UFC on Fox
The UFC's debut on FOX was a mixed bag with the main event going only 64 seconds and a legit fight of the year contender fight between Ben Henderson and Clay Guida that didn't even make air.
Although maybe the hardcore fans didn't enjoy the show all that much, there is no denying that more people watched this fight than any other fight in UFC history.
UFC Heavyweight Championship- Junior Dos Santos (1
Cain Velasquez (9-
at 1:04 of the first round-
The story of the fight here was Cain landing a couple leg kicks in hopes of reducing the power from JDS's hands but it remains to be seen whether this strategy could work in the long run as JDS made short work of the former champion, knocking Cain senseless with a big overhand right that landed around the ear of Cain.
Cain tried to gain his senses on the mat but JDS didn't give him much of a chance as he pummeled him repeatedly until the referee called a stop to the fight leaving the UFC with a new heavyweight champion.
Iit's difficult to tell how a rematch would go or if Cain was even 100 percent however what is not deniable is that JDS made himself a star with the win and is arguably the best heavweight in the world today.
Junior received an additional $65 000 for knockout of the night to bring home with his championship and should also be propped for even going through with the fight as a torn meniscus had him almost unable to walk for a couple weeks prior to the fight.
Ben Henderson (1
Clay "The Carpenter" Guida (29-1
by unanimous decision-
Fantastic fight here and performance for both men!
Henderson was able to apply the pressure to Clay repeatedly from the opening to closing bell, something people have had problems doing against such an active fighter.
In the opening round Ben rocked Clay with punches but couldn't finish him which resulted in several submission attempts from Clay when he realized he wasn't going to have any success with Ben standing.
The win for Henderson lines him up for a title shot at UFC lightweight champion Frank Edgar in February at Brazil's neaxt show while the loss for Clay doesn't hurt him too much as the guy has a charisma that goes far and above what anyone else has going for them in the stacked division.
Both men took home an additional $65 000 for fight of the nights and it's a damn shame a fight like this didn't make television for the UFC's debut on Fox as it had the potential to bring in tons of new fans with such a fun and competetive fight similair to Forresr Griffin vs Stephan Bonnar 1 and Korean Zombie ve Leonard Garcia which was the free fight which led into the first and only WEC pay per view.
Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto (18-4) vs Darren "BC" Uyenoyama (6-3)
This fight showed just how far Kid has fallen as he was unable to stuff the takedown's of the underdog Uyenoyama.
Ricardo Lamas (1
Cub Swanson (15-
to an arm triangle at 2:16 of the second round-
Fun fight here which was mainly contested on the mat with Lamas pulling off the win with a triangle choke.
Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier (1
Pablo "Scarecrow" Garza (11-
to a Brabo choke at 1:32 of the second round-
Great fight with both men showcasing nice stand-up and some impressive stuff on the mat.
Aaron Rosa (17-4) defeated Matt "Luke Duke" Lucas (14-3) by unanimous decision-
Terrible fight with Lucas gassing early and getting deducted points for continuously dropping his mouth gaurd.
Worst fight on the show.
Alex "Bruce Leroy" Cacares (6-4) defeated Cole Escovedo (17-9) by unanimous decision-
Good performance from Alex who showed that he does have some skills that are ever evolving.
Cacares saved his job in the UFC with the win while Cole Escovedo was released following his third loss in a row.
Robert Paralta (16-3) knocked out Mackens Semerzier (6-4) at 1:54 of the third round-
Very competetive fight here with Mackens getting the takedowns early but with time Peralta found his range, worked his sprawl and ended up with the victory albeit under controversy as an unintentional headbut was how this one ended.
A rematch between the guys seems to be in the works.
Mike Pierce (13-4) defeated Paul "The Gentleman" Bradley (18-3) by split decision-
Probably the second most boring fight on the card here with Pierce picking up his second victory over Bradley.
Damarques Johnson (13-9) knocked out Clay Harvison (9-4) at 1:34 of the first round-
Great outing for Damarques who stopped Clay with some brutal punches and earned bonus points for pulling back on a punch as the referee stepped in, saving Clay from any unnecessary additional damage.
Review of UFC 139: Shogun vs Henderson
Two weeks ago the UFC put on easily one of the best MMA shows of the year and although the first two fights could have been a lot bettter, the card featured one of the greatest UFC fights of all time, the return of the California Kid who got a much needed victory in his hometown and Wanderlei Silva pulling off a big upset in defeating the debuting Cung Le.
For anyone who didn't see the Shogun/Henderson fight, do yourself a favor and CHECK IT OUT!
Dan Henderson (2
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (20-
by unanimous decision
I know the term"war" has been used a lot in MMA but this fight was the defenition of a WAR and a much closer fight than the 48-47 score cards read.
Hendo was able to drop Shogun in the first round with a brutal righ hand and Shogun spent the majority of the next two rounds trying to survive but by the third round, Hendo was able to drop him yet again, this time twice with punches in a round that probably should have gone to Hendo via score of 10-8 but unfortunatley Hendo became exhausted and Shogun began his comeback in the fourth and fifth rounds most notably holding down and mounting Hendo for the better part of four minutes in a round that should have been given to Shogun 10-8.
Although I didn't see much controversy in the outcome, I was perplexed as to how none of the judges rewarded any 10-8 rounds when two were warranted.
For the diehard fans of MMA this fights a must see with neither man willing to fold and beatiful strtinking and takedowns from both.
Both men were awarded an additional $70 000 for fight of the night but this fight will most likely win fight of the year and a legit contender for the greatest contest of all time.
Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva (3
Cung Le (7-
by tko at 4:49 of the second round-
If you're in for a good battle between two strikers with no intentions of getting the fight to the mat then this is a must see!
Le was able to land some nice offense with some beautiful kicks and well placed punches but as has been the case with Le in the past, he was unable to continue the pace he started with in the first round and in the second round, Wanderlei smelt blood and pounced all over the gassing Le, landing a flurry of punches that sent Le to the mat and ended the hometown hero's night.
Although Silva can't take the punishment he used to, he was in trouble a couple different times in this fight and came back showing that although you may question his chin you can never question his heart.
Both men took home an additional $70 000 for fight of the night although they split the award (not the money) with the main event.
"The California Kid" Urijah Faber (2
Brian Bowles (10-
to a guillotine choke at 1:27 of the second round-
The Urijah of old seems to be back as Urijah never gave Bowles a moment to get comfortable in the cage, leveling him with some well placed strikes and mixxing it up with some taedowns until he landed a beautifully placed uppercut which rocked Bowles and following him to the mat where he locked on a guillotine choke for the finish.
Bowles is a legit top five UFC bantamweight and it's a testament to Urijah's motivation that he walked through Bowles so easily.
A rematch with Dominick Cruz for Cruz's title seems lke a lock for early next year and maybe even the UFC's next show on Fox as Urijah and Cruz both have wins over one another and the third fight is probably the biggest fight the bantamweight division currently has.
Faber took home an additional $70 000 for submission of the night bonus.
Martin "The Hitman" Kampmann (1
Rick "The Horror" Story (13-
by split decision-
This fight started real strong but slowed down in the second and third rounds when Story was unable to push the pace the way he did earlier in the fight and once Kampmann found his range he began to pick Story apart on the feet while staying on the outside.
Not the best fight on the card but definitely competetive with Kampmann perhaps saving himself from receiving a pink slip from Zuffa with the victory.
"American Psycho" Stephan Bonnar (1
Kyle Kingsbury (11-
by unanimous decision-
Disappointing opener here with Bonnar choosing to takedown Kingsbury and hold him down for the better part of 15 minutes.
With a card as stacked as this show was, it was a real let down that this was even featured on the main card as many of the undercard fights where much better than this one both going into the show and following it.
Ryan "Darth" Bader (1
Jason "The Hitman" Brilz (18-
by knockout at 1:17 of the first round
Michael "Mayday" McDonald (14-1) defeated Alex Soto (6-1-1) by knockout at 0:56 of the first round
Chris Weidman (
"Filthy" Tom Lawlor (7
to a Brabo choke at 2:07 of the first round
Gleison Tibau (2
Rafael Dos Anjos (15-
by split decision
Miguel Torres (40-4) defeated Nick Pace (6-3) by unanimous decision
Seth Baczynski (15-6) submitted Matt "The Immortal" Brown (12-11) by guillotine choke at 0:42 of the second round
Danny "Last Call" Castillo (12-4) defeated Shamar Bailey (12-5) by tko at 4:52 of the first round
TUF 14 Finale
: Miller vs Bisping
This weekend the UFC returns to Spike for the finale of the current season of TUF and has a pretty strong main event as well with the coaches facing off.
Jason "Mayhem" Miller (24-7) vs Michael "The Count" Bisping (21-3)
I'll admit it right here, right now, I legitimately despise Bisping and his arrogant attitude and I feel that this is a fight that I walk away with pleased as I think Miller has the tools to humble the Brit.
Bisping is a legitimate top ten UFC middleweight while Miller could find himself in the same position if he's able to win this.
Bisping's keys to victory should be to keep this one on the feet as his striking is his strong suit not to mention that he should enjoy the edge in that department over Miller since Miller's not known for his punching power although he does have a durable chin.
Bisping's ground game continues to look improved in his last few fights but Miller should have the takedown's to ground Bisping and when that happens it remains to be seen what Bisping can do to defend.
Miller's got some slick submissions and the ability to take a guys limb and apply pressure until a tap out is evident.
I think this fights a classic example of a bully being defeated to the delight of millions.
This should be a real fun fight and a much better main event then the last several finales of TUF.
Bet money on Miller winning this one cause Bisping's in for a long night.
Prediction: Miller by unanimous decision
Prediction: Miller by unanimous decision
Yves "Thugjitsu Master" Edwards (41-17-1) vs Tony "El Cucuy" Ferguson (12-2)-
Spike likes to throw winners of TUF on their shows whther it makes sense or not however Tony has looked real good in the UFC since winning season 13 of the show earlier in the year.
Coming off the biggest win of his career, Tony defeated Aaron Riley and broke the veteran's jaw in the process.
Ferguson's striking is crisp and effective and his opponent is equally matched in that area.
Yves Edwards is another veteran with great submissions on the ground and unpredictable striking on the feet.
Both of these guys hit hard and end fights and I don't see this one going any different.
Edwards was knocked out recently by Sam Stout and I guess the question is if his chin's up for the task of the power Tony's going to bring and I don't personally think it is, however this is mixed martial arts and there are other areas fights go and if Edwards resorts to takedowns he may enjoy some success there.
This is actually a real difficult fight for Ferguson but I think he's ready for it.
Prediction: Ferguson by tko
Diego "Ceara" Brandao (13-7) vs Dennis "The Menace" Bermudez (7-2)-
Bermudez may not be the flashiest fighter that TUF has produced but he has some good wrestling and a never give up mentality but unfortunately for him, his opponent is Diego, one of the scariest fighters on TUF in recent memory.
Diego throws punches with a lot of power and ill intentions and coming from Brazilian poverty he's fighting for his family and legacy.
I personally feel that Diego will walk right through Dennis and his takedowns and pummel him into a stoppage in the opening round.
Keep your eyes on Diego as I would'nt be surprised to see him challenge for the 145 pound featherweight championship in late 2012 or early 2012.
Prediction: Diego by knockout
TJ Dillashaw (4-0) vs John Dodson (11-5)-
Dodson's an explosive fighter but very small even in comparison to the other 135 pounders and TJ's a reputable wrestler training out of team Alpha Male with fighters such as Chad Mendes, Urijah Faber and Joseph Benavidez.
If the fight is contested on the feet then Dodson may be able to knock out TJ however Dodson's cardio has been suspect in the past and I like the chances of Dillashaw ground and pounding Dodson for three rounds to pick up the victory.
Prediction: Dillashaw by unanimous decision
Johnny "Brutal" Bedford (17-9-1) vs Louis "Goodnight" Gaudinot (5-1)- Preditcion: Bedford by unanimous decision
Stephen "Bigfish" Bass (10-0) vs Marcus "Brim" Brimage (3-1)- Prediction: Bass by submission
Josh "Taz" Ferguson (8-3) vs "Stunning" Roland Delorme (6-1)- Prediction: Ferguson by unanimous decision
"Super" Steven Siler (18-9) vs Josh "The Gentleman" Clopton (6-0-1)- Prediction: Siler by unanimous decision
Bryan "Kid Lightning" Caraway (15-5) vs Dustin "The Beast" Neace (23-17-1)- Prediction: Caraway by submission
Dustin Pague (10-4) vs John "Prince" Albert (6-1)- Prediction: Pague by submission
: Jones vs Machida
The UFC returns to Toronto next weekend for the second time in a year and although this card may not sell out the Rogers Center the way the first show did, it is a pretty strong card with some real intriguing match-ups.
Let's take a look at the show.
UFC Light Heavyweight Championship- Jon "Bones" Jones (13-1) vs Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida (17-2)-
Although this fight isn't as big as the fight fans were hoping for, Rashad Evans challenging champion,, enemy and former friend Jon Jones, it is a very intriguing match up as Machida presents a challenge that Jones hasn't faced yet in an illusive counter puncher.
Jones has been on a tear in 2011 and although I don't personally like the guy he really has been the most dominant fighter of the year and should pick up the fighter of the year awards in anyone's rankings.
Jones has never found himself in any trouble during any of his fights but if he comes out too aggressive and shoots for takedown's from too far out then Machida may but a hurt on Jones with knees and precise striking.
Lyoto is not the type of fighter to come directly at you for five rounds and due to that the fight may be contested at a rather slow pace.
I see Jones staying away from anything too flashy and using his wrestling to ground Lyoto for the full 25 minutes.
Prediction: Jones by unanimous decision
Frank Mir (15-5) vs Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogeira (33-6-1)
When Mir defeated Big Nog by knockout in 2009 it was thought at the time to have perhaps been a fluke, a case of Mir being on and Nog having a bad night if you will.
However, since this fight happened Nog has looked terrible and although he is coming off a much needed knockout victory over Brendan Schaub, he's a slower and less powerful fighter than he was in his prime.
Mir's lost a couple fights since facing Nog most notably to Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin but has some good wins over Cheick Kongo and Roy Nelson as well. This fights going the exact same way as the first but even quicker as Mir will be able to come at Nog and drop him with punches within the first couple exchanges most likely ending Nog's career as I don't think he's got anything left in his tank.
Prediction: Mir by knockout
"The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz (16-9-1) vs Antonio Rogerio "Minotoro" Nogueira (19-5)
This fight was originally booked earlier this year but with a Tito injury it go scrapped until now.
Although Tito was victorious this year against Ryan Bader neither he nor Lil Nog are in their prime anymore and I wouldn't be surprised to see the loser get the axe by Zuffa.
Tito's bread and butter is his wrestling and ground and pound, something Phil Davis was able to apply to his fight with Nog and since the blueprint's there and not wanting to take a chance by standing and trading with him, Tito should be looking to resort to his old game plan.
Nog hasn't lit the world on fire since entering the UFC and I see this fight being no different since Lil Nog's victories usually come at the hands of inexperienced wrestler's and strikers with no chin, two things of which Tito is not.
Prediction: Ortiz by unanimous decision
Claude "The Prince" Patrick (14-1) vs Brian "Bad Boy" Ebersole (48-14-1)
Although very talented, Patrick has to be one of the most boring fighters on the UFC roster right now and with an injury to Rory MacDonald he finds himself on the main card.
Patrick's wrestling is his strong suit while Ebersole's is very well rounded and should be content wherever this one's contested.
Ebersole is 2-0 in the UFC with wins over Chris Lytle and Dennis Halman and bring a ton of personality to the cage with him with an arrow shaved in his chest and frequent cartwheel kicks.
I think Ebersole should enjoy an advantage standing here but stylistically I think Patrick's able to ground Ebersole repeatedly and win himself a boring lay and pray victory to the boos of fans.
I really hope I'm wrong here as Ebersole's got a lot more going for him then Patrick.
Prediction: Patrick by unanimous decision
Mark "The Machine" Hominick (20-9) vs "The Korean Zombie" Chang Sung Jung (11-3)
I know it has become cliche but this one could be a contender for fight of the year.
Neither man is all that advanced on the ground and this one should be a "slobberknocker".
Jung, better known as the Korean Zombie can certainly take some shots as has been proven in his fights with Leonard Garcia and Hominick's no different, surviving five rounds with an elite striker in his most recent outing with Jose Aldo.
Hominick should come into this fight very motivated as he'll be fighting again in his backyard of Toronto and with the recent passing of his coach, Shawn Tompkins, I think Hominick will shine and take a three round decision to keep him in the UFC Featherweight's title picture by working his angles and landing the better punches.
Prediction: Hominick by unanimous decision
John "The Bull" Makdessi (9-0) vs Dennis "Superman" Hallman (50-14-2)
- Prediction: Makdessi by unanimous decision
Nik "The Carnie" Lentz (21-3-2) vs Mark Bocek (9-4)
- Prediction: Lentz by unanimous decision
"The Polish Experiment" Krzysztof Soszynski (26-11-1) vs Igor Pokrajac (23-8)- Prediction: Soszynski by unanimous decision
Mitch Clarke (9-0) vs John Cholish (7-1)
- Prediction: Clarke by unanimous decision
Rich "The Raging Bull" Attonito (10-4)
vs Jake Hecht (10-2)-
Jared "The Messenger" Hamman (13-3) vs Constantinos Philippou (8-2)- Prediction: Hamman by tko
Yves "Tiger" Jabouin vs Walel "The Gazel" Watson (8-2)- Prediction: Jabouin by unanimous decision
Strikeforce- December 17th, 2011
Strikeforce Lightweight Title- Gilbert Melendez (19-2) vs Jorge Masvidal (22-6)
Strikeforce Women's Featherweight- Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (10-1) vs Hiroko Yamanaka (12-1)
KJ Noons (10-4) vs Billy Evangelista (11-1)
Ovince St. Preulx (11-4) vs Gegard Mousassi (31-3-2)
Justin "The Silverback" Wilcox (11-3) vs Caros "The Future" Fodor (6-1)
UFC 141 from Las Vegas, Nevada- December 30th, 2011
Brock Lesnar (5-2) vs "The Demolition Man" Alistair Overeem (35-11)
Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone (17-3) vs Nate Diaz
Jake Ellenberger (26-5) vs Diego Sanchez (23-4)
Jon Fitch (23-3-1) vs Johnny Hendricks (11-1)
Alexander "The Mauler" Gustafsson (12-1) vs "The Janitor" Vladimir Matyushenko (26-5)
Jacob Volkman (13-2) vs TJ Grant (17-5)
Dong-Hyun "Stun Gun" Kim (14-1-1) vs Sean Pierson (11-5)
Ross Pearson (12-5) vs Junior Assuncao (13-4)
Diego "The Gun" Nunes (16-2) vs Manny Gamburyan (11-6)
Matthew Riddle (5-3) vs Luis "Beicao" Ramos (19-7)
Anthony Njokuani (14-5) vs Ramsey Nijem (5-2)
Nam Phan (17-9) vs Jim Hettes (9-0)
UFC 142 from Brazil- January 14th, 2012
UFC Featherweight Title- Jose "Scarface" Aldo (20-1) vs Chad "Money" Mendes (11-0)
Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort (20-9) vs Anthony Johnson (10-3)
Edson Barboza (9-0) vs Terry Etim (14-3)
Sam "Hands of Stone" Stout (17-6-1) vs Thiago Tavares (16-4-1)
Erick Silva (13-1) vs Siyar "The Great" Bahadurzada (
Stanislav Nedkov (12-0) vs Fabio Maldanado (18-4)
Rousimar Palhares (13-3) vs Mike Massenzio (13-5)
Edinaldo "Lula" Oliveira (13-1) vs Rob Broughton (15-7-1)
Felipe "Sertanejo" Arantes (13-4) vs Antonio "Pato" Carvalho (13-4)
Paulo Thiago (14-3) vs Mike "Quicksand" Pyle (21-8-1)
Michihiro Omigawa (12-10-1) vs Yuri "Marajo" Alcantra (26-3)
UFC on FX 1 from Nashville, Tennessee
Jim Miller (20-3) vs Melvin "The Young Assassin" Guillard (29-9-2)
Charles "Do Bronx" Oliveira (14-2) vs Robert Peralta (16-3)
Josh Neer (32-10-1) vs Duane "Bang" Ludwig (21-11)
Christian Morecraft (7-2) vs Pat Barry (6-4)
Reza "Mad Dog" Madadi (11-2) vs Rafaello "Tractor" Oliveira (14-5)
Kamal Shalorus (7-1-2) vs Habib Nurmagomedov (16-0)
Mike Thomas Brown (25-8) vs Vagner Rocha (7-2)
Eric "Ravishing Red" Schafer (12-6-2) vs Jorge "El Conquistador" Rivera (19-9)
Ryan "Big Deal" Jimmo (16-1) vs Karlos "The Terminator" Vemola (8-2)
UFC on FOX 2 from Chicago, Illinois- January 28th, 2012
Chael Sonnen (26-11-1) vs Mark "The Philippine Wrecking Machine" Munoz (12-2)
Jake Ellenberger (26-5) vs Diego "The Dream" Sanchez (23-4)
Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson (9-2) vs Eddie Wineland (18-8-1)
UFC 143 from Las Vegas, Nevada- February 4th, 2012
UFC Welterweight Title- Georges "Rush" St. Pierre (22-2) vs Nick Diaz (26-7)
"The Natural Born Killer" Carlos Condit (27-5) vs Josh "Kos" Koscheck (16-5)
Dustin Poirier (10-1) vs Erik "New Breed" Koch (13-1)
Amir Sadollah (5-3) vs Jorge "Lil Monster" Lopez (11-2)
Edwin Figueroa (8-1) vs Ale "Bruce Leroy" Caceres (6-4)
Michael "Judo" Kuiper (11-0) vs Rafael "Sapo" Natal (13-3-1)
UFC 144 from Saitama, Japan- February 26th, 2012
UFC Lightweight Title- Frank "The Answer" Edgar (14-1) vs Ben Henderson (14-2)
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (32-9) vs Ryan "Darth" Bader (12-2)
Jake Shields (26-6-1) vs Yoshihiro "Sexyama" Akiyama" (13-4)
Anthony "Showtime" Pettis (14-2) vs Joe "J-Lau" Lauzon (21-6)
Cheick Kongo (17-6-2) vs Mark Hunt (7-7)
Tie Quan "The Mongolian Wolf" Zhang () vs Leonard "Bad Boy" Garcia ()
Yushin Okami (26-6) vs Tim Boetsch (14-4)
George Sotiropoulous () vs Takanori "Fireball Kid" Gomi ()
Hatsu Hioki (25-4-2) vs Bart "Bartimus" Palaszewski (36-14)
Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto () vs Vaughan Lee ()
Takeya Mizugaki (15-6-2) vs Chris "Kamikaze" Cariaso (11-3)
Riki Fukuda (17-5) vs Steve Cantwell (7-5)
UFC on FX 2 from Sydney, Australia- March 4th, 2012
Thiago "Pitbull" Alves (19-8) vs Martin "Hitman" Kampmann (17-5)
Evan Dunham (12-2) vs Paul "Sassangle" Sass (12-0)
That's all for this week but I'll be back in a few weeks for a review of the most recent shows and preview of UFC 141: Lesnar vs Overeem.