Jamie Varner took on Kamal Shalorus last night at WEC 49 in Edmonton, Alberta. The fight ended in a draw due to a point deduction in the second round for Shalorus after a second groin kick. Despite the point deduction Shalorus once again connected with a groin kick but no point was deducted. The image above is from Fight Metrics to see their full analysis of the fight click here.
Many believed that Varner with the point deduction did enough to win the fight, including Varner himself:
“I’m pretty sure I broke my right foot, broke my right hand, but I’m not going to lie: I think that was bogus. I definitely feel I won the fight. But you know what? Kamal Shalorus is now the toughest guy you have heard of. I have much respect for this guy.”
The quote from the post fight interview summed up how many felt including myself. I felt Varner won the first two rounds but Shalorus edged the final round with the take-down.
Give me your thoughts on the fight. Did Varner win it? Did the judges get the decision right?
It seems as though Chuck Liddell will just not give up despite losing five of his last six fights, three of which were viscous knockouts. Many people, including myself, believe that it is time for the hall of famer to retire before he suffers some serious damage.
Heres a excerpt from an interview Chuck Liddell did with Kevin Iole on Yahoo!Sports:
“I’m still working on evaluating. I thought I did great before I was caught. I have to look at it some more and think about it. I think I looked good and I definitely was in great shape. I could have kept that pace up for another four rounds, without a doubt.”
Notice, “I was caught.” Does Chuck not realize he has been “caught” pretty good in his last three fights now. Chuck will have more respect if he retires now and stops trying to come back and make a run for the title. Lets face it, there are no more titles in Liddell’s career. If Dana White was to let Chuck fight again in the UFC then he really needs to check up the meaning of “friend” in the dictionary because no one should want to see their long time friend KO’d like that again.
“Fighting for my country and my heritage is what motivates me. Nothing else … I’m not a UFC fan, so I believe our fight is more important (than Lesnar vs. Carwin). I’m not a fan of watching UFC fights. There is always a lot of negativity coming out of their fights. I don’t want to look too far ahead, I’m just focusing on Werdum. We have two fights left with Stirkeforce, and assuming everything goes well, I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t continue the relationship. But I am considering retirement more and more often now. I’d like to finish out my contract without any losses and then just see what God has planned for me.”
As you can see from the above quote Fedor Emelianenko, widely believed to be MMA’s number one heavyweight, has no plans on joining the UFC. Instead the 33-year-old WAMMA champion is looking more towards retirement. In his next fight Fedor will face off against Fabricio Werdum and if all goes well Fedor would likely challenge for the Strikeforce championship against Alistair Overeem in what would surely be one of Strikeforce’s biggest fights ever.
New York moved one step closer to becoming the 45th state to regulate mixed martial arts, as the state Senate voted 32-26 to pass a bill on Wednesday that would legalize the sport.
A similar bill is currently in committee in the state Assembly, where it is expected to pass before facing a close vote on the Assembly floor. If it gets out of the Assembly, Gov. Paterson is expected to sign it into law and fans could see a mixed martial arts event in Madison Square Garden as early as this fall.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship, the sport’s most well-known promotion, is hoping an Assembly vote will take place over the next two weeks before the current legislative session ends.
Someone took the time to compile 10 minutes worth of groin shots and eye pokes. Thanks to FightLinker for the find.
Above is the official poster for UFC 117 which will take place in Oakland, California in August. Once again Anderson Silva will be putting his middleweight championship on the line. Here’s hoping that we actually get to see a fight this time and not 25 minutes of fleeing from your opponent.
Here is the fight card as it stands now:
- Middleweight Championship: Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
- Welterweight: Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida
- Lightweight: Clay Guida vs. Rafael dos Anjos
- Light Heavyweight: Thiago Silva vs. Tim Boetsch
- Welterweight: Dustin Hazelett vs Rick Story
- Welterweight: Ben Saunders vs. Dennis Hallman
- Welterweight: Johny Hendricks vs. Charlie Brenneman
- Light Heavyweight: Rodney Wallace vs. Stanislav Nedkov
- Welterweight: Jon Fitch vs. Thiago Alves
- Heavyweight: Junior Dos Santos vs. Roy Nelson