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Weekend Fights to Watch



Saturday, August 17th, 2013

By Benjamin Bieker

 

 

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Charlie Brenneman vs. Kyle Baker

Charlie Brenneman is on the hunt to get back into the UFC, and he is trying to do so at a lower weight class. He now fights at 155, and so far has won three fights including two submission wins. Now, he faces of with Bellator veteran Kyle Baker who despite having a rough time the last few fights out is still a tough fighter with 9 of his 12 wins coming by way of knockout.

 

George Sullivan vs. Jesus Martinez

Sullivan could find himself picked up by a big promotion soon, because he currently sitting at 9-1 in his last ten fights with three of his past four wins by TKO/KO. He faces off with Martinez who should not beat Sullivan, but this is MMA and anyone can win.

 

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Pedro Munhoz vs. Jeff Curran

Undefeated bantamweight prospect Pedro Munhoz looks to catapult himself into the Octagon with an impressive win over Jeff Curran. Over half his wins come by way of submission, but that may not be a great way to go in this fight when facing off with Curran. The former UFC fighter, made his way down to 125, but comes back up for this fight to help get himself on Dana White’s radar again with a win.

 

Kevin Casey vs. Casey Ryan

In his first fight since his TUF appearance, Casey will take on the undefeated Ryan. Obviously, Casey’s biggest asset is his grappling which Ryan himself has shown proficiency in having submitted four out of his five opponents. If Ryan can take Casey out on the groudn that would spell big things for his career.

 

Steve Mocco vs. Lew Polley

Former Olympian Steve Mocco looks to follow in other wrestlers footsteps by entering the MMA cage. So far he has one two fights by submission, and now he faces off with Polley who famously missed weight for light-heavyweight by nearly 30 pounds for last weeks WSOF 4. He belongs at heavyweight, but the question is if Mocco belongs in the cage with him.

 

Steve Swanson vs. Matt Manzanares

Cub Swanson’s younger brother suffered his first loss in his last fight by submission, and now he is looking to rebound. Cub knows how to rebound big so it is possible his brother does too. This will probably be a strikers delight since both fighters have the majority of their wins by KO/TKO.

 

Chris Spang vs. Alan Jouban

Strikeforce and UFC veteran Chris Spang is still in the infancy of his MMA career, and he needs to work on his ground game if he is bound to continue. Jouban is a killer having made people tap out due to strikes, and knocked others our with knees or punches.

 

Justine Kish vs. Christine Stanley

With Female MMA becoming so big it is starting to pull people back into the fight game. Kish fought her first fight in 2010, and she took out a pre-Bellator Munah Holland by triangle choke. Stanley may have a leg up on her having fought her first fight in 2012 which she won by knockout.

 

Ricky Legere Jr. vs. Stephen Martinez

When you say that someone is a TUF, Strikeforce, and Bellator veteran you believe that they lost in those, and while that is true for TUF Legere has actually picked up wins in Strikeforce and Bellator. He has won seven straight wins, all of those came by stoppage except for one, and finished fellow TUF veteran James Chaney in his last fight. That may be the power of training at Team Quest now. He face off with a submission juggernaut in Martinez who may have trouble if he cannot control Legere’s wrestling.

 


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