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2 years ago

Looking Back At The Ultimate Fighter Season One

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The Ultimate Fighter returns this week on FX. Lost in all of the excitement is the impact that this show had on MMA 17 seasons ago. As much as UFC will try, they will never have another class and show as exciting as The Ultimate Fighter Season 1.

I watched back the entire season of the first The Ultimate Fighter show recently. I remember at the time being hooked on the show the first time I watched it. I felt the same way re-watching the season all over again. The season was filled with drama, tremendous fights, and a cast of characters that has never been quite as engaging as the cast from this season.

First of all, the format was entirely different on the show. The show featured weekly physical challenges ala Survivor. Unlike today where it was as simple as winning teams picks next fight, fight choices were determined by ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

UFC 155 Dos Santos Vs. Velasquez Results and Wrap Up

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The UFC made its return to the land of Pay Per View last night and although some fights left fans wanting a bit more, the other bouts were loaded with action that more than made up for it. If you were unable to see some of the undercard bouts, I highly suggest you try to do so by any means possible. Melvin Guillard versus Jamie Varner, while slightly slower than expected was an entertaining bout. As well the Featherweight tilt between Leonard Garcia and Max Holloway was a highly entertaining slugfest that went for a full fifteen minutes. Add in impressive TKO victories for Heavyweight Todd Duffee and Bantamweight Erik Perez and there is some top shelf violence for those of you that like it that way.

Moving on to the main card, some of the bouts didn’t quite live up to the hype. Others such as the co-main event between ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

UFC 155 Results: Cain Velasquez Regains UFC Title

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Cain Velasquez is an animal! Velasquez mauled Junior Dos Santos in their UFC 155 rematch proving to the MMA world that his 64 second loss to the JDS was a fluke. Velasquez won a unanimous decision to regain the UFC heavyweight title in one of the most one-sided UFC title wins in years.

Dos Santos could not stop the shot. Velasquez dominated the former champion on their feet and taking him to the ground. Velasquez had his way with Dos Santos at UFC 155, absorbing very little to punishment at all from the champion. UFC commentator Jor Rogan proclaimed at one point that he had not seen such a dominant performance by a challenger over a champion since Anderson Silva defeated Rich Franklin for the middleweight title several years ago.

Velasquez opened up looking to strike and takedown the former champion. Dos Santos did a good job early on of avoiding any ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

UFC 155 Dos Santos Vs. Velasquez 2 Predictions & Analysis

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The UFC returns to the land of Pay Per View this weekend with their traditional New Year’s Eve card. Despite not technically taking place on New Year’s Eve, the UFC has more than made up for it by packing this card with talent and intriguing match-ups from top to bottom. Headlining the card is a rematch that everyone has been clamoring for since their first meeting as the headliner for the UFC’s first event on the Fox Network as UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos battles the man he defeated for the title Cain Velasquez.

The co-main event of the evening features a Lightweight tilt that will move the winner significantly up the ladder in terms of placement in what is arguably the UFC’s deepest division as Joe Lauzon battles Jim Miller. Three Middleweight bouts are on the docket for the rest of the main card and many of them feature ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

Top 10 Most Bitter Rivalries In UFC History

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Anderson Silva is not the first guy to let an opponent get in his head and make fun promises of broken bones and backyard beatings. Here is a look back at 10 UFC rivalries that featured the same kind of fun threats, mockery, and intensity we heard from Silva and Sonnen.

Most UFC fighters try and play the political game of saying all the right complimentary things about their opponents leading up to fights. Why give your opponent added incentive to train and work harder preparing for the fight? However, there are some fighters that don’t care and are quite frank in their hatred and disgust in regards to their opponent. These bitter rivalries have turned general mundane UFC pre-fight promotional pressers into must-read and must-see material. In other words, they are a lot of fun to follow!

I thought it would be fun to go back and take a look at ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

Dana White’s Comments On Alistair Overeem Ring Hollow In Light Of UFC History

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Dana White Alistair OvereemUFC president Dana White is angry…or so he says. White is telling everyone and their grandmother on Twitter that he is mad at Overeem for lying to him after getting popped for a high T/E count. Yet a historical precedence shows that White’s tough words mean absolutely nothing.

We all know the story by now. Alistair Overeem tested a high T/E count last month and is now suspended for nine months. Overeem’s suspension pulled him out of the UFC 146 main-event, thus causing a nightmare of last minute planning for White and the UFC. White says he is upset, but the UFC’s history in regards to punishing fighters who fail PED tests tell a much different story.

White went off on Overeem when he was asked about the recent turn of events on the Jim Rome ..click here to read more , , , , , ,

2 years ago

10 Money Fights The UFC Failed To Make

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Brock Lesnar vs. Frank MirThe UFC is the most powerful promotion in MMA. Yet even with all of that power, they have let several big money fights slip through the cracks. Here are 10 fights that would have drawn money that for one reason or another the UFC failed to make.

This was a tougher list to make than I anticipated. A part of me wants to look strictly at money and what would draw the most dollars at the time of the fight while another part of me looks for the best matchups that never materialized. While they are usually the same for casual MMA fans, hardcore MMA fans may think differently.

I think that the UFC gets a little too cute at times when it comes to their money fights. Several times the company has passed on obvious ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 years ago

UFC 138: Leben Vs. Munoz Predictions & Analysis

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ufc138 posterWell CamelClutchBlog fans the UFC is back this weekend for a card that even they aren’t pretending to care about. That’s right folks just because the President of the company doesn’t care about this card, doesn’t mean that you don’t have to. But hey, if you choose not to care, no one can really blame you, just make sure you watch the UFC on Fox next weekend.

All kidding aside, the UFC has really ignored this card and with the lack of star power a lot of people seem to be ignoring it as well, at least while they’re not mocking it. However, it’s a free card chock full of potentially exciting fights, with a fair number of decent betting opportunities. So hey, if you’re awake, load up the old Facebook page and check the Prelims, or wait until later to ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 years ago

Only Two Fights On The First UFC On Fox Live Card

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Anderson SilvaAs part of its new deal with the Fox network, the UFC announced it would broadcast four specials on Fox as part of the new deal. Unfortunately, what they left out is that the first special will look more like a UFC prelims special than a landmark broadcast.

This odd piece of news floated out to the media after the UFC and Fox press conference. According to numerous reports, the first live UFC special will be live on November 12, a week before UFC 140. Yet the most interesting aspect of this is that the special will only be 60 minutes and feature just two live fights.

On paper the UFC and Fox deal looks like a win-win for everyone. However, I think even the biggest UFC fan would have to question the commitment from Fox ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , ,

3 years ago

Give Wanderlei Silva One More UFC Fight

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Wanderlei Silva delivered on his promise to UFC fans at UFC 132. Wanderlei promised a brawl and for 0:27, he gave them one. Silva is being rewarded for this great fight with the possibility of losing his job.

“People love him so much because of the way he fights and his style and the type of person he is,” Dana White said. “But yeah, (it’s) probably the end of the road for Wanderlei.”

Dana White always complains when UFC fighters give fans boring fights. Yet one of the few UFC fighters who promised and delivered an exciting fight is facing the prospect of losing his job for it. Wanderlei Silva promised the UFC fans that he would give them a brawl, he did, and 0:28 later is on the verge of being cut. Wanderlei deserves more, especially at least one more fight before the UFC terminates ..click here to read more , , , , ,

3 years ago

UFC 132: Cruz Vs. Faber Results – Cruz Retains, Ortiz Survives (Video)

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The UFC delivered fireworks Saturday night at UFC 132 with exciting fights, fast knockouts, and an absolute classic five-round main-event between UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber.

Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber will go down as one of the great main-event fights in UFC history. These two guys fought at a frenetic pace for 25 minutes, never slowing down for five full rounds of action. I think that at the end of the day this fight came down to a few takedowns in favor of Cruz.

These guys barely left their feet nor slowed down for five rounds. Cruz went for takedowns but Faber popped right back up. Faber regularly connected on Cruz coming out of the clinch which I thought may have been a difference maker here. Both men were rocked a few times, yet I never got the impression that ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , ,

3 years ago

UFC 132: Faber Vs. Cruz Betting Preview & Picks

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UFC 132: A Look Through the Eyes of a Gambling Man

This Saturday live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada the UFC returns with yet another offering that was robbed of it’s headliner. Although this one wasn’t as last minute as last weekend’s Marquardt vs. Story cancellation, this card is surely hurting from a slight lack of star power after the loss of BJ Penn vs. Jon Fitch 2. However, what remains is still a very solid fight card, with a lot of intriguing fights and of course, several great betting opportunities. Let’s take a look at some of them.

The first thing that anyone looking to bet on MMA needs to learn about is the website BestFightOdds (www.bestfightodds.com) this is a must check for the serious gambler. It provides up to the minute line movements on every major MMA ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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