Results and review of Strikeforce: Fedor vs Rogers, Preview of UFC 105, and as always the latest new in MMA
Strikeforce put on its first primetime network television broadcast this past Saturday. The featured bout of the evening saw the undefeated Brett ‘Grim’ Rogers take on the top heavyweight in the world Fedor ‘The Last Emperor’ Emelianenko. Rogers bloodied the mighty Fedor but in the end became just another pawn on The Last Emperor’s trail of destruction. Grim’s first jab bloodied the WAMMA champion in the early seconds of the fight. Throughout the round both men gained advantages. Fedor rocked Rogers with a strong left hook then followed with a flurry. Rogers landed some powerful strikes from top position but Emelianenko escaped by attempting an arm bar. Although the champion looked the worse for wear I gave the first round to him 10-9. The 2nd round saw both men jostling for position along the cage until Big John McCarthy stepped in and restarted them. Within seconds a MONSTEROUS right hand sent Brett to the ground in a heap. A few punches later and another Fedor victim was claimed. Click HERE (if the link doesn’t work don’t blame me, its only a matter of time until this get removed for copyright violation) for highlights of the fight including the knockout.
The semi-main event of the card was for the vacant Strikeforce middleweight championship between welterweight champion Jake Shields and Bully Beatdown host and resident MMA lunatic Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller. The biggest question aside from who would win the fight was would Mayhem come to the ring with another elaborately choreographed entrance ala his fights in Japan. Answer, yes. See HERE. Each man held clear advantages going into the fight. Mayhem was the better stand up fighter while Shields was expected to control the wrestling and ground game. A majority of this battle took place on the mat. When Mayhem scored strikes he was usually taken down shortly after. Miller also scored some strong take downs in the early rounds. The first 3 stanzas saw good back and forth action. I scored the 1st for Shields and the 2nd and 3rd for Miller. Mayhem came closest to ending the fight at the end of the 3rd when he locked in a tight rear naked choke as the clock ticked down. Jake was able to hold on and was saved by the bell. The 4th and 5th saw Shields maintain top position without doing major damage while winning the rounds
Top 10 light heavyweight in the world Gegard Mousasi was challenged by Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. Sokoudjou is known for being a strong starter then gassing out shortly there after. Once again, he looked impressive as the fight began, scoring some legs kicks and taking down Mousasi with Judo throws. Gegard also did damage using punches and kicks but I felt ‘The African Assasin’ won this round. In the 2nd we once again saw typical Sokoudjou. Clearly he spent much of his energy in the 1st round. Mousasi was able to ground n pound him out from the guard. Yes, I did say from the guard.
In the other televised fight Febicio Werdum defeated Antonio “Big Foot” Silva. Not a lot to say here. I was entertained by these two heavyweights who I wasn’t expecting much action out of. Big Foot won the first wound by landing strikes and Werdum won the last two rounds by dominating Silva on the ground, giving him the victory. The rest of the results are below:
* Christian Uflacker defeated Jonatas Novaes by Unanimous Decision (29-26, 30-25, 30-25)
* Nate Moore defeated Louis Taylor by Submission (Strikes) at 3:24 in Round Two
* Shamar Bailey defeated John Kolosci by Unanimous Decision (29-27 across)
* Jeff Curran defeated Dustin Naece by Submission/Injury (Knee to the Body) at 1:39 in Round One
* Marloes Coenen defeated Roxanne Modafferi by Submission (Armbar) at 1:05 in Round One
Over the past week or so a lot of news has come out regarding upcoming bouts that will and will not be taking place. Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin has been pushed back indefinitely due to Lesnar having mono. Originally this fight was moved to UFC 108 on January 2 but it appears the champion won’t be ready to fight again until March or April. Lyoto Machida had surgery to repair an injured left hand coming out of his title defense against Shogun Rua. No word yet on his return date. This rematch will now probably occur the spring. Anderson Silva’s elbow surgery and recovery has postponed his upcoming battle with Vitor Belfort. The date for this fight is also up in the air. Is there something about the UFC title belts that makes guys more susceptible to injuries? There are 5 UFC champions, 4 of them or out of action for the foreseeable future. Only BJ Penn remains healthy. If he suddenly is injury stricken don’t blame me.
UFC has signed a #1 contender match up for the main event of UFC 108, Antonio Rodrigo ‘Minatauro’ Nogueira will face off against Cain Velasquez. The winner of this contest will take on the winner of Lesnar/Carwin some time in the summer.
This Saturday UFC 105 takes place from Manchester, England. At the top of the card will be the legendary Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture taking on Brandon ‘The Truth’ Vera. Randy is dropping down to light heavyweight and hoping to avoid his 3rd straight loss. Vera is once again trying to regain the promise he showed early in his UFC career. Ever since taking a year off due to contract disputes he hasn’t looked like the same fighter who ran off four straight finishes in his first four contests in the octagon. If these two stay on their feet its likely The Truth will be victorious however if The Natural gets back to his wrestling roots expect him to control the fight and gain a victory. The other big fight on the show is a #1 contender match for the welterweight title pitting Mike Swick against Dan Hardy. This should be an exciting match up as both men have been known to push the action and finish fights. I don’t think either has a chance in hell to beat GSP but I certainly won’t mind watching them put a hurting on each other. Elsewhere Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping is trying to move on from the vicious knockout loss to Dan Henderson. Denis Kang will be The Count’s opposition. Kang hasn’t exactly set the world on fire in his first two UFC fights. This is an important fight for each man for different reasons. Here’s what else is on the card:
* Matt Brown vs. James Wilks
* Ross Pearson vs. Aaron Riley
* Terry Etim vs. Shannon Gugerty
* John Hathaway vs. Paul Taylor
* Nick Osipczak vs. Matthew Riddle
* Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jared Hamman
* Roli Delgado vs. Andre Winner
I’m done. Enjoy the fights this weekend. Don’t forget Pacquiao vs Cotto is on Saturday night as well
Urijah Faber guillotine choke on Jeff Curran
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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