End Of The Line For Fedor Emelianenko?

Russian Sambo fighter Fedor Emelianenko absorbed his second straight loss in seven months in a Strikeforce mixed martial arts event at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Saturday. It may not sound unusual for a casual MMA fan but it seems surprising for what many perceived to be the greatest heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter in the world.

Fedor’s loss to via triangle choke to former UFC heavyweight fighter Fabricio Werdum was thought to be a fluke. However, his latest second round technical knockout loss to unheralded Strikeforce heavyweight Antonio Silva could indicate that age has finally caught up with him. In his post-fight interview, Emelianenko indicated that it could be his time to retire and leave the game.

That myth of invincibility has been shattered. After a ten-year winning streak, Fedor has suffered two upset losses that hint at his decline as a fighter. UFC president Dana White had a field day bashing the former Pride FC heavyweight champion, blaming his managers for such misfortune.

The truth is that Fedor never evolved through the years as a fighter. Certain quarters question the quality of his opponents in the past to explain how he managed to stay unbeaten for ten years. He has fought former champions in the past but more  fighters come out with better conditioning, athleticism and all-around fighting skills everyday.

While Fedor aged and stagnated as a fighter, more heavyweight fighters have evolved into more complete fighters. Yes, Emelianenko may be the best fighter of his time but the time comes when one has to accept when a new generation of fighters could be ready to take his place soon.

UFC 122 Results: Marquardt vs. Okami Fight Highlights

UFC 122 Results: Marquardt vs. Okami Fight Highlights – Yushin Okami of Japan defeated Nate Marquardt of the United States via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27). The Middleweight bout between the two top fighters was the main feature of UFC 122 held at König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. UFC 122 was aired on the same day, via tape delay, on Spike TV in the U.S.

However, international fans of UFC and MMA had been mixed in watching since the major sports event during the day was the Manny Pacquiao vs Antonio Margarito WBC Super Welterweight championship. Despite that millions of viewers worldwide on television and on the arena watch every match scheduled for UFC 122.

UFC 122 is the UFC’s second mixed martial arts event in Germany and also second in continental Europe. MMA has been met with severe criticism by German media, which led to the banning of minors from the first German UFC event.

Here are the UFC 122: Marquardt vs. Okami Results,

Preliminary card

Welterweight bout: Kris McCray vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha. Rocha defeated McCray via submission (kneebar) at 2:36 of round 1.

Light Heavyweight bout: Seth Petruzelli vs. Karlos Vemola. Vemola defeated Petruzelli via TKO (punches) at 3:46 of round 1.

Middleweight bout: Kyle Noke vs. Rob Kimmons. Noke defeated Kimmons via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:33 of round 2.

Welterweight bout: Pascal Krauss vs. Mark Scanlon. Krauss defeated Scanlon via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Light Heavyweight bout: Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Alexandre Ferreira. Matyushenko defeated Ferreira via TKO (elbows) at 2:20 of round 1.

Main card

Welterweight bout: Duane Ludwig vs. Nick Osipczak. Ludwig defeated Osipczak via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).

Light Heavyweight bout: Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Goran Reljic. Soszynski defeated Reljic via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Welterweight bout: Amir Sadollah vs. Peter Sobotta. Sadollah defeated Sobotta via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Lightweight bout: Dennis Siver vs. Andre Winner. Siver defeated Winner via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:37 of round 1.

Middleweight bout: Nate Marquardt vs. Yushin Okami. Okami deafeated Marquardt via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).

English Fighters To Show Territorial Power At UFC 120

The much awaited mixed martial arts event is finally here. UFC fans from all over world would finally be witnessing 5 great main events from UFC 120 which would be held at the O2 Arena in London, England. It comes along with the first ever UK UFC Fan Expo. The the bout will air live on SpikeTV and ESPN (UK) and a tape delay in SpikeTV USA. For those who can’t make it live in the O2 Arena, there will be several UFC 120 Live Stream on various sports sites in the internet.

Four of the fighter in the main event are English men. First would be Micheal Bisping who will be facing Yoshihiro Akiyama of Japan for the Middleweight bout. Then here comes Dan Hardy who will fighting against Carlos Condit of the USA for the Welterweight bout. Another welterweight bout would be from yet another English man John Hathaway who will face another American Mike Pyle. The last English man is James Wilks facing Canada’s Claude Patrick for another Welterweight match.

These English fighters would truly prove to their opponent that they’ve got the skills aside from the home court advantage. The match has been expected to break the European attendance and gate receipts records as they have declared a sold old seating plan. Fans would be very excited to watch the matches.

UFC 119 Mir vs Cro Cop Fight Results

UFC 119 at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis ended on Saturday night with a knockout finish in the main event. After 14 minutes of pushing and shoving in the cage, Frank Mir knocked Miro “Cro Cop” Filipovic with a knee to the face and followed up with another head puch on the ground before referee Herb Dean declared a stoppage at the 4:02 mark of the third and last round.

The light heavyweight match featuring The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 winner Ryan Bader and Little Nog Antonio Rogerio Nogueira ended in a unanimous decision win for Bader. Bader is undefeated in 12 fights no as he dominated a tentative Nogueira for three rounds. Bader may soon face light heavyweight phenom Jon Jones next.

Crowd favorites Matt Mitrione and Chris Lytle scored wins to the delight of the crowd. Indianapolis resident Mitrione overcame a shaky first round, piling up enough points in succceeding rounds to earn a win over Joey Beltran. Chris Lytle used his superior boxing skills to win by unanimous decision over good friend Matt Serra.

The match between former lightweight champ Sean Sherk and ersthile unbeaten Evan Dunham ended in a controversial  split decision win for Sherk.

The rest of the official results for UFC 119 are shown below.

MAIN CARD

  • Frank Mir def. Mirko Cro Cop via KO (knee) – Round 3, 4:02
  • Ryan Bader def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via unanimous decision, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
  • Chris Lytle def. Matt Serra via unanimous decision, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
  • Sean Sherk def. Evan Dunham via split decision, 29-28, 28-29, 29-28
  • Melvin Guillard def. Jeremy Stephens via split decision, 30-27, 28-29, 29-28

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • CB Dollaway def. Joe Doerksen via submission (guillotine) – Round 1, 2:47
  • Matt Mitrione def. Joey Beltran via unanimous decision, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28
  • Thiago Tavares def. Pat Audinwood via submission (guillotine) – Round 1, 3:47
  • Waylon Lowe def. Steve Lopez via split decision, 29-28, 28-29, 29-28
  • TJ Grant def. Julio Paulino via unanimous decision, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
  • Sean McCorkle defeated Mark Hunt via kimura lock submission (kimura) – Round 1, 1:03

UFC 118 Proves That Frankie Edgar Is The Answer

The UFC 118 rematch that featured Frankie Edgar defending his UFC lightweight title against BJ Penn ended with the same result. Edgar took the title away from Penn at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi by unanimous decision. The decision in their first match was close that there were doubts about Edgar’s legitimacy as a lightweight great and as champion.

Their second meeting on Saturday showed the same result but this time around, Edgar won in convincing fashion. All three judges scored it 50-45, the same way I would have scored the fight.

Edgar beat the legendary BJ Penn in all areas. The diminutive lightweight champion showed that he was the better striker and grappler. BJ Penn is  tough takedown defender but Edgar managed to take him down several times. Penn was also clearly outpunched through five rounds.

Edgar is now set to defend his title against earlier lightweight eliminator winner Gray Maynard, who beat Kenny Florian in the same fight card. Maynard is the only fighter who has beaten Edgar but that was two years ago. Edgar has since then improved and is a much different fighter.

Gray Maynard is not known to be an exciting fighter but this should be an interesting matchup. It is a opportunity for Edgar to avenge his lone career loss or it could be Maynard’s turn to get hold of the lightweight title.

Randy Couture vs James Toney UFC 118 Results: Couture By Triangle Choke Submission

Many thought the UFC 118 co-main event match between Randy Couture and James Toney was a joke and I would tend to agree. At UFC 118 in Boston, the joke is on Toney as his trash talking did not take him anywhere beyond the first round.

The fight was intriguing with hype on a boxing versus mixed martial arts bout. James Toney being a heavyweight boxing champ had a puncher’s chance to pull off an upset knockout win and the four-ounce gloves would be to his advantage.   

Randy Couture is just way too smart and experienced for Toney to land any clean punch. In the opening seconds of the first round, Couture easily took James down and worked from there. Toney could not offer any defense at all as Couture was simply taking full control of the fight on the ground. By the 3:19 mark, it was all over as Couture submitted Toney with a triangle choke.

Gray Maynard vs Kenny Florian UFC 118 Results: Maynard By Decision

UFC 118 at the TD Garden in Boston has for its main card four of the supposed best UFC lightweights. The main event features Frankie Edgar defending his lightweight crown against BJ Penn. A co-main event has boxing and mixed martial arts represented by heavyweight boxer James Toney and UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture resepectively.

In another lightweight match, Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard faced off for top contender spot. The winner gets a chance to challenge the winner of the Edgar-Penn rematch in the future. I had Florian as the favorite based on his well-rounded skills. Maynard comes off as a boring fighter using mostly wrestling to secure wins. Maynard is undefeated with 11 wins (8-0 in the UFC) but has not won many fans.

The Florian-Maynard ended up with a unanimous decision win for Maynard, using his superior wrestling to control the match. This is another disappointing loss for Florian as he has lost all the important fights in his career.

Diego Sanchez beat Florian in The Ultimate Fighter finale. Florian then worked on his game and was given two title shots with Sean Sherk and BJ Penn which he also botched. His first fight in his hometown and a chance for another title shot ended up being a bust as well. Florian will have to climb back to earn another title shot.

As for Maynard, he may have to wait for the winner of the rematch. Facing BJ Penn could be more difficult since he has already defeated Frankie Edgar in the past at the Ultimate Fight Night 13.

UFC 118 Fight Card: Randy Couture vs James Toney, Frankie Edgar vs BJ Penn

The Ultimate Fighting Championship brings mixed martial arts to Boston fight fans with UFC 118 at the TD Garden on Saturday. This pay-per-view event features a freakish co-main event where boxing meets mixed martial arts. Randy Couture, a UFC legend and 5-time champion faces heavyweight boxing champ James Toney. The main event is a rematch between UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn, the man Edgar beat at UFC 112 to claim the crown.

Randy Couture vs James Toney

Expect the Couture vs Toney fight to be a tactical fight for Couture. Toney is the more dangerous boxer who has increased his puncher’s chance with the use of 4-ounce MMA gloves. Couture is the more well-rounded fighter who can finish off Toney in so many different ways. Couture will have to adjust his dirty boxing knowing that Toney can knock him out in the clinch. For Toney, he will have to time his punch to land that clear shot on Couture. Toney will also have to adjust his fighting stance to stay away from Couture’s leg kicks and takedowns. I see Couture finishing off the fight by submission.

Frankie Edgar vs BJ Penn

The rematch should be an interesting one. Expect BJ Penn to come out more aggressive being the challenger this time. He has to realize that he cannot match up with the quickness of Frankie Edgar. Defending champion Edgar has improved each fight but has ironically been installed as an underdog. BJ Penn should win this rematch, if he can catch Edgar. Granted that Edgar executes his game plan well, then he may just defend his title by unanimous decision once again.

UFC 118: BJ Penn vs Frankie Edgar and Randy Couture vs James Toney

UFC 118: BJ Penn vs Frankie Edgar and Randy Couture vs James Toney – The UFC 118 is now on the way and by the looks of it we will have a very interesting UFC match today. The former boxing champ James Toney had entered a new sports and will try to defeat one of the greatest legends of UFC, Randy Couture.

On the Lightweight match former champion BJ Penn will try to regain the title he lost last April 2010 from Frankie Edgar. The preliminary cards is over and we are entering the main card and everything from herein will be total mayhem.

UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2 is being held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The Third UFC Fan Expo is also being held to coincide with this event. This is also the first UFC held in Massachusetts.

Here are the UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn Preliminary results:

Preliminary card

Welterweight bout: United States Mike Pierce vs. Brazil Amilcar Alves: Pierce defeated Alves via submission (cross-body armbar) at 3:11 of round 3.

Welterweight bout: England Nick Osipczak vs. United States Greg Soto: Soto defeated Osipczak via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Middleweight bout: United States Dan Miller vs. United States John Salter: Miller defeated Salter via submission (anaconda choke) at 1:53 of round 2.

Preliminary card (Spike TV)

Lightweight bout: England Andre Winner vs. United States Nik Lentz: Lentz defeated Winner via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27).

Lightweight bout: United States Joe Lauzon vs. United States Gabe Ruediger: Lauzon defeated Ruediger via submission (armbar) at 2:01 of round 1.

UFC 118 Weigh In

The weigh in results are in. On Saturday night at the TD Garden in Boston MA, mixed martial arts fight fans are in for another treat with UFC 118. Ultimate Fighting Championship is bringing mixed martial arts to a place that used to be a good base for boxing fans.

There have been less interesting boxing events in the last few years paving the way for MMA to rise in popularity. The upcoming UFC 118 is not lacking in star power and it also features some interesting matchups.

In the main event, UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar defends his crown against former champion BJ Penn in a rematch that would cement the status of the eventual winner. Penn is favored to reclaim his lighweight title to validate himself as the greatest lightweight champion. Edgar may not be a pushover with improvements seen in him in each fight.

The co-main event has boxing champion James Toney facing legendary UFC fighter Randy Couture in a heavyweight match. This may turn out to be a boxing vs. MMA match. Couture is the odds on favorite but Toney has a “puncher’s chance” to score an upset knockout victory.

Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard dispute top contender spot for the lightweight crown. The winner of the Florian-Maynard match will set him up with a championship match with the winner of the Edgar-Penn rematch.

Weigh in results:

Frankie Edgar, 154 vs. B.J. Penn, 154.

James Toney, 237 vs. Randy Couture, 220.

Gray Maynard, 156 vs. Kenny Florian, 156.

Nathan Diaz, 171 vs. Marcus Davis, 170.

Mario Miranda, 185 vs. Demian Maia, 184.

Gabe Ruediger, 155 vs. Joe Lauzon, 156.

Nik Lentz, 155 vs. Andre Winner, 154.

John Salter, 185 vs. Dan Miller, 185.

Greg Soto, 170 vs. Nick Osipczak, 171.

Amilcar Alves 171 vs. Mike Pierce, 171.