ProMMA.info “UFC Fight Night 20” staff picks

“UFC Fight Night 20” takes place Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The event will air live on Spike TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

Headlining the card we have Gray “The Bully” Maynard taking on TUF 5 winner Nate Diaz. Diaz needs to keep putting together some wins, and a victory over top ten ranked Maynard would definitely be a nice feather in his cap as well as boosting his stock considerably in the lightweight division.

Diaz will have his hands full against Maynard who is undefeated and is one of the top contenders in line for a shot at B.J. Penn’s lightweight title. Here are our predictions for “UFC Fight Night 20”:

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ProMMA.info WEC 46 staff picks

“WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson” takes place Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif. Headlining the card is a lightweight title unification bout between champion Jamie Varner and interim champ Benson Henderson.

The card will also feature the return of “Sactown’s” own Urijah Faber taking on Raphael Assuncao, former champ Mike Thomas Brown takes on Anthony Morrison, Dave Jansen takes on Kamal Shalorus, and Mackens Sermezier battles Deividas Taurosevicius to round out the main card.

ProMMA.info‘s best MMA minds have come together to bring you our predictions for WEC 46. Each of us will tell you who we think will win and why. This is very important stuff because we are keeping score, and at the end of the year we will award the staff member with the highest correct percentage with a six pack of beer and a pizza, and the person with the worst record will be made fun of indefinitely. So, the stakes are high. The fights are tough, and here we go…

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WEC 46 spotlight: Mark “The Machine” Hominick – ProMMA.info exclusive interview

“WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson” takes place this Sunday night, Jan. 10, 2010, at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif. Making his third WEC appearance, after nearly a year-and-a-half layoff, is 27-year-old Canadian fighter Mark “The Machine” Hominick (16-8). “The Machine” will be fighting Strikeforce veteran Bryan Caraway (14-3), who is making his WEC debut.

After a successful two-fight stint in the UFC, where he defeated Yves Edwards and Jorge Gurgel at lightweight, Mark Hominick decided to pack his bags and leave. To this day, he has to be one of the few fighters ever to willingly leave the UFC, undefeated inside the Octagon.

ProMMA.info (www.promma.info) had the privilege of speaking to Mark Hominick this week, and he explained why he chose to walk away from the UFC. We also discussed his upcoming fight with Caraway, as well as his opinion on the Varner vs. Henderson main event, and much more. Meet “The Machine”…

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WEC 46 spotlight: Coty “Ox” Wheeler – ProMMA.info exclusive interview

This Sunday night, Jan. 10, 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting returns to Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif. with “WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson”. Fighting at bantamweight on the card, and making his fourth WEC appearance, will be Coty “Ox” Wheeler (10-2).

ProMMA.info (www.promma.info) had the pleasure of speaking to Coty this week about his upcoming fight with Will Campuzano (6-1), how it feels to work with the “Fighters Only 2009 Coach of the Year”, where he got his nickname, and what animal he may have been in a previous life (it’s not an ox).

It’s the little man with big personality, the Apache kid, the fighter who was almost named “Two Dogs Humping”, Mr. Coty “Ox” Wheeler…

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“UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva” results and play-by-play commentary

LAS VEGAS – “UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva” takes place tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The main event features a light heavyweight bout between Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva. Both fighters have one loss on their record, and it is to the same person, champion Lyoto Machida. Evans and Silva will be battling it out to see who can get their redemption shot at Machida first.

ProMMA.info (www.promma.info) will be providing live play-by-play commentary of UFC 108 beginning tonight at 9pm ET/6pm PT. Also, immediately following the event, we will be providing a live video stream of the UFC 108 post-fight press conference.

Quick Results

•Rashad Evans def. Thiago Silva by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Rd 3
•Paul Daley def. Dustin Hazelett by knockout (punches) Rd 1 (2:24)
•Sam Stout def. Joe Lauzon by unanimous decision 30-26, 30-27, 30-27) Rd 3
•Jim Miller def. Duane Ludwig by submission (armbar) Rd 1 (2:31)
•Junior dos Santos def. Gilbert Yvel by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (2:07)
•Martin Kampmann def. Jacob Volkmann by submission (guillotine choke) Rd 1 (4:03)
•Cole Miller def. Dan Lauzon by submission (kimura from reverse triangle) Rd 1 (3:05)
•Mark Munoz def. Ryan Jensen by submission (strikes) Rd 1 (2:30)
•Jake Ellenberger def. Mike Pyle via TKO (punches) Rd 2 (0:22)
•Rafaello Oliveira def. John Gunderson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Rd 3

Play-by-play commentary starts after the jump…

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ProMMA.info UFC 108 staff picks

Rashad Evans (No. 4 LHW) vs. Thiago Silva (No. 8 LHW)

BRIAN FURBY: In spite of the fact I wish that one of the other 12 original main event match-ups were still going down, I’m looking forward to this fight. Both guys are quick strikers with good power and have solid all-around games. I think Silva packs more power, but I do think Rashad has a slight edge on speed and technicality while also being more elusive. I don’t think the fight is likely to hit the ground – both guys want an impressive victory to get another shot at Machida, and Rashad also has the added factor of still wanting a piece of Rampage. I think the first round will see a lot of range-testing and maybe some quick flurries where one or both guys look in danger, but in the end, I see Rashad finishing it about halfway through the second. Rashad by TKO in Round 2.

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Veteran Hidehiko Yoshida rains on Satoshi Ishii’s MMA debut

Photo by Sherdog - Don't give up on Ishii. His raw talent is for real.

The Japanese judoka who Michael “The Voice” Schiavello called “once the most sought after heavyweight in MMA” made his heavily anticipated professional debut last night in Japan. Satoshi Ishii, who won a gold medal in judo at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, took on seasoned PRIDE and Sengoku veteran Hidehiko Yoshida in the co-main event at “FieLDS Dynamite!! 2009”.

It looked as though it would  be a short night for Ishii as the fight started. In the first round, he looked tentative, nervous, and awkward, while Yoshida appeared to be completely at home in the ring. Yoshida was landing punch after punch and even dropped Ishii with a big overhand right in the opening frame. Ishii recovered and survived the round, but things were looking dim for the national hero.

Ishii settled down and began to find his rhythm in round two. He landed more strikes and worked well in the clinch with knees and dirty boxing. Yoshida appeared to be slowing down, and took a hard knee to the groin that cracked his protective cup. Time out was called and Yoshida was given time to recover. Ishii was penalized with a red card and had a point deducted.

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Possible return to action for rising heavyweight Dave “Pee Wee” Herman on February 20 in Nashville, Tenn. (updated)

Photo by Daniel Herbertson - Dave Herman's heel smash KO of Jim York at Sengoku 11 was nominated for the 2009 Bazzie Awards "KO of the Year."

ProMMA.info has learned from sources close to the situation that rising MMA heavyweight star Dave “Pee Wee” Herman (16-1) may headline a Feb. 20 fight card in Nashville, Tenn. Nashville-based promotion Gameness Fighting Championship (GFC) will be returning to the Sports Arena at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds the third Saturday in February, and if goes as rumored, it could be their most heavily stacked card to date.

Herman is coming off a first round knockout of Jim York at Sengoku 11 back in November. His “heel smash” knockout of York was a “knockout of the year” nominee on Inside MMA’s 2009 “Bazzie Awards.”

Originally from Indiana, and armed with little more than a wrestling background and some heavy hands, Herman, who made his pro debut in Dec. 2006, finished his first 13 fights in the first round, stopping every single opponent.

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Merry Christmas from ProMMA.info – exclusive interview with Alexander Emelianenko

Merry Christmas from all of us at www.ProMMA.info! What better Christmas gift could we give to you, our readers, than an interview with one of the great MMA heavyweights? The only thing better is if we could actually get Alex a fight here in America, but since we don’t have the power to make that happen, we can at least do the next best thing.

We last spoke to Alex back in July, so we figured it was about time to catch up again. We’ve all heard the recent rumors about a potential upcoming fight taking place between Alex and one Mariusz Pudzianowski, five-time World’s Strongest Man, who recently made his MMA debut. Alex gave us the lowdown on those rumors.

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ProMMA.info’s “Strikeforce: Evolution” staff picks

“Strikeforce: Evolution” takes place tonight, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The main televised portion of this card is stacked with stars. It is a card that any true MMA fan should be thrilled with.

It was even better until Robbie Lawler got pulled off, but even still, it is more than solid. I wish it were five fights on the Showtime card instead of just four but, whaddaya gonna do? At least it’s free, right?

Well, the ProMMA.info staff put our heads together once again to give our picks on who we think will win and why. We’re starting to develop some rivalries here, and from what I hear 2010 is gonna get downright competitive.

The one known as Richard Mann has called out Cageside Beat host Brian Furby and said, “Furby is going down this time.” As for Furby, he has remained quiet so far, and has preferred to let his intricate knowledge of the sport do his talking up to this point. He went a perfect 5-0 at UFC 107, and will be looking for a repeat performance. The Info co-host “Fast Eddie” has been sidelined for awhile but will be looking to bounce back with some correct picks of his own this time. Without further ado, let’s get it on fellers!

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