Askren and Alvarez Win Bellator Fights

Ben Askren and Eddie Alvarez both won their fights. Askren won via relentless takedowns and mediocre ground and pound for 5 straight rounds. Lyman Good had a triangle and armbar in the last round that Askren got out of and finished the round back in full mount. Eddie Alvarez pretty much destroyed Roger Huerta’s leg […]

Ben Askren and Eddie Alvarez both won their fights.

Askren won via relentless takedowns and mediocre ground and pound for 5 straight rounds. Lyman Good had a triangle and armbar in the last round that Askren got out of and finished the round back in full mount.

Eddie Alvarez pretty much destroyed Roger Huerta’s leg in the first 5 minutes. I was pulling for an upset in Huerta, but his legs were taken out badly early in the first round and he could do nothing else. Alvarez’ superior footwork, boxing, reach, and wrestling were too much trouble for Huerta. Roger did manage to clip Alvarez with a flash knockdown, but Eddie was never in much trouble. The third round never happened has the doctor stopped fight due to Huerta’s knee damage.

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Here are our UFC 121 picks.

Tito Ortiz Says “It’s Awesome” Not Carrying PPV Card

Yes, if you’ve followed MMA for some time now, then we’re guessing the above headline may have evoked a general response with the words ‘since when?’ After all, Tito Ortiz has never exactly been one to shy away from the camera, microphone and or anything resembling a spotlight. Of course, that’s not to say the […]

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Yes, if you’ve followed MMA for some time now, then we’re guessing the above headline may have evoked a general response with the words ‘since when?’ After all, Tito Ortiz has never exactly been one to shy away from the camera, microphone and or anything resembling a spotlight. Of course, that’s not to say the MMA world doesn’t owe a ton of debt to Ortiz, as like him or not, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” was a driving force in making the sport what it is today.

Although Ortiz has struggled over the last few years with injuries and lacklustre performances, the UFC still promoted the former champ heavily, giving him main event tilts or coaching stints on TUF. So as we head into UFC 121 and Tito’s bout with Matt Hamill, it’s been kind of weird really, to see the light-heavyweight take somewhat of a back seat no? When asked at this week’s UFC 121 presser about not carrying a PPV card, Ortiz had this to say (thanks to MMA Bay for the footage):

“It takes a lot of pressure off; it’s awesome. I like to see Brock doing all the work, Cain doing all the work, but at the same time I still do the extra PR work the UFC lets me do. It’s Dana’s decision and at the end I’m thankful just to be on the card.”

Interesting. Really, aside from Tito’s recent remarks regarding deaf people (which soon required his apology), it’s been relatively quiet on the “Bad Boy” front. That may continue if he ends up losing to Hamill Saturday. To bet on the bout head here.

MMA FIGHTERS SAY GOODBYE TO A YOUNG WARRIOR BATTLING CANCER

By Joyce Lynda Valdes
A great leader, named Malcolm X said, “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.”
There are many battles MMA fighters face going into the cage, like that of a standup war or ground and pound, but every battle for these self-made warriors is by choice. There are others […]

By Joyce Lynda Valdes

Dylan Woods at Tuff-N-Uff in March 2010

Dylan Woods at Tuff-N-Uff in March 2010

A great leader, named Malcolm X said, “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.”

There are many battles MMA fighters face going into the cage, like that of a standup war or ground and pound, but every battle for these self-made warriors is by choice. There are others of us in the world who are faced with fights that are unwanted and unasked for and it is the truest test of our character when we meet those challenges with will and defiance. For most of us in our lifetime, we will know someone or be someone inflicted with cancer. In my life, I have been blessed to know very few people who have fought and lost to this disease. Last night, the most influential person I have ever met, a young 13 year-old warrior named Dylan Woods who had brain cancer passed away.

I met Dylan through a non-profit organization called It Aint Chemo run by a cancer survivor, Kevin Hoyt. Hoyt, who is a friend of Randy Couture and helped Couture set up a paintball charity event for his GI Foundation, decided to open his organization to help and support MMA fighters, with the request that the fighters give their time to train young warriors who battle cancer daily. Hoyt thought that by kids like Dylan meeting MMA fighters, it would influence them to keep fighting their disease. The surprise ended up being that these kids like Dylan were the ones who inspired the MMA fighters. Dylan Woods went on to support fighters like Ryan Couture, Jimmy Jones, and Gil Guardado. He went to their Tuff-N-Uff amateur fights, cheering in the crowd, and when he could no longer travel, he watched Ryan Couture make his pro-debut in Strikeforce: Challengers on Showtime. Dylan’s story touched even UFC Heavyweight, Frank Mir who volunteered to be auctioned off in a charity MMA Bachelor/Bachelorette event held by It Aint Chemo earlier this month.

Dylan Woods did not go gently. He rose to the challenge. When it seemed he wouldn’t make it through another day, Dylan showed us he was not one to be beat and in August, at 50 lbs and wheel-chair bound, he made it to see Jones and Guardado victorious in their final amateur fights in Las Vegas. Both Jimmy Jones and Gil Guardado will be making their pro-debuts this November 13th in King of the Cage, which can be seen on PPV. Ryan Couture will be going for his second win in Strikeforce: Challengers on November 19th. Dylan fought his fight admirably and now helps science continue the fight as he gave his brain to cancer research. Most notably, he gave men who chose to fight, a solid ground to stand on and something to fight for and believe in; that ground is called It Aint Chemo and throughout these fighters careers, you will learn a lot more of the organization. It is time for Dylan to rest, but for Couture, Jones, and Guardado, it is time to stand and engage.

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Dana White Still Saying No Way to Liddell / Ortiz 3

Over four months have gone by since Chuck Liddell was bombed out by Rich Franklin at UFC 115, and “The Iceman’s” retirement watch keeps on a rolling. Of course, it’s well documented that Dana White’s said the hall of famer’s days fighting in the Octagon are done, but that hasn’t resulted in Chuck making it official. But […]

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Over four months have gone by since Chuck Liddell was bombed out by Rich Franklin at UFC 115, and “The Iceman’s” retirement watch keeps on a rolling. Of course, it’s well documented that Dana White’s said the hall of famer’s days fighting in the Octagon are done, but that hasn’t resulted in Chuck making it official. But then again, we’ve been through this once before…

Chuck appeared in a recent episode of the current season of TUF, and once again spoke of his desire to throw down with Tito Ortiz for a third time, feeding the ongoing speculation that the former champ has no real desire to retire (yes, even though the episode was filmed weeks ago).  Now, while it’s completely understandable to say ‘what else is new’ right about it now, it does seem like this time Dana is sticking to his presidential guns. According to a report from MMA Weekly, here is some of what Mr. White had to say about this matter, while he was in England over the weekend.

“I don’t want Chuck to fight anymore,” White said. “Chuck’s one of my good friends, and I don’t want him to fight anymore.”… “Chuck’s been a warrior, he’s been a great champion, and a great friend and a great partner,” stated White. “I don’t want to see it anymore.”

Interesting; it is starting to seem like the Liddell era may soon be over officially, then again…we’ve been through this before. Of course Tito has his hands full this weekend with Matt Hamill, never mind a third fight with Chuck; to bet on the tilt head here.

Jose Aldo to Defend Against Mark Hominick?

Since Jose Aldo continued to drop jaws around the MMA world with another, ‘he’s just too good’ stoppage win over Manny Gamburyan last month, the internet has been littered with discussions as to what’s next for the P4P contender. While everyone in their right mind would like to see the WEC featherweight champ test the UFC […]

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Since Jose Aldo continued to drop jaws around the MMA world with another, ‘he’s just too good’ stoppage win over Manny Gamburyan last month, the internet has been littered with discussions as to what’s next for the P4P contender. While everyone in their right mind would like to see the WEC featherweight champ test the UFC lightweight waters, the argument that the WEC can’t really spare any of its top stars right now may have some merit.  We’ll save the never ending ‘should the WEC just merge with the UFC’ debate for another time….

At any rate, if reports surfacing today are accurate, it looks as though the WEC may be putting together a bout between Aldo and Mark Hominick. According to a report from MMA Mania, the Brazilian publication Tatame recently posted this comment from Aldo:

“Whoever it may be, I always respect everybody. We may already have a title defense in January with Mark Hominick, a Canadian very good in kickboxing.”

Now, the early betting line on this one probably won’t give Hominick great odds to win, but if you’ve seen the Canadian fight you know that striking enthusiasts will be taking notes. Aldo is a walking, punching, kicking and kneeing highlight reel, while Hominick has some of the fastest hands in the sport. Bottom line, if Aldo is staying in the WEC for the time being, a bout with Hominick could be the way to go. We’d watch it.