Posted on: May 15, 2010 11:13 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2010 11:39 pm
Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei "Pitbull" Arlovski has lost his last two fights via KO or TKO in Round 1. He tries to bounce back here against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, who looks to rebound from his loss to Fabricio Werdum last November.
Round 1: Inside leg kick by Arlovski. Outside leg kick by Silva. Silva counters a leg kick with a right hand. Arlovski misses with a combo up the middle. Silva with another outside leg kick, then he grazes Arlovski with a jab. Arlovski with a double jab.
Silva connects with a left hook. Arlovski misses a left hook and ends up in close range, so Silva throws a four-punch combo. Arlovski takes a hard right hand and a pair of follow-up strikes without going down. Silva ties him up at the cage wall briefly, then they separate.
Silva with a flurry of fists, a few of them landing, and then he takes Arlovski down. Arlovski is seated against the cage wall with Silva holding on, but no real action happening. Arlovski gets to his feet at the end of the round. 10-9 Silva.
Round 2: Arlovski misses with a combo and eats a countering jab from Silva. Silva with an uppercut and right hook combo as Arlovski moves in. Silva unloads with a combo, tagging Arlovski good with a right hook, then clinching him at the cage wall. Arlovski reverses position on him and throws knees to Silva's thighs.
Both fighters lands some short uppercuts, but there isn't much happening so referee "Big" John McCarthy separates them. More light striking, more clinching, and one more separation by McCarthy. Arlovski with a head kick that Silva blocks. Inside leg kick by Arlovski. They trade jabs, then Arlovski whiffs on an overhand right. Silva misses a combo and they end up clinching again briefly.
Arlovski with more leg kicks before Silva ties him up again, running out the clock on the round. 10-9 Silva.
Round 3: Right hook by Silva. Silva with a leg kick into a boxing combo, into a tie-up at the fence. Both fighters trade knees to the thigh. McCarthy separates them. Arlovski throws combos and repeatedly eats a strong counterpunch up the middle from Silva. Silva with a Muay Thai clinch. Arlovski throws weak uppercuts from within the tie-up. McCarthy breaks it up. Silva misses a right cross.
Arlovski with leg kicks. Silva takes him down and ends up in full closed guard. Nothing much happens, and Arlovski makes it to his feet before the end of the round. With a few seconds remaining, Silva decides to shuck and jive, and clown Arlovski, daring him to punch him. You're A. Silva, but not THAT A. Silva. 10-9 Silva, so I have it 30-27 for "Bigfoot."
Winner: Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva defeats Andrei Arlovski via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds.
Posted on: November 7, 2009 9:09 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2009 10:51 pm
Here we go with the first fight of the CBS broadcast, as Fabricio Werdum, a former top heavyweight in the UFC and PRIDE, takes on former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva.
The winner here could be next in line for Fedor Emelianenko... or, in the case of a stunning upset tonight, Brett Rogers. Werdum has the experience edge, but he's facing a guy in Silva that has the size, reach, and jiu-jitsu to really give him problems wherever the fight ends up.
Round 1: Silva doesn't have much of a height advantage, but his head and hands are gigantic, and he has four inches in reach on Werdum. Werdum connects with a right hand and Silva goes insane, crushing him with a series of uppercuts. Silva pummels Werdum back against the fence. Werdum goes down as Silva keeps smashing away with his hands, including a big haymaker to the jaw that got a reaction from the crowd. Werdum takes one of Silva's legs to close the distance and gets back to his feet. Werdum works some leg kicks, and tries to sucker Silva back into a ground fight, but Bigfoot's not having it. Silva with a jab and a leg kick. Werdum with a nice left-right combo, but Silva is not hurt. Werdum with a body lock and leg trip, but he can't take Silva down. Elbow by Silva. Kick into a punch combo by Werdum. Silva answers with a combo and gets the better of the exchange. Silva with a leg kick and an uppercut, keeping Werdum on his heels. Silva ties up Werdum against the fence and lands an elbow. Werdum shoots for a takedown and misses, eating more strikes while laying on the mat. The round ends, and it's clearly 10-9 Silva.
Round 2: Werdum pushes forward to strike and an uppercut by Silva puts him on the canvas again. Silva hovers over Werdum, who is looking for upkicks. Silva tags him with a right hand to the jaw. Silva finally moves to the mat for some ground and pound and instantly gets reversed by Werdum. Werdum passes to side control but Silva escapes to his feet before he can capitalize. They trade leather briefly before Silva bodylocks him against the cage again. Werdum reverses Silva to put his back on the cage, but it's a stalemate, so the referee moves the fighters back to center cage. Leg kick by Werdum. Silva looks for the Muay Thai clinch but Werdum shucks it off. Single leg trip by Werdum for the takedown as Silva traps his leg to keep him in half guard. Werdum passes to side control. Silva rolls out of it and nearly takes Werdum's back in a scramble. Werdum takes the leg but can't turn it into a submission hold. The round ends, and Silva seems to be tiring faster than Werdum. Much closer than Round 1, but I give it to Silva again 10-9.
Round 3: Inside leg kicks by Werdum. Uppercut from Werdum misses. Werdum misses on an overhand right but follows up with a takedown. Silva turtles up and Werdum hammers away at his giant head. Werdum puts the hooks in and tries a rear naked choke, but Silva escapes to his feet. Werdum with knees from the clinch. Silva connects with a series of punches and Werdum answers with another knee. They tie up again and Werdum goes back to the clinch to throw some knees. Single leg attempt by Werdum fails. They're at close range and Silva is landing more uppercuts. Werdum gets a head drag takedown and starts hammering on a turtled-up Silva again. Silva looks gassed. Werdum tries to mount but Silva block the leg. Werdum with ground and pound as the round comes to an end. This round clearly belongs to Werdum, 10-9. Who wins this decision should depend largely on how the judges scored Round 2, which could have gone to either fighter. I score the bout 29-28 for Silva, but Werdum could take it. We'll see.
Winner: Fabricio Werdum defeats Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds.
Posted on: August 22, 2008 12:27 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2008 12:28 pm
The California State Athletic Commission announced on Thursday that EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva tested positive for the banned substance boldenone, stemming from his 7/26 fight with Justin Eilers on Showtime.
Silva and his co-manager Alex Davis claim he never took the substance and vow to appeal what they insist is a false positive.
Meanwhile, EliteXC head of fight operations Jeremy Lappen issued a statement that the promotion will stand by Silva through the appeals process.
In a written statement released Thursday, Lappen said the following:
"We respect the California commission and the job they do. We always enjoy working with them and work very well together. The illegal use of steroids is a problem in all major sports, including mixed martial arts. We certainly do not condone the use of steroids.
“But we also support, trust and have confidence in our fighter, Antonio Silva, who has denied ever taken any illegal substance, including steroids, and is prepared to challenge the results of the California Commission.
“So until all the facts are known and a final decision is rendered, EliteXC will reserve making any further comments at this time."
Silva has been suspended for one year, retroactive to July 26, and fined $2,500 by the CSAC, pending the appeal.
There was some speculation that if Silva did not appeal the punishment with the CSAC, that EliteXC would be forced to strip him of the heavyweight title. With company superstar Kimbo Slice fighting a still-unnamed opponent on the Oct. 4 Saturday Night Fights for CBS -- in front of a hometown crowd in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- it seemed logical that EliteXC might consider putting the vacant title up for grabs in the Kimbo Slice fight. However, Lappen's committment to stand by Silva in his appeal will probably nix that idea, even if Silva does eventually surrender the title.
Boldenone is an anabolic steroid used primarily for treatment of horses. It is not intended for human use, but frequently pops up in test failures for banned substances in MMA. Stephan Bonnar, Josh Barnett, Kit Cope and Phil Baroni have all tested positive for boldenone at various times.
The CSAC also announced that Edwin Dewees, who lost to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on the undercard of Affliction: Banned on July 19, tested positive for nandrolone. Like Silva, Dewees has been fined $2,500 and suspended for one year retroactive to the date of the fight.
The recent string of drug test failures are not exclusive to EliteXC and Affliction. On July 29, the Nevada State Athletic Commission announced that UFC fighter James Irvin tested positive for painkillers methadone and oxymorphone stemming from his KO loss to Anderson Silva on July 19.
In a written statement to the NSAC, Irvin has since admitted taking the substances without a prescription to alleviate pain in his foot. He is likely to be suspended for six to nine months and fined, pending a hearing by the NSAC.
Posted on: February 28, 2008 10:19 am
This morning at 9 a.m. ET, CBS and ProElite, Inc. announced a multi-year deal that will result in four EliteXC events per year broadcast live on CBS.
The deal is the first of its kind for a major U.S. TV network, and also the first of its kind for a U.S.-based MMA promotion. According to the official press release, CBS will air four EliteXC events per year, live on Saturday nights during primetime. The release also confirms that the EliteXC airings will be two hours in duration.
EliteXC began running shows last year, broadcasting on Showtime. The promotion has also worked in conjunction with MMA groups like Strikeforce in jointly-promoted events airing primarily on Showtime, which will continue to air EliteXC in addition to the CBS deal.
In conjunction with other MMA groups owned by ProElite -- which includes not just ElitexC, but others like Cage Rage and Icon Sport -- the roster of potential fighters on CBS broadcasts includes Kimbo Slice, Gina Carano, Ken Shamrock, Frank Shamrock, Antonio Silva, Robbie Lawler, Jake Shields, KJ Noons, Nick Diaz, Murilo "Ninja" Rua, Scott Smith and Ricco Rodriguez.
From the official release:
"Mixed martial arts is one of the fastest growing sports in the country and a wildly popular entertainment vehicle for upscale, young adult audiences," said Kelly Kahl, Senior Executive Vice President, CBS Primetime. "It's original programming for Saturday night; it's live, creating an event atmosphere and it's something that hasn't been seen on network television, until now."
EliteXC president Gary Shaw added this:
"Our world-class fighters and the high production value of our events continue to drive ProElite as a global MMA organization that is fortified by the bedrock foundation of a partnership with CBS," said Gary Shaw, President of EliteXC. "Broadcasting our events on CBS will instantly engage a new fan base, as well as provide an opportunity for EliteXC to further establish itself as the world's premier MMA organization."
I'll probably have more to say about this over the next day or two. For now, let's just say that no matter how this all turns out, this is already one of the most important MMA stories of the year.
These waters are unchartered. An MMA TV deal of this ilk has simply never been done before in this country, and whether it succeeds or not is likely to have a major impact on the future of the MMA business.
Posted on: February 16, 2008 11:08 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2008 11:36 pm
Here comes the semi-main event: Ricco Rodriguez vs. Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva.
Round 1: They stand and exchange with Silva landing more solid shots. Rodriguez is quick to dance away from Silva when he starts feeling those punches. Silva went off-balance and Rodriguez tried a flying knee, which didn't do much damage. They go to the mat with Rodriguez in Silva's guard, landing a couple of forearms to the chin but otherwise not accomplishing much as the round ends. I'd give it to Silva 10-9 on account of more affective striking.
Round 2: Silva with a nice jab. Rodriguez isn't landing many shots. He tries a Superman punch and misses. Rodriguez cathes Silva's foot on a kick attempt but can't follow up. Rodriguez grapples Silva against the cage and tries to slip down for a takedown, but Silva slips out and Rodriguez is now on his back against the cage. Silva moves in and Rodriguez goes for an armbar, but fails. Silva working from half guard. He lands some strikes to the face. Rodriguez gets him back in full guard. The referee stands them up due to inactivity, then calls a doctor in to check on Rodriguez, who says he can't see out of one of his eyes. He gets checked out and is apparently better now, so they restart the fight. Rodriguez tries a spinning back kick and whiffs. He tries for a takedown and can't get it, then an armbar but just winds up with Silva back on top as the round ends. 10-9 Silva again... Ricco is definitely busy in there, but he just isn't succeeding with much.
Round 3: Silva takes down Rodriguez as the entire crowd stands up to watch an apparent fight in the stands behind me. Silva is working the ground and pound on Rodriguez. Silva slows down the pace and the ref stands them back up. Silva lands a body kick and Rodriguez answers with fists. Rodriguez tries a head kick and misses. Rodriguez gets Silva down and doesn't do much in Silva's guard. He puts the forearms to Silva but time runs out, and this one's gotta be Silva's win. 10-9 Silva, again.
Winner: Antonio Silva def. Ricco Rodriguez via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28) after three rounds.