MMA World Cup: Bantamweight Semi-Finals

Can Brad Pickett advance?

Pickett and Fabiano advanced from the opening round, despite Ivan Manjivar giving a game effort against Fabiano. Like their real life counterparts, even fantasy MMA fans are less interested in the little guys - they garnered far fewer votes than the big boys.

1. Dominick Cruz vs. 4. Wagnney Fabiano

My Take: Cruz has never really fought a Jiu Jitsu player like Fabiano. But then again, has anyone really fought someone like the hard-to-hit Cruz before stepping in the cage with him? Cruz will shudder, shake, and drive purists nuts with his footwork. He'll also win this one handily.

2. Takeya Mizugaki vs. 3. Brad Pickett

My Take: Mizugaki made a big impression taking Miguel Torres the distance at WEC 40 in 2009. It was a great performance, but perhaps a bit deceptive. It was the night of a lifetime for Mizugaki. Frankly, he's just not that good. Pickett should have what it takes to give Europe a much needed win.

 

  1. USA: Dominick Cruz
  2. Asia/AUS: Takeya Mizugaki
  3. Europe:  Brad Pickett
  4. Brazil: Wagnney Fabiano
  5. Canada: Ivan Menjivar
  6. CIS and Assorted: Artemij Sitenkov

Vote in our poll! After the jump, links to previous posts in this tournament.

Featherweight semi-finals

Lightweight semi-finals

Welterweight semi-finals

Middleweight semi-finals

Light heavyweight semi-finals

Heavyweight semi-finals

Bantamweights

Featherweights

Lightweights

Welterweights

Middleweights

Light Heavyweights

The Heavyweights

The Rules and an Explanation

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