Saturday, March 27, 2010

King of the Cage: Legacy Results from 3/26/10 in Reno on HDNet

KING OF THE CAGE: LEGACY was held Friday March 26, 2010 at the Silver Legacy Casino in Reno, Nevada. The event marked the second KOTC show produced by Mark Burnett for HDNet, and featured the hosting debut of former WWE Diva Maria Kanellis, who is currently a participant on THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE, which is also produced by Burnett. Kanellis joined Michael "The Voice" Schiavello and Jason "Mayhem" Miller on the television broadcast team.

Two titles were on the line Friday night in Reno, as Tony "Kryptonite" Lopez defended his KOTC Heavyweight Championship against the undefeated Tony Johnson, and Koffi "Lion King" Adzitso and rising-star Quinn Mulhern battled for the vacant KOTC Welterweight Championship. Also in action were King of the Cage vet Jaime "El Cucui" Jara, Dustin "The Persian Prince" Akbari and Nick "Afrozilla" Gaston.

KING OF THE CAGE: LEGACY 

Mike Kyle (15-7) won by TKO over Jon Murphy (5-4) in R2. [9:53]

Dustin Akbari (5-1) won by KO over Jack Montgomery (7-8) in R1. [2:30]

{Heavyweight Championship}
Tony Johnson (4-0) won by UD over Tony Lopez (18-3). [25:00]

Jaime Jara (26-7) won by SUB over Tim Means (8-3) in R1. [2:19]

Nick Gaston (2-0) won by SUB over Mike Guidry (2-1) in R1. [4:49]

{Welterweight Championship}
Quinn Mulhern (11-1) won by SUB over Koffi Adzitso (10-5) in R2. [6:36]

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

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

STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 7 RESULTS: 3/26/10 Complete Recap

STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 7 was held Friday March 26, 2010 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. The main card aired live on Showtime. The headlining fight featured the return of Lavar "Big" Johnson to the world of MMA after suffering multiple gunshot wounds at a Fourth of July celebration in 2009. Johnson's cousin was killed in the group assault. Johnson spent a month in the hospital after intensive surgery to save his life.


In what turned out to be an exciting heavyweight bout, Lavar Johnson cemented his return to the cage with a TKO victory over Lolohea Mahe in the second round of their main event fight. Mahe, who looks like a villain out of a James Bond film, had cut over 50 pounds to reach the 265-pound heavyweight limit for this fight, and the dramatic weight-cut took its toll on the Hawaiian bigman's stamina. While Mahe showed visible signs of extreme fatigue, he showed no signs of giving up in this fight. He continued to swing for the fences for the entire fight, eventually falling on his sword as Johnson battered away with his heavy hands. Mahe's lack of oxygen didn't stop his will to win, but on this night, Johnson, sporting a scar down the front of his stomach from his life-saving surgery, would have his hand raised in victory. Strikeforce commentator Mauro Ranallo fittingly proclaimed "the return of Lazarus" as Mahe fell to the canvas to fully establish Johnson's MMA return.

In the co-main event, Abongo Humphrey choked out George Bush III, much like plenty of folks might have wanted to do to our former similarly-named president. While Bush is not the son of Dubya, he did put on a dopey performance, thus at least allowing him to live up to the non-family name. Both former heavyweight fighters were fighting at light heavyweight in this bout, and given the lack of credible 205-pound fighters in Strikeforce, Humphrey propelled himself right up into the top light heavyweight ranks of the promotion with this quick chokeout victory.

In one of the screwiest decisions of the year, Brazilian Andre Galvao eked out a split decision win over California-native Luke Stewart. Both commentators, and expert fight analysts, Pat Miletich and Stephen "The Fight Professor" Quadros had the fight clearly scored for Stewart, who dominated Galvao with his wrestling and reversals. While Galvao scored multiple takedowns, Stewart reversed nearly every single one of them with some of the most impressive sweeps you'll ever see in an MMA fight. Stewart pushed the action while the fighters were on their feet. You could literally see Stewart's confidence grow as the fight went along. When the decision was read, the look of complete shock on Stewart's face said it all. Even Galvao couldn't justify the win in his post-fight interview, chalking it up to a miracle from God. This fight was an example of how rudimentary the judging in MMA can often times be. Galvao was over-credited for his takedowns, which should've been nullified by Stewart's reversals. Regardless of the outcome, Stewart's incredibly impressive performance in this fight should serve to get him noticed in the deep middleweight division of Strikeforce. Stewart outgrappled one of the best jiu jitsu fighters in all of MMA in Galvao.


Zoila "Princess Warrior" Frausto and Miesha "Takedown" Tate put on an exciting 2-round fight, which saw Tate eventually come out on top with an armbar submission. Before Frausto fell victim to the tapout, she displayed some of the best kicking of any gender in MMA. Tate, who has been wrestling since high school when she competed against boys, looked improved on her feet this time out, but ultimately worked with what got her to the game, by taking Frausto down and stretching her arm out. Frausto showed the heart of a warrior in this fight, gutting out a Von Flue choke, which had her grimacing in pain for quite awhile, before fighting off the armbar in impressive fashion. Frausto's arm was being bent backwards very painfully, as she stayed calm and scrambled. Eventually when it looked like her arm was about to snap in half, she finally tapped on Tate's leg to be released. The ladies, who had some heated verbal exchanges leading up to this fight, embraced afterwards, put away the pre-fight hype, and expressed the true respect they both have for each other as two of the fastest rising stars in women's MMA. The picture above is from the pre-fight weigh-in. The picture below is from the post-fight reconciliation. For a look at the softer side of these ladies, check out this photo gallery.


VIDEO: UFC Primetime - Georges St. Pierre vs Dan Hardy Preview - Episode 3



UFC 111: ST-PIERRE VS. HARDY will be held Saturday March 27, 2010 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Georges "Rush" St. Pierre will defend his UFC Welterweight Championship in the main event against Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy. This is the final episode of the 3-part series, UFC PRIMETIME: ST-PIERRE VS. HARDY, which aired on Spike TV. Episode 1 and Episode 2.

VIDEO: The Ultimate Fighter 11 - Watch First 5 Minutes of TUF 11 Season Premiere


THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: TEAM LIDDELL VS TEAM ORTIZ, the eleventh season of the hit reality television series, will premiere on March 31, 2010 on Spike TV, immediately following UFC FIGHT NIGHT 21: FLORIAN VS GOMI. TUF 11 will feature 28 middleweight fighters in a new wild card tournament format. After the second round of 14 fighters, two losing fighters will be chosen to fight each other, with the winning fighter advancing to the quarterfinals along with the 7 winners of the second round. The new Ultimate Fighter winner will be crowned at the UFC TUF 11 FINALE on June 19, 2010.

VIDEO AND PROFILES FOR ALL 28 TUF 11 FIGHTERS

PAYDAY - UFC ON VERSUS 1 Fighter Salaries - Purse Amounts and Bonus Earnings for Vera vs Jones 3/21/10


The Colorado Boxing Commission has released the following purse amounts through the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies for UFC ON VERSUS 1: VERA VS JONES, held Sunday March 21, 2010 at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado, as reported to them by the UFC. Winning fighters in RED. Junior Dos Santos was the top earner for this event.

The salaries do not include any individual fighter endorsement earnings for this event, nor do they include any undisclosed bonuses. Fighters pay out of pocket for licensing fees and related expenses. Fighters spend months training in preparation for these fights, so they are being paid for work already completed in the gym as well as their performance.

Jon Jones made $90,000 ($20K base salary + $20K win bonus + $50K KO bonus) for 3:19 TKO win.

Brandon Vera made $60,000 for 3:19 TKO loss.

Junior Dos Santos made $120,000 ($35K base + $35K win + $50K KO bonus) for 3:53 KO win.

Gabriel Gonzaga made $67,000 for 3:53 KO loss.

Cheick Kongo made $110,000 ($55K + $55K) for 11:16 submission win.

Paul Buentello made $40,000 for 11:16 submission loss.

Alessio Sakara made $42,000 ($21K + $21K) for 3:01 TKO win.

James Irvin made $20,000 for 3:01 TKO loss.

Friday, March 26, 2010

INSANE UFC 111 PREVIEW: Betting Odds, Chances of Fighters Winning, Statistical Analysis and Predictions for Every Fight


Go into insane detail in this preview of UFC 111: ST-PIERRE VS HARDY. 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 the card. UFC 111: ST-PIERRE VS HARDY will be held Saturday March 27, 2010 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The main card will air live in North America on PPV starting at 10:00 pm EST.

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.

Think you've to what it takes to become the Madman Prediction Champion? Enter the UFC 111: ST-PIERRE VS HARDY MADMAN PREDICTION CONTEST where you pick the winners!

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 111: ST-PIERRE VS HARDY

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Welterweight Bout

MATTHEW RIDDLE (-250) = 67% chance of winning

GREG SOTO (+190) = 33% chance of winning

Matthew Riddle is 3-1, with all 3 wins by decision and a loss by TKO. Riddle has fought his entire career in the UFC, and is coming off a loss to Nick Osipczak at UFC 105 (11/09).

UFC W: Dan Cramer (UD), Steve Bruno (UD), Dante Rivera (UD)

UFC L: Nick Osipczak (TKO)

BIGGEST RIDDLE WIN: over Steve Bruno by Unanimous Decision at UFC Fight Night 17 (2/09)

Would this be Riddle’s new biggest win? YES

Is it likely Riddle will be released with a loss? NO

Greg Soto is 7-0, undefeated with 3 wins by submission and 2 wins by (T)KO. Soto will be making his UFC debut, and is coming off a win over Ray Steinbeiss in EB (10/09).

BIGGEST SOTO WIN: over Ray Steinbeiss by Rear-Naked Choke Submission at EB: Beatdown at 4 Bears 5 (10/09)

Would this be Soto’s new biggest win? YES

Is it likely Soto will be released with a loss? NO

MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 5 – Matthew Riddle has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Riddle was a New York state wrestling champion in his senior year of high school. Riddle began MMA by teaching himself with BJ Penn’s book MIXED MARTIAL ARTS: THE BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE. Greg Soto is a disciple of Kurt Pellegrino, a brown belt in BJJ, and is late replacement in this fight for Ricardo Funch, who bowed out due to injury. Soto has been accepted into the New Jersey State Police, but has put this on hold to purse his fighting career, which has now landed him in the UFC. Riddle would’ve had an easier time with Funch than he will with Soto, who comes into this fight undefeated, having last taken out Ray Steinbeiss (12-6) and Craig “Greyhound” Kaufman (8-5) back-to-back. Riddle would be the favorite against either of those fighters, and he is here against Soto. Riddle endured a reality check in his last fight against Nick Osipczak, losing for the first time in his young career. Whether this has refocused Riddle or will make him tentative this time out will be the question. Soto is the undefeated Jersey cop, fighting in his homestate, and is coming off a couple of big wins. Solid opening fight.

PREDICTION: Greg Soto
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Weekend Warriors - MMA Results from the North American Independent Fight Scene

3/19-3/20/10 - MMA events were held this weekend from Texas to Montreal. TFC 10: HIGH VOLTAGE featured sure-to-be future UFC fighter Ryan "The Real Deal" Ford in a headlining fight with The Ultimate Fighter 6 runner-up Tommy Speer. The event also featured former UFC fighter Victor "The Matrix" Valimaki.

At SHARK FIGHTS 9, the TUF 8 runner-up Vinny "Pezao" Magalhaes was in action alongside former UFC fighters Doug Evans and the legendary Don "The Predator" Frye.

The W-1 MMA: BAD BLOOD main event featured former UFC fighters Jason "The Athlete" MacDonald and Vernon "Tiger" White, as well as former Octagon fighters John "The Natural" Alessio and Shonie "Mr. International" Carter.

In the XKL 1: EVOLUTION main event, TUF 5 participant Corey Hill battled Mark "Boots" Holst for the XKL Lightweight Championship. Two other titles were also on the line, and former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco "Suave" Rodriguez was in action.

TFC 10: HIGH VOLTAGE -- March 19, 2010 (The Fight Club)

Location: Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Ryan Ford (12-2) won by SUB over Tommy Speer (13-5) in R1. [4:29]

Martin Desilets (10-2) won by TKO over Victor Valimaki (16-6) in R1. [4:50]

Victor Bachman (7-2) won by SUB over Markhaile Wedderburn (9-6) in R1. [3:28]

Sheldon Westcott (3-1) won by TKO over Tim Smith (7-4) in R1. [0:29]

Mitch Clarke (6-0) won by SUB over Brandon McArthur (0-5) in R2. [6:14]

Curtis Demarce (8-7) won by UD over Mike Bell (4-14). [15:00]

Rio Wells (2-0) won by TKO over Tim Skidmore (3-14) in R1. [3:33]

David Bodrug (2-0) won by SUB over Doug Newman (0-1) in R2. [8:55]

SHARK FIGHTS 9 -- March 20, 2010

Location: Civic Center Coliseum in Amarillo, Texas

Doug Evans (10-6) won by SUB over Dustin Phillips (11-5) in R1. [2:25]

Pedro Galiza (2-1) won by UD over Vinny Magalhaes (4-5). [15:00]

Josh Luna (4-2) won by TKO over John King (1-1) in R1. [1:11]

Kenny Trevino (5-2) won by SUB over Eric Rodriguez (1-1) in R2. [7:18]

Tony Castillo (4-6) won by SUB over Edwyn Jones (3-11) in R1. [3:09]

Isaias Martinez (6-3) won by SUB over Don Frye (20-9) in R2. [9:55]

Cody Pfister (2-0) won by TKO over Severo Padilla (0-2) in R1. [2:52]

Jason Sampson (3-0) won by SUB over Jeremy Valderaz (0-1) in R1. [2:50]


W-1 MMA: BAD BLOOD -- March 20, 2010 (Warrior-1 MMA)

Location: Pierre Charbonneau Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Jason MacDonald (23-13) won by SUB over Vernon White (26-34) in R3. [12:12]

John Alessio (28-13) won by SUB over Chris Clements (6-4) in R1. [4:24]

Nabil Khatib (10-6) won by SD over Shonie Carter (49-22). [15:00]

Antonio Carvalho (11-4) won by UD over Eddie Fyvie (8-3). [15:00]

Pat Healy (22-15) won by TKO over Sidney Silva (8-3) in R2. [7:33]

John Fraser (6-3) won by SUB over Tom Waters (3-1) in R1. [3:57]

Jorge Brito (11-6) won by SUB over Jonathan Mix (2-5) in R1. [4:28]

Josh Hill (3-0) won by TKO over Dennis Gagne (0-1) in R1. [0:43]

Nordine Taleb (2-1) won by TKO over Dean Martins (2-4) in R2. [7:54]
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XKL 1: EVOLUTION -- March 20, 2010 (Xtreme Kombat League)

Location: Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center in Ypsilanti, Michigan

{Lightweight Championship}
Mark Holst (8-1) won by SUB over Corey Hill (3-3) in R2. [9:06]

{Light Heavyweight Championship}
Ricky Shivers (8-5) won by SUB over Eric Smith (6-1) in R4. [16:01]

Ricco Rodriguez (40-11) won by TKO over Brian Ryan (16-4) in R2. [7:05]

Terry Davinney (7-5) won by SUB over Colby McMahon (1-3) in R2. [6:27]

Abdullah Hamden (4-1) won by TKO over Brett Sbardella (2-1) in R1. [3:59]

Jimmy Seipel (4-1) won by SUB over Lance Snow (1-2) in R1.

{Middleweight Championship}
Anthony Smith (1-1) won by TKO over James Brasco (6-3) in R1. [1:21]

Adam Kelso (2-1) won by SUB over Ryan Scheeper (4-20) in R1. [0:22]

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

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

Monday, March 22, 2010

DREAM 13 RESULTS: Complete Recap with Madman Awards from 3/22/10 in Japan

DREAM 13 was held Monday March 22, 2010 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. The event aired live in North America on HDNet in the wee hours of the morning, and will replay on Saturday March 27 at 11:00 pm EST.

The main event featured Bibiano "The Flash" Fernandes defending his DREAM Featherweight Championship against Joachim "Hellboy" Hansen, who was dropping down to 138-pounds for the first time in his career. Hansen appeared quite malnourished in his new weight class and seemed to lack the same intensity he usually brings into a fight. Fernandes, on the other hand, looked better than he ever has. The fight went the distance, and despite a somewhat lackluster performance from Hansen for the first half of the fight, he managed to turn up the heat in the second half and ended up winning on one judges' scorecard. Problem for Hansen was, Fernandes won on the other two judges' scorecards, so he walked away still holding his title with the split decision victory.

In the co-main event, Josh "The Baby Faced Assassin" Barnett tapped out Siala "Mighty Mo" Siligia with a kimura, but only after perhaps the strangest quarter-hour in MMA history, where Mighty Mo's nuts got their 15 minutes of fame. Barnett, who was wearing shoes, unintentionally kicked Mighty Mo square in the balls, sending the mighty Samoan one to the canvas in excruciating pain. From the look on Mo's face, it was almost a certainty that he would not be able to continue. Doctors and ringside officials gathered around Mo, trying to get him to sit up on a stool, but Mo was having none of it. He continued to lay on the ground and indicated that he could not continue. Now, had this fight been in America, that would've been a wrap. But this fight was happening in Japan, where it is common practice that the ringside doctor will actually massage a fighter's testicles after he's been kicked there, while referees hold up towels to shield the audience from the show down below. The towels were brought into the ring, but Mo wasn't all that keen on being massaged, so instead everyone just waited. He did eventually sit up on the stool, but was still saying he couldn't continue. The look on Mo's face was priceless as he began to realize these guys actually wanted him to continue to fight and weren't going to take no for an answer.

In what might've been a Guinness record, there must've been a dozen referees gathered in the center of the ring in a circle having some sort of gonad conference. Meanwhile, DREAM and Strikeforce officials were up on the apron urging Mighty Mo to consider continuing with the fight. It was an incredibly bizarre scene that must be viewed to fully appreciate the comedic nuances of it all, especially when you consider Michael "The Voice" Schiavello and Frank "Twinkle Toes" Trigg were announcing on HDNet. It was definitely one of the strangest and funniest 15 minutes I've ever witnessed in MMA. Mighty Mo did eventually continue, to which Schiavello praised his testicular fortitude, but Josh Barnett sealed the deal shortly thereafter with a chicken wing armlock. In the ultimate sign of respect and humility, Barnett actually allowed Mo to return the favor and kick him in the balls after the fight was over.

A 15-minute boxing match broke out in the fight between KJ Noons and Andre "Dida" Amade, to which the advantage went to Noons. Dida allowed Noons to walk him around the ring landing jabs and hooks aplenty. There were countless opportunities where Noons, with his boxing instincts, had his head lowered avoiding punches, that Dida could've countered with a knee strike, but instead he seemed content playing Noons' punch-for-punch game. Dida landed some kicks here and there, but not anywhere near the amount he could have, given Noons was showing no threat of wanting to go for a takedown. At one point, Dida actually motioned for Noons to engage, while he was himself continuing to retreat. The reality was Noons was engaging. Dida was trying to fight a counter style, but was often leaving out the counter part, which lead to Noons stalking him around the ring punching him in the body and face. In the end, Noons was awarded a clear unanimous decision victory.

In the Madman Fight of the Night, Ryo "Piranha" Chonan returned to form after some recent struggles that had many speculating whether he might just be done as a relevant fighter. Chonan dominated the first round against Andrews Nakahara, who came back stronger in the second round. Near the end of the second round, both fighters stood toe-to-toe and exchanged a flurry of strikes. It appeared as though Nakahara was about to make an incredible comeback, as he had Chonan reeling, but Chonan managed to hang on and get the well-deserved unanimous decision victory.

Cole Escovedo landed a beautiful high kick to the jaw of Yoshiro Maeda, knocking him out cold two and a half minutes into the first round of their featherweight fight. Maeda had given Escovedo some trouble early, but ended up being the victim of a highlight reel finish.

If not for Cole Escovedo's spectacular knockout of Yoshida Maeda, the KO of the Night award would've went to Katsunori Kikuno, who landed one of his patented crescent kicks straight to the liver of Kuniyoshi Hironaka, which forced Hironaka to stand up straight and opened him up for a left and a right to the jaw. It was an amazing sequence to behold and proved Kikuno is a real force to be reckoned with in the DREAM lightweight division.

In the opening bout of the card, Jimmy "The Titan" Ambriz smothered Ikuhisa "Minowaman" Minowa with his 80 pounds of additional weight for the entire first round of their openweight bout. Ambriz was able to use his size advantage to control Minowa on the ground, landing looping punches to Minowa's head, and suplexing him back to the mat every time he tried to get up. What Ambriz was not able to do, was to take advantage of endless submission opportunities available to him when he had Minowa's back. Similar to his fight with Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Minowaman rode out the storm, getting beat and battered in the process of waiting for a spot to go for a leg submission.

In the first round, Ikuhisa Minowa tried several times to roll for a kneebar or leglock, but Jimmy Ambriz defended well. Finally, halfway through the second round, Minowaman was able to reverse positions and get into Ambriz's guard. From there, Minowa fell back into a toehold and the big man tapped out. The Giant Killer once again prevailed, and we were treated with celebratory Minowaman fist pumps. Picking Ambriz to win this fight, I learned the hard way to never underestimate the power of the Minowa mullet. I admit I am not worthy, and I now bow to Minowaman's greatest.

DREAM 13

{Featherweight Championship}
Bibiano Fernandes (8-2) won by SD over Joachim Hansen (19-9). [15:00]

Josh Barnett (25-5) won by SUB over Mighty Mo (3-2) in R1. [4:41]

KJ Noons (8-2) won by UD over Andre Dida (6-4). [15:00]

Ryo Chonan (17-10) won by UD over Andrews Nakahara (2-2). [15:00]

Cole Escovedo (16-4) won by KO over Yoshiro Maeda (26-8) in R1. [2:29]

Katsunori Kikuno (13-2) won by KO over Kuniyoshi Hironaka (16-7) in R1. [1:26]

Ikuhisa Minowa (45-30) won by SUB over Jimmy Ambriz (14-13) in R2. [12:42]

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: Ryo Chonan vs. Andrews Nakahara

KO OF THE NIGHT: Cole Escovedo (over Yoshiro Maeda)

SUB OF THE NIGHT: Ikuhisa Minowa (toe hold) over Jimmy Ambriz

QUICKEST WIN: Cole Escovedo over Yoshiro Maeda in 86 seconds

BIGGEST UPSET: Cole Escovedo (+160) over Yoshiro Maeda

GOAT OF THE NIGHT:( Andre Dida

UFC ON VERSUS 1 RESULTS: Complete Recap with Madman Awards - 3/21/10

UFC ON VERSUS 1: VERA VS JONES was held Sunday March 21, 2010 at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. The main card aired live on Versus, which was the network debut of the UFC on the home of their sister promotion WEC. The debuting UFC fight card on Versus was a good contrast to the WEC shows, which only feature lightweight, featherweight and bantamweight bouts. UFC ON VERSUS 1 featured two heavyweight fights, one light heavyweight, one middleweight and one welterweight. The 155-pound division is the only weight class the WEC and UFC share, and no UFC lightweight fights aired on the first Versus broadcast.

The main event featured a light heavyweight showdown between young guns Brandon "The Truth" Vera and Jon "Bones" Jones. Midway through the first round, from the guard position, Jones landed a brutal elbow to the side of Vera's face near his eye. Vera grimaced in pain, and after taking a few more shots, rolled over to his side and the ref pulled Jones off for the TKO victory. It was revealed after the fight that Vera suffered three broken facial bones from the vicious elbow shot.


In the co-main event, Junior "Cigano" Dos Santos finished his fourth UFC opponent (out of five) in the first round. Dos Santos landed a huge overhand left to the noggin of Gabriel "Napao" Gonzaga, which dropped the fuzzy bigman to the mat. Dos Santos landed a few more punches, Gonzaga went limp, and the ref stepped in. Dos Santos remains undefeated in the Octagon.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

INSANE DREAM 13 PREVIEW: Betting Odds, Chances of Fighters Winning, Statistical Analysis and Predictions for Every Fight

Go into insane detail in this preview of DREAM 13. Includes breakdowns of betting odds with analysis, win-loss records, DREAM wins and losses, biggest victories, fighter profiles and backgrounds, logical outcomes, Madness Levels and Madman Predictions for every single fight on the card. DREAM 13 will be held Monday March 22, 2010 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. The event will air live in North America on HDNet starting at 3:00 am EST.

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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DREAM 13

Openweight Bout

IKUHISA MINOWA (NO LINE)

JIMMY AMBRIZ (NO LINE)


Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa is 44-30, with 28 wins by submission, 8 wins by decision and 7 wins by TKO. Minowa has lost 14 times by decision, lost 9 times by (T)KO and lost 7 times by submission. Minowa is 5-3 in DREAM, and is coming off a DREAM win over Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at K-1 Dynamite!! 2009 (12/09).

DREAM W: Sokoudjou (TKO), Hong Man Choi (SUB), Bob Sapp (SUB), Errol Zimmerman (SUB), Kwan Bum Lee (SUB)

DREAM L: Katsuyori Shibata (UD), Masakatsu Funaki (SUB), Taiei Kin (UD)

BIGGEST MINOWA WIN: over Sokoudjou by TKO to win DREAM Super Hulk Grand Prix at Dynamite!! 2009 (12/09)

Would this be Minowa's new biggest win? NO

Jimmy “The Titan” Ambriz is 14-12, with 7 wins by submission and 6 wins by (T)KO. Ambriz has lost 7 times by submission and lost 5 times by (T)KO. Ambriz is 0-1 in DREAM, and is coming off a TKO win over Chris Clark in MFC (8/09).

DREAM L: Sergei Kharitonov (SUB)

BIGGEST AMBRIZ WIN: over Dan Bobish by Submission due to strikes in 46 seconds at KOTC 16 (8/02)

Would this be Ambriz's new biggest win? YES

MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 7 – Ikuhisa Minowa weighed in at 196 pounds for this fight, while Jimmy Ambriz tipped the scale at 276 pounds, which is 11 pounds over the U.S. heavyweight limit. That makes an 80-pound weight difference between these two fighters in this openweight bout. This is par for the course for Minowaman, who is known as “The Giant Killer” and won last year’s DREAM Super Hulk Grand Prix by submitting super heavyweights Bob Sapp and Hong Man Choi, and scoring a TKO win over Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in the finale. While Ambriz’s record isn’t the most impressive on paper, he represents a significant step up in competition from Sapp and Choi. Almost all of Ambriz’s losses have been to elite heavyweight fighters. Ambriz had been penciled in to fight Bobby Lashley at STRIKEFORCE: MIAMI, but was rejected as an opponent for Lashley by Showtime officials. That missed opportunity was enough to at least get Ambriz’s name back out there again, and now he returns to fight in DREAM. Minowa got the win over Sokoudjou, a light heavyweight, in the DREAM Super Hulk Grand Prix Finale, however, he took one hell of a beating in the process. There are no available betting lines for this fight that I could find. This usually happens when a fight is announced only a couple of days before an event, but that was not the case here. This was one of the first fights announced for this event. It appears oddsmakers are either baffled by, or suspicious of, this match-up. After a questionable TKO stoppage in favor of Minowa in the Sokoudjou fight, those suspicions just might be justified. Assuming Ambriz doesn’t end up falling over from a phantom punch, with the ref calling a tap out when his hand hits the mat, I think Ambriz with all his mass, and actual MMA skills, is going to prove to be a bit too much for Minowaman.

LOGIC SAYS: Minowa by SUB –OR– Ambriz by KO/DEC

PREDICTION: Jimmy Ambriz
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