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Posted on August 22, 2011 by John Petit
UFC 134 Silva Vs Okami takes place this Saturday Night in Rio De Janiero, Brazil. It will be the first time the UFC heads to Brazil since UFC 17.5 “Ultimate Brazil” which was held in 1998 in São Paulo. Below is a break down and picks for the under card that will be broadcast on Facebook, and on television in Brazil and Canada.
Welterweight bout: Paulo Thiago vs. David Mitchell
David Mitchell is fighting his second fight in the UFC after his first loss of his career versus TJ Waldburger by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Marquardt Vs. Palhares. Paulo Thiago has only lost to top ranked UFC welterweights (Fitch, Kampmann, Sanchez,) and is coming off his first losing streak of his career. Thiago just signed a new four fight deal with the UFC, but you can be certain that he knows what 3 losses in a row means in the organization.
Mitchell has his hands full with this one as Thiago can be an absolute killer in the Octagon when he is motivated, and I expect he will be as he is fighting in Brazil for the first time in years. 9 of Mitchell’s wins are by submission, but Thiago is on another level in the submission game with his black belt in both BJJ and Judo. Mitchell will have a slight reach advantage in this fight, but I feel Thiago’s hands have been getting better and better. Thiago will dictate the pace of this fight, and decide where it goes. I see Thiago hurting Mitchell in the feet with a punch, and jumping in for a quick submission when Mitchell isn’t ready.
Bantamweight bout: Raphael Assuncão vs. Johnny Eduardo
This is Assuncão’s second fight in the UFC and his first fight didn’t go the way he was hoping it would as he lost to Ed Koch by KO early in the first round. Eduardo is an unknown unless you have been following Brazilian MMA as he is a veteran of the sport and has been fighting since 1996. The 25-8 Eduardo is primarily a submission fighter as he has finished 13 of his 25 fights with his Jiu-Jitsu. This sets up an interesting ground fight for the two Bantamweights as 9 of Assuncão’s 16 wins were by sub as well. The wild card in this fight is that this will be Assuncão’s bantamweight debut, and it will be interesting to see how he adapts to weight cut.
Eduardo hasn’t lost a fight since 2008 and is on an 11 fight winning streak and he finished all but two of them, but its important to mention he has only fought once in 2010 and one time this year. Eduardo has also shown that he is able to use his striking to set up his take downs and his submissions, and not just relying on his BJJ. I think Eduardo will spoil Assuncão’s drop down to bantamweight and will land a punch that will hurt him early. Im taking Eduardo by TKO in the first round.
Featherweight bout: Yuri Alcantara vs. Felipe Arantes
Both of these Brazilians will be making their UFC debuts at UFC 134, although Alcantara has fought for the WEC once already. Alcantara was originally going to fight Mackens Semerzier, but he was replaced by Antonio “Pato” Carvalho. When Pato was injured during training, Chute Boxe prospect Felipe Arantes stepped in to take the fight. Its also important to mention that this will also be Alcantara’s debut fight at featherweight.
Arantes is riding a 7 fight win streak, although his last fight against TUF vet Andy Main was ruled a no contest because of an illegal knee. Arantes has been fighting at an exuberant rate as he fought 6 times in 2010 and 7 times in 2009. He has 18 fights under his belt since hist first match in 2008. Alcantara hasn’t been sitting around waiting for fights either. Alcantara is on 11 fight win streak, and has finished ten of those opponents. Alcantara fought 8 times in 2009 and another 8 in 2010.
Everyone at Arantes’ gym Chute Boxe has been talking about how good he has looked in training and that they are happy they have a representative at the UFC event in Brazil. Thats alot of pressure for the 23 year old, and it will be tough for him to overcome the momentum of 11 straight wins for Yuri. I see this fight going to the judges cards, and I see Yuri Alcantara getting the close nod.
Bantamweight bout: Yves Jabouin vs. Ian Loveland
Both Jabouin and Loveland are coming off of losses, and are looking for a win as Jabouin makes his batamweight debut. The only fight on the 134 that doesn’t have a Brazilian could turn out to be a fun fight. Ian Loveland is a Team Quest fighter who is 14-8, and was on a 7 fight winning streak until he dropped down to bantamweight and fought WEC stand out Joseph Benavidez. The one thing that has only been the Achilles heel of Loveland is his Jiu-Jitsu. He has lost 8 fights, and 7 of them were by submission. That will more than likely not be a factor in this fight as Jabouin likes to stand and strike. 11 of Jabouin’s 15 wins come via technical knock out or knock out. In Jabouin’s last fight, he was forced to tap to Garza via a flying triangle submission in his first UFC fight.
I’m giving Loveland a slight edge in this fight, and its only because of his experience in the UFC and at Bantamweight already. This fight will go back and forth, but I see Loevland getting the decision nod.
Welterweight bout: Erick Silva vs. Luis Ramos
Silva and Ramos will both be making their UFC debut’s in their home country of Brazil. Mike Swick was supposed to be fighting Silva, but the 168lb Shooto Champion Ramos stepped in as Swick was injured. Silva is being touted as one of Brazil’s hottest prospects, and is coming off of winning two fights in one night to win Jungle Fights inaugural Welterweight title. Nine of Silva’s twelve wins have been finishes, and seven of them were by submission.
Ramos is a veteran, and although he has never fought for the UFC before, he has fought on bigger stages. The 33 year old is on a three win winning streak since his last loss to UFC vet Roan Carneiro by decision last October. The 19-6 fighter has eleven wins by decision in his career, and it will be interesting to see where this fight ends up.
I think Ramos is going to win this fight in a close decision by controlling Silva on the floor.