Archive for February 29, 2012

Dakota Cochrane Busting Onto the Scene

Tuff Ultimate Fighter Contestant Dakota Cochrane Gay

Tuff Ultimate Fighter Contestant Dakota Cochrane

Apparently for TUF 15 cast member Dakota Cochrane having a film crew around while he works isnt anything new. Before gracing your flatscreen next month on TUF, he had played the role of “Danny” in some gay porn movies.

While I have nothing against homosexuals, and certainly have nothing against porn, I’m not sure how this will play out with the rest of the TUF cast. Lets face it, MMA is not tennis or figure skating. You are in close contact with your opponent the entire time. And in many cases, in some very awkward positions ( i.e. North/South) which I still get uncomfortable watching. With a house full of overflowing testosterone and male bravado. I have a feeling that if Dakota Cochrane makes it into the house, there could be some very interesting and controversial interactions with his new roomies. Hopefully, everyone will be mature enough to deal with the situation…but come on, its a bunch of young, cocky, and typically outspoken fighters, put into a pressure cooker in front of the world to watch.

The UFC was completely aware of Dakota’s past and seem to be fine with everything. I understand that there are most likely quite a few gay men and women competing in MMA. That being said, I hope the UFC isnt using this case as a marketing ploy for more mainstream media attention. In defense of their decision to give him a shot at the contract, he does have a good record and holds his most notable win over former WEC lightweight champ Jaime Varner back in September. Yet, I just cant dismiss the feeling that the timing of this seems to be a nice little FREE advertisement for ZUFFA and FOX.

Hopefully this ordeal doesn’t linger as an underlying theme for the entire season. I want to watch fights, not think about which fighter is going to make headlines the next day for something he said that wasn’t sensitive to the situation. Let us know what you think, leave a comment below.


Help Tim Sylvia Get His ASS KICKED!

Tim Sylvia riding a scooter

Careful maniac dont hur yourself!

Check out this video from former UFC Heavyweight Champ Tim Sylvia. Apparently, he is ready to make his triumphant return to the octagon and needs your help. I for one, would love to see him strut his stuff in the cage for one last go around and take a serious ass beating, with his dominating performances of late against the likes of Andreas Kraniotakes and Patrick Barrentine, how can you argue this?

Tim you fight to not lose instead of to win and everyone knows it.  You stand in the octagon and throw meaningless jabs for 5 rounds and everyone is tired of watching it.  I however would love to see  you get in the ring with Shane Carwin.  We would not even need to have this conversation he would give you the beating of your life!  Did you forget you lost to a 50 year old overweight Ray Mercer!  That was one of the most pathetic performances someone that claims to have what it takes to fight in the UFC heavy weight division could have.

To all the fans that want to comment on this.  We will be sending your comments left below directly to Tim Sylvia wether they are for him to fight again or for him, stick to the smaller shows or for him to hang it up and retire. We want to hear what you have to say.

Frankie is still the Champ….or at least should be!

Yeah his face is busted up, but he still won the fight. Recently a post from my MFA colleagues on facebook drummed up a lot of debate. And as much as I would like to agree with them, I just can’t. Nowhere in the scoring system for MMA does it say that “physical damage” contributes to winning the round. However, it does mention striking and takedowns, both of which Frankie was ahead on. Some guys can get punched in the face all night and go to church on Sunday looking like a champ. While other guys start to bleed the second they touch gloves…it is what it is.

MMA is a physical sport and like all physical sports, damage is just a part of the game. Most high level athletes will tell you that they are never 100% on the day of competition. Its near impossible to train for weeks on end and not sustain some sort of injury. Matter of fact, I would say if you don’t go into the fight with some bumps and bruises you most likely didnt train hard enough.

So say what you will about Frankie Edgar losing because he looks like he got punched a few times. He fought his hardest for 25 minutes, and was ahead on strikes and takedowns at the end of the night. How can you possibly take his belt away after that? I’m not sure how you can really disagree with the facts, but if you do, leave a comment below.

Injured, Overweight Rampage Wilts to Bader

By Staff Reporter Robert Bock

On Saturday night, February 25 at UFC 144, Ryan Bader bullied his way to a win over high-ranked veteran Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Besides a beacon of a slam, resembling his old self, Rampage sat back and watched a very game Ryan Bader dismantle him in a 3 round Unanimous Decision.

With talks of an injury, and a 6-pound overweight Rampage to support the rumors, Jackson, like the majority of other fighters ever to weigh in overweight, lost. With injuries, missing weight, and losing 20% of his purse, it was no surprise there was a little more Quinton and a lot less Rampage.

The fight opened with a competitive round on the feet. Rampage stalked Bader around the octagon looking to earn the early KO. Bader kept the distance and used “kryptonite” in leg kicks to keep Rampage’s power in check and at a safe distance. Rampage protested with some “Diaz brother” like hand gestures, followed by a take-down attempt against the former Division one champ. Bader stuffed the shot and went to work against the cage landing knees, punches, and controlling the former champ. Although Rampage’s take-down defense looked promising, it was Bader’s bully like cage control that won him the round. Round one went to Bader 10-9.

With the second round underway, Rampage came out looking for another shot. Uncharacteristic and unsuccessful, Bader used the closed distance to push Rampage against the cage one more time. This time, Rampage caught a knee, picked Bader up, flipped him over, and slammed him on his head. Although it was nice to see the PRIDE side of Rampage, one we know and love, the “spike” was actually illegal. Illegal, but not called, Rampage would use the opportunity to land some heavy blows from the top. A dazed Bader found a way to recover quickly and earn his own take-down against Rampage. Besides a momentary stand up and slam back down to the canvas, the rest of the round concluded with Bader in the top dominant position. Round two went to Bader 10-9.

One final half-hearted power punch from Rampage and a powerful shot from Bader sealed the deal for this match up. With a few minor scrambles and offense from Bader on top, the fight concluded in an underwhelming, but effective manner. Scoring the round Bader 10-9, and fight 30-27 for Bader.
It was an interesting fight. Not taking anything away from a great fight from Ryan Bader, Rampage Jackson was definitely not himself. Paying close attention to Rampage in his corner between rounds, you see him not just resting his hand but also rubbing his left knee. That, and him not putting weight on his left leg for his left hook, convince me that a left knee injury definitely played a factor into how he fought his fight.

With a fight changing injury, we can only speculate why Rampage didn’t pull out of this fight. Maybe because he’s tough, but I’m willing to bet it was for the Japanese fans that have been so good to him since the beginning of his career. Even with a below average performance, we can only thank him for sticking it out for a great fight and even more, a great SLAM!
All excuses aside, my hat is off to Ryan Bader, who came in to this fight as the underdog and the bad guy against Japan’s favorite bad boy and truly impressed with a well-rounded performance. He kick boxed, clinched, and showcased powerful take-downs to once again put him as a top prospect for a top 5 slot in a very competitive division.

UFC 144 Weigh-in Results: Rampage (211) Misses Weight

Qunton “Rampage” Jackson is heavy, and he is paying for it. Jackson will be fined 20% of his purse. Bader accepted the fight at a deficit of six pounds, as he weighed in at 205.

Speculation of injuries to Rampage have set in, as things  now look grim for the light-heavyweight. After missing weight, poor performances are very common.

Weigh-ins took place today at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The Japanese crowd, over 1,000 strong, offered support for all Japanese competing. 

Headliners Frankie Edgar and Ben Henderson both weighed a pound under their respective weight class at 154. All other fighters besides Rampage made weight. The fighters official weights are registered as follows.

Pay-Per-View Main Card

Frankie Edgar (154) vs. Ben Henderson (154)

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (211) vs. Ryan Bader (205)

Cheick Kongo (229) vs. Mark Hunt (264)

Yoshihiro Akiyama (169) vs. Jake Shields (170)

Yushin Okami (185) vs. Tim Boetsch (186)

Bart Palaszewski (146) vs. Hatsu Hioki (146)

Anthony Pettis (155) vs. Joe Lauzon (156)

FX Preliminaries

Takanori Gomi (155) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka (154)

Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (136) vs. Vaughan Lee (135)

Steve Cantwell (185) vs. Riki Fukuda (185)

Chris Cariaso (136) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (135)

Facebook Preliminaries

Issei Tamura  (145) vs. Tiequan Zhang (146)

Edgar vs Henderson: Fear the Underdog

By Staff Reporter Samuel Adamek

Mixed Martial Arts is truly an international enterprise, and that truth will once again be showcased Saturday as UFC 144 is set to take place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Situated in the Greater Tokyo Area, the venue has hosted countless events, including an event run by the Pride Fighting Championship in December 2007.

Pride and other organizations have conducted numerous events in Japan, so the sport of MMA is by no means a stranger to the Japanese public. An impressive night of fights is lined up for Saturday, with a main event that should be nothing but excitement. In the headlining bout of the eventing, Frankie Edgar will look to defend his lightweight title against his third challenger, Ben Henderson.

A former WEC champ, Henderson is hungry for bigger and better things – namely the UFC lightweight belt. Henderson is loaded with power and can stand with the best of strikers, but Edgar brings a quickness into the Octagon that has seldom been matched by any lightweight. Henderson may not be able to deal with the aggressive nature of Edgar’s boxing, so he will most likely look to utilize his strong wrestling and take the fight to the ground.

For Henderson, this ability to control the wrestling game proved advantageous in his victories over Clay Guida and Jim Miller. Instead of taking Frankie Edgar’s signature punches-in-bunches on the feet, Henderson may elect to forgo the striking game altogether. He may look for a decision victory or a submission by racking up take-downs and controlling the fight by maintaining good position on his opponent.

Edgar is the champion, and he may be one of the very few men who never gas-out in the octagon. With Edgar’s fast hands and wrestling, which can at the very least compete with Henderson’s, you can bet that it is going to be a tough and gritty fight for both men. Henderson brings a ton of momentum into the bout, and based on his hunger to claim the lightweight title, I expect him to win by decision.

My Official Prediction: Henderson by Decision

Rampage vs Bader: A Risk the Veteran is Willing to Take

By Staff Reporter Robert Bock

Jackson vs Bader UFC 144 pre fight predictions

Jackson vs Bader UFC 144 pre fight predictions

On Saturday, February 25, UFC 144 will be taking place at Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan. The Main Card is full of exciting fights, with the lightweight title on the line in the main event. Some would argue, however, that the co-main event is the most intriguing fight on the card. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Ryan Bader is something that everyone has their eyes on, and for good reason. A legend returns to Japan, entering a risky fight against a young gun with nothing to lose, who doesn’t get into that storyline?

Rampage wanted to fight in Japan. It was the only thing on his mind, no matter the opponent, he wanted to fight for his old fans. After taking his argument to twitter, he got what he wanted. He got the co-main event slot, against a tough opponent, but one who is not ranked quite so high. Fighting Bader is a risk for Rampage; if he loses, it’s a disaster.

In his first fight since his title-shot against Jon Jones, Rampage will look to impress against Bader. It is no surprise that Jackson’s game-plan will be to knock him out. With an advantage in the boxing, “Rampage” will utilize his good take-down defense to keep the fight in his world. Although Jones was successful on a few of his take-downs at UFC 135, Rampage did a great job staying off the mat with possibly the most imposing wrestler in the UFC. After looking better physically than he ever had in his last fight, Rampage looked to Muscle Pharm for training camp to get him battle ready. With killer cardio, good take-down defense, and dynamite in his hands, Rampage will hope to make quick work of Bader to excite his Japanese fans.

Walking into the Octagon with the momentum of a first round knockout over Jason Brilz, Bader will try to roll that momentum into a big win on Saturday. Bader, a championship wrestler, will look to punish Jackson on the ground. A division I All-American, Bader’s wrestling credentials are off the charts; but he is no slouch on the feet either. He has big power in his right hand and usually does a good job placing it on the head of his opponents. With solid striking, Bader should use combinations to experiment with the stand-up to set-up take-downs.

With Rampage’s take-down defense, this fight could turn into a battle on the feet. Even with heavy hands, Bader is the underdog. With Rampage’s durable chin, he is not likely to get knocked out. I am going to go with the Veteran in this war.

My official prediction is Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson by TKO in the second round.

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Pettis vs Lauzon: All the Right Ingreidents

By: Mike Finch

It’s “Showtime” again as midwest stand-out Anthony Pettis takes on Joe Lauzon at UFC 144: Edgar vs Henderson. The fight is set to kick off the unusual seven-fight main-card on Pay-Per-View. This event marks the first UFC in Japan since UFC 29. The exciting lightweights are sure to start the night off with a bang.

Being the WEC lightweight champion, Pettis seemed destined to challenge for the UFC lightweight title. Unfortunately for him, he hit a road block in the form of Clay Guida in his UFC debut. Pettis learned a lesson the hard way; wrestling wins fights. He embraced the fact, and showed improved take-downs in his most recent fight against Jeremy Stephens. Pettis will need his wrestling, especially defensively, against an aggressive attacker in Lauzon.

100% of Lauzon’s wins come by knockout or submission. Amazing, especially when you think of the talented fighters that he has been facing in the octagon. He has heavy hands and an aggressive ground game, always looking for a way to end it. Lauzon has big momentum coming off of a knockout stoppage over Melvin Guillard. He knows that with a win over the always-hyped Pettis, he can finally propel himself into title contention.

This fight has all of the ingredients for “Fight of the Night”. Both being dominantly strikers and submission fighters, the potential for a finish is high. I believe that Lauzon can be competitive on the feet, but he runs a big risk of running into a kick. If Lauzon can get a hold of Pettis and bully him on the ground, I believe he can win a decision. The problem is, I think Pettis’ wrestling now may be too sharp.

Pettis needs to defend Lauzon’s take-downs. If on the ground, Pettis needs to have a sense of urgency to get back to his feet, where he is sure to do his best work. If he can fight this bout at a distance and make Lauzon come after him, I believe that Pettis can land the shot that will end the night.

My official prediction is Anthony Pettis by TKO in the second round

Kaotic … The Cook Boys! Big in a Small Town!

Writen By: April Nonnie Cook

MMA for these small town guys is their life! The “Cook Boys “as they are known in their home town of Bremen GA. Say this isn’t a rec sport to them it is a “Lifestyle”. Trying to just catch up with these boy long enough to talk well was quite a challenge in itself as their days are filled with working a normal work day shift at local companies in the town or training at their gym Defkon1 located in Villa Rica GA, even when at home I’m told the furniture is rearranged and wrestling, BJJ and MMA take on a whole new meaning.  These two guys have an awesome story as to how they got their start in MMA .Take a look what they shared. They may have started Training on their own with a few friends on an elementary school yard football field but within a year these two have started to make a name for them in the GA Fight Community and are becoming quite popular among a lot of local sports fans.  To ask around town these two boys are often compared to the Brothers in two different movies for different reasons   …”The Boondock Saints” maybe cause the stand for a lot of good morals and values  ..And also “Warriors” yes the brother fight movie of all times. These two guys have an awesome presences about their self’s they are bound to win the hearts of everyone they meet and everyone who watches their fight styles will watch in amazement.

David Cook Jr.  

Fight name: DJ Cook  

Height: 5’11

Weight: 155

Record: 2-3 Adv. Amateur

DJ is a Twenty year old local fighter who along with his brother took the show back in January 2011 at a local show at “The Masquerade “ in downtown Atlanta  winning over GA  ranked #5 at the weight of 145 fighter Chris Ortiz with K/O of the night ..Tying his Brother Josh for “Fight of the Night “. DJ is a quite laid back guy seemed a bit shy. Says he loves the whole show aspect of a fight but doesn’t like to be in the spot light. I ask him what has been his biggest accomplishment with in the past year … He says “It all started at “The Masquerade” in the ATL. Once we fought we were pulled aside by the Commissioners and introduced to one of Atlanta’s top promoters David Oblas with Undisputed Productions. Which gave us an opportunity to fight at Wild Bill’s one of Georgia’s top hot spots for MMA Fighter’s. From there it just seemed to take off .I have just been enjoying the ride!”

Joshua Cook

Fight name: “The Monster”   

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 145

Record: 3-1 Adv. Amateur

Josh was the more talkative one he doesn’t have a problem being the center of attention seems this 19 yr. old GA boy may just thrive off that. Which in his case has played in his favor, He is ranked in at #5 in GA Fighters Magazine at the weight of 155  and seems to be climbing. Josh also had an article wrote on him back in November of 2011. When ask if Josh had a different game plan going into this fight he has coming up on February 11th 2012 at Rebel Invasion 2 in his hometown than any before, because this will be his first Advance amateur match and he is coming back off a loss over Shea Taylor…His reply was spoke with pride “I have been training HARD and I’m in the best shape I ever been in! Nothing really different but my mind set!  I know they say don’t sleep in school, however come fight night someone is going Nite-Nite!”

One thing is for sure these two guys have heart and the skills to take this MMA fighting to new levels, I for one am anticipating the day they turn pro! They may be the next big brother duo like the Diaz Brothers. They both say they will be turning pro within the next year so keep your eyes out for them! The Cook Boys are pleasure to watch, and was a pleasure to sit and talk with them! If they keep up their hard work and continue to grow their fan base like they have this last year  these boys will be unstoppable .Josh also told us he wants a shot at the GFC 145 title holder …so GA fans watch out ! DJ has his eyes set on a belt as well but at different weight class. Their motto “Together we will go far!”

When it comes to these brothers you can believe that where there is one the other isn’t far behind! Just remember there are more than two of them, their younger brother Justin Cook just won 1st place in GI and NO GI at Copa Nationals held in Jonesboro at Mt Zion High school this past December, however he says he will never be a fighter like his older brothers, he does admit he  is one of their biggest fans!

The Cook Brothers have their eyes set on some pretty high goals but assure me that with their current training and focus they will have no problem reaching them. I see the boys taking this sport by storm over the next and not just in GA.

Ellenberger vs Sanchez: The War That Deserved Two More

By Staff Reporter Samuel Adamek

As these two men met at the center of the octagon moments before this battle got underway, both Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger looked focused and ready to collide. Collide they did, as there was an immediate exchange in which both fighters landed shots. Right out of the gate, the fans in attendance at the Omaha Civic Auditorium made it very clear that Ellenberger was their favorite, and they were vocally in his support throughout the fight.

Ellenberger established a vital distance from Sanchez, which worked greatly to his advantage and from there, began accumulating strikes and frustrating Sanchez early. After several quick exchanges, Ellenberger caught Sanchez with a knee to the chin, visibly hurting him. Sanchez shook off the blow, and was shortly thereafter clocked again with a right hand from Ellenberger as he attempted to close the distance by throwing a good deal of powerful shots, none of which landing cleanly. As Sanchez fell to the ground as a result, it became clear that Ellenberger had taken round one with flying colors.

Throughout the duration of the second round, Ellenberger further frustrated Sanchez by getting the better of him in the striking game. He was countering and scoring often, all the while maintaining his distance. Ellenberger solidified the second round for himself by taking Sanchez down with a double-leg. He proceeded to land scores of elbows, opening Sanchez up, bloodying his face.
After being beaten in rounds one and two, Sanchez knew he needed to finish the fight in the third in order to win. He began the round with aggression, and landed his strikes more frequently than in the previous two rounds. Ellenberger still got the better of him, landing bigger and more numerous strikes. Ellenberger shook Sanchez up with masterful combinations, but in the latter part of the round took a couple of punches to the face from the ever-aggressive Sanchez. Ellenberger immediately took the fight to the ground with a double-leg take-down.

After an uproar from the crowd at what looked like the nail in the coffin for this bout and after jousting for position briefly, Sanchez turned the tables and got his first and last chance at victory: he took the back of Ellenberger. With roughly ninety seconds remaining in the fight, Sanchez rained down heavy strikes and attempted a series of rear-naked chokes, none of which were successful. Ellenberger was bloodied, beaten, and in survival mode for the waning seconds of this battle as Sanchez continued to pound on him. He managed to reverse Sanchez in the last few moments and get to his feet, the fight finishing with a final exchange to perfectly cap off a true war.

At the post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White said that he wished the fight had been a 5-rounder, and that he would make sure they didn’t make that mistake again. Fans abroad agreed, since all other main-events were granted 5-round status. And so, this very fight has changed the UFC’s policy on FUEL main-events, as White said all future headliners would be 5 rounds.

In the end, the judges decided the outcome, and all three judges scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Jake Ellenberger. Ellenberger has been inching toward a shot at the UFC Welterweight belt, and took one huge step towards that goal with this win over the veteran and ever-formidable opponent Diego Sanchez.