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RecapRadio: Morning Commute 10-29-2012

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Michael Bisping - via UFC.com

Michael Bisping – via UFC.com

Today’s morning commute features Bellator 78 results, Rampage Jackson on coaching The Ultimate Fighter, Eddie Alvarez’s contract and more.  The day in history takes us back to 2005 for an event that featured three fighters who are now fairly well known.  Give it a listen in the player below, or download it to your computer to listen to later.

Highs, Lows, and Oh-No’s UFC 152 Edition

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Cub Swanson - via UFC.com

Cub Swanson – via UFC.com

Welcome to a new feature here at MMARecap entitled Highs, Lows, and Oh-No’s where we talk about all the good, the bad, and either an extremely good or bad thing about an event. For our inaugural article we figured we would spotlight UFC 152.

Highs
Jon Jones retains his title with his fourth round submission over Vitor Belfort. The victory marks the eighth straight victory for Jones and fourth successful title defense. He is slowly creeping in on Tito Ortiz’s rein as it seems no one has the answer to stop Jones.

Cub Swanson finishes his third straight fight making a big name for himself in the featherweight division. Right now most people are talking about Jose Aldo and his fight against Frankie Edgar. Others were talking about Ricardo Lamas as he is arguably one of the top guys in the division. And even though Lamas has a victory over Swanson, it is hard to ignore what Swanson has done since earning either a knockout or technical knockout against his opponents.

Lows
The crowd booing during the Demetrious Johnson – Joseph Benavidez flyweight title fight. The fight was non-stop action from start to finish and was twenty-five minutes long. Rogan commentated how it seemed like Johnson was seeing everything before it happened and for most of the fight it was. Benavidez nearly finished after landing a big punch and jumped on with the guillotine choke, but Johnson escaped and the fight went on. How the crowd was booing that fight is beyond me. Even Dana White had something to say to those fans stating “Don’t ever buy another UFC card. I don’t want your money. You’re a moron, you don’t like fighting, you don’t appreciate great talent or heart, if you didn’t like that flyweight fight.”

Oh-No’s
Vitor Belfort almost became the UFC light heavyweight champion just minutes into his fight with Jones. After Jones took him down as part of his game plan, Belfort locked in an armbar that was extremely tight Jones’s elbow popped a bit. Belfort released the pressure just for a second after hearing the pop and that enabled Jones to escape the submission. The mma world would be completely abuzz in a different manner had Belfort actually broken the arm of Jones and walked away the victor.

UFC 152 Quick Results

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UFC 152 Poster

UFC 152 Poster

UFC 152 took place at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and was headlined by Jon Jones defending his title against Vitor Belfort. Belfort showed a flash of a possible upset over Jones as he nearly had an armbar in the first round, but Jones escaped and then showed why he is the champ. By the fourth round Belfort didn’t have much left and when Jones wound up on top with an Americana he had not choice but to tap.

Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez fought for a grueling twenty-five minutes. Both fighters had their moments of greatness, but the fight was extremely close. It wouldn’t be surprising if these two battle again in the near future as it was a high paced frantic fight.

The quick results are as follows:

Jon Jones defeated Vitor Belfort by submission (americana) – Round 4, 0:54 – to retain UFC light-heavyweight title
Demetrious Johnson defeated Joseph Benavidez by split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46) – to become inaugural flyweight champion
Michael Bisping defeated Brian Stann by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Matt Hamill defeated Roger Hollett by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Cub Swanson defeated Charles Oliveira by knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:40
Vinny Magalhaes defeated Igor Pokrajac by submission (armbar) – Round 2, 1:14
T.J. Grant defeated Evan Dunham by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Sean Pierson defeated Lance Benoist by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Marcus Brimage defeated Jimy Hettes by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Seth Baczynski defeated Simeon Thoresen by knockout (punch) – Round 1, 4:10
Mitch Gagnon defeated Walel Watson by submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:09
Kyle Noke defeated Charlie Brenneman by TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:45

Ask MMARecap: What Would Jon Jones Have To Do If He Loses To Belfort

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Jon Jones - via UFC.com

Jon Jones – via UFC.com

This week were are going to skip our regularly scheduled Friday edition of Ask MMARecap and bring one today, Monday. The question asked by William Fithen of Missouri was just too good to wait, especially considering how close we are to the fight.

Will asks, “What do you think Jones will have to do should he lose to Belfort on the 22nd?

There is likely a second part to that question that should have read “to get another title shot” or Will could have meant to ask “What will Jones do should he lose to Belfort”. So with those two possible questions, let’s start breaking it down.

The first question, should he lose, what will he need to do to get another title shot. The short answer is win another fight.

Let’s side track a bit here and make mention of what happens to the title should Belfort win. His next opponent will no doubt be Dan Henderson. Do other fights make sense? Maybe, but Henderson was supposed to fight for the title, he will likely be ready and thus he gets the next shot.

Back on track as far as what Jones will have to do. Well there’s the simple fight of Machida who was told he was going to get the next title shot but that got halted after he TURNED DOWN a title fight. There’s also Shogun, Evans and Glover Teixeira who all could be potential fights. Or there’s the big elephant in the room and that’s Chael Sonnen.

All five of those fights make sense for one reason or another and all five could headline a PPV card (so long as it had a decent co-main event) or a UFC on Fox card.

Should Jones lose, in my best guess is that he headlines another card opposite Sonnen just because Dana likes to hold grudges. And no offense to Sonnen, but I don’t think a Jones victory would grant him an immediate title shot and thus Jones would be two fights out before fighting again for the title.

Now there’s the other question. What will Jones do should he lose to Belfort. I know there are a some fans out there who want to see what will happen. Will he pull a Forrest Griffin and either break down and cry inside the cage or just go running out of the arena all together? Will he have some other emotional outpour that has us looking at animated gifs for the rest of his career? Doubtful.

But that’s just inside the cage. The question then becomes what happens outside the cage. This is a guy who is arguably one of the best fighters in the world. He is talented beyond belief and has a self belief system that most don’t comprehend.

A lot of people listen to what Jones has to say (prior to the cancelation of UFC 151) and thought he sounded cocky or arrogant. Shouldn’t he though? After all he is the champ.

I am very much intrigued by what happens to Jones mentally with a true loss on his career. The question of will he spiral out of control or be able to pick himself right back up sits at the forefront of my mind. I have to believe that in general, people don’t just shatter to pieces instantly and I think Jones would be right back at it.

Do I think a loss for Jones would make him sound more humble or relatable? Doubtful. He’s just that kind of guy. Regardless of what happens though at UFC 152, Jones has cemented his place in UFC history. His career is still very young and he has a lot more left to do and prove to himself.

I think we will look back in two years from now and while many will say UFC 151 was the card that Jones took down, we will also be saying who can challenge his UFC record?

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Lauzon vs Stout in the works at UFC 108

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Joe Lauzon - via UFC.com

Joe Lauzon - via UFC.com

According to MMA Mania bout agreements have been handed out between Joe Lauzon (18-4) and Sam Stout (14-5-1) for UFC 108 scheduled to take place on January 2nd.  The unconfirmed main event of UFC 108 will feature pound for pound great Anderson Silva (25-4) defending his middleweight title against Vitor Belfort (18-8)

Lauzon is returning to the octagon after having knee surgery in March that repaired his torn meniscus.  Usually the recovery time for this surgery is over a year but Lauzon has stated he is ahead of schedule and will be ready to go in January.

Lauzon’s last fight was against UFC up and comer Jeremy Stephens and at UFC Fight Night 17.  Lauzon finished the young Stephens with an armbar in the second round.  If Lauzon is to come back with a bang, he will need to put this fight on the floor and use his ground skills to take out Sam Stout.

Stout was last scheduled to fight Ultimate Fighter Season 8’s Phillipe Nover on the Ultimate Fight Night 19 card, until Nover was forced out due to a seizure just hours before the fight was to take place.  Known as a great striker,  Stout will look to keep this fight on the feet as long as possible and try to knock out Lauzon. Stout has had mixed success in the UFC, and if he can get a victory over Lauzon he will put himself on the map.

Anderson Silva

Anderson Silva Will Probably Fight Vitor Belfort At UFC 108

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Anderson Silva

Anderson Silva

After Vitor Belfort’s (19-8) win at UFC 103, Dana White stated that Belfort was ready for Anderson Silva (25-4) now.  Apparently, Silva agrees and has verbally agreed to take on “The Phenom” at UFC 108.  While UFC officials haven’t confirmed the news yet, The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Dana White is the originating source.

It was rumored that Dan Henderson would be next to take on Silva after his brutal knockout over Michael Bisping.  But then Nate Marquardt had a just as impressive knockout victory over Demian Maia catapulting him to the top of the list as well.  Silva’s manager stated that neither Marquardt nor Henderson should be next to fight Silva without first fighting each other first.

UFC 108 is scheduled to take place on Saturday January 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Normally the UFC schedules a year-end fight card, however due to the holiday season, the blockbuster show will instead be the first of 2010.

Silva is undefeated inside the octagon, setting a record ten fight win streak in the UFC.  He most recently proved why he is so dangerous when he completely dismantled Forrest Griffin at UFC 101.  Silva is scheduled to undergo elbow surgery to remove some bone spurs prior to his training camp for the fight.

Belfort’s victory over Franklin marked his fifth straight victory and third straight knock out victory.

Junior Dos Santos punching Mirko Cro Cop - via UFC

UFC 103 Medical Suspensions

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Junior Dos Santos punching Mirko Cro Cop - via UFC

Junior Dos Santos punching Mirko Cro Cop - via UFC

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, which oversees combat sports in the state of Texas, released the medical suspensions for fighters participating in the UFC 103 event this past Saturday. A minimum suspension of seven days was given to all fighters, no matter the outcome of the fight.

Some fighters were given extended suspensions, most notably Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. He has been suspended indefinitely because of an eye injury he suffered in his loss to Junior Dos Santos.

One of the headliners, Rich Franklin received a 30 day suspension because of his TKO loss. Martin Kampmann, Frank Trigg, Hermes Franca, Cole Miller, and Steve Lopez were also given 30 day suspensions because of their knockout or TKO losses.

The full list of suspensions included:

Vitor Belfort (suspended until Sept. 27)
def. Rich Franklin (suspended until Oct. 20)

Junior Dos Santos (suspended until Sept. 29)
def. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (suspended indefinitely)

Paul Daley (suspended until Sept. 27)
def. Martin Kampmann (suspended until Oct. 20)

Josh Koscheck (suspended until Sept. 27)
def. Frank Trigg (suspended until Oct. 20)

Tyson Griffin (suspended until Sept. 27)
def. Hermes Franca (suspended until Oct. 20)

Efrain Escudero (suspended until Sept. 27)
def. Cole Miller (suspended until Oct. 20)

Tomasz Drwal (suspended until Sept. 27)
def. Drew McFedries (suspended until Sept. 27)

Jim Miller (suspended until Sept. 27)
def. Steve Lopez (suspended until Oct. 20)

Nick Lentz (suspended until Sept. 29)
def. Rafaello Oliveira (suspended until Sept. 29)

Rick Story (suspended until Sept. 27)
def. Brian Foster (suspended until Sept. 27)

Eliot Marshall (suspended until Sept. 29)
def. Jason Brilz (suspended until Sept. 29)

Vladimir Matyushenko (suspended until Sept. 29)
def. Igor Pokrajac (suspended until Sept. 29)

Rafael Dos Anjos (suspended until Sept. 29)
def. Rob Emerson (suspended until Sept. 29)

Rick Story vs Brian Foster - via MMA Junkie

UFC 103 Live Gate And Bonuses

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Rick Story vs Brian Foster - via MMA Junkie

Rick Story vs Brian Foster - via MMA Junkie

UFC 103 took place in Dallas, Texas September 19th at the American Airlines Center. The UFC was riding high with an attendance record of 17,428 fans in attendance and a live gate of $2.4 Million and including $65,000 bonuses.

Vitor Belfort (19-8) and Brian Foster (12-4) each earned $65,000 in bonuses for their fights. Rick Story earned $130,000 in bonuses as he earned two awards for the night.

Story and Foster put on the “Fight of the Night” with an incredible back and forth brawl in the first round. Story used his superior wrestling and put Foster on his back in the second round. From within Foster’s guard, Story submitted Foster with an incredibly powerful arm triangle choke. With Story displaying the grip strength of a boa constrictor, he earned himself the “Submission of the Night” bonus as well.

Vitor Belfort returned to the UFC with a bang, taking out former middleweight champion Rich Franklin (25-5) in the first round by technical knock out. He earned the “Knock out of the Night” bonus for his dominance against Franklin. The knockout puts Belfort near the top for a title shot with Anderson Silva as Dana White said “I think Vitor is ready to fight Anderson Silva”.

Rich Franklin vs Vitor Belfort - via MMA Junkie

UFC 103 Recap

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Rich Franklin vs Vitor Belfort - via MMA Junkie

Rich Franklin vs Vitor Belfort - via MMA Junkie

UFC 103 took place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.   The night saw a massive thirteen-fight card with SpikeTV airing three of the night’s preliminary fights (though SpikeTV was only scheduled to air two fights).  The night’s co-main event and main event changed the dynamics of their weight classes and many questions became answered.

Vitor Belfort made a dynamic return the octagon; needing only three minutes to knock out former middleweight champion Rich Franklin.  The win marked Belfort’s fifth in a row, and third knockout in a row.  While the fight was at a catch-weight of 195lbs, Dana White insisted that Belfort is ready for a title shot against Anderson Silva.

In the co-main event, Junior Dos Santos proved he was a contender in the ever-improving heavyweight division.  The fight marked the first time Dos Santos had been outside of the first round and he proved that he could go the distance with dangerous strikers.  Many fans were confused when Cro Cop covered his eye and waved off Dos Santos, thinking that he was calling for a time out.  But when Dan Miragliotta awarded the victory to Dos Santos, the fans erupted.

Martin Kampmann probably wishes he were able to fight his original opponent Mike Swick instead of Paul Daley.  Daley and Kampmann traded punches and Kampmann seemed to get the better end at first.  But Daley persisted and pushed back.  Daley rocked Kampmann and then unloaded a flurry of punches forcing the referee to stop the fight while both fighters were standing.  The fans did not like this, but Kampmann was out on his feet and it was a just stoppage.

Josh Koscheck welcomed Frank Trigg back to the UFC with a big right hand that floored Trigg.  Koscheck hit Trigg with two more punches and was declared the winner at 1:25 of the first round.

Tyson Griffin finally broke his decision streak by earning the technical knockout victory over Hermes Franca.  Griffin stunned Franca with a straight right and followed up with a barrage punches forcing the referee to stop the fight.

Efrain Escudero was able to neutralize Cole Miller’s reach advantage by closing the gap and connecting with a combo that sent Miller to the ground.  Escudero quickly followed Miller to the ground and hit him with three good shots before the action was halted.

In a very unexpected finish, Thomas Drwal submitted Drew McFedries with a rear naked choke.  Both fighters are known for their heavy hands and showed their toughness through the first round.  In the second round Drwal hit McFedries with a left hand and then pushed him to the mat.  Drwal capitalized on his dominant position and took McFedries’s back and locked in the rear naked choke.

Jim Miller earned a TKO victory over Steve Lopez after Lopez dislocated his own shoulder while punching Miller.  While not the finish that Miller would have liked, he was in control through out the fight.

Nik Lentz defeated Rafaello Oliveira by unanimous decision.  The fight was a back and forth battle with Lentz winning the second and third rounds to get the victory.

Brian Foster and Rick Story stood toe-to-toe and battered each other with punches.  Foster landed a straight shot that broke Foster’s nose, but Foster continued to push forward.  In the second round Story continued his assault and took Foster down and quickly submitted him with an arm triangle.

Elliot Marshall and Jason Brilz were too evenly matched to have a good fight.  Both fighters were able to negate the other’s attacks and the fight could have gone to either fighter.  The final decision was for Marshall by scores of 30-27, 27-30, and 30-28.

Vladimir Matyushenko won his return bout to the cage over UFC newcomer Igor Pokrajac.  Both fighters known for their counter striking ability, waited for the other to take action and capitalize upon their own strengths.  Unfortunately neither wanted to fall prey to their opponent and there were many moments without action.

Rafael Dos Anjos defeated Rob Emerson in the night’s first fight.  Both fighters kept the pace of the action up through out the three-round fight.  Dos Anjos was able to use leg kicks to get the fight to the ground where he worked a solid ground game over Emerson to earn the unanimous decision victory.

Quick results:

  • Vitor Belfort def. Rich Franklin via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:02
  • Junior Dos Santos def. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic via submission (verbal) – Round 3, 2:00
  • Paul Daley def. Martin Kampmann via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:31
  • Josh Koscheck def. Frank Trigg via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:25
  • Tyson Griffin def. Hermes Franca via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 3:26
  • Efrain Escudero def. Cole Miller via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:36
  • Tomasz Drwal def. Drew McFedries via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:03
  • Jim Miller def. Steve Lopez via TKO (injury) – Round 2, 0:48
  • Nick Lentz def. Rafaello Oliveira via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Rick Story def. Brian Foster via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 1:09
  • Eliot Marshall def. Jason Brilz via split decision (30-28, 27-30, 30-27)
  • Vladimir Matyushenko def. Igor Pokrajac via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Rafael Dos Anjos def. Rob Emerson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)