2012 FGB Awards – MMA

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This is the last of our 2012 awards. Earlier this week, we posted our awards in Pro Wrestling and Boxing.

We have a lot of friends who chimed in about the MMA awards. In addition to the FGB crew, Heidi Fang from MMA Fight Corner, Stevie J from Angry Marks, and nothing to plug JP join us.

Fighter Of The Year

Duan: Anderson Silva
If this guy retired now, he would go down as the greatest MMA fighter of all time and probably never be surpassed.

Alan: Anderson Silva
I can only begrudge the man for so long. He looked on another planet in his fights this year, and I also have to concede he was the best flag-bearer for UFC this year too.

Big D: Cain Velasquez
Left two of the biggest and most bad ass heavyweights in a pool of blood. This man owns the division now. I would’ve hated to see what he would’ve done to Fedor.

Heidi: “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey
She’s a media darling wih brutal force who’s strung together 9 dominant wins and made history as the first woman champion in the UFC. She’s graced the cover of the ESPN Body Issue, been on Conan O’Brien, and rode out to Sons of Anarchy premiere this calendar year. Ronda’s breaking boundaries that no one else can in MMA right now. In 2012 she went 2-0, earning the title over Miesha Tate and defending it against Sarah Kaufman.

Stevie J: Johny Hendericks
I may be pushing this one slightly since I’m including December 30th of 2011, but since he had three big wins in the span of a year and one was only 2 calendar days away from being in 2012 I think he deserves the nod. Having knocked out 2 of the top 3 welterweights in the world, Jon Fitch and Martin Kampmann, both in UNDER A MINUTE, nobody’s star has risen faster or burned brighter than that of Mr. Hendricks. He had already cleaned out the lower ranks of the division, now he’s cleaning out the upper ranks too. Sporting an impressive 14-1 record with a five fight win streak it’s pretty clear he’ll be challenging GSP for the title before long. (Maybe even March if Nick Diaz flakes out yet again.)

JP: Anderson Silva
There were more prolific fighters in the year 2012, but Anderson used the year to cement his status as the best fighter alive. In a year where GSP was mostly on the shelf and Jon Jones’ reputation came crumbling down, Anderson shined. The Spider took his revenge on Chael Sonnen in hysterical fashion (worst spinning elbow attempt in combat history) and then stepped up to 205 to dominate Stephan Bonnar. At an age when full time athletic prowess is difficult to maintain, Anderson at 37 had his best year yet.

Cactus Jim: Bigg Rigg Johny Hendricks
I’m straying away from the obvious picks and calling Hendricks on this one. He’s on a great winning streak and established himself as a title contender in 2013.

GG: Anderson Silva
I looked at Ronda Rousey here. And had I not thought Ben Henderson lost his second fight to Frankie Edgar, I’d have taken him. But it has to be Silva. He won the biggest fight of the year in serious fashion and when the UFC needed a main event badly, he stepped in at heavyweight and put on another show. The man is just excellent. He’s the Willie Mays of MMA.

Show Of The Year

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UFC 154 Preview – Carlos Condit Vs. Georges St. Pierre

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It’s the return of Georges St. Pierre. St. Pierre’s last fight was all the way back on April 30, 2011 in a lackluster effort against Jake Shields (to be fair, GSP was eye poked and had blurred vision).

It’s been a long way back for GSP. Originally, he was going to face Nick Diaz at UFC 137 but Diaz went AWOL on everyone and White became fed up with Diaz and pulled him out of the fight. Condit replaced Diaz, but St. Pierre had to pull out because of a knee injury. Oddly, Diaz was placed back in the main event, this time against BJ Penn after Condit decided to wait for GSP to heal.

But waiting did him no favors as it was Diaz who was given the fight against GSP at UFC 143. But GSP then tore his ACL and Condit took his place. Condit beat Diaz for the interim championship and now faces St. Pierre at UFC 154.

The second fight from the top is another welterweight battle between top contenders Martin Kampmann and Johny Hendericks. Both men are on a multi-fight win streak and the winner could become the next number one contender, though it all depends on who wins the main event as there is a superfight possibly awaiting GSP, which would likely ice the championship for most of 2013.

We’re going to give our predictions for both fights. In addition to the regular cast of characters from FGB, joining us with their predictions are Stevie J from Angry Marks, friend of the website JP, Ryan Pike from Tough Talk MMA and Heidi Fang from MMA Fight Corner.

Martin Kampmann vs. Johny Hendricks

Duan says: Hendricks by decision
This is actually one of the toughest fight to call all year. The bookies like a Hendericks decision, and I think that’s probably where the wise money goes. Both these guys are super durable – I’m expecting a distance fight – and more often than not that favours the stronger wrestler. I’m certain that Hendericks, with his amateur pedigree and physicality, will secure a couple of takedowns minimum, and in a tight contest that will be what separates them.
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UFC Primetime: St. Pierre Vs. Condit Episode 2 Recap

Episode 2 was very GSP heavy and for good reason. I was watching Episode 1 again with my youngest son who really digs the documentary style builds for fights even more than he enjoys watching the fights. He said that he was bored with Carlos Condit. Condit did nothing for him.

I’m not sure if the folks behind the Primetime series thought the same, but Condit had a couple short segments and everything else was about GSP.

The best portion of the show was on GSP’s training. This wasn’t normal MMA training that you see with guys sparring and hitting gloves. GSP was working out with the Canadian National gymnastics team and also the track and field team. There were grueling exercises that looked painful and made me wince. And when he was running with the track team, you were left with the impression that this guy is simply in great shape.
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Video – Georges St. Pierre: The Secrets Of Tristar

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FGB Radio – Ryback, 50 Cent & Floyd, GSP’s Comeback

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Jason Hagholm, aka @dadrrtywhyteboi and I are back. We took a bit of a hiatus so I could cover the San Francisco Giants for Popblerd. But with baseball season now over, we can now focus on combat sports again.

We do open with a small segment on the NFL and Jason gives his thoughts on the better teams in the league.

Next, we discuss the 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather fallout. I’m not sure that it’s not a work, but Jason thinks there may be some truth to their beef.

We go over the Ryback scenario from Hell In A Cell and talk about the main event for Survivor Series.

Then, we talk about the GSP vs. Carlos Condit build and give our early thoughts on who is going to win the fight.

I also give some short thoughts on the Kevin James movie “Here Comes The Boom!”

Thanks for listening!

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Video – UFC Primetime: St. Pierre Vs. Condit Episode 1