Mahe opens big weekend of MMA

March 26th, 2010
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Photos: Esther Lin, StrikeForce

Lolohea Mahe

Undefeated Maui heavyweight prospect Lolohea Mahe (6-0-1) fights under the bright lights for the first time in his career tonight when he main events the StrikeForce: Challengers card on Showtime against Lavar Johnson (13-3). The card will be shown in Hawaii on a 3-hour delay on Showtime beginning at 8:45 p.m.

Lolohea Mahe vs Lavar Johnson

Mahe’s opponent, Lavar Johnson, is fighting for the first time since he was nearly killed in a local shooting at a family BBQ near his home in Madera, Calif., last summer.

Mahe will try to follow in the footsteps of Yancy Medeiros, who won his StrikeForce debut just a couple of weeks ago. The two represent a new crop of fighters coming through the ranks that are trying to make it on the big stage.

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Bad news coming from Niko Vitale. The X-1 middleweight champion told me yesterday that he was having surgery on his knee today and would be out 2-4 weeks with an MCL injury. He didn’t know the specifics of the injury yet, but did say he would have to postpone his scheduled fight with Murilo “Ninja” Rua in May.

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Thiago Alves is out of his UFC 111 fight against Jon Fitch, who will now go up against Ben Saunders as a late-minute replacement. Saturday night’s event, beginning at 4 p.m. on PPV, features two big headlining fights. Georges St-Pierre vs. Dan Hardy and Shane Carwin vs. Frank Mir.

The GSP title fight is one of three incredibly one-sided title fights coming up in the UFC (along with Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia and Frank Edgar vs. B.J. Penn). I haven’t seen any of the UFC Primetime episodes counting down to the fight. I was kind of hoping they would save those for the really intriguing, grudge match type fights (Think Shogun/Machida II or Rampage/Evans) instead of just using it to build St-Pierre, who has officially become the Golden Boy of the UFC. I don’t expect St-Pierre to have a tough time with Hardy, who has the same punchers chance as Matt Serra.

The fight I am looking forward to is Mir/Carwin. Carwin is 11-0 with all 11 wins coming by KO or TKO IN THE FIRST THREE MINUTES. He’s 3-0 in the UFC and his longest fight was 91 seconds.

I don’t expect that to continue against the experienced Mir, who is incredibly motivated to win this fight and get a shot at Brock Lesnar, who will be ringside for the fight. As long as it’s standing, give Carwin the advantage, but if Mir ever gets on top of Carwin in this fight, it could be the end of Carwin’s undefeated streak.

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