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WEC 37 (December, 2008)

135 lbs. Title – Miguel Torres [1] vs. Manny Tapia [16]

MMA Record: Torres (34-1); Tapia (10-0-1)

Result: Torres winner by 2nd round TKO.

Miguel beat Tapia at his own game, striking. He had a 9-inch reach advantage and used it to jab and circle for most of the fight. He would mix in a few kicks, a spinning back fist and even a rolling ax-kick. Torres looked untouchable. For my money, he’s one of the top 5 exciting fighters in MMA. He’s a must-see. Tapia’s stock doesn’t go anywhere. Losing to one of the sport’s masters is acceptable. Torres stays at 1. Tapia stays at 16.

135 lbs. – Brian Bowles [4] vs. Will Ribeiro [7]

MMA Record: Bowles (6-0); Ribeiro (10-1)

Result: Bowles winner by 3rd round submission (guillotine choke).

Brian Bowles is extremely unassuming. He looks like an average guy and he isn’t overwhelming in his fighting style. He comes in, touches gloves, and quietly dismantles his opponents. Will Ribeiro is an Olympic Boxer and Bowles out-boxed him (albeit boxing in MMA is nowhere near the same as standard boxing). Bowles has no known weaknesses and he’s strong in all areas. Miguel Torres has his toughest fight ahead of him with this guy. Bowles rises to 3. Ribeiro drops to 8.

145 lbs. – Akitoshi Tamura [8] vs. Wagnney Fabiano [12]

MMA Record: Tamura (12-6-2); Fabiano (10-1)

Result: Fabiano winner by 3rd round submission (arm-triangle).

I actually loved this fight. It was spent almost entirely on the ground and could have been mistaken for a jiu-jitsu match. I’m glad the referee recognized that these were two of the best grapplers in the world and let them go strength for strength. Fabiano is making a very strong case for being the best grappler in the sport. I was amazed by how savvy he was with his jiu-jitsu. He may have to develop his striking and become more exciting to the common fan but jiu-jitsu has been doing him well. Fabiano rises to 6. Tamura drops to 14.

135 lbs. – Joseph Benavidez vs. Danny Martinez

MMA Record: Benavidez (8-0); Martinez (12-2)

Result: Benavidez winner by unanimous decision.

Benavidez came in with a lot of hype but he couldn’t put away Martinez. Joseph would throw highly explosive flurries but then resets himself after each one. The flurries remind me of Wanderlei Silva but instead of continuing with the assault by clinching and throwing knees, Benavidez jumps back out of striking range. There’s no questioning his athleticism and quickness however. Benavidez debuts at 23.

145 lbs. – Hiroyuki Takaya [13] vs. Cub Swanson [27]

MMA Record: Takaya (9-5-1); Swanson (12-2)

Result: Swanson winner by unanimous decision. Swanson rises to 19. Takaya drops to 23. 

155 lbs. – Bart Palaszewski [63] vs. Alex Karalexis

MMA Record: Palaszewski (29-11); Karalexis (9-3)

Result: Palaszewski winner by 2nd round TKO. Bart rises to 61.

170 lbs. – Johny Hendricks vs. Justin Haskins

MMA Record: Hendricks (3-0); Haskins (4-1)

Result: Hendricks winner by 2nd round TKO.

Hendricks has a lot of hype but he needs to beat an established opponent or win a few more in a row to be ranked.

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HVY Rankings (December, 2008)

 

1 Fedor Emelianenko 28~1 Stary Oskol, Russia
2 Frank Mir 12~3 Las Vegas, NV UFC Interim Champion
3 Brock Lesnar 3~1 Minneapolis, MN UFC Champion
4 Josh Barnett 23~5 Seattle, WA
5 Andrei Arlovski 14~5 Minsk, Belarus
6 Cheick Kongo 12~4~1 Paris, France
7 Rodrigo Nogueira 31~5~1 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
8 Randy Couture 16~9 Las Vegas, NV
9 Tim Sylvia 24~5 Davenport, IA
10 Gabriel Gonzaga 10~3 Ludlow, MA
11 Alistair Overeem 28~11 Utrecht, Netherlands Strikeforce Champion
12 Aleksander Emelianenko 14~3 St. Petersburg, Russia
13 Sergei Kharitonov 16~3 Moscow, Russia
14 Mirko Filipovic 23~6~2 Zagreb, Croatia
15 Antonio Silva 11~1 Brasilia, Brazil
16 Fabricio Werdum 11~4~1 Porto Alegre, Brazil ADCC Champion
17 Heath Herring 28~14 Las Vegas, NV
18 Jeff Monson 27~8 Olympia, WA
19 Cain Velasquez 4~0 San Jose, CA
20 Pedro Rizzo 16~8 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
21 Ben Rothwell 30~6 Davenport, IA
22 Roy Nelson 13~3 Las Vegas, NV
23 Paul Buentello 24~10 Amarillo, TX
24 Junior dos Santos 7~1 Bahia, Brazil
25 Dave Herman 12~0 Bloomington, IN
26 Justin McCully 9~4~2 Maui, HI
27 Antoni Hardonk 8~4 Weesp, Netherlands
28 Ricco Rodriguez 34~10 Phoenix, AZ
29 Jake O’Brien 10~2 Indianapolis, IN
30 Marcio Cruz 4~2 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
31 Mark Hunt 5~4 New Zealand
32 Yoshihiro Nakao 7~1 Japan
33 Michael Russow 11~1 Chicago, IL
34 Shane Carwin 10~0 Denver, CO
35 Brett Rogers 7~0 Minneapolis, MN
36 Travis Wiuff 53~12 Rochester, MN
37 Eddie Sanchez 8~3 Temecula, CA
38 Patrick Barry 4~0 New Orleans, LA
39 Roger Gracie 2~0 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
40 Hidehiko Yoshida 8~6~1 Obu, Japan
41 Semmy Schilt 25~14~1 Zuidlaren, Netherlands K-1 Champion
42 Ron Waterman 15~6~2 Greeley, CO
43 Kazuyuki Fujita 15~7 Funabashi, Japan
44 Kevin Randleman 17~12 Columbus, OH
45 Mario Rinaldi 7~3 Port St. Lucie, FL
46 Todd Duffee 4~0 Coconut Creek, FL
47 Sang Soo Lee 10~5 South Korea
48 Assuerio Silva 14~7 Parana, Brazil  

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205 Rankings (December, 2008)

 

1 Rashad Evans 13~0~1 Albuquerque, NM UFC Champion
2 Forrest Griffin 16~5 Athens, GA
3 Quinton Jackson 30~7 Irvine, CA
4 Lyoto Machida 13~0 Belem, Brazil
5 Chuck Liddell 21~6 San Luis Obispo, CA
6 Mauricio Rua 16~3 Curitiba, Brazil
7 Keith Jardine 14~4~1 Albuquerque, NM
8 Thiago Silva 13~0 Sao Paulo, Brazil
9 Luis Cane 9~1 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
10 Dan Henderson 23~7 Temecula, CA
11 Wanderlei Silva 32~9~1 Las Vegas, NV
12 Rogerio Nogueira 14~3 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
13 Sokoudjou 5~3 Temecula, CA
14 Anderson Silva 22~4 Curitiba, Brazil
15 Renato Sobral 31~7 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Strikeforce Champion
16 Tito Ortiz 15~6~1 Huntington Beach, CA
17 Stephan Bonnar 11~4 Chicago, IL
18 Goran Reljic 8~0 Zadar, Croatia
19 Rich Franklin 24~3 Cincinnatti, OH
20 James Irvin 14~5 Sacramento, CA
21 Vladimir Matyushenko 21~3 Retchisa, Belarus
22 Matt Hamill 5~2 Utica, NY
23 Brandon Vera 9~3 San Diego, CA
24 Eric Schafer 10~3~2 Milwaukee, WI
25 Jason Lambert 23~9 Long Beach, CA
26 Mike Whitehead 20~6 Salt Lake City, UT
27 Tim Boetsch 8~2 Sunbury, PA
28 Steve Cantwell 7~1 Las Vegas, NV
29 Houston Alexander 8~4 Omaha, NE
30 Kazuhiro Nakamura 12~8 Tokyo, Japan
31 Rafael Cavalcante 7~1 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
32 Brian Stann 6~1 Scranton, PA
33 Doug Marshall 9~3 Visalia, CA
34 Glover TeixeIra 6~2 Arroyo Grande, CA
35 Jon Jones 6~0 Endicott, NY
36 Muhammad Lawal 2~0
37 Jason Brilz 16~1~1 Omaha, NE
38 Emanuel Newton 11~3~1 Maximum FC Champion
39 Ryan Bader 8~0 Tempe, AZ
40 Bobby Southworth 9~6
41 Reese Andy 7~3 Renton, WA
42 Andre Gusmao 5~1 Goiania, Brazil
43 David Heath 7~4 Tulsa, OK
44 Jamal Patterson 4~2 Hoboken, NJ  

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185 Rankings (December, 2008)

 

1 Anderson Silva 23~4 Curitiba, Brazil UFC Champion
2 Dan Henderson 23~7 Tecmecula, CA
3 Rich Franklin 24~3 Cincinnatti, OH
4 Robbie Lawler 18~4 Granite City, IL
5 Thales Leites 14~1 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
6 Nathan Marquardt 27~8~2 Denver, CO
7 Gegard Mousasi 24~2~1 Armenia DREAM GP Champion
8 Kazuo Misaki 21~8~2 Chiba, Japan
9 Yoshihiro Akiyama 12~1 Osaka, Japan
10 Yushin Okami 22~4 Kanagawa, Japan
11 Frank Trigg 18~6 Rochester, NY
12 Demian Maia 9~0 Sao Paulo, Brazil ADCC Champion
13 Ronaldo Souza 10~2 Manaus, Brazil
14 Michael Bisping 17~1 Manchester, England
15 Jason Miller 21~6 Las Vegas, NV
16 Jorge Santiago 20~7 Coconut Creek, FL Sengoku GP Champion
17 Patrick Cote 13~5 Quebec City, Canada
18 Chael Sonnen 21~9~1 West Linn, OR
19 Paulo Filho 16~1 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
20 Matt Lindland 21~5 Eagle Creek, OR
21 Joey Villasenor 26~6 Albuqurque, NM
22 Wilson Gouveia 12~5 Coconut Creek, FL
23 Denis Kang 31~10~1 Vancouver, Canada
24 Cung Le 6~0 San Jose, CA Strikeforce Champion
25 Murilo Rua 16~9~1 Curitiba, Brazil
26 Vitor Belfort 17~8 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
27 Dean Lister 11~5 San Diego, CA
28 Benji Radach 18~4 Castlerock, WA
29 Scott Smith 14~5 Elk Grove, CA
30 Jason MacDonald 21~11 Edmonton, Canada
31 Frank Shamrock 24~9~1 Santa Monica, CA
32 Ricardo Almeida 9~3 Hamilton, NJ
33 Trevor Prangley 18~5 Cape Town, South Africa
34 Amar Suloev 24~7 Kalinin City, Armenia
35 Jeremy Horn 80~18~5 Salt Lake City, UT
36 Chris Leben 18~5 Oahu, HI
37 Melvin Manhoef 22~5~1 Amsterdam, Netherlands
38 Kendall Grove 9~5 Maui, HI
39 Travis Lutter 9~5 Fort Worth, TX
40 Rousimar Palhares 8~2 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
41 Alan Belcher 13~5 Biloxi, MS
42 Mike Massenzio 11~2 Paterson, NJ
43 Ed Herman 14~7 Portland, OR
44 Marvin Eastman 15~9~1 Las Vegas, NV
45 Jorge Rivera 15~7 Milford, MA
46 Jason Day 17~6 Lethbridge, Canada
47 David Loiseau 18~8 Montreal, Canada
48 Dan Miller 10~1 Whippany, NJ
49 Terry Martin 18~6 Chicago, IL
50 Joe Doerksen 41~12 Winnipeg, Canada
51 Sanae Kikuta 27~6~3 Tokyo, Japan
52 Falaniko Vitale 26~9 Honolulu, HI
53 Nate Quarry 10~3 Gresham, OR
54 Ryo Kawamura 9~3 Japan Pancrase Champion
55 Kazuhiro Nakamura 13~9 Tokyo, Japan
56 Drew McFedries 7~5 Bettendorf, IA
57 Cory DeVela 9~2 Bonney Lake, WA
58 Yuki Sasaki 22~15~1 Japan
59 Joe Riggs 28~11 Pheonix, AZ
60 Ryan Jensen 13~5 Omaha, NE
61 Yuki Kondo 49~23~6 Niigata, Japan
62 Kazushi Sakuraba 24~11~1 Katagami, Japan
63 Keiichiro Yamamiya 34~23~9 Kanagawa, Japan
64 Zelg Galesic 9~4 Pula, Croatia
65 Taiei Kin  3~3 Amagasaki, Japan
66 Andrews Nakahara 1~1 Brazil
67 Matt Horwich 22~11~1 Gresham, OR
68 Dong Sik Yoon 4~6 Seoul, South Korea
69 Kiyoshi Tamura 32~13~2 Okayama, Japan
70 Ryan McGivern 13~6 Bettendorf, IA
71 Ivan Salaverry 12~6 Seattle, WA
72 Tim Kennedy 9~2 San Luis Obispo, CA
73 Amir Sadolloh 1~0 Richmond, VA
74 Tim Credeur 11~2 Breaux Bridge, LA
75 Fabio Nascimento 8~4 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
76 Kala Hose 7~2 Waianae, Hawaii Icon Sport Champion
77 Alessio Sakara 13~7 Miami, FL
78 Jake Rosholt 5~0 Las Vegas, NV
79 Rob Kimmons 21~4 Liberty, MO
80 Nissen Osterneck 5~1 Myrtle Beach, SC
81 Bryan Baker 8~1 Victorville, CA
82 Kalib Starnes 9~3~1 Surrey, Canada  

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170 Rankings (December, 2008)

 

1 Georges St-Pierre 17~2 Montreal, Canada UFC Champion
2 Thiago Alves 16~3 Coconut Creek, FL
3 Jon Fitch 17~3 San Jose, CA
4 Josh Koscheck 12~3 Fresno, CA
5 Diego Sanchez 19~2 San Diego, CA
6 Jake Shields 22~4~1 San Jose, CA
7 Matt Hughes 42~7 Hillsboro, IL
8 Karo Parisyan 18~5 North Hollywood, CA
9 Matt Serra 9~5 Long Island, NY
10 Mike Swick 13~2 San Jose, CA
11 Carlos Condit 23~4 Alburqurque, NM WEC Champion
12 Dustin Hazelett 12~4 Cincinnati, OH
13 Chris Lytle 26~16~5 Indianapolis, IN
14 Marcus Davis 15~4 Bangor, ME
15 Anthony Johnson 6~2 Los Angeles, CA
16 Nick Thompson 36~10~1 Minneapolis, MN MFC Champion
17 Brad Blackburn 13~9~1 Olympia, WA
18 Ryo Chonan 15~8 Yamagata, Japan
19 Jay Hieron 16~4 Long Island, NY
20 Yoshiyuki Yoshida 10~3 Tokyo, Japan
21 Dan Hardy 20~6 Nottingham, England
22 Pete Sell 8~4 Westbury, NY
23 Akihiro Gono 28~13~7 Saitama, Japan
24 Hector Lombard 17~2~1 Sydney, Australia
25 Brock Larson 23~2 Costa Mesa, CA
26 Chris Wilson 14~4 Portland, OR
27 Luigi Fioravanti 14~4 Orlando, FL
28 Kevin Burns 7~2 Des Moines, IA
29 Josh Burkman 18~8 Salt Lake City, UT
30 Roan Carneiro 12~8 Atlanta, GA
31 Mike Pierce 6~1
32 Delson Heleno 13~5 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
33 Paul Daley 19~7~2 Nottingham, England
34 Jonathan Goulet 22~10 Victoriaville, Canada
35 David Baron  16~3 Paris, France
36 Hayato Sakurai 33~8~2 Tokyo, Japan
37 Antonio McKee 21~3~2 Lakewood, CA
38 Tamdan McCrory 9~2 Cortland, NY
39 Akira Kikuchi 16~4 Tokyo, Japan
40 Mark Miller 8~4 Chicago, IL
41 Kuniyoshi Hironaka 12~5 Tokyo, Japan
42 Brian Foster 8~3
43 Nathan Coy 5~1 Sportfight Champion
44 Tony DeSouza 10~4 Lima, Peru
45 Paul Kelly 7~1 Liverpool, England
46 Paul Taylor 9~4~1 Walsall, England
47 Daniel Acacio 16~6 Brazil
48 John Alessio 24~12 Vancouver, Canada
49 Forrest Petz 14~6 Cleveland, OH
50 Ben Saunders 7~0~2 Orlando, FL
51 Alex Serdyukov 8~4 Moscow, Russia
52 Luis Santos 30~4 Belem, Brazil
53 Rory Markham 16~4 Bettendorf, IA
54 Pat Healy 19~13 St. Louis, MS Maximum FC Champion
55 TJ Grant 13~2 Dartmouth, Canada
56 George Sotiropoulos 9~2 Long Island, NY
57 Hiromitsu Miura 9~5 Tokyo, Japan
58 Richard Villes 4~3
59 Dong Hyun Kim 11~0~1 Busan, South Korea
60 Carlo Prater 23~6~1 Houston, TX
61 Ryan Ford 8~1 Edmonton, Canada
62 Matt Brown 8~7 Cincinnati, OH
63 Drew Fickett 36~8 Tuscan, AZ
64 Renato Verissimo 7~5 Hilo, HI
65 Dennis Hallman 40~12~2 Yelm, WA
66 Jeremy Jackson 9~5 Port Hueneme, CA
67 Luke Cummo 6~6 Long Island, NY
68 Tom Speer 10~3 Elgin, MN
69 Steve Bruno 12~4 Coconut Creek, FL  

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155 Rankings (December, 2008)

 

1 B.J. Penn 13~4~1 Hilo, HI UFC Champion
2 Eddie Alvarez 15~1 Philadelphia, PA
3 Joachim Hansen 19~7~1 Oslo, Norway DREAM GP Champion
4 Kenny Florian 11~3 Boston, MA
5 Shinya Aoki 18~3 Japan
6 Sean Sherk 33~3~1 Oak Grove, MN
7 Gesias Calvancanti 14~2~1 Coconut Creek, FL
8 Josh Thomson 16~2 San Jose, CA Strikeforce Champion
9 Gray Maynard 6~0 Las Vegas, NV
10 Tatsuya Kawajiri 22~5~2 Inashiki, Japan
11 Caol Uno 25~11~4 Kanagawa, Japan
12 Frank Edgar 9~1 Tom Rivers, NJ
13 Mitsuhiro Ishida 17~4~1 Tsukuba, Japan
14 Vitor Ribeiro 19~2 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
15 Gilbert Melendez 14~2 San Francisco, CA
16 Sergey Golyaev 11~6 Russia
17 Takanori Gomi 29~4 Tokyo, Japan
18 KJ Noons 7~2 San Diego, CA
19 Hermes Franca 19~7 Jupiter, FL
20 Tyson Griffin 12~2 Las Vegas, NV
21 Joe Stevenson 29~9 Victoriaville, CA
22 Nick Diaz 18~7 Stockton, CA
23 Roger Huerta 20~2~1 Minneapolis, MN
24 Spencer Fisher 22~4 Bettendorf, IA
25 Clay Guida 24~9 Johnsburg, IL
26 Nate Diaz 10~2 Stockton, CA
27 Josh Neer 24~7~1 Bettendorf, IA
28 Din Thomas 20~8 Port St. Lucie, CA
29 Takashi Nakakura 10~2~1 Japan Shooto Champion
30 Satoru Kitaoka 23~8~9 Nari, Japan Sengoku GP Champion
31 Yusuke Endo 12~2~1 Japan
32 Rich Clementi 32~13~1 Sidell, LA
33 Jorge Masvidal 15~3 Miami, FL
34 Jim Miller 13~1 Whippany, NJ
35 Eiji Mitsuoka 14~6~2 Japan
36 Marcus Aurelio 16~7 Coconut Creek, FL
37 Joe Lauzon 17~4 Bridgewater, MA
38 Yves Edwards 34~15~1 Woodlands, TX
39 Terry Etim 11~2 Liverpool, England
40 Matt Wiman 10~4 Dallas, TX
41 Kurt Pellegrino 12~4 Jupiter, FL
42 Sam Stout 13~5~1 London, Canada
43 Hayato Sakurai 33~8~2 Tokyo, Japan
44 Andre Amade 6~3~1 Brazil
45 Rodrigo Damm 8~2 Brazil
46 Thiago Tavares 13~3 Florianopolis, Brazil
47 Koutetsu Boku 13~5~1 Japan
48 Gleison Tibau 15~6 Coconut Creek, FL
49 Jamie Varner 15~2 Mesa, AZ WEC Champion
50 Mac Danzig 18~5~1 Los Angeles, CA
51 Donald Cerrone 9~0 Albuquerque, NM
52 Kazunori Yokota 8~2~3 Japan
53 Ganjo Tentsuku 9~3~2 Japan
54 Mizuto Hirota 10~3 Japan
55 Luiz Firmino 12~4 Brazil
56 Rob Emerson 8~6 Irvine, CA
57 Chris Horodecki 10~1 London, Canada
58 Ronnys Torres 14~1 Brazil
59 Jeremy Stephens 14~3 Des Moines, IA
60 Ryan Schultz 20~11~1 Gresham, OR
61 Bart Palaszewski 30~11 Crystal Lakes, IL
62 Luiz Azeredo 12~8 Brazil
63 Deividas Taurosevicius 9~3 Lithuania
64 Manny Gamburyan 8~3 Hollywood, CA
65 Cole Miller 13~3 Coconut Creek, FL
66 Mark Bocek 6~2 Woodbridge, Canada
67 Efrain Escudero 11~0 Tempe, AZ
68 Rob McCullough 16~5 Huntington Beach, CA
69 Melvin Guillard 21~7~2 New Orleans, LA
70 Matt Grice 9~1 Harrah, OK
71 Jason Black 23~4~1 Bettendorf, IA
72 Rich Crunkilton 16~2 New Smyrna Beach, FL
73 John Gunderson 16~6 Medford, OR
74 Marcus Hicks 8~1 Dallas, TX
75 Yoshihiro Koyama 11~2~1 Japan
76 Alberto Crane 10~3 Glendale, CA
77 Seung Hwan Bang 5~2 South Korea DEEP Champion
78 David Bielkheden  13~6 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
79 Kyle Bradley 13~6
80 Conor Heun 8~2
81 Phillipe Nover 5~1~1 Brooklyn, NY
82 Junie Browning 3~0 Las Vegas, NV
83 Muhsin Corbbrey 8~3~0
84 Sergio Gomez 8~2 Racine, WI
85 Per Eklund 14~3~1 Stockholm, Sweden
86 Nick Janowitz 3~0
87 Simon Marini 6~1 Hamilton, Canada
88 Jess Liaudin 12~11 London, England
89 Charles Bennett 21~14~2 Ocala, FL
90 Edson Berto 14~6~1 Orlando, FL  

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145 Rankings (December, 2008)

 

1 Mike Brown 20~4 Coconut Creek, FL WEC Champion
2 Urijah Faber 21~2 Sacramento, CA
3 Leonard Garcia 12~3 Lubbock, TX
4 Dokonjonsuke Mishima 18~6~2 Osaka, Japan DEEP Champion
5 Kid Yamamoto 17~1 Tokyo, Japan
6 Wagnney Fabiano 11~1 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
7 Masakazu Imanari 15~6~1 Kanagawa, Japan Cage Rage Champion
8 Takeshi Inoue 15~3 Japan Shooto Champion
9 Yuji Hoshino 16~7~7 Tokyo, Japan GCM Champion
10 Jens Pulver 22~10~1 Bettendorf, IA
11 Jeff Curran 30~10~1 Island Lake, IL
12 Rafael Assuncao 11~1 Smyrna, GA
13 Hatsu Hioki 17~3~2 Nagoya, Japan TKO Champion
14 Hideki Kadowaki 13~8~2 Chiba, Japan
15 Akitoshi Tamura 12~7~2 Osaka, Japan
16 Bao Quach 15~8~1 Irvine, CA
17 Akiyo Nishiura 9~3~1 Japan
18 Jose Aldo 12~1 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
19 Josh Grispi 9~1 Boston, MA
20 Cub Swanson 13~2 Palm Springs, CA
21 Marlon Sandro 12~0 Brazil Pancrase Champion
22 Antonio Carvalho 10~4 Toronto, Canada
23 Hiroyuki Takaya 9~6~1 Chiba, Japan
24 Mark Hominick 16~8 London, Canada
25 Savant Young 9~8 Los Angeles, CA
26 Pequeno Nogueira 13~5~2 Brazil
27 Rani Yahya 12~4 San Diego, CA ADCC Champion
28 Hiroshi Nakamura 5~3~3 Japan
29 Rumina Sato 24~13~2 Tokyo, Japan
30 Shintaro Ishiwatari 6~1~2 Japan
31 Wilson Reis 6~0 Philadelphia, PA
32 Tenkei Fujimiya 7~4~2 Japan
33 Micah Miller 9~2 Athens, GA  

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135 Rankings (December, 2008)

 

1 Miguel Torres 35~1 East Chicago, IN WEC Champion
2 Masakatsu Ueda 8~0~2 Japan Shooto Champion
3 Brian Bowles 7~0 Athens, GA
4 Koetsu Okazaki 5~1~1 Japan
5 Atsushi Yamamoto 12~5~1 Japan
6 Takeya Mizugaki 11~2~2 Japan GCM Champion
7 Marcos Galvao 6~2~1 Brazil
8 Will Ribeiro  10~2 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
9 Chase Beebe 11~3 Chicago, IL
10 Rani Yahya 12~4 San Diego, CA ADCC Champion
11 Yoshiro Maeda 23~6~2 Osaka, Japan Pancrase Champion
12 Eddie Wineland 12~5~1 Portage, IN
13 Daniel Lima 8~3~2 Queensland, Austraila
14 Matt Fiordirosa 11~1 Illinois
15 Damacio Page 10~4 Albuquerque, NM
16 Manny Tapia 10~1~1 Chino, CA
17 Scott Jorgensen 5~2 Boise, ID
18 Chris Manuel 6~0~2 Coconut Creek, FL
19 Kenji Osawa 13~8~2 Tokyo, Japan
20 Dominic Cruz 11~1 Tucson, AZ
21 Masahiro Oishi 19~9~7 Tokyo, Japan
22 Abel Cullum 12~2 Tucumcari, NM
23 Joseph Benavidez 9~0 Sacramento, CA
24 Jarrod Card 7~3~1
25 Charlie Valencia 9~5 Los Angeles, CA
26 Jeff Bedard 9~2 Duluth, GA  

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Strikeforce (November, 2008)

205 lbs. Title – Renato Sobral [15] vs. Bobby Southworth

Result: Sobral winner by TKO (cut). Sobral stays at 15. Southworth debuts at 40.

185 lbs. – Scott Smith [39] vs. Terry Martin [43]

Result: Smith winner by 1st round KO. Smith rises to 34. Martin drops to 50.

170 lbs. – Joe Riggs [NR] vs. Luke Stewart

Result: Riggs winner by 2nd round TKO.

170 lbs. – Yves Edwards [NR] vs. Duane Ludwig

Result: Ludwig winner by Unanimous decision.

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UFC 91 (November, 2008)

UFC 91 – November 15 

Heavyweight Title – Randy Couture [3] vs. Brock Lesnar [15]

 

MMA Records: Couture (16-8]; Lesnar (2-1)

 

Preview: At long last…the return of “Captain America”, Randy Couture. This fight has been covered from all angles. Couture is getting absurdly old (45!) and Lesnar is coming in to blow out his remaining candles. Couture is the old wizard who knows every move and countermove in the game. Lesnar is the young cat with otherwordly power and strength. Instinct tells me that Couture must take this into the deep waters of the 4th and 5th rounds. Lesnar seemingly will outmuscle him and perhaps even put Randy on his back where he can administer his wicked groud and pound game. If Randy survives the initial attack, he will look for Lesnar to wear down. From there, Randy can work his unparralelled clinch-game, perhaps put Brock on his back and maybe get the TKO. Honestly though, my gut tells me that Brock is going to run through Randy like a hot knife through warm butter. Age has to catch up to him at some point, doesn’t it? I think it will but then again I was certain Vitor Belfort would beat Randy…I was certain Chuck Liddell would beat Randy…that Tim Sylvia would beat Randy…and that Gabriel Gonzaga would beat Randy. Every time, Randy amazed me. After watching all his those incredible feat, I should know better but I have to be honest and I honestly think Brock is going to come out, put Randy down and pound him out in the 1st or 2nd round.

 

Result: Randy’s age and experience only bought him 1 round against his goliath of an opponent. Lesnar was just too big and athletic for him to deal with. In round 2, he landed a sledgehammer below Couture’s ear and then pounded him out for the stoppage. There has been a lot of discussion about the weight disparity in this match. Lesnar outweighed Randy by 55 lbs. To put that in perspective, it would be the same difference if Kenny Florian fought Rampage Jackson. Some are calling for a Super-Heavyweight division but I highly doubt that will happen. There is a new era in the Heavyweight division and his name is Brock Lesnar….that is until Rodrigo Nogueira beats Frank Mir and then submits Lesnar in the 4th round of their looming superfight. Lesnar rises to 3. Couture drops to 6.

155 lbs. – Kenny Florian [7] vs. Joe Stevenson [9]

MMA Records: Florian (10-3); Stevenson (29-8]

Preview: This is the #1 contender fight in the Lightweight division. Kenny Florian is the submission fighter with good muay thai skills and Joe Stevenson is the wrestler with a nasty guillotine choke. Both guys have good jabs and use them well. Both are smart and savvy.  Both have top shelf gas tanks. Stevenson will look for the takedown, Florian will look for the clinch. Stevenson could end the fight by ground and pound, Florian by sharp knees and elbows.  I just think that “KenFlo” is the more versatile fighter with more ways to win. I predict him winning by rocking Stevenson with some strikes from the clinch and then submitting him on the ground.

Result: Florian was at his very best in landing a 1st round rear-naked choke on Joe Stevenson. Prior to that, “KenFlo” was jabbing circles around Stevenson. Kenny will now get a chance to defeat the legendary B.J. Penn in a lightweight title fight. Kenny is at the peak of his career, so now is his best shot to cement his legacy. This is a major setback for Joe “Daddy.” He got dominated like he’s never been dominated before. In a super-stacked division, his last best shot may have gone by the wayside. Kenny rises to 4. Stevenson drops to 21.

HVY – Gabriel Gonzaga [7] vs. Josh Hendricks

MMA Records: Gonzaga (9-3); Hendricks (15-4)

Preview: I don’t know enough about Josh Hendricks to analyze him right now. I can say a few things about Gabriel Gonzaga. He has world-class jiu-jitsu skills and possesses KO power in every limb. There are some question’s about his toughness and his cardio. I don’t see a champion’s hunger in his eyes. He also doesn’t seem to have the cage-presence of top tier guys like Randy Couture and Rodrigo Nogueira. That might come with more experience but I haven’t seen it yet. Gonzaga will surely be a stiff test for Hendricks. We will see if Josh can survive Gonzaga’s power and submissions.

Result: Gonzaga takes one step closer to the title with another huge KO. This one came just over 1 minute into the fight. Gabriel is a powerhouse but his stamina remains suspect. Gonzaga drops to 8 (Because of Lesnar’s rise).

185 lbs. – Demian Maia [15] vs. Nate Quarry [54]

MMA Records: Maia (8-0); Quarry (10-2)

Preview: Maia needs to get this fight to the ground quick. He has arguably the best submission game in the world. Quarry cannot win this fight on the mat. His takedown defense is the most important factor. I’m also eager to see how improved Maia’s striking is. He’s relatively new to MMA, so he should be developing stronger and stronger striking skills. Who knows, maybe he’ll suprise us with a head kick or two. But i’m going with Maia by submission in the 2nd round.

Result: Demian Maia is white-hot right now. The submission-machine picked up another rear-naked choke in the 1st round. Quarry couldn’t keep Maia on the feet and he paid for it. Quarry is getting up there in age and it looks as if he’ll never get to strap on the title belt. Maia rises to 12. Quarry stays at 54.

185 lbs. – Amir Sadolloh [74] vs. Nick Catone — FIGHT CANCELLED (Injury to Amir)

MMA Records: Sadolloh (1-0); Catone (5-0)

Preview: Like Josh Hendricks, I don’t know enough about Nick Catone to give an honest assessment. Amir Sadolloh has some very valuable intangibles like toughness and intelligence. As far as skills go, he is well-rounded but not dominant in any area. We must wait until he fights an elite grappler or striker to see whether or not his skills are elite. Right now, he is in the developing stages. He reminds me of Forrest Griffin. I’m not sure how Amir’s work ethic in the gym is, but if it’s anywhere near Griffin’s, then he has a good shot at becoming great. Let’s not forget Nick Catone, however. This is a big chance for him to make a huge splash in the division. Win or lose, hopefully the fight will last long enough for us to get a glimpse of what he brings to the table.

170 lbs.- Dustin Hazelett [12] vs. Tamdan McCrory [43]

MMA Records: Hazelett (11-4); McCrory (9-1)

Preview: Dustin Hazelett is quietly becoming one of the best fighters in the world. His submission game is on the verge of greatness. At just 22-years-old, he will be a fixture at this weight class for years to come. Tamden McCrory is also a talented young fighter. He’s a 6 foot 4 inch, 21-year-old with deceptive strength. Too bad for him he’s running into a young Lion. Hazelett is very dangerous right now for anyone. I can’t see him losing this fight anywhere. Hazelett by 1st round submission.

Result; Dustin Hazelett is right there with Demian Maia and Rodrigo Nogueira in terms of submission prowess. He sustained a 1st round barrage of strikes from McCrory and eventually got the fight to the mat. When he did it was only a matter of time befor he employed a textbook rubber guard and got the armbar submission just 2 minutes into the fight. Hazelett has a championship waiting for him in the future. Right now, he continues his ascent. McCrory also appears to have a bright future ahead of him. His height and striking skills will pose a challenge for anyone. Hazelett rises to 11. McCrory rises to 39.

170 lbs. – Matt Brown vs. Ryan Thomas

MMA Records: Brown (7-7); Thomas (9-2)

Result: This is the 2nd straight fight in which I’ve been impressed by Matt Brown. He appears focused and hungry to prove his worth. He picks up a 2nd round armbar to put on his resume. Brown debuts at 61.

155 lbs. – Jeremy Stephens [64] vs. Rafael dos Anjos

MMA Records: Stephens (13-3); dos Anjos (11-2)

Result: Jeremy Stephens has some vicious power! He landed a highlight reel uppercut en route to a devastating 3rd round KO. Up to that point, I was impressed with dos Anjos’s skills. But that was erased by an uppercut from hell. Stephens rises to 59.

Mark Bocek [73] vs. Alvin Robinson

MMA Records: Bocek (5-2); Robinson (9-3)

Result: Bocek winner by 3rd round submission (Rear-naked choke). Bocek rises to 66.

155 lbs. – Jorge Gurgel vs. Aaron Riley

MMA Records: Gurgel (12-4); Riley (26-10-1)

Result: These two guys are just plain warriors. They have massive hearts and an abundance of grit. It was no surpise that it won Fight of the Night. Riley picked up the unanimous decision but noone lost any honor.

Future Fights That Make Sense:

HVY

Brock Lesnar [3] vs. winner of Rodrigo Nogueira [2] vs. Frank Mir [15]

Gabriel Gonzaga [8] vs. winner of Cheick Kongo [9] vs. Mustapha Al-Turk

Josh Hendricks vs. Loser of Justin McCully [30] vs. Eddie Sanchez [33]

205

Randy Couture [NR] vs. loser of Quinton Jackson [2] vs. Wanderlei Silva [7]

185

Demian Maia [12] vs. Michael Bisping [14]

Nate Quarry [54] vs. Jake Rosholt [79]

170

Dustin Hazelett [11] vs. winner of Mike Swick [12] vs. Jonathan Goulet [29]

Tamdan McCrory [39] vs. loser of Kevin Burns [17] vs. Anthony Johnson [18]

Matt Brown [61] vs. winner of Ben Saunders vs. Brandon Wolff

Ryan Thomas vs. loser of Ben Saunders vs. Brandon Wolff

155

Kenny Florian [4] vs. BJ Penn [1]

Joe Stevenson [21] vs. Tyson Griffin [20]

Jeremy Stephens [59] vs. Per Eklund [79]

Mark Bocek [66] vs. David Bielkheden [74]

Aaron Riley vs. winner of Steve Bruno vs. Johnny Rees

Jorge Gurgel vs. Rafael dos Anjos

Alvin Robinson vs. loser of Corey Hill vs. Dale Hartt

November 9, 2008 Posted by | MMA Analysis | , , | 7 Comments