In Australia Helps Sell More Beer, Chips, Hamburgers
and PPVs, by Greg Tingle - 13th March 2011
punters, sports nuts, fight fans, legal eagles, politicians,
beer and food lovers...one and all. Surprise surprise,
when the UFC comes to Australia venues sell more piss
(beer) and food. Media Man turns on the beer taps
and raise the heat in the kitchen with this special
report guaranteed to satisfy any punters beer thirst
or desire for kangaroo burgers...
all heard of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
and they keep breaking records every time they come
down under to Australia.
it be that they are going to have to find a bigger
venue that Acer Arena that keeps selling out in less
than a day every time the UFC circus hits town.
we learn that when UFC fever hits Sydney beer and
food sales virtually double, and thirsts and appetites
go through the roof.
learnt that the last fight fest was the quickest-selling
event in history at Acer Arena and the also the biggest
UFC crowd outside of North America.
pubs, clubs, hotels and other variations of drinking
holes are happening up the action.
venues in Australia that show the UFC are stating
a 104% increase since January 2010. That's the sort
of numbers any business or enterprise would kill for.
course, the Aussie fight fans love the local UFC boys
such George Sotiropoulos, Kyle Noke and James Te Huna.
Sotiropoulos, an Aussie - Greek, is understood to
be the most popular Australian, and when he's on,
more drinks are served and consumed.
reported bar and food trade well above an average
Sunday with most folks popping in from Noon to dig
in to tucker before the main event at 2pm EST.
has seen a tremendous growth in commercial purchases
in bars, pubs and clubs in Australia," said UFCs
managing director of international development Marshall
managers are seeing the positive impact it has on
their Sunday trade and are booking UFC events for
the rest of the year."
popularity continues to go from strength to strength,
with t-shirt sales up, and now even a new UFC magazine
also hear of the possibility of a local version of
the reality TV series, The Ultimate Fighter.
PPV events are shown on Main Event TV (via Foxtel,
Optus and Austar) and are also available to licensed
venues through Fox Sports and Austar.
combat sports in Australian and abroad continue to
look at as UFC powers head, one success after another,
with pro boxing appearing to be the biggest hurt sport
due to the UFC's success, with 'sports entertainment'
(pro wrestling) also experiencing some decline in
PPV buy rates and revenue as a direct result of the
UFC, according to commentators at Wrestling Observer
Newsletter, Pro Wrestling Torch and Media Man.
also continues to maintain its popularity as a form
of sport that brings in punters money, betting huge
and passionately, with PartyGaming, BetUS, Centrebet,
Betfair and others all getting a modest slice of the
action. UFC also has its own branded online poker,
with word of a UFC land based and online slot machine
on the way, following its gaming times via Wii, Playstation,
Xbox 360 and others. When its comes to betting and
gaming, UFC ain't playing around. They are deadly
serious, and with money also pouring in from the directors
Station Casinos enterprise in the U.S, the substance
appears to beat its substantial hype.
er, punters, how did you like our report? Will the
UFC continue to maintain its popularity in Australia
and abroad? What will be the next big market and side
product for them? Tell us in the forum.
among MMAs great grudges, by Dave Meltzer -
24th May 2010
Quinton Jackson-Rashad Evans battle, with the winner
getting the next light heavyweight title shot at new
champion Mauricio Shogun Rua is being
talked about as perhaps the biggest grudge match in
the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
items back up the thought. The first is this is expected
to be the biggest pay-per-view show in company history
that doesnt have a championship match. Plus,
Saturdays show, from a marquee standpoint, is
really a one-match card, with interest being carried
almost completely by the main event.
general rule of grudge-match promotion is the company
attempts to take genuine animosity and promote it
to make the match as big as possible. In this case,
the Jackson vs. Evans animosity in some ways has almost
been downplayed. Believe it or not, the UFC
Primetime shows that have aired on Spike TV
have been softened in editing, for fear that some
of the rhetoric between the two African-American fighters,
which at times had racial undertones, would be considered
with the UFCs biggest grudge match on tap, it
is a perfect time to look back at 10 of the biggest
grudge matches and feuds, in the nearly 17-year history
Frank Shamrock vs. Phil Baroni, San Jose, Calif.,
June 22, 2007: This was a manufactured grudge to the
extent that Shamrock handpicked an opponent who he
believed would deliver as much trash talk as he could
provide, with the local star, Shamrock, facing the
cocky New York Badass. With almost no
television to market it to the public, Shamrock turned
to the Internet to promote the match, doing a series
of skits making fun of Baroni. Baroni fired back,
particularly the week of the fight, in media interviews
that would rank with some of pro wrestlings
best grudge match setups. The result was a match where
the crowd reaction was equal to almost any in history.
The match lived up to the hype, as it was one of the
years best. Two battered warriors Shamrock
with a torn ACL suffered two weeks before the fight,
and Baroni with a torn groin, suffered in the fights
opening seconds battled for two rounds until
Shamrock finished him with a choke in front of hometown
Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Serra, Montreal, April
19, 2008: A year earlier, in one of the biggest upsets
in MMA history, Serra knocked out St. Pierre to win
the welterweight title. The setting for the return
couldnt have been more perfect the first
UFC event held in Canada, in St. Pierres home
market, which drew a UFC-record 21,390 fans to the
Bell Centre. To build up the fight, Serra taunted
St. Pierre long and loud, with remarks like, Frenchy,
drink your white wine, which led to a super-charged
atmosphere in the crowd. St. Pierre gave the crowd
what it came to see with a second-round TKO.
Georges St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn, Las Vegas, Jan.
31, 2009: This was also a rematch, as St. Pierre beat
Penn via split decision three years earlier, a loss
Penn never fully accepted. At this point, St. Pierre
was defending his welterweight title against the current
lightweight champion, pushed as a battle of two future
all-time greats, both in their primes. Penn talked
about fighting to the death, but after
being pounded on for four rounds, both his corner
and the doctor felt he had enough in a one-sided beating.
The match garnered more controversy after the fact,
as Penns team alleged that St. Pierre was greased.
During the fight, the Nevada commission between rounds
ordered St. Pierres body to be toweled off because
after a corner man put Vaseline on his face, he patted
him in the chest and back. But Penns formal
complaint went nowhere.
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic,
Saitama, Japan, Aug. 28, 2005: This was a battle for
the Pride heavyweight title before 35,000 fans. Cro
Cop had been chasing the title shot for three years,
including a knockout win over Emelianenkos younger
brother, Aleksander. He was derailed once by losing
to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and the match was delayed
by Emelianenkos hand injuries. The whole show
was promoted around the night Cro Cop, by far the
more popular and bigger star of the two fighters in
Japan at the time, would finally end his long quest
to win a world title. But it didnt happen, as
Emelianenko bested Cro Cop at his own game, standing,
and won a three-round decision.
Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra, Las Vegas, May 23, 2009:
The grudge started in 2006 during the filming of The
Ultimate Fighters fourth season, where
Serra was a competitor, and the eventual winner, of
The Comeback series and Hughes was a coach.
The two didnt get along at all. Hughes saw Serra
as a loudmouth New Yorker and Serra saw Hughes as
the epitome of the high school jock bully. When Serra
upset St. Pierre to win the title, Hughes, at ringside
and scheduled for the next title shot, had a smile
so big he was like a 7-year-old on Christmas morning,
thinking a tough title win suddenly got easy. Sensing
the hostilities, the UFC made Hughes and Serra rival
coaches on TUF Season 6. The dislike between the coaches
was obvious, even to the point of Hughes storming
out because he lost to Serra in bowling. But the fight,
originally scheduled for December 2007, ended up delayed
by 17 months, due to both men suffering serious injuries
and Serras wife having a pregnancy. There was
fear the delay would make it so people no longer cared,
but the reaction in the MGM Grand Garden Arena and
surprisingly high pay-per-view numbers showed that
wasnt the case. The match itself wasnt
spectacular, but it was a close fight that could have
gone either way. Hughes won on straight 29-28 scores.
Quinton Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva (three fights:
Nov. 9, 2003, in Tokyo; Oct. 31, 2004, in Saitama,
Japan; Dec. 27, 2008, in Las Vegas): An interesting
trilogy, which included high-emotion staredowns and
trash talk by both men, particularly leading up to
the second and third fights. The first fight, won
by Silva, was the finals of a middleweight PRIDE Grand
Prix tournament before a sold-out crowd of 53,000
at the Tokyo Dome. Earlier in the night, Jackson had
beaten Chuck Liddell and Silva had beaten Hidehiko
Yoshida. Silva, in his prime against the relatively
inexperienced Jackson, won the first fight with one
of the most brutal finishes in memory, with 14 knees
to the head, knocking Jackson out against the ropes.
The second, a match for PRIDEs middleweight
205-pound title, was one of the greatest in company
history. Jackson decked Silva and had him almost beaten
when the first round ended. But in the second round,
Silva finished an exhausted Jackson with three hard
knees to the head. In their third bout, this time
with Jackson in his prime and Silva not the same fighter
due to all the punishment he had taken over the years,
Jackson won via knockout in the first punch of the
Ken Shamrock vs. Royce Gracie, Charlotte, N.C., April
7, 1995: This fight, the first singles championship
fight in UFC history, with the inaugural Superfight
title (the direct predecessor of the current UFC heavyweight
title) at stake, was the biggest fight of the pre-Zuffa
LLC era and still the longest fight in UFC history.
Gracie had choked Shamrock out in a tournament on
the first UFC event ever on Nov. 12, 1993. Shamrock,
a pro wrestler who had some background in real fights
in Japan, couldnt match the real-life fighting
experience of 75 years of the Gracie family. But he
studied Gracies style and knew how to hype a
rematch. Until UFC got television and Chuck Liddell
fought Randy Couture in 2005, this was the biggest
non-boxing sports pay-per-view event in history. The
first 30:00 saw Shamrock on top, holding Gracie down
and doing nothing. At the time, there were no referee-mandated
stand-ups. They went into an overtime, where Shamrock
decked Gracie with a punch before they went to the
ground, opening up his left eye. Shamrock spent the
next six minutes on top, head-butting the cut (which
was legal under the rules at the time). But at 36:06,
it was stopped due to television time running out.
In those days there were also no judges. Had there
been, Shamrock would have won the decision, but it
was a called a draw. Gracie pulled out of the UFC
after the fight, claiming time limits in fights were
unfair to the smaller guy. Shamrock spent the next
decade-plus pursuing a rematch, but Gracie never accepted.
Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir, Las Vegas, July 11, 2009:
In Lesnars UFC debut, Mir won in 1:30 with a
kneebar. But there was a controversial stand-up during
the fight by referee Steve Mazzagatti, as Lesnar,
in a dominant position, was docked a point for punches
to the head. By the time of the rematch, Lesnar had
become UFC heavyweight champion, and Mir had upset
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to become the interim champion.
The trash talk was off the hook, but make no mistake
about it, both legitimately hated the other by match
time. Mir taunted Lesnars pro-wrestling background,
infuriating Lesnar fans. Mir fans, meanwhile, were
infuriated by the fact a former WWE wrestler was the
UFC champion. The match, the biggest in UFC history,
ended with the larger Lesnar dominating and winning
via second-round stoppage.
Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock (three fights: Nov. 22,
2002 in Las Vegas; July 8, 2006, in Las Vegas; Oct.
10, 2006, in Hollywood, Fla.): Without question the
most historically important UFC grudge. It started
in 1999 when Ortiz beat Jerry Bohlander and Guy Mezger,
two of Shamrocks top fighters in his gym. After
beating Mezger he flipped off Shamrocks corner
and put on an obscene T-shirt that taunted Mezger.
Shamrock tried to go after Ortiz until John McCarthy
settled him down. When the match was finally made
more than three years later, Ortiz gave Shamrock a
beating over three rounds before Shamrock told McCarthy
he had enough. At the time, UFC was bleeding red ink
and showing little sign of any life. The first million-dollar
gate, first Las Vegas big show sellout and the biggest
MMA pay-per-view buys in years showed that, at least
with the right match, there was a future in this business.
Shamrock fought the fight with a torn ACL and brought
that up in asking for a rematch. Dana White came up
with the idea in 2006 to make Ortiz and Shamrock opposing
coaches on The Ultimate Fighter. Ortiz
won the rematch quickly, but there was a controversy
over whether Herb Dean stopped it early. A third match
saw Ortiz win again with elbows on the ground, taking
slightly more time. While the series was one-sided
in the cage, the second and third fights set business
records, both of which were very important in the
long-term growth of the sport.
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. The Gracies (four fights: Nov.
21, 1999, in Tokyo; May 1, 2000, in Tokyo; Aug. 27,
2000, in Tokorazawa, Japan; Dec. 23, 2000, in Saitama,
Japan): This grudge series was largely responsible
for the beginning of MMAs mainstream popularity
in Japan. The first fight saw Sakuraba, who weighed
185, facing 145-pound Royler Gracie. The Gracies,
on the eve of the fight, demanded special rules, no
judges decisions if it went 30:00 and the referee
couldnt stop the match. The match was one-sided,
but Sakuraba couldnt finish Royler. At the 28:30
mark, with Sakuraba holding a shoulderlock, the referee
stopped it, which was clearly against the agreement.
The second fight saw the Gracies insist on no time
limit, and Sakuraba and Royce Gracie went 90 minutes
before Gracie was unable to continue after his leg
was destroyed by kicks. The third fight saw Sakuraba
beat Renzo Gracie with a standing Kimura, although
Gracie didnt tap even though his elbow was dislocated
by the move. The final fight saw Ryan Gracie, the
street fighter of the family, get handled by Sakuraba
for a decision loss. The final three fights all drew
in excess of 26,000 fans and kicked off the glory
period of the PRIDE promotion.
Dave Meltzer - Wrestling Observer Newsletter)
113 - 8th May 2010
Belcher d. Patrick Cote via choke in the second round
round: Belcher opens with several body kicks. Cote
keeps trying to punch but can't get past the kicks.
Cote takes down Belcher and works for a Kimura but
Belcher escapes. Belcher ends the round with some
punches. Close round, I'd give it to Cote.
round: They trade punches before Belcher pins Cote
against the fence. Cote takes Belcher down. Belcher
gets back up, picks up Cote and drops him in a face-first
piledriver. That gets the crowd fired up. Belcher
then chokes Cote out.
Matrione d. Kimbo Slice via TKO, second round
round: Kimbo rocks Mitrione with a right. Kimblo slams
him down and gets on top, but Mitrione almost locks
in a triangle. Slice escapes and both men are back
up. Kimbo takes him down again, but lets Mitrion back
up after another triangle attempt. Mitrione gives
Kimbo a couple of body kicks and tries to slap on
an anaconda choke when the round ends. Round to Mitrione.
round: Kimbo looks gassed already and the round just
started. Mitrione sends Kimbo reeling with a punch.
Kimbo looks ready to quit. Two body kicks by Mitrione.
More punches and knees by Mitrione. Mitrione with
several unanswered blows until the ref finally stops
it. That should be more than enough to kill off any
remaining mystique surrounding Kimbo Slice.
Stephens d. Sam Stout by split decision
round: Stephens takes Stout down with a punch. Looks
like Stephens might end it early, but Stout rallies
with some hard, low kicks. A hard left to the nose
has Stout bleeding. Stephens lands a hook. Stout ends
the round with a late flurry, but it's clearly Stephens'
round: Stephens knocks Stout down with a series of
punches. Stout back up and lands some low kicks. A
lot of blood coming out of Stout's nose. Another round
round: Stout kicks Stephens in the groin. and the
fight is interrupted to give Stephens time to recover.
Stephens and Stout trade punches. Great fight. Stout
lands a series of body kicks, knocking Stephens down.
Elbows from the top by Stout. Round to Stout, but
Stephens should win the fight.
29-28, 28-29 split decision for Stephens.
Koscheck d. Paul Daley via unanimous decision
round: Koscheck takes Daley down and throws some punches.
Koscheck works for the choke but Daley escapes. Daley
gets up and kicks Koscheck in the head when Koscheck
is still down. End of the round. Slow fight. Round
round: Koscheck takes Daley down again but doesn't
really do much with him. Very slow round as Koscheck
keeps trying to get past Daley's defense and can't.
Round to Koscheck.
round: Daley opens with some punches, but Koscheck
keeps circling around, as if he is trying to just
run out the clock. Koscheck takes Daley down and throws
some punches. Now some knees. And the fight is over.
Daley sucker punches Koscheck after the fight. Now
Dana White is screaming at Daley. Bye bye Daley.
are 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 Koscheck.
Rua d. Lyoto Machida via TKO in first round to win
the light-heavyweight title
round: Both men trade kicks. More kicks and punches
from Shogun. Machida takes him down but Shogun escapes
and pops right back up. More knees by Shogun. Shogun
rocks Machida with a punch, knocks him down and lands
several unanswered blows before the ref stops it.
113 will be quickly upon us this weekend May 8th,
2010. I thought Id send out a quick reminder
and an highlight some of the matches. Im not
sure about you, but I seem to have to constantly reminded
of these dates or these events will just pass me by.
Anyways, the last event for WEC 48 was really cool
and featured some great bouts. I hope UFC 113 will
do the same.
The big fight of the night is the re-match Machida
vs. Rua for the Light Heavyweight Championship belt.
I see things going a little better this time around
for Machida. Last fight he got beat up a bit but retained
the belt on a split decision. This time he knows hell
have to be the aggressor and Rua will get caught with
his chin out. My pick Machida KO 3rd round.
The fight between Koscheck vs. Daley should be fight
of the night and all stand up. Koscheck the more experienced
and superior wrestler has indicated hell stand
and bang with Daley. The brash, cocky Daley has secured
a staggering 78% of his 23 wins by knockout. "If
he wants to stand-up, that's easy", says Daley.
"If you're gonna stand up with me, you're gonna
get knocked out--I've said it time and time again."
These guys dont like each other now and Koscheck
is going to hate him later after he gets KOd.
My pick Daley KO 2rd round.
Another potential KO bout is the Kimbo vs Mitrione.
Kimbo should be vastly improved skill wise from his
showing against Houston Alexander over 6 months ago.
Hes got the right work ethic and training now
and should be a force at this weight class. Mitrione
was one of the better athletes on the TUF 10 season
and should be as he did play in the NFL. He only got
one of two fights under him so I dont give him
much of a chance. My pick Kimbo KO 2rd round.
One last bout which could also vie for fight of the
night is the Stout vs. Stephens one. Stout is one
of the fiercest brawlers in the UFC and among all
the Canadian fighters on this card hes the one
with the most skill. Stout made his pro debut at the
age of 19 and has since racked up a slew of victories.
Stout will surely be a crowd favorite as he defends
his home turf against human pitbull Jeremy "Lil'
Heathen" Stevens at UFC 113 in Montreal. If both
fighters' past performances are any indication, then
this fight could be worth the price of admission all
UFC 113 match-ups
Light Heavyweight Championship bout: Lyoto Machida
vs. Mauricio Rua
Welterweight bout: Josh Koscheck vs. Paul Daley
Lightweight bout: Sam Stout vs. Jeremy Stephens
Heavyweight bout: Kimbo Slice vs. Matt Mitrione
Middleweight bout: Patrick Côté vs. Alan
Middleweight bout: Joe Doerksen vs. Tom Lawlor
Welterweight bout: Marcus Davis vs. Jonathan Goulet
Welterweight bout: TJ Grant vs. Johny Hendricks
Heavyweight bout: Tim Hague vs. Joey Beltran
Welterweight bout: Yoshiyuki Yoshida vs. Mike Guymon
Middleweight bout: Jason MacDonald vs. John Salter
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Sports Betting Martial
111: St-Pierre vs Hardy fight is this Saturday, March
This event will held at the Prudential Center in Newark,
New Jersey. UFC 111 has 3 bouts I cant wait
to see; GSP vs Hardy is an obvious one, Mir vs Carwin
should be a blood bath and Finch vs Alves could be
career fight for the winner.
The title fight between GSP vs Hardy could likely
go the distance. Hardys got a solid stand up
game, ground game and pure ego should keep him from
tapping. GSP does have his work cut out for him here
but will score well and take the decision in 5 rounds
of brutal ground and pound action.
In the Mir vs Carwin I think somebodys going
to get knocked out here. As much as I like Frank Mir
this fight could be a re-take from his last bout vs
Brock Lesnar. Lesnar and Carwin are similar in size
and strength but I agree with Mirs own words
when he says: Carwin is a bit more dangerous.
Frank Mir was referring to Carwin being more dangerous
(than Brock Lesnar) and more like him in being an
accurate knock out puncher.
Lesnar is strong but he's not a one-punch knockout
artist. He's knocked people over because he clubs
you with his hands but he's not really a knockout
artist. Where Carwin has actually knocked people out."
The prelims and Spike fights arent looking to
bad either. There are a few UFC new comers who will
be trying to establish themselves from what Ive
read about Greg Soto (7-0 MMA) should welcome his
opportunity to fill Ricardo Funch shoes in fighting
Matt Riddle (3-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC). Soto currently resides
and trains with Kurt Pellegrino whos also fighting
in UFC 111 against Fabricio Camoes.
Welterweight Championship bout: Georges St. Pierre
vs. Dan Hardy
Interim Heavyweight Championship bout: Frank Mir vs.
Welterweight bout: Ben Saunders vs. Jake Ellenberger
Welterweight bout: Jon Fitch vs. Thiago Alves
Lightweight bout: Jim Miller vs. Mark Bocek
Spike TV Card
Welterweight bout: Nate Diaz vs. Rory Markham
Welterweight bout: Ricardo Almeida vs. Matt Brown
Lightweight bout: Kurt Pellegrino vs. Fabricio Camoes
Light Heavyweight bout: Rodney Wallace vs. Jared Hamman
Middleweight bout: Rousimar Palhares vs. Tomasz Drwal
Welterweight bout: Matthew Riddle vs. Greg Soto
Recap from my UFC 110 predictions: I had a perfect
card going 8 for 8.
**Green represents the winner and yellow highlights
my other selections.**
Heavyweight Bout: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cain
Middleweight Bout: Wanderlei Silva vs. Michael Bisping
Lightweight Bout: Joe Stevenson vs. George Sotiropoulos
Light Heavyweight Bout: Keith Jardine vs. Ryan Bader
Heavyweight Bout: Mirko Filipovic vs. Ben Rothwell
Cro Cop won but fought Anthony Perosh instead
Light Heavyweight Bout: Elvis Sinosic vs. Chris Haseman
Fight didnt happen
Light Heavyweight Bout: Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof
Welterweight Bout: Chris Lytle vs. Brian Foster
Middleweight Bout: C.B. Dollaway vs. Goran Reljic
Light Heavyweight Bout: James Te-Huna vs. Igor Pokrajac
104: Machida vs. Rua Card Finalized
UFC’s return to Southern California is complete
as the UFC has officially confirmed the 9 remaining
bouts on the card.
104 will feature a light heavyweight title bout between
undefeated champion Lyoto Machida and former Pride
middleweight Grand Prix champion Mauricio “Shogun”
Cain Valasquez will also be taking on former IFL standout
Ben Rothwell in the co-main event.
remaining bouts that have been made official by the
Neer vs. Gleison Tibau
Joe Stevenson vs. Spencer Fisher
Anthony Johnson vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida
Antoni Hardonk vs. Pat Berry
Yushin Okami vs. Chael Sonnen
Jorge Rivera vs. Rob Kimmons
Ryan Bader vs. Eric “Red” Schafer
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Razak Al-Hassan
Stefan Struve vs. Chase Gormley
104 will take place in the home of the 2008-2009 world
champion Los Angeles Lakers, STAPLES Center, on October
Belfort defeated Rich Franklin by KO at 3:02, R1.
dos Santos defeated Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic
by verbal submission at 2:00, R3.
Daley defeated Martin Kampmann by TKO at 2:31, R1.
Koscheck defeated Frank Trigg by TKO at 1:25, R1.
Griffin defeated Hermes Franca by TKO at 3:26, R2.
Escudero defeated Cole Miller by KO at 3:36, R1.
Drwal defeated Drew McFedries by submission (rear
naked choke) at 1:03, R2
Miller defeated Steve Lopez by TKO (injury) at :48
Lentz defeated Rafaello Oliveira by unanimous decision
(29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Story defeated Brian Foster by submission (arm triangle
choke) at 1:09 of R2
Marshall defeated Jason Brilz by split decision (30-27,
Matyushenko defeated Igor Pokrajac by unanimous decision
(30-27 on all scorecards).
Dos Anjos defeated Robert Emerson by unanimous decision
(30-27 on all scorecards).
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Lesnar defended his heavyweight title in his uniquely
brutish style at UFC 100 Saturday night, capping the
sport's landmark weekend with a second-round stoppage
of Frank Mir.
Georges St. Pierre defended his welterweight title
with a showcase of his inimitably well-rounded mixed
martial arts skills in an unanimous decision over
Thiago Alves, while Dan Henderson knocked out Michael
Bisping with a single punch in a middleweight upset
as the UFC rolled its odometer into triple digits
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temperament, then taunted his opponent while Mir was
rising from the ground. He added a two-handed obscene
gesture to the booing sellout crowd at the Mandalay
Bay Events Center, putting an entertaining but unflattering
end on the highest-profile show in the sport's history.
There were no theatrics or poor sportsmanship from
St. Pierre, the classy Canadian star considered the
UFC's pound-for-pound best. He was the superior fighter
from the start, winning every round on every scorecard
while steadily punishing his Brazilian opponent with
punches, kicks and repeated takedowns in his third
Nearly 16 years after MMA pioneer Royce Gracie won
three fights in one night to triumph at UFC 1 in Denver,
the sport reached a centennial of sorts before a frenzied
sellout crowd in the UFC's hometown. The arena was
packed well before the main bouts, including some
fans who apparently paid more than $40,000 online
for resold tickets.
The league has grown from a bit player in a fringe
pastime to an estimated $1 billion company, and the
weekend's festivities reflected its success despite
the widespread skepticism it still faces from other
sports fans and some states' lawmakers.
The 100th showcase was broadcast live in 75 countries,
and thousands of fans without tickets for the event
packed into closed-circuit shows all along the Strip.
Tens of thousands attended the first UFC Fan Expo,
immersing themselves in the lifestyle built around
Lesnar, who turns 32 on Sunday, again moved upward
in the eclectic trajectory of a former college wrestler
who performed in the WWE and briefly suited up for
the Minnesota Vikings before embarking on an MMA career
just over three years ago.
Mir (12-4) beat Lesnar with a knee bar at UFC 81,
forcing Lesnar to tap out 90 seconds into his second
UFC fight. Lesnar, whose name recognition and menacing
approach earned him lightning-quick shots at the sport's
biggest prizes, recovered by beating Heath Herring
and then stopping Randy Couture last November to claim
the heavyweight belt.
Lesnar used his 265 pounds to take position on top
of Mir early, and Lesnar stayed on top throughout
a dull first round, throwing punches that mostly did
little. Mir made a bit of headway in the second, but
was trapped against the octagon by Lesnar, who kept
throwing right hands until Mir's defense wilted.
"Keep booing! Keep booing!" Lesnar yelled
to the largely unsympathetic crowd.
After dominating the first 14 minutes with several
takedowns, St. Pierre (19-2) knocked Alves onto his
back with a punch late in the third. But St. Pierre
also injured his groin in the third, and Alves (22-5)
managed to gain position for the only time in the
St. Pierre escaped and nearly finished it with a rear
naked choke on Alves, who lost for the first time
in eight fights.
"When I was on my back, he pushed my leg down,"
St. Pierre said. "It could have been a very bad
night for me."
In the undercard showdown between the veteran fighters
who served as coaches on the past season of the UFC's
popular television show, Henderson (25-7) flattened
Bisping with a spectacular right hand in the second
Henderson, a Californian who traded verbal barbs with
Manchester native Bisping over the past several months,
pursued Bisping (18-2) around the octagon during a
largely stand-up fight until Bisping's defense slipped.
Henderson then landed another heavy right hand while
Bisping was senseless and defenseless on his back
before the referee tackled him.
"What happened?" Bisping asked Wolfslair
Academy training mate Rampage Jackson as they walked
to the locker room afterward.
to be shown on Australian television via Foxtel -
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Fighting Championship® Events Launch in 2007 Australia
on MAIN EVENT
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the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®)
organization's live pay-per-view events will return
to Australian televisions and will betelecast throughout
the country on the MAIN EVENT channel in 2007, commencing
with UFC 67: All OR NOTHING at 2.00pm EDT on Sunday,
February 4, 2007.
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67: ALL OR NOTHING features the UFC Middleweight title
bout between Anderson "The Spider" Silva
and Travis Lutter, as well as the UFC debuts of Quinton
"Rampage" Jackson vs. Marvin Eastman and
Mirko "Cro Cop" vs. Eddie Sanchez.
(17-4), fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil, defeated
Rich Franklin by first round KO at UFC 64 to become
the new UFC Middleweight Champion. He is an extremely
well-rounded fighter with phenomenal striking skills
and is looking to make Lutter his first successful
title defense. Lutter (12-3) has fought all over the
world including Brazil, Denmark, Japan and England.
He made his UFC debut with a victory over Marvin Eastman
at UFC 50 in October 2004. During The Ultimate Fighter
4, Lutter used his world class Jiu- Jitsu skills to
dominate all three rounds against Team Mojo's Pete
"Drago" Sell and punch his ticket to the
finals in Las Vegas. There, he submitted Canadian
Patrick Cote by armlock at 2:18 of the first round.
"Cro Cop" is considered worldwide as one
of the top heavyweights in mixed martial arts today.
Notorious for his devastating striking skills - especially
his high kicks -- which he used to knockout Aleksander
Emelianenko and most recently Vanderlei Silva, Mirko
"Cro Cop" storms into the UFC ready to battle
anyone who dares to oppose him. Eddie Sanchez is a
freestyle fighter with heavy hands who always comes
to bang. Undefeated with a 8-0 mixed martial arts
record, Sanchez is confident that if he lands his
right hand the fight will be over and he will have
a marquis win over Mirko "Cro Cop" on his
"Rampage" Jackson is known and respected
for his raw strength, power slams and equal striking
ability. He marches into the UFC with a motive and
a plan to capture the UFC light heavyweight crown.
He is prepared to wipe out all the top 205-pounders
the UFC puts before him, and blaze a path to a much
desired title shot. Marvin Eastman is a mixed martial
arts veteran who is recognized for pushing the pace
and for using his striking power to score ferocious
knockouts. He will step into the OctagonT ready to
do battle with Jackson and establish his name as a
top fighter in the UFC.
67: ALL OR NOTHING will take place live from the Mandalay
Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV (USA) on Saturday,
February 3, 2006. Each month commencing in February,
2007 MAIN EVENT will broadcast UFC PPV Events Live
from the USA commencing at 2.00pm EDT with a full
replay at 6.30pm EDT.
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