Jan
23

Affliction 2!!!

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On Saturday night Affliction 2 is taking place. Here are my thoughts on the card…

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski

There has been a lot of hype to build up this fight. I’ve watched a few videos of each fighter being interviewed, training and doing other things. Arlovski has been working on his boxing a lot from what I’ve seen and heard so I’m excited to see how he looks on Saturday night. I hope this fight lives up to all expectations because if it does it will give Affliction a great boost in terms of credibility and popularity.

Fedor is a special type of fighter. A pure warrior, that many fans believe is virtually unbeatable, posessing a unorthadox style that works well for him consistantly. That type of opponent can be difficult to train for any fighter. I think Fedor will uphold his near spotless record in this fight and will pull out a victory in the first or second round.

My pick – Fedor (1st round KO)

Josh Barnett vs. Gilbert Yvel

This is a pretty good fight with two big names that both have a ton of experience in the fight game. Josh Barnett possesses the more well rounded skill set of the two fighters and I think that will give him a distinct advantage throughout the fight. Yvel will definitely look to keep this fight standing but I believe he will be unable to do so.

I predict a takedown scored by Barnett will put Gilbert Yvel in trouble early and that the fight won’t last longer than 2 rounds.

My Pick – Barnett (2nd round submission)

Matt Lindland Vs. Vitor Belfort

This is a fight that I am looking forward to watching. Vitor Belfort has great punching, aggressive knee strikes and a good ground game. That’s the type of fighter I enjoy watching most, the type who can end a bout in a variety of ways. I believe his success or failure rides on what he brings to each fight mentally. Matt Lindland will be a huge problem for Vitor if he doesn’t bring his “A” game on Saturday night.

Lindland is a fierce competitor who will no doubt look to take this fight down to the mat with his phenomenal wrestling skill, so that he can use his strong base and ground and pound technique to scroe a tko or grind out a decision victory. It’s a tough pick for me but I think Matt Lindland’s competitiveness and mental toughness will pay off for him in this matchup.

My pick – Lindland (decision)

Renato “Babalu” Sobral vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou

Sokoudjou is probably one of the scariest looking fighters that one could have to face in the cage, the ring or the street for that matter. He is a physical specimen. Fortunately for those that face him now , he has been beaten in the past and a loss can often make a physical monster seem more human.

I think Babalu will come into this fight with a ton of confidence as he won his last four fights. Look for him to mix up his technique on Saturday night in an attempt to find a weakness in his opponent’s game. I think he’ll pull out the “W” in this bout.

My pick – Renato “Babalu” Sobral (2nd round Submission)

Dan Lauzon vs. Bobby Green

As a last minute replacement, Bobby Green has stepped in for Chris Horodecki who is nursing a buldging disc problem in his back. I don’t know much about Green but I am going to pick Lauzon to win this fight by submission based on his experience advantage and the fact that Green is taking this fight on such short notice.

My pick – Dan Lauzon (3rd round submission)

What do you think?

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  1. Benjamin Charles Amedeo Xavier Suffoletta says:

    I’m going

    Fedor by ground n pound in 1.
    Barnett by sub in 1.
    Vitor by TKO in 3.
    Babalu by sub in 2(fight of the night).
    Lauzon by tko in 1.

    I don’t think were going to need the judges for this one, unless Lindland grinds out a decision.

  2. Lisa says:

    Hey Jeff,

    I had all of the same picks as you, except for Babalu. I’m thinking that Sokuju is taking this one by TKO Round 1.

    Lisa

  3. Jay (Thunderlips) Doyle......lol says:

    Ya I agreee with you on all the fights posted, but I think that the shocker will be Arlovski, if he can keep it standing and keep a good reach and distance strike he can possibly pull it off. The thing is, Fedor is great and it will eventually go to the ground where he will make Andre tap.

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