Morning Commute is back and today’s edition features UFC on Fox coming back to Chicago, Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp goes to town on managers, Stephan Bonnar has been suspended for a year, Dan Henderson still talking about Sonnen getting the title shot, and Anderson Silva’s potential superfight with Georges St-Pierre. All that and a double dose of this day in history, makes for a fantastic episode. Download it for later use, or use the player below to stream it live.
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Today’s Morning Commute features quotes from Anderson Silva on fighting Chris Weidman, GSP and Jon Jones, as well as Jake Shields being suspended and The Ultimate Fighter ratings. Sit back and listen to the short podcast or download to your favorite mp3 player and listen to it on your way to work.
Jon Fitch actually fighting an entertaining fight. Maybe it is because he hasn’t fought in nearly a year, maybe it is because in his two fights in the past two years he is just 0-1-1 with his loss coming by way of extremely quick knockout. Maybe it is because after all of his victories inside the cage his cash reserves were starting to shrink up and Fitch was very vocal about his need for funds. Regardless of the reasoning, Fitch fought the most memorable fight of his career against Erick Silva. When Silva had a rear naked choke locked in, I was certain Fitch was going to go to sleep, lose the fight and get cut from the promotion. But he battled his way out of the choke hold and then some. Silva who has stated he has zero respect for his opponents’ skill sets, learned a valuable lesson.
Finding a fight for Anderson Silva that will be competitive. Yes this was the “fun fight” that we expected. Bonnar came forward, ate a punch and landed a punch just like he said he was going to. Then Silva stood still against the cage with his arms down at his sides and said punch me. Bonnar did, but Silva barely moved. And then Silva did it a second time. After letting Bonnar hit him straight in the face, he turned around and landed a knee to the solar plexus of Bonnar and was the first person to finish him by technical knockout. What’s left for Silva in the middleweight division is Chris Weidman and possibly Michael Bisping. Other fights that are intriguing are against other champs Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones. While Silva has stated he doesn’t want to fight Jones, Dana White said he would offer him gobs of cash. Silva is in a very unique position in that he seems to be invincible, yet could find himself without a massive fan base as everyone EXPECTS him to just win at this point while making his opponent look silly.
Fabio Maldonado and Glover Teixeira were billed as two extremely heavy handed fighters with granite like chins. Both fighters proved this theory. While Teixeira was the first to land and hurt his opponent, when he took a second to almost gloat, Maldonado returned fire and it was Teixeira who was in danger. But Teixeira recovered and kept his pin-point striking aimed at Maldonado’s head. Even when on the ground working punches and elbows, it seemed like it was impossible to knock Maldonado out. A massive cut was caused by one of the elbows and Maldonado said he could still fight after the doctor checked it. He continued on, getting pummeled by Teixeira and stumbled to his corner after the bell sounded the end of the second round. Thankfully for Maldonado, the doctor saw enough and called the fight.
There’s nothing wrong with a fun fight. And that’s what we got out of UFC 153. The card featured several changes from the onset, giving us Anderson Silva vs Stephan Bonnar as a main event.
Jon Fitch said he was not only fighting for the victory, but also for fight of the night honors. That’s exactly what he got in his battle with Erick Silva. Fitch put Silva on his back like he has to so many other opponents, but Silva was able to escape and nearly finish Fitch with submissions. It was an amazing back and forth fight and well deserving of the fight of the night award.
In pre-fight interviews Dave Herman said that jiu-jitsu didn’t work as he had never been submitted before. Antonio Nogueira proved him wrong and submitted him with an armbar late in the second round. It wasn’t the first submission he went after, but it was the one that Herman couldn’t get out of and was forced to tap to.
Rony Jason looked amazingly better against Sam Sicilia than he did at UFC 147 which served as The Ultimate Fighter Brazil finale. Both fighters were able to hurt the other with massive right hands but in the end it was Jason who was able to earn the technical knockout with punches and elbows.
Anderson Silva defeated Stephan Bonnar by TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:40 –
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira defeated Dave Herman by submission (armbar) – Round 2, 4:31
Glover Teixeira defeated Fabio Maldonado by TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00
Jon Fitch defeated Erick Silva by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Phil Davis defeated Wagner Prado by submission (anaconda choke) – Round 2, 4:29
Demian Maia defeated Rick Story by submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:30
Rony Jason defeated Sam Sicilia by TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 4:15
Gleison Tibau defeated Francisco Trinaldo by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Diego Brandao defeated Joey Gambino by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Sergio Moraes defeated Renee Forte by submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 3:10
Chris Camozzi defeated Luiz Cane by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
If you thought yesterday’s history lesson was a good one, wait until you hear today’s. In addition we have updates on Jon Jones’s injury, Big Nog’s decision not to tap, Anderson Silva’s focus after Stephan Bonnar, Bonnar’s game plan and what’s going to happen if his wife goes into labor while he’s fighting and more. Use the player below or download the mp3 for later listening.
Today’s edition of MMARecap’s Morning Commute features weigh in issues at Bellator 75 and UFC on FX, Gonzaga without an opponent for UFC 153, Anderson Silva’s thoughts on a Jon Jones fight, and an update on Duane Ludwig. All that and the history lesson of the day. Use the player below or download it to your favorite mp3 player.
This week’s Ask MMARecap question is one that has been asked time and time again from fan to fan. And it has to do with how stacked one could make a card. The question is asked by Matt Hughes (no not the fighter) and he asks, “What type of lineup would you set up to try and make one of the most stacked fight cards in UFC history?”
So let’s start with the following assumptions for this ideal card. The card would take place at Cowboys Stadium in Texas as it seats over 100,000 fans. Let’s also assume that all fighters mentioned would be perfectly healthy and able to fight at the same time and that no one would be injured. Finally, let’s just deal with the main card of a pay-per-view and as such we can have a max of six fights on the card.
With that out of the way let’s start to figure out what we want to do. In an ideal situation you have a finish in the first fight. Preferably a knockout, but a gnarly submission is welcomed or an amazing back and forth fight. What we don’t want is a three round snooze fest. So to open the card I would put Dan Henderson versus Shogun Rua. The two had an epic battle already, and while their gas tanks dwindled by the end of the fifteen minutes, it was awesome. Only this time, I don’t see it ending by a decision and one of them getting the finish on the other.
Next up I would put a number one contender flyweight fight on the card. Why? Because these dudes can bring it. Ian McCall versus John Dodson. Hell yeah. That’s going to be fifteen minutes that looks like it is on fast forward the entire time. Sure we might not get a finish, but it will be exciting none-the-less.
The third fight I would want on this card is one that will likely have a lot of blood in it. Nothing screams fight of the night like a blood bath. So let’s put two guys in who like to throw and can also bleed a lot. Evan Dunham and Diego Sanchez come to mind here at lightweight. Just imagine what kind of carnage these two will bring inside the cage with 100,000+ fans cheering for them.
After that kind of blood bath, I want a solid striking fight but with fighters who aren’t afraid to go to the ground and with a potential title shot implication. In this scenario, I see Michael Bisping fighting Alan Belcher. Both fighters have amazing skills and the trash talk for this is likely to be amazing.
The co-main event would be a main event any other time, but due to the fact that heavyweights get top billing this fight is in the co-main slot. Anderson Silva versus Georges St-Pierre in a five-round-non-title catchweight of 178lb fight. There’s a lot to this fight and one that many have been wanting to see for a long time. Now I think is the time for this fight, and once you take out the title and make it a catchweight fight, it makes a lot of sense.
Finally in the main event we have Junior Dos Santos versus Alistair Overeem. By the time this fight happens, the build up will be intense. The two are no doubt going to slug it out and will cap off a night of action with a finish. This fight would also solidify Dos Santos as one of the best heavyweights of all time with multiple title defenses.
Today’s edition of the Morning Commute has a variety of stories including quotes from Anderson Silva, an analysis of the top drawing fighters on the UFC roster, World Series of Fighting news, Strikeforce fighters getting paid and more. The real gem comes from our history lesson as it features a little known card Art of War 14 held in China. Give it a listen using the player below or download it to your iPod.
Today is Wednesday, September 19th and the news at first seemed to be lacking, but then we found the best of the best. Today’s stories include Frank Mir being injured and out of his fight with Cormier, Sarah Kaufman injured and out of her fight at Invicta FC, a rain delay in MMA and more. Give it a listen below.