The UFC returned to Loas Angeles, CA and the Staples Center on Saturday night. The event was the UFC’s 4th special on the FOX network. The main show on FOX featured four fights. Two of the fights featured Light Heavywieghts that would determine who will face the winner of the Jon Jones VS Dan Henderson for the division’s championship. UFC President stated earlier this week that the fighter who looked “Most Impressive” would get the future Light Heavyweight Title shot.
The show started with a Welterweight fight between Damarques Johnson and the returning Mike Swick. Johnson dominated the fight on the ground in the 1st round. When the 2nd round began the fight quickly turned around for Swick who was able to grab Johnson’s leg and take him down. While Swick was taking Johnson down when he delivered a knockout punch to Johnson and was victorious in his return to fighting after a 2 year absence.
The next fight had Joe Lauzon defeat Jamie Varner in a Lightweight contest via submission in the 3rd round. This was an incredible back and forth fight that had both men matched up pretty evenly. Varner seemed to get tired as the fight progressed. Lauzon took advantage of Varner’s fatigue with a triangle choke in the 3rd round that forced Varner to submit. Great showing for both fighters but this fight made Lauzon look like a star.
In the 1st of 2 Light Heavyweight bouts, Lyoto Machida defeated Ryan Bader in the 2nd round via knockout. Both fighters stood up during the 1st round and neither fighter took great risk or damage. Early in the second round Machida counter punched his way to a victory when Bader took a chance at charging at Machida with strikes. Machida looked good in this fight and ended it early like he was expected to do.
The Main event and final Light Heavyweight bout took place between Shogun Rua and Brandon Vera. This fight was won by Rua with a knockout in the 4th round. This fight was mostly dominated by Rua who had Vera on the ground for a lot of the fight and landed more strikes. Vera did looked good in the fight with the amount of punishment he was able to take and still push through. Rua won when he knocked Vera down to the ground with a punch against the cage and was able to finish it by punishing Vera. Rua admitted he was getting tired towards the 2nd round and it showed.
Lyoto Machida gets a future title shot.
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Dana White after the show was over announced that he felt Machida was “most impressive” and would recieve the future title shot. White’s decision was the obvious and correct one. Jon Jones is likely to be the Champion who will face Machida later this year or early next year. Jones does have to fight Dan Henderson who is a legend in the sport but probably will not be able to defeat Jones. Jones has previously defeated Machida so the fight will be difficult for the UFC to sell. That is the nature of the beast however and the UFC will just have to find a way to market the fight.
This was a solid show with good fights that did not go to decision. The UFC needs to continue to put good shows on FOX so that they can attract more casual fans. It would be to their advantage to put bigger fights on the FOX shows to expand the audience. The UFC feels their main focus should be PPV and not the network specials. At least this turned out to be a good show but the UFC needs to step up their game on FOX if they want to create new fans.
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UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.
On Saturday night Las Vegas was home to what will probably be the biggest fight of the year for the UFC. The defending UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva took on his strongest challenger Chael Sonnen in their second fight. Silva was dominated for the majority of their first fight but pulled out a victory in the final minutes of the fight with a submission victory. That was 23 months ago, an immediate rematch was demanded by the fans. Due to several circumstances mostly involving Chael Sonnen that fight was delayed. The MMA World was able to witness one of the most anticipated rematches in the history of the sport on Saturday.
The crowd was really hot before and during the fight. Sonnen as he said he would refused to shake hands with Silva. The 1st round was all Sonnen. He took down Silva in the first minute of the fight and had him on the ground for most of the 1st round. Sonnen worked well on top delivering ear shots and from time to time was able to raise his body up and bring punches down on Silva’s head. I scored the 1st round 10-9 Sonnen, it was as close to a 10-8 round you can get.
The 2nd round started with the crowd chanting USA. Sonnen tried to take Silva down early but was unsuccessful. Sonnen went for a judo take down and lost his balance. Silva took advantage of the misstep and pounded Sonnen while he was up against the cage. Sonnen was rocked and could not defend himself anymore and the fight was called at almost 2 minutes into the 2nd round.
After the fight Silva said the the emotions were running high prior to the fight but its MMA and he respects Sonnen. Sonnen had no choice but to accept the show of respect and shake hands with Silva. Sonnen later said that he had his opportunity and that was all he could ask for, he also said that Silva was a deserving Champion.
Despite the loss this fight was beneficial for Sonnen. He was exposed to a greater audience with all of the hype surrounding the fight. He displayed his excellent promo skills and showed he is a really good fighter to many who may have never seen him before. He could be a big draw for the UFC in the future.
Silva will be a UFC Champion for 6 years in October. He has showed himself to be a true champion. Silva will undoubtedly go down in the history of MMA as one of the best champions not only in his weight division but pound for pound.
It is unknown what will be next for Silva however. He will probably not fight again until the end of the year or early next year. It has been rumored that he was considering retirement last year. While he is approaching the age and career length where fighters usually fall back I don’t see him retiring as champion. I believe Silva will continue to fight until he loses the belt. Silva cemented his legacy as a great champion even further on Saturday night and the MMA World will wait to see how long he can continue on as champion.
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One of the biggest MMA fights of the year is taking place July 7th on the UFC 148 card in Las Vegas. One of the longest running championship reigns in the UFC is being challenged. Also the most charismatic figure in MMA is in this fight. UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva will defend his title against Chael Sonnen in their second battle. Their first fight took place on August 7th, 2010. It was an incredible fight and one of the best fights in 2010. Anderson Silva was losing the fight going into the 5th and final round when he was able to submit Sonnen with less than 2 minutes remaining in the fight. It was a fight that caused many to demand a rematch.
Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen at a press conference.
It has been almost 2 years since their first battle. Many things have happened in the last couple of years to make it difficult for this fight to take place. In 2011 Chael Sonnen was dealing with a legal battle involving fraudulent use of his real estate license from 2006. That issue resulted in Sonnen losing his real estate license. Almost immediately after that problem was over Sonnen had controversy with the California State Athletic Commission for using PED’s. It was shown through urinalysis that Sonnen had elevated levels of testosterone during the fight on the 7th of August, 2010. He was suspended and the rematch was put on hold. He was recently cleared by the commission and the fight was finally scheduled.
Originally the fight was to take place in Brazil, in Silva’s home country. The President of the UFC Dana White wanted to have the event held in a big soccer stadium in the country. It would have made for great visuals and would have made the event very memorable. Unfortunately the United Nations will be holding a convention in Brazil in July as well. It was not in Brazil’s or the UFC’s favor to have both events there at the same time. The UFC 148 show was moved to Las Vegas a couple of months ago to solve the scheduling conflict.
Chael Sonnen holds a record of 27 wins and 11 loses and has a good all around fight game. Sonnen is not only an incredible fighter but also has the talking ability the world of MMA has never seen before. He has cut some of the best promos seen in the UFC. Sonnen has a very pro wrestling style of talking up the fights and that is what the sport needs more of. It makes the fights feel like big events and is a very entertaining way of promotion for the events. He is a one of a kind talent that could do very well as a champion for the UFC and draw big PPV numbers.
Anderson Silva is a completely different man. Silva is quiet and too himself, the language barrier does not help him being marketable in the US either. Silva hold s a record of 35 wins and 4 loses. He has been a UFC Champion since October of 2006 when he defeated Rich Franklin for the middle wieght title. Silva is a great stand up fighter with good submission skills. He has dominated most of his fights in the last 6 years. There have been times however when matched up against lesser fighters where he has settled into a groove during the fight and not been very aggressive. Sonnen showed in the first fight that he can get Silva out of that groove and make him fight.
Chael Sonnen pushing Anderson Silva to the limit during their 1st fight on August 7th,2010.
This fight will probably be the best selling fight of the year for the UFC on PPV. Some are predicting more than 1 million PPV buys. I expect it to be a great fight, maybe even better than their first contest. I predict that Sonnen will win the fight via decision in 5 rounds. No matter who wins we will have great stories coming out of this fight. Either we will see Silva further cement his place as the best fighter in the UFC or we see their most charismatic champion ever. I think Sonnen winning would be a better outcome for the UFC. Sonnen has the potential to be one of their biggest PPV drawing buys since George St. Pierre and Brock Lesnar. The time to find out who takes this rematch is almost here and the fans and the MMA world can wait for it any longer.
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