Friday, November 16, 2007

UFC 78 Preview

Jason Reinhardt vs Joe Lauzon
Reinhardt is 18-0 but Lauzon will be his toughest test yet. Lauzon is very confident after training with B.J.Penn in Hawaii for the past few months. He plans to be the aggressor and take it to Reinhardt as soon as the bell rings. Will youth or experience prevail? Lauzon is in his early 20s while Reinhardt is 38.

Ryo Chonan Vs. Karo Parisyan
Chonan is from Pride and is moving down to 170 after fighting at 185 all his life. He is training with Team Quest while preparing for the fight. Karo will want to throw Chonan all over the cage. Karo broke his thumb in his last fight against Josh Burkman but he is now healthy.

Joe Doerksen vs Ed Herman
Herman will be seeking revenge as he lost to Herman before. Doerksen is taking this fight on short notice. Herman has been working on his hands and says he has gotten much better on his feet.

Luke Caudillo Vs. Marcus Aurelio
Caudillo trains with Duane "Bang" Ludvig and fights out of Denver. He wants to keep the fight standing while Aurelio wants to take it to the ground. Aurelio's last fight was a decision loss to Clay Guida. Caudillo lost his last UFC fight to Nate Mohr.

Akihiro Gono Vs. Tamdan McCrory
Gono is from Pride. He has a 27-12 record. Gono is a true showman and entertainer. Unfortunately for the fans watching on pay-per-view, this is a prelim and will not be shown on TV likely. McCrory is fighting out of upstate New York and is a member of Team Bomb Squad. Gono has much more experience than McCrory.

Chris Lytle Vs. Thiago Alves
This could be a very good fight. Lytle said he's prepared for everything and wants to take Alves out as soon as possible. Alves is a very exciting fighter and knows how to finish fights. Alves trains out of Florida with American Top Team.

Frank Edgar Vs. Spencer Fisher
Edgar is from New Jersey and will be fighting in his hometown. He was last seen losing a decision to Tyson Griffin in a very exciting fight. Fisher was last seen defeating Sam Stout. Give the edge to Fisher here due to experience.

Houston Alexander vs Thiago Silva
Alexander fights out of Nebraska and Silva is a member of the Chute Box Academy in Brazil. Silva is 11-0 with nine knockouts. He has a black belt in BJJ. This is a very intriguing matchup. Can Silva get Alexander on the ground? This could be a slugfest and this fight will probably not end in a decision.

Michael Bisping vs Rashad Evans
This is the main event of the card. Evans is winner of TUF 2 and Bisping won TUF 3. Bisping last fight was controversial as he won a decision over Mark Hamil while Evans went to a draw with Tito Ortiz. Evans was somewhat gun-shy against Ortiz but promises to be more aggressive on Saturday night. This will be Bisping's toughest fight to date. Evans will win because he is more talented and a better fighter.

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