UFC 113: Machida vs Shogun 2 is going to hit hard on 8 May 2010 with a stacked card that features one of the most anticipated rematches in recent UFC history!
The excitement surrounding UFC 113 is at fever pitch and with sensational fights such as Koscheck vs Daley and internet sensation Kimbo Slice vs Matt Mitrione filling out the card, there’s little doubt that it’s going to be an event with fights that will be talked about for years to come.
Let’s take a look at the big action matchups – the UFC Light Heavyweight title fight and the war that is going to be Koscheck v Daley:
Height: 6’1 (185cm)
Weight: 205 (93kg)
Height: 6’0 (183cm)
Weight: 185 (84kg)
UFC fans have been screaming out for this rematch and it’s finally here! The last time these two guys met was in UFC 104 where Machida defended his title by taking out the fight by unanimous decision.
However, that fight was full of controversy with a lot of people in attendance and number of big name fighters believing that it was Rua who should have been awarded the fight and given the UFC Light Heavyweight title. This notion was supported by one of the fight judges who claimed after the fight that his view obstructed for most of Round 4 and that after watching the replay he probably would have awarded that round to Rua instead of Machida!
Despite it all, what you can’t deny is that at the end of the day Machida won the fight, did so unanimously and walked away with the title.
Machida is an absolute Shotokan Karate master who was born into a master Shotokan Karate family – his destiny has always been to fight and to win. His current undefeated record is sensational and he’s consistently regarded as the Number 1 Light Heavyweight in the world.
The challenger for the title, Mauricio Rua is an aggressive and strong Muay Thai specialist with high-flying kicks who is desperately hungry to claim a title that he believes should be his. Not only is he considered to be one of the Top 10 MMA fighters worldwide, but his strong record includes a first round KO of former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell and a quality victory over Mark Coleman.
Given the styles of these two competitors, this is most likely going to be a standing fight. Machida is known for his killer quick kicks and last time they met Rua went hard on Machida’s legs in order to take them out of the game. However, Machida knows that strategy now and Rua is going to have to come up with another plan if he hopes to defeat the champ.
The problem for Rua is that you don’t defeat a title holder who is on a 16 win streak by using a “Plan B strategy”.
The safe bet here is definitely Machida. He’s an undefeated and undisputed champ who has defeated Rua and his strategies unanimously before. But you can’t deny that Rua is an extremely strong competitor who has never been really KO’d so look for this fight to go the distance in what is going to be a hard-hitting battle for the ages!
It’s going to be sensational!
Betting Odds (supplied by Sportsbet) :
Lyoto Machida: $1.55
Mauricio Rua: $2.45
Our tip: Lyoto Machida by points
Height: 5’10 (178cm)
Weight: 170 (77kg)
Height: 5’9 (175cm)
Weight: 170 (70kg)
The wrestler Koscheck takes on the precision strikes of Daley in what is going to be a war of two great fighters with equally great personalities.
Koscheck is a four time college All American wrestler who is undoubtedly one of the Top 5 welterweights in MMA today. He has come a long way since his wrestling days and debut in the first of season of The Ultimate Fighter – his standing game is constantly improving and has seen him recently get a number of Knock Out wins.
His opponent, Paul Daley is a sensational striker who has some of the most technically precise punches that have been seen in a long time. The power he is able to channel into his punches makes him an almost unstoppable force when he’s swinging well. In fact four of his last ten fights have seen him winning by TKO!
In these mixed fights where a predominant wrester the takes on a striker, the fight nearly always comes down to whether the wrestler is able to take down the striker and submit. It’s not a good strategy for the wrestler to stay standing as they’re going to be outclassed by a better and harder striker.
So can Koscheck take down? Yes, he can!
He’s a guy who has gone the distance with Georges St. Pierre, submitted Anthony Johnson and if his standing game has improved as much as we’re to believe, he’s going to be the better fighter when he steps into the Octagon.
The strategy for him will be to avoid Daley’s punches in the early stages of the fight and then wear down Daley on the ground into submission. Koscheck is consistently looking like the number one contender for GSP’s title and this will be the fight for him to prove it in.
Betting Odds (supplied by Sportsbet) :
John Koscheck: $1.42
Paul Daley: $2.80
Our tip: Koscheck for the win by submission – most likely in 2nd or 3rd round.
Who’s your tip for the fights?
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