PROMMA.INFO UFC 104 staff picks

A selection of the PROMMA.INFO staff has taken the time to give their predictions for UFC 104 which takes place this Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. At least two of the preliminary fights will air live on Spike TV, in addition to the main card, which will broadcast live on Pay-Per-View.

Be sure to join us right here on Friday for a live stream of the UFC 104 weigh-ins, and then Saturday night for the live play-by-play, followed by the post-fight press conference. Here are our UFC 104 staff picks:

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K-1 veteran Ian James “Goshu Hurricane” Schaffa to train at SSF Submission Academy

Photo: Sherdog - Ian James Schaffa had his first pro MMA fight in 1998 against Caol Uno.

Australian MMA fighter and K-1 veteran Ian James “Goshu Hurricane” Schaffa will be coming to Clarksville, Tenn. in early 2010 to train at the SSF Submission Academy according to Owner/Trainer Ron Dayley.

Schaffa is a very well-rounded fighter who competes at the professional level in MMA (8-6-1), Kickboxing (14-3) and Boxing (8-4-2). Schaffa is a member of Team Schaffa and the Poseidon Gym and fights out of Gold Coast, Australia. He has fought for World Victory Road, Shooto, and K-1 promotions.

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PROMMA.INFO UFC 103 staff picks

“UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort” takes place tonight at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. A couple of the preliminary bouts will air live on Spike TV beginning at 8 p.m. CT / 6 p.m. PT and the main card will air live on pay-per-view beginning at 9 p.m. CT / 7 p.m. PT.

As always, the PROMMA.INFO staff has come together to give you our predictions on the fights.

TYSON GRIFFIN vs. HERMES FRANCA

  • Jeff Howard: Franca has been under the radar as of late, except for his out of the Octagon troubles. Griffin has shown amazing stand up in his last couple of fights, and will win via ref stoppage in the 1st round.
  • Eddie Constantine: Griffin by decision in “rinse and repeat” performance of Tyson taking him down, Hermes getting up. Trying to land a big shot and Tyson takes him down again.
  • Richard Mann: This is starting to seem like a conspiracy. Tyson Griffin always gets matched up with fighters who rely on their Brazilian jiu jitsu. He has the perfect skill set to defeat them. His anti-jiu jitsu will lead him to another decision victory here. Griffin via Decision.
  • Dusty Adams: Griffin. Griffin is always in an exciting fight as well as Franca. Both are solid on the ground but Griffin is the more technical striker and should win a unanimous decision.
  • Jack Bratcher: Hermes had to have this fight moved to 159 lbs. That tells me he is not in as good shape as he should be. If you aren’t 100% for Tyson Griffin, you’re in trouble. Tyson is known for grinding out those decisions so, I have to go with Tyson Griffin by unanimous decision.

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UFC 103 Spotlight: Brian Foster – PROMMA.INFO exclusive interview

Photo: H.I.T. Squad - Brian Foster makes his UFC debut on Sept. 19, 2009 at UFC 103 in Dallas, Texas.

H.I.T. Squad welterweight fighter Brian Foster (11-3) was all set to make his UFC debut against Paul “Semtex” Daley at UFC 103 Sept. 19 in Dallas, Texas. Due to an injury to Mike Swick, the UFC was forced to move Daley up to fight Swick’s opponent Martin Kampmann leaving Foster in limbo as to whether he would still be fighting on the card. The UFC acted quickly however and brought in Portland, Ore., native Rick Story (7-3) to replace Daley.

PROMMA.INFO recently had the chance to talk with Brian about his UFC debut, how he is dealing with the change in opponents, and what fans can expect to see when the Shine Fights veteran and former MOTC Welterweight Champion steps inside the Octagon.

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Elbow surgery keeps Anderson Silva out until 2010

Anderson Silva will be out of action until early 2010 with elbow surgery.
Anderson Silva will be out of action until early 2010 with elbow surgery.

UFC middleweight champion and pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva will not appear in the Octagon again for the rest of 2009. As first reported by ESPN’s “MMA Live” in a tweet message, Silva will undergo elbow surgery which will keep “The Spider” on the shelf until early 2010. Specific details of the surgery are not immediately known.

Silva (25-4), who is undefeated in UFC competition, is currently on a UFC record 10-fight win streak including six title defenses. Silva most recently dismantled former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin (16-6) by KO in a one-sided fight in the co-main event of UFC 101 in Philadelphia. After the fight Silva’s manager Ed Soares stated the champ was going to take some time off and rest after having his second fight of the year.

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WEC announces new location for “WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson”

“WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson” was originally scheduled to take place Sept. 2 at the Covelli Center in Youngstown, Ohio but was postponed due to an injury to main event fighter Ben Henderson. The event will now take place Oct. 10 at the 18,000 seat AT&T center in San Antonio, Texas WEC officials announced on Friday.

The WEC released a statement just a week before their first venture into Ohio that the show would be rescheduled due to the undisclosed injury to Henderson. Shortly afterwards, it was made public the show would take place on Oct. 10, but whether or not it would be at the same location was left for speculation.

The Versus network which carries all the WEC shows had Oct. 10 available but the arena in Youngstown was booked already, thus prompting the move to San Antonio.

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More matches official for UFC 104

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has officially announced three more fights for UFC 104, set to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. on Oct. 24. The event is headlined by a light heavyweight title bout between undefeated champion Lyoto Machida (15-0) and Mauricio Rua (18-3).

In a lightweight contest former champion Sean Sherk (33-4-1) will face off against Gleison Tibau (19-6). Sherk last fought at UFC 98 losing a decision to Frankie Edgar. Tibau lost a close split decision to Melvin Guillard at the TUF 9 Finale in his last fight.

Also included on the UFC 104 card is a lightweight bout between Spencer Fisher (23-4) and Joe Stevenson (30-10). In Fisher’s last fight he defeated a returning Caol Uno in the UFC’s first foray into Germany at UFC 99 by unanimous decision this past June.

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PRO MMA’s UFC 102 Staff Picks with special guest TUF 10’s Justin Wren

“UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira” takes place this Sat., Aug. 29, 2009 in Portland, Ore. That means it is time once again for PRO MMA’s Staff Picks as we give you our oh so professional opinions on who we think will win, who we think will lose, and why.

Joining us for the second UFC in a row to lend his legitimate professional opinion is professional MMA fighter and cast member of “The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights” – JUSTIN WREN. If you have not yet heard, Justin will be writing his official TUF 10 blog this season right here at PRO MMA (promma.info) beginning Sept. 9.

Also joining us for our UFC 102 Staff Picks this time is professional fighter and good friend of the site Billy “24/7” MacDonald. We would like to thank both fighters for lending their picks and without further ado, let’s get to it.

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“WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson” postponed until Oct. 10

PRO MMA (promma.info) has learned through multiple sources that “WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson” originally scheduled to take place Sept. 2 in Youngstown, Ohio has been rescheduled for Oct. 10. WEC officials have recently confirmed the change.

According to reports, an undisclosed injury to Ben Henderson who was scheduled to fight Donald Cerrone in the main event is the reason the show is being moved to October. Henderson’s agent Jason Genet told mmaweekly.com that “(Henderson) had a slight physical issue that he had to deal with and the WEC and Cerrone were gracious enough to give us a little more time to make sure he’s 100 percent ready.” Genet would not discuss the specifics about the injury.

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PRO MMA “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” staff picks

Photo Credit: Esther Lin/Strikeforce -- There’s only five days left before the highly anticipated showdown that has been brewing for almost two years.
Photo Credit: Esther Lin/Strikeforce -- There’s only five days left before the highly anticipated showdown that has been brewing for almost two years.

Once again the PRO MMA (promma.info) staff has come together to lend our oh so professional opinions on this weekend’s “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” event. Together we summoned the power of the MMA gods to grant us wisdom and insight into this historical evening headlined by Gina Carano vs. Cristiane Santos.

We have made our predictions for the main card, so check our picks and let us know what you think. Do you agree or disagree? Who is right on the money and who is off their rocker? “Carano vs. Cyborg” takes place Sat., Aug. 15, 2009 and airs on Showtime beginning at 10:30 p.m. CT/PT.

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