Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
The Main Event pits El Paso's Martin Sano against Justin Nixon in a Middlewight bout for the FTF belt. Rather than promise a stand up fight, both fighters said they are ready to go to war in all aspects of the game. Martin Sano is used to fighting for championship belts. Justin Nixon is just as experienced and comes out of a respected gym. Being the Main Event shouldn't play a factor in the fight for either fighter and it should make for fireworks.
Also on the card, what was supposed to be a Featherweight bout between Brian Castillo, who was featured in an El Paso Time's article, and Antonio Guerrero, turned into a fight between Guerrero and Castillo's teammate, Derik Cranford. The guy's team mate came out on the newspaper, so expect him to put on a show. Other notables on the card include Adam Mcgurk, who made quick work of his opponent in his last fight, against Jesse Kocoseri, who fights his first amateur MMA fight but is up for the challenge, and Vince Barreda, who prepared for a bantamweight bout but volunteered for one at Lightweight when his opponent pulled out and Frankie Rivera was in need of an opponent himself. Frankie Rivera is guaranteeing a win but rather than use the size disadvantage as an excuse, Barreda says he's mad he had to cut weight for no reason so he's going to be in Rivera's face the whole time.
As always, the amateurs don't come to just win, they come to fight and put on a show, so expect the hooks, uppercuts, knees and blood to be flying left and right.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Tonight, we get to watch a UFC event but unlike other events, this one is dedicated to the troops, so you don't have to go to the bar or fork out $50 to catch the headkicks and chokes. Just tune in to Spike to catch the free fights or go on Facebook to watch the prelims.
For the Main Event, it's Evan Dunham versus Melvin Guillard. Although not as intriguing or evenly matched as Dunham/Florian, it's still an interesting one. Guillard is a fast, powerful striker with alright wrestling and a complete lack of ground skills. Dunham is the next big thing at lightweight. He's got good boxing and a reach advantage over most other lightweights but it's his grappling that's got him to where he's at and what is going to get him the win. Melvin's always been an explosive striker but loses fights when he's not on his feet. Dunham's gonna be patient and use his boxing until the opportunity arises to take it to his world. Dunham takes it by some sort of choke, but who knows. He might just surprise me once again with a TKO win.
For the Co Main Event, it's a battle of the awkward giants ad Tim Hague takes on Matt Mitrione. Hague has experience on his side but he's not much of a successful UFC fighter. Matt Mitrione has surprised me in each of his outings. He sent Kimbo Slice packing with a submission and outstruck the striker in his decision win over Beltran. I say Mitrione takes this one by TKO.
The rest of the card is filled with cool fights. Pat Barry takes on Joey Beltran in what should be a one-sided stand up fight. Barry has the some of the nastiest kicks in the UFC and pretty fast hands for a heavyweight. This fight is the perfect opportunity for him to showcase his skills. George Roop takes on Mark Hominick to see who's next in line to get kneed in the face by Jose Aldo. Cody Mckenzie takes on Yves Edwards. Edwards is the better striker and overall better fighter than Mckenzie, but isn't taking Cody's ability to choke him out seriously. Maybe it's cause he seems like kind of people, but I say Cody wins by his patented 'Mckenzitine'. Check the fights cause they're free and because not watching a fight for the troops would be very un-American of you.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
MMA in El Paso: Amateur card gives fighters experience
Friday, January 14, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
We will have more pre-fight coverage everyday before TUFF: Military Mayhem gets on its way. Tomorrow will have interviews with Curtis McNeil and Fabian