UFC 146 Results & Recap – Junior Dos Santos Keeps Rolling

nullJunior Dos Santos verified himself as the top heavyweight in the UFC as he knocked out Frank Mir in the second round of the main event of UFC 146 on Saturday from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Coming into his bout with the former UFC champion, Mir, Dos Santos was expected to win with his crisp striking, and that is exactly what led to the win.

After somewhat of an eventful first round that saw Dos Santos win thanks to his striking, the champion managed to finish off the fight in the second thanks to a big right hand that caught Mir flush on the cheek. JDS then followed up with a flurry on the ground to earn the TKO stoppage.

The win for JDS was as big for him as it was a big loss for Mir. The former champion likely won’t see another title shot anytime soon after losing his last three matches where a belt was on the line by devastating knockout.

Mir has had quite the career, but it is clear he doesn’t have the ability to contend with explosive strikers that have the ability to keep the fight standing. He has been brutally beaten by the likes of Brock Lesnar, Shane Carwin, and now Dos Santos.

In the co-main event, Cain Velasquez destroyed Antonio Silva in Silva’s UFC debut. The former heavyweight champ bloodied Silva thanks to a big elbow across the nose and he followed up with a number of strikes thereafter.

The win for Velasquez probably pushes him right back up to the No. 1 contender spot, as Dos Santos knocked him out in their meeting last November.

For complete results from UFC 146, check out the jump.

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MMA Goes Mobile

The full contact combat sport of mixed martial arts, or MMA, taps into something primal within the human psyche. From the ancient Greek Olympics to the modern American UFC, no rules (or at least “few rules”) unarmed combat has fascinated us as a people. We can’t help but wonder: who will win? The wrestler or the boxer? the jiu-jitsu artist or the muay Thai fighter? These questions nag at the corners of our mind, refusing to let the true fan work without knowing the answers. Fortunately, with the advent of modern technology, fans of MMA have more ways than ever to view their beloved sport.

The Traditional Method

The most common method for viewing MMA is on a cable pay-per-view channel. In the not so distant past, this way the only method and it does have some advantages. For example, the comfort of being in your own home, on your couch, eating your own Cheetos and drinking your own beer. However, this method does need cable, and, to be enjoyed fully, requires a nice home theater set system.


Mixed Martial Arts Takedown Attempt (Photo credit: fightlaunch)

Web Streaming

As computers have gotten more advanced, more and more MMA has become available through the Web. YouTube is a great source of free all out mayhem…as long as you are OK with watching only 9 minutes at a time (at most). However, there are also many other sites that may be found with a simple Google search. Spike TV, for example, has full episodes of MMA available, although it does have commercial interruptions.

Smart Phones

While most smart phones don’t have flash player yet (which means that they cannot play traditional Web streaming content), there are several apps that let you watch MMA on the go. For example, according to MMA forums, the app FilmOnTV gives you access to your favorite fights on the go. However, when streaming video to your phone, it’s important to have as fast a connection as possible, otherwise you will end up waiting a frustratingly long time for your video to buffer. To this end, check out T-mobile 4G phones, as they have the fastest connection. Also, unlike the other methods, all you need to enjoy MMA on the go is a smart phone, which you can get from t-mobile free when you sign up for a contract with them. What’s even better is that many of these free phones have 4g!

Mobile Games

Similarly, for those of you who want more than to simply watch the fun, there are several great MMA mobile games for both iPhones and droids. For example, Trilite Studios has an app that allows you to train your avatar from an average joe in the gym to a veritable wrecking ball of MMA fury. These games allow you to take part in the sport you love!

As a species, it seems we will never stop asking the eternal question, “who would win?” Fortunately, between streaming your favorite fights and watching them on your phone, you can always find the answer.

Is Chan Sung Jung A Threat To Jose Aldo?

nullJust a matter of a week ago, it seemed as if there were no real threats to UFC Featherweight Champion, Jose Aldo.

Aldo has seemingly cleaned out the division and is now preparing to face Erik Koch at UFC 149 later this year.

But, on Tuesday, some light may have been shed on the featherweight tunnel.

Chan Sung Jung put on the best performance of his career in a fourth-round submission win over Dustin Poirier.

Long thought of as just a bit of a novelty act, Jung had made a name for himself for being able to take a beating and keep coming forward, hence the name “The Korean Zombie”. Nobody really thought of him as a legit title contender.

But, on Tuesday night in the main event of UFC on Fuel TV 3, Jung showed great all-around skills and some of the slickest jiu-jitsu I have seen in a fight in quite sometime.

Jung had tremendous transitions, great execution, and he also mixed up his striking to include leg kicks and knees. It was clear that Jung has improved a great deal since joining the UFC, where he is now 3-0.

While he still needs to keep improving to beat the likes of Aldo, he does present one thing that Aldo’s opponents haven’t seemed to possess, and that is the ability to press the action.

Most of Aldo’s opponents have been very tentative against the champion and have tried to react to what Aldo does as opposed to making him react to what they do.

That won’t be an issue with Jung. He is going to fall on his sword and go with his style, win or lose. I think he could possess a real threat to Aldo because he will be able to eat some punches and kicks and keep coming forward. If the fight goes to the ground, it is hard to see anyone really out-working Jung.

Kenny Florian may have put it best on the broadcast when he said Jung “is always throwing finishing moves at you.” All of his strikes have the intent to end the fight and on the ground, he is always pursuing a submission. He doesn’t give his opponents a chance to relax.

The one area Jung may need to improve is his conditioning, but he will have a while to do that before facing Aldo. I think fans would get behind an Aldo vs. Jung bout as well, at least a lot more than Aldo vs. Koch.

What did we learn this week? For May 6, 2012

nullIt has been a while since I have posted on here, but I am back with weekly looks at MMA, mainly the UFC.

So, here is a look at what we learned this week.

- Nate Diaz may be an unsolvable problem for 155 pounders – Nate Diaz looked more than impressive against Jim Miller in the UFC on FOX 3 main event on Saturday. Miller had the kind of style that I expected to give Diaz some trouble, but he ran right through him. Diaz’ long reach has really been a problem for his opponents and he seems to be a vastly improved fighter since moving back from welterweight to lightweight. Miller was one of the top fighters in the division and Diaz made him look like a first timer. Diaz could legitimately become the UFC champion as I don’t know that a Benson Henderson or Frankie Edgar will be able to outwork him or deal with his jabs.

- Where does Josh Koscheck go from here? – Certainly it would be hard to say that Josh Koscheck was dominated by Johny Hendricks and you could maybe make the argument that he beat Hendricks on Saturday. Regardless, Koscheck certainly didn’t dominate Hendricks either. Koscheck seems to have become a fighter that refuses to go back to his roots when needed. He is one of the top wrestlers, and perhaps most explosive wrestler, in the 170 pound division. Koscheck is relying on his big swings and limited striking to try and win fights, even when it is clear he is not winning. Koscheck has only been out-wrestled one time in his career, and that was by Georges St. Pierre. In a fight like Saturday’s, I would have liked to see him take Hendricks down and work his ground striking as opposed to hoping for a knockout punch. Now Koscheck is lost in the welterweight division and not capable, in my mind, to make a run at middleweight. He needs to reinvent himself if he hopes to ever win UFC gold.

- Where would Alan Belcher be if he never got injures? – Belcher had about as good of a performance as Diaz, as he stopped Rousimar Palhares in the first round with some vicious ground and pound. Belcher was on a nice run in the UFC prior to an eye injury that nearly ended his career and sidelined him for over a year. Since his return, Belcher has first round finishes of Jason MacDonald and Palhares and he has won four straight overall. The middleweight division has quickly become very competitive with the addition of Hector Lombard. With Chael Sonnen, Brian Stann, Mark Munoz, and Michael Bisping all in the mix, Belcher should be right there with them.