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What’s with that call?

Referee, Mario Yamasaki, was the center for controversy this weekend when he ruled Erick Silva the loser by disqualification, due to illegal strikes to the back of Carlos Praters head.  The ruling came as a shock to most of us, including Joe Rogan who later interrogated the referee at the end of the match.

When questioned why did Joe Rogan feel the need to confront Yamasaki on the controversial call Joe responded with this according to www.opposingviews.com

I had to ask Mario about it. I didn’t know how he was going to respond, but I had to ask him.  Erick Silva is a very promising fighter and I felt like I had a responsibility to address the issue.  No disrespect intended.

It seems as if Joe Rogan was just trying to get to the answers that most everyone was questioning.  In a fight where the dominant competitor lands a single strike to the back of the head within a flurry of strikes, why wouldn’t that warrant a warning before a disqualification?

On the other hand it is much easier for the people not in the center of the octagon to make these calls with the benefit of hindsight.  It’s easy to say that fighter didn’t deserve that call or did deserve it whenever you are not responsible for the well being of the men in the cage.

Here’s to hoping we get a little better with the calls in MMA.

UFC 142 Results

Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes

Jose Aldo retains his belt after a spectacular finish.  A knee to challenger Chad Mendes’ face ends the night for the young fighter, as a first round KO is on the books with only one second remaining in the round.

Vitor Belfort vs Anthony Johnson

It appears that no matter what weight class Johnson is officially going to be classified he still can’t edge out a win over crowd favorite Vitor Belfort.  Belfort wins the fight via rear naked choke in the first round with only eleven seconds left.

Rousimar Palhares vs Mike Massenzio

A Palhares heal hook puts an end to Mike Massenzio early in the first round as Massenzio taps with only a minute and three seconds passing.

Erick Silva vs Carlos Prater

Carlos Prater is the winner of this match, due to a controversial call by UFC referee Mario Yamasaki.  The official decision comes early in the first round where Silva is disqualified due to strikes to the back of his opponents head.

Edson Barboza vs Terry Etim

Barboza wins this fight in spectacular fashion as a spinning wheel kick lands flush on Etim ending the fight in the third round by way of knockout.  This one will surely make the highlight reels.

Georges St Pierre on the Mend

It appears that the welterweight champ, Georges St Pierre (22-2), will be sidelined for the next 10 months following a new injury, obtained training for Nick Diaz (26-7), that caused serious knee problems.

Apparently the surgery went as well as could be expected but the injury is so severe that it will take that amount of time to fully rehabilitate the injury, according to Georges’ facebook page:

It’s been a month since my surgery and very happy with results- really amazing what the body is capable of. On deck for physio: manual therapy for patellar and scar tissue mobilization, ice, ultrasound, compression, quad sets, straight leg raises, isometric quad and hamstring exercises, increased ROM and stationary cycling…I’d love to hear any tips you might have that could help me!

Until Georges is fight ready, the world of MMA will soldier on and the belt will go up for an interim title holder.  Taking the champs place will Carlos Condit (27-5) against Nick Diaz.

We here at the MMA Beatdown wish Georges St. Pierre a speedy recovery, and we will be looking very forward to your return to the octagon.

UFC 142 weigh in

UFC 142 kicks off with the official weigh ins, readying for the card to begin tomorrow, live on pay per view, from Rio de Janeiro.

It appears that Anthony Johnson was not able to make weight at the official weigh in coming in at 196lbs. That’s eleven pounds over the division limit in which he was attempting to cut to. Which leaves us wondering, what will this result in for the young fighter?

UFC 142: Vitor Belfort vs Anthony Johnson

The co main event in UFC 142 appears as though it could become a real barn burner for fans of the sport.  The former light heavyweight belt holder Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort (20-9), will battle it out with new middleweight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson  (10-3).  Anthony Johnson has finally made the move up from welterweight after having struggled to make the cut in the past.

Fighting in Vitor’s home country can not be an advantage that Johnson is looking forward to but we have no concerns about him being prepared.

In this fight there are two excellent strikers that pack dynamite in their gloves. The question then becomes, if these two fighters nullify each others striking skills, who will hold the advantage on the mat. That is where much of the excitement of this fight could end up taking place.  In Vitor Belfort we have a black belt in BJJ and Anthony Johnson is a world class wrestler.  So will the fight end up in a knock out?  Will Vitor be able to submit the young wrestler?  Or will Anthony Johnson be able to posture up in Vitor’s guard and employ his ground and pound?  Leave your comments below and be sure to tune into UFC 142 this Saturday 1/14/2012.

UFC 142: Will Aldo Remain the Champ?

Jose Aldo will be fighting Chad Mendes for the UFC featherweight title on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at UFC 142.  Jose Aldo (20-1) seems to present a unique challenge to his division.  Having successfully defended his title twice in the UFC, against game competitors Kenny Florian and Mark Hominick, Jose Aldo may be difficult to find the next big challenge in his weight class. Aldo has already had his share of battles in the WEC with many of the top ranked fighters in the UFCs featherweight division.

Chad Mendes (11-0) brings, the always welcome, nostalgia that only an undefeated fighter can bring.  The number two ranked UFC featherweight, Chad Mendes, has lacked a little stopping power, compared to his opponent.  In Mendes’ eleven fights seven have gone to decision.  This may make some people feel partial to Aldo’s chances but the truth remains there is always a fighters chance.

Fight fans across the world will find out Saturday, January 14, 2012 who will hold the title in the UFCs newest division.

UFC 141 Results

Well the headliner here is the overwhelming defeat of Brock Lesner vs Alistair Overeem with a tko at two minutes and twenty six seconds of the first round.  Lesner was seemed over matched in the striking department and attempted a couple of unsuccessful take down attempts that Overeem seemed to shrug off.  Upon stalking Lesner Overeem caught a nice jab that opened up his eyebrow early in the round.  A few knees to the body followed by a body kick seemed to take the rest of the wind from Lesners sails and he did not recover before the referee put a stop to the bout due to strikes.

Later, Lesner stated that he would be retiring from the octagon at his post fight interview.  There has been nothing else released about Brock Lesnar retiring from the UFC, from the man himself, but it appears that the UFC and the fans alike are the biggest benifactors from being able to see the great shows that he has been a part of.

We here at The MMA Beatdown wish you and yours the best in your future endeavors Brock and thank you for the entertainment that you have provided.

With that said the MMA world marches on and the upcoming title shot of Alistair Overeem vs the champ Junior Dos Santos is a bout that fight fans all around the world will be looking forward to.  Will Overeem prove his streak unbeatable or will Junior show the big man how his punching power stacks up to the test?

Diaz to fight Penn at UFC 137

The UFC President tweeted today that Nick Diaz would be back on UFC 137 as the co main event of the show.  Nick Diaz who had originally been scheduled to fight Georges “Rush” St-Pierre, will now take on BJ Penn.  According to mmajunkie.com

The UFC president today tweeted that Diaz (25-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has been re-booked to meet Penn (16-7-2 MMA, 12-6-2 UFC) in the co-main event of UFC 137, which takes place on Oct. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Nick Diaz was removed from the main event very recently as he pulled two no shows for press conferences that were set up to help promote the fight.  Diaz posted a brief video in response to the news.  According to mmajunkie.com

“I was out in San Francisco, last-minute, trying to get on an airplane to go to a press conference for the UFC,” Diaz says in the video. “They wanted me to fight for the title against Georges St-Pierre. Now they’re telling me they’re going to give the fight to Carlos Condit, which I think is ridiculous. Georges thinks it’s a great idea because Carlos Condit poses an even greater threat. So I guess that just leaves me out.”

Even with Diaz coming from a 10 fight win streak in Strikeforce, and Penn having a disappointing tie vs Jon Fitch at UFC 127 it still looks like a great match for fight fans.  Diaz with his unorthodox boxing, high level jiu jitsu, vs BJ Penn with his disciplined boxing style and high level jiu jitsu.  No matter which way it goes it appears MMA fight fans are the real winners.

References

MMAjunkie.com Staff on Sep 07, 2011, Diaz apologizes for missing UFC 137 “beauty pageant,” proclaims he’s ready to fight, Retrieved online 09/08/2011 from http://mmajunkie.com/news/25135/diaz-apologizes-for-missing-ufc-137-beauty-pageant-proclaims-hes-ready-to-fight.mma

MMA top 10 Injuries

We here at the Beatdown always wish the best for all athletes well being, but we can’t seem to look away from the train wrecks.  Speaking of train wrecks, check out thefightnerd.com‘s top ten injury video:

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UFC Strikeforce merger:

After Zuffa announced the coming merger of Strikeforce into the UFC ranks, back in March, the company has released very little information.

It seems as though the UFC wants to make the deal happen without making too much noise.  The UFC has already established and, at the time of this article, canceled a match slated for one Strikeforce fighter, Nick Diaz vs GSP in UFC 137.

Unfortunately for Diaz he has been replaced by Carlos Condit, due to not being able to keep commitments.  According to USA Today:

In Carlos Condit, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has someone grateful for opportunities rather than resentful about obligations.

Condit broke out in tears Wednesday when UFC offered him an Oct. 29 title fight with welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, following the removal of Nick Diaz as challenger. Hours later, Condit remained a bit surprised by the turn of events that moved him from a fight with former beltholder BJ Penn to a turn with St. Pierre.

This comes after Nick Diaz failed to make his second press commitment to promote the Georges St Pierre vs Nick Diaz fight.

With Alister Overeem out for the next big Strikeforce Grand Prix, and Dan Henderson already having been a UFC fighter, the UFC looks to be taking quite a bit more talent into its ranks.

 

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References

Non, Sergio (2011) Condit’s quiet professionalism displaces sullen Diaz, retrieved 9/8/2011 online at  http://www.usatoday.com/sports/mma/post/2011-09-07/condits-quiet-professionalism-displaces-sullen-diaz/546289/1

Gerbasi, Thomas (2011) Alistair Overeem – “The Reem” Means Business, retrieved 9/8/2011 online at  http://www.strikeforce.com/news/2011/06/alistair-overeem-%E2%80%93-the-reem-means-business/

Dundas, Chad (2011), UFC’s absorption of Strikeforce well underway retrieved 9/8/2011 online at http://espn.go.com/blog/MMA/post/_/id/4018/ufcs-absorption-of-strikeforce-well-underway