Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Babalu vs. Manhoef Headlines One FC 3

Just a day after One FC announced their new television partnership with ESPN Star Sports, the promotion has now confirmed their third show for March 31 with two familiar faces at the top of the card.

Source: http://mmaweekly.com/babalu-vs-manhoef-headlines-one-fc-3

Alexander Otsuka Jae Suk Lim Kestutis Smirnovas Wilson Gouveia Michael Bisping 

KELLER'S UFC ON FOX BLOG 1/27: Random Thoughts in Chronological Order on tonight's three-fight show

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By Wade Keller, MMATorch Supervising Editor

KELLER'S UFC ON FOX 1 BLOG
SEPTEMBER 28, 2012
CHICAGO, ILL.
AIRED LIVE ON FOX NETWORK


-Thanks for joining us here at MMATorch either on our App (iPhone, iPad, Android, Amazon) or website (http://www.MMATorch.com). I will be blogging all night about the three-fight card on Fox broadcast network, a historic night for UFC.

-Matt Pelkey is handling play-by-play so click on that link for the actual results and analysis of fights. And MMATorch editor Jamie Penick and MMATorch columnists Shawn Ennis and Rich Hansen are on-site in Chicago for this big night, so check back all weekend for their insight into this event. We are among the top five most read MMA-dedicated news and commentary sources in the world with our coverage dating back to UFC 1 and, as always on fight nights, we aim to bring you the best night-of coverage of big MMA events you'll find anywhere.

-It does instantly make UFC seem more mainstream to have the music and voice of the NFL on Fox accompany images of the Octagon and the UFC fighters. UFC even gets its very own robot.

-Great camera angles to open showing a packed looking arena. They showed the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks banners in the rafters, again associating UFC as a mainstream pro sport.

-As Shawn Ennis posted on Twitter hours ago from inside the arena, the Fox Sports desk is set up in the arena. Sitting at the desk are Curt Menefee, Randy Couture, and Jon Jones. Smart to have Jones there to expand his profile with network viewers. And Couture is a great representative of the sport with background being an analyst.

-The highlight package of Couture was heavy on his punching. How about a little Greco-Roman technique thrown in? At least they showed him finishing someone with a sleeper.

-Jones says he's eager to get a fight with Rashad Evans to get past that chapter in his story, so therefore he's rooting for Rashad to win.

-Within two minutes Menefee already showed more passion for MMA and professionalism as an announcer who does his homework than Gus Johnson did in all of his Strikeforce broadcasts combined.

-Jones shows signs of being a little green on camera as he kept peeking at his notes for the rehearsed talking points. Having been at ESPN HQs a couple years ago to see pre-production work for an "MMA Live" broadcast, there is a lot of prep work and coaching that goes into making sure the analysis for fights is on-point and smooth. It's not as improvised as those who are good at it make it seem.

-Quotebook - Jon Jones: "Tonight is where we're going to see what Phil Davis is really made of. Is he a top guy or is he a mid-tier guy."

-Jones looking at his notes is really bad. They might want to set up a teleprompter in the future if he can't remember his talking points.

-I endorse one million percent the on-screen graphic showing the Middleweight Rankings. It totally puts in perspective, instantly, for the novice viewer where the fighters are in terms of title contention and who should be favored and has the most to gain or lose. They have Sonnen at no. 2, Bisping at no. 5, Maia at no. 6, and Weidman at no. 10 (but with a 7-0 record). UFC should have done this years ago, especially on Spike TV "Fight Night" specials, and I am thrilled they've added it here. It's so important for that casual viewer to have a big picture perspective on what the fight means and this is such an efficient way to get that across.

-Thirteen minutes into the broadcast Menefee threw to Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan at Octagon-side. I don't know if it's good or bad for UFC that it's expert color analyst has been the subject of donkey semen drinking controversy this week (Google it if you're lost).

-Well done concise video packages on both Maia and Weidman going into the first commercial break. They did a good job establishing Maia as the favorite and Weidman as the "all-American" underdog getting an opportunity of a lifetime due to an injury reshuffling the line-up. "People don't get opportunities like this in life," he said. "I want to be something special."

-I wish I knew how many people were watching their first ever MMA fight on TV at this moment. What percent are channel flippers or people who think it's legit enough on Fox to be worth watching who never saw it before.

-Dana "I Dare You To Hack Me" White is sitting front row watching, but otherwise wasn't part of the broadcast this far, a big contrast to the Heavyweight Title Fight Special on Fox a couple months back.

-Weidman finally got a takedown after four minutes that wasn't far off from the Ken Shamrock-Dan Severn disaster in tersm of action. Rogan said Maia looks "stiff" when throwing punches. He called him predictable earlier.

-A few boos from the crowd as the first round ends. Not an awesome display of MMA excitement to start the broadcast. Or as Pelkey aptly called it in his report: "This might be one of those 'bad kickboxing by badass grapplers' kinda fights."

-Crowd begins to boo by mid-second-round as Goldberg notes that Weidman is gaining more confident with his stand-up. "What's on ESPN right now?" asks millions of viewers.

-We got our first "buried subject" Yoda-like sentence structure from Goldberg late in the second round: "Starting to build a little momentum, the Brazilian is." Annoyed by that sentence structure, this writer is.

-First two rounds easily for Weidman. Maia has to turn it up if he wants to avoid a really disappointing showing in front of a massive audience. Rogan says the weight cut and late notice for this fight is clearly affecting Weidman, and both fighters look very tired.

-Maia looks exhausted as he tries for takedowns, which Weidman easily avoids. Rogan calls them sloppy attempts. Goldberg notes he telegraphs them. Goldberg also says it's a close fight. Close as in 10-9, 10-9, and likely 10-9.

-Rogan: "This fight has degenerated into a sloppy kick fighting competition. These guys are two drunken guys outside of the bar, and the crowd is reacting [with boos]."

-Maia can't take Weidman down, and Weidman doesn't want to mess with Maia on the mat and fall prey to a late submission. So we get drunken kickboxing.

-Rogan: "Neither gentleman with this performance putting fear in the eyes of the rest of the weight division." Goldberg notes that Weidman took this fight on 11 days notice. That's a fair point to make.

-Split decision win goes to Weidman. Not a huge outrage that a judge gave two rounds to Maia, but certainly he saw the fight differently than I did. At least the right fighter got the majority.

-I'm surprised they waited until after the first fight to show Michael Bisping trash-talking Sonnen. There are a lot of casual fans who'd have stayed tuned during the boring first fight if they got hear Bisping and Sonnen talk. But we got a decent dose of it here as Bisping said Sonnen is becoming a bit of a fool and a court jester in UFC. Sonnen then fires back: "I don't come out here and say to the microphone I'm the best in the world just to hear myself talk or to entertain the fans. I come out here as a full disclosure disclaimer for the same reason they put warnings on a pack of cigarettes. Fighting Chael Sonnen may be hazardous to your heatlh."

-Menefee says an online poll listed Sonnen and Bisping as the no. 1 and no. 2 villains in UFC, so quite a fight. He called them "two of the most polarizing fighters in the UFC."

-Pithy video packages air on Sonnen and Bisping including workout footage. They managed to screw up a pretaped bleep, as "God damn" got through in Bisping's interview clip. How does that happen? Or did he something less appropriate for broadcast prime time TV after that?

-As Sonnen was getting prepped at ringside, Menefee said this is one of the few times Sonnen might get cheered. We'll see.

-They're not showing fighters walking to the ring to music. They're in the Octagon or about to enter once they get back from the commercial.

-Yep, Sonnen got more cheers and fewer boos than Bisping.

-Goldberg notes the winner of this fight takes on Anderson Silva in Brazil.

-Sonnen takes Bisping down seconds into the right. Rogan said one of the fight's biggest questions was answered right away. It was at eight seconds, by the way. Bisping got back up seconds later. Rogan notes that Bisping has never been submitted in his MMA career. Goldberg notes that Sonnen has never scored a KO or TKO in his career.

-Nice spin hook kick attempt by Bisping at 3:00. Just grazes Sonnen's hand protecting his head.

-Very strong and intimidating start for Sonnen, but Bisping dictated more than the second half of the round. Exciting, tense round.

-Ref John McCarthy told Sonnen at least twice during the round and then went over to his corner reinterrated that he needs to "watch his head." Sonnen was close to headbutting Bisping several times when he charged forward.

-Rogan said Bisping might be the most underrated fighter in the UFC. Rogan wondered if Sonnen was mentally prepared for this fight or if he underestimated Bisping.

-At 2:00 of round two he took Bisping down and then controlled him this time on the mat against the cage. Bisping got back to his feet in a few seconds and a minute later had Sonnen against the cage again. Rogan said it was shocking how much Bisping was controlling the action. Goldberg noted that Sonnen controlled 82 percent of all his Octagon time in his UFC career, the highest percentage of all fighters.

-At the end of the round, Sonnen walked back to his corner, while Bisping dropped his hands to his knees and bent over to catch his breath.

-Sonnen took Bisping down less than ten seconds into the third round. At 3:00 a "USA! USA" chant broke out as Sonnen got a full mount on Bisping. Rogan does a nice job here of explaining the different techniques Sonnen is going for and why he's shifting positions for different strategies.

-With a minute left Rogan said he thinks Bisping won the first two rounds, so Sonnen needs to submit Bisping. Bisping, though, survived a full mount and ended up sitting against the cage with 30 seconds left.

-Bisping stands up at the end of the fight and raises his arms. Sonnen is slower to get up, then raises his arms, too. They cut to a commercial before the decision is announced.

-Winner: Sonnen by unanimous decision. Wow. One judge gave every round to Sonnen. He had the most dominant round in three, but also ended up on his back taking elbows at the end to mitigate that a bit. And it sure seemed Bisping won at least these second round if not the first two. Bisping, though, put in a strong enough showing - and many will argue he won the fight - that he will likely get another big fight or be put on ice to face the winner of Anderson vs. Sonnen in the rematch. He'll also be on standby in case of injury. He seemed okay with the decision, also; disappointed, but not outraged or cheated.

-In post-fight, Sonnen tried to interview Rogan and asked how it felt to be inches away from greatness interviewing Chael. He said when you're the greatest fighter in the world, they call you Chael Sonnen. "Beat me, if you can," he loses. All schtick and no insight into the fight, unfortunately. No comments from Bisping, either.

-Not that Fox wants this to be a PPV infomercial, but how about footage of Anderson Silva in action doing his thing as no one else can do it, such as avoiding Forrest Griffin's punches and KO'ing Vitor Belfort just to introduce him to new fans?

-Back to Menefee, Jones, and Couture to talk about the main event. Someone talked to Jones about reading from his cheat sheet as he's trying very hard (white-knuckling it) to avoid glancing at them for help as he talks. Maybe he's just getting more comfortable as the show progresses, too.

-They air a feature on Rashad Evans seeing his brother off to Afghanistan as a soldier in the Army and missing a family birthday party back home. He talks about how every day away from his family has to be for a purpose, and becoming champion again is his purpose.

-Jones joked that he got some insight into Rashad's training by watching that video.

-Couture and Jones talk about Davis's reach advantage.

-They showed Davis and Evans walking from the back to the Octagon, so Fox isn't cutting all ring entrances.

-Rogan said Davis is carrying himself like this is right where he wants to be and belongs, which is the right demeanor headed into a fight of this magnitude.

-Rashad stares down Davis. Davis looks down and never makes eye contact.

-Rashad dominated on the ground late in the first to secure that round.

-By late in the second round, Davis was fighting with trepidation as if the step-up in competition was affecting his confidence. Rashad took Evans down late in the second round, and he was ahead before that. So Rashad clearly up by two rounds going into the third.

-Rogan: "Phil has anguish on his face." Good description, as Rashad was just a level higher than Evans and it became more and more clear as the fight progressed. Evans was just holding on, and doing so relatively admirably if come from the perspective that he's outclassed at this point as a fighter by Evans.

-Into the fourth, with Davis needing to win in the Octagon, not on the scorecards. Does his cardio hold up better than Evans?

-They officially ran past the two hour time allotment when the fourth round started. They decided it was better to possibly run over than to come up way short and have to fill 20 minutes of time with a dwindling audience level that would affect the story of whether the show was a ratings success or not.

-Rogan said Davis's only hope is to take Rashad down and wear him out on the ground. Rashad then takes Davis down and gets his back. They stand up, and Rashad still has Davis's back. Davis turns to face Rashad when they're against the cage, but Rashad still controls the situation. Davis is gasping for breath while Rashad looks fresh. Rogan said this is a learning experience for Davis who will know what it feels like to be in there with someone at Rashad's level.

-Rashad turns it on in the final seconds of the round. Another round to Rashad.

-Rashad gets a mounted crucifix at 2:15. Davis escapes and rolls onto his knees and elbows. Rashad continues to control. Davis springs to his feet with Rashad still controlling from behind. Rashad then lets it go back to mid-ring stand-up, landing a punch along the way.

-Rogan wonders if Rashad will be upset at himself for being unable to finish Davis.

-When the horn sounds, Davis moves in for a hug. Rashad leans in but doesn't really hug back, and seemed possibly disappointed in himself as Rogan was noting a minute earlier.

-When I was in Las Vegas for the first UFC event ever in that city back in September 2001, Dana White was hanging his head and shrugging his shoulders backstage afterward over the fact that their debut in Vegas and return to PPV (after being banned for years) was a card full of draws without one KO or submission. It was such an important night for them, and they just didn't get the classic card he and everyone in UFC was hoping for. Tonight wasn't that bad by any means, but three fights going the distance, and no spectacular knockouts or submissions is far from ideal. It does show an alternative aspect of UFC compared to the Junior dos Santos KO of Cain Velasquez in the Fox debut, though.

-Rogan interviews Rashad afterward, who said he was disappointed he didn't put him away, but he couldn't land any big punches. He said Davis is tough. Rogan asks about getting a shot at the light-heavyweight title next. Rashad said this fight was a monkey on his back because everyone kept talking about Jon Jones. He said now he's ready to focus on a fight he's motivated for, facing Jones for the title. That's a big fight, and Rashad's dominant performance for five rounds rebuilds his rep as being tough competition for the steamrolling champ Jones.

-Couture said he felt Davis looked intimidated backstage before the fight and that showed. He said he looked slow in the fight. Menefee went to Jones who said he has goosebumps right now. "I feel so alive when I know who I'm fighting next and I have a new mission, I have a new purpose. Fighting is my livelihood and I feel so good right now. I'm so excited to fight Rashad. I can't wait to get past this chapter in my career? I'm a very happy man right now and I'm excited to retain my title on April 21st in the ATL." He said he tries to fight people's bodies and skill-sets, not their names, but he can't help but factor in that he's fighting his nemesis next.

-There were some commercials during the show for Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit, but no appearances by them on camera or interviews in the arena. They did show the little PPV ad in the corner of the screen throughout.

-Menefee signed off about 20 minutes past the scheduled two hours.

-From a production standpoint, it was a high-end, professional, and glossy. It was what it needed to be, with familiar graphics, music, and Menefee as a high-profile host. No big glitches and nothing controversial. I think Dana will be happy overall, although having at least one finish to a fight would have been a strong preference, plus that first fight got things off to a slow start.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/Keller_s_Take_33/article_12312.shtml

Valentijn Overeem Jake O Brien Dos Caras Jr   Anthony Pettis Hector Ramirez

Black Gold

Was channel surfing just now and this show is on one hd... It's a show about oil rig workers and the **** they get up to.

I haven't seen the show...

Source: http://forums.ufc.production.sparkart.net/showthread.php?t=109995&goto=newpost

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Jorge Lopez out of UFC 143, Matt Riddle meets newcomer Henry Martinez

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Saturday's UFC 143 card has gotten another shakeup just a week out from the event, as Jorge Lopez has been forced out of his fight with Matt Riddle.

The UFC announced that he will be replaced by UFC newcomer Henry Martinez.

Riddle is in desperate need of a win after losing two straight. Martinez is an 8-1 fighter out of Greg Jackson's camp, who has fought as low as featherweight, yet will compete at welterweight for this bout.

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/quicknews/article_12324.shtml

Jens Pulver Lyoto Machida Kotetsu Boku  Bas Rutten Delson Heleno

Internet Wasteland

A place for meaningless, repeated or just plain stupid posts

Statistics : 4715 Topics || 98770 Posts Last post by dsshaver

Source: http://www.mmalinker.com/forum/internet-wasteland/

Shad Lierley  Mark Epstein Patrick The Predator Côté  Chris The Pitbull Myra Rani Yahya

sonnen vs silva 2 question

so after watching sonnen vs bisping the other day does anyone think sonnen might stand with silva this time around more then the last fight ?? and i also was suprised how bisping was doing better with him than anderson it seemed....i wonder how bad andersons bruised ribs really hindered his performance and mobility....sonnen would keep walking forward not really intimidated by bispings strikes....that might be a mistake this time if he presses forward like the other night?? what does everyone think about this ?

Source: http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f2/sonnen-vs-silva-2-question-1987695/

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MMAWeekly Radio Monday: UFC 143?s Carlos Condit and Debate in the Sixth Round

MMAWeekly Radio returns on Monday with UFC 143 headliner Carlos Condit leading the show as well as UFC on Fox 2 debate in 'The Sixth Round'.

Source: http://mmaweekly.com/mmaweekly-radio-monday-ufc-143s-carlos-condit-and-debate-in-the-sixth-round

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K1 Kickboxing and Boxing

Kickboxing and boxing talk only

Statistics : 2576 Topics || 24726 Posts Last post by ZombieProphet

Source: http://www.mmalinker.com/forum/k1-kickboxing-boxing/

Valentijn Overeem Jake O Brien Dos Caras Jr   Anthony Pettis Hector Ramirez

Babalu vs. Manhoef Headlines One FC 3

Just a day after One FC announced their new television partnership with ESPN Star Sports, the promotion has now confirmed their third show for March 31 with two familiar faces at the top of the card.

Source: http://mmaweekly.com/babalu-vs-manhoef-headlines-one-fc-3

Pat Barry  Kit Cope  Achmed Labasanov Lyoto Machida Luciano Azevedo 

Leonard Garcia Injured and Out of UFC 144

UFC 144 is starting to feel the sting of injuries as Leonard Garcia is the latest to fall victim, forcing him out of his scheduled fight with Tiequan Zhang.

Source: http://mmaweekly.com/leonard-garcia-injured-and-out-of-ufc-144

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Boxing: Adrien Broner vs Eloy Perez

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Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/sports-vbookie/99432-boxing-adrien-broner-vs-eloy-perez.html

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National Signing Day: Shaq Thompson Doesn't Choose Oregon, Cites Graduation Rate

With the blink of an eye and the refresh of a Twitter timeline, it has become official: Shaq Thompson has elected to play for the University of Washington Huskies. Perhaps the most interesting fact of the matter, however, was that he considered graduation rate to be among his biggest perks for the school.

Thompson, who was the top-rated safety and easily among the best players out of the West Coast recruiting class, decided late Monday night he would play for Washington. Thompson was Oregon’s top recruit left on its radar and caused a lot of interest among Oregon fans due to their new vacancy at the safety position with Eddie Pleasant heading to the NFL. While the Oregon Ducks will not find their safety in Thompson, they will certainly be seeing him numerous times in the next few years in the intense Pacific Northwest rivalry.

Around 10 p.m. PST on Monday night, Thompson tweeted that he had committed to the University of Washington to join the Husky Nation.

Within in a matter of minutes, it was done. No follow-up, no apologies, no mercy, just his decision.

“Phones going off,” he tweeted.

Earlier in the afternoon, he took to Twitter to complain about the nature of the media. “Why does the media always put stuff you don’t say and say you committed some where you didn’t,” he asked.

Thompson had visited Seattle this weekend for a last-minute trip and was presumably impressed with what he had seen.

What I find to be the most interesting facet to the Washington decision, however, was that Thompson elected to play for the Huskies due a noticeably academic decision.

According to Joe Davidson, Thompson chose Washington because it has the “second highest graduation rate in the Pac-12.”

If you look at the graduation rates for football players in the Pac-12, Washington is absolutely toward the top of the list as the Huskies graduate an impressive 76 percent of all football players. That number is second to only Stanford, which graduates a wildly notable 87 percent of its team.

The only school that had a graduation rate worse than California (54 percent), where Thompson initially committed to, was Arizona (with only 48 percent).

If Thompson spurned Oregon for graduation rates, I find myself confused as to where the difference between Washington and Oregon was so drastic. Oregon, which has a significantly better football program than Washington’s, also offers a strong academic program for athletes looking to receive a degree.

At a 63 percent graduation rate, Oregon ranks fourth overall in the Pac-12 and only Arizona State separates the team from Washington.

When Thompson picked LaMichael James’ brain about the school, one of the first things that James said was to highlight how impressive the academics were.

“I was academic all conference and never had under a 2.9 gpa the jaqua is a really nice place for athletes trust me” James said on Twitter.

Yet, perhaps there could be some weight to what Thompson was implicitly complaining about.

After the BCS National Championship appearance last season, ESPN Writer Roy S. Johnson pointed out the unreasonable discrepancy in the Oregon football program to graduate players by race.

According to the piece, only 41 percent of black football players at Oregon have come away with degrees. Meanwhile, 76 percent of white players at the University of Oregon have graduated.

This issue is not one unique to only the University of Oregon, as the gap between black and white graduation rates for the football teams that participated in bowl season, according to a study at the University of Central Florida, is growing at a deeply upsetting rate.

According to the study, the graduation rate for black players in a bowl game was 60 percent in 2010, while white players were at 80 percent. The 20 percent difference was 1 percent higher than it was in 2009. Twenty-four percent of the schools that made bowls graduated less than half of their black players.

The primary author of this study, Richard Lapchick, also noted that the graduation rate for black athletes (60 percent) is significantly higher than their non-athletic counterparts (38 percent), and the difference between white students and black students is a highly alarming 24 percent difference.

As Thompson addressed tonight, some things are bigger than football when you look at the grand scheme of what the games actually mean. In college, the NCAA represents student-athletes. That’s exactly what these students are: students who are receiving academic scholarships to study at a university because they offer impressive athletic ability.

While the graduation could be skewed because there are more black players than white players on teams like the University of Oregon (and thus get more playing time and NFL attention), there is an inherent issue here.

For football, that athletic ability happens to come in a “revenue sport” that generates money and tons of media attention (like here at Bleacher Report, where amateur student athletics for college football generated more than 10 million views last month).

As Arik Armstead said, there will be no hard feelings. “I wanted Shaq Thompson to come to the O just as much as y’all,” he tweeted, “but he going to be successful where ever he go.”

For Oregon fans, it just gives another reason to look forward to the heated rivalry game when Washington travels down to Autzen Stadium next season. When De’Anthony Thomas first streaks down the field to try to outrun Thompson for the first score, look for me in the stands jumping up and down as high as I humanly can reach.

I have no vendetta against Thompson, and wish him the best of luck working toward his degree at the University of Washington. Hopefully he sets an example of elite college athletes that actually get what they came there to do: Receive a college degree.

If Thompson, who according to Rivals had a 3.2 GPA in high school, is able to act as something bigger than himself, I will have absolutely no problem rooting for his success. Even if he is a Husky.

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Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1046443-national-signing-day-2012-thompson-doesnt-choose-oregon-cites-graduation-rate

Mike Van Arsdale Sam Hoger Alexander Gustafsson Shad Lierley  Mark Epstein

Monday, January 30, 2012

Hulk Hogan On WWE.com, How Old Is Paul Heyman?, More

– The official WWE website has ranked Hulk Hogan turning his back on millions of Hulkamaniacs to join Scott Hall and Kevin Nash in forming one of the most infamous groups in history, the New World Order, as No. 1 in their “List This: Legends of the Fall.”
– Former WWE talent Paul Heyman turns 46 years old today.
– Rosa Mendes, who has not appeared on WWE programming since SummerSlam, posted her first message on Twitter since August 20 by ranting about fellow SmackDown Diva A.J. The three-year veteran doesn’t feel ...

Source: http://www.ifight365.com/2011/09/hulk-hogan-on-wwe-com-how-old-is-paul-heyman-more/

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Jon Jones not impressed with Rashad Evans' performance on FOX, hopes to restore respect with former friend

Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2012/1/30/2759325/jon-jones-not-impressed-with-rashad-evans-hopes-to-restore-respect

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UFC ON FOX 2 "EVANS VS. DAVIS" LIVE RESULTS: Pelkey's live round by round report of main card on Fox from Chicago

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By: Matt Pelkey, MMATorch Columnist

Stay with us tonight as I'll have coverage of the three-fight main card on Fox featuring Chris Weidman vs. Demian Maia in a middleweight bout, Chael Sonnen taking on Michael "The Count" Bisping to determine the #1 contender for Anderson Silva's title, and, in the main event, "Sugar" Rashad Evans battling "Mr. Wonderful" Phil Davis in a five round fight with light-heavyweight title implications. MMATorch Editor-in-Chief Jamie Penick and columnists Rich Hansen and Shawn Ennis are live in the United Center in Chicago tonight, so keep an eye out for their unique live perspective in our post-fight coverage. The Fox fights start at 8p.m. (EST), so don't miss a minute of the action!

-The Fox open starts our proceedings. Kurt Menefee's voice narrates shots of the crowd as well as the arrivals of tonight's main event fighters in Rashad Evans and Phil Davis before we go to a (slightly over dramatic) video package hyping the show. It still feels like I'm about to watch football when they play the Fox music. We see Menefee's lovely mug and find out he's joined by UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, and current light-heavyweight kingpin Jon "Bones" Jones hosting tonight's card. Bones gives a little breakdown of the main event. They discuss the late injury shake-up to the card, and Couture says Sonnen having to adjust to a markedly different opponent might be a problem. Jones says Weidman was already in great shape and was ready to step up and seize his opportunity. Time to pay the bills.

(Commercial Break)

Time to introduce and break down the first fight. Jon Jones thinks Chris Weidman can use his wrestling and submission defense to play top control and dominate a positional battle. I happen to agree. He also says he could use a Randy Couture strategy and try to win the clinch game and turn it ugly. Good stuff from the champ so far. Couture pimps the wrestling background as the best for MMA. Its a closed debate at this point.

FIGHT ONE: DEMIAN MAIA VS. CHRIS WEIDMAN (MIDDLEWEIGHT)

ROUND ONE:Herb Dean presiding. Both guys come out pawing jabs and looking to be aggressive, but nothing significant lands in the first two minutes. This might be one of those "bad kickboxing by two badass grapplers" kinda fights. Weidman lands a nice body kick. Weidman finally pushes forward with punches, gets a hold of Maia and gets a takedown. Two seconds later Maia is back up. No real grappling yet. End round one.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-9 Weidman. He landed more and was the aggressor on the feet. The takedown didn't mean much.

ROUND TWO: Weidman comes out looking for takedowns early. He gets one and moves into side control,but Maia is back up to his feet. Maia is losing this fight by being one dimensional on the feet. Weidman is mixing things up, landing his jab effectively, and is landing some solid body kicks. It hasn't been a star making performance so far by any means, but its been effective and encouraging. Weidman throws a head kick that's partially blocked with a little over a minute left. He shoots in and presses Maia against the cage. Maia lands a kick on the separation. Weidman gets another takedown with under thirty seconds left. Maia tries to get back to his feet and Weidman almost takes his back. That would've been a statement. Round over.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-9 Weidman. More of the same and he really turned it on with about a minute left in the round.

ROUND THREE: Maia gives up a takedown early, almost seemingly just to try something different. Weidman doesn't do any damage of note, but he still spent the time on top. Back to the feet and Weidman lands a nice two punch combo. Maia shoots in for a takedown of his own, but Weidman's sprawl is too good. With two minutes left the crowd voices its disapproval at the ever slowing pace of this fight. Both guys are throwing everything they have, but they're both exhausted. By and large its been that sloppy kick-boxing fight we feared. Joe Rogan gives the unusually negative opinion that neither guy is striking fear in the heart of the rest of the 185lb. division. Round over. Fight over.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-10. Nobody asserted themselves as better in that round. Lots of sloppy, slow strikes. Weidman had the takedown, but Maia probably landed just a hair more on the feet. Still should be Weidman's fight though.

WINNER: Chris Weidman by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

STAR RATING: (**-) Not a terrible fight by any means, but certainly sloppy and underwhelming based on the talent in the cage. Not the way the UFC wanted to kick off the second go-round on Fox.

RAMIFICATIONS: Maia is still a high level middleweight, but he won't ever sniff another title shot unless he starts ripping arms off in his next six fight. Weidman took the fight on short notice and beat a higher ranked opponent. He looked gassed later in the fight, but it was a good test to see where he's at. With a full training camp dedicated towards a specific opponent, I still think he's near the top ten. Seriously, where is Alan Belcher?

-A Chael Sonnen straight-outta-pro-wrasslin' promo sends us to a commercial break.

The "studio" guys break down the fight and its time to do the damn thing. Bruce Buffer time!

FIGHT TWO: CHAEL SONNEN VS. MICHAEL BISPING (MIDDLEWEIGHT)

ROUND ONE: Big John in charge. Sonnen charges forward immediately and gets the takedown. No surprise. Bisping getting right back to his feet is though. Sonnen keeps pressing forward. Nice trip takedown by Chael finds him in half guard. He postures up and starts his assault. Bisping finds enough space to get back to his feet, but Sonnen is still on him. Bisping drops down for a takedown, but Chael chuckles to himself and shrugs it off. Now Bisping presses his foe to the cage. They finally separate and Bisping misses with a spinning wheel kick. Sonnen brings it back to the cage. Bisping reverses and spends some time doing clinch work. Separated again and Bisping lands some punches. He misses another spinning kick, but looks like the aggressor as the round ends.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-9 Sonnen. Bisping really came on towards the end, but Sonnen controlled the grappling enough to edge it. Close round though.

ROUND TWO: Bisping comes out right where he left off confident and aggressive. He's landing jabs and crosses left and right. They clinch against the cage again, but its Bisping in the advantageous position, clearly winning the clinch war. Seriously, what is happening here. Sonnen finally gets a much needed takedown, but doesn't do much damage and finds himself back in a standing position before too long. More shots from Bisping. Sonnen looks battered and tired. Bisping tries the spinning kick yet again before the bell sounds.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-9 Bisping. That first round is gonna be key if this goes to a decision. Sonnen needs to win the third for sure though.

ROUND THREE: Realizing his predicament, Sonnen shoots for a power double early and gets the takedown. Bisping has been defending beautifully all fight, but Sonnen finally seems to be wearing on him. Sonnen works around and eventually takes the back. He looks for the rear naked, but Bisping defends. He rolls over and gives up mount. Sonnen can't do much with the position and Bisping recovers half guard. He finally works back to his feet and finally gets a takedown of his own on Sonnen as the fight ends. Yeesh this is gonna be close.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-9 Sonnen. As clear a round for him as the second was for Bisping. He finally showed off his superior grappling here. Its all about that first round.

WINNER: Chael Sonnen by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

STAR RATING: (***) Not the classic I was hoping for, and not the dominant performance by either the UFC was hoping for to promote Anderson Silva's next fight, but a really good fight nonetheless. The 30-27 score was fishy to say the least as Bisping clearly took the second and had an argument for the first, but I agreed with the winner.

RAMIFICATIONS: Well Chael obviously moves on to the Anderson Silva fight now. He ignored Joe Rogan in the post fight and went right back to the pro wrestling schtick. He called himself the greatest fighter in the world. Um...not after that performance. Give Bisping tons of credit though. He just keeps getting better and better. Despite the loss on his ledger that might've been a career best performance. He validated himself as a top-5 middleweight in this fight. Before Chael came out in the final round and dominated with his wrestling, I was all ready to write about Michael Bisping's brilliant performance in pulling off a huge upset. As is, he shouldn't be more than two wins from being right back in this same position again.

A video package airs hyping the main event.

As if this show wasn't already destined to be labeled a disappointment, this just in: unless we get a finish to the main event, and this one seemed MOST likely to go to a decision in the first place, this show is gonna run long. Its not a huge deal because people should know by now that live sporting events don't always fit into the window of time they're allotted, but it ain't a positive either. We do get fighter entrances for the main event though. So we do have that going for us, which is nice. Jon Jones has the line of the night. When asked what the key to victory for Rashad Evans was, Jones replied, "Don't fight me". Such honesty from the champ.


FIGHT THREE: RASHAD EVANS VS. PHIL DAVIS (LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT)

ROUND ONE: Dean in charge again. Phil Davis looks fluid and comfortable on his feet early landing numerous kicks and avoiding the attacks of Evans. Davis stumbles into a takedown attempt which Rashad slowly but surely works his way out of. Davis keeps pressing forward with takedown attempts to no avail. They separate and Davis goes back to landing kicks. Rashad gets a takedown and lands in half guard. He passes to side control and gets a mounted crucifix. He lands some punches, but the round ends that way.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD 10-9 Evans. Davis looked good early, but Rashad closed strong and had both the most dominant position and did the most damage in the round.

ROUND TWO: Davis looks less fluid and less crisp in his stand-up to start round two, but it doesn't cost him in the first minute and a half. They clinch for a bit mid cage, but neither gains a real advantage. Rashad lands a couple punches and presses forward, getting Davis's back against the cage. They separate and Davis lands a body kick. Rashad is really starting to take over with his punches. He catches a Davis body kick and plants him on the mat. Rashad does a little damage from half guard and the round ends.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-9 Evans. Another good round for the veteran. He's controlling the action, getting timely takedowns, and doing damage from the top.

ROUND THREE: Davis shoots for a real, live takedown about a minute in and gets a hold of a single. He keeps working it for almost a full minute, never really completing the takedown, and eventually Rashad reverses and ends up on top. He takes Davis's back, but quickly they're back to the feet, clinched against the fence. Davis drops down desperately for a takedown, but Rashad just holds his head and delivers some big shots. Davis gets back up and catches Rashad off balance, finally scoring the takedown. He spends a little time on top, but can't do anything with it. Rashad works back to his feet before the rounds ends.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-9 Evans. Davis finally got the takedown, but couldn't do anything with it. The rest of the round was Evans in control, doing damage.

ROUND FOUR: I'd say Davis should just go balls to the wall trying for takedowns, but he hasn't shown the ability to take advantage of them when he's gotten them thus far. Barring something freaky, I don't see his path to victory here. Evans is winning the stand-up exchanges. He lands a stiff jab. Rashad gets a front headlock and presses Davis against the cage. Davis lands a couple nice knees from the clinch and they separate. Davis looks for a single leg, but Evans defends well. He ends up taking Davis' back in a scramble, but Davis stands up. Back to the cage. Rashad lands a big right hand with ten seconds left, but misses on his follow up flurry as the horn sounds.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-9 Evans. Rinse and repeat. The outcome of this fight seems inevitable.

ROUND FIVE: A minute in, Rashad catches a Phil Davis body kick and lends a right that drops Davis. Evans follows down looking to flurry to a finish but Davis survives. Evans keeps pouring on the punishment as Davis tries to work to a better position. With two minutes left, they're back to the feet. Rashad lands another big right that hurts Davis, and Davis drops down for another desperation takedown attempt. Rashad easily stuffs and they're back to the feet. Rashad tries to let his hands go to close strong, but neither guy can find the mark. Fight over.

WINNER: Rashad Evans by unanimous decision (50-45x3)

STAR RATING: (**) About as tedious of a performance as many worried, but Rashad impressed here. It wasn't exciting, but he was on another level as an MMA fighter tonight. His workrate was low as usual, but he displayed a well-rounded, complete game here.

RAMIFICATIONS: Well, everything is pretty cut and dry here. Rashad comes to MY hometown in April to finally get his hands on Jon Jones. Tonight will be seen as a disappointment in terms of fight quality, but it accomplished what the UFC needed in terms of pay-per-view business. It sets up two of the potentially three huge pay-per-view fights (with GSP-Diaz the other, provided Nick Diaz can topple Carlos Condit next week) in Rashad Evans-Jon Jones, and Chael Sonnen-Anderson Silva II. As for Phil Davis, he just wasn't ready for this fight. He's still a high-level prospect, but let tonight be proof that he's at least two years away from being ready for this opportunity again.

That's it for the fights. They send it back up to the "studio" for a quick wrap-up and the show ends over 20 minutes after the top of the hour.

Thanks for sticking with us tonight. Check back later for full post-fight coverage here on MMATorch.com.



Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_PPVs_6/article_12311.shtml

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Latest Predictions, Post-Senior Bowl Edition

We've now jumped over two hurdles in the pre-draft process, as both the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl are in the books.

The Senior Bowl was completed last weekend, so let's take a quick look at our 2012 NFL Mock Draft after the performance in Mobile, Alabama. 

 

1.  Indianapolis Colts—Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford 

2.  St. Louis Rams—Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

3.  Minnesota Vikings—Matt Kalil, OT, USC 

4.  Cleveland Browns—Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

5.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

6.  Washington Redskins—Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

7.  Jacksonville Jaguars—Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina  

8.  Carolina Panthers—Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

9.  Miami Dolphins—Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

10.  Buffalo Bills—Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama

Few players in Mobile were as dominant both in skill set and physical size than Upshaw. He should be a top-15 pick.

11.  Kansas City Chiefs—Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

12.  Seattle Seahawks—Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

13.  Arizona Cardinals—Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

Ingram showed the versatility in space to warrant a selection from both 3-4 and 4-3 defenses. In a game that's always searching for pass rush, Ingram will be a wanted man.

14.  Dallas Cowboys—Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

15.  Philadelphia Eagles—Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College 

16.  New York Jets—Nick Perry, LB, USC

17.  Cincinnati Bengals—Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

Jenkins made himself some money in Mobile by dispelling any fears that his time away from the top level of college football took anything off his game. He's a first round talent.

18.  San Diego Chargers—David DeCastro, OG, Stanford 

19.  Chicago Bears—Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

20.  Tennessee Titans—Zach Brown, OLB, UNC

Brown showed the kind of athleticism and speed that should make him an impact 4-3 Will linebacker, and there's little question he's the top of the class at that position.

21.  Cincinnati Bengals—Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

22.  Cleveland Browns—Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor  

23.  Detroit Lions—Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska

24.  Pittsburgh Steelers—Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia 

25.  Denver Broncos—Devon Still, DL, Penn State

26.  Houston Texans—Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis

27.  New England Patriots—Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin 

28.  Green Bay Packers—Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois   

29.  Baltimore Ravens—Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State

30.  San Francisco 49ers—Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

31.  New York Giants—Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama    

32.  New England Patriots—Mark Barron, S, Alabama

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1045254-2012-nfl-mock-draft-latest-predictions-post-senior-bowl-edition

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Event #3: UFC on Fox 2

_*UFC on Fox 2*_


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_Phil Davis_ vs. _Rashad Evans_
_Michael Bisping_ vs. _Chael...

Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/mma-forum-non-paid-fantasy-fight-league-ffl/99396-event-3-ufc-fox-2-a.html

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Daily News

MMA News from around the web.

Statistics : 7245 Topics || 77004 Posts Last post by AtteroDominatus

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*Nick The Face* 2011 Fight of the Year- Shogun vs. Hendo.....

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Source: http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f2/nick-face-2011-fight-year-shogun-vs-hendo-1986377/

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UFC On Fox 2 Video: Matt Hughes On Retirement, Diaz/Condit Winner

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/1/30/2757085/ufc-on-fox-2-video-matt-hughes-retirement-nick-diaz-carlos-condit-prediction

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AMADI: Fox viewers still haven't seen a truly exciting fight, and UFC is partially to blame

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By Jason Amadi, MMATorch columnist

After outgrowing the Spike TV partnership that helped put the them on the map seven years ago, watching the UFC traverse new waters on the Fox family of networks is certainly interesting. Thus far, the Fox network has broadcast four UFC fights and not one of them has even come close to capturing the excitement that a quality mixed martial arts contest has to offer. In fact, in one way or another, they?ve all been pretty terrible.

If you and your dog locked eyes for any length of time, you probably missed a good portion of the Cain Velasquez-Junior dos Santos fight. Demian Maia vs. Chris Weidman displayed all the technique and cardiovascular conditioning of a King of the Cage heavyweight bout. Chael Sonnen vs. Michael Bisping didn?t exactly light the world on fire and, while Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis wasn?t the worse fight ever, it was still pretty awful.

Obviously, the expectations that we all carry into these UFC on Fox events may inform the way that we see them after the fact, but that doesn?t excuse the UFC?s poor strategy when it comes to selecting matchups to air on ?big Fox,? as UFC President Dana White likes to call it.

Granted, putting the heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos on Fox was as brilliant a choice for a main event as the UFC could have made, but in hindsight Fox?s choice to not air the Benson Henderson-Clay Guida co-main event really hurt the flow of the UFC?s first effort on network television.

Looking back at the first four fights on Fox, I think it?s safe to say that what the UFC really needs to deliver on network television is action. The regular mixed martial arts audience is going to watch UFC on Fox events regardless of the names at the top of the card, but the MMA neophytes the UFC is trying to capture don?t recoginize those names anyway.

Mixed martial arts is a volatile sport. Sometimes you get quick knockouts like the one we saw on the first fight on Fox between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, and sometimes you get slow paced, uninspired performances like the ones we saw on the UFC?s second effort on Fox. However, if the UFC wants to almost guarantee relevant, action fights then they need to use the Fox plattform and make stars out of the guaranteed action fighters at 155 pounds and below.

Aside from B.J. Penn, who really became famous at 170 pounds, no fighter competing at lightweight and below has ever really broken out as a big star in mixed martial arts. Those divisions are simply too new for pay-per-view consumers to feel comfortable risking their dollar on them.

However, in terms of action, lighter weight fighters blow everyone else away. To properly put things into perspective, look at the tepid performances against Mark Hominick and Kenny Florian that UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo was criticized for last year. Were they not were leagues above any fight that?s taken place on Fox thus far?

Looking back on it, the fact that the UFC chose guys like Chael Sonnen, Rashad Evans, and Phil Davis to showcase grappling to the masses was ridiculous, considering that it?s the lower weight fighters that are executing submissions never before seen in the Octagon. Is the extent to which people respect and are familiar with the middleweight division really worth trading Charles Olivera?s calf slicer submission for the Demian Maia-Chris Weidman bout? I don?t think so.

Mixed martial arts is a volatile sport with a lot of variables; however, if the UFC?s intent is to bring exciting fights to a mass audience, then perhaps the UFC would be best served not to take chances on heavyweight, light heavyweight, and middleweight fights that have a 50/50 chance of devolving into something grotesque and unappealing.

If the UFC is truly looking at the big picture, then perhaps they should begin to think a bit smaller.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter @JasonAmadi and direct your ?Ask the Torch? questions to mmatorch@gmail.com

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/amadis_take/article_12319.shtml

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UFC 145: Jon Jones vs Rashad Evans last stop before Rematchville for 'Bones'

Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2012/1/29/2756948/ufc-145-jon-jones-vs-rashad-evans-last-stop-before-rematchville-mma

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UFC on Fox 2 Live Results and Play-by-Play

UFC on Fox 2: Evans vs. Davis live results and play-by-play on Saturday, Jan. 28, in Chicago. The main event features Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis.

Source: http://mmaweekly.com/ufc-on-fox-2-live-results-and-play-by-play

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Dana White UFC on Fox 2 Video Blog ? Weigh-ins

In his latest UFC on Fox 2: Evans vs. Davis video blog, UFC president Dana White takes us behind the scenes during his media blitz in Chicago and at the weigh-ins.

Source: http://mmaweekly.com/dana-white-ufc-on-fox-2-video-blog-weigh-ins

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Dana White confirms Rashad Evans as first choice for Jon Jones' next Title defense, Dan Henderson a backup option

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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The succession of challengers to face UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones has been a matter of common sense for the past several weeks, but on Tuesday's edition of "UFC Tonight" on Fuel TV, UFC President Dana White confirmed the beliefs of many.

The three names that have been involved in the mix are Rashad Evans, Phil Davis, and Dan Henderson. Evans and Davis meet this Saturday night in the main event of UFC on Fox 2 in Chicago, while Henderson's awaiting that fight to see what his next move will be after defeating Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in November.

It's been thought that Evans was at the front of the line should he defeat Davis, as he's essentially been the number one contender without getting a title fight due to injuries since May of 2010. White said that's exactly the case.

"If Rashad Evans wins, and if he doesn't get injured, he will fight Jon Jones," White said. "He's the guy who gets the shot. He's been waiting a long time, and he's the one who deserves it."

However, that doesn't mean Davis will take his spot should he upset him on Saturday night, as White also made clear the backup plan if Evans isn't the next one in against Jones.

"Should Rashad get hurt, then Dan Henderson will fight next."

White didn't reveal the timetable for Jones' next fight, but it's been speculated as the headliner for the UFC 145 card in Atlanta in April.

Penick's Analysis: It's not really telling us anything we didn't know, but it gives a clear hierarchy to the top of the light heavyweight division right now. The Evans fight is the bigger fight if they can get it together for April, but Henderson will make for an excellent challenge should Evans either lose or not be ready in time for UFC 145. As for Davis, he's publicly stated he'd be fine being passed over the next shot for Henderson, so if that's what ends up happening, he'll simply take another fight to earn his own shot.

[Jon Jones art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]

Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_12280.shtml

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Rankings and not a word?

Did a search and either I failed (wouldn't be the first time) or this hasn't been mentioned among the Chael WWE speach, the bad call on Chael/Bisping, how the robots and into music sucked, etc, etc, etc...

But at the start of the show Fox showed a rankings and how important the fights were for the MW division. 4 of the top 10 going at it.

So a couple things....

1. Where did they get the rankings?

2. If Fox/UFC are going to actually start to show rankings and make fights meaningful because of them, will title shots finally be meritted on them?

Source: http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f2/rankings-not-word-1985775/

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UFC On Fox 2: Dana White Releases Latest Video Blog

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/1/29/2756871/ufc-on-fox-2-dana-white-video-blog-rashad-evans-phil-davis-michael-bisping-chael-sonnen

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UFC ON FOX 2 "EVANS VS. DAVIS" LIVE RESULTS: Pelkey's live round by round report of main card on Fox from Chicago

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By: Matt Pelkey, MMATorch Columnist

Stay with us tonight as I'll have coverage of the three-fight main card on Fox featuring Chris Weidman vs. Demian Maia in a middleweight bout, Chael Sonnen taking on Michael "The Count" Bisping to determine the #1 contender for Anderson Silva's title, and, in the main event, "Sugar" Rashad Evans battling "Mr. Wonderful" Phil Davis in a five round fight with light-heavyweight title implications. MMATorch Editor-in-Chief Jamie Penick and columnists Rich Hansen and Shawn Ennis are live in the United Center in Chicago tonight, so keep an eye out for their unique live perspective in our post-fight coverage. The Fox fights start at 8p.m. (EST), so don't miss a minute of the action!

-The Fox open starts our proceedings. Kurt Menefee's voice narrates shots of the crowd as well as the arrivals of tonight's main event fighters in Rashad Evans and Phil Davis before we go to a (slightly over dramatic) video package hyping the show. It still feels like I'm about to watch football when they play the Fox music. We see Menefee's lovely mug and find out he's joined by UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, and current light-heavyweight kingpin Jon "Bones" Jones hosting tonight's card. Bones gives a little breakdown of the main event. They discuss the late injury shake-up to the card, and Couture says Sonnen having to adjust to a markedly different opponent might be a problem. Jones says Weidman was already in great shape and was ready to step up and seize his opportunity. Time to pay the bills.

(Commercial Break)

Time to introduce and break down the first fight. Jon Jones thinks Chris Weidman can use his wrestling and submission defense to play top control and dominate a positional battle. I happen to agree. He also says he could use a Randy Couture strategy and try to win the clinch game and turn it ugly. Good stuff from the champ so far. Couture pimps the wrestling background as the best for MMA. Its a closed debate at this point.

FIGHT ONE: DEMIAN MAIA VS. CHRIS WEIDMAN (MIDDLEWEIGHT)

ROUND ONE:Herb Dean presiding. Both guys come out pawing jabs and looking to be aggressive, but nothing significant lands in the first two minutes. This might be one of those "bad kickboxing by two badass grapplers" kinda fights. Weidman lands a nice body kick. Weidman finally pushes forward with punches, gets a hold of Maia and gets a takedown. Two seconds later Maia is back up. No real grappling yet. End round one.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-9 Weidman. He landed more and was the aggressor on the feet. The takedown didn't mean much.

ROUND TWO: Weidman comes out looking for takedowns early. He gets one and moves into side control,but Maia is back up to his feet. Maia is losing this fight by being one dimensional on the feet. Weidman is mixing things up, landing his jab effectively, and is landing some solid body kicks. It hasn't been a star making performance so far by any means, but its been effective and encouraging. Weidman throws a head kick that's partially blocked with a little over a minute left. He shoots in and presses Maia against the cage. Maia lands a kick on the separation. Weidman gets another takedown with under thirty seconds left. Maia tries to get back to his feet and Weidman almost takes his back. That would've been a statement. Round over.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-9 Weidman. More of the same and he really turned it on with about a minute left in the round.

ROUND THREE: Maia gives up a takedown early, almost seemingly just to try something different. Weidman doesn't do any damage of note, but he still spent the time on top. Back to the feet and Weidman lands a nice two punch combo. Maia shoots in for a takedown of his own, but Weidman's sprawl is too good. With two minutes left the crowd voices its disapproval at the ever slowing pace of this fight. Both guys are throwing everything they have, but they're both exhausted. By and large its been that sloppy kick-boxing fight we feared. Joe Rogan gives the unusually negative opinion that neither guy is striking fear in the heart of the rest of the 185lb. division. Round over. Fight over.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-10. Nobody asserted themselves as better in that round. Lots of sloppy, slow strikes. Weidman had the takedown, but Maia probably landed just a hair more on the feet. Still should be Weidman's fight though.

WINNER: Chris Weidman by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

STAR RATING: (**-) Not a terrible fight by any means, but certainly sloppy and underwhelming based on the talent in the cage. Not the way the UFC wanted to kick off the second go-round on Fox.

RAMIFICATIONS: Maia is still a high level middleweight, but he won't ever sniff another title shot unless he starts ripping arms off in his next six fight. Weidman took the fight on short notice and beat a higher ranked opponent. He looked gassed later in the fight, but it was a good test to see where he's at. With a full training camp dedicated towards a specific opponent, I still think he's near the top ten. Seriously, where is Alan Belcher?

-A Chael Sonnen straight-outta-pro-wrasslin' promo sends us to a commercial break.

The "studio" guys break down the fight and its time to do the damn thing. Bruce Buffer time!

FIGHT TWO: CHAEL SONNEN VS. MICHAEL BISPING (MIDDLEWEIGHT)

ROUND ONE: Big John in charge. Sonnen charges forward immediately and gets the takedown. No surprise. Bisping getting right back to his feet is though. Sonnen keeps pressing forward. Nice trip takedown by Chael finds him in half guard. He postures up and starts his assault. Bisping finds enough space to get back to his feet, but Sonnen is still on him. Bisping drops down for a takedown, but Chael chuckles to himself and shrugs it off. Now Bisping presses his foe to the cage. They finally separate and Bisping misses with a spinning wheel kick. Sonnen brings it back to the cage. Bisping reverses and spends some time doing clinch work. Separated again and Bisping lands some punches. He misses another spinning kick, but looks like the aggressor as the round ends.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-9 Sonnen. Bisping really came on towards the end, but Sonnen controlled the grappling enough to edge it. Close round though.

ROUND TWO: Bisping comes out right where he left off confident and aggressive. He's landing jabs and crosses left and right. They clinch against the cage again, but its Bisping in the advantageous position, clearly winning the clinch war. Seriously, what is happening here. Sonnen finally gets a much needed takedown, but doesn't do much damage and finds himself back in a standing position before too long. More shots from Bisping. Sonnen looks battered and tired. Bisping tries the spinning kick yet again before the bell sounds.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-9 Bisping. That first round is gonna be key if this goes to a decision. Sonnen needs to win the third for sure though.

ROUND THREE: Realizing his predicament, Sonnen shoots for a power double early and gets the takedown. Bisping has been defending beautifully all fight, but Sonnen finally seems to be wearing on him. Sonnen works around and eventually takes the back. He looks for the rear naked, but Bisping defends. He rolls over and gives up mount. Sonnen can't do much with the position and Bisping recovers half guard. He finally works back to his feet and finally gets a takedown of his own on Sonnen as the fight ends. Yeesh this is gonna be close.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-9 Sonnen. As clear a round for him as the second was for Bisping. He finally showed off his superior grappling here. Its all about that first round.

WINNER: Chael Sonnen by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

STAR RATING: (***) Not the classic I was hoping for, and not the dominant performance by either the UFC was hoping for to promote Anderson Silva's next fight, but a really good fight nonetheless. The 30-27 score was fishy to say the least as Bisping clearly took the second and had an argument for the first, but I agreed with the winner.

RAMIFICATIONS: Well Chael obviously moves on to the Anderson Silva fight now. He ignored Joe Rogan in the post fight and went right back to the pro wrestling schtick. He called himself the greatest fighter in the world. Um...not after that performance. Give Bisping tons of credit though. He just keeps getting better and better. Despite the loss on his ledger that might've been a career best performance. He validated himself as a top-5 middleweight in this fight. Before Chael came out in the final round and dominated with his wrestling, I was all ready to write about Michael Bisping's brilliant performance in pulling off a huge upset. As is, he shouldn't be more than two wins from being right back in this same position again.

A video package airs hyping the main event.

As if this show wasn't already destined to be labeled a disappointment, this just in: unless we get a finish to the main event, and this one seemed MOST likely to go to a decision in the first place, this show is gonna run long. Its not a huge deal because people should know by now that live sporting events don't always fit into the window of time they're allotted, but it ain't a positive either. We do get fighter entrances for the main event though. So we do have that going for us, which is nice. Jon Jones has the line of the night. When asked what the key to victory for Rashad Evans was, Jones replied, "Don't fight me". Such honesty from the champ.


FIGHT THREE: RASHAD EVANS VS. PHIL DAVIS (LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT)

ROUND ONE: Dean in charge again. Phil Davis looks fluid and comfortable on his feet early landing numerous kicks and avoiding the attacks of Evans. Davis stumbles into a takedown attempt which Rashad slowly but surely works his way out of. Davis keeps pressing forward with takedown attempts to no avail. They separate and Davis goes back to landing kicks. Rashad gets a takedown and lands in half guard. He passes to side control and gets a mounted crucifix. He lands some punches, but the round ends that way.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD 10-9 Evans. Davis looked good early, but Rashad closed strong and had both the most dominant position and did the most damage in the round.

ROUND TWO: Davis looks less fluid and less crisp in his stand-up to start round two, but it doesn't cost him in the first minute and a half. They clinch for a bit mid cage, but neither gains a real advantage. Rashad lands a couple punches and presses forward, getting Davis's back against the cage. They separate and Davis lands a body kick. Rashad is really starting to take over with his punches. He catches a Davis body kick and plants him on the mat. Rashad does a little damage from half guard and the round ends.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-9 Evans. Another good round for the veteran. He's controlling the action, getting timely takedowns, and doing damage from the top.

ROUND THREE: Davis shoots for a real, live takedown about a minute in and gets a hold of a single. He keeps working it for almost a full minute, never really completing the takedown, and eventually Rashad reverses and ends up on top. He takes Davis's back, but quickly they're back to the feet, clinched against the fence. Davis drops down desperately for a takedown, but Rashad just holds his head and delivers some big shots. Davis gets back up and catches Rashad off balance, finally scoring the takedown. He spends a little time on top, but can't do anything with it. Rashad works back to his feet before the rounds ends.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-9 Evans. Davis finally got the takedown, but couldn't do anything with it. The rest of the round was Evans in control, doing damage.

ROUND FOUR: I'd say Davis should just go balls to the wall trying for takedowns, but he hasn't shown the ability to take advantage of them when he's gotten them thus far. Barring something freaky, I don't see his path to victory here. Evans is winning the stand-up exchanges. He lands a stiff jab. Rashad gets a front headlock and presses Davis against the cage. Davis lands a couple nice knees from the clinch and they separate. Davis looks for a single leg, but Evans defends well. He ends up taking Davis' back in a scramble, but Davis stands up. Back to the cage. Rashad lands a big right hand with ten seconds left, but misses on his follow up flurry as the horn sounds.

PELKEY'S SCORECARD: 10-9 Evans. Rinse and repeat. The outcome of this fight seems inevitable.

ROUND FIVE: A minute in, Rashad catches a Phil Davis body kick and lends a right that drops Davis. Evans follows down looking to flurry to a finish but Davis survives. Evans keeps pouring on the punishment as Davis tries to work to a better position. With two minutes left, they're back to the feet. Rashad lands another big right that hurts Davis, and Davis drops down for another desperation takedown attempt. Rashad easily stuffs and they're back to the feet. Rashad tries to let his hands go to close strong, but neither guy can find the mark. Fight over.

WINNER: Rashad Evans by unanimous decision (50-45x3)

STAR RATING: (**) About as tedious of a performance as many worried, but Rashad impressed here. It wasn't exciting, but he was on another level as an MMA fighter tonight. His workrate was low as usual, but he displayed a well-rounded, complete game here.

RAMIFICATIONS: Well, everything is pretty cut and dry here. Rashad comes to MY hometown in April to finally get his hands on Jon Jones. Tonight will be seen as a disappointment in terms of fight quality, but it accomplished what the UFC needed in terms of pay-per-view business. It sets up two of the potentially three huge pay-per-view fights (with GSP-Diaz the other, provided Nick Diaz can topple Carlos Condit next week) in Rashad Evans-Jon Jones, and Chael Sonnen-Anderson Silva II. As for Phil Davis, he just wasn't ready for this fight. He's still a high-level prospect, but let tonight be proof that he's at least two years away from being ready for this opportunity again.

That's it for the fights. They send it back up to the "studio" for a quick wrap-up and the show ends over 20 minutes after the top of the hour.

Thanks for sticking with us tonight. Check back later for full post-fight coverage here on MMATorch.com.



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Watch the UFC on Fox 2 Post-Fight Press Conference on MMAWeekly.com

Watch the UFC on Fox 2: Evans vs. Davis post-fight press conference live on MMAWeekly.com. The fighters and UFC president Dana White meet with the media shortly following the main event.

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Live Video - UFC on Fox 2 "Evans vs. Davis" weigh-ins from Chicago

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Weigh-ins for tomorrow night's UFC on Fox 2 event take place this afternoon from the Chicago Theater, with all 20 fighters stepping on the scales to make their fights official for the night's card. The proceedings begin around 5PM ET, so check back right here for the embedded YouTube stream as the weigh-ins begin:



Video URL: http://youtu.be/crf7epAeLug

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Dana White tells hackers to "do it again," hackers respond with multiple attacks to White, UFC.tv [UPDATED]

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

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Dana White and the UFC continue to support the controversial SOPA and PIPA bills in congress, on their end because of a desire to fight piracy, but he may be getting into a fight he's not entirely ready for. After hackers went after UFC.com this weekend, White expressed no concern, and on Thursday he went commented on it again with a little more fervor.

"Keep hacking our site," White said Thursday (transcribed by MMAFighting.com. "Do it again. Do it tonight... I'm not eBay. My website goes down for two days? Okay, our website goes down for two days. We'll fix it. You're not hurting me by taking my website down."

Well, that urging to "do it again" led not to another attack on UFC.com, but one on Dana White himself. @JoshTheGod, the head of UGNazi.com who claimed responsibility for the UFC.com hack, upped the ante on Thursday night, releasing personal information of White's, including his social security number, his address, and more.

That may only strengthen the argument Dana White attempted to make earlier in the day, when he referred to these hackers as "terrorists."

"Is SOPA the perfect bill?" White said. "No, it's not. The only thing that we're focused on is piracy. Piracy is stealing. If you walk into a store and steal a f--kin' gold watch, it's the same as stealing a pay-per-view. I don't care what your twisted, demented idea of stealing is.

"These guys look like terrorists now... a bill that was about to die, it's about to come back... I've always said this about the Internet: It's a place where cowards live. It's a place we're cowards live. You don't scare me. You don't scare me."

Penick's Analysis: Obviously releasing White's personal information is not the way to get the UFC to change it's stance on SOPA. It's good that White recognizes that the bill isn't perfect, and they're clearly only on board with it to attack piracy, but SOPA and PIPA are not the way to go after piracy. There are laws on the books now that, if more properly enforced, could do a better job at curbing piracy than these bills would, and the censorship issue that comes along with them - not to mention the lack of due process involved - is at the heart of discontent over them. This retaliatory hack and the releasing of White's information is absolutely the wrong way to make a point, but it should show White that there are even worse things some people can do other than taking his site down.

UPDATE: After getting into a conversation with members of the group known as "Anonymous" over Twitter on Thursday, White's urging of them to "do it again" has led to another hack of the UFC. While White was adamant that no one's information was taken in the UFC.com URL switch this weekend, this new hack also revealed vulnerabilities to their system, as it went into UFC.tv. A report at Softpedia.com gave some more information about the hack, including a comment from the hacker themselves:

This morning, S3rver.exe, the hacker who not long ago breached Sony Pictures and who's currently helping out Anonymous hackers, along with others, breached UFC.com and UFC.tv, defacing some of their webpages...

"I hacked those 2 sites this morning. One of them has 60+ vulnerabilities and ufc.tv has XSS, BlindSQL Injection and other vulnerabilities," the hacker said.


[Dana White art by Travis Beaven (c) MMATorch.com]

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Lavar Johnson Had Some Jitters in the Back, But Performed in UFC Debut

Lavar 'Big' Johnson successfully made his transition from Strikeforce to the UFC with a knockout win over Joey Beltran on Saturday night.

Source: http://mmaweekly.com/lavar-johnson-had-some-jitters-in-the-back-but-performed-in-ufc-debut

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