Monday, February 25, 2008

UFC 7 The Brawl in Buffalo

UFC 7 The Brawl in Buffalo
Memorial Auditorium
Buffalo, New York
  • Once again the format is the same as previous events.
  • An 8 Man tournament.
  • A superfight and 2 unaired alternate matches.
  • There was 4 returning fighters and 4 new fighters.

In the first alternate match Onassis Parungao defeated Francesco Maturi via submission from strikes after five minutes. In the second bout Scott Bessac won via guillotine after thirty seconds over David Hood.

Round 1

Gerry Harris v Paul Varlaens

The returning Varlaens is fighting an opponent around the same size as him which is unusual when you are 6 ft 8. Varlaens does still out weigh Harris by forty pounds.

Varlaens grabs Harris and pushes him up against the fence. Varlaens then takes Harris down and lands in side control. Varlaens throws short punches to the face. Harris turns away and gives up his back. Varlaens then throws two big elbows to the back of Harris head to force a tap out.

Mark Hall v Harold Howard

The returning Howard out weighs the new Hall by fifty pounds.

They both come out and Howard throws the first punch. They then clinch. After a bit of working for position Howard trips Hall and takes him down. Hall responds by reversing Howard straight away and ending up in Howards guard. From the guard Hall lands with punches cutting Howards face. Hall is in complete control and Howards verbally submits rather then taking more punishment.

Remco Pardoel v Ryan Parker

Pardoel returns and takes on the 6 ft 3 and 235 lbs Parker.

Pardoel pushes Parker up against the fence. He then grabs a headlock and Judo throws Parker to the ground. The next two minutes is spent with Pardoel controlling Parker from the full mount and looking for a front choke. He eventually sinks in the choke and Parker taps.

Marco Ruas v Larry Cureton

Ruas is the new fighter with a back ground in Brazilian Vale Tudo. He is completely cut and looks like a true athelete. Cureton who lost his only fight in the Octagon is the bigger fighter by forty pounds.

Ruas shoots straight in for the takedown. Cureton defends the takedown and sinks in a standing guillotine choke. Ruas remains calm and picks up Cureton slamming him down to the mat and breaking the hold. Ruas is active on the ground and quickly slips past the guard taking side control and then the full mount. Cureton is here to fight and he quickly reverses the position and ends up in Ruas guard. Ruas attempts an armbar and Cureton escapes by standing up. Ruas reacts quickly and grabs Curetons leg and sinks in a heel hook and Cureton taps.

Semi Finals

Paul Varlaens v Mark Hall

Varlaens is much bigger then Hall. He is 8 inches taller and 110 lbs heavier.

Hall starts the fight by jumping and throwing a punch which bloodies the nose of Varleans. Hall then throws a leg kick. Varleans uses his size and grabs Hall and takes him down. He then mounts and starts throwing elbows. As Hall tries to defend Varlaens grabs his arm and wins with a key lock.

Marco Ruas v Remco Pardoel

On paper this looks a very intereting fight as both fighters have good ground skills.

The fight starts with Ruas throwing leg kicks. Pardoel closes the gap and is able to grab Ruas in a headlock and starts looking for a standing guillotine. They actually stay in this position for five minutes as Pardoel works for a choke and Ruas defends. We then see a move that becomes quite famous but is actually very basic and when used in modern UFC the commentater often refer back to this moment. Ruas uses his big feet to stomp on Pardoels feet. The infamous Ruas foot stomp. Pardoel is thrown by this move and it is clearly bothering him. They then fall to the ground with Pardoel on top. Ruas quickly reverses the position and finally breaks the head lock after six minutes. From the guard Ruas sits back and tries to work for a leg lock. After two minutes of this Pardoel frees his leg. Ruas then stands up and and throws a leg kick before jumping in to side control. Ruas throws knees to the body before taking the full mount. At this point Pardoel taps, it is either from exhaustion or the fact he did not want to take any more punishment.


Ken Shamrock v Oleg Taktarov

Shamrock and Taktarov were training partners and also good friends. We are led to beleive that neither fighter wanted this fight. Will this lead to a slow cautious fight or will they surprise us. In the 2 previous superfights we had a draw and a Shamrock victory. Shamrock is viewed as the Superfight champion and this is his first defence.

This fight went as expected. Both fighters were cautious and most of the fight was spent with Shamrock in Taktarov's guard. Neither fighter really looked to try and finish the fight. Shamrock landed with rabbit punches and head butts. They were stood up a few times by the referee for inactivity. Each time they ended back in the same position with either Shamrock getting the takedown or Taktarov pulling guard. If the fight was a draw after thirty minutes there was suppose to be a five minute overtime period. The fight was a draw but we only had a three minute overtime period.

The fight was ruled a draw after a very boring fight which was very simular to Shamrock v Gracie II.

The outcome of this fight would lead to a positive change in the next UFC which you will hear more about in my next review.


Paul Varlaens v Marco Ruas

Both these fighters had looked impressive in making it to the final. All is set for what should be a great final.

Varlaens is quick to close the distance throwing punches and coming forward. Ruas keeps circling and is also throwing punches as well as leg kicks. Varlaens then clinches and pushes Ruas up against the fence. He throws some knees but Ruas is able to defend them. Ruas is able to turn off the fence and break away from the clinch, as he does so he punches Varlaens on the nose giving him yet another nose bleed. Ruas also continuse to throw leg kicks. Ruas then shoots and Varlaens blocks the shoot and attempts the guillotine. As Varlaens tries to sink in the guillotine he picks Ruas up off the mat with the momentum of the attempt. Ruas breaks the grip and then uses the infamous Ruas foot stomps and is able to work to Varlaens back while standing. They actually stay in this position for five minutes with little action and Big John McCarthy restarts them. In a standing position Ruas starts to take over and for the first time in the UFC we start to see the effect of the leg kick. Ruas picks Varlaens apart with leg kick after leg kick. Varlaens is limping with the effect. He tries to close the gap and Ruas keeps the fight at kicking distance and continues with the punishing leg kicks. After numerous leg kicks Varlaens drops to the mat as his legs just give in. Ruas swarms in with right and left combinations forcing the referee to stop the fight.

This was an good final with an exciting finish.

Overall a good event with the only dissapoinment the any thing but Super fight.

Bonus Awards

KO of the night Marco Ruas v Paul Varlaens

Tapout of the night Marco Ruas v Larry Cureton

Fight of the night Marco Ruas v Paul Varlaens

Fighter of the night Marco Ruas

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Fight Team League - Elite XC results

Here we go, the breakdown of scoring for EliteXC - Street Certified is:

Tap or Snap
Kimbo Slice - 4pts

The Wangers
Antonio Silva - 3pts

Also, on the ShoXC event which took place a couple of weeks ago, Ben_Hutch had Paul Daley getting another W to his fantastic record, giving him 4 more points.

The overall table now looks like this:

Chuck Liddell's Left Testicle 11
The WarWagon 10
Rampant Rabi's 8
Barnbusters 7
Momma Said Knock Us Out 7
Scottie Too Hottie 7
Great Wyrms 7
MMAnchester MMAssive 7
My Team's Harder Than Yours...Bitch! 7
Tap or Snap 4
The Wangers 3
I Love Dana's Hair 3
Tapout to tattflash 0
Teeside MMA 0
Team 3:16 0
Gooch Punchers 0
Team Ruthless 0
Don Black Belts 0
Nainova Xtreme 0
Steed's Sluggers 0
Audere Est Facere 0
Psalm 144:1 0

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

UFC 6 Clash of the Titans

UFC 6 Clash of the Titans
Casper Events Centre
Casper, Wyoming
  • Once again the main feature is a 8 man tournament.
  • There is 3 returning fighters and five new fighters.
  • Two of the returning fighters are previous runners up.
  • There is once again 2 alternate matches.
  • There is also a Super fight. Ken Shamrock v Dan Severn

The first unaired prelim sees Joel Sutton defeat Jack McLaughlin with tap out due to strikes after two minutes.

In the second bout the returning Anthony Macias defeats He-Man Gibson the same way as above after three minutes.

Round 1

Tank Abbott v John Matua

Matua comes into this fight out weighing Abbott by 100 lbs. We are told these two dont like each other and it is billed as a grudge match.

Both fighters come straight at each other. The first punch thrown by Abbot drops Matua. Matua gets back up and the second punch thrown knocks Matua out in spectecular fashion. As Matua falls to the floor it looks like he has a mini sezuire. The classy Abbott stands over him and mocks him. Matua is fine and after a few minutes is able to leave the octagon. Abbot won in twenty seconds.

Cal Worsham v Paul Varlaens

Varlaens is huge. He is almost one foot taller then Worsham at 6ft 8 and weighs 70lbs more.

Both fighters come out and for the first minute go toe to toe. Worsham has the slight advantge bloodying Varlaens nose. They then both start to tire. Varlaens uses his height and throws a downward elbow to the back of Worshams head. He then throws another and drops Worsham to the floor. Varlaens jumps in for the finish and Worsham taps before he takes any more punishment.

Rudyard Moncayo v Pat Smith

This is Smiths first UFC fight since finishing second at UFC 2. Moncayo specialises in Kempo Karate. Both fighters prefer to stand and fight.

Smith charges Moncayo and flies in with a front kick to Moncayo's chest which floors him. As Moncayo is standing Smith reacts quickly and sinks in the guillotine choke. As Moncayo tries to fight out Smith uses the fence to balance himself. He then trips Moncayo and falls straight in to full mount. Moncayo gives up his back and Smith sinks in the rear naked choke. Moncayo taps.

Dave Beneteau v Oleg Taktarov

Both of these fighters lost to Dan Severn at UFC 5. Beneteau in the final and Taktarov in the Semi finals. This fight is a classic Wreslter v Jui Jitsu.

As the fight starts Beneteau shoots straight away. Taktarov drops to his back and uses his guard. Beneteau pushes Taktarov up against the fence. Taktarov uses the fence to get back to his feet. Benteau then throws punches which force Taktarov to shoot. Beneteau blocks the attempt and uses Taktarov's momentum to suplex Taktarov. Taktarov lets Beneteau roll through and then sinks in a guillotine forcing Beneteau to tap.

Semi Final

Tank Abbott v Paul Varlaens

Once again Abbott is fighting a much larger opponent.

Abbott comes out and throws a big punch and then pushes Varlaens up against the fence. He then takes Varlaens down easily. From the half guard Abbott controls Varlaens with some big punches. In another sadistic Abbott moment he steps through the half guard and pushes one knee onto Varlaens head like he is kneeling on it. The best part is he looks at the crowd and just smiles. He continues to throw punches and Big John steps in to stop the fight. Varlaens is unhappy with the stoppage but he was not defending himself.

Oleg Taktarov v Anthony Macias

Patrcik Smith pulls out with an injury. The alternate Joel Sutton is also injured so Anthony Macias steps up. Macias and Taktarov are training buddies.

In what many believe to be a worked fight Macias shoots in for the takedown and Taktarov wins with a ten second guillotine.

The final is set: Tank Abbott v Oleg Taktarov


Ken Shamrock v Dan Severn

A big test for both fighters. Both fighters have looked very impressive in previous UFC events and only lost to the legend Royce Gracie.

Shamrock closes the gap straight away and clinches with Severn. He throws a knee to the body and then lands with punches to the head. Severn reacts by shooting in on Shamrock. Shamrock is able to block the attempt and stay on his feet. He then attempts to sink in the guillotine and Severn slips his head away. A persistent Shamrock attempts the guillotine again, this time he is succesful and Severn taps.

This was Shamrock biggest win to date and he looked very impressive as he neutralised Severns wrestling skill for an easy submission victory.


Oleg Taktarov v Tank Abbott

Taktarov is surprisingly the aggressor to start the fight, as he initiates with punches, but Abbott is able to take him down and force Oleg to pull half guard. Abbot does not control Taktarov on the ground and Taktarov is able to get back to his feet. Abbott wants to get into a slug fest, but Taktarov is effectively using his jab to get in close and clinch. He shoots, but is unable to take Abbott down. He pulls free and lands a nice uppercut on Abbott. They end up against the fence as Taktarov tries for a guillotine and falls into guard for more leverage. Abbott is able to pull his head free but looks very tired. Because Abbott is starting to tire he rests in the top position rather then push the pace. Weak punches from the bottom is pretty much the extent of Taktarov's offense from the bottom. Defensively though, he is doing a good job in neutralizing Abbott by controlling his head and arms. Five minutes in, and Abbott is looking very tired. Taktarov throws up a triangle attempt, but Abbott avoids it. He has no energy and is unable to do much, but does manage to stand up. Back on their feet, Abbott lands a right and works Taktarov up against the fence at about the seven and a half minute mark. Takatarov does not like how the fight is going on his feet and falls back into half guard, quickly transitioning to full guard. Lots of laying now as both guys look exhausted. Taktarov tries for another triangle without success. Abbott gets side control, but his too tired to do anything and Taktarov quickly gets him back into his guard. Abbott rises up and start landing rights until Taktarov closes his guard again. Big John decides to restart them on their feet as both guys are just plain exhausted. Abbott lands a left and they clinch against the fence. Taktarov tries for single leg, but stands up and locks in a guillotine. He gets it in deep, and falls back into half guard for leverage. Abbott is able to get free, but Taktarov takes his back and sinks in a rear naked choke for the victory at 18 minutes. Both guys are totally exhausted. They even bring in oxygen for Taktarov, while Abbott is able to leave under his own power.

Oleg Taktarov is the UFC 6 Tornament winner. The tournament was exciting with the only dissapointment the worked Semi Final.

The Super Fight was also exciting as there was a clear winner.

Bonus Awards

Ko of the night Tank Abbott v John Matua

Tapout of the night Ken Shamrock v Dan Severn

Fight of the night Oleg Taktarov v Tank Abbott

Fighter of the night Oleg Taktarov

Monday, February 11, 2008

UFC 5 Return of the Beast

UFC 5 Return of the Beast
Independence Arena
Charlotte, N Carolina
  • The 8 Man Tournament returns.
  • There will once again be two alternate matches.
  • And, what should be the highlight of the night, the first ever superfight.
  • Royce Gracie v ken Shamrock II.

The two unaired prelims were Dave Beneteau v Asbel Cancio and Guy Mezger v John Dowdy. Beneteau won his match via TKO after 21 seconds and Mezger won via TKO after two minutes. Mezger had won qualification to the tournament at UFC 4 but due to his training partner and friend Oleg Taktarov being in the tournament he declined the invitation for the tournament. Also he will be the second alternate used for the same reason already mentioned.

Round 1

Andy Anderson v Jon Hess

Hess is nearly 1 ft bigger and 60 lbs heavier in this fight.

The fight starts with Hess charging out and throwing a flying knee which semi connects. Hess then throws wild punches, Anderson shoots in for a double leg takedown and Hess just stands there and throws elbows to the spine of Anderson before sticking his fingers straight into his eye. While Anderson reels from the eye gouge Hess throws Anderson to the floor and drops onto Anderson with a double knee drop. Anderson uses the momentum of the knee drop to reverse Hess and ends up in his guard. He then works to side control. Hess then just stands right up and drops Hess with a punch before finishing the fight with soccer kicks. The fight lasted just over one minute.

Todd Medina v Larry Cureton

Medina is the first fighter to represent Jeet Kune Do, the martial art made famous by Bruce Lee. Cureton is primarilly a striker.

Medina instantly shoots in and takes Cureton down. Medina works from the guard with headbutts and rabbit punches. Medina then works to half guard and then side control. Medina throws two uppercuts to the groin and then chokes Cureton with his forearm for a tap out.

Oleg Taktarov v Ernie Verdicia

Taktaorv comes in to the event as a European Judo, Sambo and Jiu Jitsu champion. Verdicia is a three time Florida state Karate champion.

Verdicia comes out aggressive going straight at Taktarov. Taktarov instantly pulls Verdicia down into his guard. Taktarov tries for an armbar but is unsuccesful. He then switches to the butterfly guard which he uses to roll Verdicia right into a head and arm side choke. Verdicia submits.

Dan Severn v Joe Charles

Dan Severn is back after his loss in the Final against Gracie. Joe Charles is a Black belt in Karate and Judo.

Severn shoots straight away for a quick takedown and is succesful. He then pushes Charles up against the fence and throws knees to the head from side control. One of these knees opens up a cut on Charles head. Charles manages to pull guard. Severn through punches from the guard. As Charles tries to stand up Severn quickly takes his back and wins with a chin lock choke.

Semi Finals

Dave Beneteau v Todd Medina

Due to a bruised hand Hess pulls out of the tournament and Beneteau comes in as an alternate. Beneteau's background is Wrestling and Judo.

Beneteau gets a quick takedown. He throws punches from the guard and then tries to take the back of Medina. The attempt is unseccesful but he does end up in the full mount. Beneteau then uses punches from the mount forcing the fight to be stopped.

Dan Severn v Oleg Taktarov

These are easily the two tournament favourites meeting in the Semi final.

Severn takes Taktarov down straight away. Severn throws punches which are ineffective. He does mangage to work to half guard but damage is not being caused by either fighter. Taktarov rolls for an armbar and takes knees to the head in the process. He keeps grip of the arm but is unable to extend it due to being to close to the fence. From a result of the knees to the head there is nasty cuts on Taktarov and the fight is stopped by Big John McCarthy. Taktarov wanted to continue to fight but Big John would not allow him.


Ken Shamrock v Royce Gracie

This fight was billed as the biggest in the UFC at this time. This fight had a lot of hype but unfortunately did not deliver. The fight was supposed to have a thirty minute time limit and there was no judges.

The whole fight was spent with Shamrock in Gracies guard. There was hardly any action from either fighter. Even when the fight was restarted they always ended up back in that position. After 31 minutes the fight was stopped.

The officials seemed to be making things up as they went along and decided on a five minute over time period. When the fight restarted Shamrock landed with a punch which blackened the eye of Gracie who then pulled guard. After five more minutes of very little action the fight was called a draw.

If there had been Judges many believe Shamrock would have been given the decision.


Dan Severn v Dave Beneteau

This is the first final involving two Wrestlers.

Beneteau comes out more aggressive throwing punches. Severn quickly clinches. Beneteau then lands with some more punches and tries for a single leg takedown. Severn throws a knee and Beneteau lets go. From the clinch Severn then gets the takedown and side control. Severn forces Beneteau to tap with a Keylock.

Severn wins UFC 5.

The tournament was ok with out being great but the Superfight was anything but Super.

Bonus Awards

KO of the night Jon Hess v Andy Anderson

Tapout of the night Dan Severn v Dave Beneteau

Fight of the night Jon Hess v Andy Anderson

Fighter of the night Dan Severn

Monday, February 4, 2008

UFC 4 Revenge of the Warriors

UFC 4 Revenge of the Warriors
Expo SquarePavilion
Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Once again the format is an 8 man open weight Tournament.
  • There is one big difference, there are two fights before the Paper view, the winners of these fights will be used as alternates in case of injurys.
  • There are once again two seeds seperated by the draw, they are Steve Jennum and Royce Gracie.
  • There is also one other match which is billed as a qualifier for the tournament at UFC 5.

The two unaired prelims were Joe Charles v Kevin Rosier ( from UFC 1) and Marcus Bossett v Eldo Xavier. Charles won with armbar in 14 seconds and Bossett won by knock out after five minutes.

Round 1

Ron Van Clief v Royce Gracie

Clief is the first recognised Master of any Martial Arts to enter the UFC and is also 51 yrs old.

The fight starts with Cleif throwing a front kick, Gracie grabs the kick and quickly takes him down. Gracie then takes the mount and throws rabbit punches to the body trying to soften him up. He then ups the tempo and throws elbows to the head, Cleif gives up his back and is then submitted by the Rear Naked Choke. Clief lasted four minutes but Gracie controlled the whole fight and won easily.

Joe Son v Keith Hackney

Keith Hackney returns after beating the Huge Yarborough at UFC 3. Joe Son is Kimo's right hand man. After Kimo rocked the MMA world with his performance against Gracie could Son have the same impact. Son weighs 234 lbs and is 5ft 4. After his short MMA carear Joe Son played the charcater Random Task in the Austin Powers films.

The fight starts slow before Son takes Hackney down, Son ends up in north south control, as Hackney starts to stand Son sinks in a Guillotine choke, Hackneys responce is a uppercut right to the groin, he is then able to trip Son and end up in Side control. Hackney then throws SIX more punches to the groin. Hackney then grabs Son round the throat with his other hand and gets ready to throw more groin shots. Son taps before he can take any more punishment.

Milton Bowen v Steve Jennum

The returning champion versus Bowen, who stems from professional boxing, his is billed as having 24 ko's in his 37 fights.

Jennum starts the fight wanting to kick, Bowen wants to land with his punches but doesnt want to over commit and be taken to the ground. The first puch throw by Bowen ends with both fighters in the clinch. Jennum backs Bowen up against the cage and slowly takes him down. Jennum ends up in the full mount. Jennum then throws lots of hard punches, Bowen shows a lot of heart and trys to role Jennum off, Jennum uses the cage to balance himself, ( something you are not allowed to do now.) Bowen eventually gets himself to his feet but is quickly taken back down with a Judo throw. Both fighters are exhausted at this stage. Jennum is to tired to throw punches and Bowen is to tired to reverse position. After a failed Americana by Jennum he eventually grabs an arm for the armbar submission after five minutes.

Anthony Macias v Daniel Severn

This is classic striker v grappler. Macias's background is Thai Boxing and Severns background is Wrestling. Severn is seventy pounds heavier then Macias.

Macias starts off the fight using leg kicks, Severn then shoots for a double leg takedown. Macias sprawls and throws elbows to Severns back. And then, the hightlight of the fight, Severn manages to take Macias's back while standing and throws Macias with a belly to back suplex, he keeps hold of Macias stands him up and does it again. As they stand up again Macias shakes his head as he tries to compose himself. Severn then takes him down and works in the Rear Naked Choke for a submission. Severn did not throw any strikes at all during the fight.

Semi Finals

Royce Gracie v Keith Hackney

This could be an interesting fight as Hackney is very simular to Kimo in strength. Could he cause Gracie the same sort of problems.

Gracie looks to shoot, Hackney avoids the attempt and punches Gracie in the face. Gracie then throws a high kick to distract Hackney and shoots in again. Hackney once again avoids the attempt. Hackney is forcing Gracie to stand and fight and he looks really uncomfortable on his feet. Gracie then clinches with Hackney up against the cage. Gracie then knees Hackney in the groin and Hackney responds by once again punching Gracie in the face. That forces Gracie back and Hackney grabs Gracies Gee and starts throwing more punches. to the head and face. Gracies answer is to pull guard and take Hackney down that way, he then tries a quick triangle which Hackney avoids. Hackney is still throwing punches. He stands up and jumps back into the guard landing with one more big punch. Gracie is able to ride out the storm, he attempts the triangle again and then turns that into an armbar and the tired Hackney taps out. A very exciting fight. After such a difficult fight will Gracie be ok for the final?

Daniel Severn v Marcus Bossett

Jennum pulls out due to fatigue. Bossett is a Karate man. He won his alternate match and is entered into the semi finals.

Bossett lands with a beautiful front kick which visible stuns Severn, he then tries for a spinning back kick and Severn ducks under and takes him down. Severn lands in side control and quickly gains the mount, Severn then forces the tap with a head and arm choke.

Open Weight Match

Guy Mezger v Jason Fairn

Fairn is 33-0 in bare knuckle fighting. Mezger is a kick boxer. Both fighters have a pony tail and make a gentlemans agreement not to pull hair during the match.

Both fighters clicnch straight away and then trade knees that look like they land to the groin. Fairn then throws a big right and drops Mezger. As Mezger gets back to his feet Fairn trys to sink in a guillotine. Mezger escapes and then takes Fairn down and wins with ground and pound from the mount.


Daniel Severn v Royce Gracie

This fight looks very interesting. Gracie Ju Jitsu versus a wrestler who out weighs Gracie by Seventy pounds.

They circle each other before Severn shoots and takes Gracie down. Gracie throws a few liver kicks before clsoing the guard. They stay in this position with very little action for fifteen minutes. Severn throws no strikes and tries to work for an arm and head choke. Gracie defends easily. Severn throws a few weak hammer fists. Gracie tries with his legs to work for a triangle or arm bar. As of yet nothing is coming off. Severn starts to sit up and throw strikes, Gracie is patient and relaxed through out. After sixteen minutes Gracie finally sinks in the triangle and Severn submits. Overall a very boring fight with a very dramatic finish.

Gracie regains his title. Once again he has defeated all comers. The competition does seem to be getting harder though.

Bonus Awards

Ko of the night Marcus Bossett v Eldo Xavier

Tapout of the night Royce Gracie v Keith Hackney

Fight of the night Royce Gracie v Keith Hackney

Fighter of the night Royce Gracie