9.10.2008 - 12:38:00 AM -
Believe in the power of ONE: Evan Tanner 1971-2008
I hope that where ever you are that you have truly found what it was you were looking for. I wish that for a month, a week, or even a day that i could live my life as free and with the appreciation that Evan did. Thank you.
Evan would be very happy if people remembered him by doing something unexpectedly nice for someone who is in need.
2.07.2008 - 1:08:00 AM -
Raw Vegas Video: MMA Fix with Nick Thompson, Troy Mandaloniz, Dean Lister, and Jens Pulver
Raw Vegas posted a new video in their MMA Fix series with fighters Nick Thompson, Dean Lister, Troy Mandaloniz, and Jens Pulver comparing the depth of the UFC, WEC, and BodogFIGHT in terms of talent signed to each promotion. Jens has interesting comments about how the UFC is going mainstream but MMA really isn't. Check it out:
- 12:59:00 AM -
Minotauro Becomes Interim Heavyweight Champion; Mir taps Lesnar
I couldn't be happier that jiu jitsu came out on top tonight. Minotauro tapped Big Tim with a guillotine in the third round to become the interim heavyweight champion. After taking some visible damage Frank Mir submitted Brock Lesnar with a knee bar.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Tim Sylvia by Submission (guillotine choke) at 1:28, R3
Frank Mir def. Brock Lesnar by Submission (knee bar) at 1:30, R1
Nathan Marquardt def. Jeremy Horn by Submission (guillotine choke) at 1:37, R2
Ricardo Almeida vs. Rob Yundt by Submission (Rear naked choke), R1
Tyson Griffin def. Gleison Tibau by unanimous decision, R3
Chris Lytle def. Kyle Bradley by TKO (Strikes) at 0:33, R1
Tim Boetsch def. David Heath by TKO (Strikes) at 4:52, R1
Marvin Eastman def. Terry Martin by Unanimous Decision, R3
Robert Emerson def. Keita Nakamura by Split Decision, R3
Lesnar is guaranteed $250,000, the highest of anyone on the show, plus has a $200,000 win bonus. Generally speaking, most UFC headliners earn substantially more than their contracted guarantees. Mir, who has a chance to revitalize his career with a win, has a $40,000 guarantee with a $40,000 win bonus.
1.31.2008 - 7:33:00 PM -
Breaking down Frank Mir vs Brock Lesnar
As everyone out in the MMA Blogosphere is saying it all depends on what Frank Mir shows up blah blah blah. It's true, but it's really not worth repeating over and over again. The thing with Mir is that he's a very intelligent fighter, that's never been the question but whether or not he shows up in shape. Frank screamed that he was back after pulling off that kimura against Antoni Hardonk but beating Hardonk on the ground hardly validates that he's back.
Brock Lesnar is a complete variable though. He's 1-0 in MMA period, no amatuer fights, just one MMA fight. It's hard to tell where he's at by his his first fight as he beat said korean can from half guard.
What we do know:
Brock is one hell of an amatuer wrestler and wrestlers have had success in MMA.
It'll be interesting to see how Nate Marquardt rebounds from the loss to Anderson Silva especially against someone that's as tough as Jeremy Horn. It's good to see Horn back in the UFC but who knows if this will be a one stop deal or if we'll see him back. Horn is deserving of being in the UFC but sometimes he just comes across as complacent and might not necessarily be in the best shape come fight time because he knows every situation he could possibly be in having over 100 fights. To wit:
1.30.2008 - 11:08:00 PM -
ESPN Video: Big Nog talks UFC 81
While I hate Tim Sylvia for a multitude of reasons Big Nog has always been one of my favorite fighters being a jiu jitsu guy myself. He seems to have the best blend of boxing and jiu jitsu to be effective in MMA both standing and on the ground. The only knock on Big Nog is his wrestling and that's likely what will determine the winner of this fight, So I don't know how he'll fare against Timmy hugging him into the cage. Big Nog has some of the slickest submissions in MMA. I can only hope that we'll see him pull one off against TIMMAY!
I don't know how this guy keeps getting title shot after title shot considering that he's one of the most boring fighters around. His "I've got a big head and I'm going to hug you against the cage" style is beyond god awful to watch and I imagine to market as well. Yet still time after time the UFC throws him into title shots. Not to mention all the dumb shit he says and does outside the ring, but I digress; here's the video of the big ape talking about his fight at UFC 81:
1.13.2008 - 5:43:00 PM -
Raw Vegas Video: Randy Couture Interview
Raw Vegas recently got an interview with Randy Couture at a recent celebrity poker event he held called Operation All In. Randy talks about the charity event, his UFC contract, the fight with Fedor, and the rest of his plans for 2008.
Top welterweight contender Jon Fitch (15-2) has signed the bout agreement to fight Akihiro Gono (27-12-7) at UFC 82: "Pride of a Champion" on March 1 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, MMAmania.com just learned.
Thomas Gerbasi, UFC - Returning to the Octagon for the first time since back to back wins over Trevor Prangley and Chael Sonnen in 2005-2006 , respected middleweight contender Jeremy Horn will replace injured Thales Leites and face Nate Marquardt on February 2nd's UFC 81 card in Las Vegas.
- 12:40:00 PM -
UFC 81: Leites scratched with Broken Hand
According to UFC.comThales Leites has been scratched from his UFC 81: Breaking Point fight with Nate Marquardt due to a broken hand suffered during training:
Thomas Gerbasi, UFC - A broken right hand suffered in training Monday has forced middleweight contender Thales Leites to withdraw from his UFC 81 bout against Nate Marquardt. Leites, winner of three in a row in the Octagon, will undergo surgery on the hand later this week.
- 1:06:00 AM -
Dan Henderson thinks he's a good matchup for Anderson Silva
Dan Hendersonthinks that he matches up well with Anderson Silva stlye wise. I have to tend to agree. If anyone is going to take out Silva it's going to be a hard nosed wrestler that can take a punch so they can get inside and take The Spider down and hold him there. Henderson does have a great equalizer in that big fucking right hand. That being said I still think Anderson Silva's going to take this one. Here's what Hendo had to say:
"I'm excited. I'm ready to go kick his ass. Style-wise, I'm just a bad fight for him. He's very tough, very talented, but he hasn't fought anybody like me. My strength is the clinch game, and I don't get out of position there to allow strikes. That's what he thrives on - guys that are out of position and not very good in that clinch. For me, that's where I'm going to beat him up, and if he gets there with me, I'm going to be taking him down and beating him up on the ground."
- 3:40:00 PM -
Raw Vegas Video: Tito Ortiz, Rampage Jackson and Jenna Jameson
Raw Vegas has video of Tito Ortiz, Rampage Jackson and Jenna Jameson at the Red Carpet premiere of Celebrity Apprentice. Tito reveals he might fight on Cinco de Mayo. Jenna continues to transform into a living corpse. Rampage talks about the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter. To Wit:
- 12:20:00 PM -
UFC 82: Luigi Fioravanti vs Luke Cummo
MMA Junkie is reporting that Luigi Fioravanti (11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) will take on Luke Cummo (6-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) on an undercard bout at UFC 82:
"The Ultimate Fighter 2" welterweight runner-up Luke Cummo (6-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) will meet UFC veteran Luigi Fioravanti (11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) at UFC 82 — an event that takes place March 1 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Cummo posted the news on his official website early Monday morning, and MMAjunkie.com recently confirmed the bout.
- 5:18:00 AM -
UFC 82: Heath Herring vs Cheick Kongo
MMA Junkie is reporting that Heath Herring has been offered a fight with Cheick Kongo and will likely accept the fight:
Rising heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo (11-3-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) may meet veteran fighter Heath Herring (27-13 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at UFC 82 — an event that takes place March 1 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
A source close to Herring told MMAjunkie.com that the fighter had been offered the rumored bout, plans to accept it, but hasn’t yet signed to make it official.
ProElite.com has learned that the long-awaited heavyweight clash between Internet street fighting legend Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson and former UFC staple Tank Abbott is scheduled to be the main event of EliteXC's next show on Saturday, February 16.
Roan Carneiro ($10,000) def. Tony DeSouza ($7,000)
Mark Bocek ($6,000) def. Doug Evans ($3,000)
The total disclosed payroll for UFC 79 was a $1,199,000.
$50,000 bonuses were handed out as follows:
Fight of the Night: Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva
Knockout of the Night: Eddie Sanchez (wtf?)
Submission of the Night: Georges. St Pierre for defeating Matt Hughes by armbar.
*Note: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. The figures do not include money paid by sponsors. They also do not include any bonuses paid to some of the main-card fighters who sometimes earn a small cut of pay-per-view revenue. They also do not include other special/non-disclosed bonuses the UFC sometimes pays.
The UFC ended 2007 with a great card in UFC 79 capped off by an epic battle that has been years in the making. and Wandy vs Chuck didn't disappoint. 15 minutes of 2 of the greatest 205 lbers ever going toe to toe. We also saw the "passing of the torch" so to speak with St. Pierre defeating Matt Hughes by armbar. (Ironically enough the first time they fought Hughes won by armbar) We also got to see a much anticipated fight two up and coming light heavyweights Sokoudjou and Machida. From that fight I took away that Machida is good. Damn good. A master of his craft even. His stand up is just on another level. He's the #2 light heavyweight fighter in my book right now.
As usual there were tons of post fight reviews, press conferences, audio, recaps etc. Here a list of all the goods:
- 1:31:00 AM -
UFC 81: Big Nog vs Tim Sylvia for the heavyweight title
The UFC subtly announced tonight that Tim Sylvia will fight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 81 for the INTERIM heavyweight title.
Now I'm all fucking confused and thought this interim title bullshit was over and they go and try to sneak this tiny IMPORTANT fucking detail past everyone. I wouldn't know why in the fuck there would need to be an interim heavyweight title unless for some reason the UFC feels that Randy Couture is going to come out of his resignation/retirement. I'm just not quite understanding this shit anymore. I thought we could wash our hands of all this Randy Couture/UFC drama after Randy publicly turned down a fight with Big Nog. But no, just more god damn questions. Maybe this has to do with a championship clause in their contract that the UFC is going to try to use as leverage when this thing inevitably hits the legal system.
- 12:56:00 AM -
UFC 79: Nemesis Results; St. Pierre interim welterweight champion
Chuck Liddell took a unanimous decision victory over Wanderlei Silva in the co-main event while Georges St. Pierre defeated Matt Hughes with an Armbar at 1:54 in the second round to capture the Interim Welterweight Championship.
Here's the results for UFC 79:
Mark Bocek def. Doug Evans by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3) at 5:00, R3
Roan Carneiro def. Tony DeSouza by TKO at 3:33, R2.
Dean Lister def. Jordan Radev by Unanimous Decision (30-27 x 3) at 5:00, R3
Manny Gamburyan def. Nate Mohr by submission (ankle lock) at , at 1:31, R1
James Irvin def. Luis Cane by Disqualification (illegal strike to downed opponent) at 1:51, R1
Rich Clementi def. Melvin Guillard by Submission (rear naked choke) at 4:40, R1
Lyoto Machida def. Sokoudjou by Submission (head and arm triangle choke) at 4:20, R2
Eddie Sanchez def. Soa Palelei by TKO (referee's stoppage due to strikes) at 3:24, R3
- 3:35:00 PM -
Yarennoka!: Roman Zentsov vs Mike Russow
Sam Caplan got word that the final fight to be added to the Yarennoka! card will be Mike Russow (6-1) vs Roman Zentsov (16-11). I'm guessing that Aoki's opponent will be revealed sometime soon. There's not much time left to be announcing a replacement. Here's what the card looks like so far:
12.16.2007 - 12:28:00 AM -
Couture vs Fedor in October 2008?
According to Sherdog.com, Randy Couture (16-8, 13-5 UFC) says that he could possibly fight Fedor Emelianenko (26-1, 15-0 PRIDE) in October if the UFC won't co-promote the fight with M-1 Global:
"Unless the UFC wants to do a co-promotion with M-1 and make the Fedor fight happen, I'm going to have to wait 'til my contract expires," Couture told HDNet's Ron Kruk. "I have no intention of breaching that contract; that expires in July. My employment contract expires with them in October. So I would assume the soonest you'd see me fight Emelianenko would be in October."
If thats the truth then why wouldn't the UFC put that fight together? They have two options; co-promote an event with M-1 Global and sign the biggest fight in MMA history. I don't give a shit what anyone says, Chuck vs Wandy was the biggest fight 2 years ago, not now. The other option according to The Natural is that he wait out the length of his contract and apparently fight Fedor in October '08 under the M-1 Global banner.
MMA Weekly has this quote from Couture from last nights HDNet Fights:
"I am not retired," said Couture at the HDNet Fights show in Dallas, Texas. "I am waiting for my UFC contract to expire. I will fight Fedor Emelianenko."
After going 5-0 in 2007 and basically fighting every 2 months Roger Huerta (20-1-1, 6-0 UFC) told MMA Weekly that he was going to take 6-8 months off:
"I'm not fighting for 6, 7, 8 months," said Huerta. "I did everything I could this year, I tried to keep helping promote the sport, keep making it grow, but I think I didn't get a lot of R&R. I trained through Thanksgiving for this fight, I didn't even go home to Texas to spend time with my family."
"I think I'm going to take some time off. You know the truth is I need to finish school too. I fought 5 times this year and I think that's the most anybody's ever done in the UFC and I think I'm going to take some time off."
- 1:20:00 AM -
Scott Smith signs with EliteXC; Debuts in February
EliteXCissued a press release regarding the signing of former UFC fighter Scott Smith (11-4, 1-3 UFC). The deal appears to be a long term deal but how long that is unknown, 4 to 6 fights maybe? but thats pure speculation. Smith should make his debut with EliteXC in February.
I didn't do a preview and review thread for the finale but if you're looking for a good review head on over to Five Ounces of Pain and read what Adam Morgan had to say. Sam Caplan also has a complete thorough breakdown at his ProElite.com blog.