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Alistair Overeem: Fabricio Werdum Did Not Hit Hard, Should be Ashamed

Alistar Overeem beat Fabricio Werdum in Dallas Saturday evening as part of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. The fight was a major disappointment because of Werdum’s strategy. Werdum tried to take the fight to the ground and tried to do it anyway possible — by going for takedowns, by flopping, or just by laying on the ground and begging Overeem to join him. Because of that, the fight was extremely boring and it resulted in a unanimous win for Overeem.

Overeem expressed his disappointment with Werdum’s performance, telling Fighter’s Only Magazine “It takes two to tango. I’m disappointed but I think Fabricio should be ashamed of his performance. Looking back on the fight, I don’t believe he came to fight and he was stalling a lot.”

“I’m just a little but frustrated he didn’t try do more in his stand up,” The Reem continued. “Because then it would have been a far more interesting fight and probably a knockout.”

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Video: Sam Stout Knockout Punch on Yves Edwards at UFC 131

This my friends, is how to throw a left hook. Towards the end of the first round in the fight between Sam Stout and Yves Edwards Saturday night, Stout delivered this clean knockout punch that was good enough to earn him the knockout of the night bonus. Check out the video:

Glove touch to ESPN Radio 1100 for the video

Donald Brashear Wins MMA Debut (Video)

Former NHL enforcer Donald Brashear had his first career MMA fight Saturday evening in Quebec City. Brashear was facing joke of an opponent Mathieu Bergeron and won in only 21 seconds. Though the 21 second victory makes it seem like Brashear was dominant, this guy Bergeron was so out of shape he’d be jealous of Roy Nelson’s body.

Here are two videos of Brashear’s fight. The first one captures the whole thing from a distance, the second is a close-up but doesn’t catch the entire thing.

And here’s the other Donald Brashear fight video:

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Justin Buchholz Knockout Kick Ends Steve Lopez Fight (Video)

We see crazy knockouts in the MMA world at almost every event, but there’s something about the snap front kicks that just never seems to get old.  Maybe it’s the element of surprise that comes along with a boot to the face, but we can’t help but get excited about knockout kicks like this one from Lyoto Machida and —  better yet — this one from Anderson Silva, who happens to have learned the move from Steven Seagal.  Former UFC fighter Justin Buchholz joined the party last weekend at Superior Cage Combat 1.  Check out the Justin Buchholz vs. Steve Lopez fight video, courtesy of The Big Lead:

As usual, Lopez never even saw it coming.  It seems like no matter what fighters do to prepare for those toes coming at them it’s impossible to expect it.  That’s what makes it so great, and that’s while we’ll keep the videos coming as we stumble upon them.

Rampage Jackson Motorboats Karyn Bryant in Interview (Video)

Rampage Jackson is coming off a UFC 130 win over Matt Hamill Saturday, and he wants Jon Jones’ belt next. Before he gets to belts, he’ll have to unglue his face from chests. Continuing a pattern he’s long established of harassing females, Rampage got a little cozy with Karyn Bryant who interviewed him Saturday evening after his fight. At the end of the interview, Rampage mock motorboated her breasts. Here’s the video:

There are several aspects of this sort of behavior that needs to be addressed.

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MMA More Popular than Boxing in Las Vegas Sports Betting

UFC 130 may have been a lackluster card Saturday evening, but there is little doubt MMA is surpassing boxing in many regards. This week we wrote that boxing lost the magic it once had and that it was surpassed by MMA. Not only does MMA put on compelling fights more frequently than boxing, not to mention cards featuring more fights of interest, but it’s also surpassed boxing when it comes to betting interest.

Mike Colber, the sports book director of Cantor Gaming, told the Las Vegas Sun this week “You’re talking to an absolute boxing guy here, and I will be the first to admit that UFC is more popular betting-wise. I never thought I’d see the day where it’s this popular.”

He’s not the only Vegas sports book rep who feels that way.

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Boxing Has Lost the Magic it Once Had, It’s Been Passed by MMA

Do you happen to remember a sage truism given to you by a parent, trusted loved one, or fortune cookie that came along with a restaurant check? A penny saved is a penny earned. Either I was sick on one of the many days my mom was dispensing clichés or was too weak from overfeeding on Kung Pao to muster the strength to crack open that V-shaped bearer of wisdom/empty calories to take in that luminous advice. Between holey pockets, incline benches at the gym (yes, I workout), and the random, shifty valet attendant, I have lost more pennies than I can count. The most recent example of money lost was what I spent to bear witness to the spectacle that was the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight.

In fact, for the pleasure of watching that fight in public, I failed to save 2000 pennies. I should have taken Andrew Jackson’s accusing stare from the $20 bill I handed over to get in as a sign that maybe the money would have been best served being invested in soybeans, or at least a contentious game of bingo. Instead, for the first time in years, I gave boxing another shot. Lured by the prospect of seeing one of the quickest, most athletic politicians the Philippines’ Congress has ever known — I’ve heard of a punch card ballot, but this is ridiculous — against 39-year-old Shane Mosley, who was trying for another shot at glory against the WBO welterweight champion. To Pacquiao’s credit, they say politics is not a spectator sport … and they’re right.

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