Around the Fight World

 

(Where we look at the goings on from around the combat sports landscape from over the weekend.)

 

  • Xavier Foupa-Pokam def. John Troyer [Super Fight League 14, R1 TKO]
  • Celine Haga def. Naho Sugiyama [Jewels 23, UD]
  • Tony Bellew drew Isaac Chilemba [SD]
  • Iman Barlow def. Alexis Rufus [Enfusion Live London, UD]
  • Sergei Lashcenko def. Tomasz Novak [K-1 World Grand Prix 2013 in Moldova]

Lineal Championships: PRIDE

 

(Lineal championships fascinate me, so we’ll be taking a look at some promotions of years past, and track the lineage of their championships.)

 

PRIDE Heavyweight Championship: Antonio Silva

Antonio Silva def. Alistair Overeem [February 2, 2013, UFC 156]
Alistair Overeem def. Fabricio Werdum [June 18, 2011, Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum]
Fabricio Werdum def. Fedor Emelianenko [June 26, 2010, Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum]
Fedor Emelianenko def. Mark Hunt [December 31, 2006, Pride Shockwave 2006]

PRIDE Middleweight (205lbs) Championship: Jon Jones

Jon Jones def. Mauricio Rua [March 19, 2011, UFC 128]
Mauricio Rua def. Lyoto Machida [May 8, 2010, UFC 113]
Lyoto Machida def. Rashad Evans [May 23, 2009, UFC 98]
Rashad Evans def. Forrest Griffin [December 27, 2008, UFC 92]
Forrest Griffin def. Quinton Jackson [July 5, 2008, UFC 86]
Quinton Jackson def. Dan Henderson [September 8, 2007, UFC 75]
Dan Henderson def. Wanderlei Silva [February 24, 2007, Pride 33]

PRIDE Welterweight (185lbs) Championship: Anderson Silva

Anderson Silva def. Dan Henderson [March 1, 2008, UFC 82]
Dan Henderson def. Murilo Bustamante [December 31, 2005, Pride Shockwave 2005]

PRIDE Lightweight Championship: Eddie Alvarez

Eddie Alvarez def. Shinya Aoki [April 20, 2012, Bellator 66]
Shinya Aoki def. Tatsuya Kawajiri [July 10, 2010, Dream 15]
Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Kazunori Yokota [December 31, 2009, Dynamite 2009]
Kazunori Yokota def. Eiji Mitsuoka [November 7, 2009, Sengoku 11]
Eiji Mitsuoka def. Sergey Golyaev [January 4, 2009, Sengoku no Ran 2009]
Sergey Golyaev def. Takanori Gomi [November 1, 2008, Sengoku 6]
Takanori Gomi def. Hayato Sakurai [December 31, 2005, Pride Shockwave 2005]

Bellator 94 Staff Predictions

 

Rosenthal League

Nolan Howell: 37-14, .725

Daniel Galvan: 19-8, .704

Benjamin Kohn: 23-10, .697

Josh Hall: 24-11, .686

Tim Bernier: 23-11, .676

Christian Diaz: 23-12, .657

Winslow League

Tim Hickey: 26-14, .650

Chris Groves: 30-19, .612

Lucas Bourdon: 7-5, .583

Connor Dillon: 23-18, .561

TC Engel: 20-20, .500

Luke Irwin: 35-36, .493

(Well, Nolan and myself kept pace with matching 3-1 nights at Bellator 93, but was it enough to get me out of the basement rung of the Winslow [NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!] league?  Of course it fucking wasn’t.  MAYBE NOW!  COMING FOR YOU TC!!)

Light Heavyweight Tournament Final: Emanuel Newton (20-7-1) vs. Mikhail Zayats (21-6)

Luke Irwin: Zayats is a very, very formidable guy, but the fearlessness shown by Emanuel Newton against King Mo is not something I’ll forget. This might be his last shot to make a make a real push into the MMA world, and corny as it sounds, it really feels like destiny at this point. Newton by SD.

Nolan Howell: While Zayats probably has more tools in his belt, beating King Mo handily on the feet makes me think Newton will take this. Emanuel Newton by second-round TKO.

Connor Dillon: The man whose spinning love tap knocked out the great King Mo against the man who finished Babalu in the opening round. Personally, though I love his nickname and him beating Mo, I don’t think Newton is going to beat Zayats. I think Zayats has too many tools to use against Newton, though it won’t happen until it reaches a decision. Zayats via decision.

 

Lightweight Tournament Final: David Rickels (13-1) vs. Saad Awad (14-4)

Luke Irwin: Awad packs some dynamite in his hands for sure, but it’s nothing Rickels hasn’t seen. He’s been in some firefights and has an iron chin. He’ll do just enough to gut out a win. Rickels via a barnburner SD.

Nolan Howell: Awad has been murdering competition, but Rickles is competent enough to dictate where this fight takes place. David Rickles by third-round submission.

Connor Dillon: This’ll be interesting. The last guy Rickels lost to was Karl Amoussous, who went on to be finished (via doctor stoppage) by Ben Askren. Saad Awad last lost against Joe Duarte, and since then he’s been on a finishing streak, winning most of his fights by first round (T)KO and a couple submissions. I think this will come down to whether or not Rickels can withstand Saad’s power shots, counter it with movement or just plain use a strong chin. Considering most of his wins are via submission and decision, and Saad hasn’t been in the deep waters in a long time, I think Rickels will try to outlast Saad. Rickels via decision.

 

Middleweight Bout: Luis Melo (28-11-3) vs. Trey Houston (10-1)

Luke Irwin: This is on the main card? Couldn’t we have Jessica Aguilar or Tony Fryklund or Ronnie Rogers, or Felice Herrig orrrr…anyone? Melo via R1 TKO.

Nolan Howell: No clue. Houston has a wiki page though. Trey Houston by unanimous decision.

Connor Dillon: I’ve been waiting to say this, that’s a long goddamn name. Mr. Melo as I will call him, has been around town, he’s seen a lot of fighting. Houston has only got 11 fights to his name, but most of those are against the high-level regional talent. He is coming off a loss, a submission, so that may effect his mental game somewhat. Though I think Melo has fought slightly worse competition in regards to skill level, he has the skills and three times as much experience as Houston. Melo via decision.

 

Bantamweight Bout: Rodrigo Lima (10-1) vs. Ronnie Mann (21-5-1)

Luke Irwin: This is for a spot in next season’s Featherweight Tourney. I always overvalue Mann and he inevitably lets me down, but I know he can at least get into the tournament before he flames out. Mann R2 TKO.

Nolan Howell: Lima is a Nogueira guy, but Mann is one of my favorites because of his well-rounded game. Ronnie Mann by unanimous decision.

Connor Dillon: Uh…..Lima. I’ll go with Lima.

Your Weekend in Combat Sports for March 29-31

As always, live fight events are in BOLD

Premiere or debuting shows are in ITALICS

MMA Events are in ORANGE

Boxing Events are in RED

Muay Thai/Kickboxing Events are in BLUE

Other (Wrestling, Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Studio Shows, a combination of sports, misc…) are in GREEN

FRIDAY MARCH 29

12:00am: Derrick Findley vs. Fernando Guerrero (ESPN 3D)
12:00am: UFC Unleashed: Miller vs. Diaz/MacDonald vs. Mills (Fuel)
12:00am: Bellator 94 (Spike)
1:00am: UFC Tonight (Fuel)
1:30am: UFC Ultimate Insider 2 (Fuel)
2:00am: Evander Holyfield vs. Riddick Bowe III (ESPN Classic)
2:00am: John Molina Jr. vs. Rob Frankel (ESPN 3D)
2:00am: The Ultimate Fighter (Fuel)
2:30am: Rocky II (HBO Zone)
3:30am: UFC Special: Gracie Jiu Jitsu (Fuel)
4:30am: Delvin Rodriguez vs. Mike Arnaoutis (ESPN Classic)
4:00pm: Best of Pride: Greatest Fights (Fuel)
5:00pm: UFC Tonight (Fuel)
5:30pm: UFC Ultimate Insider 2 (Fuel)
7:00pm: Carlos Monroe vs. Wladimir Klitschko (ESPN Classic)
8:00pm: UFC on Fuel: Silva vs. Stann (Fuel)
8:45pm: Francisco Sierra vs. Jesus Gonzales (ESPN 3D)
9:00pm: Brian Vera vs. Donatas Bondorovas/Jackson Junior vs. Umberto Savigne (ESPN2)
9:00pm: Inside MMA w/Scott Jorgensen, Prince Fielder (AXS)
10:00pm: Anthony Dirrell vs. Kevin Engel (ESPN 3D)
10:00pm: A Night of Champions (AXS)
10:00pm: Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Orlando Salido II (Showtime Extreme)
10:00pm: Epic Fighting 17 (GoFightLive $9.99)
10:30pm: Brian Vera vs. Donatas Bondorovas/Jackson Junior vs. Umberto Savigne (ESPN3)
11:00pm: UFC Tonight (Fuel)
11:00pm: Bellator 94 (Spike)
11:30pm: UFC Ultimate Insider 2 (Fuel)

SATURDAY MARCH 30

12:00am: The Ultimate Fighter (Fuel)
12:00am: Inside MMA w/Scott Jorgensen, Prince Fielder (AXS)
12:00am: Road to Rios vs. Alvarado II (HBO)
12:15am: Cornered: Michael Buffer (HBO)
1:00am: A Night of Champions (AXS)
1:00am: UFC Unleashed: Diaz vs. Miller/MacDonald vs. Mills/Swanson vs. Oliveira (Fuel)
2:00am: UFC Unleashed: Silva vs. Okami (Fuel)
3:00am: UFC Tonight (Fuel)
3:00am: Inside MMA w/Scott Jorgensen, Prince Fielder (AXS)
3:30am: UFC Ultimate Insider 2 (Fuel)
3:30am: Jim Rome on Showtime w/Ronda Rousey, Floyd Mayweather (Showtime)
4:30am: ESPN Films: A Fighting Chance (ESPN Classic)
7:00am 26 Years: The Dewey Bozilla Story (ESPN Classic)
8:15am: Road to Rios vs. Alvarado II (HBO)
8:30am: Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel w/ Mike Tyson (HBO)
9:00am: Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story (ESPN Classic)
9:30am: UFC Ultimate Insider 2 (Fuel)
9:30am: The Fight Game with Jim Lampley (HBO)
10:30am: Super Fight League 14 (YouTube)
11:00am: Bellator 94 (Spike)
12:00pm: Prizefighter: Light Heavyweights II Quarterfinals (Fuel)
1:00pm: Prizefighter: Light Heavyweight II Finals (Fuel)
2:00pm: Prizefighter: International Heavyweights Quarterfinals (Fuel)
3:00pm: Gennady Golovkin vs. Nobuhiro Ishida/Edwin Rodriguez vs. Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna ($24.95 Pay-Per-View/GoFightLive)
3:00pm: Prizefighter: International Heavyweights Finals (Fuel)
4:00pm: Mariana Juarez vs. Tenkai Tsunami (Fuel)
4:15pm: Kassim The Dream (ESPN Classic)
6:00pm: UFC Ultimate Insider 2 (Fuel)
6:30pm: UFC Tonight (Fuel)
7:00pm: UFC Unleashed: Diaz vs. Miller/MacDonald vs. Mills/Swanson vs. Oliveira/Struve vs. Herman (Fuel)
7:00pm: Dead Serious 6 ($9.99 GoFightLive)
8:00pm: The Ultimate Fighter (Fuel)
9:00pm: UFC Unleashed: Silva vs. Okami (Fuel)
9:00pm: XCW 55: Mean n Cold IV (GoFightLive $9.99)
10:00pm: UFC 140 (Fuel)
10:15pm: Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado/Breidis Prescott vs. Khabib Allakhverdiev (HBO)

SUNDAY MARCH 31

12:15am: Road To Donaire-Rigondeaux (HBO)
12:45am: Tim Coleman vs. Vernon Paris (ESPN 3D)
3:00am: Kassim The Dream (ESPN Classic)
4:00am: Chris Martin vs. Teon Kennedy (ESPN 3D)
4:00am: Mariana Juarez vs. Tenkai Tsunami (Fuel)
7:45am: Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel w/Mike Tyson (HBO2)
9:45am: Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado/Breidis Prescott vs. Khabib Allakhverdiev (HBO)
10:45am: Road to Rios-Alvarado 2 (HBO2)
11:45am: Road To Donaire-Rigondeaux (HBO)
12:00pm: Frankie Gomez vs. Lanard Lane (Fuel)
2:30pm: Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story (ESPN Classic)
2:30pm: Jim Rome on Showtime w/Ronda Rousey, Floyd Mayweather (Showtime)
4:00pm: Against The Ropes (Showtime Showcase)
4:15pm: Kassim The Dream (ESPN Classic)
4:45pm: Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado/Breidis Prescott vs. Khabib Allakhverdiev (HBO Signature)
6:00pm: 26 Years: The Dewey Bozilla Story (ESPN Classic)
7:00pm: ESPN Films: A Fighting Chance (ESPN Classic)
9:00pm: The Ultimate Fighter (Fuel)
10:00pm: The Ultimate Fighter (Fuel)
11:00pm: UFC Tonight: UFC 158 (Fuel)

Under the Radar: Names that are not on American broadcasted fights this weekend.

Xavier Foupa-Pokam vs. John Troyer [March 29, Super Fight League 14, Mumbai, India]
Sergio Pettis vs. Josh Robinson [March 29, NAFC Battleground, Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Milwaukee, Wisconsin]
Tony Bellew vs. Isaac Chilemba [March 30, Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom]
Travis Fulton vs. Jeremy Williams [March 30, McElroy Auditorium, Waterloo, Iowa]
Naho Sugiyama vs. Celine Haga [March 30, Jewels 23, Shin-Kiba 1st Ring, Tokyo, Japan]

Top-10 Viewing Suggestions: A man who’s watched Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol four times this week on Netflix tries to give you free-time advice.

hbo 1. Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado/Breidis Prescott vs. Khabib Allakhverdiev: Solid, SOLID weekend for boxing. Any Brandon Rios fight is must-watch, and although I’m not a fan of them doing this rematch, I’m not going to turn down an opportunity to watch this madness. This is gonna rule.
espn_2_hd 2. Brian Vera vs. Donatas Bondorovas/Jackson Junior vs. Umberto Savigne: Tidy little FNF card here. Vera is always game for whatever, and the man beat Sergio Mora twice. Isn’t that reason enough to love him?
youtube 3. Super Fight League 14: Welcome back SUPA FITE LEEG! The best (read: worst) theme song in all the fight game is back for your morning MMA enjoyment!
hbo 4. Road to Donaire-Rigondeaux: The Road to Rios-Alvarado is complete, let’s set off for some fast, filthy Nonito action!
axs_tv 5. Inside MMA: There may not be any live fights, but Inside MMA is live with Scott Jorgensen and Prince Fielder talking about his MMA training.
espn_classic_us 6. Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story: I’ve talked about Ring of Fire before, and it’s especially poignant and relevent today. I’ve gotten into the story of Emile Griffith many times before, it’s worth a trip to Wiki. Check this out.
espn_classic_us 7. 26 Years: The Dewey Bozilla Story: Rubin “Hurricane” Carter? Psh. Dewey Bozilla, son! Served 26 years for a crime he didn’t commit, ruining his promising amateur boxing career, and with Bernard Hopkins’s training and help, finally got his first professional fight at 52 years old on the Hopkins-Dawson undercard.
espn_classic_us 8. Kassim The Dream: All KINDS of awesome documentaries this weekend. Kassim The Dream is a fascinating watch.
gfl 9. Gennady Golovkin vs. Nobuhiro Ishida/Edwin Rodriguez vs. Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna: I like this card a lot, it’s deep, Golovkin is insanely underrated, and I’ve always liked Ishida. I don’t love it for 25 bucks. I might like it for 10. I’d love it on Showtime. Still, the timing is good. Saturday at 3? Not too shabby, if the weather finally turns up here, I could see myself on the laptop on my porch, having a few beers.
axs_tv 10. A Night of Champions: Lack of live fight action on the former HDNet, means we get A Night of Champions, a compilation of fights from years past on HDNet.

Lineal Championships: EliteXC

 

(Lineal championships fascinate me, so we’ll be taking a look at some promotions of years past, and track the lineage of their championships.)

 

EliteXC Heavyweight Championship: Antonio Silva

Antonio Silva def. Alistair Overeem [February 2, 2013, UFC 156]
Alistair Overeem def. Fabricio Werdum [June 18, 2011, Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum]
Fabricio Werdum def. Antonio Silva [November 7, 2009, Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers]
Antonio Silva def. Justin Eilers [July 26, 2008, EliteXC: Unfinished Business]

EliteXC Middleweight Championship: Jake Shields

Jake Shields def. Robbie Lawler [June 6, 2009, Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields]
Robbie Lawler def. Murilo Rua [September 15, 2007, EliteXC: Uprising]

EliteXC Welterweight Championship: Georges St. Pierre

Georges St. Pierre def. Jake Shields [April 30, 2011, UFC 129]
Jake Shields def. Nick Thompson [July 26, 2008, EliteXC: Unfinished Business]

EliteXC Bantamweight Championship: Marlon Moraes

Marlon Moraes def. Tyson Nam [March 23, 2013, World Series of Fighting 2]
Tyson Nam def. Eduardo Dantas [August 25, 2012, Shooto Brazil 33]
Eduardo Dantas def. Wilson Reis [September 24, 2011, Bellator 51]
Wilson Reis def. Abel Cullum [September 26, 2008, ShoXC 8]

The Daily Haymaker for March 25

Fight Announcements:
Chad Dawson vs. Adonis Stevenson on June 8 in Montreal

Consumables:

The Brady and Lang Show discuss Former NFLer Chad Owens’s foray into MMA 
Timothy Bradley on Fox Sports Primetime 
Cain Velasquez on Jay Mohr Sports 
Post-Fight Presser and Behind the Scenes footage from Glory 5 

Round 1: Fight!

Josh Burkman doesn’t believe that Jon Fitch has earned the right to face him immediately for the World Series of Fighting Welterweight Championship.

(Well, then. I didn’t realize we all needed to respect and protect the prestige of the World Series of Fighting Welterweight Championship that, a. Doesn’t exist, and b. Burkman doesn’t possess. I don’t even like Fitch that much, personally, but he’s one of the greatest welterweights of all time and has earned the right to walk into ANY promotion on this planet and ask for a title shot. Burkman is shortsighted. Good matchups mean good business, and if he’s so confident in his abilities, he should WANT Jon Fitch like hell to boost his own stock. 10-9 WSOF for not listening and going ahead with it.)

Round 2: Fight!

Melvin Guillard is a man without a country.

(Yikes. Melvin’s never been known for his judgement, but leaving a camp and announcing your return at a camp before knowing that they unanimously voted to keep you out? Yeeeesh. Maybe most troubling is that those votes included Donald Cerrone and Leonard Garcia. I find it hard to believe Cerrone, who’s doing great things at his ranch for fighters, wouldn’t have an open door for him. Tough to pick a winner here, as Greg Jackson has shown favoritism and hypocrisy in dealing with his fighters.)

Round 3: Fight!

Hayabusa apologizes for Georges St. Pierre’s “Rising Sun” gi.

(One could argue with Chan Sung Jung’s heavyhanded swastika comparison, but it’s better to err on the side of caution when it comes to a culture’s history and wounds. Good on Hayabusa for getting out in front of it, good for Zombie for not being afraid to be complacent and speak out about something he obviously feels passionate about, good on GSP for doing the right thing, because GSP always does the right thing, and double-good on CSJ for using “reckon” in his statement. God, I love that guy. 10-8s all around!)

Who Won the Day?
It doesn’t suck to be Adonis Stevenson right now. Two days after he knocked out Darnell Boone, avenging his only loss, he’s fighting for the Light Heavyweight Championship against Chad Dawson in his hometown. Nice weekend.

The Hall of Fame Career of Mark Coleman: Part 2

Contributor: Benjamin Kohn

(This is the second installment of Ben Kohn’s series on Mark Coleman in light of his recent surgery needs.  You can read Part I here.)

After his destruction of the tournament field at UFC 10, Mark Coleman entered UFC 11 as one of the two early favorites. A fight between Coleman and David “Tank” Abbott was seen as the inevitable final and the tournament was definitely set up that way. The tournament however would take place and nobody was prepared for the bizarre things that would influence, and ultimately disappoint the wishes of the UFC and its fans.

The first fight of the night pitted the returning tournament champion Mark Coleman, now 250 pounds, against 23 year old Julian Sanchez. Sanchez was 6’3” and 300 pounds. He also wore a tank top to cover his unflattering frame. Just watching these men come down to the cage, you knew that this was not going to end well for the young Sanchez. After one jab where Coleman seemed to get poked in the eye in retaliation, he shot in and immediately got the takedown into side control. After landing some hard shots to the head, Coleman tries to use his immense brute strength to submit Sanchez by using a neck crank, one that seemed common among wrestlers in the early days of MMA. After readjusting, Coleman got the tap out at 44 seconds in the first round. Coleman’s celebration was to hug Sanchez, get his armed raised and immediately walk back to the locker room. A fantastic start for Mark but the night would get weird for him.

Coleman’s next opponent would be Brian Johnston. Now Brian was actually a relatively skilled fighter at the time. Standing 6’4” and weighing in at a ripped 235 pounds, he was coming off an absolutely brutal KO of Reza Nasri that had Big John McCarthy tackling Johnston to get him off of Nasri. Big John actually apologized to Nasri afterwards for not stopping it sooner. Johnston was billed as an amateur kickboxer and a blackbelt in Judo and seemed to be a legitimate challenge to Coleman. What followed proved otherwise.

The bout started off very slowly with both fighters circling too far away from each other to do anything. Johnston hit Coleman with two leg kicks and Mark definitely did not like that. On the third kick attempt, Coleman shot in and blasted a double leg into Johnston’s half guard. His shot was perfectly timed and ridiculously fast for a man his size. Johnston held on for dear life in half-guard while Coleman slowly dragged him to the fence. Once on the fence, Coleman began to headbutt Johnston repeatedly which forced Johnston to let go. Coleman immediately postured up in half-guard and threw vicious right hands. Johnston was getting badly hurt and turned to his stomach at which point Big John stepped in and mercifully stopped Johnston from having unwanted facial reconstruction. After winning the fight, Coleman was all fired up, pacing the cage like a furious animal. His raw emotion is what really draws me to him as a fighter. He clearly was a fighter at heart and showed it more every time he stepped into the cage.

On the other side of the bracket, everything started off quiet well. Tank walked through his first opponent, Sam Adkins, who was a former pro boxer whose boxing record I cannot find. His MMA record however was 7-20-1. Next up for Tank was supposed to be Jerry Bohlander who had to pull out. His replacement was Scott Ferrozo who went the full 15 minutes and 3 minute overtime with Tank. He beat Tank standing and in the clinch. He was however unable to continue after such a brutal match. Because of this, Mark Coleman was declared the winner by default. However using hindsight and intuition, seriously who actually believes Scott Ferrozo had anything for Mark Coleman. Mark dominated the field and in the next installment, I will talk about Mark establishing himself as the true top dog in the UFC HW division as he faces the man who many at the time considered the best HW in the world, Dan “The Beast” Severn. Until next time, enjoy the incredible career of Mark “The Hammer” Coleman.

-Ben can be reached at steroidben57@yahoo.com

Around the Fight World

 

(Where we recap the weekend’s untelevised action from around the combat sports landscape.)

 

Adonis Stevenson def. Darnell Boone via R6 KO. [Bell Centre, Montreal Quebec]
Odlanier Solis def. Leif Larson via UD. [Universal Hall, Berlin, Germany]
Joseph Agbeko def. Luis Melendez via UD. [Accra Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana]
Robert Stieglitz def. Arthur Abraham via R4 TKO. [GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Germany]
Marco Antonio Rubio def. Marcus Upshaw via UD. [Centro de Espectaculos, Uruapan, Mexico]
Vernon Paris def. Guy Packer via R3 TKO. [Wing's Stadium, Kalamazoo, Michigan]
Lloyd Woodard lost to Dave Courchaine via SD. [Intense Cage Fighting 8, Four Seasons Arena, Great Falls, Montana]
Mu Bae Choi def. Toyohiko Monma R1 KO. [Revolution 1: The Return of Legend, Seoul National Capital Arena, Seoul, South Korea]
Dong Sik Yoon def. Yong Hwan Hung R1 Submission (Armbar). [Revolution 1: The Return of Legend, Seoul National Capital Arena, Seoul, South Korea]

Lineal Championships: International Fight League

(Lineal championships fascinate me, so we’ll be taking a look at some promotions of years past, and track the lineage of their championships.)

IFL Heavyweight Championship: Antonio Silva

Antonio Silva def. Alistair Overeem [February 2, 2013, UFC 156]
Alistair Overeem def. Fabricio Werdum [June 18, 2011, Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum]
Fabricio Werdum def. Fedor Emelianenko [June 26, 2010, Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum]
Fedor Emelianenko def. Andrei Arlovski [January 24, 2009, Affliction: Day of Reckoning]
Andrei Arlovski def. Roy Nelson [October 4, 2008, EliteXC: Heat]
Roy Nelson def. Antoine Jaoude [December 29, 2007, IFL: World Grand Prix Finals]

IFL Light Heavyweight Championship: Jon Jones

Jon Jones def. Ryan Bader [February 5, 2011, UFC 126]
Ryan Bader def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira [September 25, 2010, UFC 119]
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Vladimir Matyushenko [January 24, 2009, Affliction: Day of Reckoning]
Vladimir Matyushenko def. Alex Schoenauer [November 3, 2007, IFL: World Grand Prix Semifinals]

IFL Middleweight Championship: Anderson Silva

Anderson Silva def. Chael Sonnen [August 7, 2010]
Chael Sonnen def. Dan Miller [May 23, 2009, UFC 98]
Dan Miller def. Ryan McGivern [May 16, 2008, IFL: Connecticut]

IFL Welterweight Championship: Ben Askren

Ben Askren def. Jay Hieron [October 29, 2011, Bellator 56]
Jay Hieron def. Delson Heleno [December 29, 2007, IFL: World Grand Prix Finals]

IFL Lightweight Championship: Gilbert Melendez

Gilbert Melendez def. Shinya Aoki [April 17, 2010, Strikeforce: Nashville]
Shinya Aoki def. Mizuto Hirota [December 31, 2009, Dynamite 2009]
Mizuto Hirota def. Satoru Kitaoka [August 2, 2009, Sengoku 9]
Satoru Kitaoka def. Kazunori Yokota [November 1, 2008, Sengoku 6]
Kazunorki Yokota def. Mizuto Hirota [November 1, 2008, Sengoku 6]
Mizuto Hirota def. Ryan Schultz [August 24, 2008, Sengoku 4]
Ryan Schultz def. Chris Horodecki [December 29, 2007, IFL: World Grand Prix Finals]

Cory’s Rankings for the Week of March 17: Heavyweights

HEAVYWEIGHT

1. Cain Velasquez (11-1): Last Fight [W] Junior dos Santos, UFC, December 29
2. Junior dos Santos (15-2): Last Fight [L] Cain Velasquez, UFC, December 29
3. Fabricio Werdum (16-5-1): Last Fight [W] Mike Russow, UFC, June 23
4. Daniel Cormier (11-0): Last Fight [W] Dion Staring, Strikeforce, January 12
5. Frank Mir (16-6): Last Fight [L] Junior dos Santos, UFC, May 26
6. Antonio Silva (18-4): Last Fight [W] Alistair Overeem, UFC, February 2
7. Josh Barnett (32-6): Last Fight [W] Nandor Guelmino, Strikeforce, January 12
8. Mark Hunt (9-7): Last Fight [W] Stefan Struve, UFC, March 3
9. Alistair Overeem (36-12): Last Fight [L] Antonio Silva, UFC, February 2
10. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (34-7-1): Last Fight [W] Dave Herman, UFC, October 13
11. Roy Nelson (18-7): Last Fight [W] Matt Mitrione, UFC, December 15
12. Travis Browne (13-1-1): Last Fight [L] Antonio Silva, UFC, October 5
13. Stefan Struve (25-6): Last Fight [L] Mark Hunt, UFC, March 3
14. Cheick Kongo (18-7-2): Last Fight [W] Shawn Jordan, UFC, July 21
15. Cole Konrad (9-0): Last Fight [W] Eric Prindle, Bellator, May 25
16. Sergei Kharitonov (19-5): Last Fight [W] John Delgado, Russian Open Championship, June 1
17. Brendan Schaub (9-3): Last Fight [W] Lavar Johnson, UFC, February 23
18. Matt Mitrione (5-2): Last Fight [L] Roy Nelson, UFC, December 15
19. Stipe Miocic (9-1): Last Fight [L] Stefan Struve, UFC, September 29
20. Lavar Johnson (17-7): Last Fight [L] Brendan Schaub, UFC, February 23
21. Pat Barry (8-5): Last Fight [W] Shane del Rosario, UFC, December 15
22. Shane del Rosario (11-2): Last Fight [L] Pat Barry, UFC, December 15
23. Todd Duffee (8-2): Last Fight [W] Phil De Fries, UFC, December 29
24. Gabriel Gonzaga (14-6): Last Fight [W] Ben Rothwell, UFC, January 19
25. Shawn Jordan (14-4): Last Fight [W] Mike Russow, UFC, January 26

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