Morning Report: Invicta FC 2 Review, UFC on FOX 4 Preparation

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It wasn’t really the loudest of weekends. There was no UFC, no Strikeforce, no ONE FC, no Bellator. Sure, there was Invicta FC 2 and that was plenty exciting, but there were virtually no major fight announcements or news to track. That isn’t to say you shouldn’t catch up on Invicta if you missed it. There’s great action throughout the card and controversy in the main event. It’s hard to go wrong there.

Of course, we can’t neglect to mention what’s ahead: UFC on FOX 4. I’d be lying if I said the buzz was huge, but I’d also be lying if I said there was no discussion about the event. In fact, there was television programming on FOX on Sunday to promote the event. They should’ve been there for UFC 148, but better late than never, right?

Be sure to catch up on all the news from the weekend, video from Invicta FC 2, the ‘Road to the Octagon’ preview of this weekend’s event and so much more in this Monday edition of The Morning Report.

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FIVE MUST-READ STORIES

Chris Weidman has strong words for Anderson Silva. Namely, if you’re not going to fight Jon Jones, fight me. Kid’s got a point, no?

Invicta FC 2 videos, results and recap. We get it. There was no UFC or Strikeforce this past weekend. You decided to get out of town. No problem, but don’t miss good MMA if you don’t have to. Catch up on everything that you missed from videos to results to recaps.

2012 judo Olympic highlights. Don’t think the people over at Bloody Elbow aren’t collecting highlights from this Olympic cycle’s judo competitions. They are and have them presented to you in easily digestible fashion.

Bigfoot Silva pleased with fight with Travis Browne. Sure, he’s coming off of a loss to Cain Velasquez, but Silva knows he isn’t fighting nobodies. Hence, his enthusiasm over his next opponent.

Nick Diaz wants Anderson Silva. And not even for a title. Just Anderson, whenever he can get him and completely at middleweight if the pound-for-pound great doesn’t wish to cut weight.

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MEDIA STEW

BJ Penn begins his video blogs as his bout with Rory McDonald at UFC 152 gets closer and closer.

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Did you miss the ‘Road to the Octagon’ on FOX on Sunday night? You know, the program where Shogun reveals his mother wanted him to retire from the sport after his fight with Dan Henderson at UFC 139? No? Well, fix that:

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Consider this: Olympic trials with Kurt Angle. Sound ludicrous? It’s not. Let College Humor take you home:

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As Rousey’s star and fame grow in the sport of mixed martial arts, more and more programming is trying to show you her life behind the scenes. To her credit, ‘All Access’ by Showtime is a decent attempt. You should watch it:

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KENFLO’S GOT SHTICK

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KNAPP IS A HAPPY CAMPER

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SPARRING WORSE THAN WEDDINGS?

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JOSH ‘EL COCHINO’ BARNETT

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MIESHA TATE TALKS FEMALE ANATOMY

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

- XFN 8: Anthony Johnson vs. Jake Rosholt

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today’s FanPost of the Day comes courtesy ‘fightmedicine’ who believes Shogun’s ACL surgery is going to greatly impact his future in MMA:

In regard to Shogun’s upcoming fight against Vera. Shogun has had not only one ACL surgery, but also a second one which makes the chance of it failing even greater. In addition, he likely will never reach the same level of strength he had before his surgeries. Back in Pride, Shogun was known for his devastating kicking power. Unfortunately, we will never have the Shogun from Pride fighting in the UFC, but so far the Shogun we have seen has done pretty well. Even recently, ESPN’s Sport Science measured his kicks at an amazing 2749 pounds of force! Brandon Vera, however, is known for his striking ability, and ACL surgery can limit your ability to move laterally out of the way of oncoming kicks. As these guys get older, they can’t rely on strength and speed anymore and must use their technique, which usually means more of a ground game. On his feet, Shogun’s clock is ticking thanks to his injuries and surgeries. For Shogun’s sake, let’s hope his knees outlast his UFC career.

I hope to start some quality discussions where fans, fighters, and doctors can come together to make the sport safer and people can make better decisions with better knowledge.

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Tim Sylvia: We agreed to Strikeforce fight against Daniel Cormier but they went with Frank Mir

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I think we can piece this thing together now.

On July 20 it was reported that Tim Sylvia had signed a contract with Strikeforce to fight Daniel Cormier, fulfilling the final fight on “DC’s” contract before he could move over to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

The very next day, UFC President Dana White told The Underground that Sylvia was not, in fact, with Zuffa and he wouldn’t be fighting Cormier after all.

Days later, on July 25, it was revealed that former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir would be the guy to head over to Strikeforce for a date with Cormier in October or November of this year.

Sylvia took to the UG to respond to it all:

“Sorry to all my fans hoping to see me back in the big show. We were talking to the UFC about the (Daniel Cormier) fight in (Strikeforce) and agreed to it. But for some reason they picked Mir instead. It is what it is at least I was considered so maybe in the near future I will be back thanks for all of your support.”

This makes it seem as though initially, the idea was for Sylvia to come in to fight Cormier thanks to a lack of options. But once Mir agreed to do the UFC a solid and fight for Strikeforce on Showtime, that eliminated the need to bring Sylvia into the picture.

So he’s back on the outside looking in.

For more on the Cormier vs. Mir fight booking click here and here. And feel free to pour one out for Sylvia, who probably just lost out on his best chance to get back into Zuffa’s good graces.

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Browne vs. Bigfoot Silva set to headline UFC on FX 5

Look out Minneapolis, Travis Browne’s going Squatchin’. USA Today has announced that Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva will be taking on Travis Browne in the headline bout of UFC on FX 5 at the Target Center in Minneapolis on October 5. Browne (13-0-1)was originally expected to appear on UFC on Fox 4 against Devin Cole when he …

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[VIDEO] Bad Ass Women on The March: McMann, Davis, Carmouche & More Win at Invicta FC 2

2004 Olympic wrestling silver medalist Sara McMann won a hard-fought unanimous decision over Shayna Baszler after three rounds at last night’s all-woman Invicta FC 2 event. Baszler rocked McMann with a left hook late in the fight but McMann had evidently gotten far enough ahead on the judges’ scorecards to get the win. Check out the full fight video above.

Scores were 29-28 (twice) and 30-27 for McMann. “That was by far the toughest and most skilled fighter I have ever fought,” McMann said post-fight of Baszler.

With the win, McMann improves her MMA record to 6-0. Baszler dipped to 14-7.

Full results via MMAFighting, as well as video of Liz Carmouche‘s submission win over Kaitlin Young, are after the jump.

“Sara McMann def. Shayna Baszler via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

Alexis Davis def. Hitomi Akano via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:41 of round two

Liz Carmouche def. Kaitlin Young via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:34 of round two

Ayaka Hamasaki def. Lacey Schuckman via submission (armbar) at 4:45 of round three

Amanda Nunes def. Raquel Pa’Aluhi via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:24 of round one

Sarah D’Alelio def. Vanessa Porto via submission (armbar) at 3:16 of round one

Barb Honchak def. Bethany Marshall via TKO (punches) at 1:22 of round two

Julia Budd def. Elina Nilsson via TKO (elbows) at 3:49 of round one

Carla Esparza def. Sarah Schneider via TKO (punches) at 4:28 of round two

Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc def. Angelica Chavez via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Raquel Pennington def. Sarah Moras via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Jessamyn Duke def. Suzie Montero via TKO (elbows) at 2:32 of round three

Jocelyn Lybarger def. Cheryl Chan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Liz McCarthy def. Jessica Philippus via TKO (doctor stoppage) at the end of round one”

Liz Carmouche vs. Kaitlin Young Video:

For more Invicta FC fight videos, visit their YouTube channel.

-Elias Cepeda

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“New Rules Saved The Sport,” Tito Ortiz – UFC Roundtable

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UFC Roundtable features MMA legends Randy Couture, Mark Coleman, Tito Ortiz and Royce Gracie reflecting on the early days of the UFC. The guys discuss the pro’s and con’s of multiple fights in one night and how new rules have impacted the sport.

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UFC on FOX 4 ‘Prelims’ preview and predictions for ‘Shogun vs Vera’ fights on FUEL TV (Pt. 2)

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Back to square one.

After crushing defeats to current champion Jon Jones, former light heavyweight titleholders Mauricio Rua and Lyoto Machida are back on the warpath, both looking for a crack at the winner of the clash between “Bones” and Dan Henderson at UFC 151 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Standing in their way are Brandon Vera and Ryan Bader, also victims of the reigning champion.

These men will be spearheading the UFC on Fox 4: “Shogun vs. Vera,” going down this Sat., Aug. 4, 2012, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Yesterday, we previewed the three bouts that comprise the FUEL TV portion of the “Prelims” under card right here. Today, we share breakdowns of the remaining three that will air on the same channel.

Let’s get cracking:

145 lbs.: Cole Miller vs. Nam Phan

Miller (18-6), a 6’1″ submission specialist, posted a decent record at lightweight, but could never seem to put more than two wins in a row together, and after a mauling at the hands of Matt Wiman, took one more fight in the division before making the drop. Unfortunately, he ran into TUF dark horse Steven Siler, himself 5’11,” and wound up dropping a decision. Miller has proven to have one of the nastier submission games in the lower weights, but will need to improve his consistency, starting with beating Phan, if he wants to touch the top.

Aside from his robbery against and subsequent defeat of Leonard Garcia, the good ship Phan (17-10) has been taking on water; ha’s lost six of his last nine fights (or five, if you want to discount Garcia) and most recently was on the end of one of the nastier beatings in recent memory against Jimy Hettes. In fact, he’s lost 10-8 rounds in two of his last three fights. He’s got an entertaining style and is one of the only men in the organization to consistently work the body, but he flat-out has to beat Miller.

I like Nam. I really do. He’s a joy to watch, very skilled on the feet, and got completely shafted in the first Garcia fight.

But damn, he is completely useless from the bottom.

Both Hettes and Brown were able to unleash enormous ground-and-pound on Phan with little resistance, as he apparently has no idea how to control someone’s posture from the bottom. Against someone with Cole’s grappling ability, that’s bad news.

In addition, Phan is giving up a ridiculous seven inches to Miller, meaning the standup won’t be a walk in the park, either. Cole is incredibly inconsistent, but he has an excellent skillset, one that I don’t see Phan’s above-average striking and nonexistent bottom game overcoming. He probably won’t get submitted, but Cole is most likely going to beat the snot out of him from top position all night.

Prediction: Miller by unanimous decision

205 lbs.: Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado

Packing one of the best wrestling pedigrees in the sport, Davis (9-1) took the light-heavyweight division by storm, beating Brian Stann in just his fifth professional fight. After impressive submissions of Alexander Gustafsson and Tim Boetsch, Davis was the most-talked-about commodity at 205 behind Jon Jones. He’s lost steam, however, due to an uninspiring decision win over Minotouro Nogueira and a one-sided, though not devastating, defeat at the hands of Evans. A win here would put him back on track, but he may need an impressive finish to get back into contendership.

Replacing Chad Griggs, the 6’4,” 233 pound “Caldeirão” (8-0) was described by our associates at BloodyElbow as looking like “a cross between Mark Kerr, Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, and a gorilla.” The Team Nogueira representative, who specializes in Muay Thai, has finished seven of his eight foes by knockout, six in the first round, and is considered one of Brazil’s top prospects in the division.

Before you ask: yes, there is a reasonable chance of a dos Santos vs. Werdum situation occurring here. While it’s pretty much the only punch he throws, Prado’s lead right hook is very fast and devastating when it lands. In addition, his knees are brutal and his leg kicks are crippling. Add this to his incredibly size and a team whose takedown defense has been improving exponentially of late and you have a decent shot at the upset.

Not enough of one, though.

The fact is, Davis is simply unlike anyone Prado has ever faced. His striking is still decidedly “meh,” but he brings a level of wrestling to the table that Prado has never encountered in his career, especially since, aside from an injury-nixed fight with TUF Brazil’s Thiago Perpetuo, he’s been matched up pretty darn soft.

There are two ways this fight goes: Prado catches him coming in, or Prado is stuck on his back helplessly for a long, unpleasant while. Phil is the superior BJJ player as well, by a fair margin, so Prado finishing him off his back is pretty damn unlikely.

If the original odds for dos Santos vs. Werdum crop up in Davis’s favor, I’d consider it understating Prado’s chances. But they aren’t significant enough for me to pick him to win.

Prediction: Davis via unanimous decision

145 lbs.: Josh Grispi vs. Rani Yahya

That nickname is looking more and more appropriate as time goes by. After pulling off eight consecutive first-round finishes, including four in the first minute and a rear-naked choke of Mark Hominick, Grispi (14-3) was granted a shot at Jose Aldo at UFC 125. When Aldo got injured, Dustin Poirier stepped up to the plate and it’s been all downhill from there. Poirier demolished Grispi over three rounds and George Roop, Grispi’s intended rebound fight, throttled him before finishing him with a body shot. Few fighters in the UFC have fallen so fast, and a loss to Yahya would almost assuredly spell doom for his UFC career.

One of the best submission specialists in the sport, Yahya (16-7) is currently in the midst of a 1-3 streak, including a narrow loss to Takeya Mizugaki and an upset win over Mike Brown. He most recently lost to Chad Mendes and is replacing Pablo Garza against Grispi. He’s submitted fourteen opponents, including titlists and title challegners like Mark Hominick, Yoshiro Maeda, and Eddie Wineland.

I just don’t know what to make of Josh Grispi. He’s young (23), huge, and obviously talented. His streak going into UFC 125 was fantastic and included very good stoppages of very good fighters.

But I just can’t ignore how absolutely and undeniably he got his ass kicked by Poirier and Roop.

His standup, to be frank, was nonexistent. And he absolutely needs to use standup to win this fight.

As good as he is, Grispi is mincemeat if he tries to play around on the ground with Yahya. If he goes for a takedown, he will not survive. It’s that simple.

That leaves his poor standup against Yahya’s poor standup. Even there, I have to give the edge to Rani, who did a surprisingly competent Diego Nunes impression against Brown.

I think that’s what decides it here. Boring striking match with Yahya barely edging it.

Prediction: Yahya via split decision

“Shogun” and Machida on a free card? Sign me up.

See you Saturday, Maniacs!

MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action on fight night (Sat., Aug. 4, 2012), which is slated to air at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. The latest quick updates of the live action will begin to flow earlier than that around 5:00 p.m. ET with the “Prelims” bouts on FUEL TV.

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Roy Nelson: Lawal, Angle and Conte Not Allowed to Appear on TUF 16

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With The Ultimate Fighter 16 set to begin filming, Roy Nelson is not, shall we say, making things easy on the UFC.

“Big Country,” who will coach opposite heavyweight Shane Carwin on the show, claims the UFC has denied him from using several combat sports personalities as assistant coaches on the upcoming season of the show.

Former Strikeforce fighter turned Bellator and TNA Wrestling star Muhammed Lawal, pro wrestling legend Kurt Angle and Victor Conte, the founder of BALCO Laboratories, are “non-UFC allowed,” according to Nelson. Nelson’s manager Mike Kogan confirmed with MMAFighting.com that the UFC will not allow the trio to appear on the show.

Nelson posted on his Web site page the list of “UFC allowed” personalities that he will call upon to help him out on TUF 16. The list includes: Royce Gracie, James Johnson, Jeff Mayweather, George St-Pierre, Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz, Rashad Evans, Forrest Griffin, Chael Sonnen, Jake Shields, Gilbert Melendez, Martin Kampmann, Amir Sadollah, Mike Pyle, Gray Maynard, Ron Frazier, Anthony Brown.

“I am a student first, teacher second,” Nelson wrote. “(Let’s) give (these) kids an opportunity of a lifetime.”

Kogan said Nelson has scheduled appearances for all the fighters listed above, but it remains to be seen whether they will all appear on the show.

Nelson and Carwin have been verbally sparring on Twitter this week, however, they deleted many of their controversial tweets days later.

TUF 16 will begin airing on FX in September.

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VIDEO: New Interim Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao Receives Hero’s Welcome at Gym

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If you watched UFC 149 last weekend, you saw just how much it meant to Renan Barao to win the UFC interim bantamweight title. The Brazilian was visibly emotional and celebrated like he had, well, just won the undisputed belt.

Barao returned to his home country this week and received a hero’s welcome at his gym, Nova Uniao, when he arrived with the belt. Check out a video, courtesy of Portal do Vale Tudo, of the moving scene below.



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Video: Invicta FC 2 Full Fights

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In the event you missed second installment of the all-women’s professional MMA organization Invicta FC show Saturday evening, they’ve elected to make available nine of last night’s contest. Included are not just the main event between Sara McMann and Shayna Baszler, but Alexis Davis vs. Hitomi Akano, Liz Carmouche vs. Kaitlin Young and six other fights from Saturday’s nights event.

Be sure to get the results and our recap of Invicta FC 2.

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Penn: Fitch trying to block me from AKA, who’s on the wall there?

As former champ BJ Penn prepares to take on the up and comer Rory Macdonald at UFC 152, he releases a video blog, updating us on his Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) testing. Also, Penn talks about hopes of making his return to his original camp of AKA for the end of his training. There’s a …

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