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
Mike 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.
Justin 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.
Richard 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.
Garcia vs Martinez
|West vs Lloyd||Garcia vs Martinez|
|Collin Wright||Collin Wright|
|Collin Wright||Name||David Armas|
|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|
|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|
|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
|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|