Saturday, January 29, 2011

STRIKEFORCE: DIAZ VS CYBORG MADMAN ROUNDTABLE: Predictions, Analysis, Madness Levels - Preview for 1/29/11



Welcome to the Madman Roundtable for STRIKEFORCE: DIAZ VS CYBORG on Saturday, January 29, 2011, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

The main card will air live on Showtime starting at 10:00 pm EST. Six preliminary bouts will stream live on Sherdog.com/UFC starting at 8:15 PM EST.

Madman Roundtable:
  • MMAmadman” Randy Rowles
  • “Evil” Eric Van Den Haas
  • “Mad” Mat Paré (@The_Pinch)
  • Johnny “The Noodle Ninja” Nguyen
  • Aaron Menard (@unassail08)
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.

Dollar signs ($) indicate which fighter is getting more action in Vegas. Each dollar sign represents a 0.1 unit change.

The number in the bracket beside each fighter's name indicates the number of Madman Roundtable members who picked that fighter to win.

STRIKEFORCE: DIAZ VS CYBORG

MAIN CARD

1 – {WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP}

NICK DIAZ [4] vs. EVANGELISTA CYBORG [1]

Nick Diaz – Weight: 169.5

Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos – Weight: 169.5

Line Movement This Week:

DIAZ (-350) moved to (-370) – $$

CYBORG (+280) moved to (+300)

Average Madness Level (1-10): 6.7

MMAMADMAN – (8) Nick Diaz is a complex individual. As a fighter, he’s one of my favorites. As a man, he’s often intolerable. On the conference call for this fight, Diaz acted in his usual defensively abrasive manner, as if every question were some sort of insult directed at him. “I’m over here f-cking driving a Honda because my shit’s breaking down. F-ck all you motherf-ckers.” – Nick Diaz, at his finest, hurled a random insult at the world. On the conference call, Diaz had little to say about Evangelista Cyborg, but did call out Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre. The problem, of course, is that both of those fighters are in the UFC, while Diaz just signed a new 4-fight contract with Strikeforce. I’m not sure if Diaz will ever see it, but the only thing holding him back from making the money he wants, or getting the fights he wants, is himself.

It’s only fitting that I’ve written exclusively about Nick Diaz thus far, given Diaz is the focal point of this fight. Little attention is being paid to Strikeforce Womens Middleweight Champion Cristiane Cyborg's husband, also named Cyborg, the underdog being written off before this fight is over. The expectation is that Diaz will steamroll over Evangelista Cyborg en route to an eventual showdown with his archnemesis, Jason “Mayhem” Miller, or possibly a welterweight title defense against new top contender Tyron Woodley. This is, of course, if Cyborg doesn’t shock the world. Cyborg hits like a truck and can be one of the most balls-to-the-wall fighters in the game. Cyborg is a former middleweight, although he still looks small in comparison to Diaz, who ironically has fought at lightweight. Despite his antics, and the fact that some of the dumbest shit comes out of his mouth, Diaz is an incredibly smart fighter. He cerebrally dishes out strikes with pinpoint accuracy. Diaz will fight smart, lure Cyborg into a trap, and knock him out. And then onto the continued misadventures of the elder Diaz brother. Diaz by TKO in Round 3

EVIL ERIC – (5) How "The Other Cyborg" is fighting for the title is beyond me. I'd honestly rather see Cristiane fight Nick Diaz. Evangelista has little chance, if any, against the vastly superior champion who should easily GnP his way to victory. Diaz by TKO in Round 2

MAD MAT – (6) Completely bogus matchup. If they keep feeding donkeys like this to Diaz, he's gonna have a long reign as champion. No wonder he calls out GSP. Cyborg can hit hard, no doubt about that, but he has never beaten anyone worth mentioning, except Zaromskis, but we all saw what Diaz did to him. Walk in the park for Nick! Diaz by TKO Round 1 (Submission would also be fine)

NOODLE NINJA – (8) This will be an insane fight. Diaz has great BJJ and KO power. Cyborg has good KO power. Diaz by 1st round TKO

AARON MENARD – (6.5) This fight has a lot of unanswered questions for me. First off, why is Nick Diaz currently only a -370 fav over Cyborg? I also question whether Cyborg is a deserving opponent. Having said that, though, he does have a chance. Diaz hasn't been legitimately finished since 2002, obviously not counting the cut stoppage vs KJ Noons. I don't see Diaz getting submitted. I also don't see Cyborg being submitted. The fight within a fight will be the technical boxing of Diaz vs the Muay Thai skills of Cyborg. Cyborg does have a path to victory, if he can use low kicks early and often, and avoid the straight right hand of Diaz. I will go out on a limb and pick Cyborg Santos to pull the upset at +300
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2 – {MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP}

JACARE SOUZA [4] vs. ROBBIE LAWLER [1]

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza – Weight: 184.25

“Ruthless” Robbie Lawler – Weight: 184

Line Movement This Week:

JACARE (-245) moved to (-215)

LAWLER (+195) moved to (+175) – $$

Average Madness Level (1-10): 7.1

MMAMADMAN – (8) Jacare, unlike a lot of top notch BJJ guys, was able to make an incredibly successful transition to MMA because of his solid wrestling. Jacare is able to score takedowns, which enables him to work his submission expertise. Jacare has won 13 times, with 10 wins coming by way of submission. Lawler has lost 6 times – 4 times by submission. Jacare’s greatest strength is Lawler’s greatest weakness. There’s always the chance that Lawler could knock out Jacare, and with Lawler, by always – I mean ALWAYS. As long as there’s a breath of air left in Lawler’s lunges, he is NEVER out of a fight. I see this fight going the way of Lawler’s fight with Jake Shields, but maybe not as quick, with Lawler getting submitted in the first round. Jacare does not want to taste Lawler's leather or test his mettle. Jacare needs to be in business mode. Jacare by Submission in Round 1

EVIL ERIC – (8) The aggressive nature of each fighter should make for a heck of a bout. I'm really looking forward to this one! Since 2003, the champ has just a single loss – getting KO'd by a Mousasi upkick in 2008. Lawler has some serious power, of course, but the sub skills of Souza will pose all kinds of problems when it goes to the ground. Souza by Submission in Round 3

MAD MAT – (7) I will say this again – I don't think Lawler deserves a title shot here, but at least he's a worthy opponent, unlike Cyborg. That being said, I will always favor grapplers vs strikers and this is no exception. Jacare is in a league well above Lawler and should make him tap. Souza by Submission Round 2

NOODLE NINJA – (7) This is gonna be an awesome fight. Jacare is a BJJ and judo black belt with good power in his hands. Lawler is a ruthless stand-up fighter with good KO power. If Lawler catches Jacare with one good punch, it’s lights out, but I believe Souza should win. Souza by 2nd round Submission

AARON MENARD – (5.5) Robbie Lawler isn't 30 years old, and yet he has many fights to his name. I think Lawler will test the chin of Jacare, who, although he is a good fighter, has had problems gassing in his last two fights and will not want to stand and bang with Robbie. I see Lawler KOing Souza late in the 1st Round
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WRECK MMA 5 RESULTS: Strong and Proud - Jordan Mein Takes Out UFC Vet Joe Riggs, Kalib Starnes Wins in Canada - 1/28/11


WRECK MMA 5: STRONG AND PROUD was held Friday, January 28, 2011 at the Casino Lac-Lemay in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.

Canada's own Jordan "Young Guns" Mein, son of fighter Lee "Gladiator" Mein, scored the biggest win of his career with a second round TKO victory over former UFC and Strikeforce fighter Joe "Diesel" Riggs, who took this fight on short notice.

VIDEO: Tim Sylvia vs Abe Wagner from Titan Fighting 16 - Watch Former UFC Champion Get KTFO in 32 Seconds!



TITAN FIGHTING 16 RESULTS: Abe Wagner Stuns 311-Pound Tim Sylvia in 32 Seconds, Derrow Submits Clementi - 1/28/11


Although Tim Sylvia has been talking of a UFC comeback, he weighed in at 311 pounds for this fight, 46 pounds over the UFC heavyweight limit. Sylvia was fat and wobbly, falling victim to an early barrage by Abraham Wagner.

Abe "Hurricane" Wagner, the TUF 10 black sheep, came out of the gate strong, using his speed and athletic advantage to move forward with strikes, backing Tim Sylvia up into the cage. Once Sylvia had a wall behind him, and nowhere to go, Wagner popped the former UFC heavyweight champ in the mouth a couple of times, and big Tim dropped to all fours. Sylvia wasn't completely out, but he was soon-to-be. The ref stopped the fight and saved Sylvia from having a worse headache.

Abe Wagner was originally supposed to fight Todd Duffee in this main event, before Duffee took a fight with Alistair Overeem at Dynamite!! 2010. Duffee withdrew from this Titan 16 fight, and then lost to Overeem in 19 seconds in Japan. Now, Tim Sylvia has lost to Wagner in 32 seconds. Hopefully, we see the original plan of Wagner-Duffee next in Titan Fighting.

The co-main event also ended in less than a minute. Jason "The Kansas City Bandit" High used his massive arms to sink in a tight guillotine choke that elicited a tapout from Rudy "Bad News" Bears. High has now won 4 straight fights since being released from the UFC. The man deserves another chance in the UFC; hopefully it happens sooner rather than later.

Rich "No Love" Clementi got increasingly complacent with Aaron "Daddy Long Legs" Derrow as their 3-round fight went along. I closed my Madman Roundtable prediction by saying it would be just another day at the office for Clementi. This part of my prediction ended up being true. Clementi had a strong first round, his attention started to stray in the second, and by the third round he was on top of Derrow, lazily hanging out in a spider's web, and got caught in a triangle choke. Clementi was a minute and a half away from a decision victory, but in going through the motions while on the job, Clementi wasn't paying attention and instead paid the ultimate price. This was a big win for Derrow, who took a serious beating in the process.

Drew "The Massacre" McFedries simply out-skilled Gary "Freak Train" Tapusoa, bloodying the Samoan's face to a pulp. Tapusoa scored a knockdown in the first round, stunning McFedries, but the former UFC fighter was able to recuperate and came back very strong in the second round. By the third round, Tapusoa, who was in need of medical attention with cuts above and below his eye, finally had enough, turned his back and stumbled into the cage. The referee intervened and stopped the fight with 18 seconds left on the clock.

Drew Dober won a competitive fight over "Super Duper" Bobby Cooper. In contrast to the McFedries-Tapusoa fight, this fight was much more of a grappling encounter. Dober used his superior strength to outmuscle and outwrestle Cooper, earning the unanimous decision. Cooper is wily and he threatened at times, but Dober proved to be the better fighter. A solid, if unspectacular, fight.

Anthony "Sharkbait" Gutierrez, a highly successful amateur fighter, made his professional debut with a dazzling TKO-by-elbows win over Jacob Aiken. Gutierrez exhibited explosiveness, aggressive athleticism, and he has real charisma. The sky's the limit for Shark Bait, a rookie with seemingly unlimited potential. A very impressive debut.

Alonzo "Zo Diddy" Martinez bullied "The Professor" Deryck Ripley around the cage, until he was finally able to stop him in the second round. It doesn't take a professor to calculate that Ripley has only won a third of his 27 fights.

TITAN FIGHTING 16: SYLVIA VS WAGNER

Abe Wagner (8-3) won by TKO over Tim Sylvia (28-7)
[0:32] - Round 1 - punches

Jason High (13-3) won by SUB over Rudy Bears (12-7)
[0:51] - Round 1 - guillotine choke

Aaron Derrow (5-2) won by SUB over Rich Clementi (39-18)
[13:35] - Round 3 - triangle choke (technical)

Drew McFedries (9-6) won by TKO over Gary Tapusoa (4-2)
[14:42] - Round 3 - punches

Drew Dober (5-2) won by UD over Bobby Cooper (1-2)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds

Anthony Gutierrez (1-0) won by TKO over Jacob Aiken (0-1)
[3:28] - Round 1 - elbows

Alonzo Martinez (28-14) won by SUB over Deryck Ripley (9-18)
[7:19] - 2:19 Round 2 - rear-naked choke

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

UD = Unanimous Decision | SUB = Submission


MADMAN AWARDS

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Drew McFedries vs. Gary Tapusoa

KO OF THE NIGHT: Abe Wagner over Tim Sylvia

SUB OF THE NIGHT: Aaron Derrow (triangle choke) over Rich Clementi

QUICKEST WIN: Abe Wagner over Tim Sylvia in 32 seconds

BIGGEST UPSET: Abe Wagner (+440) over Tim Sylvia

BIGGEST WINNER:) Abe Wagner

BIGGEST LOSER:( Tim Sylvia

Titan 16 Madman Roundtable Results:

1 - AARON MENARD: 3-1

2 - 'EVIL' ERIC VAN DEN HAAS: 2-2 (3.75 pts)

3 - 'MMAMADMAN' RANDY ROWLES: 2-2 (3.5 pts)

4 - 'MAD' MAT PARÉ: 2-2 (1 pt)

5 - JOHNNY 'NOODLE NINJA' NGUYEN: 1-3

VEGAS ODDSMAKERS: 2-2

PLAYING WITH MADMAN MONEY - MMAMADMAN

Randy Rowles risked 1.5 units at Titan Fighting 16. Here's his payout sheet:

Abe Wagner (+440) ~ 1.5 units WON 6.6 units = 8.1 units paid out

TOTAL PAYOUT = 8.1 units (+6.6 units)

Randy's Playing with Madman Money bankroll is +93.65 units since 10/09.

PLAYING WITH MADMAN MONEY - AARON

Aaron Menard risked 15.5 units at Titan Fighting 16. Here's his payout sheet:

Abe Wagner (+440) ~ 3.5 units WON 15.4 units = 18.9 units paid out

Aaron Derrow (+270) ~ 2 units WON 5.4 units = 7.4 units paid out

Gary Tapusoa (+215) ~ 10 units LOST

TOTAL PAYOUT = 26.3 units (+10.8 units)

Aaron's Playing with Madman Money bankroll is -22.52 units since 1/11.

Friday, January 28, 2011

TITAN FIGHTING 16 INSANE PREVIEW: Predictions, Roundtable Analysis, Stats, Translated Odds, Madness Levels - 1/28/11



Titan Fighting Championship will present TFC 16: SYLVIA VS WAGNER on Friday, January 28, 2011, at the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS. The main card will air live on HDNet starting at 10:00 PM EST.

This Insane Preview features all the pertinent stats - betting lines translated into projected chance of winning percentages and return on investment (ROI); MMA win-loss records; last 5 fights for each fighter; a complete breakdown of all the fighters' wins and losses; as well as Sherdog Fight Finder links for the top 4 main card fights.

Madman Roundtable:
  • MMAmadman” Randy Rowles
  • “Evil” Eric Van Den Haas
  • “Mad” Mat Paré (@The_Pinch)
  • Johnny “The Noodle Ninja” Nguyen
  • Aaron Menard (@unassail08)
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.

Betting odds are included in this article for entertainment purposes only, to illustrate oddsmakers' projections of winners and losers, and are not intended to be the basis of or used for any actual gambling.

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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TITAN FIGHTING 16: SYLVIA VS WAGNER

MAIN CARD

Super Heavyweight Bout (266+ lbs)

Wagner vs Sylvia
TIM SYLVIA
(-650) = projected 82% chance of winning = 1 unit wins 0.15 units

ABE WAGNER
(+440) = projected 18% chance of winning = 1 unit wins 4.4 units

TIM “THE MAINE-IAC” SYLVIA

Record: 28-6 – Height: 6’8” (USA)

18 wins by (T)KO | 6 wins by Decision | 4 wins by Submission

4 losses by Submission | 1 loss by KO | 1 loss by Decision

LAST 5 FIGHTS (4-1)

WIN over Vince Lucero (19-19) by SUB in CFX (12/10)

WIN over Paul Buentello (29-13) by KO at War on the Mainland (8/10)

WIN over Mariusz Pudzianowski (3-1) by SUB in Moosin (5/10)

WIN over Jason Riley (9-5) by TKO at Adrenaline MMA 4 (9/09)

LOSS to Ray Mercer (1-0) by KO at Adrenaline MMA 3 (6/09)

ABRAHAM “HURRICANE” WAGNER

Record: 7-3 – Height: 6’4” (USA)

4 wins by (T)KO | 1 win by Decision | 1 win by Submission

2 losses by (T)KO | 1 loss by Submission

LAST 5 FIGHTS (4-1)

WIN over Vinny Pallone (1-1) by TKO in Fight to Win (11/10)

LOSS to Travis Browne (10-0) by KO at VFC 30 (2/10)

WIN over Sherman Pendergarst (11-18) by SD at VFC 25 (12/08)

WIN over Matt Anderson (14-8) by TKO at VFC 21 (12/07)

WIN over Steve Pilkington (3-7) by SUB at VFC 20 (9/07)

Average Madness Level (1-10): 5.2

MMAMADMAN – (6) Tim Sylvia weighed in at 311 pounds for this fight. Eerily, this was Sylvia's same weight when he got KTFO by former boxer Ray Mercer, who was making his MMA debut. Sylvia has a dopey demeanor and can be a lethargic fighter, but I’m a big fan anyway. There’s just something about Sylvia that I’ve always liked. While working at his part-time job as a police officer, chronicled in this HDNet video, Sylvia says he doesn't write tickets if people are respectful, he just gives everyone warnings. Now I like big Tim even more. I'd love to see Sylvia back in the UFC where he belongs, but of course that'd mean he'd have to drop another 46 pounds to make the UFC's 265-pound heavyweight limit. A UFC return is going to require less doughnut eating while on the beat for Officer Timmah. Sylvia by TKO in Round 2

EVIL ERIC – (4) A one-sided affair, in which Abe is sure to get worked the f-ck over by Sylvia. Only questions is, "Will Wagner make it out of the first round?" The answer is no. Sylvia by TKO in Round 1

MAD MAT – (4) Another easy match-up for Sylvia that should get him a little closer to getting back into the UFC. He's taller, heavier, stronger, more experienced and much more dangerous than The Ultimate Fighter season 10 reject Abe Wagner. Not much to be said, Sylvia at -650 in a fight where he should get the easy TKO in round 1. Sylvia TKO Round 1

NOODLE NINJA – (7) I wonder which Tim Sylvia is gonna show up? The one from back in the older UFC, or the one that got his ass handed to him by Ray Mercer? Sylvia by 1st round KO

AARON MENARD – (5) I'm going for the outright upset. I'll take Wagner to upset Sylvia by TKO Round 1

Picks: TIM SYLVIA [4] - ABE WAGNER [1]
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Welterweight Bout (170 lbs)

High vs Bears
JASON HIGH
(-465) = projected 78% chance of winning = 1 unit wins 0.22 units

RUDY BEARS
(+340) = projected 22% chance of winning = 1 unit wins 3.4 units

JASON “THE KANSAS CITY BANDIT” HIGH

Record: 12-3 – Height: 5’9” (USA)

5 wins by Submission | 4 wins by Decision | 3 wins by (T)KO

2 losses by KO | 1 loss by Decision

LAST 5 FIGHTS (3-2)

WIN over Hayato “Mach” Sakurai by SD at Dynamite!! 2010 (12/10)

WIN over Keto Allen (5-1) by TKO at Heat XC 6 (10/10)

WIN over Jordan Mein (18-7) by UD at Rumble in the Cage 40 (8/10)

LOSS to Charlie Brenneman by UD at UFC Fight Night 21 (3/10)

LOSS to Marius Zaromskis by KO at DREAM 10 (7/09)

RUDY “BAD NEWS” BEARS

Record: 12-6 – Height: 5’11” (USA)

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

5 losses by Submission | 1 loss by KO

LAST 5 FIGHTS (2-3)

WIN over Chad Reiner (26-13) by KO at Bellator 32 (10/10)

LOSS to Zak Cummings (12-2) by SUB at Bellator 26 (8/10)

WIN over Brian Green (20-16) by SUB at Bellator 22 (6/10)

LOSS to Brent Weedman (17-5) by KO at Bellator 16 (4/10)

LOSS to Tyron Woodley (8-0) by SUB at Strikeforce Challengers 5 (11/09)

Average Madness Level (1-10): 4.8

MMAMADMAN – (6) Jason High is coming off a huge win over Hayato “Mach” Sakurai at Dynamite!! 2010 in Japan on New Year’s Eve. High has won 3 straight fights since getting released from the UFC after a loss in his only Octagon appearance, the exact same fate recently bestowed upon his teammate Antonio McKee. Rudy Bears has fought in Bellator for his last 4 fights, going 2-2 with a big knockout win in his last fight over former UFC fighter Chad “The Grinder” Reiner. Since making it to the bigtime, at Strikeforce Challengers 5, Bears has lost more fights than he’s won. I expect that trend to continue here against High, who is a significantly more talented fighter with 5 submission wins on his record, compared to Bears' 5 submission losses. High by Submission in Round 1

EVIL ERIC – (6) Jason High will continue to prove he was prematurely released from the UFC (after just one fight - a unanimous decision loss to Charlie Brenneman). I expect him to humiliate Rudy Bad News Bears (Walther Matthau). Expect the KC Bandit and the Sunshine Band to prevail via submission as Bears is prone to tapping. And that's the way uh-huh uh-huh I like it! High by Submission in Round 1

MAD MAT – (5) High is very well-rounded and has hype and the odds backing him. I don't know much about Bears, but he's not even close to the level that the 3 men that defeated High are – Charlie Brenneman, a top notch wrestler; Mariusz Zaromskis, a top notch striker; and Jay Hieron, one of the most well-rounded welterweights out there. This might go the distance, but look for High to finish by TKO. High TKO Round 2

NOODLE NINJA – (3) I don't know much about either fighter, so I’m gonna go with Bears by Decision

AARON MENARD – (4) Gun to the head, I like Jason High being that Rudy does have a tendency to get caught in submissions. High Submission Round 1

Picks: JASON HIGH [4] - RUDY BEARS [1]
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

VIDEO: Tim Sylvia - Tales From the Police Squad - Watch Former UFC Heavyweight Champ Work Part-Time Job as a Cop



Two time UFC Heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia is in the midst of an unlikely comeback. After losing three straight he has won four straight and now faces Abe Wagner at Titan 16. In the meantime Sylvia has been working on a second career, law enforcement. We ride along with Aux. Officer T. D. Sylvia.
Tim Sylvia will be featured in the main event of TITAN FIGHTING 16: SYLVIA VS WAGNER on Friday January 28, 2011.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

STRIKEFORCE: DIAZ VS CYBORG INSANE PREVIEW - Translated Odds, Statistical Analysis, Fighter Histories for 1/29/11


by MMAmadman Randy Rowles

STRIKEFORCE: DIAZ VS CYBORG will be held Saturday January 29, 2011, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The main card will air live on Showtime starting at 10:00 PM EST.

This Insane Preview features all the pertinent stats - betting lines translated into projected chance of winning percentages and ROI (return on investment); MMA and Strikeforce win-loss records; last 5 fights for each fighter; a complete breakdown of all the fighters' wins and losses; as well as Sherdog Fight Finder links and MMAPlayground poll leaders for all the main card fights and the top 4 preliminary bouts.

On Friday, we'll post our regular Madman Roundtable with Predictions, Analysis and Madness Levels for all of these fights from the entire MMAmadman.com crew.

Betting odds are included in this article for entertainment purposes only, to illustrate oddsmakers' projections of winners and losers, and are not intended to be the basis of or used for any actual gambling.

Raised method of victory indicates most likely outcome for this fight, should either fighter win.

Striving to be the most analytically astute fight preview column possible.

Let the madness begin...
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STRIKEFORCE: DIAZ VS CYBORG

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

MAIN CARD

1 – {WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP} (170 lbs)

NICK DIAZ {c}
(-350) = projected 75% chance of winning = 1 unit wins 0.29 units

EVANGELISTA SANTOS
(+280) = projected 25% chance of winning = 1 unit wins 2.8 units

NICK DIAZ

Record: 23-7 (4-0 Strikeforce) – Height: 6’1” (USA)

12 wins by (T)KO | 7 wins by Submission | 4 wins by Decision

5 losses by Decision | 2 losses by TKO

LAST 5 FIGHTS (5-0)

WIN over KJ Noons by UD in Strikeforce (10/10)

WIN over Hayato “Mach” Sakurai by SUB at DREAM 14 (5/10)

WIN over Marius Zaromskis by TKO in Strikeforce (1/10)

WIN over Scott Smith by SUB in Strikeforce (6/09)

WIN over Frank Shamrock by TKO in Strikeforce (4/09)

Nick Diaz has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Cesar Gracie. Diaz is undefeated in Strikeforce, including a cross-promotional victory in Japan at DREAM 14 over Hayato “Mach” Sakurai. Diaz made his Strikeforce debut in April 2009, with a 180-pound catchweight TKO victory over the legendary Frank Shamrock. Diaz next tapped out Scott Smith with a rear-naked choke in a 179-pound catchweight fight. In his third Strikeforce fight, Diaz returned to his natural weight class of 170-pounds and won the vacant Strikeforce Welterweight Championship with a first round TKO over Marius Zaromskis. In his last Strikeforce fight, Diaz got revenge against KJ Noons, who held a TKO-by-cut victory over Diaz in EliteXC. After the first Noons fight, Diaz had surgery to remove scar tissue from his forehead. Diaz has not lost a fight since losing to Noons over 3 years ago.

EVANGELISTA “CYBORG” SANTOS

Record: 18-13 (1-1 Strikeforce) – Height: 5’10” (BRAZIL)

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

8 losses by (T)KO | 4 losses by Decision | 1 loss by Submission

LAST 5 FIGHTS (3-2)

WIN over Marius Zaromskis by TKO in Strikeforce (6/10)

WIN over Daniel Zarate (0-2) by TKO at Samurai FC 2 (12/09)

LOSS to Joey Villasenor (27-8) by SD at Strikeforce Challengers 2 (6/09)

LOSS to Siyar Bahadurzada (18-4) by TKO at Sengoku 5 (9/08)

WIN over Makoto Takimoto (6-5) by SUB at Sengoku 1 (3/08)

Evangelista Cyborg also has a black belt in BJJ. Cyborg has been a professional MMA fighter for over 13 years, but his celebrity is far eclipsed by that of his wife, Strikeforce Womens Middleweight Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos. After an up-and-down career as a middleweight, Evangelista Cyborg dropped down to welterweight in his last fight and knocked out Marius Zaromskis in the first round for a big upset victory. Although Cyborg only has a single victory at welterweight and an overall Strikeforce record of 1-1, he’s fighting for a Strikeforce title regardless, which clearly separates Strikeforce titles from UFC titles in terms of true legitimacy.

PLAYGROUND LEADER: Nick Diaz (94%)

*Playground Leader is fighter ahead in MMAPlayground user poll*
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2 – {MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP} (185 lbs)

JACARE SOUZA {c}
(-245) = projected 68% chance of winning = 1 unit wins 0.41 units

ROBBIE LAWLER
(+195) = projected 32% chance of winning = 1 unit wins 1.95 units

RONALDO “JACARE” SOUZA

Record: 13-2 (3-0 Strikeforce) – Height: 6’0” (BRAZIL)

10 wins by Submission | 3 wins by Decision

2 losses by KO

LAST 5 FIGHTS (3-0-1)

WIN over Tim Kennedy by UD in Strikeforce (8/10)

WIN over Joey Villasenor by UD in Strikeforce (5/10)

WIN over Matt Lindland by SUB in Strikeforce (12/09)

NC with Jason “Mayhem” Miller at DREAM 9 (5/09)

LOSS to Gegard Mousasi by KO at DREAM 6 (9/08)

Jacare Souza has black belts in BJJ and Judo. Jacare won the vacant Strikeforce Middleweight Championship in his last fight with a decision win over Tim Kennedy. Both of Jacare’s career losses have been by knockout. After an accomplished career in jiu jitsu and submission grappling, Jacare made his MMA debut in September 2003 and got knocked out by veteran fighter Jorge “Macaco” Patino. Jacare didn’t lose again for 5 years, which is his only other loss, when he got caught with an upkick from Gegard Mousasi at DREAM 6.

“RUTHLESS” ROBBIE LAWLER

Record: 18-6 (2-2 Strikeforce) – Height: 5’11” (USA)

15 wins by (T)KO | 2 wins by Decision | 1 win by Submission

4 losses by Submission | 1 loss by Decision | 1 loss by KO

LAST 5 FIGHTS (3-2)

WIN over Matt Lindland by KO in Strikeforce (12/10)

LOSS to Renato “Babalu” Sobral by UD in Strikeforce (6/10)

WIN over Melvin Manhoef by KO in Strikeforce (1/10)

LOSS to Jake Shields by SUB in Strikeforce (6/09)

WIN over Scott Smith by TKO in EliteXC (7/08)

Robbie Lawler was the last EliteXC (RIP) Middleweight Champion. Lawler held the ICON Sport Middleweight Championship twice. Lawler hasn’t lost a middleweight fight since September 2006, by submission to Jason “Mayhem” Miller. Lawler’s 2 losses since have been in catchweight bouts to Renato “Babalu” Sobral (195 lbs) and Jake Shields (182 pounds).

PLAYGROUND LEADER: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (63%)
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

ESPN VIDEO - E:60 Lightning Strikes - The Story Behind Lee Murray Bank Heist




LIGHTNING STRIKES tells the story of former UFC fighter "Lightning" Lee Murray and his alleged part in the $92 million Securitas Depot robbery in England.

MiddleEasy recently conducted an interview with Murray, who is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence in Morocco for his involvement in the heist.

Allegedly Lee Murray, idenfitied as "Stopwatch" by police

Monday, January 24, 2011

TITAN FIGHTING 16: SYLVIA VS WAGNER Fight Card Complete for 1/28/11 on HDNet


CLICK ON POSTER FOR COMPLETE RESULTS


TITAN FC 16: SYLVIA VS WAGNER

Titan Fighting Championships (TFC)

January 28, 2011

Location: Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS

Broadcast: HDNet


Tim The Maine-iac Sylvia (28-6) vs. Abe Hurricane Wagner (7-3)

Rudy Bad News Bears (12-6) vs. Jason The Kansas City Bandit High (12-3)

Rich No Love Clementi (39-17) vs. Aaron Daddy Long Legs Derrow (4-2)

Drew The Massacre McFedries (8-6) vs. Gary Freak Train Tapusoa (4-1)

Super Duper Bobby Cooper (1-1) vs. Drew Dober (4-2)

Jacob The Rosedale Strangler Aiken (0-0) vs. Anthony Sharkbait Gutierrez (0-0)

Alonzo Zo Diddy Martinez (27-14) vs. Deryck The Professor Ripley (9-17)


VIDEO: Nick Diaz vs Evangelista 'Cyborg' Santos and Jacare vs Robbie Lawler - Strikeforce Preview Trailer for 1/29/11




STRIKEFORCE: DIAZ VS CYBORG will be January 29, 2011 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The main card will air live on Showtime.

In the main event, Nick Diaz will defend his Strikeforce Welterweight Championship against Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, husband of Strikeforce Womens Middleweight Champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos. In the co-main event, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza will defend his Strikeforce Middleweight Championship against "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler. Also featured will be Roger Gracie and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker.


STRIKEFORCE: DIAZ VS CYBORG COMPLETE FIGHT CARD

VIDEO: Brian Stann Interview on HDNet's Fighting Words with Mike Straka





Following his upset of Chris Leban at UFC 125, an emotional Brian Stann sits down with Mike Straka to discuss his controversial life story. The former WEC Light Heavyweight champion talks about his time as a Marine on the front lines in the Middle East. Stann also reflects back on his public court martial which led him to a decorated career in Mixed Martial Arts.

Fighting Words with Mike Straka Episode 201. Original air date 1/21/11.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

VIDEO: XFO 38: Jens Pulver vs Mike Lindquist - Little Evil Finally Gets Off the Schneid, Ends 6-Fight Losing Streak




1/22/11 in Woodstock, IL. Fight starts at the 2:20 mark.
One must follow the dictates of conscience, whatever the consequences. One must do whatever is necessary to achieve the desired result. One has no choice in the matter." - Ringo Kid (John Wayne) in STAGECOACH (1939)
A decade ago, Jens "Little Evil" Pulver became the first-ever UFC Lightweight Champion. Two and a half years ago, Pulver lost to Urijah Faber in a WEC Featherweight Championship fight, which was the beginning of a nightmarish 6-fight losing streak for Pulver. Five of those losses were in the WEC, before the now-defunct UFC sister promotion finally cut ties with the legendary fighter.

In August 2010, Jens Pulver was matched up against Diego "Dos Pistolas" Garijo, a much less-experienced fighter, at PWP: War on the Mainland, in what was supposed to be a gimme fight for Pulver. Garijo didn't see it that way, and instead choked out Little Evil in just over a minute. Desperate not to end his career on an extended losing streak, Pulver vowed to continue to fight.

At XFO 38, on Saturday January 22, 2011, Jens Pulver was matched up against Mike "The Assassin" Lindquist (6-19), announced as the fifth-ranked featherweight in Illinois, a somewhat dubious ranking given his deplorable record.

In what looks like a bingo hall setting in suburban Chicago, a million miles from the bright lights of the UFC, Jens Pulver weathered an early storm from Mike Lindquist and finally got the monkey off his back. Finally.


UFC FIGHT FOR THE TROOPS 2 RESULTS: Melvin Guillard Blasts Evan Dunham, Mark Hominick Earns Title Shot - 1/22/11


Pic by Tracy Lee for Cagewriter
by MMAmadman Randy Rowles

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 23: FIGHT FOR THE TROOPS II was held Saturday January 22, 2011, at the Fort Hood military base in Killeen, Texas. The main card aired live on Spike TV and 4 preliminary bouts streamed live on Facebook.com/UFC.

In the main event, Melvin "The Young Assassin" Guillard brought his 2010 undefeated streak into 2011 with a TKO win over top lightweight contender Evan Dunham. Guillard has now won 4 straight fights and vowed in his post-fight interview to be fighting for the UFC Lightweight Championship by 2012.

Melvin Guillard used his superior hand speed to tag Evan Dunham early and often. Dunham scrambled for takedowns, but got hammerfisted hard to the side of his head for his troubles. A couple of big knees from Guillard later, and Dunham was collapsed on the floor needing the referee to rescue him.

In the co-main event, Matt "Meathead" Mitrione easily disposed of Tim "The Thrashing Machine" Hague, who was fired for losing 3 straight fights in the UFC, but was brought back for this fight after winning 2 fights in smaller promotions in his native Canada. Now it's 4 UFC losses in a row for Hague, who served his purpose by losing to Mitrione, and likely will be released from the UFC yet again.

Mark "The Machine" Hominick scored the biggest win of his career with an easy TKO victory over George "Money" Roop. The Canadian Hominick has now earned a UFC Featherweight Championship fight with Jose Aldo at UFC 129 in Toronto. UFC 129 is expected to break North American MMA attendance and live gate records. Hominick will be featured in the co-main event.

With an underwhelming performance, Pat "HD" Barry outpointed Joey "The Mexicutioner" Beltran for a unanimous decision victory. Barry had Beltran hurt, but failed to finish him, and too often settled for being pushed up against the cage. If Barry's aggression could come close to matching his incredible striking acumen, he could be an absolute killer in the Octagon. Instead, Barry's UFC career has been fairly pedestrian thus far. I say this as a big Pat Barry fan. He's emulating the wrong Mirko Cro Cop. Before the jovial UFC Cro Cop of today, Mirko was a stoic, coldblooded assassin in PRIDE. "Right leg, hospital; left leg, cemetery." We need a right-leg-hospital-left-leg-cemetery version of Pat Barry to emerge.

In the opening televised fight, "Handsome" Matt Wiman put a beating on Cole "Magrinho" Miller. It wasn't even close. Miller took his beating like a man for 15 minutes, proving his toughness, but offered very little in the way of offense. Wiman has now won 3 straight fights and is slowly working his way up the lightweight ranks.

In the top fight of the undercard, Yves Edwards and Cody McKenzie put on the Madman Fight of the Night. McKenzie, coming off TUF 12, proved to be a much more game opponent than I thought he'd be against the veteran Edwards. McKenzie had dominant positions on Edwards several times but wasn't able to finish. When it was Edwards who had the dominant position, his experience showed, and he was able to finish. Edwards ironically choked out McKenzie, whose last 10 wins have been by guillotine choke. McKenzie refused to tap out and instead went to sleep.

The scruffy-looking Cody McKenzie has an unorthodox punch-drunk style that endeared him to the live crowd to the point where they were chanting, "Cody. Cody." McKenzie may have suffered his first career loss to Yves Edwards, but he took this fight on short notice against a veteran fighter with 44 (!) more fights, and he put on a hell of a show. All in all, this fight resulted in an overall net positive for McKenzie, despite the loss on his record.

DaMarques "Darkness" Johnson scored a rare body triangle submission win over Mike "The Joker" Guymon. Johnson was on Guymon's back with a body triangle locked in, and when he cranked Guymon's head, it caused Guymon to grimace, as if something in his back had snapped, and then he verbally submitted. In his post-fight interview, Johnson expressed disappointment in the anticlimactic ending to the fight, but with a 2-2 Octagon record going into this fight, Johnson likely saved his job with this win. The fact that Johnson was more concerned with putting on a good show for the troops, than potentially saving his job, shows exactly why he will be fighting in the UFC for years to come, assuming he doesn't pull a Keith Jardine and lose 4 fights in a row.

According to the betting lines, Rani Yahya was the biggest underdog at UFC Fight for the Troops 2. That didn't stop Yahya from winning a unanimous decision over Mike Brown. For whatever reason, the former WEC featherweight champion Brown has taken to fighting his opponents' fights lately...and losing. Brown fell into a grappling match with BJJ wizard Yahya and rightfully got outpointed. Brown, who just a year and a half ago was considered to be the best featherweight on the planet, is now just 2-4 in his last 6 fights and is 0-3 in the Octagon. Brown took this fight on very short notice, which hopefully will earn him another chance in the UFC, but it's quite possible, and downright shocking, that Brown could be among the first of the WEC influx of fighters to get axed from the UFC.

American wrestlers Waylon Lowe and contrarily-nicknamed Charlie "The Spaniard" Brenneman scored unanimous decisions wins over Brazilians Willamy "Chiquerim" Freire and Amilcar Alves, respectively, in preliminary bouts. Chris "Kamikaze" Cariaso started off the show the same way, with a unanimous decision victory over Will Campuzano.

UFC FIGHT FOR THE TROOPS 2

Melvin Guillard (27-8) won by TKO over Evan Dunham (11-2)
[2:58] - Round 1 - knees

Matt Mitrione (4-0) won by TKO over Tim Hague (12-5)
[2:59] - Round 1 - punches

Mark Hominick (20-8) won by TKO over George Roop (11-7)
[1:28] - Round 1 - punches

Pat Barry (6-2) won by UD over Joey Beltran (12-5)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Matt Wiman (13-5) won by UD over Cole Miller (17-5)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Yves Edwards (40-16) won by SUB over Cody McKenzie (12-1)
[9:33] - 4:33 Round 2 - rear-naked choke (technical)

DaMarques Johnson (12-8) won by SUB over Mike Guymon (12-5)
[3:22] - Round 1 - body triangle

Rani Yahya (16-6) won by UD over Mike Brown (24-8)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Waylon Lowe (10-3) won by UD over Willamy Freire (18-4)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28 all)

Charlie Brenneman (13-2) won by UD over Amilcar Alves (11-3)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (30-27 all)

Chris Cariaso (11-2) won by UD over Will Campuzano (8-4)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - (29-28 all)

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

UD = Unanimous Decision | SUB = Submission


MADMAN AWARDS

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Yves Edwards vs. Cody McKenzie

KO OF THE NIGHT: Melvin Guillard over Evan Dunham

SUB OF THE NIGHT: Yves Edwards (rear-naked choke) over Cody McKenzie

QUICKEST WIN: Mark Hominick over George Roop in 88 seconds

BIGGEST UPSET: Rani Yahya (+260) over Mike Brown

BIGGEST WINNER:) Mark Hominick

BIGGEST LOSER:( Mike Brown

UFC Fight for the Troops 2 Madman Roundtable Prediction Results:

1 - 'MMAMADMAN' RANDY ROWLES: 7-4

2 - 'EVIL' ERIC VAN DEN HAAS: 6-5

3 - 'MAD' MAT PARÉ: 5-6 (5 pts)

4 - 'MAD MONEY' MIKE ALMEIDA: 5-6 (3 pts)

5 - AARON MENARD: 4-7

6 - JOSHUA KING: 3-7 (5 pts)

7 - JOHNNY 'NOODLE NINJA' NGUYEN: 3-8 (2.5 pts)

VEGAS ODDSMAKERS: 6-5

PLAYING WITH MADMAN MONEY - MMAMADMAN

Randy Rowles risked 13 units at UFC Fight for the Troops 2. Here's his payout sheet:

Mike Guymon (+110) ~ 3 units LOST

TRIPLE PARLAY (+171) ~ 10 units WON 17.1 units = 27.1 units paid out

TP = Mark Hominick (-250) + Pat Barry (-250) + Yves Edwards (-260)

TOTAL PAYOUT = 27.1 units (+14.1 units)

Randy's Playing with Madman Money bankroll is +87.05 units since 10/09.

PLAYING WITH MADMAN MONEY - AARON

Aaron Menard risked 30.6 units at UFC Fight for the Troops 2. Here's his payout sheet:

Melvin Guillard (+185) ~ 3.5 units WON 6.48 units = 9.98 units paid out

Tim Hague (+210) ~ 3.5 units LOST

George Roop (+190) ~ 3.75 units LOST

Joey Beltran (+190) ~ 2.5 units LOST

Cole Miller (-170) ~ 5.1 units LOST

Mike Guymon (+110) ~ 3.5 units LOST

Charlie Brenneman (-250) ~ 8.75 units WON 3.5 units = 12.25 units paid out

TOTAL PAYOUT = 22.23 (-8.37 units)

Aaron's Playing with Madman Money bankroll is -33.32 units since 1/11.

UPDATED UFC RECORDS

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

Melvin Guillard (9-4) #20 Ranked Lightweight

Yves Edwards (8-4) #17 Ranked Lightweight

Matt Wiman (7-3)

Cole Miller (6-3)

Matt Mitrione (4-0)

Evan Dunham (4-2) #23 Ranked Lightweight

Mark Hominick (3-0) #16 Ranked Featherweight

Pat Barry (3-2)

DaMarques Johnson (3-2)

Waylon Lowe (2-1)

Charlie Brenneman (2-1)

Joey Beltran (2-2)

Rani Yahya (1-0) #13 Ranked Featherweight

Chris Cariaso (1-0)

Cody McKenzie (1-1)

George Roop (1-3) *DANGER*

Mike Guymon (1-3) *DANGER*

Tim Hague (1-4) *DANGER*

Willamy Freire (0-1)

Amilcar Alves (0-2) *DANGER*

Will Campuzano (0-2) *DANGER*

Mike Brown (0-3) *DANGER* #18 Ranked Featherweight

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

UFC BONUSES: Fight for the Troops 2: $30K Bonus Payouts for Melvin Guillard, Cody McKenzie and Yves Edwards Twice 1/22/11


The UFC awarded $120,000 in bonus money to 3 fighters for UFC FIGHT NIGHT 23: FIGHT FOR THE TROOPS II, held Saturday January 22, 2010, at the Fort Hood military base in Killeen, Texas.

After every UFC event, Zuffa officials pay out bonuses to fighters for exceptional performances. These bonuses are paid in addition to the athlete's contracted salary, or fighter purse.

The awards for Fight of the Night went to Yves Edwards and Cody McKenzie for their spirited preliminary bout that streamed live on Facebook.com/UFC and later aired via tape delay after the main event on the Spike TV telecast.

Yves Edwards fended off Cody McKenzie's unorthodox grappling for the bulk of 2 rounds, until Edwards was able to turn the tables on the TUF 12 master of chokes near the end of the second round, choking out McKenzie! The UFC rookie McKenzie held his own against the veteran Edwards and actually had the crowd chanting "Cody" during the fight. Despite this loss, McKenzie's punch-drunk improvisational style is quickly making him a star in the UFC.

Knockout of the Night was awarded to Melvin "The Young Assassin" Guillard for his main event TKO victory over top lightweight contender Evan Dunham. Guillard landed nasty knees to the noggin of Dunham, forcibly taking away Dunham's contender status for himself.

Mark Hominick and Matt Mitrione were also eligible for the knockout bonus based on their main card TKO victories.

Submission of the Night was awarded to Yves Edwards for his Fight of the Night-winning submission victory over Cody McKenzie. Edwards double dipped in bonuses at UFC Fight for the Troops 2.

DaMarques Johnson was the only other fighter eligible for the submission bonus based on his body triangle submission win over Mike Guymon.

OFFICIAL FIGHT FOR THE TROOPS 2 BONUSES

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Yves Edwards vs. Cody McKenzie

KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT: Melvin Guillard

SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT: Yves Edwards

Yves Edwards is now $60,000 richer, and the purses of Cody McKenzie and Melvin Guillard are each $30,000 heavier, on top of all of their UFC Fight for the Troops 2 salaries.