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We are back again with another week of great stories from across the MMA Universe. This week’s stories from the smaller independent sites include how Ryan Bader is preparing for Machida, kids fighting inside a cage qualifies as hypocrisy, Asian MMA events and more.
- How Ryan Bader is preparing for the Unorthodox Striking of Lyoto Machida [Pro MMA Now]
- Kids in the Cage how Outrage at Youth MMA Qualifies as Hypocrisy [The MMA Corner]
- UFC 149 winner Matt Riddle calls out British striker Dan Hardy [The MMA Review]
- Ryan Jimmo Shocks everyone, including Anthony Perosh at UFC 149 [MMA Valor]
- Another Horrible Leg Break [The Fight Nerd]
- These are the Upcoming Asian MMA Events you should look out for [The Fight Nation]
The weigh ins took place for UFC’s first trip to Calgary. All UFC 149 fighters made weight, and all bouts will take place as scheduled. The main event features a Bantamweight Interim Title Fight between Urijah Faber and Renan Barao. Although the card had several fighters pull out due to injury, and fights moved from its card, the results will have impacts on several weight classes. Below are the full weigh in results:
Bantamweight Title Bout:
Urijah Faber 135 lbs
Renan Barao 135 lbs
Hector Lombard 185.5 lbs
Tim Boetsch 186 lbs
Cheick Kongo 231 lbs
Shawn Jordan 250 lbs
Brian Ebersole 171 lbs
James Head 170 lbs
Chris Clements 170 lbs
Matt Riddle 170.8 lbs
Preliminary Card (FX)
Court McGee 185.5 lbs
Nick Ring 185 lbs
Roland Delorme 135 lbs
Francisco Rivera 136 lbs
Ryan Jimmo 205 lbs
Anthony Perosh 205.5 lbs
Bryan Caraway 135.5 lbs
Mitch Gagnon 135 lbs
Antonio Carvalho 145 lbs
Daniel Pineda 145 lbs
Mitch Clarke 155 lbs
Anton Kuivanen 156 lbs
The UFC returned to Louisiana on Saturday September 17 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Jake Ellenberger and Jake Shields headlined the event, while two fighters from the Chicagoland area (Mike Lullo and Mike Stumpf) were on the preliminary card. The main card was shown live on SpikeTV featuring four fights including the returning from injury fighters Alan Belcher and Court McGee.
Alan Belcher doesn’t show any ring rust against Jason MacDonald
Alan Belcher was coming off of what many thought could have been a career ending injury. Sidelined for sixteen months and two eye surgeries later, Belcher made his return to the octagon against Jason MacDonald. MacDonald quickly tied Belcher up and looked for a takedown. But Belcher stayed strong and didn’t give one up. MacDonald looked to power his way into a takedown, only Belcher wound up on top. MacDonald tried to goat Belcher into a couple of submissions, but Belcher landed a big right hand that hurt his foe. Several shots later it was nearly halted, but MacDonald was able to regain for a moment. Belcher continued his assault and just before the four minute mark earned the victory.
Erik Koch wins his fourth straight with victory over Jonathan Brookins
Erik Koch stated he felt a fourth victory could put him in title contention and he did just that with his win over Jonathan Brookins. Brookins for all fifteen minutes looked to try to control Koch against the cage and work for a takedown. But they came few and far between and even when they did, Koch would stand back up. Koch whenever he got the chance pounded on Brookins with a variety of strikes depending on the range. When they were separated Koch used his jabs, hooks and high kicks to throw Brookins off his game. When they were clinched or on the ground he used short peppering shots to frustrate him. In the end they all added up as Koch earned a unanimous decision.
Court McGee shows massive cardio against Dongi Yang
The two middleweights McGee and Yang went to battle from the opening bell and did not stop until the final bell. McGee in the first and second rounds was able to dictate the pace and landed kicks and jabs. Yang would counter a good amount of McGee’s strikes keeping the rounds fairly close to call. The third round the action lit up as Yang landed a big right hand that sent McGee stumbling. A flying knee followed by Yang but he was unable to finish McGee. McGee escaped the trouble and landed multiple punches to the nose and mouth of Yang, bloodying him up bad. As time was running out McGee took the fight the ground and got the mount. He worked a couple of punches then tried to end the fight with a top mounted guillotine. Time ran out and in the end McGee earned the victory.
Jake Ellenberger upsets Jake Shields
The main event didn’t last long. It took less than a minute for Ellenberger to earn the TKO victory over Shields. Shields started the fight trying to use a pawing jab to set up a takedown while Ellenberger wanted to throw leather. After the two clinched, Ellenberger threw a knee to Shields’ belly that bent him over enough for Ellenberger to land a knee flush to the head of Shields. It sent the former number one contender to the canvas where Ellenberger unloaded a flurry of shots to the side of his head, forcing the ref to stop the fight.
Jake Ellenberger def. Jake Shields via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:53
Court McGee def. Dongi Yang via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-28)
Erik Koch def. Jonathan Brookins via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Alan Belcher def. Jason MacDonald via verbal submission (punches) – Round 1, 3:48
Vagner Rocha def. Cody McKenzie via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:49
Evan Dunham def. Shamar Bailey via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lance Benoist def. Matt Riddle via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Ken Stone def. Donny Walker via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:40
Seth Baczynski def. Clay Harvison via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:12
T.J. Waldburger def. Mike Stumpf via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:52
Robert Peralta def. Mike Lullo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Justin Edwards def. Jorge Lopez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
The UFC released the full ten-fight card for their upcoming “UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera” event. UFC 105 scheduled to take place on November 14 from the MEN Arena in Manchester, England. North American fans will be able to watch the show for free via a tape delay airing of the event on Spike TV.
Randy Couture will be dropping down to the light heavyweight division to take on Brandon Vera in the main event of the televised portion of the show. Also scheduled on the card: Michael Bisping vs Denis Kang, Mike Swick vs Dan Hardy with welterweight title implications, and season nine “Ultimate Fighter” winners James Wilks and Ross Pearson taking on Matt Brown and Aaron Riley respectively.
Swick is a late replacement opponent for Hardy as his original opponent Dong Hyun Kim had to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury. Swick was originally supposed to fight Martin Kampmann at UFC 103 but suffered a head injury while training. Like his UFC 103 fight, this fight is to determine who will fight Georges St-Pierre next.
MMAJunkie was the first to confirm that a fight between DaMarques Johnson and Peter Sobotta has been pulled from the card as Sobotta was forced off due to military commitments. UFC officials decided to postpone Johnson’s post “Ultimate Fighter” debut until a later date rather than find a last minute replacement.
• Randy Couture vs. Brandon Vera
• Michael Bisping vs. Denis Kang
• Dan Hardy vs. Mike Swick
• Matt Brown vs. James Wilks
• Ross Pearson vs. Aaron Riley
• Terry Etim vs. Shannon Gugerty
• John Hathaway vs. Paul Taylor
• Nick Osipczak vs. Matthew Riddle
• Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jared Hamman
• Roli Delgado vs. Andre Winner
UFC Officials announced today that Randy Couture (16-10) has agreed to fight Brand Vera (11-3) at UFC 105 in the main event. UFC 105 takes place on Saturday November 14 from the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England and will air on tape-delay on SpikeTV.
Couture will be returning to the light heavyweight division after a 2-2 run in the UFC’s heavyweight division. After losing back-to-back fights against Brock Lesnar and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Couture decided to take another run at 205. Couture last competed in the weight class at “UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3” where he was knocked out for the first time in his career.
Additionally, Inside Fights is reporting that if Couture is victorious against Vera, he will get a title shot against the winner of Machida/Rua that takes place at UFC 104. While many will question if Couture would deserve a title shot, due to Quinton Jackson postponing his fight with Rashad Evans, it prevents the light heavyweight title from being held up.
Vera, like Couture, dropped down to the light heavyweight division after suffering back-to-back losses to Fabricio Werdum and Tim Sylvia. Vera is 3-1 in his last four fights, most recently winning a decision against Krzysztof Soszynski at “UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira”.
With the addition of the main event, UFC 105 now looks like:
- Randy Couture vs. Brandon Vera
- Michael Bisping vs. Denis Kang
- Dan Hardy vs. Dong Hyun Kim
- Matt Brown vs. James Wilks
- John Hathaway vs. Paul Taylor
- Terry Etim vs. Shannon Gugerty
- Ross Pearson vs. Aaron Riley
- Nick Osipczak vs. Matthew Riddle
- DaMarques Johnson vs. Peter Sobotta
- Roli Delgado vs. Andre Winner
- Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jared Hamman
MMAunltd.com was the first to report that Nick Osipczak (4-0) is set to fight Matt Riddle (3-0), while Fighters Only has confirmed that a light heavyweight fight between Alexander Gustafsson (8-0) and Jared Hamman (10-1) will also take place at UFC 105.
Osipczak splashed onto the scene with his “look low, kick high” to Mark Miller during his time on “The Ultimate Fighter”. While he went on to lose to Damarques Johnson in the semifinals, he was able to submit Frank Lester at “The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale” in the first round.
Riddle, who is undefeated and on a three-fight win streak since his time on season seven’s “The Ultimate Fighter” looks to improve his record. While he showed that he is capable of knock out power against Dan Simmler to enter the house on his season, Riddle has won all three of his fights via unanimous decision. Riddle holds wins over fellow TUF cast members Dan Cramer and Dante Rivera.
Gustafsson will be making his UFC debut at UFC 105. The undefeated light heavyweight has only gone to the judges score card one time and holds six victories by (technical) knock out.
Hamman hasn’t fought in nearly a year after avenging his lone loss to Poai Suganuma at “ShoXC: Hamman vs Suganuma 2” in August of 2008. He holds wins over Aaron Rosa and Travis Wiuff and has defeated 80% of his opponents with strikes.