“We actually finish fights if you look at the percentages. Everyone loves the home-run in baseball and the slam dunk in basketball, that’s what heavyweights bring,” was the response Roy “Big Country” Nelson gave when fielding the question “What brings the excitement to the heavyweight class?” at the UFC 146 press conference held in the lobby at the MGM Grand this afternoon. The presser featured Dana White flanked by 6 of the top fighters representing the biggest all-heavyweight fight card in MMA history, scheduled for May 26, 2012.
Big Country was the first of all 7 members of the panel seated on the dais to field the question, and some of the responses were pretty interesting. Nelson hit the nail of the appeal of a heavyweight match up right on the head; however, there were others who were not able to articulate their sentiments with such precision. In a borderline offensive comment to the entire featherweight class, Frank Mir gave the response that “Fans watching the fights at home who are 200lb are watching the 135-145lb fighters and they are thinking - ya that guy can fight, but I can probably kick his ass – and if they are thinking that about us, they are just stupid.” I am not sure he thought that out so well, open mouth, insert foot. White’s response was also a bit more eloquent, stating that “The heavyweights bring that excitement that you’re probably gonna see a knockout but I think this fight, there could be knockouts or submissions. The fight with Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem, these guys have outstruck everyone lately.”
I couldn’t agree more! With the knockout artist Dos Santos facing the only fighter in combat sports ever to hold simultaneous titles in both MMA and K-1 kickboxing, it is a very tough fight to call. Dos Santos stated “I am really confident in my hands, I really believe I can knock anyone out,” and with that, I am sure we can expect to see him attempt to take this one home with a KO or TKO. Overeem on the other hand, is a very versatile fighter as his career history clearly depicts, and with his striking abilities virtually mirroring those of his opponent, I am expecting nothing other than the unexpected.
It will all boil down to who can take more of a beating in the end. With both the champion and the challenger bringing such raw power to the table, I think both fighters are going to get their chins tested, and I am expecting nothing less than explosive energy in the octagon.
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Written by Amanda Gloster
I'm a small town girl with a double science major, a part time cashier job, a million purses and a dirty little sports addiction! I grew up as one of the guys and it's never changed...on the inside at least. On the outside I'm a complete girly girl, but don't let the french-tipped nails and stilettos fool you, I'm just as comfortable shopping as I am yelling and throwing doritos at the ref on TV for a garbage call like the rest of you ;)