Fighter Of The Week – Kenny Florian

One of MMA’s most well respected fighters, Kenny Florian is known for many things. His razor sharp elbows, sharp suits and fantastic tweets (if you don’t have twitter or you’re not following him, then it’s your loss). As he enters a new stage in his career by moving from the lightweight division to the featherweight division, Florian has new challenges ahead of him, including the likes of Manny Gamburyan, Josh Grispi and of course, Jose Aldo.

MMA UK salutes you Mr Florian…

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Fighter Of The Week – Jon Jones

What do you want me to say that hasn’t already been said. Just watch the damn video…

 

UFC 127 Trailer

 

Source: MMAJunkie

 

Preliminary Card

Mike Pierce: $14,000 + $14,000 win bonus defeated Kenny Robertson: $6,000

Kyle Kingsbury: $10,000 + $10,000 win bonus defeated Ricardo Romero: $10,000

Paul Taylor: $18,000 + $18,000 win bonus defeated Gabe Ruediger: $8,000

Demetrious Johnson: $5,000 + $5,000 win bonus defeated Norifumi Yamamoto: $15,000

Chad Mendes: $10,000 + $9,000 win bonus defeated Michihiro Omigawa: $8,000

Donald Cerrone: $18,000 + $18,000 win bonus defeated Paul Kelly: $19,000 Main Card

Miguel Torres: $28,000 + $28,000 win bonus defeated Antonio Banuelos: $9,000

Main Card

Jake Ellenberger: $16,000 + $16,000 win bonus defeated Carlos Eduardo Rocha: $8,000

Jon Jones: $70,000 + $70,000 win bonus defeated Ryan Bader: $20,000

Forrest Griffin: $125,000 + $150,000 win bonus defeated Rich Franklin: $75,000

Anderson Silva (c): $200,000 (no win bonus) defeated Vitor Belfort: $275,000

What We Learn’t From UFC 126

 

Eastern Fail…

The influx of Japanese fighters in the UFC seems to have been an absolute fail. Omigawa and Yamamoto both fought on the card and both failed to defeat their opponents. Wrestling seemed to be the kryptonite of both fighters and if they’re going to be a success in their US careers, they’re going to have to sure up their takedown defence, so they can implement their own game plans.

 

Have your cake and eat it…

Gabe Ruediger doesn’t seem to be UFC quality and it’s been shown in both of his fights in the UFC. How many fighters have you seen get a beatdown so hard that it makes you feel sorry for them? You could see it in Ruediger’s eyes, when he was on the cage and Taylor was letting his hands fly that he simply could not handle what was being dished out to him.

 

Ring Rust? What Ring Rust?

Forrest Griffin looked pretty good for a fighter who had been out for over a year with injury. He admitted that he felt a lot of ring rust going into the fight, but he controlled Rich Franklin considerably, and it’s not exactly Franklin’s fault, because the size difference was so much, it was slightly ridiculous. Once Griffin was able to get him to the floor, we knew it would be hard for him to get back up simply because Griffin is such a gigantic man. Whose next for Griffin? I’d like to say the winner of the Matt Hamill vs Phil Davis fight, as he’s been out for so long that he needs to fight the young lions of the LHW division.

 

One man’s pain is another man’s pleasure…

As I’m not a fighter, I can’t imagine how it must feel to lose. However, last night I think Ryan Bader had the most character building loss of any fighter in MMA history. He lost arguably the biggest fight of his career against Jon Jones, he lost his unbeaten record and what he didn’t know is that he lost the chance to go and fight for the UFC LHW title in March. Much respect to Jon Jones though, who had another dominating performance, but Ryan Bader has to bounce back from this loss otherwise it could potentially consume him.

 

Anderson Silva: Best fighter ever?

You can say what you want about Anderson Silva, you can boo him, cheer him, at the end of the day, it doesn’t particularly matter how we feel about Silva, because the facts speak the truth, the man is the best fighter alive. Vitor Belfort is a tough man, has a fantastic chin and probably had the best tools to defeat Silva…he got knocked out, with arguably the knockout of the year…and we’re only in February. I’m looking forward to the possiblity of GSP Vs Silva fight, because I’d have no idea who wins it.


UFC 126 Results

Preliminary card

Pierce defeated Robertson via TKO (punches) at 0:29 of round 2.
Kingsbury defeated Romero via TKO (strikes) at 0:21 of round 1. This bout aired on Spike TV following the Mendes vs. Omigawa fight.
Taylor defeated Ruediger via KO (strikes) at 1:42 of round 2. This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Silva vs. Belfort fight.

Preliminary card (Facebook Stream)

Johnson defeated Yamamoto via unanimous decision (29–28, 30–27, 30–27).

Preliminary card (Spike TV)

Mendes defeated Omigawa via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
Cerrone defeated Kelly via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:48 of round 2. This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Taylor vs. Ruediger fight.

Main card

Torres defeated Banuelos via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
Ellenberger defeated Rocha via split decision (27–30, 29–28, 29–28).
Jones defeated Bader via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:20 of round 2.
Griffin defeated Franklin via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28).
Silva defeated Belfort via KO (strikes) at 3:25 of round 1 to retain the UFC Middleweight Championship.

Anderson Silva Vs Vitor Belfort Staredown