Wednesday, March 3, 2010

UFC 111 - GSP v. Hardy Preview

UFC 111 will be broadcast live this Saturday from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The main event pits UFC's 170 pound champion Georges St. Pierre against upstart UK challenger Dan Hardy. In the co-main event, former UFC champ Frank Mir will fight bruising wrestler Shane Carwin for the interim title.


Georges St. Pierre vs. Dan Hardy- Georges St. Pierre (19-2, 13-2 UFC) will be looking for his seventh straight win and fifth straight title defense in this welterweight title match. St. Pierre should be able to take down UK's Dan Hardy at will if he chooses.

Expect St. Pierre to come out pushing the pace and using his athleticsm. Georges is a sure fire future Hall of Famer, with career victories over Mayhem Miller, BJ Penn, Thiago Alves, Josh Koscheck, Matt Hughes and many more.
(GSP throwing a high kick against Matt Hughes)

Dan Hardy (24-6, 4-0 UFC) has been on a tear in the UFC, using his underrated striking ability. Look for him to try to keep the fight standing and outstrike St. Pierre. In Hardy's last bout, he defeated Mike Swick via unanimous decision by winning most of the exchanges and landing some heavy shots to wobble Swick. Hardy has also defeated Akihiro Gono, Marcus Davis and Rory Markham.
(Dan Hardy pictured)

Shane Carwin vs. Frank Mir- This fight is for the interim UFC heavyweight championship and will be five rounds of stellar action. Look for Carwin to throw heavy bombs Mir's way, closing the distance and beating up Mir against the fence.

Mir (13-4, 11-4 UFC) will want to keep distance, using his kickboxing, or getting the fight to the ground where the BJJ black belt has an advantage in his submission game. However, getting Carwin, an NCAA division 2 wrestling champ, to the ground will be a tough task. Mir is a former UFC champ with career wins over Antonio Nogueira, Tim Sylvia, Brock Lesnar and Cheick Kongo.
(Frank Mir pictured)

Carwin (11-0, 3-0 UFC) has never been out of the first round with his longest match lasting a mere 2 minutes 11 seconds. His three matches in the UFC have resulted in a 44 second KO of Christian Wellisch, a minute and thirty second TKO of Neil Wain and a minute and nine second TKO of Gabriel Gonzaga. Carwin suffered a broken nose in the Gonzaga fight before unleasing a blitzkrieg attack on the BJJ blackbelt.
(Shane Carwin pictured)

Ben Saunders vs. Jon Fitch- After Thiago Alves was forced out of the UFC 111 card due to an abnormal CT scan of the brain, Ben Saunders volunteered to face Fitch. Look for Ben Saunders to attempt to utilize his height and reach advantage from the outside. I would expect Fitch, an All-American wrestler to try to get the fight to the ground.


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Ricardo Almeida vs. Matt Brown


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Fabricio Camoes vs. Kurt Pellegrino
Jared Hamman vs. Rodney Wallace
Tomasz Drwal vs. Rousimar Palhares
Matthew Riddle vs. Greg Soto

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