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May 30, 2010

Rampage vs. Evans at UFC 114: what was that?

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson said at UFC 96 that his fight with Rashad Evans at UFC 114 was going to be “black-on-black crime." The only crime that was committed Saturday night was perpetrated on the fans of Ultimate Fighting Championship who paid to see a main event with very little action.

"This fight's going to haunt me for a long time," Jackson said after the fight. "... I never had so much pressure on me. I almost regret doing the movie [The A-Team]."

It looked as if Jackson was holding back so that he could make it into the fifth round, but the fight only lasted for three.

Rashad Evans won by unanimous decision, but displayed very little action in the victory.

The winner was promised a fight with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for the UFC light heavyweight championship. Rua could have defeated both fighters Saturday.

I was more disappointed in this fight than I was with Anderson Silva's match against Demian Maia, but that could be because of the hype around the fight and the trash talking by both fighters leading up to UFC 114.

I’m waiting to hear Dana White’s comments on the fight.

The UFC should give Jon "Bones" Jones a shot at the title.

Was everyone as disappointed with the Evans-Jackson fight as I was?

Did Jason Brilz get robbed with the split-decision loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira?

Other results on the card:

Ryan Jensen defeated Jesse Forbes by submission (guillotine choke) at 1:06 of the first round.

Aaron Riley defeated Joe Brammer by decision (unanimous).

Cyrille Diabate defeated Luis Arthur Cane by TKO (punches) at 2:13 of the first round.

Melvin Guillard defeated Waylon Lowe by KO (knee to the body) at 3:28 of the first round.

Efrain Escudero defeated Dan Lauzon by decision (unanimous).

Dong Hyun Kim defeated Amir Sadollah by decision (unanimous).

John Hathaway defeated Diego Sanchez by decision (unanimous).

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira defeated Jason Brilz by decision (split).

Mike Russow defeated Todd Duffee by KO (punch) at 2:32 of the third round.

Michael Bisping defeated Dan Miller by decision (unanimous).

Rashad Evans defeated Quinton Jackson by decision (unanimous).

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May 26, 2010

Kris McCray talks about TUF 11


Kris “Savage” McCray from The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 11, talks about his loss to Josh Bryant and his upcoming fight on TUF 11 series.


McCray looks to be in great shape and I here he is working out 3 to 4 days a week with Master Lloyd Irvin. Irvin also trains UFC fighters Brandon “The Truth” Vera and Phil Davis.  

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A great time at UWC Judgement Day fights


I had a great time at Ultimate Warrior Challenge 8 Judgement Day, in Fairfax, Virginia. I got a chance to talk with many of the fighter on the card, but also fighters from The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 11 and World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC).

The fight card covered the gamut, from an experience fighter with 24 bouts to women fighters to an amateur's bout. In the amateur bout, fighter Carlos Horn of Chicago took on Jason "Fearless" Frank. You may remember Jason Frank from the hit TV series the Power Rangers he played the green ranger. This was his fourth amateur bout, he fought at heavyweight, but he believes he will fight in 205-pound division in the future.

We talked to TUF 11 fighters Kris McCray and Jamie Yager from the self proclaimed "Minority Report". Also on hand were WEC fighters, Leonard "Bad Boy" Garcia with his cast on his hand and Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone.

Bout results:
Scott Heckman def. Matt Brannon - Round 2 (1:36) Submission (Anaconda Choke)
Jeremy Carper def. Caleb MacAlister - Round 2 (3:00) Submission (Triangle Choke)
Jason David Frank def. Carlos Horn - Round 1 (0:24) Submission (Armbar)
Valerie Coolbaugh def. Iman Achhal - Round 3 (5:00) Decision (Split)
Dustin Pague def. Justin Hickey - Round 1 (0:54) Technical Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Ronald Stallings def. Joey Kirwan - Round 2 (0:52) Submission (Triangle Choke)
Ururahy Rodrigues def. Diego Brandao - Round 3 (5:00) Decision (Unanimous)
Timothy Woods def. Mike Seal - Round 2 (3:35) Technical Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
John Dodson def. Jessie Riggleman - Round 3 (5:00) Decision (Unanimous)

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Categories: Video

May 17, 2010

Pedro Rizzo fought Gary Goodridge in DC

MMA Fans in the Nation's Capital got to see live Mixed Martial Arts at the DC Armory. The card was headlined by two Pride FC and UFC veterans, Pedro "The Rock" Rizzo and Gary "Big Daddy" Goodridge. Rizzo won by a 2nd round TKO over Goodridge. Big Daddy was unable to answer the bell for the 3rd round due to heavy leg kicks by Rizzo.

Also working the event was ring announcer Lenne Hardt. Many fans can remember her voice from Pride FC, with her signature introduction of American fighters "from the United States of Americaaaaaaaaa". She can now be heard introducing fighters for Dream in Japan. It was a treat to hear her voice once again, it brought back old memories of Pride FC.

We also caught up with UFC veteran Kenny Florian as he talked about his next fight in August against lightweight Gray Maynard. The winner should get a title shot at the lightweight belt.


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Categories: Video

May 9, 2010

UFC 113 a night of surprises

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua become the new Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion with an impressive win over the previously unbeaten Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida.

Rua came out with leg kicks to start the first round. Machida took Rua down to the canvas, but was unable to capitalize on his position. Rua was the aggressor throughout the fight, landing several big punches.

It seemed that just two minutes into the fight, Machida was trying to catch his wind.

Rua landed a right hand to the side of Machida's head, and the champion went down. Rua followed with six unanswered punches, knocking Machida out as the bout was stopped.

Dana White said on “To go out and knockout Lyoto Machida in the first round the way he did, I mean to stay that it was impressive is stupid. It’s unbelievable! It’s incredible!”

The fight between welterweights Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley turned out to be a shocker. It wasn’t that Koscheck won a unanimous decision against Daley. The surprise was Daley’s punch after the final bell. Daley seemed to be frustrated with Koscheck’s wrestling moves throughout the fight. Just before the final bell, Koscheck had Daley on his back and whispered something into Daley’s ear. After the bell, Daley walked over to Koscheck and landed maybe his best punch of the night.

During the post-fight news conference, White said of Daley on “He’s done. I don’t give a [expletive] if he is the best 170-pounder in the world, he will never come back, he will never come back. He’s done! It’s probably one of the dumbest things I have ever seen.”

White was outspoken about the melee after the April Strikeforce event on CBS. White said to about the melee, "When have you seen anything remotely close to that happen at a UFC event?” He also went on the say, “That was just another example of how bush league they (Strikeforce) are."

Well, this shows you it could happen at any event. Fighters can and will do some dumb things, and it doesn’t matter if they are fighting for a smaller fight league or for UFC.

Other fights on the card:

Lightweight Jeremy Stephens won a split decision over Sam Stout. I thought Stout had won the fight.

Heavyweight Matt Mitrione stopped Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson in the second round. White said on, “That’s probably Kimbo’s last fight in the UFC”

This should be Kimbo Slice’s last fight in the UFC. He was out of shape, and it showed throughout the fight. He’ll sign with Strikeforce before the summer is over.

Middleweight Alan Belcher beat Canadian Patrick Cote with a second-round rear-naked choke. Belcher said after the fight, “I want Anderson Silva.”

Belcher, I know Anderson Silva. You’re no Anderson Silva.

Posted by Kevin Richardson at 8:39 AM | | Comments (8)
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