10 Tough Debuts
1. Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir (UFC 81, 2/2/08)
So it’s a bit of a cheat -- Lesnar’s first pro MMA bout came against Min Soo Kim in 2007. But I argue that if your opponent doesn’t punch you back, it’s not much of a fight.
Lesnar’s real test came against Mir in his UFC debut, a fight that organizers seemed to concoct with the intention of giving Lesnar the most difficult road possible. Where Lesnar is at his most formidable and comfortable -- providing offense on top -- is where Mir is most dangerous, a fact he proved less than a couple of minutes in with a heel hook.
That Lesnar was able to rebound speaks to his confidence as an athlete, and the fact that he didn’t enter the sport for the quick payday. While I generally yawn at rematches, this is one that would likely provide contrast between first-fight jitters and the cage calm that comes with experience.
Mir subed Brock with a heel hook apparently, i swear i thought it was a kneebar, oh well its from sherdog it must be right
Bader,Escudero,Nover Talk TUF (+ Browning, Press Conference Vid)
Humility could be the most common theme among the three fighters who made their way to "The Ultimate Fighter" season eight finale post fight press conference. As Ryan Bader, Efrain Escudero and Phillipe Nover spoke to the media, all three took in stride what just went down to crown two of them the new TUF champions and marked the third as a rising star in the sport.
Tim Boetsch Signs New Deal With UFC
Light heavyweight Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch has signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC and is ready to get back to competition.
Boetsch transitioned to the big stage of MMA as a short notice fighter. He made a huge splash in his UFC debut, hurling David Heath to the canvas before battering him with punches for a TKO win. A loss to Matt Hamill at UFC Fight Night 13 followed, where Boetsch took the fight on six weeks notice.
Strikeforce's Josh Thomson seeking fights with world's best
Riding an eight-fight win streak, Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson (16-2) established himself as a top-10 fighter with a dominant, unanimous-decision win over Gilbert Melendez this past June.
"The Punk" then returned to action with a 74-second destruction of Ashe Bowman in September.
But as Thomson recently told TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), he's now looking for fights with the best opponents in the world.
"Right now I have two (dream opponents)," Thomson said. "I have Eddie Alvarez and B.J. (Penn). To me I think those are the two top guys now."
Coming Soon: WAMMA Lightweight Champion?
Nothing is official yet, but Shinya Aoki vs. Eddie Alvarez on 12/31 may determine the #1 Lightweight in the World not named BJ Penn. There are early talks among all involved parties to use the fight to determine the first WAMMA Lightweight Champion.
Time to end TUF antics
It can hardly be a coincidence that the two men who won titles on The Ultimate Fighter 8 were also among the few who avoided rowdy and disgusting behavior in the house.
Ryan Bader knocked out Vinnie Magalhaes in the light heavyweight final and Efrain Escudero bested Phillipe Nover via unanimous decision on Saturday in the lightweight finale at The Pearl at the Palms in what can only be described as a victory for taste and common sense.
If the best SpikeTV producers and the UFC can do is to show men urinating and ejaculating in others’ food, throwing a glass at a defenseless fighter and making a star out of someone without a whit of class, then it’s time to put a wrap on the reality series.
Lashley needs just 41 seconds in MMA debut, Monson defeats Rodriguez
Highly touted WWE import Bobby Lashley (1-0) made quick work of fellow mixed martial arts rookie Joshua Franklin (0-1).
Lashley needed just 41 seconds to dispose of his opponent in the co-main event of Saturday night's "Mixed Fight Alliance: There Will be Blood" in Miami, Fla. Lashley appeared in the event while on loan from the American Fight League.
The inaugural card for the Mixed Fight Alliance also featured a unanimous decision win by ten-year veteran Jeff Monson (27-8) over former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez (34-10).
TUF 8 Finale fighter salaries
Here are all the TUF 8 Finale payouts:
Efrain Escudero - $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Phillipe Nover - $8,000
Efrain Escudero defeats Phillippe Nover via unanimous decision
Vinicius Magalhaes - $8,000
Ryan Bader - $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Ryan Bader defeats Vinicius Magalhaes via TKO (strikes) Round 1
Wilson Gouveia – $36,800 (including $18,400 to win)
Jason MacDonald - $35,200 (including $9,200 of Gouveia’s purse)
Wilson Gouveia defeats Jason Macdonald via TKO (strikes) Round 1
Anthony Johnson – $18,000 ($9,000 t show, $9,000 to win)
Kevin Burns - $7,000
Anthony Johnson defeats Kevin Burns via KO (head kick) Round 3
David Kaplan - $8,000
Junie Allen Browning - $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Junie Browning defeats David Kaplan via Submission (armbar) Round 2
Shane Primm – $8,000
Krzysztof Soszynski - $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Krzysztof Soszynski defeats Shane Primm via submission (kimura) in round two
Jules Bruchez – $8,000
Eliot Marshall - $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Eliot Marshall defeats Jules Bruchez via submission (rear naked choke) in round one
George Roop – $8,000
Shane Nelson - $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Shane Nelson defeats George Roop via split decision
Tom Lawlor – $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Kyle Kingsbury - $8,000
Tom Lawlor defeats Kyle Kingsbury via unanimous decision
John Polakowski – $8,000
Roli Delgado - $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Rolando Delgado defeats John Polakowski via submission (guillotine choke) in round two
TUF 8 Finale - FOTN, SOTN, KOTN $25k Payouts
(All awards include a $25,000 bonus for each fighter.)
Ultimate Fighter 8 Fight of the Night
– Junie Browning and Dave Kaplan
Ultimate Fighter 8 Knockout of the Night
– Anthony Johnson
Ultimate Fighter 8 Submission of the Night
– Krzysztof Soszynski
Escudero Knocks Off Nover - New Ultimate Fighter
Phillipe Nover may have been christened the 155-pound Anderson Silva by UFC president Dana White, but it was Efrain Escudero that earned the designation of The Ultimate Fighter in the 155-pound class at Saturday night's Ultimate Fighter Finale.
Escudero used his All-American collegiate wrestling skills to great effect throughout the fight, continually ducking Nover's striking attempts and taking the newly promoted Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt down to the mat. Although Nover was aggressive from his back in searching for submissions, Escudero would control the majority of the positioning and score with his repeated ground and pound attacks.
"I knew Phillipe was a very good striker, so I knew he was going to come out with that strong right," recounted Escudero after the fight. "So as soon as he threw it man, I shot right under it."
Darth Bader Strikes Back - New Ultimate Fighter
He was an All-American wrestler while competing at Arizona State University, but now Ryan "Darth" Bader can add "Ultimate Fighter" season 8 champion to his list of accolades after putting away Vinicius Magalhaes in the first round of their match-up on Saturday night.
Coming into the fight as an underdog for probably the first time ever in his professional career, Bader took it upon himself to impress in his finale match-up and did exactly that.
With his wrestling background and Magalhaes' extensive jiu-jitsu pedigree, the light heavyweight finals saw no ground action, but plenty of stand-up.
The fighters traded kicks early, and both showed good footwork to stay in punching range, but each respected the other's power.
It was a big overhand right from Bader that glanced off of Magalhaes' head that sent the Brazilian crashing to the canvas, rocked and in obvious trouble.
Browning Gets Win, Apologises To Mir
Taking the show as a learning lesson, Browning has obviously grown up since the filming finished. He even offered an apology to former coach, Frank Mir, who has been openly critical of his former student on the show in recent weeks.
"I gave (Frank) Mir a hard time on the show. I just want to apologize to everybody, everyone watching and stuff," said Browning. "Mir was actually an awesome coach. It was more my fault. I don't think I would have put up with myself either. I apologize to Mir and the rest of Mir's team, they were awesome coaches."
TUF 8 Finale - Results (**SPOILERS**)
-Efrain Escudero def. Phillipe Nover by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-Ryan Bader def. Vinicius Magalhaes by TKO (Punches) at 2:18, R1
-Anthony Johnson def. Kevin Burns by KO (Kick) at :28, R3
-Wilson Gouveia def. Jason MacDonald by Submission (Verbal) at 2:18, R1
-Junie Browning def. David Kaplan by Submission (Armbar) at 1:32, R2
-Krzysztof Soszynski def. Shane Primm by Submission (Kimura) at 3:27, R2
-Eliot Marshall def. Jules Bruchez by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:27, R1
-Tom Lawlor def. Kyle Kingsbury by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-Shane Nelson def. George Roop by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
-Rolando Delgado def. John Polakowski by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:18, R1
Big Nog and Wand come together in Vegas
Along with coaches Amaury Bitetti and Rodrigo Artilheiro, Rodrigo Minotauro set off this Friday (December 12) for Las Vegas, where the final of the eighth season of the The Ultimate Fighter reality show will take place. In the USA, Minota will only return after his December 27 challenge against Frank Mir. And for this UFC fight to determine who will challenge Brock Lesnar for the definitive UFC heavyweight belt, the Brazilian will count on a big-name buddy: Wanderlei Silva.
Black House reborn in Los Angeles
While the proliferation of major training camps in MMA continues -- a list that currently includes AKA, American Top Team, Greg Jackson's, Miletich Fighting Systems and Xtreme Couture, among others -- another name is quietly rising from the ashes: Black House.
The star-studded team of Brazilians first emerged in 2006. The Rio de Janeiro based camp seemed destined for greatness, then just as quickly faded away.
Ed Soares, manager for several of MMA's top Brazilian fighters, recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the camp was set to relaunch in the U.S.
"We're opening up a Black House training facility in Los Angeles for all the guys that we represent to train at," Soares said. "Hopefully we'll have it open by the end of the year."