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May 30, 2011

UFC needs a mega event like the Super Bowl

It’s time for mixed marital arts to have its very own mega event. The NFL has the Super Bowl; Major League Baseball has the World Series; Pro wrestling has WrestleMania. It's time for MMA to have a grand annual event.

It would include a week leading up to the event with activities for the fans, with celebrities and a host city with an arena that would seat around 20,000. You could even try to stage it in an indoor stadium like the ones in Indianapolis, Detroit or Dallas and triple the attendance.

The draw for MMA fans to such an event would be the unique matchups. This would be the event you would allow guys like boxer James Toney to compete. Bouts that fans would love to see; Herschel Walker vs. Batista, Shaquille O’Neal vs. Hong Man Choi, Kimbo Slice vs. Mike Tyson and celebrity Kevin James could compete under amateur rules. Old-school battle, Dan “The Beast” Severn vs. Ken Shamrock in the cage, or MMA analyst/comedian Joe Rogan vs. Carlos Mencia.

And this is where mega-fights or cross-organizational fights would take place with no belts on the line. Fights between Strikeforce and UFC fighters; Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, George St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz, Antonio “BigFoot” Silva vs. Brock Lesnar, Frankie Edgar vs. Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez and Jason “Mayhem” Miller vs. Jake Shields.

Only Zuffa/Ultimate Fighting Championship could but on such an event, along with several large sponsors. The sponsors would be needed to hand out large purses to the fighters.

Every fighter would make over $100,000 each with the “Fight of the Night”, “KO of the Night” & “Submission of the Night” fights, getting $500,000 each.

For the stake of this article we can call the event UFC Best Man 1.

Recently, there was a rumor on the Internet that UFC Champion George St. Pierre and Strikeforce Champion Nick Diaz were going to do battle at UFC 140. UFC President Dana White quickly put an end to that rumor.

But this type of event would be prefect for such matches. It would also be the place that fighters could call out other fighters to do battle.

 

Or when fighter Chael Sonnen said some derogatory words about former champion Brock Lesnar. “If Brock Lesnar were here right now, I’d take my boot off and throw it at him. And he better polish it up before he brings it back to me.

 

"That guy comes around here talkin’ about he’s the baddest guy in the UFC? Are you kidding me? I’d slap you in the face and you wouldn’t do anything about it, Brock. ‘But I’m Brock Lesnar! I’ve got this $5 haircut and a knife tattooed on my chest!”

 

If the UFC had an event like UFC Best Man, Brock could have responded by saying, meet me at “Best Man,” punk! After you’re off steroids and your suspension is over and your court cases are settled.

 

So, what are your thoughts on such an event?

Posted by Kevin Richardson at 9:44 AM | | Comments (12)
        

May 29, 2011

UFC 130: Bark was bigger than Rampage's bite

In the main event at Ultimate Fighting Championship 130 in Las Vegas, there was another victory and another excuse by former light-heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson after his win over Matt “The Hammer” Hamill. In the bout, Rampage clearly won all three rounds, but his performance was average at best.

"I was a 5 out of 10 (on a scale)," Jackson said after his bout. Jackson also revealed he fought with a fractured hand. Once again Jackson's bark was bigger than his bite.

With back-to-back subpar fights, the question remains, "Is he worthy of a title shot against light-heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones?"

With Jackson revealing his injury the decision to fight Jones next my not be in the cards for him.

In the first round, Hamill started with leg kicks. He was taking a page from Forrest Griffin, who took Rampage's title after repeatedly leg-kicking him for five rounds. But on this night,  Jackson looked much sharper with his boxing and Hamill looked puzzled.

In the second round, Jackson connected with a right hook and once again stopped Hamill from taking him down. Hamill was a step slower than Jackson throughout the bout.

Hamill tried a superman punch in the third round followed by another half-hearted takedown attempt. But clearly, Hamill had no chance of getting a takedown, which was his only chance of winning this bout. The final bell drew boos from the crowd as both fighters walked back to their corners exhausted.

All three judges scored the bout 30-27 for Jackson. Even though Jackson won, his performance should have him fighting another opponent (maybe Mauricio “Shogun” Rua) before he gets a title shot.

UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill, took place at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena and aired on pay-per-view, Spike TV and Facebook. UFC is the top sports social media company in the world. No other sports company executive uses twitter like UFC President Dana White. Before the fights, he tweets to his 1.4 million followers that, "Reminder everyone. We go live on PPV in 30 mins!"

The full undercard results:

Renan Barao defeatd Cole Escovedo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

Michael McDonald beats Chris Cariaso by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28).

Gleison Tibau deafeats Rafaello Oliveira by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:28 in the 2nd round.

Tim Boetsch beats Kendall Grove by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson defeats Miguel Torres by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Main bouts:

Brian Stann defeats Jorge Santiago by TKO (punches) at 4:29 in the 2nd round.

Rick Story beats Thiago Alves by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Travis Browne defeats Stefan Struve by knockout (punch) at 4:11 in the 1st round.

Frank Mir beats Roy Nelson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26).

Posted by Kevin Richardson at 8:11 AM | | Comments (3)
        

May 4, 2011

Shogun Fights IV highlights & results

On April 30, Shogun Fights IV once again delivered an action-packed MMA fight card at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore. Along with 11 exciting bouts, there were many MMA celebrities on hand, including MMA fighters Zach Davis (this season's Ultimate Fighter reality series contestant), Kamal Shalarous (WEC & UFC veteran), Frankie Lester (The Ultimate Fighter reality series; UFC veteran) and Ravens linebacker and free agent Prescott Burgess.

Posted by Kevin Richardson at 12:28 PM | | Comments (0)
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