UFC 111 Round up

29 03 2010

After a night filled with blog worthy stories, its hard to determine who came out of UFC 111 the most victorious. Even in defeat Dan Hardy may well have won over a lot of casual fans. UFC granted Hardy a title shot against the pound for pound king Georges St-Pierre, not because he was the number 1 contender, but because he would draw great interest from the British media and potentially increase the viewership in the U.K. Hardy was never expected to beat GSP, instead, he would be a ‘can’ that would draw great ratings, and showcase the talents of GSP, thus raising the  French Canadian’s stock. The UFC Hype machine even had me half believing that Hardy might actually be a viable contender to GSP after episode 3 of primetime. While Hardy was completely dominated, he showed great heart by not tapping to St-Pierres Armbar and Kimura attempts, and while that may be enough to win over casual fans, hardcore fans will be pissed that Hardy came into his match with GSP ill-prepared, with no wrestling or takedown defence against the best wrestler in the UFC. Shane Carwin proved he is for real by disposing of Frank Mir in the first round. Carwins now 12-0 in his MMA career, with 12 first round KO’s. With his knockout over Mir, Carwin was awarded his ‘make believe’ (interim) Heavyweight Title and a shot at Brock Lesnar expected to take place this July to unify the Heavyweight Titles. Lesnar says he’s back to full health, and he looked HUGE, stood next to Joe Rogan and Shane Carwin.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1 Matt Riddle Greg Soto DQ (Illegal Upkick) 3 1:30
2 Jared Hamman Rodney Wallace Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
3 Rousimar Palhares Tomasz Drwal Submission (Heel Hook) 1 0:45
4 Ricardo Almeida Matt Brown Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 2 3:30
5 Nate Diaz Rory Markham TKO (Punches) 1 2:47
6 Jim Miller Mark Bocek Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
7 Jon Fitch Ben Saunders Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
8 Kurt Pellegrino Fabricio Camoes Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 2 4:20
9 Shane Carwin Frank Mir KO (Punches) 1 3:48
10 Georges St. Pierre Dan Hardy Decision (Unanimous) 5 5:00

MMA Oracle’s Fight Awards

Fight of the night: Kurt Pellegrino vs. Fabricio Camoes

K.O of the night: Shane Carwin

Submission of the night: Rousimar Palhares

Biggest stock rise: Kurt Pellegrino

Can of the night: Dan Hardy

I can’t believe you neck isn’t broken award: Fabricio Camoes


Strikeforce bend over for Fedor and M-1

6 03 2010

Rumours have been rife of recent weeks when it was announced Fedor Emelianenko would not be comepeting at Strikeforce ‘Nashville live on CBS’ on April 17th. With the depature of Gegard Mousasi, from M-1 Globals ranks, and Dana White’s recent comments saying he will sign Fedor, many believed ‘The Last Emperor’s’ tenue with Strikeforce was done and he could be heading Brock Lesnars way. As it turns out, M-1 Global (Fedor’s managment company, who he has a part ownership stake in) were not happy at the way their company was presented to fans and media during their first co-promoted event with Strikeforce last November. Agreements have now been reached by both Strikeforce and M-1 Global to ensure better brand recognition for M-1 during their next co-promoted event which could take place as early as June. Fedor is still scheduled to fight Fabricio Werdum for what should be a No.1 Contender’s shot at Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Champion Alistair Ubereem, sorry I mean Overeem. That of course lead’s to more demands from M-1. Should Fedor be successful against Werdum, and Overeem have no troubles with Brett Rogers, Then the two will be on course to meet for the yet to be defended Heavyweight Title. Overeem has been absent from U.S soil since winning the Strikeforce Heavyweight Title in 2007 against Paul Buentello. Since that time he has also put on around 50 pounds of muscle, and has been competing for Dream and K-1 in Japan (where there is no athletic commision or drug testing.) M-1 are now demanding that should a fight between Fedor and Ubereem take place, stringent drug testing must be enforced prior to the event to ensure no steroid cycling.

While it’s debatable if the Dutch powerhouse has been on a large diet of steroids the past few years, he certainly has put on a huge amount of muscle, and has looked increasingly impressive in his recent Dream and K-1 fights. While it is without question Fedor Emelianenko is the No.1 Heavyweight in the world, in order to keep that status he needs to keep fighting top level competition, a goal it seems M-1 does not want him to do. Fedor is their most valuble commidity and a loss on his record could seriously damage his image and marketability. He has two fights left on his contract with Strikeforce, predictably against Werdum and Overeem. Overeem presents Fedor’s most dangerous fight in years, and M-1 Global are clearly nervous of ‘The Dutch ‘Demolition Man’, and it’s unlikely the two will ever meet. Fedor could do well and follow Gegard Mousasi’s footsteps and leave M-1 behind, opening up the door to the UFC, the top heavweights in the world, and the perfect place to finish off his legacy!

Note: While Gegard Mousasi and M-1 parted ways due to Mousasi not being offered a contract similar to Fedor’s, he has recently been training with Georges St-Pierre, and once his fight contract expires with Strikeforce, the door to UFC will most definatly be open to him.