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By Kevin Wallace Jan 15, 2010 - 8:32 AM print

To start, I’m sorry to anyone that was hoping for a column from me last week as I had promised.   My computer somehow devoured Window’s on me and it vanished.   After convincing my buddy, who works at Best Buy to take it in and repair it and after days and days of doing whatever people that fix computer’s do, he was able to at least get it working and deleted of all the unnecessary stuff I didn’t need.   The worst part is that all the documents and videos I had are gone and unrecoverable so I’m basically SOL.   At least I’ll be able to get back into my rhythm for at least a couple months when the friggin thing does it again.   Anyways sorry for the rambling but I do apologize for not being on here sooner.   Anyways on to some MMA.


UFC 108: Thiago vs Evans

So I went 8-2 on this one and was extremely pleased with the event in general.   Were there a ton of big matches you would expect from the UFC to set the New Year up with a bang?   Would casual fans decide out of the blue to purchase this on PPV?   The answer to both is no, but there were some quality fights on paper and if you decided to watch this one knowing what you were getting yourself into then this was a great show.   There were a couple downer’s to the show, I mean if you watched the prelim’s and the event itself then you would have been seen a fight twice but to those that only watched the prelims, they got to see four fight’s in one hour.   Not bad considering the Pay Per View was advertising only five fights.   At the end of the Pay Per View I believe 9 of the 10 fights were shown and only two of those went to a decision.   The main event of Rashad vs Thiago was really fairly boring but Thiago mounted a comeback in the 3rd and started bobbing and weaving his head and using antics made famous by his opponent Rashad during his season on the Ultimate Fighter.   Normally I don’t like this stuff cause it normally gets the fighter nowhere but Thiago began rocking Rashad and messing him up bad to the point where Thiago became exhausted, after two rounds of being taken down, that he was unable to continue the onslaught.   Had Thiago had better stamina in this one he would have been able to knockout Rashad.   Lackluster main event but Sam Stout and Joe Lauzon and a slew of others worked their butts off to make the rest of the show more enjoyable.   Stout looked very good against Lauzon and used his superior striking and improved takedown defense to win a unanimous decision in a fight that was given the prestigious “Fight of the Night” honors.  

Paul “SEMTEX” Daley took on Dustin Hazelett in a grappler vs striker contest and the boxer always wins if the grappler wants to stand and bang so that’s what we witnessed in the 1st round.   Daley has been extremely impressive in his only two fights in the UFC and has beaten two top 10 UFC Welterweight’s.   Jim Miller outclassed Duane “Bang” Ludwig and was able to and another submission victory to his trophy case.   In the Main Card’s opener Junior Dos Santos secured a knockout although a TKO would be more accurate over hard hitting Gilbert Yvel in the 1st round.   Both guys had no intentions of going to the ground and Dos Santo’s proved he’s one of the top UFC Heavyweight’s and about 2-3 fight’s away from a title shot against either Lesnar, Mir or Carwin.   Cole Miller was able to finish Dan Lauzon with basically a reverse triangle after barely surviving some punches that saw him a shot or two away from being knocked out.   Cole earned himself a submission of the night for his victory.   Martin Kampmann had a better outing then his previous fight with Paul Daley and submitted Jacob Volkman in the first round following an impressive guillotine choke.   In other televised bouts, Mark Munoz submitted Ryan Jensen in the 1st round and Jake Ellenberger beat Mike Pyle down until it was ended in the 2nd round by knockout.   The lone non televised fight was Rafaello Oliviera vs John Gunderson which Oliviera took by unanimous decision.   All in all this was a great event and a good way to start the New Year.  


Fight Night 20

For every action there is a reaction and with every event that was better then expected there is another that comes in below our expectation.   Case in point, Fight Night,   Gray May nard and Nate Diaz have fought before and in that fight, Nate Diaz was able to pull off a submission and submit Gray.   That fight was on season 5 of the Ultimate Fighter and doesn’t count toward one’s overall record so technically Nate never beat Gray?   I don’t think that makes sense but eventually this fight had to happen again as both have evolved since the first meeting.   I’ll give Gray credit for not using his normal “take the opponent down and do little while there” strategy. Gray stood and traded with Nate the entire fight where he kept his hands low and had problems with Nate’s reach advantage but still landed more powerful punches for 15 minutes to earn another decision victory, again by split decision.   Gray was hoping to earn himself a shot at BJ Penn’s Lightweight title but following his victory Dana White stated that Gray is not ready for a shot yet and Frank Edgar who’s only loss was a year ago to Gray, will face BJ Penn in Hawaii.   That’s got to suck for Gray but he really needs to learn to finish a fight cause the UFC doesn’t want to get behind someone who lets the judges choose the winner.   Everyone wants a definitive outcome and until Gray starts doing that he probably won’t get there.  

The co-main event was a matchup between Ultimate Fighter 9 winner Effrain Escudero and undefeated Evan Dunham in my only loss of the evening.   Effrain used some nice head movement but eventually Dunham found his rhythm and was able to snag a submission victory in the 3rd round.   Dunham has looked awesome and after defeating Marcus Aurelio and now Escudero, will most likely see even more top notch competition.   Tom Lawlor, who came out to Hulk Hogan’s “Real American” theme song and dressed as the Hulkster, beat the crap out of Aaron Simpson in the first round, only to be fatigued in the second and third while Simpson just barely did enough to take those rounds.   The outcome was an example of why I hate decision as Simpson was given the victory.   I think Simpson survived that fight, not won it.   The first round should have gone to Lawlor 10-8 after messing Simpson with precise striking and a flurry of shots rocked Simpson multiple times.   Simpson recovered quick during rounds and stayed out of Lawlor’s range and may have been deserving of each round but in a fight like that I give them a draw which is fairly rare in UFC but did happen on the undercard as Nick Lentz and Thiago Tavares split the fight.   In the show opener, Amir Sadollah used some excellent front kicks and nice leg kicks to take a decision over Brad Blackburn.   Sadollah seems ready to take the next step up in the ladder with that win and has some serious potential.   In other fights on the card, two UFC newcomers battled it out in Michael Guymon and Rory MacDonald which MacDonald won by submission to an armbar.   Chris Leben defeated Jay Silva by decision to come back from his two fight losing streak.   Jesse Lennox and Rick Story went to a decision which Story won unanimously, Rafael Dos Anjos won a decision over Kyle Bradley, Nick Catone won a decision over Jesse Forbes and Gerald Harris was victorious over John Salter by TKO in the 3rd round.   All in all, fairly boring card that would be a tough sell to sit through again.  


UFC News and Rumours

UFC 109 is on February 6th and has some good depth with no title fights.   Matt Serra will take on Frank Trigg in a wrestler vs Jiu Jitsu battle, Mike Swick faces Paulo Thiago, Nate Marquardt looks to take one last step towards a rematch with Anderson Silva when he takes on Chael Sonnen, Two former UFC heavyweight’s in Mark Coleman and Randy Couture will finally battle and Demian Maia takes on Dan Miller.

UFC 110 from Sydney, Australia will see Mirko Cro Cop vs Ben Rothwell in a fight Cro Cop should be able to regain some confidence in.   Michael Bisping will take on Wanderlei Silva who absolutely must win this fight as he’s lost 3 of his last 4 fights in the UFC.   Cain Velasquez will take on Minotauro Noguiera, Ryan Bader vs Keith Jardine and Joe Stevenson vs Australian’s George Sotiroplous.

UFC 111 in New Jersey will feature UFC Welterweight Champion GSP vs Dan Hardy, a UFC Interim Championship Title fight between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin, the rematch between Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves, Paul Daley vs Josh Koscheck and Ben Saunders vs Martin Kampmann.

UFC 112 will be taking place in Abu Dhabi with a Vitor Belfort vs Anderson Silva Middleweight Championship fight, a UFC Lightweight fight between BJ Penn and Frank Edgar.   Kendall Grove vs Mark Munoz and Matt Hughes taking on Renzo Gracie.   Another big card oversea’s for the always expanding UFC.

UFC 113 in Montreal is shaping up nicely as with the Machida vs Shogun Main event for the UFC Lightheavyweight Championship.   Other fights such as Rashad vs Rampage, Jonathan Goulet vs Marcus Davis, Jeremy Stephens vs Sam Stout and Patrick Cote vs Alan Belcher should be confirmed shortly.   I’m looking forward to this show as I’ll be going since I have been to the previous two and the last one sucked.   Dana has said he was disappointed with the fights and I’m sure that’s why there are so many big fights booked.

It’s being reported that Flash Entertainment has purchased 10% of the UFC.   Flash is a live events company based in the United Arab Emirates apparently.   As Dana has put it, this will more then likely help the UFC become worldwide since they specialize in developing big cities into large entertainment capitals.   They are currently working on Abu Dhabi which is also hosting its first UFC event shortly.   The UFC is developing big stars and there company continuously venturing to places they normally wouldn’t.   With Shane McMahon’s apparent purchase of stocks all these men should become even richer than they already are, very shortly.


Other MMA Stuff


WEC 46 took place last Sunday and featured a main event of Benson Henderson vs Jamie Varner for the Lightweight Championship.   Henderson was able to catch Varner in a guillotine choke during the 3rd round for a submission victory.   Benson was in a tight guillotine of his own during the 1st but continues to show he’s incapable of being submitted and it’s doubtful anyone will take his place as the champion for a long time.   Urijah Faber came back from a broken hand that saw him out of action for six months and submitted Raphael Assuncao in Urijah’s hometown.   Urijah is set to face Jose Aldo in his next fight.  

In other fights:

Kamal Shalorus defeated Dave Jensen by unanimous decision.

Mike Brown submitted Anthony Morrison by submission to a rear naked choke.

Deividas Taurosevicius defeated Mackens Semerzier by unanimous decision.

Charlie Valencia took a split decision over Akitoshi Tamura.

Wagnney Fabiano defeated Clint Godfrey by unanimous decision.

Mark Hominick pulled off a triangle and armbar submission in the 1st round over Brian Caraway.

Eddie Wineland won a unanimous decision over George Roop.

Will Campuzano defeated Coty Wheeler by unanimous decision.


Apparently WEC is also looking to expand to Canada this coming year, if so this is great for both the fans and WEC because of their depth of talent with, at the time, limited opportunities to see them.   Jose Aldo, Benson Henderson, Donald Cerrone, Urijah Faber, Jamie Varner and Mike Brown are some of the best fighters in the world and it’s only a matter of time before people have an opportunity to see more of them.

WEC 47 is looking as follows so far:

Brian Bowles vs Dominick Cruz

Miguel Torres vs Joe Benavidez

Jens “Little Evil” Pulver vs Javier “Showtime” Vazquez


Strkeforce: Miami on January 30th looks as follows:

Robbie Lawler vs Melvin Manhoef

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos vs Marlos Coenen

Nick Diaz vs Marius Zaromskis

Jay Hieron vs Joe “Diesel” Riggs

Bobby Lashley vs Yohan Banks

Herschel Walker vs Greg Nagy

Sabah Hamasivs John Kelly

Pablo Alfonso vs Marcos Da Matta


Well that’s all for this week but I’ll be back before Strikeforce on the 30th for my predictions and such.   Happy New Year to all!




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