Thus, let's start by previewing that one.
Werdum is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that possesses an overall MMA record of 9-2-1 with two (T)KO's and five submission victories to his credit. Along with this, the skinny on Werdum is apparent. He's tough and darn near impossible to stop. Further, he's as good as they go when it comes to submissions on the ground. Additionally, his striking skills have improved tremendously since he started training with Cro Cop ( even though he tends to leave his hands a little low, which isn't a good thing when you're about to face Andrei Arlovski ).
Werdum has been in there with a host of excellent fighters in his career including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira ( decision loss ), Aleksander Emelianenko ( submission victory ), Alistair Overeem ( submission victory ), Roman Zentsov ( submission victory ), Sergei Kharitonov ( decision loss ), Gabriel Gonzaga ( TKO victory ), and Tom Erikson ( submission victory ).
In other words, this is hardly his first go around with an elite fighter.
Andrei Arlovski is the former UFC Heavyweight Champion. Along with this, he possesses an overall MMA record of 10-5 with seven (T)KO's and three submission victories to his credit. In sum, Arlovski isn't very hard to breakdown.
He's a very explosive athlete, with very good technical boxing skills and KO power in both hands. Further, he's got better ground skills than people give him credit for, even if that's hardly where he wants this fight to end up.
Beyond that, his jaw has been questioned in the past. That said, he sure isn't coming into this one afraid to trade with Werdum.
In the end, this one probably boils down to the age old striker versus grappler scenario. If the fight stays standing, Arlovski will probably win. If it goes to the ground, Werdum will likely take it home.
Perhaps the most interesting part, however, are the questions the two fighters will have to answer on the way to trying to take the fight where they want it to go. Is Werdum a good enough striker to stand for awhile with Arlovski before getting the fight to the ground? Is his already proven jaw strong enough to withstand the power that "The Pitbull," can deliver? Further, if Arlovski ends up on the ground with a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt with a good jaw, can he survive?
This should be a good fight.
Bisping should win this fight via stoppage.
For some reason, the fanfare that came with the UFC's signing of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Mirko Cro Cop eluded Machida. Keep in mind, though, that this is a guy that has defeated Stephan Bonnar ( TKO ), B.J. Penn ( decision ), Rich Franklin ( TKO ), Sam Hoger ( decision ), and Vernon White ( decision ). Thus, he's one helluva fighter. The knock on him may be that most of his battles go to the cards; for one reason or another, he sometimes doesn't put his opponents away when he can.
Thus, he isn't always exciting. Griffin would have forced him to be.
Still, David Heath shows promise. Along with this, he's 7-0 in MMA with three submission victories and three (T)KO's to his credit. Further, he's won his last two fights in the UFC.
That said, he hasn't fought the same level of competition that Machida has thus far.
So, there are questions. Even so, don't be surprised if this one turns out to be a good fight.
Unfortunately for him, he lost both of those encounters.
Still, Silva has some good striking and jiu-jitsu skills.
Cheick Kongo is a huge athlete that likes to bang. Along with this, he's (T)KO'd seven opponents in the nine MMA victories he's accumulated throughout his career ( Kongo is 9-3-1 ). However, at UFC 64: Unstoppable, Kongo lost a decision to Carmelo Marrera where he was taken down repeatedly and controlled.
Thus, he needs to work on his takedown defense and ground skills.
In the end, if this one stays standing, Kongo will probably win. If not, he'll probably lose via decision or submission.
In the end, UFC 70 should be a good card. With Griffin versus Machida, it could have been a great card.
But let's not count out David Heath just yet. He may turn out to be one of those up and comers that takes us all by storm.
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