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    Thoughts on this one?

    Bisping v. Hammil: I don't particularly have much in the way of thoughts on this one save for Bisping being favored, as I've seen very little of each guy.

    Cro Cop v. Kongo: Both guys are strikers, Cro Cop is obviously better. Cro Cop has apparently been working all summer as well on his ground game which probably even before the work was better than Kongo's who is absolutely horrific on the ground. I think Cro Cop wins by TKO, but it'd be funnier if he subbed him

    Rampage v. Hendo: This should be a great fight, they have similar styles both are great wrestlers, but also very good strikers. Rampage has the big size advantage, but Hendo has fought and beat bigger guys in the past. I doubt this one goes to a decision, but I'm still not really sure who I'm picking. Leaning towards Rampage, but could just as easily wake up tomorrow thinking Hendo
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    I'm pretty pumped for this one. All-in-All 74 was pretty solid, alot more exciting than 73, this one also has the potential to be good too.

    Bisping-Hamill Hamill is obviously the better wrestler, but Bisping seems to be better rounded and a more dangerous striker. Back on TUF 3 Bisping was too much for mat sparring and with submissions. Matt did seem to be in Mike's head as far as knowing that he's the better wrestler. I think though Mike has more potential and should win this one. As we saw last week the better wrestler (or more accomplished) won't always win.

    Cro Cop-Kongo At first I was upset seeing this matchup, knowing how good Mirko is it seemed like a cakewalk. However, both of these guys have similar strengths, on their feet. The only way I can imagine it goes to the ground is if someone is stunning by a kick/punch. Cro Cop wins but it will be an exciting slugfest.

    Hendo-Rampage pretty much agree with what Jensen said. I'm leaning toward Hendo but that may change between now and then.

    Another main card matchup is Alessio Sakara/Houston Alexander. I've been looking to see Alexander again. He was an unkown and just demolished Keith Jardine in his first UFC fight. I want to see him fight longer just to be able to judge whether he's a diamond in the rough, or just a heavy-handed brawler who took advantage of a sloppy fight by Jardine. Sakara is a good measuring stick, he's solid but will never be a contender and should most likely stay on his feet to trade with Houston. Houston KO 2nd.
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    Definately Hendo After Seeing Him Demolish Wanderlei Like That, I Don't Know What To Think. I Mean Rampage Put A Whoopin On The Iceman, But I Never Thought CHUCK Could Handle The Pride Guys Like Wanderlei, Shogun, Rampage Etc. So I'm Leaning Towards Hendo, For The Wrestling Advantage In Greco. Did You Guys See The Couture Fight? Is This Guy Getting Better With His Standup Or What. Even His Recovery Time After Being Hit With Some Good Shots Was Way Better Than At 205. Maybe Not Cutting Weight Has Effected Him In A Good Way

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    Jensen, I'll take Hendo for sig bet #2?

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    Alright, what the hell...

    I don't feel too strongly either way, but I'll back my boy Rampage against Dan for this one.

    Sigs for a week sound good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JensenS View Post
    Alright, what the hell...

    I don't feel too strongly either way, but I'll back my boy Rampage against Dan for this one.

    Sigs for a week sound good?

    Yes sir.

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    Future of PRIDE still a murky situation

    UFC President Dana White says his organization didn't buy PRIDE to 'see it die,' but he remains noncommittal concerning the future of the brand.
    By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
    September 7, 2007

    As one of the champions entered in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's first "Champion vs. Champion" light-heavyweight title fight Saturday in London, Temecula's Dan Henderson has a right to ask himself: champion of what?

    Henderson, 37, holds two belts in Japan's PRIDE Fighting Championships. He won the 205-pound title by knocking out Wanderlei Silva in a February PRIDE upset in Las Vegas.


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    click to enlargeSo much has changed for PRIDE since. The organization was purchased later in the year by UFC's parent company, Zuffa LLC; a Japanese television deal critical to PRIDE's future hasn't been negotiated; and an ongoing exodus of PRIDE's best fighters have signed UFC contracts.

    For now, UFC President Dana White is saying, "The last thing I want to do is bury [PRIDE] and see it die. . . . I didn't pay for this thing to bury it."

    But when asked last week if the winner of Henderson's fight against UFC light-heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson of Irvine would be obligated to defend the PRIDE belt, White said no.

    "We'll get rid of the belt," White said.

    Said Jackson's trainer, Juanito Ibarra: "If Rampage wins, he may either have to defend that belt, or it'll go into his trophy case for good. We'll see."

    Henderson, a former Southern Section and Masters champion wrestler (1987-88) at Victorville Victor Valley High, has fought for PRIDE since 2000 after wrestling stays at Cal State Fullerton, Arizona State and with the U.S. Olympic team in 1992 and 1996.

    "I don't know the scope of the [UFC] purchase, other than they bought PRIDE's international rights, but I'd hate to see PRIDE just disappear," Henderson said. "They put on great shows, much bigger productions than the UFC."

    At its peak, Tokyo-based PRIDE was broadcast in 40 countries, and boasted a record mixed martial arts announced attendance of 71,000 at a 2002 show in Japan -- more than six times bigger than last month's UFC 74 event in Las Vegas.

    Replays of PRIDE fights can still be seen on TV, but the organization hasn't staged a fight since earlier this year, after the UFC purchase was announced.

    When the deal was announced, White predicted an MMA version of the old NFL-AFL arrangement, when UFC and PRIDE's respective weight-class champions would meet annually in a Super Bowl of sorts -- in the U.S., Europe and Japan.

    That's what's happening with Henderson and Jackson.

    "We'll find out who the best in the world is," White said in a conference call last week. "All the questions will be answered now."

    However, those super fights increasingly appear destined to be fought strictly among UFC-contracted fighters.

    "I don't know what we're going to do with [PRIDE]," White said. "It's been an absolute nightmare, but it's still a powerful brand worldwide. . . . We're doing the best we can with this thing."

    Henderson's PRIDE contract, for instance, has only one fight after Jackson left on it, and a renegotiation is expected, especially if he wins Saturday at the low PRIDE-negotiated rate of less than $150,000.

    "I never fought because I wanted everyone to know who I was, but I realize my pay is based on a type of popularity contest in MMA, and I think I'll notice a big difference now that I'm in UFC," Henderson said recently at his Murrieta training facility. "This fight should catapult that popularity even more, being the first undisputed champ. After I win, I still have some good years of fighting left in me to solidify I'm the top fighter in the world."

    In the last year, UFC has raided PRIDE's stable of elite fighters, most recently signing veteran welterweight champion Silva to a roster that now includes PRIDE former champions Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (heavyweights), and Jackson and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (light-heavyweights).

    White said PRIDE's future hinges on landing a new television deal, an effort he said has been complicated by "rumors" that the organization's previous leaders were corrupt, and the fact "the PRIDE name in Japan is not very good at all.

    "It's very complicated. . . . I would have liked to have kept it alive."

    White said placing some future UFC shows in Japan is "an option," but the UFC president declined to say he has a drop-dead date in mind to announce the official demise of PRIDE.

    "Japan is a very tough and weird place to navigate through and we realize that now more than ever," White said.

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    Um, my picks are Hendo, Hamill, and Kongo. I don't know what it is, but I just don't think that Cro Cop is quite right after the loss to Gonzaga.

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    Hey guys, I'm super sun burned, so I'm staying in to watch the fight, so I'm going to live blog it. Click on the link below to read it, if you want to.

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