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UFC on FX 8 main card recap: Vitor stuns, “Jacare” puts Camozzi to sleep, Natal, dos Anjos earn decisions

UFC on FX 8 started a tad slow, but finished strong with a slick submission and vicious knockout.

In the night’s main event, UFC veteran Vitor Belfort annihilated forever Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold.

In a moment of hilarity, Rockhold fell when attempting a head kick at the beginning of the bout, but hopped up before Belfort could attack.  Belfort threw an, out of character, spinning head-kick that came nowhere near connecting with Rockhold.  Vitor displayed his quick hands and stalked Rockhold down with punches, but the former Strikeforce standout didn’t absorb a lot of damage.  Then, Belfort attempted another spinning head-kick, only this time his heel planted directly on Rockhold’s temple.  The UFC debutant collapsed to the ground and Belfort finished him off with a few punches.

Belfort has won four of his last five outings- that sole loss came against UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones- and he finished those four adversaries.  The victory surely places Belfort extremely close to title contention.

Rockhold, though, lost the fight and had a nine-fight winning streak put to an end, should still be a Top 10 middleweight in the UFC.

In the opening round of his first UFC bout, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza put a stop to Chris Camozzi.

Camozzi kept his distance in an effort to avoid a Souza’s takedowns.  “Jacare” got a hold of Camozzi, but the American reversed Souza against the cage.  Souza broke away and then accomplished a takedown.  Camozzi did exceptionally well defending Souza’s superb transitions, but the inevitable ensued.

“Jacare” worked intelligently, while utilizing his craftiness until sinking in an arm-triangle choke.  Within seconds Camozzi was unconscious and referee Mario Yamasaki stepped in to end the match.

Souza won his UFC debut and extended his win streak to four straight victories.  The former Strikeforce middleweight champion also requested the winner of the main event on UFC on FX 8, Belfort, following his submission of Camozzi.

Camozzi, due to the loss, had his four-fight win streak broken.

Rafael dos Anjos won a close decision against Evan Dunham at UFC on FX 8.

Dunham was on the defense for the first minute of the bout, but turned up the pace by mid-round.  Dunham showed good speed, but didn’t utilize his reach to it’s full potential.  While dos Anjos was mixing up a wide variety of strikes, Dunham was basically boxing and throwing the odd leg kick, nonetheless, the fight stayed eventful.  Dunham got dos Anjos to the mat, but after a lackluster minute, the referee stood the combatants up.

In Round 2, Dunham started with a flurry of hard punches and hit a double-leg takedown.  It wasn’t long before dos Anjos was up and retaliating.  Dunham opened a cut on dos Anjos’ right eyebrow, but the Brazilian was winning the exchanges on their feet.  Dunham managed to get a takedown at the end of the second frame, but the buzzer sounded immediately after the two fighters hit the mat.

Round 3 looked similar to the opening frame, as Dunham used boxing and a minimal amount of leg kicks, while dos Anjos mixed up strikes.  Dunham could not complete a takedown, but he kept dos Anjos guessing.  Both combatants put on an exciting show towards the end of the bout by standing in the pocket and tagging each other with punches until the time clock expired.

Dos Anjos won the match via decision (29-28×3) and is on a four-fight win streak.

Dunham, however, is 3-2 in his last five fights.

Rafael Natal, through a combination of intelligent striking, smooth Brazilian jiu-jitsu and an opponent’s exhaustion, defeated UFC newcomer João Zeferino.

Zeferino and Natal spent a large part of possible heel-hook positions.  They stayed just busy enough to not get stood up by the referee due to lack of action, but the strikes thrown were not effective.  The two mixed martial artists were eventually instructed by the referee to stand up, but with only 25 seconds left in the opening frame not much was attempted before the round ended.

Zeferino attempted a high number of kicks and punches, but Natal remained calm and evaded any damage.  As Zeferino tired, he attempted an effortless takedown that Natal denied with ease.  Zeferino, on the ground from a punch Natal hit him with, laid exhausted and “Sapo” dropped into his opponent’s guard with a punch.  Natal finished the round on top of Zeferino, battering him with punches.

Natal pressed forward in Round 3.  He elevated his output of strikes, yet avoided a drained Zeferino’s attacks.  Natal took down Zeferino midway through the round and started working for a submission.  “Sapo” continued bashing Joao Zeferino with fists when he couldn’t nail a submission until the match finalized.

Natal won a decision (30-27, 29-28×2) and is now and has won two consecutive bouts since losing to Andrew Craig in July 2012.

Zeferino’s UFC debut and seven-fight win streak were spoiled with the loss.

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UFC 152 preliminary recap: Magalhaes successful in return, Baczynski, Noke, Gagnon finish, Dunham-Grant have blood bath

Seth-Baczynski (R) vs. Matt Brown (L)

The UFC 152 preliminary card exhibited four decisions and four finishes, but it was full of excitement.

Vinny Magalhaes made his return to the UFC an impressive one when he met Igor Pokrajac.

The two-time gold medalist in the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship was quick to get Pokrajac to the ground.  From there, Magalhaes transitioned to side guard, then transferred to an armbar.  Pokrajac appeared to be in trouble, but defended well and landed in the Brazilian’s guard.  They grappled until Magalhaes let Pokrajac up, then the two combatants traded strikes until the end of the round.

Magalhaes clinched up with Pokrajac immediately in round two.  He took the Croatian to the mat and strapped on a triangle-choke.  Magalhaes switched to an armbar, allowed Pokrajac to attempt to roll out and executed the technique.  Pokrajac tapped in agony, which gave Magalhaes a victory in his return to the Octagon.

T.J. Grant busted, battered and beat Evan Dunham in a three round war.

Grant got the better of Dunham in the striking department off the hop.  Dunham came out of an exchange on the feet with a bloodied eyebrow and taunted Grant briefly, insinuating he wasn’t hurt.  Grant continued to win the battle of blows, until Dunham achieved a double-leg takedown near the end of Round 1.

The second round had Grant smash a knee into Dunham’s forehead, causing a large gash to open.  Dunham shook it off and smiled, and for that, the Canadian gave him another knee in the forehead, causing another cut.  Though, the fight wasn’t stopped for the doctor to take a look, Dunham’s face was smeared with blood.

It was Dunham who was the aggressor in the third round, but Grant did not back down.  They continued to fire punches back and forth, yet Grant was becoming fatigued and attempting takedowns.  Dunham stuffed all of Grant’s takedown attempts, and he even accomplished one of his own as the match came to an end.

Grant walked away with a unanimous decision victory, remaining undefeated at lightweight.

Sean Pierson came close to not winning in his hometown of Toronto, however, he was able to best Lance Benoist.

Pierson blasted Benoist with a hefty amount punches early in the match.  After dizzying Benoist, Pierson sent his opponent to the mat with a combination of strikes and followed up with an abundance of punches.  Benoist tied Pierson up for a moment, but the Ontarian escaped with little effort.  Pierson rattled Benoist one more time with a left hook before the round ended.

In the second and third frames each competitor let off series punches and kicks, yet Pierson was still coming out on top.  But, late in the last round, Benoist connected on Pierson’s jaw, causing him to collapse to the canvas.  Benoist pounced on Pierson, and switched from ground and pound to prowling for a submission.  Pierson got back to his feet in the dying seconds, but he was awfully wobbly as time ran out.

The match went a full 15 minutes and it was Pierson the judges gave the nod to, crediting him with two rounds to one.

Marcus Brimage accomplished staying out of Jim Hettes’ grasp and grab the victory.

Brimage tagged Hettes three times in the first 45 seconds of the fight, not to mention dropping the Pennsylvania native with the initial left hook.  Hettes continued to take damage from Brimage, and the two-time Keystone State Games Judo gold medalist’s takedowns were ineffective.  Brimage successfully out-punched Hettes with significant strikes in the first round, but “The Kid” made it to the second round.

Round 2 was a little more competitive.  Hettes showed better boxing and hit Brimage with a jumping knee that led to a takedown.  Brimage managed to get back to his feet, but Hettes dragged him back to the canvas almost immediately.  Hettes stayed on Brimage, working ground and pound and looking for a submission.  The bout returned to standing as time ran out.

The final fame of the bout had both combatants fighting under the impression they each had a round in the win column.  While it was Hettes pushing the pace, it was Brimage landing a considerably larger number of strikes.

The match went to the judges’ scorecards and Brimage was awarded the victory, 29-28 from all parties.

At the beginning of the evening, Facebook aired three UFC 152 preliminary bouts.  All three matches lasted a total duration of six minutes and four seconds.

After coming up short in his Octagon debut, Mitch Gagnon returned with a bang.

Walel Watson, a long-limbed, technical striker, was finding his range against the shorter Gagnon from the opening horn.  When the “Gazelle” felt confident he fired off a superman-punch at Gagnon, but came in with his chin up and the Canadian fighter made Watson pay the price.  Gagnon caught Watson with a powerful overhand left punch when the “Gazelle’s” feet were still off the ground and dropped him to the mat.

Gagnon swarmed Watson with a flurry of shots, but decided to take his opponent’s back.  It took a few seconds for Gagnon to sink his arm under Watson’s chin, but he eventually did and completed a rear-naked choke victory at 1:09 into the first round.

In a classic grappler vs. striker match, it was the kickboxer that came out on top.

Kyle Noke began the fight throwing punches with intent to harm and eventually hit Charlie Brenneman with a stepping jab.  Brenneman stumbled back, but kept his wits about him.  Brenneman came forward once again and was hit with a straight right from Noke that buckled the knees of the “Spaniard.”

Referee Dan Miragliotta was quick to jump in between the two combatants before Noke landed too many unnecessary punches.  Following the bout, Brenneman contested the ref’s decision to stop the fight, saying he wasn’t out, however, the stoppage appeared to be justifiable.

Seth Baczynski and Simeon Thoresen didn’t manage to end their fight in the quick fashion of Gagnon and Noke, nonetheless, it was over before the end of the Round 1.

Neither mixed martial artist showed any desire to take the match to the ground.  As they exchanged punches, Thoresen suffered a busted lip from the punches Baczynski continuously landed in the same place.  Thoresen answered with leg kicks that sounded similar to a baseball bat slamming into a cow carcass.  However, “The Polish Pistola” slipped a right hand thrown by Thoresen, and clipped the Norwegian with a left hook.

Thoresen crumpled to the canvas and was completely unconscious, deeming the fight over just past the four minute mark of the opening frame.

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UFC Fight Night 25: Shamar Bailey steps up in competition against Evan Dunham

Shamar Bailey is ready for the step up in competition.

Shamar Bailey is busy preparing for his upcoming fight, but that isn’t the only thing consuming his life.

Bailey (Twitter: @ShamarBailey) is gearing up for his Ultimate Fight Night 25 bout Saturday against Evan Dunham at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.  This will mark The Ultimate Fighter 13 contestant’s second bout inside the Octagon and an escalation in competition.

Bailey’s first UFC match took place at the TUF 13 Finale, on which he defeated Ryan McGillivray via unanimous decision.

For a fighter who dropped two consecutive bouts heading into the show and was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the television series, Dunham is a big step up.

“Evan is the toughest guy I have ever fought, by far, but at the end of the day I have to look at it as just another fight,” Bailey explained to  “I can’t pay attention to what his name is or who he is or what he does.  I still have to go in there and fight, so that’s all I’m concerned about right now.”

In order to prepare for a competitor like Dunham, Bailey trained alongside the best athletes he could find.

Dunham trains at the elite Xtreme Couture facility in Las Vegas, therefore it is no secret that he is sparring with some of the best combatants in the sport.   Bailey admitted that he stayed with his regular squad back in Indianapolis at the Integrated Fighting Academy, but he also elaborated on training with a certain Strikeforce champion.

“Training has been great because I had all the people I needed,” Bailey stated.  “I had a nutritionist, great training partners, and everybody came together to help me get ready.  I been training with some real tough guys that nobody ever heard of, but they will soon.  I also trained with Chris Lytle, I got to train with Dan Henderson, and some guys from Arizona and some guys from Florida, as well.  I feel good, I feel ready.”

While Bailey was on the reality series under coach Junior Dos Santos, he enjoyed a rare opportunity.

Bailey got the pleasure of training with the UFC’s No. 1 heavyweight title contender.  More importantly, the lightweight learned a lesson in UFC life.

“Junior definitely has a lot to offer,” Bailey said.  “He taught me not only knowledge of the game, but also about life as far as being a fighter in the UFC.  I enjoyed my time with Junior in the gym and it was a great experience.”

Although Bailey has not had the experience of performing on main UFC card, he has had an enormous amount of exposure during his Zuffa career.

The Ultimate Fighter was broadcast on SpikeTV, along with the finale on which Bailey competed, and yet again his bout against Dunham could be broadcast there, time permitting.  This time it will not be on regular cable and he still will be on the preliminary card, but the opportunity for a great amount of exposure is prominent.

“It’s really cool to be fighting on Facebook,” Bailey admitted.  “Usually you’re on the undercard, but this way people all around the world get to watch it.  I’m looking forward to it.”

Aside from the strict training schedule a professional mixed martial artist must attain to, Bailey also enjoys a second career with Lytle, who recently retired from fighting.

Bailey works at the Indianapolis Fire Department, which is even more demanding than competing in MMA, but he enjoys the dual career.  Bailey finds that surrounding himself with the right people makes all the difference in the world.

“I stay busy,” Bailey said.  “I have to get in the gym as much as I can, but it helps because the people I work with are really supportive.  That’s a big help.  I am going to continue to do both for as long as I can.”

Whether it be a firefighter or MMA fighter, it appears as if Bailey’s life isn’t getting any less busy.

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