Monday, May 31, 2010
During an appearance on www.mmajunkie.com/radio today Welterweight Dan Hardy (23-7) put truth to the rumors of him Appearing at UFC 120 at the O2 in London.
His opponent will be... "At the moment, my guess is as good as yours," Hardy said .
In a Main Event that didn't live up to the impossible hype, Rashad Evans comes out on top. The contest had many folks talking about Main Event non - title fights lasting 5 rounds. Both men looked like they had plenty more to give on the night.
Though the man they call 'Suga' won by unanimous decision, (29–28, 30–27, 30–27) Jackson did stun Rashad early in the third round, and looked to be shaking of his ring rust. Although he didn't leave a mark on Jackson, Rashad clearly won the fight with his speed and take downs, and without a doubt was the better fighter on this night. Not having fought since March of 2009 in a decision victory of Evans' friend and teammate Keith Jardine , Quinton's next opponent is rumored to be the man who dethroned Rashad of his LHW title - Lyoto Machida. Of course Rashad's next bout will be for the LHW belt against current title holder Maurcio 'Shogun' Rua.
Rashad did not tweak his nipple prior to the bout.
Complete Main Card Results:
Diego Sanchez vs. John Hathaway: Hathaway defeated Sanchez via unanimous decision
Antônio Rogério Nogueira vs. Jason Brilz: Nogueira defeated Brilz via split decision
Todd Duffee vs. Mike Russow : Russow defeated Duffee via KO (punch) at 2:35 in round 3
Michael Bisping vs. Dan Miller : Bisping defeated Miller via unanimous decision
Evans defeated Jackson via unanimous decision
Kazushi *The Gracie Hunter* Sakuraba (35 - 11 - 2) loses his second straight bout against a Gracie at DREAM.14 at the Saitama Super Arena this past Saturday. Ralek Gracie (3 - 0) remains undefeated in his DREAM debut. Sakuraba photo on the left from K-1 Heroes GP Finals via mmaweekly.
Complete Results :
Nick Diaz def. Hayato “Mach” Sakurai via submission (armbar) - Round 1
Ralek Gracie def. Kazushi Sakuraba via unanimous decision
Hiroyuki Takaya def. Joachim Hansen via knockout (punches) - Round 1
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto def. Federico “Kiko” Lopez via knockout (punches) - Round 1, 1:41
Akiyo Nishiura def. Hideo Tokoro via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 2:51
Kazuyuki Miyata def. Takafumi Otsuka via split decision
Kenji Osawa def. Yoshiro Maeda via split decision
Ikuhisa Minowa def. Imani Lee via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 4:15
Saturday, May 29, 2010
With Frankie Edgar dethroning The Prodigy & Shogun’s First Round KO over Machida, titles have now changed hands in consecutive UFC PPV events.
Not since Machida’s stanky leg inducing TKO of Rashad back in May of 2009 had a belt changed hands prior.
Main Card Results from UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
• Alan Belcher (16-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) submits Patrick Côté (13-6 MMA, 4-6 UFC) via rear naked choke in the 2nd Round at the 3:25 mark.
• Matt Mitrione (2-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) defeats Kimbo Slice (4-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in the 2nd round of the bout at the 4:24 mark via TKO. Kimbo was cut after this fighting for sucking.
• Jeremy Stephens (18-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) wins by Split Decision and shares fight of the night honors with Canadian Sam Stout (15-6-1 MMA, 4-5 UFC)
• Josh Koscheck (15-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) wins by unanimous decision over Paul Daley (23-9-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) winning a shot at the Welterweight Championship and a coaching spot opposite GSP on next seasons Ultimate Fighter. Daley would be cut from the UFC for throwing a cheap shot to the face of Koscheck after the final bell had sounded and Koscheck had turned his back.
• Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida (16-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) loses his title to Mauricio *Shogun* Rua (19-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) via KO at the 3:35 marker of the first round.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
When the time is right, we will induct Mixed Martial Artists (past or present) into the Hall of Violence.
How does one gain induction into the Hall of Violence? One must perform at an elite level of violence for a long period of time, while creating some of the most memorable moments in combat. These fighters, they will be responsible for memories that will last a lifetime, that will be ingrained in our MMA minds. Fighters must live up to and/or surpass what I'm basically labeling as the "B.J. Penn standard."
Right on cue. The Inaugural Hall of Violence Inductee is none other than: B.J. Penn. Lets take a look back at a career of violence that is still in full effect.
• 11.2.01 - Penn KO's Caol Uno in 11 seconds. Penn's first career KO sends him running out of the Octagon. In his own words: " I threw a big right uppercut which landed square on his face and knocked him onto his bac and into the cage. I jumped right over him and started throwing punches with my right hand into his face. As I stood over him throwing blows, Landless stepped in to seperate us. Uno was out cold. The fight had lasted eleven seconds."
• 1.31.04 - Penn moves up in weight to fight then UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes. Penn has gone 0-1-1 in his two Lightweight title shots at this point. After he submits Hughes via his second consecutive rear naked choke victory, Penn kisses Hughes on the face expressing is excitement. Again, in his own words: " In a state of disbelief, I stood up, not even knowing what to do. I turned and saw Hughes on his knees, upset that he had just lost. I went over and kissed him right on the face, and his blood ended up on mine. I walked away, licking off the blood, which tastes like metal, or iron. My team rushed me and tackled me toward the cage. Cabbage picked me up and put me on his shoulders, parading me around the ring. I started smacking and punching myself in the face. I was beside myself. I had just moved up and won the Welterweight Championship of the World."
• 1.19.08 - Penn attempts to become the second man in UFC history to win belts in two different weight classes. His opponent at UFC 80 is Joe "Daddy" Stevenson, the TUF Season 2 winner who comes into this bout carrying a four-fight win streak. Penn landed an elbow across the forehead of Stevenson from top position with a minute or so remaining. The elbow caused a fountain of blood to begin spraying from Stevenson's head that will forever be remembered thanks to the classic photographs taken by Martin McNeil.
Soaked in Stevenson's blood, Penn would eventually tap him out via his patented rear naked choke joining Randy Couture as the only men in the promotion to be two weight class champions.
• 5.24.08 - Penn is set to make his first defense of the UFC Lightweight title against "The Muscle Shark" Sean Sherk. Sherk refers to himself as the true champion being just under a year removed from a steroid controversy that stripped him of the title he earned by defeating Kenny Florian back in '06. Plenty of hype leading up to this one with Penn laying into Sherk about his steroid use. Another important excerpt from Penn's book "Why I Fight" : " For years, I have had people approach me and tell me I should do this steroid and that steroid, but I've never even considered it. Yet you'd be surprised how many guys do think it is a legitimate choice - what with managers, trainers, fighters, and fans saying, "Everyone does it, it's no big deal," which is completely ridiculous. When I see Chuck Liddell, Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz, Kenny Florian, Anderson Silva, Kendall Grove, and a lot of other guys fight, I think to myself, Now, these are people who have respect for themselves, and respect for the sport."
The Final Result? Penn put a jab clinic on Sherk out striking him 131-50 in only fifteen minutes. Penn landed a flying left knee on the head of Sherk and followed with "as many punches as (he) could as the bell sounded." When the bell did sound at the end of the 3rd Round of the title fight scheduled for 5 was a moment that would've even given R.L. Stine goosebumps. Penn waves off his own fight, referee Mario Yamasaki soon follows. Penn makes his first successful UFC title defense winning via flying knee and strikes at the 5 minute marker of the 3rd Round.
• 12.12.09 - B.J. Penn vs. Joe Stevenson earned Sherdog 2008 Beatdown of the Year honors. Penn's dismantling of Diego Sanchez could have arguably won the same honors if a couple of other more high profile beatings didn't take place (the video game arcadesque Silva vs. Griffin and Lesnar's hammerfisting of Frank Mir home the honors). I think would Diego expected here was something similar to his "meet me in the center of the cage and slug it out" affair with Clay Guida months earlier. What he was awarded with instead was a one sided dismantling via the hands of a striker light years ahead of him. Penn started off the contest with a 10-8 1st Round showing that caused Sanchez to forget the location of his own corner. Penn out landed Sanchez 100-19 in a fight that spent less than a minute on the ground. The most significant of those 100 strikes was a head kick from Penn in the 5th and final round that opened up a legendary gash above Diego's left eye that forced the cageside doctor to stop the fight. Also of note, Sanchez was unsuccessful on all 19 of his takedown attempts on the Champion due to Penn's inhuman balance.
All book excerpts from B.J. Penn's "Why I Fight: The Belt is Just an Accessory"
Penn's Website: bjpenn.com
Penn's Twitter: @bjpenndotcom
Without B.J. Penn there is no hov-mma. B.J. Penn is "Why I Write."