The MMA 5 & 1 07.18.12: The Wrong Vowel Edition
Posted by Stewart Lange on 07.18.2012
Jade Noble is your "& 1" Model of the Week, Jon Jones takes on Fedor Emelianenko in Vs, Batista books his first MMA fight, The Ultimate Fighter picks its new coaches for two shows and more!
Well, it's another week and despite my threats, I've delivered you with a sterling edition of the MMA 5 & 1! It's a very, very exciting week this week as not only was it my birthday on Sunday, nor the fact we're going to get our new dog on Friday (a Border Terrier puppy) but also because I have a pretty exciting announcement to make.
On August 25th, the first ever all female fight card in Europe will take place, as Women Fight Back put on a card in Aldershot, England for Victim Support for Women. It's a great cause and as an exclusive for you 5 & 1 fans, there will be announcements and features made in this very column and on the 411 UK Submission radio show as fight night approaches.
Speaking of the 411 UK Submission, we discuss Women Fight Back, UFC and Strikeforce in a packed show.
Remember, we're live at 8pm Monday nights UK time.
I can't really ramble on more than that I'm afraid, there's just far to much to be getting on with. So I'll rip this off....
Without further adieu.......
Like every week......
Take that, Dustin James. That's what you get for making a wank joke about me. That'll teach you.
I return fire on last week's comments!
I only have one comment I'm not going to plagiarise later, so I'll do that now.
Great column as always! I like your idea about a Fedor appearance at UFC: Russia. I don't think Fedor or Dana would want to see a Fedor main event, but a co-main event against a beatable opponent such as Frank Mir or Cheick (why do I still have a job?) Congo would be a very interesting and profitable fight. Or, maybe Dana goes for broke and coaxes Cro Cop out of retirement for an old guy reunion fight.
Forrest is not a very good loser! I know he got the decision, but he obviously didn't think he was going get the win, and despite the numbers I was mildly surprised myself.
Rampage talks a lot of B.S. but after a very short running failed fued with King Mo in TNA he will be begging the UFC for one more chance, and just like Tito, he will get it.
Posted By: Shawn (Guest) †on†July 11, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Thanks for the comment as always, Shawn. I pretty much agree with everything you say, but to be honest, I doubt the UFC will entertain another Rampage fight, unless he manages to pull them a significant number of buys. He won't, he's done.
I got a lot of great feedback on Twitter for my 50 Shades of Gray feature, so here are some of them.
That is an ingenious title. Can't wait for the followup where @GrayMaynard gets 50 shades darker. @MeanWriteHook
If you read @StewartLange411's column and don't laugh at the 50 Shades of Grey portion, you have no soul @JeremyLambert88
Oh, I believe the hype! @BrookeInVegas
But what did you think?
GSP defeated Mark Coleman triumphantly, so he advances on to face Chuck Liddell. My plan to get the "Iceman" onto the banner has taken a turn for the worst.
It's the last fight of the first round, though, so who takes the last spot? Fedor Emelianenko or Jon Jones? Either of them could be favourites to win the whole thing, so DON'T miss the chance to vote this week and get your man into the next round of the tournament! Make sure Fedor doesn't "ruin his night."
The Junk Punch Rant Zone!
The MMA Dick-Tionary
Dick-tionary (adj)- An irrelevant look at MMA terms that annoy our hero for no real reason.
"Probably the most (insert phrase here) in all the UFC"
This was suggested by a reader, who unfortunately kept their identity secret as a guest, but nevertheless, they're right. Every show, this is used. Be it "underrated jiu-jitsu practitioners," "hardest to finish competitors," "highly decorated wrestlers" or just general terms of sucking up, it'll find it's way in somewhere.
Do you have a nominee for the MMA Dick-Tionary? Be sure to share it in the comments!
Douche Of The Week
In my opinion, Josh Rosenthal is one of the best referees in the business. If I don't see Herb Dean in the centre of the octagon to take a big fight, I'm usually glad to see Josh standing there, but not this week. After Chris Weidman dropped Mark Munoz with a nasty elbow right to the face, the follow up ground and pound went on for approximately eight punches too long. EIGHT punches. No wonder Mark looked like the ugly side of a barn door afterwards. I'm all for giving fighters the benefit of the doubt as they try and recover, but certain cases are just too cut and dry.
Fighting with people
This is the second Dana Versus in a row I've had trouble with writing. Why? Because he doesn't seem to be fighting with anyone. Sure, he had a snipe at Josh Rosenthal on Twitter, but that's hardly unusual. The unusual thing here is that for the first time in a long time, Dana has no (public) beef with anyone. To make it up to you, here's a picture of Emily Browning.
Organisation, focus and discipline: those are my words of the week! With 6 weeks of training left until I have my first pro fight, I have to make sure every second counts. What makes this even more exciting is that it will be the first all-female fight card to take part in Europe. "Women Fight Back" will showcase the best of UK WMMA talent and I am lucky to have the chance to represent the sport.
Sundays are my day to organise, make meals, get all my training gear together and reflect on how training is going. I work in events management so I have to balance a demanding job with an increasingly demanding training regime.
Last Sunday I ignored my usual urge to potter around the house and went to the Eric Paulson seminar with my coach. We arrived fashionably late (Tolly doesn't do early mornings) to see everyone outside furiously pummelling and working the pads, Eric must have brought some California sunshine with him. After an hour of boxing drills we headed inside to work some wrestling and no-gi and finished up with some meditation.
I must admit I have never really tried mediation but I felt refreshed after 3 hours of hard training and I left vowing to give it (and about ten new foot-locks) a try.
Last Wednesday (Please, UFC. No more Wednesday fight cards. My column gets demoted and it's hard to watch in the UK if you work) we saw UFC on Fuel, or FX, or Fox or whatever the hell channel you guys get it on in America. There are now officially so many UFC shows across so many channels I can't keep up. Anyway, in the main event, Chris Weidman dominated Mark Munoz and finished the fight in the second round with an amazing short elbow and afore-mentioned ground and pound. Weidman called out Anderson Silva after the fight and while it may be a little premature, it could actually be good for the division. Hell, you could market Weidman as "the White Jon Jones" and..... what? Hang on.
Sorry, guys. Mike Goldberg called. Turns out Alexander Gustaffson is the "White Jon Jones." Anyway, Weidman is moving up quickly and if the UFC are serious about him, then chuck him the winner of this weekends Lombard/Boetsch turn and give the winner to "the Spider."
During the rest of the evening, James Te Huna and Joey Beltran punched each other in the face. A lot. I honestly couldn't believe what I was watching as these two went back and forth, with both men having chances to finish the fight and Te Huna landing uppercuts that would have decapitated most men, but barely seemed to phase Beltran. A worthy fight of the night.
Aaron Simpson (who?) and Kenny Robertson (meh?) somehow found themselves on the main card and wasted the opportunity with a fairly bland three round battle, but given this was followed by decent finishes by TJ Dillashaw and Francis Carmont, we can't complain too much. All in all, it was a decent night of fights, but it's pretty safe to say the big story coming out of this will be Chris Weidman and who he faces next.
The 5 & 1 Soundtrack
Since Summer is here, I figured we'd celebrate with a little bit of 311. They bring the Californian sun with them, despite as I look out my window the rain bounces from the street.
"Surfer" Vs Marine.
Saturday night saw a respectably good Strikeforce card turned in, but despite dominating performances from Luke Rockhold and Nate Marquardt, all is not well in the Showtime camp. Luke Rockhold was able to withstand everything Tim Kennedy brought to the table, despite Kennedy bringing early pressure. It was the first performance that made me think Luke Rockhold could go on to have some success in the UFC, but with Showtime handcuffing their champions, it doesn't look likely. Rockhold was also pretty annoyed at how Showtime portrayed him in the build up, but more on that in a second.
Nate Marquardt became the new Strikeforce Welterweight champion with a win over Tyron Woodley. If you weren't a fan of Marquardt already, you will be after seeing him shut down the wrestling of Tyron Woodley and knock him the hell out in round four. Also on the card, we saw Roger Gracie and his inexperience as he was unable to finish a hurt Keith Jardine. Jardine is tough but no doubt, Gracie should have finished here. Jason High was robbed of a spot on TV, with a 26 second submission of Nate Moore that was bumped to first on the card and as a result went unseen by anyone.
Speaking of unseen by anyone, the Strikeforce fighters had some choice words for Showtime, as the differences between the recent UFC 148 event and their own became apparent. There was little to no press coverage at the press conference for the event, no hype or advertising in the run up and even Tim Kennedy, a main eventer fighting for the title, claimed that it was "crystal clear that nobody gives a shit." All is not well in Showtime.
The 411 MMA Podcast
Another week, another great show from Mark and the guys.
Two sets of Ultimate Fighter news this week, starting off with UK Versus Australia: The "Smashes!" For those of you that don't get the pun, the Ashes is a cricket competition between the UK and Australia. Well, England and Australia. Literally nobody in Scotland gives a fuck about cricket. Anyway, the coaches for that, while a decent undercard match up for a pay per view, don't really have the drawing star power to hold the weight of a season over their shoulders. Ross Pearson and George Sotiropoulos are the coaches for what will probably another lighter weight season and I must admit, I'm not sold but hey, I'm sure I'll watch it anyway.
More recently announced though, were two Heavyweight coaches in Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson. While this is slightly higher value, mainly due to Nelson being well known by casual fans as the guy that beat Kimbo Slice in the highest rated episode ever, it's pretty hard to argue either guy as a heavyweight in title contention. Carwin has been there and lost, whereas Nelson loses whenever he faces a top 5 fighter. Hopefully this season will be fun, but the fight at the end should be the real pay off as Nelson is tough as old boots and Carwin hits like a train.
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While I try my best to avoid anything that Wyatt has covered in his Five Quick Rounds column on a Tuesday, I couldn't resist having a little bit of fun this week with the spate of fighters changing weight class. Plus, I just really wanted to use that picture of Anthony Johnson.
Big Anthony has announced plans to move up to 205lbs, which is a total no brainer for the guy. He's become a total joke as his weigh ins have become more about how much he'll miss weight by, rather than how well his cut goes. He surely can't miss 205lbs, since he can't even hit 185lb when he's meant to be fighting at welterweight.
Speaking of Middleweights, Chael Sonnen is wanting to make the jump up to take on Jon Jones at 205lbs. Why Sonnen thinks he'll fare better against Jones than he did against Silva is a total mystery. Jones has a longer reach and has done a lot better against wrestlers than Silva. Anyone want to see what Jones did to Ryan Bader and tell me how Sonnen will do better against "Bones?" Answers on a postcode.
Someone who does think they'll do better against Anderson Silva is Rashad Evans. No, not Rashid Evans, more on him later. Former Light Heavyweight champion Rashad Evans is contemplating a move down to 185lbs to challenge Anderson Silva for his title. I think of all the potential weight changes we've discussed, this one could be most successful if Evans can make the cut safely. Even not looking at the champion, I can't be the only one interested in seeing Evans rematch Michael Bisping, or taking on Hector Lombard? Now, that would be a fight. Book it, Joe.
In one of the most anticipated fight announcements of the year, Dave Bautista will make his MMA debut against the man, the myth, the LEGEND only known as Rashid Evans. Now, while that's a name that may sound ever so familiar, he is in fact no relation to Rasha Evans, but you can't help but think that with a pay per view to sell, it's not an entirely unintentional move on the promoters part. It kind of makes me think of the "gOmega" watches you can buy on holiday resorts or in dodgy markets.
The fake "Suga" has a 1-2 MMA record which, while stinking, is better than Dave's own 0-0 tilt in MMA. It could go either way, so who are you siding with, readers?
Closing the show this week, we have Bellator favourite......
The 5 & 1 End Zone!
That's it for another week here in the 5 & 1, so I hope you enjoyed the column! Please, leave a comment below and be sure to check some of the other amazing work here on the 411.
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Thanks for reading, everyone! I hope you enjoyed this weeks column, as always let me know what you thought in the comments section. Thanks again to Rach for contributing, she'll be back next week. On that note, have a great week and I'll......