By MMAjunkie Staff March 12, 2014 11:15 am
A worried mom followed her protective instincts – like, really followed them – when she scaled the cage this past weekend at an amateur show in Ohio to tend to her son, who was on the receiving end of a first-round stoppage loss.
According to a report from BluegrassMMA, Caleb Frasher stopped Joe Fisher with a 36-second rear-naked choke at “OFC: 20 March Massacre II,” an amateur MMA event that took place March 8 in Columbus.
After Fisher collapsed and awkwardly tumbled to the mat while fighting off unconsciousness, his mom apparently tried to get into the cage to check on her son. Stopped by cageside officials, she instead scaled the fence to enter the cage, though a police officer quickly escorted her out.
She scaled the entire cage which stands nearly 9′ from the ground, rushed over to her son where she was greeted by Mark Matheny. The police had to escort her out of the cage while the medics took care of Fisher. It was an unfamiliar scene; one not seen too often.
Check out the series of events above (beginning at the 1:25 mark).
When you’re a 220-pounder who faces grueling weight cuts to 170 pounds, the prospects of fighting in the 185-pound division are awfully enticing.
Just ask Johny Hendricks (15-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC). While his focus remains on Robbie Lawler (22-9 MMA, 7-3 UFC) and their pay-per-view headliner at Saturday’s UFC 171 event, which earns the winner the vacant welterweight title, Hendricks said he eventually may need to move up a weight class.
The 30-year-old national collegiate wrestling champion and recent knockout artist has had plenty of success at 170 pounds. A recent six-fight winning streak was halted with a split-decision defeat to then-champ Georges St-Pierre in November, but when the longtime titleholder announced a leave of absence, Hendricks was an obvious choice to fight for the vacated belt.
If successful against the resurgent Lawler, Hendricks will rule one of the UFC’s deepest and most competitive weight classes. But down the line, he said, middleweight may be a possibility.
“It’s something that I’ve thought about, but I don’t think it’s now,” he told MMAjunkie. “I think it’s like two, three years from now. I’m only getting older, and the older you get, the harder it is to cut.
“I’d love to fight at 185. Not having to cut down to 170? Are you kidding me?”
That possibility is reconsidered every time he cuts down to the 170-pound limit. Eventually, the draining cuts may make it a necessity, but he does worry about the height and reach disadvantage he’d experience in the heavier weight class, even though he thinks his strength could make up for some of it.
“I walk around at 215, 220,” he said. “That’s an average cut for a 185-pounder. That’s probably what the 185ers are walking around at. So the only thing that hurts me is that I’m 5-foot-9.
“I still thought about it, and I talked to my coaches, too. It doesn’t hurt me because everybody that I fight is 6-, 6-foot-2 with a 75-, 76-inch reach. They’re all tall guys, and I have to get inside of them. Then you start thinking of some of the great fighters. Mike Tyson, he’s one of them. He fought everybody that was way bigger than him. The only thing I would have to do is get some strength. I’m very strong at 215, but I have to lose some muscle in camp to get down to 170.”
Hendricks said his potential plans have resulted in some criticism, especially when he mentioned reigning middleweight titleholder Chris Weidman as a possible future opponent. However, he said he was simply offering an honest answer to a question. He said he’s not foolish enough to overlook Lawler – or the bevy of welterweight contenders jockeying for position after their fight on Saturday. That remains his focus. Middleweight, meanwhile, is simply a possibility.
“Who knows?” he said. “Maybe it never gets hard to make 170. I was just trying to give myself different avenues.
” … I’ve definitely got to do work at 170. There’s a lot of talented guys at 170. By all means, I’m not looking past the 170 class. What I’m always doing is looking to the future. I just can’t stay in the moment.”
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Carlos Condit has been told that he will receive a UFC welterweight title shot if he defeats Tyron Woodley in the co-main event of UFC 171. Woodley has not received the same message from the UFC brass.
Some fighters may take exception if their opponent was promised something they were not prior to a fight. Some fighters may perceive the promise to their opponent as a message that they have to go out there and impress the UFC’s matchmakers if they want a title shot. In the simplest of terms, some fighters may head into a fight looking for a knockout to prove they deserve a title shot.
Woodley (12-2) is not some fighters. Taking part in a media call for Saturday’s fight against the No. 2 ranked Condit (29-7), Woodley said that type of game plan would not be the smartest move on his part, “I think that’s a silly game plan. The game plan is to win.”
The No. 11 ranked Woodley, expanded on that thought, saying, “Carlos hasn’t been finished very often in his career, and for me to think that I’m just going to go out there and provide this special medicine that I can just knock him out in ten seconds is kind of silly.”
The reality is that Condit has never been knocked out during his career. The three stoppage defeats on Condit’s record have come by way of submission. All three of those submissions came long before Condit joined the ranks of the UFC.
The last time Condit was stopped was June 2006 when Pat Healy used a rear naked choke to submit Condit at Extreme Wars 3. That history is the reason Woodley said of his upcoming battle, “If it’s a finish, that’s great, but really you have to prepare for 15 minutes of war with this kid because he’s always in those types of fights.”
Woodley’s two career losses have both come in the last two years. The first was a July 2012 fourth round knockout loss to Nate Marquardt for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title. The second was a split decision defeat to Jake Shields at UFC 161 in June 2013. The loss to Shields left UFC president Dana White tweeting:
Woodley got ROBBED!!
— Dana White (@danawhite) June 16, 2013
White was not the only one that felt that the fight could have gone Woodley’s way, and that may be the reason Woodley did not discuss that loss as particularly painful. On the other hand, Woodley did have something to say about the loss to Marquardt, “When they told me the fight was over, I was so broken, and I think that feeling, that emotion, I never want to experience that again.”
On Saturday night, Woodley will have his work cut out for him if he wants to avoid becoming the 30th victory on Condit’s record. Woodley addressed that fact when he said, “I think Carlos Condit has a certain kid of style, he’s always in Fight of the Night. He’s always in these wars, and I think that his ability to fight in that manner has made me prepare even more, and train even harder to push my limits. When he gets in there and turns up his pace, I’m looking to match him and get the victory.”
If that victory earns Woodley a shot at UFC gold, all the better.
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Wanderlei Silva has returned to his video blog ways, putting out an episode as The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 debuted on UFC Fight Pass Sunday evening.
The reality series features Silva and Chael Sonnen coaching Brazilian fighters. The two long-time rivals will finally square off this May at UFC Fight Night from Brazil.
Most of the talk surrounding the season centers around an incident involving the two coaches in which they had to be separated. For “The Axe Murderer,” the “brawl” only fueled his fire.
“It made me feel younger to brawl with that guy,” he said. “You guys will love it. I got a feel for it and I can tell I will destroy him.”
He added that the decision by the UFC to pair them up was an excellent one, saying, “it couldn’t be a bigger rivalry.”
As for the actual season of TUF, Silva stated “it was hard for filming. Those were 40 tough days. There was a fight every three days.
“It was hard for me because I get very emotionally invested. Training together, we became a team. They were like my sons to me.”
Check out the five-minute interview in the video below:
CES MMA 22 goes down this Friday night at Twin River Casino, and the card features several UFC veterans, along with a five-round title fight to crown the first ever CES MMA heavyweight champion. The main event is a lightweight fight between seven-fight UFC veteran Drew Fickett (42-20) and Rhode Island native Luis Felix (10-7), and the heavyweight title fight features Team Sityodtong’s John Johnston (5-0) vs. one-fight UFC vet Josh Hendricks (19-9-1). Cape Cod Fighting Alliance’s Chip Moraza-Pollard (7-6) takes on Tom Egan (7-4) in a middleweight fight, and TUF 13 contestant Chuck O’Neil (12-6) will be taking on Roger Carroll (12-10) in a welterweight fight. The show features a lot of guys looking to break away from the pack and establish themselves as some of the best fighters in the Northeast. Fightline.com will be on-hand for all the action and you can follow me (Mike Wellman) on twitter for live updates on fight night.
The nine-fight card kicks off with a featherweight fight between Broadway Jiu-Jitsu’s Kyle Bochniak (1-0) and Marius Enache (1-2). Bochniak made his pro debut in January at CES 21, and won via first-round rear-naked choke against Peter Bertucci, and Enache is on a two-fight losing streak.
Next up will be a welterweight fight between Warwick, RI’s Tom Venticinque (0-1) and Springfield, MA’s Rick Rivera (0-0), who will be making his pro debut.
Strikeforce veteran Josh Laberge (8-4) returns to mixed martial arts, after a three-year absence to face Philadelphia, PA’s Steve McCabe. Laberge is on a six-fight winning streak, and his last fight was a first-round TKO over Anthony Leone in Strikeforce in 2011. McCabe went 1-2 in three fights last year, and is currently riding a two-fight skid.
CES 22 will also feature a 140-pound fight between Bellator MMA veterans Robert Sullivan (3-1) and Brandon Fleming (3-2). Sullivan trains out of Baltimore BJJ and is looking for his third win in a row, after a decision win over Dinis Paiva at CES in August, and one over Sergio da Silva at Bellator 108 in November. Fleming trains at South Shore Sport Fighting and is the current Reality Fighting featherweight champion, winning the title in November against Erik Lee. Prior to that he lost back-to-back decisions to two of the Northeast’s best featherweights, Rob Font and Des Green.
Undefeated featherweight Charles Rosa (7-0) returns to the CES cage on Friday, when he faces Bellator veteran Brylan van Artsdalen (8-9). This will be Rosa’s fourth fight in CES, and he last fought just over a month ago, where he extended his unbeaten streak to seven, with a second-round TKO over Keith Richardson. Van Artsdalen has only been victorious in one of his last six fights, and is looking to end a three-fight losing streak. Every one of Artsdalen’s nine losses have come by submission.
TUF 13 veteran Chuck O’Neil will be looking to make it two in a row at CES 22, when he takes on Roger Carroll in a welterweight fight. Carroll is trying to avoid a three-fight losing streak, after losing a third-round TKO to Dhiego Lima in March of 2013, and following it up with a decision loss to Scott Holtzman back in October. O’Neil fought once in the UFC after being on Team Lesnar on The Ultimate Fighter, where he lost a unanimous decision to Chris Cope. He’s gone 4-2 since his departure from the UFC, and most recently defeated Chris Woodall by first-round TKO at CES in November.
“I’m in this sport not because I have to be, but because I love it. I want to fight the best out there so I can look back on my career and be proud of what I’ve done,” O’Neil told Fightline.com.
O’Neil said that his training has gone well, and he’s had the perfect mix of technique and hard rounds of sparring in preparation for the fight.
“To add onto it, my strength training has been amazing. Feeling very mentally focused and stronger than ever coming into this fight.”
O’Neil looked dominant in his last outing, which you can catch here:
Originally from Kildare, Ireland, Tom Egan fought on the UFC’s first event held in Ireland. That was UFC 93, where he lost to John Hathaway via first-round TKO. He’s gone 3-3 since then, and most recently had a two-fight winning streak snapped with a decision loss to Harley Beekman at CES in November. Egan’s opponent, CCFA’s Chip Moraza-Pollard, will try to avoid a three-fight losing streak against Egan, after dropping a decision to Roger Zapata at Reality Fighting last June, and then losing via first-round TKO to Sam Oropeza at Bellator 108 in November.
Here’s Egan’s TKO win over Aldo Santos at CES in August:
The night’s co-main event is a heavyweight title fight between John Johnston and Josh Hendricks. Johnston trains out of Team Sityodtong in Boston, and has five KO/TKO wins in five professional fights. His last two wins have come by headkick, and he’ll most likely be looking to end this one as quickly as he has in his past fights. His opponent Josh Hendricks fought against Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 91 back in 2008, and has won three of his last seven fights since then. He holds a win over Johnston’s training partner Josh Diekmann, and last fought in a losing effort to Julianno Coutino in September of last year, which put him on a two-fight skid.
Here’s Johnston’s last fight, a headkick KO of William Baptiste at CES 21:
The night’s main event features UFC veteran Drew Fickett taking on Luis Felix. Fickett has gone 1-7 in his last eight fights. Fickett seems to have put his alcohol problems behind him, and is badly in need of a victory on Friday night, in what will be his 63rd professional fight. His substance abuse has led to a career with a few high highs, and more often, some low lows. He was released from the UFC after going 4-3 inside the Octagon, after an altercation at the Palms Casino. His recent losses have come to some recognizable names, like Winner, Gathje, Varner, and Kawajiri. His opponent, Luis Felix, has won five of his last six, and has a win over UFC fighter Joe Proctor. Felix last fought at CES 20 in November, where he won a split decision over Lucas Cruz.
Here’s Luis Felix’s last fight, a decision win over Lucas Cruz at CES 20:
ONE FC, Asia’s largest MMA promotion, will return with ONE FC: Rise of Heroes on May 2 from the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, the promotion announced recently.
In the main event, Bibiano Fernandes will defend his bantamweight title against Masakatsu Ueda. Also, featherweights Rob Lisita and Yusuke Kawanago will square off, along with a handful of other bouts.
“Expect ONE FC: Rise of Heroes to be a night of explosive knockouts and exciting finishes,” said ONE FC CEO Victor Cui. “The 10 bouts that are planned for the night will feature the biggest stars from the Philippines and around the world.
“These bouts set the tone for a blockbuster card that will keep fans from around the world on the edge of their seats.”
Fernandes unified the ONE FC bantamweight title when he defeated Soo Chul Kim, while Ueda is a former Shooto featherweight champion.
The event will be available for purchase through the ONE FC website.
ONE FC also has a card booked for this coming Friday, ONE FC 14, featuring a welterweight championship match in the main event.
There’s never a quiet moment, is there?
On the heels of GLORY 14 and UFC Fight Night 37 on Saturday comes a very good and highly important UFC event on Saturday in UFC 171. In the absence of Georges St-Pierre, this event sets to reorient in the division. There’s a title fight, an arguable number one contender’s bout and even more behind that. The card is also filled with other intriguing bouts plus top prospects like Alex Garcia and Justin Scoggins.
Bellator also returns Friday with an important main event. The organization has invested in Pat Curran and pushed him as a key face of the organization. After being trounced by Daniel Straus in their rematch at Bellator 106, this is his chance to reclaim his position and fulfill the promise Bellator said was awaiting him in his career.
Oh, and the GLORY 14 ratings are excellent. Happy to answer any questions about that. Or other stuff. You know how this works.
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