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Cyborg, Mousasi Shine at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg

Posted by Gene Morris on August 16, 2009

Gina Carano may (emphasize may, especially after the beating she took tonight) have the prettiest face in all of women’s MMA, but there is no doubt who the best fighter in the world is.

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos was too much for Carano in the main event of the Strikeforce show Saturday night in San Jose.  Carano showed guts and heart in surviving as long as she did, but she was overwhelmed by Santos’ attacking, push forward style.  Carano’s counter striking looked good at times, but it was Santos who dictated the pace.

The crowd was rabid and loud during the entire 4:59 of the fight.  The atmosphere surrounding the slug fest was impressive, but it remains to be seen if Strikeforce can market a legitimate women’s fight without Carano’s face plastered all over the posters.

Mousasi destroys Sobral

The most impressive fighter on the card may have been Gegard Mousasi.  The much hyped 24-year old Armenian was making his debut in the United States and he did not disappoint in winning the Strikeforce light-heavyweight championship.

Sobral, a former UFC light-heavyweight contender known for his slick jui-jitsu was supposed to be the biggest test of Mousasi’s career.  But within a minute of the opening bell Mousasi became a household name in the MMA world.  He knocked Sobral out cold with a barrage of punches with Sobral on his back.  And in a show of sportsmanship, Mousasi let up when he saw Sobral’s eyes roll into the back of his head, even though referee John McCarthy was slow to jump in.

Mousasi put himself on the map with the hardcore fans after winning the DREAM middle-weight grand prix tournament in 2008, but knocking Sobral out and winning the Strikeforce light-heavyweight title should increase his exposure exponentially.

Mousasi now faces the same question as Cyborg; who are they going to fight next?  He proved himself to be the best light-heavyweight in the entire organization, and a move to the UFC may be in his future.

Melendez beats one-dimensional Ishida, Werdum submits Kyle

Gilbert Melendez won a fight for the Strikeforce interim lightweight title against Mitsuhiro Ishida in the first of three title fights on the card.  Champion Josh Thompson is still on the shelf with an ankle injury, and there was never much doubt that Melendez would win this fight.

His striking was superior, and he nullified Ishida’s wrestling, which was really the only thing the Japanese fighter had in his arsenal.

Former UFC contender Fabricio Werdum, who was originally scheduled to fight Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, easily submitted journeyman Mike Kyle in the nights opening bout.  The only surprising thing about this fight was that it took the jui-jitsu black belt 1:24 to submit Kyle.  I thought it would be over before that.

Werdum, who was dropped from the UFC after being knocked out by Junior Dos Santos in his previous fight, will now most likely be in the mix for a match with Fedor Emelianenko.

Overeem has not defended his title since winning it nearly two years ago.  His last two scheduled fights have been postponed do to injuries he suffered in a bar room brawl earlier this year.

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Gina Carano Set to Battle “Cyborg” Santos In Women’s MMA Mega Fight

Posted by Gene Morris on August 15, 2009

Strikefocrce: Carano vs. Cyborg is set to take place this evening in San Jose, California. Strikeforce is the undisputed #2 mixed martial arts promotion in the United States, behind only the UFC.

The headline battle tonight pits two women against each other, the first time a women’s fight has ever headlined a major event.

Former American Gladiator Gina “Conviction” Carano will step into the cage against Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos to determine the first ever women’s 145-lb champion.

Carano has long held the key to the fortune of women’s mixed martial arts. Blessed with great Muay thai skills to go with an undeniable sex appeal, Carano’s success will most likely define whether the sport sticks around in the long term.

But there is no doubt that this evenings fight is the talk of the MMA world, and will likely garner some main stream attention if the fight lives up to the expectations.

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Anderson Silva Shows Why He’s the Best in the World After Destroying Forrest Griffin

Posted by Gene Morris on August 9, 2009

Forrest Griffin emerged from the locker room and strolled towards the ring with cheers and support being rained down upon him by the packed house in the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.

Anderson Silva slowly strolled down to the cage to his normal “Ain’t No Sunshine” by DMX, bobbing to the beat, forshadowing what was to come.  The crowd booed and jeered Silva, upset over his two pervious lackluster performances while defending his middle weight title against Patrick Cote and Thales Leites.

After the introductions both men danced around the center of the cage, going through the normal feeling out process.

But then Silva flipped the switch.  He dropped his hands, brazenly taunting Griffin to throw his best shot.  No matter how hard Griffin tried, Silva ducked all of Griffin’s shots with his head movement, an unloaded on the former light heavyweight champion after each missed barrage.

It quickly became apparent that Griffin was no match for Silva’s advanced striking, and the Brazillian knocked Griffin down twice, before finally ending the fight with a step back jab that put Griffin to sleep.

The question coming into the fight was whether Silva would show his old skills and engage and destroy like he had in previous fights.  That was quickly answered as Griffin became the 5th opponent in the UFC that Silva has finished in the first round.

As Griffin sprinted from the cage and back to the locker room right after the fight ended, the next question involving Silva emerged.  Who is going to stop him?

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Affliction: Trilogy Event Canceled

Posted by Gene Morris on July 24, 2009

Just days after the positive drug test of main event fighter Josh Barnett sent Affliction into a frenzy looking for an opponent for heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, the company has confirmed reports earlier today that the event was canceled, according to MMAjunke.com

Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio told MMAjunkie the event was scrapped in large part due to the loss of Barnett.  Altough there were reports yesterday that middleweight Vitor Belfort had verbally agreed to step in a face the much larger Fedor, no contracts were ever signed.

What was looking to be an amazing three week stretch for the MMA world, with Affliction: Trilogy on August 1st, UFC 101 featuring a lightweight title fight between BJ Penn and Kenny Florian on August 8th, and a Strikeforce event headlined by the long awaited Gina Carano-Cyborg fight, has been tarnished.

The Strikeforce event was supposed to feature four titile fights, but over the last few weeks the heavyweight title fight featuring Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum was scrapped due to injury, and today a welterweight title fight between Nick Diaz and Joe Riggs was canceled as well.

What does this once again prove?

The UFC is king, and it will be extremely difficult for any other promotion to put even a dent in their armor.

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Michael Bisping Video

Posted by Gene Morris on July 16, 2009

This is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a while, and just adds to the point that rivalries make any contact sport, especially combat sports like MMA, so much more interesting.

Glad to see that Bisping got knocked off, hopefully I don’t have to hear him run his mouth for a while.

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Where Does UFC Go From Here?

Posted by Gene Morris on July 14, 2009

As referee Herb Dean jumped in to save Frank Mir from the vicious ground and pound of heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, the UFC wrapped up its most highly anticipated event in the organization’s history.

Two belts were successfully defended, a long standing grudge was resolved in another fight, and this event came with the main stream media coverage the company needed to really land it front and center of the sporting world.

Although the company gained momentum going into the weekend by hosting a fan expo and bringing back a lot of older fighters to celebrate the history of the event, one of the larger stories picked up after the event was the post-fight actions of Lesnar.

After finishing Mir, Lesnar walked towards his opponent’s corner as he struggled to get up, got in his face and taunted him.  After the crowd began to rain down boo’s on the champ, he turned towards them and flipped the middle finger.

He got on the microphone for his post fight interview with Joe Rogan, directly called out the UFC’s biggest corporate sponsor, the one who’s logo was plastered on the middle of the mat, and proceeded to rile up the crowd again, before telling them all, “hell, I might even get on top of my wife tonight.”

Of course this caught the attention of the “main stream” media.

The 6:00 PM edition of Sportscenter Monday night teased a debate with the PTI guys on whether Lesnar is good for the sport or not.

Not having the slightest idea of what the next move might be for Lesnar in his division, or even whether it’s a good thing to have a physically dominant monster roll over opponents, you got Bob Ryan lamenting the fact that the UFC is full of bad guys, like Brock, and even worse guys.  He obviously only saw the clip of Lesnar, and not the post fight clip of welterweight champion Georges St.-Pierre, a man who dominated a tough opponent but was as gracious as could be on the microphone afterwards.

It’s sad that fighters like Lesnar are the ones who get the entire spot light all to themselves.  Granted, Lesnar is a phenomenal wrestler, and has greatly improved in each of his four fights in the UFC, but on Saturday his ability was over staged by his antics.

It seems rather hypocritical that UFC president Dana White is attempting to build the sport on the backs of talented and humble fighters like GSP, middleweight champion Anderson Silva, and light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida when he himself conducts business unlike any other president of a company valued at over $1 billion.

White claims the sport will one day be bigger globally than soccer.  Having fighters like Lesnar filling the “bad guy” role should bring short term interest to the sport, and hopefully these new fans will get hooked watching GSP ground and pound another opponent, or Silva unleash his violent, yet beautiful mauy thai striking.

The rate at which the UFC has grown under White’s guidance is unsustainable in the long run.  How much growth is left is dependent on whether the fans want to see fighters like Lesnar or GSP, two polar opposites in terms of personality, but two guys who are at the top of their respective weight classes.  It’s a delicate balance, but if anybody can figure out how to make it work, it would be Dana White

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