UFC 124 Weigh-In

Here are the weights courtesy of F4WOnline/Wrestling Observer:

(And yes, it looks like Thiago Alves made weight.)

1. Georges St Pierre (170) vs. Josh Koscheck (169)
2. Sean McCorkle (264) vs. Stefan Struve (253)
3. Mac Danzig (156) vs. Joe Stevenson (155.5)
4. Thiago Alves (171) vs. John Howard (171)
5. Jim Miller (155) vs. Charles Oliveira (153.5)
6. Joe Doerksen (185.5) vs. Dan Miller (184.5)
7. Mark Bocek (155.5) vs. Dustin Hazelett (155)
8. Jesse Bongfeldt (185.5) vs. Rafael Natal (185)
9. Sean Pierson (170.5) vs. Matthew Riddle (170.5)
10. Ricardo Almeida (170.5) vs. T.J. Grant (170)
11. Pat Audinwood (156) vs. John Makdessi (155)

UFC 119 Live Prelims – Joe Doerksen Vs. CB Dollaway

I like the fact that TUF guys get a chance to showcase their stuff in front of a decent sized Spike TV audience before the main PPV card starts. However, if they don’t see this as a gift, then they don’t understand the game. The Spike TV fights should be the most inspired and crazed fights on the show because their job is to get people excited and then to add late buys to the PPV. Think Leonard Garcia and the Korean Zombie. Think the opposite of Nik Lentz.

1. Joey Beltran vs. Matt Mitrione

Mitrione’s offense looks quick. He’s not just throwing one shot at a time and he’s also mixing in leg kicks too. But all it took was one big right by Beltran to put him on the defensive. Beltran then got a takedown, which actually might’ve been good for Mitrione because he looked a little nervous after being hit like he did. Well, for two and a half minutes, this fight was good. Beltran held him down on the ground, getting in north/south position and Mitrione kept trying for the triangle rather than trying to get back on his feet. It will be interesting how they score this round.

Beltran doesn’t seem to fear Mitrione’s power at all. He’s just putting his head down and taking Mitrione’s punches to give his own. But he took one too many as Mitrione tagged him and Mitrione thought he might’ve had him and closed in. Then he threw an idiotic and off-balanced right uppercut that left him open and he was tagged. Sometimes I’m appalled at how little boxing these guys have, no matter how hard they hit. Mitrione started to use his reach advantage to stay away, but then got stuck against the fence and took some shots. With his reach advantage and quickness, he shouldn’t ever be really hit by Beltran. Mitrione closed strong and he won the second.

Mitrione did a much better job at controlling the stand-up. He mostly peppered him with shots, but it was effective. The last two rounds were all Mitrione.

Winner: Matt Mitrione by way of unanimous decision

All of the scores were 29-28.

2. Joe Doerksen vs. CB Dollaway
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UFC 119 Prelim Predictions By Jason Hagholm

Jason Hagholm has predictions for the the first four non-televised fights for UFC 119.

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Sean McCorkle vs Mark Hunt: K-1 & PRIDE star Hunt has powerful hands and not much of a ground game and has been on a big losing streak coming into the UFC. Granted, they were to guys that he was no match for like Fedor, Barnett, and Moussasi. McCorkle is a tall and thick heavyweight who has a 7-0 record, which really doesn’t mean much because it was on the independent scene. McCorkle loves to get a fight to the ground and just ground and pound you into submission or until the ref stops it.

Prediction: McCorkle TKO 2nd Round

T.J. Grant vs Julio Paulino: Paulino is coming off a decision loss to Mike Pierce but he has good hands and a decent ground game and has fought some name guys, so he is experienced. Grant is a guy who brings his lunch bucket and puts in work on all of his fights and recently lost to Johnny Hendricks at UFC 113. But he has a consistent record in the UFC beating Ryo Chonan and Kevin Burns and to me, he should have beat Dong Hyun Kim. If Grant gets this fight to the ground, I think he can pull off the submission on Paulino.

Prediction: T.J. Grant 3rd round submisison

Waylon Lowe vs Steve Lopez: In a fight between two unknowns to many, both guys have fought in the UFC before suffering losses. Lowe lost to Melvin Guillard by a devastating knee to the body and Lopez lost to Jim Miller via TKO, though granted he couldn’t continue after he injured his shoulder. Lowe has the experience but I think Lopez’s youth will shine through and he will grind out a decision victory.

Prediction: Steve Lopez Unanimous Decision

Pat Audinwood vs Thiago Tavares: Tavares is a vet of UFC events and is coming off a DRAW against the man who killed the Spike prelim ratings for UFC 118, Nik Lentz. Tavares has a great ground game, decent hands and can go the distance. Pat “Awesomely Awesome” Audinwood has maybe the coolest nickname in all of MMA, but he is more than just a nickname as he has a good ground game which has comprised most of his victories. He, like Tavares, can push a fight to the distance but if I were a betting man I would take Tavares to get a 1st round submission on the inexperienced fighter and for Tavares’s sake hopefully his submission is Awesomely Awesome.

Prediction: Thiago Tavares 1st round submission

UFC 119 Weigh-In Results

Here’s weigh-in results for UFC 119:

Sean McCorkle (263) vs. Mark Hunt (265)

Julio Paulino (170) vs. TJ Grant (170)

Waylon Lowe (154) vs. Steve Lopez (156)

Pat Audinwood (156) vs. Thiago Tavares (155)

Joey Beltran (239) vs. Matt Mitrione (253)

Mitrione was wearing a shirt with Marvin Gaye’s face on it that said, “Let’s get it on.”

Joe Doerksen (186) vs. CB Dollaway (186)

Jeremy Stephens (155) vs. Melvin Guillard (155)

Guillard got right up in his face with his hands down at the stare down.

Evan Dunham (156) vs. Sean Sherk (155)

Sherk looks a little bit smaller than I expected.

Chris Lytle (171) vs. Matt Serra (170)

They goofed off at the stare down with Serra trying to look taller and Lytle shorter.

Ryan Bader (205) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (205)

Bader looks jacked and lean. Rogan called Lil’ Nog by the name of Minotauro.

Mirko Cro Cop (227) vs. Frank Mir (252)

Cro Cop looks small. Mir looks big, but not as big as he’s been of late.

Cro Cop says he feels good and it’s just another fight. Mir says he’s not underestimating Cro Cop and he’s going to look to take him out quick.