Saturday, July 10, 2010

IMPACT FC 1 RESULTS: Recap of The Uprising in Brisbane, Australia - 7/10/10

IMPACT FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 1: THE UPRISING - BRISBANE was held Saturday July 10, 2010 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The main event saw Josh "The Babyfaced Assassin" Barnett pick up his second victory of 2010, after previously being out of action for over a year. Geronimo "Mondragon" Dos Santos, who had hoped to secure a Strikeforce contract with a win over Barnett, instead proved to be easy pickings for the occasional pro wrestler, as Barnett needed just over two and a half minutes to finish off Dos Santos with strikes.

In the co-main event, MMA legends Brian Ebersole and Carlos "The Ronin" Newton fought for 15 minutes, with Ebersole winning the unanimous decision. Ebersole is currently experiencing a late career resurgence, as he now rides a 5-fight winning streak.

Rameau Thierry "The African Assassin" Sokoudjou picked up his second win of 2010, after getting TKO'd on New Year's Eve by Ikuhisa "Minowaman" Minowa in the finals of the DREAM 2009 Super Hulk Grand Prix. Sokoudjou took out Joaquim "Mamute" Ferreira with punches in just one minute and twenty seconds. Mamute is the only man who currently holds a victory over top ranked UFC heavyweight contender Junior Dos Santos, but with his fourth straight loss now, Mamute couldn't be farther away from Dos Santos as far as relevancy in the world of MMA.

Jeff "The Snowman" Monson ended the 10-fight winning streak of Ubiratan "Bira" Lima Marinho with a unanimous decision win. This was Monson's fifth fight in 2010. The workman fighter was coming off back-to-back losses, but has now gotten back into the win column against the Brazilian Bira Lima.

In fights featuring local Australian talent, Brazilian Thiago "Minu" Meller scored a quick guillotine choke submission win over Australian Jai "The Tooth Fairy" Bradney, Fabio "Galeb" Fernandes took a few minutes longer than Meller to submit fellow Australian Api Hemara with a rear-naked choke, and Canadian Tom "The Bomb" Waters took out Australian Jacob Mahony with punches in the second round.

In the opening fight of the night, UFC outcast Karo "The Heat" Parisyan fought for the first time in a year and a half. Parisyan was originally supposed to fight top Brazilian prospect Luis "Besouro" Dutra Jr, however Dutra had to withdraw due to injury, so Parisyan was matched up against funny nickname Australian fighter Ben "Knuckles 5-Percenter" Mortimer. Although the fight went deep into the second round, which was longer than was expected, Parisyan picked up his first win in over two and a half years. Parisyan was long considered to be one of the best welterweight fighters in the world before a painkiller addiction lead to his MMA career spiraling out of control. Here's hoping for another run for The Heat.


Josh Barnett (26-5) won by TKO over Geronimo Dos Santos (17-11)
[2:35] - Round 1 - punches

Brian Ebersole (42-15) won by UD over Carlos Newton (15-14)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds

Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (9-6) won by TKO over Joaquim Ferreira (8-6)
[1:20] - Round 1 - punches

Jeff Monson (34-11) won by UD over Ubiratan "Bira" Lima Marinho (11-4)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds

Thiago Meller (16-3) won by SUB over Jai Bradney (9-4)
[1:32] - Round 1 - guillotine choke

Fabio Fernandes (3-1) won by SUB over Api Hemara (7-6)
[3:58] - Round 1 - rear-naked choke

Tom Waters (4-1) won by TKO over Jacob Mahony (2-2)
[6:38] - 1:38 Round 2 - punches

Karo Parisyan (19-5) won by SUB over Ben Mortimer (5-3)
[9:18] - 4:18 Round 2 - rear-naked choke

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

UD = Unanimous Decision | SUB = Submission

DREAM 15 RESULTS: Shinya Aoki Returns to Glory in Japan with a Quick Submission Win over Tatsuya Kawajiri - 7/10/10 Recap

DREAM 15 was held Saturday July 10, 2010 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. After getting embarrassed in a decision loss against Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez in the United States, DREAM Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki returned to Japan and took out longtime rival Tatsuya "Crusher" Kawajiri with an Achilles lock in just under two minutes.

A fight between Shinya Aoki and Tatsuya Kawajiri has been long anticipated, since their days fighting in PRIDE, and culminated in an anticlimactic quick submission win for Aoki. In less than 5 minutes total, Aoki has submitted top lightweights Kawajiri, Eddie Alvarez and Mizuto Hirota for 3 of his last 6 wins. After the fight, Aoki announced he will be fighting Gilbert Melendez in a rematch at DREAM 16.

In the co-main event, Gesias "JZ Calvan" Cavalcante won a split decision over Katsunori Kikuno. The Brazilian Cavalcante dominated Kikuno with his grappling despite taking a few hard liver kicks from the unorthodox Japanese striker. This was Cavalcante's first fight in over a year, and his first win in almost 3 years.

Jake "The Irish Blanket" O'Brien initially weighed in an astonishing 21 pounds over the 205-pound weight limit for his DREAM light heavyweight tournament fight with former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Gegard "The Dreamcatcher" Mousasi. O'Brien's cornerman and former UFC heavyweight champ Ricco Rodriguez was offered as a replacement, but was rejected by Mousasi, who instead accepted a catchweight bout with O'Brien at 212 pounds. After all the drama with O'Brien being ridiculously over the weight limit, Mousasi needed just 31 seconds to tap out the fatman with a standing guillotine choke. Needless to say, I don't think we'll be seeing O'Brien in DREAM again anytime soon after his blatant disrespect for the promotion and his opponent, and for an incredibly lame in-ring performance to boot.

In the other light heavyweight tournament semifinal, Tatsuya Mizuno, who trained in the United States with Matt Hume for this fight, shocked the Japanese crowd with a submission win over Melvin Manhoef, one of the most dangerous fighters in the sport. Manhoef is a killer on his feet, but has always lacked discipline, basic ground skills and fighter intelligence. Manhoef's exceptional stand-up had always made up for these deficiencies in the past, but now Manhoef has lost 4 of his last 6 fights and is bordering on irrelevance in the middleweight division.

In the Madman Fight of the Night, winless Young Sam Jung put up way more of a fight than anyone could've expected against the DREAM debuting Michihiro Omigawa. Jung was being fed to Omigawa as a welcoming present to DREAM, and eventually Omigawa did eat, but Jung didn't go down without a fight. The tattooed Korean placed much better than his 0-2 record suggested he could against the veteran Omigawa, but in the end Jung was left literally spitting up blood after being choked into submission by Omigawa.

DREAM 15 started with two relatively pedestrian fights that resulted in unanimous decisions. Mitsuhiro "Endless Fighter" Ishida and former UFC fighter Kazuhiro Nakamura respectively won decisions over Daiki "DJ.taiki" Hata and Karl "Psycho" Amoussou.


Shinya Aoki (24-5) won by SUB over Tatsuya Kawajiri (26-6)
[1:53] - Round 1 - Achilles lock

Gesias Cavalcante (15-3) won by SD over Katsunori Kikuno (13-3)
[15:00] - 2 Rounds

Gegard Mousasi (29-3) won by SUB over Jake O'Brien (13-4)
[0:31] - Round 1 - guillotine choke

Tatsuya Mizuno (8-5) won by SUB over Melvin Manhoef (24-8)
[7:38] - Round 1 - kimura

Michihiro Omigawa (11-8) won by SUB over Young Sam Jung (0-3)
[7:31] - Round 1 - guillotine choke

Mitsuhiro Ishida (19-6) won by UD over Daiki Hata (11-7)
[15:00] - 2 Rounds

Kazuhiro Nakamura (15-10) won by UD over Karl Amoussou (11-3)
[15:00] - 2 Rounds

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

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


FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Michihiro Omigawa vs. Young Sam Jung

SUB OF THE NIGHT: Shinya Aoki (Achilles lock) over Tatsuya Kawajiri

QUICKEST WIN: Gegard Mousasi over Jake O'Brien in 31 seconds

BIGGEST UPSET: Tatsuya Mizuno (+400) over Melvin Manhoef



TACHI PALACE FIGHTS 5 RESULTS: Stars and Strikes Recap with 3 Title Fights and War Machine's Last Fight Before Jail

TACHI PALACE FIGHTS 5: STARS AND STRIKES was held Friday July 9, 2010 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California, the former home of the WEC. The main event saw the return of former WEC star "Razor" Rob McCullough with a victory over Isaac De Jesus in a 160-pound catchweight bout.

Three championships were decided at TPF 5. Undefeated David Mitchell, who rightfully should be moving up to the UFC next, successfully defended his TPF Welterweight Championship against local fan favorite Poppies "Tachi Kid" Martinez. Rising star Michael "Mayday" McDonald knocked out Cole "Apache Kid" Escovedo to capture the TPF Bantamweight Championship. UFC outcast Gabe "Godzilla" Ruediger won the vacant TPF Lightweight Championship with a TKO victory over previously undefeated Lenny "The Godfather" Lovato.

War Machine, formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver, who will be heading to jail next week to begin serving a 1-year sentence, fought off fellow former UFC fighter John "The Natural" Alessio's submission attempts for two and a half rounds, but finally succumbed to a rear-naked choke in the third round. Fittingly, War Machine went to sleep rather than tap out.

Dominique "Fallen Angel" Robinson, friend of The MMA Radio Show and late replacement for Grapplers Quest stand-out Bill Cooper, pounded out a TKO victory using his elbows over UFC TUF 8 participant "Diamond" Dave Kaplan.

Olympic silver medalist wrestler Stephen Abas picked up his second MMA victory with a decision win over Joey De La Cruz. Hulk Hogan's nephew David "King" Bollea scored his third MMA win with an armlock submission over Cody Gibson.


Rob McCullough (18-6) won by TKO over Isaac De Jesus (9-2)
[4:31] - Round 1 - punches

{Welterweight Championship}
David Mitchell (11-0) won by SUB over Poppies Martinez (18-7)
[1:32] - Round 1 - triangle choke (technical)

John Alessio (29-13) won by SUB over War Machine (11-4)
[12:24] - 2:24 Round 3 - rear-naked choke (technical)

{Bantamweight Championship}
Michael McDonald (10-1) won by KO over Cole Escovedo (16-5)
[6:12] - 1:12 Round 2 - punches

{Lightweight Championship}
Gabe Ruediger (17-5) won by TKO over Lenny Lovato (9-1)
[3:25] - Round 1 - punches

Dominique Robinson (5-4) won by TKO over David Kaplan (2-4)
[10:57] - 0:57 Round 3 - elbows

Stephen Abas (2-0) won by UD over Joey De La Cruz (1-1)
[9:00] - 3 Rounds

David Bollea (3-0) won by SUB over Cody Gibson (3-1)
[5:31] - 0:31 Round 2 - armlock

Drew Bittner (3-0) won by UD over Francisco Loredo (4-6)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds

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

UD = Unanimous Decision | SUB = Submission

PAYDAY: UFC 116 Salaries - Purse Amounts and Bonus Payouts for Lesnar vs Carwin

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has released the following purse amounts for UFC 116: LESNAR VS CARWIN, held July 3, 2010 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The salaries are as reported to the NSAC by the UFC. Winning fighters in RED. Brock Lesnar was the top earner of the night with his $475,000 payout.

The salary amounts 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.

Brock Lesnar made $475,000 (no win bonus, $400K base salary + $75K SUB bonus) for 7:19 submission win.

Shane Carwin made $40,000 for 7:19 submission loss.

Chris Leben made $161,000 ($43K base salary + $43K win bonus + $75K FOTN bonus) for 14:40 submission win.

Yoshihiro Akiyama made $120,000 ($45K base + $75 FOTN bonus) for 14:40 submission loss.

Chris Lytle made $52,000 ($26K base + $26K win) for 7:02 submission win.

Matt Brown made $10,000 for 7:02 submission loss.

Stephan Bonnar made $125,000 ($25K base + $25K win + $75 FOTN bonus) for 8:08 TKO win.

Krzysztof Soszynski made $85,000 ($10K base + $75K FOTN bonus) for 8:08 TKO loss.

George Sotiropoulos made $24,000 ($12K + $12K) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Kurt Pellegrino made $25,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Brendan Schaub made $20,000 ($10K + $10K) for 1:07 TKO win.

Chris Tuchscherer made $12,000 for 1:07 TKO loss.

Ricardo Romero made $16,000 ($8K + $8K) for 8:05 submission win.

Seth Petruzelli made $10,000 for 8:05 submission loss.

Kendall Grove made $50,000 ($25K + $25K) for for 15:00 split decision win.

Goran Reljic made $5,000 for for 15:00 split decision loss.

Gerald Harris made $95,000 ($10K base + $10K win + $75 KO bonus) for 12:35 KO win.

Dave Branch made $6,000 for 12:35 KO loss.

Daniel Roberts made $12,000 ($6K + $6K) for for 15:00 split decision win.

Forrest Petz made $6,000 for for 15:00 split decision loss.

Jon Madsen made $16,000 ($8K + $8K) for for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Karlos Vemola made $8,000 for for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.


 1. Brock Lesnar ($475K)
 2. Chris Leben ($161K)
 3. Stephan Bonnar ($125K)
 4. Yoshihiro Akiyama ($120K)
 5. Gerald Harris ($95K)
 6. Krzysztof Soszynski ($85K)
 7. Chris Lytle ($52K)
 8. Kendall Grove ($50K)
 9. Shane Carwin ($40K)
10. Kurt Pellegrino ($25K)


 1. Brock Lesnar ($400K)
 2. Yoshihiro Akiyama ($45K)
 3. Chris Leben ($43K)
 4. Shane Carwin ($40K)
 5. Chris Lytle ($26K)
 6. Stephan Bonnar ($25K)
 6. Kurt Pellegrino ($25K)
 6. Kendall Grove ($25K)
 9. George Sotiropoulos ($12K)
 9. Chris Tuchscherer ($12K)


 1. Goran Reljic ($5K)
 2. Forrest Petz ($6K)
 2. Dave Branch ($6K)
 4. Karlos Vemola ($8K)
 5. Seth Petruzelli ($10K)
 5. Matt Brown ($10K)


Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin ($440,000) + ($75,000 bonus)

Chris Leben vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama ($131,000) + ($150,000 bonuses)

Chris Lytle vs. Matt Brown ($62,000)

Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski ($60,000) + ($150,000 bonuses)

George Sotiropoulos vs. Kurt Pellegrino ($49,000)

Brendan Schaub vs. Chris Tuchscherer ($32,000)

Ricardo Romero vs. Seth Petruzelli ($26,000)

Kendall Grove vs. Goran Reljic ($55,000)

Gerald Harris vs. Dave Branch ($26,000) + ($75,000 bonus)

Daniel Roberts vs. Forrest Petz ($18,000)

Jon Madsen vs. Karlos Vemola ($24,000)


FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Chris Leben vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama ($75,000 each)

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski ($75,000 each)

KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT: Gerald Harris ($75,000)

SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT: Brock Lesnar ($75,000)


Wednesday, July 7, 2010



UFC ON VERSUS 2 -- August 1, 2010

Location: San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California

Broadcast: Versus


Jon Bones Jones (10-1) vs. Vladimir The Janitor Matyushenko (24-4)

Mark The Filipino Wrecking Machine Munoz (8-1) vs. Yushin Thunder Okami (24-5)

Takanori The Fireball Kid Gomi (31-6) vs. Tyson Griffin (14-3)

Jake Ellenberger (22-5) vs. John Doomsday Howard (14-4)


DaMarques Johnson (11-7) vs. Matthew Riddle (4-1)

Paul Tellys Kelly (10-2) vs. Jacob Christmas Volkmann (10-2)

James The Sandman Irvin (14-6) vs. Igor Pokrajac (21-7)

Mike The Master of Disaster Massenzio (11-3) vs. Brian All American Stann (8-3)

Darren The Damage Elkis (12-1) vs. Charles do Bronx Oliveira (12-0)

Rob The Rosedale Reaper Kimmons (22-5) vs. Steve The Hooligan Steinbeiss (4-3)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

UFC 116 RESULTS: Brock Lesnar Is the Baddest Dude on the Planet - 7/3/10 Recap and Madman Awards

UFC 116: LESNAR VS CARWIN was held Saturday July 3, 2010 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event saw Brock Lesnar crowned as the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion of the world.

UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar successfully defended his title for the second time, against previously undefeated challenger and UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin. Not only was Carwin unbeaten in a dozen fights, he'd never even had a fight go past the first round in his career. That all changed at UFC 116.

Shane Carwin brought the fury to Brock Lesnar something fierce in the first round, and came incredibly close to finishing the fight. In what easily could've been scored a 10-8 round, Carwin bullied and bloodied the former WWE star, but couldn't close the deal. Kudos to referee Josh Rosenthal for allowing the action to continue. A lesser referee might've stepped in and stopped the fight. Rosenthal is quickly becoming one of the best refs in the business alongside Herb Dean.

After the first round was over, Shane Carwin looked dejected going into the second round for the first time in his career. Although Brock Lesnar took a nasty beating in the first round, he looked like the fresher of the two fighters in the second round. Lesnar scored a takedown and worked his way to side control, where he locked in an arm-triangle choke and forced a tapout from Carwin midway through the second round. Afterward, Lesnar proclaimed himself a "humble champion" and paid his respects to Carwin, who was the first man to give Lesnar some serious trouble in a fight. In the end, it was Lesnar's superior conditioning and now-proven chin that allowed him to brave the early storm against Carwin and pull off an amazing come-from-behind victory. Question Lesnar's chin now, bitches.

UFC 116 BONUSES: $75K Bonus Payout Awards for Lesnar vs Carwin

The UFC handed out bonuses for UFC 116: LESNAR VS CARWIN in the amount of $75,000. After each of their events, the UFC awards performance-based bonus payouts to at least 4 fighters. Six fighters were awarded bonuses at UFC 116, including an additional Fight of the Night bonus.

Fight of the Night honors went to both Chris "The Crippler" Leben vs Yoshihiro Akiyama and Stephan "The American Psycho" Bonnar vs Krzysztof "The Polish Experiment" Soszynski for their back-and-forth battles. Leben lost the first two rounds against Akiyama, before securing a submission near the end of the final round, while Bonnar lost the first round against Soszynski, only to come back and win by TKO in the secound round.

Knockout of the Night went to Gerald "Hurricane" Harris for his slam KO over Dave Branch. Brendan "The Hybrid" Schaub, with his 67-second knockout of Chris "The Crowbar" Tuchscherer, and Stephan Bonnar were also eligible for this award.

Submission of the Night went to Brock Lesnar for his arm-triangle choke submission victory over Shane Carwin to retain his UFC Heavyweight Championship in the main event. Chris Leben, Chris "Lights Out" Lytle and Ricardo Romero were all also eligible for this award. Lytle, in particular, scored a highly impressive straight armbar submission over Matt "The Immortal" Brown.

All 6 of these fighters are $75,000 richer thanks to their UFC 116 performances. At the UFC 116 post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White indicated other bonus checks would be handed out later in private after what he called the "greatest night of fights" he's ever seen.


FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Chris Leben vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski