(image via ZUffa, LLC / article by Adam LeBarr)
UFC on FOX 11 in Orlando, FL was not only a fun fight-card for the fans, but also somewhat shocking. Many had Travis Browne coming out victorious due to his past dominance in the Heavyweight division…many predicted it wrong.
The preliminary fight-card was stacked. Great match-ups that turned into exciting brawls and delivered a solid card for the UFC’s 11th outing on Fox. Thiago Alves would return to the octagon after a 2 year layoff to defeat his opponent Seth Baczynski. We also can't forget the main-preliminary fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Rafael dos Anjos. Nurmagomedov's professional MMA record improved to an even more impressive 22-0 as he dominated dos Anjos in their 3 round battle.
The first fight of the main-card was a freakishly big one (as far as size in the Middleweight division). Yoel Romero, Cuban Olympic silver medalist took on Brad Tavares.
Romero dominated the fight with huge take downs, ground control and fast paced striking. In the end, with 78% strike accuracy and a total of 7 take downs, it was Romero who would come out victorious and looked like a very formidable force to be reckoned with in the UFC’s middleweight division.
Just before the co-main event, we were treated to some brilliance in the form of Donald Cerrone vs. Edson Barboza.
Early on in the fight, Barboza was getting the best of Cerrone. He looked every bit the favorite as he showed greater speed, landed with more total strikes from the opening exchange.
It all changed in an instant.
As the fight was nearing the end of round #1, Cerrone landed with a big jab, putting Barboza to the floor which 'Cowboy' would quickly exploit to take his back and sink in a rear-naked choke, solidifying a submission victory.
Donald Cerrone says this is his run at the Lightweight gold - 5 years in the making.
The co-main event featured Miesha Tate vs. Liz Carmouche in a very close fight.
Early in the fight, Carmouche was coming out strong, looking like she was going to dominate and force Tate to her 3rd loss in a row. As the fight went into the third frame Tate sprang back to life and started a furious comeback, coming close to finishing the USMC veteran via rear naked choke. While the very tough Carmouche would not tap, it was enough to secure the victory for Tate.
Cain Velasquez vs. Werdum?
Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne were set to main-event FOX’s 11th UFC event, also told that winner will receive a title shot against current Heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez.
Most journalist/media fight picks had Browne as a heavy favorite and expected him to come out the winner. Good thing Fabricio Werdum never bought into the pre fight hype.
From round #1 to round #5, Werdum beat Browne in every aspect of the fight. He out struck Browne, did damage when on the ground and was also the first to take Browne down not once, but twice.
In the end, it was a 50-45 unanimous decision victory (besides one judge who had it 49-46) that would add another dangerous opponent to Werdum's list of victims. Up next for the ever improving Brazilian, is a shot at the UFC heavyweight title. The only problem is, there is a very fearsome man named Cain Velasquez who has no plans to give up his belt anytime soon.
Full fight card after the jump.
(article by Adam LeBarr/ poster via: NixsonMMAPosters)
November 12, 2011, the deal with Zuffa and FOX would finally come to life by having their first live UFC event, Velasquez vs. Dos Santos, and it was nothing but a huge success. Just years later, FOX is set to host UFC on FOX 11 in Orlando, FL, this Saturday, April 19th.
Generally, FOX fight-cards are stacked and this weekend we're far from being let down. Not only are there big fights, but the main-event was requested by FOX to headline the card. Dana White and the rest of the organization couldn't refuse.
The Lightweight division is stacked with exciting, fast-paced fighters and just before the co-main event, we're presented possibly one of the best Lightweight match-ups we've seen in awhile. Ranked #9 in the division, Donald Cerrone takes on Edson Barboza who is ranked just outside of the top 10. Barboza will be looking to push himself into the top 10 Lightweight pool of talent.
If you've ever witnessed a Cerrone or Barboza fight, you have already predicted this fight is going to be outstanding. Both are known for great striking abilities and the speed their able to maintain inside the octagon. Both are currently riding on win streaks and look to further their resume, searching for the top spot in the division.
Remember Edson Barboza's spinning-back-kick on Terry Etim? How about Donald Cerrone's most recent victory over Adriano Martins? Both ended in deviating fashion and you can expect fireworks like that this Saturday.
Just a couple of years back, Dana White was telling TMZ and other reporters that women would never be in the UFC. Remember that? Well, this weekend we've got a big fight in the women's Bantamweight division (taking place inside the octagon(inside the UFC)). Most can also argue, the women's division is one of the most exiting, and action packed divisions the octagon maintains.
Miesha Tate, who is ranked #3 takes on Liz Carmouche, ranked #7 inside the co-main event of the evening.
This fight is one of those possible "make-or-break" fights. Both are riding losses and are in desperate need of a big victory. You can bet your a** both are going to come out like raging bulls, looking to get their hand raised. Tate and Carmouche have both been victims of champion, Ronda Rousey, but a victory for either Tate or Carmouche puts them back into championship conversation.
Your main-event of the evening (the fight FOX asked the UFC for), is Travis Browne vs. Fabricio Werdum - Dana White has already confirmed that winner of this fight is going to Mexico to take on Heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez.
Both Browne and Werdum are riding impressive win streaks (3), one of the highest in the Heavyweight division, right behind the champ, Velasquez (4). Whoever grabs hold of the 4th victory is guaranteed a shot at the gold.
With Browne entering the UFC looking somewhat out of shape and Werdum let go from the UFC just a few years back, they've become completely different fighters in making it to the position their in. Travis Browne as we know will be looking for that big knockout finish, Fabricio Werdum has his eyes set on the limbs of Browne, in search of a submission victory.
Saturday, April 19th, Cain Velasquez receives a new opponent. We can't wait to see who it will be!
Full fight card after the jump. For complete card info be sure to check out UFC.com
(image via Zuffa LLC/article by Adam LeBarr)
It feels like months since the last UFC event took place (for us at least). Friday, April 11th, we the fans are treated to a Heavyweight main-event that couple possibly give the loser a one way ticket out of the organization. Nothing is for sure, but before we go in-depth with the main-event, lets take you over to the Featherweight division for Clay Guida vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri --
In your co-main event of the evening, Clay Guida, ranked #9 in the Featherweight division will take on former Pride, ONE FC, Dream, Strikeforce and now current UFC competitor, Tatsuya Kawajiri.
With some previous poor performances by Guida, this Friday (2pm EST), he'll look to make a statement in taking on Kawajiri. Though Guida is an insane ball of energy and a difficult opponent for anyone to keep up with, Kawajiri isn't going to let up or give the "W' that easily.
Kawajiri has great wrestling, as well as submission and if anyone's going to take control of Guida and pose a huge threat, it just might be the newcomer, Tatsuya.
Clay Guida's currently 1-4 in his last 5 fights, 1-1 in the Featherweight division. His last 5 bout don't look very impressive, but with a win this Friday, it's certainly putting him (Clay Guida) on the right path.
For your main-event of the evening, we have heavy hitter, Roy Nelson taking on MMA legend and jiu-jitsu specialist, 'Minotauro' Nogueira.
This could be the fight that makes or breaks either of these Heavyweight veterans. With Roy Nelson coming off of two consecutive loses and 'Big Nog' on a rocky road for the past few years, another loss wouldn't be doing any favors.
Fans love him, but no matter the love you show, Dana White on numerous occasions has shown his dislike towards 'Big Country' Nelson. With another loss on his record (that making 3 in a row), it wouldn't be shocking to see him let go. Roy Nelson does have something on his side that could save all this "chance of release" talk and that's his heavy, one punch knockout hands. In order to land with with a devastating punch, he'll have to keep the fight standing.
'Minotauro' Nogueira has already stated he'll be looking to not only finish Nelson, but do it by way of submission. That leads me to believe 'Big Nog' is looking to take this fight to the mat (your classic submissions vs. strikes type match up).
A win, however sends both these Heavyweights back onto the road to gold. Nogueira has also stated that after this fight with Nelson, he plans on making another run for the title.
Main Card (UFC Fight Pass):
Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Roy Nelson
Clay Guida vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
John Howard vs. Ryan LaFlare
Ramsey Nijem vs. Beneil Dariush
Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass):
Jared Rosholt vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
Rani Yahya vs. Johnny Bedford
Thales Leites vs. Trevor Smith
Chris Camozzi vs. Andrew Craig
Alan Omer vs. Jim Alers
(video courtesy of WWE)
We know it’s not MMA related, but before all of this MMA stuff was around, the closest thing a lot of us had growing up to live combat was the WWF (now known as the WWE). Of those childhood memories The Ultimate Warrior was one of the most dynamic and unforgettable characters created and this writer spent much of his parents hard earned money watching pay per views as a child to see him “wrestle” some of the biggest names in the sport like Hulk Hogan and Randy “Macho Man” Savage. More comic book character than athlete, the guy was all hair and muscles and earned quite a fanatical following, myself included, who thought he was the baddest man on the planet. I eventually moved on from watching pro wrestling and started getting involved in martial arts and eventually MMA. It never captured my interest again. When news came of The Ultimate Warrior’s passing it stuck a nostalgic chord from days long past. Seeing his last speech being accepted in the WWE Hall of Fame what struck me is how much time flew by. Gone was the crazy haired guy that ran into the ring, lifted even larger men over his head and raged his way to victory. In his place stood an older silver haired man in a goatee wearing a mask addressing a crowd of kids who more than likely have only seen him wrestle on highlight reels.
A bittersweet reminder that time waits for no one.
The Ultimate Warrior had the “IT” factor regardless of whether his fights were scripted or not. In a way it’s the same stuff that made me get into MMA so eagerly. A personality that made you want to see him compete. He delivered intense performances that made the kid in you get out of your seat and cheer. Win or lose, he helped his sport grow into what it is now. Same can be said of the Chuck Liddels or Randy Coutures who in turn inspired so many young athletes to compete in mixed martial arts today. It’s a bygone era as we see more and more athletes come and go through so many different promotions. It’s harder and harder to become a household name if you get into a ring or cage.
But thanks to guys like the Ultimate Warrior and the memories they leave behind, it can inspire all of us to keep trying.
RIP James “Ultimate Warrior” Hellwig (June 16, 1959 - April 8, 2014)
Not to be out done by GSP, Ronda Rousey and Randy Couture seem ready to kick some Hollywood bad guy ass, all decked out in military/leather/Call of Duty style outifts in these teaser posters for The Expendables 3. This is the movie Rousey was filming while training for her fight with Meisha Tate (which she later won) proving she could still train for a title fight WHILE filming a big budget motion picture, like a boss! We're thinking being on the set with the likes of Couture and Chuck Norris had to help. Either way we would still let her armbar us as much as she wanted. Catch the Expendables 3 in theaters in August.
Flashy kicks? Check. Superman punch? Check. Irresitable French Accent? Double Check. GSP makes his long awaited big screen debut in Captain America: Winter Soldier this weekend, and here is a teaser for his showdown with the good captain played by Chris Evans. Still not clear whether the fight will be contested under the unified rules but we're definitely checking this one out!
"We're just going to have to wait a liiiitle bit longer...."/image via Zuffa LLC)
Chris Weidman sustained a knee injury in practice for his upcoming title defense against Lyoto Machida forcing him to pull out of the main event at UFC 173.
Weidman will require minor surgery and means his opponent Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida will have to wait until UFC 175 in July to fight for the middleweight title. Dan Henderson has publicly offered to take Weidman's place against Machida, immediately after his impressive win over Shogun Rua. However the liklihood of that happening is slim to none. Machida has nothing to gain by fighting Henderson. A win gets him nothing, and a loss puts his contendership for the title in jeopardy.
In the meatime the Chris Wediman will hopefully be on the fast track to recovery as he will be facing an opponent not named Anderson Silva for the first time since winning the belt from the longtime champion. He will be putting his undefeated 11-0 record and the UFC belt on the line against a very dangerous opponent in Machida. The Dragon will need to rely on his elusive style and unpredictable striking to stand a chance against Weidman or risk being another big notch on the young champion's belt.
UFC has yet to announce a replacement main event. For complete fight schedule go to UFC.com. The official fight card to date is after the jump:
(video via Fox Sports)
Dan Henderson proved he’s got still some gas left in the tank and took out Mauricio “Shogun” Rua via a brutal KO in the main event of UFC Fight Night-Shogun vs Henderson 2 in front of a hostile crowd in Natal, Brazil. The much anticipated rematch capped of an exciting night of fights on a rare UFC Sunday fight night. Going up against college basketball March Madness the UFC on Fox Sports 1 did some very impressive numbers averaging 936,000 viewers, peaking for the main event at 1.25 million. It was the third most watched Fight Night in the history of Fox Sports 1.
The viewers were treated to some great fights with some impressive finishes. Notably, Hendo and CB Dolloway’s 39 second KO of Cezar Ferreira.
Hendo looked every bit of 43 years old in the beginning of the fight as he seemed to be on the losing end of several exchanges with Shogun. The Brazilian was more accurate with his striking and had Hendo rocked several times. Veteran referee Herb Dean gave Hendo every opportunity to come back from the brink of a KO. Once Hendo cleared the cobwebs he continued to stalk Shogun in the cage. Shogun growing more confident with the stand up exchanges made a crucial mistake and dropped his hands just enough for Hendo to land his patented H-Bomb ending the night.
A great display of heart and one more victory for the last of the true “Old School” MMA legends and if that wasn't enough to cement his "Like A Boss" status, he wasted no time in contacting Dana White to step in for an injured Chris Weidman to fight Lyoto Machida. Time might not be on his side, but Hendo is determined to make the little time he has left in the Octagon count.
Full fight results after the jump
(Victory tasted very sweet for Hendricks. /image via Zuffa, LLC/Getty Images/ video via FoxSports)
The wait is finally over for Johny Hendricks. After narrowly dropping a decision loss to former Welterweight champ Georges St Pierre in his previous fight, Hendricks got the judges nod in his decision victory over a very game Robbie Lawler at UFC 171. With the belt strapped to his waist Hendricks now becomes the number one target for a slew of very dangerous and hungry contenders in the UFC’s welterweight roster. In a closely fought main event, Hendricks and Lawler traded heavy leather testing both of their chins on multiple occasions. Lawler was stuffing every takedown attempt and seemed to smile after every punch combination thrown his way. While Lawler looked the fresher of the two throughout the fight, Hendricks finally started to wear him down with a combination of kicks and punches and landed a very important takedown in the final round of the fight sealing the victory and claiming the UFC welterweight title. To call this an exciting fight would be a gross understatement. Both men fought their hearts out and earned Fight of the Night honors and an additional $50,000 each for their efforts.
A few fellow welterweights were very quick to make a claim for the number one contender spot following their wins and some notable mainstays had their championship aspirations derailed.
Cuban Olympian Hector Lombard looked like an unstoppable punching and judo machine, for the first round at least, in his unanimous decision victory over Jake Shields. Lombard absolutely rag dolled Shields and rocked him with some very powerful shots but was never able to finish him. Shields was able to recover and secure his guard throughout the fight but never had an answer for Lombard's takedowns or really put him in any danger with the exception of a last minute guillotine attempt in the closing seconds of the last round. Whether it was fatigue or an unwillingness to go for the finish, Lombard seemed content to hang out in top position earning the boos of the crowd on several occasions. If Lombard can maintain the level of intensity shown in the first round throughout 5 rounds, he will be a very formidable force at 170 lbs.
Tyron Woodley came out very strong against Carlos Condit in their match and had the Natural Born Killer in danger of being put away early. Condit was able to keep moving forward and started to inflict some damage of his own by the end of the first round. A hard takedown attempt in the second frame saw Condit grimace in pain but still continue to fight on the ground. When stood up by the referee it became apparent that something was wrong. Woodley threw a hard kick which made Condit spin around and dislocate his knee causing him to fall on the floor writhing in pain. An unfortunate end to what was shaping up to being a great fight and a very disappointing injury to Condit who was inching back towards a title shot. Having gone the distance with Hendricks already, a win over Woodley would have put Condit in a very good position to fight for the title.
Myles Jury got the win over his first big name in the UFC by edging out Diego Sanchez in their lightweight scrap. While Sanchez later blamed his loss on food poisoning it became apparent early on the fight that while he posed a threat to Jury, Sanchez never could find an answer for Jury’s more technical striking. It’s back to the drawing board for Sanchez while Jury will find that the roster in the UFC’s lightweight division isn’t going to get any easier.
Ovince St. Preux started off the night strong for the PPV card by making short work of Ukraine’s Nikita Krylov. Krylov went for a quick guillotine submission but soon found himself in danger by not letting go of the hold once St. Preux passed his guard. The former Strikeforce standout saw the opening and sunk in his own choke causing the tap at 1:29 of the first round earning him Performance of the Night honors to share with featherweight Dennis Bermudez who finished his opponent in the prelims.
Overall UFC 171 was a great card full of very good fights. The crowd at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas was over 19,000 with an estimated gate of $2.6 million. They did not leave disappointed. The fans watching via Fight Pass, Fox Sports 2, and PPV saw a solid card full of entertaining fights. The main question remains now, who will be the next challenger for the newly crowned champ? With Condit out, will Woodley be given the call or will Rory MacDonald be given a chance to bring the UFC welterweight belt back to Tristar? The UFC match makers will have their hands full as the welterweight division just got alot more interesting.
Full fight card results after the jump.