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Affliction (January, 2009)

January 24 – California

HVY – Fedor Emelianenko [1] vs. Andrei Arlovski [5]

  • MMA Records: Emelianenko (28-1); Arlovski (14-5)
  • Preview: Cro-Cop went down…Couture went down…Nogueira went down. The old guard is crumbling. There is a new wave of Heavyweights taking over. Will Fedor go down? If anyone can do it, Andrei can. He has won 5 in a row over solid competition: Marcio Cruz [29], Fabricio Werdum [16], Jake O’Brien [28], Ben Rothwell [21] and Roy Nelson [22] have all been thrashed. Fedor is a different animal. Everyone in the fight game loses…right? Not Fedor. His one loss was a fluke cut 15 seconds into the fight from a glancing elbow that he didn’t even notice. He re-matched the fighter (Tsuyoshi Kohsaka) and beat him to a pulp. He has no ego, no hate and seemingly no passion at all. He walks quietly into the ring…does his job…then exits. That being said, anything is possible. Arlovski’s striking has looked very formidable and he could very well knock out Fedor. I wouldn’t say that about any other fighter. That’s how much I revere Arlovski. But…Fedor is Fedor and he will win like he always does. He moves like a lightweight and has no holes in his game. He can end it anywhere and I’m guessing he’ll end it by 1st round TKO.
  • Reult: Fedor winner by 1st round KO.
  • Fedor stays at 1. Arlovski stays at 5.

HVY – Josh Barnett [4] vs. Gilbert Yvel

  • MMA Records: Barnett (23-5); Yvel (35-12-1)
  • Preview: Josh Barnett is the most underrated fighter in MMA. Nobody is less-known and more-talented than “The Baby-Face Assassin.” He is big, strong and fast. He can hold his own striking and has a top-level ground game. Gilbert Yvel has no chance in this fight. He’s a world class striker but has no ground game at all. He’s also the dirtiest fighter that has ever fought MMA. He’s tried to rip out the eyes of his opponent and he’s KO’d the referee. There is still some question as to whether or not the State of California will let him figth. If they do, Barnett will dominate him and win by 1st round submission 
  • Result: Barnett winner by 3rd round submission (punches)
  • Barnett rises to 3. Yvel debuts at 39.

HVY – Paul Buentello [23] vs. Kirill Sidelnikov

  • MMA Records: Buentello (26-10); Sidelnikov (5-2)
  • Preview: Paul Buentello is a highly-skilled brawler. He has solid takedown defense and tremendous hand speed. He looks out of shape but his cardio is solid. Sidelnikov trains with Fedor in Russia. All 5 of his wins have come by KO or TKO. If he slugs with Buentello then he will lose. Buentello by 1st round KO.
  • Result: Buentello winner by 3rd round TKO.
  • Buentello rises to 18.

205 lbs. – Rogerio Nogueira [12] vs. Vladimir Matyushenko [22]

  • MMA Records: Nogueira (14-3); Matyushenko (21-3)
  • Preview: This is a rematch of a 2002 match that Matyushenko won by Unanimous Decision. Vladimir took him down and wrestled his way to victory. That’s his modis operandi. He’s won 8 in a row but nothing spectacular. Rogerio has improved since his 2002 loss. He’s a solid boxer and world-class grappler. Vladimir’s only shot at winning this fight is to repeat his lay & pray performance in 2002. He has extremely limited striking and he won’t be able to submit Rogerio. Rogerio will win by 3rd round submission.
  • Result: Rogerio winner by 2nd round KO.
  • Rogerio rises to 10. Matyushenko drops to 23.

205 lbs. – Sokoudjou [13] vs. Renato Sobral [15]

  • MMA Records: Sokoudjou (5-3); Sobral (31-7)
  • Preview: There is no secret to Sokoudjou’s game. If he doesn’t overwhelm you with strikes in the 1st round, then he’ll probably lose. That’s a big if though. There is noone more explosive than him. The problem is he gases because of his powerful shots. Sobral is a tough veteran who is hard to finish. He’s been KO’d twice in his career but that’s because he’s been in with all the MMA legends. He’s seen it all. If Sokoudjou doesn’t get the 1st round KO then “Babalu” will get the 2nd round submission.
  • Result: Sobral winner by 2nd round submission (Brabo Choke)
  • Sobral rises to 11. Sokoudjou drops to 22.

185 lbs. – Matt Lindland [20] vs. Vitor Belfort [24]

  • MMA Records: Lindland (21-5); Belfort (17-8]
  • Preview: This is a fight between 2 old horses of the UFC. Lindland is pretty much blacklisted by Dana White and Vitor is forever trying to get back to glory days. Nobody is more talented than Vitor but his fights are won and lost between his ears. He can’t ever seem to perform on a consistent basis. He is a precursor to the Sokoudjou’s of todays game. If he doesn’t get the 1st round KO then he’ll lose focus and lose the fight. Matt Lindland is the complete antithesis of Vitor. He is an overacheiver. The word scrappy was invented for guys like him. He loves to take his opponent into deep waters and just pound on him the whole way through. But he’s getting old and slow. He looked pretty bad in his last fight while Vitor got a 1st round KO in his. I think Vitor has more in the tank right now. Vitor by 1st round KO.
  • Result: Belfort winner by 1st round KO.
  • Belfort rises to 15. Lindland drops to 29.

170 lbs. – Jay Hieron [18] vs. Jason High

MMA Records: Hieron (16-4); High (6-0)
Result:

155 lbs. – Bobby Green vs. Dan Lauzon

  • MMA Records: Lauzon (11-2); Green (7-1)
  • Result: Lauzon winner by 1st round submission (rear-naked choke)
  • Lauzon debuts at 89.

145 lbs. – Bao Quach [16] vs. L.C. Davis

  • MMA Records: Quach (15-8-1); Davis (12-1)
  • Result: Davis winner by 3rd round Unanimous Decision
  • Davis debuts at 15. Quach drops to 17.

145 lbs. – Antonio Duarte vs. Albert Rios

  • MMA Records: Duarte (11-1); Rios (10-3)
  • Result: Rios winner by Unanimous Decision

170 lbs. – Brett Cooper vs. Patrick Speight

  • MMA Records: Cooper (7-4); Speight (7-1)
  • Result: Cooper winner by 2nd round TKO.
  • Cooper debuts at 72.
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January 5, 2009 Posted by | MMA Analysis | , , , , | 26 Comments

UFC 93 (January, 2009)

January, 17 – Dublin, Ireland

205 lbs. – Dan Henderson [10] vs. Rich Franklin [19]

  • MMA Record: Henderson (23-7); Franklin (24-3)
  • Preview: This could be an all-time great fight. Rich Franklin pushes the pace as well as any fighter in the game. That’s how he wins most of his fights. He overwhelms his opponents. He’ll have a tough time overwhelming Dan Henderson, however. Dan is as rugged as they come. He’ll clinch you, take you down and pound you out. He also throws right-hand bombs that could end the fight at any moment. Franklin is one of the most well-rounded fighters in the world. His striking is high-caliber. He is a finishing machine. Of his 24 victories, 22 have been finished within the distance. I think Henderson will take the 1st round but lose the 2nd and 3rd rounds. He won’t be able to match Franklin’s pace. Rich by Unanimous Decision.
  • Result: Henderson winner by Unanimous Decision
  • Henderson didn’t fade as quickly as I thought he would. He was able to put Franklin down and keep him there while he pounded away. Rich did take round 3 but it was too late. Dan’s world-class clinch game, ground and pound and power punching won him the fight. Henderson rises to 5. Franklin rises to 18.

205 lbs. – Mauricio Rua [6] vs. Mark Coleman [NR]

  • MMA Record: Rua (16-3); Coleman (15-8]
  • Preview: “Shogun” Rua was once considered the best Light-Heavyweight in the world..bar-none. Then he came to the UFC and got dominated by Forrest Griffin [2]. Many people claim it was because of a torn-ACL. He’ll have his chance to showcase his skills with a washed-up Mark Coleman. Coleman is 44-years-old and hasn’t looked good in 9 years. His win over Rua in 2006 was a fluke. Rua broke his arm defending a takedown. Mark may get a takedown or two in this fight but he’ll inevitably be taken out in brutal fashion. Rua we’ll recapture his fans with a devastating 1st round KO.
  • Result: Shogun winner by 3rd round TKO.
  • Despite getting the win, Shogun didn’t look anywhere near a top 10 fighter. He was gassed by round 2 and he couldn’t capitalize on Coleman’s sluggishness. Mark’s wrestling and heart kept him alive but he really should have been finished in round 1. He was completely gassed out and was just standing there like a drunk guy waiting to get hit. His hands were down by his hips and he was moving like a turtle. Shogun’s kicks were definately world-class but his boxing, wrestling and jiu-jitsu were nowhere to be seen. Coleman actually out-boxed him. I don’t no where Shogun goes from here but he needs to improve a lot of areas including his cardio. Rua drops to 11. Coleman debuts at 40. 

185 lbs. – Denis Kang [23] vs. Alan Belcher [41]

  • MMA Record: Kang (31-10-1); Belcher (13-5)
  • Preview: This is Denis Kang’s long-awaited debut in the UFC. He’s a former PRIDE star and top middleweight. Between 2003 and 2006, Kang had an unbelievable streak of 21 victories without a loss. Since then, he has gone 3-3 with losses to Gegard Mousasi [8], Yoshihiro Akiyama [10] and Kazuo Misaki [15]. Alan Belcher is primarily a muay thai striker. He has great kicks, knees and hands. His takedown defense is improving as is his ground game. Kang loves to strike as well but can also take it to the mat and finish it there. This is Belcher’s chance to get a breakthrough win but I doubt he’ll get it. Kang we’ll take him down and wear him out. Eventually, Belcher’s striking will get slower and Kang will get the late round KO.
  • Result: Alan Belcher by 3rd round submission (guillotine)
  • Belcher continues to imporve. Kang continues to slide. Kang dominated the first 2 rounds but Belcher hung in there and pulled out the guillotine finish. Kang appeard a bit gassed in the 3rd round while Belcher looked as if he was just getting started. Alan needs to pick up some stronger wrestling but he is definately improving his ground game. Kang looked like a top fighter until he gassed and was caught. He will have to go back to the drawing board. Belcher rises to 28. Kang drops to 30.

185 lbs. – Jeremy Horn [35] vs. Rousimar Palhares [40]

  • MMA Record: Horn (80-18-5); Palhares (8-2)
  • Preview: Jeremy Horn is on the downslide. He’s gone 2-4 in his last 6 fights. Once upon a time, he was nearly impossible to submit. After losing 3 by submission in those 6 fights, that is no longer the case. Rousimar Palhares is a submission dynamo. Six of his 8 wins have come by 1st round submission. I don’t see any way Horn escapes the same fate. Palhares by 1st round submission.
  •  Result: Palhares winner by Unanimous Decision
  • I was actually more impressed by Jeremy Horn in losing than I was with Palhares winning. Horn neutralized Palhares ground game and even had him mounted at one point with an arm-triangle. But it was Rousimar’s strength that proved the difference. He manhandled Horn with some crazy suplex’s. He also pounded on him a good deal. He should be a couple wins away from title contention. Horn showed glimpses of why he was once considered one of the best fighters in the world. If he continues to fight the way he did against Rousimar, then he’ll climb back up the rankings. Palhares rises to 26. Horn rises to 33.

170 lbs. – Chris Lytle [13] vs. Marcus Davis [14]

  • MMA Record: Lytle (26-16-5); Davis (15-4)
  • Preview: This fight was made strictly for entertainment purposes. These guys flat-out like to throw down. That’s not to say they aren’t skilled. They are contenders. Nobody is tougher than Chris Lytle. He’s lost 16 times, but has never been broken. Only 2 times has the ref halted him and that was because the cuts he was fighting through were too gruesome. Marcus Davis can finish people. Of his 15 wins, only 2 have gone the distance. They’re already saying this might be the fight of the year, and we’ve still got 348 days left! I’m going with Davis by Split Decision.
  • Result: Davis winner by Split Decision
  • This fight went exactly like I thought it would. Both guys slugging it out for 3 rounds. Lytle more with the straight right hands down the pipe and Davis with the brutal body kicks and counter striking. These guys are true pros and they were determined to stand toe to toe in order to get the Fight of the Night bonus. Davis rises to 11. Lytle drops to 14.

205 lbs. – Eric Shaefer [24] vs. Antonio Mendes

  • MMA Record: Schaefer (10-3-2); Mendes (15-3)
  • Result: Schaefer winner by 1st round TKO.
  • Schaefer got the quick clinch, pulled guard, swept Mendes and then administered some nasty ground and pound. Very impressive performance. Schaefer rises to 19.

205 lbs. – Tomasz Drwal vs. Ivan Serati

  • MMA Record: Drwal (14-2); Serati (10-2)
  • Result: Drwal winner by 1st round TKO.
  • Tomasz dominated Serati on the feet, took him down and hammer-fisted until the ref stepped in for the TKO. Drwal debuts at 44.

170 lbs. – Martin Kampmann [NR] vs. Alexandre Barros 

  • MMA Record: Kampmann (13-2); Barros (13-5)
  • Result: Kampann winner by 2nd round TKO.
  • Martin was expected to win and he didn’t disappoint. He dominated Barros in striking and grappling. He will make some noise this year inthe Welterweight division. Kampmann debuts at 63.

170 lbs. – Tom Egan vs. John Hathaway

  • MMA Record: Egan (0-0); Hathaway (9-0)
  • Result: Hathaway winner by 1st round TKO.
  • Hathaway’s wrestling contolled this fight. He just out-grappled Egan the whole fight and pounded him out. Hathaway debuts at 71.

155 lbs. – Nate Mohr vs. Dennis Siver

  • MMA Record: Mohr (8-5); Siver (12-6)
  • Result: Siver winner by 3rd round TKO.
  • Siver rises to 90.

Future fights that make sense:

205

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

Rich Franklin [18] vs. Loser of Lyoto Machida [4] vs. Thiago Silva [8]

Eric Schaefer [19] vs. Steve Cantwell [28]

Mark Coleman [40] vs. Wanderlei Silva [10]

185

Dan Henderson [4] vs. Michael Bisping [14]

Rousimar Palhares [26] vs. Yushin Okami [9]

Alan Belcher [28] vs. CB Dollaway [54]

Denis Kang [30] vs. Loser of Nathan Marquardt [7] vs. Wilson Gouveia [22]

Jeremy Horn [33] vs. Jason MacDonald [29]

170

Marcus Davis [11] vs. Winner of Dan Hardy [20] vs. Rory Markham [53]

Chris Lytle [14] vs. Kevin Burns [28]

Martin Kampmann [63] vs. Winner of Chris Wilson [26] vs. John Howard

January 5, 2009 Posted by | MMA Analysis | , , , , , , | 9 Comments

UFC 92 (December, 2008)

205 lbs. Title – Forrest Griffin [1] vs. Rashad Evans [4]

  • MMA Records: Griffin (16-4); Evans (12-0-1)
  • Preview: Forrest Griffin is not your average fighter. He’s not an elite grappler, he’s not an elite striker, he’s not an elite wrestler and he’s not an elite athlete. Forrest Griffin is an elite warrior. He’ll out-work you in the gym and he’ll out-tough you in the cage. He’s a grinder. He’s also incredibly smart. He knows what it takes to be a champion. Rashad Evans is an elite athlete. He’s an elite wrestler. With his knockout of Chuck Liddell, he has become a feared striker. Rashad is also very intelligent. He knows how to win fights. It will be very interesting to see what strategies these two savvy fighters employ. Forrest needs to drag this fight the whole 5 rounds. Rashad needs to get a knockout. Both are equally likely. I’m leaning towards Evans though. He has 25 minutes to land one of his devastating kicks or punches. I think he’ll succeed in that task.
  • Result: Evans winner by 3rd round submission (Strikes)
  • Rashad’s power is what made the difference here. Forrest controlled the first 2 rounds but as soon as Rashad connected, Forrest fell and that was it. Rashad’s style has yet to be solved. His speed, power, footwork and wrestling present a formidable obstacle for anyone in the division. Forrest is an overacheiver. He has a ton of heart but he was physically out-classed against Rashad. Rashad rises to 1. Forrest drops to 2.

Heavyweight Interim Title – Rodrigo Nogueira [2] vs. Frank Mir [15]

  • MMA Records: Nogueira (31-4-1); Mir (11-3)
  • Preview: When someone asks you to define toughness, point your finger at Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The guy can’t be knocked out,  he can’t be submitted and he doesn’t wear down. He’s fought all over the world against the best of the best since the mid-90’s. He’s defeated everyone he’s stepped into the ring with except the almost mythical Fedor Emelianeko. I don’t see any possible way for Frank Mir to beat him. Nogueira by 2nd round TKO.
  • Result: Mir winner by 2nd round TKO
  • This was Frank Mir’s finest hour. You could almost see the smoke emanating from him. He was on fire. Never in my craziest dreams could I have seen this one. He dominated the boxing game and did what noone had ever done before, finish Rodrigo Noguiera.I will say that Nogueira appeared slow and worn down by the beatings he has endured over the years. He has aged seemingly overnight. I doubt we’ll ever see him near his prime again. Frank Mir, however, is riding incredibly high right now. Count me in as his newest fan. Mir rises to 2. Nogueira drops to 7.

205 lbs. – Quinton Jackson [2] vs. Wanderlei Silva [7]

  • MMA Records: Jackson (29-7); Silva (32-8-1)
  • Preview: Wanderlei Silva is a savage. There’s no other word that defines him so succinctly. It’s as if he just got done fighting ancient Greeks in the Trojan War and happened upon the 21st century. His style is timeless. He comes forward with windmill haymakers and doesn’t retreat untill somebody is knocked out. He’s done it twice already to “Rampage” Jackson in the past. I see it happening again in the short future. Rampage is as tough as they come but his style is tailor-maid for Silva. They are both brawlers but Silva throws the faster punches. Whether or not Silva gets the KO, this is guaranteed to be a knockdown, dragout slugfest.
  • Result: Jackson winner by 1st round KO.
  • Wanderlei’s game is very simple. Either he catches his opponent or they catch him. This time, he got caught. I think he would have been better served to go right at Rampage instead of taking time to feel him out. It gave Rampage time to pick his shots. Rampage drops to 3 (Because of Rashad’s rise). Wanderlei drops to 11.

HVY – Cheick Kongo [9] vs. Mustapha Al-Turk

  • MMA Records: Kongo (12-4-1); Al-Turk (6-3)
  • Preview: This is Mustapha Al-Turk’s UFC debut. He is an unknown. Cheick Kongo is possibly the best heavyweight striker in the world right now. He is also physically strong with improved wrestling and grappling. If he wins a couple more fights (including this one), he will likely get a title shot later this year.
  • Result: Kongo winner by 1st round TKO. Kongo rises to 6.

185 lbs. – Mike Massenzio [42] vs. C.B. Dollaway

  • MMA Records: Massenzio (11-2); Dollaway (7-1)
  • Preview: Massenzio and Dollaway are young wrestlers relatively new to the game. Who knows what skills they’ve developed since their last fights. What I do know is that whoever wins will officially become a contender.
  • Result: Dolloway winner by 1st round TKO. Dolloway debuts at 54. Massenzio drops to 55.

185 lbs. – Yushin Okami [10] vs. Dean Lister [27]

  • MMA Records: Okami (22-4); Lister (11-5)
  • Preview: You’re not going to find a Middleweight with more physical strength than Yushin Okami. He steps into the cage and imposes his will. He’ll take you 3 rounds and flat out wear you down. Dean Lister is arguably the best grappler in the world. Unfortunately, that is all he is. The term one-dimensional was made for Lister. Okami would be a fool to take him down. To be honest, this may be an ugly fight. It’s on the undercard for a reason. Okami is no doubt a top 10 Middleweight, but he needs more intriguing matchups to gain a fan-following.
  • Result: The fight went exactly as I thought it would. Dean wanted no part of the striking and it turned into a boring fight. Okami couldn’t do anything because Lister was being so defensive. I think it’s too late in Lister’s career to acquire a solid standup game. Okami took care of business and should be in line for a title later this year. Okami rises to 8. Lister drops to 30.

205 lbs. – Matt Hamill [23] vs. Reese Andy [41]

  • MMA Records: Hamill (4-2); Andy (7-2)
  • Preview: Matt Hamill is a very strong wrestler with decent boxing skills. Reese Andy is a very strong wrestler with hardly any boxing skills. This is a horrible matchup for Andy. Matt Hamill should cruise to a 1st or 2nd round TKO via punches.
  • Result: Hamill winner by 2nd round TKO. Hamill rises to 22. Andy stays at 41.

170 lbs. – Brad Blackburn [17] vs. Ryo Chonan [18]

  • MMA Records: Blackburn (13-9-1); Chonan (15-8]
  • Preview: This is a very interesting fight with two very interesting fighters. Blackburn has been incredibly inconsistent throughout his career. He holds big wins over Delson Heleno [32], Jay Hieron [19] and Chris Wilson [26] but at the same time, he’s lost 9 times. That being said, he seems to be entering his prime. He’s on a 3-fight win streak that includes wins over Heleno and Hieron. Ryo Chonan’s list of vicitms is eye-opening, considering he’s not well known to the public. He’s beaten top Middleweights Anderson Silva [1] and Joey Villasenor [21]; solid welterweight Roan Carneiro [30] (twice); and legends Carlos Newton and Hayato Sakurai [36]. I wish this fight was on the main card but it’s not. The fight itself is a toss-up. Blackburn is a highly explosive striker with solid wrestling and Chonan is a well-rounded striker with submission capability. An interesting fact is 3 of Chonan’s wins have come by stoppage due to a cut. My gut tells me, however, that Blackburn will get the 1st or 2nd round TKO with strikes.
  • Result: Blackburn winner by Unanimous Decision
  • If this fight would have gone 4 rounds, Chonan would have gotten the KO. Instead, Blackburn put the first 2 rounds in the bank before gassing in the 3rd and surviving until the decision. Chonan was sturdy and relentless throughout but Blackburn’s quicker punches scored him rounds 1 and 2. Blackburn rises to 16. Chonan drops to 27. 

HVY – Antoni Hardonk [32] vs. Mike Wessel

  • MMA Records: Hardonk (7-4); Wessel (6-0)
  • Result: Hardonk winner by 2nd round TKO. Hardonk rises to 27.

HVY – Dan Evensen vs. Pat Barry

  • MMA Records: Evensen (10-3); Barry (3-0)
  • Result: Barry winner by 1st round TKO. Barry debuts at 38

Future Fights That Make Sense

HVY

Frank Mir [2] vs. Brock Lesnar [3]

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

Rodrigo Nogueira [7] vs. Randy Couture [8]

Pat Barry [38] vs. Eddie Sanchez [37]

Mike Wessel vs. Mark Burch

Mustapha Al-Turk vs. loser of Tom Egan vs. John Hathaway

205

Rashad Evans [1] vs. Rampage Jackson [3]

Forrest Griffin [2] vs. winner of Dan Henderson [10] vs. Rich Franklin [19]

Wanderlei Silva [11] vs. Matt Hamill [22]

Reese Andy [41] vs. Vinny Magalhaes

185

Yushin Okami [8] vs. Demain Maia [12]

Dean Lister [30] should get released

CB Dolloway [54] vs. Jason MacDonald [30]

Mike Massezio [55] vs. Nate Laughran

170

Brad Blackburn [16] vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida [19]

Ryo Chonan [27] vs. Paul Taylor [46]

December 16, 2008 Posted by | MMA Analysis | , , | 10 Comments

Ultimate Fighter Finale (December, 2008)

205 lbs. TUF Title – Vinicius Magalhaes vs. Ryan Bader

  • MMA Record: Magalhaes (2-2); Bader (7-0)
  • Result: Bader winner by 1st round TKO
  • Although Vinny did improve his standup since the show, he still couldn’t handle Bader’s strikes. A powerful overhand right caught Vinny upside the temple and that was it. Bader is a beast and he has a very bright future in the UFC. Vinny must keep improving his standup. Bader debuts at 40.

155 lbs. TUF Title – Phillipe Nover vs. Efrain Escudero

  • MMA Record: Nover (5-0-1); Escudero (10-0)
  • Result: Escudero winner by Unanimous Decision
  • Efrain won this fight by controlling the wrestling aspect. Phillipe kept making the mistake of throwing knees and kicks against a wrestler. He would have been better suited throwing nothing but punches. Efrain looks like the real deal already. He could probably compete against some of the top 50 right now. Phillipe showed during the season that he has great skills also. Both guys deserve to be ranked. Efrain debuts at 67. Phillipe debuts at 81.

185 lbs. – Jason MacDonald [23] vs. Wilson Gouveia [48]

  • MMA Record: MacDonald (21-10); Gouveia (11-5)
  • Result: Gouveia winner by 1st round submission (ground and pound)
  • I was surprised by how easily Gouveia dominated MacDonald. MacDonald has looked really good his last few times out. Gouveia is crafted in the same mold as Vitor Belfort and Kevin Randleman. He has all the skills in the world but he doesn’t always bring his A game. Tonight he did. It must be noted that Wilson came in 3 lbs. over weight so that takes a bit of glory away. Gouveia rises to 22. MacDonald drops to 30.

170 lbs. – Kevin Burns [16] vs. Anthony Johnson [17]

  • MMA Record: Burns (7-1); Johnson (5-2)
  • Result: Johnson winner by 3rd round KO.
  • This was a battle of two of the bright young stars in the welterweight division. It was a pretty even fight for the first 2 rounds. Johnson got more takedowns but Burns controlled from his guard. Johnson was getting the better part of the exchanges and in round 3, he put Kevin’s lights out. Burns will no doubt come back strong. Johnson moves one step closer to GSP. Johnson rises to 15. Burns drops to 28.

155 lbs. – Junie Browning vs. Dave Kaplan

  • MMA Record: Browning (2-0); Kaplan (0-0)
  • Result: Browning winner by 2nd round armbar.
  • Of all the fighters on the card, I thought Junie was the most impressive. He looked like a completely different fighter out there. It is a credit to his gym, Xtreme Couture and his trainer, Shawn Tompkins. Junie’s footwork blew me away. It usually takes guys years to develop that type of comfort in the striking game. He learned it in his short time with Tomkins. He might be a headcase, but he can fight. Junie debuts at 82.

205 lbs. – Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Shane Primm

  • MMA Record: Soszynski (15-8-1); Primm (1-0)
  • Result: Soszynski winner by 2nd round submission (Kimura).

205 lbs. – Eliot Marshall vs. Jules Bruchez

  • MMA Record: Marshall (5-1); Bruchez (0-0)
  • Result: Marshall winner by 1st round submission (rear-naked choke)

205 lbs. – Kyle Kingsbury vs. Tom Lawlor

  • MMA Record: Kingsbury (7-1); Lawlor (4-1)
  • Result: Lawlor winner by Unanimous Decision

155 lbs. – Shane Nelson vs. George Roop

  • MMA Record: Nelson (10-3); Roop (8-3)
  • Result: Nelson winner by Split Decision

155 lbs. – Roli Delgado vs. John Polakowski

  • MMA Record: Delgado (5-3-1); Polakowski (2-1)
  • Result: Delgado winner by 2nd round Submission (Guillotine choke)

Future Fights That Make Sense

205

  • Ryan Bader [40] vs. Winner of Thomas Drwal vs. Ivan Serati
  • Vinicius Magalhaes vs. Loser of Andre Gusmao [43] vs. Antonio Mendes
  • Eliot Marshall vs. Karn Grigoryan (rematch)
  • Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Loser of Thomas Drwal vs. Ivan Serati
  • Tom Lawlor vs. Antwain Britt

185

  • Wilson Gouveia [22] vs. winner of Jeremy Horn [35] vs. Rousimar Palhares [40]
  • Jason MacDonald [30] vs. winner of Mike Massenzio [42] vs.  C.B. Dolloway

170

  • Anthony Johnson [15] vs. Mike Swick [10]
  • Kevin Burns [28] vs. Jonathan Goulet [34]

155

  • Efrain Escudero [67] vs. Kyle Bradley [79]
  • Phillipe Nover [80] vs. Rafael dos Anjos
  • Junie Browning [81] vs. Dale Hartt
  • Dave Kaplan vs. Aaron Riley
  • Role Delgado vs. Alberto Crane [76]
  • Shane Nelson vs. Shannon Gugerty

December 5, 2008 Posted by | MMA Analysis | , , , | 9 Comments

UFC Fight for the Troops (December, 2008)

170 lbs. – Josh Koscheck [4] vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida [16]

  • MMA Records: Koscheck (11-3); Yoshida (10-2)
  • Result: Koscheck winner by 1st round KO.
  • This was one of the most brutal KO’s I can remember. Yoshida was commenting before the fight about how he was going to counter Koscheck’s looping right hands.  That was a mistake because Kos made an adjustment and sent his right hand straight down the pipe with brutal results. Yoshida is going to have a tough time bouncing back from this horrible loss. This was Koscheck’s best performance yet and he remains at the head of the division. Koscheck remains at 4. Yoshida drops to 21.

170 lbs. – Mike Swick [12] vs. Jonathan Goulet [29]

  • MMA Records: Swick (12-2); Goulet (22-9)
  • Result: Swick by 1st round KO
  • Mike Swick was on fire. He came out looking ferocious and devastated Goulet. This is the 4th opponent that Swick has discarded within 33 seconds. No one in the game has faster hands than “Quick.” Swick rises to 10. Goulet drops to 34.

205 lbs. – Steve Cantwell [35] vs. Razak Al-Hussan

  • MMA Records: Cantwell (6-1); Al-Hussan (6-0)
  • Result: Cantwell winner by 1st round TKO submission (armbar)
  • Steve Cantwell is known for his formidable striking game but he showed that he is far from being one-dimensional. He set up the armbar perfectly and sat down on it. Razak would not tap, so Cantwell broke his arm. Razak is going to need some plates and screws to rebuild his forearm. Cantwell is rising fast. Cantwell rises to 29.

185 lbs. – Tim Credeur vs. Nate Loughran

  • MMA Records: Credeur (10-2); Loughran (9-0)
  • Result: Credeur winner by 2nd round TKO.
  • Tim Credeur took apart Laugran on the feet. I saw no chance for Nate to take Tim to the mat. His wrestling looked terrible and his striking even worse. Credeur pushed his win streak to 5 and cracks the rankings. Laughran’s striking and wrestling are nowhere near UFC-level right now. Credeur debuts at 75.

155 lbs. – Matt Wiman [33] vs. Jim Miller [50]

  • MMA Records: Wiman (10-3); Miller (12-1)
  • Result: Miller winner by Unanimous Decision
  • Jim Miller has arrived.  He dominated an incredibly durable Matt Wiman for 3 rounds. Despite the one-sided nature of it, I thought this was a great fight. The fortitude was palpable. Both guys fought on grit for the last 10 minutes. Miller was relentless in his attack but so was Wiman in his defense. Matt kept getting up but Jim kept putting him down. Miller rises to 34. Wiman drops to 40.

170 lbs. – Luigi Fioravanti [34] vs. Brodie Farber

  • MMA Records: Fioravanti (13-4); Farber (13-4)
  • Result: Fioravanti winner by Unanimous Decision
  • Luigi controlled this fight entirely. He took Farber down at will and dominated the grappling. The American Top Team product has improved greatly over the last year and a half. He looks very comfortable in the octagon right now and is a tough out for all but the best in the division. Luigi rises to 28.

170 lbs. – Steve Bruno vs. Johnny Rees

  • MMA Records: Bruno (11-4); Rees (10-1)
  • Result: Bruno winner by 2nd round submission (rear-naked choke)
  • Nothing too notworthy here. Steve controlled the grappling by repeatedly taking Rees’s back and eventually finishing it from there.  Bruno is a solid but not spectacular fighter. In a top-heavy division, he scratches himself on the map. Bruno debuts at 69.

170 lbs. – Ben Saunders vs. Brandon Wolff

  • MMA Records: Saunders (6-0-2); Wolff (7-2)
  • Result: Saunders winner by 1st round TKO.
  • Ben Saunders had Joe Rogan saying that he displayed the best Muay Thai clinch in octagon history. Even better than Anderson Silva. I wouldn’t go that far because of the quality of opponents but Saunders looks like he can make some serious noise in this division. He is a big guy for this weight (6’2) and he has a killer’s instinct. He’s tough as nails and his skills keep soaring. He needs a name opponent next. Saunders debuts at 50.

155 lbs. – Corey Hill vs. Dale Hartt

  • MMA Records: Hill (2-1); Hartt (5-1)
  • Result: Hartt winner by 2nd round TKO (leg injury)
  • The fight was stopped due to the most disturbing injury ever in the UFC. Corey Hill threw a leg kick early in the 2nd round and it was checked by Dale Hartt. When shin met shin, Hill’s leg gave way and broke in half. When I watched the replay, I couldn’t believe what I saw. His leg looked like rubber and snapped at a 90 degree angle. Don’t watch it if you’re queasy.

HVY – Justin McCully [30] vs. Eddie Sanchez [33]

  • MMA Records: McCully (8-4-2); Sanchez (8-2)
  • Result: McCully winner by Unanimous Decision
  • This was a good, solid Heavyweight scrap. There were back-and-forth exchanges throughout. Sanchez started to fatigue towards the end and McCully dropped him with seconds left to cap off the victory. McCully rises to 27. Sanchez drops to 38.

Future Fights That Make Sense

HVY

  • Justin McCully [27] vs. winner of Jake O’Brien [28] vs. Christian Wellisch
  • Eddie Sanchez [38] vs. Josh Hendricks

205

  • Steve Cantwell [29] vs. winner of Matt Hamill [23] vs. Reese Andy [41]

185

  • Tim Credeur [75] vs. Ryan Jensen [61]
  • Nate Laughran vs. Nissen Osterneck [81]

170

  • Josh Koscheck [4] vs. Pete Sell [23]
  • Mike Swick [10] vs. Winner of Kevin Burns [16] vs. Anthony Johnson[17]
  • Yoshiyuki Yoshida [21] vs. Winner of Brad Blackburn [18] vs. Ryo Chonan [19]
  • Luigi Fioravanti [28] vs. Ben Saunders [50]
  • Jonathan Goulet [34] vs. Loser of Kevin Burns [16] vs. Anthony Johnson [17]
  • Steve Bruno [69] vs. Brandon Wolff
  • Brodie Farber vs. Johnny Rees

155  

  • Jim Miller [34] vs. Joe Stevenson [21]
  • Matt Wiman [40] vs. Jeremy Stephens [59]
  • Dale Hartt vs. winner of Junie Browning vs. Dave Kaplan

December 5, 2008 Posted by | MMA Analysis | , , | 5 Comments

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.

November 28, 2008 Posted by | MMA Analysis | , , | 4 Comments

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.

November 21, 2008 Posted by | MMA Analysis | , , | Leave a comment

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

WEC 36 (November, 2008)

WEC 36 – November 5

145 lbs. Title – Urijah Faber [1] vs. Mike Brown [8]

Result: Huge upset. Faber’s agressiveness is usually what wins him his fights but this time it cost him. He went for a swinging elbow but Mike Brown stepped to the side and leveled him with a right hand. He pounded away on Faber until the referee stopped it. This was a matter of living by the sword and dying by it. Faber got caught. Mike Brown is the real deal but I’m sure there will be a rematch down the road. For now, Mike Brown is top dog. Brown rises to 1. Faber drops to 2.

185 lbs. – Paulo Filho [2] vs. Chael Sonnen [22]

Result: Filho failed to make weight and failed miserably to inflict damage on Chael Sonnen. Paulo did his best Kalib Starnes impression in losing a unanimous decision. I’m not sure how he’s going to bounce back from this loss. Horrible performance. After some light leg kicks to his butt-scooting opponent in the first round, Sonnen jabbed away the last 2 rounds. Sonnen rises to 18. Filho drops to 19.

145 lbs. – Jens Pulver [3] vs. Leonard Garcia [11]

Result: Garcia blew away Pulver in the 1st round with stikes. Leonard stepped into the pocket like he said he would and beat Jens in the fire-fight. Hand speed appeared to be the determining factor here. Garcia now eyes Mike Brown for the title. Two of the best camps in the world will be represented. American Top Team for Mike Brown and Greg Jackson’s Gym for Leonard Garcia. It should be a great fight. Garcia rises to 3. Jens drops to 9.

185 lbs. – Nissen Osterneck [80] vs. Jake Rosholt

Result: Rosholt won this fight on pure guts. His standup looked very raw and Nissen tagged him a bunch of times. Jake staid in there, showing a solid chin and lots of heart. After Nissen tried a careless spinning back-fist, Jake got the takedown and pounded him out for the 2nd round TKO. Jake has the heart of a champion but he must improve his standup ASAP. Jake debuts at 79. Nissen drops to 81.

135 lbs. – Yoshiro Maeda [3] vs. Rani Yahya [14] 

Result: Yahya winner by 1st round submission (Guillotine choke). Yahya rises to 10. Maeda drops to 11.

155 lbs. – Rob McCullough [55] vs. Donald Cerrone [73]

Result: Cerrone winner by unanimous decision. Cerrone rises to 51. McCullough drops to 66.

145 lbs. – Jose Aldo [20] vs. Jonathan Brookins

Result: Aldo winner by 3rd round TKO. Aldo stays at 20.

November 2, 2008 Posted by | MMA Analysis | , | 6 Comments

Sengoku 6 (November, 2008)

Sengoku 6 – November 1

205 lbs. Rogerio Nogueira [13] vs. Moise Rimbon

Result: Rogerio winner by Unanimous Decision over Rimbon. Rogerio rises to 12.

205 lbs. – Muhammed Lawal [NR] vs. Fabio Silva

Result: Lawal winner by 1st round TKO. Lawal debuts at 37.

185 lbs. – Jorge Santiago [24] vs. Siyar Bahadurzada

Result: Santiago winner by 1st round Submission (Heel Hook). Santiago rises to 21.

185 lbs. – Yuki Sasaki [58] vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura [79]

Result: Nakamura winner by Unanimous Decision. Nakamura rises to 56. Sasaki drops to 59.

185 lbs. Final – Jorge Santiago [21] vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura [56]

Result: Santiago winner by 3rd round TKO. Santiago rises to 17. Nakamura stays at 56.

 

 

185 lbs. – Joe Doerksen [51] vs. Izuru Takeuchi

Result: Doerksen winner by 3rd round TKO. Doerksen stays at 51.

155 lbs. – Takanori Gomi [6] vs. Sergey Golyaev

Result: Golyaev winner by Split Decision. Golyaev debuts at 17. Gomi drops to 18.

155 lbs. – Eiji Mitsuoka [31] vs. Satoru Kitaoka

Result: Kitaoaka winner by 1st round Submission (Heel Hook). Kitaoka debuts at 31. Mitsuoka drops to 35.

155 lbs. – Mizuto Hirota [52] vs. Kazunori Yokota

Result: Yokota winner by Unanimous Decision. Yokota debuts at 51. Hirota drops to 53.

155 lbs. Title – Satoru Kitaoka [31] vs. Kazunori Yokota [51]

Result: Kitaoka winner by Unanimous Decision. Kitaoka rises to 30. Yokota stays at 51.

155 lbs. – Jorge Masvidal [39] vs. Seung Hwan Bang [73]

Result: Masvidal winner by Unanimous Decision. Masvidal rises to 34. Bang drops to 76.

November 2, 2008 Posted by | MMA Analysis | , , | 1 Comment