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UFC 127 ‘Penn vs. Fitch’ Analysis: The Main Card
By: Tim Leidecker
Dennis Siver (file photo, left) put on a show at UFC 127. | Sherdog.com
The UFC’s return to Australia was characterized by a couple of evenly matched fights. The quality and name value of UFC 127 “Penn vs. Fitch” offered a little bit of everything, with two upsets and a technically and tactically supreme headliner as its centerpieces.
Analysis follows for the five main card bouts at UFC 127. Read more
Beatdown After The Bell: UFC 127
By: TJ De Santis
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Jordan Breen and myself stayed up last Saturday night following the conclusion of the UFC 127 pay-per-view broadcast for another edition of "Beatdown After The Bell."
There pleanty of talking points coming out of the card that took place in Sydney, Australia. With the main event of B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch ending a majority draw we tackled the subject of judging in mixed martial arts. We also shared our view on Nick Rings controversial decision win over Riki Fukuda. Along with judging Jordan and I touched on the actions if Michael Bisping following his stoppage of Jorge Rivera.
Step up and get "Beatdown After The Bell" here.
Roundtable: UFC 127 'Penn vs. Fitch'
By: Jack Encarnacao
With Georges St. Pierre possibly leaving the division after one more fight, it could soon be open season atop the UFC welterweight division. And with Jon Fitch and B.J. Penn squaring off tomorrow night in the main event of UFC 127, what a win could mean is also open-ended. The dynamic was analyzed thoroughly on today's Roundtable discussion of UFC 127, as I moderated a panel made up of Sherdog.com's Jordan Breen, Yahoo! Sports' Dave Meltzer and SBNation.com's Luke Thomas.Read more
The panel broke down tomorrow night's card in Australia in full and pondered a range of questions. What does the panel like for the winners? How is the main event likely to end? What are the UFC's prospects in China and Sweden?
All that and more on the Sherdog Radio Network Roundtable for UFC 127, which you can download by clicking here.
Video: UFC 127 Open Workouts
Video courtesy of UFC.com. Read more
Poll: Penn-Fitch Pick ‘Em
Fitch Stays in the Mix
By: Jake Rossen
Jon Fitch file photo: D. Mandel | Sherdog.com
Percentagewise, Jon Fitch has had one of the most storied and accomplished careers in the UFC. A record of 13-1 is an incredible achievement. If 12-0 Anderson Silva’s next two fights involve Vitor Belfort and Georges St. Pierre, it’s entirely possible he won’t be able to match it.
All of this should make Fitch a perennial contender, and he is, but it’s not without some hesitation on the promotion’s part. After a dull decision win over Thiago Alves in August, the UFC withdrew the “guaranteed” title shot the winner of the fight was supposed to receive. Instead, Fitch is fighting Jake Ellenberger on Feb. 5 at UFC 126; St. Pierre will fight Josh Koscheck in December, Jake Shields next year, and possibly Silva later on. Even if Fitch beats Ellenberger, he won’t get a sniff of that belt until 2012.
The part of me largely uninterested in Fitch’s Sarlaac Pit of a style -- he slowly envelops opponents, pinning them down in endurance fights -- has no problem with it; the part of me that believes results should be valued over everything else does.Fitch probably should have fought Shields in October -- instead, Shields fought Kampmann in his debut -- to determine a clear top contender. Instead, he’s more or less treading water with Ellenberger, a fine fighter who is nonetheless not in the top-five mix. Fitch someday getting the belt is almost a foregone conclusion, but I wonder if his patience won’t give out before his body does. Read more
By: Jake Rossen
Jon Jones (right): Dave Mandel | Sherdog.com
Two distinctly different schools of thought on fighting teammates: promoters want it. Fighters don’t. And who really holds the power is open to debate.
Jon Jones recently insisted he would never, ever fight Rashad Evans, a peer at 205 pounds that he trains with regularly at Greg Jackson’s camp. This is especially contrary when you consider that Jones stands an excellent chance of being either a No. 1 contender or champion within the next 18 months -- and Evans is on the same podium, with a title shot against Mauricio Rua due sometime in 2011. What happens if Evans is champion when Jones earns his shot?
Doesn’t matter. Fishing is more important. "Fighting Rashad is the last thing I'd ever want to do," Jones told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "To me, being able to call Rashad when we're 40 years old and say, 'Let's go fishing,' or something like that, that's more important than the paycheck we would get today.”
Jones may not get to do a lot of recreational bass catching if he turns down big fights and antagonizes UFC management. The fight isn’t a pressing issue now, but it will be, guaranteed. Evans and Jones are too good not to end up as competition for one another.Read more
UFC 117 Postmortem: ‘Spider’ Nearly Squashed, Dos Santos, More
By: Jake Rossen
Chael Sonnen file photo: Dave Mandel | Sherdog.com
Someday, in his advanced age, Chael Sonnen will be pursuing a career in politics, real estate or possibly as a carnival barker. To entertain associates, he’ll tell the story of how he once beat Anderson Silva, pound-for-pound the greatest fighter of all time. Basically.
If Sonnen had kept his composure for just two more minutes Saturday, he would’ve been able to forget about the qualifiers and show off a belt. Instead, he fell victim to his regular vice: blissful misunderstanding of submission defense. He became so preoccupied delivering the last of CompuStrike’s 289 counted total blows to Silva’s head that he didn’t notice Silva’s long legs wrapping a noose around his neck. Two seconds of distraction amounts to fifty years of regret.
Sonnen will get plenty of notices for his performance, and he should; Silva will get plenty of flak for his, and it’s a shame. Sonnen had the ability and attitude to completely shut down Anderson, forcing him to find a way other than strikes to end the fight in his favor. Anderson took that and ran with it. It was more impressive than if Silva had blown him out in the opening minutes because Sonnen was able to display exactly how formidable a threat he was. It’s a win with context.
Sonnen lost as respectably as you can. But it’s still a loss. He had an advantage for 23 minutes and couldn’t finish the fight. When Silva had the advantage for ten seconds, he could. Who’s the better fighter? Read more
Fitch Aiming For Second Stop of Alves
UFC 117 pre-fight interview, courtesy of UFC.com. Read more
The Guard on Death Row
By: Jake Rossen
Mired in the black hole that was MMA in the 1990s, there were several doubts -- some from people with serious financial interests in the sport -- whether grappling would ever be tolerated on a grand scale. Punching with tiny gloves is easily understood and respected; wrapping your legs around a man’s torso can meet with some resistance, for reasons relating to both homophobia and absolute boredom. Once fighters learned to avoid the traps of the closed guard, it turned into a stalemate.
After a stinker UFC 33 event in 2001, the Unified Rules were quickly altered to give referees the power to stand up athletes who were in a static position on the ground. That, more than anything, probably saved the UFC’s ass on a commercial level. Now, according to athletes like Jon Fitch and Shinya Aoki, the closed guard may be a thing of the past.
“The closed guard is dead,” Fitch told Fox Fight Game.”Strong wrestlers…will just pound you out all day long.”
But just as Fitch’s comments are grappler-dependent -- he says Aoki and Demian Maia are within their rights to work it effectively -- his argument for wrestlers is also reflective of which one he’s talking about. Matt Hughes is the last guy you’d want to be on the bottom of, since he can create enough space to deliver punishment and has the knowledge to stay out of problems; fresher, greener guys are more susceptible to attacks from the bottom.
Certain traits die off for a bit, only to come back stronger: MMA is a cyclical activity. If the guard is indeed dead, it’s only until someone figures out how to reanimate it. Read more