Okami Decisions Marquardt to Earn Title Shot

Saturday, November 13, 2010

By FCF Staff

It appears as though Yushin Okami will finally get a crack at the UFC middleweight title, as the Japanese fighter worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Nate Marquardt today in Oberhausen, Germany. In a very competitive fight that saw neither man land any highlight reel blows, Okami likely scored points with the judges for being the aggressor throughout much of the bout and for controlling the action along the fence. With the win, Okami improves his record to 26-5, while Marquardt’s falls to 30-10-2.

Here are the complete results from today’s UFC 122 event.

Yushin Okami def. Nate Marquardt via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

Dennis Siver def. Andre Winner via submission (rear-naked choke) - R1, 3:37

Amir Sadollah def. Peter Sobotta via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Krzysztof Soszynski def. Goran Reljic by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Duane Ludwig vs. Nick Osipczak via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Karlos Vemola def. Seth Petruzelli via TKO (strikes) - R1, 3:46

Carlos Eduardo Rocha def. Kris McCray via submission (kneebar) - R1, 2:21

Vladimir Matyushenko def. Alexandre "Cacareco" Ferreira via TKO (strikes) - R1, 2:20

Pascal Krauss def. Mark Scanlon via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Kyle Noke def. Rob Kimmons via submission (rear-naked choke) - R 2, 1:33

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Lima Taps Juarez, Ford Chokes Out Spratt Again

Friday, November 12, 2010

By Kelsey Mowatt

Douglas Lima laid claim to the Maximum Fighting Championship’s welterweight title tonight in Enoch, Alberta, as he came from behind to submit Jesse Juarez in the third round. Juarez dominated early on, taking Lima down at will; however, the American Top Team fighter caught his opponent with a beautifully executed triangle-choke, straight armbar combo, to take home the belt.

In the card’s other feature attraction, Ryan Ford (pictured) went to 2-0 against Pete Spratt, once again tapping out the UFC veteran with a second round, rear-naked-choke. Spratt impressed in the opening frame, avoiding Ford with his foot work only to take the Canadian welterweight down several times. The resilient Ford finally got Spratt to the mat in the second, and shortly after, nicely worked his way into the fight ending choke.

In other action from tonight’s HDNet broadcast;

-In what was largely a rather conservative, stand-up affair, Rodney Wallace working his way to a unanimous decision victory over David Heath.
-Punishing slugger Dwayne Lewis narrowly got by Razak Al-Hassan with a split decision nod, in a fight that could have been scored in favour of Al-Hassan.
-Kajan Johnson absolutely dominated Ryan Healy standing and on the ground for the UD win
-And in the broadcast’s opening bout, Dhiego Lima sent Bill Fraser crashing to the mat with a fight ending straight right hand.

Here are the results from tonight’s HDNet broadcast of MFC 27.

Douglas Lima def. Jesse Juarez by Submission (triangle-choke/ straight armbar) R3 2:37

Ryan Ford def. Pete Spratt by Submission (rear-naked-choke) R2 3:07

Dwayne Lewis def. Razak Al-Hassan by split decision

Rodney Wallace def. David Heath by unanimous decision

Kajan Johnson def. Ryan Healy by unanimous decision

Dhiego Lima def. Bill Fraser by KO (right hand) R2 2:36
READ MORE - Lima Taps Juarez, Ford Chokes Out Spratt Again

Okami and Marquardt Make Weight for UFC 122

By FCF Staff

All of the competitors for tomorrow’s Ultimate Fighting Championship card in Oberhausen, Germany, made weight today, including main event competitors Yushin Okami and Nate Marquardt. The Japanese middleweight Okami came in at 185lbs. for their bout, while the American Marquardt tipped the scales at 186. (Pictured above: Okami hitting Anderson Silva during their clash in 2006)

The card, which will be hosted by the Konig Pilsener Arena, will be broadcast on Spike TV beginning at 9:00PM ET/ PT.

Here are the official weigh-in results for UFC 122:

Yushin Okami (185) VS Nate Marquardt (186)
Alessio Sakara (186) VS Jorge Rivera (185)
Andre Winner (155) VS Dennis Siver (155)
Peter Sobotta (169) VS Amir Sadollah (170)
Goran Reljic (205) VS Krzysztof Soszynski (206)
Alexandre Ferreira (204) VS Vladimir Matyushenko (205)
Mark Scanlon (170) VS Pascal Krauss (170)
Nick Osipczak (171) VS Duane Ludwig (170)
Rob Kimmons (184) VS Kyle Noke (185)
Karlos Vemola (205) VS Seth Petruzelli (205)
Carlos Eduardo Rocha (170) VS Kris McCray (171)
READ MORE - Okami and Marquardt Make Weight for UFC 122

MFC 27 Weigh-In Results

By FCF Staff 

The Maximum Fighting Championship held the weigh-ins yesterday in anticipation of the promotion’s latest event tonight, which will be hosted by the River Cree Resort and Casino in Enoch, Alberta. MFC 27 “Breaking Point” will be headlined by a welterweight bout for the promotion’s vacant title, as Jesse Juarez will square off with Douglas Lima.

The card, which will be broadcast live on HDNet, will also feature a rematch between UFC vet Pete Spratt and notable Canadian welterweight Ryan Ford. Spratt was submitted by Ford at MFC 15, in February, 2008.

Here are the complete weigh-in results for MFC 27:

World Welterweight Title
Jesse Juarez - 169.2
Douglas Lima - 168.8

Pete Spratt - 170.0
Ryan Ford - 170.6

Light Heavyweight
Razak Al-Hassan - 204.4
Dwayne Lewis - 205.0

Light Heavyweight
Rodney Wallace - 203.4
David Heath - 203.4

Ryan Healy - 158.2*
Kajan Johnson - 155.0

Bill Fraser - 174.2
Dhiego Lima - 173.4

Musa Tolliver - 144.4
Brad Cardinal - 154.6

Jordan Beecroft - 178.6
Nick Hrynchyshyn - 180.0

Matt Veal - 144.6
Spencer Rohovie - 145.8

*Healy missed weight limit and forfeits 20% of his purse

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Faber Submits Mizugaki in Bantamweight Debut

Thursday, November 11, 2010

By Dustin Lee DePue

Las Vegas, NV—Team Alpha Male made a clean sweep at WEC 52 tonight with Urijah Faber (pictured), Chad Mendes, and Joseph Benavidez all winning their respective fights.  In the second to last event before the WEC folds into the UFC, Faber made his transition from 145 pounds to 135 pounds a successful one, submitting the highly regarded Takeya Mizugaki in the first round.  It was the quintessential WEC event, with four out of five of the main card fights ending inside of the distance.

In the main event, Mizugaki did a good job keeping the fight on the feet, stuffing a pair of takedowns from Faber and scoring a left hand and a punch combination in a bout where few strikes landed cleanly.  Faber answered with a hook to the body but it was in the clinch where he seemed most comfortable.  He clinched several times, pressing Mizugaki against the cage and landing short punches and knees to the body.  It was a fairly even fight heading into the final thirty seconds when Faber went for a standing guillotine from the clinch.  Before he could come close to wrapping up the neck, Mizugaki dropped to the turtle position to defend it.  Faber saw his opening and exploded, moving around Mizugaki’s body and taking his back in one fluid motion.  Faber quickly attacked the neck, sinking in a rear naked choke. With the final seconds ticking away, Mizugaki fought in vain to escape the choke.  Refusing to tap but unable to escape, Mizugaki lost consciousness and the fight was stopped with just ten seconds left in the first round.

Chad Mendes improved to 9-0 with a unanimous decision victory over veteran Javier Vasquez.  Mendes put the pressure on Vasquez early, blitzing him with a flurry of punches before taking him to the mat.  On the bottom, Vasquez used his rubber guard and repeated oma-plata setups to stymie Mendes’s ground and pound while also scoring with short elbows to the side of Mendes’s head.  Mendes picked up Vasquez and slammed him but was unable to score much outside of the initial takedown.

Mendes came out aggressive again in the second round, landing a flying knee to start and following it up with powerful hooks that prompted Velasquez to pull guard.  Velasquez looked to utilize his rubber guard again but this time he wasn’t able to stop Mendes from scoring with elbows and punches.  Mendes punctuated his dominance in the round by attempting a summersault guard pass.  He didn’t pass but he kept his position while entertaining the fans. 

In the final round, Mendes ran away with it.  He landed a head kick early, scored another takedown and spent the rest of the round wearing Vasquez down with ground and pound, earning a unanimous decision victory by three scores of 30-27. 

Joseph Benavidez bounced back from his recent loss to Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz by submitting BJJ black belt Wagney Fabiano.  Benavidez’s speed and power advantage were evident as he chased Fabiano around the cage with powerful hooks and kicks to the head.  He caught Fabiano with several submission attempts in the fight, including a tight Peruvian necktie and a guillotine choke that would likely have finished a lesser opponent.  Instead, Fabiano patiently worked himself free and in one instance reversed to side control.  His time on top would not last though as Benavidez exploded out from the bottom.  In the ensuing scramble, Benavidez locked up Fabiano’s neck in a tight guillotine and squeezed until Fabiano tapped out at 2:45 of the second round.

Erik Koch took out Francisco Rivera in brutal fashion with a high kick followed by ground and pound to earn a quick TKO victory.  As Rivera threw a left hook, Koch countered with a head kick that landed flush with the shin, sending Rivera crashing to the mat.  Koch followed up with several hammerfists to seal the TKO stoppage at 1:30 of the first round.

In the opening fight, Demetrius Johnson and Damacio Page fought tooth and nail for two rounds until Page gassed in the third and Johnson was able to capitalize by sinking in a guillotine choke for the tapout at 2:27.

Televised Results

Urijah Faber def Takeya Mizugaki by Rear Naked Choke 4:50 Rd 1
Chad Mendes def Javier Vasquez by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Joseph Benavidez def Wagney Fabiano by Guillotine Choke 2:45 Rd 2
Erik Koch def Francisco Rivera by TKO (Strikes) 1:30 Rd 1
Demetrius Johnson def Damacio page by Rear Naked Choke 2:27 Rd 3

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Full Card Announced for NAFC “Bad Blood”

By FCF Staff

The North American Fighting Championship has announced the entire line-up for the promotion’s upcoming November 24th at the Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “Bad Blood” will feature a lightweight bout between former WEC competitor Sherron Leggett and King of the Cage vet James Warfield, in the main event.

Here is the line-up to date for next week’s NAFC event.

Lightweight (155 lbs.)
Sherron "Rob Roy" Leggett vs. James "The Unbreakable Heavy Hitter" Warfield

Catchweight (140 lbs.)
Chico "King" Camus vs. Jameel "The Real Deal" Massouh

Light Heavyweight (205 lbs.)
Jason Guida vs. "Smiling” Sam Alvey

Catchweight (140 lbs.)
Omar "Baby Sas" Choudhury vs. Joao "Mosquito" Bosco

Heavyweight (265 lbs.)
Antoine "Herc" Hayes vs. Chuck "Diesel" Hoskins

Featherweight (145 lbs.)
Brian Learn vs. Peter Grimes

Bantamweight (135 lbs.)
Floyd "Hitman" Hodges vs. Matt Brown

Featherweight (145 lbs.)
Jose "Temato" Pacheco vs. Stanton "The Viper" Gavia

Middleweight (185 lbs.)
Rex "Chaos" Griepentrog vs. Dan Bolden

Lightweight (155 lbs.)
Dylan Falduto vs. Jeff Golden

Welterweight (170 lbs.)
Matt "Buffy" Thompson vs. Anthony Enyobe
READ MORE - Full Card Announced for NAFC “Bad Blood”

Shivers vs. Butler Added to Nov. 19th Challengers

By FCF Staff

Strikeforce has announced that NFL veteran and former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor, Wes Shivers, will face heavyweight Goldman Butler, at the promotion’s upcoming Challengers card in Jackson, Mississippi. The card, which will be hosted by the Jackson Convention Center, will be broadcast on Showtime.

Shivers will head into the bout with a 7-1 record according to the Strikeforce press release announcing the bout. The 6’8 heavyweight and Rankin County Deputy Sheriff will be returning to MMA competition after taking a break from the sport.

“I didn’t really have any motivation to get back to training. I got the phone call from (local promoter) Dave Ferguson who asked me if I wanted to fight again,” Shivers was quoted saying.  “I thought it was a great opportunity to be able to fight in front of my home crowd. Not to mention it’s a Strikeforce show. I had to take the opportunity.”

“Any kid growing up in America wants to play a pro sport and I accomplished that goal,” Shivers noted while discussing his pro football career. “When I got in there I realized what the whole business was about and it really wasn’t my cup of tea. I saw an opportunity to walk away from the game without any regrets and I did it. Looking back, I still don’t have any regrets. It’s a business. Like any sport, if you take the fun out of it, it’s not worth playing anymore.

Butler’s record was listed at 1-3.

The November 19th, Challengers card will be headlined by a lightweight bout between Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro (20-4) and Justin Wilcox (9-3).
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