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With all the talk of Fedor and whether he was going to retire or not, I decided to post one of his more famous fights. It was Pride Critical Countdown 2004 and the second round of the heavyweight grand prix. Earlier on the show, Sergei Kharitonov (yep, the same one in the Strikeforce tournament) won his fight against Semmy Schilt.
Fedor and Kevin Randleman were in the main event. Randleman got a takedown to start the fight and Fedor was able to get back to his feet, but with his back to Randleman. Randleman suplexed him right on the back of his head. Eventually, Fedor transitioned and was able to submit Randleman fairly quickly.
This Strikeforce Showtime card has some intriguing fights on it, including one with the man who Strikeforce wants to face Fedor Emelianenko at a possible pay per view card. Alistair Overeem hasn’t defended his Strikeforce heavyweight title, until tonight. In an odd case of booking, he’s facing Brett Rogers who lost to Fedor and in losing, somehow earned a title shot.
1. Rafael Feijao vs. Antwain Britt
If Strikeforce wants to put together one of those highlight knockout videos, they could start with using this fight. Britt looked like he was very comfortable striking with Feijao and maybe overly so. He was landing punches to the body. Feijao cliched with him and then when they were separated, threw a head kick and then an overhand right hand that landed. It was a left hook right uppercut combination that put Britt out.
Winner: Rafael Feijao by way of 1st round TKO
2. Kevin Randleman vs. Roger Gracie
Very awkward first round. Gracie has about six inches of height on him. Randleman was having major issues with his height and thankfully for him, Gracie has close to zero hands. Gracie looks to be trying to land a looping uppercut. The only time they got close was when Gracie went for a guillotine, but Randleman was too quick on his knees and got out of it.
Alistair Overeem vs. Brett Rogers (Strikeforce heavyweight title)
Andrei Arlovski vs. Antonio Silva
Roger Gracie vs. Kevin Randleman
Ronaldo Jacare Souza vs. Joey Villasenor
Antwain Britt vs. Rafael Feijao Cavalcante
The card is scheduled to air on Saturday night at 10 on Showtime.
More info on Showtime’s website.
They did an awesome video to open the show. They need to put more of these together and get them out there. This might be the first hype I’ve seen for the show.
Gus Johnson, Frank Shamrock, and Mauro Ranello are the broadcast team.
1. Mike Whitehead vs. Kevin Randleman
“Iron” Mike Whitehead is facing MMA’s version of “Iron” Mike Tyson. Well, at least from a size and craziness standpoint.
Randleman looked terrible. Whitehead outwrestled him the entire round, taking him down four times. Randleman had one takedown. Whitehead also hit him at will. The only thing Randleman is doing well is not allowing Whitehead to pass on the ground.
The second round wasn’t much better for him. Whitehead took him down and kept him in side control for the first half. Randleman got out of it and actually landed an uppercut, but that was it. Whitehead’s up 2-0.
Randleman knocked Whitedown down and went for hammer fists on the ground. He wasn’t able to do anything and Whitehead got back up and controlled him again. It’s easily Whitehead’s fight.
Winner: Mike Whitehead by unanimous decision
2. Joe Riggs vs. Phil Baroni
Baroni is ripped at 170. Continue reading