Charlie Brenneman is one of the many victims of hard-hitting Johny Hendricks. Condit, Kampmann, Koscheck, Fitch, Grant, Sadollah…is GSP next?
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Rousimar Palhares was at it again last night at UFC Fight Night 29, catching Mike Pierce in one of his patented heel hooks, and then hanging on to the hold well after Pierce tapped and the ref dove in to stop the fight.
Watch the video below. Pierce quickly taps Palhares three times, then referee Keith Peterson dives in to stop the fight. Palhares could clearly see and feel Peterson, but he keeps the hold even though Pierce continues to tap and Peterson is literally laying on both fighters trying to separate them.
Palhares has done this on multiple occasions, so it’s apparent he needs some sort of disciplinary measure to ensure it doesn’t happen again. UFC president Dana White told MMAFighting.com that is coming. Holding any submission once the ref steps in post-tap is unacceptable, but heel hooks are particularly dangerous, easily shredding knee ligaments if held too long. Besides the injury factor, that type of lack of sportsmanship is indefensible.
ESPN Chicago’s Sarah Spain learns the Thai Plum and a guillotine choke from UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman in this video for ESPN W.
You can hear Sarah doing SportsCenter updates during the Carmen & Jurko show, weekdays on ESPN 1000.
Eddie Wineland describes how Renan Barao will find out how much power he has in his right hand in this Countdown to UFC 165 video.
Eddie Wineland joined the WGN Morning News this morning to talk about his UFC 165 title fight with Renan Barao, and being the “President of Being Awesome.” They also take a look at his amazing back tattoo.
“Can I defeat Renan? Would I be sitting here right now if I didn’t think I could defeat Renan? I know I can defeat Renan.” — Eddie Wineland
Eddie Wineland details why he will beat Renan Barao at UFC 165 and capture the UFC interim bantamweight title.
Duneland Vale Tudo/New Breed fighter Eddie Wineland tries to snatch the interim bantamweight title from Renan Barao at UFC 165. Here’s a preview for that fight, as well as the light heavyweight championship between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.
by Matt Lo Cascio
NFL fans piss and moan about play-calling from offensive coordinators and decisions made by their team’s quarterbacks. MMA fans have their own weekly gripes: judges’ scorecards and referee stoppages.
Fans expressed displeasure about the stoppage in the Josh Barnett/Frank Mir fight at UFC 164 on Saturday night, claiming that referee Rob Hinds ended the bout too soon.
“I am positive about the call and right on top of it when it happened. After reviewing the footage, I feel even better about it,” Hinds told Chicago’s MMA.
Mir crumbled to the ground after a Barnett knee, landed face down with arms out and no possible way of defending himself. As Barnett moved in for the kill, Hinds stepped in and waved it off.
There are bad stoppages in MMA, but that wasn’t one of them.
Fans aren’t really pissed about it being a ‘bad’ stoppage. They’re pissed that they didn’t get to see Barnett bloody and batter Mir into unconsciousness. Understandable, but don’t take that out on Hinds, an excellent ref and ambassador for the sport, who has judged or reffed over 5,000 MMA fights. 5,000. He knows what he’s doing.
I read one fan comment that is Mir’s ‘thing,’ to play possum and then get to guard. Frank Mir wasn’t getting to guard with Josh Barnett ready to take his back. The only place Mir was getting to was a hospital if that fight continued.
The referee is responsible for the safety of the fighters. Mir can protest that he thought it was a quick stoppage, but that is just saving face. He knows it was the right call and it saved him a beating — and possible injury — from Barnett.
Fans can discuss and debate judges’ scorecards and referee stoppages. It’s part of the fun of being a fan. But in this instance, there’s really nothing to debate — the referee did his job.
Sure, summer’s ending and that’s no good. But at least we get the much-hyped season 18 of “The Ultimate Fighter” with Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. The fun starts this Wednesday on Fox Sports 1.
There’s no shortage of interesting matchups on the UFC 164: Pettis vs. Henderson card. Here’s a look at our best bets and quick picks for the event.
Jamie Varner -150 vs. Gleison Tibau +120
I’d be shocked if Tibau submits Varner, which is his best chance to win this fight. Tibau’s physique is impressive, but it’s a deterrent against the quicker, more active fighters in the division. That description fits Varner, who has looked outstanding since his return to the UFC. You might recall that Varner started his comeback here in Chicago at XFO 39, quickly choking out Tyler Combs at the Sears Centre.
Varner’s level of activity and ability to win scrambles will win the day for him. It will likely come in the form of a decision win since Tibau hasn’t been finished in over five years, but Varner will prevail. Take Varner -150.
Brandon Vera -120 vs. Ben Rothwell -110
Vera may be the biggest enigma in MMA over the last decade. He has tremendous skills but has never been able to live up to the hype. He makes the move back to heavyweight for this fight, and looked great at the weigh-in. You could argue that his last big win came against Frank Mir at UFC 65, and that was almost seven years ago. Rothwell had a huge knockout against Brendan Schaub at UFC 145, then took a step back against Gabriel Gonzaga, getting choked out in the second round.
Although Vera is just returning to heavyweight and Rothwell knocked out Schaub last year, this loser of this fight probably gets cut. In my estimation, Rothwell has more desire and a better chin. Vera was a finisher in his younger days, but that hasn’t been the case in a long time. I see Rothwell absorbing some early punishment from Vera, who will fade. Rothwell will then turn it on and knock Vera out. Take Rothwell -110.
Frank Mir +145 vs. Josh Barnett -175
You won’t find a bigger Frank Mir fan than me, but I’m having trouble discerning how Mir can win this. Mir says he has submitted a lot fighters that haven’t been submitted before, but Josh Barnett is a different kind of beast with his catch wrestling game. Mir does not want to be on his back against Barnett, even if he says different. No fighter does. Barnett’s ground game is such that we could see him in top position for the majority of the fight, and maybe it’s Mir who taps.
Mir is coming off back to back losses to Junior Dos Santos and Daniel Cormier and needs a win to remain a contender in any way. He had an exceptional three-fight win streak right before the losses, knocking out Cro Cop, beating Roy Nelson and submitting Big Nog. But Barnett looks to be the favorite across all the boards, as www.topbettingaction.com points out. Take Barnett -175.
- Ben Henderson -125 over Anthony Pettis -105
- Chad Mendes -500 over Clay Guida +375
- Tim Elliot -170 over Louis Gaudinot +140
- Chico Camus +165 over Kyung Ho Kang -205
- Ryan Couture +185 over Al Iaquinta +235