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April 14, 2009

Picks for UFC 97: Redemption

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Anderson Silva v. Thales Leites – I’m kind of disapppointed by the fact that no one is giving Leites a real shot in this fight.  Anderson is clearly dominant in the standup and clinch domains of this fight, and he can definitely hold his own against anyone on the ground.  Thales could possibly hit an unexpected shot on Silva, or make the right moves on the ground to end the fight.  That credit given to Thales aside, I think this is Anderson’s fight to lose.

Chuck Liddell v. Shogun – Three years ago, I would’ve laughed at picking Chuck in this fight, and now I’m laughing if you pick Shogun.  Chuck has actually spent time trying to evolve his game by bringing solid BJJ guys, gold medalist boxing coaches, and by working his wrestling much more than usual.  Tie this into guys from ATT saying that Chuck is in the best shape of his life, his nutrition is awesome, and that Antonio Banuelos gets all their stains out when doing the laundry.  Shogun is still goofing around with running his own fight team and hiring BJ’s old conditioning coach.  I really want to see the old Shogun who stomps and soccer kicks everyone in his way, but I’m afraid we’ll see him go a path similar to Crocop.

Krzystzof Soszynski v. Brian Stann – Nothing against Brian Stann, I usually tear up hearing the stories of people who have defended my freedoms, but he’s still a too young in his fighting career for the Polish Experiment.

Cheick Kongo v. Antoni Hardonk – Hardonk may pull off some crazy submission victory, but Kongo is training with the Whoolphslayre.  Need I say more?

Luiz Cane v. Steve Cantwell –

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I could watch that all day…

Vinicius Magalhaes v. Eliot Marshall – Vinny hasn’t responded too well to guys with superior standup, and Marshall fits that bill.  The deciding factor is Vinny’s BJJ being strong enough to submit Marshall.

Denis Kang v. Xavier Foupa-Pokam – Kang does have a history of underachieving.

Jason MacDonald v. Nate Quarry – Quarry should be better in the standup, but is susceptible on the ground.  MacDonald is pretty solid on the ground.  Plus, I’ve gotta pick CrossFit guys when I can.

David Loiseau v. Ed Herman – The Crow is back!

Ryo Chonan v. TJ Grant – No problems here

David Bielkheden v. Mark Bocek – I like David to get a submission here.

Matt Wiman v. Sam Stout – Both of these guys will be ready to go, but I think Wiman is a little sharper.

All in all, a very watchable card.  You know any card with a Spider, a Pirahna, Professor X, The Crow, a Robot, Iceman, and Shogun is out of a comic book.

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