UFC 104 is nearly upon us. Next week we will break down the main event fight between current Light Heavy Weight Champion, Lyoto Machida and his opponent Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
A good clash in the heavyweights is what we will get when Cain Valasquez (pictured) goes toe-to-toe with Ben Rothwell.
Valasquez, a Salinas, CA native was originally pitted against Shane Carwin, but Carwin was recently given a title shot against current UFC Heavy Weight Champion, Brock Lesnar, in the upcoming UFC 106. I have not found a line for this one, but if you do, bet your money on the undefeated Valsquez.
He has quite a ferocity when coming straight at his opponents and can definitely take a punch. Rothwell, a Kenosha, WI native, has a good record of 30 wins and 6 defeats, but has fought at a much lower level for most of his career. He was at one time the Heavy Weight Champion of the International Fight League. He will have is work cut out for him in this one.
If it goes the distance, I believe his fitness will be lacking. Valasquez seems to have a gas tank that will last the entire fight and should come away with an easy victory. If Rothwell can get the victory, he may have broken into the ever growing talent pool of heavy weights in the UFC. If not, it's most likely back to the small stage.
Another battle you don't want to miss will have Joe "Daddy" Stevenson (pictured) versus Spencer "The King" Fisher in the 155lb class. Stevenson, a Torrance, CA native comes in at -220.
This guy has an excellent takedown and several different submissions to execute once he gets to the ground.
Fisher is a Cashiers, NC native and known for his standup style of fighting. He comes in as a +190. He better bring one hell of a knock out punch to get through this fight with a victory.
I will pick the experienced Stevenson in this one. Look for him to shoot early and try to keep his opponent smothered until he can find a submission. It's not always the most entertaining to watch, but it definitely serves its purpose.
On a personal note, I just found out that I will be making my amateur MMA debut on Nov. 28, 2009, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino here in Las Vegas. I will be a part of the TruesportMMA card. We'll see what I am made of -- I'll keep you posted!
In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, you can email me at Erick Kapp.