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Old 23-05-2004, 23:54   #21
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So I got to see Sapp/Fujita, Penn/Ludwig & Sudo/Gracie. Thats all that seems to be floating around atm.

Genki Sudo vs. Royler Gracie

Pretty much one sided with Royler only attempting a few leglocks but Genki was never in any real danger and his superior wrestling skills neutralised GJJ. The finsh was great with Sudo getting position on the ground and landing a few quick knees followed up with strikes that had Roylers mouth piece popping out with him ready to literally go to sleep before the ref stepped in.

B.J. Penn vs. Duane Ludwig

Penn outclassed the supposed best LW stand up fighter in MMA. Penn took all of 1.5 seconds to takedown Ludwig before getting mount and landing a series of punches while all Bang could do was cling on for dear life. While Bang was trying to cover up Penn controlled his left wrist pulling it across to the right making space to set up the arm choke. He then moved from mount to side control to add maximum pressure and Bang immediately tapped. Penn is definately #1 P4P in the world right now. I hope K1 can bring him more top quality opposition because that is all he fights.

Fujita vs. Bob Sapp

Haha, i cant stand Bob Sapp, the guy is a complete egomaniac. This was a complete beatdown, Fujita took Sapp down instantly who tried valiantly to keep the with the pace on the ground while going for a leglock. Once Fujita had escaped that was it and he kicked the crap out of Sapp's head follwed up with several heavy knees. Sapp was turned over and lay in the fetal position then Fujita came to reign down a few punches which had Sapp submitting due to strikes. So much for Sapps 'leaping beast' move.

Btw Bushido 3 is on US PPV tonight, not anywhere near as good as it first looked like it was gonna be but still a few fights worth watching.

The next K1 MMA event is rumoured for July. They just need to get it on US PPV so i can download the full event. Downloadable single fights are semi spoiled as the file size gives away the duration of the fights plus i wanted to see Genki's entrance.
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As most commentators have pointed out, Sapp is spreading himself too thin. TV appearances, acting and pro wrestling are leaving him no time to train for MMA. If you don't train, you're gonna get killed. Not that Sapp was the greatest fighter to begin with.

It was a huge night for New Japan Pro Wrestling, though. After years of watching their top stars (Nagata, Takayama, etc) get pummelled, they get 4 wins. Nakamura has potentially made himself into a superstar.
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Old 31-05-2004, 15:57   #23
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PRIDE Heavyweight GP
June 20th, 2004
Saitama Super Arena
Saitama, Japan



Heavyweight GP quarterfinals (official):
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Kevin Randleman
Rodrigo 'Minotauro' Nogueira vs. Heath Herring
Semmy Schilt vs. Sergei Kharitonov
Naoya Ogawa vs. 'Giant' Silva

Single matchups (official):
Ricardo Arona vs. Quinton Jackson
Hiedhiko Yoshida vs. Mark Hunt
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Nino Schembri

Other fighters scheduled to participate (unofficial):
Dan Henderson
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Old 31-05-2004, 19:38   #24
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Pretty much as expected. As I said, there was no way that they'd match Ogawa up with either Fedor or Nogueira at this stage. His match with Silva will almost certainly be another worked match.

If all goes to plan, I'd expect the semis to be: -

Fedor vs Nogueira
Ogawa vs Schilt or Kharitonov (too close to pick a winner)

From a fighting view, the first semi should really be the final. But from a money view, they need Ogawa in the final. I think his semi would also be a worked match. I can't see Fedor or Nogueira agreeing to lie down for him in the final though. Having said that, the semis and final are on the same card, so maybe he will have two shoot matches.

I also read that they're trying to figure out how to get Cro Cop back into the tournament. K-1 did it a few years back with Ernesto Hoost, so don't be surprised if someone gets an "injury" and he's used as an alternate.
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Old 02-06-2004, 21:54   #25
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They shouldn't need to organise a work if he is fighting Giant Silva. I was reading the Pride presidents reasoning as to why they matched Ogawa with Silva and they were laughable. Crocop apparently rejected the chance to become an alternate which is only right.

Oh and bad news for the UFC 48 ppv in the uk...there wont be.
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They shouldn't need to organise a work if he is fighting Giant Silva. I was reading the Pride presidents reasoning as to why they matched Ogawa with Silva and they were laughable. Crocop apparently rejected the chance to become an alternate which is only right.

Oh and bad news for the UFC 48 ppv in the uk...there wont be.


True, they shouldn't. But (as Randleman proved) anything can happen in a shoot, and they need Ogawa in the final four to make it a big money event. As Silva is a pro wrestler, I'd expect it to be worked. As he's a very bad pro wrestler, I think it'll be easy to tell whether it is or not.

Having seen Cro Cop's last fight on Bushido, I'm not surprised that he's declined. Two defeats in the last few months seem to have knocked him off his game.
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Only just over a week away from UFC 48:Payback now and the card's looking good.

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Fight Card

Ken Shamrock vs. Kimo
Tim Sylvia vs. Frank Mir for Heavyweight Championship
Matt Hughes vs. Renato Verissimo
Phil Baroni vs. Evan Tanner
Curtis Stout vs. Trevor Prangley
Dennis Hallman vs. Frank Trigg
Matt Serra vs. Ivan Menjivar
Georges St. Pierre vs. Jay Hieron
Shamrock Vs Kimo - would like to see Shamrock win this but no idea how this ones going to turn out.

Sylvia Vs Mir - would like to see Mir get the title but really can't see him beating Sylvia.

Hughes Vs Verissimo - Hoping for a return to form from Hughes here after his (dissapointing) loss to Penn, going to go with a quick Hughes victory.

Baroni Vs Tanner - One of my most anticipated fights after the bad call in their last one. Hoping for a Baroni win on this and then maybe we could see a Baroni Vs Murray fight in the furture (think they would be well matched).

I'm also looking forward to seeing how Frank Trigg shapes up after his loss to Matt Hughes.

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Well it seems like it was another good show

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Georges St. Pierre over Jay Hieron TKO 1:45 Rd 1
Trevor Prangley over Curtis Stout Submission 1:09 Rd 2
Matt Serra over Ivan Menjivar Dec Rd 3
Evan Tanner over Phil Baroni Dec Rd 3
Matt Hughes over Renato Verissimo Dec Rd 3
Frank Mir over Tim Sylvia Armbar :50 Rd 1
Frank Trigg over Dennis Hallman 4:15 TKO Rd 1
Ken Shamrock over Kimo Leopaldo 1:26 TKO Rd 1
Frank Mir actually fractured Silvias forearm in two places. It appears that there was some controversy over this as Silvia didn't tap it was a ref stoppage as he saw the break. There was then some doubt as to whether it was broken or not but X-rays afterwards proved the case. Silvia actually went for the take down on Mir.

I'm pleased with Shamrock's win. There may well be a Ortiz Vs Shamrock 2 now as there were said to have been some altercations at the post show press converence.

Just need to try and get hold of this now so I can see it for myself.

Also the card for 49 has been announced

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randy couture vs. vitor belfort lhw championship

chuck liddell vs. vernon white

nick diaz vs. karo parisyan

david terrell vs. matt lindland

mike kyle vs. justin eilers

robbie lawler vs. ronald jhun

yves edwards vs. josh thompson

joe riggs vs. joe doerkson
And i must say I can't wait to see Couture Vs Belfort.
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Old 22-06-2004, 23:13   #29
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Well just finished watching the event, mc where you waiting on?

My thought (long)...

Phil Baroni vs. Evan Tanner

Baroni was well well below par, like a pornstar who couldn't get it up. Tanner dominated the fight and hardly ever looked in trouble. He showed much improved striking skills and got the better of the stand up exchanges in much the same way Couture did over Liddell. Baroni has now lost his last 3 fights in the octagon, if this was anyone else they wouldn't be invited back.


Matt Hughes vs. Renato Verissimo

Hmm they screwed Verisimmo here which didn't surprise me after BJ Penn going to K1 MMA. Verissimo dominated the 1st round with multiple submission attempts practically had the fight finished with a triangle.

During that point he had the opportunity to take Hughes' arm for a triangle/armbar but chose not to (look ma no hands?) and Hughes did an awesome job to roll out and escape.

The second and third rounds didn't live up to the first but in now way did Hughes do more than win the last round. A unanimous decision in Hughes favour (inc 2 judges scoring it 30-27) made it obvious Verissimo was onto a loser unless he finished the fight. Verisimmo may as well go to K1 MMA too.


Frank Mir vs Tim Sylvia

Goooo Mir, he's my fav fighter by far. Sooo good to see him shut the doubters up. Mir came out and wasn't scared to stand with Sylvia and landed a couple of leg kicks, before Sylvia caught one and took him down.

Mir then used the fence to set up the armbar and by the time Tim realised, he already had it. I was suprised Tim didn't tap and he even tried to slam Mir to get out (after the break!!!) but no way was Frank letting go.

After the fight i didn't like how Tim got all the credit for being so tough and not tapping. He also wouldn't acknowledge the break which was BS.

Everyone overlooked the fact how easy Mir made look yet again. I think he broke it 37 seconds into the fight. I have a feeling Mir will do maximum damage if he gets a hold of something again if that's what it takes to get the credit. Sylvia will have to wait in line for a rematch, Andrei Arlovski is long overdue a title shot.



Shamrock Vs Kimo

Shamrock started off the fav but people were in doubt about this after the weigh ins with Kimo having 20lbs+ on Ken. He did a great job in the clinch though and scored a few knees to the body before the big one.

I think Kimo should have made an effort to break away because he was looking second best in that situation. I guess Shamrock vs Ortiz 2 is perfectly set up now probably to headline UFC 50.

Anyway now i just have to get Pride Critical Countdown 2004.
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Old 23-06-2004, 08:27   #30
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A little off-topic but...

My brother recently trained with Royce Gracie in Sheffield. Had his picture taken and everything.
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I just managed to view the first Hour of Pride Critical Countdown '04

both matches were pretty good but i dont know if anyone else has seen it but Jackson VS Arona is

trying to get the rest but its incomplete on my server


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Watched both shows this evening, and have to admit being disappointed. Not a great deal stood out on either show.

Highlights would have to be Sylvia arm break (ok, "highlight" is probably not the right word, as it was sick. How he could not know is beyond me!!!), the Shamrock knee, and Fedor absorbing Randleman's german suplex (right on his head! ).

The Ogawa fight looked more realistic this time, but it still was a bit iffy. The punches that ended it were tame, and I can't see Ogawa allowing kicks on the floor (despite the weight difference) unless he knew that he was going over.
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Fedor absorbing Randleman's german suplex (right on his head! ).

For those who haven't seen it: -

http://s88901020.onlinehome.us/og/fedor_randleman.gif

60 seconds after taking that, he won!!! :bow:
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Well I finally got hold of UFC 48 and Critical Countdown. Have only watched the Baroni Vs Tanner match from UFC so far. What the hell was up with Baroni. First off he looked tiny (I know he had lost a fair bit of weight), and he really didn't seem to have his heart in it. In some ways it reminded me of watching BJ Penn Vs Matt Hughes at 46, where I though Hughes just seemed to be completely different to normal.

Have watched just over half of Critical Countdown and have to say hats off to Rampage, that's certainly one way of escaping an armbar.



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A little off-topic but...

My brother recently trained with Royce Gracie in Sheffield. Had his picture taken and everything.
Was this in Yarmouth? I was hoping to go but I was on holiday at the time. Had a mate go and train and managed to get my UFC Revolution DVD signed (the hall of fame induction) that I though was pretty cool. He's supposed to be coming back in February so will hopefully make that.
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For those that are intersted it would appear that Eurosport are showing the K1 MMA "Beast" show tomorrow night (July 3rd) at 22:45.

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Well I finally got hold of UFC 48 and Critical Countdown. Have only watched the Baroni Vs Tanner match from UFC so far. What the hell was up with Baroni. First off he looked tiny (I know he had lost a fair bit of weight), and he really didn't seem to have his heart in it. In some ways it reminded me of watching BJ Penn Vs Matt Hughes at 46, where I though Hughes just seemed to be completely different to normal.

Have watched just over half of Critical Countdown and have to say hats off to Rampage, that's certainly one way of escaping an armbar.





Was this in Yarmouth? I was hoping to go but I was on holiday at the time. Had a mate go and train and managed to get my UFC Revolution DVD signed (the hall of fame induction) that I though was pretty cool. He's supposed to be coming back in February so will hopefully make that.
It was actually in Sheffield. Same type of event though I think.
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Cage Rage 7 is on Sky Sports 3 tonight at 10pm. It is also repeated on SS2 at 1am.

The event is pre-recorded and held on July 10th but still it is great to see MMA back on Sky. I believe the organizers signed a 3 event deal with Cage Rage 8 taking place in September. Lee Murray will headline that event against the Brazilian Anderson Silva although that isn't 100% confirmed yet.
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Well it's come round again and UFC 49 Unfinished Business takes place this Saturday 21st August. The cards looking good;



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Vitor Belfort vs. Randy Couture - Light Heavyweight Championship
Chuck Liddell vs. Vernon White
Matt Lindland vs. David Terrell
Mike Kyle vs. Justin Eilers
Ron Jhun vs. Chris Lytle
Nick Diaz vs. Karo Parisyan
Yves Edwards vs. Josh Thomson
Joe Doerksen vs. Joe Riggs
Will be good to see Chuck fighting again and he has a good opponent in Vernon White. The main interest for me though is Belfort Vs Couture. Was bitterly dissapointed after the last fight so lets hope this one makes ammends. All I can say is go Captain America

Pride Final Conflict took place this past weekend in Japan and airs on US PPV this weekend. i'll post thoughts on this after viewing it but if anyone would like the results;

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Wow! Just done watching UFC 49 and Pride Final Conflict 2004. Both events were great. The Pride event was one of the best ever imo
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UFC Champ seriously injured

UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir was seriously injured last night in a motorcycle accident.

While riding his motorcycle, he was hit by a car and knocked off the bike, and flew 70 feet off his motorcycle, breaking his femur upon landing. Probably the only thing that saved his life was he landed on grass, and suffered no other serious injuries. He underwent surgery to repair the large bone in his leg, which was cracked in two, this afternoon in Las Vegas. The estimates UFC officials have is that he will be out of action for about one year.

No decision has been made regarding the championship that Mir was scheduled to defend in Japan in December against Andrei Arlovsky.


Im gutted about that, Mir is by far my favourite fighter.

I just hope he can get back to full fitness but i doubt it.
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