Tuesday, January 31, 2012

UFC on Fox 2?s Three Stars: Oliveira, Johnson and Evans

The UFC's second foray into network television was not exactly thrilling. Some of the best moments happened during the Fuel broadcast, with the fights on Fox providing less-than-exciting action. Who stood out for you? Here are Cagewriter's Three Stars. Tell us yours in the comment section or on Facebook.

No. 1 star -- Charles Oliveira: In his first fight at featherweight, the Brazilian used a leg submission that caused every MMA writer on press row to say, "What was that?" We settled on a calf slicer, while Oliveira walked away with the Submission of the Night bonus.

No. 2 star -- Lavar Johnson: If you haven't watched Johnson's KO of Joey Beltran, go watch it. We'll wait. OK, now that you've watched him take out Beltran with huge uppercuts, you likely will agree with him taking home the Knockout of the Night bonus.

No. 3 star -- Rashad Evans: Put yourself in Evans' shoes. Though you're the No. 1 contender for the light heavyweight belt, injury and bad luck has forced you out of the actual title bout more than a year. Then, you're told you still have to win another fight to get that title shot. You could sulk about it, or you could use the five rounds provided to beat up and outwrestle Phil Davis. Evans chose the latter.

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/ufc-fox-2-three-stars-oliveira-johnson-evans-154224902.html

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The MMA Hour - Episode No. 116 - Cesar Gracie

Source: http://www.mmafighting.com/2012/1/31/2762604/the-mma-hour-episode-no-116-cesar-gracie

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Champ Georges St-Pierre wants Nick Diaz fight as much as he wanted a title shot

UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre admits UFC 143 is going to be weird. After all, he'll be rooting for enemy Nick Diaz.

"I want this fight with Diaz so badly - as badly as I wanted the title shot when I got down on my knees," St-Pierre today told the UFC.

That was seven years ago at UFC 56, when his career looked a whole lot different than it does today. Of all the punches he's slipped on his current path, this one has hit hardest.


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Floyd Mayweather Jr. donates six-figure sum to cancer research

Floyd Mayweather Jr. may be all about ?the green? when it comes to his career but, at least for a short while, his mind was on the color pink after donating $100,000 to the Susan G. Komen organization, a non-profit specializing in breast cancer research. The contribution was made by Mayweather Jr. as part of [...]

Source: http://www.fighters.com/01/21/floyd-mayweather-jr-donates-six-figure-sum-to-cancer-research

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UFC Strikeforce Merger: FTC Closes Probe Of Zuffa

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/1/31/2762537/ufc-strikeforce-merger-ftc-closes-investigation-zuffa

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FOX hooks up highlights of Chael Sonnen?s semi-controversial win over Michael Bisping

Though last night?s main card clashes at UFC on FOX 2 may not have been quite as thrilling as their preliminary peers there?s no question all three bouts were competitive, especially in the case of the co-headliner between middleweights Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping. Both men went at it for fifteen solid minutes with ?The [...]

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Torrie Wilson? & ?Zeus? Sign On New Reality Series

– Former WWE Diva Torrie Wilson and Tiny “Zeus” Lister have signed on for the first-ever reality series offering from the Reelz cable network, “The Z Team”. The show will feature Lorenzo Lamas and Rudy Reyes as a, “group, led by Lamas, contracted by law enforcement agencies and concerned citizens all across the country to confront real life and death situations on the streets of America. The Z Team, relying on years of experience fighting bad guys on the big screen, in the ring and in real life take on ...

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Shlemenko vs Lombard 2

Hello guys!

On March, 2 Shlemenko will again meet Lombard...
Alexander vs Hector, an epic match-up..

So what do you think about this fight?
I have...

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UFC on Fox: Evans vs Davis Post-Fight Press Conference

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Overeem Charged With Battery. Could Face 6 Months In Jail

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*Ultimate Fighting Championship star Alistair Overeem has been charged with one count of misdemeanor battery stemming from an incident at...

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Countdown to UFC 131 - UFC

Full episode! Vancouver is on notice - heavy hands mean a big-time main event unlikely to go the distance in Junior dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin. Plus Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes and Demian Maia vs. Mark Mu�oz - see what's in store!

Source: http://mmalice.com/ufc/countdown-to-ufc-131-video_460590e56.html

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Michael Bisping sees silver lining in UFC on FOX 2 loss, promises future title

CHICAGO - Admittedly, moral victories still bloody suck.

But for UFC on FOX 2 co-headliner Michael Bisping, who suffered a close unanimous-decision loss to No. 1 contender Chael Sonnen on Saturday at Chicago's United Center, the Brit sees the silver lining.

Despite the defeat, Bisping has plenty of reasons to be pleased with his performance.


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PENICK: UFC on Fox 2 notebook - In person thoughts from the United Center

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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I was in attendance tonight at the United Center in Chicago, Ill. for the UFC's second event on Fox, a night which will most certainly not go down as the best night of fights on the network. The three fight main card wound up being mostly a letdown after an exciting night of undercard action, and though a title challenger was crowned, it wasn't the performance that's going to drive tons of additional interest from any non-fans that may have tuned in to the broadcast. With that said, here are some thoughts on the night's fights in Chicago:

-Rashad Evans didn't have much trouble with Phil Davis tonight. Davis stepped into this fight very early in his career, and it shows how unique Jon Jones is to come through the ranks as fast as he did. Davis is a very solid fighter, but he wasn't the better MMA wrestler and he had nothing for Evans on the feet. However, while Evans' wrestling was much better, and his striking superior throughout the five round fight, he didn't attack nearly often enough, and the fight dragged as a result. Looking at the title matchup with Jones, the Evans that showed up tonight is not capturing the title. Jones can hang with him striking, and he won't be controlled in the wrestling department by Evans. The performance won't get many talking in Evans' favor, and it certainly didn't keep fan interest for the entirety of the fight. In fact, many started leaving the arena before the fourth round began; and they didn't miss anything in doing so.

-Michael Bisping performed pretty much as well as I thought he would be able to against Chael Sonnen. His striking was on point, his takedown defense in the first two rounds was excellent, and he had some surprisingly good clinch work to go along with it. Of course, he was taken down in the third and wasn't able to get back up, but he looked good throughout the fight, and there was an argument he could have won the bout. I had it a draw with a 10-10 in the first round, but Bisping took the second, then lost the third. Sonnen didn't look as good as he did against Brian Stann or Anderson Silva, and it should go to show people that Bisping is legitimately a top middleweight contender. It's a tough loss to a tough fighter, but that doesn't mean Bisping won't be sticking around the top end. If this fight happens 10 times, Bisping might win four or five, so don't be surprised to see him still potentially in line for a title fight down the line.

-On the spectrum of fighters who won't be getting a title shot anytime soon, let's talk about Demian Maia. Since getting knocked out by Nate Marquardt, something has changed in Maia. He was a powerhouse submission specialist before that fight who could take out most fighters on the ground, and now he's trying to stay standing with fighters who are out-striking him. It was maddening to watch him try to get up from the ground when Chris Weidman took him down tonight, instead of looking to attack for submissions. He's abandoned his ground game, and he's a worse fighter because of it. That was a wholly disappointing performance, and a disappointing opening fight for the Fox broadcast that could have turned a lot of viewers away.

-Now to the positives, because the undercard was mostly fantastic. Evan Dunham and Nik Lentz had a great back and forth fight, and it deservedly won the "Fight of the Night" award. Lentz is a really tough guy, and absolutely didn't want that fight to end because of the cut, but give Dunham a lot of credit for delivering that onslaught in the second round. Lentz actually won the first, and was doing a really good job of striking with Dunham, probably better than most thought he'd be able to in this one, but unfortunately for him he didn't get a chance to get out in the third round to stake a claim for the win himself. Still, it's the type of performance that goes against the bad rap he had gotten after the Andre Winner fight, and he'll get another opportunity in the UFC despite consecutive losses.

-Ok, maybe it's not all positive. Mike Russow and John Olav Einemo had a terrible fight. Einemo's just not very good overall. He's a large fighter, and has a submission game, but Russow was able to control him and tire him out. Russow himself was exhausted midway through the second, and the fight just was the one black mark on the preliminary card.

-Cub Swanson picked up his biggest career win against George Roop with his second round knockout. It was an excellent highlight, with Roop's mouth guard bouncing off of the cage, and on any other night it may have gotten the "Knockout of the Night." Unfortunately he had to contend with a bigger, more devastating knockout earlier in the night. Still, this was a much needed win, and he did it against a very solid fighter in Roop.

-Charles Oliveira has found new life at featherweight, and he's going to be a force to be reckoned with for some time to come. Eric Wisely initially defended Oliveira's heel hook well, stepping over to try to get out. However, he left his leg there, and Oliveira smartly and impressively pulled Wisely back onto him for the calf slicer. That is one of the most painful looking moves a fighter could ever be put in, and Wisely's face told the story right before he tapped. It was a beautiful submission, and Oliveira looked fantastic at 145 lbs.

-The Michael Johnson-Shane Roller fight was alright, but there wasn't a whole lot to it. Johnson outworked Roller throughout the fight, stuffed takedowns, scored some of his own, and definitely deserved to take the decision. It could have been three rounds to none, as Roller's only winning round was a close frame, and it could mean he's on his way out after three straight losses.

-Lavar Johnson was really impressive tonight. He's got a lot of power, and though there are plenty of holes in his game to shore up, he can hit, and he can hit hard. Beltran had never been stopped by strikes in his career, and had developed a reputation for taking ridiculous amounts of punishment over several fights, but that finishing sequence by Johnson was undeniable. The four uppercuts he landed in a row were brutal, and to see Beltran crumple to the ground as he did was insane.

-Chris Camozzi's fight with Dustin Jacoby was fairly tedious before the finish, but what a finish it was. Camozzi locked on a ten finger guillotine, essentially a modified choke where he was squeezing the wind pipe and pressing Jacoby's head down with his chest, and it forced Jacoby to tap. It was a great finish to start the night of fights.

-Overall, the energy in the United Center was good, though the notorious Chicago crowd kept earning its reputation as the night wore on with a lot of booing and little patience for what was going on in the cage. It's unfortunate the main card was a letdown after the prelims, but what we had were three fairly evenly matched fights that made it hard for anyone to take full advantage. It may negatively effect how well this second Fox show drew, and they'll need to do a better job of anticipation on their fight bookings for the May 5 show, but it was still all in all a good night.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/penickstake/article_12315.shtml

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The Scorecard ? UFC on FOX 2: Evans vs. Davis

The Scorecard hits the highs and lows of the latest big event offering in MMA.� Points are assigned completely at random but stay between ten and negative ten because I hate math. It was the UFC?s big return to FOX and despite nearly one hour of in-cage action, fans were left just as disappointed as [...]

Source: http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2012/01/30/the-scorecard-ufc-on-fox-2-evans-vs-davis/

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UFC 145: Jon Jones Won't Ask Greg Jackson To Corner Him Against Rashad Evans

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/1/30/2759414/ufc-145-jon-jones-rashad-evans-greg-jackson-mma-news

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Following mistaken identity, UFC boss Dana White apologizes to harassment victim

UFC president Dana White was looking to offer an apology but nearly found himself in an unpleasant situation.

"I get my gun before answering the door," Julie Breeler told Las Vegas' FOX 5. "I crack the door and say, 'Yes?' He says, 'Julie Breeler?' and I'm like, 'Yes.' He says, 'Hi, I'm Dana White.'"

White visited Breeler's home to offer a personal apology for hundreds of harassing phone calls she received after her information was mistakenly released by hackers who were trying to attack the UFC boss.


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UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem seeking justice "at all costs" against former management group Golden Glory

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Alistair Overeem's legal team issued a public response this week to the lawsuit filed by Golden Glory against the new number one contender for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Now, he's discussed his side of things a little further in an interview with MMAWeekly.com.

"This is not a personal affair, however it is true that what Golden Glory did is damaging and very unprofessional," Overeem said. "I tried to resolve this situation through ongoing negotiations, but when they put my fight contract on the Internet and attempted to freeze my fight purse right before a very important fight, the negotiations came to a halt. It is time to go to court, and I will seek justice at all costs."

Golden Glory has gone after Overeem's character in the wake of their split last fall, but Overeem is confident that when the information in this case comes out, the truth will be with him.

"They may have attempted to bring my character into question, but that is simply a failed and shortsighted tactic because when all of the facts are revealed and everything becomes public in court, it will be Golden Glory's character and business practices that will be brought into question," he said. "I have the truth and the law on my side in this matter, they know that, and soon so will everyone else... I have spent a lot of years with Golden Glory, however I've learned recently that Golden Glory management has been dishonest with me on many occasions. This has made me determined to do whatever it takes to get the justice that I deserve."

"This is the great thing about the U.S. Court system, you can't hide facts or details. There is no doubt the law is on my side and the world will soon understand why I am upset and why I won't settle until justice is accomplished."

Penick's Analysis: Overeem's getting a little more vocal about the situation, and as it gets closer to being played out in court instead of simply the court of public opinion more information will come to light. Obviously without truly knowing what happened between the two sides or what either of them truly did to one another, it's impossible to judge either side in any harsh or decisive manner. For Overeem's sake, I hope whatever comes out doesn't affect him in the cage when he does fight again, much as it didn't affect him in December.

[Alistair Overeem art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]

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Introducing... Tyler 'The Beast' East

Tyler 'The Beast' East, an upcoming 12-3 Heavyweight from the USA is featured in this edition of 'Introducing...'

His coach's view of him:

...

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UFC Undisputed 3 Audio Look

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Video: UFC's Dana White Apologizes To Woman Harassed By Hackers

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Latest video blog from Dana White captures build up to last night?s UFC on FOX show

UFC President Dana White has certainly been called a number of names throughout his career as the main executive voice for the world?s foremost MMA promotion and, as such, it?s likely the term ?bozo? was among them. However, White came face-to-face with the real deal late last week while in Chicago for UFC on FOX [...]

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UFC on FOX2 Musings

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UFC ON FOX 2 "EVANS VS. DAVIS" LIVE RESULTS: Pelkey's live round by round report of main card on Fox from Chicago

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By: Matt Pelkey, MMATorch Columnist

Stay with us tonight as I'll have coverage of the three-fight main card on Fox featuring Chris Weidman vs. Demian Maia in a middleweight bout, Chael Sonnen taking on Michael "The Count" Bisping to determine the #1 contender for Anderson Silva's title, and, in the main event, "Sugar" Rashad Evans battling "Mr. Wonderful" Phil Davis in a five round fight with light-heavyweight title implications. MMATorch Editor-in-Chief Jamie Penick and columnists Rich Hansen and Shawn Ennis are live in the United Center in Chicago tonight, so keep an eye out for their unique live perspective in our post-fight coverage. The Fox fights start at 8p.m. (EST), so don't miss a minute of the action!

-The Fox open starts our proceedings. Kurt Menefee's voice narrates shots of the crowd as well as the arrivals of tonight's main event fighters in Rashad Evans and Phil Davis before we go to a (slightly over dramatic) video package hyping the show. It still feels like I'm about to watch football when they play the Fox music. We see Menefee's lovely mug and find out he's joined by UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, and current light-heavyweight kingpin Jon "Bones" Jones hosting tonight's card. Bones gives a little breakdown of the main event. They discuss the late injury shake-up to the card, and Couture says Sonnen having to adjust to a markedly different opponent might be a problem. Jones says Weidman was already in great shape and was ready to step up and seize his opportunity. Time to pay the bills.

(Commercial Break)

Time to introduce and break down the first fight. Jon Jones thinks Chris Weidman can use his wrestling and submission defense to play top control and dominate a positional battle. I happen to agree. He also says he could use a Randy Couture strategy and try to win the clinch game and turn it ugly. Good stuff from the champ so far. Couture pimps the wrestling background as the best for MMA. Its a closed debate at this point.

FIGHT ONE: DEMIAN MAIA VS. CHRIS WEIDMAN (MIDDLEWEIGHT)

ROUND ONE:Herb Dean presiding. Both guys come out pawing jabs and looking to be aggressive, but nothing significant lands in the first two minutes. This might be one of those "bad kickboxing by two badass grapplers" kinda fights. Weidman lands a nice body kick. Weidman finally pushes forward with punches, gets a hold of Maia and gets a takedown. Two seconds later Maia is back up. No real grappling yet. End round one.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-9 Weidman. He landed more and was the aggressor on the feet. The takedown didn't mean much.

ROUND TWO: Weidman comes out looking for takedowns early. He gets one and moves into side control,but Maia is back up to his feet. Maia is losing this fight by being one dimensional on the feet. Weidman is mixing things up, landing his jab effectively, and is landing some solid body kicks. It hasn't been a star making performance so far by any means, but its been effective and encouraging. Weidman throws a head kick that's partially blocked with a little over a minute left. He shoots in and presses Maia against the cage. Maia lands a kick on the separation. Weidman gets another takedown with under thirty seconds left. Maia tries to get back to his feet and Weidman almost takes his back. That would've been a statement. Round over.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-9 Weidman. More of the same and he really turned it on with about a minute left in the round.

ROUND THREE: Maia gives up a takedown early, almost seemingly just to try something different. Weidman doesn't do any damage of note, but he still spent the time on top. Back to the feet and Weidman lands a nice two punch combo. Maia shoots in for a takedown of his own, but Weidman's sprawl is too good. With two minutes left the crowd voices its disapproval at the ever slowing pace of this fight. Both guys are throwing everything they have, but they're both exhausted. By and large its been that sloppy kick-boxing fight we feared. Joe Rogan gives the unusually negative opinion that neither guy is striking fear in the heart of the rest of the 185lb. division. Round over. Fight over.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-10. Nobody asserted themselves as better in that round. Lots of sloppy, slow strikes. Weidman had the takedown, but Maia probably landed just a hair more on the feet. Still should be Weidman's fight though.

WINNER: Chris Weidman by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

STAR RATING: (**-) Not a terrible fight by any means, but certainly sloppy and underwhelming based on the talent in the cage. Not the way the UFC wanted to kick off the second go-round on Fox.

RAMIFICATIONS: Maia is still a high level middleweight, but he won't ever sniff another title shot unless he starts ripping arms off in his next six fight. Weidman took the fight on short notice and beat a higher ranked opponent. He looked gassed later in the fight, but it was a good test to see where he's at. With a full training camp dedicated towards a specific opponent, I still think he's near the top ten. Seriously, where is Alan Belcher?

-A Chael Sonnen straight-outta-pro-wrasslin' promo sends us to a commercial break.

The "studio" guys break down the fight and its time to do the damn thing. Bruce Buffer time!

FIGHT TWO: CHAEL SONNEN VS. MICHAEL BISPING (MIDDLEWEIGHT)

ROUND ONE: Big John in charge. Sonnen charges forward immediately and gets the takedown. No surprise. Bisping getting right back to his feet is though. Sonnen keeps pressing forward. Nice trip takedown by Chael finds him in half guard. He postures up and starts his assault. Bisping finds enough space to get back to his feet, but Sonnen is still on him. Bisping drops down for a takedown, but Chael chuckles to himself and shrugs it off. Now Bisping presses his foe to the cage. They finally separate and Bisping misses with a spinning wheel kick. Sonnen brings it back to the cage. Bisping reverses and spends some time doing clinch work. Separated again and Bisping lands some punches. He misses another spinning kick, but looks like the aggressor as the round ends.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-9 Sonnen. Bisping really came on towards the end, but Sonnen controlled the grappling enough to edge it. Close round though.

ROUND TWO: Bisping comes out right where he left off confident and aggressive. He's landing jabs and crosses left and right. They clinch against the cage again, but its Bisping in the advantageous position, clearly winning the clinch war. Seriously, what is happening here. Sonnen finally gets a much needed takedown, but doesn't do much damage and finds himself back in a standing position before too long. More shots from Bisping. Sonnen looks battered and tired. Bisping tries the spinning kick yet again before the bell sounds.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-9 Bisping. That first round is gonna be key if this goes to a decision. Sonnen needs to win the third for sure though.

ROUND THREE: Realizing his predicament, Sonnen shoots for a power double early and gets the takedown. Bisping has been defending beautifully all fight, but Sonnen finally seems to be wearing on him. Sonnen works around and eventually takes the back. He looks for the rear naked, but Bisping defends. He rolls over and gives up mount. Sonnen can't do much with the position and Bisping recovers half guard. He finally works back to his feet and finally gets a takedown of his own on Sonnen as the fight ends. Yeesh this is gonna be close.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-9 Sonnen. As clear a round for him as the second was for Bisping. He finally showed off his superior grappling here. Its all about that first round.

WINNER: Chael Sonnen by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

STAR RATING: (***) Not the classic I was hoping for, and not the dominant performance by either the UFC was hoping for to promote Anderson Silva's next fight, but a really good fight nonetheless. The 30-27 score was fishy to say the least as Bisping clearly took the second and had an argument for the first, but I agreed with the winner.

RAMIFICATIONS: Well Chael obviously moves on to the Anderson Silva fight now. He ignored Joe Rogan in the post fight and went right back to the pro wrestling schtick. He called himself the greatest fighter in the world. Um...not after that performance. Give Bisping tons of credit though. He just keeps getting better and better. Despite the loss on his ledger that might've been a career best performance. He validated himself as a top-5 middleweight in this fight. Before Chael came out in the final round and dominated with his wrestling, I was all ready to write about Michael Bisping's brilliant performance in pulling off a huge upset. As is, he shouldn't be more than two wins from being right back in this same position again.

A video package airs hyping the main event.

As if this show wasn't already destined to be labeled a disappointment, this just in: unless we get a finish to the main event, and this one seemed MOST likely to go to a decision in the first place, this show is gonna run long. Its not a huge deal because people should know by now that live sporting events don't always fit into the window of time they're allotted, but it ain't a positive either. We do get fighter entrances for the main event though. So we do have that going for us, which is nice. Jon Jones has the line of the night. When asked what the key to victory for Rashad Evans was, Jones replied, "Don't fight me". Such honesty from the champ.


FIGHT THREE: RASHAD EVANS VS. PHIL DAVIS (LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT)

ROUND ONE: Dean in charge again. Phil Davis looks fluid and comfortable on his feet early landing numerous kicks and avoiding the attacks of Evans. Davis stumbles into a takedown attempt which Rashad slowly but surely works his way out of. Davis keeps pressing forward with takedown attempts to no avail. They separate and Davis goes back to landing kicks. Rashad gets a takedown and lands in half guard. He passes to side control and gets a mounted crucifix. He lands some punches, but the round ends that way.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD 10-9 Evans. Davis looked good early, but Rashad closed strong and had both the most dominant position and did the most damage in the round.

ROUND TWO: Davis looks less fluid and less crisp in his stand-up to start round two, but it doesn't cost him in the first minute and a half. They clinch for a bit mid cage, but neither gains a real advantage. Rashad lands a couple punches and presses forward, getting Davis's back against the cage. They separate and Davis lands a body kick. Rashad is really starting to take over with his punches. He catches a Davis body kick and plants him on the mat. Rashad does a little damage from half guard and the round ends.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-9 Evans. Another good round for the veteran. He's controlling the action, getting timely takedowns, and doing damage from the top.

ROUND THREE: Davis shoots for a real, live takedown about a minute in and gets a hold of a single. He keeps working it for almost a full minute, never really completing the takedown, and eventually Rashad reverses and ends up on top. He takes Davis's back, but quickly they're back to the feet, clinched against the fence. Davis drops down desperately for a takedown, but Rashad just holds his head and delivers some big shots. Davis gets back up and catches Rashad off balance, finally scoring the takedown. He spends a little time on top, but can't do anything with it. Rashad works back to his feet before the rounds ends.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-9 Evans. Davis finally got the takedown, but couldn't do anything with it. The rest of the round was Evans in control, doing damage.

ROUND FOUR: I'd say Davis should just go balls to the wall trying for takedowns, but he hasn't shown the ability to take advantage of them when he's gotten them thus far. Barring something freaky, I don't see his path to victory here. Evans is winning the stand-up exchanges. He lands a stiff jab. Rashad gets a front headlock and presses Davis against the cage. Davis lands a couple nice knees from the clinch and they separate. Davis looks for a single leg, but Evans defends well. He ends up taking Davis' back in a scramble, but Davis stands up. Back to the cage. Rashad lands a big right hand with ten seconds left, but misses on his follow up flurry as the horn sounds.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-9 Evans. Rinse and repeat. The outcome of this fight seems inevitable.

ROUND FIVE: A minute in, Rashad catches a Phil Davis body kick and lends a right that drops Davis. Evans follows down looking to flurry to a finish but Davis survives. Evans keeps pouring on the punishment as Davis tries to work to a better position. With two minutes left, they're back to the feet. Rashad lands another big right that hurts Davis, and Davis drops down for another desperation takedown attempt. Rashad easily stuffs and they're back to the feet. Rashad tries to let his hands go to close strong, but neither guy can find the mark. Fight over.

WINNER: Rashad Evans by unanimous decision (50-45x3)

STAR RATING: (**) About as tedious of a performance as many worried, but Rashad impressed here. It wasn't exciting, but he was on another level as an MMA fighter tonight. His workrate was low as usual, but he displayed a well-rounded, complete game here.

RAMIFICATIONS: Well, everything is pretty cut and dry here. Rashad comes to MY hometown in April to finally get his hands on Jon Jones. Tonight will be seen as a disappointment in terms of fight quality, but it accomplished what the UFC needed in terms of pay-per-view business. It sets up two of the potentially three huge pay-per-view fights (with GSP-Diaz the other, provided Nick Diaz can topple Carlos Condit next week) in Rashad Evans-Jon Jones, and Chael Sonnen-Anderson Silva II. As for Phil Davis, he just wasn't ready for this fight. He's still a high-level prospect, but let tonight be proof that he's at least two years away from being ready for this opportunity again.

That's it for the fights. They send it back up to the "studio" for a quick wrap-up and the show ends over 20 minutes after the top of the hour.

Thanks for sticking with us tonight. Check back later for full post-fight coverage here on MMATorch.com.



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Cesar Gracie: Nick Diaz will wait for GSP if he defeats Carlos Condit at UFC 143

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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With conflicting timetables on when UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre will be able to return to action, there's a possibility the UFC may try to set up the winner of Saturday's Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit bout in a second Interim Welterweight Title bout in 2012. However, should Diaz come out of Saturday's UFC 143 main event with that Interim belt, he may not be willing to take another fight before St-Pierre returns.

"We are not taking another fight," Diaz's manager Cesar Gracie said on Monday's edition of "The MMA Hour" with Ariel Helwani (transcribed by BJPenn.com). "There is only one way in my mind that we are taking another fight... Hypothetically if we are fortunate and win this fight, I would advise Nick not to take another fight unless it's the GSP fight or unless it's in another weight class. We want to wait for that fight."

Of course, Diaz still has to get past a very difficult Carlos Condit in order for that to be his choice, but Gracie is at least giving notice that they want St-Pierre and St-Pierre only after Saturday's fight.

Penick's Analysis: If St-Pierre is looking at a return anywhere from August to November, it would make enough sense to have Diaz wait. That would put him at six to nine months on the sidelines, and there would be time in between to get another fight in, but with how big that fight could be, waiting for St-Pierre might just be the right move. Carlos Condit may not feel the same way if he beats Diaz, though it would make as much sense for him. That said, if Condit wins, and Jake Ellenberger defeats Diego Sanchez, a rematch between those two would be a fantastic fight if St-Pierre's return is delayed.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

UFC 143 Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit ? Extended Preview Video

Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit headline the main event of UFC 143 for the opportunity to become the interim welterweight champion. The winner gets a shot at current champion Georges St-Pierre after he fully recovers from knee surgery. Also featured on the main card of UFC 143 is another key welterweight clash between Josh Koscheck [...]

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Jorge Lopez out of UFC 143, Matt Riddle meets newcomer Henry Martinez

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Saturday's UFC 143 card has gotten another shakeup just a week out from the event, as Jorge Lopez has been forced out of his fight with Matt Riddle.

The UFC announced that he will be replaced by UFC newcomer Henry Martinez.

Riddle is in desperate need of a win after losing two straight. Martinez is an 8-1 fighter out of Greg Jackson's camp, who has fought as low as featherweight, yet will compete at welterweight for this bout.

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Rashad Evans Doesn't Care If You Boo Him

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Rashad Evans has always seemed to get the cold shoulder from fans since becoming a star in the UFC.<Br><Br>

No matter what city the former TUF winner and Light Heavyweight Champion goes to, the crowds boo him during the weigh ins and PPV and although that is something that once bothered Evans, nowadays that isn't the case:<Br><Br>

"It's come to the point where I kind of like being booed a little bit now. You know I been getting booed so much it's just like, 'whatever.' If people didn't boo me, it would feel weird. It would be like, 'Man, I don't know why these people aren't booing. Why are they cheering? Something ain't right. Am I going to lose?' You know what I'm saying? It just don't feel like the stars are aligned right if they start cheering for me. I don't want y'all to start cheering me. Boo me. That means you love me, baby."<Br><Br><Br>

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PENICK: UFC on Fox 2 notebook - In person thoughts from the United Center

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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I was in attendance tonight at the United Center in Chicago, Ill. for the UFC's second event on Fox, a night which will most certainly not go down as the best night of fights on the network. The three fight main card wound up being mostly a letdown after an exciting night of undercard action, and though a title challenger was crowned, it wasn't the performance that's going to drive tons of additional interest from any non-fans that may have tuned in to the broadcast. With that said, here are some thoughts on the night's fights in Chicago:

-Rashad Evans didn't have much trouble with Phil Davis tonight. Davis stepped into this fight very early in his career, and it shows how unique Jon Jones is to come through the ranks as fast as he did. Davis is a very solid fighter, but he wasn't the better MMA wrestler and he had nothing for Evans on the feet. However, while Evans' wrestling was much better, and his striking superior throughout the five round fight, he didn't attack nearly often enough, and the fight dragged as a result. Looking at the title matchup with Jones, the Evans that showed up tonight is not capturing the title. Jones can hang with him striking, and he won't be controlled in the wrestling department by Evans. The performance won't get many talking in Evans' favor, and it certainly didn't keep fan interest for the entirety of the fight. In fact, many started leaving the arena before the fourth round began; and they didn't miss anything in doing so.

-Michael Bisping performed pretty much as well as I thought he would be able to against Chael Sonnen. His striking was on point, his takedown defense in the first two rounds was excellent, and he had some surprisingly good clinch work to go along with it. Of course, he was taken down in the third and wasn't able to get back up, but he looked good throughout the fight, and there was an argument he could have won the bout. I had it a draw with a 10-10 in the first round, but Bisping took the second, then lost the third. Sonnen didn't look as good as he did against Brian Stann or Anderson Silva, and it should go to show people that Bisping is legitimately a top middleweight contender. It's a tough loss to a tough fighter, but that doesn't mean Bisping won't be sticking around the top end. If this fight happens 10 times, Bisping might win four or five, so don't be surprised to see him still potentially in line for a title fight down the line.

-On the spectrum of fighters who won't be getting a title shot anytime soon, let's talk about Demian Maia. Since getting knocked out by Nate Marquardt, something has changed in Maia. He was a powerhouse submission specialist before that fight who could take out most fighters on the ground, and now he's trying to stay standing with fighters who are out-striking him. It was maddening to watch him try to get up from the ground when Chris Weidman took him down tonight, instead of looking to attack for submissions. He's abandoned his ground game, and he's a worse fighter because of it. That was a wholly disappointing performance, and a disappointing opening fight for the Fox broadcast that could have turned a lot of viewers away.

-Now to the positives, because the undercard was mostly fantastic. Evan Dunham and Nik Lentz had a great back and forth fight, and it deservedly won the "Fight of the Night" award. Lentz is a really tough guy, and absolutely didn't want that fight to end because of the cut, but give Dunham a lot of credit for delivering that onslaught in the second round. Lentz actually won the first, and was doing a really good job of striking with Dunham, probably better than most thought he'd be able to in this one, but unfortunately for him he didn't get a chance to get out in the third round to stake a claim for the win himself. Still, it's the type of performance that goes against the bad rap he had gotten after the Andre Winner fight, and he'll get another opportunity in the UFC despite consecutive losses.

-Ok, maybe it's not all positive. Mike Russow and John Olav Einemo had a terrible fight. Einemo's just not very good overall. He's a large fighter, and has a submission game, but Russow was able to control him and tire him out. Russow himself was exhausted midway through the second, and the fight just was the one black mark on the preliminary card.

-Cub Swanson picked up his biggest career win against George Roop with his second round knockout. It was an excellent highlight, with Roop's mouth guard bouncing off of the cage, and on any other night it may have gotten the "Knockout of the Night." Unfortunately he had to contend with a bigger, more devastating knockout earlier in the night. Still, this was a much needed win, and he did it against a very solid fighter in Roop.

-Charles Oliveira has found new life at featherweight, and he's going to be a force to be reckoned with for some time to come. Eric Wisely initially defended Oliveira's heel hook well, stepping over to try to get out. However, he left his leg there, and Oliveira smartly and impressively pulled Wisely back onto him for the calf slicer. That is one of the most painful looking moves a fighter could ever be put in, and Wisely's face told the story right before he tapped. It was a beautiful submission, and Oliveira looked fantastic at 145 lbs.

-The Michael Johnson-Shane Roller fight was alright, but there wasn't a whole lot to it. Johnson outworked Roller throughout the fight, stuffed takedowns, scored some of his own, and definitely deserved to take the decision. It could have been three rounds to none, as Roller's only winning round was a close frame, and it could mean he's on his way out after three straight losses.

-Lavar Johnson was really impressive tonight. He's got a lot of power, and though there are plenty of holes in his game to shore up, he can hit, and he can hit hard. Beltran had never been stopped by strikes in his career, and had developed a reputation for taking ridiculous amounts of punishment over several fights, but that finishing sequence by Johnson was undeniable. The four uppercuts he landed in a row were brutal, and to see Beltran crumple to the ground as he did was insane.

-Chris Camozzi's fight with Dustin Jacoby was fairly tedious before the finish, but what a finish it was. Camozzi locked on a ten finger guillotine, essentially a modified choke where he was squeezing the wind pipe and pressing Jacoby's head down with his chest, and it forced Jacoby to tap. It was a great finish to start the night of fights.

-Overall, the energy in the United Center was good, though the notorious Chicago crowd kept earning its reputation as the night wore on with a lot of booing and little patience for what was going on in the cage. It's unfortunate the main card was a letdown after the prelims, but what we had were three fairly evenly matched fights that made it hard for anyone to take full advantage. It may negatively effect how well this second Fox show drew, and they'll need to do a better job of anticipation on their fight bookings for the May 5 show, but it was still all in all a good night.

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Cub Swanson Explains Bad Blood With George Roop

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CHICAGO -- Watch below as Cub Swanson breaks down his knockout win over George Roop at UFC on FOX 2. Swanson discusses his first win in the UFC, how the war of words started between the two fighters, his emotions after the fight and much more.

 

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UFC on FOX 2 Post-Fight News & Notes: Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans UFC 145, Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen II Brazil

Rundown of UFC on FOX 2 post-fight news and notes… ? 17,625 attendees filled the United Center in Chicago, Illinois for a $1.2 million live gate. ? Lavar Johnson picked up a cool $65,000 KO bonus for knocking out Joey Beltran in his UFC debut. Charles Oliveira was awarded Submission of the Night for finishing [...]

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Hockey Fight of the Day: Casey Wellman vs. Michal Repik

Just because the NHLers are taking a minor break during the All-Star Weekend festivities doesn’t mean hockey isn’t being played somewhere in North America and, as such, at least two players threw down on the ice. Today’s example comes from the minors despite some major action, as the San Antonio Rampage’s Michal Repik and Houston [...]

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UFC on FOX 2 Morning After: FOX Fights Fail to Deliver

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Rashad EvansCHICAGO -- There was some great action in the Octagon at the United Center on Saturday night. Unfortunately, all of it was over before the FOX show got started.

After a seven-fight preliminary card delivered one outstanding fight after another, the three-fight main card on the network was a disappointment. Between the three fights Fox broadcast on Saturday and the Junior dos Santos-Cain Velasquez fight in November (which was 59 minutes of talking surrounding one minute of fighting), there still hasn't been a really good UFC fight on network television yet.

That's a shame. If Fox had shown the Fight of the Night from Evan Dunham vs. Nik Lentz, or Lavar Johnson's knockout of Joey Beltran, or Charles Oliveira's brilliant submission, millions of Americans would have seen what the UFC at its best looks like. Instead, millions of Americans saw three mediocre battles.

The less said about Chris Weidman's decision win over Demian Maia, the better. That was simply not what anyone thinks of as a good MMA fight. Any curious newcomers to the UFC who turned the show on from the beginning probably changed the channel after the first round of that one.

Chael Sonnen's fight with Michael Bisping was better, and the pro-Sonnen crowd was energetic, but that fight wasn't much to look at, either: Sonnen showed how to use superior wrestling and clinch work to win a decision, but the new fans the UFC wants to draw on Fox probably didn't find that too entertaining, either.




And in the main event, Rashad Evans dominated Phil Davis for 25 minutes without ever coming close to finishing. If you know enough about MMA to appreciate that Davis is a very talented athlete, an NCAA champion wrestler and a rising star in the sport, you were probably impressed with how thoroughly Evans controlled him. But if you're new to MMA and had never seen Evans or Davis before, you probably figured at the end that you'd rather spend half an hour watching a Seinfeld rerun than watching a fight like that.

The UFC and FOX both say they're in this for the long haul, and that they plan to grow the sport together. That's good, because this is going to take time. The UFC and Spike got lucky when the first Ultimate Fighter Finale had a sensational battle between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar. So far, there's been no such luck for the UFC and FOX. Through four live, televised fights, the network television viewers haven't seen much action.

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UFC on Fox 2 Notes
-- Charles Oliveira has a ton of talent, and he looked better than ever fighting at 145 pounds for the first time in the UFC. The 22-year-old Oliveira needed just 1 minute, 43 seconds to submit Eric Wisely with a calf slicer, and he could be a future featherweight title contender.

-- Mike Russow, a Chicago cop, got one of the best ovations I've ever heard before his fight with John-Olav Einemo. He also had one of the most surprising game plans I've ever seen when he repeatedly took Einemo down, even though Einemo is a world-class submission grappler. But it worked, as Russow stayed on top and out of trouble on the ground and won a decision. Russow isn't the prettiest fighter to watch, but he's 15-1 in his MMA career, including 4-0 in the Octagon. Think about this: If Alistair Overeem beats Junior dos Santos, Russow will have the longest winning streak in the UFC heavyweight division.

"I can't believe I'm 4-0 in the UFC right now," Russow said afterward. "It's unbelievable. To have this fight in my hometown of Chicago and to have the fans cheering for me like they did...I couldn't ask for anything better. "

-- Former Ultimate Fighter finalist Michael Johnson looked like he has improved both his striking and his submission defense since leaving Greg Jackson's gym and training full-time with the Blackzilians. The fans booed at times when Johnson clinched with Shane Roller and slowed down the pace of the fight, but it was good to see Johnson show some patience: In his last fight, against Paul Sass, he got a little too wild from the top and and was caught in a heel hook. This time Johnson fought safe and smart, and when Roller put him in a lot of trouble on the ground, Johnson kept his composure and got back to his feet. This was the best Johnson has looked.

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UFC on Fox 2 Quotes
-- "This one sucks. You really hate to lose like this. I felt like I was doing alright and getting good back-and-forth with him. I felt like I had him, but I flat out got caught on this one."--Dustin Jacoby, following his third-round submission loss to Chris Carmozzi. Jacoby entered the UFC last year with a 6-0 record, but he's now 0-2 inside the Octagon and will probably be released.

-- "This win shows that the Strikeforce heavyweights belong here. We're all on the same level and now we're getting a chance to prove it. And the fans are the ones benefitting from it the most because they're getting to see action like this."--Lavar Johnson after his impressive first-round knockout of Joey Beltran. I'm not prepared to say the Strikeforce heavyweights are "all on the same level" as the UFC heavyweights, but I do think Johnson is a great addition from Strikeforce.

Good Call
Referee Rob Madrigal stopped the Lavar Johnson-Joey Beltran fight at exactly the right time, just as Beltran was falling to the ground after repeated uppercuts from Johnson. Referees have a tough job when a fighter is taking a lot of punishment but still standing, and Madrigal stepped in just as Beltran lost the ability to defend himself. The Chicago Tribune ran a story last week questioning whether Madrigal was qualified enough to be refereeing a major card like UFC on Fox 2, but Madrigal acquitted himself nicely.

Bad Call
Referee Herb Dean demonstrated exactly what I focused on with my last Morning After: MMA refs are too inconsistent with the way they handle punches to the back of the head. Shane Roller landed several punches to the back of Michael Johnson's head, and all Dean did was warn Roller while allowing him to maintain his dominant position -- no point deduction, no stand-up, no time out to see if Johnson had been hurt by any of Roller's strikes, and certainly no disqualification, as Mario Yamasaki gave Erick Silva two weeks ago for punches to the back of the head that weren't as flagrant. The UFC and the state athletic commissions need to work together to get every ref on the same page on this rule.

Stock Up
Chris Camozzi had lost his last two UFC fights and needed a win to save his spot on the UFC roster Saturday night. He got it in impressive fashion against Dustin Jacoby, controlling the stand-up in the first couple rounds and forcing Jacoby to tap to a standing guillotine choke in the third.

Stock Down
George Roop had an opportunity to show he's a player in the featherweight division, but he was violently knocked out by Cub Swanson. Roop was looking up at the replay on the United Center big screen as he was walking back to the locker room, and he didn't seem to know what hit him. Roop has lost three of his last four.

Fights I Want to See Next
Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans and Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen. Watching Evans and Sonnen on Saturday night, it's awfully tough for me to envision either one of them winning their upcoming title fights. But both men have won enough big fights in their weight classes that they've earned No. 1 contender status. I'm looking forward to seeing both of them get their title shots, even though both of them are going to be huge underdogs.

 

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UFC on FOX Main Card Results - Evans, Sonnen Earn Title Shots

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UFC on Fox: Evans vs Davis Post-Fight Press Conference

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Takanori Gomi draws new opponent at UFC 144 after George Sotiropoulos goes down with injury

An injury has forced Georges Sotiropoulos to pull out of a planned match-up with Takanori Gomi at UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson. In place of Sotiropoulos will be Eiji Mitsuoka. Mitsuoka will be making his UFC debut with his precious action primarily occurring in Japan where he racked up a 18-7-2 in his career. Included [...]

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