Posted on: May 8, 2010 11:36 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2010 1:55 am
Knockout artist Paul "Semtex" Daley takes on Josh Koscheck here, in a fight that has implications on who will next challenge for Georges St-Pierre's welterweight title.
Unless Dana White signs Jake Shields (and by all appearances, he will) and hot-shots him into a GSP title fight immediately, the winner of Koscheck vs. Daley will fight GSP next.
Round 1: No touch of gloves to start the round. They've been calling each other terrible names for weeks now, so that's not a shock. Daley immediately tries a flying knee and misses. It's almost a minute before either guy attempts something with both being very cautious of the other's striking. Koscheck with a double leg takedown.
Daley tries to stand and gets taken back down. Koscheck is in side control trying to improve to mount, but he ends up stepping into half guard. Koscheck trying to throw strikes but he's not getting much in. Daley tries to scramble free and Koscheck takes his back, trying for a rear naked choke. Koscheck gets one hook in, still fighting for the rear naked choke. He nearly gets it, before Daley scrambles free. Daley throws a knee as Koscheck is trying to stand up.
Referee Dan Miragliotta immediately takes a point away and asks Koscheck if he is OK. Koscheck is still down, but here's where it gets interesting. A slo-mo replay shows that the knee didn't connect with Koscheck's head, and also shows that Koscheck looks at the referee and makes an angry expression about the illegal strike before flopping to his stomach and suddenly appearing incapable of fending for himself.
Basically, Koscheck flopped, and acted his way into getting a one-point deduction. But the fight resumed, and between rounds, Miragliotta confirmed that the knee didn't connect and redacted the point deduction from Daley. After all that, I'd score the round 10-9 Koscheck... if the deduction stuck, I'd have scored it 10-8.
Round 2: Koscheck with a leg kick. Daley with some boxing, Koscheck answers with a takedown. Side control by Koscheck. Daley traps the leg for half guard. Koscheck with intermittent strikes as he tries for full mount, but Daley is defending the pass well. Koscheck with elbows and fists from the top. Daley once again avoids being mounted.
Daley scrambles while Koscheck throws strikes and winds up with his back again. Koscheck with hooks in, trying for the rear naked choke again. Daley defends it, but can't escape before the round ends. 10-9 Koscheck.
Round 3: Koscheck humors Daley by standing for a while, but then goes right back to the takedowns. He's back in Daley's half guard. Daley has double underhooks while Koscheck hammers away at his temple. Koscheck finally achieves full mount. Daley is fighting hard to escape but every time he turns, he's in danger of giving up his back. He gets back to half guard. Koscheck basically holds Daley down until the buzzer. The crowd boos. 10-9 Koscheck, so I score it 30-27 Koscheck.
When they stand up, Daley follows Koscheck, and when he turns around Daley sucker-punches him with a left hook, LONG after the end of the fight. Totally unprofessional, and likely will get him booted from the UFC and suspended by the commission.
Winner: Josh Koscheck defeats Paul Daley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after three rounds.
Posted on: May 8, 2010 10:59 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2010 1:57 am
Next up is Jeremy Stephens vs. Sam "Hands of Stone" Stout at lightweight.
Round 1: Stephens with an outside leg kick, Stout answers with a right hand. A pair of fists by Stout. Takedown by Stephens. Nice left uppercut by Stephens, followed by a left hook. Stout with a leg kick, jab, then a jab fake into a leg kick. Both fighters land body punches. Stephens with a big right hook and Stout goes down, but he might have been off balance. Stout grasps for a takedown, then they separate and stand again.
Stout's nose is bloody. Spinning backfist by Stephens connects. Stout with a series of punches and leg kicks, the latter of which Stephens checks almost every time. Body kick and outside leg kick by Stephens. Stout lands a right to the gut. Stephens with a nice body kick and Stout tags him with a countering straight left. 10-9 Stephens on my scorecard.
Round 2: Stout with more leg kicks to set up his boxing, but Stephens is landing the more punishing shots so far. Stout lands a kick to the ribs and Stephens counters with a right hook that sends Stout backwards to the fence. Stephens completes the takedown. Stout tries for a kimura but can't finish it. He escapes to his feet.
Stephens with a nice right hand to the head. Stout landing some jabs and a body kick. Stephens is also bleeding from the nose at this point. Jab by Stephens. He continues to check Stout's leg kicks. Both guys throwing hands straight up the middle now, but not in bunches. They briefly tie up and Stephens lands a knee to the body.
High kick by Stout is blocked. Left hook by Stephens. Stephens connects with a nice countering right uppercut. The round ends, and I have it 10-9 for Stephens again.
Round 3: Stephens is now mixing it up a little with high kicks and jabs. Stout answers with high kicks of his own, and neither guy is finding the mark much. They start throwing hands up the middle again with Stephens finding the mark with more clean shots. Stephens lands a knee to the head from a brief tie-up.
Stout rocks Stephens with a left hand and then a leg kick appears to do some damage, as Stephens doubles over. Stout throws hands trying to finish Stephens, who gathers his wits enough to withstand the flurry and square off again. Stout throwing more jabs to set up leg kicks. Stephens with a jumping knee attempt that gets blocked. Stephens grazes Stout with a lunging uppercut. With 40 seconds left, they both start throwing big punches but not connecting. Stephens takes Stout down, sealing the victory. I'd give the final round to Stout 10-9 based on being closer to finishing, but the fight goes to Stephens, 29-28. Let's see what the judges think.
Winner: Jeremy Stephens defeats Sam Stout via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29) after three rounds.
Posted on: May 8, 2010 10:35 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2010 11:45 am
Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson is up next in a pseudo grudge match from The Ultimate Fighter 10, facing Matt Mitrione at heavyweight.
This is another fight where Kimbo's progress in the ground game shouldn't be such a big issue. Kimbo walks to the cage draped in a Bahamian flag and with American Top Team trainer Ricardo Liborio in tow.
Round 1: Mitrione has been grinning from ear to ear since the introductions. Kimbo throws a right hook. Mitrione throws a high kick. Kimbo catches the leg, lifts Mitrione up and slams him down to a huge crowd reaction. Mitrione immediately goes for a triangle choke. Kimbo tries to slam his way out of it. It doesn't work right away, but eventually Kimbo breaks loose and takes side control.
Kimbo's not terribly busy on the ground, throwing a token strike here and there. Mitrione locks up one of his legs for half guard. Mitrione gets an underhook and escapes to his feet. Kimbo lifts him and slams him down again. Kimbo working from Mitrione's full guard now. Mitrione is going for the triangle choke one more time. Kimbo slips out of it and decides to let Mitrione up.
Kimbo with a pair of fists that connect lightly. Mitrione whiffs on a high kick. Kimbo with a pair of jabs as Mitrione slaps on a Muay Thai clinch and hurts Kimbo with a knee to the face. Kimbo with another jab and Mitrione sweeps him off his feet with a leg kick. Mitrione slaps on a choke and tries to finish, but Kimbo survives the round. 10-9 Mitrione. Kimbo's in trouble here.
Round 2: Mitrione still smiling big. He's got just a hint of crazy in him, I think. Straight left by Mitrione, Kimbo misses with a right hook. Leg kicks by Mitrione. Kimbo is huffing and puffing, and now, he's limping. Several more big leg kicks. Mitrione tries another Gator roll choke, then lets it go.
Mitrione throws a head kick and Kimbo blocks it. Mitrione staggers Kimbo with a boxing combo and a knee to the body. Kimbo's now on the canvas, looking spent. Mitrione has an anaconda choke, then lets it go to throw some big knees to the legs and body. Mitrione takes full mount and begins hammering away at Kimbo's head. This is a straight-up mugging. Kimbo eventually just rolls to one side and covers his head until referee Dan Miragliotta stops it.
Winner: Matt Mitrione defeats Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson via TKO due to strikes at 4:24 of Round 2.
Posted on: May 8, 2010 10:08 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2010 1:59 am
It's the long-awaited return of Patrick "The Predator" Cote to the Octagon, as he faces the very formidable test of Alan "The Talent" Belcher at middleweight.
If nothing else, Cote wins the nickname contest.
Round 1: The crowd is chanting for hometown fighter Cote right off the bat. Belcher with a low kick. More kicks to the ribs by Belcher. He throws an inside leg kick and nails Cote right in the cup. Cote shakes it off and we continue. Cote moving in with jabs as Belcher throws more kicks to the body. Belcher misses a boxing combo. Cote clinches and takes Belcher down.
Belcher is on the bottom working butterfly guard, trying to sweep. Cote advances to half guard and begins cranking on an armbar. The crowd is going nuts. Belcher escapes and sweeps, ending up in Cote's half guard. Belcher sinks in an arm triangle and advances to side control, but he can't hold onto the choke. Belcher moves to north-south position and Cote gets to his knees. The round ends with another Belcher arm triangle attempt. 10-9 Belcher.
Round 2: Belcher goes right back to the body kicks. Cote with a nice left hook, then an uppercut-hook combo. Cote opens up and lands a series of very solid punches. Belcher clinches Cote against the fence. Cote throws short elbows to break the clinch and they exchange strikes at point-blank range before Cote catches Belcher's leg on a knee to the body, trying to take him down.
Cote holds on to the double leg, so Belcher gut-wrenches him into the air and slams him face-down on the mat. (For you WWE fans, if Belcher had underhooks instead of a gutwrench, that move would have been called a pedigree.) Belcher uses the impact to take Cote's back and tap him out with a rear naked choke.
Winner: Alan Belcher defeats Patrick Cote via submission to a rear naked choke at 3:25 of Round 2.
Belcher calls out Anderson Silva after the win, saying he can stand with him. He'll have to catch him first.
Posted on: May 8, 2010 9:47 pm
The main card of UFC 113 begins shortly after 10 p.m. ET in Montreal. I'll have round-by-round details and analysis as the fights happen, so be sure to refresh the main blog page throughout the evening to see the latest update.
Here are the quickie undercard results (potential spoilers, as fights may air on the pay-per-view broadcast as time permits):
Also want to mention that Bleacher Report's Darren Wong is in the venue and has a live blog. For an alternate take on tonight's events, check it out .
We'll be back shortly as the first fight of the main card begins.
Posted on: May 7, 2010 11:35 pm
On Saturday in Montreal, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua gets a second chance to take the light heavyweight title away from Lyoto Machida at UFC 113.
I'll be live-blogging the show beginning at roughly 9:45 p.m. ET on Saturday, with round-by-round analysis and details as the fights unfold.
Here's the full card for UFC 113:
Posted on: April 17, 2010 10:49 pm
Edited on: April 17, 2010 11:53 pm
The third title bout of the night closes the show, as Dan Henderson (25-7-0) challenges Jake Shields (24-4-1) for the Strikeforce middleweight title.
Henderson is a former PRIDE double weight class champion and recent UFC star. This is his first fight for Strikeforce since he made the jump over. Shields is not only defending his belt, but his 13-fight win streak as well.
Round 1: Head kick by Shields is blocked. Henderson with a left hand that connects and a right that misses. Henderson throws another right hand that cracks Shields right on the temple, and Shields is down. Shields takes Henderson's leg before Henderson can follow up and Henderson is forced to defend a leglock rather than try to finish Shields on the ground. Henderson breaks free and they're standing again.
Leg kick by Shields. Henderson connects on another big right hand that makes Shields backpedal a few steps. Shields with some light boxing combos that aren't doing much. Shields fails to bait Henderson to the ground. Henderson hammers away with a series of big shots, and Shields is in big trouble. Shields tries for Henderson's leg and Henderson defends it, then lets Shields up.
Shields with a weak right jab. They tie up against the fence. Big John McCarthy breaks them up for inactivity. Shields with a leg kick and a jab. He's waking up a bit. Henderson misses a left hand and Shields shoots for a takedown. Henderson defends it well, reversing Shields' back to the fence and throwing knees to the body. They separate at the buzzer, exchanging fists. 10-9 Henderson.
Round 2: Shields with a jab. Shields shoots for a single leg and Henderson rolls through and tries for a crucifix. Henderson ends up taking Shields' back and nearly gets a rear naked choke before Shields scrambles free and ends up on top. Shields passes to side control and then full mount.
Shields throws a pair of fists into Henderson's face from the mount. Henderson tries to turn away without giving up his back. Shields hammers away at Henderson's face. Henderson's OK for the moment, but having trouble escaping. Henderson has never been knocked out in his long career. Henderson turns away and Shields keeps throwing punches. Henderson is wisely unwilling to give Shields his back, but without doing so, he's eating these punches. Hammer fists by Shields. End of the round, and that's an easy 10-9 for Shields.
Round 3: Shields with a series of jabs. Head kick by Shields is blocked. Shields with a takedown attempt. Henderson gutwreches him and rolls through it, so they're back on their feet. Outside leg kick by Shields. Henderson with a nice uppercut. Another takedown attempt by Shields. They scramble and Shields ends up in Henderson's guard. He passes to side control.
Shields trying for full mount again. Henderson defending the pass while Shields works short strikes to the body. Henderson takes half guard. Shields with a chin hook and tries for a guillotine choke, but Henderson slips out. Shields back to full mount. Henderson walks up the cage wall hoping to escape out the back door. Shields ends the round with a failed armbar attempt. 10-9 Shields.
Round 4: Henderson throws a kick. Shields with a takedown and Henderson scrambles out of it, landing a knee to the ribs on the break. Shields shoots again. They scramble on the mat. Henderson ends up on the bottom with Shields in a variation of a crucifix. Shields scrambles back to top position and side control.
Shields tries for full mount and Henderson avoids it, but Shields is working for an armbar from side control. Henderson gets half guard. Shields hammers at his face for a few seconds, then uses an armbar attempt to pass to full mount again. Shields with more ground and pound. Henderson turns and almost gives up his back, but Henderson goes to his back again. Shields smashes away with fists, but Henderson is just so hard to knock out. 10-9 Shields.
Round 5: Shields with some jabs, then another takedown attempt. He gets it, and works his way back into full mount. Shields throws some strikes then flirts with a side choke attempt before abandoning it for more ground and pound. Shields into side control, working for an armbar. He gives that up for full mount again. More fists from the top by Shields.
Henderson is stuck, because he knows giving up his back against a guy with Shields' jiu-jitsu is a recipe for being tapped out. Shields goes for a side choke, then tries to take Henderson's back. He doesn't get it, so he finishes the round with more strikes from full mount. 10-9 Shields, so I score the bout 49-46 for defending champion Shields. I'd be shocked if the judges have it otherwise.
Winner: Jake Shields defeats Dan Henderson via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-45, 48-45) after five rounds to retain the Strikeforce middleweight title.
That was a dominant performance by Shields, who is now essentially a free agent despite holding a title in Strikeforce. This was the last fight of his contract,
And then things get really ugly. With Shields' entire posse surrounding him in the cage -- including Gilbert Melendez and the always-froggy Nick and Nate Diaz -- Jason "Mayhem" Miller gets into the cage, onto the microphone, and asks Shields for a rematch.
It's hard to tell who threw the first punch (people in the venue don't seem to know for sure, and on TV the first strikes were obscured first by a cut-away shot, and later by bodies in the line of sight). But Mayhem was shoved away by Melendez, then lunged forward. He (and seemingly dozens of others) ended up in a street fight, on national television, with the Diaz-Melendez-Shields crew.
UFC lightweight Nate Diaz could be seen on the replay soccer-kicking a downed man (presumably Mayhem, but it's hard to tell since he was already covered and being beaten by two or three other guys).
When people call MMA fighters a bunch of thugs, usually, they're wrong and misinformed. But as an MMA fan of about 15 years now, I have to say, what you saw in the cage at the end of this show was thuggery.
Mixed martial arts is supposed to be about respect and honor. I know a lot of the sport's critics have never bought that for a second, but it's true. When stuff like this happens, it becomes impossible to defend the sport.
And it's not the sport's fault, nor is that type of thing customary. This was a few idiots making an extremely poor judgment call, and rest assured they will be punished for it.
Posted on: April 17, 2010 10:01 pm
Edited on: April 17, 2010 10:41 pm
It's champion vs. champion as Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez (17-2-0) defends his title against visiting champion from Japan's DREAM organization, Shinya Aoki (23-4-0, 1 NC).
The key for Melendez here is to avoid submissions, which is easily the biggest weapon in Aoki's arsenal. That may affect Melendez's strategy in that he could avoid engaging in a wrestling match and try to keep it standing. Or if it does hit the mat, Melendez will have to be sure not to get too careless with ground and pound.
Round 1: Melendez with a punch to the gut as he tries to establish his range. Right hand by Melendez. Aoki throws a right kick and Melendez catches the leg to trip him down. Melendez lets him up, wisely. Aoki circles with his back to the cage as Melendez stalks him. Another punch to the guy by Melendez and Aoki accidentally jabs him in the eye for a brief stoppage.
Melendez throws a hard right and Aoki drops to his backside to dodge it, then grabs Melendez's arm and nearly gets an armbar out of it. Melendez slips out and they're back on their feet. Aoki is so dangerous with those submissions from out of nowhere. Aoki with a shot, Melendez sprawls and Aoki tries to pull him into guard. Melendez avoids it and kicks at Aoki's legs. Melendez cautiously goes to the mat and lands some ground and pound before they get back to standing.
Aoki with a left high kick, which gets blocked. Every time Melendez throws the left hand, Aoki throws a kick. The round ends, and I have it 10-9 Melendez. I might have it the other way around if Melendez hadn't escaped the armbar attempt so quickly.
Round 2: Melendez with a nice uppercut to the nose as Aoki ducks in to try a takedown. Aoki backs off. Aoki with a takedown shot, immediately sliding to his own back to try to bait Melendez into a submission. Melendez in Aoki's guard. He lands some fists from the top before Aoki ties up his wrists. Melendez shakes loose and lets Aoki up.
Melendez with a lunging straight right, which Aoki ducks. Body shot by Melendez. Melendez unloads with a flurry as Aoki puts his back to the cage. They separate, and Melendez moves in for another flurry. He's landing a few here and there, but Aoki is blocking plenty. He's also bleeing from the nose.
Aoki with another shot, then pulls guard again. Melendez throws a huge fist at his head and grazes him. Melendez backs off and then lets him up. Melendez avoids another takedown and then lands several nice fists from the top as the round ends. 10-9 Melendez.
Round 3: Aoki shoots in and Melendez sprawls, throwing an uppercut to the body for good measure. Aoki holds the leg and fights for the takedown. Melendez ends up on top of Aoki in his guard. Aoki is controlling Melendez's wrists. He lets go to land a right to the jaw and Melendez gives one back.
Melendez tries to let Aoki up but Aoki butt-scoots across the cage to try to force him to keep fighting. Melendez throws a lunging fist at Aoki on the ground, but in a weird moment, referee Mario Yamasaki breaks them up and resumes the fight standing. Looked like he was about to stand Aoki up right before the punch, so he just committed to it. Odd.
Aoki continues to fall on his back to lure Melendez into a ground fight. Melendez goes there and lands some punches. Melendez opens up and starts throwing major bombs at Aoki's face. Aoki weathers the storm and blocks some of them. There's a lull in the action so Yamasaki stands them up. Melendez with a jab and Aoki with a knee. End of the round, and I have Melendez winning 30-27 heading into the championship rounds.
Round 4: Melendez stalking Aoki. Nice uppercut by Melendez. Straight right to the body by Melendez. Aoki with a takedown shot. Melendez clinches him and lands a big knee to the ribs, then, backs up to force him to stand again. Very nice. Aoki's game plan is slipping away from him. Aoki does the butt-scoot across the cage again and Melendez nails him with a fist again, and Yamasaki -- again -- warns him and stands Aoki up. That's a totally legal strike right there, so I have no idea what the deal is.
Aoki shoots again and Melendez lands a big right to the jaw. Melendez on the ground looking to strike down at Aoki. The round ends. Clearly 10-9 Melendez.
Round 5: Melendez goes right back to the body shots. Aoki with a shot-into-backslide, and catches a finger in the eye. He's OK, so we're back in action. Aoki ducks a right hand from Melendez. Aoki manages to bait Melendez to the ground and begins pulling his leg up for a triangle choke attempt. Melendez puts Aoki's back to the cage wall to avoid it, and escapes.
Melendez back to his striking game. Aoki slips to the mat, but Melendez doesn't go with him this time, so he's back up. Aoki keeps trying to get things down, but Melendez is no longer accomodating him. Melendez unloads with a series of fists as the round comes to a finish, putting Aoki on his back involuntarily, for once. 10-9 Melendez, so I have it 50-45 for Melendez.
Winner: Gilbert Melendez defeats Shinya Aoki via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) after five rounds to retain the Strikeforce lightweight championship.