2012 15 Jul

During the main event of Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy last night, champion Luke Rockhold beat Tim Kennedy in a title fight that very few MMA fans seemed to know about.

The champion earned 50-45, 48-47 and 48-47 scores on the judges’ cards, picking up a hard fought win against Kennedy.

Meanwhile, Rockhold isn’t pleased with his main event performance, and hopes to have a rematch with ‘Jacare’ Souza at some point in the future.

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2012 13 Jul

Light heavyweight James Te Huna picked up a solid win against Joey Beltran at UFC on Fuel TV 4 earlier this week.

The New Zealander earned a solid unanimous decision win against Beltran, and was able to rock his opponent several times throughout the three-round, 15-minute fight.

Amazingly, Te Huna was able to completely control Beltran over three rounds, despite having one broken hand and a broken foot.

Here is what Te Huna had to say during the post-fight press conference:

“Broken hand, broken foot — I ain’t gonna do much with that, but I thought I hit him pretty well. I thought I did well for three rounds with what I had. I was surprised. I hit him with some of my biggest shots… I lined them up and threw them as hard as I could. I tried to stay on his tail and put pressure [on him], but I couldn’t get him down.”

Also, here is a brief video interview:

Besides a submission loss to Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 127, Te Huna has picked up four wins in the UFC octagon.

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2012 9 Jul

MMA legend Dan Henderson looks forward to the opportunity of fighting champion Jon Jones later this year, noting that many fans don’t seem to like the young and rather cocky champion.

Jones has a flashy standup style, but Hendo will look to get in his face and try to test Jones’ chin during their championship fight. Jones has the better all around skill set, and is still learning to perfect his craft, while Hendo is a longtime MMA veteran.

In a battle between the old guard and new generation, it should be interesting to see who can prevail.

Jones vs. Hendo will be the main event of UFC 151 in September at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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2012 8 Jul

Following his win against Chael Sonnen, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva spoke about his vicious knee to Sonnen’s sternum, his feelings about the American Gangster, and his emotions following the fight.

Round one closely mimicked the first fight, with Sonnen able to quickly put Silva on his back to help set up some ground and pound. The Team Quest wrestler ended the round in full mount, but couldn’t land any major damage.

In the second round, Sonnen threw a spinning elbow and ended up on his backside. Silva landed a brutal knee and used ground and pound to finish the fight via TKO.

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2012 25 Jun

Bellator heavyweight Brett Rogers picked up a TKO win against former foe Kevin Asplund at Bellator 71 last Friday.

Rogers is a heavy-handed brawler, but is working on his wrestling and BJJ, as he hopes to climb to the top of the Bellator heavyweight ranks.  Here is a recent interview he did after his victory against Asplund:

It’s interesting to hear Rogers discuss what it takes to get into the cage and fight, as many MMA fans have misconceptions about fighters.  Besides his TKO annihilation of Andrei Arlovski at Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields in June 2009, Rogers has suffered losses against the better heavyweight fighters of MMA.

He has losses to Fedor Emelianenko, Alistair Overeem, and Josh Barnett on his resume, though all of those fighters are –or were – legitimate talents.  He had a lot of personal distractions, but I’m curious to see how he does long-term for Bellator.

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2012 25 Jun

Brazilian MMA veteran Marcus Aurelio has signed with Bellator, jumping into the fray when he enters the Bellator cage at Bellator 73 in late August.

Here is what Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said regarding Aurelio:

“Marcus is an absolute explosive anomaly in our sport. If you have never seen him fight, you are missing something totally unique and special. Marcus brings a completely unique style and confidence to the cage that I’ve never seen before. It will be great to see how his explosive Capoeira translates in the Bellator cage.”

Aurelio also believes he has a lot to offer in the Bellator cage:

“I’m really excited to have signed with Bellator. I’m happy that they see my potential. I know they have some of the best fighters in the world and I’m ready to prove my worth against top tier competition. This is a huge accomplishment for me and everyone who has helped me get to where I am. I feel that my style of fighting is very dynamic and explosive,” said Aurelio. “I certainly don’t enter the cage to win on points. It’s instinct for me, I’m always looking to finish my opponent. I think it’s exciting for the fans.

Aurelio most recently lost to Lyle “Fancy Pants” Beerbohm at ShoFight 20 earlier in the month, where he was dominated by the surging lightweight.

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2012 24 Jun

UFC President Dana White hopes to see more fighters get involved in judging, as he believes there are too many inaccurate scores tabulated by athletic commission judges.

I think there definitely should be more involvement from fighters – once they retire – in the sport of MMA, as it’s unfair to see these guys suffer because a judge is incompetent about the sport. We’ll see if fighters decide to lend their expertise to judging once their careers end.

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2012 21 Jun

Women’s MMA superstar Ronda Rousey believes women will fight inside the UFC octagon in the future, and has high overall expectations for WMMA.

Rousey, the Strikefoirce bantamweight champion, holds a 5-0 record and hasn’t left the first round. All wins have come via armbar submission.

I don’t think WMMA will be in the UFC octagon any time soon, but it’s definitely possible later down the road. The weight classes simply aren’t deep enough to justify women making a move to the UFC, as Rousey is the only current female superstar that is well known.

Cyborg continues her suspension and isn’t eligible to compete at the moment. Gina Carano toys with the idea of coming back to MMA – allegedly, as I don’t think she wants to fight again – and it seems more like a ploy for media attention.

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2012 18 Jun

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney understands he made a huge gamble when he signed heavyweight Brett Rogers, when other MMA promotions were willing to let him fight elsewhere.

During a recent conversation I had with him, he had this to say:

“I saw a lot of fan feedback, and I’m always interested in what people are saying. (Rogers) management came to us months ago and started explaining that they felt his life was back on track. He was back with his wife and training. He’s taking care of family matters and his family. Based on his history and recent record, we were a bit stand offish. His management team kept coming to us. I talked to him and heard from about what he’s doing, and how he’s trying to improve his life.”

Rogers fight with Andrei Arlovski, one of the heavy-handed brawler’s MMA career highlights:

I think it’s a huge gamble for Bellator, and I hope he’s able to prove that he is truly worth the risk. He needs to be in great shape, stay out of trouble, and needs to perform well in the cage. His next fight will be on Friday in the Bellator cage, so we’ll see how he does…

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2012 15 Jun

Here is a recent photo shoot featuring UFC middleweight champion Anderson SIlva posing as Michael Jackson for the cover of Rolling Stone Brazil.

It looked like the champion had a lot of fun with the photo shoot.  I think it’s absolutely hilarious, and I’m glad to see Silva enjoying himself during the photo shoot.

No comment from Chael Sonnen regarding the video, though how can you truly insult such an amazing day? Oh wait. We’re chatting about Chael Sonnen here, right?

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