Our guys are back and ready for more. Â Last round of predictions saw each of them go .500 and not put anyÂ distanceÂ between themselves and the rest of the group. Don’t look for that to change to much, as only Rich went out on a limb in one fight, while they all picked the same in the other three.
Do you agree with them or do you think they are crazy? Â Either way, let ’em know! Â When you’re done reading all the pics, feel free to leave your own picks and comments below and let our experts and Houston know who you think is going to win and why.
Meet the experts
Mike Calimbas (mopthemats.com) – (7-7-0) Mike Calimbas is an MMA Writer, devotee, and fan that has been a part of the Mixed Martial Arts community for over fifteen years. He has served as a ring official & timekeeper for amateur MMA in numerous local events in Texas with the USACA/Lonestar Beatdown. Mike has also written and provided analysis on the topic of MMA & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for various online publications, including FightLine, Ploomy, and MoptheMats.com. Mike has been training BJJ, etc. on-and-off for the past six years. Off the mats, he spends most of his time with his family, including his baby son, Nicholas and girlfriend, Megan. For more on Mike, check him out on http://twitter.com/mikecalimbas.
Justin Trapp (fighterportraits.com) – (8-6-0) Justin Trapp is a photographer, designer and one of the premier marketing minds in the MMA industry. He manages the branding and marketing for mma companies, fighters and gyms. He has been a loyal fan of the sport since its inception and works to educate the biased. To see some of his work visit his website, fighterportraits.com.
Richard Burmaster (thecagedoor.net) – (7-7-0)Â Richard Burmaster is co-owner of (and a writer for) thecagedoor.net. He has been active in the MMA scene for close to 8 years and has trained in MMA for the last 5 years. His job keeps him on the go across the United States, and thus has afforded him the opportunity to train in many of the top gyms across the nation. From Army combatives to the Militech Fighting Systems, he has been able to try out many of the martial arts from coast to coast. When Richard is not working on his full time job, training in MMA or working on thecagedoor.net, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son.
|Lester Batres||Name||Alex Morono|
|Solis MA||Gym||Gracie Barra â€“ The Woodlands|
Mike: Â Both of these guy seem like well-rounded fighters and this should be a close fight. Batres is a little more seasoned though, having five fights under his belt to Morono’s 1-0. Still, I think Morono will have enough in his bag of tricks to take this fight. I’ll go Morono via submission in the first round.
Justin: I am really looking forward to this fight. Â Lester is tough but I think Alex will be to much for him standing up. Â If he can stay technical and calm I think he wins. Â Morono via KO round 1.
Rich: Â Lester Batres is one of the few guys to have gone the distance with Craig Gardner and that says a lot about his skill level. Alex Morono fights out of one of Houstonâ€™s best camps and has tremendous speed. Â Batres by decision.
|Gerzan Chaw||Name||Jared Chaffee|
|Bushi Ban||Gym||Gracie Barra â€“ The Woodlands|
|Mike, Justin, Rich||Vs|
Mike: This should be a good one with both of these 135’ers sporting a 2-0 record walking into the cage on Friday night. You know the old saying… Somebody’s 0 has gotta go. Gerzan has looked very adept at attacking aggressively every time he’s been out there while Jared seems like a relentless striker. In this match, I’m picking Chaw via submission in round 2.
Justin: Both of these guys are tough and both come from great gyms so I expect this fight to be very entertaining. Â I have to go with Gerzan with this one. Â He continues to evolve and look better everytime out. Â Gerzan byÂ unanimousÂ decision.
Rich: Â Gerzan Chaw has solid striking to go with a very good ground game. Jared Chaffee is a tough guy with a good ground game that has yet to taste defeat. Â Gerzanâ€™s experience would normally be a factor but considering Chaffee defeated a 10-2 opponent for his debut Iâ€™m throwing that out the window. Â Chaw by decision.
|Pat Bierschwale||Name||John Malbrough|
|The Bison||Nickname||The Maniac|
|West Side MMA||Gym||Kingwood MMA|
|Mike, Justin, Rich||Vs.|
Justin: This is a tough fight to call. Â Their mma fight was really good and their muay fight was very good….Having said that, I have to give the edge to Pat. Â I think he will grind out a decision on the ground. Â I think John evolves everytime out but it wont be enough this time around. Â Pat via unanimousÂ decision.
Rich: The tie will be broken Friday night. Pat won the first mma match and John won the Muay Thai fight. John has shown improved striking in his last two fights and seems to know how to use his length to his advantage now. Patâ€™s last fight was against a much bigger opponent but that did not hinder the Bison from doing what he does best, pounding out another TKO victory. This fight will be decided by whether or not Pat can get past the new found reach of Malbrough and secure the takedown. There has almost never been a time to bet against Pat and itâ€™s going to be very hard to do that now. This is the most evenly matched fight on the card with two of Houstonâ€™s most likeable guys. No one goes undefeated forever and if anyone is going to finally hand Pat his first mma loss John is the guyâ€¦.just not on Friday Pat by decision.
|Drew Ratichek||Name||Josh Booty|
|Mike, Justin, Rich||Vs|
Mike: Â Admittedly, I don’t anything about Josh Booty, but I do know Drew Ratichek loves bacon and that might just be enough to put him over for the win. Drew Raticheck via TKO, 2nd round.
Justin: This should be a great matchup but I see Drew taking a unaminous decision in this one.
Rich: Â Josh Booty is a big guy with decent takedown defense and he likes to work from the top as do most big guys. Drew Ratichek has very well rounded skills with heavy hands and a ground game designed to defeat other big guys. When youâ€™re rolling with Bruce McGraw and Robert Villegas as your training partners very few Hwyâ€™s are going to threaten you on the ground. In order for Booty to win this fight I think he will need to keep it standing and try to lengthen the fight to wear on Drewâ€™s cardio. Only problem with that game plan is that you have to stand with one of the hardest punchers in Houston and try to not get hit. Â Drew by TKO round 1
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