Posts Tagged ‘UFC’

Don’t Bet On It

In MMA on August 25, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Wild upsets are part and parcel of the sport we love, but still don’t fully understand

Just a few short months ago, the MMA landscape seemed set in stone. Still proudly poised upon the mountaintop was the king of the sport, the robotic Russian Fedor Emelianenko, unbeaten in over a decade of professional fighting. Pushing hard for the crown was the most talented crop of UFC champions we had ever seen, and ever would see, in the eyes of many. Read the rest of this entry »


UFC 109 Round-Up

In MMA on February 10, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Relentless certainly lived up to its name, with 7 of the 11 bouts ending in hard-fought decisions. Here’s a run-down of all the fights:

Randy Couture def. Mark Coleman (Sub, Rd 2)

In the main event, Randy Couture blitzed a sluggish Mark Coleman to possibly send the ‘Godfather of ground and pound’ out of the UFC for the final time. Couture looked sharp as he jabbed a tattoo on Coleman’s stunned mug in the opening seconds, popping him seemingly at will. The Hammer Houser has never been known for his stand up, and Couture continued to dominate, pouring on some of his patented dirty boxing from inside the clinch.

As Coleman retreated to his corner between rounds, he had the look of a beaten man. His fears were well founded, as the ‘Natural’ opened up the 2nd stanza with a nice takedown. Looking like a fish out of water, Coleman quickly gave up his back and was finished in short order with an efficient rear naked choke.

President Dana White admitted afterwards that it was probably the last time we’d see the ‘Hammer’ in the octagon, and he may now return to Japan for some well-earned pay-days. Everyone’s favourite 45 year old, however, is back in the title shake-up at 205, according to White. With Lyoto Machida and Mauricio Rua not due to meet for another few months though, he may have one more hurdle to negotiate before he earns yet another shot at the light-heavyweight belt

Couture soundly outboxed the overmatched Coleman

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UFC 107 Preview

In MMA on December 10, 2009 at 9:54 pm

UFC 107

The UFC roadshow is in Tennessee this Saturday for what should have been the long awaited showdown between TUF 10 coaches Rashad Evans and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson. With Jackson otherwise engaged with his acting career however, the lightweights take centre stage.

UFC lightweight champ BJ 'The Prodigy' Penn


BJ Penn vs Diego Sanchez

The lightweight belt is on the line with BJ Penn taking on no.1 challenger Diego ‘Nightmare’ Sanchez. Penn is one of the pound for pound greats the sport of MMA has produced, but his insistence on ballooning up in weight and challenging giant welterweights like Georges St Pierre and Matt Hughes (not to mention 205 pounder Lyoto Machida) has left many onlookers frustrated with his apparent disdain for his rightful division.

His brutal loss to St Pierre at UFC 94 may have left Penn suitably chastened though, and hopefully he can now focus his efforts on dominating his fellow 155ers and building the legacy his skills demand. When he is focussed and motivated, he is easily the most talented lightweight fighter on the UFC roster, and probably the world. Read the rest of this entry »