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UFC 177: Worst Pay Per View Ever?

by Dr. Octagon, J.D.

I’ve been covering the UFC for what feels like a long time now, and it’s starting to feel like a chore.  

Whenever I complain about watching UFC for a living, people give me a hard time. But as these cards get thinner and there is less and less talent on each card, it makes you wonder how they still think they can charge the same amount of money for a Pay Per View. Now, I’m a highly-compensated MMA blogger, but for people who are not in on the payroll of the munificent Mr. Nagesh, just following this sport is becoming a pricey proposition.  

People on the internet have argued that UFC 177 is the worst card ever. These people must not have woken up at the crack of dawn to watch any of the Asian cards on Fightpass. That said, those cards are part of a ten-dollar-per-month offering for which only the truly hardcore need apply. So UFC 177 isn’t the worst card ever, not by any stretch of the imagination, and to say so is hyperbolic, but it very well might be the worst Pay Per View on paper in recent memory.  

That’s not to say that the fights will be bad, many fights that have looked horrible on paper have turned out great, and some fights that have looked like they would be action-packed slugfests have turned out horribly. The closest thing to this terrible card that I can think of is UFC 149.  Let’s compare:

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier got into a fight during their media day. Uncle Dana is probably going to act pissed, but this is going to make the fight really easy to promote. 

UFC 175 Results: Ronda Rousey Rolls, Chris Weidman Wins


Photos by Getty Images for Zuffa LLC

by Dr. Octagon, J.D.

Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (above) needed just 16 seconds to win on Saturday at UFC 175 in Las Vegas, while Chris Weidman (below) won a terrific battle against Lyoto Machida to keep his middleweight title.

Rousey’s opponent Alexis Davis opened up as a 20-1 underdog and looked very much the part while getting steamrolled in the first minute. Ronda landed a punch, followed by a knee, then put Davis down with a spectacular judo throw that morphed into a headlock. From there all it took was roughly ten undefended strikes to the face before referee Yves Lavigne stepped in to stop the fight. Davis was clearly out of it; she attempted to grapple with Lavigne after the fight was over and clearly had no clue what had happened.


World Series of Fighting 11 Results

by Dr. Octagon, J.D.

World Series of Fighting had a pretty exciting card this afternoon, with some solid action from fighters who are definitely UFC-caliber (especially given the frequency of UFC events these days). Seriously guys, Marcus Brimage is on the undercard of the UFC 175 Pay Per View.  

Melvin Guillard looked pretty good in a slugfest with J.Z. Cavalcante. Melvin was getting the better of the exchanges, but he was also the beneficiary of a seemingly early stoppage, since JZ was still on his feet. Guillard also weighed in three pounds over the lightweight limit, not a great sign from the longtime UFC stalwart.

It’s rare to see a fight stopped while a fighter is on his feet in MMA (as opposed to boxing), but maybe we could use more of them. JZ was getting his ass kicked, and ate a particularly large knee before the stoppage, so there’s probably not going to be much of an uproar over this one. Melvin by TKO in 2:36

Cody Bollinger won by rear naked choke in the first round at 2:37 against Pablo Alonso. This was a nice quick fight, but Bollinger said he will move up to 145 lbs. after weighing in two pounds above the 135-lb limit for this fight.

Jon Fitch put a vicious ground-and-pound on the thoroughly over-matched Dennis Hallman, winning all three rounds on all three cards. The whole fight took place on the ground, but it was more exciting than a typical Fitch fight, with oodles of ground striking.  

The battle of the undefeated lightweights in the main event was tough to watch. Justin Gaethje was able to keep the fight on the feet against one-handed (congenital amputee) submission expert Nick Newell. Gaethje teed off on Newell for what seemed like the longest 1.5 rounds I’ve ever watched.  

I know it was a championship fight and everything, but I wouldn’t have minded seeing it stopped earlier. Gaithje retains the belt with a KO at 2:36 of Round 2 via overhand right. Newell remains the most badass one-armed man on the planet.

Chael Sonnen Fails Drug Test, Retires On UFC Tonight

Chael Sonnen photo by Josh Hedges for Zuffa LLC

by Dr. Octagon, J.D.

Former UFC middleweight and lightweight contender Chael Sonnen failed his random drug test and is no longer fighting Vitor Belfort at UFC 175.  

For those of you at home, that makes three middleweights in the last month or so who failed drug tests (well Wandy technically just ran away, but you know…) While Sonnen had previously announced that he was going to appeal, on Wednesday night he seemed to change his mind and retired on-air on UFC Tonight.  

Chael tested positive for Anastrozole and Clomiphene, which are not steroids, but rather estrogen blockers. People who know way more about this stuff than I do have said that these are the sort of things you take to transition from Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) usage. There’s also been a claim about Chael having fertility issues, which I don’t really understand. Sometimes it seems like you need an M.D. in juicehead bro-science to cover MMA.

Benson Henderson Beats Rustam Khabilov by Rear Naked Choke in 4th

by Dr. Octagon, J.D.

Rustam Khabilov looked good at first but Benson Henderson’s experience was a little too much for him tonight. .

In the fourth round Benson landed a right uppercut and a left, jumped on Khabilov’s back and locked up a quick rear naked choke for his first UFC finish, as hard as that is to believe.

Benson looked a little leaner than usual, but still gigantic for the weight class. This was a quality fight on a night of crappy fights and weird stoppages and decisions. 

Khabilov looked impressive at the outset, displaying good grappling and solid striking. Khabilov was able to escape from some tight spots. He’s going to be a force to be reckoned with soon, but Henderson proved the better man for now.

Diego Sanchez Wins Worst Decision Ever

by Dr. Octagon, J.D.

I’m only catching up on the UFC right now because I was watching the middleweight championship, but I just wanted to note that Diego Sanchez won the worst decision in the history of MMA over Ross Pearson tonight.  

I really don’t think that’s hyperbole.  For the record, I think the previous worst was Diego’s “win” over Martin Kampmann

I had it 30-27 for Ross, who bloodied Diego as he came forward swinging wildly, as per usual. The judges are apparently just giving out points for whoever moves the most at this point, whether or not anything lands.  

Benson Henderson, who also excels at winning fights by doing things that are impressive to judges rather than actually causing damage, is up next.  

Here are the Fightmetric Stats.

UFC 173 Live: Renan Barao vs TJ Dillashaw

Photo by Stephen R. Sylvanie for USA Today Sports

by Dr. Octagon, J.D.

TJ Dillashaw (right) has been telling everyone, “I’m the underdog because he’s the champ.”

More like you’re the underdog because you’re coming off a one fight win streak and UFC bantamweight champ Renan Barao hasn’t lost since 2005. That said, the talk about Barao being the top pound-for-pound MMA fighter is fucking joke. No one is close to light heavyweight champ Jon Jones.  

TJ’s a heavy underdog, but anything can happen in MMA and all the Team Alpha Male guys have improved since Duane Ludwig has been coaching there. Duane’s leaving now due to personality conflicts, but no one can deny that he’s brought a lot of success to Uriah Faber’s gym. A shitload of Brazilians made the trip to support Barao. We’re rooting for TJ though, because he’s from the USA. Live updates after the jump:

UFC 173 Fightpass Prelims Recap: 3 Decisions

by Dr. Octagon, J.D.

Jingliang Lee vs. David Michaud: Terrible fight, but I guess this is the first fight of the Fightpass Prelims, so that’s what you get. Neither fighter looked particularly sharp on the feet or on the ground. Jingliang Li won by split decision (29-28, 28-29 and 30-27), but I’d say he won decisively. The judge that had it 30-27 was closer to the truth.  

Aaron Philips vs. Sam Sicilia: Aaron Philips looks like he has some potential with some really nice kicking techniques, but he was not prepared to brawl with Sam Sicilia. Sicilia didn’t give Philips any breathing room to get off his kicks and won a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28 and 30-27).

Vinc Pichel vs. Anthony Njokuani: I had never seen Vinc Pichel fight before, but he looked really great and dominated Anthony Njokuani through three rounds. Part of it might have been that the combination of the eye poke and the kick to nuts that Njokuani took in the first round sapped him of some of his energy. The second round was particularly lopsided for Pichel, who took down Njokuani at will. Pichel took a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28 and 30-27).

UFC Recap: Matt Brown Defeats Erick Silva by TKO in Best Fight Ever

by Dr. Octagon, J.D.

Erick Silva crumpled Matt Brown in the first round with a vicious body kick just above the belt-line, then got his back and was threatening with a nasty neck crank.  

Somehow, Matt Brown got up and proceeded to put the most savage beating on Erick that I’ve ever seen, to win the round on our card. The second round was all Brown, who looked like he was trying to set a record for most head strikes in a round. Can’t wait to see fightmetric.

The third round was more of the same. Give Silva some credit, the kid took a shitload of punishment, but Matt Brown showed an inhuman amount of toughness and cardio. Amazing fight. Matt Brown is so fucking hard. 

Update: Silva was taken out on a stretcher. We hope he is alright.  

In the co-main, Costa Philippou got back on track, starching Lorenz Larkin in the first round.  

Detroit Superstar Daron Cruickshank made short work of Roufusport product Erik Koch with a left head-kick in the first round. 

Neil Magny won a unanimous decision over Tim “Dirty Bird” Means.

Soa Palelei thankfully finished the fight early with some slick groundwork against South African judoka Ruan Potts, managing to avoid the submissions and get into full mount where he ended it with ground and pound.  

Chris Cariaso defeated Louis Smolka with a unanimous decision. 

UFC 172: Jon Jones Disarms Glover Teixeira To Keep Title


by Gautham Nagesh

BALTIMORE, Md.—UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones disarmed Glover Teixeira over five rounds to win an easy decision and retain his belt at UFC 172  on Saturday night. The sell-out crowd at Baltimore Arena packed the aisles when the champ entered to echoes of the G.O.A.T. The few women in the crowd sat perched on shoulders, and a solid mass of men in Affliction and Tapout T-shirts craned their necks and held their cameras aloft for a glimpse of the Best.

Teixiera performed better than most of Jones’ recent challengers, at times posing a real threat to the superlative champion. But Jones simply adjusted his strategy and imposed his will on the rugged Brazilian. Teixeira was able to land some vicious strikes early on, but Jones proved an outstanding chin is among his many physical gifts. Jones countered by taking the fight against the cage, and out-muscling Teixeira with elbows and uppercuts. 

All three judges scored it a clean sweep for Jones, 50-45. I thought Teixeira did well enough to win at least one of the first two rounds, but who am I to say. Jones was clearly the winner, and the better man. He looked ready to fight another three rounds at the end of the fight, while Teixeira’s eye looked like a poorly butchered piece of steak. 

If boxing is a science, mixed martial arts is only now emerging from its earliest stages of experimentation. Jones is a Picasso, forcing his contemporaries forward with the sheer force of his talent and creativity. Even as the sport’s other biggest stars fall to the wayside and are replaced by fresh blood, Jones stands alone, still younger than most of his peers. Someday it will seem obvious that he is the sport’s defining athlete. Tonight will end up only a tiny piece of that legend.

UFC on Fox 11 Recap: Fabricio Werdum Dominates Travis Browne

by Dr. Octagon, J.D.

Fabricio Werdum defeated Travis Browne at UFC on Fox 11 in Orlando by using superior striking and jiu jitsu to bloody the face of the Hawaiian.  

The first round was rough for Browne, and he never really recovered while looking winded for almost the entire fight. He had no answer for Werdum on the feet and wanted no part of taking the BJJ master to the ground. Werdum deserves the heavyweight title shot he’ll get once Cain Velazquez is back from shoulder surgery.  

Miesha Tate defeated Liz Carmouche in a terrible fight; the most impressive thing on each fighter’s resume was losing to Ronda Rousey. Rousey is a great fighter, but these two do not have the skills required to make an exciting fight. I can’t believe this was the co-main event while guys like Khabib Nurmagomedov were on the undercard.

Donald Cerrone submitted Edson Barboza after knocking him down with a jab and sinking the rear naked choke. Edson Barboza looked super quick as always, but Cerrone was able to catch him and quickly capitalize to jump on his back and end the fight in the first round.  

Yoel Romero used his world-class wrestling to manhandle Brad Tavares in a three-round decision victory. Romero’s striking looks pretty good as well and he is scary strong. Expect him to move quickly up the middle weight ranks.  

Johny Hendricks Beats Robbie Lawler, Wins UFC Welterweight Title


by Dr. Octagon, J.D.

Johny Hendricks threw caution to the wind at UFC 171 on Saturday night and basically stood directly in front of Robbie Lawler for five rounds in their fight for the vacant UFC welterweight title.  

We were rooting for Johny because he got robbed against former champ Georges St. Pierre in his last fight. Against Lawler, Johny won the first two rounds, while Robbie won the third and fourth, busting up Johny’s face really badly.  

The fight was pretty clearly up for grabs in the fifth round. Johny had a little more gas in the tank, as Robbie looked winded. After landing some punches, Hendricks scored a crucial takedown. Robbie looked up at the clock and appeared ticked off, as if he knew he had lost.

The judges all had it 48-47 for Hendricks, which was the correct score. Great fight, congrats to the new champ.

Johny Hendricks Misses Weight On First Attempt

by Dr. Octagon, J.D.

Johny Hendricks (above) missed his contracted weight by 1.5 pounds on his first attempt at UFC 171 in Dallas.

Because his fight against Robbie Lawler is for the vacant UFC welterweight title, Hendricks doesn’t have the one pound wiggle room given to fighters in non-title fights. He’s got to lose it all. He’s got an hour to lose the weight or the fight won’t be for the belt, which would be a shame.  

Update: Hendricks made weight on his second attempt. The belt will in fact be on the line tomorrow night. Must have been a rough cut for him. People betting on Lawler must be feeling better about their underdog pick.  

Dana White Snipes At Writer For Speaking Truth

by Dr. Octagon, J.D.

UFC boss Dana White went off on MMA Fighting's Luke Thomas for (somewhat indirectly) dissing the weak-ass cards the UFC has been putting out lately. We’re with Luke on this one.

Also, it’s pretty silly for Dana to pretend he doesn’t know who Luke Thomas is. The man is one of the top journalists in the MMA game (and a friend of this blog.) Not to mention, White just responded to one of his tweets. We can’t imagine another major sports commissioner lashing out at the press on Twitter like this. Totally unprofessional.  

Memo to the Press: Dana would like to continue to generate massive profits while putting out crappy cards and paying the fighters next to nothing. Criticism will not be tolerated.