Paid Members wandshogun09 Posted October 21, 2013 Paid Members Share Posted October 21, 2013 PPV MAIN CARD Georges St Pierre vs Johny Hendricks - UFC Welterweight Title Rashad Evans vs Chael Sonnen Rory MacDonald vs Robbie Lawler Josh Koscheck vs Tyron Woodley Tim Elliott vs Ali Bagautinov FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS Donald Cerrone vs Evan Dunham Thales Leites vs Ed Herman Brian Ebersole vs Rick Story Erik Perez vs Edwin Figueroa FACEBOOK PRELIMS Jason High vs Anthony Lapsley Sergio Pettis vs Will Campuzano Cody Donovan vs Gian Villante OK, the blockbuster UFC PPVs keep coming. This is a big one. The 20th anniversary show for the UFC. There's a new documentary coming soon (airs Nov 5th in the US), covering the first 20 years of the company. Dana White was talking about this to the media this weekend and said they screened it for the Zuffa employees and people were crying and all sorts watching it. Hopefully we'll get it on BT Sport over here. So it's 20 years since a skinny little Jiu-Jitsu guy called Royce Gracie showed everyone what rear naked chokes are, and what you can do to blokes with one boxing glove who don't know an armbar from a Mars bar. While we're on the subject, this is as good an excuse as any to post this; Ultimate Royce Gracie documentary; http://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&a...p;v=a6HCOXxB3fA If you haven't seen it, give it a look. It's really good and gives you a nice little history lesson on the Gracies, and the birth of BJJ, MMA and the UFC. Well worth a watch. According to Dana, a lot of familiar faces are set to attend UFC 167. He hasn't said who will be there but I'd assume Royce is a given. I'd imagine Mark Coleman and Dan Severn will be there as well. Those three have remained on good terms with the UFC over the years. And I'm guessing most of the prominent figures in MMA over the years like Chuck Liddell, BJ Penn and Matt Hughes will show up as well. Sadly though, some of the names who really should be there like Ken and Frank Shamrock, Randy Couture, Don Frye, Tito Ortiz and Pat Miletich probably won't be in attendance. Or if they are, they almost certainly won't be acknowledged due to them all being mainstays of Dana's shitlist. Still, it'll be interesting to see who will turn up. Would be pretty cool if Rorion Gracie and Art Davie are there and get some recognition. Considering they came up with the original concept for UFC 1. Anyway, fast forward 20 years and here we are. This looks like another very strong card on paper. It's got a tough act to follow but this lot should be good. Main event is UFC PPV king GSP vs Johny Hendricks for the Welterweight title. GSP hasn't lost since 2007. He's racked up dominant wins over the best of the 170 division for 6 years and only recently has he started to look human. He's still winning shutouts though. Hendricks is seen by many as the biggest threat to GSP's reign. I've thought since the fight was made that GSP will be too good technically for Hendricks. But what Hendricks brings that makes it interesting, is a combination of top level wrestling and absolutely brutal knockout power. If he can use his wrestling to fend off GSP's takedowns then this will get very interesting. But GSP has outwrestled many a wrestler and outstruck many a striker. He always finds a way to win. There have been hints recently that GSP is starting to think about retirement though. His coach Firas Zahabi has since said it was overblown but you do wonder, when a fighter starts making those noises, where his focus is. Another thing about this fight has been this whole drug testing malarky. Johny Hendricks was very vocal about it when the fight was first announced. GSP then offered to carry out VADA testing, which is a more in-depth testing procedure than the regular tests carried out by the athletic commissions. GSP even offered to pay for both him and Hendricks to go through the VADA testing. And oddly enough, Hendricks hasn't bothered to go through with it, despite him seeming to be all for it originally. GSP is apparently still going ahead and doing the extra tests himself though. Co-main event; The battle of the UFC on FOX pundits. These two seem to get on well so don't expect the usual torrent of trash talk to spew forth from Chael's motor mouth. It's an intriguing fight though. They both have the same main strength in wrestling and both are usually dominant in that area. So it's a tough one to call. Could end up being one of those wrestler vs wrestler fights where they cancel each other out and end up kickboxing. Hopefully it will be a fun fight. Win or lose here, Chael vs Wanderlei Silva seems inevitable as next in line. Rory vs Lawler is one of those heart vs head fights for me. In my head I just see Rory being too much for Lawler and ending his current run of good form since returning to the UFC. But my heart is hoping for another Lawler KO win. Lawler fought on the 10th anniversary UFC PPV back in 2003 as well. Beating Chris Lytle in a great fight. So it's amazing to see him still going at a high level, and having a kind of rebirth 10 years later at the 20th anniversary show. Rory is coming off one of the most disappointing fights of 2013 against Jake Ellenberger, so you'd think he'll be out to redeem himself here. Koscheck vs Woodley is a clash of two elite wrestlers with big KO power. Got a feeling Woodley will catch Koscheck early for some reason. Just a gut feeling. Just feels like Koscheck isn't quite the force he was and Woodley in a way is kind of like a younger version of him. Elliott vs Bagautinov should be action packed. Bagautinov looked fantastic in his debut, knocking out Marcos Vinicius. Elliott just took Louis Gaudinot out of contention at flyweight. Should be a good one. Cerrone vs Dunham could steal the show. Two guys who at one point were on real hot streaks at 155 but they've fallen by the wayside recently, such is the depth at lightweight. But these two rarely have dull fights and together they should match up well for some excitement. This sod's on the card as well... Brian Ebersole, always entertaining in his own weird as fuck way. He's been out a while and he's got a tough test in Rick Story who I'd say is a real darkhorse at 170. He's the only man to beat Johny Hendricks to date and also beat Thiago Alves as well. Erik Perez vs Edwin Figueroa has the makings of another Mexican all out war. These two have been having some tremendous fights on the prelims for a while now. Both super aggressive and tough. I can't wait for this. Big fan of both but I'm hoping Perez can get back in the win column here. He's a likable guy and I still think he could go onto be a contender. Sergio Pettis, younger brother of UFC lightweight champ Anthony, finally arrives in UFC land. Just 20 years old, 9-0 with 6 finishes. He's looking like a serious prospect. He's fighting Vaughan Lee out of Birmingham, England. Lee is a good fighter, excellent BJJ, good Muay Thai. He should be a good gauge of where Sergio stands at this point. If he rises to the challenge anything like his brother has we're in for a treat. Hopefully the Sergio Pettis fight makes the air. So yeah, plenty to look forward to on this one. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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