MMA Rankings 1-6-2013 by Forum contributor Leroy. There are a few major changes in the ranks for this edition. Cain Velasquez dominated Junior Dos Santos to get back his HW title. Michael Bisping moves above Wiedmen to become the #1 contender at 185 and Demetrious Johnson moves to the #1 spot at 125 with his split decision win over Joseph Benavidez. Join the discussion in the forum.

Heavyweight 265lb
1. Cain Velasquez
2. Junior dos Santos
3. Fabricio Werdum
4. Daniel Cormier
5. Frank Mir
6. Josh Barnett
7. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
8. Antonio Silva
9. Travis Browne
10. Stefan Struve
Honorable Mention: Mark Hunt, Roy Nelson, Ben Rothwell, Mike Russow, Alexander Volkov

Light Heavyweight 205lb
1. Jon Jones
2. Rashad Evans
3. Alexander Gustafsson
4. Lyoto Machida
5. Phil Davis
6. Mauricio Rua
7. Forrest Griffin
8. Ryan Bader
9. Quinton Jackson
10. Gegard Mousasi
HM: Matt Hamill, Vladimir Matyushenko, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, James Te-Huna

Middleweight 185lb
1. Anderson Silva
2. Michael Bisping
3. Chris Weidman
4. Vitor Belfort
5. Yushin Okami
6. Mark Munoz
7. Costa Philippou
8. Tim Boetsch
9. Alan Belcher
10. Brian Stann
HM: Cunge Le, Hector Lombard, Rousimar Palhares, Luke Rockhold, Ronaldo Souza

Welterweight 170lb
1. Georges St-Pierre
2. Johny Hendricks
3. Carlos Condit
4. Martin Kampmann
5. Jake Ellenberger
6. Rory MacDonald
7. Jon Fitch
8. Josh Koscheck
9. Ben Askren
10. Nate Marquardt
HM: John Hathaway, Demian Maia, Mike Pierce, Mike Pyle, Erick Silva

Lightweight 155lb
1. Ben Henderson
2. Gilbert Melendez
3. Gray Maynard
4. Nate Diaz
5. Anthony Pettis
6. Michael Chandler
7. Eddie Alvarez
8. Jim Miller
9. Donald Cerrone
10. Shinya Aoki
HM: T.J. Grant, Joe Lauzon, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Josh Thomson, Matt Wiman

Featherweight 145lb
1. Jose Aldo
2. Chad Mendes
3. Ricardo Lamas
4. Hatsu Hioki
5. Chan Sung Jung
6. Dustin Poirier
7. Pat Curran
8. Cub Swanson
9. Daniel Straus
10. Darren Elkins
HM: Hacran Dias, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Diego Nunes, Dennis Siver, Rani Yahya

Bantamweight 135lb
1. Renan Barao
2. Michael McDonald
3. Urijah Faber
4. Bibiano Fernandes
5. Eddie Wineland
6. Scott Jorgensen
7. Brad Pickett
8. Raphael Assuncao
9. Mike Easton
10. Marcos Galvao
HM: Eduardo Dantas, TJ Dillashaw, Ivan Menjivar, Tyson Nam, Erik Perez

Flyweight 125lb
1. Demetrious Johnson
2. Joseph Benavidez
3. John Dodson
4. Ian McCall
5. Jussier Formiga
6. Darrell Montague
7. John Moraga
8. Chris Cariaso
9. Louis Gaudinot
10. John Lineker
HM: Tim Elliott, Darren Uyenoyama

Featuring an inside look into the training camps of Nate Diaz, Ben Henderson, BJ Penn, Rory MacDonald, Alexander Gustafsson, and Maurício Shogun Rua.

Friend of the site and long time forum member Tom Maaka is competing  in the new Australian show Wimp 2 Warrior. Everyday people with no little or no previous MMA experience will be thrown into a 6 month training program starting in September. 34 participants will start before being cut back to 20 in December. The final 20 participants will enter an extensive 12 week training camp to fight early in April, 2013 on a Brace For War show in Sydney.

It’s all taking place at Platinum Extreme Gym in Sydney Australia with some of the top coaches in the world.

MMA coach Richie Cranny originally from the UK, 3rd Degree Black Belt ProMai Mixed Martial Arts, Chief Instructor and International Examiner ProMai Mixed Martial Arts, Certificate IV Master Trainer, Certificate III Gym Instructor, Boxing Instructor and Strength coach Rachel Guy: Director of Athletic Fox; Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Platinum Extreme; IFBB Fitness Model Competitor; Sponsored Athlete of USN

Make sure to follow https://www.facebook.com/Wimp2Warrior for all the latest show updates.

WAR Tom!!!!!

Dana White then goes behind the scenes at UFC 148.

Tito Ortiz reveals he had 50% of his mensicus removed eight weeks previously, and added “it sucks, when I f—— can’t do cardio… this whole camp, I couldn’t.”

Dana White also chews out Forrest and discusses the Anderson Silva knee with Bisping.

MMA Rankings 7-11-2012

by admin on July 11, 2012

in MMA Fighter, Rankings

Heavyweight (206lb – 265lb)
1. Junior dos Santos
2. Cain Velasquez
3. Fabricio Werdum
4. Daniel Cormier
5. Frank Mir
6. Josh Barnett
7. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
8. Travis Browne
9. Roy Nelson
10. Stefan Struve
HM: Mark Hunt, Cole Konrad, Ben Rothwell, Mike Russow, Antonio Silva

Light Heavyweight 205
1. Jon Jones
2. Rashad Evans
3. Dan Henderson
4. Mauricio Rua
5. Lyoto Machida
6. Phil Davis
7. Alexander Gustafsson
8. Forrest Griffin
9. Ryan Bader
10. Quinton Jackson
HM: Vladimir Matyushenko, Gegard Mousasi, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Thiago Silva, Brandon Vera

Middleweight 185
1. Anderson Silva
2. Chael Sonnen
3. Mark Munoz (C. Weidman – 7/11)
4. Vitor Belfort
5. Michael Bisping
6. Yushin Okami
7. Tim Boetsch (H. Lombard – 7/21)
8. Brian Stann
9. Alan Belcher
10. Chris Weidman (M. Munoz – 7/11)
HM: Hector Lombard (T. Boetsch – 7/21), Ronny Markes, Rousimar Palhares, Luke Rockhold (T. Kennedy – 7/14), Ronaldo Souza

Welterweight 170
1. Carlos Condit
2. Johny Hendricks
3. Martin Kampmann
4. Jake Ellenberger
5. Jon Fitch
6. Josh Koscheck
7. Jake Shields
8. Diego Sanchez
9. Rory MacDonald
10. Ben Askren
HM: Brian Ebersole (J. Head – 7/21), Demian Maia, Mike Pierce, Erick Silva, Tyron Woodley (N. Marquardt – 7/14)

Lightweight 155
1. Ben Henderson
2. Frank Edgar
3. Gilbert Melendez
4. Gray Maynard
5. Nate Diaz
6. Clay Guida
7. Anthony Pettis
8. Jim Miller
9. Michael Chandler
10. Eddie Alvarez
HM: Shinya Aoki, Donald Cerrone, Paul Sass, Josh Thomson, Khabib Nurmagomedov

Featherweight 145
1. Jose Aldo
2. Chad Mendes
3. Erik Koch
4. Ricardo Lamas
5. Hatsu Hioki
6. Chan Sung Jung
7. Dustin Poirier
8. Pat Curran
9. Patricio Freire
10. Daniel Straus
HM: Hacran Dias, Darren Elkins, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Charles Oliveira, Dennis Siver, Cub Swanson

Bantamweight 135
1. Dominick Cruz
2. Urijah Faber (R. Barao – 7/21)
3. Renan Barao (U. Faber – 7/21)
4. Michael McDonald
5. Brian Bowles
6. Brad Pickett
7. Eduardo Dantas
8. Bibiano Fernandes
9. Eddie Wineland
10. Scott Jorgensen
HM: Raphael Assuncao (I. Tamura – 7/11), Antonio Banuelos, Mike Easton, Zach Makovsky, Miguel Torres

One of the most anticipated rematches in MMA history is in the books, and the result ended a defining chapter in Anderson Silva’s storied title reign.  The rivalry came and went, and Silva’s next challenge remains unclear.  One thing is almost certain: barring a career-ending injury or dramatic personal event, Silva will fight again.  Even at 37 years-old, the Champion looked as masterful as ever in performances against Vitor Belfort, Yushin Okami and Chael Sonnen.  Over the next couple of weeks, MMA-Fighter.com will preview the title candidates in the middleweight division and break down their potential matchup with The Spider.

Alan Belcher Tracy Lee Alan Belcher
Age: 28
MMA Record: 18-6
Streak: 4 Wins
Fighting Out Of: Roufosport – Biloxi, M
Photo courtesy of Tracy Lee of Yahoo! Sports and CombatLifestyle.com. UFC on Fox 3 photos

Belcher has long been one of the division’s most curious subjects.  By day, he’ll knock Jorge Santiago’s head off his shoulders or pound Rousimar Palhares’ face into the canvas.  By night, he’ll appear lethargic and outmatched in bouts with Kendall Grove and Jason Day.  His skill, knockout power, and athleticism have never been in question, but his preparation and game-day readiness were areas of concern.  With six years of Octagon experience under his belt, The Talent appears to have shed whatever remained of his nighttime persona as he enters the prime of his competitive career.  He has been utterly devastating during his current four-fight win streak, earning stoppages in each of those victories.  Although he is primarily recognized as a Muay Thai specialist, Belcher’s grappling acumen gained considerable attention after he escaped the certain-death scenario known as a Rousimar Palhares Leg Lock.  He also owns a recent submission victory over tough-to-crack veteran, Patrick Cote.  With his graduation from inconsistent prospect to legitimate divisional threat, Belcher has established himself as one of the most dangerous middleweights in the sport.

How he’ll earn his shot

Although he’s unlikely to be next in line, Belcher could be one “name” win away from earning his right to challenge Silva.  He has a fan-pleasing style, an impressive highlight reel, and he’s shown well-rounded skills.  Both Silva and Belcher are finishers, so the fight will be easy to promote.

Why he can beat Silva

The scariest part of Belcher’s arsenal is that we don’t yet know how extensive it is.  He’s a physical specimen with great speed, and he has more documented punching power than anyone Silva has faced over the past four years (with the possible exception of Vitor Belfort).  If he remains composed, he could surprise Silva with his footwork.  Although his takedowns, ground-and-pound, and top control may not be on par with Chael Sonnen’s, Belcher has shown an ability to put the fight away when his opponent is hurt.  Given his track record for unpredictability, he may be a difficult target for even Silva to read.  Whether his gameplan will be striking or grappling-first is difficult to say; but if he mixes it up and keeps Silva guessing, he could find the opening for an upset.

Leroy Brown
leroybee37@gmail.com

Ronda RouseyStrikeforce women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will appear in ESPN the Magazine’s upcoming “Body Issue.” She’s also one of six athletes who will appear nude on a special cover of the magazine.

Rousey joins Gina Carano and Jon Jones as mixed martial artists to grace the cover of  bestselling edition of the magazine, which hits newsstands July 13.

Photos courtesy of  http://espn.go.com/espn/bodyissue

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bellatorBellator’s Season Six Featherweight Tournament concluded on Friday night with the finale matchup between Nova Uniao’s highly-regarded Marlon Sandro and the wrestling product of Cincinnati, Ohio,  Daniel Straus.  Straus used a mixture of powerful wrestling, aggressive pacing and exceptional conditioning to tactfully wear his opponent down and earn the unanimous decision.  At times, Sandro appeared exhausted and unprepared for the type of battle that Straus instigated early in the fight.  After the final bell, the more visibly-damaged Sandro hung his head, almost as if he accepted the defeat.  Straus raised his arms in victory and his teammates rushed to greet him with smiles, hugs and congratulatory hand-slaps.  Only the formality of the score announcement separated Straus from a six-figure paycheck and an official shot at a Bellator World Championship.  Judges Eric Colon and Sue Sanidad awarded Straus a clean sweep of 30-27 scores, while Judge Michelle Agustin saw the fight 29-28, still in favor of Straus.  Agustin, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt and instructor at Tong Dragon MMA in Bayville, New Jersey, felt that Sandro was the winner of the third round.  Cage side commentator Jimmy Smith, an accomplished grappler and veteran of six professional MMA fights, agreed with Agustin’s assessment.  While there is no debate regarding who won the overall contest, the third-round discrepancy remains curious.  The disagreement brings to light the potential illusion of a near-submission, and the uncertainty of how certain situations should be scored.  Let’s take an in-depth look at the bout’s grappling-heavy final frame to learn how an extended choke attempt may have been the primary influence in Agustin’s decision.

The first 90 seconds of the round saw some pawing and quick striking exchanges from both fighters.  Neither was able to land a multiple-hit combination or strike of significance.  Straus then ducked underneath for a body-lock/double-underhook attempt, but it was shrugged off by Sandro who pushed Straus against the cage for a short moment.  Straus continued to pummel through while managing to force a separation with 3:48 remaining.  Twenty seconds later, Straus threw a high kick that was at least partially blocked by Sandro.  Straus then attempted a double-leg takedown which Sandro quickly sprawled to defend.  At this stage, the round was closely-contested.  Neither fighter was able to make an obvious impression or gain a clearly advantageous position.

With 3:20 remaining, shortly after Sandro’s sprawl, the Brazilian decided to drop for a single-leg attempt of his own.  He would not earn the takedown, however, he turned to get behind Straus’ back and push his opponent’s chest to the cage while in a standing position.  With 2:42 left, Straus turned to face Sandro which ultimately created an opening for an arm-triangle choke.  Sandro attempted to lock on the choke resulting in a hold that was applied for almost one full minute of the round.  Depending on the observer’s outlook, one may have believed that Straus was in danger of losing the fight during this sequence.

Almost immediately, Straus tilted his neck to the right, stuck his palm on his forehead, and extended his elbow to create space and prevent his carotid arteries from being pinched.  His textbook defensive instincts never allowed Sandro to advance the position.  Straus then appeared to relax (to the point of giving the official a “thumb-up” signal) his body almost content with the situation at hand.  While watching the broadcast, it is clear that Sandro was never close to finishing the fight with this hold.  Sandro did not manage to gain a grip that would close the gap from the left side of Straus’ neck to his own shoulder.   All the while, the clock is running down and Sandro was no further along with his choke then he was when it was first attempted.  Sandro was on the offensive, but with both men on their feet, his positioning was not dominant or especially advantageous.  Sandro, left with no choice but to bail on the choke, conceded the hold as the fighters separated with only 1:05 remaining.  What followed is the most significant offensive maneuver of the round.

With 36 seconds left, Straus ducked under a punch from Sandro, spun behind, and elevated him in the air with an emphatic belly-to-back slam.  Wasting no time, Straus threw one hook in and managed to secure the second hook only a few seconds later.  With only 10 seconds left on the clock, Straus extended Sandro’s body while wrapping his arm around his opponent’s throat for a rear-naked choke attempt.    Time would expire, but Straus had scored the round’s only takedown, gained what is arguably the most dominant grappling position in the sport, and applied what could easily be recognized as the more threatening of the two chokes attempted during the round.  Was that enough to earn a 10-9?  Two judges felt so, but the third did not.  So how did Sandro manage to out-point Straus’ late barrage in the eyes of Judge #3?

It all boils down to perspective.  Sports judging is controversial in nature, and without a definitive set of criteria, fans are left to interpret the vaguely worded, “effective striking, grappling, aggression and cage control.”  I can’t speak for the specific reasons why both Agustin and Smith (who, in fairness, was not tasked with judging the contest) scored the third round for Sandro, but I ask – What good was Sandro’s submission attempt if it lasted one minute and he got nothing out of it?  I can expand on this to suggest that Straus’s defense could have been the catalyst for Sandro’s arm fatigue, the result of which led to the lazy punch attempt that created the opening for Straus’ final flurry.

So what side of the fence are you on, and how would you break down the final round? Join the chatter in the forum.

Leroy Brown
leroybee37@gmail.com

MMA Rankings 2-8-2012 by Forum contributor Leroy. There are a few major changes in the ranks for this edition. Most notably, GSP has been removed since it’s been over a here since his last fight, and it doesn’t appear he’ll be stepping into the Octagon any time soon. The Interim Champ is your interim #1 at 170. Also, Overeem won’t be able to apply for a license until very late this year, so I’ve removed him as well. Here are the upcoming events before the next anticipated update:

Bellator 68 – 05/11
UFC on Fuel – 05/15
Bellator 69 – 05/18
Strikeforce GP – 05/19
Bellator 70 – 05/25
UFC 146 – 05/26

A lot of big heavyweight fights over the next two weeks. Here are the ranks…

Heavyweight (206lb – 265lb)
1. Junior dos Santos (F. Mir – 05/26)
2. Cain Velasquez (A. Silva – 05/26)
3. Fabricio Werdum
4. Frank Mir (J. dos Santos – 05/26)
5. Josh Barnett (D. Cormier – 05/19)
6. Daniel Cormier (J. Barnett - 05/19)
7. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
8. Antonio Silva (C. Velasquez – 05/26)
9. Travis Browne
10. Mike Russow
HM: Fedor Emelianenko, Mark Hunt (S. Struve – 05/26), Roy Nelson (D. Herman – 05/26), Ben Rothwell, Stefan Struve (M. Hunt – 05/26)

Light Heavyweight 205
1. Jon Jones
2. Rashad Evans
3. Dan Henderson
4. Mauricio Rua
5. Lyoto Machida
6. Phil Davis
7. Alexander Gustafsson
8. Forrest Griffin
9. Ryan Bader
10. Quinton Jackson
HM: Rafael Cavalcante (M. Kyle – 05/19)
Vladimir Matyushenko, Gegard Mousasi, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Thiago Silva

 

Middleweight 185

1. Anderson Silva
2. Chael Sonnen
3. Mark Munoz
4. Vitor Belfort
5. Michael Bisping
6. Yushin Okami
7. Tim Boetsch
8. Brian Stann
9. Alan Belcher
10. Chris Weidman
HM: Hector Lombard, Ronny Markes, Rousimar Palhares, Luke Rockhold, Ronaldo Souza

Welterweight 170

1. Carlos Condit
2. Nick Diaz
3. Jake Ellenberger
4. Johny Hendricks
5. Jon Fitch
6. Josh Koscheck
7. Jake Shields
8. Diego Sanchez
9. Martin Kampmann
10. Rory MacDonald
HM: Ben Askren, Charlie Brenneman, Brian Ebersole, Dong-Hyun Kim, Mike Pierce, Tyron Woodley

Lightweight 155

1. Ben Henderson
2. Frank Edgar
3. Gilbert Melendez (J. Thomson – 05/19)
4. Gray Maynard
5. 
Clay Guida
6. Nate Diaz
7. Anthony Pettis
8. Jim Miller
9. Michael Chandler
10. Eddie Alvarez
HM: Shinya AokiEdson Barboza (J. Varner – 05/26)
Donald Cerrone (J. Stephens – 05/15), Gleison Tibau, Jacob Volkmann (P. Sass – 05/15)

Featherweight 145

1. Jose Aldo
2. Chad Mendes
3. Hatsu Hioki
4. Dustin Poirier (C. Jung – 05/15)
5. Erik Koch
6. Pat Curran
7. Yuri Alcantara
8. Marlon Sandro (D. Straus – 05/11)
9. Ricardo Lamas
10. Chan Sung Jung (D. Poirier – 05/15)
HM: 
Darren Elkins (D. Brandao – 05/26), Patricio Freire, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Dennis Siver, Cub Swanson

Bantamweight 135

1. Dominick Cruz
2. Urijah Faber
3. Renan Barao

4. Michael McDonald
5. Brian Bowles
6. 
Scott Jorgensen
7. Brad Pickett
8. Eduardo Dantas
9. Bibiano Fernandes
10. Miguel Torres
HM: Antonio Banuelos, Chris Cariaso, Zach Makovsky, 
Ivan Menjivar, Eddie Wineland

 

Talk about it in the forum: http://mma-fighter.com/forum/threads/29961-Rankings-%2805-09-12%29

Pride T Shirts No Mas

by admin on March 16, 2012

in Nobuhiko Takada, Pride, Rickson Gracie

Check out these great Pride T-Shirts from No Mas. Featuring a shirt with the event poster from Pride 1 with Rickson Gracie and Nobuhiko Takada. Pride Never Die!

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