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By: Rich Hansen, MMATorch Columnist Throughout this week, we'll present a number of articles from MMATorch writers detailing their top ten stories of 2010. Check back throughout the week for a different perspective on the year that was MMA in 2010. 1.) Fedor Emelianenko Lost a Fight On December 22, 2000, Fedor Emelianenko lost the first fight of his career. Nine years, six months, four days, and twenty-eight victories later, Fedor Emelianenko lost the second fight of his career. Between his controversial loss to Tsuyoshi Kohsaka in 2000 and his loss to Fabricio Werdum in 2010, Emelianenko scored victories over such luminaries as Babalu Sobral, Heath Herring, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (twice), Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, Mirko Cro Cop, Matt Lindland, Tim Sylvia, Andrei Arlovski, and Brett Rogers. I am in full support of the criticism that Emelianenko and his management team receive for the way his career has been handled since signing with Strikeforce in 2009. I am well aware of the fact that Emelianenko hasn't fought more than twice Since 2005. I am well aware of the scorn Emelienko receives from the general MMA cognoscenti. I understand that 99% of the current fan base (myself included) became fans of the sport after his fight with Mirko Cro Cop in 2005, and that most of today's fans believe that if it doesn't happen in 'MERICA, that it doesn't matter one bit (I'm looking at YOU, Pelkey). But everyone who chooses to dismiss the historic nature of this upset are selling themselves short. The sport is unlikely to ever see a twenty-eight fight, nine-plus year long win streak again. Just because Fedor and his management team have made decision after decision that are seemingly designed to turn him off to the modern-day MMA fan should not for one moment lessen the importance of his achievements and accomplishments in this sport. Fedor may be choosing to make his future irrelevant, but everything he did yesterday is wildly important. 2.) Strikeforce Signs Elite Heavyweights Who Never Actually, You Know, Fight Strikeforce's Heavyweight division features such names as Fedor Emelianenko, Fabricio Werdum, Josh Barnett, Antonio Silva, Andrei Arlovski, Sergei Kharitonov, Brett Rogers, and Champion Alistair Overeem. In Strikeforce, Fedor has fought Werdum, Rogers has fought Fedor, Silva has fought Werdum, Silva has fought Arlovski, and Rogers has fought Overeem. Fedor renegotiates his contract before and after every fight, doesn't care about his legacy, ducks fighters he thinks he can't beat, and manipulates both Scott Coker and his sycophant fans into believing that he still has mystique. Overeem, the most dangerous man in the world, has fought twice for Strikeforce; once in 2007 when he won the title, and once in 2010 (a year that Scott Coker promised Overeem would fight three times). Overeem's five most recent fights are for FEG (four kickboxing fights, and one MMA fight). And in MMA alone, since winning the oh-so-coveted Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship, Overeem has fought in nine MMA fights. Only one of those fights have been under the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2011 at janetreever's blog
By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief Bellator has confirmed the second participant for their season four welterweight tournament, as undefeated Judo Olympian Rick Hawn joins Dan Hornbuckle in the eight man field. The 9-0 judoka made one appearance for Bellator during season three, and made quite an impression with a slick no-gi shoulder throw, a judo move not often seen pulled off in the cage, followed by punches to LeVon Maynard to finish the fight in the first round. His other notable victory in MMA came last July, when he defeated former UFC veteran Shonie Carter. "Rick was incredibly impressive in his first fight with Bellator, and is a perfect fit for our Welterweight Tournament," said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney in today's release. "This tournament is shaping up to be one of our most competitive and talent-rich yet and I can't wait to see who will be facing Ben Askren for our World Championship after all is said and done." For Hawn, who has competed in Judo for much of his life at a national and world class level, including a ninth place finish for Team USA at the 2004 Olympic Games, the tournament format will be nothing new, and it's something he's looking forward to. "I'm definitely used to the tournament format due to my background in Judo," said Hawn. "I've been competing in Judo competitions for many years with a very similar structure, so I'm definitely used to it, and I'm looking forward to doing it again." Should Hawn get past the field, he'd earn a shot at Bellator Welterweight Champion Ben Askren, an Olympic competitor himself. Hawn looks forward to the potentially historic bout between former Olympians. "I'm looking forward to possibly getting the chance to fight Ben [Askren] for the championship," Hawn said. "He's an Olympian, an incredible athlete, and the next time we see him I'm sure he's going to have improved tremendously. I think a fight between us would be a great clash of styles and I don't think two true Olympians have ever fought in the history of MMA." Penick's Analysis: Hawn's Bellator debut was extremely exciting, and his record is impressive. But this tournament will likely represent a big step up in competition and experienced competitors overall, so this will be a huge test for him. At 34, he's not one of the young guns in the tournament, but he's got a world class skill level in one discipline and has acclimated himself well to the cage thus far. He could do some damage in this field, and he'll likely be a lot of fun to watch. Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/Bellator/article_8067.shtml Jake Shields Josh Koscheck Martin Kampmann Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2011 at janetreever's blog
by Michael David SmithBrian Stann put on a vici ous striking display against Chris Leben at UFC 125, knocking Leben around the Octagon and finishing him in the first round. Stann stunned Leben with a left hand and then knocked him down with a right, kept battering away as Leben somehow staggered to his feet, landed a huge knee and eventually forced referee Josh Rosenthal to step in and stop the fight. If anything, Rosenthal was too slow to stop the fight, as Leben never completely recovered from that first punch that knocked him down. Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments Source: http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/01/01/ufc-125-brian-stann-tkos-chris-leben/ Roy Nelson Rich Franklin Forrest Griffin Kendall Grove Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at janetreever's blog
Is the immediate rematch between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard the correct move following their UFC 125 split draw? RICH HANSEN, MMATORCH COLUMNIST I'm a die-hard Pettis guy, but after 24 hours of feeling that Maynard needed to be behind Pettis in line for the next shot, I've reversed course (grudgingly) and have become convinced that the better option is to see an immediate rematch between Edgar and Maynard. To be honest, there are no bad choices here. Either you capitalize on the momentum that Pettis built up with his amazing performance against Ben Henderson, or you capitalize on the momentum that Maynard built up in the Edgar fight. Of course the flip-side is that someone's going to have to wait and feel screwed, and their momentum will stagnate as a result. But here's the (cynical) viewpoint that I haven't seen discussed anywhere in the aftermath of UFC 125? Before right now, when's the last time more than 42 people wanted to pay money to watch Gray Maynard fight? Hell, on free tv, when's the last time? Right now, at this very moment, Gray Maynard is marketable, but only against Frankie Edgar for the Lightweight Title. Anthony Pettis will remain hot, Gray Maynard will not. Make the Maynard fight. FRANK HYDEN, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR It's hard to argue against a rematch after a split draw. I only hope that they put the fight together as quickly as they can. This rematch needs to happen as soon as possible. They've both been training for the other anyhow, so the only concern should be when they're healthy enough to fight again. They also need to have the rematch as soon as possible to not leave Anthony Pettis hanging in the breeze for too long. ERIC HOBAUGH, MMATORCH SPECIALIST YES! Without a doubt, this is the right decision. The best way to capitalize on this amazing fight is to go with an immediate rematch. For me, this is one of my favorite all time fights. The rematch should be an amazing fight as well. The immediate rematch is what is best for Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, the UFC and the sport. When I heard the initial reports that there would not be a rematch I was disappointed to say the least. The Anthony Pettis fight did not make any sense because of the draw. I am surprised that Dana White and Joe Silva made the correct decision and made it reasonably quickly. I can not wait for the rematch. ALEX WILLIAMS, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR Yes. I'm looking forward to Anthony Pettis receiving his title shot, but it wouldn't be fair to Gray Maynard to have anything but an immediate rematch between Maynard and Frankie Edgar. JAMIE PENICK, MMATORCH EDITOR-IN-CHIEF For as much as I was looking forward to a potential Anthony Pettis vs. Frankie Edgar fight, the rematch is absolutely the way to go. Maynard nearly had Edgar finished off in the first round, and plain and simple he didn't LOSE the fight. He... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at janetreever's blog
Filed under: UFC Brock Lesnar is no longer viewed as the baddest man on the planet by the betting public. Lesnar, who has entered the Octagon as the betting favorite in every one of his UFC fights, is actually the underdog for his June bout against Junior dos Santos, which was announced on Tuesday. Bodog lists dos Santos as the favorite at -160 and Lesnar as the underdog at +130. That says a lot about what the beating Lesnar took at the hands of Cain Velasquez did to Lesnar's reputation. When Lesnar tapped out 90 seconds into his first UFC fight, against Frank Mir, it was easy to write that off as an inexperienced fighter making a mistake against a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt. But the Velasquez fight? That was a good, old-fashioned butt kicking. Source: http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/01/12/junior-dos-santos-favored-to-beat-brock-lesnar/ Mirko Cro Cop Cheick Kongo Roy Nelson Rich Franklin Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at janetreever's blog
By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief A heavyweight bout between Stefan Struve and Travis Browne has been agreed upon for the UFC 130 event on Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas, according to a report from MMAJunkie.com. Struve had been a possible opponent for Brendan Schaub in March before the UFC put Schaub against Mirko Cro Cop. He's won two straight fights since his knockout loss to Roy Nelson in March, knocking out Christian Morecraft and, most recently, defeating Sean McCorkle by TKO in December. Browne fought to a disappointing draw with Cheick Kongo in his most recent bout at UFC 120 in London. He was behind on the scorecards, but a point deduction for Kongo in the third round led to the draw. It was Browne's second fight in the Octagon, as he finished TUF 10 competitor James McSweeney in his UFC debut. UFC 130's only other reported bout at this time is a welterweight fight between Thiago Alves and Rick Story. Link to Original Source Article Penick's Analysis: Interesting heavyweight fight. Struve is coming off two big wins, the most recent of which came in a co-main event, so this is could be considered a step down, but Browne's a tough opponent and this should make for a good matchup in Las Vegas on Memorial Day Weekend. Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8072.shtml Anderson Silva Cain Velasquez Brock Lesnar Fabricio Werdum Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at janetreever's blog
Dong Hyun Kim won a 29-28 decision over Nate Diaz at UFC 125 on Saturday, but didn't win any fans with his grappling-heavy style. In the first round, Diaz gestured several times to get Kim to come forward, so he did. He took Diaz down, but had trouble in trying to pass the guard. However, he still was able to control the battle on the ground, preventing Diaz from any submissions while landing punches and elbows. Diaz threatened with a heel hook late in the round, but Kim was able to spin out of it. Kim's takedown ability was the story in the second round. Diaz had no ability to stop the takedown, and then on the ground, could not utilized his vaunted jiu-jitsu to try for any submissions. Kim landed strikes, beating up Diaz's face. Diaz had a shot near the end of the round as he took Kim's back, but Kim slipped out and back to his feet. Controversy ruled the third round. Kim was on his feet, but bent over with his hand on the ground, making him a downed opponent. Diaz landed a knee, which is illegal. Referee Yves Levigne stopped the bout and gave Kim time to recover. Replays showed that Kim's hand was barely grazing the ground when the knee was delivered. When action started again, Diaz was aggressive on his feet, clearly knowing that he was down on the score cards. Diaz landed several shots, including kicks, punches and a kick to the face, late in the fight. Despite the booing crowd, the Korean asked for a title shot. "I am Stun Gun. I want GSP!" he said after the bout. "I really wanted to stand with him, but the way he is acting in the Octagon, I just wanted to shut him down," Kim said through a translator after his bout. This is Kim's 14th win, with five wins in the UFC. (His loss to Karo Parisyan was changed to a no contest because of Parisyan's positive drug test.) Diaz is now 13-6. Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Kim-grapples-his-way-to-UFC-125-decision-win-ove?urn=mma-302377 Chuck Lidell Tito Ortiz Frankie Edgar Georges St-Pierre Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at janetreever's blog
Jacob Volkmann took a split-decision win over Antonio McKee, and was clearly frustrated by how the fight went. In an interview with FanHouse, he voiced his problems with his performance, then made a sharp right turn towards politics. Skip to the three-minute mark to hear Volkmann waffle about wanting to fight maybe Clay Guida, then switching to the president of the United States. "Actually, Obama," Volkmann said. Interviewer Ariel Helwani gave Volkmann a chance to walk it back, but he continued. "He's not too bright ... Someone needs to knock some sense into that idiot. I just don't like what Barack is doing." Regardless of your political leanings, advocating an assault of the president of the United States isn't really a bright idea, either. No one wants a knock on the door from the Secret Service. For the record, Obama has a bachelor's degree from Columbia University and a law degree from Harvard. Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/After-beating-McKee-Volkmann-has-his-sights-set?urn=mma-302944 Jake Shields Josh Koscheck Martin Kampmann Carlos Condit Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at janetreever's blog
Gegard Mousasi added another solid win to his resume. The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ again tried his hand at K-1 and came away the victor over Kyotara. The Japanese veteran was fresh off an appearance in K-1's World Grand Prix but was no match for the smaller Mousasi, who went on to a unanimous decision win at Dynamite!! 2010 in Saitama, Japan. Mousasi brought the pain in the second round when he landed an overhand right on the chin. Kyotara was rubber legged and went down hard with 1:30 left in the round. It took 14 seconds for the referee to re-start the fight and Kyotara was still in bad shape. He was tough and ate some big shots, but survived. Mousasi was a bit gassed in the final round but avoided any significant damage. He's now 5-0 under K-1 rules. MMA veteran Sergei Kharitonov scored the best knockout of the early fights. He walked straight forward with zero fear of Tatsuya Mizuno's punching power. The Japanese fighter landed several solid rights but the Russian was unphased as he waited to launch his attack. The first decent punch Kharitonov landed destroyed Mizuno. A right down the pipe rocked Mizuno, who then took a knee right in the face and fell to his back, where he caught two more punches for good measure. He was out cold for a few minutes as medical handlers tried to talk to him. Kharitonov gets MMA win No. 17 at 1:25 of the first round. He probably wouldn't have been in the ring if the fight card was in the U.S. Kharitanov was also part of the WGP card two weeks and lost via brutal KO that night. In the states, he'd likely receive a 45 or 60 day medical suspension. Apparently, he was healthy enough to cruise by an outgunned fighter in Mizuno. Hiroshi Izumo def. Ikuhisa Minowa TKO via strikes, 2:50 of Round 3 Andy Ologun def. Kasuaki Furuki via unanimous decision. Kazuyuki Miyata def. Caol Uno via unanimous decision Hideo Tokoro def. Kazuhisa Watanabe via submission (armbar), 2:50 of Round 3 Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Minowa-loses-Mousasi-and-Kharitonov-early-winne?urn=mma-302051 Carlos Condit Nick Diaz B.J. Penn Gray Maynard Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at janetreever's blog
Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2011/1/11/1929045/ufc-quick-quote-jon-jones-likes-how-randy-couture-competed-at Georges St-Pierre Anderson Silva Cain Velasquez Brock Lesnar Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at janetreever's blog
Filed under: Strikeforce, FanHouse Exclusive, News Strikeforce has its sights set on a March 5 date for a light-heavyweight championship bout that would pit current kingpin Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante against challenger Dan Henderson, sources with knowledge of the situation have confirmed to MMA Fighting. The event will take place at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The fight, however, is not yet signed, with contract negotiations ongoing, though both fighters are training under the assumption they will be competing against each other that night. Source: http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/01/11/rafael-cavalcante-vs-dan-henderson-title-fight-targeted-for-mar/ Anderson Silva Cain Velasquez Brock Lesnar Fabricio Werdum Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at janetreever's blog
Shane Carwin announced the date of his next fight on his official site this morning. Interestingly, he was originally going to fight Roy Nelson at UFC 130, but the UFC changed their minds and slotted Frank Mir against Nelson instead. Carwin will now fight on June 11 in Vancouver at UFC 131. I saw where [...] Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/mmaconvert/~3/4M_tPc_z-j8/ Kendall Grove Chris Leben Dan Hardy Dana White Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at janetreever's blog
It's that time of year. The time when the holidays are over, the credit card bills are filling your mailbox and the snow has turned from a pretty white blanket to gray slush. What will help you through the long winter? People pummeling each other, of course! Here are five to savor before the vernal equinox on March 20. Jan. 29, Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg -- Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza vs. Robbie Lawler: Brawler vs. grappler. Striking vs. submissions. Gritty vs. smooth. This match-up for the Strikeforce middleweight belt matches up different styles of MMA: the heavy hands of Lawler agains the submission genius of Souza. Though Jacare has showed improved stand-up in his last two fights Feb. 5, UFC 126 -- Miguel Torres vs. Antonio Banuelos: After constantly bringing exciting fights to the WEC, Torres and Banuelos will bring the bantamweight brand to the UFC. There is about 0.0005% chance that this fight will not be exciting. Not to mention, does an epic mustache win out over an epic mullet? We'll find out. Feb. 12, Strikeforce and M-1 Global -- Fedor Emelianenko vs. Antonio Silva: So many questions will be answered in this bout in New Jersey. How will Fedor rebound from his loss to Fabricio Werdum? Will the long layoff affect him? What will be Fedor's answer to Silva's size? Will the Russian guy who got away from Chrissie Moltisanti and Paulie "Walnuts" be there to cheer on Fedor? Mar. 5, Strikeforce -- Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum: He's made history fighting everywhere but Strikeforce, but will he Overeem able to get past the Fedor-slayer to get through the first round of the Strikeforce heavyweight tournament, defending his belt along the way? Mar. 19, UFC 128 -- Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Njokuani: My legs hurt just thinking about this bout. Barboza won his UFC debut by piling up leg kicks on Mike Lullo. Njokuani has elbows and head kicks that can end fights. Don't expect this bout to last long or to be boring. What fights are you looking forward to in the cold, winter months? Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Five-fights-to-help-you-beat-the-winter-blues?urn=mma-304472 Chael Sonnen Vitor Belfort Nate Marquardt Michael Bisping Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at janetreever's blog
Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2011/1/10/1926925/dominick-cruz-who-broke-his-left-index-finger-prior-to-fighting Chael Sonnen Vitor Belfort Nate Marquardt Michael Bisping Continue reading
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Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2011/1/11/1928336/ufcs-chuck-liddell-on-blue-mountain-state-video-from-spike-tv-show Joe Silva Chuck Lidell Tito Ortiz Frankie Edgar Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at janetreever's blog
By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief UFC middleweight Nate Marquardt is taking another high profile fight due to a fighter being pulled from a card, as ESPN reports that Marquardt will step in for Chael Sonnen in a bout against Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 128 in March. Sonnen was originally targeted for the fight, but his guilty plea to money laundering in Oregon this week led to the UFC freezing his contract until he gets issues in his personal life in order. In steps Marquardt, who similarly replaced Vitor Belfort at UFC 122 in November when Belfort was pulled to face Anderson Silva at UFC 126 next month. Marquardt dropped a decision in a disappointing performance in Germany, but will look to get back on track against Akiyama. Akiyama is likely fighting for his job after consecutive losses. After winning a split decision over Alan Belcher in his debut, Akiyama returned to face Chris Leben at UFC 116. After an exciting back and forth battle, Akiyama was forced to submit to a triangle choke at the end of the third round. He returned in October, losing a decision to Michael Bisping in London. UFC 128 takes place from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, headlined by a Light Heavyweight Title bout between Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Rashad Evans. Link to Original Source Article Penick's Analysis: This is a great fight for the middleweight division, especially with both fighters in desperate need of a win after disappointing losses in the fall. Marquardt, despite his 2010 losses to Sonnen and Okami, is one of the best and most well rounded fighters in the division. Akiyama has struggled this year since returning from a year long layoff, and this is going to be his last chance to get back on track before the UFC releases him along with the others that have found themselves out of a job this week. But this is an excellent fight for the 128 card. Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8070.shtml Mike Goldberg Joe Silva Chuck Lidell Tito Ortiz Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at janetreever's blog
UFC 128 Saturday March 12, 2011 Prudential Center Newark, New Jersey Airing on PPV MAIN CARD * Mauricio Rua (#1 Ranked Light Heavyweight) vs. Rashad Evans (#2 Ranked Light Heavyweight) for UFC Light Heavyweight Championship * Urijah Faber (#6 Ranked Bantamweight) vs. Eddie Wineland * Nate Marquardt (#3 Ranked Middleweight) vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama * Ricardo Almeida vs. Mike Pyle * Jim Miller vs. Kamal Shalorus * Brendan Schaub vs. Mirko Filipovic * Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian Loveland * Kurt Pellegrino vs. Gleison Tibau * Dan Miller vs. Nick Catone * Luiz Cane vs. Karlos Vemola * Anthony Njokuani vs. Edson Barboza Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/Upcoming_Events_42/article_7864.shtml Tito Ortiz Frankie Edgar Georges St-Pierre Anderson Silva Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at janetreever's blog
By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief When Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard fought to a split draw at UFC 125 last Saturday, prompting UFC President Dana White to book a third fight between the two lightweights, new WEC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis was left with a choice. He could take a fight while those two battled it out, or he could wait for that fight to happen to get his shot at the title once they're finished. It seems he's now made his decision, as MMAWeekly.com reports that he will take a fight in the UFC before getting his title shot. The decision to fight was revealed by Pettis' manager, Mike Roberts of MMA Inc., who pointed to the length of the layoff as the reason to take a fight instead of waiting for the shot. "Anthony was obviously disappointed in not getting the title shot but he also understands why Dana made that decision? Roberts said. ?After consulting with Anthony and Duke Roufus, we collectively decided that it would be in Anthony's best interest to take a fight in the meantime. "A 10 month or possible year layoff was just too long. We believe with a win against a top lightweight contender Anthony will still get the title shot later in the year?. Link to Original Source Article Penick's Analysis: As I said in yesterday's roundtable, I think this is absolutely the right move for him. He'll now have the opportunity to get his UFC debut out of the way against another contender, and prove his claim to the title shot. A big win in the UFC will help him keep his momentum going from this past year, and add more legitimacy to his title fight when it does happen. And again, if he loses, than it will simply prove that he wasn't ready for the title shot at this stage in his career anyway. He's only 23 years old, and though he's supremely talented and exciting to watch, he's still fairly unproven. A win over an established name at lightweight will help to shed that label. Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8085.shtml Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Mauricio Rua Rashad Evans Quinton Jackson Continue reading
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Filed under: MMA Videos, UFC, Strikeforce, FanHouse Exclusive, Videos The MMA Hour makes its 2011 debut in a very big way. Monday's show will be a three-hour, nine guest extravaganza, featuring some of the biggest names in the sport. The show will also start at a special start time of 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT. * Fabricio Werdum, Josh Barnett and Scott Coker will all be in studio to discuss Strikeforce's upcoming heavyweight tournament. * Another Strikeforce heavyweight, Herschel Walker, will return to discuss his Jan. 29 fight against Scott Carson. * UFC middleweight Nate Marquardt will talk about his 2011 plans and his recent loss to Yushin Okami. * Mike Roberts, Chael Sonnen and Anthony Pettis' manager, will lay out what's next for his clients. * Jacob Volkmann will talk about getting a visit from the Secret Service and being featured on The Tonight Show after making comments about President Obama. * Mark Hominick will talk about his UFC fight against George Roop on Jan. 22 and a potential title fight against Jose Aldo. * And Matt Mitrione will stop by to deliver his "Mitrione Minute." And of course, we'll be taking your calls. Give us a shout at: 212-254-0193 or 212-254-0237. Watch the show live below beginning at a special start time 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT. Download previous episodes of The MMA Hour on iTunes here. Source: http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/01/10/the-mma-hour-with-werdum-barnett-coker-marquardt-walker-vol/ Jake Shields Josh Koscheck Martin Kampmann Carlos Condit Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2011 at janetreever's blog
After a decorated career in the world of Judo, Rhadi Ferguson is making the transition to mixed martial arts. He got a lot of attention before his fight against John Richard for being a distant relative of Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson, but it's pretty clear the similarities end with the last name. Ferguson (3-0) endured a bruising first round and allowed his superior technique to pave the way to his third career win. Ferguson scored a victory over the much larger John Richard via heel hook at 2:00 of the second round. "When you start going for submissions, they occur in the iterative process," said Ferguson (4:45 mark). "Just like you throw combinations with your hands, you throw combinations with submissions. You don't stop until you finish." Ferguson said he tried for a heel hook and a knee bar then switched from the right leg to Richard's left leg where he again went for the heel hook and then knee bar. He finished the fight by cranking on Richard's ankle. "Doctor" Ferguson was also pleased with the way he handled the fight mentally except for one small slip. Early in the second, the Capella and Howard educated fighter was the victim of a low blow. Ferguson hesitated to allow the referee a chance to pause the fight, he didn't and he found himself on his back getting pounded. An Olympian in 2000 and 2004, Ferguson, who's also a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt fighting out of American Top Team in South Florida, showed his class by eventually getting hold of the leg. At 35, Ferguson may be a longshot to rise to the top of the light heavyweight heap, but it'll be interesting to watch his progression. He's a fireplug at only 5-foot-8. His power was evident in the grappling game. Richard, called in on short notice because of an injury, looked to be around 230 pounds on fight night. Ferguson got blasted pretty good on the ground for the first three minutes of the match, but remained calm and allowed the bigger fighter to exhaust himself. Working with guys like Lloyd Irvin, Jeff Monson and Ricardo Liborio won't hurt his cause. Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/With-technical-savvy-Rhadi-Ferguson-overcomes-a?urn=mma-305038 Phil Davis Pat Barry Mirko Cro Cop Cheick Kongo Continue reading
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Frank Edgar may not appear to have the size of a lightweight champ, but he's certainly got the heart. The UFC title holder took a vicious beating in the first and was on the ground multiple times. From there, Edgar's slick boxing and takedown defense allowed him to crawl back into the fight on the scorecards. He earned a draw, 48-46, 46-48 and 47-47, to retain his belt in the main event at UFC 125 in Las Vegas. This Cagewriter scored it 47-46 for Maynard. (10-7, 9-10, 10-9, 9-10 and 9-10). Update - Judges scores Patricia Morse-Jarman: 47-47 (10-8 GM, 10-9 FE, 10-9 FE, 10-9 FE, 10-9 GM) Glenn Trowbridge: 48-46 FE (8-10, 10-9, 10-9, 10-9, 10-9) Marcos Rosales: 48-46 GM (update soon) Update II - Edgar and Maynard earned Fight of the Night honors. Each fighter received a $60,000 bonus. Edgar's trouble in the opening round started when he got buried by a Maynard left hook with 3:43 left. The champ fell to his back and did a somersault back to his feet. That's when he got on his horse. Another right hook and uppercut dropped him to his knees. Edgar got to his feet with 3:31 left and two more uppercuts dropped him again. Ten seconds later, Edgar got up, got hit some more and fell down for a fourth time. He still had three minutes and 21 seconds to get through. Edgar got up but was pinned against the cage taking shot after shot. Referee Yves Lavigne showed great restraint in not stopping the fight. With a bloodied nose, Edgar got up with 2:40 left only to get drilled by another left hook and go down to his knees for the fifth time in the round. With 1:52 left, Edgar ate a right hook and fell down for the sixth time. He absorbed two more right hooks and slipped to the floor for the seventh time. There was still 1:37 left in the round! Edgar got to his feet with 1:21 left and stumbled along the cage. If it were a ring, he may have fallen through the ropes. For the next 80 seconds, Edgar's hands were low as he stumbled around the cage, but Maynard was a little tired and couldn't land a fight ending punch. It was one of the more amazing tales of survival we've seen in recent MMA history. Early strike reports said Maynard landed 97 shots in the first, so it was no surprise to see "The Bully" sapped in the second. Update III - FightMetric reports the first round was 47-10 for Maynard in strikes landed. In the second, Maynard landed just six shots. He was sluggish. It allowed Edgar to unscramble his head and inch back into the fight. The smaller fighter even scored a big double-leg slam takedown with 1:15 left in the round. Edgar got the second and the third was evenly matched. Maynard landed the heavier shots in the final 70 seconds and also scored a takedown.... Continue reading
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By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief A heavyweight bout between Stefan Struve and Travis Browne has been agreed upon for the UFC 130 event on Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas, according to a report from MMAJunkie.com. Struve had been a possible opponent for Brendan Schaub in March before the UFC put Schaub against Mirko Cro Cop. He's won two straight fights since his knockout loss to Roy Nelson in March, knocking out Christian Morecraft and, most recently, defeating Sean McCorkle by TKO in December. Browne fought to a disappointing draw with Cheick Kongo in his most recent bout at UFC 120 in London. He was behind on the scorecards, but a point deduction for Kongo in the third round led to the draw. It was Browne's second fight in the Octagon, as he finished TUF 10 competitor James McSweeney in his UFC debut. UFC 130's only other reported bout at this time is a welterweight fight between Thiago Alves and Rick Story. Link to Original Source Article Penick's Analysis: Interesting heavyweight fight. Struve is coming off two big wins, the most recent of which came in a co-main event, so this is could be considered a step down, but Browne's a tough opponent and this should make for a good matchup in Las Vegas on Memorial Day Weekend. Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8072.shtml Martin Kampmann Carlos Condit Nick Diaz B.J. Penn Continue reading
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by Michael David Smith Pat Miletich is the best broadcaster in mixed martial arts at recognizing the action in the cage and explaining it in a way that's accessible to fans. There's no one as good as Miletich, a former UFC champ, at taking his experience as a fighter and applying it as a broadcaster. That's why it's so disappointing that Miletich does so much to destroy his own credibility by shilling for the Strikeforce product, offering blatantly dishonest analysis designed to make Strikeforce fights and fighters sound better than they are. Miletich's technical analysis was on display Friday night on the Strikeforce Challengers broadcast on Showtime, at least when there was good action in the cage for Miletich to analyze. Unfortunately, the rest of the time, Miletich overstated the quality of the fights and the fighters. Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments Source: http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/01/08/pat-miletich-should-tone-down-the-shilling-on-showtime/ Thiago Alves Jake Shields Josh Koscheck Martin Kampmann Continue reading
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Maybe there was something to that little exchange between the Undertaker and Brock Lesnar following his fight at UFC 121. The rumors are swirling around Lesnar, the former UFC heavyweight champ and WWE star. Some say the UFC wants Lesnar to take part as a coach on Season 13 of "The Ultimate Fighter." Others say Lesnar doesn't want to be involved with very much involving MMA right now. This report was written after listening to Pro Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer: Lesnar reportedly hasn't talked with anyone from UFC or answered their phone calls since losing the UFC Heavyweight Title to Cain Velasquez last month. Sources also say that Lesnar hasn't began to prepare for his next UFC fight and hasn't trained since losing to Velasquez. It's said that Lesnar has lost some interest in MMA and has been been re-considering his future in the sport after his loss to Velasquez and the beating he took in the win against Shane Carwin before that. Lesnar reportedly has only one fight left on his contract. Could it be that the Wrestlemania appearance, which he could make upwards of $2 million for, is the hold up? Is Lesnar really thinking about bailing on MMA after just one bad loss? Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/cagewriter/post/Meltzer-says-UFC-is-having-difficulty-with-Lesna?urn=mma-300989 Shane Carwin Frank Mir Alistair Overeem Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Continue reading
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By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief Four fighters earned $60,000 "Fight Night" bonuses for their performances at UFC 125: Resolution in Las Vegas on Saturday night. UFC officials revealed at the post fight press conference that Clay Guida, Jeremy Stephens, Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard each earned the bonuses. Guida took the night's "Submission of the Night" for his second round guillotine choke over Takanori Gomi. He had Gomi out of his game the entire fight with a highly energetic style of movement, and used that to set up a takedown in the second, where he moved into position and locked on the choke before rolling to cinch it. Stephens' come-from-behind knockout of Marcus Davis earned him the "Knockout of the Night." Davis controlled the fight through the first two rounds, and even the first couple of minutes of the third. But Stephens still had his right hand, and he landed it in the third in vicious fashion, putting Davis out cold and following up with an added shot before referee Kim Winslow could get to him. The "Fight of the Night" was an easy call, as it went to the main event between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. In one of the single greatest fights in UFC history, Edgar rebounded from a first round beating at the hands of Maynard to win three of the four next rounds on two judges' scorecards. The resulting draw is setting up a third bout between the two to settle the score. Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8011.shtml Cain Velasquez Brock Lesnar Fabricio Werdum Fedor Emelianenko Continue reading
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