UFC 144 Preview – Benson Henderson Vs. Frankie Edgar

This is the UFC’s return to Japan since UFC 29, which featured the likes of Tito Ortiz, Matt Hughes, and Chuck Liddell. The main event of this go-around is Frankie Edgar defending his lightweight title against Benson Henderson. It’s also Rampage Jackson’s return to Japan and the card features many Japanese fighters.

We’re going to do this preview a little differently than usual. We have one writer breaking down every fight on the live card.

The FGB crew along with Stevie J from Angrymarks and friend of the website, JP, have all the predictions.

Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis

Alan: Pettis by decision
Duan: Lauzon by decision
Stevie: Lauzon by 2nd round submission
JP: Pettis by 2nd round TKO
Big D: Pettis by decision
Cactus Jim: Pettis by 3rd round submission
GG: Pettis by decision

Big D says:

Anthony Pettis and Joe Lauzon both have something in common. At one or two times in their career, they were seen as possible serious championship contenders. In 2007, J-Lau went on a win streak before being stopped by Ken Flo. He’s tried to bounce back but stayed in the midcard. Anthony Pettis delivered the kick heard round the world on Ben Henderson and went on to take his title (Ben is ironically getting a TITLE shot on this show). Pettis then went on to lose to Clay Guida and derail his push for lack of a better term. This fight is about redemption. Pettis is the more athletic but J Lau has always been headstrong. He fights til the end. I’m very excited to see if he can withstand Pettis’ speed and creativity in the octagon. I like Mr. J L (Not Jerry Lynn), but J is taking the L here.

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FGB Radio – Elimination Chamber Recap & UFC 144 Preview

Jason aka @dadrrtywhyteboi and I are back to go over WWE’s Elimination Chamber PPV and preview UFC 144.

Elimination Chamber was definitely better than the Royal Rumble and set more seeds for WrestleMania 28, but it wasn’t a blow away PPV by any means. CM Punk, nor John Cena, nor Chris Jericho was the star of the show. The star of the show was Santino Marella who got the biggest pop of the night and played that underdog character perfectly yet again.

UFC 144 is a four-hour extravaganza! Okay, this isn’t WrestleMania IV, both literally and figuratively. This show should be damn great. Jason and I preview all of the main card matches.

Thanks for listening.

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Video – UFC 144 Trailer

This is a pretty fine way to sell Frankie Edgar since he kind of has a hard time selling himself. However, I noticed there was no mention of Japan, which I think would actually mean a lot to the hardcores.

2011 FGB Awards – MMA

2011 wasn’t necessarily a down year for MMA, even though PPV buyrates may show it. In fact, it will be a year that will be looked upon possibly as the year UFC took that next step, or the year that showed that MMA is a sport that has already peaked. The UFC showed that they are going for broke, signing a seven year deal with FOX to showcase MMA to a brand new audience. And to show how big of a year it was for the UFC, buying Strikeforce was the second biggest news of the year.

Ryan Pike, writer for Tough Talk MMA, Stevie J from Angry Marks, Jason Hagholm co-host of FGB Radio, friend of the website JP, and Big D from Superfriends Universe join the rest of the FGB crew with their MMA picks.

Fighter Of The Year

Alan – Jon Jones

4 big wins, including a title win and two defenses. Nobody has ever had a year like that in MMA.

Duan – Junior Dos Santos

This has been a massive year for Dos Santos – two huge wins, his first UFC title, and a successful run on The Ultimate Fighter. He became a real heavyweight superstar this year. With the winner of Lesnar/Overeem lined up for his first defense; that’s another major fight already guaranteed for 2012.

Jason – Jon Jones

Jon Jones lived up to his potential and dominated 4 of the top 205ers in the UFC.

Big D – Jon Jones

No denying this whatsoever. Jonny Bones has racked up not 2, not 3, but FOUR big wins, including one World Title win against a legend in Shogun, and two successful title defenses against two former champions; finishing all four fights in violent, punishing fashion. Never before has there been a young guy pop up and absolutely massacre a division of talented veterans since maybe Mike Tyson. Who can stop this kid!?

Cactus Jim – Jon Jones

Four wins in 2011, finishing all four fights, winning the title in the process and successfully defending twice against high level competition. Jon Jones is the new Georges St. Pierre without all the boring that GSP brings to the cage. My prediction is he’s the most dominate 205’er since Tito could actually win a fight.

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Predictions – UFC Champions 2012

Last year, we predicted who would be the UFC champions at the end of 2011. A handful of us predicted five out of the seven champions correctly. This year, the UFC will add an eighth championship. Here are our predictions for who will end 2012 as champions:

Alan
UFC Heavyweight Champion: Junior Dos Santos
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion: Jon Jones
UFC Middleweight Champion: Chael Sonnen
UFC Welterweight Champion: Georges St. Pierre
UFC Lightweight Champion: Ben Henderson
UFC Featherweight Champion: Chad Mendes
UFC Bantamweight Champion: Urijah Faber
UFC Flyweight Champion: Demetrious Johnson

Duan
UFC Heavyweight Champion: Alistair Overeem
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion: Jon Jones
UFC Middleweight Champion: Anderson Silva
UFC Welterweight Champion: Nick Diaz
UFC Lightweight Champion: Frankie Edgar
UFC Featherweight Champion: Jose Aldo
UFC Bantamweight Champion: Dominick Cruz
UFC Flyweight Champion: Ian McCall
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UFC On Fox 1 – Junior Dos Santos Vs. Cain Velasquez Play By Play

Since all but one fight on this show is on Facebook, I’m only going to write up the last two fights. I’ll also add information from the UFC On Fox show, which I expect to be full of hype and full of Brock Lesnar.

Ben Henderson vs. Clay Guida

Strong, competitive first round. Henderson looked to be on his way to trying to put Guida away as he got the better of their exchanged and dropped Guida. Guida kept Henderson tied up to get his feet back under him but took a knee in the process that busted him open. Guida fought back with an exchange of his own that dropped Henderson to his knees. Close round, that I’d give to Henderson slighty.

I have Henderson up 2-0. He worked on Clay up against the cage, trying to get the takedown, but also hitting him with shots along the way. Guida had a shot at a submission, but didn’t get it, and then Henderson got his back and worked for the choke.

I have Henderson in a shutout, but it’s not like he blew him away. The first round could be a 10-10. Guida shot in late and tried for a submission, but couldn’t get it and Henderson ended up on top trying to drop bombs. Guida was game, but Henderson’s athleticism and strength won it for him.

Winner: Ben Henderson by way of unanimous decision

The scores were 29-28, 30-27, and 30-27

I think a lot of that fight would’ve been interesting for new fans, but there were parts of it where I could see it being boring. It was a good fight overall. Both guys were in 4th and 5th gear throughout.

Curt Menefee is hosting the show. They did a bit of an intro with the UFC fighters being highly skilled athletes. Dana White is also with Menefee hyping up both fighters.

Brock Lesnar joined and talked about both guys, having to break down Cain Velasquez as he was watching Cain kick his butt. Lesnar says Velasquez will take him down and hold him there and win the fight. Lesnar wants Cain in a rematch. They also showed Alistair Overeem and talked about Lesnar’s fight with him. They’re doing a pretty good job with the pre-fight.

Junior Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez
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