Same here she is a hottie!
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Hey Rodja, what's the local MMA scene like out in Texas? Are people level headed or is there a bad case of wannabe bad'assery? I find out here, the people with the most fight experience are the most humble & down to earth, while the guys with the least (to no) amount of [cage] fights have the worst case of bad'assery. Also, I may even say that the local BJJ tournie scene has the same amount of anabilic steroid use as the amateur MMA scene. How is it out in Texas?
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In case you somehow haven't heard by now, Miguel Torres was released from the UFC following making a joke involving rape on Twitter. Torres became the first person to be released from the UFC for such actions despite other somewhat similar incidents. Torres took to his website to issue an apology and message to his fans:
"I have a lot to be thankful for in my life, I have my beautiful wife and daughter, my family, my health, my gym, and in terms of my career, I succeeded to the biggest stage in the sport of mixed martial arts, the Ultimate Fighting Championship. I am very sorry for upsetting my bosses at the UFC, and also to my fans and everyone else who was upset by the language in my tweets. I understand it was wrong, and I meant no harm or disrespect. Given the chance, I will do whatever it takes to make things right. I am going to learn from this. I think life throws you opportunities that can make you a better person, and so that's what I'm going to do here. That is how I am going to react. I am going to use this to improve myself, and I hope that my fans will continue to support me."
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Lyoto Machida made weight just minutes ago for his UFC 140 bout with Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight championship. He looked to be in his usual level of shape while Jones looked very fit but also was booed loudly by the Toronto crowd.
Still, there are rumors that, despite what may be a very pro-Machida crowd, all is not well for the challenger. This came from Sherdog's Jordan Breen on his pre-event chat:
Of course, these are just rumors at this point and it's not the first time we've heard such information heading into a fight. But it is worth noting that the word is out there and Machida may face more than Jones' dynamic attacking style when the two men step into the cage.
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Jon Jones is getting be himself again. He doesn't need to engage in a match of verbal warfare at UFC 140, but he was still able to get off a few shots at Lyoto Machida, his opponent this Saturday.
Jones talked about getting "clowned" by Quinton Jackson well before UFC 135. He has no such issue with Machida, a man of few words.
"I respect him a lot, probably more than half the people in the UFC. Just because of the person he is," Jones told the media during yesterday's UFC 140 workout day.
Jones isn't having to amp himself up for a prefight. "It is nice to have this fight. No one's talking junk. Everyone's being respectful to each other. Everybody's focused on why we should really be here," Jones said. "Well, as a fan it's great to here some smash talk, but as a fighter I'm here only to show my tactics. That's why he's here and that's what's going to make this such an awesome fight."
That said, Jones is an extremely confident kid and couldn't help himself from sounding borderline ****y when speaking about his versatility versus Machida's.
"It's interesting because everyone keeps asking me, 'how are you going to solve Lyoto Machida's puzzle?' But it's been solved already. I have blueprints," Jones said. "I really think I have more technique than he does, more skills, more tools. I can fight southpaw and do the same exact techniques and combos that I can do in an orthodox stance. That's something that he can't do."
Machida, once labeled as unbeatable when he destroyed Rashad Evans at UFC 98. The Brazilian was nearly impossible to hit at the start of his career. In recent fights, he's chosen to stay in the pocket more.
"When he started, he was way more elusive," Jones said. "Now, he engages a lot more. He likes to fight a little bit more. Maybe he gave into criticism a little bit. A lot of people said, 'Oh, he's boring.' Or maybe he just believed he needed to change his style, who knows?"That may lead to Machida's demise on Saturday night or it may be his only path to victory against the very long and elusive Jones. Is there really any point to Machida trying to control the distance? If he tries, he may never hit Jones.
Machida is a huge underdog in this spot. His karate-style of striking is unique and it certainly gives him a chance to be the first to solve the Jones' riddle. Machida comes in as a plus-380 dog.
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“Welcome to the Machida Era”, were the words uttered by UFC color commentator Joe Rogan as Lyoto Machida turned in one of the most jaw-dropping Octagon performances to dispose of then champion Rashad Evans and capture the UFC light heavyweight title. Machida was the epitome of an unsolved riddle in MMA: a man with an unorthodox yet extremely efficient style who was making his opponents look like rookies by virtually connecting with every single strike and absorbing none. One fight into his title reign however, that all changed. After being made to look human for the first time by Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in a fight many thought “The Dragon” should have lost, Machida fell victim to his compatriot’s power in the rematch… and so ended the Machida era before it ever really began. One year later, a phenom by the name of Jon Jones made headlines with his utter destruction of Rua, the same man who put an abrupt end to Machida’s stint at the top of the division. Armed with otherworldly offense and freakish athleticism, Jones has turned into one of MMA’s legitimate can’t-miss fighters, and he has a serious claim to being the most exciting talent in the sport. This Saturday, arguably the two most talented fighters in the division square off, as Machida bids to reclaim his crown from MMA’s latest “unsolved riddle”, Jon Jones.
Light Heavyweight title fight: Jon Jones (c) vs. Lyoto Machida
Any attempt to analyze Jones’ skill set should be prefaced by the reality that, at such a young age and a relatively early stage in his career, he will keep improving on a fight-to-fight basis, which is quite scary. Whatever flaws Jones might have shown in his game (and there were certainly some), they could well be reduced — if not rectified entirely — come the next fight.
From a technical perspective, Jones’ striking isn’t exactly textbook. At times, his footwork can be iffy. Moreover, he has yet to learn to sit on his punches in order to create maximum power (he has a tendency to overextend), and when pressed, he doesn’t offer much in terms of countering. In fact, in his fight with Quinton Jackson, there was a couple of instances where he resorted to running away. He won’t have that luxury against Machida, as unlike “Rampage”, the Brazilian will not predictably move forward, plant his feet and look to throw the same left hook-right hook combination. Machida’s ability to suddenly leap in and tag his opponents with remarkable accuracy is something Jones and his camp should no doubt have been on the lookout for in their preparation for this bout. The speed and deceptiveness of Machida’s attacks mean Jones can’t afford to implement some of the methods he did against Jackson, especially given that Machida, while at a reach disadvantage, can cover distance much better than “Rampage.”
To Jones’ credit, despite the technical holes in his striking (his kicking technique could still use a lot of polishing, despite its efficiency), he has learned to make the most of his reach seemingly overnight. Against Ryan Bader, Jones’ striking looked somewhat poor. Despite his immense reach advantage, he threw unnecessary techniques that put him in compromising positions (a useless superman elbow could have cost him early). However, five weeks later, he showed a completely different approach against “Shogun” Rua. While he wasn’t exactly pumping his jab and sticking it in Rua’s face, Jones’ kicks gave Rua, as well as his next opponent, Jackson, all sorts of trouble. With his lanky frame, Jones’ kicks allow him to stay even further on the outside, and give his opponents very little opportunities to counter.
This is where Machida’s mastery and impeccable timing will be put to the test. A counter-puncher at heart, Machida feeds on split second windows where his opponent is most vulnerable. With Jones’ reach however, this will be an extremely difficult task. As the champion inevitably kicks Machida’s legs and body, “The Dragon” could well endure a frustrating night with very little openings for counters. As such, the Brazilian needs to be a bit more aggressive than usual. That is not to suggest that he needs to move forward constantly, but he certainly needs to throw with more volume than we’re used to seeing from him, and occasionally be the first to engage. Volume could ultimately prove to be the deciding factor, as if Machida is simply content to sit back and wait for the right moment to counter, Jones will be peppering him with leg kicks which, at the very least, will allow him to get ahead on the judges’ scorecards.
Admittedly, employing a more aggressive approach is easier said than done, in part due to the quality of Jones’ offense and in part due to the fact that Machida has been used to fighting a certain way for so long, and it might be unrealistic to suddenly expect him to change. Timidity is what ultimately cost Machida his fight with Jackson, as it wasn’t until the third round that he finally decided to step in, cut “Rampage” off and counter, as opposed to simply moving away. Finding the right balance between his usual patience and aggression will be key. Ideally, Machida throws some body kicks (from distance, as he wouldn’t want to risk being taken down), throws his usual lead feints, and uses them to leap in with his trademark left cross. If Machida is to win this fight, then a pinpoint leaping left to Jones’ chin is his most likely path to victory.
That being said, Jones’ offense, both on the feet and on the ground, is something Machida has never had to deal with before. In fact, Jones might just be the best offensive fighter in MMA at the moment. Think of the punishment Mauricio Rua was able to withstand from Dan Henderson, then think of what Jones was able to do to him. The equal efficiency that he possesses from distance and close-quarters is quite unique. In fact, on the inside, Jones is even more dangerous. His knees and elbows from the clinch are quite devastating, and his ability to punish his opponent’s body makes him truly stand out from the pack. Be it spinning back elbows from up close, left hooks to the liver, or some brutal knees from the clinch, Jones overwhelms his opponents like very few fighters can.
More worryingly for the champion’s opponents, not only can they get roughed up in the clinch, but they can just as easily find themselves going for a ride. Jones’ unpredictable takedowns on the inside could well be his most effective weapon. Machida is very good in the clinch, possesses an extremely solid base, and he is incredibly tough to take down, but if anyone is capable of planting him on his back, it’s Jones. In fairness, “Rampage” Jackson did show that Jones’ takedowns aren’t impossible to defend, but he still found himself on the bottom eventually. Machida’s footwork will make it more difficult for Jones to close in on him however, and if Jones is to take him down, he will have to earn it the hard way.
Jones has displayed some versatile wrestling in the past, as he effortlessly took Bader down with a double leg from the outside. However, Machida’s speed and reflexes, coupled with his great takedown defense should make that hard to pull off. Nevertheless, it is difficult to envision Machida managing to stay upright for twenty-five minutes. At some point, Jones’ clinch work will wear on him, and he will find himself on his back. From there, it is vital for Machida to get back to his feet rather quickly. In the past, he’s proven to be difficult to hold down, but having someone like Jones on top is a different proposition altogether.
Jones has the luxury of being able to stay in guard and land some cringe-inducing elbows to the head and body, or show his ever-improving grappling by advancing his position. Ever since the Vladimir Matyushenko fight, Jones has shown some terrific guard passing skills and overall submission grappling ability. This level of diversity is hard to find in MMA. Even harder is finding someone with Jones’ size and frame who can move so fluidly on top. Machida should be wary of getting overzealous in his attempts to regain his feet, as any scrambles will give Jones the opportunity to get a front headlock and transition to a guillotine (or its variations), or take the back and sink his hooks in. Worse yet, If Machida gets stuck on the bottom, his chances of winning the fight will be over, whether it’s due to the referee pulling Jones off or Bruce Buffer reading the judges’ scorecards. Crucially for Machida, he needs to stay clear of being taken down in the middle of the cage, as he will need the fence to wall-walk without giving his opponent many opportunities to get dominant positions in the scrambles.
Machida has a chance in this fight, and it is bigger than that of any other light heavyweight in the world. As long as the fight is on the feet, Machida is the most equipped fighter to make Jones pay for his occasional lazy habits. Furthermore, he possesses the mixture of power and accuracy to outright end Jones’ night with a well-placed counter. However, if Machida has one road to victory, Jones has many, and it is tough to overlook the diversity and flat out brutality of his skill set. “The Dragon” will have his moments, but ultimately, Jones will prove too much as he puts on yet another dominant display on his way to a clear decision victory or late stoppage.
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In a year where some of the UFC’s top fighters have been continuously plagued by injuries, getting the chance to watch one of the most exciting talents in the world for the fourth time in 2011 comes as an early Christmas present. Jon Jones may just have been the year’s most pleasant surprise. It is not that he has exceeded expectations — as his potential was never in doubt — but the timing of his rise has caught everyone, including Jones himself, off guard. After all, it was only ten months ago when Jones was merely helping his then training partner and current bitter *****, Rashad Evans, prepare for his scheduled title bout against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. However, an injury sustained by Evans in training changed the light heavyweight division’s entire landscape, and the rest, as they say, is history. But before Jones steps inside the cage for arguably the toughest test of his career, MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will bid to avenge his 2008 loss to Frank Mir in the evening’s co-main event. Nogueira’s brother, Rogerio, faces a must-win situation in his bout with a resurgent Tito Ortiz, while former featherweight top contender Mark Hominick faces Chan Sung Jung in what can only be described as sure-fire violence.
* Mitch Clarke to defeat John Cholish by Decision
* Rich Attonito to defeat Jake Hecht by Decision
* Mark Bocek to defeat Nik Lentz by Submission in Round 2
* Yves Jabouin to defeat Walel Watson by Decision
* John Makdessi to defeat Dennis Hallman by TKO in Round 3
* Jared Hamman to defeat Constantinos Philippou by Decision
* Krzysztof Soszynski to defeat Igor Pokrajac by Decision
Featherweight Fight: Mark Hominick vs. Chan Sung Jung
Following his stunning submission victory over Leonard Garcia, “The Korean Zombie” faces what could well be the toughest fight of his career.
Hominick is the better and more technical kickboxer, and he will be the superior fighter on the inside. In particular, Hominick’s body shots — his left hook to the body to be exact — are absolutely devastating. He seldom gets predictable with those body shots, as he will mostly use them to finish off combinations. Moreover, Hominick possesses serious fire power with his right cross and lead left hook. Jung’s habit of getting sloppy could come back to bite him here, as it has always made him hittable, and with someone as proficient on the inside as Hominick, he could pay a big price. Conversely, Hominick himself is guilty of standing inside the pocket a fraction too long. More worryingly, he tends to stand right in front of his opponents with little movement. This got him in trouble against Jose Aldo last April, and Jung possesses the power to punish him for it as well. To Hominick’s credit, he possesses a very solid chin, but he should nevertheless not attempt to tempt fate.
Despite not being especially known for his leg kicks, Jung would be wise to use them liberally in this bout, as Hominick’s flat-footed stance and his allergy towards checking kicks is well documented. The Canadian’s takedown defense is equally shaky, but despite his underrated ground game, Jung lacks the offensive wrestling to consistently put him on his back. Despite showing a more composed and technical approach in his bout with Garcia, this remains a tough match-up for Jung, who is coming up against a superior striker who can take advantage of his defensive deficiencies and punish him with counters.
Official Prediction: Mark Hominick to defeat Chan Sung Jung by TKO in Round 3
Welterweight Fight: Brian Ebersole vs. Claude Patrick
Patrick is replacing Rory MacDonald on relatively short notice, and the result is a much less interesting fight. Nevertheless, this is quite the opportunity for the Canadian in his home country, in what is certainly a winnable fight. Patrick is a versatile wrestler who can both change levels and rip double legs, as well as rough opponents in the clinch and get trip takedowns from there. This will be his obvious path to victory, as Ebersole’s takedown defense is nothing to write home about, and while he is good at scrambling and escaping, he doesn’t pose much of a submission threat from the bottom.
Patrick’s stand-up however, is a little raw, and Ebersole will be the better striker of the two. While somewhat wild, Ebersole’s striking is deceptively versatile, especially in close-quarters, as he can rough opponents up with knees and elbows from the clinch. Furthermore, should Ebersole get on top in a scramble, he possesses some very good ground and pound. He is very active from the top, will often look to stand up from the guard and reign down some heavy leather, and has some brutal elbows to boot.
Patrick’s cardio is a little iffy, and that could well be the deciding factor in this fight. After a bright opening round for the Canadian, his cardio will likely fail him, and Ebersole will take over on his way to a decision win.
Official Prediction: Brian Ebersole to defeat Claude Patrick by Decision
Light Heavyweight Fight: Tito Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
As always with any Ortiz fight, his chances depend on whether he can plant his opponent on his back; the Ryan Bader fight notwithstanding. Nogueira’s takedown defense has historically been not up to par, and he has been out-wrestled in his past three fights. However, to his credit, that aspect of his game has gotten increasingly better and the improvement could be seen from fight to fight. While it looked horrific against Jason Brilz (as was his entire performance), his takedown defense held up in patches against Bader and he completely shut down Phil Davis’ double-leg attempts in the first round of their encounter. It wasn’t until Davis closed the distance and started going for single legs that he was successful in putting the Brazilian on his back. In fact, single legs have long been Nogueira’s Achilles Heel, as he often looks hapless defending them and instead opts for fruitless guillotine attempts.
Single legs aren’t especially Ortiz’s bread and butter, as he is almost exclusively reliant on his — admittedly great – double leg takedown. Even at this stage in his career, Ortiz was still able to put Evan on his back with a double leg in their August encounter. One of the key aspects in Ortiz’s power double is his ability to cover great distance when shooting in with very little set-up. The good news for Ortiz is that if he gets Nogueira down, as tricky as the Brazilian’s guard is, Tito will be more than happy not to pass it, as his entire game is designed around landing elbows from full guard. Conversely, while not nearly as dangerous as his brother off of his back, Nogueira still possesses some dangerous half guard sweeps, and if he manages to secure one and get on top, he won’t find it too hard to pass Ortiz’s guard and work from there.
If Nogueira’s cardio is in check, the fight is his for the taking, as Ortiz’s cardio hasn’t held up in ages, and there is little to suggest it will now. Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan will assuredly be surprised when Ortiz inevitably slows down midway into the second round, but the fact is, this has happened in pretty much every Ortiz fight since 2006. Should that be the case once again, Nogueira will have little trouble stuffing Ortiz’s takedowns and pick him apart with his superior boxing. While hittable and has some less than stellar footwork, Nogueira can put some crisp combinations together that will likely prove too much for Ortiz to handle.
Official Prediction: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira to defeat Tito Ortiz by Decision
Heavyweight Fight: Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
While Nogueira will almost inevitably show up in better shape this time around, the nature of the match-up hasn’t changed all that much. Despite a fantastic win over Brendan Schaub last summer, Nogueira’s defensive striking, footwork and head movement continued to leave something to be desired, and this has been the story of his career. In his prime, he was able to compensate with an otherworldly chin and crisp offensive boxing. Nowadays, while his ability to put combinations together has persisted, he is a slower version of the man who once was the world’s top heavyweight.
Mir will be the faster striker, and will probably have a little more power in his punches as well. While his performances have been inconsistent, he is the more versatile fighter on the feet. He will be more light-footed, and will use his footwork to try to stay clear of Nogueira’s right cross. That will be crucial for Mir, as that particular punch is the perfect antidote for a southpaw, and Mir has never been one to take a punch all that well. Mir will look to throw the same combination that led him to victory the first time around; the straight-uppercut-straight. Nogueira’s habit of tucking his head down makes him especially vulnerable to that combo, and the Brazilian needs to learn from his mistakes if he is to make amends for his 2008 loss.
Mir’s takedown defense isn’t bulletproof, but it should be enough to hold off Nogueira. “Minotauro” doesn’t possess much of a shot from the outside, and instead relies on securing the clinch, get double underhooks, and trip his opponent to the ground. This is where the outcome of this fight could be decided, as Mir has been dominated in the clinch in the past, but he’s also had some success, such as in his last fight against Roy Nelson. If he can create a little bit of space and punish Big Nog with knees, he will be safe. However, if he gets pushed around against the fence and allows Nogueira to dirty box and potentially put him on his back, he will be in trouble.
Despite Mir’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu proficiency, there isn’t a heavyweight in the world that Nogueira can’t out-class on the ground. If Mir tires and Nogueira manages to drag the fight into its latter stages, he could well put him on the ground and dominate from there. Nogueira’s guard passing is ridiculously effortless, and his submission arsenal is as good as it gets. If things get too desperate, he could well pull guard and look to sweep, as he possesses some of the best open guard work the sport has ever seen.
While the fight will probably be more competitive than their initial encounter, and Big Nog certainly has a chance if he connects with a combination or takes Mir down, the fact is, he isn’t getting any younger or faster, and he will likely come off second best against his ***** once again.
Official Prediction: Frank Mir to defeat Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by TKO in Round 2
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I agree with the main event predictions. I think Jones, Lil Nog and Mir will win tonight. All tho im going for the complete oppisite lol.
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Mark Hominick vs. Chan Sung Jung - Round 1 - Hominick throws a wild right and Jung cracks him with a counter and Hominick goes down. A flurry by Jung follows up and Hominick is eating them and the referee stops the fight. Chan Sung Jung wins by TKO (punches), 0:07 Round 1.
Claude Patrick vs. Brian Ebersole - Round 1 - Ebersole with a straight left that misses. Ebersole shoots for a leg and Patrick defends well. Ebersole pushes him to the cage. Now Patrick has Ebersole pushed into the cage. Ebersole drops down for a takedown and Patrick locks up a guillotine and pulls guard. It looks deep and Eversole gives a thumbs up. Patrick has to give up on it and now Ebersole is on top. Patrick stands up without taking any damage. Jab by Ebersole. Patrick with a nice left. Two punches and a jab by Ebersole. Ebersole tries for a takedown and can't get it. Patrick with a nice flurry of punches and uppercuts. I don't think anyone will agree with me but I went 10-9 Patrick.
Round 2 - Patrick with a few punches and then misses badly with a takedown attempt. Patrick with a nice left hand and a knee to the body. Elbow by Ebersole on the break. Ebersole looks for another takedown. Patrick with a knee and a couple short elbows. Patrick shoots and Ebersole defends. Patrick pushing forward with strikes. Catches an Ebersole kick and takes his back standing briefly but Ebersole turns into him against the cage. Patrick with a nice flurry and it's the best offense of the round. 10-9 Patrick again.
Round 3 - Ebersole working and working for a takedown and he turns into Patrick who was sprawled out defending. Patrick manages to get up and Ebersole picks him up and slams him back down. Patrick tries to get up and Ebersole takes his back and is landing some decent punches. Patrick standing up but Ebersole riding his back. Patrick gets free by attacking the arm. Patrick tries to lock in a choke, Ebersole gets out. They're up and Patrick lands some nice shots. Good body shot by Patrick. Patrick goes for another choke and Ebersole gets out. Patrick took the round at the end there. 30-27 Patrick on my card.
Official Scorecards: 29-28 Ebersole, 29-28 Patrick, 29-28 Ebersole. Brian Ebersole wins by split decision.
Tito Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira - Round 1 - Tito with a head kick and some punches. Uppercut gets in for TIto. Tito shoots and is looking for the single leg. They trade shots but Tito with nice punches here in the clinch. Hard shots by Nogueira. Nogueira with a hard shot and Tito drops! Tito recovers and gets full guard. Body shots are hurting Tito and he is forced to cover up. Nogueira is wearing himself out a little bit. Nogueira throwing a lot of body shots here and Tito isn't doing anything. He's rolling around on the ground now clutching his ribs. Tito is badly hurt. It was a knee to the body that started it and elbows and punches to the body on the ground that ended it. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira wins by TKO (body punches), round 1.
Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - Round 1 - Jab by Nog gets in. Another jab lands for Nog. And again he gets in with it. Nog looks for a takedown which gets stuffed. Nogueira working him against the cage and Mir turns him. Mir gets the takedown into Nog's half guard. Nogueira gets up. Nice elbows by Nogueira in the clinch, and again. Big knee and a left hand. Noguiera landing hard and Mir drops! Nog with more punches and Mir manages to escape from a choke. Mir briefly on top. Mir takes the arm with a kimura. Nog won't tap. They're rolling, Nogeira still wont tap and the shoulder pops. Frank Mir wins by submission (kimura), round 1.
UFC Light Heavyweight Championship: Jon Jones (c) vs. Lyoto Machida - Round 1 - Jones misses with a leg kick and then a jumping kick to the leg. Machida moving out of the way of punches early. Jones misses another punch, and then misses a spinning back kick. Machida with a leg kick. Leg kick by Jones lands hard. Machida left hand is blocked. Machida doing well still at avoiding Jones' strikes. Leg kick by Jones and Machida with a left hand, right hook that misses. Machida rushes forward and can't land clean. Body kick and left hand by Machida is his best offense so far. Machida flurries after a Jones miss. Machida hits Jones hard! Jones defends but eats a body kick. Right hand by Machida. 10-9 Machida round.
Round 2 - Both men land early leg kicks. Jones flicks a head kick that just misses. Jones missing with a few punches as Machida is still using distance brilliantly. Jones with a leg kick. Jones looking to spin. Machida is tagging him after slipping a kick. Very good flurry by Machida. Right hand lands hard for Jones. Jones with a big takedown and he's looking to land elbows. Machida cut open from an elbow. Jones looking for a choke now. Machida standing up and Jones tries to take his back standing. Big John stops the fight to let the ref check the cut. Back to the clinch to restart it. Jones working knees to the thigh and body. Both men land big punches at the same time and Machida briefly drops. Jones locks up a hard standing guillotine and Machida goes out. Jones drops him to the mat and walks away. Jon Jones wins by technical submission (standing guillotine), round 2.
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I don't know what shocked me more, Mir popping out Nog's shoulder in a submission win against the BJJ legend, or JBJ putting Lyoto to sleep with the standing guillotine, then letting his limp body drop to the floor as he turned and walked away.
Nog was killing on the feet, too, that killed me. JBJ seems unstoppable, in an Anderson Silva'esque way. Lyoto seemed to be Jones most challenging fight to date, but I wouldn't exactly say JBJ struggled, it just took him longer then normal to dominate.
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Before the UFC 140 post-fight press conference a rumor started to circulate among media that the UFC was about to announce that Alistair Overeem was out of his UFC 141 main event with Brock Lesnar. The popular rumor was that Frank Mir, on the strength of his arm breaking win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, would replace Overeem for a rubber match with Lesnar.
While Dana White was quick to shoot down the rumors, asking where they come from, the rumors did persist. And White denying that the fight was in jeopardy doesn't mean that there aren't issues. White wouldn't talk about this in public if things weren't clear one way or the other. Then again, it could all be a rumor and mean nothing.
As for the reasons for a possible issue, Josh Gross from ESPN tweeted a very
interesting bit of information:
White denies Overeem is off the Lesnar card. But Alistair is on Mon.'s NSAC agenda. I've heard possibly in connection w/prefight drug test.
Now, obviously this isn't based on anything more than hearsay and I'm certainly not saying that there was an issue with Overeem's pre-fight test. I'm just passing along information on what is being talked about by the media. He is on the NSAC agenda so that means there may be some sort of issue, but we'll have to wait until Monday to get the full story.
Until then, again, it's all just rumor.
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You can add comedic-actor to UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen‘s lengthy resume, as the outspoken 185er and Ultimate Fighter icon Stephan Bonnar worked together on a skit for the World MMA Awards which Sonnen was served as co-host for.In the skit, Sonnen plays a doctor who is helping his patient, Bonnar, get back to his “American Psycho” self after years of torment from his childhood.
Sonnen is set to face Mark Munoz in January at UFC on FOX 2 in the co-main event with headlining action between Phil Davis and Rashad Evans. If victorious, the “gangster from the mean streets of West Lynn” will receive a title shot against UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva later in 2012.
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Just watched the post fight press and Dana said the Overeem rumor isn't true.......but who knows!
Fights went like I thought, wtf can't believe Tito loss the way he did tho. I thought Mir was done but wow what a turn around.
Puts him to sleep then walks away, I couldn't believe it, I thought Lyoto was gonna take this one the way he was setting up those rushing combos.
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