The world’s most elite MMA organization stopped in the Sunshine State of Florida to settle unfinished flyweight tournament business between “Mighty Mouse” Demetrious Johnson (15-2-1) and “Uncle Creepy” Ian McCall (11-3-1). UFC on FX 3 kicked off the night with Eddie Wineland’s (19-8-1) KO of “Young Guns” Scott Jorgensen (13-6). “The Dentist” Josh Neer (33-11-1) faced the first loss of his most recent UFC stint as “Quicksand” Mike Pyle (23-8-1) put him away in short order. Ultra talented prospect “Indio” Erick Silva (14-2) continued to impress by shutting down the high pressure wrestling game of “The Spaniard” Charlie Brenneman (15-4) en route to a first-round submission victory and in the main event, “Uncle Creepy” came up short over three rounds.
The following fight bonuses were awarded for UFC on FX 3: Johnson vs. McCall
Submission of the Night:
Erick Silva (over Charlie Brenneman) receives $40,000
Knockout of the Night:
Mike Pyle (over Josh Neer) receives $40,000
Fight of the Night:
Eddie Wineland and Scott Jorgensen each receive $40,000
Click here for the full list of UFC on FX 3 results
—MAIN CARD (on FX)—
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall: Johnson via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Charlie Brenneman vs. Erick Silva: Silva via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 1, 4:33
Josh Neer vs. Mike Pyle: Pyle via KO (Punch), Round 1, 4:56
Scott Jorgensen vs. Eddie Wineland: Wineland via KO (Punches), Round 2, 4:10
The UFC will land in Sunrise, Florida this Friday for UFC on FX 3 and the continuation of the flyweight tournament. WEC transplants “Young Guns” Scott Jorgensen (13-5) and Eddie Wineland (18-8-1) will open the card in the bantamweight division followed by a pair of welterweight tilts. First, “The Dentist” Josh Neer (33-10) will look to stay unbeaten in his third UFC sojourn against “Quicksand” Mike Pyle (22-8). Next, “The Spaniard” Charlie Brenneman (15-3) will face a dangerous test in “Indio” Erick Silva (13-2) who brings a well equipped submission game to the cage. For the evening’s main event, “Mighty Mouse” Demetrious Johnson (14-2-1) and “Uncle Creepy” Ian McCall (11-2-1) will revisit their semi-final flyweight tournament bout.
The Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida hosts the UFC’s third installment of “UFC on FX” this Friday night. WEC vets Eddie Wineland (18-8-1) and “Young Guns” Scott Jorgensen (13-5) kick off the main card with bantamweight action. “The Dentist” Josh Neer (33-10-1) will try to keep his third tour in the UFC going when he battles crafty veteran “Quicksand” Mike Pyle (22-8-1). Before flyweights “Uncle Creepy” Ian Mcall (11-2-1) and “Mighty Mouse” Demetrious Johnson (14-2-1) meet again to settle their controversial first encounter in the night’s closer, “Indio” Erick Silva (13-2) and “The Spaniard” Charlie Brenneman (15-3) will lock horns in the co-main event. Both welterweights have made strides within the division and with a phenomenal showcase, to the victor the spoils and a step higher to the peak of the 170lbs. mountain.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns with its third installment of “UFC on FX” this Friday at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. “Young Guns” Scott Jorgensen (13-5) prepares to clash with the always game Eddie Wineland (18-8-1) within the bantamweight division. “The Spaniard” Charlie Brenneman (15-3) and dangerous Brazilian Erick Silva (13-2) see each other in the co-main event in the classic “striker versus grappler” formula. In the main event, “Mighty Mouse” Demetrious Johnson (14-2-1) and “Uncle Creepy” Ian McCall (11-2-1) will meet again in a rematch of the UFC’s inaugural flyweight tournament. In the midst of all the action, “Quicksand” Mike Pyle (22-8-1) and “The Dentist” Josh Neer (33-10-1) meet in a welterweight exhibition. Neer has never been one to pull punches and Pyle is one that can always find a way to implement his will. Come fight night, one fighter’s approach will pay off in dividends.
Following a very entertaining TUF: Live Finale by seven days, the UFC returns to FX for a third time to settle the score between “Mighty Mouse” Demetrious Johnson (14-2-1) and “Uncle Creepy” Ian McCall (11-2-1). The card will also feature “The Spaniard” Charlie Brenneman (15-3) in a welterweight tilt with dangerous Brazilian grappler “Indio” Erick Silva (13-2) and “The Dentist” Josh Neer (33-10) as he looks to remain undefeated in his third UFC run against Xtreme Couture submission ace “Quicksand” Mike Pyle (22-8). Drawing opening duties for the main card are WEC stand-outs “Young Guns” Scott Jorgensen (13-5) and Eddie Wineland (18-8-1). Each man has seen his share of stumbles since the WEC was absorbed into the UFC, but each man has a different goal in mind when it comes to erasing their recent failings.
On Sunday, August 14, the UFC made its Milwaukee, Wisconsin debut in spectacular fashion, courtesy of UFC on Versus 5: Lytle vs. Hardy. Although it took a while for the premier mixed martial arts promotion to finally land in the Badger State, I can assure you that the local MMA community has been abuzz about the prospect of a live UFC event for quite some time now. Especially with the surge in popularity of Duke Roufus’ gym Roufusport in Milwaukee and all the young talent it has brought forth – “Showtime” Anthony Pettis (13-2), “Dannyboy” Dan Downes (8-2), and “New Breed” Erik Koch (12-1) just to name a few – Milwaukee was ready for the UFC. Much to the delight of fans in in Milwaukee and worldwide, the UFC delivered in a big way with its most recent effort, bringing to the cage some of the best up-and-comers that the organization has to offer as well as some of its respected veterans, including a main event between British slugger “The Outlaw” Dan Hardy (23-10) and heavy-handed “Lights Out” Chris Lytle (31-18-5).
So, here it is. Monday. I sit down to write a “Spilled Bag of Fights”. Black coffee, Black Sabbath and my pup by my side. Deep breath. Man, what a roller coaster of a weekend for MMA… for me at least.
First off, I’d be remiss if I didn’t pay condolences to coach Shawn Tompkins. I didn’t know him personally but he’s obviously had a great impact on his students and the sport and his death comes way too young. Sad for his friends, family, and MMA.
Let’s start with Friday when I was unexpectedly given a ticket to Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Duarte. When I showed up I was surprised to be sitting next to MMA Valor’s own Dylan Horner. I also went to UFC 125: Edgar vs. Maynard with him. For some reason whenever I sit next to Dylan there’s a drunken moron yelling really dumb shit. Last time it was the guy who was yelling “Flip ‘em over!”, “Don’t take that bullshit!” and insisting that Asians can fly and that Clay Guida looks like Dog the Bounty Hunter. This time it was a guy who looked like John Denver with a mustache. He looked like he stepped out of his time machine from 1978 and sat down in front of us. Some of his gems included: “Kick ‘em in the balls!”, “You hit like a girl!” and as soon as the fight went to the ground, “C’mon ref, Stand ‘em up!” and “Kick ‘em in the head!”. Clearly, this gentleman that people in our section dubbed “Shaggy” had a less-than-educated understanding of the rules of mixed martial arts.
Dan Hardy vs. Chris Lytle: Lytle via Submission (Guillotine Choke), Round 3, 4:16
Jim Miller vs. Ben Henderson: Henderson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-26), Round 3, 5:00
Charles Oliveira vs. Donald Cerrone: Cerrone via TKO (Strikes), Round 1, 3:01
Amir Sadollah vs. Duane Ludwig: Ludwig via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Fireworks come early this Fourth of July weekend when the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada plays host to UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber. “Handsome” Matt Wiman (13-5) and Dennis Siver (18-7) meet in a promising lightweight battle. Title implications are at stake when former WEC Welterweight Champion “The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit (26-5) meets Korean Judoka “Stun Gun” Dong Hyun Kim. It is a do-or-die fight for “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz (15-8-1) when he meets top light heavyweight “Darth Ryan Bader” (12-1). In the co-main event, two of the middleweight division’s most respected and dangerous brawlers finally clash when “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva (34-10-1) returns to face off with “The Crippler” Chris Leben (21-8). For the main event, pull out the “WEC Never Die” banners because “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (25-4) welcomes reigning UFC Bantamweight Champion “The Dominator” Dominick Cruz (16-1) in his UFC debut with the belt up for grabs. Faber and Cruz have met once before in 2007 where Faber ended the victor. Now four years later and ten pounds lighter, Cruz gets his chance at not only proving he is the most dominant bantamweight in the world, he also gets a chance of redeeming the loss that tarnishes his otherwise perfect record.
What do you get when you combine elite wrestling perfectly adapted for MMA, unpredictability and creativity that you really can’t game plan for and a freakishly long reach unmatched in MMA? The new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon “Bones” Jones. It amazes me that there are still people who are saying the hype isn’t deserved. The dude walked through “Shogun” Rua. Even coming off an injury or not in top form or whatever other excuses you want to make, to effortlessly dismantle and destroy “Shogun” is an unbelievably impressive feat. And we’re not talking about an isolated incident here. Great wrestlers, veterans, brawlers, Muay Thai dudes, and motherfucking “Shogun”: nothing has been able to stymie this kid – even for a round. No one’s unbeatable, no doubt, but if you don’t think the “Bones” hype is justified, you’re a hater. Hey, I get it. I love “Shogun”. What kinda dickface doesn’t love “Shogun”? And it wasn’t easy to watch his get his ass handed to him… but the facts is the facts, son. The Jon “Bones” Jones hype train pulled into Newark last Saturday night and unfortunately, “Shogun” was under it.
UFC 128 is in the books after a truly exciting night of fights at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The bouts included the long awaited UFC debut of the ultra-popular WEC standout and former featherweight champion “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (25-4), the last hurrah of PRIDE Grand Prix champions “Cro Cop” Mirko Filipovic (27-10-2), and the changing hands of the most hotly contested title in the UFC following a light heavyweight championship bout between the prodigious 23-year-old phenom “Bones” Jon Jones (13-1) and the man long heralded as the greatest light heavyweight in the world “Shogun” Mauricio Rua (19-5). Overall, the card held very little drama outside the cage to soil the fans’ or the UFC’s opinion of the event and every main card fighter performed reasonably well, making this show the kind of event that fans wish every UFC could be. While the event as a whole has very few negative things that can be said about it, there are still a few individuals who came up short at UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is here to explore that.