Locked in the Guillotine MMA News Report 11.1.13: Fighting for the Troops
Posted by Robert Winfree on 11.01.2013
News and thoughts on Tito Ortiz's injury forcing major changes to this weekend's show, UFC 169 getting the double main event treatment, a preview of the upcoming Fight for the Troops main card and more!
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Alright guys and gals, let's get to the MMA action.
Tito injured, PPV scrapped: Bellator's first pay per view event has been scrapped. One half of the main event, former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz who was scheduled to take on fellow former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, suffered a neck fracture and had to pull out of the fight. In response to that news Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney and company decided to scrap the idea of PPV for the event, it will now be held free on Spike TV with the previous co-main event of Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler taking on former champion Eddie Alvarez in a rematch of one of the better MMA fights ever will now be the main event. The PPV company said they had no issue with moving the event from PPV, and if ticket sales are any indication it's likely because only a handful of people bothered buying the event so giving out refunds isn't a big deal for them. Rampage has another fight scheduled, he will take on fellow UFC cast off Joey Beltran on November fifteenth. Many people had speculated that Bellator making the jump into PPV was a bad idea, and mostly a legal tactic in the law suit that they were involved in with Eddie Alvarez, the event hasn't really lost anything with the main event falling apart as I don't think anyone really cared about Tito and Rampage, the undercard has stacked with title fights that have the potential to really get people talking after the fact. Hopefully the injury to Tito isn't too serious, not that I'm a fan of the guy but neck fractures are nothing to joke around about and as much of a joke as he and his career have turned into he isn't one of the people I wish serious harm on.
Super Bowl weekend gets two titles: UFC 169, set to take place in Newark, New Jersey the same weekend as the American football Super Bowl, will feature a double main event with two titles being contested. UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will defend his belt against number one contender Ricardo Lamas in the main event, and in the co-main event UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will finally return to action and look to defend his belt against UFC interim champion Renan Barao. Barao has been considered the real champion by myself and many others since he beat Michael McDonald to defend the interim belt in February of this year. He defended the interim belt again in September to become the only interim champion in UFC history to defend that title more than once. Cruz is coming off of a two year long lay off due to injury, but has maintained something of a profile as a broadcaster on Fox Sports 1 during UFC events as part of their desk between fights. This is something of a shock for a card, neither Jose Aldo nor Renan Barao/Dominick Cruz are legitimate draws, which does explain why the UFC felt the need to double up with both of them here, but it remains a step below what the general public have come to expect from the UFC event that takes place on Super Bowl weekend. I have little doubt that the event will draw a good live crowd, but the PPV numbers could easily be well below expectations here.
The UFC brings it's third Fight for the Troops event this coming week. I'll be taking care of the Live Coverage here on 411mania if you're unable to watch the event live. Let's take a look at the main card and what I think is going to happen.
Colton Smith vs. Michael Chiesa: Both men are grappling oriented fighters, both men are winners of a season of The Ultimate Fighter for whatever that's worth, and Smith is a former member of the U.S Army. This could have some fun grappling exchanges, but whoever is on top is likely to win a decision given that neither man is prone to engaging in prolonged scrambles. I think that style of grappling favors Smith, so I'm going with him to get the decision.
Jorge Masvidal vs. Rustam Khabilov: Rustam Khabilov has had a couple of impressive performances so far in the UFC, he suplexed Vinc Pichel into unconsciousness and was looking pretty good against Yancy Medieros before Medieros badly dislocated his thumb and the fight had to be stopped. Masvidal has some good striking, and has had some success in the UFC so far submitting Michael Chiesa in his last fight, but Khabilov is a different type of fighter than Masvidal has seen before. Khabilov loves fighting in the clinch, and knows how to throw his opponents around from that position. His striking is also pretty good, I just think Khabilov is better than Masvidal and he tosses him around for a round or so before getting a submission when Masvidal tries to get out from under him.
Ronny Markes vs. Yoel Romero: I actually had to look up both of these guys to do a write up, but after I did I'm actually looking forward to this fight. Ronny Markes has had a couple of impressive performances so far in the UFC beating Karlos Vemola, Andrew Craig, and Aaron Simpson. Yoel Romero is an Olympic silver medalist in wrestling who had a great knockout win over Clifford Starks in his last fight and has just one loss on his record, a KO loss to Rafael Cavalcante in just his fifth professional fight. I think Romero has the advantage with his wrestling and striking power, but Markes could well take this if he fights smart and is able to use his experience.
Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis: This could be a fun fight, both women have won their last fights, though before that Carmouche was armbarred by Ronda Rousey in the first round. Carmouche has some good all around skills, is physically strong, and as a former Marine will have the crowd behind her. Davis has good submission skills, and all around solid grappling, but has shown herself to be weak to strong wrestlers. I'm going with Carmouche here, her skills just pose problems for Davis that I'm not sure Davis can answer.
Tim Kennedy vs. Rafael Natal: No one benefited from Michael Bisping's eye injury more than Tim Kennedy, because after seeing what Lyoto Machida did to Mark Munoz I have little doubt Kennedy would have ended up the same way, unconscious. Instead he gets a very winnable fight, Rafael Natal has been doing good as of late winning his last four fights, but Kennedy is a cut above the guys he's been fighting. Tim Kennedy had no fear going to the ground with Roger Gracie, and since Natal is a grappling based fighter that bodes very ill for him. I think Kennedy pushes Natal against the fence, wears him down with grappling and work rate and gets a decision. Natal just doesn't have the tools to beat Kennedy unless Kennedy does something really stupid.
That wraps up another edition of the Guillotine, another one you've successfully survived I might add. I will be back here next week and hope to catch you guys again.