“Heavy” weekend of MMA is headed our way as the big boys are front and center

“Heavy” weekend of MMA is headed our way as the big boys are front and center

People love the heavyweights, and this weekend, they’re on display

MMA is a speed sport by and large. The fighters utilize hand speed, head movement, footwork, takedowns and scrambles to make their game plans come to pass. Yet, people absolutely love the heavyweights. The big, plodding, plundering behemoths bring the fans to their feet.  If you’re among those who like the big boys slinging leather, this weekend is for you.

Both Saturday and Sunday night are headlined by big time heavyweight fights.  On Saturday, Bellator is featuring Fedor Emelianenko taking on Matt Mitrione.  The next night, the UFC is focusing on Derrick Lewis taking on Travis Browne.  Both of those fights feature tremendous talents and big, big boys.

Also on the menu Saturday night is another heavyweight clash between Oli Thompson and Cheick Kongo.  That should be a fun fight as well.  Let’s take a closer look at the big three heavyweight fights vying for your viewing pleasure.

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione

Fedor is the best ever. He’s the GOAT.  He’s the Michael Jordan, the Tom Brady, the Wayne Gretzky, and whoever the best of baseball might be.  If you’re not entirely familiar with his body of work, I’ll include a highlight video here for you check out.  Fedor is 36-4 and went ten years between losses.  Yeah, a decade of dominance, where he didn’t have a bad night, or “get caught” or lose one to the judges.  For the better part of a decade, if he fought, he won.

Matt Mitrione entered MMA through the Ultimate Fighter house.  He brings an 11-5 record into the biggest fight of his career and is a dangerous opponent.  He’s very heavy handed, and can take a big shot as well.  He has talent and toughness. Maybe he relies a tad too much on the toughness, but it has served him well.  This is undoubtedly the biggest fight of his career, and a win over Fedor, puts you on a very exclusive list.  It’s going to be a heck of a clash.

Oli Thompson vs. Cheick Kongo

Cheick Kongo is a former UFC fighter who has done pretty well since making the jump to Bellator. He’s 7-2 under the Bellator promotion, and he’ll be looking to try and work his way into title contention with a victory over the tough and game Oli Thompson.  Cheick brings a record of (25-10-2) into this fight.  He has decent hands, but lately he’s been relying on his wrestling to get things done.  He’s gone the distance in four consecutive fights.  Oli Thompson will want to stand with him.

Oli Thompson (17-9) is looking to climb the ladder in Bellator.  He lost to Matt Mitrione in his last outing, but showed some decent boxing in that fight before being stopped.  He is going to have to be able to defend the takedown against Cheick, otherwise is could be a long night for the fighter from England.

Derrick Lewis vs. Travis Browne

The UFC is also featuring a heavyweight main event this Sunday, live and free on Fox Sports 1.  Derrick Lewis has been on one heck of a streak, winning five consecutive fights. He’s 17-4 as a professional, and he is an absolute killer. He stalks his opponents, and drops massive hammers.  He can end a fight at any time, and if you find yourself on your back under him, it’s not good.  He’s going to land lunchbox sized hammerfists on your head, until you’ve been transported to a far away land.  Derrick just paces down his opponents and lands big, big shots.

Travis Browne (18-5) a another big dude, who likes to stand and throw hands. He’s not tasted victory in his last couple of outings and has lost 3 of 4.  He a big man, standing 6 foot 7 and has a reach of 79 inches, same as Lewis.  So the bottom line is, anytime Browne is in range to strike, so is Derrick Lewis.

With that in mind, Browne would be smart to use his legs to keep distance. He can kick the legs and body of Lewis, and hopefully for Browne, slow him down.  Browne is going to need to be light on his feet, and remember head movement, which with Edmund in his corner, shouldn’t be an issue.  It’s going to be a fight where both men come together in brief violent exchanges.  In one of those exchanges, someone will get finished.