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Bellator 59 Results

November 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Heavyweight Tournament Finals: Thiago Santos NC Eric Prindle (Unintentional Illegal Strike)

Santos seemed to capture an early advantage and was able to bring Prindle to the mat.  Santos stood up over his opponent and contemplated his next move as Prindle lay prone on his back.  From there, Thiago Santos decided that the best approach was to kick his opponent.

In the asshole.

You can find all the particulars in the link above, but basically, Santos’ asshole kick ended up knocking Prindle in the balls something fierce.  Prindle was unable to recover from the blow and the fight was ruled a no contest, as Santos’ strike was deemed unintentional.  Perhaps they thought he was aiming for the perineum or posterior of Prindle and just ended up hitting his balls.

The aftermath of this fight is just as ridiculous of the fight itself.  Season five is technically not over despite having no events remaining on Bellator’s 2011 schedule.  This fight will take place early in season six and will conclude season five, so Cole Konrad is currently without a challenger.

Also, Eric Prindle saw fit to take a picture of his sack and post it on Twitter just to let fans know that yes, he does have male parts and he was indeed kicked in said male parts.  You can also find that picture in the link I included above since I can’t in good conscious show you Eric Prindle’s balls.

Bantamweight Tournament Finals: Eduardo Dantas d. Alexis Vila (Unanimous Decision)

This was the only fight of the night that was relatively normal.  Dantas used his length to control Vila in the second and third rounds in a fight that ended up being not as competitive as I would have imagined.  Vila was unable to do pretty much anything and even seemed to tire a bit as the fight went on.  Nonetheless, Eduardo Dantas pulled off what was a big upset in my eyes.

Dantas will now challenge Zach Makovsky and I wonder if that fight will be similar to the one we saw last night.  Dantas will hold a clear size advantage, something Makovsky referenced when he jokingly stood on a foot stool to face off with his next challenger.  Vila and Makovsky are both skilled wrestlers.  Vila is a bit more of a striker while Makovsky has a bit more in his gas tank.  I’m initially thinking Dantas will have the advantage in this title fight, but we’ll have to wait until next year to find out.

Lightweight: Patricky Freire d. Kurt Pellegrino (TKO – Round 1, 0:50)

Freire attacked Pellegrino early and seemed to hurt the former UFC lightweight.  Before letting Freire finish the fight, the referee made the ridiculous decision that he had seen enough and called a stop to the action.  While things weren’t looking up for Pellegrino, he was still working to defend himself from Freire’s onslaught.

After the fight, Pellegrino surprised few by retiring once again.  What was surprising was how quickly he embraced Patricky, saying that he’d be working with the Pitbull in the future and that he’d even invite Freire over for a slumber party.  This, just one day removed from a heated stand-off during weigh ins and mere moments after being defeated

Lightweight: Marcin Held d. Phillipe Nover (Split Decision)

Held opened up with some incredible BJJ, working for crazy submissions and almost finishing Nover early in the fight.  Nover settled and seemed to control the later two rounds, while some also made a case for him winning the first round.  In the end, the judges called a bogus split decision in Held’s favor.  Nover was pretty clearly the winner here, spending most of the last ten minutes on top of Held.  But hey, it wouldn’t be Bellator without a bad decision or two from the judges.

Catchweight (175 lbs.): Karl Amoussou d. Jesus Martinez (TKO – Round 1, 2:20)

Welterweight: LeVon Maynard d. Christopher Wing (Unanimous Decision)

Featherweight: Scott Heckman d. Brylan Van Artsdalen (Submission – Round 1, 1:38)

Middleweight: Gregory Milliard d. Brandon Saling (Unanimous Decision)

Catchweight (175 lbs.): Lucas Pimenta d. Doug Gordon (KO – Round 1, 0:40)

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UFC 139 Results

November 20, 2011 6 comments

Light Heavyweight: Dan Henderson d. Mauricio Rua (Unanimous Decision)

Okay, so words for this fight.  How do I do this?  I don’t even know where to begin.  Well first, this fight was fucking amazing.  I would have been thrilled with this card even if this fight was just average.  Faber’s awesome performance and the very fun Silva vs. Cung Le fight were great, but then we get to this?

My God, are these two men warriors.  Dan Henderson brutalized Shogun early in the fight and came close to stopping Rua in the third, but Shogun pushed forward and stunned an exhausted Hendo, who somehow managed to survive Shogun’s onslaught in the last two rounds.  This is the first non-title fight in the UFC to extend into the fourth and fifth rounds and Shogun took advantage of that, but it wasn’t quite enough to win.

The decision was almost an afterthought of that great fight, but all three judges somehow scored the contest 48-47 in Dan Henderson’s favor.  The last round was absolutely dominant enough to have been a 10-8 round in Shogun’s favor and I’m surprised we didn’t see that decision on at least one scorecard.

This might be a loss on Shogun’s record, but few will think of it in that context.  People will remember Shogun and Hendo for putting on one of the best fights in MMA history.  This 25 minute war will only help these men in the immediate future, though I certainly worry that the fight took months or years off of the lives of these two fighters.

I have no clue where we go from here just because there are so many fighters at 205 pounds without fights.  Rumors have placed a Rampage Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin fight at the UFC’s second Fox show, so let’s eliminate those two.  We still have Rashad Evans, Phil Davis, and potentially the returning Thiago Silva without fights.  And frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if Rashad waited for his title shot this time around.  After his initial fight with Phil Davis fell through, there isn’t a ton of reason to take another fight when Jon Jones is fighting in a matter of months.

So fuck, I don’t know.  Maybe Henderson vs. Evans could happen, but that would be a big chance for Rashad to take.  Henderson could fight Rampage if that Griffin fight isn’t official, or maybe he could fight Phil Davis?  And Rua could fight just about any of these men himself.  I just…whatever, I only want the UFC to make awesome fights for the Chicago show.  That’s my only worry right now.

Middleweight: Wanderlei Silva d. Cung Le (TKO – Round 2, 4:49)

I did pick against Wanderlei Silva, but I could not have been more happy to see him defeat Cung Le.  Silva had some trouble early and Le was doing a decent job changing up his strikes and landing cleanly.  When the second round came around, we saw a glimpse of the old Wanderlei Silva and it was glorious.  He pounded Cung Le with some brutal knees and punches and, frankly, fucked Cung Le up.  The stoppage may have been a bit premature, but Le was just about done and the stoppage saved unnecessary pain for the Strikeforce star.

I’m not sure that we’ll see Cung Le in the UFC again after that fight.  As for Wandy, I’m having trouble thinking of a good opponent for him.  I would suggest Jorge Santiago if he was still in the UFC.  Maybe the loser of Jason Miller vs. Michael Bisping?  Chris Weidman is another possibility, though I worry for Wandy if that fight takes place.

Bantamweight: Urijah Faber d. Brian Bowles (Submission – Round 2, 1:27)

First, Urijah Faber punched Brian Bowles very hard.  Then Urijah Faber choked Brian Bowles out.  Then the fight was over!  Faber looked extremely impressive in this victory and will now get a second title shot against Dominick Cruz.  I’m anxious to see how Faber approaches a fight with Cruz this time around, but I don’t see any reason why Cruz won’t win that fight again.

Welterweight: Martin Kampmann d. Rick Story (Split Decision)

Martin Kampmann put on his typical strong performance and came back from two controversial losses to take a big win over Rick Story.  Story was having some success early, but Kampmann was getting the easy takedowns and holding Story down with little issue.  From what I understand, the scores were read incorrectly and that Kampmann actually won via unanimous decision.

Light Heavyweight: Stephan Bonnar d. Kyle Kingsbury (Unanimous Decision)

Ugh, Stephan Bonnar.  He’s very lucky that the referee for this fight wasn’t aware he could restart the action.  Bonnar spent most of this fight on top of Kingsbury, doing nothing except advance position without doing much by way of harm.  After the fight, Bonnar mumbled about Josh Koscheck and T-shirts, I don’t know.  I kind of tuned out.

Light Heavyweight: Ryan Bader d. Jason Brilz (KO – Round 1, 1:17)

Bantamweight: Michael McDonald d. Alex Soto (KO – Round 1, 0:56)

Middleweight: Chris Weidman d. Tom Lawlor (Submission – Round 1, 2:07)

Lightweight: Gleison Tibau d. Rafael dos Anjos (Split Decision)

Catchweight (141 lbs.): Miguel Torres d. Nick Pace (Unanimous Decision)

Welterweight: Seth Baczynski d. Matt Brown (Submission – Round 2, 0:42)

Catchweight (158 lbs.): Danny Castillo d. Shamar Bailey (TKO – Round 1, 4:52)

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Bellator 58 Results

November 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Lightweight Title: Michael Chandler d. (c) Eddie Alvarez (Submission – Round 4, 3:06)

At the end of this fight, I was confident that we had seen the fight of the year.  Granted, that feeling only lasted a few hours, but this was still an absolutely spectacular fight.

I was wonderfully surprised by Michael Chandler, who came out firing right out of the gates.  He was nearly able to finish Alvarez in the very first round, but the champ survived and started to take control as the fight went on.  By the time the third round came, I was convinced that Chandler had completely run out of steam.

Then the fourth round came and Chandler turned it up once again, assaulting and downing Alvarez who quickly gave up his back.  Chandler sunk in the rear naked choke and pulled off the surprising victory to become Bellator’s new Lightweight Champion.

This was an absolutely outstanding fight and Michael Chandler proved that he’s a force to be reckoned with at lightweight.  Beating Eddie Alvarez is a fantastic first step for this young champion, but he’ll have to keep this up against the rest of fighters that Bellator has to offer.  Kurt Pellegrino looks like an eventual challenger, but that’s looking pretty far down the line.

Catchweight (195 lbs.): Hector Lombard d. Trevor Prangley (TKO – Round 2, 1:06)

No real surprise in this one.  Prangley stood in the center of the cage and allowed Hector Lombard to beat the crap out of him for nearly ten minutes.  Lombard will move on to battle Alexander Shlemenko once again, while I’m sure Shark Fights would love to welcome Prangley back to the fold.

Featherweight: Marlon Sandro d. Rafael Dias (Submission – Round 1, 3:56)

Sandro looked to be in trouble early as Dias rocked him with some big punches.  Sandro recovered and managed to submit Dias with an arm triangle choke.  Dias’ defense of the submission was pretty embarrassing since Sandro was able to apply the hold from a standing position and then easily brought it to the mat.

Women’s Featherweight: Jessica Aguilar d. Lisa Ellis-Ward (Unanimous Decision)

Aguilar and Ellis-Ward beat the hell out of each other last night, but it was Aguilar who was clearly in control.  These two put on a pretty exciting fight and Aguilar called out Megumi Fujii, who she said was the number one fighter at 115 pounds.  Perhaps she was forgetting about Zoila Frausto-Gurgel, Bellator’s current champion of the division, though her claim to the title is slightly tenuous.

Middleweight: Brett Cooper d. Jared Hess (Unanimous Decision)

Middleweight: Herbert Goodman d. Jonas Billstein (Disqualification – Round 2, 3:21)

Welterweight: Valdir Araujo d. Ailton Barbosa (Unanimous Decision)

Bantamweight: Fabio Mello d. Farkhad Sharipov(Unanimous Decision)

Lightweight: Cosmo Alexandre d. Avery McPhatter (KO – Round 1, 0:20)

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UFC on Fox – Velasquez vs. dos Santos Results

November 13, 2011 2 comments

Before I begin this write-up, a special shout out to Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan who did their best to embarrass the UFC last night with their utter lack of preparation.  This is especially true of Mike Goldberg, who struggled with fighters’ names (especially Darren Uyenoyama) and was even more clueless than usual.  Joe was put in the unenviable position of having to overcompensate for his bumbling partner and wasn’t on top of things either, though with how hard he had to work, I can’t blame him.

I know he’s been around forever, but seriously, it’s time Mike Goldberg is gone from the UFC.  I’m not saying we have to cause him any harm or set him ablaze, as much as I might like that personally, but he’s an incompetent boob who hasn’t improved in more than 15 years of working with the UFC.  There are much better options out there and it’s high time the UFC starts looking for a more suitable replacement.

Heavyweight Title: Junior dos Santos d. (c) Cain Velasquez (KO – Round 1, 1:04)

So we have a new UFC Heavyweight Champion – that’s exciting, right?  In just more than a minute, Junior dos Santos punched Cain Velasquez very hard and became the very first undisputed Heavyweight Champion from Brazil.  Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira held the Interim Heavyweight Title for a time, but it’s certainly not the same.  Junior dos Santos has made history and did so on the biggest stage the UFC has ever seen.

JDS will now fight the winner of December’s absolutely epic clash between Alistair Overeem and Brock Lesnar, while Velasquez could possibly fight the loser of that contest.  A fight with Shane Carwin or the winner of Nogueira vs. Frank Mir would also be appropriate, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Lightweight: Ben Henderson d. Clay Guida (Unanimous Decision)

Boy, who would have guessed that this fight would be good?  Oh, you mean everyone did?  Yeah, it was fantastic and was potentially the fight of the year.  I thought Henderson clearly won the fight and fought a little safer than we normally see, but Guida was his typical frenetic ball of energy, pushing forward and trying to stay constantly active.  Henderson fought a good fight, landed some big strikes, and controlled Guida for the majority of the bout.

Henderson now gets a Lightweight Title shot against Frankie Edgar in Japan in what could be a very exciting fight.  Guida has some interesting options out there, including Gray Maynard, Joe Lauzon, or potentially the winner of Cerrone vs. Diaz depending on how long he wants to wait for a fight.

Featherweight: Dustin Poirier d. Pablo Garza (Submission – Round 2, 1:32)

Poirier looked pretty good and ended up winning with a sweet D’arce choke.  Yep.

Bantamweight: Darren Uyenoyama d. Norifumi Yamamoto (Unanimous Decision)

Look, I know that a lot of people love Kid Yamamoto.  For many years, he was one of the top featherweight fighters in Japan and beat most of the top fighters in K-1, Shooto, and Hero’s.  He had stellar power and was extremely fan friendly, so I understand if you’ll be mad at me for saying this…

Kid Yamamoto sucks.  He is not a good fighter anymore.  He’s not a top 25 bantamweight and he’s not even a top 50 bantamweight.  He hasn’t defeated a relevant fighter since December 2007 and is now 0-2 in the UFC.  I don’t know if Yamamoto’s game has been impacted by personal issues or injuries, but this is not the same fighter having gone 1-4 since his return to MMA in 2009.

This isn’t to take anything away from Darren Uyenoyama, who showed off some fantastic grappling and looked pretty great last night.  He came close to submitting Kid and was in control for the duration of this bout

Featherweight: Ricardo Lamas d. Cub Swanson (Submission – Round 2, 2:16)

Swanson was in control for most of his UFC debut and looked pretty impressive, but he ended up getting caught by Ricardo Lamas in an arm triangle choke.  Certainly a disappointing debut for Cub, while Lamas is now 2-0 in the UFC and 6-2 if you include his WEC stint.  Lamas could see a step up in competition based on this win.

Featherweight: Robert Peralta d. Mackens Semerzier (TKO – Round 3, 1:54)

First, this was one fight where Joe and Mike didn’t know what the fuck they were talking about.  They were talking about Robert Peralta like he’s some unproven prospect, when in actuality, this guy came into the fight on an eight fight winning streak which includes a win over Hiroyuki Takaya, a clear top 25 featherweight.  And you’re talking about a bum like Mackens Semerzier as if he’s a step up in competition?  Give me a fucking break.

This fight ended up being quite entertaining with Peralta largely getting the better of Semerzier.  An exchange in the third round led to a TKO victory for Peralta, but replays showed that Peralta was successful on the strength of an accidental headbutt!  How appropriate that on the eve of their first Fox card, a fighter wins with a technique mastered by Mark Coleman in the mid-1990s.  I don’t know if this win would possibly be overturned, so I’m anxious to see if anything happens there.  Still, Peralta looked good and needs to see some increased competition.  Tyson Griffin could be a good opponent.

Middleweight: Mike Pierce d. Paul Bradley (Split Decision)

Light Heavyweight: Aaron Rosa d. Matt Lucas (Majority Decision)

Bantamweight: Alex Caceres d. Cole Escovedo (Unanimous Decision)

Welterweight: DaMarques Johnson d. Clay Harvison (TKO – Round 1, 1:34)

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Bellator 57 Results

November 13, 2011 1 comment

Welterweight Tournament Finals: Douglas Lima d. Ben Saunders (TKO – Round 2, 1:21)

Lima rocked Saunders early with some heavy punches and has earned himself a shot at Ben Askren’s Welterweight Title.  I feel pretty indifferent about this since I feel like Askren would handle either Lima or Saunders.  I’m unexcited by Bellator’s title scene since, in most cases, the best fighters hold the titles (except probably at featherweight and bantamweight).

Middleweight Tournament Finals: Alexander Shlemenko d. Vitor Vianna (Unanimous Decision)

I was disappointed in Vitor Vianna’s performance, as he was not at all aggressive and basically allowed Shlemenko to take this fight.  Neither fighter looked particularly impressive and a Shlemenko win isn’t that surprising, nor will it be surprising when Hector Lombard inevitably beats Shlemenko for a second time.

Light Heavyweight: Roger Hollett d. John Hawk (Split Decision)

This fight was boring.  Roger Hollett won.  Meh.

Lightweight: Alexandre Bezerra d. Doug Evans (Submission – Round 1, 4:04)

This ended up being a fun one and there was some back and forth in the four minutes that this fight lasted.  Bezerra ended up pulling off a nasty heel hook to take an impressive win, his fourth in Bellator.

Lightweight: Chris Horodecki draws Mike Corey

Lightweight: Dave Jansen d. Ashkar Morvari (Submission – Round 2, 2:47)

Lightweight: Josh Shockley d. Eric Moon (Submission – Round 1, 0:35)

Light Heavyweight: Matt Van Buren d. Shawn Levesque (Submission – Round 1, 4:38)

Bantamweight: Denis Puric d. Chuck Mady (TKO – Round 2, 5:00)

Lightweight: Taylor Solomon d. Mike Sledzion (KO – Round 1, 1:10)

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UFC 138 Results

November 6, 2011 Leave a comment

I usually don’t preface the results with any statements, but I must say that I really enjoyed this card yesterday.  The five Facebook fights were enjoyable (for the most part) and the main card was absolutely fantastic and a ton of fun with five finishes.  MMA is great regardless of who is fighting – that is, unless you’re ProElite.  YIKES!

Middleweight: Mark Munoz d. Chris Leben (TKO – Round 2, 5:00)

This fight was basically everything we expected.  Mark Munoz tried to grind out Leben while the fighters weren’t beating the hell out of each other.  This was ten minutes of excitement and a supremely fun main event.  Had this have been on pay-per-view, this would have made for an absolutely phenomenal co-main event.  In the end, Munoz opened up a bad cut around Leben’s left eye that prevented the Hawaiian from seeing.  Doctors made the absolute right call by stopping the fight.

My favorite part of the fight was after the second round, Leben was complaining to his corner about not being able to see.  Jacob Duran, known affectionately and accurately as Stitch, calmly looks at the cut and says, “Chris, I can fix it.”  I wish he would have gotten the fucking chance because Stitch pumped me up with that.  That’s a man who knows that he’s the shit ready to get to work and fix a fucking cut.

From here, Munoz is definitely closer to title contention.  I think I had him a bit underrated after the close win over Demian Maia, but now he should shoot up quite a bit.  A fight with the Bisping/Mayhem winner could be good, maybe even Yushin Okami for an even bigger step up.

From here, Chris Leben will drink.

Bantamweight: Renan Barao d. Brad Pickett (Submission – Round 1, 4:09)

This was pretty fantastic.  These little guys traded crazy shots, except that Pickett doesn’t really have the power of Renan Barao.  Pickett was dropped and submitted late in the first, establishing Barao as a very scary fighter at bantamweight.  There’s a lot of great talent toward the top of 135 pounds that they could match up with Barao like Demetrious Johnson or Scott Jorgensen, so I’m anxious to see his next fight.

Welterweight: Thiago Alves d. Papy Abedi (Submission – Round 1, 3:32)

The exchanges on the feet between Alves and Abedi were fun.  Then Alves hurt Abedi and submitted him.  Really, it was as easy as that.  Not a lot of people gave Abedy a chance in this one, but he had a fun entrance and put on a good, albeit brief performance.  Alves’ future is unclear given how close he was from missing weight in this contest.  Middleweight could be a potential home, but we’ll have to wait and see what decision is made.

Lightweight: Terry Etim d. Edward Faaloloto (Submission – Round 1, 0:17)

If nothing else, this fight proved that Edward Faaloloto should be nowhere near the UFC.  Terry Etim should not beat anybody in 17 seconds, so Faaloloto is gone.  Etim is a great submission artist, but this was just too much.  Dana revealed in the post fight press conferences that Etim’s next fight is already scheduled, but wanted to wait for Joe Silva to talk with Etim first.  What could it be!?

Light Heavyweight: Anthony Perosh d. Cyrille Diabate (Submission – Round 2, 3:09)

I was thrilled to see Perosh take the win, if only because MMA needs more fighters nicknamed “Hippo.”  Diabate didn’t get much of a chance to show off his kickboxing since Perosh was able to drag him to the mat and keep him there.  Perosh spent the majority of the second round on top and was able to sink in a rear naked choke for the victory.

Featherweight: Michihiro Omigawa d. Jason Young (Unanimous Decision)

Welterweight: John Maguire d. Justin Edwards (Unanimous Decision)

Bantamweight: Chris Cariaso d. Vaughan Lee (Split Decision)

Heavyweight: Philip De Fries d. Rob Broughton (Unanimous Decision)

Welterweight: Che Mills d. Chris Cope (TKO – Round 1, 0:40)

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UFC 137 Results

October 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Welterweight: Nick Diaz d. B.J. Penn (Unanimous Decision)

After a tight first round, Nick Diaz absolutely picked B.J. Penn apart and battered the Hawaiian like we’ve never seen before.  Diaz put on a show jabbing Penn into oblivion and taking a clear unanimous decision victory.  This was as impressive as Diaz has ever looked.

Diaz promptly called out GSP after the fight and his wish is granted as he will fight the champ at the Super Bowl weekend show.  Condit “stepped aside” from his fight with GSP and will be competing on the same card, though I think he was more accurately pushed aside with little choice.

As for B.J. Penn?  Well, it seems the former champion is intent on retiring after last night. Penn seemed different prior to the fight and was much more emotional than usual.  I have the feeling that we’ll see him return, but if not, this was a very uncharacteristic performance to end a career.

Heavyweight: Cheick Kongo d. Matt Mitrione (Unanimous Decision)

Kongo really exposed Mitrione and proved that he’s not quite ready to make the jump to the top ranks of the heavyweight division.  Kongo imposed his will on “Meathead” and was able to take advantage of his tentative opponent.  Kongo will likely get another middle tier heavyweight from here, while Stipe Miocic might be a good challenge for Mitrione.

Heavyweight: Roy Nelson d. Mirko Filipovic (TKO – Round 3, 1:30)

Cro Cop looked a lot better in this fight than in previous contests, letting his striking go a bit more and scoring with a nice flurry in the second round.  However, he wasn’t able to string consistent offense together and Big Country took advantage by finishing Mirko in the third round.  Nelson looked slimmer than before and used more of his ground game, but again seemed content trading strikes with his opponent.

Cro Cop announced after the loss that it would be his last fight and this announcement definitely had a more real sense of finality to it.  Cro Cop has been on the losing side of most of his UFC contests and the time seems to have come for this legendary fighter.  I’m sad to see Cro Cop go, but I hope he’ll be around in some capacity.

Featherweight: Hatsu Hioki d. George Roop (Split Decision)

I really felt like Roop won this fight as he outstruck Hioki and held his own on the ground.  Hioki did just enough on the ground to take this close decision, though he was far from impressive.  Hioki will have to take a fight with a more challenging opponent to show where he really stands in the UFC’s featherweight division.

Bantamweight: Scott Jorgensen d. Jeff Curran (Unanimous Decision)

I’m…not sure I remember much of this fight.  I think these two ended up putting me to sleep, but from what I remember, the fight was pretty clearly in Jorgensen’s favor.  Curran could never get going and Jorgensen won a fight that a top five bantamweight should win.

Lightweight: Donald Cerrone d. Dennis Siver (Submission – Round 1, 2:22)

I was really surprised how dominating Donald Cerrone looked last night.  He staggered Dennis Siver on multiple occasions and quickly submitted the German in impressive fashion.  Cerrone has been dominant since joining the UFC and is looking for a fight as soon as December.

Catchweight (148 lbs.): Bart Palaszewski d. Tyson Griffin (KO – Round 1, 2:45)

I used to be such a Tyson Griffin fan.  Then he came into this fight fat(ish) and got beaten down by Bart Palaszewski.  This is a big win for Bart who was making his debut at featherweight.  It looks like he can make waves as a dangerous striker at 145 pounds.

Light Heavyweight: Brandon Vera d. Eliot Marshall (Unanimous Decision)

Middleweight: Francis Carmont d. Chris Camozzi (Unanimous Decision)

Middleweight: Clifford Starks d. Dustin Jacoby (Unanimous Decision)

Lightweight: Ramsey Nijem d. Danny Downes (Unanimous Decision)

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Bellator 56 Results

October 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Welterweight Title: (c) Ben Askren d. Jay Hieron (Split Decision)

This ended up being a really fun, competitive fight that went about as expected.  Askren’s wrestling and grappling were fantastic and his striking seems to have improved, though Hieron was doing better work on the feet.  Askren took a very close split decision that easily could have gone to Hieron, and honestly, probably should have gone to Hieron.  Still, Askren’s win is far from the worst decision I’ve ever seen.

I would normally predict Hieron back in the tournament field and Askren to take on the winner of Saunders vs. Vianna, but who on earth knows what’s going to change with Viacom’s purchase of Bellator?  I’m sure the winners of this season’s tournaments will get their shots, but will the format continue?  Will Bellator adopt a more standard fight format?  Are we going to see a whole new influx of talent into Bellator with their new found resources?

I’m pretty excited to see how things go for Bellator under new ownership just because things could stand to get a lot better from here, especially at the heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions.  Now it’s just a matter of the new men in charge making the right decisions.

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinals: Thiago Santos d. Neil Grove (Submission – Round 1, 0:38)

Fast fat boy submission!

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinals: Eric Prindle d. Ron Sparks (KO – Round 1, 0:40)

Fast fat boy knockout!

I put the over under on Santos vs. Prindle at 30 seconds.  Then the winner will get pulverized by Cole Konrad.

Middleweight: Marcio Navarro d. Rudy Bears (Split Decision)

Featherweight: Jeremy Spoon d. Adam Schindler (Unanimous Decision)

Light Heavyweight: Kelvin Tiller d. Dan Spohn (Split Decision)

Lightweight: Emanuel Brooks d. Willian De Souza (Unanimous Decision)

Featherweight: Jacob Akin d. Jeimeson Saudino (Submission – Round 1, 3:26)

Bantamweight: Aaron Ely d. Owen Evinger (Submission – Round 1, 3:45)

Heavyweight: Daniel Gallemore d. Derrick Ruffin (TKO – Round 2, 5:00)

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Bellator 55 Results

October 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Bantamweight Tournament Semifinals: Alexis Vila d. Marcos Galvao (Split Decision)

This was a very close fight that could have gone either way.  Vila didn’t have a lot of success with his takedown attempts and the fighters spent most of their time exchanging strikes.  I felt like Vila generally got the best of Galvao and the split decision was warranted.  Either way, Vila moves on to the bantamweight tournament finals!

Bantamweight Tournament Semifinals: Eduardo Dantas d. Ed West (Split Decision)

The split decision here?  Not good.  Eduardo Dantas won this fight, period.  He at least won the first two rounds easily while the third could have gone either way.  I’m pleased that Dantas didn’t get jobbed here as he was the clear winner.  Ed West also somehow thought he won, which resulted in him making a comically serious shocked face when the decision was announced.  How pleasing!

Light Heavyweight: Travis Wiuff d. Christian M’Pumbu (Unanimous Decision)

Christian M’Pumbu, I am disappoint.  Wiuff did his best to hold M’Pumbu down in the first two rounds, though the champ did have success during his limited striking displays.  M’Pumbu should have won the fight in the third after staggering Wiuff, but followed his much bigger opponent to the ground in a weak attempt to stop the fight.  A very disappointing loss in a non-title fight.  Wiuff said after the fight that he only won because he’s a big wrestler and he is right.

Lightweight: Ricardo Tirloni d. Steve Gable (Submission – Round 2, 3:54)

Hey, Ricardo Tirloni won!  I was right!  Tirloni looked pretty sharp, even if his opponent was a fairly inexperienced 35 year old dude.  A win’s still a win.  I thought I heard that Tirloni would be fighting Chris Horodecki later this season because of this victory, so whoopie?

Catchweight (210 lbs.): Richard Hale d. Carlos Flores (TKO – Round 1, 0:18)

Lightweight: Efrain Escudero d. Cesar Avila (Submission – Round 1, 1:55)

Middleweight: Jacob Ortiz d. Edgar Garcia (KO – Round 1, 4:06)

Lightweight: Erin Beach d. Roscoe Jackson (Submission – Round 1, 3:52)

Featherweight: Jade Porter d. Nick Piedmont (Unanimous Decision)

Middleweight: Steve Steinbeiss d. Dano Moore (Submission – Round 1, 4:52)

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Bellator 54 Results

October 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Middleweight Tournament Semifinals: Alexander Shlemenko d. Brian Rogers (TKO – Round 2, 2:30)

This ended up being a really fun fight.  After an extremely tight first round, Shlemenko unloaded on Rogers with some crazy offense.  Spinning backfist, punches and kicks, and knees ended up sealing the fate of Brian Rogers.  I don’t know if anyone doubts that Shlemenko is the second best middleweight in Bellator, so him potentially winning this tournament will come as no surprise to anybody.

Middleweight Tournament Semifinals: Vitor Vianna d. Bryan Baker (TKO – Round 1, 0:54)

Vianna caught Baker early with some big punches and landed a number of unanswered shots with Baker pinned up against the cage.  The outcome was extremely surprising and Vianna will now challenge Alexander Shlemenko for a shot at Hector Lombard’s Middleweight Title.  Vianna has put together a pretty impressive resume and adding a ranked fighter like “Storm” in the finals would be a real coup.

Bantamweight: Zach Makovsky d. Ryan Roberts (Submission – Round 1, 4:48)

Makovsky dispatch Roberts with a nice north/south choke in the closing moments of the first round.  As far as I’m concerned, a fight with Alexis Vila can’t come soon enough.  Makovsky is awesome and as I noted yesterday, it’s a shame that he’s relegated to these fights against less than contenders.  Whoever wins the bantamweight tournament should give Makovsky a challenge, while Vila and Marcos Galvao seem to be the likeliest opponents.

Lightweight: Jacob Kirwan d. Rene Nazare (Unanimous Decision)

Nazare bloodied Kirwan in the opening round, but Kirwan did a nice job of holding Nazare down to earn the win.  It was a far from impressive performance, but a win is a win for Kirwan.

Middleweight: Duane Bastress d. Daniel Gracie (TKO – Round 2, 5:00)

Light Heavyweight: Tim Carpenter d. Ryan Contaldi (TKO – Round 1, 2:06)

Middleweight: Joey Kirwan d. Lewis Rumsey (Submission – Round 1, 1:40)

Women’s Middleweight: Andria Caplan d. Adrienne Seiber (Unanimous Decision)

Bantamweight: Claudio Ledesma d. Brian Kelleher (Unanimous Decision)

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