The UFC juggernaut rolls into Sydney this saturday night for the third time in three years at Allphones Arena in Sydney Olympic Park. This years main event is a welterweight show down between Brazilian Thiago ‘Pitbull’ Alves (19-8-0) and Danish Martin ‘The Hitman’ Kampmann (18-5-0).
Alves’ style is a mix of Muay Thai, Wrestling and Brazilian Jui-Jitsu. He has been described as a ‘Muay Thai Wrecking Machine’. His last fight was an annihilation of newcomer Papy Adebi. Alves is a real crowd favourite with his aggressive style which consists of crushing knees and crippling Thai strikes. He fears no one and takes them on front on at every opportunity. He is also well known for his violent stoppages.
In July 2009 at UFC100 Alves had a Chamipionship bout against Reigning Champion Georges St-Pierre (22-2-0). He went the full 5 rounds against the Champ and lost by unanimous decision. He has since had wins over John Howard (unanimous decision) and Papy Adebi (submission).
Kampmann had his first fifteen fights in the Middleweight Division (13 wins) before dropping down to the Welterweight Division. His last fight was a unanimous decision over American Rick Story who incidentally beat Alves in May last year at UFC130 by unanimous decision. ‘The Hitman’s style is Muay Thai, Brazilian Ju-Jitsu and Submission Grappling. He is best known for his precise striking and quick submissions. He has had five wins from eight fights in this Division including wins over Alexander Barros (TKO) and Jacob Volkmann (submission).
Alves has the greater knockout power and has pure athleticism on his side. Kampmann will need to watch him carefully and not leave himself open otherwise Alves will be all over him. For Kampmann to get the upper hand he needs to get Alves on the ground as he has never been controlled on the ground in his MMA career. Once they are on the ground Kampmann can use his technique to his advantage. Alves will know this and will avoid being taken to the ground at all costs.
Betting on this bout has Alves as the favourite in what should be an outstanding fight.
Sydney will also witness history this weekend with the debut of UFC’s Flyweight Division with a two-bout tournament to decide the top contenders for the inaugural flyweight title.
The first semi final is between American Joseph Benavidez (15-2-0) and 35 year old Japanese Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-4-6). Benavidez is the overwhelming favourite for this bout and will use his style of grappling, wrestling and kickboxing to dispose of the Japanese contender. This bout is unlikely to go the distance.
The second semi final sees two Americans go head to head. Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson (14-2-0) meets Ian ‘Uncle Creepy’ McCall (11-2-0). Johnson is very fast and will use his speed to his advantage in this one. He is a real crowd favourite and will have everyone on their feet. His style is wrestling and pankration and six of his fourteen wins have been by submission. Expect to see more of the same again.
There are eleven bouts in total on the card and the first bout should get the Sydney audience on their feet early as Local boy Anthony ‘The Hippo’ Perosh (12-6-0) takes on UFC newcomer Nick Penner (11-1-0) in the Light Heavyweight Division. Perosh is a Brazilian Ju-Jitsu expert and has long been regarded as one of Australia’s best MMA fighters.
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