Saturday, October 23, 2010

UFC 121 MADMAN ROUNDTABLE: Lesnar vs Velasquez Group Predictions, Analysis, Madness Levels for Every Fight - 10/23/10



Welcome to the Madman Roundtable for tonight's UFC 121: LESNAR VS VELASQUEZ. The main card will air live on PPV starting at 10:00 PM EST. At least 2 live fights will air during the hour preceding the PPV on Spike TV.

This roundtable-lite features Randy Rowles, Joshua King and Johnny Nguyen.

UFC 121 Insane Preview for in-depth statistical analysis of each fight.

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

Joshua King is our returning champion from UFC 120.
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UFC 121: LESNAR VS VELASQUEZ

BROCK LESNAR [1] vs. CAIN VELASQUEZ [2]

Average Madness Level (1-10): 9.7

RANDY ROWLES – (10) Some are predicting this PPV will do 1.5 million buys. That number is staggering, but not unrealistic given Brock Lesnar's gargantuan drawing power. UFC executives are praying Lesnar wins. Alas Dana White is no Vince McMahon. Cain Velasquez by TKO in Round 3

JOSHUA KING – (10+++) I think Brock's extra strength will allow him to control Cain in this fight. Also I suspect Cain's chin can be taken advantage of; Brock's chin is made of titanium. Brock Lesnar by TKO 2nd Round

JOHNNY NGUYEN – (9) Words can't describe this fight. Brock is a freakin monster. Both men have phenomenal wrestling, but I’m gonna have to say Cain has better stand up. Can Cain handle a 280lbs monster on top of him? Does Brock have a good gas tank? I’m gonna go with Cain Velasquez by 2nd rd KO
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MARTIN KAMPMANN [0] vs. JAKE SHIELDS [3]

Average Madness Level (1-10): 8.3

ROWLES – (9) Jake Shields does what Jake Shields does, except this time it's in the Octagon. Jake Shields by Unanimous Decision

KING – (9) Jake Shields is the 2nd best Welterweight in the world in my opinion. I don't see anything Kampmann is better at. Jake Shields by Submission 2nd Round

NGUYEN – (7) This is gonna be one sick fight. Kampmann has great kickboxing and stand-up. Shields has a good ground game and a good chin (he took good shots from Hendo). Jake Shields by 1st rd Submission
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MATT HAMILL [1] vs. TITO ORTIZ [2]

Average Madness Level (1-10): 7.3

ROWLES – (9) I'm going for the upset here. Ortiz looked ripped at the weigh-ins, which has given me confidence in my pick that I made earlier this week in my Insane Preview. Tito Ortiz by TKO in Round 3

KING – (7) Matt Hamill is probably just a bit better. Matt Hamill by Unanimous Decision

NGUYEN – (6) I’m interested to see how much Ortiz has left in the tank. Tito Ortiz by Unanimous Decision
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STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 11 RESULTS: Bobby Voelker Avenges Loss to Roger Bowling on Showtime - 10/22/10

STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 11: BOWLING VS VOELKER 2 was held Friday October 22, 2010 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. The main card aired live on Showtime.

Veteran fighter "Vicious" Bobby Voelker got sweet revenge for his only Strikeforce loss, with a TKO victory over "Relentless" Roger Bowling. Voelker has amassed over thirty fights in the span of less than five years as a professional fighter, and this was by far his biggest win.

Roger Bowling didn't look like his usual aggressive self against Bobby Voelker this time out. Bowling was tentative on his feet and worked mostly for takedowns on Voelker up against the fence. Bowling likely squeaked by on the judges' scorecards in the first round, but then took one hell of a beating in the second stanza. Eventually, with the fighters on the ground and Voelker on top, Voelker rained down punches until the referee stopped the fight.

In the co-main event, gunshot survivor Lavar "Big" Johnson laid the smackdown on Virgil "Rezdog" Zwicker DEATH WISH style. Zwicker, who did several years in prison, represented the villain in this one against the hometown fighter. Zwicker paid dearly for all three of those bullets lodged into Johnson's body. Of course, Zwicker wasn't the one who shot Johnson, but nonetheless it was Johnson who made Zwicker drop like a bullet hit him.

In the Madman Fight of the Night, Billy Evangelista and Waachiim Spiritwolf engaged in a spirited 3-round encounter full of brutality. The journeyman fighter Spiritwolf actually outwrestled Evangelista, but it was Spiritwolf's lack of cardio that caused him to fade as the fight went on, while Evangelista remained strong. This was a well-earned decision victory for Evangelista, and hopefully we'll see Spiritwolf back in Strikeforce soon. Spiritwolf doesn't have the best MMA record, but he does have a heart every bit as big as his last name implies.

Muay Thai fighter Julia "The Jewel" Budd made a successful transition to MMA with a TKO win over previously undefeated Shana "Rock Solid" Olsen. Budd is a big, strong 145-pound female fighter and is someone who could eventually challenge Strikeforce Women's Middleweight Champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos. Budd showed incredible grappling ability against Olsen, given she is coming from a striking background, and only faltered in the fight by instinctively throwing elbows to a grounded opponent, which is illegal in Strikeforce and caused Budd to receive a point-deduction.

In the opening televised fight, John Devine rebounded from a Strikeforce loss to now-KOTC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier, with a chokeout of the redundantly nicknamed Brandon "Money" Cash. Devine used his wrestling advantage to neutralize Cash until he was able to secure a submission. After starting his career 5-0, Cash has now suffered his second straight Strikeforce loss, and third loss in a row overall. Cash's currency value is definitely at an all-time low. Methinks Strikeforce may have found an opponent in Cash for Herschel Walker in December.

In the only professional undercard fight, David "Tarzan" Douglas scored his first Strikeforce win with a TKO over previously undefeated Dominic Clark. The remainder of the undercard featured amateur bouts.

STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 11: BOWLING VS VOELKER 2

Bobby Voelker (23-8) won by TKO over Roger Bowling (8-1)
[8:58] - 3:58 Round 2 - punches

Lavar Johnson (15-3) won by KO over Virgil Zwicker (8-2)
[2:17] - Round 1 - punches

Billy Evangelista (11-0) won by UD over Waachiim Spiritwolf (8-7)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds

Julia Budd (1-0) won by TKO over Shana Olsen (4-1)
[7:51] - 2:51 Round 2 - punches

John Devine (6-3) won by SUB over Brandon Cash (5-3)
[3:05] - Round 1 - rear-naked choke

David Douglas (5-2) won by TKO over Dominic Clark (3-1)
[7:33] - 2:33 Round 2 - punches

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

UD = Unanimous Decision | SUB = Submission


MADMAN AWARDS

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Billy Evangelista vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf

KO OF THE NIGHT: Bobby Voelker over Roger Bowling

SUB OF THE NIGHT: John Devine (rear-naked choke) over Brandon Cash

QUICKEST WIN: Lavar Johnson over Virgil Zwicker in 137 seconds

BIGGEST UPSET: Bobby Voelker (+425) over Roger Bowling

BIGGEST WINNER:) Bobby Voelker

BIGGEST LOSER:( Brandon Cash

UPDATED STRIKEFORCE RECORDS

STRIKEFORCE fights ONLY.

Billy Evangelista (7-0-1)

Lavar Johnson (3-0)

Bobby Voelker (3-1)

Julia Budd (1-0)

Roger Bowling (1-1)

John Devine (1-1)

David "Tarzan" Douglas (1-1)

Virgil Zwicker (0-1)

Waachim Spiritwolf (0-1)

Shana Olsen (0-1)

Dominic Clark (0-1)

Brandon Cash (0-2)

Friday, October 22, 2010

VIDEO: UFC Primetime: Brock Lesnar vs Cain Velasquez - Episode 3 of UFC 121 Preview for Saturday Night's Title Fight




UFC 121: LESNAR VS VELASQUEZ will be held Saturday October 23, 2010 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The headlining fight will be contested for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. This is the complete third and final episode of UFC PRIMETIME: LESNAR VS VELASQUEZ, a 3-part Spike TV preview show leading up to the PPV.

COMPLETE UFC 121 FIGHT CARD

VIDEO: Watch Rick Hawn's Amazing Seoi Nage TKO from Bellator 33 and Learn How to Pull Off the Judo Shoulder Throw



2004 Olympic judoka Rick Hawn remained undefeated in MMA at Bellator 33. Hawn used an extraordinary Seoi Nage (shoulder throw) to take LeVon Maynard to the ground, where he quickly finished Maynard off with punches. The Seoi Nage is one of the rarest throws you'll ever see in MMA competition, where no gi is worn. An instructional video is included below that breaks downs the judo throw.



SENGOKU RAIDEN CHAMPIONSHIP 15 - Complete 10/30/10 HDNet Fight Card

CLICK ON POSTER FOR COMPLETE RESULTS


SRC 15 -- October 30, 2010

Location: Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan

Broadcast: HDNet

Hiroshi Izumi (2-1) vs. James The Messenger Zikic (18-6)

Brian The Bandit Cobb (16-6) vs. Kazunori Yokota (11-3)

Maximo Maxi Blanco (6-2) vs. Kiuma Kunioku (34-23)

Kazuo Yoshiki Takahashi (28-25) vs. Chang Seob Lee (3-5)

[Welterweight Grand Prix Semifinal]
Keita Nakamura (19-4) vs. Takuya Wada (20-8)

[Welterweight Grand Prix Semifinal]
Yasubey Enomoto (5-1) vs. Taisuke Gouten Okuno (10-4)

[Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal]
Shintaro Ishiwatari (9-3) vs. Taiyo Nakahara (10-6)

[Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal]
Shoko Sato (9-3) vs. Akitoshi Ironman Tamura (14-9)

[Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal]
Shunichi Shimizu (17-6) vs. Wataru Takahashi (12-13)

[Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal]
Manabu Inoue (9-5) vs. Jae Hyun So (6-8)


UFC 121 INSANE PREVIEW: Predictions, Betting Odds, Statistal Analysis, Madness Levels for Every Fight - 10/23/10


by Randy Rowles

UFC 121: LESNAR VS VELASQUEZ will be held Saturday October 23, 2010 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The main card will air live on PPV starting at 10:00 PM EST. At least 2 live preliminary bouts will air during the hour preceding the PPV on Spike TV.


This Insane Preview includes betting odds, win-loss records with last 5 fights, Madness Levels and Madman Predictions for every fight on the card.

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

Betting lines are translated into oddsmakers' projected chance-of-winning percentages. A winning bet results in the return of the bet plus the amount won.

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 121: LESNAR VS VELASQUEZ

MAIN CARD

{HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP}

BROCK LESNAR
(-145) = projected 58% chance of winning = $1.45 bet wins $1

CAIN VELASQUEZ
(+135) = projected 42% chance of winning = $1 bet wins $1.35

BROCK LESNAR (5-1) (4-1 UFC)

2 wins by Submission | 2 wins by TKO | 1 win by Decision

1 loss by Submission

AGE: 33   HEIGHT: 6’3”   WEIGHT: 264

FIGHTING OUT OF: DeathClutch / Saint Paul, Minnesota (AMERICAN)

FIGHTING STYLE: 2000 NCAA Division I heavyweight champion, 2-time NCAA All-American and 2-time Big Ten conference champion at University of Minnesota, currently ranked #1 in Madman Top 25 Heavyweight Rankings

LAST 5 FIGHTS (4-1)

WIN over Shane Carwin by SUB at UFC 116 (7/10)

WIN over Frank Mir by TKO at UFC 100 (7/09)

WIN over Randy Couture by TKO at UFC 91 (11/08)

WIN over Heath Herring by UD at UFC 87 (8/08)

LOSS to Frank Mir by SUB at UFC 81 (2/08)

CAIN VELASQUEZ (8-0) (6-0 UFC)

7 wins by TKO | 1 win by Decision

UNDEFEATED

AGE: 28   HEIGHT: 6’1”   WEIGHT: 244

FIGHTING OUT OF: American Kickboxing Academy / San Jose, California by way of Yuma, Arizona (AMERICAN)

FIGHTING STYLE: Purple belt in Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu, NCAA Division I wrestler at Arizona State University, kickboxing, currently ranked #2 in Madman Top 25 Heavyweight Rankings

LAST 5 FIGHTS (5-0)

WIN over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by TKO at UFC 110 (2/10)

WIN over Ben Rothwell by TKO at UFC 104 (10/09)

WIN over Cheick Kongo by UD at UFC 99 (6/09)

WIN over Denis Stojnic by TKO at UFC Fight Night 17 (2/09)

WIN over Jake O’Brien by TKO at UFC Fight Night 14 (7/08)

MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 10

Four years ago, Cain Velasquez made his MMA debut on the undercard of a Strikeforce event headlined by Tank Abbott and Paul Buentello. Ten months later, former WWE superstar Brock Lesnar made his MMA debut in the main event for K-1's Dynamite!! USA in Los Angeles. Lesnar tapped out 2-5 Min Soo "Mr. Shark" Kim with strikes. Kim was a late replacement for Hong Man Choi, who wasn't medically cleared to fight. Ironically, one of Mr. Shark's MMA wins was over Sean O'Haire, a former WWE professional wrestler. The co-headlining fight for Lesnar's bizarre MMA debut was a rematch between Royce Gracie and Kazushi Sakuraba, whose first encounter is the LAWRENCE OF ARABIA of fights. Lesnar versus Kim was more like the JAWS 3 of fights.

Now it's October 2010, and Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez stand atop the heavyweight mountain. Lesnar is the champ. Velasquez is the number one contender. This is a f-cking fight among fights, among f-cking fights, if you know what I mean. Two heavyweight beasts, quite literally, these guys are monsters of men, seemingly bred to fight. This truly is a clash of the titans. Really there isn't enough hyperbole for me to throw around to exactly represent how amped I am for this fight.

Cain Velasquez came on in the UFC like wildfire, knocking out Brad Morris and Jake O'Brien in just over two minutes each. Denis Stojnic took him a bit longer to finish, then Velasquez went the distance for the first time against Cheick Kongo. Velasquez's mettle was tested against Kongo, who hit him really hard. Velasquez showed resiliency against Kongo and broke the Frenchman's spirit. Velasquez did the same against Ben Rothwell, then returned to form against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Velasquez again needed just a bit over two minutes to knock out his opponent, this time though it was a legend in Big Nog. Velasquez now vies for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.

I've felt Cain Velasquez was heading for the heavyweight title since he made it past Cheick Kongo. In his last fight, which was hist first fight since nearly dying from diverticulitis, Brock Lesnar got beat down 10-8 style by Shane Carwin in the first round, but came back and choked out an exhausted Carwin in the second round. Velasquez is a cardio freak of nature, a big man with the endurance of a featherweight, so he's not going to wear down like Carwin. Of course that's not the end-all-be-all of it all either, because Carwin is able to hand out Incredible Hulk-levels of destruction far beyond Cain Velasquez, so it's going to be much harder for Velasquez to get Lesnar into such precarious positions as Carwin had him.

It's possible we could end up with a 5-round heavyweight title fight here. Both guys are prepared to fight all night. I expect a competitive contest. Brock Lesnar is bigger and stronger. Cain Velasquez is quicker and has more refined striking. Neither man gets tired. Ever. This one has potential to be EPIC!

PREDICTION: Cain Velasquez by TKO in Round 3
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Welterweight Bout

JAKE SHIELDS
(-200) = projected 66% chance of winning = $2 bet wins $1

MARTIN KAMPMANN
(+185) = projected 34% chance of winning = $1 bet wins $1.85

JAKE SHIELDS (25-4) (0-0 UFC)

12 wins by Decision | 10 wins by Submission | 3 wins by TKO

3 losses by Decision | 1 loss by TKO

AGE: 31   HEIGHT: 6’0”   WEIGHT: 170.5

FIGHTING OUT OF: Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu / San Francisco, California (AMERICAN)

FIGHTING STYLE: Black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 2-time All-American wrestler at Cuesta College, submission grappling, currently ranked #3 in Madman Top 25 Welterweight Rankings

LAST 5 FIGHTS (5-0)

WIN over Dan Henderson by UD in Strikeforce (4/10)

WIN over Jason “Mayhem” Miller by UD in Strikeforce (11/09)

WIN over Robbie Lawler by SUB in Strikeforce (6/09)

WIN over Paul Daley by SUB in EliteXC (10/08)

WIN over Nick “The Goat” Thompson by SUB in EliteXC (7/08)

MARTIN “THE HITMAN” KAMPMANN (17-3) (8-2 UFC)

7 wins by (T)KO | 6 wins by Submission | 3 wins by Decision | 1 win by DQ

3 losses by TKO

AGE: 28   HEIGHT: 6’0”   WEIGHT: 170

FIGHTING OUT OF: Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Nevada by way of Aarhus, Denmark (DANISH)

FIGHTING STYLE: Muay Thai, boxing, submission wrestling, currently ranked #9 in Madman Top 25 Welterweight Rankings

LAST 5 FIGHTS (4-1)

WIN over Paulo Thiago by UD at UFC 115 (6/10)

WIN over Jacob Volkmann by SUB at UFC 108 (1/10)

LOSS to Paul Daley by TKO at UFC 103 (9/09)

WIN over Carlos Condit by SD at UFC Fight Night 18 (4/09)

WIN over Alexandre Barros by TKO at UFC 93 (1/09)

MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 9

Jake Shields is making his UFC debut after a 3-0 run in Strikeforce, that followed a 4-0 run in EliteXC. Overall, Shields has won 14 straight fights. Dan Henderson left the UFC for Strikeforce, only to lose to Shields, who then signed with the UFC. Now the UFC runs ads saying Shields is coming off the "destruction of Dan Henderson," which I'm sure gives Henderson's archnemesis Dana White a good chuckle. Shields was the reigning Strikeforce Middleweight Champion before being stripped of the title once he made his intentions clear that he was Octagon bound.

Martin Kampmann is 4-1 since moving down to welterweight, with his only loss at 170-pounds being to UFC outcast Paul Daley. With an 8-2 overall Octagon record, Kampmann is one of the most underrated fighters in the UFC. At +185, Kampmann is the underdog for sure, but he's being given a lot more credit here than probably most welterweights would get against Shields, who dominated as a middleweight.

I like Martin Kampmann a lot as a fighter, and I really hope he wins. I think Kampmann will do damage, but he's more of an emotional fighter, and will likely get edged out in the rounds by the takedowns of the technician Shields. I hope it's close, but I'm going with a 30-27 Shields final. I won't mind being wrong, if Kampmann can somehow find a way to pass this huge test.

PREDICTION: Jake Shields by Unanimous Decision
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Light Heavyweight Bout

MATT HAMILL
(-170) = projected 62% chance of winning = $1.70 bet wins $1

TITO ORTIZ
(+160) = projected 38% chance of winning = $1 bet wins $1.60

MATT “THE HAMMER” HAMILL (9-2) (8-2 UFC)

6 wins by (T)KO | 2 wins by Decision | 1 win by DQ

1 loss by TKO | 1 loss by Decision

AGE: 34   HEIGHT: 6’1”   WEIGHT: 203.5

FIGHTING OUT OF: Utica, New York by way of Loveland, Ohio (AMERICAN)

FIGHTING STYLE: 3-time NCAA Division III national wrestling champion at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), 2001 Summer Deaflympics Gold Medal in freestyle wrestling and Silver Medal in Greco-Roman wrestling, boxing, BJJ, TUF 3 participant, currently ranked #17 in Madman Top 25 Light Heavyweight Rankings

LAST 5 FIGHTS (4-1)

WIN over Keith Jardine by MD at UFC TUF 11 Finale (6/10)

WIN over Jon Jones by DQ at UFC TUF 10 Finale (12/09)

WIN over Mark Munoz by KO at UFC 96 (3/09)

WIN over Reese Andy by TKO at UFC 92 (12/08)

LOSS to Rich Franklin by TKO at UFC 88 (9/08)

TITO “HUNTINGTON BEACH BAD BOY” ORTIZ (15-7) (14-7)

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

3 losses by Decision | 2 losses by (T)KO | 2 losses by Submission

AGE: 35   HEIGHT: 6’3”   WEIGHT: 206

FIGHTING OUT OF: Huntington Beach, California (AMERICAN)

FIGHTING STYLE: 2-time California State Wrestling Champion in high school, boxing, submission grappling, currently ranked #21 in Madman Top 25 Light Heavyweight Rankings

LAST 5 FIGHTS (1-3-1)

LOSS to Forrest Griffin by SD at UFC 106 (11/09)

LOSS to Lyoto Machida by UD at UFC 84 (5/08)

DRAW with Rashad Evans at UFC 73 (7/07)

LOSS to Chuck Liddell by TKO at UFC 66 (12/06)

WIN over Ken Shamrock by TKO at UFC: The Final Chapter (10/06)

MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 9

Two of the UFC’s golden boys square off. Tito Ortiz and Matt Hamill have both only ever fought outside of the UFC once. Hamill had one pro fight under his belt before entering the UFC, while Ortiz made his MMA debut in the Octagon over thirteen years ago, way back in May 1997. Hamill made his MMA debut in 2005. Because Ortiz has been fighting for so long, he seems a lot older than Hamill, but surprisingly Ortiz is only a year older.

This fight features two of my all-time favorite MMA personalities. Having grown up as a pro wrestling fan, I've always loved and hated the cocky showmanship of Tito Ortiz. The gravedigging gestures, the middle fingers -- I've loved/hated it all. Matt Hamill is almost the exact opposite of Ortiz. I say almost, because Hamill has the same confidence as Ortiz and it sometimes shows through, but mostly Hamill is soft-spoken and good-natured. The man is so damn inspirational, there's a movie based on his life coming out simply titled HAMILL.

I'm really, really excited for this fight. In fact, UFC 121 may very well be my most-anticipated card of the year. After getting blitzkrieged by Jon Jones at the TUF 10 Finale, Matt Hamill looked good against Keith Jardine at the TUF 11 Finale.

I do think Tito Ortiz is getting underestimated here. All of this talk of Ortiz being done is a bit premature, I hope. Ortiz is 0-3-1 in his last 4 fights, and his last win was 4 years ago against Ken Shamrock (for the third time). So, on paper, it certainly looks like Ortiz is done. A closer look shows Ortiz's last fight with former light heavyweight champ Forrest Griffin was close and could've went Ortiz's way, as it did the first time the two fought at UFC 59, which is Ortiz's last significant win.

Against Lyoto Machida, Tito Ortiz had fighter who was thought to be invincible at the time caught in a triangle in the third round, and was close to finishing the future champ. Ortiz was the first man in the UFC to show that Machida was human after all, which would be completely revealed by Shogun Rua 2 years later.

Tito Ortiz's draw with Rashad Evans, another future 205-pound champion, was a fight Ortiz would've won had he not been deducted a point for grabbing the fence. Finally, getting knocked out by Chuck Liddell at UFC 66 was just karma. After all the close calls, I'm going with this one finally going the way of The Huntington Beach Bad Boy. It's not over yet, folks!

PREDICTION: Tito Ortiz by TKO in Round 3
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BELLATOR 33 RESULTS: Eddie Alvarez Bests Roger Huerta, Ben Askren Is the New Welterweight Champion - 10/21/10

BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS XXXIII was held Thursday October 21, 2010 at the Liacouras Center at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The main card aired live on FOX Sports Net in markets who were lucky enough not to be preempted for local sports. I was not so lucky. In fact, the biggest show in the history of Bellator didn't air AT ALL on FSN Pittsburgh!?!

The main event featured Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez and Roger "El Matador" Huerta in a non-title Superfight, the highest-profile Bellator fight to date. Alvarez's title was not at stake because title contenders are only determined through the tournament format in Bellator. Season 2 Lightweight Tournament winner and number one contender Pat Curran is currently out with an injury.

Eddie Alvarez put a beating on Roger Huerta, whom the doctors deemed unable to continue after the second round. Alvarez earned the TKO victory over the former UFC fighter and first MMA athlete to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said in a recent interview that he would be open to allowing Eddie Alvarez to represent Bellator against Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez under the Strikeforce banner with no strings attached. Hopefully Rebney really means this, and hopefully Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker accepts. Alvarez versus Melendez would be the biggest cross-promotional fight in North American MMA history. Rebney had this to say to MMA Fighting:
"There's nothing in the way of the Gilbert Melendez and Eddie Alvarez fighting," [Bjorn Rebney] said. "We're happy to do it on any network. We're happy to do it in any venue. And we're happy to do it on any date."

Asked who would broadcast the show, where it might take place and how purses would be divided, Rebney said he would be willing to let the fight air on Showtime, take place in Strikeforce's home base of San Jose, California and address the money situation.

"I have a lot of respect for [Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker]," Rebney said. "He's a good guy and he puts on great shows. He packs arenas and puts on good cards. But Scott has been saying, 'Well there's a lot of issues.' There really aren't. If Eddie beats Roger Huerta, the only issues are Scott saying yes."
In the co-main event, a title was on the line -- "Funky" Ben Askren grinded out a 5-round decision win over Lyman "Cyborg" Good to become the new Bellator Welterweight Champion. Both fighters went into the title fight undefeated. Only Askren now remains unbeaten.

In his Bellator debut, Olympic judoka Rick Hawn landed a rare seoi-nage (shoulder throw) that stunned LeVon "The Maynman" Maynard. Hawn quickly pounced on Maynard with punches until the referee mercifully pulled him off.

Wilson Reis won a split decision over Deividas Taurosevicius in a fight that likely qualified Reis for the next featherweight tournament. A split decision also determined the winner in the local main event. Tim Carpenter was awarded the divided judges' verdict against former IFL fighter Jamal "The Suit" Patterson.

Unanimous decisions were awarded to Luiz "The Joker" Azeredo, Kenny "The Tooth Fairy" Foster and Nick Cottone. On the wrong end of those decisions were previously undefeated Eduardo Guedes, Lester Caslow and Tuan "Kid Thunder" Pham, respectively.

BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 33

Eddie Alvarez (21-2) won by TKO over Roger Huerta (21-5)
[10:00] - 5:00 Round 2 - doctor stoppage

{Welterweight Championship}
Ben Askren (7-0) won by UD over Lyman Good (10-1)
[25:00] - 5 Rounds - (50-45, 49-46, 48-47)

Rick Hawn (9-0) won by TKO over LeVon Maynard (10-7)
[4:53] - Round 1 - punches

Wilson Reis (11-2) won by SD over Deividas Taurosevicius (12-5)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Tim Carpenter (6-0) won by SD over Jamal Patterson (5-3)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Kenny Foster (8-2) won by UD over Lester Caslow (6-4)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28 all)

Luiz Azeredo (15-9) won by UD over Eduardo Guedes (6-1)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

Nick Cottone (9-2) won by UD over Tuan Pham (2-4)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28 all)

Fran Evans (1-0) won by SUB over Lewis Cassner (0-1)
[3:20] - Round 1 - triangle armbar

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

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

Monday, October 18, 2010

UFC 120 RESULTS: Michael Bisping Stands Tall in the UK While Fellow Brits Dan Hardy and John Hathaway Fall - 10/16/10


UFC 120: BISPING VS AKIYAMA was held Saturday October 16, 2010 at The O2 Arena in London, England. The main card aired live in the United Kingdom, and aired via tape delay in North America on Spike TV.

In the main event, Michael "The Count" Bisping outworked and outpointed Yoshihiro "Sexyama" Akiyama for a clear unanimous decision victory. Akiyama has now lost back-to-back fights, but has won Fight of the Night honors in all 3 of his Octagon appearances, so the Japanese superstar's UFC roster spot should be secure, although he would be wise to consider a move down to welterweight. Afterward, Bisping called out Wanderlei Silva for a rematch, saying he would be open to coaching a season of The Ultimate Fighter opposite Silva.

In the co-main event, Carlos "Natural Born Killer" Condit knocked out Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy. Condit used a left hook to knock Hardy out cold. When asked by Joe Rogan what went wrong in the fight, Hardy said, "I got punched in the face." That pretty much sums it up. Condit is now a legit Top 10 ranked welterweight.

Previously undefeated John "The Hitman" Hathaway, a rare British fighter with top-notch wrestling, was thought to be the next big thing in the UFC's welterweight division. Veteran fighter Mike "Quicksand" Pyle has long been trying to live up to his potential in MMA. That time has now come for Pyle, and at the expense of Hathaway's momentum. Pyle completely outclassed Hathaway. The Xtreme Couture fighter grinded out a decision victory, and handed the young British fighter the first loss of his career.

Cheick Kongo versus Travis "Hapa" Browne ended up being ruled a draw after Kongo lost a point in the third round for blatantly holding onto Browne's shorts up against the cage, after being warned by the referee several times. Even after Kongo received the point-loss, he kept grabbing Browne's shorts, at times intentionally trying to hide it from the referee. Kongo knees people in the balls so much it's become his trademark move, and with this short-tugging incident, it's fair to say Kongo is kind of a dirty fighter.

Really Cheick Kongo is lucky he didn't receive two point deductions, and lose this fight to Travis Browne. The referee literally had to slap away Kongo's hand after he'd already been penalized. Despite the draw, I really don't care to see a rematch, and I'm actually very surprised this fight made it onto the Spike TV telecast, given what a stinker of a fight it was. Kongo won the first and last rounds, but the point deduction tied the fight on all three judges' scorecards.

In the opening televised fight, Alexander "The Mauler" Gustafsson choked out Cyrille "Snake" Diabate in the second round. The 23-year-old Gustafsson made the 37-year-old Diabate look his age in the Octagon. This fight was originally on the undercard, but was promoted to the main card and the next fight demoted.

Canadian Claude "The Price" Patrick scored a clean sweep unanimous decision over British TUF 9 winner James "Lightning" Wilks in a fight that did not end up airing on Spike TV, despite the fact that it was originally scheduled to kick off the televised event.

After several attempts, British submission specialist Paul Sass finally locked his trademark triangle choke onto Canadian Mark "Boots" Holst with fifteen seconds left in the first round, and that was all she wrote. Sass has now won 8 out of 11 fights via triangle choke, and 10 out of 11 via submission.

In unaired preliminary card action, British heavyweight Rob Broughton choked out long-necked Brazilian Vinicius "Spartan" Queiroz with a rear-naked choke in the final stanza. American Spencer "The King" Fisher salvaged his UFC career with a unanimous decision over British fighter Curt "The War" Warburton. Fisher had lost back-to-back fights and was in danger of being cut from the UFC with another loss.

Finally, Brit James "The Hammer" McSweeney likely will get the proverbial axe from the UFC, after losing his second straight fight. McSweeney's subpar MMA record was worsened after Brazilian UFC newcomer Fabio Maldonado pounded out a victory over The Hammer less than a minute into the third round of their opening fight.

UFC 120: BISPING VS AKIYAMA

Michael Bisping (20-3) won by UD over Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-3)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

Carlos Condit (26-5) won by KO over Dan Hardy (23-8)
[4:27] - Round 1 - punches

Mike Pyle (20-7) won by UD over John Hathaway (14-1)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

Travis Browne (10-0-1) and Cheick Kongo (15-6-2) ruled a Draw
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (28-28 all)

Claude Patrick (13-1) won by UD over James Wilks (7-4)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

Alexander Gustafsson (10-1) won by SUB over Cyrille Diabate (16-7)
[7:41] - 2:41 Round 2 - rear-naked choke

Rob Broughton (15-5) won by SUB over Vinicius Queiroz (5-2)
[11:43] - 1:43 Round 3 - rear-naked choke

Paul Sass (11-0) won by SUB over Mark Holst (8-3)
[4:45] - Round 1 - triangle choke

Spencer Fisher (24-6) won by UD over Curt Warburton (6-2)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28 all)

Fabio Maldonado (18-3) won by TKO over James McSweeney (4-6)
[10:48] - 0:48 Round 3 - punches

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

UD = Unanimous Decision | SUB = Submission


MADMAN AWARDS

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Michael Bisping vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama

KO OF THE NIGHT: Carlos Condit over Dan Hardy

SUB OF THE NIGHT: Paul Sass (triangle choke) over Mark Holst

QUICKEST WIN: Carlos Condit over Dan Hardy in 247 seconds

BIGGEST UPSET: Mike Pyle (+420) over John Hathaway

BIGGEST WINNER:) Carlos Condit

BIGGEST LOSER:( John Hathaway

UFC 120 Madman Roundtable Prediction Results:

1 - JOSHUA KING: 7-2

2 - JOHNNY NGUYEN: 6-3 (6 points)

3 - ERIC VAN DEN HAAS: 6-3 (4 points)

4 - RANDY ROWLES: 5-4

UPDATED UFC RECORDS

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

Michael Bisping (10-3) #7 Ranked Middleweight

Spencer Fisher (9-5)

Cheick Kongo (8-4-1) #14 Ranked Heavyweight

John Hathaway (4-1) #22 Ranked Welterweight

Dan Hardy (4-2) #11 Ranked Welterweight

Carlos Condit (3-1) #10 Ranked Welterweight

Mike Pyle (3-2) #19 Ranked Welterweight

Claude Patrick (2-0)

Alexander Gustafsson (2-1) #25 Ranked Light Heavyweight

James Wilks (2-2)

Rob Broughton (1-0)

Paul Sass (1-0)

Fabio Maldonado (1-0)

Travis Browne (1-0-1)

Cyrille Diabate (1-1)

Yoshihiro Akiyama (1-2)

James McSweeney (1-2) *DANGER*

Vinicius Queiroz (0-1)

Curt Warburton (0-1)

Mark Holst (0-2) *DANGER*

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

Sunday, October 17, 2010

STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 12: SHAOLIN VS WILCOX Poster and Fight Card for 11/19/10 in Jackson, Mississippi

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STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 12: SHAOLIN VS WILCOX

November 19, 2010

Location: Jackson Convention Complex in Jackson, MS

Broadcast: Showtime

MAIN CARD

Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro (20-4) vs. Justin The Silverback Wilcox (9-3)

Antwain The Juggernaut Britt (11-4) vs. Ovince St. Preux (7-4)

Waachiim Spiritwolf (8-7) vs. Marius The Whitemare Zaromskis (13-5)

Liz Girl-Rilla Carmouche (4-0) vs. Jan Cuddles Finney (8-8)

Caros The Future Fodor (6-2) vs. Derek The Pretzel Getzel (1-1)

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Goldman The Beast Butler (1-3) vs. Wes The Perfect Storm Shivers (6-1)

Wes Pitbull Little (3-4) vs. Jacob Psycho Noe (3-1)

Jeremiah Bigg Rigg Riggs (3-5) vs. James Razor Sharp (3-5)

Jeffrey Hedgepeth (0-0) vs. Anthony Mitchell (0-0)

Brian Hall (0-0) vs. Thomas The Die Hard Kidd Vasquez (0-0)

Brian Burse (0-0) vs. Joel Cooper (0-0)

Kent DuBose (0-0) vs. Travis Robertson (0-0)

UFC 120 BONUSES: $60K Bonus Payouts for Michael Bisping, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Carlos Condit and Paul Sass - 10/16/10 in UK

The UFC awarded bonuses for UFC 120: BISPING VS AKIYAMA in the amount of $60,000 each. After every event, UFC officials award performance-based payout bonuses to at least 4 fighters.

Michael "The Count" Bisping and Yoshihiro "Sexyama" Akiyama earned Fight of the Night honors for their 3-round main event fight. While Bisping won the fight 30-27 on all 3 judges' scorecards, Akiyama provided a solid resistance that made the fight exciting.

Knockout of the Night went to Carlos "Natural Born Killer" Condit for his surprise one-punch KO of Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy. The debuting Fabio Maldonado was also eligible for the bonus.

Submission of the Night went to Paul Sass for soliciting a tapout with his trademark triangle choke on Mark "Boots" Holst. Alexander "The Mauler" Gustafsson and Rob Broughton were also eligible for the award.

OFFICIAL UFC 120 BONUSES

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Michael Bisping vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama

KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT: Carlos Condit

SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT: Paul Sass

All 4 of these fighters are $60,000 richer thanks to their UFC 120 performances.