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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

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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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UFC Fight Night – Nogueira vs. Davis Preview

March 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Light Heavyweight: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-4, No. 9 LHW) vs. Phil Davis (8-0, No. 14 LHW)

Nogueira: BJJ black belt (duh), also has boxing experience, a veteran of PRIDE FC, seven wins in a row, 2-1 in the UFC, last lost to Ryan Bader in September 2010, affectionately known as “Little Nog.”

Davis: BJJ blue belt, stellar submission artist, 4-0 in the UFC, key wins over Briann Stann and Alexander Gustafsson, last defeated Tim Boetsch with the Mr. Wonderful choke, is #sowonderful that even I have decided to use this hash tag.

Remarks: I have a very strong feeling that this fight will go in Mr. Wonderful’s favor.  With the Jon Jones win at UFC 128, many think that Phil Davis will be the next man to challenge the new champion.  I’m not sure that I would go that far, but Davis has looked super impressive in the UFC.  Nogueira’s UFC run has been less than stellar, though his victory over Luiz Cane was impressive.  Nogueira took a controversial split decision over Jason Brilz and was defeated soundly by Ryan Bader.  Davis is a hot fighter right now and I think he’ll continue this over Nogueira.

Welterweight: Dan Hardy (23-8, 1 NC, No. 13 WW) vs. Anthony Johnson (8-3)

Hardy: Tae kwon do black belt and BJJ purple belt, also has very good striking, looking to end a two fight skid, started his UFC career 4-0, not a big fan of wrestling in MMA.

Johnson: A former Juco wrestler, incredible knockout power, last lost to Josh Koscheck in November 2009, has been dealing with knee injuries, amazingly made weight for this fight.

Remarks: I’m not a big fan of either fighter, but I get the feeling that “Rumble” Johnson might be able to secure the win.  Hardy has not had a good fight in sometime, losing two straight to Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit.  The Condit loss was especially embarrassing as it took place in the UK.  Johnson has been on a long layoff, but we know he’s got the power to end fights.  That’s a shame, since Dan Hardy has recently been ended himself.  I look for that to happen again tonight and I pick Johnson via knockout.

Welterweight: Amir Sadollah (4-2) vs. DaMarques Johnson (12-8)

Sadollah: Black belt sambo practitioner, 4-2 in the UFC, 4-2 in his career as a whole, has been inconsistent in the UFC, last defeated Peter Sobotta, his won over Phil Baroni shouldn’t count (seriously, Phil Baroni?)

Johnson: BJJ blue belt, good boxing skills, just 3-2 since joining the UFC, TUF season 9 runner up, puts on exciting fights, has finished 11 of his 12 wins, retired Mike Guymon at January 2011 Fight for the Troops show with painful body triangle.

Remarks: I thought that Johnson looked good in his last fight against Guymon.  I also have a hard time getting behind Amir Sadollah, since he’s yet to string some good wins together in the UFC.  His sambo is a big advantage, but he’s facing a very tough guy who ends fighters.  I like Johnson in this fight and wouldn’t be surprised if he took a second straight submission victory.

Featherweight: Leonard Garcia (15-6-1) vs. Chan Sung Jung (10-3)

Garcia: Brown belt in BJJ, black belt in throwing punches like a crazy person, loves to punch, apparently doesn’t listen to coach Greg Jackson, last took a B.S. decision victory over Nam Phan, hasn’t legitimately won a fight since 2008.

Jung: Good kickboxer, making his UFC debut, his last victory was against Matt Jaggers at Sengoku 9, should have won the decision against Leonard Garcia at WEC 48, known as “The Korean Zombie”, is lucky that Miesha Tate made a cake for him.

Remarks: I know it isn’t Garcia’s fault that he takes decisions that he has no business winning.  I feel a little bad for the guy, since most of his career is based on non-technical fighting and illegitimate victories, but I feel worse for fighters like Phan and Jung who have been screwed by the judges. I’m sure many will hope for a repeat of the 2010 Fight of the Year between these two, but I just don’t see it happening.  Jung has stated that he’ll never fight like that again and I can’t disagree with that.  He’ll likely have a longer career (and life) even if he isn’t putting on the most exciting fights.  I’m hoping that Jung can end this fight somehow, but I worry if it goes to the judges.

Featherweight: Alex Caceres (4-2) vs. Mackens Semerzier (5-3)

Heavyweight: Jon Madsen (7-0, No. 25 HW) vs. Mike Russow (13-1, 1 NC, No. 22 HW)

Welterweight: John Hathaway (14-1, No. 16 WW) vs. Kris McCray (5-2)

Bantamweight: Michael McDonald (11-1, No. 19 BW) vs. Edwin Figueroa (7-0)

Heavyweight: Sean McCorkle (10-1) vs. Christian Morecraft (6-1)

Middleweight: Mario Miranda (10-2) vs. Aaron Simpson (7-2)

Welterweight: T.J. Waldburger (13-5) vs. Johny Hendricks (9-1)

Lightweight: Nik Lentz (20-3-2, No. 19 LW) vs. Waylon Lowe (10-3)

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Bellator 38 Preview

March 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinals: Daniel Gracie (5-2-1) vs. Tim Carpenter (6-0)

Gracie: Cousin to Renzo Gracie, is also an instructor at Renzo’s academy, PRIDE veteran, has expectedly tremendous Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, making his Bellator debut, just his second fight since 2006, has defeated Wes Sims, has also drawn with Wes Sims, defeated Martin Wojcik in November 2010.

Carpenter: Won three fights between 2005 and 2007, won three more fights in 2010, has taken three decisions since his 2010 return, defeated Jamal Patterson in his October 2010 Bellator debut.

Remarks: Gracie will be a fan favorite in this tournament and is likely the favorite to win this fight.  Daniel doesn’t have the MMA pedigree of other Gracie fighters, but his 4th degree BJJ black belt shows that his jiu-jitsu is top notch.  Tim Carpenter has previous wins by submission, so he’s capable on the ground, but he’s no Gracie.  I think we’ll see a decision victory for Daniel Gracie tonight, since Carpenter might be able to do just enough to survive the fight.

Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinals: Chris Davis (10-2) vs. Christian M’Pumbu (15-3-1)

Davis: Making his Bellator debut, versatile fighter with 6 knockout and 4 submission victories, only two losses to Jeremy Horn and Vinny Magalhaes, on a three fight winning streak, last defeated Francisco France, not to be confused with the Texas Rangers’ Chris Davis.

M’Pumbu: BJJ practitioner, fights out of Paris, making his Bellator debut, has previously fought for KSW, M-1, and DEEP.  Has previous wins over Marcus Vanttinen and Stefan Struve, last lost to Yoshiyuki Nakanishi, eight career wins by submission, I have no clue how to pronounce his last name.

Remarks: M’Pumbu is a veteran and has a handful of solid wins to his name, which lends to the idea of him being the favorite in this tournament.  What doesn’t help is that he’s French, yuck.  Still, he’s a better fighter than Davis and could get a submission win tonight.

Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinals: Raphael Davis (10-1) vs. D.J. Linderman (8-1)

Davis: Has won nine in a row, very good BJJ, seven wins by submission, has won both of his fights with Bellator, wins over Vinny Magalhaes, Emanuel Newton, and Tony Lopez, has the best MMA nickname – “Noodle.”

Linderman: Normally fights at heavyweight, on a three fight winning streak, making his Bellator debut, called “Da Protege”, unsure who is Linderman’s mentor.

Remarks: Raphael Davis is another favorite in this tournament and has looked good in Bellator thus far.  He has a pretty favorable first fight, as Linderman might not have the ground skills to match Davis.  I expect a submission win from Raphael Davis tonight.

Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinals: Nik Fekete (4-0) vs. Richard Hale (15-3-1)

Fekete: Made his professional debut in 2009, has a win over Strikeforce prospect Ovince St. Preux, has won his last two fights with punches, making his Bellator debut.

Hale: Rage in the Cage veteran, also making his Bellator debut stands at 6’4″, six career KO wins, 7 career submission wins, 2-0 in 2010, lost to Antwain Brit in 2009.

Remarks: Richard Hale is a veteran fighter and has a four inch height advantage over his opponent, but Fekete has made a bit of noise early in his career.  A win over rising star Ovince St. Preux is extremely impressive and might tell us a little bit about Fekete’s potential.  I’ll pick Fekete for the upset victory here, though the experienced Hale could definitely pull out a win.

Heavyweight: William Penn (2-1) vs. Blagoi Ivanov (3-0, 1 NC)

Featherweight: Jimmy Van Horn (2-0) vs. Austin Lyons (5-1)

Catchweight (150 lbs.): Jake Underwood (0-0) vs. Tim Galluzzi (2-0)

Light Heavyweight: Brian Albin (6-4) vs. Cody Donovan (5-1, 1 NC)

Middleweight: Amaechi Oselukwue (0-1) vs. Abe Wilson (2-1)

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MMA News – March 25, 2011

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  • Hector Lombard defeated Joe Doerkson in Australia earlier today.  The fight was ended late in the first round by doctor’s stoppage, making that 22 fights in a row without a loss for Lombard.  Let’s get this man in the UFC already!
  • Former WEC lightweights Dave Jansen and Scott McAfee are slated to fight at Bellator 39 in eight days.  With the glut of lightweights in the UFC, it’s possible that smaller promotions like Shark, Bellator, Tachi Palace, and MFC could pick up some of the fighters cut from the promotion.  Even with the Strikeforce acquisition, there are still a lot of good places out for quality fights, though a number of fighters might be a bit lighter in their wallets.
  • All fighters made weight for tomorrow’s Bellator and UFC events.  Regarding these events, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get previews out tomorrow.  I will try to put out something brief for both events, but no promises.  Either way, both try to catch both events.  Bellator’s light heavyweight pool isn’t super deep, but the fights can be pretty fun.  Davis vs. Nogueira and Johnson vs. Hardy will both be really good fights on the uFC card.
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