UFC 110 has been dominating the MMA blogs this week, as fighter stats, rumours and predictions circulate prior to the event. Enthusiasts and commentators, bloggers and writers are all giving their two-cents’ worth on who the best fighter is, the physical and mental strategies to be employed, and who will win the fight.
The buzz created by MMA blogs has led to the massive sell-out of UFC 110 tickets for the upcoming fight in Sydney, Australia. Not to be left out are UFC fans around the world who can get a front-row view of the match albeit via pay-per-view.
UFC 110’s main event is the match between former champion Antonio Rodrigo “Minatauro” Nogueira and undefeated fighter Cain Velasquez. In the co-main event are fighters Michael “The Count” Bisping and Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva.
Nogueira or Velasquez?
Bloggers are skeptical about the return of Minotauro, perceived as an aging ex-champ who lost favour among MMA fans when he suffered a second round TKO loss to Frank Mir in December 2008. While MMA blogs reveal news and rumours circulating after that match indicated that Nogueira was suffering a bum knee and staph infection during the bout, MMA watchers are unconvinced that his loss was a fluke, for many believe that Nogueira’s age is finally catching up on him.
Nogueira, however, is not about to prove his detractors right. That’s just not his style, he says. In fact, negativity becomes his source of motivation as he welcomes the chance to show everyone that after 11 years, he still has the fighting skills to overcome a much-hyped younger opponent like Cain Velasquez.
Nogueira reveals how he conditioned himself not just periodically, but frequently, as a coach and trainer of young fighters like his own brother, Rogerio and protégés Junior Dos Santos and Mark Muñoz. Aside from his impressive fight history against MMA top contenders, Nogueira seems to be highly motivated by his true love for martial arts, something that he has been practicing since the age of 4.
Meanwhile, Velasquez has been focusing on this fight, especially winning it. Many MMA fans are predicting that he is the better fighter in the match against Nogueira. His undefeated record of 7-0 speaks for itself. As with Nogueira, Velasquez has a strong motivation to win the fight, as the winner of the UFC 110 main event will be another step closer to the competing for the heavyweight title, which is a great career opportunity for younger Velasquez.
Silva or Bisping?
In the co-main event, MMA fans will also be treated to hardcore action as cordiality is non-existent between the 2 fighters, Silva and Bisping. Wanderlei Silva makes no bones about his dislike for Bisping. And with good reason- after all, he needs to win this one after losing five of his six past fights in the heavyweight division.
But all this trash talk for his opponent is just for show. As Silva later reveals, he needs to hate Bisping. He can use this hatred as it works well with his aggressive and brutal style, and could mean the difference between winning or losing his first fight in the middleweight division.
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