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Falcons Nest DVD Review - UFC 48
Posted by Kile Andrews on 01.05.2011



UFC 48: Payback

Welcome 411er’s to another Falcon’s Nest DVD Review. Hopefully I can walk you through this event and warn or recommend these to you so you can either enjoy some good fights, or know which DVD’s to pass on. In Big John’s famous words, “Let’s get it on!”



Falcon’s Nest DVD Reviews
In Falcon’s Nest Reviews I go over an event DVD and review the fight quality for entertainment. I rate my fights between 0-10. (Zero being awful to ten being a must see.) For the prelim fights I give you the result along with my view from the Falcon’s nest, but with the main card, I give you round by round coverage along with my view from the Falcon’s nest. Lets do this!

Fight One: Welterweight Bout 170lbs. (Prelim)
Georges “Rush” St. Pierre vs Jay “The Thoroughbred” Hieron

Result: Georges St. Pierre def. Jay Hieron at 1:42 of RD 1 via TKO (Punches)

View from the Falcon’s Nest
Jay Hieron was a late replacement for Jason Miller who had some legal troubles to attend to. This is GSP’s second fight in the UFC after winning a unanimous decision of Karo Parisyan. Hieron did his best to be in the fight but GSP controlled this on the feet. There was absolutely no ground here as GSP rocked Hieron with a couple good shots. Hieron seemed to compose himself enough but after another shot Hieron was backed against the cage. Hieron told GSP to bring it and he did. Finishing Hieron with strikes and earning a shot for the welterweight title at UFC 50. Hieron still is doing well today as he signed with Bellator. Hope he does well

Falcon’s Nest rating: (6) This was a great display of GSP’s hands and he showed why he would be a future champion. Hieron did his best filling in on short notice so we have to thank him for that.

Fight Two: Middleweight Bout 185lbs. (Prelim)
Trevor Prangley vs Curtis Stout

Result: Trevor Prangley def. Curtis Stout at 1:05 of RD 2 via Submission (Neck Crank)

View from the Falcon’s Nest
Trevor Prangley is a great wrestler. Curtis stout is a good scrapper that says he likes to bang. Once the fight started it was all Prangley. Prangley took Stout down and grinded him for the first round. Stout almost had an armbar in the first but Prangley was huge. Prangley sometimes fights at 205 so he was much larger here than Stout was. The second round got underway and it was more of the same. Prangley took Stout down and got to side control. Locked in a side headlock and proceeded to squeeze and wrench until Stout had to tap. Dominance by Prangley and a valiant effort by Stout.

Falcon’s Nest rating: (2.5) It was a good showing by Prangley but Stout was never in it and you never believe he could win. But Prangley looked impressive and that’s a good thing.

Fight Three: Lightweight Bout 155lbs.
Matt “The Terror” Serra vs Ivan Menjivar

Result: Matt Serra def. Ivan Menjivar via Unanimous Decision (30-27 Across the cards)

View from the Falcon’s Nest
This was a great grappling match. For a fan of grappling, such as myself, this fight was mildly entertaining. Serra and Menjivar exchanged holds on the ground with Serra staying on top most of the fight. I personally scored one of the rounds for Menjivar but Serra kept himself on top. Top control still gets you a victory in this game. Neither man really threatened each other off the ground but again, with Serra on top, he dictated the fights location and looked dominate.

Falcon’s Nest rating: (4) I give it a four due to all the grappling and at points the fight did drag a big. But all in all for a grappling fan it’s a fun fight.

Fight Four: Middleweight Bout 185lbs.
Evan Tanner vs Phil “The New York Badass” Baroni

Round One: Here we go with Big John as ref. Dancing is all we get for about twenty seconds as the two finally go in and exchange glancing shots. Tanner with good footwork and Baroni looks for a few shots. Clinch now with knees by both men. Body shot by Baroni is answered with a takedown by Tanner. Tanner works body shots now and pushes Baroni against the fence. Baroni works to get to his feet but Tanner gets him down again with a good slam. Baroni is warned about grabbing the fence. Tanner working some shots from Baroni’s guard and hits a good elbow. Nice elbows here but not a lot of damage and Baroni gets to his feet but it looks like Tanner has a single. Baroni defends well and has a standing guillotine. Tanner breaks the grip and were halfway through round one. Clinch against the fence and knees by Tanner. Baroni breaks away and the two stand in the center again. Tanner moving well on the outside and gets in a clinch again. Trip by Baroni is blocked and Tanner taking deep breaths. Yes… Tanner not Baroni. Tanner gets the Thai clinch and lands four good knees, and another, and one more. Less than a minute left. Baroni looks hesitant to engage. Another Thai clinch with about five more good knees by Tanner. Tanner with a right, Baroni counters with a jab, another clinch with more knees. Baroni almost hits Tanner after the bell.

Good round here with Tanner getting a couple takedowns and a lot of knees from the clinch. Baroni just can’t seem to get off as this round goes to Tanner 10-9.

Round Two : Back in and Tanner looks refreshed. Tanner lands some good jabs and gets Thai clinch and more knees before Baroni pushes away. Body kick by Tanner. More knees by Tanner from Thai clinch as Baroni isn’t doing anything. Right hand by Tanner with good movement away. Big left hook by Tanner and almost lands another right. Baroni looking for the KO punch. Body kick again by Tanner and Baroni has his hands low. One-Two combo followed by a Thai Clinch with knees again, this is getting one sided. Good jab and we are halfway through round two. Tanner lunges in with a knee and makes space for a good left, right, left jab combo. Tanner rushes Baroni and lands five good shots pushing Baroni against the fence. Clinch against the fence and Baroni looks tired. Body shot by Tanner against the fence and now a short elbow to the face. Baroni with an uppercut and Tanner gets a double leg. Baroni breathing through his mouth and Tanner mounts. Tanner lands some good shots but Tanner stands up in the mount allowing Baroni to stand. Another double leg by Tanner and is in half-guard, Couture style, landing hard shots to the body with hammerfists. Baroni with a sloppy Kimura attempt as the round ends.

Tanner turned it up in this round. He didn’t look tired like he did in the first, and Baroni did nothing, and appears to be gassed. This round goes to Tanner 10-9. I wanted to give 10-8 but Tanner didn’t do enough for a 10-8. I have it Tanner 20-18 right now. Baroni needs a finish.

Round Three: Tanner lands a hard right to start and hits another. Tanner is pop shotting Baroni here. Tanner looks good on the feet with good movement and misses a right. Baroni with a body shot, Tanner his a hard right and moves to make space. Tanner is hitting a right at will and moving to not be close to Baroni. He is looking crisp on the feet. Baroni wades in with a right left combo and now he explodes landing three good shots chasing Tanner to the cage. Tanner is able to push away and Baroni misses a HUGE right, that’s going to tire him out. Baroni explodes onto Tanner and is landing good shots pushing Tanner to the cage again. Tanner covering up well and Tanner escapes. Tanner shoots for a take down but Baroni stuffs it and Tanner is pushing him against the fence. Tanner is looking for the take down but cant get it. Baroni is bleeding from the nose and Tanner looks for the double again but Baroni stuffs it. Big John separates Tanner and Baroni and Tanner lands a right when the action is restarted. Good right hand by Tanner and Baroni drops his hands to his hips. Tanner landing one punch and running away. Tanner throws a right and takes Baroni down and lands good shots from Baroni’s guard. Tanner looking to finish. Baroni covers up well but this thing is over, Tanner dominating the fight, Baroni looks exhausted.

This round was all Tanner. 10-9 to him making my judging 30-27 for Tanner.

Result: Evan Tanner def. Phil Baroni via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

View from the Falcon’s Nest
Not a whole lot can be said about this fight. Tanner and Baroni met for a second time due to a complaint of an early stoppage in their fight before. Tanner was on top and was raining down elbows and when the ref asked if Baroni could continue Baroni replied “Yes”. I ref misinterpreted it as “stop” so the fight was done. Baroni complained and here is the rematch. Baroni did a good job in the first round but, as we all know about Baroni, he gassed about two minutes in and the rest was history. Tanner picked Baroni apart with shots on the feet and took him down whenever he chose to. With only a few moments where Baroni looked energized it was all Tanner. Baroni never was a talented fighter but Tanner was. The obvious winner here was almost pre-determined before the fight even got underway.

Falcon’s Nest rating: (4.5) Like any Baroni fight Tanner survived the first three minutes and was able to control the remainder of the fight. Entertaining for any Tanner fan.

Fight Five: Welterweight Bout 170lbs
Matt Hughes vs. Renato “Charuto” Verissimo

Round One: Glove touch and Hughes shoots right away. Charuto stuffs and Hughes pushes him against the cage. Hughes has a body lock and gets a trip landing in half guard. Hughes waiting for an opportunity to pass getting another body lock from the top and passes to side control. Matt has the back of Charuto but Charuto rolls and gets back to guard, kind of a guard, but Matt is off balance and Charuto turns it into a Triangle attempt. Hughes slams Charuto but lands deeper into a triangle and Charuto tightens it up and has it locked. Hughes is now mounted with a locked in triangle but Hughes sneaks out the back door. WOW. That was close. Hughes looks winded, as imagined, that looked tight. Charuto working a high guard and doing a good job controlling posture. Armbar attempt is negated by Hughes and tries it again to the same result. Cage walk to another triangle attempt but Hughes gets back to guard. Charuto looks to control an arm and has wrist control. Less than a minute here with Charuto continuing the attack from his back. Charuto tries to get up and a sloppy triangle attempt ends the round.

This round was strange. Hughes came close to being finished by Charuto with a triangle and that was the most significant part of the round. Hughes passed the guard once but the near finish earns Charuto the round 10-9.

Round Two:
Body kick by Hughes is blocked by Charuto and Hughes gets a double with a slam and Charuto gives up his back. Charuto rolls and ends up in full guard again with Charuto controlling the arms of Hughes. Good elbow by Hughes in the guard as he passes to half guard. Short body shots by Charuto lets Hughes pass but Charuto gets back to guard. Charuto looks tired. Hughes pushing Charuto against the fence but Charuto uses the fence for a armbar attempt but can’t lock it up. More of the same with Hughes on top not landing any damage. Charuto controlling posture but Hughes breaks and gets up landing one shot. Charuto in triangle position but gets back to full guard. Spider guard now being worked but Hughes again back to guard. Charuto works for a guillotine but Hughes is wise to it. Charuto continues to threaten from his back but Hughes is remaining on top. Triangle attempt again by Charuto landing elbows from the bottom. Hughes shoulders his way through back to guard. Mazzagatti stands them up finally. Charuto with a knee attempts and a take down by Hughes looked more like Charuto pulling guard. Butterfly guard here with ten seconds left. The round ends here.

This round was a boring round. But from a judging perspective Hughes was on top and controlled the action. Charuto had some good attempts at submissions but none were close. This goes to Hughes 10-9 making it an even 19-19 going into the third.

Round Three:
Take down stuffed by Charuto and now a clinch. Hughes lands a knee and pushes him against the fence. Take down by Hughes and he lands in half guard. Looks like the rounds before this by Hughes lands a short punch. Charuto reclaims full guard here and keeps control of the arms. Hughes trying to posture but cant as he tries to pass and does. Hughes is landing some elbows and is keeping more busy than the previous rounds. Charuto looks for a kimura but Hughes blocks it flattening Charuto back out. Charuto looks tired and has a small cut on his right eye. Mazzagatti stands it again and Hughes shoots for a take down and gets it. Half guard again and we have a minute left. Charuto reclaims guard and Charuto is taking deep breaths here. Hughes seems content with laying on Charuto but looks for a straight arm lock from half guard. Charuto turns into Hughes as the fight ends with Hughes on top.

This round was all Hughes. Two take downs and a pass. I give it 10-9 to Hughes leaving it at 29-28 to Hughes.

Result: Matt Hughes Def. Renato Verissimo via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

View from the Falcon’s Nest
I have always been a fan of Charuto’s BJJ game. He was always great off his back, always threatening with submissions, and has a great top game to boot. Matt Hughes here barely survived a triangle in the first round but it seemed that Charuto blew his load on the triangle choke. After Hughes escaped the choke Charuto was out of gas and Hughes was able to keep the fight grounded and wrestle his way to a unanimous decision. Not that it matters but I scored the first round for Charuto. Charuto came the closest to finishing the fight and I think that, if anything, should win a round. Scoring is so subjective, because I understand that Hughes was on top, but Charuto almost finished the fight. The only reason Hughes ended on top was because he SURVIVED. That’s no reason to award him the round. This is a typical Matt Hughes fight, like Jon Fitch, a wrestler grinding it out.

Falcon’s Nest rating: (4) Aside from a really tight triangle in the first, action here was kept to a minimum. Matt Hughes did what Matt Hughes does. No surprise.

Fight Six: Heavyweight Championship Bout 206lbs.-265lbs.
Frank Mir vs. Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia

Round One: We are underway with Herb Dean as the ref. Glove touch here and Mir throw a kick to get to the clinch. Leg kick by Mir and Sylvia takes Mir down. Mir moves to the cage and locks up the armbar with a cage walk. It’s tight and SYLVIAS ARM SNAPS!!! Herb Dean jumps in and the crowd boos. Sylvia is irate as Mir walks back to his corner. Sylvia is upset and the crowd starts chanting “Bulls***” The Doctor confirms a broken arm as Sylvia is protesting.

Result: Frank Mir. Def. Tim Sylvia at 0:50 of RD 1 via Technical Submission (Armbar)

View from the Falcon’s Nest
This fight will forever live in infamy. This is the fight where Mir broke Sylvia’s arm. Mir had an armbar on and was cranking it tight. Sylvia tried, for some reason UNKNOWN to me, to pick up a 245 pound man to slam him. I know that slams are part of the game, and it’s a great way to get out of an armbar, but it’s the heavyweight division. Can you pick up a guy with one arm that’s 245 pounds? That was a questionable decision but in a fight you think you can do anything. This fight was only fifty seconds long but it was a fight that will forever be remembered. Mir broke an arm, Sylvia wanted to keep fighting, the only thing mildly sick about it was they kept showing the replay. If you like watching arms break this fight is for you.

Falcon’s Nest rating: (7) I don’t like Sylvia, I like Mir, I like watching arms break. This one is very entertaining. Check it out. Not for those with a weak stomach however.

Fight Seven: Welterweight Bout 170lbs.
Frank “Twinkle Toes” Trigg vs Dennis “Superman” Hallman

Round One: Yamasaki is the ref and both men come out quick. A couple kicks by Hallman and some jabs by both men. No one is connecting here but both are feeling each other out. Trigg with a good body shot followed by a right hand and Hallman shoots, its stuffed, and Hallman pulls guard. Hallman with some good shots off his back and has wrist control. Hallman working an open guard and Trigg keeping control of the body of Hallman. Hallman turns for a guillotine but Trigg is able to block it and back to full guard. Armbar attempt here with Trigg standing how. Trigg with some good shots and Hallman rolls for a kneebar. Hallman on the bottom and Trigg keeping cool. Trigg now on top landing some good shots and is postured up on Hallman who works another leg lock, a heel hook this time. Trigg is landing some good shots on Hallman as Hallman keeps wanting that leg. Trigg back to full guard but pushes Hallman against the cage. Body shots here by Trigg opening Hallman’s guard. Trigg postures up and is landing some hard elbows. Trigg is standing and lands two good shots knocking Hallman cold. Hallman looks for a kneebar on the referee in a semi funny moment.

Result: Frank Trigg def. Dennis Hallman at 4:13 of RD 1 via TKO (Punches)

View from the Falcon’s Nest
Trigg looked good in this fight but so did Hallman. Hallman had great transitions form submission to submission but Trigg’s top game is great so Hallman couldn’t finish it. Trigg with some great ground and pound like he was great at during his hay-day was enough to finish this off. Nothing more to this fight as it was a good BJJ guy against a ground and pounder.

These days Hallman has resurfaced in the UFC and has a few wins under his belt while Trigg is hitting the final skid of his career. Hopefully Hallman can keep it up as I always thought he was an underrated talent. Trigg was the man here however and this would eventually help him earn a Welterweight Title shot.

Falcon’s Nest rating: (7) This was actually very entertaining. Hallman worked for submissions as Trigg kept on the ground and pound. Hallman took a few good shots but one too many put him down.

Fight Eight: Heavyweight Bout 206lbs.-265lbs.
Ken “The Worlds Most Dangerous Man” Shamrock vs Kimo Leopoldo

Round One: Big John is the ref here. Kimo with two good jabs and runs in for a takedown. Shamrock stuffs and the two clinch. Kimo looks bigger but Shamrock is landing some good knees. Really good knees to the body and Kimo answers back with a knee of his own. Both guys throwing short punches and more knees. Still clinched here as Kimo is pushing Shamrock around. Kimo against the fence and Shamrock pushes off again back to clinch. Hard knee by Shamrock knocks Kimo down and one more shot for good measure ends the fight.

Result: Ken Shamrock def. Kimo Leopoldo at 1:23 of RD 1 via TKO (Knee)

View from the Falcon’s Nest
This fight was made because both men did not like each other. Kimo said all Shamrock had were leg locks and Shamrock said Kimo had gotten better. Kimo submitted Tank Abbott before this fight and Shamrock was coming off a loss to Tito. Both men were past their prime and it showed. The entire fight as a clinch war with Shamrock getting the better of Kimo. Kimo tried to power through the clinch and Shamrock landed a knee that knocked Kimo out cold. That’s all folks. Shamrock indeed got his payback.

Falcon’s Nest rating: (3) Again I say. This whole fight was a clinch. Shamrock hand under hooks and landed a hard knee. Kimo got knocked out and it appeared the old Shamrock had returned.


The 411: This was a good card. Alot of the undercard delivered with some good action. I will say a lot of the fights dragged on. Hughes/Charuto was a tough fight to stay with and the Serra/Menjivar was tough as well. With the bad comes good though as Shamrock/Kimo was fun along with Hallman/Trigg. Everyother fight is good for the casual fan or hardcore alike and this is a card to check out no matter what.
 
Final Score:  6.5   [ Average ]  legend





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