Pat Barry Shuts Down Christian Morecraft

Pat Barry is a fan-favorite and one of the most dynamic strikers in the game. Watch Barry emulate Iron Mike Tyson as he slips a punch and drops Morecraft with a beautiful left hook.

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UFC 150: Benson Henderson vs Frankie Edgar Highlights

Another close one between Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar. I scored it 48-47 for Edgar. How did you guys score it?

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UFC 150: Cerrone vs Guillard Highlights

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MMA Burner Predictions – UFC 150

Frankie Edgar

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Justin Lawrence vs. Max Holloway
Sporting a combined 10 fights, Lawrence and Holloway are two of the most inexperienced competitors on the entire UFC roster. Both are coming off of their first octagon win at The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale. Even though Lawrence is dropping down from lightweight, Holloway still holds a significant height and reach advantage. The advantage he does have however is an impressive amount of boxing and kickboxing experience despite his young age. The outcome of this fight will hinge on the distance it is fought at, with Holloway favored at an outside range and Lawrence favored in close.

Norman’s Prediction: Holloway will win, either by using his reach to keep Lawrence at bay and picking him apart or by taking him down and submitting him once he closes the distance.

Izzy’s Prediction: This fight is going to come down to who has the better stand-up. At this point I believe the Black House product (Lawrence) will get the UD victory.

John’s Prediction: Both fighters won their TUF 15 Finale fights, one with a Highlight KO and one with a dominating performance. Both have impressive stand up, and I see a striking match with a knockout finish. Lawrence is the more adaptable striker and will win by TKO in the 2nd.

Yushin Okami vs. Buddy Roberts
Okami looks to get back on track after back-to-back TKO losses to Anderson Silva and Tim Boetsch. Buddy Roberts on the other hand has won 6 straight including his UFC debut in June. Initially Okami was to welcome Luiz Cane to 185-pounds. After injury forced Cane to withdraw, Rousimar Palhares stepped up to take on the former number one contender, but when he too was beset with injury, Roberts became Okami’s latest opponent.

Norman’s Prediction: No upset this time. Okami will dominate all three rounds and pick up a unanimous decision.

Izzy’s Prediction: This is too much too soon for Roberts. Okami uses his great judo base to get the fight to the ground and finishes Roberts via TKO.

John’s Prediction: Okami has had a rough run recently, but I think he will come into the cage Saturday looking for a finish, and I think he’ll get it. Okami by TKO in the second.

Jake Shields vs. Ed Herman
After a tough go around at 170, Jake Shields will make his return to middleweight and take on TUF 3 finalist Ed Herman. Herman has looked in the best form of his career, posting three consecutive stoppage victories since returning form a knee injury. If “Short Fuse” could pick up a win over the former Strikeforce middleweight champion he would really make the division stand up and take notice. In Shields’ last bout at 185 he defended his Strikeforce crown against the great Dan Henderson. After that he released his title and dropped back down to welterweight and came to the UFC where he posted a 2-2 record.

Norman’s Prediction: After bulking up for 185 previously, the cut back down to welterweight was just too much for Shields. I think he’ll be in much better shape this time and will outclass Herman in every aspect of the fight.

Izzy’s prediction: Shields is the better grappler in this fight. I expect him to use his wrestling and BJJ game to stifle Herman, en route to a clear UD victory.

John’s Prediction: When Shields dropped to welterweight, his performance dropped as well. Now that he’s back at middleweight. I think he’ll put in some better performances. Shields by decision.

Donald Cerrone vs. Melvin Guillard
Two of the best in the lightweight division try to put the rough spots further behind them and earn a second straight victory. Cerrone is a three-time title challenger in the WEC and has gone 5-1 in the octagon since that company’s dissolve. Guillard’s UFC tenure dates all the way back to season 2 of The Ultimate Fighter, and will have a quick turn over from his 18th to 19th UFC fight, having overcome Fabricio Camoes a little more than a month ago.

Norman’s Prediction: Guillard is strong and athletic but we all know he has holes in his game. Cerrone has no noticeable holes in his. Cerrone, submission.

Izzy’s Prediction: I can see Cerone testing his stand-up against Guillard early in the fight. Round 2 is where I think Cerone will get the fight to the ground and show-off his BJJ skills by finishing the fight via submission.

John’s Prediction: Guillard has shown trouble lately with recent ground fighters and Cerrone is an excellent one with 13 submissions wins. Cerrone will surprise Guillard with a sub in the first.

Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar
The emerging patter in Frankie Edgar’s career continues. He has had back-to-back championship fights with B. J. Penn, Gray Maynard and now Ben Henderson. Henderson was the former WEC lightweight titlist who lost the belt in the promotion’s final fight. The man who beat him, Anthony Pettis, was suppose to unify the championships, but lost a bout to Clay Guida while the Edgar/Maynard trilogy tied up the UFC gold. Benson took advantage of Pettis’ falter and spirited to the front of the contender’s line by beating Jim Miller and Guida toward the end of 2011.

Norman’s Prediction: Frankie may be just as good of a fighter and have just as much heart as Benson, but Henderson is so much bigger. That has always been the factor to Edgar’s disadvantage and it will be again. Henderson UD.

Izzy’s prediction: Both fighters are unbeaten in rematches so I expect an epic fight. Henderson’s size and strength will be too much for Edgar this time around. Benson will find a way to get this fight to the ground before latching on a fight-ending guillotine in round 4.

John’s Prediction: This is the third title rematch in Frankie Edgar’s career, but this is the first where he was not the champion. Henderson won last time by decision. This time he will leave no doubt as to whom the winner is. Henderson will be the first person to finish Frankie.

Norman’s Picks Izzy’s Picks John’s Picks
Bermudez, Dec Bermudez, TKO Bermudez, Dec
Kuiper, TKO Kuiper, Dec Hamman, Dec
Lentz, Dec Lentz, Dec Lentz, Dec
Pague, Sub Camus, TKO Pague, Sub
Stone, Dec Perez, Dec Stone, TKO
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Shields and Herman talk UFC 150

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Brandon Vera versus Ryan Bader, anyone?

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If the light heavyweight main events of UFC on Fox 4 last Saturday night were an Olympic tournament, then Brandon “The Truth” Vera and Ryan “Darth” Bader would be facing each other in the repechage round for the bronze. (And, just to rub on the Olympic’s theme some more, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida “won the gold” and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua “settled for silver” – as far as President Dana White is concerned.)

Vera wore his heart out on his limbs, on their hard places: knuckles, elbows, knees and shins. Whereas many thought that it would be Rua by blowout, everyone ended up blown away by the unexpectedly much tougher and exciting fight that transpired in the Octagon.

Vera toughed and bloodied it out, dishing out his own punishment for three rounds, till he perished to the more powerful inflictions of Rua in the fourth round. Both fighters valiantly dueled out a bloody gruel, till the inevitable and literal fall of one.

And it was Vera, who landed and laid face down on the canvas after receiving a couple of punches sparked by a staggering Rua left hook. Sweetly ironic, though, that The Truth has redeemed himself in the eyes of the roaring fans, with his gallantry and fighting skills – in spite of another loss by stoppage.

Many even believe that though he lost last Saturday night, it was the best Vera ever! Even superior than the Vera-on-a-hot-winning-streak years ago. (Ask Mr. White.)

Bader, on the other hand, was significantly a lot less spectacular in his own defeat, likewise a KO loss, in the hands of Machida.

Darth was in the dark throughout and never figured out how to penetrate The Dragon’s puzzling defense, and got hit by well-timed and pinpoint kicks in the first round. Ultimately, the Ultimate Fighter winner was dropped by a punch that crashed on his head, when he blindly rushed in with his own straight right in the second stanza.

Still, both vanquished fighters were so close in getting a shot at the UFC light heavyweight belt – if only their respective hands were raised instead of their opponents’. And, if that was the case, it would be Dana’s call on who the more impressive between the two would vie for the title.

Didn’t happen. But, if the two fighters face each other before this year’s end, who do you think will take it? Who will stand on the lowest level of the winner’s podium?

Today’s article was written by Karlo Silverio III Sevilla.

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Brock Larson and Travis Reddinger lead the way this Saturday at CFX 36: Brutaal Blood Bath

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This Saturday CFX will hold its 36th mixed martial arts event. One of the main attractions will feature 17-4 Bellator veteran Travis “The Hurricane” Reddinger as he looks to earn his way back into the big leagues. He faces a tough opponent in Justin Morrison of Adel, Iowa. This is a great opportunity for Morrison to compete against one of the top bantamweights from the Midwest. Reddinger is a finisher and a submission specialist with an ever-improving stand-up game. (If you haven’t seen his switch-kick to the liver against Floyd Hodges – check the 45 second mark here.) His time at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy is clearly paying dividends and an impressive win over Morrison this Saturday night may be just what “The Hurricane” needs to get his shot in the UFC.

The evening’s main event will see UFC veteran and grappling powerhouse Brock Larson take on the massive Marcus Sursa in a middleweight bout. Sursa, a Bellator and Shark Fights veteran, has faced six UFC vets in the past (Alan Belcher, Stefan Struve, Elliot Marshall, Trevor Prangley, Eddie Sanchez, and Logan Clark) but has come up short in each of those bouts. This fight will give him one more chance to prove he can beat a high level fighter.

Larson has a few things to prove himself. He opened his career with 15 consecutive victories (14 coming by stoppage). Then he got the call from the UFC and squared off against Jon Fitch, who was also making his UFC debut. Fitch won a unanimous decision and went on to steamroll the welterweight division en route to a title shot.

Larson was released but went on to win 6 straight fights outside of the promotion and returned to fight Keita Nakamura at UFC Fight Night 7. This time the decision went his way and Brock picked up his 22nd win in 23 bouts.

Instead of staying in the UFC, Larson wound up in Zuffa’s newly acquired WEC organization. There he posted back-to-back stoppage victories over Erik Apple and Kevin Knabjian before falling to the defending welterweight champion Carlos Condit. (Check the video highlights here to watch Brock in Beast Mode).

He finished out his WEC tenure with two more victories, including a highlight-reel knockout over Carlo Prater in just 37 seconds. Soon after, the WEC’s welterweight division was absorbed into the UFC and Larson came back to the octagon in top form, submitting Jesse Sanders and Mike Pyle – both in the first round.

Of course Larson is no longer with the UFC but a comeback has to be on his mind. With a booming overhand left and world-class grappling skills to his credit, Larson’s road back to the UFC could begin with a win over the always-game Marcus Sursa.

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Benson Henderson’s Rise To The Top

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ONE Fighting Championship – Manila: Bibiano Fernandes Versus Gustavo Falciroli

Bibiano Fernandes

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This is the first of our build-up series leading to ONE FC’s debut in Metro Manila, Philippines this August 31. Each article of the series will serve as an opinionated primer to the upcoming event of what is touted as “Asia’s largest MMA organization,” billed as “One Fighting Championship: “Pride of a Nation.”

Consistent with its champion vs. champion formula, ONE FC: “Pride of a Nation” pits current DREAM bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes of Brazil against his Australian counterpart, Cage Fighting Championship’s king Gustavo Falciroli for its main event.

Both are top-notch Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts who hold impressive win-loss records as MMA champions.

The many-time BJJ world champion Fernandes boasts an 11-3 record, having won three straight matches, with the last one a stunning KO over Antonio Banuelos to clinch the DREAM bantamweight belt last December. He is also noted for dealing an armbar loss to the two-time Greco-Roman wrestling world champion and former Bellator featherweight title-holder Joe Warren at DREAM 11 in 2009.

Falciroli, in the other corner, carries a 12-3-2 record, and is likewise coming fresh from a stoppage win: a rear-naked choke victory over former Rising One featherweight champ Soo Chul Kim just last February. The naturalized Australian of Brazilian descent is a certified finisher of 10 fights, with seven wins by submission and three by KO.

During the press conference held in Metro Manila last July 18, this writer saw a huge difference in bulk between the two protagonists, with Falciroli appearing to belong to a much heavier weight class than Fernandes (unless the former padded his business suit). It remains to be seen if the Australian’s apparent advantage in mass will matter in any way come their fight night.

ONE FC has an edge with its champion-versus-champion theme.

The stakes are definitely higher when a stage is set to determine not only who the better fighter is, but also who the superior champion between two MMA worlds is: the king of one international fight promotion versus the ruler of another promotion.

This champion-versus-champion concept is one of the reasons that makes ONE FC tick; it’s the closest the MMA universe has to a title unification bout – except that it doesn’t award a new world title, much less declare an undisputed MMA champion of the world.

Still, it’s absolutely for the good of the fighters, fans and the sport in general to know who really comes closest to being the best in the world. Though no new additional title is proffered, just knowing which top fighter is actually the “first among equals” is truly gratifying. (That being said, yours truly believes that ONE FC has an open invitation to all credible and internationally-renowned MMA promotions to hold matches for their champions, as the Highlander preaches that “There can only be ‘ONE.’” I bet ONE FC has the resources to compensate any champion to fight in its arena, as long as he and his mother organization oblige.)

This kind of match is a sort of measuring stick to gauge which stable has the deeper talent pool (by association), in this case between Japan’s DREAM and Australia’s CFC, by pitting each organization’s best representative against the other’s.

While Fernandes and Falciroli’s upcoming performance may not necessarily reflect the true caliber of their co-fighters from their respective promotions, whoever takes the win at the end of this month can still proclaim that his backyard unleashed the dog with the bigger bite.

Updates: Aside from Andrei Arlovski vs. Tim Sylvia and Jens Pulver vs. Eric Kelly, the other following matches have been confirmed:

Phil Baroni versus Rodrigo Ribeiro, Eduard “Landslide” Folayang vs. Felipe Enomoto, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon vs. Soo Chul Kim, Rolles Gracie vs. Tony “the Gun” Bonello, Igor Gracie vs. Jung Hwan Cha, Gregor Gracie vs. Nicholas “The Apprentice” Mann.

Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki and Renato “Babalu” Sobral’s opponents are yet to be named.

Today’s article was written by Karlo Silverio III Sevilla.

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UFC 150 Henderson vs Edgar 2 Promo

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MMA Burner Rankings – Pound-for-Pound

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The pound-for-pound list is by nature going to be populated by champions, and with the UFC at the moment having nine titleholders, more than they have ever had in their history, seven of them have made it into the top ten.

George St. Pierre would have joined the list as well, but MMABurner.com has recently instituted a one year inactivity clause to the ranking system, in order to give new blood an opportunity in the spotlight.

As the number of weight classes and the sport itself continues to grow, the available space for non-titlists is getting thinner and thinner.

Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar comes in at number seven, just behind Ben Henderson, the man that edged him out last February to take the crown. The two will rematch this weekend at UFC 150. It will be Edgar’s sixth championship match in a row and his fourth rematch in his last five outings.

The much-accomplished Dan Henderson takes the number nine spot. He will challenge the number two fighter Jon Jones next month in hopes of securing the only accolade that has eluded him over his illustrious career, a UFC championship belt.

Finally, Joseph Benavidez rounds out the top ten. In 18 professional fights, his only two losses have come to the reigning bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz. Now fighting at his natural weight-class of 125-pounds, Benavidez has become the favorite to become the first ever Flyweight champion in company history.

Late September he faces Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in the finals of the UFC’s 4-man flyweight tournament to determine the inaugural titleholder.

1. Anderson Silva
2. Jon Jones
3. Jose Aldo
4. Dominick Cruz
5. Junior Dos Santos
6. Ben Henderson
7. Frankie Edgar
8. Renan “Barao” Pegado
9. Dan Henderson
10. Joseph Benavidez

*GSP is ineligible due to more than one year of inactivity
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WE. ARE. LIVE! Watching the UFC in the Flesh

Joe Lauzon

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Last night, the viewing audience was treated to UFC on Fox 4: Shogun vs. Vera, on free TV. Not me, though. A week ago, my friend Mike and I thought, “why watch something for free on television when you can see the same thing for a lot more money in the Staples Center?” So we each decided to pay $84 for seats that were probably 800 feet away from the Octagon, just so we could say, “hey, I’ve been to a UFC show.”

And you know what? It was worth it.

UFC on Fox 4: Shogun vs. Vera, despite its unwieldy title, was an amazing show. (I don’t have to tell you that – you saw it!) I can’t remember the last time I saw a single show with that many good, back and forth fights. Besides Gamburyan vs. Omigawa and Miller vs. Phan, which were good tilts in their own right, you had the sloppy fun of Swick vs. Johnson, the grueling see-saw battle of Rua vs. Vera, and the Fight of  the Year candidate of Lauzon vs. Varner. And you also had some great, artistic finishes too – Moraga using his elbows to convince Gomez to take a nap, Yahya nonchalantly choking the life out of Grispi, Swick plunging his fist into Johnson’s brain, and Machida frustrating Bader to the point where Bader concluded, “OK, I haven’t hit him when I’m trying real hard to hit him. Maybe I’ll hit him by closing my eyes and running as fast as I can in his general direction. You know, reverse psychology this shit.” There was also, of course, the finish of Omigawa’s UFC career, but I digress. The point is, it was a fantastic viewing experience. But what didn’t you see on TV? That’s what I’m here to tell you.

First, there was a carnival-like atmosphere surrounding the Staples Center. In addition to all the people there to see the UFC event, there were also UFC merchandisers, a UFC tour-truck (don’t ask me, I don’t know), and a completely unrelated youth basketball event.

Second, although I’ve lived in Los Angeles for four years now, I haven’t really gone to any clubs, so I don’t really see the beautiful people. This show, contrary to what I would have expected, was brimming with gorgeous women making terrible, wonderfully revealing fashion choices (and of course, an even larger share of bros just bro-ing out about bro stuff). If you’ve got game, well, maybe think about going to a UFC show in Los Angeles.

Third, there were celebrities – well, celebrities to me, anyway – out and about. First, there were the Fox and Fuel broadcasting teams: Randy Couture and Brian Stann (and some journalist, who cares) for Fox, and Rashad Evans and my hero, the undefeated Chael Sonnen (and Jon Glaser, yawn) for Fuel. Second, when Mike and I went to get food between fights, Mike ended up at a bar next to Ian McCall (whom Mike put at around 5’4”), and I ended up in line in front of David Mamet! Apparently, he likes Wetzel’s Pretzel’s.

(Side-notes: Chael seemed to get along quite well with Rashad and Glaser, as well as the staff, glad-handing everyone, and taking lots of pictures with kids. Meanwhile, on the Fox side, a mob of adoring fans were reaching up to Randy Couture, begging for his autograph, which he duly gave them. Chael and Rashad don’t tuck in their shirts. They also drank non-diet Cokes with their lunches. Stann drank water. Couture either had his lunch beforehand or doesn’t need food and drink to continue his immortal existence. Finally, Chael and Rashad seemed to be glued to their smart phones when they weren’t on camera or talking to each other, sometimes even when fights were happening.)

Fourth, the famous montage of fights set to Baba O’Reilly really is worth seeing. It’s not worth paying $84 a person for, but it gets you incredibly hyped. It also shows you just high highly Dana and Co. think of the Bonnar/Griffin fight. Watch it, and you’ll see what I mean.

Fifth, it’s really hard to tell what is going on in the Octagon unless you’re much closer to it than Mike and I were. We didn’t have terrible seats, but the massive monitors floating above the cage and all around the arena draw your eyes from the distant fighters until, after a while, you’re just looking at the screens and not the octagon at all. The thought crosses your mind, “did I really pay $84 just to watch a free fight on a really big TV?”

Sixth, there is one big, compensating advantage of seeing the fights live in the arena: the energy of the crowd, and the fact that you’re really there, at a UFC show. When you’re around 16,000 people who are as caught up in the fights as you are, who go absolutely bonkers when they show Ronda Rousey, who bring the house down when Joe Lauzon raises his arms up, and who all turn, seemingly simultaneously, from Shogun fans into Vera fans, well – that’s something you can’t get on your living room couch, unless you have some really good ecstasy or are part of an awesome cult.

So, overall, would I recommend going to a UFC show? Yes, definitely, at least once. You might get a magical night of fights. But unless you have lots of disposable income, or unless you get seats so close to the Octagon that you can hear DaMarques Johnson getting his concussion, I think once is enough. But it’s really worth that one time!

Today’s article was written by Rob Gressis

Rob is an assistant professor of philosophy at California State University, Northridge. His passions are his cats, watching fights, and watching his cats fight, but not in that order. He is also member of Fantasy MMA World – a UFC fantasy league where each season’s winner gets 2 tickets to the UFC plus hotel and airfare.  The new season starts July 1st.  Check out http://fantasymmaworld.com to enter, or contact @FFFightLeague on twitter for more information. You should probably join; it’s an awesome league.

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