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MMA Link Club: Are the top fights at #UFC 134 really competitive?

By Zach Arnold | August 26, 2011

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Jamie Penick at MMA Torch on why Brendan Schaub is such a solid favorite to beat Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 134:

Nogueira’s last two losses came against faster fighters with power that were able to knock him down and hurt him in Frank Mir and now Heavyweight Champ Cain Velasquez. Schaub is a faster fighter with power coming into this fight, and regardless of his recovery, until he can show otherwise,

David Williams tells you why Mauricio Shogun should beat Forrest Griffin and why the gap between Anderson Silva & Yushin Okami is so large.

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From his hip to his knees, the 35-year-old Brazilian has undergone a complete physical overhaul since his knockout loss to Cain Velasquez, and questions about whether it’s left him in better or worse condition for Saturday night’s fight with Brendan Schaub seem to follow him wherever he goes.

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The best long-term prospect on the card is a native son, Brazilian-born lightweight Edson Barboza. The unbeaten fighter moved to 8-0 in March with a unanimous decision over Anthony Njokuani. He flashes an impressive mix of skill and power on his feet with a strong Muay Thai influence. Though he’s a purple belt in jiu-jitsu, he’s reportedly progressing quickly in the discipline, and he has flashed good wrestling skills when called upon. Just 25, Barboza has a big future.

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Thankfully, no chairs were thrown and the only punches were inside the Octagon. In the fourth bout of the evening, Tsuyoshi Kosaka earned a unanimous decision over Pete Williams to advance in the UFC’s heavyweight title tournament. You know, if I was Kosaka, I’d be pissed at Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Silva, AND Dan Henderson for taking away the the title of “Only Man to Ever Beat Fedor” away. But I digress…

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The BAMMA executive team possesses two eminent members with varied TV production credentials, having produced programming that ranges from mainstream reality shows to documentaries and chat shows.

This invaluable experience, coupled with a database of prestigious contacts, has ensured that Europe’s elite organization is seeking to provide much more high-octane, high-quality viewing entertainment aside from its several annual live events, something which the other cited organisations have not yet promised to deliver.

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