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Anvil’s Sports Asylum: UFC 118 Preview

For us at the Boston Bastard Brigade this is a long-awaited event. On August 28th the UFC will finally be doing a show here in Boston. Not only are they bringing UFC 118 and a great fight card to Boston, but they are also bringing the UFC Fan Expo on August 27th & 28th to the Hynes Convention Center. The B3 Crew hopes to be able to cover this event for you, as it is a historic occasion for all of Massachusetts. Here’s what you have to look forward to at UFC 118:

Frankie Edgar  VS BJ Penn

“THE ANSWER”  NICKNAME “THE PRODIGY”

12-1-0      RECORD 15-6-1

5′ 6″        HEIGHT 5′ 9″

155         WEIGHT 155

Anvil: Frankie Edgar won the title from BJ Penn at UFC 112 by a unanimous decision with scoring 50-45, 49-46 and 48-47 all in his favor. Edgar is trained in the disciplines of wrestling, boxing and Brazillian Jujitsu. Penn is trained in the disciplines of Brazilian Jujitsu and boxing. I would give the advantage to Penn because, in my belief, he is the better fighter with a Black Belt in BJJ compared to Edgar’s Purple Belt. I also believe this will be another great fight, and I look forward to seeing these to good participants who can either win a fight standing up or on the ground. I don’t expect that Penn will let this opportunity to regain his championship slip away from him this time.

Blueonic: From watching previous fights of Frankie and BJ, I’ll have to go with BJ on this one. It seemed that last time Frankie got lucky with the decision. I feel that in the situations of a championship card, if it goes all five rounds, it should just go one more. I bet that if it was to have gone the sixth round it would of been in BJ’s favor. But I hope to see BJ Penn come out on top when I watch this fight.

King Baby Duck: Edgar proved last time that he could stand toe-to-toe with Penn, and even with a slight height disadvantage he came out on top. Sure Penn has a better belt in the Brazilian Jujitsu, but Edgar showed us in UFC 112 that belts aren’t everything. If he has a good strategy I can honestly see Edgar pulling another win over Penn if it came down to another decision. Still Edgar could have one knockout or submission ready to pull out from under his sleeve.

Randy Couture   VS James Toney

“The Natural” NICKNAME “Lights Out”

18-10-0     RECORD 0-0-0

6′ 2″        HEIGHT 5′ 9″

205         WEIGHT 217

Anvil: James Toney is making his UFC debut, which is why there are few stats available at this time. James Toney was a boxing stand-out who decided to give MMA a try, and was matched up with UFC Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture. Couture is trained in the fighting styles of greco-roman wrestling, boxing and catch Wrestling. Toney is trained only in the fighting style of boxing, which could be a disadvantage for him. I believe that Couture will win this fight if he can get it to the ground and wrestle with Toney; because in a stand-up fight Toney’s boxing abilities might overwhelm Couture’s. With Couture’s ground game and his wrestling ability he should have this match pretty well in hand.

Blueonic: This is going to be a tough match, because the fact is we have a newcomer to the MMA world: boxer James Toney. Toney is going to have to possibly bring out the leg kicks (another reason why I can’t do boxing because I would like to be kicking). With stand-up fights as they go it seems that he would reign supreme. However he’s got to go up against Randy Couture right off the bat. I can say he’s a make-or-break person because Randy is so good at both stand-up and on the ground. I think what Couture will do is first a stand-up fight for a while. He will probably wear Toney down, and then use his wrestling to bring him down and finish him off with a ground and pound. I would like to see this match go to Toney, but my feeling is it will go more toward Randy to win it. I say second round, unless it miraculously makes it to the third. The one thing that would disappoint me is if Toney came in with one shot that took out Randy. (I hate those one-shot fights. I want to see the guys be able to rough one another up till that KO comes out of nowhere.)

KBD: It’s all about the leg work here, and from what we know of Toney an Ali leg shuffle isn’t going to spell out a victory for him. Yes, both are trained in boxing (with Toney’s career outshining Couture’s, of course), but it’s going to come down to both leg work and ground work here. From what I’ve seen of Couture he could easily topple over Toney in a round or two, and he also knows how to take a hard punch to the face. Toney may one day be a great MMA fighter in the future, but the books shall say that first match will be a loss.

Kenny Florian      VS Gray Maynard

“Kenflo”   NICKNAME “The Bully”

15-4-0      RECORD 10-0-0.1NC

5’10”     HEIGHT 5’8″

155       WEIGHT 155

Anvil: Kenny Florian must be excited! Being a native of Boston he finally gets to fight in his home state,  and he gets a good opponent in Gray Maynard. Florian, being trained in the fighting styles of Brazilian Jujitsu and Muay Thai, and Gray Maynard, being trained in the fighting styles of wrestling and boxing, already shows that Florian has a better advantage. Florian’s Muay Thai background, I feel, gives him a slight advantage over the very powerful Maynard as long as he uses his kicks and ground game. Maynard didn’t get to 10-0-0 by being a pushover, after all. I see this fight coming down to a decision, and in my opinion the victory will belong to our hometown fighter Florian.

Blueonic: It’s good to see Kenny Florian being able to come back to finally fight in Boston. We have so many good fighters but this is Massachusetts. So politics and regulations were always bogging us down to have actual fights here in the Bay State. So with that said I would like to see Kenny fight, but from watching a lot of Maynard’s matches he’s a scary guy; especially because he’s rocking a 10-0 for his record. With that said no one is perfect, but these guy seems like he’s a juggernaut and doesn’t look like he will stop anytime soon. Sorry Kenny, but I’ll have to go with Maynard on this one.

KBD: Florian’s got his hometown backing him, so I bet the adrenaline that will be pumping through his body will help sustain a victory over Maynard. Maynard may have the perfect record, but they say everyone falls someday. Boston may easily get into Maynard’s head and distract him, and when he leasts expect it Florian could start pounding down on him. I’m calling this match as a victory for Florian, but with a TKO.

Nate Diaz     VS Marcus Davis

“The Stockton Bad Boy” NICKNAME “The Irish Hand Grenade”

12-5-0     RECORD 22-7-0

6’0″       HEIGHT 5’10”

155        WEIGHT 170

Anvil: This is going to be an exciting welterweight match! We have two men looking to climb up the ranks of the UFC, and their next stop is UFC 118 against each other. Nate Diaz, being trained in the fighting styles of Brazilian Jujitsu and boxing, and Marcus Davis, bringing his fighting style of boxing in, might bring out a good stand-up battle between each other since they both have boxing backgrounds. In my opinion I feel that Marcus Davis will win this battle because of his striking ability. Plus he is also 15 lbs. heavier, so he will use that to his advantage.This is one of those fights that can truly go either way because both me are good fighters, and if they stand up and box this out I wouldn’t be surprised to see a knockout.

Blueonic: Well I will go with Marcus Davis, not because his nickname is “The Irish Hand Grenade,” but with his record of 22-7-0 that shows he’s got knowledge over Diaz (who only has 12-5-0 record). I have to say the experience usually proceeds in a fight like this. Go Davis, and go Ireland. (Note to UFC: please put an Irish Flag in UFC: Undisputed 2010.)

KBD: While Diaz has a slight height advantage over Davis, he has a bigger weight disadvantage to get over. (You may laugh, but fifteen pounds can make or break a match.) And with a lot more fights under his belt Davis has a stronger intelligence when it comes to grappling in the octagon. I think these two factors alone are going to check off another victory for “The Irish Hand Grenade,” even if it comes down to a decision. Still you never know when Diaz is going to blow up, so Davis will have his work cut out for him if he wants this win.

I know that I will be glued to my television with all my friends to watch these and a few more great fights. This  will be Boston’s first UFC event, and as a fan I want to thank Dana White for this and everyone else that made this and the UFC Fan Expo Boston happen .This is one of the best fight cards I have seen in a long time, and as I look into future events I also see some other really good match-ups. We will have a follow-up of all the winners after the event,  and I am sure the other members of the B3 crew won’t let me forget if I am wrong with my picks.

Anvil’s Sports Asylum: UFC 118 Preview

For us at the Boston Bastard Brigade this is a long-awaited event. On August 28th the UFC will finally be doing a show here in Boston. Not only are they bringing UFC 118 and a great fight card to Boston, but they are also bringing the UFC Fan Expo on August 27th & 28th to the Hynes Convention Center. The B3 Crew hopes to be able to cover this event for you, as it is a historic occasion for all of Massachusetts. Here’s what you have to look forward to at UFC 118:

Frankie Edgar  VS BJ Penn

“THE ANSWER”  NICKNAME “THE PRODIGY”

12-1-0      RECORD 15-6-1

5′ 6″        HEIGHT 5′ 9″

155         WEIGHT 155

Anvil: Frankie Edgar won the title from BJ Penn at UFC 112 by a unanimous decision with scoring 50-45, 49-46 and 48-47 all in his favor. Edgar is trained in the disciplines of wrestling, boxing and Brazillian Jujitsu. Penn is trained in the disciplines of Brazilian Jujitsu and boxing. I would give the advantage to Penn because, in my belief, he is the better fighter with a Black Belt in BJJ compared to Edgar’s Purple Belt. I also believe this will be another great fight, and I look forward to seeing these to good participants who can either win a fight standing up or on the ground. I don’t expect that Penn will let this opportunity to regain his championship slip away from him this time.

Blueonic: From watching previous fights of Frankie and BJ, I’ll have to go with BJ on this one. It seemed that last time Frankie got lucky with the decision. I feel that in the situations of a championship card, if it goes all five rounds, it should just go one more. I bet that if it was to have gone the sixth round it would of been in BJ’s favor. But I hope to see BJ Penn come out on top when I watch this fight.

King Baby Duck: Edgar proved last time that he could stand toe-to-toe with Penn, and even with a slight height disadvantage he came out on top. Sure Penn has a better belt in the Brazilian Jujitsu, but Edgar showed us in UFC 112 that belts aren’t everything. If he has a good strategy I can honestly see Edgar pulling another win over Penn if it came down to another decision. Still Edgar could have one knockout or submission ready to pull out from under his sleeve.

Randy Couture   VS James Toney

“The Natural” NICKNAME “Lights Out”

18-10-0     RECORD 0-0-0

6′ 2″        HEIGHT 5′ 9″

205         WEIGHT 217

Anvil: James Toney is making his UFC debut, which is why there are few stats available at this time. James Toney was a boxing stand-out who decided to give MMA a try, and was matched up with UFC Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture. Couture is trained in the fighting styles of greco-roman wrestling, boxing and catch Wrestling. Toney is trained only in the fighting style of boxing, which could be a disadvantage for him. I believe that Couture will win this fight if he can get it to the ground and wrestle with Toney; because in a stand-up fight Toney’s boxing abilities might overwhelm Couture’s. With Couture’s ground game and his wrestling ability he should have this match pretty well in hand.

Blueonic: This is going to be a tough match, because the fact is we have a newcomer to the MMA world: boxer James Toney. Toney is going to have to possibly bring out the leg kicks (another reason why I can’t do boxing because I would like to be kicking). With stand-up fights as they go it seems that he would reign supreme. However he’s got to go up against Randy Couture right off the bat. I can say he’s a make-or-break person because Randy is so good at both stand-up and on the ground. I think what Couture will do is first a stand-up fight for a while. He will probably wear Toney down, and then use his wrestling to bring him down and finish him off with a ground and pound. I would like to see this match go to Toney, but my feeling is it will go more toward Randy to win it. I say second round, unless it miraculously makes it to the third. The one thing that would disappoint me is if Toney came in with one shot that took out Randy. (I hate those one-shot fights. I want to see the guys be able to rough one another up till that KO comes out of nowhere.)

KBD: It’s all about the leg-work here, and from what we know of Toney an Ali leg shuffle isn’t going to spell out a victory for him. Yes, both are trained in boxing (with Toney’s career outshining Couture’s, of course), but it’s going to come down to both leg work and ground work here. From what I’ve seen of Couture he could easily topple over Toney in a round or two, and he also knows how to take a hard punch to the face. Toney may one day be a great MMA fighter in the future, but the books shall say that first match will be a loss.

Kenny Florian      VS Gray Maynard

“Kenflo”   NICKNAME “The Bully”

15-4-0      RECORD 10-0-0.1NC

5’10”     HEIGHT 5’8″

155       WEIGHT 155

Anvil: Kenny Florian must be excited! Being a native of Boston he finally gets to fight in his home state,  and he gets a good opponent in Gray Maynard. Florian, being trained in the fighting styles of Brazilian Jujitsu and Muay Thai, and Gray Maynard, being trained in the fighting styles of wrestling and boxing, already shows that Florian has a better advantage. Florian’s Muay Thai background, I feel, gives him a slight advantage over the very powerful Maynard as long as he uses his kicks and ground game. Maynard didn’t get to 10-0-0 by being a pushover, after all. I see this fight coming down to a decision, and in my opinion the victory will belong to our hometown fighter Florian.

Blueonic: It’s good to see Kenny Florian being able to come back to finally fight in Boston. We have so many good fighters but this is Massachusetts. So politics and regulations were always bogging us down to have actual fights here in the Bay State. So with that said I would like to see Kenny fight, but from watching a lot of Maynard’s matches he’s a scary guy; especially because he’s rocking a 10-0 for his record. With that said no one is perfect, but these guy seems like he’s a juggernaut and doesn’t look like he will stop anytime soon. Sorry Kenny, but I’ll have to go with Maynard on this one.

KBD: Florian’s got his hometown backing him, so I bet the adrenaline that will be pumping through his body will help sustain a victory over Maynard. Maynard may have the perfect record, but they say everyone falls someday. Boston may easily get into Maynard’s head and distract him, and when he leasts expect it Florian could start pounding down on him. I’m calling this match as a victory for Florian, but with a TKO.

Nate Diaz     VS Marcus Davis

“The Stockton Bad Boy” NICKNAME “The Irish Hand Grenade”

12-5-0     RECORD 22-7-0

6’0″       HEIGHT 5’10”

155        WEIGHT 170

Anvil: This is going to be an exciting welterweight match! We have two men looking to climb up the ranks of the UFC, and their next stop is UFC 118 against each other. Nate Diaz, being trained in the fighting styles of Brazilian Jujitsu and boxing, and Marcus Davis, bringing his fighting style of boxing in, might bring out a good stand-up battle between each other since they both have boxing backgrounds. In my opinion I feel that Marcus Davis will win this battle because of his striking ability. Plus he is also 15 lbs. heavier, so he will use that to his advantage.This is one of those fights that can truly go either way because both me are good fighters, and if they stand up and box this out I wouldn’t be surprised to see a knockout.

Blueonic: Well I will go with Marcus Davis, not because his nickname is “The Irish Hand Grenade,” but with his record of 22-7-0 that shows he’s got knowledge over Diaz (who only has 12-5-0 record). I have to say the experience usually proceeds in a fight like this. Go Davis, and go Ireland. (Note to UFC: please put an Irish Flag in UFC: Undisputed 2010.)

KBD: While Diaz has a slight height advantage over Davis, he has a bigger weight disadvantage to get over. (You may laugh, but fifteen pounds can make or break a match.) And with a lot more fights under his belt Diaz has a stronger intelligence when it comes to grappling in the octagon. I think these two factors alone are going to check off another victory for “The Irish Hand Grenade,” even if it comes down to a decision. Still you never know when Diaz is going to blow up, so Davis will have his work cut out for him if he wants this win.

I know that I will be glued to my television with all my friends to watch these and a few more great fights. This  will be Boston’s first UFC event, and as a fan I want to thank Dana White for this and everyone else that made this and the UFC Fan Expo Boston happen .This is one of the best fight cards I have seen in a long time, and as I look into future events I also see some other really good  match-ups. We will have a follow-up of all the winners after the event,  and I am sure the other members of the B3 crew won’t let me forget if I am wrong with my picks.

Episode LVIII: Cocaine Does Not Make A Prius Look Any Cooler

The Bastards make sure those other guys don’t have the cojones to take over their show!

This week the B3 crew discuss the week in sports, the new movie The Other Guys and the video games Snoopy Flying Ace, Try Not To Fart and Pokémon HeartGold Version. Plus the gang tries their hardest to bring back a childhood classic…