Another season of The Ultimate Fighter is in the books. All that’s left is for “Maverick” Mike Chiesa (7-0) to face Al Iaquinta (5-1-1) in the TUF Finale tomorrow to determine the season’s winner. The card will be headlined by dangerous Danish kickboxer “The Hitman” Martin Kampmann (19-5) as he goes toe-to-toe with stand-out welterweight wrecking machine “The Juggernaut” Jake Ellenberger (27-5) with a place in the UFC title picture on the line. Shoring up the rest of card is a pair of solid bouts featuring TUF Season 12 winner Jonathan Brookins (13-4) who faces submission specialist “Do Bronx” Charles Oliveira (15-2) and “Blessed” Max Holloway (4-1) as he meets “Thrilling” Pat Schilling (5-1).
“All-American” Brian Stann (12-4) is on a mission, and not just in the cage. Aside from being one of the top middleweights in the UFC, the former Marine Captain and war hero is the President of Hire Heroes USA (HHUSA), a non-profit organization that aims to create job opportunities for US military veterans and their families “through personalized employment training and corporate engagement”, including job skill training, mock interviews, resume writing, and interviews with various employers contracted to hire military vets.
Donations are always accepted through the organization’s website, but to further their reach to the general public, Hire Heroes teamed up with The Call of Duty Endowment (CODE), another non-profit agency with similar goals. Together, they have launched a national campaign via social networking site Facebook. Until Friday, June 1 at 12pm PT, every time a Facebook user “shares” the CODE image on the site, the organization will donate $1 to Hire Heroes USA. Now in the third year of their partnership, in 2012 CODE and Hire Heroes hope to surpass last year’s mark of $36,000 to “help veterans and their spouses with transition assistance, job search assistance and job placement services”.
After an electric night of heavyweight bouts, the smoke has cleared from UFC 146. “Cigano” Junior Dos Santos (15-1) dominated in the main event, finishing two-time former champ Frank Mir (16-6) in the second. The man “Cigano” took the belt from, Cain Velasquez (10-1), showed the world exactly what the difference between elite UFC talent and elite Strikeforce talent is when he pulverized a completely outmatched “Bigfoot” Antonio Silva (16-4). “Big Country” Roy Nelson (17-7) continued the arduous task of rebuilding his career with a stunning KO of “Pee Wee” Dave Herman (21-4). In a battle of unbeatens, former NAASF king Stipe Miocic (9-0) overcame a difficult first round to finish former Thai boxing world champ Shane Del Rosario (11-1), and the night opened with “Skyscraper” Stefan Struve’s (24-5) “Submission of the Night” earning effort which snapped the winning streak, and the arm, of “Big” Lavar Johnson (17-6). The night went better than expected for some and well for others; however a few of the fighters fell flat in a big way. To sort it out, MMA Gospel has The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
The following fight bonuses were awarded for UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir
Submission of the Night:
Stefan Struve (over Lavar Johnson) receives $70,000
Paul Sass (over Jacob Volkmann) receives $70,000
Knockout of the Night:
Roy Nelson (over Dave Herman) receives $70,000
Dan Hardy (over Duane Ludwig) receives $70,000
Fight of the Night:
No “FOTN” bonuses were awarded this time.
Click here for the full list of UFC 146 results.
—MAIN CARD (on Pay-Per-View)—
Junior Dos Santos vs. Frank Mir: Dos Santos via TKO (Punches), Round 2, 3:04
Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva: Velasquez via TKO (Elbows), Round 1, 3:36
Roy Nelson vs. Dave Herman: Nelson via KO (Punch), Round 1, 0:51
Shane Del Rosario vs. Stipe Miocic: Miocic via TKO (Strikes), Round 2, 3:14
Lavar Johnson vs. Stefan Struve: Struve via Submission (Armbar), Round 1, 1:05
Bellator Fighting Championships ended its sixth season of mixed martial arts action last night in New Orleans, Louisiana as Bellator 70 saw “Polar Bear” Cole Konrad (9-0) defend his heavyweight strap against “American Soldier” Eric Prindle (7-2) and “Genghis” Rick Hawn (14-1) take the lightweight tournament championship in a war with Brent Weedman (20-8). “Betao” Luis Alberto Nogueira (14-2) made JMMA superstar “Iron” Hiroshi Nakamura (15-6) eat his words in dominant fashion and the night opened with hometown hero and UFC veteran “No Love” Rich Clementi (43-21) earning a much needed win over emerging prospect “The Stallion” Derek Campos (9-3).