Saturday, October 30, 2010

SENGOKU 15 RESULTS: Yasubey Enomoto and Keita Nakamura Advance to Finals of SRC Welterweight Grand Prix - 10/30/10


SENGOKU RAIDEN CHAMPIONSHIP 15 was held Saturday October 30, 2010 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. The event aired live in its entirety in North America on HDNet in the wee hours of Saturday morning.

In the main event, Japanese Olympic silver medalist judoka Hiroshi Izumi won what HDNet commentator Frank Trigg aptly described as a hometown decision. British fighter James "The Messenger" Zikic got the message loud and clear when 2 of the 3 Japanese judges gave the decision to Izumi. Zikic seemed to have clearly won, before the bogus decision was announced.

Yasubey Enomoto and Keita "K-Taro" Nakamura advanced to the finals of the SRC Welterweight Grand Prix with wins over Takuya Wada and Taisuke Okuno, respectively. The SRC Bantamweight Grand Prix semifinals are set with Taiyo Nakahara, Akitoshi "Ironman" Tamura, Shunichi Shimizu and Manabu Inoue advancing.

American Brian "The Bandit" Cobb started his fight with Kazunori Yokota already a point down due to missing weight. Due to the point deduction penalty, Cobb barely squeaked by with a split decision win over Kazunori Yokota, after manhandling Yokota for the majority of their 3-round fight in a huge upset. Maxi Blanco scored the most impressive win of the night with a devastating knockout of Pancrase veteran Kiuma Kunioku.

SENGOKU RAIDEN CHAMPIONSHIP 15

Hiroshi Izumi (3-1) won by SD over James Zikic (18-7)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-29, 30-29, 29-30)

Brian Cobb (17-6) won by SD over Kazunori Yokota (11-4)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (28-28, 28-28, 29-30)*

Maximo Blanco (7-2) won by KO over Kiuma Kunioku (34-24)
[4:26] - Round 1 - punches

Kazuo Takahashi (29-25) won by SUB over Chang Seob Lee (3-6)
[2:28] - Round 1 - armbar

[Welterweight Grand Prix Semifinal]
Keita Nakamura (20-4) won by SUB over Takuya Wada (20-9)
[3:30] - Round 1 - punches

[Welterweight Grand Prix Semifinal]
Yasubey Enomoto (6-1) won by UD over Taisuke Okuno (10-5)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-25, 30-25, 30-27)

[Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal]
Taiyo Nakahara (11-6) won by SD over Shintaro Ishiwatari (9-4)
[10:00] - 2 Rounds - (20-20, 19-19, 19-20)*

[Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal]
Akitoshi Tamura (15-9) won by SD over Shoko Sato (9-4)
[10:00] - 2 Rounds - (20-19, 19-18, 19-20)

[Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal]
Shunichi Shimizu (18-6) won by UD over Wataru Takahashi (12-14)
[10:00] - 2 Rounds - (20-18, 20-18, 20-19)

[Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal]
Manabu Inoue (10-5) won by UD over Jae Hyun So (6-9)
[10:00] - 2 Rounds - (20-18, 20-18, 20-19)

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

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

* - Ruled majority draw by judges. "Must decision" required by judges for tiebreaker in tournament bouts.


MADMAN AWARDS

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Taiyo Nakahara vs. Shintaro Ishiwatari

KO OF THE NIGHT: Maximo Blanco over Kiuma Kunioku

SUB OF THE NIGHT: Keita Nakamura (punches) over Takuya Wada

QUICKEST WIN: Kazuo Takahashi over Chang Seob Lee in 148 seconds

BIGGEST UPSET: Brian Cobb (+415) over Kazunori Yokota

BIGGEST WINNER:) Yasubey Enomoto

BIGGEST LOSER:( Chang Seob Lee

Kimbo Slice to Fight for $1 Million...on Survivor: Redemption Island?


UPDATE: This rumor obviously ended up being false.

Former UFC fighter Kimbo Slice aka Kevin Ferguson is rumored to be part of the cast of the twenty-second season of Survivor. Season 22 of the groundbreaking reality show was filmed in August and September of 2010. Season 21 is currently airing on CBS. The next cycle will begin in early 2011.

An Opposing Views article based on a Survivor Sucks thread reports Kimbo Slice will be a cast member alongside the goofy former Miss California Carrie Prejean, wife of Oakland Raiders quarterback Kyle Boller, and Season 20: Heroes vs Villains rivals Russell Hantz and "Boston" Rob Mariano, husband of Survivor: All Stars winner Amber Brkich. The new season will center around the rivalry between Russell and Boston Rob, and will be titled Survivor: Redemption Island.

A possible debunker of this story is that Kimbo Slice's Twitter account was active during the filming of Survivor: Redemption Island, and was updated with Tweets and personal pictures. If Kimbo was Tweeting himself, game over, he was not off starving on some deserted island. This could mean the Survivor Sucks spoiler itself sucks, or it could mean Kimbo's verified Twitter account is actually handled by someone else. Kimbo does have a large entourage and a lot of management, and frankly he doesn't seem like the Tweeting type, so there's a strong possibility someone acts as his ghost Twitterer.

Kimbo Slice fought in 2 of the 3 most-watched fights in live MMA broadcast history. Both fights aired under the now-defunct EliteXC banner on CBS network television. Kimbo popped open James Thompson's disgusting cauliflower ear to the tune of 7.3 million viewers on CBS in May 2008. Five months later, Kimbo lost to Seth Petruzelli on CBS with 6.5 million people watching.

In the interest of full disclosure, I'll admit I've watched every single episode of every single season of Survivor. I'm a big fan. I admire Kimbo Slice as a person. As a fighter, he certainly doesn't belong in the UFC. On The Ultimate Fighter 10, Kimbo enhanced his image by exposing his humanity. The former streetfighter cast as a thug made his way from fighting jabronis in parking lots on YouTube to winning a fight in the UFC. Hopefully this spoiler turns out to be true, because Kimbo Slice is absolutely perfect for Survivor. He's a bombastic figure, physically intimidating with a gentle demeanor, and represents a true rags to riches story.


Bring on Prejean.

BELLATOR 34 RESULTS: Zoila Frausto Becomes First-Ever Bellator Women's Champion in Season 3 Finale - 10/28/10

BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS XXXIV was held Thursday October 28, 2010 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The main card aired live on FOX Sports Net in markets where it was not preempted for local sports coverage.

Bellator Season 1 Middleweight Tournament winner Hector "Shango" Lombard successfully defended his Bellator Middleweight Championship against Season 2 Middleweight Tournament winner Alexander "Storm" Shlemenko. Lombard won all but one round out of five championship rounds on all 3 judges' scorecards. At the Bellator 34 post-fight press conference, Bellator CEO Bjon Rebney proposed a cross-promotional fight between Lombard and Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza.

Zoila "Warrior Princess" Frausto outpointed previously undefeated Japanese superstar Megumi "Mega Megu" Fujii to win the inaugural Bellator Women's 115-Pound Tournament and become the Bellator Women's Featherweight Champion. The submission specialist Fujii chose to stand and exchange strikes against Frausto, which made little sense as a strategy for victory given Frausto's stand-up prowess, and the fact that Frausto has a style like Frankie Edgar that tends to favor her in the eyes of judges when her fights are close. Frausto is one of my favorite fighters and I'm incredibly happy to see her get such a huge victory over a fighter who many considered to be the best pound-for-pound female fighter on the planet.

Zoila Frausto's next fight in Bellator will likely be a Superfight at 125-pounds. Frausto is a natural 125-pound fighter and struggled to make the 115-pound weight limit each time for this tournament, which has to make this victory ever sweeter for the Warrior Princess. Welcome to the Zoila Frausto era!


Mike "El Gringo Diablo" Bernhard spoiled the Bellator debut of previous undefeated Serbian grappling wiz Dragan "Gagi" Tesanovic. This upset victory has likely gotten Bernard into the next middleweight tournament, a spot that was being held warm for Tesanovic.

Raphael Davis, Bellator's most prominent light heavyweight, the only men's weight division in which Bellator has yet to hold a tournament, scored a clean sweep unanimous decision over former King of the Cage multiple title holder Tony "Kryptonite" Lopez. This fight was the Bellator debut for the former heavyweight Lopez, who reportedly took the fight on 4 days notice and had to make a significant weight cut.

In preliminary card action, The Ultimate Fighter 7 participant and American Top Team fighter Dan "Pretty Boy" Cramer opened up a cut on Igor "The Legend" Almeida that caused the ringside doctor to call off the fight for a TKO victory for Cramer. In the undercard local main event, John Kelly won a close decision over William Kuhn.

BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 34

{Middleweight Championship}
Hector Lombard (27-2) won by UD over Alexander Shlemenko (30-5)
[25:00] - 5 Rounds - (49-46 all)

{Women's Featherweight Tournament Championship}
Zoila Frausto (10-1) won by SD over Megumi Fujii (22-1)
[25:00] - 5 Rounds - (49-46, 48-47, 47-48)

Mike Bernhard (9-2) won by UD over Dragan Tesanovic (7-1)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Raphael Davis (10-1) won by UD over Tony Lopez (19-5)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

John Kelly (5-2) won by UD over William Kuhn (3-5)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28 all)

Ralph Acosta (5-5) won by SD over Tulio Quintanilla (4-2)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Frank Carrillo (3-1) won by UD over Moyses Gabin (5-4)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

Dan Cramer (5-2) won by TKO over Igor Almeida (5-3)
[2:36] - Round 1 - doctor stoppage

J.P. Reese (2-0) won by TKO over Bounmy Somchay (1-8)
[3:32] - Round 1 - punches

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

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


PLAYING WITH MADMAN MONEY

MMAmadman Randy Rowles wagered 5.4 units at Bellator 34.

Here's the Payout Sheet:

Zoila Frausto (+385) ~ 2 units WON 7.7 units = 9.7 units paid out

Raphael Davis (-170) ~ 3.4 units WON 2 units = 5.4 units paid out

TOTAL PAYOUT = 15.1 units (+9.7 units)

Bringing Playing with Madman Money Bankroll to +67.13 units (since 10/09)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

PAYDAY: UFC 121: Brock Lesnar vs Cain Velasquez Salaries - Purse Amounts and Bonus Payouts for 10/23/10 in Anaheim


The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has released the following purse amounts for UFC 121: LESNAR VS VELASQUEZ, held October 23, 2010 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.

These are the salaries reported to the CSAC by the UFC. As should be expected, Brock Lesnar was the top earner of the night with his $400,000 payout. Winning fighters in RED.

Cain Velasquez made $270,000 ($100K show + $100K win + $70K KO bonus) for 4:01 TKO win.

Brock Lesnar made $400,000 for 4:01 TKO loss.

Jake Shields made $150,000 ($75K show + $75K win) for 15:00 split decision win.

Martin Kampmann made $27,000 for 15:00 split decision loss.

Diego Sanchez made $170,000 ($50K show + $50K win + $70K FOTN bonus) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Paulo Thiago made $88,000 ($18K show + $70K FOTN bonus) for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Matt Hamill made $58,000 ($29K show + $29K win) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Tito Ortiz made $250,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Brendan Schaub made $20,000 ($10K show + $10K win) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Gabriel Gonzaga made $67,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Court McGee made $30,000 ($15K show + $15K win) for 11:21 submission win.

Ryan Jensen made $10,000 for 11:21 submission loss.

Tom Lawlor made $20,000 ($10K show + $10K win) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Patrick Cote made $21,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Daniel Roberts made $86,000 ($8K show + $8K win + $70K SUB bonus) for 1:13 submission win.

Mike Guymon made $8,000 for 1:13 submission loss.

Sam Stout made $32,000 ($16K show + $16K win) for 15:00 split decision win.

Paul Taylor made $16,000 for 15:00 split decision loss.

Chris Camozzi made $16,000 ($8K show + $8K win) for 15:00 split decision win.

Dongi Yang made $8,000 for 15:00 split decision loss.

Jon Madsen made $16,000 ($8K show + $8K win) for 1:48 TKO win.

Gilbert Yvel made $30,000 for 1:48 TKO loss.

TOP 10 OVERALL EARNERS

 1. Brock Lesnar ($400K)
 2. Cain Velasquez ($270K)
 3. Tito Ortiz ($250K)
 4. Diego Sanchez ($170K)
 5. Jake Shields ($150K)
 6. Paulo Thiago ($88K)
 7. Daniel Roberts ($86K)
 8. Gabriel Gonzaga ($67K)
 9. Matt Hamill ($58K)
10. Sam Stout ($32K)

TOP 10 BASE SALARIES

 1. Brock Lesnar ($400K)
 2. Tito Ortiz ($250K)
 3. Cain Velasquez ($100K)
 4. Jake Shields ($75K)
 5. Gabriel Gonzaga ($67K)
 6. Diego Sanchez ($50K)
 7. Gilbert Yvel ($30K)
 8. Matt Hamill ($29K)
 9. Martin Kampmann ($27K)
10. Patrick Cote ($21K)

BOTTOM 5 OVERALL EARNERS

 1. Dongi Yang ($8K)
 1. Mike Guymon ($8K)
 3. Ryan Jensen ($10K)
 4. Jon Madsen ($16K)
 4. Chris Camozzi ($16K)
 4. Paul Taylor ($16K)

COST BY FIGHT

Cain Velasquez vs. Brock Lesnar ($600,000) + ($70,000 bonus)

Jake Shields vs. Martin Kampmann ($177,000)

Diego Sanchez vs. Paulo Thiago ($118,000) + ($140,000 bonuses)

Matt Hamill vs. Tito Ortiz ($308,000)

Brendan Schaub vs. Gabriel Gonzaga ($87,000)

Court McGee vs. Ryan Jensen ($40,000)

Tom Lawlor vs. Patrick Cote ($41,000)

Daniel Roberts vs. Mike Guymon ($24,000) + ($70,000 bonus)

Sam Stout vs. Paul Taylor ($48,000)

Chris Camozzi vs. Dongi Yang ($24,000)

Jon Madsen vs. Gilbert Yvel ($46,000)

TOTAL DISCLOSED PAYROLL: $1,513,000 + $280,000 in bonuses

OFFICIAL UFC 121 BONUSES

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Diego Sanchez vs. Paulo Thiago

KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT: Cain Velasquez

SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT: Daniel Roberts

UFC 121 drew 14,856 in attendance with a live gate $2.15 million.

According to these numbers, the average paid ticket price was approximately $145.

NOTE: 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. In my opinion, a fighter can NEVER be overpaid, and most fighters are often underpaid given the risk they incur in their workplace.

PAYDAY: Strikeforce Challengers 11 Salaries - Purse Amounts and Bonus Payouts for 10/22/10 in Fresno


The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has released the following purse amounts for STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 11: BOWLING VS VOELKER 2, held October 22, 2010 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno.

These are the salaries reported to the CSAC by Strikeforce. Lavar Johnson and Billy Evangelista tied as top earners of the night with their $10,000 payouts. Winning fighters in RED.

Bobby Voelker made $9,000 ($4.5K show + $4.5K win) for 8:58 TKO win.

Roger Bowling made $3,500 for 8:58 TKO loss.

Lavar Johnson made $10,000 (no win bonus) for 2:17 TKO win.

Virgil Zwicker made $3,000 for 2:17 TKO loss.

Billy Evangelista made $10,000 (no win bonus) for 15:00 unanimous decision win.

Waachiim Spiritwolf made $2,000 for 15:00 unanimous decision loss.

Julia Budd made $3,000 ($1.5K show + $1.5K win) for 7:51 TKO win.

Shana Olsen made $3,000 for 7:51 TKO loss.

John Devine made $4,000 ($2K show + $2K win) for 3:05 submission win.

Brandon Cash made $3,000 for 3:05 submission loss.

David Douglas made $3,000 ($1.5K show + $1.5K win) for 7:33 TKO win.

Dominic Clark made $1,500 for 7:33 TKO loss.

TOP 5 OVERALL EARNERS

 1. Lavar Johnson ($10K)
 1. Billy Evangelista ($10K)
 3. Bobby Voelker ($9K)
 4. John Devine ($4K)
 5. Roger Bowling ($3.5K)

TOP 5 BASE SALARIES

 1. Lavar Johnson ($10K)
 1. Billy Evangelista ($10K)
 3. Bobby Voelker ($4.5K)
 4. Roger Bowling ($3.5K)
 5. Virgil Zwicker ($3K)
 5. Shana Olsen ($3K)
 5. Brandon Cash ($3K)

BOTTOM 2 OVERALL EARNERS

 1. Dominic Clark ($1.5K)
 2. Waachiim Spiritwolf ($2K)

COST BY FIGHT

Bobby Voelker vs. Roger Bowling ($12,500)

Lavar Johnson vs. Virgil Zwicker ($13,000)

Billy Evangelista vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf ($12,000)

Julia Budd vs. Shana Olsen ($6,000)

John Devine vs. Brandon Cash ($7,000)

David Douglas vs. Dominic Clark ($4,500)

TOTAL DISCLOSED PAYROLL: $55,000

Strikeforce Challengers 11 drew 3,656 in attendance with a live gate $60,885.

According to these numbers, the average paid ticket price was approximately $16, which likely means there were a lot of comped tickets.

NOTE: 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. In my opinion, a fighter can NEVER be overpaid, and most fighters are often underpaid given the risk they incur in their workplace.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

DEEP 50 IMPACT RESULTS: Shinya Aoki, Katsunori Kikuno, Minowaman Pick Up Wins at 10th Anniversary Show - 10/24/10


DEEP: 50 IMPACT was held Sunday October 24, 2010 at the JCB Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The event marked the 10th anniversary of the Japanese fight promotion and featured an all-star line-up, not necessarily all-stars against each other, though, as DREAM Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki, Sanae Kikuta and Ikuhisa "Minowaman" Minowa were all given squash matches.

DEEP: 50 IMPACT

{Lightweight Championship}
Katsunori Kikuno (14-3) won by MD over Nobuhiro Obiya (12-4)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds

{Welterweight Championship}
Yuya Shirai (20-8) won by UD over Shigetoshi Iwase (10-13)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds

Masakazu Imanari (21-7) won by MD over Daiki Hata (11-8)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds

Shinya Aoki (26-5) won by SUB over Yokthai Sithoar (0-1)
[1:00] - Round 1 - keylock

Sanae Kikuta (29-7) won by TKO over Lee Sak Kim (0-1)
[1:21] - Round 1 - corner stoppage

Ikuhisa Minowa (47-31) won by SUB over Chang Hee Kim (0-2)
[2:07] - Round 1 - armbar

Ryo Chonan (18-11) won by TKO over Jun Hee Moon (3-2)
[12:57] - 2:57 Round 3 - punches

Yoshiro Maeda (27-9) won by MD over Takafumi Otsuka (10-7)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds

Yoshiyuki Nakanishi (9-1) won by TKO over Katsuyori Shibata (4-9)
[4:06] - Round 1 - punches

Shoji Maruyama (7-5) won by TKO over Jin Suk Jung (3-5)
[2:58] - Round 1 - punches

Hidetaka Monma (17-9) won by SUB over Yoshihisa Yamamoto (14-23)
[1:07] - Round 1 - arm-triangle choke

Ryuta Noji (12-6) won by TKO over Hiroshi Nagao (0-1)
[1:33] - Round 1 - knees

Hiroshi Nakamura (11-4) won by UD over Tatsumitsu Wada (3-6)
[10:00] - 2 Rounds

Yusaku Nakamura (3-0) won by KO over Isao Terada (8-11)
[8:48] - 3:48 Round 2 - punch

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

UD = Unanimous | MD = Majority Decision | SUB = Submission

UFC 121 RESULTS: Cain Velasquez Is Now the Baddest Man on the Planet, Tito Ortiz Becomes Ken Shamrock - 10/23/10

Pic by Scott Petersen - MMA Weekly
Brock Lesnar went from being the baddest man on the planet, to being the saddest man on the planet (props Dave Francis). The baddest man on the planet is now Cain Velasquez, UFC Heavyweight Champion. Like Lesnar before him, Velasquez achieved the pinnacle of his sport while still having single-digit pro fights. Lesnar (5-2) is only 33 years old has plenty of time to get back his crown.

In the co-main event, Jake Shields outpointed Martin "The Hitman" Kampmann in Shields' first fight at 170 pounds in years. Shields gassed hardcore in the third round, and looked more exhausted than ever. The decision seemed clear for Shields, until the first scorecard was announced 29-28 Kampmann. Shields' eyes about popped out of his head, but then 30-27 Shields and 29-28 Shields verdicts sealed the deal for the UFC debuting fighter.

Jake Shields isn't flashy, but he's effective. UFC President Dana White said Shields remains "in the mix" to fight the winner of Georges St. Pierre and Josh Koscheck for the UFC Welterweight Championship. Also "in the mix" then would be Jon Fitch and possibly Carlos Condit.

Diego "Nightmare" Sanchez returned to form against Paulo Thiago. Sanchez got beat from pillar to post in his last couple of fights with BJ Penn and John Hathaway. This time, Sanchez handed out the beating to the tune of a unanimous decision victory. The perplexity of judging continued with one judge seeing this fight 30-26, and the other two judges saw it 29-28.

Matt "The Hammer" Hamill may have pounded the final nail in the coffin of Tito "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Ortiz's UFC career. Ortiz is 0-4-1 in his last 5 Octagon appearances. Keith Jardine got cut from the UFC for losing 4 straight. Ortiz has quite a bit more pull than Jardine, though, so it's possible Ortiz could find reprieve in a third fight with Chuck Liddell, but that's probably a taffy-length stretch. It's not like Ortiz is getting KTFO every time like Liddell. Ortiz has lost 3 straight decisions, which is more of a releasable offense than a need for retirement issue. The problem is Ortiz has been UFC for life.

Ironically, 4 years ago Tito Ortiz stamped Ken Shamrock's UFC execution papers by giving Shamrock his third straight Octagon loss, and fourth overall loss in a row. Shamrock, unlike Ortiz, had fought more outside of the UFC than he had in the world's top fight promotion. Shamrock had 20-plus fights in Pancrase and PRIDE. Ortiz has only ever fought outside of the UFC once. And oh by the way, Matt Hamill has won 5 straight in the Octagon.

In the opening PPV bout, Brendan Schaub outclassed Gabriel Gonzaga for a clean sweep unanimous decision. Gonzaga brought with him the gameplan of a gorilla, and that's probably an unfair analysis of the gameplan your average gorilla would've implemented against Schaub. Gonzaga turned it on at the end, but too little, too late. Schaub is a legit heavyweight contender in the UFC now, and has all the makings of a star.

The Ultimate Fighter 11 winner Court "The Crusher" McGee was featured in the main event of the UFC Prelims Live on Spike TV. McGee struggled in the first round against veteran fighter Ryan Jensen. In between rounds, McGee's cornerman and all around cool dude, John Hackleman told McGee he was going to win on conditioning. That turned out to be an accurate assessment. Jensen got tired and McGee eventually caught him in a choke in the final stanza. McGee continues his underdog ascent in the UFC.

Never again will I doubt "The Filthy Mauler" Tom Lawlor. I picked Patrick Cote to win by decision and frankly that would've been the worst decision in the history of mankind. Lawlor abandoned the crowd-pleasing brawling that cost him his last two fights, and used his wrestling to completely dominate Cote. This was an appropriate fight to be held a week before Halloween. Cote was stuck in a 15-minute nightmare, where all his hard work and dreams went up in smoke before his very eyes. Except when Cote woke up, it was real.

Two fights ago, Patrick Cote was competing for the UFC Middleweight Championship, now he's lost 3 straight fights and his UFC roster spot is in serious jeopardy. My guess is given how resoundingly he was beaten, the next time we see Cote fight, it'll be for MFC in Canada.

Because the main event went short, two undercard fights aired during the PPV after Cain Velasquez's win. Daniel "Ninja" Roberts took care of business ninja-style against Mike "The Joker" Guymon with an Anaconda choke in the quickest fight of the night.

Jon Madsen followed in the footsteps of fellow smothering heavyweight wrestler Cole Konrad and finished a fight. Madsen devastated Gilbert "The Hurricane" Yvel, the godfather of Muay Thai in MMA. Madsen unleashed a fury of strikes on Yvel after a takedown that would've given chills even to an NFL linebacker. Madsen is the real deal, a mammoth of a man, and he just beat the f-ck out of a legit badass.

The two fights that didn't air at all both were split decisions. Sam "Hands of Stone" Stout and Chris Camozzi were on the right ends of decisions against Paul "Relentless" Taylor and Dongi "The Ox" Yang, respectively. Camozzi, who was forced out of TUF 11 with a broken jaw, handed Yang his first career loss.

UFC 121: LESNAR VS VELASQUEZ

{Heavyweight Championship}
Cain Velasquez (9-0) won by TKO over Brock Lesnar (5-2)
[4:01] - Round 1 - punches

Jake Shields (26-4) won by SD over Martin Kampmann (17-4)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)

Diego Sanchez (22-4) won by UD over Paulo Thiago (13-3)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)

Matt Hamill (10-2) won by UD over Tito Ortiz (15-8)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Brendan Schaub (7-1) won by UD over Gabriel Gonzaga (11-6)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

Court McGee (13-1) won by SUB over Ryan Jensen (15-7)
[11:21] - 1:21 Round 3 - arm-triangle choke

Tom Lawlor (7-3) won by UD over Patrick Cote (13-7)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

Daniel Roberts (11-1) won by SUB over Mike Guymon (12-4)
[1:13] - Round 1 - Anaconda choke

Sam Stout (16-6) won by SD over Paul Taylor (10-6)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)

Chris Camozzi (14-3) won by SD over Dongi Yang (9-1)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Jon Madsen (7-0) won by TKO over Gilbert Yvel (36-16)
[1:48] - Round 1 - punches

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

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


MADMAN AWARDS

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Diego Sanchez vs. Paulo Thiago

KO OF THE NIGHT: Cain Velasquez over Brock Lesnar

SUB OF THE NIGHT: Daniel Roberts (Anaconda choke) over Mike Guymon

QUICKEST WIN: Daniel Roberts over Mike Guymon in 73 seconds

BIGGEST UPSET: Tom Lawlor (+150) over Patrick Cote

BIGGEST WINNER:) Cain Velasquez

BIGGEST LOSER:( Brock Lesnar

UFC 121 Madman Roundtable Prediction Results:

1 - RANDY ROWLES: 8-3

2 - JOSHUA KING: 6-5

3 - JOHNNY NGUYEN: 5-6

PLAYING WITH MADMAN MONEY

MMAmadman Randy Rowles wagered 9 units at UFC 121.

Here's the Payout Sheet:

Cain Velasquez (+135) ~ 6 units WON 8.1 units = 14.1 units paid out

Tito Ortiz (+160) ~ 3 units LOST

TOTAL PAYOUT = 14.1 units (+5.1 units)

Bringing Playing with Madman Money Bankroll to +57.43 units (since 10/09)

UPDATED UFC RECORDS

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

Tito Ortiz (14-8) #21 Ranked Light Heavyweight *DANGER*

Diego Sanchez (11-4) #18 Ranked Welterweight

Matt Hamill (9-2) #17 Ranked Light Heavyweight

Martin Kampmann (8-3) #9 Ranked Welterweight

Cain Velasquez (7-0) #1 Ranked Heavyweight

Gabriel Gonzaga (7-5) #17 Ranked Heavyweight *DANGER*

Sam Stout (5-5)

Jon Madsen (4-0) #22 Ranked Heavyweight

Brock Lesnar (4-2) #5 Ranked Heavyweight

Patrick Cote (4-7) *DANGER*

Brendan Schaub (3-1) #16 Ranked Heavyweight

Tom Lawlor (3-2)

Paulo Thiago (3-3) #21 Ranked Welterweight *DANGER*

Paul Taylor (3-5) *DANGER*

Court McGee (2-0)

Chris Camozzi (2-0)

Daniel Roberts (2-1)

Ryan Jensen (2-5) *DANGER*

Jake Shields (1-0) #2 Ranked Welterweight

Mike Guymon (1-2) *DANGER*

Dongi Yang (0-1)

Gilbert Yvel (0-3) #23 Ranked Heavyweight *DANGER*

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

X-1: ISLAND PRIDE Poster and Fight Card for 11/6/10 in Hawaii with Finals of Light Heavyweight Tournament

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X-1: ISLAND PRIDE

November 6, 2010

Location: Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii

Broadcast: PPV

Edwin Tigre Aguilar (21-15) vs. Kala Kolohe Hose (7-4)

{Light Heavyweight Tournament Championship} - Vacant
Sang Soo Lee (15-9) vs. Poai Suganuma (11-3)

{State Bantamweight Championship}
Van Oscar Penovaroff (3-1) vs. David Barrios (4-4)

{State Lightweight Championship}
Bryson The Kid Kamaka (11-17) vs. Jerome-Max Lil Evil Holloway (0-0)

{State Featherweight Championship}
Sadhu Bott (4-0) vs. Dustin Kimura (3-0)

Delbert Grace (3-1) vs. Collin Mansanas (2-0)

WEC 52: FABER VS MIZUGAKI - 11/11/10 Fight Card in Las Vegas on Versus

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WEC 52: FABER VS MIZUGAKI -- November 11, 2010

Location: The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada

Broadcast: Versus

MAIN CARD

Urijah The California Kid Faber (23-4) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (13-4)

Chad Money Mendes (8-0) vs. Javier Showtime Vazquez (15-4)

Erik New Breed Koch (10-1) vs. Francisco Cisco Rivera (5-0)

Joseph Benavidez (12-2) vs. Wagnney Fabiano (14-2)

Demetrious Mighty Mouse Johnson (6-1) vs. Damacio The Angel of Death Page (15-4)

PRELIMINARY BOUTS

Raphael Assuncao (15-3) vs. L.C. Davis (16-3)

Edward Falo Faaloloto (2-0) vs. Anthony The Assassin Njokuani (12-4)

Zack Micklewright (7-1) vs. Dustin Poirier (7-1)

Clint Godfrey (11-2) vs. Michael Mayday McDonald (10-1)

Mackens Mack da Menace Semerzier (5-2) vs. Cub Swanson (14-4)

Yves Tiger Jabouin (14-6) vs. Brandon The Viper Visher (13-1)

UFC 121 BONUSES: $70K Bonus Payouts for Cain Velasquez, Diego Sanchez, Paulo Thiago and Daniel Roberts - 10/23/10

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The UFC awarded bonuses for UFC 121: LESNAR VS VELASQUEZ in the amount of $70,000 each. After every event, UFC officials award performance-based payout bonuses to at least 4 fighters.

Diego Sanchez and Paulo Thiago earned Fight of the Night honors for their 3-round scrap. While Sanchez won the fight 30-26 on one judge's scorecard, the other two judges had the fight scored a more competitive 29-28. Aside from the main event title change, the highlight of the night was Sanchez picking Thiago way up in the air, running across the Octagon screaming, and slamming the Brazilian hard to the ground, which resulted in an explosion of crowd applause.

Knockout of the Night went to Cain Velasquez for his UFC Heavyweight Championship-winning TKO destruction of Brock Lesnar. The Ultimate Fighter 10 alum and Lesnar training partner Jon Madsen was also eligible for the award for his 1:48 TKO win over the legendary Gilbert "The Hurricane" Yvel.

Submission of the Night went to Daniel "Ninja" Roberts for a beautifully transitioned Anaconda choke of Mike "The Joker" Guymon. Roberts scored the quickest win of the night, needing just 13 seconds past a minute into the first round to submit Guymon. TUF 11 winner Court "The Crusher" McGee was also eligible for the award for his come-from-behind arm-triangle chokeout of veteran fighter Ryan Jensen.

OFFICIAL UFC 121 BONUSES

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Diego Sanchez vs. Paulo Thiago

KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT: Cain Velasquez

SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT: Daniel Roberts

All 4 of these fighters are $70,000 richer thanks to their UFC 121 performances.

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W-1: NEW GROUND RESULTS: Ruben 'Warpath' Villareal Goes the Distance with Brett Rogers, Ninja Rua Falters - 10/23/10

WARRIOR-1 MMA held NEW GROUND on Saturday October 23, 2010 at the Halifax Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Brett "Da Grim" Rogers, coming off back-to-back losses to Alistair Overeem and Fedor Emelianenko in title fights in Strikeforce, returned to winning form against Ruben "Warpath" Villareal. Although Rogers avoided his third straight loss, winning 29-28 against a journeyman fighter like Villareal will likely have a negative effect on Rogers' inflated position in MMA heavyweight rankings.

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua's older brother Murilo "Ninja" Rua had won 4 straight fights at 205-pounds and was looking to secure a roster spot alongside his brother in the UFC. That career opportunity is not going to come now, after Ninja dropped a unanimous decision to Roy Boughton, a Team Cesar Gracie prospect.

W-1: NEW GROUND

Brett Rogers (11-2) won by UD over Ruben Villareal (18-19)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28 all)

Roy Boughton (5-1) won by UD over Murilo Rua (20-11)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Roger Hollett (11-3) won by UD over Mychal Clark (7-11)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Sean Pierson (10-4) won by TKO over Ricky Goodall (6-3)
[1:44] - Round 1 - punches

Matt MacGrath (9-4) won by UD over Ryan Machan (11-6)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

Doug Evans (11-7) won by SUB over Tristan Johnson (5-2)
[11:55] - 1:55 Round 3 - rear-naked choke

Musa Tolliver (8-6) won by UD over Jason MacKay (9-3)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

Nordine Taleb (3-1) won by UD over Chad Cox (5-3)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

Jeremy Hamilton (7-0) won by SUB over Chris Johnson (0-1)
[2:56] - Round 1 - rear-naked choke

Jeremiah Bernard (3-3) won by KO over Todd Henry (0-1)
[2:20] - Round 1 - head kick

Pat Schilling (2-0) won by SUB over Tom Waters (4-2)
[2:34] - Round 1 - kneebar

Michael Imperato (1-0) won by SUB over Jeff Black (2-7)
[4:36] - Round 1 - armbar

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

UD = Unanimous Decision | SUB = Submission