MMA Catch All Thread.

Johnson did a lot better than I thought he would. There was a point in the first round when I thought for sure he was going to pull off the upset. He floored Brookins. I thought for sure he was going to finish him.

Nam showed some great fight chops with his superior standup to Garcia. He clearly won that fight despite what the judges might have thought. Garcia knew it as well and better prepare for a rematch.

All I have to say about the Maia fight is "I told you so". The dude lost two fights in his career against two of the very best (Silva and Marquardt) and dominated some really good fighters. He has, perhaps, the best ground game in the weight class. His striking may not be world class, but when he gets you on the mat, you're in a world of trouble. Boring or not, he gets it done.

The Watson fight didn't air, but I understand he won in a unanimous decision. I am happy for him and actually a little surprised that he pulled it off.

McKenzie and his freakish guillotine. I guess I underestimate him at my peril.

Yea, Strikeforce card was fantastic, which is rare these days. Good on them for picking some good fights.

Nam Phan was robbed, seriously. There is literally no way that Garcia won that fight. I had a hard time believing he won a round.

Nam Phan looked much better at 145. I thought he was too small for 155. He won that fight IMO.

He is going to look back and wish he finished that fight in the 2nd round or wish he was more aggressive in the 3rd. Garcia was throwing some laughable haymakers in the third that were just screaming to be countered.

Garcia has a knack for pulling off stupid decision victories and I think I've figured out his secret.

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Sinatar wrote:

Garcia has a knack for pulling off stupid decision victories and I think I've figured out his secret.

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Fighting Asians?

Hoping that GSP knocks out Koscheck this fight. Not just finishes him. Knocks him out. I want him to beat him where he thinks he's better. It'll be nice to see him humbled.

I like how GSP said that when he beats Koscheck for the second straight time that it will be the last time they fight because he will have nothing left to prove.

Can someone explain to me how Stefan Struve v. Sean McCorkle is the co-main event? That just seems backwards.

Faceless Joe wrote:

Can someone explain to me how Stefan Struve v. Sean McCorkle is the co-main event? That just seems backwards.

It's a mystery to everyone. I mean Sean McCorkle is a bit of an internet celebrity amongst the internet MMA community but it's still pretty strange.

Sinatar wrote:
Faceless Joe wrote:

Can someone explain to me how Stefan Struve v. Sean McCorkle is the co-main event? That just seems backwards.

It's a mystery to everyone. I mean Sean McCorkle is a bit of an internet celebrity amongst the internet MMA community but it's still pretty strange.

I think it is because they have both latched onto the Chael Sonnen/Josh Koscheck winning formula for hyping a fight (ie: take trash talk to such a level that folks assume you MUST have something special to offer).

I hope GSP beats the sh*t out of Koscheck and finally shuts his mouth. He's a cocky, obnoxious douchebag that is all bark and little bite and I'd like to see him get crippled. That. Is. All.

Wow. I guess when you have Phil Nurse AND Freddy Roach as your standup coaches, that's what happens to your striking ability. Is there anyone in the entire UFC that 1) takes his training as seriously as GSP and 2) has access to the kind of quality coaching/instruction?

Give that dude 3 months to prepare and he can beat anyone in a reachable weight class.

Wow. GSP pretty much did to Koscheck whatever the heck he wanted (except takedowns.)

I mean, after 3 rounds of "I am going to hit you with my left hand, over and over again", you think that Koscheck would have figured it out for rounds 4 and 5.

mudbunny wrote:

Wow. GSP pretty much did to Koscheck whatever the heck he wanted (except takedowns.)

I mean, after 3 rounds of "I am going to hit you with my left hand, over and over again", you think that Koscheck would have figured it out for rounds 4 and 5.

It was like the reverse of Sean Connery in Presidio. "I'm going to beat you with just my left hand. My right is far too powerful for you.".

That whole fight was a clinic in how to use a stiff jab to counter the haymaker. I'm actually with Joe Rogan on this in that I have always thought that the jab was horribly underutilized in MMA. It's not going to knock you out, but it 1) disrupts your opponents timing, 2) establishes your range, 3) does increments of damage over time, and 4) sets up other techniques.

There was a bucketful of things Koscheck could have done to counter the jab and he couldn't figure any of them out. That shows you that even at the elite level, if you don't train it, you won't do it.

He could have slipped right and low jab countered. He could have teeped. He could have caught it with his glove. He could have faded back. Hell, he could even have tucked his chin and headbutted it. He did none of those. He just took shot after shot to the eye.

After this fight, who's left for GSP? Is there anyone in the division that's worth fighting? Jon Fitch again? Jake Shields? Carlos Condit? None of these guys appears to be even near the skill level. Maybe move up in weight? He's only 29 and basically cleared out his division.

Trainwreck wrote:

After this fight, who's left for GSP?

After Shields, who had a title shot promised to him by Dana White, there really is no-one. Dana White has mentioned that a possible fight that a lot of people want to see is GSP vs Silva at a catch-weight. GSP has also apparently considered moving up a weight class, which would mean fighting at or near his regular walking-around weight.

The 2 most compelling match ups in my eyes for GSP at this point (at least at welterweight) are both out of the UFC. Nick Diaz and Ben Askren.

Sinatar wrote:

The 2 most compelling match ups in my eyes for GSP at this point (at least at welterweight) are both out of the UFC. Nick Diaz and Ben Askren.

Nick lacks the punching power to stand with GSP and the ground skills to take him down. The only thing he'd have would be reach and GSP has demonstrated his ability to overcome that one pretty handily.

Askren is almost a pure wrestler and GSP seems to specialize in dissecting them.

mudbunny wrote:
Trainwreck wrote:

After this fight, who's left for GSP?

After Shields, who had a title shot promised to him by Dana White, there really is no-one. Dana White has mentioned that a possible fight that a lot of people want to see is GSP vs Silva at a catch-weight. GSP has also apparently considered moving up a weight class, which would mean fighting at or near his regular walking-around weight.

GSP has stated that his walking around weight is 190 and that he would be uncomfortable fighting at 185 until he was able to naturally bring his walking around weight over 200. That could be a year or more. I don't blame him. I wouldn't want to lose the speed if I wasn't going to get the power out of it. He also stated that the only way he would move up would be if it were a permanent move for him. He doesn't want to chase the money. That's what screwed Roy Jones.

I don't think I'd want to see him take on Silva right away. Tossing someone into that weight class against the shark with the friggin' laser beam on his head is a bit unfair. I could see him taking on someone like Chael Sonnen first. I'd pay to see that.

Anybody watching WEC 53? There have been some great fights tonight.

Pettis is a ninja!

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If he had knocked out Henderson with that my brain would have exploded. That is seriously, without a doubt the greatest kick I've seen in MMA history. Takes balls of steel to try that in a real fight, too.

It was an amazing kick. During the post-fight interview, Henderson's cheek was swelling badly, and he was moving his jaw side to side (as if trying to loosen it) as he spoke. I feel for him today.

CptGlanton wrote:

It was an amazing kick. During the post-fight interview, Henderson's cheek was swelling badly, and he was moving his jaw side to side (as if trying to loosen it) as he spoke. I feel for him today.

What amazed me most was that after 24 minutes of exhaustive fighting he attempts the kick, succeeds, and then lands perfectly on balance. Just jaw-dropping.

UFC 135 fighters New Years Resolutions

Spoiler:

To bitch slap nate

Best. Resolution. EVAR!!

Haha. UFC doesn't typically do things like that, cool to see them do something not serious.

So the UFC 125 prelims are going to be on....ION TV? Weird. I'm going to have to find a way to watch them online or something. Apparently it's a broadcast network? I don't know, just seems strange.

So picks for these fights?

I think Frankie keeps the gold. The only way Gray wins is if he can keep taking Frankie down, which is where BJ started to have success when they fought the second time. If Frankie can use his speed to stick and move, he'll get the UD.

And we get to find out if Chris Leben is the real deal. Hopefully he's cleaned himself up enough to win this one. I'm thinking Leben by something, round 3.

Honestly, I've never really been fond of Brandon Vera's fighting style, and he has stupid nickname, so I'm picking Silva in that one. Silva by TKO, round 2.

I'm going to say that Guida is going to be too fast paced for Gomi. Gomi did have a good knockout of Tyson Griffin, but Griffin is a much different fighter than Guida. Guida takes him down, throws some ground and pound, and takes him by TKO in the second.

Looks like Kim made good on his resolution.

Paleocon wrote:

Looks like Kim made good on his resolution.

No kidding.

And how about that main event? Amazing fight. I always wondered what would happen if a championship fight went to a draw.

Overeem knocks out Duffee in 19 seconds.

He HAS to be juicing, right? His size, quickness, and power are off the charts and he's dominating every opponent (MMA or K-1) better than anyone ever has.

93_confirmed wrote:

Overeem knocks out Duffee in 19 seconds.

He HAS to be juicing, right? His size, quickness, and power are off the charts and he's dominating every opponent (MMA or K-1) better than anyone ever has.

That and he has no competition.

Gumbie wrote:
93_confirmed wrote:

Overeem knocks out Duffee in 19 seconds.

He HAS to be juicing, right? His size, quickness, and power are off the charts and he's dominating every opponent (MMA or K-1) better than anyone ever has.

That and he has no competition.

Duffee took the fight on something like 10 days notice. Is he juicing? I don't know. He certainly gained a ton of rip in a short while. However, like Gumbie said the quality of his opposition has been extremely soft. Think Kimbo Slice in EliteXC. Overeem is definitely a better fighter than Kimbo is/was, though. You don't get to be a K1 champ without very good standup skills.

Trainwreck wrote:
Gumbie wrote:
93_confirmed wrote:

Overeem knocks out Duffee in 19 seconds.

He HAS to be juicing, right? His size, quickness, and power are off the charts and he's dominating every opponent (MMA or K-1) better than anyone ever has.

That and he has no competition.

Duffee took the fight on something like 10 days notice. Is he juicing? I don't know. He certainly gained a ton of rip in a short while. However, like Gumbie said the quality of his opposition has been extremely soft. Think Kimbo Slice in EliteXC. Overeem is definitely a better fighter than Kimbo is/was, though. You don't get to be a K1 champ without very good standup skills.

What, you don't think Kimbo's fight with Tank Abbott was legit?