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Takedowns in MMA

Posted: April 20, 2013 in Articles
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A takedown is the technique of getting your opponent off balance and taking them to the ground, generally landing on top. This is most often done by taking their legs out from under them after driving in like a football tackle. This is known as “shooting”.

Other takedowns include body locks and leg trips. These are also used frequently but you are most likely going to see a fighter “shoot” for the takedown rather then attempt a leg trip.

GSP’s takedowns are nothing unique. They are very explosive but they are still just a takedown. GSP focuses on making his opponents off balance before attempting the takedowns. He baits them into thinking they are having a striking contest and he shoots in. A good example of this is when he fought Thiago Alves. GSP threw an out of range jab so Alves would lean back to avoid it and he capitalized on Alves off balance position and drove in for a successful takedown.

Jon Jones is an entirely different animal. He uses a lot of clinch takedowns, throws and leg trips. Having the size,strength and technique advantage helps too. He dislocated Hamills shoulder with a leg trip, and a good one at that. Hamill flipped near upside down, landing on and dislocating his shoulder. This of course led to Jones illegal elbows and his only loss.

Judo is not a big part in MMA because it doesnt translate well into it. A few have failed to stay at the top using this art. The one person who has been continuously successful with Judo is Ronda Rousey. Ronda uses hip throws and leg trips to get her opponents to the mat and then its the same old story. Rousey doesn’t have much in the way of striking offense or defense, so her judo has been the deciding factor in every fight.

Josh Thomson uses a leg trip that I never see coming. Since it is successful most of the time, I guess his opponents don’t either. He used it most recently in the later rounds of Melendez 3 and is successful, it also secures the round for him.

Scoring takedowns in MMA is a controversial subject that always seems to end in argument. Some say if you can put your opponent on his back and nullify him, you deserve the round. Others say holding is not winning.

Cain Velasquez is known for his relentless takedowns and ground-and-pound. Never a dull fight, he doesn’t give his opponent a second to breathe. Wrestlers such as Ben Askren, Jon Fitch and occasionally GSP are hated due to their “blanket” style, keeping the opponent warm until the buzzer sounds. They have had fighters so gassed by Round 3 yet refuse to go for the sub. It is fighters like these that cause the arguments. They will be losing the battle on the feet,drag the opponent down and keep them there for the majority of the round. When the opponent finally gets back up, they go for an immediate takedown.

I can only imagine the hardship for the judges. I’ve always wondered what their criteria is for takedowns.

Many fighters complain about the decisions. “I guess a couple BS takedowns go a long way!” In the end, this is the fight game and if you have something that works..use it.

MMA INVASION

TRT is prescribed to lessen the effects or delay the effects of male aging.

Sonnen, Henderson, Rampage,Mir, Duffee, Marquardt,Griffin and now Vitor use it off the top of my head.

Mir,Duffee,Marquardt,Griffin are some of the bigger men in their weight classes.

Frank Mir claimed to have testosterone problems after building that 30lbs of muscle in 4 months. He built the muscle because he wanted to close the weight gap VS the 265ers.

Todd Duffee is a tank and one of the biggest men in the UFC. When you see him, you immediately think of steroids. He was approved for TRT after the record setting KO in his UFC debut.

Why these guys need TRT is beyond me. If they’re bodies can’t produce proper levels, how did they get so jacked? You could make the assumption that it is all steroid related.

Correct if I’m wrong here because I’m not a doctor but when one uses steroids for an increased period of time, their body stops producing as much testosterone because it’s coming in from an unknown source. Your body will get confused and raise estrogen levels causing an imbalance. When you stop the steroid cycle, your regular testosterone doesn’t show up to play.

Marquardt  refused a pre-fight blood test in 2011 even after getting his Testosterone Use Exemption. He came out later saying he was privately getting TRT. He was also cut from the UFC in 2005 for using nandrolone in his debut. After fighting Woodley, Marquardt was asked about his TRT and he said he was not on it anymore. How can you not be on it anymore if you took it in the first place because your body stopped producing correct amounts. I figured it was a life choice.

Same deal with Sonnen. It isn’t mentioned until he manhandles Silva for 4.5 rounds and hits a 7:1 test ratio. Sonnen claims if he stops taking it, he dies. This is much different than the above Marquardt statement. Same treatment, completely different outcome.

Quentin Jackson began using it before UFC 144. His quote on the subject was “I started hitting it up pretty good, I still gotta take care of my knee but I feel like a 25 year old again.”

Dan Henderson started getting Testosterone Replacement Therapy back in ’07 just before his UFC Debut. This probably is a link to male aging but I feel if you can’t compete naturally then stop competing. I do not wish championship status on Hendo because he is a fighter who has been honing his skills for 15 years and is now taking something to make him feel 25.

Vitor Belfort, who tested positive for 4-hydroxytestosterone after Pride 32, recieved a TRT exemption for the Bisping fight! BIggest Middleweight ever!

Michael Bisping has had 3 #1 contender bouts in his UFC career. All 3 were losses against TRT users; Chael Sonnen,Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson.

For all I know, TRT affects everyone differently. It hasn’t seemed to help out Forrest Griffin in the least but as stated above,users seem to be the bigger fighters in his division.

The synthetic testosterone used for TRT can be cycled just like a steroid. You just have to come down by fight time. Sonnen and Marquardt failed to do so.

I’m calling it now. Alistair Overeem applies for a testosterone use exemption in late 2013.

That’s my 2 cents.

Heres some TRT users for you. Vitor’s is a before and after.

MIR TRTNATE TRT  VITOR TRT

Demian Maia fighting at Welterweight

Maia came into his fight with one thing on his mind; submitting Jon Fitch. Fitch has possibly the best sub defense in the world and Demian Maia spend 3 rounds trying to break it. Maia spent 15 minutes clinging to Jon Fitch like extra strength velcro, but it seems Jon Fitch is a safe that can not be cracked. Maia completely nullfied Jon Fitch’s game plan, getting  himself the unanimous decision and is now part of the very few men to beat Jon Fitch.

Alistair Overeem is not a Legend

Bigfoot Silva VS Alistair Overeem was supposed to happen in Strikeforce, but when the fight got pushed forward a week, it interfered in Overeem’s “schedule”. After failing a surprise drug test and hitting a testosterone level of 14:1, Alistair was suspended for a year regardless of “not knowing it was put in his system”. During his suspension, Overeem went on a “Clean Fighter” rant and submitted repeated clean tests. After his suspension was up, this matchup was put together. Overeem came into it with considerably less muscle definition, less punching power and a cocky defense. He was efficiently put in his place with a flurry 25 seconds into round 3. The legend is no more and the UFC’s Top Heavyweights can happily carry on without him. Let’s have Junior Dos Santos check that chin if he wants a comeback fight. Joe Silva, make it happen!

Rashad Evans’ Gameplan

I don’t know what Rashad Evans’ gameplan was, but I assumed he would come in with the same plan Ryan Bader and Phil Davis used to best Nog; striking mixed with constant takedowns. This was not the case. Evans’ boxing was very sloppy and uncoordinated. He tried to counter Rogerio’s jab with his own so many times that Nog started to see it coming. He continuously backed up instead of weaving and ate a bunch of straights for his troubles.

The point of weaving is to get around your opponents strike and leave them wide open for a counter.  There were many opportunities for Rashad to use a weave to close the distance. He chose to once, got inside the pocket, but never capitalized on it.

He went for 3 takedowns that I noticed and did not mix striking into their set up causing them to be very telegraphed and basically stuffed. Huge credit to Rogerio Nogueira for getting a W over Rashad but I’m pretty sure Jon Jones broke his will. The Evans that showed up tonight would’ve been easily KOed by Anderson.

Aldo and Edgar

This Super Fight played out much differently than I had imagined. I expected Jose Aldo to take out Frankie Edgar in the 1st or 2nd round but the uppercut finish never came. Instead, Frankie went toe to toe with Jose Aldo, without the hesitation that other fighters have shown. I expected a split decison but in the Judges’ eyes, Aldo got the better of Edgar for four of the rounds. Four 10-9’s was enough for him to keep his Featherweight Title away from Frankie Edgar. Most thought the fight was much closer than that.

Where does Edgar go after losing his 3rd straight title fight in a row? He could make Featherweight his new home and climb to an Aldo rematch or he could go back to Lightweight. Either way, he was very upset at the post fight interview.  I hope he isn’t contemplating retirement because I can’t think of any Jose Aldo fight where I wasn’t sure if he won or not.

I don’t think many are left for Jose Aldo at Featherweight. I can think of 3 men; Ricardo Lamas, Dustin Poirier and Chan Sung Jung. If Aldo can get past them, he should move to Lightweight.

That’s UFC 156 for you! Here come 157!

ALDO EDGAR MMA INVASION BREAKDOWN

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Frank Mir seems to have a curse following him. Any fighter who gives him a loss gets one of their own and caliber and talent do not seem to be a factor. If you handle Frank Mir, you get handled. This curse has destroyed prospects and champions alike. Here’s the breakdown.

Ian Freeman finishes Frank Mir and gets knocked out cold by Andre Arlovski in his next bout, 1 minute into the 1st round.

Wes Sims finishes Frank Mir, bringing his record to 6-1. He loses his next 4 of 5 fights and is cut from the UFC.

Marcio Cruz beats Frank Mir and loses his next two fights, snapping his undefeated record.

Seconds before Brandon Vera finishes Frank Mir with a knee uppercut combo, the commentator speaks of his very promising future. Vera goes on to lose his next 3 of 4 fights.

Shane Carwin and Brock Lesnar knockout Frank Mir and fight each other. Carwin destroys Lesnar in the 1st round and Lesnar comes back and embarrasses Carwin in the 2nd with a sloppy arm triangle. The curse applies to the losing fighter in each round.

Junior Dos Santos‘ last victim of his reign of terror before receiving a one-sided beatdown via Velasquez was Frank Mir.

Daniel Cormier has called out Frank Mir and the two will officially fight at UFC ON FOX 7. Let’s see if the curse holds up.

MMA INVASION FRANK MIR

Anthony Pettis finishes Donald Cerrone

Despite Donald’s impressive record, Pettis finished him like a nobody. Just after the 2 minute mark, Cerrone was folded over by repeated body kicks and dropped to his knees. The only other time Donald Cerrone has been stopped was back in 2010, at WEC 48, by a Benson Henderson guillotine-choke. As soon as the referee stopped the fight, Dana White tweeted “Pettis =AMAZING!!!! Ok I’m sold”. I think someone’s getting a Title Shot.

The dismantling of Rampage Jackson

Glover Teixeira is not well known to the casual MMA fan, but believe me, this man is a wrecking machine. Sporting a record of 20-2, his corner’s gameplan was to take Rampage down. Ignoring the advice of UFC’s Chuck Liddell in his corner, Glover wanted to stand with Quentin and stand he did. Teixeira had Jackson on the run for a large portion of the fight, landing a whopping 103 strikes to Jackson’s 54. Though Glover succeeded in all 5 of his takedowns, the story of the fight was how many times he staggered the former King of the Light Heavyweight Division. Say what you want about Quentin Jackson, but he is a survivor. I’d like to see Glover Teixeira get a step up in competition. A fight with Alexander Gustafsson would be a good test, and if he finishes that, give him Rashad Evans.

Ryan Bader’s finish of Vladimir Matyushenko

Ryan Bader had a lightning fast guillotine-choke finish against Vladimir Matyushenko, just before the 1 minute mark. He proceeded to call out Shogun in the post-fight interview. This is a smart move by Bader, as far as trying to keep up in the ranking. Shogun’s weakness is wrestlers with a heavy top game. I don’t see Ryan Bader making a successful Light Heavyweight Title run either way. He is destined for the middle ground.

Ricardo Lamas finishes Eric Koch

After a close first round that probably went to the bigger Koch, Lamas opened him up with an elbow and administered some ugly ground-and-pound for the TKO finish. I don’t hear this guy’s name much but let’s go over his fights since his UFC debut. He is the only man to beat Cub Swanson in the UFC. Cub went on to amass a 3 fight KO streak and is being considered the next challenge to Featherweight King, Jose Aldo. Ricardo then defeated Featherweight contender,  Hatsu Hioki, by Unanimous Decision. Hioki was offered a shot at Aldo previous to this fight but chose Lamas instead.  Eric Koch was set to face Jose Aldo but had to drop out due to injury. Ricardo Lamas seems to be the #1 contender killer and nobody is noticing. Give him Jose Aldo!

Jon Fitch VS Demian Maia at UFC 156

We will have to see if the old Fitch or the New shows up for UFC 156. Discussed in my previous entry “Highlights of 2012”, Jon Fitch came into his fight with Erick Silva as a new fighter. He went for the finish more then once and put on a relentless, awesome show. It looks like that punch from Hendricks woke him up. This will also be Maia’s biggest test at Welterweight. He has been nothing but dominant since his Welterweight debut, finishing Rick Story and Hyun Kim in the first round. This is the fight I’ll be waiting for.

Alistair Overeem being a clean fighter

I’d like to see if Alistair “I am a clean fighter” Overeem shows up at 265lbs. If he beats Bigfoot Silva, I’ll talk Velasquez VS Overeem.

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Lets call this timeline…questionable.

Alistair Overeem after winning K-1 “I am a legeeeeend!”

EDIT: OVEREEM AT UFC 156 WEIGH INS VS UFC 141 WEIGH INS!

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Alistair Overeem has lost most of his muscle definition. He longer has the solid abs and pecks. Also, his face holds more fat.

That’s what to watch for in the UFC of 2013!

MMA INVASION

Chan Sung Jung VS  Dustin Poirier

This Fight of The Night was a back and forth battle of pure technique. The 1st round was close with the 2nd being all Jung. The 3rd looked like Dustin had turned the tables on “The Korean Zombie” by working his jab and range but Jung took control with a flurry before the round ended. The 4th saw Jung land some solid strikes followed by a flying knee that dropped Poirier long enough to lock up a D’Arce choke causing Poirier to pass out because he didn’t tap. Could this be the man to challenge Aldo?

Joe Lauzon’s Fight of The Nights

Lauzon had 2 Fight of The Night bonuses this year against  Jamie Varner and Jim Miller. The Varner fight had both men wobbling one another repeatedly in between submission attempts. Varner taps to a triangle after over committing to a takedown late in the 3rd.

The Jim Miller fight had blood. Lots of blood. Miller owns the first 3 minutes with strikes and flurries. After the 1st flurry he tries to secure a standing arm triangle. At this point, blood POURS out of Joe Lauzon’s forehead and he is checked on as soon as they break apart. The gash on his forehead is massive but the medical examiner let’s them go. The 2nd round is a back and forth ground battle with the 3rd being all Miller until the last 15 seconds where Lauzon tries to lock in a flying ankle lock and changes to a guillotine-choke. As the buzzer sounds, Miller can be seen taking a deep breath and saying “Oh Sh*t”.

Jon Fitch VS Erick Silva

I don’t know if this is on anyone else’s list but if you want to watch a Jon Fitch fight, watch this one. Fitch actually did something beside wrestling his opponent for 3 rounds. The rumour at the time was that Jon Fitch was broke. I’d assume he doesnt get paid too great because a Jon Fitch fight is nearly impossible to sell.

Jon started off with a takedown and it began to look like an average Fitch fight but once Silva got to his feet, the clinch was initiated and Fitch started throwing uppercuts and knees. Good ones at that. They fight for a dominant position against the cage and Silva breaks away but eats a right from Fitch that wobbles him. Fitch gets the takedown and the round ends with him throwing punches from back control.

Round 2 starts as a brawl after a missed backfist by Erick Silva. Fitch gets the better of the exchange until Silva executes a beautiful trip and gets back side control. Silva pounds on Fitch until a reversal to stuffed takedown has both men back up. Fitch gets cage control only to have Erick Silva slip behind,gain back control once again and almost submit Fitch with a rear naked choke. Fitch hasn’t been submitted since his very first professional fight over ten years ago and is still holding strong. Fans and commentators alike thought the choke was sunk but Fitch unhinged the arm from around his neck.  Jon escapes and starts with some ground-and-pound to back control to an armbar. He has it locked in but the buzzer sounds to signal the round end. Jon Fitch has been known to win on points and never go for finishes. I guess Jon “Broke” Fitch is a better fighter than the one who’s been fighting for 10 years.

Round 3 is all Jon Fitch. A brutal ground-and-pound beating that makes it to full mount. Erick Silva escapes with 10 seconds left but mounts no offense.

Knockouts of the Year

I’m giving Knock Out of The Year to 3 fighters. Jose Aldo, Edson Barboza and Anthony Pettis.

Barboza KOed Terry Etim with a beautiful wheel kick. The only wheel kick KO ever in the UFC.

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Aldo KOed Chad Mendes with a knee to the face to stop a takedown.

Pettis landed a brutal headkick on Joe Lauzon and put him out.

Submissions of The Year

The sub of the year is the one that makes you cringe! Here we go.

ROUSEY ARMBAR

Ronda Rousey’s armbar on Meisha Tate takes Submission of The Year in my books.

OLIVIERA SUB

Charles Oliveira’s calf slicer on Eric Wisely. Feel the pain.

Biggest Upset of The Year

Jamie Varner’s TKO victory in round 1 over the undefeated Edson Barboza. Fight fans alike thought this would be another highlight reel KO for Edson Barboza. It was a highlight reel KO for sure, just not for Barboza.

The bout started with Edson Barboza throwing some damaging leg kicks at Jamie Varner. Varner caught one of Edson’s many kicks and took him to the ground administering savage ground-and-pound. Barboza made it to his feet only to eat two solid right hands and drop to the canvas. A few more Varner punches and Mazagatti had seen enough.

Jamie Varner’s post fight comment – “Im back!”

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND ENJOY 2013!

MMA INVASION

HENDRICKS

The definition of One Punch Power is to be able to knock your opponent out cold with a single punch. None of this dropping them to one knee trying to finish stuff. I’m talking about one huge right hand that puts them out cold and on their face. A pile of MMA fighters have this quality and it has kept their careers going.

Here’s a list off the top of my head;

Junior Dos Santos, Shane Carwin, Dan Henderson, Mark Hunt, Chris Leben,Daniel Cormier, Quentin Jackson, Alistair Overeem, Jake Ellenberger, Johnny Hendricks, Glover Teixeira, Chuck Liddell, Vitor Belfort, Melvin Guillard and Paul Daley.

The above list have made a career out of their punching power. Dan Henderson, Roy Nelson, Shane Carwin and Vitor Belfort basically just aim their right hand and land the KO. One hit KO power is the only reason these four keep getting the W.

Other fighters with very little KO power such as Edgar,Fitch or Maynard have to rely more so on other techniques rather than the 1 well aimed punch and its had them on the wrong end of some decisions.

The Championship level seems to be all about knockout power. Santos,Jones,Silva,GSP,Henderson,Aldo.

Though GSP and Benson aren’t knocking people out these days, GSP has his lunging jab sending people airbourne and Benson scores plenty of knockdowns. Santos,Jones,Silva and Aldo are all finishers mostly by strikes. Johnny Hendricks isnt in the Champion list but he has knocked out his last 2 opponents in 1 punch. 2 excellent chins in Kampmann and Fitch.One day he might even be champion. You never know.

Do you have punching power?

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Always contender but never a champion, Michael Bisping. He is probably one of the most overlooked and underrated fighters in the UFC. The betting lines are always close as if Bisping was a gatekeeper to the lower level of the division yet has a record of 23-4. Michael Bisping has only lost to Rashad Evans, Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen with Henderson being the only one able to finish him. The Rashad Evans loss was a split decision that had Bisping moving to Middleweight and the Sonnen fight was razor thin and could’ve gone either way. The Count has 18 finishes out of his 23 career wins yet is still considered a point fighter by many. Deemed to have no punching power yet knocking people out.

The one thing Michael Bisping doesn’t have is “One Punch Power”. He has never landed that one punch that puts his opponent out cold and its probably one of the reasons he is always overlooked in the title picture. Lyoto Machida was criticized for the same thing and began focusing on punching power. The Dragon soon knocked out Thiago Silva and Rashad Evans in back to back KO wins. Maybe Bisping could learn from Lyoto.

Michael Bisping faces Brazilian Superstar and fan favourite,Vitor Belfort, at UFC ON FX 7. Let’s hope he can outlast The Phenom and get his well deserved title shot. After all, Sonnen got a title shot VS Jon Jones on pure trash talk. Next stop, Anderson Silva.

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Ronda Rousey

I don’t understand why there is mainstream Women’s MMA. I know that was a bad sentence to start off with but hear me out.

The face of Women’s MMA used to be Gina Carano. You had a women who could fight AND was good looking. She helped put Women’s MMA on the map.Unfortunately, Gina went from MMA to acting after being beat by Christine Santos, who was later caught using performance enhancers.

Just when all was almost lost by a woman big enough to be a man, Ronda Rousey appeared.

Rousey made Bronze in the Beijing Olympics and Gold in the Pan Am Games in judo. She cruised to the top of the Women’s 135lb division with this skill set by using one setup, a judo takedown to an armbar. Everybody tried but nobody could stop it. She was dominant and good looking. She was the replacement that Strikeforce was looking for.

Sporting an undefeated record of 6-0 with all armbar finishes in the first round, Ronda is making MMA look easy.

Here’s where I’m iffy on the whole division. There seems to be only 4 top fighters. Rousey,Kaufman,Tate and Coenen

Rousey’s next opponent is Liz Carmouche, whos only 2 losses are from the above list. Surprise! You might as well add Rousey to the list of Kaufman and Coenen because this fight is going down the same way. There will be the feeling out process followed by a scramble,judo takedown and an armbar that Carmouche will tap to so fast that you won’t even realize Rousey has locked it in. Rousey VS Carmouche will be the first ever Women’s bout in the UFC.

I personally think Women’s MMA will fade instead of grow despite Dana White’s best promotional efforts of putting this ahead of Henderson VS Machida at UFC 157. Even the poster has Rousey! There will eventually be rematches between Ronda and the other top 3 and then what? What will happen when they still don’t have an answer for Ronda’s judo? You cant promote a trilogy if it ends in the first both times.

Over time, Championship fights will get very predictable and contender fights will be labelled “Neither can beat Rousey”. Rating will drop and Women’s MMA will never be the main event again. I could be wrong here! Viewers may never get tired of seeing Rousey take limbs home with her but I’m just going to read the play-by-play this time around.

Ronda Rousey will armbar Liz Carmouche before the 2 Minute mark of Round 1.

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The champion that should’ve been, Shane Carwin. Carwin jump started his MMA career with 11 Brutal finishes all before the 2:12 mark. His combined in-cage time from his first 11 fights is just over 2 rounds at 10:22. Most fighters take more time in their first fight then Carwin did for the majority of his career.

Shane would face Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter, Frank Mir, in his 12th MMA bout. Frank Mir, a UFC veteran with 9 of 16 wins coming by submission, had a history of taking his opponents down and breaking their limbs. Mir has even bragged about snapping arms in training camp. I always thought you wouldn’t crank an arm at %100 out of respect for your training partner but I guess that’s just me. Frank had recently put on 25 pounds of muscle in a very short period of time to “close the gap” against the larger heavyweights. This didn’t help. Shane clinched Mir up against the cage and delivered vicious and rapid uppercuts. Mir’s knees buckled and he dropped to the ground. Carwin took his back and continued slamming his 4XL gloves into Frank Mir’s face for one of the latest stoppages I can recall.

After a dominant performance against Mir, Shane Carwin was in the title picture to face Brock Lesnar of WWE fame for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.  This fight wasn’t looking any different then the previous ones. After having his takedown stuffed, Lesnar was nailed with a huge uppercut and knocked backwards following a barrage of punches that sent him to the canvas. Brock then turtled from ground-and-pound for about 3 1/2 minutes while the referee,Josh Rosenthal, told Brock “Stay active” and “Im gonna stop the fight”. With UFC Gold on his mind, Carwin increased his punch frequency to secure the stoppage that was surely to come. It didn’t. The buzzer sounded as Rosenthal continued to warn Lesnar of the stoppage. I remember staring at my television wondering why it wasn’t stopped because it was the most one sided round in history. I would’ve given it a 10-7 for Carwin. Give the man his gold!

Round 2 starts and Shane Carwin is obviously not all there. The “Punch Out” in round 1 had taken a noticeable toll on him. Lesnar smiles and Shane winks before the round commences. Only they know what that was about. The Frank Mir curse kicks in and Shane gets taken down immediately with virtually no resistance. Brock Lesnar’s corner talks him through an arm triangle step by step like he’s 5 years old. Brock Lesnar taps out Carwin and gets up on the cage and begins punching himself in the chin to show he can take a hit. Both of his eyes are cut below and 1 is slightly closed. I still can’t believe this Championship fight for the UFC title wasn’t stopped in the first.

Here’s were injuries make a promising career go a little south.

Shane Carwin would finally get long awaited back surgery, claiming to have been plagued in earlier fights. After a long hiatus, Carwin would finally return but the Beast was no more. Carwin had become much smaller and looked nowhere near as intimidating.

His next and most recent fight to date was against former UFC Champion, Junior Dos Santos. Santos was not the champion at this point but soon would be.

Shane Carwin took the worst beating that I have seen in a long time. He definitely has a chin though. Outpunched 104-22 and knocked down in the 1st round. Carwins face looked like a train wreck at the end of round 3.

That is the last time we’ve seen Shane Carwin in the Octagon. He was a Coach on TUF 16. Set to face Roy Nelson in the Finale until He blew out his knee in training.

Injury after injury, Shane Carwin’s career seems to be dwindling at Age 37.

Get well soon, Shane. Bring the Beast back!

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Shane Carwin’s post-fight face http://mmastreamed.com/wp-content/uploads/mvbthumbs/img_23151_carwin-face-after-junior-dos-santos-fight.jpg Courtesy of http://www.mmastreamed.com

Shane Carwin’s website http://www.shane-carwin.com

Hector Lombard has made a name for himself by amassing a 23 fight win streak that ended after leaving Bellator. Some of his wins in the last few years include; Joe Doerkson 43-16, Herbert Goodman 19-11,Kalib Starnes 12-7 and my favourite, Jean Lenogue. He holds a record of
16 wins and 14 losses.

Hector Lombard has one of the largest pad jobs to a record that I have ever seen.To make matters even funnier,he is a showboater during and after his fights.

If you are a Hector Lombard fan, stop reading now. I truly hate this man and this is only going to get worse.

“Lightning” is known to be the kind of sparring partner nobody wants to roll with. Jacob Volkmann recalls a clinch drill with Hector ending in a bloodied nose. Volkmann was shifting Lombard’s head to gain better positioning when a punch came right at his face. When asked why he did it, Hector responded with something close to “You kept moving my head when I was trying to gain control!”. Guess what? Thats how you gain control!

He is known for going WAY too hard in sparring. Hector knocked out Tarec Saffeidine when he was just starting out in MMA. He intentionally goes hard on novices just starting out, causing them injuries. Injuries cause you to drop out of fights which cause you to lose money.

Hector “Lightning” Lombard is a bully who picks on the weak and believes himself to be an Alpha. What happens when a bully meets a bigger bully? They wilt.

When throwing full on punches while sparring with Babula Sobral and Josh Barnett, he was taken down and ended up verbally submitting to strikes. It’s rumoured that Barnett relentlessly hit him for 20 minutes or so from full mount to teach him a lesson. After winning his next fight, Lombard called out Barnett. This was confusing to most, seeing the 70lb weight differential.

The next bully on Lombard’s list is Rousimar Palhares. Set to fight on December 15th. If Palhares can get the takedown, he will most likely make quick work of Lombard with a leg lock he can not stop. With intensity he has never seen. In an octagon he will never win in.  Afterward, he will hopefully be cut from the UFC and fade into obscurity.

Good Riddance

Lombard has won titles in Bellator Championship http://www.bellator.com , Cage Fighting Championship http://www.cfcworld.com.au ,AFC and XFC

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When UFC fans think of Dos Santos, they think of ONE thing, punching power. Junior has enough strength behind a single punch to have opponents asking the referee, “What happened?”. Just ask Cain Velasquez. His boxing has placed him at a level above in the UFC’s Heavyweight division.

The Champion has racked up an 8 fight streak since his UFC debut against BJJ Ace, Fabricio Werdum. After finishing Werdum with a vicious uppercut at 1:21, Cigano would go on to put down “The Skyscraper” Stefan Struve 27 seconds faster.

After going on a tear, Santos won the Heavyweight Belt in similar 1st round fashion, dropping Velasquez to the mat with an overhand right and putting him out at 1:04.

The only two people to withstand JDS’s boxing to date are Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin. If you like scary movies, look up Shane’s post-fight face.

Santos didn’t always rely on Elite Boxing and takedown defense. In his 6th professional fight, Junior lost to Joaquim Ferreira by armbar. This has been Cigano’s only loss on record. Fights previous to this loss show Junior taking the fight to the mat for some ground-and-pound and even attempting some submissions of his own.

http://youtu.be/UxCQYX5JwhQ?t=27s   <—JDS LOSS

I think this loss changed Junior Dos Santos. Since the smudge on his record, He has never taken the fight to the ground and has relied on his stellar boxing and takedown defense. This is pure speculation but I think Junior has a massive fear of losing again and probably thinks about that armbar occasionally. The only time he has taken the fight to the ground was in the later rounds against  Shane Carwin after being hit with a few solid shots.

Vitali Klitschko,The WBC Heavyweight Champion, praised Santos’ boxing and compared it to his brother Vladimir’s. This alone is a huge accomplishment. Santos then went on to say “Give me three months, I could beat that guy, man, maybe not easy, but I could knock him out. I watch a lot of fights with Vladimir, and I see a lot of holes”.

Junior Dos Santos is the current reigning UFC Heavyweight champion and should be for years to come. As far as the Klitschko challenge goes, If your winning the 1km dash, don’t assume you’d win the 5.

Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos’ only title win has been the Ultimate Fighting Championship http://www.ufc.com Heavyweight Belt. He holds the current win streak record of 9 and also has 3 Knockout of the Night Bonuses.

RORY

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Rory Macdonald’s career has been nothing but exciting. Winning his very first fight at just 16 years old at 2:11 by rear-naked-choke, This kid was definitely one to watch for.

9 finishes in 9 fights and Rory was done with the Canadian competition. It was time for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Rory was headed to Fairfax, Virginia to make his UFC debut against Mike Guymon. The fight was no different. Guymon tapped to an armbar at 4:28 in Round 1 leading to another dominant performance by “The Waterboy”.

Macdonald’s next fight would be one to remember. “The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit, a Veteran of 29 fights and reigning WEC champion, left behind an 8 fight streak on his way to the UFC.  Im not sure anyone gave “The Waterboy” a chance in this fight. Experience was going to win Carlos this one. Right from the start, this had Fight of The Night written all over it. Rory kept pace with Carlos blow to blow, arguably winning the first 2 rounds. I know it had me on my feet! Round 3 saw Macdonald get tagged and mounted late in the round and eventually succumb to elbows for a TKO loss a mere 7 seconds away from closing time. Rory’s 10 fight win streak had come to an end.

Rory left his gym and came over to Tristar, the home of Welterweight Champion and future Hall of Famer Georges St. Pierre. His all over game improved in leaps and bounds. His nickname changed from “The Waterboy” to “Ares”. A much more fitting title, as the Canadian was disposing of competition in brutal fashion.

His next 3 fights would be the ones to watch. He tossed Nate Diaz around like a child, easily disposed of Mike Pyle with some ground-and-pound and his finish of Che Mills was a combination of speed and accuracy never seen from Macdonald until now. Mills was expectedly no match for the rising star’s high pressure attack and barely made it out of Round 1.

His most recent fight was no different. BJ Penn, though past his prime, still posed a possible threat to the up and comer. Aside from some overhand rights landed by Penn, Ares worked the head and body of Baby Jay with a vast array of kicks, punches and elbows leading to a unanimous decision. This was Rory’s highest profile fight to date and he walked through it with ease.

After the fight, Rory wasted no time calling out Carlos Condit to avenge his loss. A rematch that I hope Condit accepts. Both have improved considerably in the last 2 years.

Rory Macdonald, a soft spoken Mixed Martial Artist, is slowly but surely taking the MMA scene by storm. Fighting out of Kelowna, British Columbia and training in all facets of MMA, Rory has an amazing highlight reel at the young age of 23. If you’ve somehow missed his rise up the ranks or have been living in a cage, check him out!

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