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 were two MMA shows last weekend. Both shows featured men who could lay claims for being the best pound for pound fighter in the world. One show was on PPV while the other was on cable television. One had a huge main event, that if it was marketed by the UFC, would’ve done big business. The other had two guys fighting at 155 pounds in the top position on the card with nicknames like “The Cowboy” and “C-4” (well, Varner has a few nicknames). The FGB brothers have their thoughts on both cards.
Affliction: Day Of Reckoning
Show overall rating: Thumbs In The Middle
Best Fight: Josh Barnett vs. Gilbert Yvel
Worst Fight: None
I’m not sure if anybody really bought this any more than any big TNA show, but entertainment-wise, Affliction: Day of Reckoning really wasn’t a bad show. The big story coming out of the show was the near-fatal knockout of one Matt Lindland by Vitor Belfort. A lot of people are saying “the old Vitor is back” and I disagree. The supposed “old Vitor” comes back every couple of months, then he ends up reverting to the hit or miss status that we’re accustomed to.
Barnett vs. Yvel, while it wasn’t the most technical of the two fights, really was entertaining. Barnett had some troubles finishing Yvel. I completely underestimated the toughness of Yvel. Barnett kept at it and actually looked *gulp* in shape.
The main event was quite the spectacle. Arlovski entered the ring like he was about to yell “SPARTAAAAA” and Fedor, as usual, was cold and lifeless. Arlovski’s new boxing techniques and handspeed were working quite well for him to start. I could clearly see he wasn’t really afraid of Fedor and was actually winning the fight on points. Then he gets Fedor to a corner and goes for a flying knee (which according to big Dave Meltzer, his corner told him not to do, but he didn’t listen) and gets caught with the shortest right hand in the history of God’s green Earth. The shortest right hand may have also been the most powerful, as it dropped Andrei out cold. This was the most unbelievable thing I had seen in quite some time. Fedor waited for Andrei to make a mistake, he made it, and capitalized. It may be damn-near impossible to find a fighter THIS good at Heavyweight perhaps ever.
Overall, if you ordered the show, you got something good, if you didn’t… eh… you didn’t miss enough to make you go “dammit… I wish I’d seen that”.
This is the last of the four big shows this weekend. I’m watching this on tape delay.
Craig Hummer and Frank Mir are ready to take us home.
1. Jose Aldo vs. Rolando Perez
These guys are 145’ers. They’re selling Aldo as the real deal on the feet. It was a kick boxing match for the first few minutes until Perez tried to throw a low jab and Aldo met him with a knee that sent him down. Aldo followed it up and finished him on the ground with strikes. That was pretty impressive. He ran out of the cage and into the crowd before coming back into the cage.
Winner: Jose Aldo by way of 1st round TKO
2. Mike Campbell vs. Danillo Villefort
These guys are fighting at welterweight. Villefort is a good deal taller than Campbell. Campbell was getting in some good strikes and put Villefort down. Villefort went from uma plata to knee bar, but Campbell got out. Then Villefort got the mount on Campbell’s back and stopped him via strikes.
Winner: Danillo Villefort by way of 1st round TKO
3. Scott Jorgenson vs. Frank Gomez