Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Video of the Day - Velasquez v. Constant

Here is Cain Velasquez fighting Jeremiah Constant in Bodog Fight - Russia which took place on 12/16/06. This was Cain's last fight before coming to the UFC.

Cain destroyed Brock Lesnar at UFC 121 to take the UFC heavyweight title. Fight stats at the 5:15 mark.

Here is a recent Cain Velasquez interview/mobbing with Marcos Villegas of Fight Hub TV.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Video of the Day - Severn v. Smith

Here is Dan Severn fighting Mark "The Bear" Smith in King of the Cage 18 which took place on 11/1/02. Severn, a UFC Hall of Famer, keeps plugging away in the regional MMA circuit with 94 registered wins on Severn is a perfect 3-0 in 2010.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Video of the Day - Scanlon v. Reid

Here is Mark Scanlon fighting Mark Reid in OMMAC 7 - Vengeance which took place on 10/2/10 in Liverpool, England. The fight helped propel Scanlon into his first UFC bout, which will occur at UFC 122 against Paul "Panzer" Krauss.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sonnen Pre-Positive Test Interview

Here is an interview done by friend of MMA Blaster, Marcos Villegas of Fight Hub TV. The video was filmed the day before the positive steroid test was revealed by the California State Athletic Comission.

In the video, Sonnen makes some usual wild claims, such as nobody who Silva has beaten is still with the UFC, and that Silva told Sonnen his rib hurt during their epic battle at UFC 117. Well, Sonnen, Chris Leben, Rich Franklin, Nate Marquardt and Forrest Griffin are still in the UFC and close to title contention.

Why would Silva tell Sonnen mid-fight that his rib hurt? Seems like that would be the worst thing you could do, telling your opponent a weakness for him to exploit. Sonnen goes on to call Silva a "dirtbag" and a "bully" who ducked Sonnen for four years. Interesting. Take a look for yourself below.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Bellator Women's Tournament Final Set

Bellator's women's tournament has the finale set for Bellator 34 on October 28th in Hollywood, Florida. Undefeated submission ace Megumi Fujii will take on striker Zoila Frausto.  The tournament has seen Fujii run rough-shot over the field with 2 submissions.  Zoila notched a KO to get into the tourney before notching two decision wins.

Finale Match-up:  Megumi Fujii v. Zoila Frausto

Finalist- Zoila "Warrior Princess" Frausto (10-1, 3-0 BFC)- Zolia earned her way into the Bellator tournament by delivering Rosi Sexton the first KO loss of her career with a nasty knee and punches. Zolia will look to use her Muay Thai striking to get far in the tournament.  Zolia defeated Jessica Pene via unanimous decision in the 1st round. In the second round of the tournament Zoila defeated Jessica Aguilar via a narrow split decision.

Finalist- Megumi Fujii (22-0, 3-0 BFC)- Mega Megu is arguably the best women's submission fighter in the history of MMA with 18 sub victories. The Japanese dynamo already has the best undefeated mark in MMA history at a perfect 22 and 0. Megumi defeated Sara Schneider in her Bellator debut getting her first TKO. In the first round of the tournament, she defeated Carla Esparanza with a 2nd round arm-bar.  In the second round, Megumi repeated history, locking in a fight ending arm-bar against Lisa Ward.
(Megumi Fujii Pictured)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Video of the Day - Hathaway v. Mason

Here is John "Hitman" Hathaway fighting Jack Mason in Cage Rage which took place on 9/20/08 in London, England. Hathaway will face Mike Pyle next at UFC 120.

*Epic slam just before the 4 minute mark.

UFC 120 Preview

UFC 120 - Bisping v. Akiyama will take place in The O2 Arena in London, England this Saturday, October 16th. The card could be called Europe v. World, as it has a distinctly international flavor. The fights will be shown in the states for free on Spike TV via tape delay.

The main event features a middle weight match-up between judoka Yoshihiro Akiyama and TUF 3 champ Michael Bisping. Conventional wisdom would tell you that Akiyama will look to get the fight to the floor early and often, while Bisping goes for a big time KO.
(Michael Bisping throwing a kick on Josh Haynes)

In other action, John Hathaway (14-0) is riding a four fight win streak in the UFC, including his latest, a dominant performance against Diego Sanchez. Submission specialist Mike Pyle (19-7) is standing in his way. Pyle has gone 2-2 in the UFC alternating wins and losses. Pyle has 17 submission wins on his resume, including wins over Dan Hornbuckle, Jon Fitch and Chris Wilson.
(Mike Pyle weighing in for Affliction)


Yoshihiro Akiyama v. Michael Bisping
Carlos Condit v. Dan Hardy
John Hathaway v. Mike Pyle
Travis Browne v. Cheick Kongo
Claude Patrick v. James Wilks


Cyrille Diabate v. Alexander Gustafsson
Rob Broughton v. Vinicius Kappke de Quieroz
Steve Cantwell v. Stanislav Nedkov
Mark Holst v. Paul Sass
Spencer Fisher v. Kurt Warburton
Fabio Maldonado v. James McSweeney

Bellator HW Tournament Progression

With two rounds of the Bellator HW tournament completed, the finals have been set in stone, with UK's Neil Grove fighting USA's Cole Konrad. The fighters will attempt to be crowned Bellator's first HW champion when they fight at Bellator 32 in two weeks. 

Grove, a heavy handed striker, will likely try to keep the fight standing utilizing his powerful boxing.  Konrad, an upper level wrestler, will continue with the strategy that has got him to the finals.  He'll look to take down Grove and beat on him with ground and pound.


Finalist- Neil "Goliath" Grove (10-2)- All 10 wins via TKO/KO, this UK based HW has TKO's over James McSweeney, Robert Berry and James Thompson.  Grove advanced to the second round by TKO'ing UFC veteram Eddie Sanchez in the 1st Round.  In the second round of the tournament, Grove worked over submission specialist Alexey Oleinick with vicious ground and pound, defeating him in the first round.

Advanced- Cole "King" Konrad (6-0)- 2X NCAA champion wrestler, decision victories over John Orr and Patrick Bennett in Bellator. Cole will come in very close to the 265 pound limit and look to use his improving submission and boxing skills. Konrad defeated Rogent Lloret in the 1st round via decision at Bellator 25.  In the second round, Konrad used stiffling takedowns and ground and pound to defeat Damian Grabowski via decision.

Video of the Day - Fujii v. Yoshida

Here is Megumi Fujii, the biggest star in women's MMA in Japan, fighting Masako Yoshida at Shooto - Battle Mix which took place on 1/26/2007 in Tokyo, Japan.

Fujii, will fight Zoila Frausto for the Bellator Women's Championship at Bellator 34.