Posted on: February 21, 2010 12:22 am
Edited on: February 21, 2010 3:45 pm
Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira introduces Cain Velasquez to the upper echelon, and tries to become the first fighter to deal him an MMA loss.
Round 1: They exchange fists with Nogueira landing the only clean shot. Leg kick by Velasquez. Body kick by Velasquez is countered by Nogueira with a straight left. Outside leg kick by Velasquez. They exchange fists again with both guys landing. Nogueira with a pair of jabs and Velasquez with a leg kick. Velsquez with a knee, followed by a pair of fists. Nogueira landed one counterpunch. Nogueira lands a right hand and Velasquez absolutely crushes him with a right uppercut that sends Nogueira to the canvas. Velasquez also landed a left while Nogueira was falling, but the right uppercut put Nogueira out. Incredible finish, and the fact that he did it to Nogueira is reason for the heavyweight division to take notice.
Winner: Cain Velasquez defeats Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira via knockout from a right uppercut at 2:20 of Round 1.
The scary thing about Velasquez is that he's still a rookie, and he's probably going to get much better than he is right now. He's got one-punch knockout power, superior wrestling ability and he's probably got the best speed and stamina in the entire division.
The winner of Shane Carwin vs. Frank Mir gets a title shot at Brock Lesnar this summer. It's safe to say that no matter who emerges from that scenario with the championship -- even if it's Lesnar -- they will have a major threat on their hands when they are finally tasked with fighting Velasquez.
This dude is for real.
Posted on: February 20, 2010 11:43 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2010 12:11 am
It's time for the "Axe Murderer" vs. "The Count," as Wanderlei Silva slugs it out with Michael Bisping at middleweight.
Round 1: Bisping misses a jab, Silva whiffs on a leg kick. Head kick by Silva get checked. Bisping takes Silva down, but he's right back up again. Bisping does it a second time, and this time Silva gets up and takes a few big swings at Bisping's head. Jab by Bisping connects. Bisping takes Silva down, and lets him back up so he can throw a fist-and-kick combo as he rises to his feet. Nothing major lands, including Silva's counterpunch. Inside leg kick by Bisping. Silva connects with a left to the gut and a big right to the face. They exchange strikes with both landing some. Outside leg kick by Silva. Silva pushes forward with five heavy punches, a couple of which connect. Bisping with a nice right hand. Silva with a combo. Silva with another combo and he tries for a Muay Thai plomb, but Bisping scraps his way out of it. Silva finishes the round with a nice flurry. 10-9 Silva.
Round 2: They trade inside leg kicks and test the distance with their hands. Silva catches a leg on a Bisping kick attempt and takes him down. Silva working ground and pound from within Bisping's full guard. Silva stands and connects with a nice kick to the body as Bisping stands. Bisping misses with a jab. Silva counters a body punch with an overhand right. Silva throws up the middle with a pair of straight punches. Bisping with a double leg takedown. Silva scrambles to his feet in short order. Nice jab by Bisping. And another. Silva with a pair of hooks. Inside leg kick by Silva. Bisping blocks a kick to the body. Silva pushes forward with a boxing flurry as Bisping counters with a body kick. Bisping with a takedown as Silva slaps on a guillotine choke. Silva cranks on the guillotine for about the final 10 seconds of the round, but Bisping holds on. 10-9 Silva.
Round 3: They continue their striking battle with neither landing much of significance. Bisping goes too high on an inside leg kick, catchign Silva in the cup. A few seconds later, the fight resumes. Outside leg kick by Silva. Bisping shoots, but Silva sprawls to avoid a takedown. Inside leg kick by Silva as the crowd starts cheering him on. Silva stuffs another takedown attempt. At this rate, being able to avoid the takedown might be enough to win the fight for Silva. A quick exchange of fists ends up with Bisping poking Silva in the eye, for another brief stoppage and a chorus of boos from the audience. Silva is swinging for the fences now. Straight right by Silva connects. Body kick by Bisping is caught by Silva, who sweeps the other leg to trip him down. Outside leg kick by Bisping. Both guys land solid jabs. Silva explodes with a flurry in the final seconds and actually knocks Bisping to the mat with a right hand to the jaw. Silva smashes away at Bisping on the canvas and referee Josh Rosenthal jumps in to stop the fight right at the final buzzer. 10-9 Silva, so I'd give the fight to Silva 30-27, but it was really pretty close in each round except for the third.
Winner: Wanderlei Silva defeats Michael Bisping via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds.
Posted on: February 20, 2010 11:11 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2010 11:38 pm
Joe "Daddy" Stevenson fights hometown favorite George Sotiropoulos at lightweight.
Sotiropoulos enters to "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath. No sign of Precious Paul Ellering in his corner.
Sotiropoulos is one of those fighter names that really makes you earn your keep as a rapid-fire live blogger.
Round 1: Stevenson tests the distance with a couple of looping lefts. Sotiropoulos with a straight left. Sotiropoulos takes a single leg and Stevenson defends it well. Stevenson underhooks the arms and tries to throw Sotiropoulos but it doesn't work, and he ends up with Sotiropoulos in his full guard. Sotiropoulos gets one leg free, trying to pass to the side. Stevenson also has his arms trapped briefly. Herb Dean warns them to stay busy, which is weird since they're pretty actively struggling for control. Sotiropoulos tries to pass as Stevenson looks to sweep, and it ends up with Sotiropoulos standing over Stevenson and hammerfisting him repeatedly. Stevenson connects with an upkick. Stevenson applies an arm triangle and Sotiropoulos slips out of it, then moves to full mount. A wild scramble ensues as Stevenson tries to escape. Sotiropoulos ends up working from the side and nearly gets an armbar with seconds left in the round. He switches back to full mount right before the buzzer. 10-9 Sotiropoulos, and the Australian crowd is cheering wildly for him.
Round 2: Sotiropoulos is getting cheered on by the audience in a very GSP-in-Montreal way. Sotiropoulos lands some inside punches while Stevenson starts throwing leg kicks. Stevenson with a lunging uppercut that misses. Sotiropoulos with a pair of three-punch combos, landing a few. Stevenson gets a double-leg takedown. Sotiropoulos uses a triangle choke setup to transition to an omoplata, trapping Stevenson's arm. Stevenson fights to break free and Sotiropoulos rolls through with the omoplata to sweep Stevenson. Beautiful jiu-jitsu display right there. Sotiropoulos renews his crank on the arm. Stevenson breaks free and ends up on top in Sotiropoulos' guard. Stevenson goes for an ankle lock but can't complete it. Sotiropoulos slaps on an anaconda choke as the round ends. Very close round. I call it 10-9 Sotiropoulos, but it could go either way.
Round 3: Sotiropoulos throws some body punch combos. Stevenson with an outside leg kick. Sotiropoulos catches the leg and trips Stevenson to the mat, but Stevenson scrambles to his feet quickly. They end up grappling against the fence. A prolonged struggle goes nowhere, and they separate. Sotiropoulos tags Stevenson with a nice right to the jaw. Stevenson shoots and Sotiropoulos defends it well. Stevenson lifts Sotiropoulos to complete the takedown with a slam, and winds up in Sotiropoulos' half guard. Sotiropoulos works back to full guard before Stevenson can do any damage on the ground. Stevenson stands up and Sotiropoulos connects with an upkick. Sotiropoulos stands and Stevenson completes another takedown. Sotiropoulos controls Stevenson's upper body to prevent ground and pound as the third round ends. I score the fight 30-27 Sotiropoulos, but I could see the second round going to Stevenson. We'll see what the judges think.
Winner: George Sotiropoulos defeats Joe Stevenson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after three rounds.
That's an enormous win for Sotiropoulos, made even bigger by the fact that it happened in his home country with the crowd roaring in approval the entire time.
Posted on: February 20, 2010 10:39 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2010 11:02 pm
Ryan Bader faces "The Dean of Mean" Keith Jardine at light heavyweight in the next fight.
Bader's spotless MMA record is on the line. Jardine needs to snap his own two-fight losing streak.
Round 1: Jardine tweaks his nipple before the fight starts, which is just as creepy as it ever was. They exchange a bit with neither guy landing any big shots. Bader throwing big, looping rights while Jardine is timing combos on his approach. Jardine ducks a big overhand right by Bader. Bader shoots for a takedown and gets it. Jardine takes half guard as Bader throws some strikes. Jardine is bleeding from the top of his head. Bader is trying to pass to side control but Jardine is keeping the leg trapped. Bader working some ground and pound as Jardine struggles to trap his arm. Bader with elbows to the forehead. Jardine gets double underhooks and switches to butterfly guard. The round ends, and it's 10-9 Bader by my judgment.
Round 2: Jardine with a left uppercut-right hook combo that doesn't land. Leg kick by Jardine. Bader shoots for a takedown as Jardine traps his arm. Bader works some dirty boxing against the fence while Jardine throws a knee to the body. They separate. Two-punch combo by Jardine. Bader shoots, but they end up against the cage again. Bader throws knees to Jardine's thigh to try to break him down and complete the shot, but he gives up on it. Jardine connects with a countering hook as Bader swings. He misses on another try. Jardine with a looping right. Bader shoots but Jardine stuffs it quickly. Jardine with a three-punch combo; only the third one lands cleanly. Jardine is now the aggressor with boxing, while Bader has slowed down a bit. Bader gets stuffed one more time. The end-of-round warning sounds, and Bader immediately shoots. That's a popular technique lately with wrestling-based MMA fighters, to try and "steal the round" in case they are behind on scorecards. 10-9 Jardine this time.
Round 3: They land simultaneous jabs. Jardine is smiling at Bader. Bader with a combo into a takedown shot, as Jardine throws a knee to the body with Bader hunched over. He stuffs the takedown and goes on the offensive with more punches. Bader connects with a flying knee, misses a right hand while Jardine is on his heels, but crushes him with a left to the chin for the KO. That's a tough loss for Jardine.
Winner: Ryan Bader defeats Keith Jardine via KO due to a left hook at 2:10 of Round 3.
Posted on: February 20, 2010 10:12 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2010 10:31 pm
Up first is the legendary Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic vs. last-minute Australian replacement Anthony "The Hippo" Perosh at heavyweight.
Cro Cop's original opponent, Ben Rothwell, pulled out of the fight this week after coming down with some sort of ailment while in Australia. This is a pretty winnable fight for Cro Cop even if it weren't on short notice, and even taking into account that the Mirko Cro Cop we've seen lately isn't the stone cold killer he used to be.
Round 1: Perosh got a very nice hometown reaction during Bruce Buffer's introductions. Perosh tries early to close the distance while Cro Cop throws kicks and hands. Perosh gets the right leg and fights for a single leg takedown. Cro Cop successfully sprawls and breaks the attempt. Cro Cop stalks Perosh and hits a right-left combo, with the left sending Perosh into a backpedal. Perosh ties Cro Cop up, which doesn't go anywhere before Cro Cop forces the separation. Cro Cop still walking Perosh down and throwing hands, most of which are missing. Perosh shoots again and Cro Cop sprawls. Cro Cop lands a few punches on the ground before letting Perosh up. Perosh is busted open on the bridge of his nose. Perosh is still moving backward as Filipovic tries to get in close. Perosh shoots, Cro Cop sprawls. Cro Cop hammers at the side of Perosh's head a few times, then lets him up at the buzzer. 10-9 Cro Cop, who has yet to really bust out his famous head kicks.
Round 2: Perosh shoots, Cro Cop sprawls, Cro Cop hammers on Perosh's head for good measure. (Lather, rinse, repeat.) As they stand, Perosh mixes it up a little with a leg kick (checked) and some fists (nothing major lands). Another takedown attempt as Cro Cop sprawls and tenderizes Perosh's ribs and face with short punches. Neither fighter looks tremendous here, but Cro Cop is getting the upper hand consistently. Perosh with a very weak inside leg kick and a love-tap jab, leading to another stuffed takedown shot. This time Cro Cop ends up in Perosh's guard. Cro Cop lands a short elbow to Perosh's face, which explodes into a bloody mess. Referee Herb Dean stops the fight to examine the cut and it's nearly stopped, until Perosh convinces Dean that he can see and is ready to keep fighting. If his vision had been impaired by the blood, it would have been over. Perosh shoots, Cro Cop sprawls and ends the round by mincing Perosh's face with more short strikes. 10-9 Cro Cop, but it doesn't matter as the Octagonside doctors stop the fight between rounds. Cro Cop wins via TKO.
I'm not sure the Cro Cop we saw tonight would have been able to handle Ben Rothwell.
Winner: Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic defeats Anthony Perosh via TKO due to cut stoppage at 5:00 of Round 2.
Posted on: February 20, 2010 9:47 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2010 9:53 pm
UFC 110 is under way in Sydney, Australia, with the undercard just about finished. The main card begins in about 15 minutes, at which time I'll give extensive details of each fight on the main broadcast.
Yahoo! Sports is reporting the following undercard results from Australia (we'll chase down more specifics after the show, if needed):
Check back around 10 p.m. ET for my full round-by-round live blog of the main card.
Posted on: February 19, 2010 4:25 pm
We're back again this Saturday with a live round-by-round blog of the main card for UFC 110, headlined by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez in a heavyweight clash.
The blog will begin between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m. ET with quickie undercard results, followed by complete details of each main-card bout as it happens live.
Here's the card:
Mirko Cro Cop was originally supposed to face Ben Rothwell . Rothwell pulled out of the fight this week after coming down with an ailment of some sort after arriving in Australia.
In Rothwell's place, Cro Cop now fights Perosh, an Australian fighter that is 0-2 in UFC bouts (lost to Christian Wellisch and Jeff Monson , both in 2006).
Also, Elvis "The King of Rock and Rumble" Sinosic pulled out of his fight vs. Chris Haseman with a hurt shoulder. That fight was completely scrapped due to the UFC not having enough time to find a replacement opponent for Haseman.
See you Saturday for the live blog.
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