Archive for December, 2009

Will UFC veteran Stephan Bonnar be released if he loses to Krzysztof Soszynski at UFC 110?

Posted in Stephan Bonnar lose his UFC contract? on December 29, 2009 by thatmmaguy

Stephan “The American Psycho” Bonnar might be best known for his all out battle with Forrest Griffin at the 1st ever The Ultimate Fighter finale. Since his hard fought decision loss to Griffin back in 2005, Bonnar has gone 5-5 in his UFC career beating the likes of Keith Jardine, James Irvin and Eric Schafer. Bonnar has only ever lost to tough competitors such as Rashad Evans, Mark Coleman, Jon “Bones” Jones and obviously Forrest Griffin (twice). So why does Stephan Bonnar really need this win over the very tough Canadian Krzysztof Soszynski?

Although going 5-5 in the UFC as well as only losing to tough competition, the UFC generally has a three strike and your out policy and Bonnar has lost his last two fights. Those fights being to up and comer Jon Jones as well as MMA veteran Mark Coleman. Krzysztof Soszynski poses a lot of threats to the UFC veteran and could very easily hand Bonnar his walking papers. Let’s hope that his famous career launching fight with Griffin will keep around a little longer.

-ThatMMAGuy

ThatMMAGuy’s UFC 108 Predictions

Posted in ThatMMAGuys UFC 108 Picks on December 26, 2009 by thatmmaguy

UFC 108 has a stacked card and will be available January 2nd, 2020 on PPV. As usual, I will only be predicting the results of the main card as well as the two preliminary fights being shown on Spike TV. Plain and simple.

Main Event: “Sugar” Rashad Evans vs Thiago Silva

Prediction: Rashad Evans defeats Thiago Silva via KO

Co-Main Event: Dustin “McLovin” Hazelett vs Paul “Semtex” Daley

Prediction: Dustin Hazelett defeats Paul Daley via Submission

Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon vs Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout

Prediction: Joe Lauzon defeats Sam Stout via Decision

Jim Miller vs Duane “Bang” Ludwig

Prediction: Jim Miller defeats Duane Ludwig via Submission

Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos vs Gilbert “The Hurricane” Yvel

Junior Dos Santos defeats Gilbert Yvel via KO

Spike TV Card

Martin Kampmann vs Jacob Volkmann

Martin Kampmann defeats Jacob Volkmann via Decision

Cole “Magrinho” Miller vs Dan “The Upgrade” Lauzon

Cole Miller defeats Dan Lauzon via Decision

So there are my predictions, plain and simple.

Place your bets.

-ThatMMAGuy

Aaron Tru interviews Mike Whitehead about his bout with King Mo

Posted in Aaron Tru interviews Mike Whitehead on December 19, 2009 by thatmmaguy

For those of you who don’t know, I also write on Aaron Tru’s website. You can check out my work aswell as others MMA writers/interviewers work at http://www.MMAPrime.tv . Be sure to stop by for all the latest news in MMA.

-ThatMMAGuy

ThatMMAGuys Strikeforce Evolution: Le vs Smith Predictions

Posted in ThatMMAguys Strikeforce Evolution picks on December 17, 2009 by thatmmaguy

As usual, I will only be giving out my predictions for the main card. So here they are, plain and simple.

Main Event: Cung Le vs Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith

Prediction: Cung Le defeats Scott Smith via TKO

Co-Main Event: Lightweight Championship Bout: Josh “The Punk” Thomson (Champion) vs Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez

Prediction: Gilbert Melendez defeats Josh Thomson via Decision

Matt “The Law” Lindland vs Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza

Prediction: Jacare defeats Matt Lindland via Submission

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs Mike “Iron Mike” Whitehead

Prediction: King Mo defeats Mike Whitehead via Decision

There you have em, plain and simple.

Lock in your bets.

-ThatMMAGuy

(Note: The bout between Robbie Lawler and Trevor Prangley has been scratched due to a late injury that Trevor Prangley received.)

Shane Carwin out of Limbo?

Posted in Shane Carwin out of Limbo on December 16, 2009 by thatmmaguy

Shane Carwin announced early this morning on his official website ( http://www.shane-carwin.com/profile/ShaneCarwin ) today that he now has an opponent aswell as a date. Soon after posting his statement MMA Junkie reported that there has been talk about a potential Interim title bout between Carwin and Frank Mir for UFC 111 in Newark, NJ on March 27th. This makes a lot of sense aswell because of Frank Mir’s dominant performance over French kickboxer Cheick Kongo at UFC 107. Shane Carwin even had nice words to say about his Mir’s performance.

“A win like Frank had last night surely propels him to share the top of the division with Nog, Cain and myself. If beating Kongo was enough to propel Cain to number two contender status, destroying Kongo might edge Cain out. What is more compelling is that Mir made it our of that fight injury free so not only is he at the top of the division he is likely ready to fight sooner then later”.

“The main question I am getting is would I fight Frank? The answer is easy YES. I am not a fighter who decides who he fights, I fight who I am told to fight. I like it that way, I am not trying to build a legacy I am trying to fight the best fighters in the World and determine where I fit in. Mir is a Multiple time Champion, who has been counted out more then Mike Tyson to only find himself right back at the top. He is a LEGEND of the sport and I would be honored to fight him”.

It’s easy to agree that Frank Mir is worthy of being at the top of the division and in an essence, his dominant performance over Kongo stopped the heavyweight divisions stalemate and has again made this division exciting. Would the fans like to see Carwin vs Mir? Hell yeah, that would be a great fight. It would be great to see the change in Mir and how Carwin would handle the well-rounded Mir. Although even after an Interim Champion is crowned, the victor would most likely have to fight the victor of the Nogueira/ Velasquez fight before getting to the ill Brock Lesnar. Let’s hope these men sign the contract and fight the honest fight aswell as a speedy recovery from Brock Lesnar.

(This article is a follow-up to a previous article of mine. Please check that out here https://thatmmaguy.wordpress.com/2009/12/09/with-brock-lesnar-out-shane-carwin-is-in-limbo/ .)

-ThatMMAGuy

MMA Reorter Aaron Tru tests headgear out the hard way with Frank Trigg

Posted in Aaron Tru tests headgear on December 15, 2009 by thatmmaguy

Frank Trigg pushes reporter Aaron Tru

Posted in Frank Trigg pushes Aaron Tru on December 13, 2009 by thatmmaguy

My good buddy and MMA reporter Aaron Tru was just trying to surprise MMA fighter Frank Trigg and he ends up getting pushed. Hard job being an MMA reporter.

-ThatMMAGuy

Worlds Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski defeats Marcin Najman in MMA debut

Posted in Mariusz Pudzianowski defeats opponent in 44 seconds on December 12, 2009 by thatmmaguy

Mariusz Pudzianowski who is best known for winning the titles of Worlds Strongest Man in both 2007 and 2008 steamrolled thru known boxer Marcin Najman in 44 seconds of his MMA debut. Mariusz who has 4th kyu green belt in Kyokushin Karate has also been focusing on boxing.

During the bout Mariusz showed and overwhelmed Najman with his strength even though his technique was poor. Mariusz basically came out and started throwing his tree trunk legs like he was kicking a giant soccer ball and Najman quickly became overwhelmed by the soccer punts. Then Mariusz chased after Najman throwing wild haymakers until Najman lost his balance and fell over. Mariusz then finished Najman off with a flurry of hammer fists that led to Najman submitting due to strikes.

Mariusz did secure the win and fairly quickly but he did not look worthy of a big show like the UFC, but then again the 320 pound man would have to cut to the 265 limit. You can watch the fight below.

-ThatMMAGuy

Strikeforce Signs TNA Superstar Bobby Lashley

Posted in Strikeforce signs Bobby Lashley on December 11, 2009 by thatmmaguy

Scott Coker said that he would be announcing the signing of some heavyweights this week and the first one to be announced so far has been none other than TNA Superstar Bobby Lashley. Bobby Lashley who isn’t just a pro wrestler on tv, but he was a standout in amateur wrestling as well. Lashley won 3 National Amateur Wrestling Championships (NAW) from 1996-1998 as well as winning 2 National Association Intercollegiate Athletics Championships (NAIA) from 1997-1998. Add his wrestling resume to his 6 foot 3 inch, 252 pound stature and you have a take down machine in the man who just started MMA one year ago. He has also accumulated a 4-0 record since.

Lashley made his debut on December 13th of last year. He fought Joshua Franklin under the Mixed Fighting Alliance banner “There Will Be Blood”. He finished Franklin in 41 seconds in the first round due to a cut. Lashley then went on to fight none other than Clay Guidas older brother Jason Guida where Lashley one the fight by unanimous decision. His next fight then was against Mike Cook who came to the ring wearing a mexican wrestling match. Bobby Lashley was so bothered by the mask that he finished Cook via guillotine in 24 seconds. Bobbys next match would be against his toughest opponent yet when he was set to fight MMA veteran Bob Sapp. Bobby Lashley quickly took Sapp down and began ground and pound in which Sapp eventually tapped out due to punches. With that kind of resume within a year, there was no doubt that an organization such as Strikeforce or even the UFC for that matter would be interested in what Bobby Lashley would bring to the table.

After many rumors have circulated around Bobby Lashley signing with Strikeforce over the last month or so, Lashley has finally signed. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has said that Lashleys first fight will be on the January 30th Strikeforce: Miami card. Headlining this card his Strikeforce Women’s Champion Cris “Cyborg” Santos as she fights Marloes Coenen. Other notables on this card include Nick Diaz, Herschel Walker, Jay Hieron (all of each do not yet have an opponent). Knowing all this, we can suspect another very good card from Strikeforce (minus the Herschel Walker circus).

-ThatMMAGuy

Herschel Walker Hits the Mits

Posted in Herschel Walker Hits the Mits on December 10, 2009 by thatmmaguy

Herschel Walker is going to be fighting on the January 30th Strikeforce card. Apparently, Herschel and Strikeforce seem to think he is ready to fight under such an MMA promotion. One thing is for sure, Herschel Walker is truly 47 and he looks it unlike real mixed martial artists like Randy Couture and Mark Coleman. Herschel’s form doesn’t look that great and he is far from light on his feet. I don’t see his fight going very well at all against any Strikeforce Heavyweight. What do you guys think?

-ThatMMAGuy