Saturday, May 15, 2010

KING OF THE CAGE: HONOR RESULTS - Complete Recap and Madman Awards for 5/14/10 HDNet KOTC Event

KING OF THE CAGE: HONOR was held Friday May 14, 2010 at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in Mescalero, New Mexico. The Mark Burnett HDNet produced event featured 3 title fights, with a main event light heavyweight title change, a successful flyweight title defense, and the crowning of an undisputed bantamweight champion in one of the best fights of the year.

Mike "MAK" Kyle did enough on two judges' scorecards to capture the KOTC Light Heavyweight Championship away from Tony "Kryptonite" Lopez. Just two fights ago, Lopez was 18-2 and held both the KOTC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight titles. Now, Lopez has lost both titles in back-to-back fights and had indicated before this fight that if he lost, he would likely retire. Given the end result of this fight with Kyle was a very close split decision, Lopez will hopefully backtrack on the retirement talk and work towards getting himself a rematch with the new light heavyweight champ.

In the co-main event, Nick "Afrozilla" Gaston brutalized former UFC fighter Darrill "The Boss" Schoonover (TUF 10) in the second round with elbows that opened up a huge gash on Schoonover's forehead that lead to a fight stoppage. The fight went back and forth, and was a very entertaining heavyweight scrap. Schoonover tested Gaston's chin for the first time in his career, stunning Afrozilla with some big shots, before Gaston was able to come back and seal the deal late in the second round. While Gaston is only 3-0, he is an incredibly athletic monster of a man who is more than ready to compete for the KOTC Heavyweight Championship against Tony Johnson right now. Gaston will likely end up in the UFC or Strikeforce sooner rather than later.

KOTC Flyweight Champion Abel "The Silent Assassin" Cullum made short work of Josh "The Destroya" Montoya with a rear-naked choke just over a minute and a half into the first round. KOTC Welterweight Champion Quinn Mulhern also scored a rear-naked choke submission victory, but his was in a non-title affair, and it took a couple of rounds longer against Joey "The Takedown Wizard" Gorczynski.

In a candidate for Fight of the Year, the KOTC Sanchez rivalry produced its second straight split decision. KOTC Bantamweight Champion Angelo "The San-I Warrior" Sanchez and KOTC Interim Bantamweight Champion Donald Sanchez fought in a rematch to crown an undisputed KOTC Bantamweight Champion. While their first encounter produced a split decision victory for Angelo Sanchez, this time it was Donald Sanchez who was on the right end of two judges' scorecards. If ever a fight in the history of fights deserved a rubber match, it is this fight. After two highly contested and incredibly entertaining split decisions, with one going to each guy, not completing the trilogy would be borderline criminal on the part of KOTC.

In the opening fight of the night, top welterweight prospect Sam Oropeza brought his undefeated record to 4-0 against Koa Ramos. Oropeza is a product of the Philadelphia Fight Factory along with top female fighter Tara LaRosa.

KING OF THE CAGE: HONOR

{Light Heavyweight Championship}
Mike Kyle (16-7) won by SD over Tony Lopez (18-4). [25:00]

Nick Gaston (3-0) won by TKO over Darrill Schoonover (10-2) in R2. [8:13]

{Flyweight Championship}
Abel Cullum (18-3) won by SUB over Josh Montoya (5-4) in R1. [1:38]

Quinn Mulhern (12-1) won by SUB over Joey Gorczynski (17-9) in R3. [10:53]

{Bantamweight Championship}
Donald Sanchez (20-10) won by SD over Angelo Sanchez (8-3). [25:00]

Sam Oropeza (4-0) won by SUB over Koa Ramos (6-2) in R1. [0:50]

Complete 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: Donald Sanchez vs. Angelo Sanchez

KO OF THE NIGHT: Nick Gaston (over Darrill Schoonover)

SUB OF THE NIGHT: Abel Cullum (Rear-Naked Choke over Josh Montoya)

QUICKEST WIN: Sam Oropeza over Koa Ramos in 50 seconds

GOAT OF THE NIGHT:( Tony Lopez

Friday, May 14, 2010

MOVIE TRAILER: Kimbo Slice, Heath Herring, Frank Mir, Roger Huerta and Miguel Torres Star in CIRCLE OF PAIN



From the director of BLACK SPRING BREAK 2: THE SEQUEL, comes this direct-to-video film starring Heath "The Texas Crazy Horse" Herring as MMA champion Colin "The Brick" Wahle. In real life, it's been nearly 2 years since Herring last fought. His last fight resulted in a decision loss to Brock Lesnar at UFC 87, before Lesnar went on to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship. In this film, Herring plays the bad guy to Tony Schiena's good guy, Dalton Hunt, a former fighter who is making a comeback after 5 years away from the sport. Hunt is coming back to fight the mohawked menace played by Herring.

While Kimbo Slice receives top billing on the DVD cover and poster, he actually has a smaller role in the film. Kimbo does, however, get to fire off a few f-bombs in this red band trailer, so that surely makes up for his lack of screen time. Roger Huerta plays a character aptly named Roger, and Frank Mir plays a fighter named Axl. Former WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres also has a cameo role in the film as Kwan. As for actual movie stars, the film features B-listers Bai Ling, who loves to be naked, and Dean Cain, who played Superman in LOIS AND CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN back in the mid-'90s.

STRIKEFORCE: HEAVY ARTILLERY MADMAN ROUNDTABLE - Staff Predictions, Discussion and Madness Levels for Showtime Event



Welcome to the Madman Roundtable for STRIKEFORCE ST. LOUIS: HEAVY ARTILLERY, to be held Saturday May 15, 2010 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The main card will air live on Showtime with a main event title fight.

For each major MMA event, we feature a roundtable discussion of the fights, including Predictions and Madness Levels. This roundtable features madmen Randy Rowles, Eric Van Den Haas, Johnny Nguyen, Josh King and Brian Palmer.

Madman Prediction Champion Eric Van Den Haas successfully defended his title in head-to-head competition at UFC 113, but will not be defending the title again until UFC 114.

Randy Rowles is our defending Madman Roundtable Champion, winning the UFC 113 Madman Roundtable.

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.
____________________________________________

STRIKEFORCE ST. LOUIS: HEAVY ARTILLERY

LYLE BEERBOHM [1] vs. VITOR “SHAOLIN” RIBEIRO [4]

Average Madness Level: 6.6

RANDY ROWLES – (7) This is a preliminary bout and given Showtime’s history with Strikeforce, even if there is time, this fight won’t air. If it’s good, maybe we’ll get lucky and it’ll end up on Strikeforce.com. Regardless, this fight SHOULD be on a main card somewhere, so we’ll give it the respect it deserves as the lone undercard bout included in the Madman Roundtable. I like Shaolin here, although he’s not much on his feet. Shaolin got outclassed standing up by Shinya Aoki, who looked downright impotent striking against Gilbert Melendez. Beerbohm will likely be looking for some ground and pound, though, so the opportunities will be there for Shaolin to snatch a limb. Vitor Ribeiro by Submission in Round 1

ERIC VAN DEN HAAS – (6) Don't be fooled by the 13-0 record of Fancy Pants. Shaolin is gonna take it to the ground and dominate. Vitor Ribeiro by Submission in Round 3

JOHNNY NGUYEN – (5) Ribeiro is part of one of the best BJJ groups out there. Vitor Ribeiro by 1st Round Submission

JOSH KING – (8) Serious Fancy Pants fan. I don't think there is enough quality training in Spokane though, also the whole Beerbohm wanting out of his Strikeforce contract may be a distraction. Vitor Ribeiro by Decision

BRIAN PALMER – (7) Beerbohm is legit. I love the fancy pants! Lyle Beerbohm by TKO Round 2
____________________________________________

ANTWAIN BRITT [2] VS. RAFAEL “FEIJAO” CAVALCANTE [3]

Average Madness Level: 5.8

ROWLES – (6) There’s always one fight where I continue to waver up until fight time, and that is this fight. I picked Feijao in my Insane Preview, but now I’m not so sure. Seems like a perfect scenario for the up-and-coming Britt to KO the undisciplined Feijao. That having been said, I’ve already committed to Feijao. Hopefully my original instinct was right. Rafael Cavalcante by Unanimous Decision

VAN DEN HAAS – (8) Should be a highly entertaining slugfest - I'll take the speed and power of The Juggernaut, bitch! Antwain Britt by TKO in the 1st Round

NGUYEN – (4) I’m gonna pick Antwain Britt to win this by Decision

KING – (7) Feijao shows up. Rafael Cavalcante by TKO 1st Round

PALMER – (4) Cavalcante is the seasoned vet here. Rafael Cavalcante by Submission Round 2
____________________________________________

ROGER GRACIE [3] vs. KEVIN RANDLEMAN [2]

Average Madness Level: 6.4

ROWLES – (6) I know Randleman is past his prime, but he’s the kind of warrior that will die in the ring. He still fights because that is what he does. I’m going with the upset. Casual MMA participant Roger Gracie and his planetary domination in jiu jitsu will hopefully be no match for the purebred American wrestling and brute strength of The Monster. Or, Randleman taps out in thirty seconds and all this hyperbole was for not. Kevin Randleman by KO in Round 2

VAN DEN HAAS – (7) This fight would be a lot more fun were Randleman in his prime…expect him to tap out as Gracie wins his Strikeforce debut. Roger Gracie by Submission in the 2nd

NGUYEN – (6) I’m interested to see if Roger can handle Randleman's takedowns and tenacity. Kevin Randleman by 2nd Round TKO

KING – (7) Assuming this fight actually happens, Roger Gracie by Submission, 1st or 2nd seems safe.

PALMER – (6) Gracie is the younger and more athletic man. Randleman has been done for a while. Roger Gracie by Submission Round 2
____________________________________________

RONALDO “JACARE” SOUZA [4] vs. JOEY VILLASENOR [1]

Average Madness Level: 6.2

ROWLES – (7) Time for a classic grappler versus striker match-up. In one corner, an Alligator with 10 submission victories. In the other corner, a Greg Jackson Submission Fighting product, Smokin’ Joey Villasenor, who hits REALLY hard, which is something Jacare is going to try to avoid in his efforts to ground and tap Villasenor. Ronaldo Souza by Submission in Round 1

VAN DEN HAAS – (6) Jacare has quite the ground game - he's a middleweight to keep an eye on. Villasenor is solid but not spectacular so...Ronaldo Souza by Submission in the 2nd

NGUYEN – (3) My gut is telling me that Joey Villasenor should win this fight by 1st Round TKO

KING – (7) Jacare with a punishing Decision

PALMER – (8) I love drinking Souza! Ronaldo Souza should win this fight by a Decision
____________________________________________

ANDREI ARLOVSKI [2] vs. ANTONIO SILVA [3]

Average Madness Level: 7.2

ROWLES – (8) It takes Arlovski a couple of losses to get his shit together. That’s just how he rolls. Now Arlovski is back for some Sasquatch hunting. Bigfoot seems an appropriate game trophy for such a suave Eastern European movie star such as the Pitbull. Andrei Arlovski by Unanimous Decision

VAN DEN HAAS – (7) I really wanna see Bigfoot shatter the glass chin of Arlovski. The gambler in me is puttin' some dough on the 'dog. Antonio Silva by TKO in the 2nd Round

NGUYEN – (7) Should be an interesting fight. Andrei has better skills as a MMA fighter, but I just don’t see him KOing Silva. Antonio Silva by 2nd Round KO

KING – (8) Silva gets his mugs up on Arlovski at some point, which seems to be all you need with Arlovski these days. Antonio Silva by TKO

PALMER – (6) Arlovski is the way better fighter skill wise, but does he have the chin? Andrei Arlovski by Decision


BRETT ROGERS [0] vs. ALISTAIR OVEREEM [5]

Average Madness Level: 8

ROWLES – (9) UBEREEM!!! Overeem hasn’t fought in the United States in two and a half years. To look at Overeem now, and then watch the promos for this event, the man you see who looks like the current Overeem’s kid, well that used to be Overeem before he quadrupled in size. Even though he’s the champion, the last time Overeem fought in Strikeforce was November 2007. Overeem was just a mere mortal man back then, taking out Paul “The Headhunter” Buentello. In hindsight, it’s possible Buentello was sent back from the future and was unsuccessful in his attempt to stop Overeem before he would become Ubereem. I don’t think there’s a moniker in MMA that’s more appropriate than Demolition Man is for Overeem. It’s like trying to fight the freakin Terminator. Ain’t gonna happen, Grim. All that funny (and entertaining) banter Rogers is rattling off now, just makes him the Mohawk kid who, when the talking is done, gets obliterated by the UBEREEM!!! Alistair Overeem by TKO in Round 1

VAN DEN HAAS – (9) Coming off the only loss of his career, how will Brett fare in a title bout with Overeem? The outlook is grim for Rogers...Alistair Overeem by Submission in the 1st Round

NGUYEN – (8) Gonna be interesting to see how Overeem handles Rogers. I’m gonna go with Alistair Overeem by 1st Round KO

KING – (9) Bizarre Booking. Alistair Overeem by some sort of murder. (Best bet is a nasty knee)

PALMER – (5) Brett’s tough, but so is the hammer! Alistair Overeem by 2nd Round TKO
____________________________________________

MOST MADNESS

RANDY ROWLES: Alistair Overeem vs. Brett Rogers

ERIC VAN DEN HAAS: Alistair Overeem vs. Brett Rogers

JOHNNY NGUYEN: Alistair Overeem vs. Brett Rogers

JOSH KING: Alistair Overeem vs. Brett Rogers

BRIAN PALMER: Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza vs. Joey Villasenor
____________________________________________

GROUPTHINK

Alternate Reality Fight Card (Ranked by Average Madness Levels)

MAIN CARD

Alistair Overeem vs. Brett Rogers (8)

Andrei Arlovski vs. Antonio Silva (7.2)

Lyle Beerbohm vs. Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro (6.6)

Roger Gracie vs. Kevin Randleman (6.4)

Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza vs. Joey Villasenor (6.2)

PRELIMINARY BOUT

Antwain Britt vs. Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante (5.8)
____________________________________________

For more MMA mumblings, follow madmen Randy Rowles, Josh King and John Taylor on Twitter.

For even more in-depth analysis, check out the Madman Insane Preview:

INSANE STRIKEFORCE: HEAVY ARTILLERY PREVIEW

FUNNY FRIDAY PIC: Pat Barry Reps His Team Cro Cop Shirt While Prepping to Fight Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 115



UFC 115: LIDDELL VS FRANKLIN will feature a co-main event between former kickboxers Pat "HD" Barry (5-1) and Mirko Cro Cop (26-7). The legendary Cro Cop is a fighter Barry idolized as he sought to make a name for himself in kickboxing and then in MMA, following a course set forth by Cro Cop, who dominated in his transition to MMA. Barry and Cro Cop both are two of the nicest guys in MMA, and Barry's sense of humor shines through in this tribute to the master who Barry will do battle with at UFC 115 in Vancouver.

COMPLETE UFC 115 FIGHT CARD

BELLATOR 18 RESULTS: Watch Hector Lombard's Entire Fight with Jay Silva in a GIF - Video of 6 Second Knockout


BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 18 was held Thursday May 13, 2010 at the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, Louisiana. The Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard made short work, quite literally, of Jay Silva, knocking out the former UFC fighter in 6 seconds flat in a non-title fight. At 25-2, Lombard needs to be fighting people a bit more capable than Jay Silva. Lombard was supposed to be fighting Paulo Filho, but might've just as well have booked against himself, cause Filho sure as shit wasn't showing up. So Silva went in there on a few days notice, and lasted as long as Mancow was able to take being waterboarded. Goodnight Irene! The great Michael Schiavello might've proclaimed.

The Bellator Featherweight Tournament Semi-Finals took place with Patricio "Pitbull" Freire winning a unanimous decision over Wilson Reis. Pitbull remains undefeated at 14-0, and will be a tall task for Joe Warren, who used his wrestling to score a unanimous decision of his own, over Georgi "Insane" Karakhanyan. Pitbull and Warren will duke it out for a shot at the Bellator Featherweight Championship in a fight with last year's tournament winner and current champ Joe Soto.

BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS XVIII

Hector Lombard (25-2) won by KO over Jay Silva (5-4) in R1. [0:06]

[Featherweight Semifinal]
Patricio Freire (14-0) won by UD over Wilson Reis (10-2). [15:00]

[Featherweight Semifinal]
Joe Warren (4-1) won by UD over Georgi Karakhanyan (13-2). [15:00]

Charlie Rader (10-3) won by KO over Christian Fulgium (6-6) in R1. [3:27]

Shawn Jordan (4-1) won by TKO over Doug Williams (4-12) in R1. [0:19]

Bill Albrecht (15-9) won by SUB over Jason Anderson (10-21) in R1. [0:36]

Lamont Stafford (2-0) won by KO over Jules Bruchez (1-2) in R2. [5:19]

Brock Kerry (6-5) won by TKO over Mike Braswell (2-3) in R1. [3:20]

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

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


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Marcus Davis vs Nate Diaz - The Irish Hand Grenade Likely to Fight the Walking Time-Bomb at UFC 118 in Boston


According to the MMAjunkie, UFC 118 will likely feature a welterweight fight between Marcus "The Irish Hand Grenade" Davis and Nate Diaz, assuming Diaz doesn't get suspended for his part in the Strikeforce Nashville Brawl, which is possible, despite the fact that he was kicking Jason "Mayhem" Miller while he was being held on the ground, as Diaz wasn't originally served with a notice by the Tennessee Athletic Commission like his brother Nick Diaz, Jake Shields and Gilbert Melendez were. Nate Diaz wasn't an officially licensed cornerman for Jake Shields' fight, while Nick and Melendez were, so it will likely turn out that since no criminal charges were filed, Nate Diaz will walk away scot-free from the ordeal. If that happens, then he'll be free and clear to throw down with Marcus Davis at UFC 118.

Marcus Davis (17-6) is coming off a TKO win over Jonathan Goulet at UFC 113 in Montreal. Davis had previously lost back-to-back fights to Ben Saunders and Dan Hardy. At one point, Davis put together an 11-fight winning streak, with 6 straight in the UFC, before dropping a decision to Mike Swick. Davis is Irish-American and trains with Team Sityodtong in Bangor, Maine, so fighting in Boston will basically be a hometown bout for the 13-fight UFC veteran.

Nate Diaz (12-5) won The Ultimate Fighter Season as a lightweight. Diaz had fought exclusively at 155-pounds in the UFC, before moving up in weight in his last fight with Rory Markham. Diaz and Markham were supposed to fight at welterweight, but Markham came in a staggering 7 pounds over weight, so the fight ended up being contested in the middleweight division. Now, on his second try, Diaz should be making his UFC welterweight debut at UFC 118. In his 10 Octagon bouts, Diaz has won Fight of the Night three times and won Submission of the Night twice, meaning Diaz has walked away with bonus money in half of his UFC fights.

COMPLETE UFC 118 FIGHT CARD

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

SHINE FIGHT III - WORLDS COLLIDE: MAYORGA VS. THOMAS -- Fight Card in Fayetteville, North Carolina

EVENT WAS CANCELED


SHINE FIGHT 3 - WORLDS COLLIDE: MAYORGA VS. THOMAS

Location: Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina

Broadcast: PPV

MAIN CARD

Ricardo El Matador Mayorga (0-0)* vs. Din Dinyero Thomas (25-8)

David Heath (14-6) vs. Murilo Ninja Rua (18-10)

Charles Krazy Horse Bennett (22-16) vs. Luiz The Joker Azeredo (12-8)

Alexandre Cacareco Ferreira (18-6) vs. Jamal The Suit Patterson (5-2)

Braulio Carcara Estima (0-0) vs. Rick Hawn (3-0)

Eduardo Pamplona (12-2) vs. Nick The Goat Thompson (38-12)

Zac George (19-3) vs. Mario Serious Staple (16-12)

PRELIMINARY BOUT

Roger Carroll (8-2) vs. Paulo Tuba Souza (7-3)

*Ricardo Mayorga has a 29-7 professional boxing record

INSANE STRIKEFORCE: HEAVY ARTILLERY PREVIEW - Betting Odds, Chances of Fighters Winning, Analysis and Predictions


Go into insane detail in this preview of STRIKEFORCE ST. LOUIS: HEAVY ARTILLERY. 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 fight on the main card. STRIKEFORCE ST. LOUIS: HEAVY ARTILLERY will be held Saturday May 15, 2010 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The main card will air live on Showtime.

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 1 to 10. A numerical translation of just how excited I am for each fight.

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
____________________________________________

STRIKEFORCE ST. LOUIS: HEAVY ARTILLERY

PRELIMINARY BOUT

Lightweight Bout

VITOR RIBEIRO (-135) = 54% chance of winning

LYLE BEERBOHM (+105) = 46% chance of winning

VITOR “SHAOLIN” RIBEIRO

Vitor Ribeiro is 20-3, with 11 wins by submission, 6 wins by decision and 2 wins by TKO (one due to doctor stoppage and one due to a cut). Ribeiro has lost twice by TKO (to Gesias “JZ” Calvancante and Tatsuya Kawajiri) and lost once by decision. Ribeiro will be making his Strikeforce debut, and is coming off a loss to Shinya Aoki at DREAM 10 (7/09).

AGE: 31  HEIGHT: 5’8”  WEIGHT: 156

FIGHTING OUT OF: Nova Uniao in Rio De Janiero, Brazil (BRAZILIAN)

FIGHTING STYLE: Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

DREAM W: Katsuhiko Nagata (TKO)

DREAM L: Shinya Aoki (UD)

BIGGEST SHAOLIN WIN: over Tatsuya Kawajiri by Unanimous Decision in SHOOTO (12/02)

LYLE “FANCY PANTS” BEERBOHM

Lyle Beerbohm is 13-0, undefeated with 7 wins by TKO and 5 wins by submission. Beerbohm is 2-0 in Strikeforce, and is coming off a TKO win over Josh Martin at ARENA RUMBLE: HORN VS GUIDA (9/09).

AGE: 31  HEIGHT: 5’10”  WEIGHT: 156

FIGHTING OUT OF: Spokane, Washington (AMERICAN)

FIGHTING STYLE: Freestyle Wrestling

STRIKEFORCE W: Duane Ludwig (SUB), Ray Perales (SUB)

ELITEXC W: Rafaello “Tractor” Oliveira (TKO), Vince Guzman (SUB)

BIGGEST BEERBOHM WIN: over Duane “Bang” Ludwig by Bulldog Choke Submission at STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 2 (6/09)

MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 7

Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro is a Nova Uniao BJJ Black Belt, and a seriously badass man. He’s won countless Brazilian Jiu Jitsu championships. After going 19-1 to start his career, Shaolin has now lost 2 out of his last 3 fights. After losing to Gesias “JZ” Calvancante, Shaolin was out of action for 19 months, and returned with a victory over Katsuhiko Nagata. After losing a decision in his next fight to the recently disgraced Shinya Aoki, Shaolin has now been out 10 months, and returns to fight Lyle Beerbohm. It’s been nearly a year since Beerbohm has fought in Strikeforce. Beerbohm is undefeated and has a couple of big wins over Duane “Bang” Ludwig and Rafaello “Tractor” Oliveira. Beerbohm spent 18 months in prison for crimes related to meth addiction. Inspired by watching the UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter on television while still in prison, Beerbohm turned a really shitty situation around and has put together an undefeated professional fight career thus far. That comes to an end here. Shaolin is on a different level. The line seems WAY too tight here. I just don’t see it being this close. I’ll definitely lay action on Shaolin.

PREDICTION: Vitor Ribeiro by Submission in Round 1
____________________________________________

MAIN CARD

Light Heavyweight Bout

RAFAEL CAVALCANTE (-205) = 64% chance of winning

ANTWAIN BRITT (+165) = 36% chance of winning

RAFAEL “FEIJAO” CAVALCANTE

Rafael Cavalcante is 8-2, with 7 wins by (T)KO and 1 win by submission due to punches. Cavalcante has lost once by TKO and lost once by DQ. Cavalcante is 1-1 in Strikeforce, and is coming off a win over Aaron Rosa at STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 5 (11/09).

AGE: 29  HEIGHT: 6’2”  WEIGHT: 206

FIGHTING OUT OF: Team Black House via Ilha Solteira, Sao Paulo, Brazil (BRAZILIAN)

FIGHTING STYLE: Muay Thai

STRIKEFORCE W: Aaron Rosa (TKO)

ELITEXC W: Travis Galbraith (TKO), Wayne Cole (TKO), John Doyle (KO)

STRIKEFORCE L: Mike Kyle (TKO)

BIGGEST FEIJAO WIN: over Aaron Rosa by TKO at STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 5 (11/09)

ANTWAIN “THE JUGGERNAUT” BRITT

Antwain Britt is 11-3, with 9 wins by (T)KO and 2 wins by decision. Britt has lost twice by submission (to Rodney Wallace and Jamal Patterson) and lost once by decision (to Bryan Vetell). Britt is 1-0 in Strikeforce, and is coming off a win over Scott Lighty at STRIKEFORCE: EVOLUTION (12/09).

AGE: 32  HEIGHT: 6’1”  WEIGHT: 204.5

FIGHTING OUT OF: Virginia Beach, Virginia (AMERICAN)

FIGHTING STYLE: Wrestling

STRIKEFORCE W: Scott Lighty (TKO)

BIGGEST BRITT WIN: over Carmelo Marrero by Unanimous Decision in VFC (9/09)

MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 6

Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante is of the ADD generation, he’s extremely talented, but seems to lack focus. Antwain Britt is tough on top of being tough, but Feijao trains at the mythical Black House in Brazil, and that means -- Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, the Nogueira Brothers, Jose Aldo. It’s Feijao’s to win if he wants it, but if he doesn’t have the cardio or the focus, then Britt could easily knock him the ‘eff out.

PREDICTION: Rafael Cavalcante by Unanimous Decision
____________________________________________

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 20 -- 5/27/10 Fight Card in San Antonio, Texas


BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS XX -- May 27, 2010

Season 2, Week 8

Location: Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas

Broadcast: Fox Sports Net

MAIN CARD

[Middleweight Semifinal]
Bryan The Beast Baker (12-1) vs. Eric Schambari (12-1)

[Middleweight Semifinal]
Jared Hess (11-1) vs. Alexander Storm Shlemenko (28-4)

Eddie Sanchez (11-3) vs. Marcus Sursa (6-5)

Nick Mamalis (3-3) vs. Mark Oshiro (12-2)

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Aaron Rosa (12-3) vs. Robert Villegas (7-2)

Andrew The Powerhouse Chappelle (8-6) vs. Cedric Spider Man Marks (27-19)

Brian Melancon (3-0) vs. Adam Schindler (5-1)

Humberto DeLeon (5-2) vs. Jimmy The Brick Flick (0-0)



Paulo Filho Flakes Out Again - Hector Lombard vs Jay Silva in (Now Less) Super Fight at Bellator 18 on Thursday Night


As if we couldn't see this one coming from a million miles away, Paulo Filho will NOT be fighting Hector Lombard in the main event of BELLATOR 18. Filho has recently no-showed fights for Bitetti Combat in Brazil and DREAM in Japan. Now, Filho is out of what would've been his first fight in the United States since his mental breakdown at WEC 36 against Chael Sonnen.

In a recent interview (transcribed by FightOpinion) with Wrestling Observer Live, Chael Sonnen revealed details for the first time about being part of one of the most surreal fights in MMA history with a clearly mentally distraught Paulo Filho:
You know it was a different deal, for sure. I mean I got it. As soon as he started doing it, I understood what was going on. I understood, ‘oh, okay, he’s checking out and this is his way of doing it.’ He had asked me at one point in the fight to go to the ground with him and I said ‘No, I can’t do that’ and he said, ‘no, no submission attempts, just rest, come to the ground, let’s rest’ and I just said again, ‘I can’t’ and just went back to fighting.

The company, Zuffa, was very unpleased with it. And I got it, I’m like, yeah that was a weird match but man I did my part, I don’t know what to do, it takes two to tango, there’s only one of us out there.
Here's how Paul Filho described to Tatame missing this fight with Hector Lombard in Bellator:
Honestly, I don’t know. I think maybe people knew I was in a good shape, strong, so they got scared. In fact, I’ve been informed it was a mistake of the event, which didn’t gave me the letter so I could take it to the council. Things were left to be solved at the last minute, unfortunately I won’t fight.

My biggest concern is that people start to think that my absences are because of other things better than from what it actually is… I was training hard, working on my boxing with Distak, conditioning, running on the beach, doing Jiu-Jitsu. It was everything going pretty good, but there’s always something to get in the way.

My fight schedule is full, three fights within 20 days on July. The first is on the 3rd, the second on the 10th and against a guy who has fought with (José) Pelé, and the third I think is between Marvin Eastman or Denis Kang, on 18th. There is enough time left, but I believe that all the bureaucracy is for the best. To get into America is pretty hard.
Since apparently Paulo Filho is too strong to fight in Bellator, Jay Silva (5-3) will step in on only a few days notice to fight Hector Lombard. Silva is coming off back-to-back losses in the UFC, after which he was released from the organization. Silva was scheduled to fight Jim Williams at MATRIX FIGHTS 2 in Philadelphia in June, so he should be in good fight shape for this Bellator Super Fight.

Hector Lombard (25-2) has went 18 straight fights without a loss. He had one draw, and has won 13 fights in a row since. Lombard is the Bellator Middleweight Champion, winning the title in the first season's middleweight tournament. Despite Lombard's insanely impressive fight record, he is largely ignored by most fight rankings. Lombard has yet to beat a top-ranked fighter, so he remains on the outside looking in so far as the best of the best in the middleweight ranks. A win over Paulo Filho would've given Lombard an incredible legitimacy boost. Instead he gets Jay Silva, a talented fighter in his own right, but beating him isn't really going to affect Lombard's stock value in the MMA world.

COMPLETE BELLATOR 18 FIGHT CARD

Monday, May 10, 2010

Paul Daley Offers Apology to Josh Koscheck, the UFC and MMA Fans for Cheap Shot Sucker Punch at UFC 113



Paul Daley has begun the rehabilitation process for his MMA career by issuing a formal apology for his post-fight actions at UFC 113. After clearly losing a decision to Josh Koscheck, Daley allowed his emotions to get the best of him, and sucker punched Koscheck well after the fight was over. See a GIF of the punch below.

Despite the loss to Josh Koscheck, Paul Daley would have been in good standing in the UFC, however, his striking Koscheck after the fight amounted to nothing short of a criminal act, and although he was not subject to criminal prosecution as he justifiably could have been, Daley was immediately released from the UFC. Daley has now expressed remorse for the incident in a statement to Gareth A Davies at The Daily Telegraph:
I’ve had a long flight home to consider my actions and regret the mistake I made on Saturday. I would like to apologize to the UFC and the Athletic Commission for what I’ve done as well as all the fans and sponsors that support me.

I would also like to offer my sincerest apologies to Josh Koscheck who did not deserve the cheap shot I threw. He did what he needed to do in order to win the fight and get the job done, and I foolishly reacted to the situation.

There is no excuse for my actions and I know what I did was very unprofessional. I was immensely frustrated by a collection of things that took place throughout the fight as well as leading up to it, but I’m certainly not trying to condone or excuse my actions.

Josh implemented his game plan perfectly taking me down and staying on top of me for the majority of the fight. I was also frustrated about him claiming (and acting like) I kneed him in the head on the ground when it was clear for all to see in the video replay that I didn’t connect at all with the knee I threw.

Then finally, the verbal abuse Josh hit me with in the final 30 seconds of the fight simply pushed me over the edge and my frustrations came out as I knew I’d lost the fight, was unhappy with my own performance and had then been ridiculed by my opponent to top things off.

This is certainly no excuse for my actions; I fully deserve to be punished for what I did and hope that everyone I have disappointed can forgive my rash decision. I feel very disappointed in myself for losing my cool and hope that I am able to address my temperament and bounce back from this low point in my career.

I feel ashamed and embarrassed by what I did and hope that together my team and I can get through this issue. It will be a long road back from where I am now to earning the trust and respect of the UFC and the MMA fans that have supported me for so long, I know I’ve let you all down but I’m determined to make it up to you all.

UFC 114: RAMPAGE VS EVANS -- 5/29/10 Fight Card in Las Vegas



UFC 114: RAMPAGE VS EVANS -- May 29, 2010

Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada

Broadcast: PPV

MAIN CARD

Rashad Suga Evans (14-1) vs. Quinton Rampage Jackson (30-7)

Michael The Count Bisping (18-3) vs. Dan Miller (11-3)

Todd Duffee (6-0) vs. Mike Russow (12-1)

Jason Brilz (18-2) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (18-3)

John The Hitman Hathaway (12-0) vs. Diego Nightmare Sanchez (21-3)

UFC PRELIMS (SPIKE TV)

Dong Hyun Stun Gun Kim (12-0) vs. Amir Sadollah (3-1)

Efrain Hecho en Mexico Escudero (12-1) vs. Dan The Upgrade Lauzon (12-3)

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Melvin The Young Assassin Guillard (23-8) vs. Waylon Lowe (8-2)

Luiz Banha Cane (10-2) vs. Cyrille The Snake Diabate (15-6)

Joe The South Side Strangler Brammer (7-1) vs. Aaron Riley (28-12)

Jesse Kid Hercules Forbes (11-4) vs. Ryan Jensen (14-6)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

UFC 113 RESULTS: Shogun Becomes First to Slay The Dragon - Complete Recap and Madman Awards from 5/8/10 in Montreal


UFC 113: MACHIDA VS SHOGUN 2 was held Saturday May 8, 2010 at the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The main event featured an epic rematch between Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Machida won the first encounter with a controversial judges' decision. This time, Shogun left nothing up to interpretation, and knocked Machida out cold in the first round. This was the first loss of Machida's career. Shogun is now the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and will likely defend his title for the first time against the winner of the upcoming UFC 114 main event between Rashad Evans and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.

In the UFC 113 co-main event, Josh Koscheck won a 3-round decision over Paul "Semtex" Daley to become the number one contender for the UFC Welterweight Championship currently held by Georges St. Pierre. Additionally, Koscheck will coach opposite GSP on the upcoming Season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter. Koscheck used his wrestling to control the fight, scored multiple takedowns and smothered Daley. After the fight was over, Daley landed his best shot of the night when he sucker punched Koscheck. Referee Dan Miragliotta quickly grabbed Daley by the neck to avoid any possible scenarios similar to that of the Strikeforce Nashville Brawl.

After UFC 113, Dana White confirmed Paul Daley was released from the UFC for this post-fight sucka punch. White had this to say about Daley:
He’s done. I don’t give a sh-t if he’s the best 170-pounder in the world. He’ll never come back here again. I don’t care if he fights in every show all over the world and becomes the best and everybody thinks he’s the pound-for-pound best in the world. He will never fight in the UFC ever again. There’s no excuse for that. These guys are professional athletes. You don’t ever hit a guy blatantly after the bell like that whether you’re frustrated or not. It was probably one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen.
5/10 EDIT: Read Paul Daley's apology and see a GIF of the incident.

Kimbo Slice is likely also done in the UFC, after a second round TKO loss to Matt Mitrione. Other than a couple of uber-slams from Kimbo, where he practically slammed Mitrione THROUGH the Octagon, Kimbo didn't look very good in this fight. The slams, though, were out of this world. I seriously don't know that I've ever seen a man as large as Mitrione get elevated up into the air and folded onto the mat the way the way he was by Kimbo. Regardless, Mitrione survived and implemented his gameplan to perfection. Mitrione used his superior cardio and landed devastating leg kicks to wear down Kimbo. Mitrione has some of the biggest legs in all of MMA. Just the noise made from Mitrione's legs landing on Kimbo's legs was pain inducing. The end result would basically have been the same had Mitrione taken a Louisville Slugger to Kimbo's legs. With sore legs and no gas left in his tank, Kimbo succumbed to strikes near the end of the second stanza.