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UFC 130 Rampage vs Hamill Results

UFC 130 Rampage vs. Hamill went down in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden arena Saturday evening. It was another good night of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fights in the UFC. Here are the results of the fights.

Main Card Results:

Main Event
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Matt Hamill
Fighting at Light Heavyweight

Recap: Hamill attacked Rampage with leg kicks and attempted a few takedowns but Rampage was able to counter with strong punches.  Towards the end of the first round Rampage really began to open up his striking and caught Hamill a few times. In Round 2 Hamill opened up with kicks but Rampage was not threatened and countered with more of his strong punches.  Hamill became tentative and the fight started to stall. Rampage punished Hamill after every failed takedown attempt and began to take over the fight with hard punches.   In round 3 it was more of the same, no real threat from Hamill and Rampage picked his shots. Hamill survived but that was about it.

Results:  Although Rampage was not able to finish, Rampage clearly outclassed Hamill.  Rampage dictated the fight, kept it standing, landed better strikes and takes the win via Judges decision.

Roy "Big Country" Nelson vs. Frank Mir
Fighting in the Heavyweight division

Recap: The fighters briefly exchanged some punches and then Nelson rushed in and  clinched. When ever Nelson lost his hold, Mir would punish him with good striking. Mir landed nice knees from the clinch. Late in the round Mir was able to score a nice judo takedown/throw but Nelson would get back up.  In round two Mir starts with some good stand up which lead Nelson to back up against the fence.  Mir is able to score a single leg takedown but Nelson eventually gets back up.  Mir continues his attack with a solid clinch game and then is able to score another takedown.  Nelson must have been prepared for Mir's strategy  because he easily gets back up.  The fight slows down as the fighters finish the round trying to establish position in the clinch.  In Round three Nelson looks exhausted and a minute and a half into the round Mir is able to take advantage by scoring a takedown. Mir then attacks from the top.  Again, Nelson is able to stand back up but with running on very little gas is quickly taken back down. Mir can't seem to hold Nelson down as Nelson returns to his feet.  Mir returns Nelson to the mat and this time lands a couple of solid elbows.  Nelson doesn't give up as he stand up again and survives.

Results:  The final result wasn't much of a surprise, Mir was able to dictate the fight and wear Nelson down.  Nelson survives but Mir wins via judges decision.

Stefan Struve vs. Travis Browne
Fighting in the Heavyweight division

Recap: Both fighters showed some good stand up until mid round when Browne was able to score a takedown. As Struve made it back up he was able to threaten with a darce choke but couldn't complete the submission.  As the fighters stood back up, Browne launched a super man punch that lands squarely on Struve's chin which  knocks him out.

Results: Browne wins via knock out in the first round.

Thiago Alves vs. Rick story
 Fighting in the Welterweight Division (170 lbs)

Recap:  It looked like Story was able to take the first two rounds by controlling the fight with his wrestling, grappling and smothering Alves.  In round three Alves began to find the range for his stand up attack and got the better of Story when they traded chingasos!

Results: Story wins via Judges decision and continues to move up the ranks in the UFC. 

Brian Stann vs. Jorge Santiago
Fighting in the Middleweight Division (185 lbs)

Recap: The fight starts with a leg kick trading affair but mid round Stann rocks Santiago with a huge left.  Stann puts Santiago on his back and begins a ground and pound attack.  Santiago is able to make it back up but just to take more damage.  In round two Santiago is unable to get the fight to the ground and takes punishment standing.  Late in the round Stann is able to land a big shot that sends Santiago to the matt where Stann is able to finish him off.

Results: Stann wins via ref stoppage with a few seconds left in the second round.

Prelim Results:
Demetrious Johnson vs. Miguel Torres
Johnson wins via unanimous decision

Tim Boetsch vs. Kendall Grove
Boetsch wins via unanimous decision

Gleison Tibau vs. Rafaello Oliveira
Tibau wins via rear naked choke submission in round 2

Michael McDonald vs. Chris Cariaso
McDonald wins via split decision

Renan Barao vs. Cole Escovedo
Barao wins via unanimous decision

UFC 130 lost some of it's luster when it's original main event, a UFC title fight between Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar was postponed due to injury, but even so, the show went on and all in all it was a pretty good.

UFC 130 Rampage vs. Hamill May 28

The main event this Saturday May 28 at UFC 130 was supposed to complete the trilogy between MMA fighters Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar. Unfortunately the fight has been sidelined due to injuries.  Luckily for the UFC, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Matt Hamill were already on the card and now they will take center stage as the main event at UFC 130.

Rampage is a fan favorite and with Hamill needing a win to stay in UFC title contention, this will make for a good fight.  Look for Hamill to use his outstanding wrestling skills to get this fight to the ground.  Rampage has great takedown defense and will look to keep it standing so he can stand and bang.  I have a feeling Hamill might get knocked out in this fight. 

It what now is the co-main event, two title contenders in the UFC heavyweight division, Frank Mir and Roy Nelson, face off in the UFC cage.  Both fighters are looking good and a win on Saturday puts them in the running for a UFC heavyweight title fight.

Check out the UFC 130 preview video:

Here's the complete UFC 130 fight card:

Pay Per View Fights
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Matt Hamill
Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson
Stefan Struve vs. Travis Browne 

Jorge Santiago vs. Brian Stann
Thiago Alves vs. Rick Story

Pre-lim Fights
Miguel Torres vs. Demetrious Johnson
Tim Boetsch vs. Kendall Grove
Michael McDonald vs. Chris Cariaso
 Gleison Tibau vs. Rafaello Oliveira
Cole Escovedo vs. Renan Barao

UFC 130 will be taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.  It's looking like a good time to be in Vegas, fights and a long weekend.
Unfortunately for Los Angeles MMA fans, it doesn't look like the UFC is coming to Los Angeles any time soon. 

Cage vs Cons Results May 21

The MMA event Cage vs Cons took place last Saturday at the Los Angeles Sports arena.  Fans in attendance and the promoters of Cage vs Cons where both happy at the results as the fights were action packed.  MMA judges weren't very busy on this card as only one of the ten fights went the distance.  The matchmakers did a great job matching up these hungry fighters as they went after the MMA finish in Los Angeles! 

Results for Cage vs Cons:

The Main Event fight featured Ismael Gonzalez vs. "Notorious" Rick Slaton at 175 lbs.
Result: This one didn't take long as Gonzalez took the win via knockout punch in the first round.

In the Co-Main Event, at 155 lbs,  Joe Nicholas and Jason Meaders faced off in the cage.  Result: Nicholas wins via knockout punch with 47 seconds left in round three.

In a light heavyweight fight (205 lbs), Lateff Williams was matched up with Ralph Aáu.
Result: After three rounds, Williams takes the win via judges decision.

A middleweight (185 lbs) fight featured Vincent Alaalatoa vs. Benjamin Martin.
Result: Alaalatoa wins via ref stoppage at 1:13 of round one.

Fighting at 145 lbs was Anthony Mcdavitt vs Joseph Calavitta.
Result: Mcdavitt wins via ref stoppage in the second round.

In another quick ending fight was Shane Krutchen vs Brandon Anderson at 155 lbs.
Result: Krutchen wins via a kimura submission in the first round.

Meeting in the MMA cage at 175 lbs was Daniel McWilliams vs Preston Scharf.
Result: Scharf wins via ref stoppage in round one. 

In another light heavyweight match up was Corey Dennis vs Jessie Cannon.
Results: Dennis wins via ref stoppage in round one.

Mathew Gonzalez and Sal Farnetti, the super big boys or AKA super heavyweights got in the cage to mix it up.
Result: Gonzalez wins via ref stoppage in round one.

Meeting in the cage at 155 lbs was Hector Pena vs. Anthony TeSam.
Result:  Pena wins via guillotine choke in the first round. 

The promoters of the Cage vs Cons MMA event did an excellent job of promoting this event and reaching out to the casual fight fan.  They hyped up a natural rivalry but wrapped it within the sportsmanship of MMA. They also had music performances as well as a tattoo expo going on to make sure that attendees were fully entertained. I'm sure everyone was pretty happy with the results of the Cage vs Cons MMA event in Los Angeles.

MMA Los Angeles: Cage vs. Cons May 21

MMA in Los Angeles is stepping up with a strong MMA event showing on May 21. The creators of Felony Fights are bringing you a sanctioned MMA event called Cage vs. Cons. No guns, no badges, no blades, no dirty fighting, just fighters from different walks of life stepping into an MMA cage and putting on a show for the fans. 

Cage vs. Cons in Los Angeles will answer the question of what would happen if a cop puts his or her gun down and took on an ex cons fight challenge.  Cops are challenged this way all the time, but now the cop doesn't have to worry about his job and the ex con doesn't have to worry about going to jail. 

Check out the promo video for Cage vs. Cons:

Cage vs. Cons is hitting hard not only with professional sanctioned MMA fights, but they also have some legends in Hip Hop/Rap performing.  Too Short, E-40, Dogg Pound, Psycho Realm and others will be on stage.  Hosting the event will be Tiny "Deebo" Lister from Friday the movie fame, Danny Trejo and Freeway Rick Ross.

The Cage vs. Cons MMA event is taking place Saturday May 21, 2011 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.  Cage vs. Cons will be a full day’s event, beginning at 11am. It includes musical acts, a tattoo expo, and 10 MMA fights. Tickets are on sale now at the Sports Arena Box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, and online at ticketmaster.com. For more information, go to www.cagevscons.com. The Los Angeles Sports Arena is located at 3911 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90037.

Best MMA Knockouts

Fighting in MMA is as real as it gets.  Unlike boxing, MMA fighters wear 4 ounce gloves and a well placed chingaso via a punch is going to rattle your brain.  Not to mention that you also have to worry about getting chin checked by a kick, or a knee, all while concentrating on staying out of submissions.  If you like knockouts in MMA, check out these two highlight videos put together by youtube user kinguppercut.  These videos showcase some of the best knockouts in MMA from 2010.  You can see the best knockouts not only from the UFC, but from Bellator, WEC, Dream and some other smaller MMA organizations. 

Here's MMA Knockouts Part 1.  Check out the video:

Want some more MMA knockout action?  Check out the chin checkin' and chingasos in MMA Knockouts Part 2

While losing sucks, and getting knocked out sucks even more, keep in mind these MMA fighters are true warriors and most of the come back to fight another day. Fighting in MMA isn't easy folks, tip your hat to these high level athletes that step into the cage or ring to represent this great combat sport.

MMA in Los Angeles: Gyms and Schools

When it comes to MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) gyms or schools, Los Angeles has plenty.  But how do you choose an MMA gym that's the best fit and right for you?  Obviously location is important, but there a few other factors you should consider before joining an MMA gym in Los Angeles or any other city for that matter.

With the popularity of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) increasing, there has been a rush in MMA gyms popping up, especially in big cities like Los Angeles.   Choosing the right MMA gym for you can be difficult, especially if you're a beginner.  So, here's a list of questions you should think about so that you can choose the best MMA gym for you whether it's a Los Angeles MMA gym or any other city.

Does the MMA gym offer a free trial class?  This is important so that you can get a feel for the gym itself, as well as your prospective instructor or teacher.

Does the MMA gym owner see you as a student, or do they see you as a dollar sign?  Make sure that they care about you, and not just your money. 

Does the MMA gym over promote the fact that MMA or UFC fighters train, instruct or teach there?  I've seen this a whole lot, and let's face it, just because someone is a high level athlete and participates in the highest levels of a sport, doesn't mean they are good teachers of it.  Magic Johnson failed at coaching the Lakers and Michael Jordan was fired from a management position with the Wizards.  They were the best at their sport, just not great at teaching and or managing others in the sport. Judge the gym's instructors on their teaching/coaching ability and not their celebrity status. 

Does the MMA gym offer the Martial Arts disciplines that have been proven effective in the UFC and other high levels of MMA competition? These disciplines for the most part are, wrestling, submission grappling (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Sambo ) Muay Thai, Kick boxing and Boxing. 

Is the MMA gym clean?  Let's face it, no one wants to get sick because of training at at dirty, dingy, stinky gym.  Not to mention the unpleasantness of a foul stench. 

How long has the MMA gym been in business and how much experience teaching do the instructors have?  Teaching is not just a skill, but it's also an art.  The skill and art form of teaching is honed over years of trial and error.

Now with all that out of the way, here is a directory of some of the best MMA gyms in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. 

In Highland Park Los Angeles:
SoCal MMA and Fitness
4440 1/2 York Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 573-1873
Training styles offered include: Boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Women’s Kickboxing, Kettlebell, Kid’s Fitness and various Self Defense techniques.

Holding it down for MMA in the San Gabriel Valley (Los Angeles County):
The Vault MMA and Fitness
109 W. Colorado Monrovia, CA 91016
(626) 230-7340
Training styles offered:  Hapkido, Wrestling, Judo, BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu)
Moto: Discipline, Respect, Honor

For those of you looking for an MMA gym in the  LAX / Westchester area:
Brood 9 Martial Arts
6508 1/2 Arizona Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 679-1998

Representing MMA by the beach in the Los Angeles area:
Triton MMA Training Center
200 N. Harbor Drive
Redondo Beach, CA, 90277

Styles offered by world class instructors include: MMA, Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai,Wrestling, Krav Maga, Cardio MMA, and Kids/Teen Programs.

Representing MMA in Glendale (Los Angeles County):
Main Event Sports Club
747 Salem St. Glendale, CA
(818) 551-0777

Just outside of Los Angeles County, in the city of Upland:
Basic Skills Gym
1252 Monte Vista Ave #14 Upland, CA 91786
(909) 229-6655

Los Angeles MMA gyms and schools are some of the best, so get out there and start training in this awesome sport.  Whether you want to join one of these MMA Gyms in Los Angeles or otherwise, MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) is great for self defense, fitness, confidence and life skills.  

Pasadena Proving Grounds 5 Results and Recap

Pasadena in  Los Angeles County California was the place to be Saturday night for some CAMO sanctioned MMA action.  Here are is a recap and results of the fighting action that took place in the Fight Academy cage.

Fight 1: Dorien Tharps vs. Jason Harris

Recap: Harris starts off the fight with a front kick which Tharps is able so parry and push Harris to the mat. Tharps jumps on Harris quickly and begins to ground and pound.  Tharps mounts and drops a couple of hard chingasos at which point the ref jumps in quickly and stops the fight.

Results:  It was a bit of a controversial stoppage, but nevertheless Tharps wins via referee stoppage. 

Fight 2: Kelvin Martell vs. Rocky Morales

Recap: Morales wastes no time in scoring a text book double leg takedown.  Martell attempts to get back up but Morales controls the ground game and then attempts a darce choke.  Somehow Martell escapes, reverses and then is able to put Morales in trouble with an rear naked choke attempt.  Morales escapes.   In round two Morales again quickly gets the fight to the ground where he secures taking the back.  Morales controls the position form there until Martell taps. 

Results: Morales wins via tap out. 

Fight 3: Dakota Hughes vs. Andre Williams

Recap: After a short feeling out process Hughes starts the fighting with some sort of crane kick that actually connect to the face of Williams.  Hughes then attempts to lock up a guillotine but Williams drives through Dakota and slams him to the mat.  The fight is stood up and late in the round Williams connects with a hard chingaso that sends Hughes to the Mat.  In round two the fighters stretch out the feeling out process until Williams is able to score a takedown.  Round three is a kicking exchange that Hughes seems to get the best of.  Late in the round Williams is able to score a takedown. 

Results: In a very close fight, Hughes pull out the judges decision. 

Fight 4: Ricardo Robles vs. Steven Ciaccio

Recap: Fighters start of with exchanging chingasos.  Ciaccio is a bit sharper and wins the stand up war. Robles hangs in an attempts to clinch with no luck. Ciaccio keeps the fight standing and eventually overwhelms Robles with pin point striking. 

Results: Ciaccio wins via ref stoppage

Fight 5: Trevor Yee vs. Xavier Avila

Recap: After some stand up fighting, Yee is able to get a clinch and then scores a takedown. Yee takes mount but Avila reverses.  The fight is stood up and towards the end of the round throws a kick that Avila catches and is able to score a takedown with. Yee starts the second round by jabbing his way in and then scoring a takedown.  Yee controls most of the round from within the guard of Avila. In round three Yee scores a takedown but then Avila reverses and is able to control the fight from Yee's guard.

Results:  In a very close fight, Avila wins via split decision.

Fight 6: Kenneth Hwang vs. Mitchel Tapia

Recap: The fight starts with some clinch fighting action.  Eventually, Hwang is able to get the takedown and quickly mounts.  Hwang begins a ground and pound attack which Tapia looks like he was going to be able to survive until he turned his back.  Hwang quickly slaps on the rear naked choke submission and Tapia succumbs to it. 

Results: Hwang via rear naked choke submission.

Fight  7: Jonathan Greene vs. Adam Otero

Recap: After a quick feeling out process and some chingasos that miss, the fight gets to the ground where Greene locks up a sick kimura.  Greene holds on to it and comes close to the finish but somehow Otero escapes.  In round two Otero quickly attempts a takedown but Greene is able to stay up against the fence.  Green locks up that kimura again but his time is able transition to a triangle.  This time Otero is not able to escape the tight submission.

Results: Greene wins via triangle choke submission in the main event.

Once again the Fight Academy MMA gym in Pasadena put on a good show and represented the sport in a positive way for Los Angeles County.  Stay tuned for information on the next MMA fight show. Photos will be up on our Facebook page. 

MMA Fights Pasadena Saturday

If you're in the Los Angeles area, the place to be to watch some live MMA action this weekend is the Fight Academy Gym in Pasadena. The people that brought you the first live and sanctioned MMA event in Pasadena return with their fifth installment of their Proving Grounds series.  Proving Grounds 5 on Saturday May 7 will be another CAMO sanctioned event and will feature some of the best up and coming MMA fighters in the Los Angeles area. 

Proving Grounds MMA fights take place inside the Fight Academy cage in Pasadena.  The venue holds around 300 people. If you've been to any of the previous events, you know they sell out, and they sell out fast.  Make sure to get your ticket ASAP if you plan on attending. 

You can drop by the Fight Academy and purchase your Proving Grounds 5 tickets in person or you can  purchase them online on their website.  http://www.fightacademymma.com/pasadena/tickets-and-current-events

Check out a video of one of the awesome MMA brawls that took place at a previous Proving Grounds event.
By the way, the official after party for Proving Grounds 5 will be at the 72 North which is located only four blocks away at 72 N. Fair Oaks, Pasadena.

The Fight Academy is located near Old Town Pasadena at 61 West Valley St.

George St. Pierre vs. Anderson Silva

By Chingasos MMA contributor and MMA fighter Ricardo Robles

Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it. Every time I finish cutting weight for a fight, I wish for the all you can eat buffet. Yes, I do get it, and yes, I do pay for it.  We UFC and MMA fans have been crossing our fingers and holding our breath, wishing to see Georges "Rush" St. Pierre exchange chingasos with Anderson "The Spider" Silva in a UFC fight main event super fight.

We UFC fans envision the most epic battle in the history of epic battles. We envision Superman versus Batman, Flash versus Spiderman, Ironman versus Captain America, or even our looney left-wing aunt versus our nutjob right-wing uncle.

When we think about Rush versus The Spider, we envision K1 type striking, D1 level wrestling, Abu Dhabi style submission attempts and reversals. I really wish to see this battle, I really, really do. Please Mr. White! Can we all see this fight? Pleeeeease! We’ll even finish all our nachos and drink all our beer at the next UFC event.

If Dana comes through and we get our wish, will this be what we actually get? I won’t keep my hopes up too high. I think an epic battle is more a figment of our MMA imagination. I can’t be the only one that remembers Arlovski vs. Sylvia III. I can’t be the only one who remembers what happened when 2 UFC stars went out in hopes of not losing rather than snatching a win.

GSP just finished going five rounds against a fighter he clearly outclassed in the standup, Jake Shields. GSP broke Josh Koscheck’s eye, but still could not finish him. GSP dominated Dan Hardy, Thiago Alves, and Jon Fitch yet these fights all went the distance. In his last 6 fights, Rush was only able to finish BJ Penn. It took him 4 rounds to finish a fighter that is almost known as much for gassing as he is known for his fighting prowess.

Then there is The Spider. The Spider had devastating one-chingaso knockouts of Vitor Belfort and Forrest Griffin. He danced around a bit for both fights, but in the end, he made both of them look silly. Nevertheless, we can’t forget the dancing and back peddling. Then, what happened with Demian Maia and Patrick Cote? The Spider was more like Bozo the Salsa King. He danced and pranced and lost many fans because of his clown act.

So, what will happen when Rush versus The Spider finally happens? That’s the great thing about MMA, nobody knows. It might turn out that St. Pierre comes out and goes for the finish. It might turn out that the Spider comes out aggressive and doesn’t just wait to counter punch. St. Pierre and Anderson might put all their talents on display and have the most epic battle in UFC history. I might see all the lotto numbers in my dreams and tell my boss to go to hell. All these things might happen, but that’s not what history tells us.

Like most UFC fans, I’ll keep on wishing for the fight(and playing the lotto). But, we all must be careful what we wish for or we might pay for it with another epic dud.

MMA Fights in El Monte Recap and Results

This weekend was big for MMA fans.  UFC 129 went down in Ontario, Canada, but if you were in the Los Angeles area, El Monte was the place to be for MMA action. Spar Star Promotions put together another great night of fights for their MMA event "Mayhem in El Monte 6". Their main event Friday night was an MMA action brawl that electrified the crowd and even put the main event for UFC 129 to shame.  Here's a quick recap and results of the eight fights that went down Friday night at Mayhem in El Monte 6.

Fight 1: Daniel Villigan vs. Richard Montono

Recap: After trading jabs early in the fight, the fighters jam each other up in a clinch.  Montono is able to establish undercooks in the clinch, gets a takedown and lands in mount. From the mount, Montono starts a ground and pound attack that finishes the fight.

Results: Montono by ref stoppage in the first round.