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MMA News – March 31, 2011

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MMA News – March 30, 2011

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MMA News – March 29, 2011

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MMA News – March 28, 2011

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Key Fights – Week of March 28

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After a big week featuring fights from the UFC, M-1, and Bellator, we’ve got a bit of a lull ahead of us this week.  Bellator has yet another big show, their 39th featuring Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez against 2nd season Lightweight Tournament winner Pat Curran.

There are a lot of big flyweight fights for Shooto in Japan, while ranked female fighters Sarah Kaufman, Mei Yamaguchi, and Tomomi Sunaba are all in action.  Jeff Monson will also have the first of his two fight scheduled in March when he takes on King of the Cage veteran Tony Lopez.

Fight Time 4 – Heavyweight Explosion (4/1/2011)

  • Heavyweight Title: Jeff Monson (40-11, No. 23 HW) vs. Tony Lopez (23-5)

Shooto – Shootor’s Legacy 2 (4/1/2011)

  • Flyweight: Yuki Shojo (10-5-2, No. 4 FLW) vs. Noboru Tahara (9-5-1)
  • Flyweight: Masaaki Sugawara (10-5-1, No. 13 FLW) vs. Junya Kudo (8-3-2, No. 21 FLW)
  • Flyweight: Haruo Ochi (5-2-1) vs. Kosuke Suzuki (4-0-1, No. 22 FLW)

AFC 5 (4/2/2011)

  • Women’s Welterweight: Sarah Kaufman (12-1, No. 2 WWW) vs. Megumi Yabushita (19-17)

Bellator 39 (4/2/2011)

  • Lightweight Title: (c) Eddie Alvarez (21-2, No. 5 LW) vs. Pat Curran (13-3)

Pancrase Impressive Tour 3 (4/3/2011)

  • Women’s Featherweight: Mei Yamaguchi (6-2-1, No. 3 WFW) vs. Tomomi Sunaba (16-12-1, No. 10 WLW)
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UFC Fight Night – Nogueira vs. Davis Results

March 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Light Heavyweight: Phil Davis d. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (Unanimous Decision)

Phil Davis didn’t have the dominant performance we’re accustomed to seeing from “Mr. Wonderful”, but he was still able to take a unanimous decision over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.  Davis’ takedown attempts were stuffed in the first round, but he had more luck in the second and third when he switched to single leg takedown attempts.

I really enjoyed this fight and thought it was a pretty competitive battle and this win was very important for Davis given all of the recent hype.  I think Forrest Griffin would be the best next step for Davis.  Forrest is a former champion and a big name and that seems to be the logical next step for Mr. Wonderful.

Welterweight: Anthony Johnson d. Dan Hardy (Unanimous Decision)

Dan Hardy is reeling after suffering his third consecutive loss.  Anthony “Rumble” Johnson dominated this fight and controlled most of the action on the ground.  Johnson looked pretty good after a long layoff, while Hardy has a lot of questions to answer now.  Jake Ellenberger is who I would like to see Johnson fight next.

Welterweight: Amir Sadollah d. DaMarques Johnson (Submission – Round 2, 3:27)

Amir Sadollah looked good in victory, forcing DaMarques Johnson to tap due to strikes.  Johnson was very competitive and could have even won the first round, but Amir had the edge this night.  Sadollah’s striking was very good against a tough opponent, so it might be time for a small step up in competition.

Featherweight: Chan Sung Jung d. Leonard Garcia (Submission – Round 2, 4:59)

Chan Sung Jung is my hero.  First, this guy gets Miesha Tate to make a cake for him.  Then, he pulls off one of the best submissions in MMA history when he forces Leonard Garcia to tap to the twister (pictured above.)  This was a huge win for Jung, who had lost two in a row and was making his UFC debut.

Though this fight didn’t match their first, Garcia and Jung put on a good show.  Garcia fought a bit more tentatively, though was still effective with his strikes.  Jung also looked good and took Garcia’s back at the end of the second round.  That resulted in Jung being in position to attempt the twister, forcing Garcia to tap with just one second left in the round.

Jung said he saw the move on Eddie Bravo YouTube videos and wanted to pull it off in an actual fight.  I’m very happy for Jung, who is a tough fighter and made a fair bit of Submission of the Night money for pulling this move off.

Featherweight: Mackens Semerzier d. Alex Caceres (Submission – Round 1, 3:18)

Mackens Semerzier was relentless with his takedowns and fairly easily submitted Alex Caceres.  “Bruce Leroy” was clearly outmatched, and frankly, he doesn’t have the skills to be in the UFC.

Heavyweight: Mike Russow d. Jon Madsen (TKO – Round 2, 5:00)

The fans shit all over this fight and rightfully so.  Jon Madsen did very little to try and win this fight and Mike Russow was the clear aggressor.  Russow seemed to be in pretty good shaped and tagged Madsen with some shots.  The resulting mouse that formed under Madsen’s eye prompted the doctor to stop this fight.

Welterweight: John Hathaway d. Kris McCray (Split Decision)

John Hathaway came close to submitting Kris McCray, but the TUF season 11 finalist fight out of it and came close to taking a split decision.  I feel like Hathaway was the superior fighter and earned the win, as his grappling was a bit more effective and polished than McCray’s was.

Bantamweight: Michael McDonald d. Edwin Figueroa (Unanimous Decision)

This fight took Fight of the Night honors and rightfully so.  Edwin Figueroa came into this fight on less than a week’s notice and was competitive with a highly ranked opponent.  Michael McDonald came extremely close to submitting Figueroa on multiple occasions, but Figueroa hung in there and went the full fifteen minutes.  Even when both fighters were clearly tired in the third round, they kept a good pace and put on a good show for the fans.

Heavyweight: Christian Morecraft d. Sean McCorkle (Submission – Round 2, 4:13)

Sean McCorkle is a good trash talker, but not a particularly good fighter.  McCorkle was competitive earlier in the fight, but I never got the feeling that he was in this fight.  Morecraft was able to pull off the standing guillotine choke and choked McCorkle unconscious.

Middleweight: Aaron Simpson d. Mario Miranda (Unanimous Decision)

Welterweight: Johny Hendricks d. T.J. Waldburger (TKO – Round 1, 1:35)

Lightweight: Nik Lentz d. Waylon Lowe (Submission – Round 3, 2:24)

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Bellator 38 Results

March 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinals: Tim Carpenter d. Daniel Gracie (Split Decision)

It’s pretty amazing that a Gracie was unable to finish or even win this ground war.  This was a good decision, as Carpenter held more dominant positions and made more attempts to finish the fight.

Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinals: Christian M’Pumbu d. Chris Davis (TKO – Round 3, 3:34)

Chris Davis looked good early in the fight, but was completely spent by the end of the second round.  M’Pumbu took advantage of his tired opponent and score the TKO victory in the third.

Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinals: D.J. Linderman d. Raphael Davis (TKO – Round 3, 3:40)

I was stunned by this outcome, but D.J. Linderman outworked Raphael Davis and completely earned this win.  Davis looked pretty good in the first, but got extremely tired very quickly.  Linderman put on the pressure and finished his exhausted opponent late in the third.  Davis used a low blow in the third as a chance to catch his breath, but Linderman was still the fresher fighter and was relentless with his strikes.

Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinals: Richard Hale d. Nik Fekete (Submission – Round 1, 1:55)

Wow, that was something else.  The inverted triangle pictured above came from Richard Hale, who pulled off this awesome submission against Nik Fekete.  The former wrestling All-American controlled the fight very early, but it didn’t take Hale long to score this great submission victory – but it wasn’t even the best submission from Saturday night!  Check out the upcoming UFC results to see what was probably my favorite submission in MMA history.

Heavyweight: Blagoi Ivanov d. William Penn (TKO – Round 1, 2:48)

Featherweight: Austin Lyons d. Jimmy Van Horn (Submission – Round 1, 2:10)

Catchweight (150 lbs.): Jake Underwood d. Tim Galluzzi (Submission – Round 1, 1:04)

Light Heavyweight: Brian Albin d. Cody Donovan (Unanimous Decision)

Middleweight: Amaechi Oselukwue d. Abe Wilson (Unanimous Decision)

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