Saturday, February 6, 2010

UFC 109 ROUNDTABLE - Staff Predictions, Discussion and Madness Levels for Every Fight on the Card



Welcome to a brand new feature here at MMAmadman -- The Madmen Roundtable. For each major MMA event, we'll feature a roundtable discussion of the fights, including Madness Levels and Predictions for each and every fight on the card.

This inaugural roundtable features Josh King, Johnny Nguyen, Randy Rowles and John Taylor. In the future, we'll add more people to the roundtable, and start running contests for every event where readers can make predictions. With the first contest, we'll establish a Madman Prediction Champion and number one contender. Then for every event thereafter, the contest winner will become the new number one contender and go head-to-head with the champion at the next event for the title. The Madman Prediction Champion and number one contender will be included in future roundtable columns.

Madness Levels are in parenthesis. This indicates the level of excitement each staff member has for each fight based on a scale of one to ten. The numbers in brackets beside the fighters indicate how many staff members picked them to win.
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Format:

STAFF MEMBER - (Madness Level on scale of 1-10) Discussion. Prediction
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UFC 109: RELENTLESS

JOEY BELTRAN [1] vs. ROLLES GRACIE [3]

JOSH KING – (6 out of 10) Gracie by Submission in Round 1

JOHNNY NGUYEN – (6) I’m gonna pick Joey Beltran for his track record, almost all of his wins come via TKO, even though it’s a Gracie in the ring. Beltran by TKO in Round 2

RANDY ROWLES – (6) Assuming Gracie is able to avoid being knocked out before he wraps Beltran up into a pretzel, this should be a fairly easy first fight in the Octagon for the prodigal Gracie son. Gracie by Submission in Round 1

JOHN TAYLOR - (5) Beltran's got decent striking but Gracie is as Gracie does. Gracie by Submission in Round 1
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TIM HAGUE [1] vs. CHRIS TUCHSCHERER [3]

KING – (5) Training with Lesnar should be enough to make Tuchscherer the favorite here. Tuchscherer by TKO in Round 1

NGUYEN – (8) Again both fighters win mostly by TKO. I’m gonna pick Tim Hague in this one. Should be a great stand up war. Hague by TKO in Round 1

ROWLES – (6) Two gigantic men. The bigger they are, the harder they fall. I’m going with the strength and wrestling background of The Crowbar. Tuchscherer by TKO in Round 2

TAYLOR - (6) Hague can bang, but I'm going with the Lesnar teammate in this one, barring any huge nut strikes that is. Tuchscherer by Submission in Round 2
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PHIL DAVIS [3] vs. BRIAN STANN [1]

KING – (6) Davis should be a stud. He has the wrestling pedigree to win this. Davis by TKO in Round 2

NGUYEN – (5) This one I’m having a hard time picking, but I’m gonna go with Brian Stann. Probably be an okay fight, entertainment wise. Stann by Decision

ROWLES – (7) This one is going to come down to Stann’s takedown defense. If he’s able to fend off Davis, he should be able to pick him apart with his power. If not, it’s likely going to be a long night for Stann, laying on his back, trying to get back to his feet while eating punches in bunches. Davis by Unanimous Decision

TAYLOR - (6) Brian Stann was hugely overrated in his WEC days. Davis has loads of potential. Davis by a huge Ground and Pound victory
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AGGRESSION MMA 2 RESULTS - Jesse Taylor Gets Vengeance in Edmonton 2/5/10

AGGRESSION MMA 2: VENGEANCE was held Friday February 5, 2010 at the Edmonton Expo Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The main event saw The Ultimate Fighter 7 participant Jesse "JT Money" Taylor win by submission via rear naked choke over former UFC fighter Jason "Dooms" Day, who had hoped to use this fight as a springboard to score a spot on one of the upcoming UFC fight cards in Canada.

In a rare feat, every single fight on this card ended with either a submission or TKO finish. There was not a single fight that went the distance on the entire night.

AGGRESSION MMA 2: VENGEANCE 

Jesse Taylor (14-5) won by SUB over Jason Day (18-9) in R1.

Claude Patrick (11-1) won by SUB over Matt MacGrath (8-3) in R3. [12:29]

Hardeep Singh (9-1) won by TKO over Ryan Brigham (3-4) in R1.

Robin Black (3-3) won by TKO over Matt Knysh (1-3) in R2. [6:20]

Chase Degenhardt (5-0) won by TKO over Dan Chambers (13-15) in R2. [5:55]

Ilya Woronowski (3-1) won by TKO over Lee Mein (2-8) in R1. [4:24]

Adam Lorenz (3-1) won by SUB over Tim Tamaki (8-18) in R1. [4:01]

Matt MacDonald (2-0) won by TKO over Marcus Hicks (10-19) in R1. [3:30]

Igor Caetano (1-1) won by SUB over Ben Snyder (0-1) in R1. [2:18]

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

SUB = Submission | R = Round

Friday, February 5, 2010

TACHI PALACE FIGHTS 3 RESULTS: Champions Collide on 2/4/10

TACHI PALACE FIGHTS 3: CHAMPIONS COLLIDE was held Thursday February 4, 2010 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California. This is the former home of the WEC, before it was purchased by Zuffa.

Two new champions were crowned at TPF 3. Former WEC fighter Cole "Apache Kid" Escovedo won the vacant Bantamweight Championship against another former WEC fighter, Jeff "Little Popeye" Bedard. Rising star Isaac De Jesus captured the vacant Featherweight Championship against former Strikeforce and Sengoku fighter Nam Phan.

In the co-main event, former Strikeforce fighter Anthony "El Toro" Ruiz scored an upset win over former UFC fighter Hector "Sick Dog" Ramirez, winning by split decision. The downward spiral continued for former King of the Cage and WEC fighter Manny "The Mangler" Tapia, who lost his fourth straight fight, this time against Michael McDonald. Tapia had been 10-0 before losing 3 straight in the WEC, and now in his first fight since being cut from the WEC, he has once again failed to pick up a win.

UFC outcast Gabe "Godzilla" Ruediger won his fifth straight fight, tapping out Dominique Robinson, and made a case for his return to a bigger fight stage. Ruediger would make a nice addition to the Strikeforce lightweight division. Top female prospect Zoila "Warrior Princess" Frausto brought her record to a perfect 5-0 with a submission win over former boxer Jessica Rakoczy. Frausto will be competing next on the STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 7 card against another rising star in MMA, Miesha Tate.

Two fights featuring pro wrestling family members saw opposite results. Hulk Hogan's nephew "King" David Bollea took out Tim Denham in less than two minutes with an armbar submission. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper's son Colt Toombs made his MMA debut against Art Becerra, but found himself on the losing end of a unanimous decision.

Complete Results after the Break

Thursday, February 4, 2010

INSANE UFC 109 PREVIEW: Betting Odds, Chances of Fighters Winning, Statistical Analysis and Predictions for Every Fight


Go into insane detail in this preview of UFC 109: RELENTLESS. 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 every single fight on card. UFC 109 will be held Saturday February 6, 2010 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will air live on PPV starting at 10 pm EST. At least two bouts will air on Spike TV during the hour before the 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
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UFC 109: RELENTLESS

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Heavyweight Bout

ROLLES GRACIE (-550) = 80% chance of winning

JOEY BELTRAN (+375) = 20% chance of winning

Rolles Gracie is 3-0, with all 3 wins by submission. Gracie will be making his UFC debut, and is coming off a submission win over Peter Graham at AOW 14 (9/09).

BIGGEST GRACIE WIN: in debut over Sam Holloway by Rear-Naked Choke Submission in the IFL (9/07)

Joey “The Mexicutioner” Beltran is 10-3, with 9 wins by TKO and 1 win by submission. Beltran has lost twice by decision and lost once by submission. Beltran will be making his UFC debut, and is coming off a win over Houston Alexander (1/10).

BIGGEST BELTRAN WIN: over Houston Alexander by TKO for 5150 Combat League Heavyweight Championship (1/10)

LOWDOWN: Rolles Gracie (age 31, height 6’4”) is a second-degree black belt in Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a third-degree black belt in Judo. Gracie is the son of one of the pioneers of BJJ, Rolls Gracie. Joey Beltran (28, 6’2”) has an amateur freestyle and Greco Roman wrestling background.

MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 6 – Both fighters will be making their UFC debuts in this opening undercard bout. Joey Beltran is coming off a big heavyweight title win over recent UFC outcast Houston Alexander in 5150 Combat League. While Rolles Gracie has limited MMA experience, he comes from the most prestigious jiu-jitsu family in the world. He is the son of Rolls Gracie, one of the founding fathers of BJJ. Beltran is a very late replacement for British fighter Mostapha Al-Turk, who had to withdraw from this fight due to visa problems which prohibited him from being able to enter the country in time. Beltran is a heavy-handed banger, but when it comes to grappling, Gracie holds a doctorate while Beltran barely has his GED. Assuming Gracie is able to avoid being knocked out before he wraps Beltran up into a pretzel, this should be a fairly easy first fight in the Octagon for the prodigal son.

LOGIC SAYS: Gracie by SUB –OR– Beltran by KO

PREDICTION: Rolles Gracie

WEC 48: ALDO VS FABER -- 4/24/10 Fight Card in Sacramento - WEC PPV Debut



WEC 48: ALDO VS FABER -- April 24, 2010

Location: ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California

Broadcast: PPV

MAIN CARD

{Featherweight Championship}
Jose Junior Aldo (16-1) vs. Urijah The California Kid Faber (23-3)

{Lightweight Championship}
Ben Smooth Henderson (11-1) vs. Donald Cowboy Cerrone (14-2)

Mike Brown (23-5) vs. Manny The Anvil Gamburyan (10-4)

Anthony The Assassin Njokuani (12-2) vs. Shane Roller (7-2)

Antonio Banuelos (17-5) vs. Scott Young Guns Jorgensen (9-3)

UFC PRELIMS (SPIKE TV)

Leonard Bad Boy Garcia (13-5) vs. Chan Sung The Korean Zombie Jung (10-1)

Alex T-Rex Karalexis (10-4) vs. Anthony Showtime Pettis (8-1)

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Demetrious Johnson (5-0) vs. Brad One Punch Pickett (18-4)

Chad Money Mendes (6-0) vs. Anthony Cheesesteak Morrison (15-8)

Takeya Mizugaki (12-4) vs. Rani Yahya (15-5)

Tyler Toner (9-1) vs. Brandon The Viper Visher (13-0)





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PAYDAY - STRIKEFORCE: MIAMI Fighter Salaries - Purse Amounts and Bonus Earnings


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The Florida DBPR (Department of Business and Professional Regulation) has released the following purse amounts for STRIKEFORCE: MIAMI, held Saturday January 30, 2010 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunshine, Florida, as reported to them by the Strikeforce. Winning fighters in RED. Nick Diaz and Robbie Lawler were the top disclosed earners of the night.

These salaries do not include any individual endorsement earnings for this event, nor do they include any possible undisclosed bonuses or percentages of revenue. Fighters pay out of pocket for licensing fees and related expenses, and spend months training in preparation for these fights.

Nick Diaz made $100,000 (no win bonus) for 4:38 TKO win.

Marius Zaromskis made $30,000 for 4:38 TKO loss.

Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos made $35,000 ($15K base salary + $15K win bonus + $5K championship bonus) for 13:40 TKO win.

Marloes Coenen made $2,000 for 13:40 TKO loss.

Hershcel Walker made $600 (no win bonus) for 12:17 TKO win. *Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker is on record saying Walker was paid "six-figures" for this fight, all of which was donated to charity. The $600 was to cover his licensing fees.

Greg Nagy made $5,000 for 12:17 TKO loss.


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

MOVIE TRAILER: Andrei Arlovski Stars in UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: REGENERATION with Jean-Claude Van Damme - Out Now on DVD



Andrei 'the Pitbull' Arlovski receives third billing in this direct-to-video sequel to UNIVERSAL SOLDIER. This is the canonical third film in the series. Like its predecessor, the 1999 theatrical sequel UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN, this film is not related to the two television sequels from 1998.

Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren both reprise their roles from the previous films. Andrei Arlovski stars as NGU, a new bad guy Universal Soldier model. Arlovski has previously only starred in one other film, a small role in 8 OF DIAMONDS, a 2006 crime film. Arlovski has a prominent role in UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: REGENERATION, and is rumored to be starring again with Jean-Claude Van Damme's in his next film, THE TOWER aka KARATE.

This film was released February 2, 2010 on DVD and Blu-ray. You can help support the MMAmadman website by purchasing from one of the links below.


Monday, February 1, 2010

UFC 109: RELENTLESS - Complete 2/6/10 Fight Card



UFC 109: RELENTLESS -- 2/6/10

Location: Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV

Broadcast: PPV

MAIN PPV CARD:

Mark Coleman (16-9) vs. Randy Couture (17-10)

Nate Marquardt (29-8) vs. Chael Sonnen (23-10)

Mike Swick (14-3) vs. Paulo Thiago (12-1)

Demian Maia (11-1) vs. Dan Miller (11-2)

Matt Serra (9-6) vs. Frank Trigg (19-7)

UFC PRELIMS ON SPIKE TV:

Justin Buchholz (8-4) vs. Mac Danzig (18-7)

Melvin Guillard (22-8) vs. Ronys Torres (14-1)

PRELIMINARY BOUTS (DARK):

Rob Emerson (8-8) vs. Phillipe Nover (5-2)

Phil Davis (4-0) vs. Brian Stann (8-2)

Tim Hague (10-2) vs. Chris Tuchscherer (17-2)

Joey Beltran (10-3) vs. Rolles Gracie (3-0)




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AGGRESSION MMA 2: VENGEANCE -- 2/5/10 Edmonton Fight Card with Promo Video

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AGGRESSION MMA 2: VENGEANCE -- February 5, 2010

Location: Edmonton Expo Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Broadcast: Internet PPV

Jason Day (18-8) vs. Jesse Taylor (13-5)

Matt MacGrath (8-2) vs. Claude Patrick (10-1)

Robin Black (2-3) vs. Matt Knysh (1-2)

Federico "Kiko" Lopez (4-2) vs. Hardeep Singh (8-1)

Dan Chambers (13-14) vs. Chase Degenhardt (4-0)

Ryan Lang (3-0) vs. Adam Lorenz (2-1)

Marcus Hicks (10-18) vs. Matt McDonald (1-0)

Lee Mein (2-7) vs. Ilya Woronowski (2-1)

Tony Bibby (4-3) vs. Phil Wark (1-1)

Igor Caetano (0-1) vs. Ben Snyder (0-0)

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

VIDEO: Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers' Jason David Frank Makes MMA Fight Debut




Jason David Frank made his MMA debut against Jonathan Mack on Saturday January 30, 2010 at LONESTAR BEATDOWN in Houston, Texas. Frank began training in karate at the age of 4, and rose through the ranks to become a sixth-degree black belt in karate. He is the founder of the martial art style Toso Kune Do.

Frank was the longest-running cast member of several incarnations of THE MIGHTY MORPHIN' POWER RANGERS. He appeared in the theatrical movie, as well as the original show and 4 spinoffs. Frank got his big break in the original MMPR series as Tommy Oliver aka The Green Ranger. He later became The White Ranger, and has also been a red and black Ranger in other series -- POWER RANGERS ZEO, POWER RANGERS TURBO, POWER RANGERS WILD FORCE and POWER RANGERS DINOTHUNDER.

This is an amateur-shot video, so it's a bit shaky with commentary from rowdy crowd members. The actual fight starts at around the 2-minute mark.

STRIKEFORCE: MIAMI RESULTS - 1/30/10 Recap and Madman Awards



STRIKEFORCE: MIAMI was held Saturday January 30, 2010 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunshine, Florida. The main card aired live on Showtime. This was the first Strikeforce event of the new decade, and the show closed out the first month of the new year with some spectacular fireworks.

The main event saw Nick "Diablo" Diaz capture the vacant Strikeforce Welterweight Championship with a TKO win over current DREAM Welterweight Champion Marius "The Whitemare" Zaromskis. Diaz used his reach advantage to outstrike Zaromskis, however, not without being put on his own keister first. Zaromskis dropped Diaz with a right hand midway through the first round, but Diaz managed to regain his composure and land a nasty right hook late in the round, from which the Lithuanian was not able to recover.

In the co-main event, Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos retained her Women's Lightweight Championship in a 3-round beatdown of Marloes "Rumina" Coenen. Cyborg used her strength advantage to control the fight, until finally putting away Coenen in the final stanza, after a battered Coenen had pulled guard. This was Cyborg's first title defense, and it appears she'll be fighting Erin Toughill in her second, likely by summertime.

Complete Results After the Break