Saturday, April 17, 2010

VIDEO - Strikeforce: Nashville Trailer for Tonight's Saturday Night Fights on CBS

This STRIKEFORCE: NASHVILLE video trailer is for tonight's SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS event on CBS, which will feature three title fights. Strikeforce champions Jake Shields, Gegard Mousasi and Gilbert Melendez will be defending their titles against Dan Henderson, Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal and DREAM Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki.

HOT PIC - Felice Herrig Weighs In for Bellator 14 Fight with Jessica Rakoczy

Felice Herrig fought this week at BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS XIV, winning by split decision over Jessica Rakoczy.

Pic by MiddleEasy at Bellator 14 pre-fight weigh-in.

Kenny Florian vs Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar vs BJ Penn 2 - Lightweight Fight Extravaganza at UFC 118 in Boston

The Boston Herald's Inside The Octagon blog initially reported Kenny Florian confirmed to them that he will be fighting Gray Maynard at UFC 118. Perhaps after an f-bomb loaded phone call from Dana White, or more likely a return phone call from KenFlo, the blog posting was deleted and a retraction update was posted. Through the miracles of the internets and the always-on-the-ball crew at the Bloody Elbow, here's the original blog entry:

I just got off the phone with Kenny Florian. Without ever naming his opponent, Florian made it clear that he will be facing Gray Maynard in his next fight, which will be part of the UFC’s Boston card on Aug. 28.

When I mentioned Maynard’s name to Florian, he made it clear that’s who he’ll be fighting next.

"That will be a great fight," Florian said. "He’s a great fighter and he called me out (before Florian fought Takanori Gomi two weeks ago). It’s been said that he could have a tough style for me so I’m excited for that challenge."
And then the retraction:
I have to update a previous post, as I jumped to a conclusion.
As of now, nothing has been signed and it should not have been reported that Kenny Florian will fight Gray Maynard in August.
Apologize for the confusion and stay tuned for any updates.
What all this means is...Kenny Florian vs Gray Maynard at UFC 118 on August 28, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The fight will likely be a number one contender bout for the UFC Lightweight Championship, which will be contested on the same evening in a rematch between the new champ Frankie Edgar and the former champ BJ Penn.

Kenny "KenFlo" Florian (14-4) has won his last three fights by rear naked choke submission, and he wasn't choking out just any random dudes, Florian took the air away from Takanori Gomi, Clay Guida and Joe Stevenson, three serious lightweight contenders. Florian has twice competed for the UFC Lightweight Championship, but fell short on both occasions, losing to Sean Sherk and BJ Penn.

Gray "The Bully" Maynard (9-0) will be looking to go to a perfect 10-0 in his MMA career before going into his first title shot. Maynard is the only fighter to hold a win over current UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar. Although it could be justified for Maynard to get the first shot at the new title holder Edgar, Maynard's uneven performance in his last fight against Nate Diaz, where he squeaked by with a split decision victory, didn't instill the greatest of confidence in UFC matchmakers. A win over a top veteran like Kenny Florian, be it by a slim margin or a dominant finish, would undeniably qualify Maynard to compete for the 155-pound division's top prize.

Due to what UFC officials saw as a close fight at UFC 112, an immediate rematch has been issued between BJ "The Prodigy" Penn (15-6) and Frankie "The Answer" Edgar (12-1) for the UFC Lightweight Championship. The Edgar-Penn winner will then likely defend against the Florian-Maynard winner by year's end.


KOTC: BAD BOYS II RESULTS - Third Mark Burnett HDNet King of the Cage Event Loses Its Top 3 Headlining Fights

The third KOTC event produced by Mark Burnett for HDNet aired Friday April 16, 2010 live from the Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Much like the current troublesome state of the Motor City, 5 out of 6 of the fighters featured on the poster for this event did not end up fighting. The top 3 headlining fights did not end up happening. Of the fighters on the poster, only Darren Cruickshank, the least recognizable but most exciting fighter, ended up competing at KING OF THE CAGE: BAD BOYS II.

Jake Rosholt pulled out of his main event fight with Jeremy Horn at the last minute due to injury, not leaving enough time to find a replacement. Ray Mercer suffered a training injury and pulled out of his fight with Ron Sparks, and not surprisingly, a replacement could not be found on a couple days notice to fight the behemoth and undefeated Sparks. A replacement was found for Bobby Green, who also pulled out due to injury. Jason "The Hitman" Holmes stepped up to fight Cruickshank. By default, veteran fighter Joe "El Dirte" Doerksen found himself in the main event against a man much tougher than his record would suggest, Chad "The Hitman" Herrick. Despite the devastation of the fight card, there remained a couple of title bouts. Undefeated David Shepherd put his KOTC Lightweight Championship on the line against the more experienced Dom "I Hate You So Much" O'Grady, and "Bad" Brad Burrick defended his KOTC Middleweight Championship against Brandon Hunt, the man from whom Burrick won the belt.


Joe Doerksen (44-12) won by SD over Chad Herrick (6-5). [15:00]

{Lightweight Championship}
Dom O'Grady (9-2) won by SUB over David Shepherd (4-1) in R2. [9:18]

Daron Cruickshank (4-0) won by SD over Jason Holmes (6-2). [15:00]

Ben Lagman (6-1) won by TKO over Angelo Popofski (13-8) in R1. [2:58]

Waylon Lowe (8-2) won by KO over Steve Berger (21-20) in R1. [2:18]

{Middleweight Championship}
Brandon Hunt (5-2) won by KO over Brad Burrick (9-10) in R2. [5:59]

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

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

Friday, April 16, 2010

BELLATOR 14 RESULTS - Week 2 Features More Tournament Bouts and First Controversy of the Second Season

The second event of the second season of Bellator tournaments was held Thursday April 15, 2010 at The Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS XIV featured four tournament bouts. The co-main event ended in controversy when Ben "Funky" Askren had Ryan "The Tank Engine" Thomas in an anaconda choke variation, and the referee stopped the fight, much to the objection of Thomas, who did not submit and was still conscious.


[Lightweight Quarterfinal]
Toby Imada (23-13) won by SUB over James Krause (11-3) in R2. [7:44]

[Welterweight Quarterfinal]
Ben Askren (4-0) won by SUB over Ryan Thomas (10-4) in R1. [2:40]

[Featherweight Quarterfinal]
Wilson Reis (10-1) won by SUB over Shad Lierley (5-3) in R3. [13:33]

[Lightweight Quarterfinal]
Pat Curran (10-3) won by KO over Mike Ricci (5-1) in R1. [3:01]

Bryan Goldsby (10-9) won by UD over Jeff Curran (31-13). [15:00]

Felice Herring (2-2) won by SD over Jessica Rakoczy (0-3). [15:00]

Louis Taylor (6-1) won by KO over Ryan Sturdy (12-5) in R1. [1:08]

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

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


Ben Askren


Pat Curran

Roger Huerta

Toby Imada

Carey Vanier


Georgi Karakhanyan

Wilson Reis

Joe Warren

VIDEO: Ricardo Mayorga vs Din Thomas - Heated Press Conference Has Smack Talking, Smoking and a Karate Chop!

A press conference was held on April 15, 2010 at Victor's Cafe in New York City to promote SHINE FIGHT III - WORLDS COLLIDE: MAYORGA VS THOMAS, to be held May 15 at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The main card will air live on PPV. Ricardo "El Matador" Mayorga will be making his MMA debut with a 28-7 professional boxing record. Din "Dinyero" Thomas has a similar 25-8 MMA record. Things get extremely heated as the press conference goes along. Assuming Mayorga makes weight and/or shows up for this fight, it's going to be one of the most personal fights in MMA history. Thomas rattles off one-liners that are translated for Mayorga, whose translator lady hurls back insults at Thomas from Mayorga. Things get physical to the point where the promoter has to cancel the staredown photo op for fear of a fistfight breaking out.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

MADMAN ROUNDTABLE for STRIKEFORCE: NASHVILLE - Staff Predictions, Discussion and Madness Levels

Welcome to the Madman Roundtable for STRIKEFORCE: NASHVILLE, to be held Saturday April 17, 2010 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The event will air live on CBS broadcast television and will feature 3 title fights. Jason "Mayhem" Miller will be featured in a preliminary bout that will either air in its entirety or in clip-form depending on its length and the length of the title bouts.

For each major MMA event, we feature a roundtable discussion of the fights, including Predictions and Madness Levels. This roundtable features madmen Eric Van Den Haas, Randy Rowles, Jerry Cattelane, Johnny Nguyen, Josh King and Brian Palmer. The Madman Prediction Championship, currently held by Van Den Haas, will not be defended again until UFC 113, where he'll go head-to-head with UFC 112 Madman Prediction Contest winner Eric Yeates.

Madness Levels are in parenthesis. They indicate the level of excitement a staff member has for a fight based on a scale of 1 to 10. The numbers in brackets beside the fighters' names indicate how many staff members picked the respective fighters to win.


Middleweight Bout


Average Madness Level (1-10): 5.8

ERIC VAN DEN HAAS – (4) I think it would take longer for Miller to finish a Guinness stout than Tim Stout. This is as one-sided as it gets. Jason Miller by Submission in Round 1

JOHNNY NGUYEN – (5) Mayhem could have won his fight with Shields if he had 15 more seconds. Jason Miller by 2nd Round TKO

RANDY ROWLES – (4) Stout is a local Tennessee fighter. Miller is a big test. Stout fails. Jason Miller by Submission in Round 1

JERRY CATTELANE – (9) Can't wait to see Mayhem's entrance. And, should be a good tilt to boot! Jason Miller by 2nd Round TKO

JOSH KING – (6) Jason Miller by Submission in quick fashion

BRIAN PALMER – (7) I’m always a little excited to watch Mayhem fight, no matter the opponent. This should be easy for him. Jason Miller by Submission Round 1



Average Madness Level (1-10): 9.5

VAN DEN HAAS – (7) It's usually safe to bet against the Japanese fighter in the UFC and Strikeforce, but Aoki's sick submissions got me smelling an upset.
Shinya Aoki by Submission in Round 2

NGUYEN – (10) I believe Gilbert is very good all-around, where as Aoki is only good on the ground. Gilbert Melendez by 2nd Round KO

ROWLES – (10) Unbelievable. When Scott Coker spoke of potential cross-promotional championship fights with DREAM, I imagined it more of a pipedream than actually happening in 2010, but here we are. Strikeforce Lightweight Champion versus DREAM Lightweight Champion. Shinya Aoki by Submission in Round 2

CATTELANE – (10) Not sure if Melendez can keep Aoki at a distance long enough to do damage, at least, enough damage to keep Aoki from breaking his arm. Still, I have to wonder if Aoki can take a shot from Melendez. It would seem he's going to have to eat one or two to get inside and get the fight into his domain. 5 rounds? This should be fantastic! Tough one to call, but I'm rooting for Melendez, thus Gilbert Melendez in a Fifth Round TKO

KING – (10) Shinya Aoki by wicked Submission, Round 1

PALMER – (10) Will this be another example of an overrated Japanese league fighter? I think Aoki is deserving of his rank, but I don’t know if he is prepared to face Melendez. Melendez is a workhorse and unless he gives Aoki an arm or neck, I can’t see him being outworked. Gilbert Melendez by Decision

INSANE STRIKEFORCE: NASHVILLE PREVIEW: Betting Odds, Chances of Fighters Winning, Analysis and Predictions

Go into insane detail in this preview of STRIKEFORCE: NASHVILLE. Includes breakdowns of betting odds with analysis, win-loss records, Strikeforce wins and losses, biggest victories, fighter profiles and backgrounds, Madness Levels and Madman Predictions for every single fight on the main card. STRIKEFORCE: NASHVILLE will be held Saturday April 17, 2010 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The main card will air live on CBS broadcast television and will feature the 3 title fights. Jason "Mayhem" Miller will fight in a preliminary bout that will either air in its entirety or in clip-form, depending on its length and the length of the title bouts.

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.

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


Middleweight Bout

JASON MILLER (-2000) = 91% chance of winning

TIM STOUT (+1000) = 9% chance of winning


Jason Miller is 22-7, with 13 wins by submission and 4 wins by TKO. Miller has lost 5 times by decision and lost once each by TKO and submission. Miller is 0-1 in Strikeforce, and is coming off a Strikeforce Middleweight Championship loss to Jake Shields at STRIKEFORCE: FEDOR VS ROGERS (11/09).

AGE: 29 HEIGHT: 6’1” WEIGHT: 185

FIGHTING OUT OF: Fayetteville, North Carolina (AMERICAN)

FIGHTING STYLE: Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

MILLER RESUME: Host of BULLY BEATDOWN on MTV, Co-hosts “Mayhem Mondays” on THE JASON ELLIS SHOW on Sirius Satellite Radio, Team Quest fighter, Grew up with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson

STRIKEFORCE L: Jake Shields (UD)

BIGGEST MILLER WIN: over Robbie Lawler by Arm-Triangle Submission at ICON SPORT: MAYHEM VS LAWLER (9/06)


Tim Stout is 8-7, with 6 wins by (T)KO and 2 wins by submission. Stout has lost 6 times by submission and lost once by decision. Stout will be making his Strikeforce debut, and is coming off a submission loss to Roger Carroll in COTK (10/09).

AGE: 31 HEIGHT: 5’11” WEIGHT: 185

FIGHTING OUT OF: Memphis, Tennessee (AMERICAN)

FIGHTING STYLE: Karate, Extensive boxing background

STOUT RESUME: Journeyman fighter with the opportunity of a lifetime, M.O.A.B. stands for Massive Ordinance Air Blast, which is the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal

BIGGEST STOUT WIN: over Brandon Melendez by TKO at WC 3 (5/08)

MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 4 – Those are some insane odds -2000 and +1000!?! You’d have to bet $20 on Mayhem to win $1. Surely Mayhem will win, but anything crazy could happen. Mayhem could trip and fall, knocking himself out in the process, and Stout would get the TKO win. If I were among Stout’s family and friends, I’d definitely be throwing down $200 on Stout to win $2000.

PREDICTION: Jason “Mayhem” Miller

KING OF THE CAGE: BAD BOYS II -- 4/16/10 Fight Card for Third KOTC HDNet Broadcast

KING OF THE CAGE: BAD BOYS II -- April 16, 2010

Location: Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan

Broadcast: HDNet

Joe El Dirte Doerksen (43-12) vs. Chad The Hitman Herrick (6-4)

{Lightweight Championship}
David Shepherd (4-0) vs. Dom I Hate You So Much O'Grady (8-2)

Daron Cruickshank (3-0) vs. Jason The Hitman Holmes (6-1)

Ben Bad News Lagman (5-1) vs. Angelo Popofski (13-7)

Steve The Red Nose Pitbull Berger (21-19) vs. Waylon Lowe (7-2)

{Middleweight Championship}
Brad Bad Brad Burrick (9-9) vs. Brandon Hunt (4-2)

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

VIDEO: Dana White Announces Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen and Threatens to Cut Silva If He Repeats UFC 112 Shenanigans

UFC President Dana White was on ESPN's ROME IS BURNING today, where he announced to Jim Rome that Chael Sonnen will be the next challenger for Anderson "The Spider" Silva's UFC Middleweight Championship. The MMAjunkie further nailed down the details, reporting Silva will fight Sonnen at what will likely be UFC 117 on August 7, 2010 at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Chael Sonnen (24-10) earned a title shot with his UFC 109 unanimous decision upset victory over Nate Marquardt in a Fight of the Night bonus-winning performance. Sonnen has won 3 straight fights in the Octagon over top-ranked middleweight talent. Before beating Marquardt, Sonnen won decisions over Yushin Okami and Dan Miller. Sonnen was last defeated, ironically, by Demian Maia, who was unable to take down Anderson Silva at UFC 112, and thus wasn't able to utilize his jiu jitsu advantage. Although Sonnen got submitted by Maia, by making the mistake of playing the ground game with a BJJ master, he'll likely be able to be more competitive with Silva than Maia was, because Sonnen has significantly better takedown technique than Maia, and because Sonnen is much stronger on his feet than Maia. With great confidence in his takedown ability, Sonnen should be more willing to engage Silva, which will give the Brazilian less time for his trademark horseplay.

UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva (26-4), for whatever strange reason, decided to make a mockery of his opponent and the sport at UFC 112. For the first half of his main event title fight with Demian Maia, Silva toyed with Maia, sporadically punching him in the face while dancing around the ring taunting Maia. For the second half of the fight, Silva continued mocking Maia, but mostly avoided engaging in the fight. Silva's clear athletic dominance over Maia allowed him to do what he wanted, and he chose to act a fool. UFC 112 was the first event to be held in a new market in front of new investors in Abu Dhabi. Anderson Silva's self-indulgent main event performance likely left a sour taste in the mouth of many of the first-time attendees. Dana White immediately went into an aggressive form of damage control mode after UFC 112, calling Silva's performance a disgrace and an embarrassment to the company.

On ROME IS BURNING, Dana White had the following to say (transcribed by MMA Weekly):

(Anderson Silva) has got a real tough fight coming up. His next fight's going to be against Chael Sonnen, and Chael Sonnen's one of these guys who's not going to lay back, not do what these other guys (did)...When he's been in this position, when these types of fights have happened, it's been against real good jiu-jitsu guys, guys that want to get the fight to the ground. Well, Chael Sonnen's going to want to take this fight to the ground, but he's going to double leg him and bring him down...Personally, I really believe that (Silva) was embarrassed by what happened that night, maybe he did have a mental breakdown, I don't know what happened in the ring. All I can say is I know his next opponent isn't going to be a guy who's going to lay back and let him do stuff like that...If he ever acts like that again in the ring, I will cut him. I don't care if he's the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. I don't care if he is the middleweight champion. I will cut him, absolutely.
As for Chael Sonnen, he recently told the MMAjunkie:
(Anderson Silva) is getting beaten up in 2010 by Chael Sonnen. That's been the story from the jump. There's people out there that need beaten up – he's one of them. And I have a moral obligation to society to beat him up.
Chael Sonnen further elaborated with Mauro Ranallo on the Fight Show (transcribed by Bloody Elbow) about Anderson Silva's fight with Demian Maia and his own upcoming fight with Silva:
It was hard to watch. I didn’t watch the whole thing, but I tried. I saw the beginning and I saw the end. I was having plenty of conversations during it, I’m in the same boat as the rest of the world. Who cares? Nobody cares about Anderson Silva...He talked about retiring and nobody cared. He talked about going (to) heavyweight and nobody cared. Now he talks about going to 205, and nobody cares. I did an autograph signing with Anderson Silva, there was a line around the building to get to my room. You could have heard a rat piss on cotton in his room. Nobody was in there. Nobody cares about Anderson Silva, it’s the hardest sell in the world. Nobody shows up to see him. If BJ Penn wasn’t on (the UFC 112) card, that building’s empty Saturday night...I’ve stuck my finger in this guy’s chest for 3 and a half years and he’s fought everyone in the world that isn’t named Chael Sonnen. I can’t tell you what a nuisance he is. This isn’t like some exciting thing to get to fight him, it’s just truly an annoyance, and I’m looking forward to it being over with just so I can move on and be done with the jerk.
At the UFC 112 post-fight press conference, Anderson Silva tried to explain his outrageous behavior by saying he had been disrespected by Demian Maia in pre-fight interviews leading up to the event. Silva was unable or unwilling to provide specific examples of how Maia disrespected him. The reality is Maia is a class act and did not cross any lines in talking about Silva leading up to their fight. Maia touted his own BJJ credentials, saying he was better than Silva, and since Silva is "The Spider," that would give Maia 8 limbs to go after. This is hardly inflammatory stuff in the process of selling a main event fight. If Silva was really offended by Maia's light verbal jabs, how is he going to react to the verbal shitstorm about to hit him by way of Chael Sonnen? This fight has been announced 4 months in advance, which is going to give the witty Sonnen plenty of time to verbally abuse Silva, especially now that Silva has made himself an eligible target of ridicule after his UFC 112 debacle.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

VIDEO: King Mo Lawal Documentary Short Leading Up to Strikeforce: Nashville Title Fight with Gegard Mousasi on 4/17

Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal (6-0) will be challenging Gegard "The Dreamcatcher" Mousasi (28-2) for the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship at STRIKEFORCE: NASHVILLE on April 17, 2010. This documentary short titled KING MO: JOURNEY TO THE CROWN was produced by All Elbows.


STRIKEFORCE: NASHVILLE - Fight Card for Saturday Night Fights on CBS 4/17/10


Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee

Broadcast: CBS


{Middleweight Championship}
Jake Shields (24-4) vs. Dan Hendo Henderson (25-7)

{Lightweight Championship}
Gilbert El Nino Melendez (17-2) vs. Shinya Aoki (23-4)

{Light Heavyweight Championship}
Gegard The Dreamcatcher Mousasi (28-2) vs. Muhammed King Mo Lawal (6-0)


Chris Hawk (3-4) vs. Ovince St. Preux (3-4)

Andy The Stunner Uhrich (5-1) vs. Dustin West (1-1)

Jason Mayhem Miller (22-7) vs. Tim M.O.A.B. Stout (8-7)

Josh The Warhammer Schockman (3-2) vs. Cale Yarbrough (6-1)

Zach Underwood (4-0) vs. Hunter Worsham (5-1)

Dustin Ortiz (0-0) vs. Justin Pennington (0-0)

Thomas Campbell (0-0) vs. Cody Floyd (0-0)

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Monday, April 12, 2010

THE WAY OF SHOOTO 3: LIKE A TIGER, LIKE A DRAGON -- 5/30/10 Fight Card in Japan


Location: JCB Hall in Tokyo, Japan

{Bantamweight Championship}
Yasuhiro Urushitani (16-4) vs. Ryuichi Miki (10-3)

{Welterweight Championship}
Willamy Chiquerim Freire (15-2) vs. Yusuke Endo (13-3)

{Lightweight Championship}
Takeshi Lion Takeshi Inoue (18-3) vs. Hatsu Hioki (20-4)

Ryota The Shooto Junkie Matsune (15-1) vs. Rumina Moon Wolf Sato (25-14)

Kotetsu Boku (16-6) vs. Yoshihiro Koyama (14-3)

Akitoshi Ironman Tamura (14-8) vs. Masakatsu Ueda (10-1)

Eduardo Dudu Dantas (8-2) vs. Hiromasa Ogikubo (6-1)

Shintaro Ishiwatari (6-3) vs. Wataru Miki (16-9)

BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 14 -- 4/15/10 Fight Card in Chicago


Season 2, Week 2

Location: The Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Illinois

Broadcast: Fox Sports Net


[Lightweight Quaterfinal]
Toby Imada (22-13) vs. James Krause (11-2)

[Welterweight Quarterfinal]
Ben Funky Askren (3-0) vs. Ryan The Tank Engine Thomas (10-3)

[Featherweight Quarterfinal]
Shad Lierley (5-2) vs. Wilson Reis (9-1)

[Lightweight Quarterfinal]
Pat Paddy Mike Curran (9-3) vs. Mike Ricci (5-0)


Ryan The Rhino Sturdy (12-4) vs. Louis Battery Taylor (5-1)

Jeff The Big Frog Curran (31-12) vs. Bryan Goldsby (9-9)

Felice Lil Bulldog Herrig (1-2) vs. Jessica The Ragin' Rakoczy (0-2)

Jonatas Navaes (4-3) vs. Daniel Strauss (10-3)

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

UFC 112 RESULTS - Complete 4/10 Recap with Madman Awards from a Strange Night in the Abu Dhabi Desert

UFC 112: INVINCIBLE was held Saturday April 10, 2010 at the Ferrari World Concert Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This was the first UFC event held in Abu Dhabi. The two main event title fights both went the distance, with one resulting in a major upset and one in a major disappointment.

In the co-main event, Frankie "The Answer" Edgar became the new UFC Lightweight Champion with a unanimous decision victory over B.J. "The Prodigy" Penn. In a fight where Penn was the winner on most analysts' scorecards, the only three judges that mattered all had it scored for Edgar, who likely already secured Upset of the Year honors for 2010. Edgar's victory has brought a fresh perspective to the UFC lightweight title picture. Now, instead of there being no one for Penn to fight, there are tons of people for Edgar to fight. The first challenger should be Gray Maynard, the one man who's beaten Edgar.

For the 25-minute main event, Anderson "The Spider" Silva occasionally punched and kicked Demian Maia, while frequently acting a fool. It was like Silva was telling the longest joke in UFC history, it just went on and on and on and on. What was at first funny, gradually became outrageous, and soon thereafter delved into full-blown absurdity. Silva's Capoeira training came into play in the first two rounds, as he danced around the ring pitter-patter punching Maia at will. Maia's face was quickly bloodied and his nose broken, as Silva landed with perfect accuracy any strike he wanted. But instead of going for the kill, Silva continued to taunt and toy with Maia for nearly three rounds, before powering down into near-complete taunt mode for the remaining two rounds. Maia showed a ton of heart, but Silva has something much more valuable than heart -- he has superhuman athletic ability. Silva is spoiled with his talent and acts the part of a bored brat. The man with the longest winning streak in UFC history is also one of the goofiest fighters with seemingly the least respect for the sport. What Silva did successfully do with his half-hearted dance routine against Maia, was establish himself as the bad guy. Cue the consummate professional good guy -- Georges St. Pierre. This fight would do MONSTER business. It's gotta be the cream of the crop only from here on out for Anderson Silva. If he spanks GSP, then give him Brock Lesnar or Cain Velasquez next.

In the prerequisite old man fight, due to the desert setting, Matt Hughes shook off ring rust for a couple of rounds before finally quite literally chopping down Renzo Gracie. The legendary wrestler Hughes played kickboxer against the BJJ guru Gracie, landing kick after kick until Gracie was wobbly-legged and wholly beaten.