Saturday, September 8, 2007

UFC 75: A Champion, A Contender, and A Crook

At UFC 75, two men provided their own results and one was assisted with a robbery.

UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson won a tough decision over PRIDE two division champion (l.h. and middleweight) Dan "Hollywood" Henderson. The fight was not as explosive as anticipated but it was because both men fought at a level and style that have made them successful professionals.

Henderson won the first round but afterward, he had a hard time with the devouring strength of Jackson's body, elbows, and fists. The last three round featured Jackson's strength being a bit more dominant than Henderson's wrestling techniques. There was a little booing throughout the bout but that's because the two supporting bouts were mainly on their feet.

Maybe I missed something but did SPIKE TV intentionally delete Cheick Kongo's entrance? Well it didn't matter because Kongo played the role of spoiler by painfully kicking and kneeing a gun shy Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovich and controlling him on the ground.

Filipovich started off with a purpose and leading with kicks and punches. But once Kongo pressed him against the cage, Filipovich lost his purpose and solely tried his newly acquired ground skills without much success. The chiseled 6'4" Kongo bore into Filipovich with knees and kicks to the body that seemed to deflate Cro Cop's resolve.
This may have been Kongo's coming out party, though he would still be a huge underdog against UFC heavyweight champion, Randy "The Natural" Couture.

Finally, Michael Bisping received the right recipe by two of the judges to have the perfect home cooking over Matt Hamill. Hamill came out like gangbusters in the first round and completely dominated Bisping and dropped him with a punch as well as hurting him numerous times and took him down at will.

The second and third rounds featured more of the same, though Bisping's stand up was much better and in the third he landed just as many shots as he received. Bisping also avoided being taken and kept down, though he was taken down on a few occasions. This wasn't as bad as many robberies I have seen in boxing but it seemed as if the crowd definitely had a say in the matter. Look for Hamill to return even stronger and for Bisping, who, if he doesn't sharpen his swords, to take this gift and squander it.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


This Saturday, fans will be treated to a night of pay cable (not premium) MMA extravaganza on SPIKE TV @ 9 p.m. from London, England.

Headlining the UFC 75 card will be newly crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. PRIDE two-division champion Dan "Hollywood" Henderson. They (UFC' marketing team) are calling it "UFC vs PRIDE." Huh?

Prior to Jackson's first round annihilation of fan favorite Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell, he was first a King of the Cage, then exclusively a PRIDE FC fighter. Henderson, the PRIDE middleweight and light heavyweight champion, has fought for both the UFC and PRIDE. The cage should not be a factor in this match.

The brolic design of Jackson should collide well with the Henderson's wolverine style of fighting. Henderson is the better all around MMA fighter than Jackson though Jackson has made it a point to beat better wrestlers than him (a razor thin decision over highly skilled Murilo Bustamante and a slam dunk KO over jiu jitsu expert Ricardo Arona).

This fight will come down to the better chin and stamina. And until now, Henderson has provided both. Let's hope the undisputed champion meets the undisputed challenger, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua--provided he gets by Forrest Griffin.

And another fight--especially fighter--that should be noted on the undercard of UFC 75, is Matt Hamill, who will face off with old TV reality nemesis, Michael Bisping. Hamill, is a 31-year-old, hearing impaired American amateur wrestler and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, according to Wikipedia. Not that he will ever get any preferential treatment in the ring or octagon, Hamill's story is a refreshing one for the world of combat sports. Can't help rooting for the underdog fighting away from home.

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