UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis; Dizz Picks and Results

Saturday; August 31, 2013
Where: Bradley Center; Milwaukee, WI
Broadcast: Pay-Per-View, Fox Sports 1; Facebook

Attendance 9,178
Live Gate: $907,016

Main Card (PPV – 10pm EST)

Champ Benson Henderson vs. #2 Anthony Pettis (UFC Lightweight Title)
Dizz picks: Pettis via (T)KO 
Results: Anthony Pettis def. Ben Henderson via submission (armbar) 1st Round; 4:31
*Submission of the Night* – $50,000

#6 Frank Mir vs. #10 Josh Barnett
Dizz picks: Mir via decision 
Results:  Josh Barnett def. Frank Mir via TKO (knee) 1st Round; 1:56

#1 Chad Mendes vs. #9 Clay Guida
Dizz picks: Mendes via decision 
Results: Chad Mendes def. Clay Guida via TKO (strikes) 3rd Round; 0:30
*Knockout of the Night* – $50,000

Brandon Vera vs. Ben Rothwell
Dizz picks: Vera via (T)KO
Results: Ben Rothwell def. Brandon Vera via TKO (strikes) 3rd Round; 1:54

#7 Dustin Poirier vs. #10 Erik Koch
Dizz picks: Koch via decision 
Results: Dustin Poirier def. Erik Koch via unanimous decision (29-27 x 2, 29-28)

Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1 – 8pm EST)

Gleison Tibau vs. Jamie Varner
Dizz picks: Tibau via decision 
Results: Gleison Tibau def. Jamie Varner via split decision (29-28 x 2, 27-29)

Tim Elliott vs. Louis Gaudinot
Dizz picks: Guadinot via decision 
Results: Tim Elliot def Louis Gaudinot via unanimous decision (30-26 x 2, 30-27)

Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Pascal Krauss
Dizz picks: Krauss via submission 
Results: Hyun Gyu Lim def. Pascal Krauss via TKO (knee/punches) 2nd Round; 3:58
*Fight of the Night* – $50,000 each

Chico Camus vs. Kyung Ho Kang
Dizz picks: Camus via decision 
Results:  Chico Camus def Kyung Ho Kang via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x 2)

Preliminary Card (Facebook – 6:30pm EST)

Nikita Krylov vs. Soa Palelei
Dizz picks: Palelei via (T)KO 
Results: Soa Palelei def. Nikita Krylov via TKO (strikes) 3rd Round; 1:34

Ryan Couture vs. Al Iaquinta
Dizz picks: Couture via decision 
Results: Al Iaquinta def. Ryan Couture via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3) 

Magnus Cedenblad vs. Jared Hamman
Dizz picks: Hamman via (T)KO
Results: Magnus Cedenblad def Jared Hamman via submission (guillotine) 1st Round; 0:57

Video: ‘Countdown to UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis 2’ full episode

 

After all the immediate rematches, injuries, scratched title fights, dropping weight classes and talks of super fights, the stars will finally align two and a half years later at UFC 164 as the long awaited second meeting between Lightweight champion Benson Henderson and the last man to beat him Anthony “Showtime” Pettis square off in a 5 round title fight .  Also on the card is a clash of former UFC heavyweight champions as Frank Mir welcomes “The Warmaster” Josh Barrnett back to the octagon in the nights co main event.

If you didn’t get an opportunity to watch the UFC countdown special here’s your chance. Tell your friends to scope it out before any of the action goes down this Saturday night from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin live and only on PPV!

 

 

FULL FIGHT CARD

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

Benson Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis – for UFC lightweight title

Josh Barnett vs. Frank Mir

Clay Guida vs. Chad Mendes

Ben Rothwell vs. Brandon Vera

Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier

 

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)

Gleison Tibau vs. Jamie Varner

Tim Elliott vs. Louis Gaudinot

Pascal Krauss vs. Hyun Gyu

Lim Chico Camus vs. Kyung Ho Kang

 

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6:30 p.m. ET)

Nikita Krylov vs. Soa Palelei

Ryan Couture vs. Al Iaquinta

Magnus Cedenblad vs. Jared Hamman

What Does One Fight Really Mean?

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What does one fight really mean in Mixed Martial Arts?

Though we are about to explore what many might call MMA blasphemy, don’t light the torches quite yet. And put down the pitchforks. In a world of rematches, trilogy fights, and ten second knockouts, how much does one fight really tell us about two fighters? Other sports such as wrestling have multiple sessions within each match to determine a winner, and of course team sports play seven game series’ to determine a winner. So does one fight really tell us who the better competitor is?

One of the more common phrases in MMA is that ‘anything can happen.’ This phrase is both overused, but also the best part of MMA. Despite overwhelming odds, and experts unanimously picking Fighter A to beat Fighter B, we still tune in because we all hold onto that hope that something no one saw coming will happen. Matt Serra beating Georges St. Pierre, Anderson Silva going to down at the hands of Chris Wiedman, and FedorEmelianenko being submitted by FabricioWerdum are some of the best moments in MMA history precisely because not many of us saw them coming.

This question seems of particular importance when you consider current events in MMA. Bellator has recently decided to jump into PPV, with a main event pitting Tito Ortiz versus Rampage Jackson. Bellattor has also added two rematches to the PPV; ‘King’ Mo Lawal versus Emmanuel Newton, and Eddie Alvarez versus Michael Chandler. Each of these rematches will illustrate one side of the argument for us.

When Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler first fought each other nearly two years ago it was a wild back and forth affair with both men having more than a few moments to shine. Many pundits would award this bout “Fight of the Year” honors in 2011, and Chandler would eventually submit Alvarez late in the fourth round. Now due to the back and forth nature of this bout, and with both men appearing close to victory several times only for the other to rally, you could argue that the ultimate winner, Chandler, was and is the better fighter.

We are not debating whether or not Alvarez deserves a rematch, simply who is the better fighter. If a match looks even for more than one round, and ultimately one fighter is able to gain the upper hand, I would posit that this is an indication of the overall superiority of the winning athlete. There is enough evidence in the cage to argue one way or another who is the better fighter in a back and forth fight such as this because each man is taking the best that the other man is dishing out and still moving forward.
On the other side of this argument, let us take a look at Mo Lawal’s bout with Emmanuel Newton in February of this year. Going into the bout, Lawal was heavily favored over the less heralded Newton. Halfway through the first round, Newton threw a spinning back fist under pressure that landed perfectly and sent Lawal to the canvas. It appeared as if Newton threw the punch without being able to see where it would land, and therefore the definition of a “lucky punch.” So in this case, and in others like it, if the fighter does not even know where the punch will land, how can we possibly call it skill? If we can’t call it skill, how are we comfortable saying Newton is a better fighter than the more accomplished and pedigreed King Mo?

Taking a non Bellator example, consider the two fights that have been fought between UFC Heavyweights Junior Dos Santos and current Champion Cain Velasquez. Their first meeting was a very quick one punch knockout victory for Junior Dos Santos. There was little to go on except the one punch. Fast forward to the rematch, a five round unanimous decision victory for Cain Velasquez in which Dos Santos essentially became a walking punching bag for all five rounds, and it would appear that we have all the evidence we have in regards to who is the better fighter. After Dos Santos’ victory there were certainly plenty among us who still questioned who was the better. After Cain’s victory, there should be no such doubt.

Ultimately, it is not necessarily the number of wins fighters have against each other, but the manner in which those wins were achieved. What tells you more, a ten second one punch knockout, or a five round beating in which the opponent is unable to mount anything resembling offense? One fight can tell us quite a bit about who is the better fighter, but it can also leave us with plenty of questions. These questions are what make MMA the best sport on the planet. Even a win does not tell us what we want to know, and we are always looking for the answer.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 27 CONDIT VS KAMPMANN 2 PREVIEW

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Looking to follow up the successful debut of Fox Sports 1 with UFC Fight Night 26, Dana White and company hope to keep that momentum going as the organization presents UFC Fight Night 27 from the Bankers Life Field House in Indianapolis. Scheduled to headline the event is a rematch from four years ago as “The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit looks to avenge a split decision loss in his UFC debut to “TheHitman” Martin Kampmann at UFN 18. Despite coming into this fight with matching back to back loses, both men still find themselves ranked in the Top 10 welterweight rankings (#3 Condit; #6 Kapmann).

With Matt Brown’s stock on the rise, the reemergence of Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald looking more impressive every time he steps inside the octagon, the UFC’s welterweight division has never been as littered with possible #1 contenders as it does present day.  So look for Condit and Kampmann to make a statement and come ready for what is sure to be an exciting fight on Wednesday night as both fighters need a much needed victory if they hope to stay on top of the heap.

In other action the night’s co main event has all the elements of what could be a coming out party for Rafael dos Anjos as he looks to make it five in a row with his last two victories coming via unanimous over Evan Dunham and Mark Bocek in the UFC’s lightweight division. Standing in the way up the ladder is never an easy task when the gatekeeper of the lightweight division Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (currently ranked #10) is standing on the opposite end of the octagon. Definitely another fight that can drastically alter the top 10 ranking as well as the current 155lbs. title picture with a decisive victory by either fighter.
Also on the card is Ultimate Fighter season 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum returns to the octagon for the first time since claiming the six figure UFC contract, makes the drop to 170lbs. in his welterweight debut as well as the heavily hyped Mexican born Erik “Goyito” Perez get his toughest test to date as he squares off again the always dangerous WEC veteran Takeya Mizugaki.

Date: August 28, 2013
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Broadcast: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, Facebook

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)

Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann

Donald Cerrone vs. Rafael dos Anjos

Kelvin Gastelum vs. Brian Melancon

Court McGee vs. Robert Whittaker

Takeya Mizugaki vs. Erik Perez

Robert McDaniel vs. Brad Tavares

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 2, 6 p.m. ET)

Papy Abedi vs. Dylan Andrews

Justin Edwards vs. Brandon Thatch

Darren Elkins vs. Hatsu Hioki

James Head vs. Jason High

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 5 p.m. ET)

Ben Alloway vs. Zak Cummings

Roger Bowling vs. Abel Trujillo

Make sure not to miss out on any of the action fight fans and check with your cable provider for  start times and information on FOX Sports 1.

UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos The Trilogy

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After October 19th, Houston, Texas, will never be the same. Cain Velasquez looks to retain his UFC heavy weight championship against a man he knows all too well, Junior Dos Santos. This fight will be the 3rd time in 3 years and each time theyhave met, it has been for the title.

Velasquez first challenged Dos Santos at UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos, on November 12, 2011, where he suffered a first round KO (Punches) loss at the 1:04 mark. The two UFC power house competitors met again at UFC 155 on December 29, 2012, where Velasquez put on one of the most dominating performances in the UFC heavy weight division to date and took a unanimous decision to capture the UFC heavy weight belt for the second time. Almost a year later, these two are set to square off inside the Octagon for a 3rdtime at UFC 166 on October 19, 2013.

If the main event wasn’t enough, the UFC has stacked this card from top to bottom.The co-main event is headlined by Daniel Cormier vs. Roy Nelson. Nelson and Cormier have done their fair share of talking to get this fight, Cormier even went as far as making a fake contract on twitter which Nelson signed.Fast forward a little and these two are set to fight as the co-main event at UFC 166. This fight has a huge buzz surrounding it as this may be Cormier’s last fight in the UFC heavy weight division.

There are 13 bouts on this UFC event; however, beyond the co-main event there is no confirmed order for the rest of the card. Let’s have a look at the rest of the card in no particular order.

Former lightweight Strike Force champion Gilbert Melendez vs. former #1 UFC lightweight contender Diego Sanchez.

Former #1 UFC heavy weight contender Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shawn Jordan

Former middleweight Strike Force champion Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch

Former welterweight Strike Force champion Nate Marquardt vs. former Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard

Former #1 UFC flyweight contender John Dodson vs. Darrell Montague

Long time UFC veteran George Sotiropoulos vs. Former EliteXC lightweight champion and former Strikeforce #1 welterweight and lightweight contender KJ Noons

Anthony Ferguson vs. Mike Rio

T.J. Waldburger vs. AdlanAmagov

Francisco Rivera vs. George Roop

EstevanPayan vs. Charles Oliveira

Matt Grice vs. Jeremy Larsen

Tune into arguably the most stacked UFC PPV this year. UFC 166 is sure to be spectacular hosting multiple former champions and former #1 contenders. This will be the event you do not want to miss. Watch live October 19, 2013, at UFC 166 only on PPV.

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Askren on GSP: “He’s Just Not A Natural Wrestler.”

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Following his latest victory at Bellator 97 over Andrey Koreshkov, Ben “Funky” Askern’s three and a half year run as welterweight kingpin of the organization may have come to an end as revealed by CEO Bjorn Rebey. With the win Askren was not only able to keep his record unblemished (12-0 MMA; 9-0 Bellator) having successfully defended the title five times, but also fulfilled all contractual obligations making him one of if not the most sought after free agent on the MMA scene. Having used an unorthodox style of wrestling to takedown and smother his opponents,the former Olympic and University of Missouri standout gave his thoughts to Sherdog.com in a recent interview about the upcoming welterweight showdown between Georges St. Pierre and Johny “Big Rig” Hendricks at UFC 167 stating that he is neither a fan nor intimidated by the man who currently sits on top of the 170lbs. division:

“The notion that he’s the best wrestler is insane to me. He’s got a great double leg and good timing, but just watching him, you see a lot of areas he’s just not a natural wrestler. He doesn’t flow as well as other wrestlers. If Johny Hendricks is training his wrestling, which that’s a mistake that a lot of wrestlers make is they get out of it and they think they got to get better at striking and jiu jitsu and they totally forget about their wrestling. I did that for a couple of months earlier in my career and I learned. But they totally step away from wrestling and they get so rusty and they lose a lot of those battles. If Johny Hendricks is staying on point and getting some wrestling in, which hopefully he’s smart enough to do, he’ll definitely outwrestle Georges St. Pierre.
I’d go right for Georges St. Pierre. I don’t think there’s a real clear cut challenger after Hendricks. Maybe Hendricks gets hurt and I fight him right away. But there’s no clear cut challenger that Georges St. Pierre hasn’t already beat at 170, so I don’t see why I can’t just jump in there and beat somebody up”

Though is it too early to tell if a bout with St. Pierre is in Ben Askren foreseeable future pending the outcome of the championship title fight between GSP and Hendricks or on the off chance Bellator finds a loop hole that prevents him from jumping to the UFC much like they did with Eddie Alvarez. Who’s to say but one thing is most certain the grass has never been as greener on the other side than now as eight of the world’s top 10 welterweights as well as a handful of unranked fighters that reside in the UFC would love a shot to welcome him (Askren) inside the octagon. Matt Brown maybe?

UFC Fight Night 27’s Kelvin Gastelum: “I wanted to test myself..”

When I heard that Season 17 The Ultimate Fighter king was making the drop to 170, I said to myself, “I kind of saw that coming.” We’ve seen numerous fighters come out of TUF and go to lower weight classes.  So, for TUF Champ, Kelvin Gastelum (6-0 MMA 1-0 UFC), this made sense.

I called his coach, Jamie Huey, on the way to link up with them and I asked him how the weight cut was coming along.  “We got Dolce.” said Huey.  I replied, “Ah!! That’s all you gotta say.”

When I arrived to meet the two of them, I was wow’d by how great Gastelum looked.  Not surprised, but wow’d.  Not only does Gastelum’s face look less filled out, but he was still wearing that prize winning smile and in a great mood.  How many fighters do you know are still seemingly happy when cutting weight?  Well, that’s just the type of work that makes Mike Dolce who he is.  “The weight is coming down and we’re right on track” said Gastelum.

Talking about his upcoming fight at UFC Fight Night 27 against Brian Melancon (7-2 MMA 1-0), I took a step in reverse and asked him about his previous match up with Paulo Thiago (15-5 MMA 5-5 UFC).  Gastelum told me that that was the fight he had chosen out of the multiple choices he was given.  “Joe Silva gave me a couple of names and that was the one I chose to face me.  There were some good guys, but he was the one with the biggest name,” said Gastelum. “I really wanted to test myself.  I really felt he was the best match up for me.”

Coach Jamie Huey also felt that the move for Gastelum to face Thiago was a good move for him.  “When you can get a guy like that out of there, you can move up the ranks much faster,” said Huey.  “We’re obviously in this to become world champion. You gotta be able to fight anyone, anywhere, at any time.” Coach Huey stated just observing the way that Gastelum handled the pressure of the Ultimate Fighter, then winning, he was more than confident that the young TUF champ could handle such an experienced veteran.

However, Thiago had to pull out with a knee injury and would be replaced by 1 fight UFC welterweight, Brian Melancon.  Again, Gastelum showed an array of confidence in the change of opponent.  “He’s a guy who likes to mix it up” said Gastelum.  The California native made it quite clear he’s equally prepared for Melancon’s ground game and stand up which was well on display in his R1 KO of Seth Baczynski at UFC 162.

UFC Fight Night 27 will take place this Wednesday at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN.  Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the box office.  For those unable to make it, UFC FN 27 can be viewed on Fox Sports 1.

Oh, and did I mention? Gastelum, during cut week, was continuously wearing a smile the entire time.  However, I think the most impressive thing to me was Gastelum’s flexibility and adapting to the change in the opponent change.  You don’t find that that often from guys his age.  That’s rare…and it’s special.

 

A Mir Formality

This Saturday, two former UFC Heavyweight Champions will lock horns.  Josh Barnett lost the title in 2002 to a positive drug test, Mir in 2009 to Brock Lesnar.  That’s a combined 16 years since either man held gold.  After losing unimpressively to Daniel Cormier, I officially wrote off Mir as a gatekeeper. Barnett’s been fighting inferior competition for the past five years, but other than a loss to Cormier, he’s won them all.  Mir is coming off two straight losses.  After Saturday, we should see one of two things.  Is Mir on his way out, or will he continue to guard the Heavyweight gates?  Only time will tell.  In the meantime, let’s look back at Mir’s last fight and the possible futures ahead…

Frank Mir vs Daniel Cormier

On April 20th, 2013, UFC veteran Frank Mir welcomed Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion and UFC newcomer, Daniel Cormier, to the Octagon.  Mir aimed to expose the quality gap between UFC and non-UFC talent while Cormier looked to solidify his place amongst the MMA elite.

April 20, 2013
UFC 7 on Fox
Frank Mir vs. Daniel Cormier
Cormier def. Mir via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

“A Mir Formality”

At this point in time
Mir is well past his prime—
He now is a keeper of gates

He’ll still notch some wins
Via nap or a tap
But he won’t be defeating the greats

I feel rather bad
For the sport’s former champ—
He could have done more with his clock

But after he bulked
For his tussles with Brock
He moved like a handicapped rock

With of all that muscle
Attached to his frame
His cardio suffered in spades

The new generation
Of 265s
Are trained to be Jacks of all Trades

So strikers like Santos
Will win with their speed
And wrestlers will grind him away

Or future opponents
Can follow the plan
Perfected by D-Cormier

There’re still several fights
I’d be happy to see—
He’s got plenty left in the tank

But sadly, I fear,
He is done coming near
The #1 Heavyweight rank

Dizz’s Movie Fight Scene of the Week

Hey fight fans and movie guru’s.  Dizz here.  I’m bringing you my pick for Movie Fight Scene of the Week.

To kick things off, I’m going with 50 year old Chinese actor Liu Lianjie.  You know him as Chinese actor and Singaporean citizen, Jet Li.  Jet Li has many movies showing off his talents in the art of Wushu, but for this week, I’m choosing the end of the movie fight scene from his 2001 movie “Kiss of the Dragon.”

Wushu is a sport in the country of China.  This particular martial art, like others, has two different types of disciplines.  Taolu is the studies and focuses on the forms and techniques of Wushu.  Stances, throws, sweeps, punches, kicks, jumps and so on are practiced.  They also practice aerial movements to combine with punches and kicks.  You’ve seen the movies where a combatant will perform a 540, 720, or even a 900 degree spin to kick?  You can probably guess it may have been practiced in a Wushu dojo.

Sanda is the other discipline of Wushu which concentrates on the sparring aspect of the martial art.  Chinese boxing, grappling forms such as Chin Na, and a Chinese form of wrestling known as Shuai Jiao are encouraged to compete in Wushu tournaments.

In this fight scene, Jet Li mixes it up with a set of twins.  Not what you’re thinking.  The small fry and super size fry of twins Cyril Raffaelli and Didier Azoula.  Raffaelli, the smaller twin, is a french martial arts and stunt man.  Much like Jet Li, he also is disciplined in Wushu and as an additive, he also is a black belt in Shotokan Karate.  Since his acting career, Raffaelli has also been behind the fight choreography and stunt coordination in movies such as “The Incredible Hulk“, “Hitman“, “Transporter 2“, and “Tekken“.

The 6’6 twin, Didier Azoulay, hasn’t done as much acting since “Kiss of the Dragon“, however he’s been known to frequent the dojo of Franck Ropers. Ropers teaches Pentjak Silat courses, Self-Defense, soft and hard Chi Kung.

Fight Scene 1: Li is busted walking into a Savate dojo, a french kickboxing discipline, in the core of the Paris Police Station.  Seemingly screwed, Li combats dozens of men armed with savate weaponry or wooden clubs known as “La canne”.

Fight Scene 2: Li makes it to the upper level to face off against the said twins I’ve mentioned in the information I provided above.

Due to the author disabling the embedding of this video, I have provided the link for you to watch.  Enjoy!! Both scenes are fantastic!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWlyvYl_czg

 

 

(Video) Bisping: I’m going to beat Muñoz from pillar to post

Michael Bisping talks about his up coming fight with Mark Muñoz. Bisping credits Muñoz for being the nicest guy you’ll ever meet while at the same time responding to Muñoz’s “pillow fist” comments. Bisping also goes on to speaks about how much this fight means to his career.

Bisping vs Muñoz takes place on October 26th at UFC Fight Night 30 in ‘The Counts’ home town of Manchester, England.

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