Kevin Ferguson's Blogs
SRN: Frank Shamrock & Greg Jackson
By: TJ De Santis
Live radio returned to The Sherdog Radio Network Monday with new episodes of "The Savage Dog Show" and "Beatdown" radio shows.Read more
Greg Savage was joined by Jordan Breen on the latest episode of "The SDS." The two men shared their thoughts on last Saturday night's UFC 128 card. They were also joined by Frank Shamrock who responded to Jared Shaw's accuasations of Shamrock's proposal to work a fight on CBS against Kevin Ferguson. Randy Gordon from "Sirius Fight Club" also joined the show.
On "Beatdown" Jack Encarnacao and myself were joined by MMA trainer Greg Jackson. Greg was in the corner of Jon Jones Saturday night in Newark, New Jersey when "Bones" defeated Mauricio Rua to capture the UFC light-heavyweight title. Jackson is also the trainer of former 205 pound champ Rashad Evans. Jackson comments on Jones performance, the strategy involved in the Rua fight, and the subject of teammates fighting one another.
Check out the show and our archives by clicking here.
Kimbo’s 1-2 Punch
By: Jake Rossen
As of Saturday, Kimbo Slice, the world’s first -- and hopefully only -- YouTube-groomed fighter, made his final exit from the Octagon gates of the UFC. He looked mediocre in three fights, outpointing only Houston Alexander in a bout that didn’t inspire confidence. If there was any debate that training at American Top Team and taking things seriously would show us something new, losing to a 1-0 Matt Mitrione would be the end of it.
Except it isn’t. Fighting is as much about audience investment as results, which is why you will always find a fight involving your father or brother far more compelling than one involving Rich Franklin. "Tank" Abbott, a fighter with better wrestling than Slice but atrocious conditioning, commanded six-figure paydays well into his two-figure losses. He promised a fight. In an era where an undisputed champion like Anderson Silva can’t make the same guarantee, this is a valuable trait.
Slice is employable. The only question is what he gets hired to do.
Strikeforce’s Scott Coker told Sherdog Radio that he was lukewarm to the idea of bringing in Slice, likely for reasons relating to his pay scale -- which you’d think would be reduced after poor performances -- and an unspoken but assumed concern that Coker’s promotion would be home for the UFC’s discards. While that’s hardly good for their reputation, neither is middling ratings.
Audiences are already aware Slice is not a contender, so having that point re-addressed with a failed UFC bid is not a crippling affliction. Slice fighting Herschel Walker or even (God help me even as I type this) Jose Canseco would not cause the earth to open up and brimstone to consume us. Fighting is about entertainment. Strikeforce is already operating at a deficit of most top contenders, so why pretend otherwise? Sign him. Give him nothing fights that mean something for the 15 minutes they’re contested. Ship him to Japan and let Kazushi Sakuraba try to ankle-pick him.
These are just fights for a fight’s sake. When did that become such a politically incorrect thing to do? Read more
UFC 113 Post-Mortem: Rua’s Return, Daley Unforgiven, and More
By: Jake Rossen
This is what makes fighters a different breed than the rest: seven weeks after being sedated and cut open for an appendectomy, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua went back into the gym and prepared for a fight that was already the most important of his life. Instead of making excuses, he delivered the first knockout loss of Lyoto Machida’s career, earned a UFC light heavyweight championship, and eradicated the memory of poor performances. It’s a pretty good example of the patient making a successful recovery.
Even though he had all his organs, Machida has nothing to be ashamed of: he canned good fighters in Rashad Evans, Tito Ortiz, and Thiago Silva, and could very well beat anyone else in the division. (Nobody’s kickboxing is more dangerous than Rua’s.) He also holds the distinction of being the only man in the past three years to defend the 205 lb. title at least once. The fact that it’s changed hands five times since 2007 is a strong case for that belt being the most heavily disputed in the sport.
But his future is unclear. Part of Machida’s appeal was the mysticism he brought into the Octagon -- the puzzle of being a traditionalist in a sea of biker-gang tough guys. Now that Rua has proved pressure is a potential solution, Machida can no longer be sold as an anomaly. Flaws in his system have been exposed. If people tolerated his disciplined approach because they were curious to see him figured out, that appeal is gone. It is up to him whether the return of his family’s karate will be as compelling an attraction as its emergence. Fortunately, most classic martial arts stories revolve around revenge. Read more
Stock Report: UFC 113
By: Mike Fridley
UFC 113 has come to a close. Here’s a look at whose stock notably went up and those that held or lost ground Saturday in Montreal.Read more
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua: Yes, he was robbed point blank in the first bout. Let’s just get that out of the way and move on. “Shogun” left no doubt this time, as he put Machida to sleep with a counter right and finished him off with punches from the mount. I can’t think of a more satisfying statement from Rua’s perspective. Who’s next? Let’s hope it’s the winner of the Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans bout at UFC 114.
Matt Mitrione: Absolutely had his way with Internet legend Kimbo Slice using a barrage of kicks and some resourceful ground work, both on top and from guard. With his size and fast improvement, the former NFL player may be one to watch for going forward due to his high ceiling.
Alan Belcher: He went to work on Patrick Cote’s body early and held his own in punching exchanges before picking the Canadian up and throwing him right on his face. Seconds later, Cote was tapping to a rear-naked choke. Belcher quickly seized the opportunity to challenge Anderson Silva to a standup war. He should be careful what he asks for.
Joe Doerksen: Has quietly won six straight bouts with four finishes, including his submission of Tom Lawlor. Doerksen punched his ticket for another look by UFC matchmaker Joe Silva with the come-from-behind win.
Marcus Davis: He needed a win badly, and he got it with a quick punch to Jonathan Goulet’s questionable chin. “The Irish Hand Grenade” is back in the fold.
Johny Hendricks: The two-time NCAA national wrestling champion at Oklahoma State University ran his record to 8-0 with a hard-fought win over an experienced T.J. Grant. It’s time to see Hendricks take on a top-tier welterweight in his next contest.
Joey Beltran: Few gave the “Mexicutioner” much of a chance at having a long tenure when he signed with the UFC to take on Rolles Gracie, but Beltran is now 2-0 inside the Octagon after outpointing Tim Hague. Next for him? Hopefully lots of cardio training and a step up in competition.
UFC 113 Countdown: Kimbo vs. Mitrione
Video courtesy: UFC.com. Read more
Poll: Kimbo vs. Mitrione
By: Mike Fridley
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New Questions: Slice, Edgar, Elbows & More
By: Jake Rossen
Is the “12 to 6” elbow prohibition necessary?
By the time he had landed his fiftieth strike from mount, Jon Jones could reasonably start spending the winner’s share of the purse. Instead, he regressed into an old-school vale tudo mentality -- odd, since he just started fighting -- and delivered elbows with his fist pointed directly at the ceiling. Play-by-play commentator Joe Rogan huffed at the rule, which seems arbitrary in light of arching elbows being allowed, but point-of-elbow strikes look to have a far greater ability to sink themselves into an eye socket. Jones’ ground-and-pound is absolutely ferocious: it doesn’t need to be blinding.
What do you do with Kimbo Slice? Read more
Awards: ‘TUF 10’ Finale
By: Jake Rossen
The Third-Party Winner of the Night Award Kimbo Slice, for getting hit with some good shrapnel in Roy Nelson winning the entire “Ultimate Fighter” eliminator. If you have to lose in the first round, best you lose to the guy who wins the whole dang thing.
The SuperCuts Award Nelson, for saving $14.95 every time he needs a trim by sticking his head into an oscillating fan.
The Goldberg Excellence in Saying Something, Anything, Award Mike Goldberg, on a serious streak in this category, for insisting that if “you are not a fan of Hulk Hogan, you are not a fan…of sports.” Fine, so long as “fan” can mean, “mute astonishment that Hulk Hogan is still ambulatory.” Read more
‘TUF 10’ Finale Post-Mortem: KimboMania Running Mild
By: Jake Rossen
If Hulk Hogan was at all plugged in to his surroundings Saturday, he might have gotten the feeling he was witnessing the regeneration of his own carnival business: characters sniping at one another in promos, exaggerating their personalities, then meeting in the ring for some primal reconciliation.
The lone difference: MMA fighters don’t get hurt as badly as wrestlers do.
Take Marcus Jones and Matt Mitrione, with Jones unreasonably upset that Mitrione had perhaps ended the career of friend Scott Junk with an inadvertent poke in the eye; Darrill Schoonover, who fought with all the might of a man trying to overcome the nickname “Titties”; and the biggest babyface of the night, Kimbo Slice, who proved that with a solid base camp and against an opponent with virtually no ground game, he can just about scratch out a win. (As Slice predicted, Houston had a problem: that problem was training for a track meet.) Read more
Kimbo Reflects on UFC Debut
Video courtesy of UFC.com.Read more