2012 was a mixed year for Mixed Martial Arts on the biggest stages. There were some major highs and some serious lows. Let’s start with the highs which included the emergence of several big name MMA promotions including One FC in Asia and the World Series of Fighting in the USA. Other highs included the addition of Women’s MMA to the UFC as the women will finally get their chance to shine on the world’s biggest stage for fighting, and they owe a lot of that to the work of all-female fight promotion Invicta FC. Georges St. Pierre, the UFC’s king of Pay Per View made his long awaited return from injury in a classic bout against Carlos Condit, the addition of the UFC’s Flyweight division has yet to put out a boring fight and the UFC’s deal with Fox continues to prove a strong move for both the UFC ..click here to read more Bellator, Benson Henderson, Brandon Vera, Carlos Condit, Chan Sung Jung, Daniel Cormier, Demetrious Johnson, Diego Sanchez, Donald Cerrone, Dustin Poirier, Eddie Yagin, Edson Barboza, Eduard Folayang, Erick Silva, Evan Dunham, Felipe Enomoto, Frankie Edgar, Georges St. Pierre, Ian McCall, Jake Ellenberger, Jamie Varner, Jim Miller, Joe Lauzon, Joe Warren, John Lineker, Jon Fitch, Josh Barnett, Julie Kedzie, Louis Gaudinot, Mark Hominick, Mauricio Rua, Melvin Guilard, Miesha Tate, Nate Marquardt, ONE Fighting Championship, Pat Curran, Ronda Rousey, strikeforce, Terry Etim, TJ Grant, Tyron Woodley
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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 Alan Belcher, Brad Pickett, Byron Bloodworth, Cain Velasquez, Chris Cariaso, Chris Leben, Constantinos Philippou, Derek Brunson, Eddie Wineland, Erik Perez, Jamie Varner, Jim Miller, Joe Lauzon, John Moraga, Junior dos Santos, Leonard Garcia, Max Holloway, Melvin Guillard, Michael Johnson, Myles Jury, Phil De Fries, Tim Boetsch, Todd Duffee, UFC 155, UFC on Fox 1, Yushin Okami
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 Alan Belcher, Brad Pickett, Byron Bloodworth, Cain Velasquez, Chris Cariaso, Chris Leben, Constantinos Philippou, Derek Brunson, Eddie Wineland, Erik Perez, Jamie Varner, Jim Miller, Joe Lauzon, John Moraga, Junior dos Santos, Leonard Garcia, Max Holloway, Melvin Guillard, Michael Johnson, Myles Jury, Phil De Fries, Tim Boetsch, Todd Duffee, UFC 155, UFC on Fox 1, Yushin Okami
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 Alan Belcher, Brad Pickett, Byron Bloodworth, Cain Velasquez, Chris Cariaso, Chris Leben, Constantinos Philippou, Derek Brunson, Eddie Wineland, Erik Perez, Jamie Varner, Jim Miller, Joe Lauzon, John Moraga, Junior dos Santos, Leonard Garcia, Max Holloway, Melvin Guillard, Michael Johnson, Myles Jury, Phil De Fries, Tim Boetsch, Todd Duffee, UFC 155, UFC on Fox 1, Yushin Okami
The injury-bug has continued to plague the UFC this summer and after a fairly disappointing effort in Calgary, Alberta for UFC 149, the UFC is hoping to right the ship this weekend on network TV. The UFC rolls into the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California this weekend for their fourth offering on Fox.
Dana White and the hype machine have stoked the fires in an effort to try and gain casual fan interest in this card by promising that one of the Light Heavyweights in the Main and Co-Main Event will be one of the next men to challenge for the Light Heavyweight Championship. As Eric has discussed already in a couple of excellent blogs, the effort is almost laughable from a credibility point of view, but it’s a stroke of marketing genius that is surely going to get a few more eyeballs on the product come Saturday night.
The Main ..click here to read more Brandon Vera, Cole Miller, DaMarques Johnson, Jamie Varner, Joe Lauzon, John Morga, Jon Jones, Josh Grispi, Lyoto Machida, Manny Gamburyan, Mauricio Shogun Rua, Michihiro Omigawa, Mike Swick, Nam Phan, Oli Thompson, Phil Davis, Phil De Fries, Rani Yahya, Ryan Bader, UFC on Fox 4, Ulysses Gomez, Wagner Prado
The Ultimate Fighting Championship makes it’s somewhat long-awaited return to the Land of the Rising Sun, this weekend when they hold their first card in Japan since UFC 29 all the way back in the year 2000. They are returning to the former hotspot of PRIDE Fighting Championships, the massive Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The main Pay Per View card of the event has been amped up to four hours of run time and has added an additional two bouts.
Featuring a main event for the UFC’s Lightweight Championship between challenger Benson Henderson and champion Frankie Edgar, the UFC is offering a very solid card this weekend. Also the card features nearly every Japanese fighter employed by the UFC, so it offers a lot for the hometown crowd as well as a number of intriguing bouts for those of us who will be watching the card from the comfort ..click here to read more Anthony Pettis, Bart Palaszewski, Ben Henderson, Cheick Kongo, Chris Cariaso, Eiji Mitsuoka, Frankie Edgar, Hatsu Hiokii, Issei Tamura, Jake Shields, Joe Lauzon, Kid Yamamoto, Mark Hunt, Rampage Jackson, Riki Fukuda, Ryan Bader, Steven Cantwell, Takanori Gomi, Takeya Mizugaki, Tim Boetsch, UFC 144, Vaughan Lee, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Yushin Okami, Zhang Tiequan
The on again/off again Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard fight is officially back on. After a lengthy delay the two top UFC lightweights will attempt to avenge their previous draw at UFC 136. A UFC featherweight championship co-headlines the Texas event.
I have to give the UFC a lot of credit. After coming into the summer with some mediocre lineups, the promotion has recently assembled several stacked cards for the fall. UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard3 is no exception. The UFC will bring two UFC championship defenses and a solid undercard to Houston Texas on October 8.
UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will try and put his rivalry with Gray Maynard to rest for a third time in October. The two were originally scheduled to headline UFC 130 back in May. Unfortunately both had to pull out of the fight ..click here to read more Brian Stann, Cain Velasquez, Chael Sonnen, Demian Maia, Frankie Edgar, Gray Maynard, Joe Lauzon, Jose Aldo, Junior dos Santos, Kenny Florian, Melvin Guillard, UFC 130, UFC 136
I don’t think it gets much more exciting in MMA than seeing a big upset. There is something about seeing an upset that electrifies a live crowd and can put you on the edge of your couch at home in seconds. Today I look back at twenty of the biggest upsets in MMA history.
All of these upsets were based on odds and reputation coming into the fight. Yes, in hindsight years later some of these wins weren’t exactly big upsets after all. However, at the time the handicapping of the fight prior to the event told a much different story. It is hard to believe seeing Tim Sylvia fight today that anyone would consider the loss to Randy Couture an upset, however the MMA community thought much different at the time as an example of what I am talking about.
So today in no particular order I go back ..click here to read more antonio silva, B.J. Penn, Bobby Lashley, Brock Lesnar, Chad Griggs, chuck liddell, Fabricio Werdum, fedor Emelianenko, forrest griffin, Frank Mir, Frankie Edgar, Gabriel Gonzaga, Georges St. Pierre, Jens Pulver, Joe Lauzon, Keith Jardine, ken shamrock, Kimbo Slice, Mark Coleman, Matt Hughes, Matt Serra, Mauricio Shogun Rua, Mirko Cro Cop, nick diaz, Pride, Rampage Jackson, Randy Couture, Ray Mercer, Royce Gracie, Seth Petruzzelli, Takanori Gomi, Tim Sylvia