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UFC 100 (07/11/09) Results

Posted in Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2009 by Maxwell Destree

My pick Results for UFC 100: 7/11 (64%)

My Money Picks for UFC 100: 0/1

Favorites Record (by internet odds): 7/1 (there were 3 fights I didnt catch the odds to)

 

My Picks Totals (since UFC 97): 31/45 (69%)

My Money Picks Total (since UFC 97): 9/13 (69%)

Favorites Record Since UFC 97: 29/43 (67%)

 

Brock Lesnar beat Frank Mir for the UFC Undisputed Heavyweight Title

Brock Lesnar beat Frank Mir for the UFC Undisputed Heavyweight Title

Lesnar wins by technical knockout at 01:58 in Round 2

Lesnar: BU-240 (71%), SB-215 (68%)    (07/06/09)

                 PO+130 (43%)

Mir: BU+190 (34%), SB+175 (36%)     (07/06/09)

          PO-150 (60%)

  Ok, I admit I over-estimated Mir.  I don’t think I really underestimated Lesnar though.  I knew that Lesnar has the ability to smash pretty much anyone.  But, I did think Mir was going to be able to neutralize Lesnars size and brute force with technique and MMA know-how.  I was wrong.

When Lesnar was laying on top of Mir in the first round with Mir in a half head lock smashing Mir’s face I thought, this isn’t good.  When the round ended and half of Mirs face was already smashed up, and Mir could do absolutely nothing with the huge mass of meat that is Lesnar, I knew then that Lesnar was going to finish the fight in the second round.

Lesnar proved that he is the undisputed Heavyweight champ, and that anyone that gets trapped under his insanely huge body mass is as good as dead.  I would really like to see Lesnar against the winner of Carwin or Velasques, but I can say one thing it will be a while before I go against Lesnar.

 

Georges St.Pierre beats Thiago Alves by Unanimous Decision

Georges St.Pierre beats Thiago Alves by Unanimous Decision

St.Pierre wins by unanimous decision after 5 Rounds. 

Judges scores: 45-50, 44-50, 45-50

St.Pierre: BU-300 (75%), SB-285 (74%)     (07/06/09)

                     PO-300 (75%)

Alves: BU+220 (31%), SB+225 (31%)     (07/06/09)

              PO+220 (31%)

St.Pierre is in the process of building his legacy as possible the best Welterweight champ ever.  St.Pierre has two wins over Matt Hughes who probably still in some eyes is the best Welterweight champ ever.  But, it’s now impossible to ignore the level of competition that St.Pierre has beaten, and the relative ease that he has done it with.

Alves seemed to be a very game opponent.  He’s big, made weight, and seemed to be well conditioned even in the later rounds against St.Pierre.  And yet, St.Pierre pretty much walked right through Alves.  The fight was extremely one-sided.  Pierre is simply at a level never seen before in the Welterweight division, and probably all of MMA.

I get excited at the possibility of a St.Pierre/Silva fight.  But, a lot needs to happen before that would become a reality.  Silva undoubtedly needs to beat Forrest Griffin (Silvas next opponent).  Also, St.Pierre needs to recover from a groin injury suffered during the Alves fight.  But, if the UFC can get the match made and done right, then it would probably be the best matchup in the history of MMA.  At least in the regards that the two pound for pound best fighters in MMA history would be fighting one another, for the title of best MMA fighter ever!  How cool would that be?

Lastly, I have to mention I got this one right, St.Pierre did win by unanimous decision just like I thought he would.

 

John Fitch     vs     Paulo Thiago

Fitch wins by unanimous decision after 3 Rounds

Fitch: BU-450 (82%), SB-365 (78%)     (07/06/09)

             PO-350 (78%)

Thiago: BU+325 (24%), SB+285 (26%)          (07/06/09)

                 PO+310 (24%)

 Well, Fitch took this one by purely out grappling Thiago.  Ultimately it was really impressive to see how good Fitch’s jiu-jitsu is.  Fitch handled Thiago (a specialist on the mat) with composure and confidence.  Although Fitch did not submit Thiago it was still a quality performance.  Fitch wouldn’t knock Thiago out as I though he might, but he did win as I figured he would.

 

Dan “Hendo” Henderson     vs     Michael “The Count” Bisping

Henderson wins by knockout at 03:20 in Round 2

Henderson: BU-225 (69%), SB-225 (69%)      (07/06/09)   

                        PO+165 (38%)

Bisping: BU+175 (36%), SB+185 (35%)     (07/06/09)

                 PO-185 (65%)

  I have to admit despite picking Bisping to win, I’m not really dissappointed with Henderson knocking Bisping out.  I don’t really care for Bispings personality. 

 I think that if Bisping was able to avoid the big shot he would have won the fight based on points.  I also think that my odds may still have been pretty reasonable.  How many times does Henderson catch Bisping if they fought a lot.  I think Bisping would avoid the big shot more often than getting hit with it.  It just so happens that this time he got caught with it, and I mean he took the full fist straight on the chin.

Henderson did show me one thing though, he still has plenty of power in those hands. 

 

Yoshihiro Akiyama     vs     Alan “The Talent” Belcher

Akiyama wins by split decision after 3 Rounds

Akiyama: BU-300 (75%), SB-340 (77%)     (07/06/09)

                      PO-150 (60%)

Belcher: BU+220 (31%), SB+260 (28%)     (07/06/09)

                  PO+150 (40%)

 This was a very entertaining fight, and it would actually be awarded fight of the night honors.  The fight was a back and forth battle, with Akiyama taking the split decision.  The fight statistics show however that Akiyama did out strike, and out wrestle Belcher. 

I think that Belcher definately won some fans with his performance, and despite the loss I don’t forsee the UFC cutting him.  Belcher showed that he is still improving as a fighter. 

I thought there was a possibility that  Akiyama would submit Belcher, but really I thought Akiyama would get the decision.  I also had mentioned that it could be a split decision, but I figured on a unanimous one.  I wasn’t too far off.

 

Mark “The Hammer” Coleman   vs   Stephan ” American Psycho” Bonnar

Coleman wins by unanimous decision after 3 Rounds

Coleman: BU+250 (29%), SB+250 (29%)     (07/06/09)

                     PO+560 (18%)

Bonnar: BU-350 (78%), SB-325 (76%)     (07/06/09)

                  PO-550 (85%)

 The old man did it.  Coleman definately proved me wrong.  I thought he would never win another fight in the UFC again.  I truly thought that the talent level of the UFC had passed the aging Coleman by.  I would like to think that Bonnar was out of shape, or took Coleman too lightly.  But, Bonnar didn’t appear to be out of shape at the weigh-ins, and I don’t think Bonnar is the type of guy to take anyone too lightly.

All and all it was a good win for Coleman, and once again I’m not too disappointed with getting this one wrong.  It was kind of a nice surprise to see he could still hang with the young guys.  Congrats Coleman.

 

Jon “Bones” Jones     vs     Jake “Irish” O’Brien

Jones wins by submission (guillotine) at 02:43 in Round 2

Jones: BU-450 (82%), SB-500 (83%)     (07/06/09)

              PO-410 (80%)

O’Brien: BU+325 (24%), SB+300 (25%)     (07/06/09)

                PO+325 (24%)

 Jones did what everyone thought he was going to do, win.  Jones just keeps moving up the board, its exciting to think of where this kids potential will end.  This win doesn’t surprise anyone I don’t think, but it does give Jones more experience and more confidence.  I can’t help but feel that the UFC is grooming this kid.  I would really like to see him fight on regular tv for free, get this kid some exposure.  Jones didn’t deliver the first round knockout like I predicted though.

 

Dong “Stun Gun” Hyun Kim     vs     TJ Grant

Kim wins by unanimous decision after 3 Rounds

Hyun Kim: BU, SB

                       PO-300 (75%)

Grant: BU, SB

              PO+220 (31%)

  Well, I thought Kim would be able to finish Grant off in the first round.  Instead Kim would leave with a decision victory.

 

Mac Danzig     vs     Jim Miller

Miller wins by unanimous decision after 3 Rounds

Danzig: BU+160 (38%), SB+160 (38%)     (07/06/09)

               PO+160 (38%)

Miller: BU-200 (67%), SB-200 (67%)     (07/06/09)

               PO-200 (67%)

 I did not see this fight, but I heard it was pretty good.  Danzig got bloodied up, but kept fighting hard.  I read that it was a pretty good grappling match.  I think that Miller was too strong and athletic for Danzig.  Danzig is not a bad fighter, in fact he is a very technical fighter.  I think Danzig just lacks the quickness and talent to be really successful at this level.

I hit the nail on the head with this prediction.  I predicted Miller would win by unanimous decision, and that there would be some impressive grappling.  I was right on both counts.

 

CB “The Doberman” Dollaway     vs     Tom “Filthy” Lawlor

Lawlor wins by submission (guillotine) at 0:55 in Round 1

Dolloway: BU, SB

                     PO-120 (55%)

Lawlor: BU, SB

                PO+110 (48%)

 I guess by the way it sounds, Dolloway went in for a takedown and Lawlor locked in a guillotine right away.  That was pretty much the whole fight. 

I knew that Lawlor had a good chance of winning as evidenced by my winning percentage I gave him.  Lawlor is a very good fighter, probably better than people give him credit for.  Dolloway is also a very good fighter, but he also seems to be one of those guys that will never reach his full potential.  He just can’t seem to put it all together.

I would like to see Lawlor fight again, perhaps in a main event, or co-main event on a fight night.  I think Lawlor is still getting better as a fighter, and I think he could be right around the top of the division some day.

 

Matt “The Real One” Grice     vs     Sannon Gugerty

Gugerty wins by submission (guillotine) at 02:36 in Round 1

Grice: BU, SB

              PO+160 (38%)

Gugerty: BU, SB

                 PO-180 (64%)

I predicted a second round submission win for Gugerty, but he decided to just finish it in the first round.  Assuming Grice doesn’t have any more fights on his contract, I don’t anticipate seeing any more of Grice in the UFC.  Gugerty was able to get a much needed victory, and we will see him again.

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UFC 100 (7/11/09) (Predictions)

Posted in Predictions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2009 by Maxwell Destree

Note: The odds listed are from www.betus.com (BU) and www.sportsbook.com (SB), and my own personal opinion of what they should be (PO)(I am just trying this out, don’t be surprised if they’re way off to start with).  Also, I will break down the line into percentages for everyone.  The percentage tells how often they would win the fight.  P.S. I know the percentages don’t always add to 100, that’s because that’s the sportsbooks take, it’s just the way they do it.

My picks will be highlighted in bold.

 

Brock Lesnar                                   Frank Mir^

Brock Lesnar 2    vs    Frank Mir 2

Lesnar: BU-240 (71%), SB-215 (68%)    (07/06/09)

                 PO+130 (43%)

Mir: BU+190 (34%), SB+175 (36%)     (07/06/09)

          PO-150 (60%)

 Ok Ladies and Gentleman the rematch everyone has been waiting for and everyone is speculating about.  There really is no way to predict this one with any level of certainty.  Lesnar is a FREAK and when in the ring reminds me of a Bull on Speed in a China shop.  However, Mir does have a win over him, although some consider it controversial.  For the physical tools that Lesnar has, Mir has the same tools for pure MMA know-how.

My pick is for Mir, I have already bet a friend that Mir is going to win, although I shouldn’t have because I could have gotten better odds from Las Vegas.  Mir was a big underdog, but the odds have been slowly creeping down and are becoming more reasonable.  I think that a bet on Mir isn’t that foolish, I think that at this point in his career he is primed for a big upset victory to re-cement his place in UFC history.

Mir has the full arsenal of MMA tools at his disposal, and that’s why I have to pick him.  Lesnar is still learning the sport, and at this level pure Freakish ability still will only get one so far.  Mir can submit Lesnar on the ground, and Mir has better more technical standup.

I will admit that Lesnar still obviously has a very real chance and ability to just bull-rush and pummel Mir into submission or unconsciousness.

Ultimately the fight will end with Mir knocking Lesnar out, yup, you read it right, no need to re-read it, Mir by Knockout.

 

Georges “Rush” St.Pierre^            Thiago “PitBull” Alves

Georges St.Pierre 2    vs     Thiago Alves 3

St.Pierre: BU-300 (75%), SB-285 (74%)     (07/06/09)

                     PO-300 (75%)

Alves: BU+220 (31%), SB+225 (31%)     (07/06/09)

              PO+220 (31%)

 St.Pierre is possibly the best MMA fighter in the world.  Alves is no joke either, but he still seems a little too raw for someone on St.Pierres level.  Alves will definitely be a contender and possibly a future champ later in life, but its just too early for him.

St.Pierre is a fighter in the prime of his life.  St.Pierre in my opinion is the most pure athlete in all of MMA and he has too much ability for anyone at this point including Alves.  I expect that Alves will give us a good fight, and may even get St.Pierre in trouble, but I expect St.Pierres experience in the Octagon will pull him through.

I think this fight will probably go all five rounds, and I expect St.Pierre to win via Unanimous Decision.  Alves won’t be able to take St.Pierre down, yet St.Pierre will probably take Alves down to score points.  I think that St.Pierre will also be able to control the standup as well.  Finally though, how can anyone bet against St.Pierre at this stage in his career?

 

John Fitch*     vs     Paulo Thiago

Fitch: BU-450 (82%), SB-365 (78%)     (07/06/09)

             PO-350 (78%)

Thiago: BU+325 (24%), SB+285 (26%)          (07/06/09)

                 PO+310 (24%)

Thiago is going to be a good fight for Fitch who has been on a role in the UFC (except for the loss to GSP).  Thiago has won his last two fights by TKO (the only two TKOs of his eleven wins).  Thiagos specialty seems to be on the mat with the submission game.  Fitch is no stranger to the mat though, he is an ex-wrestler for Purdue University, although it will be interesting to see if Thiago can get Fitch on his back.  Thiago definitely has a chance to submit Fitch, but probably won’t knock him out.  Fitch has only been knocked out once in his twenty plus fights. 

Fitch will win by decision, possibly by knockout in the second round too.  I don’t think it would be an early or late knockout though.  Fitch is just too seasoned for Thiago.

 

Dan “Hendo” Henderson     vs     Michael “The Count” Bisping^$

Henderson: BU-225 (69%), SB-225 (69%)      (07/06/09)   

                        PO+165 (38%)

Bisping: BU+175 (36%), SB+185 (35%)     (07/06/09)

                 PO-185 (65%)

 Michael Bisping is complaining about the lack of respect that hes gotten from both fans and the media lately, and quite frankly I would have to agree with him.  Henderson was a great fighter, notice that I said was.  Henderson is still a very good fighter, but I think Father Time has caught up with him and he is no longer considered great, at least not in my book.

Bisping on the other hand is at a point where he is more athletic and quicker than Henderson.  Could the best ever Michael Bisping beat the best ever Dan Henderson?  Probably not, in fact most likely not, but can the Michael Bisping of today beat the Dan Henderson of today?  I think probably. 

I saw Hendersons last fight against Rich Franklin, and I was not impressed.  Both fighters looked slow and tentative.  Also, as I said earlier, Henderson is getting old.  I know that Randy Couture is old, but he is also fighting in a division where speed isn’t as much of a factor.  For a Middleweight its a combination of speed and power.  Henderson seems to have lost his speed, but still retains his power, supposedly even though we haven’t seen it in a while.

Bisping on the other hand looks very fast at Middleweight, but could admittedly probably use some more power.  I think that Bisping will be able to stuff most of Hendersons shots and keep the fight standing where he has an advantage.

I think Bisping wins this either by a late third round knockout, or decision.  I know Henderson has never been knocked out, but after taking two and a half rounds of punches he might give way.  Also, I think Henderson some times suffers from what many wrestlers appear to suffer from, and that’s trying to strike with a striker when they should be taking the striker down.

Bisping to win and take on Anderson Silva in England for the Middleweight belt where he will get his arse kicked.

 

Yoshihiro Akiyama*     vs     Alan “The Talent” Belcher

Akiyama: BU-300 (75%), SB-340 (77%)     (07/06/09)

                      PO-150 (60%)

Belcher: BU+220 (31%), SB+260 (28%)     (07/06/09)

                  PO+150 (40%)

This is Akiyamas first fight in the UFC, and he will be facing an opponent who has had eight fights in the UFC.  Akiyama has come to the UFC from Japan with much fanfare and is obviously the favorite for this fight.  I am personally not familiar with any of Akiyamas previous opponents but he has had quite a run of ending his fights in the first round.

Belcher is 5-3 in the Octagon with wins over Jorge Santiago, Kalib Starnes and Ed Herman.  His three losses are to Jason Day, Kendall Grove and Yushin Okami, with the exception of Day, not a bad couple of guys to lose to.  Belcher is still a very real threat to Akiyama although I just don’t think Belcher will have the mat skills to ward of Akiyama for too long.

I see Akiyama winning by either a late submission or by decision, possibly split, but most likely unanimous.

 

Mark “The Hammer” Coleman   vs   Stephan ” American Psycho” Bonnar^

Coleman: BU+250 (29%), SB+250 (29%)     (07/06/09)

                     PO+560 (18%)

Bonnar: BU-350 (78%), SB-325 (76%)     (07/06/09)

                  PO-550 (85%)

 I will keep this one quick, Coleman is too old.

Bonnar by knockout in the second round.

 

Jon “Bones” Jones*     vs     Jake “Irish” O’Brien

Jones: BU-450 (82%), SB-500 (83%)     (07/06/09)

              PO-410 (80%)

O’Brien: BU+325 (24%), SB+300 (25%)     (07/06/09)

                PO+325 (24%)

 Jones is a very athletic fighter, and very unorthodox.  Jones has had two fights in the UFC both wins by unanimous decisions.  The UFC is expecting big things from Jones who is only 21 years old and full of potential.  Jones is the clear favorite to win this fight.

O’Brien is no stranger to the Octagon in his own right.  He has had mixed results, but has faced decent competition.  Unfortunately for O’Brien I think the athleticism of Jones will be too much. 

I am going out on a limb here but I really think Jones is going to get an early victory, by knockout.

 

Dong “Stun Gun” Hyun Kim*     vs     TJ Grant

Hyun Kim: BU, SB

                       PO-300 (75%)

Grant: BU, SB

              PO+220 (31%)

 Dong Hyun Kim has had more fights in the UFC against better competition, and he has done pretty good.  I know that Kim is the favorite for this fight.  Grant has had one fight in the UFC and that was a controversial split decision win over Ryo Chonan.  Personally I never thought too much of Chonan, so I don’t give Grants victory over him much credit. 

Kim by submission in the first round.

 

Mac Danzig     vs     Jim Miller*

Danzig: BU+160 (38%), SB+160 (38%)     (07/06/09)

               PO+160 (38%)

Miller: BU-200 (67%), SB-200 (67%)     (07/06/09)

               PO-200 (67%)

 Well, one thing is for sure and that’s that Danzig is in desperate need of a win.  Danzig has had five fights in the UFC with a record of 2-3.  The one thing that Danzig has going for him is that he has fought some pretty good fighters.  He has losses to Josh Neer, Clay Guida, and Kurt Pellegrino and holds wins over Mark Bocek and Tommy Speer. 

Miller has yet to fight that level of competition.  Miller is 2-1 in the Octagon with wins over David Baron and Matt Wiman.  Miller lost his last fight which was against a very tough Gray Maynard.  Miller managed to go 3 grueling rounds with Maynard but lost by unanimous decision. 

Although Danzig has more experience, I don’t think he has the mentality or physical ability to improve much in the UFC.  Miller is still somewhat unproven although a win over Matt Wiman is a good start to proving ones self.  I just feel like Danzig is on his way out of the UFC while Miller is still developing as a fighter and a potential threat in the Lightweight division.

Miller by Unanimous Decision after three rounds of some very impressive grappling.

 

CB “The Doberman” Dollaway^     vs     Tom “Filthy” Lawlor

Dolloway: BU, SB

                     PO-120 (55%)

Lawlor: BU, SB

                PO+110 (48%)

 Both fighters are veterans from the Ultimate Fighter Tv Show, so I have seen both fighters fight.  Lawlor is good, probably better than most people give him credit for, but Dollaway although arrogant is the better fighter.  Dolloway despite losing in the finale of the show has gotten better over time, and truly seems to have what it takes to be a top tier MMA fighter. 

I don’t know exactly how the fight will go down, but I expect some good ground and pound from Dolloway and probably a unanimous or maybe split decision win for the Doberman.

 

Matt “The Real One” Grice     vs     Sannon Gugerty*

Grice: BU, SB

              PO+160 (38%)

Gugerty: BU, SB

                 PO-180 (64%)

Grice has had a rough go of it in the UFC, he has a 1-2 record.  His win comes by split-decision against Jason Black while his two losses are to Matt Veach and Terry Etim.  Etim is definitely a good fighter in the UFC and no slouch to have a loss to.  However, one would have to believe that with a Lightweight division as competitive as it is that Grice can’t afford any more losses.  Unfortunately his opponent is probably in the same boat. 

Gugerty has had two fights in the UFC with one win and one loss.  He beat Dale Hartt, but lost a tough fight with Spencer Fisher that went deep into the third round.  Being able to go deep into the third round with Spencer Fisher gets more respect in my book than two first round losses and a split decision win.

I think Gugerty takes this one in the second round by submission.

The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 Episode 10: Pierce is Still a Lying Baby, Damarques “D” Defeats Osipczak

Posted in The Ultimate Fighter TV Show with tags , , , , , on June 4, 2009 by Maxwell Destree
Damarques Johnson makes it to the "TUF" finale in Las Vegas.

Damarques Johnson makes it to the "TUF" finale in Las Vegas.

Well, last week Frank Lester proved he has balls by becoming the first person in TUF history to get a second chance and win.  This week we get to find out the match-ups for the semi-finals, and we get our first semi-final match.

The show once again beats a dead horse by showing that Pierce is a punk.  Team UK and Team USA get together for a barbecue to celebrate the semi-finals.  Sometime during the night Team USA’s Richie Whitson hears Pierce  bad mouthing Team USA to a Team UK member.  Richie expresses his displeasure and dislike for Pierce.  Richie implies that Pierce backed out of his fight, while Pierce suggests he really wanted to fight.  In the end, the debate finishes with Pierce telling Richie to bump up a weight class so the two could fight.  Let me take a second here to give a word to the unwise (Pierce).  If you fought Richie you would be fighting a real fighter, and Richie would put you in more pain than you could ever believe.

Anyways, the match-ups are made.  Team UK will Fight Team USA in the semi-finals much to the delight of the coaches.  Dana White had tossed around the idea of pitting teammate against teammate, but ultimately decided against it.  The match-ups are as follows: Andre Winner (UK) vs Cameron Dollar (USA), Ross Pearson (UK) vs Jason Dent (USA), Nick  Osipczak (UK) vs Damarques Johnson (USA), and James Wilks (UK) vs Frank Lester (USA) (Note: this is a rematch between these two fighters in which Wilks won the first match by knocking Lesters front four teeth out.)

Team UK”S strategy is for Nick to keep the fight standing, they worked extensively with Nick on his takedown defense.  The strategy for Damarques is simple, win.  Damarques feels that he’s the better fighter and that he could win this fight in any number of ways.

At exactly half-way through the show, we’re into the fight.  Semi-final fights are scheduled for three five minute rounds, and this fight would need all fifteen minutes.  The first round started fairly even with the striking initially going to Damarques although Nick was landing some real nice leg kicks.  At one point Damarques was able to take Nick down, but about half a minute before the bell Nick was able to get back to his feet.  Nick immediately hurt Damarques with a flurry and tried to pour it on at the end of the round.  But, with about ten seconds left Damarques started fighting back, and the round ended with the two fighters standing toe-to-toe slugging it out.

Unfortunately, the second round would not have the same fireworks that the first round had.  Damarques got an early takedown, and controlled Nick on the ground from then on.  Nick to his credit went for some early submissions but could never quite get there.  Nick took a pretty good beating to finish the round, taking blows from Damarques who was in the full mount position.  It appeared that if the round had gone any longer referee Herb Dean would have stepped in and stopped it.

The third round started with both fighters noticeably fatigued.  Both Nick and Damarques deserve tons of credit despite being obviously exhausted they both gave it there all in the hopes of getting one step closer to their dreams.  Damarques was the better man tonight though, controlling the standup and eventually taking Nick down to the mat.  Again, to Nicks credit he never gave up despite being behind on the scorecards and needing a knockout. Nick was able to reverse Damarques who had his back and found himself in Damarques’ guard with only half a minute to go in the fight.  The third round finished with both fighters throwing rubbery punches at one another with Nick in Damarques’ guard.

Damarques won the fight, and put one Team USA member in the semi’s.  Next week they will show both lightweight semi-final fights.  To my surprise the preview showed Dent slugging it out with Ross Pearson.  Will Team UK be able to rebound next week, or will Team USA continue their winning ways?  Only time will tell, until next week MMAniacs.

The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 Episode 9:Who Fights Faulkner? and Bisping Shows a Lack of Class in Front of His Students

Posted in The Ultimate Fighter TV Show with tags , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2009 by Maxwell Destree

Alright Ultimate Fighter fans, this was a much better episode than last weeks, perhaps it’s because the show is more focused on two guys that are actually willing to fight…kinda.

Last episode left us all trying to guess who was going to step up from the already-beatens and take on David Faulkner in a second chance of a lifetime fight?  The answer, Frank Lester.  Lester bless your heart you are a true warrior.  For those of us who have forgotten Lester was the fighter who lost his front four teeth and took a beating just two episodes ago (only a couple of days prior in actual time).  Mark Miller the other alternative had a broken nose, and was not cleared to fight.

Lester tells Dana White (President of the UFC) that he is willing to fight, and so what if he’s missing teeth, after all there only teeth right?  And Dan Henderson fights without his teeth all the time, right?  Dana loved the heart and attitude shown by Lester here, in his willingness to step back in the octagon after just a couple days removed from getting a pretty good beating.

The show eventually shifts to Faulkner who has all the physical tools, but lacks the mental toughness to be a real threat.  Apparently Faulkner is a professional fighter who can’t seem to keep his mouth-guard in his mouth due to his gag-reflex.  He has such a hard time keeping his mouthpiece in that he actually goes to a hypnotist to try to fix the problem through hypnosis.

Later on in the show Bisping sprayed water in Damarques Johnsons face for a “racist” comment that Johnson didn’t even say.  Cameron Dollar a couple of episodes ago (while Bisping was playing Henderson at tennis) said that Bisping was “whiter than a band-aid”?  Whatever the hell that’s suppose to mean.  But, nonetheless Bisping took offense and thought that Johnson was the one who had said it.  Bisping went to apologize to Johnson who had stormed out of the building after being squirted, and after approaching Johnson who told Bisping he needed a minute, Bisping returned like a little “puff”.  It appeared that Bisping was actually upset at Johnson for not letting him apologize right away.

The point is that Bisping was not shown in a very positive light after this event, and I am going to find it very difficult to cheer for him at all.

As far as strategy goes for the fight Henderson wants Lester to just throw a straight one-two combo, that’s it.  Bisping seems to just want Faulkner to keep his mouth-guard in.

Both fighters come out for round one, and Faulkner looks to be the aggressor, and looks much more fresh than Lester.  Faulkner connects on a couple of nice punches, and even scores a takedown.  Faulkner wins round one easily.

The bell rings for round two, and Lester comes out and is able to keep the fight standing and controls Faulkner in the clinch.  Lester also connects on some nice punches none of which are the straight one-tow combo that Henderson wanted him to throw.  During the second round Faulkner is noticeably fatigued, and at one point spit out his mouthpiece, Lester walks away winning round two.

With both fighters each winning a round that means only one thing right?  A sudden death one round battle, winner takes the victory.  But wait, whats this, Faulkners throat is too dry?  Faulkner quits while sitting on his stool between rounds?  Faulkner came on this show taking the opportunity away from all of his fellow countrymen that wanted to be on the Ultimate Fighter and then lets his country down by quitting?  Faulkner, a professional fighter can’t go three rounds?  Well believe it folks it happened, Faulkner did not come out for the third round.  As one person put it Lester out-hearted Faulkner.

Well this ties things up, both teams are now 4-4 and the teaser for next week has us guessing if teammates are going to have to fight teammates.  Until next time, keep reading.

The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 Episode 8: Jason Puts a “Dent” in the UK Record, Pierce Too Sick or Too Scared?

Posted in The Ultimate Fighter TV Show with tags , , , , , , , on May 29, 2009 by Maxwell Destree

Hello Ultimate Fighter Fans!  Sorry this wasn’t posted much sooner, like within the last two weeks.  My apologies.  Anyway, it really was kind of a boring episode anyways. Here’s what happened, or perhaps a lack of what happened.  This summary is going to be a little short, because I’m guessing most of you know what happened two weeks ago by now anyways.

The show started off with Jason Pierce being a very negative minded pessimist.  The show continued with Pierce being a negative minded pessimist, and ultimately ended with Pierce being a negative minded non-competitor.

There was much of the show dedicated to peoples dislike of Pierces attitude, ranging from his fellow teammates to even the coaches.  Also, there were four competitors left to fight.  Pierce was going to fight Faulkner, or Dent was going to fight Lawson.

The decision was made to have Dent fight Lawson. 

The first round was pretty good.  The pace was good, with Lawson controlling the round and winning it easily.  In the second round however Lawson was pretty gassed, and Dent was able to choke out Lawson for the victory.  Dana White (President of the UFC) said the victory was far, far, far from being impressive.

The real story was Jason Pierce who was asked by Dana White how he was feeling and if he felt up to fighting (Pierce was diagnosed with somekind of illness by the doctors).  Pierce was again very quiet with a negative attitude, and mentally wasn’t there.  Dana sensed this and told Pierce he wasn’t going to be fighting. 

On a personal note, I was actually angry with the guy because he was sporting top of the line Tapout gear the whole time, and he seemed to lack any heart or desire to fight.  I really didn’t feel that he deserved to be all decked out in Tapout gear when he was obviously quitting before he even officially fought on the show.

In summary, Dent won a very non-impressive victory over Lawson.  Look for Dent to be eliminated in his next fight, while we had at least a half an hour of watching probably the most negative and dejected person to ever be on the Ultimate Fighter.  Luckily, Dana saw that Pierce was bad for business and pulled him from his fight, to give another already beaten Welterweight a second chance.  But who?  We’ll have to wait and see until next week.

The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 Episode 7: Henderson the Tennis Pro? Pearson Puts a Pounding on Witson

Posted in The Ultimate Fighter TV Show with tags , , , , , , , on May 14, 2009 by Maxwell Destree

I thought last week that we were going to get two fights this episode, but instead we got one fight and a tennis match?  This week featured the battle of the coaches in a tennis match, while Ross Pearson faced off against Richie Whitson.

The show started off with team UK celebrating their most recent victory, and a clip of Bisping telling the viewers how happy he is that Team UK is in the lead.  The show then jumps right into informing us that Richie Whitson has some kind of bacterial infection by his mouth.  Some cast members give him crap about it being herpes, but Richie insists its not herpes.  Richies recent infection causes Jason Pierce to go around the entire house and disinfect it. 

The show moves forward by reminding us that David Faulkner and Jason Pierce (who are now friends) will have to fight each other.  They are the last two fighters in the welterweight division that have to fight.  Pierce expresses his displeasure with the idea of having to fight a friend, while his coaches try telling him that he has a negative attitude and that he needs to train himself mentally as well as physically.  Pierce responds to this advice in turn by walking out and leaving the gym.  Also, at one point Jason Dent informs Pierce that his USA Teammates are talking trash behind his back, further dividing an already incohesive Team USA.

The show shifted gears then and showed us some training techniques used by Team UK.  One of the techniques was to hit a giant tire using a sledge hammer (it builds core strength).  However after Dean Amasinger finds a way to hit himself with the hammer, and Faulkner shows he can’t hit the broad side of a tractor tire with a hammer, Bisping decided to revert back to more traditional methods of training by lifting weights.

Now the show moves into one of the most entertaining parts of the season, the battle of the coaches.  Every season so far, Dana White (president of the UFC) shows up and has the coaches compete head to head in some kind of random game or sport.  This season we got tennis.  Bisping stated he has never played tennis and it showed, he had trouble hitting the ball with the wide side of the racket.  Henderson however seemed to be a little more coordinated and seemed to pick up the sport a little quicker.  Henderson jumped out to a big lead initially, but at one point Bisping came back (a little).  The whole time the coaches played the US fighters were jawing with and taunting Bisping much to his displeasure.  In the end Henderson won 6 matches to 2, giving each one of his fighters a $1500 prize from Dana White.

After the delights of the coaches dual came the fight announcement.  Bisping picked Ross Pearson to fight Richie Whitson.  Pearson is regarded by the cast members as a fierce competitor and a pitbull in the ring.  Although Whitson in his own right is referred to as scrappy and tough.  Dana White even said he wasn’t going to give a prediction on the fight because it could go either way.  Both fighters consider themselves strikers, and both plan to stand and strike during the fight.  Pearsons plan was to strike and move, while Richies plan was to stay in tight and bang.

Fight time arrives, and Richies bacterial infection is all but gone, and he is cleared to fight.  The two fighters came out in round one and exchanged some punches initially, and then clinched by the cage.  Pearson took Richie down a couple of times, but Richie kept getting back up.  However, at one point Pearson kneed Richie in the head while Richie still had a knee on the mat, which is a violation of the rules, and Pearson was deducted one point for the infraction.  Richie took his time to regroup, but he didn’t really need to.  Pearson came out after the break, took Richie down, and got his back.  Richie fought off an initial attempt for a choke, but ended up sacrificing an arm to an armbar.  Richie was forced to tap, before the first round was able to come to a close.

With Pearsons victory, this moves Team UK ahead by two fights, making it Team UK 4 to Team USA 2.  We still have four fighters left to fight: Jason Dent and Jeff Lawson in the lightweight division and David Faulkner and Jason Pierce in the welterweight division.  I will see all of you TUF (The Ultimate Fighter) fans next week.

The Ultimate Fighter Season 9, Episode 6: Dollar is Money, Wilks the Dentist, Bisping Tired?

Posted in The Ultimate Fighter TV Show with tags , , , , , , on May 8, 2009 by Maxwell Destree

On this episode of The Ultimate Fighter, we find out why Bisping was a no show for Amasingers fight, Dollar finds his fighting spirit, and Wilks has a part time job as a dentist.

The episode starts off with Bisping picking Martin Stapleton to fight Cameron Dollar in the lightweight division.  Dollar seems less than enthused about the idea of fighting a British Marine. 

Once the fight announcement was made the episode picks up with Team UK training, and Bisping telling Amasinger they would talk about his absence later.  Bisping goes on to tell the viewers that he had jet lag, and went to take a nap and basically passed out.  At least Bisping is man enough to admit that what he did was inexcusable and unforgivable.  Although, he still hopes that Amasinger will be able to forgive him eventually.

Cameron Dollar spends his time before the fight talking about how nervous he is, and how he gets scared to death before his fights.  Stapleton on the other hand is upbeat and confident that he will be the victor.  Stapleton spends a little time joking with the US team, and telling the viewers that he is afraid of no man.

The two fighters go on to form a game-plan with their respective coaches.  Dollar admits that he likes wrestling, but doesn’t like, and in fact isn’t very good at fighting standing up.  (Most fighters don’t admit so open and honestly their dislikes and weaknesses).  Stapleton and Bisping plan on Stapleton stuffing Dollars shots and beating Dollar with stand-up.

Fight time!  Both fighters have decent records: Stapleton is 5-1 while Dollar is 4-1.  The fighters meet at the center of the octagon, and Stapleton (not Dollar) looks apprehensive.  Stapleton looked pretty stiff, and wasn’t very aggressive initially.  Dollar on the other hand seemed to be more comfortable once the fight started despite all the talk about his nerves and fear.

Dollar and Stapleton tie up, and Dollar hits Stapleton towards the back of Stapletons head (quite possibly directly on the back of the head).  Stapleton is dazed, and Dollar takes him to the mat.  Dollar gets Stapletons back and finishes Stapleton due to tapout by rear naked choke.

I think that most of the fans of the show would consider this an upset.  I personally thought Stapleton would make it to the finale.  I also thought that Dollar was going to get whupped during this fight.  But, this is what makes MMA and the UFC so great.  Anybody can talk, and some can train and look good while doing it, but only a few have what it takes to win in the octagon.  The octagon is the ultimate proving ground, and Dollar proved that despite nerves and fear he has a fighting spirit, and the ability to win, even against British Marines.

Now, it’s Team USA’s turn to pick the next fight.  Henderson chooses Frank Lester to fight James Wilks of Team UK.  Apparently Lester has an extreme dislike for Wilks, which nobody really seems to understand.  Lester spends a lot of time and energy talking about how much he can’t stand Wilks, and how he wants nothing more than to bury elbows into Wilks’ face.

Lester seems confident with the match-up, but so does Team UK.  Lester’s confidence seems to encourage a member of team USA to put bounty on Wilks’ teeth.  $100 for every tooth that gets knocked out  will be paid to Lester. 

Both fighters then meet with their coaches to set up their game-plans.  Hendersons plan for Lester is for Lester to keep his punches in tight, and to just calm down.  Once Lester was selected to fight he became so excited that he wasn’t sitting still, he was pacing around, shadow boxing constantly, and talking about nothing else but the fight.  Henderson felt the need to try to reel Lester back in a little.  So, Henderson sat down with Lester and told him to remain calm in the ring, and to try and focus.

Wilks on the other hand seemed to have the game-plan of submitting Lester by any means necessary.

The first round of the fight was pretty exciting.  Both fighters landed some good shots, but the climax of the first round was when Wilks knocked out four of Lester’s teeth via a knee to the face.  After the first round Lester looked tired, and it seemed as though he had lost his desire to fight. 

In between rounds Team USA had to literally pluck one of Lester’s teeth out of his mouth-guard which took more time than what is normally allotted between rounds.  Bisping was upset that Team USA was given the extra time to fix the “equipment malfunction”.

Wilks came out in the second round and pressured Lester, who fought back only when pressed.  Wilks took Lester down and mounted him without much resistance from Lester.  A few seconds later Wilks had Lester tapping out due to an armbar.

With those two fights in the books that leaves six fighters left to fight.  Next week they will be showing two more fights, and someone apparently has herpes.  The standings are now Team UK 3 Wins, Team USA 2. That’s about it for this weeks episode, see all of you MMA Junkheads next week.