Dynamite 2010!!! Picks – The End of the Challenge

It has all come down to the final day of 2010 and what a card to determine the winner of the 2010 Interrobang MMA Challenge. Right now, 3 games seperate first and last, TJ and I. In fact, here’s what the standings look like right now.

Picker Wins Losses Draws Pct. GB
TJ 54 31 2 .621
Armando 53 32 2 .609 1
Casey 51 34 2 .586 3

The Dynamite card isn’t the massive fight fest that it has been in the last few years, but there are still 15 fights with 2 DREAM title bouts. If you get HDNet, stay up late and watch this thing live. I’ll try to add in comments where I can, but there’s just a ton of stuff to get through here. Dynamite!!! 2010 starts at 4 a.m. this morning. So if you can stay up, do it!

Fight Armando Casey TJ Comments
Jerome LeBanner vs. Satoshi Ishii Ishii Ishii Ishii LeBanner is probably the best kickboxer to never be K-1 champ and is riding a 3-win MMA fight streak. Ishii is one of the most accomplished judoka (2008 Beijing gold medalsist, +100kg) to compete in MMA and is also on a 3-fight win streak. He’s got to find a way to stay out of LeBanner’s range.
Sergei Kharitonov vs. Tatsuya Mizuno Kharitonov Kharitonov Kharitonov Kharitonov hasn’t fought since April 2009, choosing to compete in 3 kickboxing bouts. Owns a win over Fabricio Werdum in Pride. Mizuno is coming off a loss to Gegard Mousasi in the DREAM light hevyweight GP.
Todd Duffee vs .Alistar Overeem Duffee Overeem Overeem The Demolition Man takes this fight shortly before the Strikeforce HW GP is supposed to begin. Overeem is 8-1, 1 NC in his last 10 fights. Duffee is the guy who was cut from the UFC after publically complaining about pay, still hold the record for fastest UFC KO with 7 second KO of Tim Hauge. It was announced a the weigh-ins that this will be for the interim DREAM heavyweight title.
Bob Sapp vs. Shinichi Suzukawa Sukuzawa Sukuzawa Sapp This is being fought under “IGF rules”, which is similar to modern MMA rules. However, they will not be wearing gloves and closed fist strikes are illegal. Palm strikes are legal.
DREAM Featherweight Championship: Bibiano Fernandez (c) vs. Hiroyuki Takaya Fernandez Fernandez Fernandez Fernandez is on a 6-win streak and took a hard-fought split decision against Jochim Hansen back in March. Takaya is coming off of 2 impressive knockouts this year over Hansen and Chase Beebe.
DREAM Welterwight Championship: Maruis Zaromskis (c) vs. Kazushi Sakuraba Zaromskis Zaromskis Zaromskis Strikeforce has not been kind to the Whitemare (0-1, 1 NC). The 41-year old Japanese legend is also on a slide, having lost his last 2 fights including a submission loss to Mayhem Miller back in September.
Shinya Aoki vs. Yuichiro Nagasaki Nagasaki Nagashima Aoki Special MMA/K1 rules match. One-three minute round under kickboxing rules, then a standard 5-minute MMA round. If there’s no winner after 8 minutes, it will be an automatic draw.
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Josh Thomson Thomson Kawajiri Thomson Kawajiri is coming off of a loss to Aoki, but has been one of the top lightweights in the world for the last 5 years. Thomson is on a 3-fight win streak since losing the Strikeforce LW belt. It’s Kawajiri’s brutal striking against Thomson’s strong submission game.
Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Caol Uno Miyata Uno Miyata Uno hasn’t won since July 2008: 0-3-1 since. Miyata hasn’t lost since March 2008: 5-0-0 since.
Akiyo Nishiura vs. Tetsuya Yamato Yamato Yamato Nishiura K-1 Max (kickboxing) bout.
Gegard Mousasi vs. Kyotaro Mousasi Kyotaro Mousasi K-1 Max bout. Kyotaro is a knockout artist with a right hook (9 fo 18 wins via KO). Mousasi is undefeated in kickboxing bouts, and also has been heavy handed (3 fo 4 wins via KO or TKO).
Hideo Tokoro vs. Kazuhisa Watanabe Watanabe Tokoro Watanabe TJ’s comment: I would pick anyone named Watanabe to whoop anyone’s ass.
Hayato Sakurai vs. Jason High High High High Armando’s comment: question: how many straight losses does it take to get Mach Sakurai to retire? answer: 1 more than he has now hopefully, for his sake.
Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Hiroshi Izumi Minowa Minowa Minowa Minowa: 5′ 9″, 193 lbs. Some of Minowa’s wins: Sokodjou (205), Gilbert Yvel (245), Don Frye (219), Hong Man friggin’ Choi (7′ 2″, 319). Don’t bet against Minowaman
Andy Ologun vs. Katsuaki Furuki Ologun Ologun Ologun K-1 Max bout

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