Rothwell's UFC 104 mindset, Fedor's promotion, more MMA mail
Before Fall's massive schedule kicks off a week from now in Los Angeles, mixed martial arts fans are looking ahead at what promises to be a compelling few months.
But until then, we're hitting the mailbag, where all topics -- including
I only considered MMA's modern era when making the list, which meant several iconic mixed-style fighters from the past 100 years weren't included. Even if I was open to
As far as Royce goes, he took advantage of fighters who didn't know anything about ground fighting.
During Rothwell's run in the International Fight League his trainer, former UFC champion
Back to Rothwell's point, which he reiterated to me earlier this week: He believes Velasquez has been protected, and on Oct. 24, Rothwell said he plans to expose the prospect for what he isn't. Can the 6-foot-5, 265-pound heavyweight actually do it? Rothwell is a nimble big man with skill. If he can fend off takedowns, he possesses enough power and experience to make Velasquez pay on the feet. Rothwell must stay off the bottom for extended periods of time. His best bet? Find a way to ground-and-pound inside Velasquez's guard. If not, standing and striking would be the way to go.
Nope. Commercials for "Saturday Night Fights" on CBS begin in earnest this weekend during college football and NFL broadcasts, with a big push to come in the final two weeks leading up to the Nov. 7 card. The network is focusing on getting affiliates to embrace the live event, and, mainly because of the ratings and demographics that come with MMA, the reaction has been extremely positive. All this concern on the forums and blogs is much ado about nothing.
Rogers says he plans to pressure Fedor. He says he moves just like the Russian, essentially attacking and stepping forward simultaneously. We'll see. I'm skeptical. While Rogers isn't as fast as Fedor, his reach advantage might help offset the speed gap. That's a big "might" against someone who moves so well and is extremely accurate with his punches.
This could be the first contest in a long time that Fedor makes it a point to put an opponent on his back and attack with punches. Fighting in the cage for the first time, if there's an easier path to victory for Emelianenko, I can't imagine. Whether he's fighting or playing chess with his kids, the Russian is extremely intelligent and calculating. I don't believe he'll allow Rogers more than a couple of opportunities to land a big punch. That means they'll tie up early so Fedor can use takedowns and leverage to put the bout where he wants.
I expect Rogers to take a pounding before surrendering a choke or armlock.
If Fitch keeps winning, he'll get another shot. And you're right, he deserves a rematch right now, especially if the next shot at St. Pierre is going to
Sanchez has a few things going for him. He doesn't fatigue, and is large for the division, having fought the bulk of his career at 170 pounds. And, as best as I can tell, Sanchez is completely unafraid of Penn.
With submissions a wash, and takedown ability close to even, the UFC 107 main event should come down to Penn's conditioning and boxing ability. If Sanchez fires like a madman out of the gate like he did against