Archive for February, 2010

*SPOILER* Medeiros fights on Showtime

February 26th, 2010
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Yancy Medeiros vs Raul Castillo
Photo courtesy Esther Lin/StrikeForce

******UPDATED SPOILER ALERT*******

I know it has yet to come on in the Hawaii, but here’s a recap of Yancy Medeiros’ fight tonight in StrikeForce.

Makaha’s Yancy Medeiros remained undefeated with a unanimous decision victory over Raul Castillo last night in the first televised fight of the StrikeForce Challengers event broadcast on Showtime.

Medeiros (8-0) handed Castillo (6-1) his first loss, dominating all three rounds standing while avoiding Castillo’s takedown attempts.

“I’m very excited,” Medeiros said after the fight. “I really wanted to represent Hawaii the best I could.”

Medeiros, who fought at 185 pounds, landed some heavy shots at the end of the first round and then poured it on in Round 2, dominating the standup exchanges.

Medeiros was temporarily slowed down in the final round after a low blow forced a break in the fight, but Medeiros recovered to finish strong and win his StrikeForce debut.

Medeiros was an OIA wrestling champion at 189 pounds at Waianae.

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Undefeated local star Yancy Medeiros competes on the main card of tonight’s StrikeForce Challengers event on Showtime. Medeiros (7-0) squares off with Raul Castillo (6-0) in the opening bout of the televised card in a middleweight (185 pounds) fight. Medeiros has only gone the distance in one of his seven wins, including an impressive TKO victory over Poai Suganuma at a DESTINY event at Aloha Tower.

For those unfamilar with Medeiros, here are a couple of YouTube videos of recent fights:

The full televised fight card is as follows:

MAIN EVENT
Sarah Kaufman (10-0) vs. Takayo Hashi (12-1)
Trevor Prangley (22-5) vs. Karl Amoussou (11-2-1)
Luke Rockhold (6-1) vs. Paul Bradley (12-1)
James Terry (7-1) vs. Tarec Saffiedine (7-2)
Raul Castillo (6-0) vs. Yancy Medeiros (7-0)

Showtime will show the fight in Hawaii on a 5-hour delay, beginning at 9 p.m.

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Introducing Cain Velasquez

February 21st, 2010
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As I watched UFC 110 last night, guys were standing out every fight. George Sotoropolis looked to me not only the superior fighter against Joe Stevenson, but probably the best lightweight contender to BJ Penn’s UFC title. Then, Wanderlei Silva comes out looking cut at 185 pounds and fights one of the more tactical fights we’ve ever seen out of him.

But the story of UFC 110 is clearly Cain Velasquez. His destruction of legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was one of the most impressive heavyweight performances I’ve seen in the Octagon. His speed was incredible for a heavyweight, his precision with his punches was on point, and he clearly now stands out as a guy worthy of a UFC heavyweight title shot. Frank Mir/Shane Carwin will be an interesting fight, but if I had to pick a guy right now to face Lesnar, it is without a doubt Cain Velasquez.

Big night for PRIDE fighters

February 20th, 2010
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Along with Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Wanderlei Silva and Mirko Cro Cop were probably the four biggest and best stars in the PRIDE Fighting Championships in Japan before the organization was bought by the UFC.

Tonight at UFC 110 in Australia, Nogueira, Silva and Cro Cop are all involved in fights that could make or break the rest of their MMA careers.

Nogueira headlines the event with a heavyweight showdown against undefeated Cain Velasquez. A win would put Nogueira (32-5-1) in line for a heavyweight title shot while a loss would push him back down the HW mountain. With nearly 40 professional fights to his credit, this could be the last shot at becoming a world champion again. Velasquez is the UFC’s up-and-coming star and destroyed Ben Rothwell in his last fight.

The co-main event features Silva against Michael Bisping in a middleweight bout that should be fast and furious. Both fighters have done a tremendous amount of trash talking leading up to the fight. Silva is one of the most dynamic strikers in MMA history, but has struggled in the UFC, going 1-3 in his last four fights. Bisping is coming off a win over Denis Kang and a victory over Silva puts him in line for a possible shot at Anderson Silva. Expect one of the best pre-fight staredowns in UFC history, followed by a war with one man getting knocked out.

As for Cro Cop, Rothwell had to pull out at the last minute, so Anthony Perosh steps in on two days notice. Cro Cop has been incredibly disappointing since coming over from PRIDE and a loss here would almost surely end his UFC career.

Tonight will go a long way in determining the future of three PRIDE legends. UFC 110 is available on PPV beginning at 5 p.m. Hawaii time.

As for predictions, I’m taking Nogueira over Velasquez by submission after surviving an early flurry from Cain. I don’t think Bisping’s chin can handle Silva’s striking, so I’ve got Silva by KO in the second round and I think Cro Cop gets back on track with an easy victory.

Belfort out

February 11th, 2010
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UFC President Dana White confirmed on twitter that Vitor Belfort is out of his UFC 112 fight against Anderson Silva for the middleweight title. This fight was scheduled to co-headline the April 10 card in Abu Dhabi with the lightweight title fight between BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar.

I listed Silva/Belfort as the most anticipated fight of 2010 for me and was pumped when I heard it would be put on the same card as the Penn fight. I am extremely disappointed it’s now off.

With that fight scrapped, what now becomes the most anticipated fight of 2010? Lesnar’s return? Shogun/Machida 2? Bisping/Silva? Faber/Aldo?

I think whatever it is, it probably isn’t happening until the end of the year.

UFC 109

February 7th, 2010
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I apologize to anybody that spent 50 bucks ordering UFC 109 on Saturday night. It’s a shame that the UFC thinks a Randy Couture/Mark Coleman main event is enough to ask people to shell out 50 bucks to watch. For an organization that lashes out against other organizations that put guys like Bobby Lashley, Herschel Walker and Kimbo Slice (of course, until he signed with the UFC) into a cage, asking 50 bucks for a main event featuring two dinosaurs fighting is kind of hypocritical.

I don’t care what Coleman and Couture have done in the past. They are legends and there’s no questioning that. But Mark Coleman does not belong in a UFC cage and hopefully the UFC isn’t serious putting Couture in the cage against a Mauricio Rua or Lyoto Machida at 205 pounds. What Couture did at 40 was amazing and he showed no signs of slowing down. He’s 46 now but more importantly, he looks it for the first time. The only thing that saved him on Saturday was Coleman looking like he was 73.

It’s a good thing the UFC has put together some incredible cards coming up, because for a card in Las Vegas the night before the Super Bowl, that was a very poor effort.