Last night some of the most prominent names in mixed martial arts convened at The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada to honor nominees in 22 categories at the 2011 World MMA Awards. The categories, which are selected by a nominations panel then voted on by fans, honor all things MMA, from fighters, to referees, to equipment, apparel, ring girls, and much more. The annual awards show, now in its fourth year, once again saw the UFC taking the majority of the honors. And the winners are…
New Orleans, Louisiana gets its seventh taste of Octagon action when the UFC returns with another installment of its signature series Fight Night this Saturday. “The Talent” Alan Belcher (16-6) and “The Athlete” Jason MacDonald (23-14) are set to start the night off in a middleweight bout. Korean transplant “The Ox” Dongi Yang (5-1) and The Ultimate Fighter 11 winner “Crusher” Court McGee (11-1) lock up in another battle in the 185lbs. division. In the main event, Jake Shields (26-5-1) and “The Juggernaut” Jake Ellenberger (24-5) meet to see which wrestler can rightfully call the UFC canvas their home. The featherweights make themselves known on the main card between all this action when Jonathan Brookins (14-1) and “New Breed” Erik Koch (12-1) grace the UFC cage. Brookins springs back to action from a nine-month hiatus as The Ultimate Fighter Season 12 champion. Koch is one of the fastest featherweights in the world with two back-to-back knockouts on his heels. The time could not have been any more perfect for these two to finally step up and meet.
Let me start this column off by saying, all the combinations of Steven Seagal, Osama Bin Laden, and MMA jokes have been done. In most cases a thousand times by a thousand people who thought they were really coming up with gold. Check your timeline, homie. Seriously. Go to Twitter and put Seagal Bin Laden in the search bar. I’ll wait… See? I hope we’ve learned something. Okay, you want a Seagal, Bin Laden joke? An ORIGINAL one? If I give you one, can we move on? Okay… What do Steven Seagal and Osama Bin Laden have in common? No one knew where the fuck they were for the last ten years and now people won’t shut the fuck up about them… and neither one of them invented the front kick. You’re welcome. Now for the love of all that is holy, stop it. Thank you.
—MAIN CARD (Pay-Per-View)—
UFC Welterweight Championship Fight
Georges St. Pierre vs. Jake Shields: St. Pierre via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 48-47, 48-47), Round 5, 5:00
UFC Featherweight Championship Fight
Jose Aldo vs. Mark Hominick: Aldo via Unanimous Decision (48-45, 48-46, 49-46), Round 5, 5:00
Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida: Machida via KO (Jump Front Kick), Round 2, 1:05
Jason Brilz vs. Vladimir Matyushenko: Matyushenko via KO (Punches), Round 1, 0:20
Mark Bocek vs. Ben Henderson: Henderson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
Rich Attonito vs. Dave Branch: Branch via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Fredson Paixao vs. Pablo Garza: Garza via KO (Knee), Round 1, 0:51
Will Campuzano vs. Nick Pace: Pace via Submission (Arm/Leg Triangle, “The Pace”) Round 3, 4:27
Sako Chivitchian vs. Kyle Watson: Kyle Watson via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Tyler Toner vs. Ian Loveland: Loveland via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Cody McKenzie vs. Aaron Wilkinson: McKenzie via Submission (Guillotine), Round 1, 2:03
Nam Phan vs. Leonard Garcia: Garcia via Split Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Johny Hendricks vs. Rick Story: Story via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Kendall Grove vs. Demian Maia: Maia via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Stephan Bonnar vs. Igor Pokrajac: Stephan Bonnar via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Jonathan Brookins vs. Michael Johnson: Brookins via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
—BONUSES and AWARDS—
Submission of the Night: Cody McKenzie wins $30,000
Knockout of the Night: Pablo Garza wins $30,000
Fight of the Night: Nam Phan and Leonard Garcia win $30,000 each
“The Ultimate Fighter”: Jonathan Brookins wins three-fight, six digit contract with the UFC
Rich Attonito: 185lbs.
Dave Branch: 185lbs.
Fredson Paixao: 145lbs.
Pablo Garza: 146lbs.
Will Campuzano: 136lbs.
Nick Pace: 138lbs.*
Sako Chivitchian: 156lbs.
Kyle Watson: 156lbs.
Tyler Toner: 146lbs.
Ian Loveland: 145lbs.
Cody McKenzie: 154lbs.
Aaron Wilkinson: 155lbs.
Nam Phan: 146lbs.
Leonard Garcia: 145lbs.
Johny Hendricks: 171lbs.
Rick Story: 170lbs.
Kendall Grove: 186lbs.
Demian Maia: 186lbs.
Stephan Bonnar: 205lbs.
Igor Pokrajac: 205lbs.
Jonathan Brookins: 154lbs.
Michael Johnson: 156lbs.
*Nick Pace decided not to cut the additional 2lbs. and thus forfeits 20% of his fight purse.