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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 Lawlaer, 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.   

UFC Fight Night 37: Alexander Gustaffson Stops Jimi Manuwa in London

by Dr. Octagon, J.D.

Alexander Gustaffson landed a huge knee in the second round at UFC Fight Night 37 in London, and that was it for Jimi Manuwa.  

Gus landed a few punches and followed Manuwa to the ground for some hammerfists before the fight was stopped. It was an expected victory for Gustaffson, as Manuwa had never really faced anyone on Gustaffson’s level and had won his last two fights via flukey leg injuries.

There is talk about a rematch with light heavyweight champion Jon Jones for Gustaffson, who came closer than anyone else to beating the champ (save  Matt Hamill, lolz).  For the record, we’d rather see the newly-svelte Daniel Cormier get the shot.  

The co-main event between Melvin Guillard and Michael Johnson was shockingly boring. Johnson was game, but Melvin did not look like he really wanted to be there. Melvin moved slowly, and would throw a single haymaker every now and again, only to be countered by the quicker Johnson.

Johnson tried to make it a fight and even taunted Guillard a la the Diaz bros, but to no avail. Melvin didn’t even push forward in the third round when it was pretty clear he was losing the fight. We don’t know where Melvin goes from here.  

On the main card: Brad Pickett won a unanimous decision over Neil Seery in a so-so fight.

Gunnar Nelson continued to look impressive, taking Omari Akhmedov to the ground and working elbows before sinking a guillotine in the first round.  

I didn’t catch the undercard. Cro Cop is fighting in a kickboxing match tonight in Zagreb, Croatia. It’s being aired on on Spike with a tape delay in the United States, so stay off Twitter if you don’t want spoilers.

Opening Bell: Sergio Martinez vs Miguel Cotto June 7 at MSG

Sergio Martinez photo by Anna John for StiffJab.com

by Gautham Nagesh

You’ve read this elsewhere, but we don’t like to report that a fight will happen until the contracts are signed. Because even then, it’s at best 70-30 that the fight will actually happen. But it looks like New York fight fans have reason to celebrate, thanks to the latest news from Top Rank.

Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (above) will defend his title on June 7th at Madison Square Garden against Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Cotto. Martinez has looked a bit old of late, but he remains one of the sport’s proudest and most gallant champions. Cotto will be the underdog, but also the overwhelming crowd favorite. Let there be no doubt: New York loves Miguel Cotto. If the fight is close, that could be the difference.

UFC Fight Night: Stun Gun Wins With Devastating Spinning Elbow In Macao

by Dr. Octagon J.D.

UFC Fight Night Macao started at the ungodly hour of 6am, but I did roll out of bed in time to catch the main card.  

In the main event, Dong Hyun Kim scored a highlight-reel stoppage of John Hathaway in the third round. Kim has the early striking advantage and landed at will on Hathaway, who didn’t seem to have any interest in putting his hands up. In the third round, Hathaway went in for an elbow, while Kim dodged and landed a cracking spinning elbow to Hathaway’s head. The shot ended the fight without any question, as Hathaway lay motionless on the mat.  

Stun Gun used to use judo to stifle opponents, until his last fight against Erick Silva. Kim’s much improved striking and excellent grappling now make him a tough test for anyone in the UFC. He hasn’t had a definitive loss in the Octagon since he was knocked out by Carlos Condit. He also lost to Demian Maia, but it was more of a freak injury than anything else.  

For his part, Silva needed just 51 seconds to stop Takenori Sato with a massive left hand KO.

In The Ultimate Fighter China finale, Zhang Lipang “defeated” Wang Sai by split decision. We had it 29-28 for Sai.  

In other action, Matt Mitrione defeated Shawn Jordan by KO with a last minute flurry at the end of round one. Hatsu Hioki defeated Ivan Menjivar by unanimous decision, it was 29-28 on all the cards. 

The Eight Count: Vitali Klitschko For President, RIP Antonio Cermeno

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by Anna John

Is it already Friday? So it is. Here’s what we’re reading at Stiff Jab  headquarters:

1) This story about the first “cutwoman” in The UFC is well-worth a read. After eight years of preparation, research, and unpaid practice, Swayze Valentine participated in UFC 170 in Las Vegas. Her journey to the octagon hasn’t been easy:

"Then there were the struggles of being a woman in a man’s sport. Valentine said she has been physically assaulted by a manager, not let in the cage by security guards and banished from dressing rooms by fighters."

2) Many fight fans and boxers are on Twitter, and most wish for the magic blue check mark. The latest to be verified? None other than Muhammad Ali, who chose the 50th anniversary of his fight with Sonny Liston to tweet:

"I shook up the world against Liston, now 50 years later I’m taking it to Twitter."

Note: any tweet hashtagged “#AliTweet” is from the man himself. What are you waiting for— follow him already!

3) The Nevada Athletic Commission voted Thursday to ban testosterone replacement therapy, commonly known as “TRT”. Many in the sport (including Doc Octagon) felt that fighters were getting over by claiming they needed TRT due to their low testosterone levels.

"There is also a prevailing opinion in the medical world, testified to by commission doctors at Thursday’s meeting, that many cases of low testosterone in fighters were caused by prior use of performance-enhancing drugs."

UFC 170: Ronda Rousey Rules Supreme, Smashes Sara McMann

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by Raquel Ruiz

LAS VEGAS—It wasn’t love at the first sight.

UFC 170 at the Mandalay Center in Las Vegas on Saturday night was a disappointing first date. The best thing I can say about my inaugural experience covering mixed martial arts: I’m open to giving my new lover a second chance.

To me, Vegas is the most plastic representation of the society lost in consumerism, addiction and ostentation. But in love and war, anything goes. I came to this insufferable city to cover a spectacle that has intrigued me for a long time. I came with a purpose, and a love for contact sports. How could I not be intrigued? Since The UFC began staging women’s fights last year, it has quickly become the biggest platform for female combat sports.

Unfortunately, my opening night was not charming. It’s like kissing an attractive man for the first time and not feeling the butterflies in your tummy as expected. Still, you usually arrange a second date, just to see if the “galan” was just really nervous and can do better the second time. So, to be fair, I will give UFC a second date.

UFC 170 promised to be a solid card, with the stellar fight being the women’s bantamweight championship in the main event. So real responsibility weighed on the shoulders of the Queen on the Octagon, Ronda Rousey(top), on Saturday night. She delivered, stopping Sara McMann in the first round with strikes to win by TKO.

Fight Night 36 Recap: Lyoto Machida Leads Boring Night In Jaragua

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by Dr. Octagon, J.D.

We were in attendance at UFC 169, which set the record for most decisions on a Pay Per View. That card was way better than UFC Fight Night 36 in Jaragua, Brazil.

I never thought it would come to this, but I am about to complain that the five hours of free no-holds-barred cage fighting were boring, and that such events are being held too often. Welcome to The UFC’s era of over-saturation. Nothing unexpected or exciting happened on this card. For the most part, the favorites won and there were a ton of decisions.

Also, Mario Yamasaki is making a strong case for the title of worst ref in MMA. Yamasaki deducted a point from Maximo Blanco on the undercard for his first accidental kick to the junk. That’s the first time I can recall seeing that happen. The deduction didn’t end up mattering, but there should be some sort of consistency for accidental fouls.  A one point deduction in a three round fight is a pretty harsh penalty. 

Speaking of consistency, in the main event Lyoto Machida was clearly on his knees when Gegard Mousasi hit him with an illegal upkick to the face. Yamasaki apparently didn’t notice it was a foul until Machida looked at him as if to ask, “What the fuck man” or the Portuguese equivalent. No point was deducted. That’s right. A kick to the groin is a point deduction. An illegal kick to the face? Yamasaki doesn’t even really notice.

UFC 169: Renan Barao vs Urijah Faber Ends Early, Late Comeback For Abel Trujillo

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by Dr. Octagon, J.D.

NEWARK, N.J.—Our esteemed editor and I were onsite at the Prudential Center on Saturday night for UFC 169. Nah, we didn’t get credentialed. The UFC is famously stingy with press passes, so we just bought tickets. Pretty good seats for the price too, especially since there were two title fights.

While I’ll watch any form of combat sport, Mr. Nagesh pretty much only watches boxing, so I was excited that he was going to catch his first MMA show. Unfortunately, there was more violence in the stands than in the cage (two people were stabbed despite pretty extensive frisking/metal detectors on the way in). This event set the record for most decisions in UFC history.  

Despite the lack of stoppages, there were some great moments. At least we didn’t waste our money going to one of the most noncompetitive Super Bowls in recent memory. 

The UFC is definitely starting to show some undercard fatigue now that they’re putting on so many shows. There were a few fights where the fighters not only didn’t look that good, but also weren’t very aggressive. Not the sort of thing that makes you want to go out and buy Fightpass. Anyway, here’s a breakdown of the main card:

Stiff Jab Presents: The Fourth Judge Podcast Episode 4

This week we’ve got a healthy dose of Knicks talk as we cover everything from the shady Idan Ravin firing to a dream of James’ in which he imagines he is Carmelo Anthony with a penis injury. We are also joined by site founder Gautham Nagesh for a little UFC and boxing talk, among many other stimulating, thought provoking topics (like Chipotle). 

Good news! You can still subscribe to us on iTunes!

Or you can download the episode right here! Whatever you want!

UFC on Fox 10: Benson Henderson vs Josh Thomson

Benson Henderson photo by Josh Hedges for Zuffa

by Dr. Octagon, J.D.

Main event time for UFC on Fox 10. Former UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson (left) versus Josh Thompson, live round-by-round scoring after the jump:

UFC on Fox 10 Live: Stipe Miocic vs Gabriel Gonzaga

by Dr. Octagon, J.D.

This is the co-feature, matching heavyweights Stipe Miocic and Gabriel Gonzaga. Live round-by-round updates after the jump:

UFC on Fox 10: Donald Cerrone vs Adriano Martins

by Dr. Octagon, J.D.

Donald Cerrone has said he’s broke and he wants to fight as much as possible this year. He’s favored in this matchup against Adriano Martins. Sometimes Cerrone looks great, sometimes, not so much.  

Round 1: Martins kicks to the body. Cerrone with a leg kick. Kick to the leg by Cerrone. Martins lands a left. Jab by Cerrone, he ducks under a punch from Martins. Leg kick from Cerrone. Head kick from Cerrone is blocked. Leg kick from Cerrone. Martins lands a right. Martins lands a nice left. Cerrone punching the body. Leg kick from Cerrone. Kick to the body from Martins.  

Cerrone kicking the body. Martins lands a left. Cerrone takes Martins down, he was mounted for a second, then thrown off. Cerrone lands another leg kick. Cerrone kicks the body. Right lands for Cerrone. Leg kick from Cerrone. Martins walking stiff on that leg. Cerrone lands a kick to the side of the head and Martins is out.  

Looks like Cowboy just won himself a knockout of the night with that head kick.