Saturday, December 5, 2009

MFC 23 RESULTS: Complete Recap and Madman Awards from Unstoppable in Edmonton, Canada 12/4/09

MAXIMUM FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 23: UNSTOPPABLE was held Friday December 4, 2009 at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The main card aired live on HDNet in North America.

A fairly lackluster night of fights, with the exception of one bloody brawl, was capped off in dreadful fashion, as Dean Lister stalled his way to a decision loss against Thales Leites in the main event. Employing no apparent gameplan, other than getting the heck out of town, Lister landed a few punches here and there, but mostly refused to engage on the feet and played defense on the ground. Piece of cake for Leites.

The co-main event was slightly more entertaining with Jason MacDonald searching for submissions against the stronger Solomon Hutcherson. Hutcherson controlled most of the fight, but failed to mount sustained offense, while MacDonald was constantly busy and inflicted more damage when he was able to escape the grasp of Hutcherson. The result was initially announced as a Draw (with scores of 28-28, 29-28 Hutcherson, and 29-28 MacDonald) which caused confusion among the crowd and announcers. The Madman Scorecard had the fight 30-27 for MacDonald. The fighters left the ring and the next fight was underway before it was reported that a mistake had been made and the result was actually a Split Decision win for MacDonald.

In the fight that started the chain-of-boredom that ended this show, Ryan Jimmo won a decision over Emanuel Newton, after spending most of the fight having to play getaway from Newton. Newton used his superior grappling to clinch and control, but Jimmo got in enough offense otherwise to secure the unanimous decision victory.

In the Madman Fight of the Night, Bryan Baker and Art Santore painted a 3-round bloody masterpiece. Baker cut up Santore's face something fierce in the first round. Thankfully, the doctors allowed the fight to continue and Santore came back to take the second round on two judges' scorecards. With the fight even in the third round, both fighters slowed a bit, and Baker was able to secure himself the victory with his superior athleticism. An absolutely amazing performance from Art Santore. I think we'll be seeing Baker in the UFC in the not-too-distant future.

Dwayne Lewis knocked out Marvin Eastman with 2 seconds left in the first round. Eastman was likely ahead on the scorecards but ate a nasty punch that sent him to la-la land. Lewis continued to pounce on Eastman like a madman in the literal sense, he continued to throw punches at Eastman's lifeless body even as the ref was physically intervening. Lewis' actions were highly disgraceful and borderline criminal. It wasn't out of bad blood that Lewis did this, it seems more like he was so amped on adrenaline that his body literally could not stop, but his actions here were dangerous and highly inappropriate.

In the opening televised bout, Jesse Juarez outpointed Joe Christopher in what amounted to a borderline lay-and-pray performance against a tired opponent. Christopher showed moments of greatness, transitioning slickly for submissions, and Juarez displayed excellent defense, but Christopher gassed hardcore, mouth agape and literally flopping to the canvas. Bad overall showing by both fighters really.

In preliminary action, Billy Hua got his first MMA win, after an 0-3 start to his career. Hua blasted Kenny Hamilton for the TKO. Ryan Machan stumbled at first, but reversed fortunes against 'Ragin' Kajan Johnson, choking him out in what would end up being the quickest win in a night full of decisions. Without Dean Lister's FAIL of a main event performance, the Goat of the Night award would've went to Ryan Fortin, who either broke or severely sprained his ankle during his pre-fight warm-up run around the ring! He tripped on the rope and injured himself before the fight even began. To his credit, Fortin sucked it up and fought into Round 2, before getting choked out in his heavyweight bout with Nick Penner.

Complete Results and Madman Awards after the Break

Friday, December 4, 2009

INSANE UFC TUF 10 FINALE PREVIEW: Betting Odds, Statistical Analysis, Fighter Profiles and Predictions for Every Fight

Go into insane detail in this preview of UFC THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER 10: HEAVYWEIGHTS FINALE. Includes breakdowns of betting odds with analysis, win-loss records, UFC wins and losses, biggest victories, fighter profiles and backgrounds, logical outcomes, Madness Levels and Madman Predictions for each and every fight on the card. The UFC TUF 10 Finale will be held Saturday December 5, 2009 at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will air live on Spike TV.

Betting lines are for entertainment purposes only and are included here to illustrate oddsmakers' projections. Madness Levels indicate the insanity inspired in me in anticipation of a fight on a scale of one to ten. Madman Logic is determined by my trusty sidekick, the Madman Computer, which uses a mathematical formula based on previous results to determine the most logical outcome if either fighter were to win.

*NOTE* - All previous TUF 10 fights were competed as exhibition bouts, and do not count towards fighters' overall MMA records. This is done so the UFC does not have to disclose results, as would normally be required in Nevada, where the show is taped, and would result in spoilers for the television show.

Striving to be the most analytically astute fight preview column possible. Let the madness begin...

UD = Unanimous | SD = Split | MD = Majority Decision | SUB = Submission | (T)KO = (Technical)Knockout
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UFC TUF 10 FINALE

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Lightweight Bout

MARK BOCEK (-500) = 77% chance of winning

JOE BRAMMER (+300) = 23% chance of winning

Mark Bocek is 7-2, with 5 wins by submission and 1 win by TKO due to injury. Bocek has lost once each by submission and TKO. Bocek is 3-2 in the UFC.

UFC W: David Bielkheden (SUB), Alvin Robinson (SUB), Doug Evans (UD)

UFC L: Mac Danzig (SUB), Frank Edgar (TKO)

BIGGEST BOCEK WIN: over David Bielkheden by Rear-Naked Choke Submission at UFC 97 (4/09)

Joe ‘the South Side Strangler’ Brammer is 7-0, undefeated with 5 wins by submission and 1 win by KO. Brammer will be making his UFC debut.

BIGGEST BRAMMER WIN: over veteran fighter Chris Mickle by Unanimous Decision at MCC 22 (9/09)

LOWDOWN: Mark Bocek, 28, was one of the first Canadians to become a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt. Bocek began studying BJJ over a decade ago, first under Rickson and Renzo Gracie, and then to Nova Uniao where he earned his black belt under Joao Roque. Bocek now trains with American Top Team. Joe Brammer, 26, began his martial arts career at the age of 16 studying Jeet Kune Do, Bruce Lee’s fighting style, and Jiu-Jitsu. Brammer now trains at Des Moines Jiu-Jitsu and MMA Academy with Josh Neer, Jeremy Stephens and Kevin Burns.

MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 6 – Mark Bocek has been one of my favorite fighters to watch since he debuted at UFC 73 in a losing effort against Frankie Edgar. Although he’s one of the slickest lightweight grapplers in the UFC, he was submitted by Mac Danzig via a rear naked choke deep in the third round of their fight at UFC 83. Danzig, in turn, was submitted by Josh Neer with a triangle choke. Neer is teammates with Joe Brammer, so there might be some sort of convoluted MMAth that would give Brammer a fighting chance in this one. Brammer is a helluva dog at +300, so might be worth a small play if you feel like gambling. I’m picking Bocek to win, partially because he’s one of my favorites, but I’d definitely give Brammer better than the 1 in 4 shot of winning he's being given here by the betting line, which would make him a live underdog.

LOGIC SAYS: Bocek by SUB –OR– Brammer by SUB (Grappling Clinic)

PREDICTION: Mark Bocek
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Welterweight Bout

JOHN HOWARD (-240) = 67% chance of winning

DENNIS HALLMAN (+190) = 33% chance of winning

John ‘Doomsday’ Howard is 12-4, with 6 wins by submission, 4 wins by decision and 2 wins by (T)KO. Howard has lost twice by decision and lost once by submission. Howard is 2-0 in the UFC.

UFC W: Tamdan McCrory (SD), Chris Wilson (SD)

BIGGEST HOWARD WIN: over Tamdan McCrory by Split Decision at UFC 101 (8/09)

Dennis ‘Superman’ Hallman is 41-12, with 32 wins by submission, 4 wins by decision and 3 wins by (T)KO. Hallman has lost 8 times by decision and lost 4 times by (T)KO. Hallman is 1-3 in the UFC.

UFC W: Matt Hughes (SUB)

UFC L: Jorge Rivera (UD), Frank Trigg (TKO), Jens Pulver (UD)

BIGGEST HALLMAN WIN: over Matt Hughes by armbar Submission at UFC 29 (December 2000)

LOWDOWN: John Howard, 26, has a boxing, Muay Thai, BJJ and wrestling background. He trains with the Wai Kru in Boston, Massachusetts. Dennis Hallman, 34, is a legendary grappler in the sport of MMA, and was a state champion in high school wrestling growing up in Washington state. Hallman is best known for the being the guy with 2 wins over Matt Hughes who isn’t named Georges St. Pierre.

MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 5 – Alright…Superman vs. Doomsday? This fight makes UFC matchmaker Joe Silva’s job seem a little too easy. In The Death of Superman, Doomsday became the only supervillain ever to kill Superman (who was later revelaed to actually only be in a state of suspended animation). So, in this poor man’s version of Superman/Doomsday, will John Howard suspendedly animate Dennis Hallman? Or will this undercard Octagon battle have a twist ending that results in the resurrection of Dennis Hallman in the UFC. Hallman has fought 4 times in the UFC, but never more than once before leaving to complete elsewhere, in his entire 50+ fight MMA career. Could we possibly see 2 UFC fights in a row for Superman for the first time? A win would virtually guarantee that.

LOGIC SAYS: Howard by DEC –OR– Hallman by SUB

PREDICTION: Dennis Hallman

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

UFC: THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER 10 FINALE - 12/5 Fight Card



THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER 10 FINALE -- 12/5/09 

Location: The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV

Broadcast: Spike TV 

MAIN CARD:

Roy Nelson vs. Brendan Schaub {TUF 10 Heavyweight Championship}

Matt Hamill vs. Jon Jones (LH)

Houston Alexander vs. Kimbo Slice (215)

Frankie Edgar vs. Matt Veach (L)

Marcus Jones vs. Matt Mitrione (H)

PRELIMINARY BOUTS:

James McSweeney vs. Darrill Schoonover (H)

Jon Madsen vs. Justin Wren (H)

Brian Stann vs. Rodney Wallace (LH)

Dennis Hallman vs. John Howard (W)

Mark Bocek vs. Joe Brammer (L)



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VIDEO: UFC 107 Preview - BJ Penn vs Diego Sanchez for Lightweight Championship



UFC 107: PENN VS. SANCHEZ will be held December 12, 2009 at the Fedex Forum in Memphis, Tennessee.


MOVIE TRAILER: Quinton Jackson, Georges St. Pierre, Rashad Evans and Keith Jardine Star in DEATH WARRIOR

DEATH WARRIOR was released direct-to-video this week. This uber-cheesy film was co-written by highly acclaimed Argentinian kickboxer/B-movie star Hector Echavarria, who also stars in the film alongside UFC fighters Keith 'the Dean of Mean' Jardine, Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson, 'Sugar' Rashad Evans and Georges 'Rush' St. Pierre. Amazon is offering an $8 discount on the Death Warrior Blu-ray and a near $9 discount on the Death Warrior DVD. The film is also available to watch now via Death Warrior Video On Demand.