Strikeforce – Paul Daley Vs. Nick Diaz

This is the second Strikeforce show under the Zuffa banner, but the first main show. Dana White is there as you can tell by the photo with he, Lorenzo, and Scott Coker. This would’ve been pretty unreal just a few months ago.

Looks like we’re starting with Lyle Beerbohm vs. Shinya Aoki.

1. Lyle Beerbohm vs. Shinya Aoki

Aoki got an early takedown and immediately got his back and sunk in a rear naked choke. He was also cranking his neck at the same time.

Winner: Shinya Aoki by way of 1st round submission

2. Keith Jardine vs. Gegard Mousasi

Jardine looked good early on as he was keeping pressure on Mousasi and even scored a takedown. Mousasi started to get inside and was getting the better of the exchanges. Jardine looked in trouble, but scored a takedown. Mousasi had an illegal upkick as Jardine wasn’t upright. A point was taken away from Mousasi. Even with the two takedowns, I’d have to give the round to Mousasi because his striking did damage to Jardine. Jardine looks like he’s going to go down at some point. Because of the point deduction, I’d score it 9-9.
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Jardine Cut From UFC

F4W is reporting that Keith Jardine was released from his UFC contract after losing to Matt Hamill on last weekend’s Ultimate Fighter Finale.

It may be time for Jardine to consider an exit strategy from the fight business. He’s racked up four back to back losses, and taken a ton of punishment in the process. Even prior to that current string of defeats, he had suffered some pretty devastating KO’s at the hands of Wanderlei Silva and Houston Alexander. His punch resistance is clearly deteriorating, and he’s really struggled when pressured in recent fights.

Keith seems like a genuinely good guy, but I don’t know how much money there is to be made outside of UFC for him. He’s had some big nights over the course of his career, but it’s difficult to see how he can turn the ship around at this point. The timing might be right for him to move on to other things.

The Ultimate Fighter Season 11 Finale – Keith Jardine Vs. Matt Hamill Play By Play

This seems like one of the weaker TUF finale cards. From the show, Jamie Yager and Rich Attonito are going to fight in addition to the Court McGee and Kris McCray final, but no one else is on the main card. And I’m not too excited about Jardine/Hamill, even though it should be a good fight. Jardine is either going to leg kick Hamill to death, or get hit on the button and go down.

Chuck Liddell is also scheduled to be at the show only one week after his loss to Rich Franklin.

Ken Florian is with Mike Goldberg tonight.

1. Rich Attonito vs. Jamie Yager

Yager is more active and at times, too quick for Attonito with his quick kicks and good movement. Attonito shot in for a takedown and Yager kept it upright. Yager’s boxing is odd and he leaves himself open by throwing loopy punches, but Attonito hasn’t been able to take advantage of it yet.

Attonito landed some hard shots that looked to break Yager, much like he was broken in the fight he lost during the season. He shot in for the takedown and got it. He quickly got Yager’s back and went for a rear naked choke. He didn’t get it, but he eventually flattened him out and finished him with strikes to the side of the head while he was laying on his stomach.

Winner: Rich Attonito by way of 2nd round TKO

2. Dennis Siver vs. Spencer Fisher

I know I’ve said this before, but Siver looks like a midget Brock Lesner. Siver is more robotic in his striking while Fisher is in and out with feints and lots of side to side movement. Siver’s left eye was cut somehow and it’s a big cut. Siver is also throwing high kicks, but Fisher sees them coming.

It looks like the cut was from an accidental headbutt. Much better round for Siver and he might’ve eked it out. He was starting to land his right hand which was opening up even more room for his front kicks. Fisher landed some good shots as well and started to land body kicks.

This is such a close round. For the first three minutes, I thought it was Siver’s round, but Fisher might’ve done more enough at the end of this round to take it. It’s very close to what I’d score a 10-10 round. Siver shot in right as the bell rang to end the match, and it’s probably something he could’ve done earlier in the round to steal it.

Winner: Dennis Siver

The scores were 30-27, 29-28, and 29-28. I thought the first round was Fisher all the way.

3. Aaron Simpson vs. Chris Leben

Typical Leben fight – Simpson out-wrestled him and out-struck him too. He was way more active and Leben’s defense was to use his face to block his punches. You know Leben wants to unload with that big left hand, but until then, he’s taking some decent shots.
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Aftermath – UFC 110: Noguiera vs. Velasquez

UFC’s first trek down under was a huge success as the Ultimate Fighting Championship held UFC 110 before a sold out crowd of 20,000 in Sydney, Australia at the Acer Arena. It was the second fastest international sellout in UFC history behind UFC 83 in Montreal. PRIDE went 2-1 on the show, as we saw Wanderlei and Crocop earn victories, but Nogueira ultimate fell to the hands of the younger, faster, stronger Cain Velasquez.

So today, for the first time ever, all five core members of FightGameBlog will comment on the event.

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Best Fight – George S. versus Joe S.
Worst Fight – Cro Cop versus Perosh

I’m still a little pissed that we’ve only seen one title fight in the last 8 events spanning 4 months. I certainly appreciate a good fight, title or not, but there just seems to be something missing for me when I’m paying $45 and not even getting a title fight. Let’s hope nothing causes delays to the title fights scheduled for the next 3 PPV’s. Now that I’m off my soapbox, I really enjoyed UFC 110. While there wasn’t really anything I’d consider a classic, all the fights were entertaining, even the fight I picked as worst of the night.

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Best Fight: George vs. Joe
Worst Fight: CroCop vs. Perosh

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UFC 110 Play By Play – Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Vs. Cain Velasquez

It’s UFC 110 time from Australia. It looks like a really fun show on paper, but that doesn’t always translate into being a good show.

Mirko Cro Cop is fighting first, but it won’t be against Ben Rothwell who pulled out on Thursday. Australian, Anthony Perosh takes his spot. It wasn’t that long ago when a Cro Cop fight was an event in unto itself. Boy has that changed.

1. Mirko Cro Cop vs. Anthony Perosh

Perosh wanted takedown, but he couldn’t get it and every time he ended up on his back, Cro Cop let him up. Mirko was patient and though he landed some heavy left hands, didn’t really follow up on them. He easily won the first round, but in a pretty unimpressive way considering that we don’t know Perosh at all.

Perosh can take some punishment. Cro Cop nailed him with an elbow on the ground and opened up a nasty cut on his forehead over his right eye. Herb Dean asked Perosh if he wanted to continue and he did and immediately took another big shot to the face and Cro Cop went into finish mode. Perosh survived, but they ended it at the end of the round.

From Big D who will be with us for the show tonight:

It’s good to see Mirko finally get a freakin’ win in the UFC. The fight ended a lot more violently than I expected, which I think is the best for Mirko. I hope he actually gets Rothwell his next go-round.

Winner: Mirko Cro Cop by way of 2nd round TKO

2. Ryan Bader vs. Keith Jardine
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The Aftermath – UFC 102: Couture vs. Noguiera

UFC 102 was undoubtedly one of the best cards of the year. We saw the battle of legends as Antonio Rodrigo Minotauro Noguiera proved that his loss to Frank Mir may have been a fluke as he won a unanimous decision over Randy Couture in a war. Besides that, Thiago Silva resumed his winning ways, Brandon Vera continued to bore us, Nate Marquart shut his critics up and we caught a glimpse of what could be the future as Todd Duffee and Jake Rosholt made huge impacts with stellar victories, the latter an unprecedented 7 second knockout. Let’s see what the FightGameBloggers had to say…

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Best Fight – Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera
Worst Fight – Brandon Vera vs. Krzysztof Soszynski

A really good main event to round off a solid night of fights. I said going into this show that I felt both Randy and Nog needed to retire, and nothing I saw tonight has changed my perception on that. Both guys really gave it their all and it turned out to be a super dramatic fight. However, I still thought they both looked really old in there. I share Alan’s concern about one of them getting hurt. The movement just isn’t there, reflexes are gone, and they are worryingly easy to hit. These are not things that can be fixed, and I am not eager to see either one matched up with a top young fighter.

I have always thought that Marquardt has the best chance of beating Silva out of the current crop of 185 pounders. He has come on a lot as a fighter since his last title shot, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what he can do differently this time around.

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