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Chad Laprise Defeats Olivier Aubin-Mercier by Split Decision

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Chad Laprise vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier (both from Canada) in the Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale.  The fight would determine who would be the welterweight champion of the show, and receive the six figure contract.

Get ready, get set, go!

Early in round one, Aubin-Mercier connected with a nice left hand.  A low kick from Laprise landed.  Another low kick from Laprise, after blocking a high kick.  Mild left hand from Aubin-Mercier.  Laprise messed his opponent's legs up with a couple of more kicks and then shirked a takedown attempt, eating a knee to the body for his efforts.  Nice right hand by Aubin-Mercier.  Solid short right hand by Laprise.  Laprise shirked another takedown, landing punches on the separation.  Then came another low kick.  After a period of time, Aubin-Mercier hit home with a body kick- his opponent with a body punch.  And at the end of the round, in spots, Laprise connected with a diverse repertoire of strikes.

It was a close round.  That said, Laprise, with his low kicks, probably won it.

After a minute had gone by in the second, Aubin-Mercier was able to take his opponent down.  But Laprise managed to turn the tables on his adversary when he went for a guillotine, getting up and hitting home with a hard body shot.

The bottom line on the rest of the stanza is that both fighters were game, but Laprise used angles and quick punches to win the stanza.  Aubin-Mercier needs a stoppage in order to win, I believe.

Aubin-Mercier gained a short lived takedown early in round three.  Laprise swept his opponent's legs out with a kick later in the stanza.  Other than that, it was pretty much the same story on the fight.  Aubin-Mercier is close on his feet, but he just wasn't as polished with his movement.  This one should go to Laprise in a competitive fight.

Chad Laprise defeats Olivier Aubin-Mercier by split decision.

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Wednesday April 16, 2014

Dustin Poirier vs. Akira Corassani at the Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale. Would Poirier continue to make fans believe he was the next big thing? Or would Corassani derail the train that many had put him on?

Get ready, get set, go!

Corassani landed a mild right hand early on. Poirier took the center of the Octagon and continued to pressure him. Not a lot of striking through one minute. A grazing punch, then low kick by Poirier. Both fighters landed grazing punches before Poirier pressed his adversary into the cage wall, looking for the takedown to no avail. Two solid jabs from Poirier. Nice body punch by Corassani. Coming in too aggressively, Poirier was dizzied by a hard left hand. Then came a solid right hand, then another by Corassani. The underdog followed things up with a left hand. After some time, Poirier hit home with a grazing combination. After the two minute mark, Corassani connected with another hard right hand. Next both fighters landed big shots on one another. Then came some more trading with Poirier getting the better of things. Corassani went for a takedown for no real understandable reason. That decision led to some adjustments before Poirier went for a solid guillotine choke attempt. Corassani escaped, then landed a solid knee. Poirier hit home with some nice stuff before the bell.

That submission attempt made things close through round one.

The story on round two was simple and quick. Poirier connected with a huge right hand. Then came a flurry of body and head strikes that sent Corassani to the ground. Soon after, the referee stepped in.

Dustin Poirier defeats Akira Corassani by TKO at 42 seconds of round two.

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Frank Edgar Wants to Go Out on his Shield- Talks Referee Stoppages

Monday March 31, 2014

Frank Edgar is one of the tougher fighters of all-time.  In fact, a ways back he made our About.com Toughest MMA Fighters list.  Which leads us to the hard job that referees have.  These guys have to protect fighters in the ring, and in the same breath know when not to stop a fight.  Ridiculously difficult.  Just ask Urijah Faber, Frank Mir, and more who believe their recent fights were stopped prematurely.

Which is exactly the kind of thing that Edgar decided to comment on.

"If it's me, let me be limp before you stop it," Edgar recently told MMAjunkie Radio. "It's tough to be a ref, especially in that situation when they've got to protect the fighters. But I want every chance I can get. Let me go out on my shield."

"It's definitely the referee's discretion, but I want every chance to come back," Edgar said. "In the Maynard fights, someone else may have stopped it. Obviously the ref didn't, and he made the right choice because I bounced back. That was the right choice."

"I'm a fighter; I can't help it," Edgar said. "I'm a competitor. I want to win, and if I feel a ref stopped it too early, I would be upset.

"I just want the chance to come back. I'm sure it would never be like that where I'm getting my head beat in and the ref wouldn't stop it, but I just want a chance to come back."

Good stuff.  Next up for Edgar is BJ Penn at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale on July 6.  Here's hoping that who referees the contest does the right thing when/if someone gets tagged.

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In one of the most anticipated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu matches ever at Metamoris III this past weekend, Royler Gracie and Eddie Bravo fought to a draw in a bout which could only be won by submission (no points).  Afterwards, the majority of onlookers felt as if Bravo would have won a decision if such a thing had been available.

Remember that Bravo had defeated Royler in one of the great jiu jitsu upsets of all-time back in 2003 by triangle choke at Abu Dhabi 2003.  So there was a lot of hype surrounding this match.  And apparently adding to it afterwards was Royler's brother Royce Gracie, who wasn't all that happy with Bravo.

"I thought I won," said Bravo, as transcribed by MMA Mania. "The headline on The Underground 20 minutes later was 'Bravo dominates Gracie at Metamoris.' He actually thought it was a legit draw at the press conference. I was sitting there at the press conference saying, maybe I'm delusional. Then I got back on The Undergound, and it was 90 percent, Eddie Bravo won, and Eddie Bravo dominated.'" Read More...

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