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Strikeforce Houston - Live Blog

Gonzogeek is in the Toyota Center and ready to begin tonights coverage. Stay tuned kids.

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Strikeforce: Houston Predictions

Two months after their last major card saw The Fall of Fedor and five weeks after middleweight champion Jake Shields vacated the belt to sign with the UFC, Strikeforce heads to Texas with the hopes of making some new stars to anchor the promotion.  A core of young talent is what kept the company moving as higher-profile outfits like Affliction and EliteXC fell by the wayside.  Now that the spotlight is on Strikeforce as America's top UFC alternative, they'll need new stars to keep that mantle.

Strikeforce: Houston offers a few candidates for the next big thing: a cocky former Olympian, an active Army Ranger and a former professional wrestler trying to go legit.  On a card where only one man, former lightweight champion KJ Noons, can boast a previous record of success within the company, this show is all about making a name for yourself - and hopefully making a name for Strikeforce in the process.

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Strikeforce Comes to Houston

We love us some MMA here at GonzoGeek. That's why we're extremely excited about covering this weekend's Strikeforce Houston show live from theToyota Center on Saturday night. I will be in attendance and blogging live from the show. Matt and I will have our predictions for the fights up shortly.  I'm also trying to squeeze in a peek at the upcoming EA Sports MMA video game tomorrow. Just last night, KJ Noons, local guy and MMA fighter, threw out the fi...

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Heel vs. Heel - UFC 117 Predictions

I was about to lead off this preview by calling UFC 117’s main event between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and challenger Chael Sonnen “one of the most anticipated fights of the year,” but that cliché is becoming unusable when it comes to the UFC. Not every fight his been an absolute blockbuster, but they’re on such a tear that sandwiching a huge middleweight defense between the Lesnar/Carwin heavyweight clash last month and the BJ Penn/Frankie Edgar rematch in three weeks seems like par for the course.

The truth is, you can’t even call Sonnen vs. Silva the biggest middleweight fight of the year when Vitor Belfort is waiting in the wings to face the winner. This is neither the most competent threat to Silva’s title nor his last challenge before cleaning out the division. But it FEELS like a bigger fight than it is for two reasons:

  1. It’s the first cage appearance by Anderson Silva since the Abu Dhabi fight against Demian Maia that earned him heat from fans, media and officials alike.
  2. Chael Sonnen has spent the past four months building himself up as a conquering hero and antagonizing Silva to every microphone put in front of his face.

No matter the result, Sonnen deserves a bonus for his marketing efforts (and probably a ‘thank you” from Silva, whose only drawing power – his exciting, highlight-reel performances – slowly deteriorated by a series of ho-hum showings against virtual unknown challengers (Patrick Cote, Thales Leites, Maia). But for all the talk, a victory by Sonnen - a 10-loss fighter on a sudden hot streak – would pass the first Penn/Edgar matchup as THE upset of 2010 and a genuine Rocky story.

Speaking of Rocky stories, I’m trying to cue up “Gonna Fly Now” myself and rebound from last month’s 5-4 defeat to Bruce in UFC 116 picks. There’s four more big fights on UFC 117’s card, so that’s five more chances for me to even the all-time series up…or make like Anderson’s last three middleweight challengers and wilt in the shadow of greatness.

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UFC 116: The Review

Matt watches “the biggest heavyweight fight of all time” and writes about it, an exercise in self-flagellation given the results of yesterday’s predictions.

It was the UFC’s big summer card with their most recognizable star, and I’ve got a $50 birthday check from Grandma that sure as hell wasn’t gonna go toward bills, rent or my general quality of life. “Dear Grandma: Thanks for the cash. I’m 27 years old and I spent it to watch a bunch of sweaty white men act out complex dominance rituals. In short, I am making smart life decisions.”

Let’s get this thing started the same way I spend all of my Saturday nights: watching Spike TV until one of the Star Wars prequels comes on.

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Clash of the Titans – UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin Predictions

Matt and Bruce make our picks for tomorrow night's blockbuster UFC event.  Because we are experts.  Or maybe just because we like making predictions.

(If it's not obvious enough, all photos come from the folks at Heavy.com)

MAIN EVENT: Heavyweight Title Match
Brock Lesnar v. Shane Carwin

BRUCE: Let's see, Lesnar won the title by overwhelming Randy Couture.  Then he beat Frank Mir to re-unify the title.  Then he nearly died from mono.  Lesnar has had quite a turbulent UFC career.  Following Fedor's loss last week, Lesnar is ranked by many as the top heavyweight in the world.

I'm sure Shane Carwin would disagree.  I'm sure that “interim” in front of his title pisses him off.  I'm sure Carwin wants nothing more than to beat Lesnar the way Werdum beat Fedor last weekend.

With all that being said who am I picking?  You hate to pick against Lesnar, but the guy nearly died last year.  No matter how good his conditioning is, respiratory illnesses linger.  If Carwin can stretch the fight out to 4 or 5 rounds, I think he can be the man to hand Lesnar his first UFC title loss and reunify the UFC heavyweight title.

WINNER:  CARWIN by split decision

MATT: Lesnar has a lot of haters, but this one feels just as epic as they’re making it out to be, especially in light of Fabricio Werdum’s upset of Fedor last Saturday.  Part of the reason it seems so huge is that there is almost no way to predict what will happen.

Shane Carwin uses his wrestling pedigree to keep fights standing, whereas Brock Lesnar uses his to ground and pound.  Meanwhile, Lesnar has never been rocked on his feet and Carwin has never been in trouble on the ground.  We assume Carwin might not be as strong on the ground, and we assume Lesnar might not be as good on his feet…but we don’t know the truth in either of these cases.  In a matchup of the UFC’s two biggest and strongest heavyweights, it’s the weaknesses (the as-yet-unknown weaknesses) that will determine a winner.

I think Carwin has more than a puncher’s chance – he’s basically hitting people with bowling balls.  I can easily see him catching Brock with one good shot (just as Brock did with Couture) and making short work after that.  But I think it’s more likely that Lesnar’s explosive takedowns put this fight where he wants it to be.  Carwin has not made it past the first round in any fight, so Lesnar has more proven cardio, and that could be the difference.

WINNER: LESNAR by TKO in 3rd round.

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Ah, 2009. When one foolhardy wrestling fan and admitted statistical dork decided to try and keep track of all the matches watched in one calendar year. There were good times. There were bad times. There were, certainly, matches that slipped through the cracks. There was laughter. There were tears — mostly those of boredom whenever Randy Orton wrestled. Seriously, it’s 2009. Enough with the headlocks. The final total, according to my inexact math, was 425 matches...

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Complaining about the BCS is one of those go-to topics that makes college football blogging (and really, all college football coverage) tick. The annual calls for change are usually that the computers are too objective (seeing only the stats and scores, not the way teams looked on the field), and the human polls aren't objective enough (regularly prone to bias, apathy and misinformation).  The USA Today Coaches' Poll in particular is a lightning rod for controversy. Opponent...

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Here's a look at Danny Bonaduce's training regimine. Danny Bonaduce warms up for a celebrity boxing match against Jose Canseco on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, in Aston Pa. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek) You couldn't tell if it was working after he whooped ass on Rev. Bob Levy, but he just finished going toe-to-toe and staying on his feet with the vastly larger (and probably every-bit-as-crazy) Jose Canseco, so he must be doing something right! Full details available here...

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Well maybe not. Interviewed Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 16, 2008, on the Bubba the Love Sponge Show (Sirius satellite radio, Howard 101), Terry "Hulk" Hogan said that he had not been contacted by anyone regarding such a match. Still, that's a far cry from saying, "No. Nothing like that is going to happen," or some other actual door-closing comment. Maybe Mr. McMahon can scrape together enough cabbage.

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