Friday, December 11, 2009

VIDEO: World's Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski Makes MMA Debut at KSW 12 in Warsaw, Poland - Complete Results

In the biggest fight, perhaps quite literally, in the history of Poland, Mariusz 'Dominator' Pudzianowski, also known simply as Pudzian, made his MMA debut against Marcin 'El Testosteron' Najman at KSW 12 on December 11, 2009 at the Torwar Hall in Warsaw. The fight ended up being an exciting wild brawl for the 44 seconds it lasted.

Mariusz Pudzianowski has won the World's Strongest Man title for a record 5 times, last winning the strongman event in 2008. Marcin Najman is a Polish professional boxer who was also making his MMA debut. Here are the complete results for the event that also included The Ultimate Fighter 9 participant Dean Amasinger from Team United Kingdom.


Vitor Nobrega (8-1) won by SD over Aslambek Saidov (5-2).

Dean Amasinger (6-1) won by SUB over Maciej 'Highlander' Gorski (7-4) in R1.

Mariusz Pudzianowski (1-0) won by SUB over Marcin Najman (0-1) in R1.

James 'the Messenger' Zikic (18-5) won by UD over Daniel 'Kociao' Dowda (5-3).

Konstantin Gluhov (6-4) won by UD over Daniel Omielanczuk (1-1).

Karol 'Coco' Bedorf (6-1) won by SUB over Arunas Vilius (0-1) in R2.

David 'the Mayan Assassin' Olivia (3-0) won by SUB over Wojciech 'the Gentleman' Orlowski (2-2) in R1.

Dawid Baziak (6-1) won by UD over Maxim Grishin (4-4) after R3.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

INSANE UFC 107 PREVIEW: Betting Odds, Chances of Fighters Winning, Statistical Analysis and Predictions for Every Fight

Go into insane detail in this 5295-word preview of UFC 107: PENN VS. SANCHEZ. 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. UFC 107 will be held Saturday December 12, 2009 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. The main card will air live on PPV.

Betting lines are for entertainment purposes only and are included here to illustrate oddsmakers' projections. Madness Levels indicate the amount of insanity inspired 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 what the most logical outcome would be if either fighter were to win.

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


Welterweight Bout

TJ GRANT (-130) = 53% chance of winning

KEVIN BURNS (EVEN) = 47% chance of winning

TJ Grant is 14-3, with 12 wins by submission and 1 win by TKO. Grant has lost twice by decision and lost once by submission. Grant is 1-1 in the UFC, and is coming off a loss to Dong Hyun Kim (7/09).

UFC W: Ryo Chonan (SD)

UFC L: Dong Hyun Kim (UD)

BIGGEST GRANT WIN: over Ryo Chonan by Split Decision at UFC 97 (4/09)

Kevin ‘The Fire’ Burns is 7-3, with 4 wins by submission and 3 wins by (T)KO. Burns has lost twice by (T)KO and lost once by decision. Burns is 2-2 in the UFC, and is coming off a loss to Chris Lytle (6/09).

UFC W: Anthony Johnson (TKO), Roan Carneiro (SUB)

UFC L: Chris Lytle (UD), Anthony Johnson (KO)

BIGGEST BURNS WIN: over Anthony Johnson by eye-poke TKO at UFC TUF 8 Finale (12/08)

LOWDOWN: T.J. Grant, 25, is a Canadian fighter with a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai background. Grant fought outside of Canada for the first time in his career in his last fight in Las Vegas, and lost a decision to Dong Hyun Kim. Grant will be looking for his first win on U.S. soil in this Memphis fight. Kevin Burns, 29, is a purple belt in BJJ under Carlos Henrique Elias. Burns played high school and college football. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business/Marketing and was working at Wells-Fargo while training to become a professional fighter. In September 2004, Burns left Taekwondo to begin training at Des Moines Jiu-Jitsu. He signed up for a year membership and made a pledge to come to the gym every day for the next year. Burns followed through and did not miss a day in his first year training at Des Moines Jiu Jitsu, sometimes training 3 times a day – before work, during lunch and after work. Burns had his first professional bout in August 2006. He debuted in the UFC less than two years later in June 2008.

MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 4 – Should be a solid fight. The odds basically have it as a toss-up with a slight advantage for Grant. I’m banking on Grant fighting out of his element and the sheer determination of Burns leading to a rebound win for The Fire. This is a crucial fight for both guys. A loss here would most likely mean Grant is out of the UFC with a 1-2 record, and Burns isn’t exactly on solid ground either, falling to 2-3 with one win by unseen illegal eye-poke, and Burns could be duking it out on Strikeforce Challengers next time. This is a big fight for these guys, their families and friends. Kinda bland, semi-interesting opening bout for the rest of us.

LOGIC SAYS: Burns by SUB –OR– Grant by DEC


Welterweight Bout

EDGAR GARCIA (-265) = 69% chance of winning

DaMARQUES JOHNSON (+205) = 31% chance of winning

Edgar Garcia is 7-1, with 5 wins by (T)KO and 1 win by submission due to injury. Garcia’s only loss was by decision. Garcia is 0-1 in the UFC, coming off a loss to Brad Blackburn (6/09).

UFC L: Brad Blackburn (SD)

BIGGEST GARCIA WIN: over Hiromitsu Miura by KO at WEC 38 (1/09)

DaMarques Johnson is 9-7, with 4 wins by (T)KO and 4 wins by submission. Johnson has lost 4 times by submission and lost 2 times by TKO. Johnson is 0-1 in the UFC, coming off a loss to James Wilks in the TUF 9 Championship Finale.

UFC L: James Wilks (SUB)

BIGGEST JOHNSON WIN: in exhibition over Nick Osipczak by Unanimous Decision in TUF 9 semi-finals (early 2009)

LOWDOWN: Edgar Garcia, 25, is a Mexican fighter with a boxing and wrestling background. Garcia was 1-0 in the WEC before their welterweight division was absorbed by the UFC. Garcia lost by split decision in his UFC debut to ‘Bad’ Brad Blackburn at the TUF 9 Finale. The decision was loudly booed by the audience, and UFC announcer Joe Rogan and one of the three judges believed Garcia should have won. DaMarques Johnson, 27, joined the United States Army and National Guard after high school graduation. He served 8 years of active duty, taking up jiu jitsu during his time as a soldier. After the Army, Johnson began training with Jeremy Horn. Johnson was a participant on The Ultimate Fighter Season 9, where he won 3 tournament bouts to advance to the live finale, but lost in the championship fight to James Wilks.

MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 5 – Loser of this fight will likely get his walking papers from the UFC. Garcia needs a nickname or an impressive showing to break away from his generic name. An important fight for both competitors, not as if they all aren’t, but 0-2 is not a record you want to be having in the over-crowded UFC.

LOGIC SAYS: Johnson by DEC –OR– Garcia by KO

PREDICTION: Edgar Garcia

UFC 107: PENN VS. SANCHEZ - 12/12 Fight Card

UFC 107: PENN VS. SANCHEZ -- 12/12/09 

Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN

Broadcast: PPV 


B.J. Penn vs. Diego Sanchez {Lightweight Championship}

Cheick Kongo vs. Frank Mir (H)

Jon Fitch vs. Mike Pierce (W)

Kenny Florian vs. Clay Guida (L)

Paul Buentello vs. Stefan Struve (H)


Alan Belcher vs. Wilson Gouveia (M)

Shane Nelson vs. Matt Wiman (L)

Ricardo Funch vs. Johny Hendricks (W)

Lucio Linhares vs. Rousimar Palhares (M)

Edgar Garcia vs. DaMarques Johnson (W)

Kevin Burns vs. T.J. Grant (W)

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Weekend Warriors - MMA Results from Independent Fight Scene 12/3 - 12/5/09

A rundown of results from the minor leagues of MMA for the weekend of December 3 to December 5, 2009. There were several former UFC fighters in action including Xavier 'Professor X' Foupa-Pokam, Diego 'the Octopus' Saraiva, Joe 'Diesel' Riggs, Duane 'Bang' Ludwig, Alvin 'Kid' Robinson and Kit Cope. The RING OF FIRE 36 main event featured a battle of two former The Ultimate Fighter patricipants, Vinny 'Pezao' Magalhaes vs. 'Big' Mike Nickels. Other former TUF stars in action were Cameron Dollar and Richie 'the Dirty Samura' Hightower. Anthony 'el Toro' Ruiz and Jeff 'the Big Frog' Curran, both WEC veterans, main evented their respective non-Zuffa fight cards.

Cyrille 'Snake' Diabate is a legendary kickboxer who successfully made the transition to MMA, but has never competed in the UFC. Diabate did coach alongside Dan Henderson on TUF 9, and is hopefully going to get a chance to fight in the Octagon now that he's racked up his fifth straight win. 2009 has been the most active year for Diabate since 2006, where he suffered his last loss via stomps from Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua in PRIDE.

There were 2 MMA events in Edmonton, Canada over the weekend. Here's a full recap of Friday night's MFC 23: UNSTOPPABLE with commentary and Madman Awards. Below is a video recap for Saturday night's TFC 9: TOTAL CHAOS, which saw Ryan 'the Real Deal' Ford score a quick knockout in the main event to retain his TFC Welterweight Championship.

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

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

TFC 9: TOTAL CHAOS – 12/5/09 (The Fight Club)

Location: Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

MAIN – Ryan Ford (11-2) won by TKO over John Walsh (5-4) in R1. [0:13] {Welterweight Title}

2 – Richie Hightower (8-3) won by TKO over Jordan McKay (3-1) in R1. [0:31]

3 – Victor Bachman (6-2) won by TKO over Mike Rowbotham (2-4) after R2. [10:00]

4 – Curtis Demarce (6-7) won by SUB over Jorge Ravanal Jr. (2-1) in R1. [0:51]

5 – Mike Froese (3-2) won by SUB over Tim ‘Mad Dog’ Skidmore (3-12) in R1. [1:16]

6 – Cody Krahn (5-2) won by KO over Jason Gorny (3-2) in R1. [1:28]

7 – Rio Wells (1-0) won by TKO over Darcy Boizard (1-1) in R1. [2:27]

8 – Kyle Coutu (1-0) won by TKO over Jonathan Pridham (0-1) in R1. [3:01]

9 – Devon Neis (2-0) won by TKO over Greg McDougal (0-1) in R1. [0:49]

QUICKEST WIN: Ryan Ford over John Walsh in 13 seconds.

TPF 2: BRAWL IN THE HALL – 12/3/09 (Tachi Palace Fights)

Location: Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California

MAIN – Anthony Ruiz (23-13) won by UD over Xavier Foupa-Pokam (20-12). [15:00]

2 – Diego Saraiva (17-8) won by TKO over Eddie ‘the Filipino Phenom’ Yagin (13-4) in R3. [13:07]

3 – Ulysses ‘Useless’ Gomez (5-1) won by SUB over Chino Nicolas (2-1) in R1. [4:31]

4 – Cyrille Diabate (16-6) won by SUB over Rob Smith (20-14) in R1. [1:47]

5 – David Mitchell (9-0) won by SUB over Bobby ‘King’ Green (11-3) in R1. [0:54]

6 – Jesse Bowen (7-3) won by TKO over Shawn Klarcyk (9-5) in R1. [2:08]

7 – Romulo Melo (3-0) won by SUB over Cody Canterbury (1-10) in R1. [2:17]

8 – Cody Gibson (3-0) won by SD over Ray Cervera (1-1). [15:00]

QUICKEST WIN: David Mitchell over Bobby Green in 54 seconds.

RAGE IN THE CAGE 138 – 12/4/09 (RITC)

Location: Buffalo Wild Wings in Mesa, Arizona

MAIN – Joe ‘Diesel’ Riggs (31-10) won by TKO over David Barnes (3-5) in R1. [0:57]

2 – Joe Cronin (14-11) won by SUB over Michael Bailey (3-2) in R1. [0:54]

3 – Clifford Starks (1-0) won by SUB over Chad Menneke (0-1) in R2. [4:35]

4 – John Moraga (2-0) won by TKO over Al Decastro (0-2) in R1. [1:15]

5 – Jed Jobe won (1-1) by SUB over Jeff Baldonado (0-2) in R1. [1:19]

6 – David Lopez (4-3) won by UD over Sean Scott (0-3). [9:00]

7 – Edwin Louis won (1-2) by UD over Rick Nichols (0-1). [9:00]

8 – Justin Purcell (1-2) won by UD over Peter Hust (0-3). [9:00]

9 – Jaymes Shulte (2-1) won by UD over Jaron Padello (0-1). [9:00]

10 – Jeff Fletcher (5-1) won by UD over Michael Alexander (1-1). [9:00]

QUICKEST WIN: Joe Cronin over Michael Bailey in 54 seconds.

David Barnes was a late replacement for Eric Regan (13-15). Joe Cronin won the vacant RITC Lightweight Championship in the co-main event.

ROF 36: DEMOLITION – 12/4/09 (Ring of Fire)

Location: Magness Arena in Denver, Colorado

MAIN – Vinny Magalhaes (4-4) won by SUB over Mike Nickels (8-3) in R1. [1:19]

2 – Duane Ludwig (19-9) won by SUB over Ryan ‘Are You Ready?’ Roberts (8-8) in R1. [2:05]

3 – Anthony ‘Mean Machine’ Morrison (10-7) won by SUB over Alvin Robinson (9-5) in R1. [1:09]

4 – Cameron Dollar (3-2) won by SUB over Kit Cope (3-5) in R1. [4:38]

5 – Eric Smith (5-1) won by TKO over Cody Donovan (5-1) in R1. [3:18]

6 – Justin Guthrie (3-2) won by SUB over Ian Berg (0-3) in R1. [2:17]

7 – Andreas ‘Sweet Sweed’ Spang (3-0) won by SUB over Andre ‘the Silencer’ Walker (1-5) in R1. [2:20]

QUICKEST WIN: Anthony Morrison over Alvin Robinson in 69 seconds.

Amateur Bouts

8 - J.J. Mondragon won by UD over Zach Valdez. [9:00]

9 - Jennifer Berg won by TKO over Sarah Goodlaxson in R1. [1:23]

10 - Vinnie Lopez won by TKO over Shane Lemaster after R1. [3:00]

11 - Kyane Hampton won by TKO over Rachel Perry in R1. [2:52]

12 - Oscar Jimenez won by SD over Husam Albarq. [9:00]

Alvin Robinson lost his third fight in a row, coming off a 1-3 UFC run, Robinson has now lost 4 out of his last 5 fights.

XFO 34: CURRAN VS. HORI – 12/5/09 (Xtreme Fighting Organization)

Location: Lakemoor Banquet Facility in Lakemoor, Illinois

MAIN – Jeff ‘the Big Frog’ Curran (31-12) won by UD over Tomohiko Hori (10-8). [15:00]

2 – Travis ‘Care Free’ Perzynski (10-6) won by SUB over Patrick Curran (8-3) in R2. [9:38]

There were also 12 amateur bouts that took place on this card.

Monday, December 7, 2009

PAYDAY: UFC TUF 10 Finale Fighter Salaries - Purse Amounts and Bonus Earnings


THE NSAC (Nevada State Athletic Commission) has released the following purse amounts for UFC: THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER 10 FINALE, held Saturday December 5, 2009 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, as reported to them by the UFC. Winning fighters in RED. Frankie Edgar was the top earner of the night.

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

Mark Bocek made $55,000 ($15K base salary + $15K win bonus + $25K sub bonus) for 3:36 submission win.

Joe Brammer made $5,000 for 3:36 submission loss.

Brian Stann made $30,000 ($15K + $15K) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Rodney Wallace made $6,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

John Howard made $14,000 ($7K + $7K) for 14:55 KO win.

Dennis Hallman made $15,000 for 14:55 KO loss.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

UFC TUF 10 FINALE RESULTS: Complete Recap and Madman Awards for The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Final

Roy 'Big Country' Nelson is the Season 10 winner of The Ultimate Fighter. Nelson delivered a knockout blow at 3 minutes, 45 seconds of the very first round to earn himself a 6-figure contract with the UFC. Brendan 'the Hybrid' Schaub may have gotten knocked out cold, but he's too talented as an athlete to not be back in the Octagon. The big-bellied veteran fighter won on this night, to achieve the pinnacle of his career, but Schaub still has his entire career ahead of him and will be a force to be reckoned with in the near future.

Matt 'the Hammer' Hamill got outclassed by Jon 'Bones' Jones, but Jones made the mistake of using illegal elbows in the process of finishing Hamill, and was disqualified as a result. Jones had Hamill mounted for a significant period of time and was raining down heavy blows. While Hamill was defending well, he was in an awful spot with no apparent way out. Jones landed two illegal downward-pointing elbows (12-6 o'clock). He was deducted a point for the fouls, however, Hamill was unable to continue, so the Nevada State Athletic Commission used instant replay for the first time, established that the illegal blows were the last strikes landed, and awarded Hamill the disqualification victory.

In a fight many didn't expect to go the distance, sluggers Kimbo Slice and Houston 'the Assassin' Alexander both came out extremely tentative in the first round, stalking each other without action for almost the entire first five minutes of the fight. The second round heated up with a nasty suplex of Alexander by Slice. Kimbo lifted Alexander up in the air and smashed him back to the canvas straight onto his neck, folding him up like an accordion. Slice dominated the second round. The third round saw both fighters completely gassed, which resulted in more inaction. Alexander, in particular, just couldn't get anything going against the bigger Slice. This was likely the last we'll see of Houston Alexander in the UFC, while Kimbo Slice is going to be sticking around for a while after all. UFC and Spike TV executives have to be ecstatic that Kimbo was able to pull off the victory. Surely everyone would've liked for a more exciting fight, but Kimbo winning, becoming legitimate by any means necessary, is best for long-term gains.

In the Madman Fight of the Night, Frankie 'the Answer' Edgar went into his fight with Matt Veach as the most heavily-favored fighter on the card, but ended up having to get the win in come-from-behind fashion. Veach dominated Edgar in the first round, scoring several takedowns and one brutal slam against the fighter who was supposed to be the better wrestler. Edgar turned it on in the second round, caught Veach with some big shots and managed to secure a rear-naked choke on the ground. Edgar continues to bide his time waiting for his shot at the UFC Lightweight Championship.

In the opening televised bout, Matt Mitrione, MMA's new bad guy, took out Marcus 'Big Baby' Jones in devastating fashion. Jones fell flat to the canvas, and his UFC career is likely over just as it was starting. Jones looked downright awful on his feet, way worse than would seemingly be possible for him to improve to compete in the UFC given his age. Jones will probably fight again, but I doubt it will be in the UFC. Mitrione, on the other hand, has earned himself another fight in the Octagon. When Marcus Jones accepted the 'Big Baby' nickname given to him on TUF 10 over his previous bad-ass 'The Darkness' ring name, it should've been obvious he just doesn't have the killer instinct necessary to compete with the biggest dogs in the UFC. Meathead lives in the UFC! And the storyline of wanting Mitrione to get beat up continues.

James 'the Hammer' McSweeney TKO'd Darrill 'the Boss' Schoonover in the third round of their heavyweight preliminary bout that ended up airing on Spike TV. Schoonover has been recalled to the Army as part of the stop-loss program and will soon head to Afghanistan for a 400-day deployment. Schoonover will have the next year and change in the desert to drop some weight and think about his next fight in the UFC's light heavyweight division. Hopefully the UFC has guaranteed Schoonover a fight when he returns, to give him something to look forward to, ya know, since he's fighting for our freedom and all.

One other prelim made it to Spike TV, the night's opening bout, which saw Mark Bocek feed Joe 'the South Side Strangler' Brammer a bit of his own medicine, choking out the Strangler deep in the first round. Afterwards, Bocek asked for a big fight next, saying he was ready for a tough test.

In unaired preliminary action, John 'Doomsday' Howard staged an amazing come-from-behind victory in his fight with Dennis 'Superman' Hallman. Hallman had the first two rounds of the fight in the bank and just needed to close out the third to seal what would likely be a decision victory. With 20 seconds left to go in the fight, Howard unleashed a Hail Mary assault and scored the almighty miracle, knocking out Hallman with 5 ticks left on the clock. True to form to SUPERMAN/DOOMSDAY, the Superman is dead...but not really.

Brian 'All American' Stann won a unanimous decision over UFC newcomer Rodney 'Shonuff the Master' Wallace. And Jon Madsen won a slightly controversial split decision over fellow TUF 10 heavyweight Justin 'the Viking' Wren.

Definitely not one of the better UFC events, but inevitably they're not all gonna be pretty. Free on Spike TV, beggers can't be choosers.

Complete Results and Madman Awards after the Break.