and that he is a force to be reckoned with. As for Roy Nelson, all I can say is wow. He has some serious power! One overhand right was all it took for “Big Country” to be declared victor over Dave Herman.  Another heavyweight who looked fantastic this weekend was Stipe Miocic. With his impressive knockout over the well respected Shane Del Rosario, he moved to 9-0-0 in his professional career to become a force in the heavyweight division. Overall the main card of UFC 146 proved that the heavyweights are not a joke and that every victor from that card is a possible contender.