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Anthony Perosh vs. Joey Beltran added to UFC on FX 6 in Australia

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Punch Drunk Radio: Bryan Caraway, Miesha Tate

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Tonight, the Punch Drunkards welcome to the show one of MMA’s power couples: Miesha Tate and Bryan Caraway. Tate is a former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion, and she’s gearing up for her first fight since losing her belt to Ronda Rousey. Tate takes on Julie Kedzie on Aug. 18 on Strikeforce’s show in San Diego – right before Rousey defends her title for the first time. A win over Kedzie probably gets Tate a rematch with Rousey, should the new champ get past Sarah Kaufman. And Caraway earlier this month won for the third straight time and second time in the UFC. The cast member from Season 14 of “The Ultimate Fighter” just picked up a Fight of the Night win over Mitch Gagnon at UFC 149 in his drop to bantamweight, submitting the Canadian in the third round.

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Throwdown Lowdown: Matt Riddle vs. Chris Clements at UFC 149

UFC welterweight Matt Riddle poses at the UFC 149 weigh-ins. (Photo courtesy of sbnation.com)

Welcome to the debut edition of MMADiehards’ “Throwdown Lowdown.” Each week, one of our writers breaks down the mechanics of a pro MMA match and shows fight fans what it all means. Today’s column examines a war between welterweights Matt Riddle and Chris Clements at UFC 149.

Who: Matt “Deep Waters” Riddle vs. Chris “The Menace” Clements

What: UFC welterweight bout

Where: UFC 149 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta Canada

When: Last Saturday (Saturday, July 21)

Why: Clements entered the Octagon with two goals. First, “The Menace” wanted to make clear he belonged in the UFC following a lackluster split decision debut against Keith “The Polish Connection” Wisniewski at UFC 145 in Atlanta last April. Second, he wanted to court approval from his fellow Canucks. A Chatham, Ontario, Canada native, Clements wanted to improve his 11-4 record with a stunning win in front of an adoring hometown audience.

Riddle, for his part, entered the cage with a 6-3 record and a recurring problem with injuries. “The Ultimate Fighter” standout hoped to show the same potential he displayed on the show’s seventh season and earn a convincing win. Having won one of his last three, “Deep Waters” wanted to stay in the mix by starting a string of victories.

The good: Riddle rocked in this fight. Utilizing fluid level changing, he rushed Clements upstairs and downstairs with all the restraint of a tsunami. Relentlessly seeking takedowns, Riddle added twists, pivots and trips when more mundane varieties failed. It’s a strategy that worked, and “Deep Waters” planted Clements on the canvas at least five times.

Clements, meanwhile, did his best displaying superior striking. “The Menace” mixed unorthodox spinning strikes with crisp combos in an attempt at disorienting Riddle. Though it didn’t work, Clements also showed his ability improvising. Surprised by Riddle’s grappling game, he brought out a heavy sprawl and started stuffing more takedowns as the rounds wore on.

The bad: Clements clearly gave the lesser performance last Saturday night. Taken down on multiple occasions, he also lacked a ground game capable of scaring seasoned grapplers. Riddle roped Clements in with his wiry frame, controlling him completely and containing his escape attempts. When the two were on their feet, “The Menace” tried too hard on unusual strikes and left himself open to counterattack. Overall, it was a strategy that cost Clements victory.

That isn’t to say Riddle revealed a perfect performance. Dominating in most areas, Riddle’s striking still came up short. Though he used his reach to keep Clements at bay, the punches he threw were often timid and sloppy. “Deep Waters” made up for it with an airtight clinch and sharp knees, but at day’s end he’ll need more work before becoming a peak pugilist.

The ugly: Neither fighter made grave errors worth mentioning in their bout. Instead, that dishonor belongs to referee Josh Rosenthal. Riddle caught Clements with a booming body kick in round one, leaving “The Menace” winded. Rather than let the action continue, Rosenthal stopped it fearing an illegal groin strike. The poor call gave Clements a breather, and more importantly, may have helped him survive two more rounds.

The end result: Clements whipped out a desperate whirling backfist in round three. Riddle was ready for it, having watched him telegraph spinning strikes with his hip movement for the entire fight. Ducking low, Riddle caught Clements in an arm-triangle choke and threw a huge single-leg trip to bring him down. Once there, he hardened his grip on the hold and forced Clements to tap at 2:02 of round three.

What it all means: Clements left Calgary with an 11-5 record and an even tougher cross to bear. A recent UFC entrant, he’s won one of two and not convincingly at that. For his next fight, he’ll have to prove he’s major league material in dominating fashion.

In contrast, Riddle’s night couldn’t have gone much better. Now 7-3, his triumph last Saturday stabilized his record with a two-fight streak and counting. More importantly, the welterweight won in such convincing fashion he could call out other opponents with impunity. Riddle revealed he’d like to dance with “The Outlaw” Dan Hardy, and with his stock up, it’s possible he’ll get his wish in the near future.

Mark Hensch is an avid MMA fan who became interested in the sport through wrestling and karate. When not covering the hurt business, he serves as a digital editor for the Washington Times’ Times247.com in Washington D.C.

UFC 149 bonuses: Jimmo, Riddle, Caraway, Gagnon win $65,000 post-fight awards

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UFC 149: Results

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Fresh Faces UFC 149: Hector Lombard, Ryan Jimmo, and Mitch Gagnon

UFC middleweight fighter, Hector Lombard (Photo courtesy of Sherdog.com)

UFC 149 takes place July 21 and features a championship main event that pegs, Urijah Faber against Renan Barão for the interim bantamweight title.

Also making their way on to the card are long-awaited newcomers ready to continue their success with the UFC.  Learn more about Hector Lombard, Ryan Jimmo and Mitch Gagnon in this edition of Fresh Faces.

 

Name: Hector Lombard

Weight class: Middleweight

Record: 32-1-1

Recent body of work: Defeated Trevor Prangley via TKO at Bellator 58, Nov. 2011.

Who he is: Finally making his way to the UFC, the Cuban, Lombard, has been recognized as the only one left to dethrone the current UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva.  Originally slated to make his inaugural appearance at UFC 78, visa issues complicated the process and Lombard was forced back in line.  The last time Lombard tasted defeat was in 2006 when he was handed a unanimous decision loss by Gegard Mousasi at Pride 13.  Since then, Lombard has gone undefeated and claimed the CFC, Bellator, and most recently, the AFC middleweight championship titles.  Lombard is set to make his UFC debut against Tim Boetsch.

 

Name: Ryan Jimmo

Weight class: Light Heavyweight

Record: 16-1

Recent body of work: Defeated Thierry Sokoudjou via unanimous decision at MFC 31, Oct. 2011.

Who he is: One of Canada’s favorite fighters, Jimmo, will be taking his maiden voyage with the UFC on Canadian soil.  Currently on a 16-fight win streak, Jimmo has gone through names; such as, Rick Roufus, Marvin Eastman, and most recently, Thierry Sokoudjou.  Defending his MFC light heavyweight title twice in 2011, the Canadian was initially penciled in to fight at a January card, but now officially walks into the Octagon for the first time to face Anthony Perosh at UFC 149.

 

Name: Mitch Gagnon

Weight class: Bantamweight

Record: 8-1

Recent body of work: Defeated David Harris via guillotine-choke submission at Ringside MMA 12, Oct. 2011.

Who he is:  Originally set to make his first appearance with his new employers at UFC on FOX 2 card in January, Gagnon was forced to withdrawal because of visa issues. With no such concerns ahead at UFC 149, Gagnon is set to carry his six fight win streak in to the Octagon.   Seven of Gagnon’s eight wins have come by way of submission, with the Canadian only having to work past the first round twice.  Set for Gagnon’s Octagon debut, is bout with Bryan Caraway in Calagary, Alberta, Canada.

UFC 149: Hector Lombard looks to continue his dominance in the UFC

Hector Lombard (31-2-1-1) has proven himself to be one of the most explosive middleweights outside of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Lombard (Twitter: @HectorLombard) left Bellator as the promotion’s first and only middleweight champion to date.  His impressive record only has two blemishes, which came in the form of decision losses to Akihiro Gono at Pride Bushido 11 and Gegard Mousasi at Pride Bushido 13.

The Cuban trains out of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla. His martial arts acumen extends far past his abilities in the cage as he is a fourth degree black-belt in Judo and a black-belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.  Lombard has won bronze, silver, and gold medal multiple times while competing in the International Judo Federation tournaments.  Winning a gold medal at his last Judo competition in 2004 might have been foreshadowing his success to come in world of mixed martial arts.

Lombard has been dominant in various organizations, Bellator being the most recognized, but now he is looking to make his UFC debut against Tim Boetsch (15-4) at UFC 149 on July 21 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.  Originally, Lombard was to face Brian Stann at UFC on Fox 4 in August, but the former Marine had to pull out of the fight because of a shoulder injury.

The UFC debut of Lombard will be against a tough and talented Boetsch who is looking to prove himself an elite contender, but this might be Boetsch’s most difficult test to date. Lombard is a skilled grappler and possesses knockout power.  An impressive win will likely put Lombard next in line to face the current middleweight and pound-for-pound great Anderson Silva.

The advantage in this fight goes to Lombard if you look at his highlight reels alone. The trope of he has not fought in the UFC might be silenced to a degree based on how dominant Lombard has been in his career. Having only two decision losses in 36 fights is an accomplishment that immediately puts Lombard in the top portion of the UFC’s middleweight division especially with some of his best performances happened while in the largest non-Zuffa promotion, Bellator, where he went 8-0.

Boetsch entered the UFC in 2008 and was released in 2010 after going 2-2 at light heavyweight.  He made his way back and notched a decision win over Todd Brown before falling victim to Phil Davis’ modified one-handed kimura at UFC 123.  Boetsch then made the drop to middleweight defeating Kendall Grove in his debut to kick of a three-fight win streak that claimed Nick Ring and Yushin Okami as victims.

It cannot be denied that recent Boetsch’s run is impressive, and he is one step from becoming a contender.  Still, Lombard just seems to have a leg up on every aspect of the game.  Boetsch makes a pretty large weight cut and has the strength of a 205-pound athlete. Lombard is strong as well, and his Judo abilities might help him use his opponent’s strength as a negative.

So, what is at stake for both of these athletes besides a desired shot at the title? A loss for Lombard could put detractors in a frenzy claiming he was never that great anyway based on the level of competition he faced. A loss for Boetsch would mean a little rebuilding at middleweight, but his job would most likely be secure and he would have a chance to rebound. If Lombard wins, he will probably get a title shot sooner than many would like.  Boetsch on the other hand might not get the title shot right away, but if he does it would be a true Cinderella story.

This fight looks like it is Lombard’s to take.  He has displayed a level of dominance and confidence that may prove overwhelming for most of the division.  Lombard will most likely be looking for a knockout or submission in the first round to let everyone in the 185-pound division know that he has arrived, but Boetsch is probably aware he is the underdog and is prepared to make a statement of his own.  Lombard’s history of dominance will meet Boetsch’s history of perseverance on Saturday in what should be a bout full of fireworks.

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Brian Ebersole replaces Claude Patrick, meets James Head at UFC 149

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UFC 148: Mike Easton’s year of extremes

Mike "The Hulk" Easton walks to the octagon. (Photo courtesy of cagereligion.com)


Mike “The Hulk” Easton’s 2012 is every bit as incredible as his comic book namesake. It’s a familiar narrative that begins with victory, turns into tragedy and now runs down the road towards redemption.

Easton (Twitter: @mikeeastonmma) started the year strong with a majority decision win over Jared “The Jackhammer” Papazian at UFC on FX 1 in Nashville last January. The scalp showed Easton’s UFC debut last October was no fluke and boosted his record to 12-1.

Sadly, the bout also forced the Washington D.C. native to the sidelines. Injured in his battle with Papazian, Easton was incapable of competing at May’s UFC on Fuel TV 3 card against Yves “Tiger” Jabouin. It was a bitter pill, the bantamweight says, given the Fairfax, Va. matchup was near his home in D.C.

“I had a protrusion after my last fight from kicking Jared’s knee,” Easton said in an e-mail exchange with MMADiehards Monday. “It’s always disappointing when you can’t fight, but things happen for a reason.”

Now recovered, Easton is looking to edge up the bantamweight rankings at UFC 148 on Saturday in Las Vegas. He faces a daunting foe in Ivan Menjivar, the 24-8 “Pride of El Salvador” and a seasoned scrapper.

“I know Menjivar has a lot of experience so we’ll take that into consideration,” Easton said of his latest training camp. “His cardio is his weakness, so I’m going to push the pace. It’ll be very entertaining. It’s a high action, non-stop pace, unbelievable fight.”

Fight fans can understand Easton’s excitement. UFC 148 is headlined by a middleweight title rematch between Anderson “The Spider” Silva and Chael “The American Gangster” Sonnen. It’s easily one of the year’s biggest MMA events, and one Easton and Menjivar will open on live PPV.

“I’m so excited I’m like a kid in a candy store right now,” Easton said of his first UFC PPV appearance. “I get to fight on PPV at UFC 148 in front of the whole wide world. My hometown and everybody else gets to see me. I can still represent Washington D.C. in front of the world.”

A win for either fighter on such a big stage instantly increases their visibility in the bantamweight ranks. Neither Easton nor Menjivar is far from the top – Menjivar was originally slated to face the highly-touted Renan Barao on Saturday night. Following an injury to division champ Dominick “The Dominator” Cruz, Barao will instead face Urijah “The California Kid” Faber in an interim title match at Calgary’s UFC 149 instead.

“If it stays standing I think Barao takes it,” Easton predicted. “But on the ground I think Faber can out wrestle him so you never know. It depends on who plays to their strength.”

For now, Easton remains focused on finishing Menjivar on Saturday night. “The Hulk” said he’s swinging for a knockout, and after that, he’ll smash the interim bantamweight champ too.

“If I had my way, I’ll fight the winner of Faber and Barao,” Easton said. “I’ve been working very hard and I’m super happy about this.”

Mark Hensch is an avid MMA fan who became interested in the sport through wrestling and karate. When not covering the hurt business, he serves as a digital editor for the Washington Times’ Times247.com in Washington D.C.

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