EVO 84 LEGENDS is an event set to blow the roof off of the Wombley Arena. The 93 thousand fans in attendance and millions watching the PPV will be in for a treat. The main event of the card will feature a superfight between Evo's own Douglas and Team Thomas FC's Cockensctuff.One other little fact about this card? ALL fighters are inside the Top 100 p4p rankings of the Tycooniverse. This event is just oozing competition and quality.
The number 2 ranked fighter in Dustin Douglas takes on the number 8 ranked fighter in Lester Cockenschtuff. With the exception of Douglas being slightly more seasoned, their records are identical. Both fighters are on a 7 fight win streak with all fights ending in stoppages. Where the Rasta Lion leaves his opponents unconscious, The Molester leaves them bleeding like a pig. Although both are standup fighters, they go about it different ways. Dustin chooses to overwhelm his opponent from a distance with punches and kicks while Lester unleashes hell once the fight gets in the clinch. This fight could go either way. Even though Douglas has a knack for ending his opponents early, I’m putting my money on the clinch game of Lester. I think the hellbows and knees will be too much for Douglas, assuming Cockenschtuff is able to get it to the clinch and keep it there without getting laid on the matt.
The Co Main event of the evening features two super-heavyweight fighters. The current champion of the division, Rinky Spider, takes on James Proudstar. Spider brings devastating power and an elite level striking game. Momentum is definitely in Spider’s favor, being on a 4 fight win streak. He finished 3 of his last 4 opponents inside the second round. Proudstar brings a well-rounded game and tons of experience due to his age. A fighter in his prime, James is the current champion in Synchronicity and Ascension. He even still carries the Canadian Fighting Championship belt around after the orgs closure. I’m going with Warpath for this fight. Just to see how he manages to carry 4 belts around.
In December of last year Loompa and his manager Stu Pidasol held a press conference stating they wanted bigger challenges and Oompa was destined to be a big star. Fast forward to today, he’s on a 10 fight win streak with wins against some of tycoon’s top fighters under his belt. It seems Loompa is truly a force to be reckoned with. Coming off a string of submission wins, Richard Dawkins is looking to dethrone Loompa. Loompa has faced black belts before, but none the caliber of Dawkins. Richard with 33 wins has almost half of them via sub. Richard is at home on his back and Loompa has proved he doesn’t mind taking black belts down when he fought Partio. It’s a tough choice, but I’ll jump on Loompa’s hype train. I think Oompa grinds out another decision victory.
This middleweight championship fight is a rubber match between two fighters who know each other well. When they first met, Alexander would take the victory with a decision victory over the Pluto. They would meet for the second time almost 2 months later. This time Pluto would manage to grind out the decision win. With Valentine having tasted EVO gold before pressure couldnt be a reason for the loss, maybe Palhares just has his number? Palhares seems to take his losses seriously. He has improved after each one and avenged all notable losses. Valentine proved he has what it takes to beat Pluto. I still think Palhares takes this fight though.
This is the classic striker versus grappler matchup up. Binzo brings solid standup with a phenomenal ground while Prijovic relies on his striking and knockout power. Prijovic has a number of head kick knockouts that even Cro Cop would be jealous of.This may prove to be one of the toughest opponents Nemanja has faced. The power of Nemanja may not be enough to penetrate the Diamond chin of Binzo. His best option would be to pace himself and go to the judges. Binzo may have one of tycoon's best chins, he still should be careful of Prijovic's power. Binzo will dictate where the fight takes place, but will he be able to take advantage of it? Unlike his opponent, Binzo knows what it's like to make it into the championship rounds. The only question is if the fight makes it that far. I'm a sucker for head kicks, so I'm going with Nemanja on this one. I say he will pop Binzo's knockout cherry.
In what reports claim is his coming out of retirement fight, Jose Nabijos takes on Jensen Saint. Scareface against The Holy man. Making true believers out of his past opponents, Saints enters the fight on a three fight win streak. A man on a mission from God, he seems unstoppable at the moment. Nabijos just may have what it takes to prove Jensen to be a false prophet though. Although he is at home on his feet, Scarface has managed to secure wins off his back with submissions. So it could spell disaster for Jensen if he gets caught while delivering the ground and pound. I think I'll take Nabijos in this bout, with a submission from his back possibly.
Having lost the heavyweight belt in this last fight, Oath is looking to climb back up the ranks to give it another shot. In his way stands Bruce Li, a fighter who has yet to taste defeat in the Evolution organization. As any top fighter and coach will tell you, going undefeated in one of tycoon's top organizations is not a fluke. Looking for a chance to clinch EVO gold, Oath may be the golden ticket Li has been waiting for. Although Li's past opponents were no pushovers, defeating the former heavyweight champion sends a message that words can't make. Not only does Li have to worry about Ken's takedowns, he has to be weary of the power as well. I think Ken takes this one. He has the power to shatter the glass jaw of Li.
Having not fought in 18 months, Jeremy Tonal dispatched Womba in the 2nd round of their Rising Sun PPV bout. That match is sure to be a nominee for upset of the year when awards season rolls around.This time more pressure is on. The EVO LHW belt is on the line. Will lightning strike twice for Tonal? Before the Tonal fight, the last two times Smokudju was finished he managed to avenge those losses dominantly. A loss seems to just motive him more. I take Womba in this fight, he will prove that was a fluke win from Tonal.
The EVO lightweight champion, Otso Jokinen, has a non-title fight against Donny Donowitz. This is the first time Donowitz has fought in the Evolution octagon and Jokinen is driving the welcome wagon. With this being a non-title fight, bragging rights are at stake. With both fighters having over 40 fights in their career and pushin 35 years of age or closer, they've both learned a thing or two throughout their careers. Will Donny's leg kicks and striking be able to stifle the takedowns of Jokinen is the big question. Donowitz will also hold a nice height and reach advantage in the fight. Otso showed in his fight with Mr. Black, that those advantages sometimes don't prove enough though. I'll go with Jokinen in this fight.
The bout features two wrestlers who love to rain down strikes on their opponents. This isn't their first time meeting. The two fought each other twice last year. Both times Sly Randolph was able to make short work of Power. It would seem Randolph has Power's number. Those matches were long ago though. Maybe Power was able to pick up a few things since they last met. He's currently on a nice little win streak while Sly is shaking off a loss. I'll go with Power on this one, maybe the third time's the charm.
That's it for now, be sure to tune in on May 10th to check out the card. Good luck to all fighters in the event.