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You have fought thirty-six times in four countries in just over ten years. You have held championship titles in three organizations, never having a belt taken from you in the ring. You spent years at the pinnacle of your sport by fighting some of the very best to ever compete, while they were in their prime, and you beat them all. You tasted defeat early and spat it back out, refusing to drink from the cup again for nine years, six months and 4 days. Millions upon millions the world over have endeared themselves to you. You lit up the faces of children all across Russia when you carried the Olympic torch. You raised the pulses of everyone who laid eyes on you in the ring, rather they be an opponent or spectator. You are the G OAT and no one has a bad word to say when asked,

“What do you think of Fedor Emelianenko?”

 

 

Humble, fearless, focused, loving, spiritual, respectful, the GREATEST, these are the words associated with the Fedor Emelianenko. Fedor has always been a quiet, calm man who never pined for the big life. He had no interest in moving to America or Japan or England, Fedor just wanted to be with his friends and family and he wanted to support them. Fedor wanted to push himself to be better at all things and he found in martial arts what he did best. From Sambo to MMA, “the Last Emperor” rose from just another Russian citizen to the most revered man in the world of combat sports. His fan base spans the globe. Fedor has talent, drive, focus, and toughness but most importantly he had mystique. He was so quiet and humble you could never figure out what was he was thinking. If you got one of the rare opportunities to ask him, his answers were either too cryptic or perhaps just too simple and honest for you to discern any real information. Fedor wasn’t going to bad mouth his opponent to try to get inside the other man’s head to gain some advantage. Or did he do it another way? Was his quiet, reserved demeanor and almost inhuman calmness just a clever ruse to make people uneasy? No one can know but Fedor. We know it wasn’t the look of him that did it.

The undersized, Russian heavyweight was short, balding, and pudgy, not exactly wielding the average fighter’s physique. It didn’t stop him from quickly reaching stardom when he began to fight in Japan. Fedor was to be tested there; gone was the level of competition in RINGS, now he would be fighting in Pride. At the time Pride was the biggest name in the sport and as such had many of the best fighters in the world fighting in their events. Fedor would never lose a single match in Pride, defeating fellow legends of the sport like Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Kazuyuki Fujita, Gary Goodridge, Kevin Randleman, Mirko “Cro Cop”, and Mark Coleman all in their primes. He didn’t always win with flash or superior skills. In fact some victories just seemed to be a battle of wills. Nothing epitomized this more than Emelianenko’s fights with Nogueira. He would take a beating if he had to but you could not break his will. Someone’s will had to break and you could be certain it would not be his. In his time in Japan he reigned as the heavyweight king of the world for three and a half years. It wasn’t just what Fedor did that made him the greatest, it was how he did it.

He wasn’t bigger and stronger than everyone. He wasn’t the greatest tactician to ever strap on 4 oz. gloves. He wasn’t the most prolific wrestler the world had ever seen. He wasn’t even the most technical striker to step into the ring. He was, however, as tough as they come. Fedor Emelianenko had a heart the size of Russia and a chin chiseled from quartz mined in the Ural Mountains, fists harder that could drive a coffin nail, and a will that would not be broken. Fedor lost a fight early in his career, his 5th fight, on a technicality. He was cut and if you’re cut you lose. It was nearly a decade before Fedor tasted defeat again. When Fedor walked into the arena in San Jose, CA no one in the world expected Fedor to lose. When Fedor found himself trapped in the guard of Werdum it looked like so many of his previous wars, all of which he has won. Even when you saw the leg come up and over to secure the triangle choke you just knew he was going to step into it and pull out, like he did against Nogueira so many times but . . . he didn’t. When his hand tapped in submission for the first time in his professional life the world sat, stunned. Everyone watching went silent. This was a fluke and it would never happen again, right?

That “fluke” took place in June of 2010 and The Emperor didn’t fight again until February of 2011. His first fight coming off of a loss in over a decade was the main event in the quarterfinal round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. He was a 5 to 1 favorite and was all but scheduled to fight Alistair Overeem, a highly regarded Heavyweight and the Strikeforce Champion, or get a rematch with the only man to truly defeat him, Fabricio Werdum. Everything was set up beautifully for maximum drama. Once Fedor defeated Silva and moved into the next round the world would be guaranteed a bout of epic anticipation that would reverberate throughout the world rankings.

As usual on February 12th, 2011 the smaller, older Emelianenko stepped into the ring as a heavy favorite, this time over the giant Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Fedor’s face locked in the same expressionless, determined gaze. The bell sounds. The fighters begin to circle and exchange blows. Silva moves about smoothly, towering over Emelianenko but, undeterred, Fedor charges in with punches landing some heavy shots and eating a few for his trouble. They engage one another in a clinch against the cage, Silva pressing on Fedor trying to tire him out. They are reset to the center of the ring and it begins again. Fedor striking . . . the fight going from standing to the clinch and eventually to the ground . . . twenty seconds . . . a flurry from both men . . . a right, a left, a right. Swinging wildly and connecting repeatedly are both fighters. DING DING! A close round, much closer than anyone expected. Fedor’s trainers speak to him in Russian, Silva’s in Portuguese. The bell sounds again. Fedor moves forward toward the center of the cage, unloading a huge overhand right and is met by the powerful, lowered shoulder of Silva. The GOAT on his back and cannot shake the bigger man from his perch. He begins to eat punishing blow after blow to the head but he defends himself and continues to try escaping his predicament. Emelianenko rolls over in an attempt to sneak out the back and the humongous BJJ black belt has the Emperor right where he wants him, but he can’t submit him. Fedor’s will shall not be broken again. He survives the rear naked choke attempt and he is again under Silva taking punishment. Another rear escape attempt and Silva tries again to choke him out. For nearly 5 minutes straight Fedor is being smothered, squeezed, choked, and pounded on by a 280 pound man whom has every intention of finishing this fight without the judges’ input. All this punishment, yet he’s still there, still fighting . . . twenty-five seconds . . . Silva has Fedor in a knee bar, but Fedor still has the capacity to reverse into a leg lock attack of his own . . . 10 seconds . . . both men attacking the other’s leg. DING DING! As Fedor rises to his feet you can’t help but notice that his right eye is completely swollen shut from the abuse but his expression is the same. His will has not been broken and he is prepared to go into the third and final round to finish this fight.

The referee and doctors call a stop to the fight. A good decision as Fedor was completely blind in his right eye due to the immense swelling. The facial expression now changes. I know that look, that’s sadness. He knows what we’re all about to hear but all hope we aren’t. This may very well be the last time we ever see him in the cage. If we never see Fedor Emelianenko fight again, we can all be proud to say we’ve seen the greatest and that we’re just fine with that.

You, Fedor Emelianenko, were the greatest heavyweight of all time, without a doubt.  Millions would say the greatest to ever step in the ring. For a decade you captivated millions and reigned atop the sport as a valiant, humble, deserving champion. In the end you went out the way a warrior should, in a blaze of glory. You took more punishment than any man should ever be able to take in a fight and you took it from a man 50 pounds larger than you and smiled, ready to go in for more. You owe us nothing, and we all owe you the immense respect you have given every opponent that you have faced. You are the GOAT. You are Fedor Emelianenko.

 

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MMAPlayground.com Fight Companion
Strikeforce – Fedor vs. Silva

SERDAFIED

Fight My Pick My Wager
– VS – Fedor Emelianenko

Fight ends in round 2

KO / TKO

[none]
Antonio “Big Foot” Silva
[Underdog]
Fedor Emelianenko
– VS – Sergei Kharitonov

Fight ends in round 1

KO / TKO

[none]
Andrei “Pitbull” Arlovski Sergei Kharitonov
– VS – Ray Sefo

Judge’s decision

Unanimous/majority decision

[none]
Valentin Overeem Ray “Sugarfoot” Sefo
– VS – Shane Del Rosario

Fight ends in round 1

KO / TKO

[none]
Lavar “BIG” Johnson Shane Del Rosario
– VS – Chad Griggs

Fight ends in round 2

KO / TKO

[none]
Chad “The Gravedigger” Griggs Gian Villante
– VS – John Cholish

Fight ends in round 1

Submission / Tapout

[none]
John Cholish Marc Stevens
– VS – John Salgado

Judge’s decision

Unanimous/majority decision

[none]
John “Greco” Salgado
[Underdog]
Igor Gracie

 

Dynamite!! 2009 Was an insanely awesome card and culminated with Aoki snapping Hirota’s humerus in half…

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the best part is that Aoki was Dream’s lightweight champ and Hirota was Sengoku’s lightweight champ. Just the idea of the two promotions coming together for such a monumental card is astounding.  There was a SRC HW title fight, a Dream HW fight, the finale for the Dream Super Hulk (open weight) Grand Prix, and several K-1 bouts but the fights between Dream and Sengoku’s guys alone would make up a robust and sizeable card.

  • LW bout: Aoki (Dream LW champ) vs. Hirota (SRC LW champ)
  • HW bout: Overeem vs. Fujita
  • FW bout: “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Kanehara (SRC FW champ)
  • LW bout: Kawajiri vs. Yokota
  • FW bout: Tokoro vs. Man Kim
  • MW bout: Manhoef vs. Misaki
  • WW bout: Sakurai vs. Gono
  • FW bout: Takaya vs. Omigawa
  • HW bout: Shibata vs. Izumi

Please, step into my FANTASY world where time and contracts and money mean nothing. The only thing that matters is the fans getting to see what they want. Let’s put together a PPV card worth $100, the greatest MMA card ever held.

Season’s Beatings 2011

Saturday December 24th 2011 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

The UFC and Strikeforce execs have signed off to put a card together and each has agreed to send at least two champions each to the face-off. We have been asked to help assemble this card and as such I’ll get the conversation started. I’ll throw some names into the hat from each division of each promotion and list the champions from all the divisions. We’ll try to get 11 bouts. Nine UFC vs. Strikeforce (7 bouts with non title holders 2 bouts UFC Champ vs. SF Champ)bouts,  a title bout or super fight(i.e. Silva vs. GSP) for the UFC, and a Strikeforce title match or big ticket fight (i.e. Jason Miller vs. Nick Diaz), maybe the HW GP Final. I have left off the Featherweight and Bantamweight divisions of the UFC since Strikeforce doesn’t have those divisions. However, either division could be the division the UFC uses for a title fight. Let’s take a look at some of the guys listed here and start the debate… I’ll add some of your good cards to the post as well.

UFC

Champs

ufc-belt

  • Heavyweight – Cain Velasquez
  • Light-Heavyweight – Mauricio Rua
  • Middleweight – Anderson Silva
  • Welterweight – Georges St. Pierre
  • Lightweight – Frankie Edgar
  • Featherweight – Jose Aldo
  • Bantamweight – Dominic Cruz

Heavyweights

  • Junior dos Santos
  • Roy Nelson
  • Brock Lesnar
  • Shane Carwin
  • Frank Mir
  • Big Nog’

Light-Heavyweights

  • Rashad Evans
  • Rampage Jackson
  • Jon Jones
  • Lyoto Machida
  • Ryan Bader
  • Lil’ Nog’

Middleweights

  • Chael Sonnen
  • Michael Bisping
  • Chris Leben
  • Wanderlei Silva
  • Yushin Okami
  • Nate Marquardt

Welterweights

  • Josh Koscheck
  • Jon Fitch
  • Thiago Alves
  • Dan Hardy
  • BJ Penn
  • Diego Sanchez

Lightweights

  • Gray Maynard
  • Kenny Florian
  • BJ Penn
  • George Sotiropoulos
  • Jeremy Stephens
  • Clay Guida

Strikeforce

Champs

Strikeforce Belt

  • Heavyweight – Alistair Overeem
  • Light-heavyweight – Rafael Calvacante
  • Middleweight – Ronaldo Souza
  • Welterweight – Nick Diaz
  • Lightweight – Gilbert Melendez

Heavyweights

  • Fedor Emelianenko
  • Fabricio Werdum
  • Antonio Silva
  • Andrei Arlovski
  • Sergei Kharitonov
  • Brett Rogers

Light-Heavyweights

  • Dan Henderson
  • Gegard Mousasi
  • Muhammed Lawal
  • Renato Sobral
  • Roger Gracie

Middleweights

  • Cung Le
  • Jason Miller
  • Tim Kennedy

Welterweights

  • Paul Daley
  • Marius Zaromskis
  • Scott Smith
  • KJ Noons
  • ….

Lightweights

  • JZ Calvan
  • KJ Noons
  • (if they can get off their ass and pull him up) Eddie Alvarez
  • Lyle Beerbohm
  • Billy Evangelista
  • Justin Wilcox
  • Ryan “The Natural Light” Couture

I‘ve recently been giving a lot of thought to children training and competing in mixed martial arts (MMA). I’ve asked a few parents and insiders what their opinions are. Surprisingly many are for the training aspect of the different disciplines at a very early age but don’t want their children in the danger associated with the sport of MMA. I have even spoken with a few parents who feel that their children would be safer and ultimately better served, character wise, to train in martial arts than to pursue traditional contact sports like football or hockey. This is not meant to be a purely persuasive argument for children in MMA but more so as an informational source to help parents and society in general better understand the sport and its parts (Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Boxing, Muay Thai, and Judo) before they demonize it.

(A shot from a youth class @ Dauntless Practical Martial Arts in DE.)

As with anything else relating to the rapidly expanding sport of MMA it has its pros, cons, and more than its share of detractors. More often than not these nay sayers are ignorant about the sport. They see the cage and the blood and their mind is made up. “Journalists” write articles like this piece on DailyLobo.com. I don’t write about fashion, figure skating, competitive cheer leading, ballroom dancing, ballet, or cervical cancer NOT only because all of them have nothing to do with American Manliness but mainly cause I don’t know a thing about it except that I don’t like it. Therefore I keep my lips firmly sealed. Some people are inclined to see MMA and take it at face value…

…these denouncers of all things violent only see the blood. They refuse to see the hard work, self discipline, and mutual respect involved in the sport. Most of them do not even know what MMA is. They know it as ultimate fighting or cage fighting, as it’s described in this horribly biased 2008 article from MSNBC NBC Sports. I’m not going to paint a sailboat on calm seas and tell you that MMA is the safest and best sport for people to participate in or that our children should or shouldn’t participate. I agree with some of the statements made in the aforementioned article, although no quote came with any context. Administrator of the Oklahoma Professional Boxing Commission, Joe Miller was quoted as saying,

“There’s too much potential for damage to growing joints,”

but there is no context and the quote used isn’t even a complete sentence. I agree that the danger to a child’s body is much greater than that of adults. I don’t think that there should be full contact bouts between 8 year olds but at the same time I do feel that training in the martial arts at such a young age helps to build character and a stern mindedness within our youth that is missing from our society today. The respect and self-confidence that is instilled through martial arts is a universal attribute that all kids need. Of course martial arts are not the only paths to having respectful and confident well mannered children, but it is an option. We, as Americans, have sent our children, myself included, to Karate and Tae Kwon Do classes at these ages for decades. I remember being 7 years old in Tae Kwon Do with full contact sparring. There were, of course, safety precautions taken such as head gear, mouth piece, shin and foot pads, and a padded flak jacket for rib and organ protection. If that was safe for me in 1992 then 18 years later what is the difference in allowing our children to do the same thing in other disciplines of martial arts?

In my home town of Memphis, TN there are multiple martial arts training facilities that offer youth classes. One of the more prominent gyms in the area offering a youth program is Memphis Judo & Jiu-Jitsu. The Judo/Jiu-Jitsu program they offer is for ages 5-12 both male and female. When I spoke with an instructor he described the classes as focused on technique and discipline while serving to keep the kids active and healthy as BJJ is a great exercise. The drills are converted into a game format that helps to keep the kids interested and motivated. The children are paired together by size to keep the activities both fair and safe. Advanced (dangerous) joint locks like Americanas, Heel Hooks, or Omoplatas nor strikes are taught with the kids to prevent injury to their under-developed skeletal structure.  Their site describes the classes as:

The Judo & Jiu-Jitsu student learns: focus, goal setting, goal achieving, dealing with aggression without over reacting, rolls, falls, throws, pins, escapes, positional control, ground grappling and more. Best of all, Judo and Jiu-Jitsu provides an opportunity for fun, fellowship, thinking and exercising–all at the same time!

There are other gyms that don’t institute the strikeless, free-form learning technique that Memphis Judo & Jiu-Jitsu, opting instead for a more direct training method. Gyms such as Mantis Boxing Factory in McAllen, TX, operated by Shifu Israel Flores, takes a graduated approach starting as young as 3 years old.  The 3 -5 year old classes are focused on improving motor skills such as balance and coordination while teaching “age appropriate self-defense”. The class also promotes life skills such as self-discipline, respect, and sharing. In the 6 – 13 classes the students begin to train in “complete self-defense” and  Mantis Boxing or “Ultimate Weapons training”. Next is a video of Shifu Flores presiding over a sparring match between a 7 and 8 year old students.

Even with all the padding and the trainer over watch is this too much? Similarly, is this video from a 2008 Pankration tournament show senseless violence or spirited competition?

So, again, I ask of you…Where are the lines when our children and MMA  cross? I have provided opinion and shared sources for training. If you are interested please contact your local gym and talk with the instructors. Maybe just sit in on a class and make a judgement for yourself. Maybe these ages are too young. There are high school MMA clubs. Would you allow your children to participate in that?

If you’ve been following this season of TUF then you have no doubt seen Jonathan Brookins shine. He is an experienced fighter and my pick to win the contract at the end of the season. With the WEC folding into the UFC, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Brookins drop down for another run at Jose Aldo. Aldo dominated Brookins at WEC 63 a few years ago, but as you see here the take down he set to set up Josh Koscheck’s #2 and 3 picks even worked on Aldo, and I don’t see any of these guys stopping it.

(props to NHB USA of the MixedMartialArts.com forums for the find)

Watch the whole fight here if you wish to see the excellence that is Jose Aldo.

Up and coming Local (Memphis, TN Metro Area) MMA fighter David ” Mauler” Martin, holding an 8-4-0 amateur record is turning pro. He will be debuting against Jamie Houston on a Strikeforce Challengers card in Jackson, MS November 19th. I recently sat down with David to get a little insight in the hometown Middleweight gladiator.

Justin Serda: David, thanks for agreeing to do this. Hopefully we can shine some light on both David Martin and “The Mississippi Mauler” for MMA fans.

David Martin:Thank you, its my pleasure.

JS: So, David, how and when did you get started in MMA?

DM: I found a home at Bang! Gym in early 2008 and began training. I was always the guy who was meant to be a fighter, and I truly feel it’s my purpose and destiny. I just needed the tools to be successful.

JS: What kind of impact has the sport had on your life, rather it be for the better or otherwise?

DM: It has been a truly beneficial and life altering journey thus far. The dedication and discipline it requires to be successful in this sport, has turned me into a better person in all aspects of my life.

JS: How have your friends and family reacted to your decision to pursue this profession?

DM: I have a great group of friends and fans that support me, and it is so greatly appreciated. The women in my family are having a little tougher time getting used to me punching people for a living, but their coming along. My father has to be the toughest on me. He is highly supportive, and a huge fan of the sport. He reserves the right to critique me in every aspect of my game. However, I can’t express how important it is to have that person that loves you, and will give it to you straight every time.

JS: I am quite proud, as I’m sure your friends and family are, to see you, a hometown fighter, take the step into the pro ranks. With your pro debut being on a Strikeforce Challengers card and just a few hours from home is there any extra pressure for you to go out and perform well and bring home a “W” in your debut?

DM: Absolutely. This is a huge opportunity and I want to take full advantage of it. However, I try not to put too much pressure on myself as far as the win or loss goes. Its just a fight, and I have been in plenty. I know that if I prepare and train like a professional, that will be the end result of my performance in the cage on the 19th.

JS: As you prepare for the transition from amateur to pro next month in Jackson, what are you doing differently training wise?

DM: My emphasis right now is on my cardio training. The main change will obviously be the extra two minutes per round. So to prepare my team is pushing me hard, so if the fight goes the distance I will be ready. I want to know I have the gas to go all the way. I’m also continuing to expand my ground and striking.

JS: I know you lost your previous fight due to submission (triangle choke) late in the 4th round. Do you feel your ground game needs to be the focus going into your pro debut?

DM: I do. I am currently working a lot of defense and tightening up the skills I already have. Being as my debut is only four weeks away, I’m not attempting to learn a great deal of new material. I’m currently a blue belt under RCJ Machado, and will be looking to advance in rank as I progress in the near future. It will certainly be a focal point in my training as I am fairly confident in my stand up game.

JS: How completely excited are you to be debuting in one of the larger promotions in the US?

DM: Words cannot describe the feeling. For me, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime and a dream come true.

JS: One last thing. Good luck, brother. We’ll all be cheering for you!

DM: Thank you so much!!

I am looking forward to seeing David in action next month. I wish him a successful transition to the pro ranks and will be personally cheering him on as his career moves forward.

 

UFC 119 live blog

Posted: September 25, 2010 in manliness
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UFC 119 is here.

Predictions:
Beltran over Mitrione
Dollaway overDoerkson
Guillard over Stephens
Dunham over Sherk
Serra over Lyttle
Bader over lil ‘Nog
Mir over Cro Cop

Guillard vs Stephens
Round 1:

Guillard dropped early after charging to the center of the ring. Seems to have been body position that led to the knockdown not the power, as he recovers quickly. Several heavy exchanges throughout the round. Stephens is throwing everything into his punches and missing more often than not.
Round 1 for Stephens 10-9

Round 2:
More exchanges at the center of the ring. A second groin kick pauses the action midway through the round. Both fighters are loading up on the punches. Big groin shot again this time not in Melvin’s favor. Guillard taking his time. Both throwing kicks looking to slow down the other but no pone seems to be slowing as the round closes.
Round 2 Stephens 10-9

Round 3:
More heavy punches catching wind but guillard still working the leg kicks. Guillard rocked late in the round and thre fight goes to the judges.

Stephens 30 Guillard 27 on my card

Official decision: Guillard wins by split decision.

Evan Dunham vs Sean Sherk
Round 1:
Sherk takes senter of the octagon and dunham starfts looking for the range. Sherk shoots and slams, but falls deep into a guillotine at 3:40 but slides out and begins work from dunhams half guard. They return to their feet only for sherk to score another slam this time with his chin protected. Dunham wrestles to his feet again. Reverses sherks takedown attempt and gets his back, but sherk reverses and cuts dunham bad from his guard and the ref stops the fight to check the cut. Doctor allows the fight to continue and we move onto the 2nd.

Sherk 10-9

Round 2
Sherk gives up his neck again but narrowly escapes a guillotine. Sherk works the cage and his wrestling but leaves his neck in danger and gives up the choke too easily, but survives. Big exchange against the cage. Big knee from dunham at the end of very close round.
Dunham 10 – 9

Round 3
Dunham rocks Sherk early but the subsequent swarm doesn’t end the fight and sherk presses him against the cage and scores another takedown. Dunham back to his feet but loses a lot of time working to get off the fence midway through the round. Now dunham owns the position and delivers quick strikes to sherk before sean can retake position and eventually move back to center ring. Dunham landing more frequently and more decisively turning sherks head and rocking him yet again. Dunham now in control in the final 30.

Dunham 29 28 decision on my card

Official decision: Sherk by split decision.

Matt Serra vs Chris Lytle
Round 1:
Both men come out firing both barrels. Serra is throwing quick combinations and landing knees as well. After catching a few blows from Lytle, Serra continues to predd forward. Very active round for both fighters. Lytle is winning the striking game but Serra doesn’t shoot.

10-9 Lytle

Round 2:
More effective striking from lytle. Midway through Serra gets rocked, but still doesn’t shoot to the ground. Still pushing forward and throwing with Lytle, Serra eats more combinations from the longer fighter. Big shots serra is in trouble! He’s wobbled and using the cage as a crutch but recovers and fires back surviving the round!

10 -9 Lytle

Round 3:
Serra rocked again early in round and fails to score the single leg. Lytle still dominating the fight. 2 min remaining and serra needs a finish. 1 minute and serra looks gassed. Lytle looking to walk away with the round and the fight. 10 seconds…Serra unable to find the finish.

30 – 27 unanimous decision for Lytle
Official decision: Lytle by UD

Ryan Bader vs Rogerio Noguiera
Round 1:
the fighters are feeling each other out and throwing quick in and out combos. Take down from bader and vicious ground and poiund at the 3 minute mark. Bader in lil Nog’s guard and throwing short punches and elbows unable to posture up in Nog’s closed guard. Nog het back to his feet at the 1 minute mark. Bader throws heavy but misses misses a takedown. Nog rocks bader late with a hard 1,2 and bader scores a quick takedown. Close round.
Bader 10-9

Round 2:
Very uneventful opening minute. Both fighters have felt the others power. Halfway point of the fight, bader scores a takedown. Doesn’t do much damage before Nog gets back to his feet. Final minute bader throws nog to the canvas and lands a shot as he comes up. Bader clearly the stronger fighter and lands an uppercut. Nog defends with low kicks. Another tight round but again I give the edge to Bader.
Bader 10-9

Round 3:
Nog takes the center of the octagon as they paw one another looking to counter. Bader lands a few quick shots but catches a finpger to the eye lunging in for a hook. Fight resumes. Final 4 minutes of the fight. Good exchange for nog. Nog stops the takedown twice. 3:30. Bader starting to mouth breath but scored the takedown. Lil Nog quuickly gets back to his feet. 2:45. Clean shots from nog. Nog has to feel he needs a dwcisive round or finish to get his hand raised. 1:30. Clean exchange from bader. Nog lands a big shot and only gets a smile and a takedown from bader for his efforts, :15. Bader throwing from the guard and closes out the fight in dominant position. Rounds are close could go to nog, but I have it scored

30-27 Bader
Official decision: UD for Ryan Bader

Frank Mir vs Mirko Filipovic
Round 1:
Ding ding. Touch gloves at the center. Mir fired and misses. Cro cop throughs a combo but the shots are all blocked by mir. Leg kick followed by a charging combo and a failed takedown attempt drom mir leads to cro cop being pressed against the cage. Big knee from mir. Knee to the junk from cro cop. Mir is lying down trying to walk it off…
Back to action, 3:00. Cro cop trying to utilize the reach but mir lands a big body kick and put cro cop back against the cage. Big elbow from mir. Trading knees on the cage again, :45. Herb dean brings them to the center of the ring. Mir presses forward. nice left hand from mir in the closing seconds.
10-9 Mir. (Cro Cop seems dazed)

Round 2:
Mir trading with cro cop but neither lands anything significant. Back to the cage at the 3:30 mark. Herb dean seperates them and recenters the bout. 2:30. Joe rogan, “this fight has the odd feel of a sparring match.” Boos from the crowd and Mir still just pressing cro cop against the fence. Dean continues to call for work. Recentered at the 1:00 mark. Mirko buzzes the tower with the LHK but narrowly misses. Stagnate round for mir.
10-9 Mir.

Round 3:
They both seem to be feeling each other out still in the 3rd. Clinch and short jab and backs out. Mir clinches again at 3:45 goes for the trip but mirko steps over. 3:00. Mirko fires a few short punches. Cro cop lands a left too the chin and wakes mir up. Mir clinches and drives mirko back to the cage. Knees from the clinch land clean for mirko, but herb dean is forced to seperate again at 1:50. 1:10 still very little action. Clinch attempt from mirko and mir counters with a right knee that drops cro cop and he is out before mir lands the bomb to the jaw.

Official decision: Frank Mir by KO

See you guys next time. Did this from my phone at fox and hound, next time I’m bringing a laptop.