Thursday, April 19, 2012

UFC 145 Preview and Predictions

  IT'S FIGHT WEEK!!!! It's time for the most talked about, most debated and what could be the most anticipated UFC PPV ever as UFC 145 Jones vs Evans is just 2 days away! This card is stacked with great fights and I will be previewing each of them and predicting the winner (except main event that was already posted) all week. This also marks the return of our Pick the Winner Challenge (see below for details).

The Fight: Miguel Torres vs Michael McDonald 
  This bantamweight fight could be (if it were not for the main event) Fight of the Night with the two warriors involved. The story lines are there as Torres looks to get back the dominant force he was in his WEC days and his opponent Michael McDonald looks to put the biggest name he has faced in his win column. Both fighters are versed in BJJ with McDonald holding a brown belt and Torres holding a black belt from Carlson Gracie. Torres, the ten year elder holds a staggering six inch reach advange which could be huge in this fight.


  Miguel Torres (40-4 overall and 2-1 in the UFC) is one of the names that is first to come to mind when someone mentions the WEC. He is a huge fan favorite both in and out of the cage and held the WEC Bantamweight Title for a little over a year. In his four title defenses he was involved in and won two Fight of the Nights and put his striking on display in a win of Manny Tapia. He has also earned a Submission of the Night for his rear naked choke vs Charlie Valencia. Torres has struggled to grasp life in the UFC going 2-1, losing to Demetrious Johnson via decision. He then went on to defeat Nick Pace at UFC 139 but was fired months after for a inappropriate remark on Twitter. Since then he has worked tremendously hard and Dana White reinstated the former champion. Since his reinstatement Torres has said he has a new love for his job and wants his banatamweight title back. His 'transformation " is a cover story on the new UFC magazine and should be very interesting to see what he looks like on Saturday. To get back to "his title" he will have to go through the uber-tough and fast rising star, Michael McDonald.
  Michael McDonald (15-1 overall 3-0 in the UFC) is coming off of a Knockout of the Night win vs Alex Soto, in my eyes it should have been Domination of the Night. Soto landed some kicks but McDonald showed off his superior punching ability. McDonald caught the attention of the UFC fans in his UFC Debut at UFC Fight Night: Nog vs Davis when he recieved his Submission of the Night award for his armbar win over Edwin Figueroa. Since then all he has done is win, beating Chris Cariaso via split decision and of course his KO of Alex Soto. He trains out of Oakdale MMA in California and was the Banatamweight Champion of Tachi Palace Fights in 2010. He was then picked up by the WEC for one fight (his Submission of the Night) and finally brought to the UFC. He has a great life story (see above) and is a fast rising star in the world of MMA. It will be very interesting to see how he does vs the veteran Torres.

  This fight is going to come down to who has the chance to work thier gameplan the best. Torres will be looking to take this fight to the ground, if he holds true to his word about going back to "vintage Torres" because standing and banging with McDonald is a terrible idea. On the ground he can work his long arm and superior BJJ game to get a submission. McDonald on the other hand would want to keep this fight standing and get inside of Torres's 6 inch reach advantage to land some bombs and win the fight via KO.

Prediction: Torres via submission round 2 or 3. Miguel knows this is a make or break fight for him after being handed his job back. He has been saying and doing all the right things along with training with GSP. I believe his experience in the cage will be a huge factor because McDonald doesn't have anything that Torres hasn't seen. He has tapped out many powerhouses in his 23 submission victories and knows that the key is getting McDonald to the ground where he is an animal. I don't expect this to come easy and there is a good shot McDonald could catch Torres, who has only been knocked out once in his career. This will be a great fight and McDonald will be a force in this division, just not that night.

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