http://humungusmma.blogspot.com/ Friday, February 02, 2007 A captive bolt gun is designed as follows. A 'blank' pistol cartridge or a highly-compressed air source is used to drive a 'bolt' forward several inches at a very high rate of speed. Because the bolt is held 'captive' it will not leave the gun, so it can quickly be reset for another firing. Captive bolt guns are used in slaughterhouses, to put small holes in the heads of cows and sheep, so that they die and can be eaten. So you are wondering to yourself, "is this still an MMA blog, did I accidently stumble onto industrialfarmingmethods.blogspot.com?" Of course it's still an MMA blog, and of course I am talking about UFC 67. Say hello to Eddie Sanchez: I'm sorry, but this kind of matchmaking is irresponsible. Crocop is simply going to cause this man irreparable damage, and then reset himself to slaughter the next scrub the UFC puts in front of him. Why the NSAC sanctioned the fight is beyond me. Eddie will come out in the standard "holy shit that's crocop" stance, with his hands held up incredibly high, as if to ward off mosquitos, and crocop will throw the left straight down the pipe and smash his nose. That is if Eddie doesn't come out thinking he can bum rush crocop, in which case you will see a replay of Babalu vs. Chuck II, only with crocop outrunning the punches instead of eating them. So that's enough said about that fight. Marvin Eastman is going for a ride. Remember the last time Rampage fought a powerful striker who stood around 5'9"? If you don't, go buy pride 22 and watch Igor Vovchanchyn take a ride on space mountain. This is going to be a more entertaining fight than crocop's, but only because Rampage isn't the guy of fighter that stops his opponent with a single crushing blow. He just beats the other man into submission, with whatever he deems expedient at the time. One factor I haven't heard much talk about is Rampage's ability with his elbows. Ask Chuck Liddell's ribs how well 'page can throw dem bows. I think the UFC ruleset will quickly make those his go-to tool for smashing faces. If Rampage doesn't get himself disqualified for spiking Eastman, this fight is going to be a mugging. Anderson Silva is gifted I think in a situation like this it's very important to see how quickly a striker can stop a fight. Anderson doesn't have the takedown defense to wear Lutter out and pick his shots over a few rounds--he's going to have to get in and work Lutter early and often. That said, Silva has multiple sub 2 minute stoppages, meaning not only does he have the striking skills, but he can work them very quickly, landing on opponents without much feeling out of their defense or strategy. This means that Silva definitely can do what many are expecting him to do and simply blitz Travis and leave him lying against the fence. However, Lutter's style is exactly what has given Silva fits before. The man loves to throw his muay thai techniques, and seems to lose his composure to a degree when someone is just grinding him into the floor. Lutter WILL armbar someone underneath him unless they are very tight and conservative, and Silva's long arms will definitely be exposed. That said, this fight is 50/50. If I had to pick, I'd say Silva, but given the way the odds are, I'd put money on Lutter, as this fight is much closer than +300 would indicate.