Back again to provide you with more insight, Mike, Justin and Rich share their thought on the upcoming Lonestar Beatdown College Station show. This preview is also going to be part of a feature in the upcoming Maroon Weekly issue.
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) – (23-22) 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) – (26-19) 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) – (26-19) 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.
|Nethaneel Mongonia||Name||Levi West|
|Kru Pong’s||Gym||Team Tooke|
Mike: Nethaneel Mongonia won his last Muay Thai bout against Brannen Jones of Submission Boxing. Levi West did likewise against his opponent, Jose Pacheco of Bushi Ban. I am sure that both fighters will be walking into this bout with plenty of confidence as they look to continue their momentum and extend their winning streaks. This should be a close fight as I look to both of these fighters to have a great technical showing. If I have to pick a winner, and I do, I’ll go ahead and pick West in a coin toss. Prediction: Levi West in a close one.
Justin: Its hard to pick against any guy from Kru Pong’s gym but I think Levi will do will. Ultimately I still Nethaneel will take it. Prediction: Nethaneel Mongonia via decision.
Rich: Great matchup for the main event. Both of these fighters have great handspeed and excellent technique. Nethaneel has shown a great chin and perfect timing in his last two fights . Levi West is a Golden Gloves winner and showed very aggressive standup in his last fight. This fight will be decided by who can take the center of the ring and control the action. Nethaneel can win this fight from the clinch but will have a hard time wining on the outside. Prediction: West by decision.
|Joey Stubler||Name||Mike Jackson|
|Picks||Mike, Justin, Rich|
Mike:Both these men fought in the June Muay Thai event. Ending up on opposite ends of the judges scorecards, Stubler won his match while Jackson lost a close decision. Despite his loss, I was extremely impressed by the crisp jab and unorthodox footwork of Mike “The Truth” Jackson. I believe the difference maker in that fight were the foot-sweeps employed by Craig Gardner. If Jackson can avoid those knockdowns this time around, I definitely think his boxing could win out against his opponent. On the other hand, the key to victory for Stubler might be controlling the fight with leg kicks and attempting to dictate the pace in this fight. Prediction: Mike Jackson via decision.
Justin: I gotta be honest, Mike is my boy but i havent seen him win yet? Every fight I have seen has been where the other guy is on him like a blanket with takedowns. I know Mike likes striking so I expect him to do well this time. I was not able to see Joey fight last time….with that said its in your hands Truth. Prediction: Mike Jackson via split decision
Rich: Stubler has great speed and cardio that seems to never end. Mike Jackson showed in his fight with Craig Gardner that he has very unorthodox striking that is not only hard to time but with his speed is very hard to stop. Always the entertainer Jackson will surely have something fun for his hometown crowd. Stubler will have to try to stifle Jackson‘s striking with his jab but that’s much easier said then done. Prediction: Jackson by TKO
|Jermaine Anugwom||Name||Christian Sutton|
Mike: Admittedly, I have not seen much of Chris Sutton inside the cage. I do know that he has lost previously to Anugwom in an MMA setting and that the capoera-based Anugwom has an excellent striking base. Based on that experience, I’ll have to pick Windy’s Anugwom to get the win in his home city of College Station, TX. Prediction: Jermaine Anugwom via decision.
Justin: I remember their mma fight being a good scrap. I see this fight going the same way. Prediction: Jermaine via unanimous decision.
Rich:The last time these two meet Jermaine was able to win a decision with good striking that kept Sutton on the outside and away from the clinch where he is most effective. Sutton has very good clinch work and loves to beat up the body. Jermaine can be one of the most devastating strikers at 205 when he pushes the action. With his Capoeira background and his tree trunk legs look for Jermaine to try and finish this fight in dramatic fashion. Prediction: Sutton by dread choke or chair shot or nut kick or however else he can win. (He is my friend dammit! HAHA)
|John Clough||Name||Corey Allmand|
|Picks||Mike, Justin, Rich|
Mike: The last time I remember John Clough fighting was when he lost via submission against a surging Jordan Rivas at the House of Blues. Although Clough was a game opponent, he was just technically outmatched in that fight. Still, I think Clough has potential as an up-and-coming fighter so it’ll be interesting to see how he has improved in the past year. As for Allmand, the last time we saw this wunderkind was when he defeated Brandon Farris via a vicious armbar to cement himself as one of the top up-and-coming fighters in the area. We’ll see who gets to keep that moniker after this fight. but I’ll have to go with the favorite, Prediction: Corey Allmand, via submission.
Justin: I dont remember seeing John fight since his loss to Jordan Rivas. It was hard to tell how good he can be because the fight ended so fast. Cory is in the same boat, he won with a nasty armbar is less than a minute as I recall. I think Cory has a world of upside. Prediction: Allmand via submission
Rich: Clough is a tough grinder who likes to wear his opponents down. Last time we saw Corey he was snapping into Brandon Ferris’s arm like a Slim Jim. Look for the Kountry Kid to show he has good standup as well and plenty of power at 170. Prediction: Allmand by KO
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|Esau Rangel Vs Doug Ferimer||Rangel||Ferimer||Rangel|
|Mike Eaglin Vs Ryan Rivera||Eaglin||Eaglin||Eaglin|
|Ryan Durand Vs Christopher Zeglin||Durand||Durand||Durand|
|Kristy Kester Vs Paola Ortiz||Ortiz||Kester||Ortiz|
|David Hansen Vs Jose Pacheco||Pacheco||Hansen||Hansen|
|Moises Rizo Vs Bobby Peek||Peek||Rizo||Peek|