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March 28, 2012

Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans: Who will win?

jonesevansblog.gifThe last several months, former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (above, right) has presented his case to the media like a court-appointed attorney. All of the evidence has shown that he has no shot at winning his case (fight), but if he can show a reasonable doubt, he might have a chance.

Jonathan Dwight Jones vs. Rashad Anton Evans will take place at UFC 145 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta on April 21.

All of the physical evidence is overwhelming and in favor for Mr. Jones. The champion, Jon Jones (left), has destroyed every top contender and former champion he has faced in the octagon.

Case in point:

Ryan Bader was an undefeated (12-0) fighter at the time he fought Jones. Let the evidence show that he suffered his first loss, by submission, in less than two rounds.

Mauricio Rua was the champion at the time he fought Jones. Many considered him one of the top light heavyweights ever to fight in the UFC. Let it be shown that he was TKO'd due to strikes for the first time in his 24-fight career.

Quinton Jackson came into the fight with no injuries or no excuses, but left the cage after submitting for the first time since 2001. Jackson had fought 27 fights since he last lost by submission. Let the evidence show that Jackson was a common opponent of Mr. Evans and Mr. Jones.

An injured Jackson went the distance against Evans in one of the most disappointing, over-hyped main events in UFC history. Both fighters engaged in a war of words on The Ultimate Fighter 10 reality series. Each week, their banter overshadowed the fighters. The ratings were great, the exchanges were memorable, but their fight itself was a disappointment. I equate it to saving your biggest firework for the finale on the Fourth of July and lighting it, only for it to be a dud.

Lyoto Machida was another common opponent of both fighters. Let’s look at exhibit 'A,' which shows that Mr. Evans held the light heavyweight championship belt less than 3 years ago. At UFC 98, in walked undefeated Lyoto Machida, a karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter from Brazil. In less than nine minutes, Mr. Evans would taste defeat for the first time in his career when he was KO'd (the hell out) by Machida.

In Mr. Jones' last fight, he fought Machida with the championship belt on the line. But this time Machida could only dream of winning. He was put to sleep by Mr. Jones in little over nine minutes by a devastating guillotine choke in the second round. Let the evidence show that this was the first time Machida had ever submitted in his career.

Before we award Mr. Jones, let’s see what Mr. Evans has as his defense.

His key piece of evidence is that he held Jon Jones down in practice one day and he wouldn’t let him escape and Mr. Jones was “crying” because he wouldn’t let him up.

So, Mr. Evans held Mr. Jones down in practice.

Do you have a response, Mr. Jones?

In the words of Allen Iverson, “We're in here talking about practice. I mean listen, we're talking about practice. Not a game, not a game, not a game -- we're talking about practice. Not a game. Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it's my last. Not the game. We're talking about practice, man. I mean, how silly is that? We're talking about practice.”

Make your case for the winner.  

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March 15, 2012

Cowboy Cerrone is looking for a title shot this year

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UFC lightweight Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone believes that 2012 is his year. He is looking for a title shot before the year ends.


“See last year I think I had the wrong mentality, I said I just wanted to fight, and I didn’t care about the title,” said Cerrone. “We’re here to get that belt. So hopefully two more (fights), win this one and win one more and then I will start calling people out.”


Cerrone was scheduled to fight an old friend of his in lightweight Yves Edwards, but Edwards had to drop out due to injury. The UFC replaced Edwards with hard-hitting veteran Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens. The fight is the co-main event at UFC on Fuel TV on May 15, in Fairfax, Va.


Cerrone and Stephens are both known for exciting fights with toe-to-toe action. Cerrone has won a combined seven UFC & WEC “Fight of the Night” honors, while Stephens has won three UFC “Knockout of the night” and one “Fight of the Night” honors.


“Stephens and I are going to be a barn burner, action-pack, non-stop in your face, kicking (expletive),” said Cerrone.


I have interviewed Cerrone on several occasions and each time I walk away respecting him more and more for his honesty. He’s a guy that doesn’t bite his tongue and he’s straight forward on everything.


“Last year was my first year in the UFC, my feet was still wet and I was scared” he said. “A lot comes with holding that (championship) belt, you have to present yourself and be mentally and physically ready to defend it at all-times.”


After winning six fights in a row, Cerrone lost his last fight to Nate Diaz and the critics and haters hit to Twitter and to MMA websites doubting his fighting skills. Cerrone is a fan of Chael Sonnen, and just like Sonnen, Cerrone has a word for his critics (haters), “Haters are like crickets, they talk a lot of crap until you walk up on them”


The lightweight division is a highly competitive weight class. But Cerrone believes his time has come and this is his year.


“I wasn’t ready last year, but 2012 is the year,” he said. “I’m coming hard, harder than I ever had, in shape and a pissed off Cowboy.”

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March 7, 2012

Ronda Rousey vs. Cyborg: Who would win?

Strikeforce women's champion Ronda Rousey (5-0) has become the buzz of the MMA world with her recent  submission win over former Strikeforce bantamweight champion Miesha Tate. I couldn’t turn away from her pre-fight rants and trash talking. She has become the face of women’s MMA and the female version of Chael Sonnen.

And with a comparison to Sonnen, it’s only right to have her fight the female equivalent to Sonnen’s next opponent -- Anderson Silva. That is Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (10-1-1), the best pound-for-pound women’s fighter in the world.

The only hold-up in this fight is that Santos is serving a year-long suspension after testing positive for an anabolic steroid. She isn’t due back in the cage until early 2013, so a fight around this time next year would work. A bout of this magnitude would only elevate women’s MMA even more in the eyes of hardcore fans.

Here are some of the comparisons between Cyborg and Silva, and the comparisons of Rousey and  Sonnen.

Cyborg and Silva both started their fighting careers at the Chute Boxe Academy. They are both Brazilians and are considered the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Both haven’t lost a fight in more than six years.

Rousey and Sonnen both have Olympic ties; Rousey competed at the Olympics and Sonnen was an Olympic alternate. They are both from the West Coast, and they display lots of charisma in front of the camera. Both are considered by many to be the best in MMA at promoting and selling a fight. I thought no one could play a heel (bad guy) like Sonnen, until I heard Rousey before and after the Tate fight.

A Rousey vs. Santos title fight, along with maybe a men’s title fight, could easily be a pay-per-view card for Strikeforce.

But first, Rousey would first need to submit her next opponent, Sarah Kaufman.

With a 1-year suspension, Cyborg has plenty of time to come down in weight.

Who would like to see Rousey take on Cyborg for the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight championship belt?

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March 4, 2012

Rousey's win over Tate for Strikeforce title lived up to the hype

Finally, a fight that lived up to the hype.

Undefeated Ronda Rousey (5-0, 3-0 Strikeforce) submitted former champion Miesha Tate (12-3, 4-2 Strikeforce) in the first round to win the women’s bantamweight championship at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Strikeforce “Tate vs. Rousey” was the main-event fight of the evening of an action-packed card.

For several months leading up to the fight, Rousey and Tate gave promotional interviews to sell the fight. At times the back-and-forth trash talking seemed to become personal and not to just sell tickets. Even at the start of the fight the referee gave the final instructions to both fighters and he ended by saying, “I understand that we are not touching gloves.” 

The fight started with Tate connecting on several punches to the face of her opponent. Rousey counted by taking Tate down and gaining side control. Rousey them transitioned to her first armbar submission but Tate escaped. 

She was able to gain the back of Rousey and attempt a rear-naked choke. After a brief scramble both fighters made it back on their feet. Tate connected on three punches and Rousey grabbed her and display her world-class judo by executing a hip toss.

Rousey then got a full mount and was able to ground and pound Tate with several punches before transitioning to an armbar submission at 4:36 of the first-round.  

After a tough bout most fighters show respect to their opponent by shaking their hand. But not in this case, Rousey expressed her feelings about Tate, “At the weigh-in when she got into my face and I pushed her back, and she said ‘I should be fined for head butting her,’ I thought if you are going to try an act hard then back it up.”

Rousey's next opponent should be former champion Sarah Kaufman, who won a majority decision over Alexis Davis on the undercard. 

In the co-main event, former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson (19-4, 9-3 Strikeforce) won a unanimous decision over KJ Noons (11-5, 3-3 Strikeforce) by out=wrestling him for three rounds. For the 15 minutes of the fight, Thomson was able to keep the fight on the ground for 10 minutes and 28 seconds. When asked about his performance, he wasn’t too pleased, “It’s was (expletive),” he said. “How else can you explain it, it was (expletive).”

But when asked about fighting lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez next, he said, “I’m going back to the way I used to train, and if I get hurt, I get hurt. I’m going to go back to training super hard and super aggressive for 12 weeks. I’m going to make sure that I whoop Gilbert’s (expletive).” 

Below are the full undercard results:


Kazuo Misaki won by split decision over Paul Daley.

Lumumba Sayers won by submission (guillotine choke) over Scott Smith.  

Ronaldo Souza won by submission (arm triangle) over Bristol Marunde.

Sarah Kaufman won via majority decision over Alexis Davis.  

Roger Bowling won by TKO over Brandon Saling.

Pat Healy won by submission (arm triangle) over Caros Fodor.  

Ryan Couture won by TKO over Conor Heun.

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March 3, 2012

UFC on FX 2: Kampmann wins and a big scoring mistake

 In the main event at UFC on FX 2, welterweights Thiago “Pitbull” Alves (19-9, UFC 11-6) and Martin “Hitman” Kampmann (19-5, UFC 10-4) had a good battle for almost three rounds. But in the end, Alves made one crucial move that cost him the match in front of a sellout crowd at Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia.


After connecting on a combination of punches, Alves tried a double-leg takedown in the waning seconds of the third round. Kampmann secured a guillotine choke on the Brazilian and rolled on top, and Alves tapped out with 48 seconds left in the bout.


“I was behind in there. I’ll be honest, Thiago was getting me with some good shots, and I wanted to take him down,” Kampmann said. “I was walking into too many punches, and that was not a part of the game plan. It’s a good thing I have a good chin and can eat some shots.”


For his performance, Kampmann earned the “Submission of the Night” and he also secured his hold as one of the top 10 welterweights in the UFC. He said afterwards, “I felt that I really had to finish the fight, and it wouldn’t do me any good to keep it standing. I just squeezed, because I knew that was my window, and I didn’t want to miss it.”


The UFC held its first-ever flyweight (125 lbs.) tournament with four of the top flyweights in the world competing to become the UFC flyweight champion. But at the end of the night only Joseph Benavidez had moved on in the tournament.


Benavidez (16-2, UFC 3-0) showed the newly formed flyweight division that he is the heavy favorite to become its first champion. The Team Alpha Male fighter took on veteran Japanese fighter Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-5-6, UFC 0-1), in the second tournament bout of the evening.


The former Shooto champion Urushitani is known for his kicks, but is was his kicking that got him in trouble during the match. Urushitani attempted to kick, but Benavidez countered with a big right hook that knocked Urushitani to the canvas.


“I knew he threw a lot of kicks, and that’s a perfect time to counter somebody,” Benavidez said.


Benavidez pounded his opponent with several more punches before the referee stepped in and stopped the bout after 11 seconds into the second round. With the TKO, Benavidez showed fans that flyweight division fighters could have knockout power as well. 


"I bring great power to the 135-pound division, so now that I’m hitting guys my size (125 pounds) it’s just the sign of things to come,” Benavidez said.


In the other flyweight tournament final, Demetrious “Might Mouse” Johnson (14-2-1, UFC 2-1-1) was declared the winner at the end of a three-round battle against Ian “Uncle Creepy “ McCall (11-2-1, UFC 0-0-1).


But just like the last two UFC events, controversy was the theme for this fight. After the decision for Johnson, it was later revealed that the judge made an error, resulting in a change from a majority win to a majority draw.


McCall was considered the top-ranked fighter in the tournament, but that didn’t stop Johnson from pressing the action for the first two rounds. The third round is where the controversy took place because McCall dominated the round and one judge scored it a 10-8 round for McCall. That would have made the bout a majority draw. The commission incorrectly calculated the scorecard and gave the decision to Johnson.


The rule that was in place for the flyweight tournament in case of a draw was to have an additional round to determine the winner.


Now the two flyweights will meet in a rematch in April to see who will advance to the tournament to fight Benavidez.


The miscalculation of the scores was embarrassing, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that this was an awesome fight. Both guys earned “Fight of the Night” bonuses for the effort.


Below are the full undercard results:

Shawn Jordan won by TKO (knee and punches) over Oli Thompson at 3:53 of the second round.


Daniel Pineda won by Submission (triangle armbar) over Mackens Semerzier at 2:05 of the first round.


TJ Waldburger won by Submission (armbar) over Jake Hecht at 0:55 of the first round.


Andrew Craig won by unanimous decision over Kyle Noke.


Steven Siler won by unanimous decision over Cole Miller.


Anthony Perosh won by TKO (punches) over Nick Penner at 4:59 of the first round.


James Te Huna won by TKO (punches) over Aaron Rosa at 2:08 of the first round.


Constantinos Philippou won by unanimous decision over Court McGee.
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