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


UFC 111 St-Pierre vs. Hardy

27 03 2010

Fight predictions with the best recommended betting lines, for UFC 111, have now been posted under the ‘Fight Predictions’ page. I’ll also be linking to my ESPN MMA Live Fantasy Picks page, for those that are playing along.

UFC on Versus 1 / Dream 13 round up

23 03 2010

What makes mixed martial arts so exciting is that anything really can, and usually does happen. With that in mind I went 1-2 in my first round of fight predictions for UFC’s first live event on Versus. Gonzaga failed to take down Dos Santos, and Cheick Kongo surprisingly stuck to a great game plan and gave Paul Buentello his walking papers from the UFC. Jon Jones passed with flying colours in his toughest test yet against veteran Brandon Vera with a first round TKO, and helped me save face by at least getting one of my predictions right – I did say they were unreliable! While not in the fight predictions page, I did comment on Dream 13, and just like I said, Josh Barnett beat ‘Mighty Mo’ by first round submission using a modified amrbar, (similar to a kimura) in homage to his ‘catch as catch can’ grappling base. The next event I’ll be offering fight predictions with betting lines, will be for UFC 111 on March 27th which will be headlined by Georges St-Pierre vs Dan Hardy. I’ll have the predictions in the next couple of days along with part 2 of my history of MMA, which will be covering the Gracies, and the birth of Vale Tudo.

Update: According to Brandon Vera’s Manager Matt Stansell, the devastating elbow Jon Jones landed which caused Vera to roll over and signal the end of the fight, fractured Vera’s right cheekbone in three different places. A fracture like this can be very dangerous, especially as it’s right by the eye socket, in which there’s a high chance that fragments of bone can penetrate the eye. A return date for Vera (if ever) is unknown. Meanwhile expect Jon Jones to face the loser of Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson vs Rashad Evans.

Full Weekend Results

UFC on Versus 1

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1 Jason Brilz Eric Schafer Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
2 Mike Pierce Julio Paulino Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
3 Brendan Schaub Chase Gormley TKO (Punches) 1 0:47
4 John Howard Daniel Roberts KO (Punch) 1 2:01
5 Darren Elkins Duane Ludwig TKO (Ankle Injury) 1 0:44
6 Vladimir Matyushenko Eliot Marshall Decision (Split) 3 5:00
7 Clay Guida Shannon Gugerty Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) 2 3:40
8 Alessio Sakara James Irvin TKO (Punch) 1 3:01
9 Cheick Kongo Paul Buentello Submission (Elbows to the Body) 3 1:16
10 Junior dos Santos Gabriel Gonzaga TKO (Punches) 1 3:53
11 Jon Jones Brandon Vera TKO (Elbows and Punches) 1 3:19

Dream 13

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1 Ikuhisa Minowa Jimmy Ambriz Submission (Toe Hold) 2 2:42
2 Katsunori Kikuno Kuniyoshi Hironaka KO (Punch) 1 1:26
3 Cole Escovedo Yoshiro Maeda KO (Head Kick) 1 2:29
4 Ryo Chonan Andrews Nakahara Decision (Unanimous) 2 5:00
5 Karl James Noons Andre Amado Decision (Unanimous) 2 5:00
6 Josh Barnett Siala Siliga Submission (Kimura) 1 4:41
7 Bibiano Fernandes Joachim Hansen Decision (Split) 2 5:00