The end of August brought more excitement in the world of MMA
Yup. Back Again. 2nd Round Submission.
A couple weeks ago Strikeforce put on the biggest fight in women’s MMA history, Gina Carano vs. Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos. Not everyone likes the idea of two women going at it. I am not one of these people. For those unfamiliar, Gina Carano is the poster girl of MMA. She’s been featured on ESPN many times and starred on NBC’s American Gladiators. Along with those accolades she is simply a pleasure to look at.
Cyborg was the favorite going into this bout. Her nickname certainly fits because she fights like a robot built for destruction. Some have referred to her as the female version of Wanderlei Silva in his prime. I’d have to say that’s an accurate comparison.
For some unknown reason the athletic commission thought it would be a good idea to make this a 5, 5 minute round fight. This was a big from change the original 3, 3 minute round format. No matter how much cardio training these two did it was doubtful they’d have anything left in the tank for the later rounds.
Fortunately this fight went just 1 round, 1 tremendous round. The fighters went toe to toe right away, exchanging strikes, battling for positioning on the ground, and attempting submissions. Santos showed her overall dominance but Carano by no means backed down. Eventually Cyborg’s strength was too much and she finished the fight as the 1st round concluded. This fight was AWESOME!!! I don’t think Gina lost any steam here in being defeated and Santos showed that she is the alpha female of the sport. I look forward to a rematch down the road.
Elsewhere Gegard Mousasi took a big step in proving himself as a major player in Strikeforce by winning the light heavyweight title. Mousasi humbled Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral by finishing him via TKO in the 1st round. Gegard left Sobral unconscious on the canvas without breaking a sweat.
Here are the other results from the show:
Fabricio Werdum by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:24 in Rd. 1
Gilbert Melendez by TKO at 3:56 in Rd. 3
More news came out of Strikeforce when they announced Fedor Emelianenko will take on Brett ‘Grim’ Rogers in his debut with company. I’m not a fan of this move. Why not give Fedor a fight or two to get his feet wet and build up a big fight against the undefeated Rogers? Grim has the power to knockout ANYONE in the division. He single handedly killed Andrei Arlovski’s MMA and boxing career. If Fedor gets knocked out we’re guaranteed to get a profanity-laced promo from Dana White. If Rogers loses Strikeforce has sacrificed their biggest rising star in the division for nothing. Fabricio Werdum could have taken that beat down.
UFC 102 this past Saturday was a very entertaining show. The two formers champs and legends, Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture and Antonio Rodrigo ‘Minatauro’ Nogueira, squared off in a great main event. Now back at full strength, Nogueira was able to get the better of Randy on their feet and on the mat. Minatauro nearly finished the fight on three occasions. Dropping Couture twice with a right hand and also locking in a tight Darce choke. The former Pride and Interim UFC champion won a unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28. Not sure what the next step will be for each of these men. The outcome of the Lesnar/Carwin fight at UFC 106 will clear up the division in terms of future match ups.
The other headline fight of the event saw Nate “The Great” Marquardt take on Damien Maia for a potential middleweight title shot. Not a lot to say about this fight. 20 seconds, 1 right hand, and that was it for Mr. Maia. Do a little digging and get a hold of this video. Believe me, it’s worth seeing. We’ll see this clip for years to come and surely on the next installment of ultimate knockouts. It goes without saying this won the knock out of the night bonus. Post-fight Nate said he’d take on whoever they put in front of him and given the opportunity he’d kick Anderson Silva’s butt. At that point they panned to Silva ringside who seemed amused by these comments and played to the crowd. The Great’s memory must be a little cloudy from the 1st round beating The Spider put on him previously.
Another quick finish came when Thiago Silva defeated Keith Jardine two minutes into the opening round. Joe Rogan put it best in referring to Silva, “That guy is violent!” A great rebound victory for Thiago after the Machida loss. A tough loss for The Dean of Mean as this was his second straight loss, third in his last four fights. I’m suggesting Jardine vs. Stephan Bonnar in a “Loser leaves town match”. Book it!
Check out how the other fights went down:
Brandon Vera defeated Krzysztof Soszynski by Unanimous Decision (30-27 across)
Jake Rosholt defeated Chris Leben by Submission (Arm Triangle) at 1:30 in Rd. 3
Todd Duffee defeated Tim Hague by KO at :07 of Rd. 1
Aaron Simpson defeated Ed Herman by TKO at :17 of Rd. 2
Evan Dunham defeated Marcus Aurelio by Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Mark Muñoz defeated Nick Catone by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28).
Gonzaga defeated Tuchscherer by TKO (punches aka homicide) at 2:27 of Rd. 1
A few other tidbits from the MMA world
The goodness that is Bully Beatdown returned to MTV last Thursday. If you haven’t seen this show before you need to check it out. Brief summary, bully beats up random jabroni, bully is offered $10,000 to fight a pro fighter, bully gets destroyed and loses 10k. That my friends is quality television
WEC cancelled WEC 43 originally scheduled for September 2 but has since been pushed back to October 10 due to an injury to Ben Henderson. Henderson will take on ‘Cowboy’ Donald Cerrone for the interim Lightweight championship. The winner will earn the privileged of taking an ass kicking at the hands of my boy Jamie Varner
A few weeks back I randomly bumped into Jamie at a bar in Newport, RI then again at UFC 101. I talked to him for about 15-20 minutes. Very down to earth, friendly guy. Stay tuned for a future interview with the champ
Two former UFC light heavyweight champs are looking to get some mainstream attention. Chuck Liddell will be appearing on the next season of Dancing with the Stars. Yes, that Chuck Liddell. I’m actually more excited to see Chuck sporting a shinny pink shirt or suit then seeing him dance. The Iceman is a t-shirt and jeans type of guy. I don’t recall seeing him in anything else. I’ve never seen DWTS before but I’ll be tuning in for this season. Honestly, what judge has the grapefruits to tell Liddell he sucks as a dancer?
Last week it was reported that Quinton RAMPAGE Jackson would be playing B.A. Baracus in the A-Team remake. All I can say is who better then Rampage? (Don’t say Kimbo) My excitement was quickly halted when it was later reported that Jackson won’t be channeling Mr. T on the big screen
Finally, professional MMA has been sanctioned in the fine state of Massachusetts. I’m a “Masshole” so I’m pumped because of this recent development. According to Dana White UFC is coming to Fenway!!!
That’s enough for this edition. Feel free to tell a friend or two or eight about this blog. I’m looking to produce more hits than HGH in major league baseball
Nate Diaz locking in a triangle choke on Kurt Pellegrino
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Written by Martin Foster
Martin H. Foster is the author of "The 2nd Round Submission" and host of "Verbal Submission Radio" Follow him at www.twitter.com/MHMFoster