Bellator 91 Staff Predictions

Staff Standings:

Nolan Howell: 12-4, .750

Benjamin Kohn: 9-3, .750

Daniel Galvan: 16-7, .696

Christian Diaz: 16-8, .667

Chris Groves: 16-11, .593

Lucas Bourdon: 7-5, .583

Winslow League:

Tim Bernier: 6-5, .545

TC Engel: 14-14, .500

Tim Hickey: 14-14, .500

Josh Hall: 6-6, .500

Connor Dillon: 15-16, .484

Luke Irwin: 16-21, .432

Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship: Christian M’Pumbu (c) (18-4-1) vs. Attila Vegh (28-4-2)

Daniel Galvan: Christian M’Pumbu’s age (35), long lay-off (sixteen months), and terrible performance against Travis Wiuff all indicate that the last remaining inaugural Bellator champion will lose his strap to Attila Vegh. With that being said, I’m still leaning towards M’Pumbu. Even though Vegh can control the fight by taking it down through the clinch. M’Pumbu has solid conditioning and surprising power, especially with his knees. On the feet, the fight is relatively even as both fighters are smart counter-strikers that can generate a lot of power. In the later rounds, I think M’Pumbu will be able to catch a tired Vegh in the clinch with a knee that’ll serve as the catalyst for the end. M’Pumbu via TKO, 4th Round.

Nolan Howell: This is a tough call, as both men are more prone to finishing fights and show skills in every area of the game. Vegh has 21 finishes in 28 wins, whole M’Pumbu holds 15 finishes in his 18 wins. Both men have comparable quality of competition, as their biggest wins have come in Bellator (save for M’Pumbu’s win over Stefan Struve). In addition to all of this, both men hold traditional martial arts striking backgrounds to the table; M’Pumbu uses the traditional French style of kickboxing known as savate, while Vegh brings a kempo background into the cage. It is a tossup, but I’ll go with the champion M’Pumbu here. While he can’t shuck the takedowns of a huge Travis Wiuff, he shouldn’t have that big of a problem keeping this standing and putting his opponent down. Christian M’Pumbu by second round TKO.

Luke Irwin: Tough one here. I think the layoff has been too long for M’Pumbu and Wiuff exposed some of M’Pumbu’s flaws. I think Vegh works M’Pumbu on the ground and batters him to a TKO, probably by doctor’s stoppage, after say, Round 4 after accumulating too much damge. Vegh R4 TKO.

Lightweight Tournament Semifinal: Saad Awad (13-4) vs. Will Brooks (9-0)

Daniel Galvan: Hey Will Brooks, for my own sanity and prediction record, can you do me a big favor and not test out your striking against Saad Awad? Please?  Sure, you may be able to out-box Awad and maybe even finish him, but don’t do it. If there’s one lesson we learned from Awad’s Bellator return it was that he hits hard.  Use your superb wrestling that got you here.  Thanks. Brooks via Submission, 1st Round. 

Nolan Howell: This match will feature the grinding, top-heavy grappling of Brooks meeting the ferocious killer instinct of Awad. Awad is well-rounded in his finishing ability, racking up five knockouts and six submissions in 13 wins. Brooks has only nine fights on his record and has shown finishing ability in his undefeated streak, finishing fights in seven out of his nine bouts. While Awad will come out guns blazing, Brooks can use his takedowns to grind down Awad and dictate the fight. If he can survive an initial blitz from Awad, count on a late finish or Brooks riding it out for the victory. Will Brooks by second round submission.

Luke Irwin: As much as we laughed about it at the time, I’d really be interested in seeing Will take on Shinya Aoki now. He is slick as all hell. Brooks R1 Sub.

Lightweight Tournament Semifinal: David Rickels (12-1) vs. Jason Fischer (6-1)

Daniel Galvan: The first fight between Jason Fischer and David Rickels was close decision that saw Rickels control the fight as it wore on. Expect much of the same in their second clash as Fischer is an aggressive fighter, especially early on. Rickels’ takedowns and top control should come into play as the contest progresses, and the Caveman should be able to advance to the finals on the judges’ scorecards. Rickels via Decision.

Nolan Howell: In the Bellator Season Eight Lightweight semifinals, Bellator staple David “Caveman” Rickels will take on alternate Jason “The Finisher” Fischer, who replaces injured Alexander Sarnavskiy. While Fischer has an apt nickname, this one seems academic. Rickles would have had a stiff test against Sarnavskiy, but this matchup seems remarkably easier. Barring Fischer using his finishing ability to crack the granite jaw of Rickles, expect Rickles controlling the ground game en route to victory and a place in the finals. David Rickles by unanimous decision.

Luke Irwin: Fischer is a replacement for Alexander Sarnavskiy, which is truly unfortunate, as Rickels vs. Tiger would have been a barnburner. Nonetheless, even though Fischer took Rickels to a decision, Rickels is a far-superior fighter with a much-harder level of competition. 30-27 if it’s even that close. Rickels via decision.

Bantamweight Bout: Ed West (17-7) vs. Joshua Montoya (10-7)

Daniel Galvan: This fight was made to make Ed West look good. It’ll fulfill it’s purpose. West via Submission, 1st Round.

Nolan Howell: Familiar face Ed West returns to take on regional fighter Joshua Montoya. This seems like a fight to keep West warm and familiarize the Spike audience with West, who has been with Bellator since their third season. Montoya sports a 10-7 record that features mostly submission victories, but he also seems to be prone to being finished as well. Ed West takes this easily. Ed West by unanimous decision.

Luke Irwin: This is an absolute bounceback fight for West after back-to-back losses to Galvao and Dantas. Fischer’s resume is absurd and this should be a roll. West via R1 Sub.

Top-400 Fights of 2012: #225-201

#225

FIGHT: Jacek Toczydlowski vs. Piotr Ptasinski
DATE: July 21
CARD: Cage Warriors 48
VENUE: HMV Forum
LOCATION: Kentish Town, England
RESULT: Ptasinski UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Ptasinski, 30-27 Ptasinski, 30-27 Ptasinski
MY SCORECARD: 30-28 Ptasinski
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#224

FIGHT: Klaiton Lima vs. Samuel Trindade
DATE: September 1
CARD: Iron Fight Combat 1
VENUE:
LOCATION: Feira de Santana, Brazil
RESULT: Trindade R2 Submission (Heel Hook)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#223

FIGHT: Gerlanio Silva vs. Lucas Caio
DATE: November 23
CARD: Shooto Brazil 36
VENUE: Nilson Nelson Gymnasium
LOCATION: Brasilia, Brazil
RESULT: Caio UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Caio, Caio, Caio
MY SCORECARD: Draw
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#222

FIGHT: Artem Boiko vs. Mikhail Malyutin
DATE: November 15
CARD: M-1 Challenge 35: Emelianenko vs. Monson
VENUE: Ice Palace
LOCATION: St. Petersburg, Russia
RESULT: Malyutin R1 Submission (Anaconda Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#221

FIGHT: Guram Gugenishvili vs. Kenny Garner
DATE: June 21
CARD: M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Rizzo
VENUE: Ice Palace
LOCATION: St. Petersburg, Russia
RESULT: Garner R3 TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAMania)
Round 1: Guram shoots in and scores a quick takedown. He advances to Garner’s back and is hunting for a rear naked choke but can’t get it. Garner escapes and he’s on top briefly. He gets to his feet and throws a nice right hand and Gugenishvili is gassed. Guram throws a huge right hand that whiffs and he falls on his face. He looks exhausted. Garner pounces and lands some big punches.

Round 2: Gugenishvili fires off a low kick and then a big right hand drops Garner briefly. Garner pops to his feet and throws a flurry of punches at Gugenishvili. Gugenishvili shoots in and takes Garner down, passing to his back and hunting for a rear naked choke but Garner perseveres and is now on top in side control. Garner drops some short punches and he’s looking for a Kimura. He has the grip but Gugenishvili is throwing knees to the body from bottom. Garner is cranking on the arm but he gives up on it and drops some punches. They get reset and Garner presses forward throwing big bombs. Gugenishvili is completely gassed.

Round 3: Push kick from Gugenishvili and he’s moving in slow motion. Garner cracks Gugenishvili with a left hand and then a right. Garner is in full control right now and he’s got Garner trapped against the ropes. Garner throws a flurry and Gugenishvili responds with a takedown, landing in Garner’s full guard. Gugenishvili throws some punches from above and he postures up, passing to half guard and then full mount. Gugenishvili drops some left hands and now he’s raining down some punches. Garner tries to buck him off but fails. Garner turtles and Gugenishvili transitions to an armbar. He’s belly down and Garner somehow escapes and fires off a right hand. Garner’s now on top and hunting for that keylock again. He gives up on it and throws some short knees to the body and the ref stands them up. The ref gives Gugenishvili a yellow card for taking too long to get to hsi feet. Garner swarms Gugenishvili and throws a big flurry of punches. Gugenishvili is covering up and he’s hurt. Garner is unloading on Gugenishvili and Gugenishvili shoots for a takedown but Garner sprawls and drops more punches until the end of the round. I think Garner took the round back there with the way he finished the round. Gugenishvili’s face is a mess and his left eye is swollen badly.
VIDEO:

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#220

FIGHT: Jeremiah Riggs vs. Kelvin Tiller
DATE: May 25
CARD: Bellator 70
VENUE: Orleans Convention Center
LOCATION: New Orleans, Louisiana
RESULT: Tiller R3 Submission (Kimura)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via BoneSnapper)
Round 1: Internet here is horrible. Riggs wins the first round by numerous TDs’ and top control

Round 2: Riggs stands and block kicks and get another takedown. Riggs with solid top control. Tiller briefly locks up a triangle but Riggs escapes. Riggs staying in full guard and land a shot here and there. Tiller lands some elbows from the bottom. Tiller gets to his feet and get on top of Riggs. Tiller lands a nice knee to the midsection but Riggs reverses and ends up on top.Riggs landing some shots in half guard while controlling Tiller against the cage. Nice shots to the body for Riggs and the round ends.

Round 3: Tiller gets a takedown and Riggs gets a single and takes him down once again. NOT much going on with Riggs from top. Tiller reverses locks up a kimura look tight and the ref stops it.
VIDEO:

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/Jeremiah_Riggs_vs_Kelvin_Tiller_Bellator_70_Part_1/10029965

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/Jeremiah_Riggs_vs_Kelvin_Tiller_Bellator_70_Part_2/10029966

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#219

FIGHT: Caros Fodor vs. Pat Healy
DATE: March 3
CARD: Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey
VENUE: Nationwide Arena
LOCATION: Columbus, Ohio
RESULT: Healy R3 Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAWeekly)
Round 1: Fodor misses with a big right hand. Healy ties him up along the cage. Fodor lands short hammer fists as Healy works for the takedown. Fodor spins him and presses Healy against the fence. They fight for position. Healy delivers knees to Fodor’s legs. They separate. Fodor lands a left hand on the break. They clinch again. Fodor presses him against the cage and drops down and secures a takedown. Fodor lands a solid elbow. He works in half guard. He postures up and lands two elbows. Healy is cut on the bridge of his nose. Two minutes remain in the opening round. Healy escapes out the backdoor. He trips Fodor and obtains top position. Healy works inside Fodor’s full guard. Healy peppers him with left hands. Healy stands and drops back in Fodor’s guard. Healy has Fodor pressed against the cage and lands punches. Healy may have stolen the round with the strong finish.

Round 2: Fodor throws a combination to start the second round. He lands a stiff jab. Healy comes forward with a combination and Fodor answers with an inside leg kick. Healy delivers an inside leg kick of his own. Healy clinches and presses Fodor against the fence. Healy gives up on the double leg takedown and works for a single leg. Fodor defends it, displaying excellent balance in the process. Healy eventually gets the takedown. Fodor gets back to his feet but Healy gets him back to the canvas. Healy controls him but does little to no damage. Healy advances to side control and then to full mount. Fodor gets back to half guard but was unable to get up from the bottom.

Round 3: Fodor lands a right hand. Healy comes back with a leg kick. Healy drives forward going for a single leg takedown. He secures it with four minutes left in the fight. Healy advances to full mount. Healy’s grappling ability is too much for the lesser experienced Fodor. Healy lands short left hands. Healy applies a side choke but Fodor escapes and isolates a leg. Healy spins aand slaps on an arm triangle choke. Fodor is forced to tap out.
VIDEO:

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/Caros_Fodor_vs_Pat_Healy_Strikeforce/10027204

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#218

FIGHT: Brad Wheeler vs. Mansour Barnaoui
DATE: March 16
CARD: Cage Warriors Fight Night 4
VENUE:
LOCATION: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
RESULT: Barnaoui R3 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#217

FIGHT: Cole Miller vs. Steven Siler
DATE: March 3
CARD: UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann
VENUE: Allphones Arena
LOCATION: Sydney, Australia
RESULT: Siler UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Siler, 29-28 Siler, 29-28 Siler
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Siler
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAjunkie)
Round 1 – Referee Steve Perceval oversees this featherweight fight. Miller on the outside early, trying to use his reach. Siler in the center, and he moves on the outside as the two clinch. Miller quickly circles off. Miller tries to grab a Thai clinch, but Siler pulls away. Tentative work early, and crowd wants them to pick it up. Siler grabs a Miller kick and pushes him back. Miller pops back up. Miller trying to work inside, but Siler doing a good job o countering and measuring early. Halfway mark, and there’s not a lot between them ye. Miller lands a crisp right, but Siler quickly ties thing sup. Siler holding the center. Miller lands another big right, but Siler answers with punches of his own. Miller kicks the thigh. Siler lands another right. Miller looks a little tentative. Into the clinch again in the final minute. Miller pulls free, but Siler there to walk him backwards. Miller wobbled from a Siler flurry. He stands and returns fire. Siler had him very hurt. Final seconds, and Siler grabs a guillotine as he falls to top position.

Round 2 – Miller works an early jab. Siler still countering well early. Miller lands aright and a knee, but Siler unleashes a flurry. Siler just looks incredibly calm and focused. Bodylock fro Miller, and he looks for the trip. Siler defends well and backs to the cage. Miller finally drags the fight to the floor, but Siler right back up. Thai clinch, and Miller looks a little tired as Siler pulls away and jabs. Miller circles to reset. He does land a nice uppercut. Halfway mark. Miller land three punches, and he starts to come alive. High kick just misses. Siler still answering every exchange. Trading shots on the feet. Siler regaining the early form after a bit of Miller aggression. Final minute, and they’re back in the clinch. Miller on the outside. Nothing there, and he pulls away. Siler pushes forward with more punches, and he’s really looking sharp.

Round 3 – Siler takes the center to start. Miller tries to kick low, but Siler answers over the top. Miller just can’t seem to get anything sustained working. Siler moved forward. Miller claims an eyepoke, but Siler laughs it off, as does Perceval. Both fighters content to box. Siler just a little quicker, and he lands to the body as well as a right over the top. Siler lands a few punches but declines to follow as Miller retreats. Two minutes in. Siler thinks takedown, but Miller pulls free. Miller claims another eyepoke, and Siler tells him, “That was closed.” They carry on. Miller gets a firm clinch on the head, but he can’t deliver any damage before Siler pulls free. Stiff jab for Miller, but he’s going to need more. Miller pushes in again to the clinch. Siler defends against the cage. Miller has a full bodylock and finally drags the fight down. He doesn’t have much time to work. Miller land a few punches from the top and then moves to mount. Miller looks to be setting up and armbar, but he can’t get it. Siler pulls free and survives a little scare.
VIDEO:

http://www.bloody-mma.com/video/38030-cole-miller-vs-steven-siler-fight-video-ufc-on-fx

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#216

FIGHT: Alan Yamaniwa vs. Shunichi Shimizu
DATE: January 22
CARD: Rings/ZST Battle Genesis Volume 9
VENUE: Shinjuku Face
LOCATION: Tokyo, Japan
RESULT: Shimizu R3 Submission (Triangle Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#215

FIGHT: Marcin Zontek vs. Sergey Kornev
DATE: September 30
CARD: M-1 Challenge 34: Emelianenko vs. Gluhov
VENUE: Druzhba Sport Hall
LOCATION: Moscow, Russia
RESULT: Kornev SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Zontek, Kornev, Kornev
MY SCORECARD: Kornev
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#214

FIGHT: Leandro Gontijo vs. Martin Akhtar
DATE: October 6
CARD: Superior Challenge 8: Malmo
VENUE: Malmo Arena
LOCATION: Malmo, Sweden
RESULT: Akhtar R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAViking)
Round 1: After some minor disturbances the fight is on it’s way. Takedown by Leandro and he gets the back! Sinks in a RNC but Martin won’t tap. Martin Defends and tucks his chin inn. Huge roar from the crowd as he gets out from danger, although momentarily. Leandro lands an armbar but Akhtar pulls his arm out Jon Jones style. Martin lands a few on the feet before getting taken down again. Leandro in Martins guard. I’m still amazed he didn’t tap in either the RNC or armbar. Huge heart showed by the Malmö native. Round ends.

Round 2: Superman punch missed by Akhtar and Leandro clinches. Martin knees in the clinch and separates. Heavy leg kicks landed by Akhtar and Leandro goes for a takedown. Akhtar sprawls and ends up on top in half guard. Leandro regains guard and looks for a foot lock. Akhtar stands up. Leandro gets another takedown and mount. Akhtar bridges and gets guard. High guard from Leandro and he goes for another armbar. Martin looks in deep trouble but gets out again! I don’t believe this! Martin stands up. Big body punch by Akhtar and leandro goes for another takedown and gets it but Martub stands up and lands heavy leather. Akhtar mounts and lands big punches. Leandro turns his back and Martin lands from back. Both are on their back but Leandro isn’t defending so ref Bobby Sundell stops the bout and Martin Akhtar wins via TKO.
VIDEO:

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#213

FIGHT: Bruno Santos vs. Samuel Paiva
DATE: September 6
CARD: Best of the Best: Filho vs. Ninja
VENUE: Amazonia Convention Center Hangar
LOCATION: Belem, Brazil
RESULT: Paiva UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Paiva, Paiva, Paiva
MY SCORECARD: Paiva
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#212

FIGHT: Guram Gugenishvili vs. Kenny Garner
DATE: December 8
CARD: M-1 Challenge 36: Confrontation in Mytishchi
VENUE: Mytishchi Arena
LOCATION: Mytishchi, Russia
RESULT: Garner R4 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#211

FIGHT: Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Roland Delgado
DATE: June 16
CARD: ShoFight 20
VENUE: O’Reilly Family Event Center
LOCATION: Springfield, Missouri
RESULT: Gruetzemacher R3 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDgyMzA2MDcy.html

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#210

FIGHT: Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall
DATE: March 3
CARD: UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann
VENUE: Allphones Arena
LOCATION: Sydney, Australia
RESULT: Majority Draw
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Johnson, 29-29, 28-28
MY SCORECARD: 30-29 McCall
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAjunkie)
Round 1 – Referee Leon Roberts in the cage for the first flyweight fight in UFC history. Johnson takes the center and land an early low kick.McCall answers. Quick movement by both to start, and Johnson lands a crisp left. McCall gets inside and scores a trip from the clinch. McCall tries to step over to mount. Johnson defends well and eventually sweeps to top position. McCall climbs up to his feet, and they reset. Johnson moves forward with punches, and knees are traded inside. Lead left for Johnson. McCall a little short on a kick. Johnson works body then high. McCall catches a kick and sweeps Johnson to the floor. Johnson to a knee and up. As fast as expected halfway in. Stiff right hands for Johnson. McCall answering, but Johnson just a little quicker early. Johnson drives in for a takedown. Not there, but he wobbles McCall. He smiles as be backs away. Johnson drives in for a takedown. Not there, and Johnson lands another right. McCall appears comfortable and confident, but Johnson doing his thing. Final minute. Missed punches to close, but fin first round.

Round 2 – Leg kicks traded before a scramble and a flurry agains the cage. Johnson’s speed is absolutely incredible at 125 pounds. Johnson flashes a high kick. McCall stalking and kicking to the legs, but Johnson lands a crisp right to the chin. Flurry from Johnson with another clean right. Johnson works up the middle, but McCall counters. McCall kicks to the cup, and it’s a bad one. McCall apologizes, and Johnson takes a break. Quick restart. Johnson kicks to the body. McCall flurrying and starting to sit on some of his punches. Johnson kicks the lead leg, spinning McCall. Johnson in and out of range so fast, and McCall doesn’t seem to be looking to clinch anymore. Another low kick. Brief apology and carry on. McCall does work inside, but Johnson stays upright. McCall smiles when they break.He’s landing the occasional heavy shot, but he even probably has to laugh at Johnson’s frenetic movement. Final minute. McCall does get a clinch and lands a knee. Johnson bleeding a little form the nose. Trip from McCall, but Johnson scampers up and away. Clinch in the losing seconds. Johnson throws as he pulls away. Another solid round.

Round 3 – Plenty of energy by both, of course. Johnson lands a crisp kick. Johnson lands a low kicks that’s not seen, and they stop. Roberts doesn’t step in, and Johnson flurries. McCall pulls away and seems really affected by the cupshot. Johnson still maintaining a high pace. Jumping knee, but McCall catches it and dumps him on the floor. High half-mount for McCall. He settles down on top. Johnson spins to escape, and he creates the room he needs. Good work from McCall but so hard to keep Johnson down. McCall clinches back up and throws Johnson to the floor. Great toss from McCall, and he’s in back mount. Johnson looks a little stuck on his knees. Johnson overhooks the arms to stall. McCall dismounts, and Johnson scrambles up. He’s mouth is blooded, but he charges forward. Takedown from McCall. Less than a minute. Johnson tried to sweep, but McCall in control, and he steps over to mount. Johnson locks to the body to prevent McCall from posturing. He gets free anyway and starts wailing away. Roberts wants Johnson to move in final seconds. He does, and the bell sounds. Great finish, and crowd loves it.
VIDEO:

http://www.allthebestfights.com/mccall-vs-johnson-full-fight-video-ufc-on-fx-2/

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#209

FIGHT: Dustin Poirier vs. Jonathan Brookins
DATE: December 15
CARD: UFC The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale
VENUE: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Poirier R1 Submission (D’Arce Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Bleacher Report)
Round 1: As soon as the bell rings, either fighter starts going nuts swinging. Brookins clips Poirier, who ends up backed against the cage. Brookins desperately looks for rights while Poirier swings wild. Poirier eventually clinches, but again, Brookins lands a big one on Poirier. Poirier once again starts working the clinch game, but must be surprised how Brookins is getting the better of him striking. Brookins comes close to taking down Brookins, but they return to their feet. From there, Poirier lands a couple big hands. Brookins resets, but Poirier lands a big straight right that rocks Brookins. Poirier begins to pour it on, rocking Brookins badly. Brookins shoots for a desperation takedown but Poirier slips in a d’Arce choke. He tightens it up and Brookins taps. Another great finish tonight!
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/12/16/dustin-poirier-vs-jonathan-brookins-fight-video-ufc-on-fx/

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#208

FIGHT: Bhabajeet Choudhury vs. Shyam Prasad
DATE: December 14
CARD: Super Fight League 13
VENUE: Famous Studios
LOCATION: Mumbai, India
RESULT: Prasad R2 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#207

FIGHT: Rijirigala Amu vs. Zhifa Shang
DATE: June 30
CARD: RUFF 4
VENUE: Hohhot People’s Stadium
LOCATION: Hohhot, China
RESULT: Shang R1 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

http://rufftv.com/video.php?v=13

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#206

FIGHT: Akhmet Aliev vs. Rasul Khairulaev
DATE: June 28
CARD: Dictator Fighting Championship 1
VENUE: Golden Palace
LOCATION: Moscow, Russia
RESULT: Khairulaev SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Khairulaev, Khairulaev, Aliev
MY SCORECARD: Aliev
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: (34:00 mark or so)

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDIzNjc4NjI4.html

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#205

FIGHT: Rustam Khabilov vs. Vinc Pichel
DATE: December 15
CARD: UFC The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale
VENUE: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Khabilov R1 KO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAjunkie)
Round 1 – Referee Chris Tognoni oversees this lightweight prelim. Khabilov takes the center and stands as Pichel circles outside. Khabilov punches into a takedown attempt. Pichel defends against the fence, but Khabilov pulls him away and drags him to the floor. Pichel scrambles up only to have Khabilov takes his back and land a beautiful suplex. Still, Pichel is game and gets back to his feet. Immediately, he goes for another ride. That’s Anthony Macias airtime. Pichel crawls up again and goes for a third ride. He looks out, as Khabilov pounces with a few punches to seal the result. Impressive UFC debut, Mr. Khabilov.
VIDEO:

http://www.fightvideomma.com/2012/12/vinc-pichel-vs-rustam-khabilov-fight.html

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#204

FIGHT: Kevin Reed vs. Lee Caers
DATE: October 27
CARD: Cage Warriors 49
VENUE: St. David’s Hall
LOCATION: Cardiff, Wales
RESULT: Caers R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#203

FIGHT: Eddie Alvarez vs. Patricky Freire
DATE: October 12
CARD: Bellator 76
VENUE: Caesars Windsor
LOCATION: Windsor, Ontario
RESULT: Alvarez R1 KO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via TopMMAnews)
Round 1 – Both immediately take the center of the cage. Alvarez is the first to strike with a leg kick. Alvarez counters a low kick by Pitbull with a right straight that drops the Brazilian. Pitbull immediately gets up and tags Alvarez and rocks him. He rushes Alvarez and gets him up against the cage. Alvarez looks dazed. Alvarez separates and clinches Pitbull against the cage to try to recover. They separate and are both hesitant to strike after getting rocked. Alvarez lands a strong right hand. Solid low kick lands by Pitbull. Alvarez shoots for a takedown but is unsuccessful. Superman punch attempt by Alvarez misses. Pitbull lands a nasty straight. Straight right to body kick combo lands for Pitbull. Alvarez steps in with two right jabs that connect but Pitbull lands a knee. Alvarez goes in firing and Pitbull counters with a couple straights. Alvarez throws a head kick and it lands right on the button as Pitbull drops and the fight finishes. What a crazy finish to an awesome fight.
VIDEO:

http://www.fightvideomma.com/2012/10/eddie-alvarez-vs-patricky-freire-fight.html

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#202

FIGHT: Mitch Chilson vs. Ngabdi Mulyadi
DATE: October 6
CARD: One FC 6: Rise of Kings
VENUE: Singapore Indoor Stadium
LOCATION: Kallang, Singapore
RESULT: Chilson R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAmania)
Round one: Chilson starts off as the aggressor, pawing the jab. Chilson with the front kick to the body. Mulyadi responds with a jab of his own. Good left hook by Chilson, clipped him. Chilson comes forward. Mulyadi looks hesitant, and Chilson shoots for a takedown. Mulyadi controls the neck off his back. This is deep! Chilson took him down but shot head first into a guillotine. Lots of time and Mulyadi is cranking. Chilson patiently tries to work out of this position, and he finally does. Chilson on top now inside the full guard of Mulyadi. Chilson stacks and passes to side control, then to north-south. Mulyadi tries to control the posture of Chilson. Back to side control for Chilson. Chilson stands over his opponent and lands some big elbows as he pounces. Full mount for Chilson! Mulyadi tries to reverses and almost does. Chilson gives up his position to avoid giving up his back. And as Mulyadi stands, Chilson grabs hold of his hips and slams him to the mat. Chilson back on top and landing some ground and pound. Mulyadi goes for an armbar off his back. Huge knees to the head by Chilson! Side control for Chilson who is punishing a turtled up Mulyadi. He’s got his back now as Mulyadi rolls. Saved by the bell!

Round two: Jump front kick by Chilson, transitioning to a takedown slam! Mulyadi grabs hold of the neck once more, but like before, Chilson patiently looks to slip out and get back to mount. He’s got him fully mounted and is dropping huge elbows! He’s going to town! It’s all over! TKO win for Mitch Chilson!
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#201

FIGHT: Eddie Wineland vs. Scott Jorgensen
DATE: June 8
CARD: UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall
VENUE: BankAtlantic Center
LOCATION: Sunrise, Florida
RESULT: Wineland R2 KO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMArising)
Round 1: Wineland landed two right hook counters in the first round and Jorgensen answered back with a right of his own. He clinched and Wineland defended with an uppercut. He broke away from the clinch and the fighters exchanged jabs. Wineland landed a leg kick and more jabs, followed by a right cross. Jorgensen kicked at Wineland’s lead leg and landed a stiff jab seconds later. Punches were exchanged and Wineland dropped Jorgensen with a jab. He swarmed with punches and Jorgensen recovered. Wineland took him down and punched from the top. Jorgensen stood and ate another combination. The fighters continued to trade jabs and Wineland ducked under most of Jorgensen’s punches. He put together a combination in the final 20 seconds.

Round 2: Jorgensen briefly tripped Wineland to the mat in round two, but Wineland got back to his feet and the fighters traded punches and leg kicks. Wineland began to bleed from near his left eye, but he countered Jorgensen’s punches nicely with counter combinations. Jorgensen shot in for a takedown and Wineland reversed it. The fighters stood and Jorgensen landed jabs. Wineland threw lead left hooks and Jorgensen replied with right hands. The pace remained high as both fighters continued to throw punches in combinations. Wineland flurried in close and Jorgensen landed leg kicks. Wineland stuffed a takedown and landed a right hook. Wineland floored Jorgensen with a massive right hand. He dove in with punches on the ground and the fight was stopped.
VIDEO: n/a

Top-400 Fights of 2012: #250-226

#250

FIGHT: Kamal Shalorus vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
DATE: January 20
CARD: UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller
VENUE: Bridgestone Arena
LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee
RESULT: Nurmagomedov R3 Submssion (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via 5th Round)
1stRound: For simplicity, I will refer to them as Kamal and Khabib. Kamal is walking him down. Kamal is throwing bombs, but nothing has landed. Khabib floors him with a big left hook and is going for the kill. He moves to side-mount with a minute left. Kamal gets to his feet and comes out swinging.

2ndRound: Khabib works hard for a single-leg and finally gets it. They get stood up. Khabib scores another takedown. The lightweights get stood up again and Khabib tags him a couple of times as the round ends.

3rdRound: They are slinging leather to start the round. Khabib gets a takedown and Kamal tries for a guillotine on the way down. Khabib advances to full-mount and secures a rear-naked choke. Game over.
VIDEO:

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=2547245768431

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#249

FIGHT: Corey Hill vs. Ryan Thomas
DATE: December 7
CARD: XFC 21: Night of Champions II
VENUE: Nashville Municipal Auditorium
LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee
RESULT: Thomas R1 Submission (Armbar)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Bluegrass MMA)
Round 1: Corey comes out with the quick jab and Ryan counters with a jab and low leg kick. They back off and Ryan starts to walk forward and Corey shoots in with a high takedown and grabs Ryan and slams him down to the ground. Ryan isn’t there for long as he is able to shrimp out from the bottom and get back to this feet. They fighters are clinched up right now against the cage with Corey controlling the outside right now. Ryan tired to go for a knee but Corey catches it and is holding on to it; Corey goes for the leg sweep to get Ryan down to the ground. As Ryan falls to the ground he is able to lock on to the arm of Corey as if he was going for an armbar but Corey is able to slip out of it. Corey lands a nice shot from the top; where he is now and is in the full-guard of Ryan. Corey picks Ryan up as he is still in the guard position and slams him down to the ground. Ryan lands hard on his neck, it looks bad but Ryan is still holding on to the arm of Corey. Ryan landed awkward on his neck but it was too high as far as positioning goes and he was able to slip out from underneath Corey while still holding his arm. Ryan torques the arm of Corey and locks in an armbar pulls back and instantly Corey taps.
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#248

FIGHT: James Te Huna vs. Joey Beltran
DATE: July 11
CARD: UFC on Fuel: Munoz vs. Weidman
VENUE: HP Pavilion
LOCATION: San Jose, California
RESULT: Te Huna UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Te Huna, 30-27 Te Huna, 30-26 Te Huna
MY SCORECARD: 30-27 Te Huna
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Bleacher Report)
Round 1: Both fighters come out swinging with Te-Huna landing the first shots of the bout. Beltran and Te-Huna continue to swing wildly with partial connections. Beltran mixes in a body kick and a couple of jabs. Te-Huna controlling the Octagon thus far as he stalks Beltran around the cage. Te-Huna opens up with some hard shots that find their mark, continuing the assault with several combinations. Beltran has Te-Huna against the cage but isn’t able to mount much offense in the clinch. Beltran lands a couple of shots, but Te-Huna counters with a pair of hard rights that drop Beltran. Te-Huna looked to finish the fight both on the ground and when the fighters got back on their feet, but Beltran persevered.

Round 2: Te-Huna opens up with a stiff jab, but Beltran responds with a high kick. Te-Huna answers with a hard body shot. Te-Huna rocks Beltran yet again with a right hook. Te-Huna continues to dominate with shots to the head and body. The crowd groans as Te-Huna takes Beltran down, effectively halting the exciting stand-up action. The ref makes both men stand up, and Te-Huna goes right back to work landing several hard shots. Beltran looks slow on his feet and is dropping his guard. Te-Huna lands another high-low combo. Beltran whiffs on a lazy head kick. Beltran staggers Te-Huna with an uppercut right before the horn.

Round 3: Beltran attempts a fancy two-kick combo but misses. Te-Huna responds with a couple nice shots, but his punches don’t have the force that they did earlier. Beltran presses Te-Huna against the cage as both fighters catch their breath. Beltran scores with an uppercut. Te-Huna takes down Beltran but he is caught in full guard. Te-Huna lets Beltran up only to pepper him with a couple nice shots. Another strong takedown by Te-Huna. Both men appear gassed. Beltran lands a swift double-leg, but it is likely too little too late as Te-Huna wall walks back up to his feet. Beltran lands a nice short elbow and attempts to land a knockout blow but Te-Huna weathers the storm. Both men end the round firing.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/07/12/james-te-huna-vs-joey-beltran-fight-video-ufc-on-fuel-4/

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#247

FIGHT: JP Joubert vs. Norman Wessels
DATE: July 27
CARD: EFC Africa 15
VENUE: Carnival City Casino and Entertainment World
LOCATION: Brakpan, South Africa
RESULT: Joubert R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#246

FIGHT: Douglas del Rio vs. Giovanni Guedes
DATE: December 21
CARD: Jungle Fight 47
VENUE: Osmar Fortes Barcellos Municipal Gymnasium
LOCATION: Porto Alegre, Brazil
RESULT: del Rio R2 KO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#245

FIGHT: Alvin Robinson vs. Daniel Straus
DATE: October 26
CARD: Bellator 78
VENUE: Nutter Center
LOCATION: Dayton, Ohio
RESULT: Straus R2 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via TheMMAReport)
Round 1 – Straus immediately looked for a takedown as the round opened and Robinson looked for a guillotine choke. Straus would work his way out of the submission hold and would transition to get the back of his opponent for a moment. Straus looked for an armbar submission, but could not finish the submission. Robinson would end up in top position and transition to the back of Straus. The fighters would make it back to their feet and grapple against the cage. Straus would end up taking the fight to the ground and maintain side control. In this position, he landed several short elbows and looked to advance his position. The round would end with Straus having a guillotine choke locked in but Robinson would make it to the bell.

Round 2 – Straus would be able to get a takedown early in the second round. Straus looked for a guillotine choke and ended up giving up the hold and looked to advance position. Straus continued to dominate the fight on the ground and advanced to side control. He would then landed several right hands and got the back of his opponent and slammed him. After the slam, Straus locked in a rear-naked choke but Robinson would survive this attempt. Straus would continue to look for the rear-naked choke and would get the submission victory with nine seconds left in the round.
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#244

FIGHT: Artur Astakhov vs. Florian Martin
DATE: October 13
CARD: ProFC 42
VENUE:
LOCATION: Kharkiv, Ukraine
RESULT: Astakhov R3 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#243

FIGHT: Handong Kong vs. Jixiang Li
DATE: June 30
CARD: RUFF 4
VENUE: Hohhot People’s Stadium
LOCATION: Hohhot, China
RESULT: Li R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

http://rufftv.com/video.php?v=11

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#242

FIGHT: Keigo Hirayama vs. Kiji Sakuta
DATE: April 28
CARD: Pancrase Progress Tour 5
VENUE: Differ Ariake
LOCATION: Tokyo, Japan
RESULT: Hirayama R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:
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#241

FIGHT: Lavar Johnson vs. Pat Barry
DATE: May 5
CARD: UFC on FOX: Diaz vs. Miller
VENUE: Izod Center
LOCATION: East Rutherford, New Jersey
RESULT: Johnson R1 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Fox Sports)
Round 1: Lavar gets Barry against the cage, but he exits with a big head kick. Back on the cage, Barry is eating huge knees and punches from Johnson. Barry, in desperation, shoots for a takedown and ends up in mount. Barry, however, quickly switches to crucifix position and works for an Americana. Johnson reaches up and powers his way out of it. Johnson overpowers Barry to the side of the cage and starts leveling him with power shots. Barry turtles up until he slumps to the mat and the referee calls the bout.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/05/06/lavar-johnson-vs-pat-barry-fight-video-ufc-on-fox/

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#240

FIGHT: Alex Ricci vs. Jesse Ronson
DATE: August 25
CARD: The Score Fighting Series 5: Fraser vs. Hill
VENUE: Hamilton Palace Theater
LOCATION: Hamilton, Ontario
RESULT: Ronson UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Ronson, 30-27 Ronson, 30-27 Ronson
MY SCORECARD: 30-27 Ronson
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAxposed)
R1 – The crowd trades chants. Ronson connects with a left hand and then a left hook that staggers Ricci. He takes him to the mat and presses him against the cage. Ricci wall walks but Ronson drops him moments later! Ronson tries to finish but Ricci survives, Ronson takes the half guard. They stand up and Ronson lands a left high kick.

R2 – Ronson controls the centre of the octagon. He forces Ricci to the cage again and works hard for a double leg take down. Ricci defends well and lands a nice body kick after they separate. Ronson staggers Ricci with a devastating leg kick. Ricci connects with a hook in the last minute of the round that is giving him some confidence. They strike to the bell and it’s a 10-9 round for Ronson. Ricci needs to finish the fight in the third if he is to get his hand raised.

R3 – Ronson goes right back to using his wrestling against his opponent. He presses Ricci against the cage, they separate and Ronson ends up on top. Failed submission attempt from the bottom by Ricci; they stand up again. Ronson throws him into side control and opts to stand up and land shots with Ricci trapped on his back. Ricci gets back to his feet and pours it all into the final minute!
VIDEO:

http://video.thescoretv.ca/watch/alex-ricci-vs-jesse-ronson

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#239

FIGHT: Cylderlan Lima da Silva vs. Rogerio Silva de Souza
DATE: July 27
CARD: Watch Out Combat Show 20
VENUE: Bank Of Brazil Athletic Association Gymnasium
LOCATION: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
RESULT: da Silva SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: da Silva, de Souza, da Silva
MY SCORECARD: Draw
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#238

FIGHT: Bobby Brents vs. Rogent Lloret
DATE: February 18
CARD: Cage Warriors 45
VENUE: HMV Forum
LOCATION: Kentish Town, England
RESULT: Brents R1 Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#237

FIGHT: Danilo Patusco vs. Jeferson Costa
DATE: November 9
CARD: Watch Out Combat Show 22
VENUE: Bank Of Brazil Athletic Association Gymnasium
LOCATION: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
RESULT: Patusco R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#236

FIGHT: Daiki Miyamoto vs. Yusuke Uehara
DATE: January 22
CARD: Rings/ZST Battle Genesis Volume 9
VENUE: Shinjuku Face
LOCATION: Tokyo, Japan
RESULT: Uehara R1 Submission (Triangle Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#235

FIGHT: Eduardo Felipe vs. Mauro dos Santos
DATE: January 21
CARD: Jungle Fight 36
VENUE: Rocinha
LOCATION: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
RESULT: Felipe R3 Submission (Bicep Slicer)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#234

FIGHT: Minoru Takeuchi vs. Yo Saito
DATE: January 21
CARD: Shooto Gig Tokyo 8
VENUE: Shinjuku Face
LOCATION: Tokyo, Japan
RESULT: Saito R2 Submission (Guillotine)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/XnHss0Sdrv4/

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#233

FIGHT: Alex Cheboub vs. Ashley Calvert
DATE: June 1
CARD: EFC Africa 14
VENUE: Carnival City Casino and Entertainment World
LOCATION: Brakpan, South Africa
RESULT: Cheboub R2 Submission (Keylock)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#232

FIGHT: Bradley Scott vs. Robert Whittaker
DATE: December 15
CARD: UFC on FX: Pearson vs. Sotiropoulos
VENUE: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
LOCATION: Queensland, Australia
RESULT: Whittaker UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Whittaker, 29-28 Whittaker, 29-28 Whittaker
MY SCORECARD: 29-29
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Fighters.com)
Round 1: Scott coming forward early but Whittaker starts loosening up landing leg kicks. Scott clinches on the fence with Whittaker and Whittaker defends the takedown. Whittaker now looking to counter Scott’s punches and its working. Whittaker misses with a right hand and Scott uses it to clinch, but not fr long. Whittaker lands a punch that sends Scott to butt his, and Whittaker swarms in for the kill. He lands some shots from guard but Scott scrambles up. Scott is now clinching Whittaker on the fence and landing more dirty boxing. Whittaker seems to have Scott timed, but they trade shots as the bell sounds.

Round 2: Scott lands an early few punches and presses forward looking for the clinch. Whittaker looks to be the fresher fighter and lands a nice hand that catches Scott. Whittaker lands a shot south of the border and the action is stopped. Whittaker looking to counter and he is now working his kicks into the game more. Scott clinches and then drags Whittaker to the floor, and sneaks up on his back. Scott landing shots from back mount and sneaks in the hooks. Up against the fence he lands shots looking to open Whittaker. Whittaker scrambles up but gets put back up against the fence. Whittaker lands a nice flurry to end the round.

Round 3: Scott coming forward now but Whittaker rushes in and lands a solid combination. Scott using his jab well, but Whittaker seems to be the fresher fighter. Whittaker lands a slick elbow on the inside. Scott coming forward but Whittaker is really counting on landing that counter. Both exchanging combinations, but Whittaker seems to be landing the harder shots. Scott is still scoring repeatedly with his jab, but Whittaker returns fire with a decent head kick. Toe to toe stuff happening in the third round with a minute left. Whittaker presses forward with another flurry but Scott is staying calm and exchanging. They are both swinging for the fences as the bell sounds.
VIDEO:

http://www.fightvideomma.com/2012/12/brad-scott-vs-robert-whittaker-fight.html

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#231

FIGHT: Gerald Harris vs. Josh Burkman
DATE: November 3
CARD: World Series of Fighting 1: Arlovski vs. Cole
VENUE: Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Burkman UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Burkman, 29-28 Burkman, 30-27 Burkman
MY SCORECARD: 29-29
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Sherdog)
Round 1: Referee Chris Tognoni watches over this welterweight bout. Burkman takes the outside early and attacks Harris’ lead leg with kicks inside and outside. Burkman pins Harris on the fence but can’t wrestle him down, instead settling for some foot stomps. The second effort finds Burkman lifting Harris into the air and slamming him to the ground at the base of the fence. Burkman tries to extract his right leg from half-guard as he peppers with punches on top. Harris sits up and Burkman sprawls backward, keeping Harris on his seat with a front headlock. Good knees from Burkman as he drills the sitting Harris in the chest. Burkman is framing up a guillotine but Harris defends by peeling off the wrists and stands back up. Burkman side-kicks Harris’ knee and then flicks one at his face. Harris is pressing in but not letting his hands go, and Burkman seems happy to spend the last minute on the outside, flashing kicks and knees. With 20 seconds to go, Harris clinches up and puts Burkman on the fence. They trade knees inside and jockey for position as the round expires.

Round 2: The welterweights pick up where they left off, pummeling against the fence. They break off after 30 seconds and Burkman takes the outside again, his hands at his waist, looking to counter. Harris isn’t throwing, though, and Burkman continues to wait. Burkman backs Harris off with a side kick then rushes him across the cage with a single-leg. Harris puts his back on the fence, still defending the takedown, and grabs a guillotine choke with his right arm. The choke looks deep but Burkman is defending well, using the cage at his back to relieve pressure. Harris won’t let go and throws a few knees to the body before cranking the choke again. Burkman wags his finger behind Harris’ back, letting ref Tognoni know that he’s not in danger. One minute to go now and Burkman seems to have had enough, attacking Harris’ thighs with knees until Harris finally releases the choke. Burkman attacks with punches and head kicks before the horn but can’t connect.

Round 3: Both men come out firing and Burkman is soon shooting on a single-leg. Harris turns it away but Burkman makes him pay with a right hand on the exit. Burkman paws at a cut over his right eye which may be affecting his vision. Harris traps Burkman against the fence and slugs him with a wide right hand. Harris can’t do much on the fence and lets Burkman go. Harris is coming forward, starting to rack up punches before putting Burkman on the cage. Again, nothing comes of it and Burkman breaks out. Two minutes to go and Burkman is back on the outside, flicking out kicks to the legs and body. Harris won’t stop coming forward and he pays for his aggression as Burkman floors him with about a minute left in the bout. Burkman grabs a headlock before Harris scrambles to his feet, only to be plowed down again by Burkman. Full mount now for Burkman, who has 20 seconds to try and finish. Harris gets to his feet with Burkman still attached to his back as time runs out.
VIDEO:

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#230

FIGHT: Hugo Viana vs. John Teixeira
DATE: June 23
CARD: UFC 147: Franklin vs. Silva II
VENUE: Mineirinho Arena
LOCATION: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
RESULT: Viana SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Viana, 29-28 Teixeira, 29-28 Viana
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Viana
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMArising)
Round 1: Big punches were exchanged in the opening minute, but neither fighter landed cleanly. Viana connected with a right hook and da Conceicao just missed with an uppercut. Da Conceicao pressed forward with punches and body kicks. Viana answered with a flurry, but he was sent off-balance by a left hook. Da Conceicao scored with a knee to the body and ate a looping one-two in return. Both fighters continued to throw punches with full power and both landed. Viana targeted the body and avoided a front kick. He clinched and unloaded with right hands. Da Conceicao broke away, then walked forward with a right hook. Close opening round.

Round 2: Da Conceicao clinched early in round two and looked for a takedown against the cage. Viana defended and stayed on his feet. Da Conceicao broke away briefly, then clinched again and dumped Viana to the mat. Viana used the fence to work back to his feet and the fighters were separated. Viana jabbed to the body and fired off a flurry to the face. Da Conceicao answered with punches of his own. Viana ate a looping hook and a knee that forced him to backpedal. Da Conceicao landed kicks to Viana’s body and lead leg. He closed out the round with a knee to the body.

Round 3: The final round began with an exchange of leg kicks and both fighters connected with jabs. Viana landed a hard overhand right and time was called when he was kicked in the groin. Action resumed and Viana scored with a looping left hook to the temple. He jabbed and landed a leg kick. Da Conceicao answered with a leg kick in return. He tried to cut off the cage as Viana circled. Da Conceicao took Viana down briefly, but Viana got back to his feet. The fighters exchanged punches and leg kicks and Viana landed stiff jabs before the end of the fight.
VIDEO: n/a
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#229

FIGHT: Ary Santos vs. Lucio de Abreu Curado
DATE: December 21
CARD: Jungle Fight 47: Jungle Belt
VENUE: Oscar Fortes Barcellos Municipal Gymnasium
LOCATION: Porto Allegre, Brazil
RESULT: Curado R2 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#228

FIGHT: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Thiago Silva
DATE: April 14
CARD: UFC on Fuel: Gustafsson vs. Silva
VENUE: Ericsson Globe Arena
LOCATION: Stockholm, Sweden
RESULT: Gustafsson UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Gustafsson, 30-27 Gustafsson, 29-28 Gustafsson
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Gustafsson
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via CagePotato)
Round 1: Both men come out swinging before deciding to step back and find thier range. The Swede lands a left that drops Silva, but they quickly go back to the feet. More big shots from Gustaffson and Silva is cut. Sweden really getting behind their hometown boy here, but he is getting the better of the standup. Gustaffson looking sharp in the standup, as he throws both punches and kicks aplenty. Silva doing some damage with leg kicks. Silva still smiling and taunting Gustaffson. Both men happy to end the round standing and trading.

Round 2: The round starts with Gustaffson getting a trip, but Silva gets right back up. Announcers making alot of Gustafsson to Jon Jones comparisons, for some reason. Gustaffson still getting the better of the standup with his long reach. Silva lands a nice right hook that puts Gustafsson on his heels, but not for long. Both men connecting sporadically. Gustafsson hits a spinning back kick to the midsection, rather impressive. A couple more shots by each men takes us to the 3rd.

Round 3: Gustaffson looking very loose on his feet. Gustafsson landing well with the uppercut, Silva not doing so bad with the over-hand right. Gustafsson looking to throw knees now. Silva still keeping it interesting though. Silva attacking with leg kicks. Silva starting to look rather winded at this point, but pressing on. Gustafsson still landing shots almost at will. Silva stalking in the final seconds, but can’t land much of anything, and thats the fight.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/04/14/alexander-gustafsson-vs-thiago-silva-fight-video-ufc-on-fuel-2/

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#227

FIGHT: Ivica Truscek vs. Mukhamed Aushev
DATE: June 6
CARD: M-1 Challenge 33: Emelianenko vs. Magomedov
VENUE: Ingush Centre
LOCATION: Dzheyrakhsky District, Russia
RESULT: Aushev SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Aushev, Truscek, Aushev
MY SCORECARD: Aushev
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#226

FIGHT: Ramiro Hernandez Jr. vs. Kevin Croom
DATE: March 2
CARD: Titan Fighting Championship 21: Santiago vs. Pecanha
VENUE: Memorial Hall
LOCATION: Kansas City, Kansas
RESULT: Hernandez Jr. SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Croom, 30-27 Hernandez Jr., 29-28 Hernandez Jr.
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Hernandez Jr.
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/Kevin_Croom_vs_Ramiro_Hernandez_TFC_21/10027242

The Morning After Drill: The Ultimate Fighter

 

Contributor: Connor Dillon

  • They’re making a pretty sweet Thor’s Hammer, Mjolnir.
  • Uriah is still killing it in the gym, they make sure to have that in there.
  • Hmmm, maybe Hall is taking this too hard. I mean, like the guy says, “his an individual, he doesn’t have a team approach to anything.”
  • Yes, all Americans overlook European fighters…because they don’t do good enough in the UFC. Best is Bisping and he…well, remember the fantastic rat-tail warrior.
  • Tor or Thor? It doesn’t matter, he sounds fucking cool.
  • I really do wish more European fighters got a chance in the UFC. They aren’t all bad, but I think it has a lot to do with the cultures that they come from. Most have strong boxing or wrestling ties, or to traditional martial arts, so there are people that fight as hard as possible to keep MMA down. I mean, Ireland, U.K., Sweden, and Poland (Russia is a country located in Asia) are the only European countries I can name off the top of my head with strong regional MMA promotions. This is what I do doing commercial breaks, figure out geographical issues.
  • Justified: isn’t the main antagonist like a huge career criminal?
  • Josh Samman’s got a twitter account in the interview sections.
  • Who is the guy with the dread locks?
  • Jones, “Doesn’t kick as much as I’d like”. Dude, really?
  • Samman’s mom sounds like super liberal, you cannot do anything that may hurt someone or their feelings.
  • I don’t get that, why do husbands like to sell out their wives for BDSM with some creepy Senator looking like dude? It’s a commercial for The Americans by the way.
  • There we go, Spike commercial for Bellator on FX. They better charge them extra for it. That said, I hope Attila beats M’Pumbu.
  • Hahahaha, the guy who got beat is trying to figure out who is going to fight in the next round. Man, can’t believe this B.S.
  • I like Hall when he fights and when he talks about being a bullied. But he’s not got a lot of humility.
  • Man, fuck Team Jones. They’re all jackasses. Specially the guy who is stirring all this shit up. Fuck that Gilbert dude, I hope he doesn’t get a fight on the finale.
  • Hall isn’t the trouble maker, but he’s the dude talking a lot of garbage. Low blow man. Plus he does seem to be pulling away from everyone else.
  • Olympus Has Fallen looks good. Any man worth his salt should watch it, if only for Morgan Freeman’s sweet, smooth voice and Gerard Butler’s sweet moves.
  • Jesus….Nick Diaz is gonna get beaten. Just face it.
  • Hall just wants to smash. Let him smash, bro.
  • Man, they are HORRIBLE at bowling.
  • Good deal. Sonnen’s white, so I think he’ll beat Jones at bowling. But maybe Christ will come to back Bones up.
  • I knew it, Bones admitted he sucks at bowling.
  • The failure is so tasty. 37-35. I feel Sonnen’s scorecards will favor it. Now Bones will wear a Sonnen jersey for one training session. Too bad a Bentley wasn’t on the line.
  • Tor looks a lot bigger than everyone else, but I think it’s because of the way they frame all the shots.
  • It’s about twenty minutes until the episode ends, so I’m gonna assume it either ends in the second round or goes to a decision.
  • Josh Hall just asked whether Samman would get cut for his recaps which revealed a great amount of editing that goes into the series. No, or maybe.
  • Tor Troéng. Badass name.
  • Samman is on again about being a cardio machine. I think he’s too wound up.
  • Why can’t we have another Diego Sanchez in the series? “Yeah man, I like to do yoga.”
  • “I would love to see where your holes are, and if he exposes something today” and “People say wrestlers are gay” are the two best quotes from this episode.
  • When are we gonna get a double fist monkey smash into the arena again? I want to see broken doors!
  • Never mind, fifteen minutes till the end of the episode. Not sure they’d want to put any additional scenes at the end, it’s probably just gonna be mid-second round finish IMO. I’m calling it.
  • Samman slips but Tor doesn’t reacted. Samman is landing some good kicks, rushed but got turned against the cage. He’s still landing some knees with his back against the cage. Tor is controlling it but Samman reversed the position. Sonnen is loud with his commands. Tor and Samman are going at it with the clinch game, knees and short hooks all around. Attempted trip fails for Samman and Tor is in half-butterfly guard? Mentioned earlier he has a good triangle, maybe this is the future? Back into open guard looks like Samman is going for a sweep. Fifty fity guard? Sweet. Samman is back up, and he’s almost got Tor on the ground and landed some big shots. Tor and Samman are back in the clinch. Samman going for wicked knees. Tor isn’t doing much here. Slip by Tor he falls back against the cage and Samman catches him and knocks him cold.
  • Yup. All you have to do is keep your hands down and you can get caught. I still think Hall beats Samman. “No one is itching to fight me” Besides the guy who literally nearly killed someone in the ring. Just that one guy.
  • Where does Tor train at outside of TUF?
  • Wait, Jones’ #1 Pick hasn’t been seen at all during the season and he thinks he’ll have an easy path to the finals? Despite seeing what he’s seen so far?
  • Samman goes to the hospital. Oh nooooo.

 

-Connor can be reached @connorhavok.

The Top-400 Fights of 2012: #275-251

#275

FIGHT: Jessica Penne vs. Naho Sugiyama
DATE: October 6
CARD: Invicta 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama
VENUE: Memorial Hall
LOCATION: Kansas City, Kansas
RESULT: Penne R2 Submission (Triangle Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMArising)
Round 1: Referee for this bout is Rob Hinds. Penne jabbed in the early goings and Sugiyama kicked at Penne’s lead leg. Penne countered a kick by throwing Sugiyama to the mat and she moved to the top in half-guard. Penne tried to move to side control, but Sugiyama kept her leg trapped. Penne landed more short strikes and again attempted to free her leg to move to mount. Sugiyama used butterfly guard to defend and got back to her feet. Both fighters landed punches and Penne scored with knees to the body. Sugiyama reversed and landed knees of her own.

Round 2: Sugiyama landed more leg kicks in round two and the fighters traded one-twos. Penne backed Sugiyama up briefly with a quick combination and remained aggressive with knees from the clinch. Penne pulled Sugiyama to the ground from a Thai clinch, but Sugiyama wound up on top. Penne secured a triangle choke from the bottom and adjusted her posture to tighten it. Sugiyama held on for quite some time and tried to fall back to pull her head free, but she could not and was eventually forced to submit.
VIDEO:

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#274

FIGHT: Bibiano Fernandes vs. Gustavo Falciroli
DATE: August 31
CARD: One FC 5: Pride of a Nation
VENUE: Smart Araneta Coliseum
LOCATION: Manila, Philippines
RESULT: Fernandes UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Fernandes, Fernandes, Fernandes
MY SCORECARD: Fernandes
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (viaMMAmania)
Round one: Both men exchange immediately and Falciroli scores a quick takedown but Fernandes beautifully sweeps him and he’s all over Falciroli now. Falciroli retains half guard and Fernandes drops some elbows. Falciroli pops back to his feet and Falciroli is working some kicks to utilize his reach. Strong kick from Fernandes in response and Fernandes shoots in, dragging Falciroli to the canvas. Fernandes is in half guard and he drops some elbows to the thigh. Not much going on other than some weak punches from Fernandes and the referee calls for action. Fernandes tries to free his leg to pass Falciroli’s guard and he drops some hammer fists. Falciroli attacks with a sweep attempt and Fernandes pops to his feet and kicks at his legs. The ref stands them up before the bell.

Round two: Leg kick from Fernandes and Fernandes lands a nice right hand on the feet. Falciroli goes down and Fernandes pounces with punches on the ground. Fernandes keeps stepping over Falciroli’s half guard and he’s attacking from side control and Falciroli is bleeding. Fernandes lands some short blows but doesn’t have the space to really land anything significant. Both men are scrambling on the ground and Falciroli tries to punch Fernandes but nothing is being thrown that hard. Both men are in a bit of a stalemate here as time is running out in the round.

Round three: Falciroli scores a takedown and Fernandes immediately takes Falciroli’s back but the Aussie slips free. Fernandes attempts a triangle and then an armbar but Falciroli squirms loose and they’re back to their feet. Both men exchanging relatively evenly and Falciroli throws a solid head kick. Fernandes backs him into the cage and lands a wicked elbow on the exit. Fernandes has slowed down considerably this round. Nice right hand from Fernandes and Falciroli drops again right at the end of the round.
VIDEO:

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#273

FIGHT: Alexandre Pantoja Passidomo vs. Lincoln de Sa
DATE: July 14
CARD: Shooto Brazil 32
VENUE:
LOCATION: Rio De Janeiro
RESULT: Passidomo UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Passidomo, Passidomo, Passidomo
MY SCORECARD: Draw
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#272

FIGHT: Andrey Koreshkov vs. Derrick Krantz
DATE: March 18
CARD: Bellator 69
VENUE: L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort
LOCATION: Lake Charles, Louisiana
RESULT: Koreshkov R3 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Sherdog)
Round 1: Krantz comes forward, moving Koreshkov backward toward the cage, but the Russian backs him off with a flurry of hooks. Koreshkov charges with a lunging knee, holds a long stance to keep Krantz at range and then pushes him even further off with a spinning back-kick. Krantz tries to get inside to tie up, can’t get it on the first try but grabs his man on the second attempt. Krantz lands a few knees to the body before being reversed. He quickly turns Koreshkov back around and they trade knees inside as they pummel for position. Krantz has Koreshkov’s right leg in the air on a single-leg try but Koreshkov has underhooks and he defends the takedown. Good knee up the middle from Kratz but Koreshkov doesn’t like it and punishes him with a hard, short elbow inside. Koreshkov denies another single-leg try and they move along the fence. He explodes with a series of knees and slips, pulling Krantz into his guard as he falls. Krantz scrambles and tries to take Koreshkov’s back as the Russian works to back up. Krantz secures the back with one minute left in the round and sinks in his hooks, then begins hunting for the rear-naked choke. Koreshkov twists around and Krantz tries an armbar, but Koreshkov is loose. Knees and a hard body kick go for Koreshkov but he gets tied up on a throw in the closing seconds and absorbs some ground-and-pound punches from Krantz.

Round 2: Krantz wants to clinch up again early in the second but Koreshkov turns him away and punishes with a hard uppercut and hooks. Krantz dives at a single-leg 20 seconds later and has that stuffed as well. He holds a waistlock and Koreshkov walks him toward the cage, kneeing along the way. Koreshkov is twice warned by ref Myron Gaudet not to hold Krantz’ shorts as they walk along, trading knees. Krantz gets on the outside and throws knees to Koreshkov’s legs. Koreshkov breaks off with a hard right hand, comes forward with an uppercut-hook combo. A jumping knee scores for Koreshkov and he clinches up behind it. Koreshkov gets the Thai plum and Krantz drops to his knees to avoid any taking knee strikes to the head. Koreshkov throws one to the body and then presses Krantz into the cage again when he stands back up. Koreshkov lands a short elbow inside, has a knee to the body go off Krantz’s forearm. Forty seconds left and Krantz turns the situation. He manages a couple knees before Koreshkov trips him to the ground. Koreshkov gets to side control and starts dropping punches just before the bell.

Round 3: Koreshkov is stringing together combos and kicks nicely as the final frame begins. They don’t appear to be troubling Krantz at first, but after a five- or six-punch combo of straights and hooks, the American is on the run. Koreshkov gives chase, wailing away with punches as Krantz struggles to stay on his feet. Finally, Koreshkov corners Krantz against the fence. Krantz leans forward after a two-piece combo connects and Koreshkov blasts his low-hanging head with a big knee. That’s the final straw and Krantz goes down in a heap. Referee Gaudet waves it off after 51 seconds of round three and Andrey Koreshkov keeps his perfect record intact.
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#271

FIGHT: Dave Herman vs. Stefan Struve
DATE: February 15
CARD: UFC on Fuel: Ellenberger vs. Sanchez
VENUE: Omaha Civic Auditorium
LOCATION: Omaha, Nebraska
RESULT: Struve R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAweekly)
Round 1: Herman opens up the fight trying to chop Struve’s legs, immediately firing away with low kicks. About a minute in, he dives in, landing a right hand on Struve, but Struve shrugs him off, trying to find space to use his seven inch reach advantage. Herman moves in again, landing successive right hands and a kick to the body. Herman, thus far, has been effective getting inside of Struve’s reach, negating the advantage. Struve finally lands a right hand at range. Herman comes back, missing with a jumping kick. He does, however, land the straight right hand. Struve lands a kick to the body, but Herman comes back with a left to the body and right to the head. Herman lands a few more leg kicks and another right hand as the round winds down.

Round 2: Struve misses with an elbow, but clinches and puts Herman on his back, landing in full mount. Herman quickly turns and slithers out from under Struve, taking the fight back up to the feet. Struve is trying to get his jab going, but he almost looks as if he’s in slow motion. He manages a solid kick to the body, however. He follows with a stinging leg kick. Herman reacts with a good punch combination, but he has also started to slow his pace. Struve is pressing, landing some punches, and several leg kicks. Instead of staying at distance, he’s chacing Herman down, landing numerous punches. He catches Herman with an uppercut, putting him on the mat. Struve drops down into full mount on Herman, unloading with a flurry of punches until the referee stops the fight.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/02/16/stefan-struve-vs-dave-herman-fight-video-ufc-on-feul-tv/

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#270

FIGHT: Yuki Okano vs. Yuta Watanabe
DATE: April 7
CARD: Deep Cage Impact Over Again
VENUE: Differ Ariake
LOCATION: Tokyo, Japan
RESULT: Watanabe R3 Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#269

FIGHT: Eder Gama vs. Rander Junio
DATE: November 23
CARD: Shooto Brazil 36
VENUE: Nilson Nelson Gymnasium
LOCATION: Brasilia, Brazil
RESULT: Junio UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Junio, Junio, Junio
MY SCORECARD: Gama
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#268

FIGHT: Adson Lira Nascimento vs. Jose Eudes Tavares
DATE: April 28
CARD: Jungle Fight 38
VENUE: Para Federal University Gymnasium
LOCATION: Belem, Brazil
RESULT: Nascimento UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Nascimento, Nascimento, Nascimento
MY SCORECARD: Nascimento
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#267

FIGHT: Paul Redmond vs. Yuri Malko
DATE: June 2
CARD: Cage Warriors 47
VENUE: The Helix
LOCATION: Dublin, Ireland
RESULT: Redmond R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#266

FIGHT: Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall
DATE: June 8
CARD: UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall
VENUE: BankAtlantic Center
LOCATION: Sunrise, Florida
RESULT: Johnson UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Johnson, 30-27 Johnson, 29-28 Johnson
MY SCORECARD: 30-28 Johnson
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAbay)
Round 1: Both men low kick early. Head kick from Johnson is blocked. Johnson takes control up against the fence and scores a takedown. McCall gets back to his feet by using the cage. Johnson is making McCall miss over and over. Big right hand from Johnson drops McCall to the canvas. McCall gets back up but Johnson stays on him and pressures him up against the fence. Big exchange before Johnson shoots in. He secures the takedown for a moment before both men regain their feet. Body kick from Johnson. The two clinch on the bell.

Round 2: McCall flurries forward before securing a takedown. Johnson gets back to his feet. Big combination from McCall ends in an uppercut which backs Johnson up. McCall continues to pressure with takedown attempts. Nice inside leg-kick from Johnson. Low blow from McCall and there’s a brief stoppage. McCall with a takedown but Johnson is straight back up. McCall stays on him and has Johnson’s back standing. McCall with another takedown but Johnson pops back up. Nice combination from Johnson before pressing McCall up against the fence. Spinning elbow from McCall lands on the break. The two exchange kicks. McCall dumps Johnson to his back to end the round.

Round 3: Low kick from Johnson. Johnson clinches and presses McCall up against the fence. McCall gets free. McCall shoots but Johnson stuffs it but is pinned against the cage. Elbow on the exit by McCall. Johnson presses McCall against the fence and scores the takedown. Big moment. McCall makes his way back to his feet but Johnson takes his back and looks to strike. The two separate. Johnson with a couple of big strikes, answered by a knee from McCall. The two men exchange on the feet before McCall presses his opponent up against the cage. Nice right hand from Johnson lands. McCall presses Johnson against the fence and they exchange knees. Johnson looks for a takedown up against the fence but McCall rolls backwards and back to his feet.
VIDEO:

http://www.fightvideomma.com/2012/06/demetrious-johnson-vs-ian-mccall-2.html

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#265

FIGHT: Luiz Carlos Caetano vs. Onofre Lima
DATE: December 1
CARD: Watch Out Combat Show 23
VENUE: Bank of Brazil Athletic Association Gymnasium
LOCATION: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
RESULT: Lima R2 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: (15:00 mark or so)

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#264

FIGHT: Jarrod Card vs. Keith Richardson
DATE: December 7
CARD: XFC 21: Night of Champions II
VENUE: Nashville Municipal Auditorium
LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee
RESULT: Card R2 Submission (Guillotine)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Bluegrass MMA)
Round 1: Keith comes running out to meet Jarrod and they clash with some heavy shots and Keith follows it up with a nice kick to the midsection. They back off and start to circle. Jarrod lands a nice clean hook and Keith grabs Jarrod and clinches up with him. They break things off and go back to the center. Keith comes forward with a nice exchange, Jarrod grabs him and they tie up and do a little dirty boxing. They break off once again and start to circle looking for an opening. Keith goes for a thigh kick that Jarrod blocks and pushes Keith forward with his hand to score a takedown. Jarrod lands on top in a side-control position and looks to pass but has to much momentum allowing Keith to roll him over and get back to his feet. As the fighters get back to their feet they tie up once more in the clinch with Keith on the outside. Keith lands some nice shots to open Jarrod up a bit including a knee to the midsection. Jarrod pushes him off and they each land a nice combination. Keith comes forward with another one-two combination and Jarrod goes for a low leg kick that drops Keith down to one knee allowing Jarrod to grab up and they tie up again not for long though. The action breaks and they go back to the center circling. Keith again lands a nice clean combination bouncing back out. Jarrod goes to the mid-section with a straight which has Keith flinging his arms and Jarrod closes the distance and they tie up again. Keith tries to hip-toss him down to the ground but Jarrod stops the attempt. We hear the 10-second bell and Keith once again goes for a hip-toss this time landing it.

Round 2: They come out and Jarrod lands a huge left hook that drops Keith down to the ground. Jarrod jumps on top of Keith locking in an guillotine choke turns him over and squeezes real hard. The ref looks at Keith and sees that he is out and stops the fight.
VIDEO:

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#263

FIGHT: Benjamin Brinsa vs. Simone Tessari
DATE: November 2
CARD: Abu Dhabi Warriors 1
VENUE: Adnec Exhibition Centre
LOCATION: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
RESULT: Brinsa UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Brinsa, Brinsa, Brinsa
MY SCORECARD: Brinsa
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#262

FIGHT: Kelly Warren vs. Tara LaRosa
DATE: March 30
CARD: Resurrection Fighting Alliance 2: Yvel vs. Alexander
VENUE: Viaero Event Center
LOCATION: Kearney, Nebraska
RESULT: LaRosa R3 Submission (Armbar)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAmania)
Round one: Round one: Feeling out process for the first minute. LaRosa connecting on a couple of jabs. Nice left hook from Warren. Both women light on their feet. Warren rushes in with a little flurry but nothing connects. Not a lot of action halfway through the opening frame. LaRosa pins Warren against the fence, fighting for position and Warren defends well avoiding the take down. Warren avoids the hip toss and now has LaRosa’s back. Warren fighting for the takedown and Larosa defends well. Larosa throws a few backwards elbows but none connect as the uneventful first round comes to an end.

Round two: Both still hesitant to pull the trigger. LaRosa once again pins Warren against the cage and Warren quickly reverses position. Battle for position and LaRosa yet again go for a hip toss but is defended well by Warren. The two breakaway. LaRosa connects with a nice left and grabs a hold of Warren and pulls guard. Nice sweep by Larosa and is now in half-guard against the cage. The referee inexplicably stands them up. Left head kick miss from Warren and LaRosa connecting with a few clean jabs. Warren walks into a straight left from Larosa as the round comes to an end.

Round three: Nice head kick from Warren connecting on LaRosa’s jaw and Tara smiles. Both scramble and Warren gets the takedown and is now in LaRosa’s guard. Some body shots from Warren and she pops up to her feet as Tara takes advantage and goes for an ankle lock. After a scramble on the floor, LaRosa reverses position and now has Warren’s back. Warren trying to shake Tara off but LaRosa has a nice body triangle locked in. LaRosa looking for the rear-naked choke but Warren defends well. LaRosa quickly traps Warren’s arm, Warren trying to hang on, but she finally gives in and taps right before the round comes to an end. Tara gets the win with one second to spare.
VIDEO:

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#261

FIGHT: Elias Theodorou vs. Erik Herbert
DATE: March 15
CARD: The Score Fighting Series 4
VENUE: Hamilton Place Theatre
LOCATION: Hamilton, Ontario
RESULT: Theodorou UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Theodorou, 30-27 Theodorou, 30-27 Theodorou
MY SCORECARD: 30-26 Theodorou
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:n/a
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#260

FIGHT: Bradley Scott vs. Mok Rahman
DATE: March 16
CARD: Cage Warriors Fight Night 4
VENUE:
LOCATION: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
RESULT: Scott R3 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#259

FIGHT: Brian Ebersole vs. TJ Waldburger
DATE: June 22
CARD: UFC on FX: Guida vs. Maynard
VENUE: Revel Casino
LOCATION: Atlantic City, New Jersey
RESULT: Ebersole UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Ebersole, 29-28 Ebersole, 29-28 Ebersole
MY SCORECARD: 29-29
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Matt Roth)
Round 1: Ebersole with a fake shot and Waldburger sprawls out. Waldburger lands a beautiful straight right and Ebersole is down. He was out temporarily but has regained his senses. Waldburger passes to mount and is working to establish the poison. He locks in an anaconda choke and Ebersole’s head is purple. Somehow brian works his way out and gets back to his feet. Lead uppercut to the body from Brian. Ebersole has a thai clinch and lands a nice inside elbow. Ebersole with a nice flurry of punches. He finally looks to have settled in. Waldburger lands a nice shot and Ebersole acknowledges it with a mean mug. Ebersole clinches up against the fence and looks for a body lock to close the round.

Round 2: Waldburger hits a high kick and then drops down and shoots a double leg. He gets Ebersole to the ground and tries to take his back. Ebersole is back up and hits his own double leg and has Waldburger on his back. Waldburger is working a really high guard and is looking for an omoplata but doesn’t have control of Ebersole’s arm. He throws his legs back up and is looking to catch Brian with an arm bar but Ebersole escapes. Waldburger immediately transitions to a leg lock and then triangle. This kid is really impressive off his back. Ebersole finally unloads with punches but Waldburger is working to lock in a triangle. He’s throwing elbows to the head and Ebersole postures up and lands some punches of his own. Ebersole finally unloads as the round ends.

Round 3: Waldburger lands as Ebersole comes forward to open the round. Ebersole lands knees to the head in the clinch. Ebersole tries a cartwheel kick but misses. They clinch against the fence and T.J. looks tired. If Ebersole is going to take this he has to finish Waldburger now. Ebersole his a takedown and is working from top with short punches. When Brian postured up T.J. began setting up a triangle. He’s working to finish it but Ebersole is peppering the body with punches. Ebersole stands and T.J. is looking for an ankle. T.J. is looking to create space with his knees but Brian is relentless with punches from the top. Hammer punches from TWAS to close the round.
VIDEO: n/a
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#258

FIGHT: Andre Muniz vs. Rodrigo Carlos
DATE: November 9
CARD: Watch Out Combat Show 22
VENUE: Bank of Brazil Athletic Association Gymnasium
LOCATION: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
RESULT: Muniz R2 Submission (Triangle Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#257

FIGHT: Efrain Escudero vs. Tyson Griffin
DATE: November 2
CARD: Resurrection Fighting Alliance 4: Griffin vs. Escudero
VENUE: Texas Station
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Griffin UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Griffin, 29-28 Griffin, 30-27 Griffin
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Griffin
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via ProMMAnow)
Round 1 – Effy with the slight height advantage. Griffin ducks a one two, dodges a leg kick from Efrain. Leg kick and a knee from Efrain. Big right from Griffin backs him up. Griffin with a takedown. Efrain looks for the armbar. Griffin escapes, Efrain now has full guard closed. Punches to the ribs of Efrain. Heels to the kidneys from Efrain. Nice up kick from Efrain as Griffin postures up. He pushes Efrain to the cage, postures up with punches, tries to pass. Efrain locks up the armbar, very deep, goes belly down. Griffin escapes. Griffin with a leg kick, Effy checks it, ouch that hurts. Big right from Griffin. Leg kick. Uppercut from Efrain. He shoots for a double. Griffin stops it. Big one two from Effy as he backs out. Right from Griffin. Leg kick from Efrain. Thigh kick from Griffin. Left from Griffin, he shoots. Efrain jumps into a guillotine. Griffin pulls out and attacks before the bell. Wow! Close fight.

Round 2 – Liver kick from Griffin. Front kick right to the chin from Griffin. Beautiful. Snapped Effy’s head back. Inside leg kick from Griffin. They clinch, Knee from Griffin and a right on the break. Leg kick from Effy. Nice left jab from Griffin. Efrain presses him to the cage. Griffin turns him around and puts him on his back. Up kick from Efrain. Griffin postures up with a few right hands, inside the guard of Efrain. Drops a few elbows. Efrain throws up for an armbar. Griffin not really doing any damage but staying busy and holding him down.

Round 3 – Effy ducks a big right. Griffin tries to shoot, stuffed. Leg kick from Effy. Knee from the clinch from Efrain. Griffin shoots, grabs a single. Effy defends. Body shots from Griffin. Couple knees from Efrain from the clinch. They square up. Couple knees from Effy. Overhand right from Griffin, puts Effy on his back. Tyson in half guard, drops a couple elbows. He moves to side control with under 3:00 to go. Effy recovers full guard. Looks for an armbar, goes belly down. Griffin turns and escapes. Griffin goes for a guillotine, Griffin pops his head out. 2:00 to go. Now in half guard, Griffin staying busy with light punches. Effy gives up his back. Gets to his feet. Griffin with a body lock from the back. Big knee to the thigh from Griffin. Effy looks for a guillotine, too sweaty, Griffin pops out, gets a brief takedown. Effy gets Griffin to the mat after a slip. Griffin holding his leg, punches to the body from Effy.
VIDEO: (2:22:00 mark)

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#256

FIGHT: Amy Davis vs. Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc
DATE: April 28
CARD: Invicta 1: Coenen vs. Ruyssen
VENUE: Memorial Hall
LOCATION: Kansas City, Kansas
RESULT: Davis R2 Submission (Kimura)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Bleacher Report)
Round 1: The two fighters waste no time meeting in the center. Rivera-Calanoc pushes Davis up against the cage looking for the takedown and completes it. Davis throws her legs up looking for a triangle. Davis locks it up but Rivera-Calanoc is still defending. Davis tightens the triangle as Rivera-Calanoc tries to fight through it and finally gets out. Rivera-Calanoc keeps Davis pressed against the cage looking for the takedown. She’s able to complete it once again. Davis wall walks back to her feet. The two throw down as the round comes to an end.

Round 2: Davis using push kicks to keep Rivera-Calanoc at a distance and avoid the takedown attempts. Rivera-Calanoc continues to look for the takedown against the cage. She gets it but eats some punches as Davis rolls into side control. Davis finally notices the arm is isolated and makes Rivera-Calanoc tap to the Kimura.
VIDEO:

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#255

FIGHT: Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans
DATE: April 21
CARD: UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans
VENUE: Philips Arena
LOCATION: Atlanta, Georgia
RESULT: Jones UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 49-46 Jones, 49-46 Jones, 50-45 Jones
MY SCORECARD: 50-46 Jones
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAbay)
Round one: Jones takes the center of the octagon. Jones goes to the body but slips to his knees in the process. Head kick lands from Jones. Front kick from Jones goes through the guard. A knee from Jones lands. Evans with a couple of leg kicks but they seem to be with the toes. Nice combination from Evans has the champ backing up. Head kick from Jones is blocked. Nice leg kick from Jones. Head kick from Jones misses. Stiff jab from Jones staggers Evans for a second. Nice left hook from Jones lands. Evans lands a leg kick. Flying body kick from Jones. A couple of quick straight kicks from Jones gets through. Jones lands a left, then a right before going to the body. Evans lands a big head kick which seems to wobble Jones. The champ retreats but soon composes himself to see out the round.

Round two: The two lock up early in the second and Jones misses with a left hook on the break. Jones with a leg kick, and another. The two exchange with Evans seemingly getting the better of it. Jones flashes a front-kick to the face which just misses. Evans makes Jones miss and “Suga” begins to showboat. Jones misses a spinning back-kick and almost has his back taken. The two exchange stiff jabs before Jones goes to the body. Nice elbow from Jones sneaks through. Nice couple of kicks from Evans. Another nice elbow from Jones, and another. The second rocked Evans. Another elbow from Jones has Evans clinging on in the clinch. Those are game changers. Body kick lands from Jones. The champ is marching forward throwing elbows left and right. Flying knee by Jones is soon followed by a left hook on the bell. Beautiful!

Round three: Big right hand over the top from Evans lands and Jones retreats. The momentum continues to switch between the two men. Low kick from Evans lands. Inside leg kick from Jones before following up with one to the head. Nice jab lands from the champ. Leg kick lands from Evans. Jones with a flying knee followed by an elbow. Jones scores with a kick to the body before jumping in with another knee. Evans counters with a couple of nice left hooks soon after. Kick to the body followed by a jab from Jones. Evans goes for a takedown but it’s massively telegraphed and stuffed. Jones continues to land kicks and straight punches. Head kick from Jones misses to end the round.

Round four: Nice left hook from Jones to open the championship rounds. Spinning back-elbow misses from Jones. The champ is just pecking away at Evans all the time. The two tie up in the clinch but Jones is soon free. Jones catches a kick and throws the right down the pipe. Jones lands a switch kick. The pace has slowed as both men begin to showboat somewhat. Leg kick from Jones lands. Jones stuffs the takedown before landing a big knee to the body. Evans with a clubbing shot which is blocked. The two tie up again and Jones uses his shoulder to strike. Jones goes for a takedown but the bell sounds before he can complete it.

Round five: Jones pumps the jab as both men start fast. Evans must know he needs a stoppage. Nice leg kick from Evans lands. Jones soon answers with one of his own. Jones is stalking but Evans lands the right. Big right hand lands from Jones, rocking the head back of Evans. Flying elbow followed by a front-kick to the face from Jones. Spinning back-fist misses from Evans and Jones makes him pay with a flying knee. The two men clinch and Jones takes control. Elbow on the break from Jones. Leg kick from the champion. Evans starts to stalk as the clock runs down. Jones throws Evans to the canvas and lands a shot whilst “Suga” is grounded. Evans is soon back to his feet and the two clinch again. Knee lands from Jones. The champ pulls guard to end the fight, strange move but I suppose it was effective.
VIDEO:

http://fightnext.com/video/H36NGYH9UN/Jon-Jones-vs-Rashad-Evans–UFC-145

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#254

FIGHT: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio Rua
DATE: December 8
CARD: UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Diaz
VENUE: Key Arena
LOCATION: Seattle, Washington
RESULT: Gustafsson UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Gustafsson, 30-27 Gustafsson, 30-26 Gustafsson
MY SCORECARD: 30-28 Gustafsson
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMArising)
Round 1: Gustafsson knocked Rua down with a right hook in the opening 30 seconds, but Rua countered with a heel hook and a kneebar attempt on the ground. Rua stood and Gustafsson landed strikes in the clinch. He briefly took Rua down, but stood and allowed him to follow. Rua landed a counter right and took Gustafsson down. Gustafsson stood and Rua landed knees while holding him against the fence. Gustafsson turned into the clinch and created space with knees and an uppercut. Another hard knee scored for Gustafsson and he followed with a looping right hook. Gustafsson looked for a takedown and Rua countered with a front headlock. The fighters stayed on their feet and Gustafsson pinned Rua against the cage again. He pushed Rua away just before the bell sounded.

Round 2: Both fighters connected with some solid punches in the second round and Rua appeared to be looking to pick up the pace. He lunged in with a right hook that partially landed, but Gustafsson tripped him to a knee. Rua stood and referee Dan Miragliotta separated the fighters after a stalemate. Gustafsson nearly threw Rua to the mat, but Rua stayed up. Gustafsson took Rua down on his next try and punched from the top. He stood and Rua followed. Rua landed two hard right hooks and Gustafsson took him down again. Rua got to his feet and Gustafsson took him back down. On the way up, Gustafsson landed knees and an uppercut. Rua managed to land a one-two, but Gustafsson answered with a combination.

Round 3: Rua landed a big right hand in round three, but Gustafsson walked right through it and landed a knee. He took Rua down twice and moved to back control. Rua rolled for a kneebar and Gustafsson wound up in Rua’s guard. The fighters stood and both landed punches. Gustafsson took Rua down and landed an elbow. He got back to his feet and hurt Rua with a body kick. Rua circled away to buy time to recover and Gustafsson hurt him again with a knee and a combination. The fighters clinched and exchanged knees to the body. After a break, Gustafsson landed a front kick to the face and he continued to chase Rua around the cage. The fight ended with a takedown from Gustafsson, who wound up on top in Rua’s half-guard.
VIDEO:

http://www.fightvideomma.com/2012/12/mauricio-rua-vs-alexander-gustafsson.html

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#253

FIGHT: Karl Harrison vs. Neil Seery
DATE: October 27
CARD: Cage Warriors 49
VENUE: St. David’s Hall
LOCATION: Cardiff, Wales
RESULT: Seery UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Seery, 30-27 Seery, 29-28 Seery
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Seery
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#252

FIGHT: Artur Sowinski vs. Curt Warburton
DATE: February 25
CARD: KSW 18: Unfinished Sympath
VENUE: Orlen Arena
LOCATION: Plock, Poland
RESULT: Warburton R2 Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#251

FIGHT: Carlo Astudillo vs. Jay Tenorio
DATE: February 18
CARD: Pacific Xtreme Combat 29
VENUE: Ynares Sports Center
LOCATION: Philippines
RESULT: Tenorio R2 Submission (Guillotine)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=2671821674156

A Tale of Two Backfists

“Hong Kong Newty…number one dethroner guy…”

Contributor: Chris Groves

Bellator wasn’t being very subtle with the field for their currently ongoing Light Heavyweight tournament.  There were two established name sand the rest were a bunch of lower level fighters with little name value. The two “names” were Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal.  With guys like Jacob Noe and Przemyslaw Mysiala in the tournament, it was no secret that the finale Bellator was fishing for was ‘Babalu vs King Mo’. For them, that was the biggest fight they could put on in their light heavyweight division.


Renato Sobral was a well traveled, bit of a journeyman character…known for his battles with Chuck Liddell, perhaps for exiting the UFC on a win, as well as being a former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion.  Who cares if he made a habit of regularly being knocked out in recent years? He had name value.  His opponent? Mikhail Zayats, the man perhaps best known for being knocked out with a strangely set-up head-kick courtesy of Vinny Magalhaes.  However, he had rebounded with a few wins over no-name fighters so he was good enough to put Sobral over, right?  Wrong.

At roughly 3.5 minutes into the first round, Zayats landed a spinning backfist that sent Sobral stumbling face-forward into the cage.  Zayats followed up with verve, and after a few more seconds Sobral found himself in aoh-so-familiar position: on his back eating punches.  So, just like that, the big Sobral vs Mo fight went kaput.  Well, at least King Mo had an easy path to winning the tournament and challenging for the title, right?…..right?

King Mo was one of Bellator/Viacom’s biggest signings.  Spike signed him to a contract that would have him participate in Professional Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts under their banner.  Much to the chagrin of TNA show writers, King Mo was shoehorned into their programming. Simultaneously, he was welcomed into the thinly stacked Bellator Light Heavyweight tournament with open arms.  The obvious goal was to make him a crossover superstar, to put him in front of as many viewers as possible in as many ways as possible.  The aim was to create a draw, elevate his status, and thus the status of Bellator.  Spike also ran an hour long special dedicated essentially to the idea of King Mo being an impressive individual and an amazing athlete who was destined for greatness and all other manner of hyperbole.

Mo got by his first round opponent, Przemyslaw Mysiala, easily enough; 1st round knockout, bing-bam-boom.  Surely Spike and Bellator execs assumed that HE would be the big name that actually paid off in this whole scheme.  King Mo would next face Emanuel Newton, a well traveled and moderately successful fighter.  Defeating him seemed to be an easy enough task for King Mo. However, at 2.5 minutes into the first round, once again a backfist changed everything.  After missing a right hand Newton followed up with the finishing blow that Mo never saw coming. He fell to the ground like a vase that had been knocked over.

With Mo sleeping, Bellator is now left to promote their tournament final between two men whose only claims to fame are “knocking out those one dudes”.  Bellator learned that in MMA, even the best laid plans can be ruined…by a pair of properly timed backfists.

-Chris can be reached at cpgfl2000@aol.com

The Top-400 Fights of 2012: #300-276

#300

FIGHT: Jessica Andrade vs. Kimberly Tanaka Novaes
DATE: May 5
CARD: Nitrix Champion Fight 11
VENUE: Cau Hansen Event Center
LOCATION: Joinville, Brazil
RESULT: Novaes R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#299

FIGHT: David Glover vs. Kamarudeen Usman
DATE: November 30
CARD: Resurrection Fighting Alliance 5: Downing vs. Rinaldi
VENUE: Viaero Event Center
LOCATION: Kearney, Nebraska
RESULT: Usman R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY:
VIDEO:

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/David_Glover_vs_Kamarudeen_Usman_RFA_5_Part_1/10046894

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/David_Glover_vs_Kamarudeen_Usman_RFA_5_Part_2/10046895

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#298

FIGHT: Anthony Avila vs. Sergio Quinones
DATE: September 7
CARD: Tachi Palace Fights 14: Validation
VENUE: Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino
LOCATION: Lemoore, California
RESULT: Avila R1 Submission (Guillotine)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#297

FIGHT: Bruno Canuto vs. Walison Pereira
DATE: November 14
CARD: Coliseu Extreme Fight 5
VENUE:
LOCATION: Maceio, Brazil
RESULT: Pereira R1 Submission
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

http://www.mmavideos.pl/video/walison-pereira-vs-bruno-canuto-coliseu-extreme-fight-5

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#296

FIGHT: Adriano Moraes vs. Michael William Costa
DATE: September 21
CARD: Shooto Brazil 34
VENUE: Nilson Nelson Gymnasium
LOCATION: Brasilia, Brazil
RESULT: Moraes UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Moraes, Moraes, Moraes
MY SCORECARD: Moraes
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#295

FIGHT: Dustin Kimura vs. Guy Delumeau
DATE: November 17
CARD: Pacific Xtreme Combat 34
VENUE: Smart Araneta Coliseum
LOCATION: Quezon City, Philippines
RESULT: Kimura R3 KO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMA-in-Asia)
Delumeau fights out of Gutsman in Japan, a gym that lives up to its name by basically fighting everybody everywhere. Guy has fought many of the best names in Shooto and recently took Jon Shores to a decision in an incredibly competitive three-rounder. He is an all-rounder. Kimura – as his name hints at – is a Gracie Technics fighter with 5 out of 6 wins by submission – that is until he TKOed his last opponent with punches. Though undefeated, Kimura faces stiff competition in his PXC debut.

Delumeau and Kimura both come out with a surprising stand up game, and it stays there for a whole three rounds. Delumeau lands some bombs, but it’s Kimura who looks much stronger with his striking towards the end of the round, delivering a big right to knock Delumeau for a loop.
VIDEO:

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#294

FIGHT: Chris Camozzi vs. Dustin Jacoby
DATE: January 28
CARD: UFC on FOX: Evans vs. Davis
VENUE: United Center
LOCATION: Chicago, Illinois
RESULT: Camozzi R3 Submission (Guillotine)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAjunkie)
Round 1 – Jacoby works kicks early. Camozzi charges, but Jacoby tosses him into the cage and resets. The trade hooks, and Camozzi gets the better of it. Camozzi checks a body kick, and a timeout is called as Jacoby takes an accidental kick to the baby-maker. On the restart, Jacoby lunges with punches that are short and then eats a leg kick. Camozzi tries a knee and eats a right that he easily shakes off. The trade leather again, and both land. They continue winging power punches, though neither seems affected. Camozzi now takes a shot to the crotch. After a brief timeout, Jaocy lands a nice inside leg kick and lands two clean punches. Jacoby pops him with a nice left, and Camozzi chases but can’t corral him. Camozzi chases again and is countered and tagged. Jacoby lands a lunging right to the body and resets. The pace slows, and both miss with lunging punches. Jacoby avoids a single-leg takedown and pops Camozzi with a counter. Camozzi lands a counter and then briefly stuns Jacoby with a right, but he’s quickly back up. It’s a very close round.

Round 2 – Both swing wild and miss early. Jacoby tries a leaping front kick but comes up short. Camozzi snaps off a nice low kick and then lands a nice lunging right. He then counters to land a left. Both now wait to counter as the pace slows. Camozzi paws a jab and then checks a body kick. Both throw ineffective punches before Camozzi puts together a nice punch/low-kick combo. Camozzi takes another low kick to the junk, and a timeout is called. A replay shows it landing flush, and the crowd groans in empathy. On the restart, both land punches before resetting. They trade again, but nothing lands. Camozzi lands a quick right hook and then counters with a nice right. Jacoby seems unaffected, but Camozzi is scoring points here. However, Jacoby then lands a stiff uppercut as Camozzi rushes in. Lots of fakes and darting out of range now. Camozzi lands a nice counter shot, but Jacoby quickly makes him retreat. It’s a close round with less action.

Round 3 – The fighters trade single shots early, and Jacoby’s nose starts gushing blood. He then lands two nice body shots before Camozzi knocks him to the ground with a low kick. As Jacoby rushes back up, Camozzi slaps on a guillotine. Jacoby frantically tries to free himself, but Camozzi locks it up and quickly gets the tap.
VIDEO: n/a
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#293

FIGHT: Alexander Sarnavskiy vs. Rich Clementi
DATE: October 19
CARD: Bellator 77
VENUE: Reading Eagle Theater in the Sovereign Center
LOCATION: Reading, Pennsylvania
RESULT: Clementi SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Clementi, 29-28 Sarnavskiy, 29-28 Clementi
MY SCORECARD: 30-27 Clementi
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via TheMMAReport)
Round 1 – Sarnavskiy came out confident and landed several strikes, but Clement went for the takedown and jumped on the back of his opponent. Clementi looked to lock in a rear-naked choke. While looking for the choke, Clementi threw strikes in attempt to soften up Sarnavskiy for the choke hold. Clementi would end up locking in the rear-naked choke, but Sarnavskiy would some how survive the submission and make it to the end of the round.

Round 2 – Sarnavskiy opened the second round with several unanswered strikes and Clementi took the fight to the ground. He would be in top position and would once again get the back of Sarnavskiy. He looked for the rear-naked choke once again and Sarnavskiy would be able to defend the takedown and transition to top position. From his back, Clementi looked for an armbar, but was not back to lock the hold in. After being stood up, Sarnavskiy landed strikes that appeared to rock Clementi and he took the fight to the ground as the round ended.

Round 3 – At the start of the round, Sarnavskiy landed several big shots and dropped Clementi. While on the ground, Clementi looked for a toe hold, but that was unsuccessful. Sarnavskiy would end up in top position and Clementi looked for a kimura submission from his back. After the failed submission attempt, Sarnavskiy landed strikes on the ground. After a lack of action, the fighters were stood up and Clementi immediately took the fight to the ground. Sarnavskiy would end the round having Clementi in a triangle, but the round would end before he was in danger.
VIDEO:

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#292

FIGHT: Jared Hamman vs. Michael Kuiper
DATE: August 11
CARD: UFC 150: Edgar vs. Henderson II
VENUE: Pepsi Center
LOCATION: Denver, Colorado
RESULT: Kuiper R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAmania)
Round one: Hamman throws a big inside leg kick early as Kuiper presses forward with punches. Hamman closes the distance with a knee to the body and backs off. Body kick from Hamman and a leg kick. Kuiper throws a punch but Hamman is moving well. Left hook scores for Kuiper and Hamman backs him off with a knee and a nasty outside leg kick. Right hand from Kuiper grazes Hamman and he gets backed off from a combination by Hamman. They clinch and Kuiper scores a takedown from the body lock. Hamman works his way back to his feet and eats a knee. Kuiper attempts a throw but Hamman shuts it down. Big right hand from Kuiper and Hamman is hurt but Kuiper lets him off the hook. Nasty leg kick from Kuiper and Hamman is staggered. Huge right hand from Kuiper and Hamman is hurt. Now Kuiper is swarming and Hamman is getting tagged repeatedly. Both men score big shots and Kuiper blasts him, sending him ot the ground briefly but he gets back up. Hamman is winging big combinatiosn and Kuiper lands a huge pair of hooks that have him wobbly. Hamman is on serious rubbery legs and Kuiper is continuing to press forward. Big left hand from Kuiper and then another. Kuiper and Hamman blast each other with big shots as time expires and Hamman looks like his leg is hurt.

Round two: Hamman’s leg is hurting bad and Kuiper kicks it twice. Kuiper needs to pressure him and he’s just sitting back for now. Right hand from Kuiper backs Hamman off and Kuiper scores with a trio of inside leg kicks. Hamman fires back with right hands and Kuiper scores with a pair of right hands of his own. Huge right hand from Kuiper drops Hamman and Hamman works his way back to his feet as the crowd roars. Another big hook hurts Hamman and then another right hand. I don’t know how Hamman is standing. Huge right hand drops Hamman and the ref steps in. Hamman’s leg is in serious pain as he’s clutching it on the ground.
VIDEO: n/a
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#291

FIGHT: Denniston Sutherland vs. Scott Askham
DATE: December 8
CARD: Cage Warriors 50
VENUE: Kelvin Hall
LOCATION: Glasgow, Scotland
RESULT: Askham UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Askham, 30-27 Askham, 29-28 Askham
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Askham
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via FightNetwork)
Round 1: Strikes immediately start flying as soon as the bell sounds with Askham landing a hard body kick. Askham connects with a solid punch that dazes Sutherland and causes him to fall to the mat. Askham wastes no time pouncing on him but Sutherland is savvy enough to survive the onslaught and regain guard. Askham continues to pound away with short shots but nothing serious enough to cause damage. Out of nowhere Sutherland explodes to his feet but eats a couple of knees on the way up. Sutherland separates momentarily before getting tagged by a hard hook and a series of vicious knee strikes. Sutherland should be out cold but he manages to get away. 15 seconds left in the round and just for good measure Askham takes Sutherland down.

Round 2: Sutherland on wobbly legs to start the second round. Askham attempts a head kick but it’s blocked. Askham achieves a thai clinch and scores a couple knees but to the credit of Sutherland, he storms back and slams Askham to the mat. Sutherland working from open guard but he’s too weary of possible submission attempts to be aggressive. Sutherland stands up and kicks away at the legs of Askham before eventually letting him up. Back standing, Askham is the cleaner striker, landing hard with the left hand before clinching up with Sutherland and backing him up to the cage. 10 seconds left, Sutherland is able to push Askham to the canvas before calmly walking way. Very close round.

Round 3: Sutherland looking completely spent but is showing heart by moving forward. Askham closes the distance and ties him up, but he himself is also quite exhausted and is unwilling to commit to a serious attack. They separate and it’s Sutherland who is the more active fighter, moving forward behind his punches. Couple good strikes connect for Askham followed by a head kick that grazes Sutherland. Askham follows up his attack and clinches back up with Sutherland against the fence. Sutherland desperate to separate and finish this fight but Askham won’t allow him to break away even for a moment. 30 second remaining in the fight, Askham uses his last bit of energy and takes Sutherland down hard.
VIDEO: n/a
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#290

FIGHT: Jonathan Svensson vs. Nicola Gozzi
DATE: March 10
CARD: Royal Arena 1
VENUE: Brondby Hall
LOCATION: Brondby, Denmark
RESULT: Svensson SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Svensson, Svensson, Gozzi
MY SCORECARD: Svensson
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#289

FIGHT: Sam Stout vs. Spencer Fisher
DATE: June 22
CARD: UFC on FX: Guida vs. Maynard
VENUE: Revel Casino
LOCATION: Atlantic City, New Jersey
RESULT: Stout UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Stout, 30-27 Stout, 30-27 Stout
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Fisher
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via 5th Round)
1stRound: They are flinging the leather early, with Fisher appearing to get the better of the exchanges. Stout takes a kick to the cup and time is called. Game on. Stout eats a left hook. Stout shoots and secures the takedown. He lets Fisher back, only to plant him back on the ground. Tough round to score – Fisher won the standup, but Stout had two takedowns.

2ndRound: Fisher continues to beat him to the punch. Stout scores on a one-two combo to the body. Stout takes another kick to the groin and Fisher is warned. Game on. Stout immediately plants him on his back after the break.

3rdRound: Fisher said this could be his swan song. He’s looked solid thus far. He tags Stout with a left hook. Stout scores a takedown with two minutes remaining. Fisher gets to his feet. Stout plants him on his back once again.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/06/23/sam-stout-vs-spencer-fisher-fight-video-ufc-on-fx/

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#288

FIGHT: Kenny Booker vs. Robert White
DATE: December 14
CARD: Bellator 84
VENUE: Horseshoe Casino
LOCATION: Hammond, Indiana
RESULT: White UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 White, 29-28 White, 29-28 White
MY SCORECARD: 30-27 White
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#287

FIGHT: Paul Kelly vs. Ryan Healy
DATE: April 7
CARD: Super Fight League 2
VENUE: T-Box Mobile Arena
LOCATION: Chandigarh, India
RESULT: Healy UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Healy, 30-27 Healy, 29-28 Healy
MY SCORECARD: 30-27 Healy
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAmania)
Round one: Herb Dean is the third man in the cage for this one. Kelly comes out throwing combinations and they clinch up. Healy has Kelly against the cage and lands a couple uppercuts before they separate. Healy shoots and is easily stuffed. They trade single collar ties and dirty box for a bit. Healy is the much bigger man and is bullying Kelly in the clinch. Kelly is bleeding from a cut over his left eye. Healy is landing at will as we hit the halfway point of the round. They clinch up again and Kelly lands some good short elbows. Kelly has his hands low as they trade punches and clinch again. Good short elbows by both men. Healy keeps securing the clinch and getting off first, but when Kelly counters he seems to be landing good shots. Good round so far, a minute to go. Healy pushes Kelly up against the cage and gets a takedown. Kelly is working for a guillotine but Healy pops his head out and works his ground and pound. Healy drops for a crucifix and lands some good shots as the round ends.

Round two: Kelly with a nice uppercut, they clinch up again. Healy looks to push Kelly to the fence. Big knee by Kelly but Healy drops down for a takedown and has it. Same way they ended the first round. Kelly cage walks back to his feet, Healy takes him down again, Kelly uses a guillotine attempt to sweep Healy over but can’t hold position and Healy is back on top. Some good ground and pound from Healy and then Kelly turns the tables on him, working for his own takedown against the cage. They jockey for position and Healy overpowers him to the mat. Healy in half guard, dropping some short elbows and now he’s working the body. Kelly looks to be a little tired. Healy staying heavy on top, now he works for back control. 90 seconds left in this round. Healy tries for the crucifix again. Can’t quite make it happen and he’s content to throw punches to Kelly’s body. Kelly gets back up and now drops down for a guillotine choke and it’s tight. 30 seconds left in the round, Healy is hand fighting to avoid the submission and he pops his head free. Full closed guard. Healy postures free and throws some big punches as the round ends.

Round three: They take the center of the cage and trade big punches. Kelly has a nice lead uppercut going, Healy is throwing hooks. After thirty seconds Healy gets Kelly up against the cage again, leans on him and gets the takedown. Kelly is in the turtle position, but defends well and now he’s reversed Healy. Not much damage being done by either man as they jockey for position and Kelly has Healy on his back in full guard. Kelly working the ground and pound and now he grabs ahold of Healy’s neck for another guillotine. This time he has one butterfly hook in but can’t finish. Healy on top, throwing good punches to the body. A nice pass into side control by Healy but Kelly bucks him off and almost takes the back in a scramble. Can’t secure position and now with a minute left in the round Healy moves to full mount and takes the back. Frantic grappling action now as Kelly escapes the position and ends up attempting a funky, no-arm-in triangle. Nothing doing though and the fight ends with Healy on top. Very little damage in that round but some good grappling exchanges.
VIDEO:

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#286

FIGHT: James Terry vs. Nah-Shon Burrell
DATE: January 7
CARD: Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine
VENUE: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
LOCATION: Paradise, Nevada
RESULT: Burrell SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Burrell, 29-28 Terry, 29-28 Burrell
MY SCORECARD: 29-29
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Sherdog)
Round 1: One of Terry’s first strikes, an inside thigh kick, grazes Burrell low, but Nah-Shon waves it off. A nice left hand comes through for Burrell and Terry answers with a flush overhand right. Terry ducks a punch and clings to Burrell’s left leg, then wraps up the right to bring his man to the canvas. Terry scoots Burrell around with ease, passing Burrell’s wide open guard to half-guard on the left. Burrell digs an underhook and gets to his knees, slipping a loose guillotine attempt. Terry drags Burrell back to the ground quickly and hops into full mount, but the natural 170-pounder Burrell simply sits up to escape. Terry keeps Burrell on his knees and whips around to his kneeling opponent’s back. Burrell sits down to deny the hooks and stands back up, putting his back to the fence to slide Terry off. Terry stays on the legs and pulls Burrell back down with 35 seconds to go. They stall out and stand up, Terry landing a Superman punch and Burrell a glancing uppercut before the horn.

Round 2: Terry tries to walk inside with punches and gets countered with a stiff left. Clipping Burrell with a right hand, Terry gets inside and puts his man on the cage before once more dumping him to the ground. Burrell tries to turn and stand, allowing Terry to slip onto his back, but again Terry can’t get the hooks. They’re vertical again and Terry is showing the quicker hands, zapping Burrell with one-twos when he steps inside on the larger man. Burrell catches Terry with a counter right and Terry is looking to clinch soon after. A few more Burrell rights find their marks as they resume throwing with just over a minute to go. Terry wants another takedown and gets a single-leg on the fence, where they stay until the final seconds.

Round 3: Burrell is walking straight ahead, going headhunting with power punches. Many are slipping off the gloves and forearms of the backpedaling Terry, but enough are getting through that Burrell keeps coming. Knees, lead uppercuts and jabs are accumulating until 90 seconds in, when Terry stops moving backward and starts whipping out his own jab. A lead uppercut from Burrell seems to stun Terry and Burrell tries to capitalize with a combo and a leaping knee, to no avail. Terry is measuring up shots now, throwing single punches to keep active but not landing much. Burrell has a left head kick blocked and Terry jogs out to his right. Burrell looks spent but his single shots are coming through, sweeping right hooks and big uppercuts. Terry drives on a single-leg with 30 seconds left but quickly abandons it in favor of clinching. Burrell pulls guard on the fence with a last-second guillotine attempt, but it’s not there.
VIDEO:

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#285

FIGHT: Mike Corey vs. Ronnie Mann
DATE: March 9
CARD: Bellator 60
VENUE: Horseshoe Casino
LOCATION: Hammond, Indiana
RESULT: Corey UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Corey, 29-28 Corey, 29-28 Corey
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Corey
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Examiner.com)
Round 1 – Couple of leg kicks from Mann. One two, head kick. Corey gets countered with a big right, he clinches up, looks for a single. Mann holds a guillotine, uses it to get away from the cage. One two from Mann. Left hand from Mann. One two from Corey. Nice leg kick from Corey. He gets rocked by a right hand that drops him, het gets up and gets dropped with another right. Mann jumps on him but Corey locks on an omoplata. Mann pulls out and Corey stands up. He appears okay and they square up. Right hand by Mann, left by Corey. Right hand, left head kick from Mann, both blocked. Jumping knee from Mann as Corey comes in, either just misses or just nicks Corey. Corey puts Mann on his back and lands some ground and pound from half guard. Several hammerfists and right hands from Corey.

Round 2 – Leg kick from Mann. Corey with a left hook backs up Mann. Corey comes forward with more punches. Right hook by Mann scores following a combo from Corey. Nice left hook from Corey scores. Big leg kick from Mann. Nice exchange of punches. Corey shoots and puts Mann on his back, in half guard now landing punches to the body, hammerfists to the head. Mann gets full guard. Corey grinding. Mann throws up an armbar using a cage walk to set it up. Corey gives him some hammerfists to think about and Mann releases the armbar. One minute to go and Corey continues to punish and is now winning this round. More left hands from Corey and a couple big rights. Mann tries to explode but Corey holds firm and should take the round easy.

Round 3 – Right hand from Mann. One two body shots from Corey, nice left to the face. Overhand right from Mann is blocked. LEft hook from Corey scores and he uses an outside trip from the clinch to put Mann down. Mann looking for a kimura but Corey flattens him down. Corey in half guard dropping punches and hammerfists. Mann gets full guard, throws up his legs but he is getting dominated here with more and more punches from Corey. Mann turns over to his stomach, he rolls for a leglock, probably knowing he needs a finish to win. Corey defends it and rides out the last half minute unloading big punches and punishing Ronnie Mann.
VIDEO:

http://www.allthebestfights.com/mann-vs-corey-full-fight-video-bellator-60/

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#284

FIGHT: Guilherme Paraiba vs. Marcus Vinicius Lopes
DATE: September 21
CARD: Shooto Brazil 34
VENUE: Nilson Nelson Gymnasium
LOCATION: Brasilia, Brazil
RESULT: Lopes R1 Submission (Armbar)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#283

FIGHT: Michihiro Omigawa vs. Yuri Alcantara
DATE: January 14
CARD: UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes
VENUE: HSBC Arena
LOCATION: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
RESULT: Alcantra UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Alcantra, 29-28 Alcantra, 30-27 Alcantra
MY SCORECARD: 29-27 Alcantra
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Cagejunkies)
Round 1: Big knee from Alcantara and Omigawa is circling as he recovers. Alcantara throws punches up the middle and lands another knee. Effective punches from Alcantara as he gets more and more comfortable. Omigawa now punching back but he is getting battered. High kick from Alcantara is ducked. A lot of power in all of Alcantara’s strikes. Solid 1-2 from Alcantara lands. Another huge knee from Alcantara and then a spinning back elbow lands and drops Omigawa. Alcantara takes his back and looks to finish but somehow Omigawa reverses Alcantara and ends up in his guard. Alcantara hits a great armlock and Omigawa taps as his arm is dislocated but the referee doesn’t see it and the bell rings.

Round 2: Omigawa shows his incredible toughness as his comes right after Alcantara but to little success. A 1-2 from Alcantara drops Omigawa and after some transitioning Omigawa ends up in guard. Alcantara looks to pass and Omigawa looks fro a leg lock. Alcantara seeing it coming passes to mount and then back mount. Omigawa is in trouble but Alcantara remains patient. Half way through the round and Omigawa is geting hammered from backmount. Alcantara sinks a choke but Omigawa fights out of it. Omigawa looks for a straight armlock but Alcantara passes to half guard momentarily. Alcantara has exploded Omigawa’s cauliflower ear! Omigawa looks for a deep half guard sweep but gets hammered for it. Round ends.

Round 3: Omigawa comes out with a superman punch but eats a punch for his efforts. Alcantara is looking very tired and Omigawa senses it. Tired and sloppy Alcantara is still dominating the stand up with punches and knees to the body. They are trading punch for punch half way through the round but Alcantara has a lot more power. with 2 minutes left in the fight Omigawa is pressing the action and finding success. Omigawa presses Alcantara to the cage and finishes a takedown with Alcantara landing in guard. Alcantara not doing a lot from top but he is grinding out Alcantara. With 17 seconds in the fight the referee stands them up. A judo throw from Omigawa fails and ends him mounted as the bell rings.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/01/18/yuri-alcantara-vs-michihiro-omigawa-fight-video-ufc-142/

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#282

FIGHT: Saori Ishioka vs. Tomomi Sunaba
DATE: March 11
CARD: Pancrase Progress Tour 3
VENUE: Differ Ariake
LOCATION: Tokyo, Japan
RESULT: Ishioka R2 Submission (Armbar)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#281

FIGHT: Angelo Antuna vs. Chad Obermiller
DATE: March 30
CARD: Resurrection Fighting Alliance 2: Yvel vs. Alexander
VENUE: Viaero Event Center
LOCATION: Kearney, Nebraska
RESULT: Antuna R2 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#280

FIGHT: Bruno Silva vs. Marcos Vinicius Sa Freire
DATE: January 21
CARD: Jungle Fight 36
VENUE:
LOCATION: Rocinha, Brazil
RESULT: Vinicius SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Silva, Vinicius, Vinicius
MY SCORECARD: Vinicius
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#279

FIGHT: Jimmy Jones vs. Sergio Pettis
DATE: November 2
CARD: Resurrection Fighting Alliance 4: Griffin vs. Escudero
VENUE: Texas Station
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Pettis UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Pettis, 29-28 Pettis, 29-28 Pettis
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Pettis
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAMania)
Round 1: Damn, Sergio looks tiny in there. Let’s see how it goes. Jones pawing the jab early, follows up with a right straight that buckles Sergio. Pettis stays up and they get back to trading. Technical difficulties keep me from seeing anything but the last forty seconds or so of the round. Announcers make it seem like Jones is doing well. Tornado kick from Pettis is blocked.

Round 2: I still can’t get over just how much bigger Jones is than Sergio. Jones keeping Sergio at bay with the jab. Low kick from Sergio. Head kick from Jones just lands, Sergio tries to counter with punches. Good leg kick by Sergio; for the most part, Jones is doing a fantastic job of working off his jab and just picking Pettis apart at range. Sergio lands a right. Body kick from Jones; Sergio bullies him into the fence and lands a handful of shots. Sergio catches a kick but doesn’t follow him down. Low kick by Pettis; Jones isn’t pumping the jab like he was earlier. Jones is cut; Sergio moves forward and connects with punches. Nice exchange in the center of the cage. Pettis stalking forward, lands a low kick. Right over the top; Jones needs to go back to the jab. Jones ducks in, eats an uppercut and thinks twice about the takedown. Sergio lands a couple jabs, prompting Jones to wave him on. Jones with a one-two, tries a double-leg and is denied. Counter right from Sergio as Jones moves in. Low kicks from
Round 3: Nice leg kick by Sergio to start things off. Hard hooks and a leg kick. Jones is firing, but he’s not controlling Sergio like he was earlier. Lead uppercut by Pettis just misses and a head kick is blocked. Jones tries to go high as well and gets jabbed. Pettis blocks a high kick and connects with a right. Body kick by Pettis, who eats an uppercut but walks through it. Simultaneous leg kicks. Pettis catches him in the groin and the action pauses. Pettis with a low kick as they start, Jones answers in kind. Jones flurries, Pettis lands a body kick. Good right from Sergio sets a cut over Jones’ eye a-gushin’. Good left hook from Sergio and he stuffs a takedown. Jones goading Pettis but getting picked apart now. Jones unable to keep Pettis off of him and fails another takedown. BEAUTIFUL head kick from Pettis drops Jones but Jones manages to tie him up and survive the round. Excellent work from Sergio.
Jones answered by a spinning heel kick that stumbles Jones. Both men exchange to end a solid round.
VIDEO:

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/Sergio_Pettis_vs_Jimmy_Jones_RFA_4_Part_1/10045104

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/Sergio_Pettis_vs_Jimmy_Jones_RFA_4_Part_2/10045105

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#278

FIGHT: Eric Oganov vs. Juan Manuel Suarez
DATE: June 6
CARD: M-1 Challenge 33: Emelianenko vs. Magomedov
VENUE: Ingush Centre
LOCATION: Dzheyrakhsky District, Russia
RESULT: Suarez R2 TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#277

FIGHT: Harun Kina vs. Nelson Carvalho
DATE: October 6
CARD: Strength & Honor Championship 6: Belo vs. Rodriguez
VENUE: Theatre Du Leman
LOCATION: Geneva, Switzerland
RESULT: Kina R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#276

FIGHT: Edimilison dos Santos Souza vs. Henrique Gomes
DATE: August 18
CARD: Jungle Fight 42
VENUE: Pacaembu Gymnasium
LOCATION: Sao Paulo, Brazil
RESULT: dos Santos R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

The Chopping Block: Who Could be Next to go from the UFC?

Contributor: Tim Hickey

“We have 470-something guys under contract, okay? We have over 100 guys too many. We have over 100 guys too many on the roster right now, okay? So, what’s going to happen is, when you lose, listen the blood has not all been spilled yet, there’s more coming.” – Dana White

 

With the recent cuts of established fighters like Jon Fitch, Jacob Volkkman and Diego Nunes, it looks as if the UFC is doing some good ol fashioned Miami Marlins type house cleaning. Dana has put the fighters on notice that they are looking at cutbacks, and it seems like higher priced veterans and those who maybe aren’t the most exciting are going to be on the block. Part of this can be attributed to the absorption of Strikeforce and some of their awful contracts, part of is the development of the new women’s 135lbs division, the flyweight division needing new fighters, and rumblings of a 115 lbs men’s division possibly coming. Either way, it got me thinking. If Dana was going to cut 100 fighters, who is on the block? Putting on my Batman man sized onesie, and my Bat cowl (as that is how I do my best detective work) I have gone through the last 18 months of UFC and Strikeforce reported payrolls and came up with a list of 40 potential fighters (and their reported salaries) who could be looking at getting the axe within the next few months.

(All salaries were taken from http://www.mma-manifesto.com/ufc-fighter-salary-database/.)

Evan Dunham

Reported Salary Per Fight: $24,000 to show, $24,000 win bonus

That’s a lot of money for a midtier guy who is 3-2 in his last 5 fights.

Gleison Tibau

Reported Salary Per Fight: $31k to show, 31k win bonus

Dunham’s UFC 156 opponent is an expensive ass gatekeeper. Surprised he wasn’t blown out with Jon Fitch.

Ben Rothwell

Reported Salary Per Fight: 54k to show, 54k win bonus

This boggled my mind. He must have Scott Boras as his agent to be making this much.

Tim Kennedy

Reported Salary Per Fight: 80k to show, 25k win bonus.

Remember when I mentioned awful Strikeforce contracts? This is one of them. While Kennedy is a good fighter, his contract would put him in with some of the highest paid middleweights in the UFC. He is basically a 185lbs Jon Fitch.

Ed Herman

Reported Salary Per Fight: 34k to show, 34k win bonus

Technically has lost his last 2 fights (with the Jake Shields loss overturned due to a failed drug test). This is a lot of money for a low level gate keeper

Yushin Okami

Reported Salary Per Fight: 84k to show, 84k win bonus

Another potential Fitch like victim, he will never sniff a title shot again, is a guy known for a dull style and makes too much money to be a top 10 gatekeeper

Melvin Gulliard

Reported Salary Per Fight: 42k to show, 42 k win bonus

1-4 in his last 5 fights, and while he is a guy who likes to STANDANDBANGBRO, it is hard to justify paying him 42k to show when he will be fighting the lower end of the division.

Leonard Garcia

Reported Salary Per Fight: 20k to show, 20k win bonus

Although he is never in danger of collecting his win bonus, Garcia is making too much money to be on Facebook and prelim cards. No amount of windmilling will save him from the chopping block if he loses again.

Matt Brown

Reported Salary Per Fight: 27k to show 27k win bonus

Although in the midst of a career resurgence, we are talking about a guy who realistically is a mid level gatekeeper.

 

Patrick Cote

Reported Salary Per Fight: 21k to show, 21k win bonus

Another guy who is a middle of the pack fighter, I can’t see justifying this pay if he loses his next fight.

Thiago Silva

Reported Salary Per Fight: 55k to show, 55k win bonus

A guy who has has 2 fights end in a NC when he popped on the drug test, he makes too much money and is too much of a headache.

Takanori Gomi

Reported Salary Per Fight: 50k to show, 50k win bonus

God it pains me so much to put him on here. He put on a FOTN performance in his last fight, but goddamn that is a lot of money to be paying what is left of The Fireball Kid.

Mac Danzig

Reported Salary Per Fight: 27k to show, 27 k win bonus

God there are some awful TUF guys with big contracts.

Riki Fukuda

Reported Salary Per Fight: 28k to show, 28k win bonus

2-2 in his UFC career, with all 4 fights going to decision. Hope you were good with your money Riki.

Danny Castillo

Reported Salary Per Fight: 25k to show, 25k win bonus

A good fighter, but unless they start putting him in with upper echlon guys, hard to justify this for a FB or Fuel fighter.

Dan Hardy

Reported Salary Per Fight: 25k to show, 25k win bonus

I don’t care how much Dana loves him, this is a lot of money for a guy who rarely wins a fight anymore.

Amir Sadollah

Reported Salary Per Fight: 24k to show, 24k win bonus

Does it make anyone else sad that Sadollah makes more to show than Mighty Mouse Johnson?

Matt Hamill

Reported Salary Per Fight: 32k to show, 32k win bonus

I think the last time I enjoyed a Matt Hamill fight was when Jon Jones almost beat him to a living death.

Ovince St. Prieux

Reported Salary Per Fight: 17k to show, 17k win bonus

I like OSP as a good prospect, but this is a lot of money for a prospect who may not be ready for the UFC LHW division

Jake Shields

Reported Salary Per Fight: 75k to show, 75k win bonus

He is 2-2-1 in his 5 UFC fights. He hasn’t put on an exciting fight in years. I can see him in WSOF before the end of the year.

Gegard Mousassi

Reported Salary Per Fight: 175k to show

I love me some Moose Saucy as much as anyone, but paying 175K to a fringe top 10 guy is a lot. To put it in perspective, Gegard makes 25k less to show than Jon Jones.

Brandon Vera

Reported Salary Per Fight: 70k to show, 70k win bonus

Damn. This blew my effing mind. That is a lot of money for a bottom rung guy.

Cheick Kongo

Reported Salary Per Fight: 70k to show, 70k win bonus

Bloated contract for a gatekeeper who occasionally puts on a fun fight.

Dong Hyun Kim

Reported Salary Per Fight: 44k to show, 44k win bonus

A top heavy grappler who rarely finishes. Not a good combo for Mr. Kim

CB Dollaway

Reported Salary Per Fight: 20k to show, 20k win bonus

As always, he deserves the face that God cursed him with. This is a lot of money for one of the most hated fighters on the roster.

Lavar Johnson

Reported Salary Per Fight: 27k to show, 27k win bonus

He loves to bang, which may keep him in the UFC a bit longer than most. But as soon as the fight hits the floor, Big is a lost puppy.

Josh Thomson

Reported Salary Per Fight: 90k to show

While I think Thomson is criminally underrated, his salary puts him in the upper tier of the pay scale for the lightweight division.

Jeremy Stevens

Reported Salary Per Fight: 24k to show, 24k win bonus

Who does these contracts?

Jason MacDonald

Reported Salary Per Fight: 19k to show, 19k win bonus

Another bloated contract from a middle of the road veteran.

Mark Bocek

Reported Salary Per Fight: 24k to show, 24k win bonus

He is a good gatekeeper to test prospects against, but this just seems a tad expensive. His connections to Lorenzo and Dana may keep him around longer than most fighters.

Paulo Thiago

Reported Salary Per Fight: 18k to show, 18k win bonus

He is 1-4 in his last 5 fights, and hasn’t had a quality win in 3 years. I’d be shocked if he is still around in a couple of months.

KJ Noons

Reported Salary Per Fight: 34k to show, 34k win bonus

Another fighter who is 1-4 in his last 5 fights (tho his last loss was a robbery) his salary puts him in the top 10 earners in the UFC lightweight division.

Thiago Alves

Reported Salary Per Fight: 33k to show, 33k win bonus

Alves is no longer the fighter he once was, having only fought 6 times in the last 2 and a half years and going 2-3 since his title loss to GSP.

Kid Yamamoto

Reported Salary Per Fight: 15k to show, 15k win bonus

Another former Japanese legend who has had a tough run in the UFC. He is one of my favorite fighters ever and I would love for him to see a late career resurgence but it isn’t very likely.

Gabriel Gonzaga

Reported Salary Per Fight 64k to show, 64k win bonus

Holy Zombie Jesus! How did you get this contract Gonzaga? Are you still making residual checks from everytime the UFC shows the clip of when you took Cro Cop’s soul? He has had a career resurgence lately, but if the UFC is looking at trimming payroll, this would be the guy.

Manny Gamburyan

Reported Salary Per Fight: 18k to show, 18k win bonus

Former WEC featherweight title challenger has gone 1-2 in his latest UFC run. If he drops his next fight I can see Dana having no hesitation dropping him.

Josh Koscheck

Reported Salary Per Fight: 73k to show, 73k win bonus

No longer a top contender, Kos may not justify his large salary anymore. Getting upset by Robbie Lawler may have been the last straw.

Michael Johnson

Reported Salary Per Fight: 14k to show, 14k win bonus

Johnson has not been overly impressive coming off his stint on TUF.

Clay Guida

Reported Salary Per Fight: 40k to show, 40k win bonus

Guida hasn’t been in a fun fight in about 3 years, and has lost two of his last 3 (arguably should be 3 in a row). He could be gone via the Jon Fitch Precedent.

Hatsu Hioki

Reported Salary Per Fight: 15k to show, 15k win bonus

Hioki has been a bit of a disappointment since coming over from Japan. He was heralded as a challenger for Aldo’s belt but has a 2-2 during his UFC tenure.

So there you have it. I have no idea where they plan on cutting another 60 fighters, but these gentleman would be tops on my list of expected cuts over the next couple of months.

-Tim can be reached @TimHickey80

It’s Time to Give Renan Barao some P4P Love

 

Contributor: Chris Groves

On Saturday, February 16th, Renan “Barao” Pegado made several accomplishments. For starters, he defended his Interim Bantamweight Title against the lightning hot up and comer Michael McDonald. He pulled off ‘Submission of the Night’ in the process. He pushed his UFC record to 5-0 and his greater Zuffa record to 7-0. He extended his winning streak to 20 straight fights and his greater undefeated streak to 31 fights. He matched the number of UFC Title Fight Wins achieved by “actual” champion Dominick Cruz. Beyond all of that, he earned a spot on everyone’s Pound-For-Pound lists.

Michael McDonald was Barao’s opponent, and a damn good one at that. Coming into the fight McDonald had a 15-1 record, had avenged his only loss and was riding an 8 fight win streak. During that streak he finished 6 opponents, 5 of those coming by knockout. He was absolutely the most legitimate challenger for Barao’s title, and Barao wore him down en route to a 4th round submission. Speaking of Submissions, it was Barao’s 14th submission victory. In addition to 10 decision wins and 6 knockout wins…it’s evident that Barao is a triple threat. He has cardio, he can grapple, and he can strike. Sharing Nova Uniao as a camp with the likes of Jose Aldo shows the kind of support Barao has as a fighter.

His 31 fight undefeated streak(featuring 30 wins and 1 No Contest) is the 3rd longest in MMA HISTORY. Regardless of the level of talent a guy is facing, these kind of unbeaten streaks are few and far between. It absolutely takes a special individual to never let a bad day effect their performance, to never make a fight ending mistake in the middle of a fight, and to top it all off, prior to joining Zuffa, Barao was fighting ABOVE 135 pounds, against bigger guys(in theory, at least). He rode one big undefeated streak all the way to a UFC title without missing a step. No UFC fighter has ever become a champion with this type of record.

Speaking of champions…can we just stop calling him the “interim” champion? I happen to be a huge fan of Dominick Cruz…but does he really have the right to say he is STILL the #1 fighter at 135 pounds after being out for well over a year and a half? I don’t think so. As mentioned above, Barao now has just as many UFC title wins at Dominick Cruz, and here’s a zinger…Barao has actually FINISHED two of his UFC fights, while Cruz hasn’t finished a fight since 2010. After all, Barao IS the champion until Cruz comes back and says otherwise.

So in my humble opinion, the next time anyone starts contemplating who the top Pound For Pound fighters on the planet are, they need to make sure not to leave out “The Baron”.

 

-Chris can be reached at cpgfl2000@aol.com.

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