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Radio: Barnett, Noons, Roop, Jorgensen
By: TJ De Santis
Live Radio returned to The Sherdog Radio Network Wednesday with new episodes of "Beatdown" and "The Savage Dog Show."Read more
Greg Savage and Jeff Sherwood were back Wednesday for "The SDS." Joining them were MMA fighters George Roop and former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett.
On "Beatdown" Jack Encarnacao and myself were joined my MMA fighters Scott Jorgensen and KJ Noons. We also chatted about the media and athlete dynamic in mixed martial arts.
Check out the shows and our archives by clicking here.
UFC ‘Fight for the Troops 2’ Analysis: The Main Card
By: Tim Leidecker
Patrick Barry (top) file photo | Sherdog.com
On Saturday, the UFC put on its second “Fight for the Troops” show to support severely wounded military personnel. While the first event in December of 2008 had many former U.S. Armed Forces members on the fight card itself, that theme was dropped this time around. Instead, “FFTT2” mostly featured the lighter weight classes, with plenty of 135-, 145-, and 155-pound action alongside a pair of heavyweight bouts.
Below, an in-depth look at Saturday’s five main card matches and which fights are likely to be made in the near future for the 10 participants.
Matt Wiman def. Cole Miller -- Decision (Unanimous)
What happened: Long known only as a very confident -- perhaps overconfident -- contestant from “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 5, Wiman effectively emancipated himself from his “Handsome” moniker by turning in a career-defining performance over fellow “TUF 5” alum Cole Miller. From the opening bell, both men fought in the way one would want two fighters in the UFC’s ultra-competitive 155-pound division to engage. Midway through the opening round, Miller lost interest in standing and trading with Wiman, who was getting the better of their exchanges. Miller instead tried to pull guard, but was slammed to the mat for his efforts.
Over the next two rounds, Wiman continued to use his strength advantage and tenaciously came after Miller, putting tons of pressure on the American Top Team fighter with vicious ground-and-pound. Read more
The Turning Point: Roop vs. Jung
By: Chris Nelson
George Roop file photo: Sherdog.com
George Roop had a feeling he was onto something as he sat in his corner between rounds of his featherweight contest with “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung at WEC 51.
“Going in, I wanted to score takedowns, work some ground-and-pound,” said Roop. “But after round one, I felt that everything was going so well with establishing my jab and my striking, keeping him off balance, I figured I'd just stick with what's working.”
Roop’s rangy build and constant motion had served him well in the opening stanza. His snapping left hand had begun to redden the face of the South Korean just moments into the match, while kicks to the body and head staggered Jung. When Jung tried to initiate clinch work, Roop kept his back off the fence and circled out, keeping his foe perpetually lurching forward. Read more