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Carlos Condit came out with the better game plan to score a unanimous decision victory over Nick Diaz. It was a tough bout to score that could have gone either way. Condit used a “stick and move” type attack that clearly frustrated the Cesar Gracie fighter. Nick Diaz expressed his frustration during the post fight interview and even suggested he was done with Mixed Martial Arts. “I landed the harder shots. He ran the whole time. He kicked me in the leg with little baby leg kicks the whole fight. That’s the way they understand to win in here. I don’t want to play this game no more.” Hopefully Diaz will reconsider because he is a fan favorite who always puts on a great show. Will Carlos Condit wait for GSP to heal up or will the “Natural Born Killer” get a chance to defend his Interim Belt against some of the other top contenders. Who should Mr. Condit fight next MMA fans?!?
Rashad Evans gets another crack at the title with his unanimous decision victory over Phil Davis. Evans was clearly the better fighter and even out grappled the former NCAA Division One Champion from Penn State. Evans came in with a solid game plan despite taking a relatively cautious approach to get the win. Evans was in complete control of this fight and not once was he ever in any significant danger. Rashad Evans gets his long awaited title shot against former training partner Jon Jones. This is a fight that many fans have been begging for since Jones won the title against Marucio Shogun Rua in March of 2011. Evans appeared to suffer minimal damage and will hopefully be ready some time this coming spring. It should be an excellent fight with two of the best athletes in the UFC going at it. Can Rashad give the champion a run for his money or will Jon Jones continue his dominance against the very best in the world? Discuss MMA Burner Fans!
Rashad Evans maintains the #4 spot in the MMA Burner Light Heavyweight Rankings with a unanimous decision victory over Phil Davis. Evans will now be facing Jonny “Bones” Jones for another chance to reclaim the Light Heavyweight Title. Evans’ wrestling looked outstanding against Phil Davis and this may be his best avenue to take against the very dangerous Jon Jones. Dan Henderson is another fighter that is patiently waiting for his much deserved title shot. It’s difficult to say if Henderson will continue to wait for this chance. Another question has to be whether or not UFC Officials are okay with this. Can Dan Henderson and the “H-Bomb” be the one to solve the difficult puzzle that is Jon Jones? Rashad Evans has to be hoping this question won’t need an answer. What do you think MMA Burner Fans? 10. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 9. Rafael Cavalcante 8. Alexander Gustafsson 7. Phil Davis 6. Quinton Jackson 5. Mauricio Rua 4. Rashad Evans 3. Dan Henderson 2. Lyoto Machida 1. Jon Jones
Chael Sonnen earns a title fight against Anderson Silva with a win over Michael Bisping Saturday night. Despite Sonnen taking the unanimous decision victory, it was Bisping who put on the more impressive performance. The Count used his counter strikes along with his ever improving take down defense to make for an extremely competitive fight. Chael Sonnen is now expected to make the trip to Brazil to challenge Anderson Silva in one of the more highly anticipated rematches in UFC history. It’s a fight that many MMA fans want to see and Dana White needs to up the security in Brazil to ensure Sonnen’s safety. The championship bout is expected to take place in a soccer arena with more than 50,000 Brazilian fans. Will Chael Sonnen die in Brazil? Will the nation of Brazil go into flames if the Champion is dethroned by Mr. Sonnen? Discuss MMA Burner Fanatics!
Click Photo Courtesy of Sherdog.com One mixed martial artist who has been making waves in the UFC’s Middleweight Division is Rousimar Palhares. With a 7-2 record in the UFC including five wins by submission, Palhares is a scary opponent for any middleweight in the world. His world class submission skills certainly make him a viable threat to compete for a world title one day. Rousimar Palhares will be a nightmare for any middleweight who is lacking a top notch ground game. His bone crushing submissions combined with an almost cartoon like physique should give him a great chance to climb the ranks in 2012. Is Rousimar Palhares ready to take on the very best in the world?!? What do you think MMA fans?!? 10. Brian Stann 9. Luke Rockhold 8. Rousimar Palhares 7. Mark Munoz 6. Michael Bisping 5. Hector Lombard 4. Yushin Okami 3. Vitor Belfort 2. Chael Sonnen 1. Anderson Silva
More Pics at Sherdog.com Jose Aldo is set to make his 5th Featherweight title defense this weekend against Chad “Money” Mendes. Jose Aldo has been on a tear since joining the Zuffa banner in June of 2008. Aldo went 8-0 during his WEC career and is currently 2-0 fighting for the UFC. Aldo looks to continue his dominance this weekend against a very game opponent in Chad Mendes. Mendes hopes to spoil Jose Aldo’s title defense with his stellar wrestling and improved striking. Mendes is currently 11-0 heading into the biggest fight of his career. Mendes has been fighting professionally since 2008 and this will be a huge step up in competition for the highly touted contender. Will Jose Aldo reign supreme and show the world why he’s the best or will Chad Mendes put his name on the map with a big win in Rio de Janeiro this weekend??? Let’s go MMA Burner Fanatics! Discuss!
Alistair Overeem’s recent shellacking of Brock Lesnar propels him to the #2 spot in the top 10 MMA Burner Heavyweight Rankings. Overeem’s world class striking pedigree combined with his much improved takedown defense makes him a dangerous opponent for anyone in the world. It’s difficult not to get excited to see Junior Dos Santos and Alistair Overeem go at it in the near future. With the Heavyweight Strikeforce roster making its way to the UFC, there will be some excellent match-ups to look forward to in 2012. This is a great move by the UFC and it’s about time to settle the debate between the top Strikeforce and UFC Heavyweights. Which match-ups are you most looking forward to MMA Burner fanatics?!?!? Please leave comments! 10. Fedor Emelianenko 9. Antonio Silva 8. Daniel Cormier 7. Frank Mir 6. Shane Carwin 5. Fabricio Werdum 4. Josh Barnett 3. Cain Velasquez 2. Alistair Overeem 1. Junior Dos Santos *Brock Lesnar drops out of top 10 due to retirement
Gilbert Melendez may be the best lightweight on the planet and he is eager to prove it. Gilbert faced possibly his toughest opponent yet with a dominant victory over Jorge Masvidal. The Ceser Gracie product controlled the fight with his improved striking. Gilbert won via unanimous decision to maintain his status as one of the top lighweights in the world. Melendez appears to be in a league of his own within the Strikeforce organization. Melendez could move up to welterweight for some intriguing fights, but proving he is the best lightweight in the world appears to be his goal. Gilbert Melendez facing top competition in the UFC would be great for both his career and and the fans. It’s time for Melendez to get the recognition he deserves and challange for the UFC belt in 2012. Make it happen Dana White! The fans are begging for it!
Luke Rockhold is set to make his first title defense for the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship against “The Dean of Mean” Keith Jardine. MMAfighting.com first broke the news late last night. The fight is projected to take place January 7th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Luke Rockhold is coming off a closely-contested (yet unanimous-decision) win against Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Rockhold has been fighting professionally since 2007 and holds notable wins over Jesse Taylor, Paul Bradley, and the former champion Souza. Keith Jardine is making his first drop to 185lbs to challenge the young champion. Despite going 3-6-1 in his last ten fights, Keith Jardine is a veteran of the sport and a worthy opponent. This may be Rockhold’s toughest fight to date.
MMAJunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) broke the news Sunday night regarding two of the most exciting fighters in the lightweight division. Donald Cerrone and Nate Diaz are set to meet at UFC 141 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC officials confirmed this barn burner and the match-up will take place as the co-main event. This exciting fight will precede the main event, Brock Lesnar vs Alistair Overeem. UFC 141 is set to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on December 30th. Donald Cerrone has recently been on a tear. A win over a big name like Diaz could put him into title contention. Nate Diaz is recently coming off a brilliant victory against Takanori Gomi and looks to be at home back in the lightweight division. This should be one heck of a fight!