UFC 117 is over and we have seen a mix of expected and stunning results as well.
UFC Middleweight Anderson Silva successfully defended his title against trash talking Chael Sonnen. What many did not expect was how Silva actually stole the fight away from Sonnen. The trash talking Sonnen lived up to his word of taking the fight to Silva, at least for the first four and a half rounds. Sonnen dominated the fight until Silva caught him halfway through the fifth round with a triangle choke. Sonnen was leading on all scorecards but lost via submission.
Junior Dos Santos was favored to defeat TUF winner Roy “Big Country” Nelson. What we did not expect was how tough Nelson was at taking all the punishment from Dos Santos. Most of Cigano’s fights end within the first round but this last one went the distance. Eventually, Dos Santos got all the judges’ nod as he took Nelson to an uppercut clinic.
In the welterweight bout that features Hall of Fame fighter Matt Hughes against Gracie student Ricardo Almeida, the younger Almeida was favored to win. Hughes came up with a stunning left to the face of Almeida to set him up for a triangle choke. Almeida passed out as the referee call the stoppage.
I picked Clay Guida to win in his matchup with Rafael Dos Anjos. Dos Anjos had other plans as he took the first two rounds from Guida. Guida was possibly trailing 20-18 going to the last round when Dos Anjos tapped out due to a broken jaw he sustained since round one.
In a catchweight bout, Thiago Alves and Jon Fitch met again for top welterweight contender spot. Alves came in over the weight limit and appeared sluggish against Fitch. It was not a fan-friendly fight but Fitch did what was needed to grind out a decision win.
Mixed martial arts fans all over the world are about to witness another major UFC event. On Saturday night, UFC 117 is unfolding featuring the MMA pound for pound king Anderson Silva defending his middleweight championship against Chael Sonnen. The event is to be held at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
All fighters except for one made weight during the weigh in on Friday at the Oracle Arena. Welterweight Thiago Alves, who is set to meet Jon Fitch in a rematch that would put the winner into title contention, weighed in at 171.5 pounds. He came in at half a pound over the limit of 171 pounds. The ideal weight for the welterweight division is set at 170 pounds.
This is not the first time that Alves missed the weight limit. He failed at weigh in before for a welterweight matchwith Matt Hughes at UFC 85, unable to cut weight on cardio due to an ankle injury. This time he had trouble cutting weight after more than a year of Octagon inactivity. In case of an Alves win over Fitch, Alves still gets a shot at the winner of the Georges St. Pierre-Josh Koscheck fight in December. However, Alves will be penalized with 20% off his purse.
The rest of the field at the weigh in are all set to put up another show at UFC 117. Junior Dos Santos, Roy “Big Country” Nelson, Matt Hughes, Ricardo Almeida, Rafael Dos Anjos and Clay “The Carpenter” Guida are ready to strut their wares in the biggest fight stage known to many as the Octagon. This is probably one good reason why mixed martial arts has overtaken boxing in terms of popularity. With mixed martial arts, we get to see the best fight the best.
Discovery Channel’s star of “Storm Chasers” Matt Hughes, a meteorologist, passed away at a very young age of 30.
Having the zealous passion of storm-chasing suggests that Smith’s death was not related to his extreme hobby.
Smith dies on May 26,2010 in Witchita,Kansas but was only discovered by his fans yesterday (November 3 2010) wherein the show featured an episode in dedication to his memory.
Little is known surrounding the cause of death. ‘Storm chasing’ is essentially the act of pursuing an extreme weather condition for adventure, scientific exploration, or for media coverage. Hughes and his team were particularly drawn to ‘chasing’ tornados, and in last night’s episode Hughes led his team to what the Discovery Channel called ‘their best tornado intercept ever’
Hughes was an experienced chaser and joined the team during the 2009 tornado season, he is survived by his wife Kendra and two boys, Hunter and Collin. A memorial fund has been established to benefit Hughes’ children.
Los Angeles Times reported about his death.
UFC 117 offers a heavily stacked list of matchups that can cause a betting nightmare. The undercard has a solid lineup of fighters that include a UFC legend, title contenders and a new generation of rising MMA stars. Tonight at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, we will witness another major UFC event.
UFC Middleweight Anderson Silva is expected to successfully defend this title against trash talking Chael Sonnen. The fight may not last more than one round as Silva can make Sonnen an easy target for solid striking using elbows and knees to the face.
Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos is favored to defeat TUF winner Roy “Big Country” Nelson. Nelson has a well-rounded game combining sound striking and grappling skills but JDS has the hand speed and his underrated jiu-jitsu may come into play if Nelson takes the fight to the ground. Most of Cigano’s fights end within the first round and this should be no different.
In the welterweight match featuring legendary fighter Matt Hughes against Gracie student Ricardo Almeida, the younger Almeida is a betting favorite. The emotional favorite would still be Hughes but he has been far from impressive in the last two years. After his second loss to Georges St. Pierre by armbar submission, Hughes has gone 2-1 beating Matt Sera by decision at UFC 98 and Renzo Gracie at UFC 112 by 3rd round TKO. Almeida will be a different animal from Serra and Gracie. Almeida should make Hughes realize that it is time to call it a career.
The Clay Guida matchup with Rafael Dos Anjos is a leading candidate for Fight of the Night honors. Both fighters are known to be exciting fighters the term “boredom” has never been associated with them. Expect a bloody mess in this fight but Guida should be able to hack out a close decision win. Dos Anjos would need to knock Guida out early if he wants to prove me wrong.
In another welterweight bout which has become a catchweight bout, Thiago Alves and Jon Fitch meet again for top contender position. Both are tough fighters with Fitch leading their matchup on a TKO win over Alves four years ago. Alves since then has vastly improved and should be favored to win this time via stoppage. Fitch has a slight chance of winning, granted that Alves shows some ring rust from being inactive in the Octagon.
It appears that the lineup pits five pairs of USA vs. Brazil bouts with more Brazilian fighters (4 out of 5) favored to prevail.