Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Russian Cyborg vs The Maine-iac

From Sherdog.com

Top ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko will fight Tim Sylvia on July 19. The Russian mixed martial arts champion confirmed the bout to Sherdog.com on Tuesday.

Big news....maybe. I was looking forward to Fedor fighting either Josh Barnett or Randy Couture. But Tim Sylvia is the first half decent fighter that Fedor will fight in a long while. Hopefully this fight will be five rounds. Will the universe cease to exist if Tim wins another boring decision?

Thursday, March 20, 2008

No UFC No News

Past couple of weeks have been dry and any minute piece of MMA news has already been blogged to death by others. Couple of shows coming up.
Upcoming Events:
ShoXC: Denny vs Malaipet
This Friday, March 21, 2008
Showtime Broadcast at 11pm PT/ET
Malaipet vs Thomas Denny
Marlon Mathias vs Conor Heun
Aaron Rosa vs Jaime FletcherS
hane Del Rosario vs Analu Brash
Mark Oshiro vs Chris Cariaso
Brandon Tarn vs Jason Williams
Devin Howard vs Mark Kempthorne
Vince Guzman vs Lyle Beerbohm
Kenny Johnson vs Michael Penafiel
Steve Gable vs Eric Jones

03/26/2008 9:00 PM ET Live On Versus
Doug Marshall Vs. Brian Stann
Chael Sonnen Vs. Bryan Baker
Ed Ratcliff Vs. Marcus Hicks
Steve Cantwell Vs. Tim McKenzie
Hiromitsu Miura Vs. Blas Avena
John Alessio Vs. Brock Larson
Sergio Gomez Vs. Richard Crunkilton Jr.
Ryan Stonitsch Vs. Alex Serdyukov
Chris Manuel Vs. Kenji Osawa
Logan Clark Vs. Scott Harper

UFC Fight Night 13
Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at 7 p.m. ET on SpikeTV
Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colorado
Kenny Florian Vs. Joe Lauzon
Thiago Alves Vs. Karo Parisyan
Matt Hamill Vs. Tim Boetsch
Kurt Pellegrino Vs. Nate Diaz
James Irvin Vs. Houston Alexander
Gray Maynard Vs. Frank Edgar
Josh Neer Vs. Din Thomas
Ryan Roberts Vs. Marcus Aruelio
Jeff Cox Vs. Manny Gamburyan
Samy Schiavo Vs. Clay Guida
Roman Mitichyan Vs. George Sotiropoulos
Anthony Johnson Vs. Tommy Speer

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Karo's title shot

Karo Parysian has been waiting for centuries to fight for the UFC's metalic object mounted onto a belt strap. He had to work his way back to the top of the welterweight division after his injury.

All that is fine but if he really wanted a title shot he should have fought Jon Fitch. A win over Fitch would have cemented him as the #1 contendor if George St. Pierre beats Matt Serra. If Matt Serra were to win he would definitly have to face Matt Hughes. This would be a worst case senario because if Fitch gets put ahead of him might have to wait till next year to get his shot.

During an interview on Inside MMA on HDNET," Parisyan was asked about a fight with Jon Fitch. Parisyan said that he wanted a "more-guaranteed win" and wanted "an easier fight than Jon Fitch so I can basically have a high percentage of beating Fitch and getting a title shot." What a wussy move.

Karo's next opponent isn't anyone to take likely. Thiago Alves is a mad mofo with some serious skills and a cool nickname (the pitbull). He's also the guy who was finished by Fitch at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5 by TKO (strikes). Not only if he loses but if he goes on to win a boring decision he should not recieve a shot at the belt before Fitch.

Now that Anderson Silva has dismantled the middleweight division that are no more challengers after Yushin Okami. The UFC has promised Karo a title shot not a welterweight title shot. I say give him to Anderson Silva to teach him not to look for easier fights. If he were as tough as he thinks he is let him go up to 185 lbs. and challenger Anderson Silva.

For all his fight experience, Karo is a young guy and I'm sure he'll get his title shot eventually.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Shogun broke his knee again

From UFC.Com

Rua Re-Injures Knee, will undergo Surgery
By Thomas Gerbasi
Scheduled to make his return to the Octagon this June against Chuck Liddell at UFC 85in London, light heavyweight star Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has instead been forced to withdraw from the bout due to a ruptured ACL in his left knee, the same injury he had surgery on to repair last October after his UFC 76 fight with Forrest Griffin.

Surgery on the injured knee will be scheduled shortly, and there is no word on when Rua will be cleared to return to the Octagon.

One of the game’s top 205-pound fighters, the 26-year old Rua was looking to get back in the win column after his defeat at the hands of Griffin last year, and his bout with Liddell was just the motivation he needed to train like never before.

“I’ve never seen Shogun so motivated for a fight like this in years,” said Rua spokesman Eduardo Alonso. “This was like a new beginning for him.

”Liddell’s opponent for UFC 85, which will be held at London’s O2 Arena on June 7th, will be announced shortly. As for Rua, he promises to be back and better than ever as soon as possible.

“He thanks his fans for all the support,” said Alonso. “It means a lot to him.”

UFC 82: Pride of a Champion Results

Preliminary Fights
Jorge Gurgel defeats John Halverson via unanimous decision
Diego Sanchez submits (strikes) David Bielkheden round 1
Josh Koscheck defeats Dustin Hazelett via TKO (strikes) round 2
Luigi Fiorvanti defeats Luke Cummo via unanimous decision
Andre Arlovski defeats Jake O’Brien via TKO (strikes) round 2
Main Card
Jon Fitch over Chris Wilson via unanimous decision
Yushin Okami knocked out (knee) Evan Tanner round 2
Chris Leben defeats Alessio Sakara via TKO round 1
Heath Herring defeats Cheick Kongo by split decision
Anderson Silva submits (choke) Dan Henderson round 2
Results from fiveouncesofpain.com

UFC bonuses (60K)
Fight of the Night: Anderson Silva vs Dan Henderson
Knockout of the night: Chris Leban
Submission of the night: Anderson Silva

UFC 82 fighter pay-outs
Anderson Silva - $140,000 ($70,000 to show, $70,000 to win)
Dan Henderson - $100,000
Heath Herring - $140,000 ($70,000 to show, $70,000 to win)
Cheick Kongo - $30,000
Chris Leben - $50,000 ( $25,000 to show, $25,000 to win)
Alessio Sakara - $17,000
Yushin Okami - $28,000 ($14,000 to show, $14,000 to win)
Evan Tanner - $25,000
Jon Fitch - $60,000 ($30,000 to show, $30,000 to win)
Chris Wilson - $12,000
Andrei Arlovski - $170,000 ($105,000 to show, $65,000 to win)
Jake O’Brien - $11,000
Luigi Fioravanti - $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Luke Cummo - $16,000
Josh Koscheck - $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Dustin Hazelett - $12,000
Diego Sanchez - $60,000 ($30,000 to show, $30,000 to win)
David Bielkheden - $8,000
Jorge Gurgel - $14,000 ($7,000 to show, $7,000 to win)
John Halverson - $3,000

Mark Coleman inducted into UFC Hall of Fame

Closing Thoughts
1) The crowd was horrible. If there was two seconds of inactivity they would boo. This crowd wasn't as enthusiastic as the one that showed up for UFC 62. Especially during the Randy Couture and Tim Syliva fight in which Randy controlled Tim on the ground for the better part of five rounds.

2)UFC like any other business is trying to make as much money as possible. Not only do they increase ppv prices by five dollars but they don't show as many fights as they can. They are hoping that fans will run to their computer to purchase the unaired fights from the UFC homepage. To accomplish this the ppv telecast moves at a very slow pace. I don't need to see a commercial about the fights that are happening later on. They do not need to show all the entrances especially for the early fights. Many times in Pride Fighting Championships they would show only the last entrance. So instead of asking us to wear a brand of watch or ride a Harley perhaps they can satiate our thirst for more combat.

3)Anderson Silva has not cleaned out the division entirely. Many people have opined that with this dominating victory over Dan Henderson, Anderson Silva has no one left to fight. This is incorrect. They're are many more fights for Silva at 185 lbs. First he should fight Okami to avenge his defeat by disqualification. This should be an easy win but you never know. Next he should face Matt Hughes. The only thing in the way is a possible match up with Matt Serra. If Serra beats George St. Pierre, Hughes gets the first crack at him. He also has potential opponents if his former Chute Boxe partners Mauricio Rua and Wanderlei Silva drop a weight class. Wanderlei can hang at light heavyweight because he still has power but Shogun is too light to match up with the UFC 205ers. Mauricio would make an interesting opponent for Anderson.

4)UFC announces that Brock Lesnar will face Mark Coleman. The same people who said that Lesnar wold destroy Mir are predicting that he might pound Coleman into dust. Brock Lesnar could get the victory but it wont be an easy one. Lesnar has the strength, athleticism and explosiveness but what he doesn't have is experience. That's what Frank Mir used to get the win over Brock.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Fighter of the night video corner: Anderson "the spider" Silva

Anderson Silva demonstrates the Clinch by JohnHacklemanrn

Henderson vs Silva UFC 82 Clinch Fighting For Dummies by theMMAAddict

Saturday, March 1, 2008

MMA Schedule - March

UFC 82: Pride of a Champion 3/1
(Middle) Anderson Silva vs. Dan Henderson
(Heavy) Cheick Kongo vs. Heath Herring
(Middle) Alessio Sakara vs. Chris Leben
(Middle) Evan Tanner vs. Yushin Okami
(Welter) Jon Fitch vs. Chris Wilson
(Welter) Diego Sanchez vs. David Bielkheden
(Heavy) Andrei Arlovski vs. Jake O’Brien
(Welter) Luke Cummo vs. Luigi Fioravanti
(Welter) Josh Koscheck vs. Dustin Hazelett
(LightW) Jorge Gurgel vs. John Halverson
List from MMAMania

World Victory Road: SENGOKU 3/5
Hidehiko Yoshida vs. Josh Barnett
Ryo Kawamura vs. Antonio Braga Neto
Fabricio Monteiro vs. Nick Thompson
Takanori Gomi vs. Duane Ludwig
Makoto Takimoto vs. Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos
Kazuo Misaki vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Peter Graham
List from Japan MMA

Dream 1 3/15
Single Fights
Mirko Cro Cop vs TBA
Lightweight Grand Prix 1st Round Fights
J.Z. Calvan vs Shinya Aoki
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs Black Mamba
Kazuyuki Miyata vs Luis Buscape
Koutetsu Boku vs Joachim Hansen
Other Lightweight Grand Prix Participants:
Andre Dida
Mitsuhiro Ishida
Caol Uno
Gilbert Melendez
Artur Oumakhanov
Jung Bukyung
List from m1mixfight.com

WEC 3/26
Paulo Filho Vs. Chael Sonnen
Doug Marshall Vs. Brian Stann
List from WEC.com