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Immaculate
05-27-2006, 04:56 PM
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It’s always intriguing when a superstar returns to where his legend was cast. And when that individual has been away from the Octagon for 11 years, the questions come in truckloads.

Time has changed the cage Royce Gracie once called home — as well as the sport fought inside it. Gracie faces UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes in a non-title affair. They didn’t even have weight divisions the last time he was in the UFC. They also only have 15 minutes to decide this one. Royce knew nothing of rounds when he was there.

Said Gracie: “This is my house. I built it.” Well, he may have built it but someone has been paying the bills while he was gone. Is it eviction time? Only time will tell.

Before we get to the main event, let’s focus on the bottom half of the under card.

The Brazilians are back! Gonzaga, Scherner and Silva are set to fight in the Octagon. We’ll see the return of Vera in a heavyweight contender’s bout. Swick and Riggs go at in the middleweights. Sanchez and Alessio bring the pain in the welterweights. And Lister makes his UFC debut against the dangerous 205-pound “Legionarius.”

The entire card breaks down as follows:

In a battle of Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts, Chute Boxe-trained Gabriel Gonzaga squares off against American Top Team West fighter Fabiano Scherner.

Alessio Sakara from Team Centurion battles Dean Lister (Pictures) of City Boxing.

Spencer Fisher of Miletich Martial Arts throws down with Tulsa Top Team fighter Matt Wiman.

Team Anaconda wrestler Melvin Guillard tangles with Las Vegas Combat Club jiu-jitsu fighter Rick Davis.

Jackson Submission Fighting’s Diego Sanchez confronts John Alessio.

Jeremy Horn squares off against wrestler Chael Sonnen from Team Quest.

Mike Swick of the American Kickboxing Academy and Joe Riggs (Pictures) from Elite Performance take to the cage.

City Boxing striker Brandon Vera faces Muay Thai Dream Team fighter Assuerio Silva.

And in the main event, Miletich Fighting Systems athlete and current welterweight Champion Matt Hughes meets three-time UFC eight-man tournament champion Royce Gracie in a non-title bout.

Immaculate
05-27-2006, 04:57 PM
Gabriel "Napao" Gonzaga http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/Pictures/GABRIEL_GONZAGA.jpgvs. Fabiano "Pega-Leve" Scherner http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/Pictures/FABIANO_SCHERER.jpg

My Pick: This is an interesting match-up of BJJ black belt versus BJJ black belt and Chute Boxe versus ATT. They’ve met before, not in MMA but in submission grappling at the ADCC Brazilian Trials. Gonzaga won that bout. He has a chance to show he can beat “Pege Leve” anywhere or Scherner can show the first meeting was just grappling and this is a fight. I give the edge to Gonzaga. His only loss is to Werdum (who was almost a member of Chute Boxe) and he already has a win in the UFC. Gonzaga by Unanimous decision.

Immaculate
05-27-2006, 04:57 PM
Alessio "Legionarius" Sakara http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/Pictures/Alessio_Sakara2_profile.JPG vs. Dean Lister http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/Pictures/Dean_Lister_profile.jpg

MY PICK: Lister. He is without a doubt one of the best grapplers on the planet. This is his UFC debut and I expect him to come prepaired and get the win. Lister by Submission 2nd round.

Immaculate
05-27-2006, 04:57 PM
Spencer Fisher http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/Pictures/Spencer_Fisher2.JPG vs. Matt Wiman http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/Pictures/Matt_Wiman2.JPG

MY PICK: Fisher. Wiman is a good fighter, But he's taking this fight on short notice as Fisher's original opponent broke his leg in trainning. Fisher by TKO 1st round.

Immaculate
05-27-2006, 04:58 PM
Melvin "The Young Assasin" Guillard http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/Pictures/Melvin2.JPG vs. Rick Davis http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/Pictures/Rick_Davis_profile2.JPG

MY PICK: Guillard It looks like a last-minute fill-job but was set up at least a month ago. Davis may put on a great fight and everyone will be wondering where he’s been hiding but I have my doubts. The “Young Assassin” appears to have been given the opportunity to shine in the cage, but it is unlikely most of America will see it unless it is a 30-second affair. Guillard by KO in the first round

Immaculate
05-27-2006, 04:58 PM
Diego "Dirty" Sanchez http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/Pictures/Diego_Sanchez_profile2.JPG vs. John Alessio http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/Pictures/John_Alessio2.JPG

MY PICK: This is a tough one. These two were both major stars in the King of the Cage and now they meet in the UFC. The edge has to go to Sanchez. He rolled through the reality show and is 3-0 in official UFC bouts. Alessio will be a tough challenger though, definitely the toughest in Diego’s UFC history. We may see a lot of ground-and-pound out of Sanchez because Alessio has some very crisp hands. I think it will be Sanchez by decision

Immaculate
05-27-2006, 04:59 PM
Jeremy "Gumby" Horn http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/Pictures/horn_profile.jpg vs Chael Sonnen http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/Pictures/Sonnen2.JPG

My Pick: Well these two have fought twice before. With the same result each time, Horn victorious. Do I see anything changing in this fight? No. Horn by submission 2nd round.

Immaculate
05-27-2006, 04:59 PM
FIGHT OF THE NIGHT!


Mike "Quick" Swick http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/Pictures/Mike_Swick2.JPG vs Joe "Diesel" Riggs http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/Pictures/riggs_profile.jpg

My pick: Swick. I think he has the better technical stand-up, He has better cardio, And won't have to sweat for 3 days to make the weight. Swick by TKO 2nd round.

Immaculate
05-27-2006, 04:59 PM
Brandon "The Truth" Vera http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/Pictures/Brandon_Vera.jpg vs Ausserio Silva http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/Pictures/Asseurio_Silva_profile.jpg

My pick: Silva. Brandon is undefeated, But this will easily be his toughest opponent to date. Silva is a BJJ black-belt, And has some amazing Thai skills. Everything Brandon does, I think Silva does a little bit better. Silva TKO early 3rd round.

Immaculate
05-27-2006, 05:00 PM
THE MAIN EVENT

Matt Hughes http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/Pictures/Matt_hughes_profile.jpg vs Royce Gracie http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/Pictures/roycegracie.jpg

My pick: Hughes by domination. :cool:

POST YOUR PICKS!!

burt
05-27-2006, 05:55 PM
1) I agree...Fabiano ain't that fab....
2) I am going with Sakara...but I hope you are right..grapplers rule..
3) Fisher...not enough prep time for Wiman
4) Sanchez
5) Horn
6) Swick...we agree again...
7) The truth...Vera...
8) HUGHES...WITH A POSSIBILITY OF AN UPSET...

COUNTDOWN TO FIGHT TIME...

pak1983
05-27-2006, 06:10 PM
Gracie pwning the n00b

morphius
05-27-2006, 06:54 PM
Gracie pwning the n00b
Not a big fan of the sport, but caught some of Gracie's old fights today, and as I enjoy judo I have to root for the guy, watching him lock guys into arm bars was pretty cool.

burt
05-27-2006, 07:01 PM
Gracie pwning the n00b

I can live with that....

Immaculate
05-27-2006, 07:26 PM
Not a big fan of the sport, but caught some of Gracie's old fights today, and as I enjoy judo I have to root for the guy, watching him lock guys into arm bars was pretty cool.


Uhmm. Royce Gracie is a Jiu-Jitsu fighter. Not Judo. That is a big rivalry actually. Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. Quite different.

Immaculate
05-27-2006, 07:27 PM
Gracie pwning the n00b
Noob?? Matt has 30 more fights than Royce. He will crush Royces old ass. The sport has evolved so much since Royce dominated it's not even funny. Royce will bleed tongiht. Mark my words.

Rudy lost the toss
05-27-2006, 08:11 PM
Noob?? Matt has 30 more fights than Royce. He will crush Royces old ass. The sport has evolved so much since Royce dominated it's not even funny. Royce will bleed tongiht. Mark my words.
Royce will definitely bleed but i still feel he can catch Hughes in something.

chop
05-27-2006, 08:13 PM
Swick and Riggs about to start.

chop
05-27-2006, 08:18 PM
Swick and Riggs already over.

Bwana
05-27-2006, 08:23 PM
It is recording as I type. I will watch it all later tonight.

chop
05-27-2006, 08:26 PM
no spoilers then

Halfcan
05-27-2006, 08:26 PM
Post the winners please.

morphius
05-27-2006, 09:38 PM
Uhmm. Royce Gracie is a Jiu-Jitsu fighter. Not Judo. That is a big rivalry actually. Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. Quite different.
I don't know about that. my understanding has always been that Judo was a sport, while Jiu-Jitsu is the battle form of Judo.

Immaculate
05-27-2006, 09:58 PM
I don't know about that. my understanding has always been that Judo was a sport, while Jiu-Jitsu is the battle form of Judo.


Think again. I'm talking Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu. A whole other animal than Judo.

Immaculate
05-27-2006, 09:58 PM
And I called all the fights right but one! I am a god!

Immaculate
05-27-2006, 10:04 PM
You guys haven't seen anything yet. Watch what Spencer Fisher does to this guy!

unlurking
05-27-2006, 10:09 PM
You guys haven't seen anything yet. Watch what Spencer Fisher does to this guy!
Got it paused on TIVO, will be checking it out as soon as I refresh my 151 'n Coke.

Immaculate
05-27-2006, 10:18 PM
Wiman is a shit talker. And I hope he gets KTFO'd

Immaculate
05-27-2006, 10:19 PM
BOOOM! GET YOUR MOTHER TO SEW THAT!

morphius
05-27-2006, 10:20 PM
Think again. I'm talking Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu. A whole other animal than Judo.
I understand that, Judo's goal is to throw or pin someone, Jiu Jitsu in general is to hurt/kill and allows punching and kicks, so it is the battle version. My understanding is that the roots are the same though, and while it may be Brazillian Jiu Jitsu, I doubt its origins are all from Brazil.

Immaculate
05-27-2006, 10:23 PM
All I know is they don't teach flying knees in either discipline. What's what that?! HAHA

Immaculate
05-27-2006, 10:31 PM
OOOH MY LORD!!! Watch out for Melvin!

burt
05-27-2006, 10:40 PM
And I called all the fights right but one! I am a god!

UUUmmmmm doesn't that make us even????

burt
05-27-2006, 10:43 PM
Melvin "The Young Assasin" Guillard http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/Pictures/Melvin2.JPG vs. Rick Davis http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/Pictures/Rick_Davis_profile2.JPG

MY PICK: Guillard It looks like a last-minute fill-job but was set up at least a month ago. Davis may put on a great fight and everyone will be wondering where he’s been hiding but I have my doubts. The “Young Assassin” appears to have been given the opportunity to shine in the cage, but it is unlikely most of America will see it unless it is a 30-second affair. Guillard by KO in the first round

I forgot to call this bout....though it's a no brainer....

burt
05-27-2006, 10:45 PM
Second fight I have seen Fabio suck in....

unlurking
05-27-2006, 11:18 PM
All I know is they don't teach flying knees in either discipline. What's what that?! HAHA
I replayed that and Melvin's overhand about 10 times each. Awesome fight night.

burt
05-27-2006, 11:21 PM
I thought Fisher was an asshole.

big nasty kcnut
05-27-2006, 11:36 PM
what a night and melvin knock the shizzle out that guy wow.

unlurking
05-27-2006, 11:49 PM
I thought Fisher was an asshole.
I thought he was a bit of a prick too, but when Wiman came out in the second talking smack it looked like they were pees in a pod. I was actually pretty impressed with Wiman, he came out pretty strong, just inexperienced. Fisher's knee was a thing of beauty though.

Anyone else notice that two fight in a row (Fisher then Melvin), the loser stuck his hand in the air right before he took a knock-out blow? Thought that was interesting.

unlurking
05-27-2006, 11:52 PM
what a night and melvin knock the shizzle out that guy wow.
Melvin is fast as ****. To be honest, I really thought he was pretty sloppy. Then I watched the fight a second time all the way through (my son missed it and I wanted him to see it), and all those "sloppy punched" had a new meaning for me. After watching the knock-out right I realized how much power that kid was throwin'. I started to cringe every time I saw him miss, thinking each one could have ended the fight.

burt
05-27-2006, 11:53 PM
I thought he was a bit of a prick too, but when Wiman came out in the second talking smack it looked like they were pees in a pod. I was actually pretty impressed with Wiman, he came out pretty strong, just inexperienced. Fisher's knee was a thing of beauty though.

Anyone else notice that two fight in a row (Fisher then Melvin), the loser stuck his hand in the air right before he took a knock-out blow? Thought that was interesting.

just coincedence...no Don King

unlurking
05-27-2006, 11:57 PM
just coincedence...no Don King
hahaha

No, I wasn't thinking that! I was just thinking that in boxing, whenever a guy shakes his head, as if to say "didn't hurt", it means it really did hurt. It was almost as though they were doing the same, "you didn't hurt me", and the opponents said "hey, that's my signal, this guy is ready to go down". Trying to say you aren't hurt seems to be like blood in the water for your opponent.

LocoChiefsFan
05-28-2006, 12:55 AM
who won between Hughes and Gracie?

'Hamas' Jenkins
05-28-2006, 01:56 AM
Hughes mauled him; stopped due to strikes at 4:39 of Round 1.

UKMike
05-28-2006, 03:48 AM
I understand that, Judo's goal is to throw or pin someone, Jiu Jitsu in general is to hurt/kill and allows punching and kicks, so it is the battle version. My understanding is that the roots are the same though, and while it may be Brazillian Jiu Jitsu, I doubt its origins are all from Brazil.

Judo evolved out of Japanese Jiu jitsu, the idea was to make it safer so that people could train properly and not just punch the air and wear inch thick gloves and stupid stuff like that, and therefore be much better at it. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu also evolved out of japanese jiu jitsu, basically it's the same, despite what the gracie family tells you, the difference being the way it is taught and practiced, which is like judo, only more brutal.

morphius
05-28-2006, 08:25 AM
Judo evolved out of Japanese Jiu jitsu, the idea was to make it safer so that people could train properly and not just punch the air and wear inch thick gloves and stupid stuff like that, and therefore be much better at it. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu also evolved out of japanese jiu jitsu, basically it's the same, despite what the gracie family tells you, the difference being the way it is taught and practiced, which is like judo, only more brutal.
Much better worded, thank you. That is pretty much how I figured it was, though I didn't know anything about Brazillian Jiu Jitsu other then that it exsisted. There is a place not far from here that teaches Brazillian, might have to check it out now.

CoMoChief
05-28-2006, 08:42 AM
Hughes whooped the shit out of Gracie. This is not the type of fight Gracie is used to though. He usually takes a long beating then he submits a guy with some techingue submission move, but it takes him a long time sometimes, more than just a 5 min round. Gracie just got in a bad position where Hughes got his leverage around his hips on his back where Gracie couldnt move out of and just pounded away. Hughes is a strong mother fugger.

burt
05-28-2006, 08:48 AM
Hughes whooped the shit out of Gracie. This is not the type of fight Gracie is used to though. He usually takes a long beating then he submits a guy with some techingue submission move, but it takes him a long time sometimes, more than just a 5 min round. Gracie just got in a bad position where Hughes got his leverage around his hips on his back where Gracie couldnt move out of and just pounded away. Hughes is a strong mother fugger.

I believe Royce is a Great legendary fighter. But the truth is the sport has passed him by. Matt Hughes is a great, WELL ROUNDED, incredibly athletic, fighter. It all happened much as anticipated....but Royce did have an outside chance...