It's a testament to just how many good shows and how many good fighters there are in the next thirty one days that I could have easily called this twenty five to watch in August.
There are amazing fights this month all around the world and it really does show us just how far the sport has developed of the past few years. All I can say is that it's an awesome time to be an mma fan so get yourself a drink, grab your diary and plan your month round these encounters
August 1st 2010
UFC Live on Versus 2
John Howard vs. Jake Ellenberger
I've been an Ellenberger fan for a while, that guy always brings it and showed tremendous heart in his fight with Carlos Condit. John Howard has been on a tear since joining the UFC as he's won his last four straight, with his last fight winning him knockout of the night. It's hard to call this one as both of these guys have good wrestling pedigrees and ever improving stand up. Whoever wins this one will get a nice step up the ladder and with GSP running through everyone at 170lbs, it might only be another few fights before one of these two guys gets a shot at the belt. I see Howard pushing the pace early but not being able to put Ellenberger away and punching himself out in the third, Ellenberger will pick his shots and take home a TKO victory.
August 7th 2010
Jon Fitch vs. Thiago Alves
There's so much anticipation surrounding this rematch at UFC 117. It has been arranged and cancelled a few times due to Alves having issues following an MRI scan. Fitch took the first fight between these two way back in 2006 after he landed a huge upkick and was able to finish the young Brazilian off. A lot has happened since that fight as both men have challenged for the title at welterweight and have improved and evolved a tremendous amount. Fitch always brings the fight but I don't see him being able to takedown and control Thiago Alves like GSP did. I see a big KO for Alves in the second as Fitch eats a huge knee as he shoots in for a double leg.
August 18th 2010
Brad Pickett vs. Scott Jorgenson
Brad really has stepped up to the plate in the WEC and with impressive wins against Kyle Dietz and Demetrious Johnson, he now faces an even bigger task in top 5 rated Scott Jorgenson. Pickett is no stranger to the big fight but Jorgenson brings an impressive 6-2 WEC record and NCAA wrestling credentials to the table. The whole card is stacked from top to bottom but I see this one being a war simply because Pickett will come out swinging to try and negate the wrestling advantage of his opponent. I can see Jorgenson surviving the early onslaught and coming back to grind out a decision victory via some dominant takedowns and ground and pound.
August 21st 2010
Jorge Gurgel vs. K.J. NoonsIt seems like forever ago since Jorge Gurgel used to fight in the UFC, in reality its only a little over 18 months. In his UFC career he had a lot of fights go to the judges but his love of throwing recklessly to entertain the crowd always meant his fights were entertaining. It's amazing really that for a decorated black belt he hasn't submitted anyone for 5 years. His gameplan has to be to get this fight to the ground, if he decides to stand up and trade with a dangerous kickboxer like Noons then the outcome can only be bad for him. In this fight watch for Gurgel to persue the takedown but in the later rounds get drawn in to a barn burning brawl, a brawl which ends with him catching too many shots and being on the wrong side of a TKO.
August 28th 2010
Nate Diaz vs. Marcus Davis
I really love the idea of this fight, simply because both fighters always leave it all on the line. Nate Diaz would fight in a phone box if he had to and Marcus Davis always looks to finish fights with his explosive punching power. You'd think Nate would be unwise to strike with Marcus but then everyone said that Nick Diaz would be unwise to strike with Robbie Lawler and look how that ended. I see Nate not afraid to stand up and trade but I also think at some point this one will go the ground and when that happens, crazy legs Diaz will wrap up a tight triangle choke for a 2nd round submission victory.
So there you have it, go and plan your August around these fights and feel free to post your picks up in the comment section, who knows I might just send a shirt your way if you're super accurate.
Until next time take care of yourselves and drop me a line if you need anything.