UFC 137: Breaking down Bart Palaszewski versus Tyson Griffin

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UFC 137 takes place this Saturday, October 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The SpikeTV portion of the broadcast features two intriguing matchups with Donald Cerrone taking on Dennis Siver in a lightweight matchup and Bart Palaszewski making his featherweight debut against Tyson Griffin.

Griffin is a longtime stable of the UFC. He had his first fight for the promotion back at UFC 63 in 2006. He put together an impressive win streak of 7-2 through 2009 with his two losses coming at the hands of Frankie Edgar and Sean Sherk. His victories were against some tough competition including Clay Guida, Gleison Tibau, and Hermes Franca.

In 2010, Griffin hit a rough patch in his career. He dropped three in a row to Evan Dunham, Takanori Gomi and Nik Lentz. Pondering what was next for the Xtreme Couture fighter, Griffin decided that he could drop an additional ten pounds and would try his hand in the featherweight division.

At UFC Live 4, Griffin took on former number one contender Manny Gamburyan. The fight was a back and forth battle that had fans split as to who won the fight. One of the judges actually ruled the fight a draw, while the other two scored it for Griffin.

Palaszewski was a fan favorite in the WEC prior to Zuffa folding the promotion into the UFC. During his time in the WEC, Palaszewski amassed a 4-3 record with wins over Alex Karalexis, Karen Drabedyan, Zachary Micklewright and Anthony Pettis.

His last fight in the promotion was at the final WEC event in December of 2010. He fought tooth and nail with Kamal Shalorus ultimately losing a split decision to the lightweight fighter.

Palaszewski was scheduled to meet Cody McKenzie, then Gleison Tibau in May to make his UFC debut before he ultimately suffered an injury that took him out of the fight. While recovering from the injury, Palaszewski made the decision that he was walking around too heavy to try and keep up with the other lightweights and decided to drop his extra weight.

The drop in weight has increased his cardio and his speed, a factor that could easily play into this fight.

Palaszewski is arguably the more well rounded fighter with all of his skills being about equal. But Griffin excels at wrestling and has shown that he is able to put his opponents on their butt and grind out a decision.

Palaszewski wants to keep the fight standing as he has stated multiple times he wants to knock Griffin out. This is scenario that can happen as Palaszewski has devastating knees and kicks. A well timed kick would send Griffin unconscious.

This fight will likely play out with both fighters exchanging punches to start. Then Palaszewski will land a vicious leg kick that will freak Griffin out and force him to shoot for a takedown. Griffin will more than likely get the takedown, but Palaszewski will be ready to counter with his jiu jitsu. If this fight goes to the judges’ scorecards, it will likely be for Griffin. However I am going with Palaszewski landing enough leg kicks to stumble Griffin and give him his first defeat at featherweight.

Fight Summit returns to teach everyone in the mma industry

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This past weekend there was a UFC fan expo in Houston along side UFC 136. This expo brought in thousands upon thousands of fans to the area all for a chance to meet and talk to their favorite fighters. But there’s another expo coming in December and it is not about meeting fighters and getting autographs. It’s about learning more about the industry of mixed martial arts.

From fighters and managers to journalists to sponsors, Fight Summit has everyone covered and more. The yearly event returns to Las Vegas on December 1st and 2nd to educate everyone in the industry.

Last year hundreds of attendees poured into the conference room to hear speakers such as Greg Jackson, Monte Cox, Keith Kizer, Brian Cain and more give insights to their chosen profession and how it can be applied.

This show is for every single person who is either successfully or unsuccessfully trying to make a living off of the sport of mixed martial arts.

Fighters may not be able to get every answer they need from just their coach. But legends in the sport who have been around since the early days can offer their expertise on several topics. Greg Jackson is scheduled to talk about motivation and gameplans, while Mike Dolce will be talking about his world renowned Dolce Diet that has helped several fighters cut weight.

Continuing on with managing fighters, Ed Soares will host a live Q&A session while Lex McMahon and Ken Pavia are each scheduled to talk about management.

Promoters who are struggling should attend as there are several guest speakers scheduled including Mark Pavelich from MFC, Joe Kelly from Bellator and Titan Fighting, and more.

Trying to figure out sponsorships is difficult for anyone: fighter, manager, promoter, even the sponsors themselves. But Fight Summit has that all covered as Michael Mersch from the UFC will be talking about that on the first day, while Ryan Loco from Jaco Clothing and Pascal Pakter from Do or Die will talk about apparel.

Legal issues are something that are bound to come up if they haven’t already in one’s career, and that is covered as well. Three different seminars are scheduled to answer all of the questions one might have.

Even if you just want to train with some of the best, you can do that as Dean Lister, Chris Herzog, Germaine de Randamie, Mike Bruno, Steve Bruno and Kenny Johnson are all scheduled to have live training sessions in their respective fields.

As for journalists, there is no other workshop or seminar that will have so many of the top minds in the industry together. Imagine being able to talk to Greg Jackson about one of his fighters and then the next seat over talk to executives from Bad Boy about what they have in the pipeline.

Fight Summit will be taking place on Thursday December 1 and Friday December 2 at the Rio hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two day conference will feature over thirty different seminars and lectures to attend. Early bird registration is still ongoing with prices starting at just $120 for a single day’s attendance.

Additional activities for the week include the MMA Awards on Wednesday Nov 30 and the Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale on December 3. For more information on Fight Summit, visit www.fightsummit.com

MMA Sport Federation “Team USA vs Team England” results

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MMA Sport Federation pitted Team USA against Team England over the weekend. The night of action saw ten amateur mixed martial arts contests with the last three pitting the two teams against each other. Team USA swept England in the team versus team portion.

The results of the bouts were as follows:
Ryan Kline defeated Cale Guilford by TKO at 1:21 of round 1
Christian Piper defeated Jose Alvarado by TKO at 2:03 of round 2
Otis Brumfeild defeated Corey Simmons by guillotine choke at 0:43 of round 2
Pat Guytanao DeCicco defeated Sam Dreyer by TKO at 2:05 of round 2
Eddie Escobar defeated Jason Miller by unanimous decision
Adam Gonzalez defeated Dustin King by rear naked choke at 1:36 of round 2
Jordan Mitchell defeated Quinn Corbin by TKO at 0:16 of round 2
Stephan Von Aulick defeated Paul Edmonds by rear naked choke in round 1
Frank Sloan defeated John Paul Watson by rear naked choke at 2:39 of round 1
Brandon Maddox defeated Jordan Wright by TKO at 0:41 of round 1

UFC on Versus 6 Pat Barry versus Stefan Struve breakdown

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The early pick for KO or Fight of the Night is also the most ridiculous proportional match up in the heavyweight division since Tim Sylvia fought Jeff Monson for the championship at UFC 65, almost 5 years ago. Both Struve and Barry are talented strikers who put on an excellent fights, so go to the bathroom before this fight, as they are both coming off of devastating first round KO losses, and will be looking to make a statement.

Struve, the 6′ 11" Dutchman, is a versatile grappler and striker, with only one of his fights reaching a decision. With 14 victories by submission, Struve’s vaunted ground game, which includes strong ground and pound and slick sweeps from the bottom, is enough to give any heavyweight fits. He also has shown a willingness to stand and trade, dominating decorated striker Paul Buentello on the feet, but costing him dearly in his last bought, as Travis Browne landed an epic superman punch late in the first round at UFC 130, ending Struve’s night in dramatic fashion.

Barry, an accomplished kick boxer with K-1 experience, has yet to find his rhythm in the UFC, alternating wins with losses since his debut in 2008. However, his fights are never boring, as he either dominates the fight standing, or loses in spectacular fashion, as he did against the French striker Cheick Kongo in his last bout. Barry has incredible leg kicks and power, but also has the strange habit of letting hurt opponents back into fights, as he did in all three of his losses. Overcoming that will be critical to getting through the tough Struve, who has shown huge heart and resilience in a number of comeback wins.

Why Struve Can Win
The lanky Dutchman enjoys more than a foot of reach advantage, and his jiu jitsu is one area where Barry is severely lacking. Struve is heavily favored if this fight goes to the ground, as he is one of the few heavyweights that is truly dangerous off of his back, as evidenced by his seven triangle choke wins. A stern focus on striking to set up the takedown will be critical to winning this fight, as standing with Barry for too long only leads to trouble.

Why Barry Can Win
Barry’s compact frame, low center of gravity, and strong base will all make it difficult for Struve to secure a takedown. Furthermore, Barry’s specialty, leg kicks, will devastate Struve’s lankier frame, and will pay dividends as the fight progresses. It is critical for Barry to stay off the fence, as Struve can pin him against the cage and work for the takedown. Look for Barry to find the range, immediately start throwing leg kicks, and then look for the lights out punch.

The Pick
This fight is absurdly hard to predict, as both fighters have been erratic recently, mixing wins with losses. Furthermore, both men have a tendency to throw caution to the wind when hurt, complicating matters even further. While we would love to see Struve stick to a game plan and take Barry down, in all likelihood he will get hit hard and this will quickly become a brawl. Barry by KO in the first.

Dustin Neace “The Ultimate Fighter” guest blog 1

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written by Dustin Neace

Getting to the house was awesome! This was defiantly the biggest house I have ever been in! When we all walked into the door everyone was running around like chickens with their heads cut off to find a room for the next seven weeks. I was able to get into a room with fighters TJ Dillashaw, John Albert, Stephen Bass, Marcus Brimage and Bryan Caraway. We had a day or two before team picks so this had nothing really to do with teams. This was really just a random draw to who ever got a room. I really liked my room because it was close to the kitchen and I wanted to hear what was going on around my food at all times because of previous seasons of the ultimate fighter.

The first night in the house we all made a massive dinner with steak, pizza, fish and every other thing you can think of. Everyone seemed pretty cool but you could tell everyone was there for one thing and that was to win the show. Most of us got into the hot tub and pool. I think we all finally went to sleep around 4-5am.

The next morning we all got up and heading to the UFC training center where we were greeted by Dana White for the team picks. When we got to the UFC training center they let us look around and check out the equipment and everything. They also gave us are training gear for the season with was awesome! After about 45mins they finally told us Dana had arrived and it was time for the team picks. I really wanted to be on Team Miller and for some reason could tell that was the team I was going to be on. When the team picks started I was almost as nervous as I was before my fight to get into the house. When my name was called for Miller I couldn’t help but start smiling because I was so happy just knowing that Miller was the perfect fit for me.

When the picks were over we had our first training session and got to see how things where going to work. We did a little sparring and grappling just so Miller could determine what our best skills were a little more. Luckily every person on our team was healthy other then your normal bumps and bruises from the fights. After the training session Miller asked us all about our weight and if we wanted to fight. Everyone wanted to fight first but the team had picked Bryan to be the first to fight because we all really felt like it would be best for the team. His nerves were killing him and if he just got into the cage and got the fight over we knew he would be good. I was definitely fine with this because I wanted to get a few live sparring and grappling sessions in before my next fight.

Jon Jones versus Rampage Jackson preview

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It is one of the biggest fights in the history of the UFC light heavyweight division. The flashy, creative, newly crowned light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones will attempt make his first title defense. He is in for his toughest fight to date as he faces heavy hitting former UFC champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. The fight headlines UFC 135 in Denver, Colorado at the Pepsi Center. This event marks the UFC’s return to it’s birth place in Denver, where the first ever UFC event was held.

The champion Jon "Bones" Jones is considered by many the most exciting prospect the UFC has ever seen. Jones exploded onto the MMA scene with dominating wins over every opponent standing across from him. His style, an unusual mix of flashy spinning and jumping kicks, punches, knees, and elbows, with unbelievably powerful clinch throws and trips, has surprised MMA fans and fighters alike.

Jones is considered the face of the "next generation" of MMA fighters. Because of his flashy striking, explosive wrestling, and dominating ground game, there is no where to fight Jones where an opponent is safe. Watching Jones’ domination of the then-UFC Light-Heavyweight champion Maricio "Shogun" Rua, especially in the striking aspect, would lead one to believe that Jones’ stand-up is nearly unstoppable. Since then, questions over Rua’s physical condition leading into the fight have clouded the dominating performance of Jones. The stand-up of the new champion will now be retested as he fights a striking legend in his first title defense.

For years, Rampage has been one of the biggest names in combat sports. He is one of the most main stream and marketable fighters in the world, having a lengthy highlight reel of knockouts over some of the biggest names in MMA and even staring in a major motion picture, ‘The A-Team’.

For his last two fights, Rampage stayed close to home in Orange County, California, training under Lance Gibson. For this camp, he has been at the new MusclePharm facility in Denver, Colorado, adapting to the high altitude that will factor into the fight. The word from everyone who has helped him prepare is that Jackson is in the best shape of his life. Putting Jackson under intensive state of the art training and body monitorization at his new gym, MusclePharm president Cory Gregory has stated that, "(Rampage) is literally a science project at this point." He is literally living at the gym, sparring with the likes of heavyweights Check Kongo and Rob Broughton. His trainers are saying that they have never seen him so determined and so ready for a bout. 

Breaking the fighters down, both of them are clearly top five light heavyweight’s in the sport of MMA. Both men have fought strikers and grapplers alike, and have impressive records. If their records had to be compared, it is obvious that Rampage is the one who has fought the who’s-who of MMA, not Jones. Rampage has been fighting since 1999, compared to Jones who had his first pro fight in 2008. This means that when Jackson was the UFC light-heavyweight champion, Jones wasn’t even a pro fighter yet. While being extremely dominant and impressive, Jones has only fought two top 10 opponents.

In striking, the pair are sure to collide in a very high level affair. Jones has displayed phenomenal skills in every area in his eight fights in the UFC. Most praised would be his flashy, unorthodox striking that he can attack with from great distances away. While commonly criticized for lack of power, his spinning and jumping strikes are some of the most accurate that the UFC has seen.

Jackson has been known as a dangerous striker, especially since he made it to the UFC and relied solely on his hands to win him the UFC belt and claim his success against some of the best. When one thinks of a power puncher in MMA, "Rampage" is likely the lead name on the list. His hands are sure to be Jones’ main focus in his training camp; trading punches with Jackson would be suicide.

The wrestling pedigree of Jones has been showcased in a highlight reel of Greco throws and trips he has executed in the octagon. He has dominantly out-wrestled every opponent that he has faced, which was especially impressive in his lopsided victory over talented wrestler Ryan Bader where Jones defended and executed take-downs with ease. Jackson believes that Jones will be trying to take him down throughout the fight, and has prepared accordingly.

In Pride, Jackson was well known for big slams and powerful wrestling. Rampage out-wrestled and KO’d who, at the time, was considered one of the very best wrestlers in MMA, Kevin Randleman.

Submission defense and a solid top game also have been used to dominate opponents by Jones, most recently implemented in his fight with Maricio Shogun Rua. Jones used his clear size and strength advantages to damage Rua from the top. He has also finished Ryan Bader by submission with a rare guillotine inside Bader’s half-guard. If Jones is successful in taking Jackson down, he may look to tap the veteran out.

In 40 fights, Rampage has been submitted only once, not to mention that the lone submission loss was to Sakuraba over a decade ago. While he has seven submission wins to his credit, it would be a shock to see Jackson looking for any in this fight. If Rampage wants to be anywhere on the ground, it is on top raining down punches.

Mike Finch’s Prediction

Jones needs to keep this fight at a distance on the feet and use lots of kicks and footwork to evade the hands of Jackson and accumulate damage on the veteran. In a clinch situation, Jones should look to take Rampage down and dominate from the top position. It is clear that Rampages inactive bottom game will fall victim to Jones’ vicious and dominating top game if he doesn’t get back to his feet. Jackson should be ready to wrestle in this fight, and because of this Jones can’t afford to hesitate in his Greco. Speed and distance will be they key, in striking and in wrestling, to beat Rampage.

I believe that in this situation, a title fight where he seems so predictable in his boxing approach, that Jackson may pull some tricks on Jones. If Jackson comes out of the gate like BJ Penn did against John Fitch and tries to take Jones down, not only will this mess with Jones mentally, but he may just finish the shot due to Jones neglecting take-down defense in his camp. If Jackson decides instead to kickbox with Jones, he needs to catch the flashy champ coming in. Rampage’s one-punch knockout power is likely his greatest tool against the untested chin of Jones. He can’t stay on the outside, Jackson needs to close the distance and make Jones pay for every spinning and jumping strike he throws. In a clinch situation, Rampage needs to land punches and not allow Jones to out position him. If he is taken down, he needs to use his explosive power to stand up and get Jones off of him to avoid major damage that can be dealt to him there.

I believe that Jackson will come out in great shape and ready to go, but Jones may be too fast and too long to handle. He can cover distance and strike just as fast as Rashad Evans, who was too quick for Jackson in their fight. Jones is also a phenomenal wrestler, and may dominate Rampage from the top as well. Jackson can absolutely catch Jones and finish him, but the chance is too slim to rely on. I am predicting Jones will win via TKO in the fourth round.

Previewing Travis Browne versus Rob Broughton

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In an interesting heavyweight matchup, Wolfslair’s Rob Broughton will be taking on Alliance MMA’s Travis Browne. Both fighters are known for their finishing abilities as their combined win record of twenty six has twenty two stoppages.

Six foot seven inch striker Travis Browne recently made a name for himself in the UFC with a highlight reel superman punch that collapsed Stephan Struve to the canvas. The one-punch knockout showcased Browne’s impressive punching power, which he can couple with his striking efficiency showcased in a draw with veteran kickboxer Check Kongo, a man that only a handful of UFC heavyweights would be content to stand with. Browne now has two wins and one draw in the UFC, and out of his 12 fights he has ended nine of them by knockout.

With a successful UFC debut under his belt, this will be Rob Broughton’s first fight on one of the UFC’s highly viewed main cards. The Englishman trains with other UFC talent across the pond at the now famous Wolfslair. Broughton last fought in October of last year, getting a submission win over fellow UFC newcomer Vinicius Kappke de Queiroz. Broughton can finish fights on the feet or on the ground, with seven knockout wins and five submission wins in his resume.

MIKE FINCH’s PREDICTION
While Broughton has proven that he can strike throughout his career, I am not sure if he can hang with the power of Browne’s shots. With a significant height advantage playing into Browne’s favor, I am lead to believe that Broughton may be in some trouble on the feet. Expect Browne to hunt for the knockout and try to keep this fight at a distance. With Broughton’s proven submission skills already set on display in his UFC debut, it is clear that if he can grapple Browne to the canvas he can be dangerous on top. With no evidence that he can outwrestle Browne, in a standup affair I have to lean towards the heavy hitting hawaiian. I have to go with Browne winning via TKO in the second round.

Breaking down Nate Diaz versus Takanori Gomi

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Returning to lightweight after being brutally man handled by fast rising welterweight star Rory MacDonald, Nate Diaz is looking to make a statement at lightweight again. Diaz has gone 8-5 in the UFC, going 6-3 in his first nine fights as a lightweight before moving up to welterweight where he went 2-2. Diaz, a former Ultimate Fighter winner, will be taking on Takanori Gomi in his return to the 155 pound division.
 
A Japanese star and former lightweight champion of Pride, Takanori Gomi has gone 1-2 against some of the UFC’s top competition. His losses are against standouts Kenny Florian and Clay Guida. Gomi is a very powerful boxer, who was once considered among the very best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport when he was fighting in Japan. With a big KO win over Tyson Griffin in the UFC, Gomi has shown that he still has the ability to compete at a very high level.
 
Nate Diaz’s older brother, Nick, had a fight with Gomi in Pride. A heavy underdog, Nick submitted Gomi, but the victory was ruled a no contest due to Diaz testing positive for marijuana. The controversial No Contest ruling was a blessing to Gomi, as he was able to keep the loss off of his record. Now the Diaz family looks to claim victory once again, and this time, keep it.
 
MIKE FINCH’s PREDICTION
It’s a close fight. Both of them are coming off of big losses and can’t afford to lose. Gomi will likely try to land a big punch and keep it on the feet, while Diaz peppers him with shots. Diaz should have a jiu jitsu advantage, and the longer the fight stays on the ground, the more Gomi risks being caught in a submission. If Diaz can’t submit Gomi, and Gomi doesn’t capitalize on his punching power advantage on the feet, this fight may come down to a very close decision.

Breaking down Ben Rothwell versus Mark Hunt

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In a battle of heavy hitters, Pride, Dream, and K1 veteran Mark Hunt will be facing off against fellow striker Ben Rothwell. Since arriving in the UFC, both men have gone 1-1, dropping their debut fights and winning their second. Likely to be a stand-up affair, both fighters have the power to end the night with one shot.

Hunt was a Pride star, going 5-3 in the Japanese organization. From 2006-2010 Hunt went on a six fight skid, losing fights to some of the biggest names in MMA including Josh Barnett, Fedor Emelienanko, Alistair Overeem, Gegard Mousasi, and even Dream middleweight champion Melvin Mahoef. Hunt added to that list by falling victim to a kimura from Sean McCorkle in his UFC debut. He was able to snap his losing streak by knocking out UFC heavyweight wrestler Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 127.

Rothwell, unlike Hunt, came into the UFC with a positive record behind him; winning 14 of his last 15 fights. In his promotional debut, he was squared off against the now current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. Despite showing great heart, Rothwell was out worked, out muscled, and out-wrestled until referee Steve Mazagatti called a controversial stop to the one-sided beating. Rothwell returned to the octagon at UFC 115 against heavy hitting MMA veteran Gilbert Yvel, outpointing him for a unanimous decision win.  

It isn’t expected that either of these men try to take the other down, as both throughout their careers have proven to be strikers who come to bang. If the fight is to hit the ground, it would most likely be Rothwell surprising Hunt with the take-down. While winning most of his fights by TKO, Rothwell has ended an impressive 11 fights by submission.

MIKE FINCH’s PREDICTION
Hunt will have to crack Rothwell with a big shot to win, as I see Rothwell being able to outpoint Hunt and to have the grappling advantage. As Hunt displayed in his KO win over Tuchscherer, he still has the finishing power that he did in Pride and K1. Rothwell is sure to have made improvements in his time off since his win over Yvel, and I expect to see those improvements both physically and technically displayed against a still-dangerous Hunt. Rothwell will win via unanimous decision.

Ultimate Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou Main Card Preview

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After a near ten-year absence, tonight the UFC will be making it’s return to Louisiana. It is bringing a night of action in the form of "Ultimate Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou". The event will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The four-fight main card will air on Spike TV with the eight-fight preliminary card streaming live on the UFC’s facebook page.

The card is stacked from top to bottom from the return of Alan Belcher to "The Ultimate Fighter" season 11 winner Court McGee to a main event featuring up and comer Jake Ellenberger taking on former number one welterweight contender Jake Shields.

Jake Shields (26-5-1) vs Jake Ellenburger (24-5-0)
It’s a battle of two of the best grapplers in the welterweight division. Shields, a wrestler who developed into a highly touted jiu jitsu fighter, has held multiple titles in grappling and MMA. Ellenburger, a powerhouse wrestler who, while still fairly green in the UFC, is riding a four fight win streak in the UFC’s stacked welterweight division. The match-up was put in jeopardy after Shields lost his 67 year old father and manager Jack Shields two weeks prior to the fight. Despite the tragedy, Shields kept the match-up and will fight to honor his father.

Shields will have the advantage if the fight hits the ground and no doubt his experience will factor into the fight. Ellenburger does have 29 fights under his belt, he hasn’t had the big-time exposure that Shields owns. Shields has headlined two of his last three fights and has held the welterweight title in nearly every other major organization. He snapped a fifteen-fight win streak when he took on Georges St Pierre in his last fight, losing a unanimous decision to the number two pound-for-pound fighter. To his credit he was able to win two rounds of the five-round fight according to two judges, ending a thirty consecutive round streak for the champion. Shields also holds notable victories over Dan Henderson, Jason Miller, Robbie Lawler, Paul Daley, Carlos Condit and Yushin Okami.

If Ellenberger does have an advantage, it may be in the stand up. With his most recent win being a KO over Sean Pierson, Ellenburger showcased improved striking and power. Additionally, the timing of the unfortunate death of Shields’ father may still be looming on his mind and could play a role in his mental game.

Overall, look for Ellenberger to try to out-strike and out-wrestle Jake Shields. If the fight goes to the ground, look for Shields to try and out-position Ellenburger and put him on his back, a place where few wrestlers like to be. While Shields is sure to have worked on his stand up for this fight, his clear advantage is in his world class Jiu jitsu skills.

Court "The Crusher" McGee (13-1) vs. Dongi "The OX" Yang (10-1)
Ultimate Fighter Season 11 winner Court McGee will be looking to get back on track after a knee injury that has kept him out of action since October of 2010. He has gone 2-0 in the promotion, submitting Kris McCray and Ryan Jensen. McGee will look to shake off the ring rust and be the first one to ever finish Yang.

Experiencing his only career loss inside the UFC in the form of a split-decision loss, Dongi Yang recently returned to his winning ways by TKO’ing Rob Kimmons. An amazing 90% of Yang’s wins have come via TKO. The Korean will likely look to keep the fight standing against "The Crusher", who has earned the majority of his wins via Submission.

Jonathan Brookins (12-3) vs. Erik "New Breed" Koch (12-1)
Long haired, tough spirited Ultimate Fighter 12 winner Johnathan Brookins is back in action after an injury pulled him from fighting at the Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale. Brookins sits at 1-0 in the promotion, winning TUF 12 with superior grappling skills. Many MMA reporters have criticized Brookins striking, and he will need his stand up polished against a crafty stand up artist in Koch.

Out of the now famed striking gym Roufusport, Koch is looking for his second win in the UFC. Kosh made a big splash in his UFC debut, knocking out submission specialist Raph Assuncao in the first round. Brookins being another grappler, Koch will look to put on a repeat performance.

Alan "The Talent" Belcher (16-6) vs. Jason "The Athlete" MacDonald (25-14)
Fierce Muay Thai fighter and 11-fight UFC veteran Alan Belcher will need to unleash all of the strikes that he can against fellow veteran and submission specialist Jason MacDonald. Belcher is coming back off of a near career-ending eye injury. The injury has kept him out of action for 16 months, and it is considered by many an amazing feat that he is competing again. Despite the layoff, Belcher is sure to bring the fire on the feet.

MacDonald is also coming off of a long absence, as he has been out of action for a year due to injury. He has fought 12 times in the UFC, the most comparably against any other fighter on the card. MacDonald will likely want to get the fight to the ground against Belcher, as 76% of his wins have come in the form of submission.