Top Five – Keith Thurman Beats Robert Guerrero

Keith Thurman beats Robert Guerrero

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Bellator LXXXV – Rick Hawn Vs. Michael Chandler Play By Play

Via Spike.com

Via Spike.com

I’ve decided the give Bellator on Spike a shot, at least for a few weeks. I’ve never watched a full Bellator card before, so while I’m familiar with the fighters, I don’t know them inside and out.

1. Patricio Pitbull vs. Pat Curran

This is for Curran’s featherweight title.

From what I’d heard about Pitbull, I expected him to come out like a house of fire. It was a very slow round that didn’t really pick up in action until the last couple minutes. I’d give the first round to Curran for landing the cleaner shots. It was all on the feet.

The second round was much better. Pitbull’s nose was bloodied. He looked much more confident, stalking Curran a bit. It was another close round, but I’d give it to Pitbull. His punches are short and direct because he’s small. He can throw punches on the inside before Curran can because of his more compact style.

I’d give Pitbull the round again. He was the aggressor and nearly landed a great head kick. It still wobbled Curran a bit even if it was blocked. He’s beating Curran to the punch, though, his face looks the worse for wear. I really wish I could see some punch stats.
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Will You Be Watching Bellator When They Move To Spike TV?

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I put up an easy yes or no poll on the right side of this post.

I have never watched more than one Bellator fight ever. According to Wikipedia, Bellator has been around since 2009. I know our good friend Stevie J at Angry Marks has gone to several events. But for whatever reason, I’ve never been into it. Even though they have good talent like Eddie Alvarez and Ben Askren, I’ve always labeled them as minor league.

But I think that’s going to change. Well, at least for two shows.

Their eighth season starts on January 17 and it’s on Spike TV following TNA Impact on Thursday night.

Their first card features lightweight champion Michael Chandler defending against Rick Hawn who won the season six lightweight tournament. Pat Curran defends his featherweight title against season four tournament winner Patricio Freire. And the third fight features Babalu Sobral vs. Mikhail Zayats in a light heavyweight tournament fight.

For week two, Ben Askren will defend his welterweight title against Karl Amoussou and King Mo will debut in the light heavyweight tournament against Przemyslaw Mysiala.

I will give it two weeks before I decide whether to continue watching. What about you? Answer the poll on the right and let us know.

2010 FGB Awards – MMA

It’s really amazing to see how much MMA has grown in the last several years. When I first started watching, it was a fun alternative to wrestling and boxing for me. I was eager to give it a shot, but never expected it to dominate PPV.

Well, ok, MMA doesn’t dominate PPV. UFC does. But still, it has been an amazing ride and it’s only the beginning. As you will see below, 2010 was also a pretty newsworthy year. From Brock Lesnar coming back from diverticulitis and defending and then losing his belt, to Chael Sonnen coming so close to beating Anderson Silva, to Anthony Pettis’ Showtime kick which ended the year (at least in US MMA) with a bang, tons of great things happened.

Duan, Alan, and I from this very site, along with friend of the site JP, Ryan Frederick (Ryan on Twitter), Stevie J from Angry Marks, and Big D from Superfriends Universe give out awards. Yes, I said that D was back here for “One Night Only” in the pro wrestling post, but I forgot about the MMA Awards. He’s back for “Two Nights Only”!

Fighter Of The Year

Duan – Cain Velasquez

He has established himself as the UFC number 1, and with Fedor taking a loss this year, that makes him MMA’s premier heavyweight.

Alan – Cain Velasquez

His two big wins are enough for me to choose as fighter of the year.

JP – Frankie Edgar

When it was announced that Frankie Edgar would fight B.J. Penn for the Lightweight championship, just about everyone counted him out. Instead Edgar proved impossible to put away and won a controversial decision. An immediate rematch was announced and this time Edgar dominated Penn for five rounds to keep his title and truly validate himself.

Ryan – Frankie Edgar

Not many men beat BJ Penn. Not many beat Penn twice. And only one has beaten Penn twice in 5 months. Edgar’s performance in their first bout and his domination in their second bout earned him this award, fighting off tough competition from Jose Aldo, Cain Velasquez, Dominik Cruz and Anthony Pettis.

Stevie J – It’s a tie between Georges St. Pierre and Cain Velasquez.

Big D – Anthony Pettis

Two Words: The Kick. Close 2nd Place: Jose Aldo and Chael Sonnen.

GG – Cain Velasquez

I was very close to going with Frankie Edgar here, but Cain beating Brock Lesnar on such a huge stage in his first main event fight was slightly more impressive to me.

MMA Show Of The Year
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Video – Highlights From Strikeforce: Henderson Vs. Sobral

You can get the entire picture of Saturday Night’s action with this clip. Some of these knockouts turned my stomach, they were so nasty.

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Strikeforce: Henderson Vs. Sobral

Even though pretty much any UFC card is going to be more important than Strikeforce card, I’m more intrigued with this card, simply because of the Paul Daley vs. Steve Smith fight.

1. Ovince Saint Preux vs. Benji Radach

Why is Radach fighting at 205? Mauro Ranello just told us that he doesn’t think Radach is healthy, he took the fight on short notice, and he decided to fight at this weight to not get lost in the shuffle.

Predictably, Radach was worked by the much bigger Saint Preux. Saint Preux sat on his back and was just raining down punches to the side of his head. Incredibly, Radach survived, but it wasn’t pretty at all.

Saint Preux threw a nasty uppercut that knocked Radach backward. He then went right back to his game of sitting on his back and raining down punches. Radach survived again.

Third round was a bit weird. Radach got some shots in, but Saint Preux got the best of it again. But neither guy really went for the finish so they ended up very much like the first two rounds.

Winner: Ovince Saint Preux by way of unanimous decision

2. Mike Kyle vs. Antonio Silva

This fight is intriguing because Kyle is so game, but I just wonder if Silva is too big. Kyle’s basically a blown-up light heavyweight.

Kyle opened up with a quick right hand that landed, and then he nailed Silva with another that buckled him. Kyle went to the ground and tried to finish, but it didn’t happen. Silva is hurt, but definitely has his wits about him and is defending on the ground.

To show the weight difference, all Silva had to do was basically fall on top of Kyle and he was able to take him down. Silva has decided to use his jiu-jitsu game, rather than stand with him. Silva sunk an anaconda choke in, but Kyle got out of it. I thought it was done. Then Silva switched over to the mount and just started throwing nasty shots from up top and ended it.

Winner: Antonio Silva by way of 2nd round TKO

3. Matt Linland vs. Robbie Lawler

Lawler has an epic beard going on.
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