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UFC 108 will probably always been known for the card that should have been. There was a ton of talent that was supposed to be on the card. Illness and injuries forced a lot of fighters to pull out of this event. A lot of outside observers were bad mouthing this fight card. Those nobodies forgot to tell all the guys that remained because they put on a great night of fights.
The main event between light heavyweight contenders Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva put the finishing touches on an already exciting night of back and forth fights. My cousin recaps the event for our readers.
Even though there has been an unreal number of fighters pull out of UFC 108, the show will still go on. Las Vegas and the MGM Grand will host to what is being called the most cursed card in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The main event was scheduled to be Brock Lesnar versus Shane Carwin. Lesnar became ill and hasn't trained since. Anderson Silva, Carlos Condit, Sean Sherk, and Tyson Griffin all at one point were scheduled to fight at UFC 108. Fight fans will not get to see any of those guys tonight. The fight cards that lack a lot of star power or that people bash typically produces the best fights. My cousin says there are still some good matchups on this card and it should be a good night of fights. He previews the event for oue readers.
Last night in Memphis, Tennessee fight fans were given a show. The UFC was in town and one of the best fighters of all time made his case for the mythical pound for pound title. UFC 107's fight card was stacked top to bottom with very solid matchups and everyone who was there or tuned into the pay per view saw some great action. In the night's main event BJ Penn showed everyone that when is focused and motivated he is nearly unbeatable. My cousin recaps his win and the rest of the card in his recap of UFC 107.
Once a year a fight card comes along that flies under the radar. Tonight is that night says my cousin Scott, as the UFC is making its Tennessee debut in Memphis tonight for UFC 107. While the main event has been hyped up and talked about a lot, the rest of the card has some high quality fights that have fight of the night potential. Our resident fight doctor gives us his thoughts on the B.J. Penn/Diego Sanchez as well as the rest of the card in his preview of tonight's event.
It really is Andre Ward's time. He is the new Super Middleweight champion and he put on one hell of a performance. UFC 106 was a bit of a letdown but Ward sure wasn't. Last night in his hometown of Oakland, California, Andre Ward sent his fans home excited. He outworked and outboxed Mikkel Kessler on his way to a very easy decision victory. His record now is a perfect 21-0. My cousin recaps Ward/Kessler & UFC 106.
Two excellent events in one night is always a good thing in the fight business. One unreal star outshined them all last night. Manny Pacquiao is a freak of nature and one of the best fighters possibly of all time. He added another notch to his already hall of fame career with a destruction of Miguel Cotto. The fight was stopped by referee Kenny Bayless in the 12th round but it should have been stopped a few rounds earlier.
Saturday night ... a great night for fight fans. The fight of the year in boxing. Manny Pacquiao takes on Miguel Cotto. Two of the greatest fighters in the sport, meeting with both men in the primes of their careers. Both of them coming off huge victories. With best pound for pound fighter in the sport bragging rights and a potential showdown with Floyd Mayweather awaiting the winner. Also Saturday is UFC 105, with a couple great fights headlining the card. My cousin previews both events for our readers.
Last night UFC 104 took place in Los Angeles and the main event has everybody talking. Too bad they are talking for the wrong reasons as there was a very controversial decision in the main event. Lyoto Machida retained his light heavyweight title over Shogun Rua last night but according to my cousin Scott ... he shouldn't have. In his recap of last night's event, Scott talks about the controversial decision and also runs down the rest of the fight card for our readers.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the Staples Center in Los Angeles tonight and has a very nice card in store for fight fans. UFC 104 has the making of one of those cards that sneaks up on people and ends up being one of the better cards in awhile. The main event is for the light heavyweight title and should be a very good entertaining fight. Undefeated champion Lyoto Machida steps in with fellow Brazilian Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. My cousin previews that fight as well as the entire card for our readers.
What is being called one of the best events to take place in boxing in quite awhile, got off to a rather questionable start. Fight fans were treated to the first two fights last night in the Super Six Wold Boxing Classic. One ended with a bang and the other with many people scratching their heads. My cousin tells us about both fights in his latest column.
The opening round of the Super 6 World Boxing Classic starts tonight and fight fans everywhere are in for a treat. The Super 6 is a round robin style tournament featuring some of the best fighters in the world at the super middleweight limit of 168 pounds. Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch, Jermain Taylor, Andre Ward, and Andre Dirrell will all have at least three bouts each, with the fighters totaling the four highest point totals advancing to the semifinal round. My cousin tells us about tonight's first two fights in his latest.
After nearly a two year layoff, Floyd "Money" Mayweather made his return to the ring last night against a top five pound for pound fighter in Juan Manuel Marquez. And Floyd nearly pitched a shutout, dominating the veteran Marquez en route to an easy 12 round decision. My cousin Scott watched both this fight and UFC 103 last night, and recaps both events for us in his latest column.
Successful poker players may lose many small pots and still be totally happy, for their goal is to win the occasional big ones. The same thinking comes naturally in football. When the "Browns are in a fourth down, "moving all in", in the meaning of going for it, is worthwhile only if the odds for success are good enough. In most other cases, itï¿½s probably wiser to just "fold" the hand, as in punting the ball away. In the same way, winning or losing a single yard means nothing as long as they manage to get a first down.
What a night for fight fans on Saturday. The fight of the year in boxing, as Floyd "Money" Mayweather makes his way back to the ring after a two year layoff to take on Juan Manuel Marquez, widely regarded as one of boxing's top three pound for pound fighters along with Floyd and Manny Pacquiao. And on top of that? UFC 103 ... which brazenly chose to go head to head against a Floyd Mayweather pay-per-view with their latest marquee card. My cousin previews both events for us.
Last night mixed martial fans were treated to one of the better cards in awhile. Top to bottom there were a lot of action packed fights, included a main event that was years in the making. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira looked like his old self in a very decisive victory the legend Randy Couture, and there were a slew of additional exciting fights on the undercard. My cousin recaps the night of mma action for our readers.
One of the best known sayings is "The best things come to those who wait." At UFC 102, we have a huge heavyweight fight that would have been great about five years ago. It still will be good, but nowhere near as exciting as it could have been in the past. Randy "The Natural" Couture will be stepping back into the octagon and there to greet him will be a fellow mixed martial arts legend, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. This fight is the main event in which has the making of a very solid fight card. My cuz previews it.
Another UFC event is in the books and two of the best fighters in the sport showed the fans exactly why they are in the top five pound for pound rankings. Both B.J. Penn and Anderson Silva rolled to big wins over staunch foes to headline a night of entertaining fights. My cousin Scott recaps the event from top to bottom for us this morning on The Cleveland Fan.
There is a huge buzz around the world of mixed martial arts now. UFC 100 was a historic event that saw one of the fastest rising stars, Brock Lesnar, put on a great performance. The sport is still growing and the sky is the limit. UFC 101 is going to be another excellent fight card and it comes to you from a solid fight city, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My cousin is as excited for this card as he was for UFC 100, and previews Saturday night's event for here at TCF.
UFC 100 has come and gone and what an event it was. We saw two champions that just might be unbeatable and a true legend of the sport derail the quest of a young up and comer. In my cousin's recap of last night's electric event from the Mandalay Bay, he tells us all about the dominating wins from freaks of nature Brock Lesnar and Georges St. Pierre, and the incredibly violent (and controversial) knockout administered by Dan Henderson.
Back in November of 1993, the Ultimate Fighting Championship was born. It was labeled as human cockfighting and bar room brawling with just a handful full of "so called" rules. Only certain states would hold these events and they were normally every six months or so. Oh how the times have changed. And tonight, to celebrate their 100th main fight card, they have lined up an amazing array of fights, including a heavyweight title bout between two giants. My cousin previews tonight's event.
Daniel Jacobs, one of Golden Boy Promotions top young fighters, returns to the ring June 26th on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights against veteran middleweight, fellow New Yorker, and former Academy Award Nominee George "Blaze" Walton. Walton, a former New York Golden Gloves champion whose once promising career was featured in the 1999 documentary, On the Ropes, is a fighter on the comeback trail. Jason Green talks about the fight, and also ablout Jacobs next potential opponent.
Last night was a great evening for mixed martial arts fans. UFC 99 didn't disappoint and left fans wanting more. The Ultimate Fighter Final is only a week away and UFC 100 is less than a month from now. We saw some very entertaining fights that will whet the appetite for what will be coming in the next few weeks, and the bad taste from UFC 98 is officially gone. My cousin takes a look at the highlights of last night's card.
The UFC makes its first ever trip to Germany Saturday night for UFC 99. The last time there was a UFC pay per view, it was one of the weaker events in recent memory. My cousin says that this card has the potential to wash that bad taste out of his mouth. There are a good number of fights that have the potential to be show stopping, fight of the night material. My cousin previews the whole card for our readers in his latest column.
The UFC crowned a new light heavyweight champion last night. Lyoto Machida took Rashad Evans title with a solid TKO performance. And Matt Hughes, in a lackluster performance, outpointed Matt Serra. My cousin says that once a year a UFC event leaves a bad taste in his mouth or has him scratching my head. Last night was one of those nights and he's not happy about it. My cuz recaps UFC 98.
Live in Las Vegas tonight the UFC will be the stage for one of the promising fights in their history. Two undefeated fighters, with the light heavyweight title on the line, something that has never happened before. And a great fight on the undercard pits two bitter rivals in a match that was supposed to happen a long time ago. My cousin previews Saturday night's UFC 98 for our readers.
Winner of 90 amateur fights, two US National Championships, and the only US Olympic boxer to win a gold medal in nearly two decades ... Andre Ward's professional career is starting to take off. 18-0 and climbing the middleweight ranks rapidly, Andre returns to his hometown of Oakland, California, to fight for the first time as a professional, against dangerous former middleweight title contender Edison Miranda. Jason Green talks about Ward's ascent and tonight's fight in his latest piece for us.
What was supposed to be a mega fight turned out to be a massive blowout. Manny Pacquiao showed everyone who was watching why he is considered the best fighter in the world. What a brutal knockout. The left that Manny Paquiao landed rocked Ricky Hatton and left him motionless for a few minutes. It came in the second round and you knew it was coming after a dominating first round. Hatton never had a chance. My cuz recaps the massacre.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have our first mega fight of 2009 and boy is it a dandy. Las Vegas, Nevada. Ricky Hatton versus Manny Pacquiao. The MGM Grand has the honor of hosting what should be an epic slugfest. Manny Pacquiao, with a record of 48-3-2, is considered the pound for pound king by almost everyone. He steps in the ring on Saturday night wi the mega-popular Ricky Hatton and the legion of Brits that come across the pond for all of his fights. My cuz previews Saturday night's mega-fight.
My cousin Scott and his radio partner Jason Green have started an apparel company called "Pound 4 Pound Apparel", and it is taking off. They've signed some big names already, guys like Ronald Hearns and Andre Ward, and are close to striking deals with other big names in the sport. Another one of their promising young fighters is a kid by the name of Daniel "The Golden Boy" Jacobs. Jason tells us about him in his first column for the site.
In what had the potential to be one of better cards in the last few months, all UFC fans are scratching their heads. The main event was such a letdown, fans will probably forget the rest of the fights were pretty good. We saw Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell's career ended by another vicious knockout. And Anderson "Spider" Silva defended his title in one of the worst events my cousin can recall. He recaps UFC 97 for our readers in his latest column.
After nearly a month and a half since the UFC came to Columbus, the latest pay per view event is finally here. The fans in Montreal, Canada are in for a treat, and so are all the UFC fans worldwide. Two of the biggest names in mixed martial arts history will be stepping back into the octagon and both have a lot to prove. My cousin previews UFC 97.