MMA Monday – 31 December 2012

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UFC 155 results, change to Invicta FC title match, the issue of booing & upcoming events…

There’s only really been one big MMA event this weekend, so we’ll cover the results of that below but there are a few other issues that have come up that I want to address.

Change to Invicta FC 4 Title Match

Overnight on Friday it transpired that Claudia Gadelha was injured and had to be pulled from the Straw-weight title fight at Invicta 4. It eventually emerged that Bec “Rowdy” Hyatt got the call to step into the main event, which caused the Internet to explode a bit.

In the first instance, many fans (including myself) thought that Joanne Calderwood was the logical choice to step in, being unbeaten and having a KO victory in Invicta already. Some fans decided to have a go at Invicta and Bec accusing them of all kinds of misdemeanours, basically amounting to favouritism etc.

What nonsense.

As it transpired, Jo’s coaches had refused the title shot as they felt that taking a match against a top level wrestler (the other half of the scheduled main event, Carla Esparza) on a week’s notice after having prepared for a striker for months was a poor career choice, looking at the long term. In my eyes, that’s perfectly fair.

On the other hand, Bec Hyatt was making her promotional debut against a ranked opponent she was expected to lose to. Then she gets the opportunity to do that in the main event with a title on the line. If she loses, then she’ll be roughly where the oddsmakers expected her to be, but with added kudos from Invicta for being game, while as this is MMA she could well wake up next Sunday as the champion…

In that light, both fighters (or their management) have acted 100% in their own interests, and Invicta acted properly in basically offering the title shot to the most suitable girls in the weight class until one accepted.

Anyone accusing Bec of ducking Jo, or Joanne of lacking heart (it turns out she never even made the decision) or Invicta of impropriety is being a complete troll and needs to get a grip of themselves. You’re not helping anyone, least of all your favourite fighter…

That said, the have been some spicy words shared between the two girls via a clutch of interviews (not least our own) and social media posts and I have to say, I REALLY want to see Hyatt vs. Calderwood on an Invicta card in 2013. Perhaps with the title on the line…

Why Boo?

I was more than a little disgusted to hear booing throughout Saturday’s UFC 155 event and especially during Junior dos Santos’ post fight interview. I’ve never understood the need that some people feel to boo athletes, especially in a combat sports environment. I personally will only boo athletes who cheat or act unprofessionally or without respect, but never for losing or being ‘boring.’

Some will defend this activity on the basis that they have paid their money and can cheer or boo who they like. Ill agree, you have that right but that doesn’t make it right to do it.

I find the need to abuse the opposition to your favourite fighter to be inherently negative and depressing and for every fan who boos a fight that is apparently boring, I’d like to see them step into the cage and do better. Or perhaps attend a grappling class and learn more about MMA rather than expecting 24/7 bad kickboxing.

I do not deny that you need competing fans to build atmosphere, but that should involve cheering for your guy, not being classless towards the opposition. I will applaud EVERY fighter in and out of the cage, as they have the guts and skill to do something that is beyond myself and I love to witness.

Results

UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2
Sat, 29 Dec 2012
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

MAIN
• Cain Velasquez def. Junior dos Santos via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-43, 50-44) – to win heavyweight title
• Jim Miller def. Joe Lauzon via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
• Constantinos Philippou def. Tim Boetsch via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 2:11
• Yushin Okami def. Alan Belcher via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
• Derek Brunson def. Chris Leben via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

PRELIMINARY
• Eddie Wineland def. Brad Pickett via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
• Erik Perez def. Byron Bloodworth via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:50
• Jamie Varner def. Melvin Guillard via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27)
• Myles Jury def. Michael Johnson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

PRELIMINARY
• Todd Duffee def. Philip De Fries via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:04
• Leonard Garcia vs. Max Holloway via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
John Moraga def. Chris Cariaso via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 1:11

Upcoming

We’ve got Cage Warriors 51 streaming live tonight on Facebook (from 7pm GMT) & http://www.mmajunkie.com (from 9pm GMT) and Invicta FC 4 streaming live on Saturday at http://www.invictafc.com for the low, low pay per view price of about £5. We’d advise that you check both out.

We’ve got some light hearted content for New Year week, with our staff picked awards, review of MMA in 2012 and what to look forward to in 2013 if anyone feels like visiting. Well also have an updated interview with new Invicta FC headliner Bec Hyatt at some point before Saturday (the poor girl is currently flying back in time from Australia to the US which must be confusing…)

Anyways, that’s what we’ve got coming up and we hope you have a cracking Hogmanay and all the best in 2013. Our heartfelt thanks for all support to Kumite to date and we promise there is much, much more to come.

Slainte,

Chris

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