Hey fight fans,
This weekend Scott Hunter and I had pro boxer Dillon Carman stop in for a sitdown, and we had a blast! Our interview with him will be broadcast today on ROCK 107 and I hope you have the chance to listen in!
With a big showdown vs Sylvera Louis (4-2-0, 1KO) coming up on June 1, Dillon (5-1-0, 4KO) is more then ready for this next big step.
As all MMA fans know, boxing is a big piece of an MMA fighters resume inside the octagon, and having always been a huge fan of boxing myself, its a real treat to be able to sit down with a professional boxer (who is ranked EIGHTH IN CANADA) and pick his brain a bit.
This upcoming fight will will be the biggest fight of Dillon’s young career, and knowing what I know about this man, I cant help but feel just a little sorry for Mr. Sylvera Louis. I am looking forward to being at the Hershey centre June 1st and I truly hope YOU can make it out to this stacked card as well!
Hey fight fans,
Who else is pumped for tonight’s fights???? Jones vs Sonnen is gonna rock! Tonight’s UFC 159 event kicks off at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT live from New Jersey’s Prudential Center.
Hope you can make it out tonight and watch it or simply rent the ppv and enjoy at home!
Ill be out and about tonight myself! Enjoy and be safe!!
Results posted tomorrow!!!!
Jones vs Sonnen
Bisping vs Belcher
Nelson vs Kongo
Davis vs Magalhaes
Miller vs Healy
Khabilov vs Medeiros
Villante vs St. Preux
McMann vs Gaff
Caraway vs Bedford
Garcia vs McKenzie
Siler vs Holobaugh
TONIGHT IS GONNA BE ROCKIN! The TUF 17 finale is finally here folks, and this one promises to be great!
The main event is a battle between friends Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen, and we’ll also find out who will coach opposite Ronda Rousey on the first co-ed season of TUF tonight as well, as Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano square off in the second women’s fight in UFC history. HOPE YOU CAN SEE THIS ONE!!
Here are the Weigh-In Results
Urijah Faber (136) vs. Scott Jorgensen (135.5)
Uriah Hall (185) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (186)
Miesha Tate (135.5) vs. Cat Zingano (136)
Travis Browne (239) vs. Gabriel Gonzaga (261)
Bubba McDaniel (184.5) vs. Gilbert Smith (185)
Josh Samman (184.5) vs. Kevin Casey (185)
Luke Barnatt (185) vs. Collin Hart (184.5)
Dylan Andrews (186) vs. Jimmy Quinlan (185)
Bristol Marunde (185.5) vs. Clint Hester (185)
Cole Miller (146) vs. Bart Palaszewski (145)
Sam Sicilia (146) vs. Maximo Blanco (147)
Justin Lawrence (145) vs. Daniel Pineda (145
Faber vs Jorgensen
Hall vs Gastelum
Tate vs Zingano
Browne vs Gonzaga
McDaniel vs Smith
Miller vs Palaszewski
Samman vs Casey
Barnatt vs Hart
Andrews vs Quinlan
Hester vs Marunde
Sicilia vs Blanco
Lawrence vs Pineda
Hey Rock MMA fans! UFC 159 will take place on April 27th in the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, and the main event will see the two Ultimate Fighter 17 coaches facing off for the UFC light heavyweight title. Jon Jones will defend his belt against Chael Sonnen, who will be taking his first fight at LHW since 2006. Also tapped for the card is a middleweight grudge match between Alan Belcher and Michael Bisping, a heavyweight bout between Cheick Kongo and Roy Nelson, and a light heavyweight style clash between wrestler Phil Davis and ADCC winner Vinny Magalhaes.
Here’s a look at the current card, which doesn’t have a bout order as of yet.
Apr 27th live on PPV from Newark, NJ:
Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen [LHW title]
Alan Belcher vs. Michael Bisping
Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes
Pat Healy vs. Jim Miller
Cheick Kongo vs. Roy Nelson
Nick Catone vs. James Head
Jim Hettes vs. Steven Siler
Al Iaquinta vs. Joe Proctor
Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros
When I watched the UFC on Fox 1, it featured what promised to be an all-time great heavyweight clash, Cain Velasquez was the Heavyweight Champion and Junior dos Santos was the challenger. Both were young, very talented fighters with skill sets that almost guaranteed in a way that we would all get an exciting fight. It was the first chapter in a possible title fight trilogy that could go down in UFC history as a great Heavyweight rivalry.
And while there was absolutely nothing boring about the crazy knockout that dos Santos notched, it did take a lot of the air out of their possible rivalry, one that UFC could VERY much use. Rivalries are often what makes the difference for a sporting event from simply being intriguing to being special, and this is universal across sports. From Magic vs Bird, to Gretzky vs Lemieux, to the Canadians vs the Leafs, these rivalries are instantly recognizable to sports fans.
The s very sport of MMA was built on rivalries, the very first UFC kicked off the brief Ken Shamrock/Royce Gracie rivalry, and Shamrock’s rivalry with TIto Ortiz helped launch the UFC into the main stream, and UFC 100 owed a great deal of its success to the animosity between heavyweights Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir. And while there does not seem to be any dislike between Velasquez and dos Santos this isn’t a requirement, as Chuck Liddell’s and Randy Couture’s trilogy proved. As long as there is action in the cage everyone is happy.
The awesome match up between Velasquez and dos Santos has all the makings of some major excitement. Velasquez now understands that he cannot just sit back because of dos Santos’ power, so he will have to press the attack. The champion on the other hand will likely be looking to counter Cain on his feet and really try to defend against takedowns. If grappling occurs, it will be a fight for control as dos Santos tries to escape Velasquez’s very dangerous grasp.
Everyone in the UFC (and myself) are really hoping for a great match that will help keep the possibility of another match down the road. Clearly a Velasquez victory makes a third match fight more exciting, and will have a better narrative, not to mention the fact that a rubber match between the two champions would likely be a big seller. But a JDS win in a competitive bout would not be a deal breaker, as it is very possible Velasquez could spend a year or more collecting big wins in the division and get a third match with dos Santos. One that all UFC fans would love to see.
In either event there is a great chance that Velasquez/dos Santos II could go down in MMA history as one of the great heavyweight clashes and MMA fans could be treated to something truly special. Hope you get to see this one fight fans!! Gonna be great!
The night I have been personally waiting 19 months for is finally here.
Georges St-Pierre is back, however some things have changed in his absence.
No longer is the GSP the only titleholder in the welterweight division. Carlos Condit ALSO has a belt around his waist, having earned the interim title with a win over Nick Diaz.
At UFC 154, St-Pierre will attempt to again become undisputed 170-pound champion by beating Condit in his home town of Montreal tonight.
The event will feature a few other fights of importance, including a fight between Martin Kampmann and Johny Hendricks to determine the top contender in the welterweight division.
But hey, who are we kidding here?
This fight is almost ALL about GSP and his HUGE return to the UFC.
But can he return as the same amazing, athletic and almost unbeatable champion that we remember? Can he come back from such a devastating ACL injury to his knee?
We are just hours from finding out. GSP cannot answer it in words, because if he could, we’d already be convinced. Rather, he will do it in a championship fight against “The Natural Born Killer,” who is, in my opinion, GSP’s toughest challenge to date. With or without a prior knee injury.
If you’re experiencing the same anticipation as me, you will have watched every thing available online and on tv, and St. Pierre and all those around him assure you he is more than ready to be back and better than ever. However, the MMA world will just have to wait and see tonight.
Believe it or not, but the fight between GSP and Carlos Condit has “Fight of the Night” implications. This is because Condit poses the biggest threat to GSP EVER!!!
Condit has the outright aggressiveness with his striking that WILL make GSP VERY uncomfortable. However, people must remember that GSP is SICK on his feet and will use his quickness and jab to keep Condit at bay.
If GSP gets Condit down, it will be fun to watch. Condit has a very crazy guard to deal with, but GSP is the best MMA-based wrestler in the welterweight division. Perhaps ever.
It will be a great fight and it will be an intriguing one that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. Whatever the outcome, I think this could definitely earn “Fight of the Night” honors.
I gotta go with GSP in the fourth via TKO.
Here is the card:
Where: Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
When: Saturday, November 17
Watch: Main Card Fights start at 10:00 p.m. ET on Pay-Per-View; Preliminary Card Fights start at 8:00 p.m. ET on FX at 8:00 p.m. ET; Facebook Preliminary Fights start at 6:00 p.m. ET
MAIN CARD FIGHTS
Welterweight Championship: Georges St-Pierre vs. Carlos Condit
Welterweight Bout: Martin Kampmann vs. Johny Hendricks
Middleweight Bout: Francis Carmont vs. Tom Lawlor
Middleweight Bout: Nick Ring vs. Costa Philippou
Featherweight Bout: Mark Hominick vs. Pablo Garza
FX PRELIMINARY FIGHTS
Middleweight Bout: Patrick Cote vs. Alessio Sakara
Light Heavyweight Bout: Cyrille Diabate vs. Chad Griggs
Lightweight Bout: Mark Bocek vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Lightweight Bout: Sam Stout vs. John Makdessi
Hey fight fans,
A little change in venue for a moment….
You have probably heard Scott Hunter and I talk on my MMA segment we do on weekends about a new organization in Belleville that is very near and dear to me, Celebrate the Hero.
Run by Nick Foley and his amazing team, this program is absolutely vital to us all in the community and with all of the recent tragedy in the news involving bullying…..well, I’ll let Nick do the talking below.
Hey Rock listeners,
Celebrate the Hero, the new “Anti -Bullying”, motivates and empowers people to make a difference. At Celebrate the Hero, we acknowledge the actions of individuals who better the overall well-being of the community. We will continue to celebrate the people who without wavering conviction, do their part to enhance the lives of others.
By providing a platform for people to share the good that they have done, we plan to propagate change. Together, if we can change the language of bullying, we can change the culture.
We encourage students to write about people who did something to stop a bully, or who have done something to enhance the lives of someone else in their school/community. The stories do not have to be of unbelievable courage; it can be; however it can also be indirect acts of intervening, bully awareness, or small subtle gestures.
We are a unique initiative that works with schools and organizations after the initial presentation has been facilitated. We provide a follow-up session with student leaders to discuss ways Celebrate the Hero can be implemented in their school. Every week we provide a new weekly mission that can be implemented, and we reconnect monthly to see how the initiative is running. You can find our weekly missions, as well as other ways you can get involved on our website www.celebratethehero.com
Celebrate You, Celebrate the Hero
Thanks so much,
If you were one of the thousands of mixed martial arts (MMA) fans at home, or in attendance for the UFC 153: “Silva vs. Bonnar” pay-per-view (PPV), which broadcasted a six-fight main card from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, you have to be pretty happy with the finished product.
It came exactly as advertised.
Neither size nor being one tough s.o.b. saved Stephan Bonnar from Anderson Silva.
Silva, who stepped up to light heavyweight to save the injury-rattled UFC 153, brazenly took Bonnar’s best shots before firing a knee that crumpled “The American Psycho” in the first round. Wow.
Bonnar came rushing out throwing punches but quickly ducked under to the body for a clinch up against the cage. “The Spider’s” takedown defense was good and he stayed on his feet where he wanted it anyways.
Once they reset, Silva stood against the cage on purpose, taunting Bonnar. A spinning back kick missed badly and Silva went right back to the spot Bonnar just whiffed at.
Once Bonnar started landing shots, the middleweight champ just took them and smiled at it, standing in the same spot while toying with his foe.That had me laughing…..the guy is just sooooooooo amazing. Then he started shifting around, ducking and dodging the shots.Then………..BANG!! The entire crowd I was with screamed “OOOOOOOOOHHHHH”
A knee to the body sent Bonnar down and Silva went in for the kill like a shark vs a goldfish and folks, that is a very accurate description of what I witnessed. Thankfully, a referee was there to mercifully end the suffering and that was that.
Anderson Silva wins via first round knockout.
Now if Georges St. Pierre can take care of Carlos Condit next month at UFC 154, we could finally see the super-fight so many have wanted for so long.
Silva is planning to take some time off as he waits to see what Georges St. Pierre can do against Carlos Condit at UFC 154 next month in Montreal. Fighting “Rush” seems to be his priority, even if fights against Chris Weidman or Jon Jones are what the fans have been asking for.
Here are the results!!!
Anderson Silva def. Stephan Bonnar via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:40
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Dave Herman via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 4:31
Glover Teixeira def. Fabio Maldonado via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00
Jon Fitch def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Phil Davis def. Wagner Prado via submission (anaconda choke) – Round 2, 4:29
Demian Maia def. Rick Story via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:30
Rony Jason def. Sam Sicilia via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 4:15
Gleison Tibau def. Francisco Trinaldo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Diego Brandao def. Joey Gambino via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Sergio Moraes def. Renee Forte via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 3:10
Chris Camozzi def. Luiz Cane via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Cristiano Marcello def. Reza Madadi via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Hey fight fans! Just wanted to share with you the best of the best in the world today when it comes to MMA fighters! This list was put together from going over many different sites, and TONS of info. What you see below are the top 10 best that most MMA experts and fans, agree on and why.
Have to say however, that rankings are a bit of a silly thing.
For starters, they’re entirely subjective. There’s a very good chance you’re going to take one look at my pound-for-pound list below and start laughing. And that’s fine.
Your list of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport may look entirely different then the ones I have researched, and then added with my opinion. That’s fine as well fight fans.
One big reason the rankings are silly? They have no bearing on the fights we’re going to see coming up. They’re a great conversation starter however, and I LOVE talking about this very thing with many different MMA fans. So let’s just have some fun, and hopefully you won’t find my picks too far off…….
10. Dan Henderson
Dan Henderson is truly one of the all-time greats and, most recently, he provided one of MMA’s most exciting scraps against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 139.
9. Carlos Condit
Carlos Condit went from a beloved fighter to a controversial one, all because he kicked ass with a brilliant game plan against a fighter with borderline-depraved fans. Condit is a fighter with 26 finishes in 28 victories suddenly became a “point-fighter” who “ran away” from the fight. I find that to be total BS, and personally CANNOT WAIT to see him go up against GSP!!!
Regardless of what the detractors think, Carlos Condit is still the UFC interim welterweight champion and is expected to unify his belt with Georges St-Pierre’s true UFC welterweight championship when the Canadian is finally healed and ready to fight in November.
8. Frankie Edgar
After his fight with Benson Henderson at UFC 150, it can be said that he’s faced the same three men in his last six fights. But I love the guy….as do most MMA fans.
7. Benson Henderson
The guy is simply awesome to watch. A killer.
6. Junior dos Santos
Junior dos Santos showed us at UFC 146 just why he is in this list of top-10 pound-for-pound fighters. He has great takedown defense and some of the best boxing and footwork in all of mixed martial arts.
5. Dominick Cruz
Cruz is one of the best fighters in the world and his elusive style would give any man trouble.
4. Jose Aldo
Aldo has one of best highlight reels on Youtube, his striking is fearsome and his takedown defense is amazing. He is skilled in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to boot!
3. Jon Jones
Despite all of Jon Jones’ recent troubles, I cannot deny that he is one of the most incredible fighters to have ever stepprd into the cage in the sport of mixed martial arts. He WILL be ranked number 1 SOON!!
2. Georges St-Pierre
St-Pierre is one of the most dominant champions in the history of MMA and will return to action against Carlos Condit in November!!!!!!!!
1. Anderson Silva
Does anyone really question Anderson Silva’s place at the top of the modern-day pound-for-pound rankings anymore? I hope not, because this guy is the GREATEST MMA fighter of ALL time. I keep crossing my fingers for that big showdown with GSP…….lets ALL keep praying!!
Thanks for looking fight fans!!!!!