Fighters rely on sponsors to supplement their fight purses, and will sometimes come up with creative ways to advertise their sponsor. Brian Ebersole, who has shaved an arrow into his chest hair for previous fights, had the logo for Tapout manscaped onto his chest for his win over Claude Patrick.
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Sat, Dec 10, 2011 10:13 PM EST
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Sat, Dec 10, 2011 9:57 PM EST
Brian Ebersole halted Claude Patrick's win streak by winning a razor-close split decision at UFC 140 in Toronto on Saturday. The judges saw it 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 for Ebersole.
After the last two fights on the card ended in under a minute, this one started a bit more slowly. Ebersole pushed Patrick back to the fence to work a takedown. Ebersole got Patrick to the ground, but Patrick grabbed a guillotine. Ebersole survived, and the two returned to their feet. The first round finished with more clinching, but no serious damage for either fighter.
The pair returned to the clinch in the second round. Neither man could get get an advantage as they pushed into each other until the final 20 seconds of the round. Patrick landed four big strikes, which constituted most of the offense for the round.
After showing good takedown defense for much of the fight, Patrick was finally taken down by Ebersole. He held onto Patrick's back, landing strikes the whole time. The even match continued as PatrickRead More »from Brian Ebersole takes tight decision win at UFC 140
- Steve Cofield | Cagewriter – Sat, Dec 10, 2011 9:37 PM EST
He was spectacular tonight finishing Hominick in a UFC-record tying seven seconds in the pay-per-view opener at UFC 140 in Toronto. Hominick entered the fight as one of the biggest favorites on the card at minus-465.
Nicknamed "The Korean Zombie" for his reckless style, Jung took advantage of a sloppy Hominick. The Canadian came charging to the middle of the Octagon and winged a wild left hook. Zombie stepped back and launched himself forward with a straight right.
Hominick fell to his back and absorbed four clean shots to the face. His hands dropped to his side. All that came in seven seconds and referee Herb Dean had to save Hominick.
"I gotta give it up to him. I came out a little too wild. I really wanted to hit him with a clean shot. I know he keeps his hands down," Hominick told UFC analyst Joe Rogan. "I got a little too hyped up. You've seen me fight before, I don't fight reckless and I cameRead More »from Mark Hominick shocked by ‘Korean Zombie’ with UFC record tying seven-second KO
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Sat, Dec 10, 2011 8:44 PM EST
Igor Pokrajac ran through Kryzsztof Soszynski, knocking him out in just 35 seconds. Pokrajac started the bout with several unanswered punches, landing left after right until K-Sos fell to the ground. Pokrajac followed him there, and landed more strikes until K-Sos was out and the bout was stopped.
Earlier in the evening, Constantinos Phillipou won quickly, TKOing Jared Hamman in the first round with powerful strikes.
Philippou tagged Hamman early in the first round, countering a leg kick with a right hand. Phillipou followed up on the ground with more punches, then maneuvered Hamman into an awkward choke. Phillipou brought the fight back to standing, but kept landing damaging punches. Finally, against the fence, Phillipou landed three more shots that sent Hamman to the ground.Read More »from Phillipou and Pokrajac score first-round wins at UFC 140
- Steve Cofield | Cagewriter – Sat, Dec 10, 2011 8:00 PM EST
Dennis Hallman won tonight, but he felt a little guilty about doing so.
Hallman ran roughshod over John Makdessi from the opening seconds. The submission specialist got his hands on Makdessi and worked solely for a takedown. Once he got it, Makdessi was finished. Hallman scored a rear-naked choke victory at 2:58 of the first round.
This was Hallman's first attempt to fight down at 155 pounds in a long time. He'd been fighting recently at 170 and 185. He even took a 195-pound fight in 2009. At 35 years old, making lightweight was tough. He missed badly on Friday coming in at 158.5. For that reason, even after dominating Makdessi, Hallman couldn't brag about his easy victory.
"I'm going to stay at 155. I wanted to make this point, this fight is kind of a wash. Put a little asterisk next to the win because I missed weight," Hallman told UFC analyst Joe Rogan.
The size difference was evident in the clinch and once it hit the ground, the smaller Makdessi was helpess defending the power andRead More »from UFC 140: Hallman runs over Makdessi, Jabouin takes tight decision from Watson
- Steve Cofield | Cagewriter – Sat, Dec 10, 2011 6:22 PM EST
A fight can change in a split second when you hit someone behind the ear. Jake Hecht drilled Rich Attonito from an odd position, but the effect was the same.
Attonito went out for a second and Hecht took advantage pounding him out at the 1:10 mark of round two in the second fight of the night at UFC 140 in Toronto.
It was a startling turnaround after a first round where Attonito worked over Hecht on the ground. The UFC veteran aggressively pursued a takedown in the opening seconds of the second round. Hecht showed good balance through a single-leg takedown attempt, so Attonito dropped down to his knees for a double-leg try.
With Attonito's head sitting in his abdomen, Hecht threw a wicked elbow that hit his opponent on the ear. The next elbow was planted directly to Attonito's temple. The effect was just like getting hit with a standing hook. Attonito's legs gave out and he went down. Hecht (11-2, 1-0 UFC) poured it on with 13 unanswered right hands on Attonito, who turtled up. Referee Josh Rosenthal had to stop it.
Attonito (10-5, 3-2 UFC) cruised in the opening round. He scored a takedown with 3:38 left and worked body-head combinations until the close of the round. Hecht never got off his back, but he avoided a fight changing shot from the bottom by staying active and at least threatening to land a submission. Maybe Attonito was overconfident when he left himself in a prone position so long going for that second round double-leg attempt.
Cholish impressive in debut against Canadian Clarke
John Cholish has trained under some of the best grapplers in the world and it showed tonight. The New Yorker got the fight where he wanted and showed a slick ground game in finishing Mitch Clarke at the 4:36 mark of the second round.Read More »from UFC 140 prelims: Hecht pulls off great comeback, Cholish and Bocek also winners
- Steve Cofield | Cagewriter – Sat, Dec 10, 2011 4:45 PM EST
Tito Ortiz shocked the world by saving his job at UFC 132. The veteran fighter pulled the upset on Ryan Bader. He looks to do it again today against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. He has a much better shot time around because, for once, he's not facing another wrestling specialist.
Ortiz avoided the chopping block with the win over Bader and also impressed his bosses in a loss against Rashad Evans less than two months later. Over the course of six months Ortiz successfully altered the mentality of his boss Dana White.
"I actually called Tito and said 'It's over.' Tito begged me for a fight and he got that Bader fight and pulled it off," White said. "And in my opinion had an awesome fight with (Rashad) Evans. We'll see what he does Saturday night."
What "Lil' Nog" brings to the table in terms of takedown defense is anyone's guess. He was very solid in his fight against Phil Davis after a terrible fight against Jason Brilz.
Adam Hill from the Las Vegas-Review Journal joined me onRead More »from UFC 140 picks, Vegas-style: Tito Ortiz looks for another sizable upset
- Steve Cofield | Cagewriter – Sat, Dec 10, 2011 12:40 AM EST
What's gone wrong with the relationship between Jon Jones and some MMA fans? The brightest young star in the sport is starting collect a sizable group of haters. The fans in Toronto at today's UFC 140 weigh-in greeted Jones with lots of booing.
Jones easily made weight at 205 pounds and was respectful during the staredown with Lyoto Machida (204), but he heard from the Canadians. We weren't sure why the fans in Toronto booed Jones, so we asked for feedback on Twitter.
Only Dennis Hallman had major issues with his weight. It's almost shocking considering the bad press he got from the blue Speedo he wore at UFC . Hallman wasn't even close to lightweight at 158.5 and failed to get down to the allowable 156. He was fined 20 percent of his purse.
UFC 140 weigh-in (Courtesy MMAjunkie)
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)Read More »from UFC 140 weigh-in: Jon Jones may need to get used to the villain role
Jon Jones (205) vs. Lyoto Machida (204)
Frank Mir (260) vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
- Steve Cofield | Cagewriter – Fri, Dec 9, 2011 4:05 PM EST
The UFC's only official pre-fight show returns when Fight Day comes to you live from the Air Canada Centre, the host of Saturday's UFC 140 event. H
Hosts Dave Farra and Megan Olivi will guide you through the latest news of the week. Top UFC lightweight contender Ben Henderson joins the show to discuss his February title fight against Frankie Edgar, and top MMA journalists from around the world join the show to help break down the entire event. Tune in to Fight Day at 5 p.m. ET!
You can watch UFC 140 right here on Yahoo! SportsRead More »from UFC 140: Yahoo! Sports and Heavy present Fight Day Live
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Fri, Dec 9, 2011 3:50 PM EST
mightymouseUFC president Dana White said this week that the promotion will soon have an announcement on adding a flyweight class. Bringing in 125-lb. fighters will not only add some fast-paced excitement to cards, but will also create a welcome home for fighters who were undersized at bantamweight's 135-lb. limit.
Five fighters who would welcome a 10-lb. drop:
Joe Benavidez: He is on a three-fight win streak, but he couldn't get past bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz on his first title try. At 5-foot-4, Benavidez could come up with another title run at flyweight and avoid the possible problem of having to challenge his mentor, contender and former champ Urijah Faber.
Chris Cariaso: At bantamweight, the 5-foot-3 Cariaso is 2-1 in his last three fights, all decisions. Smaller opponents could give him the chance to break out.
John Dodson: The newest Ultimate Fighter is pint-sized, personable and exciting in the cage. In other words, he's the exact kind of fighter to become the face of a new division.Read More »from Five bantamweights who should make the drop to flyweight
- Ball Don't Lie - 22 hours ago
- Shutdown Corner - 21 hours ago
- Devil Ball Golf - 23 hours ago
- Prep Rally - 22 hours ago
- Ball Don't Lie - 19 hours ago
Yahoo! Sports Blogs
Edited by Andy Behrens
Edited by Shane Bacon
Edited by Cameron Smith
Edited by Maggie Hendricks
Edited by Jay Busbee
Edited by Kelly Dwyer
Edited by Jeff Eisenberg
Edited by Graham Watson
Edited by Doug Farrar
Edited by Greg Wyshynski
Edited by Brooks Peck
Edited by Shane Bacon