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MMA Video Hype: UFC 112 + WEC 48


Hey guys, who wants to see a classic striker vs. grappler battle? The extended preview for UFC 112 (April 10th, Abu Dhabi) tries to sell us on the idea that Demian Maia‘s nasty jits poses an undeniable threat to Anderson Silva. Not that Maia’s grappling ability is exaggerated, but if Nate Marquardt can send Maia into orbit before the fight gets to the ground, Anderson certainly can as well. Speaking of outmatched challengers, UFC 112 also features Frankie Edgar‘s first title fight against lightweight living legend BJ Penn. Joe Rogan shouts out Edgar’s speed, intelligence and wrestling ability and says he presents "a very unique challenge to BJ Penn." But does he have any real advantages? Keep in mind that Penn hasn’t been taken down by a lightweight since Takanori Gomi, six and a half years ago. At least the third fight on the card isn’t a squash match: Renzo Gracie vows to do to Matt Hughes what Matt did to his cousin Royce in 2006. Which old master still has what it takes to compete in the year 2010?

After the jump: Dana and Joe put in some overtime to hype the lightweight title rematch between Benson Henderson and Donald Cerrone, which goes down April 24th at WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber.


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justscrappin- March 30, 2010 at 6:59 am
There are some worst-case and best-case scenario's here. First off for the Penn/ Edgar fight...Edgar will probably have the crispest boxing technique out of everyone that Penn has faced. I don't think Edgar will be able to take down Penn...and I don't think Penn will be able to KO Edgar within 3 rounds. I do think that Penn can get a late takedown..or score cumulative damage with his heavier hands for the win. As far as Silva/Maia...if Maia sticks to his bread and butter...he could do better then Lutter. Leites might have competed at the world championships for Bjj..but never won like Maia. Also Maia's takedowns are obviously much shown when he pulled that sacrifice throw against a world class wrestler in Sonnen. That's all the best case scenario's for the challengers. Worst case...Penn's hands are way to heavy for the small Edgar..or Penn uses his world class grappling to run a ground clinic on Edgar. For Maia....we all seen the Marquardt fight...only I think Silva will play with him a little more before sealing his fate.
robthom- March 29, 2010 at 6:33 pm
"Hey guys, who wants to see a classic striker vs. grappler battle? "


Not really.

Those kinds of oldschool gimmick fights really aren't as interesting anymore as seeing 2 modern crosstrained MMA athletes throwing down IMO.
andoy162- March 29, 2010 at 4:08 pm
frankie WHO? it seems like the lightweight div has been cleaned by penn theyre throwing in a ho-humm fighter who's win are mostly by decision. if the #1 contender cant finish his opponents before, the champ is going to ko him. obviously a penn victory.
and then another cocky gracie...."im bringing gracie jiu jitsu back"....that was decades has evolved, gracie can win against hughes but down the line, this might be his only, if not one of his few, wins in the octagon.
VisitingDeadAncestors- March 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm
Renzo's Christopher Walken is flawless.
ghostboner- March 29, 2010 at 3:33 pm
@mma mafia - Amen. I loves me Hawaiian bros, but grove is just annoying. Hoping he gets KTFO for being annoying, and also for using a lame gangsta'd version of Anderson's name.

@that guy - I am buying the hype. Just not for $45.
ihateemo- March 29, 2010 at 3:23 pm
Renzo Gracie looks amped as hell.

"Ain't nothin' on two legs that I'm afraid of!!!!!"

I keep expecting him to bust out the "don't you know who I am, bro??" Parisyan style.
That Guy- March 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm
I see two problems with asking us to pay $45 for the Cerrone-Henderson rematch:

1. We've already seen it.

2. It's for a meaningless alphabet title.

Is anyone buying the hype?
Smitty- March 29, 2010 at 2:42 pm
@ danomite
Silva did apologize after the fight. Get your facts straight.
MMA Mafia- March 29, 2010 at 2:19 pm
All this talk about this triple main event but I just wanna see that idiot Kendall Grove get smashed by Munoz so we don't have to hear his stupid Hawaiian accent anymore. They're only enough room in the UFC for one shit talking Hawaiian and it's Baby Jay.
ghostboner- March 29, 2010 at 2:12 pm
I don't think Anderson really needed to apologize. He wasn't the one who decided to pretend there were banana peels all over the floor during a title fight. Also, Cerrone is the man. I will be sacrificing many goats for his good fortune against Henderson.
danomite- March 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm
Maybe Silva's fight will turn out like the last time he fought a submission expert so these jackass fans that didn't like the GSP/Hardy fight will remember what a real boring fight looks like. Oh, that reminds me of another reason Anderson Silva is a giant douche. GSP apologized to the fans after having what he considered a bad fight, while Anderson claimed that his fight with Leites was flawless and that the fans were just too dumb to appreciate what they were seeing.