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Manuel Charr cut pic from Vitali Klitschko fight last night (Sept. 8) in Moscow

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Heavyweight boxing beast Vitali Klitschko may very well have stepped inside the squared circle for the final time when he took on Manuel Charr last night (Sat., Sept. 8, 2012) in Moscow, Russia.

If this was his goodbye, it was an unfortunate way to go out.

Klitschko systematically destroyed Charr, battering him all around the ring. In fact, he was so dominant, one might wonder why the fight was ever put together in the first place. Our friend Scott Christ of BadLeftHook.com gives his thoughts:

To say that Charr (21-1, 11 KO) was no match for Klitschko would be akin to saying that Jean-Marc Mormeck was no match for little bro Wladimir. Charr, as anyone sane expected, looked as if he had no real business in the ring with Vitali, and didn’t fight like he wanted to be there, making his post-stoppage anger hard to understand beyond just understanding that he wishes he’d won. He didn’t really try to win. Whatever his game plan was, it was silly.

The bout was stopped in the fourth round after Vitali opened a cut above Charr’s right eye, which you can see in the awesome photo taken by Lars Baron. The end was coming sooner or later and as noted by Christ, it really didn’t matter at all anyway. He wasn’t ever going to win and he didn’t.

After the jump, you can check out a few .gifs from the fight. For a more detailed breakdown of Klitschko vs. Charr click here and for complete results and blow-by-blow coverage click here.

Here’s how the cut happened:

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And here’s Charr’s reaction to the subsequent stoppage:

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Gifs via Bloody Elbow.

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Chris Fields Stops Pavel Kusch, Captures 185-Pound Title at CWFC ‘Fight Night 7’

What started in Beirut in February ended on Saturday in Amman, Jordan, as Chris Fields defeated Pavel Kusch to win the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship middleweight tournament at “Fight Night 7.”
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Manny Pacquiao’s next fight set for same night as UFC on Fox 5 on Dec. 8

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Here we go again.

The boxing vs. mixed martial arts (MMA) debates will likely never end, with our without scheduling issues like this, but the fact that major events will once again occur on the very same night later this year will only add fuel to the already blazing fire.

According to the LA Times (via Bad Left Hook), boxing superstar Manny Pacquio will make his return to the ring on Dec. 8, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada, most likely at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. His opponent, currently undecided, has come down to a choice of either a fourth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez or a rematch against Timothy Bradley.

Also booked on that date is the UFC on Fox 5: “Henderson vs. Diaz” card scheduled for the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. That show will feature a stacked card headlined by a lightweight championship fight pitting current titleholder Ben Henderson against number one contender Nate Diaz, a man who earned that slot thanks to a win over Jim Miller at UFC on Fox 3.

Maximum exposure and all that.

This creates an interesting scenario and a couple of questions that will be answered by the time the smoke settles.

UFC President Dana White has been keen on throwing on his promotional hat to act as though a big boxing fight happening on the same night as a UFC event is a good thing. After all, why not watch four free fights on FOX before heading over to pay-per-view (PPV) to catch “Pacman” throwing down?

Then again, he’s not above using it as a crutch when the ratings prove less than desirable.

That’s what makes this particular showdown so fascinating. Pacquiao is coming off an extremely controversial decision loss that may or may not have affected his drawing power. Losses are perceived differently in boxing but the general consensus among anyone with two eyeballs that work properly was that the Filipino fighting machine was jobbed out.

The loss might hurt him but the way he lost might actually cancel that out, or even provide a boost.

Meanwhile, the UFC is trying to put its best foot forward by offering up a title fight on free TV, something it hasn’t done since the first UFC on Fox event in November of last year. Of course, that was a heavyweight championship showdown while this one will feature about 100 pounds less beef, but a belt will be up for grabs.

The hope, of course, is that in doing so, the gradual decline in ratings since that first show will come to an end and the event will receive a boost in viewership. The X-factor here could be how heavily FOX promotes the event throughout football season, which is just about to kick off next weekend.

There have been reports of unhappiness on all sides with the lower than expected ratings for shows featuring unrecognizable names to casual viewers.

The rubber meets the road on Dec. 8 and if the UFC struggles to score greater than average viewership, especially if Pacquiao hits a home run later in the night on PPV, the fallout should be most interesting.

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Miesha Tate vs Julie Kedzie full fight video highlights from Strikeforce last night (Aug. 18) in San Diego

Miesha Tate gets battered and bruised by Julie Kedzie but keeps her composure on the way to a third round armbar submission win at last night’s (Sat., Aug. 18, 2012) Strikeforce: “Rousey vs. Kaufman” event at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California. It was a strong showing for Kedzie, who hadn’t seen action in over a year, but her loss gives her two straight and creates doubt regarding her place in the division. That’s not the case for Tate, who showed that while you can get her in trouble with your striking, she’s still one hell of a grappler in her own right. A rematch against Ronda Rousey could be looming, though Tate doesn’t necessarily feel she deserves it at this point. With the lack of depth at 135-pounds in Strikeforce’s women’s division, that may not matter. We shall see. For complete Strikeforce: “Rousey vs. Kaufman” results and blow-by-blow coverage of all the night’s action click here.

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UFC on FOX 4 – Joe Lauzon Wins “Submission of the Night” & “Fight of the Night” Bonuses (Highlight Video)

UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon put himself at the top of the heap as the fighter who has received the most “Fight Night” bonuses after winning both the “Submission of the Night” and “Fight of the Night” bonuses for his win over Jamie Varner. The two fought a very entertaining two and a half rounds, till Lauzon was able to sink in a triangle choke to force the tap at 2:24 of the third.

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UFC 149 Bonuses: Ryan Jimmo Debuts With Knockout of the Night

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Ryan Jimmo couldn’t have asked for a better Octagon debut. Fighting on the UFC 149 undercard, Jimmo needed just seven seconds to flatten Anthony Perosh with an overhand right and extend his impressive win streak to 17 straight.

The native Canadian pocketed $ 65,000 for his ‘Knockout of the Night’ performance.

“He’s a big, strong guy, so I went at him,” Jimmo ecstatically said afterward. “I knew if I throw some heavy leather, he was going to be on the bad end of it.”

Undercard fighters Bryan Caraway and Mitch Gagnon, and pay-per-view opener Matt Riddle were the remaining bonus winners. Both Caraway and Gagnon took home $ 65,000 for their ‘Fight of the Night’ brawl, while Riddle secured his ‘Submission of the Night’ bonus with a slick third-round arm-triangle of Chris Clements.

“I made sure I banged a little, but I got back to my roots to get that ‘W,’” Riddle later quipped.

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UFC on Fuel TV 4 Averages 211,000 Viewers for Wednesday Night Broadcast

UFC on Fuel TV 4 averaged 211,000 viewers for its Wednesday night broadcast on the Fox-owned cable network, making it the promotion’s second-highest rated event in the series to date.
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History in the Making: Mark Munoz turns in ‘Fight of the Night’ performance against Kendall Grove at UFC 112

Photo of UFC on FUEL TV 4's Mark Munoz by Esther Lin for SBNation.

For someone with such vaunted wrestling credentials, Mark Munoz hits insanely hard.

He proved it in his two bouts for World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), earning technical knockouts (TKOs) in both of them before he and the rest of the 205-pounders in the promotion were moved to the larger platform the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) provides.

His debut inside the Octagon didn’t go as well as he would have hoped as he was on the business end of a head kick knockout at the hands — or rather, feet — of Matt Hamill.

But the silver lining of the loss was it proved to be the catalyst for Munoz’s move to middleweight. Since then, the “Filipino Wrecking Machine” has been clearing out the 185-pound ranks in the UFC, losing only once in eight bouts.

He looks to extend his winning streak to five in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 4 where he takes on Chris Weidman, who is riding a nice four-fight win streak inside the Octagon himself.

Before he does, though, we’ll take a look at his performance at UFC 112 against Kendall Grove. It was a fight where Munoz survived multiple bad spots only to come out the victor.

Let’s dive in:

The opening pay-per-view bout at UFC 112 starts with each fighter bouncing in front of the other in the center of the Octagon. Munoz dives in for a body shot that the lankier Grove is quick to avoid. A second body shot attempt sees Grove throw a knee toward the Filipino’s head.

A Oklahoma State University wrestling stud, Munoz charges forward with a power double leg takedown and gets “Da Spyder” onto his back. A vicious punch from above lands but Grove is quick to get back to his feet. When he does, however, Munoz launches an all-out punching attack, connecting several times on the Hawaiian.

The tide turns, though, when the “Filipino Wrecking Machine” dives forward for another takedown and eats a perfectly-timed uppercut from Grove. Munoz staggers to the mat and “Da Spyder” unleashes a flurry of hammerfists which crack the side of Munoz’s skull over and over.

The wrestler is clinging desperately to a single-leg, but he’s eating a ton of shots from his opponent. They clinch up and begin to work against the cage and it seems most of the cobwebs have been shaken from the former WEC light heavyweight.

With a little less than two minutes remaining, the two are broken apart and restarted. A takedown attempt from the wrestler gets him caught in an anaconda choke he is forced to defend against. When they both get vertical, Munoz is able to crack Grove with two heavy hooks.

He follows them up with another takedown, but again The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) winner threatens with a submission. His arms snaking their way across Munoz’s neck, Grove almost sinks it in but is unable to do so.

The second round starts with a repeat of the first as Munoz goes for a takedown but getting countered with a strike. The first time around, it was an uppercut delivered by Grove which put Munoz in trouble. This time, a knee crashes into the “Filipino Wrecking Machine’s” jaw and sends him careening onto the mat.

Grove goes in for the kill and takes his opponent’s back. At this position, a rear naked choke or an inverse triangle are available to the Hawaiian. As they scramble on the mat, Grove is forced to transition to an armbar attempt, but Munoz is able to slide out and immediately begins raining down ground and pound with such fervor, one would think the fight had just started.

Munoz begins battering Grove’s body with punches. He stands up, holding onto one of Grove’s ankles and delivers a hellacious punch to his opponent’s skull. It gives the wrestler the opening he has been looking for. He unloads a barrage of punches and “Da Spyder” finds himself in trouble.

He rolls onto his stomach to avoid more damage but it gets worse before it gets better. A few seconds pass until the referee steps in and calls the fight.

Munoz would go on to lose his next bout — a split decision to Yushin Okami — but has since rattled off four straight victories, including a brutal stoppage for Chris Leben in the main event of UFC 138.

With a win over Weidman, can a title shot be far behind?

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UFC 148 Fight Night Bonuses

You have to think that the fighters of UFC 148 are wishing they could have landed a submission, because in the absence of a submission there was only two bonuses handed out after the event. Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin were locked in the cage for another 15 minutes, and like their previous two fights, …

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Ivan Menjivar Hopes for Fight of the Night at UFC 148 & Another Level of Popularity

Ivan Menjivar will look for his fourth straight win in the UFC on Saturday when he takes on Mike Easton at UFC 148.
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