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UFC 116 – Pick’em

Posted in MMA with tags , , , on July 2, 2010 by Dallas O'Malley

We have waited long enough.  Finally the biggest and most important heavyweight fight, in any sport, since Tyson-Holyfield is upon us this Saturday at UFC 116.  And’s the only headlining fight worth mentioning.

Lesnar-Carwin is so big that the UFC built special reinforced Octagon.

When these two mammoths were scheduled to fight the first time, I made my prediction http://rebelref.com/2009/10/19/ufc106-forecast-carwin-beats-lesnar/ Now that the fight is finally here, the potential outcome isn’t as clear as it once was.

Shane Carwin is entirely too focused on a knockout.  To recognize the negative effect of that, then look no further than Dan Henderson’s loss to Jake Shield in April.  When facing a wrestling machine like Lesnar, takedown defense can be your best friend.  Carwin has indicated he has worked on his wrestling but you can see it in his eyes that his striking has dominated his training camp.

Everyone knows he can punch so he’s not surprising anyone.  The same goes without saying Brock Lesnar will use his wrestling to neutralize Carwin’s striking.  It’s all the more reason for Carwin to emphasize on his defense so it can set up more knockout opportunities.

Lensar has left no stone unturned while training for his title defense.  His newfound maturity has evolved him both as a person and as a fighter. Instead of working on his strengths, Lesnar has elected to work on his weaknesses.  Becoming a complete fighter is the best foil for a man like Carwin.  Lesnar acknowledges this and has worked hard for his chance to prove it.  Lesnar has made the right changes in his camp which is a scary thought for challengers like Carwin.
With all that being said…

Pick:  Shane Carwin

Call me crazy but I still think all the training in the world can’t fix a chin.  I don’t believe Lesnar has one.  Even if Lesnar does get Carwin down and smothers him, I believe Shane will ultimately survive.  Carwin should have many opportunities to find Lesnar’s chin and test it.  It’s one test Lesnar won’t pass.  Carwin will tag Lesnar and Lesnar will crumble.  Just like all of Carwin’s victims.  Carwin will lose one day but he’s waiting too long for this one.  He’s hungry.  Carwin by KO.

The X Man

Posted in MMA with tags , , , , on June 15, 2010 by Dallas O'Malley

All the talk surrounding Chuck Liddell’s knockout loss to Rich Franklin at UFC 115 is that the show’s over for the future Hall of Famer.  Not too far behind is the mention that Dana White should refuse any request by “The Iceman” for another fight.

While this is true, there needs to be more emphasis on the one person in Chuck’s world that needs to step up the most if that situation presents itself:  John Hackleman.

It happens all too often when a fighter is finished but continues to fight on while the trainer goes along with him on his path of self-destruction.  The trainer loves the fighter and willing to go down with him.

That’s why Hackleman remains the x-factor in the Liddell retirement saga.

Chuck Liddell is arguably the most endeared fighter ever to grace the Octagon.  His contributions to the sport, not just the UFC, are in-measurable. No one wishes to see him laid out cold again.

Hackleman is not the polarizing figure as White is, but he is the most influential when it comes to the former champ.  The next time he and Liddell make a trip to “The Pit” it should to train the fighters of tomorrow.  He and the king of yesteryear’s MMA are ready the next phase of their journey together.

And just like before, it’s up to Hackleman to get Chuck ready for his next challenge.

MMA Monsters – P4P

Posted in MMA with tags , , , , , , on May 14, 2010 by Dallas O'Malley

1) Georges St. Pierre


Regardless of whether you think he’s a safety 1st wrestler, the fact remains is that he always faces top opposition and always brings his best performance in the cage…every…single…time.  The complete fighter.
2) Anderson Silva

Has been reduced to strictly a counter striker.  He only excels when others come forward.  Against passive opponents, Silva has failed miserably.  He cannot push the action and his foolishness just illustrate his insecurities.  Looking to pick on smaller men like GSP is pathetic too.
3) Fedor Emelianenko

The only knock against “The Last Emperor” is the lack of activity.  If he fought more often he’d be #2.
4) Mauricio Rua

Because knocking out Lyoto Machida to win the light heavyweight championship should be enough to get you in anyone’s top 5.  Shogun was magnificent in both fights. He looks like the Shogun that tore through Pride and the UFC might finally have a dominant LHW champion on their hands.

5) Jose Aldo

Aldo may be the least known on the list, but he certainly deserves to be one of the most appreciated.  His fights look like an arcade game due to his stupendous skills.  After stomping Urijah Faber, the Aldo era has no apparent end in sight.

UFC 113 – Pick’em

Posted in MMA with tags , , , , on May 7, 2010 by Dallas O'Malley

The UFC’s mindset lately has been more quantity than quality.  Although every now and then in the UFC’s flooded PPV schedule you will find one that will not allow you to take any bathroom breaks.  UFC 113 is one of those cards and has been marked on my calendar for months.  No Kimbo talk here (because it’s not worth the space) but this card has fights really worth talking about:

Josh Koscheck vs. Paul Daley



Two loud mouth jerks.  One a bruising British striker.  The other an American wrestler who wants to be a striker (see Chuck Liddell and Rashad Evans).  Each wishing to become the next in line to challenge, and I use that word lightly, for Georges St. Pierre’s welterweight championship.

Koscheck has been on the brink of a 2nd title shot for seems to be an eternity.  Paul Daley is one of the hottest rising stars in the promotion’s deepest division.  He’s left a path of broken and busted bodies since crashing onto the UFC scene.  Josh Koshceck has been up and down over the past few years. Although the current form of Koscheck arms the perfect foil for Daley’s championship hopes.  So who wins?

Pick:  Josh Koscheck

Simply put, Koscheck finally remembered his meal ticket has always been his wrestling.  By going back to the basics he thrashed Anthony Johnson.  Daley has plenty of trouble holding his own against strong wrestlers.  There is nothing that would have me believe Daley has corrected this problem.  Koscheck will use his superior wrestling and extinguish Daley from any talk about title contention.

Light Heavyweight Championship : Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio Rua


This is what mixed martials arts is all about.

Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida almost effortlessly tore through the division on his way to the top.  No one had been able to even brush Machida much less connect with a meaningful shot.  Then along came Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.  Shogun did what most people thought was impossible.  He made Machida look mortal.  He came into the 1st fight with a brilliant game plan pushed Machida to his breaking point.  It was a masterful performance by Shogun, but too bad it wasn’t enough.

The controversy that followed prompted an immediate rematch.  Fight fans are beaming for another fight between these two geniuses of the sport.

Pick:  Lyoto Machida

Lyoto Machida was thrown for a loop when Shogun approached the fight the way he did. It forced him to dig down deep and pull a razor thin decision.  That said more about Lyoto Machida than many of his other wins.  Shogun will undoubtedly have another surprising plan but Machida is maybe the most intelligent fighter in the UFC.  Machida will be more evolved, more aware and better prepared for anything Shogun has in store for the rematch.  He’ll be ready for anything and he will add to his growing legend by winning a clear decision.

Guaranteed Money

Posted in Boxing with tags , , , on April 13, 2010 by Dallas O'Malley

Floyd Gayweather knows a thing or two about money.  He knows how to make it.  He knows how to throw it away.  He also knows how to stay money inside the ring.

Come May 1st, I will not be one of the many forking over $50 for Gayweather’s match against “Sugar” Shane Mosley.  There’s no need to when Gayweather’s victory is pretty much guaranteed.  Barring some freak occurrence, boxing’s biggest bitch will walk away with a decision win.

Two fights ago, Mosley stopped Ricardo Mayorga at 2:59 of the very last round.  Had the fight not been waved off, Mosley would have won by majority decision.  The encounter was a victory but it’s a prime example of Mosley’s masked declining ability.

It was a rare case where the finish depreciates a fighter.  Mayorga’s was everyone’s favorite come back victim because he could be easily outclassed by a technical boxer.  He was the perfect opponent for a fighter wanting to knock some rust off and look dominant in the process.  Mayorga should have never seen the championship rounds in that fight.  Oscar De La Hoya ran through him in 6; Tito Trinidad in 8.  There’s no excusing the fact Mayorga shouldn’t have survived as long as he did considering how overmatched he was against Mosley.

It’s hard to take away from a win much less two, but Mosley’s win against Antonio Margarito is another that deceived many.  Margarito can say he didn’t know about the illegal hand wraps, but every boxer knows how his hand wraps are done.

Judging by the look on his face and the way he fought, Margarito just wanted out of there.  He didn’t know what to do without the plaster wraps and he didn’t want to find out.  How else do you explain Margarito retreating, half the production of his normally furious pace, unwillingness to hunt down and walk through shots?  He fled and essentially gave up.  Mosley deserves credit for finishing him, but it’s another fruitless triumph due to the deflated version of Antonio Margarito that night.

There is almost nothing I would much rather see than to watch Gayweather lose, but unfortunately I will have to wait a little bit longer.  Mosley is one of the finest fighters of any generation but the sun is setting on his career.  It goes without saying Gayweather is well aware of this.  It’s why the fight was made in the first place.  The Mayorga and Margarito fights illustrated the bleak chance of an upset.

Shane Mosley doesn’t use his jab much anymore.  His rolling shoulders are gone.  His speed isn’t what it used to be.  He has his work cut out for him against the defensive mastery that Floyd Gayweather brings.  Mosley will land his shots but not enough of them to supplant Gayweather.

Mosley’s best chance is to turn it into a fight instead of a boxing match.  It’ll never happen against Gayweather.

Floyd Gayweather’s perfect record was no accident.  He’s reached his perch by following a carefully crafted and cunning plan.  He remains there by risking little and talking a lot.  Against Shane Mosley, Gayweather is out of harm’s way and will have plenty to brag about with Mosley’s name on his resume’.





The Magic of Manny

Posted in Boxing with tags , , , , on March 16, 2010 by Dallas O'Malley

Motormouth Mayweather is unusually quiet these days.  Floyd Mayweather is running around his las Vegas mega mansion, that he can’t afford yet, trying to put a negative spin on Manny Pacquiao’s shut out win against Joshua Clottey.  Anyone who witnessed Clottey’s scared turtle impression last Saturday night against Manny Pacquiao realized what Mayweather did as he watched it himself.  There was no sensational KO this time around for Pacquiao, but the fact that Clottey bitched up and just tried to survive was a serious testament to Pacquiao as a fighter.  Just as much as the sounds of crickets coming from the Mayweather camp.  Pacquiao managed to clobber the pride out of Clottey, and shut up boxing’s biggest jerk all in one magical night.  It’s no wonder why he’s the best.

Rocky Clottey

Posted in Boxing with tags , , , on March 12, 2010 by Dallas O'Malley

There’s a Manny Pacquiao fight this weekend and no one is really too excited about.  Maybe it’s because the fight is not viewed as much of a contest to begin with.  Winning the Pacquiao sweepstakes is welterweight standout, Joshua Clottey.  Going up against the pound-for-pound king of boxing, it’s not a question of if, but when will Pacquiao hand Clottey his first KO loss?

There is plenty of reason to back that assessment up.  After all Pacquiao has destroyed boxing’s best on his ascend to the top.  Clottey’s last fight was a decision loss to Miguel Cotto who was then butchered by Pacquiao last November.  So it is to no surprise that Clottey is an overwhelming underdog heading into Saturday’s match at Cowboys Stadium.

Clottey is viewed as having no real shot of winning the fight and the media have all but pegged him with the “Rocky” label.  Clottey is a tough and durable fighter. He doesn’t have much punching power and he’s fallen short in his biggest matches.  His trainer was not granted a visa out of his native land therefore had to be replaced for this fight.

Clottey has never been stopped before and is banking on his stubborn chin to defy the odds and reach the final bell.  Forcing a decision would be a moral victory for Clottey.  When facing the Filipino phenom, having Michael Buffer read the score cards instead of the final time, is the sweetest sound one can hear.  Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto all failed to do so in Pacquiao’s last three matches.

This is the opportunity of a lifetime and Clottey will make the most of it.  He’s a game opponent and will put forth a tremendous effort.  He will come up short but I think it’s safe to say he’ll hear the final bell.  That will make him a winner in my book now matter how badly he’s beaten.