Saturday, April 11, 2009

FIGHT-BY-FIGHT: Strikeforce Shamrock vs. Diaz

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Scott Smith vs. Benji Radach

Former EliteXC middleweight title challenger Scott Smith faces off with IFL veteran Benji Radach. Both fighters are known for their ever exciting stand-up wars and big time knockouts. This fight should be no different and there is a little more at stake as the winner will move closer to a probable title shot in the near future. These two will be going headhunting, so don’t expect the fight to go the distance.

Smith will have the small advantage on the feet with technique, but the bigger advantage that he enjoys is the power that he packs behind his punches. Radach has been developing his boxing technique, but it would be in his best interest to take the fight on the ground where he would enjoy a distinct advantage because of his wrestling ability. Cardio could come into play as both fighters do like to push the pace of the fight.

Smith would like nothing more to turn the fight into a brawl. If the fight is a slow technical battle, it would benefit Radach, as he would not be exposing himself to Smith's power. Radach’s best bet will be to take the fight to the ground and work from there, while Smith will want the fight to turn into a brawl to get the knockout.

Brett Rogers vs. Ron Humphrey

EliteXC heavyweight prospect Brett Rogers faces off with Iron Ring participant Ron Humphrey. Both fighters are undefeated and have finished all of their opponents either by knockout or via strikes. These two will get the night started with a bang, but don’t expect the fight to last too long.

Neither fighter will be taking the fight to the ground and both will be swinging away. Rogers has faced the better competition of the two and has more big fight experience. Humphrey will be making his debut on a big stage. Rogers should also have the advantage on the feet with more technical striking and power behind his strikes.

This is a very good way to get the Showtime telecast started, as they will surely give the viewing audience a dose of guilty pleasure as they watch two guys slug it out. More than likely the winner of the fight will be the first one to land the big shot and its likely that Rogers will be that man.

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