Randy Couture has signed a multi-year deal with Spike TV and will be a coach on the new Bellator MMA reality show. Dana White cannot be happy about someone with such strong UFC colors working for their only competition. This doesn’t surprise me at all. Couture’s tumultuous past with the Ultimate Fighting Championship is well documented. Couture would not sign off on his likeness being used for merchandise purposes due to the absence of compensation.
The first UFC event of 2013 kicks off in Brazil as Michael Bisping vs. Vitor Belfort headlines the biggest main event on FX to date. The immediate future of the middleweight division hangs in the balance as one result determines Anderson Silva’s next opponent while another result puts the division in limbo.
If you have been living under a rock, you are unaware of the story that has engulfed the MMA landscape. For the first time in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, a pay-per-view event has been canceled. This unprecedented move has caused a firestorm of controversy, with venom being spewed in several directions.
Everyone has their own opinion on the subject, but the big question underneath all the chaos is: who’s to blame? Do we blame Jon Jones for refusing to fight with Chael Sonnen, who accepted the bout on eight days’ notice? Does the blame belong to Dan Henderson, who suffered the injury in the first place? Or, perhaps, the blame falls on some other element that is hiding in plain sight. Continue reading “Jones vs. UFC”
Gray Maynard (10-1-1) vs. Clay Guida (29-12)
Just like Nucky Thompson did many years earlier, Clay Guida and Gray Maynard will try their luck on the Atlantic city boardwalk in pursuit of UFC glory. While both fighters are coming off losses, they fall under a different set of circumstances. Guida’s loss to Benson Henderson cost him a title shot while Maynard’s knockout defeat to Frankie Edgar denied him the lightweight title and gave him the first loss of his career. Pre-fight drama has uncharacteristically in their case, reared its ugly head as Maynard’s camp filed a protest with the New Jersey Athletic Control Board complaining about Clay Guida’s hair. To avoid any commission entanglements to focus on the fight, Guida will braid his hair. Maynard told MMAJunkie.com “I never filed a complaint” and “This was the first I’ve ever heard about it.”
The Ultimate Fighter Live on FX is currently the lowest-rated season in the history of the series. The show has been missing that WOW factor for quite some time. Season 10 back in 2009 featuring Kimbo Slice and the Rampage vs. Evans feud was the last signs of worth wild television the show has produced. Faber and Cruz are two of the best fighters in the world but they do not produce that dynamic you want from opposing coaches in order to pop a rating. Also, the show hasn’t changed its look or presentation since its debut in 2005
UFC on FX 2: Alves vs. Kampmann Results
Allphones Arena in Sydney Australia Commentators: Kenny Florian and Jon Anik
– Prelim Results
Shawn Jordan over Oli Thompson via TKO in the 2nd Round
Daniel Pineda over Mackens Semerzier vi-a armbar in the 1st Round
T.J. Waldburger over Jake Hecht by armbar in the 1st Round
Andrew Craig over Kyle Noke via unanimous decision
Steven Siler over Cole Miller via unanimous decision
Anthony Perosh def. Nick Penner via TKO in the 1st Round–
James Te Huna over Aaron Rosa via TKO in the 1st Round 1
Constantinos Philippou defeated Court McGee via unanimous decision 29-28 across the board: The story of the fight was McGee coundn’t get anything going as Philippou made him uncomfortable and dictated the pace.
– Flyweight Tournament
Demetrious Johnson defeated Ian McCall via majority decision as two judges scored it 29-28 Johnson and one scored it a draw: McCall stormed out of the octagon as the fans chanted bullshit. I scored it 29-28 McCall and Kenny Florian even disagree with the decision. McCall control the fight by utilizing inside trips to secure takedowns. Johnson didn’t score a single takedown. McCall show no sign of first time jitters and displayed a lot charisma. He is going to be a star.
Joseph Benavidez defeated Yasuhiro Urushitani via TKO due to strikes at 0:11 of the 2nd Round: Benavidez came out and immediately dropped Urushitani with an over hand right. He jumped right on him and pounded him until the ref called a halt to the action.
– Main Event
Martin Kampmann defeated Thiago Alves via guillotine choke at 4:12 of the 3rd Round: With the exception of a teep kick that hurt Alves early in the first, Kampmann was dominated for the majority of the fight. He kept getting hit with punch after punch and was taken down a few times even though Alves couldn’t do anything with it. The finish came when Kampmann hooked the guillotine as Alves shot in for the takedown.