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UFC 127 News & Notes / Who or What’s Next

News & Notes

  • Fight of the Night: Brian Ebersole vs Chris Lytle ($75k Bonus)
  • Knockout of the Night: Mark Hunt ($75k Bonus)
  • Submission of the Night: Kyle Noke ($75k Bonus)
  • Attendance: 18, 186  (Australian Attendance Record)
  • $3.5 Million Live Gate
  • Following his victory, Michael Bisping spit on a member of Jorge Rivera’s camp
  • Rivera’s camp also believes Bisping should be suspended following the blatant illegal knee, spitting incident, and the taunting after the victory.
  • BJ Penn hinted at retirement if would have lost the fight against Fitch
  • Dana White is paying Riki Fukuda a win bonus and will treat the fight as a win for him, despite the judges seeing the fight for Nick Ring.
  • James Te Huna is donating his entire purse to the New Zealand Earthquake Relief Fund; The UFC is matching the donation

Possible Fights to Make after UFC 127

  • Jon Fitch vs BJ Penn II (Possibly for Welterweight Title)
  • Michael Bisping vs Chael Sonnen (Pending Sonnen’s Suspension)
  • Jorge Rivera vs Kyle Noke
  • Dennis Siver vs Melvin Guillard
  • George Sotiropoulos vs Evan Dunham
  • Brian Ebersole vs Matt Riddle
  • Chris Lytle vs Paulo Thiago
  • Chris Camozzi vs Maiquel Falco
  • Ross Pearson vs Jacob Volkmann
  • Alexander Gustafsson vs Rich Franklin
  • James Te Huna vs Stanislav Nedkov
  • Nick Ring vs Rich Attonito
  • Riki Fukuda vs Tom Lawlor
  • Anthony Perosh vs Jared Hamman
  • Tiequan Zhang vs Javier Vazquez
  • Mark Hunt vs Pat Barry
  • Curt Warburton vs Cody McKenzie
  • Maciej Jewtuszko vs Paul Taylor

Likely Cut Following Losses at UFC 127

  • Chris Tuchscherer
  • Jason Reinhardt
  • Spencer Fisher
  • Tom Blackledge
 
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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in News and Notes, UFC, What or Who's Next?

 

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UFC 126: News & Notes/ Who or What’s Next

News & Notes

  • Fight of the Night: Donald Cerrone vs Paul Kelly ($75k Bonus)
  • Submission of the Night: Jon Jones ($75k Bonus)
  • Knockout of the Night: Anderson Silva ($75k Bonus)
  • Anderson Silva credits Steven Segal for the kick used to knockout Vitor Belfort
  • If Georges St. Pierre beats Jake Shields, Anderson Silva vs GSP is next… Likely to take place in Dallas, Texas or Montreal, Canada
  • Dana White says Yushin Okami is deserving of title shot, but may have to wait for it
  • Rashad Evans has a sprained knee ligament and is forced out of fight against Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua at UFC 128
  • After victory over Ryan Bader, Jon Jones earns the right to fill-in for Evans against Rua
  • Donald Cerrone recieved news that his grandfather passed away, shortly after his win over Paul Kelly
  • Chad Mendes feels he’s ready to face the winner of Jose Aldo and Mark Hominick
  • Announced Attendance: 10,893 – With live gate of $3.6 Million
  • UFC likely headed to Japan and Sweden in 2011
  • Despite rumors of a cancellation… Brian Stann vs Wanderlei Silva still a go for UFC 130

Possible Next Fights for UFC 126 Fighters

  • Anderson Silva vs Georges St. Pierre
  • Vitor Belfort vs Nate Marquardt
  • Forrest Griffin vs Phil Davis
  • Rich Franklin vs Ryan Bader
  • Jon Jones vs Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua
  • Jake Ellenberger vs Mike Pierce
  • Carlos Eduardo Rocha vs DaMarques Johnson
  • Miguel Torres vs Brad Pickett
  • Antonio Banuelos vs Norifumi ‘Kid’ Yamamoto
  • Donald Cerrone vs Joe Lauzon
  • Chad Mendes vs Diego Nunes
  • Demetrious Johnson vs Scott Jorgenson
  • Paul Taylor vs Yuri Alcantara
  • Kyle Kingsbury vs Krzystof Soszynski
  • Ricardo Romero vs Tim Boestch
  • Kenny Robertson vs Mark Scanlon

Likely to Get Cut

  • Gabe Ruediger
  • Paul Kelly
 
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Posted by on February 6, 2011 in News and Notes, UFC, What or Who's Next?

 

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Strikeforce: Diaz vs Cyborg News and Notes/ Who or What’s Next?

News and Notes

– It was two rowdy fans that threw a water bottle and beer at Nick Diaz following his victory over Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos. Supposedly some Nick Diaz fans “took care” of the problem.

– Nick Diaz isn’t impressed with either potential next challenger – Paul Daley or Tyron Woodley

– ‘Jacare’ ready for all challengers, except Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller

– ‘Jacare’ also would like to return to the cage as soon as possible

– Herschel Walker isn’t promising a third fight yet, but if he does fight again, he wants a tougher opponent

– Walker has no desire to be an alternate in the heavyweight GP

– Coker announced the attendance at 9,059

– Jeff Monson has already been rumored to be Roger Gracie’s next opponent

– Darren Uyenoyama was in attendance Saturday night, and mentioned on Twitter that he could be fighting for Strikeforce and U.S. soil soon.

Matches to Make after Strikeforce: Diaz vs Cyborg

  • Nick Diaz vs Paul Daley
  • Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos vs Jorge Masvidal
  • Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza vs Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller
  • Robbie Lawler vs Luke Rockhold
  • Herschel Walker vs Abe Wagner
  • Roger Gracie vs Jeff Monson
  • Trevor Prangley vs Antwain Britt
  • Nate Moore vs Bobby Voelker
  • James Terry vs Roger Bowling
 

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UFC Fight Night 23: Fight for the Troops 2 News & Notes/ Who or What’s Next

News and Notes

Awards

  • Fight of the Night: Yves Edwards vs Cody McKenzie ($30k Bonus)
  • Knockout of the Night: Melvin Guillard ($30k Bonus)
  • Submission of the Night: Yves Edwards ($30 K Bonus)

Melvin Guillard believes he should be the next in line for the UFC lightweight title after TKO win over Evan Dunham

– Mark Hominick earns a shot at the UFC featherweight title against Jose Aldo at UFC 129 in Toronto after his TKO win over George Roop

– The Fight for the Troops 2 show made over $6ook on the phone lines alone, millions more expected from online donations.

– You can still make donations to help fund the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Funds at fightforthetroops.com

– The UFC expects to do have Fight for the Troops 3 sometime in 2012

– Matt Mitrione mentioned he’d “like to be tested” in his next fight after beating Tim Hague

Fights to Make After UFC Fight Night 23

  • Melvin Guillard vs Kenny Florian
  • Evan Dunham vs Matt Wiman
  • Matt Mitrione vs Ben Rothwell
  • Mark Hominick vs Jose Aldo
  • George Roop vs Fredson Paixao
  • Pat Barry vs Cheick Kongo
  • Joey Beltran vs Rob Broughton
  • Yves Edwards vs Danny Castillo
  • Cody McKenzie vs Danny Downes
  • DeMarques Johnson vs Pascal Krauss
  • Rani Yahya vs Javier Vasquez
  • Mike Thomas Brown vs Josh Grispi
  • Waylon Lowe vs Ricardo Lamas
  • William Freire vs Mike Lullo Jr.
  • Charlie Brenneman vs John Howard
  • Chris Cariaso vs Clint Godfrey

Fighters Likely to Be Cut

  • Tim Hague
  • Amilcar Alves
  • Will Campuzano
  • Mike Guymon
 
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Posted by on January 23, 2011 in News and Notes, UFC, What or Who's Next?

 

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UFC 125 News & Notes / Who or What’s Next?

UFC 125 News & Notes

  • Fight of the Night: Frank Edgar vs Gray Maynard ($60k bonus checks awarded to both fighters)
  • Knockout of the Night: Jeremey Stephens over Marcus Davis ($60k bonus check awarded to Stephens)
  • Submission of the Night: Clay Guida over Takanori Gomi ($60k bonus check awarded to Guida)
  • Dana White said Anthony Pettis would get the next title shot, but had a change of heart and awarded Gray Maynard an immediate rematch
  • Dong Hyun-Kim called out Georges St. Pierre after his victory over Nate Diaz
  • Brian Stann called out Wanderlei Silva at the post fight press conference
  • UFC 125 draws an attendance of 12,688 people with a live gate of $2.17 million
  • Jon Jones calls out Thiago Silva on Twitter for the disrespect Silva showed Brandon Vera in the cage with the open-palm slaps

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Fights to Make After UFC 125

  1. Frank Edgar vs Gray Maynard III
  2. Brian Stann vs Alan Belcher
  3. Chris Leben vs Court McGee
  4. Thiago Silva vs Matt Hamill
  5. Dong Hyun-Kim vs Josh Koscheck
  6. Nate Diaz vs John Hathaway
  7. Clay Guida vs Ben Henderson
  8. Jeremy Stephens vs Takanori Gomi
  9. Dustin Poirier vs Javier Vasquez
  10. Josh Grispi vs Mike Brown
  11. Brad Tavares vs Tom Lawlor
  12. Diego Nunes vs Manny Gamburyan
  13. Daniel Roberts vs TJ Grant
  14. Jacob Volkmann vs Nik Lentz
  15. Antonio McKee vs Mac Danzig

Fighters Likely to Be Cut Following Their Loss at UFC 125

  • Phil Baroni
  • Greg Soto
  • Brandon Vera
  • Marcus Davis
 
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Posted by on January 3, 2011 in News and Notes, UFC, What or Who's Next?

 

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Strikeforce: San Jose News and Notes/Who or What’s next?

Main Card

Fedor Emelianenko vs Fabricio Werdum

News Flash: Fedor Emelianenko is a human after all. For seven years now, MMA fans have watched in awe as Fedor Emelianenko has dispatched every heavyweight put in front of him. We all new his reign would end sometime, just not last night, not against Werdum. Everything started the way everyone expected. Early in the fight, Fedor dropped Werdum with a solid right hand and everyone knew the fight would soon be over. Fedor then charged right into Werdum’s guard to finish off his opponent, but Werdum quickly worked in an armbar. Long time fans of Fedor have seen this before, we knew Fedor would power out of it, and he did.  But then to our amazement, Fedor jumped right back into Werdum’s extremely dangerous guard once more. This time the Brazilian locked on a tight triangle choke with an armbar, and that’s when everyone knew the “The Last Emperor” was in serious trouble. Then, with one single tap to Werdum’s leg, Fedor Emelianenko became human. No one could believe what they just saw. The arena went completely silent, even the announcers couldn’t figure out what to say for nearly a minute.

Fedor Emelianenko is still the #1 heavyweight in the world. Losing for the first time in seven years, doesn’t drop you from that top stop. If they fought nine more times, I truly believe Fedor wins everyone of those next nine fights. This loss only proves that Fedor is in fact human, and capable of making mistakes. A trait no one believed he had before Saturday night.

Fabricio Werdum – In the post fight interview after his biggest win of his career, Werdum said he wanted a rematch with Fedor instead of fighting Alistair Overeem for the Strikeforce heavyweight title. Strikeforce would be insane to grant Werdum his wish. Very little buzz surrounded this fight in the first place, and even though the underdog won the bout, a second bout between the two doesn’t sound any better for the time being. Werdum defeated the #1 heavyweight in the world, he deserves the title shot, and we deserve a different fight. Even though a Werdum/Overeem title fight doesn’t have the same excitement as a Fedor/Overeem scrap, it needs to happen.

Fedor Emelianenko – The plan for Strikeforce was to make a move to PPV, headlined by the highly anticipated Fedor/Overeem fight. Now that Werdum has changed those plans, Fedor just needs to get back in the cage as soon as possible. His loss actually opens the door to a possible huge draw fight with former WWE star Bobby Lashley. I still don’t feel Lashley is ready for that kind of fight, but the fans want to see it. Antonio Silva seems like the best option available at this time, where the winner would get a title shot at the eventual winner of Werdum and Overeem.

Scott Smith vs Cung Le

– This is exactly why Scott Smith didn’t want to have an immediate rematch with Cung Le. In the first fight, Cung Le beat down Smith for two and half rounds. Then Smith, with all the energy he had remaining, threw a left hand that connected and dropped Le for the comeback KO victory. In the second go around, Le wasn’t going to allow that to happen. Scott Smith put the pressure on early, but Le used effective counter punches to slow down the charge. Once the pace slowed, Cung Le worked his unique San Shou kicks, including a well placed spinning heel kick to the liver of Smith. The kick crumpled Smith to the canvas, where Le landed a couple good shots before the ref stepped in to stop the fight. It’s a shame Cung Le doesn’t take MMA more seriously, because no matter what, he always puts on a show.

Cung Le – As noted above, Scott Smith did not want the rematch with Cung Le, but finally agreed to the bout after Strikeforce guaranteed a rubber match if Smith should lose the bout. Well Smith lost the fight, so expect a third match between the two in the future. Hopefully Strikeforce, Scott Smith, and Cung Le come to their senses and realize a third fight is not necessary at all. Cung Le is 37 years old and clearly MMA is not his top priority. No one knows how many fights he will have left, and there are clearly many more exciting match-ups for Le than a third fight with Scott Smith. I’d like to see Le go up against Robbie Lawler, Dan Henderson, or Melvin Manhoef.

Scott Smith – If we don’t see another rematch with Le, I’d like to see Smith paired up with Luke Rockhold, Yancey Medeiros, or Kevin Casey.

Christiane “Cyborg” Santos vs Jan Finney

– Cyborg bashed the face of Jan Finney for the entire first round, dropping her with big power punches on three different occasions. Jan Finney showed incredible heart by quickly grabbing a hold of Cyborg’s leg after every knockdown. Finally in the second round, the fight was stopped after Cyborg landed a vicious knee to the sternum of Finney dropping her to the mat for the final time. Strikeforce really needs to go to work and find Cyborg someone who is going to give her a true challenge. Jake Rossen of Sherdog.com made a great point in a live chat saying, “I get the feeling Strikeforce is going to be happy with Santos as the late-’80s Tyson, hiring warm bodies as opposed to challengers.” I really hope this isn’t the case.

– Alot of the talk from MMA fans after Strikeforce’s event on Saturday was aimed towards Kim Winslow’s ability as a referee. Many people thought the Cyborg/Finney fight should have been stopped in the first round sometime, due to the damage Finney was taking. I honestly think Winslow did a great job by not stopping the fight. Finney was constantly moving while protecting herself as best as she could at the moment. She was coherent, and looking for her next move to get back to the feet. I’ve seen plenty of fighters take a beating like that, but keep fighting, and eventually pulling out a dramatic victory. So I give my props to Winslow for that.

However, Winslow was far from perfect in that fight either. She immediately took a point away from Cyborg in the first round for shots to the back of the head. She really didn’t give Cyborg much of a warning before deducting the point. Also, I didn’t like the fact she kept asking Cyborg, “Do you want me to stand her back up?”, almost instantly after Finney was knocked down. It should be up to the fighter to ask the ref to stand the fight back up. There were times it looked like Cyborg was going to join Finney on the ground, but Winslow would back Cyborg up and let Finney get back to her feet.

Christiane “Cyborg” Santos – Erin Toughill should be next. By far the truest test Cyborg can get at the moment. This fight needs to happen.

Jan Finney – Back to the local Circuit.

Josh Thomson vs Pat Healy

– Thomson and Healy got the night started of in a big way. In the first round, Healy had some takedowns but Thomson was very active off his back going for numerous submission attempts. Healy stayed patient and fought all of them off, but it was clearly Thomson’s round. In the second round, it was all Pat Healy. This time after the takedowns, Healy was able to control Thomson from top position, earning him the round. The fight was cleary going to come down to the next round if it went to the judges. The third round started off with Healy back in control. Healy took Thomson down and eventually took control of his back. While trying to improve his position, Healy slipped off, and after a scramble it ended up with Thomson in back control. From there, Thomson locked in a body triangle, then eventually the rear naked choke. Healy tried to fight it off to no avail and was forced to tap with just 30 seconds left in the round. Sometimes even in defeat, you earn the respect of your peers. Pat Healy showed the rest of the division, that he will not be an easy fight for anyone in the Strikeforce lightweight divison

Josh Thomson – Josh Thomson is in no rush for a 3rd war with Gilbert Melendez right away, which is a good thing. There are still plenty of quality title eliminator fights for him. None greater than Lyle Beerbohm, who are both close to the top of their division and have had a battle of words going on between the two.

Pat Healy – I’d like to see Healy in another tough fight at 155 lbs. Jorge Gurgel or Billy Evangelista would be great fights.

Preliminary Card

It’s a shame that Strikeforce has no idea how to bring up or showcase their young talent. Middleweight prospect, Yancy Medeiros, was placed on the undercard. For other organizations that wouldn’t be a problem, because other organizations actually tape their undercard fights. Showtime/Strikeforce still hasn’t realized it’s a great idea to tape every fight. On Saturday, they gave Frank Shamrock a microphone and 15 minutes to narrate his own highlight video and announce his retirement. It was absolutely terrible, and quite akward for everyone as well. If Showtime had any idea how to run a sporting event, this would have been the perfect time to showcase young, Yancy Medeiros KOing Gareth Joseph.

– Lightweight prospect Bobby Stack won a hard fought, close decision to Derrick Burnsed. Stack is another guy that needs to be off Strikeforce undercards and on to the main cards of their challenger series events.

– Welterweight prospect Vagner Rocha was upset by Bret Bergmark by unanimous decision.

 

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News and Notes/Who or What’s Next? – Strikeforce:Los Angeles, Bellator 23, TUF 11 Finale, Sengoku 13, WEC 49

Strikeforce: Los Angeles

– Renato “Babalu” Sobral’s striking looked much improved in his fight with Robbie Lawler on Wednesday. For nearly two and half rounds, Babalu did a great job mixing up his leg kicks with a solid 1-2 punch combo to frustrate Lawler. Babalu earned the unanimous decision victory earning him a title shot. Since Babalu and current Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal are friends and training partners, Babalu turned down a shot at the belt and instead asked for a fight with Dan Henderson.

Renato “Babalu” Sobral – As mentioned above, Sobral called out Dan Henderson, so he is the heavy favorite to be his next match-up. If they don’t grant Sobral’s wish, Rafael Cavalcante, Antwain Britt, or Matt Lindland are other possible match-ups.

Robbie Lawler – Lawler has now lost two of his last three fights, and it’s looking like his time at being a top 10 middleweight are over. Luckily for Lawler, the middleweight division is by far the most talented division Strikeforce has to offer, so many interesting matches are still out there. The biggest question still remains to be the future plans of the champion, Jake Shields. If Shields bolts for the UFC, a middleweight tournament is expected to be made to crown the next champion. Due to Lawler’s exciting style, he would most likely be placed in the tournament. If Jake Shields decides to stay, Lawler will most likely be put in a title contender elimination fight against someone like Jason “Mayhem Miller, or rising stars Tim Kennedy or Luke Rockhold.

– DREAM welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis has taken a large step back from being the “next big thing” in the welterweight division. His time at Strikeforce has been a nightmare, getting beaten badly twice in a row inside the cage. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos smashed Zaromskis’ suspect chin numerous times in route to his 1st round TKO victory. This was Cyborg’s first fight at welterweight, and it couldn’t have gone any better. Santos was the much larger fighter in this fight and he used his advantage to his its full potential.

Marius Zaromskis – Zaromskis will probably head back to Japan, where he will feast on the much smaller Japanese welterweights.

Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos – There are plenty of entertaining fights for Cyborg in the division like Tyron Woodley, Karl Amoussou, or Andre Galvao, just to name a few.

– Tim Kennedy burst into title contention after running through an incredibly tough fighter in Trevor Prangley on Wednesday night. Kennedy showed great fighting reflexes after Prangley hip-tossed him twice, but immediately was able role through the throw and get right back up to his feet. He eventually would take Prangley’s back, and sink a standing rear naked choke that forced the tap at 3:35 in the first round.

Tim Kennedy – If there is a tournament to crown a new welterweight champion, you’d have to assume Kennedy would be in it. If there isn’t, I want to see him against one of the top level guys in the weight class like Jason Miller, Scott Smith, or Joey Villasenor.

Trevor Prangley – I still really want to see the Amoussou fight, that was prematurely stopped due to an accidental eye poke.

– Conor Heun and KJ Noons put on a show with a three round stand up war. Heun was surprisingly landing the more effective strikes in the first round, but Noons settled in and showed us why he is truly one of the best pure boxers in all of mixed martial arts. The fight ended up being a split decision due to one judge’s ridiculous scorecard of 30-27 in favor of Heun.

KJ Noons – Scott Coker came out in the post-fight press conference and said theat KJ Noons – Nick Diaz II is “highly likely” in the near future. Diaz’s only loss since May of 2006 came at the hands of KJ Noons, and there still bad blood between the two fighters. Another classic between the two is more than likely headed our way.

Conor Heun – Heun is now 0-2 under the Strikeforce banner, but in both losing efforts he’s managed to put on a great fight. He’s likely earned another fight in the promotion, and will likely be used as a gatekeeper role for another up-and-coming lightweight. Possible match ups include Billy Evangelista, Justin Wilcox, or Lee Gibson.

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Bellator 23

– Ben Askren shocked the world on Thursday night when he completely dominated the heavy favorite, Dan Hornbuckle for three rounds to earn himself a unanimous decision victory in front of his hometown fans. The win earned him a $100,000 paycheck and a shot at the Bellator welterweight champion, Lyman Good sometime later this year.

– Jose Vega became an instant star after his highlight reel KO of Jarrod Card. The win likely earned Vega a spot in next season’s bantamweight tournament.

– Raphael Davis (9-1-0) looks like a solid prospect in the light heavyweight division.

– Heavyweight prospect Cole Konrad stays undefeated after his unanimous decision victory over John Orr.

– Lisa Ward was awarded entry into next season’s 115 lb women’s tournament after defeating Stephanie Frausto in the 1st round by rear naked choke.

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UFC: The Ultimate Fighter Season 11 Finale

– Fight of Night Award: Matt Hamill vs Keith Jardine (Both fighters earn a $25k bonus)

– Knockout of the Night: Chris Leben (Earned a $25k bonus)

– Submission of the Night: Court McGee (Earned a $25k bonus)

– Court McGee defeated Kris McCray by rear naked choke in the 2nd round to become The Ultimate Fighter Season 11 Champion and earned the “six figured contract”

– Somehow, Matt Hamill was cleared to fight on Saturday night by the Nevada State Commission,even though he had a visable rash from a staph infection on his lower back. It amazes me how the commission, ringside doctors, Dana White, Hamill or Jardine’s trading partners, or anyone else closely related to this fight did not get this fight stopped. I know fighters need to actually fight to make their money, and it’s troubling for the promotions to scratch a fight so close to the day of the fight. But fighters health should always be #1 priority, and Hamill clearly had a contagious bacterial infection and should have been no where near the cage that night.

– Chris Leben looked quite impressive for the 2nd time in a row, earning a TKO victory over highly touted prospect, Aaron Simpson. Leben has really cleaned up his act outside the cage and it’s paying large divedens inside. I don’t think Leben will ever get close to a title shot, but a level headed Chris Leben makes for a difficult night for any middleweight in the division that may be standing across the cage from him.

– UFC New-Comer Travis Browne defeated James McSweeney by TKO in the 1st round due to strikes, but McSweeney’s camp is challenging the decision saying Browne used illegal strikes to the back of the head which lead to the outcome of the fight. A ruling should be made on Monday if the fight will be changed to a no contest.

– TUF 11 cast members: Rich Attonio, Brad Tavares, Kyle Noke, and Chris Camozzi likely earned another fight inside the UFC after winning their respected match-ups.

– Matt Hamill broke his hand sometime during his fight with Keith Jardine.

– Chris Camozzi seperated his shoulder sometime in his fight with James Hamortree.

Matt Hamill – Hamill will likely spend sometime away from the cage after suffering a broken hand, but can expect a solid opponent when he returns. Someone like Brandon Vera, Jason Brilz, or Luis Arthur Cane could be possible options.

Keith Jardine – Jardine has now lost 5 of his last 6 fights, dating back to 2008. It’s really tough to see him getting another shot in the UFC for now, but he’s a guy that would be brought back soon if he can put a couple wins together in the local circuit.

Chris Leben – Leben’s stlye always creates great match-ups against really anyone. Possible next opponents include Dan Miller, Nate Quarry, or a rematch with Patrick Cote.

Aaron Simpson – Simpson’s hype trained slowed down quite a bit after his beatdown from Leben. More than anything, Aaron Simpson just needs more cage time. Joe Doerksen, Ryan Jensen, or Nick Catone would be viable options.

Dennis Siver – Mark Bocek, Efrain Escudero, or Sam Stout would be a nice jump up the ladder for the German.

Spencer Fisher – The UFC lightweight division is absolutely stacked and there are a number of quality fighters that are stuck in limbo in the division. Fighters like Spencer Fisher, Joe Stevenson and Clay Guida are quality fighters that just can’t really cut it against the top 15 guys. These guys should be sent to the WEC. Imagine the drawing power a Henderson/Guida fight or a Stevenson/Cerrone fight could bring.

John Gunderson – Gunderson keeps his UFC career alive after getting a victory over Mark Holst at the TUF 11 Finale. Aaron Riley, Waylon Lowe, or new-comer Paul Sass would be a nice next opponent for him.

Mark Holst – I’m not sure if Holst will get another shot inside the octagon for now. It was only his first lost in the UFC, but if you can’t beat John Gunderson, you’re not quite ready to be on the big stage.

Travis Browne – Antoni Hardonk, Pat Barry, or Todd Duffee might be possible next opponents for Browne.

James McSweeney – It’s hard to see the UFC keeping McSweeney around with just a 4-5 overall MMA record. Back to the English local circuit for McSweeney is likely.

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Sengoku Raiden Championship 13

Marlon Sandro has sent 3 of his last 4 opponents out in stretchers. His last 4 wins have lasted a total of 3 minutes and 39 seconds with two and a half of those minutes being against Yuji Hoshino. This is a scary, scary man. You’ll probably see a lot of featherweights heading to the WEC just to avoid this guy.

– Maximo Blanco is a serious prospect in the lightweight division. His combination of athleticism and explosiveness makes him an incredibly exciting, violent human being.

– Japanesse, silver medalist in the 2004 Olympics, judoka Hiroshi Izumi won his 2nd consecutive MMA fight by defeating Chang Seob Lee by TKO in the 1st round.

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WEC 49

– Fight of the Night Award: Mark Hominick vs Yves Jabouin (Both fighters earned a $10k bonus)

– Knockout of the Night Award: Eddie Wineland (Earned $10k Bonus)

– Submission of the Night Award: Josh Grispi (Earned $10k Bonus)

– This card is my favorite choice so far this year for “Fight Card of the Year” at the MMA Awards next year. Every fight kept you on the edge of your seat.

– Another odd judges scoring, left fans with a bad taste in their mouth on what was otherwise a spectacular night of fights. The main event ended in a draw in a fight that seemed to be clearly won by Jamie Varner. The first round was mainly controlled by the crisp boxing of the former champ,Varner. Kamal Shalorus was rocked by a straight right hand, but when Varner went in for the kill, Shalorus returned fire which turned the fight into a slugfest. In the second, the fight was briefly stopped due to a low blow landed by Shalorus. He recieved a warning and the fight continued. Minutes later, another low blow dropped Jamie Varner to the mat, and referee Josh Rosenthal deducted a point from Shalorus. Varner eventually recovered and continued the fight, and eventually rocked Shalrous again with another straight right hand. Shalorus came back strong again, but the round still seemed to be clearly in Varner’s favor. A couple minutes into the 3rd round, poor Jamie Varner was on the wrong side of another accidental low blow, but for some reason another point was never taken away. The rest of the round was controlled by Shalorus, who finally used his elite wrestling ability to control Varner on the ground and earn him the final frame. When the fight was over, everyone was expecting the easy decision call in favor for Varner with the help of the point deduction in the second round. We were all wrong. Judges scores came back 29-27 Shalorus, 29-27 Varner, and 28-28 Draw, which lead to the official split draw ruling. Terrible scoring by the judges again…. which has added to the streak of awful decisions the past few months in MMA judging.

– Jamie Varner and Kamal Shalorus each broke a hand and a foot in their fight.

– Mark Hominick and Yves Jabouin put on a classic fight in the co-main event, that was full of high paced offense and momentem shifts. In the second round alone, each fighter was knocked down from big shots, just seconds apart from each other. Mark Hominick eventually got the TKO stoppage, inching him closer to a title shot against the featherweight champ.

– Josh Grispi may have leap-frogged Manvel Gamburyan as the next in line to face featherweight champion Jose Aldo, after he dispatched of LC Davis in just two in a half minutes with a guillotine choke that rendered him unconcious.

– Chris Horodecki dominated late replacement Danny Downes to earn his first win inside the WEC.

– Before the Hominick – Jabouin fight, it seemed like Eddie Wineland and Will Campuzano were going to win the “Fight of the Night” award easily after these two traded strikes heavily. Campuzano favored low kicks early, but Wineland flashed the head movement and footwork that are quickly becoming his hallmark while avoiding any real damage. The former WEC champ, Wineland, dropped Campuzano on two occasions in the opening round after catching mid-level kicks, but the end came in the second. A beautiful three-punch combo that targeted the head and the body dropped Campuzano, and Wineland pounced. Campuzano showed great resilience in battling back to his feet, but Wineland kept the pressure on. Another massive right to the body dropped Campuzano again, and a standing Wineland delivered a right hand to his opponent’s head that forced the stoppage with 16 seconds left in the round.

– Will Kerr earned his first WEC victory with an upset win over Karen Darabedyan.

– Eric Koch earned his first WEC victory with a submission victory over Bendy Casimir.

– Diego Nunes adds his name to title contention consideration with his split decision victory over Rafael Assuncao.

– WEC new-comer Chris Cariaso won his debut against Rafael Rebello by an easy unanimous decision.

– Highly touted Brazilian prospect Renan Barao won his first fight inside the WEC with a 3rd submission of Anthony Leone.

 

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