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Shocker: Fedor Loses to Werdum

The biggest upset in MMA history occurred on Saturday night in San Jose. Fighting in a co-promoted Strikeforce/M-1 Global card, the greatest heavyweight and fighter in MMA history, Fedor Emelianenko, lost to Fabricio Werdum. To give you an idea of what a stunner this was, I hardly bothered to pay any attention to this fight, figuring Fedor would win and wind up meeting Alistair Overeem for his final fight with Strikeforce. I and many others were proven wrong as Werdum scored a victory for Jiu Jitsu, mastering Fedor on the ground and getting him to tap in the first. Here’s a video of Fedor losing to Fabricio Werdum in San Jose:

Fedor’s official record is now 31-2 but this was really his first true loss. It’s a stunner to be certain, but there isn’t much shame in Fedor losing — it happens to everyone, even the best. Werdum was knocked down but took advantage once he had Fedor on the ground. We’ve seen Fedor escape tricky situations a number of times (see his fight with Hong Man Choi) but this time Werdum got him to submit. Strangely enough, Fedor seemed to be alright with losing for the first time noting that he was uncomfortable with being called a god and idol.

This turn of events certainly mucks up the heavyweight picture in MMA and keeps an eventual Fedor/Brock Lesnar pipe dream fight even further away from happening. I’m guessing it will be either a rematch with Werdum or a fight with Overeem next for Fedor and you can be sure I’ll be all over it next time.

Video Credit: YouTube user adamrst

Chuck Liddell’s Career Put on Ice

Last time we checked in on Chuck Liddell he was working out naked in a video with girlfriend Heidi Northcott. Luckily for us he had some clothing on for his fight at UFC 115 in Vancouver on Saturday night. Although he managed to break Rich Franklin’s arm during their bout with a powerful kick, Liddell got knocked out towards the end of the first round. The knockout loss marks Liddell’s fifth defeat in his last six fights.

Though Liddell battled and put forth a strong effort, he got beat up pretty badly in the fight and showed that at age 40 he should call it a career. After the event ended, UFC president Dana White told Ariel Helwani of Fanhouse that Liddell was done fighting for the UFC. It’s the right move by White and hopefully Liddell will realize it’s time to call it quits. There are other MMA promoters who could make offers to the Iceman, but he should turn them all down. Liddell has had an excellent career but when you’re on the wrong end of too many Knockouts of the Night you have to hang up the gloves. By the way, that’s Liddell above in the emergency room after the fight via Bloody Elbow.

Sources:
Dana White Guarantees Chuck Liddell’s UFC Career Is Over [MMA Fighting]
Photo Credit: Heidi Northcott on Twitter

MMA Fighter Has Ear Torn Off in Ring

It’s not nearly as bad as having a bull’s horn gore you through your chin and out your mouth, but what happened to MMA fighter Shigeyuki Uchiyama in Japan on Friday was still pretty gnarly. Uchiyama was fighting Masaya Takita when he went for a takedown and the two went through the ropes. Somehow Uchiyama wound up having part of his cauliflower ear torn off and here are the pictures courtesy of Daniel Herbertson of Fanhouse:

Check out Herbertson’s post at Fanhouse for more pictures including the before and after. Apparently Uchiyama turned to Evander Holyfield for some support afterward. OK, he really didn’t, but it would have been cool if he did.

Mike Russow Scores KO of the Night

The buildup and hype for UFC 114 in Las Vegas centered around the main event between Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans. Evans won that fight by unanimous decision in a bout that failed to live up to expectations. Two fights before the main event however, we had some serious action. Todd Duffee, he of the 7-second UFC record knockout punch, was obliterating Mike Russow the first two and a half rounds of their fight. Midway through the third, Russow, the part-time fighter/part-time Chicago cop, caught Duffee with a punch squarely in the face. The result was Russow taking home the bonus for KO of the night. Here’s the Mike Russow knockout punch video of Todd Duffee:

That punch truly was a Hail Mary knockout if I’ve ever seen one. As Brent Brookhouse of bloodyelbow.com said on my radio show, that fight was the football equivalent of Florida leading The Citadel 70-0 and The Citadel scoring a 71-point touchdown to win. Duffee kept Russow at a distance the entire fight, peppered him with a variety of punches and uppercuts, and had things on cruise control until that knockout. That’s the crazy part about MMA — it only takes one punch to change everything. It’s really a shame for Duffee because he really was dominating the 12 minutes prior to that knockout.

Fraud Kimbo Slice Cut from UFC by Dana White After Loss to Matt Mitrione

Have you ever seen a team perform so poorly that you said they should be demoted from a league or contracted as a franchise? The Pittsburgh Pirates definitely come to mind, as have the Detroit Lions. Unfortunately in most professional sports leagues nothing that drastic can happen (unless it’s the British Premier League). But in UFC, President Dana White rules with an iron fist and calls all the shots. He rolls with so much power that he can just decide if he wants to cut a guy and kick him out of the league on a whim. That’s exactly what happened on Saturday night after UFC 113 in Montreal, only White had good reason to cut two fighters.

White, who once said that Kimbo Slice might lose to 44-year-old Ken Shamrock because Kimbo sucks, cut Slice after his poor performance against Matt Mitrione. Kimbo had some good takedowns but he seemed to tire quickly and he was thoroughly dominated in the second round. Mitrione crushed Kimbo with an arsenal of kicks that had Kimbo limping. Once the fighters got on the ground, Mitrione proceeded to play volleyball with Kimbo’s head until the fight was called a TKO. Even though White appreciates the ratings and drawing power of Kimbo, I’m sure he’s officially decided that Kimbo isn’t UFC material.

I’m surprised that White didn’t know better after Kimbo’s 14-second loss to Shamrock replacement, Seth Petruzelli. I’m guessing White did know better but he was probably convinced that the strong ratings was worth giving Kimbo a shot. The other fighter Dana White cut after UFC 113 was Paul Daley. Daley sucker-punched Josh Koscheck after their fight ended and White says “there’s no excuse for that.” White is definitely extreme in his measures but nobody will complain about cutting Daley. Some fans are already questioning the decision to cut Kimbo because of the ratings he draws. I say they should be proud that White is more concerned with his product.

Sources:
UFC 113 Post-Fight: Dana White Says Paul Daley and Kimbo Slice Are “Done” in the UFC [Bloody Elbow]
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Paul Daley Punches Josh Koscheck in Cheap Shot After Fight Ends

UPDATE: Paul Daley has been cut from UFC for the cheap shot punch

Josh Koscheck beat Paul Daley by unanimous decision at UFC 113 in Montreal on Saturday night. Daley was so frustrated after the fight ended that he decided he would get in one extra shot on Koscheck. Check out this video of Paul Daley cheap shot punching Josh Koscheck after the bell:

Michael David Smith at Fanhouse says that was the beginning of an ugly postfight experience because Koscheck proceeded to act out as well. Koscheck began taunting the Montreal fans and told them he was going to beat George St. Pierre, their hometown guy.

Sources:
UFC 113: Josh Koscheck Beats Paul Daley, Then It Gets Ugly [Fanhouse]

Jason Mayhem Miller Starts Brawl with Jake Shields at Strikeforce Nashville

Jason Mayhem Miller wasn’t fighting on the main card at Strikeforce Nashville Saturday night but he still managed to make himself part of the show. Following the main event fight between Jake Shields and Dan Henderson, Mayhem stepped into the postfight interview on CBS to solicit a rematch with Shields (Shields beat Mayhem in November). Miller may have been playing around but Shields’ friends in the ring took it seriously and a brawl ensued. Watch Gus Johnson and CBS lose their minds over this Jason Mayhem Miller brawl incited at Strikeforce in Nashville that was brought to my attention by Michael David Smith at Fanhouse:

Miller may have been messing around but the guy throwing punches and kicks in the left corner of the video clearly wasn’t. MMA already gets a bad name for the violent nature of the sport so this is the last problem it needed on a night where they’re on a major network like CBS. My guess is with their ratings not doing much better than Spike TV, these sorts of incidents will make other networks further reluctant to televise the sport. At least Aoki didn’t break anyone’s arm in the ring this time; he was too busy getting dominated by Gilbert Melendez.

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Video: Post-Fight Brawl at Strikeforce Nashville [Fanhouse]