Saturday, August 15, 2009

Saturday - Strikeforce

Strikeforce - Carano vs. Cyborg, Saturday August 15, 2009 - HP Pavilion,San Jose, Calif.

Strikeforce Female 145-Pound Championship Gina Carano vs. Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos

I was very surprised to see that both ladies made the 145lb weight limit, a problem that both have struggled with in past fights (Cyborg came in 7 lbs over last time & Gina has missed weight in at least 5 of her 7 fights). Gina is the poster girl for women's MMA but unfortunately she's gonna get ripped up by Cyborg. The majority of people want to see Gina win simply because she's pretty to look at & she's super cute in interviews. Cyborg is ridiculously strong & she is a better fighter. Gina doesn't have what it takes to put away Cyborg.

I'm taking Cyborg by TKO in the 3rd round to become the first Strikeforce Women's 145lb Champion.

Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship

Renato "Babalu" Sobral vs. Gegard Mousasi

Without this fight I honestly would not be as interested in this fight card. Great job by Scott Coker & gang to pick up this Affliction fight to replace the Overeem/Werdum Heavyweight Championship match. This is a very tough fight to call. I believe Mousasi is destined for greatness. I like Babalu as well, but I can see Mousasi having the better stand up & if it goes to the ground Gegard has enough of a Jiu Jitsu game to defend against submissions.

I like Mousasi to use a variety of strikes & maybe some top position ground & pound for a TKO in the 3rd, & become the new Strikeforce Light-Heavyweight Champ. I really hope this is a good fight.

Strikeforce Lightweight Championship Gilbert Melendez vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida

Josh Thompson remains injured so this is for the interim Lightweight belt. A lot of people are saying Ishida is going to out wrestle Melendez like he did when they first met on New Years 2007, in Japan. Gilbert has improved a lot since their first bout & I got a feeling he's gonna come out the victor this time around.

Melendez by Decision

Jay Hieron vs. Jesse Taylor

This was supposed to be Nick Diaz & Joe Riggs for the Strikeforce Welterweight belt. Riggs got injured so they brought in Jay Hieron. Diaz didn't get his fighter license renewed because he can't stop smoking pot. Strikeforce brought in Ultimate Fighter 7 alumni Jesse Taylor.

It is no longer for the title but is still a solid welter weight match up. Taylor has improved a lot in the short time since his highlight reel submission loss to CB Dollaway, in July 2008, & has put together a string of 7 wins in a row. I think this will be a competitive match but I think Hieron has the tools to diffuse what Taylor does best. It wouldn't surprise me too much if Taylor came out on with a 'W' but I'm thinking it's going to be Hieron by Decision.

Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Kyle

This fight isn't on the main card but I hope we get to see it. Werdum should win this. He is more skilled in every department, has one of the best Jiu Jitsu games in the Heavyweight division, & from the looks of the weigh-in pictures he is in shape.
Kyle wasn't suppose to win his last fight against Rafael 'Feijao' Calvacante & Werdum wasn't suppose to lose his last fight against Junior 'Cigano' dos Antos. Werdum should win easy & set up a possible fight with Fedor.
Werdum by Submission, round 1.

I'm not going to pick any more of the undercard fights. I don't know most of the fighters & most likely we won't get to see the fights.


Danny said...

If Cris Cy-dude becomes the face of women's mma, I will no longer take up interest in the sport after I finished throwing up!

shane heron said...

That's harsh, Danny.

Cyborg is a stellar athlete, & she's seems like a really nice person. she's better, faster, & stronger than Gina. I'm glad Cyborg doesn't speak English so she can't understand the mean things people say about her.

It sucks that the main reason people have any interest in women's MMA is because they're pretty to look at, & not because of their fighting skills.

Ask anyone who knows me & they will tell you that I am a shallow guy with low morals, with that I won't argue, but I do believe that fans of MMA should watch for the right reasons.

When I feel like looking at beautiful women I don't look for MMA, I look for porn. or Maxim.

Danny said...

Don't get me wrong. I think Cyborg deserved to win. I don't know much about her, nor have seen any of her matches, but she took it a lot more seriously than Carano. I know that Carano is talented as well, but I think she has people pulling her in the wrong directions to capitalize on her popularity.

In fact, from a marketing aspect, if Carano gets her act together, the rematch will sell even more than their first match.

Will Carano win in a rematch?!? Probably not, but can you imagine if she pulled a Rocky type upset! Magazine covers! Videos! TV guest appearances!

I think the fact that these two main evented a ppv speaks very highly of their reputations.

Um...y'think its possible that they could add some sort of gimmick to the match like jello?!? There's always room for jello!

shane heron said...


you had me at Jello