Saturday, December 18, 2010

VIDEO: UFC 125 'Find Your Rhythm' Promo Trailer, Quirky New Commercial for Resolution PPV on New Year's Day

The highly-praised UFC 124: ST-PIERRE VS KOSCHECK trailer, set to Jay Z's "Run This Town", marked a significantly different creative marketing strategy than had previously been utilized by the UFC to promote their fights. In the past, the UFC had mostly used a straightforward approach with smacktalking sound bites.

This UFC 125: RESOLUTION trailer is the most outside the box ad perhaps ever created by the UFC. This is a bold commercial that is sure to be polarizing, some will love it and some will hate it, but either way the UFC should be commended for brining a new creative flavor to their advertising.


UFC FIGHT FOR THE TROOPS 2 Fight Card Complete for 1/22/11 - Fight Night 23



January 22, 2011

Location: Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas

Broadcast: Spike TV


Evan Dunham (11-1) vs. Melvin The Young Assassin Guillard (26-8)

Tim The Thrashing Machine Hague (12-4) vs. Matt Meathead Mitrione (3-0)

Mark The Machine Hominick (19-8) vs. George Money Roop (11-6)

Pat HD Barry (5-2) vs. Joey The Mexicutioner Beltran (12-4)

Cole Magrinho Miller (17-4) vs. Matt Handsome Wiman (12-5)


Yves Edwards (39-16) vs. Cody McKenzie (12-0)

Mike The Joker Guymon (12-4) vs. DaMarques Darkness Johnson (11-8)


Mike Thomas Brown (24-7) vs. Rani Yahya (15-6)

Willamy Chiquerim Freire (17-3) vs. Waylon Lowe (9-3)

Amilcar Alves (11-2) vs. Charlie The Spaniard Brenneman (12-2)

Will Campuzano (8-3) vs. Chris Kamikaze Cariaso (10-2)

Friday, December 17, 2010

WEC 53 RESULTS: Anthony Pettis Wins Lightweight Title, Dominick Cruz First-Ever UFC Bantamweight Champion - 12/16/10

WEC 53: HENDERSON VS PETTIS was held Thursday December 16, 2010 at the Arena in Glendale, Arizona near Phoenix. This event marked the final show for World Extreme Cagefighting, which will now be merged with the UFC.

In the main event, Anthony "Showtime" Pettis won a unanimous decision over Ben "Smooth" Henderson to become the final WEC Lightweight Champion. Pettis is now the new number one contender for the UFC Lightweight Championship and will fight the winner of Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard (UFC 125) to unify the WEC and UFC 155-pound titles. Ben "Smooth" Henderson, who had been undefeated in the WEC, will also move on to become part of the UFC's lightweight roster, but his WEC run has ended on a down note with him losing his title.

In the final round of their 5-round war, Anthony Pettis landed one of the most impressive kicks in the history of MMA. Pettis pulled a move straight out of THE MATRIX by wall-walking up the cage and delivering a Tony Jaa-esque kick to the face of Ben Henderson, who somehow amazingly remained conscious. Pettis served up a perfect highlight reel spot for the UFC to loop endlessly when it comes time to promote Pettis against either Frankie Edgar or Gray Maynard in the lightweight title unification bout. Here's video of the amazing flying head kick!

In the co-main event, Dominick "Dominator" Cruz retained his WEC Bantamweight Championship with a clean sweep unanimous decision win over Scott "Young Guns" Jorgensen. With this victory, Cruz becomes the first-ever UFC Bantamweight Champion. The WEC 135-pound title will now be retired to Cruz's mantle place for the remainder of eternity. Cruz's first UFC bantamweight title defense will likely be against Urijah Faber, the only fighter who has beaten the 17-1 Cruz.

Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone used a triangle choke to earn his way into the UFC lightweight ranks. Cerrone's victim, Chris "The Polish Hammer" Horodecki, fell to 2-2 in the WEC, so it's unclear as to whether or not he'll be offered a spot in the UFC's stacked 155-pound division. Horodecki seems more fit to compete in the featherweight division, so there's a good chance he might make it into the UFC based on the condition that he drops down to the less-crowded 145-pound division.

In the opening televised fight, Kamal "Price of Persia" Shalorus outpointed Bart "Bartimus" Palaszewski to keep his undefeated record intact. Shalorus slowed down significantly as the fight went on, but did enough damage early in the fight to be awarded the split decision victory. Palaszewski is an exciting fighter and he barely lost this fight, so hopefully he gets a chance to prove himself in the Octagon. Shalorus hits like a truck and has Olympic-caliber wrestling; his poor conditioning at 38 years old, however, could be the thing that holds him back from ever becoming a top contender in the UFC.

In the night's biggest upset, the babyfaced Daniel "Danny Boy" Downes scored a unanimous decision win over the previously undefeated Tiequan "The Mongolian Wolf" Zhang. This stunning upset left all of us on the Madman Roundtable red-faced with our predictions. Specifically, I might've wrote something along the lines of having never before been more confident in a WEC pick than I was in picking Zhang. Gulp. There were high hopes in the Zuffa organization for the Chinese fighter, as the company looks to expand their business into China. Those hopes have at least temporarily been derailed by the unlikeliest of fighters. As unbelievable as it sounds, it appears we're going to be seeing Danny Downes compete in the UFC after all. Time to eat my shoe.

Jamie Varner most likely tapped away his chances at a UFC return. Varner is now 0-3-1 in his last 4 fights and almost certainly will not be offered a UFC roster spot. Shane Roller, on the other hand, can pack his bags for a trip to the Octagon after submitting Varner with a rear-naked choke in the first round of their preliminary bout.

Brad "One Punch" Pickett welcomed Ivan "Pride of El Salvador" Menjivar back to the major leagues by handing the Salvadoran a decision loss. Menjivar fought in the UFC in 2004, but retired from the sport for two and a half years after losing back-to-back fights in 2006. Menjivar made a successful return to MMA in June 2010 in a minor league fight, but stumbled in his return to the big stage against Pickett. Given Menjivar's training ties to UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre and the limited number of bantamweight fighters making the transition into the UFC, there's a strong possibility that Menjivar will still make the UFC roster despite this loss.

Former UFC bantamweight champion Eddie Wineland scored an impressive KO slam on American Top Team fighter Ken Stone that was the last of a string of 3 straight knockout finishes on the WEC 53 undercard. Team Alpha Male fighter Danny "Last Call" Castillo scored the Quickest Win of the Night with a KO of Will Kerr in just 85 seconds. To kick off the succession of knockouts, WEC newcomer Yuri "Marajo" Alcantara put WEC vet Ricardo "The Bully" Lamas to sleep with punches. This time it was The Bully who got bullied. The lightweight Alcantara will now take his impressive 24-3 record into the UFC along with fellow 155-pound fighter Castillo and 135-pound fighter Wineland.

In the opening fight of the night, Renan Barao, UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo's training partner, caught Chris "Kamikaze" Cariaso in a rear-naked choke for a first round submission victory. After losing in his MMA debut, Barao has now gone an amazing 26 fights without a loss. With two impressive WEC wins under his belt, Barao will be entering the UFC with a ton of momentum and could very well be a UFC Bantamweight Championship contender within his first year in the promotion.

This event marked the end of an era, and the beginning of a new era with 135 and 145-pound fighters in the UFC. After nearly a decade, from the original WEC event in the summer of 2001 to this final WEC event in the winter of 2010, it's been one hell of a ride to say the least. Rarely has a WEC event ever been boring. I could go on and on, but I'll keep it simple by saying thanks for the memories, WEC!


{Lightweight Championship}
Anthony Pettis (13-1) won by UD over Ben Henderson (12-2)
[25:00] - 5 Rounds - (49-46, 48-47, 48-47)

{Bantamweight Championship}
Dominick Cruz (17-1) won by UD over Scott Jorgensen (11-4)
[25:00] - 5 Rounds - (50-45 all)

Donald Cerrone (13-3) won by SUB over Chris Horodecki (16-3)
[7:43] - 2:43 Round 2 - triangle choke

Kamal Shalorus (7-0) won by SD over Bart Palaszewski (35-14)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)

Daniel Downes (7-1) won by UD over Tiequan Zhang (12-1)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Shane Roller (9-3) won by SUB over Jamie Varner (16-5)
[3:55] - Round 1 - rear-naked choke

Brad Pickett (20-5) won by UD over Ivan Menjivar (21-8)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28 all)

Eddie Wineland (18-6) won by KO over Ken Stone (9-2)
[2:11] - Round 1 - slam

Danny Castillo (10-3) won by KO over Will Kerr (9-3)
[1:25] - Round 1 - punches

Yuri Alcantara (24-3) won by KO over Ricardo Lamas (9-2)
[3:26] - Round 1 - punches

Renan Barao (25-1) won by SUB over Chris Cariaso (10-2)
[3:47] - Round 1 - rear-naked choke

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

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


FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Anthony Pettis vs. Ben Henderson

KO OF THE NIGHT: Eddie Wineland (slam) over Ken Stone

SUB OF THE NIGHT: Donald Cerrone (triangle choke) over Chris Horodecki

QUICKEST WIN: Danny Castillo over Will Kerr in 85 seconds

BIGGEST UPSET: Daniel Downes (+240) over Tiequan Zhang

BIGGEST WINNER:) Anthony Pettis

BIGGEST LOSER:( Jamie Varner

WEC 53 Insane Preview Prediction Results:

1 - ERIC VAN DEN HAAS: 7-4 (9.5 pts)

2 - MAT PARÉ: 7-4 (7.5 pts)

3 - MIKE ALMEIDA: 7-4 (5 pts)




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

Dominick Cruz (7-1) #1 Ranked Bantamweight

Scott Jorgensen (7-3) #6 Ranked Bantamweight

Shane Roller (6-2)

Donald Cerrone (6-3-1)

Anthony Pettis (5-1) #20 Ranked Lightweight

Ben Henderson (5-1) #21 Ranked Lightweight

Eddie Wineland (5-2) #12 Ranked Bantamweight

Danny Castillo (5-3)

Ricardo Lamas (4-2) *DANGER*

Bart Palaszewski (4-3)

Jamie Varner (4-3-1) *DANGER*

Kamal Shalorus (3-0-1)

Brad Pickett (3-1) #17 Ranked Bantamweight

Renan Barao (2-0)

Chris Horodecki (2-2) *DANGER*

Yuri Alcantara (1-0)

Daniel Downes (1-1)

Tiequan Zhang (1-1) *DANGER*

Chris Cariaso (1-1) *DANGER*

Will Kerr (1-2) *DANGER*

Ivan Menjivar (0-1)

Ken Stone (0-1) *DANGER*

*DANGER* of not making it into the UFC due to loss.

WEC 53 BONUSES: $10K Bonus Payouts for Anthony Pettis, Ben Henderson, Shane Roller and Eddie Wineland - 12/16/10

Zuffa awarded bonuses for WEC 53: HENDERSON VS PETTIS in the amount of $10,000 each. After every event, UFC officials award performance-based payout bonuses to at least 4 fighters, which is in addition to their fighter purses or salaries.

Fight of the Night honors went to WEC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis and former champ Ben Henderson for their back-and-forth 5-round main event battle. This was the final WEC event ever. The promotion is now being absorbed into the UFC. The promotion, fighters and fans couldn't have asked for a better fight to close out the show for the WEC. Pettis and Henderson put an exclamation point on what was a tremendous 53-show run for World Extreme Cagefighting.

Knockout of the Night went to Eddie Wineland for his KO slam of Ken Stone in their preliminary bout. Because 3 of the 4 televised fight went the distance, including both 5-round title fights, there wasn't enough time left to televise any of the undercard fights. Given this was the last WEC show ever, this event really should've been given a 3-hour time slot instead of the 2 hours it was given. A majority of the preliminary bouts ended with finishes, including 3 knockouts in a row. Danny Castillo and Yuri Alcantara also scored KO's along with Wineland.

Submission of the Night went to Shane Roller for his first round rear-naked choke tapout of former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner. Roller choked out Varner in the most high-profile undercard fight, however, due to time constraints, this fight was only witnessed by the live audience in attendance at the Arena. Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone missed out on the submission bonus despite the fact that his fight aired as part of the main televised card. Cerrone submitted Chris Horodecki with a triangle choke. Renan Barao was also eligible for the bonus for his opening fight submission victory over Chris Cariaso.


FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Anthony Pettis vs. Ben Henderson



All 4 of these fighters are now each $10,000 richer, on top of their WEC 53 contracted salary, thanks to their performances on December 16, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

VIDEO: Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner to Be a Contestant on The Biggest Loser Season 11 - Preview Trailer

Rulon Gardner, an Olympic Gold Medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling at the Sydney 2000 Summer Games, has an MMA record of 1-0 with a victory over the legendary Hidehiko Yoshida, also an Olympic Gold Medalist (Judo). Rulon Gardner weighed in at 295 pounds for his 2004 fight with Hidehiko Yoshida. Gardner weighed in at a whopping 474 pounds for Season 11 of THE BIGGEST LOSER on NBC. Gardner is profiled at the 1:57 mark in the above sneak peek trailer. Below is video of the second round of Rulon Gardner vs. Hidehiko Yoshida from PRIDE Shockwave 2004.

WEC 53 INSANE PREVIEW: Predictions, Roundtable Analysis, Betting Odds, Weigh-In Results, Stats, Madness Levels

WEC 53: HENDERSON VS PETTIS will be held Thursday December 16, 2010 at the Arena in Glendale, Arizona near Phoenix. The main card will air live on Versus starting at 9:00 PM EST. The is the final WEC event before the promotion is absorbed into the UFC.

This Insane Preview features all the pertinent stats – betting lines translated into projected chance of winning percentages and monetary ratios, MMA and WEC win-loss records, last 5 fights for each fighter, official weigh-in results – as well as Sherdog Fight Finder links, Madness Levels, Roundtable discussion and Predictions for every single fight on the card!

Roundtable participants are MMAmadman Randy Rowles, “Evil” Eric Van Den Haas, “Mad” Mat Paré (@The_Pinch), Johnny Nguyen and “Mad Money” Mike Almeida.

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 we are for each fight.

Randy Rowles is our defending Madman Roundtable Champion.

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




(-175) = projected 62% chance of winning = $1.75 bet wins $1

(+155) = projected 38% chance of winning = $1 bet wins $1.55

BEN HENDERSON: 12-1 (5-0 WEC) – Weight: 155


WIN over Donald Cerrone by SUB at WEC 48 (4/10)

WIN over Jamie Varner by SUB at WEC 46 (1/10)

WIN over Donald Cerrone by UD at WEC 43 (10/09)

WIN over Shane Roller by TKO at WEC 40 (4/09)

WIN over Anthony Njokuani by SUB at WEC 38 (1/09)

ANTHONY PETTIS: 12-1 (4-1 WEC) – Weight: 154.5


WIN over Shane Roller by SUB at WEC 50 (8/10)

WIN over Alex Karalexis by SUB at WEC 48 (4/10)

WIN over Danny Castillo by KO at WEC 47 (3/10)

LOSS to Bart Palaszewski by SD at WEC 45 (12/09)

WIN over Mike Campbell by SUB at WEC 41 (6/09)

Average Madness Level (1-10): 9.4

MMAMADMAN - (9) The winner of this fight will be the last-ever WEC Lightweight Champion and the new number one contender for the UFC Lightweight Championship. Henderson or Pettis will fight the winner of Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard at UFC 125 in a lightweight title unification fight, likely sometime before the summer of 2011. Henderson has put together WEC wins over Donald Cerrone and Jamie Varner to rise up through the lightweight rankings. Pettis is a fighter not even ranked in the Madman Top 25 Lightweight Rankings, so for Pettis this is a huge opportunity that he otherwise wouldn't have gotten through traditional means so quickly. Had Pettis already been fighting in the UFC instead of the WEC, there would be a lot of fighters in front of him in line for a title shot. A win over Henderson would be the fast-track or all fast-tracks to get Pettis into a UFC title fight. Henderson’s run in the WEC has been nothing short of phenomenal. Henderson has proven to be one of the most resilient, flexible and dangerous fighters in the history of the UFC’s sister promotion. Henderson is more than ready for primetime, a legitimate UFC title contender ready for his chance at greatness. Henderson by Submission in Round 2

EVIL ERIC - (10) Henderson has had an incredible two year run in the WEC! Since choking out Anthony Njokuani in his debut, he's beaten Roller, Varner and Cerrone (twice). It'd be a shame for that to end at the final WEC fight, but Anthony Pettis is certainly capable of ensuring Smooth's ride comes to a screeching halt. Able to finish by subs or KOs, the always dangerous Showtime would prefer to keep it standing and utilize his striking skills, but if it goes to the ground he could do some damage there, too. Not only does this WEC finale have obvious Fight of the Night potential but it could very well be the Fight of the Year! Both men will surely be a factor in the UFC but only one can emerge as the #1 Lightweight contender... Henderson by Submission in Round 4

MAD MAT - (9) Do I really have to pick a winner? I love these two so much I'd settle for a draw! I don't think a fight can possibly be more even-matched than this. Two exciting, crazy strikers with slick submissions and overall complete well-rounded games! I'll go with Henderson, by a hair, but don't ask me why. I expect a crazy 5-round fight much like Henderson had vs Cerrone. No matter who wins, it's cliché, but the fans win! Henderson by Decision

JOHNNY NGUYEN - (9) Both guys are really talented. Hard to decide who's going to win, but I’m gonna go with Henderson by 2nd rd guillotine choke Submission

MAD MONEY MIKE - (10) Pettis by Decision



(-210) = projected 65% chance of winning = $2.10 bet wins $1

(+175) = projected 35% chance of winning = $1 bet wins $1.75

DOMINICK CRUZ: 16-1 (6-1 WEC) – Weight: 134.5


WIN over Joseph Benavidez by SD at WEC 50 (8/10)

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)

SCOTT JORGENSEN: 11-3 (7-2 WEC) – Weight: 135


WIN over Brad Pickett by UD at WEC 50 (8/10)

WIN over Antonio Banuelos by UD at WEC 48 (4/10)

WIN over Chad George by SUB at WEC 47 (3/10)

WIN over Takeya Mizugaki by UD at WEC 45 (12/09)

WIN over Noah Thomas by TKO at WEC 43 (10/09)

Average Madness Level (1-10): 8.8

MMAMADMAN - (10) The winner of this fight will be crowned the first-ever UFC Bantamweight Champion! Dominick Cruz has only ever lost once in 17 fights, to the WEC’s golden boy Urijah Faber. A win here would set up a rematch with Faber, who dropped down to bantamweight in his last fight from featherweight, a division Faber ruled for years. Scott Jorgensen will be looking to play spoiler for this money Cruz-Faber rematch, and instead will be looking to set himself up for a fight with Faber in the UFC. Jorgensen has a strong wrestling base and a slick submission game. Cruz has won 2 decisions over Joseph Benavidez, a strong wrestler in his own right. The logical pick here would probably be Cruz winning by decision. I feel like gambling, however, and I can’t think of a better fighter to go out on a limb for than Jorgensen. Young Guns is a fighter who always brings it and has defied the odds on more than one occasion in his career. I expect Jorgensen will take a beating on his feet, but hopefully he'll be able to use takedowns and submission attempts to steal a close decision win. Jorgensen by Split Decision

EVIL ERIC - (9) Cruz is the champ for a reason. His only loss was 3 and a half years ago to Urijah Faber and he's been on a tear recently notching some seriously impressive wins over top notch competition. The scrappy Jorgensen will be ready to battle but I expect Young Guns to go down in a blaze of glory. Dominator will become the first UFC Bantamweight Champion. Cruz by Unanimous Decision

MAD MAT - (8) Another evenly matched fight but in this one Cruz has the definite edge. He's taller, quicker, and only has 1 career loss to Urijah Faber. Jorgensen is riding a nice 5-fight winning streak but nothing tells me he has what it takes to hang with the champ. I picked Joseph Benavidez to beat Cruz and he did on one of the judges scorecards, and if the fight ever happens, I would pick Benavidez to beat Jorgensen. That being said, this will be a great fight, nothing easy for Cruz but he's winning this. Would love a finish here, but realistically, unless Jorgensen suffers a broken hand like Brian Bowles, it's going the distance. Cruz by Decision

JOHNNY NGUYEN - (8) Another hard fight for me to pick. Cruz has been on a winning streak but I’m going with the underdog. Jorgensen by 3rd round TKO

MAD MONEY MIKE - (9) Cruz by Decision


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

2010 World MMA Awards Winners and Complete List of Nominees

The Fighters Only 2010 World MMA Awards were held Wednesday December 1, 2010 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event aired live on and then re-aired on the Versus television network on December 9, 2010.

Randy Couture was given a special achievement award for Outstanding Contribution to MMA.

Here is a complete list of the winners and nominees:

MMA GLOBAL INVASION RESULTS: Fighters' Checks Bounce After Nemesis Fighting Event in Dominican Republic - 12/11/10

Nemesis Fighting: MMA Global Invasion was held Saturday December 11, 2010, at the Barcelo Convention Center in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

In what should have been apparent since the announcement and subsequent delay of this sketchy event, which was originally supposed to happen in mid-November, MMA Global Invasion ended up being a complete clusterf-ck.

According to MMA Weekly, all of the fighters' checks have bounced, so no one who fought on this show has been paid. The contracted pay was said to be well above average, which speaks to the old adage about things being too good to be true for a reason.

In his blog, co-main event fighter Paul Buentello explained the situation the fighters encountered when they arrived at the event in the Dominican Republic. Buentello said there was no athletic commission, no legitimate ringside doctors and no timekeepers. Dodson-Moraga ended up going 7 minutes (!) over the 15-minute time limit due to inept timekeeping.

According to a Sherdog thread, two of the three judges were drinking alcohol and got increasing drunk and rowdy as the night went on. None of the judges could be seen writing down scores for any rounds. The promotion didn't even have enough gloves for all the fighters, so fighters scheduled later on the card had to wait for fighters from earlier on the card to be done competing, so they could use their already worn gloves.

More details are sure to emerge this week about this fiasco, as the participating fighters tell their stories to the MMA media. Given the complete lack of professionalism, and perhaps criminality, shown by the Nemesis Fighting promoters and their crew in the Dominican Republic, the legitimacy of the results is sure to be questioned. The fighters, however, showed up and did their part.


Keith Jardine (16-9) won by UD over Francisco France (6-2)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds

Paul Buentello (29-13) won by UD over Kerry Schall (23-12)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds

Isaac Vallie-Flagg (10-3) won by KO over Alejandro Villalobos (8-3)
Round 3 - punches

Eliot Marshall (10-2) won by SUB over Chris McNally (4-4)
Round 1 - armbar

Terry Martin (21-8) won by TKO over Josh Martin (6-6)
[1:27] - Round 1 - punches

Chaun Sims (3-1) won by SUB over Oscar Sosa (5-1)
Round 3 - armbar

John Dodson (11-5) won by UD over John Moraga (6-1)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds

Mike Nickels (9-4) won by SUB over Kyle Seals (6-3)
Round 1 - armbar

Jose Tezanos (4-1) won by UD over Travis Marx (15-3)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds

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

UD = Unanimous Decision | SUB = Submission

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

VIDEO: UFC 125: Resolution Preview Trailer - Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard 2

UFC 125: RESOLUTION will be held New Year's Day, January 1, 2011 and will air on PPV. The main event features Frankie "The Answer" Edgar defending his UFC Lightweight Championship against undefeated Gray "The Bully" Maynard, the only fighter with a win over Edgar. The co-main event features a middleweight fight between Chris "The Crippler" Leben and former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion Brian "All-American" Stann. The main card also features a showdown between light heavyweight Muay Thai specialists Thiago Silva and Brandon "The Truth" Vera, a welterweight bout between Stockton bad boy Nate Diaz and undefeated Dong Hyun "Stun Gun" Kim, and a lightweight scrap between frenzied fighters Clay "The Carpenter" Guida and Takanori "The Fireball Kid" Gomi.

Monday, December 13, 2010

MMA GLOBAL INVASION INSANE PREVIEW: Predictions, Analysis, Betting Odds for Nemesis Fighting PPV on 12/13/10

by "Mad" Mat Paré - @The_Pinch on Twitter

NEMESIS FIGHTING: MMA GLOBAL INVASION will be held Monday December 13, 2010 at the Barceló Convention Center in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The event is set to air live on PPV in North America.

This Insane Preview features all the pertinent stats – betting lines translated into projected chance of winning percentages and monetary ratios, MMA win-loss records, last 5 fights for each fighter – as well as Sherdog Fight Finder links and Predictions!

For some unknown reason, there are betting odds for this card, for some even darker reason they have been up for months, and for some even more obscure reason, there are odds for 7 fights! That being said, what the hell are these numbers?!? Jardine a 4 to 1 favorite?! Buentello almost a 6 to 1 favorite?! This is complete twilight zone material for these 2 to be huge favorites at this point in their careers...

UD = Unanimous | SD = Split | MD = Majority Decision | SUB = Submission | (T)KO = (Technical)Knockout


Light Heavyweight Bout

(-380) = projected 77% chance of winning = $3.80 bet wins $1

(+315) = projected 23% chance of winning = $1 bet wins $3.15



LOSS to Trevor Prangley by SD at Shark Fights 13 (9/10)

LOSS to Matt Hamill by MD at UFC TUF 11 Finale (6/10)

LOSS to Ryan Bader by KO at UFC 110 (2/10)

LOSS to Thiago Silva by TKO at UFC 102 (8/09)

LOSS to Quinton Jackson by UD at UFC 96 (3/09)



WIN over Cale Yarbrough (8-2) by SUB at Fight Me MMA 1 (8/10)

WIN over Lee Brousseau (4-3) by SUB in Strikeforce (5/10)

LOSS to Chris Davis by KO in EFC (4/10)

WIN over Tony Roberts (12-6) by SUB in EFC (2/10)

WIN over Kyle Price (3-1) by SUB in HTF (10/09)

Everyone loves Jardine, myself included, but realistically, coming off 5 straight losses, he shouldn’t be a favorite against anyone anymore. He is facing a high-level decorated jiu jitsu expert; if you look at Keith's record, it seems to be a first for him. Having never been submitted and being the awkward striking beast that he is, the odds want you to believe he will KO France with little to no effort. Look for Kiko to control the fight, clinch, score takedowns and throw a bunch of submission attempts. I don't see Jardine tapping, but I do see him getting outworked and controlled. France brings a lot to the table and could also surprise everyone in the stand-up; he has a much better than 3 to 1 shot at winning in my opinion. A very worthy underdog worth at least a small bet.

PREDICTION: Francisco France by Decision (a sub would be monumental)

Heavyweight Bout

(-535) = projected 81% chance of winning = $5.35 bet wins $1

(+420) = projected 19% chance of winning = $1 bet wins $4.20



LOSS to Tim Sylvia by KO at War on the Mainland (8/10)

WIN over Bryan Humes (6-1) by UD at Shark Fights 11 (5/10)

LOSS to Cheick Kongo by SUB at UFC on Versus 1 (3/10)

LOSS to Stefan Struve by MD at UFC 107 (12/09)

WIN over Kirill Sidelnikov (6-4) by TKO in Affliction (1/09)



WIN over Justin Gizzard (3-5) by DQ at Extreme Challenge 111 (11/08)

LOSS to Dave Herman (19-2) by TKO in EliteXC: ShoXC (10/08)

LOSS to Antoine Hayes (10-5) by UD at Adrenaline MMA 1 (6/08)

LOSS to Shane Ott (3-3) by TKO at Extreme Challenge 77 (4/07)

WIN over Nathan Kirby (5-3) by DQ at Extreme Challenge 74 (3/07)

What a mind-boggling line! Buentello -535 versus a bigger and stronger opponent who specializes in wrestling and submissions... Everyone knows Buentello's game relies only on his stand-up and he lacks big time when it comes to anything other than swinging wild punches. Remember Cheick Kongo taking him down? Remember any other fight where Kongo was taking anyone down? That being said, I can't say I have much faith in Schall. He's never beaten anyone worth mentioning, hasn't had a real win in 4 years, only winning 2 DQ's and losing 3 times including 2 by TKO in those 4 years. This fight should be a coin flip, either Buentello catches Schall straight on the jaw and drops him, or he gets taken down and controlled to either get submitted or decisioned. When you're getting +420 on the bigger wrestler versus the smaller striker, how could you pass that up?

PREDICTION: Kerry Schall by Submission Round 1

DEEP: MAYHEM IN MACAU Poster and Fight Card for 1/8/11 in China



January 8, 2011

Location: The Venetian Arena in Macau, China

{Megaton Super Heavyweight Championship}
Yusuke Kawaguchi (13-3) vs. Kazuhisa Tazawa (6-1)

Masakazu Ashikan Judan Imanari (21-7) vs. Jae Hun Moon (0-1)

Jeong Gyo Park (0-1) vs. Yuya Shirai (20-8)

Yoann Bonafide Gouaida (2-3) vs. Ryuta Sakurai (20-16)

Saori Shooting Star Ishioka (10-5) vs. Ann Wongkhamma (1-0)

Yasushi Kitazaki (10-7) vs. Andy Wang (7-7)

Luiz Andrade I (12-8) vs. Rodrigo Caporal (4-3)

Alex Dragon Slayer Niu (0-1) vs. Marcos Souza (0-0)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

UFC 124 RESULTS: Georges St. Pierre Incessantly Jabs Josh Koscheck, Stefan Struve Shuts Up Sean McCorkle - 12/11/10

UFC 124: ST-PIERRE VS KOSCHECK II was held Saturday December 11, 2010 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The main card aired live on PPV.

In the main event, Georges "Rush" St. Pierre continued his streak of winning every single round in every single fight since his first victory over Josh "Kos" Koscheck. While Koscheck was able to win 1 of 3 rounds against St. Pierre the first time around at UFC 74, this time he lost 5 of 5 rounds. St. Pierre used a persistent jab to swell up Koscheck's right eye, possibly breaking his orbital bone, and win a clean sweep unanimous decision.

In the co-main event, Stefan "Skyscraper" Struve answered Sean "Big Sexy" McCorkle's pre-fight trash talking with a first round TKO victory. McCorkle threatened Struve early with a kimura, but Struve was able to sweep McCorkle, mount him and rain down punches until the referee stepped in to stop the fight. UFC announcer Mike Goldberg confirmed this was officially the tallest fight in UFC history with Struve at 6'11" and McCorkle at 6'7".

Jim Miller improved his UFC record to a stellar 8-1 with a submission win over submission wizard Charles "Do Bronx" Oliveira. The veteran Miller turned the tables on Oliveira, using a kneebar to force the young fighter to tapout for his first career loss.

In only the third match-up ever of The Ultimate Fighter winners, TUF 6 winner Mac Danzig secured his UFC roster spot with an impressive knockout of TUF 3 winner Joe "Daddy" Stevenson. Danzig had lost 4 out of his last 5 fights and was facing UFC expulsion with another loss. Now Stevenson has lost 4 out of his last 6 fights and faces a similar fate. If Stevenson is not released from the UFC for this loss, he most certainly will be if he gets another chance and loses in his next fight.

Pic by Tracy Lee for Cagewriter
Thiago "Pitbull" Alves and John "Doomsday" Howard opened the PPV with an exciting striking contest. Alves won by unanimous decision, but Howard showed a great deal of courage by hanging in there despite being overmatched by Alves. Howard has now lost back-to-back fights, but should get another Octagon bout considering he started his career 4-0 in the UFC and put on a good performance in this fight.

Two fights aired live on in the hour preceding the PPV. Dan Miller and Joe "El Dirte" Doerksen engaged in a competitive 3-round fight that saw both guys with the upper hand at different points. In the end, Miller was awarded the split decision. Mark Bocek submitted Dustin "McLovin" Hazelett in the first round. Hazelett dropped down to lightweight for the first time in the UFC for this fight, but has now lost 3 straight fights in the UFC and will likely be released.

Sean Pierson and Matthew Riddle went to war in their preliminary bout. Although the final scorecards all read 30-27 in favor of Pierson, Riddle never stopped coming forward. Pierson was the more accurate striker, but both fighters left it all in the Octagon.

The undercard fight between Rafael "Sapo" Natal and Jesse "Water" Bongfeldt was controversially ruled a majority draw. Most observers and one judge saw the fight for Natal, however, two judges ruled the fight a draw, so a draw it will be in the record books.

In the first two fights of the night, John "The Bull" Makdessi and Ricardo "Big Dog" Almeida scored unanimous decision wins over Pat "Awesomely Awesome" Audinwood and T.J. Grant, respectively. Audinwood and Grant are now both in danger of being cut from the UFC with these losses.


{Welterweight Championship}
Georges St. Pierre (21-2) won by UD over Josh Koscheck (15-5)
[25:00] - 5 Rounds - (50-45 all)

Stefan Struve (21-4) won by TKO over Sean McCorkle (10-1)
[3:55] - Round 1 - punches

Jim Miller (19-2) won by SUB over Charles Oliveira (14-1)
[1:59] - Round 1 - kneebar

Mac Danzig (20-8) won by KO over Joe Stevenson (31-12)
[1:54] - Round 1 - punch

Thiago Alves (18-7) won by UD over John Howard (14-6)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

Dan Miller (13-4) won by SD over Joe Doerksen (46-14)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Mark Bocek (9-3) won by SUB over Dustin Hazelett (12-7)
[2:33] - Round 1 - triangle choke

Rafael Natal (12-3-1) and Jesse Bongfeldt (21-7-1) ruled DRAW
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28, 28-28, 28-28 - Majority Draw)

Sean Pierson (11-4) won by UD over Matthew Riddle (5-2)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

Ricardo Almeida (13-4) won by UD over TJ Grant (16-5)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

John Makdessi (8-0) won by UD over Pat Audinwood (9-2)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

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

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


FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Sean Pierson vs. Matthew Riddle

KO OF THE NIGHT: Mac Danzig over Joe Stevenson

SUB OF THE NIGHT: Jim Miller (kneebar) over Charles Oliveira

QUICKEST WIN: Mac Danzig over Joe Stevenson in 114 seconds

BIGGEST UPSET: Mac Danzig (+235) over Joe Stevenson


BIGGEST LOSER:( Dustin Hazelett

UFC 124 Insane Preview Prediction Results:

1 - RANDY ROWLES: 7-3 (5 pts)

2 - ERIC VAN DEN HAAS: 7-3 (1 pt)

3 - MAT PARÉ: 6-4 (6 pts)

4 - JOHNNY NGUYEN: 6-4 (4.5 pts)

5 - JOSHUA KING: 5-5



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

Georges St. Pierre (15-2) #1 Ranked Welterweight

Josh Koscheck (13-5) #5 Ranked Welterweight

Thiago Alves (10-4) #4 Ranked Welterweight

Jim Miller (8-1) #6 Ranked Lightweight

Joe Stevenson (8-6) #18 Ranked Lightweight

Ricardo Almeida (6-4) #20 Ranked Welterweight

Stefan Struve (5-2)

Matthew Riddle (5-2)

Dan Miller (5-3)

Mark Bocek (5-3)

Dustin Hazelett (5-5) *DANGER*

John Howard (4-2)

Mac Danzig (4-4) #17 Ranked Lightweight

T.J. Grant (3-3) *DANGER*

Charles Oliveira (2-1)

Joe Doerksen (2-7) *DANGER*

Sean Pierson (1-0)

John Makdessi (1-0)

Sean McCorkle (1-1)

Jesse Bongfeldt (0-0-1)

Rafael "Sapo" Natal (0-1-1)

Pat Audinwood (0-2) *DANGER*

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

UFC 124 BONUSES: Bonus Payouts for Georges St. Pierre, Josh Koscheck, Mac Danzig, Jim Miller and Mark Bocek

12/11/10 - The UFC awarded bonuses for UFC 124: ST-PIERRE VS KOSCHECK 2 in the amount of $100,000 each, with 2 fighters getting $50,000 each due to splitting the Submission of the Night bonus. After every event, UFC officials award performance-based payout bonuses to at least 4 fighters, on top of their original salaries.

Fight of the Night was decided by the fans for the first time. The UFC polled the fans after UFC 124 via phone and the internet, and the main event fighters, Georges St. Pierre and Josh Koscheck, were awarded Fight of the Night. At the UFC 124 post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White said he disagreed with the fans' choice. White said he believed Sean Pierson and Matthew Riddle should have won the honor and the $100,000 prizes for their undercard fight that aired on tape delay during the PPV. White went so far as to joke to St. Pierre that he owes $100,000 to his training partner and good friend Pierson. In a more serious tone, White said Pierson and Riddle would be "taken care of," meaning they will be given private bonuses for their spirited 3-round preliminary card battle. White also said that this was the last time the fans will vote on Fight of the Night because "they blew it."

Knockout of the Night went to Mac Danzig for his faceplant knockout of Joe Stevenson. As Danzig was stepping backward, he landed a perfect left hand to the jaw of Stevenson, who immediately fell face first to the ground. Danzig had lost 4 out of his last 5 fights and was literally fighting for his UFC roster spot. Not only did Danzig save his job, he pocketed a cool hundred grand with a beautiful KO of Stevenson.

Submission of the Night was split between Jim Miller and Mark Bocek, with each fighter receiving $50,000. Miller scored an impressive kneebar submission win over Charles Oliveira, who himself was coming off back-to-back Submission of the Night honors in his first two UFC fights. Bocek locked up a triangle choke on Dustin Hazelett for the other half of the bonus. Like Oliveira, Hazelett had himself also previously won two Submission of the Night honors. Miller and Bocek were the only two fighters on the UFC 124 card to score submission victories.


FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Georges St. Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck




Georges St. Pierre, Josh Koscheck and Mac Danzig are each $100,000 richer, and Jim Miller and Mark Bocek are each $50,000 richer, all thanks to their UFC 124 performances on December 10, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.