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#41 cdidman

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 02:02 PM

NGF 78 | Gajewski vs Yurinov Preview (778833)

MAIN CARD
Main Event
Heavyweight Title Fight
#1 Boris Yurinov (10-4, 7-2 NGF) v C-Andrzej Gajewski (19-2-1, 7-0 NGF)
Boris Yurinov will finally get another title show after winning 5 of his last 6 fights including 3 in a row. Yurinov is a very good fighter, one of the smartest around, but man, he has the least amount of power I’ve seen. He is averaging 28 head punches, 18.1 body punches and he’s landing on average, 17.1 head punches 1.3 head kicks and 5.9 body kicks and he has exactly 1 finish in his career, WOW. Yurinov will overwhelm his opponents with kicks and punches, he’s extremely active and aggressive and his striking defense is outstanding, he is landing more head punches (17.1) than his opponents total strikes (15.7). He has not ground offense, but he’s been excellent with his defense and getting out of trouble and back to his feet. Andrzej Gajewski has been a dominating champion so far with 5 successful title defenses. Gajewski is a smart fighter and he can adapt his game plan very well, he is a well-rounded fighter and he is good in all areas. He will use leg kicks to take out his opponents legs, he’ll land 64% of his head punches, he averages 13.8 clinch punches and he is successful on 50% of his take downs. On the mat he is very strong, he can control and grind out wins as he averages 4.8 ground strikes and 1.6 submissions per fight. Gajewski is all class and he knows how to win, he has the skills to finish a fight, but he also has the skills to win rounds in the judge’s eyes, I think he will be able to do it again here. PREDICTION: Gajewski decision win
Co-Main Event:
Lightweight Fight
#13 James Jameson (12-5, 7-5 NGF) v #4 Dom DeLuise (10-5, 3-1 NGF)
The lightweight division is about to get a HUGE shake up and these two might find themselves in a title fight with a win. James Jameson is a angry fighter, he is in a angry camp and we’ll see what that does to his game. He is fighting his last fight on his contract and the rumor is he’s turned down an extension, so this could very well be his last fight with the NGF, which is too bad since this will be his 13th fight with the organization. Jameson hasn’t really beaten any top fighters, he’s been given some lower ranked guys and smoked them, but when he steps up he hasn’t put up much of a fight. He’s mainly a stand up guy, he has no ground offense at all, but his ground defense has been elite. He has the power to end a fight at any second. Dom DeLuise likes to fight in the clinch and he has sensational Muay Thai skills, he’ll use elbows and knees, but he doesn’t land a high percentage of them. His striking defense is solid, but he’s more of a counter fighter on his feet. He isn’t great on the mat, he has no ground offense, but he is decent at improving and getting back to his feet. I think DeLuise can pull this one out, he will use his Muay Thai skills to grind out the win. PREDICTION: DeLuise decision win
Welterweight Fight
#5 Xavier Styles (14-8-1, 1-1 NGF) v #9 Ramazan Temel (10-3, 4-1 NGF)
Xavier Styles lost his last fight, a #1 contender bout, so he is very angry coming into this one. He tends to use more of a counter style; trying mainly to land counter take downs. On the ground he is very strong, he can control and grind, he has excellent submission skills, and he will use his very good ground and pound to end fights, he is landing 55% of his ground strikes and he also has 5 submissions. Ramazan Temel is certainly rolling right now having won 4 straight fights and he will get a very big test in this one. Temel has excellent power as he has 7 (T)KO wins and he also fights a very smart game. He is mainly a stand up fighter, he uses a decent amount of kicks and his striking defense is a little above average. He is solid in the clinch, but not great, and on the ground he is very good on top, but off is back is weak. This is a super fight, both guys can finish and both guys show good skills in all areas. Right now, Temel looks like he can’t be stopped. PREDICTION: Temel 2nd round TKO
Light Heavyweight Fight
Siegfried Freak (11-7, 0-1 NGF) v Mathurin Kerbouchard (10-8, 0-0 NGF)
Siegfried Freak is a interesting fighter, he has some of the best power, but he also can be wild, drop his guard and get dropped himself. Freak is 1-4 in his last 5 fights and he’s been submitted, KO’ed and TKO’ed. Freak is aggressive on his feet, he is averaging 19.7 head punches per fight and he’s landing 50% of them. He shows good striking defense and very good take down defense, but when he is taken down he’s been terrible. Mathurin Kerbouchard is all ground and very little stand up and he lacks striking defense as well. He is strong on the mat, he can control well and he will soften up his opponents with some ground and pound and then move in for a submission, he is attempting 3.3 submissions per fight. This is a bad matchup for Freak, but his take down defense is excellent and he has the power to KO Kerbouchard if he can land one, Kerbouchard has a very weak chin so this could be interesting. PREDICTION: Kerbouchard 2nd round submission
Featherweight Fight
#14 Incan Bulb (9-2, 1-0 NGF) v Jordan Mutch (13-11, 2-3 NGF)
Incan Bulb uses quantity over quality in his fighting style as he is averaging 30.8 punches and 58.8 kicks per fight, which includes 44 leg kicks. Bulb has only finished 2 fights even though he is landing on average, 20.9 punches and 39.1 kicks per fight. He has amazing striking defense, but he’s not great in the clinch or on the ground. Jordan Mutch has fought so many times in his career and I think this has cause him to just be a so so fighter. Mutch is perfect, average fighter, he doesn’t land a high percentage of strikes, but he has decent power, he’ll attempt his take downs, but he doesn’t have a great success rate, he’ll be strong on the ground, yet, he allows his opponents to land 62% of their ground strikes. With all this average skill, the biggest problem is his defense is just not good and that has caused him to lose most of his fights if it goes to the judges. PREDICTION: Bulb decision win
PRELIM CARD
Light Heavyweight Fight
Sioux Sie (9-5, 3-3 NGF) v Soa Palelei (9-5, 1-1 NGF)
Sioux Sie will try and use his wrestling and his bjj skills to win fights as he averages 3.2 take downs and 2.6 submissions per fight. Sie has solid stand up skills, he’ll be aggressive, but he will look to finish fights on the ground, he has 5 submissions. Soa Palelei is so talented, but he seems to not fight smart at times in the cage. He has very good power, but his chin is in question as he’s been KO’ed 3 times. Palelei will fight very well, but he’ll make a dumb mistake and it usually changes the momentum of the fight. He is decent in the clinch and he has very good ground defense as well. I like Palelei’s power in this one, but Sie can win this if he gets the fight down. PREDICTION: Palelei 2nd round KO
Bantamweight Fight
#13 Jack Judo (7-4 NGF) v Andrew Summer (10-7, 9-6 NGF)
Jack Judo comes in losing his last fight and he is just 1-3 in his last 4. Judo has very little positives to say about his stand up game, he has almost zero striking defenses, he’s awful in the clinch, but he averages 8.3 take downs per fight and although he isn’t good at take downs, he’ll get one eventually. On the mat he is fantastic, he attempts 10 submissions per fight and he has 6 submission wins. Andrew Summer is a black belt in bjj so he has the skills to not only give Judo a real battle, but to win this. Summer has better stand up skills than Judo and his striking defense is better, but he isn’t good in the clinch. He has much better take down skills than Judo, but I don’t think that will matter, this fight will be on the mat even if these two have to just fall on the floor. Summer is landing 66% of his ground strikes and he is much better at improving his position. This will be one of those grappling battles that will be very interesting to see. PREDICTION: Summer 2nd round submission
Bantamweight Fight
PO Burn (9-7, 8-5 NGF) v Ron Paul (6-3, 3-3 NGF)
PO Burn is so well-rounded, he can fight anyway that he has to, but he lacks any sort of finishing skill, Burn has gone to a decision 12 times out of his 16 career fights. Burn has solid defense and he is super accurate in the clinch with his punches. Ron Paul is coming off a fight where he landed 25 elbows and 25 knees, so his clinch fighting can be awesome. He has elite striking defense and he is a solid striker stand up fighter, but he is excellent in the clinch. He is s a very active fighter on the ground, always trying to improve, but he’s allowing 77% of his opponent’s ground strikes to land. I can see Burn winning this fight if it gets to the ground, but if Paul is able to clinch up, Burn is in real trouble. PREDICTION: Paul decision win

Bantamweight Fight
Sebastian Kowalski (4-3, 0-1 NGF) v Tony Chu (4-4, 2-4 NGF)
These two are a combined 0-5 in their last 5 fights, so these two will be very desperate for a win. Sebastian Kowalski likes to fight in the clinch, he has devastating knees and he’s averaging over 11 of them per fight, but he is brutal on the mat. He has horrible take down defense and when he’s on the ground, he can improve his position, but he has been dominated there in his last 3 fights. Tony Chu will use his exceptional Muay Thai skills all fight long, he too has monster knees and he’s averaging 9.9 per fight. He has solid boxing skills as well, but his striking defense hasn’t been that good. Chu has sensational take down defense, so he hasn’t been tested on the ground yet. This fight should be standing with a lot of clinch wars, this is very even and it could go either way PREDICTION: Kowalski 2nd round TKO
Middleweight Fight
Andrej Kavelin (8-7, 6-7 NGF)v Fair Child (10-9, 0-1 NGF)
The night starts off with 2 struggling fighters meeting, both Andrej Kavelin and Fair Child are 1-3 in their last 4 fights, but Kavelin is 2-6 in his last 8. Kavelin likes to have quick fights, only 3 of his 15 career fights have made it past the 1st round. He will use decent stand up to set up his take downs and then on the ground he will look for submissions, he has 5 submission wins. Fair Child, oh what might have been with his career. Child is s a skilled fighter, he is a very solid striker who can fight in the clinch and on the ground as well. He is landing 55% of his ground strikes and his overall defense is very good. He has a big problem and that’s cutting, he gets cut in every fight and he has had 4 cut stoppages. This one will get interesting when it’s on the ground. PREDICTION: Child 1st round TKO
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Posted 08 September 2013 - 04:48 AM

NGF 77 | Phillips vs Frost Review (778832)

UNDER CARD
Middleweight Fight
Boleslaw Krol (7-6, 3-4 NGF) v Dennis Bird (10-4, 3-2 NGF)
Dennis Bird looked really good in this one, he was taken down in the 1st round, but he avoided a ton of ground strikes from Boleslaw Krol and even managed to sweep and get on top. Bird was able to land a good amount of stand up strikes as he was 10-12 in head punches, but he seemed to be down 2 rounds going into the 3rd round and needed a stoppage and that’s just what he did. Bird came out in the 3rd and pressed the attack, he knew he need to finish Krol and around the :30 second mark he nailed Krol with a head kick and knocked him down, he jumped on top and the ref jumped in at 49 seconds of the 3rd round.
Welterweight Fight
Archie Stewart (6-3, 4-3 NGF) v #7 Macros Motaro (6-3-1, 4-3 NGF)
I wrote all about the low morale with the fighters managed by Swan Song and you are going to see the 1st of 3 win by his fighters. Macros Motaro came out and was able to land a beautiful counter punch right on the button of Archie Stewart and ended this fight just 35 seconds in and also go the KOTN award with this quick finish.
Welterweight Fight
Lionel Cascara (11-8, 4-6 NGF) v Stringer Bell (7-2, 3-2 NGF)
This was a very entertaining, back and forth battle with good stand up and solid ground fighting. Lionel Cascara came out and looked pretty quick in this one, and he worked some nice stand up along with 10 take down attempts. Stringer Bell was also very quick and he attempted a lot of combinations, 24 in total. He also landed 3 take downs and did a nice job of defending Cascara once he was on the bottom. The judges scored this 30-27 in favor of Stringer Bell, but I thought that Cascara could have won at least a round if not 2.
Heavyweight Fight
Andrew Golota (11-8, 6-6 NGF) v Roman Kowalski (10-8, 7-6 NGF)
Andrew Golota came out and pushed the pace to start, he was landing some decent stand up strikes, but Roman Kowalski was able to get a take down and spent the last 3:40 on top and dominated the 1st round. The thing is he dominated obviously, but he finished the fight just 1 of 26 in ground strikes. In the 2nd, Kowalski came out and just bull rushed Golota, he fired of a few strikes, then drilled Golota with a 3 punch combination that sent Golota falling into the cage, Roman jumped on top and pounded out a quick 2nd round win.
Light Heavyweight Fight
Cal Paxton (7-3, 4-2 NGF) v #11 Bobby Newmark (12-7-1, 0-1 NGF)
Cal Paxton showed that solid chin again in this one as NGF rookie, Bobby Newmark looked good. Newmark came out and really pushed the pace in the 1st round. Newmark landed a lot of good strikes, but just couldn’t hurt Paxton and it was Newmark getting cut open early on in the round. In the 2nd, Newark was missing a lot of strikes and he looked to wear down early and Paxton found his range. Paxton was able to drop down and land a huge uppercut late in the round that rocked Newmark. As Newmark was still wobbly, Paxton lunged in and knocked Newmark to the canvas with a big hook, Paxton jumped on top of Newmark and pounded out a win at 4:27 of the 2nd round.
MAIN CARD
Middleweight Fight
John Clayton (6-4 NGF) v #13 Marek Jebut (9-3-1, 2-2 NGF)
This fight was just simply a stand up fighter, John Clayton, having absolutely no answer for a ground fighter, Marek Jebut. Here’s another thing, Jebut beat the hell out of Clayton standing too, this was a total domination. Clayton landed just 3 strikes the entire fight while Jebut was 9-14 in head punches, 3-4 in body punches and he landed 18-37 in ground strikes. The judges obviously scored this 30-27 in favor of Marek Jebut.
Featherweight Fight
Chan Sung Jung (5-4, 2-4 NGF) v #15 Gim Ruut (20-8, 2-3 NGF)
This fight pretty much turned out the way that I and most thought it would. Gim Ruut came out, wrestled Chan Sung Jung to the ground and just out jiu jitsu’ed him. There was only a short period that this fight was not on the ground, Jung tried his best to work off his back and did improve a couple of times, but Ruut eventually overwhelmed Jung and got the submission, an armbar at 3:55 of the 2nd. Jung finished the fight 0-13 in submissions while Ruut was 7-10 in ground strikes and 1-19 in submissions.
Light Heavyweight Fight
#9 Arek Rendziok (9-4, 0-1 NGF) v #4 Rogerio Mustacho (12-5, 11-5 NGF)
Arek Rendziok tried to impress the NGF fans by taking on one of the long time vet’s of the organization, one thing I think he did was gain the respect, but probably no impress. Rogerio Mustacho looked very good on his feet in this one, he was lightning quick, landing a punch or kick and getting out of Rendziok’s range. Rendziok got 3 take downs and he tried to work Mustacho over on the ground, but he just didn’t do it as Mustacho stayed very active and made it very hard for Rendziok to do anything. Mustacho landed 21 total leg kicks and 12 punches while Rendziok finished with just 6 punches and just 2 ground strikes. The fight was scored 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 in favor or Rogerio Mustacho.
Co-Main Event:
Featherweight Fight
#13 Riviere Hinds (8-7, 4-3 NGF) v #7 Vaughn Shaunessey (18-7, 6-2 NGF)
Former champion, Vaughn Shaunessey needed a win badly after dropping his last 2 fights, well, nothing like coming out and completely dominating a fight to break the losing streak. Riviere Hinds really was out classed in this one, he tried, but he just had no answers for Shaunessey. Shaunessey was as quick as I’ve ever seen him; he would rush in, land a strike and get out before any damage. Hinds was very frustrated the entire fight, he could land much of anything, he was demolished in the clinch and he couldn’t get a take down to save his life. Hinds finished 4-20 in head punches, 2-5 in body punches, 0-12 in kicks, 1-9 in clinch punching, 1-12 in take down attempts and 0-4 in ground strikes. Shaunessey finished 15-21 in head punches, 11-14 in body punches, 13-17 in kicks, 12-16 in clinch punches, 9-12 in knees and won this fight easily, 30-27 by all three judges.
Main Event
Heavyweight Fight
#2 Frederick Frost (6-2, 5-1 NGF) v #12 Kent Phillips (11-3, 2-0 NGF)
Frederick Frost came in with low morale and Kent Phillips was rolling with 2 dominating wins, so I thought it would be Phillips getting the next title fight. Frost showed me again, he has monster power and he is an excellent fighter and that will overcome low morale every time. Phillips came out aggressive to start, but he was a little wild and Frost was able to make him pay, one strike landed and it cut Phillips and sent him stumbling back to the cage. Phillips then found his range and he started to land some nice leg kicks and powerful strikes. Frost showed that good chin however and he survived the round, but it was clearly Phillips that landed the more significant strikes and he was the one who controlled the center. In the 2nd, Phillips once again came out, he landed two monster strikes to start off the round and Frost was pushed to the cage, covering as Phillips went for the kill, but the ref let them fight on. Frost slipped away and he drilled Phillips with a straight jab that snapped Phillips head back and that seemed to turn things around and Phillips lost his range and everything he started to throw was missing and he really wore himself out. Phillips was still the aggressor, but he was missing everything, one miss opened himself up and Frost unloaded a uppercut that just crumpled Phillips knees as he fell to the floor, the ref ran in, but Phillips was able to roll out and got back to his feet, but he was still on wobbly legs. Frost now was stalking Phillips and as he moved forward, Phillips tried to back pedal away, he avoided the first 2 punches, but the third landed right on the button and knocked Phillips out cold at 2:59 of the 2nd round. A fantastic fight and one that earned the FOTN.
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Posted 13 September 2013 - 01:08 PM

NGF 79 | Allen vs Brown Preview (778834)

MAIN CARD

Main Event

Featherweight Title Fight
#1 Jack Brown (9-3-1, 6-1 NGF) v C-Barry Allen (12-2, 4-1 NGF)
Well we will finally see Jack Brown in a title fight, he was in a #1 contender fight, but he was beaten by Marcos Silva. Brown is eager and ready for this challenge and he’s chomping at the bit to get in the cage. Brown has developing power, but over his last 3 fights that power looks like it’s shown up, he has 2 TKO wins over his last 3 wins. Brown has solid stand up skills and his striking defense overall is very good, but he doesn’t want to stay on his feet, he is averaging 3.7 take downs per fight and he’s successful on 54% of them. On the ground Brown is usually too much for whomever he faces, he is very active, strong and he is averaging 31.8 ground strikes per fight. Barry Allen became the champion in his last fight, his 2nd title fight and he did it by answering all the questions about him, could he fight on the mat? Allen has one very big weapon and that’s his head kicks, he has 9 (T)KO wins, 4 of them by head kick. Allen has average to below average striking defense, but he will usually out strike his opponents. He is solid in the clinch where he does have some good elbows that he lands, but not often. He has really improved his ground game, not offensively, but defensively he has been good and he’s improved his ability to get back to his feet. Brown is going to be one hell of a test for Allen’s ground game. Allen will have to be perfect with his footwork and take down defense and Brown will have to not miss too many and wear himself out. If Brown misses too many take downs and he’s slow to get back to his feet, Allen will soccer kick his head clean off. I cannot wait for this fight; too great fighters will different skill sets, who’s the better fighter? PREDICTION: Brown decision win

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Heavyweight Fight
#6 Petr Jakovlev (9-4 NGF) v #9 Polish Engineer (12-6, 7-3 NGF)
This could very well end up being a #1 contender fight between Petr Jakovlev and Polish Engineer, both guys would be on 3 fight winning streaks with a win. Petr Jakovlev is an elite wrestler, he has bad striking defense and he rarely does much on his feet, but he will go for take downs, he will get at least one, and he WILL make life miserable for his opponent on the ground. He doesn’t improve his position at a very high rate, but he is very strong, he can control very well and he averages 18.9 ground strikes per fight while landing 46% of them. The biggest weak point for Jakovlev is he just does not have any defense, he comes in, hands down, slow and looking for take downs. Polish Engineer has all the power and all the tools to really make this fight no fun for Jakovlev. Engineer can cut up his opponents with a single right hand, he has 4 cut stoppage wins including his last 2. He loads up with big punches, which makes his accuracy suffer, but his defense is still very good and he’s still landing 58% of his head punches. He will fight on the ground, but it’s not his first choice, he is excellent on the ground, he is landing 50% of his ground strikes while holding his opponents to 0%. I think this fight is going to see a good portion of time on the ground, Jakovlev is the better fighter there, but Engineer is good too. Engineer has the much better power and Jakovlev just gets hit way too much, I like Polish in this one. PREDICTION: Engineer 2nd round TKO

Super Heavyweight Fight
#1 Chilemba Murithi (5-1 NGF) v #2 Samson Miodek (11-4, 6-2 NGF)
This is one hell of a super heavyweight match up; Sweden’s Chilemba Murithi will try and take the head off of Poland’s Samson Miodek. Murithi is a strange, but deadly fighter, he throws no punches, yep, none, he is all kicks and he’s landing a very good percentage of them, 61% of his head kicks, 84% of his leg kicks and 58% of his body kicks. He has excellent striking defense and he’s solid with his ground defense, but he stinks in the clinch, well, at least the few minutes he’s been there. Samson Miodek is a former champion and he’s looking to get his third straight win and get back into title contention. Miodek is a heavy striker with 9(T)KO’s in his career and he can mash in all areas. He is very strong in the clinch and he can land nasty elbows and knees along with punches. He is successful on 68% of his take down attempts from standing and on the ground he averages 10.3 ground strikes and he is landing 68% of them. Murithi does one thing, we know what he’s going to do, Miodek can do a bunch of different things, one of them is get a fight to the ground, no worries about kicks there. PREDICTION: Miodek 2nd round TKO

Super Heavyweight Fight
#11 David Miller (10-6, 7-4 NGF) v #9 Paulo Cesar Silva (7-3 NGF)
This is a fantastic matchup between two very good ground fighters. David Miller is a decent striker, but he just has no striking defense, his opponents are landing 73% of their head punches, 78% of their body punches and 83% of their leg kicks. Miller often attempts almost 2-1 more strikes then his opponents, so that help a lot in the judges eyes and with the total strikes landed. Miller likes to fight on the ground and use his exceptional wrestling skills, he lands 48% of this ground strikes and he has 5 submission wins. Paulo Cesar Silva has NO stand up game, no striking defense, can’t fight in the clinch at all, but he is a MONSTER on the ground, huge power, strong and can control anyone from top position. Silva will often not throw a single stand up strike, he averages .7 stand up strikes per fight, but he averages 5.1 take downs per fight. On the mat he is averaging 7.9 ground strikes and can simply ground and pound anyone into la la land. This fight will go to the mat at some point, I want to say Miller is the smarter, more skilled fighter there, but if Silva gets on top, it’s over. PREDICTION: Kerbouchard 2nd round submission

Featherweight Fight
#9 Davis Davies (11-5, 2-1 NGF) v #8 Diego Brandao (5-2 NGF)
Davis Davies is a heavy puncher who can grind out wins and get submissions on the ground. Davies doesn’t have much other than punches, his take down skills are average, but he is strong on top and can win rounds with his wrestling. Davies does make mistakes and he has been submitted 2 times and his overall defense skills just are average at best. Diego Brandao is an aggressive stand up fighter with amazing striking defense. He is quick and strong and he will get his under hooks in and control very well in the clinch. Brandao has a couple of submissions, but on the mat he just isn’t good, but he will make opponents pay for their mistakes, he’s allowing his opponents to land 72% of their ground strikes. I’m not sure how this one goes, the both will go to the ground, Davies more so, they both have very good take down defense, give the edge to Davies on the ground, edge to Brandao with the stand up. PREDICTION: Davies decision win

PRELIM CARD

Bantamweight Fight
#10 Daiju Kikuchi (5-1, 2-1 NGF) v #7 Grant Vanguard (9-5, 1-2 NGF)
Daiju Kikuchi has proven he can beat some very talent fighters; he will now try and prove himself again with a top 10 fighter in Grant Vanguard. Kikuchi has excellent defense, his opponents are averaging 35 head punches per fight against him, but they are landing just 34% of them. Kikuchi has good power and he can counter very well. He is landing 83% of his leg kicks and his dirty boxing is outstanding. Grant Vanguard has faced some fantastic competition since coming into the NGF; Kikuchi is just another monster he needs to figure out. Vanguard has vicious head kicks, he is averaging 5 of them per fight and he’s landing 1.6 per fight, usually that’s all it takes to KO his opponent. Vanguard is excellent at improving his position on the ground and getting back to his feet, he is not a offensive ground fighter at all. Opponents know to stay away from Vanguards stand up power, so they are attempting 5.6 take downs per fight, but Grant has been very good at defending them. These two are super bantamweights with good power, neither guy likes to fight on the ground so we could have one HELL of a stand up battle, (sniff, sniff) I smell FOTN! PREDICTION: Kikuchi 3rd round TKO

Super Heavyweight Fight
#15 Zeus Zorrander (7-0, 0-0 NGF) v Nick Game (5-2, 0-1 NGF)
We will finally see Zeus Zorrander fight; I cannot wait to see this kid scrap. Zorrander has compiled a 7-0 record with nasty, vicious power, he has 6 (T)KO wins and 1 decision, and in the decision win, he went up against some iron chin guy where Zeus landed 42 head punches. He’s aggressive, he’s overwhelming and he has dangerous head kicks that he has laned 60% successful. He’s a dangerous fighter, but he hasn’t been tested on the ground or in the clinch yet. Nick Game is always “game” when it comes to fighting, he’ll fight anyone you put in front of him. Game is still developing as a fighter, right now he seems to sacrifice accuracy for power, yet he’s only has 2 (T)KO wins. His striking defense has lacked in a lot of his fights and he needs improve at his take down defense as well. He does a solid job when he goes to the ground at controlling and grinding out wins, he may have to do that in this one. We will see if the hype on Zorrander is real, Game can get this fight to the ground and finally test Zorrander’s ground skill, but Zeus has the power to end this one quickly. PREDICTION: Zorrander 2nd round KO

Lightweight Fight
Ivan Verchanko (10-5, 0-2 NGF) v #13 Edmund Dantes (11-6, 4-3 NGF)
Ivan Verchanko just seems out matched here in NGF, he’s lost his 2 previous fights by TKO and they haven’t been close. Verchanko does have very good power and he is creative, but he’s quick, only 1 of his 15 career fights have made it past the 1st round. Verchanko is a 1 dimensional fighter, he has nothing but punching in his arsenal and that just doesn’t cut it here in NGF. Edmund Dantes is in his 2nd go round with NGF, he compiled a 3-2 record with the organization before leaving for a few months, now he’s back and has gone 1-1. Dantes doesn’t stand out in any area, he is an aggressive guy and he has average striking defense. He averages 6.5 take downs per fight, but once on the ground he is all trying to improve his position and submission attempts, as he averages 12.1 position improvements and 6 submission attempts per fight. I don’t know how exciting this one’s going to be, but luckily I don’t think it will go long. PREDICTION: Dantes 1st round submission

Super Heavyweight Fight
Mikhail Van Kirkland (11-10, 2-2 NGF) v Leopold Stotch (8-5, 3-4 NGF)
Mikhail Van Kirkland has been back and forth, up and down for much of his career, one reason is because he get cut up in every fight and that has caused him major problems. Kirkland can cut up his opponents as well with his strikes, but he isn’t great on his feet. His defense is average and he doesn’t land a high percentage of strikes. He is averaging 7 ground strikes per fight and he can be very difficult to handle on the mat. Leopold Stotch has good power with 7 (T)KO wins, but he has a weak chin and has been KO’ed in his last 3 losses. Stotch’s overall game is lacking, he has good stand up skills, but he’s mostly punching and he has been destroyed in the clinch. These guys are very equal, both have much of the same weaknesses, but Stotch isn’t much on the ground and that’s where Kirkland is at his best. PREDICTION: Kirkland 2nd round TKO

Super Heavyweight Fight
Third Dag (6-7, 3-7 NGF) v #13 Buck Compton (8-4, 5-1 NGF)
Third Dag just hasn’t found success at NGF; he’s fought in heavyweight and now super heavyweight, both with the same result. Dag can be fantastic on the ground, he’s very strong and he has good ground and pound and submission skills, but he has no stand up or chin to be long term successful. Buck Compton was a former champion under a different name, his manager went inactive and Compton left the sport for a while. He looked simple terrible in his first fight back, so we will see if this former champion can regain his skills or if the layoff was just too much for him. Compton is well-rounded, with very heavy hands, but his overall striking defense isn’t very good. It’s hard to pick Dag, but he could get Compton down and really put the hurt on him. PREDICTION: Compton 2nd round KO
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Posted 13 September 2013 - 09:18 PM

NGF 80 | Jamm vs Clinton 2 Preview (778835)

MAIN CARD

Main Event

Middleweight Title Fight
#1 Bill Clinton (18-4, 2-1 NGF) v C-Jima Jamm (15-3-1, 6-0 NGF)
How great is this card, I mean seriously, look at the monsters on fighting, we have a title fight in the prelims, and we have these two facing off for the second time. This fight has had a long training period, so both guys have had time to work on certain areas to get ready for this epic fight. Bill Clinton has only lost 1 time in his last 9 fights and that was against Jima Jamm. Clinton has very good defense and he likes to push the pace standing, and then win rounds by getting take downs and controlling his opponent. Clinton has decent power, but not as much as most middleweights, he is a smarter, more grind it out type of guy. He has been fantastic on the ground, he’s strong and he is averaging 6.8 ground strikes and 2.6 submissions per fight. Jima Jamm will be defending his title for the 3rd time and he is 10-0-1 in his last 11 fights. There really aren’t any weaknesses that I can see in Jamm’s game, he has some of the best striking power in the organization, he has violent head kicks and he has been fantastic in the clinch. Jamm is averaging 3.1 head kicks per fight and he will use that often to either rock or KO his opponent. In the clinch he’s just so damn strong, he controls his opponents and has out struck them on average 8.3 to 3.3 in the clinch. Jamm is very good at defending take downs as well, but when he does have to fight there he is landing 100% of his ground strikes and has 3 submission wins. Clinton is going to have to get inside and get Jamm down to have a chance in this one. Jamm is too big, quick and powerful if Clinton allows Jamm to find his range. I look for this to be a very good battle, but I believe Jamm will find a way to retain the belt. PREDICTION: Jamm 3rd round TKO

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Light Heavyweight Fight
#3 Esa Tikkanen (17-3-1, 1-1 NGF) v #6 Brett Riverboat (14-4, 9-4 NGF)
Okay, seriously, how great is this card?!! Esa Tikkanen hasn’t fought since 7/27/2013, so he should be well trained, but we’ll see about ring rust. Tikkanen has good stand up skills and very good striking defense, but where he makes his money is no doubt on the mat. Tikkanen will average 5.2 take downs per fight and he’s been successful on 46% of them. On the ground he is very smart, creative and he averages 5 ground strikes and 2.6 submissions. Tikkanen is very dangerous on the ground and he loves to switch from submissions and transition in to his signature armbar. Brett Riverboat is one of the best and most exciting fighters to watch, it’s truly a treat to watch this guy fight. Riverboat is made of knives, or at least it seems as if he is, he will cut his opponents, you can count on a few things, getting old and he or his opponents, most of the time both, will be bleeding. The former champion, Riverboat has immense and a granite chin, two things that have made him successful, because he doesn’t land what you would call a lot of strikes and his defense isn’t on an elite level. Riverboat has no offense on the ground, but he is fantastic at improving his position and getting back to his feet. Riverboat doesn’t have the best take down defense, so this hopefully was an area he really worked on in training, because Tikkanen is excellent on the mat. Tikkanen has much better striking defense, but Riverboat can hurt him with a single punch and end this fight quickly. PREDICTION: Riverboat 2nd round TKO

Light Heavyweight Fight
#12 Dmitry Boitsoff (13-8, 6-6 NGF) v #9 Dongmin Oh (18-4, 2-2 NGF)
Long time NGF fighter, Dmitry Boitsoff will try and get out of his 2 fight funk by taking care of Dongmin Oh. It’s been said before, Boitsoff has a style that isn’t very fun to watch, but when he’s on, he can dominate. Boitsoff shows very little other than wrestling and bjj, he has very little striking defense and he’s awful in the clinch, but he will get a take down and he will attempt submissions until he locks one up. Dongmin Oh is a completely different type of fighter, he is a much more exciting fighter, where as Boitsoff has 8 SOTN awards, Oh has 8 FOTN awards. Oh has excellent power in both hands, he has deadly head kicks, and he has a knack for cutting up his opponents. Oh uses good footwork and agility to move in and out, avoid damage and get into the clinch. In the clinch he will use vicious elbows, which he averages 10.2 per fight to really do damage. Oh is riding a 2 fight losing streak and he’ll have to stay off his back in this one to get back on the winning ways, because he hasn’t been very good on the ground. I think this one could end early, Boitsoff is going to do what he normally does, just try to fight on the mat, but Oh has too much power and Boitsoff has no defense. PREDICTION: Oh 1st round KO

Lightweight Fight
#1 Mitch Mitchel (13-5, 5-2 NGF) v #5 Akira Toriyama (17-2-1, 0-0 NGF)
This is a hard pill to swallow for Mitch Mitchel, he was in a title fight, but with the recent news from Semper Fidelis about Tolek Banan, Mitchel now finds himself in just a normal fight against a very good fighter in Akira Toriyama. Mitchel is riding a 3 fight winning streak and he’s 4-1 over his last 5 fights. Mitchel is a super aggressive guy with excellent power, he is averaging 42.3 punches per fight and he has 11 (T)KO wins. He has good striking defense and he has shown outstanding take down defense. On the ground he can be beaten up a bit there and he’s been terrible at improving his position, he’s only improved at a 7% success rate. Akira Toriyama makes is NGF debut in this one and he comes in on a 9 fight winning streak. Toriyama is a smart, skilled, quick fighter, but has very little power. He is aggressive an he’s averaging 28.4 punches and 47.8 kicks per fight. He has done a solid job in the clinch and he’ll land 3.3 elbows per fight and he is getting 60% of his clinch take downs as well. On the ground, Toriyama has excellent bjj skills; he has gotten 3 submission victories. The best part of Toriyama’s game is clearly his defense, he just doesn’t get hit that often and his conditioning is elite, so he’ll wear out his opponents by making them miss, he gets his take downs and will control the fight from start to finish, he has gone to 14 judges decisions and won 12 of them. Mitchel has the power, he needs to get Toriyama in a bad position, he needs to hurt him and he needs to not let him recover. Toriyama is a better fighter than Mitchel and he can do what he normally does, but he has got to watch out for the power. PREDICTION: Toriyama decision win

Super Heavyweight Fight
#10 Anthony Brown (15-5, 1-0 NGF) v #6 Dmitry Borschev (8-1, 5-1 NGF)
Anthony Brown came into the NGF, fought once at heavyweight, got a win and then instantly wanted to fight Dmitry Borschev at super heavyweight, well, here we are. Brown is a very strong fighter, he has steel in his hands and he will cut his opponents. He is a heavy striker, which affects his accuracy, but his striking defense is fantastic. Brown can and will take a fight to the ground he is very strong, he controls and wears out opponents and he has good ground striking as he’s averaging 6.9 ground strikes per fight. Dmitry Borschev had a bit of a wake up call his last fight as he was demolished by Shavo Odin at NGF 68. Borschev had won 8 straight before losing, he is just 22 years old and he may be the most skilled fighter in the super heavyweight division, but he’s still has room to improve. Borschev is a monster on his feet, amazing power in both hands, but he’s creative and he’ll look for flying knees and all sorts of different types of strikes. He has very good take down defense, which he needs, because he hasn’t been very good on the ground, but he has done a ok job of getting back to his feet. I mean, come on, how great is this card?! Both of these guys, with a win, will get themselves into the super heavyweight tournament, where the winner of that 4 man tournament will get a title shot with Rinky Spider. Brown has the power to end this fight quickly, so does Borschev, but Brown has the ability to win this fight on the mat too. PREDICTION: Brown 3rd round TKO

PRELIM CARD

Welterweight Title Fight
#3 Enzo Moretti (17-8, 5-2 NGF) v C-Aurelius Schultes (18-5-1, 6-1 NGF)
How great is this card?!!! How many times do you see a card so great that the prelims end with a title fight? Italy’s Enzo Moretti will try and take the belt from USA’s Aurelius Schultes and from what I hear, Moretti has flown in around 100 friends and relatives to cheer him on. Moretti is a very aggressive fighter, he comes straight out and will push the pace from the opening bell. Moretti is averaging 34.8 stand up punches a fight to his opponent 20.3 and his stand up is where he wins rounds, but he can be taken down and he’s not great there, so that’s where he loses rounds. In the clinch Moretti averages 16.5 head punches and he’s landing 65% of them. He has outstanding striking defense, but his weakness is the ground. Aurelius Schultes will be defending his belt for the 4th time in this one since first winning it at SNF 7 vs Kaito Rin. Schultes has now won 5 straight fights and as powerful as he was, I think his power has gotten better over these last 5 fights. Schultes has strong kicking and he likes to take out legs as he’s averaging 18.9 leg kicks per fight. He can be aggressive, but he will sit back a bit on his feet and wait for counter take downs. On the ground Schultes is very strong, he can control well and he is averaging 17.4 ground strikes per fight, he will usually end rounds by being on top and score points in the judges eyes. It’s an extremely good matchup, two fantastic fighters, Moretti will have to try and stay off the mat, although he has good ground striking defense, Schultes is very strong and he will wear Moretti out. PREDICTION: Schultes decision win

Super Heavyweight Fight
#7 Jay Jay Mutombo (7-1, 0-0 NGF) v #13 Ben Ladin (12-3, 1-1 NGF)
Jay Jay Mutombo is the current Undisputed Online Championship champion, but he brings his talents to NGF and he will start his title march with Ben Ladin. Mutombo has fantastic power and he can hurt opponents standing and in the clinch. He has good striking and clinch defense, but his ground striking defense hasn’t been very good. He can cut up his opponents and he has one hell of a head kick. Ben Ladin won his last fight and that broke a 3 fight losing streak. Ladin has monster power, but he also has a suspect chin and in recent months he’s looked like he’s lost a little bit of desire which is too bad, remember, this is a guy that started his MMA career 11-0 with 8 KO’s! Ladin is creative, he’ll look for spinning kicks and back fists, and he’s landing 94% of his head punches, 100% of leg and body kicks, 96% of his clinch head punches and he has vicious elbows and knees. Ladin doesn’t like to be on the ground, his ground striking defense hasn’t been good, but he has done a nice job of escaping and getting back to his feet. I can’t wait to see this fight, if Ladin brings is A game this will be awesome, if he’s less than that, Mutombo will have him for lunch. PREDICTION: Mutombo 2nd round TKO

Lightweight Fight
#10 Heraldo Magnifico (14-7, 4-3 NGF) v #7 Soon Do (13-5-1, 1-1 NGF)
I’m going to be amazed by this card on a number of occasions, so I apologize if you have to read “how great is this card?” 4 or 5 times in this preview, but how great is this card? Heraldo Magnifico, one of the most exciting fighters in the org with 8 FOTN and 1 KOTN awards. Magnifico will fight standing and in the clinch, he has good power and he’s very creative. He is averaging 17 stand up head punches and 12.8 clinch head punches. He has solid striking defense and he has no offense on the ground, but his defense is very good. Soon Do lost his last fight to Tolek Banan, and now with the news from Banan’s camp, Do could find himself in a title fight right away if he wins this one. Do is 6-1 over his last 7 fights and he will look to use his wrestling to get this fight down, get on top and use that brilliant ground attack. Do averages 17.5 ground strikes and he loves to use his ground and pound to soften up his opponents and either he will end it with strikes or lock in a submission, he has 8 (T)KO wins and 3 submission wins. This is one hell of a matchup, it will have some good stand up, but it will come down to if Magnifico can stay standing, because Do is a beast on the mat. PREDICTION: Do 2nd round TKO

Welterweight Fight
Jack Pot (11-6, 0-2 NGF) v #10 Dan Haley (8-3, 0-0 NGF)
Jack Pot is very talented, but he has struggled since joining NGF going 0-2. Pot has very good striking defense, but he will spend as little time standing as he can, he is averaging 6.3 take downs per fight. On the mat he is very difficult, he stays in motion and averages 3.8 submissions per fight and he has 9 submission wins. Dan Haley is making his NGF debut in this one and from what we are told, he’s an elite wrestler with good power. Haley has destroyed opponents in the clinch as he is landing 73% and 77% of his head and body punches. He as very good success with his take downs and he can be a beast on top as he is landing 60% of his ground strikes and with his power, he doesn’t need to land many to cause major damage. If Haley can get into the clinch with Pot he will out strike him and possible end the fight, if Pot can bring this down, we will see a fantastic ground war. PREDICTION: Pot 2nd round submission

Super Heavyweight Fight
Sawyer Hume (3-1, 1-1 NGF) v Firco Nowack (17-9, 4-4 NGF)
23 year old Sawyer Hume will make his 3 NGF fight in this one and he will take on 33 year old, MMA veteran Firco Nowack. Hume has decent stand up but outstanding Muay Thai skills. He is landing 100% of his head and body punches and he has devastating elbows and knees. Hume has elite clinch defense, take down defense and submission defense. Firco Nowack’s last 10 fight have been this, w,l, w, l, w, l, w, l, w, l…if that pattern continues this will be a win for him. Nowack has average skills, he doesn’t have great power, but he can obviously hurt someone. He has good Muay Thai skills, but his clinch defense isn’t great. He has been pretty good on the mat, although he hasn’t spent much time there. Hume is the younger, hungrier kid, I think he’ll take this one in the clinch. PREDICTION: Hume 2nd round TKO
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#45 aylib

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 01:50 AM

Keep up the good work, I always look forward to reading (p)reviews.
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Posted 17 September 2013 - 01:27 PM

NGF 79 | Allen vs Brown Review(778834)

UNDER CARD

Super Heavyweight Fight

Third Dag (6-8, 3-8 NGF) v #13 Buck Compton (9-4, 6-1 NGF)
Well you can say one thing, Buck Compton looked better in this fight than his first fight back from his long lay off, but I have to say, he still looks miles away from the one time champion he was. Third Dag looked as bad as he’s always looked, he has no footwork, he can’t get away from damage, he has no defense and now it looks like his chin is completely gone. Compton knocked Dag down with a very good uppercut and moments later he put Dag out with another one and ended the fight at 53 seconds of the 1st round. Dag has been released from the NGF after his manager made a statement that he was releasing him also.

Super Heavyweight Fight

Mikhail Van Kirkland (12-10, 3-2 NGF) v Leopold Stotch (8-6, 3-5 NGF)
Mikhail Van Kirkland just dominated this fight, he came out, he won the stand up, he clinched up, and he took Stotch down at will as he went 8 of 9 in take down attempts. Leopold Stotch looked completely overmatched in this fight and looked very confused on what he should do. Kirkland missed just 1 strike the entire fight as he went 16-17 in his striking. Stotch showed no offense, he went for take downs and when he did get to the ground in a good position, he really struggled with controlling and ended up giving up his position. Kirkland won the fight 30-27 by all three judges. Also, at the presser, Thanga Paihte, Leopold’s manager, announced that the two of them have split ways. The NGF responded by releasing Stotch as well.

Lightweight Fight

Ivan Verchanko (10-5, 0-3 NGF) v #13 Edmund Dantes (12-6, 5-3 NGF)
Just a complete waste of a fight here, Ivan Verchanko is no match for anyone he is facing in the NGF. Edmund Dantes barely worked up a sweat in this fight as he landed just about everything he threw and easily avoided the slow and sloppy striking from Verchanko. Dantes rocked Verchanko with a very weak looking left hand, seconds later he dropped Verchanko to his knees with a right hand and then Verchanko very quickly tapped under strikes at 1:34 of the 1st. The submission by Verchanko shows that he just doesn’t want to be fighting these caliber of fighters.

Super Heavyweight Fight

#15 Zeus Zorrander (7-1, 0-1 NGF) v Nick Game (6-2, 1-1 NGF)
Zeus Zorrander came into this fight undefeated and he showed signs of what has made him so dominating up until this point, but I said this in the preview, we didn’t know what he was going to be like on the ground and what we saw was his weakness. Nick Game came out with a fantastic game plan, he was able to defend against the vicious head kicks of Zorrander, he was able to move in and out, land good strikes and frustrate Zorrander by getting away from his striking. Game was also able to take advantage of the bad take down defense Zorrander has and he got 6 of 8 of his take downs. On the ground, Game was able to control and chew up points and win rounds. It was a very entertaining fight and Zorrander showed on his feet flashes of his skill, but Game just fought a better fight and won it 30-27 by all three judges.

Bantamweight Fight

#10 Daiju Kikuchi (5-2, 2-2 NGF) v #7 Grant Vanguard (10-5, 2-2 NGF)
This one was a pretty big surprise to me, these two guys are monsters and I was expecting a back and forth, 3 round battle, didn’t get that. Grant Vanguard came out and overwhelmed Daiju Kikuchi quickly, he avoided a few Kikuchi strikes then he just landed at will and sent Kikuchi down with a quick, deadly head kick to the temple. Kikuchi got back to his feet, but he was really wobbly and clearly out of it. Kikuchi stumbled forward and Vanguard drilled him with a straight right hand, Kikuchi went limp and fell face first to the floor. It took about 10 minutes for the dr. to check Kikuchi out and get him to a stool. Vanguard had his hand raised as Kikuchi stat on his stool, unable to make the hand raising. What a KO, for sure the KOTN and maybe in the running for KOTY.

MAIN CARD

Featherweight Fight

#9 Davis Davies (12-5, 3-1 NGF) v #8 Diego Brandao (5-3 NGF)
The 1st round was one of the more painful rounds I’ve ever seen. Davis Davies got a very early take down and he did next to nothing on top. Diego Brandao was extremely active and he attempted 7 submissions. Davies was on top and he didn’t let Brandao improve or get back to his feet, but Brandao was clearly the more active fighter. In the 2nd, Davies again pushed the action and he took the fight into the clinch, but Brandao was the more active fighter, he attempted a number of strikes and Davies was forced to defend, Brandao clearly won the 2nd round. In the 3rd, Davies took the fight to the clinch, but soon broke free and took down a off balance Brandao, this time Davies was much more active and the patient Davies waited for his opportunity, took Brandao’s back and got the RNC at 3:59 of the 3rd round.

Super Heavyweight Fight

#11 David Miller (11-6, 8-4 NGF) v #9 Paulo Cesar Silva (7-4 NGF)
I’ve never seen a fighter like Paulo Cesar Silva before and I’ve never seen this type of fight before either. Silva is so one dimensional it’s almost disgusting. All he does is go for take downs, he has no, NO stand up ability what so ever. Miller just battered him in the 1st, fought off the take downs and beat the hell out of him, a 10-8 round. In the 2nd, Silva did get his take down, and there, he showed what he is good at, there is no denying he is very strong on the ground, but man, this is MMA, you got to learn the other parts of the game. In the 2nd, again, Miller just destroyed Silva, he was no match as Miller was able to defend the take downs and land punch after punch for another 10-8 round. Miller one this one 29-26 by all three judges.

Super Heavyweight Fight

#1 Chilemba Murithi (5-2 NGF) v #2 Samson Miodek (12-4, 7-2 NGF)
This fight showed what will happen if you just come out with the same game plan each fight, if you don’t do things to give your opponent something different to look at, then anyone can be beaten. Chilemba Murithi is excellent at what he does, he has vicious kicks that he uses all fight long, to the point where he doesn’t even throw punches, well he did it again, problem is Samson Miodek is very smart and he can adapt his game to exploit weaknesses. Miodek made it a point to get inside on Murithi, Miodek was aggressive and moved in quickly before Murithi was able to really get set to land his kicks. Miodek was able to work in take downs to frustrate Murithi and he was only able to attempt 3 of those deadly head kicks and didn’t land any. Miodek pretty much dominated the fight; he landed 22 total strikes to Murithi’s 9. Miodek was 2-2 in take downs and he really controlled the fight on the mat. This was one of those fights where Miodek got inside, he landed a lot of quick, short shots and Murithi just wasn’t in good kicking range, I feel Murithi has GOT to develop some sort of punching so he could use them in this type of close courters fighting. Miodek won the fight by 30-27 from all three judges.

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Heavyweight Fight

#6 Petr Jakovlev (9-5 NGF) v #9 Polish Engineer (13-6, 8-3 NGF)
Petr Jakovlev looked quick in this, but Polish Engineer looked better prepared for the type of fight that this one turned into. Right off the bell you could tell Jakovlev was in no mood to be standing with Engineer’s power, he came right out and quickly attempted a few take downs while Engineer was able to land a couple of very nice punches. Jakovlev did get the take down, but he struggled with trying to control Engineer and maintain a good position as Engineer quickly improved into full guard. Engineer was also able to take advantage of Jakovlev’s ankle lock attempt and got on top. Engineer did a great job of controlling Jakovlev, defending submissions and landing a few hard ground strikes. In the 2nd, Jakovlev again got a take down, but again, he couldn’t do anything he finished the fight landing just 1 ground strike out of his 11 attempts and he was 0-9 in submissions. The scariest moment for Engineer happened around the 1:30 mark, Jakovlev looked to lock in a triangle, but Engineer stood up, and slammed Jakovlev to the mat which loosened up the submission enough for Engineer to escape into side control. From there, Engineer began to unload ground strikes until he was able to slip 2 monster elbows through which rocked Jakovlev and the fight was stopped at 2:24 of the 2nd round.

Main Event

Featherweight Title Fight

#1 Jack Brown (10-3-1, 7-1 NGF) v C-Barry Allen (12-3, 4-2 NGF)
Now on to the best fight on the card, and possibly the best fight we’ve seen in the last 3 seasons. Jack Brown came into the NGF and he has been vocal, he’s said he was going to be a champion here one day and he is extremely confident in his skills. Barry Allen, he’s been much more quite, he’s just come in and taken care of business, but done it a little more humble. In the 1st round, Allen came out and moved the fight into the clinch, Allen then showed his strength as he was able to get the fight to the cage and he controlled very well. Allen landed some really good elbows in the clinch, but Brown did a very good job of defending as the round went on. Allen scored big in the round and clearly took round 1. The 2nd looked different; both guys stayed at kick boxing range in the round, Allen again, looked to be the one pushing the pace. Allen landed some very good strikes, but Brown did as well as he landed some very hard body kicks in the round. Allen did land a monster uppercut later in the round that send Brown flying back against the cage from about a foot away, it looked devastating, but Brown looked un phased. The 3rd looked a little like rounds 1 and 2, Allen again came out and really pushed forward, he landed some very big shots, but Brown showed an amazing chin. Midway through the round, Brown was very swollen around his right eye and he looked like his lip was busted up too. Brown did land a big overhand right that looked to wobble Allen, but only for a few seconds. Brown to me looked like he was all power strikes in the round, he didn’t land a lot of them and I thought he was making a mistake and wearing himself out. This looked apparent as Brown did get a late take down, but he couldn’t control the position and he let Allen get a sweep and end the round on top. At this point, Brown looked a bit worried and tired, Allen also looked tired, but Browns corner told him to “F—king let it all go!”. Heading into the 4th round, I had Allen up 30-27. The 4th started and Allen rushed out, Brown landed a beautiful counter strike that shook Allen, but he kept coming. Brown again got the take down, but Allen easily moved into guard and then pretty easily moved to top position. It was pretty shocking to see Jack not be able to be dominating on the ground. Allen showed his exhaustion at this point because he did nothing in top position and Brown was able to get back on top, but only for a few seconds, as Brown moved to mount, Allen quickly switched and got on top of Brown again. The round ended standing and both guys were just exhausted, but I had Allen up 40-36 at this point and Brown needed a finish to pull this one out. In the 5th and final round, Allen came out and moved the fight to the clinch, which seemed like a safe thing to do to grind out the round, but Brown really came to life here, he was able to land a very good uppercut, then he got his knees going and he started to hurt Allen. In fact, Allen looked to me in big trouble after a nasty knee landed right to the jaw, Allen was just holding on here. Just about the 4 minute mark, Brown managed to drag the fight to the ground, but again, Allen was able to improve his position as Brown was missing his ground strikes. Now Allen was going for it from top, he was trying to land elbows and big ground strikes, but Brown defended well and you could see him starting to move his legs up, looking for an opening to lock in some sort of submission. Brown did get his legs up, but Allen defended, but left his arm exposed and Brown quickly realized and straightened out the arm, it looked tight and at 4:57 of the 5th round, Allen was tapping as Brown looked to do some real damage to the arm and YOUR NEW FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION, JACK BROWN!!! WHAT A FIGHT!!
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Posted 19 September 2013 - 03:59 PM

NGF 81 | Ross vs Gridlock Preview (780369)

MAIN CARD

Main Event

Welterweight #1 Contender Fight

#2 Alastair Gridlock (8-4, 5-1 NGF) v #1 Artur Ross (12-3 NGF)
This is a huge fight, this is a fight if you are a fight fan, you stop what you’re doing, you get out of the plans you might have and you get somewhere to watch this. Alastair Gridlock and Artur Ross will be battling to see who will go on to get the next title fight. Gridlock is landing 78% of his stand up head punches, 58% of his body punches and 65% of his leg kicks, he knows how to land strikes and he has good finishing power. His defense overall is excellent, some of the best in the entire division, but sometimes he can get taken down and lose rounds. He will fight in the clinch and he’s mostly a dirty boxer there, but his clinch defense is good. Artur Ross is quite, but his actions speak louder than words. He is a very smart fighter, he will adapt his game well and take what his opponents give him, but capitalize on mistakes. He has solid stand up with powerful kicks and he uses them to slow his opponents down and to prevent them from getting take downs. He has good counter striking ability and he is very good at counter clinching. In the clinch he does most of his damage, he can rock an opponent with his knees and he’s averaging 14.3 head punches while landing 81% of them. He isn’t great on the mat, but he has very good submission defense. I don’t think either one of these fighters will try and take this to the mat, if they do it would be a huge surprise to the other guy for sure. They like to fight in the clinch and I feel that this fight will be won or lost there. PREDICTION: Ross decision win

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Bantamweight Fight

#9 Rasva Jorma (11-5, 0-1 NGF) v #3 Park Doo Man (15-5, 1-1 NGF)
Rasva Jorma needs a win like the desert needs rain, he’s lost 3 straight fights and he is really searching for answers. One thing that needs to improve is his striking defense, he tends to throw a lot of power strikes and he’s paid the price with counter strikes. He is a strong and powerful guy with his punches and he’ll mix in a little kicking. He can wear himself out with all the misses he does, but he also can end fights when he lands them. He’s been good on top on the ground, but on the bottom he hasn’t shown much defense. Park Doo Man is a very good fighter with one major concern, his power has dried up and is gone, in his first 9 wins, he had 7 (T)KO’s now he hasn’t had one since 12/14/2012. What he has done is add a lot more leg kicks and has improved his accuracy with shorter, less damaging strikes; he is averaging 21.1 head punches and 24 leg kicks per fight. He has good, solid striking defense and he is the one setting the pace in most of his fights. He is not great on the ground, but he has pretty solid take down defense. Man is just a much more aggressive guy and he will overwhelm most fighters with the amount of strikes he throws. Jorma has got to be patient and try and land his big shots to hurt Man and get his respect. PREDICTION: Man decision win

Lightweight Fight

#8 Felix Sandoval (10-3, 0-0 NGF) v #15 Yoshihiro Imanari (12-4, 3-1 NGF)
We’ll get our first look at Felix Sandoval in this one and he comes in 4-1 over his last 5 fights, but loser of his last. Sandoval has solid stand up skills, but fighting on the ground is his first choice as he is attempting 6.1 take downs per fight. He does not land a high percentage of punches standing, as he’s at 42% for head punches and 22% of body punches, but his kicks are better. He has very good striking defense and he is a very difficult on the ground as he is strong and active and he also has 5 submission wins. The ground is also Yoshihiro Imanari’s 1st love, he does very little as far as offense goes with his stand up and he averages 6 take downs attempts per fight. On the ground he can be a beast, he is very strong and he controls very well. He is averaging 12.3 ground strikes per fight and he is landing 66% of them. He also has good submission and submission defense skills as he has not been submitted and he has 5 submission wins. This one is going to be a total ground battle I feel, they are both very equal in their skills and it is very difficult to pick a winner. I guess we’ll see which one makes a mistake first. PREDICTION: Sandoval decision win.

Featherweight Fight

#9 Marcos Silva (12-7, 4-3 NGF) v #12 Meat Beater (10-5, 2-1 NGF)
Marcos Silva wants back at that title, but he’s just 1-2 over his last 3, but a win here would move him very close to consideration. Silva is more of a counter fighter, his style hasn’t been a judge’s favorite, but he does a nice job of counter take downs. He is an exceptional wrestler; he is extremely strong and can control very well, he is landing 51% if his ground strikes and he has 4 submission wins. Meat Beater’s base is defense, he uses quick feet and smarts to both avoid and block his opponent’s strikes. He is aggressive as he is averaging 34.9 stand up punches per fight, but he will often get into slugfests with his opponents. On the ground he has no offense, but his defense again is exceptional. This is going to be one of those stand up fighter vs ground fighter battles. I like Silva if he gets it to the mat, which he probably will, but Beater is very good at controlling. I just wonder if Beater can do enough to win this fight in the judges eyes. PREDICTION: Silva decision win

Heavyweight Fight

#7 Troy Glover (7-1, 3-1 NGF) v Stevie Gonzales (13-3, 2-2 NGF)
Troy Glover will try and make it 4 wins in a row and continue his march up the ranks. Glover has just been dominating in his fights, he is aggressive and he has amazing striking defense. He is creative and has power in his hands, feet and knees to end fights. He’s just been so dominating so far, he has out stuck his opponents on average of 22.9 to 2.3! Wow! Glover is excellent standing and he is also very strong on the mat. Stevie Gonzales came into the NGF 11-1, he’s found the step up in competition to be a little more difficult here as he’s gone 2-2. Gonzales has fantastic power with his punching and his kicks as he has 11 (T)KO’s with 7 straight KO’s. He is a very accurate and powerful puncher and his striking defense has been very good. He is not a great fighter on the ground, but he has good escaping skills that gets him back to his feet very well. I think this one should be an excellent fighte, Glover is more talented all-around, but Gonzales has so much power he is a danger to end this with a flash KO at any point. PREDICTION: Glover 2nd round TKO

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Bantamweight Fight

#8 John Keel (9-3-1, 4-1-1 NGF) v #4 Hakan Juholt (3-1 NGF)
John Keel has been getting better and better, having won his last 3 fights, but Hakan Juholt is a huge step up and maybe his biggest test in his career. Keel is a super aggressive fighter as he averages 38 stand up punches per fight, he also has good stand up defense and elite clinch defense. He lands a very high percentage of clinch strikes and he is powerful enough to rock opponents standing or in the clinch. Keel has one big weakness and that’s his ground game, he’s been terrible and he will have to keep this one standing at all costs. Hakan Juholt is a nightmare matchup for Keel, because Juholt is a fantastic ground fighter, he has beast like strength as he can flip opponents and control them with ease and he’s holding opponents to just a 19% success rate when trying to improve. Now his striking defense isn’t great, so that’s a concern, but he is so good at getting a fight to the ground that you can be sure that this fight gets there. Juholt has shown some of the best ground and pound in the organization, so Keel has got to do everything in his power to keep off his back, I don’t know if he can do that, we’ll see what his training has been like. PREDICTION: Juholt 2nd round TKO

Lightweight Fight

Gabriel Rua (10-7, 0-0 NGF) v Dean Winchester (9-2, 1-2 NGF)
Gabriel Rua will make his NGF debut in this one and he will try to think his way to a victory. Rua is said to be a student of the game, an extremely intelligent fighter who uses his brain instead of his brawn to win his fights. Rua is fantastic everywhere, he has elite striking defense and he is landing over 70% in stand up head punches, leg kicks, body kicks, clinch head punches, clinch body punches, elbows and knees. Dean Winchester to me is still trying to figure out his identity, is he a stand up fighter, will he fight in the clinch or is he a ground fighter, he spends a little bit of time in each area, but isn’t a stand out in any of them. He may try and be a Jiu Jitsu fighter because he is excellent with his grappling and he does have 3 submission wins. One thing about Rua, he goes into a defensive shell at times, he lands a very high percentage and his defense is great, but if you just play defense the entire fight, you will lose decisions, he has 6 decision losses out of the 10 fights that have gone to the judges. PREDICTION: Winchester decision win

Lightweight Fight

Jack Fry (14-8, 3-3 NGF) v Ryuken Yanagi (8-8, 3-3 NGF)
Jack Fry will try and break his current 2 fight losing streak. Fry has amazing kicking, he averages 29.6 leg kicks, 12.5 head kicks and 8.7 body kicks per fight. He has good stand up striking defense, but he has not been good in the clinch or on the ground. Ryuken Yanagi is a pure wrestler, he has almost no stand up to speak of, but he averages 8.4 take downs per fight. His striking defense is better than most pure wrestlers, which makes him difficult to out point. On the mat he is strong and aggressive, sometimes he’s too aggressive and he can easily be swept as opponents are improving at a 57% success rate. He is not good at all from the bottom and he has been submitted 3 times. Fry has got to keep this standing and he has got to land heavy shots when Yanagi misses a take down. PREDICTION: Yanagi 2nd round TKO

Bantamweight Fight

Shinji Tanaka (9-7, 1-3 NGF) v #13 Jon Erik Andersen (13-11, 7-7 NGF)
Shinji Tanaka I think will enjoy fighting his last fight in the NGF, he needs a fresh start in a place that is a step down in competition to try and get his career back on track. He is average standing, terrible striking defense, is horrendous in the clinch, but he is very strong on the ground as he’s landed 46% of his ground strikes and he has 7 submissions. Jon Erik Andersen seems to have evolved into that top 13-15 guy, someone who can put on a great fight, but someone who probably will never be a title contender. JEA just has never improved his game much since coming to the NGF, he has solid power, but he just has no defense to speak of. He’s allowing opponents to land 77% of their stand up head punches, 99% of their clinch head punches, 96% of their clinch body punches and 75% of ground strikes. Andersen can push the pace well which has helped him in decisions. PREDICTION: Andersen decision win

Featherweight Fight

Stefan Burczymucha (3-4, 2-4 NGF) v #7 Mark Reynolds (6-2 NGF)
Stefan Burcymucha has just looked outmatched in his last 3 fights and he has also shown a very suspect chin going 0-3. Burczymucha tries very hard and he does have good power, but he has no defense and he is awful on the ground as he has yet to defend a single ground strike. Mark Reynolds has a odd matchup here, he goes from fighting for a title to fighting a guy holding onto the bottom rung. Reynolds should really have no problems with this fight, he has the power to end this early and his defense, although not great, is solid and he should be able to avoid strikes from Stefan. PREDICTION: Reynolds 1st round TKO
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NGF 84 | Shaunessey vs Henrik Preview(780372)

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Main Event

Featherweight Fight

#7 Henrik Torhammer (10-4, 0-0 NGF) v #4 Vaughn Shaunessey (18-7, 6-2 NGF)
We will finally get a chance to see the powerful Henrik Torhammer. Torhammer comes to the NGF on a 2 fight winning streak and he has 10 (T)KO wins. He is very powerful, he can do it standing and on the ground. He has solid kicking, but it’s his hands that have all the power. He doesn’t have much in way of take down defense, but his sweeps and reversals have been outstanding. When he’s on top he is a monster, he lands 63% of his ground strikes and he has very good ground defense. Vaughn Shaunessey is getting very close to getting back to a title fight and getting a chance to regain his belt. Shaunessey has excellent power, he has very good power and he can be dominating in the clinch. Shaunessey likes to use powerful knees in the clinch and he’s landing 54% of them to the body. He isn’t much on the ground and from the bottom, he is terrible. This fight is going to see some of the best power in the division, both guy can end this fight in a heartbeat. Torhammer is a monster, but Shaunessey is very hungry, I love this fight and I can’t wait to see it! PREDICTION: Shaunessey decision win

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Featherweight Fight

#3 Koji Murosaki (11-3, 9-3 NGF) v #2 Clean Jaude Damn Vame (7-4 NGF)
The former champion, Koji Murosaki finds himself just 1 win away from getting another chance. Murosaki is a grappler who has ok stand up skills with good striking defense who will look to get the fight to the mat as soon as he can. On the ground he is a submission artist, he averages 5.4 submissions per fight and he will spend all his time on the ground trying to transition into better positions to lock up a submission. Clean Jaude Damn Vame is also a win away from getting back to a title fight, his first at featherweight. Vame has excellent defense which sets up is very good counter attacks which include his take downs. He doesn’t land a real high percentage of stand up strikes, but he does have good power. On the ground he does a very good job on top, but from the bottom he will struggle. If he’s not landing his counter strikes and take downs, he will lose rounds. It’s all about the ground with Murosaki, if he can get Vame down I think he submits him. PREDICTION: Murosaki 2nd round submission

Heavyweight Fight

#8 Petr Jakovlev (9-5 NGF) v #11 Vadim Kalashnikov (15-8, 4-4 NGF)
Petr Jakovlev has some of the best wrestling skills in the org, but some of the worst stand up skills too. Jakovelv has no striking defense, he is terrible in the clinch, but he is very difficult on the ground, he averages 18.4 ground strikes per fight and that is obviously where he does his damage. Vadim Kalashnikov might be closing in on the end to his career. He recently hinted at that he didn’t have the desire to do this anymore. Kalashnikov is a very powerful guy, he can KO someone in a flash and he has done a excellent job in the clinch as his strength is usually too much for his opponents. The problem with Kalashnikov is he just doesn’t have much of a chin and he can get clipped and go down at any moment. He is not a ground fighter, so this matchup isn’t the greatest, but if he stuffs Jakovlev, he will be able to land his punches, and with his power, that’s all he’ll need. PREDICTION: Kalashnikov 2nd round KO

Bantamweight Fight

#10 Bill Nevin (12-6-1, 4-2-1 NGF) v #6 Harald Andersson (9-3, 8-3 NGF)
Bill Nevin has all the skill in the world, but his lack of power is pretty confusing. Nevin has just 4 (T)KO’s in his career and 8 decision wins. He is very smart and quick and on average he lands 16.1 head punches while his opponents have landed a total of 13.6 stand up strikes per fight. He can be beaten up in the clinch, but his overall defense has been solid. He fights off a lot of take downs per fight so he has very good take down defense, but even when on the ground, he has done a very good job. Harald Andersson is very quick and very difficult to hit as he bounces around all fight long, moving in and out. Andersson has solid power in both hands, he is very good with his dirty boxing and he is more than solid with both his escapes and ground defense. This is a good one here on paper; I think we’ll see a very entertaining fight. Andersson has the power advantage, but Nevin is just so damn aggressive I think he can pull out the win in this one. PREDICTION: Nevin decision win

Middleweight Fight

#11 Randall Cunningham (12-5-1, 2-3 NGF) v #8 Michael Fybra (18-9, 2-1 NGF)
Randall Cunningham is struggling right now with 3 straight losses, but he is in almost every fight. Cunningham has monster head kicks and kicks in general, but his head kicks are a major weapon and he averages 6.8 of them per fight. Cunningham is very good in the clinch and his striking defense has been outstanding, but he isn’t good on the ground and can lose rounds there. Michael Fybra was close to a title fight, but he lost his #1 contender fight. Fybra also is a kicker; he averages an astounding 53 of them per fight. He has deadly head kicks and he will destroy his opponent’s legs by landing on average, 23.3 of them per fight. He wants nothing to do with clinching and although he has no ground offense, his ground defense and his escaping skills are excellent. I think either guy could take this one, neither likes to fight on the ground, both have KO worthy head kicks and both like to use more kicking than punching. I think this one comes down to who can catch the other one with that perfectly placed head kick. PREDICTION: Cunningham 2nd round KO

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Lightweight Fight

#8 Martin Louis (12-3, 1-2 NGF) v #12 Kyun-Chul Kim (6-2 NGF)
Martin Louis hasn’t fared too well in his last 2 fights, going 0-2, but his 1st round TKO in his NGF debut shows he has excellent skills. Louis has excellent finishing power in his hands and feet, he has powerful kicks and his dirty boxing is some of the best in the division. Louis has very good striking defense and his take down defense is elite. Kyun-Chul Kim is rolling right now with 3 straight wins. Kim has not developed any power; he has 1 stoppage in his 6 wins. He uses aggressive striking and very good wrestling to grind out wins, he is averaging 7.7 take downs per fight and 19.9 ground strikes per fight. His clinch defense isn’t very good and that is an area that opponents can score on him. I think this is an excellent matchup, but Louis will have the clear power advantage, but Kim is a frustrating fighter. Louis is elite at his take down defense and I think he’ll let Kim wear himself out and be able to take advantage of that. PREDICTION: Louis 2nd round TKO

Featherweight Fight

#12 Lion El Johnson (8-3, 2-1 NGF) v #14 Benjamin Belleville (14-3, 1-0 NGF)
Lion El Johnson uses a style of control to win rounds, he has solid stand up skills, excellent striking defense and very good take down skills to score points. Johnson is aggressive on his feet, he averages 16.3 head punches and 6.4 leg kicks, but he is has been very good at getting his take downs. On the ground Johnson controls very well and he can be overwhelming, averaging 14.5 ground strikes per fight. Benjamin Belleville won his NGF debut fight; he looked very good on his feet and did enough on the ground to win a decision. Belleville has shown good power in past fights, he is a solid stand up fighter, he has decent striking defense and he will mix in some solid ground fighting as well. He hasn’t been great on the ground, and he has had some fights where he’s been taken down and has lost rounds by being on the bottom. I like Bellevilles overall game better in this matchup, but Johnson can be a serious problem when he’s on top, it will come down to ground control for sure. PREDICTION: Belleville decision win

Welterweight Fight

#8 Zeddicus Starburst (11-4, 7-4 NGF) v #9 Daemon Mustacho (9-4, 7-4 NGF)
What a great fight this should be, two excellent fighters who are very similar in a lot of things. Zeddicus Starburst is 2-3 over his last 5 fights and he’s coming of a excellent 5 round title fight. Starburst is a creative guy that has very good stand up skills. He has good power and his defense is good, but he lacks take down defense and he just isn’t very good on the mat. Daemon Mustacho is 2-4 over his last 6 and one of his wins came by split decision. Mustacho is a ultra aggressive fighter, he is averaging 34.7 punches, 14.8 kicks and 8 combinations per fight. He has good striking defense, solid power and he does a ok job of getting out of trouble on the ground and back to his feet. Both guys love to stand and bang so I’m expecting one exciting fight. I don’t think the ground game will play a part in this one, but there could be some clinch work. PREDICTION: Starburst decision win

Bantamweight Fight

Mickey McGillicutty (16-9-1, 0-1 NGF) v #13 Matti Teitsi (5-6, 2-3 NGF)
Mickey McGillicutty will try and rebound after his debut loss in his last fight. McGillicutty has big knees that he averages 29.3 per fight, but he doesn’t land a high percentage of them, and like his last fight, when he doesn’t, he can lose decisions. He is average in other areas, but his striking defense is very good. Matti Teitsi has lost 3 straight fights, so he really needs to figure things out. He has excellent dirty boxing skills and he’s averaging 35 clinch punches per fight. He struggles on the mat as he’s been submitted 3 times. I think this fight will be a big time clinch battle, if McGillicutty can land his knees he’ll have a chance to hurt Teitsi. PREDICTION: Teitsi decision win

Welterweight Fight

Archie Stewart (6-3, 4-3 NGF) v Rodrigo Oliveira (8-4-1, 0-0 NGF)
Archie Stewart had his 3 fight winning streak snapped in his last fight, but is 3-1 over his last 4 fights. Stewart is a solid stand up fighter with solid striking defense, but he has been a monster on the ground landing 77% of his ground strikes. Rodrigo Oliveira makes his NGF debut in this and he is coming in after winning his last fight. He looks to be a well-rounded fighter, solid in all areas. He does a excellent job in the clinch and he has 3 submissions. Oliveira has shown excellent take down defense so far and I think he’ll need to keep this fight standing, Stewart is a beast on the ground and he can grind out rounds. PREDICTION: Stewart decision win
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Posted 14 October 2013 - 03:41 PM

My move is over, seems calmed down enough to get back at the previews and reviews. :yes:


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Can't wait to see your write ups!

 

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NGF 90 | Bennet vs Nigobson Preview (781694)

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Main Event

 

Light Heavyweight Title Fight

 

C-Scotty Bennet (19-0, 5-0 NGF) v i-Kert Nigobson (14-7, 11-4 NGF)

We have our current champion, undefeated Scotty Bennet vs our interim champion Kert Nigobson.  What else can be said about Scotty Bennet that hasn’t already been said, he is awesome, maybe the best fight or at least top 10 in the game.  Bennet is special everywhere, I don’t see any holes at this point, okay, here’s one, he doesn’t get take downs.  That’s all I can find.  He has elite striking defense, he has power full kicks and punches and he’s strong in the clinch.  He’s a quick and strong fighter and on top of that he’s very smart.  Here’s the thing, Kert Nigobson is a fantastic fighter too and he’s 8-1 in his last 9 fights.  Nigobson has faced some fantastic fighters too, this is a guy if you remember who beat NGF’s dominating champion Jack Poldi and he also beat Purpura Mortis in his last fight to be crowned the interim champion.  Nigobson is a solid stand up fighter with sensational wrestling skills.  He has good power, but most of that is shown in his ground and pound, he is averaging 14.7 ground strikes per fight.  Nigobson is strong on the ground, but even though he has a black belt in bjj, he doesn’t use that and he’s been submitted 5 times as he tends to get a little over aggressive and sloppy with his wrestling.  I can’t wait for this, I think Bennet is the clear favorite in this one, but someone will beat him, will this be the time?  PREDICTION:  Bennet 3rd round TKO

 

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Light Heavyweight Fight

 

#5 Dongmin Oh (19-4, 3-2 NGF) v #3 Esa Tikkanen (18-3-1, 2-1 NGF)

Dongmin Oh broke his 2 fight losing streak with a big win over Dmitry Boitsoff in his last fight.  Oh can do damage with his fists and feet and he tends to cut his opponents and then attack that cut.  Oh tends to be a more of a counter fighter on his feet as his opponents average 14.4 head punches per fight and he averages 4.7.  Oh has brutal elbows in the clinch and he uses them as his main weapon in the clinch.  Esa Tikkanen is a super talent and he’ll be asking for a title shot with a win in this one no doubt.  Tikkanen is a solid stand up fighter but the lack of power and accuracy in his strikes is a bit baffling.  He is very good with his take downs and he will get a fight to the mat, there he is much more dangerous and he can dominate with ground strikes and he has 9 submission wins.  Oh is going to have to stay off his back, if he’s taken down he’s going to have to work as hard as he’s ever done to get back to his feet.  Oh has the power to hurt Tikkanen, but Esa is on a different level with the ground control and submission skills.  PREDICTION:  Tikkanen 3rd round submission

 

Bantamweight Fight

 

#2 Koji Murosaki (12-3, 10-3 NGF) v #1 Vaughn Shaunessey (19-7, 7-2 NGF)

This fight is clearly the #1 contender fight in the bantamweight division between 2 former champions.  These guys get their much anticipated rematch as it was Koji Murosaki who took the belt from Vaughn Shaunessey back at SNF 10.  Murosaki won that fight by getting his take downs and controlling the fight on the mat.  That’s the kind of fighter Murosaki is, he has solid stand up striking, but would rather be on the mat every second if he could.  He has excellent bjj skills and he is strong and can keep his opponent on his back.  Vaughn Shaunessey wants his belt back, he admittedly lost a little fire there and that cause him to drop a few fights, but he’s back now after 2 straight wins.  Shaunessey has excellent defense and he can counter very well and he’s fantastic at picking his spots and taking advantage of a mistake.  He is good and powerful in the clinch and he has 15 (T)KO wins.  Shaunessey will lose rounds on his back as his ground game just isn’t very good.  Part of me thinks this fight will go just like their 1st meeting, but part of me says Shaunessey learned and will be better prepared for Murosaki’s take down attack.  I think Shaunessey will be able to find holes and get a win in this one.   PREDICTION:  Shaunessey decision win

 

Light Heavyweight Fight

 

#2 Rogerio Mustacho(13-5, 12-5 NGF) v #7 Purpura Mortis (13-5, 7-3 NGF)

This is one fantastic looking fight, these guys have combined for 27 career fights in the NGF and this will be the 1st time they are facing each other, ok, this is just the 2nd fight Purpura Mortis is making at light heavyweight, so that’s why.  Rogerio Mustacho is on a 3 fight winning streak and he will try to move into title contention with a win.  Mustacho has excellent striking defense and his take down skills are some of the best in the NGF as he’s successful on 51% of his take downs from stand up.  On the mat Mustacho can hurt opponents and end fights, but he can control very well and win rounds and on top of that he has 4 submission wins.  Purpura Mortis lost his first fight at 205 and he’ll try to take that and learn.  He looked quicker in that fight, but seemed a bit overwhelmed by the size difference.  Mortis has monster power and when he hurts his opponent, he has a killer instinct.  Mortis has good striking defense and he’s solid in the clinch.  Mortis has the tools to make a title run at this new weight, but he has a title contender at every turn, there won’t be a easy fight for him.  Mustacho has the ground advantage and possibly the conditioning advantage, but Mortis is much more powerful.  PREDICTION:  Pick em

 

Super Heavyweight Fight

 

#10 David Miller (11-6, 8-4 NGF) v #8 Dmitry Borschev (8-2, 5-2 NGF)

David Miller is moving up the ranks and with a win over top 10 Dmitry Borschev, he’ll put his name in the contention pile.  Miller is a solid striker both standing and in the clinch, he will get his take downs and his submission skills have been outstanding with 5 submissions.  Miller doesn’t have the defense right now to match the top 5 in this division however.  Dmitry Borschev is a massive talent, but he is riding a 2 fight losing streak.  He got destroyed in his title shot vs Shavo Odin, but he fought a excellent fight vs Anthony Brown in his last one, but came up short on a decision.  He is a excellent striker with fantastic power and he has excellent defense, but he can lose rounds if he’s taken down.  Miller will no doubt try to take Borschev down, but Miller will get hit and with the power that Borschev has, 1 hit might be it.  PREDICTION:  Borschev 2nd round KO

 

PRELIM CARD

 

Heavyweight Fight

 

#13 Kent Phillips (11-4, 2-1 NGF) v #4 Gniewomir Polaniecki (13-8, 3-2 NGF)

Kent Phillips hit a bump in the road with his last fight, he was on the fast track to a title shot, but ran into a buzz saw in Frederick Frost.  Phillips has massive and he has looked much better over his last 3 fights, but he has been straight KO’ed 3 times.  He has solid defense which makes the KO’s that much more concerning.  Gniewomir Polaniecki has now won his last 2 fights and another one here would move him very close to a title fight.  Polaniecki has excellent power and can get a flash KO with either hand, but he does get cut and at times that has cause major problems.  Phillips likes to stand and bang and so does Polaniecki, but Polaniecki will take a fight to the mat as well where he is averaging 5.8 ground strikes per fight.  This is a battle between two monster punchers and I cannot wait to see it.  If Polaniecki can get Phillips to the mat I think he wins.  PREDICTION:  Polaniecki 2nd round TKO

 

Heavyweight Fight

 

#15 Jurendie Siberie (11-2, 0-0 NGF) v Dingo Monster (14-8, 0-1 NGF)

Jurendie Siberie enters on a 5 fight winning streak and he will look to impress in his NGF debut.  Siberie has excellent power and can rock his opponents in a seconds notice and can end a fight quickly, he has only been out of the 1st round 3 times in his career.  Siberie has decent striking defense, but he can be beaten up on the mat.  Dingo Monster has some questions about his chin and he gets cut pretty easily, which has caused him problems.  He has fought well in the clinch and he can get a take down, but he doesn’t improve his position well and top level fighters have given him trouble.  Monster is a quality guy, and under his new manager it will be interesting to see what changes will take place, but as of now, I think Siberie is better.  PREDICTION:  Siberie 2nd round TKO

 

Bantamweight Fight

 

#3 Hakan Juholt (4-1 NGF) v #1 Park Doo Man (16-5, 2-1 NGF)

Well this is clearly a #1 contender fight between the #3 and #1 ranked bantamweights .  Hakan Juholt is a young talent with massive power.  He can hurt his opponents standing and on the ground.  Juholt is averaging 16.2 ground strikes per fight and he will hurt his opponents, but his defense isn’t great.  Park Doo Man is a much more seasoned fighter, having 16 more fights to this point than Juholt.  Man is an aggressive guy who will use a lot of leg kicks and punches to chew up points and win rounds.  Man’s defense is superior in this fight, but Juholt has the power advantage.  PREDICTION:  Man decision win

 

Light Heavyweight Fight

 

Keiji Mutou (4-1, 1-1 NGF) v Sioux Sie (9-6, 3-4 NGF)

This one should be one hell of a ground battle, Keiji Mutou averages 0 stand up and clinch strikes, but he is a monster on the mat, averaging over 25 ground strikes per fight.  Mutou is strong and he can over power his opponents on the ground.  Sioux Sie likes to use his black belt bjj skills to get submissions, he has 5 of them.  He is a better stand up fighter in all areas, but he isn’t as strong as a wrestler as Mutou.  This will be a battle of Mutou’s ground striking and Sie’s submission skills.  PREDICTION:  Mutou 2nd round TKO

 

Bantamweight Fight

 

Sebastian Kowalski (4-4, 0-2 NGF) v Jon Erik Andersen (13-12, 7-8 NGF)

Sebastian Kowalski will try and snap a 4 fight losing streak by beating a aging veteran Jon Erik Andersen.  Kowalski likes to take a fight into the clinch at any chance he can, he has good power in his knees and hands, but he hasn’t been good on the ground and he gets hit far too often to win decisions.  JEA is now 33 and he is starting now to show his age.  He looks slow when going up against the 22-24 year olds and his power isn’t there to get those come from behind wins.  I still feel like Andersen can get a veteran win in this one.  PREDICTION:  Andersen decision win


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