Krone Meltzer – UFC 91 Preview

With a record of 9-3 after UFC 90, I am looking (as always) for a clean sweep here at UFC 91. I would be lying if I didn’t say that this may be one of my most anticipated cards in history as I believe that the main event is going to be a fight to remember. Anyways, instead of me wasting your time about what you already know, let’s get to work.

WELTERWEIGHT BOUT
Dustin Hazelett vs. Tamdan McCrory

Don’t really know too much about Tamdan McCroy, but I am a huge fan of “McLovin” Hazelett. With Dustin coming off of a big victory against Josh Burkman, Hazelett has a lot to look forward to in this fight. While he isn’t in the elite of the welterweight division, three of his four losses are to well known people (Josh Koscheck, Tony DeSouza, Junior Assuncao). I fully expect Hazelett to come out and push the action before taking down McCrory and finishing him off with a submission.

Winner: Dustin Hazelett via. 1st Round Submission

MIDDLEWEIGHT BOUT
Demian Maia vs. Nate Quarry

I am a huge fan of Nate Quarry and since coming back from his injury, he has gone 2-0, finishing off Pete Sell in a 3rd round KO, and beating Kalib Starnes by decision in the ‘Run fight’. However, it has been seven long months since Quarry has fought which could be against him. Demian Maia is no push over though, with a current record of 8-0, and coming off wins against Ryan Jensen, Ed Herman, and Jason MacDonald. While he has won submission of the night on all three of those occasions, I think that the experience of Nate Quarry could play a huge factor in this match.

Winner: Nate Quarry via. 2nd Round Submission

LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT
Joe Stevenson vs. Kenny Florian

Here is the sleeper fight of the night. While Stevenson did have that brutal fight against BJ Penn back in January, he has one win since then against Gleison Tibau which he ended in the second round. For Florian, since losing to Sean Sherk back in 2006, he has racked up five straight wins, including wins over Joe Lauzon and Roger Huerta to give him his first loss. I can easily see this fight being a bloody war with neither man going down due to their determination to win, but in the end, I just believe that Florian is going to bee too much for the season two Ultimate Fighter alumnist.

Winner: Kenny Florian via. Unanimous Decision

HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Josh Hendricks

In a bout that could be crucial to Gonzaga, he takes on Josh Hendricks. Being the number ten heavyweight fighter in the world according to mmaweekly. com, I really believe that it is a no brainer here anyways. Sure he has losses to Couture and Fabricio Werdum, but that doesn’t matter when he steps into the octagon with Josh Hendricks. I am feeling a Gabriel Gonzaga bandwagon starting, because I can see a big win here for the man they call “Napao”.

Winner: Gabriel Gonzaga via. 1st Round TKO

UFC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Randy Couture (c) vs. Brock Lesnar

It is quite possibly the biggest fight in UFC history and will go down as easily one of the most anticipated. Having looked over this fight time and time again, it is really hard for me to pick a winner. Lesnar has his speed, size, and wrestling background, but Couture has the wrestling as well along with being able to come up with great game plans. Sitting here at my computer, I am still trying to decide who will win this one. Both men I could easily see winning this one and facing either Mir or Big Nog after their fight, but this fight is so close to call and has such contrasting styles, it proves to be difficult to call. As much as like both men and want to see Lesnar succeed, I don’t think it will be here as Couture will pick apart Lesnar with his dirty boxing and show the world why you never pick against “The Natural”.

Winner: Randy Couture via.
4th Round TKO

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UFC 87 quick results

from Rajah.com:

The following are quick match results for UFC 87: Seek And Destroy:

– Ben Saunders def. Ryan Thomas Submission (Armbar) Round 2 at 2:28
– Chris Wilson def. Steve Bruno Decision (Unanimous)
– Jon Jones Andre def. Gusmao Decision (Unanimous)
– Cheick Kongo def. Dan Evensen TKO (Strikes) Round 1 at 4:55
– Tamdan McCrory def. Luke Cummo Decision (Unanimous)
– Demian Maia def. Jason MacDonald Submission (Rear-naked Choke) Round 3 at 2:44
– Kenny Florian def. Roger Huerta Decision (Unanimous)
– Robert Emerson def. Manvel Gamburyan KO (Punches) Round 1 at 0:12
– Brock Lesnar def. Heath Herring Decision (Unanimous)
– Georges St. Pierre def. Jon Fitch Decision (Unanimous)

Krone Meltzer’s Picks for UFC 87.

Lightweight Bout
Roger Huerta vs.
Kenny Florian

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UFC – Kenny Florian To Fill-In For Joe Rogan At UFC 83

from MMA Weekly:

Kenny Florian has confirmed that he will serve as the lead color commentator at UFC 83 in Joe Rogan’s absence. Rogan has previous obligations and won’t be able to attend. Florian had the following quotes about his new job at UFC 83:

“I’ll be commentating actually, start to finish, my first, my debut as the co-commentator, I’ll be there with Goldie. Goldie will be leading the way; he’ll be the quarterback. I’ll be the kind of back up.

I’m looking forward to it. It’s not only going to be a tremendous night of fights, but it will be a great experience for me to get in there and commentate and watch these amazing fights real up close and do what I normally do on the couch, and yell and scream, except do it on TV.”

UFC – April 2 Fight Night weigh ins.

The following are official weigh in results for tomorrow nights Fight Night card live on Spike TV:

Main Card:

James Irvin (205) vs Houston Alexander (205)
Gray Maynard (155) vs Frankie Edgar (155.5)
Tim Boetsch (206) vs Matt Hamill (204)
Nate Diaz (156) vs Kurt Pellegrino (155)
Karo Parisyan (171) vs Thiago Alves (171)
Kenny Florian (155.5) vs Joe Lauzon (156)

Prelims:

Tommy Speer (170) vs Anthony Johnson (169.5)
Roman Mitichyan (170.5) vs George Sotiropoulos (169.5)
Marcus Aurelio (154.5) vs Ryan Roberts (155.5)
Josh Neer (156) vs Din Thomas (155)
Clay Guida (156) vs Samy Schiavo (155)
Manvel Gamburyan (155.5) vs Jeff Cox (155)