July 3rd 2010, two of the sports biggest Heavy-weights are set to collide. Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin. This fight could very well go down in history as an instant classic, but before these two big boys get it on, let's have a look at the other fights on the card.
Jon Madsen (5-0) vs Karlos Vemola (7-0)
Many of you may remember Jon Madsen for his stint on TUF 10 "Heavyweights" as the man that used his wrestling/Ground and Pound to open up the nastiest cut ever seen on the reality show. Some say he is too one-dimensional to compete at the highest level. However, since the show has ended, Madsen has went on to keep his undefeated record in tact, by defeating other TUF alumn, Justin Wren and Mostapha Al-Turk. In both bouts, Madsen used his undeniably good wrestling ability to get the win over his respected opponents. Madsen also holds a High School wrestling match win over current UFC Heavyweight King, Brock Lesnar.
Coming in as a new-comer to the UFC, Karlos Vemola will not have it easy in his UFC debut. I know nothing about this guy pretty much, but he does seem to finish his fights. Since 2008, Vemola has amassed an undefeated professional record with 3 wins coming by Knockout and the other 4 by way of submission.
Look for Madsen to utilize his wrestling skill and get this one to the ground, where he should control the fight and walk away with another decision victory.
Forest Petz (18-7) vs Daniel Roberts (9-1)
Holding wins over Charles "The Crazy Horse" Bennett, Dan Hardy and Sammy Morgan, Forest Petz is no joke. He holds a pretty impressive resume. First fight coming way back in 2002, he has compiled a great record, of only seven losses in 25 professional fights.
Daniel Roberts is no push-over either. With a wrestling/jiu jitsu style, he mixes it up a bit. He last competed in March when he ended up on the losing end to UFC young gun, John Howard. With 7 wins coming by submission, the kid knows how to utilize his jiu-jitsu in his matches.
I'll call Roberts by submission in this one.
Gerald Harris (15-2) vs David Branch (6-0)
The "Hurricane" has quietly became a fan favorite of mine over the years. Watching the man fight for the IFL (International Fight League) I really fell in love with his style of fighting. The way he slams opponents around, reminds me a bit of his Ultimate Fighter Season 7 coach, Rampage Jackson. After the Ultimate Fighter, The "Hurricane" actually went and trained with Quinton for a 5 week stint. Winner of his last 9 fights, I think he will bump his win streak to 10 in a row on July 3rd.
David Branch is a veteran fighter over in "Bellator" Going (6-0) with 3 wins coming by submission and 3 by TKO. He's going to need to prepare for a war, if he wants to make it in the big leagues.
Harris by TKO
Kendall Grove (11-7) vs Goran Reljic (8-1)
Once considered to be a future contender at 185, Kendall Grove has fell from "Gatekeeper" to possibly losing his job if he loses his next bout with Reljic. Coming off a "fight of the night" to Mark Munoz back at UFC 112, Kendall seems to be focused and ready. A Muai Thai and Jiu-Jitsu guy , "Da Spyder" uses those long limbs to pull off submisson chokes, notably the D'arce choke over Alan Belcher.
Goran Reljic was also considered a future contender after stopping Wilson Gouviea with strikes back in 2008. After the fight however, Reljic disappeared from the world of fighting and wasn't seen again until UFC 110 against C.B. Dollaway, where he lost Unanimously.
Kendall Grove- Submission Victory
Spike TV Prelims
Ricardo Romero (10-1) vs Seth Petruzelli (12-4)
Boasting a professional record of (10-1) and only one fight going to the judges, Ricardo Romero is a finisher. He holds a submission win over British Kickboxer, and UFC Light-Heavyweight competitor, James McSweeney.
Seth "The Kimbo Killer" Petruzelli could be considered a journey-man. Fighting all over the world for several different organizations. Holding wins over UFC Hall Of Famer, Dan Severn and Keven Ferguson "Kimbo Slice". Petruzelli has all the tools to defeat the new-comer, but I don't see it happening in his return to the Octagon.
Romero by TKO
Brendan Schaub (5-1) vs Chris Tuchscherer (18-2)
Brendan "The Hybrid" Schaub is one of the brightest prospects in the UFC's LHW division today. With his only loss coming to Roy Nelson, Schaub got back to his winning ways as he defeated Chase Gormley at UFC on Versus "Vera vs Jones" in just 47 seconds of the first round.
Shaub's hands are too good and he has some wrestling , as he got back to his feet against "Big Country"
Since Sotiropoulos's time on the show, he has quietly ran off a win streak of 5 straight victories in the UFC's Lightweight division. With an all around game, he dominated Joe Stevenson for three rounds in his home of Australia, also winning "Fight of The Night Honors". One more win and he could be getting a title shot at Frankie Edgar, or BJ Penn.
Since falling victim to a Nate Diaz triangle choke at UFC Fight Night 13, Pellegrino has went on to win his last four fights, most recently defeating Fabricio Camoes at UFC 111. With one win by KO and eleven by submission, I think we all know what "Batman" wants to do in this fight. Unfornuately for him, Sotiropoulos is good on the ground as well.
Look for a very motivated Sotiropoulos to win this one.
After putting on what many consider to be the greatest fight in mma history, Stephan Bonnar has been...upsetting to many. With the straight losses to Jon Jones, Mark Coleman and Krysztof Soszynski, a loss could mean goodbye to an original member of The Ultimate Fighter.
Soszynski's last fight was also against Bonnar. Winning by Doctor Stoppage due to an Accidental Headbutt, the two agreed to meet again immediately. 4-1 in the UFC with his lone loss coming to a "washed-up" Brandon Vera.
I believe Bonnar steps up his game and keeps his job with a decision victory.
Fight Of The Year is all I'm going to say.
Matt Brown wins
Fighting two weeks ago at the TUF 11 Finale, Chris Leben looked the same as he always has. All other fighters on the original Ultimate Fighter have seemed to evolve and grow in the sport. Besides Leben.
Akiyama feels disrespected by having to fight Leben. For some reason, I feel he overlooks "The Crippler" and ends up losing this fight.
Leben by TKO
Here we go! The biggest fight "literally" in UFC history. The champion will look to get this one to the ground, and reign down vicious GNP as he did vs Frank Mir.
Carwin will have better wrestling than most think and utilize it to keep the fight standing. The thing is, does Carwin really want to swing with Brock? After seeing Carwin fight Gabriel Gonzaga, it appeared to me that Gonzaga rocked Carwin on more than one occasion, and Gonzaga isn't really known for his striking ability.
Hopefully Carwin catches Lesnar first.