UFC 105, 106, TUF and WEC 44 results and commentary, health update on Brock Lesnar, your weekly dose of MMA goodness, and news of a BIG UFC return
It’s the 2nd Round Submission. Let’s go from old to new in terms of the all the recapping
Randy Couture and Brandon Vera headlined UFC 105. This contest was not action packed to say the least. I’ve seen more action in elderly porn. If you missed the fight I’ll summarize briefly. Round 1 Couture holds Vera on cage, round 2 Vera drops Randy then is held on the cage some more, round 3 more cage cuddling and Vera gets a take down. I know, I know, sounds riveting. The Natural ended up getting the decision 29-28 across the boards. Despite the lack of action Brandon Vera clearly won this fight.
Dan Hardy and Mike Swick faced off for a shot at the welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. I hadn’t been very impressed with “The Outlaw” in his previous contests and expected Swick to get the victory. I was a bit off in my prediction. Hardy worked over “Quick” in all three rounds. He was able to avoid take downs while getting the advantage in the exchanges. Hardy is now in line to take on GSP for the title in early spring.
The rest of the results are below:
Ross Pearson by TKO over Aaron Riley (Cut Stoppage) at 4:38 in Round Two
Matt Brown by TKO over James Wilks at 2:27 in Round Three
Andre Winner by KO over Roli Delgado at 3:22 in Round One
Michael Bisping by TKO over Denis Kang at 4:24 in Round Two
Alex Gustafsson by KO over Jared Hamman at :41 in Round One
Dennis Siver def. Paul Kelly via TKO (strikes) at 2:53 in Round Two
Nick Osipczak def. Matthew Riddle via TKO (punches) at 3:53 in Round Three
Terry Etim def. Shannon Gugerty via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:24 Round Two
John Hathaway def. Paul Taylor via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Mike Thomas Brown defended his featherweight title against Jose Aldo in the headline fight of WEC 44. Brown was the favorite going in but apparently no one told Aldo. Jose showed he was too quick, elusive, and dangerous for the champ. The challenger won the first round with versatile offense. Brown landed some shots but Aldo held a clear advantage, even rocking MTB. As the 2nd round began more of the same. Again the Brazilian rocked Mike, this time gaining the mount on the ground. Mike gave up his back but this only made things worse. With the hooks in deep Jose delivered several punches until the fight was stopped. Jose Albo your NEEEEEEWWWWW WEC featherweight champion and earns the prestigious title of “Certified Ass Kicker”.
Results of other fights from WEC 44:
Frank Gomez def. Seth Dikun via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Ricardo Lamas def. James Krause via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Antonio Banuelos def. Kenji Osawa via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Cub Swanson def. John Franchi via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 4:50
L.C. Davis def. Diego Nunes via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Kamal Shalorus def Will Kerr by TKO at 1:26 in Round One
Shane Roller def Danny Castillo by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:32 in Round Three
Karen Darabedyan def Rob McCullough by Split Decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)
Manny Gamburyan def Leonard Garcia by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Remember back in the summer when it was announced UFC 106 would feature the HUGE heavyweight main event of Brock Lesnar defending against Shane Carwin and the returning Hungtington Beach Bad Boy Tito Ortiz taking on Hall of Famer Mark Coleman? Yeah . . . well that was a while ago and a couple things have changed. A few injuries and illnesses later gave this event a whole new look. So Dana White and Joe Silva scrambled, made a few phone calls, and just like that the new main event was Forrest Griffin vs Tito Oritz part two. These two men first did battle back in 2006 with Ortiz winning a very close split decision. Since the first bout both men’s career have taken very different turns. Griffin put together a string of wins and became UFC light heavyweight champion in the summer of 2008. He then dropped the title in his first defense then went on to be embarrassed by Anderson Silva. After the Forrest fight Tito defeating an old and broken-down Ken Shamrock twice then went winless in his next three fights. Following his loss to Machida he was sidelined for 18 months recovering from major back surgery and contract negations.
This rematch was expected to have the fire and excitement of the first bout. The first round saw some strikes exchanged in the early moments. Ortiz was able to get a take down and land some punches and elbows inside Griffin’s full guard. Forrest was able to scramble to his feet and the round ended with him gaining an advantage with his punches and kicks. The 2nd round featured more stand up to start before Tito got a double-leg take down. Once again he did damage, this time opening up a cut on Forrest with a fierce elbow. As in the 1st round, Griffin was able to get back to his feet. A highlight came with Griff knocking out The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’s mouth guard with a front kick. Ortiz secured this round by scoring a 2nd takedown in the later stages. In the 3rd round Tito did nothing, literally nothing. Forrest kept throwing strikes and Ortiz would just take ‘em or block ‘em. Not a lot to say. The decision came and the judges had it scored 28-29, 30-27, 29-28 for the winner Forrest Griffin. Tito tried saying he had a beef with the decision but he doesn’t, at all. He’s lucky the last round wasn’t scored 10-8.
Also at the top of the card was a welterweight contenders matchup between Josh Koscheck and Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson. In the first round Kos showed his striking was more accurate and effective. During a scramble Johnson landed an illegal knee and eye poke while Koscheck was on the ground. The fans thought Josh was milking the injury but the replay showed he did take an eye poke. It did however look like he was favoring the wrong eye, hmmm? In the 2nd round Rumble got his receipt for poking Kos in the eye earlier, not once but twice. After action resumed Josh got a take down and began pounding away. Anthony gave up his back and it wasn’t long before Kos locked in a rear naked choke for the tap out. Post fight the winner said he didn’t feel Dan Hardy was worthy of being a number one contender to GSP’s title and that the two should fight to determine who gets the shot. I like the idea, Dana and Joe Silva didn’t.
Additions results of UFC 106 below:
George Sotiropoulos over Jason Dent by submission (armbar) – Round Two, 4:36
Caol Uno vs. Fabricio Camoes declared majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
Brian Foster over Brock Larson by TKO (strikes) – Round Two, 3:25
Kendall Grove over Jake Rosholt by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 3:59 in Round One
Ben Saunder over Marcus Davis by KO at 3:24 in Round One
Brian Foster over Brock Larson by TKO at 3:25 in Round Two
Amir Sadollah over Phil Baroni by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27. 29-28)
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira over Luis Cane by KO at 1:56 in Round One
Paulo Thiago over Jakob Volkmann by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
The Ultimate Fighter will wrap up this Saturday. Wednesday night we got action packed 2 hour show featuring 4 fights. What were left with is Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson taking on Brendon Schaub in the final. Also on the card we’ll get these fights:
John ‘Bones’ Jones vs Matt ‘The Hammer’ Hammill
Kimbo Slice vs Houston Alexander
Marcus ‘The Darkness’ Jones vs Matt Mitrione
Frankie Edgar vs Matt Veach
Don’t miss it Saturday night at 9 on SPIKE
Time for news and believe me there is a lot.
The health of UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar was highly publicized over the last few weeks. After days of reports and speculation Lesnar was diagnosed with a hole in his intestine. Minor surgery was performed and the hole was repaired. Apparently Brock has been operating at about 60% for the last year plus, SCARY. It’s unclear as to when or if the champion will return to the octagon. According to his trainer and good friend ‘The Next Big Thing’ will be back fighting in about 6 months. If he ends up being out of action longer there could be an interim title bout between Cain Velasquez and Shane Carwin. Whenever Lesnar returns I’m sure he will draw a HUGE ppv buy rate. I’m thinking over 1.5 million
Massachusetts is the most recent state to approve UFC/MMA action. This is very big new as UFC is looking to expand their fan base in the northeast. Expect a show in July or August this summer.
Former WWE executive and son of chair Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon met with Dana White to discuss employment or possible ownership within the country. Vinny Mac can’t be happy about this
Josh Koscheck will look to avenge his previous loss to Paul Thiago (aka Sam the Eagle from the muppets) at upcoming UFC 109
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs Cain Velasquez has been moved to UFC 109 because of Nog’s staph infection
UFC 110 has been signed to take place in Australia this spring
Strikeforce has signed Melvin Manhoef and KJ Noons
Due to slow rehab Anderson Silva will not be fighting Vitor Belfort this February. Nate Maquardt is likely to take on Belfort instead in a contenders’ match up
Former TUF contestant and all around great citizen War Machine went from crazy and beat up some people at a porn party. Long story short WM can expect some jail time in his future
Hall of Famers Mark Colemean will take on Randy Couture at UFC 109
Gabriel Gonzaga is out of UFC 108 due to staph infection
One last small tidbit of news . . . Rampage is coming back! Quinton Jackson announced he will return for one last fight in the octagon to take on his rival Rashad Evans. Apparently all the trash talk and confrontations during TUF wont be wasted.
Koscheck rear naked choke on Rumble Johnson
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Written by Martin Foster
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