Junior Dos Santos – the next guy to fight Cain Velasquez

Junior Dos Santos on UFC 121 and why he's the next contender

Junior Dos Santos talks about the Brock Lesnar – Cain Velasquez heavyweight title fight at UFC 121; what he thought about the fight, his observations about Brock and Cain, how the fight went and why Cain won the fight.

Junior Dos Santos is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet but make no mistake – this guy has the best hands in the UFC heavyweight division [and that’s out of Dana White’s mouth, not ours].

Wherever it takes place, the Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos UFC Heavyweight title fight will be a banger. Our predictions is that it will go into the deeper rounds and probably be done by late in the fourth round.

Sports Science with Cain Velasquez – ESPN

ESPN Sports Science with Cain Velasquez and Brock Lesnar before UFC 121

ESPN’s Sport Science on how Cain Velasquez and Brock Lesnar stack up to each other – how hard they hit, how much explosive power they have and what their stamina is.

Very geeky AND interesting at the same time. Heck, its a sport – so we gotta have all kinds of statistics that probably don’t mean anything but give us something to blather about at the bar.

Cain Velasquez – The New UFC Heavyweight Champion of the World – on ESPN

Cain Velasquez on ESPN after UFC 121

Cain Velasquez is just a smarter fighter than Brock Lesnar. That’s really it. Brock came out aggressive and was counting on his size to dominate. But we agree with Cain that when he [Cain] shook off that first assault by Brock, he regained his composure and got back to his game – and won.

Yes, UFC should take the next heavyweight title fight – Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos – to Mexico City. That would be very cool.

Gotta love the humility of Cain Velasquez. He knows that as the UFC Heavyweight Champion he’s got a target on his back now.

And he had a great win – a great win for himself, for the UFC and for the sport of MMA.

Dana White on ESPN talking about UFC 121

Dana White on ESPN reviewing UFC 121

Dana White is impressed by Cain Velasquez and kind of unimpressed by Brock Lesnar. Not surprising, really. He knew that Cain had the tools to get the job done.

BTW – Kenny Florian is a solid commentator. He’s got great insight and an enigmatic presence.

Yes, UFC 121 was huge. Probably the hugest UFC PPV ever. And it was all due to the heavyweights. Oh, how we all love the heavyweights.

However, we totally disagree with Dana’s take on the Shields – Kampmann fight. The judging on that was terrible and Kampmann was absolutely robbed.

Also sounds like Dana’s close to cutting Tito Ortiz out of the UFC. Finally.

Dana White speaks to Ariel Helwani after UFC 121

Dana White and Ariel Helwani at UFC 121

You can tell that Dana White is little down that his big ol’ heavyweight Brock Lesnar didn’t get the win. Oh well. Cain Velasquez will be a better UFC Heavyweight Champion anyway.

It was still a terrific night of fights – one that the UFC needed to pull off. And they did.

We were at a packed bar and had a great time.

Kimbo Slice Knocked Out by Seth Petruzelli – Full Video

Kimbo Slice vs James Thompson at Elite XC MMA

This really was a classic moment in MMA history and the evolvement of the sport. Kimbo Slice, web-famous street fighter goes up against Seth Petruzelli, a perennial contender and standard MMA fighter go-to-guy when a card spot needs to be filled, in a fight league run by stock market scammers who took Elite XC public with alot of fan-fare and made out like bandits, on a broadcast network that still to this day doesn’t understand MMA, MMA fans or how the fight game works.

And Kimbo the main card draw gets knocked out by a nobody in 14 seconds. What a mess. What a defining moment. And how absolutely fitting for the entire circus sideshow of that event.

Elite XC, like Bodog, like alot of others, never knew what to do in MMA. And neither did Kimbo.

The MMA Fight Debut of Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin at a UFC weigh-in

Brock Lesnar’s MMA fight debut against Min Soo Kim at Dynamite USA. Sure they put him in with ‘softer’ competition, but Lesnar was Lesnar right from the get-go. He gets Kim to the ground and then starts dropping those ‘canned hams’, as Randy Couture once called his fists.

Brock dominates. Brock wins. But Brock is rarely tested in the sport of MMA. When he does meet someone with real fighting skills, Brock Lesnar loses. Who knows what’s in store for Brock Lesnar, but he’ll hang around mixed martial arts for a while yet.

MMA FIX – Wanderlei Silva

Rich Franklin vs Wanderlei Silva at UFC 99

RawVegas speaks with Wanderlei Silva at his home gym, Xtreme Couture, amidst the controversy surrounding the UFC and Randy Couture. ┬áThis is an old school clip from back in the day when Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture and the UFC were going thru a rocky part of their relationship. And Wanderlei – he had the perspective. He knew that everyone would come back around eventually and work things out.

That’s why Wanderlei Silva is one of the most beloved fighters in all of MMA – he’s human. That’s a bizarre comment on a fighter who was known as the ‘Ax Murderer’ when he fought in Pride FC in Japan, but its true. Wanderlei is a wise fighter. He’s been in all the battles and he’s seen what really happens between people.

And yes, he’s a legend – so he’s on our “gotta getta foto with him” list.

MMA – The Knockouts of 2009, Vol.1

MMA - The Knockouts of 2009,Vol.1

Who doesn’t love knockouts? Its the crowing achievement in a fight. Its a badge of honor sported by fighters everywhere when they brag about their records. And the fans – the MMA fans- go absolutely wild when they see a great knockout happen right in front of their own eyes, in a cage, anywhere.

This is a stunning compilation of MMA knockouts for 2009. Caposa did a heckova job putting this one together. Its one of those videos that you can watch again and again, and see something new each time. Very cool.

Georges St. Pierre vs Ivan Menjivar – The First MMA Fight of GSP

GSP in his first MMA fight

Georges St. Pierre vs Ivan Menjivar at UCC 7 Bad Boyz January 25, 2002, in Montreal, Quebec. It was the first MMA fight for GSP, and even then he looked good. Great striking, good action. He even man-handled Menjivar, out wrestling the wrestler a few times. Not hard to see that even in the early stages of his career he had taken the approach of working with his opponent’s strengths.

The stoppage sucked. The ref just didn’t know what was going on and he listened to the fighters instead of following the action. But its an entertaining bout and a solid MMA debut for GSP.