The anticipation for UFC 200 has created a lot of buzz in the MMA world, and there is no shortage of fighters seeking a spot in that legendary card. However, there are a lot of interesting fights scheduled before July’s UFC 200. The most notable ones being Jones vs Cormier II, Weidman vs Rockhold II, Faber vs Cruz III, among others. All of those fights are amazing in their own right, and so are the cards for UFC 197 and 199. The problem is that the best card prior to UFC 200 just might be 198, and there is not a whole lot of people talking about it. The card is full of fresh, exciting, and fan friendly fights involving some of the biggest mixed martial arts fighters of all time. The event is scheduled to take place May 14th in Curitiba, Brazil. In addition to the great fights, the event will be held at Arena da Baixada, which will be the first UFC stadium event in Brazil. 

The undercard will likely have some main card worthy fights, such as Cris Cyborg’s UFC debut, and hot prospect Warlley Alves taking on Bryan Barberena. Rumors of Cyborg’s potential UFC debut have been thrown around quite a bit over the past few years. The speculation is over as she has been added to UFC 198 to fight Leslie Smith at a catchweight of 140 pounds. The anticipated match up with Ronda Rousey will not happen at her debut, but it is a huge step towards that potential fight. Cyborg has dominated Invicta FC’s featherweight division, and hopes to shake up women’s MMA in the UFC. Smith fought recently at UFC Fight Night Hunt vs Mir, and beat Rin Nakai via unanimous decision.  

On the other hand, the undefeated top prospect Warlley Alves is looking to move up the rankings in the very tough Welterweight division. Alves has finished his last two fights by submission both being guillotines, including the first round stoppage of Colby Covington at UFC 194. The talent of Alves is undeniable, but can he make some noise in one of the most stacked divisions. Bryan Barberena is no stranger to undefeated hot prospects, since his last fight was against Sage Northcutt. Barberena pulled a big upset against Northcutt, by submitting the young phenom in the second round. The question is can he do it again, or is Alves too skilled? 

Things get very interesting in the main card with important fights like Demian Maia vs Matt Brown, Anderson Silva vs Uriah Hall, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs Vitor Belfort, and the heavyweight championship bout between Stipe Miocic and Fabricio Werdum. As mentioned before, the Welterweight division is super deep with talented young fighters as well as tough and skilled veterans. A clash of top ten ranked veterans could have title shot implications, as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu wizard Demian Maia faces “The Immortal” Matt Brown. Brown has gone the distance against the last two Welterweight champions in the past, and he is looking to build on his latest submission win over Tim Means. He has a very tough task in the form of Maia, and this should be a very entertaining fight to watch. The winner will likely enter the top five and put himself in the position of fighting for a shot at UFC gold. 

If you enjoy striking battles, then you should love the matchup between Uriah Hall and Anderson Silva. It might be safe to say that nobody is shooting for a takedown in this on, but you just might see a knockout of the year candidate. Both fighters are coming off disappointing losses, but they are still top ten in the Middleweight division. The winner would take a step closer to a shot at the winner of  UFC 199’s main event, and most likely a spot in the top five. The fight should be very fan friendly and thrilling from start to finish, so make sure you don’t blink during this one.

The next fight has even more influence on the Middleweight division, as it should definitely provide the next number one contender. The number two ranked middleweight “Jacare” Souza will meet number three ranked Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort in the co-main event. Two guys with major knockout power, so this could easily be a quick one. There is nobody currently at middleweight or maybe even the entire UFC roster who has better Brazillian Jiu Jitsu than Souza, so If the fight goes to the ground he will certainly have the advantage. Souza lost his last fight to Yoel Romero in a very controversial fight, but he is looking to finally get that shot at the belt. Vitor’s last fight was a first round KO of Dan Henderson, and he hopes to get a rematch against either Weidman or Rockhold.

The main event is the Heavyweight championship of the world, as Fabricio Werdum defends his title for the first time against Stipe Miocic. Werdum was scheduled to fight Cain Velasquez in a rematch earlier this year, but Cain suffered a back injury. The UFC offered Miocic as a replacement to Werdum, but the champ was also injured. Nonetheless, they will fight in May and it should be a great fight between two warriors. Both men are very well trained and they can hit, so this could also be a quick fight as are most Heavyweight bouts. Fabricio’s tremendous ground game could be the x factor in this matchup, but it is not a grappling match so anything could happen. Two of the baddest men on the planet fighting for glory is a great way to close out an amazing card of fights. It is a great time to be an MMA fan, and the future looks very bright for the sport. 

Joao V. Gomes

Pro Fighting Fans Staff Writer

Following the success of the last B.S. Predictions column for UFC Fight Night 35, I was excited to get right back to the magic.  This week we have another stellar free fight card from the UFC.  It’ll be headlined by a very important lightweight matchup between former lightweight champion Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson.  Of course Henderson lost his belt the last time out to Anthony Pettis, while Thomson shocked fans with a TKO of Nate Diaz in his return to the UFC.  Along with 3 other main card bouts this event will not disappoint, so let’s get to it.


Donald Cerrone vs. Adriano Martins

On paper I think Donald Cerrone is the better fighter in this matchup.  However, when you take a closer look it’s not so clear cut.  Adriano Marins is a very talented Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and he did take out a dangerous striker in Daron Cruickshank when he made his UFC debut in November of last year.  It probably helped that Martins was fighting in his home country of Brazil, while he’ll be facing Cerrone on American soil.  But, the difference maker is going to be the level of competition Cerrone has faced thus far in his career.  He’s shared the cage with some very tough and talented fighters.  It might take “Cowboy” a round or so to get comfortable and when he does he’ll be able to easily outpoint Adriano Martins for a unanimous decision victory.

Prediction: Donald Cerrone via Unanimous Decision


Darren Elkins vs. Jeremy Stephens

Now here’s a striker vs. grappler matchup I can get into.  Darren Elkins is a grinder with the ability to wear down anyone in the UFC’s 145lb division.  Meanwhile, Jeremy Stephens hits very hard and he’s always looking for the finish.  Since dropping from lightweight to featherweight, Stephens has been on fire.  In his last bout he went into Brazil and absolutely destroyed Rony Jason.  The only trouble Darren Elkins has run into in his last 7 fights was when he was stopped by Chad Mendes, another hard hitting featherweight.  I actually have Elkins as a slight favorite in this one, but I’m going to say Jeremy Stephens will pull off the upset.

Prediction: Jeremy Stephens via TKO Round 2


Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Stipe Miocic

The co-main event at UFC on FOX 10 is an interesting heavyweight bout between Gabriel Gonzaga and Stipe Miocic.  Other than a knockout loss to Travis Browne, Gonzaga is experiencing a career resurgence as of late with 4 wins in his last 5 UFC appearances.  However, Miocic looked ultra-impressive in his June 2013 victory over Roy “Big Country” Nelson.  He was able to avoid Nelson’s power punches and was the superior boxer inside the cage on that night.  Although Gonzaga is likely faster than Roy Nelson, I still think Miocic can out strike him and his defensive wrestling should be good enough to keep the fight standing.  Miocic will once again surprise many people on his way to a unanimous decision win.

Prediction: Stipe Miocic via Unanimous Decision


Benson Henderson vs. Josh Thomson

Josh Thomson shocked MMA fans when he defeated Nate Diaz in his UFC return.  It wasn’t so much the fact that he won that was shocking, but the way Thomson did it.  The former Strikeforce champion became the first man to finish Diaz by TKO, which is something his next opponent Benson Henderson was not able to do.  That doesn’t necessarily give Thomson an edge over Henderson, especially since Benson is coming off his first UFC loss.  It wasn’t just a normal loss either, it cost Henderson his UFC lightweight title and made him winless in two fights against Anthony Pettis.  It is definitely the kind of loss that stings.  We can expect “Smooth” to show up on January 25th with something extra to prove.  The winner of this fight could be next in line for a title shot, seeing as Thomson was originally scheduled to face Anthony Pettis for the title in December of last year before the champ pulled out due to injury.  Benson Henderson is my choice to get his hand raised at UFC on FOX 10, but it won’t come easily.  Thomson is going to give him all he can handle and it could very well end up being another one of those infamous split decision victories that Henderson has become known for in his UFC career.

Prediction: Benson Henderson via Split Decision


Brent Haugh

Pro Fighting Fans Staff Writer

Maybe UFC 161 wasn’t the most memorable event in the company’s history.  Maybe it was only slightly interesting.  Regardless, it was a night of fights and for that I am grateful.  So I’ve watched all of the coverage and compiled my three stars for UFC 161, it is better late than never.  I dare you to read this, it might be better than the event itself.

Third Star: Rashad Evans

Evans wasn’t super impressive at UFC 161. Heck, I’m not even sure if he was impressive at all.  But, he did earn a split decision victory against Dan Henderson.  The fact he was able to get a win in such a high pressure situation is the reason he earned my third star. He survived an early scare and used his footwork to stay out of range of Henderson’s huge right hand.  If the judges hadn’t scored the fight in his favor, it would have been the third straight loss for Rashad.  Losing three in a row in the UFC can sometimes be devastating to a fighter’s career.  Evans will avoid the ax for the time being, he just needs to keep winning for his job to be secure.

Second Star: Sam Stout vs. James Krause

This was the ‘fight of the night at UFC 161, and for good reason.  Krause was making his UFC debut on short notice.  Meanwhile, it was Stout’s 16th octagon appearance.  The first time jitters weren’t evident for Krause as he used his superior length perfectly, never letting Stout get comfortable.  It was a good lesson for a young fighter, some guys are extremely difficult to put away.  James Krause remained patient and was eventually able to submit Stout in the third round.  It was a classic Sam Stout fight, where he took all kinds of punishment and kept coming.  It was also an excellent start to Krause’s UFC career. However, I am sure that Sam Stout will continue to be a tough fight for anyone at 155lbs.  Despite being on the UFC 161 preliminary card, Krause vs. Stout gets my second star.

First Star: Stipe Miocic vs. Roy Nelson

I was tempted to not include Nelson in my first star selection.  But that wouldn’t have been fair to “Big Country”.  If it weren’t for Nelson’s ridiculous chin his UFC 161 fight with Stipe Miocic would have been over in the first round.  There aren’t many guys who can take the type of shots Nelson can and still be standing at the end of three rounds.  Although he was standing, Roy did look like a guy trying his best not to throw up and pass out when the bell rang.  It was by far Miocic’s best performance in the UFC.  In the short amount of time leading up to the fight, he was able to come up with a gameplan and he executed it perfectly.  The fight, which served as the co-main event for UFC 161, turned out to be a highly entertaining scrap.  If Miocic vs. Nel.son had been announced as the ‘fight of the night’, you wouldn’t have heard any complaints from me.

It was no secret that UFC 161 was ruined by injuries.  Now that the event has come and gone, MMA fans can erase it from their memories.  Let’s hope we don’t have to hear about fighter injuries of the rest of 2013, but that is highly unlikely, we are talking about the fight game.  For more post fight coverage of UFC 161, continue visiting Pro Fighting Fans.

Brent Haugh Staff Writer

Roy “Big Country” Nelson (19-8 MMA, 6-4 UFC) took on Stipe Miocic (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) in the co-main event at UFC 161.  Going into the fight many people expected Roy Nelson to get another knockout win.  Unfortunately for Nelson, the MMA gods were not on his side Saturday night.  For three rounds Miocic was able to dodge punches, run at times, and use accurate striking to pick Nelson apart.

It was evident early on that Nelson had no gas in the tank.  He tired before the first round was over.  It could have been due to the short notice fight.  Or, did Nelson take the fight lightly?  He did land a few shots, but for every shot Nelson landed, Miocic landed three or four of his own.  It was the best performance of Miocic’s young UFC career.

There was a lot of talk about Stipe Miocic’s speed heading into the fight, and he used that speed to perfection.  Roy Nelson couldn’t keep up with his opponent.  Miocic continuously used a fake takedown to storm in and fire punches; Nelson had no answer for it.  It was surprising that Nelson didn’t take the fight to the mat.  Instead, he chose to try for the knockout, but it just wasn’t working out for him.

The loss puts an end to any talk of Roy Nelson getting a title shot, at least for the time being.  It will also make Nelson’s contract discussions with the UFC very interesting.  It was made known before the fight that Nelson had turned down a contract extension on at least one occasion. He was hoping a big win would give him an upper hand in negotiations. The loss could have the opposite effect.  Nelson also had his 3 fight knockout win streak ended by Miocic and he’s now 4-2 in his last 6 fights.

Miocic was able to bounce back from his first professional loss against Stefan Struve with a stellar performance in the octagon.  The victory over Nelson should earn him another big fight.  Stipe improved to 4-1 in the UFC.  The sky is the limit for the 30-year-old Ohio native who was once sponsored by Intimidation Clothing. Miocic’s stock is on the rise and the UFC heavyweight division may have a new contender.

Miocic vs. Nelson served as the co-main event for UFC 161, which took place in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Saturday night.  The event was headlined by a light heavyweight bout between Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson.  Continue to check back with for further post fight coverage of UFC 161.

Brent Haugh Staff Writer

If you’re a fan of violence, then UFC 161 will likely satisfy your appetite.  In the beginning the event was supposed to be headlined by an Interim Bantamweight championship fight between Renan Barao and Eddie Wineland.  But, Barao got injured during training, and Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson was promoted to the main event.  Wait, things got worse for the UFC, co-headliner Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was also forced to withdraw due to injury, he was set to face Mauricio Rua.  Chael Sonnen almost stepped in to replace Nogueira but visa issues stopped that from happening.  We are now going to see Roy Nelson take on Stipe Miocic in the co-main event.  UFC 161 is far from a dream card.  However, there are some good fights that could potentially entertain the Canadian crowd Saturday night.

Pat Barry and Shawn Jordan are going to step into the octagon and the minute the bell rings I expect these two to go to war.  They are friends outside of the cage, but that won’t stop them from trying to take the other guy’s head off.  Barry likes to entertain and with the card getting a lot of criticism, he knows the importance of putting on a show.  This could be a fight of the night candidate when all is said and done.

The only female fight on the UFC 161 card is a tilt between Alexis Davis and Rosi Sexton.  Both fighters are making their UFC debuts, but Davis will have the Canadian crowd behind her.  They each have seven submission victories on their resumes.  We can expect this bout to go to the ground early and that is where most of it will take place.  The women in the UFC have yet to disappoint me and that trend will probably continue at UFC 161.

At one point Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac was on the undercard, but with all the injuries the two light heavyweights have been put on the pay-per-view portion of the show.  Jimmo will fight in Canada once again, the last time he did he knocked out Anthony Perosh in a record tying seven seconds.  Will he impress the crowd again?  He’ll have a tough time doing it against MMA veteran Igor Pokrajac, who has only been knocked out 4 times in 35 fights.  This should be another stand-up battle as these two have shown they like to trade punches with their opponents.  See, UFC 161 isn’t so bad, is it?

In the co-main event Roy “Big Country” Nelson will look to continue his impressive streak of first round knockouts.  Standing across the cage from Nelson will be Stipe Miocic.  Roy Nelson just fought less than two months ago at UFC 159 against Cheick Kongo.  Meanwhile, Miocic hasn’t competed since he lost to Stefan Struve in September of 2012; it was the first loss of his career.  All signs point to another highlight reel knockout, but maybe Stipe Miocic will use his speed and youth to steal this one from Nelson. If “Big Country” does come out victorious he should get a top ten opponent in his next fight.

Finally there is the evening’s main event, a light heavyweight matchup between Dan Henderson and Rashad Evans.  A loss for either of these guys will be devastating to their chances of ever facing Jon Jones for the 205lb title.  Do they play it safe or go all out?  For the sake of the Winnipeg fans at UFC 161, I hope this fight lives up to its potential.  As long as they both show up healthy and ready to fight and that means actually throwing punches and trying to win, this should be a great main event!

Don’t forget that in addition to the pay-per-view there is also a preliminary card that will air on FX and Facebook.  It will be highlighted by a welterweight matchup between Jake Shields and Tyron Woodley.  Plus, Sam Stout vs. James Krause, Sean Pierson vs. Kenny Robertson and so much more!  Check it out, Saturday June 15th live from Winnipeg, Manitoba, it is UFC 161, don’t miss it!

Brent Haugh Staff Writer

On June 15th, the co-main event of UFC 161 will feature two well-rounded heavyweights; Stipe Miocic and Roy “Big Country” Nelson. Miocic will compete in his fifth UFC fight and is looking to rebound from the first loss of his career when he takes on the very talented, fat but powerful Roy Nelson. Nelson, a 2 to 1 favorite is on a 3 fight win streak and looking to compete for the UFC heavyweight title in the near future.

As always we will first look at the striking of both fighters. Nelson has only been striking since 2008 and yet has a 10% KO ratio in the UFC, in six wins with only one going past the first round. Miocic has a boxing background, as well as his wrestling credentials, and has finished seven of his nine victories with his hands.

Nelson is famous for having perhaps the best one punch knockout of all heavyweights and exceptional timing, which is evident in his last three wins, where one punch put his opponents on the canvas. Miocic is more of a patient fighter, who prefers to break his opponents down over time. He has shown his abilities in doing so by surviving back and forth exchanges and countering when his opponents reset themselves. However back and forth is not something you want to get into with Roy Nelson.

One punch can finish a fight in any division, especially the heavyweights and if you get into an exchange with Nelson then you will be expected to be on the receiving end of that punch. In his recent knockout wins over well-known strikers, Cheick Kongo and Dave Herman, Nelson was barely scratched, the fights were over before a back and forth exchange could happen. That could well be the case in this fight, though if the two get into an exchange the man with the better chin will be the one to come out on top.

Who has the better chin?  Both men have shown good chins. As I said Miocic has managed to come back after receiving a lot of tough strikes from Shane Del Rosario and Stefan Struve. Unfortunately in his fight with Struve his chin did not prove to be the toughest and was finished with a series of uppercuts. Nelson, who has not been finished since October 4th, 2008 has shown to have one of the best chins in all of MMA, he managed to survive three rounds of one sided beatings from Junior Dos Santos and Fabricio Werdum and  he still fought back. It is pretty obvious that the stronger chin goes to Nelson.

So with all of that you have to expect that a back and forth exchange will result in a Roy Nelson KO and that Nelson will most likely finish the fight before that, should Miocic try to move and outpoint Big Country.

While both fighters are skilled in striking they also have some ground game credentials to boast. Miocic has taken down his recent opponents, Rosario and Struve and showed against Rosario that he is effective at ground and pound. However he has not faced a heavyweight who is as physically strong as Nelson. Nelson carries 258 pounds of camouflaged muscle and is an elite grappler, as well as a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt.

It is not beyond possibility that Miocic can take him down. However what can he do to Nelson when he has him down? With Nelson being bigger, stronger, having elite wrestling and ground skills of his own, it is hard to see Miocic winning should this fight go to the ground. In this fight we could well see Miocic trying to move and mix it up on the feet, before attempting the takedowns. And Roy of course will look to land the punch to end the fight but will also most likely make it back to his feet with ease if he gets taken down.

So you have to expect that Nelson will have the advantage in all areas of this fight. Miocic without a doubt has heart and skills but putting him in there with a man who simply seems to trump him in all those areas will be too much for the thirty year old American. Most people will be expecting another knockout of the night performance from Roy Nelson.  Who knows, maybe Miocic will surprise us all and pull off the big upset.

Christopher McMillan Staff Writer

When the UFC returns to Las Vegas this weekend for UFC 160, the heavyweight division will once again be in the spotlight.  The headliner is a title fight between Cain Velasquez and Antonio Silva, while in the co-main event Mark Hunt takes on Junior Dos Santos.  However, the UFC’s biggest division refuses to remain dormant, as UFC officials confirmed two more heavyweight showdowns for future events.

It was announced earlier this week that Alistair Overeem will return to the octagon to take on Travis Browne at the Fox Sports 1: 1 event that is scheduled to take place in Boston, Massachusetts on August 17th.

Overeem is of course coming off a knockout loss to this weekend’s title challenger Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.  He has taken quite a bit of heat for his performance in that fight.  He showed absolutely no respect for his opponent and ended up paying for it in the third round when Silva finished him off with huge punches up against the cage.  Overeem was then scheduled to face Junior Dos Santos this weekend but was forced to withdraw due to injury.  He’ll be looking to redeem himself and an impressive victory over Travis Browne could put him right back into title talks.

Travis Browne has something in common with Alistair Overeem.  His most recent loss also came at the hands of Antonio Silva.  In fact the loss to Silva is the only one on Browne’s professional MMA record.  He made a major statement in his return to the octagon by defeating Gabriel Gonzaga with some controversial elbow strikes when they met at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale earlier this year.  Browne was close to contender status when he lost to Silva and a win against Overeem would unquestionably be the biggest of his young career.

Overeem and Browne are two of the better strikers in the UFC heavyweight division.  This showdown could be a potential fight of the night candidate if it plays out the way most are expecting it to.  Obviously Overeem has more experience, but Browne has proven to be very dynamic with his standup attack, August 17th can’t come soon enough.

Along with the fight I mentioned above, another heavyweight fight has been confirmed.  This one will happen sooner rather than later, as Roy Nelson vs. Stipe Miocic has been added to June’s UFC 161 event that takes place in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Nelson had lost three of four before catching fire and going on his current three fight win streak.  Those three victories came against Cheick Kongo, Matt Mitrione and Dave Herman, none of those men made it out of the first round.  “Big Country” isn’t getting any younger, so this could be his last opportunity at a title run.  He’ll be looking for another knockout and if that happens he may at least get a number one contender matchup, of course that depends on what happens in this weekend’s fights.

Despite losing his last fight to Stefan Struve, Stipe Miocic, who was once sponsored by Intimidation Clothing, will face his biggest challenge to date when he takes on Roy Nelson.  The loss to Struve was the first of his career.  Before that, Miocic had won his first nine fights including three straight in the UFC against Joey Beltran, Phil De Fries and Shane Del Rosario.  At first glance it would appear that Miocic could be outclassed in every aspect of the fight against Roy Nelson, it will be interesting to see what his gameplan is come June 15th.

Although many people claim the heavyweight division is the weakest in the UFC, there are still some pretty intriguing matchups out there.  Overeem vs. Browne will be a part of UFC on Fox Sports 1: 1 but it won’t be the headliner.  Nelson vs. Miocic will be on the main card of UFC 161.  For more information on both fight cards continue to check back with for updates when they become available.

Brent Haugh Staff Writer

The UFC is heading into new territory on June 15th, when UFC 161 will take place at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  It’s the promotions eleventh visit to Canada, but its first time in Manitoba.  So far, three bouts have been confirmed for the event.

In a battle of heavyweights, Ohio native Stipe Miocic (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) makes his return to the octagon for the first time since losing to Stefan Struve.  He will face Australian Soa Palelei (18-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) who’s only loss in 5 years came against Daniel Cormier.  Miocic, a former Intimidation Clothing sponsored fighter, was undefeated before the TKO loss to Struve.  Palelei fought once in the UFC when he lost to Eddie Sanchez at UFC 79 and has been on a tear as of late, winning 8 straight fights.

Tyron Woodley (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) made a major statement in his UFC debut.  It only took him 36 seconds to take out Jay Hieron at UFC 156.  There was no doubt he would get a step up in competition and that will come in the form of Jake Shields.  The former Strikeforce middleweight champion, Shields, (27-6-1-1NC MMA, 2-2-1NC UFC) is coming off a unanimous decision win over Ed Herman, which was overturned after he failed his post-fight drug test. 

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will meet Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (21-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC) in a rematch of their PRIDE fight in 2005, a matchup that Nogueira won by Unanimous decision.  Rua has been inconsistent since losing the UFC light heavyweight title to Jon Jones in 2011.  In his most recent appearance inside the octagon he lost a unanimous decision to Alexander Gustafsson.  Meanwhile, Nogueira has won two straight fights over Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans. 

Also rumored to be taking place at UFC 161 is a light heavyweight battle between “Suga” Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson.  The event will take place June 15th, 2013 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Keep checking back with for more updates as they become available.

Brent Haugh Staff Writer