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…
Houston, Texas plays host to one of the biggest cards the UFC has presented to date when the Toyota Center houses the Octagon this Saturday for UFC 136. The featherweights kick off the main card off Ultimate Fighter veteran Nam Phan (18-10) faces “Bad Boy” Leonard Garcia (15-7-1) in a long awaited rematch. A knockout artist takes on a submission specialist when “The Young Assassin” Melvin Guillard (27-8-2) battles fellow lightweight “J-Lau” Joe Lauzon (20-6). In the middleweight division, trash-talk extraordinaire Chael Sonnen (24-11-1) returns to action when he faces “All-American” Brian Stann (11-3). In the main event, the lightweight title is up for grabs as the champion “The Answer” Frankie Edgar (13-1-1) battles “The Bully” Gray Maynard (10-0-1) in a follow-up of their highly entertaining fight in January where the match was ultimately ruled a Draw. The co-main event though has another title up for grabs with “Ken-Flo” Kenny Florian (14-5) challenging one freight train of a featherweight in “Junior” Jose Aldo (18-1) for his featherweight title. Both men are coming off impressive performances. Aldo has been successful keeping his place on top of the 145lb. division ranks but with Florian dropping down a weight class to come after him, he has bigger challenges than what he had fought before.
UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Darren Elkins really, what can you say? Not only did the judges rob Omigawa with a Unanimous Decision nod for Elkins. One of these crackheads scored it 30-27. That’s like scoring the first round of Edgar/Maynard II 10-9 for Frankie Edgar. How do people that fuck up that bad still have jobs?
UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin has come and gone to the delight of the people of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and MMA fans around the world. The night was a long one with only a single Pay-Per-View bout ending short of the decision, but the fights were exciting and every fighter handled himself with class and dignity. As a whole, the card was a good one giving very little to complain about and leaving fans with a good taste in their mouths for the next offering from Zuffa’s flagship promotion. However, there were a few fighters that managed to come out on the short end of the stick and to cover that, MMA Gospel brings The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
—MAIN CARD (on Pay-Per-View)—
Junior Dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin: Dos Santos via Unanimous Decision, (30-27, 30-27, 30-26), Round 3, 5:00
Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes: Florian via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
Jon Olav Einemo vs. Dave Herman: Herman via TKO (Punches), Round 2, 3:19
Demian Maia vs. Mark Munoz: Munoz via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
Donald Cerrone vs. Vagner Rocha: Cerrone via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26), Round 3, 5:00
The day has arrived! Tonight the UFC barrels into Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to rock fans with UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin. Starring in the main event are heavy-hitting behemoth knockout artists “Cigano” Junior Dos Santos (12-1) and former top contender “The Engineer” Shane Carwin (11-1), supported by submission specialist “Ken-Flo” Kenny Florian (13-5) making his featherweight debut against “The Gun” Diego Nunes (15-3), a heavyweight clash between UFC newcomers Jon Olav Einemo (6-1) and “Pee Wee” Dave Herman (18-2), a battle in the 185lbs. division between tacticians Demian Maia (13-2) and “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz (8-2), and WEC transplant “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone (13-4) taking on BJJ champion Vagner Rocha (5-1). Don’t miss it!
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Another evening of fights is set to take place when Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada hosts UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin tomorrow evening. Promotional newcomer Vagner Rocha (5-1) makes his Octagon debut against “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone (13-4) in a lightweight contest. “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz (8-2) hopes to move further up in contention while fellow middleweight Demian Maia (13-2) tries to make a convincing argument for another chance at the belt. Two long-awaited heavyweight prospects finally makes their debuts within the promotion when Jon Olav Einemo (6-1) battles “Pee Wee” Dave Herman (18-2). “Ken-Flo” Kenny Florian (13-5) drops down from the lightweight bracket to featherweight when he takes on “The Gun” Diego Nunes (15-3). In the main event, power meets power when “Cigano” Junior Dos Santos (12-1) and “The Engineer” Shane Carwin (11-1) engage for the chance to challenge current heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (9-0) for his belt. When a majority of wins for both competitors end within the first round through knockout or technical knockout, this fight has that same potential at any time. Do not blink.
The third UFC event in as many weeks returns to Vancouver, British Columbia tomorrow night to rock Canadian fans a la UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin. “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone (13-4) hopes to extend his three-fight win streak against UFC newcomer Vagner Rocha (5-1). In a middleweight battle, “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz and Demian Maia (13-2) will test one another’s limit where a win can launch one up into the 185lbs. title picture. Wrestling powerhouse “Pee Wee” Dave Herman (18-2) and Jiu-Jitsu black belt Jon Olav Einemo (6-1) make their debuts within the heavyweight division. But before the title elimination bout between “Cigano” Junior Dos Santos (12-1) and Shane Carwin (11-1) closes out the night, a featherweight match is set when Muay Thai master “The Gun” Diego Nunes (15-3) prepares to rudely welcome former lightweight contender “Ken-Flo” Kenny Florian (13-5) down to the 145lbs. bracket. Although Florian tasted defeat in his last lightweight showing, a win over Nunes would promise an instant title shot at WEC transplant and reigning champ “Junior” Jose Aldo (18-1). Florian’s last hopes to make a convincing drive all comes at this fight but the controlled chaos of Nunes’ stand-up is going to do whatever it takes to make sure the engine crashes and burns.
The UFC returns to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for the second time as UFC 131 rolls into town with a heavyweight main event between “Cigano” Junior Dos Santos (12-1) and “The Engineer” Shane Carwin (11-1). The two heavy-handed KO artists will bring with them a host of high profile bouts including long-time lightweight contender “Ken-Flo” Kenny Florian’s (13-5) move to the featherweight class against “The Gun” Diego Nunes (15-3) and championship title hopefuls “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz (8-2) and Demian Maia (13-2) who will meet in a tilt at 185lbs. Also slated for action, veteran WEC stand-out “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone (13-4) will welcome BJJ champion Vagner Rocha (5-1) to the UFC and Jon Olav Einemo (6-1) and “Pee Wee” Dave Herman (18-2) will collide in a match between UFC newcomers. The Herman/Einemo fight is an especially interesting clash between two completely contrasting styles of MMA as a whole and will certainly offer fans an insight into what the global expansion of the UFC is bringing to the table for them.
June 11, nearly a year after their first taste, Vancouver, British Columbia will get a second dose of world class MMA as the UFC returns with a star studded card that will not disappoint the Canadian fans. Number one contender of the heavyweight title “Cigano” Junior Dos Santos (12-1) will defend his right to a title shot with his lethal hands against the big man from Colorado and former title challenger “The Engineer” Shane Carwin (11-1) in the main event. Dos Santos was scheduled to meet former champion Brock Lesnar (5-2) but recent and serious health issues have prevented Lesnar from competing, and Carwin answered the call. Former two-time lightweight title challenger “Ken-Flo” Kenny Florian (13-5) will make his debut in his fourth weight class at featherweight against WEC veteran “The Gun” Diego Nunes (15-3) and both men know a victory could very well lead them to a featherweight title shot. Norway’s own BJJ black belt Jon Olav Einemo (6-1) takes on “Pee Wee” Dave Herman (18-2) in a heavyweight tilt, while a battle in the lightweight division between “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone (13-4) and Vagner Rocha (5-1) kicks off the main card. A middleweight bout ties up two tacticians as former title contender and top level Jiu-Jitsu fighter Demian Maia (13-2) steps in across the cage from heavy handed brawler “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz (8-2). Both men are on two fight win streaks but only one will extend to three in their quest to capture UFC gold.
Just one week after the close of The Ultimate Fighter’s thirteenth season, the UFC fires off its third card in as many weeks as heavyweight championship contenders “Cigano” Junior Dos Santos (12-1) and “The Engineer” Shane Carwin (11-1) square off for the main event at UFC 131. With appearances from fighters like “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz (8-2), Demian Maia (13-2), “Ken-Flo” Kenny Florian (13-5), “The Gun” Diego Nunes (15-3), Jon Olav Einemo (6-1), and “Pee Wee” Dave Herman (18-2), the card is sure to be a submission grappling fan’s dream come true. Continuing with the theme of submission fighting excellence, the evening kicks off with a bout between a pair of respected ground fighters in “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone (13-4) and Vagner Rocha (5-1). The match will be a strong test for both men as each represents something they haven’t truly overcome in their careers. On the line is a chance to establish a name for themselves as a main card performer with a place among the 155ers fighting for a shot at the lightweight belt. The result is a fight fans won’t want to miss to start the night off right.
UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill is now in the books this Memorial Day weekend after another night of great fights. A U.S. Marine and a former Sengoku champion met in a middleweight battle. In a welterweight showcase, an up-and-coming prospect faced a former title challenger with the hopes of starting his own run for the 170-pound title. Two of the UFC’s biggest heavyweights entered the cage where the potential for either to come tumbling down was nearly guaranteed. In the co-main event, two heavyweight contenders clashed trying to claw their way to the top of their weight division’s elite pack. The headlining bout saw a promising fighter take on a beloved-yet-feared former champion as the 205lb-ers closed out the event. After a night of action, here is a recap of what went down. While the victors goes the spoils, here listed are also a few fighters that may be coming up soon to take their place.
Out with the old and in with the new? Probably not, but the “new” are coming whether the “old” like it or not. The thirteenth installment of the UFC’s hit Spike TV reality series The Ultimate Fighter has revealed the featured fighters of its upcoming welterweights-only cast. Opposing coaches in former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar (5-2) and Team Nogueira fighter “Cigano” Junior Dos Santos (12-1), who themselves will face off at UFC 131 on June 11 in attempt to claim the title of top heavyweight contender and get the next shot at reigning heavyweight king Cain Velasquez’s (9-0) belt, lead the 14 UFC hopefuls through the six-week TUF journey.