Posted on: October 24, 2010 1:15 am
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New champ Velasquez frustrates, outclasses Lesnar

Cain Velasquez pulled a Brock Lesnar on Brock Lesnar Saturday night.

Velasquez became the UFC heavyweight champion with a convincing TKO win over Lesnar at 4:12 of Round 1, causing the live crowd at UFC 121 to go in hysterics cheering for the kind-natured but highly skilled young fighter.

Cain Velasquez (Getty Images) Lesnar was every bit the oversized, overly grumpy and freakishly strong athlete in this fight that he had been in his victories. But another of his more pronounced personality traits is his lack of patience. That came through in a series of awkward mistakes, such as swatting, backfisted jabs and an almost comical stumble across the cage to escape from a takedown.

You can't make mistakes like that at the championship level and expect to remain the champion. Especially not with a guy like Velasquez ready to capitalize on every error. Not only did Velasquez make the best of Lesnar's mistakes, but he also negated the things Lesnar did right. The result was a Brock Lesnar fight in which Lesnar, for the second time in as many fights, played the role of the punching bag.

Lesnar came out fast with fists and knees, including an uncharacteristic flying knee. He established a breakneck pace in the opening seconds against an opponent that figured to have the clear endurance advantage. First mistake.

Lesnar took Velasquez down to the mat, but Velasquez -- himself a stud collegiate wrestler before entering MMA -- scrambled to his feet before suffering any real damage. Velasquez answered with his own takedown, and even though Lesnar escaped to his feet after some fists on the ground, it seemed the psychological damage may have been done. Lesnar's not used to fighting guys he can't hold down, let alone guys who can pop right back up and give him a receipt.

Brute force and elite-level wrestling were not going to be enough to beat Velasquez. Lesnar reacted to this by throwing all form out the window and swatting wildly at Velasquez and trying to muscle his way back into an advantageous position.

Second mistake.

Velasquez was known before the fight to have the far better striking technique. Lesnar may or may not have possessed the heavier hands, but that doesn't matter. Both men hit hard enough. Velasquez clearly hurt Lesnar with a knee, and from there, Lesnar went into full-on retreat mode.

Velasquez threw strikes. Lesnar covered up. He simply did not have the skill or strategy to quickly adjust to Velasquez's onslaught. As a result, we have a new UFC heavyweight champion, with a perfect 9-0-0 MMA record and a whole lot of upside.

Velasquez is only going to get better, folks. Ponder that for a minute.

As for Lesnar, there will be those who claim he was exposed by this loss. If you didn't realize he was green before, then yes, this loss probably opened your eyes a bit. But Lesnar was never known for being well-rounded.

What worked for Lesnar up until Saturday night were his size, strength, wrestling ability and incredible self-confidence. Save for possibly that last one, Lesnar still has all of those attributes. And that's still more than enough to earn victories over just about anybody other than Cain Velasquez. This is not the end of Brock Lesnar, title threat. Champions need contenders. Until somebody else can do to Lesnar what Velasquez did, Lesnar will be that guy, sooner or later.

But right now, it sure doesn't look as though anybody can beat Cain Velasquez at his best. And at 28, he's just getting started.











Posted on: May 15, 2010 11:46 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 3:15 pm
 

Strikeforce live results: Overeem vs. Rogers


Alistair Overeem, Strikeforce heavyweight champion, has not fought for the promotion since November 2007, when he won the title.

He finally returns to defend the title against Brett "The Grim" Rogers, who earned some new fans in his hard-fought loss to Fedor Emelianenko last fall.

Round 1: They quickly engage but neither connects with anything solid. Overeem stalking Rogers. Straight punch by Rogers, Overeem answers with a leg kick. Overeem with more leg kicks. Rogers misses with a big left and clinches Overeem. Overeem "hulks out" of it, throwing Rogers to the mat.

Overeem follows him and starts grounding and pounding from the top. Overeem takes side control and throws some elbows from the top. Rogers scrambles up and almost lands in a guillotine choke, so he aborts the escape. Overeem holds Rogers in side control with his other side against the fence. Overeem with knees and elbows. He switches to fists, and Rogers eventually covers up. Overeem unloads with a ton of punches from the top, and referee
Big" John McCarthy stops the fight.

Winner: Alistair Overeem defeats Brett Rogers via TKO due to strikes at 3:40 of Round 1 to retain the Strikeforce heavyweight title.

Overeem says after the win that he wants to fight Fedor Emelianenko next, pointing out that Fedor's management turned down the chance to fight him on this show.

Overeem is the natural next opponent for Fedor, even more so than FabricioWerdum (who will fight Fedor in June). Partially because Emelianenko is treated like the champion even though he isn't, so it makes sense to give him the chance to make it official. Likewise, Overeem, in being the champion, should fight the best in his division, which is clearly Fedor.







Posted on: May 15, 2010 11:13 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2010 11:39 pm
 

Strikeforce live results: Arlovski vs. Silva


Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei "Pitbull" Arlovski has lost his last two fights via KO or TKO in Round 1. He tries to bounce back here against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, who looks to rebound from his loss to Fabricio Werdum last November.

Round 1: Inside leg kick by Arlovski. Outside leg kick by Silva. Silva counters a leg kick with a right hand. Arlovski misses with a combo up the middle. Silva with another outside leg kick, then he grazes Arlovski with a jab. Arlovski with a double jab.

Silva connects with a left hook. Arlovski misses a left hook and ends up in close range, so Silva throws a four-punch combo. Arlovski takes a hard right hand and a pair of follow-up strikes without going down. Silva ties him up at the cage wall briefly, then they separate.

Silva with a flurry of fists, a few of them landing, and then he takes Arlovski down. Arlovski is seated against the cage wall with Silva holding on, but no real action happening. Arlovski gets to his feet at the end of the round. 10-9 Silva.

Round 2: Arlovski misses with a combo and eats a countering jab from Silva. Silva with an uppercut and right hook combo as Arlovski moves in. Silva unloads with a combo, tagging Arlovski good with a right hook, then clinching him at the cage wall. Arlovski reverses position on him and throws knees to Silva's thighs.

Both fighters lands some short uppercuts, but there isn't much happening so referee "Big" John McCarthy separates them. More light striking, more clinching, and one more separation by McCarthy. Arlovski with a head kick that Silva blocks. Inside leg kick by Arlovski. They trade jabs, then Arlovski whiffs on an overhand right. Silva misses a combo and they end up clinching again briefly.

Arlovski with more leg kicks before Silva ties him up again, running out the clock on the round. 10-9 Silva.

Round 3: Right hook by Silva. Silva with a leg kick into a boxing combo, into a tie-up at the fence. Both fighters trade knees to the thigh. McCarthy separates them. Arlovski throws combos and repeatedly eats a strong counterpunch up the middle from Silva. Silva with a Muay Thai clinch. Arlovski throws weak uppercuts from within the tie-up. McCarthy breaks it up. Silva misses a right cross.

Arlovski with leg kicks. Silva takes him down and ends up in full closed guard. Nothing much happens, and Arlovski makes it to his feet before the end of the round. With a few seconds remaining, Silva decides to shuck and jive, and clown Arlovski, daring him to punch him. You're A. Silva, but not THAT A. Silva. 10-9 Silva, so I have it 30-27 for "Bigfoot."

Winner: Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva defeats Andrei Arlovski via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds.



Posted on: May 15, 2010 10:47 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2010 11:10 pm
 

Strikeforce live results: 'Jacare' vs. Villasenor


DREAM fighter Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza looks for his second consecutive Strikeforce victory as he fights middleweight veteran Joey Villasenor.

Round 1: Souza uses an overhand right to set up a takedown attempt. He ties Villasenor up against the cage wall. Jacare finishes the takedown and ends up in half guard. Jacare throws some right hands down at Villasenor's head. He takes full mount and throws several more punches down at Villasenor.

Jacare lands a half dozen more punches and Villasenor walks up the cage to escape out the back door to his feet. Very nice escape while under fire. Villasenor throws some short strikes from the tie-up and Jacare takes him down again. Jacare lands many big strikes to Villasenor's face from above. Jacare backs off and Villasenor stands, eating a series of fists and knees for his trouble.

Jacare with another takedown. He applies a far-side kimura armbar from half guard, but Villasenor breaks free. Villasenor gets to his feet as the round ends. 10-9 Jacare by my score. Close to a 10-8.

Round 2: Villasenor works some leg kicks, but Jacare goes right back to the takedown. Villasenor escapes to his feet and throws some strikes. Jacare goes back to the leg as Villasenor scrambles to avoid the takedown, but he ends up on his back again with Jacare in half guard.

Jacare passes to side control and Villasenor immediately scrambles to his feet, eating one knee as he stands up. Leg kick by Villasenor. Left hook by Jacare, followed by a takedown. Jacare is in full guard this time and working much more slowly. He can't do much on the ground before Villasenor gets to his feet.

Jacare shoots again and Villasenor sprawls as time expires in the round. 10-9 Jacare, but the tables might be turning here. Jacare looks tired and Villasenor's hanging in there.

Round 3: Jacare is bleeding from the nose. Villasenor landing some punches. Jacare shoots for a takedown and can't get it. He's gassing out, and it's also affecting his striking. Villasenor looks fresh. Right hand by Villasenor. Jacare shoots and Villasenor stuffs it, then throws more strikes. Jacare with a nice straight right hand followed by a completed takedown.

Jacare works ground and pound from half guard. After a while the referee stands them up for inactivity, which is questionable. Villasenor with a missed head kick attempt into a flying knee, but Jacare takes him down again, and that's where the fight stays until the clock expires. 10-9 Villasenor, so I score the bout 29-28 for Jacare. Let's see what the judges think.

Winner: Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza defeats Joe Villasenor via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds.


Posted on: May 15, 2010 10:27 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2010 11:57 am
 

Strikeforce live results: Randleman vs. Gracie


Up next is Roger Gracie vs. Kevin Randleman at light heavyweight.

Round 1: Gracie has a very substantial height advantage. Gracie works the jab, wisely, to hold Randleman at bay. Left hand by Gracie. Randleman with an inside leg kick the sends Gracie's leg flying into the air. Gracie with some light jabs. Randleman ducks in and eats a right hook.

Randleman gets inside for the tie-up and Gracie throws a knee to the body. Randleman forces Gracie to the cage wall and starts some dirty boxing. Gracie applies a guillotine choke well enough that Randleman decides he'd better scramble out of it, and they're back to standup. More jabs by Gracie. Randleman with a trio of punches, mostly blocked. The round ends, and I have it 10-9 Gracie, but it's close.

Round 2: Gracie with a series of jabs to maintain distance. Randleman gets inside and lands a pair of very hard body punches. Gracie answers with a flurry that makes Randleman retreat. Gracie ties him up with a plomb and lands a hard knee that puts Randleman on the canvas.

Gracie goes to the mat and moves to full mount as Randleman fights to clear the cobwebs. Gracie ends up taking Randleman's back. Gracie applies the figure four body lock and begins working for a rear naked choke. Randleman's in a really bad spot right now, because even if Gracie can't finish the choke, because that body lock is very tight.

Gracie finally completes the choke, and Randleman is forced to tap out.

Winner: Roger Gracie defeats Kevin Randleman via submission to a rear naked choke at 4:10 of Round 2.




Posted on: May 15, 2010 10:10 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2010 10:17 pm
 

Strikeforce live results: Britt vs. Feijao


Antwain Britt fights Rafael Feijao at light heavyweight to kick off the broadcast.

Round 1: Feijao fakes a right and lands a nice left hook. Britt lands a jab and then unloads with a flurry, all of which get blocked. Britt ties Feijao up and pushes him to the fence. Feijao reverses him and takes a Muay Thai plomb, throwing a few knees. Britt Blocks or dodges the majority of them.

Britt fires jabs up the middle and mixes in some shots to the body. Feijao ties him up. Feijao throws a knee to the side as Britt lands a pair of close-range uppercuts on the break. Feijao goes back to the Muay Thai plomb but switches to a standard body lock. Nothing much happening, so the referee breaks them up.

Feijao rushes at Britt and cracks him hard with a right hook. Britt is rocked. Feijao unloads with more fists to put Britt down for good.

Winner: Rafael Feijao defeats Antwain Britt via KO at 3:45 of Round 1.



Posted on: May 15, 2010 9:34 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2010 9:58 pm
 

Strikeforce live blog: Undercard results


We'll have a live blog of tonight's Strikeforce event in St. Louis beginning at roughly 10 p.m. ET. Refresh the main blog link for the latest updates and round-by-round details as the main card begins.

Here are the quickie undercard results from St. Louis:


  • Jesse Finney def. Justin DeMoney via submission to a guillotine choke at 3:22 of Round 1. (Wwt.)
  • Lyle "Fancy Pants" Beerbohm def. Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27) after three rounds. (Lwt.)
  • Darryl Cobb def. Booker DeRousse via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) after three rounds.      (Mwt.)
  • Mike Chandler def. Sal Woods via submission to a rear naked choke at 59 seconds of Round 1. (Wwt.)
  • Francisco "Kiko" France def. Lee Brousseau via submission to a rear naked choke at 1:27 of  Round 1. (Light Hwt.)
  • Tom Aaron def. Erik Steenberg via submission to a guillotine choke at 56 seconds of Round 1. (Lwt.)
  • Matt Ricehouse def. Greg Wilson via submission to a rear naked choke at 45 seconds of Round 3. (Lwt.)


The main card tonight consists of the following:

  • Alistair Overeem vs. Brett "The Grim" Rogers for the Strikeforce heavyweight title
  • Andrei Arlovski vs. Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva (Hwt.)
  • Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza vs. Joey Villasenor (Mwt.)
  • Roger Gracie vs. Kevin Randleman (Light Hwt.)
  • Antwain Britt vs. Rafael Feijao (Light Hwt.)

See you in a few for the start of the live blog.



Posted on: May 9, 2010 12:15 am
Edited on: May 9, 2010 1:54 am
 

UFC 113 live results: Machida vs. Rua


Rua vs. Machida (Getty Images) In the main event, Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida defends his light heavyweight title against the man many believe was robbed out of a decision in their last fight, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.

As the undercard fights were happening earlier tonight, word broke (via ESPN's Franklin McNeil) that an unnamed source said Rua injured his knee in training and will be fighting hurt.

Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole later commented on Twitter that Dana White denied the report. On one hand, If Rua was fighting hurt, I don't think he'd necessarily tell White (or anyone else) about it beforehand. And if White did know something, I wouldn't expect him to go chit-chatting about it on press row. I guess we'll know for sure once the fight starts.

Round 1: Shogun kicks the lead leg almost immediately. Machida's karate stance leaves him open to Rua's strategy. Rua throws a three-punch combo, landing two of them clean. Leg kicks from both guys. Rua tries for a takedown and Machida turns it around on him. Rua sweeps and gets back to his feet, clinching Machida against the fence. They separate and Rua pushes forward quickly with a flurry of fists. A right hand looks to have stunned Machida briefly.

Rua with another takedown attempt and Machida ends up on top, again. They stand and Machida lands a couple of good knees to the body. Rua with a head kick, Machida blocks it. Rua with a big right hand that sends Machida to the canvas. Rua unloads on him from the top, eventually knocking Machida out cold. Your new UFC light heavyweight champion is Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, and he did it in very convincing fashion. So much for a bum knee.

Winner: Mauricio Rua defeats Lyoto Machida via KO due to strikes at 3:35 of Round 1 to win the UFC light heavyweight title.




 
 
 
 
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