Varner Wins Split, To Retain Title
Through four rounds, WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner and No. 1 contender Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone went to war, just like everyone in attendance in San Diego and everyone watching at home expected out of the two 155-pound warriors.
Unfortunately, it was an accidental knee strike in the fifth round that brought about the end of the fight. Varner kept his title via split decision, and both competitors promised another go round if the WEC would make it happen.
WEC 38 - Results (SPOILERS)
Main Card Bouts:
-Jamie Varner def. Donald Cerrone by Split Decision (49-46, 47-48, 49-46).
-Urijah Faber def. Jens Pulver by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:34, R1.
-Danillo Villefort def. Mike Campbell by TKO at 3:55, R1.
-Jose Aldo def. Rolando Perez by TKO at 4:15, R1.
-Benson Henderson def. Anthony Njokuani by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:42, R2.
-Edgar Garcia def. Hiromitsu Miura by TKO at 1:18, R1.
-Dominick Cruz def. Ian McCall by Unanimous Decision (All three judges score the fight 30-27).
-Scott Jorgensen def. Frank Gomez by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:09, R1.
-Jesse Lennox def. Blas Avena by TKO at 0:41, R2.
-Charlie Valencia def. Seth Dikun by Unanimous Decision (All three judges score the fight 30-27).
Affliction Day of Reckoning post fight quotes
Here are post fight quotes from the winners of Affliction Day of Reckoning. Fedor talks about capitalizing on Arlovski's mistakes, Barnett talks about his performance, and Dan Lauzon makes mentions of the low blows by Bobby Green. Some interesting quotes in case anyone hasn't seen
Fedor Emelianenko: Fight was even until I knocked Arlovski out
For a brief moment during Saturday's "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" main event in Anaheim, Calif., Fedor Emelianenko (29-1) looked almost human.
Apparently frustrated by the effective striking, long reach and rapid speed of challenger Andrei Arlovski (14-6), Emelianenko looked wounded in the corner, and "The Pitbull" smelled blood.
Then suddenly, and with little warning, a crushing right hand flattened Arlovski and immediately returned Emelianenko's mystique. During the post-event press conference, the Russian champion said that despite appearances, he was firmly in control throughout the 194 seconds he needed to destroy the world's second-best heavyweight.
Tito Ortiz wants to see Vitor Belfor fight Anderson Silva
“Wow! That’s all I got to say. Vitor at 185 pounds. I don’t know. I see him beating the, uh, what was it, Anderson Silva. I see him picking him apart because you have two great boxers, and, man, that was amazing. That was the old Vitor Belfort that we all want to see. Him at 131 years old. He’s back for vengeance.”
Larry Merchant claims Affliction paid Oscar De La Hoya $5 million …
… to attend and help promote “Day of Reckoning” — a venture that his Golden Boy Promotions backed — rather than sit ringside at a big boxing match that aired on HBO that same night.
Here’s the Merchant rant via MMA Insider Blog:
“A celebrity who is here in bronze only [referring to a bronze statue of Oscar De La Hoya that stands outside the Staples Center]. Oscar De La Hoya, the live version, is in nearby Anaheim, where his company got a $5 million fee from a t-shirt maker so that he would be personally involved the promotion of a mixed martial arts show.It would take that much, Jim, to get me to go to one of those things.”
Affliction 2 Fighter Payouts, Attendance
The CSAC has released the disclosed fighter payouts from last night's Affliction 2 event. The total disclosed payouts were $3,308,000 with the lion's share-$1,500,000-going to main event loser Andrei Arlovski. That figure does not include a bonus going to Fedor, rumored to be over $1 million. Affliction claimed a live gate of 13,228 paid, but that has not been confirmed by the CSAC.
Baroni Positive Regarding UFC Return
Phil Baroni hopes to make his return to the UFC later this year, if he can get the all-clear from his contract with ProElite.
“I’d like to be fighting in the UFC. Its where I think I want to be. Fighting for Strikeforce is pretty good and so is Japan but I just want to be back on the big stage and not be a journeyman anymore,” he told Fighters Only.
Tito Ortiz not going back to UFC with Dana White still in charge
Tito Ortiz (15-6-1) takes another step away from his UFC roots at Saturday night's "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" event in Anaheim, Calif.
Still bound by a fight contract to the organization that gave him his start, Ortiz recently told TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), that he's excited to try his hand at MMA broadcasting, even though it's not for the UFC.
"This will be my first step to get my feet wet and see how it is," Ortiz said. "I'm very, very excited."
Barnett Earns Title Shot, Belfort KO's Lindland
It took nearly all three rounds, but Josh Barnett – at Saturday night's "Day of Reckoning" in Anaheim, Calif. – earned his shot at the WAMMA heavyweight title. He thoroughly dominated Gilbert Yvel, taking him down throughout and unleashing a relentless barrage of punches, hammerfists, and forearms. It wasn't until the waning moments of the final round, however, before Barnett overwhelmed Yvel with his onslaught, causing the Dutch fighter to tap out.
Tim Boetsch Vs Jason Brilz At UFC 96
A light heavyweight match-up has been confirmed for UFC 96 in Columbus, Ohio, as Tim Boetsch will return to action against Jason Brilz. The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Saturday by sources close to the fight.
Tim Boetsch steps into the bout at UFC 96 with a cumulative 2-1 record in the Octagon, with his last fight taking place in September, which was a win over Michael Patt. He ended the fight in the first round by strikes, earning a TKO victory.
WEC 38 Weigh-In Results
Main Card Bouts:
-Jamie Varner (155) vs. Donald Cerrone (154.5)
-Urijah Faber (146) vs. Jens Pulver (145.5)
-Danillo Villefort (170.5) vs. Mike Campbell (170.5)
-Jose Aldo (145.5) vs. Rolando Perez (145)
-Benson Henderson (156.5) vs. Anthony Njokuani (156)
-Hiromitsu Miura (170.5) vs. Edgar Garcia (171.5)
-Dominick Cruz (135) vs. Ian McCall (135.5)
-Scott Jorgensen (135.5) vs. Frank Gomez (136)
-Blas Avena (171.5) vs. Jesse Lennox (170.5)
-Charlie Valencia (134) vs. Seth Dikun (136)
Most of the fighters made weight without a hitch. Blas Avena, Edgar Garcia, and Ben Henderson, however, all came in half a pound over the limit for their respective bouts. Each was given an hour to drop the weight and make their fights official.
Henderson accepted his bout against Anthony Njokuani on just a few days of notice.
All three fighters made weight on their second attempt.
Crushing KO Keeps Fedor On His Throne
For three minutes, Andrei Arlovski appeared that he had finally cracked the code to the world's greatest heavyweight. In the end, he only found a chink in Fedor Emelianenko's armor, not a way to pierce his heart.
Arlovski had the reach advantage in this fight. He had the speed advantage. He was elusive. And true to the pre-fight words of his boxing trainer, Freddie Roach, he appeared to have Fedor frustrated, something rarely seen in the Russian's demeanor.
There was even a trickle of blood flowing from Fedor's nose.
Affliction II 'Day Of Reckoning' Results (SPOILERS)
-Jay Hieron def. Jason High by KO (Punch) at 1:04, R1
-Fedor Emelianenko def. Andrei Arlovski by KO (Punch) at 3:14, R1
-Josh Barnett def. Gilbert Yvel by Submission (Strikes) at 3:05, R3
-Vitor Belfort def. Matt Lindland by KO (Punch) at :37, R1
-Renato "Babalu" Sobral def. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou by Submission (D'Arce Choke) at 2:36, R2
-Paul Buentello def. Kiril Sidelnikov by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) at 4:18, R3
-Dan Lauzon def. Bobby Green by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:55, R1
-Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Vladimir Matyushenko by TKO (Strikes) at 4:26, R2
-L.C. Davis def. Bao Quach by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at 5:00, R3
-Albert Rios def. Antonio Duarte by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at 5:00, R3
-Brett Cooper def. Patrick Speight by KO (Punch) at 4:10, R2
Reese Andy Released By UFC
Another UFC fighter has gotten Das Boot in the last couple days, this time it's former IFL fighter Reese Andy. 2 losses in 2 UFC fights has him looking for work but his agent says they're going over offers from other promotions.
UFC Quick Quote: BJ Penn surprised that Georges ‘Hamburglar’ St. Pierre isn’t using steroids
"It’s surprising that he’s in such good shape without the use of steroids or growth hormones, he’s eating cheeseburgers and all that. (GSP trainer) Firas [Zahabi], after the fight, he can go home, walk to his bedroom, take his shoes off, lie down in his bed, take about 20 or 30 minutes and go **** himself."
UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn has some very unkind words for Georges St. Pierre and trainer Firas Zahabi on Sirius Satellite’s Hardcore Sports Radio following the debacle that has become the ‘reality’ behind the Spike TV production “UFC Primetime,” which is a $1.7 million three-part promotional series for his upcoming super fight against ‘Rush’ at UFC 94 on January 31. Just when you thought these two couldn’t generate any more heat prior to next Saturday’s epic battle, Mr. Penn delivers.
Jason MacDonald returns at UFC 97
Veteran UFC middleweight and Canadian fighter Jason MacDonald (21-11 MMA, 5-4 UFC) will return to action in April when the UFC heads to Montreal, Canada, for UFC 97.
The UFC is in the process of finalizing an opponent for the 33-year-old Edmonton native.
UFC 97 takes place April 18 at the Bell Centre and airs live on pay per view.
Sokoudjou: "I felt like someone stole my body and gave me a girl's"
When Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (5-3) burst onto the world's MMA landscape in 2007 with knockout wins over Ricardo Arona and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, "The African Assassin" was a picture of power and strength.
But after a disappointing 1-2 stretch in the UFC, Sokoudjou's lack of fitness became a major concern for his future endeavors.
With just hours remaining before Sokoudjou's "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" bout with Renato "Babalu" Sobral (31-7) in Anaheim, Calif., the Team Quest fighter told TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he's ready to put an end to questions of his fitness.
"Usually I wake up 10 pounds over (on the day of the weigh-ins), but I did it different this time," Sokoudjou said. "[This time] I was three pounds over.
"I don't want to do a big cut anymore and get in the sauna and kill myself forever. This time I decided to get on a diet a long time ago and get my weight down to where I don't need a sauna anymore."
The chiseled Sokoudjou's strength and explosiveness have long been considered his greatest assets. But in UFC losses to Luis Cane and Lyoto Machida -- defeats that led to Sokoudjou's release from the organization -- the Cameroon native faded quickly after the opening five minutes.
Sokoudjou readily admitted his faults.
"Last time I had a big cut, and then halfway through the fight I felt like someone stole my body and gave me a girl's body to fight with," Sokoudjou said.