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June MMA (June, 2009)

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Strikeforce – June 6

HVY

Andrei Arlovski [5] vs. Brett Rogers [28]

  • MMA Records: Arlovski (15-6); Rogers (9-0)
  • Result: Rogers winner by 1st round TKO. Rogers rises to 8. Arlovski drops to 9.
  • This was not the same Arlovski that fought Fedor. He overlooked a legit Brett Rogers and his glass chin paid the price.

205

Mike Whitehead [26] vs. Kevin Randleman [NR]

  • MMA Records: Whitehead (23-6); Randleman (17-12)
  • Result: Whitehead winner by unanimous decision. Whitehead rises to 23.
  • Randleman is trying to evolve his game but he forgot his wrestling in this one.

Rafael Cavalcante [30] vs. Mike Kyle

  • MMA Records: Cavalcante (7-1); Kyle (11-6-1)
  • Result: Kyle winner by 2nd round TKO. Kyle debuts at 35. Cavalcante drops to 37.

185

Robbie Lawler [7] vs. Jake Shields [NR]

  • MMA Records: Lawler (18-4); Shields (22-4-1)
  • Result: Shields winner by 1st round submission (guillotine choke). Shields debuts at 7. Lawler drops to 10.
  • If Shields get a hold of anyone, they’re in trouble. He’s the Strikeforce version of Demian Maia.

Scott Smith [19] vs. Nick Diaz [32]

  • MMA Records: Smith (16-5); Diaz (19-7)
  • Result: Diaz winner by 3rd round submission (rear-naked choke). Diaz rises to 20. Smith drops to 29.
  • Diaz is on fire right now. His MMA boxing is incredible.

170

Joe Riggs [NR] vs. Phil Baroni

  • MMA Records: Riggs (29-10); Baroni (13-10)
  • Result: Riggs winner by unanimous decision. Riggs debuts at 67.
  • I’m always amazed at Baroni’s chin. Maybe the best in the sport. But Riggs racks up the win with improved striking.

WEC 41 – June 7

155

Donald Cerrone [51] vs. James Krause

  • MMA Records: Cerrone (9-1); Krause (10-0)
  • Result: Cerrone winner by 1st round submission (rear-naked choke). Cerrone rises to 48.
  • Cerrone tunes up for a rematch with WEC champ Jamie Varner [31].

Anthony Pettis vs. Mike Campbell

  • MMA Records: Pettis (6-0); Campbell (4-1)
  • Result: Pettis winner by 1st round submission (triangle choke). Pettis debuts at 95.
  • Pettis looks to be an intriguing prospect.

145

Mike Brown [1] vs. Urijah Faber [2]

  • MMA Records: Brown (21-4); Faber (22-2)
  • Results: Brown winner by unanimous decision. Brown stays at 1. Faber stays at 2.
  • More impressed by Faber fighting for 4 rounds with his elbows because his hands were broken than i was with Brown getting a decision win.

Jose Aldo [7] vs. Cub Swanson [24]

  • MMA Records: Aldo (14-1); Swanson (13-2)
  • Result: Aldo winner by 1st round TKO. Aldo rises to 3. Swanson drops to 26.
  • Holy Sh*t!!! Aldo is a dangerous, dangerous man. Just as deadly as Anderson Silva. Awesome!!

Jens Pulver [17] vs. Josh Grispi [23]

  • MMA Records: Pulver (22-11-1); Grispi (12-1)
  • Result: Grispi winner by 1st round submission (guillotine). Grispi rises to 14. Pulver drops to 25.
  • I hate to admit it but i”m finally convinced Pulver is done.

Manny Gamburyan [NR] vs. John Franchi

  • MMA Records: Gamburyan (8-4); Franchi (5-0)
  • Result: Gamburyan winner by unanimous decision. Gamburyan debuts at 24.

135

Scott Jorgensen [24] vs. Antonio Banuelos

  • MMA Records: Jorgensen (6-2); Banuelos (15-5)
  • Result: Banuelos winner by splitl decision. Banuelos debuts at 26. Jorgensen drops to 27.
  • Tremendous fight. I thought Jorgensen won.

Rafael Rebello vs. Kyle Dietz

  • MMA Records: Rebello (5-3); Dietz (5-0)
  • Result: Rebello winner by 1st round submission (rear-naked choke).

Seth Dikun vs. Rolando Perez

  • MMA Records: Dikun (6-3); Perez (4-2-1)
  • Result:l Dikun winner by 1st round submission (flying triangle).
  • Sick submission by Dikun.

Noah Thomas vs. Frank Gomez

  • MMA Records: Thomas (13-4); Gomez (6-1)
  • Result: Gomez winner by 2nd round submission (arm-triangle).

UFC 99 – June 13

HVY

Cheick Kongo [5] vs. Cain Velasquez [22]

  • MMA Records: Kongo (14-4-1); Velasquez (5-0)
  • UFC Records: Kongo (7-2); Velasquez (3-0)

Mirko Filipovic [18] Mustapha al-Turk

  • MMA Records: Filipovic (24-6-2); al-Turk (6-4)
  • UFC Records: Filipovic (1-2); al-Turk (0-1)

Stefan Struve vs. Denis Stojnic

  • MMA Records: Struve (16-3); Stojnic (5-2)
  • UFC Records: Struve (0-1); Stojnic (0-1)

195 – (Counts at 205 for Franklin and 185 for Silva)

Rich Franklin [NR] vs. Wanderlei Silva [NR]

  • MMA Records: Franklin (24-4); Silva (32-9-2)
  • UFC Records: Franklin (11-3); Silva (2-4)

170

Mike Swick [8] vs. Ben Saunders [49]

  • MMA Records: Swick (13-2); Saunders (7-0-2)
  • UFC Records: Swick (8-1); Saunders (3-0)

Marcus Davis [11] vs. Dan Hardy [22]

  • MMA Records: Davis (16-4); Hardy (21-6)
  • UFC Records: Davis (8-2); Hardy (2-0)

Paul Taylor [47] vs. Peter Sobotta

  • MMA Records: Taylor (9-4-1); Sobotta (8-1)
  • UFC Records: Taylor (2-3); Sobotta (0-0)

John Hathaway [71] vs. Rick Story

  • MMA Records: Hathaway (10-0); Story (7-1)
  • UFC Records: Hathaway (1-0); Story (0-0)

155

Caol Uno [13] vs. Spencer Fisher [29]

  • MMA Records: Uno (25-11-4); Fisher (22-4)
  • UFC Records: Uno (3-3-1); Fisher (7-3)

Terry Etim [39] vs. Justin Buchholz

  • MMA Records: Etim (12-2); Buchholz (8-2)
  • UFC Records: Etim (3-2); Buchholz (1-1)

Dennis Siver [102] vs. Dale Hartt

  • MMA Records: Siver (13-6); Hartt (6-1)
  • UFC Records: Siver (2-3); Hartt (1-1)

Paul Kelly [NR] vs. Roli Delgado

  • MMA Records: Kelly (8-1); Delgado (6-3-1)
  • UFC Records: Kelly (1-2); Delgado (1-0)

SHO MMA – June 19

185

Joey Villasenor [22] vs. Evangelista Santos

  • MMA Records: Villasenor (26-6); Santos (16-12)

Cory DeVela [57] vs. Luke Rockhold

  • MMA Records: DeVela (9-2); Rockhold (4-1)

Nick Thompson [NR] vs. Tim Kennedy [NR]

  • MMA Records: Thompson (38-10-1); Kennedy (9-2)

170

Dennis Hallman [68] vs. Cedric Marks

  • MMA Records: Hallman (40-12-2); Marks (26-18)

Duane Ludwig vs. Lyle Beerbohm

  • MMA Records: Ludwig (18-8); Beerbohm (9-0)

155

Conor Heun [82] vs. Jorge Gurgel

  • MMA Records: Heun (8-2); Gurgel (12-5)

The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale – June 20

205

Eric Schaefer [19] vs. Tomasz Drwal [42]

  • MMA Records: Schaefer (11-3-2); Drwal (15-2)
  • UFC Records: Schaefer (3-2); Drwal (1-1)

170

Brad Blackburn [18] vs. Edgar Garcia [50]

  • MMA Records: Blackburn (14-9-1); Garcia (7-0)
  • UFC Records: Blackburn (2-0); Garcia (0-0)

Chris Lytle [17] vs. Kevin Burns [30]

  • MMA Records: Lytle (26-17-5); Burns (7-2)
  • UFC Records: Lytle (5-9); Burns (2-1)

TUF Final: Damarques Johnson vs. TBA

  • MMA Records: Johnson (9-6);
  • UFC Records: Johnson (0-0);

155

Diego Sanchez [14] vs. Clay Guida [21]

  • MMA Records: Sanchez (20-2); Guida (25-9)
  • UFC Records: Sanchez (9-2); Guida (5-3)

Joe Stevenson [24] vs. Nate Diaz [30]

  • MMA Records: Stevenson (29-10); Diaz (10-3)
  • UFC Records: Stevenson (6-4); Diaz (5-1)

FFI – June 27

HVY

Pedro Rizzo [22] vs. Gilbert Yvel [39]

  • MMA Records: Rizzo (16-8); Yvel (35-13-1)

Bobby Lashley vs. Bob Sapp

  • MMA Records: Lashley (3-0); Sapp (10-4-1)

170

Brett Cooper [71] vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf

  • MMA Records: Cooper (9-4); Spiritwolf (5-4)

155

Chris Horodecki [58] vs. William Sriyapai

  • MMA Records: Horodecki (10-1); Sriyapai (12-4)

145

Din Thomas [NR] vs. Javier Vazquez [NR]

  • MMA Records: Thomas (24-8); Vazquez (12-2)
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June MMA (June, 2009)

Strikeforce – June 6


HVY

Andrei Arlovski [5] vs. Brett Rogers [28]

  • MMA Records: Arlovski (14-6); Rogers (9-0)

205

Mike Whitehead [26] vs. Kevin Randleman [NR]

  • MMA Records: Whitehead (20-6); Randleman (17-12)

Rafael Cavalcante [30] vs. Mike Kyle

  • MMA Records: Cavalcante (7-1); Kyle (11-6-1)

185

Robbie Lawler [7] vs. Jake Shields [NR]

  • MMA Records: Lawler (18-4); Shields (22-4-1)

Scott Smith [19] vs. Nick Diaz [32]

  • MMA Records: Smith (15-5); Diaz (19-7)

170

Joe Riggs [NR] vs. Phil Baroni

  • MMA Records: Riggs (29-10); Baroni (13-10)

145

Bao Quach [21] vs. J.C. Pennington

  • MMA Records: Quach (15-9-1)

WEC 41 – June 7

155

Donald Cerrone [51] vs. Rich Crunkilton [76]

  • MMA Records: Cerrone (9-1); Crunkilton (16-2)

Anthony Pettis vs. Mike Campbell

  • MMA Records: Pettis (6-0); Campbell (4-1)

145

Mike Brown [1] vs. Urijah Faber [2]

  • MMA Records: Brown (21-4); Faber (22-2)

Jose Aldo [7] vs. Cub Swanson [24]

  • MMA Records: Aldo (14-1); Swanson (13-2)

Jens Pulver [17] vs. Josh Grispi [23]

  • MMA Records: Pulver (22-11-1); Grispi (12-1)

Manny Gamburyan [NR] vs. John Franchi

  • MMA Records: Gamburyan (8-4); Franchi (5-0)

135

Scott Jorgensen [24] vs. Antonio Banuelos

  • MMA Records: Jorgensen (6-2); Banuelos (15-5)

Charlie Valencia [33] vs. Kyle Dietz

  • MMA Records: Valencia (10-5); Dietz (5-0)

Seth Dikun vs. Rolando Perez

  • MMA Records: Dikun (6-3); Perez (4-2-1)

Noah Thomas vs. Frank Gomez

  • MMA Records: Thomas (13-4); Gomez (6-1)

UFC 99 – June 13

HVY

Cheick Kongo [6] vs. Cain Velasquez [21]

  • MMA Records: Kongo (14-4-1); Velasquez (5-0)
  • UFC Records: Herring (2-3); Velasquez (3-0)

Mirko Filipovic [17] vs. Mustapha al-Turk

  • MMA Records: Filipovic (24-6-2); al-Turk (6-4)
  • UFC Records: Filipovic (1-2); al-Turk (0-1)

Stefan Struve vs. Denis Stojnic

  • MMA Records: Struve (16-3); Stojnic (5-2)
  • UFC Records: Struve (0-1); Stojnic (0-1)

195 – (Counts at 205 for Franklin and 185 for Silva)

Rich Franklin [NR] vs. Wanderlei Silva [NR]

  • MMA Records: Franklin (24-4); Silva (32-9-2)
  • UFC Records: Franklin (11-3); Silva (2-4)

170

Mike Swick [8] vs. Ben Saunders [49]

  • MMA Records: Swick (13-2); Saunders (7-0-2)
  • UFC Records: Swick (8-1); Saunders (3-0)

Marcus Davis [11] vs. Dan Hardy [22]

  • MMA Records: Davis (16-4); Hardy (21-6)
  • UFC Records: Davis (8-2); Hardy (2-0)

Paul Taylor [47] vs. Peter Sobotta

  • MMA Records: Taylor (9-4-1); Sobotta (8-1)
  • UFC Records: Taylor (2-3); Sobotta (0-0)

John Hathaway [70] vs. Rick Story

  • MMA Records: Hathaway (10-0); Story (7-1)
  • UFC Records: Hathaway (1-0); Story (0-0)

155

Caol Uno [13] vs. Spencer Fisher [29]

  • MMA Records: Uno (25-11-4); Fisher (22-4)
  • UFC Records: Uno (3-3-1); Fisher (7-3)

Terry Etim [39] vs. Justin Buchholz

  • MMA Records: Etim (12-2); Buchholz (8-2)
  • UFC Records: Etim (3-2); Buchholz (1-1)

Dennis Siver [101] vs. Dale Hartt

  • MMA Records: Siver (13-6); Hartt (6-1)
  • UFC Records: Siver (2-3); Hartt (1-1)

Paul Kelly [NR] vs. Roli Delgado

  • MMA Records: Kelly (8-1); Delgado (6-3-1)
  • UFC Records: Kelly (1-2); Delgado (1-0)

SHO MMA – June 19

185

Joey Villasenor [22] vs. Evangelista Santos

  • MMA Records: Villasenor (26-6); Santos (16-12)

Cory DeVela [57] vs. Luke Rockhold

  • MMA Records: DeVela (9-2); Rockhold (4-1)

Nick Thompson [NR] vs. Tim Kennedy [NR]

  • MMA Records: Thompson (38-10-1); Kennedy (9-2)

170

Duane Ludwig vs. Lyle Beerbohm

  • MMA Records: Ludwig (18-8); Beerbohm (9-0)

155

Conor Heun [82] vs. Jorge Gurgel

  • MMA Records: Heun (8-2); Gurgel (12-5)

The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale – June 20

205

Eric Schaefer [19] vs. Tomasz Drwal [42]

  • MMA Records: Schaefer (11-3-2); Drwal (15-2)
  • UFC Records: Schaefer (3-2); Drwal (1-1)

170

Brad Blackburn [18] vs. Edgar Garcia [50]

  • MMA Records: Blackburn (14-9-1); Garcia (7-0)
  • UFC Records: Blackburn (2-0); Garcia (0-0)

Chris Lytle [17] vs. Kevin Burns [30]

  • MMA Records: Lytle (26-17-5); Burns (7-2)
  • UFC Records: Lytle (5-9); Burns (2-1)

155

Diego Sanchez [14] vs. Clay Guida [21]

  • MMA Records: Sanchez (20-2); Guida (25-9)
  • UFC Records: Sanchez (9-2); Guida (5-3)

Joe Stevenson [24] vs. Nate Diaz [30]

  • MMA Records: Stevenson (29-10); Diaz (10-3)
  • UFC Records: Stevenson (6-4); Diaz (5-1)

FFI – June 27

HVY

Pedro Rizzo [22] vs. Gilbert Yvel [39]

  • MMA Records: Rizzo (16-8); Yvel (35-13-1)

Bobby Lashley vs. Bob Sapp

  • MMA Records: Lashley (3-0); Sapp (10-4-1)

170

Brett Cooper [71] vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf

  • MMA Records: Cooper (9-4); Spiritwolf (5-4)

155

Chris Horodecki [58] vs. William Sriyapai

  • MMA Records: Horodecki (10-1); Sriyapai (12-4)

145

Din Thomas [NR] vs. Javier Vazquez [NR]

  • MMA Records: Thomas (24-8); Vazquez (12-2)

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May MMA (May, 2009)

Bellator V – May 1

HVY
Dave Herman [33] vs. Josh Barnes
  • MMA Records: Herman (13-1); Barnes (3-1)
  • Result: Herman winner by 1st round TKO. Herman stays at 33.

155

Eddie Alvarez [5] vs. Eric Reynolds

  • MMA Records: Alvarez (15-2); Reynolds (10-1)
  • Result: Alvarez winner by 3rd round submission (rear-naked choke). Alvarez debuts at 5.

Jorge Masvidal [33] vs. Toby Imada

  • MMA Records: Masvidal (17-3); Imada (21-12)
  • Result: Imada winner by 3rd round submission (inverted-triangle choke). Imada debuts at 42. Masvidal drops to 43.

Sengoku 8 – May 2

205

Keiichiro Yamamiya [NR] vs. Alexandre Ribeiro

  • MMA Records: Yamamiya (34-23-9); Ribeiro (1-0)
  • Result: Ribeiro winner by 3rd round KO.

155

Kazunori Yokota [50] vs. Leonardo Santos

  • MMA Records: Yokota (8-2-3); Santos (6-2)
  • Result: Yokota winner by Split Decision.
  • Lay and Pray victory for Yokota. Yokota stays at 50.

145

Hatsu Hioki [10] vs. Ronnie Mann

  • MMA Records: Hioki (18-3-2); Mann (16-1-1)
  • Result: Hioki winner by 1st round TKO. Hioki rises to 8.
  • Incredible jiu-jitsu by Hioki. His 2nd dominate victory in a row.

Nam Phan [13] vs. Michihiro Omigawa [18]

  • MMA Records: Phan (15-5); Omigawa (5-7-1)
  • Result: Omigawa winner by 1st round TKO. Omigawa rises to 13. Phan drops to 15.
  • Oh my. Omigawa absolutley beasted Phan. Dominating win. If anyone thought his win over L.C. Davis was a fluke, they better recognize Omigawa is for real. Ignore his record. It’s very misleading.

Marlon Sandro [16] vs. Nick Denis

  • MMA Records: Sandro (13-0); Denis (7-0)
  • Result: Sandro winner by 1st round KO. Sandro rises to 9.
  • Sandro erased any doubts I had concerning his striking ability.

Chan Sung Jung [17] vs. Masanori Kanehara

  • MMA Records: Jung (3-0); Kanehara (12-5-5)
  • Result: Kanehara winner by unanimous decision. Kanehara debuts at 18. Jung drops to 19.
  • Great fight! I personally thought Jung won this fight but Kanehara’s wrestling is what won the judges. Jung has become one of my favorite fighters because of his rugged style.

UFC 98 – May 23

HVY

Patrick Barry [36] vs. Tim Hague

  • MMA Records: Barry (4-0); Hague (9-1)
  • UFC Records: Barry (1-0); Hague (0-0)
  • Result: Hague winner by 1st round submission (guillotine). Hague debuts at 36. Barry drops to 37.
  • Barry was overconfident with his strikes and paid for it. He needs to improve his overall game to succeed in MMA.

205

Rashad Evans [1] vs. Lyoto Machida [3]

  • MMA Records: Evans (13-0-1); Machida (14-0)
  • UFC Records: Evans (8-0-1); Machida (6-0)
  • Result: Machida winner by 2nd round KO. Machida rises to 1. Evans drops to 2.
  • The MMA paradigm has shifted with Machida leading the way. I can’t see anyone giving him a run for his money for a long, long time. Evans, as well as everyone else in the division, must go back to the drawing board.

Krzysztof Soszynski [34] vs. Andre Gusmao [42]

  • MMA Records: Soszynski (17-8-1); Gusmao (5-1)
  • UFC Records: Soszynski (2-0); Gusmao (0-1)
  • Result: Soszynski winner by 1st round KO. Soszynski rises to 29.
  • Krzysztof is slowly moving up the ladder with his 3rd stoppage in the UFC in as many fights.

185

Chael Sonnen [20] vs. Dan Miller [36]

  • MMA Records: Sonnen (21-10-1); Miller (11-1)
  • UFC Records: Sonnen (1-3); Miller (3-0)
  • Result: Sonnen winner by unanimous decision. Sonnen stays at 20. Miller stays at 36.
  • Miller blew the proverbial “wad” with that guillotine. Sonnen  then administerd a 3 round ground and pound courtesy Team Quest.

Drew McFedries [56] vs. Xavier Foupa Pokam

  • MMA Records: McFedries (7-5); Foupa Pokam (20-10)
  • UFC Recrds: McFedries (3-4); Foupa Pokam (0-1)
  • Result: McFedries winner by 1st round TKO. McFedries rises to 51.
  • “The Massacre” punches harder than anyone in the sport. He’s guaranteed excitement because of his “way of the sword” style.

170

Matt Hughes [5] vs. Matt Serra [7]

  • MMA Records: Hughes (42-7); Serra (9-5)
  • UFC Records: Hughes (15-5); Serra (6-5)
  • Result: Hughes winner by unanimous decision. Hughes stays at 5. Serra drops to 10.
  • Anticlimactic end to the blood-fued. Serra was amusing with his antics but Hughes sneaked by with his lay-and-pray.

Brock Larson [21] vs. Mike Pyle

  • MMA Records: Larson (25-2); Pyle (17-5-1)
  • UFC Records: Larson (2-1); Pyle (0-0)
  • Result: Larson winner by 1st round submission (arm-triangle choke). Larson rises to 19.
  • Another solid win for Larson.

Yoshiyuki Yoshida [22] vs. Brandon Wolff

  • MMA Records: Yoshida (10-3); Wolff (7-3)
  • UFC Records: Yoshida (1-1); Wolff (0-1)
  • Result: Yoshida winner by 1st round submission (guillotine). Yoshida rises to 20.
  • Easy submission win for Yoshida.

155

Sean Sherk [6] vs. Frank Edgar [14]

  • MMA Records: Sherk (33-3-1); Edgar (9-1)
  • UFC Records: Sherk (7-3); Edgar (4-1)
  • Result: Edgar winner by unanimous decision. Edgar rises to 9. Sherk drops to 10.
  • Frank joins the lightweight elite with a suprisingly dominant win. This was a case of 3-dimensional footword out-manuevering 2-dimensional footwork.

Kyle Bradley [82] vs. Phillipe Nover [84]

  • MMA Records: Bradley (13-6); Nover (5-1-1)
  • UFC Records: Bradley (0-2); Nover (0-1)
  • Result: Bradley winner by 1st round TKO. Bradley rises to 74. Nover drops to 85.
  • Tough stoppage by Yves Lavigne but Bradley did rock him with a brutal strike on the ground. A rematch is immanent.

George Roop vs. Dave Kaplan

  • MMA Records: Roop (8-4); Kaplan (2-2)
  • UFC Records: Roop (0-1); Kaplan (0-0)
  • Result: Roop winner by split decision.
  • Both fighters have a long, long way to go to become contenders.

DREAM 9 – May 26


HVY

Gegard Mousasi [NR] vs. Mark Hunt

  • MMA Records: Mousasi (24-2-1); Hunt (5-5)
  • Result: Mousasi winner by 1st round submission (straight armbar).
  • Hunt looked like a fish out of water. Mousasi needs to beat a better opponent to become ranked at heavyweight.

Sokoudjou [NR] vs. Jan Nortje

  • MMA Records: Sokoudjou (5-4); Nortje (2-5)
  • Result: Sokoudjou winner by 1st round TKO.
  • Pathetic. Sokoudjou must beat someone better to become ranked at heavyweight.

Bob Sapp vs. Ikuhisa Minowa

  • MMA Records: Sapp (10-3-1); Minowa (41-30-8)
  • Result: Minowa winner by 1st round submission (achilles lock)
  • What a joke. Sapp is a giant baby.

Jose Canseco vs. Hong Man Choi

  • MMA Records: Canseco (0-0); Choi (1-2)
  • Result: Choi winner by 1st round submission (punches)
  • Pathetic. What a joke. Canseco is a fraud in every sense of the word.

185

Ronaldo Souza [12] vs. Jason Miller [17]

  • MMA Records: Souza (10-2); Miller (22-6)
  • Result: No Contest (illegal kick by Miller caused a cut)

155

Gesias Cavalcante [7] vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri [11]

  • MMA Records: Cavalcante (14-2-1); Kawajiri (23-5-2)
  • Result: Kawajiri winner by unanimous decision. Kawajiri rises to 6. Cavalcante drops to 12.
  • Great fight. Kawajiri continues to look like a top fighter.

135

Kid Yamamoto [NR] vs. Joe Warren [13]

  • MMA Records: Yamamoto (17-1); Warren (1-0)
  • Result: Warren winner by split decision. Warren rises to 4.
  • Huge upset! Warren has beaten 2 former champions in his 1st two fights. Unreal.

Masakazu Imanari [7] vs. Bibiano Fernandes [24]

  • MMA Records: Imanari (16-6-1); Fernandes (4-2)
  • 3Result: Fernandes winner by unanimous decision. Fernandes rises to 7. Imanari drops to 13.
  • Imanari can be unbearable to watch at times. Terrible fight.

Yoshiro Maeda [14] vs. Hiroyuki Takaya [25]

  • MMA Records: Maeda (24-6-2); Takaya (10-6-1)
  • Result: Takaya winner by 1st roudn TKO. Takaya rises to 12. Maeda drops to 16.
  • Great fight. Takaya’s power was the tipping factor.

Abel Cullum [15] vs. Hideo Tokoro

  • MMA Records: Cullum (14-2); Tokoro (21-16-1)
  • Result: Tokoro winner by 2nd round submission (rear-naked choke). Tokoro debuts at 21. Cullum drops to 22.
  • Fight of the Year candidate. Cullum’s heart is one of the biggest in the game. Tokoro was just relentless with his submissions.

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April MMA (April, 2009)

UFC Fight Night 18 – April 1

205

Ryan Bader [38] vs. Carmelo Marrero

  • UFC Records: Bader (1-0); Marrero (1-2)
  • MMA Records: Bader (8-0); Marrero (10-2)
  • Result: Bader winner by Unanimous Decision. Bader rises to 35.
  • Bader reminds me of Matt Hamill. That would be a great fight to see.

185

Ricardo Almeida [38] vs. Matt Horwich [67]

  • UFC Records: Almeida (2-3); Horwich (0-1)
  • MMA Records: Almeida (9-3); Horwich (22-11-1)
  • Result: Almeida winner by unanimous decision. Almeida rises to 29. Horwich drops to 69.
  • Improved conditioning for Almeida.

Jorge Rivera [46] vs. Nissen Osterneck [81]

  • UFC Records: Rivera (4-5); Osterneck (0-0)
  • MMA Records: Rivera (15-7); Osterneck (5-1)
  • Result: Rivera winner by split decision.
  • Sloppy fight. Rivera stays at 46. Osterneck stays at 81.

Ryan Jensen [62] vs. Steve Steinbeiss

  • UFC Records: Jensen (0-3); Steinbeiss (0-0)
  • MMA Records: Jensen (13-5); Steinbeiss (4-2)
  • Fight was cancelled.

Tim Credeur [74] vs. Nick Catone [79]

  • UFC Records: Credeur (2-0); Catone (1-0)
  • MMA Records: Credeur (11-2); Catone (6-0)
  • Result: Credeur winner by 2nd round submission (guillotine). Credeur rises to 61. Catone drops to 83.
  • Dominant jiu-jitsu by Credeur.

Rob Kimmons [80] vs. Joe Vedepo

  • UFC Records: Kimmons (1-1); Vedepo (0-1)
  • MMA Records: Kimmons (21-4); Vedepo (7-2)
  • Result: Kimmons winner by 1st round submission (guillotine). Kimmons rises to 65.
  • Deep, deep guillotine.

Aaron Simpson vs. Tim McKenzie

  • UFC Records: Simpson (0-0); McKenzie (0-0)
  • MMA Records: Simpson (4-0); McKenzie (12-5)
  • Result: Simpson winner by 1st round TKO. Simpson debuts at 66.
  • Call me crazy but Simpson reminds me of Vitor Belfort [15].

170

Carlos Condit [12] vs. Martin Kampmann [54]

  • UFC Records: Condit (0-0); Kampmann (5-1)
  • MMA Records: Condit (23-4); Kampmann (14-2)
  • Result: Kampmann winner by split decision. Kampmann rises to 11. Condit drops to 13.
  • Condit has a huge heart. He is one of the most exciting fighters in the sport. I’d love to see him fight Mike Swick [10].

Brock Larson [23] vs. Jesse Sanders

  • UFC Records: Larson (1-1); Sanders (0-0)
  • MMA Records: Larson (24-2); Sanders (20-4)
  • Result: Larson winner by 1st round submission (rear-naked choke). Larson rises to 21.
  • Easy win for Larson. He was far too strong for Sanders.

155

Tyson Griffin [21] vs. Rafael dos Anjos

  • UFC Records: Griffin (5-2); dos Anjos (0-1)
  • MMA Records: Griffin (12-2); dos Anjos (11-3)
  • Reult: Griffin winner by unanimous decision. Griffin rises to 18. dos Anjos debuts at 85.
  • That was a sick, sick kneebar that dos Anjos applied to Griffin. Griffin is one of the toughest guys in a sport full of tough guys.

Gleison Tibau [35] vs. Jeremy Stephens [57]

  • UFC Records: Tibau (4-3); Stephens (3-3)
  • MMA Records: Tibau (16-6); Stephens (14-4)
  • Result: Tibau winner by unanimous decision. Tibau stays at 35. Stephens drops to 58.
  • Stephens has a warrior heart but needs to improve his ground game.

Cole Miller [60] vs. Junie Browning [84]

  • UFC Records: Miller (3-1); Browning (1-0)
  • MMA Records: Miller (14-3); Browning (3-0)
  • Result: Miller winner by 1st round submission (guillotine) . Miller rises to 53. Browning drops to 93.
  • Junie got blown out. Cole is on the rise.

Bellator I – April 4

155

Eddie Alvarez [5] vs. Greg Loughran

  • MMA Records: Alvarez (15-2); Loughran (18-11)
  • Result: Alvarez winner by 1st round submission (guillotine). Alvarez stays at 5.

Jorge Masvidal [33] vs. Nick Agallar

  • MMA Records: Masvidal (16-3); Agallar (21-5)
  • Result: Masvidal winner by 1st round TKO. Masvidal stays at 33.

DREAM 8 – April 5

HVY

Jeff Monson [14] vs. Sergei Kharitonov [15]

  • MMA Records: Monson (28-8); Kharitonov (16-3)
  • Result: Monson winner by 1st round submission (north-south choke). Monson rises to 12. Kharitonov stays at 15.
  • Monson’s 3rd win in 3 weeks on 3 different continents…Amazing!

185

Murilo Rua [31] vs. Riki Fukuda

  • MMA Records: Rua (16-9-1);Fukuda (13-4)
  • Result: Fikuda winner by unanimous decision. Fukuda debuts at 43. Rua drops to 44.
  • What is happening with the Rua brothers?

Andrews Nakahara [72] vs. Shungo Oyama

  • MMA Records: Nakahara (1-1); Oyama (7-11)
  • Result: Nakahara winner by 1st round TKO. Nakahara rises to 70.

170

Shinya Aoki [NR] vs. Hayato Sakurai [35]

  • MMA Records: Aoki (20-3); Sakurai (34-8-2)
  • Result: Sakurai winner by 1st round TKO. Sakurai rises to 29.
  • It looked so easy for Sakurai. He is the heavy favorite to win the tournament.

John Alessio [47] vs. Andre Galvao

  • MMA Records: Alessio (24-12); Galvao (2-0)
  • Result: Galvao winner by 1st round submission (armbar). Galvao debuts at 52. Alessio drops to 54.

Jason High vs. Yuya Shirai

  • MMA Records: High (6-1); Shirai (15-7)
  • Result: High winner by 1st round submission (rear-naked choke). High debuts at 67.
  • High is a fighter to keep an eye on.

Seichi Ikemoto vs. Marius Zaromskis

  • MMA Records: Ikemoto (18-14-5); Zaromskis (8-2)
  • Result: Zaromskis winner by unanimous decision. Zaraomskis debuts at 77.

155

Vitor Ribeiro [16] vs. Katsuhiko Nagata

  • MMA Records: Ribeiro (19-2); Nagata (4-4-1)
  • Result: Ribeiro winner by 1st round TKO. Ribeiro stays at 16.
  • “Shaolin” is back.

135

Daiki Hata vs. Hideo Tokoro

  • MMA Records: Hata (10-5-3); Tokoro (21-15-1)
  • Result: Hata winner by unanimous decision. Hata debuts at 29.

WEC 40 – April 5

155

Bart Palaszewski [69] vs. Anthony Njokuani

  • MMA Records: Palaszewski (30-12); Njokuani (9-2)
  • Result: Njokuani winner by 2nd round TKO. Njokuani debuts at 81. Palaszewski drops to 82.
  • Great striking from Njokuani

Ben Henderson vs. Shane Roller

  • MMA Records: Henderson (8-1); Roller (5-1)
  • Result: Henderson winner by 2nd round TKO. Henderson debuts at 67.

145

Wagnney Fabiano [5] vs. Fredson Paixao [NR]

  • MMA Records: Fabiano (11-1); Paixao (8-2)
  • Result: Fabiano winner by unanimous decision. Fabiano stays at 5.

Rafael Assuncao [12] vs. Jameel Massouh

  • MMA Records: Assuncao (12-1); Massouh (21-4)
  • Result: Assuncao winner by unanimous decision. Assuncao rises to 11.
  • Assuncao is the real deal. He has all the tools necessary to win a title.

Mike Budnik vs. Rafael Dias

  • MMA Records: Budnik (7-2); Dias (11-5-1)
  • Result: Dias winner by unanimous decision

135

Miguel Torres [1] vs. Takeya Mizugaki [5]

  • MMA Records: Torres (36-1); Mizugaki (11-2-2)
  • Result: Torres winner by unanimous decision. Torres stays at 1. Mizugaki stays at 5.
  • Fight of the Year candidate.

Jeff Curran [NR] vs. Joseph Benavidez [22]

  • MMA Records: Curran (29-10-1); Benavidez (9-0)
  • Result: Benavidez winner by unanimous decision. Benavidez rises to 9. Curran debuts at 25.
  • Great Fight.

Rani Yahya [12] vs. Eddie Wineland [16]

  • MMA Records: Yahya (12-4); Wineland (14-5-1)
  • Result: Yahya winner by 1st round submission (rear-naked choke). Yahya rises to 10. Wineland drops to 21.

Manny Tapia [17] vs. Akitoshi Tamura [NR]

  • MMA Records: Tapia (10-1-1); Tamura (12-7-2)
  • Result: Tamura winner by unanimous decision. Tamura debuts at 16. Tapia drops to 19.
Dominic Cruz [20] vs. Ivan Lopez
  • MMA Records: Cruz (12-1); Lopez (8-0)
  • Result: Cruz winner by unanimous decision. Cruz rises to 17.

Bellator II – April 10

145

Wilson Reis [31] vs. Henry Martinez

  • MMA Records: Reis (6-0); Martinez (0-1)
  • Result: Reis winner by unanimous decision. Reis rises to 28.

Strikeforce – April 11

HVY

Brett Rogers [31] vs. Ronald Humphrey

  • MMA Records: Rogers (8-0); Humphrey (5-0)
  • Result: Rogers winner by 2nd round TKO. Rogers rises to 29.

185

Benji Radach [24] vs. Scott Smith [26]

  • MMA Records: Radach (19-4); Smith (14-5)
  • Result: Smith winner by 3rd round KO. Smith rises to 19. Radach drops to 29.
  • Fight of the Year Candidate…Incredible. Smith has an iron chin.

Frank Shamrock [37] vs. Nick Diaz [NR]

  • MMA Records: Shamrock (24-9-1); Diaz (18-7)
  • Diaz winner by 2nd round TKO. Diaz debuts at 30. Shamrock drops to 55.
  • Shamrock got real old, real quick.
155
Gilbert Melendez [17] vs. Rodrigo Damm [48]
  • MMA Records: Melendez (14-2); Damm (8-2)
  • Result: Melendez winner by 2nd round KO. Melendez rises to 16. Damm drops to 54.
  • Great all-around game from Melendez.

Bellator III – April 17

185

Hector Lombard [37] vs. Virgil Lozano

  • Lombard (17-2-1); Lozano (6-1-1)

UFC 97 – April 18

HVY

Cheick Kongo [6] vs. Antoni Hardonk [27]

  • UFC Records: Kongo (6-2); Hardonk (4-2)
  • MMA Records: Kongo (12-4-1); Hardonk (8-4)
  • Result: Kongo winner by 2nd round TKO. Kongo stays at 6. Hardonk drops to 29.

205

Chuck Liddell [6] vs. Mauricio Rua [11]

  • UFC Records: Liddell (16-5); Rua (1-1)
  • MMA Records: Liddell (21-6); Rua (17-3)
  • Result: Rua winner by 1st round TKO. Rua rises to 5. Liddell drops to 8.
  • Once you suffer your 1st knockout, its easier to get knocked out again. Liddell had a great career and is a legend. He should retire.

Luis Cane [7] vs. Steve Cantwell [28]

  • UFC Records: Cane (2-1); Cantwell (1-0)
  • MMA Records: Cane (9-1); Cantwell (7-1)
  • Result: Cane winner by unanimous decision. Cane stays at 7. Cantwell rises to 26.
  • Great display of striking. Impressed by both guys.

Brian Stann [32] vs. Krzysztof Soszynski

  • UFC Records: Stann (0-0); Soszynski (1-0)
  • MMA Records: Stann (6-1); Soszynski (16-8-1)
  • Result: Soszynski winner by 1st round submission (kimura). Soszynski debuts at 35. Stann drops to 36.
Vinny Magalhaes vs. Eliot Marshall
  • UFC Records: Magalhaes (0-1); Marshall (1-0)
  • MMA Records: Magalhaes (2-3); Marshall (6-1)
  • Result: Marshall winner by unanimous decision.
  • Striking was nowhere near UFC-caliber.

185

Anderson Silva [1] vs. Thales Leites [8]

  • UFC Records: Silva (8-0); Leites (5-1)
  • MMA Records: Silva (23-4); Leites (14-1)
  • Result: Silva winner by unanimous decision. Silva stays at 1. Leites drops to 15.
  • Silva could have thrown Leites under the bus for the bad performance but didn’t. It was an admirable post fight interview in the face of an angry crowd. As far as the fighting goes, Silva is literally untouchable at 185.

Jason MacDonald [27] vs. Nate Quarry [52]

  • UFC Records: MacDonald (5-4); Quarry (5-2)
  • MMA Records: MacDonald (21-11); Quarry (10-3)
  • Result: Quarry winner by 1st round TKO. Quarry rises to 24. MacDonald drops to 28.
  • Effective use of the elbows for a vicious ground and pound.

Denis Kang [32] vs. Xavier Foupa-Pokam

  • UFC Records: Kang (0-1); Foupa-Pokam (0-0)
  • MMA Records: Kang (31-11-1); Foupa-Pokam (20-9)
  • Result: Kang winner by unanimous decision. Kang rises to 30.
  • Foupa-Pokam had no answer on the mat.

Ed Herman [45] vs. David Loiseau [49]

  • UFC Records: Herman (3-4); Loiseau (4-3)
  • MMA Records: Herman (14-7); Loiseau (18-8]
  • Result: Herman winner by unanimous decision. Herman rises to 40. Loiseau drops to 52.
  • Grappling prevails in classic striker vs. grappler matchup.

170

Ryo Chonan [30] vs. TJ Grant [49]

  • UFC Records: Chonan (1-2); Grant (0-0)
  • MMA Records: Chonan (15-9); Grant (13-2)
  • Result: Grant winner by split decision. Grant rises to 31. Chonan drops to 38.
  • Great fight.

155

Matt Wiman [43] vs. Sam Stout [44]

  • UFC Records: Wiman (4-2); Stout (2-4)
  • MMA Records: Wiman (10-4); Stout (13-5-1)
  • Result: Stout winner by unanimous decision. Stout rises to 42. Wiman drops to 44.
  • Great fight by both guys.

Mark Bocek [61] vs. David Bielkheden [80]

  • UFC Records: Bocek (2-2); Bielkheden (1-1)
  • MMA Records: Bocek (6-2); Bielkheden (13-6)
  • Result: Bocek winner by 1st round submission (rear-naked choke). Bocek rises to 53. Bielkheden drops to 94.

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March MMA (March, 2009)

WEC 39 – March 1

170 lbs.

Alex Serdyukov [60] vs. Johny Hendricks

  • MMA Records: Serdyukov (8-4); Hendricks (4-0)
  • Hendricks winner by Unanimous Decision. Hendricks debuts at 57. Serdyukov drops to 61.

Mike Pierce [34] vs. Justin Haskins

  • MMA Records: Pierce (6-1); Haskins (4-2)
  • Pierce winner by 3rd round TKO. Pierce stays at 34.

155 lbs.

Bart Palaszewski [60] vs. Ricardo Lamas

  • MMA Records: Palaszewski (30-11); Lamas (5-0)
  • Lamas winner by Split Decision. Lamas debuts at 65. Palaszewski drops to 68.

Rob McCullough [67] vs. Marcus Hicks [75]

  • MMA Records: McCullough (16-5); Hicks (8-1)
  • McCullough winner by Unanimous Decision. McCullough rises to 56. Hicks drops to 86.

Alex Karalexis vs. Greg McIntyre

  • MMA Records: Karalexis (9-4); McIntyre (5-3)
  • Karalexis winner by 1st round TKO.

Danny Castillo vs. Phil Cardella

  • MMA Records: Castillo (6-1); Cardella (7-2)
  • Castillo winner by Split Decision.

145 lbs.

Mike Brown [1] vs. Leonard Garcia [3]

  • MMA Records: Brown (20-4); Garcia (12-3)
  • Brown winner by 1st round Submission (arm-triangle). Brown stays at 1. Garcia drops to 6.

Jose Aldo [12] vs. Chris Mickle

  • MMA Records: Aldo (13-1); Mickle (26-11-1)
  • Aldo winner by 1st round TKO. Aldo rises to 7.

Mike Budnik vs. John Franchi

  • MMA Records: Budnik (7-1); Franchi (4-0)

  • Franchi winner by Split Decision.

135 lbs.

Marcos Galvao [7] vs. Damacio Page [13]

  • MMA Records: Galvao (6-2-1); Page (10-4)
  • Page winner by 1st round KO. Page rises to 7. Galvao drops to 8.

Kenji Osawa [19] vs. Rafael Rebello

  • MMA Records: Osawa (13-8-2); Rebello (5-2)
  • Osawa winner by Split Decision. Osawa rises to 17.

UFC 96 – March 7

Heavyweight

Gabriel Gonzaga [10] vs. Shane Carwin [31]

  • MMA Records: Gonzaga (10-3); Carwin (10-0)
  • UFC Records: Gonzaga (6-2); Carwin (2-0)
  • Result: Carwin winner by 1st round TKO. Carwin rises to 11. Gonzaga drops to 13.

205 lbs.

Quinton Jackson [4] vs. Keith Jardine [7]

  • MMA Records: Jackson (29-7); Jardine (14-4-1)
  • UFC Records: Jackson (4-1); Jardine (6-3)
  • Result: Jackson winner by Unanimous Decision. Jackson rises to 2. Jardine drops to 12.

Matt Hamill [22] vs. Mark Munoz

  • MMA Records: Hamill (5-2); Munoz (5-0)
  • UFC Records: Hamill (5-2); Munoz (0-0)
  • Result: Hamill winner by 1st round KO. Hamill rises to 20.

Brandon Vera [25] vs. Mike Patt

  • MMA Records: Vera (9-3); Patt (12-3)
  • UFC Records: Vera (5-3); Patt (0-1)
  • Result: Vera winner by 2nd round TKO. Vera rises to 21.

Tim Boetsch [28] vs. Jason Brilz [37]

  • MMA Records: Boetsch (8-2); Brilz (16-1-1)
  • UFC Records: Boetsch (2-1); Brilz (1-0)
  • Brilz winner by Unanimous Decision. Brilz rises to 30. Boetsch drops to 33.

185 lbs.

Kendall Grove [42] vs. Jason Day [47]

  • MMA Records: Grove (9-5); Day (17-7)
  • UFC Records: Grove (4-2); Day (1-1)
  • Result: Grove winner by 1st round TKO. Grove rises to 35. Day stays at 47.

170 lbs.

Tamdan McCrory [37] vs. Ryan Madigan

  • MMA Records: McCrory (9-2); Madigan (5-0)
  • UFC Records: McCrory (2-2); Madigan (0-0)
  • Result: McCrory winner by 1st round submission (strikes). McCrory rises to 32.

Pete Sell [22] vs. Matt Brown [54]

  • MMA Records: Sell (8-4); Brown (8-7)
  • UFC Records: Sell (2-4); Brown (2-1)
  • Result: Brown winner by 1st round TKO. Brown rises to 27. Sell drops to 37.

155 lbs.

Gray Maynard [10] vs. Jim Miller [35]

  • MMA Records: Maynard (6-0); Miller (13-1)
  • UFC Records: Maynard (4-0, 1 NC); Miller (2-0)
  • Result: Maynard winner by Unanimous Decision. Maynard rises to 9. Miller drops to 38.

Aaron Riley vs. Shane Nelson

  • MMA Records: Riley (27-10-1); Nelson (11-3)
  • UFC Records: Riley (1-2); Nelson (1-0)

DREAM 7 – March 8

170 lbs.

Shinya Aoki [NR] vs. David Gardner

  • MMA Records: Aoki (19-3); Gardner (16-10)
  • Result: Aoki winner by 1st round submission (rear-naked choke)

155 lbs.

Tatsuya Kawajiri [11] vs. Ross Ebanez

  • Kawajiri (22-5-2); Ebanez (19-6)
  • Result: Kawajiri winner by 1st round submission (rear-naked choke). Kawajiri stays at 11.

Mitsuhiro Ishida [15] vs. Daisuke Nakamura

  • MMA Records: Ishida (17-4-1); Nakamura (19-9)
  • Result: Ishida winner by unanimous decision. Ishida stays at 15. Nakamura debuts at 95.

135 lbs.

Atsushi Yamamoto [5] vs. Masakatsu Imanari [NR]

  • MMA Records: Yamamoto (12-5-1); Imanari (15-6-1)
  • Result: Imanari winner by split decision. Imanari debuts at 7. Yamamoto drops to 8.

Chase Beebe [10] vs. Joe Warren

  • MMA Records: Beebe (11-3); Warren (0-0)
  • Result: Warren winner by 1st round TKO (doctor stoppage). Warren debuts at 11. Beebe drops to 15.

Yoshiro Maeda [12] vs. Micah Miller [NR]

  • MMA Records: Maeda (23-6-2); Miller (10-2)
  • Result: Maeda winner by unanimous decision. Maeda drops to 13 (because of Imanari’s debut)

Abel Cullum [21] vs. Akiyo Nishiura [NR]

  • MMA Records: Cullum (13-2); Nishiura (9-3-1)
  • Result: Cullum winner by unanimous decision. Cullum rises to 14. Nishiura debuts at 26.

Hiroyuki Takaya [NR] vs. Jong Won Kim

  • MMA Records: Takaya (9-6-1); Kim (0-0)
  • Result: Takaya winner by 2nd round TKO. Takaya debuts at 24.

Bibiano Fernandes vs. Takafumi Otsuka

  • MMA Records: Fernandes (3-2); Otsuka (8-3-1)
  • Result: Fernandes winner by unanimous decision. Fernandes debuts at 23.

Sengoku 8 – March 20

205 lbs.

Muhammad Lawal [36] vs. Ryo Kawamura [NR]

  • MMA Records: Kawamura (9-3-2); Lawal (3-0)
  • Result: Lawal winner by Unanimous Decision. Lawal rises to 34.

145

Hatsu Hioki [12] vs. Chris Manuel [NR]

  • MMA Records: Hioki (17-3-2); Manuel (6-0-2)
  • Result: Hioki winner by 1st round submission (triangle armbar). Hioki rises to 10.

Hidekii Kadowaki [13] vs. Nam Phan

  • MMA Records: Kadowaki (13-8-2); Phan (14-5)
  • Result: Phan winner by 1st round TKO. Phan debuts at 13. Kadowaki drops to 14.

L.C. Davis [14] vs. Michihiro Omigawa

  • MMA Records: Davis (13-1); Omigawa (4-7-1)
  • Result: Omigawa winner by Unanimous Decision. Omigawa debuts at 19. Davis drops to 20.

Marlon Sandro [21] vs. Matt Jaggers

  • MMA Records: Sandro (12-0); Jaggers (9-4)
  • Result: Sandro winner by 2nd round submission (arm-trainlge choke). Sandro rises to 17.

Shintaro Ishitwatari [30] vs. Chan Sung Jung

  • MMA Records: Ishiwatari (6-1-3); Jung (2-0)
  • Result: Jung winner by 1st round submission (rear-naked choke). Jung debuts at 18. Ishiwatari drops to 34.

Jong Man Kim vs. Masanori Kanehara

  • Kim (3-5-3); Kanehara (11-5-5)
  • Result: Kanehara winner by unanimous decision.

Nick Denis vs. Seiya Kawahara

  • MMA Records: Denis (6-0); Kawahara (6-1)
  • Result: Denis winner by 1st roudn TKO.

Ronnie Mann vs. Tetsuya Yamada

  • MMA Records: Mann (16-1-1); Yamada (3-0)
  • Result: Mann winner by unanimous decision.

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UFC 95 (February, 2009)

February 21

155 lbs. – Diego Sanchez [NR] vs. Joe Stevenson [21]

  • MMA Records: Sanchez (19-2); Stevenson (29-9)
  • UFC Records: Sanchez (8-2); Stevenson (6-3)
  • Preview: Diego has never been finished in his career. Joe has been finished by rear-naked choke in 2 of his last 3 fights. This is Diego’s 1st fight at 155 so his stamina may be a question mark. Will he gas in the 2nd or 3rd round? I don’t think Joe can stop Diego but he may win the standup game. If and when Diego gets the fight to the floor, he could very well end it there. If he doesn’t gas, I got Diego by ground and pound.
  • Result:

185 lbs. – Nathan Marquardt [6] vs. Wilson Gouveia [22]

  • MMA Records: Marquardt (27-8-2); Gouveia (12-5)
  • UFC Records: Marquardt (6-2); Gouveia (6-2)
  • Preview: These are 2 of the most well-rounded fighters in the division. Gouveia has looked very good in his last 2 fights and i’m sure he’s getting better every day at American Top Team. But Marquardt is a different animal. I don’t see Wilson stopping him. I do see Marquardt getting the TKO maybe in the 2nd or 3rd round starting with strikes.
  • Result:

185 lbs. – Demian Maia [12] vs. Chael Sonnen [18]

  • MMA Records: Maia (9-0); Sonnen (21-9-1)
  • UFC Records: Maia (4-0); Sonnen (1-2)
  • Preview: Demian Maia is blazing hot right now. He’s submitted all 4 of his opponents in the UFC. Sonnen is a tough, gritty wrestler in the mold of Matt Lindland and the guys at Team Quest. He likes to beat you down for 3 round. He is susceptible to submissions however. He’s lost 5 times that way. I really don’t see any way he can beat Maia. I think it will end with Maia getting his 4th rear-naked choke in the UFC.
  • Result:

170 lbs. – Dan Hardy [22] vs. Rory Markham [53]

  • MMA Records: Hardy (20-6); Markham (16-4)
  • UFC Records: Hardy (1-0); Markham (1-0)
  • Result: 

170 lbs. – Josh Koscheck [4] vs. Paulo Thiago

  • MMA Records: Koscheck (12-3); Thiago (10-0)
  • UFC Records: Koscheck (10-3); Thiago (0-0)
  • Preview: Thiago has 7 submissions on his ledger. Three have come by arm-triangle. The only way this fight is going to the ground is if Josh takes it there. Koscheck will show-off his striking and get the KO or TKO depending on how tough Thiago’s chin is.
  • Result:

 

HVY – Junior dos Santos [24] vs. Stefan Struve

  • MMA Records: dos Santos (7-1); Struve (16-2)
  • UFC Records: dos Santos (1-0); Struve (0-0)
  • Result: Struve has 18 fights…none have gone to the judges. He has won 12 times by submission (6 by triangle-choke). Junior made a ton of noise in his UFC debut by knocking out Fabricio Werdum with a vicious uppercut. He has tremendous hand speed and power. His only loss was 2 years ago by armbar. There is still a lot we don’t know about him so we will surely find out more in this one. If the fight goes to the ground, Struve may have a chance to lock in a submission. If it stays standing then there is little doubt Junior will get a knockout.

HVY – Mike Ciesnolevicz vs. Neil Grove

  • MMA Records: Ciesnolevicz (16-3); Grove (7-1)
  • UFC Records: Ciesnolevicz (0-0); Grove (0-0)
  • Result:

170 lbs. – Paul Kelly [45] vs. Troy Mandaloniz

  • MMA Records: Kelly (7-1); Mandaloniz (3-1)
  • UFC Records: Kelly (1-1); Mandaloniz (1-0)
  • Result:

155 lbs. – Terry Etim [39] vs. Brian Cobb

  • MMA Records: Etim (11-2); Cobb (15-4)
  • UFC Records: Etim (2-2); Cobb (0-0)
  • Result:

155 lbs. – Per Eklund [85] vs. Evan Dunham

  • MMA Records: Eklund (14-3-1); Dunham (7-0)
  • UFC Records: Eklund (1-1); Dunham (0-0)
  • Result:

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UFC Fight Night 17 (February, 2009)

UFC Fight Night 17 – February 7

155 lbs. – Joe Lauzon [38] vs. Jeremy Stephens [59]

  • MMA Records: Lauzon (17-4); Stephens (14-3)
  • UFC Records: Lauzon (4-1); Stephens (3-2)
  • Preview: Joe Lauzon has never been in a fight that has gone to a decision. Of his 17 wins, 13 have been by submission. Jeremy Stephens has the type of punching power that puts guys out for 5 minutes or more. He has 5 KO’s and 5 TKO’s on his record. He’s coming of a highlight-reel KO of Rafael dos Anjos in November. If this fight stays standing, Stephens will win. Lauzon must get it to the ground quickly.
  • Result: Lauzon winner by 2nd round submission (armbar)
  • Lauzon stayed away from the powerful striking of Stephens by getting the fight to the ground early and often. Stephens did end of landing some explosive ground and pound but Lauzon defended it and dominated the grappling. The armbar was textbook. In order for Lauzon to keep rising in the rankings, however, he must beat someone like his originally scheduled opponent Hermes Franca. Lauzon rises to 37. Stephens stays at 59.

155 lbs. – Josh Neer [29] vs. Mac Danzig [50]

  • MMA Records: Neer (24-7-1); Danzig (18-5-1)
  • UFC Records: Neer (3-4); Danzig (2-1)
  • Preview: These two guys are gutsy veterans that are solid in all areas. I have no idea who’s going to win this fight and where it will end. Danzig is coming off a Unanimous Decision loss to Clay Guida [21] in September. Neer lost a Split Decision to Nate Diaz [28], also in September. If I had to put my money on someone, it would be Neer by decision.
  • Result: Neer winner by 2nd round submission (Triangle choke)
  • Great fight. Josh Neer is gritty, gutsy and every other adjective for tough. The guy always comes forward. Mac rocked him a couple times but Neer kept coming. Neer’s ground and pound was crushing. He also stood in the pocket and traded on the feet. He finally secured a tight triangle in the 2nd round to get the win. It’s the 1st time in his career that Mac has been submitted. Neer rises to 24. Mac rises to 46.

170 lbs. – Anthony Johnson [15] vs. Luigi Fioravanti [24]

  • MMA Records: Johnson (6-2); Fioravanti (14-4)
  • UFC Records: Johnson (3-2); Fioravanti (4-4)
  • Preview: Anthony Johnson is a physical freak at 170 lbs. He’s huge and super athletic. His last 3 wins have come by KO. Luigi has been slowly climbing the ladder at Welterweight. He’s a pretty good striker with good takedown defense. Unfortunately, Johnson is better in all areas. I got Johnson by 2nd round TKO.
  • Result: Johnson winner by 1st round TKO.
  • Another impressive win for the rising star Anthony Johnson. It’s time for him to take on a top 10 guy. Johnson rises to 14. Luigi drops to 33.

HVY – Cain Velasquez [20] vs. Denis Stojnic

  • MMA Records: Velasquez (4-0); Stojnic (5-1)
  • UFC Records: Velasquez (2-0); Stojnic (0-0)
  • Preveiw: All of Cain’s wins have been 1st round TKO’s. He is a very good wrestler with good ground and pound. He is being groomed to be the next Heavyweight star. I don’t know much about Stojnic but he will be hard-pressed to prevent a vicious ground and pound. Cain by TKO.
  • Result: Velasquez winner by 2nd round TKO.
  • Cain has the tools to be a champion but he needs to take a step up in competition. His relentless pace, toughness and skills need to be tested at the top 10 level. Cain stays at 20.

185 lbs. – Dan Miller [47] vs. Jake Rosholt [76]

  • MMA Records: Miller (10-1); Rosholt (5-0)
  • UFC Records: Miller (2-0); Rosholt (0-0)
  • Preview: This could be a great fight. Miller has great submissions. Jake has great wrestling. Both are super tough and willing to strike. This could go either way but I’ll pick Miller by Split Decision.
  • Result: Miller winner by 1st round submission (Guillotine choke)
  • Miller’s jiu-jitsu beat out Rosholt’s wrestling. Dan Miller is a name to recognize in the middleweight division. Hopefully he’ll get a contender in his next fight. Miller rises to 34. Rosholt stays at 76.

155 lbs. – Rich Clementi [33] vs. Gleison Tibau [49]

  • MMA Records: Clementi (32-13-1); Tibau (15-6)
  • UFC Records: Clementi (5-4); Tibau (3-3)
  • Preview: Clementi is always on the verge of being one of the elite. He’s solid in all areas and knows all the tricks. Tibau is a super big, strong grappler. He looks to outmuscle his opponents and ground and pound. I don’t think he can do that to Clementi. He’s too crafty. Clementi by Unanimous Decision.
  • Result: Tibau winner by 1st round submission (guillotine choke)
  • Tibau’s grappling was too much for Clementi to handle. He landed a crushing guillotine that Rich couldn’t escape. Tibau rises to 36. Clementi drops to 39.

155 lbs. – Kurt Pellegrino [42] vs. Rob Emerson [56]

  • MMA Records: Pellegrino (12-4); Emerson (8-6)
  • UFC Records: Pellegrino (4-3); Emerson (2-0, 1 No Contest)
  • Preview: Pellegrino has a good jiu-jitsu game and solid standup but his best trait is his toughness. He will go out there and lay it on the line. He’s coming off a victory over Thiago Tavares [44]. Rob Emerson is coming off his biggest win: a 12 second KO of Manny Gamburyan [68]. This is a step up in competition for him. He’s never beaten anyone at Kurt’s level. One thing he has going for him is that he’s never been stopped. All 6 losses have come by Decision. I have a feeling this will be number 7.
  • Result: Pellegrino winner by 2nd round submission (rear-naked choke)
  • The standup was pretty even throughout but when Kurt finally decided to take the fight to the mat, it was finished in minutes. Pellegrino rises to 38. Emerson drops to 59.

170 lbs. – Steve Bruno [71] vs. Matt Riddle

  • MMA Records: Bruno (12-4) Riddle (1-0)
  • UFC Records: Bruno (1-1); Riddle (1-0)
  • Result: Riddle winner by unanimous decision
  • Riddle controlled the grappling and Bruno had absolutely no defense for the ground and pound. Riddle debuts at 65. Bruno drops to 75.

185 lbs. – Derek Downey vs. Nick Catone

  •  MMA Records: Downey (10-3); Catone (5-0)
  • UFC Records: Downey (0-0); Catone (0-0)
  • Result: Catone winner by 2nd round submission (keylock)
  • Catone dominated the fight with his explosive wrestling and ground and pound. He twisted Downey’s arm for the keylock finish. Catone debuts at 77.

155 lbs. – Matt Grice [70] vs. Matt Veach

  • MMA Records: Grice (9-1); Veach (10-0)
  • UFC Records: Grice (1-1); Veach (0-0)
  • Result: Veach winner by 1st round TKO.
  • This is a round of the year candidate and maybe a fight of the year candidate as well. Veach got knocked down early and looked finished but he showed unbelieveable toughness in surviving and getting back to his feet. They traded some more and then Veach landed a right cross that was the beginning of the end. Great fight. Veach debuts at 67. Grice drops to 71.

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UFC 94 (January, 2009)

January 31 – Las Vegas, Nevada

170 lbs. Title Fight – Georges St. Pierre [1] vs. B.J. Penn [NR]

  • MMA Records: St. Pierre (17-2); Penn (13-4-1)
  • Preview: Of all the great fights this month, this is the greatest. Both Penn and St. Pierre are among the handful of fighters that everyone in the world respects. They are masters of the craft. They are both boiling hot right now. Their minds are right and their games are tight. St. Pierre has the best takedowns in the game. Penn has the best takedown defense. Both have great jabs. Penn’s submissions are legendary. St. Pierre’s elbows are the best in the world. If you’re an MMA fan, you cannot miss this fight. It will go down in the history books. Both men will be judged by it. It could easily go either way. I’m taking St. Pierre by Split Decision.
  • Result: St. Pierre winner by 4th roudn TKO.
  • GSP’s skill level is in another galaxy. He is so far beyond everyone else it is frightening. Penn got smashed. He must stay at 155 where he is the king. It wasn’t too long ago that Welterweight was considered the most talented along with Light-Heavyweight. The fact that GSP cleaned out the division is incredible. He won the Canadian athlete of the year in 2008. In 2009, he may become recognized as the best athlete in the world. GSP stays at 1.

205 lbs. – Lyoto Machida [4] vs. Thiago Silva [8]

  • MMA Records: Machida (13-0); Silva (13-0)
  • Preview: Speaking of hot. Whoever wins this fight is the next MMA superstar. The winner will more than likely take on Rashad Evans [1] for the belt. Both guys possess similar skills but with a glaring difference in style. Lyoto is very methodical (8 of 13 wins by decision) Thiago is a hyper-aggressive (12 of 13 wins by stoppage)  A match between Yin and Yang. It could be special. Or it could be one sided. It would seem Thiago is tailor-made for Lyoto’s counter striking. Then again, Thiago could put enough pressure on Lyoto to fluster him. All that being said, I just don’t see Machida losing to anyone (including Rashad) right now. Machida by Unanimous Decision.
  • Result: Machida winner by 1st round KO.
  • Machida’s performance was his most dominating yet. He owned Silva. People criticized his patient style but he showed he can end things violently. Noone can touch him right now….including Rashad Evans. Machida rises to 2. Silva drops to 17.

170 lbs. – Karo Parisyan [8] vs. Dong Hyun Kim [58]

  • MMA Records: Parisyan (18-5); Kim (11-0-1)
  • Preview: This is great Judo-player vs. great Judo-player. They may cancel eachother out. It may come down to striking. Kim is the taller fighter but Karo is way more experienced. I would be very surprised if Karo were to lose. Karo by Unanimous Decision.
  • Result: Parisyan winner by Split Decision.
  • Karo got the win but Kim was the one who impressed me. I didn’t think he had a chance but he nearly got the win. Kim dominated Karo in the 1st round but was edged out in the latter 2. Karo did not look like a top 10 fighter.

205 lbs. – Stephan Bonnar [18] vs. Jon Jones [38]

  • MMA Records: Bonnar (11-4); Jones (6-0)
  • Preview: Jon Jones is a very promising young fighter. Stephan Bonnar is a grizzled veteran. Jones will have his day in the sun but not right now and not against Bonnar. It could be a close fight but Bonnar will find a way to win. Bonnar by Split Decision.
  • Result: Jones winner by Unanimous Decision
  • If Jones gets his cardio up to par then he will be contending for the belt in a couple years. He looked amazing in the first 2 rounds. It was one of the most dynamic MMA displays I have ever seen. Jones landed some crazy strikes and sick takedowns. Bonnar’s heart and chin kept him from getting KO’d. He just ran into a rising star. Jones rises to 13. Bonnar stays at 18.

155 lbs. – Clay Guida [27] vs. Nate Diaz [28]

  • MMA Records: Guida (24-9); Diaz (10-2)
  • Preview: Clay Guida wins his fights by setting a pace which his opponents can’t match. He’s relentless and overwhelming. Nate Diaz submits people. He’s hot right now and watch out for his triangle choke. I’m sure Guida will be. I think Diaz has the better boxing so Guida will probably take him to the mat. From there, it will either be Guida’s ground and pound or Diaz’s submissions that win the contest. I think Guida is savvy enough to avoid Nate’s submissions. Guida by Unanimous Decision.
  • Result: Guida winner by Split Decision.
  • Nate did more damage but Guida got the win because of his wrestling. It wasn’t exciting. Guida literally spent 90% of the fight bear-huggin Diaz. He didn’t land hardly any strikes but he maintained control. Diaz wasn’t strong enough to escape. Guida rises to 21. Diaz stays at 28.

170 lbs. – Jon Fitch [3] vs. Akihiro Gono [22]

  • MMA Records: Fitch (17-3); Gono (28-13-7)
  • Preview: Jon Fitch has been relegated to undercard status due to contractual disputes with Dana White. You don’t want to get on Dana’s bad side. Just ask Matt Lindland. As for the fight, I think it will be a good one. Fitch will get the takedowns and Gono will try to land a submission. Fitch is an animal on the ground and Gono is one of the smartest fighters in the world. It should be interesing to watch it play out. I doubt Fitch will finish Gono but he will get the Unanimous Decision.
  • Result: Fitch winner by Unanimous Decision
  • Fitch dominated from start to finish with takedowns and ground and pound. It took all of Gono’s craftiness to survive. Fitch stays at 3. Gono drops to 27.

155 lbs. – Thiago Tavares [46] vs. Manny Gamburyan [64]

  • MMA Records: Tavares (13-3); Gamburyan (8-3)
  • Result: Tavares winner by Unanimous Decision
  • Thiago’s takedowns and slightly more effective striking get him the win in a relatively lackluster fight. Tavares rises to 44. Gamburyan drops to 68.

205 lbs. – Jake O’Brien [NR] vs. Christian Wellisch

  • MMA Records: O’Brien (10-2); Wellisch (8-4)
  • Result: O’Brien winner by Split Decision
  • O’Brien gassed big-time in the 3rd round but put enough takedowns in the bank to eak out the win.
  • O’Brien debuts at 45.

170 lbs. – Chris Wilson [25] vs. John Howard

  • MMA Records: Wilson (14-4); Howard (10-4)
  • Result: Howard winner by Split Decision
  • This was a really good fight. Back and forth they went trading strikes and takedowns but Howard had the slight edge. He had back control in the 3rd round which pretty much sealed it for him. Howard debuts at 25. Wilson drops to 28.

170 lbs. – Matt Arroyo vs. Dan Cramer

  • MMA Records: Arroyo (3-2); Cramer (0-0)
  • Result: Cramer winner by Split Decision
  • Pretty unimpressive fight. Cramer must improve his finishing instincts to become ranked.

Future Fights that make sense

205

Lyoto Machida [2] vs. Rashad Evans [1]

Jon Jones [13] vs. Eric Shaefer [19]

Thiago Silva [17] vs. Stephan Bonnar [18]

170

Georges St. Pierre [1] vs. Thiago Alves [2]

155

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

Clay Guida [21] vs. winner of Gray Maynard [10] vs. Jim Miller [35]

Nate Diaz [28] vs. loser of Diego Sanchez [NR] vs. Joe Stevenson [22]

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WEC 38 (January, 2009)

January 25

155 lbs. Title Fight – Jamie Varner [49] vs. Donald Cerrone [51]

  • MMA Records: Varner (15-2); Cerrone (9-0)
  • Preview: Whoever wins this fight will join the top of the pack in the lightweight division. After winning a decision in his 1st career fight, Jamie Varner has got a stoppage in his last 14 victories. He is a top level boxer with very good wrestling. He’s tough and has great stamina. Donald Cerrone won his 1st 8 fights by submission before winning a decision over Rob McCullough in one of the best fights in WEC history. Despite his gaudy submission resume, Cerrone can also strike. I don’t see him KOing Varner though. This could be an early fight-of-the-year candidate. Both guys are in their primes and both are hungry. I’m going with Cerrone by submission in the 4th round.
  • Result: Varner winner by Split Decision.
  • This fight was back and forth with Varner getting the takedowns at will. Cerrone worked a nice guard but ultimately couldn’t submit him. In the 5th round, Jamie was grazed by an illegal knee and the fight went to the judges who gave him the nod. He isn’t going to win many fans over after this one. The blow didn’t look that bad but he writhed about on the canvas as if he’d just been soccer kicked by Wanderlei Silva. The crowd booed his post-fight interview and he told them to f*ck off. Very immature reaction. Cerrone, meanwhile, could barely see after having both eyes swollen shut from punches by Varner. He gained a lot of fans with his gutsy performance. Varner has looked good his last few times out. It would be interesting to see how he would perform against a UFC lightweight. Varner rises to 36. Cerrone stays at 51.

145 lbs. – Urijah Faber [2] vs. Jens Pulver [10]

  • MMA Records: Faber (21-2); Pulver (22-10-1)
  • Preview: These guys just fought a 5-round war in June. Pulver’s heart was apparent but only because Faber was beating him pretty good. Faber took the Unanimous Decision but has since lost. Pulver is backed up against the wall. He’s lost 4 of his last 5 fights. He desperately needs a win. Faber needs to avoid losing 2 in a row. It will be interesting to see how Faber responds to being stopped in the 1st round. Will he be more cautious? I doubt it. He’s a wild man and will push the pace as always. Can Pulver still hang with the top fighters? I doubt it. Faber will get a 1st or 2nd round KO. 
  • Result: Faber winner by 1st round submission (guillotine choke).
  • Faber caught Jens with a vicious liver shot that was the beginning of the end. Pulver couldn’t recover and Urijah finished him. Jens has lost 3 in a row but they have come against the best in the world. Maybe he can’t compete against the top 10 but he is still a tough out for anyone. Faber stays at 2. Pulver drops to 15.

170 lbs. – Danillo Villefort vs. Mike Campbell

  • MMA Records: Villefort (8-2); Campbell (4-0)
  • Result: Villefort winner by 1st round TKO.
  • Danillo is a great grappler training at the prestigious American Top Team (ATT). This is his 2nd high-profile win in a row (he beat highly regarded Middleweight Mike Massenzio his last time out.) Future opponents will be well-advised to look out for his knee-bar. Villefort debuts at 62.

145 lbs. – Jose Aldo [18] vs. Rolando Perez

  • MMA Records: Aldo (12-1); Perez (4-1-1)
  • Result: Aldo winner by 1st round KO.
  • Watch out for Jose Aldo. He has one of the most technically sound striking games in the division, if not the most sound. The scary part is that isn’t even his greatest strength. He’s a blackbelt in jiu-jitsu. He will get a title shot very soon. Aldo rises to 12.

155 lbs. – Ben Henderson vs. Anthony Njokuani

  • MMA Records: Henderson (7-1); Njokuani (9-1)
  • Result: Henderson winner by 2nd round submission (guillotine choke)

170 lbs. – Hiromitsu Miura [58] vs. Edgar Garcia

  • MMA Records: Miura (9-5); Garcia (6-0)
  • Result: Garcia winner by 1st round KO.
  • Garcia debuts at 56. Miura drops to 63.

135 lbs. – Dominick Cruz [20] vs. Ian McCall

  • MMA Records: Cruz (11-1); McCall (7-1)
  • Result: Cruz winner by Unanimous Decision
  • Cruz rises to 16.

135 lbs. – Scott Jorgensen [17] vs. Frank Gomez

  • MMA Records: Jorgensen (5-2); Gomez (5-0)
  • Result: Jorgensen winner by 1st round submission (guillotine choke)
  • Jorgensen rises to 15.

170 lbs – Blas Avena vs. Jesse Lennox

  • MMA Records: Avena (5-2); Lennox (9-1)
  • Result: Lennox winner by 2nd round KO.
  • Lennox debuts at 74.

135 lbs. – Charlie Valencia [25] vs. Seth Dikun

  • MMA Records: Valencia (9-5); Dikun (6-2)
  • Result: Valencia winner by Unanimous Decision
  • Valencia rises to 23.

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