UFC 144 Results:
UFC 144 PPV Main Card
Lightweight Championship Bout
Ben Henderson def. Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision
Ryan Bader def. Quinton Jackson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jake Shields def. Yoshihiro Akiyama via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mark Hunt def. Cheick Kongo via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:11
Tim Boetsch def. Yushin Okami via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 0:54
Hatsu Hioki def. Bart Palaszewski via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Anthony Pettis def. Joe Lauzon via knockout (kick and punches) – Round 1, 1:21
UFC 144 FX Prelims
Takanori Gomi def. Eiji Mitsuoka via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:21
Vaughan Lee def. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:29
Riki Fukuda def. Steve Cantwell via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Chris Cariaso def. Takeya Mizugaki via decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Velasquez gets next fight
Late last week, Ultimate Fighting Championship ’s CEO & co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta took to Twitter to answer fan’s questions and break some news regarding his heavyweight fighters and plans for his mixed martial arts organization.
The biggest news revealed was the next opponent for former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir .
Franks answer when asked who to fight… “Cain.”
Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velásquez will try to get back in the win column after his lackluster title loss to Junior Dos Santos this past November, a fight that aired on Fox.
In that bout, Velásquez was knocked at 1:04 in the first round.
Dos Santos Beats Velasquez
Mir would prove to be a formidable force against Velásquez.
In December at UFC 14, Mir submitted Brazilian legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by breaking his arm with a kimura.
Many believe the winner of this match-up is next in line for a title shot.
Fertitta also revealed that UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos will defend his title at UFC 146 in Las Vegas. The event is scheduled for May.
UFC Hall of Famer and former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion,Randy Couture, has been giving his thoughts on the upcoming 205-pound title fight pitting Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida, which will go down tomorrow night (Dec. 10, 2011) at UFC 140 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
According to “The Natural,” Jones has made it look easy throughout his young mixed martial arts (MMA) career, walking through each of his opponents with relative ease. But he won’t have it easy when he steps inside the Octagon to take on the always crafty Machida.
Couture has firsthand experience when it comes to “The Dragon,” as he went to-to-toe with Brazilian buttkicker at the record-breaking UFC 129: “St. Pierre vs. Shields” event that went down this past April 30.
“Captain America” was on the receiving end of a flying front-kick to the face that would have made Mr. Miyagi proud. The loss ended Couture’s three fight win streak and ultimately marked the final fight of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
Speaking to ESPN.com, Couture says that while Jones is on a roll at the moment, he will have trouble dealing with the elusiveness of Machida:
By Sergio Non, USA TODAY
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — If Friday’s weigh-ins are any indication, Southern California’s ardor for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s heavyweight titleholder hasn’t dimmed since his last appearance in the area more than a year ago.
A crowd that organizers estimated at slightly more than 2,000 roared for Cain Velasquez as he stepped onto the scale in the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to make this weekend’s main event official. Against challenger Junior Dos Santos in Anaheim, Calif. at the Honda Center, Velasquez on Saturday (9 p.m. ET, Fox) will attempt his first defense of the belt he won at the same venue in October 2010.
Velasquez’s embrace of his heritage as the son of a Mexican migrant worker makes him a popular figure in the Latino community. With several people brandishing Mexican flags or wearing them as capes, the audience on Friday was louder than any gathering at weigh-ins for UFC’s events in the United States over the last few months.
Their noise went both ways. Boos directed at Dos Santos drowned out an attempt by a small contingent of his fans to chant his “Cigano” nickname. But the challenger expected it; he attended the event last year that saw Velasquez overwhelm Brock Lesnar to win the title.
“They were really going crazy for him in Anaheim last year,” Dos Santos told USA Today soon after his fight with Velasquez was announced. “But in a fight, my focus is my opponent. … It really doesn’t matter what the crowd is doing because at that moment in time, I’m not paying attention to them.”
Coming off a hiatus that lasted 13 months because of a partially torn rotator cuff, Velasquez on Friday weighed 249 pounds, his heaviest in eight UFC bouts. His weight has been inching higher throughout his career as a pro fighter; he weighed 235.5 pounds for his first UFC fight in April 2008, 238 pounds in October 2009, and 244 pounds for his victory against Lesnar.
Dos Santos on Friday weighed 239 pounds, within the 234-to-240-pound range of his previous seven UFC bouts.
Both of them are among the smaller heavyweights in UFC these days. The winner of their bout on Saturday will face 278-pound Brock Lesnar or Alistair Overeem, who weighed 256 pounds in his last fight.
All the fighters for this weekend’s card made the cut on the first try Friday. The full line-up for Saturday’s event:
• Heavyweight championship (265-pound maximum): Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos
• Lightweight (155-pound maximum): Clay Guida vs. Ben Henderson
• Featherweight (145-pound maximum): Pablo Garza vs. Dustin Poirier
• Featherweight: Ricardo Lamas vs. Cub Swanson
• Welterweight (170-pound maximum): Clay Harvison vs. DaMarques Johnson
• Bantamweight (135-pound maximum): Darren Uyenoyama vs. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto
• Featherweight: Robert Peralta vs. Mackens Semerzier
• Bantamweight: Alex Caceres vs. Cole Escovedo
• Welterweight: Paul Bradley vs. Mike Pierce
• Light-heavyweight (205-pound maximum): Matt Lucas vs. Aaron Rosa
UFC on FOX
UFC on FOX: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos
When: November 12th, 2011
Where: The Honda Center in Anaheim, California
How: (Facebook and FOX)
Aaron Rosa vs. Matt Lucas
Paul Bradley vs. Mike Pierce
Alex “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres vs. Cole Escovedo
Mackens Semerzier vs. Robert Peralta
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Darren Uyenoyama
Clay Harvison vs. DaMarques Johnson
Cub Swanson vs. Ricardo Lamas
Dustin Poirier vs. Pablo Garza
Clay Guida vs. Ben Henderson
(FOX 9PM ET/6PM PT)
Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez (UFC Heavyweight Champion)
Saturday, October 15, 2011, Bellator Fighting Championships made its return to the Boardwalk Hall Ballroom in Atlantic City, New Jersey, for Bellator 54, which featured the semi-final pairings for the Season 5 Bellator Middleweight Tournament.
The main-event saw Russian striker Alexander Shlemenko (42-7-0) go toe-to-toe with American Brian Rogers (8-3-0), while California’s Bryan Baker (16-3-0) took on Wand Fight Team representative Vitor Vianna (12-1-1) in evening’s co-main event. The winner of the season 5 tournament will become the #1 contender at 185lbs and earn a shot at the promotion’s title in 2012.
Vianna and Baker both came out swinging early as each man looked to establish an advantage standing, but it was Vianna would find his mark first as he tagged the American with a big over-hand right that dropped the former tournament finalist; the follow up was a violent one as fortunately the Team Wand representative missed with an illegal soccer kick – which surely would have seen him disqualified – before sending a series of hammer-fists into his foe’s temple; the referee intervened at just 54 seconds of round one, sending Vianna through to the tournament finals.
Ohio native Brian Rogers started positive, but in the end fared no better than his fellow American semi-finalist as Schlemenko lived up to his reputation once more with a barrage of strikes to finish the contest mid-way through round two. The Russian found himself in deep waters early, as Rogers put together quick, powerful combinations that stunned the striking specialist in round one; but the aggressive pace took it’s toll on “The Predator” and it wasn’t long before Schlemenko’s technical and cardio advantage paid dividends as “Storm” poured it on, finishing the bout by TKO at 2:30 of round two.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney had the following to say regarding a Schlemenko vs. Vianna middleweight finals in season 5, and the champion that awaits the winner in early 2012.
“We have an incredibly dominant champion,” Rebney stated at the post-fight press conference. “It’s not easy. I think, right now, when you look at Vitor Vianna and Alexander Shlemenko, we could provide a good test for Hector Lombard. I think he’s one of the best two middleweights on earth. I think Hector is an absolute monster.”
Full results from Bellator 54 are found below:
1 Andria Caplan def. Adrienne Seiber via decision (Unanimous) rd3 5:00
2 Claudio Ledesma def. Brian Kelleher via decision (Unanimous) rd3 5:00
3 Joey Kirwan def. Lewis Rumsey via submission (Guillotine Choke) rd1 1:40
4 Tim Carpenter def. Ryan Contaldi via TKO (Punch) rd1 2:16
5 Duane Bastress def. Daniel Gracie via TKO (Doctor Stoppage) rd2 5:00
6 Jacob Kirwan def. Rene Nazare via decision (Unanimous) rd3 5:00
7 Zach Makovsky def. Ryan Roberts via submission (North-South Choke) rd1 4:48
8 Vitor Vianna def. Bryan Baker via TKO (Punches) rd1 0:54
9 Alexander Shlemenko def. Brian Rogers via TKO (Knees) rd2 2:30
Frankie Edgar wouldn’t let a third fight with Gray Maynard go to a decision this time, as he topped his foe and retained his lightweight title at UFC 136 in Houston.
The third fight started a lot like their previous meeting at UFC 126, but Edgar pounded away at Maynard in the fourth round to win the bout by technical knockout.
The champion and challenger were patient and circled the Octagon early. Later, Edgar swarmed on Maynard for a brief clinch, but they separated a shortly after. Maynard then landed an uppercut and wobbled the champ. Edgar took some more shots from the challenger and was rocked a couple more times. Maynard attempted some more uppercuts and pressured the champion, leaving the title holder wobbly until the end of the round. The first round of this match-up was a near mirror image of their previous fight’s first round.
Maynard measured patiently as he waited for a chance to land another uppercut after the second round got underway. Frankie landed a left hand that left a mark early in the round, but there was no immediate follow-up to that. Later, the champ landed a right hand, but Maynard didn’t fall back at all. Edgar’s attempts at clinching and takedowns were also met with strong defense from the challenger. Maynard didn’t land any major powershots in the second frame and Edgar seemed to find his rhythm a little more.
Maynard continued to try and find his uppercut, while Edgar did what he could to circle and land quick combinations. Maynard didn’t find the powerpunch that helped in the first round and Edgar continued to do his typical dance and avoid his opponent, while at the same time finding some strikes that scored points. Edgar continued to pepper Maynard until the end of the round and edged him in the third frame.
Edgar continued to find combinations into the championship rounds. He landed several strikes and solidified the advantage on the feet halfway through the round with both legkicks and punches. Edgar managed to land an uppercut that wobbled the challenger and followed through with massive right hands that dropped Maynard. After Maynard went to the ground, the champ stayed on the attack kept striking from behind until his opponent was out and the ref stepped in to stop the contest 3:54 of the fourth round.
Despite being rocked in the opening frame, Edgar persevered and retained his UFC lightweight title in Houston.
“I hit him with a right hand and… I [saw] him rocked and I just went in for the kill,” Edgar said in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.
With the win, Edgar avenges the only loss of his career and bests a no.1 contender that’s been chasing him for quite some time. Edgar improves his record to 14-1-1, while in the first defeat of his pro career, Maynard drops to 10-1-1, overall.
The lightweight title picture is still far from in focus, however, with UFC president Dana White’s proclamation that Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez is on his way to the UFC. It appears that there are still some tough fights in the future of Frankie Edgar.
In the co-main event of the evening, Jose Aldo was able to shut down Kenny “Kenflo” Florian’s third opportunity at UFC gold.
The fight itself was reminiscent of what Florian tried against B.J. Penn in his second title fight, but the results were both with Florian ending up with a loss.
Florian opens up the first round with a few leg kicks. Then Florian decides to shoot for a takedown and Aldo easily stuffs it and lands devastating strikes. Shortly after Florian breaks away and then goes back to shooting for a takedown after takedown against the fence, but Aldo is able to stuff all the takedowns. Towards the end of the round, Florian kept pushing forward with the takedown against the fence and was able to land an elbow.
Round two Florian utilizes much more of his leg kicks and the pace of the fight slows. Aldo seems a bit timid but lands a few thunderous leg kicks in the round and a nice straight right hand. From there Florian was able to counter a leg kick attempt from Aldo.
The third round beings and Aldo seems to unload with his hands a bit more. Aldo continues with an inside leg kick that buckles Florian and tags Florian with some solid strikes. At about the half way mark, Florian is off balance and ends up on the bottom and Aldo keeps working for position and Florian was able to defend well and nullify Aldo, although Aldo did get the mount at one point. Towards the end of the round Aldo would break away from Florian and when the fight restarted on the feet, Florian would press hard for the takedown against the fence but couldn’t secure it.
Aldo gets back to work on Florian’s left leg on round four and the swelling is clearly evident. At the half way mark, Florian works for a single against the fence but he couldn’t secure the takedown. Aldo appears to be a bit slower but still keeps fending off takedown after takedown from Florian. At the end of the round Aldo is able to get off a right hand and a kick to the body.
The final round starts with Florian pressing for the takedown yet again and the crowd boos Florian. After the two men separate Florian goes for a knee but slips and Aldo is able to pass to full mount. Florian would then quickly escape from full mount and put Aldo into half guard and as Aldo tried to mount, Florian would get back to his feet. With a minute left to go Aldo pressed Florian against the fence and Florian reverses Aldo. At the end of the round Aldo attempts a flying knee and a roundhouse kick that don’t find the mark.
After a grueling five round bout, the judges awarded Aldo a unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
“It played out great, he’s a very strategic fighter, so he’s a very smart and experienced guy, so I just had to go in there and impose my game,” Aldo said post-fight.
“I expected him to try to pin me against the cage. I saw him try to do that against B.J. Penn and he did the exact same thing, and I just had to defend it. He was always trying to take me down, I knew I could land more kicks but I had to defend takedowns.”
After the win over Florian, Aldo defended his UFC title for the second time and continues to solidify him as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport.
Dominant Sonnen submits Stann, calls out Silva
The only thing overshadowing Chael Sonnen’s victory were the comments he made after it.
After sitting out the past 14 months due to multiple suspensions and legal issues, the enigmatic middleweight finally got back in the cage and derailed the quickly rising Brian Stann with a second-round submission victory.
But his post-fight speech did nothing but preview what likely will be his next bout: a rematch with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Against Stann, Sonnen promised there would be no feeling-out process, and he immediately shot for a double-leg takedown. He had to work from the clinch for nearly two minutes before getting it, but he promptly landed in side control. As Stann tried to get to his feet, Sonnen took his back, secured his hooks, and then worked for a rear-naked choke from the standing position as Stann returned to his feet. He couldn’t get it, but he slammed Stann back to the mat and battered him with heavy ground and pound for the final minute of the round.
Sonnen again scored the double-leg takedown to open the second round. He then moved to full mount and delivered more punishment. Stann eventually pulled his opponent back into full guard before a premature standup allowed Stann to blast Sonnen with a right hand. Sonnen, though, quickly closed the distance, scooped up his opponent, dumped him again and landed in side control. Sonnen then secured an arm-triangle choke, switched sides and forced the tap-out at the 3:51 mark of the round.
Stann was simply overwhelmed and was clearly frustrated at the bout’s conclusion.
Everyone then hung on Sonnen’s first words which he didn’t disappoint.
“Anderson Silva, you absolutely suck,” said Sonnen, who dominated the champ for four rounds at UFC 117 before falling to a late-fight submission. “Super Bowl weekend, the biggest rematch in the history of the business. I’m calling you out.”
“I beat you, (and) you leave the division. I beat you, and I leave the UFC.”
And with that, Sonnen left the cage.
Should he get the rematch, Sonnen (26-11-1 MMA, 5-4 UFC) will do so on the strength of a 4-1 run.
Stann, meanwhile, (11-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) snaps a three-fight win streak and suffers just his second loss in seven fights.
Phan gets redemption, beats Garcia in thriller
Their first meeting ended in one of the most controversial judging decisions of 2010 with the rematch awarded the rightful victor his long-awaited win.
After a controversial split-decision defeat to Garcia in December, Phan earned a unanimous and thrilling decision victory over his always-exciting opponent in the rematch.
Phan got the better of the stand-up and buckled Garcia on multiple occasions in the first round. Body shots also landed especially flush. Garcia landed some nice kicks to the body, but Phan’s balanced attack clearly won him the round.
Early in the second, Phan landed a solid combination that again buckled Garcia. As the round wore on, Garcia’s striking appeared to become more desperate, and a disciplined Phan made him pay with counter shots and especially effective hooks to the body.
By the third round, Garcia was clearly fatigued, frustrated and bleeding. But he came out winging haymakers while putting audible grunts behind them. The strategy allowed him to connect with some low kicks and punches to the body, and he dropped Phan with a left a few minutes into the round. Once Phan was back up, Garcia poured on the blows, but he soon punched himself out, and Phan was able to recover and find his legs. Phan then scored a takedown, but the ref called for a quick stand-up. Garcia, though, was too tired and wild to capitalize, and Phan avoided any finishing blows.
In the end, the judges awarded Phan the redeeming unanimous-decision victory via 29-28 scores. The exciting bout brought the Toyota Center crowd to its feet.
Phan (17-9 MMA, 1-2 UFC) halted a 1-4 skid and saved his UFC career with the victory. Garcia (15-8-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC), who recently competed in the WEC, falls to 1-2 in his latest UFC stint.
Lauzon stuns Guillard with first-round submission
Fighting near his hometown and with a likely title shot waiting in the wings, Louisiana native Melvin Guillard couldn’t have entered the cage any happier. Less than a minute later, he couldn’t have left any more disappointed.
Facing fellow lightweight Joe Lauzon, Guillard darted in and out of range with an abundance of confidence. But perhaps a little too confident, he swarmed in and was countered with a quick left to the chin. Guillard clearly was staggered, and Lauzon quickly wrestled him to the mat, took his back, secured the rear-naked choke, rolled Guillard to his stomach, and forced the tap-out.
Lauzon, who entered the fight as an approximate 4-to-1 underdog, needed just 47 seconds to score the shocking upset.
Lauzon (21-6 MMA, 8-3 UFC) quietly picks up his third win in four fights and his fifth victory in seven bouts. All have come via stoppage.
Guillard (29-9-2 MMA, 10-5 UFC), who was all but guaranteed a title shot if victorious, snaps a five-fight win streak in the most disappointing of fashions.
SEE ALSO: UFC 136 preliminary-card results: Maia shuts down Santiago, Pettis edges Stephens
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
- Champ Frankie Edgar def. Gray Maynard via TKO (punches) – Round 4, 3:54 – retains lightweight title
- Champ Jose Aldo def. Kenny Florian via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) – retains featherweight title
- Chael Sonnen def. Brian Stann via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:51
- Nam Phan def. Leonard Garcia via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Joe Lauzon def. Melvin Guillard via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 1, 0:47
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)
- Demian Maia def. Jorge Santiago via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Anthony Pettis def. Jeremy Stephens via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
- Stipe Miocic def. Joey Beltran via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
- Darren Elkins def. Tiequan Zhang via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
- Aaron Simpson def. Eric Schafer via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Mike Massenzio def. Steven Cantwell via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
UFC 136 Results: Chael Sonnen And The Best Interview In UFC History
By Jonathan Snowden - Feature Writer
UFC contender Chael Sonnen cut one of the best promos in UFC history last night. Will his rematch with Anderson Silva draw big at the box office?
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Oct 8, 2011 - “Anderson Silva - you absolutely suck. I’m calling you out, Silva, but we’re upping the stakes. I beat you, you leave the division. You beat me, I’ll leave the UFC forever.” - Chael Sonnen
With those words, a legend was born. You never know what Chael Sonnen is going to say at any given moment. His interviews are as exciting as his fights. He’s liable to defame an entire country, question the legitimacy of his opponent’s wins, even drop in a joke here or there. His roaming one man show has taken him from unknown middleweight to one of the sport’s most talked about fighters. And that was before tonight’s epic post-fight challenge to champion Anderson Silva.
Lost in Sonnen’s post-fight tomfoolery was an amazing performance against Brian Stann. The former Marine, frankly, didn’t look like he belonged in the same cage with Sonnen. The Team Quest wrestler took Stann down at will, and once he got him there combined high level jiu jitsu with a wrestler’s base. Stann was helpless – even an early referee stand up couldn’t help him. Sonnen moved from side control to mount with flawless technique. When he secured an arm triangle, Stann had no choice but to tap out.
Sonnen deserves a rematch with Silva. At UFC 117 he took the champion into the fifth round. If not for a last minute miracle submission, Sonnen would be the champion. That in itself will help sell the fight. The hilarious pro wrestling style challenge will take it to the next level. If the UFC plays this right, this can get mainstream play. NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley certainly seemed to find it hilarious. I think America will have the same reaction.
The response, so far, has been overwhelmingly positive. Some purists will worry about the homage to Rowdy Roddy Piper. Concern that something that makes people smile and laugh is “bad for the sport” will be expressed – and should be immediately dismissed. The UFC is in the sports entertainment business. And it doesn’t get much more entertaining than Chael Sonnen.
UFC 136 weigh-ins
Steve Cantwell (186) vs. Mike Massenzio (185)
Aaron Simpson (186) vs. Eric Schafer (185.5)
Darren Elkins (145) vs. Zhang Tie Quan (146)
Joey Beltran (245) vs. Stipe Miocic (236)
Spike TV Preliminaries
Anthony Pettis (154.5) vs. Jeremy Stephens (156)
Demian Maia (185) vs. Jorge Santiago (185)
Pay-Per-View Main Card
Melvin Guillard (155.5) vs. Joe Lauzon (155.5)
Leonard Garcia (145) vs. Nam Phan (145)
Chael Sonnen (185) vs. Brian Stann (186)
Jose Aldo (145) vs. Kenny Florian (145)
Frankie Edgar (154.5) vs. Gray Maynard (155)
UFC 135 Weigh in results
Spike TV Preliminary Fights:
-Tim Boetsch (186 lbs.) vs. Nick Ring (185 lbs.)
-Aaron Riley (155 lbs.) vs. Tony Ferguson (155 lbs.)
-Takanori Gomi (155 lbs.) vs. Nate Diaz (156 lbs.)
-Rob Broughton (261 lbs.) vs. Travis Browne (255 lbs.)
-Mark Hunt (261 lbs.) vs. Ben Rothwell (263 lbs.)
-Josh Koscheck (170 1/2 lbs.) vs. Matt Hughes (170 lbs.)
-Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (204 lbs.) vs. Jon “Bones” Jones (204 1/2 lbs.)
Timing in addition to a bad match-up prove to be a bad recipe for Jake Shields
By Nate Wilcox - MMA Editor
The UFC scores one of its best-selling live events in Ultimate Fight Night history with UFC Fight Night 25 in New Orleans.
Sep 17, 2011 - New Orleans gave the UFC a warm welcome back tonight as 7,112 attended for a $685,000 live gate according to reports from the post fight press conference. New Orleans’ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center hosted the event which saw its main card air on Spike TV
The main event showcased Jake Ellenberger dismantled and knocked out Jake Shields in 50 seconds. The co main event saw The Ultimate Fighter winner Court McGee outlast Dongi Yang by unanimous decision after a wild three round war and cardio display.
The gate and attendance were some of the best numbers in the series’ history.
Add Daniel Cormier, Cain Valasquez, Ryan Bader, Jon Jones, and King Mo Lawal to list of mma legends below and the MMA world begins to get the message. Wrestling simply makes for the best overall fighting base. The recent influx of fighters in MMA that are either champions or top ten in the respective weights sends MMA a strong message, wrestlers dominate any style as a base, and is the kryptonite for Gracie Ju Jitsu or any other Brazilian Ju Jitsu.
MMA Legends that were accomplished wrestlers
Couture’s resume is seemingly endless: a high school state wrestling champion, three-time U.S. Olympic team alternate, three-time NCAA division I All-America, two-time NCAA division I runner-up, two-time Pan-American champion … In MMA, Couture, a.k.a. “The Natural,” (kneeling) became the UFC’s first simultaneous two-division titleholder and Hall of Famer.
You’ll soon see Henderson (blue trunks) lead Team USA on the ninth season of the MMA reality series “The Ultimate Fighter.” But in 1992, and again in 1996, Henderson was leading Team USA as a Greco-Roman wrestler at the Olympics. A year after the ’96 Games, Henderson began training in mixed martial arts, in which he now owns a 24-7 record after becoming the first fighter to simultaneously hold titles in two weight classes in a major organization (he was the welterweight and middleweight champ in PRIDE).
A four-time All-America at Arizona State and the former wrestling coach at ASU and Michigan State, Severn earned numerous national and international wrestling awards. He set the U.S. record for victories by pin from 1976 to 1992. As the first elite wrestler to step foot in the Octagon, Severn went on to compete in a jaw-dropping 109 MMA fights, earning victories in 86.
Arguably one of the best college wrestlers to step on the mat in the past 20 or so years, Hendricks won two NCAA titles while at Oklahoma State. Since his conversion to mixed martial arts, Hendricks holds a 5-0 record. His first WEC victory was against Justin Haskins in December. He also defeated Alex Serdyukov at WEC 39 in the promotion’s final welterweight match.
A wrestler since his teenage years, Coleman became an NCAA champion at Ohio State. After later earning a spot on the 1992 U.S. Olympic wrestling team and placing seventh overall in Barcelona, Coleman switched gears and made the jump to mixed martial arts. In his first professional fight, at UFC 10 in 1996, he took on Moti Horenstein, whom Coleman submitted just 2:43 into the first round via strikes. In his lengthy MMA career in both the UFC and PRIDE, Coleman compiled a 15-9 record.
Fitch (red trunks) was a four-year letterman with the Purdue wrestling team, and was even named team captain. Since his first professional MMA fight in 2002, he has racked up 18 wins in 21 matches — one of which was a split-decision victory over Diego Sanchez at UFC 76.
At Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Koscheck (black trunks) won an NCAA Division I wrestling championship and was an NCAA All-America four times. Since he began his professional mixed martial arts career in 2004, Koscheck has amassed a 12-4 record.
While at Ohio State, Randleman won, not one, but two Division I wrestling championships at 177 pounds, and, in 2004, he was inducted into the OSU Hall of Fame. Randleman began his MMA career in Brazil, where he earned a 5-1 record in Universal Vale Tudo Fighting. Having since fought in various promotions, including PRIDE, the UFC and Sengoku, Randleman has earned a 17-12 record.
An NJCAA All-America wrestler and two-time NCAA All-America, Hughes (black trunks) has compiled a massive 49-7 record in mixed martial arts. He has won the UFC welterweight belt twice, with his last successful defense against now-champion B.J. Penn at UFC 63.
Before he was a mixed martial artist and before he was a politician, “The Law” Lindland was a Big 12 conference champion and All-American wrestler at the Nebraska. He later traveled to Sydney, Australia, where he competed for the U.S. Greco-Roman wrestling team and won the silver medal at 76 kg. Now fighting with Affliction, Lindland has an MMA record of 21-6.
Before he was a UFC champion and mixed martial arts superstar, Ortiz (facing) was a successful high school and college wrestler in California. At Golden West College, he won the state JUCO wrestling title before attending Cal State Bakersfield, where he would train with elite wrestler and now New England Patriots guard, Stephen Neal. Ortiz won the UFC light heavyweight title in 2002 and has earned victories over notable fighters, including Forest Griffin, at UFC 59.
A wrestler since he was 7, “The Muscle Shark” Sherk competed in nearly 400 matches. Nearly eight years since his first victory as a mixed martial artist, Sherk won the UFC lightweight title in 2006 and last successfully defended it against Hermes Franca at UFC 73. Sherk has compiled an MMA record of 37-3-1.
Mike Van Arsdale
A wrestler at Iowa State, Van Arsdale (red trunks) won the 1998 NCAA division I championship at 167 pounds. He was later inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame. As a professional mixed martial artist, Van Arsdale has an 8-5 record, including this win over John Marsh at UFC 52.
Others worth mentioning
Via press conference, UFC President Dana White and UFC Asian offices Mark Fischer announced that the promotion is Japan bound coming to Saitama Super Arena on Feb. 26, 2012.
The card is set to happen, and should bring an interesting mix.
There are no details of this fight, only that we can speculate that several of the UFC’s fighters from Japan and other Asian friends will end up on the February show.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Jake Shields, Chuck Liddell, and Jon Fitch have expressed interest in fighting in Japan as well.
The UFC owns Pride and therefore has the Pride veterans who made names for themselves in Japan. Chuck Liddell, Rampage Jackson, Wanderlei Silva, Mirko Cro Cop, Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, and numerous other well-known names have been on the Japan circuit.
It has been over 14 years since the UFC has set foot on the Pearl Harbor attackers (and instigator of the World War) but just as the UFC and StrikeForce fighters have dismantled the pool of Japan talent, look for this to continue when they land there in Feb. 2012 (No surprises by the way).
M. Pepper MMABAY blogger
Here are UFC 134 results and bonuses are below
With his stunning knockout of top-contender Brendan Schaub at UFC 134: Rio on Saturday night, MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira took home an additional $100,000 for the “Knockout of the Night” bonus.
Also pocketing an additional $100,000 were Edson Barboza and Ross Pearson, for “Fight of the Night” at UFC: Rio.
Due to the fact that there were no submissions at the event, an award for “Submission of the Night” was obviously not awarded to anyone on the card.
Saturday, August 20, 2011, Bellator Fighting Championships will go live from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, for Bellator 48, featuring the finals for the Bellator Summer Series Featherweight Tournament when Nova Uniao standout Marlon Sandro (19-2-0) takes on Season 2 Lightweight Tournament winner and one-time title challenger, Pat Curran (15-4-0) for the right to face promotion champion Joe Warren for the 145lbs strap.
The main-event will showcase two of sport’s premier featherweight competitors in Curran and Sandro who boast similar skill-sets with different approaches; a winner if 6 of his past 7 appearances, Curran has matured in leaps and bounds throughout that stretch, while getting the opportunity to test his skills against one of the world’s best lightweight fighters in champion Eddie Alvarez. His counter-striking will have to be on point when paired with a brawler like Sandro who likes to let his hands go as it’s likely neither man will get the better of the other on the ground. A former Sengoku RC lightweight champion and King of Pancrase, Sandro’s aggressive style has endeared him to fans the world over; ring-generalship and the occasional takedown will be the difference in this one, as a competitive bout unfolds where both fighters have their moments. The pick here is Pat Curran, who shows sings of improvement each and every time he steps into the cage. Surely, it will be a razor-close decision, but Pat Curran is going to be difficult for anyone to beat at 145lbs and will give Joe Warren everything he can handle after gaining his second shot a Bellator title within the calendar year.
Also included on the card is a pair of heavyweight tilts. Promotion champion Cole Konrad will toe-the-line against UFC veteran and one-time title challenger, Paul Buentello in a non-title contest, and former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez will put his 12-fight winning streak on the line against TUF alumnus Seth Petruzelli as both men look to secure a spot in the Season 5 Heavyweight Tournament.
“Taking this opportunity to fight with Bellator is really my final calling,” Rodriguez told Sherdog.com. “I don’t plan on going anywhere else. I plan to compete in the heavyweight tournament, see how I match up with the heavyweights, really push myself to be a champion and finish my career here.”
The full fight card is found below:
Bellator Summer Series Featherweight Tournament Final
Pat Curran vs. Marlon Sandro (No. 5 FW)
Cole Konrad vs. Paul Buentello
Ricco Rodriguez vs. Seth Petruzelli
Rene Nazare vs. Juan Barrantes
Nik Fekete vs. Mark Griffin
Saul Almeida vs. Tateki Matsuda
Dan Cramer vs. John Clarke
Ryan Quinn vs. Brett Oteri
Andrew Calandrelli vs. Matt Nice
The UFC brought out it’s big guns to announced its new Television agreement with Fox. The company’s “A-List” in attendance included not only UFC president Dana White, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, and UFC VP Chuck Liddell, but also fighters such as Georges St-Pierre, Frankie Edgar, and Rashad Evans.
All of them are excited for the fruits that will soon be coming their and the UFC’s way because of this landmark TV deal, but UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre actually had a lot more to say about his next opponent, former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz, than the broadcast agreement.
Diaz has a knack for getting under his opponent’s skin, and although GSP pride’s himself on not getting overly emotional about his fights, he had to admit that he feels somewhat disrespected by Diaz’s comments that the UFC champ was ducking him.
Respected MMA trainer Shawn Thompkins dies in sleep at the age of 37
Shawn Tompkins, a mixed martial arts trainer known for guiding the careers of several accomplished fighters, passed away Sunday in Canada. The cause of his death is unknown. Tompkins was 37 years old.
Tompkins is survived by his wife, Emilie, who confirmed her husband’s death late Sunday night.
“Unfortunately I’m in Las Vegas and he’s in Canada,” she said. “I’m hearing through my family and his family that he didn’t wake up this morning. They’re going to do an autopsy tomorrow, so we don’t know any of the actual details. But from what we do know, he passed away in his sleep.”
Tompkins was known for molding young fighters into crisp, technical strikers. He started with Stout when the lightweight was just 16. Stout became Tompkins’ brother-in-law after the trainer married Emilie. The couple moved to Las Vegas from London, Ontario, Canada, in 2007.
Tompkins’ mentor Bas Rutten, a former UFC heavyweight champion, told ESPN.com he spoke to his friend on Saturday evening.
“Shawn is one of my best friends, one of the best if not the best striking coaches on the planet, and I mean this,” said Rutten, who made the blond-haired Canadian the head coach of an International Fight League team in 2007. “He always put his students and friends before him, would do anything for them.”
“He texted me late last night, telling me he loved me,” Rutten said, “so thank God I called him to tell him it was mutual.”
Beyond Tompkins’ roll as a trainer, he established an almost paternal roll with many of his fighters and was fond of calling them “son.” After relocating to Las Vegas, Tompkins settled at Xtreme Couture until he moved on to become head coach at the Tapout Research and Development Training Center in 2009.
Earlier this year, Tompkins ran Hominick’s corner during a UFC featherweight championship fight in Toronto. This was the closest Tompkins came to earning his stripes as a UFC championship trainer. Hominick fought valiantly but dropped the fight on points to Jose Aldo.
Tompkins fought before excelling as a trainer, losing each of his four bouts in the Montreal-based promotion UCC.
Tompkins was in Canada to help prepare Horodecki for his next bout on Sept. 10.
The trainer’s remains were moved to University Hospital in London, Ontario. No funeral plans have been set, said Emilie Tompkins. She will travel to Canada on Monday.
“Obviously I think he was an amazing man,” Emilie said, “and I hope everyone shares their good stories about him.”
Josh Gross covers mixed martial arts for ESPN.com.
UFC Live 5 results
By Matt Boone MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
The “Fightof the night” bonuses were announced during the UFC Live 5 post-fight press conference by company president Dana White on Sunday night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Leading the pack with a double-bonus of $130,000 for both “Submission of the Night” and co-winner of “Fight Of The Night” alongside Dan Hardy (who took home a $65,000 bonus himself) for his third round choke victory over “The Outlaw” in his final MMA fight in the main event of UFC Live 5.
“Knockout of the Night” honors went to Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, who picked up a K.O. over his opponent Charles Oliveira, earning himself an additional $65,000 in bonus pay.
UFC live 5 weigh-In results: Hardy needs three tries to make weight
By MATT BOONE
MMANEWS.CO Staff Write
The following are results from the official UFC Live 5 weigh-ins, which were held on Saturday afternoon for tonight’s live event at The Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, airing for free on the Versus cable network.
-Dan Hardy (170 lbs.) * vs. Chris Lytle (170 1/2 lbs.)
-Jim Miller (155 1/2 lbs.) vs. Ben Henderson (156 lbs.)
-Donald Cerrone (156 lbs.) vs. Charles Oliveira (155 lbs.)
-Duane “Bang” Ludwig (170 1/2 lbs.) vs. Amir Sadollah (170 lbs.)
-C.B. Dollaway (186 lbs.) vs. Jared Hamman (185 lbs.)
-Joseph Benavidez (135 1/2 lbs.) vs. Eddie Wineland (136 lbs.)
-Ed Herman (186 lbs.) vs. Kyle Noke (185 lbs.)
-Karlos Vemola (205 1/2 lbs.) vs. Ronny Markes (205 lbs.)
-Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres (146 lbs.) vs. Jim Hettes (145 1/2 lbs.)
-Cole Miller (155 1/2 lbs.) vs. T.J. O’Brien (155 1/2 lbs.)
-Jacob Volkmann (156 lbs.) vs. Danny Castillo (156 lbs.)
-Jason Reinhardt (135 lbs.) vs. Edwin Figueroa (136 lbs.)
* Hardy missed weight on his initial attempt. After removing his trunks and bringing out the towels, “The Outlaw” was still 171 1/2 lbs. On his third try, however, after the official weigh-ins were over, Hardy did finally make 170 lbs. The fight is on.
Nike sees MMA as the next big thing
8/2/2011 courtesy of ProFightNetwork
When Anderson “The Sypder” Silva enters the cage to defend his UFC middleweight title Aug. 27 in Rio de Janeiro, he will do so as the first Brazilian mixed martial artist to be sponsored by Nike.
The 36-year-old Silva, who meets Japan’s Okamilater this month in the main event of UFC 134, recently closed a sponsorship agreement with the sports apparel mega-brand. Nike Brazil Director of Sports Marketing Luis Alexandre confirmed the deal to UOL.com.by Tuesday; exact terms were not disclosed.
The news comes days after video appeared online, sparking rumors of the transaction. The 90-second clip featured Silva staring menacingly at a camera, as he would an opponent, dressed in a red t-shirt with a prominent Nike “swoosh” logo.
With the deal, Silva joins the likes of Okiyamii, Uno and Myata as MMA fighters who have been backed by Nike. Boxingchamp Manny Pacquiao also numbers among the company’s athletes, while ex-UFC heavyweight Kimbo Slice was featured in a series of Nike viral ads alongside NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson in 2008.
Nike is not the only major sponsor “The Spider” has added to his portfolio of late.
Last week, the Brazilian branch of fast-food giant Burger King announced Silva as one of its new promotional faces. On Monday, officials from Brazilian soccer team Sport Club Corinthians Paulista — also sponsored by Nike — announced a multi-tiered marketing initiative in which the pound-for-pound great will be prominently featured. Silva, a well-known Corinthians booster, will don the club’s jersey during his entrance at UFC 134 and will lend his name to a new MMA facility to be constructed by the team in his hometown of Sao Paulo.
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Main Card (Showtime)
Dan Henderson defeats Fedor Emelianenko via Ref Stoppage (TKO – Strikes) – Round 1, 4:12
Miesha Tate defeats Marloes Coenen via submission (Arm Triangle) – Round 4, 3:04
Tim Kennedy defeats Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Tyrone Woodley defeats Paul Daley via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Tarec Saffiedine def. Scott Smith via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Gabriel Salinas-Jones def. Bryan Humes via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 3, 1:19
Derek Brunson def. Lumumba Sayers via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:33
Alexis Davis def. Julie Kedzie via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Tyler Stinson def. Eduardo Pamplona via KO (punch) – Round 1, 0:15
Gesias Cavalcante def. Bobby Green via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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