The broadcast began in the lightweight division as Terry Etim went up against Edward Faaloloto.
We began with a blink and you’ll miss it affair. Etim came forward with a couple of strikes and a spin kick before synching in a guillotine when Faaloloto went for a shoot. The Hawaiian had no choice but to tap after just 17 seconds.
After that quick finish it was up to the light heavyweight division as Cyrille Diabate faced Anthony Perosh.
This one lasted a little bit longer. Diabate began well, using his reach advantage to keep Perosh at bay, opening up a cut under the Aussie’s eye.
But as soon as Perosh took the fight to the ground early in the second he dominated, transitioning with ease as he looked for various submissions, finally getting the win when he took Diabate’s back and synched in a rear naked choke for the submission win.
Then it was down to welterweight as Chris Cope took on Che Mills.
Both guys tested the waters with kicks early on, but as soon as Mills connected with a big left knee it was all over bar the shouting.
Cope managed to get back to his feet but soon found himself on the end of Mills’ onslaught, and it wasn’t long before the referee stepped in to give Mills the TKO win after just 40 seconds.
The welterweight action continued with Thiago Alves facing Papy Abedi.
These two began by exchanging heavy blows, with Abedi looking to make a big impression on his UFC debut, putting Alves on the back foot a couple of times.
But when the Brazilian connected with a right/left combination Abedi buckled. Alves soon took control, unleashing with the ground and pound before taking Abedi’s back and synching in a rear naked choke for the submission win.
Bantamweight action followed as Brad Pickett took on Renan Barao.
These two were swinging from the fences as soon as the fight began. Each man caught the other with some stiff shots, but when Barao connected with a right knee and followed up with a torrent of blows One Punch went down.
Barao soon took Pickett’s back, and although he defended at first the Brazilian soon went for the rear naked choke, Pickett tapping out to give Barao the submission win.
The main event saw Chris Leben taking on Mark Munoz in the middleweight division.
The UFC’s first five round non-title fight was an intriguing back and forth encounter which didn’t need the extra rounds.
The first round looked even, with Munoz scoring with the early take down but with Leben quickly getting back to his feet. From there both men had some good moments, both in the striking department and on the ground.
As the second round began Leben looked exhausted, while Munoz looked as fresh as a daisy, and it was because of this that Munoz was able to take control. Leben had his moments but Munoz controlled the majority of the round, bloodying Leben’s face and damaging his left eye.
There was one point where the referee called the doctor in to examine Leben, who said he couldn’t see out of his damaged eye retracted the statement when the referee asked him if he wanted to continue. Leben said he was okay but ended up on the end of more damage from Munoz.
The fight was stopped between rounds. As the doctor examined Leben again once again he said he couldn’t see out of his left eye, and that was enough for the referee who called a halt to the proceedings, giving Munoz the stoppage win.
Then it was back to welterweight as John Maguire took on Justin Edwards.
Edwards began his night’s work with two illegal low kicks, and after Maguire rested for a few moments Edwards went back to work, rocking the Brit.
It wasn’t long before Maguire came back into the fight, and from there he put on a great display of ground fighting, scoring with numerous take downs and a slam and going for a number of submission attempts.
Edwards had his moments as well, with some nice striking, particularly at the beginning of the third round.
So with the fight going the distance the judges were called into action as the unanimous decision went to Maguire.
In conclusion – it’s been a while since Dana White and his crew came over to these shores, but once again they’ve delivered another quality card.
From Terry Etim’s lightning quick win in the opener right up to the war between Chris Leben and Mark Munoz and the great three rounder between John Maguire and Justin Edwards UFC 138 achieved it’s goal. It was another great night of fights, once again proving that they don’t need to load a show with their mega stars to put on a great event.
So once again the UFC’s efforts get the big thumbs up from this particular writer. Well done all round.
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The broadcast began with action from the featherweight division as Hatsu Hioki went up against George Roop.
This was one of those very intriguing back and forth battles. It wasn’t overly spectacular but it was great to watch.
Roop put on a good striking display early on, rocking Hioki with a big right and looking good in the clinches against the cage. One thing he couldn’t stop though was Hioki’s take downs in the first two rounds.
But while Hioki’s take downs were great he didn’t actually do much when he got into position, it was as if he didn’t know what to do. Roop managed to get him on the back foot after one of these periods with a up kick straight to the face.
Roop upped his game in the third, immediately scoring with the early take down and getting another take down late on. His work rate on the ground seemed to be that much more than Hioki’s, but like his opponent he couldn’t find a finish.
So with the fight going the distance the judges were called in as Hioki earning the split decision, something which didn’t sit too well with those in attendance.
Then it was down to bantamweight as Scott Jorgensen took on Jeff Curran.
Once again the company’s smaller fighters put on a great exhibition. It was another of those intriguing encounters in which both men put in a great night’s work.
It began quickly as they moved around the ring looking to get the first strike in, but when Jorgensen scored with the take downs Curran put on a great display of defensive fighting as Jorgensen attempted to weave his magic during the first two rounds, going for a guillotine at one point which Jorgensen easily escaped from.
The final round was a mainly striking affair, and by that time the fatigue factor was beginning to set in, and Curran looked like he’d hurt his hand at one point. The fight finished on the ground as Jorgensen defended Curran’s shot before taking side control.
Once again the judges were called into action Jorgensen took the close unanimous decision.
It was up to the heavyweight division for the next fight as Roy Nelson faced Mirko Cro Cop.
This was the fight I was really looking forward to, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
The first two rounds saw Nelson putting in an excellent display as he rocked his Croatian opponent a number of times. Cro Cop had his moments, but at times he looked a little one dimensional.
Cro Cop’s best moment came in the second. After Nelson connected with a big right Cro Cop came back with a barrage of blows to the body. Nelson managed to survive this onslaught, and after getting his win back he moved up a gear.
Nelson took Cro Cop down towards the end of the round, taking side control and putting his man in the crucifix position before unloading with a succession of lefts to the head.
The end came in the third round. When Cro Cop slipped Nelson took control, taking his man’s back and going to work with the ground and pound. It wasn’t long before the referee stepped in to give Nelson the impressive TKO win.
After the fight Cro Cop, disappointed with his performance, announced his retirement. A part of me would like to see him fight again, but a part of me thinks he’s made the right decision.
The heavyweight action continued with Cheick Kongo taking on Matt Mitrione.
This was one of those fights that was both infuriating and good to watch at the same time.
The feeling out period lasted for the better part of the first round, the only real action being a clinch against the cage that the referee eventually brought a halt to.
The second round featured a bit more action as they engaged in a striking battle. Kongo had some success with his leg kicks, while Mitrione rocked his man with some stinging shots.
The third round was the most action packed. Kongo soon scored with a take down, his ground and pound opening up a cut around Mitrione’s left eye. A second take down saw the Frenchman dominating the remainder of the round with his ground and pound, a tactic that Mitrione didn’t seem to have any answer to.
So once again the judges were called into action as Kongo took the unanimous decision.
The main event saw B.J. Penn taking on Nick Diaz in the welterweight division.
After all the changes to the main event this show needed a quality fight to end the evening, and it certainly got it with this fight.
This was an excellent outing from Diaz, and while Penn enjoyed some early success on the ground and bloodied his man’s face with some nice shots from the second round onwards Diaz took control.
As the old saying goes Diaz was beating Penn up. His striking was top notch as he used the Prodigy for target practice, turning his face in a bloody and puffed up mess. Penn tried to fight back but Diaz was at the top of his game, and it seemed as if there wasn’t anything Penn could do to stop the onslaught.
The judges were called into action yet again, and it came as no surprise that Diaz earned the unanimous decision for this top drawer performance.
The show rounded out with filler material as Dennis Siver faced Donald Cerrone in the lightweight division.
Cerrone began this one like a greyhound out of the traps, beginning an exchange of quick blows. It wasn’t long before a left kick staggered Siver, who grabbed the leg to save himself from further punishment.
But further punishment wasn’t far away as Cerrone took control, another left kick staggering Siver again. This time the Cowboy took Siver’s back and locked in a rear naked choke for the submission win.
In conclusion – with all the changes to the main event the UFC had to deliver a quality show. But who were we to doubt them?
Although there were some uninspiring moments from top to bottom UFC 137 achieved what it set out to do, with the performances of Roy Nelson and Nick Diaz the highlights of the night for me, and while I don’t think Nelson is quite ready for a title shot at the moment it’s obvious that Diaz is.
So in all UFC 137 gets the thumbs up from this particular writer. They really are the best they are at what they do.
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It’s time to step into the world of British mixed martial arts once again as we take a look at the 24th Ultimate Challenge show, Hands of War, shown this past Wednesday night on Sky Sports here in Britain.
The broadcast began with action from the welterweight division as Andy Cona went up against Luke Newman.
This was a dominating performance from Newman. He took control as soon as the fight went to the ground, taking the mount and working into position so he could take Cona’s back and apply a rear naked choke for the very impressive submission win.
Then it was down to the lightweight division as Tom Maguire faced Joe Holder.
We saw an excellent display of ground fighting from Maguire in this one. As soon as the fight went down he dominated. Holder was on the defensive throughout as Maguire went to work, going for a couple of rear naked chokes, one of which Holder looked lucky to survive, before finally getting the submission in the second round with a kimura.
It was back to welterweight for the next fight as Lee Doski took on Bola Omoyele.
After two excellent ground displays it was the striking game that saw the end of this one. After Doski tried for a take down we saw a clinch up against the cage. From there Omoyele connected with a knee to the temple. Doski went down, and the referee quickly stepped in to give Omoyele the TKO win.
More lightweight action followed as Dominic Plumb faced Michael Pastou.
The only fight on the broadcast to last the three round limit was an intriguing affair. Pastou dominated the first two rounds with some excellent ground work, opening up a cut under Plumb’s left eye with his impressive ground and pound. Plumb just didn’t seem to have an answer to his attack.
Until the second round that was when it was Plumb’s turn to score with the early take down. However he didn’t have things all his own way as Pastou put in some great work off his back, going for a couple of kimura attempts before getting to his feet and finishing the fight with a clinch against the cage.
No surprise with the judge’s decision in the end as Pastou earned the unanimous decision.
The big boys of the heavyweight division were up next as Tomasz Czerwinski went up against Ian Hawkins.
I wasn’t expecting a technical classic here. This was a brawl, plain and simple, with big Czerwinski unloading with a barrage of haymakers that soon had Hawkins on the back foot.
Hawkins refused to go down though as the big man continued his onslaught, and he looked out on his feet as the referee saved him from further punishment to give Czerwinski the TKO win.
The main event saw Nick Chapman challenging Jimi Manuwa for the Light Heavyweight title.
Chapman went for the early take down here, but after Manuwa defended they engaged in a clinch up against the cage.
It wasn’t long before Manuwa got into a position where he could deliver a series of left knees to Chapman, moving from head to body to leg, opening up a big cut on Chapman’s forehead, with the referee stepping in as the blood poured down the challenger’s face, giving Manuwa the title retaining TKO win.
In conclusion – the 24th show under the Ultimate Challenge proved to be a highly entertaining affair that gave us great displays of the two main aspects of MMA, with some excellent ground work and nice striking. It was another example of British mixed martial arts at it’s finest, and it’s for these reasons that Dave O’Donnell and his crew are getting the big thumbs up from this particular writer.
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It was the third time of asking as Gray Maynard challenged Frankie Edgar for the lightweight title in the main event of UFC 136, shown live in the early hours of this this past Sunday morning on ESPN here in Britain.
The broadcast began in the lightweight division as Melvin Guillard took on Joe Lauzon.
Time to break out that old line again. The blink and you’ll miss it affair of the show saw both guys begin quickly, but when Lauzon staggered Guillard with a left it was all over. As soon as Guillard went to the ground Lauzon went for a guillotine before taking his man’s back and synching in a rear naked choke for the extremely impressive submission win.
Then it was down to the featherweight division as Leonard Garcia faced Nam Phan.
These two took up where they’d left off last December. It was an awesome back and forth striking battle pitting Garcia’s brawling style with Phan’s more tactical approach.
It was a joy to watch as Garcia took control in the first round, with Phan upping his game in the second with some excellent tactical punching. We saw some brief forays to the ground in the third in between some more excellent back and forth action.
In the end though neither man could put the other away, despite the knockdowns and the hard body punches, so in the end it went to the judges again, with Phan taking the close unanimous decision, and this time around you can’t argue with that decision.
Middleweight action followed as Chael Sonnen went up against Brian Stann.
It was as if he’d never been away. Sonnen dominated from the opening bell, first in a clinch against the cage and then when he took Stann to the ground. Once there he unleashed with the ground and pound and was able to transition at will.
It was the same in the second round. Stann just didn’t have any answers as Sonnen imposed his will on the fight, getting the submission win with an arm triangle as the round entered it’s final minute. It was awesome, and that’s not an understatement.
The first title fight of the evening saw Kenny Florian challenging Jose Aldo for the Featherweight title.
Although this wasn’t an overly spectacular fight this was a very intriguing back and forth affair. Both men put in good performances with some nice striking, particularly Aldo’s stinging kicks.
The clinches against the cage looked pretty even, and when the fight went to the ground in the third Aldo worked well on top while Florian put in some great defensive work.
It looked to be an extremely close battle, so close that neither man could get the finish, bringing the judges into the equation again as Aldo took the unanimous decision.
One couldn’t help but feel sorry for Florian though as one of the most likeable guys in the UFC lost his third title fight, and I bet I was the only one who wanted him to win.
The main event saw Gray Maynard challenging Frankie Edgar for the Lightweight title.
This was one of those fights you couldn’t take your eyes off. Maynard dominated the first round, going for the kill after he rocked Edgar with a big right uppercut. Maynard went in for the kill, opening up a cut above Edgar’s left eye and bloodying his nose. But no matter what he threw Maynard just couldn’t put his man away, the champion doing just enough to survive the first round.
Edgar began to make his way back into the fight from the second round onwards. Slowly but surely he began to out punch Maynard. His striking looked top notch, and his in and out tactics often left Maynard punching air with his attempted counters.
As the fourth round neared it’s final minute Edgar connected with a big uppercut of his own. Maynard was rocked, and the champion went in for the kill, following the challenger to the ground as the referee stepped in to give Edgar the highly impressive TKO win.
The show rounded out with some filler material, beginning with Joey Beltran against Stipe Miocic in the heavyweight division.
Part technical, part slobber knocker, this was a great back and forth battle. The debuting Miocic looked great in the first round and the early stages of the second, but it wasn’t long before Beltran turned it into his sort of battle in the ensuing brawl.
Both men looked exhausted as the third round began, and this time it was Miocic’s turn to stage a comeback, taking the fight to the ground and taking Beltran’s back late on, but like so many before him he was unable to finish him off.
So with neither man unable to get the finish it was down to the judges to decide as Miocic took the unanimous decision.
Then it was down to the middleweight division as Steve Cantwell faced Mike Massenzio.
This was a great way to end the broadcast. The first round clearly belonged to Cantwell and his excellent display of technical striking, but from the second round onwards Massenzio really upped his game and turned this onto a brawl on more than once occasion, bloodying Cantwell’s nose in the process.
We also saw some brief trips to the ground, but they didn’t really amount to anything as both fighters preferred the striking game.
With the fight going the distance it was over the judges again as Massenzio took the unanimous decision.
In conclusion – I think you can tell how I’m going to end this review, can’t you?
This was another quality outing from the UFC and one of their best shows this year. We were treated to some classy undercard fights, the return of the best talker in the business and two great title fights, as well as some entertaining filler material at the end.
In fact the only thing wrong with this show is ESPN’s continued refusal to put their hands in their pockets for the Spike preliminary fights.
But apart from that grip UFC 136 gets the big thumbs up.
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This past Saturday night Britain’s Cage Warriors promotion held their latest show at the HMV Forum in London. The event was originally meant to air live, free to air, on subscription channel Premier Sports, but when one of the technical bods at the channel forgot to flick a switch or something those not wanting to sit in front of their computers only got to see the final thirty minutes of the show, which meant that yours truly couldn’t do his usual day after review.
Realising their mistake, Premier Sports quickly went into action, announcing that the show would be aired for free this past Monday night.
So a few days later than planned here’s my review of Cage Warriors 44.
The show began with the big boys of the heavyweight division as Dayman Lake faced Rab Truesdale.
Lake came forward early on, scoring with the immediate takedown. It wasn’t long before he tried to take Truesdale’s back, with the ensuing scramble seeing Lake take the card.
Within seconds Lake moved into position so he could apply an arm triangle, with Truesdale tapping within seconds. An impressive and dominating performance from the Englishman.
It was down to lightweight for the next fight as Kevin Donnelly took on Brad Wheeler.
This was one of the best technical fights I’ve seen this year. Although both guys looked good in the striking department they really shone when they went to the ground.
Donnelly put on a good ground display in the first and the early parts of the second, although Wheeler looked equally as impressive while defending off his back.
Wheeler began to work his way back from the second round onwards, taking Donnelly’s back late in the second and taking it again in the third, locking in a body triangle and synching in a rear naked choke for the very impressive submission win.
Featherweight action followed as Ashleigh Grimshaw went up against Graham Turner.
Having witnessed three rounds of great ground action we were now treated to three rounds of great striking action.
Both men looked tremendous as they exchanged combination after combination, with Grimshaw getting the better of the kicks, as evidenced by the big red mark on Turner’s left leg.
Grimshaw had further success in the third round when a big right staggered Turner, but overall it was great to watch.
So with the fight going the distance it was down to the judges as Turner took the split decision. You can’t really argue with that, although I thought that Grimshaw had just edged it.
The next fight was a catchweight encounter, made at 181 pounds, between Jack Mason and Brian Foster.
This was a quality return for the American. After being taken down by Mason for a few seconds Foster was soon on the offensive with a big slam, delivering an overhand right as he postured up.
After they returned to their feet Foster connected with a devastating spinning back kick to the body that doubled Mason over. Foster then pounced on his man, locking in a standing guillotine for the impressive submission win.
The main event saw Ivan Musardo taking on Joseph Duffy for the Lightweight title.
Once again the best was saved for last, as well as being a perfect example of how momentum can change in an instant.
For nearly four full rounds Duffy looked on top, especially in the striking department. While Musardo seemed to be looking for the big punch all the time Duffy was more fluent with his combinations and his kicks, staggering the Italian on more than one occasion.
But as the fourth round drew to a close Duffy slipped when he went to kick Musardo’s leg. Musardo pounced immediately, locking in a guillotine choke within seconds, taking the submission win from out of nowhere.
In conclusion – after Saturday’s technical problems I was glad that I finally got the chance to see this show, because having been fed a staple diet of Ultimate Challenge (or is it Cage Rage again now?) and BAMMA over the past few years I’m glad that Cage Warriors shows are now readily available on British television again.
This was a quality show, every fight delivered, with the encounter between Duffy and Musardo the fight of the night for me, and having seen two of their shows since their re-launch a year ago I can see why a lot of fans prefer Cage Warriors to their illustrious counterparts.
So in all Cage Warriors 44 gets the big thumbs up for what was a great show, and hopefully when they return in November the powers that be at Premier Sports will remember that the show is meant to be free to air!
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With the Ultimate Fighting Championship continuing their busy schedule it’s time to look at their latest offering as Demetrious Johnson challenged Dominick Cruz for the Bantamweight title in the main event of UFC Live, shown in the early hours of this past Sunday morning on Premier Sports here in Britain.
The broadcast began in the lightweight division as Matt Wiman faced Mac Danzig.
This proved to be a highly entertaining three round affair, fought at a frantic pace throughout. But fighters put in great performances in all departments. The many striking exchanges were a joy to watch.
The best submission attempts came in the second round. Wiman put in some good work off his back, going for an arm bar and a kimura, with Danzig showing some good defensive work.
The best striking came in the third, and their certainly showed the scars of battle as the round went on, with Danzig going for a kimura as the fight came to an end.
So with the fight going the distance the judges came into play with Wiman taking the unanimous decision.
After an interview with Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard it was on welterweight action as Anthony Johnson faced Charlie Brenneman.
A dominating performance from Johnson saw him dominate the fight as soon as Brenneman went for a take down. Rumble used his power to hold his man to the mat, face down, as he unloaded with a torrent of blows.
Brenneman was struggling, although he soon managed to turn over, putting Johnson into his half guard.
Moments later Johnson caused Brenneman further difficulties with a series of punches and kicks, and after a head kick sent Brenneman crashing down to the mat the referee had seen enough, stepping in and giving Johnson the impressive TKO win.
It was up to heavyweight for the next fight, a battle of the kick boxers as Pat Barry went up against Stefan Struve.
Being a big fan of Pat Barry after having seen him in his WCL days I was eager to see this fight, and even though it was a little slow to begin with it had a spectacular ending.
The first round was a very cagey affair as both men tried to find their range, but when the second round began Barry upped his game and seemed to get the better of the exchanges.
But when the fight went to the ground the giant Struve took control, and it wasn’t long before he smoothly locked in a leg triangle. Barry tried to slam his way out but it didn’t help his cause, forcing him to tap out seconds later.
The main event saw Demetrious Johnson challenging Dominick Cruz for the Bantamweight title.
I thought Wiman and Danzig had fought at a frantic pace. It was nothing compared to these guys.
Throughout the fight Johnson scooted around the ring like a happy terrier as he attempted to stick and move, looking for that one punch or kick that would put the champion away.
But as good as this was to watch it was often stopped when Cruz took him down, particularly in the second when he picked Johnson up and took him down with a back suplex.
Sadly there were no Kurt Angle-like follow ups as Cruz took Johnson’s back and flattened him out as he went for a variety of chokes and submissions which were ultimately unsuccessful.
This was the story of the fight, Cruz getting big take downs and Johnson showing incredible foot speed, and with the fight going the distance the judges came into play again, with Cruz taking the unanimous decision.
In conclusion – do I really need to tell you how much I enjoyed this show?
On a night when Premier Sports screwed up big time by showing a Cage Warriors show encrypted when it was meant to be free to air they once again picked up ESPN’s slack with this free to air offering.
And what an offering it was. All four fights delivered, with the Cruz/Johnson title battle the fight of the night for me, and possibly the title fight of the year.
So it’s for these reasons that the UFC’s latest foray into free television gets the big thumbs up, and let’s hope that Premier Sports continues to give British fans the UFC coverage they deserve, because it looks like ESPN won’t be putting their hands in their pockets to pay for these shows anytime soon.
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It’s time to step into UFC territory again as we take a look back at the show headlined by the title clash between Jon “Bones” Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, the main event of UFC 135, shown live in the early hours of this past Sunday morning on ESPN here in Britain.
The show began in the lightweight division as Nate Diaz went up against Takanori Gomi.
To say that this was a great performance from Diaz would be an understatement. From the moment where he dropped Gomi in the first minute he put in a dominating performance.
Gomi seemed helpless as Diaz picked him off at will with a beautiful jab, and when the first entered it’s final stages Gomi tried to counter by taking the fight to the ground.
Once again Diaz proved how good he is on the ground, going for a leg triangle, and after Gomi tried to slam his way out Diaz transitioned to an arm bar for the submission win. Tremendous, just tremendous.
The big boys of the heavyweight division came out to play next as Travis Browne faced Rob Broughton.
Even though he’s a big bear of a man Broughton had trouble dealing with Browne’s height and reach advantage early on, especially when Browne connected with a big left hook to the chin the first round.
Broughton was able to get off some good shots as the fight progressed, but Browne was able to take the Brit down with ease, especially towards the end of the second, the buzzer ending his sustained period of ground and pound.
Browne took the fight to the ground again in the third, controlling the action but not really going for any kind of finish. The big man was visibly tiring as the fight progressed, and that was enough for Broughton to attempt a kimura late on.
So with the fight going the distance the judges came into play, with Browne taking the unanimous decision with a workmanlike performance.
The heavyweight action continued as Ben Rothwell took on former K1 star Mark Hunt.
This was by far the best MMA performance I’ve seen from Mark Hunt. Even though he was giving away a huge amount in height and reach the super Samoan was able to put in a great performance.
Rothwell had his moments, but when he tried to take the fight to the ground Hunt easily escaped. Later on Hunt opened up a nasty cut above Rothwell’s eye with a big elbow.
Hunt dominated completely from the second round onwards. His striking looked great and his ground work looked good. He pounded the hell out of Rothwell, and as the round went on exhaustion came into play, so much so that Rothwell had to be carried back to his corner at the end of the round.
It was so bad at the beginning of the third that it looked like Rothwell would quit, but he decided to go on, and was more or less easy pickings for Hunt on his feet and on the ground, and although he took the dominant position late when he took Hunt’s back he just didn’t have the energy to finish the fight off.
Further work for the judges saw all three of them giving the fight to Hunt, and rightfully so. Kudos to Rothwell as well, who could have easily bowed out before the third round.
It was down to welterweight for the next fight as Hall of Famer Matt Hughes took on Josh Koscheck.
Hughes began this fight with a series of jabs that really hit the spot, and although Koscheck looked in good condition it seemed as if Hughes had found the right game plan.
That was until Koscheck connected with a big right. Hughes was staggered, and Koscheck followed up with more rights as Hughes went to the ground.
Koscheck followed him down for the ground and pound, and as the clock ticked down to the final seconds of the first round Koscheck unloaded with a series of hammer fists, knocking Hughes out with just one second left in the round.
The main event saw former champion Quinton Jackson challenging Jon Jones for the Light Heavyweight title.
We may very well seen the performance of the year in this fight. Jones put in a tremendous performance against one of the greatest of all time, dominating the action as soon as the fight began.
Jones began his defence in a rather unique way, scooting along the mat on all fours, looking like a spider in the process. From there he outwitted Rampage at almost every turn.
Rampage just couldn’t get close to the guy in the striking department. His punches looked crisp and his kicks looked fantastic.
Jackson’s best moment came after Jones took him down in the third, and it says a lot about the champion’s performance that the challenger’s best moment was when he escaped Jones’ mount.
The end came in the early stages of the fourth round. Jones scored with the take down, pushing Rampage up against the cage. Moments later Jones took his back and synched in a rear naked choke for the tremendous submission win.
The show rounded out with filler material as Takeya Mizugaki faced Cole Escovedo in the bantamweight division.
If you ever wanted to see a great display of striking in the lower divisions then take a look at this one. Mizugaki began by coming forward with a series of blows, and even though Escovedo had some success of his own it seemed as if he couldn’t keep up with the Japanese fighter.
The end came in the second round when a three punch combination sent Escovedo down. Mizugaki followed him down but the referee stepped in just a few seconds later to give Mizugaki the TKO win.
In conclusion – who would have thought it?
This was another quality show from Dana White and his crew. The undercard delivered, and the main event delivered big time as Jon Jones did what hardly anybody thought he could do, dominate Rampage Jackson, proving that he is a tremendously special talent.
So in all UFC 135 gets the big thumbs up from this particular writer. If you haven’t seen it yet…well…you know how this line ends.
Which martial arts taken part in before doing Jui Jitsu Grappling?
Shotokan Karate and Tae kwon Do!
What or who inspired you to train in the art of Jui Jitsu?
I saw the UFC in 1995 and was obsessed from that moment, so like sooo many people Royce Gracie really!
As a no-Gi-Grappler do you still have belts for grading?
No I’ve done the belt thing before and to be honest it’s no guarantee of quality!
Did you previously learn wearing a Gi?
Yes I loved donning the white armour and may well indulge again someday, especially if a student of mine wants to compete in gi competitions, but for now it’s no-gi all the way!
Do you think there is a difference between combat sports and self defence on the streets? As a coach do you teach both?
Hell yeah anything that you see banned in competition you should use to defend yourself in the street, as they’re banned because of the amount of damage they can cause, of course you have to weigh up the situation yourself and be responsible for whatever you do to the person your facing, if it’s a situation where you could walk away but you fight then I think you’re probably going to pay for it somehow and not in a good way!
I have done and I make sure my students understand that sport MMA isn’t total street defence but can be useful in it!
Why thank you sir:-) Lol it’s fairly simple in that it originated in a garage and savage rhymed and fit nicely, to be honest it’s an ever so slightly tongue in cheek name, we’re of the Kazushi Sakuraba attitude where we take it seriously but with an element of humour, there’s sooo much macho B.S that goes on in the martial arts and I try to stay away from it as best I can however let me reiterate we train seriously and we do our best to win anything we compete in!
I hear your club is a hosting a Ryan Hall BJJ Seminar. What can the seminar attendees expect on the day?
Oh yeah I am soooo jazzed up for this seminar, the guy is phenomenal both in teaching and competing (and a great guy as well!!) expect your understanding of even basic techniques to be boosted to higher levels, there are very rare guys out there who know things the average guy doesn’t and can communicate them, Ryan Hall is one of those guys, we’re very lucky to have him here in the South of England! Still spaces left …email or phone me for details: firstname.lastname@example.org - 07906 151411
Are you a fan of the UFC and do you have a favourite fighter?
I love the UFC, my fave old time fighter is Marco Ruas, he was the first complete guy I think, he is also the only guy to make me wet myself….he choked me unconscious at a seminar back in 1997. I was in my don’t tap whatever phase back then and my bladder paid the price lol!
Nowadays I love GSP, Carlos Condit, Lyoto Machida, Maurilo Rua!
What other interests do you have outside of martial arts?
Helping my kids grow up with any vital info about life I think I missed out on when I was a kid! Studying Scientology, it’s been an incredible help to me in EVERY area of my life!
What’s your current favourite song?
Not sure about any current one’s I’m a classic rock fan, you can’t go wrong with AC/DC!!
Do you have any websites you would like to share?
No, it’s a disgrace I know but currently apart from my Facebook page we don’t have a website yet!! Feel free to friend up!
- Savage Garage Fight Team host Ryan Hall Submission Grappling Seminar, Wednesday October 12, 19.30-22.00, St Mary’s Sports Hall, Southampton, Hampshire.