Tonight on SPIKETV, the UFC broadcasts its second ever 'Fight for the Troops' event from Fort Hood in Kileen, Texas. Breaking down the eleven scheduled contests are Joshua Taylor, Miles Hackett, and Aaron Webster. Check out their forecasts, after the break!
This past weekend, we brought in the New Year with a highly entertaining lightweight fight that was decided by a controversial decision. Gray Maynard/Frankie Edgar 2 was a much better contest than most had expected it to be, which made it enjoyable to watch, but a challenge to score. Enter FLD’s part-time MMA judges, Miles Hackett, Jack Barrington, and Brad Taschuk, who will welcome 2011 with the third installment of our highly vaunted FightLockdown Verdict. Read over their scorecards and decide for yourself which writer’s verdict you agree with most, after the break!
This Saturday night, the UFC kicks off 2011 with a bang, presenting fans a fight card chock-full of competitively matched contests. Your inaugural picking panel of the year consists of Brad Taschuk, Miles Hackett, and Matt Bremner. Let’s see if they can keep the FLD writing staff on the right track for the new year!
We all got another disheartening insight into the current state of Japanese MMA recently, when FEG announced that Shinya Aoki would face K-1 kickboxer Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima in a special rules bout at the year end Dynamite!! 2010 show. As much as I want to be positive about Japanese MMA, this fight in particular betrays not only FEG’s desperation but also a complete lack of any real imagination in how to best use one of Japan’s marquee stars.
Live from the Bell Centre in Montreal, QB, Canada, UFC 124: St. Pierre vs. Koscheck 2 will be airing on pay-per view, bringing us a decent card with a somewhat anticipated rematch between the headlining combatants. Breaking down the main event and preliminary fights are Brad Taschuk, Joshua Taylor, and Miles Hackett. Find out their take, after the break!
Judging by recent fan opinion, the upcoming matchup between Georges St-Pierre and Josh Koscheck has turned into a pantomime-like tussle between good and evil. St-Pierre, the people’s champion, ready to fare down his brash opponent, beat him where he is best and send the ugly sister Koscheck back to the base of the contendership pile. People are positive that St-Pierre will win this, confident that their champion will retain his title in definitive fashion, confident that the increasingly annoying and unpopular Koscheck won’t get his hands anywhere near the gold. This confidence in St-Pierre and hatred of Koscheck puts me firmly in the challenger’s camp.
Tomorrow night, Strikeforce revisits St. Louis in an attempt to combat the UFC’s TUF 12 Finale for ratings supremacy. While it’s almost guaranteed that they will lose that battle because of the meagre Showtime audience, there are some match-ups on the card that could certainly produce some enthralling entertainment. Breaking down this solid sequence of scraps are Jack Barrington, Brad Taschuk, and Joshua Taylor, find out their takes after the jump.
Tomorrow night, live on SPIKETV, the conclusion to this season of TUF will finally be realized as Jonathon Brookins and Michael Johnson face-off for the more valuable UFC contract. With a number of interesting fights on this card – particularly Story/Hendricks and Maia/Grove – Brad Taschuk, Matt Bremner, and Miles Hackett will breakdown each respective match-up and give you an idea of what to expect. Get your forecast after the break!
Mixed Martial Arts has always been celebrated for its diversity. It is the product of taking a plethora of distinct disciplines of combat, throwing them all together, and seeing what emerges. As a result, there are more ways to win an MMA bout than choices at an Old Country Buffet. Fans laud the fact that a fight can be won strictly on the feet or ground – or through some combination of the two – and with so many avenues to approaching a fight, finishing an opponent has always been the expected outcome. However, in recent years it seems the finishes are occurring less and less, and the ire of fans at decisions is increasing exponentially. Why? Why are fights being finished less often and why are fans so livid about it?
Tomorrow night on PPV, ZUFFA will be broadcasting UFC 123 to the masses. This card contains a number of intriguing match-ups, particularly the main event which pits two former LHW champions against one another; Lyoto Machida and Quinton Jackson. Breaking down the fights for you are FLD faithful Jack Barrington, Matt Bremner, Brad Taschuk, Joshua Taylor, and Miles Hackett. Check out your forecast, after the break!