Apr 26, 2011

UFC 129 Picks and Predictions + Countdown to UFC 129

I keep thinking Mark Hominick's name is Hominy. But I believe that's a kind of grain or something.
Canadians probably eat that shit anyway.

Georges St. Pierre vs. Jake Shields - Welterweight Title Fight

Shields' lack of striking ability in comparison to GSP's will really cost him against such a dominant well rounded fighter. Also, the fact that St. Pierre is training heavily with Roger Gracie and Freddie Roach for this fight alongside Olympic-level sprinting coaches will really make this GSP's fight to take. That all being said, I would love to see and analyze the potentially epic grappling battles that will take place in this fight between these two great fighters. I would love to see a Submission Victory, but I think GSP via TKO Rd 3.

Mark Hominick vs. Jose Aldo - Featherweight Title Fight

Aldo by way of being a compact flying ball of murder. I believe Hominick's best chance is to try and stand his ground against Aldo and Vitor-Belfot-Zerg-Bull-Chain-Punch-Rush when the opportunity presents itself. Either way, this fight has all the makings to end in Rd 1 by KO.

Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida

I always find myself rooting for Randy on the inside, but I think Machida gets this one. It definitely is an interesting style match up, especially in terms of clinch game and how the two play with fighting range - the man who can tie up anyone vs the man who can't be tied up by anyone. If Randy was 10 years younger and could really commit to a speed regimen, it may be a different story, but considering everything, I call it for Machida via UD.

Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Jason Brilz
Mark Bocek vs. Ben Henderson
Nate Diaz vs. Rory MacDonald
Sean Pierson vs. Jake Ellenberger
Claude Patrick vs. Daniel Roberts
Ivan Menjivar vs. Charlie Valencia
Jason MacDonald vs. Ryan Jensen
Kyle Watson vs. John Makdessi
Yves Jabouin vs. Pablo Garza

Countdown to UFC 129:
lol @ Jose Aldo:
"I don't care what the 55,000 people are saying, I can't understand them anyway."


KarateFighter said...

KarateFighter ("KF") on UFC 129

KF says, "Don't count Randy out."
Lyoto, "...ramp it up!'


KarateFighter said...

KarateFighter ("KF") on UFC 129 Picks and Predictions ..."

The contest of most interest to KF was, of course, Couture vs. Machida.

PKC called this fight correctly, with important, relevant factors noted on why Machida would likely win.

KF points out, nonetheless, that Randy Couture trains with the philosophy & strategy of PKC. Still, a dramatic loss by knockout. KF agrees age a determining factor.

The most valuable lesson that came out of that fight to KF was Randy's post-fight interview statement that he never had a chance against Lyoto's now famous kick.

Could it be, using the kata 'race car' analogy, that, repetition, keeping it simple, training full contact, doing a lot of sparring, acting 'alive,' etc. isn't really the full menu answer against a dynamic karate striker?

After all the years of sports-based boxng & wrestling proven with multiple UFC Championship Belts, Randy Couture was pretty much unprepared for Lyoto Machida.

The problem, IMO, was Randy's training to beat the physical style of the opponent, not the traditional martial principles behind him.

Maybe a 2nd look @ TMA and kata?