"We're Taking Over!!" - Anonymous, Ok, me.
Zuffa closed up the Strikeforce shop, but brought over a
troupe of hungry young fighters into the UFC.
Those fighters have taken the bull by the horns and are doing work in
the Octagon. These guys have gone a
combined 5-1 in their UFC debuts. It's like they are doing a takeover angle, pro wrestling fans will get this.
Hadn't lost in his last twelve fights, Isaac has been on a
major roll in the lightweight division.
He was 2-0 in Strikeforce and debuted in the UFC against one of the
toughest and more durable lightweights in the world, Yves Edwards. In a classic back and forth affair, they each
had their moments, but when the final bell rang to end the contest,
Vallie-Flagg was awarded a split decision, his third split decision in as many
fights. When you live by the sword, you
often die by the sword, but so far, he’s getting it done.
Next Up: No match is announced, but you can expect him
to get a contest a little further up the rankings. Maybe a matchup with Evan Dunham would be of
A winner of five in a row, he wasn't done any favors, when
brought in to debut against the uber-tough Jacob Volkmann. Volkmann is a wrestler with a smothering
style, who has worn down plenty a fighter and was a big favorite heading into
the contest. All Bobby Green did was
will his way to victory. He was stuffed
under Volkmann and fought, scrapped, battled and brawled his way to
victory. He took all that Volkmann had,
and then with only seconds left in the fight, he secured a rear naked choke,
and a future in the UFC. Dana White was
very impressed with Green. As for
Volkmann? He got fired.
Next Up: I’d like to see him face someone like Danny
Castillo. That would be an interesting
Robbie Lawler is a UFC veteran who had last fought in the
Octagon is 2004. He’s been bouncing
around a little until he found a home in Strikeforce. His career has always been, win a couple, lose
one, but he’s got a couple of things going for him that make him
marketable. He has knockout power in
either hand, and he brings an aura of imminent danger to his fights. His return to the UFC was against Josh
Koscheck, who did the smart thing and wrestled him, but all Lawler needed was
one big shot on the ground to turn the tide, and TKO Koscheck. He’s a star who fans love to cheer for.
Next Up: Perhaps if Nick Diaz loses his title fight
with GSP, which is a real possibility, he can meet Lawler in a rematch of their
2004 UFC clash that saw Lawler KO’d for the only time in his 29 fight
career. A fight with Jake Ellenberger or
Martin Kampmann could be fun.
The lone transplant who failed to win in his opener, Caros
Fodor still impressed in a very difficult fight with UFC veteran Sam
Stout. The fight was a back and forth
battle, where Fodor tried to press the action, but an always developing Stout
used a newly impressive wrestling game to keep him at bay when needed. It was a close fight, but Stout won the split
decision. Nothing for Fodor to hang his
head about, but he has lost two consecutive fights now, so he has to either win
his next one, or go out and do something Grice-like in losing.
Up Next: Not sure who Fodor will get next in the UFC
but a matchup with someone outside the top fifteen would seem reasonable. Maybe a fight with Dos Anjos or Yves Edwards
could be on the horizon.
Nah-Shon committed one of the biggest errors in the UFC when
he showed up better than five pounds over his allotted 170 pound weight
limit. It is NEVER a good idea to miss weight
in the UFC, but when it is your debut….ouch!
Nah-Shon knew he needed to perform in his fight, and he did. He and Yuri Villefort had a very spirited
fight to open the night at UFC 157. It
was back and forth, lots of furious action, and probably was only bested by
Fight of the Night winner, and early Fight of the Year candidate Matt Grice vs.
Dennis Bermudez. It was another big win
for Strikeforce, and a much needed shot in the arm for a heavy Burrell.
Up Next: Next for Burrell is a battle with the
scale. He has to prove he can make the
weight, or he’ll be cut regardless of talent.
Once he does that, expect him to face someone like Justin Edwards, James
Head or Jason High….lots of options with the letter J there.
These fighters some Strikeforce are hungry, and they are
taking every opportunity that the UFC is giving them to shine. If you’re a UFC guy paired up against one of
these new Strikeforce transplants, you’re going to have to pack a lunch. The UFC is over their desired fighter capacity
by 100 fighters, a fact apparently not lost on Strikeforce.