UFC 61 Bitter Rivals

This is an article I wrote for work.

UFC 61 Bitter Rivals should not be, do what you have to do to see this, send the wife out for the night and get the guys around with an enormous supply of cold beer for this one. This is going to be one of the biggest televised UFC events, I am expecting records pay-per-view buys for this one.

Ortiz and Shamrock have been “coaching” on the Spike TV’s “Ultimate Fighter” and to say they hate each other is an understatement. The “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” is a renowned submission fighter and Shamrock may only be the “World’s Most Dangerous Man” in name, but his shoot fighting style of fighting will provide an interesting fight for sure that will be nothing short of exciting.

It Shamrock can keep Ortiz out then he has a chance. They last fought in 2002 and Ortiz won with a TKO. Odds on the site are +600 for Shamrock (-400 for Ortiz) and at that price I may bet on him, as it’s not as cut ‘n dry as the 42 year old Shamrock may serve Ortiz a solid boot in the nether region (if that was allowed, we would see that). The fight may not last long , when you buy the fight package don’t be too surprised if this fight doesn’t last long. Luckily there are 7 other fights in the package.

The main event is the Tim Sylvia Vs. Andrei Arlovski bout. Arlovski (the “Pit Bull”) definitely has a score to settle after losing his first UFC fight by KO’d (outpunched) to Tim Sylvia way back in March. Arlovski has a record of 9-4-0 which may not sound impressive but he has lost to some quality opposition (Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo, Ricco “Suave” Rodriguez and that Russia kickboxing tank Datzik way back in 1999).

Arlovski’s style is sambo/kickboxing and has a may display a weakness against wrestlers and grapplers, Sylvia is from the “Miletech” fighting style (Pat Miletechs MMA) and will display a lot of the good aspects of different martial arts — this is going to be a great fight. Sylvia had his arm snapped (two broken bones) by Frank Mir in June 2004 but that wont have affected the 6’8 “Maine-iac” as he’s since won 5 fights including his last matchup against Arlovski with a knockout punch just under 3 minutes into the fight.

For me, the other fight to watch is the Hermes Franca Vs. Joe Jordan bout. It would have been great to see Franca fight Roger Huerta who in my opinion is a better opponent, but saying this Jordan has 19 wins under his belt and is undefeated this year in 5 fights.

The complete fight listing and odds at the time of writing this is as follows:

  • Tito Ortiz (“Huntington Beach Bad Boy”) Vs. Ken Shamrock (“The World’s Most Dangerous Man”)
  • Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia Vs. Andrei “Pit Bull” Arlovski
  • Dan Christison (“The Sandman”) Vs. Frank Mir
  • Josh Burkman (“The People’s Warrior”) Vs. Josh “The Dentist” Neer
  • Yves Edwards Vs. Joe “Daddy” Stevenson
  • * Drew “The Master” Fickett Vs. Kurt “Batman” Pellegrino
  • * Jeff Monson Vs. Anthony “The Hippo” Perosh
  • * Gilbert “El Peligroso” Aldana Vs. Cheick Kongo
  • * Hermes Franca Vs. Joe Jordan

* These may not be televised as the are the opening fights.

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