Saturday, November 21, 2009

STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 5 RESULTS: Kim Couture's Woes Continue and Tyron Woodley Stays Unbeaten 5/20/09


STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 5: WOODLEY VS. BEARS was held Friday November 20, 2009 at the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. The main card aired on Showtime under the ShoMMA banner.

Tyron 'T-Wood' Woodley remained undefeated, handling the hometown fighter, Rudy Bears, with ease. Announcer Pat Miletich called Woodley the best pure athlete in MMA, a bold statement, probably not true yet, but damn if he couldn't someday be regarded as such. Woodley is the real deal.

Representative of the marital status of the two female fighters in the co-main event, the happily married Kerry Vera (to Brandon Vera) put a heavy beating on Kim 'Sugar Free' Couture, less than a week after Couture's ex-husband-in-the-making Randy Couture had his younger, blonder girlfriend on his arm during his on-camera entrance into the building for UFC 105. Vera put an exclamation point on likely one of the most embarrassing weeks of Kim's life. Vera is legit. Couture I think got exposed a bit, she was no match for Vera standing. Announcer Mauro Ranallo tried to defend Couture, saying she wasn't in the spotlight as a result of Randy Couture's coattails, but in his stumbling defense he actually ended up burying her even further. In 2 out of 3 fights, Couture has taken a major ass-whoopin. She may still fight, but this was likely her swan song in the spotlight. Kerry Vera, on the other hand, is a dangerous young up-and-comer, and represented against Kim Couture in a way that Brandon Vera wasn't able to in his fight with Randy Couture at UFC 105. Kerry definitely has bragging rights in the house for the time being.

In the Fight of the Night, Erik Apple came out with a fury stunning Bobby Voelker early. Voelker fell to the canvas, but more blows from Apple seemed to wake him Voelker rather than finish him off, and Voelker was able to hang long enough to regain his composure. Voelker reversed scenarios in the second round, but unlike Apple, he was able to finish what he started. The result was a spectacular come-from-behind victory, an excellent fight, and a breakthrough performance for Bobby Voelker in Strikeforce.

Against Aaron Rosa, Rafael Feijao won the first round but frustrated the crowd, using his superior grappling to hold positions. Feijao came out much more aggressive in the second round, and finished off Rosa to the delight of the masses.

In the opening televised bout, Kevin Casey tore through an undermatched Chad Vance, and surely went to celebrate afterwards with his buddy Spencer Pratt. While his choice of friends might be mockable, Casey's abilities are not. He looked really good and I'll definitely be looking forward to making more Speidi jokes in the future.

Complete Results After the Break 

INJURY REPORT: WEC 44 Medical Suspensions Issued by NSAC


THE NSAC (Nevada State Athletic Commission) has issued the following medical suspensions following contests held at WEC 44: BROWN VS. ALDO on Wednesday November 18, 2009 at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. For entertainment purposes, hometowns names are listed here as they appear on the official NSAC report. 

Diego Nunes (Gardena, CA) suspended 6 months, until 5/18/10, for a right orbital blowout fracture. Nunes must be cleared by a Maxi Oral Facial Surgeon, and can compete earlier with doctor approval. 

Kevin Luke "Cub" Swanson (Catheral City, CA) suspended 6 months, until 5/18/10, for a broken left hand 2nd metacarpal and broken right hand index finger. Swanson must be cleared by an Orthopedic doctor, and can compete earlier with doctor approval. 

Juan Antonio Banuelos (San Luis Obispo, CA) suspended 6 months, until 5/18/10, for a fractured nose. Banuelos must be cleared by an ENT doctor, and can compete earlier with doctor approval. 

Mike Thomas Brown (South Portland, ME) suspended 45 days, until 1/3/10, for cuts above both eyes. Brown has been ordered to have no contact in training until 12/19. 

Robert Alexander McCullough IV (Huntington Beach, CA) suspended 45 days, until 1/3/10, for a right eye cut and left hand contusion. McCullough has been ordered to have no contact in training until 12/19. 

Karen Darabedyan (Glendale, CA) suspended 30 days, until 12/19/09, for a right cheek cut. Darabedyan has been ordered to have no contact in training until 12/10. 

William Gordon Kerr-Jenkins (Groton, CT) suspended 30 days, until 12/19/09, for a right cheek cut. Kerr has been ordered to have no contact in training until 12/10.

The following fighters have been cleared for immediate training and competition:

Jose Oliveira Aldo (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil)

Manvel Gamburyan (Los Angeles, CA)

Leonard Garcia (Lubbock, TX)

Shane Derrick Roller (Las Vegas, NV)

Daniel Alfonso Castillo (Sacramento, CA)

Kamal Shalorus (Austin, TX)

La Carvas "LC" Davis (Davenport, IA)

John Paul Franchi (Cortland, NY)

Kenji Osawa (Tokyo, Japan)

Ricardo Alejandro Lamas (Oak Brook, IL)

James Leo Krause (Independence, MD)

Frank Daniel Gomez (Albuquerque, NM)

Seth Adam Dikun (Victorville, CA)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

PAYDAY: WEC 44 Fighter Salaries - Purse Amounts and Bonus Earnings



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THE NSAC (Nevada State Athletic Commission) has released the following purse amounts for WEC 44: BROWN VS. ALDO, held Wednesday November 18, 2009 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, as reported to them by the WEC.

The salaries do not include any individual endorsement earnings for fighters for this event, nor do they include any undisclosed bonuses. Fighters pay out of their own pockets for licensing fees and related expenses, and spend months training in preparation for their fights.

Jose Aldo made $36,000 ($13K+ $13K win bonus + $10K KO bonus) for 6:20 TKO win.

Mike Brown made $15,000 for 6:20 TKO loss.

Manny Gamburyan made $36,000 ($18K + $18K win bonus) for 15:00 UD win.

Leonard Garcia made $14,000 for 15:00 UD loss.

Karen Darabedyan made $6,000 ($3K + $3K) for 15:00 SD win.

Rob McCullough made $20,000 for 15:00 SD loss.

INSANE UFC 106 PREVIEW: Betting Odds, Chances of Fighters Winning, Statistical Analysis and Predictions for Every Fight

Go into insane detail in this preview of UFC 106: ORTIZ VS. GRIFFIN 2. Includes breakdowns of betting odds with analysis, win-loss records, UFC wins and losses, biggest wins, fighter profiles and backgrounds, logical outcomes, Madness Levels and Madman Predictions for each and every fight on the card. UFC 106 will be held Saturday November 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will air live on PPV in North America. At least two preliminary bouts will air live on Spike TV during the hour preceding the PPV.

Betting odds are for entertainment purposes only to illustrate oddsmakers' projections. Madness Levels indicate the insanity inspired in anticipation of a fight on a scale of one to ten. Madman Logic is determined by a mathematical formula based on previous results. Striving to be the most analytically astute fight preview column possible. Let the madness begin...

UD = Unanimous | SD = Split Decision | SUB = Submission

UFC 106: ORTIZ VS. GRIFFIN 2

PRELIMINARY BOUTS (DARK)

Lightweight Bout

GEORGE SOTIROPOULOS (-400) = 74% chance of winning

JASON DENT (+260) = 26% chance of winning

George Sotiropoulos is 10-2, with 6 wins by submission, 3 wins by decision and 1 win by TKO. Sotiropoulos has lost once by decision and lost once by DQ (for striking Shinya Aoki in the groin). Sotiropoulos is 3-0 in the UFC.

UFC W: George Roop (SUB), Roman Mitichyan (TKO), Billy Miles (SUB)

BIGGEST SOTIROPOULOS WIN: over George Roop by Submission at UFC 101 (8/09)

Jason ‘Dynamite’ Dent is 19-9, with 15 wins by submission and 4 wins by (T)KO. Dent has lost 7 times by decision and lost once each by submission and TKO. Dent is 1-2 in the UFC.

UFC W: Cameron Dollar (SUB)

UFC L: Gleison Tibau (UD), Roger Huerta (UD)

BIGGEST DENT WIN: over Cameron Dollar by Submission at UFC TUF 9 Finale (6/09)

LOWDOWN: George Sotiropoulos, 32, is Australian fighter with a boxing background and a black belt in BJJ. Sotiropoulos was a participant on The Ultimate Fighter Season 6. Jason Dent, 29, began training Karate at age 13, and has extensive training in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Dent runs GriffonRawl Thaiboxing & MMA Academy in Mentor, Ohio and hosts an MMA radio talk show on WWGK Radio (AM 1540 KNR2) in Cleveland. Dent was a participant on The Ultimate Fighter Season 9.

MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 6 – Both guys have interesting personalities that made them memorable on their respective seasons of The Ultimate Fighter. Sotiropoulos is kind of like a mini-Bipsing and Dent always seems curmudgeonly reluctant. This one is like a fight version of an Odd Couple production. We should expect comedy, drama and a few punch-lines. Ba-dum-bum-CHING!

LOGIC SAYS: Sotiropoulos by DEC –OR– Dent by SUB

PREDICTION: George Sotiropoulos
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Lightweight Bout

CAOL UNO (-575) = 80% chance of winning

FABRICIO CAMOES (+375) = 20% chance of winning

Caol ‘Uno Shoten’ Uno is 25-12, with 13 wins by submission, 10 wins by decision and 2 wins by (T)KO. Uno has lost 5 times by decision, lost 4 times by (T)KO, and lost 3 times by submission. Uno is 3-4-1 in the UFC.

UFC W: Din Thomas (UD), Yves Edwards (UD), Fabiano Iha (TKO)

UFC L: Spencer Fisher (UD), Hermes Franca (KO), B.J. Penn (KO), Jens Pulver (UD)

UFC D: B.J. Penn (Draw)

BIGGEST UNO WIN: over Din Thomas by Unanimous Decision at UFC 39 (9/02)

Fabricio ‘Morango’ Camoes is 10-4, with 6 wins by submission and 2 wins by TKO. Camoes has lost 3 times by submission and lost once by decision. Camoes will be making his UFC debut.

BIGGEST CAMOES WINS: over Jean Silva (SUB) and Luciano Azevedo (DEC) on the same night at SC1 (10/06)

LOWDOWN: Caol Uno, 34, is a Japanese fighter known for his grappling ability, specifically his single leg takedown and rear naked choke. Fabricio Camoes is a Brazilian fighter who is a second-degree black belt in BJJ under Royler Gracie. Camoes also has a Muay Thai, boxing and wrestling background.

MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 5 – Camoes is a dangerous opponent and Uno is long into his career, which started over 13 years ago in Japan. Camoes himself has been fighting for a year under a decade, debuting in the year 2000, but he’s only been in a third of the number of fights Uno has. This one is tough to call. Uno took out a game Mitsuhiro Ishida in May 2008, but has since dropped two fights to big names Shinya Aoki and Spencer Fisher. Now Uno fights on the UFC undercard for the first time in his career, in his most low-profile fight in quite some time, and against a highly underrated opponent. It’s do or die for Uno in this one in regards to the UFC. Camoes is just getting started, and will be looking to make Uno a stepping stone.

LOGIC SAYS: Uno by SUB –OR– Camoes by SUB

PREDICTION: Fabricio Camoes (Risky Upset Special)

WEC 44 RESULTS: Quick Brown vs Aldo Recap with Madman Awards 11/18/09


WEC 44: BROWN VS. ALDO was held Wednesday November 18, 2009 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event featured the crowning of a new WEC Featherweight Champion in Jose Aldo, who defeated Mike Brown in dominant fashion.

WEC 44: BROWN VS. ALDO

1 - Jose Aldo (16-1) won by TKO over Mike Brown (22-5) in R2. [6:20]

2 - Manny Gamburyan (10-4) won by UD over Leonard Garcia (13-5). [15:00]

3 - Karen Darabedyan (9-1) won by SD over Rob McCullough (17-6). [15:00]

4 - Shane Roller (7-2) won by SUB over Danny Castillo (8-2) in R3. [13:32]

5 - Kamal Shalorus (5-0) won by TKO over Will Kerr (7-2) in R1. [1:26]

6 - L.C. Davis (15-2) won by UD over Diego Nunes (13-1). [15:00]

7 - Cub Swanson (14-3) won by SUB over John Franchi (5-2) in R3. [14:50]

8 - Antonio Banuelos (17-5) won by UD over Kenji Osawa (15-9). [15:00]

9 - Ricardo Lamas (7-1) won by UD over James Krause (10-2). [15:00]

10 - Frank Gomez (8-1) won by UD over Seth Dikun (7-4). [15:00]

Updated MMA win-loss records with total fight time in brackets.

UD = Unanimous | SD = Split Decision | Sub = Submission | R = Round

MADMAN AWARDS

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Shane Roller vs. Danny Castillo

KO OF THE NIGHT: Kamal Shalorus (over Will Kerr)

SUB OF THE NIGHT: Shane Roller (rear-naked choke over Danny Castillo)

BIGGEST UPSET: L.C. Davis (+140) over Diego Nunes

QUICKEST WIN: Kamal Shalorus over Will Kerr in 86 seconds

GOAT OF THE NIGHT:( Danny Castillo

Madman Prediction Results: 6-4

Finished #108 out of 1076 at MMAPlayground

Madman Logic correctly predicted 8 out of the 10 fight outcomes.

Madman wagered 4.2 units at WEC 44. Here's the payout sheet:

Karen Darabedyan (+135) ~ 2 units won 2.7 units = 4.7 units paid out

Leonard Garcia (-110) ~ 2.2 units LOST

Total Payout = 4.7 units (+0.5 units)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

INSANE WEC 44 PREVIEW: Betting Odds, Chances of Fighters Winning, Statistical Analysis and Predictions for Every Fight

Go into insane detail with this preview of WEC 44: BROWN VS. ALDO. Includes breakdowns of betting odds with analysis, win-loss records, WEC wins and losses, biggest wins, fighter profiles and backgrounds, logical outcomes, Madness Levels and Madman Predictions for each and every fight on the card. WEC 44 will be held Wednesday November 18, 2009 at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will air on Versus in North America.

Betting lines are for entertainment purposes only, to illustrate oddsmakers' projections. The betting odds have been translated into chance of winning percentages. A good bet would be if you believe a fighter has a greater chance of winning than the percentage they have been given to win. Madness Levels indicate the insanity inspired in anticipation of a fight on a scale of one to ten. Madman Logic is determined by a mathematical formula based on previous results. Striving to be the most analytically astute fight preview column possible. Let the madness begin...

WEC 44: BROWN VS. ALDO

PRELIMINARY BOUTS 

Bantamweight Bout 

FRANK GOMEZ (-155) = 58% chance of winning 

SETH DIKUN (+125) = 42% chance of winning

Frank Gomez is 7-1, with 4 wins by TKO and 2 wins by submission. Gomez’s only loss was by submission. Gomez is 1-1 in the WEC.

WEC W: Noah Thomas (SUB)

WEC L: Scott Jorgensen (SUB)

BIGGEST GOMEZ WIN: over Noah Thomas by arm-triangle choke at WEC 41 (6/09)

Seth ‘2-Quick’ Dikun is 7-3, with 4 wins by submission, 2 wins by decision and 1 win by TKO. Dikun has lost twice by submission and lost once by decision. Dikun is 1-1 in the WEC.

WEC W: Rolando Perez (SUB)

WEC L: Charlie Valencia (UD)

BIGGEST DIKUN WIN: over Rolando Perez by Flying Triangle Choke at WEC 41 (6/09)

LOWDOWN: Frank Gomez is an American fighter out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Seth Dikun served in the United States Army. He trains out of Team Wildman Vale Tudo with Thomas Denny.

MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 4 – Dikun is coming off a Submission of the Night bonus-winning victory at WEC 41, where he pulled off an amazing flying triangle choke. Solid lead-off fight.

LOGIC SAYS: Gomez by SUB –OR– Dikun by SUB

PREDICTION: Seth Dikun
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Lightweight Bout 

RICARDO LAMAS (-225) = 66% chance of winning 

JAMES KRAUSE (+175) = 34% chance of winning

Ricardo ‘the Bully’ Lamas is 6-1, with 3 wins by decision, 2 wins by submission and 1 win by TKO. Lamas’ only loss was by TKO. Lamas is 1-1 in the WEC.

WEC W: Bart Palaszewski (UD)

WEC L: Danny Castillo (TKO)

BIGGEST LAMAS WIN: over Bart Palaszewski by Unanimous Decision at WEC 39 (3/09)

James Krause is 10-1, with 8 wins by submission and 2 wins by (T)KO. Krause’s only loss was by submission. Krause is 0-1 in the WEC.

WEC L: Donald Cerrone (SUB)

BIGGEST KRAUSE WIN: over Tim Bazer at IFC: Sturgis 2008 for his second win of night and third IFC win in 4 days (8/08)

LOWDOWN: Ricardo Lamas was an All-American wrestler at Elmhurst College, where he graduated with a degree in Exercise Science in 2005. Lamas served as an assistant men's wrestling coach at Elmhurst after graduation. James Krause is a tall well-rounded fighter with good jiu jitsu. Krause wrestled for a couple of years in high school without any real success. Krause is 6 inches taller than Lamas.

MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 6 – Krause brought a perfect 10-0 record into his WEC debut, but got submitted by Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone. Lamas also debuted in the WEC with an undefeated record, and he scored an upset win over Bart Palaszewski, but then dropped his next fight to Danny Castillo. Cerrone and Castillo are among the best lightweight fighters in the WEC. Either Krause or Lamas can use the win here to start another climb up the WEC lightweight ladder.

LOGIC SAYS: Lamas by SUB –OR– Krause by SUB

PREDICTION: Ricardo Lamas

Sunday, November 15, 2009

UFC 105 RESULTS: Complete Recap and Madman Awards for Couture vs Vera

UFC 105: COUTURE VS. VERA was held Saturday November 14, 2009 at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England. The event aired live in the United Kingdom on ESPN and aired on tape-delay in North America on Spike TV.

The main event featured a controversial decision in favor of Randy 'the Natural' Couture over Brandon 'the Truth' Vera. Vera inflicted more damage to his opponent, but spent a great deal of the fight riding the fence under the heavy clinch of Captain America. With the first round going to Couture and the second round to Vera, the third and final round was close. The Madman scored the third for Vera, but the judges unanimously awarded the decision to Couture. Fight kinda felt like Tim Sylvia vs Brandon Vera.

In the co-main event, the homebred fighter Dan 'the Outlaw' Hardy scored a much less controversial unanimous decision victory over Mike 'Quick' Swick. Hardy is the new number one contender for Georges St. Pierre's Welterweight Championship. We should be seeing St. Pierre vs Hardy sometime in the first quarter of 2010.

In the Fight of the Night, Michael 'the Count' Bisping lost the first round to Denis Kang, but came back in the second to finish off Kang with a brutal British beatdown. Kang was bloodied and bruised, done in by an excellent performance by an ultra-aggressive Bisping.

Matt 'the Immortal' Brown and James 'Lightning' Wilks had an awesome back-and-forth fight that fell just short of Fight of the Night honors. Brown had Wilks seemingly finished several times, but the TUF 9 welterweight winner showed a ton of resilience, coming close to catching Brown in a couple of submissions while taking his beating like a man. Eventually, a very focused Brown flattened out Wilks on the mat in the third stanza and pounded out a victory.

In the opening televised bout, Ross 'the Real Deal' Pearson proved to be as such, and laid the smackdown on veteran fighter Aaron Riley, until the fight was stopped towards the end of the second round due to a nasty bloody nose caused by a Pearson jumping knee.

In televised preliminary card action, Alexander 'the Mauler' Gustafsson popped Jared Hamman square in the face to make a very quick and exciting debut in the UFC. Also, Andre Winner knocked out Rolando 'the Crazy Cuban' Delgado in spectacular fashion, and likely knocked Delgado out of the UFC altogether.

In unaired preliminary card action, Dennis Siver scored a big upset win over Paul 'Tellys' Kelly and won the UFC's Knockout of the Night award with a spinning back kick combo. Nick 'Slick' Osipczak also got an upset win with a third round TKO over Matthew Riddle. Terry Etim and John 'the Hitman' Hathaway were favored to win and did, winning by submission and unanimous decision respectively over Shannon Gugerty and Paul 'Relentless' Taylor.

UFC 105: COUTURE VS. VERA

1 - Randy Couture (17-10) won by UD over Brandon Vera (11-4). [15:00]

2 - Dan Hardy (23-6) won by UD over Mike Swick (14-3). [15:00]

3 - Michael Bisping (18-2) won by TKO over Denis Kang (32-12) in R2. [9:24]

4 - Matt Brown (11-7) won by TKO over James Wilks (6-3) in R3. [12:27]

5 - Ross Pearson (10-3) won by TKO over Aaron Riley (28-12) in R2. [9:38]

6 - John Hathaway (12-0) won by UD over Paul Taylor (10-5). [15:00]

7 - Terry Etim (14-2) won by SUB over Shannon Gugerty (12-4) in R2. [6:24]

8 - Nick Osipczak (5-0) won by TKO over Matthew Riddle (3-1) in R3. [13:53]

9 - Dennis Siver (15-6) won by TKO over Paul Kelly (9-2) in R2. [7:53]

10 - Alexander Gustafsson (9-0) won by KO over Jared Hamman (10-2) in R1. [0:41]

11 - Andre Winner (10-3) won by KO over Rolando Delgado (6-5) in R1. [3:22]

Updated MMA win-loss records with total fight time in brackets.

MADMAN AWARDS

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Michael Bisping vs. Denis Kang

KO OF THE NIGHT: Andre Winner (over Rolando Delgado)

SUB OF THE NIGHT: Terry Etim (guillotine choke over Shannon Gugerty)

BIGGEST UPSET: Dennis Siver (+300) over Paul Taylor

QUICKEST WIN: Alexander Gustafsson over Jared Hamman in 41 seconds.

GOAT OF THE NIGHT :( Rolando Delgado

Madman Prediction Results: 8-3

Finished #93 out of 4302 at MMAPlayground

Madman Logic correctly predicted 5 out of 11 fight outcomes.

Madman wagered 10 units at UFC 105. Here's the payout sheet:

Nick Osipczak (+230) ~ 1 unit won 2.3 units = 3.3 units paid out

Paul Taylor (+180) ~ 1 unit LOST

Ross Pearson (+165) ~ 3 units won 4.95 units = 7.95 units paid out

James Wilks (+140) ~ 1 unit LOST

Michael Bisping (EVEN) ~ 4 units won 4 units = 8 units paid out

Total Payout = 19.25 units (+9.25 units)