I’d like to welcome you all to the first edition of The Basement Breakdown. After spending the last four years watching, arguing, debating, predicting, and breaking down fights with friends, family, or whoever would listen in my basement, I decided that it was only appropriate to name the column after my time spent on my navy blue couch. Now with that said, lets breakdown this card.
Icon Sports: Unstoppable is headlined by an intriguing main event as Jason "Mayhem" Miller defends his Icon middleweight title for the very first time against Frank "Twinkle Toes" Trigg. The always exciting, always eccentric Mayhem comes into this fight hot off of a submission win over Robbie Lawler in September. Mayhem has won nine of his last ten fights, with eight of those victories coming by way of submission. His only lose came at the hand of current UFC welterweight champion Georges St.Pierre way back at UFC 52 in April of 2005. Since that fight Miller has won five straight fights with submission wins over Mark Moreno, Falaniko Vitale, Stefan Gamlin, Loduen Sincaid, and as mention earlier Robbie Lawlyer. It was announced just a few days ago that Miller will be joining Team Quest full time from here on out and this will be his first fight with his new team in his corner.
Frank Trigg announced that he was hanging up his gloves after he was defeated by Carlos Condit by triangle armbar in the Rumble On The Rock welterweight tournament semi-final match last April. Condit went on to be defeated by Jake Shields in the final and Trigg looked headed to retirement. At the time, Trigg had recently signed a deal to replace long time color commentator Bas Rutten, in the announcing booth for all Pride events. Nevertheless, even as Trigg said he was going to focus on different aspects of his life, there were many rumors saying he would be back. Trigg was rumored to be contacted for The Ulitmate Fighter 4 The Comeback but turned the opportunity down. As a fighter Trigg sports a 13-5 record, but has four losses in his last seven fights. With that said, two of those losses are to Matt Hughes viva rear naked coke, and one to Georges St.Pierre, also by rear naked choke.
Trigg is a very dangerous fighter and still has the skills to be a top welterweight in the world. The problem is this fight is not a 170 pounds. Trigg is only 5'8 and he coming up in weight to fight for the middleweight championship. Miller on the other hand is 6'1 and is a big 185 pounder. The cut to make 170 drained Miller of all his power and that was very obvious in his three round battle with Georges St.Pierre back at UFC 52. Since then Mayhem has been able to find a home at 185 and this is very bad news for Trigg. Trigg looks to have bit off more than he can chew in his first fight back since his "retirement".
I don’t see this fight going very long . Look for Mayhem to use his jab and show off some of his stand up early in the fight, before taking the fight to the floor. Trigg is skilled on the ground in his own right, but fighting the much bigger and strong opponent will be too much for Twinkle Toes to handle. Trigg has a tendency to give up his back when he is in trouble and Miller will not let a chance like that pass him by. Jason "Mayhem" Miller will retain his Icon middleweight crown by winning the only way Trigg likes to lose, rear naked choke end of round one.
Quick Predictions on the rest of the card:
North American Welterweight Title Fight: Sidney Silva battles Jay Jack. A battle of submission artists with judo backgrounds. Jay Jack is 12-6 in mma whereas Silva is 5-1. Neither fighter has a major advantage and this has the makings of a really good ground war. My pick: Silva unanimous decision.
Hawaii State Flyweight Title: Tyson Nam (3-0) takes on Mark Oshiro (7-1). Nam is undefeated with two unanimous decision wins , Oshiro has seven win, one of which was by the ever dangerous "headlock". Oshiro has knock out power as he has stopped three of his opponents. My pick, Oshiro hands Nam his first defeat by knock out in the second round.
Jeremy "Half Man Half Amazing" Williams makes his mma debut against Ron "Killing" Fields. Williams who comes into the fight as a rookie in mma, but as a boxer has 35 ko’s to his name is deadly on the feet to say the least. Fields on the other hand has a mma record of 15-19 and took the fight on short notice. This has the makings of a highlight reel knock out. Jeremy Williams will win his mma debut by knockout early in the first round.
Kyle Miyahana fights Marshall Harvest in a 160 pound match. Miyahanna is 1-0, whereas Harvest is 1-2. The experience is not there, but this will be a competitive fight as both fighters look to move up in there careers. Miyahana will stay undefeated, winning a close decision.
Chris Cisneros takes on David Padilla in another 160 pound match up. Cisneros likes to throw bombs and Padilla will be on the receiving end. This one ends early, Cisneros wins with a big knock out.
Paul Gorman verse Ikaika Silva in a 135 pound flyweight match. Gorman comes in at 1-4 and Silva is 1-1. Both fighters need a win and Silva will do so with a rear naked choke win in third round.
Maui Wolfgram brings his jiu-jitsu skills into a fight a former football player in Ben Fonoti in a 210 pound fight. Fonoti will be stronger on the ground and has ko power on the feet. Fonoti will stop Wolfgram late in the first round with strikes.
Ron Verdadero (1-2) battles Ross Hose (1-1) in a 195 pound match up. Neither fighter has much experience or a fight resume to really speak of. This is just another case of both fighters needing a win to get their careers in the right direction. Hose will double his wins, with a decision victory over Verdadero.
Lorenzo Moreno (0-2) will enter the ring to take on muay-thai fighter Sadhu Bott. Moreno has lost both his fights by knockout and Bott’s striking background looks to be the recipe for a third. Bott mma debut will be a sweet one, the deadly muay-thai artist will end Moreno’s night early with a knee to the head in round one.