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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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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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MMA Schedule (April, 2008)

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.

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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Strikeforce (November, 2008)

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

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

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

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

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

Result: Riggs winner by 2nd round TKO.

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

Result: Ludwig winner by Unanimous decision.

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Strikeforce Ananlysis (June, 2008)

155 Title Fight – Gilbert Melendez [6] vs. Josh Thomson [23]

In the first 3 rounds, Thomson looked extremely sharp. He executted a smart and patient fight-plan. While Melendez stalked him around the cage, he used his footwork to keep out of striking range. When he did engage, he beat Melendez to the punch with mixed strikes and quickly moved back out of the pocket. Adding to the complete performance was his ability to mix in a few takedowns to keep Melendez off-guard. In the 4th round, he kept up the pace, took back mount late and nearly locked on a rear-naked choke. The 5th round just capped off the performance of Josh Thomson’s life. He was machine-like in his execution. He showed tremendous discipline by sticking with his gameplan over 5 rounds. If he fights this well in the future, he will be very tough to beat. Melendez will bounce back. He won’t meet many fighters in the future that are as focused and determined as Thomson was in this fight. Thomson rises to 6. Melendez drops to 16.

 

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