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UFC on Versus 3 Quick Results


  • Diego Sanchez def. Martin Kampmann via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Mark Munoz def. C.B. Dollaway via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:54
  • Chris Weidman def. Alessio Sakara via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Brian Bowles def. Damacio Page via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 3:30


  • Cyrille Diabate def. Steve Cantwell via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-26)
  • Danny Castillo def. Joe Stevenson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Shane Roller def. Thiago Tavares via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 1:28
  • Takeya Mizugaki def. Reuben Duran via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)
  • Dongi Yang def. Rob Kimmons via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:47
  • Rousimar Palhares def. Dave Branch via submission (kneebar) – Round 2, 1:44
  • Igor Pokrajac def. Todd Brown via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 5:00
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Posted by on March 3, 2011 in Quick Results, UFC


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UFC on Versus 3: Sanchez vs Kampann Predictions

Main Card

Diego Sanchez (22-4) vs Martin Kampmann (17-4)

Keys to victory for Sanchez: Diego Sanchez is at his best when he’s able to utilize his speed to move inside and land a flurry of punches and back out before taking any damage of his own. Even when he’s winning the stand-up battle, Sanchez is very good at scoring well-timed takedowns to keep his opponent guessing. Kampmann has a knack for grabbing a neck and securing a guillotine choke when his opponent goes in for a sloppy takedown attempt, so Sanchez must be sure his neck is protected when attempting his double-legs.

Keys to victory for Kampmann: In a recent interview with MMA Weekly, Kampmann mentioned he wants to go back to his roots and “get back to knocking people out”. I believe this is wrong strategy for him to take against Sanchez. At 170-pounds, Sanchez has typically struggled against the bigger fighters in the division, especially against the ones that are able to put him on his back. Kampann has the striking ability to win the stand-up battle, but Sanchez has only been stopped twice since 2006. One being a mercy doctor’s stoppage in the fifth round against BJ Penn, in which he took a severe beating. Kampann will have the size and strength advantage to take Sanchez down and keep him there.

Fight Breakdown: On the feet, it’s really anyone’s game. Sanchez keeps a high energy pace, throwing punches in combos. Kampmann uses the classic boxing approach, lead with the jab and follow it with a power shot. I tend to see this fight playing out against the cage in the clinch for a solid duration of the fight. If Kampmann can get a few takedowns, I see him roughing up Sanchez with punches and elbows from the top. In the later rounds, I think Sanchez will have enough, give up his back and Kampann will secure the rear naked choke.

Prediction: Martin Kampann def. Diego Sanchez by Submission – Rd. 3

CB Dollaway (11-2) vs Mark Munoz (9-2)

Keys to victory for Dollaway: Dollaway was a Division I All-American wrestler for Arizona State University, and using his elite wrestling skills will always be his clearest path to victory. At UFC 119, Dollaway showed great maturity as a fighter for realizing he didn’t have a choke early against Joe Doerksen and waited patiently for his opponent to make a mistake without exuding any energy. When the opportunity came, he rolled into a guillotine choke for one of the more spectacular submissions of the year.

Keys to victory for Munoz: Munoz also has an extensive wrestling pedigree out of Oklahoma State, but it hasn’t really translated well to MMA. His offensive takedown skills are incredibly sloppy for someone with his elite-level wrestling background. With that aside, he will have the tremendous advantage on the feet. Munoz has the power in his hands to drop anyone if he lands cleanly. CB Dollaway is incredibly active looking for submissions while on the mat, but in doing so, he tends to leave arms and necks available for the taking. Even though we haven’t seen much jiu-jitsu from Munoz, he is a purple belt under the Nogueira brothers, and may be able to expose that.

Fight Breakdown: The longer this fight stays on the feet, the greater the advantage leans towards Munoz. Even though his offensive wrestling isn’t that great, Munoz has shown the ability to defend them often and keep fights standing. I expect a pretty even fight with both fighters in bad positions several times throughout. I like Dollaway to get enough takedowns to eke out the decision.

Prediction: CB Dollaway def. Mark Munoz by Unanimous Decision

Alessio Sakara (15-7) vs Chris Weidman (4-0)

Keys to victory for Sakara: If you’ve been watching the UFC for a while, you know what Sakara’s likely plan of action will be. Even though he’s on his first three-fight win streak since 2006, Sakara has kept his job in the UFC all these years for his ‘knockout or get knocked out’ attitude he has in the cage. Sakara has recently added kicks to go with his explosive hands making him even more dangerous on the feet.

Keys to victory for Weidman: Weidman is a two-time All-American out of Hofstra, placing third in the NCAA tournament his senior year. With only one year of formal jiu-jitsu training at the Serra-Longo Fight Team, Weidman qualified for the 2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling Championships, losing to eventual silver medalist and world renown grappler Andre Galvao in an extremely close match.

Fight Breakdown: Weidman is considered to be one of the top prospects in all of mixed martial arts, but I personally would have liked for him to have a few more fights in the smaller shows before signing with a big time promotion. Nevertheless, Sakara is a perfect fight for him in his UFC debut. As long as Weidman avoids the big shots on the feet, he should have little resistance getting the fight to ground in his wheelhouse. I wouldn’t be surprised if he locked up a submission, but at the very least, Weidman should cruise to an easy decision victory.

Prediction: Chris Weidman def. Alessio Sakara by Unanimous Decision

Brian Bowles (8-1) vs Damacio Page (15-5)

Keys to victory for Bowles: Brian Bowles returns to action for the first time in nearly a year due to a broken hand suffered in his fight with Dominick Cruz, then broke a foot while training for Wagnney Fabiano. Will ring rust be a problem? Bowles generally likes to push the pace against his opponents. He has serious power in his hands, so Page must be cautious of not getting into lengthy exchanges on the feet. Bowles has explosive takedowns that often lead to big slams, and an underrated grappling game to back it up.

Keys to victory for Page: Damacio Page’s greatest asset on the feet in this fight will be his leg kicks. He will need to use them early and often to keep some distance from Bowles. Page has power of his own and tends to throw punches wildly, which could spell disaster against Bowles who prefers to get inside and throw heavy hands. Page has solid takedowns as well, but must be careful of Bowles’ nasty guillotine choke when dropping down.

Fight Breakdown: This fight is my pick for “Fight of the Night” with these two having similar, exciting fighting styles. I generally pick against fighters that have been inactive as long as Bowles has, but Damacio Page tends to get sloppy and becomes highly susceptible to the guillotine choke. I expect the same outcome as the first time they fought back in 2008, it just may take a little longer.

Prediction: Brian Bowles def. Damacio Page by Guillotine Choke – Rd. 2

Danny Castillo (10-3) vs Joe Stevenson (31-12)

Keys to victory for Castillo: Danny Castillo will be looking to keep this fight standing as long as possible. Mac Danzig, who hadn’t had a TKO victory since 2005, blasted Joe Stevenson at UFC 124 last December. Castillo is a vicious striker with five out of his ten wins coming by way of stoppages due to to strikes. Even though he prefers to keep fights standing, Castillo has a solid wrestling game as well.

Keys to victory for Stevenson: Joe Stevenson looked like a reborn fighter in the second half of 2009, after he started training with Greg Jackson. He put on dominant back-to-back performances against Nate Diaz and Spencer Fisher using relentless takedowns and strong ground-and-pound from the top position. If Stevenson could repeat these gameplans against Castillo, he could cruise to a victory on Thursday night.

Fight Breakdown: I think Stevenson will struggle with a few takedowns early, but if he can keep the pressure on Castillo while avoiding the big shots, he’ll eventually get the fight to the floor. Once on the ground, Stevenson should be able to do what he pleases. I think Castillo will eventually tire out and Stevenson will find an arm or neck to take home with him.

Prediction: Joe Stevenson def. Danny Castillo by Rear Naked Choke – Rd. 2

Cyrille Diabate (16-7-1) vs Steve Cantwell (7-3)

Keys to victory for Diabate: Cyrille Diabate is a kick-boxer and Muay Thai fighter that has been fighting professionally since 1999. Even with the extended amount of time in the sport, Diabate has never caught on to defensive grappling skills needed to take his game to the next level. Despite his starch job of Luis Cane, he doesn’t have a ton of power in his hands. Diabate’s most violent attribute are his knees inside the clinch and will likely looking to get the fight in that position.

Keys to victory for Cantwell: Like Bowles, ring rust will be the biggest concern for Steve Cantwell on Thursday. This will be the first time he enters the cage since September of 2009 due an undisclosed illness that supposedly nearly ended his fighting career. Without the proper information on the illness, it’s hard to say how much it may have taken a toll on his body. If he comes in a 100% healthy, Cantwell showed improved boxing even in defeat against Luis Cane and Brian Stann, but will have a much larger advantage on the ground.

Fight Breakdown: Even though I think Cantwell has enough tools to beat Diabate, I believe the extended lay-off from the sport in the end will be his downfall. If Cantwell can’t get a takedown early, I think he’ll tire out and keep his hands too low until Diabate lands a big shot to drop him, and finish him with strikes on the ground.

Prediction: Cyrille Diabate def. Steve Cantwell by TKO – Rd. 2

Prelim Quick Picks

  • Shane Roller def. Thiago Tavares by Decision
  • Takeya Mizugaki def. Reuben Duran by Decision
  • Rob Kimmons def. Dongi Yang by Submission – Rd. 3
  • Rousimar Palhares def. Dave Branch by Submission – Rd. 1
  • Todd Brown def. Igor Pokrajac by Submission – Rd. 2

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Posted by on March 1, 2011 in Predictions, UFC


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Brian Bowles vs Damacio Page II Set for UFC on Versus 3

MMA Junkie Reports:

Brian Bowles

– 8-1-0 MMA/ UFC Debut

– 3 TKO, 5 Submission Victories

– Notable Wins: Miguel Torres, Will Ribiero, Damacio Page

Damacio Page

– 15-5-0 MMA/ UFC Debut

– Won 2 of last 3 Fights

– Notable Wins: Will Campuzano, Marcos Galvao, Scott Jorgensen

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Posted by on December 20, 2010 in News, UFC


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Brian Bowles Out; Joseph Benavidez in versus Wagnney Fabiano at WEC 52

MMA Junkie Reports:

Joseph Benavidez

– 12-2-0 MMA/ 4-2 WEC Record

– Won 2 of last 3 Fights

– Notable Wins: Miguel Torres, Rani Yahya, Jeff Curran

Wagnney Fabiano

– 14-2-0 MMA/ 4-1 WEC Record

– 2 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Clint Godfrey, Fredson Paixao, LC Davis

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Posted by on October 7, 2010 in News, WEC


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Brian Bowles vs Wagnney Fabiano Expected for WEC 52 Main Card

MMA Junkie Reports:

Brian Bowles

– 8-1-0 MMA/ 5-1 WEC Record

– 3 TKO, 5 Submission Victories

– Notable Wins: Miguel Torres, Will Ribiero, Damacio Page

Wagnney Fabiano

– 14-2-0 MMA/ 4-1 WEC Record

– 2 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Clint Godfrey, Fredson Paixao, LC Davis

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Posted by on September 2, 2010 in News, WEC


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WEC 47 News and Notes – Who or What’s Next

Dominick Cruz vs Brian Bowles

In the classic match-up between speed vs power… speed was victorious on Saturday night in Columbus. For two rounds, Cruz controlled the fight using his fast hands and feet, peppering Bowles face in the process. You could see the frustration in Bowles face just minutes into the fight, after realizing he couldn’t find Cruz at all with punches. When Bowles would try to come in with a flurry to get the momentum in his favor, Cruz would easily get a take down and control the top position with ease. Unfortunately the fight was stopped before the start of the third round when the doctor’s said Bowles couldn’t continue due to a broken right hand. If the fight did continue, the outcome probably wouldn’t have been much different.

Dominick Cruz – The early word on Cruz’s first title defense is believed to be a rematch with Joesph Benavidez. I really hope this isn’t true. They fought each other just seven months ago, and Cruz completely dominated the fight. I’d like to see Scott Jorgensen or Damacio Page (pending he beats Antonio Banuelos in April) get the first shot.

Brian Bowles – With another broken hand, Bowles might be out for a while again. With that said, on his return I’d like to see him go up against Wagnney Fabiano, Frank Gomez, or Scott Jorgensen if he doesn’t get the title shot.

Joesph Benavidez vs Miguel Torres

My how things can change in a just a few months in the sport of MMA. Seven months ago, Miguel Torres was WEC’s reining bantamweight champion, in the top five of everyone’s pound for pound lists, and talks of moving up to 155 to fight BJ Penn were running ramped. Now, he’s lost two in a row wondering what his next move is. At WEC 47, Joesph Benavidez executed a flawless game plan since the start of the opening bell. He kept himself out of the reach of Torres’ jab with good footwork, while countering with body kicks. And then with good timed take downs, Benavidez kept Torres on his back and stayed out of harm’s way. Half way through the second round, Benavidez got another take down and landed a couple big elbows that cut open a huge gash in the former champ’s forehead. Then in a scramble, Benavidez locked in a powerful guillotine choke from the mount position and Torres was forced to tap. An impressive showing for the Team Alpha Male member.

Joesph Benavidez – As noted above, Benavidez might be the first to challenge the new champ, Dominick Cruz. I preferably would like to see him go up against another top 5 guy in the division before getting the title shot. Damacio Page, Brian Bowles, Scott Jorgensen, or Wagnney Fabiano would be great match-ups.

Miguel Torres – Torres just needs a win. A step back in competition might do some good for the former champ in his next fight. Charlie Valencia or Frank Gomez would be nice suitable opponents.

Javier Vazquez vs Jens Pulver

Jens Pulver landed a few leg kicks early, but it didn’t take long for Vazquez to drag him to the mat. Once on the floor, Vazquez easily moved around getting to better positions until he locked in an armbar and forced Pulver to tap. After the fight, Jens Pulver hinted at retirement again. As for Vazquez, he finally gets his first win in the WEC cage after losing two close split decision fights.

Javier Vazquez  – I would love to see a fight between Vazquez and Cub Swanson. The winner would sling shot his name into the title picture in the featherweight division.

Jens Pulver – It’s time to hang up the gloves for the former UFC Lightweight Champion. He just doesn’t have the ability to hang with top fighters in the world these days. If he still wants to fight, he’d still be a great draw for local shows but i doubt he’d want that hassle anymore.

LC Davis vs Devidas Taurosevicius

Two fighters with the exact same style of fighting never usually make for an entertaining fight, and this one was no different. The two fighters fought for position in the clinch for most of the three round fight, but neither was able to gain an advantage. Each fighter was able to get a take down every now and then, but no offense was ever mounted as each fighter was able to get back to their feet quickly. After the fight came to the end, one judge saw the fight as a draw, the other two were able to see the advantage for LC Davis somehow, earning him the majority decision victory.

LC Davis – With the victory, that makes it three in a row for Davis, putting his name in the title picture. I’d like to see Davis get a fight with Josh Grispi or Mike Thomas Brown to determine the #1 contender against Aldo or Faber.

Devidas Taurosevicius – With the fight being so evenly matched, i don’t see the loss hurting Taurosevicius on the ladder a top the featherweight division. A fight with Rafael Assuncao, Cub Swanson, or a rematch with Javier Vasquez might be possible for his next fight.

Karen Darabedyan vs Bart Palaszewski

Bart Palaszewski looked like Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on Saturday night. Palaszewski was tagged on the feet before Darabedyan went for the take down. Darabedyan from the top position continued the onslaught. Meanwhile, Palaszewski was staying active in the guard, looking for an armbar or triangle chokes. Darabedyan was able to avoid the submissions for most of the first round until there was only 25 seconds let in the 1st round. Palaszewski secured the armbar and forced the tap from Darabedyan. The win for Palaszewski is his 2nd in a row in the WEC.

Bart Palaszewski – After the victory, Palaszewski should see a step up in competition. Ed Ratcliff or Rob McCullough are possible solid match-ups for the crafty veteran.

Karen Darabedyan – A step back for Darabedyan is probably in order. Wrestling stand out Dave Jansen or Marcus Hicks would be great fights.

Scott Jorgensen vs Chad George

Well it was an extremely short night for these two bantamweights. Fifteen seconds into the fight, Chad George shot in for a take down but a perfect sprawl from Jorgensen spoiled that plan. From there, Jorgensen locked in a tight guillotine choke and forced George to tap at the 31 second mark in the opening round. Scott Jorgensen has been on a rampage in the division, and may have earned himself a title shot.

Scott Jorgensen – I personally hope Jorgensen is awarded the first shot at Dominick Cruz’s title. That would be such a great fight. If not, Brian Bowles, Wagnney Fabiano, or Miguel Torres are likely opponents.

Chad George – I’d like to see George against WEC new-comer Jesse Moreng, Ivan Lopez, or Will Campuzano.

Chad Mendes vs Erik Koch

Team Alpha Male member, Chad Mendes didn’t sway away from what everyone thought he was going to do in his WEC debut. For three rounds, he used his elite wrestling background to keep Koch on his back and lay down some punishment from the top. There were a couple nervous moments for Mendes in the fight. Koch locked on a triangle choke in the 1st round, but Mendes survived. In the 3rd round, Koch landed a head kick that opened up a gash that stopped the fight for a doctor’s examination. He was allowed to continue and earn the one-sided unanimous decision.

Chad Mendes – A fight with Mackens Semerzier would be a great fight. The winner would be the one of the top prospects in the featherweight division.

Erik Koch – I would love to see the grappling battle with WEC-newcomer Chan Sung Jung, who should be signing with the promotion sometime this week.

Anthony Pettis vs Danny Castillo

Castillo, the better wrestler, scored an early take down but couldn’t keep Pettis on the mat. A couple minutes later, carnage occurred. Pettis followed a jab with a head kick that would make Mirko Cro Cop proud. Castillo was out cold before he hit the floor. Referee Jerry Poe was slow on the stoppage and Pettis landed four or five unnecessary shots to his unconscious opponent. A huge win for the young lightweight prospect. As for Castillo, that’s his second loss in a row, taking his name out of title consideration for the time being.

Anthony Pettis – Chris Horodecki would be a nice opponent for Pettis following his WEC 47 win.

Danny Castillo – A step back for Castillo is necessary after two consecutive losses. Possible next opponents could be Karen Darabedyan, Dave Jansen, or Kamal Shalorus.

George Roop vs Leonard Garcia

Leonard Garcia and late replacement George Roop put on a show for the fans that earned them the “Fight of the Night” bonus. The first round had Garcia spending most of the time on his back, but a guillotine choke attempt and late flurry of punches may have stole the round for him. The second round was a slug fest. Most people feel Roop won the round with an early take down and a late sweep. The third round was much like the second, a stand up war with Roop earning a take down but unable to do anything on the mat. Late in the 3rd, Roop threw a kick that hit Garcia square in the cup. Referee Kevin Mullhall stopped the bout and took away a point from Roop for the foul. The action was close to the final bell, leaving the judges a tough task of declaring a winner… they couldn’t. One judge had it 29-27 for Roop, another had it 29-27 for Garcia, and the last had the fight a 28-28 draw. So a split draw was the final decision. Both fighters are up for a rematch and i don’t think the fans will mind.

George Roop – Leonard Garcia rematch.

Leonard Garcia – George Roop rematch.

Fredson Paixao vs Courtney Buck

This fight went exactly how i pictured it would. Buck landed a big shot early, knocking Paixao to the ground but then Buck made the mistake of following it up on the ground. Paixao swept Buck to gain top position and Buck tried to get back to his feet. In the scramble, Paixao got on Buck’s back and sunk in a rear naked choke until he went limp.

Fredson Paixao – Cole Province rematch, Chan Sung Jung, or Erik Koch would entertaining match-ups.

Courtney Buck – Back to the local circuit.

Ricardo Lamas vs Bendy Casimir

Bendy Casimir’s WEC debut did not go as planned. Everyone knew Casimir wanted to get this fight to the ground and look for the submission. After a short stint on the feet, Casimir looked for his opening to get the fight to the mat. Ricardo Lamas defended the first two take down attempts with ease. Then on the third attempt, Casimir was greeted with a well-timed knee to the face from Lamas knocking him unconscious. Lamas is now 3-1 in the WEC and has solidified himself as one of the top prospects in the lightweight division.

Ricardo Lamas – Rob McCullough or Jamie Varner would be entertaining fights for Ricardo Lamas.

Bendy Casimir – Casimir will need a win in his next fight to keep his job in the WEC. Possible match-ups may be Alex Karalexis, Mike Budnik, or Zach Micklewright.


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WEC 47 Quick Results


  • Dominick Cruz def. Brian Bowles via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00
  • Joseph Benavidez def. Miguel Torres via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 2:57
  • Javier Vazquez def. Jens Pulver via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:41
  • L.C. Davis def. Deividas Taurosevicius via majority decision (29-29, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Bart Palaszewski def. Karen Darabedyan via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:40


  • Scott Jorgensen def. Chad George via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:31
  • Chad Mendes def. Erik Koch via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Anthony Pettis def. Danny Castillo via knockout (head kick) – Round 1, 2:17
  • Leonard Garcia vs. George Roop declared split draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)
  • Fredson Paixao def. Courtney Buck via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:39
  • Ricardo Lamas def. Bendy Casimir via knockout (knee) – Round 1, 3:43
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Posted by on March 7, 2010 in Quick Results, WEC


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