Saturday, February 27, 2010

STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 6 RESULTS: Complete Recap with Madman Awards for 2/26/10 San Jose Event

STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 6: KAUFMAN VS. HASHI was held Friday February 26, 2010 at the San Jose Civic Auditorium in San Jose, California. The main event featured an inaugural Strikeforce Women's Welterweight Championship fight between Sarah Kaufman and Takayo Hashi. Of the 5 main card fights, 3 went the distance to judges' decisions. In all 3 fights, the winning fighter won every single round. The co-main event ended in a Technical Draw after an unintentional eye poke by Trevor Prangley left Karl "Psycho" Amoussou unable to see. That left Luke Rockhold as the sole person on the main card to finish his fight, and the de facto MVP of the night. Tarec "Sponge" Saffiedine and Yancy "Frisson" Medeiros both looked really good in their fights, and proved they are ready for step-ups in competition. A Luke Rockhold vs Tarec Saffiedine fight would serve nicely as a future Strikeforce Challengers main event.

Sarah Kaufman dominated Takayo Hashi for 25 minutes in an uneventful 135-pound championship main event. Kaufman played it safe against a clearly overmatched opponent, which is totally understandable given the high stakes, but resulted in a fight which could only be described as boring. There was not a single moment in the entire fight where it didn't look like Hashi had anything more than a snowball's chance in hell of winning. Kaufman was the better fighter of the two ladies and walked away the first-ever Strikeforce Women's Welterweight Champion. Unfortunately, due to the plodding nature of the fight, a good portion of the crowd walked away before the belt was able to be placed around Kaufman's waist.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

VIDEO: UFC 111 Extended 10-Minute Preview for Georges St. Pierre vs Dan Hardy and Frank Mir vs Shane Carwin

UFC 111: ST-PIERRE VS. HARDY will be held Saturday March 27, 2010 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The PPV will be headlined by Georges St. "Rush" Pierre vs Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy for the UFC Weltwerweight Championship. The co-main event will be for the UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin, with the winner guaranteed a fight with UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar.


Mirko Cro Cop vs Pat Barry at UFC 115 in Vancouver - Change in Plans Leads to a K-1 Showdown in the Octagon

MMA Scraps Radio is reporting that former K-1 kickboxers Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic and Pat "HD" Barry will likely be fighting at UFC 115 on June 12, 2010 at the General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Barry had been contacted about replacing Ben Rothwell at UFC 110, after Rothwell dropped out of his fight with Cro Cop at the last minute due to a stomach illness. Although Barry was willing to take the fight on super short notice, he wasn't able to get the proper paperwork in order in time to make the trip to Australia from the United States for the fight. Barry's chutzpah is now apparently being rewarded after all, with a fight against the legendary Croatian sensation at UFC 115.

UFC President Dana White originally indicated Mirko Cro Cop would fight Ben Rothwell next, which was expected to take place at UFC 115. As well, Pat Barry was originally rumored to be fighting at UFC 115 against Gilbert Yvel. Now the old switcheroo has happened with these two fights. Cro Cop will instead be fighting Barry, and Rothwell will be fighting Yvel.

Mirko Cro Cop (26-7) ended up fighting a severely overmatched Anthony Perosh at UFC 110, and won by doctor stoppage after opening up a gash on Perosh's forehead with a brutal elbow on the ground. Cro Cop's UFC 110 victory brought his lifetime UFC record to an even 3-3. Cro Cop has had his struggles in the Octagon, after years of dominating in Japan, including winning the 2006 PRIDE Openweight Grand Prix.

Pat Barry (5-1) is coming off an emotional Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night victory over Antoni Hardonk at UFC 104. For his double-bonus-winning performance, Barry was awarded an additional $120,000 on top of his $14,000 salary for the fight. After the fight, Barry dropped to his knees and began crying in the center of the Octagon. He later revealed that going into the fight he was completely broke, living off rice and ketchup, and was facing eviction. As much to do with his financial situation, Barry was also seeking validation after having parted ways with his trainer Ernesto Hoost, whom Barry had said gave up on him, resulting in a falling out with the K-1 kickboxing legend.

Gilbert Yvel (36-14) made his Octagon debut at UFC 108, after competing for nearly 13 years in MMA, with 40 fights under his belt. Despite his wealth of experience, Yvel was only able to last just over two minutes against up-and-coming heavyweight prospect Junior Dos Santos, before losing in his debut via TKO.

Ben Rothwell (30-7) is coming off a TKO loss in his Octagon debut against Cain Velasquez at UFC 104 in October 2009. Rothwell had previously went 9-0 in the now-defunct IFL fight promotion, which was part of an overall 13-fight winning streak.


Thursday, February 25, 2010

BITETTI 6 RESULTS: Thales Leites, Glover Teixeira, Danillo Villefort and Amanda Nunes Pick Up Wins 2/25/10 in Brazil

BITETTI COMBAT MMA 6 was held Thursday February 25, 2010 in Brasilia, Brazil. The main event was supposed to feature Paulo Filho fighting Yuki Sasaki. In what has become predictable Filho fashion, he no-showed the weigh-ins, after withdrawing from the fight earlier in the week, only to agree to participate again after Sasaki refused to fight Thales Leites instead. Filho recently did the same for a DREAM event in Japan. Leites had been brought in specifically to replace Filho in the main event, however, was moved to a fight with Rico Washington when Sasaki declined to fight him. Sasaki was also offered a fight against Daniel Acacio as a replacement, but insisted he would only fight Filho, so Sasaki was pulled from the card since this was impossible given Filho's AWOLness. In the end, the main event ended up being Thales Leites against an overmatched Rico Washington.

Jeff Monson was originally scheduled to fight Glover Teixeira in the co-main event, but was scratched from the card at the last minute, after he was unable to get permission to leave the United States from his parole officer. In June 2009, Monson plead guilty to charges stemming from an ESPN the Magazine photograph of him standing by a spray-painted anarchy sign on the capital building in Olympia, Washington holding a can of spray paint.


Thales Leites (16-3) won by SUB over Rico Washington (4-5) in R1. [2:14]

Glover Teixeira (8-2) won by TKO over Joaquim "Mamute" Ferreira (8-4) in R2. [6:30]

Danillo Villefort (11-3) won by KO over Cassiano Tytschyo (19-7) in R1. [0:56]

Cristiano Marcello (9-2) won by SUB over Emiliano "Cobra" Vatti (6-3) in R1. [1:05]

Yuri Villefort (5-0) won by UD over Julio "Merenda" Cesar (0-2). [15:00]

Leandro "Batata" Silva (14-6) won by UD over Gustavo "Labareda" Sampaio (0-1). [15:00]

Francisco "Massaranduba" Drinaldo (4-0) won by SUB over Luiz "Buscape" Firmino (13-5) in R1. [2:03]

Cesar "Mutante" Jesus Ferreira (2-1) won by SUB over Felipe "Mongo" Arinelli (8-10) in R2. [5:55]

Amanda Nunes (5-1) won by TKO over Ediene "India" Gomes (5-1) in R2. [8:00]

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

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

VIDEO: UFC on Versus 1 - Brandon Vera vs Jon Jones Preview Trailer

The UFC will make its debut on Versus on March 21, 2010 from The Odeum Colorado in Broomfield, CO. The main event will feature a light heavyweight showdown between top prospects Jon "Bones" Jones and Brandon "The Truth" Vera.


The Axe Murderer vs Sexyama - Wanderlei Silva and Yoshihiro Akiyama in Olympics of Badassery at UFC 115 in Vancouver

The MMAjunkie is reporting the long-rumored showdown between Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva and Yoshihiro Akiyama will likely be happening at UFC 115 on June 12, 2010 at the General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The host city of the 2010 Winter Olympics will be heating up in more ways than one this summer when the recently prettied up Silva takes on the Sexy One.

This fight match-up was originally scheduled for UFC 110 in Australia, before Yoshihiro Akiyama was pulled from the card in favor of Michael "The Count" Bisping, who was able to bring more starpower to the first Australian UFC event. In pre-fight interviews for UFC 110, UFC President Dana White indicated the winner would fight Akiyama next.

Wanderlei Silva (33-10) defeated Michael Bisping at UFC 110 by unanimous decision in a highly competitive bout. UFC 110 marked Silva's middleweight Octagon debut, and brought his lifetime UFC record to 3-5. While he has struggled in the UFC, Silva was considered perhaps the most dangerous fighter on the planet during his time in PRIDE in Japan. Over the span of 4 years, from 2000 to 2004, Silva went unbeaten in 18 fights, including winning twice over Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Kazushi Sakuraba.

Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-1) is coming off a split decision win in his Octagon debut over Alan Belcher at UFC 100. Akiyama's only loss came in his second fight ever, back in 2005 to K-1 legend Jerome LeBanner via KO. Akiyama is a decorated judoka and won the Gold Medal at the 2002 Asian Games, among several other judo titles and accomplishments.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

VIDEO - UFC 111: ST-PIERRE VS. HARDY Preview Trailer for 3/27/10 Newark, New Jersey Event with Two Title Fights

UFC 111: ST-PIERRE VS. HARDY will be held Saturday March 27, 2010 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The PPV will be headlined by Georges St. "Rush" Pierre and Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy fighting for the UFC Weltwerweight Championship. The co-main event will be for the UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

VIDEO: Miesha Tate Documentary Short Profiles One of MMA's Most Beautiful and Dangerous Rising Stars

Miesha "Takedown" Tate (8-2) is not only one of the prettiest faces in MMA, but she's also one of the best athletes in the sport of either gender. This documentary short from FighterDolls profiles Tate, from her beginnings competing against boys in high school wrestling, up through her amateur and professional MMA careers. Miesha Tate will next be in action against the undefeated Zoila "Princess Warrior" Frausto (5-0) at STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 7 on March 26, 2010.


UFC 110 RESULTS: Complete Recap with Madman Awards from Nogueira vs Velasquez - 2/20/10 Australian Event

The UFC held their first event Down Under Saturday night. UFC 110: NOGUEIRA VS. VELASQUEZ was broadcast live from the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia on February 20, 2010.

The 9-bout fight card suffered a few late minute changes, as "Big" Ben Rothwell had to pull out of his fight with Mirko Cro Cop due to illness, leaving Cro Cop to compete against local Sydney fighter Anthony Perosh. Another fight booked specifically for its local relevance had to be cancelled altogether, when Elvis "The King of Rock n Rumble" Sinosic injured his shoulder in training and had to withdraw from his long-awaited rematch with fellow Aussie Chris "The Hammer" Haseman.

As the world watches the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, fittingly the main event of the international UFC 110 featured a passing of the torch.

Cain Velasquez solidified his spot as one of the top UFC heavyweights with a brutal beatdown of the legendary Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira, finishing the fight by TKO in just 140 seconds.

In the co-main event, Michael "The Count" Bisping survived 3 rounds with Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva, which was an accomplishment in and of itself, however, Silva ended up ahead on the judges' scorecards and was awarded the unanimous decision victory. Bisping scored multiple takedowns throughout the fight and won a round on each scorecard. Save for a guillotine choke by Silva at the end of the second round, Bisping might have been able to win the decision. The fight ended up being much closer than most pundits were prognosticating. Hopefully down the road, we get the pleasure of seeing a rematch of this bout, which ended up being the Madman Fight of the Night. It appears now, as per Dana White's pre-fight statements, that Silva will go on to fight Yoshihiro Akiyama.

Australian fighter George Sotiropoulos scored the biggest upset of the night, dismantling Joe "Daddy" Stevenson for three rounds to score a clear-cut unanimous decision victory. Sotiropoulos used his superior jiu jitsu to outgrapple Stevenson on the ground. Sotiropoulos made a huge statement in front of his hometown crowd, establishing himself now as one of the top lightweights in the UFC.

Keith "The Dean of Mean" Jardine lost his third straight fight, getting KO'd by Ryan "Darth" Bader in the third round. Bader, winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 8, remained undefeated in his MMA career by staggering Jardine with a straight right hand followed by a flying knee. Bader put Jardine down for good with a brutal left hook. Jardine went limp, with his right leg bent under himself, and the referee stepped in to end the fight. Jardine, clearly confused from the knockout and potentially devastating effect of yet another Octagon loss, protested the fight stoppage vehemently, but it was a good stoppage.

In the opening PPV bout, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic bloodied and battered Anthony "The Hippo" Perosh for two rounds, before the bout was ended by doctor stoppage due to a nasty forehead cut caused by a Cro Cop elbow on the ground. The fight was momentarily stopped in the second round for the doctor to check the cut, at which point it seemed inevitable the fight would be stopped. Referee Herb Dean gave Perosh the option to continue, and to the credit of his toughness, Perosh chose to fight on with blood pouring down his face. Cro Cop was visibly shocked that the fight was continuing, but dished out more punishment nonetheless. The doctor called the bout after the second round, and Cro Cop was awarded the TKO victory.

In another incredibly bloody bout, Stephan "American Psycho" Bonnar suffered an unintentional headbutt that opened up the floodgates on his forehead in the third round against Krzysztof "The Polish Experiment" Soszynski. The fight had been even through two rounds, but was called in Soszynski's favor in the third due to the unrelenting stream of blood coming from Bonnar's forehead. The referee mistakenly determined the cut to be the result of an Soszynski elbow, and awarded him the TKO victory. In all fairness, because the cut was caused by an unintentional illegal blow, the bout should have been ruled a No Contest. A rematch of this competitive bout would seem in order given the confused ending.

Chris "Lights Out" Lytle took less than 2 minutes to put away Brian Foster with a sick looking kneebar. Foster attempted a takedown, but was counted by Lytle, who locked up and extended Foster's leg for the tapout. The injured Foster had to be helped out of the Octagon.

In unaired preliminary card action, CB "The Doberman" Dollaway outpointed Goran Reljic for a unanimous decision win. In the opening fight of the night, New Zealander James Te Huna scored a TKO victory over Igor Pokrajac late in the third round to bring the Australian crowd some early satisfaction.