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12-12-2011 02:18 PM
Buakaw in particular. Dude's a legend.
Originally Posted by JudgementDay
12-12-2011 02:42 PM
Yeah that dude seems pretty wicked.
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12-12-2011 10:55 PM
Alistair Overeem Receives 'Conditional License' to Face Brock Lesnar at UFC 141
Early on in the Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting today we got an ominous sign that something may be up with Alistair Overeem's licensing status. During a discussion about the success of out-of-competition drug testing, following up on a July 2010 meeting, They entioned that the two most recent men asked to take a test were Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem. Lesnar, they said, went to a hospital and took his test. Then they said that they would "discuss him [Overeem] later."Overeem was eventually sworn in to answer questions.
He was notified on November 17 that he would need to take a random out of competition test, the commission did not hear back from Overeem's camp for five days. Then Overeem took a blood test on the 23rd but the test they were looking for was urine. He didn't actually take a urine test until December 7th, but that test was administered by his own private doctor, not by a testing facility which the commission did not care for.
Overeem said that he felt he did things in a quick manner. The commission grilled him over his timeline, asking why he didn't notify the UFC that he was leaving the country and why he didn't get the test done more quickly.
Overeem continued to pin the issues on his assistants, saying he was getting tested within a day each time his assistants told him he needed to and that his assistants are the ones who talk to the UFC. His assistant said that he works another full time job and isn't familiar with the Athletic Commission procedures and simply did the best that he could.
One of the biggest moments on the call was when Overeem said that he purchased the plane ticket to fly to see his mother on the 15th, two days prior to the request for testing. That made it appear that he did not jump the next flight to avoid the test.
In the end, the commission felt that his descriptions of the situations he dealt with were satisfactory for a license with some exceptions:
So again, after much deliberation and a fishy timeline, it appears that the fight with Brock Lesnar will go on.
- The test done by his doctor on the 7th of December is not sufficient. He will need to retest within 72 hours somewhere in the UK or elsewhere at a location of NSAC's choosing.
- Overeem must drop another urine sample when he lands in the United States.
- Overeem will be tested randomly twice over six months following the UFC 141 card.
12-12-2011 10:57 PM
Chan Sung Jung Should Be Next For Jose Aldo and the UFC Featherwight Title
Seven seconds. That's what it took for Chan Sung Jung to knock out Mark Hominick at UFC 140. Seven seconds. That number officially ties The Korean Zombie for fastest KO in UFC history (alongside Todd Duffee). Any fast victory like that is extremely impressive, but the fact that it came against Mark Hominick? That is something special indeed. With that win, Chan Sung Jung suddenly vaults into the upper levels of the Featherweight ranks. But after this win, Jung shouldn't just be near the top. Chan Sung Jung should be next in line for a shot at the Featherweight title.
That's quite a jump, I know. After all, Jung is only on a 2 fight win streak, and prior to those 2 wins, he had been rather emphatically knocked out himself by George Roop, and lost a controversial decision to Leonard Garcia. There are plenty of fighters above him in the ranks - men like Hatsu Hioki, Roop, Dustin Poirier, and Erik Koch. From a purely sports/rankings perspectives, those men should get the shot, it's true. But that doesn't mean it's the right choice for the division.
Just one year into their time in the UFC, the Featherweights are still struggling for relevance. Aldo looks to be gaining popularity, but it's a slow process, and his lack of big highlight reel wins inside the Octagon is not helping. Next up for the champion is Chad Mendes, in a fight that will perhaps interest the live crowd in Brazil and the hardcore MMA fanbase, but I don't see Aldo vs. Mendes drawing in many casual fans. Same goes for Aldo versus any one of those contenders named above. And that's assuming Aldo wins. A Mendes vs. Poirier title fight would be destined for Fuel or FX.
But Jung is different. Thanks largely to his epic brawl with Garcia, he has a strong appeal for casual fans. Like Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar years ago, Jung will forever get respect for his part in that fight. Add in the nickname, the persona, and the t-shirts, and you have a fighter that casual fans recognize and respond to.
Now, casual fan recognition is not the only factor, obviously. If it was, we'd be looking ahead to UFC 147: Junior dos Santos vs. Kimbo Slice. You need the credentials to back that recognition. At UFC 140, Jung established those credentials.
Mark Hominick is a near 10 year veteran of the sport. He is one of the best strikers in the division. He went 25 minutes with Jose Aldo. He's never been stopped by strikes. And in seven seconds, Jung took him out. Those are serious credentials, and when you pair them with his popularity, you have a strong title contender.
Right now, the division needs a boost. As the division works to establish itself, it needs main event names fans can get behind - as we saw with Kenny Florian's fast-track to a title shot. The WEC always understood this, vaulting men up to title shots quickly if they had momentum. Chan Sung Jung has that momentum, and he will provide that name. He's exactly what the division needs. Can he defeat Jose Aldo? Probably not, but that's not really the point. The point is, he can make you care to find out the answer.
Jose Aldo vs. The Korean Zombie for the UFC Featherweight title. Make it happen Joe Silva.
12-12-2011 10:59 PM
Fedor Emelianenko Vs. Satoshi Ishii Confirmed For NYE
Fedor Emelianenko will face Satoshi Ishii in Japan on New Years Eve. Sherdog was the first to confirm this rumored bout after speaking with people close to DREAM 'Genki Desu Ka! New Year! 2011." The fight was rumored after being mentioned in Fedor's post-fight speech at the M-1 event in Moscow. Fedor was able to bounce back from a three fight skid with losses to Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Silva, and Dan Henderson when he defeated Jeff Monson in November. Ishii made news when he was wined and dined by the UFC only to choose Sengoku as his MMA home. His career got off to a rocky start with a loss to Hadehiko Yoshida but he's gone undefeated since with four wins and a questionable draw to Paulo Filho in September. 'Genki Desu Kai! New Year! 2011' will be live from the Saitama Super Arena on HD Net and will also feature the finals of DREAM's bantamweight tournament. DREAM is also showcasing two title fights with Shinya Aoki defending his lightweight belt against Satoru Kitaoka and Hiroyuki Takaya facing Takshi Inoue.
12-12-2011 11:00 PM
Lyoto Machida reflects on UFC 140 title-fight against Jon Jones
For the first five minutes of Saturday night’s UFC 140 light heavyweight title-fight between Jon Jones and Lyoto Machida, it seemed as if “The Dragon” had solved the puzzle that is “Bones.”
However, after receiving a powerful elbow to the head that left him cut open, Machida was choked out by Jones in the second round, dropping his record to 1-3 in his last four UFC bouts after opening his career up with sixteen straight wins.
Machida looked as if he had figured out how to avoid the long reach of Jones in the early stages, rocking the champion with a few kicks and punches of his own.
“The preparation was tougher in all aspects,” said Machida in an interview with Tatame. “We went there and tried to do our job. We set a game plan that, from where I’m standing, until a certain moment, was working. But, he landed that elbow and I got dizzy, I couldn’t see things straight anymore and it disturbed me because I couldn’t see.”
Machida seemed to be ahead on the scorecards in the eyes of many, but when the views of the fight judges were revealed later, Jones had won the opening round on two of the three cards, much to the surprise of Machida.
“There was a guy from the event who came to talk to me because he argued with the judges because they had scored the win for him, and he asked how could they do it, and they said that only on the replay they really saw it, so it was confusing,” Machida said. “But we never know how they evaluate it, if they have enough time to do it, so we gotta see their side too, but it’s an athlete’s life and career that is on line there.”
For now, Machida said he plans on continuing his training and awaiting word from the UFC who they would like to set him up against next.
12-12-2011 11:03 PM
Alistair Overeem discusses decision to move to heavyweight
Former Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem will face the biggest fight of his career later this month when he steps inside the Octagon against Brock Lesnar at UFC 141. With a win, Overeem would become the #1 contender to divisional title-holder Junior dos Santos and position himself to become recognized as one of the t ruly elite fighters in the world.
However, not too long ago, “The Reem” was competing in the light heavyweight division. For the powerful Dutchman the transition to the heavyweight ranks was a long time coming.
“Everyone around me, including friends of mine I have known since we were kids, knew right away it was the right call when I moved to heavyweight full time in 2007,” wrote Overeem, in his blog for Yahoo! Sports. “Some fans and MMA media didn’t understand it, they thought, ‘How is he going to do any better at heavyweight, he will not do as well as at 205 lbs,’ but I make the decision after taking a hard look at myself.”
Overeem has fended off talk of using performance enhancing drugs for much of his career, but he counts eating better and heavy lifting as the reason his body took to the heavyweight division instead.
“I knew putting on enough weight to where I was able to compete with the top heavies would take time. I also know that as soon as I started eating well and had the energy to work out with the weights, I would add mass right away,” Overeem wrote. “But it took time for me to get bigger and grow into a powerful heavyweight.”
He also revealed the division’s relatively shallow pool was appealing, writing, “Plus – and this is something fighters never ever usually admit – the fact is 205 lbs is a division stacked with talent and the heavyweight division doesn’t have that many world class fighters. I am happy to admit that. At 205 lbs., you have a great champion in Jon Jones, and very talented guys like Lyoto Machida, (Quinton Jackson), Ryan Bader, Forrest Griffin, Dan Henderson, (Mauricio Rua) – the list goes on and on. Anyone in the Top 15 at light heavyweight is a dangerous fight, while at heavyweight, if I am honest, there’s maybe eight or nine true world class fighters competing at heavyweight.”
Overeem will make his Octagon debut when he tackles Lesnar on December 30 from Las Vegas, Nevada. Other fights for UFC 141 include Nate Diaz vs. Donald Cerrone and Johny Hendricks against Jon Fitch.
12-12-2011 11:17 PM
Good to hear the Lesnar and Overeem fight is still on.
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12-13-2011 12:02 AM
For sure, if nothing else then keeping the potential kickboxing match between Overeem and JDS still on.
Originally Posted by JudgementDay
12-13-2011 12:16 AM
Palhares is seeing a sports psychologist after string of bizarre incidents
There's never a shortage of registered armchair psychologists in the world of MMA. "Registered," in this case, meaning
the result of people who have successfully inputted username and password combinations to gain access to media such as forums and Twitter, which they then use as de-facto licenses to assess and interpret mental health.
Rousimar Palhares' manager, Alex Davis, thought it might be slightly more prudent to seek out the expertise of an
actual, licensed clinical sports psychologist following a series of head-scratching episodes involving his client. Currently, there are only questions surrounding the Brazilian fighter's recent behavior, which has included blatantly ignoring referee instructions, wrongfully accusing opponents of cheating, and just about everything in between.
Why does it always seem like he's trying to bend the rules? Does he simply lose focus under pressure? Is he a dirty fighter? Could there be something more serious going on regarding his mental fitness? Questions, questions, questions.
Palhares (13-3 MMA,
6-2 UFC) remains scheduled to fight next month at UFC 142 against Mike Massenzio
(13-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) on Jan. 14 on UFC 142's main card at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC
"It's a mixture of things," Davis recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "There are a lot of variables. Yes, Rousimar is a very simple person. He comes from a very simple background. He comes from a background that somebody here in the United States would have a very, very hard time understanding. "But he does tend to go on automatic a lot, and that's something we are trying to
Let's be clear: Palhares has had way more fights go off without a hitch than not. But there's always a sense at any moment the wheels can come flying off. And when they have, it sticks out in people's minds.
UFC 111 in
March 2010 is really when we were first introduced to the bizarro world of Palhares, though nobody knew it at the time. It took Palhares all of 45 seconds into the first frame to lock on a heel-hook submission against Tomasz Drwal. The problem was he held onto the submission after referee Kevin Mulhall's initial attempt to halt the bout. Meanwhile, Drwal writhed in pain.
The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board suspended Palhares 90 days.
Next came the incident in the main event at UFC Fight Night 22. In the first round, Palhares found himself on his back against Nate Marquardt following a failed leg-lock attempt. He immediately proceeded to look up at referee Herb Dean while also gesturing toward Marquardt's legs,
meaning he was trying to signal the reason he could not get the submission hold was because Marquardt had something slippery on his legs. Marquardt, who recognized the minor mental meltdown instantly, attacked with ground-and-pound strikes and earned the stoppage victory.
Palhares again drew attention to Marquardt's legs following the bout as they embraced and still tried to plead his case. But when it was all
said and done, Marquardt had done nothing wrong outside of sweating more than Palhares would have preferred.
"I am a witness that there was nothing (illegal going on)," Davis said. "Marquardt's legs were shaved and smooth as a baby's, but there was no oil, nothing on them. you can't do that when you fight. And Rousimar has to develop in that sense."
That's "WTF" moment No. 2 if you're scoring at home.
No. 3 was bestowed upon us roughly a year later at UFC 134 back in August, where Palhares faced Dan Miller. (Palhares did make it through a submission win over Dave Branch just prior without any trouble rearing its head.)
In the first round against Miller, Palhares connected on a perfectly timed high kick that dropped his opponent to the canvas. Palhares moved in to end the fight with ground-and-pound strikes. After a few heavy punches, however, he walked away thinking he had won and jumped up to straddle the cage to bask in the glow of victory. The only problem was the ref never stopped the fight. If there were a tent draped over the arena at that moment, it would have had a circus. Still, Palhares went on to earn the unanimous-decision victory.
Broadcaster Gus Johnson once infamously said, "These things happen in MMA." Well, "things" happen in Rousimar Palhares' fights. A lot of
them. And, most recently, we've learned it's not unique to the octagon.
A month after the Miller fight, Palhares competed in the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Wrestling World Championships, where he earned a silver medal in the under-88kg division. Palhares defeated Dan Schon, David Avellan and Rafael Lovato Jr. in succession before falling to Andre Galvao in the finals.
Almost on cue, there were a couple dicey moments along the way. In the Avellan match, there was confusion after Palhares recorded a takedown and secured a heel hook as the pair headed out of bounds. Palhares stood up to celebrate, and Avellan complained. The referee appeared to tell both competitors to stop at one point, and Palhares cranked on the submission anyway.
In the Galvao match, Palhares pulled his thumb back to break a grip, which is illegal. The referee paused the match and warned Palhares, the pair restarted, and Galvao continued to complain. Moments later, Palhares was warned for trying his best to rough up Galvao in the clinch.
At this point, Palhares' awkward moments have been funneled to form some sort of warped idiom. Nothing would surprise anyone at
this point. And to a certain extent, the accumulation of the unusual has overshadowed his accomplishments in the UFC. It may come as a surprise to many that Palhares has won five of his past six fights in the middleweight division. How many other guys can claim this fact?
"He definitely has the qualities to run for that title," Davis said. "He is a very, very difficult opponent for any of the top guys in his division.
"He's a monster. Put him against (champion) Anderson (Silva), and it's going to be a good fight. And he's not going to back down from
In the meantime, the MMA community is hoping he gets any help he may need and figures it out. This includes the armchair psychologists, who are now looking for work elsewhere.
12-13-2011 12:30 AM
I have to agree that Mendes wouldn't be as cool of a fight as it would with the Korean Zombie, but I also think a fight with Koch would be crazy too. Koch seems more the smarter fighter so it might last a bit longer than it would with the zombie. I see Aldo vs Zombie KO first round with my senses leaning toward Aldo though I'd be rooting for Korea like a mofo.
Originally Posted by VolcomX311
Think back to Aldo vs Swanson
12-13-2011 01:13 AM
I'd be rooting for Korean Zombie for the sake of rooting for the underdog. I like Jose Aldo, but I'm not a die hard fan or anything, so I'd be pulling for Zombie, but fully expecting Jose to win. I don't think I've seen the same version of Jose Aldo in the UFC Octagon as the Jose Aldo that ruled rhe WEC. The Aldo who crippled the California Kid via leg kick rape'age has been MIA in both of his UFC fights.
Originally Posted by Jessep76
12-13-2011 11:08 AM
This is very true. I'm not sure if Aldo up for making the weight cut anymore. Him being a LW would be very exciting.
Originally Posted by VolcomX311
12-13-2011 01:05 PM
aha what a nut bar Palhares is, good read for sure.
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12-13-2011 01:10 PM
Imagine the depth in the LW division if/when Aldo moves up and WHEN Gilbert Melenedez makes the transfer from SF to the UFC. It'd be ridiculous. With GSP temporarily out the picture, that division is open for some excitement. I don't feel Nick or Carlos would dominate in the long run GSP style. I think this is Fitch's best opportunity to grind out a championship belt. Anderson Silva has his division locked down, with the exception of a single potential threat in Chael, but after that, what, Bisping?. The LHW is the most locked down of all the divisions, I don't think JBJ even has a potential threat. I don't see Rashad being anything more to JBJ then a good dramatic build up fight that ends in an ugly domination. The HW division is kind of competitive. I can only really see the belt being handed off between Cain and JDS, the jury is still out on Overeem as to how he competes against UFC HW's, but the LW division have a lot of names that coule be potential champs any given Saturday, which is awesome.
Originally Posted by Jessep76
12-13-2011 01:18 PM
Running with the Big Boys
As weird as it sounds, the UFC has the potential to hit a major, major snag because the champs have been so dominant. WW, MW, and LHW look as though they won't be changing hands anytime soon and I think JDS will be champ for awhile, too.
12-13-2011 01:31 PM
I can see that. Some people love reigning champs, which I get if that's your guy, but I'm more partial to enjoying the sport as a whole, having competitive fights, as oppose to being married to a particular fighter and his sole success, not that I don't have my favorites, but having locked down divisions to the extent GSP, Andy and JBJ have them locked down takes away the suspense and excitement of a fight. A winning champ who battles out his title defenses is one thing, as long as there is a siginificant threat of loss and the champ still overcomes it's still cool, but when you're as head & shoulders above your peers as GSP, Andy and JBJ are, it loses something "for me."
Originally Posted by Rodja
I guess if your favorite fighters are JBJ, Anderson, GSP and JDS, you're a happy camper, sadly, none of my guys are champs. Brock will never be champ again, imo, nor will BJ. The next person I really root for who's close to being champ is Ben Henderson and at least I believe that will be a competitive fight when he faces Frankie.
12-13-2011 01:32 PM
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12-13-2011 02:37 PM
I rewatched the Overeem vs Werdum fight and Overeem was really tentative on his feet with a guy who shouldn't be on his level in the stand up. Maybe there was a game plan tailored, but if he looks that slow against any of the top guys he's not gonna do well. I think a fight with Kongo would have been nice just for a prep fight even if he's low on the totem pole.
Originally Posted by VolcomX311
12-13-2011 03:12 PM
I don't disagree. I was on the Ubereem train up until the Werdum fight. I'm hoping that was an anomoly performance, because was beyond underwhelming in that fight.
Originally Posted by Jessep76
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