FRIDAY NIGHT on pay per view… yes that’s right…TOMORROW NIGHT, we will finally get to see the biggest of the big men battle it out to see who will be on the title shot path and who will have to start back at the bottom to challenge Junior Dos Santos for his UFC Heavyweight Title. UFC 141 brings the highly anticipated match-up between former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar and reigning Strikeforce and K-1 Heavyweight Champion, Alistair Overeem will go down to see who will end up challenging the Brazilian Bomber and reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion, Junior Dos Santos for the coveted UFC “Big Man strap”. That will be spectacular for sure, but for goodness sakes….DO NOT MISS the co-main event between the two lightweight stallions, Nate Diaz and Colorado native, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in what potentially could end up being the Fight of the Year candidate to finish up 2011. This fight will surely be a brawl between two guys that simply stated….just don’t like each other. So as always, let’s dive right into this badboy and see what we can come up with.
When: Friday Night
Where: Las Vegas – MGM Grand
Times: 8:00 pm – PPV
Channel: SpikeTV — 7:00pm MST
Facebook – 4:50pm MST
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem
Brock Lesnar is simply a giant. The former NCAA Division I National Champion wrestler out of the University of Minnesota will absolutely be looking to use those hard earned skills to control the striking prowess of the current K-1, DREAM and StrikeForce Heavyweight Champion and UFC newcomer, Alistair Overeem. Brock’s gameplan is a simple one…stay out of Overeem’s lethal striking range and get this fight to the ground asap to control The big Demolition Man’s chances for a violent victory!
Alistair Overeem is the new striking phenom added to the UFC’s heavyweight division that has transferred from StrikeForce. This man is a striking specialist and literally looks like the old Heman dolls of the 80’s. He will need to stay away from Brock’s inevitably unstoppable takedowns in order to prevent a trip to the ER. However, if Overeem can catch Brock with one of those crushing right hand’s or those “face-breaking” knees or those paralyzing body kicks…it will be extremely difficult for Brock to stay in the fight.
Examiner Picks: The pundits and I have mixed feelings about this fight. Many see the wrestling control of Brock’s top game to be too much for Overeem to handle. Many think that “The Reem” has a very underrated submission game that Brock could get surprised with if the fight obviously hits the ground. I have seen “The Reem” get tired before against lesser competition and I definitely believe in 1st time Octagon jitters. I’ve also seen Brock turtle up and run when his chin gets blasted and The Reem is without a doubt….a Blaster. I’m not one to go against wrestlers by nature, but for this fight, I’m taking Overeem to win by absolutely devastating strikes that will send Brock into another dimension…”The Reem” by nasty TKO late in the 1st round.
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone vs. Nate Diaz
Donald Cerrone will someday fight for the UFC’s Lightweight title….no doubt. He’s amassed a very impressive array of recent victories and done so by looking better and better with each fight. Cowboy is one tough hombre and this hombre sure does BRING IT as of lately. He’s got the total package and seems to be fighting with a sense of extreme confidence lately. He’ll definitely need to negate the boxing of Nate and watch out for Nate’s impressive ground game at the same time. He’ll also need to stay focused and not get sucked into the Diaz style of taunting and talking smack while fighting. The bottom line is that Cowboy’s going to have his hands full come Friday night.
Nate Diaz and his brother Nick are two of my favorite fighters in all of MMA….why?….It’s because when the dynamic duo from Stockton show up to fight…you can bet that it’s going to be downright exciting. Nate’s total game is looking better and better with each fight too, and he will be looking to back up all that bravado with a very impressive showing against Colorado’s own Cowboy. Will Nate be able to outslug the ultra-aggressive Cowboy en route to another brilliant finish or will the Cowboy be able to light up the “Stockton Strangler” like a Christmas tree for the holidays?
Examiner Picks: I honestly LOVE both of these guys. I like everything about them from a fighting standpoint, but I think that leg kicks will be the deciding factor here and I see Cowboy holding a huge advantage over Nate in that department. I’ve got Cowboy winning this fight in a majority decision against Nate and doing so with those nasty leg kicks.
Jon Fitch vs. Johny Hendricks
Jon Fitch is a winner…plain and simple. He knows that he hasn’t earned any style-points in many of his fight with the UFC brass and many fans as well. Fitch will be coming out to finish Johny and finish him impressively. Fitch and Hendricks are both amazing wrestlers and both guys skillsets could negate the other’s. Fitch is also coming off of a shoulder injury that kept him off the shelf for over a year, so we’ll have to see just how healed it is.
Johny Hendricks is a former 2X National wrestling Champion and has shown to have some power in his hands as well. He is a much better fighter now than when he first came onto the scene, but he’s dealing with a guy that’s only lost once in 23 fights….Johny’s got his hands really full come tomorrow night.
Examiner Picks: As much as I like both guys here too….I think Fitch is one of the best guys in the world at both 170 and 185.We all know that he’ll be looking to finish Hendricks in this fight and with the underlying circumstances, I just think that Fitch is on a different level professionally than Hendricks. Jon Fitch wins by submission late in the second round.
Denver be sure not to miss this amazing night of fights as well. Every single one of these will be a barnburner fight, and every single one of these athletes will have a problem on their hands if they lose….so lots of pressure on all of them.
These guys all have somewhat of a “back-story” behind them as well, so the match-ups and styles of the fighters should yield an incredible night of fireworks. So don’t miss the UFC fireworks tomorrow night and secure your plans for amazing entertainment. The action gets started on Facebook at 4:50 pm and then moving right into SpikeTV at 7:00 pm. Once the prelims are done, the action moves right into PayPerView at 8:00 pm MST. Enjoy the fights….Happy Holidays….and have a fantastic New Year everyone!