Predictions: Cage Combat 1 – December 02, 2010

Back again to provide you with more insight, Mike, Justin and Rich share their thought on the upcoming show.  We’ve added something new to our predictions. Now we’re having our experts predict who they think will win our fight awards (Fight of the Night, Sub. of the Night and KO of the Night).

Do you agree with them or do you think they are crazy? Either way, let ’em know!  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

MikeCalimbasMike Calimbas (mopthemats.com)(41-34) 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.

JustinTrappJustin Trapp (fighterportraits.com)(44-31) 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.

RichardBurmasterRichard Burmaster (thecagedoor.net) – (41-27) Richard Burmaster is co-founder 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 with thecagedoor.net, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son.


THE PREDICTIONS

AWARD PREDICTIONS

Mike Justin Richard
Fight of the Night

Garcia vs Martinez

West vs Lloyd Garcia vs Martinez

Guilherme Moreira

None Levi West

Collin Wright

Collin Wright Collin Wright

FIGHT PREDICTIONS

Collin Wright Name David Armas
Nickname
#3 TCD rank NR
135 Weight 135
2-0-0 Record 1-0-0
Paradigm Gym Silverback MMA
Mike, Justin, Rich Picks

Mike: This fight will be a battle of two up-and-coming and undefeated amateurs in David Armas (1-0) and Colin Wright (2-0). I do not know too much about David Armas other than the fact that he is one of SBA’s highly up and coming amateurs. As far as Wright, he has displayed a very active guard, looking to submit off his back in his previous fights. It is also important to note that out of their combined opponents, Wright has the most impressive win, over the now 3-1 Victor Russell. For that reason and from what I’ve seen first-hand, I’m going to have to go with Colin Wright notching his third amateur win via submission.  Prediction: Wright via Submission

Justin: Colin comes from the ever growing stable of fighters from Paradigm.  David hails from a passionate Silverback camp. Despite Armas having really good standup, I think Collins ground game might be too much for him at this point.  I’m taking Colin in this scrap. Prediction: Wright via Submissioin

Rich: Armas showed good stand and  above average submission defense in his last fight. Colin has shown his style of grappling transitions perfectly to the cage having won both of his fights by a combined total of less than a minute. This fight is a classic revenge fight with both fighters having defeated the others teammates in previous outings. Look for Armas to try and keep this fight standing while Colin while look to take the fight to the ground with the first opportunity he gets.  Prediction: Wright by Submission

Levi West Name Charles Lloyd
Nickname
NR TCD rank NR
185 Weight 185
2-0-0 Record 0-0-0
Team Tooke Gym Gracie Barra The Woodlands
Mike, Justin, Rich Picks

Mike: The brash Levi West has shown impressive skills and fast hands as of late, notching a Muay Thai win over a very experienced Nethaneel Mongonia at a recent College Station event. Despite recently taking nine-stitches around his right eye due to a recent sparring session mishap against training partner Ike Villanueva, West is excited to show a complete arsenal in this bout in additional to his hands. His opponent, Charles Lloyd is a BJJ blue belt out of Gracie Barra making his MMA debut. I am sure both fighters will come into this fight well-prepared and looking to impose their respective strengths. Based on what I know (and don’t know), I will have to go with Levi West via TKO. Prediction: West via TKO

Justin: If charles had more experience I would probably go with him.  Physically I think he presents some problems for guys.  However Levi has great boxing experience so I am going with him based on experience.  If he can keep Charles at bay I think he will win.  Different story if Charles gets him down. Prediction: West via Unanimous Decision

Rich: Llyod has good hands and is very comfortable on the ground. Levi may have some of the best hands in Houston and the former gold glove winner will surely look to use his biggest weapons early and often. Llyod will look to clinch and take this fight to the ground where he will have his best chance of victory. Prediction: West via KO

Guilherme Moreira Name Sean Holden
Nickname
#3 TCD rank NR
170 Weight 170
2-0-0 Record 5-2-0
Team Tooke Gym
Mike, Justin, Rich Picks

Mike: I’ve been hearing Guilherme Moreira’s name pop up multiple times recently as a prospect to watch. I hear he’s got impressive striking and is working hard to take his game to the next level at Team Tooke with Andrew Craig, Jace Pitre, and crew. This fight is a testimony to that desire as he will be taking on Sean Holden, a seasoned amateur fighter holding a 5-2 record out of Central Texas. I believe Moreira to be the betting underdog on paper going into this bout but I’ll go with what I’ve been hearing and say he (Gui Moreira) wins via KO. Prediction: Moreira vis KO

Justin: To be honest I don’t know much about Sean Holden so I have to go with what I know.  Moreira is a very good all around fighter, so I’m going with him. Prediction: Moreira via TKO

Rich: Holden likes to clinch and take fighters down where he uses good GNP to end the fight. Gil is one of the most well rounded fighters in his division and always brings an exciting fight. I think Gil’s reach will be the deciding factor in this fight. Look for Gil to stay on the outside and when able use his long limbs to secure the clinch. Prediction: Moreira by decision

Quick Picks

Fight Mike Justin Rich
Willie Brown vs Ryan Rivera Rivera Brown Rivera
Hendry Gomez vs James Gonzales Gomez Gomez Gonzales
Martin Garcia vs Alex Martinez Martinez Garcia Martinez
Justin Castillo vs Zack Scalf Castillo Castillo Castillo
Mario Martinez vs Kenny Isaac Isaac Isaac Martinez
Charley Witbeck vs Brian Reyes Witbeck Witbeck Witbeck
Chas Liberty vs Steele West Liberty Liberty Liberty
John Wible vs Austin Franks Franks Franks Franks
Andrew Musquiz vs Hossan Walker Walker Walker Walker