Preview for DARE 2
Not even the wealthiest or most loyal of patrons in Wild Bob's Bar will know, what they have done to deserve a treat like DARE 2 taking place in their hovel of choice. And neither do we. But it will happen. Chairs and tables will be put to the side and a cage will rise. It will serve as a container for twenty pissed of individuals, squaring off in ten fights for guts, glory, bragging rights and, most important of all, your viewing pleasure.
The Reverend Jim "Iggy" Ignatowski (2-1) vs Chapin Brisebois (0-3)
DARE 2 will be opened by a fight between a 22 year old prospect from a reputable division one stable (Ignatowski) and another 22 year old, who is rooting for his first W in his pro MMA career (Brisebois). Even though Chapin Brisebois is said to be a hard hitting striker he has yet to win a fight, going into his fourth outing. Three times an apparently underdeveloped submission defense bit him in the ass. Naturally his opponent, Jim Ignatowski, is heavily favored. And while a win over him would point toward a significant turn for Brisebois, one has to wonder if he hasn't bitten off way more than what he can chew.
Niko Alzate (3-1) vs Brian Baker (debut)
Light Heavyweight bout
The next fight pits a debuting fighter in Brian Baker against an other youngster, who has done fairly well so far in Niko Alzate. Alzate is coming from the same stable (and the same gym) as the aforementioned Jim Ignatowski. So the preparations for DARE 2 were probably running at full steam over there. And one would expect him to have a sizable edge against a debuting fighter. Brian Baker, who comes form a boxing background, has trained for quite a while already before considering his pro debut. Which makes him a wild card, that is tough to estimate. All that is known is that he hails from a boxing background. As does Alzate.
Fredrick "Tough Pride" Darcy (4-3) vs Jamal Thatcher (1-0)
Super Heavyweight bout
Fredrick "Tough Pride" Darcy, by his own account, is a wealthy snob, who just fights for shits and giggles. And his idea of fun is to go in there, slug it out like a mad man until one guy collapses. Be it him or his opponent. Both have been frequent outcomes in his fights so far and resulted in mixed success for the English money sack. Looking forward to meet him in the cage is Jamal Thatcher, who stands over two meters taller but is just slightly bigger than Darcy. Not much is known about him, other than that he knocked his first and so far only opponent out in a grand total of ten seconds!
Douglas "Muscle Hamster" Marvin (0-1) vs Steven Jr Williams (2-0)
Again, two fighters in the spring of their young careers are scheduled to throw down in this fight. The “Muscle Hamster” suffered defeat in his first pro fight and will look to redeem himself. If his first fight was any indication, he is a bit of a jack of all trades and a wrestle-boxer with an emphasis on ground and pound. His opponent, Steven Jr. Williams, has won his first two career fights and is an BJJ brown belt. Something that Douglas Marvin better wants to be mindful of, given that he lost his first fight by submission. And unnecessarily so, as he was winning it on the scorecards. However, there are rumors that Marvin's training camp was plagued by inconsistencies, as he looked terrible lately and is currently not on weight, the lazy bastard!
Joe Victoria (1-0-1) vs Titan "Crazy" Old (1-0)
The last fight on the undercard figures to be a wrestling and ground fighting affair. Joe Victoria is a takedown artist and Titan Old is a submission grappler. Both come into this fight in stellar conditioning. A factor that is likely to make the difference here, should this become a grappling war of attrition. Joe Victoria is not known for submission prowess so far. But he is small and compact, which may work to his advantage when being tested by Titan Old in that respect. Both fighters have quite a chin on them. So this one is not too unlikely to go the distance.
Yuri "Bedlam" Bedlaminov (2-2) vs Marv Ellis (5-2)
The first fight on the main card will pit two hard hitters at heavyweight against each other. Yuri Bedlaminov has a big right hand and is an excellent puncher, but still was knocked out in both of his defeats, which raises questions about his chin. Something that his opponent Marv Ellis will probably have well scouted, since he has been proven so far to be a reliable finisher himself (four times by KO, one time by submission). Ellis is technically a versatile fighter, though not outstanding in any discipline. Whereas Bedlaminov has the more educated hands. And he better proves that or a third loss by knockout may be coming his way.
John Carter (8-4) vs Leszek Sobota (4-0)
In the next one, two fighters with 100% KO ratios will draw the line in the sand. John Carter has the undeniable experience edge in this one. He has knocked out everyone, who he has ever beaten. However, he also been beaten before the final bell in all of his defeats. Two times by knockout and two times by submission (though, one TKO was because of a cut). So in his 12 career fights he never went the distance. And this fight is not terribly likely to change anything about that. For his unbeaten opponent is a 4-0 unbeaten knockout artist himself. However, John Carter is clearly the most experienced fighter that Sobota ever had to share the cage with. Going 5-0 against him would be a marquee win for Sobota. Easier said than done, though.
"Magic" Mike Charles (6-0) vs Jon "JJ" Johnson (6-2)
“Magic” Mike Charles is one of the most promising prospects in DARE's 135 division. Unbeaten so far, he has proven himself to be a highly skilled grappler. With an admirably developed wrestling game and a brown belt in BJJ at the age of 21 one, many figure that he could go far. His opponent Jon Johnson is six years the older and not really much more experienced in MMA. But he won four out of his last five and is a super busy grinder in the clinch, who beats up his opponents with buckets of dirty boxing. Should his submission defense and positional game be on cue, then he could prove to be a very uncomfortable opponent for “Magic” Mike Charles.
Johnny Cage (21-7) vs Nova "Bombastic" Zigaman (17-10)
The co-main event has two special guests facing off. Johnny Cage, a proven name in the world of MMA and notorious Journeyman Nova Zigaman will be at each other's throats. Both fighters are known for their vanity, to talk the talk and to walk the walk. When these two egomaniacs come to blows, one ego will be destined to leave with a bit of luster coming off, whereas the other will be even more insufferable. But that is all easy to forgive if we just focus on the fight itself. Cage is a striker, who cannot be bothered with the ground at all. He has a reliable takedown defense and is rarely tested in that respect. Zigaman is a bit of a surprise bag. He has no clear path to victory but also is not necessarily easy to game-plan against, for he has no glaring weaknesses. His MO however, is pretty clear, as he will push the pace and test Cage's takedown defense, since he is a ground fighter, who literally loves to get down and dirty.
Earl "Hogballs" Jeffries (5-3) vs Joe "All Blacks" Rokocoko (12-7)
The main event between Earl Jeffries and Joe Rokocoko pits two very aggressive fighters against each other, who have a similar approach to fighting. They both rely on their fists, but also handle themselves well in the clinch, where Jeffries' elbows are a noteworthy stable, which he uses to great effect. But both men got a bit too crazy in the past, which cost them. Great for us and potentially really bad for one of them! Rokocoko had yet an other change in management recently, So it will be interesting to see if that shows him improved or if it adds to the inconsistencies, which have dampened his career so far. But be that as it may, this fight is very volatile and could end in any fashion!