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.


“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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Elite XC goes out of business

October 21, 2008

Huge breaking story in the world of Mixed Martial Arts. Elite XC and its parent company Sherdog are going out of business and filing for bankruptcy protection. This is a big loss for the sport of MMA and an apparent result of a slow economy and falling advertising rates. It will be very interesting to see how this pan’s out and where big names like Kimbo end up going. Here’s ESPN.com’s story:

The parent company of the EliteXC mixed martial arts circuit is closing its doors for good, according to multiple reports. Sherdog.com reported that according to T.J. Thompson, an executive at ProElite Inc., he was informed that the company would close for good this week and would file for bankruptcy protection. And Sports Illustrated, on its Web site, reported that ProElite told its employees and fighters on Monday that it was shutting down, effective immediately, according to multiple sources.

Sherdog also reported that according to numerous sources, an EliteXC card scheduled for Nov. 8 in Reno, Nev., has been canceled. According to the report, Joey Villasenor, who was scheduled to fight Robbie Lawler for the circuit’s middleweight title on the card, was informed Monday it had been scrubbed.

ProElite did not return calls seeking comment, according to the reports.

The shutdown follows an EliteXC card televised by CBS on Oct. 4, in which the circuit’s biggest star, Kimbo Slice, suffered a 14-second TKO at the hands of a relatively unknown last-minute replacement, Seth Petruzelli. That bout is under investigation by the Florida State Athletic Commission, following comments Petruzelli made after the fight suggesting that he had been promised monetary incentives to trade punches with Slice, rather than employ a more technical game plan.

Showtime Networks, which owns a 20 percent stake in ProElite, on Sept. 17 filed a notice with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announcing its intention to enter negotiations to purchase the company outright.

But SI.com reported that according to a source inside ProElite, those negotiations failed and ProElite’s funding disappeared, forcing it out of business.