Thursday, February 9, 2012
Garcia and host Steven Muehlhausen recap this past weekend's "UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit" event, as well as the continued fallout from the card and what comes next for UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Cage Warriors Fight Night 3 takes place Saturday The Habtoor Grand Hotel Convention Center & Spa in Beirut, Lebanon. The stream kicks off at 2 p.m. ET.
Watson meets Juha-Pekka Vainikainen in the night's lightweight main event, and Speer faces Mats Nilsson in a middleweight contest.
This past weekend's UFC 143 event, including the main event between Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz, remains a hot topic among MMA fans, and MMAjunkie.com Radio has committed another episode to revisiting the action and listening to fans' opinions on the night's outcomes.
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With Brandon Vera suffering an injury that took him out of a May 15 rematch with Thiago Silva, the Brazilian was in need of a new opponent for his first fight in over 16 months. Now, he may have it.
According to ESPN.com, Silva will take on Igor Pokrajac on the UFC on FX 3 card in Fairfax, Va.
Silva finished serving out his one-year suspension for a failed drug test in January, and he'll hope to get back into everyone's good graces with a good performance in this fight. Pokrajac enters off of consecutive knockout wins in the Octagon, taking out Todd Brown at the end of one round and stopping Krzyszytof Soszynski in just 35 seconds in his last bout at UFC 140.
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Carlos Condit picked his spots and had Nick Diaz whiffing with his punches for much of the night at UFC 143. His strategy and executed resonated with the judges, who scored it 4-1, 4-1 and 3-2 in favor of the new UFC interim welterweight champ. But Condit's ring generalship didn't go over well with many fans.
Here's sampling of tweets from fights fans who thought Condit simply ran the entire night.
Condit didn't see it that way.
"I was pretty confident that I had won the fight. I landed a lot of effective strikes. I stuck to my gameplan. I did what I went in there to do. I punched him in the face. Kicked him in the face. You know, landed more effective strikes than he did in the fight," Condit said. "That's what it boiled down to. If I sat there and fought Nick Diaz's fight, it'd probably be him sitting here with this belt instead of me."
UFC president Dana White agreed.
"The fans are mad about the way Carlos Condit fought ... too [expletive bad]. You're mad at the way he fought? He went in there and he fought a great fight," White said. "He stuck to his gameplan. Nick Diaz is the master of getting you to fight his fight. [...] Carlos Condit kept his cool tonight. He fought a perfect fight."
Condit said when did Diaz did catch him, the shots were weak.
"They weren't all that effective. For the most part, if he did hit me with anything, it was kind of past the power zone. They didn't have a lot on them," said Condit.
Condit thought his kicks paid dividends later in the fight.
"Chopping his legs and affecting his mobility from the very start was working," Condit said. "You don't see the effects of that until later on in the fight. But he stopped coming forward on me."
As Diaz began to talk trash, Condit also stayed under control. He recalled one funny line when Diaz responded to one of the 10-plus spinning backfists and elbows that Condit threw his way.
"We're throwing spinning [expletive] now?," Condit said repeating what Diaz said in the cage. Condit wasn't about to play Diaz's mind games.
"I planned for that. I knew that I to be mentally prepared as well as physically prepared to face Nick Diaz," Condit said. "That's something I had in my mindset as well as the talking and the taunts and stuff. I just needed to stay focused and execute my gameplan. No matter what he said or no matter how many punches he took from me, I couldn't let my focus stray."
What's next for Condit is anyone's guess. The fighter and promotion were non-committal on when he gets back in the Octagon. The champ Georges St-Pierre is hoping for a November return from ACL surgery. Nine months is a long time for the top of the 170-pound division to stay dormant.
UFC 143: Carlos Condit's trainer Greg Jackson - "To hate a beautiful, technical fight - you're not really a fight fan"
Condit avoided getting trapped by Nick Diaz, landing leg kicks and combinations while circling away when he was backed down, and he ultimately out-struck Diaz in four of the five rounds of the fight at UFC 143. But critics of Condit's performance would say he didn't do much damage with his kicks or strikes. In an interview with USAToday.com, Jackson took great exception to that claim.
"If you need evidence of the proof [that Condit's strikes hurt], you can see Nick's output and his pace [were] much slower than he usually is, especially by that third round," Jackson said. "Leg kicks, the way Carlos was throwing them, hurt. Head kicks, the way he would kick him in the head, hurt. Punches and spinning elbows hurt."
"If you don't believe Carlos hits hard, you can look at all the knockouts that he's done. Or you could come over and allow him to kick you in the leg and see how much of it you can take. If it's actually an argument that Carlos doesn't hit hard, I would have to say that the record would clearly negate that, if that indeed is a legitimate argument."
Jackson then delved into the gameplan for Condit on Saturday night, breaking down what they saw in Nick's game and why they approached the fight as they did.
"Nick's thing is this: he moves forward very well and iIf he gets you where your back is to the cage, man, he starts opening up and just landing these beautiful combinations," Jackson said. "I love watching him work. He goes high and low and switches. Even his subtle head movements and stuff. He's very, very good when your back is to the cage. It's just like in boxing too. Some boxers will kind of throw you up against the ropes and really start rocking and rolling on you. So when you're fighting a guy like that, you've got to get off of the ropes, so to speak, and then run back to the middle of the cage."
"So that's what Carlos would do. Every time he would get there, we'd have him bail, exit out, get in the middle of the cage, and then get off first and start the process all over again. Meanwhile, in that process, the FightMetric numbers clearly show that during that time, when Carlos would control where and when the engagement would happen, Carlos had the significant striking advantage there. So the game plan worked very well."
There were still those that didn't appreciate the gameplan, accusing Condit of running away the entire fight because he refused to stand in the pocket and trade with Diaz. Jackson scoffed at those criticisms, and for those that believe the current MMA rules lead to "less interesting" action in the cage, Jackson said there are other options for them.
"There are sports for you, that if you just want two men to stand in front of you and (hit) each other and basically just punch each other in the face," Jackson said. "Man, there's all these great Toughman competitions and there's a lot of lower level and stuff like that where you just toe the line. Just stand in front of you, you just one-two, and one guy goes down. If that's what you enjoy, then by all means, that's a sport; there's a legitimate sport for that."
"If you want to see people hit, do very good damage, and not get hit; and control the subtleties of the fight, like where the fight takes place; and do things on their terms and not play their opponents' games; if you do want to see that, then you can watch MMA. Because in MMA, if you land more power shots than your opponent - regardless of whether your opponent is walking forward, backward, side-to-side or on his hands - you're probably going to win that fight."
"But again, the sport's not for everybody," Jackson continued. "There's still a large contingent of people, that they just want to see these guys almost die, or the other guy almost die and come back, and sometimes fights are like that. Certainly they are. But sometimes you get technical masterpieces too, and to hate a beautiful, technical fight - you're not really a fight fan. You're just there to watch the car wrecks, you know what I mean? You're not watching the cars pass each other; you're just waiting for a car wreck. And there's those fans, that's fine.
"But we do try to finish fights. We do try to do tons of damage. My record of fighters clearly shows that. It's just one of those things where I'm sorry that somebody had to lose, because I like both guys a lot. But it was just our night."
Penick's Analysis: I don't agree with the notion that you have to enjoy all of the subtleties of the game to be a "real" fight fan. That's such a disingenuous argument. You can be a diehard NFL fan and still find yourself bored with grinding, methodical games. You can be a diehard baseball fan and still be disappointed in pitcher's duels. Not every fan is going to enjoy a performance like Condit put forth on Saturday night, but that doesn't make them any less of a fight fan. That said, I was immensely intrigued by Condit's performance on Saturday myself, and I found it fascinating to watch his strategy unfold when it became clear what he was doing. The way he was able to get into his rhythm in the third and fourth rounds, slowing Diaz down and not allowing Diaz to fight the way he likes to fight, was masterful, intelligent, and really great for those that do appreciate the subtleties of what he accomplished. But again, that doesn't mean that someone who was simply bored by it isn't a fight fan. Sometimes the car wrecks are fantastic to watch. Sometimes technical masterpieces aren't all that entertaining, even if you have an appreciation for what's happening in the cage. Condit fought a brilliant fight that just wasn't for everyone, but Jackson errs in saying detractors of the fight aren't fight fans.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
i guess im desperate right now and it seems pretty fucking easy to do once you get over the nerves of being a creep.
The fight was expected after Evans defeated Phil Davis last week at UFC on Fox 2, but it wasn't official until Monday night. Evans had some concerns over his surgically repaired hand following the UFC on Fox 2 event, but doctors have cleared him and the fight with Jones is on.
"If I was fighting anybody for the belt at this point, there would be pressure, but there is added pressure in this situation because it's Jon and our whole personal situation," Evans said in an interview with Yahoo! Sports shortly after the UFC announced the fight. "I'm very happy for what he's done in this sport and what he's accomplished for himself. He's worked hard for it, but that's where the respect and admiration stops. I don't care for him too much as a person."
The UFC returns to Atlanta for the first time since September of 2008, and coincidentally that UFC 88 event was headlined by Evans as well. On that card, he knocked out Chuck Liddell to earn his first shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight Title, a shot he would take advantage of when he defeated Forrest Griffin later that year.
Penick's Analysis: The history between these two has been rehashed plenty of times on this site already, but having this fight finally confirmed can begin real anticipation for their battle. It's a good thing Evans was cleared with his hand issue, but the UFC would have been prepared with Dan Henderson ready to step into the fight if needed. For now, the two former teammates will finally square off, and it will be a huge title fight for the UFC come April 21.
[Rashad Evans art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
UFC newcomer Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson locked up the "Knockout of the Night" with a beautifully delivered head kick to Dan Stittgen. The highly successful former kickboxer and kenpo karate black belt feigned a kick low, but then brought it up to Stittgen's jaw in a strike that Stittgen never saw coming, putting him out cold.
Dustin Poirier earned the "Submission of the Night" for an excellent effort against the overmatched Max Holloway. The 20-year-old UFC newcomer was the third scheduled opponent for Poirier after injuries took out Erik Koch and Ricardo Lamas, but Poirier did what good fighters are supposed to do in this situation.
After scoring a takedown on Holloway, Poirier almost immediately got to mount. Holloway tried to fight him off, but left himself susceptible to an armbar attempt. When he defended that hold, he was caught in a triangle choke. Poirier then rolled that into a mounted triangle, and as he extended Holloway's arm for the triangle/armbar combination, the 20-year-old had no choice but to tap.
There will be some disagreement on the UFC's pick for "Fight of the Night," but the bonuses went to Fabricio Werdum and Roy Nelson for their brutal three round fight. Werdum showed off a massively improved striking arsenal in the fight, hurting Nelson early and often with vicious muay thai knees to the body and the head. The assault in the first round had Nelson hurting and tired, but the always game "Big Country" wasn't going away. He continued to plow forward, looking for an opening for one big desperation blow, but it never came. Werdum continued to sprinkle in attacks in the second and third, enough so that he won each of those rounds, but Nelson's near impossible to put away.
Penick's Analysis: "Wonderboy" showed his striking chops against a not-all-that-good Dan Stittgen, but regardless of the level of competition that highlight came against, it's still the type of thing that will make people want to see him fight in the future. That's the point of prize-fighting, after-all, and to make people want to see your fights is an attribute not everyone possesses. Poirier continues to look fantastic in his UFC run, and though he likely might need one more win to get a title shot - because a win over a completely overmatched Holloway shouldn't put him there - he's well on his way to earning a shot. I'd give Chan Sung Jung the next title fight to strike while the iron is hot on his popularity, then set up the fight that was supposed to happen in Poirier-Koch this summer. As far as "FotN," I don't know that I would have gone with Werdum-Nelson, but I think the only other real option was the main event. I probably would have given it to Condit and Diaz, but I know I liked the fight a lot more than some.
But that's one offer Matt Brown is going to turn down.
"I sort of called out one person in my entire career, and that was Renzo," he told MMAjunkie.com Radio. "I wished I never did it; I pretty much got barred from their team."
Dustin Poirier kept his title run intact on Saturday night, making quick work of UFC newcomer Max Holloway at UFC 143.
Poirier, who was supposed to fight Erik Koch, then Ricardo Lamas before both got injured, showed his superior ground game off when he secured a mounted triangle/armbar submission.
Holloway showed off some decent striking to begin, but as soon as the fight hit the mat it was all Poirer. He got the mount, then attacked for an armbar. That turned into a triangle when Holloway got free, and Poirier transitioned into the mounted triangle. He then wrenched Holloway's arm and forced a tap to the painful hold.
Poirier is now four straight fights in the UFC and five straight overall. The 20-year-old Holloway loses for the first time in his young career.
UFC President Dana White announced at Saturday's UFC 143 post-fight press conference that Silva and Sonnen had verbally agreed to the matchup with an exact date and venue to be finalized soon.
CHICAGO -- On 11 days notice, Chris Weidman took a less-than-stellar split decision over Demian Maia. The judges saw it 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 for Weidman at the United Center on Saturday night.
Though both men are accomplished grapplers, the first round started with nothing but stand-up. Neither fighter truly got an edge in striking, though it was Maia who got the first takedown. The two got back to their feet quickly, and Maia followed up with aggressive strikes.
Weidman got the takedown to start the second round, but again, they did not stay there for long. Maia's face started to show damage from the repeated hits Weidman delivered, but Weidman's movement around the cage slowed as the round went on. As Weidman slowed, Maia delivered more kicks and punches. Weidman tried for a takedown with a minute left, but Maia easily avoided it. In the final 20 seconds, Weidman was able to get the takedown, and turned over for a choke, but the round ended before he could secure it.
Weidman returned to the clinch in the third round, moving towards Maia and landing knees and punches. They continued their evenly matched striking fest, though both fighters were clearly exhausted.
The crowd in Chicago wasn't enthused about the action, but that's what happens when two grappling aficionados decided to engage in a fist fight.
UPDATE: After the bout, UFC president Dana White tweeted that the scores were read wrong. Weidman actually won by a unanimous decision.
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Alistair Overeem, the UFC's no. 1 heavyweight contender, was charged with misdemeanor battery for an incident at the Wynn Las Vegas on New Year's weekend. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Overeem faces up to six months in jail and a fine of $1,000.
A citation issued by Las Vegas police stated at about 3 a.m. on Jan. 2, Overeem pushed or shoved a woman in the face, "causing her to stagger back."
David Chesnoff, Overeem's attorney who is known for defending people with a public profile, said Overeem was not arrested, but summoned to court. He also maintained Overeem's innocence.
The incident happened just days after Overeem beat Brock Lesnar by technical knockout, earning him the right to fight for the UFC heavyweight belt.
Anyone else hit by the cold wave.
Usually, before a title fight, we'll match up walkout shirts of the two contenders. For UFC 143, Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit brought the boring, expected shirts. Instead, it was co-main eventer Roy Nelson who has the best walkout shirt of the weekend.
Hopefully, he won't hear from Ford Motor Company's lawyers over the Built Roy Tough shirt, because it's both creative and a good look. It coming in gray and costing just $24.99 is the cherry on top.
Monday, February 6, 2012
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"I want to thank the UFC, I want to thank Mr. White and I want to apologize to Junior dos Santos and Spike TV," Lesnar said. "This is an unfortunate situation for me. I dodged a bullet about two years ago with diverticulitis, at that time not knowing what the problem was. ... Diverticulitis is something that never goes away. It's something I've dealt with since the first occurrence and I've been battling it."