Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Rafael Dos Anjos at the UFC on FOX 11. Check out how it all went down here.
After a very long period of relative inaction, Dos Anjos landed a hard kick. Then Nurmagomedov shot in and achieved the takedown. Dos Anjos eventually fought his way to an upright position, but Nurmagomedov took him down again. Dos Anjos got up, immediately finding himself pressed into the cage wall. He gained separation. Nice body kick by Dos Anjos. Then Nurmagomedov shot in and took his opponent down again. Dos Anjos grabbed an arm, looking for a Kimura to no avail. Dos Anjos got back up. Upon a separation, Dos Anjos landed a solid knee. Nurmagomedov shot back in after landing an uppercut. Dos Anjos was able to separate. Some solid striking by both parties, with Dos Anjos getting the mild edge. Then came the bell.
Based on the amount of takedowns, Nurmagomedov probably took the round. But it was close, primarily because he did very little on the ground with his takedowns, and Dos Anjos was better on his feet in a mild sense.
Early on, after throwing a lot of strikes but missing with most, Nurmagomedov shot in and gained the takedown. Dos Anjos held a guillotine without his legs hooked in for a period of time. The Russian got out of the attempt, which was only mildly valid due to the lack of hooks being in. While on his opponent's back as he attempted to stand, Nurmagomedov landed several knees to the legs. Then came another takedown. And until the end of the stanza, Nurmagomedov landed some pretty solid ground and pound.
No doubt who took that stanza. Nurmagomedov is likely in the lead here.
Round three saw Dos Anjos attempt a takedown, only to find himself involved in a violent hip throw that sent him to the canvas. And from there, ground and pound took us to the bell.
Nurmagomedov is the real deal.
Khabib Nurmagomedov defeats Rafael Dos Anjos by unanimous decision.
Round one went as follows: Baczynski utilized movement through the majority of the round to land punches, front kicks, and low kicks. Nothing very hard, but he was definitely the busier striker. Alves took the majority of the round to figure out his opponent's movement, landing inside leg kicks and that was about it for a long period. But toward the end of the round, he hit home with some HARD low kicks that really seemed to hurt his adversary. What's more, some crisp punches also connected.
Close stanza. I might actually give it to Baczynski based on sheer amount. But it could go either way.
Round two saw Alves beat his opponent's left leg up some more. In addition, he hit home some fierce roundhouse kicks to the body, and generally slowed his adversary down. That's not to say that Baczynski was completely ineffective- he was game, landing punches and kicks in spots- but Alves definitely won the stanza easily.
The third round was a good one. Baczynski landed a lot of punches, particularly early on, and some were hard. That said, Alves also hit home with hard punches, in combination with those dreaded low kicks and body kicks.
Simply put, a very good fight. Alves hardly looked as if he hadn't fought in a couple of years, and at the very least took home the second and third rounds.
Thiago Alves defeats Seth Baczynski by unanimous decision.
Jorge Masvida vs. Pat Healy. Yep, a battle at the UFC on FOX 11 between two former Strikeforce fighters. Here's how their battle went down.
Early on, Masvidal took the center of the Octagon. Healy hit home with a low kick. Masvidal landed a side kick to the shin. Healy hit home with another low kick, then a grazing combination. Lots of those low side kicks from Masvidal. When Healy came inside, Masvidal connected with a hard punch. Masvidal is hitting home with kicks and right hands when Healy comes inside. Still, those strikes didn't stop Healy from pressing in looking for the single leg takedown, which after time he had to let go of. But Healy came inside immediately again, connecting with punches to his opponent's body before clinching. He nabbed a body lock and took Masvidal down. His opponent got right back up to find himself in the clinch with his back to the cage wall again. Healy is doing a good job of dirty boxing, but Masvidal got away. Masvidal landed a hard left kick to the body, a knee, and then came a scramble on the floor ensued as they both were tangled. Both came to their feet and connected with strikes before the bell.
Good, close round.
Early in round two, Healy once again pressed forward, using strikes to push his adversary into the cage wall. Masvidal avoided the takedown and hit home with a knee before gaining separation. Nice jab by Masvidal. The story was that Healy kept pressing forward, often getting hit in spots on the way in. But then after the two minute mark, Masvidal connected with a strong spinning hook kick, followed by punches. Healy took his adversary down, but Masvidal got right back up. Then Healy pressed him into the cage wall again, where he landed multiple body punches. Masvidal forced a separation, connecting with strikes. Then Healy forced another clinch before the bell.
This is a hard fight to score. Masvidal's strikes are coming in cleaner and crisper. But Healy keeps moving forward, forcing clinches and looking for/gaining takedowns, albeit short-lived ones.
It's anyone's guess in this one, really.
Round three was definitely Masvidal's. Healy slammed him to the ground. That said, Masvidal turned things over on him on the canvas, where he controlled things for a good, long while. And previous to that, as had been the case all fight long, Masvidal was the crisper striker from a distance.
Jorge Masvidal defeats Pat Healy by unanimous decision.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Forget the Rest of the World- Steven Seagal Believes that Vladimir Putin's Actions in the Ukrainian Province of Crimea are "Very Reasonable"
Located just south of the Ukrainian mainland and west of the Russian region of Kuban, the Crimean Peninsula, also known as Crimea, is a land mass almost completely surrounded by water. Recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to annex the region has been condemned by both Europe and the United States. That said, one United States citizen appears to believe that Putin is in the right on this one.
Seagal, who considers Putin a personal friend and has a connection to him through the martial arts- Putin is a judo and Kyokushin kaikan karate black belt- has labelled the former KGB lieutenant colonel "one of the greatest world leaders" and declared his actions in the Russian-majority Ukrainian province "very reasonable," according to The Moscow Times.
Speaking to the state-run newspaper Rossiskaya Gazeta, in comments first noted by the same Moscow Times, Seagal also went a step farther, describing western policy on the Ukraine as "idiotic".
Needless to say, there are a lot of people who disagree strongly with Seagal on this one. What say you?
Nikita Krylov vs. Ovince Saint Preux. We're talking about two powerful strikers here at UFC 171. Wondering who took it all home?
Keep reading to find out.
Early on, Saint Preux grazed with a body kick and then took Krylov down. The former Tennessee football player took side control quickly. And from there, Saint Preux executed the Von Flue choke. And that was that.
Unusual ending to the fight. That's one powerful man.
Ovince Saint Preux defeats Nikita Krylov by Von Flue choke at 1:29 of round one.
Kelvin Gastelum, also known as the youngest TUF winner ever, vs. Rick Story. Talk about a tough fight between grapplers who like to push the pace. Wondering who came out on top?
Keep reading to find out.
Early on, Story came out aggressively, landing a body shot. Gastelum hit home with a solid jab. And basically, for half the round Gastelum landed solid jabs, while Story connected with hard body shots in aggressive fashion. That is, until Gastleum connected with a hard left hand and followed it up with a high kick that floored his adversary. Gastelum was able to take his adversary's back until such time as Story escaped. Nice punch by Gastelum again, following it up with a clinch and knee. Then came a combination from the former TUF winner.
Pretty even striking from there on in. That said, Gastelum took the stanza easily.
Round two saw Gastelum, rather surprisingly in my opinion, give Story a boxing lesson. That is, until such time as Story landed a huge left hand with 18 seconds to go that staggered his adversary. Then came a lot of trading, followed by a left hand that put Gastelum on the ground. Ground and pound followed until the bell.
Story won that round at the tail end. Any knockdown could signal a two point round, but since Gastelum was winning the whole time, it was likely only a one point stanza. Heck, Gastelum floored Story in the first after winning the majority of the round and that one looked to be only a one pointer to me as well.
Early in round three, Gastelum did well with jabs and then shirked a Story takedown. At around the halfway point of the round, Gastelum hurt Story and then took him down, taking his back. Story, however, turned the tables on his adversary quickly, taking the younger fighter's back. With 41 seconds left, Gastelum turned the tables on his adversary and got to his feet. There the two began to trade with Gastelum getting the better of things overall. Then came the bell.
Wow- great fight!
I'm honestly not sure who won that final stanza. I'd say it was one to one coming into it.
Kelvin Gastelum defeats Rick Story via split decision.