Saturday, January 29, 2011

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.

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.

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.