Why You Should Be Watching World Series of Fighting 4

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is so spread out, that for a novice fan, it’s hard to see the smaller promotions responsible for developing talent in their shadows.  These promotions are also the same who carry the task of cutting paychecks to veterans who’ve been cut by the UFC on the down slope of their careers.  Pretty much giving them a home while the bug to fight slowly starts to dissipate.

World Series of Fighting is putting on their fourth installment August 10, 2013 at the Citizen’s Bank Arena in Ontario, California.  With WSOF 4, you’re served up a dish of Tyrone Spong (1-0) vs. Angel Deanda (11-2) as the Main Event.  Wait a sec…What?!! How does a guy with one MMA fight headline a card?

It’s simple!! Did you not see his last fight? At WSOF 1, Spong dispatched Travis Barlett in 3:15 of the 1st Round in his MMA debut.  Not to mention, he holds a stunning kickboxing record of 72-6-1-1 with 45 of those victories by way of knockout.  Knowing this, I think this makes Spong one of the most feared strikers in MMA by default.

Spong’s opponent, Angel Deanda, is a heavy handed fighter in his own right.  Out of the 11 victories that Deanda holds, 10 of them come via knockout.   So, he’s no stranger to slinging the leather.   One of the blemishes on Deanda’s record is a 1st Round knockout loss to UFC veteran James Irvin.  Either way, Spong vs. Deanda will not disappoint the MMA audience who so often thirst for teeth grinding finishes.

Ok, that’s the main event. So, why else should I watch this card?  You’re kidding, right?  Veterans Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante vs. Tyson Griffin, Gerald Harris back to action, a rising Marlon Moraes set to impress after a landmark debut, and Ray Sefo (2-1) vs. David Huckaba (20-5).

Wait!! What?  Yes the organizational President Ray Sefo is set to make his promotional debut inside his own organization.  How often to you see an organizational president compete in his own promotion? No, I mean legit promotion.  Not some garage born promotion who  you could find constantly hitting up National Guard Armories for venues.  Sefo much like Spong isn’t to be underestimated.  An extensive career in kickboxing with 56 victories and 38 of them by knockout should be something novice fans shouldn’t take lightly.

Huckaba, 16 knockouts in 20 wins, is 9-1 in his last 10 fights.  Knockout power Huckaba has, but don’t let that overshadow that he has 3 submissions to his credit including in his last bout over Carter Williams in another promotion.

Also, a highlight on this card will be Nick Newell. Newell suffers from congenital amputation.  Basically he was born with just barely half of his left arm.  Psht!! Like that stops him!! Newell is undefeated in his career at 9-0, with 6 submissions to his credit along with, get this……2 knockouts!!  No way!!  Yes, it’s true!!  Newell comes from a regional organization where he recently vacated their title.  He will make his debut for WSOF live on the main card.  Keep your eyes out for him!!

World Series of Fighting 4 Prelims can be viewed at http://wsof.com/ . WSOF 4 Main Card can be viewed immediately after on NBC Sports Network. Check your local cable or satellite provider for times.  DON’T FORGET…AUGUST 10!!

WSOF 4 CARD:

Main Card (NBC Sports Network)

Main Event: Tyrone Spong (1-0) vs. Angel Deanda (11-2)
Marlon Moraes (10-4-1) vs. Brandon Hempleman (9-1)
Ray Sefo (2-1) vs. Dave Huckaba (20-5)
Nick Newell (9-0) vs. Keon Caldwell (9-1)
Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante (17-7-1) vs. Tyson Griffin (16-6)

Preliminary Card (WSOF Website)

Gerald Harris (21-5) vs. Jorge Santiago (25-11)
Lewis Gonzales (8-0) vs. Antonio McKee (28-5-2)
Lew Polley (10-4) vs. Hans Stringer (21-5-2)
Joe Murphy (6-1) vs. John Robles (7-1)
Isaac Gutierrez (5-3) vs. Victor Valenzuela (12-6-2)

Roy Nelson vs. Daniel Cormier is ON!!!

The UFC just confirmed it! The heavyweight matchup we all wanted to see. Big Country will take on Daniel Cormier as the co-main event of UFC 166 in Houston. Roy Nelson has signed a new deal with the UFC. Nelson and Cormier will take their twitter battle to the Octagon.

UFC 166 will be a heavyweight extravaganza as the event will be headlined by fellow heavyweights Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos. That’s four top 10 heavyweights on one card!

October 19th is the date and the venue is the Toyota Center.

UFC 166 fight card:

Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos
Daniel Cormier vs. Roy Nelson
Nate Marquardt vs. Hector Lombard
Diego Sanchez vs. Gilbert Melendez
Tony Ferguson vs. Mike Rio

Shattered Dreams: A Battle For The G.O.A.T.

The following piece was written two days after Jon Jones dismantled Chael Sonnen. I was convinced there’d be a superfight and I was convinced it would be epic. Silva’s recent loss most likely buries this fight for good. Because of this, I vote to change Weidman’s nickname from “The All-American” to “The Dream Smasher”.

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The waters surrounding Jon Jones’s future turned cloudy after the champion suffered a gruesome toe injury at UFC 159. How long would the injury keep him out? Who might be his next opponent? Could the inactivity force a move up to Heavyweight? Regardless of 159’s aftermath, one question still reigns supreme: Will Jonny “Bones” Jones ever fight Anderson “The Spider” Silva? I used to be a skeptic, but now more than ever I am seeing the light…

“A Battle For The G.O.A.T.”

Anderson Silva…
Jonny Bones Jones…
This matchup of Titans
Is full of unknowns

Let’s first take a look
At the Spider’s sixth sense—
Could Jon’s injury
Nudge him over the fence?

The Spider might figure
His very best chance
For catching this threat
Is an atrophied stance

No matter how quickly
The toe of Bones of heals
It’s highly unlikely
He’ll roll on smooth wheels

And Silva is weakest
When flat off his back
So forcing a takedown
Is Jon’s best attack

But even if standing,
A win’s not secure—
The wingspan of Jones
Measures eight inches more

And Jon is a master
Of using his frame
While Jackson’s a master
Of planning his game

The speed goes to Silva,
The weight goes to Jones,
In boxing, speed kills
But in wrestling, weight owns

And both men are artists,
Their genius is pure,
Though Silva’s past fights
Leave me somewhat unsure

If Sonnen could take
Spider down at his will
Envision Bones throwing
Those elbows to kill

His knowledge keeps growing
With each passing day—
At some point in time
Silva’s prime will decay…

The Spider must strike
While the iron is hot,
Before any skills
Start to wither or rot

Two Pound-4-Pounds spirits
Will strengthen, not break
They both will transcend
Beyond all that’s at stake

There’s never a loser
When legends collide
The fans will respect
Fighters fighting for pride

I pray they lay ink
On what boxing can’t sign—
The Best vs. The Best
With the world on the line

And if White can somehow
Corral this ashore
I’ll bate every breath
For the epic in store

UFC Announces World Tour

Hi sports fans. The UFC has just issued a press release announcing what they’re calling a World Tour where 4 champions and 4 title challengers will traverse the globe in order to promote the UFC and the fight schedule coming up. The press release, for your reading enjoyment, is below:

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FOUR WORLD CHAMPIONS AND FOUR TITLE CHALLENGERS HIT 11 CITIES IN SIX DAYS

Las Vegas, Nevada – World championship headliners: UFC(r) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Alex Gustafsson, UFC(r) heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos, UFC(r) welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, UFC(r) women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate, will hit 11 cities in five countries while promoting the final four Championship Pay-Per-View events of a historic year punctuated by some of the biggest fights of all-time.

The World Tour Schedule

* July 29 – California Bay Area: Press tour with UFC(r) heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos.

* July 29 – Las Vegas, Nevada – Main Lobby, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 12 PM PT: Ultimate Media Day with UFC(r) welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks. Free and open to the public.

* July 30 – Los Angeles, California -Club Nokia at Nokia Live, 11 AM PT: UFC president Dana White hosts a press conference live with UFC(r) heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos, UFC(r) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson, UFC(r) welterweight champion George St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, UFC(r) women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. Free and open to the public; streamed live on UFC.com.

* July 31 – New York, New York -Beacon Theatre, 1 PM ET: UFC president Dana White hosts a press conference live with UFC(r) heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos, UFC(r) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson, UFC(r) welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, UFC(r) women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. Free and open to the public; streamed live on UFC.com.

* August 1 – Montreal, Canada – Complexe Desjardins, 12:30 PM ET: UFC Director of Canadian Operations Tom Wright hosts a press conference with UFC(r) welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks. Free and open to the public; streamed live on UFC.com.

* August 1 – Houston, Texas -Toyota Center, 1 PM CT: Open workouts and interviews with UFC(r) heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos. Free and open to the public.

* August 1 – Stockholm, Sweden: Press tour with UFC(r) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.

* August 2 – Dallas, Texas – Cowboys Stadium, 1 PM CT: Open workouts and interviews on the field UFC(r) welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks. Free and open to the public.

* August 2 – Chicago, Illinois: Press tour with UFC(r) women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate.

* August 2 – London, England: Press tour with UFC(r) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.

* August 2 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – HSBC Arena, 3 PM BRT: UFC(r) heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos to participate in joint Q & A session prior to weigh-ins for UFC 163. Free and open to the public.

About The Upcoming Championship Pay-Per-View Events

UFC(r) 165: JONES vs. GUSTAFSSON takes place Saturday, September 21 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, as reigning pound-for-pound king Jon Jones defends his light heavyweight title against a top-ranked challenger who can match him in speed, size and youth in Alexander Gustafsson. Both men have been calling for the showdown and, finally, the biggest 205lbs clash of the year is on. Tickets are available now at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.

UFC(r) 166: VELASQUEZ vs. DOS SANTOS 3 takes place Saturday, October 19, from Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The fate of the world heavyweight championship will be decided when perhaps the two baddest men on the planet – UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and rival former heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos – collide for the third and perhaps final time in their blistering series. Mexican-American Velasquez regained the championship from Brazil-born dos Santos last December, pounding out a five round decision which tied the series 1-1 after dos Santo’s crushing 64-second KO win in their first fight in 2011. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 2 at www.houstontoyotacenter.com or by calling (866) 4-HOU-TIX.

UFC(r) 167: ST-PIERRE vs. HENDRICKS takes place Saturday, November 16 at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, where the longest-reigning champion in the UFC, welterweight king Georges St-Pierre, returns to the Octagon(r) to face No.1 contender Johny Hendricks. “GSP” will be fighting in the United States for the first time in three-and-a-half years, taking on his most dangerous challenger to date in the sledge-hammer handed “Big Rigg”. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 2 at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.

UFC(r) 168: WEIDMAN vs. SILVA 2 closes out 2013 on December 28 at The MGM Grand Garden Arena with the most hotly anticipated rematch in UFC history with UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman’s defending his title against the dethroned king Anderson Silva. UFC 168 also features UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey who takes on bitter rival Miesha Tate in a rematch of one the biggest female fight of all time. Rousey ripped the championship from Tate in a breathtaking March 2012 war, however, nothing was settled in Tate’s eyes and now she gets her chance to avenge the most painful defeat of her career at UFC 168. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 27 at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.