Archive for April, 2009

Big fight added to UFC 101

April 28th, 2009
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Anybody on the fence thinking about going to Philadelphia for UFC 101 on Aug. 2, featuring B.J. Penn vs. Kenny Florian, might have just got the extra fight needed to make those travel arangements.

UFC President Dana White confirmed to Yahoo Sports today that a co-main event featuring UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva against former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin has been added to the card, which also features Hilo’s Shane Nelson against Aaron Riley on the undercard.

The Griffin/Silva fight will be at 205 pounds, marking Silva’s second fight in the light heavweight division. His first was a KO victory over James Irwin.

Silva’s has had two very lackluster performances in the last two defenses of his middleweight title against Patrick Cote and Thales Leites. White promised Silva that he’d give him a fight he wouldn’t be able to fight passively in, and he’s done exactly that with a matchup against the always exciting, always active, original Ultimate Fighter winner in Griffin.

Griffin is coming back from an injury and hasn’t fought since losing his title to Rashad Evans at UFC 92 last December.

Viloria/Solis, UFC 97, KINGDOM MMA LIVE BLOG

April 18th, 2009
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The next 7 hours will be crazy as Brian Viloria faces Ulises Solis for the IBF light flyweight title in Manila, Chuck Liddell vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites headline UFC 97 and Jason “Mayhem” Miller faces Kala Kolohe Hose at the Blaisdell Arena. Stay here for the latest updates from ALL the action.

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2:31 p.m.: Got the second TV hooked up in the living room. Boxing on one, UFC on the other. I just hope the Viloria fights ends soon enough to make it to the Blaisdell in time.

3:03 p.m.: Al Bernstein doing commentary for the Viloria fight, thinks this could be Viloria’s last chance at being a world champion. Solis is defending his title for the ninth time. Jimmy Lennon Jr. the ring announcer. Seriously, Michael and Bruce Buffer have nothing on JLJ.

3:09 p.m.: Sonny Boy Jaro delivers a ridiculous first-round KO win over Eriberto Gejon, putting him out with an overhand right at 1:14 in Round 1. Gejon moved up in weight for this fight. Bad idea Bubba.

3:23 p.m.: Only 1 round into Denver Cuello and Hiroshi Matsumoto and it’s already a blood bath. Round 2 starts and Cuello scores the takedown in a boxing ring. This guy really is smart. Unfortunately it’s boxing and I don’t think there’s a 105-pound weight class in MMA.

3:33 p.m.: Utter madness. The referee goes to break up the fighters and he shoves Hiroshi Matsumoto to the ground. Matsumoto gets up, the fight restarts, and Denver Cuello knocks him out with an uppercut. (:43 in Round 4).

3:45 p.m.: Viloria would be up next, but since the first 2 fights went so fast, they’re bringing in a couple of dudes to fight to fill the time. This gives me time to check out the Twins whupping up on the Angels. Why does everyone think the Angels are a lock to win the West this year? Pitching is a mess with injuries and their lineup isn’t even that good.

3:54 p.m.: That fight must have went quick because Viloria is walking out to the ring. Biggest crowd pop of the night so far. Hawaii 5-0 is his walk-in music. So awesome.

R1: Overhand right stuns Solis. Right hand staggers Solis. Solis in trouble on the ropes. Less than a minute in. Right/left combo. Solis can’t find a way to counter punch. Buying his time though as Viloria slows down. Viloria’s left hook is finding a home. Solis finally lands a jab to stop Viloria. Viloria circling and firing away. Combo from the champ backs up Viloria. Bell rings. (SB scores it 10-9 Viloria).

R2: Viloria is attacking and letting it all go. 10-12 punch flurry. Right hand staggers Solis back. Interesting to see if Viloria can keep up this intensity for the whole fight. Pace is slowing and Solis is finding himself. Both guys jabbing but only Viloria seems to be throwing the big hooks. Good left uppercut by Solis. Crowd goes nuts every time Viloria lands a punch. VI-LOR-IA chants. Very close round. (SB scores it 10-9 Solis)

R3: Don’t pay any attention to the scores. This is impossible to judge compared to MMA. Solis working the body and catches Viloria below the belt. Left-hand by Viloria but Solis follows with a couple body shots and a second low blow. The referee is taking a point away from Solis. When Viloria is moving, Solis can’t hurt him, but once Viloria stands in front of him, Solis can land his shots. Big round for Viloria (SB scored it 10-8 Viloria w/ point deduction)

R4: Bernstein: Very rocky start for Solis. Uppercut, overhand left and overhand right. Announcers say this Viloria is better than the one that was a world champion. Big body shot by Solis. Viloria eats an overhand right. Solis throwing many more combos and moving his head this round. (SB scores it 10-9 Solis)

R5: Viloria has landed a monster punch to start every round and he does it again putting Solis on the ropes. Big cut over Solis’ right eye. Very bad cut and Viloria drills him with a left hook. Referee calls time and they are looking at the cut. Cut is on the eyebrow, but it’s a little bit on the outside. Fight restarts and Solis starts throwing. Viloria keeps finding a home for his right hand. 8-punch combo and Solis is wobbling. Vicious low blow by Solis and Viloria is hurt. Viloria is really hurt by this one. I think Solis tried to save himself. Solis was hurt badly. Blood pouring out of Solis’ eye. No point deduction. Interesting. Overhand right again by Brian. Another low blow by Solis and the crowd is booing like crazy. Referee takes a point away. A slugfest is breaking out. Viloria is ticked off. Huge round for Viloria ends. (SB scores it 10-8 Viloria)

R6: Even round so far, Solis is back to landing a few combinations. Viloria isn’t moving and Solis is landing sharper punches. Best round by far for Solis. Cut is open again, more blood down the right side of Solis’ face. Bell rings and nobody can hear it. Round goes on an extra 5 seconds. (SB scores it 10-9 Solis) Solis’ corner is yelling at the referee to pull Viloria’s trunks down. We’re halfway through the scheduled 12-round fight.

R7: Fight is starting to even up. Viloria has been able to find a home with his right. Solis has done a good job working Viloria’s body…and groin. Solis owning the jabs right now. There’s the patented Viloria left hook. Now Solis is cut on his left eye. Big uppercut by Brian! The crowd is going CRAZY. Solis is firing away with blood flowing on both sides of his face. Solis owned the first minute and a half but Viloria came back big at the end. Cut makes the difference to me. (SB scores it 10-9 Viloria)

R8: Right hand from Solis to start. Body shot hurts Viloria. Two-punch combo lands on Viloria’s face. Counter uppcut by Viloria lands on Solis’ chin. Solis is landing more frequent shots, but almost all of the power shots are being landed by the challenger. Just as I say that Solis lands a big body shot. Viloria’s left hand now starting to take over. Viloria is starting to stand still however, and that’s when he’s getting hurt. They trade uppercuts to the body. Another body shot. Solis staggers. He’s suddenly not throwing many punches. Solis almost knocks Viloria down in the final seconds. (SB scores it 10-9 Solis)

R9: Corner yelling at Viloria “You can NOT give this away”. BIG RIGHT BY VILORIA. Solis is hurt. Lft hook staggers him again. Crowd noise is killing my TV speakers. Couple jabs by Solis steadies himself. Back to a slugfest. Solis’ corner has done a good job with the cuts. Announcer: No matter what happens, the remaking of Brian Viloria has been tremendous. Another left right combo by Viloria. Straight left. Left hook! Viloria is teeing off. Big round for Viloria (SB scores it 10-9 Viloria)

When Viloria lost to Sosa, he won the early rounds, back and forth in the middle rounds, and lost his title opportunity in the later rounds rounds. Viloria’s answer in that ninth round after Solis’ performance in the eighth is the story of this fight if he holds on.

R10: Combo to start from Viloria. Referee is stopping the fight to look at Solis’ gloves. Overhand right buckles Solis and blood is flowing from his left eye. Left hook by Viloria. Counter right by Solis. Action-packed fight the whole way through. Viloria is just as quick. Viloria pounding away on Solis on the ropes. Solis definitely rocked. Berstein: This is Viloria’s chance to end this fight. Solis is slow to throw. Viloria content not to go overbore and make a mistake. Late flurry by Solis. Viloria gets back to the middle of the ring. Big punch by Solis to end. Hell of a round. (SB scores it 10-9 Viloria)

R11: Solis needs to get these last two rounds to have a chance but Viloria lands the first big punch. Clubbing right from Solis. Viloria has landed the bigger, stronger punches all night (or morning in Manila). Solis is one tough guy. Body shot by Solis. Big overhand right. Solis is taking a ton of punishment. Viloria continues to back up Solis and the crowd can sense something special. Solis is taking a pounding. Announcer: If it goes to a decision and Viloria doesn’t get the win, we will have to jump under the table. Right hand DOWN GOES SOLIS. MONSTER RIGHT HAND. SOLIS IS DOWN. ITS OVER! VILORIA WINS BY KO!

Breaking news is up HERE.

5:02 p.m.: Got a little over an hour before I head to the Blaisdell Arena. Missed the opening 2 UFC fights. Cheick Kongo with a second-round TKO victory over Antoni Hardonk and Luiz Cane won a unanimous decision over Steve Cantwell.

5:30 p.m.: The end of Chuck Liddell. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua just ran right through him. Rua with a TKO victory at 4:28 of Round 1. Shogun did a good job countering with leg kicks and eventually floored him with a hook and followed up with hammer fists. Joe Rogan is talking like this was Liddell’s last fight.

6:19 p.m.: Buffer introducing Anderson and Leites as we’re about to get the main event started. Good thing cuz KINGDOM is a little over a hour away from first fight.

6:29 p.m.: Both guys doing their best Michael Jackson impressions. More dancing then fighting. Kalib Starnes woud be proud.

6:39 p.m.: Heading to the Blaisdell. Will update when I get there. Unless something crazy happens, Silva is going to cap off the most boring main event in the history of the UFC with a decision win.

8:51 p.m.: Quick notes from the Blaisdell Arena. Sorry there’s no power supply so I can’t stay connected. Main event will probably start around 9:45 p.m. UH strength coach Dejuan Hathaway came to the ring with a sledgehammer wearing a shirt that says “I’m Your Papi.” He then went out and busted up Tommy Tuiloma, winning a unanimous decision and probably breaking his nose in the process as blood was gushing from his forehead.

Results so far:

170: Nathan Haring def. Bernard Baradi by TKO at 2:01 of Round 3
135: Paul Lopez def. Rob Anduha by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:39 of Round 1
155: Angel Garza def. Elijah Manners by split decision
155: Dejaun Hathaway def. Tommy Tuiloma by unanimous decision
155: Andrew Cohea def. L. John Borges by unanimous decision

Molokai’s Sale Sproat getting the biggest reaction from a crowd of about 3,000. Entire lower section is sold out with a couple hundred people upstairs.

And yes, Anderson Silva won by unanimous decision in the UFC tonight.

8:57 p.m.: Sale Sproat wins by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:22 of Round 1

9:12 p.m.: Tasi Edwards and Pisa Tivao just went tumbling through the ropes and into the first row.

9:20 p.m.: The two just went through the ropes again, but at least this time they landed on a table.

9:43 p.m.: Edwards won a unanimous decision and Rylan Lizares submitted Ronald Jhun in a grappling match. But the big news is Ricky Wallace needed just 44 seconds to force Brandon Pieper to submit to a rear naked choke. Give Pieper credit though, he took the fight on 2 days notice.

9:49 p.m.: First we pay a video tribute to TapOut co-founder Charles “Mask” Lewis, who passed away after being hit by a drunk driver in a car accident a few weeks ago. Lewis and T. Jay Thompson were good friends. A moment of noise, not silence, the way he would have wanted it, to remember “Mask”.

9:50 p.m.: Here we go, Jason “Mayhem” Miller vs. Kala Kolohe Hose

Hose comes out wearing a mask ala Mayhem. Good stuff.

10:04 p.m.: Had to get a story in real quick, but Mayhem is your winner, defeating Kala Kolohe Hose at 2:23 of Round 1 by submission (rear naked choke). Follow to come later.

10:30 p.m.: What a day. I thought Mayhem would play to the crowd and entertain the fans with some of his usual antics, but it was all business from the outset. He said he’d stand bang with Hose, but I think as soon as he felt Kala’s power on his first punch, he quickly said forget that and shot in for the takedown. Sounds like it’s onto DREAM for Miller, who has already said he’d love to fight for a title. First though, I think he might get a rematch with Ronald Jacare Souza, who beat Mayhem in the DREAM middleweight grand prix.

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Mayhem, Kala weigh in

April 17th, 2009
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Photos: Jamm Aquino, Star-Bulletin

Kala vs. Mayhem

Always the entertainer, Jason “Mayhem” Miller made things exciting at the weigh-in today. After struggling to cut the last couple of pounds to make weight, Mayhem took exception to Kala Hose’s smug smile and shoved the last Icon Sport middleweight champion, forcing promoter T. Jay Thompson to get between the two.

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Miller eventually cut the last pound needed, making tomorrow’s fight for the first KINGDOM MMA middleweight title official. The $15 tickets have already been sold out, but tickets as low as $39 are still available.

Feel free to check out this blog tomorrow as I spend the entire afternoon and evening blogging live with updates from the Brian Viloria/Ulises Solis IBF light flyweight title fight, UFC 97: Redemption and then from the Blaisdell Arena for KINGDOM MMA.

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The haole Hawaiian is back

April 16th, 2009
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Ten months since his last fight and just over two years since he last fought in Hawaii, Jason “Mayhem” Miller is back to take out another of Hawaii’s top fighters when he goes toe-to-toe with Kala Kolohe Hose in the main event of the first ever Kingdom MMA event at Blaisdell Arena.

Promoter T. Jay Thompson has gone from SuperBrawl to Icon and now brings Hawaii fans the Kingdom. Saturday night’s card features nine undercard bouts, including Ricky Wallace vs. Keoni Digg, and a grappling match between Ron Jhun and Rylan Lizares.

But the primary reason fans will pack the Blaisdell Arena for as cheap as $15 is to see Mayhem, the man who owns wins over Jhun, Egan Inoue and Niko Vitale and has never lost to a Hawaiian fighter. Miller (21-6 overall), is 9-1 fighting in Hawaii, with his only loss coming to Frank Trigg.

During his two-year absence from the MMA scene, Kala Kolohe Hose has become the new big name among local fighters after his unbelievable fifth-round TKO victory over Phil Baroni last March.

Ring rust could be an issue for both fighters as Hose hasn’t fought since a KO victory over Rolando Dominique in the last Icon Sport show last August. Even though Mayhem has the clear advantage on the ground, Miller promises to stand and bang with Hose.

The Star-Bulletin will have everything you need to know about Saturday night’s event, beginning with Dave Reardon’s column on Mayhem vs. Kala in today’s paper.

And if you can’t make it out to the Blaisdell Arena on Saturday, we’ll have live fight-by-fight updates here on the blog beginning at 7:30 p.m., as well as results and reactions from UFC 97 and yes, even though it’s boxing, some news from Brian Viloria’s world title fight in the Philippines against Ulises Solis.

The end of a legend?

April 13th, 2009
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Photos: Tom Casino, StrikeForce

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In front of a hometown crowd estimated at over 15,000, Frank Shamrock looked nothing like the fighter he was a year ago as Nick Diaz beat down the former UFC and Pancrase champion in a second-round TKO victory in the main event of StrikeForce’s first card shown on Showtime at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

Shamrock brought nothing to the table as Diaz peppered away at him in the first round before lighting him up and putting a quick end to the fight in Round 2. The 36-year-old Shamrock looked old and beaten down, and even though he said after the fight he would be back, I’m not so sure. A couple more fights like this one and Shamrock will be taking the same road down the end of his career like the one his brother Ken is currently on.

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Middleweights Benji Radach, left, and Scott Smith stole the show in one of the best fights of 2009. Twice, Radach seemed to put Smith out with a punch, but both times, he barely held on and survived the round. Then, with his back against the wall and needing a knock out, Smith crumpled Radach with a vicious right hand, pulling the fight out in stunning fashion in the final 2 minutes. Incredible fight between two guys that love to bang and they put on a hell of a show.

After failing to make weight by seven pounds, Cris “Cyborg” Santos eventually got to fight Hitomi Akano, tossing her around for two rounds before winning by TKO in the third. At one point, the fight was off, but StrikeForce must have the fight worth Akano’s while because she finally took it. It was important for StrikeForce to get this fight on the card, because they needed to hype Cyborg up for a fight later this year for the first women’s MMA championship against…..

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Gina Carano. Happy Easter!