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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.

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.

Nick Diaz Tests Positive For Marijuana, May Face Year Suspension

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By MMAFREEAGENT Staff Reporter Samuel Adamek

Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his highly debated loss to Carlos Condit in the main event of UFC 143. The positive test was rumored yesterday, but confirmed earlier this morning by Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer.

This is the second time Diaz has tested positive for marijuana in his career. His first offense was a pre-fight positive test in 2007 when he fought Takanori Gomi at PRIDE 33. Diaz was suspended for six months for that offense, and the result of the bout was changed to a no-contest.

Diaz reportedly will have to appear before the NSAC in April. Because this is his second offense, Diaz may be suspended for a full year. Thats means that an instant rematch with Condit would be swept off of the table, as well as any other possibilities for 2012.

While marijuana is not considered a “performance enhancing drug”, it is punishable as such. Diaz is already on a temporary suspension now, and with a possible year-long wait ahead of him, many will now speculate if this really is the retirement of Diaz.

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UFC 143: Condit/Diaz, Werdum/Nelson Recap

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Written by Samuel Adamek

Another great night of UFC fights is in the books, seeing a rejuvenated Fabricio Werdum top a tough, gritty Roy Nelson, and Carlos Condit edge Nick Diaz in an interim-title showdown. The event took place in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand on February 4, 2012.
Werdum is back, and in prime condition. The knees he blasted Nelson with likely would have wilted any other man. Fists and knees flying, the pair slugged it out to a decision. The exciting battle won Fight of the Night honors and was an excellent lead-in to the main-event.
The win launched Werdum to the higher ranks of the UFC heavyweight division, getting many people talking about a possible Mir vs. Werdum showdown. Currently at the top of the mountain sit Junoir Dos Santos and Alistair Overeem, who will fight in the coming months of the UFC heavyweight title. Following close behind are Frank Mir, Cain Velascuez, and now, Fabricio Werdum.
For the first time since 2008, a new man is king of the hill in the welterweight division. That man is Carlos Condit, who evaded a hard-pressing Nick Diaz for five rounds and walked away with a controversial split-decision for the interim Welterweight title.
Condit effectively carried out his game-plan by keeping his distance and delivering counter strikes. He slipped punches, threw kicks, and immediately vacated, not allowing Diaz to go about his typical swarming boxing.
When Condit did not fall victim to this strategy that had previously been so effective for Diaz, Diaz became frustrated and began to taunt Condit. The gestures did not seem to faze Condit, who continued to circle away and implement his kicking game.
Maintaining his poise, composure, and strategy, Condit began to settle in and get the better of Diaz in the third and fourth rounds. It appeared that the first two rounds went to Diaz, and the third and fourth went the way of Condit. This meant that the fight over round five was the fight over who would become the welterweight champion.
Condit landed the better strikes in the opening minutes of the final frame. With just over a minute on the clock, Diaz snuck to the back of Condit, tripped him to the mat, and sunk a body triangle in. This secured him on Condits back as he worked for a choke and finally decided on an armbar at the rounds end. Condit defended the barrage of submission attempts well, but Diaz had sealed a win for the round — or so it appeared. At least one judge was not so convinced, and scored the round for Condit, regardless of Diaz getting the better of the ground battle.
Many believe that Diaz deserved the decision, despite Condit landing more strikes, but the judges thought otherwise, handing the win and the belt to Carlos Condit. An obviously-frustrated Nick Diaz said after the fight that he may very well be done with MMA, stating in perennial Diaz fashion, “I don’t need this sh**.”
MMA fans will have to wait and see going forward if this statement holds true or not. Eventually, Nick Diaz will have an opportunity to think in a much calmer environment about this decision, and may choose otherwise. At any rate, this fight was a voluminous display of athleticism and excitement, much to the satisfaction of the loyal fans of this sport and the new interim UFC Welterweight Champion, Carlos Condit.

Opinions: Nick Diaz Defeated Condit in the Cage, Lost the Scorecards

Written by Michael Finch

To my amazement, Carlos Condit was awarded a Unanimous Decision over Nick Diaz in the main event of UFC 143. Even more shocking to me was that two judges scored it 49-46, meaning that they gave one of Diaz’s dominant second or fifth rounds to Condit. I have been watching MMA for over 10 years now, and this is one of the worst championship decisions in history. Please, let me explain.

The first round was close, but Diaz was much more aggressive with his striking. His pressing boxing attack backed Condit up. Condit did a good job circling off of the fence, but spent most of the round backpedaling and uncomfortable with a confident Diaz on his case. Diaz won the round 10-9.

Round two was a dominant round for Diaz. The crafty boxer landed clean combinations on Condit, even literally slapping him in the face. Diaz landed a vicious combination against the fence, maybe eight punches, to Condits body. The round clearly went to Diaz. A couple of MMA websites, one very major, scored this round to Condit. I wonder what fight they were watching?

Round three showed Condit hanging tough with kicks. Diaz seemed to slow his attack, and though he was the aggressor, Condit was able to land a bit more. It was a tight round, but I can see it being scored 10-9 for Condit.

The fourth round is very similar to the third, with a stalking but slowed Diaz and a moving, kicking Condit. Both fighters had their moments in this round, and Condit seemed to be sticking well to his game-plan. As the round ended, Diaz held Condit’s leg, and should have been reprimanded more from the referee. Condit took the round 10-9.

Now, here is the fight defining round for me. I had two rounds in the books for Diaz, and two for Condit. The round was competitive early, continuing the kickboxing match. I thought Condit landed more strikes in the first three minutes. Then Diaz took the back of Condit, tripping him to the floor and sinking in a body triangle to stick. Diaz worked for a choke, thought about an arm-bar, and had some choke possibilities before he tried to jump for the arm with seconds to go. Condit was able to escape at the bell, and the two embraced afterwords. To me, this is a clear round for Diaz, 10-9, due to a very dominant position and attempts to finish the fight. The fight for Diaz on my scorecard is 48-47, and I was ready to hear 49-46 Diaz as well, with a debatable third round.

However, as we know, Condit got his hand raised via a Unanimous Decision. I am shocked and amazed that the fifth round was scored to Condit. Diaz clearly had the dominant positions, and there was no shocking event that took place in the striking that would indicate Condit overcoming the clear ground domination that Diaz dished out.

Diaz often does show a lack of respect for his opponents. Tonight there was lots of taunts and questionable activity from him, none of which is ideal for a champion. Diaz doesn’t enjoy media, he doesn’t thrive under the spotlight, and he isn’t very reliable when it comes to appearing at media events. There were many problems with Diaz being champion, but his performance in tonights fight against Condit was not one of them.

Bellator 59 Fighting Championship Fight Results

Bellator Fighting Championships 59 took place on November 26 2011 at Caesar’s Atlantic City in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The main event  was the season five heaveyweight tournament final between Eric Prindle and Thiagle Santos.  Let me tell you this fight did not last long.  Santos took Prindle down twice then elected to fight on his feet.  Then Santos gives Prindle a swift soccer kick right to his groin.  The strike was definitely not the worst groin shot I have ever seen, not even close.  Prindle ends up taking the full 5 minutes he is allowed to recover then tells the ref he feels like he is going to through up and the fight is declared a no contest at 1:24 of the first round.  I was pumped for this fight but it ended in total disappointment.  They showed the strike from many angles and he should have been able to continue.  Bellator however is scheduling a rematch between Prindle and Santos which will take place sometime in early 2012.  Bellator certainly did not want this to be the conclusion of season 5 as this was the main event.  The sad thing was this was not the only disappointment on the card.

In the co-main event Kurt Pellegrino (a New Jersey Native) and UFC veteran with 12 UFC fights faced off against the always dangerous Patricky “Pitbull” Freire in a mma lightweight match.

Pellegrino had come out of retirement for this bought but it sure didnt last long.  Patricky  came out and landed a 1 – 2 punch combo that dropped Pellegrino.  Pellegrino did the best he could to stay in the fight  by grabbing a leg and closing the distance while hoping to clear the cobwebs out of his head.  The ref jumps in and stops the fight when Pellegrino doesn’t look like he is in any danger at all.  This really pissed the crowd off as the boo’s started pouring out from the crowd.  The terrible stoppage tarnished what would have been a staple in the Pitbulls career.