Dylan Andrews vs. Clint Hester at UFN 33. Wondering how it all went down?
Get ready, get set, go!
Nice low kick by Hester early on. Soon after, he connected with a big time right hand. Hester is doing a good job of sticking hard and then moving. But after a quick body lock, Hester's weakness was on full display, as Andrews took him right down. From there, Andrews continued to treat the fight like a grappling event, attempting to move to a better position unsuccessfully. Eventually, Hester turned him over and escaped a guillotine attempt along the way. Andrews then got back to his feet. The two struggled in the clinch for a period of time, until Hester once again found himself on his back, this time with Andrews in side mount. That's when the bell rang.
Andrews probably won that round based on grappling and control. Hester landed the only really strong punch, however.
The two traded pretty evenly early in round two. But then Hester literally ran forward and tackled his opponent to the canvas. Then, unlike when Andrews was on top, Hester began to hit home with some hard punches and elbows, which opened up a cut over his opponent's left eye. Andrews got up with about 1:15 to go but ate some really hard punches for his efforts. The rest of the round saw some pretty even striking.
No doubt stanza two went to Hester. I think we're all tied here. Andrews looks tired.
Afterwards, we found out that it wasn't necessarily fatigue- Andrews had dislocated his shoulder. And that was that.
Clint Hester defeats Dylan Andrews by TKO after round two.
It's what many martial artists train for their entire lives- a chance encounter with bad guys trying to do them harm. Well, Taekwondo black belt Jack Cunningham had trained for such an encounter for 18 years. And due to this, three robbers that recently targeted his home got all they bargained for from the self-confessed 'geek'.
"I noticed our front door was open and looked outside to see three lads standing outside," he said.
"They asked for 'Marcus', but I told them no-one called Marcus lived here and they must have the wrong house.
"I was closing the door when one of them grabbed me from behind and pulled me to the floor.
"I must have looked like an easy target, I wear glasses and maybe they thought I was a bit of a geek but I soon proved them wrong.
"I've done taekwondo since I was four, so they really picked the wrong house and the wrong bloke to mess with.
"It all happened so quickly. I've done the training for so long that it just comes naturally and it helped me get an advantage.
"I had a bit of a scrap with them, then one of them pulled a weapon out, but luckily my dad ran in armed with a mop.
"Then after a bit of a fight they ran away.
"I think they came off worse, although because they had weapons it could have been a lot more serious. They didn't manage to take anything.
"We have no idea why they came to us. I've never had any trouble with anyone in my life."
Cunningham ended up leaving the scuffle with a black eye. His father, Jack, 48, was also injured.
Cunningham says that the would-be-burglars left empty handed and came off worse in the situation. Police have arrested a 26-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent in connection with the burglary. It's always good to hear a story where the good guys came out okay.
Roots of Fight Notes 50th Anniversary of Judo Gene LeBell's Victory Over Boxer Milo Savage in MMA Contest
Many believe that the first MMA fight took place on November 12, 1993 at UFC 1. They couldn't be more wrong. Along with this, judo expert 'Judo' Gene LeBell fought boxer Milo Savage in one of the first mixed style bouts in modern times on December 2, 1963 in Salt Lake City, Utah. And being that today is December 2, 2013, Roots of Fight has chosen to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the fight with the release of a short film [and accompanying t-shirt for fight fans] on what many consider to be the first televised, sanctioned, Mixed Martial Arts contest in the history of America.
Responding to a challenge by boxer Jim Beck in Rogue magazine, where he called judo "a complete fraud" and offered $1,000 to any judoka that could defeat a boxer, LeBell agreed to take on Milo Savage in the very first 'Judo vs. Boxing' competition.
"That's the guy that stepped in and did MMA before there was ever MMA," MMA referee "Big" John McCarthy said in the video. And by the way, Savage, who was smaller than LeBell, was a legitimate top 10 caliber fighter at the time.
According to LeBell in some cases, as well as others in the film, he was not allowed to kick his opponent (who was all about punches). Further, his adversary wore a greased up karate gi (not as strong as a judo one). That said, in round four of the five-round fight, the judo expert used a traditional harai goshi throw to get Savage to the ground. He then took the boxer's back and choked him out (literally) in front of a highly partisan boxing crowd.
"People started throwing chairs and pillows," said LeBell. "And in Salt Lake City, that's the way of saying 'Oh, you put on a great show. We love you.'"
In the end, LeBell was a better martial artist than most even realize. "Judo Gene is overlooked, the guy can do it all," said BJ Penn in the documentary. Yep, it appears that "The Prodigy" is right."
For more information on Roots of Fight, visit www.rootsoffight.com.
Russian Sambo was formulated in Russia in 1938 by many accounts. This highly effective martial style was in essence the brain child of the combined efforts of Vasili Oshchepkov, the Karate and Judo trainer for Russia's elite Red Army, and Victor Spiridonov, a man with extensive training in Greco-Roman and other forms of wrestling, who had been working on perfecting hand to hand fighting techniques. Later, Anatoly Kharlampiev's book, Sambo Wrestling, became the first guide for the sport. So here we are in 2013. Yep, the 75th anniversary of Russian Sambo.
Last week, St. Petersburg hosted the World Sambo Championships (November 22-24), which served as the apex of this celebration. The first world championship of Sambo was held in 1973 in Tehran. This year's event set records for participating countries (75) and athletes (600).
Sambo has proven itself over the years, first on the street by many accounts, and then in mixed martial arts competition. Oleg Tatarov, an expert in the discipline, won the UFC 6 tournament championship. And Fedor Emelianenko, by many accounts, is the greatest heavyweight MMA fighter of all time.
So Happy Anniversary to Sambo! May the discipline keep trucking along as it has for many years now.
According to the Deccan Chronicle, a source that brings us news from India and around the world, 10 year old Abhishek Lal, a boy whose father is a karate trainer, has achieved black belt status in the art. Hailing from Cheliya village near Koyilandy, he is one of the youngest in the state to have earned such a distinction.
Abhishek's first trainer was his father. He was then reportedly sent to Renshi Dileep Kumar at Kaju Kado Karate Martial Arts Academy to train.
"Abhishek, right from the tender age of two, has seen me training my students. When I realized his taste in karate, I took to training him in all seriousness", said Lalu C.M., Abhishek's father.
"My son took up everything in all seriousness without even missing a day's practice. Now he has become my ally and will train my students in my absence."
It's always very interesting when a student this young achieves black belt status. Some have argued that children should not be offered such a distinction, primarily because they are still too small to defend against a full grown adult due to obvious size and strength differences. I have a different take on this, however. Traditional martial arts styles like karate oftentimes teach forms, formulated ways to defend against attacks (in other words, you know what's coming), free sparring, and weapons. Though it is the rare youngster who is capable of performing on the level of a black belt in these areas, I have seen it. In such rare circumstances, I don't see why one wouldn't offer them a black belt (strength and size shouldn't play in).
But that's just my thoughts. Congratulations to Abhishek.
Heavyweight UFC fighter Shane del Rosario had fallen on some hard MMA times since entering the UFC, dropping the only two fights of his career consecutively in the organization. On top of it all, he was slated to take on Guto Inocente at UFC 168 on December 28th, before having to pull out of the fight due to a rib injury. Sounds tough, but it's nothing compared to the catastrophic cardiovascular collapse the 30 year old former WBC Muay Thai World Heavyweight Champion suffered on Tuesday morning. He was reportedly brought to the hospital in full cardiac arrest and was resuscitated in the emergency room, eventually returning to stable heart rhythm and blood pressure. As of last report, he remains in critical condition in the coronary care unit at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, in Newport Beach, California.
"Shane del Rosario had a catastrophic cardiovascular collapse at home on Tuesday morning," said del Rosario's manager Jason House. "He was brought to the hospital in full cardiac arrest. He was resuscitated in the emergency room back to a stable heart rhythm and blood pressure. He is currently in the coronary care unit critically ill. Our prayers are with him and his family."
Colin Oyama, his trainer, texted from the hospital, but his words weren't totally reassuring.
"We have a chance," wrote Oyama, adding "albeit a small one."
When things like this happen, it reminds us that the sport many of us love is just that- a sport. Here's hoping that del Rosario makes a full recovery. He's a good fighter and guy, by all accounts.
Reference: Mixed Martial Arts
The Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks Sporting Decision Was Not Crazy - Remember, it's round by round scoring
I believed when the final bell tolled on the main event between UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks that it was anyone's guess who won. Don't get me wrong, I heard Joe Rogan talking as if Hendricks had clearly won. But by my own round by round scoring, rounds three and five had gone to St. Pierre; rounds two and four had gone to Hendricks. And round one? I wasn't sure.
When St. Pierre was announced as the split decision winner, there were a lot of people who voiced a problem with the decision. But I watched that round again. Bottom line? Round one was close. St. Pierre still won rounds three and five. Hendricks still won rounds two and four. Could I have seen the judges giving Hendricks round one? Yep. Could I see them giving it to the champ? Absolutely.
So why are most people upset? Well, first because St. Pierre looked way worse than his adversary after the fight. That said, some people cut easy. So blood, bruising, swelling- that shouldn't have much to do with it all. The other reason why people are upset with the decision is more valid. Simply put, Hendricks beat the champ up pretty badly in rounds two and four. Was it enough to net a 10-8 round in either case? Not in my book. But the challenger beat St. Pierre in the rounds he won a good deal more significantly than the champ did during the rounds he took home. And that's where the problem lies.
It's not that the judges made a bad call with what they were supposed to do. They are supposed to judge these fights round by round, and I firmly believe that giving St. Pierre round one, three, or five was truly a reasonable decision. The problem is with the scoring system.
Hendricks won the fight. Either competitor could have won the sporting event. If you want the winner of the fight to win the sporting event, you have to make the rules fit what you want.
Bring former PRIDE rules scoring back, which was based on the fight and not rounds. I always thought that was the best way to score these fights. If you had that kind of scoring, fighters would fight differently too- more to the fans' liking. If not, this is what we're left with- plain and simple.
Evan Dunham vs. Donald Cerrone at UFC 167. Coming in, did it sound worth writing about? Sure did. Here's what happened when the reality went down.
Cerrone shirked an early takedown. Dunham landed a couple of punches along the way, and then ate a knee. At around the 4:20 mark, Cerrone hurt Dunham bad with a knee. Punches came in a flurry, sending Dunham to the canvas. Knees to the body, elbows, and more landed. Eventually, however, Dunham turned his adversary over. But the position was short lived, as Cerrone used an omoplata to take the top position again. The two got to their feet-Dunham a little bit bloodied up- and ended up in the clinch, where Cerrone connected with another hard knee. The bottom line is that in each and every exchange on their feet, it seemed as if Cerrone won out.
Cerrone takes round one.
Round two saw Cerrone continue to dominate the stand up with low kicks and more. And eventually, believe it or not, the former WEC fighter took Dunham down and gained side control. Though his opponent managed to turn him over, that led to a strong triangle by "Cowboy". Moments later, Dunham was done.
Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone defeats Evan Dunham by triangle choke at 3:49 of round two.
Early on, Story threw a left hand and then shirked an Ebersole takedown. Story continued to throw some hard punches, every now and then connecting. Ebersole landed a flying knee and shots in spots, but Story is just hitting way harder. The two continued to throw punches at one another- lots of exchanges, with Story hitting to both the body and head and winning most of them. Along with this, he landed a big time left hand as the round began to wind down. Ebersole showed a lot of toughness in round one, but the younger fighter simply hit harder and more often.
Story takes the initial stanza.
Story achieved a takedown early in round two, but his opponent got up soon after. Story continued to press forward, landing a strong left hand. Later, he connected with a huge right to the body. At the tail end of the stanza, both competitors threw down big time, with Ebersole connecting with a shot that very briefly put Story on his knee after he ate a hard right hand. The bottom line is that Ebersole was game, but Story was just too strong throughout the round to lose it.
Ebersole needs a stoppage in round three to leave victorious.
Huge trip takedown by Story to start round three. Then came some hard- I mean hard- ground and pound from him before Ebersole was able to get back up (moments later). At the 1:36 mark, Story connected with a low kick so powerful he nearly bucked his adversary to the canvas. Two successive ones later in the round did leave Ebersole on the canvas. And that's where they ended this fight- on the ground.
Beyond what was already noted, different round, same story. Rick Story was simply way too powerful.
Rick Story defeats Brian Ebersole by unanimous decision.
Mike Tyson to Johny Hendricks - "It's not the first shot that always kill them, it's the second shot"
Georges St. Pierre is the UFC Welterweight Champion for a reason. The guy has some of the most well-rounded skills in the division, is an outstanding wrestler, works as hard as anyone, and is explosively athletic. He is also an excellent striker, but many believe that when Johny Hendricks challenges for his title tomorrow at UFC 167, it's his striking that could net him a win. And wouldn't you know it, in an interview with Fight Hub TV, Hendricks recently expounded upon some advice that former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson gave him to defeat St. Pierre.
"No, I want to hit him with my right. My right hits just as hard as my left. I've been hitting people with it and I'm getting a little bit stronger with it. Also going with Tyson, he told me a couple of things that he used to do, Mike Tyson. I got to go like an hour session with him, for the show. Whenever, I did that, he told me a couple of things that really helped me out and really made me a better boxer. More or less, I'll tell you the gist of it. He said that you can always hit the guy with the kitchen sink and he may not go down, but it's not the first shot that always kill them, it's the second shot, okay, the second shot. That's what I'm looking for. He's (St. Pierre) been rocked in his last three fights. I think now he wants to hold and maintain."
The bottom line? That's some good advice. It often is the second punch that gets people, not the first. That said, connecting with that second punch on the Canadian champion will be easier said than done. Can't wait for this one to go down.