Sengoku 7 Results and Recap

Quick Results:

  • Satoru Kitaoka def. Takanori Gomi by submission (heel hook) — Round 1, 1:41
  • Jorge Santiago def. Kazuo Misaki via technical submission (rear naked choke) — Round 5, 3:26
  • Sanae Kikuta def. Hidehiko Yoshida via split decision
  • Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal def. Yukiya Naito via TKO (punches) in Round 1, 3:54
  • Antonio Silva def. Yoshihiro Nakao via TKO (knee injury) in Round 1, 1:42
  • Eiji Mitsuoka def. Sergey Golyaev via technical submission (arm bar) in  Round 1, 4:22
  • Mu Bae Choi def. Dave “Pee Wee” Herman via TKO (punches) — Round 2, 2:22
  • Maximo Blanco def. Seigo Inoue via TKO (foot stomps) — Round 1, 0:38
  • Hidetada Irie def. Minoru Kato via TKO (punches from mount) — Round 2, 4:21

 

  • Gomi’s quick loss to Kitaoka means 2 things for World Victory Road.  1 – Their pre-crowned champ is not the Japanese star they expected 2- Gomi’s marketability and talent are waning fast.  That is pretty crazy for a guy who was ranked the number 1 lightweight in the world at the time of PRIDE’s collapse.  I wonder if  Gomi thinks he should have gone with the UFC now.  His stock is greatly hurt though
  • Kitaoka is apparently better than given credit for
  • Eiji Mitsuoka has looked pretty good and he could be a name to remember
  • Bad loss for Dave Herman in the midst of ProElite’s slow death.  It looks like he may not be a lock for a contract in a big U.S. promotion now that he lost to a no-namer
  • Muhammaed Lawal continues to impress and draw attention.  He may be a real guy to take note of. 

The Best MMA News Websites

As I try to keep up with the latest MMA news and keep updated on this site, I have found several MMA media outlets to be a consisten source of good and reliable news.  Here is my rankings of the best MMA News sources….

1. MMAJunie –  I find breaking news more on MMAJunkie than anywhere else.  They are improving constantly as well.  They are not the most comprehensive, but they do have some of the best MMA news and are often times the first ones to break news.

2.  Sherdog – Sherdog keeps up with the news well.  They also have great fight breakdowns as a big fight card approached.  They are maybe the most comprehensive MMA site.  By far the best forums around, which have good discussions, debates, and sometimes inside information.  They have the all important HUGE fighter database that is always updated.  They have good interviews following events.  They have good coverage.  Also, if you follow the regional fight scenes and smaller shows Sherdog has the most comprehensive list for upcoming events.  Sherdog is the best all around MMA resource around. 

3. MMA Mania – They are an expanding site and a lot of times they will have breaking news and new fights posted before anyone else.

4. FiveOuncesofPain –  Good source for news.  They are expanding and posting new videos and interviews. 

5. Bloody Elbow – They are reliable and up to date with news.  They have great discussions on their posts and allow you to post blogs or news.  Bloody Elbow is maybe the best place to go for MMA related videos.

6.  MMA Weekly – They sometimes have good news.  I like their insider blog and they have up to date fight card information.  They are consistent and accurate. 

7. MMA Convert – They may not be the “news breakers”, but the best thing about MMA Convert is their news feeds on the sidebar which enables you to go to MMA Convert and see the latest news on several of the best MMA sites including many of the ones listed above.  They post good videos.  Also, they have a great fight card page which posts reported fights and even rumored fights.  They have comprehensive links as well. 

8. Tatame – A great site that often has new interviews and info on Brazilian fighters.  The one negative is that often times they go long periods without updating.  However, Tatame is the best place to keep up with Brazilian fighters.

9. Fighters Only Magazine – They are the best U.K. MMA site (sorry MMA Bay).  They have good inetrviews which often times you could not find anywhere else.  They keep up with British fighters especially well.

10. Suki MMA – Often times news you may not care about, but Suki MMA does a good job translating Japanese fighter interviews and blog posts.  This is a prime site to keep up with Japanese fighters if you are a Japanese fan and cannot read Japanese

Other Worthwhile Sites: Cage Potato, Dream Fighters, Fight Linker, MMA Bay and Fight3r.

MMA Rated used to be a good site, but it looks like they are done for.

Could A New Year Bring New Faces Into the UFC?

A new year brings new possibilities.  Not to mention the fact that the UFC is being intentional in its global international expansion which could mean going hard after some of these very marketable guys.  Could we see these guys in the UFC in 2009?  Their names have been linked to the UFC recently.  Check out the possibilities.

  • Mirko Cro Cop – says he wants a farewell fight in the UFC, probably would be late in 2009.  Click here for more
  • Satoshi Ishii – is in exclusive negotiations with the UFC.  He won’t debut in the UFC, but the UFC will help with his training and development.  The 2008 Olympic Judo gold medalist will be in the UFC in some way barring a failure in his debut.  It is likely that he would be on TUF 10 which may featue heavyweights.
  • Alistair Overeem – Has been linked to negotionations with the UFC and will be at UFC 93 in Dublin, Ireland. Check it out here.
  • Jeff Monson – He may fight once more in Japan or he may come straight over to the UFC.  I know there was talk about a Monson vs. Kongo match.  He is a great grappler which would be a good add to the heavyweight division and a tough fight for Kongo.
  • Mike Russow – He is rough around the edges but he could be a good prospect
  • Bobby Lashley – His only 1-0 in MMA, but he looked impressive a la Brock Lesnar.  He just signed a 2 fight deal with PFC and if all goes well there we could see Lashley in the UFC by late 2009.  He could have a big impact and be a big crowd draw.  Knock him all you want, but he has potential and he really thinks he could hang with guys like Lesnar already.

Keep an eye on: Dave Herman and Brett Rogers

Light Heavyweights:

  • Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante – He has made it no secret that his ultimate goal is the UFC.  How soon he gets there will depend on the future of ProElite.  It could be 2009.
  • Antwain Britt – I do not know how much thought there is to signing Britt, but he looked good in his TUF 8 fight-on fight.  He was forced off due to injury and has looked good sense.  It may be wise to lock him up.

Keep an eye on: Muhammad Lawal and Robert Drysdale

Middeliweights

  • Robbie Lawler – He is the EliteXC champ.  I would say since he is widely viewed as the number 2 middleweight in the world that he may be offered a good contract in the UFC provided EliteXC dies.
  • Joey Villasenor –  Following the collapse of EliteXC, Villasenor was one who mentioned his desire to fight in the UFC.  The status of ProElite is the barrier here.  He could end up in the UFC, but watch for Bellator and Affliction to make runs at Smokin’ Joe.
  • Yoshihiro Akiyama – Many think he is a top 10 middleweight in the world.  He could come over to the UFC since it was reported he was in negotionations with Sengoku and UFC.  Then is came out that negotionations with Sengoku broke down.  That may be a clue…or it may not
  • David Louiseau – A couple of wins since leaving the UFC and Louiseau finds himself knocking on the UFC door again.  He may be signed for the next Canada card, but he may need one more win.  Nevertheless, look for the former number 1 contender to be given another chance. 

Welterweights

  • Jake Shields – He has made no bones about it that he wants in the UFC and that he wants a fight with Georges St. Pierre.  Right now the UFC is the only place for a welterweight to go to really test themselves.  One more time ProElite is an issue here, but I am confident that eventually Shields will fight in the UFC.
  • Paul Daley – Daley said in a recent interview that he expects to be in the UFC in 2009.  He must clear his contract with ProElite first.  He is a tough English fighter who could be a good add as the UFC looks to expand worldwide.
  • Phil Baroni – He is re-invented at 170 lbs.  In a recent interview with FiveOuncesofPain Baroni said he would like to be in the UFC in 2009.  I think he could get a chance.  He may need one or two more wins though.  Baroni has said he is tired of being a “journeyman” which means he may want to fight for a US based organization.
  • T.J. Grant – He has been called the best Canadian not in a major organization.  I look for the UFC to snatch him up.  The UFc wants to push in Canada and Grant is a good prospect.  He may be signed sooner than later as the UFC will be in Canada several times in 2009.

Lightweight

  • Gilbert Melendez- He has one more fight left with Strikeforce, which should come by March.  Then I look for him to hit the free agent market.  His next fight could determine his value.  A win could make him worthwhile.  He has mentioned the UFC in several interviews as a possible home.

The UFC addes several prospects in 2008.  Look for more guys to burst onto the scene in 2009.  Some have already been signed and will make their debut in 2009 such as Denis Kang, Ronnys Torrys, Stefan Struve, Neil Grove, John Howard, etc. 

I look for about half these guys to sign in the UFC and I expect some surprises which could be dictated by the futures of Affliction and ProElite as well as the quality of TUF competitors.

Eddie Alvarez vs Shinya Aoki Fight Video

The video from the Eddie Alvarez vs. Shinya Aoki Fight at January 31st’s K-1 Dynamite card. It is well worth the watch.

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Who Will Sign With the UFC in 2009?

  • I am pretty sure these guys are on the UFC’s radar.  Obviously these guys could get into the UFC and have a career there.  They would all be good adds.  Some of the UFC future signings depends on things like the future of ProElite and Affliction. 

Jeff Monson

 

Nickname

Snowman

Weight class

Heavyweight

MMA Record

27-8

Ranking

Credentials

·          UFC veteran

·          World class grappler

Mike Russow

 

Nickname

Weight class

Heavyweight

MMA Record

11-1

Ranking

Credentials

·          Solid heavyweight prospect

Alistair Overeem

 

Nickname

Demolition Man

Weightclass

Heavyweight

MMA Record

29-11

Ranking

Credentials

·          Good name recognition

·          Good all around fighter

Mirko Filipovic

 

Nickname

Cro Cop

Weightclass

Heavyweight

MMA Record

23-6-2

Ranking

Credentials

·          A legend in the sport

·          Huge popularity (would be great for the Germany card)

·          Great striking ability

Rafael Cavalcante

 

Nickname

Feijao

Weight class

Light Heavyweight

MMA Record

7-1

Ranking

Credentials

·          One of the best light heavyweight prospects

·          Trains with Anderson Silva and Nogueiras

Antwain Britt

 

Nickname

The Juggernaut

Weight class

Light Heavyweight

MMA Record

Ranking

Credentials

·          TUF 8 cast member who won his way into the house, but an injury forced him out

 

Yoshihiro Akiyama

 

Nickname

Weightclass

Middleweight

MMA Record

12-1

Ranking

Credentials

·          Top ten middleweight in the world

·          Huge Japanese fan base

David Lousieau

 

Nickname

The Crow

Weightclass

Middleweight

MMA Record

16-8

Ranking

Credentials

·          A solid Canadian fighter

·          Trains with St.Pierre and Cote

·          UFC vet and former number 1 contender

Joey Villasenor

 

Nickname

Smokin’

Weightclass

Middleweight

MMA Record

26-6

Ranking

Credentials

·          Has fought everywhere

·          Can hang with the best middleweights in the world

Jake Sheilds

 

Nickname

Weightclass

Welterweight

MMA Record

22-4-1

Ranking

Credentials

·          EliteXC Welterweight Champ

·          11 fight win streak

·          Great Jiu Jitsu Skills

·          A Top 5 welterweight

T.J. Grant

 

Nickname

Weightclass

Welterweight

MMA Record

13-2

Ranking

·          The best Canadian fighter not signed to a major promotion

·          A great prospect

Credentials

Gilbert Melendez

 

Nickname

Weightclass

Lightweight

MMA Record

Ranking

Credentials

·          A top tier lightweight

·          Would challenge for title right away

UFC 92 Fighter Salaries

  • Quinton Jackson: $385,000 (includes $60,000 KO of Night Bonus)
  • Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: $250,000
  • Wanderlei Silva: $200,000
  • Rashad Evans: $190,000 (includes $60,000 Fight of Night bonus)
  • Forrest Griffin: $160,000 (includes $60,000 Fight of Night bonus)
  • Frank Mir: $90,000  
  • Cheick Kongo: $90,000
  • Yushin Okami: $32,000
  • Antoni Hardonk: $28,000 
  • C.B. Dollaway: $20,000
  • Matt Hamill: $20,000 
  • Dean Lister: $19,000
  • Ryo Chonan: $18,000
  • Reese Andy: $15,000
  • Brad Blackburn: $14,000
  • Patrick Barry: $10,000
  • Mostapha Al Turk: $7,000
  • Mike Massenzio: $5,000
  • Dan Evensen: $4,000
  • Mike Wessel: $4,000 

     

Poll: What Was The Fight of the Year in 2008

Others Considered: Eddie Alvarez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri, Matt Wiman vs. Jim Miller, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Tim Sylvia, Sean Sherk vs. Tyson Griffin, Hiromitsu Miura vs. Carlos Condit, Robbie Lawler vs. Scott Smith I