Fantasy UFC Tournament: Heavyweight Divison, Semi-Finals

Jessy MorrisAnalyst IMay 5, 2010

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After a very straight-forward first round, the semi-finals are here (sorry for the delay by the way).

Frank Mir, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Roy Nelson, Cheick Kongo, Gabriel Gonzaga, Junior Dos Santos, Todd Duffee and Cain Velasquez competed in the first round and here are the official results:

Frank Mir advances to the semis with a 11-5 vote over Nogueira.

Roy Nelson dominates Cheick Kongo with a 15-1 vote.

Cain Velasquez gets a perfect 16-0 vote against Gabriel Gonzaga.

Todd Duffee gets eliminated by Junior Dos Santos with an impressive 15-1 vote.

So we now have our four semi-finalists and here are the fights.


Semi-Finals, Fight 1: Frank Mir vs Roy Nelson

Since Roy Nelson's win over Stefan Struve, it's already been rumored that ''Big Country'' could end up fighting Frank Mir next.

When you look at it, both men have really similar styles. First off, both men have a lot of experience, they both tip the scale at 265 pounds, they both have great striking skills and they are both black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

The only difference might be that Roy Nelson is on a roll while Mir hasn't been as impressive.

To predict the outcome for this fight is pretty complicated, you have to look at who has better skills overall.

With Frank Mir's new training that gained him 15 pounds of pure muscle, he's certainly gained strength he never had before, still would that be enough to keep Nelson off of him?

Who advances?


Semi-Finals, Fight 2: Cain Velasquez vs Junior Dos Santos

Both these fighters pretty much took the heavyweight division by storm at the same time. Since then, everybody has been wondering why Velasquez and Dos Santos still haven't fought.

Cain has been on a mission and so far, he's undefeated in his MMA career and has racked up impressive wins against some good fighters like Cheick Kongo and ''Minautoro'' Nogueira.

Still, some say that Cain has still not fought the best the division had to offer. Some say Kongo is overrated and others say Nogueira is finished.

If anybody can give Cain a run for his money, it's Junior Dos Santos. Kongo showed that Cain Velasquez had weaknesses when he rocked him really bad on two occasions during their fight at UFC 99.

Dos Santos has heavy hands, possibly heavier then Kongo's hands. Then you can add that he's a purple belt in BJJ under the Noguieras and that even his trainers can't submit him.

With that said, Cain Velasquez is a phenomenal wrestler and that could possibly be the key to victory against Dos Santos's deadly strikes.

Who advances?

Anyway it goes, the finals are really promising. Tune in next time for the results and the final fight of the Fantasy tournament.