Mike Pyle (18-7-1)
Jesse Lennox (15-2-0)
TheCoach’s Pick: LENNOX via TKO
Ricardo Funch (7-1-0)
Claude Patrick (11-1-0)
TheCoach’s Pick: PATRICK via DECISION
James Wilks (7-3-0)
Peter Sobotta (8-2-0)
TheCoach’s Pick: WILKS via DECISION
David Loiseau (18-9-0)
Mario Miranda (11-1-0)
TheCoach’s Pick: MIRANDA via SUBMISSION
Preliminary card (Spike TV)
Matt Wiman (11-5-0)
Danzig – Grappling, Boxing
Wiman – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Wrestling
|28 fights||20||7||16 fights||11W||5W|
|By knockout||4||1||By knockout||4||1|
|By submission||11||1||By submission||3||0|
|By decision||5||5||By decision||4||4|
Mac Danzig compiled a record of 16-4-1 in organizations such as King of the Cage, International Fight League and PRIDE FC among others before appearing on ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Season 6′. While on The Ultimate Fighter, Danzig defeated Joe Scarola in a preliminary fight, followed by John Kolosci in back-to-back fights after Kolosci replaced an injured Matt Arroyo for the semi-finals. Tommy Speer secured a rear-naked choke at 2:01 of the first round during the finale making Danzig tap. Before the fight, Danzig stated his intention to drop down to light-weight after the show and afterward, did exactly that. In Danzig’s octagon and lightweight debut, he submitted Mark Bocek at UFC 83, which gave Joe Silva the thought of pairing up Danzig against Clay Guida at UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs Neer. Guida’s wrestling skills were far superior as he controlled Danzig on the ground during two of the three rounds. Next up, Danzig who fought Neer at UFC FN 17, losing via triangle choke, followed by another loss at the hands of Jim Miller (UFC 100). After three straight loses and his UFC contract in question, Danzig rallied to beat Justin Buchholz is a ‘Loser Leaves the UFC’ match. The win over Buchholz may have keep Danzig in the UFC but don’t think Danzig can lose this fight.
Matt ‘Handsome’ Wiman started off his MMA career in 2004 and has fought sixteen times in the past six years, compiling a record of 11-5. Wiman began with his first eight bouts coming outside the octagon, in the process winning the Extreme Fighting League Middleweight Championship. He successfully defended it against David Franks and D.J Randell before losing to Roger Huerta at FFC-15, in what many considered the fight of the year. Wiman split his fight two fights, winning first against Thomas Grisson before UFC veteran Nick Agallar beat Wiman via decision. Regardless of the loss, the UFC signed Wiman and he debuted at UFC 60 (on two weeks notice) against Spencer Fisher. After taking Fisher’s back and almost submitting him, they eventually stood up and Wiman was cut making the ref eventually stop the fight. He then appeared on ‘TUF: Season 5′ and won his first fight against Marlon Sims before losing to future finalist Manvel Gamburyan. Wiman defeated Geraghty via ground and pound TKO at 2:09 of round one during the finale. Since the show, Wiman has appeared on six fight cards going 4-2. After ripping off three straight wins against Michihiro Omigawa (unanimous decision at UFC 76), Justin Buchholz (rear-naked choke at UFC FN 12) and Thiago Taveres (knockout at UFC 85) bring his UFC win-streak to four, he lost the next two bouts. First, it was Jim Miller and next, Sam Stout, with both losses can via unanimous decision. In his most recent action, Wiman defeated Shane Nelson at UFC 107.
This fight is extremely hard to pick as both fighters need the win bad.
Both fighters hold victories over Justin Buchholz, while losing to Jim Miller.
I’ll take Wiman… in a close battle.
TheCoach’s Pick: Wiman via DECISION
Tyson Griffin (14-2-0)
Evan Dunham (10-0-0)
Griffin – Wrestling
Dunham – Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling
|16 fightes||14W||2L||10 fights||10W||0L|
|By knockout||6||0||By knockout||2||0|
|By submission||5||0||By submission||6||0|
|By decision||3||2||By decision||2||0|
Tyson Griffin grew up knowing he knowing he wanted to be a mixed martial artist and wrestled at Santa Rosa Junior College before he dropped out and began training for MMA. In his first training season, he received two gashes that required stitches and to make a long story short, the blood was split that Griffin needed to ignite the fire beneath him. Griffin began with the promotion ‘Gladiator Challenge’ and after back-to-back victories, earned a TKO victory over future WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber in his third fight (Faber’s only loss for over a three year span). Continuing to win is what Griffin did and at 6-0, his next stepping stone appeared as Griffin TKO’d Duane Ludwig at Strikeforce: Revenge, making Griffin very attractive to major MMA promotions. Both PRIDE FC and the UFC offered Griffin contracts and he signed with the UFC ultimately to stay closer to home. In his debut at UFC 63, David Lee fell victim to a rear-naked choke in the first round, earning Griffin submission of the night. If you want to be a well-known fighter, one way to do it is to earn ‘Fight of the Night’ (FOTN) honours. A better way, is to earn that honour as well as win the fight. Unfortunately Griffin’s first FOTN performance resulted in a loss (against current Lightweight Champion Frank Edgar), but he followed with back-to-back wins that both earned Fight of the Night against notables Clay Guida and Thiago Taveres. All three of those fights made the top ten fights of the year in 2007. Win a win over Glison Tibau to start 2008, followed by Marcus Aurelio, Griffin seemed to be on top of the world. This was before Sean Sherk defeated Griffin in a number one contender bout at UFC 90. The fight with Sherk earned FOTN honours yet again though, followed by another (his fifth) when he defeated Rafael dos Anjos with effective striking and submissions. After seven of Griffin’s fights went to decision over three years, Griffin most recently TKO’d Hermes Franca at UFC 103.
Evan Dunham made his MMA debut in 2007 and competed a staggering five times in his first eight months as a fighter. After winning all five fights, followed by a sixth TKO victory (first of his career after a decision with four straight submissions), he was invited to fight in Palace Fighting Championship (‘PFC’), which is considered to be a mid-size organization compared to that of UFC or PRIDE FC. Dunham defeated Dustin Akbari at PFC 12: High Stakes, before signing his UFC contract at an undefeated 7-0. In February 2009, Dunham made his octagon debut against Per Eklund at UFC 95 knocking him out with a straight left at 2:14 of round one. In his second fight, Dunham displayed his striking skills yet against, as well as superb submission defence in a split-decision win over grabbler Marcus Aurelio. UFC Fight Promotor Joe Silva next paired up Dunham against Efrain Escudero (‘TUF: Season 8′ Winner), and in the third round, Dunham secured an armbar that nearly snapped Escudero’s arm. This earned Dunham ‘submission of the night’. With three straight wins in the UFC, Dunham has been working hard earning his black-belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and will be looking to stay undefeated against Tyson Griffin. One this is certain, this fight is going to be an extremely interesting fight as Dunham and Griffin are training partners with Xtreme Couture. Both fighters could hold nothing back and leave it all in the octagon as they’ll want bragging right over their training partner. Hopefully that’s the case and they aren’t reluctant to engage due to their familiarity with one another.
TheCoach’s Pick: GRIFFIN VIA DECISION
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