Saturday, August 21, 2010

STRIKEFORCE: HOUSTON PREVIEW - Predictions, Betting Odds, Madness Levels, Fighter Stats, Records, Chances of Winning


by Randy Rowles with Joshua King

STRIKEFORCE: HOUSTON will be held Saturday August 21, 2010 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The main card will air live on Showtime at 10:00 pm EST.

This preview includes betting odds, win-loss records with last 5 fights, Madness Levels and Madman Predictions for every fight on the main card. Betting lines are translated into chance-of-winning percentages.

Betting lines are for entertainment purposes only and are included here to illustrate bookmaker 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.

This preview includes special guest Joshua King, who offers up his opinion and predictions with his King's Take on the fights.

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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STRIKEFORCE: HOUSTON

MAIN CARD

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT

MUHAMMED LAWAL (-575) = 80% chance of winning

RAFAEL CAVALCANTE (+375) = 20% chance of winning

MUHAMMED “KING MO” LAWAL (7-0)

AGE: 29   HEIGHT: 6’0”   WEIGHT: 203.75

FIGHTING OUT OF: Temecula, California by way of Murfreesboro, Tennessee (AMERICAN)

5 wins by (T)KO | 2 wins by Decision

UNDEFEATED

LAST 5 FIGHTS (5-0)

WIN over Gegard Mousasi by UD in Strikeforce: Nashville (4/10)

WIN over Mike Whitehead by KO in Strikeforce: Evolution (12/09)

WIN over Mark Kerr by TKO in M-1 Global: Breakthrough (8/09)

WIN over Ryo Kawamura by UD at Sengoku 7 (3/09)

WIN over Yukiya Naito by TKO in Sengoku: No Ran 2009 (1/09)

RAFAEL “FEIJAO” CAVALCANTE (9-2)

AGE: 29   HEIGHT: 6’1”   WEIGHT: 203.5

FIGHTING OUT OF: Black House / Sao Paulo, Brazil (BRAZILIAN)

8 wins by (T)KO | 1 win by Submission

1 loss by TKO | 1 loss by DQ

LAST 5 FIGHTS (4-1)

WIN over Antwain Britt by KO at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery (5/10)

WIN over Aaron Rosa by TKO at Strikeforce Challengers 5 (11/09)

LOSS to Mike Kyle by TKO at Strikeforce: Lawler vs Shields (6/09)

WIN over Travis Galbraith by TKO at EliteXC: Unfinished Business (7/08)

WIN over Wayne Cole by TKO at EliteXC: The Return of the King (6/08)

MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 8

I picked King Mo as an underdog against Gegard Mousasi, and I’m picking him here as a favorite against Rafael Feijao. Although Mousasi is a higher ranked fighter due to his accomplishments, I actually think Feijao represents more of a threat to Muhammed Lawal. Not only does Feijao have the advantage on the feet in this fight, he trains at Black House with the likes of Anderson Silva and the Nogueira brothers, so he’s well trained for the ground, even though he hasn’t had to utilize those skills all that often due to his wicked striking ability. Lawal is an elite wrestler, one of the most accomplished to ever enter the world of MMA. I’m banking on King Mo’s wrestling, takedowns and stamina to win out in the end. Feijao has questionable stamina and will likely tire should the fight go into the championship rounds.

MADMAN ROWLES PREDICTION: King Mo by Decision

JOSHUA KING’S TAKE

MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 9

There is no doubt in my mind that Mo is a top five light heavyweight. He should be able to use his amazing wrestling to stifle any offense Feijao could attempt. He might get the finish, but I'll go with Mo by Decision.

KING PREDICTION: King Mo by Decision
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VIDEO: MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani - Paul Heyman Talks History and Future of MMA


An absolutely riveting hour and a half interview with Paul Heyman on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. Heyman is the BFF of UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, and was one of the greatest minds in the history of pro wrestling promotion. Heyman has been a fan of MMA since its inception in the United States in the early 1990's. He gives his take on the meteoric rise of MMA and the future of the sport. A must watch.

WEC 50 RESULTS: Dominick Cruz Retains Title, Anthony Pettis and Scott Jorgensen Become Contenders - 8/18/10

WEC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz - Pic by Tracy Lee
WEC 50: CRUZ VS BENAVIDEZ was held Wednesday August 18, 2010 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The headlining fight was contested for the WEC Featherweight Championship.

Dominick "Dominator" Cruz and Joseph Benavidez fought for 5 championship rounds in a very close fight that resulted in Cruz keeping his title by split decision. This was Benavidez's second-ever loss, with both losses coming by way of decision against Cruz.

Anthony "Showtime" Pettis displayed an excellent array of flashy striking, including a rare capoeira Au Batido kick (pictured below), en route to a last-second submission win over wrestler Shane Roller. With this victory, Pettis likely earned himself a WEC Lightweight Championship fight with Ben Henderson at WEC 53 in Phoenix.

Anthony Pettis lands Au Batido kick on Shane Roller - Pic by Tracy Lee
Chad "Money" Mendes remained undefeated with a decision win over Cub Swanson. Scott "Young Guns" Jorgensen also scored a decision victory in the Madman Fight of the Night with Brad "One Punch" Pickett. Like Anthony Pettis, Jorgensen likely earned himself a title shot with this victory. Jorgensen should be fighting Dominick Cruz next for the WEC Bantamweight Championship.

In the opening televised fight, Bart "Bartimus" Palaszewski handed Zack Micklewright the first defeat of his career with a second round knockout. In the Biggest Upset of the Night and the Quickest Win of the Night, WEC newcomer Maciej "Irokez" Jewtuszko scored a TKO over Anthony "The Assassin" Njokuani in an unaired preliminary card bout.

WEC 50: CRUZ VS BENAVIDEZ

Dominick Cruz (16-1) won by SD over Joseph Benavidez (12-2)
[25:00] - 5 Rounds - (49-46, 48-47, 47-48)

Anthony Pettis (12-1) won by SUB over Shane Roller (8-3)
[14:51] - 4:51 Round 3 - triangle choke

Chad Mendes (8-0) won by UD over Cub Swanson (14-4)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Scott Jorgensen (11-3) won by UD over Brad Pickett (19-5)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

Bart Palaszewski (35-13) won by KO over Zack Micklewright (7-1)
[5:31] - 0:31 Round 2 - punch

Maciej Jewtuszko (8-0) won by TKO over Anthony Njokuani (12-4)
[1:35] - Round 1 - punches

Javier Vazquez (15-4) won by SUB over Mackens Semerzier (5-2)
[6:35] - 1:35 Round 2 - rear-naked choke

Ricardo Lamas (9-1) won by UD over Dave Jansen (14-2)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28 all)

Fredson Paixao (10-3) won by SD over Bryan Caraway (12-5)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Danny Castillo (9-3) won by UD over Dustin Poirier (7-1)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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

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


MADMAN AWARDS

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Scott Jorgensen vs. Brad Pickett

KO OF THE NIGHT: Bart Palaszewski over Zack Micklewright

SUB OF THE NIGHT: Anthony Pettis (triangle choke) over Shane Roller

QUICKEST WIN: Maciej Jewtuszko over Anthony Njokuani in 95 seconds

BIGGEST UPSET: Maciej Jewtuszko (+375) over Anthony Njokuani

BIGGEST WINNER:) Anthony Pettis

BIGGEST LOSER:( Anthony Njokuani

Madman WEC 50 Predictions Results: 6-4

PLAYING WITH MADMAN MONEY

MMAmadman wagered 6 units at WEC 50. Here's the Payout Sheet:

Zack Micklewright (+200) ~ 4 units LOST

Bryan Caraway (+145) ~ 2 units LOST

TOTAL PAYOUT = 0 units (-6 units)

Bringing Playing with Madman Money Bankroll to +41.81 units (since 10/09)

UPDATED WEC RECORDS

WEC fights ONLY. Rankings according to Madman Top 25 Fighter Rankings.

Scott Jorgensen (7-2) #5 Ranked Bantamweight

Dominick Cruz (6-1) #1 Ranked Bantamweight

Shane Roller (5-2)

Anthony Pettis (4-1)

Ricardo Lamas (4-1)

Joseph Benavidez (4-2) #3 Ranked Bantamweight

Bart Palaszewski (4-2)

Cub Swanson (4-3)

Danny Castillo (4-3)

Chad Mendes (3-0) #10 Ranked Featherweight

Anthony Njokuani (3-3) *DANGER*

Brad Pickett (2-1) #18 Ranked Bantamweight

Fredson Paixao (2-1-1)

Javier Vazquez (2-2)

Maciej Jewtuszko (1-0)

Zack Micklewright (1-1)

Mackens Semerzier (1-2) *DANGER*

Dave Jansen (1-2) *DANGER*

Dustin Poirier (0-1)

Bryan Caraway (0-2) *DANGER*

*DANGER* of being released by the WEC due to loss.

PAYDAY: WEC 50 Salaries - Purse Amounts and Bonus Payouts for Cruz vs Benavidez


The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has released the following purse amounts for WEC 50: CRUZ VS BENAVIDEZ, held August 18, 2010 at The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The salaries are as reported to the NSAC by the UFC. Winning fighters are in RED. Scott Jorgensen was the top earner of the night with his $35,000 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.

Dominick Cruz made $22,000 ($11K base salary + $11K win bonus) for 25:00 split decision win.

Joseph Benavidez made $17,500 for 25:00 split decision loss.

Anthony Pettis made $22,000 ($6K base + $6K win + $10K SUB bonus) for 14:51 submission win.

Shane Roller made $16,000 for 14:51 submission loss.

Chad Mendes made $11,000 ($5.5K base + $5.5K win) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Cub Swanson made $11,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Scott Jorgensen made $35,000 ($12.5K base + $12.5K win + $10 FOTN bonus) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Brad Pickett made $15,000 ($5K base + $10K FOTN bonus) for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Bart Palaszewski made $16,000 ($8K + $8K) for 5:31 KO win.

Zack Micklewright made $3,000 for 5:31 KO loss.

Maciej Jewtuszko made $16,000 ($3K base + $3K win + $10K KO bonus) for 1:35 TKO win.

Anthony Njokuani made $7,000 for 1:35 TKO loss.

Javier Vazquez made $16,000 ($8K + $8K) for 6:35 submission win.

Mackens Semerzier made $4,000 for 6:35 submission loss.

Ricardo Lamas made $14,000 ($7K + $7K) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Dave Jansen made $4,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Fredson Paixao made $6,000 ($3K + $3K) for 15:00 split decision win.

Bryan Caraway made $4,000 for 15:00 split decision loss.

Danny Castillo made $19,000 ($9.5K + $9.5K) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Dustin Poirier made $3,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

TOP 10 OVERALL EARNERS

 1. Scott Jorgensen ($35K)
 2. Dominick Cruz ($22K)
 2. Anthony Pettis ($22K)
 4. Danny Castillo ($19K)
 5. Joseph Benavidez ($17.5K)
 6. Shane Roller ($16K)
 6. Bart Palaszewski ($16K)
 6. Javier Vazquez ($16K)
 6. Maciej Jewtuszko ($16K)
10. Brad Pickett ($15K)

TOP 10 BASE SALARIES

 1. Joseph Benavidez ($17.5K)
 2. Shane Roller ($16K)
 3. Scott Jorgensen ($12.5K)
 4. Dominick Cruz ($11K)
 4. Cub Swanson ($11K)
 6. Danny Castillo ($9.5K)
 7. Bart Palaszewski ($8K)
 8. Javier Vazquez ($8K)
 9. Anthony Njokuani ($7K)
10. Ricardo Lamas ($7K)

BOTTOM 5 OVERALL EARNERS

 1. Dustin Poirier ($3K)
 1. Zack Micklewright ($3K)
 3. Bryan Caraway ($4K)
 3. Dave Jansen ($4K)
 3. Mackens Semerzier ($4K)

COST BY FIGHT

Dominick Cruz vs. Joseph Benavidez ($39,500)

Anthony Pettis vs. Shane Roller ($28,000) + ($10,000 bonus)

Chad Mendes vs. Cub Swanson ($22,000)

Scott Jorgensen vs. Brad Pickett ($30,000) + ($20,000 bonuses)

Bart Palaszewski vs. Zack Micklewright ($19,000)

Javier Vazquez vs. Mackens Semerzier ($20,000)

Maciej Jewtuszko vs. Anthony Njokuani ($13,000) + ($10,000 bonus)

Ricardo Lamas vs. Dave Jansen ($18,000)

Fredson Paixao vs. Bryan Caraway ($10,000)

Danny Castillo vs. Dustin Poirier ($22,000)

OFFICIAL WEC 50 BONUSES

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Scott Jorgensen vs. Brad Pickett ($10,000 each)

KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT: Maciej Jewtuszko ($10,000)

SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT: Anthony Pettis ($10,000)

TOTAL DISCLOSED PAYROLL: $221,500

BELLATOR 25 RESULTS: Cole Konrad, Damian Grabowski and Zoila Frausto Advance to Semifinals - 8/19/10

BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 25 was held Thursday August 19, 2010 at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. The main card aired live on Fox Sports Net.

Two more heavyweight fighters have joined Neil Grove in the semifinals of the inaugural Bellator Heavyweight Tournament. Undefeated big men Cole "King" Konrad and Damian "Polish Pitbull" Grabowski advanced respectively over Rogent Lloret and Scott "Bear" Barrett. Konrad, a two-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion, used takedowns to neutralize and outpoint Lloret. Grabowski, on the other hand, was taken down in the first two rounds, but used striking from the ground to win both rounds on all three judges' scorecards despite Barrett's positional advantage.

Dan "The Handler" Hornbuckle and "Bad" Brad Blackburn had a closer fight in a non-tournament welterweight bout. Blackburn got the early advantage with striking, but Hornbuckle turned it up as the fight went along. In the opening televised fight, Zoila "Warrior Princess" Frausto outpointed Jessica Penne in a relatively mundane fight.

BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 25

[Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal]
Cole Konrad (5-0) won by UD over Rogent Lloret (9-2)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

[Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal]
Damian Grabowski (13-0) won by UD over Scott Barrett (10-2)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

Dan Hornbuckle (22-3) won by UD over Brad Blackburn (15-12)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28 all)

[Women's 115-Pound Tournament Quarterfinal]
Zoila Frausto (8-1) won by UD over Jessica Penne (7-1)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

Torrance Taylor (9-7) won by UD over Shonie Carter (49-24)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Brian Gassaway (29-19) won by UD over Kevin Knabjian (10-5)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28 all)

Kenny Robertson (10-0) won by SUB over John Kolosci (14-7)
[7:41] - 2:41 Round 2 - keylock

Eric Kriegermeier (2-1) won by SUB over Keoki Cypriano (2-3)
[3:16] - Round 1 - triangle choke

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

UD = Unanimous Decision | SUB = Submission


MADMAN AWARDS

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Dan Hornbuckle vs. Brad Blackburn

SUB OF THE NIGHT: Kenny Robertson (keylock) over John Kolosci

QUICKEST WIN: Eric Kriegermeier over Keoki Cypriano in 196 seconds

BIGGEST WINNER:) Zoila Frausto

BIGGEST LOSER:( Shonie Carter

Friday, August 20, 2010

UFC 119: MIR VS CRO COP -- 9/25/10 Fight Card in Indianapolis


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UFC 119: MIR VS CRO COP -- September 25, 2010

Location: Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana

Broadcast: PPV

MAIN CARD

Mirko Cro Cop (27-7) vs. Frank Mir (13-5)

Ryan Darth Bader (11-0) vs. Antonio Rogerio Lil Nog Nogueira (19-3)

Chris Lights Out Lytle (29-17) vs. Matt The Terror Serra (11-6)

Evan Dunham (11-0) vs. Sean The Muscle Shark Sherk (32-4)

Melvin The Young Assassin Guillard (24-8) vs. Jeremy Lil' Heathen Stephens (17-5)

UFC PRELIMS LIVE ON SPIKE TV

Joe El Dirte Doerksen (46-12) vs. CB The Doberman Dollaway (10-2)

Joey Mexicutioner Beltran (12-3) vs. Matt Meathead Mitrione (2-0)

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Pat Awesomely Awesome Audinwood (9-0) vs. Thiago Tavares (14-3)

Steve Lopez (12-2) vs. Waylon Lowe (8-3)

T.J. Grant (15-4) vs. Julio Dominican Demon Paulino (17-3)

Mark Hunt (5-6) vs. Sean McCorkle (9-0)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

MFC 26: RETRIBUTION Trailer and Fight Card for 9/10/10 on HDNet

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MFC 26: RETRIBUTION -- September 10, 2010

Maximum Fighting Championship

Location: Westman Place at The Keystone Centre in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada

Broadcast: HDNet

MAIN CARD

Ryan The Real Deal Ford (12-2) vs. Douglas The Phenom Lima (14-4)

{Lightweight Championship}
Antonio Mandingo McKee (24-3) vs. Luciano Azevedo (16-8)

Jesse JT Money Taylor (15-6) vs. Tom Kong Watson (12-3)

Dwayne Lewis (11-5) vs. Mike Nickels (8-3)

David Heath (15-6) vs. Solomon King Hutcherson (11-6)

Curtis The Demon DeMarce (8-7) vs. Tyson The Man of Steele (3-0)

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Theo Brisley (3-2) vs. Chad Freeman (5-3)

Andrew Buckland (11-7) vs. Ford Robertson (3-0)

Taylor Bull (1-2) vs. Adam Rabidoux (1-1)

Ryan Ballingall (3-3) vs. Aaron Berke (4-2)


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

WEC 50 PREVIEW: Predictions, Betting Odds, Madness Levels, Fighter Stats, Records, Chances of Winning - 8/18/10



by MMAmadman Randy Rowles

WEC 50: CRUZ VS BENAVIDEZ will be held Wednesday August 18, 2010 at The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will air live on Versus at 9:00 pm EST.

This preview includes betting odds, win-loss records with last 5 fights, Madness Levels and Madman Predictions for every fight on the main card. Betting lines are translated into chance-of-winning percentages.

Betting odds are from BookMaker, and were current as of 12:00 pm EST on 8/18. Betting lines are for entertainment purposes only and are included here to illustrate bookmaker 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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WEC 50: CRUZ VS BENAVIDEZ

MAIN CARD

BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT

DOMINICK CRUZ (-250) = 67% chance of winning

JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ (+190) = 33% chance of winning

DOMINICK “DOMINATOR” CRUZ (15-1)

AGE: 25   HEIGHT: 5’8”   WEIGHT: 135

FIGHTING OUT OF: San Diego, California by way of Texas (AMERICAN)

8 wins by Decision | 6 wins by (T)KO | 1 win by Submission

1 loss by Submission (to Urijah Faber)

LAST 5 FIGHTS (5-0)

WIN over Brian Bowles by TKO at WEC 47 (3/10)

WIN over Joseph Benavidez by UD at WEC 42 (8/09)

WIN over Ivan Lopez by UD at WEC 40 (4/09)

WIN over Ian McCall by UD at WEC 38 (1/09)

WIN over Charlie Valencia by UD at WEC 34 (6/08)

JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ (12-1)

AGE: 26   HEIGHT: 5’4”   WEIGHT: 135

FIGHTING OUT OF: Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, California (AMERICAN)

7 wins by Submission | 3 wins by TKO | 2 wins by Decision

1 loss by Decision

LAST 5 FIGHTS (4-1)

WIN over Miguel Torres by SUB at WEC 47 (3/10)

WIN over Rani Yahya by TKO at WEC 45 (12/09)

LOSS to Dominick Cruz by UD at WEC 42 (8/09)

WIN over Jeff Curran by UD at WEC 40 (4/09)

WIN over Danny Martinez by UD at WEC 37 (12/08)

MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 8

PREDICTION: Dominick Cruz by TKO
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

KSW 14 Poster and Fight Card for 9/18/10 in Poland with World's Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski vs Butterbean

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KSW 14: JUDGMENT DAY -- September 18, 2010

Location: Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland

Eric Butterbean Esch (12-7) vs. Mariusz Dominator Pudzianowski (2-1)

{Light Heavyweight Tournament Championship Final}
Jan Blachowicz (11-2) vs. Daniel The Gladiator Tabera (16-2)

Daniel Kociao Dowda (5-3) vs. Krzysztof Model Kulak (23-12)

Marcin El Testosteron Najman (0-1) vs. Przemyslaw Saleta (0-1)

[Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal]
Michal Meta Mankiewicz (4-0) vs. Paul Reed (14-6)

[Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal]
Maciej Highlander Gorski (8-4) vs. Kazuki Tokudome (5-1)

[Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal]
Artur Kornik Sowinski (8-3) vs. Danny Van Bergen (7-7)

[Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal]
Borys Mankowski (9-3) vs. Niko Puhakka (18-10)

KING OF THE CAGE: NO MERCY Trailer Video, Fight Card for 9/17/10 on HDNet

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KOTC: NO MERCY -- September 17, 2010

Location: MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut

Broadcast: HDNet

MAIN CARD

{Flyweight Championship}
Abel The Silent Assassin Cullum (18-3) vs. Jimmie El Terror Rivera (6-1)

{Bantamweight Championship}
Donald Sanchez (20-10) vs. Pat The Real Deal McGreal (5-0)

Myles The Fury Jury (8-0) vs. Sam Oropeza (4-0)

Jesus Chavo Martinez (2-0) vs. Chip The Surgeon Moraza-Pollard (5-0)

Noah Weisman (3-1) vs. Sean Wilmot (6-4)

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Aguilano Brandao (8-6) vs. Steve DeAngelis (9-7)

Chandler Holderness (8-2) vs. Nate The Future LaMotte (11-5)

Hector Pacheco (0-1) vs. Evan Parker (1-1)



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PAYDAY: UFC 117 Salaries - Purse Amounts and Bonus Payouts for Silva vs Sonnen


The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has released the following purse amounts for UFC 117: SILVA VS SONNEN, held August 7, 2010 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. The salaries are as reported to the CSAC by the UFC. Winning fighters are in RED. Anderson Silva was the top earner of the night with his $320,000 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.

Anderson Silva made $320,000 ($200K base + no win bonus + $60K FOTN bonus + $60K SUB bonus) for 23:10 submission win.

Chael Sonnen made $95,000 ($35K base + $60K FOTN bonus) for 23:10 submission loss.

Jon Fitch made $114,000 ($54K base salary + $54K win bonus + $6K for opponent over weight) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Thiago Alves made $48,000 ($60K base - $12K over weight penalty) for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Clay Guida made $56,000 ($28K base + $28K win) for 11:51 submission win.

Rafael Dos Anjos made $12,000 for 11:51 submission loss.

Matt Hughes made $260,000 ($100K base + $100K win + $60K SUB bonus) for 3:15 submission win.

Ricardo Almeida made $35,000 for 3:15 submission loss.

Junior Dos Santos made $80,000 ($40K + $40K) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Roy Nelson made $15,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Rick Story made $22,000 ($11K + $11K) for 6:15 TKO win.

Dustin Hazelett made $18,000 for 6:15 TKO loss.

Phil Davis made $18,000 ($9K + $9K) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Rodney Wallace made $6,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Johny Hendricks made $40,000 ($20K + $20K) for 5:40 TKO win.

Charlie Brenneman made $8,000 for 5:40 TKO loss.

Tim Boetsch made $32,000 ($16K + $16K) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Todd Brown made $6,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Stefan Struve made $90,000 ($15K + $15K + $60K KO bonus) for 5:22 KO win.

Christian Morecraft made $6,000 for 5:22 KO loss.

Dennis Hallman made $30,000 ($15K + $15K) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Ben Saunders made $12,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

TOP 10 OVERALL EARNERS

 1. Anderson Silva ($320K)
 2. Matt Hughes ($260K)
 3. Jon Fitch ($114K)
 4. Chael Sonnen ($95K)
 5. Stefan Struve ($90K)
 6. Junior Dos Santos ($80K)
 7. Clay Guida ($56K)
 8. Thiago Alves ($48K)
 9. Johny Hendricks ($40K)
10. Ricardo Almeida ($35K)

TOP 10 BASE SALARIES

 1. Anderson Silva ($200K)
 2. Matt Hughes ($100K)
 3. Thiago Alves ($60K)
 4. Jon Fitch ($54K)
 5. Junior Dos Santos ($40K)
 6. Chael Sonnen ($35K)
 6. Ricardo Almeida ($35K)
 8. Clay Guida ($28K)
 9. Johny Hendricks ($20K)
10. Dustin Hazelett ($18K)

BOTTOM 5 OVERALL EARNERS

 1. Christian Morecraft ($6K)
 1. Todd Brown ($6K)
 1. Rodney Wallace ($6K)
 4. Charlie Brenneman ($8K)
 5. Ben Saunders ($12K)
 5. Rafael Dos Anjos ($12K)

COST BY FIGHT

Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen ($235,000) + ($180,000 bonuses)

Jon Fitch vs. Thiago Alves ($168,000)

Clay Guida vs. Rafael Dos Anjos ($68,000)

Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida ($235,000) + ($60,000 bonus)

Junior Dos Santos vs. Roy Nelson ($95,000)

Rick Story vs. Dustin Hazelett ($40,000)

Phil Davis vs. Rodney Wallace ($24,000)

Johny Hendricks vs. Charlie Brenneman ($48,000)

Tim Boetsch vs. Todd Brown ($38,000)

Stefan Struve vs. Christian Morecraft ($36,000) + ($60,000 bonus)

Dennis Hallman vs. Ben Saunders ($42,000)

OFFICIAL UFC 117 BONUSES

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen ($60,000 each)

KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT: Stefan Struve ($60,000)

SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT: Anderson Silva ($60,000)

SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT: Matt Hughes ($60,000)

TOTAL DISCLOSED PAYROLL: $1,029,000

Monday, August 16, 2010

VIDEO: UFC 119 Preview for Frank Mir vs Mirko Cro Cop Main Event After Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Out with Injury



UFC 119: MIR VS CRO COP will be held September 25, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Originally, UFC 119 was to be headlined by a rematch between Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira, however, Nogueira had to withdraw due to injury and has been replaced by fellow PRIDE veteran Mirko Cro Cop.

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir (13-5) is coming off a first round KO loss to Shane Carwin at UFC 111: ST-PIERRE VS HARDY. Mir and Carwin fought for the UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship at UFC 111, which earned Carwin a title bout with Brock Lesnar for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.

Mirko Cro Cop (27-7) is coming off a Submission of the Night win over Pat Barry at UFC 115: LIDDELL VS FRANKLIN, which improved his overall UFC record to 4-3. Cro Cop struggled in his first UFC stint in 2007, but has gone 3-1 since returning to the Octagon in mid-2009.


COMPLETE UFC 119 FIGHT CARD

BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 29 Fight Card for 9/16/10 in Milwaukee

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BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS XXIX -- September 16, 2010

Season 3, Week 6

Location: The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Broadcast: FOX Sports Net

MAIN CARD

[Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout]
Damian Polish Pitbull Grabowski (13-0) vs. Cole The Polar Bear Konrad (5-0)

Nick Garfield Mamalis (15-5) vs. Jameel The Sergeant Massouh (22-7)

[Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout]
Neil Goliath Grove (9-2) vs. Alexey Oleinik (28-5)

Brett Cooper (11-6) vs. Matt Major (6-2)

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Luis Ramirez (2-1) vs. Kyle Wicked Weickhardt (3-0)

Nick Nasty Dupee (3-2) vs. Sasa The Serbian Warrior Perkic (2-1)

Jason Guida (18-23) vs. Justin The Fighting Fireman Lemke (6-2)

VIDEO: Chael Sonnen on HDNet's Fighting Words with Mike Straka the Day After His UFC 117 Loss to Anderson Silva



PART 2



Chael Sonnen sat down for an interview on HDNet's FIGHTING WORDS WITH MIKE STRAKA the day after his heartbreaking last-minute submission loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 117. Sonnen lost after dominating the fight for four and a half rounds.

STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 10 RESULTS: Miesha Tate Won Women's Tournament and Ryan Couture Made MMA Debut

STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 10: RIGGS VS TAYLOR was held Friday August 13, 2010 at the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. The main card aired live on Showtime.

Miesha "Takedown" Tate won the first-ever single night tournament in the women's 135-pound division, earning a future Strikeforce Women's Welterweight Championship title fight. The current champion, Sarah Kaufman, will defend her title first against Marloes Coenen, and then Tate will fight the winner. There have been rumors of a catchtweight bout between Kaufman and the other Strikeforce women's champ, Cristiane Cyborg, taking place this winter, so it could be a while before Tate gets a crack at the title.

UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture's son Ryan Couture made a successful professional fight debut with a slick triangle choke submission over Lucas Stark. In the main event, veteran fighter Joe "Diesel" Riggs eventually tapped out Louis Taylor with strikes in the final round of a plodding fight.

STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 10: RIGGS VS TAYLOR

Joe Riggs (33-11) won by SUB over Louis Taylor (6-2)
[12:07] - 2:07 Round 3 - punches

{Women's 135-Pound Tournament Final}
Miesha Tate (11-2) won by UD over Hitomi Akano (16-8)
[9:00] - 3 Rounds

Ryan Couture (1-0) won by SUB over Lucas Stark (2-5)
[1:15] - Round 1 - triangle choke

[Women's 135-Pound Tournament Semifinal]
Hitomi Akano (16-7) won by SUB over Carina Damm (15-4)
[4:48] - 1:48 Round 2 - triangle armbar

[Women's 135-Pound Tournament Semifinal]
Miesha Tate (10-2) won by UD over Maiju Kujala (4-2)
[6:00] - 2 Rounds

[Women's 135-Pound Tournament Reserve Bout]
Liz Carmouche (3-0) won by UD over Colleen Schneider (0-2)
[6:00] - 2 Rounds

Chris Gruetzemacher (6-1) won by TKO over Ryan Diaz (13-13)
Round 1

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

UD = Unanimous Decision | SUB = Submission


MADMAN AWARDS

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Miesha Tate vs. Hitomi Akano

KO OF THE NIGHT: Chris Gruetzemacher over Ryan Diaz

SUB OF THE NIGHT: Ryan Couture (triangle choke) over Lucas Stark

QUICKEST WIN: Ryan Couture over Lucas Stark in 75 seconds

BIGGEST WINNER:) Miesha Tate

BIGGEST LOSER:( Referee Ron Mation (for horrible restart at end of first round of Miesha Tate vs Maiju Kujala as both fighters were on the ground in the middle of working for submissions)

UPDATED STRIKEFORCE RECORDS

Strikeforce fights ONLY. Rankings according to Madman Top 25 Fighter Rankings.

Miesha Tate (4-1) #4 Ranked Women's Pound-for-Pound

Joe Riggs (4-3)

Ryan Couture (1-0)

Liz Carmouche (1-0)

Chris Gruetzemacher (1-0)

Hitomi Akano (1-2) #20 Ranked Women's Pound-for-Pound

Lucas Stark (0-1)

Carina Damm (0-1) #21 Ranked Women's Pound-for-Pound

Maiju Kujala (0-1)

Colleen Schneider (0-1)

Ryan Diaz (0-1)

Louis Taylor (0-2)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

BELLATOR 24 RESULTS: Megumi Fujii, Neil Grove and Jessica Aguilar Advance in Tourneys in Third Season Opener - 8/12/10



BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 24 was held Thursday August 12, 2010 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. This was the first event of the third season of Bellator tournaments. In the Women's 115-Pound Tournament, Jessica "Jag" Aguilar and Megumi "Mega Megu" Fujii advanced to the semifinals. Neil "Goliath" Grove became the first bigman to advance in the Heavyweight Tournament. In non-tourney fights, Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector "Shango" Lombard quickly disposed of former NFL running back Herbert "Whisper" Goodman, and Yves "The Texas Gunslinger" Edwards outpointed Luis "Baboon" Palomino.

BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 24

[Women's 115-Pound Tournament Quarterfinal]
Jessica Aguilar (9-3) won by SUB over Lynn Alvarez (5-2)
[4:01] - Round 1 - arm-triangle choke

Hector Lombard (26-2) won by KO over Herbert Goodman (15-9)
[0:38] - Round 1 - punches

[Women's 115-Pound Tournament Quarterfinal]
Megumi Fujii (21-0) won by SUB over Carla Esparza (3-1)
[5:57] - 0:57 Round 2 - armbar

[Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal]
Neil Grove (9-2) won by TKO over Eddie Sanchez (12-4)
[1:32] - Round 1 - punches

Farkhad Sharipov (12-3) won by UD over Eric Luke (5-4)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

Yves Edwards (38-16) won by UD over Luis Palomino (13-6)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28 all)

Tulio Quintanilla (4-1) won by KO over Brian Eckstein (5-1)
[12:48] - 2:48 Round 2 - punches

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

UD = Unanimous Decision | SUB = Submission


MADMAN AWARDS

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Yves Edwards vs. Luis Palomino

KO OF THE NIGHT: Hector Lombard over Herbert Goodman

SUB OF THE NIGHT: Megumi Fujii (armbar) over Carla Esparza

QUICKEST WIN: Hector Lombard over Herbert Goodman in 38 seconds

BIGGEST UPSET: Neil Grove (+160) over Eddie Sanchez

BIGGEST WINNER:) Neil Grove

BIGGEST LOSER:( Eddie Sanchez

Madman Bellator 24 Predictions Results

RANDY ROWLES: 5-0

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MMAmadman wagered 6 units at Bellator 24. Here's the Payout Sheet:

Carla Esparza (+450) ~ 1 unit LOST

Neil Grove (+160) ~ 2 units WON 3.2 units

Yves Edwards (-150) ~ 3 units WON 2 units

TOTAL PAYOUT = 10.2 units (+4.20 units)

Bringing Playing with Madman Money Bankroll to +47.81 units (since 10/09)

X-1: HEROES - 9/11/10 Fight Card in Honolulu, Hawaii with 3 Title Fights and Light Heavyweight Tournament

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X-1: HEROES -- September 11, 2010

Location: Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii

{Middleweight Championship}
Falaniko Niko Vitale (27-9) vs. Kala Kolohe Hose (7-3)

[Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal]
Vitalius The Dancing Russian Shemetov (7-7) vs. Poai Suganuma (10-3)

[Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal]
Roy Boughton (4-0) vs. Sang Soo Lee (14-9)

{Featherweight Championship}
Ricky Hoku Wallace (9-3) vs. Alvin Cacdac (9-6)

{Bantamweight Championship}
Bryson Hansen (5-0) vs. Russell Doane (4-0)

Max Lil Evil Holloway (0-0) vs. Duke Saragosa (3-3)

Raquel Rocky Paaluhi (2-0) vs. Sarah The Monster D'Alelio (3-0)

{Hawaii State Bantamweight Championship}
Eddie Perrells (5-3) vs. Mark Tajon (3-2)

Thomas Sedano (2-2) vs. Anthony The Crush Torres (5-2)

Dustin Kimura (2-0) vs. Chris Red Bull Willems (3-3)

Collin Mansanas (1-0) vs. Caleb Price (0-0)

Timothy Meeks (1-1) vs. Van Shiroma (1-0)

FIGHT ME MMA 1 RESULTS: Josh Neer vs Jesse Finney and Cale Yarbrough - 8/14/10

FIGHT ME MMA 1: THE BATTLE BEGINS! FINNEY VS NEER was held Saturday August 14, 2010 at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri just outside of St. Louis.

Press release after the break.

FIGHT ME 1: FINNEY VS NEER

Josh Neer (28-10) won by SUB over Jesse Finney (6-1)
Round 1 - guillotine choke

Brendan Seguin (21-17) won by SUB over Lucas Lopes (19-10)
[5:00] - Round 1 - retirement

Francisco "Kiko" France (6-1) won by SUB over Cale Yarbrough (7-2)
Round 2 - arm-triangle choke

Chuck Parmelee (27-10) won by SUB over Rocky Vercher (2-1)
Round 2

Darryl Cobb (5-1) won by UD over Sean Huffman (15-17)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

Brian Green (20-15) won by SUB over Booker DeRousse (2-4)
Round 1 - heel hook

Luke Gwaltney (13-14) won by SD over Jimmy Donahue (1-1)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Lance Benoist (2-0) won by KO over Cleburn Walker (9-5)
Round 1 - head kick

Abel Trujillo (2-2) won by KO over Dave Lehr Cochran (23-25)
Round 1 - punches

Josh Sampo (3-0) won over Eric Acuna (0-1)

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

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


VIDEO: Watch Tim Sylvia vs Paul Buentello PWP: War on the Mainland Fight, Jens Pulver vs Diego Garijo, Leites vs Horwich

PWP: WAR ON THE MAINLAND fights from 8/14/10.

Paul Buentello vs. Tim Sylvia {Heavyweight Championship}



Diego Garijo vs. Jens Pulver



Matt Horwich vs. Thales Leites {Middleweight Championship}

Round 1



Round 2



Round 3



Round 4



VIDEO: Watch KOTC: Imminent Danger Fights with Tony Johnson vs Daniel Cormier and More from 8/13/10

KING OF THE CAGE: IMMINENT DANGER videos from August 13, 2010 on HDNet.

Tony Johnson vs. Daniel Cormier {Heavyweight Championship}



Bobby Green vs. Daron Cruickshank {Junior Welterweight Championship}



Quinn Mulhern vs. Levi Stout {Welterweight Championship}



Tyler East vs. Esteves Jones



PWP: WAR ON THE MAINLAND RESULTS - Tim Sylvia Is a Champion Again, Jens Pulver Loses Sixth Straight Fight - 8/14/10

Powerhouse World Promotions held WAR ON THE MAINLAND on Saturday night August 14, 2010 at the Bren Events Center in Irvine, California. The main card aired live on PPV.

The main event featured a match-up of former UFC fighters competing for the vacant PWP Heavyweight Championship. Former UFC heavyweight titleholder Tim "The Maine-iac" Sylvia used his reach and strength advantage to put away Paul "The Headhunter" Buentello with a big knee and KO punch with 3 seconds left in the second round.

In a swing bout that aired before the main event, Terry Martin beat up a fatigued looking Jorge "The Naked Man" Ortiz for three rounds and won a split decision.

In the co-main event, former King of the Cage Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion Tony "Kryptonite" Lopez, who cut 26 pounds in one week after taking this fight on short notice due to an injury to Allan Goes, returned to championship glory with a KO victory over UFC veteran Jason "The Punisher" Lambert. Lopez used a big knee to put down Lambert just under two minutes into the second round to capture the previously vacant PWP Light Heavyweight Championship.

In the first championship fight of the night, Matt "The Fighting Hippy" Horwich pulled off a huge upset win by submitting former UFC title contender and BJJ black belt Thales Leites. This marks the first time in Leites' career that he's been finished in a fight, and Leites has went 5 rounds with Anderson Silva in the Octagon. This is far and away the biggest win of Horwich's career, after he went just 2-6 in his previous 8 fights. This is the first time Leites has lost since leaving the UFC after back-to-back losses a year ago. Horwich went 0-2 in his brief UFC career.

Prospect Erin Beach improved his record to 2-0 with a dominant decision win over Joao Silva. Two judges scored the fight 29-28 and 1 judge scored it 30-25 in favor of Beach. How two judges saw a round for Silva, while the other judge saw a complete washout for Beach, will remain a mystery among the realms of what is often bizarre judging in MMA.

Jens "Little Evil" Pulver, coming off 5 straight losses in the WEC, lost yet once again. Just 8 seconds over a minute into the first round, Pulver got caught in a guillotine choke after being dropped by a punch from Diego "El Nino" Garijo. Pulver has now lost 6 straight fights and lost 8 out of his last 9 fights overall. Pulver, once a dominant lightweight in the UFC, is one of the nicest guys in the sport, but clearly his time has come and gone. It's a very sad thing to see Pulver's career end in this awful way. Regardless, Pulver will forever be an MMA legend.

In the opening PPV bout, Gustavo "Ximu" Machado won a split decision over Rick "The Holy Terror" Reeves in an extremely close fight. The action was back and forth, but in the end it was Machado who had his hand raised in victory.

All in all, not a bad first presentation by PWP. Unlike the recent MOOSIN event, which had similarly poor production, this event did not feature any really great fights. Having Bas Rutten on color commentary helped move the event along, but several of the fights were plodding with no real stars emerging. Tim Sylvia picked up a big win to reestablish himself as a relevant heavyweight fighter. Sylvia will defend his PWP Heavyweight Championship for the first time against Pedro "The Rock" Rizzo.

PWP: WAR ON THE MAINLAND

{Heavyweight Championship}
Tim Sylvia (27-6) won by KO over Paul Buentello (28-13)
[9:57] - 4:57 Round 2 - knee and punch

Terry Martin (20-8) won by SD over Jorge Ortiz (16-7)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-28, 29-28, 28-29)

{Light Heavyweight Championship}
Tony Lopez (19-4) won by KO over Jason Lambert (25-12)
[6:49] - 1:49 Round 2 - knee

{Middleweight Championship}
Matt Horwich (25-15) won by SUB over Thales Leites (17-4)
15:55 - 0:44 Round 4 - rear-naked choke

Erin Beach (2-0) won by UD over Joao Silva (3-3)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-25, 29-28, 29-28)

Diego Garijo (5-1) won by SUB over Jens Pulver (22-14)
[1:08] - Round 1 - guillotine choke

Gustavo Machado (19-8) won by SD over Rick Reeves (8-4)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27, 29-28, 27-30)

Cleber Luciano (4-3) won by SUB over Todd Willingham (2-5)
[8:18] - 3:18 Round 2 - rear-naked choke

A.J. Matthews (4-0) won by TKO over Sean Choice (1-2)
[8:54] - 3:54 Round 2 - punches

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

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


MADMAN AWARDS

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Matt Horwich vs. Thales Leites

KO OF THE NIGHT: Tim Sylvia over Paul Buentello

SUB OF THE NIGHT: Matt Horwich (rear-naked choke) over Thales Leites

QUICKEST WIN: Diego Garijo over Jens Pulver in 68 seconds

BIGGEST UPSET: Matt Horwich (+330) over Thales Leites

BIGGEST WINNER:) Matt Horwich

BIGGEST LOSER:( Jens Pulver