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PizDoff
8/03/2007 12:58pm,
UFC 74: Respect - 08/25/2007 7pm PT / 10pm ET
Mandalay Bay Events Center, Nevada


Randy Couture Vs. Gabriel Gonzaga - Heavy Weight Title Match
Roger Huerta Vs. Alberto Crane
Josh Koscheck Vs. Georges St-Pierre
Kurt Pellegrino Vs. Joe Stevenson
Patrick Cote Vs. Kendall Grove
Ryan Jensen Vs. Thales Leites
Renato Sobral Vs. David Heath
Frank Mir Vs. Antoni Hardonk
Clay Guida Vs. Marcus Aurelio

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meataxe
8/03/2007 2:49pm,
Randy Couture Vs. Gabriel Gonzaga - Gonzaga - decision
Roger Huerta Vs. Alberto Crane - Huerta - 2nd round TKO
Josh Koscheck Vs. Georges St-Pierre - GSP 2nd rd TKO
Kurt Pellegrino Vs. Joe Stevenson - ???
Patrick Cote Vs. Kendall Grove - haven't seen Cote fight, so ???
Ryan Jensen Vs. Thales Leites - Leites. I assume Jensen is just someone they are feeding to Leites.
Renato Sobral Vs. David Heath - Sobral. Ditto.
Frank Mir Vs. Antoni Hardonk - ???
Clay Guida Vs. Marcus Aurelio - as long as he does not cut his hair, Guida will prevail.

For the main event, I think Randy will be well prepared and have a good strategy. I think he will be able to use his preparation to avoid being stopped, but not strong enough to prevail. He might even win a round or two. No way will he be able to make Gonzaga look as silly as Silvia.

Roidie McDouchebag
8/03/2007 3:57pm,
Randy Couture Vs. Gabriel Gonzaga - Couture by Decision
Roger Huerta Vs. Alberto Crane - Crane by KTFO, Rd 1 (because I want to see Huerta lose and the show in Mexico flop)
Josh Koscheck Vs. Georges St-Pierre - St Pierre by KO, Rd 1
Kurt Pellegrino Vs. Joe Stevenson - Stevenson by Submission, Rd 2
Patrick Cote Vs. Kendall Grove - Cote by Decision
Ryan Jensen Vs. Thales Leites - Don't care
Renato Sobral Vs. David Heath - Sobral by Armbar
Frank Mir Vs. Antoni Hardonk - Hardonk by Not Being A Lumbering Bouncer Loser
Clay Guida Vs. Marcus Aurelio - Guida by Insanity

couch13
8/04/2007 3:57pm,
Randy Couture Vs. Gabriel Gonzaga - Heavy Weight Title Match- Couture Uni Decision
Roger Huerta Vs. Alberto Crane- Huerta 2nd Round KO
Josh Koscheck Vs. Georges St-Pierre- St-Pierre 2nd Round KO
Kurt Pellegrino Vs. Joe Stevenson- Stevenson 1st Round Sub
Patrick Cote Vs. Kendall Grove- Grove 3rd Round Sub
Ryan Jensen Vs. Thales Leites- Leites dont know
Renato Sobral Vs. David Heath- Sobral 2nd Round Sub
Frank Mir Vs. Antoni Hardonk- Mir 1st Round Sub
Clay Guida Vs. Marcus Aurelio- Aurelio 3rd Round Sub

Donkey_Fizzle
8/04/2007 10:17pm,
Couture round three by TKO. For some reason I envision Randy stuffing Gonzo into the cage and pounding him out.
Huerta round 1 from a punch launched from Kastick-wherethefuckever.
St.Pierre round three by decision.
Stevenson 2nd round stoppage due to strikes on the ground.
Cote by split decision.
don't know squat about Jensen or Leites so I can't wager a guess.
Soboral, TKO round 2.
Mir by split decision.
Gauida, round two TKO

meng_mao
8/04/2007 10:51pm,
Randy Couture Vs. Gabriel Gonzaga - Gonzaga by late-round stoppage from cuts.
Roger Huerta Vs. Alberto Crane - Huerta
Josh Koscheck Vs. Georges St-Pierre - Koscheck by Un. decision. I am a huge GSP fan but I think Kos is gonna play it nice, safe, and LNP. This is where GSP will have to really bring his sub game.
Kurt Pellegrino Vs. Joe Stevenson - Joe Daddy
Patrick Cote Vs. Kendall Grove - Kendall. His striking is pretty good and I think he can drag Cote into a striking match.
Ryan Jensen Vs. Thales Leites - Leites
Renato Sobral Vs. David Heath - Sobral. I'm glad Babulu is still in business after his troubles in and out of the cage.
Frank Mir Vs. Antoni Hardonk - Hardonk, easily
Clay Guida Vs. Marcus Aurelio - Guida. If Gomi can eek out a victory against Aurelio, Clay should have no problems.

Roidie McDouchebag
8/05/2007 12:54am,
LOL, Koscheck would have to get him down without getting hit. He CANNOT outstrike GSP and he can't get the takedown either, IMO.

meng_mao
8/05/2007 4:34pm,
LOL, Koscheck would have to get him down without getting hit. He CANNOT outstrike GSP and he can't get the takedown either, IMO.
Stranger things have happened. No one gave credit to Serra for having a striking chance against GSP.

Roidie McDouchebag
8/05/2007 4:59pm,
I think I did more than most people, because while Serra isn't the most polished striker, he's pretty smart defensively and does throw heavy, but Koscheck doesn't have those qualities. IF Kos can get him down, then he's got, I'd say, about an 80% chance of winning, but barring that, he has a 100% chance of losing.

T3hJudoChop
8/05/2007 7:18pm,
Randy Couture Vs. Gabriel Gonzaga - Gonzaga dec.

Roger Huerta Vs. Alberto Crane - Huerta, but, judging from Crane's submission wins, I wouldnt be surprised if Crane pulls a surprise upset. It would fit the year's theme

Josh Koscheck Vs. Georges St-Pierre - GSP by dec.

Kurt Pellegrino Vs. Joe Stevenson - Everyone likes Joe-Daddy for this. Pellegrino by submission.

Patrick Cote Vs. Kendall Grove - Grove

Ryan Jensen Vs. Thales Leites - Leites, but only because he's fresh on my mind

Renato Sobral Vs. David Heath - Babalu. for ****'s sake will the old Babalu please come back.

Frank Mir Vs. Antoni Hardonk - Mir, submission. I hope.

Clay Guida Vs. Marcus Aurelio - Guida, TKO. Lookin forward to this one.


Overall, a decent card. Might have to shell out the moolah for this one.

PizDoff
8/09/2007 3:46pm,
Randy Couture Vs. Gabriel Gonzaga - Is it too early to judge Randy Couture's heavyweight comeback? Though he did outclass, but not finish, an injured Tim Sylvia who knows what will happen here. Gonzaga surprised a lot of people in his last outing against Crocop. He clearly was a qualified grappler but who knew he could do a good imitation of Crocop?
I probably will have to do with Couture by JD.

Roger Huerta Vs. Alberto Crane - I have Huerta's last fight somewhere on my computer, haven't watched it yet. I understood his last opponent 'gave him fits' and 'rocked him' from what I've read. While some people may think Alberta Crane winning is an upset as he hasn't fought any big names, a look at Crane's BJJ credentials shows a huge threat on the ground.
Huerta by JD.

Josh Koscheck Vs. Georges St-Pierre - I could see Koscheck taking GSP down a few times. Then....not much else. GSP by TKO late.

Kurt Pellegrino Vs. Joe Stevenson - Fairly equal in submissions, I see Stevenson's size getting him the win.
Patrick Cote Vs. Kendall Grove - Hmmmm, Cote will probably fend off Grove's submissions but lose to a decision.
Ryan Jensen Vs. Thales Leites - Don't remember their fights. Leites comes from a better camp.
Renato Sobral Vs. David Heath - Sobral by sub. He'll actually come forward and not run backwards like Machida.
Frank Mir Vs. Antoni Hardonk - Meh. Should play out like McCully vs Hardonk, which I didn't see. I'm sure Mir can wrestle the kickboxer Hardonk to the ground enough to get the UD.
Clay Guida Vs. Marcus Aurelio - Did you see Ishida vs Aurelio? The same will happen but Guida is much more aggressive. Guida by UD.

Eldarbong
8/09/2007 5:26pm,
UFC 74: Respect - 08/25/2007 7pm PT / 10pm ET
Mandalay Bay Events Center, Nevada


Randy Couture Vs. Gabriel Gonzaga - tko rd 2
Roger Huerta Vs. Alberto Crane ud
Josh Koscheck Vs. Georges St-Pierre ko rd 1
Kurt Pellegrino Vs. Joe Stevenson sub rd 1
Patrick Cote Vs. Kendall Grove sub
Ryan Jensen Vs. Thales Leites sub
Renato Sobral Vs. David Heath sub
Frank Mir Vs. Antoni Hardonk sub
Clay Guida Vs. Marcus Aurelio UD

Shawarma
8/09/2007 6:16pm,
Even if only Couture and Gonzaga fought on this card it would be excellent. Now we'll see if Gonzaga's a chump who got lucky or a true threat and whether Randy can hang with the heavyweights like he used to.

the yellow dart
8/11/2007 1:17pm,
Couture vs. Gonzaga - I see Gonzaga winning by submission in the 3rd round. Couture has never had amazing sub defense, and we haven't seen that much improvement overall from him in that area. Gonzaga is definitely a strong grappler with most of his victories coming with submissions. BJJ is his strong suit, and frankly, Couture's biggest weakness. Gonzaga also showed his stand-up chops with his fight against Cro-Cop, where he definitively beat one of the best strikers in the world standing up. Gonzaga is also a larger heavyweight, and size is one of the things Randy has issues with at HW. He is a very small one, and Gonzaga is on the larger side and will push Randy around. I think Gonzaga will punish Randy for the first two rounds before taking him down and submitting him in the 3rd.

Huerta vs. Crane - Huerta by TKO in round 1. Crane is a can that hasn't fought outside of KOTC promotions and similar level matchups. Huerta is good, and will beat the crap out of him quickly.

Koscheck vs. GSP - GSP by TKO in round 2. I think we are going to see a tentative Koscheck who will try to do with GSP what he did against Sanchez, with much less success. GSP's striking will keep him ahead of the game, and I envision that GSP will attempt to remain offensive the entire time, taking Koscheck down himself using his absolutely brutal strength and simply overpowering him on the ground, brutalizing him in rd. 1 and doing the same in rd. 2, and about halfway through the second round GSP will do it again, but this time pass Koscheck's (non-existant) guard and G'n'P for the win.

Pellergrino vs. Stevenson - Stevenson by rd. 1 submission. Stevenson is a great fighter, and this will be a nasty BJJ fest that I think will favor Stevenson and his strength, locking in an armbar early on in the contest.

Cote vs. Grove - Grove with a nasty first round sub. Cote isn't a horrible fighter, but his sub defense is pretty poor and he has lost to such MW standouts such as Chris Leben. Grove is a strong up and comer who will dominate with his BJJ game.

Jensen vs. Leites - Leites by rd. 1 submission. Jensen is alright, but Leites will simply outclass him with his ground game. Easy win for Leites.

Sobral vs. Heath - Sobral via UD. Neither is at the peak of their career, and I think Babalu will keep it mixed up on the ground but not do well enough to finish Heath off. He'll get the UD, but it won't be a definite victory.

Mir vs. Hardonk - Mir by sub rd. 1. If this goes past 1 round, Mir and his general lack of conditioning will sink him. Regardless, Hardonk is still pretty much a joke who will get beaten early on if Mir is even a shadow of his former self.

Guida vs. Aurelio - Aurelio via rd. 2 sub. I like watching Guida fight and think he is exciting to watch, but he isn't a match for Aurelio. Aurelio has fought and beaten some of the best LWs in the world, whereas Guida just doesn't have that same experience and can't hang at that level. Both are solid ground game fighters, and I have Aurelio simply out-working Guida for the win.

Shawarma
8/11/2007 1:40pm,
I disagree with your assesment of the Couture/Gonzaga fight. First of all, Couture has brilliant takedown and positioning skills which Gonzaga will quite likely be hard pressed to match. Secondly, Gonzaga has proven little in the UFC against top heavyweights except that he can get lucky against a totally uninspired CroCop. And as for his size: Randys wrestling skills are good enough to control people larger and stronger than himself, as he did both Tito and Sylvia.

I don't think you can actually make assumptions about this fight at this point. Gonzaga is too much of a wild card.

It'll be one of the most interesting bouts of the year for certain.

PizDoff
8/11/2007 2:11pm,
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