Most mixed martial arts fans have probably seen the video or at lease read an article or two about the upcoming Light-Heavyweight title match getting started a little bit early. I have seen countless threads on forums stating how awful this is for the UFC and for MMA as a whole. I have seen and heard the words "barbaric" and "thuggish". I have also read about how this is just awful for the UFC's business. But you know what? I don't find this to be bad at all. In fact, I find it somewhat enlightening. 

For years we have dealt with the fake rivalries. The ones you can really feel were manufactured just to draw in tickets. If you don't know what I am talking about, go back and watch any recent Chael Sonnen interview before his fights. It got people going for sure, but it didn't feel real. It didn't have that Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz feel to it. It didn't feel like Nick Diaz and Frank Shamrock did. It was just artificial. We have seen the little antics out of fighters at weigh ins and the run of the mill pre fight talk. But I can't remember the last time I felt like two guys that legitimately wanted to fight each other were stepping into the octagon together. It gives me chills even thinking about seeing them enter the arena.

But then on the other hand, we have this terrible for business speech others are talking about. When has this ever affected another sport on a large level. The most it has ever done is cause the regular forum goers to talk about how bad it was for business. When was it terrible for the NBA? We have seen countless fights take place. We have seen NBA players in the stands fighting fans. Players fighting players. Sure it isn't the most ideal situation, but they seem to have made out just fine. How many NFL fights have we seen? How many pre fight boxing fights? Nascar fights? Fighting is a part of sports, it happens. This sport just happens to only be about fighting. That is where I get lost. People see fights all the time when they aren't supposed to. But when two athletes who train to do nothing other than fight, in a fighting sport, scheduled to fight each other have a problem like this, people act as if it was so beyond anything imaginable. 

All in all, this fight was shaping up to be interesting before the scuffle. Now I think it will be huge. The only thing this did for the UFC's business is make everyone a lot more interested. And the UFC is obviously on board. This fight can be seen on their youtube, facebook, twitter and instagram. If the business men are rolling with it, then maybe the fans should as well.

Did you know? 8/7/13

Did you know that between 2007 and 2011 the UFC Light-Heavyweight title changed 7 times. People that held the belt during this time include Chuck Liddell, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and then to the current champion Jon Jones.

World Series of Fighting 4

World Series of Fighting returns this weekend with a solid card of action. The full fight card is below. Be sure to check out the official weigh ins this Friday at 4:00pm PT.

Main Card

Tyrone Spong vs. Angel DeAndra
Brandon Hempleman vs. Marlon Moraes
Dave Huckaba vs. Ray Sefo
Keon Caldwell vs. Nick Newell
Gesias Cavalcante vs. Tyson Griffin

Preliminary Card

Gerald Harris vs. Jorge Santiago
Lewis Gonzalez vs. Antonio McKee
Lew Polley vs. Hans Stringer
Jared Papazian vs. John Robles
Issac Gutierrez vs. Victor Valenzuela

Melvin Guillard vs. Ross Pearson

A lightweight fight between Melvin Guillard and Ross Pearson has been booked for October 26 in Manchester England. It seems as if this bout will serve as the co main event to the Michael Bisping vs. Mark Munoz fight that headlines the UFC Fight Night that will take place in Manchester England.

This bout is going to include two outstanding strikers. Melvin Guillard being the super althletic and super explosive striker that has accumulated 20 knock outs in his 31 mixed martial arts victories. Across from Guillard will be Ross Pearson who boasts 10 finishes in his 15 victories and has proven to be a very solid striker amongst the lower weight classes. This fight is a much watch for any mixed martial arts fans.

Did you know? 8/6/13

UFC Light-Heavyweight contender Glover Texeira has not lost a fight since 2006 (7 years ago) and is currently riding a 19 fight win streak?

UFC 163 Medical Suspensions

There were a few lengthy medical suspensions handed down to some notable fighters this week stemming from the UFC 163 action we saw over the weekend. This includes 90 days for reigning Fearherweight Champion Jose Aldo for a fractured right foot, 180 days for the "Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung for his shoulder/arm injury and 180 days for flyweight Ian McCall for a possible broken hand. It is important to keep in mind that these suspensions can be cut short if the fighter is cleared by a doctor.

The full list of UFC 163 medical suspensions are below.

Jose Aldo: suspended 90 days with 60 days no contact for fracture in right foot
Chan Sung Jung: suspended 180 days or until cleared by doctor, needs an MRI
Phil Davis: suspended 180 days or until cleared by doctor, needs an X-ray of right foot
Cezar Ferreira: suspended 14 days with seven days no contact
Thiago Santos: suspended 90 days with 60 days no contact
Thales Leites: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
Tom Watson: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
John Lineker: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
Jose Maria: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
Anthony Perosh: suspended 14 days with seven days no contact
Vinny Magalhaes: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
Amanda Nunes: suspended 180 days or until cleared by doctor, needs X-ray of right rib
Shiela Gaff: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
Sergio Moraes: suspended 14 days with seven days no contact
Neil Magny: suspended 14 days with seven days no contact
Rani Yahya: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
Ian McCall: suspended 180 days or until cleared by doctor, needs X-ray of right hand
Iliarde Santos: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
Josh Clopton: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
Francimar Barroso: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
Viscardi Andrade: suspended 14 days with seven days no contact
Bristol Marunde: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact

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The Bigger Upset?

Upsets have been happening ever since fighting has been around. Anything can happen to anyone in a fight. Although there have been many outcomes that could be considered upsets, two really stick out above the rest. The first is Georges St. Pierre losing his title to Matt Serra. The second, happened this past weekend as Anderson Silva lost his title to Chris Weidman.

This leads to the question in the title. Which upset could be considered the biggest? First we need to breakdown each fight to understand why they were such huge upsets in comparison to others, and then we can make an informed opinion on which upset had a greater impact on the MMA world.

Let's rewind back to the early to mid 2000's when Georges St. Pierre burst on to the UFC scene. Matt Hughes was the dominant Welterweight Champion and considered the best Welterweight fighter to ever live. Georges was 7-0 with 6 stoppages at the time he got his first crack at Hughes and UFC gold. He had wins over Ivan Menjivar, Thomas Denny, Karo Parisyan and Jay Heiron. As we all know, Hughes did defend his title against St. Pierre by way of submission. But it was what happened after that fight that made the Serra fight so unthinkable. St. Pierre went in a rampage winning six straight fights with three stoppages. These fights included a domination of Jason "Mayhem" Miller, a submission over Frank Trigg, a TKO over Sean Sherk, a decision win over UFC great BJ Penn and a TKO victory over Matt Hughes in a rematch that saw GSP secure the Welterweight title.

St. Pierre looked untouchable. Matt Serra on the other hand did not look to be the person to take the belt away. He was coming off of a split decision over Chris Lytle on the Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale and before that he lost to Karo Parisyan. St. Pierre entered the cage, followed by Matt Serra. What came next shocked the mixed martial arts world. Matt Serra caught St. Pierre with a good shot that dropped the champion. The follow up finished the fight. Matt Serra had coke back from an uncertain future with the UFC, to defeat the welterweight champion.

I don't think anyone in the world saw that as a normal occurence. I am sure that deep down, Matt Serra himself didn't expect to go into that fight and stop Georges St. Pierre.

Now, lets switch gears and talk about arguably the best fighter to ever live, Anderson "The Spider" Silva. Silva came into the UFC and immediately cemented himself as a great fighter. He was so impressive in his debut stopping Chris Leben that the UFC gave him a title shot in his next fight. He went on to dismantle Rich Franklin snagging the UFC Middleweight championship. His run after that was unmatched. He held wins over Travis Lutter, another Rich Franklin victory, he stopped Dan Henderson, Nate Marquardt, Yushin Okami, Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen twice. His run also included wins over Thales Leites, Demain Maia, Patrick Cote and wins at Light Heavyweight, a division above his weight class, over James Irvin, Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar. He had finished 26 of his 33 victories. He had defended his Middleweight belt a UFC record 10 times, had never lost inside the octagon and had never been KO'd in his career as a professional fighter.

Chris Weidman on the other hand, although undefeated, only had 9 total professional bouts. That's right, Silva had more UFC title defenses than Weidman has total fights. Weidman was picked by any to dethrone the champion due to his size and style of fighting. But I am not sure how many people really believed they would see the great Anderson Silva do down that night.

Then it happened. Weidman caught Silva clowning around in the 2nd round of their 5 round title fight, and Silva didn't recover until the fight was called off by veteran referee Herb Dean. The best fighter in the world, had been knocked out by essentially a newcomer to the professional mixed martial arts world.

Did you know?

There have been only four UFC fights to end in the fifth round ever.

UFC 39: The Warrior Returns
-September 27, 2002
-Heavyweight Title Fight
-Ricco Rodriguez def. Randy Couture via Submission(Elbow)- 3:04 Round 5

UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez
-December 12, 2009
-Lightweight Title Fight
-BJ Penn def Diego Sanchez via Tko(Doctor Stoppage)- 2:37 Round 5

UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen
-August 7, 2010
-Middleweight Title Fight
-Anderson Silva def. Chael Sonnen via Submission(Triangle)- 3:10 Round 5

UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga
-July 27, 2013
-Flyweight Title Fight
-Demetrious Johnson def. John Moraga via Submission(Armbar)- 3:43 Round 5
Lyoto Machida is always at or near the top of the UFC's Light-Heavyweight division. His speed and elusiveness combined with spectacular timing makes him a real puzzle to figure out. Machida made his name off of being hard to hit and countering his opponents as they attempted to close the distance. But what happens when his opponents don't give him that opportunity?

This past weekend Lyoto Machida dropped a decision to Phil Davis in what many people thought was a fight Machida was winning. The judges saw it differently. If you take a look at the scoring criteria,the decision may not seem nearly as surprising. Machida may get the nod in your book if you are looking at overall damage as he seemed to land the better strikes. The problem is, that was when he was throwing strikes. Davis never took a huge chance coming in, he never stood in the pocket, he fought extremely patient and forced Machida into a fight that he is not used to fighting.

Now if you take into account aggression and octagon control, those have to go to Davis. Phil controlled the pace and landed some takedowns along the way. He was controlling the center of the octagon for the bulk of the fight.

Machida's style is to stay on the outside, circling away from his opponent looking for perfect moments to strike. While this has been effective in the past, when a fight has close rounds, Machida loses those rounds because of how he doesn't control the center of the octagon or the pace of the fight. He fights totally reactive and that hurts him when he doesn't clearly win rounds.

I personally scored the fight for Machida, but it isn't crazy to think that Davis snuck the decision win. This will continue to happen to Machida as long as he continued to let his opponents dictate the pace of the fights he is in.
If you missed UFC 162 this past weekend, you missed history. Anderson Silva, who is arguably the best fighter to ever walk planet Earth, defended his title against #1 contender Chris Weidman. Anderson Silva had a record 10 title defenses, and had never been beaten inside of the Octagon. Chris Weidman had 9 total fights. They walked out, stepped into the octagon, and the unthinkable happened. Chris Weidman did not takedown and grind out Silva ala Chael Sonnen. Chris Weidman did not submit Anderson Silva with his high level Jiu Jitsu game. Chris Weidman knocked Anderson Silva out in the second round to take the UFC Middleweight title.

We all can hopefully grasp how big of an event this was for the UFC and MMA as a whole, but what does it mean for the 185 pound division? Silva had cleaned it out over and over and was holding the belt hostage until last Saturday night. Suddenly every recent contender that had lost their chance at the title gained another chance. A new champion means new opportunities. Fighters like Yushin Okami and Vitor Belfort are interesting matchups with the newly crowned champion. Middleweight Michael Bisping is looking to get his name out there and has a better shot at Weidman than he did with Silva in most people's opinions.

But all of this may have to be put on hold. Multiple times during the UFC 162 post fight press conference, UFC President Dana White spoke about his want to see an immediate rematch between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva. Anderson did not say that he wanted the rematch. In fact directly after the fight, Silva mentioned that he was finished fighting for the title in a post fight interview with UFC commentator Joe Rogan. At the press conference, Silva stated that he wished to take some time and be with his family.

Although rumors have already surfaced about a possible date for the rematch, that is all they are at this moment.

So it seems as if Weidman winning has opened up the flood gates for new and previous contenders, and somewhat put the top of the division on hold at the same time. All we can do is wait it out, and see what happens next.

Keep in mind, there are sources close to Anderson Silva saying he does want the rematch. Keep an eye out for Anderson himself confirming or denying this in the near future.

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