Big D and I are back and we’re not just talking wrestling. In fact, we open up the show discussing WEC 47 and Jens’ Pulver’s awesome promo. We also talk about the James Toney signing and UFC’s mystery show that they want to put head up against the Strikeforce CBS show.
Then we discuss the new Monday Night Wars and talk about TNA and WWE, including discussing the continuing angles for WrestleMania XXVI.
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After attending WEC 46 in person, I was quite interested in WEC 48, even though 49 is the big upcoming PPV. But with Brian Bowles and Dominick Cruz on the show, as well as Miguel Torres, it should be very good.
1. Bart Palaszewski vs. Karen Darabedyan
This was a good first fight. Darabedyan had Palaszewski up against the cage early on and was throwing some huge right/left combinations. It looked like we were on our way to a quick stoppage. But Palaszewski kept working from the bottom and grabbed onto a shoulder first, then started working towards are arm bar, and he finally got it later in the round.
Winner: Palaszewski by way of 1st round submission
Palaszewski said that Darabedyan kept leaving his arm out there.
2. Deividas Taurosevicius vs. LC Davis
With Frank Mir in training for his upcoming fight at UFC 100, Kenny Florian is joining the announce team for tonightâ€™s show.
Josh Grispi Vs. Jens Pulver
Jens has been on a 3 fight losing streak, and has lost 5 of his last 6. He needs a win tonight to remain relevant by any stretch of the imagination. Grispi is 12-1 with a lot of early submissions. Let’s see if Jens can keep it standing.
Round 1: Both guys come out swinging and kicking. Jens goes for the takedown and Grispi catches him with a deep guillotine. Jens holds on for about 20 seconds and taps.
Grispi by way of another first round submission.
Understandably, Jens is very upset. He says this will probably be his last fight. Crowd gives him a great ovation.
There’s some Brian Bowles versus Miguel Torres hype for their fight on Aug 9. Both guys are interviewed at ringside. Not much to it.
Jeremy Roenick, Keith Jardine, and Jamie Varner are at ringside.
Donald Cerrone Vs. James Krause
Two tall 55’ers in this one. The Cowboy is 9-1 with 1 no contest and Krause is 10-0. Continue reading
Thanks to AngryMarks.com and MMAWeekly.com.
Both Mike Brown and Urijah Faber came in a pound and a half light for their title bout. That’s interesting because Faber had mentioned that he was working harder with weights to build up his strength.
Mike Brown- 143.5
Urijah Faber- 143.5
Cub Swanson- 144
Jose Aldo- 144.5
James Krause- 155
Donald â€œCowboyâ€ Cerrone- 155
Josh Grispi- 145.5
Jens Pulver- 144
John Franchi- 145.5
Manny Gamburyan- 144
Kyle Dietz- 134
Rafael Rebello- 134.5
Anthony Pettis- 156
Mike Campbell- 155
Antonio Banuelos- 135.5
Scott Jorgensen- 134
Noah Thomas- 134.5
Frank Gomez- 136*
Seth Dikun- 136
Rolando Perez- 135.5
*Frank Gomez initially weighed in at 137.5 pounds, but made weight on his second attempt at 136 pounds.
We’ll have play by play (live or delayed, I’m not sure yet) on the site later tonight.
There are three big shows this weekend.
On Saturday night, Strikeforce gives us Jake Shields vs. Robbie Lawler and Nick Diaz vs. Scott Smith as the double main event on a pretty stacked card.
On Sunday, WEC 41 has the rematch between Mike Brown and Urijah Faber as well as Jose Aldo vs. Cub Swanson and Jens Pulver vs. Josh Grispi. Going head to head with the live viewing of that show is WWE Extreme Rules, a PPV show headlined by Randy Orton vs. Batista in a steel cage and Jeff Hardy vs. Edge in a ladder match.
I asked the FGB crew which shows they were most interested in watching.
Alan: Can I pick the NOAH Korakuen show????
Well I’d probably say Strikeforce as the card is stacked from top to bottom, but I think I’m looking forward to the Brown fight on WEC the most as far as a single fight goes. I think in Diaz/Smith, Arlovski/Rogers and Shields/Lawler, you have an excellent three headed monster at the top of the card, and Baroni and Randleman as interesting characters supporting it.
Duan: I definitely think Strikeforce will be the most fun show overall. It’s a really solid line up, and it will probably put most of the recent UFC cards to shame from an entertainment standpoint. The three big match ups are pretty much guaranteed excitement. And even the Baroni/Riggs fight should be really good brawl. I can see Kevin Randleman vs. Mike Whitehead sucking, but it should be at least interesting to see what Randleman has left as a fighter. Continue reading
Jens Pulver replaces Frank Mir on this show and joins Todd Harris.
Razor Rob McCullough opens the show against Marcus Hicks.
1. Marcus Hicks vs. Rob McCullough
They did absolutely nothing in the first round, but the second round was good. Hicks went for a guillotine and ended up on the bottom of some punches. McCullough was all over him with kicks, knees, and punches, and Hicks was just trying to survive. McCullough ended up with a cut on the side of his eye, but it was his round all the way.
To show how boring this third round has been, the referee threatened to stop the fight and call it a no contest if they didn’t pick it up. Terrible third round. I guess you have to give it to McCullough because of the second round.
Winner: Rob McCullough by way of majority decision.
The crowd hated it and it sounds like the judges did too.
2. Chris Mickle vs. Jose Aldo