MMA World Rankings

MMA World Rankings

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 27, 2009 Posted by | MMA Analysis | , | Leave a comment

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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HVY Rankings (May, 2009)

1 Fedor Emelianenko 29~1 Stary Oskol, Russia
2 Frank Mir 12~3 Las Vegas, NV UFC Interim Champion
3 Josh Barnett 24~5 Seattle, WA
4 Brock Lesnar 3~1 Minneapolis, MN UFC Champion
5 Andrei Arlovski 14~6 Minsk, Belarus
6 Cheick Kongo 13~4~1 Paris, France
7 Rodrigo Nogueira 31~5~1 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
8 Randy Couture 16~9 Las Vegas, NV
9 Tim Sylvia 24~5 Davenport, IA
10 Alistair Overeem 29~11 Utrecht, Netherlands Strikeforce Champion
11 Shane Carwin 11~0 Denver, CO
12 Jeff Monson 30~8 Olympia, WA
13 Aleksander Emelianenko 14~3 St. Petersburg, Russia
14 Gabriel Gonzaga 10~3 Ludlow, MA
15 Sergei Kharitonov 16~4 Moscow, Russia
16 Antonio Silva 12~1 Brasilia, Brazil
17 Mirko Filipovic 23~6~2 Zagreb, Croatia
18 Fabricio Werdum 11~4~1 Porto Alegre, Brazil ADCC Champion
19 Heath Herring 28~14 Las Vegas, NV
20 Paul Buentello 27~10 Amarillo, TX
21 Cain Velasquez 5~0 San Jose, CA
22 Pedro Rizzo 16~8 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
23 Ben Rothwell 30~6 Davenport, IA
24 Roy Nelson 13~4 Las Vegas, NV
25 Junior dos Santos 8~1 Bahia, Brazil
26 Justin McCully 9~4~2 Maui, HI
27 Ricco Rodriguez 34~10 Phoenix, AZ
28 Brett Rogers 9~0 Minneapolis, MN
29 Antoni Hardonk 8~5 Weesp, Holland
30 Marcio Cruz 4~2 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
31 Michael Russow 11~1 Chicago, IL
32 Mu Bae Choi 8~3 Seoul, South Korea
33 Dave Herman 13~1 Bloomington, IN
34 Travis Wiuff 54~12 Rochester, MN
35 Eddie Sanchez 8~3 Temecula, CA
36 Patrick Barry 4~0 Milwaukee, WI
37 Semmy Schilt 26~14~1 Zuidlaren, Holland
38 Gilbert Yvel 35~13~1 Amsterdam, Holland
39 Roger Gracie 2~0 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
40 Ron Waterman 16~6~2 Greeley, CO
41 Mario Rinaldi 9~3 Port St. Lucie, FL
42 Chris Tuchscherer 16~1 Fargo, ND
43 Alexey Oleinik 24~4 Moscow, Russia
44 Yoshihiro Nakao 7~2 Japan
45 Todd Duffee 4~0 Coconut Creek, FL
46 Assuerio Silva 14~7 Parana, Brazil  

April 23, 2009 Posted by | MMA Rankings | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

205 Rankings (May, 2009)

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

April 23, 2009 Posted by | MMA Rankings | , , , , , | 1 Comment

185 Rankings (May, 2009)

1 Anderson Silva 24-4 Curitiba, Brazil UFC Champion
2 Rich Franklin 24-4 Cincinnatti, OH
3 Nathan Marquardt 28-8-2 Denver, CO
4 Jorge Santiago 21-7 Coconut Creek, FL Sengoku Champion
5 Dan Henderson 23-7 Tecmecula, CA
6 Demian Maia 10~0 Sao Paulo, Brazil ADCC Champion
7 Robbie Lawler 18-4 Granite City, IL
8 Gegard Mousasi 24-2-1 Armenia
9 Yushin Okami 23-4 Kanagawa, Japan
10 Yoshihiro Akiyama 12~1 Osaka, Japan





11 Frank Trigg 19-6 Rochester, NY
12 Ronaldo Souza 10~2 Manaus, Brazil
13 Michael Bisping 17-1 Manchester, England
14 Vitor Belfort 18-8 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
15 Thales Leites 14-2 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
16 Kazuo Misaki 21-9-2 Chiba, Japan
17 Jason Miller 22-6 Las Vegas, NV
18 Patrick Cote 13-5 Quebec City, Canada
19 Scott Smith 15-5 Elk Grove, CA
20 Chael Sonnen 21-10-1 West Linn, OR
21 Paulo Filho 16-1 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
22 Joey Villasenor 26-6 Albuqurque, NM
23 Wilson Gouveia 12~6 Coconut Creek, FL
24 Nate Quarry 11~3 Gresham, OR
25 Cung Le 6~0 San Jose, CA Strikeforce Champion
26 Rousimar Palhares 19-5 Castlerock, WA
27 Alan Belcher 14-5 Biloxi, MS
28 Jason MacDonald 21-12 Edmonton, Canada
29 Ricardo Almeida 10~3 Hamilton, NJ
30 Denis Kang 32-11-1 Vancouver, Canada
31 Benji Radach 9~2 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
32 Nick Diaz 19-7 Stockton, CA
33 Hector Lombard 19-2-1 Miami, FL
34 Dean Lister 11~6 San Diego, CA
35 Jeremy Horn 80-19-5 Salt Lake City, UT
36 Dan Miller 11~1 Whippany, NJ
37 Kendall Grove 10~5 Maui, HI
38 Trevor Prangley 20-5 Coeur d’Alene, ID
39 Ed Herman 15-7 Portland, OR
40 Chris Leben 18-5 Oahu, HI
41 Melvin Manhoef 23-5-1 Amsterdam, Netherlands
42 Travis Lutter 9~5 Fort Worth, TX
43 Riki Fukuda 14-4 Japan
44 Murilo Rua 16-10-1 Curitiba, Brazil
45 Marvin Eastman 15-9-1 Las Vegas, NV
46 Jorge Rivera 16-7 Milford, MA
47 Jason Day 17-8 Lethbridge, Canada
48 Joe Doerksen 41-12 Winnipeg, Canada
49 CB Dolloway 8~1 Tempe, AZ
50 Zak Cummings 10~0 Springfield, MO
51 David Loiseau 18-9 Montreal, Canada
52 Terry Martin 18-7 Chicago, IL
53 Mike Massenzio 11~3 Paterson, NJ
54 Ryo Kawamura 9~3~2 Japan Pancrase Champion
55 Kazuhiro Nakamura 13-9 Tokyo, Japan
56 Drew McFedries 7~5 Bettendorf, IA
57 Cory DeVela 9~2 Bonney Lake, WA
58 Yuki Sasaki 22-15-1 Japan
59 Tim Credeur 12~2 Breaux Bridge, LA
60 Ryan Jensen 13-5 Omaha, NE
61 Rob Kimmons 22-4 Liberty, MO
62 Aaron Simpson 5~0 Phoenix, AZ
63 Ryan McGivern 13-6 Bettendorf, IA
64 Matt Horwich 22-12-1 Gresham, OR
65 Andrews Nakahara 2~1 Brazil
66 Zelg Galesic 9~4 Pula, Croatia
67 Taiei Kin 3~3 Amagasaki, Japan
68 Dong Sik Yoon 4~6 Seoul, South Korea
69 Fabio Nascimento 8~4 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
70 Alessio Sakara 13-7 Miami, FL
71 Jake Rosholt 5~1 Las Vegas, NV
72 Mamed Khalidov 17-3-1 Olsztyn, Poland
73 Kala Hose 7~3 Waianae, Hawaii Icon Sport Champion
74 Nissen Osterneck 5~2 Myrtle Beach, SC
75 Bryan Baker 8~1 Victorville, CA
76 Nick Catone 6~1 Brick, NJ
77 Kalib Starnes 9~3~1 Surrey, Canada

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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 (August, 2009)

Affliction III –  August 1

HVY

Fedor Emelianenko [1] vs. Josh Barnett [3]

Tim Sylvia [9] vs. Paul Buentello [20]

205

Renato Sobral [10] vs. Gegard Mousasi [NR]

185

Jorge Santiago [4] vs. Vitor Belfort [13]

170

Jay Hieron [21] vs. Paul Daley [24]

155

Chris Horodecki [58] vs. Dan Lauzon [100]

Sengoku 9 – August 2

185

Kazuo Misaki [16] vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura [55]

155

Satoru Kitaoka [10] vs. Mizuto Hirota [26]

145

Hatsu Hioki [8] vs. Masanori Kanehara [18]

Marlon Sandro [9] vs. Michihiro Omigawa [13]

UFC 101 – August 15

205

Forrest Griffin [4] vs. Anderson Silva [14]

Matt Hamill [20] vs. Brandon Vera [21]

185

Thales Leites [15] vs. Alessio Sakara [79]

Ricardo Almeida [29] vs. Kendall Grove [35]

170

John Howard [23] vs. Tamdan McCrory [33]

Danillo Villefort [55] vs. Jesse Lennox [73]

Johny Hendricks [56] vs. Amir Sadollah [NR]

Matt Riddle [65] vs. Dan Cramer

155

B.J. Penn [1] vs. Kenny Florian [4]

Josh Neer [24] vs. Kurt Pellegrino [37]

Thiago Tavares [45] vs. Melvin Guillard [73]

Rob Emerson [60] vs. George Sotiropoulos

Shane Nelson vs. Aaron Riley

WEC 42 – August 16

155

Ed Ratcliff vs. Phil Cardella

145

Fredson Paixao vs. Cole Province

135

Miguel Torres [1] vs. Brian Bowles [3]

Takeya Mizugaki [5] vs. Jeff Curran [26]

Joseph Benavidez [10] vs. Dominic Cruz [18]

UFC 102 – August 29

HVY

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

Gabriel Gonzaga [14] vs. Chris Tuchscherer [42]

Junior dos Santos [25] vs. Justin McCully [26]

205

Keith Jardine [12] vs. Thiago Silva [17]

185

Nate Marquardt [3] vs. Demian Maia [6]

TBA vs. Wilson Gouveia [23]

Chris Leben [41] vs. Jake Rosholt [76]

Nick Catone [80] vs. Mark Munoz

155

Matt Veach [63] vs. Evan Dunham [85]

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MMA Schedule (July, 2009)

UFC 100 – July 11

HVY

Frank Mir [2] vs. Brock Lesnar [4]

205

Jon Jones [13] vs. Jake O’Brien [44]

Stephan Bonnar [18] vs. Mark Coleman [39]

185

Dan Henderson [5] vs. Michael Bisping [14]

Yoshihiro Akiyama [11] vs. Alan Belcher [27]

C. B. Dolloway [52] vs. Tom Lawlor

170

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

Jon Fitch [3] vs. Paulo Thiago [8]

Dong Hyun Kim [26] vs. Jonathan Goulet [33]

155

Jim Miller [38] vs. Mac Danzig [46]

Matt Grice [73] vs. Shannon Gugerty


DREAM 10 – July 20

185

Paulo Filho [21] vs. Melvin Manhoef [41]

170

Hayato Sakurai [29] vs. Marius Zaromskis [77]

Andre Galvao [51] vs. Jason High [66]

155

Shinya Aoki [3] vs. Vitor Ribeiro [16]

Andre Amade [50] vs. Katsunori Kikuno [80]

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MMA Schedule (June, 2009)

Strikeforce – June 6

HVY

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

205

Mike Whitehead [28] vs. Kevin Randleman [NR]

Rafael Cavalcante [31] vs. Jared Hamman

185

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

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

170

Joe Riggs [NR] vs. Phil Baroni

145

Bao Quach [20] vs. J.C. Pennington

WEC 41 – June 7

155

Donald Cerrone [50] vs. James Krause

Anthony Pettis vs. Mike Campbell

145

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

Jose Aldo [7] vs. Cub Swanson [23]

Jens Pulver [15] vs. Josh Grispi [22]

Manny Gamburyan [NR] vs. John Franchi

135

Scott Jorgensen [20] vs. Antonio Banuelos

Eddie Wineland [21] vs. Frank Gomez

Charlie Valencia [31] vs. Kyle Dietz

Seth Dikun vs. Rolando Perez

UFC 99 – June 13

HVY

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

Mirko Filipovic [17] vs. Mustapha al- Turk

Stefan Struve vs. Denis Stojnic

195 (I will count it as 205 lbs. for Franklin and 185 lbs. for Silva as those are the weights they plan on fighting at in the future.)

Rich Franklin [2] vs. Wanderlei Silva [NR]

170

Mike Swick [10] vs. Ben Saunders [50]

Marcus Davis [11] vs. Dan Hardy [19]

Paul Taylor [46] vs. Peter Sobotta

John Hathaway [71] vs. Rick Story

155

Caol Uno [12] vs. Spencer Fisher [29]

Terry Etim [42] vs. Justin Buchholz

Dennis Siver [95] vs. Dale Hartt

Paul Kelly [NR] vs. Roli Delgado


SHO MMA – June 19

185

Joey Villasenor [22] vs. Evangelista Santos

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

170

Duane Ludwig vs. Lyle Beerbohm

155

Conor Heun [84] vs. Jorge Gurgel

The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale – June 20

205

Tomasz Drwal [44] vs. Mike Ciesnolevicz

170

Chris Lytle [16] vs. Kevin Burns [29]

Brad Blackburn [17] vs. Edgar Garcia [52]

155

Diego Sanchez [13] vs. Clay Guida [22]

Joe Stevenson [26] vs. Nate Diaz [30]

Gleison Tibau [33] vs. Melvin Guillard [73]

FFI – June 27

HVY

Pedro Rizzo [22] vs. Gilbert Yvel [38]

Bobby Lashley vs. Bob Sapp

170

Brett Cooper [71] vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf

155

Chris Horodecki [58] vs. William Sriyapai

145

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

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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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