Happy Hump Day,
World Series of Fighting gets more attention from the writers of this site than the AXS TV fights but I figured that I would continue this preview style again.
I am still tweaking how it's going to be formatted.
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WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING 8 - GAETHJE VS. PATISHNOCK (Prelims)
When: Saturday January 18th, 2014, Internet Stream at 6:30 P.M. ET
|JOSE CACERES||V||ANDERSON MELO|
|WIN RATE||HEIGHT||6'2"||HEIGHT||5'8"||WIN RATE|
|FINISH RATE||AGE||26||AGE||26||FINISH RATE|
|LAST FIVE||2||3||0||2||3||0||LAST FIVE|
All of Caceres' wins are by submission and he is a very tall welterweight at 6'2". And with the nickname "The Fresh Prince" I almost want him to win solely because of that. Melo has jumped around a bit when it comes to weight classes, fighting at a 190 lbs catchweight in his last bout. He too has finished all of his wins but has 6 (T)KO's and 4 submissions. Caceres is 2-1 in his last 3 and lost his last bout, whereas Melo is on a two fight win streak after a 4 fight losing streak.
Any pick I make in this fight is a crap shoot. It is supposed to air online as a prelim and with both guys being finishers it should be a good one: Jose Caceres by submission, round 3.
|FREDDY ASSUNCAO||V||BRENSON HANSEN|
|WIN RATE||HEIGHT||5'7"||HEIGHT||5'8"||WIN RATE|
|FINISH RATE||AGE||29||AGE||24||FINISH RATE|
|LAST FIVE||5||0||0||4||1||0||LAST FIVE|
Assuncao has two more fights and two more wins and his competition has varied and I think he is a legit prospect. That being said he is not a great finisher with only 43% of his victories coming by KO or submission. Hansen is even less of a finisher with only 1 finish in his professional career. Assuncao is the youngest of the Assuncao brothers including top 10 bantamweight Raphael Assuncao.
Hansen is a decent prospect himself but I'm going with the pedigree. Assuncao by decision.
|ALEXIS VILA||V||SIDEMAR HONORIO|
|WIN RATE||HEIGHT||5'4"||HEIGHT||5'5"||WIN RATE|
|FINISH RATE||AGE||42||AGE||33||FINISH RATE|
|LAST FIVE||2||3||0||2||3||0||LAST FIVE|
After starting his career 11-0, Vila has now lost 4 out of his last 6. That being said; he is an Olympic Bronze Medalist and multi-time world champion in amateur wrestling. But at the age of 42 you question how much he as left. Capable of fighting at 125 lbs, he is not a huge bantamweight. Honoiro has lost his last two and only fought once since August 2012. Honoiro is likely trying to push one last time for a shot at glory himself because at 33 he's no spring chicken.
Even nine years older I believe that Vila is by far the superior
wrestler fighter. Vila by decision.
|SCOTT BARRETT||V||DERRICK MEHMEN|
|WIN RATE||HEIGHT||6'0"||HEIGHT||6'4"||WIN RATE|
|FINISH RATE||AGE||30||AGE||28||FINISH RATE|
|LAST FIVE||4||1||0||4||1||0||LAST FIVE|
Heavyweight bouts are either very fun to watch or God-awful. Out of 30 wins between them, 22 of them are by knockout and an overall 83% finish rate between them. Mehman is taller, has a 5 inch reach advantage and is likely the faster fighter. He's also more recognizable because he won a Bazzie Award for KO of the Year for knocking out Rolles Graice in September at WSOF 5. Barrett hasn't fought a lot of big names but is an XFC and Bellator veteran.
This isn't going to be very popular pick but...Barrett by knock the fuck out, round 1.
You may wonder why.... Mehmen was getting picked apart... losing the striking badly to a Gracie in his last bout until he landed the big punch. That's my reason.
|VALDIR ARAUJO||V||TYLER STINSON|
|WIN RATE||HEIGHT||5'8"||HEIGHT||6'3"||WIN RATE|
|FINISH RATE||AGE||29||AGE||28||FINISH RATE|
|LAST FIVE||4||1||0||3||2||0||LAST FIVE|
Stinson is a stud. His four losses since 2010 have been to Dan Hornbuckle, Steve Carl, Tarec Saffiedine, and Jordan Mein. In 26 career victories, 92% are finishes including 18 knockouts. Araujo is a perfectly decent capable fighter who has a 2-1 record in Bellator. He has however been stopped by strikes in 3 out of his 4 losses. Stinson lost his last two fights in Strikeforce which is likely why he wasn't brought over to the UFC with his fellow Strikeforce compatriots. Maybe Araujo can catch Stinson in a submission, but I foresee a pretty one sided fight.
Stinson by knockout, round 2.
There are the preliminary bouts on this weekends upcoming WSOF Card. I will release the next section on Thursday. Enjoy UFC Fight Night 35 Tonight and tune into MFC 39 - No Remorse on AXS TV this Friday. You should be excited as an MMA fan because there is so much to look forward to this year.