Friday, December 31, 2010
Mousasi is first and foremost an MMA fighter, but he showed once again that he has K-1-level striking. Mousasi was nothing short of sensational in beating Kyotaro, knocking down the Japanese champ in the second round with a beautiful combination of punches. It was the second time Mousasi has beaten an experienced K-1 veteran under K-1 rules on a New Year's Eve card in Japan; Mousasi also beat the Japanese kickboxer Musashi two years ago.
What: UFC 125: Resolution
When: Saturday, the pay-per-view starts at 10 PM ET
Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
Predictions on the five pay-per-view fights are below.
Are there any major things to look out for?
For example should I check to make sure the mats they use look like they...
Anthony Pettis, Lyoto Machida, and More Proving That The Traditional Martial Arts Can Help In The Cage
Early Career Hill: After wrestling for Old Dominion University and the United States Air Force, Vera tried MMA and started his career with two quick wins. He then didn't fight again until the pre-Zuffa WEC heavyweight tournament. Vera won that with TKOs of Mike Whitehead and Fabiano Scherner.
Great Mountain of 2006: Vera started off his career in the Octagon in style. In 2006, he rattled off three straight first-round knockouts of Assuerio Silva, Justin Eilers, and the one that really made his name, Frank Mir.
Valley of the Heavyweights: The Mir win was supposed to give Vera a title shot, but a contract dispute kept him out of the Octagon for nearly a year. His return was wrecked by Tim Sylvia, who took a decision from him, and then Fabricio Werdum, who TKOed him in the first round.
Light Heavy Hill: After those losses, Vera realized that despite his height, he was not a heavyweight. His first fight at 205 pounds was decent: a decision over Reese Andy at Fight Night 14.
Valley of the Mean Dean: Light heavyweight didn't stay so welcoming for Vera. Keith Jardine -- at the time, one of the hotter prospects in the UFC's 205-pound division -- took a split decision from Vera at UFC 89.
Back in the W Column Hill: Vera needed wins to keep his job, and he got them over Michael Patt, a TKO by leg kicks at UFC 96, and Krysztof Soszynszki, a decision at UFC 102.
Valley of the Main Event: Vera's last two fights have been main events and losses. First, he dropped a disputed decision to MMA legend Randy Couture at UFC 105. Next, he became part of the Jon Jones highlight reel, losing a TKO after Jones delivered a massive elbow that broke Vera's face in three places.
This leads him to the UFC 125 bout with Silva, a fight that will either right the course for Vera or give him his third loss in a row. Will we see a hill or a valley out of the Truth this weekend?
As for me, while I can concede that Aoki is a submission wizard, after...
HYDEN BLOG: Wanderlei vs. Leben, Jim Miller, The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, and An Amazing Stat About Georges St. Pierre
Jim Miller wants to fight Kenny Florian, Sean Sherk, or George Sotiropoulos, and all three options sound good to me. I think a fight with Sotiropoulos makes the most sense, but I'd be good with Florian or Sherk being Miller's next match-up. Miller is a good fighter, though I don't think he deserves a title shot just yet; but if he beats any of these three guys he definitely deserves consideration. The lightweight division in the UFC is extremely crowded, and it's going to take a lot for guys to get a title shot. There's no shortage of quality contenders, so the pressure is on for these guys to stand out somehow. Miller kneebaring Charles Oliveira in the first round in his last fight definitely makes him stand out. Now he just needs another quality win over a high-level guy.
The rumored Heavyweight Grand Prix that Strikeforce might be working on sounds cool, but I'm not putting much stock into it until it's officially announced as happening. Even then I'll still have my doubts as to it actually taking place. These aren't doubts that anyone would have if this were the UFC, but Strikeforce doesn't get the benefit of the doubt here. I want to see Strikeforce do well, but they haven't earned the confidence of the fans just yet. I'd love to see Strikeforce catch up to the UFC in popularity, and I believe that'd be the best thing that could happen to MMA outside of a totally unified MMA organization where every fighter fought in the same company. However, the fact remains that Strikeforce doesn't have the track record that the UFC does when it comes to getting things done. The UFC doesn't leave much on the table undone. I remember the talk of a middleweight tournament in Strikeforce that never happened so I have to have my doubts. I hope the Heavyweight Grand Prix happens, though.
Thiago Alves has proclaimed himself to be back. He may become a force in the welterweight division, and I hope he does, as I want to see some viable competition for Georges St. Pierre. The problem is, Alves already fought GSP and lost. As it stands now, GSP is on a whole other level in comparison to the other fighters in his division, and I don't think that's going to change anytime soon. I don't think Jake Shields has what it takes to beat GSP, who is so far beyond anyone when it comes to the welterweights. Josh Koscheck is a high-quality fighter and he was rendered absolutely ineffective by GSP. The same was true with Jon Fitch, B.J. Penn and Dan Hardy. Those guys are all very good fighters, but they couldn't do anything to GSP.
To truly grasp the dominance of GSP, it's important to look at not just his wins, but the rounds. In his last seven fights GSP has beaten Josh Koscheck, Dan Hardy, Thiago Alves, and Jon Fitch by five-round decisions in which GSP won all five rounds. Several of those rounds were won 10-8 as well. In those four fights, GSP won all 20 rounds handily. Mixed in with those five-round dominations were wins over B.J. Penn in which GSP won all four rounds before the stoppage, and a couple of second-round stoppages against Matt Hughes and Matt Serra. There's another eight rounds that GSP has won, bringing the total to 28 rounds.
GSP also won a decision over Josh Koscheck in their first fight as well, but two of the three judges scored that Koscheck had won a round while GSP won the other two. The third judge scored that GSP won all three rounds. Depending on how you want to look at it, GSP has either won 30 or 31 rounds in a row. That is an unbelievable achievement for any fighter. Even if you were fighting bums and tomato cans, that would still be impressive. However, GSP has been fighting the best the welterweight division has to offer. No other champion has been fighting the level of competition that GSP has, so for him to have won 30 or 31 rounds in a row is astounding. The magnitude of this accomplishment can't be overstated. Koscheck, Hardy, Alves, Fitch, Penn, Hughes, and Serra. These are high-quality fighters, but they were made impotent by GSP.
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Kamal Shalorus kicked off the main card of the last-ever WEC event with a split decision win over Bart Palaszewski. The judges saw it 30-27, 28-29 and 29-28 for Shalorus, who is 7-0-2. Palaszewski falls to 35-14.
Shalorus used his wrestling right away, taking Palaszewski down in the first round. He followed up with punishing body shots. He landed shots from standing and from the ground. Palaszewski returned to his feet in final minute, but Shalorus took advantage of the standing position and battered Palaszewski's legs.
The second round featured plenty of stand-up action. Shalorus, an international-level wrestler, preferred to stay on his feet and strike with Palaszewski. Shalorus did take the fight to the ground near the end of the round, but when Palaszewski got back to his feet, he gestured for Shalorus to bring it on.
Palaszewski used knees to try to hold off a Shalorus takedown in the final round, but Shalorus finally was able to bring the fight to the ground about halfway through the round. Palaszewski got back to his feet in the final minute and finished strong with myriad strikes. He landed a knee that appeared to rock a tired Shalorus, but he couldn't finish him off.
"I put all my strength to finish him. I made a mistake and slowed down in the first round," Shalorus said after the fight.
UFC NEWS: Featherweight Josh Grispi comments on "emotional roller coaster" of opponent shake up for UFC debut
Then, when Aldo was forced out due to injury, Grispi took a fight with replacement opponent Dustin Poirier, dropping him from the co-main event to the night's unaired preliminary card. Grispi detailed some of his thoughts on the shake-ups in an interview this week with The Boston Herald.
"It's been crazy. It's been an emotional roller coaster," Grispi said. "I was excited for the title fight, but everything was going way too good to actually happen. And then it did. He got hurt. That stuff happens and you have to be ready for it."
Grispi faced some criticism for the decision to take a replacement fight instead of waiting for Aldo to recover, but Grispi said he didn't even consider waiting for that fight initially.
"I never really asked [to wait for Aldo]," Grispi said. "[The UFC] just said, 'Hey, do you want to fight this guy?' I said, 'I don't care, I'll fight anyone.' We thought about it afterward, but you can't pull out of a fight now and say, 'I only want to fight Aldo.' I think it will be good to get a fight in there and then fight Aldo with some momentum. I'm going to be here for a while. No matter what happens, I'm going to keep fighting and get a shot at the title eventually."
"I'm going in there to fight, not to put on a show or anything. I'm really just trying to try to hurt the guy on the other side of the cage. People see that and they like that."
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Penick's Analysis: It's a shame this fight is on the unaired preliminary card right now, and I hope the UFC finds a way to get it on the broadcast. Grispi is a very deserving featherweight challenger, but another win under his belt wouldn't hurt. Poirier is extremely dangerous, and very much could win this fight, but I'd expect to see Grispi continue on the path he's been forging for himself in the WEC and now the UFC. The kid is very talented and one of the most dangerous challenges for anyone at 145 lbs.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
The two hour special airs tonight beginning at 7PM ET.
The full special features four fights in their entirety, including last week's final WEC main event between Anthony Pettis and Benson Henderson.
Also featured is the WEC 48 bout between Leonard Garcia and Chan Sung Jung, the WEC 49 bout between Mark Hominick and Yves Jabouin, and the WEC 50 bout between Brad Pickett and Scott Jorgensen.
Replays of the special air at midnight ET tonight and at 9PM ET on December 30.
Contracts have not been signed for the contest but verbal agreements are in place for the Bantemweight contest that is likely be be part of the main card of the UFC 128 PPV.<br><br>
Both fighters are coming off wins heading into the bout and could put themselves into contention for the a shot at Bantemweight Champion Dominick Cruz with a win.<br><Br>
Cerrone thanked his coach afterward.
"Thanks to Greg Jackson," Cerrone said. "Always pushing, always giving us words of wisdom to keep us motivated. I've got to give it all to Greg Jackson."
Jim Miller's red beard powered his win over Charles Oliveira at UFC 124. Yukon Cornelius' red beard powered him through a snowy winter as he helped guide Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Hermey the Elf Dentist through the snow. Both found success in the cold and snow and will likely have a very nice holiday because of those winnings. For Miller, it's $50,000 for a Submission of the Night bonus. Yukon Cornelius is all about the silver and gold.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Mac Danzig made quick work of Joe Stevenson at UFC 124 in Montreal, knocking Joe "Daddy" out midway through the first round.
The two were still feeling each other out in the first round when Stevenson charged in to punch Danzig with an uppercut, but Danzig caught him on the jaw with a left hook. Stevenson stiffened and fell straight to the ground. Danzig pounced on Stevenson but referee Dan Miragliotta jumped in quickly, stopping the bout at 1:54 in the first round.
Both men are "The Ultimate Fighter" winners, and this bout was thought to be a "win-or-go-home" bout. This is Stevenson's second loss in a row, as he lost to another TUF alum, George Sotiropoulos, in February. Danzig has had a rough run, battling both losses and injuries to get to this bout. Before this fight, he was 3-4 in the UFC, and one of his wins was in the TUF final.
ROUNDTABLE: Which of the UFC's Champions is most likely to lose their title in 2011? Hansen, Hyden, Hobaugh, Williams and Penick
RICH HANSEN, MMATORCH COLUMNIST
Frank Edgar is going to lose his title to Gray Maynard, approximately 23 hours into 2011 (Central Time). �I think that's a record that will stand for all time.
FRANK HYDEN, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
My first thought is to go with one of the lighter weight classes because those divisions are so stacked that's it's easy for a champion to be dethroned. However, I'll go with Cain Velasquez losing the Heavyweight Title. I think Junior Dos Santos will surprise a lot of people when he handles Velasquez and takes the belt. JDS is very underrated and he's going to prove that when he beats Velasquez.
ERIC HOBAUGH, MMATORCH SPECIALIST
Of the current Champions - Dominick Cruz at bantamweight, Jose Aldo at featherweight, Frankie Edgar at lightweight, Georges St. Pierre at welterweight, Anderson Silva at middleweight, Mauricio Rua at light heavyweight and Cain Velasquez at heavyweight - Frankie Edgar is the most likely to lose his title. I think Gray Maynard has the best chance to beat Frankie Edgar for his title because of his wrestling.� The outcome will be similar to the April 2008 fight in which Gray won a three round unanimous decision.�
ALEX WILLIAMS, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Frankie Edgar.� Even if he doesn't lose it on the first day of the new year to Gray Maynard (and my bet is he will), he appears to be the weakest of the UFC champions.� It doesn't help him either that he might fight three times in 2011 (since his first fight is so early in the year) while several other titlists will likely only fight twice.��
JAMIE PENICK, MMATORCH EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
I think Frankie Edgar is getting sold far too short heading into UFC 125 this weekend, and I think he finds a way to avenge the only loss on his record against Gray Maynard. And actually, I think the two champions most at risk to losing their title first are the UFC's two newest champions in Dominick Cruz and Jose Aldo. Cruz is likely going to meet Urijah Faber next, a man who already holds a win over him. Aldo, while he's an incredible fighter, will be returning from an injury, and will likely meet the second most dangerous fighter in the featherweight division in Josh Grispi should Grispi defeat Dustin Poirier this Saturday. It's highly possible that all of the UFC's current champions remain title holders by the end of 2011, but I think the lighter weight classes are going to present the toughest roads to retention during the year.
Not exactly the parting shot Varner was hoping for.
Jamie Varner and Chris Horodecki are the latest victims of one of the few downsides of the UFC/WEC merger: The promotion can only have so many fighters on a roster at once. The merger means the traditional post-fight cuts will be brutal, particularly in the lightweight division, which was supported by both the UFC and WEC.
Varner lost the WEC lightweight to Ben Henderson at the beginning of the year via a third-round submission that Varner mocked. The rest of 2010 was just as tough, as he fought to a draw with Kamal Shalorus, lost a grudge match to bitter rival Donald Cerrone and then was submitted by Shane Roller. Still, it's shocking to see a fighter go from the champ to unemployed in a year's time. From PunchDrunkGamer.com on Tuesday:
Jamie stated, “I am ready for 2011, there will be some changes in my game. It has been a nice ride with the WEC but its time for a change. Perhaps UFC will be in my future down the road...We shall see!”
Less shocking is Horodecki's cut. Though he was 2-2 in the WEC, his losses were spectacular. "The Polish Hammer's" debut in the WEC was wrecked by Anthony Njokuani's highlight-reel kick to the face. Horodecki won his next two, but then was submitted by a Cerrone triangle choke at WEC 53.
This is the reality of the post-merger UFC. In the past, a fighter would only be concerned about being cut if he lost two in a row, but now, every performance counts. Adieu, Polish Hammer and Varner. Horodecki, we'll miss that Goonies-esque face, and Varner, what will MMA be without you and Cerrone calling each other unsavory names?
-- For the first time, the UFC allowed the fans to vote for the Fight of the Night, and that $100,000 bonus was given to Georges St. Pierre and Josh Koscheck by the fans. Mark Bocek and Jim Miller split the Submission of the Night bonus, each taking home an extra $50,000. Bocek's was for a triangle choke of Dustin Hazelett, while Miller won his bonus for slapping a kneebar on Charles Oliveira. Mac Danzig was awarded the $100,000 Knockout of the Night bonus for his quick KO of Joe Stevenson.
-- Dana White said he believed it was the Pierson/Riddle fight should have won the fight of the night, and the UFC will take care of those fighters. He also said that the fans blew their chance by voting in GSP/Koscheck, so they won't get another chance to vote in FOTN. Later, White told GSP that he owed Pierson, his training partner, $100,000 dollars.
-- Montreal delivered again, with 23,152 fans packing into the Bell Centre, bringing in one of the largest North American gates ever of $4.58 million. This was the fourth UFC event in Montreal.
-- The biggest winner of the night may have been Mike Dolce, the man behind the Dolce Diet, for helping Thiago Alves move past his weight problems. Alves said that getting on the Dolce Diet was not just a change in his diet, but a change in lifestyle, and that made the difference in how he fought against John Howard.
-- When asked about a possible GSP-Anderson Silva super fight, White was non-committal, saying "We'll see what happens." GSP said that he needs to check it out, because if he were to move up, he needs to gain muscle and stay up at middleweight. He pointed out how the weight class movement affected the timing of Roy Jones, Jr., and he doesn't want to move back and forth between weight classes.
-- GSP seemed open to fighting Jake Shields. "I like watching him fight, he's very meticulous, he beat up everyone at 170 and 185, I think he's amazing," GSP said about Shields. "He's probably the number one contender right now for my title."
-- GSP spoke about his post-fight embrace with Koscheck, saying that Kos apologized and said the trash was to hype up a fight. GSP thanked him for coming and fighting in Montreal. "In the end, we need a good guy, we need a bad guy, and it's a business," GSP said.
-- Jim Miller is often not regarded as one of the UFC's best lightweights, despite the fact that's he only lost to Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, two men fighting for the lightweight title. He said it does bother him, because he believes he is the No. 3 guy.
"It does eat at me a little bit. It does bother me," he said. He hopes to get another chance at Edgar and Maynard. "I want revenge. I want to beat those guys. Even though Frankie and I are friends, it was fun when we fought the last time. It will be fun the second time."
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Per the report, Scott Coker confirmed Walker's involvement during a radio appearance in San Jose, Calif.
With the 40 year old Carson not getting re-booked he remains a possibility as Walker's next opponent, though that has not yet been determined for the event, which will air live on Showtime from the HP Pavilion in San Jose.
The 48 year old Walker made his MMA debut for Strikeforce in January of this year, defeating Greg Nagy by TKO. A former Olympian, Heisman Trophy winner and longtime NFL running back, Walker will look to go 2-0 in this latest athletic endeavor on January 29.
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Penick's Analysis: I still remain in the camp that doesn't like the fact that Walker's inclusion on a card means someone else gets slighted a televised spot. When they've had difficulties booking a lot of their fighters on a regular basis as it is, and there has been some dissension from those that want to be more active, giving a spot to a 48 year old former football player doesn't exactly help boost the morale of those not getting fights. Still, they'll attempt to use his inclusion on the card to boost up viewership for the event, and they'll hope to get some mainstream press much like they did with Walker's debut last January. However, they should expect diminishing returns on that investment because part of the intrigue last year was the fact that it was his first MMA bout ever. Now, it's been done, we've seen it, and no one will be expecting much different the second time around.
"I just need an impressive performance, more of myself grinding out beat downs and being more aggressive for the finish and just putting a lot of pressure on (B.J.) Penn."<br><br>
"As you could see from the first fight (against Georges St. Pierre), I gave him a better fight than anybody else."<br><br>
"I have vast improvement in my stand up game, my Jiu-Jitsu game is off the charts right now, and I?m just a better fighter all around, and the second time that we match up I?ll beat him."<br><br>
UFC director of Canadian operations Tom Wright spoke with the site and revealed the plans for the upcoming year.
"Right now, we've only confirmed Toronto,? he said. ?We're working on Vancouver again, and obviously we'd love to come back to Montreal, it's a great town."
"We're looking to have three again in Canada next year," said Wright. "So three of the global pay-per-views, that's 20 percent. Not a bad number."
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Penick's Analysis: The Canadian fans have provided some of the largest and most raucous crowds for the UFC, so it's no surprise that the UFC will continue to bring events as often as possible up to Canada. The Toronto event in April is going to be huge, and the UFC has already set records on three separate occasions at the Bell Centre. 2011 is going to be a big year for the organization overall, and increasing their reach in Canada is just one step towards their continually lofty goals.
UFC QUOTABLES: Wanderlei Silva says he "killed" Chael Sonnen in training once, still wants Chris Leben fight
-Wanderlei Silva talks to The Fight Network about a couple of potential opponents upon his return to action in the UFC in 2011.
Penick's Analysis: Sonnen and Silva have ramped up the trash talking on Twitter over the last few weeks since Sonnen's hearing with the CSAC, and it's highly likely the UFC is looking at that fight first. However, Silva said he wanted to return on the Toronto card on April 30, leaving plenty of recovery time for Chris Leben should he defeat Brian Stann at UFC 125 on New Year's Day. For Silva I think the Leben fight would be more up his alley, because it's a guarantee that Sonnen would be looking to bring the fight to the ground while, as Silva said, Leben would be willing to go toe-to-toe with him. That said, Silva said he's working on his wrestling as well and trying to improve that part of his game so he can dictate where a fight takes place. Whomever the UFC chooses as his opponent, Silva's return should make for an exciting fight.
[Wanderlei Silva art by Cory Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
The front-runner event to host the bout is Ultimate Fight Night 24 on March 26. Although not officially announced by the organization, that card is expected to take place in Seattle, Wash. The UFC is also expected to hold events on March 3 and March 19.
MMA in the Olympics? Fighter's Unions? Herschel Walker Gives His Insight on Two Topics With No Easy Answers
Monday, December 27, 2010
With Ranallo on vacation for the holidays, Morgan joins Arda Orcal for a year-end review to discuss some of the highs and lows in the sport of mixed martial arts over the past 12 months.
Catch the segment at 2:35 p.m. ET (11:35 a.m. PT) on The Score, which is available on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 98 or online at Radio.TheScore.com.
UFC NEWS: Tito Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira headlining UFC Fight Night 24 on March 26 in Seattle
In addition to the headliner, the MMAJunkie report states that the event is expected to take place from Seattle, Wash.
The card will be the UFC's first event in the state, and though no venue has been determined, it is likely to take place at the KeyArena. The venue has a capacity of 17,000 spectators.
Ortiz is getting one final shot to pick up a win in the UFC, as he has posted a 0-4-1 mark since 2006. Most recently he lost a decision to Matt Hamill at UFC 121 in October.
Nogueira is looking to bounce back from a loss himself, as he was defeated by Ryan Bader by decision at UFC 119 in September. That loss snapped a seven fight win streak.
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Penick's Analysis: With Ortiz's current contract, having him headline this event brings down their overall payroll for the UFC 128 card in New Jersey, and still puts a bigger name on free television. With his 0-4-1 record over the last four years, it was probably best not to make people pay for this fight. For Nogueira, a win will keep him near the top of the heap in the light heavyweight division, although it will just be treading water. But this fight is huge for Ortiz, as a loss likely puts an end to his UFC tenure for good. Meanwhile, a win will snap a four year winless streak and allow him to continue fighting in the organization and continue to make the money he's commanding with his current contract.
Roy Nelson is on the shelf for a while or is he? Inside MMA needed to bring Roger Cossack on board to navigate this story. Nelson is being sued by Square Ring Inc. for a contract signed before his fight against Jeff Monson in March of 2009. Nelson then accepted a slot on Season 9 of "The Ultimate Fighter." That's where things get fuzzy.
Apparently, SRI believes it holds promotional rights for Nelson and the fighter violated the deal by working out a deal with Zuffa. But there's a lot more to the story that the casual viewer should know.
The IMMA interview is incredibly misleading in several ways. Roy Jones is made into the villain. That's really not the case. Square Ring Inc. is a legitimate promoter in the world of boxing, so it's not Jones simply trying to screw over the MMA fighter.
Secondly, Nelson was working in a matchmaking capacity for the promotion after his March of 2009 fight. According to the Fight Lawyer blog, Square Ring built its lawsuit around a short conversation between the UFC's Marc Ratner and Nelson at a May 2009 MMA event in Primm, Nev.
On or about May 24, 2009, Defendant's Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Mr. Marc Ratner, attended the Primm Event. Plaintiff s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. John Wirt, spoke with Mr. Ratner at the Primm Event and told Mr. Ratner that Mr. Nelson was not only assisting SRI's matchmaker for the MMA bouts on the Primm Event, but also that Mr. Nelson was under contract with SRI as a fighter. Mr. Ratner also spoke separately with Mr. Nelson while at the Primm Event.
In the end, it sounds like the lawyers have to figure out some cash settlement Nelson will have to send the way of Square Ring.
Check out the interview and then read the take from the Fight Lawyer. SRI probably has a case and Nelson is far from a fighter getting bullied by Jones. Hopefully, the financial terms can be worked out quickly so Nelson can get back into the Octagon sooner rather than later. Because of his fighting style, appearance and ability to promote a fight, just about every high level UFC heavyweight is calling out the mulleted-mammoth. Nelson's tale should serve as a lesson to all MMA fighters outside the UFC. Get a lawyer before you sign any contract!
The event is expected to take place from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and will be headlined by the Light Heavyweight Championship bout between Rashad Evans and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
Pellegrino will return for the first time since a loss to George Sotiropoulos at UFC 116 in July. That was his second bout of 2010, as he had picked up his fourth straight win in the UFC's return to New Jersey this March with a submission win over Fabricio Camoes.
Tibau as well is looking to bounce back from a loss himself, suffered at the hands of Jim Miller by decision at Fight Night 22 in September. The eleven year veteran holds a 7-5 record in 11 appearances in the UFC.
Penick's Analysis: This is an interesting matchup in this division. With Pellegrino being a New Jersey native, his participation on this card was almost an inevitability, but he's gotten a hell of a tough draw in Tibau here. Despite a near .500 record in the Octagon, Tibau is a dangerous striker and a really big lightweight fighter. He's also only lost to really tough competition himself at the time of his UFC losses. That said, Pellegrino's a very adept submission specialist, and a good overall grappler. This is going to be an interesting matchup, and should be a good fight for this card in New Jersey.
WEC PROGRAMMING NOTE: WEC 53 replay, complete with Anthony Pettis' off-the-cage kick, airs on Versus tonight
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer</B><BR><BR>
Once Brazilian Top Team training partners, Rousimar Palhares and Alexandre Ferreira will now lock horns within the UFC?s octagon.<BR><BR>
The proposed clash has been verbally agreed on by both parties, but a contract has yet to be signed by either side.<BR><BR>
Palhares will be returning after a technical knockout loss to middleweight contender Nate Marquardt at Fight Night 22. The Brazilian submission specialist has amassed a 4-2 record for the promotion, and holds significant victories over Jeremy Horn and Tomasz Drwal. His professional record stands at 11-3.<BR><BR>
Ferreira made his promotional debut at UFC 122, where he was struck into submission by Vladimir Matyushenko midway through the first round. Prior to the loss, Ferreira was riding an impressive seven fight win streak; a second loss for the promotion could see the Brazilian exit the octagon a last time, winless for the American promotion. Ferreira?s professional record stands at 18-6.<BR><BR>
There are arguments, to be sure, for other fighters, namely middleweight champ Anderson Silva or featherweight champ Jose Aldo, getting the No. 1 spot. Most of those arguments center around the fact that Silva and Aldo are finishers, while St. Pierre tends to win decisions.
I'm sympathetic to those arguments, but what St. Pierre does in his decision victories is amazing: In his four decisions as the UFC welterweight champion, the 12 judges have turned in scorecards of 50-45, 50-45, 50-45, 50-43, 50-44, 50-45, 50-44, 50-45, 50-45, 50-44, 50-44 and 50-43. It doesn't get more dominant than that.
So St. Pierre remains on top. Find out the rest of the Top 10 below.
MMAjunkie.com has learned that the contest, which originally was thought to be scheduled for UFC 128, instead will headline UFC Fight Night 24.
While officials have not formally announced UFC Fight Night 24, the event is expected to take place March 26 in Seattle and air on the UFC's longtime cable partner, Spike TV.
These two can't stand each other, going back to April, when Miller jumped in the cage after Diaz's teammate, Jake Shields, won the Strikeforce middleweight belt. A melee ensued, and the two also reportedly almost came to blows after Diaz's June bout with K.J. Noons.
What's the hold-up? Weight. Diaz is Strikeforce's welterweight champ, but has fought at higher catchweights. Miller is a middleweight. The lowest he will go is 183 lbs., while the highest Diaz will go is 178 lbs.
Miller can make all the videos and websites in the world, but until the two can get past a five-pound difference, the fight's not going to happen.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
A source close to the event told MMAjunkie.com verbal agreements are in place for the fight, which MMAWeekly.com first reported.
Although not officially announced by the organization, UFC 128 is expected to take place March 19 at the Prudential Center in Newark and air on pay-per-view.
Here are the categories and the nominees (there is a write-in option for each category):
Knockout of the Year
* Robbie Lawler KO?s Melvin Manhoef
* Sarah Kaufman KO?s Roxanne Modafferi
* Robbie Lawler KO?s Matt Lindland
* Paul Daley KO?s Scott Smith
Submission of the Year
* Roger Gracie Subs Kevin Randleman
* Fabricio Werdum Subs Fedor Emelianenko
* Ryan Couture Subs Lucas Stark
* Marloes Coenen Subs Sarah Kaufman
Rising Star of the Year
* Daniel Cormier
* Miesha Tate
* Tarec Saffiedine
* Ovince St. Preux
* Tyron Woodley
Upset of the Year
* Fabricio Werdum defeats Fedor Emelianenko
* Chad Griggs defeats Bobby Lashley
* Rafael Feijao defeats Mo Lawal
Female Fighter of the Year
* Cris Cyborg
* Marloes Coenen
* Sarah Kaufman
* Miesha Tate
Male Fighter of the Year
* Nick Diaz
* Gilbert Melendez
* Rafael Feijao
* Jacare Souza
* Alistair Overeem
* Fabricio Werdum
Fight of the Year
* Rafael Feijao vs Mo Lawal
* Nick Diaz vs. KJ Noons II
* Billy Evangelista vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf
* Antonio Silva vs. Mike Kyle