The Ultimate Writer 02.06.12: UFC 143 Results, Top 5 Most Outrageous Nick Diaz Moments, More
Posted by Dustin James on 02.06.2012
411's Dustin James gives his top 5 most outrageous moments in Nick Diaz's MMA career, thoughts on Carlos Condit's win over Diaz and the rest of UFC 143, the latest on Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen II and more!
Welcome back to "THE ULTIMATE WRITER"! As you should be accustomed to by now, I'm your host Dustin James aka "The Ultimate Writer" and man, what a weekend! Not only did we have UFC 143 "Diaz vs. Condit" on our plates this weekend, but we also had some little football game called "The Super Bowl" to watch as well. "Super Bowl Sunday" is a day that's treated like a holiday by Americans. We stuff our fat faces with deep-fried appetizers, drink ridiculous amounts of beer, and act like we are all smarter than the refs for three hours in the last NFL game that will be on our television for about six months. It's always a damn good time and it's one of the reasons I may not be entirely "here" right now. Even though the Super Bowl is on today, I'm still here to crank this baby out and since I'm trying to crank it out before the game actually starts, there's a chance I'll overlook something...so please don't kill me too badly in the comments section.
The latest update regarding myself and former 411mania writer Jeremy Lambert's fantasy league based on "The Challenge: Battle of the Exes" is not good news for me. I lost one of my teams this week due to Wes and Mandy not being able to play the political game this time around. Wes is usually a good bet to last awhile on these challenges which is why I drafted the red-headed bastard to begin with. However, he pissed off too many people in the house this time around and it came back to bite him in the ass. He was sent home by the team of Leroy and Naomi and I don't know if it's just me, but Leroy is quickly climbing the charts as one of the best competitors on "The Challenge". He's almost stepping into the "elite" ranks along with guys like Landon, Alton, Darrell, Johnny "Bananas", & CT. Hopefully things turn around for me this week as I need one of Jeremy's teams to go home so I can jump ahead of him. The bastard beat me in the fantasy football playoffs, so I need this win like Jeffrey Harris needs a girlfriend.
Anyway, what do you say we finally move on to the MMA talk?..............
Without any further adieu.........
Like every week.............
UFC 143 "Diaz vs. Condit" Results
And the UFC crowns a new UFC welterweight champion, sort of......
UFC 143 "Diaz vs. Condit" promised the crowning of a new UFC welterweight champion this weekend and after one of the biggest controversial decisions in MMA history, Carlos Condit is proudly wearing a strap while Diaz is reportedly ready to strap a noose around his neck and end it all. Condit vs. Diaz was a fantastic scrap on paper. The fight featured two very well-rounded fighters and was difficult to pick for sure. You would have had to have been crazy to miss this fight and in case you still weren't sold on the show, the UFC threw a heavyweight fight on the card featuring fan favorite Roy "Big Country" Nelson taking on the returning Fabricio Werdum. And if that STILL wasn't enough to convince someone to buy the show, perhaps a tough welterweight showdown between top ranked contenders Josh Koscheck and Mike Pierce would do the trick? UFC 143 was definitely a show not light on star power, but how did the fights themselves turn out? Let's find out.....
UFC 143 "Diaz vs. Condit" Prelim Card Results:
-Stephen Thompson (6-0) def. Daniel Stittgen (7-2) via KO in Round 1
-Rafael Natal (14-3-1) def. Michael Kuiper (11-1) via unanimous-decision
-Matt Riddle (6-3) def. Henry Martinez (8-2) via split-decision
-Matt Brown (13-11) def. Chris Cope (5-3) via TKO in Round 2
-Edwin Figueroa (9-1) def. Alex Caceres (6-5) via split-decision
-Dustin Poirier (12-1) def. Max Holloway (4-1) via submission (triangle armbar) in Round 1
UFC 143 "Diaz vs. Condit" Main Card Results:
-Ed Herman (20-8) def. Clifford Starks (8-1) via submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 2
-Ed Herman, Decision
All fight coverage is provided by 411's own Jeffrey Harris who has the call on this one:
ROUND ONE: They both swing early. Herman lands an uppercut punch and looks to repeat it. Starks pressures Herman against the cage. Starks lands a straight right punch, but Herman eats it and stays in it. They exchange punches and clinch against the fence. They trade strikes in the clinch and Herman lands some knees. Starks swings and lands on some big punches, but Herman is able to recover and eventually lands a takedown into half-guard. Starks is able to switch the position into Herman's full-guard. Starks controls the position and lands some punches until the end of the round.
ROUND TWO: Ed Herman has some swelling on the left side of his face from Starks' punches. Herman slips early off a kick attempt. Starks lets Herman back up. They are clinched up against the cage. Herman fights back and gets a nice heel trip off of the cage. Herman gets Starks' back and sinks on the RNC. Starks defends, but Herman is able to keep it on. Starks goes out and that is all!
The Post-fight Analysis:
Ed Herman has been on an absolute tear so far since returning from injury. Ever since he lost to Aaron Simpson via TKO due to a knee injury at UFC 102 (a show which I had the displeasure of seeing live....), Herman moved from Oregon to Colorado and it looks like it was the best move the former Team Quest fighter could have made. He's now 3-0 in the Octagon since that loss to Simpson and not only that, but Ed has finished anyone who dares get in his way. He looks like a much better fighter than he used to be and that's scary for the rest of the middleweight division. Now, don't get me wrong. Herman was in some definite trouble here against Starks, especially in the first-round. Ed was getting hit with some solid shots that ended up swelling his eye shut and I thought "Short Fuse" was going down for sure, especially after numerous attempts at trying to hit Starks with an uppercut but getting no result from it. However, Ed remembered that his ground game is his strength and he managed to take Starks down with an impressive sweep and immediately went into full mount. Herman eventually ended up getting Starks' back and once "Short Fuse" gets your back....watch out. Ed sunk in a rear-naked choke and he now moves one step closer to a title shot.
There are tons of potential match-ups for Herman next. He say's he wants a top 10 opponent, so guys like Rousimar Palhares, Michael Bisping, Mark Munoz, and a possible rematch with Demian Maia remain possibilities. Also, a potential fight with an up-and-comer like Chris Weidman would be good as well or if the UFC decides to bring back Nate Marquardt, I could see them potentially making that match. Tons of possibilities for Herman in the future and I'm excited to see what the UFC plans to do with him.....
-Renan Barao (28-1) def. Scott Jorgensen (13-5) via unanimous-decision
-Renan Barao, Decision
ROUND ONE: Barao presses forward with some big strikes. Jorgensen recovers and attempts a takedown, but Barao defends. They keep it standing. Barao gets some good leg kicks. They eventually clinch against the cage and soon separate. They continue to trade and circle as the round comes to a close.
ROUND TWO: Jorgensen goes in and tries for the takedown again but Barao keeps it on the feet and breaks the hooks. They trade leg kicks. Barao looks to be landing most of his punches, and Jorgensen tries to counter. Jorgensen shoots in again on Barao, but Barao blocks it and lands on top of Jorgensen. Jorgensen tries to posture and try for a kimura but can't get it. Barao is able to maintain the position for a while. Jorgensen is able to work up back up to his feet. A spinning back kick by Barao lands on Jorgensen's shoulder. They continue to circle and exchange and that's the round in the books.
ROUND THREE: They continue to stand and exchange on the feet. They both try to stay busy, but Barao again looks to be landing the better and stronger punches. This has turned into a standup contest as Jorgensen is unable to use his wrestling against Barao. Barao lands some good punching combinations and a good outside leg kick. Jorgensen checks a leg kick and tries to push forward but he continues to get punched by Barao. The round gets in the books for a rather uneventful fight.
Like Harris says in his coverage, this was a rather uneventful fight and one that I probably could have completely skipped and not felt bad about a thing. This fight marks the 28th straight victory for Barao, but I highly doubt he earned himself a title shot with this victory. Jorgensen is a tough fight for anyone though and a victory for Barao likely means the guy is one fight away from earning that elusive title shot. However, if he fights like he did tonight against Jorgensen, I wouldn't give him much of a chance against either Urijah Faber or Dominick Cruz....
Like I said above, Barao is likely one win away from earning himself a title shot so let's make sure his next opponent is a big one. How about putting him in the Octagon against someone like Brian Bowles? Bowles is a top 5 bantamweight and if Barao was able to defeat Bowles and improve his winning streak to an absolutely insane twenty-nine fights in a row....there's no way he wouldn't be named the new #1 contender. Is Renan Barao the new face of the bantamweight division? I'm sure we will know by year's end.....
-Josh Koscheck (17-5) def. Mike Pierce (13-5) via split-decision
-Josh Koscheck, Decision
ROUND ONE: Pierce goes for the takedown quickly but they clinch against the cage. Pierce tries to work in some knees and punches in the clinch. Pierce keeps up the pressure. They separate and Koscheck gets an overhand right. From the cage side I can see that Koscheck is grabbing Pierce's shorts after they lock up but Herb Dean is on the other side and can't see it. Koscheck really is like Ric Flair. They start wildly exchanging on the feet and unloading punches on each other. Pierce lands a straight jab. The action settles down a bit before they start exchanging punches again. Pierce shoots in for a single-leg, but Koscheck is able to defend and stuff the attempt. They stay in the clinch as the round comes to an end.
ROUND TWO: Pierce shoots in again for a takedown and pressures Koscheck against the cage. Koscheck is able to switch the position as they keep it in their feet. They break and trade punches from the clinch. Pierce lands another stiff jab. Pierce looks to be landing more punches and Koscheck looks a bit hesitant on the feet. Pierce looks like he's got a cut opened up near the top of his head. They trade punches and Koscheck "slightly" misses on a Thai clinch knee. Pierce gets some dirty boxing punches in and they continue trading punches. Koscheck gets a warning after an eye poke. Pierce is quickly back in. Koscheck is able to shoot in and get a takedown. Koscheck is not able to do much with the position and Pierce is able to work back to his feet. They both finish the round standing and it looks like Pierce has gotten another round.
ROUND THREE: They trade punches and Koscheck lands a good overhand right. Pierce shoots in for a single-leg takedown and finishes it with a heel trip. Koscheck is able to stand back up and they clinch against the cage. Very little action there, and Herb Dean issues a warning for them to work. Koscheck is able to land an elbow strike in the clinch. They trade punches. Pierce lands a good left hook. Koscheck shoots in for another takedown. Pierce plants his feet and defends the takedown attempt. Herb Dean stops the fight from the clinch and they separate and break. Koscheck pokes Pierce in the eye again. They stop for a break and Dean issues Koscheck another warning but does not take a point. The replay shows Koscheck keeping his fingers out when he threw his hand. Back in. Koscheck starts unloading with some punches and mixes them up to the head and the body. Koscheck shoots in and lands a takedown with only seconds to go. Pierce stands back up and lands an elbow.
This was the pure definition of a close fight. As you can tell by Harris and I's completely different scores, sometimes MMA judging can all be in the eyes of the beholder. In a close fight like Koscheck/Pierce, all it takes is one move in an extremely close round to convince a judge that a certain someone won that round. I'm not going to lie to you guys, I'm a little biased towards Koscheck and I thought the takedowns were enough to win him the fight. Pierce is one tough son of a bitch though and he once again showed that he's one of the hardest guys to finish in the UFC's welterweight division. Pierce now has 3 losses in the Octagon, all to guys with a wrestling background. It's too bad all the top guys in the welterweight division are great wrestlers, otherwise Pierce would probably be ranked near the top. Don't get me wrong though, Pierce is an excellent wrestler himself, he's just not as good as guys like GSP, Jon Fitch, Koscheck, or Johny Hendricks. As for Koscheck, he remains one of the top ranked guys in the welterweight division and is now riding a two-fight win streak. Is another shot at the UFC welterweight title on the horizion? As long as he's not fighting GSP for the title, I wouldn't complain.....
So what does the future hold for these guys? Koscheck vs. Carlos Condit in a title fight for the UFC interim title would be a fun fight, but that all depends on how close GSP is to returning. If they did run that fight, they risk the chance of Koscheck winning and if that happens, you'd be forced to put on Koscheck vs. GSP III and NO ONE wants to see Koscheck lose to GSP again. Here's what I would do. If Nick Diaz decides not to retire (which I think he'll do after he stops crying about his loss), you book Diaz vs. Koscheck. That's probably a strong enough fight to main event a PPV and the trash talking between the two guys would be HISTORICAL! Other possibilities include Koscheck vs. the winner of the upcoming Jake Ellenberger/Diego Sanchez fight or Koscheck vs. someone like Charlie Brenneman or Rick Story. One thing's for sure, the welterweight division is heating up again in the UFC.....
-Fabricio Werdum (15-5-1) def. Roy Nelson (16-7) via unanimous-decision
-Roy Nelson, Decision
ROUND ONE: Early on Werdum gets Nelson to the ground. Werdum gets Nelson's back and goes for the choke! Nelson is able to defend the submission and get back to his feet. Werdum starts attacking and drilling Nelson with some knee strikes. Nelson survives though and is able to clinch Werdum against the cage. Nelson lands some punches in the clinch. Werdum fires back with some Thai clinch knees and punches. Nelson's bleeding from his face which is busted open. Nelson is able to maintain the clinch against the cage. Josh Rosenthal calls for a time out for the doctor to check out Nelson's cut. The doctor checks Nelson out and he gets the OK as they go back into the fight. Werdum swings and lands come punches. Nelson is able to knock Werdum down with a punch and he goes to the ground. Werdum tries to get Nelson in an armbar, but Nelson escapes. The crowd rallies behind Big Country and starts chanting "USA!" Werdum stands back up to his feet. Werdum lands some more strikes and misses on a big spin kick before the round ends.
ROUND TWO: Werdum starts things off with a leg kick and stuns Nelson with another knee strike to the face. Nelson quickly recovers though as they get back to the feet. Nelson lands a leg kick of his own. Werdum pushes forward with his striking attack and lands a good knee to the body followed by another knee to the head. It looks like Roy's cut has opened back up. Nelson gets some swinging hook punches and Werdum answers back with a head kick. Nelson's toughness is amazing, but it looks like he's still losing this round. The action settles down a bit as they continue exchanging strikes on the feet. Werdum lands a kick to Nelson's side. Nelson pushes forward with some big punches, and Werdum tries to move away and fires back with some big punches of his own.
ROUND THREE: Here we go for the third and final round. Werdum shoots in for a takedown, but Nelson grabs onto a guillotine choke on Werdum. Nelson lands a knee and Werdum gets out of the hold. Werdum pushes forward with some more knee strikes. The "USA" chants start up again. They trade strikes as they break from the clinch. Both men are looking tired as they are leaving it all in the cage. Werdum lands a front to Nelson's face and follows it up with an outside leg kick. Nelson tries to continue swinging and pushing forward. Werdum misses on a head kick. Werdum lands another knee. Nelson won't go down. Only a minute to go now and they continue to trade punches. Nelson blocks a switch kick. Werdum checks for the clock as he wants to ride it out. Nelson misses on a spinning back kick attempt. They trade punches and the round comes to a close as it looks like Werdum outpointed Nelson to secure the fight.
Well, this one didn't go exactly like I thought it would. First off, who in the hell told Fabricio Werdum that he had a clinch game? Either way, Werdum was working the clinch like a mad man tonight. He ended up catching "Big Country" with a huge knee to the face that I'm sure made Rich Franklin's nose hurt. Any normal human being likely would have been sleeping and crying after that knee, but Nelson isn't a normal human being. Something has happened to Nelson ever since he got knocked out by Andrei Arlovski at EliteXC: Heat in 2008. I don't know if he went and got some reconstructive surgery done where they put a steel plate where his chin used to reside, but Nelson has to be one of the toughest guys in the sport to finish these days. Werdum meanwhile looked extremely impressive tonight. He looked much better on the feet than he did against Alistair Overeem last year and if he continues to improve that aspect of his game, he could get that much-anticipated rematch with Junior dos Santos he's been begging for since JDS knocked him right out of the UFC at UFC 90. It was a good return fight for Werdum and I'm actually excited to see what the future has in store for him.
Speaking of the future, so where do these two go from here? This fight moves Nelson's overall UFC record to 3-3 overall and he's now 1-3 in his last 4 fights. It wouldn't shock me to see the UFC decide to part ways with Nelson as the two have had a tumultuous relationship ever since Nelson won season 10 of "The Ultimate Fighter". Dana has publicly criticized Nelson in the past and has threatened to release him before, which is why it wouldn't shock me if this was Nelson's last fight in the UFC. If it's not and the company does want to bring him back again, may I recommend a Nelson vs. the winner of the upcoming Cheick Kongo/Mark Hunt fight at UFC 144? As for Werdum, he now moves one step closer to a title shot in the very thin heavyweight division. He's realistically probably only one win away from earning that title shot now. Potential opponents for Werdum's next fight could be Cain Velasquez (if the UFC decides against the rumored Velasquez/"Bigfoot" Silva fight that is....), the returning Shane Carwin, or even Frank Mir. One thing is for sure though, the next time we see Werdum in the Octagon....a title shot will likely be on the line.
UFC Interim Welterweight Title Bout:
-Carlos Condit (28-5) def. Nick Diaz (26-8) via unanimous-decision
-Nick Diaz, Decision
ROUND ONE: Condit gets a n outside leg kick early on and follows it up with a couple more leg kicks. Diaz tries to come forward but Condit gets a knee in the clinch. Condit throws more leg kicks and Diaz continues to push forward. Diaz starts utilizing his punching technique. Diaz throws a kick to Condit's chest. The crowd seems split with some chants for Diaz and some chants for Condit. Diaz has Condit backing up and on the defensive. Condit lands a discus punch. Diaz doesn't look phased though as he continues to move forward. Diaz starts taunting Condit and puts his hands down. They trade punches in the corner. Condit looks try and work the leg kick as much as possible. Diaz gets off some more of his quick punches. Diaz blocks another discus punch. Condit tries to land his combinations as Diaz taunts him to bring it before the round comes to an end. That was close but I think Diaz had the better aggression in that one.
ROUND TWO: Condit tries and misses on some kicks near the start. Diaz moves forward with his high volume punches. Condit lands a spinning back fist as Diaz pushes forward in the clinch. They quickly separate. Diaz asks Condit to bring it and straight up slaps Condit upside the head and pushes forward with his punches again. It looks like Condit's counter-game doesn't seem to be working on Diaz as Diaz has Condit on the run from Diaz's boxing attack. Diaz lands a good punching combination as Condit tries to land a sidekick to Diaz's abdomen. Condit lands a shot to the body, and Diaz playfully grabs his abdomen and plays it up. Diaz unloads with some big, quick shots to the body as the action picks up some. Condit continues trying to strike and move.
ROUND THREE: Diaz pushes forward some more with his punches. Condit answers back with some of his kicks. Diaz lands a kick to midsection of Condit. Diaz stalks Condit toward the fence and lands some more quick punches. Condit tries to throw some straight front kicks and then Diaz continues to answer with more punches of his own. Diaz mixes up some kicks with his attacks. Diaz misses on a jumping front kick attempt. Condit is able to land on a nice punch and kick combination. Condit goes for a high knee attack and they trade some more punches. Condit slips on a kick attempt and moves away and gets back up right before the horn to end the round sounds. I think Condit did enough to take it with some of his bigger strikes toward the end of the round. It was a close round though.
ROUND FOUR: Diaz continues to play the aggressor and lays in some punches and kicks in the first minute of the round. Eventually Diaz shoots for the takedown, but Condit defends and lands a good punching combination. Diaz ducks on another spinning back fist shot. Condit starts to open up more and lands some good combinations and a nice head kick. Condit blocks another takedown and lands a knee to the head on Diaz. Condit lands a leg kick. Diaz ducks another spinning back fist and tries to grab Condit's leg as the bell sounds. Condit I think outworked Diaz in the round and the fight might be turning in his favor.
ROUND FIVE: This looks like it will be going the distance. Condit doesn't seem to be committing to his attacks all that much so far. Diaz tries to push forward but gets a spinning elbow from Condit. They exchange strikes and Condit gets off a head kick and Diaz continues to push forward. Diaz clinches Condit against the cage and Condit breaks it. Diaz pushes in and Condit lands a knee and some punches. They trade some more punches on the feet with less than two minutes to go. Diaz gets Condit's back and gets Condit to the ground. Diaz gets both hooks, but Condit defends the submission. Condit switches to the figure-four body lock and it looks like he almost gets the rear naked choke. Condit stays away with only seconds to go. Condit escapes and gets out right before the round ends. A lot of these rounds were close. I'm not sure how the judges will score it.
It's fight like this that I don't envy being an MMA judge. Seriously, the outcome of this fight really was based on how you personally judge an MMA fight. I heard some people give the fight to Diaz because it seemed like Diaz was constantly pressuring Condit and Condit was on a constant retreat during the fight. However, if you go back and re-watch the fight, while Diaz is constantly pushing the pace, Condit is actually the one connecting with some solid shots. While it may have looked like Diaz was winning the fight, take a look at the number of landed successful strikes and you'll get a different picture. Diaz was doing nothing but stalking Condit the entire fight without ever actually doing anything but making Condit move backwards. Let's just take a look at the Fight Metric stats for this fight:
Diaz landed 105 significant strikes with 117 total strikes. He landed 62 head shots and 49 body shots with 6 successful leg kicks.
Condit landed 151 significant strikes with 159 total strikes. He landed 55 head shots and 36 body shots with 68 successful leg kicks.
Looking back at the Fight Metric stats, you can see why the judges gave Condit the win. Even though he was on a constant defense in the Octagon, he was landing those leg kicks with ease and Diaz had no answer what so ever. It's not like Condit was pulling a "Kalib Starnes" and was running around the Octagon the entire time with no real offense. Condit was countering Diaz's movements and while it may not have been convincing, it worked. Anyway you decide to look at it, this fight was extremely close and really could have gone either way, it all really depends on how you judge an MMA fight. The fight itself wasn't exactly the "barn burner" that many of us expected, but it got people talking and I'm sure none of us would complain if a rematch was set before GSP does decide to return....
As you most likely saw in the post-fight interview, Nick Diaz went on one of his famous rants and was so upset at the judge's ruling that he apparently decided to retire from MMA. Diaz wears his emotion's on his sleeves and he's always entertaining in a post-fight interview. Usually if Diaz wins the fight, he'll come out and challenge someone in typical Diaz fashion. But when Diaz loses a fight, that's when things get REALLY interesting. Remember when Diaz lost to Joe Riggs at UFC 57 and the two got into a fight at the hospital? Classic Diaz post-fight breakdown. Remember when Diaz lost to K.J. Noons after the ref stopped the fight due to a cut on Diaz at EliteXC: Renegade in 2007? Diaz flipped the crowd off and retreated to the back to cry like a bitch. Classic Diaz post-fight breakdown again. This time around? Diaz lost to Condit in a close fight, got on the mic with Joe Rogan and said that he's DONE with MMA for good. He even went as far as to once again complain about the pay he receives (he said he's tired of making so much money in MMA in an obvious sarcastic tone...), only this time he did it on a much bigger platform and one has to believe that ol' Dana White is not happy about that move. I'm personally finally sick and tired of Diaz's constant whining and bitching and I HOPE that he is done with MMA and decides to go over to boxing. Why? Because watching him come crawling back to MMA in two years would be pleasant for all of us UFC fans who are sick and tired of Diaz's bullshit. As for Condit, we all know his future. He's headed for a title vs. title showdown with fellow Greg Jackson team mate Georges St. Pierre. While the fight may not get the buy rates that Diaz vs. GSP would have, it'll still be a good one because GSP will be coming off a long layoff and there's no guarantee that he'll be the same fighter he was before his surgery. It's just too bad Condit's win was overshadowed by Diaz's post-fight rant, but them's the breaks sometimes.
And there we are. UFC 143 is officially in the books and for me, I'm torn as to whether to give the card a thumbs down or a thumbs in the middle. Diaz vs. Condit was an alright fight, but it was nowhere as near as good as I was expecting it to be. Werdum vs. Nelson and Koscheck vs. Pierce were decent fights, but I could have missed either fight and not been that upset with myself. Barao vs. Jorgensen was a boring fight, but I knew that was coming so I could have diverted my attention to refilling my cranberry vodka's numerous times. Herman vs. Starks was awesome because it's always awesome to watch "Short Fuse" pick up a victory in the Octagon. I suppose I'll call the show a "thumbs in the middle" show because I honestly can't call a show where Ed Herman submits someone a disappointment. WAR ED HERMAN BITCHES!!!!!
All The Other Stuff:
The UFC on FOX 3 show continued to grow this past week. The UFC confirmed that "Ultimate Fighter" season 13 winner Tony Ferguson (13-3) would be taking on longtime veteran Dennis Hallman (51-14-2) on the May 5th card. Ferguson is 3-0 in the Octagon since winning the show and is coming off a huge win over Yves Edwards (41-18-1) at "The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale" in December. Ferguson has looked impressive in his run so far and a win over Hallman would convince people that Ferguson could be ready for a top-ranked opponent. Hallman is 3-1 in the UFC in his last 4 fights. He's coming off a nice win over John Makdessi (9-1) at UFC 140 and is no doubt looking to hand Ferguson his first loss in the UFC. As long as Hallman doesn't wear those horrible underwear tights he wore against Brian Ebersole at UFC 133, I would say he has a good chance at doing exactly that....
For those of you who can't wait to see Anderson Silva (31-4) take on Chael Sonnen (27-11-1) in a rematch of their classic bout at UFC 117 in 2010, I have good news for you! UFC President Dana White has confirmed that Silva vs. Sonnen II will go down in Brazil at a currently-unannounced UFC show in June. This is awesome on so many levels. On one hand, we are going to get the rematch we all wanted. Sonnen vs. Silva at UFC 117 was one of the best MMA fights I've ever seen and I've been dying to see the rematch ever since it ended. On the other hand, the fight is going to be in Brazil and if the past is any kind of indication as to what it's in store for us, that place is going to be ROCKING! The Brazil UFC fans are easily the loudest and best fans the company has and I can't imagine the noise that's going to come from that place. Sonnen has made some rude comments towards Brazilians in the past and Dana White has even gone on record and stated that he wouldn't let Chael Sonnen fight in Brazil out of fear for the guy's life. Well, it looks like he had a change of heart because now we are getting Sonnen vs. Silva II in Brazil at the beginning of summer and I don't know a single soul who isn't excited for that one....
UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem (36-11) made the headlines last week when it was revealed by TMZ that Overeem had been arrested for battery in Las Vegas. The reported incident apparently happened at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas following Overeem's victory over Brock Lesnar (5-3) at UFC 141. According to reports, Overeem reportedly pushed or shoved a woman in the face which caused her to stagger back. Overeem wasn't technically arrested and is set to appear in court on February 21st. Something tells me that if Overeem wasn't technically arrested and instead was just summoned to court, they don't have much against him. This sounds like a case of "he said/she said" and perhaps even some woman recognizing Overeem and trying to get some money out of him. Of course, now that I said that, it will be revealed that Overeem was drunk and pushed her face after she rejected his sexual advances. I'll just go ahead and not comment on this story until more information is released. That sounds like the safe thing to do at least....
For those of you who were anticipating a rematch between Brandon Vera (12-5) and Thiago Silva (14-2), I have got some bad news for you. Even though the UFC confirmed the rematch was on last week, Vera pulled out of the fight almost as quickly as he signed for it. Vera reportedly suffered an undisclosed injury and will now be forced to step aside in this revenge fight for him. Of course, who can really blame Vera for backing out? Everyone remembers what Silva did to Vera's face when the two first fought back at UFC 125 last year. Silva broke Vera's nose in horrific fashion, but it was all for nothing as Silva ended up testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs and the fight was ruled a "no contest". Even though Silva was on PED's during their first fight, I don't blame Vera for backing out of this fight at all, especially if he's not 100%. The last thing Vera wants to happen is to be fired from the UFC for a second time following another loss to Thiago Silva. Would anyone really favor Vera over a clean Silva? If so, you and I need to get together for some more UFC bets RIGHT NOW.....
Other fights announced this week:
-Pat Barry (7-4) vs. Lavar Johnson (16-5): UFC on FOX 3
-Mike Massenzio (13-6) vs. Karlos Vemola (8-2): UFC on FOX 3
-Louis Gaudinot (5-2) vs. John Lineker (19-5): UFC on FOX 3
This feature looks at some of the best tweets posted on Twitter by MMA fighters or anyone else connected to the world of MMA.
Courtesy of @KennyFlorian - "One sure fire way to keep my interest for 30 minutes is to pretend u have seen a Bigfoot or are looking for a Bigfoot. #KenFloFunFact"
Courtesy of @SMOOTHone155 - "Wow seems to be quite the controversy, I don't get it...I had Condit clearly winning 4 rds...1 guy walked forward the other landed strikes.."
Courtesy of @RondaRousey - "If I wanted to see a man run for 25 minutes I'd go to a track meet. Diaz is the real champ, what a bullshit fight"
Courtesy of @RoyNelsonMMA - "Congrats Werdum, when u get knocked down u get back up, push forward & learn 2 B a better fighter. Thank u 4 the support. I will B back "
Courtesy of @SonnenCH - "Well rounded just means that you suck at a lot of things all at once. Try growing a spine and mastering something for a change, worm."
Courtesy of @PatMiletich - "That decision was an absolute joke. At best, Condit won 2 rounds."
Courtesy of @JoshNeer - "Wow. Nick got robbed 4-1 diaz. Carlos was doing the Forrest Gump #runforestrun"
Courtesy of @DanHendo - "Wow, I would not want to judge that one. I had it even after 4. And diaz in the 5th"
Courtesy of @MiguelTorresMMA - "If Jesus ate himself to 246 lbs, was a cage fighter, was american, & had an awesome mullet, he would be @RoyNelsonmma."
Won the title from Marloes Coenen back on July 30, 2011 at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson
Bibiano Fernandes - DREAM Bantamweight Champion
Won the title from Antonio Banuelos back on December 31, 2011 at DREAM 2011 New Year's Eve Fight For Japan.
Hiroyuki Takaya - DREAM Featherweight Champion
Won the title from Bibiano Fernandes back on December 31, 2010 at Dynamite!! 2010 New Year's Eve show.
Shinya Aoki - DREAM Lightweight Champion
Won the title from Joachim Hansen back on October 6, 2009 at DREAM.11
Marius Zaromskis - DREAM Welterweight Champion
Won the title from Jason High back on July 20, 2009 at DREAM.10
Gegard Mousasi - DREAM Light Heavyweight Champion
Won the title from Tatsuya Mizuno back on September 25, 2010 at DREAM.16
Cole Konrad - Bellator Heavyweight Champion
Won the title from Neil Grove back on October 14, 2010 at Bellator 29
Christian M'Pumbu - Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion
Won the title from Richard Hale back on May 21, 2011 at Bellator 45
Hector Lombard - Bellator Middleweight Champion
Won the title from Jared Hess back on June 19, 2009 at Bellator 12
Ben Askren - Bellator Welterweight Champion
Won the title from Lyman Good back on October 21, 2010 at Bellator 33
Michael Chandler - Bellator Lightweight Champion
Won the title from Eddie Alvarez back on November 19, 2011 at Bellator 58
Joe Warren - Bellator Featherweight Champion
Won the title from Joe Soto back on September 2, 2010 at Bellator 27
Zach Makovsky - Bellator Bantamweight Champion
Won the title from Ed West back on October 14, 2010 at Bellator 32
Zoila Gurgel - Bellator 115lb Women's Champion
Won the title from Megumi Fujii back on October 28, 2010 at Bellator 34
Random Top 5 List Time!
Here you will see a random top 5 list put together by yours truly. It may be Top 5 submission fighters, Top 5 stand-up fighters or hell, even the Top 5 ways that Anderson Silva could kill you. Seriously, don't mess with that man. He's dangerous.
The Top 5 Most Outrageous Nick Diaz Moments: If Nick Diaz sticks to his word and actually retires from MMA (he won't....), than MMA has truly lost one of it's best competitors and all-around douchebags. Don't get me wrong now, I'm a huge fan of Nick Diaz, but the guy has had his fair share of "d-bag moments". It seems like whenever Nick Diaz is involved in a fight, some kind of controversy is going to happen. Whether or not he's fighting with Diego Sanchez in the locker room, fighting with Joe Riggs in the hospital, fighting with Jason "Mayhem" Miller on CBS or flipping off the crowd because he just lost a close fight, it seems that controversy follows Diaz wherever he goes. I thought it would be fun to go back and rank the top 5 biggest douchebag moments in Nick Diaz's MMA history. There has definitely been plenty of them and hopefully there will be plenty more in the future....
5. Nick Diaz and Joe Riggs brawl at the hospital. - During Diaz's first-run with the UFC back in the mid-2000's, he was much younger, which of course meant he was much more immature than he is today (if you can believe that...). After Diaz lost a close decision fight to Joe Riggs at UFC 57 back in 2006, the two reportedly got into a big brawl at the hospital. While no one has ever heard the exact truth about the brawl, it's fun hearing both sides tell their side of the story:
Joe Riggs: "We were like going to get a room, and like he is always popping off, talking smack. I go down toward his end of the hospital to find a doctor so he could watch me pee in a cup for the boxing commission, and he comes talking smack. I'm like, go back to the WEC. You're bush league. You just got beat up. That's two in a row. You're out. I was just standing around talking shit to him. He was like, that's it, and comes out of his room. I had my hands down. He starts coming up to me. I just never in a million years thought he'd throw a punch. He threw a right hook and hit me right in the chin. I mean it hit me right on the button. I seriously can't say that I was knocked out, but I kind of went down to a knee. Then we just fought and scrambled. I put him against the wall and just Thai clinched and started kneeing the shit out of him. His nose was bleeding. I kept kneeing him, and they broke us up. That's all that happened."
Nick Diaz: "I'm in one room at the end of the hall, and he is at the other in of the hall with a bunch of people. He walked all the way down. I don't know if they sent him over there to get something from the nurses station. You know, because I was a little bit closer to the nurses station. I don't know if they sent him over there, or if he walked over there close to my room, by my room. When he did, he walked all the way over to my room, and I was like, what the fuck are you doing over here?
Do you want to get your ass whooped or what? I was all, I didn't even say that. I started talking shit to him when walked over to my room. He was talking shit to me too, so I wasn't going to sit there in my room. I got up out of my room, walked out of my room, and I was like, what's up bitch. He threw up his hands and started doing his little Joe Riggs dance around and shit. I fucking knocked him down. Then he got up and started trying to take me down. I turned him around. I put double under-hooks because he had a single leg. I put both my arms under his. I turned him because I'm hopping on one leg. So I hopped him on one leg, and I hopped him into the little office right next to the doors. You know, where the emergency doors open? You can't get in, but you can get out unless you are an ambulance or whatever. I would have hopped him through those doors; I should have hopped him through those doors and outside, should have taken it outside. But I hopped him into this room and I started punching him in his face up against this wall in this room.
And then the fucking security ran in and grabbed me. I stopped fighting the security and shit. I was like, all right, all right, all right. I'm sorry. I'm sorry because they were about to tase us or some shit. Seriously, they were going to tase us. The cops came in. I figured the cops would have arrested us, but they were Nick Diaz fans or whatever. One of them got an autograph. They were like, hell no I'm not arresting this guy. He's my favorite fighter. I couldn't believe it. We were in Vegas, so I figured that is the reason why. I signed some autographs for the police. He was like, get your brother man. Get your brother man. Get your brother man, please. He was like, get your brother man. He's crazy. I'm like, fuck you. He walked over to my side of the hospital, though. I didn't walk over there to his side of the hospital and try to fight him. I stayed on my side of the hospital. I stayed in my room. Okay?"
Perhaps the best part of the story is the cops deciding not to arrest Diaz because they were huge Diaz fans. That alone makes the hospital brawl one of my all-time favorite Nick Diaz douchebag moments.....
4. Diaz forgets to attend press conferences for upcoming title fight with GSP. - It's the dream of most MMA fighters to one day fight for a title in the UFC. Nick Diaz finally got his big chance when the UFC announced that Diaz would face UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre for the UFC welterweight title at UFC 137. It was the ultimate chance for Diaz to face one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in MMA and for him to shock the world and potentially become the new face of the welterweight division in MMA. However, all the responsibilites leading up to the fight were just too much for Diaz. He ended up no-showing some press conferences because he figured they weren't important (ya, because promoting your upcoming PPV fight is NEVER important...). Diaz had the chance of a lifetime and one that A LOT of MMA fighters would kill for, but flushed it all down the drain by making stupid decisions. Diaz played dumb when the UFC finally did decide to pull him from the fight and replace him with Carlos Condit by acting like he didn't know any better, but we all saw through his act. Diaz is a great fighter who makes retarded decisions and this one will likely always haunt him. He had his shot at the UFC welterweight title and he let it slip away by being a moron. Don't feel sorry for Diaz following his loss to Carlos Condit, he had his chance and he blew it.
3. Nick Diaz vs. Diego Sanchez. - Once again, we go back to Diaz's first run in the UFC in the mid-2000's. It's no secret that Nick Diaz doesn't like people who get free rides, and he was not a fan of "The Ultimate Fighter" reality show giving away a UFC contract when he had to bust his ass for years to get one (which is ironic now, considering his brother won season five of the show). Well, after Diego Sanchez won season one of the show, Diaz reportedly started emailing Sanchez asking for a fight. Once Sanchez finally agreed to a fight, the emails reportedly got more threatening and even included insults directed at Sanchez's family. Well, tensions reached an all-time high when Diaz reportedly threw a shoe at Sanchez before their fight at "The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale" back in 2005. Nothing say's "professional" more than throwing a shoe at your opponent before a fight. Sanchez ended up getting the last laugh though as he went on to dominate Diaz in a unanimous-decision victory. See, sometimes trying to intimidate a guy into fighting you can come back and bite you in the ass. You should always be careful about who you choose to fight. Oh, and you should also keep all clothing items to yourself. Honestly, who throws a shoe?
2. Diaz brawls with the Noons family at EliteXC: - This is the often-forgotten about EliteXC brawl that occured in 2008. After Diaz lost a controversial decision to K.J. Noons at EliteXC: Renegade in 2007, Diaz was looking for an immediate rematch, but Noons was looking to move on. Well, Diaz kept trying to get under Noons' skin and he did exactly that following Noons' victory over Yves Edwards at EliteXC: Return of the King in 2008. Following Noons' victory, Bill Goldberg brought Nick Diaz into the ring during Noons' post-fight interview. This bad idea got ugly real quick. After Goldberg asked Noons if he thought Diaz deserved a rematch, Noons responded by asking the crowd if they thought Diaz deserved a rematch. This resulted in Diaz grabbing the mic and telling Noons "Don't be scared homie" while Nate Diaz flipped Noons the bird in the background. Well, KJ Noons' father was also in the cage at the time and he wasn't a fan of Nate Diaz flipping his son the bird. The two started jawing with each other back-and-forth and before you know it....it was A BRAWL FOR ALL! The ring quickly became a war zone and it was all due in part to the Diaz brothers and their patented flipping of the bird maneuver. This was a situation that easily could have been avoided (by not bringing the controversial Diaz brothers into the cage to begin with), but the funny part is, it wasn't the worst brawl the Diaz brothers would be apart of following a main event....
1. The CBS/Strikeforce brawl. - Ahhh yes. The infamous "CBS/Strikeforce brawl" that still gets talked about to this day. We all remember what happened here. Following a very important prime time Strikeforce show on CBS, Jake Shields was in the cage giving his post-fight interview and of course he was with his entourage, the Diaz brothers and Gilbert Melendez. Well, this didn't scare Jason "Mayhem" Miller one bit as Miller let himself into the Octagon and decided to disrupt Shields' post-fight interview by demanding a rematch with Shields. This move went over like a fart in church. Before we knew it, "Mayhem" was the victim of a gang beating courtesy of Shields and his entourage. To make matters even worse, the show was featured on CBS during prime time which of course gave the anti-MMA crowd some good ammunition to use. The entire situation could have easily been avoided had Strikeforce had better security and not let "Mayhem" into the cage anyway, but then again....none of this may have happened had a certain someone not thrown the first punch:
A class act. That's for sure......
Here are a few of the upcoming events in the wonderful world of MMA:
UFC on FUEL TV 1 - February 15 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska
-Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez
-Stefan Struve vs. Dave Herman
-Aaron Simpson vs. Ronny Markes
-Jonathan Brookins vs. Vagner Rocha
-Stipe Miocic vs. Philip De Fries
-Ivan Menjivar vs. John Albert
-T.J. Dillashaw vs. Walel Watson
-Buddy Roberts vs. Sean Loeffler
-Justin Salas vs. Anton Kuivanen
-Tim Means vs. Bernardo Magalhaes
UFC 144 "Edgar vs. Henderson" - February 25 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan
-Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson (for the UFC lightweight title)
-Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Ryan Bader
-Jake Shields vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
-Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon
-Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Hunt
-Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch
-Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto vs. Vaughan Lee
-Takanori Gomi vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
-Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski
-Riki Fukuda vs. Steve Cantwell
-Takeya Mizugaki vs. Chris Cariaso
-Tiequan Zhang vs. To Be Announced
Strikeforce "Tate vs. Rousey" - March 3 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio
-Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey (for the Strikeforce women's bantamweight title)
-Gegard Mousasi vs. Mike Kyle
-Paul Daley vs. Kazuo Misaki
-K.J. Noons vs. Josh Thomson
-Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza vs. Derek Brunson
-Sarah Kaufman vs. Alexis Davis
-Pat Healy vs. Caros Fodor
-Ryan Couture vs. Conor Heun
-Scott Smith vs. Lumumba Sayers
UFC on FX 2 - March 3 at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia
-Martin Kampmann vs. Thiago Alves
-Joseph Benavidez vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani (UFC flyweight tournament semifinal)
-Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall (UFC flyweight tournament semifinal)
-Court McGee vs. Constantinos Philippou
-Cole Miller vs. Steven Siler
-Kyle Noke vs. Andrew Craig
-Aaron Rosa vs. James Te Huna
-Mackens Semerzier vs. To Be Announced
-T.J. Waldburger vs. Jake Hecht
-Oli Thompson vs. Shawn Jordan
-Anthony Perosh vs. Nick Penner
Bellator 60 - March 9 at The Venue at Horseshoe Hammond in Hammond, Indiana
-Joe Warren vs. Pat Curran (for Bellator featherweight title)
-Marlon Sandro vs. Roberto Vargas (2012 Bellator featherweight tourney opening-round)
-Wagnney Fabiano vs. Ronnie Mann (2012 Bellator featherweight tourney opening-round)
-Genair da Silva vs. Alexandre Bezerra (2012 Bellator featherweight tourney opening-round)
-Daniel Straus vs. Jeremy Spoon (2012 Bellator featherweight tourney opening-round)
Bellator 61 - March 16 at the Horseshoe Riverdome in Bossier City, Louisiana
-Eric Prindle vs. Thiago Santos
-Maiquel Falcao vs. Norman Paraisy (2012 Bellator middleweight tourney opening-round)
-Vitor Vianna vs. Brian Rogers (2012 Bellator middleweight tourney opening-round)
-Victor O'Donnell vs. Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (2012 Bellator middleweight tourney opening-round)
-Bruno Santos vs. Giva Santana (2012 Bellator middleweight tourney opening-round)
Video of the Week!
If I have to explain to you what "video of the week" is, than please grab a pencil and stick it in your neck for the benefit of society....
You can retire all you want, but you can't remove our memories.....
My top 5 MMA Rankings:
These are my current top 5 MMA rankings! I know 411mania.com has their own rankings as a collective unit, but I figured I would list mine for you guys to tear apart each week....