UFC 100 Recap

July 12, 2009

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Brock Lesnar defended his heavyweight title in his uniquely brutish style at UFC 100 Saturday night, capping the sport’s landmark weekend with a second-round stoppage of Frank Mir.

Georges St. Pierre defended his welterweight title with a showcase of his inimitably well-rounded mixed martial arts skills in an unanimous decision over Thiago Alves, while Dan Henderson knocked out Michael Bisping with a single punch in a middleweight upset as the UFC rolled its odometer into triple digits on a celebratory night for the proliferating sport.

Lesnar (4-1) ended the main event with a relentless series of right hands into the face of Mir, who handed Lesnar his only loss nearly 18 months ago.

Lesnar, a hulking former pro wrestler with a mercurial temperament, then taunted his opponent while Mir still was on the ground. He added a two-handed obscene gesture to the booing sellout crowd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, putting an entertaining but unflattering end on the highest-profile show in the sport’s history.

There were no theatrics or poor sportsmanship from St. Pierre, the classy Canadian star considered the UFC’s pound-for-pound best. He was the superior fighter from the start, steadily punishing Alves with punches, kicks and repeated takedowns in his third title defense.

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UFC 100 Tonight!

July 11, 2009

UFC 100 is live tonight from Las Vegas and as its the 100th UFC ppv ever, they’re going all out in stacking the card:

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Main card
Heavyweight Championship unification bout: Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir
Welterweight Championship bout: Georges St-Pierre vs. Thiago Alves
Middleweight bout: Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping
Middleweight bout: Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alan Belcher
Welterweight bout: Jon Fitch vs. Paulo Thiago

Preliminary card
Light Heavyweight bout: Mark Coleman vs. Stephan Bonnar
Lightweight bout: Mac Danzig vs. Jim Miller
Light Heavyweight bout: Jon Jones vs. Jake O’Brien
Welterweight bout: Dong Hyun Kim vs. TJ Grant
Middleweight bout: C.B. Dollaway vs. Tom Lawlor
Lightweight bout: Matt Grice vs. Shannon Gugerty

I’m predicting GSP, Lesnar, Henderson in the big ones. Don’t miss this one, we’ll have a recap tomorrow so check back.


Bobby Lashley’s First MMA Fight

December 15, 2008

Former WWE champ Bobby Lashley has gone down the Lesnar route and gotten into MMA.  He had his first match up this past weekend and won in :41 seconds.  Lashley is a tank and in even better shape than Lesnar, but he needs to really work on his finesse if he wants to make it into the UFC.  It will be interesting to track his career and see if Lesnar’s success can translate with other former wreslters


“Fight For the Troops” turns ugly

December 11, 2008

Last night’s UFC tv special “Fight For the Troops” had an ugly ending to the Corey Hill / Dale Hartt fight.  There were a ton of injuries on the show but this one really takes the cake and shows just how dangerous an MMA match can really be:

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UFC 91 Aftermath

November 17, 2008

We here at CurryPopTart have been covering the UFC 91 ppv pretty heavily and now that the dust has settled we can start thinking about the future of the UFC. Brock Lesnar is the Heavyweight Champion. Like it or not, the guy is an animal and came into the fight well prepared to take on the more experienced vet Randy Couture. Couture had Lesnar reeling in the 1st round as he kept him on the cage and had him gassed out. But Lesnar used the brief respite between rounds to his advantage and caught Couture with a big right to the side of the head sending the 45 year old champ to the ground. After that it was over as Lesnar pounced like a rabid animal and quite frankly the match should have ended a few punches before it did but I guess the ref wanted to show cautious discretion in such a big fight.

Here’s what Couture looked like the very next day and as you can see Lesnar left him bruised up like a battered wife. No news on Lesnar’s next opponent but I’m sure Dana White is gonna sit back and count the cash that having this monster as the face of his organization is gonna bring in:

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The Full Mount w/ J Squire: UFC 91 Preview

November 10, 2008

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To say that this Saturday’s ppv is a big one would be a bit of an understatement. UFC 91 is THE BIGGEST ppv in mixed martial arts history for one reason: Lesnar/Couture. For those of you who don’t know, Brock Lesnar is most known for being one of the biggest “champions” (its not a real competition, therefore not a real champion) that the WWE has produced in I’d say the last 20 years. But he left the squared circle a few years ago to pursue a short lived career in the NFL. Having never made it off of the Minnesota Viking’s practice squad he left that and soon decided to give mma a try. Since he is a two time NCAA wrestling champion and a physical freak, the transition hasn’t been all to difficult. He had one short fight before getting a call from the UFC to face former champ Frank Mir. He did surprisingly well in that fight despite getting caught in a heel hook about mid way through the first round. A few months later was his second fight inside the octagon.

 

This time against Pride and UFC vet Heath Herring. Lesnar definitely showed a lot of improvement in this fight easily taking the unanimous decision. So naturally his next fight should be for the heavy weight title…. Right? No, but the money to be made for the UFC in a fight featuring Lesnar and Captain America himself Randy Couture is undeniable. Especially since Couture is making his long awaited return to action after a long and much publicized legal battle with the UFC’s parent company Zuffa over his pay compared to other fighters. Couture thought he deserved more money and all Zuffa had to say to that was “You signed a contract bitch” (well that’s basically what they said). So here we are, 2-1 Brock Lesnar versus 5 time UFC Champion Randy Couture for the UFC Heavy Weight Championship. Vegas has Lesnar as the favorite in this one. And I guess I’d have to begrudgingly agree. For two reasons, one being that Randy hasn’t fought in 14 months and the second reason simply being Lesnar’s size and strength advantage.

 

I mean the dude is ripped and still has to cut weight to make the 265 pound weight limit. And since he seems to be picking up this sport pretty fast he has decent skill too. But I definitely wouldn’t count the champ out in this one. He certainly has the skill advantage. He probably has as much skill advantage as Lesnar has size advantage. So Couture’s chance to win will all count on what his game plan is and his ability to execute. Couture usually likes to get in close and use his dirty boxing skills (punching and elbowing from the clinch) both in the middle of the octagon and up against the cage. I don’t see that working against his mountain of an opponent. Randy will have to keep his distance and expose Lesnar’s lack of striking experience. If he is able to do that, I see this fight playing out a lot like his fight against Tim Sylvia where he used amazing head movement and a solid jab to win the decision and the belt. Also, we don’t know how big of a gas tank (stamina) Lesnar has. So if Randy is able to stay away and make Brock chase, he might gas out pretty quickly and start to make mistakes.

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relaunch / ufc 90 review

October 26, 2008

The relaunch is complete and CurryPopTart is finally born. Thanks to everyone who helped out with some great input and suggestions in getting this together. Not a major change but a few good new additions. Click through the pages tab on the sidebar for some new info and be sure to add the RSS feed if you want new updates as they go up. Other than that same site content you’ve come to love. Spread the word and tell a friend so the site can continue to grow.

As part of the new relaunch I would like to celebrate by unveiling a new feature. J Squire is joining CurryPopTart as our new MMA columnist with his feature, The Full Mount w/ J Squire. If you want some background on his accomplishments click the “about” link on the right. Here’s a review of last night’s UFC 90 featuring Silva vs Cote as the main event:

Despite three of the five main card bouts going the distance the UFC once again put on a show that was certainly entertaining enough to hold the attention of both the casual and hardcore MMA fan alike. The telecast kicked off with a bout between the seasoned veterans Sean Sherk facing the 24 year old Tyson Griffin. I personally really enjoyed this fight. It definitely had consistent action with both fighters landing plenty of quality strikes. Sherk was the aggressor for pretty much the entire fight except for a quick burst that Griffin had in the second. I, like the judges, saw this fight in favor for the Muscle Shark (Sherk) thanks to his ability to force the action and land multiple punch combinations. Tyson spent the night mostly just reacting to the former champ’s attacks rather than trying to initiate attacks of his own.

Next, was a fight that well exceeded my expectations. It was a bout between Junior dos Santos, a 24 year old Brazilian making his UFC debut, and Fabricio Werdum. Many saw Werdum as the next man in line for a title shot after the winner of the upcoming fight between Rodrigo Nogueira and Frank Mir. Those same people certainly are not thinking that today as he was quickly disposed of by dos Santos with a nasty uppercut 1:21 into the first round. This was much to my surprise as I was expecting a 3 round snooze fest since that’s all Fabricio ever seems to be involved in. But thanks to the new comer we were treated to the ppv’s lone “real” knock out.

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