Monday, July 20, 2009

UFC 101 - Penn v. Florian Preview

This Saturday UFC 101 will take place in Philedelphia, Pennsylvania in the Wachovia Center. The main card features two mega stars in Anderson Silva and BJ Penn. BJ will be defending his lightweight title against TUF 1 runner-up Kenny Florian. Meanwhile, current MW Champ Anderson Silva will jump up to 205 pounds to face TUF 1 and former TUF and LHW Champ Forrest Griffin.
(Anderson Silva pictured)

Here are a list of the bouts:

B.J. Penn vs. Kenny Florian - LW Title
-This fight for the title will see a much improved Kenny Florian (11-3, 9-2 UFC) against a rejuvinated lightweight champion BJ Penn (13-5, 9-4 UFC). Penn is coming off a loss to Georges St. Pierre, which included allegations of greasing. Regardless of whether grease or vaseline was used, BJ Penn was dominated by GSP during the duration of the fight at 170 pounds.

Kenny Florian has resurged since his loss to Sean Sherk at UFC 64 for the lightweight title. Florian has rattled off a string of six wins in a row including quality wins over Joe Stevenson, Roger Huerta, Joe Lauzon and Din Thomas. Kenny will look to use his Muay Thai game to mix it up with BJ standing. If the fight does go to the ground, Kenny will look to utilize his vicious elbows in a ground and pound assault.
(Kenny Florian pictured)

BJ Penn is one of the legends of the sport since his arriving in the UFC 31 with a first round TKO of Joey Gilbert. BJ would look even more explosive in his next two bouts defeating Din Thomas in the first round and viciously knocking out Cael Uno in 11 seconds with knees and punches. After a narrow decision loss to Jens Pulver, BJ defeated former UFC champ Matt Serra and Pride champ Takanori Gomi.

Next would come the victory that catapaulted him into the stratosphere was a rear naked choke victory over Matt Hughes for the UFC welterweight championship at UFC 46. At the time, Hughes seemed unstoppable coming off 13 straight wins and 6 in the UFC. Penn has kept performing at a high level winning over Sean Sherk, Renzo Gracie, Joe Stevenson and Jens Pulver cementing his place among the all-time greats of the sport.
(BJ Penn pictured with a bloody Joe Stevenson)

Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin- MW Champion Anderson Silva (24-4, 9-0 UFC) has looked unstoppable during his current ten fight unbeaten streak. His has utilized his sharp, quick and precise striking ability. His UFC run has included victories over Rich Franklin two destructive times, Chris Leben, Travis Lutter, James Irvin, Dan Henderson and Nate Marquardt. His last two efforts against Pate Cote and Thales Leites have been slightly lackluster, but Anderson was barely touched in the bouts.

Forrest Griffin (16-5, 7-3 UFC) has shown to be an exciting, agressive, non-stop fighter in the UFC. He initially rose to stardom winning the epic bout against Stephen Bonnar, but his popularity has continued to soar with wins over Rampage Jackson for the UFC LHW title and Shogun Rua. Griffin will look to push the action against Anderson, and you can bet someone will get knocked out.
(Forrest Griffin pictured)

Johny Hendricks vs. Amir Sadollah
Ricardo Almeida vs. Kendall Grove
Josh Neer vs. Kurt Pellgrino


Shane Nelson vs. Aaron Riley
John Howard vs. Tamdan McCrory
Thales Leites vs. Alessio Sakara
Dan Cramer vs. Matthew Riddle
George Roop vs. George Sotiropoulos
Jesse Lennox vs. Danillo Villefort
(Matt Riddle pictured)

Video of the Day Mousasi v. Mensing

Here is Gegard Mousasi v. Steve Mensing from M-1: Slamm from 3/2/08 which took place in Holland. Gegard is set to take on Renato "Babalu" Sobral at Affliction III in his next bout.

Dream 10 - Mario's World

Dream 10 belonged to Lithuanian Marius "Mario" Zaromskis. The young up and coming 170 pounder scored a major upset, defeating Japanese favorite Hayato "Mach" Sakurai and American Jason High. The card delivered some of the best entrances and exciting finishes of recent memory.

Tarec Saffiedine def Seichi Ikemoto via unanimous dec- WW Reserve bout- Ichimoto threw some crazy techniques in this fight, including a double superman punch, double punch, spinning backfists, and even a double body punch while Saffiedine was grounded. Saffiedine landed the the more powerful shots, landing a big overhand right then jumping right knee near the end of the round.

In the second it was all Saffiedine, as he landed all the power punches and kicks. He was able to get a takedown off a failed attempt by Ichimoto, and worked mount and throw some good shots. Near the end of the round, Ichimoto got a reversal and a couple ground and pound shots. Saffiedine ends up winning a close unanimous decision.

Marius Zaromskis def Hayato "Mach" Sakurai via TKO (strikes) R1, 4:03- WW Bout 1- Zaromskis came out to Europe's "Final Countdown" dressed as a Dragon Ball Z character, including red wig and garb. He also wore a necklace of mouthpieces. Mach Sakurai came out with a massive applause from the Japanese crowd. The announcers described Sakurai's hard time making the weight.

After a pretty even amount of punishment dished out by each and a Sakurai takedown, a cut opened on above and below Sakurai's left eye. Following a long break, Sakurai was nailed with a high left kick that landed perfect sending him to the canvas. After a few follow-up punches, the bout was called. On the replay, you could see Marius faked a left punch and went for the high kick to move to the finals.

Jason High def Andre Galvao via split dec- WW Bout 2-
Jason High came out to Jay-Z, with a black bandana over his face, Kansas City Royals cap, and a big gold chain. Coach Antonio McKee was in his corner, with a katana sword. Andre Galvao came out with his black belt and gi to a soul song. The first round was all Galvao, as he got the better of the ground game. Galvao nearly locked in a leg lock/knee bar that High barely slipped out of. Galvao next almost got a rear naked choke, having High's back for about 4 minutes.

In the second it was all Jason High, as he threw snapping body and leg kicks. Galvao had nothing to offer but a few decent knees. High also got some takedowns which Galvao gave up easily to try a submission. However, High kept the pace up throughout with his striking. In the end, the judges gave the split decision victory to Jason High who moves to the welterweight final.
*High and Galvao win MMA Blaster's Fight of the Night
mma,Jason High
(Jason High pictured)

Katsunori Kikuno def Andre "Dida" Amade via TKO (punches) R1, 3:47- Katsunori Kikuno came out to the 80's song for charity, "We Are the World." Dida meanwhile came out to a Bob Marley's "Could This Be Love" while donning a crazy mask. Katsunori employed an odd karate stance and stalked Dida. Dida landed a coule punches and kicks, while landing a decent overhand punch. After a yellow card warning, Kikuno came out, got a body lock takedown, moved to back then threw rapid punches until the fight was called.

Paulo Filho def Melvin Manhoef via sub (armbar) R1, 2:36-
After intro's, Melvin Manhoef had to be wiped down as he was sweating profusely. After a failed double leg takedown by Filho, Melvin started working Filho over with a flurry of powerful rights and left hooks and straights. After Paulo went to the ground Melvin continued with his flurry. It looked as though Filho was in serious trouble when Melvin allowed him up.

After taking more punishment, Filho got a takedown, mount, then armbar. Even though Melvin rolled, Paulo's armbar was too good, and soon Melvin was tapping. Filho survived a wicked amount of punishment, and pulled off an outstanding comeback.
*Paulo Filho wins MMA Blaster's Submission of the Night
(Paulo Filho pictured)

Jesse Taylor def Dong Sik Yoon via TKO (injury), R1, 1:02- Jesse Taylor made a successful Japanese debut, steamrolling Dong Sik Yoon. After Taylor out muscled Yoon for a takedown, he got Yoon's back and nearly got a rear naked choke. Soon after, Yoon bizarrely asked for time and quit. A replay showed that when Taylor was throwing Yoon to the canvas while having his back, Yoon's ankle was caught on the canvas and torqued at a bad angle. Taylor was classy in victory.

Shinya Aoki def Vitor Ribeiro via unanimous dec- Aoki came out in red and white candy cane line pants with board shorts. Aoki began the fight well, landing and attempting kicks at will. Three minutes in, Ribiero had a large red welt on his elbow from blocking kicks. Aoki dominated the stand-up throughout the first round, denying Ribiero's two takedown attempts. Near the end of the round, Aoki squeezed in a knee to Ribiero's chin.

In the second it was more of the same, as Aoki hammered Ribiero with kicks and knees. When Ribeiro went for a takedown, Aoki landed a knee to the face of Ribiero but gave up the takedown. Ribiero got some ground and pound shots in, but did not do enough to win the fight. All three judges gave the win to Aoki.

Marius Zaromskis def Jason High via KO (head kick) R1, 2:22- Zaromskis completed his amazing night of fights with two highlight reel high kicks. The second came at the expense of Jason High, who ate a shin to the jaw.

The two fighters came out the same exact intro's as their first fights. Right off the bat, Marius went for a jumping knee that was caught by High who completed a takedown soon after. High looked to be controlling, until a scramble had the tow back to their feet.

Next, Marius threw a partial blocked one-two punching combo, then an immediate high kick that landed shin directly to the jaw. A couple punches followed to an unconscious Jason High before the ref jumped in. Marius Zaromskis captured the Welterweight Dream Grand Prix title, along with the Welterweight belt.
*Zaromskis wins MMA Blaster's KO of the Night
*Zaromskis wins Dream Welterweight Grand Prix
Marius Zaromskis
(Marius Zaromskis pictured)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Video of the Day - Villefort v. Massenzio

Here is Danillo Villefort v. Mike Massenzio from IFL Connecticut which took place on 5/16/08. Villefort fights Jesse Lennox next at UFC 101 on 8/8/09.

Monday, July 13, 2009

UFC 100 Review

UFC 100 proved to be an excellent card as champions Brock Lesnar and Georges St. Pierre dominated their respective opponents to defend their titles. Even though there have been many more than 100 events in UFC history, including Fight Nights and the ever popular UFC 37.5, this card stuck out as one of the best.

Yoshihiro Akiyama def Alan Belcher via Dec (Split)-
Akiyama and Belcher slugged it out in the first televised fight of the night. Akiyama seemed to land clean punches and high kicks. Belcher worked the legs with low kicks. Akiyama closed the first by getting dazed by a Belcher punch, then getting a takedown.

In the second it was all Akiyama, as he was able to get a takedown and rain down some solid punches from top position. Belcher was able to get a few leg kicks to close the round. In the third, Belcher scored a nasty superman punch in the third pushing it off the fence. Akiyama wouldn't be deterred as he scored a very close split decision. I gave the fight to Akiyama, taking the first and second rounds.
*Akiyama and Belcher win Fight of the Night bonus.

Dan Henderson def Michael Bisping via KO (Punch) R2, 3:20- Dan Henderson completely destroyed Mike Bisping throughout the fight. In the first round, Henderson was able to stun Bisping with a punch and brutalize him with knees. In the second round, Bisping was circling into Henderson's big right hand. One big one connected, and Bisping was out cold. Henderson threw one extra punch to seal his KO of the night award.
*Henderson wins KO of the Night bonus

Georges St. Pierre def Thiago Alves via Dec (Unanimous)- Georges St. Pierre looked phenomenal in this fight that featured takedowns, ground and pound, and precision striking. In the second round, St. Pierre busted up a couple cuts while getting in shots in the mount position. GSP was also able to get the back of Alves on numerous occasions.

Every round in this fight went to St. Pierre who ran into trouble in the third round. In that round, in the only time St. Pierre went to his back, he injured his groin when Alves attempted to pass guard. In the fourth round break, GSP was heard saying that he pulled his groin. Trainer Greg Jackson said that he didn't care. GSP headed his advice and continued to beat him up to seal the unanimous decision.
(WW Champ Georges St. Pierre pictured)

Brock Lesnar def Frank Mir via TKO (Punches) R2, 1:48- Lesnar was able to get revenge in this much hyped title fight. After Mir pulled out of their proposed bout at UFC 98, then talk serious smack, Lesnar's hatred began to build. Lesnar came to the bout ready for war. Mir looked a little banged up with a completely taped knee and recently drained hematoma.

In the first round, Lesnar was more cautious and focused fighter, as he was able to get a takedown and do damage. He looked to get position on Mir pinning his arm up and throwing punches. He landed numerous shots from the ground to cause serious damage. In the second, Mir had his best chance as he briefly stunned Lesnar with a knee. However, Lesnar was just too much as he clobbered Mir with punches until Herb Dean stopped the fight. Lesnar unifies the HW belts.
*MMA Blaster readers correctly choose Lesnar 104-79.
(HW Champ Brock Lesnar pictured)

Jon Fitch def Paulo Thiago via Dec (Unanimous)- In this fight, squeezed in at the end of the show, Fitch laid a whooping on Paulo Thiago. Fitch consistently scored takedowns, got Thiago's back, and nearly won by TKO as the bell rang.


Shannon Gugerty def Matt Grice via Sub (Guillotine) R1, 2:36
Dong Hyun Kim def T.J. Grant via Dec (Unanimous)
Jon Jones def Jake O'Brien via Sub(Guillotine) R2, 2:43
Jim Miller def Mac Danzig via Dec (Unanimous)
Mark Coleman def Stephan Bonnar via Dec (Unanimous)
Tom Lawlor def CB Dollaway via Sub (Guillotine) R1, 0:55
*Lawlor wins Submission of the Night Bonus.

Video of the Day - Lawlor v. Bartlett

Here is Tom Lawlor v. Travis Bartlett from FFP: Untamed 20 which took place on 4/12/08 in Mississippi. Since his loss to Ryan Bader on The Ultimate Fighter 8, Lawlor has back to back UFC wins over Kyle Kingsbury and CB Dollaway.

Lawlor has also flashed his personality, showing up to UFC 100 weigh-ins as the Just Bleed guy, then did his walk-out entrance to "Who Let the Dogs Out" while walking his dog, Seth Petruzelli. Tom won $100,000 for his submission of the night bonus at UFC 100, by far the biggest payday of his career.

(Tom Lawlor as "Just Bleed" guy at UFC 100)
(Tom Lawlor grows a beard in tribute of Evan Tanner before the Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Video of the Day - UFC 100 Postfight

Here is video of the post-fight interviews. Brock Lesnar apologizes for his not so classy post fight celebration.

Video of the Day - Barnett v. Marsh

Here is Josh Barnett v. John Marsh from Superbrawl 13 which took place on 9/7/99. Barnett was supposed to fight Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction 3. However, there has been allegations that Barnett failed a California drug test in anticipation to the event. Now Affliction may have Vitor Belfort take his place.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Video of the Day - Aoki v. Sakurai

Here is Shinya Aoki v. Hayato "Mach" Sakurai from Dream 8 which took place on 4/5/09. The win pushed Sakurai to the four man finale which takes place this morning at 3 AM.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sengoku 9th Battle - Featherweight Final

World Victory Road's Sengoku 9th Battle will take place August 1st in the Saitama Super Arena in Japan and air on HDNet. The action will feature the finale of the 16 man Featherweight Tournament. The tournament has been excellent so far, featuring a blend of knockouts, submissions and close decisions.

The best competitor so far has been Hatsu Hioki, showing supreme grappling skill first defeating Chris Manuel with a triangle armbar, then Ronnie Mann with a slick triangle. Equally impressive has been the undefeated Brazilian Marlon Sandro. Sandro defeated Matt Jaggers in the first round with a standing arm triangle, then knocked out the previously undefeated Nick Denis in 19 seconds.

Michihiro Omigawa has pulled off two upsets, defeating American LC Davis via decision, then getting a TKO over Nam Phan. Kanehara has won two decisions over Koreans Chan Sung Jung and Jong Man Kim. Another notable bout on the card is a lightweight title fight between Satoru Kitaoka vs. Mizuto Hirota.
Sengoku Hioki Sandro Omigawa Kanehara
(L to R- Omigawa, Kanehara, Sandro, Hioki)

FW Tournament Finale

Michihiro Omigawa vs. Marlon Sandro*
Hatsu Hioki vs. Masanoru Kanehara*
*Winners fight for the FW Title

Other Bouts

LW Champ Satoru Kitaoka vs. Mizuto Hirota
Kazuo Misaki vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura
Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Blagoy Alexandre Ivanov
Dan Hornbuckle vs. Akihiro Gono
Clay French vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
Choi Mu Bae vs. Yoshihiro Nakao
Koji Ando vs. Ikuo Usuda
Toru Harai vs. Shigeki Osawa
Ryosuke Komori vs. Takeshi Numajiri
Matt Jaggers vs. Chan Sung Jung- FW Alternate Bout
Marlon Sandro
(Marlon Sandro pictured finishing off Nick Denis)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Video of the Day - Shonie Teaches GSP

Here is one of my favorite moments from TUF 4 as Shonie teaches Georges St. Pierre how to do a pimp walk. If you don't remeber, GSP served as a coach on TUF 4 and Shonie Carter was a contestant.

Shonie was able to defeat Rich Clementi in the show's opening round. Matt Serra, who had gotten KO'd by Shonie's infamous backfist at UFC 31, acted as Shonie's main cornerman. Serra did everything in his power to help Shonie out and hype him up before the fight.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Dream 10 Preview

Dream 10 is scheduled for July 20th in the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. Have your DVR's set, as it will be broadcast in the wee hours of the morning on HDNet. The event will feature the finals of the 8 man welterweight grand prix. The odds on favorite in Japanese superstar Hayoto "Mach" Sakarai, who defeated Shinya Aoki in the first round.

The match-up of Shinya Aoki (20-4) v. Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro (20-2) is a grappling fans dream. Each has pulled off remarkable submissions in their careers, dislocating some elbows along the way. TUF 7 alum Jesse Taylor (11-3) will look to build on his five fight win streak outside the UFC against judoka Don Sik Yoon.

Here is how it looks right now:

Shinya Aoki vs. Vitor Ribeiro
Andre "Dida" Amade vs. Katsunori Kikuno
Paulo Filho vs. Melvin Manhoef
Jesse Taylor vs. Dong Sik Yoon
Tarec Saffiedine vs. Ikemoto Seich- WW Reserve Bout

Welterweight Grand Prix

Andre Galvao vs. Jason High- Bout 1
Hayato "Mach" Sakurai vs. Marius Zaromskis- Bout 2
Winner of Galvao/High vs. winner of Sakurai/Zaromskis

Hayato Sakarai
(Hayato Sakurai pictured)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Video of the Day - Kim v. Kubota

Here is Dong Hyun Kim v. Kosei Kubota from Deep 26 which took place on 10/10/06. Kim will be fighting TJ Grant at UFC 100.