Rousimar Palhares is the Most Unfairly Vilified Man in Mixed Martial Arts

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My goodness. This sounds familiar.

Welterweight and newly crowned World Series of Fighting champion Rousimar Palhares won in spectacular fashion once again over tough opponent Jake Shields.

What ensues after his win?

Whining from the masses and fans making a million excuses about how he held on to a submission to long. Not to forget, “he eye gouged Shields”.

Wah. Cry me a river, MMA fans. The man is clearly talented, takes no finishers, and fights to win.

He should be in the Ultimate Fighting Championship kicking ass, but was unfairly thrown out for beating up Mike Pierce too badly.

In case you don’t remember, Palhares was again vilified for beating the crap out of Mike Pierce in 30 seconds via submission leglock and the fans (including UFC president Dana White) whined about how he held onto the hold for too long.

Little do people remember, Mike Pierce was running his mouth before the fight. Something about how Brazil welterweights aren’t good? Cry me a river buddy. You got your ass handed to you by one of the best. Don’t get me started on how Mike Pierce is also one of the most boring fighters I’ve ever laid eyes on.

Jake Shields also threatened to take a limb or two against Palhares this Saturday. Another guy to join the team.

Now there’s talk about Palhares being stripped of the WSOF belt he rightfully earned and his win bonus being withheld.

This is an unfair witch hunt of one of the best welterweights in MMA. When he retires, we will be wondering “what if”. This guy absolutely could give UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler a run for his money.

I give a salute to Palhares for shit kicking Jake Shields and Mike Pierce. We have enough of these boring fighters ruining the sport.

In case you want to see the video, here it is below. You decide if he held on too long. In my humble opinion, he did not.

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A Nice Day for MMA: Ronda Rousey Makes Quick Work of Bethe Correira

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Well, another win for Ronda Rousey and another quick one. This time instead of the armbar, she knocked out her opponent Bethe Correira at UFC 190 in Brazil.

In the old timers division, Shogun Rua beat Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (Lil Nog) via unanimous decision. They had a good fight in 2005 while in PRIDE FC, not sure if they duked it out with canes tonight.

And then of course Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Big Nog) lost to Stefan Struve via unanimous decision to make the few PRIDE FC fans left weep as hard as they did when Ultimate Fighter bad boy and bed wetter Chris Leben knocked out Wanderlei Silva in 33 seconds.

Yes, another UFC goes down in the books.

There was also the Diaz brothers fighting UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov in the crowd at WSOF 22 (which also took place tonight).

Stay classy guys. You’re great ambassadors for such a sport.

At least the MMA gods looked down on their trailer trash antics when fellow trainee and buddy Jake Shields lost via submission (kimura) to Rousimar Palhares in the main event.

Speaking of which, that is a guy who should be fighting in the welterweight division in the UFC and was wrongfully released for kicking Mike Pierce’s ass too badly. He can actually finish fights, unlike funky Ben Askren (another welterweight who has failed to get a UFC contract).

A solid night for MMA indeed.

The UFC Yesterday Sucked

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What a waste of 60 bucks.

The UFC that took place yesterday (UFC 175: Weidman .vs. Machida) sucked. No two ways about it.

The prelims that took place on Sportsnet 360 and Fox Sports 1 were decent and topped off by Boston’s Rob Font knocking George Roop out with a huge right hand. Urijah Faber also choked out Axel Witsel’s twin, Alex Caceres. Overall, not bad for a free card.

But then the “real” fights took place. 60 bucks went down the drain to watch the fights on high definition. The first fight between Russell Doane and Marcus Brimage was your standard 3 rounds of “who cares” kind of fight. Doane won the decision.

Uriah Hall (who the UFC has a crush on for whatever reason) took on Thiago Santos and won. Another three rounds of who cares kind of fight. Hall won, good for him.

Before or after that (I was not paying attention as the pay per view was so dull) they had the audacity to announce one of the five fights will be canceled. Apparently Stefan Struve fainted backstage or had heart problems that went unforeseen by the UFC and Nevada athletic commission. That fight most likely would have been the best fight all night had it taken place. At least it would have been a finish.

Ronda Rousey was the highlight of the night no doubt for trashing Alexis Davis in a mere 15 or so seconds after judo tossing her and punching her out. Whether fans of mixed martial arts like to admit it or not, Ronda Rousey is perhaps the most marketable fighter the UFC has right now.

After Rousey’s huge finish Chris Weidman proceeded to defend the title against Lyoto Machida who is no doubt one of my favourite fighters. Well, the fight sucked. If I told you I didn’t pass out during it because it was so boring I would be lying. The crowd could have cared less at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Weidman won again but people most likely cleared out after Rousey’s win.

This event shows to me a huge problem the UFC faces: the cards it puts on pay per view aren’t worth half of what they charge these days.

The last pay per view was held in Vancouver and it was awful. Four years ago the UFC could sell out Vancouver within minutes. Now they didn’t even sell out and the fights sucked on that one just like most did on this one.

UFC 173 that was headlined by Barao .vs. Dillishaw has been the only good UFC on pay per view that I can recall in the last six or twelve months. Why should I invest 60 bucks a month for a product that is lacking?

I seriously challenge you to find me a sport more boring. Like Joe Rogan said on the prelims during the Santos-Camozzi fight “I don’t like it when another guy holds another guy down”. We all don’t, Joe. That is…no comment.

Diego Sanchez .vs. Ross Pearson Worst Decision of 2014

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Of course Diego Sanchez once again grabbed one of the worst decisions of all time (just like his Kampmann and Gomi wins, especially the Gomi win).

He lost 30-27 clearly from what I saw. Outstriked and rocked every round.

What do you have to do to beat this guy by decision? Pay the judges more than he possibly pays?

Good lord. First Leonard Garcia and Benson Henderson and now Sanchez seems to be best buddies with the judges.

John Dodson is the Biggest Tool

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In the history of all tools, John Dodson is perhaps the biggest.

Every time I hear from the veteran UFC flyweight I come to the conclusion that he is indeed a tool. His shit eating grin pisses me off.

Let’s hope John Moraga puts him off our television sets for good on Saturday. Somehow I highly doubt it but one can hope?

Rustam Khabilov May Be a Good Bet

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On Saturday rising lightweight prospect and Sambo guru from Russia Rustam Khabilov (17-1) will square off with the always tough Ben Henderson on Fox Sports 1.

I recently checked out the odds out of curiosity on Pinnacle Sports (a standard and popular sports bookie) and was quite shocked that Khabilov would be a 3 to 1 underdog.

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The general consensus is that he is on the rise and he is tough. Benson Henderson is for sure always tough and a handful who has only lost to Anthony Pettis lately (once in WEC a few years back and the UFC lightweight title not too long ago).

However, has he faced anyone of Khabilov’s potential and skillset lately?

Not exactly. I predicted him to beat Thomson, Melendez, Diaz who all don’t possess the great wrestling/sambo skillset that Khabilov carries with him.

Least we not forget Khabilov is cornered by the best MMA trainer and camp in the world Jackson’s MMA who will add the gameplan to his already high skillset to make it extra tough on Henderson.

10 bucks to get 30 back if Khabilov wins does not seem like a risky investment at all. I think he could get the decision in a five round fight.

I think Diego Sanchez is past his prime and deserves to be a 2 to 1 underdog against Pearson. But don’t be surprised if he pulls off the upset as well.

Jon Jones Being Called a “Coward”

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Recently there have been rumblings that Jon Jones is a coward due to the fact his new contract talks have been stalling.

Typical Dana White tactic.

Jon Jones is 20-1 and his only loss was where he kicked Matt Hamill’s ass so badly that they had to disqualify him. I highly doubt he is scared of anyone.

In fact, the person he was lined up to be facing in a few months Alexander Gustafsson is someone he beat before. In a close fight nonetheless but he clearly deserved the nod.

I think Daniel Cormier may have the style to beat Jones as he is strong as hell, has great standup, and is just an all around bad matchup. Do I think Jones fears him due to his stalled contract talks? No. Would the general public pay the 60 dollar fee to watch that one? You’re damn right, which is why they are marketing the feud already.

And no, he’s not afraid of someone he beat.

Sign the contract, Bones.