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Evans is 27 years old and has an unblemished professional MMA record. Ortiz TV Special After winning those three consecutive fights, Florian was given a marquee matchup with Sean Sherk as the No. Elsewhere on the card, there are similar heavy favorites. Nogueira will outbox Herring to the point that Herring is forced to try to take the fight to the ground, where the Brazilian jiu jitsu specialist will submit him. The Latest

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Silva is still a BJJ black belt. He has tremendously long legs and effectively utilizes them as part of his guard, frequently using them to lock in body triangles or to deliver punishing upkicks to his opponents. Some might wonder what sort of advantage Marquardt will have over Silva as an obviously skilled grappler. Marquardt also has world-class grappling experience at the highest levels — whereas Silva has never competed in ADCC, for example. Marquardt will look to get this fight down and smother Silva with technical grappling.

If Marquardt can successfully utilize his skills to pass to side control, he definitely has the tools necessary to end this fight from there and become the new UFC middleweight champion. Five rounds is a long time, and in this case it works significantly against the champion.

If Marquardt can avoid getting caught with knees or picked apart with leg kicks, he should be able to slow the pace down and put Silva on the canvas where he can ultimately secure a submission. Five rounds just gives Marquardt that much more time to work. I predict Marquardt by submission in the late fourth round, possibly the fifth — though a Marquardt unanimous decision is not out of the question. An article on UFC. However, that is not exactly true. The middleweight weight class was defined at UFC 31 in May Tanner then lost the belt to Franklin at UFC Sean Sherk vs.

His impressive record is highlighted by two wins over a very young Karo Parisyan in and and unanimous decision wins in his last two UFC fights against Nick Diaz and Kenny Florian. Sherk has won 14 of his past 15 fights, a streak dating back to the loss to Hughes in However, the following two years were not kind to Franca. In early , he lost the first fights of his career — both losses in the UFC and both close decisions neither unanimous.

From to , Franca went in MMA, and his record dropped to In Franca was reborn. Franca would go on to build this victory into an active eight-fight win streak, including a WEC title defense against Nathan Diaz. Franca then stood in as a short-notice replacement to face — and ultimately defeat — Jamie Varner on the undercard of UFC 62 Liddell vs. When not fighting, Franca trains and teaches at The Armory www. In case you missed it, MMAjunkie. Sherk is an impressive, explosive wrestler with tremendous takedowns.

However, he lacks any significant offense to back up that wresting and takedown ability. Sherk struggled to a five-round unanimous decision win over Kenny Florian in his last fight at UFC Florian is nowhere near as dangerous as Franca — standing or on the ground.

Franca is highly dangerous both standing and when the fight goes to the ground. All Sherk has to do is make one mistake at any time — and there are numerous opportunities in a minute fight to make a mistake. A quick laundry list of possible examples: Sherk can get caught with a trademark Hermes haymaker when breaking from a clinch or a bodylock. Franca can deliver a well-timed knee as Sherk shoots for a takedown, or Sherk can expose himself to a submission during a transition.

Franca has the tools to capitalize in all of these situations. As Franca himself told MMAjunkie. As an underdog bet, I predict Franca by submission in the fourth round, likely something set up by strikes on the feet, which leads to a transition to the ground, where Franca could capitalize.

Sherk should win this fight at least percent of the time, making either side a close play without odds. However, when you include odds of better than 2-to-1, I think Franca is the right play.

Tito Ortiz vs. All but one of his fights have been in the UFC; his lone fight outside the organization was a second victory in a regional California promotion back in Back then UFC events were still in tournament format. He went on to face Chuck Liddell for the first time at UFC 47 in early , where he was stopped in the second round. Ortiz then stepped away from the UFC for a second time due to a contract dispute. Ortiz left at perhaps the worst possible time, right as the UFC was exploding in popularity.

He returned in April to win a close split decision over Forrest Griffin in a fight in which Ortiz was reportedly hampered by a significant knee injury. Shamrock 3 — The Final Chapter.

This time, Ortiz lasted until the third round before falling to a TKO. Before he lost to Liddell at UFC 66, Ortiz had assembled five straight wins since his losses to Liddell and Couture more than three years prior. Arguably Tanner is his last legit win against a formidable opponent — and that was back in February at UFC One can argue that Ortiz did dominate Forrest Griffin for the first round of their fight and may have been hampered by a knee injury in the later rounds — but those of us who are fans of B.

Penn know that a dominant round or even two and an injury excuse does not change the ultimate outcome of a fight. Rashad Evans was heavyweight winner on The Ultimate Fighter 2 ; however, his normal fighting weight is here at light heavyweight pounds. Evans is 27 years old and has an unblemished professional MMA record.

He is in the UFC. Evans recently broke a string of five consecutive decision wins — three of them non-unanimous — with a second-round KO of Jason Lambert on the undercard of UFC 63 Penn vs.

Hughes , handing Lambert his first loss in almost three years. He then transferred to Michigan State University, where he wrestled at pounds. Evans is a strong, quick and athletic wrestler with strong takedowns and strong takedown defense who has shown much improved striking. Rashad is highly regarded by MMAjunkie. Evans should be able to put Ortiz on his back with the combination of his improved striking and his superior wrestling skills.

I think Evans has the advantage in almost every aspect in this fight. He is faster, more explosive, and more athletic. While the line is close, I actually expect Evans to put on a clinic here, dominating the fight standing and on the ground. However, Ortiz is still very tough and very well conditioned, and I expect this fight is headed to the judges. Evans by unanimous decision I predict on all three cards. This should be an interesting fight — one that will go a long way toward sorting out the ranks at light heavyweight.

If Evans is victorious, we should see him in line for a title shot soon. If Ortiz manages to pull out a victory and silence his critics, he will establish himself as still-viable threat in the division. Alvin Robinson is a year-old Brazilian jiu jitsu fighter out of Denver, Colo. Robinson is a former lightweight champion in the Colorado-based Ring of Fire organization.