You’d think that on a CBS card, Fedor would be in the main event and Dan Henderson would be the co-main eventer. But that is not the case. I’m not sure what the original plans were, but we’ll see what Dan Henderson’s name means 10 months after UFC 100 without the UFC name backing him. He faces Jake Shields for Shields’ title. The ratings are all going to be on this fight as none of the other four fighters are names enough to help the rating.
The FGB crew predict the top three fights. I’ll add Stevie J’s picks at the bottom. He didn’t have the time to go into depth, but did send me who he thinks wins.
Shinya Aoki vs. Gilbert Melendez
Duan: Aoki by 1st round submission
Alan: Melendez by 2nd round TKO
Cactus Jim: Aoki by 3rd round submission
GG: Melendez by decision
I have said it many times, I believe Aoki is the most innovative and effective submission specialist in all of MMA. What he lacks in physical toughness, he makes up for with sheer natural talent. This guy is an incredible performer. Once he latches on there is no way out. It’s tap or snap for Melendez.
Big D and I are back for a show that goes just over an hour because Big D had to speak to a lady friend.
We heavily discuss UFC 112, talking about the Frankie Edgar vs. B.J. Penn fight and how you build to a second fight.
We talk about the egg Anderson Silva laid and what you do with him. Is a fight with GSP still something people want to see?
We discuss Dan Henderson vs. Jake Shields, Gegard Mousasi and King Mo, and Shinya Aoki vs. Gilbert Melendez.
Lastly, we talk about the reason why you should watch 24/7 Mayweather/Mosley which you can watch on HBO’s website.
We do all this while I cross my fingers and hope that Big D’s conversation with his new lady friend goes right.
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DREAM was back today with another excellent show from the Yokohama Arena in Japan. DREAM 11 featured the conclusion of the featherweight grand prix, more from the Super Hulk Tournament, the return of Kazushi Sakuraba, and some damn great fights, so let’s get straight into it.
Marius Zaromskis has upset the odds by winning the DREAM welterweight grandprix, and becoming the promotion’s first welterweight champion.
The 26 year old Lithuanian scored two stunning high kick knockouts en route to the title. In the semifinal bout he stopped tournament favourite Hayato “Mach” Sakurai midway through the first round, before going on to knockout Jason High in absolutely terrifying fashion. Both will probably go down as knockout of the year contenders.
Dream officials have been forced to rethink the line up for this show, due to several of their marquee names being forced off the card. Nick Diaz was pulled from the show by EXC, “Kid” Yamamoto withdrew after sustaining a knee injury, the Mirko Cro Cop versus Jerome LeBanner fight was dropped, and it’s uncertain whether Hideo Tokoro can fight after being involved in a car crash last week. So alot of this card still remains a mystery.
There’s one thing we know for certain though, Dream’s first lightweight champion will be crowned by the end of this show. Shinya Aoki will fight Caol Uno in one semi, while Eddie Alvarez and Tatsuya Kawajiri will face off in the other. The winners will go on to meet in the grand prix final later on in the night.
Itâ€™s the usual HDNet commentary team of Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice calling the action. We start off the show with a recap of the tournament so far. This is Followed by the usual introductions of each fighter to the live crowd. Nakamura vs. Ologun is up first.
1. Daisuke Nakamura vs. Andy Ologun