I didn’t plan on blogging this show tonight since I’m on UFC overload, but what the heck.
It’s a card from Brazil meaning tons of Brazilian fighters that you may not have heard from, but at the very least, you’ll get to see Jacare and Glover Teixeira fight tonight.
After this show is the first episode of the new TUF show with Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate as coaches. We’ll have a recap of that show later tonight as well.
1. Ali Bagautinov vs. Marcos Vinicius
Vinicius was a bit casual with his back up against the fence and Bagautinov unleashed some ridiculous punches that nearly put him out. Bagautinov then tried to sink in a guillotine, but Vinicius got out of it. Vinicius then took his back. Vinicius couldn’t do much, but did get a take down. Bagautinov wins the round. Continue reading
Steve Juon told you yesterday why this show matters. Several of us on FGB are pretty excited about this card. And just being back at the Saitama Super Arena makes it a little more special.
1. Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Bahadurzada caught Kim with a short right and Kim had a mouse over his eye. Outside of that, it was all Kim. Kim got a takedown, got the mount, and peppered Bahadurzada with shots. He tried to get his back late in the round and was on his back like Urijah Faber last week, but didn’t get the choke.
The round was all Kim and and usual Kim. Takedown, side control, not much damage. Mount, double hammer fists, not much damage. Poor Bahadurzada. Poor us.
Kim took him down and completely immobilized Bahadurzada. He started raining down with elbows and punches from the top. Easy win for Kim.
Winner: Dong Hyun Kim by way of unanimous decision
2. Rani Yahya vs. Mizuto Hirota Continue reading
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As often as not when it comes to UFC on Fuel cards, I hear both casual fans and hardcore MMA enthusiasts say something like, “Thank God I can skip a show this week.” This is in part Zuffa’s own fault. You can’t put on more than 40 cards in a 52 week calendar year and expect every single one to be treated as equally important. Even UFC’s own numbered events tend to suffer – I’ve even attended a few. UFC 130 was not an event anybody needs to go out of their way to see, and UFC is scheduling more events per month now than they ever conceived of in 2011.
The telling thing about that event though is that Brian Stann won one of the night’s best fights, defeating Jorge Santiago by KO at 4:29 of the 1st round, and both fighters have gone in opposite directions since. Santiago lost a unanimous decision to Gunnar Nelson last month and was released by UFC for the third (and possibly last) time, while ‘All American’ Stann has only lost two times since then and both against top ranked fighters – Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping. Stann still feels like a contender at middleweight while Santiago feels like a fighter past his prime. Continue reading
In the two big early fights, Kid Yamamoto was tapped out by Vaughan Lee in the first round and Takanori Gomi knocked out Eiji Mitsuoka. I didn’t see it, but it sounds like the building exploded when Gomi put him away.
1. Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis
Well, the show started with some electricity. Lauzon must’ve been looking for something other than a high kick because Pettis drilled him with one and he went down hard. Pettis followed up with punches and it was over.
Winner: Anthony Pettis by way of 1st round TKO
2. Bart Palaszewski vs. Hatsu Hioki
Hioki was amazing, but so was Palaszewski. Hioki knocked him down early, but it was the submission game that had Palaszewski near close to being finished. Hioki went triangle to arm bar, to arm bar again and it looked like Palaszewski’s arm was going to snap, but he stayed calm and was able to get on top of Hioki. Has to be 10-8.
Much better round for Palaszewski. He was kicking and moving, staying away from being taken down. He and Hioki traded strikes and Hioki went for a takedown, didn’t get it, but moved to the back before the round ended.
Hioki got a strong-man takedown and went right to the ground and pound and much of it from side control. Palaszewski turned over and Hioki immediately got his back. Palaszewski fought the rear naked choke even with Hioki’s body triangle. Palaszewski survived. Really good fight.
Winner: Hatsu Hioki
The scores were 30-27, 29-28, and 30-28
3. Tim Boetsch vs. Yushin Okami
This is the UFC’s return to Japan since UFC 29, which featured the likes of Tito Ortiz, Matt Hughes, and Chuck Liddell. The main event of this go-around is Frankie Edgar defending his lightweight title against Benson Henderson. It’s also Rampage Jackson’s return to Japan and the card features many Japanese fighters.
We’re going to do this preview a little differently than usual. We have one writer breaking down every fight on the live card.
The FGB crew along with Stevie J from Angrymarks and friend of the website, JP, have all the predictions.
Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis
Alan: Pettis by decision
Duan: Lauzon by decision
Stevie: Lauzon by 2nd round submission
JP: Pettis by 2nd round TKO
Big D: Pettis by decision
Cactus Jim: Pettis by 3rd round submission
GG: Pettis by decision
Big D says:
Anthony Pettis and Joe Lauzon both have something in common. At one or two times in their career, they were seen as possible serious championship contenders. In 2007, J-Lau went on a win streak before being stopped by Ken Flo. He’s tried to bounce back but stayed in the midcard. Anthony Pettis delivered the kick heard round the world on Ben Henderson and went on to take his title (Ben is ironically getting a TITLE shot on this show). Pettis then went on to lose to Clay Guida and derail his push for lack of a better term. This fight is about redemption. Pettis is the more athletic but J Lau has always been headstrong. He fights til the end. I’m very excited to see if he can withstand Pettis’ speed and creativity in the octagon. I like Mr. J L (Not Jerry Lynn), but J is taking the L here.
Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski
Surprisingly, fans are giving Yushin Okami more of a chance that I would’ve ever thought. Or maybe, they’re just trying to predict the day that Anderson Silva finally falls atop his perch of greatest fighter alive. In a poll I conducted on the Fight Game Blog Facebook page, Silva was clearly winning the poll, but out of 25 votes, 7 thought Okami was going to win. I’ll update the poll if it changes by fight time.
1. Stanislav Nedkov vs. Luiz Cane
Nedkov is just winging punches. Cane is too good of a stand-up fighter to to not take advantage of the sloppiness. Nedkov started off quickly and aggressively, but after being hit solidly a bit, he’s being more patient. And just like that, Nedkov blitzed him. He hit him with an overhand right and then a left and Cane was out on his feet. His legs were wobbly and he was trying to do the stanky leg. Nedkov then connected again and put his lights out. Wow.
Winner: Stanislav Nedkov by way of 1st round TKO.
2. Brendan Schaub vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Schaub looks a little soft while Big Nog looks a little thicker than usual. Looks like he wanted to have strength for Schaub. Schaub looked like he wanted to test Big Nog early and felt his power and decided to fight more cautiously. He’s trying to land an upper cut. And just like that, Big Nog put his lights out. That’s back to back wows for me.