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TUF FINALE FAILS TO FIZZ
UFC ‘The Ultimate Fighter
4 Finale’: November 11:
Martin Kampmann def. Thales
Leitas by Decision (Unani-
Charles McCarthy def. Gideon
Ray by Submission (Armbar)
in R1 (4:43)
Scott Smith def. Pete Sell
by KO (Punch) in Round 2
Matt Serra And Travis Lutter Won Their Respective Divisions At The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale
Pete Spratt def. Jeremy Jack-
son by Sub (Injury) in Round
By Michael Farrow initely won every round. Yes, in a close ﬁght, one 2 (1:11)
combatant could conceivably win all three stan-
ome might say it was ﬁtting for this zas, but on this occasion each ﬁghter deﬁnitely Jorge Rivera def. Edwin Dew-
season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ to took a round each. Scores of 29-28 in either ﬁght- ees by TKO (Strikes) in Round
end in such a way. The disappoint- er’s favour would have led to far less confusion. 1 (2:37)
ment of the absence of Michael Bisping, the
controversy of a polarised split decision in Serra’s frustrating inability to take Lytle down Din Thomas def. Rich Clemen-
a defensive Welterweight Final and a one- made the ﬁght a difﬁcult one to watch and puts ti by Submission (Rear Naked
sided Middleweight Final all took the shine into perspective ‘The Terror’s earlier victories. Choke) in Round 2 (3:11)
off an otherwise decent night of ﬁghting. The New Yorker will now take on the victor of Sat-
urday’s meeting between Welterweight Champion Travis Lutter def. Patrick Cote
With Bisping’s visa troubles forcing the Brit to Matt Hughes and Georges St. Pierre. Unfortunate- by Submission (Armbar) in
stay at home, the clash between Matt Serra and ly, it appears Serra has little chance against either. Round 1 (2:18)
Chris Lytle topped the bill and it was sad that
the small amount of drama the two produced Speaking of perspective, if proof was needed over Matt Serra def. Chris Lytle by
happened after the ﬁnal bell, rather than dur- just how impressive Pete Sell’s losing performance Decision (Split)
ing the ﬁght. Undoubtedly each of the three was against Travis Lutter in the semi-ﬁnals of the
rounds was close, but nevertheless the judg- competition, the Middleweight Final gave us it.
es’ differing score cards were quite astonish-
ing. Two judges indicated a Serra shutout while
the other decided that Lytle won every round.
November 18: UFC 65 - Feat.
Lytle must have been devastated to lose in such a There were positives in this show, but Matt Hughes vs. Georges St.
manner, although it can be argued that when your they came from unexpected places Pierre
sole aim is not to get beat rather than going on the
offensive, then you have little room for complaint. and maybe it is easy to be jaded about “ December 13: UFC ‘Fight
this season ﬁnale, as ultimately it Night’ - Feat. Diego Sanchez
Aside from the disagreements over the deserved was the series which came too soon. vs. Joe Riggs
winner which raged after the bout’s conclusion,
the main contention with the judges’ decision lay December 30: UFC 66 - Feat.
over the fact that neither ﬁghter can say they def- Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz
ALSO: UFC 65 PREVIEW, COUTURE VS. ‘JACARE’ PREVIEW, NEWS ROUND-UP, PRIDE DVD REVIEW
TUF 4 REVIEW PAGE 02
Lutter’s ‘softly softly catchee monkey’ stylefor last. The ﬁrst round was littered with stoppage that doesn’t stand up to reason,
made a quick ﬁnish inevitable once Patrick high ﬁves, smiles and congratulations for but feels right to the referee at the time.
Côté fell into his trap. With a tournament good jabs and right crosses. The second Dewees was in a bad spot, but he covered
which has made Lutter look like a re- stanza was much of the same until ‘Drago’ up and Rivera was not doing any real harm.
freshed and extremely dangerous combat- led with a body shot that took all the wind However, Dewees problem was his inability
ant, memories of previous disappointing out of Smith. However, ever one to quickly to make any attempt at improving posi-
losses have disappeared. The 33-year-old, lose his head, the Long Islander ran in for tion. While he was absorbing strikes with
who has been criticised for being too dull the kill with his hands down and was caught his hand, Dewees was stuck and due to his
inside the octagon will now face Middle- with a perfect overhand right from Smith. lack of movement cost himself the ﬁght.
weight Champion Anderson Silva, who as Neither man looked like a winner while they
a non-English speaker has been labelled were sprawled out on the ﬂoor, but this Like the season itself, the show as a whole
by some as being too banal to hold a belt. ﬁght did the world of good for both partici- was a letdown with some surprising high
pants. After all, the majority of people who spots. For ‘The Ultimate Fighter’, after the
The undercard was punctuated with some watch this sport, UFC management includ- success of season three, it was back to real-
surprising and thrilling performances, not ed, just like crazy guys who love to ﬁght. ity with a bump. Perhaps it’s the relentless
least by Martin Kampmann, the Las Vegas- number of UFC shows every month, but the
based Dane, who handed out ﬁfteen minutes As equally-matched as Smith and Sell triumph of the record breaking ‘Fight Night
of punishment to tough Brazilian Middle- proved to be, the Lightweight contest be- 7’ headlined by Tito Ortiz and Ken Sham-
weight hope, Thales Leites. However, with tween Din Thomas and Rich Clementi was rock now appears to be a distant memory.
Leites almost dead on his feet in the third anything but. Thomas controlled the pace
round, Kampmann must feel frustration bor- of the ﬁght, got on the front foot and stayed Once again, the UFC returned to the de-
dering on embarrassment at his inability to there. While Clementi seemed to have a testable Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas,
ﬁnish the ﬁght. ‘The Hitman’ belied his name gameplan, he continually undermined it but which offers little glitz and glamour. The
and despite a seven ﬁght winning streak, trying to get set to exchange. Thomas, one event was witnessed by another small
Kampmann will have to showcase his skills to of my favourite ﬁghters from the season, crowd, which not only made for a poor
the maximum effect in his next UFC outing if submitted Clementi with a rear naked choke visual, but without the partisan fans, was
he is to be accepted by the American crowd. in the second round and is on such a roll, pretty lifeless from an acoustic perspective.
he even joked about handing out a beat-
Perhaps Kampmann can take inspiration ing to Rogan in his post match interview. There were positives in this show, but they
from the insane bout between Sell and Scott came from unexpected places and maybe it
Smith. In a ﬁght where the word “crazy” The ﬁrst ﬁght of the televised card pitted is easy to be jaded about this season ﬁnale,
was constantly repeated from the lips of Edwin Dewees and Jorge Rivera against as ultimately it was the series which came too
colour commentator Joe Rogan, it was ﬁt- each other. This was a forgettable ﬁght soon. UFC need to heed that warning. We
ting that the craziest moment was saved ending in the sort of bogus, no damage are in the midst of a marathon, not a sprint.
OPINION: STUART MILLARD ON TUF4 FINALE
Rivera vs. Dewees: Bah, that miserable kiss-blowing and waving becomes deeply sumed that would catch on and be a craze
motherfucker Jorge won, damn him. After uncomfortable for all involved – were par- of Austin 316 proportions. Lutter had been
the ﬁght, Rivera thanked God, as ﬁghters ticularly whooping and raucous tonight. It dubbed ‘The Serial Killer’, to make him seem
often do, then went on to give thanks and made me think how great it would be if Ste- less dull, but that name is only appropriate
say hi to a million people, before ﬁnally giv- ve Mazzagatti got a Beatles-esque reception in a Harold Shipman way, as Lutter presum-
ing a rambling answer to the question put of screaming and damp underwear every ably waits until his victims have fallen asleep
to him by Joe Rogan decades previously. time he was announced. watching him ﬁght, and then shoots them up
When they cut back to the crowd for the with a lethal cocktail of prescription drugs.
next ﬁght, all of the men had Rip Van Winkle Embracing My Feminine Side: Ooh, Big
beards, as Rivera followed that with even John, have you lost weight? Yves Lavigne: YES! This man is great. I
more “what ups,” and seemed to be giving know people fear UFC refs who aren’t from
individual shout outs to every single one of Sell vs. Smith: It’s the ending we’ll see on the big four, but Lavigne is tremendous.
his MySpace friends. highlight reels until the end of time, but with From starting the ﬁght with “are you read-
a heavy price. Yes, fans of ‘The Comeback’, ys?” or “are you ready, sir?” to repeatedly
Clementi vs. Thomas: Rich Clementi had I hear news from Scott Smith’s doctor that asking where each of his judges are, we can
the crazy eyes before the ﬁght, which is good he has a long road of rehab and recovery all sleep safe knowing there’s a refereeing
for him, because Din Thomas gave him such ahead of him, and even then, he may never icon ready to step into Herb Dean’s shoes,
a thrashing they’ll probably be swollen shut fart again. Godspeed, Smith’s intestines, should he ever be carried into the sky by a
for a week. may you once again expel rancid fecal gas giant bird.
into other people’s faces.
Whores: The drunken sluts in the crowd Serra wins!: Tiny hammerﬁsts all round.
– you know the ones, the camera always Côté vs. Lutter: Côté was without his Go on, even in the balls if you want, today
lingers on them for far too long, until the chant, which was very disappointing. I as- is a good day.
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PREVIEW: UFC 65 PAGE 03
ST. PIERRE SEEKS VENGENCE AGAINST HUGHES
PREVIEW: UFC 65
Georges St. Pierre Will Face Matt Hughes For The UFC Welterweight Championship At UFC 65 On Saturday
By Mike Doyle groin injury suffered by the challeng- has stated on many occasions how
er, which sidelined St. Pierre from ac- much he has grown as a ﬁghter physi-
It is quite possibly the most an- tion and saw B.J. Penn take his place cally and more importantly, mentally.
ticipated ﬁght of the year; the long in September. Nonetheless, Hughes Yet, Hughes is always looking to wage
awaited rematch between cham- made his seventh successful title de- mental warfare against his opponents
pion Matt Hughes and number fence in a come-from-behind win over in an attempt to intimidate them be-
one contender Georges St. Pierre Penn and with St. Pierre now 100%, fore they even step into the cage. This
for the UFC Welterweight Title. this is arguably the biggest threat the time is no different. Hughes believes
Champion has ever faced for his belt. he still has an edge over ‘Rush’, based
However, the showdown has been on the fact he won their previous en-
on hold for two months because of a Since their ﬁrst ﬁght in 2004, St. Pierre counter and more recently because he
PREVIEW: UFC 65 PAGE 04
ﬁnished Penn within three rounds, after Anderi Arlovski have ﬁnally earned the of unsuccessful takedown attempts, a ref-
the Hawaiian ‘Prodigy’ went the distance Champion some much deserved respect. eree stoppage in the second or third round.
with St. Pierre. In spite of that, it ap- Yet, considering Sylvia’s only two losses
pears Hughes might only be able to con- are the result of submissions and the fact If successful, Sylvia could well face Bran-
vince himself he has an edge this time. that Monson is a two-time Abu Dhabi World don Vera in his next defence. That is if ‘the
Champion, it’s safe to assume ‘The Maine- next big thing in MMA’ is able to defeat
St. Pierre has been on an absolute tear since iac’ will be looking to keep this ﬁght standing. former Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir
UFC 50, which includes a ﬁrst round destruc- on Saturday. The hype surrounding ‘The
tion over former number one contender The big question mark surrounding Syl- Truth’ is certainly warranted, as he’s un-
Frank Trigg, completely dominating current via continues to be his ground game and defeated in the UFC as well as his career,
UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk and whether or not he actually has one. Aside possesses a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jit-
most recently a decision victory over Penn. from his ﬁrst ﬁght with Arlovksi, no one su and is a Muay Thai National Champion
During the Trigg ﬁght, the Canadian sensa- has been able to put the Miletich trained under World-renowned kick boxer Rob Ka-
tion controlled the entire match and at no ﬁghter on his back. At UFC 48, leading up man. Meanwhile, Mir is just trying to get his
time was he in trouble, something even to Sylvia’s showdown with Frank Mir for the once promising career back on track after
Hughes can’t lay claim to in his two ﬁghts vacant Heavyweight Title, everyone won- two lacklustre performances, following a
with ‘Twinkle Toes’. Against Sherk, who has dered how Mir would get the ﬁght to the career threatening motorcycle accident.
been compared to Hughes for his wrestling ground. And to the surprise of many, Syl-
prowess, St. Pierre stuffed all three take- via actually took the ﬁght there himself by Mir was stopped by Cruz at UFC 57,
down attempts by the ‘Muscle Shark’ and shooting in on his opponent, then making before returning to face Dan Christison at
picked his opponent apart with jabs and the mistake of staying inside Mir’s guard. UFC 61. Appearing sluggish and looking
combinations. In his last appearance at exhausted throughout the majority of the
UFC 58, St. Pierre battled through adversity Nevertheless, Sylvia remains a very difﬁcult ﬁght, Mir was very fortunate to pull out a
after being poked in the eye against Penn ﬁghter to take down and has the luxury decision victory. If that same ﬁghter shows
and displayed tremendous resilience by con- of turning most of his bouts into boxing up against Vera on Saturday, he will not only
tinuing to come forward instead of backing matches. Yet, it hasn’t been for a lack of lose the contest but he could also be forced
up, which disguised the fact he was hurt. his opponents trying; Ricco Rodriguez strug- into early retirement by the end of the night.
gled to no avail, Tra Telligman couldn’t get
There’s no denying Hughes is one of the past the long reach and when he tried to
greatest competitors to ever step foot in- close the distance was hit with uppercuts
side the octagon, his credentials are impec- and jabs and Assuerio Silva was shutout
cable. Although, just as impressive is how in his attempts as well. One would have
he’s evolved from a wrestler at heart to a to imagine that talented group of ﬁghters UFC 65 ‘Bad Intentions’: Saturday
true mixed martial artist and that was nev- in Iowa have only helped reinforce this. November 18: Sacramento, Califor-
er more evident then when he dominated nia, USA
BJJ legend Royce Gracie on the ground. Besides his submission background, Mon-
However, the most extraordinary thing son is also a very strong wrestler who has Championship Bouts (5 x 5 Minute
Hughes embodies is his will to win, as he been improving his boxing skills over the Rounds):
seems capable of rising to any occasion. past few years by training with the Ameri-
In ﬁghts against Renato Verissimo as well can Top Team. In February, ‘The Snowman’ UFC Welterweight Title Fight: Matt Hugh-
as both rematches with Trigg and Penn, returned to the UFC after a four year hiatus es vs. Georges St. Pierre
Hughes was caught in what looked like and picked up his 14th consecutive victory
ﬁght ending submissions, only to persevere in the process, a ﬁrst round submission over UFC Heavyweight Title Fight: Tim Sylvia
and still have his hand raised at the end. Branden Lee Hinkle. Monson displayed his vs. Jeff Monson
incredible strength throughout the ﬁght and
There’s no question Hughes has become was awarded the ‘tapout’ of the night. Al- Main Card Bouts (3 x 5 Minute
more arrogant as of late, maybe it’s be- though in his next appearance he defeated Rounds):
cause he subconsciously senses his reign BJJ nemesis Marcio Cruz via split decision,
is nearly over. Regardless, on Saturday Monson surprisingly struggled against the Brandon Vera vs. Frank Mir
night he’ll have to contend with an op- Brazilian when the two exchanged strikes.
ponent that seems to improve every time Nevertheless, the UFC wanted to ensure Joe Stevenson vs. Dokonjonosuke Mishi-
he steps into the octagon and if St. Pierre Monson would be much more dominant in ma
is able to peak at just the right time, he’ll his next outing, so they fed him Australian
become only the second Canadian to ever ﬁghter Anthony Perosh. The plan worked per- Alessio Sakara vs. Drew McFedries
win a UFC Championship. Of note, it was fectly, as Monson stopped his opponent with
fellow Canuck, Carlos Newton who Hughes strikes just over two minutes into the ﬁght. Preliminary Bouts (3 x 5 Minute
defeated to begin his era of dominance. Rounds):
In previous bouts, Sylvia’s had a tendency to
Hughes’ Title will not be the only gold up for get lazy with his jab and pull it back a little Nick Diaz vs. Graison Tibau
grabs on at UFC 65 though as in a classic too slow, where he’s open for his opponent
David versus Goliath battle, 5’9” challenger to counter with an overhand right – see Ar- Jake O’Brien vs. Josh Shockman
Jeff Monson will attempt to conquer Tim Syl- lovski (twice) and Silva. However, with a sev-
via, the 6’8” UFC Heavyweight Champion. en inch reach advantage over Monson, that James Irvin vs. Hector Ramirez
doesn’t appear as though it will be as much
Interestingly, it wasn’t too long ago that of a liability as it has in the past. Expect Mon- Antoni Hardonk vs. Sherman Pender-
Sylvia believed he was the Rodney Dan- son to get hit with everything but the kitch- garst
gerﬁeld of MMA, but consecutive wins over en sink in this contest and after a number
PREVIEW: COUTURE VS. ‘JACARE’ PAGE 05
THE RETURN OF CAPTAIN AMERICA TO ACTION
By Robin Jahdi Google Video doesn’t seem to be accept-
ing money from non-Americans, so at this
With MMA currently riding the crest of stage your apologetic correspondent is
a rather large and money-ﬁlled wave, unsure how well these rules work or how
numerous promotions are either pop- fast-paced the ensuing action is. With two
ping up or being reborn of late. four-minute rounds (and potential two
minute tie-break period in the event of a
Some, like WFA, are presenting a regular draw), though, one would hope the ofﬁ-
MMA product, but hoping they can draw cials do not allow for any time to be wasted.
audiences with big (or expensive, at least)
names such as Quinton Jackson and Heath And so it seems quite ﬁtting that such a
Herring. Meanwhile, other promotions hop- young, different professional ﬁghting promo-
ing to make a mark on a landscape cast in tion is graced with the presence of a veteran
the shadow of the UFC are opting instead to of the ﬁghting arts, who is familiar to pretty
provide their MMA content with unique sell- much all extant MMA fans; Randy Couture.
ing points. IFL, with its team-based format
surrounding the super-ﬁghts is one and this The subject of current documentary ‘Fight-
weekend sees the second show from inno- er’ by Pericles Lewnes, ‘The Natural’ has
vative upstart, the Professional Submission achieved a lot in his MMA career. The ﬁlm
League. seems rather a long time coming, as the pro-
motional blurb describes Couture’s journey
As the name suggests, the PSL is a pro- to ‘his ﬁrst UFC championship’. Neverthe-
motion favouring the grappling over the less, ‘Fighter’ seems at least to take a bal-
striking. So much so, in fact, that striking anced look at the sport and you never know,
is outlawed from the competition. Instead, a Total MMA review might be forthcoming.
competitors are free to throw, wrestle and
go for as many submissions as they want. Couture is a seasoned and excellent overall
The basic gist of the rule set is that, as with competitor. However, we saw in the UFC that
most MMA, there is no ﬁsh hooking, no eye ‘The Natural’ is not the smoothest applier of
gouging, no small joint manipulation, pinch- submission techniques. It took him until the
ing, groin attacks etc. As with the UFC, third round to secure an anaconda choke
‘spiking’ an opponent head ﬁrst on the mat on Mike Van Arsdale, who is not known for
is out of bounds. So, other than the whole submission grappling skills. To make mat-
‘no striking’ thing, the rules are pretty regu- ters worse for the former four-time UFC
lar. However, it is in that one big change that Champion, Couture seemed to get rather
a total shift in action should emanate. winded in that show of intensive grappling.
While ground work should ostensibly be Were the same thing to occur in this im-
smoother without the crutch of ground pending ﬁght, against the lighter and
and pound, there does not seem to be younger Ronaldo ‘Jacaré’ Souza Dos San-
anything preventing someone with a good tos, the veteran wrestler could ﬁnd himself
top game from laying and praying. There in trouble; his weight could work against
is something in the rules about ‘backing him. Couture made mention in an interview
away from the action’ (and ‘away from that he was planning on entering the bout
the ground’, which is oddly perplexing. I at 225lbs (twenty pounds heavier than he
haven’t heard of many ﬁghters levitating was in the last few years of his MMA ca-
in order to avoid a triangle choke), which reer and he will be facing a man nearly
provides a spark of optimism in that regard. two decades his junior, in the much smaller
Jacaré, who averages around 185-190lbs.
Point scoring is another individual as-
pect of the promotion and are awarded Jacaré is known as one of the premier grap-
as follows (all of the subsequent posi- plers on the planet, having won at the 2005
tions need to be held for three seconds): Abu Dhabi Combat Club Championships,
as well as coming second in the Absolute
• Takedown (knees, stomach or back on the competition. Twice the Mundial BJJ Abso-
mat) – 1 point lute winner, the Brazilian has recently dedi-
cated himself to MMA and X-Mission should
• Mount – 1 point be a ﬁne nexus for his ability and ambition.
• Back mount (with hooks or body triangle) Of course, this should be far from a regular
– 1 point MMA match, due to the quite intriguing,af
orementioned rule set. With strikes out of Randy Couture Will Fight On Friday
• Catch (near submission) – 3 points the window, one would have to favour ‘the
PREVIEW: COUTURE VS. ‘JACARE’ PAGE 06
crocodile’, on a purely technical basis. The securing – and avoiding – the takedown. experience. ADCC 2003 saw Jacaré square
ﬁght ends when there is a physical or verbal Should Jacaré grab an arm, for instance and off against Olympic silver medal-winning,
tap, when the referee stops the contest get in the proper position, he would obvi- Greco-Roman wrestler, Matt Lindland. This
(either due to damage or points), or when ously have a good chance at a takedown was a dominating performance on the part
one competitor fails to meet a ﬁfteen- point. However, the opening round of Cou- of Jacaré, as he secured top position early,
count. And the ‘points’ factor is where a ture versus van Arsdale evinced the Ameri- controlled well and won via arm bar after a
lot of the intrigue here lies. With sub- can’s ability to avoid a determined take- couple of minutes. While Lindland has dis-
missions likely to be well-defended by down practitioner in ﬁne style. Conversely, it played more submission skill in his ﬁghts than
Jacaré, it is in this area that Couture is should also be interesting to see what kind Couture (though most of it was admittedly
likely to enjoy his best chance of victory. of offence Couture conjures up in a con- more recently than 2003), he is also a good
text that removes the potential for strikes deal smaller than Jacaré’s current opponent.
While his submission game certainly wasn’t to set up the takedown and submissions.
the best in MMA, he is however an ex- And this may be precisely why Couture is
tremely skilled wrestler. One would imag- While Couture was long known in MMA not cutting to his almost customary 205
ine those takedown points should accrue circles - and rightly so - as the thinking pounds. With Jacaré excelling in throws
quite regularly if ‘The Natural’ is presented man’s ﬁghter (arguably second only to and submissions, and Couture display-
with the opportunity. That said, Jacaré’s Fedor Emelianenko in terms of tailoring ing great takedowns and power (such as
takedowns are also something to behold. a strategy to his impending opponent), those occasions on which he bossed Chuck
In gi-orientated competition, he is able to it seems as though brute strength will be Liddell and Tito Ortiz around in 2003), it
secure all manner of trips and hip throws, his greatest ally in this ﬁght. Lacking the might be the weight that makes the differ-
but one wonders how well they would trans- technical expertise of Jacaré, trying to ence in this imminent, compelling, ﬁght.
late to the no-gi environment of the PSL. power out of submission attempts, or into
Success in ADCC would suggest he should some of his own, might be the way to go. X-Mission takes place on Friday night in Cul-
acquit himself well, but someone like Cou- Of course, this is not the ﬁrst time Jacaré has ver City, California. The show will be webcast
ture has spent much of his life working on competed against someone of Team Quest live at www.prosubleague.com for $9.95.
NEWS ROUND UP: PRIDE, UFC, WFA, CAGE RAGE
By Ross McTavish an’s decision loss to Mike Swick at UFC 63. 2 HOT 2 HANDLE
PRIDE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS Currently ‘The Crow’ is training with Bran- Mirko Filipovic’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach
don Vera ahead of the Heavyweight’s bout Fabricio Werdum earned an impressive vic-
Pride have released a star-studded list of with Frank Mir at UFC 65 on Saturday. tory over Fedor Emelianenko’s brother, Ale-
names detailing who will compete on their ksander, when the two clashed in Holland
traditional New Years Eve show; ‘Shockwave’. WORLD FIGHTER ALLIANCE on Sunday.
They include; Heavyweight Champion Fe- The second show from the recently re- Werdum won by choke in the ﬁrst round,
dor Emelianenko, 2006 Open Weight Grand launched WFA, set for December 9, has while in another Heavyweight ﬁght Jon Olav
Prix Champion Mirko Filipovic, Middleweight been postponed until early 2007, with no Einemo defeated James Thompson by arm-
Champion Wanderlei Silva, Welterweight speciﬁc reason being announced as of yet. bar.
Champion Dan Henderson, Lightweight
Champion Takanori Gomi and 2005 Middle- The ‘King Of The Streets II’ card had been CAGE RAGE
weight Grand Prix Champion Mauricio Rua. planned under a ﬁve match Brazil vs. USA
series and was scheduled to take place at British promotion Cage Rage put on their
In addition that impressive plethora of ti- the Aladdin Resort and Casino in Las Ve- ﬁrst ‘Contenders’ show outside London on
tle-holders; Josh Barnett, Hidehiko Yoshida, gas, Nevada, airing live on pay-per-view in Saturday, which saw former British Feather-
Mark Hunt, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and America. weight Champion Brad Pickett rebound from
Kazuyuki Fujita will all appear on the card. his recent loss to Robbie Olivier and defeat
‘The Texas Crazy Horse’ Heath Herring was Brett Lee by armbar in the ﬁrst round.
ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP due to take on Pedro ‘The Rock’ Rizzo in
the main event, while in an additional bout In the main event Lee Elliot beat Roman
David Loiseau is reporting that the UFC have Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson was going to Webber by keylock after a titanic tussle full
cancelled his contract, following the Canadi- face Marvin ‘The Beastman’ Eastman. of fast paced action.
IN FOCUS: STRIKEFORCE PAGE 07
LUDWIG SET TO BOUNCE BACK WITH A BANG
By Ross McTavish
In what is shaping up to be a star-
studded affair, knockout artist Du-
ane ‘Bang’ Ludwig will attempt to re-
bound from his recent defeat, when he
squares off with fellow Ultimate Fight-
ing Championship veteran Tony ‘The
Freak’ Fryklund, at Strikeforce’s ‘Triple
Threat’ show from the HP Pavilion in San
Jose, California on Friday, December 8.
The match-up, which will be contested at
170 pounds, marks a step up in weight
for Ludwig, who has spent his seven-year
professional career ﬁghting in mixed mar-
tial arts’ 155 pound Lightweight Division,
as well as K-1’s 159 pound limit ‘Max’ class.
“I’ve always walked around at about 180
pounds and making 155 has always been a
really tough cut for me. I feel good now,” said
the 28-year-old Ludwig regarding the transi-
tion. “I’m eating what I want and I’m lifting
and stuff and doing callisthenics like cross-
training, and I’m holding 185 solid. Some-
times, I go to bed at 190. It’s taken the stress
off of me and put the fun back in ﬁghting.”
Ludwig is looking to steer his career back on
track after being choked into submission by
rival Josh ‘The Punk’ Thomson, on October
7 during Strikeforce’s ﬁrst-ever ﬁght card at
the Save Mart Centre in Fresno, California.
Four-and-a-half years ago, ‘Bang’ was taken
under the wing of mixed martial arts leg-
end Bas Rutten, who observed the young
combatant’s talent and ﬁghting spirit
during a grappling event in which Lud-
wig was competing. A year after the two
bonded, Ludwig made his ﬁrst big mark in
mixed martial arts by knocking out former Strikeforce Returns To Action On Friday December 8 (C) www.strikeforceusa.net
UFC Lightweight Champion, Jens Pulver.
able lesson, however, as Fryklund reeled tainment superstar, Daniel Puder, will put his
The 35-year-old Fryklund is a former mem- off victories in his next seven starts, in- perfect professional mixed martial arts ﬁght
ber of Team Miletich, the Pat Miletich-headed cluding a technical knockout over Rod- record on the line against another undefeat-
elite squad of ﬁghters that includes reigning rigo Ruas at UFC 37.5 on June 22, 2002. ed up and coming Heavyweight, Mike Cook.
UFC Kings, Matt Hughes and Tim Sylvia.
Fryklund has been successful in three of “I’m going to come out guns blazing, as
A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Fryklund his four 2006 appearances, stopping three usual,” said Puder, whose record stands
dove head-ﬁrst into the world of mixed consecutive foes in a single round of action. at 3-0 since he submitted Tommy Tug-
martial arts at UFC 14 on July 27, 1997. In His only loss of the year came at the hands gle in a mere 28 seconds with an arm-
his ﬁrst effort during the single-elimination of Brazil’s Anderson Silva, who has since bar during Strikeforce ‘Revenge’, which
tournament format event, Fryklund came been crowned UFC Middleweight Champion. took place at the HP Pavilion on June 9.
up big, choking out Donnie Chappell in a That success was added to victories over
minute-and-a-half. The following tourna- “I think he’s more of a stiff striker - not as Jesse Fujarczyk and Jim McCown, leav-
ment round, Fryklund was dealt the same ﬂuid as I am. I should be able to catch ing the 24-year-old Puder feeling ex-
fate he had dished out one ﬁght earlier him,” said Ludwig of his opponent. “On tremely conﬁdent ahead of his next bout.
when former 1992 Olympic Wrestling Gold the ground, I don’t think he’s a super Jiu-
Medallist Kevin Jackson submitted him. Jitsu stud, so I should be OK there as well.”
He said: “I’ve been training hard and I’m
in fantastic shape. I could go ﬁve rounds
The loss to Jackson proved to be a valu- Meanwhile, Former World Wrestling Enter- easily, but I’m looking for the quick ﬁnish.”
DVD REVIEW: PRIDE 16 PAGE 08
PRIDE DVD REVEW: THE DEBUT OF THE ‘NINJA’
By Chris Brown
Pride 16 started on a low note. It was
the ﬁrst Pride event after the atrocities
of September 11 2001 and a minute’s
silence was held in respect of those
who died in New York and Washington.
The card was pretty solid for a Pride show
at the time, with the stand-out ﬁghts be-
ing the Pride debuts of Ricardo Arona and
Murilo Rua against Guy Mezger and Daijiro
Matsui respectively, the return to MMA of
Don Frye as the fought Gilbert Yvel and a
Heavyweight match-up between the Pride
‘Grand Prix 2000’ Champion Mark Cole-
man and the Rings ‘King Of Kings’ tourna-
ment winner Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
A rematch between Gary Goodridge and
Yoshiaki Yatsu opened the show and al-
though the ﬁght went as one would expect it
to, it ﬁnished in an unusual way. After being
trapped in a guillotine choke for all of one and
a half seconds, Yatsu seemingly signalled to
his corner to throw in the towel and then
feigned surprise when they did. Perhaps this
was done in an attempt to save face some-
how, or maybe he was just there for the
payday and wanted out before he got hurt.
Before the debut of Rua, we had a lesson
on the Pride scoring system by Matt Hume.
Hume then joined Stephen Quadros and Bas
Rutten for commentary on the ﬁght, pointing
out when the judges would score a point.
The commentary of Quadros and Rutten
is fondly remembered by many, but it was
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certainly not without its faults. Of course,
no commentary is, but certain things stood
out. Quadros is not really a ‘play-by-play’ prowess. The Brazilian is certainly aggres- used to be. He doesn’t like to take chances,
announcer. He spends far too much time sive on the feet, but his technique has never but he’s more willing to improve his posi-
saying what ﬁghters should do rather than really evolved in the same way as his grap- tion and occasionally even ﬁnishes a ﬁght.
what they are doing. What he does well pling. So while he has more ways to win a
though, is interact with his co-commenta- ﬁght now, he’s no more dangerous on the While we earlier witnessed the beginnings in
tor, Rutten. I certainly never thought they feet than he was ﬁve years ago, which is a Pride terms of Rua and Arona, the main event
were a great comedy duo like some did, but shame as he’s an exciting combatant to watch saw the end of Coleman as a top level ﬁghter.
there was deﬁnitely a good rapport there. and has a great determination in the ring. He came into the ﬁght having won his last
six contests, but was completely outmatched
Probably the best thing about reviewing Arona is a different case, as his techni- against ‘Minotauro’. The bout was simply six
these shows is watching ﬁghters that we’re cal ability has improved, but has game- minutes of domination and Coleman didn’t
very familiar with now in their early appear- plan hasn’t. In some ways his single ﬁght again until nearly two years later.
ances and looking at how they’ve improved, mindedness is to be admired, as every-
or how they haven’t in some instances. The body knows what he’s going to try to do, To be honest, the event as a whole is noth-
two debutantes here are good examples but very few can stop it from happening. ing special. If it were being sold on its own,
of both cases, in that they’ve got better I’d advise to buy it only if you wanted to
in some areas, but are still lacking others. He continues to stick his chin out when see a few of the ﬁghters ‘before they were
standing, but his takedowns a far more ex- famous’ as it were. However, the good
‘Ninja’ Rua has undoubtedly improved on the plosive and he has excellent leg kicks. He people at ﬁghtdvd.co.uk are selling it
ground, but you can’t really say the same of still gets criticised for being too passive, combined with Pride 15 for only £10.99. I
his striking, which is odd given that Chute but as inconceivable as it might sound to don’t want to sound I’m cheap, but sweet
Boxe ﬁghters are known for their pugilistic some, he’s far more aggressive than he Christ in a jazz band that’s a hell of a deal.