MMA Monday – 18 February

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It’s been a big weekend and a busy week, lets get into it.

News

SCOTLAND!

Dana White revealed a lot during this weeks jaunt to the UK, including fuelling rumours that the UFC will be moving to SKY in the UK and will be running up to four events annually in Britain. When asked if he’d be looking at running a first Scottish show at the soon to be completed Hydro arena in Glasgow, Dana simply said ‘Yes.’

Can you see us smiling from here?

TRT

Dana also came out against TRT for the first time, in a bit of an about face in terms of outlook. We’ll see how that plays out…

WAR NINJAS

Glasgow’s own Dinky Ninja Fight Team had three guys fighting at the weekend, with big wins for Martin Delaney, winning the Made 4 the Cage European Lightweight title, Kevin Brooks at Supremacy and a Thai win for Martin McCann.

Dinky Ninjas now hold over half of the Lightweight belts available on the UK scene, including the Vision, On Top and BAMMA British straps. Top team, or what?

CAGE WARRIORS ARE COOL

On Top 7 may have been cancelled but Cage Warriors stepped in and offered to transfer all bouts to their show in London at the start of March. This keeps the likes of Paul McVeigh, Graham Turner and Dan Hope active and actually on a bigger stage than previously. Furthermore, Cage Warriors have extended their e-broadcasting deal with MMA Junkie so we’ll be able to watch live.

That’s called turning a frown upside down.

STOP PRESS

Cage Warriors tweet this morning that they’ll be announcing a title fight for CW53 in Glasgow in April. By process of elimination, I’m predicting Jim Alers vs. Robert Whiteford for the vacant Featherweight title. That would be AWESOME.

Results

Bellator 89: Dantas vs. Galvao
Thu, 14 Feb 2013
Charlotte, North Carolina

Bellator grind on with another show, another title match and another tournament opening round. This time sees ‘Dudu’ Dantas facing off with old mentor, Marcos Galvao in a compelling bout that Dantas won off the back of some super sharp boxing, laying Galvao out with an inside uppercut to remove that annoying loss to Tyson Nam from the most recent slot on his record. Those Nova Unaio boys are a bit scary.

The Middleweight quarter finals fizzled a bit, with easily the most impressive performance coming from Doug Marshall with his KO1 win over the tough Andreas Spang. I just can’t see any of these guys greatly troubling Shlemenko…

MAIN (Spike TV)
• Eduardo Dantas def. Marcos Galvao via KO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:01 – to retain bantamweight title
• Dan Cramer def. Brian Rogers via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28) – middleweight-tournament opening round
• Brett Cooper def. Norman Paraisy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) – middleweight-tournament opening round
• Doug Marshall def. Andreas Spang via KO (punch) – Round 1, 3:03 – middleweight-tournament opening round

PRELIMINARY (Spike.com, 8 p.m. ET)
• David Mejia def. Mont McMullens via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:15
• Aaron Johnson def. Brennan Ward via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 0:15
• Sultan Aliev def. Mikkel Parlo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) – middleweight-tournament opening round
• Joe Pacheco def. Kyle Bolt via TKO (elbows) – Round 2, 4:02
• Johnny Buck def. Chris Mierzwiak via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Mike Maldonado def. Tim Goodwin via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

UFC on FUEL TV 7: Barao vs. McDonald
Sat, 16 Feb 2013
London, England
Wembley Arena

We learned a lot this weekend. We saw yet again that UK fans are awesome, filling the venue for the prelims (so many empty seats for these fights on Vegas cards) even when they decide to have a brawl in the crowd.
We saw judges favour takedown defence and landing strikes over wrestling in Vaughan Lee’s win over Motonobu Tezuka.
We saw Tom Watson survive a nasty knockdown and flurry to come back and take out Stanislav Nedkov with some crisp and aggressive Thai boxing, only to go on and call out ‘anyone on TRT’. Erasing the memory if his disappointing loss in his UFC debut, ‘Kong’ just made himself a bit of a hero, and $100k richer in the process…
We saw Andy Ogle dominate a grappling heavy match against Josh Grispi, showing a massive development in his game. ‘The Little Axe’ is here to stay, and on that form is bad matchup for anyone at 145lbs.
We saw Terry Etim and Paul Sass, usually two of the most reliably dangerous UK fighters drop their second straight to canny grappling performances. Not nearly so happy about that.

On the main card, we learned that if an American grappler says they’re going to stand and trade with a British striker in the pre-match presser, THEY ARE LYING.

We saw a stunning fight between James teHuna, complete with Men in Black entrance and Ryan Jimmo where Jimmo dropped TeHuna in the first but the Aussie came back to win the second and third round. Yet more questions about the conditioning training at the Blackzillians arises…

Gunnar Nelson tried out his standup against Jorge Santiago, taking some shots but generally looking unruffled and unchallenged, especially as the Blackzillian faded towards the end. Not his best showing, but he’s gonna be a huge star…

Jimi Manuwa used wrestling to get the better of Cyrille Diabate, with the damage actually being done with a takedown, giving Manuwa his third successive doctor stoppage win. Can anyone answer the bell against this guy?

Cub Swanson and Dustin Poirer put on a predictably great back and forth match that was a lot closer than the two 30-27 scores for Swanson would indicate. He’s on a real tear now and has to be in line for at least a #1 contender fight next.

In the main event, Renan Barao looked great. I had him 29-28 up going into the championship rounds and he slapped in a submission to make that academic. More surprising was the way Barao stood and traded with McDonald for most of the match, showing the extent of his confidence in his Muay Thai and capoeira influenced skills.

Given Dominick Cruz has been out for almost two years… you have to consider Barao the favourite going into their unification bout later this summer.

MAIN (FUEL TV, 3 p.m. ET)
• Renan Barao def. Michael McDonald via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 4, 3:57 – to retain interim bantamweight title
• Cub Swanson def. Dustin Poirier via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
• Jimi Manuwa def. Cyrille Diabate via TKO (injury) – Round 1, 5:00
• Gunnar Nelson def. Jorge Santiago via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
• James Te-Huna def. Ryan Jimmo via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
• Matthew Riddle def. Che Mills via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

PRELIMINARY (Facebook, 12:15 p.m. ET)
• Renee Forte def. Terry Etim via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
• Danny Castillo def. Paul Sass via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
• Andy Ogle def. Josh Grispi via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
• Tom Watson def. Stanislav Nedkov via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:42
• Vaughan Lee def. Motonobu Tezuka via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Phil Harris def. Ulysses Gomez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

INCOMING

This week is all about Rousey-Carmouche and we’ll have a metric fraktonne of articles on that card, from a breakdown of the main event, giving the somewhat overlooked but quite awesome undercard it’s due attention and other pieces on what this means for WMMA, MMA as a whole and also dealing with the nature of stereotypes and bigotry in MMA.

Oh yeah, and we’ll have a Bellator preview, because we’ve come this far as well as possibly some stuff about Dana White and rankings because I’ve got a busy mind and I feel like sharing the disease…

Thanks for dropping by…

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