Saturday, May 29, 2010

BELLATOR 20 RESULTS: Middleweight Finals Are Set with Bryan Baker vs Alexander Shlemenko

BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 20 was held Thursday May 27, 2010 at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas. The main card aired live on Fox Sports Net and featured the two semifinal fights in the Bellator Middleweight Tournament. Bryan "The Beast" Baker and Alexander "Storm" Shlemenko advanced to the finals of the 185-pound tournament with wins over Eric Schambari and Jared Hess, respectively. Hess was winning his fight against Shlemenko, however, he dislocated his knee in the third round and was unable to continue.

Former UFC fighter Eddie Sanchez scored a come-from-behind victory in the opening televised fight over Marcus "Money" Sursa in a heavyweight fight. Sursa had Sanchez near dead to rights in the first round, but was unable to finish. Sanchez survived the early storm, and was actually able to come back to win the first round and then dominated the second round. Sursa was clearly mentally beaten at the end of the second round, but did come out for the final stanza, however, he was only able to last 23 seconds before Sanchez finished him off for good.

BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS XX

Nick Mamalis (4-3) won by SUB over Mark Oshiro (12-3) in R2. [6:29]

[Middleweight Semifinal]
Bryan Baker (13-1) won by SUB over Eric Schambari (12-2) in R1. [2:29]

[Middleweight Semifinal]
Alexander Shlemenko (29-4) won by TKO over Jared Hess (11-2) in R3. [12:20]

Eddie Sanchez (12-3) won by TKO over Marcus Sursa (6-6) in R3. [10:23]

Aaron Rosa (13-3) won by UD over Robert Villegas (7-3). [15:00]

Adam Schindler (6-1) won by UD over Brian Melancon (3-1). [15:00]

Andrew Chappelle (9-6) won by SUB over Cedric Marks (27-20) in R2. [8:18]

Jimmy Flick (1-0) won by UD over Humberto DeLeon (5-3). [9:00]

Fernando Rodriguez (1-0) won by SUB over Kenneth Battle (2-3) in R2. [4:28]

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

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

VIDEO: Countdown to UFC 114 - Preview for Rampage vs Rashad Evans, Bisping vs Dan Miller and Lil Nog vs Jason Brilz



UFC 114: RAMPAGE VS EVANS will be held Saturday May 29, 2010 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will air live on PPV starting at 10:00 PM EST. The main event features a light heavyweight number one contender fight between rivals Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and "Suga" Rashad Evans. The co-main event will be a middleweight fight between Michael "The Count" Bisping and Dan Miller. Also profiled in this preview is a light heavyweight fight between Antonio Rogerio "Lil Nog" Nogueira and late replacement Jason "Hitman" Brilz.

Friday, May 28, 2010

UFC 114 MADMAN ROUNDTABLE - Staff Predictions, Discussion and Madness Levels for Every Fight at Rampage vs Evans



Welcome to the Madman Roundtable for UFC 114: RAMPAGE VS EVANS, to be held Saturday May 29, 2010 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will air live on PPV starting at 10:00 pm EST. At least two preliminary bouts will air live on Spike TV during the hour preceding the PPV.

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

Madman Prediction Champion Eric Van Den Haas successfully defended his title in head-to-head competition at UFC 113, and will be matched up against Brian Palmer, co-host of The MMA Radio Show, who is our defending Madman Roundtable Champion, winning the Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery Madman Roundtable.

Eric Van Den Haas and Brian Palmer will go head-to-head with their UFC 114 picks for the Madman Prediction Championship. At UFC 115, we'll start running a contest again, which will be open to everyone reading, to determine the new number one contenders going forward. The number one contender for UFC 115 will be determined by this UFC 114 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.
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UFC 114: RAMPAGE VS EVANS

JESSE FORBES [3] vs. RYAN JENSEN [2]

Average Madness Level: 2.8

BRIAN PALMER – (6) Forbes is the solid wrestler. Jesse Forbes by Decision

JOSH KING – (2) Ryan Jensen by Decision

ERIC VAN DEN HAAS – (1) Unless this bout proves to be highly entertaining (not bloody likely!) they should both be booted from the UFC. Ryan Jensen by Submission in Round 3

RANDY ROWLES – (2) Loser of this fight is basically guaranteed his UFC pink slip. I think it’ll be a photo finish. Jesse Forbes by Split Decision

JOHNNY NGUYEN – (3) Good to see Forbes back. I don’t think Jensen will be able to handle Jesse’s size and wrestling. Jesse Forbes by 2nd Round TKO
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JOE BRAMMER [2] vs. AARON RILEY [3]

Average Madness Level: 3.4

PALMER – (7) Brammer is the Southside Strangler, ‘nuff said. Joe Brammer by rear naked strangulation Round 2

KING – (2) Aaron Riley by TKO

VAN DEN HAAS – (2) Riley has the experience and wrestling to determine where this fight takes place and send Brammer back to the junior circuit. Sorry Joe - you are not ready! Aaron Riley by Unanimous Decision

ROWLES – (1) Who cares? Aaron Riley by Unanimous Decision

NGUYEN – (5) I’m gonna have to pick Brammer, who’s been training really hard and has great skills all around. Joe Brammer by Decision
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Thursday, May 27, 2010

INSANE UFC 114 PREVIEW: Betting Odds, Chances of Fighters Winning, Statistical Analysis and Predictions for Every Fight


Go into insane detail in this preview of UFC 114: RAMPAGE VS EVANS with MMAmadman Randy Rowles. Includes breakdowns of betting odds with analysis, win-loss records, UFC wins and losses, biggest victories, fighter profiles and backgrounds, Madness Levels and Madman Predictions for every fight on the entire card, both preliminary and main card. UFC 114: RAMPAGE VS EVANS be held Saturday May 29, 2010 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will air live on PPV starting at 10:00 pm EST. At least two preliminary bouts will air live on Spike TV in the hour preceding the PPV.

Betting lines are for entertainment purposes only and are included here to illustrate oddsmakers' projections.

Madness Levels indicate the amount of insanity inspired in anticipation of a fight on a scale of 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
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UFC 114: RAMPAGE VS EVANS

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Middleweight Bout

JESSE FORBES (-125) = 52% chance of winning

RYAN JENSEN (-105) = 48% chance of winning

JESSE “KID HERCULES” FORBES (11-4)

6 wins by Submission | 5 wins by TKO

2 losses by Decision | 2 losses by TKO

Forbes is 0-2 in the UFC, and is coming off a loss to Nick Catone at UFC Fight Night 20 (1/10). Forbes had been on a 5-fight winning streak outside of the UFC, before returning to the Octagon to lose by split decision to Catone.

AGE: 25  HEIGHT: 6’2”  WEIGHT: 186

FIGHTING OUT OF: Lion’s Den in Tempe, Arizona (AMERICAN)

FIGHTING STYLE: Wrestling, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

UFC L: Nick Catone (SD), Matt Hamill (TKO)

WEC L: Bryan Baker (TKO)

BIGGEST FORBES WIN: over Jesse Taylor by Armbar Submission at TUFF-N-UFF 2 (4/07)

RYAN JENSEN (14-6)

9 wins by Submission | 5 wins by TKO

5 losses by Submission | 1 loss by KO

Jensen is 1-4 in the UFC, and is coming off a loss to Mark Munoz at UFC 108 (1/10).

AGE: 32  HEIGHT: 6’1”  WEIGHT: 185

FIGHTING OUT OF: Omaha, Nebraska (AMERICAN)

FIGHTING STYLE: Boxing, Grappling

UFC W: Steve Steinbeiss (SUB)

UFC L: Mark Munoz (SUB), Wilson Gouveia (SUB), Demian Maia (SUB), Thales Leites (SUB)

BIGGEST JENSEN WIN: over Steve Steinbeiss by Guillotine Choke Submission at UFC Fight Night 19 (9/06)

READING BETWEEN THE LINE: Ryan Jensen opened as a -145 favorite against Jesse Forbes at +115, but Jensen moved to underdog within 24 hours, indicating money was coming in heavy on Forbes. Both fighters are offering less than double-up returns.

MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 2

How Ryan Jensen remains in the UFC is a mystery. I suppose he remained on the roster so there was someone for Jesse Forbes to beat. I like Forbes, but he would be wise to use his superior wrestling to smother Jensen for a boring decision victory rather than test his mettle against a better striker again. Forbes let his emotions get the best of him in his last fight with Nick Catone, and chose to stand and bang with the superior striker, rather than work to his strength with his wrestling. Surely Forbes’ trainers have drilled into him the absolute need to win here. Loser is almost guaranteed to get cut from the UFC roster.

PREDICTION: Jesse Forbes by Split Decision
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

UFC 115: LIDDELL VS FRANKLIN -- Fight Card for 6/12/10 in Vancouver, Canada


UFC 115: LIDDELL VS FRANKLIN -- June 12, 2010

Location: General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Broadcast: PPV

MAIN CARD

Rich Ace Franklin (25-5) vs. Chuck The Iceman Liddell (21-7)

Pat HD Barry (5-1) vs. Mirko Cro Cop (26-7)

Martin The Hitman Kampmann (16-3) vs. Paulo Thiago (13-1)

Ben Big Ben Rothwell (30-7) vs. Gilbert The Hurricane Yvel (36-14)

Carlos Natural Born Killer Condit (24-5) vs. Rory The Water Boy MacDonald (10-0)

UFC PRELIMS LIVE ON SPIKE TV

Evan Dunham (10-0) vs. Tyson Griffin (14-2)

Mac Danzig (19-7) vs. Matt Handsome Wiman (11-5)

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

David The Crow Loiseau (18-9) vs. Mario Miranda (11-1)

Peter Sobotta (8-2) vs. James Lightning Wilks (6-3)

Ricardo Golden Boy Funch (7-1) vs. Claude Patrick (11-1)

Jesse The Ox Lennox (11-2) vs. Mike Quicksand Pyle (19-6)

BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 21 -- 6/10/10 Fight Card with Lightweight Tournament Final and Megumi Fujii!!!


BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS XXI -- June 10, 2010

Season 2, Week 9

Location: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida

Broadcast: Fox Sports Net

MAIN CARD

[Lightweight Tournament Final]
Pat Curran (11-3) vs. Toby Imada (25-13)

Megumi Mega Megu Fujii (19-0) vs. Sarah The White Tiger Schneider (4-4)

Steve Banks (4-2) vs. Mike 300 Hayes (11-3)

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Jose Figueroa (7-3) vs. Luis Baboon Palomino (12-5)

Eric Luke (4-2) vs. Zack Fun Size Makovsky (8-2)

Frank Carrillo (1-1) vs. Sabah Homasi (2-1)

Chris Boffil (3-1) vs. Moyses The Savage Gabin (4-3)

Mitchell Chamale (1-0) vs. Brian Eckstein (4-0)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

THE MMA RADIO SHOW 2: Taylor & Palmer Talk Moosin, Preview UFC 114 and Interview Gabe Ruediger About Upcoming Title Fight and Training Paris Hilton

On Episode 2, John Taylor and Brian Palmer were joined by Tachi Palace Fights' Gabe “Godzilla” Ruediger as he preps for his upcoming Lightweight title fight with Lenny "The Godfather" Lovato. Gabe talks Lovato, his beef with Matt Wiman, his training Paris Hilton video and much more.

The madman duo are also joined by Playboy Fight Night Promoter Christian Printup as he talks about “The Road to the Playboy Mansion” fight cards and what makes the Playboy fights special (here’s a hint, it involves Playmates).

Also, breakdowns of the STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 8 and MOOSIN: GOD OF MARTIAL ARTS fights, and preview of UFC 114: RAMPAGE VS EVANS.

All this and much more on The MMA Radio Show!



Sunday, May 23, 2010

STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 8 RESULTS: Complete Recap and Madman Awards for 5/21/10 Portland Showtime Event


STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 8: LINDLAND VS CASEY was held Friday May 21, 2010 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. The main card aired live on Showtime, and featured the most prominent fighter to ever compete on a Challengers card.

Matt "The Law" Lindland took on Spencer Pratt's BFF, "King" Kevin Casey, in the main event. Lindland is an MMA legend, a middleweight who gave Fedor Emelianenko a run for his money in a heavyweight fight. Casey speaks about himself in the third person. Had Casey won, I think my head might've exploded. Thankfully, Lindland prevailed. The first round was way more competitive than most had anticipated, with Casey holding his own against the veteran fighter. I had the first round scored a 10-10 draw, but then Lindland took over in the second. Lindland used his Olympic wrestling to take Casey down to the mat in the final two rounds and worked some brutal ground and pound on the prospective rapper. Finally, and mercifully, the referee ended the fight in the third round, after Lindland had been on top of Casey wholoping him for some time. The real middleweight king is back. Where his crown at, Casey?

In the co-main event, Tyron "T-Wood" Woodley won a slightly controversial split decision over Nathan Coy. The Strikeforce announcers believed Coy had won, however, most analysts had the first two rounds for Woodley. Mauro Ranallo pushed for a rematch during his post-fight interview with Woodley, and even took it upon himself to also interview Coy afterwards, even though traditionally only the winner gets interviewed unless it's a bigtime main event. Woodley remains undefeated at 6-0.