Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dan Miller's camp refutes Murilo Bustamante's claim that Miller verbally submitted to Rousimar Palhares at UFC 134

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Dan Miller's camp has responded to Murilo Bustamante's claims on Twitter that Miller verbally submitted in the first round of his bout with Rousimar Palhares at UFC 134 last Saturday in Brazil.

The odd sequence of events happened in the final minute, as Palhares landed a head kick that dropped Miller, landed a few follow up punches on the ground, and then celebrated prior to referee Herb Dean stepping in to stop it.

Bustamante stated that Miller told Palhares to stop, and Palhares took it as a verbal submission and celebrated. But Dean told Palhares he did not stop the fight and forced him to continue, where he ended up getting knocked down by Miller upon restarting. He survived, however, and ultimately won a decision, but he stands by the belief that Miller yelled stop in the first round.

In comments made to, Miller's manager and trainer from AMA Fight Club Mike Constantino refuted Palhares' contention of what happened.

"Dan assures me he did not say a word during that exchange," Constantino said. "Needless to say that with the loud crowd, the language barrier, the adrenaline rush and every other factor involved -- including 'do not stop until the ref pulls you off' -- I do not believe that Toquinho pulled up because of Dan murmuring 'stop, stop.' The fact remains that Dan Miller did not say 'stop, stop' -- there is no need to argue the toughness and mettle of Dan Miller, however I just have to put the facts on the table after hearing this."

Adding to the confusion of the moment was Miller's initial reaction, as he walked towards his corner like the fight was over. But Constantino says that's because he thought the fight had been stopped based on Palhares' reaction.

"He could not see and by Toquinho?s reaction, Dan assumed Herb stopped the fight,? wrote Constantino. ?Once he heard us screaming to turn around and the fight wasn?t stopped, he ran across the Octagon to continue fighting."

Continue fighting he did, and even won the third round on one judges scorecard after taking a beating in the second round. Though he lost the decision, the ever resilient Miller showed a lot of guts in fighting back after the incident.

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Penick's Analysis: You can clearly hear someone yell something right before Palhares stops his attack, but it's not at all clear where it came from, and with Dean not making a move to stop the fight Palhares should have continued. I don't think Miller would verbally submit like that, that just doesn't seem like him, but something certainly gave Palhares cause to react like that. It was a good fight that probably should have earned them each "Fight of the Night" honors, though they lost out to Ross Pearson and Edson Barboza. Still, despite the odd moment, they each put forth a good effort and gave the crowd a good showing.


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UFC 134 Morning After: Big Nog Shows He Has Something Left

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Nogueira beats Schaub at UFC Rio.Fans of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira headed into UFC 134 with a mixture of excitement and dread. Excitement because it would be great to see Big Nog back in the Octagon, and in front of his Brazilian fans for the first time. Dread because the last time Nogueira fought he got knocked cold, and it felt painfully likely that the same thing would happen this time, against the hard-hitting Brendan Schaub.

But Nogueira proved on Saturday night that he has more left in the tank than many people were giving him credit for. Nogueira shrugged off a couple of hard punches from Schaub and then proceeded to show off some of the best striking he's ever demonstrated in his mixed martial arts career, picking his shots beautifully as he landed a short left jab, followed by a huge overhand right that buckled Schaub, then four more punches before a big left sent Schaub face-first into the canvas. One more hard punch on the ground and it was over.

Nogueira has won 20 fights by submission in his long and honorable mixed martial arts career, but this was just the third time he won a fight by knockout or TKO. Who saw this coming?

Schaub certainly didn't see it coming: After the fight he looked stunned, and he could be seen staring up at the big screens in the arena, wanting to get a better look so he could find out what hit him. This was a hard-punching Nogueira the likes of which we haven't seen in years.

So does that mean the Nogueira of old is back? No. Nogueira isn't ever going to be the fighter he was in Pride, when he could fight five times a year and put a hurting on anyone in the world not named Fedor Emelianenko. At age 35, after 40 pro fights, Nogueira's body just isn't what it used to be, as he himself acknowledged in his post-fight comments: After first addressing the Brazilian fans in Portugese, Nogueira spoke in English about what he'd been through in his preparation for this fight.

"I just had three months and a half to train for this fight," Nogueira said. "I was injured -- a really bad injury. I had surgery in both hips and my knee. I just sacrificed because I've never fought at home. This was my fight No. 40. First time in Brazil. So I fight for them. Thanks a lot for bringing the UFC to Brazil."

Fight No. 40 won't go down as the greatest fight of Nogueira's career: Beating Schaub doesn't rank with Nogueira's greatest Pride wins (including Mark Coleman, Bob Sapp, Dan Henderson, Ricco Rodriguez, Mirko Cro Cop, Fabricio Werdum and Josh Barnett), or even with his UFC wins over Tim Sylvia and Randy Couture.

But fight No. 40 was a wonderful opportunity for Nogueira's fans to be pleasantly surprised by what Nogueira still has left in him. One of the great heavyweights this sport has ever seen can still compete, after too many people had written him off.

UFC 134 notes
-- Rousimar Palhares vs. Dan Miller was one of my favorite fights of the year so far. What an entertaining battle: It was a one-sided victory for Palhares, but Miller showed incredible heart in refusing to quit. Palhares' striking is consistently improving, and he's becoming a real force in the middleweight division.

-- Yves Jabouin, who won a split decision over Ian Loveland on the first fight of the undercard, is one of the most exciting strikers in the entire sport. He incorporates such a diverse mixture of striking -- side kicks, spinning back fists, flying knees -- into his game that he's always a complete pleasure to watch.

UFC 134 quotes
-- "I was injured, I had surgery in both hips and my knee, but I sacrificed because I had never fought at home. I wanted to fight for them." -- an emotional Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira after beating Brendan Schaub.

Good call
--When Joe Rogan couldn't make it to Rio, the UFC made a good call in putting Kenny Florian in the analyst's chair. Florian is articulate, quick on his feet and knowledgeable about the strengths and weaknesses of other fighters. He'll have a job in the media when he's done fighting.

Bad call
-- Referee Mario Yamasaki had not one, not two, but three stand-ups during the Yuri Alcantara-Felipe Arantes fight that I thought were too fast. I'm not sure what Yamasaki was thinking, but the mentality that a referee should stand the fighters up if they spend more than a few seconds on the canvas is dumb. The ground game is just as much a part of mixed martial arts as striking, and stand-ups should only happen when there's a true stalemate and no action at all on the ground. Yamasaki was way too quick on the draw, and he wasn't the only one: There were too many stand-ups in several undercard fights. The refereeing was a problem, and the UFC -- which chose its own referees to take down to Brazil -- can only blame itself, not the athletic commissions.

Stock up
-- Erick Silva, the welterweight champion of Brazil's Jungle Fight promotion, made his UFC debut in style with a 40-second knockout of Luis Ramos. Silva's overhand right to Ramos's jaw was a spectacular punch, and there's not much doubt that Silva has a big UFC future ahead of him.

Stock down
-- Spencer Fisher has put on some very good fights in his UFC career, but at age 35 he looks like he's starting to slow down, and his loss to Thiago Tavares drops his record over the last two years to 1-4. He might not be in the UFC much longer.

Fight I want to see next
Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen. The UFC middleweight champion looked invincible once again in defeating Yushin Okami. There's only one man who ever made Silva look mortal in the UFC, and that's Sonnen. If Sonnen can get by Brian Stann in October, it'll be time for Sonnen to get a second chance.



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UFC 134 ? Medical Suspensions

UFC 134 was a massive step for the organization and, with the event taking place outside North America, Zuffa implemented a panel of experienced doctors and medical officials to serve all the necessary medical suspensions. Ian Loveland: 30 days no contest, 21 days no contact, 180 days or must have negative chest x-ray; if positive, [...]


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Sam Stout Out, Cowboy Cerrone In vs. Dennis Siver at UFC 137

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It's not quite what Donald Cerrone wanted, but it'll have to do.

After his quick TKO win over Charles Oliveira at UFC on Versus 5 earlier this month, Cerrone said he would step up and take another fight as soon as possible - especially if it was on the UFC 135 card in Denver, not far from his native Colorado Springs.

The UFC couldn't oblige him with a spot in Denver, but "Cowboy" will step up for Sam Stout to face Dennis Siver in a lightweight bout at UFC 137 in Las Vegas at the end of October. The UFC announced the new fight Monday night, which was first reported by

Cerrone (16-3, 1 NC, 3-0 UFC) is on the most impressive run of his professional career. Though he started his career 7-0, his current five-fight winning streak has featured two dominant unanimous decisions, including a rout of Jamie Varner in their WEC 51 grudge match, two submissions and his TKO of Oliveira. In that stretch, he has two Fight of the Night awards and a Knockout of the Night against Oliveira.

Cerrone hasn't lost since a guillotine submission against Ben Henderson in their WEC lightweight title fight in April 2010. It was his second straight loss to Henderson after losing a close decision to him at WEC 43 for the interim lightweight belt. His only other loss came to Jamie Varner in a split decision at WEC 38 in January 2009 in a lightweight title fight.

Stout (17-6-1, 6-5 UFC) was coming off his first stoppage win in the UFC, a brutal Knockout of the Night win over Yves Edwards at UFC 131 in June, giving him four bonuses in his last five bouts, the three previous being Fight of the Night winners.

Earlier this month, Stout's brother-in-law, notable MMA trainer Shawn Tompkins, died unexpectedly. The UFC did not give a reason for Stout's withdrawal from the fight, however. Coincidentally, this will be the second time Cerrone has filled in for Stout. The Canadian was scheduled to fight Paul Kelly at UFC 126 in February, but was injured and replaced by Cerrone, who won in his UFC debut.

Siver (19-7, 8-4 UFC) has been on a tear of his own ever since his first stint in the UFC, which saw him cut after going 1-3 with consecutive losses to Gray Maynard and Melvin Guillard. After one win outside the promotion, Siver has won seven of his last eight in the UFC. The four-time bonus winner has won four straight, including an upset of George Sotiropoulos in February and a decision win over Matt Wiman in July.

The UFC's lightweight title picture has been on hold for a while waiting for the rematch between champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, whose January draw led to an immediate rematch that was delayed by training injuries to both fighters. The two will meet again at UFC 136 on Oct. 8. Waiting in a jumbled up line for a potential next crack are the likes of Guillard, who also fights at UFC 136, Clay Guida, Ben Henderson - and now, likely, the winner of Cerrone-Siver will enter the discussion.

UFC 137 takes place Oct. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and features a main event welterweight title fight between Georges St-Pierre and Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz, who is vacating his belt to challenge St-Pierre. The co-main event, though not officially announced for that spot, is expected to be a welterweight contenders fight between former champion BJ Penn and Carlos Condit.

The card also features a pair of heavyweight fights between Matt Mitrione and Cheick Kongo and Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic and Roy Nelson. And Sengoku featherweight champ Hatsu Hioki will make his UFC debut against George Roop. Though it is not known where the Cerrone-Siver fight will fall on the card, it stands a good chance to wind up on the main card.


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Women's MMA Report: McMann remains perfect, Coenen signs with BlackEye

Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann kept her perfect record intact with a fight-of-the-night performance at this past weekend's ProElite 1 show.

In our latest "Women's MMA Report," contributor Robert Sargent recaps the past two weeks of female fights and previews upcoming matchups in September.

In addition to McMann's victory, he discusses what's next for ex-Strikeforce champ Marloes Coenen, previews the upcoming JEWELS grand prix, and explains what bizarre circumstances awaited Michelle Ould in her most recent bout.


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Not really. :D At first i didn't like the trailer but after watching it again, i love it.

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Sam Stout withdraws from UFC 137

Lightweight Sam Stout has withdrawn from a fight with fellow lightweight Dennis Siver at UFC 137.

A source close to the fighter today told of the bad news. A replacement has yet to be confirmed.

The London, Ontario, Canada native suffered a devastating blow earlier this month with the death of his brother-in-law and longtime trainer, Shawn Tompkins.


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Bellator 48 Picks And Predictions: Who Wins The Summer Series?

We?re now only a few days away from Bellator 48. In the main event, Pat Curran takes on Marlon Sandro in the final fight of Bellator?s ?Summer Series? Featherweight Tournament. The co-main event will also be an interesting match-up, as Bellator Heavyweight Champion Cole Konrad faces former UFC star Paul Buentello in a non-title bout. [...]


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Keith Jardine returning to Strikeforce this December, moving to middleweight

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Keith Jardine will return to action this December for Strikeforce, and the longtime light heavyweight is expected to make a drop to middleweight for the fight.

Jardine revealed the December booking on his personal website over the weekend, though no opponent has yet been determined.

A staple in the UFC for almost five years after a stint on The Ultimate Fighter, Jardine was released in mid-2010 following his fourth straight loss in the organization. He added a fifth straight loss in September of last year to Trevor Prangley before winning two in a row and getting a booking in Strikeforce.

In his Strikeforce debut in April, Jardine fought to a draw with former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Gegard Mousasi.

Though no opponent has been announced for his return, Jardine has expressed interest in a fight with former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Cung Le.

Penick's Analysis: Jardine's never been a small guy at 205 lbs., so if he can make the cut he's sure to be a large fighter at middleweight. I'm interested to see what he can do at 185 lbs., and if he gets the fight he's asked for with Cung Le it could certainly be an interesting bout. Whomever he gets matched up with, Jardine still has a name from his lengthy run in the UFC, and his addition to the card could draw some eyeballs.


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After surprising knockout of Brendan Schaub at UFC 134, Antonio Minotauro Nogueira wants rematch with Frank Mir

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Antonio "Minotauro" Nogueira surprised just about everyone on Saturday night, not in that he defeated Brendan Schaub at UFC 134, but in how it happened. Nogueira scored just the third victory by strikes in his 41 fight career.

The thrilling performance in front of an ecstatic hometown crowd staved off what had been a steady stream of questions about impending retirement, and put Nogueira back into a relevant position in the UFC's heavyweight division.

Nogueira discussed his surprising win in an interview with, and revealed that it was his gameplan to strike with Schaub.

"It was a surprising knockout," Nogueira said. The guys expected me to take him down, but I distract him a little. I went for his leg and then his body, only using my striking skills, not using the tactic to take him down. I moved my head a lot too. He started fast, but I dodged. It was awesome. What a big party!"

"Before going to the fight, Junior [dos Santos] kept telling me to 'use this one, this one'. It's like a punch, a jab and a powerful left hand. I got Schaub with his back at Dorea, Rogerio and Junior. And the guys kept yelling 'do it now, now, now'... When they yelled 'go', I moved my head and punched him. It was automatic, it was the right timing. I guess he thought I would grab his legs and I fit an upper punch. He didn't know I'd strike as much, It really was a surprising knockout."

After an extensive rehabilitation process following knee and hip surgery, getting him to 100% shortly before the fight with Schaub, Nogueira says his intensity on fight night was built up anger at his doubters.

"It was like an outflow to me," he said. "Many things happened. It was like an outflow to those who didn't believe in me. You saw I had an angry face, but it wasn't about Schaub, I don't feel any anger towards him. It was an outflow for those who told me to retire, to those who asked Dana White if he would retire me after this fight... I won't retire."

"That was like an outflow, an outflow to my former sponsor, who's someone I've helped, but then he cancelled my sponsorship one month and a half before the fight... I wanted to say many things to those who didn't believe in me, those who thought I was going to lose. You can see I had anger in my face when I got in there. But I don't feel any anger towards my opponent, I feel it towards people who do that. I guess people should believe more."

As for what's next for the 35-year-old Nogueira, he's got one opponent in mind, but a couple of locations he'd like the fight to take place.

"I'd like to fight Frank Mir," Nogueira said. "I want to fight UFC Japan. I'd like to fight UFC Canada, which will happen later this year. Fighting Frank Mir is something I'd love to do. I'm motivated to fight him."

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Penick's Analysis: A Nogueira vs. Mir rematch in December in Toronto would be a huge fight. Their first meeting following a coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter season eight was a shocking win for Mir, as he became the first person to stop Nogueira with strikes. If Nogueira has a few more months to prepare for that rematch, perhaps he can make it a different outcome and continue moving up the ladder in the division. For Mir, if he can pick up another win in a row, he can move himself closer to another shot at the title as well. It's a fight that makes a lot of sense, and if the UFC can get it together it could be a great addition to any card.

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Duane Ludwig?s quest to set the record straight

Duane Ludwig is going into surgery today to repair a compressed disc in his neck, but healing up from his win over Amir Sadollah at UFC on Versus 5 is not his only project. Ludwig also wants the Nevada Athletic Commission to correct the time of his knockout of Jonathan Goulet, which would give Ludwig the fastest KO in MMA.

To reach that goal, Ludwig has enlisted the help of his fans and other fighters. Via Twitter, he has asked fans to "like" his Facebook petition, and send emails to the commission. Todd Duffee, the current record holder with a KO of Tim Hague in seven seconds, even supports Ludwig, as shown in their picture together. Ludwig claims that the knockout happened in four seconds.

In 2006, Ludwig knocked Goulet out almost immediately from the bell, but the official timer recorded the time as 11 seconds. UFC commentator Joe Rogan picked up Ludwig's cause at the time, and still stumps for a time change every time he interviews Ludwig after a fight.

Ludwig isn't just relying just on a Facebook and email campaign to get Nevada officials to change their mind:

"The UFC sent me a copy of the DVD, so I'm going to send that off to the commission with a letter and then with a link to the Facebook [petition] I have," he said. "Hopefully that gets locked down. That would be cool."

It's a smart move to use both tactics. Though Facebook campaigns have worked to get Betty White on "Saturday Night Live," video evidence is probably more important to the good people of the Nevada Athletic Commission.

If you want to support Ludwig in his quest, like the Facebook page here, and find the email address to the NAC here.


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Dana White - UFC "likes the idea" of Rich Franklin vs. Tito Ortiz for later this year

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

A light heavyweight bout between two former UFC Champions could come together later this fall, as UFC President Dana White said the organization was interested in a potential fight between Rich Franklin and Tito Ortiz.

During a video chat with fans at UStream, White said the UFC does "like the idea" of that matchup, and should both agree to the fight, it could potentially come this year.

Franklin was supposed to return to action earlier this month at UFC 133, but when his opponent Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was forced out of the card, and there wasn't a suitable "big name" replacement, Franklin pulled out of the event as well. The former UFC Middleweight Champion is 3-3 over his last six fights, alternating wins and losses in fights at light heavyweight and 195 lbs.

Ortiz stepped up earlier this month on that UFC 133 card to face Rashad Evans in the main event after Phil Davis suffered an injury, taking an extra payday after earning his first win in nearly five years when he submitted Ryan Bader in July. However, Evans was the superior fighter, and handed Ortiz his first stoppage loss since being finished by Chuck Liddell at UFC 66.

There's nothing definite on this fight just yet, but it's a bout the UFC has their eyes on, and if it takes place it could be a very entertaining fight between two longtime veteran fighters.

Penick's Analysis: This is definitely a fight I'd like to see for both guys. They each get a well known name as an opponent, and regardless of how their past fights have gone a win is equally as important for them. If the UFC can put it together, it immediately make a good addition to any main card, and it's a fight that could be quite good as well. Without a ton of other options, it's quite possible this is the fight that fans get later this year from them.

[Rich Franklin art by Cory Gould (c)]


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Palhares claims Miller said ?stop, stop? at UFC Rio

Rousimar Palhares had dropped Dan Miller with a head kick then began pounding away at the fallen foe with a series of strikes in the first round of their middleweight bout at UFC Rio. Referee Herb Dean watched the action closely when Palhares suddenly began celebrating by raising his arms and climbing to the top [...]

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Duane Ludwig Petitioning NSAC For Fastest KO Record

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Duane "Bang" Ludwig is staking his claim to the UFC's fastest knockout record as he has begun to take steps to petition the NSAC to change the official result of his 2006 knockout win over Jonathan Goulet.<Br><Br>

Ludwig blasted Goulet straight out of the gate and dropped the Canadian at the 4 second mark. Goulet is clearly unconscious no later than the 6 second mark. Official records show the knockout coming at 11 seconds while the official record for fastest knockout is now owned by Todd Duffee for his quick KO of Tim Hague.<Br><Br>

"The UFC sent me a copy of the DVD, so I'm going to send that off to the commission with a letter and then with a link to the Facebook [petition] I have," Ludwig told "Hopefully that gets locked down. That would be cool."<Br><Br>

Although not something that typically is asked of the athletic commission it means something to Ludwig and with the tape, the proof is in the pudding. You can check out the official petition on facebook by clicking <a href=>HERE</a>. <Br><Br>

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UFC 134 Video: Post-Fight Press Conference Highlights

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Following Saturday night's UFC 134 event, Dana White, Anderson Silva, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Forrest Griffin met with the international press to discuss their respective fights. Below is a highlight package of the proceedings.


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UFC 134 CONTESTS: Confidence Pick and Betting Game Results

By Rich Hansen, MMA Torch Columnist:

Sometimes it's impossible to know how a card is going to play out. Sometimes it's easy. Like, when the UFC goes to Brazil and has about 42 fights that feature Brazilians facing off against overwhelmed non-Brazilians, you just pick all the Brazilians and move on. Unless of course one of those Brazilians is a striker who is vulnerable to the overhand right, who made his name by beating Sokoudjou, Cantwell, and Marshall, and is facing off against an angry Bulgarian who throws nothing but overhand right hands of course.

So really all one had to do was to pick Brazilians, Bulgarians, and French-Canadian-Haitians, and one would then ace the contests for UFC 134. Jason Lyon and yours truly Rich Hansen both followed that strategy to go 12-0 for 78 points apiece in the UFC 134 Confidence Picks Game pool. And since the tie-breakers didn't break the tie, both Lyon and I will be taking part in a three way dance at UFC 135.

And since I'm big on offering spoiler alerts, let me just say that either Lyon or I dominated the betting pool and will be trying to become a double champion at UFC 135 on September 24.

That's the lead. Read on for the details.


As stated above, your ever so humble author went 12-0 at UFC 134, as did Jason Lyon. Since the tie-breakers were unable to break the tie, both Lyon and I will be challenging new champion Avery Clarke at UFC 135.

Clarke scored an impressive 65 points, missing out on Brendan Schaub for 10 (Schaub isn't Brazilian), Luiz Cane for 2 (Cane isn't Bulgarian), and Ian Loveland for 1 (Loveland isn't a French-Canadian Haitian). Cane's 65 point showing was enough to take the crown away from the now-former champion Brent King.

King scored a relatively meager 46 points, missing on Schaub for 11, Griffin for 10, Cane for 6, and Fisher for 5. and 8-4 record is respectable under most circumstances, but it wasn't enough to defend is Confidence Picks title. Congratulations to Clarke, Lyon, and of course to me myself and I.


Oh Mr. Chris Knight, you broke my heart. You won the betting pool at UFC 133, and had the Brady Bunch name and the hotter than hot ex-wife thing going. And rather than taking the title from Chris McCann, who might I add was ripe for the picking, you submitted an invalid entry and were disqualified. You can't just place 2 different $500 bets. Reading is Fundamental, my friend.

So as a result, Chris McCann has defended his Betting Contest title by simply submitting a valid entry. The $200 bet on a -270 Erick Silva was merely gravy.

Congratulations, Mr. McCann. You may have defended your title at UFC 134 by walkover, but it's going to be a hell of a lot harder four weeks from now when you defend against yours truly, Rich Hansen.

That's right. I'm going to be insufferable(er) for an entire month now! I saw three bets that I loved, and I bet them hard. Yves Jabouin is +165? I'll take Jabouin at +165 against anyone but Dominick Cruz. Nogueira, +200, in Rio, against a season 10 TUF finalist? Yes please! Thiago Tavares is only a 2:1 favorite against The Artist Formerly Known As Spencer Fisher? Oh, that's tasty.

So get ready McCann. I'm coming for your title. Unless of course a lay an egg, in which case I might tone down the schtick 42 notches or so, give or take.


Rich Hansen, Jason Lyon: 78
Kubi: 75 ? not bad, sir.
Mark Bunce: 68
Shaun Louis: 67
Kevin Seng: 66
John Hickman: 64
Erik Nell, Jason Thompson: 63
Simon Kerry: 62
Skarz, Chris Knight: 61
Michael Roberts, Daniel Moore, Chris McCann: 60
Mike Jensen, Dionicio Ortiz: 59
Danny Mellor: 58
Jason Binder, Christopher Moore: 55
Jamie Penick, Clay Burley: 53
Bam White: 52
Shawn Ennis: 48
Leland Lawson: 46
Cambo Nelson, Casey Vaccaro: 43
Brian Fuller: 42
Anthony Sinnott: 36
Phillip Irvin: 35 ? Okami for 12? For shame, sir.


Rich Hansen: an extremely impressive $4515.00
$500 on Jabouin for $1325
$250 on Nogueira for $750
$50 on Tavares for $74.39
$200 parlay on Jabouin, Nogueira, and Tavares for $2365.61

Kubi: $2829.26
$500 on Nogueira for $1500
$150 on Jabouin for $397.50
$200 parlay on Rua, Barboza, and Nedkov for $931.76

Jason Lyon: $1583.08
$300 on Nedkov for $780
$300 on Rua for $415.38
$200 parlay on Thiago, Spider, and Rua for $387.69

Christopher Moore: $1551.13
$500 on Rua for $692.31
$200 on Nogueira for $600
$200 on Barboza for $258.82

Brent King: $1500
$500 on Nogueira for $1500

Mark Bunce: $1418.46
$400 on Barboza for $517.65
$200 on Palhares for $261.54
$200 on Rua for $276.92
$200 parlay on Spider, Barboza, and Acantara for $362.35
Congrats to Mark for hitting on all of his bets, which is a rare feat. But when the shortest bet you make is on a -260 favorite, you're never going to win this game.

John Hickman: $1200
$400 on Nogueira for $1200

Shawn Ennis: $1130
$200 on Nogueira for $600
$200 on Jabouin for $530

Kevin Seng: $900
$300 on Nogueira for $900

Avery Clarke: $838.62
$300 on Assuncao for $466.67
$250 on Tavares for $371.95

Bam White: $765.38
$300 on Spider for $350
$300 on Rua for $415.38

Dan Moore: $756.62
$100 on Nedkov for $260
$100 on Thiago for $120
$200 parlay on Thiago, Palhares, and Alcantara for $376.62

Shaun Louis: $636.92
$300 on Thiago for $360
$200 on Rua for $276.92

Danny Mellor: $600
$200 on Nogueira for $600

Connor Thomas: $600
$200 on Nogueira for $600

Jonah Goodman: $600
$200 on Nogueira for $600

Dom Farr: $600
$200 on Nogueira for $600

Jamie Penick: $576.11
$200 on Assuncao for $311.11
$100 on Jabouin for $265

Jason Binder: $530
$200 on Jabouin for $530

Simon Kerry: $520
$200 on Nedkov for $520

Jason ?Goat? Thompson: $325
$125 on Nedkov for $325

Dionicio Ortiz: $311.11
$200 on Assuncao for $311.11

Skarz: $265
$100 on Jabouin for $265

Leland Lawson: $265
$100 on Jabouin for $265

Casey Vaccaro: $155.56
$100 on Assuncao for $155.56

Brian Fuller, Cambo Nelson, Michael Roberts, Clay Burley, Anthony Sinnott: $0

Performer of the Night:
Tell you what. If I turn in a performance at UFC 135 like I turned in at UFC 134, we'll be renaming this award the Rich Hansen award. No humblebrag here, just brag. Then again, Dizzy Dean once said, ?It's not bragging if you can do it.? False modesty is soooooooo not me.

Goat of the Night: Anthony Sinnott was the only player to pick fewer than 7 fights correctly, going 6-6 on his picks for a second-worst point total of 36 points. Combine that with the fact that all of his bets were losers, and we have our goat. While I have no doubt he'll do better at UFC 135, for this event, he's standing on a tree stump and eating grass.


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UFC 134 weigh-in: Brazil vs. the rest of the world

A pro-Brazil crowd showed up for the UFC 134 weigh-in this afternoon in Rio de Janeiro. All of the American fighters were greeted with booing and chanting. That said most seemed unphased. Forrest Griffin waved on more catcalls and Brendan Schaub just chuckled. All 24 fighters made weight and there was little drama during the staredowns.

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva came in just under the middleweight limit at 184 pounds and said he hopes everyone comes out to back this "Brazil vs. the rest of the world card". His challenger Yushin Okami checked in at 183.

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua looked much trimmer than he did at UFC 128 against Jon Jones. Griffin nearly ran to scale. It looked like a well-managed weight cut for the American. On Wednesday, he told Dana White� he was 216. When we saw him last week at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas he couldn't have been much heavier than that. Griffin's had previous cases where he was walking around in the 220's days before the fight.

UFC 134 weigh-in:

Yushin Okami (183) vs. Anderson Silva (184) - UFC middleweight title

Forrest Griffin (205) vs. Mauricio Rua (205)
Antonio Nogueira (243) vs. Brendan Schaub (247)
Luiz Cane (204) vs. Stanislav Nedkov (203)
Ross Pearson (155) vs. Edson Barboza (155)
Spencer Fisher (156) vs. Thiago Tavares (156)
Dan Miller (184) vs. Rousimar Palhares (185)
David Mitchell (171) vs. Paulo Thiago (169)
Johnny Eduardo (135) vs. Raphael Assuncao (134)
Erick Silva (169) vs. Luis Ramos (171)
Felipe Arantes (145) vs. Yuri Alcantara (144)
Yves Jabouin (135) vs. Ian Loveland (135)


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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Top 5 Best Moments Of UFC 134 Highlights "Big Nog", Anderson Silva, And More

UFC 134 saw some pretty crazy finishes, and overall, it was a night that showcased the UFC?s Brazilian stars, as many top Brazilian athletes came away with huge wins. But which stars shined brightest, and what moments will fans be talking about in the following weeks? Here?s my take on the matter: my top 5 [...]


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Caught on video: Solid Muay Thai game pays off for Memphis security guard

Don't call them rent-a-cops anymore. There are some highly trained security guards around the country especially those who've watched a little mixed martial arts.

Check out this wild scene in Tennessee where an off-duty Memphis Area Transit Authority guard took on some idiot named Morgan Turner.

According to officials the fracas was absolutely necessitated by Turner:

MATA says the fight started after the guard received complaints that Turner was harassing women outside the bus terminal on Main Street.

ABC24 provided the video and did a follow up with some local fighters to ask about the guard's technique.

Fighter Ladarius Miller says he's trained with the guard, known as "Karate" to his buddies. He was shocked by the video.

"The fight�ain't his fault. It ain't surprising in how he fights, but I'm surprised it's him," says Miller. "Watch it, Inside leg kick. Check out the hook.� You see the hook? You see the hook? Look at the upper cut. "

Another local fighter Brian Hall could tell "Karate" had some training.

"The suspect had his hands down and the guard had his hands up," says Hall,�"and that right there should have told him, I don't want to mess with this guy," said Hall.

No charges were filed against the victim of the butt kicking or the guard. The MATA officer has been reassigned to a new location.


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Dazed and Confused: Coaches Offer Views on Odd Palhares vs. Miller UFC 134 Fight

For the second time in his last three fights, Rousimar Palhares found himself in a confusing situation with referee Herb Dean at this past Saturday's UFC 134 event

Palhares followed up a head kick knockdown of Dan Miller with several punches on the ground before simply walking away to begin celebrating by jumping on top of the cage thinking the fight was over despite no stoppage from Dean.


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Best Of The Rest: UFC 134 Edition

Hello and welcome to another new edition of ?Best of the Rest?! I really enjoy taking the time to give my detailed thoughts on a show after watching it, but after the serious discussion and debate I?ll raise in topics like ?Top 5 Best Moments? and ?Best Performance of the Night?, I think it?d be [...]


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Dana White confirms contract negotiations between the UFC and Alistair Overeem

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem is indeed negotiating with the UFC, as UFC President Dana White confirmed the talks in an interview with Dan LeBetard on ESPN's Sports Talk 790 on Thursday.

"We're talking to Overeem," White said (transcribed by "When everything fell apart, you guys heard me come out and say, 'We can't do business with these guys the way these guys want to do business,' meaning his management. Well they've changed their opinions on how they can do business with us, so now we can."

White is, of course, talking about the breakdown in talks with Golden Glory, which subsequently led to the release of Marloes Coenen, Valentijn Overeem and Jon Olav Einemo from Zuffa-owned promotions. However, Overeem was never released as had initially been reported, and was in an exclusive negotiating period with the UFC after the final fight on his Strikeforce deal was expedited when he refused a semifinal Heavyweight Grand Prix fight on Sept. 10.

With Golden Glory going back on the issue of Zuffa paying fighters directly, as White claimed was the initial hang up, both sides expressed interest in talking with one another. Now that appears to be what they are doing.

Penick's Analysis: I think we'll see Alistair Overeem in the UFC either by the end of this year or the beginning of 2012. If they can come to an agreement on compensation there's very few reasons why Overeem shouldn't be in the organization, and it makes the most sense for him to be plugged in against a top opponent in the Octagon. Hopefully they can flesh things out in negotiations and make this a reality, but at least they are definitely talking at the moment to begin that process.


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UFC 134 weigh-in: Brazil vs. the rest of the world

A pro-Brazil crowd showed up for the UFC 134 weigh-in this afternoon in Rio de Janeiro. All of the American fighters were greeted with booing and chanting. That said most seemed unphased. Forrest Griffin waved on more catcalls and Brendan Schaub just chuckled. All 24 fighters made weight and there was little drama during the staredowns.

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva came in just under the middleweight limit at 184 pounds and said he hopes everyone comes out to back this "Brazil vs. the rest of the world card". His challenger Yushin Okami checked in at 183.

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua looked much trimmer than he did at UFC 128 against Jon Jones. Griffin nearly ran to scale. It looked like a well-managed weight cut for the American. On Wednesday, he told Dana White� he was 216. When we saw him last week at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas he couldn't have been much heavier than that. Griffin's had previous cases where he was walking around in the 220's days before the fight.

UFC 134 weigh-in:

Yushin Okami (183) vs. Anderson Silva (184) - UFC middleweight title

Forrest Griffin (205) vs. Mauricio Rua (205)
Antonio Nogueira (243) vs. Brendan Schaub (247)
Luiz Cane (204) vs. Stanislav Nedkov (203)
Ross Pearson (155) vs. Edson Barboza (155)
Spencer Fisher (156) vs. Thiago Tavares (156)
Dan Miller (184) vs. Rousimar Palhares (185)
David Mitchell (171) vs. Paulo Thiago (169)
Johnny Eduardo (135) vs. Raphael Assuncao (134)
Erick Silva (169) vs. Luis Ramos (171)
Felipe Arantes (145) vs. Yuri Alcantara (144)
Yves Jabouin (135) vs. Ian Loveland (135)


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my buddy faught Drew McFedries last weekend

yup, the white guy named Garret Olson was my neighbor last year at school

he faught on the same card...


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Kimbo Slice spectacular in boxing debut with 17-second knockout

Kimbo Slice built his reputation on the streets by destroying his opponents with a ferocious attack. Because of takedowns and grappling, it didn't quite work out for Kimbo in mixed martial arts. Saturday night he went back to his roots, albeit wearing the heavy gloves on instead of going bare-knuckled and scored a vicious 17-second knockout in his professional boxing debut at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma.

"It's like second nature for me. I'm comfortable here. I found a home here," said Slice (1-0) of his crossover to boxing.

The 37-year-old also knows he has a lot to learn and didn't want to get too excited about the win.

"I can't give myself a good grade because my movements were a little shady. I felt like I didn't really connect the way I wanted to. I still have a lot of learning to do. I'm a baby, taking baby steps," said Kimbo.

Check out the raw video shot from the crowd in Oklahoma. Kimbo took out James Wade with a brutal uppercut. Wade was out cold balancing on the ropes.


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Which fight has to happen most in the UFC?

I say Silva/Sonnen II if Sonnen beats Stan. I know Silva finished Sonnen in the first fight but not until after he got dominated for four 1/2 rounds....


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Strikeforce: Josh Barnett Describes Win Over Brett Rogers as 'Perfect' - Josh Barnett

Strikeforce: Josh Barnett Describes Win Over Brett Rogers as 'Perfect' Video by Josh Barnett


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Rousimar Palhares Claims Dan Miller?s Verbal Submission Caused Premature Celebration

Numerous storylines emerged after UFC 134 wrapped on Saturday ? Big Nog fending off Father Time, “Shogun” shooting back into title contention, ?The Spider? leaving everyone speechless again with his insane skills, etc. ? but the most awkward moment of the night occurred between Rousimar Palhares (Pictured) and Dan Miller. After dropping Miller with a [...]


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HANSEN: UFC 134 Q&A Session - Anderson Silva, Shogun-Griffin and Minotauro Nogueira

By: Rich Hansen, MMATorch Columnist

Question #1: Can you explain to me just how good Anderson Silva is?

On the MMA Torch Post-Mortem radio show that we did after the Georges St-Pierre versus Josh Koscheck fight in December of 2010, we discussed the topic of who the greater fighter is; St-Pierre or Anderson Silva. It was the first time I was willing to even entertain the question, because I was always of the belief that Silva was the greater fighter. But after his sublime performance against Koscheck, we had a long discussion about that topic.

But even as I was open to considering GSP for the title of best fighter, I knew Silva was in fact the best fighter of his era, if not of all-time. Unfortunately for our listening audience that evening I couldn't quite put into words what it was that separated the two. It wasn't their results, because both have been undefeated (in dominant fashion to boot) for a long stretch of time. It wasn't because of the level of competition each man faced, because both resumes are similar.

Anderson Silva was able to display last night what I was unable to put into words in December of 2010. GSP wins. He's a winner. He's a dominator. He is technically just as far ahead of his field as Spider Silva is of his own field. But Anderson Silva &$^#&@$ crushes souls.

Of Anderson's last 10 victories, eight of those fights were won before Bruce Buffer announced the fight to the paying audience. Only Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson walked into the cage truly believing they were going to win against the colossus that is Anderson Silva. The other eight men (Yushin Okami, Vitor Belfort, Demian Maia, Forrest Griffin, Thales Leites, Patrick Cote, James Irvin, Rich Franklin) knew they couldn't win, and they were broken emotionally and spiritually before their fights even began. (I might be wrong about Belfort, but I doubt it...)

I don't like the Muhammad Ali comparisons that people make for Anderson Silva, first because they compete(d) in different sports and second because Ali's legend was built not just because of his in-ring flair, but also because of the stances he took on social issues outside of the ring. But in a vacuum, solely factoring in performances in the ring/cage, comparing Silva to Ali is fair. Both men were dominant champions who ruled their domain with precision, skill, showmanship, and Fliehr I mean Flair.

George St-Pierre is a great champion, and people will tell stories and sing songs decades from now about the night they were in the arena to see the great Georges St-Pierre ply his trade for everybody to see. But make no doubt about it. Last night Anderson Silva was able to tell the entire world with no words how he is Muhammad Ali, and everybody else in the sport is competing for the title of George Foreman

Question #2: Did Shogun Rua win, or did Forrest Griffin lose?


Question #2A: Oh come on.

Alright fine. If you were to walk up to Forrest Griffin and present him a list of 42 gajillion places in the universe, including the surface of the sun, he would have preferred to be at any of those places more than in that Octagon, against that opponent, in that city, in that environment. Griffin's body was there, and he did the best he could during fight week to try to get his head and his heart to sync up with his body, but it didn't work and Shogun Rua took advantage of this.

As a relatively new father of a little girl myself, I completely understand where Griffin's head was at. I was a useless lump the week before my little girl was born (I set em up, you knock em down), and I was never more than 30 miles away from my wife during that last week. On Saturday night, Griffin was 6,200 miles away. So I'm burying my head in the sand and pretending that this fight never happened.

I'm willfully ignoring the fact that he hasn't looked the same since Anderson Silva ate his soul in 2009. I choose to ignore his quotes about motivation and plateauing. I'm even disregarding the possibility that his biggest victories in the cage respectively were against an injured Rua, a very close decision against Rampage Jackson, and against a Franklin-weight Rich Franklin. Putting all that together, I'm probably being generous in my refusal to write off Griffin's future, but I'm sure that Griffin isn't losing any sleep over my opinions on the subject. The sleep he's losing isn't because of me, but because of that baby who is not going to live by his clock.

As for Shogun, it's difficult to determine how much stock to put in this win. He looked faster than he has in a while, but even at his best Forrest Griffin isn't one of the faster light heavyweights in the history of the sport. Shogun is playing a game of HORSE where he has to 'show me' before I totally buy in. A win against, say, oh I don't know, Dan Henderson, would convince me that Shogun is worthy of another shot at Jon Jones.

Question #3: Was that Minotauro Nogueira's last gasp at glory, or is he a legitimate contender at heavyweight?

There are only two possible conclusions to draw from Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's victory over Brendan Schaub.

1.) Nogueira is back (or never left). People wrote him off prematurely for losing to Frank Mir while he had a staph infection, and for losing to the best heavyweight in the world (Cain Velasquez).

B.) Nogueira is done, Schaub is not a legitimate opponent, and any top 10 heavyweight would destroy the old man.

In the afterglow of Nogueira's knockout of Brendan Schaub, I couldn't help but think that we've seen this story before. Replace Nogueira with Wanderlei Silva, Schaub with Keith Jardine, and set the dial on the way-back machine to May, 2008.

Wanderlei Silva was on a three fight losing streak, and people were openly asking whether or not he was shot like Bambi. Keith Jardine was coming off a shocking upset over Chuck Liddell, the same Liddell who just beat Silva, mind you. Silva destroyed Jardine, and the PRIDErs were going crazy. The mixed martial arts community saw what they wanted to see, projected what they wanted to see next, and refused to consider that Silva was just as cooked as he was before kapowing Jardine. No one was willing to consider that the beloved Silva would lose three of his next four fights, including a massive KO loss to a relative journeyman.

Step out of the way-back machine and look at the Nogueira fight again. Throughout most of the fight last night, Nogueira looked slow to react and wasn't able to do a lot against the decent Schaub. I picked Nogueira to win the fight last night, figuring that he would grab an arm or a choke after getting outstruck for a round or two. Anyone can get caught, though, and I think that's what happened last night.

Nogueira's next fight is going to be either a title eliminator, or a rematch with the dangerous Mir. I have a very bad feeling about Nogueira's next fight, and I for one would love to see him follow Chris Lytle's lead and walk out on top. Even if I'm wrong and he somehow wins the UFC Heavyweight Title, unless it's in Brazil that thrill won't match the thrill he felt last night.

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