Matches to make following UFC 158 main-card this past Saturday in Montreal

March 18, 2013

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Matches to make following UFC 158 main-card this past Saturday in Montreal



John Boldrick – Saturday March 16 saw UFC 158 from Montreal. The main card was highlighted by a welterweight title fight.  Five top ten welterweights were in action on the top of the cards. Bonus winners for the night include Johny Hendricks and Carlos Condit for fight of the night and Jake Ellenberger for KO of the night. Below are the main card fighters and who they should fight next.

Mike Ricci vs. James Vick- Coming into this fight, Ricci had lost three of five. While he had an impressive run on the Ultimate Fighter, losing would not look good. Thankfully for Ricci, it didn’t come to that. Here, at natural weight class, Ricci picked up the win. Standing, the action was close. In close quarters, it was all Ricci. He was able to take the fight down when he wanted while stuffing his opponent’s attempts. A late rear naked choke attempt sealed the win for the Canadian.

Let’s keep up the tradition of having Ricci fight fellow TUF alum. One name we haven’t heard in a while is James Vick. A member of team Cruz on The Ultimate Fighter: Live , Vick is perhaps best known for his knee KO of Daron Cruickshank. He was knocked out in the semi finals of the show by Michael Chiesa. He hasn’t fought since. This would be a good way to introduce Vick to the UFC audience, as he is owed a fight.

Chris Camozzi vs. Tom Watson- Very quietly, Chris Camozzi has built a four fight win streak. The Ultimate Fighter alum has been very successful in his UFC career. It took a while to warm up, Camozzi went home with the split decision nod. Camozzi spent the fight showing off his underrated muai thai. Leg kicks routinely found a home. Camozzi also threw a lot of flying knees, hoping for a repeat of the Nick Catone fight. That didn’t happen, but he still had his hand raised.

He may have called out Wanderlei, but I think Camozzi is a better fight for Watson. Both fighters have some slick striking. Neither seems likely to take the fight to the ground, almost ensuring a standup display. While Kong might not have the winning streak that Camozzi does, he does have a ton of experience. This fight would be really good for opening up a Fuel card.

Nick Ring vs. Ed Herman– Ring started out like a house of fire, but ended up as a smore. He looked good at first as His speed advantage became evident; he was able to attack then get out. He landed kicks to the leg and body seemingly at will. Everybody has to slow down sometime though, and sometime for Ring was the third round. Ring also debuted a new hands down fighting style, which his busted up eye won’t thank him for.

The loss drops Ring’s UFC record to 3-2. As a 34 year-old, if Ring wants to make a run in the division he will have to do it soon. Next up, Ring should fight another fighter north of 30 in Herman. In his last fight, Herman traveled to Strikeforce and was submitted in about three minutes. That erased his win streak. A matchup between Herman and Ring would be an interesting styles clash, as Herman is known more for his jitz, while Ring hasn’t spent too much octagon time on the mat.

Jake Ellenberger vs.  Rory MacDonald– What a statement by Ellenberger. A top contender, his stock had fallen after a KO loss to Martin Kampmann. That was a long time ago. Now, Ellenberger is the owner of a two fight win streak and an impressive KO. He didn’t have to use his wrestling, as Ellenberger solely used his enormous power in the win.  With the KO, Ellenberger joins Anderson Silva as the only fighters to KO Nate Marquardt.

I realize Rory Mac was set to fight Condit, and was then rumored to fight Demian Maia but this is the fight to sign. It’s a fight between younger fighters with good wrestling and standup skills.  MacDonald is on a four fight winning streak, however with the exception of BJ Penn, the wins haven’t come against top ten fighters. The only problem is this fight could be delayed by MacDonald’s recent injuries.

Nate Marquardt vs. Thiago Alves– Marquardt’s UFC return didn’t end the way he wanted. Marquardt learned something from his last fight, as he added leg kicks to his attack. He also connected with a nice shot, sending Ellenberger running, and then just missing with a head kick. Nate was looking  good, up until he got caught. That makes two losses in a row for Marquardt, who drops to 1-2 at welterweight.

Next up for the great, I see a lot of violence. That’s normal for a Marquardt fight, but he won’t just be dishing it out. It may just be for the sake of seeing a war, but Marquardt versus Alves seems like the fight. We haven’t seen Alves in the octagon in almost a year. His last fight was at UFC on FX 2 against Martin Kampmann. This would be a good fight to get one of these guys back on their feet.

Carlos Condit vs. Nick Diaz

Just when I thought Cote/Voelker had a bonus locked up, Condit went to war with Johny Hendricks. Throughout the fight Condit’s full arsenal of attacks was on display. From flying knees to front kicks to kimura attempts, The Natural Born Killer was in full effect. Unfortunately, he couldn’t stop the takedown. That very takedown led to his undoing, as Condit lost a decision.

As expected in his fight with GSP, Diaz was taken down. He was always active, throwing up legs, lurking for limbs and hitting some smooth transitions, but it wasn’t enough.  In the third round, Diaz’s takedown defense came to life. He started to stop the takedowns and force GSP to stand-up. He started to land, although still stuck to taunting often. The taunts weren’t enough to get a win. Diaz has stated that this may be his last fight. He’s said it before, so until anything official comes out, it may be all talk.

Even though it may be too soon for a rematch, this one is needed. Both Condit and Diaz are on two fight losing streaks. Both have lost to GSP during their streaks. Both fighters even want to have this rematch. It’s not known if the win would be the same, but it should be interesting to find out. This is also one of the few non title fights that could headline a pay per view.

Johny Hendricks vs. Georges St-Pierre- It’s finally time for Hendricks to get his title shot. After his fourth straight top ten win, he can be denied no longer. Hendricks was very impressive in his win over Condit. Hendricks used his own H bombs as well as mixing in some takedowns. And when I say some, I mean 12. He was able to get the takedown while rocked, and proved his beard, absorbing some big shots.

What more can be said besides “It was a GSP fight”. St-Pierre was his usual dominant self. He scored takedown after takedown, whenever he wanted. On the ground, it was vintage St-Pierre. Positional dominance was the name of the game, as GSP was always in control when delivering ground and pound. That was for the first two and a half rounds. While GSP was still in control of the rest of the fight, something seemed off. His takedowns were getting stuffed and Diaz did land some shots.

Let’s get the champion versus number one contender fight. Hendricks has waited long enough and now should get the shot.

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