Dizz Picks; UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva 2

When: Saturday, December 28, 2013

Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Viewership: Pay Per View, Fox Sports 1, Facebook/YouTube

Live Gate:

Main Card (PPV 10pm EST)

Champ Chris Weidman vs. #1 Anderson Silva
Dizz Picks: Silva via (T)KO – *Knockout of the Night*
Dizz’s Daughter Picks: Silva
Results:  Chris Weidman def. Anderson Silva via TKO (injury) 2nd Round; 1:16

Champ Ronda Rousey vs. #2 Miesha Tate
Dizz Picks: Rousey via submission – *Fight of the Night*
Dizz’s Daughter Picks: Rousey
Results:  Ronda Rousey def. Miesha Tate via submission (armbar) 3rd Round; 0:58

#5 Travis Browne vs. #6 Josh Barnett
Dizz Picks: Barnett via submission – *Submission of the Night*
Dizz’s Daughter Picks: Barnett
Results: Travis Browne def. Josh Barnett knockout (elbows) 1st Round; 1:00

#10 Jim Miller vs. Fabricio Camoes
Dizz Picks: Miller via decision 
Dizz’s Daughter Picks: Camoes
Results: Jim Miller def. Fabricio Camoes via submission (armbar) 1st Round; 3:42

#6 Dustin Poirier vs. Diego Brandao
Dizz Picks: Poirier via decision 
Dizz’s Daughter Picks: Brandao
Results: Dustin Poirier def. Diego Brandao via TKO (strikes) 1st Round; 4:54

Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1, 8pm EST)

Chris Leben vs. Uriah Hall
Dizz Picks: Leben via submission 
Dizz’s Daughter Picks: Leben
Results: Uriah Hall def. Chris Leben TKO (doctor stoppage) 1st Round; 5:00

Gleison Tibau vs. Michael Johnson
Dizz Picks: Tibau via decision 
Dizz’s Daughter Picks: Johnson
Results: Michael Johnson def. Gleison Tibau via knockout (strikes) 2nd Round; 1:32

#7 Dennis Siver vs. Manny Gamburyan
Dizz Picks: Siver via submission 
Dizz’s Daughter Picks: Siver
Results: Dennis Siver def. Manny Gamburyan via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3) 

Siyar Bahadurzada vs. John Howard
Dizz Picks: Howard via decision 
Dizz’s Daughter Picks: Bahadurzada
Results: John Howard def. Siyar Bahadurzada via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

Preliminary Card (UFC Facebook/YouTube Channel, 7pm EST)

Bobby Voelker vs. William Macario
Dizz Picks: Voelker via (T)KO 
Dizz’s Daughter Picks: Voelker
Results: William Macario def. Bobby Voelker via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

Robert Peralta vs. Estevan Payan
Dizz Picks: Payan via submission 
Dizz’s Daughter Picks: Payan
Results: Robert Peralta def. Estevan Payan via knockout (strikes) 3rd Round; 0:12

Looks like my daughter posted her picks on twitter earlier this evening. How do they compare to yours? Mine?


Sitting At The Kid’s Table

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For anyone worried about the short-term prospects of Urijah Faber, fear not—the “California Kid” is back in the saddle and hunting for gold.

Faber’s demolition of Michael McDonald solidified a 2013 record of 4-0 with three of those victories coming by way of strangulation. The dominant performance over McDonald will likely pit Faber in a championship bout against the winner of Dominic Cruz vs. Renan Barao. Yes, both outcomes are rematches, and yes, Faber is 0-5 in his last five title fights, but honestly, I couldn’t care less.

Faber has mounted the type of comeback that puts any talks of marketability to bed. By pairing a drop in weight with the addition of Duane “Bang” Ludwig, the “California Kid” has been able to flourish at a stage where many decline. The former champ is 34, but he’s still getting better.

While the window on Faber’s career is objectively closing, there’s no time like the present. It’s hard to say whether or not the “California Kid” can reverse his recent title skid, but the next time he steps into the cage, I will not be betting against him.

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Drawing A Winner

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Draws are typically anticlimactic affairs where nobody wins, and in most cases, everyone loses. I use the term “typically” because there are always exceptions to the rule, and Friday night in Australia, two men strove to be exceptional.

After two rounds of muted action, Mark Hunt and Bigfoot Silva tacitly agreed to remove their mufflers. The next fifteen minutes featured a battle of willpower and consciousness that teetered with the balance of an inebriated drunk. It wasn’t pretty, but it was quite spectacular.

Following the final bell, Bruce Buffer stood between the freshly bludgeoned warriors to announce a draw. This marked a rare occasion where a lack of victory produced several victors.

Hunt and Silva crossed paths at the perfect point in each other’s career; neither is likely to hoist UFC gold, but both can solidify their spot in MMA history by elevating one another beyond their previous peaks.

Dancing alone may look silly, but with the right partner, you can orchestrate a visual symphony. Thankfully for fans, it seems likely these hulking juggernauts will tango at least two more times before hanging it up. For a pair of fighters on the downside of their prime, a crowd-pleasing trilogy is as good as it gets.

Friday night’s main event may have ended in a draw, but the fighters, the fans, and the UFC most certainly came away with a win.

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UFC Heavyweight Shane Del Rosario Dies At Age 30


The two week long struggle is over.   UFC Heavyweight Shane Del Rosario has finally lost his life after being found in a coma by his roommate and teammate, UFC Flyweight Ian McCall.  Del Rosario was later diagnosed to have suffered from a catastrophic cardiovascular collapse.  Del Rosario was 30 years old.   The young Del Rosario’s passing was confirmed by his teammates from Team Oyama, McCall and Invicta Fighting Championship’s Strawweight Champion, Carla Esparza.

And from Esparza:

Here’s the official statement from Del Rosario’s manager at Iridium Sports, Jason House, shortly after Del Rosario was admitted to the  Coronary Care Unit at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, California: “Official Statement: Shane Del Rosario had a catastrophic cardiovascular collapse at home on Tuesday morning. He was brought to the hospital in full cardiac arrest. He was resuscitated in the emergency room back to a stable heart rhythm and blood pressure. He is currently in the coronary care unit critically ill. Our prayers are with him and his family.”

At this time, we’re awaiting an finally official statement in regards to Del Rosario’s passing.  The hearts of the MMA community have been a balance of mix emotions.  Since I don’t want to drag this out any further than it needs to,  please stay close to an update of Iridium Sports official statement.

Until then, I leave you with a smile as you can view a nice highlight reel of Shane Del Rosario’s past fights. I believe I speak on behalf of everyone at MMA Elite Brand when I say, our thoughts, prayers, and heart felt condolences go out to the loved ones of Shane Del Rosario. Teammates, friends and family.

Enjoy the video!!!

World Series of Fighing; Putting The “World” In Series; Raising The Bar

(pictured: Marlon Moraes, left; Brandon Hempleman, right)

In recent times, it seems as if the core of the MMA fans have only had the UFC to look forward to on a consistent basis.   However, with the launch of World Series of Fighting’s international string, it seems as if fans will have some more consistency in their future.  This also has to be a sigh of relief to prospects and veteran fighters knowing they could potentially have a new home outside the UFC to either wind down their careers, repolish their careers, or just getting started.  They’re definitely raising the bar for all promotions not named UFC.  Here’s my take on their promotion:


Prospects and Rising Stars:  WSOF is housing a group of promising, rising prospects in their stables.

Justin Gaethje (10-0) will be fighting for the WSOF Inaugural Lightweight Title Jan 18th in Florida.

Nick Newell (11-0) another undefeated lightweight only baring 1 and 1/2 an arm.

Marlon Moraes (12-4-1) a bantamweight on a war path that no one is really anxious about signing a bout agreement with.

Steve Carl (21-3) WSOF’s new Welterweight Champion who’s strength, grappling, pace, and cage intelligence seems to be giving problems to even the most seasoned veterans.

Tyrone Spong (2-0), sure he only has 2 MMA bouts to his credit, but don’t let that overshadow what this light heavyweight has done in the world of kickboxing, boasting a 73-6-1 1NC with 46 knockouts.

Georgi Karakhanyan (23-3-1) A seasoned submission specialist who only in his 2nd bout in the promotion captured the WSOF Inaugural Featherweight title

That’s just to name a few.  Not to mention signing Yushin Okami was the best move they could’ve possibly made to expand their Japanese market.  Feel free to visit WSOF’s website at http://wsof.com

Employing MMA Veterans: The executives made probably one of the best decisions for their company when they left themselves open to signing MMA veterans, specifically UFC veterans.  Sometimes, fighters reach a peak in their career or get too comfortable in their specific skill set, that they have to learn and polish news skills.  That can’t always be done in the top level.  Example: It isn’t the wisest for B or even C-level strikers, jiu jitsu practioners, wrestlers, grapplers to practice their new techniques on fighters with the same skill set at the A-level.  They have to work their way up.

“Is that the only reason why it’s a good idea to bring in long time UFC or MMA veterans?”  I’m glad you asked.  The answer is, no.  Veterans have an infinite amount of knowledge in MMA and can pass that knowledge to willing prospects who need proper guidance for their careers.  No one’s perfect.  It is possible that a fighter may have some tips here and there that will help a rising star to guide their career in the right direction.  Housing long time veterans such as Anthony Johnson, Andrei Arlovski, John Fitch, Josh Burkman, Miguel Torres, and Jon Fitch was a no-brainer strategy for WSOF.   The veterans will help the younger keep their careers in an objective perspective.

Going International: Go BIG or go home.  Tell me what other promotion has gone international in just 399 days on their 7th show? Anyone?  WSOF has already breached the Canadian market, a market that is MMA thirsty.  It’s one of the smartest moves any MMA promotion can make. With the sponge of the UFC, Resurrection Fighting Alliance, and that other company also soaking up talent, the market for American fighters is very thin.  Not to mention, it’s very expensive to import fighters from other countries.  Solution?  Expand!!  Go to other countries and give other fighters and opportunity to work for you.  Give them a chance to get paid with a solid promotion.  Touch other broadcasting networks.  Build new relationships with other sponsors in foreign territory.   In 2014, WSOF intends on hosting events in countries such as Japan, Australia, and the UK.  And those are just the one they haven’t informed me about.

Keeping It Classy; No Public Attacks Other Promotions:  MMA fans are MMA fans for a reason.  Having a war of words with UFC President Dana White has proven that if you try to divide the MMA crowd, they’ll teeter more towards the UFC.  Ask Scott Coker, Gary Shaw, and Tom Antencio.  Ask….yeah. Nevermind.  Don’t ask THAT guy.

Last night, WSOF President Ray Sefo publicly took to twitter to wish Invicta President, Shannon Knapp, “good luck” with their show last night, who also was putting on their 7th installment of Invicta Fighting Championship.

WSOF Matchmaker, Ali Abdelaziz, also bid the promotion and the president a good show as well.

Showing Interest In WMMA:  Signing one of the top WMMA strawweights in the world in a 16-4 Jessica Aguilar (AKA “Jag) tells you that they have an interest in WMMA.  One of the biggest mistakes THAT other promotion made was not promoting them enough.  With the understand that Sefo and Abdelaziz have of the fans and the sport, I’m sure that they’ll push and promote women the right way.  The 115lb division is one of the deepest divisions worldwide.   Bringing in Jag, a 20 fight veteran, is a good foundation to build on, mentor young fighters, and provide an extension to the promotion.

Network Television/Marketing/Sponsors:  WSOF’s debut took place on NBC Sports Network.  Again, what other MMA promotion has debuted on a major network for their first show?  Someone over at NBC saw the potential of their promotion and put the muscle behind it to help make it work.  Recently, WSOF acquired a full scale marketing, advertising and consulting company in Lamark Media Group (http://lamarkmedia.com/).  A marketing company who is on the rise and has outstanding relationships with hundreds of networks.  The owners of Lamark Media Group are also the same group who owns Swole Sports Nutrition (http://www.swolesports.com/ ) , which you saw on the mat at WSOF 7 last night.  Along with a well known sponsor like Boost Mobile and more to come, WSOF is set up for success for 2014.