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UFC in Los Angeles: Shogun vs. Vera Fight Pick

UFC Los Angeles Shogun Vera
The UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) finally makes its return to Los Angeles. UFC on Fox 4, headlined by Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs. Brandon Vera, will take place Saturday, August 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  Let's take a look at the main event, and then I'll make my fight pick.

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua made himself an MMA legend by proving himself to be a dominant fighter in the PRIDE organization.  When he came to the UFC, he had compiled an overall MMA fight record of  16-2.  But, he hasn't faired so well in the UFC, going 4-4 versus the best in the world.  A win in Los Angeles August 4 is a must if he plans on making a run to regain the Light Heavyweight belt. 

Brandon "The Truth" Vera exploded on the MMA scene going undefeated in his first eight fights.  Then he stalled.  In his last 10 fights, he's failed to rack up a solid win streak and has gone 4-5 with a no contest.  Vera has all the tools to be a great fighter. However, he needs to show off those tools in a solid win versus Rua, if he plans to stay in the UFC and make a run at the Light Heavyweight title. 

This UFC fight is difficult to pick. Both fighters have struggled lately, yet they both have the tools necessary to be dominant.  I'll give the edge to Rua, though.  He came to the UFC and was quickly thrown in against the best.  His recent losses have come to the cream of the crop in the UFC, Jon Jones, Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida. Fighting Vera will be a step down in competition.  With several fights against the best in the UFC, Rua is now ready to unveil his full potential and take his fight game to the next level. I expect him to do well against Vera and pull out the win.

Here is the fight card for UFC on Fox 4 in Los Angeles:

Mauricio Rua vs. Brandon Vera
Fighting at Light Heavyweight (205 lbs)

Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader
Fighting at Light Heavyweight ( 205 lbs)

Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner
Fighting at Lightweight (155 lbs)

Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson
Fighting at Welterweight (170 lbs)

Cole Miller vs. Nam Phan
Fighting at Featherweight (145 lbs)

Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado
Fighting at Light Heavyweight (205 lbs)

Rani Yahya vs. Josh Grispi
Fighting at Featherweigth (145 lbs)

Oli Thompson vs. Philip De Fries
Fighting at Heavyweight

Machihiro Omigawa vs. Manny Gamburyan
Fighting at Featherweight (145 lbs)

Ulysses Gomez vs. John Moraga
Fighting at Flyweight (125 lbs)

Stay tuned for the results, as well as more MMA in Los Angeles, gyms and fighter reviews and videos. 

MMA Fights Los Angeles August 3

Los Angeles MMA Fight Night
If you're an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fan, and you've been wanting to catch some live cage fighting action, this Friday will be a great opportunity to do so. Tony Padilla and his Spar Star MMA promotion company are putting on Friday Night Fights at the Hollywood Park Casino. It's a great venue for MMA, and there will be plenty of exciting CAMO sanctioned MMA fights.

The doors to Friday Night Fights open at 7 p.m. and the fights get going at 8 p.m. The atmosphere will be electric with music, drinks, and MMA apparel companies showing off their gear. And, let's not forget all the hard working cage fighters that will be putting their skills on display. If history is any indication, this event will be full of action with fighters willing and ready to throw chingasos. So, get there early and grab a seat close to the cage and all the MMA action.

Hollywood Park Casino
1050 South Prairie Avenue
Inglewood, CA 90301

For Tickets to Fight Night, call 1-866-996-6278 or visit www.SparStarPromotions.com

MMA Fight Night Fight Card:

Roger Muntain (Temple Fitness MMA / Fight House MMA) vs.Tyrone Bethley (Rampage Jackson Fitness Academy)

Fabian Calzada (Full Force Fight Academy) vs. Kyle Estrada (Black House MMA)

Victor Piceno ( Pradation MMA) vs. Daniel Gonzales (Miller Fitness Academy - Bloodbank MMA)

Eliseo Carbajal (Predation MMA) vs. Matthew Spencer ( N/A)

Darien Mathews (Brood 9 Martial Art) vs. Kyle Olson (King's MMA)

Izic Fernandez (N/A) vs. Rick James (10th Planet Jiu Jitsu / True Warrior)

Luna Varone (Werdum Combat Team) vs. Brooksie Bayard (FightWorX)

B. Kris Law ( Huntington Beach Ultimate Training Center) vs. Jose Diaz (Cleber Jiu Jitsu and MMA)

Stay tuned for more MMA videos, updates on Los Angeles MMA and UFC Fight picks!

UFC 149 Results

UFC 149 Results
To say that UFC 149 was lackluster would be a beginning, but I'm pretty sure MMA and UFC fans have some stronger adjectives for the borefest that was on last night.  UFC 149 was supposed to be a chingasosfest with two explosive MMA fighters in the main event and a much anticipated arrival of Hector Lombard in the co-main event.  Instead, it became an event that you would never show someone on the fringe of becoming an MMA fan.  They'd probably fall asleep.  Luckily, for UFC and MMA fans, the preliminary fight card did have some exciting finishes.  Here are the full results for UFC 149:

Main Card (Pay Per View):

Renan Barao vs. Urijah Faber
Fighting at Bantamweight (135 lbs)
Results: Barao wins via unanimous decision.

Tim Boetsch vs. Hector Lombard
Fighting at Middleweight (185 lbs)
Results: Tim Boetsch wins via split decision.

Cheick Kongo vs. Shawn Jordan
Fighting at Heavyweight
Results: Cheick Kongo wins via unanimous decision.

James Head vs. Brian Ebersole
Fighting at Welterwieght (170 lbs)
Results: James Head wins via split decision

Mathew Riddle vs. Chris Clements
Fighting at Welterweight (170 lbs)
Results: Mathew Riddle wins via arm triangle submission at 2:02 in the third round.

Preliminary Fight Card on FX:

Nick Ring vs. Court McGee
Fighting at Middleweight (170 lbs)
Results: Nick Ring wins via unanimous decision.

Francisco Rivera vs. Roland Delorme
Fighting at Bantamweight (135 lbs)
Results: Francisco Rivera wins via KO (punches) at 4:19 in the first round.

Ryan Jimmo vs. Anthony Perosh
Fighting at Light Heavyweight (205 lbs)
Results: Ryan Jimmo wins via KO (punch) at 0:07 in the first round. Tied for the fastest KO in UFC history.

Bryan Caraway vs. Mitch Gagnon
Fighting at Bantamweight
Results: Bryan Caraway wins via rear naked choke submission at 1:39 in the third round.

Preliminary Fight Card on Facebook:

Antonio Carvalho vs. Daniel Pineda
Fighting at Featherweight (145 lbs)
Results: Antonio Carvalho wins via KO (punches) at 1:11 of the first round.

Anton Kuivanen vs. Mitch Clarke
Fighting at Lightweight (155 lbs)
Results: Anton Kuivanen wins via split decision

Next up the for the UFC will be UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera.  Shogun vs. Vera will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  Los Angeles fans spoke up and the UFC listened.  So, if you're in the Los Angeles area, make sure to get your ticket ASAP an support MMA in Los Angeles. 

UFC 149 Faber vs Barao Fight Pick

UFC 149 Faber vs Barao
With so many MMA events going on recently, UFC 149, Faber vs. Barao has flown under the radar, but hardcore fans know that this fight has the ingredients, for a fight of the year candidate.  UFC 149, which will the be first UFC event at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, will surely have Canadian MMA fans wanting the UFC back for more chingasos!  Let's take a look at the main even, which will be for the UFC Interim Bantamweight title, Urijah Faber vs. Renan Pegado "Barao".

Renan Pegado "Barao" started his MMA career with a loss.  Since then, he hasn't looked back and has done nothing but rack up win after win, amassing a total MMA record of 28-1.  Included in those wins are has last three that have all been in the UFC.  He's no stranger to finishing fights either, as he has 6 KO/TKO and 13 submission victories.  Barao is well rounded with excellent striking ability, which he uses to set up his submission attempts.  He has the ability to beat a fighter in any realm of MMA.

 Urijah "The California Kid" Faber was a dominant fighter early in his career racking up a record of 21-1 in his first 22 fights.  Then, things got a little rocky when he suffered a TKO loss to Mike Brown in his 23rd fight. Since that loss, he hasn't won more than two in a row and is only 5-3.  To his credit, his last three losses have all been on decision. If he can finally shake off that TKO loss and be more aggressive, he has a chance to once again unveil his full potential. 

Unfortunately for Faber, this fight will not be an easy one to unveil his potential.  Barao is a better striker, and is better on the ground.  I am picking Barao to take this victory by being able to defend all of Faber's takedown attempts and by picking him apart standing.  If Faber is not careful, Barao will find an opening and finish Faber off. But, most likely, the the fight will go to the judges and Barao will take the decision victory. 

The winner of Faber vs. Barao will face Dominick Cruz to unify the titles in a future UFC event. Check out the video "Countdown to UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao":

MMA in Anaheim July 21

Anaheim is the home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but on Saturday July 21, it will be the place where MMA fans should focus their eyes. Momentum Fighting Championships (MFC) is putting on "Momentum Fight Night", which will feature 10 CAMO sanctioned MMA fights, including 6 title fights! This will be a chingasosfest for sure!

One of the title fights to keep an eye on is Benji Gomez vs. Keith Carson 2. Gomez sports a solid MMA record of 9-2 with one of those smudges coming to Carson. Carson is running through the division and plans on improving on his 8-3 record with another win over Gomez, and taking the MFC bantamweight title.

Their first fight went to the judges and had some controversy. "I know last time it was a split decision; this time I guarantee I ain't leaving it to the judges. I'm gonna knock him out," said Gomez in a recent interview. Carson responsed, "It was obvious that I won the fight. I'm going to prove to everybody that I'm really better than him in every aspect of MMA." This fight is going to be action packed, so make sure to keep your eyes open!

Another title fight to keep an eye on is Isaac Velasco vs. Abraham Nava. Velasco is coming off a long lay-off, but he is on a three fight win streak and sports an overall record of 6-2. Nava started his career with three straight wins, but then it was derailed with two losses. He's recently racked up another win, and Velasco is his next target.

Check out an Isaac Velasco training session Chingasos MMA filmed:

Velasco definitely works hard! It will be interesting to see if Nava can handle the pressure.

Montentum Fight Night goes down Saturday, July 21. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the fights get going at 6 p.m.  Percentage of the revenues will be going to Momentum Kids Foundation, helping families with cancer and other life threatening illnesses and diseases.

Here's the complete fight card for "Momentum Fight Night":
Rick Rojo vs. Shuhei Sakaguchi
Fighting at Flyweight (125 lbs)

Devan Klemm vs. Davis Dennis
Fighting at Lightweight (155 lbs)

Dmitry Gerasimov vs. Blake Butin
Fighting at Lightweight (155 lbs)

Michael Villareal vs Michael Chang
Fighting at Middleweight (185 lbs)

Roger Brito vs. Lam Pham
Fighting at Lightweight (155 lbs)

Joseph Querubin vs. Andre Camarena
Fighting at Featherweight (135 lbs)

Shannon MacKenzie vs. Eric Rios
Fighting at Bantamweight (125 lbs)

Justin Blankenship vs. Takashi Munoz
Fighting at Welterweight (170 lbs)

Benji Gomez vs. Keith Carson
Fighting at Bantamweight (125 lbs)

Howard LaCroix vs. Namun Paik
Fighting at Middleweight (185 lbs)

Stephanie Gonzalez vs. Kaiyana Rain Tan
Fighting at 115 lbs

Steven Ciaccio vs Akkim Lee
Fighting at Lightweight (155 lbs)

For more information on "Momentum Fight Night":

Stay tuned to Chingasos MMA for upcoming MMA events in the Los Angeles area as well as UFC fight picks and MMA videos.

Samurai Pro MMA Los Angeles

This Friday night , Los Angeles MMA fans get a chance to witness some professional Mixed Martial Arts fighting action!  The Samurai MMA Pro 3 event is going down at the Culver City Veteran's Memorial Auditorium. These are all up and coming pros so expect a chingasosfest as they try to prove a point while climbing up the ranks!

The doors to the Samurai MMA Pro event will open at 6:30 p.m. and the first MMA fight will get going at 8 p.m.  Special guests, and MMA legends Fabricio Werdum and Renato "Babalu" Sobral will be in attendance.  There will also be beer, cocktails and food on hand. 

One of the fights to keep an eye on is Terrion Ware vs. Paul Amoro.  Ware is making his second professional entrance into an MMA fight and has been looking explosive in training. A while back, when Terrion Ware was still fighting his way through the amateur ranks, we were able to catch a glimpse of him training.  Check out a promo video Chingasos MMA put together for him back in his amateur days:

Here is the complete fight card for Sumurai MMA Pro 3

Fernando Vargas vs. Jonathan Rivera
Fighting at 170 lbs (Welterweight)

 Magno Almeida vs. Darren Smith
Fighting at 155 lbs (Lightweight)

Cooper Gibson vs. Felipe Lavandoski
Fighting at 145 lbs (Featherweight)

Alex Coates (debut) vs. Walter Selva
Fighting at 185 lbs (Middleweight)

Marcus Kowal vs. Mike Kubeska
Fighting at 135 (Bantamweight)

Eric Steans vs. Jerome Buchanan
Fighting at 155 lbs (Lightweight)

Paul Amaro vs. Terrion Ware
Fighting at 135 lbs (Bantamweight)

Stay tuned for UFC fight picks, and more MMA in Los Angeles. 

UFC 148 Fight Results

UFC 148 Fight Results Silva vs. Sonnen
MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fans finally got to see the long awaited Silva vs. Sonnen rematch at UFC 148. UFC 148 featured six fights on the PPV as well five preliminary fights to round off the MMA action at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, 8 of the 11 fights at UFC 148 went to decision.  It's just more fuel for those that don't like short five minute rounds that favor stand up stalling and wish the old Pride (Pride Fighting Championships)rules were implemented.  In any case, here are the full fight results for UFC 148: 

Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
UFC Middleweight Championship Fight
Results: Anderson Silva wins via TKO (strikes) in the second round at 1:55.

Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz
Light Heavyweight Fight
Results: Forrest Griffin wins via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Cung Le vs. Patrick Cote
Middleweight Fight
Results: Cung Le wins via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Demian Maia vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Welterweight Fight
Results: Damian Maia wins via TKO. Kim looked to suffer an injury after a Maia takedown at 0:47 in the first round.

Chad Mendez vs. Cody McKenzie
Featherweight Fight
Results: Chad Mendez wins via TKO (Punches) in the first round at 0:31.

Mike Easton vs. Ivan Menjivar
Bantamweight Fight
Results: Mike Easton wins via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

UFC 148 Preliminary Card on FX

Melvin Guillard vs. Fabricio Camoes
Lightweight Fight
Results: Melvin Guillard wins via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Gleison Tibau
Lightweight Fight
Results: Khabib Nurmagomedov wins via unanimous decision  (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Constantinos Philippou vs. Riki Fukuda
Middleweight Fight
Results: Constantinos Philippou wins via unanimous decision  (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Shane Roller vs. John Alessio
Lighweight Fight
Results: Shane Roller wins via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Stay tuned for more MMA news on upcoming fights in the Los Angeles area, as well as upcoming UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) action. Feel free to comment with your thoughts on UFC 148 and any fight or fighter in particular.