Shogun damages The Dragon but defeated, Brock and Carwin will have to wait, and more news in MMA
It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you, without a strong blog to read through. Enough with the Rakim rhymes. Sorry for the lack of words the last couple weeks, been very busy with various things. I’m back just in time to chime in with my thoughts on UFC 104. We saw one of the most controversial decisions in UFC history here as Lyota Machida defeated Shogun Rua 48-47 on all cards. What do I think? Shogun won, simple as that. Before this fight I had a hunch and text my sister I thought Rua was going to win. Walking to ring Mauricio had a very confident and calm look in his eyes. Something that I remembered seeing in Pride. As for the fight, there were close rounds but overall Shogun did more damage. I re-watched the fight right before writing this blog. Initially I scored the bout 48-47 for Rua, giving him the 2nd, 4th, and 5th round. After my second viewing I changed my scoring to 49-46 Rua, giving him the 1st round as well. Machida won the 3rd round with his flurry but aside from that I had a hard time leaning towards him for any of the others. He may have won the early stages of round one however Shogun did enough the last two and a half minutes to take it. None of the judges gave Shogun the 2nd round which makes no sense. Even more stupefying was one of the judges giving Machida the 5th round, that’s bulls***. Despite what I, Dana White, 90% of the media, about 80% of the fans, and http://fightmetric.com thinks The Dragon won. White stated after the fight that there will be a rematch as soon as both fighters have had enough time to recover and retrain. This will likely take place in February. Due to the disputed decisions I’m sure everyone will tune in for the second contest between these two, drawing huge PPV buys. So end of the day UFC wins again.
The co-main event of the night saw Cain Velasquez absolutely maul Ben Rothwell. Cain took him and pounded on him for a while. Ben tried to get up, Velasquez took him down again. This continued throughout the first round. Second round, Cain took him down again. Banged him up some more, Rothwell tried to get up again but ate six strong punches to the face. Steve Mazagatti stepped in, Cain Velasquez was declared the victor by assault.
Here’s how the rest of 104 went:
Gleison Tibau over Josh Neer by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Chael Sonnen over Yushin Okami by Unanimous Decision (30-27 across)
Joe Stevenson over Spencer Fisher by TKO at 4:03 in Round Two (crucifix elbows)
Anthony Johnson by TKO at 0:41 in Round One (Big Right Hand to the Dome)
Ryan Bader over Eric Schafer by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-26, 30-27)
Stefan Struve over Chase Gormley by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 4:04 in Round One
*Submission of the night
Pat Barry over Anthony Hardonk by TKO at 2:30 in Round Two (Ground N Pound)*
*Fight and KO of the night
Kyle Kingsbury over Razak Al-Hassan via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jorge Rivera over Rob Kimmons via TKO at 1:53 in Round Three (punches)
The Ultimate Fighter season 10 has continued to keep me mildly entertained. The fights have been lack luster, with the most entertaining part of the show being the interaction between the coaches. Sucks we’ll have to wait to see that fight. This past week Darrill “Titties” Schoonover beat Zak Jensen. I think Jensen still doesn’t know he’s going to be put into a triangle choke. He literally stayed in “Tittie’s” guard with an arm in for the better part of ninety seconds. It was only a matter of time until he got choked out. Rampage’s team is performing amazingly badly. I still have a feeling they’ll squeak out one win but really it would make for better tv if Team Rashad swept.
Dream 12 was on very early Sunday morning. I haven’t had the chance to watch all the fights yet but I’ve got the results:
Tomoya Miyashita over Keisuke Fujiwara by Unanimous decision
Kuniyoshi Hironaka over Won Sik Park by TKO at end of the Round One (Eye Injury)
Yoshiro Maeda over Chase Beebe by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:36 in Round One
Dong Sik Yoon over Tarec Saffiedine by Split Decision
Katsuyori Shibata over Tokimitsu Ishizawa by TKO at 4:52 in Round One (Punches)
Kazushi Sakuraba over Zelg Galesic by Submission at 1:40 in Round One (Kneebar)
Marius Zaromskis over Myeon Ho Bae by KO at 0:19 in Round Two (head kick)
Eddie Alvarez over Kasunori Kikuno by Submission at 3:42 in Round Two (Arm Triangle Choke)
Alistair Overeem over James Thompson by Submission at 0:33 in Round One (Guillotine Choke)
News broke yesterday that Brock Lesnar has pulled out of his UFC 106 Heavyweight title defense against Shane Carwin due to illness. Lesnar has had the flu for over three weeks and hasn’t been able to train appropriately for the fight. This leaves Tito Ortiz vs Forrest Griffin II as the main event and Luis Cane vs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira as the co-main event. In all likelihood Lesnar and Carwin will battle in the main event of UFC 108 on January 2. In the span of a month UFC has lost two big money fights to close out the year, Lesnar/Carwin and Rampage/Rashad. I’m sure they’ll be ok. On the bright side they’ll have some big match ups to kick off 2010.
With Ricardo Almeida suffering a knee injuring, Thiago Alves will take on Jon Fitch at UFC 107.
Dan Henderson is still a free agent. Apparently he went to UFC management with a steep contract request that they rejected. It looks as though Dan will end up back in the octagon but not for as much money as he hoped.
Nate Diaz will take on Gray Maynard at Fight Night 20. I don’t like this match up for Diaz. I look for it to go similarly to his bout against Clay Guida.
That’s a wrap for this installment of the 2nd round submission. Feel free to comment and let me know your thoughts on who won the Machida/Rua fight and why.
Kazushi Sakuraba Kimura on Renzo Gracie
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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