UFC Fight Night 21
Gomi’s UFC debut played out how most people believed it would thanks to ‘Ken Flo’ sticking to a tight game plan of constantly using a stiff jab, and changing levels, but not getting into any exchanges keeping the ‘Fireball Kid’ at a distance. In the third round Kenny got into a punching exchange with Gomi, and Gomi landed beautifully. Florian took notice, took Gomi down and submitted him with ease with a rear naked choke. Gomi is an extremely exciting fighter, he’s a counter puncher, who excels when people stand in front and trade with him. Florian took Gomi’s game away by sticking to his jab, and not allowing Gomi to get inside his reach. Next for Florian will be Gray Maynard, next for Gomi, will be a fight on the prelims. I’ve been saying for so long now that Roy Nelson is a legit contender in the Heavyweight Division. His best weapon is his Jiu Jitsu, which we’ve yet to really see. Trained under UFC legend ken Shamrock, and a Black Belt under Renzo Gracie, Nelson was the first and only IFL Heavyweight Champion, defending his title twice, and he even beat Frank Mir back at Grapplers’ Quest in 2003 by points, (he was quite a bit slimmer then as well.) Nelson uses his size well, and gets all of his weight behind his punches, and he completely destroyed Stefan Struve. Nelson is calling for quality opponents stating that, he’s 33 now, and doesn’t want to be like Randy Couture and be fighting into his 40’s.
- Dana White has now stated that team mates will fight each other should the match up be necessary. AKA fighters have insisted that they wont fight each other, unless perhaps it’s for a title. AKA have 3 of the top Welterweight’s in the world, with Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck, and Mike Swick.
- Fitch vs. Alves 2 has now been re-booked for UFC 115 in June, following Alves’ successful brain surgery. Should Fitch beat Alves, and Koscheck beat Daley, then we could see the two AKA Welterweights fight for the number 1 contenders spot for GSP
- Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia, is set to fight 5-time world’s strongest man Marius Pudzianowski, in May for the ‘Moosin: God of Martials Arts’ PPV event. Sylvia is looking to rebound from his last 2 losses against Fedor Emelianenko, and Boxer turned MMA Pro Ray Mercer. Pudzianowski, whos been training Kyokushin Karate most of his adult life, made his successful MMA debut last December.
Ultimate Fighter 11 Episode 1 Round up
Not much to say about the first episode really. The UFC unveiled a new and improved training facility, perhaps to coincide with all the new UFC Gyms opening up around America. Tito and Chuck were relatively civil with each other, but expect that to change. 14 fighters have made it through to the house, the line-up includes:
Notables include Kyle Noke, who was the late Steve ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Iwrin’s bodyguard. Jamie Yager looked impressive with his head kicks, although he must make sure he has impressive conditioning otherwise throwing kicks like that over and over in the first round will leave him drained should a fighter avoid the kicks. Couldn’t believe Norman Paraisy’s lack of heart. The fighter quit on his stool at the end of the first round, he wasn’t hurt, just extremely overwhelmed, and lacked confidence to go back out and fight. Not really the spirit of a fighter, maybe he should look towards a new career.
Not sure when, but during this season, Tito Ortiz falls ill, thinking he has swine flu, and has to leave, and is replaced by Rich Franklin. Turns out Ortiz just has man flu, and will still face Chuck Liddell at UFC 115 in June.