By Zach Arnold | July 5, 2007
Pawel Nastula says PRIDE is coming back in September.
The Oregonian is reporting that the Oregon State Boxing & Wrestling commission will now be named the Oregon State Athletic Commission.
Mauro Ranallo previews the upcoming UFC 73 card (audio). Also on the show, Armando Garcia stated that people would be alarmed by the amount of MMA fighter suspensions due to failed drug tests.
Mr. Garcia also said that he is offering WWE free drug testing for all of their events in the state of California. Speaking of wrestling, Jason Whitlock has a column today saying pro-wrestlers deserve sympathy. Bruno Sammartino was also interviewed in the Philadelphia Daily News. Eddie Goldman chimes in on what the Chris Benoit story means for MMA.
Turi Altavilla is heading to Pro Elite. Good for him. Zuffa should have hired him.
ShootBoxing (SB) announced two SB army vs. North American MMA fights for their July 28th Korakuen Hall event. Ken’ichi Ogata vs. Sam Stout and Koichi Kikuchi vs. Mark Hominick are two of the fights announced. Goji Ishikawa is also scheduled for the three-fight one-night series.
Luke Thomas at Bloody Elbow previews the top two matches on the upcoming UFC 73 card. Enjoy.
Anderson Silva vs. Nate Marquardt
With a grappler and wrestler the caliber of Nate Marquardt, Silva should avoid going to the ground at all costs. The Brazilian is certainly competent from the ground, but he’s not going to submit Marquardt unless he’s dramatically hurt. Dana White’s insistence that Silva’s “submission” over Travis Lutter is proof that he’s good everywhere is nonsense. Silva’s wrestling is nothing compared to Marquardt’s and while Silva holds a black belt under the Nogueira bros., he doesn’t have the acumen to handle or finish an Abu Dhabi-level grappler.
It sounds cliche to say Silva needs to keep the fight standing, but it’s also true. Whether he can handle Nate in the clinch, or rather, whether Nate will allow himself to be handled inside the clinch is something we’ll only know for sure on Saturday. But what we do know for sure is Nate’s stand-up – as good as it may be – is not on par with Silva’s. Many a foe of Silva’s has thought otherwise and paid for it: Alex Steibling, Rich Franklin, Carlos Newton, and Chris Leben to name a few.
Nate said on the radio show that his plan was to beat him everywhere, including the feet. That could simply be a diversionary tactic to get Silva to relax on the feet, thereby making him vulnerable for the takedown. Nate believes his stand-up is as good as Silva’s, something I find dubious. Nate’s chin is decent, but Joe Doerkson rocked him badly in their fight, something Silva could easily replicate. If Silva hurts Nate early, it will be imperative for him to establish the superiority of his takedown early.
If Nate can keep the pressure of the takedown constant, then he does stand a chance on the feet. The key is to disrupt Silva and make him open for mistakes. It’s not strictly a matter of beating Silva on the ground. If Nate can confuse Silva with effective wrestling and good ring generalship, then Silva losses points on the takedown and has his stand up rythm disrupted. That leaves him open to all sorts of openings and gives Nate a chance to minimize Silva’s strengths while simultaneously going on the offense.
Nate needs to use a diverse arsenal and looking for openings and errors. Silva needs to force Nate to be one-dimensional and pick him apart from there.
Rashad Evans vs. Tito Ortiz
Rashad needs to set the pace early. Period. If he acts passive – and he’s got a tendency to do that – then Tito will run all over him. Allowing Tito to control where the fight takes place on the ground (I mean, specifically, as in one side of the octagon versus another), allowing Tito to set the rhythm, allowing Tito to strike first and put Rashad on the defensive end of the fight will cause Rashad to lose.
Rashad needs to immediately be off first and take the center of the octagon. When Tito controls the fight, he gets the win. Rashad cannot allow Tito to do that. He needs to pressure Tito constantly. He needs to force Tito into desperation shots from the outside. When Tito is forced to work under some one else’s rhythm, his offense is incredibly neutralized.
Tito needs to own the wrestling in this fight to win. He needs to take Rashad down often and with authority. He needs to win in the scrambles and needs to keep Rashad on his back. It’s not that the KO threat from Rashad is so strong that Tito has to keep the fight on the ground. Rather, Tito needs to make a statement about who’s bullying who.
Rashad wins this fight by hurting Tito in the stand up, getting back up when he’s taken down (NO GUARD PLAY), and landing some solid ground and pound of his own. Tito wins how he always wins: on top and with authority.
Onto today’s headlines.
- UFC HP: Tito Ortiz – last stand or a rebirth?
- MMA Weekly: Introducing two of South Korea’s best fighters
- UFC Junkie: Picks for UFC 73 event
- MMA HQ: UFC 73 event preview
- Sherdog: Jordan Breen show w/ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
- China Combat: Interview with Gracie China instructor Chet Quint (Part 1)
- Boxing Scene: Roy Jones’ take on Floyd Mayweather vs. UFC
- The Philadelphia Inquirer: Frankie Edgar taking talent to the big cage
- The East London Advertiser: Cage Rage contender Luke Smith is ready to rumble
- Jordan Breen: Sakakibara continues plans to stay around long-term
- The Long Beach Press-Telegram: Tito Ortiz is ‘going for blood’
- The Philadelphia Inquirer: All talk? Hardly, but fighter excels as analyst
- Sprawl ‘n Brawl: UFC All Access – Sean Sherk
- The Minneapolis City Pages: Muscle Shark title bout set for Saturday
- The Canadian Press: Crazy UFC debut for Nogueira
- Kevin Iole: Nate Marquardt is no pushover
- The Canadian Press: Mark Bocek prepares for UFC debut at UFC 73
- CBS Sportsline: UFC 73 preview – Ortiz meets match in trash-talking Evans
- UFC Mania: UFC 73 quick preview, analysis, and predictions
- MMA on Tap: Two sides of UFC 73
- The Houston Chronicle (Steve Sievert): The beat down rolls on for Baroni
- The Denver Post: Denver becomes fight club hub
- The Oregonian: Preview of UFC 73
- The Shreveport Times: UFC champion Sean Sherk has local following
- The Memphis Commercial Appeal: For Quinton Jackson, life is good
- The Vail Sun (Arizona): Peter Newsheller learning the art of battle in a cage
- The Trenton Times: Eddie Alvarez to fight at Sovereign Bank Arena on July 14th
- The Terra Haute Tribune-Star: Shane Meehan makes noise in cage fighting
- The Denver Post: He’s laid-back, but Aurora fighter Nate Marquardt fighter always gets his mean on
- The Santa Clarita Valley Signal: Oh My, Black Belt grapples with success