The MMA 5&1 4.22.13: Sonnen vs. Jones &1 With Michele Gutierrez
Posted by Jack McGee on 04.22.2013
Michele Gutierrez is your "& 1" Model of the Wek, Chael Sonnen faces Jon Jones in Vs, thoughts on Dana White being stupid enough to give Nick Diaz another fight, a breakdown of UFC on FOX 7 and more!
The Part at the Beginning
Welcome back to the latest edition of the MMA 5&1! I am back once again, coming to you from an undisclosed location in Eastern Europe. I am still on business over here, and if I make it to France, I hope to visit some of the other 411 writers like Stewart Lange, Jon Butterman and Alex Waaaaaaaaaatt. Today we have to breakdown the UFC on FOX 7 event; Sonnen faces Jones in VS, discussion of Dana White being stupid enough to give Nick Diaz another fight, Michele Gutierrez is the &1 model of the week, we'll look at the status of my fight picks and other good stuff. Come for the pics of hot women; pretend you read my MMA analysis.
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Tracking My MMA Picks
DISCLAIMER: I do not claim to be an MMA expert, simply a guy that loves to follow the sport. But part of the gig is to make fight picks, so I will track the picks for as long as I am doing the column. Here we are thus far…
UFC on FX 7 Predictions: 2-2
UFC on FOX 6 Predictions : 3-1
UFC 156 Predictions : 3-2
Bellator 88 Predictions : 2-2
UFC on FUEL TV 7 Predictions : 4-2
UFC 157: 4-1
UFC on FUEL TV 8: 2-4
Bellator 92: 1-3
UFC 158: 4-1
WSOF 2: 2-3
Bellator 95: 4-0
UFC on FUEL TV 9: 3-2
UFC on FOX 7: 2-2
Overall For 2013 I Am: 36-25 (59%)
WHO YOU GOT? – SONNEN vs. JONES
FIVE – Dana White Says He Would Give Nick Diaz Another Fight
During the UFC on FOX 7 pre-event press conference, Dana White did his normal post presser "scrum" video with the media. During that scrum, he was asked about Nick Diaz and then told a story of Diaz wanting tickets for the TUF 17 finale show. Anyway, talk changed to Diaz fighting again in the UFC, and White stated that if Diaz wanted to fight, he would book him a fight, if he could find him. White and the media laughed it off, but I have to ask. Is Dana White a fucking idiot? The answer is yes, yes he is. Nick Diaz represents what is wrong with MMA. He is clearly a gifted fighter, but in my opinion may have some sort of mental condition. I do not say this as an expert or a joke, but the man seems so self-destructive. And the fact that he is surrounded by a group of enablers (and judging by the arrest of his friends, bad influences) that do nothing to help get him on the straight and narrow does him no favors. Just look at his actions at UFC 158. He openly apologized because he thought he might fail his drug test. Which means he lacks the self-control to stop smoking pot before his fights. Not shocking. But Dana thinks he will make money with this guy, and he will give him another fight. And then, then Diaz will pull the same shit he always does, and Dane will come out and say he doesn't understand and that Diaz has issues and guess what? NO FUCKS WILL BE GIVEN because it will be all White's fault. I fully understanding doing things for business reasons, but the thing is that while Diaz may mean a few buys, he causes more headaches than creates positives. The guy needs to go away, go fight somewhere else, but most importantly, get his shit together.
FOUR – King Mo Returning to the Bellator Cage This Summer
Last week Bellator announced that they would be doing their summer series, but that the tournaments would only four men fields. Last week I wrote this in response to that…
But I will say, and maybe this is the conspiracy theorist in me, but the announcement that they are doing a four-man light heavyweight sounds like a desperate attempt to get King Mo back into fight and hopefully win. And I get exactly why they want that to happen; Bellator, Spike TV and TNA have all invested in the guy, and in about year's time his signing has yielded exactly jack and shit for all of them combined. But again, that's just me.
This week, Spike TV president Kevin Kay stated that King Mo will not be debuting this summer for TNA. Instead, Spike and Bellator want King Mo to return to fighting this summer…
He's going to come back and fight in the Summer Series, so we can't wait to get him back in the cage. I think people will be really interested to see what he does different this time. I'm excited. I love Mo. I think he's everything you want in a mixed martial artist, right? Because he's incredibly gifted as an athlete, he's very versatile and he's got a great personality. So, you know, nothing changes. I'm now curious to see what he does, as I think the fans are. How's he going to adjust his game plan and is he going to be able to win a tournament and win a championship in Bellator?
I'm not here to rub it in and tell you I told you so, but, I told you so…
THREE – Holly Holm Retiring From Boxing to Focus on MMA
It seems as of late that we're getting more and more women's MMA news, and I for one think that it is a great thing. The big news this week is that boxer Holly Holm (32-2-3 Boxing) has announced that she will retire from boxing following her May 11 bout in Albuquerque, NM against Mary McGee. McGee, no relation, is considered one of the very top women's boxers, previously winning the WBF, IBA Female and WBAN welterweight and being named female fighter of the year on two occasions. But the thing is that female boxing never took off as most hoped it would, and she is looking to make a mark and make some money. Holm is currently 3-0 in MMA, and trains with Mike Winkeljohn at Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA in Albuquerque. She has also fought once professionally as a kickboxer, and that shows because has ended all three of her pro MMA fights with body shots or leg kicks. She last fought for Bellator, and is getting a lot of hype among women's MMA fans. It will be interesting to see how she progresses, and if she makes her way to the UFC. One would think that with her background that if she put together a few more wins that the UFC would come calling, simply for the way that they could promote the fight.
TWO – UFC on FOX 7 Main Card Thoughts
Matt Brown defeated Jordan Mein via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 1:00: While Jordan Mein came in with a lot of hype, due to his last performance, it was Matt brown that stole the show and the victory with possibly his best performance to date. Brown has the advantage of always being ale to come forward, and that seemed to really get Mein off of his game. Mein was doing well and even had Brown hurt in the first round with a vicious body shot, But Brown came back and even got a tight triangle at one point to turn the tide in what may have been the best round of the year. Round two was all brown, busting up Mein's nose, taking him down and then using brutal elbows to the body, which led to the stoppage. Two years ago Brown was just another guy on the verge of being cut, but now he has won five fights in a row with four of those being finishes. Give the guy an upper tier welterweight, Condit perhaps, and if he wins, then we can start to talk about title shots.
Josh Thomson defeated Nate Diaz via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 3:44: Never have I been so happy to pick a fight wrong than in this instance. I am no fan of the Diaz brothers, but I did think that Nate would win here. He has been he more active fighter, and Thomson has had injury issues in the last few years. But Thomson came in to this fired up, had a good game plan and I thought had it finished in round one when he landed a sweet head kick. Diaz survived though, even though his right knee was jacked up from the leg kicks of Thomson, and we headed into round two. The high kick would be the answer for Thomson, as he landed it once again, followed with a barrage of punches and it was all over as the towel was thrown in. This is a HUGE win for Thomson, not only because he beat a former contender in Diaz, but also because he finished Diaz. The last time Nate was finished was back in 2006 against Hermes Franca. This was another good fight on the show, which was really entertaining thus far.
Daniel Cormier defeated Frank Mir via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27): Daniel Cormier defeated Frank Mir via unanimous decision in what was a solid if unspectacular performance. Cormier did about what I expected, and Mir performed like I thought he would. Cormier certainly continues to improve his overall game, and that is good, but as he stated after the fight, he got really tired. He was never in trouble, but I also think that this could cause problems down the line fighting bigger heavyweights. He got down to about 227 during camp, and stated on more than one occasion that he could take 4-6 months to properly diet so he could make a safe cut to 205. With the size issue and the fact that he simply refuses to fight Cain, I think the drop to 205 would be for the best.
Benson Henderson defeated Gilbert Melendez via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47): Benson Henderson defeated Gilbert Melendez via split decision to retain the UFC Lightweight Title. This was a really good fight, with Melendez having Henderson scouted very well. I give a ton of credit to Melendez, because while Henderson ran through Diaz with next to no issues, Melendez was able to nullify a ton of what Henderson does best and made the fight extremely close to call. What hurt Melendez is the fact that he admitted that he took his foot off the gas, I guess Miesha Tate told him to coast. Actually what happened was Shields in his corner after round three was adamant that Melendez was up 3-0, which led to the change in style from Melendez. Henderson fought hard as usual, picked up his pace, and at the end of the fight, this was one that I did not envy the judges. I felt that the decision as razor close, and while I am no judge, but I had it a draw. I was ready to accept 48-47 for Melendez, 48-47 for Henderson or the draw. It was so close, and I get why people think one won over the other, but this was far from a robbery that some are claiming. If you believe in the Fightmetric stuff, they almost all had Henderson winning. If you believe in the conspiracy theory stuff, Judge Wade Vierra, who scored the bout for Melendez, trained under Cesar Gracie and also has a Cesar Gracie affiliate gym, and was the only judge to score round four for Melendez. Maybe people should be talking about that, about ho the CSAC failed to properly research the background of their judges and how Wade Vierra NEVER should have taken the assignment.Maybe we should be concerned about that shady shit.
This was a great fight to close out an overall great night of fights. Henderson also proposed to his girlfriend after the fight, and since all things are possible through Christ and Ben "BLACK JESUS" Henderson, she said yes.
ONE – UFC 159 PICKS
Pat Healy vs. Jim Miller: Miller
Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes: Davis
Cheick Kongo vs. Roy Nelson: Nelson
Alan Belcher vs. Michael Bisping: Bisping
Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen - for light-heavyweight title: Jones
This week's & 1 model of the week is my absolute favorite, Miss Michele Gutierrez…