MMA Matches January 2009

I’m really looking forward to some exciting matches in the next few weeks:

Denis Kang has been added to the UFC and will fight in UFC 93 this weekend. His background in MMA is mostly BJJ (black belt) and boxing. He has a fantastically strong history in Japan and Korea, having gone twenty-three fights undefeated. He trained with Georges St-Pierre in Montreal for a large part of 2008, so he should be in top shape. Kang is fighting Alan Belcher, a muay thai and BJJ guy. Both guys have had three losses in their last eleven fights, but Kang has won so many fights prior to the last two years, it will be interesting to see if he can get back up there, to the exalted heights of the best MMA fighters.

Fedor Emelianenko is fighting Andrei Arlovski in the next Affliction fight on January 24. Fedor has an astounding record in his professional career: 28 wins, one loss and one no contest. He currently has twenty-five wins in a row. I hope Arlovski is in the best fighting shape of his career. Arlovski is 14-5-0 right now, with nine wins in his last eleven fights.  His two losses were to Tim Sylvia, whom Emelianenko slaughtered in the last Affliction fight night.

Fedor’s background is sambo, judo and boxing, with his winning five of his last six fights by armbar. Arlovski is another sambo specialist, with training in kickboxing, BJJ, wrestling, and especially, boxing. It should be a good match.

On January 31, B. J. Penn is fighting GSP in UFC 94. The show is already sold out. Both guys are so talented that this fight has the potential to be the match of the year. Much as I don’t like monopolies, one of the advantages of having a monopoly, is to get what you want, in this case, having the ability to get the best guys to fight for you, so UFC has two great fighters here. Penn’s fight history is 13-4-1 with three losses in his last eleven fights. GSP’s stats are 17-2-0 with one loss in his last eleven fights. GSP is such a well-rounded MMA fighter and Penn is one of the best on the ground, that it promises to be an  exciting match.

These are just a few of the matches that are on in the next 2 1/2 weeks.  Too bad I don’t have a stake in Pay-Per-View.


January 14, 2009

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