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We’ve got a few weeks before the next major MMA show, UFC 117: Silva vs Sonnen. By my calculations Chael has about 3 weeks before he’s on the receiving end of an embarrassing beating. To his credit Sonnen’s been a 1-man promotional machine. Here’s one of his gems:
Now on to the news of the week
In a story that should surprise absolutely no one, Jake Shields, the Strikeforce middleweight champion who never lost his title, has signed with the UFC. His first fight will be in the welterweight division against Martin Kampman. Shields creates some interesting match ups in the division as he comes in as one of the top 5 fighters in the weight class. A win over Kampman will likely put him right in line for a title shot.
UFC 119 will be headlined by the Nogueira twins. Antonio Rodrigo will have a chance to redeem himself against Frank Mir. A staph-infected Big Nog was soundly defeated by Mir back at UFC 92. In the co-main event Antonio Rogerio will face off against former Team Nogueira member Ryan Bader.
UFC 120 is now confirmed to take place at the O2 Arena in London, England on October 16th. The 2 top bouts will be Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Michael Bisping and Carlos Condit vs. Dan Hardy. Plenty of love for the hometown boys here. Both of these contests should be very entertaining.
Looks like Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will be taking on Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida at UFC 123 in November. Both of these light heavyweights come in off a loss and will need a victory to remain in title contention.
There’s a really interesting fight in the works for UFC 121, Tito Ortiz vs Matt Hamill. If you’ll remember Hamill was the 1st pick of Ortiz back in the 3rd season of the Ultimate Fighter. Since then Hamill has shown promise at times but hasn’t lived up to the initial hype that Tito gave him. I’d really prefer if Tito just went away but I’ll settle for seeing him finished by his former pupil.
Filming just wrapped up for the 12th installment of TUF. Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre leads his team against #1 contender Josh Koscheck and his squad. I’m pumped for this season and ultimately the fight between the 2 coaches. Kos could be entertaining for 12 weeks coaching against a cardboard box, I can only imagine what he has in store for the ultimate good guy GSP. Here are some thoughts from Josh:
There’s a WEC show upcoming on September 30 that is looking quite beautiful. Here’s what’s on tap:
-Manny Gamburyan vs. Jose Aldo (c)
-Donald Cerrone vs. Jamie Varner
-Miguel Torres vs. Charlie Valencia
-George Roop vs. Chan Sung Jung
-Leonard Garcia vs. Mark Hominick
Every WEC card is tremendous top to bottom and I expect nothing less here.
Last week UFC president Dana White accidentally tweeted his phone number. Dana said he got the chance to talk to a lot of cool people as a result of this little slip up. You want to talk to the pres, he’s just a phone call away: 702-221-4781.
This direct access to Dana got me thinking what comments and questions would I present if I had his ear for a few minutes:
“What’s with the bad generic metal and cliché entrance music?”
If you’ve watched the weigh ins you know exactly what I’m talking about. Additionally, the entrance music is god awful on most major events. For those of you who aren’t aware, fighters don’t have the freedom to come out to music they choose. Prior to a show some fighters will present music they’d like to come out to. Sometimes Dana will approve it and other times Dana will shoot it down and tell them to pick from a list. If you can’t think of a song Dana will gladly provide one for you. So if you ever see I guy coming out and wonder “why the hell did he pick that” thank Mr. White.
“When and how will you change up the Ultimate Fighter show?”
This show is very stale. The last 3 seasons have provided only 1 new star, Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson. Off the top of my head I don’t have an answer. Maybe instead of staying in the house have the guys travel to different camps around the country. First couple episodes train, show the guys having fun in each city, then let them choose their own fights instead of the coaches. I’m just talking out my ass but I’m sure they could come up with something.
“Why not a weekly/bi-weekly show that lets us know what’s going on with fighters in their down time?”
They’ve got a lot of up and coming fighters that look good then are forgotten until their next fight. These guys could really value from some time in front of the camera to get themselves over with the fans. Phil Davis comes to mind.
I could keep going but wouldn’t want to talk the man’s ear off.
There was a somewhat notable MMA show from Australia last weekend. The Impact FC event was main evented by Ken Shamrock (yes he’s still fighting) vs Pedro Rizzo. Ken verbally tapped out to leg kicks. I’d prefer if Shamrock stopped fighting but dudes got bills to pay. Ken, figure out the best way to keep the checks rolling in. If that’s from scrapping then so be it.
That’s all I got
2nd Round submission
Joseph Benavidez rear naked choke on Miguel Torres
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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