There will be a lot going on in the world of MMA in the next two weeks. Below, I will be discussing my picks for the Kim Couture vs. Kerry Vera fight on Nov. 20 and some of the fights on the the UFC 106 card, scheduled for Nov. 21.
Right now, it's time to discuss the Truesport MMA amateur fights, scheduled for Nov. 28, inside The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Twenty-four of Las Vegas’s top mixed martial arts amateur fighters will clash in seven weight divisions at 7p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28, when Truesport MMA presents a 12-fight card in the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Yours truly will finally get a chance to showcase my MMA skills. I hope you are all able to make it and cheer me on! I will be fighting at 220lbs.Tickets, $15 and $25, and $45 for cage-side, will be available Nov. 11, 2009 at 10 a.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino box office, all Ticketmaster locations, at www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 702-693-5222. The event is sanctioned by International Sport Karate Association (ISKA).
Fighters from all the major training camps in the Las Vegas region, including TapouT Training Center, Xtreme Couture, Las Vegas Elite, 365 Graveyard, Striking Unlimited, Warrior Training, Team Wanderlei, Combat Fitness and Hawaiian Fighting Academy will compete in this second Truesport MMA card, which is subject to change. For more information about the card and the fighters, visit www.Truesportmma.com.
“Due to popular demand, thanks to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino we have moved our event into the Joint. The fighters for our upcoming event will also make their debut for the first time in a Cage,” said Lisa Faircloth, a spokesperson for Truesport MMA. The Truesport MMA fight will feature Hawaii’s own, Uncle Willie K singing the national anthem. VIP treatment at the fight includes branded leather recliners from XZipit.com with 42" flat panel TVs in front of the recliners, designed by Seating Solutions. Table and bottle service is also available at (702) 234-2582.
Now, for the picks on professional fights coming up. I'm going to start with Kim Couture vs. Kerry Vera. Last week, you saw Kim's ex- husband, Randy Couture fight against Kerry's current husband, Brandon Vera. Randy Couture got the victory, as I predicted, and I do believe Kim Couture will do the same here. I have yet to find a line on this fight, but if you do, put your money on Couture. I have been watching her train for months at the TapouT Training Center and she looks impressive. Her striking is better than ever, and she really has been working on her ground game. I don't see this fight going past the first round.
In the upcoming UFC 106, the main event is between two former light heavy weight champions. Forrest Griffin is the favorite at -145 and Tito Ortiz is the underdog at +115. I think both of these fighters are past their prime and will most likely have a slug fest like they did the first time they fought. It will be a good fight for fans to watch, but neither will give implications that they are in any shape or form to eventually get back to being the champion of this division. The winner to me is a coin toss.
Two other fights that look entertaining are Anthony Johnson at -120 vs. Josh Koscheck at -110. Johnson is an up and coming fighter with big bombs, but I will pick the crafty veteran to withstand the bombs and win the fight with a broader arsenal.
We will also see the return of Phil "The New York Bad Ass" Baroni vs. Amir Sadollah. Sadollah is a huge favorite at -210. Baroni is the underdog at +165. I think Sadollah will continue on his winning ways here, unless the veteran Baroni pulls out one of massive knockout punches from the days of old. Remember, Baroni will pass out from a choke before he will tap. This guy's heart is bigger than his body!
Question? Comment? E-mail me at: Erick Kapp