Saturday Night's Mania Event: Jake Shields eye pokes Georges St. Pierre at UFC 129 ... but was it intentional?
Saturday Night's Mania Event is back, despite heavy competition from both Bellator 43 and the mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley.
That's alright, though, because we've got business to take care of.
In the wake of one of the most successful events in the history of the UFC, there are questions that need asking in regards to the main event that marred the entire show.
Was Jake Shields intentionally trying to poke Georges St. Pierre in the eye at UFC 129 this past Saturday, April 30, 2011, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada?
To start, it should be immediately established that an eye poke did, in fact, occur and it was the main culprit in causing GSP to lose vision in his left eye for most of the duration of the fight.
It was not a punch to the eye, as Shields initially commented at the post-fight press conference. It was a vicious poke, or maybe even scrape is a better term.
There are many layers to this occurrence that need to be discussed. Should the fight have been allowed to continue after the infraction, in which St. Pierre's sight was clearly compromised to the point of dangerousness?
Does someone need to tell Greg Jackson, trainer to the stars, that it's simply irresponsible for him to outright dismiss this fact when his fighter made him aware of it between rounds?
Did the ringside doctors and the entire commission drop the ball in regards to this entire incident?
Lots to talk about, ladies and sirs, let's get right to it.
Bellator 43 Results
Bellator Fighting Championships bills itself as the place "Where championships are earned, not given."
Following a highly controversial split-decision loss to fellow season-four welterweight tournament finalist Jay Hieron, former Olympic judoka Rick Hawn might disagree.
The Hieron vs. Hawn bout served as the featured contest of Saturday's Bellator 43 event, which took place at the First Council Casino Hotel in Newkirk, Okla., and aired on MTV2.
OFFICIAL MAIN CARD RESULTS
Jay Hieron def. Rick Hawn via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) - welterweight tourney final
Bryan Baker def. Joe Riggs via knockout (punch) - Round 2, 3:53
Chase Beebe def. Jose Vega via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 1, 4:06
Ron Sparks def. Vince Lucero via submission (keylock) - Round 1, 2:18
OFFICIAL PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS
David Rickels def. Richard Bouphanouvong via submission (triangle choke) - Round 2, 1:11
Michael Osborn def. Mike Schatz via submission (strikes) - Round 1, 1:58
Tachi Palace Fight 9 Results
Three-time WEC veteran Ian McCall (10-2) earned his third-straight victory and a shot at Tachi Palace Fights' flyweight title with a one-sided unanimous-decision win over Dustin Ortiz (7-1) in the main event of Friday's "TPF 9: The Contenders" event.
Additionally, UFC veterans Fabricio Camoes (12-5-1) and Gerald Harris (18-4) also picked up decision victories at the event.
Tachi Palace Fights 9 took place at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif.
While the opening round was the most competitive of the three, McCall dominated Ortiz for the majority of the contest with a sprawl-and-brawl approach that saw Ortiz unable to garner takedowns and unable to match his opponent's striking prowess. It was McCall's second-straight decision win under the Tachi Palace Fights banner after upsetting Jussier da Silva this past February.
Ian McCall def. Dustin Ortiz via unanimous decision
Isaac DeJesus def. Russ Miura via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 2:52
Fabricio Camoes def. Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision
Gerald Harris def. Anthony Ruiz via unanimous decision
Mamoru Yamaguchi def. Kevin Dunsmoor via knockout (punch) - Round 2, 4:03
Jorge Lopez def. Waachiim Spiritwolf via unanimous decision
Farkhad Sharipov def. Tommy Vargas via unanimous decision
Chidi Njokuani def. Alan Jouban via knockout (punch) - Round 3, 1:27
Art Arciniega def. Josh Herrick via submission (triangle choke) - Round 1, 1:08
Cody Gibson def. Walel Watson via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 4:09
Brad McDonald def. Jesse Bowen via split decision
Kenny Ento def. James Chaney via TKO (doctor's stoppage) - Round 2, 1:53
Alex Perez def. Jesus Castro via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 1:56
Del Rosario's trainer says fighter facing legal distractions, potentially difficult recovery
Shane Del Rosario (11-0 MMA, 3-0 SF) isn't in the clear just yet.
The Strikeforce heavyweight was involved in an April 14 automobile accident when an allegedly intoxicated driver struck his car, which was waiting at a stoplight in Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Now Del Rosario's trainer, Colin Oyama, said there's some concern whether or not the undefeated heavyweight will ever return to action, and he's facing some distracting legal proceedings while helping to prosecute the woman that hit him.
Rory Markham vs. Rudy Bears Added to Titan Fighting 18
A welterweight showdown between UFC veteran Rory Markham and Strikeforce and Bellator Fighting Championships veteran Rudy Bears has been added to Titan Fighting Championship 18 on May 27 at the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.
The event, which will also feature former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver, as well as a hard-hitting middleweight bout between UFC veteran Drew McFedries and undefeated Strikeforce veteran Darryl Cobb, will be televised live on HDNet starting at 10 p.m. ET.
Nick Diaz vs. Jeff Lacy Purse and TV Information
I had the chance to talk to Jeff Lacy's manager, Joey Gilbert, about the deal between Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz and former world super middleweight boxing champion Jeff Lacy to square off in a boxing match. Gilbert shared some very interesting information about the bout.
Georges St. Pierre Discusses UFC 129 Eye Injury
UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has been the subject of much discussion and ridicule since his UFC 129 decision win over Jake Shields. Fans and media alike have been harsh in their criticism, but one of the major game-changers in the fight was Shields inadvertently poking GSP in the eye in the third round. GSP came back to his corner and said he couldn't see out of his eye, and had considerable trouble finding his range for the rest of the fight.
There has been much speculation about the severity of his injury since the fight, so St. Pierre turned to twitter today to give his fans an update on his condition:
"I am so lucky my BJJ instructor Bruno Fernandes is an ophtamologist!!! I'll be in good hands!!!"
"My medical condition is called Hyphema. My vision is still blurry and my eye sensitive but the blood in my eye has now been absorbed..."
"My retina is find as well and my vision will come back to 100%!!! Can't be more happy!!"
Shinya Aoki Will Fight at Dream 17; McKee Possible Opponent (UPDATED)
A proposed fight between Shinya Aoki and Willamy Freire appears to be off for Dream’s “Fight for Japan” event on May 29. The Dream lightweight champion will remain on the card, but in an interesting twist to the situation, it is unclear whom he will face.
MMAWeekly.com initially reported that a fight between he and former MFC lightweight champion Antonio McKee was on tap, as long as McKee could finalize his travel details. While that fight is very much still in play, our sources indicate that Dream is also negotiating with former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner.
Sources close to the situation told MMAWeekly.com that the fight between Aoki and McKee had been verbally agreed to, at least from McKee’s side, and that a bout agreement had been issued. McKee, though, must first renew his passport and get a visa to gain entry into Japan, the same sort of issues that reportedly kept Freire out of the fight.
Jeff Lacey Signs Agreement To Face Nick Diaz In Boxing Bout
May 6, 2011 - According to a press release, former IBF super-middleweight champion Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy has formally agreed to face Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz in a professional boxing bout. There is no word on whether or not Diaz will agree to the bout or which weight class this fight will be contested at should it be made.
Del Rosario in car accident, Noons-Masvidal targeted for "Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum"
Heavyweight Shane Del Rosario (11-0 MMA, 3-0 SF) has withdrawn from an upcoming bout with fellow prospect Daniel Cormier (7-0 MMA, 4-0 SF) following a car accident this past week, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned from sources close to the event.
A lightweight bout between K.J. Noons (9-2 MMA, 2-1 SF) and Jorge Masvidal (21-6 MMA, 2-0 SF) will likely take its place, according to a separate source.
Lots of fights falling apart today, damn. Hope Shane is alright.
McCrory planning return to MMA after almost 2-yr hiatus
When Tamdan McCrory was last seen in the Octagon, he was on the losing end of a split decision against John Howard at UFC 101. It was his second loss in three fights, and the fighter known as “The Barn Cat” had gone 2-3 since starting his professional mixed martial arts career with nine straight wins.
Even though McCrory, a native of Cortland, N.Y., has not fought since his loss to Howard more than a year and a half ago, he has stayed busy helping MMA develop in his home state. He operates out of CNY MMA, which he co-owns. The gym has three locations in New York: Cortland, Binghamton and Watertown.
Tim Kennedy: 'Give Me Robbie Lawler. Let Me Fight That Guy'
Strikeforce middleweight and former Special Forces sniper/Green Beret Tim Kennedy has a lot to be thankful for this week. As a man that has served in Afghanistan and personally looked for Osama Bin Laden, he is clearly happy that justice has been served. He has spoken about this on two different radio shows in the last two days, offering an obviously unique perspective - Steve Cofield's ESPN radio show, and Sirius XM Fight Club. He also has some stuff to say in regards to his next fight:(On the Cofield show, at 11:07 mark ):TK: "It's not 100% yet, but it looks like it's going to be at the end of July on the Dan Henderson/Fedor card, and I'm already gettin' in my training camp, gettin' ready to go, so for me, I'm fighting at the end of July. I just have to get somebody to say yes to fight me.
Gleison Tibau Replaces Cody McKenzie, Will Face Bart Palaszewski at UFC 130
Ultimate Fighter season 12 contestant Cody McKenzie has been forced out of his UFC 130 fight with an injury, and Brazilian Gleison Tibau is likely to step in and replace him in facing veteran Bart Palaszewski.
The UFC confirmed that Tibau has verbally agreed to the bout.
McKenzie (12-1) has split his two fights in the UFC octagon, winning his debut with his trademark guillotine choke variation before dropping his most recent fight in a technical submission to Yves Edwards.
Diego Sanchez Donates Grapplers Quest Purse To Autism Charity
A regular fixture of the North American UFC Fan Expos, Grapplers Quest was present promoting a series of No Gi grappling matches that featured a 'Superfight' tournament for fans in Toronto, Canada this past weekend starting on the Friday and ending on the Saturday. Among the participants of this tournament was UFC Welterweight Diego Sanchez who will take on Matt Hughes at a yet to be announced UFC event later this year.
Ellenberger healing following successful surgery, eyes Top 10 opponent in return
Jake Ellenberger is a lucky man.
Rather than a mass of ravaged bone and tendon, he broke a single metacarpal on his left hand – the fourth one, to be exact – when he knocked out Sean Pierson this past Saturday at UFC 129. He'll be able to hit stuff again in six to eight weeks following corrective surgery he underwent Tuesday.
That means no zombie hand, as recently seen with UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz's left paw following months of abuse.
As for who Ellenberger (25-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is eyeing following his fourth-consecutive win in the UFC, he told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he'd like a top-10 opponent and feels he's earned the opportunity.
With Tristar training, UFC 129 win, Rory Macdonald looks to move up the ladder
Rory MacDonald may have just needed a change in scenery.
A half-year after moving from his hometown of Kelowna, British Columbia to Montreal, Quebec, to work with Firas Zahabi at Tristar Gym, the Canadian welterweight is hitting his stride.
With a key victory over Nate Diaz (13-7 MMA, 8-5 UFC) this past Saturday at UFC 129, the 21-year-old MacDonald (11-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) feels he's ready for the best the division has to offer. Yet he said his skills are still a work in progress, which means he's going to be one scary guy in two or three years.
"I have many years ahead of me, and I have a lot to learn," MacDonald today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I'm going to be much sharper every time you see me in the octagon because my life is training, literally."