UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans

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UFC 114 will be coming to us live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  During the fight I will be directly across the street at the Excalibur enjoying a $20 all you can drink.  So I think it safe to say that Rashad Evans isn’t the only one getting f’d up tomorrow.  This fight brings us one of the most complete cards in recent events.  From the main event all the way down to the first welterweight bout.  In the WW division we have Diego Sanchez going against the Brit John Hathaway.  This will be an interesting matchup mainly because I want to see if the gash that BJ Penn put on Sanchez’s forehead has healed properly.  When it actually split open you could see his skull.  Yikes.  Sanchez has recovered and has moved back to welterweight after that wildly unsuccessful dabble in lightweight to take on John Hathaway.  Hathaway has yet to lose and will bring his 12-0 record into the octagon against what is sure to be his most challenging opponent yet.  Both fighters have something to prove and I think Diego Sanchez will take care of business, by submission, in this bout.  Moving to light heavyweight division we have solid matchup between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Jason Brilz.  Guess which one is from the USA? Ha.  Originally, this fight was supposed to be between Forrest Griffin and Nogueira but due to a shoulder injury he had to pull out of the fight.   Nogueira will be making just his second appearance with the UFC but make no mistake, the lack of experience will not show on this guy.  He is a hard hitter who is not afraid to throw haymakers.  Also, do not confuse him with his twin brother, UFC powerhouse Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.  Brilz is not to be f’d with either.  He definitely has more fights under his belt and I expect this one to go the distance.  I think it will be a close fight but I am going to go with Nogueira in this one, mainly because it’s really hard to pick against a Nogueira, no matter which one it is.  Michael Bisping is somehow walking again after getting knocked back into second grade by Dan Henderson last year and, most recently Wanderlei Silva.  His other loss is to Rashad Evans so I think its apparent that he has trouble with hard hitting athletic fighters.  See what I’m getting at?  Dan Miller is coming off two tough losses against Demian Maia and Chael Sonnen which both went to decision.  Personally I don’t really care who wins as long as it’s not Michael Bisping…you see what I did there?



 

Finally the main event.  Rashad Evans versus Quintin “Rampage” Jackson in the light heavyweight bout where the winner will get their shot at Shogun Rua’s new belt.  Rua hasn’t even finished making a trophy case for the belt and he will already have a title defense.  Both Rampage and Evans have not shut their mouths for the last month.  Jawing about each other and talking an insane amount of shit.  A lot of people think that Rampage didn’t train as hard because of his involvement with the new A-Team movie.  Personally, I want Rampage to win because I think it would be a better fight between him and Rua than Evans.  Either way, I don’t expect this fight to last past the 3rd round because both of these fighters will be out for blood.  The tension these two have created for this fight is something we haven’t seen in quite sometime.  I think they will throw punches hard and often and I think when the dust settles it will be Rampage’s hand in the air.  Then again, anything can happen when you get hit hard.  I guess we will just have to wait and see.  If you are in Vegas this weekend be sure to catch the UFC Fan Expo going on at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.  Myself and some of Thunder Treats finest will be there tomorrow.  Of course later in the afternoon you will find us at the Excalibur.  Come say hi, I’ll be the guy face down on the bar in the Cleveland Indians hat.

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